39. Licorice Root for Bad Breath
Since ancient times, licorice has been valued for its healing properties, which is why you may recall seeing your grandparents chewing on it to freshen their breath. “It may be an effective agent to fight the bacteria that can cause tooth decay and periodontal disease,” Dr. Rosen said. “It’s also used as a breath freshening ingredient in some natural toothpastes.” But don’t confuse licorice with the candy; we mean licorice the plant. There are studies that have shown that it may also be beneficial and effective at preventing an upset stomach and relieving stress.
38. Ice for Headaches
Have a throbbing headache? Try using this old school remedy: ice. According to the National Headache Foundation, applying cold packs on the forehead and temples can help with headaches. A study from the University of Hawaii found that a frozen wrap placed on the front of the neck, over the carotid arteries, significantly helped reduce pain in migraine sufferers.
37. Baking Soda for Whiter Teeth
Are you tired of whitening strips? Toss them out and bring in the good stuff–baking soda. Using baking soda has been proven in studies to benefit your teeth. “You can whiten your teeth by making a paste out of baking soda and a little water,” said Dr. Rosen. “Put some baking soda in a small dish, then add a little water, which will form a thick paste.” Dip your toothbrush into the paste and brush. The abrasiveness will remove plaque and whiten the teeth, she says. However, “you want to be careful and not overuse this method due to the abrasiveness of the baking soda,” Dr. Rosen said. “Too much can hurt the enamel or the gum tissue.”