Healthy at home

You may not know it, but your house is as good as a pharmacy.

Here are some home remedies to help you get back to your healthy self when you feel unwell.

Feeling like you’ll vomit
Ginger stops you from feeling like you’re going to vomit. Nibble on ginger biscuits, sip on ginger ale or buy some fresh ginger and add a few thin slices to a cup of boiling water. You can also use a teaspoon of powdered ginger.

Combat a cold
Garlic is your new best friend if you’re down with a cold or flu. Crush two cloves of garlic and leave them for 15 minutes to let the enzymes do their job. Then add honey and olive oil or butter and spread the mixture onto thin slices of bread.

Fight the flu
Lemon is full of the vitamins you need when you’re down with the flu. Squeeze the juice of one or two lemons into a cup, and add hot water and honey.

Cram the cranberry
A bladder infection (sometimes called urinary tract infection) is painful. Cranberry juice helps to fight the infection within eight hours! Don’t forget to also drink lots of water to help flush the infection out.

Help your head
If you have a headache, drink lots of water and stay away from anything that will dehydrate you, like salty foods. If your headache is part of a cold, wrap some ice in a small cloth or towel and press it to your forehead. The coldness helps to numb the pain and improve blood circulation.

If any of these symptoms last for longer than two days, it may be time to see a doctor or go to a clinic. Don’t be quiet if you’re not feeling well. Tell an adult you trust and make sure you get help.