Monday, December 9, 2013

Simple Home Remedies

I am always looking for drug-free ways to help common ailments. If I can go natural, I prefer to do so. Here are some home remedies I found recently:

1. Restless Leg Syndrome: Drink a 6-ounce glass of tonic water each night before bed until symptoms go away. Tonic water contains quinine, which stops repeated muscle contractions.

2. Headaches: Try do-it-yourself acupressure. Feel along your trapezius, the large muscle that runs from the high point of both shoulders and joins your neck. Use your thumbs, index, and middle fingers to squeeze the muscle just below where it attaches to both sides of your neck. You'll be releasing "trigger points," tiny muscle spasms that can cause neck tension and are a common cause of headaches. Hold for 30 seconds to 1 minute—or have a friend do it for you. Or try: massaging one or two drops of peppermint (Mentha piperita) oil into the same trigger points and the lower neck. Peppermint oil relaxes muscles in spasm. 

3. Sore Throat: Mix together a clove bud, which is antiseptic and fights infection, with ¼ teaspoon powdered ginger (or 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger) and ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon—the latter two because of their anti-inflammatory properties. Infuse the tea in 2 cups boiling water, and for every cup, stir in 2 teaspoons soothing and sweet raw honey. Sip throughout the day until your throat settles down. 

4. Brain Freeze: The second you feel a brain freeze coming on, put your tongue to the roof of your mouth. The heat from your tongue will calm the nerves and reduce pain faster.

5. Sleeping problems: Have a good night's rest with this triple-threat sleep aid! Tart cherry contains a healthy dose of all-natural melatonin that assists in getting good-quality sleep.Try swapping your midnight snack with an 8-ounce glass of tart cherry juice and bring on the Zs!

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