3 Folk Medicine Kitchen Ingredients for Overall Well-Being

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.


Ease the Pain of Eczema with this Folk Medicine Remedy!

Eczema can be caused by an array of things; from allergies to hormonal imbalances to being stressed out.

Signs of eczema include:

  • itching
  • dark, dry skin patches
  • rash, forming a cluster of red, raised bumps.

I have suffered from eczema every so often throughout the years, however over the past year my eczema flare ups were becoming worse. I tried everything to which I found that changing my diet helped a lot and also topical folk remedies worked wonders for healing any burning and skin cracking that occurred.

Some folk medicine remedies that can stave off or soothe eczema flare are narrowing down any outside sources than cause eczema outbreaks, such as detergents or lotions, avocado oil, coconut oil and honey.

I personally tried coconut oil (which does work to take the intense itching away) but it will ruin clothes if you are not careful.

I also tried raw honey, which is a natural antibiotic, however only at night, because it can be messy as well.

But… I also tried a commercial product that is crafted with natural ingredients, which has high grade honey: Egyptian Magic.

I purchased Egyptian Magic initially because I read a review about it online and decided to try it.

Aside from making sure any open wounds were cleaned and bandaged, my skin still felt dry. It was also severely cracked, burned like fire and made a lot of every day tasks uncomfortable.

Here is a picture of my hands with the worst eczema flare up a few months ago:

I still have some scaring from the eczema, however, using Egyptian Magic has done wonders by taking away any urge to scratch due to the itching, cracking and burning that are caused by eczema.

Also, the Egyptian Magic isn’t just for eczema flare ups, I also use it for any minor scratches that can come from day to day activities and it’s so gentle that I use it on my five year old’s skin when she has any boo-boos and my husband’s skin if he has any scrapes that happened while he was at work!

IMHO, Egyptian Magic is affordable and will last a while (it lasts around 2 months for me to use it all) and it is worth every penny!

If you suffer from eczema or skin irritations and want fast relief, Egyptian Magic makes a great “go to” product.

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Garlic: “The Tiny Fighter”.

When I was a small child, my grandmother would occasionally have one 8 oz mason jar in her fridge.

In that mason jar, was garlic tea.

The tea she concocted came from a few cloves of fresh garlic that she had grown and maybe two to three cups of hot, boiled water.

The tea was freshly brewed and she would use it as a cold/flu preventative, especially during the fall and winter months.

Now — my grandmother didn’t drink or force anyone to drink a mason jar full of tea in one sitting — she would give the garlic tea in doses of one or two teaspoonfuls once or twice a day; and for me, I would have one teaspoonful once or twice a week, if that.

I am proud to say that my immune system must have benefited from the garlic tea preparation because I was rarely sick.

So, what are other benefits of this tiny fighter besides being a cold and flu preventative?

Garlic has antibacterial properties, antiviral properties and has the ability to kill parasites that can infiltrate the human body.

Do you remember any special remedy that has been passed down through the lines of your family that promotes overall health?

If so, let me know, below.