HONEY OR SUGAR FOR MINOR WOUNDS
For centuries, honey has been used to treat skin wounds and burns and now it’s used in hospitals around the globe to deal with skin infections.
When honey comes into contact with damaged skin, it triggers the production of antibacterial hydrogen peroxide, and using honey or sugar on a cut can deprive the bacteria of water, which ultimately destroys them.
TEABAGS FOR INSECT BITES
A bite from a gnat, midge, mosquito or even an ant will normally cause a red lump that turns itchy because of a mild allergy-like reaction.
Two possible ways to avoid scratching involve using teabags and oatmeal.
Allow a hot tea bag to cool and then apply the liquid to the sting site to relieve inflammation and reduce the swelling.
The other method is to mix uncooked oatmeal and water into a paste and apply to the itchy area directly to help reduce inflammation and have a cooling effect on the bite.
BAKING SODA FOR CYSTITIS
Exposure to chemicals like chlorine in the swimming pool can irritate the area where urine leaves the body and can trigger cystitis, or bladder inflammation, in women.
Drinking half a teaspoon of baking soda stirred into a glass of water several times a day helps because it makes urine less acidic and less likely to cause stinging.
CUCUMBER FOR SUNBURN
Cucumber can bring relief to sore, sunburned skin because it contains vitamin C and caffeic acid which both have anti-inflammatory effects that reduce the irritation.
While many foods contains vitamin C, it’s the combination of these compounds that works best — together with the cooling effects of the cucumbe.
BANANAS FOR HANGOVER
Eating a banana when you’re hungover helps raise depleted sugar levels, which may be low because the liver is busy processing alcohol instead of sugar.
The banana slowly releases the sugar into the bloodstream and it’s also gentle on the stomach, which may be irritated by the alcohol.
CAMOMILE TEA FOR SORE EYES
Camomile tea helps swollen and irritated eyes, because it contains anti-irritant compounds that soothe inflammation.
To use it, remove the teabag and allow it to cool before placing it against closed eyes.
GINGER FOR TRAVEL SICKNESS
Ginger is used to relieve morning sickness in pregnancy and nausea associated with chemotherapy, and some studies suggest that it can also help with motion sickness.
It’s believed that compounds in ginger that make it spicy provide the benefits, possibly by blocking chemical messages in the brain and helping to relax muscles in the stomach and gut.
Popular ways to take it include ginger tea, ginger biscuits and dried ginger.