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Remedies in Your Kitchen

By Sara Butler

You can’t replace the service you get from a medical professional when it comes to your health, especially when you’re sick. But you can find things that are probably in your very own kitchen that can help with what’s ailing you when it’s minor. Here are a few kitchen staples that can work double duty as ways to resolve small problems you may be having.


Everyone has vinegar in their kitchen! It’s a tasty addition to foods and it makes a great, natural cleanser for your home. If you’re cooking in your kitchen and sustain a minor burn, vinegar can help. A simple burn may be prevented from blistering by adding some vinegar to it right away. Just be warned that severe or deep burns need medical attention – if it’s bad enough, a boatload of vinegar isn’t going to help.

Tea Bags

If you wake up with puffy swollen eyes, then you should put some tea bags on them. The caffeine and tannins in tea can help to soothe inflammation and swelling. All you need to do is steep some tea, allow the bags to cool off and then place directly on your closed eyes.

Black tea bags are also of great use in the summer to help soothe your skin if you get a sunburn. If you’re going to the dentist and having a tooth extracted, tea bags can also help blood to clot.

Olive Oil

If your skin is chapped or chafed, then put some olive oil on it! It can help to soothe your skin and will last longer than any kind of water-based moisturizer. If your heels resemble sandpaper, then you can benefit from applying some oil to them and then slipping on some socks right before bed. They’ll be the silkiest heels in town!


These green gems are tasty and they are great for moisturizing and calming inflamed dry skin. The Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and antioxidants in avocados help to make them a miracle for your skin, so try mashing up half of an avocado to apply to your face for about 30 minutes. Just make sure you have some extra on hand so you won’t be tempted to use tortilla chips to scoop it off your face and eat it. That’s not recommended.

There are all kinds of natural remedies around your home. While you should never use any of these as a substitute for medical care if you have a serious problem, they’ll do in a pinch to help solve some less serious issues!

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