Do you wake up with a sore throat the day you’re set to have that major presentation? or you overdo yourself at the gym and come home with a stiff neck?.
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Well trying out home made remedies for these kind of ailments can be very effective and pocket friendly rather than running to the doctor. So clear some space in your bathroom cabinet, refrigerator, and kitchen cupboard for these surprisingly safe and effective remedies.
The following are six home made remedies that work;
To relax a stiff neck
A stiff neck results from slowed circulation and lymph flow to muscle tissues. Use contrast hydrotherapy, a quick blast of hot, then cold water in order to get the blood pumping again. In the shower, first run hot water over your neck for 20 seconds to increase blood flow, then switch to cold for 10 seconds to constrict blood flow. Alternate three times, always ending with cold. When you get out of the shower, your body will send the blood back out to the skin, which results in a final dilation of blood vessels and voilà!, a looser neck.
Best way to prevent vomiting
Douse a cotton makeup pad with isopropyl alcohol, hold it up to your nose, and take a few deep breaths (no more than three in a 10-minute period). According to a recent study, emergency room patients who inhaled the isopropyl alcohol saturated pads saw a 50 percent reduction in nausea, compared with patients who sniffed pads doused in saline solution.
Treat that bad breath
Gargle with a small cup of acidic lemon juice to kill odor-causing bacteria. Then eat a bit of plain unsweetened yogurt, which contains beneficial lactobacillus bacteria. These so-called pro biotics compete with and replace the reeking bacteria. The lemon-yogurt combo instantly neutralizes odor and lasts 12 to 24 hours.
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Cut a cold short
Cut a lemon in half and squeeze the juice from one half into a cup. Studies show that vitamin C taken before the onset of a cold shortens its duration and severity. Drop the lemon half shell into the cup. Add boiling water and a teaspoon of organic raw honey, an immunity booster that also coats painful throat tissues. Breathe in the healing vapor to open sinuses, and sip a cupful two or three times daily to fight the bug.
Stop foot odor
Soak feet nightly in one part vinegar and two parts water to eliminate odoriferous bacteria, or take a daily foot bath in strong black tea (let it cool first) for 30 minutes. Tea’s tannins kill bacteria and close the pores in your feet, keeping feet dry longer; bacteria tend to thrive in moist environments. You’ll see results in a few days to a week. Do the soak only when your feet are free of cuts.
Curb a cough
Indulge in a square or two of dark chocolate. Researchers found that chocolate’s theobromine compound is more effective than codeine at suppressing persistent coughs without the side effects of drowsiness and constipation.
To calm a nagging cough that keeps you awake at night, take two teaspoons of honey (one to two teaspoons for kids; don’t give to children younger than one), along with vitamin C which boosts the immune system in the early stages of your cough. Research shows that honey works better than either a cough suppressant or no treatment at all for relieving children’s nocturnal cough and promoting sleep.