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Minor medical issues are a fact of life. Luckily, you have plenty of items lying around the house that pull double duty. Before heading to the pharmacy to deal with anything from dandruff and athlete’s foot to warts and insect bites, take a look at our list of 5 common household items that work wonders as home remedies:

Athlete’s Foot and Foot Odor

Few things are as frustrating and embarrassing as the itchiness and funky stench of athlete’s foot. But don’t fret; relief is as close as your medicine chest (or liquor cabinet). Mouthwash and vodka have both been shown to reduce the bacteria that cause the telltale symptoms of athlete’s foot. Just wet a washcloth or cotton ball with either one, and carefully wipe down your feet after a shower or workout. Not only will this leave your tootsies smelling fresh and clean, but it will reduce the itching and burning that often accompanies this type of infection.

Need another reason to use mouthwash on your feet? Here’s a good one: the breath freshening and antiseptic properties of your favorite oral rinse also knocks out blisters in a day or so. Simply apply your favorite brand of mouthwash via cotton swab three or four times a day, and watch it dry up without popping.

Insect Bites

Spiders, mosquitoes, and other creepy crawlers have a nasty way of leaving us itchy and stung. The next time you find yourself the victim of a bug trying to make lunch out of you, reach for the antacid tablets. Those fizzy indigestion and hangover tablets contain aspirin and other ingredients that will soothe your irritated, bug-bitten skin. Simply crush up an antacid tablet and use a couple of drops of water to create a paste that you can apply directly to the bite. And because it won’t dry out your skin like most calamine and itch creams can, you don’t have to worry about dealing with itchy skin after the bite is gone, either.

Tension Headaches

Being stressed, excited, overworked, tired or anxious makes you subconsciously clench your jaw and grind your teeth, which puts a strain on your muscles and often leads to a tension headache. Stop the vicious cycle before it gets going with a simple pencil. Placing a pencil between your teeth (without biting down) makes you relax your jaw muscles, which can stave off a tension headache before it really gets a hold of you.


An itchy scalp and shedding flakes are the hallmarks of dandruff. Treating it usually involves switching to an expensive specialized shampoo. But recent studies show that you can create your own dandruff-busting formula by simply adding two drops of tea tree oil to your favorite shampoo. That way you can fight the flakes without the medicated scent or over-drying that comes from traditional dandruff formulas.

Corns and Calluses

An estrogen-like chemical found in both red and black licorice has been proven to soften up the tough skin that causes corns and calluses. Treat your tootsies to a licorice treatment that whips up in no time at all by blending a couple of licorice sticks with a glob of petroleum jelly and a couple of drops of cinnamon extract. Apply the paste to the rough areas of your feet and let soak in overnight. (A pair of socks will keep your sheets and pajamas clean and dry in the process.)

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10 Habits of Truly Healthy Women

by Erin Weaver

Good health is something that you owe yourself. Barring any outstanding physical and mental health issues, you deserve to strive for wellness in body and mind, even when it might seem difficult. While many of us have to try hard to stay healthy, some people just seem to find it simple. There are truly healthy women among us – you probably know some – who maintain naturally balanced good health without even trying. Try integrating some of these habits into your routine to move towards an achievable form of good health.

They Value Good Sleep

Healthy women understand that six to eight hours of restful sleep per night serves them well physically and mentally. Sleep helps to keep your emotions in check and your energy levels high.

They Follow Medical Advice

When you’re sick, the best thing to do is visit a doctor and follow their instructions until you’re better. Similarly, make sure to keep up with recommended checks like smear tests and breast cancer screenings.

They Don’t Drink Their Calories

Sticking to water instead of soda, coffee, or juices is much better for your health, keeping calories and sugar intake low. Healthy women tend to gravitate towards water throughout the day.

They Don’t Compare Themselves To Others

The truly balanced among us know that there’s no point in comparing themselves to others. You never really know someone else’s life anyway, so what’s the point in unhealthy comparisons?

They Aren’t Emotionally Attached To Food

By cementing the idea that food is for sustenance and enjoyment rather than comfort, healthy women easily maintain a balanced diet and say no to guilt about their eating habits.

They Prioritize Stress Management

Busy but thriving women understand that controlling stress levels helps them function better, even if it requires a bit of extra time. Meditation, pros-and-cons charts, and mindfulness are part of their routine for a reason.

They Find Exercise That Works For Them

Healthy women aren’t beating themselves up at the gym or struggling to get ready for dreaded workouts. Like them, you should find exercise you enjoy, whether it’s walking, horseback riding, or weightlifting, and embrace it.

They Treat Themselves

Small self-indulgences help to keep your spirits high, so healthy women make an effort to treat themselves on a regular basis. Even small, inexpensive or free treats will remind you of your worth.

They Quit Bad Habits

Truly healthy women don’t persevere with their bad habits. They quit smoking, they stop binge drinking, and they lose the crappy boyfriend.

They Practice Gratitude

To be healthy and at peace in mind and body, healthy women are grateful for the good things in their lives. By reminding themselves on a regular basis of the positives, they are better able to deal with anything that’s going badly.

These healthy habits will stand you in good stead throughout your life, so why not make them a part of your daily routine now? Who knows, you just might end up being one of those naturally healthy women too!

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