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7 home remedies for common holiday mishaps

Thanksgiving bloopers happen, but thankfully, you can solve them with items in your pantry!


tFrom nicked fingers and post-meal bloating to taking an appetite suppressant to keep you from that third piece of pie, turn to your kitchen for quick and effective fixes and let the party live on!


You burned your finger pulling
the bird from the oven

t Turn to the salad station to get a speedy fix for a minor burn. Vinegar works as an astringent and antiseptic that helps prevent infection. Dilute white (or even balsamic) vinegar with equal parts water, and apply it as a compress to the burn area. Repeat as often as needed.

t Closer to tea time? Reach for honey! Honey is acidic and prevents the growth of bacteria. It reacts with damaged tissue to create a natural form of hydrogen peroxide. It draws out fluids from the tissues and effectively cleans the wound. Apply honey to a gauze bandage and place the bandage directly on the burn, honey side down.


You nicked yourself
while prepping the veggies

t Cayenne pepper powder has been shown to stop bleeding in as little as 15 seconds! It works topically by equalizing the blood pressure around the wound area, and the decreased pressure helps the cut quickly clot.

t Sprinkle it on dry, or mix it with some water and apply to a piece of gauze. It’ll sting a bit, of course — but soon enough, you’ll be hot on the trail of the dessert platter.


You’re so bloated!

t Grab those herbs! Post-dinner tea made from dill or clove can reduce acidity and heartburn and ease bloat — so fire up the tea kettle and go on, have another round.


Random allergic reaction fix

t For anything serious, dial 911, but for a small reaction like hives, apply Milk of Magnesia or Pepto-Bismol to the area. They are alkaline and help relieve the itching.


Please, stop me from
having a third helping of pumpkin pie!

t Looking for an emergency appetite suppressant? Look no further than fennel or fennel-seed tea! It’s a naturally sweet craving crusher. Just steep 4 teaspoons of fennel seed per 2 pints of boiling water, let steep for 5-10 minutes, and… Pumpkin pie, who?


The drive to Grandma’s
makes me carsick

t If you can prevent your body from producing excess saliva, you can avert motion sickness altogether. That’s because as your body prepares to vomit, it produces saliva to protect your teeth from stomach acid. Yikes!

t Olives contain tannins that, when released in your mouth, naturally reduce saliva. Pop three and drive breezy!

The music, the chatter, the mess… is giving you a migraine

t Head to your spice drawer, peppermint essential oil is a remedy that’s easy, affordable and natural.
t Just rub a few dabs on your temples and leave on for 15 to 30 minutes. Peppermint offers vaso-constricting and vaso-dilating properties, which helps control blood flow in the body. Headaches and migraine pain are often due to poor blood flow, and peppermint oil helps to open and close the vessels that promote flow!

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