5 Top-Rated Natural Home Remedies That Actually Work

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Every time we get sick, we don't necessarily want to run to the doctor—or take medication. After all, our bodies are pretty tough, but sometimes they just need a little extra boost to get better. That's why we've scoured Pinterest for some of the top-rated natural home remedies for frequent ailments. From cures for the common cold to treatments for pesky eczema and everything in-between, these DIY at-home remedies are here for you.

Read on to see the top Pinterest-tested-and-approved natural home remedies for your health woes.

Common Cold

Natural home remedy: Pinterest users love this honey and cinnamon concoction, which is said to help cure the common cold, as well as other illnesses (like bladder infections). Simply mix together local raw honey with cinnamon and a pinch of gray or pink sea salt. Take two times a day for three days.

Why it works: A study conducted in 2015 found that a tablespoon of cinnamon a day could help eliminate or prevent colds in humans. Honey contains antimicrobial and healing properties, another study says. How's that for a double whammy?

Anxiety

Natural home remedy: A turmeric lemonade whipped up with filtered or sparkling water, freshly grated or powdered turmeric, honey, and fresh citrus juices is a delicious way to add some of this beneficial herb to your diet.

Why it works: Turmeric, ginger's cousin, has long been thought to have healing properties. Now, various studies are proving it may help improve symptoms of both anxiety and depression the natural way. A study in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that curcumin, a chemical compound that makes up a large percentage of turmeric, has antidepressant and anti-anxiety effects.

Insomnia

Natural home remedy: Some swear that homemade banana cinnamon tea consumed an hour before bedtime will work better than a sleeping pill. The drink is made by submerging a peeled banana in a small pot of boiling water, adding a pinch of cinnamon, and then straining.

Why it works: Bananas contain potassium and magnesium. Both electrolytes contain the amino acid L-tryptophan, which produces serotonin and melatonin in the brain, two hormones that help relax us and put us to sleep. The cinnamon helps regulate our blood sugar so our body can fast through the night.

Eczema

Natural home remedy: This homemade, all-natural eczema cream is made with coconut oil, shea butter, organic oats, and vitamin E and lavender oils.

Why it works: We know to take an oatmeal bath if we have chickenpox, but what is it about oats that soothe our skin? Oats contain zinc, an element that is crucial in skin healing and repair, which is why it works so great on eczema. Plus, the other vitamin oils help to heal dry, cracked skin. 

Digestion

Natural home remedy: This apple-cider-vinegar detox tea is said to do wonders for digestion. It's made with a mixture of warm water, apple cider vinegar, fresh lemon juice, raw honey, some cinnamon, and a generous dash of cayenne pepper. 

Why it works: It's believed that apple cider vinegar helps to reduce gas and helps your body break down food. Apple cider vinegar's acidity also helps raise stomach acid levels; some theories indicate that heartburn occurs when stomach acid is low, which would explain why ACV is so effective.

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