Weekend Musings: Weirdest Home Remedies


Here is another interesting email from a friend. Have a nice weekend.

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Yogurt cures bad breath

Studies have shown that live bacteria in sugar free yogurt can suppress levels of bad breath causing bacteria. If the bad bacteria can’t survive, your breath smells sweeter.

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Olive oil cures Eczema

Olive oil is rich in vitamin E, so it’s a great skin moisturizer. Apply extra virgin, unrefined olive oil to your skin after showering, while your skin is still damp. The olive oil seals in moisture and helps sooth painful Eczema flair-ups.

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Sugar stops the hiccups

Hiccups are annoying, but now you can stop them within one minute simply by swallowing a teaspoon full of dry sugar. Experts believe that the sudden sweetness on the tongue overloads the nerve endings in the mouth and stops the hiccup spasm.

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Chewing peppermint or cinnamon gum eases commuting stress

Studies have shown that chewing peppermint or cinnamon gum increases awareness and reduces fatigue by as much as 20%. Test subjects reported 25% less frustration and 30% increased alertness. The drive also seemed 30% shorter for those who chewed the gum, versus those who did not.

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Duct tape cures warts

Duct tape: is there anything it can’t do? Some people would go to great lengths to have warts removed. Typically, painful options like cryotherapy, acid preparations, laser therapy, heat, and tape occlusion are the treatment of choice, but even cryotherapy (burning the wart off with liquid nitrogren) has only a 60% success rate. Comparably, the painless practice of applying a small piece of duct tape to provide about an 85% success rate.

Simply apply a small piece of duct tape to the wart and leave it for a week. Then wash the area and use a pumice stone to scour the affected area, and reapply the tape for another week. Repeat until the wart is gone.

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Biting on a pencil cures headaches

Tension headaches can often arise from unconsciously clenching your jaw. Gently holding a pencil between your teeth forces your jaw muscles to relax, easing your headache.

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Vodka cures stinky feet

Wipe your feet with a vodka-soaked rag to eliminate foot odor. Vodka contains alcohol, an antiseptic that is very drying. Alcohol destroys odor-causing fungus and bacteria and dries out the moisture that lets these organism grow.

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Olives and lemons cures sea sickness

Motion sickness causes excess saliva, which can make you queasy. Eating olives or sucking on a lemon at the first signs of sea sickness can help ease nausea thanks to the tannins contained in these items.

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Tomatoes cure acne

Tomatoes have a lot of vitamin C and A, antioxidants and acidic content, so they can be used to treat a variety of minor skin ailments. This cure is especially good for oily skin. Mash one small tomato into pulp, then spread the pulp on your face and let it sit for one hour. Wash it off with tepid water and pat dry. Repeat once a day for a week.

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Listerine cures toenail fungus

Soaking your feet in Listerine mouthwash for 15 to 20 minutes, twice a day, will cure most cases of toenail fungus. Listerine contains antiseptic and disinfectant ingredients; it has been used for everything from curing gonorrhea to cleaning floors.

Listerine is also good for curing blisters (dab onto blister 2 to 3 times per day to dry it out), and dandruff.

2 thoughts on “Weekend Musings: Weirdest Home Remedies

  1. Have been using the sugar cure for hiccups for years and can verify it works better than all other methods.

  2. Interesting!! I do know that ginger can help nausea and there has been research into this, although I am sure Asians knew this hundreds of years ago!

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