We asked doctors for a peek inside their at-home feel-better tool kits—and they led us straight to their pantries and fridges and the produce aisle. Ahead, read up on their favorite easy ways to find relief from practically anything that ails you.
“When stomach flu strikes, ginger can help relieve nausea and vomiting and ease stomach cramps and bloating. Clinical studies show that the chemicals in ginger work in the stomach and intestines as well as the brain and nervous system to control nausea. Use it as a spice in meals, chew a piece of fresh ginger, or try taking ginger capsules.” —Maria C. Mejia de Grubb, M.D., associate professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine
“People with acne tend to overdry their skin, which triggers more oil production. Apply a thin coat of coconut oil after cleansing with a salicylic wash. It has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, and its ingredients, including vitamin E, repair the skin barrier and help the marks heal.” —Diane Madfes, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology, Mount Sinai Hospital
Excerpted from Prevention