Recently, while talking to friend, I realized there are so many herbaceous cures that aren’t widely known outside of India. As a child, whenever I had skinned knees or sore throat, my grandma would rush to the kitchen and come up with some potion or concoction that would sure as hell cure me. Although my father is a Doctor, popping the pill was hardly ever the first option in my home.
I am going to list down the effective uses of some of our daily kitchen items. I would recommend trying these before rummaging through the medical closet and treating your body with synthetic chemicals. Besides, natural cures are always better than the side-effects-guaranteed-drugs. These are all tried, tested and used repeatedly by your truly.
1. Turmeric – for cuts/ bruises
Turmeric is an excellent anti-septic. If you have bruised yourself or cut yourself, apply some dry turmeric on top of the injury and dab it with your fingers. Turmeric helps blood clot and stops the bleeding immediately. It is also anti-inflammatory and starts healing the injury promptly.
2. Turmeric – for sore throat
Turmeric is great for sore throat and cough. Just heat a cup of milk with one tablespoon turmeric. It is recommended that you boil the milk with the turmeric and drink it while it is hot (bearably hot, not boiling hot of course) You can optionally add some honey as a sweetener. Honey has some kickass medicinal properties too.
3. Yogurt – for removing unwanted tan
Yogurt is great for skin lightening. When I worked in Bollywood, we would shoot all day under the sun and no amount of sunscreen re-applications helped. But what did help was applying fresh yogurt on the exposed skin and face at the end of the day and leaving it on for 20 mins or so. Wash it off with tap water after. You can optionally add two tablespoons of gram flour, half teaspoon of lemon juice and a pinch of turmeric to one tablespoon of yogurt. Apply this as a face mask. Yogurt visibly removes tan and lightens the skin.
4. Coriander Seeds – for gas & bloating
Coriander seeds relieve gas almost instantly. Boil a 10-12 coriander seeds in a cup of water. Don’t cover it with a lid and boil it till half the water evaporates. Drink up the potion and watch the magic. It is recommended to have this twice in a day. Coriander seeds have a cool property and therefore give a sort of coolness to the body. This potion is also effective in curing the burning sensation while passing urine.
5. Cloves – for toothaches
Clove juice is excellent for toothaches. If you have a bad tooth, pop a clove (make sure to remove the ball on the top) in your mouth and leave it there. Once it is soft, chew on it. The trick is to let the clove juice into your denture and let the healing process begin. Over time, clove is known to strengthen teeth as well. Plus, it is a great mouth freshener!
6. Eucalyptus Oil – for congested chest and blocked nose
If you’re coughing and nothing is coming out, it could be nasty dry cough. The best way to melt the mucus inside is to add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to a steaming pot of water. Throw a towel over your head and take in the steam from the pot. You will immediately feel your chest and nose open up with the eucalyptus vapors. It is recommended to do this twice a day.
7. Bananas – for hangover
Bananas are rich sources of potassium. After a night of alcohol binging, the body tends to lose electrolytes and potassium. Bananas not only replenish those, but also boost energy and calm the stomach. You may also prepare banana milkshake with honey.