From oil pulling to applying aloe vera in your skin to clear dry skin, your kitchen can very well turn up to be your most trusted corner to find natural health fixes for several issues. In this article we have rounded up some of the most potent natural remedies for common health issues that enhance the healing power of your body:


Natural Remedies for Common Health Issues

  1. Onion, the Drawer of Toxins

It is very well acknowledged that onion is a drawer of bad odor and toxins. It can be used as a poultice or a herbal wrap or be used in both a cooked and non-cooked form to treat several ailments.  Thiosulfinates found in onions have the ability to kill off harmful bacteria like salmonella and E. coli

Treat Ear Aches with Onion

Firstly, you can use steamed onion to treat earache. For this, you need to steam a whole peeled onion and slice it into half. Then squeeze out its juice in a spoon and use it as drops for the ear.

Or you can make a poultice. Wrap it in a white towel with a slice of half steamed onion. Then secure it in a plastic cover so that the warmth is kept and press it against your ears. As long as it’s warm, you can bandage it in your ears and once it is cold take it off. This will provide heat therapy to relax the muscles and help to draw out all the toxins. It will also aid to take off pus from infections.

Sometimes, one application is enough to a couple of times a day might be needed to provide you relief. Your body will give you the sign as to whether it’s effective. You can also use steamed onion poultice on boils in your skin.

Onion as a cough syrup 

On the other hand, raw onion can be used to stimulate the respiratory organs and clear out mucus. It can be beneficial to clear cold and cough symptoms. You can chop up a raw onion and put it in a plastic bag. Place your feet inside the cover and wrap it up to secure and then put socks on it to hold it together. The biggest pores in your body are situated in the bottom of your feet and it will take it where it needs to go.

Raw onion can also be used to make a cough syrup. Chop up an onion and put a layer in a jar, Drizzle honey on top. Continue increasing the layer along with 1 tsp of honey with each layer up to the desired quantity you want. After 24 hours it will attain a syrup consistency.

Then, you can give this to children aged 2 years and above about half a teaspoon 3 times a day and 1 teaspoon for adults. Onion along with the soothing properties of honey will provide instant relief for a cough or sore throat.

  1. Castor Oil Compress for Pain

Penetrating deeper than any other oil, Castor oil breaks lumps, bumps, congestion, bone spurs, chronic pain and more. A castor oil compress can be used for tumors, cysts, fibroids, and several ailments.

Pour out a small circle of castor oil in a clean white cloth and let it soak for about 30 minutes. After, you can keep the compress on a bone spur, sore joints, congested chest, on the abdomen to treat constipation. You can use it anywhere topically without worrying about any side-effects.

  1. Garlic, Powerful Antibiotic

Research shows that garlic is 100 times more powerful than tetracycline, a common antibiotic. It takes about three big pods of garlic to unleash its antibiotic properties. You can directly grate it into your food as cooking it can decrease its power. Sourdough bread slice with a drizzle of olive oil, fresh tomatoes, avocado, and freshly grated garlic flakes makes it an undercover antibiotic delicacy.

Else, you can make a flu bomb out of garlic to treat bronchitis, asthma, sinus, and symptoms of flu. Here’s how:

  • Crushed Garlic – how much ever you can handle, up to 1 to 2 Tsp
  • Finely grated ginger – 1/4 tsp
  • Eucalyptus or Tea Tree Oil – 1 Drop
  • Cayenne Pepper – to taste
  • Lemon – 1/2 lemon juice
  • Honey – 1 teaspoon
  • Hot Water – 1/3 cup

Mix all the ingredients and you can have that up to 3 times a day until you see relief. For babies, you can make a garlic poultice with a thin slice of garlic and bind it to the bottom of their foot. Do not use chopped or crushed garlic as it can tend to cause blisters.

  1. The Humble Potato to Treat Tissue Inflammation

Used for tender parts of the body, Potato provides a cooling effect and works well with inflamed areas because of its high phosphorous content. Also, its alkaline properties neutralize the acid and provide relief with inflammation.

Make a grated potato poultice by placing a sheet of plastic underneath a clean cloth and grate the potato straight onto the cloth. Use a small quantity so that it does not leak out of the poultice. Fold over the poultice in layers and apply it on top of the swollen area for a few hours. This will make the skin soft and rid of infections naturally without the need for painkillers and antibiotics.

  1. Ginger for Joint Inflammation

In the same way, you can also use grated ginger poultice for your joints. A natural remedy for arthritis and gout, apply it to any area of the problem – lower back, wrists, knees, toes for about 30 minutes to one hour. It will induce heat to relax the muscles and reduce inflammation.

  1. Cayenne Pepper, the Blood Stimulator

Used internally and externally, to stimulate blood flow and circulation, Cayenne Pepper helps to improve the body’s healing power. If you are feeling numb or have cold feet, you can make a compress out of a few drops of olive oil and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper to stimulate blood flow to that area. You can also put it over your thyroid gland for an underactive thyroid problem.

  1. Charcoal, Neutralizes Poison and Toxins

Charcoal can absorb up to 150 times its own waste in poison, it can be used internally or externally. For insect bites, spider bites, bee stings, boils, pimple, sore eyes, you can apply a charcoal poultice. Prepare a poultice in a plastic bag using water, charcoal and flax seed meal or psyllium powder to give it a good texture. Apply it on the infected area for few hours or overnight and it will drain out everything without leaving marks.

  1. Epsom Salt to Clear Infections and Abscesses

Draw out infections or abscesses naturally in a swollen or wounded area. Make a poultice of Epsom salt and baking soda. Apply it on the infected area a couple of times a day. You will notice that any abscesses will pop out on its own before it had to be lanced by a doctor. It will also ensure that the infection is not spread.

Before the dawn of modern day medicines and drugs, these age-old natural remedies were used by our ancestors to tackle almost anything from sore muscles and burns to insect bites. Ensure that you don’t have any sensitivities to any of the ingredients before trying. Enhance the healing capacity of your body with these natural remedies for common health issues.