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Feeling ill? Head to your pantry for a remedy

March 23, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Chicken soup may be good for your soul - and your cold. And as it turns out there are many ingredients in your pantry that can help treat the flu, headaches, heartburn and more.To calm a cough, you may be able to skip seeing the doctor and just head to your own kitchen.

"The more natural solutions that we find, the better off we'll be," said wellness coach Marian Buck-Murray.

Murray teaches a class on harnessing the healing benefits of spices and herbs you may have right in your own home.

"Garlic is wonderful as an anti-fungal and antibiotic," said Murray.

Aloe vera juice is a good laxative and great for digestion. Ginger is wonderful for people with arthritis.

"It helps if they put warm ginger water on their joints," said Murray.

And horseradish is fabulous for clearing out sinus congestion.

Murray makes a special healing tea from ginger, star anise, cloves and cinnamon to soothe coughs and colds.

And a surprise remedy for acne is using a squeeze of aloe vera gel mixed with the spice tumeric.

Aloe vera also aids in heartburn, indigestion, constipation and other intestinal problems.

"It's very detoxifying and it's also anti-inflammatory," said Murray.

Some people like using natural remedies more than over-the-counter medications.

"I would prefer to handle any issues that come up be it cold, fever, headaches, nausea, whatever with more natural remedies," said student Rich Gomez.

"I'm very interested in holistic kinds of things so that I can begin to treat myself and stop using a lot of chemicals," said student Teepa Bhaskaram.

And while celery isn't a cure for high blood pressure stalking up on this veggie can help. With studies showing four stalks a day can lower blood pressure 13 percent.