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Rub your ears to boost energy
Instead of reaching for another cup of coffee, give your ears a gentle self-massage. According to Chinese medicine, stimulating the pressure points in the ears increases blood circulation to all parts of the body, giving you an instant energy boost.

Cure hiccups with peanut butter
Chewing and swallowing the sticky spread will interrupt your breathing pattern and force your diaphragm to relax.

Use honey to soothe a sore throat
A natural antibacterial and antifungal agent, honey can help coat and soothe sore throats and alleviate minor coughs.

Blow-dry waterlogged ears
Put a hair dryer on the gentlest setting and hold it a few inches away from your ear. The increased airflow will help to evaporate the water in your ear.

Make warts disappear with garlic
Garlic — which has been shown to have antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties — is thought to be an effective home remedy for warts. Apply a freshly cut garlic clove to the wart, place a bandage over it, and leave the bandage on overnight. Repeat every night until the wart disappears.

Blow on your thumb to calm jangled nerves
The thumb has its own pulse, and blowing on the thumb will cool down the thumb and thus calm the heart rate, as cold air can slow down your pulse. This trick might also help simply because the act of blowing forces you to deepen your breathing, which calms the heart.

Sniff peppermint to quell a craving
Chew mint gum, sip peppermint tea or take a whiff of peppermint oil. Studies suggest that the scent of peppermint stimulates the brain to release appetite-suppressing hormones and promotes a feeling of fullness.

Curl your toes to fall asleep faster
The next time you find yourself tossing and turning, try a progressive muscle relaxation technique. Begin by slowly curling and uncurling your toes. Then, work your way up the entire body, from your toes to your neck, tightening a certain muscle group before releasing it.

Smile to make yourself happier
Scientists have found that the simple act of smiling can lower blood pressure and release stress, giving you an instant mood boost (yes, even forced smiles count!).

Press your tongue against the roof of your mouth to beat brain freeze
Also referred to as “ice cream headaches,” brain freezes are caused by a rapid increase in blood flow to the brain. After you down a frozen treat, trythrusting your tongue against the roof of your mouth — this will warm up the palate and ease the flow of blood to the brain.

Rub Vicks Vaporub on feet for congestion
To temporarily relieve a cough, try applying the mentholated topical cream on the soles of your feet and immediately covering with a pair of socks. There is no scientific explanation for why this old wives’ trick works, but many stuffy nose-sufferers (and even nurses and doctors) swear by it.

Use ginger to prevent motion sickness
Twenty minutes before travel, take two capsules of powdered ginger to ease an upset stomach caused by motion sickness.

Shake your head to wake up sleepy feet
It happens to all of us — you’re sitting in an awkward position when all of a sudden your foot, hand or other body part falls asleep. To quickly eliminate that uncomfortable tingling sensation, move your head side to side. The movement helps relieve nerve tension.

Alleviate nausea by massaging wrist
Relieve nausea by lightly massaging the pressure point on the inside of your wrist, about three finger widths below the base of your palm.

Squeeze lemon to erase pimples
Banish breakouts by dabbing a little lemon juice on problem areas — its antibacterial properties will help kill excess bacteria and reduce acne.

Dab on clove oil to alleviate toothache pain
Apply a very small amount of clove oil to a cotton swab and gently dab onto the affected tooth area. The essential oil has been shown in studies to have analgesic and antibacterial properties, making it a useful tool in treating bacteria-caused toothaches.

Inhale onion vapors for sinus relief
Chop up an onion, put it in a bowl and inhale the onion fumes. The vapors help open sinus passageways, providing relief from sinus pressure.

Stop mouth bleeds with tea bags
To stop mouth bleeds after oral surgery or injuries, apply a moistened tea bag to the affected area; the tannins in tea help the blood coagulate faster.

Steam to relieve nasal congestion
Steam helps to loosen mucus and clear out the sinus cavities, providing relief from nasal congestion. A hot bath works, too.

Sleep on your left side to prevent acid reflux
Researchers have determined that left side sleeping helps with digestion and eases heart burn pain.

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