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4 Amazing Home Remedies For Back and Joint Pain

Believe it or not, home remedies for lower back pain  and joints can be found in your kitchen cupboard or refrigerator.  Pharmaceutical companies have created drugs that reduce inflammation to help relieve pain but they usually have many side effects.  Unfortunately, many conventional doctors prescribe these drugs as a first line of defense. However, before you resort to toxic drugs, turn to alternative methods and moreover, heal the root cause of your joint or back pain which in most cases is the result of inflammation. The following natural home remedies will help reduce inflammation which can relieve or even eliminate pain.

Amazing Home Remedies For Lower Back Pain and Joints

Cayenne pepper

Cayenne pepper makes is a very effective topical ointment for joint and lower back pain.  Cayenne stimulates blood flow, increases the action of mucous membranes and helps with muscle aches. Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin, which distracts the brain from the true source of pain.  Cayenne is also one of the most effective herbs atreducing pain caused by inflammation. To make this home remedy, mix 2 tablespoons of cayenne pepper with 1/2 cup of coconut oil. Apply directly to the problem area.

Garlic

Garlic is a natural pain reliever. According to the Central Council for Research in Ayurveda and Siddha (CCRAS), five grams (one teaspoon) of garlic paste with honey or with food twice a day is useful for people experiencing pain in their joints. This recipe is very effective at reducing back pain. A sulfur compound in garlic – tiakremonon – helpsto suppress inflammation in the joints.
Eat a few garlic cloves fried in clarified butter as a preventative measure. You can also make garlic oil which is a great natural remedy for pain.

What you will need:

  • 5 bulbs of fresh garlic
  • 3 cups of extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

  • Crush cloves of garlic
  • Cover cloves with olive oil
  • Let this stand for about 3 days, shaking daily. Don’t leave the garlic in the oil much longer than this.
  • Strain the garlic from the oil
  • Store oil in a glass jar in the refrigerator.

Apply a generous amount of garlic oil to the parts of your back that are sore. Massage the garlic into your skin. This home remedy will definitely help you to eliminate joint and back pain.

Duration of treatment: 2 months

Cramp Bark

Cramp Bark  is also a very effective muscle relaxation tea for back pain.  Simply add 1 teaspoon of cramp bark to 1 cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes and drink.  Drink 3 times a day.

Nettle leaf

Nettle lead has been used for centuries to reduce inflammation and help with pain. It is loaded with boron, silicon and other minerals that help treat joint pain.  You can drink nettle leaf tea or apply the fresh leaves directly toaching joints. To make tea, combine 2 to 3 teaspoons dried leaf with 1 cup hot water and allow to steep 10 to 15 minutes. Drink 1 cup of this tea three times per day.

I have tried many of these remedies myself for lower back pain – most  were very effective.

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10 Healing Herbs

As we get closer to winter, I’ve been taking stock of my herbal medicine cabinet and deciding what to restock.  There are certain items, I like to keep in stock most of the time and none of it terribly exotic or mysterious.  Generally speaking my herbal supplies are homegrown or foraged very easily in my local area (I do supplement with purchased herbs when necessary).  I do believe that we all have different health needs and because of that our herbal medicine choices are also different and individual.  That being said, however, it does seem like there are a few standards that are easy for beginners to start embracing while also being great staples for the more experienced herbal healer.  If you need a few ideas on what to keep on hand, here are my favorite 10 healing herbs to keep stocked in the home medicine cabinet. 

1. Anise Hyssop

I dry this mostly and use it for a calming tea that also helps relieve congestion. It’s also quite nice in a bath.  I don’t keep tons of it around but Anise Hyssop always has a space in my medicine cabinet.

2. Calendula

I keep a jar of calendula-infused oil for making healing salves, lotions, and more.  It has many soothing and anti-bacterial properties, making it great for many topical applications. I also keep a jar of dried petals handy for tea.  Calendula & plantain tea is supposed to be a treatment for leaky gut.

3. Dandelion

I always have a jar of dandelion flower infused olive oil on hand.  It’s a great treatment for arthritic joints and we rub it on whenever we feel inflammation taking root.  I also use the infused oil in healing salves. Dandelion root is also good at helping flush the liver and helping us ease the ill-effects of eating too much at those holiday buffets.

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4. Elderberry

I make large batches of medicinal syrup but I also make some tincture. Elderberry is my go-to cold & flu fighter.  The minute I start to feel a little something coming on, I start taking some syrup or tincture and keep it up until my immune system feels back to normal.

5. Lavender

This amazing scented herb is something I keep around for culinary and medicinal purposes.  I most often use lavender in healing salves and body butters to help soothe and nourish dry skin.

6. Lemon Balm

This is a favorite of mine, simply because I really enjoy the flavor in my herbal tea and infused in honey.  Lemon balm tea is also generally considered to have a calming effect on the nerves. Having lemon balm in the medicine cabinet means I can also use it in my lip balm to help treat cold sores.

7. Mint

I dry a lot of mint.  I also infuse a bunch of it honey.  For the most part, it’s simply that I enjoy mint, but the tummy soothing qualities of mint can not be denied.  Any bit of upset stomach and I reach for the mint tea.  I also find that mint helps me relax at the end of the stressful day.

8. Plantain

As I said with the calendula, I combine dried plantain with calendula for a tea that is supposed to help with leaky gut.  I also like having it around infused in oil so that I can make healing salves for general purposes around our homestead.  A tincture is supposed to help with various ailments as well, though I haven’t needed it as of yet, having it dried in my cabinet, however; means I can experiment with a tincture when I’m ready.

9. Sage

I keep a bunch of dried sage around for culinary uses, there’s no denying how very tasty it can be in certain dishes. Beyond that, however; I keep a giant jar of sage infused honey to mix with tea or just hot water when a sore throat shows up.  It’s a great way to soothe that scratchiness in my experience.  I haven’t needed it yet, but I also understand that sage is a great treatment for hot flashes.

10. Valerian

This amazing, albeit slightly stinky, root is our go-to insomnia remedy.  A tincture of valerian root helps us fall asleep with ease and calms any kind of mental anxiety with which we might be struggling.

Keep it Personal:

We all need different herbs and remedies in our home herbal arsenals – we all have different bodies and issues and items needing attention.  This isn’t meant to be an exhaustive list, but rather just a sampling of what I keep and how I use it to hopefully inspire and encourage.  We don’t need everything in our herbal medicine chests, we just need what works for us and sometimes it’s a matter of keeping it simple.

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TOP 15 HOME REMEDIES USING TEA

Tea is perhaps one of the best known beverages known in Indian households. Sip it hot or relish a tumbler of ice-cold tea, drinking tea is always refreshing. But did you know that tea can be used for treating a variety of problems at home? Keep reading to know the top fifteen home remedies that involve the use of tea. 

Sunburn relief: Did you know that wet tea bags are effective in soothing sunburns? For a complete body sunburn treatment, the best idea would be to prepare a tea bath and soak in its goodness.

Tired eyes: Tired eyes look puffy and dull. So, why don’t you soothe them with some wet tea bags? Indeed, tea bags are very efficient in relieving tired eyes, almost as competent as cucumber slices and slices of potato! Your eyes would instantly brighten up.

Drain boils and blisters: If you are suffering from a painful boil, all you must do is to cover the boil with a tea bag and leave it on overnight. The boil will be drained painlessly. In fact, it is also said that a similar treatment using hot tea bags would help in drawing out infections from canker sores and blisters.

Toothache: Suffering from pain in gums and tooth ache? Prepare peppermint tea and add a pinch of salt. Use this antiseptic natural mouthwash for soothing the ache.

Bleeding gums: If your child has lost a tooth and is experiencing bleeding gums, put a wet tea bag (cold) in the mouth, on the area where he or she has lost the tooth. This treatment would help in reducing the bleeding and soothing pain.

Foot Odor: Well, if foot odour seems to be a perennial reason for embarrassment, make sure that you soak your feet in a tub of strongly brewed tea, everyday for about twenty minutes. This practice will surely relax your feet and help you get rid of that unwanted stick!

Bad breath: Gargling several times a day with strong tea can be useful in preventing bad breath.

Menstrual Cramps: Chamomile tea increases glycine levels, an amino acid that calms muscle spasms, thereby reducing the pain caused by stomach and back aches as well as helping to reduce and even relieve menstrual cramps in women.

Cold and Flu:  Ginger can stimulate your circulation, which will help your body get rid of a cold faster. It’s also been shown to reduce nausea. To make the tea, mix 2/3 cup of boiling water with 2 teaspoons of grated ginger and 1 teaspoons of honey.

Stuffy Nose: If you have stuffy nose then a cup of warm tea can ease the pain and discomfort. Hot tea, particularly sage tea, may reduce the blockage in your nose.

Sore throat: Teas can help ease sore throats. Hot tea like ginger tea can give a lot of relief from an achy and sore throat. Toss some ginger flakes in your regular tea and allow the tea to brew in the ginger for 5 minutes. The ginger tea will help to soothe the throat and give relief from an achy and sore throat.

Headaches: Herbal tea is helpful in reducing headaches and migraines. A warm cup of herbal tea made with peppermint, vervain or lemon balm will relieve a headache.

Gas and bloating: Ginger tea is also a natural remedy for heart burn, as well as helps relieve stomach gas and bloating.

Weight Loss: Green tea is widely used globally as an antidote to lose weight. The “catechins” present in the green tea produces thermogenesis, which is the panacea for losing weight.  It is advisable to sip at least 3 cups of green tea for this purpose.

Banish indigestion: Mint tea is a super way to ease stubborn indigestion and gas and to quell nausea and vomiting. Peppermint contains the digestive aid menthol. Use 1 tablespoon of mint leaves (or more, according to taste) per cup of boiling water. 

Tea is so much more than just a beverage! Whether you want a natural mouthwash, or you want a natural mosquito repellent, the range of use of tea leaves is wide; so, use them easily in a variety of home remedies to reap the best benefits.

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29 Effective Home Remedies For Tooth Ache

A toothache is one of the most common dental complaints. Irrespective of your gender or age, a toothache is generally something that sends you scurrying to the dentist. But a dentist’s chair is a place most people want to avoid! But there is another way out of the hell that is toothache. Home remedies can provide relief from excruciating toothache. But remember, these home remedies for tooth ache do not cure the problem but provides relief from the pain.

A toothache can be quite painful and debilitating. Toothache can occur anytime and usually without a warning. If there is an infection in the tooth or gum, you may also experience swelling and redness around the affected area. The sharp, throbbing pain can drive you crazy and if you do not treat it right away, you may end up losing the tooth. The severity of the pain can range from mild to excruciating. Some people also suffer from chronic toothache.

Causes of Toothache:

The main cause of toothache is cavity or decay. When you consume a diet rich in sugar and refined carbohydrates, the sugar is broken down in the mouth by bacteria, releasing acids that eat into the enamel. As a result, the enamel gets eroded and prolonged erosion results in dental decay.

It is quite strange that toothaches tend to manifest usually at nights, during weekends or holidays when most dental clinics are closed! When you have this pain, the last thing you want is to be told is that you will have to wait a day or two before you can see a dentist. You know the wait will be excruciating and during that time you will not want to eat or talk to anyone. All you will want is the pain to disappear. The best way to tackle toothache while you are waiting to see a dentist is by using effective home remedies. These remedies can provide temporary relief.

Home Remedies for Tooth Ache:

There are many tooth ache home remedies that make use of common ingredients found in most homes. You can use these ingredients to get relief from the debilitating tooth pain you are experiencing. However, be sure to visit a dentist to find out the cause of the pain and get treated for it as soon as possible.

1. Aspirin:

In case you have a cavity, get some baby aspirins. Better still; find flavored ones, as they are tastier than plain aspirin. Crush an aspirin and apply it on the decayed part of your tooth. Let the aspirin dissolve on its own. This will provide relief from the pain.

2. Cloves:

Cloves have been used for centuries in Eastern medicine to provide quick relief from toothache. Grind a few cloves and place a small amount of it next to the affected tooth. Do not try to consume the powder. Just let it stay in place. After a couple of minutes, you will notice your tooth pain diminishing. Also, be prepared for a little pungency, as cloves are a pungent spice.

3. Teabag:

Take a normal tea bag and wet it with some water. Apply the teabag on the tooth. The tannins from the tea will help reduce swelling and also provide relief from the pain. If your tooth is not sensitive to cold, place the teabag in ice water for some time before applying it.

4. Saltwater:

Take a glass of warm water and dissolve a teaspoon of salt into it. Gently rinse your mouth with the warm salt water. It will help the swelling and also kill bacteria in your mouth.

5. Whiskey or Brandy:

This home remedy for tooth ache also has been around for quite some time. Take a ball of cotton and soak it with some whiskey or brandy. Apply the soaked cotton ball on your tooth. This will provide temporary relief from the pain. Keep replacing the cotton ball until you can visit a dentist.

6. Cayenne Pepper and Ginger:

Powder some cayenne pepper and ginger root. Add a couple of drops of water to make a thick paste. Dip a ball of cotton into the paste, so that it gets completely covered with it. Now apply the cotton on your tooth. Be sure to keep the cotton away from your gums, as it can cause irritation. This tooth ache home remedy will provide relief from the pain immediately.

7. Garlic:

Garlic has so many medicinal properties, so it is not surprising that it is also effective against toothache. Crush a clove of garlic and mix some rock salt. Apply this paste on the affected tooth to get relief.

8. Vicks VapoRub:

While most people use this to help with colds and coughs, Vicks VapoRub can be quite effective if your tooth is swollen. Apply on the painful side of the face and place a towel over it to trap the heat that will be generated. It will soothe the swelling and also provide relief from the pain.

9. Myrrh:

This herb has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can ease your toothache. Take a teaspoon of powdered myrrh and simmer it in two cups of water for about 30 minutes. Strain the tea and let it cool down. Dilute one teaspoon of the myrrh tincture with half glass of water. Use this diluted solution to rinse your mouth five to six times a day.

10. Onion:

Most likely, you will not care that your mouth is reeking of onions if it can alleviate the throbbing pain from your tooth. Place a piece of raw onion on the affected tooth. Not only will it ease the pain, but will also kill the germs that are causing the pain.

11. Peppermint Tea:

Peppermint tea has the ability to numb the affected part of your mouth. Steep one teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves in a cup of boiling water for about 20 minutes. Strain and allow the tea to cool. Use it as a mouth rinse. Repeat the rinsing till it brings relief.

12. Margosa Bark:

The bark of margosa or neem tree has curative properties. Boil about 2 inches of the bark along with 5 to 6 cloves. Strain the liquid and store in the refrigerator in a sealed bottle. Apply it on the affected tooth to get relief.

13. Tea Tree Oil:

Tea tree oil is used for many ailments, including toothache. Soak a ball of cotton in the oil and place it firmly against the affected tooth. It will ease the pain in no time. You can also add five to six drops of the oil in a glass of warm water. Use this water to rinse your mouth thoroughly. Make sure you spit out the water.

14. Hydrogen Peroxide:

Take 3% hydrogen peroxide and rinse your mouth thoroughly with it. It will ease the infection and also the discomfort. After rinsing with hydrogen peroxide, rinse your mouth several times with plain water. Usually, this home remedy for tooth ache is suited for an infected tooth that causes a foul taste in your mouth as well as fever. This, like all home remedies, is a temporary treatment for toothache.

15. Cinnamon:

Cinnamon, along with honey, can provide relief from the excruciating tooth pain you are experiencing. Mix one teaspoon of powdered cinnamon with about 5 teaspoons of honey. Apply this sticky paste directly on to your tooth about two to three times a day or until the pain disappears.

16. Pepper and Salt:

Take equal quantities of ground black pepper and salt. Make a thick paste using a little water. Apply this paste on the tooth to ease the pain. Make sure you do not use this tooth ache remedy on your gum.

17. Asafetida:

Grind some asafetida using fresh lemon juice. Make the paste a little warm, taking care not to burn the asafetida. Now soak a ball of cotton in the paste and place it directly onto the affected tooth. This home remedy for tooth ache alleviates pain almost instantaneously, and is recommended if the toothache is caused due to a cavity.

18. Ice:

Place one ice cube into a plastic bag and wrap it with a thin towel. Place this homemade ice pack on the side of your face where you are experiencing the pain. Keep it in place for 15 minutes. This will help to numb the nerves and ease the pain. It also will bring down the swelling.

19. Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth:

If you get a sharp shooting pain when eating or drinking hot or cold foods, you have sensitive teeth. This problem can easily be resolved by using toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth. Basically, sensitive teeth occur when your gums shrink, exposing the dentin.

20. Chewing Gum:

If your tooth is aching due to a lost filling or broken tooth, you can get relief from the pain by covering up the part of the tooth that is exposed. Chew some chewing gum until it is soft and place it over the affected tooth. Visit your dentist immediately to fix the tooth and avoid chewing anything on that side of the mouth until your tooth is fixed.

21. Potato:

Peel a potato and slice it. Now place the slice against the affected tooth to bring relief. Alternatively, you can use a pestle and mortar to grind a piece of the potato along with some rock salt. Apply this paste on the tooth causing you pain.

22. Plantain Leaf:

Wash a plantain leaf and chew it. If your tooth is too sore to chew, use the other side. Once the plantain leaf is well chewed, place it on the affected tooth. You may have to use your fingers to keep it in place, but this effort will be worthwhile.

23. Cucumber:

Slice a fresh cucumber and place it over your tooth. If the cucumber was in the fridge and your tooth is sensitive to cold, first bring it to room temperature before placing it in your mouth. If you do not have tooth sensitivity, use the cool cucumber. You will find it soothing. You can also mash up the cucumber with some rock salt. Apply the mashed cucumber on your tooth to get relief. Don’t forget to try this one of the best natural remedies for tooth ache.

24. Baking Soda:

It is amazing how many uses baking soda has! Moisten a ball of cotton with some water and cover the entire ball with baking soda. Place the cotton ball against the affected tooth to eliminate the pain. You can also mix a heaped teaspoon of baking soda in a little bit of warm water. Dissolve the powder and use this liquid as a mouth rinse. It will work the same way.

25. Vanilla Extract:

If you want instant relief, this is the tooth ache remedy that you should be using. Place two to three drops of vanilla extract directly onto the affected tooth. You will find the pain disappearing miraculously after the application.

26. Wheatgrass Juice:

Wheatgrass has antibacterial properties and can be used to fight tooth decay and also alleviate tooth pain. Extract juice from the wheatgrass and use it as a mouth rinse. The juice will reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth and help reduce the infection and pain. If juice extraction seems too tedious, you can chew on the wheatgrass with the same results.

27. Guava Leaves:

Chew on a couple of tender guava leaves to ease the pain. You can also boil four to five of the leaves in water. Strain and set aside. When the water is warm, add some salt and use it to rinse your mouth thoroughly. It will ease the pain and also reduce the swelling. In case you cannot find guava leaves, use fresh spinach as a substitute.

28. Bayberry Bark:

This not only eases the pain, but also helps strengthen the gums. Take some bayberry bark and make a paste using white vinegar. Apply the paste directly onto your tooth to ease the tooth pain.

29. Acupressure with Ice Cube:

Take an ice cube and rub it between your thumb and index finger. This will ease the pain until you can visit a dentist.

The Bottom Line:

Toothache can be avoided by maintaining good oral hygiene. This means brushing your teeth twice a day and also flossing after meals. Besides oral hygiene, your diet plays an important role in the health of your teeth and gums. Limit your intake of sugary food and focus more on eating raw veggies and fruits that stimulate saliva production to cleanse bacteria from your mouth. Also, fruits, like strawberries and apples, are good for your teeth.

While there are several home remedies for toothache treatment, you should not put off seeing a dentist after the pain subsides with these remedies. Remember, the toothache will return if the cause is not eliminated. So, use these remedies until you can visit your dentist.

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How to Clean Makeup Brushes in 5 Minutes with 1 Non-toxic Ingredient!

Do you love makeup?

Me too! Then, like me, you’re probably wondering how to clean makeup brushes with something natural.

Even if you’re using natural makeup, brushes can get… icky after a while.

Why?

Because it’s not just makeup on those brushes. We’re talking dead skin, oils, bacteria, dirt… you get the picture.

Today I want to teach you how to clean makeup brushes gently and effectively so they stay fresh and last longer!

Here’s how I clean my brushes:

How to Clean Makeup Brushes: What to Use

Sure, I can scrub my brushes with some kind of industrial cleaner and it’ll probably work.

But then, my pretty brushes would lose a lot of lifespan (did I tell you they were a wee bit expensive?) and I really don’t want to use chemicals if I don’t have to (or like, ever).

So for a while I was putting off cleaning them at all. Which was a mistake. I mean, look at this:

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We have sparkly eye shadow, rosy blush, gobs of foundation and who-knows-what-else all over the place. Ew.

But vinegar, baking soda and the like?

Wasn’t really cutting it. Plus those alkaline and acid solutions can be a little rough on your brushes.

So it was time to find a simple, non-toxic and effective way to clean my makeup brushes.

Here’s what I like to use:

I’ll be honest, the search wasn’t a long one. I actually knew exactly what to reach for: the same product I cleaned my very, very filthy oven with last year: Branch Basics.

This concentrated non-toxic cleaner has been a lifesaver for my family in the last year, which I could call the year of cleaning everything (did I mention we moved?).

What do I clean with it?

Bathtubs, walls, refrigerators, damp dusting, windows, cabinets… pretty much anything you can imagine has been cleaned with this stuff.

So why not clean my makeup brushes, too? It was too easy:

  • Add 2 tablespoons of Branch Basics to 1/4 cup hot water.
  • Soak for 5 minutes (or if your brushes are super dirty like mine, try 10-15 minutes).

It’ll look something like this:

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That’s all you need to do to start!

The enzymes and all natural soaps in Branch Basics breaks down dirt and oils so that your brushes practically clean themselves. Practically.

You have to try my next trick to get finish the job:

How to Clean Makeup Brushes: The Swirling Technique

If you love makeup like I do, then you probably know that two things are required:quality product and technique.

We’ve already got my product of choice covered, so now onto technique:

I call it swirling.

Fun name, right? Here’s how it works:

  • After adding your brush(es) to the cleaning solution and soaking for 5 minutes, now you want to swirl them.
  • Gently “swirl” your makeup brush along the bottom of the glass — not too rough, since you want to preserve the integrity of the bristles. Do this for about 30-60 seconds and watch that water turn even murkier!

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Tip: I find it works best to swirl one brush at a time.

You have to do a little swirling because makeup brushes can be dense, and makeup works its way down in to the bristles.

Soak then swirl.

Soaking gets the cleaner in there to break up the yucky stuff, then swirling acts like a gentle scrubbing to wash it all away.

How to Clean Makeup Brushes: The Last Step

Don’t forget to dry your brushes!

If they’re wet too long (or if you stuff them in your makeup case while they’re still wet), you risk fostering icky bacteria.

Here are some tips for drying:

  • Squeeze them gently with a towel to absorb excess moisture.
  • Then lay your brushes flat on a dry towel so they can air dry.
  • Or if you’re in a pinch, put your hair dryer on its lowest setting and gently dry them that way.

After that, your brushes will look good as new!

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Like I said, I use my Branch Basics for absolutely everything — it’s genuinely non-toxic, which means it can be used in ways you’d never think to use an all-purpose cleaner. Here are a few things I’ve tried:branch basics

  • I used it for damp dusting, cleaning mirrors, and wiping down windows in a 1:30 dilution.
  • I cleaned my shower, bathroom and kitchen with a 1:5 dilution.
  • I used a 1:3 dilution to soak dishes with burnt-on food — totally melted the scorched food right off my cookware. (Which, unfortunately, I have to do more often than I’d like — definitely no Betty Crocker here!)
  • I used a 1:5 dilution as a laundry stain remover.
  • I used a 1:5 dilution for foaming hand soap (I love adding essential oils for a cheerful smell!). Which, amazingly, you can use as a face and body wash (seriously!).
  • I used a 1:5 dilution for washing my furry friends: my two dogs Lady and Pongo. They still don’t like baths, but at least this way they don’t end up with irritated skin from harsh ingredients.
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4 Natural Remedies for Dark Spots!

We have found for you, 4 natural home-made remedies for those unwanted dark spots on our skin, also called hyper-pigmentation, this is a common problem, quite often beginning in middle age. There are a variety of conditions and agents that can cause dark spots to develop.

1. Lemon Juice, honey and sugar.

Lemon juice bleaches the dark spots and the honey provides moisture to protect your skin from damage. Mix them together and dissolve sugar in it, then apply the paste directly to the affected area. Leave it on for about 30 minutes, then rinse off, do this once a day until desired effect takes place.

2. The power of fruit enzymes

Here are some ideas on different fruits that diminish the appearance of brown spots, pick a different one every day, apply for 15 minutes and rinse off. Mash strawberries and peeled apricots together to make a paste, pineapple juice and papaya or grind fresh parsley and mix with equal amounts of lime juice  and turmeric.

3. Veggies

Win the victory over brown spots with one of these remedies; combine them with ones before to see better results. Use onions and apple cider vinegar, leave on for 30 minutes, rinse, and repeat daily for 6 days or mash up 1/3 cup of canned or boiled chickpeas with a little bit of warm water to make a paste, apply and leave on for 30 minutes and rinse off.

4. Dairy

Apply sour milk or buttermilk to your brown spots with a cotton swab. Prepare a mixture of lime juice and organic yogurt, or combine milk with ground yellow mustard to make a thin paste. Leave for 20-30 minutes and rinse off.

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How to Make Vitamin C Serum at Home: DIY

Vitamin C serum is an amazing product for your skin. It’s a marvellous anti-oxidant that repairs and prevents free radical harms to the skin, stimulates the production of collagen, protects your skin from ultraviolet rays, and reduces scars and wrinkles. If you go to purchase Vitamin C serum from the market, you will have to spend huge pennies for it. Providentially, you can prepare a highly effective and fresh serum at your home. I assure you that your skin will thank you for this! 

Process of Making Vitamin C Serum at Home

Ingredients Required:

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  • An empty, small dark-coloured bottle
  • 1½ tsp vegetable glycerine
  • 3½ tsp distilled water
  • ½ tsp L-ascorbic acid powder

How to Prepare?

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Mix L-ascorbic acid powder and distilled water in a bowl, and stir. Do it until the L-ascorbic acid gets dissolved completely. Now, add vegetable glycerine to it. Mix all the ingredients well. Vitamin C serum is ready. Pour it into the empty dark-colored bottle.

How to Apply?

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First of all, cleanse your face. Then, apply a small amount of homemade Vitamin C serum on your face, before going to bed. Massage gently till it gets completely absorbed. Allow it to stay for the whole night. Rinse with plain water, in the morning.

Words of Caution:

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  • Instead of L-ascorbic acid powder, you can also use L-ascorbic acid crystals. Remember, crystals take more time to dissolve.
  • Always use dark-coloured bottle for storing the serum, as it helps in preventing the oxidization of the L-ascorbic acid.
  • Before pouring the serum in the bottle, sterile it with rubbing alcohol or hot water. Allow it to dry.
  • While purchasing L-ascorbic acid, ensure that it is 100% pure.
  • Store homemade Vitamin C serum, in dark and cool place.
  • As L-ascorbic acid is highly unstable, don’t prepare it in a big quantity. Use the prepared serum early.
  • If the product starts turning yellow, toss it away and prepare fresh serum.
  • Before applying it on your face, do a patch test. In case you feel any discomfort tingling around, rinse off immediately, and cease to use.

 

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Skin Care Begins With Awareness: What A Pale Complexion, Adult Acne, And More Reveal About Your Health

No one knows your skin better than you. Although we may be able to immediately point out when something is out of place, most of us aren’t sure what these abnormalities may be. More often than not, we will either brush them off as “nothing” or jump to the worst possible conclusion. Rather than playing a guessing game when it comes to your skin’s health, it’s best to know for sure what’s going on. After all, as they say, it’s important to be comfortable in your own skin.

Yellowish Hue

If you notice that your skin has taken a strange yellowish tint, you may be suffering from carotenemia. This is a condition where the body has higher than necessary levels of beta-carotene, most commonly due to a large consumption of, you guessed it, carrots. Diets filled with other carotene-rich foods, such as pumpkins and sweet potatoes, can also cause your skin to take on this strange hue. Carotenemia, although alarming to the eye, is harmless. The yellowish hue will subside once you bring your carotene consumption back to a normal level.

Yellow skin can also be a sign of jaundice, an extremely serious condition caused by liver problems. Jaundice will also cause an individual’s eyes to turn yellow, something carotenemia does not do. Jaundice occurs when the liver is no longer able to handle the blood cells as they break down. Jaundice is usually found as a side effect of a variety of conditions, such as cirrhosis, blood diseases, and even certain medications. Due to the dangers associated with this condition, it’s important to consult professional help at the first sign of skin yellowing.

Super Pale Skin

Skin complexion is determined by the amount of melanin people have in their skin, and those with a naturally fair complexion have less melanin. If you notice a sudden and severe lightening of your complexion this may be caused by a change in blood flow rather than melanin.

When a person does not have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to their tissues, they may develop anemia. Along with a fairer complexion, the condition is also characterized by a persistent feeling of fatigue. The condition is not often serious and can usually be treated by supplements or even a shift in diet. It’s important not to self-diagnose anemia because, although it’s often caused by a simple vitamin deficiency, in more rare cases it can be the result of more serious conditions such as leukemia or sickle cell.

Purple Blotches

Purple blotches on the skin are a fairly common occurrence known as purpura (Latin for “purple”). They are caused when small blood vessels burst and cause the blood to pool under the skin. These purple blotches are somewhat common in adults aged 65 and older and are a sign of years of skin damage and the subsequent weakening of blood vessels. However, the condition may also be a clue to more serious underlying health problems. These bruises could be caused by a variety of conditions, such as blood clotting disorders, vitamin C deficiencies, and blood stream infections. Individuals with the condition should consult with a physician to determine its true cause.

Adult Acne

Adolescent acne is common and usually caused by the often drastic hormonal changes we go through during puberty. Acne as an adult isn’t quite as normal and, unfortunately, is usually a clue to an underlying health problem. Perhaps the most common health problem associated with adult acne in women is polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS. This is an endocrine system disorder found among women of reproductive age and is characterized by enlarged ovaries, which may contain small bunches of fluid, called follicles. Along with adult acne, the condition can cause excessive hair growth, prolonged menstrual periods, and even obesity. PCOS has been identified as a factor in many other conditions, such as type 2 diabetes and infertility. Once again, it’s important to consult with a doctor if you suspect you may have PCOS.

Dark Circles Around Your Eyes

Most of the time, sunken eyes surrounded by dark circles are a sign that you aren’t getting enough sleep. However, if these dark circles persist even when you increase your sleep, it may be a sign of a vitamin deficiency. Vitamin C is needed to form collagen, and low levels of this vitamin, a condition called scurvy, can cause the eyelids to appear sunken. Thankfully this condition is easily reversed by orally taking vitamin C supplements. Dehydration can also cause the skin under your eyes to appear sunken. When mild, dehydration is easy to reverse. Drinking an electrolyte-rich beverage such as Gatorade can help. When severe, though, medical attention may be necessary.

Dry Skin

Nearly everyone will experience dry skin at some point in their lives, and most often this is caused by long hot showers and harsh winter weather. Sometimes, though, dry skin is a symptom of not eating enough good fats. “Skin without enough fat in it has a protein predominance and is kind of like a mess made just of twigs with no glue between them,” Dr. Amy Newburger from the dermatology department at St.Luke’s Roosevelt Medical Center told Everyday Heath. Eating more omega-3 fatty acid rich foods, such as salmon, anchovies, and eggs may help to combat dry itchy skin.

Dry skin may also be a sign of overconsumption of alcohol. “The average person having a glass of wine with dinner every night and maintaining adequate fluid intake is unlikely to see any real difference,” explained Michele Murphy, a registered dietitian at New York Presbyterian–Weill Cornell Medical Center in Everyday Health, emphasizing that an individual’s alcohol intake would have to be quite high to affect the skin in such a way.

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6 Ways To Shave Less Often

Shaving is one task most women would love to do less often. It can be time consuming and there is always that pesky risk of cutting yourself in the shower by accident! So what’s the solution? Obviously, we can’t avoid shaving all together but there are a few ways to shave less often and make the process a bit faster. Check out the 6 tips below to shave less often: 

  1. Exfoliate: One of the easiest way to get a close and smooth shave every time is to exfoliate your skin regularly. This will remove dead skin for smooth results and it will expose any small hairs that might have been missed otherwise giving you a closer shave.
  2. Grain: Another super important trick to remember to shave less often is to shave against the grain. This will ensure you are getting the closest shave possible and you’ll save time by not having to go over the same spot twice!
  3. Conditioner: Want to know a secret trick for shaving products? Conditioner has been shown to be one of the best body products to shave with. Not only will you get a closer shave, the conditioner will keep your skin looking soft and healthy. This is also a great way to save money as you can buy cheaper brands of conditioner rather than high priced shaving creams.
  4. Razor Choice: One of the most important things to decide on when shaving is what razor works best for your skin. There are so many different types of razors you want to make sure you find the one that works best. Try a few different brands and see what will give you the best shave. It’s also been suggested that men’s razors allow women to get a closer shave with less nicks and cuts.
  5. Keep Clean: Razor care is really important when it comes to shaving less often. You want to make sure your razor gets cleaned every time and if it’s starting to look like it’s in rough shape, it’s time for a new one! Using a clean razor every time will guarantee a long lasting shave.
  6. No Carbs: Did you know that refined carbohydrates can actually promote excess hair growth? Cut down on carbs and throw in more veggies and vitamin  B6 into your diet to keep hair from growing and to shave less often.
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How to lose weight using no-salt diet

Salt promotes water retention in the body and, with it, the appearance of cellulite. In this context, a low-salt diet helps you lose weight quickly, because it helps eliminate excess water from the body. Also, a low-salt diet will help you have a healthier heart and a blood pressure within normal limits.

How to take a no-salt diet?

A first step on taking no-salt diet is to remove from your eating processed products and semi-processed ones (ham, sausage). They contain high amounts of sodium and they sabotage your weight loss plan.

How long do we take a no-salt diet?

There is no deadline in no-salt diet because, unlike other diets, it does not deprive your body of any essential nutrient. Therefore, on one hand your body will get vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes and nutrients from the foods you eat, and on the other hand, will remove water retained in tissues.

Please note!

If you want to get fast results it is forbidden to consume salt during the diet.

When you cook, use seasonings to add flavor to foods. Use without restraint black pepper, turmeric, cumin, mustard and chilli.

In addition, spices have two major advantages: they annihilate the need to add salt to food and contain active ingredients that accelerates fat burning. Thus, on the one hand you lose excess water which gives you extra weight, and on the other hand, you lose weight fast because of seasoning ingredients.

What foods are allowed in no-salt diet?

Eat fruits and vegetables-especially ones that have a high content of water – meat in moderation, cereals and dairy products. You can eat an egg once a day and dairy products are permitted as long as they do not contain salt. Salty cheese and melted cheese are prohibited because they contain to much salt.

How the no-salt diet daily menu looks like?

Breakfast
– a cereals bowl

Lunch
– chicken with a fresh vegetables salad or steaming cooked vegetables

Dinner
– vegetable cream soup

To vary the menu, you can cook rice with vegetables, pea stew, grilled vegetables or stewed mushrooms. Fresh fruit juices, jams and homemade compotes are allowed.
Do not forget to drink water, plenty of water, to quickly hydrate and detoxify your body.

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