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  • Word of caution when using mangoes and cashews... Mangoes and cashews are in the same family as poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. Individuals who are very allergic to poison ivy, oak, or sumac, may need to avoid the skin of mangoes or consumption of too many cashews. Speaking from experience, the effects of coming into contact with the skin of mangoes or eating cashews is not terribly pleasant.

    "Posted by EsteveCasta"

  • I know this is going to sound crazy, but if you burn a fingertip grab onto your earlobe and the stinging stops instantly. My Uncle taught me that. I guess the heat transfers to the lobe somehow...I don't know how it works but I've done it a number of times over the years and it really works. 

    "Posted by FrankyVee"

  • Chewing parsley is great for getting rid of the garlic breath, of course it is de rigeur here in France, don't forget to check your teeth for green bits before you start to converse or smile!

    "Posted by Nesbitt"

  • Don't throw away mango skin... rub the "flesh" side over your face and leave to dry for about 10min. Then rinse with plenty of warm water and also cleanse your pores with a toner and cotton pads... your pores will be squeaky clean and your skin will feel tightened!

    "Posted by ZeTallGerman"

  • Putting honey on minor burns immediately will help the pain and prevent blistering and scarring. Works like a charm, prevents scarring and infection on minor burns.

    "Posted by Whitneylaura"

  • Instead of throwing them away, repurpose your used coffee grounds for later use. The same caffeine that woke you up this morning will revitalize your skin as well. For better results, mix a bit of olive oil, baby oil, or lotion in with the grounds to make a paste. Exfoliate the cellulite and let it sit on your skin for as long as you can stand it, and then wash it off in the shower. For those in a hurry, bring your coffee grounds into the shower and exfoliate any problem areas, then rinse away. Caffeine exfoliation will increase blood flow to the skin, reduce pore size, and help break down the fat. This is not a miracle remedy but you will see results! Do this twice a week.

    "Posted by Grace-ella"

  • Leftover lavender infused milk from the lavender cupcakes recipe makes a ingredient to a bathmilk, just add half a cup of epsom salts to your water and float your cares away.

    "Posted by peanut"

  • If you have sore, dry feet, put some bicarb in some warm water and soak your feet in it, makes them lovely and soft. You can also put some in your bath and have a soak .

    "Posted by Shazza13"

  • Rolled oats tied in a stocking or muslin and put under the hot water in a bath makes a really soothing bath for your skin. You need really to squeeze the milk out as it soaks and you end up with a milky bath (sometimes with little flecks of porridge in it but all in a good cause I assure you!)

    "Posted by kiwibird"

  • Cold used tea bags or slices of cucumber placed on the eye lids to take away tired and achey eyes.

    "Posted by Crafty Cookie"