Salt, lemon and pepper may seem more like things you’d put on a salad, but these three ingredients actually work separately and together as medicine. In fact, many communities around the world still rely on these staples to cure everyday ailments.
With the rising cost of medical care in America, many people are revisiting these time-tested methods to help them get back on their feet. Here are 9 everyday health problems you can cure with black pepper, lemon and sea salt.
1. Sore Throat
Relieve a sore throat, mix 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice, half a teaspoon each of black pepper and a full teaspoon of sea salt into a glass of warm water.
Gargle several times a day to soothe a sore throat and prevent coughing (1).
2. Stuffy Nose
If your nose is clogged up, you can relieve stuffiness by getting yourself to sneeze. Simply mix equal amounts of black pepper, cinnamon, cumin and cardamom seeds into a mortar and pestle and grind until you make a powder. Slowly smell the mixture and embrace the sneeze (2).
3. Clear Gallstones
Gallstones are hardened deposits of digestive fluid that can form in your gallbladder. They can be painful and clog up your digestive system. Typically, the stone have to be surgically removed (3).
However, some people find relief by taking 3 parts olive oil and 1 part each of lemon and black pepper to dissolve the stones.
4. Canker Sores
To promote healing of the mucous membranes in your mouth, dissolve a tablespoon of Himalayan salt into a cup of warm water and swish it around your mouth after every meal. This will help clear away bad bacteria and promote healing. If you’re brave, add a little lemon too: it’ll sting, but your cancer sore will quickly melt away.