Your medicine cabinet is a terrific first stop for natural healing solutions. Then again, your kitchen might be an equally important resource. A well-stocked kitchen offers up foods that do double duty as disease fighters. “My pharmacy could essentially be a spice rack,” says Jamey Wallace, ND, clinical medical director of Bastyr Center for Natural Health in Seattle, Wash. “All herbs and whole foods have medicinal properties; it’s just a matter of knowing how to use them.”
A lot of items you commonly stock — such as honey, olive oil, lemon, apple cider vinegar, teas and salt — are great remedies for various ailments. If you’re not sure where to begin boosting the healthy quotient of your kitchen, consider adding the following three items:
Ginger is a proven remedy for nausea, indigestion and morning sickness. The herb works by quieting contractions of muscles that surround the stomach and gut.
To use: Slice off a 1/3-inch hunk of fresh ginger. Place it in a mug, fill to the brim with boiling-hot water and let steep for five minutes. Drink as a tea.