9 foods that cure

instead of medicine, here are 9 foods that can provide some relief:

  1. Aloe Vera
    Grow it: Plant in pots placed in full sunshine. Water well.
    Use it: Break open the thick leaves and apply the gel that seeps out to your skin to soothe sunburn.
  2. Basil
    Grow it: This sweet, fragrant annual is ideal for growing in pots. Pull off the white flowers as soon as they appear to keep it from going to seed and your herbs from tasting bitter.
    Use it: Rub crushed leaves on your temples to relieve headaches. Pour boiling water over basil leaves for a pain-relieving footbath.
  3. Lavender
    Grow it: This sun-loving plant needs good drainage. Use a small pot filled with gravel and a light soil.
    Use it: It has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Crush a handful of the heads and add to a bowl of boiling water to use as a steam bath for your face. You can also dab the oil from the flowers on blemishes.
  4. Lemon Balm
    Grow it: Pot it, or it will colonize your garden.
    Use it: Use for healing and preventing cold sores. Also, rub leaves directly onto skin as a natural insect repellent or to soothe bites.
  5. Mint
    Grow it: Use a sunken pot, because it grows vigorously.
    Use it: Ideal for treating the collywobbles, which you might know as butterflies in the stomach. Sip tea made with fresh peppermint leaves to soothe stomach cramps, nausea, and flatulence. For a natural decongestant, place a fistful of mint leaves in a shallow bowl and cover with boiling water. Lean over it, drape a towel over your head, and breathe the steam.
  6. Parsely
    Grow it: Thrives in a pot in the sun as long as the soil is kept moist. Feed with organic fertilizer.
    Use it: Immune-system booster. Eat one tablespoon of chopped flatleaf or curly parsley daily. Chewing parsley neutralizes mouth odors.
  7. Rosemary
    Grow it: This hardy perennial loves basking in sunshine.
    Use it: Tea made from a thumb-sized piece has been known to lift spirits in people suffering from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and hangovers. Infuse warm red wine with rosemary, cinnamon, and cloves to soothe winter colds.
  8. Sage
    Grow it: Needs full sun and a dry sandy soil. Sage means “to be in good health.”
    Use it: Gargle with a broth made from a quarter-cup of leaves (and cooled) to relieve sore throat.
  9. Thyme
    Grow it: Plant in dry, light soil. Needs sun.
    Use it: A powerful antioxidant as well as an antiseptic. Drink a tea made from lemon thyme to treat colds before bed. Warning: don’t use thyme when pregnant.

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read article by Jeff Csatari & Nikki Werner for Organic Gardening: 9 Food Cures You Can Grow at Home

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