Friday, January 10, 2014

Natural and Bizarre Basic Home Remedies

Natural and Bizarre
Basic Home Remedies


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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Technique: A spoonful of granulated sugar is eaten. 
Evidence: This was found to be effective in 19 out or 20 patients. 
Mechanism: Unknown. Possibly stimulus of the vagus nerve. 
Reference: Engleman, E. G., Lankton, J., & Lankton, B. (1971). Granulated sugar as treatment for hiccups in conscious patients. The New England Journal of Medicine, 285(26), 148 - 



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. 
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.


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.
Bad breath can be reduced or prevented if you:
    Practice good oral hygiene. Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to remove food debris and plaque. Brush teeth after you eat (keep a toothbrush at work or school to brush after lunch). Don't forget to brush the tongue, too. Replace your toothbrush every two to three months. Use floss or an interdental cleaner to remove food particles and plaque between teeth once a day. Dentures should be removed at night and cleaned thoroughly before being placed in your mouth the next morning.
    See your dentist regularly -- at least twice a year. He or she will conduct an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning and will be able detect and treat periodontal disease, dry mouth, or other problems that may be the cause of bad mouth odor.
    Stop smoking/chewing tobacco-based products. Ask your dentist for tips on kicking the habit.
    Drink lots of water. This will keep your mouth moist. Chewing gum (preferably sugarless) or sucking on candy (preferably sugarless) also stimulates the production of saliva, which helps wash away food particles and bacteria.
    Keep a log of the foods you eat. If you think they may be causing bad breath, bring the log to your dentist to review. Similarly, make a list of the medications you take. Some drugs may play a role in creating mouth odors.

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