As the famous Hippocrates supposedly said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
In my opinion there is some truth to that statement: Since food plays a vital role in how living bodies function, in reference to the inter-workings of our internal organs and our immune system to stay strong during bouts with specific viruses and unhealthy bacteria.
Of course with folk medicine, I think there is a lot of truth to that statement, especially with certain folk medicine ingredients and staples. Below are 3 folk medicine kitchen ingredients for overall well-being:
Apple Cider Vinegar: The origins of Apple Cider Vinegar are hard to trace to a specific region, since most cultures have been making vinegar for centuries, however, apple cider vinegar is a go to for many and is touted as a “general health tonic”, especially to cut the risk of heart disease.
The benefits come from the vinegar’s alpha-linolenic acid. So how do you reap any benefits of apple cider vinegar? The simplest way is to add a tablespoon or two to 6 ounces of water and drink it (or use a tablespoon of it to dress up a flavorless salad).
Black Seed Oil: Black seed oil is native to the South West Asia. It is an anti-inflammatory and has been found to contain anti-tumor properties.
Some people may be aware of black seed oil and that it is available in capsule form & liquid form as a nutritional supplement, but not a lot of people know that you can also use black seed oil as a cooking oil.
Black Seed oil has an “oregano-y” taste; maybe even a “peppery” flavor, but it is a heavier taste than the usual olive oil or coconut oil that can be used for cooking.
Manuka Honey: Manuka honey origins are in New Zealand via the Manuka bush. This honey contains methylglyoxal or MG, which gives the honey antibiotic properties. It also decreases bodily inflammation and can help heal minor burns and wounds.
To incorporate manuka honey into your routine, you can add a teaspoon of it into hot tea or drizzle a little on toast.