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Weird Home Remedies that Actually Work!

Strange but true: you’ve probably got an amazing assortment of stuff in the kitchen, the tool box or the medicine chest that can do double duty as remedies for all kinds of common ailments. What’s more, there’s actual scientific research to back up some of these do-it-yourself treatments. Here’s a rundown on the most intriguing nine:

Didgeridoo for Sleep Apnea

Okay, so this probably isn’t something you’ve got lying around the house. You may not have heard of it either, but if you’ve got sleep apnea, this strange-soundingAustralian wind instrument may be just what you need.

According to a study from Switzerland, four months of learning to play the didgeridoo worked well for patients with moderate sleep apnea, made for a better night’s sleep, and reduced daytime sleepiness. Even more, their bed partners slept better, too. Playing the instrument addressed sleep apnea by strengthening the upper airway, which prevents it from narrowing as you inhale.

10 Natural Ways to Sleep Better

Biting on a Pencil for Headache Relief

This won’t work for migraines, but if you get common tension headaches, the pencil trick may help prevent them. We tend to automatically clench our jaws and teeth when we’re anxious or stressed, and this is a subconscious reaction that can lead to a tension headache.

When you feel your jaw clench, put a pencil between your teeth (don’t bite down) and hold it there. This simple strategy will cause your jaw to relax, easing tension, forestalling the headache, and easing the pain.

How to Avoid a Migraine Before It Happens

Listerine for Blisters

You know it as a breath freshener and an antiseptic, but Listerine can also dry out blisters. Dab some on a cotton ball and apply it to your blister three times a day until it dries and the pain vanishes. Integrative medicine pioneer Andrew  Weil, M.D., recommends applying petroleum jelly on a blister for temporary pain relief.

Lemon Balm Tea for Cold Sores

Lemon balm is a member of the mint family and packs an anti-viral punch that can heal cold sores caused by the herpes simplex virus. A big study in Germany found that once treated with lemon balm, not a single cold sore recurrence occurred.

Duct Tape for Warts

This is not an old wives tale. Using duct tape to remove warts has been shown to work better than freezing them off. In one study, duct tape eliminated 85 percent of patients’ warts in two months (freezing eradicated only 60 percent).

Here’s how it works: make sure the wart and surrounding skin are clean, then cut a piece of duct tape a bit larger than the wart and press into place. Remove the tape every three days, rub the wart with an emery board or pumice stone, and repeat until the wart is gone.

Ginger for Motion Sickness

Crystalized ginger, ginger tea, ginger syrup, or capsules of ginger powder can combat motion sickness and nausea in general (ginger ale or even ginger snaps may help, too). One study found that ginger worked better for motion sickness than anti-nausea medication, and Danish researchers report that ginger helped quell seasickness in susceptible naval cadets better than a placebo.

Papaya for Smoother Skin

The active ingredient is papain, an enzyme that dissolves dead surface cells that give skin a dull, rough look. Try this fruity facial to soften and smooth your skin: wash and peel a ripe papaya and swirl about two tablespoons in a food processor. Add a tablespoon of dried oatmeal and apply to your freshly washed face for 10 minutes. Remove with warm water or a wet washcloth.

Banana Bonanza

You can do a lot more with a banana than slice it on your cereal. Among the fruit’s other uses: slap a banana peel (the inside part) on an itch caused by a bug bite or poison ivy; this will dial down the inflammation and relieve the itch. You can also use mashed banana as a facial–it’s great for moisturizing dry skin. Banana peel also has anti-acne properties: just rub the inside part of the peel over your clean face to get the anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial effects.

Mustard for Minor Burns

Slather mustard on seared skin. After an initial sting, the mustard will relieve the pain and prevent scarring and blistering. No science here, but lots of enthusiastic testimonials.

Gospel Artist Darlene McCoy Talks Music, Wellness and Weight Loss in Enliven Magazine!

Here is a peek at Darlene McCoy’s interview with Enliven Magazine.
1. Is the pressure the same  to be a certain size on the gospel side of the music industry?
“You know i think the pressure is not the same because in the gospel music industry it just kinda seems like that healthy weight is not such big deal um a lot of times you know people focus more on your spiritual life. It’s just such a um thankless place, a lot of people you know just kinda let themselves just kinda go in that area. But really I believe that is time for us to really really take care of our health because one of the things the lord says is that it is his will that we prosper and be in good health. It’s really not about the size but it’s about the health condition your in, and um I think that we need to put more emphasis on that.”
2. What kinds of issues led to your personal battle with weight?
“Um well one of the things is that I was diagnosed as Hypothyroid and was on Thyroid medication, and I was just the type of person I was fluctuating with weight up and down and finally the biggest thing was is that I finally made a decision that I am going to honor God with my body as well as everything else that I am doing because I wanted to be 100 percent whole”
3. How many (and what kinds of) unsuccessful avenues did you explore to lose weight?
Um I did a quick weight loss program and I did lose weight but you know the thing of it is if yo don’t change your mind and change the way you do things what happens is you gotta a lot of people with diets and weight loss programs where you don’t eat meat or carbs the fact of the matter is, if you just have to balance out everything that you need, because I really feel like quick weight loss situations just don’t last because what happens is if you loose it quick you gain it quick. You will gain it right back um but the thing of it is i think that it is a mind set you have to have a lifestyle change, and make a decision to make a commitment to your body. Um so any diet that that gives you or show you ways to deprive yourself and it include deprivation of any of the 4 fruits food groups that you need, I don’t think is a Good diet I just think its a different way that your suppose to approach eating um your eating habits, and staying healthy
4. Do you think that their is an overall unhealthy attitude about fitness in the Black Christian community?
Absolutely I really do and it’s really sad you know, I got to my gym all the time and you know the black community the black christian community it’s just not really, actually you know I’m not going to even say the black christian community, the black community is not as represented um when I’m looking at gyms alot of people really take of care of themselves because they got a clue as to the fact that cancer is real, high cholesterol, heart attacks, strokes all of that stuff is real um but you can prevent it by the way that you eat and I think that you know even in the black communities with diabetes and all these health conditions that attack us first we actually should be the first one in the gym getting ourselves together.
Check out Enliven Magazine to read more!