Use it for: Minor cuts and burns, cough or sore throat
How it Works: Honey contains a protein called defensin-1 that gives it antibacterial properties.
Try This: Apply warm honey to a minor cut or mild burn, then put a gauze bandage on top; change the dressing daily. If the burn or wound is accompanied by swelling, fever or pain, seek medical attention.
Use it for: Sinus congestion, sore throat
How it Works: "When you mix salt into water at a stronger concentration than the salt water in our bodies, it helps draw fluids out of tissues," explains Dr. Hagen.
Try this: Dissolve half a teaspoon of non-iodized salt into and 8 ounce glass of water. For a sore throat, gargle with the solution. To flush out sinuses fill a neti pot with the solution, and pour it into your nostril while leaning over the sink. Use ONLY sterile bottled water or tap water that has been boiled and cooled in your nose. (Reportedly at least two people died last year after clearing their sinuses using unfiltered tap water that contained a dangerous microbe.)
Use it for: Bee stings, nonpoisonous spider bites
How it works: Meat tenderizer contains papain, an enzyme that breaks down proteins. This enzyme can also break down toxins from bug bites and cut back on itching. ONLY use on mosquito bites, bee stings and non poinsonous spider bites. If you have symptoms like nausea, trouble breathing or cramping in your abs or lower back, seek medical attention immediately.
Try this: Mix a small amount of meat tenderizer with water to make a paste and apply to the bite. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
Use it for: Eczema, sunburn, hives
How it works: Oats
pack phytochemicals with anti-inflammatory properties that soothe itchy and inflamed skin, a study in the Archives of Dermatological Research shows. Any unflavored oatmeal will work.
Try this: If you're using regular oatmeal, grind it into a fine powder, Dr. Schaffran says. Put a cup of oats through a food processor until they dissolve easily into a glass of water. Pour the solution into a bathtub full of warm water and soak for 15 minutes. If you're using colloidal oats just spring them in the tub.