10 Natural Remedies You (Probably) Already Have in Your Home: Some of the most common health-supporting tools are so surprisingly common that you probably already have them in your home. Today we explore 10 of the top natural remedies that you may already have laying around your kitchen, and how to use them to optimize your health.
1. Honey for Multiple Ailments
This natural sweetener is one of those natural remedies for a wide range of ailments, used both internally and topically. Honey is loaded with antioxidants, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. As a result, it is a great natural remedy used topically for healing wounds. Honey can be applied directly to a scrape, cut, or burn to help soothe and protect the skin from infection. [1, 2]
When you consume honey, there are a host of benefits as well! Its phytonutrient, antioxidant, and antifungal properties help boost the immune system. It has been used effectively to treat Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacterial infections, thanks to its antibacterial properties. 
Honey can also be used to soothe sore throats or suppress coughs. Honey relieved coughs more effectively than over-the-counter cough suppressant medicines that contain dextromethorphan. 
Many of these health benefits are specific to raw, or unpasteurized, honey—so stick to the raw stuff, which is readily available in health stores across the country. Many honey brands found in big supermarkets are pasteurized and may even contain other ingredients. Make sure the honey you invest in is raw, 100% honey, and preferably local if you can find it!
2. Ginger for Digestive Boost and Nausea
Ginger is another one of the all-star natural remedies due to its wide range of medicinal properties. The main bioactive ingredient in this root is called gingerol, which has potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.  Ginger can be consumed fresh, dried, powdered, or as an oil, juice, or tea.
Drinking ginger tea daily can help strengthen your digestive system as well as prevent indigestion, nausea, and heartburn. It ignites the digestive fire and boosts saliva production, which also helps you better digest food and absorbs more nutrients. To benefit, try chewing on a small piece of raw ginger or having a cup of strong ginger tea before a meal or first thing in the morning. Ginger tea can be made by boiling a saucepan full of filtered water with an inch of fresh ginger grated into it for 10-20 minutes.
Ginger is also traditionally used as a natural remedy for nausea, triggered by any cause, including road sickness or morning sickness during pregnancy. It can be consumed as a tea, or simply by chewing on a small piece of fresh ginger.
3. Oats for Skin Irritation
Oats have potent skin-soothing and balancing properties when used topically. They contain long-chain sugars called water-binding polysaccharides and hydrocolloids that hold moisture on the skin. Oats act as an emollient, soothing, and softening the skin. Their fat content can help hydrate and prevent itchiness. 
Oats also contain naturally cleansing compounds called saponins. They help exfoliate the skin as well as remove the dirt and oil that may otherwise clog up pores.
A great way to reap the benefits of oats is to soak in an oat-bath. Instead of putting oats directly into the bath and clogging up the drain, place 1 cup of oats into a muslin bag, cheesecloth, or simply a tied up pantyhose for easy cleanup.
4. Fermented Foods for Gut Health
Although probiotic capsules are often promoted to benefit the gut flora, fermented foods are an even better source of good bacteria and one of the fantastic natural remedies at home! Rotating different types of fermented foods, including sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, yogurt, kefir, kvass, and kombucha, can help introduce an array of different live strains in much higher quantities than are found in a pill.
Incorporating a small number of fermented foods with every meal helps boost digestion by introducing raw enzymes, heal and repopulate the digestive tract with good bacteria, and offer you an all-around boost to the immune system. [7,8]
5. Black Tea for Sunburns
The tannic acid in black tea is excellent for soothing the skin after a sunburn.  We suggest putting three bags of organic black tea in a saucepan, bringing the water to boil, and then removing the saucepan from the heat to let the tea steep for 10 minutes. Transfer the tea to a spray bottle and store it in the fridge. Using cold black tea is key, to prevent adding any heat to the area.
Spray the cold black tea on the affected area in the shower for easier cleanup, but don’t rinse it off. Let the tea sit on the skin (ideally overnight), for maximum benefit.
6. Used Coffee Grinds and Olive for Dull, Flaky, or Dry Skin
Finding natural remedies from coffee grinds:
This body scrub can be used on the whole body (avoiding the face) for a powerful deep invigorating clean! The coffee grinds energize and exfoliate the skin, and the olive oil leaves it hydrated and feeling silky smooth.
This is a great tip for anyone who makes coffee at home, to get more use out of your grinds other than simply your morning cup o’ joe! Keep your used coffee grinds in a mason jar, and when it is half full (about 2 cups of grinds), add ¼ cup olive oil to the jar and shake well.
Coffee grinds act like a perfect scrubbing agent to help remove dead skin. Gentle circular motions help activate the lymphatic system, which promotes detoxification. Including olive oil helps hydrate the skin and lock in moisture.
7. Apples or Apple Cider Vinegar for Heartburn
Although the mechanisms are not completely understood, apples and apple cider vinegar have been used to help neutralize heartburn. One common cause of heartburn in a lack of stomach acid, studies suggest that a high pectin (found in apples) diet helps reduce the pH in the lower and upper esophagus. 
Due to its acidic nature, apple cider vinegar can also be used to reduce the pH of the stomach and promote better digestion.  Apple cider vinegar should be consumed diluted in water by simply adding 1 or 2 tablespoons of organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar to one cup of filtered water.
8. Tart Cherry Juice for Insomnia
Tart cherry juice naturally contains high levels of melatonin, which helps relax the body and promote sleep. One pilot study highlighted the ability of Montmorency tart cherry juice to extend sleep time by 84 minutes! The study’s benefits were achieved by consuming eight ounces of the juice morning and night, approximately 1 to 2 hours before sleep. 
Remember that not all cherry juice is created equal! This melatonin-rich juice is exclusive to tart cherries, also known as sour, dwarf, or Montmorency cherries.
9. Peppermint Tea for Digestion
Peppermint tea has been used as a folk medicine for centuries to support digestion. Studies show that peppermint has properties that promote digestion and relax muscles. This results in a wide range of benefits, including relief of gas and bloating, and can also reduce heartburn and symptoms of IBS. Peppermint oil can also be used for the same effect. [13, 14]
Since it is caffeine-free, peppermint tea can be consumed multiple times a day, including after dinner. To drink, steep either a peppermint tea bag in hot water for 5 minutes, or for a more potent tea, you can simmer five leaves of dried peppermint in a pot of water for 10 minutes.
10. Turmeric for Inflammation
No home natural remedies list would be complete without turmeric! Various studies highlight the brain and body health benefits of curcumin, the bioactive compound found in turmeric. Many of these benefits are rooted in turmeric’s power to reduce inflammation. Curcumin is so powerful that it matches the effectiveness of certain over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs, without the side effects. [15- 17]
Inflammation plays such a crucial role at the root of a wide range of ailments, so addressing inflammation has an incredible ripple effect on whole body-mind health. 
Curcumin makes up about 3% of turmeric and consumed alone it is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream. Two ways to increase the bio-availability of curcumin is first to combine turmeric with black pepper. Due to its piperine content, black pepper increases the half-life of turmeric and increases the absorption rate of the curcumin.  Curcumin is also fat-soluble, so it may be a good idea to take it with fat, like coconut oil, ghee, butter, or olive oil.
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