Blow on both of your thumbs. What happens next is astounding!

The human body is a phenomenon. Once you’ve gotten over some kind of pain, another one follows shortly thereafter. However, you can get quick relief using a few simple tricks without having to see a doctor or raid your medicine cabinet the next time you have a stuffy nose, an itchy throat or any array of other unpleasantries.

1. Relieving an itchy throat

Your throat is itching and itching and you can’t stop coughing anymore? Not even a cup of tea helps at times like these. But a simple trick solves the problem within seconds: vigorously scratching your ear. Admittedly, it may sound a bit strange at first but by stimulating your ear you cause a cramp in your throat which then relieves the itchy sensation.

2. Calming your nerves

Who doesn’t know what it’s like to have days where stress just kills you, everything is just too much and you just can’t manage to relax no matter what you do. There is also a quick solution for this problem. Splash some ice-cold water on your face for several minutes. This triggers the so-called mammalian diving reflex, which ensures that your body absorbs oxygen more effectively, which in turn calms you.

3. Stay strong when having your blood drawn

Having your blood drawn is a challenge for many people. If just the thought of a needle triggers goosebumps for you too, then this tip could be useful to you: the key here is to distract yourself. And this works best by coughing hard when the needle punctures your skin. This distracts your mind from the thought of a needle drawing blood. However, you should let your doctor or nurse know what you’re going to do beforehand so that there are no complications. And of course you should make sure to hold your arm as still as possible while you cough.

4. Unblock your nose again

Having a stuffy nose can really drive you nuts. You can blow your nose as hard as you want sometimes and even that won’t help. To clear your nasal passages, press the tip of your tongue against the roof of your mouth for several seconds. At the same time, you press at the spot between your eyebrows with your index finger. After about 20 seconds, you’ll be able to breathe freely again.

5. Prevent blisters

When you burn yourself, most people take out an ice pack for immediate relief. But instead you can press the affected area gently with your finger tips for several minutes. This helps the burned area return to a normal body temperature, which prevents blisters from forming. Your skin will heal on its own naturally.

6. Make toothaches disappear

The following trick can work true wonders for toothaches: press an ice cube on the backs of your hands with your thumb and index finger. This will immediately trigger your desire to rub the spot warm again. Nerves run along there that are responsible for pain sensations. Cold numbs them and relieves the pain in 60 to 90 percent of all cases.

7. Make your nervousness go away

Having butterflies in your stomach can be really annoying. If you can’t stand the feeling, just blow on your thumbs for several minutes. This calms your breathing as well as the Nervus Vagus, which slows your heartbeat down. The butterflies in your stomach will disappear just like that.

8. Alleviate migraines

Migraines can really knock you down. But instead of having to just deal with them or resorting to taking pills, you can use this simple trick: using the thumb and index finger of one hand, press on the spot between your thumb and index finger on the other hand and complete a circular movement with both fingers while you exert light pressure.

As you can see, you don’t have to dash off to the doctor or pop pills every time you have an ailment. Try these tricks out the next time you have any of these problems.