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Improving one's self with household items

Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 12:17 p.m. CDT

Everyone has something on his or her body they would like to change, but one may find it surprising that a few households items may take care of those trouble areas.

Warts: “Red Green” fans will understand the many uses of duct tape, and may not be surprised to hear that duct tape can help remove warts.

There are many over-the-counter medications that claim it can cure the problem, but not all work well. For less than $10, one can remove the problem without breaking the bank.

All one needs to do is wrap the wart in duct tape. After six days, remove the duct tape and moisten the wart. One can use a pumice stone to remove any loose skin. If one cannot afford a new stone each time of use, be sure to give it a good cleaning to be sure not to introduce the wart virus to other parts of the body. Repeat the process until the wart is removed.

Dandruff: Antidandruff shampoos and conditioners can be expensive, and many do not work. Many may not know that a simple household product can reduce dandruff — vinegar. Be warned, once applied it will cause a burning sensation. Be sure not to get any vinegar in one’s eyes, but the results will be worth it.

The smell will disappear once ones hair is dry, and if the burning is too much, water the vinegar down. It does not need to be applied everyday.

Honey: In the medical community, it is no secret honey can be beneficial to the body. One way is by removing parasites. By combining equal parts of honey, vinegar and water, all one needs to do is drink it. It can also be used to help heal wounds, cuts, scrapes and burns.

Blackheads: These embarrassing nuisances can be removed by a childhood favorite, non-toxic glue. One only needs to soak his or her face and apply glue over the trouble areas. Wait until it is completely dry and peel it off. Once removed, the dry glue should have the blackhead in it.

Sunburn/hives: Whether one stays out in the sun or has an allergic reaction, skin irritation is no laughing matter. It can be embarrassing, and can make going to work or school difficult. A simple breakfast meal can fix all of that — oatmeal.

Oatmeal contains phytochemicals, an anti-inflammatory property that helps soothe irritated skin. Be sure to grind the oatmeal into a powder and pour it into a bath before use.

Cold sores: This is perhaps one of the most embarrassing and most painful issues many people face. Cold sores, or HSV type 1, are more common than one might think. It is estimated that 80 percent of the American population has cold sores. Although there is no cure, petroleum jelly can help speed up the healing, while ice may be applied to soothe the pain.

Another way to help deal with the pain is by soaking milk in a cotton ball. Studies have shown it may also help heal the wound. Be sure to avoid stress and spicy foods when an outbreak occurs, as those can only make it worse.

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