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Nov 15, 2012 08:49:42   #
Who knew?

Did you know that drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately-without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional pain relievers?

Did you know that Colgate Toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns?

Before you head to the drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of curiously strong Altoids peppermints. They'll clear up your stuffed nose..

Achy muscles from a bout of the flu? Mix 1 tablespoon horseradish in 1 cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as a massage oil for instant relief for aching muscles.

Sore throat? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1 tablespoon six times a day The vinegar kills the bacteria.

Cure urinary tract infections with Alka-Seltzer. Just dissolve two tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly-even though the product was never advertised for this use.

Honey remedy for skin blemishes...... Cover the blemish with a dab of honey and place a Band-Aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, a nd speeds healing. Works overnight.

Listerine therapy for toenail fungus: Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine Mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again.

Easy eyeglass protection... To prevent the screws in eyeglasses from loosening, apply a small drop of Maybelline Crystal Clear Nail Polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them.

Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer... If menacing bees, wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can't find the insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409.. Insects drop to the ground instantly.

Smart splinter remover: Just pour a drop of Elmer's Glue-All over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue.

Hunt's Tomato Paste boil cure.. Cover the boil with Hunt's Tomato Paste as a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil to a head.

Balm for broken blisters... To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of Listerine, a powerful antiseptic..

Vinegar to heal bruises... Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process..

Quaker Oats for fast pain relief.... it's not for breakfast anymore! Mix 2 cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1 minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain.
Nov 15, 2012 08:53:54   #
Laura Lee
Thanks for all the great tips!
Nov 15, 2012 09:07:07   #
Valjean (a regular here)
Thank you for sharing these, have learnt a few handy hints,my husband has a splinter in his hand so he is going to try the glue remedy.
Nov 15, 2012 09:45:46   #
These are all great to know.. Thanks ever so much.
Nov 15, 2012 09:47:05   #
Quaker Oats for fast pain relief.... it's not for breakfast anymore! Mix 2 cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1 minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain.

also a great face mask
Nov 15, 2012 09:49:11   #
Thank You! I've learned a few more handy tips.
Nov 15, 2012 10:20:49   #
Britknitar (a regular here)
Thanks for sharing. :-)
Nov 15, 2012 10:28:25   #
pkb935 wrote:
Who knew?

Did you know that drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately-without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional pain relievers?

Did you know that Colgate Toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns?

Thanks for posting. Some of your tips are useful and some I have to question. The two glasses of Gatorade will relieve a headache caused by dehydration. If you have a sinus infection-related headache, the pain is caused by sinus inflamation and swelling. The Gatorade is useless to alleviate this sort of headache.

Colgate Toothpaste on a burn? I was taught to keep a burn dry and sterile. Smearing anything on a burn was a no-no. Toothpaste is an abrasive designed to remove gunk from teeth. Do you want to rub an abrasive on a burn? Ouch!
Nov 15, 2012 11:06:59   #
burns need to have the air kept away from them, and if its smothered with anything apart from butter [an old remedy] it helps. The best thing to do is put it under the cold tap [or in a bowl of cold water] as long as you can stand it and then cover with cling film. Just keep the air away from the burn.
Its the air that causes the blister.
I would imagine if desperate then toothpaste would help.
Nov 15, 2012 11:12:30   #
PurpleFi (a regular here)
What brilliant tips I will cetainly keep these on file. Thanks
Nov 15, 2012 13:26:04   #
Chrissy (a regular here)
What is Gatorade please.
Nov 15, 2012 13:58:37   #
Gatorade is a popular drink consumed by amateur and professional atheletes while participating in sports activities. Popular mythology says Gatorade replaces the electrolytes lost through perspiration (sweating).

The ingredients in Gatorade are brominated vegetable oil, high fructose corn syrup, sucralose, citric acid, natural flavors, artificial flavors, salt, sodium citrate, monopotassium phosphate, glycerol ester from wood rosin and water.

Drink a glass of water and eat a banana or orange. It is healthier.
Nov 16, 2012 06:17:37   #
Penrith Grandma
One question, what is Formula 409?
Nov 16, 2012 06:33:43   #
Thank you! I might need to try the vinegar and honey for my sore throat.
Nov 16, 2012 07:05:35   #
or as the dad in the movie my big fat greek wedding was always saying......Put some Windex on it.. no matter what the ailment was...LOL!
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