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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 July 23, 2019

                        5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

                        5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

                        In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

                        Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

                        How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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                        • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
                        • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
                        • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
                        • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
                        • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
                        • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

                        When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

                        1. Realize You’re Not Alone

                        Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

                        2. Find What Inspires You

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                        Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

                        On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

                        3. Give Yourself a Break

                        When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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                        Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

                        4. Shake up Your Routines

                        Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

                        Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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                        When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

                        5. Start with a Small Step

                        Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

                        Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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