9 Home Remedies Backed by Science

I wish being a doctor meant my family and I would never get sick. Unfortunately, viruses, bacteria and other sources of disease do not discriminate based on occupation. Here's what's in my toolbox to help us through sickness and health.

Natural Remedies for Cough and Sore Throat
Tea – Teas with ingredients like licorice and slippery elm have throat-lining properties that help reduce irritation. Honey – Its throat-covering properties can soothe a sore throat and suppress coughing.Put some on a spoon or mix with tea. Echinacea* – may shorten the duration of cold symptoms, especially when used on the first or second day. It is available as a tea, drops or tablets. Elderberry Syrup * - has antiviral properties, so it is useful for colds and flu. Follow the dosage on the package. Pelargonium* - a plant used in some natural cold and cough remedies. Reduces the duration and severity of colds.
Home Remedies for Digestion

Ginger - useful for stomach pain, nausea and motion sickness. Available in tea form (look for medicinal brands) or try candied ginger if you're out. Probiotics - live bacteria and yeast that are good for your digestive system.Probiotics can help with diarrhea caused by infections or related to antibiotic use. Available in supplement form and in foods such as yogurt, miso paste, kombucha, kimchi, and raw sauerkraut.

Topicals for Wounds and Skin Irritations
Arnica Cream – Relieves muscle aches, pains and bruises.
Tea Tree Oil – Anti-inflammatory for bacterial or fungal infections. Use it for spot treatment of acne and athlete's foot.
Calendula – Soothes skin irritations such as eczema and diaper rash.
Natural Ways to Sleep

Tea - Try chamomile tea in the evening when you are calming down.
Lavender - aromatic oil with a calming and relaxing effect. Safe for young children and the elderly.

Natural Remedies for Anxiety
Before starting your day, take five minutes to breathe slowly and deeply.Think about the day ahead, what you are grateful for and the people around you.

Teach your children breathing exercises on the way to school to help them prepare for the day ahead. Slow your breathing by inhaling for four seconds and exhaling for six seconds. This activates the part of the nervous system that calms us down.

Choose relaxing music for commuting to work or school

. After work, take a few minutes to get ready to go home.Forget unresolved issues at work and focus on your family.