Natural and bizarre practical remedies for basic healing
Edited By: Stephanie Dawson
If you have ever burned your tongue or found yourself with an unshakeable case of hiccups, here is a list of natural and home remedies that may help you next time.
• Foot Odor – Vodka
Apparently vodka is not only for drinking but may also help you with this smelly situation. This is because alcohol in vodka is an antiseptic and has drying properties, this destroys odor-causing fungus and bacteria and dries out the moisture that lets these organisms grow.
• Headaches – Pencil
Put a pencil between your teeth but don’t bite, this relaxes jaw muscle, preventing a tension headache, do this as soon as you start feeling a little anxious or stressed.
• Bad breath – Yogurt
It might sound bizarre, but yogurt has a live bacterium that suppresses levels of bad breath-causing bacteria, this means that “good” bugs crowd out the “bad” stink-causing bacteria.
• Blisters – Listerine
Pour some Listerine onto a piece of cotton and rub the affected area 3 times a day until the area dries out and no longer hurts.
• Cold sores – Lemon Balm Tea
Lemon Balm has antiviral properties that work to tame the cold sore outbreaks. Try to make this your first herbal treatment choice.
• Calluses and Corns – Licorice
Licorice is not only a sweet treat but also may soften the hard skin of calluses and corns because of an estrogen-like substance they contain.
• Achy Feet – Tennis Ball
If you feel you need to stretch and soothe your aches grab a tennis ball and roll each foot over it for a few minutes, its like a free massage.
• Eczema – Olive Oil
Olive oil is packed with antioxidants that can reduce the inflammation associated with eczema, that’s why its the basis for many moisturizers. Apply it directly to the affected area to soothe flare-ups.
• Hiccups – Sugar
Sugar modifies the nerve muscles that would otherwise tell the muscles in the diaphragm to contract spasmodically and contribute to hiccups. Swallow one spoon-full and hiccups will be gone in minutes.
• Motion Sickness – Olives or Lemons
Motion sickness causes you to produce excess saliva and olives have compounds called tannins that dry out your mouth and can help soothe queasiness.
• Brittle nails – Vegetable Oil
Apply vegetable oil to your hands before you go to bed, it will penetrate your skin preventing your hands and nails from getting too dry.
• Mouth Burn – Ice Cream
The coolness of the ice cream can bring temporary relief from a food burn in your mouth, remember the tissue on the roof of your mouth is only a few millimeters thick, so it’s very sensitive to hot foods.
• Whiter Teeth – Apples
Crunchy fruits and vegetables have a natural cleansing action that works on tooth enamel to remove stains as soon as you chew them.
• Cuts – Cloves
Clove oil is rich in eugenol, a chemical that’s both antiseptic and pain-killing, sprinkle powdered cloves in the cut and it will prevent it from getting infected.