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Bullet If you are prone to nosebleed make sure you get enough Vitamin C and Zinc. Vitamin C, a component in the production of collagen, and Zinc, helpful in the use of protein, are both important to the maintenance of body tissues, including the blood vessels. Be sure to eat a variety of foods in order to get enough of these nutrients. Good sources of Vitamin C include citrus fruits and vegetables, including potatoes. Good sources of Zinc include beef, liver, fish, whole-wheat products, brown rice, and popcorn.
Bullet To help relieve common cough and cold, drink half a glass of warm water mixed with one teaspoon of lemon juice and one teaspoon of honey. This can be taken 2-3 times a day.
Bullet Nighttime Cramps may be prevented by making sure you get enough calcium. Nighttime cramps are often associated with lack of calcium in the diet. Eat plenty of calcium-rich foods like broccoli, leafy greens, and low-fat dairy products. If cramping is still a problem, consider taking a calcium supplement.
Bullet Make your own soup to help build up your calcium intake to help prevent Osteoporosis. When preparing stock from animal bones, add a small amount of vinegar to leach the calcium out of the bones. The amount of calcium in a single pint of homemade soup is equal to the calcium found in a quart or more of milk.
Bullet Gently massaging a scar after the area is well healed but within the first six months of the injury can help minimize scarring. By massaging you are helping to stretch out and soften the scar be helping break down the tough collagen fibers that are forming as part of the scar maturation.
Bullet A home remedy for excessive thirst during diarrhea is a sugar and salt solution. Mix about one teaspoon of sugar and about one gram common salt in about 200 ml. water. This should be given whenever the sick one wants to drink; however, do not give the whole thing at a time - give in small doses of 50 ml. at a time.
Bullet To help reduce fevers, combine 10 gms. raisins and 10 gms. fresh ginger. Crush them and put in 200 ml. water for one hour. Then boil it until the water reduces to 50 ml. Strain it and drink while warm. This preparation can be taken twice a day - it helps in reducing the symptoms of fever. If a fever goes higher than 102 degree Fahrenheit, it should be brought down by putting pieces of cloth soaked in cold water on the forehead, hands, arms and feet. The cloth pieces should be regularly changed after a few minutes.
Bullet Wrapping a wet cloth around your neck relieves some headaches.
Bullet For stomach pain due to acidity or gas, drinking plain soda water provides immediate relief. For other types of stomach pain, try 2 tea spoons of lemon juice plus one gram of rock salt mixed with 50 ml. of warm water. This can be taken three times daily.
Bullet Meat tenderizer can be used to relieve the pain and itching from insect bites - just dissolve 1/4 teaspoon of tenderizer in water and apply to bite.
Bullet If you are suffering with a stuffy nose, try boiling a bit of sage in water. It helps clear your nose and makes the house smell great too.
Bullet If you have a stye in your eye, boil some water, soak a regular tea bag in the water for about 2 minutes, don't put sugar or milk in the tea! ;) Take the tea bag out as hot as you can stand it and place it over the offending eye until it cools. Repeat this a few times a day.
Bullet If you have an ear ache, or water in your ear, try putting a few drops of gin in and keep your head tilted for a few minutes. We've always kept a small bottle of gin in our medicine cabinet and used it many times for the kids after swimming or when they complain of an ear ache.

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