Wednesday, April 16 , 2014

Natural Relief for Hay Fever

Ah choo! Here’s natural help for this itchy, sneezy time of year…

The herbal treatment stinging nettle may sound like a painful solution, but it's a common plant that acts as a natural antihistamine...and you aren't going to sting yourself with it, for goodness sake. According to the naturopaths we consulted, a freeze-dried extract of the leaves taken in capsule form is best (available at many health-food stores and even drugstores and supermarkets). To control hay fever symptoms, take one or two capsules every two to four hours. Or follow the dosage directions on the label...or (best of all) ask your doctor what dosage is right for you.

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Friday, April 04 , 2014

Better Ways to Remove Splinters

Attempting to remove any splinter using tweezers or a sharp needle (ouch!) may make the problem worse. The tweezers or needle may push the splinter deeper into the skin or break off the end and leave part of the splinter embedded beneath the skin. Consider the following simple and safer splinter-removing methods…

For an Easy-to-Remove Splinter: When the splinter is sticking out, not deeply embedded, and you don't want to risk breaking it off by pulling it out, take a piece of tape—you can try transparent tape or adhesive bandages, but a strong tape such as masking or duct tape works best—and put it on the splinter. Based on the direction in which the splinter is facing, remove the tape so that the splinter comes right out with it. You also could try a thin layer of school-type white glue or rubber cement spread on the splintered area. Let the glue sit for 20 minutes, and then carefully peel it away, along with the splinter. If the tape or glue doesn't work the first time, give it a second try. And if it still doesn't work, try the alternate method below.

For a Hard-to-Remove Splinter: Take a teaspoon of ground fenugreek (available from most health-food stores), and add just enough water to make a paste. Place it on and around the splinter, and wrap gauze around it. Keep it on for a few hours or overnight. When you clear away the fenugreek, the splinter should have surfaced and you can scrape it or tape it off (see above). Fenugreek is a natural anti-inflammatory.

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Wednesday, April 02 , 2014

Tea for Smelly Feet

Does your family ask you to leave your shoes on when you come home from work? Did you spend all day on your feet, and now it's time for a night on the town with strappy sandals…and a foolproof foot-odor fix? Here's what to do…

Boil two quarts of water, then steep five bags of black tea in it until the tea is cool enough to transfer to a basin. Soak your feet in the liquid for 10 minutes, then rinse and dry them thoroughly.

Tannic acid, the natural astringent found in black tea, neutralizes and absorbs sweat, destroying the moist breeding ground for odor-causing bacteria. So the tea bath should get rid of the stink when just a plain foot washing won't do.

To prevent foot odor, before putting on your socks, apply a thin coat of baking soda (putting it in a sugar canister that shakes out sugar works well) to your feet to keep the surface of the skin drier. This will also help keep them smelling fresh.

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Thursday, March 27 , 2014

Special Tonic for Ex-Smokers

Are you ready to quit smoking? Congratulations on taking control of your life! Once you quit, here's a special tonic to help you through the tough weeks of withdrawal…

Mix one-half teaspoon of cream of tartar (available in supermarket baking and/or spice sections) into eight ounces of orange juice, and drink it before bedtime. The cream of tartar helps clear the nicotine out of your system, so, as the mornings progress, you will have less desire to smoke, until the cravings are gone completely. The orange juice will help replace the vitamin C depleted by your old smoking habit.

This isn't a magic bullet (of course). You still have to switch up the routine that involved easy smokes and add in more exercise and other healthful distractions...clear out your home of lighters and ashtrays...and just be determined not to light up! But persistence pays—your body will love you for it.

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Wednesday, March 26 , 2014

Egg Dip for Warty Hands

There are so many home remedies for warts! Different ones work for different people. This particular fix for warts on your hands and fingers has an interesting success story…

First, what to do: Bring two eggs to a boil, and continue to boil for 10 minutes. Remove the eggs, and save the water. As soon as the water is cool enough to touch, soak your warted hand in that water for 10 minutes. Do this daily until the wart disappears.

Here's the success story: A woman named Lisa heard us tell of this remedy. She had a wart on the palm of her hand. Her dermatologist tried liquid nitrogen on it. At first it was a little better, but then the pain and the wart size increased. Lisa went to another doctor who gave her a prescription that didn't help much either. After she saw us on TV, she tried the egg boil. She said that all it took was one soaking for the pain and the wart to vanish, leaving no trace whatsoever! This speedy result is unusual, but hopefully you will have good results.

Oh—and hard-boiled eggs for lunch!

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Tuesday, March 25 , 2014

Nose Trick Puts You to Sleep

Do you have difficulty falling asleep? Look to your nose! The left nostril is connected to the right hemisphere of the brain. Breathing through the left nostril can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which counteracts stress and helps calm you and put you into a sleep mode. Here's the way to put that nostril to work to bring on the sleep you need.

Lie on your right side, which will help open your left nostril, then use the thumb or index finger of your right hand to close the right nostril. Take long, deep breaths through your left nostril for a few minutes...and you will feel much more relaxed and closer to sleep.

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Wednesday, March 19 , 2014

Emergency Nosebleed Stopper

A nosebleed is one of your face's least attractive bodily actions. The nose has many small blood vessels that help keep the nasal passages warm and humidify the air you breathe. Nosebleeds usually occur from a minor irritation to these blood vessels, such as dry air or forceful nose-blowing...or nose picking (another attractive action). Nosebleeds are rarely life-threatening, but what a mess! Here's the right way to stop one fast...

Grab a cotton ball (or a tissue) and, if you can, soak it in white vinegar or witch hazel— both are astringents that'll tighten pores and help stop the bleeding. Block the bleeding nostril with the cotton or the tissue. Then lean forward slightly and, using your thumb and index finger, gently squeeze together your nostrils for at least five minutes. This practice is preferable to tilting your head back, which can cause blood to flow down your throat. Yuck!

If there's still a slight dribble after the nostril pinch, raise your arms in the air to divert the blood flow. Or raise the arm that's on the same side as your bleeding nostril. Hold the arm stiff, put your upraised hand against a wall, then lean on the wall for stability.

Caution: If blood is flowing from both nostrils or is heavy and cannot be stopped with the above actions, it may be a sign of a serious disorder. Seek professional medical help immediately.

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Friday, March 14 , 2014

This Makes Bruises Disappear

Ouch! Where did that tender black-and-blue spot come from? Most minor bruises will go away on their own with time (usually after going through a rainbow of colors). Here's a way to help speed along the healing.

Cut a lemon in half, and rub the pulp over the bruise four or five times till the bruise is covered with pulp and juice. Rinse with cold water. If you can, do this once every hour until you go to bed. When you wake up, there should be a big improvement.

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Wednesday, March 12 , 2014

Sweet Fix for Hiccups

You can't exactly remember that hiccup cure where you have to hold your breath and count to a specific number and sip water while closing your eyes tight. Here's a hiccup remedy that's quick and easy to remember.

Mix one-half teaspoon of sugar in one-half glass of tepid water (the sugar does not have to be completely dissolved), and drink it slowly— take about a good 10 seconds. Your hiccups should be history.

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Monday, March 10 , 2014

Homemade Poultice for Pinkeye

If your eye is red, watery and itchy, you may have allergies or just some dust in your eye. But if your eye is very irritated, you may have an infection commonly known as pinkeye or conjunctivitis (which is very contagious). Here's what to do so you don't have to look so awful for so many days...

Once every day, make a poultice of grated apple or potato. Peel a small apple or potato (any kind is fine), and grate using the small holes on a grater or a small food processor. Take a piece of cheesecloth (or a coffee filter), and wrap it around the apple (or potato) to create a package big enough to cover your infected eye. Place your poultice on your closed eye, and let it stay that way for a half-hour, then gently rinse or wipe off. Do this twice a day, and within two days, the irritated redness should dissipate.

Caution: If the redness and inflammation does not show signs of improvement within a day or two (or worsens), see a health professional.

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