Whether you’ve partied a little too hard or just feel under the weather, look to your kitchen for all manner of get-well-quick cures in plain sight. Best of all, when consumed regularly, these staples also act as powerful preventive medicine. Give them a go and experience the results yourself!
Good for bloated tummies
Fresh pineapple contains powerful digestive enzymes that can help ease a painful bloated stomach. Snack on about a cup each day to keep that food-baby look at bay.
Good for bladder health
At the first hint of a UTI, grab a bowl of blueberries. Whether fresh or frozen, they’re loaded with plant compounds that target trouble-making bacteria.
Good for cold sores, mouth ulcers
Dabbing raw, unpasteurised honey onto cold sores or mouth ulcers can help to heal them faster, thanks to its powerful anti-inflammatory enzymes.
Good for muscular aches, pains
Along with every other good thing water does, drinking eight glasses each day may also help flush out pain-triggering compounds called histamines.
Good for nausea, indigestion, pain relief
Fresh ginger is a powerful antispasmodic, which means it’s great for settling upset tummies. Slice or grate one to two tablespoons into a cup of hot water, steep for 20 minutes and sip slowly.
Good for toothaches
Cloves contain a natural anaesthetic called eugenol. Gently chewing on a clove can help ease pain and inflammation if you can’t get to your dentist right away.
Good for hangovers
After a night on the tiles, your instinct might be to reach for greasy burgers or other fast food. But a banana, which is rich in potassium, will make you feel better much faster.
Good for sunburn
The polysaccharides in oatmeal can help heal burned skin. Place a cupful into a sock, seal with a rubber band and put in a warm bath. Press the sock onto your skin to release its heat.
Good for hangover headaches, migraines
A cup of good, strong coffee can help zap a headache into oblivion. If you still need to take a painkiller, experts say coffee may help it work even faster.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Good for heartburn
Mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with 250ml warm water. Sip several cups throughout the day to help ease and ward off indigestion brought on by overindulging.