We are always running. Nobody has the time to fall ill. We are all so busy that the moment we face any health issues, we just rush to the doctor and pop a pill in our mouth. We want instant relief and can’t afford to miss out on important work. Let me tell you this is more of a habit than a requirement! And there is no compulsion to go to the doctor for petty issues.

No doubt, prescription drugs are very effective and we get better with a very short span of time but we must remember that there are many side effects of eating too many medicines. Medicines that we buy from the chemist can affect the liver and the kidney over the long run. Most importantly, we ruin the immunity of our body by taking too many medicines. Our body loses the ability to fight infections on its own when we give it medicines. Moreover, the body might become immune to certain medicines and may not even react to them when taken over a prolonged period of time.

Well, we have a solution for this as well. Instead of going to the doctor for a small ailment, just look around in your own kitchen, on the counter.

You’ll find so many ingredients that can help you to sail through various infections:

Olive oil

Loaded with Vitamin E and antioxidants, this clear green oil can provide instant relief to chapped skin and cracked heels. Just massage your skin with olive oil to make it smooth and soft. It is anti-inflammatory and it prevents the skin from ageing and also helps to reduce acne and pimples. Olive oil is a wonderful moisturizer for your dry scalp. It also helps to control your cholesterol levels.

Tea bags

If you like drinking tea, just save your tea bags. Tea contains caffeine and tannins which give it anti-inflammatory and cooling properties. Whenever you have dark circles or puffy eyes, just prepare some tea and refrigerate the tea bags. Close your eyes and put the cool tea bags over your eyes. They soothe the eyes and help to relieve puffiness and swelling. Tea bags work wonders on your sunburned skin.

Ginger

This one really is a wonder root. For all your gastrointestinal problems, such as malabsorption, nausea, indigestion and pain, ginger can do the trick. Sipping some ginger tea can help provide relief to your tummy. It helps to strengthen your immunity and fights bacterial infections. Ginger is extremely helpful for diabetics as it enhances your sensitivity to insulin. It helps to improve your blood circulation and also helps to fight various common problems of the respiratory tract. Just add a teaspoon of honey to your ginger tea to reduce the stinging and for additional benefits.

Basil

This herb that is found in various households is the cure to various ailments. If you suffer from skin problems, just use basil more often. It helps to clear your skin and make it blemish free. Stressed? Just add some fresh basil leaves to your green tea and get distressed instantly. Basil has anti-anxiety properties. Basil can help you to detox as well.

Papaya

This sweet orange-colored fruit is a great quick fix for bloating and gas. The antioxidants and fiber in papaya help to control your cholesterol. It has lots of Vitamin C which helps to boost the immunity. It helps to ease menstrual cramps and facilitates weight loss. It is very beneficial for your eyes and for preventing arthritis. It is very helpful in hair growth and prevents your skin from ageing.

Garlic

Even if you’re not so fond of the pungent smell of garlic, it might interest you that it is full of medicinal properties. Low on calories, garlic is very helpful in boosting your immunity and relieving common colds. It contains various active compounds which help to reduce your blood pressure levels and keep your heart healthy. The antioxidants present in garlic can help to prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. It helps to keep your bones healthy and can also increase your life span.

Save your time and hard-earned money. Do not visit the doctor so often. Just walk around your pantry and stay healthy!