Dr. Roshini Raj shared a few quick cures for everyday ailments
Relieve a Headache
Believe it or not, biting on a pencil will provide relief for a headache. If you get common tension headaches, the pencil trick may help prevent them. We tend to automatically clench our jaws and teeth when we’re anxious or stressed, and this is a subconscious reaction that can lead to a tension headache. When you feel your jaw clench, put a pencil between your teeth (don’t bite down) and hold it there. This simple strategy will cause your jaw to relax, easing tension, forestalling the headache, and easing the pain.
If you are suffering from nausea associated with motion sickness, then someone telling you to “go suck a lemon” is actually helpful advice. Lemon juice will help evaporate the excessive saliva often associated with nausea.
Chocolate!! Keep some 70 to 90 percent cocoa dark chocolate on hand. When a bout of the hiccups comes, smooth a bite of the chocolate on the roof of your mouth and be amazed at how fast your hiccups disappear
Studies show that glycyrrhizin acid, an ingredient in licorice, stops the cold sore virus cells dead in their tracks — so try chewing a licorice whip. Just be sure it’s made from real licorice, as most “licorice” candy in the United States today is flavored with anise. If the ingredient list reads “licorice mass,” the product contains real licorice. You could also try buying some licorice powder and sprinkling it on the sore, or mix up a cream with a pinch of licorice power and a smidgen of pure vegetable shortening, then apply to the sore. Remember, though — don’t go overboard! Just as with any medicine, real licorice’s medicinal effects can cause serious side effects if used in large amounts over long periods of
Yes, duct tape! Using duct tape to remove warts has been shown to work better than freezing them off. In one study, duct tape eliminated 85 percent of patients’ warts in two months (freezing eradicated only 60 percent). Here’s how it works: make sure the wart and surrounding skin are clean, then cut a piece of duct tape a bit larger than the wart and press into place. Remove the tape every three days, rub the wart with an emery board or pumice stone, and repeat until the wart is gone.
According to Columbia University, apple cider vinegar, white vinegar and witch hazel reduce underarm odor by lowering the skin’s pH. The bacteria responsible for underarm odor cannot survive when the skin’s pH is low. To combat odor, soak a cotton ball in witch hazel or vinegar and apply it to the underarms instead of, or before, deodorant. Health911 states that 3 percent hydrogen peroxide is effective against body odor when diluted with water and used as a skin rinse.