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11 Health Remedies You Can Find In Your Kitchen

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Did you know some of your most powerful allies in the fight against disease might be hiding in your pantry or spice rack? It's not just "superfoods" that pack a punch, but common kitchen staples that can cure everything from constipation to inflammation.

Here are 11 natural remedies and food ingredients that help combat common conditions.

Oatmeal for eczema. Have itchy, inflamed skin this winter? A breakfast staple could come to your rescue. Oatmeal may sooth rashes because it's packed with phytochemicals that can reduce inflammation.

Dr. Kavita Mariwalla, a New York City-based dermatologist, suggests an oatmeal bath to ease the itch and discomfort of eczema. Grind 1/3 cup of plain oatmeal into a fine powder with a blender, pour the powder into lukewarm bath water and stir evenly with your hands until the water is a milky color.

Mariwalla also suggests making an oatmeal paste out of 1/4 cup of oatmeal and a small amount of water that can be applied directly to the skin.

Another alternative: olive oil. Olive oil is packed with antioxidants, which may reduce inflammation and moisturize the skin. Rub a thin layer of olive oil on the affected area; it will create a seal that keeps the skin from drying out.

Sea salt for dry skin. Sick of shelling out money for expensive scrubs and balms? Why not turn to your pantry for instead. The solution? Sea salt. "Sea salt is a good exfoliator because it has thicker grains that do a good job of clearing away dry skin," Mariwalla says. You can make the at-home scrub by combining one cup of sea salt with 1/2 cup of massage oil.

"Use a bowl to make sure the mixture stays moist, like wet sand, and not runny," Mariwalla says.

It's best to use this scrub on areas that need deeper exfoliation, and avoid sensitive areas like your face or the back of your arms.

Sea salt can also cure athlete’s foot. Dr. Suzanne Levine, a podiatric surgeon, says that a saline solution provides a hostile environment for fungus and softens skin so antifungal medications can penetrate the skin even more deeply. She suggests a five- to 10-minute salt water foot soak for athlete’s foot.

Avocado for inflammation. You've heard of the "good fats" in avocados, but what about their anti-inflammatory properties? Avocados are filled with vitamins C, E, and carotenoids, which can calm both redness and inflammation. This green fruit can also relieve dry, itchy skin and can double as a great face mask. Try mashing half of an avocado and applying it directly to your face for 30 minutes.

Sugar for hiccups. A teaspoon of sugar . . . makes the hiccups go away? According to experts, it just might. Dr. Wayne Andersen, medical director of Take Shape for Life, says that when you hiccup, the diaphragm undergoes a series of spasms. The sweet sensation of sugar may calm these spasms.

Andersen suggests keeping the sugar under your tongue until you stop hiccupping, and then swallowing it.

Prunes for constipation. You've probably heard of this natural cure before, but it's a good reminder to know that prunes are rich in insoluble fiber, which is a great constipation fighter. Prunes also contain natural laxative properties, which may be better for your system than drugstore medications.

According to Andersen, the body can become desensitized to over-the-counter laxatives with time.

Lemon for age spots. Who wouldn't want to look younger for less than a dollar a day? According to Dr. Audrey Kunin, a cosmetic dermatologist, you may be able to. Cut a few lemon wedges and place them directly onto your age spots for 10 to 15 minutes a day to decrease their appearance.

"The acid in the fresh lemon juice may help lighten the age spots," she says. You may notice a difference in 6 to 12 weeks.

Tonic water for restless legs. The quinine in tonic water helps stop repeated muscle contractions and may help sufferers of restless leg syndrome. A 6-ounce glass before bed should do the trick.

Honey for cuts and scrapes. Not only does honey dry to make a natural bandage, it has three powerful ingredients that aid in wound-healing. The sugar in honey prevents bacteria from growing, hydrogen peroxide disinfects and propolis kills bacteria.

Apple cider vinegar is another great natural anti-inflammatory. Although not recommended for open cuts or scrapes, it may work wonders for bruises. You can dab a little on a cotton ball and rub it directly on the bruise.

Milk for sleep. "The old wives' tale of having warm milk really does help," psychiatrist Bernard Vittone says. The wives tale may hold true because milk contains the amino acid tryptophan, which may aid in relaxation.

Baking soda for urinary tract infections. Urologist Larrian Gillesphie says baking soda makes the bladder more alkaline, which prevents bacteria from multiplying. Gillespie suggests 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda mixed in 8 ounces of water, continued daily. This should be taken only until you can get in to see your doctor and get a culture.

Turmeric for infections. Turmeric is heralded as "holy powder" in India for its ability to prevent infections. "Foods [like Turmeric] with curcumin have strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties so they can help with cleansing and healing," Andersen says. A study in the Biochemical Journal found that curcumin can stop bacteria from multiplying. You can dab turmeric directly to a superficial cut or scrape, using a few drops of water to make a paste.

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