| Thursday, November 02, 2006
| HEAL THYSELF
|Simple remedies for common problems
Remedy Apply cotton balls dipped in ice-cold whole milk or cream for five to 10minutes.
Why it works The high fat content of these liquids provides a moisturizing treatment for the delicate skin around the eyes and reduces puffiness, says Stephanie Tourles, author of Naturally Healthy Skin.
Remedy Apply a dab of flouride toothpaste to the blemish and cover with Band-Aid overnight.
Why it works Flouride fights the bacteria that cause acne, and the calcium carbonate in the toothpaste helps dry out pimples. But this remedy won't work ofr everyone. "People with sensitive skin can sometimes worsen their acne by using toothpaste topically", explains Linda Page, Ph.D., a Tratditional Naturopath and author of Diets for Healthy Healings.
Remedy Drink 1 teaspoon of freshly grated horseradish with 1/4 cup of lemon juice.
Why it works Horseradish produces quick mucus release, and the lemon jouic helps it go down easier, "Just don't put the mixture directly in the nose because it will cause blisters to form," says Dr. Page.
Remedy Mix 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1/4 cup honey.
Why it works One tablespoons of this mixture taken six times daily will soothe your throat. The honey fights infection and coats the throat, relieving irritation, while the venegar kills bacteria, says Dr. Page.
Gum Pain or Toothache
Remedy Rub a whole cloves on the afflicted area.
Why it works "Cloves are a great anesthetic for surface pain", says Susan LaBounty, D.D.S., a dentist in Bellevue, Washington. "But they won't work for deep pain."
Remedy Put salt directly on the sore.
Why it works It creates a kind of chemical burn on the surface of the skin, which acts as a protective coating for quicker healing, says Dr. LaBounty.
Remedy Use a blender to mash up a cucumber and moisten a cotton pad with the juice. Use it to gently dab the sensitive area.
Why it works "Cucumber juice is a natural anti-inflammatory agent, plus the coolness is soothing to burned or irritated skin," says Jerry Baker, author of Supermarket Super Products.
Urinary Tract Infection
Remedy At the onset of symptoms, drink 16 oz of unsweetened cranberry juice and pop a 1,000mg vitaminc C tablet each day for as long as symptoms last.
Why it works "Vitamin C and unsweetened cranberry juice prevent bacteria there from colonizing in the baldder," explains Tony Lu, MD., director of Integrative medicine at Loyola University Health System in Chicago. He also recommends avoiding sugar and alcohol, both of which can worsen the symptoms of a UTI.
Remedy Brew a pot of tea and allow it to cool to room temperature. Soak a clean cloth in the tea, wring it out and apply to burned skin for 10 to 15minutes.
Why it works The tannic acid in tea cools and acutally helps repair sun-damaged skin, says Terri McGraw, author of Mrs. Fixit Pantry Power: Clean It and Repait It Faster for Less.
Remedy A bowl of chicken soup.
Why it works Not only does this hot meal help to clear a stuffy nose, but researchers at the Unviersity of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha also found that chicken soup acutally reduces phlegm by inhibiting the production of certain types of white blood cells.
Remedy Sip a cup of warm peppermint or licorice tea.
Why it works Swallowing helps to reset the irritated diaphragm nerve, says Dr. Page, and both peppermint and licorice are soothing anti-spasmodic agents.
Remedy Drink a cup of peppermint tea.
Why it works "Peppermint contains menthol, which is a mild anesthetic and will calm the muscles in your stomach and esophagus," McGraw says. She also recommends eating foods high in complex carbohydrates (potatoes, rice,pasta), which help absorbs acud and relieve discomfort.
Dry, Cracked Skin
Remedy Place a vinegar-soaked cloth over the affected areas for about 30 minutes to soothe and prevent peeling.
Why it works Vinegar helps rehydrate the skin and kills any bacteria that may be growing there, says Dr. Page.
Remedy Swipe lip blam or Crazy Glue over the wound.
Why it works McGraw says both methods deprive the exposed nerve endings of air, which helps stop the bleeding and instantly relieves the sharp pain of these tiny cuts.
Remedy Cover with duct tape. A recent study at Cincinnati Children's Medical Center asked patients to wear duct tape over their warts for six days, then remove the tape, soak the affected area in water and scrape it with an emery board or punice stone. After continuing the treaemtn for up to two months, participants were free of warts.
Why it works The duct tape irritates the wart, whcih causes an immune system reaction that attacks the growth.
Dull, Splintered Nails
Remedy Rub a dab of cod liver oil or castor oil ontio cuticles and nails.
Why it works Both oils soften cuticles and make nails shiny, plus the massage helps them grow, says Tourles.
Remedy Soak your hands in a few tablespoons of rosemary mised with warm water.
Why it works Rosemary is natural anti-inflmmatory, and warm water helps improve circulation, says Dr. Page.
Dry Skin and Hard Calluses
Remedy After showering, coat your feet with vegetable shortening and cover them with socks. Wear overnight.
Why it works "Vegetables shortening is the cheapest miracle moisturizer" says Tourles. "The longer you let it soak in, the softer your feet will be."
Remedy Fill a foot tub with ice water and another tub with warm water. Add a few drops of peppermint oil and alternate soaking for five minutes in each.
Why it works Peppermint is an essential oil that relieves pain and relaxes the muscles. Alternating hot and cold will reduce the swelling.
Remedy Soak your feet in vinegar for 10 minutes four times a day until symptoms disappear.
Why it works Vinegar is acidic and skills bacteria and fungie. "You can also wash your lesions with Listerine", says Joey Green, author of Amazing Kitchen Cures. "It stings quite a bit, but the antiseptic seems to kill the fungus."
Remedy Dissolve two alka-set=ltzer tablets in a quart of warm water and soak feet for 15 minutes twice a week.
Why it works Green says that the baking soda in Alka-Sletzer increases the acid level on your feet, whcih inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria. If you're allergic to aspirin (a key ingedient in Alka Zletzer), try sprinkling baking soda into your shoes to absorb any odors.
Remedy At night, mash a clove of garlic and smear it directly on the wart, then ocver with a bandage. Wear a sock to bed and remove the bandage in the morning. Repeat for 10 days.
Why it works "Plantar warts are caused by a virus, and garlic is natural immunity booster as weel as an antiseptic", says Andrea Murray, a reflexologist and herbalist at Akari Hair and Day Spa in Portland, Maine.
Remedy Soak your foot in wamr salt water.
Why it works Salt, a natural antiseptic, will draw out any dirt and help prevent the growth if bacteria. "The warm water softens the swollen skin and the nail. This allows you to gently pull back the skin and round off the painful straight nail to promote proper growth", explains McGraw.
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