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.

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A Folk Medicine Staple All of You Should Be Using…

I am sure a few of you have grown up with some type of folk medicine ingredient to help make your daily life a little easier. A couple of common folk medicine ingredient examples is the use of honey as cough medicine and olive oil drops in the ear canal to soothe the pain for ear infection relief. However, there is one ingredient that I believe everyone should have as a folk medicine staple in their kitchen.

Drum roll, please…

Distilled vinegar.

So, why is distilled vinegar a folk medicine staple that I think all of you should have on deck?

For a few reasons, of course: Distilled vinegar can be used to clean glassware and windows. It can also be used as a fat loss aid. Hell, even hospitals are now using distilled vinegar as a way to disinfect and sanitize their emergency rooms!

So, what makes distilled vinegar a beneficial staple? Well, the vinegar contains a powerful ingredient called acetic acid which has been proven to kill certain types of harmful bacteria, lower blood sugar, decrease high cholesterol levels and decrease instances of high blood pressure for some individuals.

Now — you will want to purchase the type of vinegar that has low acidity. The safest distilled vinegar has a maximum of 5% acetic acid, and even then, you do not want to take a spoonful of it without first diluting it in water, or it will literally take your breath away.

For example, I take a half teaspoon of distilled vinegar and combine it with 6 to 8 ounces of purified water first thing in the morning. I also use distilled vinegar to wash my raw meats before cooking to remove excess goo and to add a little flavor to my food.

Now, like anything else, you want to use caution when ingesting vinegar(s), since vinegar’s acid can erode tooth enamel and can cause ulcers when taken in excess.

You can purchase vinegar at nearly any and every store, and it is relatively inexpensive. So, if you have no distilled vinegar in your home, think about investing in some — it is a folk medicine kitchen staple that you will be glad to have around.