Those tiny cotton balls we use for removing our nail polish, make up or cleaning up small cuts and bruises have a lot of tricks in store when it comes to dealing with some sort of unexpected health issue. Even though it may appear unusual, cotton balls are extremely efficient in terms of stopping a heavy nosebleed just by placing a few of them between your teeth and your upper lip.
Pulling teeth from your kids or after a procedure, you can bite down on a cotton ball to reduce the bleeding. Based on Dr. Oz, by applying pressure on an artery that runs under the lip to the nose, the blood will begin to clot and the nosebleed will end!
No More Awful Cramps
Relieve menstrual cramps and muscle pain with this cotton ball trick! This folk remedy has been known to help relieve cramps associated with that time of the month. All you need to do is soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol, squeeze out the excess, and place it over your belly button. Use a piece of tape or a large band-aid to keep it in place. It may seem weird at first, but just lie down and let the stress float away!
Simple Remedy For Warts And Skin Tags
Warts and skin tags can be a painful or embarrassing to live with. But there’s a natural remedy that can slowly dissolve it over time! According to Livestrong, white vinegar can be used to help remove it. You can also try apple cider vinegar for this trick.
Step 1: Thoroughly wash the skin tag or wart with mild soap and let it dry.
Step 2: Grab a cotton ball and soak it in the vinegar.
Step 3: Squeeze out the excess vinegar, and gently apply it to the wart or skin tag.
Swab the area a few times a day for a short period of time, and eventually the skin tag will fall off!
Bye Bye Earaches!
Cure an earache with Vicks VapoRub and a cotton ball! The camphor, eucalyptus and menthol in the VapoRub can act as a topical analgesic to numb the pain. It may get a little bit messy, but rub some of the gooey stuff onto a cotton ball, and place it in your ear. According to WebMD, if the earache is due to an infection rather than a symptom of the common cold, it will likely get better on its own. In the meantime, this cotton ball trick will help relieve a bit of pain until the your body recovers from whatever was causing the earache in the first place.
Face it, most of us probably have a few callouses and crusty buildup on the soles of our feet. It’s only natural, given that we use it to walk on every day! Over time, the skin can start to toughen and leave unsightly cracks in its wake. But, here’s an easy way to smooth away the patchy, dry skin!
Step 1: Crush 10 non-coated aspirin tablets into a fine powder, and add 8 ounces of 70% rubbing alcohol.
Step 2: Let the solution sit for 2 days.
Step 3: Soak a cotton ball in the solution, and apply it to the bottom of your feet. You may need several cotton balls to cover the affected areas. Use plastic cling wrap to keep the cotton balls in place, and leave it on overnight.
Step 4: Repeat the process for 10 days, and you will see a difference in the smoothness of your feet!
Watch this video to learn how to use cotton balls as a compress for itchy eyes!