If you’re like us, you’re more than skeptical about the “proven home remedies” that populate the Internet. (For the record: No, there aren’t any magical first-aid properties in flour or burn-healing powers in your tube of toothpaste.)

But, as we were surprised to learn, there are lots of everyday items in your kitchenlentils and olive oil, just to name a few—that are medically proven to help you bounce back from pesky, minor ailments, from feelings of discomfort to post-workout back pain.

Along with their uses and benefits, here are a few of the best natural fixes for nagging health problems.