Black pepper, just like table salt, has an unexpected list of alternative uses that extend beyond seasoning your meals. In fact, as you're about to find out, there's a lot more to black pepper than meets the eye. Let's take a look:
1. Keep colors bright: After your favorite bright-red top has been worn and washed a couple of times, its color will start to fade. However, pepper can be used to help your fabrics retain their bright color and prevent them from running too. Just add a teaspoon of pepper to the wash load.
2. Keep your plants bug free: Pepper can also be used as a natural pest control in the garden - after all, there's nothing more frustrating than a swarm of bugs nibbling at your plants. To keep bugs at bay, mix black pepper with flour and sprinkle around the soil.
3. It will keep deer away too: While deer may enjoy dining on a freshly budding garden, spraying your plants and bushes with a cayenne pepper and water mixture will have them dine elsewhere.
4. Keep ants out of the kitchen: Though pepper's uses in the garden are bountiful, this powerful ingredient can be used to keep ants away inside the home as well. The ants in your kitchen are actually looking for sugar, so keep them at bay by sprinkling cayenne pepper in spots along the backs of your countertops and on your baseboards.
5. Keep rodents from chewing on cable wires: Keep rodents away from your cable wires by spreading some black pepper on them.
6. Seal a leaking radiator in your car: Buy yourself some time before taking your car to the repair shop. Pour a spice-rack sized container of black pepper into the radiator. This will flow into the split or pinhole, plugging the leak.
7. Stop a minor cut from bleeding: Pepper may be applied to the body too. Prior to doing so, thoroughly rinse the cut and dab the bleeding area with a clean, sterile cloth or paper towel. Then, sprinkle some ground black pepper on the cut and secure it with a bandage. This remedy will only work on small cuts. For deep cuts, with heavy bleeding, seek professional medical attention.
8. Use pepper essential oil to alleviate arthritis pain: To soothe the pain, create your own home-made warming massage by combining the following oils together: 1 drop of almond oil, 2 drops pepper, 1 drop ginger and 2 drops lavender.
9. Use pepper to stop a migraine in its tracks: If you feel the beginning of a migraine coming on, add a 1/4 to 1/2 a teaspoon of cayenne pepper to half a glass of water. If the migraine doesn't subside 30 minutes later, drink another glass.
10. Use pepper to help your liver detoxify: Combine the following ingredients and drink up each morning: 1 lemon, squeezed, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1 cup filtered water, 1 teaspoon maple syrup.
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