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10 Home remedies that sound cuckoo but can actually work

While there are a lot of well-known natural cures for a number of health ailments out there, you will be surprised to note that there are some really weird and rather unusual remedies for these conditions as well. Feeling unwell? Then take a look at these rather strange remedies that can help you out.

Listening to Jazz to fight infection

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Studies have revealed that listening to jazz for about 30 minutes every day can boost your levels of the immune protein called immunoglobulin, which aids in reducing viral and bacterial infections in the body.

Eating chocolates can reduce headaches


It has been discovered that munching on some chocolates can reduce the intensity of a headache and in certain cases, even a migraine. Don’t opt for the sugar sweetened variety though. Opt for dark chocolate to avoid the ill effects of sugar while combatting the headache.

Eating chocolates can also reduce coughing

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If you have a persistent cough, consider eating some chocolate again. Chocolates contain a substance called theobromine which is very effective in reducing the nerve activity that is responsible for triggering that incessant cough. Here again, your best bet would be to opt for dark chocolate instead of the sugary ones.

Getting rid of toenail fungus with Listerine

close up finger toe injured to lose nail

Not many know that the mouthwash we use on a daily basis can also be used to treat bacterial and fungal infections in the body, especially the feet. If you are suffering from a particularly nasty case of toenail fungus, simply soak the affected area in Listerine mouthwash for about 20 minutes. Do this twice a day and the fungus would be gone before you know it.

Swallowing sugar for hiccups


If only we had known of this remedy before. Studies have indicated that swallowing a spoonful of sugar can stop even the most stubborn of hiccups. No need to use the spider to frighten the hell out of anyone anymore!

Getting rid of warts using duct tape

Podiatry and examination of the feet for a corn

Duct tape and warts? Sounds funny right? Well, this unique remedy actually works. Simply cover the warts with duct tape for a week. After removing the duct tape, wash the area and carefully scrub the wart with a pumice stone. It should fall out immediately.

Reducing high blood pressure with an iPod

doctor and patient in hospital

Feeling a bit hot under the collar? Get out your iPod and listen to your favorite tunes as you breathe slowly. This will reduce your blood pressure in no time at all. Just make sure you listen to some melodious tracks though.

Getting rid of headache with a pencil

Young woman having headache

No we don’t want you to stick the pencil into your head. Rather, we want you to bite it. Holding the pencil lightly between your teeth will provide a natural exercise for your jaw, relaxing it just enough to cure the headache.

Treating bug bites with toothpaste

macro of allergy pimples on male skin arm

Apparently toothpaste can be used for a lot more things than simply cleaning your teeth. If you are suffering from a bite or rash caused by a bug, simply dab a small amount of toothpaste on the affected area. Peppermint toothpaste would be much better as it would contain cooling properties that help reduce the inflammation and pain in the area.

Treating cuts with cloves

cloves and oil

Now who would have thought that you can treat cuts effectively with cloves? In addition to healing the wound, cloves also prevent infection at the site of the wound. You can either sprinkle some clove powder on the cut or apply a few drops of clove oil on it for the same purpose.

Many natural remedies can work as effective alternatives for medications for the most common ailments. These remedies, although strange, can prove to be just thing you are looking for in case you hate tablets and tonics.

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