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For athlete’s foot, reach for tea tree oil, an extract of the leaves of an Australian tree. It appears to have antiseptic properties and may work as well as or better than over-the-counter antifungal products. Apply a light coating of the oil to affected areas two to three times a day; continue for a week […]

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Verb: Infantilize (IN-fun-tye-lyze) Definition: 1. To cause to be or remain like an infant or young child. 2. To treat like an infant or young child. Sample sentence: Even though Katie was a teenager, her grandmother still tended to infantilize her, bringing her dolls and other gifts more suitable for younger kids.

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Adding raw or lightly cooked garlic and onions to your meals may help keep you healthy. Both foods appear to possess antiviral and antibacterial properties and are believed to boost immunity.

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Adjective: Utile (YOO-tul) Definition: Useful Sample sentence: Shaker crafts are simple, meticulously constructed, pleasing to the eye, and eminently utile, all at the same time.

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Certain trigger points — spots of tension in musculoskeletal tissue — can cause back pain. Ask a massage therapist or other bodyworker who specializes in myofascial release or neuromuscular therapy to focus on these points during a massage.

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For sore muscles and joints, apply a cream or ointment that contains capsaicin, the active ingredient in chile peppers, two or three times a day. The heat from the peppers has been shown to help relieve pain.

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Noun: Syllogism (SIL-uh-jiz-um) Definition: 1. A deductive scheme of a formal argument consisting of a major and a minor premise and a conclusion. 2. A subtle, specious, or crafty argument. 3. Deductive reasoning. Sample sentence: Kelly could not prove it, but she suspected that her opponent’s argument was a sneaky syllogism based on dubious “facts.”

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Adjective: Addlepated (AD-ul-pay-tud) Definition: 1. Being mixed up: confused. 2. Eccentric. Sample sentence: The patient was blabbering like an addlepated fool.

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To ease stress and prepare for bed, soak in a hot bath spiked with a few drops of lavender essential oil. Play soothing music while you bathe to unwind further.

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People whose diets are rich in potassium may be less prone to high blood pressure. Besides reducing sodium and taking other heart-healthy steps, eat potassium-packed picks such as bananas, cantaloupe, and oranges.

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