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Home Remedies That Really Work

Can't sleep? Sore throat? Sprained ankle? Test your knowledge about the best home remedies for common ailments.

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Home Remedies That Really Work
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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Which of these can help heal a cut?

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The correct answer is: Honey has antibacterial properties that prevent infection in minor abrasions. Plus, its thickness will protect against bacteria and dirt entering a wound. Simply dab a little honey onto your cut and cover with a bandage.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Which of these can help soothe a sprained ankle?

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The correct answer is: To reduce inflammation and swelling, use a bag of frozen peas to ice the area of the sprain for 20 minutes, four times a day. Protect your skin with a thin washcloth or towel.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

To ease arthritis pain, try nibbling on raisins soaked in …

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The correct answer is: This folk remedy has been around for years, but has never been scientifically proven. It could be worth a try because raisins contain several natural pain relievers, and gin may have anti-inflammatory properties. Here's what to do: Put raisins in a bowl and pour in enough gin to cover the raisins. Allow the gin to evaporate, which should take about one week. Place the moist raisins in a sealed jar; eat about nine raisins a day.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Why is tofu a great remedy for puffy eyes?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. To help treat puffy eyes, place extra-firm tofu patches, cut 1/2-inch thick, under each eye for 10 minutes a day for two weeks. The weight of the patch will help press the swelling out of the area. The soy in tofu has been shown to increase collagen, and flavonoids in soy have been shown to decrease sun damage. Combined, these factors will smooth and heal the skin.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

A mask made with which fruit can help decrease redness on your face?

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The correct answer is: Pineapple has bromelain (richest in the tougher part of the fruit, near the rind), which can help decrease facial redness. Try mixing 1 cup of full-fat cottage cheese with a quarter-cup of minced pineapple and applying it like a mask to your cheeks and nose for 10 minutes a day, twice a week for one month. The milk fat in the cottage cheese will moisturize and heal your skin.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Which of these liquids can help relieve a jellyfish sting?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Wash off a jellyfish sting with salt water (not fresh water) and apply vinegar to the affected area. Urine can also help the sting site, although it is not quite as acidic as vinegar and therefore not as helpful.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

What kind of bath can provide comfort if you have arthritis or joint pain?

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The correct answer is: Therapeutic mud baths have been a staple at many health spas around the world, some dating back centuries. A homemade bath made of clay, peat moss and sulfur-dense mineral water can have anti-inflammatory effects that might provide comfort for people with damaged joints or arthritis. You can also try a bath containing Dead Sea or Epsom salts, which provides a high concentration of magnesium that helps relax muscles.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

True or false: Drinking green tea can help with gum disease.

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The correct answer is: This is true. While nothing replaces brushing teeth daily as a preventive measure for gum disease, there are some natural prevention techniques. Green tea has great antibacterial properties that can cleanse the mouth.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

All of these can help treat a toothache EXCEPT …

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The correct answer is: Try placing a wet (not hot!) teabag near an aching tooth. Or try rubbing oil of cloves (also called eugenol) on your gums to help numb them. If your toothache is from trauma to the tooth, apply a cold compress to the outside of your cheek near the tooth.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Uh-oh -- constipation. How much fiber should your cereal have to help get things moving?

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The correct answer is: Rather than downing laxatives, try eating more fiber. A bowl of whole-grain cereal in the morning is an excellent start. When choosing a high-fiber cereal, make sure it has over 5 grams of fiber per serving and is not loaded with sugar.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Which of these can help ease PMS?

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The correct answer is: Applying moist heat can soothe painful areas caused by pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS). Exercise helps too, and drinking plenty of liquids. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and salty foods.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Which combo does Dr. Oz suggest for treating nail fungus?

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The correct answer is: Try this home treatment, especially if the nail fungus is also associated with a skin condition, like athlete's foot: Soak the areas in a mixture that combines a whole clove of garlic and eight ounces of vinegar for 5 minutes twice a day. You can keep the mixture for a week.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

On which body part should you apply pressure to ease a headache?

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The correct answer is: Try this acupressure technique: Take your hand and pick a spot that's halfway between your thumb and your index finger. Push gently with the tip of your finger until there's a slight discomfort. Doing this for a few minutes is an effective treatment for headaches.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Which of these conditions does ginger help to control?

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The correct answer is: Clinical evidence suggests ginger as a remedy for motion sickness. Try fresh ginger tea or ginger snaps. However, don't be fooled: Most ginger ale has little or no ginger. Caution: Some experts say dried ginger is not safe during pregnancy, and it may increase bleeding tendencies.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which of these juices can make blonde hair shinier?

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The correct answer is: If you have blonde hair, use a lemon juice rinse to bring out its natural shine.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Which natural spices and herbs can you chew to treat bad breath?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. The best remedy for bad breath is brushing your teeth and tongue and flossing daily. However, chewing some spices and herbs, such as cloves, anise seeds or fennel can help as well.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: Milk can help soothe minor sunburn pain.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Try soaking a washcloth in cold skim milk and then placing it on the affected area. The milk will create a protective coating of protein on the skin.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Which one of these is a natural teeth-whitener?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Strawberries are powerful teeth whiteners that contain both an astringent and vitamin C that aid in the removal of surface stains and clear away plaque. A crunchy apple acts like a toothbrush as you chew it to remove excess food and bacteria from your mouth while scrubbing away surface stains. Raisins help to keep your teeth white by inducing saliva production, which helps to rinse away plaque.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which of these Asian items is a natural alternative to Viagra?

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The correct answer is: Asian ginseng releases nitric oxide, a short-lived gas that opens up the blood vessels and allows you to act on your impulse and gets you "in the moment."

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Which at-home remedy should you NOT use for a burn caused by heat?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. For superficial burns caused by heat, flush the burn with cool running water or apply cold, moist cloths until the pain decreases, but do not use ice or ice water on the affected area as it may cause more damage to the skin. Use a simple skin lotion, such as aloe vera cream to soothe the skin and take ibuprofen to relieve pain and swelling. Do not put any butter, petroleum jelly or other home remedies on your burn.

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