6 Healing Staples That Belong In Every Kitchen

Naturopathic Doctor By Katie Corazzo, N.D.
Naturopathic Doctor
Katie Corazzo, N.D., is a Naturopathic Doctor practicing family medicine in Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in Nutrition Science and attended naturopathic medical school at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona.

Most people don't think to look in their cupboards for common ailments. I also talk with patients who don't have time to pick up recommended supplements right away. Occasionally we are so uncomfortable and need something that is quick and easy. These treatments can be found in your home and don't require a lot of preparation!


Sprinkle this on your food to benefit from its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Tumeric has been shown to help reduce the pain and inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Liver stimulation and preventing oxidative stress on your liver are other beneficial properties of tumeric. The next time you throw together a meal, toss in a generous amount of this spice and start enjoying its healing properties.



The British might be on to something with their afternoon tea. Green tea can be used for detoxification, weight loss, preventing cancer, and is a strong antioxidant. Drink your peppermint tea after a meal if your feeling bloated or have some indigestion. Chamomile has been known to be calming and help with sleep. Save the chamomile until before bedtime, when you put your feet up and relax after a long day. 

Garlic, onions and ginger

These power foods are great for boosting your immune system and fighting infections. Add these delicious foods to your meal and reap the benefits right in your own home. Garlic also keeps your heart happy and healthy, while ginger is great for nausea.


Coconut oil

Coconut is not only delicious, but the oil is great for your skin. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature and will melt at higher temperatures, which makes it great for cooking too. Cradle cap, dry skin, psoriasis, and skin infections will benefit from this pantry oil. If you're feeling ambitious, you can also use this versatile oil in your homemade lotion.


Honey has been used for burns and wound healing for centuries. The antibacterial properties of honey make this an effective topical treatment for cuts, scrapes, rashes, and burns. Make sure you try raw, organic honey! 



Water is one of the oldest therapies in history. The healing power of nature is a deeply rooted philosophy in naturopathic medicine, and as part of nature, water can be used to heal sprained ankles, swollen toes, headaches, and infections.

The trick is to apply alternating hot and cold applications. The hot and cold technique creates a pumping mechanism that stimulates blood and lymph flow to rid the body of waste and bring in necessary nutrients to help heal the affected area. This can be done by applying a cold, wet cloth that is then covered by a scarf or wool sock, or by alternating between hot and cold water in the desired area. Shoot for three minutes of hot water followed by 30 seconds of cold. Don't forget to drink plenty of water, too! 

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