5 things in your refrigerator that may double as medical remedies

If someone in the house falls and scrapes their knee, typically, someone reaches for the first-aid kit. But what about going into the fridge instead? According to an article in "Men's Health" magazine, certain items in the fridge may be ideal for what ails you.

Bacon to treat a nose bleed - Raw bacon can be used to help stop nose bleeds, according to a 2012 study in the Annals of Otolaryngology. That's right, more than a century ago it was a common treatment used by doctors. The silver nitrate in the bacon can help treat nasal hemorrhages. However, a local ear, nose and throat doctor's office had never heard of this.

Garlic to treat a cold - Garlic is believed to boost the immune system. Eating a baked head of garlic is suggested to help battle a cold. The next time you're feeling the sniffles approaching, maybe you should head to the produce aisle, rather than the pharmacy.

Honey for cuts and scrapes - The antibacterial properties of honey will help keep the abrasion free of infection and reduce the pain.

Black tea to reduce swelling - A 2011 study in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research said the anti-inflammatory properties in black tea can reduce the swelling from a minor burn. All you have to do is place a wet tea bag over the area.

Ginger to reduce nausea - A study at The University of Rochester found that it only takes a little ginger to help nausea. As little as 1/4 of a teaspoon helped ease the nausea of chemotherapy patients. Cut up ginger and put the slices in hot water, then drink it like a tea.

Read the full article in "Men's Health" here.

By Tracy Humphrey


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