By Peggy Tanous
So often people think you have to have a lot of money and only shop at a store like Whole Foods to be healthy. Well, I want to prove that theory wrong. There are so many everyday household items that can be used for so many different ailments and reasons. I bet if you opened up your pantry you would already have several of these items I will list and they are all fairly inexpensive. They all have numerous uses, from cleaning, to health aids, detox methods, skin healing to products to aid in doing a cleanse. I am not a doctor and don’t claim to be, but I have had great luck with these products and wanted to share them with all of you! So get out a piece of paper and get ready to be excited about your pantry!
Let’s start with my all-time favorite product Baking Soda. Not only can you use this to bake, but it is great for whitening your teeth, cleaning your bathrooms without harsh chemicals and fragrances and great to add to laundry. My favorite use for baking soda is to add to bath soaks. When I am sore from working out, sick or have been to the dentist getting x rays or flying on an airplane, the first thing I do when I get home is to take an Epsom salt and baking soda bath. This bath pulls out all the radiation in your body and soothes sore muscles. If you have high blood pressure, however, you want to skip the Epsom salt, as this can heighten blood pressure. Soaking in just the baking soda has the same effect. The latest use I found for baking soda is adding it to water while boiling eggs. Once the eggs are done boiling it will be extremely easy to pull off the shells.
My second favorite product is Hydrogen Peroxide. Every time I go to a Farmer’s Market I come home and soak my fruit and veggies in water with about a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide. This will remove any pesticides, dirt or coating from the food. I also use hydrogen peroxide to gargle with if I have a sore throat. It works wonders. And lastly, if my kids get ear aches I put a little peroxide down their ear to clean it out and avoid infection.
Next on my list is Castor Oil. I first bought castor oil while I was pregnant with my oldest daughter London. I was late having her by four days and my mom told me to drink castor oil to speed up labor. I didn’t end up needing to use it so I’m not sure if it really works in helping induce labor, but I have discovered a few other uses that I love. The first is if you have a pimple or can feel one starting to pop up put a little dab of castor oil on it and it will bring it to the surface. I had posted this on my fan page Peggy Tanous on Facebook and a woman emailed me about a week later thanking me because her daughter has had terrible acne most of her life and started using the castor oil and her face is almost clear. The other great benefit of Castor Oil I found was using it as a liver flush. My mother-in-law had told me to buy wool flannel cloths at Mother’s or one of the health food stores and soak the cloth in castor oil. I then place it on my right side just below my ribcage which is where your liver is. Add a heating pad and let this soak in for about 30 minutes. I do this every day for a week and it cleanses my liver.
Another favorite household item is Apple Cider Vinegar. This type vinegar helps kill pathogens, including several types of bacteria. It can help treat lice, nail fungus, warts and ear infections. It is also great in naturally preserving food. There have been studies showing that apple cider vinegar helps lower blood sugar levels, which in turn can help you lose weight. It also causes the body to feel fuller, so this too can aid in weight loss.
The fifth household item I love is Lemons. Lemons are not only great for flavoring food, but they are great for flushing out your system and keeping your body alkaline. I add a few to my water every day. They also are great for adding flavor to drinks or looking nice as a garnish. Lemons can also be a bleaching agent and can be added to your skincare regime to lighten dark spots and pigmentation or discoloration.
My final favorite hidden gem you probably have in your pantry is White Vinegar. I use this to clean my floors and remove stains without the harsh chemicals and horrible fragrances so many products have. It is also great to add a little to salads for flavoring, add to water to help bring life back to wilted fruit and veggies while you soak them and it is a great product to unclog your garbage disposal. Another great use for white vinegar is to remove gum that is stuck on rugs or carpet. Finally, cats hate it, so if you have an area of your house you don’t want your cats in or need them to stop scratching somewhere, just spray the white vinegar!
I hope you find these inexpensive and great household product uses helpful! Please reach out to me anytime at peggytanous.com, Peggy Tanous on FB and @peggytanous on Twitter. Until next time, stay positive!!!!