The Doctors TV Show Shares 20 Fast Fixes for Health Problems
Posted Sep 12 2011 2:11am
Mom’s asked The Doctors for help, they shared 20 fast fixes for dozens of problems! 9/2011
1. Maple Syrup
• High-quality maple syrup can help fend off colds.
• Use a maple syrup facial to fight aging.
• Research shows that the polyphenols in maple syrup may reduce certain types of cancer and
2. Tea • A warm teabag placed over the eye can help treat a stye, which is a tender, red bump on the eyelid caused by a bacterial infection. The tea leaves help modulate cell activity to fight infection, and the warm compress helps soothe the area.
• Tea’s tannins and polyphenols help reduce the swelling and discharge from pink eye by placing a warm teabag over the eye.
• Chamomile tea contains compounds to reduce inflammation, irritation and soothe the itchy, dry skin of eczema. Brush the warm tea on an affected area.
3. Baking Soda
• Treat acne by applying a paste made by mixing baking soda and water.
• Apply baking soda paste to soothe razor burn.
4. Vinegar • Applying distilled vinegar to a mild sunburn can ease the sting because the acetic acid in vinegar acts as an anti-inflammatory.
• Combine vinegar and water in a spray bottle and spritz a little bit onto your hair for three to five minutes and rinse. The vinegar removes build-up from styling products, restores a healthy pH balance to the hair and adds shine.
• Vinegar is a powerful disinfectant, capable of killing viruses and bacteria on counters.
5. Cinnamon • Adding ½ tsp of cinnamon to your daily diet can help lower cholesterol.
• Cinnamon also improves insulin function, which can lower the risk for diabetes.
• Cinnamon has been found to contain strong antibacterial and microbial properties, and can help fight bad breath.
• Mayonnaise, made from egg yolk, vinegar and oil, can help treat dry, cracked heels, remove dead skin on the feet and add moisture.
• Apply mayonnaise to the scalp and cover for several hours to kill head lice. When ready, wash hair and comb the dead lice out.
7. Tea Tree Oil • Contains antibacterial and antifungal properties that can treat nail infections and athlete’s foot.
• Add two to three drops of tea tree oil to boiling water and breathe in the steam to alleviate congestion from a cold. For best results, cover your head with a towel.
8. Papaya • Put pureed papaya on your face to get rid of dead skin cells, even out skin discoloration and get a glowing complexion.
• Eating papaya can help alleviate asthma symptoms by decreasing inflammation with proteindigesting enzymes.
• This fruit is packed with vitamin C and enzymes that are good for your gums and stomach. It can help aid in digestion and may also help fight gingivitis and mouth disease.
• Bananas contain resistant starch, which can slow digestion and hunger hormones and help you feel full longer, which means eating fewer calories throughout the day.
• Bananas have five-times more immune-boosting vitamin A than an apple.
11. Honey • Contains antibacterial and antiviral properties to treat diarrhea. It is most helpful in stopping diarrhea caused by antibiotics.
• Do not give raw honey to babies under 1 year old. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends honey for children age 1 and older. (I would add “local” honey to keep it in line with your local environment where the bees get the nectar from the plants.)
• Honey has also been shown to help heal wounds and burns.
12. Ginger • Grated ginger in tea or a bath can help ease muscle aches.
• Ginger root’s oils and pungent phenol compounds may help fight inflammation, the primary cause of congestion in the chest and sinuses.
• Ginger should not be used by people with gallstones, gallbladder disease, diabetes, heart disease or clotting disorders.
13. Club Soda • This carbonated beverage can ease an upset stomach and alleviate nausea.
• Club soda also removes stains, as the carbonation lifts the stain to the surface.
14. Lemons • Contain antibacterial properties and acids, which disinfect cutting boards and remove stains.
• The oxidizing agents in lemons can brighten nails. Cut a lemon in half, dig nails into the flesh of the lemon for a minute and let the juice flow into the cuticles and under the nails. Remove your fingers and let the juice linger for a few minutes, then rinse your fingers and nails and dry thoroughly.
15. Walnuts • Research shows that walnuts can protect your arteries and heart.
• Walnuts can also remove wood scratches by rubbing them into the scratch.
16. Baby Oil
• Can make skin soft and smooth, and reduce nicks and razor burn if used when shaving.
• Baby oil has also been shown to polish chrome.
17. Vodka • Can disinfect and relieve the pain of a jellyfish sting.
• The alcohol in vodka minimizes bacterial growth in water and can keep flowers fresh.
• The alcohol content of the vodka can help freshen laundry.
18. Whisky • Contains antiseptic properties and can disinfect cuts.
• The astringent qualities in whiskey can dull the pain of a toothache.
• The high alcohol volume can clean gold jewelry of dust, debris and dirt.
• Toothpaste can stop the itching of a bug bite or bee sting because it is alkaline, which helps neutralize the acidic bee venom. It takes about 15 minutes to work.
• It can treat pimples by absorbing the oil and drying out the blemish out.
• Remove crayon marks from a wall by scrubbing toothpaste over the area with a dry sponge, letting it sit for five minutes and wiping away with a damp washcloth.
• Pure natural vanilla extract can be used as an insect repellent. If you are going to an area with severe insect infestation or risk of diseases, make sure to use a stronger repellent.