You may not know it, but some of the very same products you may have at home are widely used in the world of alternative medicine for their healing properties.

Green Tea – Used for centuries because it was believed to have powerful healing properties, green tea has actually been shown to aid in the prevention of a myriad of health ailments, such as strokes, gum disease, and even bad breath. Some studies suggest green tea can even help protect against certain forms of cancer including stomach and esophageal cancers. Green tea can be found at any grocery store or supermarket.

Lavender – The lavender herb originates from the Mediterranean basin but today can be found throughout the world. The oil derived from the lavender flower is the most effective and important medical component and offers a wide range of healing properties. It used used to treat both mental and physical ailments. Lavender is used to treat depression, anxiety, and nervousness. Since lavender is one of the few essential oils that can be applied to skin undiluted, it is also said to help alleviate skin irritations, such as eczema, rashes, and burns. My absolute favorite place to get lavender is the D. Gary Young Young Living Lavender Farm, located in Mona, UT. Young Living also owns lavender farms in Idaho, Ecuador, and France. But you don’t have to travel far that far to get lavender…just visit your local nursery or garden center.

Olive Oil – Olive oil has a high concentration of monounsaturated fatty acids and has been proven to help prevent heart disease and control levels of LDL cholesterol (the “bad” kind). Extra virgin olive oil also contains high levels of antioxidants and Vitamin E.

Honey – Another favorite healing commodity over the centuries, honey was used to treat wounds up until the second world war because of its antibacterial properties. A thin layer of honey on the skin is said to disinfect and heal minor skin lesions.

Essential Oils – While they should not be used as a substitute for conventional medicine, essential oils can cure a wide range of minor ailments at home. Some are used as anti-inflammatories or topical antiseptics while others can be used to as anti-depressants or analgesics.