Sometimes we can’t always make it to a doctor’s appointment or find time to stop at the drug store to pick up the things we need, like over-the-counter medication. But what you might not know is that the remedies you need, you may already own at home, and some of those products can have some very surprising health benefits. Below we’ll take a look at some of the most surprising home remedies and the different ways in which they can help you.
If you suffer from frequent heartburn or indigestion, you most likely have some form of an antacid in your medicine cabinet – the most common being Tums. The sodium bicarbonate, which is the ingredient found in antacid tablets, help to neutralize acid and reduce heartburn. But what you might not be aware of is the fact that they can also help sooth insect bites.
Another antacid, known as Alka-Seltzer, also contains aspirin, which is a pain reliever, and that pain reliever can help to reduce the itchiness or stinging that is so commonly caused by bites from insects, such as mosquitos. In order to use an antacid on an inset bite, crush the tablet and turn it into a paste by mixing it with a tiny amount of water before applying it to the skin. The effects can be immediate, and it won’t dehydrate the skin unlike calamine lotion. It is important to note that if your insect bite worsens (i.e. if the area gets swollen, more red, or if there is puss oozing from the bite itself) then you should seek immediate attention as you may have developed an infection, and that infection would need to be treated with antibiotics.
Mouth wash like Listerine isn’t just used as part of your oral hygiene routine or to give you good breath. It’s a powerful antiseptic that can also help relieve blisters. If you have a blister, try dabbing a cotton ball moistened with Listerine or any other kind of mouth wash onto the affected area. You can do this 3 to 4 times a day, every day, until the blister dries out and is no longer painful.
Along with cooking, baking soda can be used in a wide variety of ways for a number of different reasons – one of the most common being tooth whitening. Some whitening toothpastes or tooth whitening products can cause the teeth to become sensitive as they tend to penetrate the enamel more, while baking soda simply removes superficial stains. It may take several weeks of use before you notice any significant changes, but this has been a long-time use for many households. It’s also good for preventing cavities, and when used with toothpaste can help get rid of plaque that has been embedded between the teeth and gums.
Baking soda also works as a great exfoliant, can remove oil and other residue build-up on brushes and combs, and can even relieve diaper rash.
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It’s probably not the first thing that would come to mind when you think about the different ways you can lower blood pressure, but research in Italy has shown that listening to as little as 30 minutes of music each day could help improve blood pressure readings. Music has also been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, help those who suffer from insomnia, and even improve physical activity.