Finally! Permission to raid the sugar bowl, but not for your morning cereal or coffee. Learn how the sweet stuff naturally does wonders for dry skin, scrapes, etc.
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A little sugar can stretch the staying power of your fresh flowers, says Rita Azar, owner of Rita Flora flower shop in Los Angeles. Make any fresh-cut blooms last longer by adding 1 teaspoon of sugar to the water in a vase.
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Sugar is an all-natural exfoliant, so treat rough skin to this scrub from The Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa in Asheville, North Carolina: Mix 1/2 cup sugar with 1/4 cup canola oil and 3 drops lavender essential oil; apply in a circular motion.
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A spoonful of sugar really does make the medicine go down. According to a study in Pediatrics, infants who were fed a 1-to-4 sugar-water solution before immunizations coped better with the pain from the shots than children who received only water.
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No first aid kit on hand? Treat minor cuts and scrapes with a sprinkle of sugar. The ancient germ buster is naturally antibacterial, and it speeds up healing as well, says Lillian Beard, MD, author of Salt in Your Sock and Other Tried-and-True Home Remedies.
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