Cream of tartar. You’re probably familiar with the white powdery substance that almost everyone has on their spice rack. But do you really know what it can be used for?
First, let’s explain what it is. When wine is made, a naturally occurring by-product is potassium bitartrate, more commonly referred to as cream of tartar. It’s mostly used as a stabilizer of sorts and is the basis of another popular kitchen staple: baking soda.
But while you may have seen your grandmother use cream of tartar in baking, you’re likely less familiar with some of its more esoteric uses. For example, if you’re trying to give up cigarettes, this white powder may actually make it easier. That’s because it can draw nicotine out and contribute to an easier withdrawal process. It will even expedite getting nicotine residue out of your system if you combine fresh orange juice with just a smidge of cream of tartar. No need to put out money for those commercial withdrawal systems; this homemade formula should give you just as good results for pennies on the dollar.
Make the dull ache of arthritis disappear with cream of tartar as well. Magnesium, a key component of the powder, is a natural anti-inflammatory. If you enjoy the soothing feel of an Epsom salts footbath, add some cream of tartar next time (two tablespoons tartar to three of Epsom salts should do the trick). Make some tea, open a good book, and relax for a nice half hour session or so. You’ll be amazed at how much better you will feel!
You’ve probably succumbed to some of those acne products they hawk on infomercials if you’re a sufferer. Let’s face it: the embarrassment of those awful red bumps would make most of us spend almost any amount to get rid of them. The good news is, you don’t have to. By downing a glass of OJ with just a teaspoon of cream of tartar daily, you can clear up your skin in no time, and there won’t be any scary side-effects or extreme dryness, either.
Then there are those unmentionables: yes, we’re talking about urinary tract infections, better known as UTIs. A little lemon juice, some warm water, and swirl in a 1 ½ teaspoons of cream of tartar and you could eliminate these horribly unpleasant and painful infections for good! Drink the mixture twice a day for the best results. It works by changing the pH levels in your urinary tract and eliminating bacteria.
Finally, and you do need to check this one with your own doctor, particularly if you are already on a blood pressure medication, but cream of tartar could be a great solution. Because high blood pressure and low potassium are often related, the naturally high levels in cream of tartar might work for you. Just keep a glass of water by your bedside and mix with a teaspoon of the substance nightly.
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