Home remedies can be a godsend for people who are struggling with pesky problems such as acne or motion sickness. A home remedy is usually something simple, made from items around the house. These items treat minor health problems without pharmaceutical medications. Some home remedies seem obvious, like putting aloe vera on a burn. Others may seem a bit bizarre. But, it doesn't matter how bizarre a home remedy is as long as it works, right?
Eating might not be your first thought when you are feeling queasy. Surprisingly, though, eating a bit of chocolate can help to settle a nauseated stomach. The tannins in chocolate dry out your mouth, which helps to counteract the excess saliva production that happens when you are nauseous. This remedy is especially good for motion sickness, so next time you are on a cruise or a plane trip, be sure to keep a bit of chocolate in your bag!
Warts can be embarrassing and just plain annoying. Wart removal can be expensive as well: in most cases, a doctor must freeze them with liquid nitrogen. Luckily, though, there is a much simpler method of wart removal that anyone can do in their own home. Simply place a piece of duct tape over the wart and leave it alone. Over time, the duct tape will suffocate the wart, which will fall off. Studies show this duct tape method is effective 85 percent of the time, whereas liquid nitrogen only works 60 percent of the time.
Dandruff is another potentially embarrassing condition that affects many people. You can buy specially formulated shampoo to get rid of dandruff, or you can use something you might not think of -- aspirin. Aspirin is composed of salicylic acid, the same ingredient that helps to get rid of acne. The acid's exfoliating properties help get rid of the flakes of skin on your scalp. To try this home remedy simply crush up one tablespoon of aspirin and mix it into your normal shampoo. Wash your hair, leaving the shampoo on for five to ten minutes. Then, just rinse it away.
Got a migraine? Studies show having sex can help to relieve a migraine in mere minutes. The flood of endorphins that follows an orgasm can help many conditions, including migraine pain. The key, though, is to have that orgasm: while the physical exertion itself can help stimulate blood flow and make your body feel better, it is the rush of feel-good endorphins that are said to cure a migraine.
Yes, you read that right. The same Krazy Glue you use to fix your broken Christmas ornaments can fix the broken skin on your dry heels. Simply soak your feet in water, pat dry, then apply some moisturizer. Then cover any cracks that you see with the Krazy Glue. Just one application will bring the crack back together and heal the skin, leaving you with softer, smoother heels. Just be careful to let the glue dry before you put on your socks!
Have you tried everything to get rid of your bad breath? Some people try gum, breath mints, and brushing their teeth over and over, all to no avail. Luckily, a better solution could be waiting in your fridge right now. Chewing a piece of celery can break down bacteria and plaque on your teeth that cause bad breath. This gets rid of the odor at the source -- it doesn't just cover it up as gum or mints do. Celery's stringy fibers can also clean out the gunk between your teeth like natural dental floss, making your mouth smell better and removing cavity-causing bacteria.
Everyone has stinky feet from time to time -- some of us worse than others. The cause of this stinkiness is usually bacteria and fungus that grow in the warm, sweaty environment of our shoes and socks. The key to resolving this smelliness is to disrupt the environment that creates it. Rubbing a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol on the bottom of your feet in the morning before you put on your shoes and socks can keep your feet fresh all day long. Your spouse will surely thank you!
Athlete's foot causes a scaly rash that burns and stings. For this reason, one might not think of putting something as pungent as garlic on it. However, a compound in garlic called ajoene has antifungal properties that fight the cause of athlete's foot. Simply crush a few cloves of garlic and mix them with olive oil. Then, use a cotton ball to apply this mixture to the athlete's foot rash is located a few times a day until it clears up.
Urinary tract infections (UTI) are very common and can be the bane of a woman's existence. Usually, this uncomfortable condition is treated with antibiotics, but if you are looking for something to lessen the burning sensation during urination while you wait for them to work, baking soda could be the answer. Drinking one tablespoon mixed into one cup of water on an empty stomach can change the acidity level in your bladder. It makes it more alkaline and reduces the acidity of the urine, making it burn less when you use the bathroom.
Earaches can be very bothersome. Luckily, you have the cure for them in your fridge right now! Lemon juice has long been known for its antiseptic and antiviral properties, usually on the surface of the skin. However, it can also be used to cure an earache. Simply squeeze some lemon juice into a bowl and dip the end of a q-tip into it. Gently roll the q-tip around in the ear (making sure to stay superficial so you don't puncture your eardrum), and the lemon juice will do the rest. The acidity in the lemon juice will help both destroy the bacteria causing the ear infection and rebalance the pH level in the ear.
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