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Natural Treatment for Colds and Sore Throats

About half a teaspoon of ground TURMERIC added to a cup of hot MILK, simmered for about 3 minutes with a teaspoon of HONEY, is an ancient treatment for colds and sore throats. Sip slowly while its still hot.

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Buzz off Mosquitoes!

Plant Pelargoniums (scented geranium) near your patio this summer. When the mosquitoes start buzzing and making an evening in the garden a misery, pick leaves from the plants and rub the leaves over your arms and legs. This remedy has been used by African tribes for many years.

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Start a Trend

When asked to bring a platter of food to a party, do try to take a plate of fresh veggies and low-cal dips. More people will start doing it and before you know it, there won't be any reason to dread going to parties.

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Excess Stomach Acid

An old German remedy for excess stomach acid - pop a small, raw, peeled potato into your juice extractor and drink a few spoonfuls of the juice before meals. The alkalinity in the juice will help settle an acid stomach.

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Vitamin C

Oranges provide 53.2 mg of Vit C for every 100 g raw portion consumed. Consider the kiwi - 98.0 mg; broccoli - 93.2 mg; papaya - 61.8 mg. There are so many foods rich in Vit C, there's no reason not to get yours. The humble cabbage provides 32.2 mg!

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Help others and become motivated

Whenever I struggle with my motivation, I read blogs and leave uplifting posts. I find I am rejuvinated in my own quest after spreading some cheer.

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Skipping

A skipping rope can go everywhere with you. If you're travelling and there isn't a gym nearby, skip for 30 minutes in your hotel room.

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Use your Health

Use your health, even to the point of wearing it out. That is what it is for. Spend all you have before you die; do not outlive yourself.
Bernard Shaw

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Be nice

A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is NOT a nice person. - Dave Barry

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Cleaning up oven spills

If food boils over onto the oven floor, sprinkle salt on top to stop smoke and odour from forming. When the oven is cool, it'll be easy to brush away the spot.

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