Even though it’s been the object of science since the dawn of civilization, the human body still hides many mysteries. You’d think that modern medicine has it all figured out, but many times, the body has responded better to traditional healing than to medical interventions and pharmaceuticals.
Sometimes, the strangest tricks can hold the key to healing your common ailments. For example, Some people are prone to getting butterflies in their stomach than others, but there are tricks that can help them keep calm and carry on. For one, blowing on your thumb is a great way to relax. This simple task forces you to focus on your breath, calming your vagus nerve and slowing down your heart rate.
Take a look at some more such tips:
1. Soothe A Sore Throat
A sore throat commands plenty of hot tea and honey, but there are plenty of other things you can do for lasting results. For one, gargle a saline solution (half a cup of hot water with a tablespoon of sea salt) every few hours to kill harmful bacteria. For an itch that just won’t quit, scratch your ear!
2. Calm Your Nerves
In time of intense stress, splash ice-cold water on your face as your hold your breath.
The cold will trigger the “mammalian diving reflex”, which optimizes the way your body uses oxygen, making you feel invigorated. Plus, getting a chill contracts your muscles; as they heat back up, your muscles will relax and you’ll feel instantly more calm.
3. Fight Your Fear Of Needles
To make it through your next blood test, simply cough as the nurse inserts the needle. You might want to let her know that you’re going to do this beforehand, just to make sure she doesn’t miss her target! Coughing will distract you from the sensation of the needle, so you’ll never have to be afraid again.
4. Relieve Toothaches Instantly
If you have sensitive teeth and you feel a little pain coming on, grab an ice pack and place it on the back of your hand. Rub the pack back and forth between your index and thumb. Your body will prioritize the sensation coming from your hand over the pain in your tooth and you won’t feel the ache anymore.
5. Instant Migraine Relief
Get migraine relief without using painkillers by applying pressure to the muscles between your right index and thumb using your left thumb and middle finger. Hold for 2 minutes and repeat on the opposite hand. This spot on your hand is a pressure point used in acupressure to relieve tension and promote blood flow.