Home Remedies using Tomatoes

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home remedies using tomatoes

When it comes to home remedies using tomatoes, you will probably never look at ketchup or a glass of tomato juice the same again. While the fruit (and not a vegetable) is versatile in the world of health (helping to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, lower high blood pressure, and fight cancer cells), there are also plenty of other everyday uses for tomatoes to consider.

Health Factors of Tomatoes[1]

The tomato offers high nutritional content and provides a good source of calcium and iron. Eating tomatoes also delivers phosphorus, vitamin A, vitamin B, lycopene and potassium to your body. Rich in vitamin C, the amount increases as the fruit ripens. This is why the tomato is helpful in treating a range of minor health ailments. As for home remedies in the household, the tomato offers acidic powers, which can come in handy when cleaning a variety of materials.

Tomato Home Remedies

Tomatoes aren’t just for decorating a side salad or making your favorite pasta sauce – the acids and other components of the fruit can provide a wide range of solutions in the household. To begin exploring the effectiveness of home remedies using tomatoes, consider the following suggestions:

a) Revamp Chlorinated Hair [2]:

For blond headed swimmers, the chorine has a tendency to turn locks green. When taking a shower, massage ketchup into the hair and leave on for 15 minutes. Wash it out using baby shampoo. Not only will the color fade, but the scent of pool will also vanish. You can also use undiluted tomato juice as a rinse. Cover with a shower cap, and wait 10 to 15 minutes before thoroughly rinsing and shampooing out of your hair.

b) Polish Copper Pots:

Reverse the damage of dull and tarnished copper pots by coating the surface with a thin layer of ketchup. Leave on for five to 30 minutes, and then rinse the pan. Dry immediately. It is the acids found in the ketchup that reacts with the tarnish to remove it.

c) Add Sparkle to Your Silver:

To add shine to tarnished silver, dunk your jewelry in a small bowl filled with ketchup, and leave in for a few minutes. To treat detailed surfaces, use an old toothbrush to work in the ketchup into small spaces. Do not leave the jewelry in the ketchup for too long or you run the risk of damaging the material. Rinse the jewelry clean, and dry it.

d) Skin Rejuvenation:

The vitamin C and antioxidants found in tomatoes offer an effective method of treating your skin. With the ability to tighten pores, kill bacteria and brighten the skin, start by cutting a tomato into two halves and rubbing one half on your face [3]. Concentrate on working the pulp into your skin. Let the remedy stay on the skin for 10 minutes, and then rinse with cool water. Use this remedy to fight oily skin, treat blackheads, and reduce the size of your pores.

e) Treat Eczema:

To fight the skin disease called eczema, try drinking tomato juice on a daily basis to see results.

f) Fight Diarrhea:

When you are suffering from a bad case of diarrhea, drink a concoction made out of the tomato paste that comes from 12 dried slices of tomato that has been placed in a cup of water.

g) Treat Bloodshot Eyes:

Treat bloodshot eyes by eating one or two fresh tomatoes first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.

h) Fade Acne Scars:

Slice up a tomato and place on your face to rejuvenate skin plagued with acne scars. It is the vitamin C in the tomato that helps refresh damaged skin.

i) Decrease Acne Breakouts:

The vitamin A in tomatoes helps prevent the overproduction of sebum that causes acne, which can contribute to clearer skin. Apply tomato slices to your face[4].

j) Treat Mouth Ulcer:

Raw tomatoes can provide relief from the pain of a mouth ulcer. You may also gargle tomato juice three to four times per day to see results.

k) Treat Dark Circles:

A paste made out of one teaspoon of tomato juice, ½ teaspoon of lemon juice, and a pinch of turmeric powder can be used to treat dark circles under your eyes. Apply the paste to under your eyes and leave on for 10 minutes. With regular use, you should see results.

l) Fix a Sore Throat:

To temporarily soothe a sore throat, gargle with a mixture of ½ cup of tomato juice and ½ cup hot water that has 10 drops of hot pepper sauce added to it.

m) Ease Morning Sickness:

Drinking a glass filled with fresh tomato juice (with a pinch of salt and pepper) first thing in the morning can help ease the symptoms of morning sickness.

n) Deodorize Plastic Containers:

When plastic containers start to absorb unpleasant odors, remove the scent by pouring a small amount of tomato juice onto a sponge, and wiping around the inside of the container. Wash the container and lid in warm, soapy water. Dry them well and store in the freezer as separate pieces for a couple of days. The container will be free of scents when you remove from the freezer.

o) Skunk Treatment:

At some point in time, you’ve probably already heard of people using tomato juice to get rid of skunk smell. Sponge undiluted tomato juice on your pet, including their face (making sure to avoid contact with their eyes). Wait a few minutes and allow the acids from the tomato to neutralize the skunk odor. Follow up by shampooing your pet – scrubbing with soap and water. For lingering odor, repeat the process until the scent is completely gone. This could take several days.

p) Clean Out Refrigerator Odors:

To rid a refrigerator and freezer of spoiled food odors, thoroughly wipe down the insides of the fridge with a washcloth or sponge soaked in undiluted tomato juice. Rinse out using warm, soapy water and then wipe dry. If the smell lingers, repeat the process.

q) Soothe a Sunburn:

Soaking peeled tomato slices in buttermilk before applying directly to sunburned skin can provide relief. It is the acidity that snaps shut your pores. Tomatoes also contain soothing agents that can make your damaged skin feel better.

r) Heal Wounds and Sores:

The leaves of wild tomatoes have been known to heal wounds and sores. Take a fresh tomato slice and place it on a wound. The infection will clear faster – usually within two to three days.

s) Treat Anemia:

Anemics can benefit from drinking a mixture of apple and tomato juice, as the tomato offers a rich source of iron.


[1] http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=44

[2] Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things by Reader’s Digest; pg. 193.

[3] Babushka’s Beauty Secrets by Raisa Ruder; pg. 164-165.

[4] http://www.wikihow.com/Reduce-Acne-Using-Tomatoes