Friday, December 19 , 2014

Stinky Tea for Cold Relief (It’s Not Garlic!)

You probably know that garlic can ward off a winter bug. But did you know that the onion is also a powerful natural remedy to relieve colds? Here are two ways to cut your cold time with this popular bulb.

Cut an onion in half, and place one half on each side of your bed so you can inhale the scent while you sleep. This should help clear your nasal passages.

Drop a slice of raw onion in a glass of just-boiled water. After a few seconds, remove the onion and, when the water cools (enough to drink without burning yourself), start sipping it. Continue to do so throughout the day. You should feel your symptoms start to abate in less than a day.

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Thursday, December 18 , 2014

A Tart Hangover Solution

Hurrah! It's a brand new year, and you feel like something the cat dragged in. Do you need a quick, cheap fix for a hangover? Here's what to do…

Take one-quarter of a lemon, and rub the juicy side on each armpit. You might need to repeat a few times before you feel less queasy. Revolting as this seems, we've been told that it does indeed ease the symptoms of a hangover.

Note: This might sting if you’ve recently shaved under your arms.

We recommended this remedy in one of our books. When we handed in the manuscript, the publisher gave the pages to an MD. The doctor reviewed all the remedies to make sure they were safe. In the margins of each chapter, he wrote comments like “this is outrageous” and “they must be joking.” Obviously, the doctor wasn't into folk remedies. That is, until he came to “lemon on the armpit for hangovers.” In the margin, next to this remedy he wrote, “It's the greatest! It helped get me through medical school.” This was our very first doctor-endorsed folk remedy.

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Thursday, December 04 , 2014

Add This to Your Coffee to Relieve Arthritis

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the US. Approximately 50 million Americans are affected by arthritis—which has 100 different forms and many names. No matter what it's called, it causes a lot of pain. Here's a remedy we'd like to share...

Our friend's grandfather cleared up an arthritic condition (and lived to be 90) after he used a remedy given to him by a woman who brought it here from Puerto Rico.

Squeeze the juice of a large lime into a six-ounce cup of black coffee, and drink it hot first thing each morning.

We're not personally in favor of drinking coffee, but who are we to argue with success?

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Monday, November 24 , 2014

#1 Chicken Soup for a Cold

You hear it every time you get a cold—eat some chicken soup! That's great advice, but not all varieties are created equal. Here’s an easy chicken soup recipe that really heals.

Irwin Ziment, MD, professor emeritus of clinical medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles, is an authority on respiratory conditions. Here’s his healing chicken soup recipe for colds, coughs and chest congestion. It tastes great...but take care! This is strong stuff. Be sure to follow the dosage at the end of the recipe.

Dr. Ziment’s Chicken Soup

1 quart homemade chicken broth,

or 2 cans low-fat, low-sodium chicken broth

1 garlic head—about 15 cloves, peeled

5 parsley sprigs, minced

6 cilantro sprigs, minced

1 tsp lemon pepper

1 tsp dried basil, crushed, or

1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil

1 tsp curry powder

Optional: Hot red pepper flakes to taste, sliced carrots, a bay leaf or two

Place all ingredients in a pot without a lid. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 30 minutes. (If the soup is for your own personal use, carefully inhale the fumes during preparation as an additional decongesting treatment.) Remove the solid garlic cloves and herbs and, along with a little broth, purée them in a blender or food processor. Return the purée to the broth and stir. Serve hot.

Caution: Since this soup contains large amounts of garlic (which can irritate the digestive tract), you shouldn't eat a substantial portion at one time. Please follow the dosage instructions.

Dose: Take two tablespoons of Dr. Ziment's Chicken Soup at the beginning of a meal, one to three times a day. (If you feel you want a little more than two tablespoons, fine, but do not exceed more than one-half cup at a time.)

The respected Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, states, “Researchers say that chicken soup acts as an anti-inflammatory and temporarily speeds up the movement of mucus through the nose. This relieves congestion and limits the amount of time viruses are in contact with the lining of your nose. Plus, soup and other liquids help loosen congestion and prevent dehydration.”

We have both felt the assault of cold symptoms and have “taken” this soup in the evening (the one-half cup portion). The following day, we were symptom-free.

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Thursday, November 20 , 2014

Instant Cough Fix

We all have a cough center in our brain. It's generally motivated by an irritation in the respiratory tract. In other words, a cough is nature's way of helping us loosen and get rid of mucus and other irritants that shouldn't be in our system. But sometimes you need a break! Here's a quick cough stopper...

Quarter a fresh lemon, sprinkle it with lots of black pepper and salt, and suck on it for quick relief. Black pepper stimulates circulation and mucus flow…salt and lemon are natural germ fighters. This works best for coughs due to colds, not dry coughs from smoking or irritants.

Note: If your cough lasts longer than a few days, or if it is accompanied by fever or shortness of breath, have it checked by a health professional. It could be serious.

Thanks to Kitchen Cabinet Cures by Sara Altshul with Dr. Pamela Hops (Reader’s Digest and Bottom Line Books) for help with this tip. (To purchase Kitchen Cabinet Cures, call Bottom Line Books customer service at 800-678-5835.)

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Wednesday, November 19 , 2014

Tap Away Stress

Acupressure is great—it's free and completely portable! Aside from helping to heal pain, it's a good way to help you refocus and de-stress. Here's what to do if you need to relax...

Soothe your tension by stimulating the acupressure point called Yingtan, which is one-quarter inch above the midpoint of your eyebrows. Once you've located it, use your middle finger to tap on it lightly for 10 seconds. Breathe deeply, and think happy thoughts. Hey, just by stopping you'll feel better. (And all kidding aside—it works!)

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Wednesday, November 12 , 2014

Make Your Own Ben-Gay

Do your joints ache from arthritis or overuse? Does the rainy weather remind you of an old injury? If you prefer to soothe your pain naturally, here's a remedy for you...

Combine one-half teaspoon of eucalyptus oil (available at health-food stores or online) with one tablespoon of pure olive oil, and massage the mixture onto your painful areas. You should feel an immediate warmth from the eucalyptus that will help to relieve your pain.

Note: Eucalyptus is strong and can cause local redness and temporary burning to sensitive skin. Always blend the pure oil with a carrier oil (such as olive oil) and discontinue use if you notice an allergic reaction.

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Tuesday, November 04 , 2014

Healthful Hair Thickener

Did you know that you can thicken your hair from the inside out? A deficiency in mineral salts is believed to be a common cause of thinning hair. Studies show that mineral-rich apple cider vinegar improves the overall health and volume of hair. Here's what to do...

Drink one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in an eight-ounce glass of water right before a meal or first thing in the morning. Do this daily for a few months, and you should see your hair thicken up.

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Tuesday, October 28 , 2014

A Pinch of This Cures Heartburn

When you think of all the things you eat or drink that can cause heartburn, isn't it amazing that you don't get it more often? Here's a surprising remedy that barely costs a dime...

Take a pinch of ground coffee, no more than one-quarter teaspoon...put it in your mouth...let your saliva mix with it for a minute or two...and spit it out. Your heartburn should dissipate within minutes.

We would have thought that coffee would cause heartburn rather than cure it, but after a woman told us about it, we asked some coffee-crazy friends to try it, and they said it worked.

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Monday, October 27 , 2014

Kiss Your Relatives with Fresh Breath

Nice job. You just tasted that garlicky Caesar-salad dressing for seasoning, and here come the relatives! Do this before you give them each a big kiss...

To remove the smell of garlic from your breath, mix a touch of sugar (one-quarter teaspoon) with a little lemon juice (about two tablespoons) and swirl it around your mouth, then swallow it. Now you can pucker up!

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