Tuesday, September 09 , 2014

Remedy for Aching Hands

Ouch! That was a rough patch of lawn mowing or tennis playing! Now your hands feel like they've been through a wringer. Here's what to do...

If your hands are feeling achy, try this solution. In a bowl, combine three cups of hot water, three tablespoons of witch hazel and one-half cup of Epsom salts. Make sure the water isn’t hot enough to burn, then dip your hands in the solution for about five minutes...enough time for the magnesium sulfate in the mixture to penetrate and ease the pain in your joints.

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Friday, September 05 , 2014

Pinch Here to Feel Great

You do have control over your mood. Believe it! Here's a little acupressure to help you quickly lift your spirits.

Acupressure involves activating specific trigger points on the body along pathways called "meridians" or "acupoints." These specific points correspond to troubled areas in the body, and applying pressure (usually with your thumbs, fingers or palms) engages the body's natural self-curing abilities. The acupoints often have ancient descriptive names, such as Joining the Valley and Mind Clearing.

Pressing the Inner Gate acupoint can reduce emotional upset—such as anxiety, depression and irritability—in only two to three minutes.

Location: On the inner side of the forearm, three finger widths up (toward the elbow) from the center of the wrist crease, in between two thick tendons.

What to do: Place your thumb on this point and your fingers directly behind the outside of the forearm between the two bones. Squeeze this slowly and firmly, hold for two to three minutes, while breathing deeply. Repeat on the other arm for the same amount of time.

This acupressure exercise can also help: Carpal tunnel syndrome, insomnia and nausea.

Thanks to Dr. Michael Reed Gach, founder of the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley, California, for this remedy.

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Thursday, August 28 , 2014

Fruity Face Mask

Are you looking for a natural way to softer, wrinkle-free skin? Go to your fruit bowl for an easy treatment.

To reduce the tendency to wrinkle, mash a ripe banana and add a few drops of peanut oil. Apply the mask to your face and neck (upward and outward), and leave it on for at least a half-hour. Wash it off with tepid water. If you do this daily—or every other day—it should make your skin softer and less likely to wrinkle.

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Thursday, August 21 , 2014

Pinch Away Motion Sickness

It can happen so easily. You are reading on a long train ride and a sickening nausea starts to climb up your throat. You don't have any pills or special tea on hand to make yourself feel better. Here's what to do...

Pull out and pinch the skin in the middle of your inner wrist, about an inch from your palm. Hold this pinch for 10 seconds, then switch to your other wrist. Keep pulling and pinching alternate wrists until you feel better, which shouldn't take more than 30 seconds.

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Friday, August 15 , 2014

A Trick to Help You Snap Out of It

Are you feeling a little sluggish? Having a hard time concentrating? Maybe allergies or smog or too little sleep is making you feel as though you're struggling to think straight. Here's what to do...

Put a golf ball between your palms, and roll it around, massaging your adrenal reflex areas—they are located halfway down the long first metacarpal bones of the hands below the thumbs. (Don't worry too much about the anatomy—just roll that ball.)

Reflexologists believe that there are reflexes related to the hands (and feet) that correspond to all parts of the body. Stimulation of the appropriate areas can activate the body's own natural healing system. This reflexology exercise ought to help clear out the cobwebs.

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Wednesday, August 13 , 2014

Gentle Pet-Fur Detangler and Cleaner

If your dog's or cat's fur has collected some sticky stuff from the outdoors or if the shedding seems endless, here's what you can try before going to an expensive groomer...

Removing burrs, tree sap, gum. You'll want to wear rubber gloves for this. Work vegetable oil or baby oil into the sticky, tangled areas of your pet's coat to break up the gunk. This will make it easier to extricate the foreign matter without causing yelps or whimpers.

Cornstarch can also be used to de-gunk your pet. Pour a little on the problem area and patiently work it in, gently pulling the sticky stuff out as it releases from the fur.

Nonstop shedding. If your pet’s shedding seems to be year-round rather than seasonal, work a little lanolin (you can purchase liquid lanolin at Amazon.com) or olive oil into the animal's coat every day. Within a few weeks, there should be a noticeable difference for the better.

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Wednesday, August 06 , 2014

The Color Mosquitoes Love

Mosquitoes love the dog days of summer. How do you get them to stop loving you? Here's what to do...

Don't wear the color blue around mosquitoes. They're very attracted to it. They're also attracted to wet clothes and bathing suits—it’s like hanging out in standing water, a mosquito's favorite place to be. So dry off well to keep those hungry suckers away!

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Monday, August 04 , 2014

Homemade Tea for Backaches

Hey, weekend warrior, did you hurt your back? Here's a homemade herbal tea you might want to try...

Yarrow leaves contain anti-inflammatory elements that help relax your muscles. You should be able to find the dried leaves at any health-food store or online. Add a teaspoon of yarrow to a cup of just-boiled water. Let it steep for 10 minutes. Strain and drink a cup before each meal and a cup at bedtime. It can help pain fade away.

Note: Yarrow tea has an unusual taste, so you may want to add honey.

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Friday, August 01 , 2014

2 Foods That Fight Allergies

Are you dreading another bout of seasonal allergy symptoms? Right around mid-August is the beginning of more pollen and spores in the air, bringing on all those sneezes and runny noses. Talk about summer fun! Here are two foods that help to ease annoying allergies...

Nutrient-rich watercress helps swollen bronchial passages and is one of nature's best bacteria fighters. It's a strong diuretic, so eat small portions at a time.

Fish gives you omega-3 fatty acids that help control inflammation and may help your puffy nostrils and clogged-up lower respiratory system. Are you a fish hater? Try flavorless fish-oil supplements. We each take a 1,000-milligram capsule three times a day (one with each meal), but check with your doctor, especially if you are on blood thinners or another medication.

Oh, and by the way, you might want to have a virgin version of that pretty summer drink with the umbrella. Alcohol can dilate blood vessels and release histamines that make your symptoms worse. Save your bottoms up for after allergy season!

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Friday, July 25 , 2014

Cabbage Remedy for Pain

You probably know that cruciferous vegetables should be a big part of your diet, but did you know that they're also good for pain relief? No, you don’t have to put a head of broccoli on your knee. Here's what to do...

For relief from joint pain caused by arthritis, gout or overexertion, take a few cabbage leaves and steam them for 10 minutes, until they're limp. You can place a metal steamer over boiling water, or place whole leaves into boiling water, lower the heat and gently simmer for 10 minutes. While the cabbage leaves are cooking, lightly massage a little olive oil on the painful area. After 10 minutes, pull out the cabbage leaves and drain on paper towels. As soon as possible, without burning yourself, place the warm cabbage leaves on the oiled area. Cover with a heavy towel or plastic wrap to keep in the heat. Repeat the process an hour later with new cabbage leaves. Stop when you're tired of wearing cabbage.

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