Got a Painful Cavity? These Home Remedies Will Help!
8 Great Home Remedies for Cavities
Suffering from a painful cavity? Tooth-related problems are always painful, but cavities are by far the worst. They can make drinking and eating almost impossible. Cavities are small holes that form in a tooth as a result of tooth decay. This usually happens due to a lack of dental hygiene and the accumulation of bacteria and plaque. It can also be due to a lack of minerals in the diet.
Sometimes, despite all our hard efforts, precautions, and care, one might end up with a cavity. If you have a cavity, the following home remedies will help a lot.
1. Salt Water
You will need: 1 teaspoon of table salt and a glass of warm water.
What you have to do: Add salt to the warm water and mix well. Rinse and gargle your mouth with it, making sure you rinse the cavities thoroughly.
How often you should do this: Gargle with salt water twice a day.
Why this works: This is probably the most common home remedy for any tooth-related pain. It keeps the mouth bacteria-free and removes the stickiness from the cavities. The salt solution balances out the acidic pH created by the tooth cavity.
2. Baking Soda
You will need: Baking soda and a toothbrush
What you have to do: Wet the toothbrush and dip it in some baking soda powder. Brush your teeth with it.
How often you should do this: Do this every second day for a few weeks.
Why this works: The alkalinity of the baking soda neutralizes the excess acids in the mouth that causes tooth decay and cavities. Baking soda is also an antimicrobial agent.
You will need: Lemon
What you have to do: Chew on one slice of lemon for a couple of minutes. Rinse your mouth with clean water after.
How often you should do this: Repeat this as and when required to relieve the pain from tooth decay.
Why this works: Lemons are a great source of vitamin C. The acids present in lemon juice kills germs and helps to ease the pain caused by cavities.
You will need: 1 green tea bag, a cup of hot water, lemon juice (optional), and honey (optional)
What you have to do: Brew a cup of hot green tea. Add honey and lemon juice according to your preference. Drink whit it’s still warm.
How often you should do this: drink 2-3 cups of green tea every day.
Why this works: Green tea reduces the production of plaque and keeps bacterial growth in check.
5. Butter Oil and Cod Liver Oil
You will need: Cod liver oil supplements and butter oil supplements
What you have to do: Take a capsule of each with any meal during the day.
How often you should do this: Take these supplements regularly to maintain optimum dental health.
Why this works: Cod liver oil and butter oil are rich in vitamins A, D, and K, which are excellent for maintaining good dental hygiene. You can either take these two supplements separately or as a capsule that contains both.
6. Clove Oil
You will need: Clove oil
What You Have to do: Take a bit of clove oil on your finger and lightly massage the cavity. If the affected tooth is hard to reach, use a cotton swab dipped in clove oil.
How often you should do this: Apply clove oil 2-3 times every day.
Why this works: clove oils helps to relieve the pain caused by cavities and tooth decay. Eugenol. A key essential oil found in clove is responsible for this analgesic action. Its antimicrobial constituents inhibit the growth of various types of viruses, bacteria, and fungi.
7. Alcohol Compress
You will need: gin, vodka, whiskey, and a washcloth.
What you have to do: Make a mixture of equal quantities gin, vodka, and whiskey. Take a clean washcloth and dip it in the solution, then use it as a compress against the cavity-affected tooth. Keep it there for 4-5 minutes.
How often you should do this: Do this once a day.
Why this works: The alcoholic content of these beverages will relieve the pain and also kill any bacteria that is causing further tooth decay.
8. Bentonite Clay
You will need: 1 ½ tablespoons of bentonite clay, 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil, and a few drops of essential oil (tea tree, rosemary, peppermint, or clove).
What you have to do: Mix all the ingredients and use the mixture as a toothpaste.
How often you should do this: Brush your teeth twice a day with this natural toothpaste.
Why this Works: Bentonite clay is great at absorbing all the impurities from its surroundings, and this is exactly what it does when used as a toothpaste. It absorbs and removes the black/brown sticky deposit from the infected tooth along with the bacteria.
See also: You’re Easily Startled? Here’s Why Some People Scare More Easily Than Others.
We all have that friend or relative who is super easy to spook.
But why is it that some people will jump a mile high if you utter the word ‘boo’ while others won’t bat an eyelid? According to Professor Ottmar Lipp of Curtin University, it all comes down to the individual’s startle response, otherwise known as the startle reflex.
“Startle is a very interesting reflex. To start from the basic physiology, it is a brainstem reflex, and depending on which source you are relying on, is mediated by two to three synapses. In other words, it’s actually very simple,” Lipp said.
“Basically, if someone says boo or slams a door, what we do is jump, and some people are more jumpy than others.
“To psychologists, startle is very interesting. It’s a reflex, but it is also affected by psychological processes, especially emotion.”
In other words, the startle reflex is just that — a reflex, and it just so happens some people’s reflex is more sensitive than others. However, unlike, say, the automatic reflex that occurs when someone taps your knee, the startle response (and how sensitive it is) can also be affected by your emotional state.
“If I put you in a situation where you feel unpleasant, anxious or nervous, you might have a heightened startle reflex,” Lipp said. “Whereas if I put you in a state where you are feeling pleasant and I am showing you materials you like and find pleasant, the startle reflex is usually reduced.
“Probably the best way to explain it is to imagine if you are watching a movie. Say you are seeing a suspense thriller, think ‘Psycho’ or the like. You’re watching and the person is standing there under the shower, the killer comes with the knife… and then someone slams the door. What do you do? You jump out of your skin.
“Whereas if you were watching a comedy and there was hilarity all over the place — people are laughing, pies are flying — and then someone slams the door, your chance of being really startled is reduced.
“So even though the physical stimulus was the same, the reaction was different, because the reflex is dependent on the emotional state you are in.”
This son really has it in for his easily startled Dad.
And what of those YouTube videos where the same person (like the unfortunate Dad above) gets scared again and again, regardless of emotional state?
“I would say those people naturally have a more sensitive startle response, but I would also predict if their son does that over and over again, the severity of the response will decline,” Lipp said.
“One of the major characteristics of the startle response is the reaction to unexpected stimulus. If you do it over and over again, it tends to decline… it is a reflex, after all. You get used to it, basically.”
See also: Make Your Own Dreamcatcher With This Simple Tutorial. More Summer Fun!
Dreamcatchers have become the “it” hippy-chic decoration.
Maybe it’s the feathers, the intricate design work, or possibly the ancient belief that negative dreams are caught while positive dreams float through – whatever it is, us hippy girls love us some dreamcatchers!
They are a great piece to hang in the bedroom, throughout the home, in an outdoor space, given as a gift, or created together among friends + family.
And with the popularity of these beauties only rising, the price tag is quickly following suit.
So in true Journey Junkie nature, I decided to make my own dreamcatcher with the help of a friend and they turned out amazing, like can’t stop staring at them amazing, already made too many amazing, my husband thinks I’m a bit crazy amazing.
1. These three supplies are the most critical to the craft – so they are necessary regardless of the end design!
- The hoops or rings can be found in the yarn and crocheting aisles. Both metal and wood are fine and the size of the ring is dependent on how large you want the the dreamcatcher to be.
- The hemp product is used to create the intricate weaving pattern in the middle. The hemp cord material is the easiest to use as it’s durable and somewhat stretchy. I bought a multicolored pack and a natural looking one, who doesn’t love options?
- The red spool of string is used for creating feather embellishments. I found this in the yarn section, super inexpensive and lots of it. Choose whatever color you like.
2. These supplies are to hang from the dreamcatcher and make it look extra dreamy. You can find the spools in the yarn section and the lace material is from the ribbon section.
3. The fabric selection should be given some extra thought and time. This is where colors and patterns should be chosen based on a theme or overall look & feel. The fabrics I chose can create 2 – 3 different looks depending on which ones are paired together.
- This step can become very expensive – look for the fabrics that are on sale.
- Decide on a fabric that will be the base and wrap around the entire hoop. Purchase 1 – 2 yards of the base fabric.
- Decide which fabrics will be used as accent colors. Purchase 1/2 – 1 yard of these fabrics.
- Feathers and beads galore – no need to go crazy here but do have fun with it. Purchase either a large bag or two smaller bags of feathers and a few packs of beads that fit the style and overall design.
How to Wrap the Hoop:
- Choose a fabric to use as the base and wrap around the entire hoop.
- Using a scissor, cut an inch into the fabric. Make sure to use the side that is jagged and scraggly looking. THEN – rip all the way down the fabric until you have a fabric strip. Be sure to stop every foot or so to keep the fabric from going crazy. This is my favorite part, for some reason ripping fabric is weirdly therapeutic!
- Start anywhere on the hoop and begin to wrap the fabric around the starting piece. Go a few times around and around to ensure the fabric is tightly wound and secure.
- Wrap it up! You can make each wrap as small or large as necessary. There’s no method to the madness, just keep wrapping the fabric around and around.
- If you run out of fabric – simply rip another strip, secure the first piece with double-sided tape, and start again where you left off.
- Finish wrapping the hoop by securing the fabric with a hot glue gun or any type of adhesive.
How to Weave the Middle Pattern:
- Locate the wrapped hoop and hemp cord material.
- Cut a large amount of hemp to create the middle pattern – 3 to 5 feet to start.
- Decide where the top of the dreamcatcher will be and tie a knot – a tight, secure knot.
- Measure about a pinky fingers length away from the top knot. The measuring that is done in the beginning will affect the overall design. You can easily measure a smaller or bigger distance here.
- Wrap the hemp underneath and then loop it through, pulling it tight and secure.
- Continue measuring a pinky fingers length from each knot created – looping and knotting around the entire circumference.
- When you get back to the top knot, measure the next knot to the middle of the first one. This can get tricky so move slowly and patiently.
Weave the Middle Pattern, contd…
- Continue the same knotting technique – slowly weaving the circle smaller and smaller. Make sure to line each knot up in the middle before looping.
- As the circle gets smaller, feel free to pull and tighten the hemp to the desired effect.
- Decide how small or large you want the center hole to be and then tie it off.
- To tie it off, end on a knot where the circle looks somewhat uniform.
- Pull the hemp tight and then tie a knot. I like to double, triple the knot here.
- Trim the remaining string.
How to Embellish & Decorate:
- Decide what fabrics to use – these will hang down from the bottom of the dreamcatcher.
- Use the same technique of cutting and then ripping to create fabric strips. You can make however many your heart desires. I did less of the expensive fabric and more of the solid, cheaper fabric.
- Fold the fabric strip in half, then create a simple loop and pull the fabric through. Use the picture above as a reference.
- Pull the fabric tight and voila – you’re on the way to a dreamy dreamcatcher!
Embellish & Decorate, contd…
- Continue adding fabric strips to the bottom of the hoop, keeping the fabric strips close together.
- Create more dimension by using the materials from the yarn section. This is where it starts to get really pretty!
- Optional: add beads throughout the hanging pieces.
- Create a layering / texture effect by tying knots or braiding pieces together.
How to Create Feather Embellishments:
Supplies needed: string, feathers, and beads.
- Create a cluster of feathers that you want for each grouping.
- Tip for doing this – don’t try to smooth down or line the feathers up by size. This will flatten the feathers which isn’t appealing in the end. Instead, just make sure all the tips are lined up but let the feathers stick out whichever way they please.
- Secure the feathers with whatever is handy. The big toe is optional, LOL.
- Cut 3 – 4 feet of string for the feathers.
- Tie a tight knot around all the feathers, about 2 inches down from the tips.
- Refer to the picture #4 above to understand this next step. Make sure to leave the short piece of thread hanging out, so it’s visible and easy to work with. Begin to wrap the long length of thread around both the feathers and the short piece of thread.
Feather Embellishments, contd…
- Wrap the string around the feathers until it reaches the tips. Once it’s at the end:
- String a small bead onto the short piece of thread, the piece that was purposely left out.
- Tie a knot between long and short piece of thread, securing the bead in place and the feathers.
- Either trim the remaining piece of string or tie a bead to the end.
- Decide where you want the feather to hang from, then tie it and trim the end piece.
- And voila – we have hanging feather embellishments!
How to Create the Top Loop:
- Cut a piece of fabric or yarn to the desired length for the dreamcatcher to hang.
- Simply tie the material in a knot at the top of the hoop.
- Tie it in a second knot at the top. Decide to trim or leave the ends of the material. I used hot glue to secure the top knot, this is optional but it can’t hurt.
- Your dreamcatcher is officially ready to hang!
Thanks for sticking around till the end, I hope you have the sweetest dreams tonight and forever more – or at the very least, I hope your rooms looks extra dreamy.
See also: 8 Brilliant Ways To Put Lonely Socks To Useful Purposes
For some reason, only one sock disappears in the laundry. Never a pair. Always one sock. This is such a common occurrence that May 9th is Lost Sock Memorial Day. (Who comes up with these days?)
You can set your own style statement and wear mismatched socks. Or, try out one of these 8 creative ways to recycle those single socks.
1. Protect Shoes When Traveling
Mismatched socks are perfect shoe protectors when traveling. Just slip your shoes into the socks to keep the rest of your luggage contents neat and clean.
You can even pack your matched pairs of socks inside the shoes.
2. Use as Knee and Elbow Protectors
When babies are learning to crawl, a little extra padding can be great for their knees. Cut the foot off the odd sock and slide it on to protect their knees.
For adults, if your elbows need a bit of pampering, rub in plenty of moisturizer before bed and cover your elbows with “sock sleeves” (cut off the toe of the sock) to protect your bed linens. Your elbows will be baby soft in the morning. Those same “sleeves” work well if you have poison ivy or a rash and need to prevent scratching. Even with medication on your skin, your clothes will be protected.
3. Protect Floors When Moving Furniture
Protect your floors from scratches by slipping mismatched socks over table and sofa legs. (They won’t complain about the look!)
4. Soothe Sore Muscles
No need for a fancy heating pad. Just fill a clean sock with uncooked rice and knot the open end. Microwave the sock for about 60 seconds (do it in 20-second increments) or until it is warm to the touch. Apply to your aching muscle. The rice-filled sock will conform to the shape of your leg, arm, or neck.
5. Hot or Cold Drink Holder
Make a reusable holder for hot or cold drinks from an odd sock. For that cup of coffee, it will protect your hands from the heat and provide a bit of insulation. On cold drinks and bottles, it can help protect your furniture from drips and condensation.
And, the holders are washable and reusable. No more trash to the landfill.
6. Use for Golf Club Covers
You don’t have to buy those fancy golf club covers, just use socks. If you are concerned about being stylish, use all black socks or the traditional argyle golf socks.
7. Use for Dust Mitts and Cleaning
Lonely cotton socks are particularly useful for dusting, polishing, and cleaning. Slip odd socks over each of your hands and you can double your dusting energies. They are especially great for cleaning window blinds and ceiling fan blades.
Add a sock to the end of a yardstick (secure by a rubberband) for a great way to reach ceiling cobwebs and dust. This is also perfect for cleaning narrow spaces like under the refrigerator or behind laundry appliances.
You can get the kids involved in cleaning by having them slip on mismatched cotton socks and slide over a newly waxed floor to buff the finish.
8. Homemade Seed Starter or Chia Pet
Fill a sock (preferably cotton) with dirt and grass seeds, tie a rubber band at the end. Sew or glue on button eyes and nose and draw a smiley face on the sock. Place it in a clear glass or plastic cup and water every few days. Watch as your sock person grows “hair”.
You can also use the sock to start seeds for the garden. Fill the sock with potting soil, tie shut and poke few holes in the sock so the seedlings will have easy access for growth.
See also: Apple Cider Vinegar For Weight Loss: Does It Really Work?
If you’re looking for ways to maintain your health, you’ve probably done some online research. And odds are good that you’ve run across articles on the health benefits of apple cider vinegar. But did you know that new evidence suggests apple cider vinegar for weight loss might also be a good idea?
The idea that something you have in your pantry right now might play a role in losing weight is exciting, isn’t it? Here’s a look at how apple cider vinegar, or ACV, could help you drop a few pounds – as well as some of its other potential benefits.
How It’s Made?
The fermentation process is key when it comes to making the apple cider vinegar you see at your local grocery or health food store. It’s made by crushing or cutting apples and combining them with yeast. The yeast converts the sugar in the apples to alcohol. Bacteria are then added to convert the alcohol to acetic acid.
Acetic acid is one of the main reasons that people recommend apple cider vinegar for weight loss. Here are some of the ways it works:
Reducing Body Fat
A lot more human research needs to be performed on whether apple cider vinegar for weight loss is a good idea. But the early results show promise.
For example, there is some evidence to suggest that acetic acid helps with weight loss by reducing body fat.
According to one study, more than 150 people received either 15 milliliters (ml) of apple cider vinegar, 30 ml of the liquid or a placebo daily for three months. The participants who consumed apple cider vinegar had less abdominal fat and lower body weight than those who drank the placebo.
Increasing the Sense of Fullness
Another way that apple cider vinegar could help with weight loss is by making you feel fuller. One study included a group of people given bread soaked in apple cider vinegar. The other group received regular bread. According to the results, the participants who ate the vinegar-soaked bread reported feeling fuller than the other group.
Other Health Benefits of ACV
Additional research suggests that apple cider vinegar may offer other types of health benefits. Here are just a few of them:
- Blood Sugar Maintenance: People suffering from health conditions related to increased blood sugar levels, according to one study, had lower levels when they consumed apple cider vinegar along with a high-protein snack shortly before going to bed.
- Potential PCOS Benefits: Apple cider vinegar has been shown to help reduce symptoms in women suffering from a condition known as polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS. This is a hormonal disorder characterized by increased levels of the male hormone androgen, as well as irregular menstrual periods. According to one study, women suffering from PCOS saw an improvement in their symptoms after consuming apple cider vinegar daily for 110 days. There is also evidence that massaging the liquid into stretch marks after pregnancy could help to reduce both their appearance and their size.
- Anti-Microbial Properties: Research shows that apple cider vinegar is effective in killing two kinds of harmful microbes known as Candida albicans and Enterococcus faecalis. Another study showed that the liquid also kills the dangerous E. coli bacterium. E. coli can cause serious symptoms, and it can potentially cause kidney failure in older adults and children.
- Reducing Bad Cholesterol: Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol is known as “bad” cholesterol because it accumulates in the arteries and increases the risk of developing cardiovascular problems. There is evidence that apple cider vinegar may play a role in reducing the levels of LDL in people who have high cholesterol readings.
- Diarrhea Relief: The pectin found in apple cider vinegar, according to research, helps to support the beneficial bacteria found in the “gut” or gastrointestinal tract. As a result, it may help to reduce the occurrence of diarrhea in people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.
- Skin Health: Apple cider vinegar contains several organic acids that have been shown to kill Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) bacteria. P. acnes has been associated with the development of acne.
The Bottom Line
Is apple cider vinegar a “miracle” weight loss product? No, but ACV is linked to weight loss, and other health benefits. Combined with a healthy diet and exercise, ACV may be helpful in the battle of the bulge.
That being said, ACV is powerful, so always dilute it before you take it. And, if you’re not sure whether you should incorporate it into your daily health routine, check with your doctor first.