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6 Bizarre Home Cures that Work

Solutions to your everyday aches and pains may be as close as your kitchen cupboard. According to Prevention.com, there are ways to cure what ails you just by poking around your own home.

HEADACHE? Home Remedy = Pencil – 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. “You automatically relax your jaw muscle to do this, which can prevent the pain.”

BAD BREATH? Home Remedy = Yogurt – Research shows that the live bacteria in yogurt can suppress levels of bad breath–causing bacteria. “Good” bugs in yogurt may crowd out the “bad” stink-causing bacteria or create an unhealthy environment for it, says John C. Moon, DDS, a cosmetic and general dentist in Half Moon Bay, CA.

BLISTERS? Home Remedy = Listerine – The classic breath freshener can also do a number on blisters. Moisten a cotton ball with Listerine and dab it on your blister 3 times a day until the area dries out and no longer hurts, says Janet Maccaro, PhD, in Scottsdale, AZ.

ACHY FEET? Home Remedy = Tennis Ball – For an easy, free mini massage that stretches and soothes your arches, slip off your shoes and roll each foot over a tennis ball, golf ball, or soup can for a minute or two. To cool throbbing feet, roll them over a bottle of frozen water.

MOTION SICKNESS? Home Remedy = Olives or Lemons – 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.

WARTS? Home Remedy = Duct Tape – Covering warts with duct tape eliminates them better than freezing them, according to a study published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. To use duct tape safely, clean the area then cut a piece of duct tape to a size slightly bigger than the wart. Apply the duct tape to the site and rub into place. Every three days, remove the tape and file down dead skin with a pumice stone or nail file. Repeat until the wart disappears. Chemicals in the tape suffocate and kill the wart.

At Home Care Assistance Columbus, our care companions love to share their favorite — safe — home remedies with our clients. And they learn quite a few things from the older adults we serve, as well! Add duct tape to your shopping list!