You can treat or cure a surprising number of minor ailments with these unexpected household objects and foods. Here are a few bizarre home cures that may sound weird, but really deliver results.
Bizarre Home Cures That Really Work
1. Pencils Eliminate Throbbing Tension Headaches
When you’re stressed or anxious, you subconsciously clench your jaw and teeth; this strains the muscle that connects your jaw to your temples and can trigger a tension headache.
“Put a pencil between your teeth but don’t bite,” says Fred Sheftell, MD, director of the New England Center for Headache in Stamford, CT. You automatically relax your jaw muscle to do this, which can prevent the pain.
2. Vodka Removes Foot Odor
Smelly feet are caused by bacteria growing on the feet during the day. It is not necessarily a sign of lack of hygiene, though that should certainly be your first line of defense uncontrolling foot odor.
The extremely high alcohol content in vodka can kill odor causing bacteria on contact. Vodka also has a drying effect which helps eliminate the moisture on the feet. Simply wipe down your feet with a vodka soaked cloth.
3. Tennis Ball Help with Aching Feet
For an easy, free mini massage that stretches and soothes your arches, slip off your shoes and roll each foot over a tennis ball for a minute or two.
4. Sugar Stops Hiccups
A teaspoon of sugar swallowed dry can stop hiccups in minutes, says Andre Dubois, MD, PhD, a professor of medicine in the emerging infectious diseases graduate program at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD.
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.
5. Get Rid of Corns with Licorice
Coating the affected area with a mixture of licorice and oil, then covering it with plastic wrap and a sock while you sleep, gives the estrogen-like substances in licorice time to work their softening magic, says DeHeer.
6. Olives and Lemons Lessen Motion Sickness
Motion sickness causes you to produce excess saliva, which can make you nauseated, some doctors say. Compounds in olives called tannins dry out your mouth and can help soothe the queasies. Pop a couple at the first hint of nausea; sucking on a lemon can also do the trick.
7. Toothpaste for Bug Bites
A small dab of toothpaste can instantly relieve the sting and itch of an insect bite. Most likely it is the peppermint oil in the toothpaste that brings about the cooling affect.
It has been used for hundreds of years to treat ailments. If you don’t have peppermint oil on hand, then give the toothpaste a try.
8. Duct Tape for Warts
You can cover a wart with a small piece of duct tape for a week. This can block oxygen to the wart enough to stunt the growth. After one week, remove the tape; clean the area by scrubbing it well with a pumice stone. Recover the wart and repeat once a week until the wart naturally falls off.