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12 Strange Remedies for Whatever Ails You

12 Strange Remedies for Whatever Ails You

Since the beginning of recorded time, mankind has indulged in a variety of peculiar methods related to remedying his ailments. From blood-sucking leeches to mercury-poured directly into the urethra, there seems to be no limit to the quackery practiced by our ancestors. Still, we can’t be too harsh on them – oftentimes our own urban myths lead us to believe in remedies that are quite strange.

Nevertheless, there are certain things that we might be surprised to learn actually are functioning remedies. From alcohol to acupuncture, here are 12 things that might shock you to learn are actual strange remedies:

1. Alcohol

When many people think of alcohol, they think of bottles lining the bar, of college parties, or maybe of a fine wine or a nice whiskey paired with dinner. However, alcohol has long been used for medicinal purposes, with first recorded use dating as far back as 5,000 years ago. A century ago, alcohol was actually still considered a legitimate medicine, though it was used to treat many ills it didn’t actually remedy.

Nowadays, alcohol’s been studied more closely and its role has been refined mainly to use as an antiseptic, found in the likes of mouthwash, for example. Still, many home remedies calling for alcohol, including using vodka or rubbing alcohol to treat poison ivy, rubbing it on your smelly feet, using it to remove warts & cold sores, and also for acne treatment. While you still may want to think twice before drinking it, remember to apply alcohol the next time your feet stink!

2. Onions

While alcohol isn’t the only food-based remedy on this list, it’s certainly the food-based remedy which could just as easily be considered unhealthy as it is healthy. Onions, on the other hand, are quite possibly the healthiest food on this list, if not of all time. Seriously. Onions contain an antioxidant flavonoid called quercetin, which helps to reduce allergies, asthma, hay fever, risks of heart disease, cholesterol, and even cancer. Eat more of them to experience the health benefits.

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    One thing to remember: placing onions in a bowl to “pull” and “trap” bacteria out of the air isn’t actually a good remedy for anything – stick to eating them and applying them to honeybee stings and bug bites.

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    3. Acupuncture & Cupping

    One thing that onions have in common with needles? They both make me cry. Jokes aside, acupuncture has long been used as a form of alternative medicine, in which needles are placed along meridian lines in the body. Through these lines, Qi (pronounced “chee”) is supposed to flow, and the needles help balance that energy out.

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      Alternatively, if you watched the 2016 Rio Olympic games, you may have seen athletes with large red circles on their bodies, signs of another form of alternative medicine utilizing meridian lines: cupping. Instead of needles, cupping uses heated glass jars that are cleared of oxygen and suctioned to the body. This is supposed to create blood flow in the local area, and it is believed by some to help treat pain, deep scar tissues in the muscles and connective tissue, muscle knots, and swelling.

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        It’s important to note that many alternative medicines like acupuncture and cupping are actually considered pseudoscience, meaning that the “healing power” people tend to feel may stem from the placebo effect. Either way, people swear by these medicines, and strange things are at work here that need to be studied!

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          4. Meditation

          When it comes to the power of the mind or at least the power of mindfulness, you won’t get far without mentioning meditation.

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          While you may not learn how to levitate off the floor, just a few minutes of meditation a day can help to reduce stress. Stress is no frivolous concern, either. Recent research performed by the American Psychological Association shows that 51 percent of women and 43 percent of men in America experience negative side effects of chronic stress, which can even lead to death. It’s not just stress that’s impacted by meditation, however. A neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Sara Lazar, recently found that meditation may actually help grow your brain.

          5. Sauna

          It’s customary in Northern European culture to hit the sauna at least once a day, and you’d be considered a weirdo if you’ve never been in one. Some people believe that saunas offer great health benefits such as cleansing the skin and flushing toxins. What’s for sure is that saunas make you sweat, can help you burn more calories, and, like meditation, help reduce stress.

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            It’s imperative to remember that, while relaxing and healthy, saunas can be dangerous if not used properly. Dr. Harvey Simon writing for Harvard Men’s Health Watch suggests that sauna users follow these simple precautions:

            • Avoid alcohol and medications that may impair sweating and produce overheating before and after your sauna.
            • Stay in no more than 15–20 minutes.
            • Cool down gradually afterward.
            • Drink two to four glasses of cool water after each sauna.
            • Don’t take a sauna when you are ill, and if you feel unwell during your sauna, head for the door.

            6. Essential Oils

            Throughout history, human beings have turned to aromatherapy to cure their ills. There are way too many essential oils to list, and their uses are varied, from using tea tree oil to combat lice and acne, vitamin E oil and frankincense to treat stretch marks, and lavender for cuts, bruises, and scrapes, there’s an essential oil for almost everything. Peppermint is one of the most widely used plants for these oils, and has been for a long time – in fact, peppermint’s ability to sooth the stomach is why you will commonly receive a complimentary mint after dinner in the U.S.

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              7. Hemp & Cannabidiol

              Hemp and cannabidiol (CBD) are two ingredients of the cannabis plant that represent the non-psychoactive baby thrown out with the bathwater. Unfortunately, because CBD is a derivative of the cannabis plant, making its production and possession illegal, there hasn’t been much research done on it – but many have claimed that CBD extracts can help to treat both epilepsy and psychosis.

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                While the various uses of CBD will have to wait awhile to be teased out, hemp hearts, which are legal to use and come from different parts of the cannabis plant, are extremely rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which help reduce risk of cardiovascular disease, lower blood pressure, and may even prevent Alzheimer’s. Additionally, hemp seeds are one of the few sources of Omega-3 that can actually be found in plants.

                8. Sleeping

                If there’s one thing on this list that you literally couldn’t live without, that thing would be sleep. Still, just getting a few hours a night doesn’t always cut it. A lack of sleep can increase the risk of heart disease, heart attacks, diabetes, and obesity, and has been linked to lower testosterone and sex drive. Those with good sleeping patterns have also been reported to have improved memory.

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                  If you have trouble sleeping, try changing up the position that you sleep in. There are generally pros and cons to each, such as elevating the head for those with acid reflux, or sleeping on the stomach for those who snore – but the good news is this: no matter what position you’re sleeping in, you’re doing your body some good.

                  9. Music

                  Music has always been seen as a mystical sort of thing, probably because in the early ages there were no scientific processes to show that music releases dopamine in the brain, making the listener happier.

                  The ability of music to produce subtle effects on the body has been exploited by mainstream media and marketing – but that doesn’t mean you can’t hack your own body too (musically speaking). Listen to more motivating music to run faster, improve visual and verbal skills, and even reduce depression. Music has even been shown to reduce pain and anxiety of patients during surgery and has been used in muscle rehabilitation training. Crazy!

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                  10. Fermented… Anything

                  Some say that the stomach is the “second brain.” Our mood can be influenced by our foods – as can our health – so it goes without saying that eating the best will leave us feeling the best. Fermented foods are packed with health benefits that leave your second brain feeling great.

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                    The reason that foods like yogurt, kombucha, sauerkraut, and kimchi – fermented foods – are considered so beneficial to health is that they contain live culture that can create beneficial enzymes, b-vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids, and probiotics from the original food. Pairing healthy fermented foods with your normal diet can help you absorb nutrients by balancing and optimizing your gut flora. So eat up!

                    11. Apple Cider Vinegar

                    Apple cider vinegar is often used to pickle and sometimes used to ferment things, so it comes as no surprise that it’s used as a remedy and offers amazing health benefits.

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                      Among apple cider vinegar’s benefits:

                      12. Chicken Soup

                      Last but not least, the most common remedy of all: chicken soup. Yes, your mother used to make it for you when you were a kid and had a cold, but that’s just one of those “old wive’s tales” that chicken soup will make you feel better… right?

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                        Actually, no! Chicken soup boosts your vitamin A and selenium intake, which both support proper thyroid gland function. Selenium can help to produce cancer-fighting enzymes to boot, while vitamin A boosts the growth of red blood cells. For healthiest results, try to make the soup yourself and to choose low-sodium ingredients. Now, the next time you get sick, you have the science to back up your request for poultry-infused vegetable and chicken juice!

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                        Last Updated on November 19, 2019

                        20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

                        20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

                        Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

                        If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

                        1. Create a Daily Plan

                        Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

                        2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

                        Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

                        3. Use a Calendar

                        Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

                        I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

                        Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

                        4. Use an Organizer

                        An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

                        These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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                        5. Know Your Deadlines

                        When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

                        But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

                        6. Learn to Say “No”

                        Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

                        Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

                        7. Target to Be Early

                        When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

                        For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

                        Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

                        8. Time Box Your Activities

                        This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

                        You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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                        9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

                        Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

                        10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

                        Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

                        You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

                        11. Focus

                        Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

                        Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

                        Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

                        12. Block out Distractions

                        What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

                        I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

                        When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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                        Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

                        13. Track Your Time Spent

                        When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

                        You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

                        14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

                        You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

                        Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

                        15. Prioritize

                        Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

                        Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

                        16. Delegate

                        If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

                        When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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                        17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

                        For related work, batch them together.

                        For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

                        1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
                        2. coaching
                        3. workshop development
                        4. business development
                        5. administrative

                        I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

                        18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

                        What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

                        One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

                        While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

                        19. Cut off When You Need To

                        The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

                        Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

                        20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

                        Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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