Guest Columnist #67 - Kitchen Remedies

Use cloves to soothe a toothache

A compound in cloves called eugenol kills pain and fight infection. Apply clove oil, which you'll find in your local health-food store, to temporarily numb an aching tooth. You can also sprinkle powdered cloves on a cut to prevent infection.

Beat bladder infections with cranberry
This holiday fruit contains compounds that keep bacteria from sticking to bladder walls. To treat bladder or urinary tract infection, try drinking two or three glasses of cranberry juice daily (most cranberry juice contains 10 percent to 20 percent cranberry, an effective amount for most people),or look for concentrated cranberry capsules at your local health-food store.

Help prevent heart disease with garlic
Centuries ago, garlic was known as a demon repellent. Today, scientific evidence shows that garlic can help fight atherosclerosis--cardiovascular disease in which fatty plaque builds up in arteries and obstructs blood flow--by reducing cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. One average-size, raw clove a day is a general preventive.

Quell a quest stomach with ginger
This spice may help people with upset stomachs, especially those caused by motion sickness. Sipping a cup of gingerroot tea or even eating candied ginger can help put your stomach back in order. Ginger also contains compounds that relieve pain and cramps, and studies show that it lowers cholesterol.

Indigestion? Try peppermint
For an occasional case of indigestion, a cup or two of peppermint tea should calm things down. Compounds in peppermint help reduce muscle spasms. Make a tea from one teaspoon of the dried herb for every cup of boiled water.

Soothe cold symptoms with thyme
This herb's antiseptic qualities make it an effective cold-fighter. A thyme tea will help treat minor throat and chest infections (for some it may soothe hay fever
as well).