When not chopped up and cooked as french fries or distilled as vodka, potatoes make for unlikely sources of healing. You can use it to save your own health and even to recover failed recipes!
A raw potato compress will help to reduce swelling around cuts and bruises. This is because the alkaline juices of the potato have an antiseptic effect. "Place grated potato under a bandage on the skin,” says natural skincare expert Kolbjorn Borseth. “Wrap in cling film for the best effect.”
“A warm potato poultice can relieve inflammation,” says Cathy Wong, author of The Inside Out Diet. The ideal way to do it is to cube the potato, boil lightly, then fold thick gauze around the cubes and apply it onto the affected area.
Have you been experiencing post-meal “volcanic activity” near your heart? Researchers at the American Journal Of Potato Research discovered that raw potato juice can soothe the pain caused by heartburn. Brace your palate for a rather unusual concoction though; Pop a white potato through a juicer and drink half a cup of potato juice after dinner for best results.
Unwittingly ruined an otherwise perfect sauce with too much salt? Save it with potato. How? "Drop a raw potato into your sauce for 10 minutes and let it simmer,” says Jo Hynes of London’s La Cucina Caldesi cookery school. “The salt will bind to the tuber and restore your meal to something edible.” Remember to remove the potato before serving.