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Health.com: Home Remedies Doctors Swear By

Honey

Use it for: Minor cuts and burns, cough or sore throat

How it works: 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. Last year, a review of research found that honey helps heal minor to moderate burns, and a recent Dutch study identified a protein called defensin-1 that gives the goo its antibacterial action.

Try this: Apply warm honey to a minor cut or mild burn, then put a gauze bandage on top; change the dressing daily. However, if you have a burn or wound accompanied by swelling, fever, or pain, check with a doctor instead; it may require oral antibiotics. Nick yourself a lot? Pick up raw manuka honey. Research shows this type has particularly potent antibacterial properties, says Robin Schaffran, MD, a dermatologist in Beverly Hills, California.

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