Want to know one of the top reasons why we love using all-natural ingredients?
No, it’s not just because they’re healthier for you, although that’s a prime reason too. It’s because you can use all-natural ingredients in such a wide variety of ways!
Honestly, how many ways you can you use a can of air freshener? Well, only one that we know of, and that’s to freshen air. And we don’t know about you, but spraying a bunch of chemical junk in the air seems scary.
We’d much rather have a few staples on hand that can tackle a whole bunch of tasks like cleaning, flavoring food and healing our bodies. While there are plenty of these staples to choose from, here’s our top five that we come back to again and again…it might be time to look into stock options.
Whether you want soft skin, shiny hair, a healthier cooking oil, a more effective and less harmful way to rinse your mouth than that painful, burning mouthwash, coconut oil is our go-to for nearly everything.
Between the medium-chain fatty acids that make it one of the healthiest fats you can consume in addition to the lauric acid that contains antimicrobial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties, coconut oil truly is a miracle oil.
Actually, “The Coconut Oil Miracle” is the name of a book we highly recommend by Dr. Fife that also features a ton of delicious recipes using coconut oil. You can thank us for that recommendation later.
Similar to coconut oil, this natural health staple is becoming more and more popular as of late even though its benefits have long been used in Ayurvedic medicine for cleansing, therapeutic and cosmetic purposes.
In addition to having antibacterial and antiviral properties, turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antioxidant, and it’s a rich source of iron. It’s these properties that make turmeric a potent agent for detoxifying the liver, stimulating digestion, and boosting immunity among other benefits.
Some of our favorite ways of using turmeric include making anti-inflammatory golden milk (we love this recipe from Happy Healthy Mama), mixing it into smoothies, muddling it with lemon juice and honey for a DIY face mask, and cooking with it (we can’t resist a good homemade chicken curry dish).
Apple Cider Vinegar
Shoot it in the morning for a metabolic boost or to soothe a sore throat, swipe it over your countertops to get rid of nasty bacteria, mix it in with your tea, the uses for apple cider vinegar are nearly endless.
Like our two previous pantry staples, apple cider vinegar is antimicrobial and antiviral, but it also can bleach surfaces without all the harmful chemicals you find in the majority of other name brand cleaning products.
In addition to all the ways you can use apple cider vinegar for cleaning your home, you can also use it to cleanse your system.
Various studies have found that apple cider vinegar in the diet helps cleanse the lymph nodes to boost your lymphatic system, reduces heartburn by correcting low acid, detoxifies the liver, stimulates circulation, and works to keep the body in a more alkaline state.
An Aloe Plant
Not only do we love the way an aloe plant adds a little color to a kitchen windowsill, but it’s also filled with health benefits you’ll want to have on hand for a variety of reasons.
A commonly known way to use aloe vera is for the treatment of sunburns and other burns. That’s all thanks to aloe’s antimicrobial and antiseptic properties, which makes it excellent for protecting and healing wounds.
And due to aloe being high in vitamins including A, C, E, folic acid, choline, B1, B2, B3, and B6 and containing all eight essential amino acids, aloe is excellent at boosting the immune system, reducing inflammation and detoxifying the body.
Our favorite way to reap the health benefits from aloe? Aloe water! It’s super refreshing, majorly hydrating and tasty.
Pair lemon with apple cider vinegar and you’ve got a killer all-natural cleaning product, or a great mixture to gargle with when fighting a sore throat. Squeeze the juice of one lemon in warm water and you’ve got an elixir that aids digestion and boosts your metabolism.
Similarly to all of our other favorite staples, lemon has those awesome antimicrobial properties that make it perfect for detoxing our homes and our bodies.
It’s also an incredible source of Vitamin C (with 128 percent of our daily recommended value), which makes lemon ideal for remedies aimed at boosting immunity, protecting against cardiovascular disease, and improving skin.
So there you have it, our top five staples for your natural health pantry.
With these power-packed products in your natural health arsenal, you’ll not only be doing wonders for your health, but you’ll also find that you’ll save big on tons of personal care and cleaning products. Talk about a bonus benefit!