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Oats pack phytochemicals with anti-inflammatory properties that soothe itchy and inflamed skin. Use tenderizer only on mosquito bites, bee stings, and nonpoisonous spider bites.

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Kitchen cures doctors swear by By Marisa Cohen, Health. Reportedly at least two people died last year after clearing their sinuses with neti pots using unfiltered tap water that contained a dangerous microbe.

But papain can also break down toxins from bug bites and cut back on itching, Schaffran says. For a sore throat, simply gargle the water. The oil found in the peppermint leaf and its stems calms the muscles of the digestive tract, allowing gas to pass more easily and relieving indigestion, Hagen says.

Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Research shows this type has particularly potent antibacterial properties, says Robin Schaffran, M. Hagen cautions that you should use only sterile bottled or distilled water in your nose, or tap water that has been boiled and then cooled. To flush out your sinuses, fill a clean, dry squeeze bottle, bulb syringe, or neti pot with the salt water, lean over a sink, and squeeze or pour it into your nostril.

If you experience symptoms such as nausea, difficulty breathing, or cramping in your abs or lower back, seek medical help immediately. If you're using regular oatmeal, grind it into a fine powder, Schaffran says.

Meat tenderizer contains papain, an enzyme that breaks down proteins like the ones in your T-bone steak. Brew a cup of peppermint-leaf tea and drink up.

Put a cup of oats through a food processor until they dissolve easily into a glass of water. It can actually aggravate this problem by relaxing the lower esophageal sphincter, which lets stomach acids flow back into the esophagus. Most of us have tried honey in tea to soothe a scratchy throat, but it's also been used to treat wounds for thousands of years.

Pick up raw manuka honey at the health-food store. Just sprinkle them into the tub and say ahhh. Try grabbing one of these healing ingredients to ease that minor ailment.