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8 Weird Pieces of Health Advice that Actually Work

Toss your bottle of ibuprofen—you won’t find these health cures in the drug store. You spilled your most unconventional solutions for whatever ails you—from wacky weight loss tricks to a hiccup solution that works every time. (Got a cold? Try these 8 Natural Remedies for Coughs, Headaches, and More.)

Wasabi as a Decongestant
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“Whenever my nose is seriously stuffed, I order sushi for lunch, Wasabi gets the mucus flowing and clears me up—sometimes it works better than a real decongestant!”
—Michelle, Los Angeles, CA

Hot Chilies for Weight Loss
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"When I was living in China, my housekeeper told me these two tricks to lose weight: Walk backwards for 30 minutes a day—it’s an ancient exercise the Chinese swear by—and eat two meals a day made with hot chilies. I had nothing to lose so I tried it—and I lost 11 pounds in three months!”
—Thembi, Las Vegas, NV

(Even science proved this remedy to be true. So slim down by cooking up these 10 Spicy Recipes Featuring Chili Peppers.)

Cure Hiccups with a Pencil and Water
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“I was out one night and had the hiccups, and the bartender told me about the best hiccup stopper: Put a pencil underneath your tongue, then take a sip of water and swallow. It works every time!" 
—Mary, Wyckoff, NJ

Get Thicker Hair with Monistat Cream
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“A fellow nurse gave me this advice when my hair started thinning: put Monistat cream on my roots—yep, the stuff you use to treat a yeast infection! The theory was it dilates blood vessels, kills any scalp infection and promotes growth.”
—Stephanie, San Diego CA

Cure Headaches with Lemons
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“My mother-in-law told me to slice lemons and put them on my forehead to help get rid of a headache I had. It worked!” 
—Zlata, Palm Beach, Fl

(Or you can Naturally Relieve a Headache with Yoga.)

Get Rid of Moles with Honey
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“I had an ugly black mole on my left arm, and the doctor said he would freeze it off with liquid nitrogen at my next visit. Instead, I googled how to get rid of moles naturally. Up came the suggestion of smearing raw, organic honey on the mole twice a day, covering it with a band aid, and the promise that the mole would fall off by itself—and a week later, it did!”
—Niki, Atwater Village, CA

Banish Stress by Staring at Eyebrows
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“I always wanted to be the type of person who could meditate, but every time I closed my eyes to focus, I would find myself falling asleep—that is, until I learned this trick: Close your eyes and “look” straight ahead at the center of my eyebrows. It's an instant de-stresser!”
—Virginia, Springfield, MA

Vicks Vapor Rub For a Cough
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“This is my grandma’s old trick: to calm a cough, put Vicks Vapor Rub on your heels and then put on socks. I use it on myself and my kids.”
—Holly, Ossining, NY

(You could also try these 10 Home Remedies for Cold and Flu.)

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