There is a myriad of medicines in the market place, yet people still seek home remedies. I do these days because of my budget, but I've used them in the past, as well. I think some of it comes from hearing folk tales over the years. My great grandmother read tea leaves, but she died before I was born. I wish I had the sight to do that. I used to love going to one tea room in particular in Boston while I was growing up. It was $5 for an absolutely delicious sandwich and a cup of tea, as well as a reading. Tips were optional, but of course were usually given, since the readers weren't given a wage. This morning I made a cup of tea, but since I'm more inflamed than usua', I added in some honey, lemon, anise seed and ground ginger. I didn't have fresh ginger, or I would have used that, since the fresh ginger really seems to help clear the phlegm out of my chest and head. Do y'all use home remedies? If so, which ones, and what do you use them for?