The Spice Rack herbal medicine chest

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Sometimes we forget that relief can be as close as your pantry. Try these remedies the next time you need a little something


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  1. Allspice: Relieves muscle aches and pains. First grind Allspice into apowder then add water to make a paste. Spread on a strip of clean muslin and apply to sore area.
  2. Anise: Helps congestion from allergies, colds or flu, and settle upset
    stomach with gas. Make a tea by steeping 1 teaspoon of anise seeds in 1 cup
    of boiling water. Strain before drinking. Also chew a couple anise seeds as
    needed for bad breath.
  3. Basil: For relief of cough, make a tea of dried basil (1 teaspoon) per 1 cup
    boiling water. Steep then strain, add a spoonful of honey then drink.
  4. Bay Leaves: Helps with dandruff. Make a rinse by crushing a handful of bay
    leaves to one liter water (first brought to boiling then removed from heat).
    Cover and steep for 20 minutes. Strain and cool. Apply to hair and leave for
    45 minutes to 60 minutes. Rinse clean.
  5. Black Ground Pepper: Stops bleeding, sprinkle a generous amount on a cut. Pain free.
  6. Caraway Seeds: Chew on a few seeds to help with flatulence. You can also make a tea by steeping 1 tsp seeds per cup of boiling water. Strain before
  7. Cardamom: Digestive aid, brew a tea with 1 teaspoon cardamom and 1 cup boiling water. Steep. Drink tea with meals.
  8. Cayenne Pepper: Sprinkle a pinch of Cayenne Pepper on meals to clear sinuses Also a natural appetite suppressant and increases metabolism. Sprinkle
    cayenne pepper on a toothbrush or add to a glass of water to gargle/rinse mouth–helps prevent gum disease and speeds up healing gingivitis. For toothaches, make a paste with cayenne pepper and water, apply to sore area.
  9. Celery Seed: Relief from fluid retention: Make a diuretic tea by roughly crushing 1 1/2 teaspoons celery seed and steep in 1 cup boiling water (20
    minutes). If you’re menstruating late, this infusion can be used to bring on menstruation. Also helps with high blood pressure and anxiety.
  10. Cinnamon: Mix 1/2 tsp of cinnamon to coffee or tea to help raise good cholesterol levels. Arthritis pain: try 1/2 tsp cinnamon mixed with 1 tsp
    honey. To help with heavy menstruating, add a bit of cinnamon to tea, coffee or sprinkle on foods.
  11. Cloves: Chew one clove for bad breath. For toothache pain, rest a clove against the sore area until pain goes away. You can also chew on a 3 or 4 cloves to relieve nausea. To relieve a sore throat, slowly chew on a few cloves.
  12. Coriander: Boil one teaspoon of coriander seeds in 1 cup of water, drink. Helps with high cholesterol.
  13. Cumin: Boil 1 cup of water with a teaspoon of cumin seeds, simmer for a few seconds. Strain and cool. Drink for cold relief.
  14. Dill Seed: Try swallowing a teaspoon of dill seed to stop hiccups. Mask bad breath by eating a bit of dill seed.
  15. Fennel Seeds: Chew a couple fennel seeds for bad breath. For stomach cramp relief, you can brew a tea by steeping 1 teaspoon seeds per cup of boiling
    water. Strain before drinking. Crush seeds slightly when making tea and is good for flatulence.
  16. Garlic Powder: Mosquito Repellent: Make a garlic powder and water paste.
    Apply to pulse points, behind knees, on shoes and ankles and a dab or two on your cheeks or somewhere on your face and neck–-keep out of eyes.
  17. Ginger: Brew a tea with 1/2 teaspoon ginger per cup of boiling water. Strain before drinking. Helps with nausea. If you have fresh ginger on hand,
    chewing a bit is more effective than ginger tea. For headache relief, make a
    paste of ground ginger and water, apply to temple area. Mix 1/2 teaspoon of
    ground ginger with 1 teaspoon of honey for cough relief. Drink tea to fight
    motion sickness (or chew on a fresh piece).
  18. Mustard Powder: To relieve congestion, mix 1 tablespoon of mustard powder
    with 1 liter of hot water then soak feet.
  19. Mint (peppermint or spearmint): Brew a tea with 1 1/2 teaspoons dried mint
    per cup of boiling water. Strain before drinking. Helps with stomach aches
    and cramps.
  20. Sage: Control hot flashes (caused by menopause) by drinking sage tea three
    times a day. Boil 1/2 teaspoon sage per 1 cup boiling water. Steep (10
    minutes), strain and drink.
  21. Salt: Canker sore remedy: Apply salt directly to the sore or rinse your
    mouth a couple times a day with a strong salt water solution–stings. For
    mosquito bite relief, make a salt and water paste then apply to bite area.
  22. Thyme: Sooth a cough with thyme tea. Brew 1 tablespoon dried thyme in 1 cup
    boiling water. Strain then drink (for sore throats, gargle with this tea).
    Helps relieve gas and stomach cramps. Brew a tea with 1 tsp dried thyme per
    1 cup boiling water. Strain before drinking.
  23. Turmeric: Fever relief: Mix 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder with 1 cup of
    warmed milk, add a teaspoon of honey.

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