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    21 Unexpected Ways To Relieve Pain

    When you're ailing, you'll try anything — even a nature hack. The worst thing that could happen is you end up reeking of raw garlic.

    1. "Cupping"

    The Bellabaci Cup claims to "help relieve muscle soreness, joint pain, and decrease cellulite" by increasing circulation.

    2. For Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Eat ginger before taking ibuprofen. Ginger is an anti-inflammatory that significantly reduces the production of cytokines.

    3. For Minor Burns

    Accidentally touched a hot stove? Mustard helps numb and suck the heat out of minor burns. Use honey while it's healing to prevent scars.

    4. For Shin Splints, Runner's Knee, and Ankle Sprain

    Learn how to apply Kinesio Tex Tape here.

    5. For Splinters

    Remove a splinter easily by applying a paste of baking soda and water, then waiting several minutes for the splinter to pop out of the skin.

    6. For Canker Sores and Sore Throats

    Mix one part Maalox, one part Children’s Benadryl, and gargle with the solution.

    7. For Charlie Horses / Via

    Get your finger wet, dip it in salt, and lick it off. Apparently, you can also pour Morton salt into your socks before going to bed.

    8. For Wisdom Tooth Pain

    You'll need cloves, cinnamon sticks, ginger root, and honey to make this tea. Get the full recipe here.

    9. For Sensitive Ear Piercings

    If your earlobes get sore from wearing earrings, dip the posts in Vaseline.

    10. For an Earache

    Wrap a cheese cloth around half of an onion and put it over your ear.

    11. For Sore Breasts During Breastfeeding

    Placing cabbage leaves over your breasts will quell the pain and swelling. Please note though, that use of cabbage leaves should be done only toward the end of weaning, when the goal is to dry up your milk. Read more about it here.

    12. For Arthritis

    Something about the sulfites or the juniper berries or something. Soak raisins in gin and munch on the raisins. Get the directions here.

    13. A Less Weird Arthritis Remedy:

    14. For Ingrown Toenails

    Soak the affected toe in salty water for 20 minutes. Then cut the corner of your toenail with a nail toe cutter. Clean the nail off with a hydrogen peroxide-soaked cottonball. Once completely dry, add a little salt.

    15. For Toothaches

    Chew a clove of raw garlic.

    16. For Tension Headaches


    Bite down on a pencil.

    17. For Insect Bites

    Applying Orajel should stop the itching immediately.

    18. For Painful, Below-the-Surface Zits

    According to this blogger, "The big ugly painful one had shrunk significantly and the other two had finally come to head" after dabbing some Vicks VapoRub on.

    19. For Food Poisoning and Hangovers

    Activated charcoal capsules will absorb unwanted chemicals and toxins in your stomach.

    20. For Wasp and Bee Stings / Via

    Slice an onion in half and rub on. It should take the pain and swelling away.

    21. For Restless Legs

    Place a bar of soap under the bottom sheet of your bed. There's no scientific proof; it just works.

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