Cotton balls are good for more than just removing nail polish or cleaning up small cuts and scrapes. Keep plenty on hand so you can try these awesome cotton ball tricks the next time you run into a minor health issue!
Stop A Nosebleed
Although it may feel strange at first, you can stop a runny nosebleed dead in its tracks by placing a few cotton balls between your upper lip and teeth. If you've ever had a tooth pulled, then you know you're supposed to bite down on a wad of cotton to stop the bleeding. The same concept works here. According to Dr. Oz, there's an artery that runs under the lip to the nose. By applying pressure here, the blood will start to clot and the nosebleed will disappear!
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!
Does More Than You Think
The humble little cotton ball can do more than you think in the world of health and wellness. The next time you have a nosebleed or earache, the first item you should reach for is that big fluffy cotton ball! Go ahead and try it in one of these new and interesting ways.