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Foods and Drinks That Are Also Home Remedies

Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She researches and shares remedies for using certain products for illnesses.



A lot of people don't realize how many foods and drinks they have on hand that can be used for home remedies. Most households have in their kitchen cabinets, pantries, and refrigerator food and drinks that can also double as first aids and cures for less serious ailments. Some of the products are more effective than over-the-counter medicines.

Check out the foods and drinks listed below in alphabetical order to see which ones you can begin to use as home remedies.


Every household should keep apples on hand. The saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" has been found to be true because an apple contains many nutrients that the body needs on a daily basis.

Eating an apple the first thing in the morning on an empty stomach can provide some comfort for those who suffer from migraine headaches.

Apples are also beneficial for those who have acid reflux because the fruit contains a soluble fiber that absorbs stomach acid. Eating an apple can keep liquid from returning up from the stomach. Any type of apple will work wonders, but organic red or golden delicious apples are much sweeter than some of the other types.


Cinnamon is very good on baked sweet potatoes and oatmeal. Diabetics keep cinnamon on hand because it is a good remedy for maintaining a normal blood sugar level. Some diabetics take cinnamon pills for that reason. However, all you have to do is use the cinnamon that is probably already on your spice rack.

Use Cucumber Slices on Puffy Eyes

Use Cucumber Slices on Puffy Eyes


If you wake up with puffy eyes, a quick remedy is to place cold cucumber slices over each eye. It is a beauty trick that has been used by many people, including celebrities. It is a quick fix because cucumbers are about 95% water.

The cold cucumber slices do two things to help get rid of the puffiness. First, they help blood vessels constrict. Secondly, they help reduce inflammation. Leave them on each eye for about 10 minutes in order to see a difference.


People should keep garlic on hand for more than seasoning food. Garlic has many health benefits, beauty uses, and a solution for some home repairs.

Garlic is helpful to eliminate hair loss and dandruff. It clears the skin of acne, blemishes, psoriasis, and fungal infections. It can be used to prevent and treat cold sores in the mouth, colds, and the flu.

Athlete’s feet can be treated with garlic, and plants can be protected. A little-known tip is that people can control their weight by eating garlic.


Ginger is the ideal home remedy for stomach aches, diarrhea, menstrual cramps, morning sickness, nausea, a sore throat, and a persistent cough. The spice is a good remedy for those ailments especially if you don't have any store-bought pain relievers.

You can use ginger in a cup of tea that is also good as an anti-inflammatory.

Green Tea

Green tea has many great benefits. It is very effective for colds because the virus usually starts in the back of the mouth and throat. Therefore, gargling with green tea is very helpful to use at the first sign of a cold.

You can purchase green tea from the store or you can make your own. Combine one teaspoonful of salt with two cups of strong green tea. Stir the ingredients until they are mixed well. Gargle twice with the mixture during the day for immediate relief. On other occasions, drink green tea for extra measure until you are well.


Every household should keep honey on hand because it is a natural sweetener for foods and drinks. Additionally, honey works much better for a cough and sore throat than some over-the-counter medicines. Besides, it could be less expensive.

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Honey can also be used as a beauty product if you have pimples and blemishes on your face. Put just a small amount of honey on the area in the morning. It is acceptable to leave on the area all day if you stay away from bees. The honey works as an antiseptic that stops the growth of bacteria in its tracks. Therefore, no breakouts will occur.

Lemon Slices

Lemon Slices


Every cook knows that lemons should be kept on hand for cooking and drinking. However, lemons are also good as effective home remedies for the following aches, pain, and illnesses.

  • Use lemons to get rid of acne, eczema and other skin discomforts.
  • Lemon essential oil can help to keep people calm when they are anxious.
  • Lemons are good to eat for hypertension.
  • Lemon juice helps lower cholesterol.
  • Eating lemons can give a person a fresh breath.
  • Lemons are good for insect and bug bites on the skin.
  • Lemon juice offers comfort for canker sores.
  • Drinking lemon juice is a good remedy for fevers and coughs associated with a cold or flu.
  • Use lemon juice on corns and calluses on the feet.
  • Drinking lemon juice helps to eliminate fatigue.
  • Lemon juice can act as an antiseptic and gives relief due to an allergy.
  • Water with lemon can help eliminate insomnia.
  • Lemons are natural agents to help ease the pain of rheumatism in your hands, arms, and legs.
  • Lemons can relieve stomach aches after eating.
  • Lemons get rid of varicose veins.


If you cannot sleep at night, there is no need to toss and turn or count sheep. Reach for nutmeg from your spice rack. It can be turned into a mild sedative if you sip 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg that has been placed in warm milk. It will not be long before you can say "goodnight" to insomnia and fall to sleep.



Those who suffer from eczema have found relief by using oatmeal to calm itchy, inflamed skin. Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties that soothe rashes and other skin discomforts. Combine 1/4 cup of oatmeal and enough water to make a paste that you can apply directly to the skin. Leave on for 10 minutes for immediate comfort.

Sea Salt

Sea salt is very effective to use on dry skin on elbows, knees, and heels. Sea salt is a very good exfoliator that can clear away dry skin because the grains are much thicker than regular salt.

In a bowl, combine one cup of sea salt with 1/2 cup of light massage oil. Use only on those rough body parts because the concoction will hurt on the skin that doesn't need exfoliation.


Vinegar is an item that should always be in your kitchen cabinet so you don't have to run out and buy it when you need to use it as a home remedy. Apple cider vinegar is an effective remedy for indigestion. It helps to break down food and to reduce gas.

Vinegar is an excellent home remedy for toenail fungus if you soak your feet in it twice a day. Mix vinegar with an equal amount of water. The combination will kill the fungus and also get rid of stains under the toenail. There is no need to purchase expensive vinegar when you intend to use it on your body instead of eating it in foods.


Yogurt is just as much a beauty aid as it is a food. However, buy the plain cheaper brand when you intend to use it on your face and other parts of your body.

Yogurt is so versatile that it can be used to get rid of acne and pimples as well as be used as an anti-aging facial. Use yogurt to soothe psoriasis, sunburn, and to get rid of wrinkles on the face and dark circles from under the eyes. Yogurt is also good to use as a condition for hair and to keep it from falling out and to eliminate embarrassing dandruff.

Yogurt is an excellent home remedy for whitening your teeth, keeping fingernails looking polished, cracked heels, and for washing your dog.

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Please share in the comments section below any food or drink you use for minor aches and pains.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


Burnette Brown on September 29, 2020:

This is an excellent article. I will definitely share this information with my friends and post it on my refrigerator for future reference. Thank you for sharing.

Alyssa from Ohio on December 15, 2019:

What a fascinating list! I learned so much from your article and I'm glad that I have quite of few of these items on hand. Thank you for sharing these remedies!

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