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Bizarre Home Cures That Work
By Tabby Biddle
Reviewed by QualityHealth’s Medical Advisory Board
Problem: Cold Sores
Home Cure: Lemon balm tea
What to Do: Prepare lemon balm tea by brewing 2 to 4 tablespoons of the herb per cup of boiling water. Let it cool, then dot with a cotton ball on the cold sore several times a day.
Why It Works: Cold sores are caused by a herpes simplex virus (HSV). Lemon balm has antiviral properties that work to tame herpes outbreaks.
Home Cure: Olive Oil
What to Do: Apply olive oil directly to the irritated area. Rub 1 teaspoon per square inch of skin, which creates a seal that prevents skin from drying out. For serious cases, cover oil-slathered skin with plastic wrap overnight to lock moisture in.
Why it Works: Olive oil is packed with antioxidants that can reduce the inflammation associated with eczema. Olive oil is actually the base used for many moisturizers. When used alone, it lacks chemical irritants that you may find in store-bought creams.
Home Cure: Sugar
What to Do: Swallow one teaspoon of sugar (dry) to stop hiccups.
Why it Works: The sugar is believed to modify the nerve muscles that would otherwise tell the muscles in the diaphragm to contract spasmodically and contribute to hiccups.
Home Cure: Lemons
What to Do: At the first hint of nausea, suck on a lemon.
Why it Works: Motion sickness causes you to produce excess saliva, which can make you nauseated. Lemons help dry out your mouth and can help soothe the queasy feeling.
Problem: Stained Teeth
Home Cure: Apples
What to Do: Eat an apple a day.
Why it Works: Apples have a gentle malic acid that works on cleansing tooth enamel and helps dissolve stains.
Problem: Urinary Tract Infections
Home Cure: Baking Soda
What to Do: At the first sign of symptoms, drink a solution made with ¼ teaspoon of baking soda mixed in 8 ounces of water. Continue this once a day until you can get a culture done at a doctor’s office and start antibiotics.
Why it Works: Baking soda makes the bladder environment more alkaline, which reduces bacteria’s ability to multiply.
Note: If your health issue does not improve with one of the recommended home cures, contact your doctor for an appointment to discuss other treatment options.
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