Even if you’re hunched over in agony, taking to your bed will only make a bad back worse. The latest research shows that bed rest weakens back muscles and prolongs the suffering. The best solution is to get up, take a pain reliever, and get on with your day.
Hold a wet tea bag on a canker sore; a used tea bag contains tannic acid, a kind of astringent that helps reduce pain and inflammation and speeds up the healing process. You can use either a black or a green tea bag. After making a cup of tea, put the wet tea bag in …
Save money and soothe sore muscles with a homemade ice pack that conforms to ankles and knees. Mix ½ cup of water with ½ cup of rubbing alcohol in a sealable plastic bag. Place in a freezer for about two hours. The alcohol keeps the water slushy, not frozen solid.
Get pain relief 60 percent faster by swallowing ibuprofen in the form of liquid-gel capsules instead of solid tablets. The dissolved ibuprofen will reach your bloodstream much more quickly than it would in solid form.
Try coating a canker sore with honey to soothe it. Or try a swish of liquid antacid—it’ll reduce the acid in your mouth, easing pain.