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10 Home Remedies That REALLY Work!


Obviously, we need to go to the
doctor for illness and disease
and need over-the-counter
medications, but here
are 10 home remedies that
really do work!


I have 10 more for you
tomorrow! 

Do YOU have any?
If you know any home remedies,
please post them!  The more ways
to stay out of the doctor's office the
better!

10 Home Remedies That REALLY Work!Vodka for Foot Odor
If your feet smell less than swell, wipe them down with a vodka-soaked washcloth to get rid of the stench. It’s the same principle as rubbing alcohol (which works equally well if you’d rather drink your Grey Goose). Vodka contains alcohol, which is antiseptic and drying, so it destroys odor-causing fungus and bacteria and dries out the moisture that lets these organisms grow. 
Pencil for Headaches
When you’re stressed or anxious, you subconsciously clench your jaw and teeth; this strains the muscle that connects your jaw to your temples and can trigger a tension headache. A solution: “Put a pencil between your teeth but don’t bite,” says Fred Sheftell, MD, director of the New England Center for Headache in Stamford, CT. You automatically relax your jaw muscle to do this, which can prevent the pain. 
Yogurt For Bad Breath
Preliminary research shows that the live bacteria in yogurt can suppress levels of bad breath–causing bacteria. “Good” bugs in yogurt may crowd out the “bad” stink-causing bacteria or create an unhealthy environment for it, says John C. Moon, DDS, a cosmetic and general dentist in Half Moon Bay, CA.
Listerine for Blisters
The classic breath freshener—and powerful antiseptic—can also do a number on blisters. Moisten a cotton ball with Listerine and dab it on your blister 3 times a day until the area dries out and no longer hurts, says Janet Maccaro, PhD, CNC, a holistic nutritionist and certified nutrition consultant in Scottsdale, AZ.
Lemon balm Tea for Cold Sores
Lemon balm is a first-choice herbal treatment for cold sores, which are caused by a type of herpes virus (not the same kind that’s sexually transmitted). It has antiviral properties that work to tame herpes outbreaks, says James Duke, PhD, author of The Green Pharmacy. Prepare lemon balm tea by brewing 2 to 4 tablespoons of the herb per cup of boiling water. Let it cool, then dot with a cotton ball on the cold sore several times a day.
Licorice for Calluses and Burns
“Licorice contains estrogen-like substances that soften the hard skin of calluses and corns,” says Georgianna Donadio, PhD, director of the National Institute of Whole Health. Make this homemade licorice paste: Grind up a few licorice sticks, mix them with ½ teaspoon of petroleum jelly, and rub the mixture into the rough areas of your feet.
Tennis Ball for Aching Feet
For an easy, free mini massage that stretches and soothes your arches, slip off your shoes and roll each foot over a tennis ball, golf ball, or soup can for a minute or two. To cool throbbing feet, roll them over a bottle of frozen water. 
Olive Oil for Eczema
Soothe flareups by applying olive oil directly to the irritated area, says Christopher Dannaker, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at the University of California San Francisco. Packed with antioxidants that can reduce the inflammation associated with eczema, olive oil is the basis for many moisturizers; when used alone, it lacks chemical irritants you may find in store-bought creams. As a bonus, olive oil’s antioxidants help prevent and repair damage that can lead to wrinkles and brown spots. 
Rub 1 teaspoon per square inch of skin, which creates a seal that prevents skin from drying out. For serious cases, cover oil-slathered skin with plastic wrap overnight to lock moisture in.
Sugar for Hiccups
A teaspoon of sugar swallowed dry can stop hiccups in minutes, says Andre Dubois, MD, PhD, a professor of medicine in the emerging infectious diseases graduate program at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. The sugar is believed to modify the nerve muscles that would otherwise tell the muscles in the diaphragm to contract spasmodically and contribute to hiccups. 
I Pod for High Blood Pressure
Thirty minutes of the right tunes every day can help lower BP, according to research from the University of Florence in Italy. Researchers found that people on a medication for hypertension further lowered their blood pressure after they listened to music while breathing slowly. Systolic readings (the first number) decreased an average of 3.2 points in a week; a month later, readings were down 4.4 points.
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saynogirl saynogirl 4 years 38 weeks
Yes this is true! Do try this and let me know :) You'll see for yourself! But don't eat it afterwards! Please?? LOL
D-Lee D-Lee 4 years 38 weeks
Thnx Gatara! :hug:
gatara gatara 4 years 38 weeks
This is really great! thanks Dee :hug:
D-Lee D-Lee 4 years 38 weeks
Really SayNO? that is GREAT to know! especially now during cold/flu season! :hug:
saynogirl saynogirl 4 years 39 weeks
I have one tip for flu! Before you go to sleep, put one onion sliced near where you sleep! The next morning, the flu goes away :D
saynogirl saynogirl 4 years 39 weeks
This is awesome thank you for the tips Dee!! :heart:
D-Lee D-Lee 4 years 39 weeks
Thnx Ivee :hug:
Iveenia Iveenia 4 years 39 weeks
brilliant tips :) Thank you Dee - for hiccups we do breathe regularly and deeply that helps too ;) an old singers' trick ;) :SING:
D-Lee D-Lee 4 years 39 weeks
these R really fun! wish it had been read. took forever to do :faint: i won't post anymore of these. ;)