Do you know that you can actually treat common, pesky ailments with household food and objects? Next time when you get hiccups, headaches or a cut, don’t rush for OTC medicines and resort to these easy homemade tips. Read on for more:
Sugar for hiccups
Experts say that if you get hiccups, swallow a teaspoon of dry sugar to stop them within minutes. The sugar modifies the nerve signals which otherwise tells the diaphragm muscles to contract spasmodically and cause hiccups. But it is recommended to not do overdo on sugar because you may get addicted to it.
Pencil for headaches
When we’re stressed or worried, we subconsciously tend to clench our teeth and jaw. This strains the muscle connecting the jaw and teeth and results in a tension headache. To relieve the pain, put a pencil between your teeth but don’t bite. This way your strained jaw muscles will relax and pain will be prevented.
Olive oil for itchiness (eczema)
Experts say that applying olive oil directly to the irritated area can help soothe flare-ups. Olive oil is a powerhouse of antioxidants that can reduce inflammation and moisturize the skin. Bonus point: It repairs any damage and prevents formation of brown spots and wrinkles. Gently rub 1 tsp of olive oil to the affected area for effective results.
Apple for white teeth
Apples produce a substance called malic acid, which can actually help in dissolving the stains on your teeth. In fact, every crunchy fruit and vegetable acts as a toothbrush when you chew it. They have a natural cleansing property that even works on enamel strain.
Cloves for cuts
Clove is rich in a chemical called eugenol, which has both pain-relieving and antiseptic properties. Next time you get a cut, sprinkle some clove powder or apply clove oil to the affected area to relieve the pain and keep it from becoming infected.
Yoghurt for bad breath
Studies say that live bacteria that reside in yoghurt can lower the levels of bad breath-causing bacteria in the mouth. The god bacteria overtakes the bad (stink causing) bacteria in the mouth and create a healthy environment.
Vodka for foot odour
If you are that kind of person whose feet smell even after you maintain the best of hygiene, then vodka might actually be your savior. Soak a cloth in vodka and wipe it all over your feet. Vodka is a type of alcohol which has antiseptic properties. It dries and kills the odour causing bacteria and fungus present on your skin.