Sunday, November 27, 2011

Amazing Remedies From Common Health Helpers

By Brenda Ramirez

By now you in all likelihood know exactly which item in your medicine cabinet does what. You know that if you have reflux, you need to take an antacid. You know that when you have an allergy flare up you need to take an antihistamine. You are aware that when you have a headache you should take a pain killer like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. But did you know that the items in your medicine box can be used to cure all sorts of other problems too? Check out these uncommon remedies for ordinary household problems.

You already know that you should take an antacid like Alka Seltzer to help remedy heartburn or a stomach that is acting up. Did you know, though, that Alka Seltzer and other antacids may also be used to soothe the burning feelings that come with bug bites? This is because most antacids (like Alka Seltzer for example) have aspirin in them and that lowers how much pain and stinging you feel when you are bitten by an insect. Make a paste from a smashed up antacid, a small amount of oatmeal and some water. Apply it on to the area that has the bite and you can expect to see a quick soothing of the bite. This cure works even better than those remedies that are meant for the problem, like calamine lotion.

You know that mouthwash can help you battle bad breath or halitosis but did you know that it can stop athlete's foot too? Alcohol-based mouthwashes in them are good for helping your feet and toes remain clean and healthy. To use this cure for athlete's foot, soak a cotton ball in the mouthwash and then pat the cotton ball over the soles of your feet and between your toes after you shower. The alcohol will kill any bacteria that might be trying to start a fungal infection.

Ordinary baking soda has been used for years for cleaning teeth. It is great as an at-home tooth whitener and is good for an oral scrub. Did you know that baking soda is a good treatment for skin conditions like sunburns as well? Baking soda's properties can have a neutralizing effect on the skin's pH levels. To get as much relief as possible, pour a full cup of baking soda into your bath water--under the running tap of water--wait until it has totally dissolved and then soak in the water for approximately thirty minutes.

You know that aloe vera works wonderfully in treating burns. It can soothe the skin and help ease the pain of everything from sunburns to second-degree burns. Did you know that aloe vera can help remedy canker sores as well? The same properties that help soothe skin burns can help get rid of your canker sores. Studies show that those who use aloe vera to treat canker sores heal up to fifty percent more quickly than those who use conventional canker sore treatments.

These are only a few of the uncommon ways you can use very common remedies. Instead of running out to buy the latest trend in illness or injury cures, why not just try something you already have on hand? Your cabinets are full of curatives that are good for more than what it says on the package--get the most value for your money!

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