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Earaches can be caused by mild infection or a change in altitude. Here are some ways to relieve the pain associated with this problem.

  1. Sooth the ear with the warm, not the hot setting, of a hairdryer. Now be careful and make sure it is on the warm setting.
  2. If you puncture a piece of garlic and pour the juice in the ear it will help to take the pain away. Garlic has a natural antibiotic, so use it, and see if it helps.
  3. If the ache is from altitude change, just chew gum or yawn to relieve the pain.
  4. If you get it from swimming, usually called, swimmer's ear, just put some mineral oil in before going in the water. This should help the condition.
  5. If the pain is bad and doesn't go away quickly, make sure you go to the doctor, he can give you an antibiotic to cure this problem.

Excessive earwax can cause hearing problems and can cause pain. Here are a few tips to help you out.

  1. A capful of hydrogen peroxide in each ear, let it set for a minute or two, and then let it drain out. It is a very odd sensation, but that's it working. Mineral oil also works. Here is another little tip, I tried using garlic oil and you can get that from a health food store. I find that this works the best.
  2. After you take a shower or bath, blow dry your ears instead of rubbing them. One drop of alcohol after bathing can also prevent excessive earwax.
  3. DO NOT remove earwax using anything that you stick in your ear, it is very dangerous and you can puncture your eardrum, so I repeat again, DO NOT do it.
  4. If all these small things don't work go to the doctor and get a professional flushing.
Before you do any of these remedies, make sure that you go to the doctor if your fever is high. Here are a few things to calm a fever:
  1. Plenty of fluids, water and fruit juice is the best. When you have a fever, your body sweats, and you lose alot of fluid and can be dangerous. So drink liquids, juice is the best because of the amount of vitamins and minerals they have.
  2. Herbal teas are good to lower fever. The best teas are:
    1. Linden
    2. Willow Bark
    3. Black Elder
  3. A sponge bath can cool off and lower the fever. Armpits and groin are usually the hottest, so you should pay special attention to these areas.
  4. Eating, yes, if you can eat. Don't eat to excess, but if you can eat, because it will boost your immune system. Remember, eat healthy food.

Recently in the Northeast, where I am, there was a severe outbreak of the flu. Now this can make you feel worst than anything else, and you should go to the doctor if its bad and you should think about getting a flu vaccine. Now here are a few helpful remedies to make the flu seem a little more tolerable.

  1. Plenty of rest, it will help your immune system
  2. Gargle with salt water to help relieve that dry scratchy throat that is so common with the flu.
  3. Steam, steam will help clear your head and make you feel better.
  4. Try to avoid eating to much, eat light to prevent vomiting and nausea. The blander the food the better.
  5. Wash your hands frequently, when everyone around you is sick there germs are everywhere and it would be a good idea to wash your hands frequently.
  6. Add a dose of vitamin E would also help boost the immune system. Also Vitamin C and Zinc can also help.

Foot odor can be an embarrassing thing and there are things you can do to prevent this problem. Here are some helpful hints:

  1. Wash your feet every day and use powder, cornstarch or a special foot powder.
  2. If you steep 4 tea bags in a quart of boiling water. Then put the tea in a basin with a liter of water to cool it off, then dunk your feet. Tannin present in tea, is a drying agent and it will help control the odor. Do this twice a day until the odor goes away.
  3. Cypress oil can also help. Rub this on your feet every morning for a week, if the odor goes away, then you can use this oil to prevent odor in the future.
  4. Sweaty feet can also cause a problem, you can either use 1 quart of water with kosher salt and soak your feet in it, or you can also use a half a cup of vinegar instead of the kosher salt.
  5. Garlic and onions can also cause the problem, you are what you eat, and you smell what you eat sometimes. Garlic, while being one of the best foods for you, can also cause odor. If you eat a lot of garlic it will come out in your sweat, and if your feet sweat, and, well, you get a recipe for foot odor.

So you had one too many drinks last night and now your body is rebelling against you abusing it, well here are some tips to get rid of that hangover.

  1. Eat Crackers and honey. Honey has a high source of fructose and will be helpful in removing the remainder of the alcohol in your system. Fruit juice will do the same thing because of it's high level of fructose.
  2. Aspirin for a headache or you can chew on some willow bark, willow bark contains a substance used in aspirin and will help your headache. You can find it in a health food store if you want to try an alternative to aspirin.
  3. Plenty of water, it will help flush out the alcohol, also too much alcohol leaves the body dehydrated, so have a drink, I mean of water, not the other stuff, that's what gave you the hangover in the first place.
  4. This is the weirdest cure for a hangover, rub lemon slices under each armpit. I don't know, I've been told this works, I don't drink myself so I have to admit I'm not the best to tell you if this remedy works.

There are many types of headaches and many causes to headaches. Now I'm a headache sufferer myself so I've tried a lot of these remedies. Hopefully these tips will help you as well. I will segment the headache section into groups, so here are all the cures for the different types.

  1. Tension Headaches, now the simplest way and usually the most effective is just to take an aspirin, however, there are natural treatments that may help you. Placing a warm pad on the back of your head or you can try taking a warm shower or bath. Also if you can reduce your stress you'll suffer less from the pain of a tension headache.
  2. Migraine Headaches, I would suggest that a doctor's visit is in order if you have migraine headaches often, it can give you crippling pain and makes you feel just miserable. There are many causes of a migraine, try and reduce stress levels, and when you feel it coming on lie down in a quiet dark room. Now I find this to be very helpful if you feel a headache of any type coming on, but it really does help to relieve the pain of a migraine. You can also apply a cold compress to your head and a warm one to your neck. Breathe nice and slowly and just relax.
  3. Caffeine can also help, caffeine constricts the blood vessels which widen during a migraine headache. Now, I'm not a big fan of this treatment because you can become addicted to caffeine, and if you don't have a caffeine you can get a headache, so just use it when you have a headache.
  4. Sinus Headache, this occurs when there is an infection in the sinuses. This one you should go to the doctor.
  5. Some helpful hints on getting rid of a headache
    1. Dip a handkerchief in white vinegar and wrap it around your head. Now, I use this one myself, but sometimes I just eliminate the white vinegar and just use the handkerchief tied around my head.
    2. Try acupressure, try rubbing the space between your index finger and your thumb, this can work sometimes.
    3. Taking your aspirin with coffee can really make the aspirin more effective...it makes it work faster and better, but remember about the danger of caffeine addiction.
    4. Run your hands under hot water, this can also be an effective way to stop a headache.

This can be very painful and it can ruin your evening. There are a few things that you can do to relieve this pain.

  1. Don't lie flat on your back. Heartburn is caused by the acid in your stomach moving upward to your esophagus. So if you are flat on a bed, it just makes it a little more difficult for the acid to go down.
  2. Try having a bowl of rice pudding, made with milk, now this combo of the two should help absorb stomach acid.
  3. Coffee and chocolate can inflame heartburn, so avoid them if you can.
  4. If you heartburn is a regular problem, you should think about going to the doctor.

I don't even want to discuss this problem, and that's the problem with hemorrhoids, many people have it, but it is an embarrassing problem that no one wants to admit. So, in the privacy of your own home I'm going to give you some helpful hints about the problem of hemorrhoids, aren't you glad that you bought that computer and now you can sit at home and not discuss this problem with someone you know. Let's all bless the internet for moments like this. So here are the cures:

  1. Vitamin E in the liquid form and wheat germ oil are both effective on hemorrhoids. Just put them on a cotton ball and apply it a few times a day until the pain goes away.
  2. You can also try bathing the area, you know what area I mean, in papaya juice. Look at the health food store for this.
  3. You can also try aloe vera on the area.
  4. Once they go away, eat more fiber, because if you don't have to strain when going to the bathroom, you'll also reduce the likelihood of the hemorrhoids from coming back.
  5. If all these don't work I suggest you think about discussing hemorrhoids with everyone you meet, trust me the humiliation of talking about it will far outweigh any discomfort you feel with your hemorrhoids and you'll complete forget about them.

Hiccup, well, hiccup, you want to know how to get rid of, hiccups, well here are some helpful little hints to get rid of these annoying little things.

  1. A teaspoon of sugar taken dry can eliminate the hiccups.
  2. Try this one, rub the roof of your mouth with your tongue, this works with some people.
  3. Sniff some sandalwood oil on a cotton ball.
  4. Dill Seed Tea also seems to work.
  5. Sucking a lemon with worcestershire sauce can also work.
  6. Have someone scare you senseless, now this never works because you know it's coming, so if you have the hiccups right now, just stay calm really calm, BOOH Okay, so did that work? It didn't? Well, try the other remedies, they'll work.


 

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