Re­lief from blush-wor­thy health has­sles

Flaky scalp, gassy belly, cold sores—they’re a bother any time of year. But when we want to look and feel our best at the hol­i­days, they re­ally make us cringe! Home reme­dies to the res­cue! More nat­u­ral health news

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Gassy? Fight it with this tea It’s hard to sit through so­cial gath­er­ings when you’re try­ing not to toot. Fen­nel tea can help! A study in Biomed Re­search In­ter­na­tional sug­gests that drink­ing 4 oz. of this mild, sweet brew af­ter each meal cuts gassi­ness by as much as 67%. Says study co-author Vainav Pa­tel, PH.D., fen­nel con­tains a com­pound ( ci­ne­ole) that stalls the growth of gas-pro­duc­ing bac­te­ria in the di­ges­tive tract. Cold sore? Cure it with honey Dab­bing a cold sore with raw (un­pas­teur­ized) honey four times daily can cut the red­ness and pain by 57%—plus heal that nasty erup­tion 43% faster than pre­scrip­tion cream, Aus­tralian re­searchers re­port. Thanks goes to raw honey’s rich stores of nat­u­ral an­tibac­te­rial and an­tiox­i­dant com­pounds, which ease in­flam­ma­tion, calm ir­ri­tated pain nerves and kick­start the growth of new tis­sues. Funky Freshen breath? with thyme oil Wor­ried about go­ing in for a hug? Rins­ing your mouth with di­luted thyme es­sen­tial oil can freshen your breath for four hours straight, re­port Chi­nese re­searchers. Thyme oil kills the oral bac­te­ria that pro­duce smelly sul­fur com­pounds. Sim­ply swish one drop of thyme oil mixed in 1⁄ cup warm water for 2 20 sec­onds, then brush as usual. Scalp flak­ing? Stop it with laven­der Mas­sage your scalp for two min­utes with 15 drops of laven­der es­sen­tial oil mixed into your sham­poo and you can wear a black dress worry-free! Laven­der kills off the yeast that makes our scalp flaky and can erase se­vere dan­druff flares in 72 hours. — Brenda Kearns

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