3 Teeth Whitening Tips to Whiten Yellow Teeth Naturally

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Whiter teeth (like thick, shiny hair) are something that many people in our cosmetically driven world desire today. In fact, Americans spend over $1.4 billion dollars in over-the-counter teeth whitening products every year-that’s a good chunk of money just to achieve a different shade of teeth.

 

I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve tried OTC teeth whitener – I even paid to have my dentist do it once. It worked for a bit, but my teeth got so sensitive I couldn’t stand it. I also felt I really didn’t need to be so obsessed with the color of my teeth that I paid a bunch of money for a bunch of who-knows-what that made my teeth hurt, so I started looking into more natural alternatives.

 

With a bit of patience, I think you can naturally restore whiteness to your teeth. They may not get to be scary sear-out-somebodies-corneas –when-you –smile white, but they’ll appear more like you took good care of your pretty pearly whites rather than just bleaching them like crazy.

 

Why do teeth get yellow?

 

To figure out how to whiten our teeth, we have to know why they get yellow in the first place. There are several factors that play a part, including genetics, what kind of food and drink you consume, and how well you practice oral hygiene.

 

A tooth is made up of 4 tissues-

 

(1) Enamel, which is the strong white covering that protects the tooth,

 

(2) Dentin, which supports the enamel and is a hard yellow material that carries nerves,

 

(3) Pulp, which is at the center of the tooth and contains blood and lymph vessels, and

 

(4) Cementum, which covers the root of the tooth.

 

The enamel and dentin is what play the biggest role in color.

 

Certain food and drinks will directly stain the enamel, yes, but over time the two biggest culprits are the nasty food and drink that actually break down the enamel, and weakening enamel as we age.

 

As the enamel breaks down, it reveals the yellow dentin underneath.

 

These remedies will focus on whitening teeth that have already lost some white enamel.

 

However, it’s also good to keep in mind that doing things to strengthen enamel is just as important so you can keep it from breaking down further. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure (or whitening!)

 

Teeth Whitening Tips #1 – Baking Soda and Lemon Juice Paste

 

Baking Soda isn’t a shocker here. Sodium bicarbonate (its official name) is mildly abrasive; gently scrubbing away surface stains to return teeth to a whiter shade.

 

It’s also very alkaline (the opposite of acidic) so I would think if you have a very acidic mouth or eat a lot of acidic food, it could help balance out the Ph, which would be useful as acid breaks down enamel – this is strictly speculation on my part.

 

It will also reduce the acidity of the lemon juice, which acts as a natural bleach of sorts. I use a mixture of baking soda and water on some days, and use the lemon juice on others, as I don’t want to overdo it.

 

You will need…

 

-Several teaspoons of baking soda
-Enough lemon juice or water to form a paste
-A toothbrush

 

Directions

 

Mix several teaspoons of baking soda with enough fresh lemon juice (or water) to make a paste. Wipe your teeth and any extra saliva off of them with a paper towel.

 

Put a good amount of paste onto your toothbrush and apply. Leave the paste on for 1 minute, then rinse, so as to avoid the acid effecting enamel. If you are using just water you can leave it on for up to 3 minutes.

 

Teeth Whitening Tips #2 – Strawberry, Salt and Baking Soda Scrub

 

Strawberries are high in Vitamin C, which can help break-down plaque that is causing your teeth to look yellow. It also has an enzyme called malic acid, which may help to remove surface stains.

 

The salt acts as an abrasive portion of the paste, physically scrubbing away stain-causing gunk, and the baking soda is an extra touch that you can choose to leave out if you’d prefer (I just like to add it to anything involving my teeth.)

 

You will need…

 

-1-3 large strawberries
-A pinch of seat salt
-1/2 teaspoon of baking soda (optional)

 

Directions

 

Mash the berries into a pulp, and add a pinch of sea salt and ½ teaspoon of baking soda, if you’re using it. Wipe any extra saliva off your teeth with a paper towel, and then apply a generous portion of the mixture to a toothbrush and apply. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes, then rinse. Do this nightly.

 

Teeth Whitening Tips #3 – Coconut Oil Rinse

 

I know this sounds absolutely mad (I thought it was crazy too when I first read about it) but rinsing your mouth with coconut oil (called ‘oil pulling’) is a unique, old, remedy that people swear by to help whiten teeth.

 

It doesn’t sound like the most pleasant thing in the world, but I actually don’t mind the taste, and I think it does make a difference in the color of your teeth.

 

It won’t make a difference by “bleaching” per say, but lauric acid in coconut oil can rid your teeth of bacteria found in plaque that can make them yellow. It is also supposed to promote gum health, and help keep your breath fresh.

 

You will need…

 

-About a tablespoon of coconut oil

 

Directions

 

In the morning, before you brush your teeth, scoop out a tablespoon or a little less (depending on the size of your mouth) of coconut oil. You can either soften it, or just put it in your mouth (I usually do the latter, and just let it soften.)

 

Push, swish, and “pull” the oil through and around your teeth for 10-15 minutes, then spit it out, rinse with water, and brush your teeth.

 

Note: You can use either of the pastes after you have brushed your teeth at night if you prefer.

 

You can also watch this Video HERE  and 2nd Video to learn about other teeth whitening tips.

 

Are these remedies going to guarantee ridiculously white teeth within a week? No. You may start to see a difference, but it won’t be as instant as the commercial products.

 

In the end, will your teeth be so white people squint when you open your mouth? No. And I like it better that way. I’ve found that since using these my teeth are indeed whiter, my mouth overall feels healthier and it doesn’t look like I bleached the life out of myself.

 

We live in a world where photo-shopped faces (and teeth) and make-up covered celebrities set the standard for how we look, which makes life hard for people who like, well, real people.

 

As a result we seem to forget what’s good for ourselves, and spend a ton of money just to look like the ideal.

 

By going natural here, you can save the money for something else, feel better about yourself, and have a healthier mouth (and health is what, in the end, creates real beauty.)

 

Tips:

 

– Routine. Set up a routine using these remedies and stick to it, at all costs, to get the most out of them.

 

– While not “natural” per say, using 3% (I repeat, 3%) hydrogen peroxide as a mouth rinse can whiten your teeth through the process of oxidation. It is an active indigent in many OTC whitening kits, but is often times found in much higher (and expensive) combinations in them.

 

– It’s fairly common knowledge, and difficult in today’s world, but try to avoid dark drinks, such as coke and coffee that stain your teeth.

 

By Claire Goodall (a bee-obsessed natural-convert from Minnesota) who is a holistic health lover. She is the author of Everyday Roots Book.

 

It’s a Book that she creates to help you replace the toxic products and medications in your home with healthier, all-natural alternatives.

 

It contains 215+ effective home remedies and covers everything you will need to protect your family and save money every month.

 

For more details about her book, take a look at the Everyday Roots Book.

3 Simple Home Remedies for Toenail Fungus

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Nail fungus; be it on your toenails or your fingernails is an unpleasant business to have to deal with.

 

Officially known as onychomcosis, it is most often caused by moisture trapped in a warm dark place (because of shoes, this is why it more commonly effects toenails) which is the environment fungus thrives in.

 

In some cases it can be caused by mold, or yeast, but it’s still collectively called nail fungus-nail mold or nail yeast just doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.

 

What Does It Look Like?

 

Generally a nail fungal infection will start off as a white or yellow spot on the tip of the nail. As it begins to develop, the nail may become thickened, brittle/crumbly/ragged, change shape, become darker in color, or get dull.

 

If the nail starts to separate from the nail bed, it is called onycholysis, which can be quite uncomfortable.

 

Without treatment, toenail fungus can go on indefinitely. Even with treatment, it can occur on and off.

 

Home Remedies for Toenail Fungus #1 – Tea Tree/Orange Oil Rub

 

Tea tree oil is a natural disinfectant, possessing fungicidal and anti-bacterial properties that make it popular in treating toenail fungus.

 

Orange oil has also shown promising results when it comes to getting rid of fungus, and can be added to the mixture as well.

 

Always remember to dilute the essential oil before applying to the nail.

 

You will need…

 

-1 teaspoon of tea tree oil
-1/2 teaspoon of orange oil (optional)
-1/2 teaspoon of grapeseed or olive oil
-Cotton balls

 

Directions

 

As soon as you notice the tell-tale signs of nail fungus, mix together 1 of tea tree oil, ½ teaspoon of orange oil, and ½ teaspoon of grapeseed or olive oil.

 

Soak a cotton ball in the mixture and apply to affected nail pressing it on gently but firmly so the liquid comes out. Let this dry naturally.

 

Alternatively, you can place 4-5 drops of tea tree oil in enough water to soak your feet in, and do that for 15-20 minutes.

 

Both treatments should be done faithfully morning and evening.

 

Home Remedies for Toenail Fungus #2 – Baking Soda and Vinegar Soak

 

Baking soda is not fungicidal-that is, it does not kill the fungus. It is, however, fungistatic, which means it can prevent fungus from growing and spreading.

 

The reason it acts like this is because it is alkaline – the opposite of acidic-and fungus is able to flourish when its environment is more acidic.

 

It seems counter-intuitive then, that using vinegar to kill nail fungus would be a good idea, but vinegar is a fairly weak acid, and will help kill off the fungus without altering the Ph. of the environment in a harmful way.

 

You will need….

 

-4-5 tablespoons of baking soda
-1 cup of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
-Water
-Something to soak your feet in
-Paper towels

 

Directions

 

First, mix 1 cup of your chosen vinegar with enough water to soak your feet in. Soak for 15 minutes, and then pat dry with paper towels. Follow this by adding several tablespoons of baking soda to enough water to soak your feet in, and soak for 15 minutes.

 

Pat feet completely dry with paper towels. Do this twice a day. The idea is that the vinegar will kill off the fungus, while the baking soda will then inhibit the growth of more.

 

Home Remedies for Toenail Fungus #3 – Just Coconut Oil

 

Bear with me – I am about to get a little bit scientific here, but I find this to be an exciting way to combat fungus without using harsh chemicals.

 

Medium chain fatty acids are almost miracles in how they work as natural fungicides. The fungal membrane is crucial to maintaining the “life” of the fungus, which is why many antifungal treatments target the fungal membrane.

 

Fatty acids, such as the ones found abundantly in coconut oil, naturally insert themselves in the lipid (fat) layer of the fungal membrane and disturb it, leading eventually to cell disintegration and the ultimate destruction of the fungus (to put it in a nutshell.)

 

You will need…

 

-A bit of coconut oil
-Gloves or a sink and soap to wash hands between applications

 

Directions

 

Wearing gloves or washing your hands between applications (if you have more than one affected nail) rub coconut oil onto the area and let it absorb and dry naturally. There is no need to gob a whole bunch on-a thin layer will do. Repeat 2-3 times daily.

 

You can also watch this Video HERE to learn about other home remedies for toenail fungus.

 

Like athletes foot, you can work towards preventing toenail fungus by keeping feet clean and, most importantly, dry. Don’t re-wear socks, and stick to open toed shoes if possible.

 

It takes time and patience to get rid of toenail fungus, and for the nail to grow back healthy and normal again.

 

Be diligent about applying your treatments (I can’t stress that enough, it’s really the key to getting these to work the best they can) and don’t overlook preventative methods to keep the fungus from coming back.

 

Tip for best results: Before using these treatments, trim back as much of the effected nail as you can with a clean nail clippers (don’t peel with your fingers!)

 

Make sure to disinfect the clippers after using them to prevent the fungus from spreading. Rinse feet in warm water, and pat dry.

 

By Claire Goodall (a bee-obsessed natural-convert from Minnesota) who is a holistic health lover. She is the author of Everyday Roots Book.

 

It’s a Book that she creates to help you replace the toxic products and medications in your home with healthier, all-natural alternatives.

 

It contains 215+ effective home remedies and covers everything you will need to protect your family and save money every month.

 

For more details about her book, take a look at the Everyday Roots Book.

11 Simple Remedies to Get Rid of Blackheads

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Common and annoying, blackheads occur when your pores become clogged with excess sebum (an oil created by the sebaceous glands that keeps skin supple) and dead skin cells.

 

The difference between a black head and a white head is simply whether or not the pore is open or closed. If the pore is open, the plug of sebum/skin cells oxidizes as it is in contact with the oxygen in the air, which turns it black. Blackheads are not caused by dirt.

 

Let’s make that clear from the beginning. Scrubbing your face obsessively is not a good way to get rid of your blackheads, and is only going to make it worse as you’ll just end up drying out your skin, which will cause more oil to be created to make up for everything you stripped away, and…well it’s a vicious cycle.

 

For this reason, don’t use some of these remedies more than 2-3 times a week, such as the sugar scrub and pore strips. I know it can be hard to resist, but your skin will be better off this way.

 

Remedies to Get Rid of Blackheads #1 – Clay Time

 

Bentonite clay is a mineral rich healing substance that has been used for centuries to treat a number of ailments, chiefly skin related. Because of its molecules “electrical charge” when wet, it does an amazing job of drawing out oils or other impurities locked in your pores.

 

When you apply the mask your skin gets to drink in all the minerals, while the clay simultaneously draws out the blackhead. It also helps with circulation, which helps with overall skin tone and health.

 

You can mix the clay with water or apple cider vinegar, maybe sticking to the former if you have dry or sensitive skin. Experiment! This mask will make you feel like your face is tightening as it dries.

 

Whether or not you let it dry entirely is up to your preference – I tend to let it dry most of the way and then just moisturize afterwards, but other people find that dries their skin out and irritates them.

 

You will need…

 

-1 tablespoon (roughly) bentonite clay
-Water or ACV

 

Directions

 

Mix in enough water or ACV to form a paste that is thick but still applicable. Using clean fingertips cover your face with a thinner layer of paste and let it sit for 10-25 minutes, depending on how long you are letting it dry. Rinse off with lukewarm water and moisturize as usual.

 

Remedies to Get Rid of Blackheads #2 – Egg White Mask

 

Egg whites form an easy mask that can be used to temporarily tighten pores, thus reducing chances of future blackheads, and will also remove current blackheads.

 

Egg whites are also rich in nutrients for your skin, and are a little less drying than some other home remedies for blackheads.

 

You will need…

 

-1 egg
-Facial tissue or toilet paper
-A small bowl
-A clean towel

 

Directions

 

Separate the yolk from the white and rinse your face. Pat your face dry and then apply a thin layer of egg white over your skin. There are two ways to go from here-

 

Place a strip of facial tissue or toilet paper over the wet egg white, being sure to press it onto your face gently. Allow the first layer to dry. Carefully apply a second layer of egg white over the tissue (try dipping your fingers in it and dabbing it on so the tissue doesn’t slide around a bunch. Let this layer dry as well before applying a third (optional.)

 

When the mask is dry, your face may feel tight – this is supposed to happen. Peel the tissue off, and then gently wash your face to remove any residue. Pat dry and moisturize as usual.

 

Alternatively, you can leave out the tissue and simply apply 3-5 layers of egg white, being sure to let each layer dry in between applications. If you do not let the layers dry, this will not work!

 

Remedies to Get Rid of Blackheads #3 – Honey and Milk Pore Strips

 

Milk and honey both have properties that are good for skin. Honey has antibacterial properties, and the lactic acid in milk is said to help keep skin soft and supple. The main purpose here though is, when mixed together, to act as an adhesive.

 

You will need…

 

-1 tablespoon of organic raw honey
-1 teaspoon of milk
-Clean strip of cotton

 

Directions

 

Mix 1 tablespoon of organic raw honey with 1 teaspoon of milk. Heat it for 5-10 seconds in the microwave, and then mix again to blend thoroughly.

 

When it’s a comfortable temperature, apply a thin layer over blackheads, and then gently but firmly pat a strip of dry, clean, cotton onto it.

 

Let dry (to play it safe, wait at least 20 minutes) and carefully peel the strip away. Rinse with cold water and moisturize as usual.

 

Remedies to Get Rid of Blackheads #4 – Cinnamon & Honey Strips

 

It sounds like a delicious candy, but cinnamon and honey make a wonderful combination for getting rid of blackheads.

 

Again, the anti-bacterial agents in the honey can help keep away bacteria that are causing acne (not necessarily blackheads, but still a bonus) as well as act as the adhesive to pull out anything clogging your pores.

 

Cinnamon improves circulation, and this increased blood flow gives your skin a smooth, healthy, glow.

 

You will need…

 

– 1 part cinnamon powder
-1 part organic, raw, honey
-Clean strips of cotton

 

Directions

 

Mix the honey and the cinnamon together until you have enough paste to cover the affected area. Apply in a thin layer over the blackheads and then press a strip of clean cotton over it.

 

Let it sit for 3-5 minutes before removing and rinsing your face. Don’t forget to follow up with a moisturizer!

 

Remedies to Get Rid of Blackheads #5 – H2O Daily Blackhead Treatment

 

While pore strips and face masks work wonders, they can only be used several times a week to avoid drying your skin out to much.

 

If you want to do something daily to prevent your blackheads, a gentle rinsing with water 1-2 times a day is the way to go. This keeps things that can make your pores appear larger-such as excess sebum and dead skin-flushed away and your pores clear.

 

Be sure to use a light moisturizer when you are done to prevent your skin from trying to produce excess sebum to accommodate for dryness.

 

You will need…

 

-Fresh water
-A clean fluffy towel
-Moisturizer

 

Directions

 

Twice a day splash your face with clean, fresh water. Pat dry with a soft towel and apply moisturizer as usual. I suggest doing this early afternoon (so you wash away anything that has built up in the first part of the day) and evening, but morning and evening works as well.

 

Remedies to Get Rid of Blackheads #6 – Toner for Tighter Pores

 

Since blackheads are caused by open, clogged pores reacting to oxygen, it only makes sense that “shrinking” your pores down will help.

 

Lemon juice is just the astringent substance needed to get the job done, however, it can lighten skin temporarily and it does make you sensitive to the sun, so load up on sunscreen if you plan on using this method in the summertime.

 

If you have sensitive skin, try diluting the lemon juice with water first.

 

You will need…

 

-1 lemon
-cotton balls
-A small bottle

 

Directions

 

Rinse your face and pat dry. Squeeze the lemon juice into a small bottle and then use just enough to dampen a cotton ball. Apply to affected areas 3-4 times a week, at bedtime.

 

When you wake up, rinse your face with lukewarm water and apply moisturizer as usual. Store the rest of the juice in the refrigerator for up to a week. Be aware-the juice can sting sometimes!

 

Remedies to Get Rid of Blackheads #7 – Sweat It Out

 

Although sweat glands and hair follicle pores aren’t the same thing, sweating can still help minimize blackheads. When you work up enough of a sweat, the liquid naturally flows over and softens/flushes anything clogging your pores.

 

It is absolutely vital, however, that you wash your face immediately before and immediately afterwards, otherwise the affect can be detrimental.

 

If you leave on make up or anything before this the sweat can carry it into your pores, and if you don’t wash afterwards not only is all that stuff still in there but now there’s dried sweat blocking up your pores as well.

 

So on one hand sweat can cleanse pores, on the other; it could also clog them. Be sure to do it right from the start!

 

You will need…

 

-Motivation to exercise OR a steam room/sauna
-Fresh water
-A clean fluffy towel

 

Directions

 

Rinse your face, than work up a good sweat. Rinse your face with water, than pat dry with a clean fluffy towel. Moisturize as usual.

 

Remedies to Get Rid of Blackheads #8 – Baking Soda & Water

 

A little baking soda goes a long way for blackheads, but don’t overdo it, as it can seriously dry out your skin thanks to its saltiness.

 

While pH may or may not have a role to play in blackheads, the biggest reason baking soda helps is because of it’s small, fine, granules that can work as a natural and inexpensive way to occasionally exfoliate and remove anything clogging your pores (and therefore causing blackheads.)

 

You will need…

 

-1 part baking soda
-Fresh water

 

Directions

 

Mix water with enough baking soda to form a thick, but spreadable, paste. Using a gentle circular motion, massage the paste into your skin. Rinse thoroughly with plain water, pat your face dry, and then make sure you moisturize.

 

Remedies to Get Rid of Blackheads #9 – Cleansing Sugar Scrub

 

Sometimes all you need is a good exfoliating followed up by moisturizing. Exfoliating does one very important job-it sloughs away dead skin cells. These are the skin cells that could potentially clog up your pores, leading to acne, whiteheads, and of course, blackheads.

 

Exfoliating also temporarily revives circulation and it leaves you with a healthy glow and soft skin. If possible use jojoba oil, as it is the oil (technically liquid wax) that most closely mimics our skins own sebum!

 

If you don’t have jojoba oil, grapeseed, olive, or sweet almond oil are all fine substitutes

 

You will need…

 

-1 cup of sugar (brown or white)
-4 tablespoons of jojoba oil
-An airtight glass jar
-Essential oils (optional)

 

Directions

 

Mix 4 tablespoons of oil into 1 cup of sugar, stirring until everything is fully incorporated. Add several drops of essential oil for fragrance if you like.

 

Store in a cool dark place in a glass jar for up to the shelf-life of the oil you chose to use (although if for some reason I haven’t used it all, I personally make a fresh batch after about 1 ½ months.)

 

Stir before using and then wet face, scoop some scrub onto your fingertips, and massage it over your skin in circular motions. Rinse with water and moisturize as usual.

 

Do this no more than 2-3 times a week, otherwise you risk drying out and/or irritating your skin.

 

Remedies to Get Rid of Blackheads #10 – Steam It Out

 

Steam may not literally open your pores (see blackhead myths below) but it can help reduce the appearance of them by softening up trapped sebum/dead skin cells that can fill out your pores and form blackheads.

 

You will need…

 

-A large bowl
-Water
-A soft clean towel

 

Directions

 

Fill a bowl with boiling water. Let it cool briefly, then cover your head with a towel and lean over it for 5-10 minutes to allow the steam to loosen anything in your pores (form the towel like a tent so no steam escapes.)

Be careful not to get to close or you risk burning your skin.

 

When you are done, rinse your face with warm water and pat firmly but gently dry with a clean towel (or gently wipe away the blackheads.) Moisturize as usual. Repeat this several times a week, or as needed.

 

Skin care is a balancing act – keep that in mind whenever you’re doing something that involves cleansing or washing (or pore strips.) Overdoing it is going to make matter much worse in the long run.

 

Pore strips are great when you really need them, but it’s best to try and prevent the blackheads in the first place by keeping up a good skin care regime.

 

Remedies to Get Rid of Blackheads #11 – Apple Cider Vinegar & Mint Toner

 

Make your own toner by mixing together ACV and crushed mint leaves. The apple cider vinegar can help breakdown the stuff causing the blackhead, while the mint creates a cooling “tightening” sensation on your skin.

 

If the area around the blackhead is swollen or irritated (e.g. you were picking at it even though you shouldn’t be) the menthol can help tame the inflammation. Inflammation can make it harder for whatever is clogging your pores to come loose in the first place.

 

You will need…

 

-3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
-3 tablespoons of finely chopped/crushed fresh mint leaves
-8 ounces of water
-Cotton balls

 

Directions

 

Combine vinegar and mint in a small bottle and let it sit for 1 week in cool dark place. Strain, add a cup of water, and store in the refrigerator for up to 6 days.

 

Use nightly, rinsing your face first with water and then using clean cotton balls to apply the toner. Leave on overnight or up to several hours (if you have sensitive skin) and rinse off in the morning. Follow up with a moisturizer.

 

2 Big Blackhead Myths

 

Like acne and so many other skin conditions, myths abound about how to get rid of blackheads. Below are the 2 most common.

 

Blackheads Are Caused By Dirt: Just in case you missed this part in the intro, blackheads are not caused by dirt. If you have larger pores, the dead skin/sebum build-up reacts with oxygen turning the substance black. Voila-a blackhead! A whitehead occurs when the pores’ opening is smaller and the sebum plug does not react to the oxygen.

 

You Can Shrink Your Pores: Nope, not possible. Pores are not muscles, therefore they cannot open or close. They are simply holes that house the hair follicles and sebaceous glands that are covering your body.

 

Some things, however, can make pores appear smaller-such as lemon juice, which is an astringent and causes contraction of skin tissue.

 

Otherwise, keeping them clear from blockages that can stretch them wider is the way to go.

 

Genetics, age, and sun exposure can all play a role in how large your pores appear, but there really is no magic trick to making them “shrink.”

 

What is a pore strip?

 

Some of these remedies are homemade versions of pore strips, but here is a brief explanation so you can experiment with making some on your own.

 

Pore strips are made up of some sort of adhesive, and something to attach said adhesive to (at home, this can be gauze or even a strip of clean cotton cut from an old shirt.)

 

When you pull the strip off, you pull the plug of sebum and dead skin cells out of the pore, and voila! The blackheads are gone.

 

Keep in mind this does not prevent blackheads – only gets rid of them after they have popped up.

 

The nice thing about making them at home is they save a decent amount of money, and you don’t have to worry about commercial adhesives on your face.

 

You can also watch this Video HERE to learn about other remedies to get rid of blackheads.

 

By Claire Goodall (a bee-obsessed natural-convert from Minnesota) who is a holistic health lover. She is the author of Everyday Roots Book.

 

It’s a Book that she creates to help you replace the toxic products and medications in your home with healthier, all-natural alternatives.

 

It contains 215+ effective home remedies and covers everything you will need to protect your family and save money every month.

 

For more details about her book, take a look at the Everyday Roots Book.

10 Common Remedies to Get Rid of Warts

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Warts are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which has over 100 types. Different types affect people in different ways, usually depending on the strength of their immune system.

 

Some strains (like the one that causes common warts) are relatively harmless, while others can pose much more serious problems. Because warts are caused by a virus, they can be spread to other parts of your body and to other people as well.

 

If mainstream methods have not worked for you (or you’d rather avoid treatments involving strange chemicals) try some of these straightforward home remedies for warts instead. They may not seem particularly extraordinary, but that makes them all the better in my opinion.

 

Remedies to Get Rid of Warts #1 – Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

 

ACV is an all-star in the world of home remedies, so it’s not surprising that it’s first on a list of how to get rid of your wart. It’s simple, and many people have found success with it.

 

Apple Cider Vinegar does not actually kill the virus, but because of its high acidity it attacks the “flesh” that makes up the wart, kills the physical wart itself, and allows it to peel naturally from the skin.

 

In theory, this takes the virus with it, and it shouldn’t return anytime soon. Expect there to be some soreness/swelling in the beginning, it’s normal, but of course you can stop the treatment if it’s too much.

 

After a few days your wart will mature to a lovely dark shade or black-this is good. Finally, it will come off. Let it come off on its own, or the core might remain.

 

You will need…

 

-Roughly 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar
-Cotton balls or a piece of cotton cloth
-A bandage, gauze, or another piece of cloth

 

Directions

 

Soak a cotton ball or a piece of cotton fabric in apple cider vinegar. Allow it to saturate, and then gently press out the excess liquid so that it is not dripping all over when you apply it.

 

Place it over your wart, and secure it with a strip of gauze or cloth. Do this every night and remove during the day-you can leave it on during the day as well! It is not instant, but the wart should die and come off within 1-2 weeks.

 

Remedies to Get Rid of Warts #2 – “Milk” of Milkweed

 

Milkweed grows wild across the world, and can be found along the road, in fields, or your backyard. While it is true that it can be toxic due to a “poison” called cardiac glycoside, it must be taken internally to have a toxic effect.

 

Because of this, don’t keep it around kids or pets, and do not get it in your eyes.

 

A small amount of the sap on the wart has been used as a natural remedy for centuries, and was a favorite by Native Americans. A proteolytic enzyme found in milkweed is thought to “digest and dissolve” the wart.

 

You will need…

 

-A few dabs of the sap (the liquid that looks like milk)

 

Directions

 

File your wart or use a pumice stone to get it slightly exposed (no need to go crazy, just slough off a bit of the top layer). Break a few leaves off of the plant and squeeze the bottom of the stem to release more of the sap.

 

Apply enough sap to cover your wart. Leave on and reapply as needed. If you develop any rash or skin irritation, stop and rinse off immediately! If you have sensitive skin, it may be best to steer clear of the milkweed.

 

Remedies to Get Rid of Warts #3 – Banana mash

 

Similar to milkweed, bananas contain a proteolytic enzyme that eats away at the wart.

 

You will need…

 

-1 banana peel
-something to scrap the inside of the peel with

 

Directions

 

Twice a day, scrape the whitish mush off the inside of banana peel, and apply it to your wart. Wash your hands well afterwards to keep the warts from spreading. Repeat until the wart is gone.

 

Remedies to Get Rid of Warts #4 – Utilize Vitamin C

 

It is thought that applying Vitamin C directly to the wart will destroy the virus causing it. Using lemon juice not only gives an extra boost of vitamin C, but the acid content helps “kill it off” so to speak.

 

You will need…

 

-1 vitamin C tablet
-A mortar and pestle or something else to crush the tablet with
-A tad bit of fresh lemon juice OR some water will do in a pinch

 

Directions

 

Crush up 1 vitamin C tablet, and add enough lemon juice or water to make a paste. Cover this with a bandage and reapply daily.

 

Remedies to Get Rid of Warts #5 – Get your basil on

 

When you have a wart, it’s time to get your basil on-literally. Because basil has a multitude of anti-viral components, and it’s a virus causing the wart, it will speed up the process of the wart going away.

 

You will need…

 

-1/4 cup or so of fresh basil leaves
-Something to crush the leaves with
-Some form of bandage

 

Directions

 

Crush up ¼ cup or so of fresh, well-rinsed, basil leaves until they are mushy and “juicy.” Apply to the wart, cover with a bandage or clean cloth, and reapply daily until the wart is gone, about 1-2 weeks. You can adjust the amount if you need more or less.

 

Remedies to Get Rid of Warts #6 – Dandy-lions

 

Have some dandelions popping up in your yard? Don’t rip them up and dispose of them just yet. The milk found has been found useful in getting rid of warts, just be sure to keep up on applying it!

 

You will need…

 

-1 dandelion
-a bandage

 

Directions

 

Pull the head off of a dandelion and rub the milk onto the wart, and cover it with a bandage. Do this twice daily until the wart is gone.

 

Remedies to Get Rid of Warts #7 – Slather honey on it

 

Organic Manuka honey, harvested in New Zealand, is perhaps the best to use. It is one of the most potent types of honey in terms of the concentration of its antibacterial/antiviral properties.

 

It is also quite stable, unlike some other kinds of honey, so it can withstand temperature fluctuation without losing its benefits. In addition to this, it creates a sort of “occlusion therapy” which is essentially depriving the wart of oxygen and killing it (the theory behind duct tape, but honey is much better than adhesive.)

 

Verify that you are getting true Manuka honey from a reliable source before purchasing.

 

You will need…

 

-A teaspoon of raw honey
-A bandage

 

Directions

 

File away the wart if you can, and then cover it thoroughly in a thick layer of honey and wrap a piece of cloth around it. Leave it like this for 24 hours, changing the bandage and reapplying the honey daily.

 

Remedies to Get Rid of Warts #8 – Put a potato on it

 

There doesn’t seem to be a set reason why, but one of the most common natural remedies for warts you will hear about is rubbing a potato on it.

 

There’s not a whole lot of scientific backing to this theory, but over the centuries people have stuck to it and have found success. It’s worth a shot!

 

An interesting part of the original historical remedy is to bury the potato after use and when you dig it up 2 weeks later it will have a wart on it (and yours will be gone.) That is very much optional.

 

You will need…

 

-1 potato
-a knife
-a bandage

 

Directions

 

Peel a potato and cut a round slice off of it. Rub the slice on your wart 3 times a day, and if you find yourself resting, lay the peeled skin (potato-ey side down) over the wart for as long as possible. You can also bandage the potato to the toe and leave it on until the wart it gone, changing bandage daily.

 

Remedies to Get Rid of Warts #9 – Soak in Pineapple Juice

 

Pineapple juice softens the wart. It has a high level of acidity, and a special enzyme to dissolve and eat away at the wart. It will sting at first!

 

You will need…

 

-Pure organic pineapple juice
-A bowl
-A towel

 

Directions

 

2-3 times a day, soak your wart in pure pineapple juice for 3-5 minutes. Afterwards, pat the area completely dry. Filing before doing this might make the area a little too sensitive, in which case, steer clear of it.

 

Remedies to Get Rid of Warts #10 – Stick a needle in it

 

Warts are tricky little devils, they are a barrier that keeps the virus that causes them safe and undetected by your immune system-hence why they last so long.

 

It is our job then to alert our body to this invader, and you can do so by using a sterile needle (this is known as immunotherapy.) Once you poke it, your body knows something is up, and can attack it properly. It sounds like something out of a weird alien movie, but the body works in strange ways.

 

Directions

 

Getting rid of warts with a needle is a straightforward home remedy. Ice the wart until the area is good and numb and then hold a sharp needle over a flame to sterilize it. Poke it well into the wart, but don’t hold it there.

 

Poke the wart all over, and discard of the needle and wash your hands. Now that your body is alerted, it will attack the virus that is causing the wart.

 

These aren’t instant cures, but in the scheme of things, 1-2 weeks is a short time to have a wart, which can stick around for years.

 

In addition to this, you’re not spending a bunch of money to go to the doctor and use an extreme method of removal. Remember to be patient and most importantly diligent-just because something isn’t instantaneous does not make it ineffective.

 

Tips:

 

-Always wash your hands between touching your wart to keep it from spreading.
-If possible, use a pumice stone to slough off just the roughest outer layer of the wart-it allows whatever you’re using to treat it easier access to the core.
-If using something like the banana to treat your wart, applying it to the dry pad of a Band-Aid is an easy way to keep it covered.
-Stay healthy-a good immune system and healthy body is the best way to prevent warts!

 

You can also watch this Video HERE to learn about other remedies to get rid of warts.

 

By Claire Goodall (a bee-obsessed natural-convert from Minnesota) who is a holistic health lover. She is the author of Everyday Roots Book.

 

It’s a Book that she creates to help you replace the toxic products and medications in your home with healthier, all-natural alternatives.

 

It contains 215+ effective home remedies and covers everything you will need to protect your family and save money every month.

 

For more details about her book, take a look at the Everyday Roots Book.

12 Homemade Dandruff Treatments & Shampoos

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Before reading on about treating your dandruff at home, make sure you actually have dandruff.

 

Chances are a good amount of the people visiting this page will actually have dry scalp, which differs from dandruff in symptoms and treatment.

 

If you know you have dandruff, than read on. Below are 12 homemade dandruff treatments to help you kick the crusties.

 

  1. Pour, Rinse, and Barely Repeat With Vinegar

 

Rinsing your hair with vinegar (specifically Apple Cider Vinegar or white vinegar) may sound like a dreadful idea, but it can be one of the most effective homemade dandruff treatments, because it actually addresses the root of the problem (pun very much intended.)

 

Put simply, dandruff is the result of skins cells maturing and dying too fast, building up, and causing irritation. Vinegar will get rid of the unwanted skin that would flake off into dandruff, and it won’t clog up your pores or cause more.

 

An overgrowth of fungus can also cause dandruff, and vinegar acts like a fungicide.  Using it is straightforward, simple, and is probably easier on your hair than some shampoos out there.

 

Just don’t wash with it before a business meeting in a stuffy room-the biggest downfall is that your hair will smell like vinegar until you shower again (but it does go away.)

 

You will need…
-1/2 cup warm water
-1/2 cup ACV or white vinegar
-A cup

 

Directions
Mix together the warm water and vinegar in a cup. The total amount may be varied to be more or less depending on how much hair you have.

 

Pour the mixture over your hair, scrub it around gently for several minutes, and then rinse it thoroughly with water (only water!) Wait about 8-12 hours before taking a normal shower. Repeat once every week or two weeks, depending on how often you feel you need it.

 

  1. Break It Up With Baking Soda

 

Baking soda is just an all-around useful thing to have in the house. It plays a large part in a lot of natural home remedies, and for good reason-it usually works! It helps to remove dandruff for a number of reasons.

 

First, it mildly exfoliates, which gets rid of the excess dead skin. It’s also kills off acts as a fungicide, and a common fungus that occurs on everyone’s scalp can cause dandruff if it becomes overly abundant.

 

In addition, its tiny particles can be useful in actually removing those loose flakes stuck in your hair- instead of just breaking the pieces of skin up into smaller pieces.

 

You will need…
-1 tablespoon of baking soda
-1 cup of water
-A few drops of rosemary oil (optional)

 

Directions
Mix one tablespoon of baking soda to every one cup of warm water. If you’re using an old (clean) shampoo or soap bottle, shake up the mixture and apply generously. Otherwise, stir it before you use it. Do this in place of shampoo, daily if possible.

 

Your hair may feel quite dry in the beginning, but its natural oils will restore themselves soon, and they will be much more balanced than when using some commercial shampoo.

 

If you feel you absolutely must use shampoo (and really try the baking soda alone first if you can) you can add a teaspoon of baking to a handful of shampoo and use that instead. The rosemary oil is optional, but some people find rosemary helps dandruff and think it has a pleasant scent.

 

  1. Have Fun With Fenugreek

 

Fenugreek is a plant that is used commonly as a spice, particularly in Indian cuisine; however it serves medicinal purposes as well. Fenugreek seeds have a composition that is rich in protein and amino acids, encouraging healthy hair/hair growth and warding off those wicked flakes in the process.

 

A little bonus-its high concentration of lecithin (a natural emollient) can help make hair stronger overall, and many people find that it leaves their hair silky smooth and soft.

 

You will need…
-2 tablespoons of Fenugreek seeds (check a health food store if they aren’t at your grocery store)

-A bowl of water
-Something to grind the seeds with

 

Directions
Soak the seeds in 1-2 cups of water overnight. The next morning, grind them into a fine paste and apply to your scalp. Leave it applied for 30-45 minutes, then wash with mild shampoo or water.

 

  1. Treat Your Scalp To Neem Leaves

 

Neem leaves (also an Indian herb) make a great all-natural home remedy for your dandruff. Their properties not only relieve itching, they act as an antifungal as well, inhibiting the over-growth of dandruff causing fungus. Be aware that some people find its smell to be overwhelming.

 

You will need…
-At least 2 handfuls of neem leaves
-4-5 cups of hot water

 

Directions
Add two handfuls of neem leaves to 4 or 5 cups of hot water. Let it stand overnight. The next morning strain the liquid and use it to rinse your hair.

 

You can also try making a paste out of leaves, applying it to your scalp, and letting it sit for about an hour before washing it off with water.

 

  1. Utilize Listerine

 

Listerine was actually created in 1879 by a doctor in Missouri and used as a powerful surgical antiseptic for dentists. When the good doctor sold it to a pharmaceutical company, it uses broadened and it became the first over-the-counter mouth wash ever sold in the United States.

 

In the 1930’s and ‘40s, one its original purposes was also to fight dandruff. It may seem random, but consider that Listerine fights fungus, and one of the most common cause of dandruff is an overabundance of…you guessed it, fungus.

 

You will need…
-Water
-Listerine Mouthwash (preferably not green or blue as they might stain your hair)
-Spray bottle (optional)

 

Directions…
Mix 2 parts water with 1 part Listerine. After you shampoo, spray or pour the solution onto your scalp, massage in well, and let sit for 30 minutes before rinsing with water.

 

  1. Get Some Sun

 

It’s not known exactly why, but there have been links between dandruff and exposure to sunlight. There have been many cases in which the severity of dandruff lessened when the afflicted person spent more time in the sun.

 

It’s possible that instead of dry weather in the winter causing dandruff, it’s really the lack of sunlight. Maybe the light helps dry up some of the excess oil, or maybe getting a little time outside in the sun makes for a happier healthier human overall.

 

Whatever the exact reason is, it’s something to try, and it’s probably one of the most straightforward homemade dandruff treatments you can try.

 

Directions
Spend at least 10-15 minutes out in the sunlight every day that you can. Make sure to limit your time though – too much sun and its UV rays can be harmful to your skin, hair, and health.

 

  1. Take Some Aspirin

 

Aspirin can help with more than just headaches – it’s also one of the easiest homemade dandruff treatments. Pure Aspirin uses a large percentage of Salicylic Acid, which is an active ingredient in many commercial anti-dandruff shampoos.

 

Salicylic Acid has fungicidal and anti-microbial properties to fight the extra flakes caused by fungus, while the Aspirin helps with the inflamed skin that often goes hand-in-hand with severe cases of dandruff.

 

You will need…
-2 white Aspirin tablets
-Shampoo

 

Directions…
Crush up the Aspirin until it becomes a fine powder. Add it to your regular shampoo before use, making sure to leave it in your hair for about 2 minutes before rinsing completely.

 

  1. Eat Healthy

 

You knew it would be on here, somewhere. Eating healthy helps every aspect of your well-being. These days we’re learning more and more that diet is truly vital to our health, so it comes as no surprise that it would have some impact on skin conditions, including dandruff.

 

Of course, food that is extremely fatty and/or unhealthy should be avoided – but that’s common knowledge whether you follow it or not.

 

What you may not know it what to eat to help your scalp and why, so check out the list below of some foods you should aim to eat that may help you get rid of those pesky flakes-and keep them from coming back.

 

Veggies: Green leafy vegetables in particular impact how our skin behaves. It encourages healthy hair, skin, and nail growth, so shoot for stuff like broccoli, kale, and lettuce (NOT iceberg) to add to your diet.

 

Fish Oils: Fish oil can make a difference in the overall make-up of your skin. Taking fish oil supplements will not cure your dandruff, but it can help lessen its severity and/or prevent it.

 

Lean Proteins: To minimize dandruff, try eating more lean proteins. They help to build hair and skin and keep it coming in healthy. Aim for fish and non-meat proteins, such as eggs, nuts, and beans.

 

  1. Take Advantage Of Lemons

 

Lemons have a tough reputation, but they might be able to shake it – if they help you shake the flakes first. The acidity in pure freshly squeezed lemon juice contains acids that can help break down the fungus that is often the cause of dandruff outbreaks.

 

It’s also free from harsh chemicals and other unnatural ingredients that often do more harm than good to our hair and scalp – plus it leaves you smelling clean and fresh. So remember, the next time life gives you dandruff, give it lemons.

 

You will need…
-2 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice, divided
-1 cup of water

 

Directions
Massage 2 tablespoons of lemon juice into your scalp and let it sit for a minute. Mix 1 teaspoon of lemon juice into 1 cup of water and rinse your hair with it. Repeat daily until no longer needed.

 

  1. Use Tea Tree Oil

 

While excess oil can be a root cause of dandruff, some oils can still be helpful in keeping it under control. Tea tree oil has been used medicinally for centuries.

 

Aboriginals in Australia would pick the leaves of the tea tree plant and break them (much like we do with aloe) before using them as a topical treatment for burns, cuts, bites, and so on.

 

The oil extracted from those leaves have fungicidal properties and it is overall soothing to the skin-especially when it is sore or itchy.

 

Be aware that tea tree oil, while safe for topical use, should NOT be ingested under ANY circumstance.

 

You will need…
-1 tablespoon of tea tree oil
-1 cup of warm water
-A squirt bottle

 

Directions
Pour 1 tablespoon of tea tree oil into 1 cup of warm water in a squirt bottle. Shake well.

 

After shampooing, spray the mixture all over your scalp, massage, and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Pat the excess moisture out, but don’t wash it out.

 

  1. Enjoy Aloe

 

Aloe Vera gel is synonymous with “ahhhhh…relief” in many people’s minds. While it may be used more commonly to help minor burns, it can also help give you relief from dandruff.

 

It works because its constituents inhibit the process of skin cell proliferation. In other words, the stuff that makes it up slows down how fast your cells grow, and since dandruff often is caused by cells growing and dying too rapidly, the aloe can help restore them to normalcy.

 

You will need…
-1 bottle of Aloe Vera gel

 

Directions
Apply Aloe Vera gel to the scalp 15 minutes prior to washing your hair. After 15 minutes, shampoo and wash it as normal.

 

  1. Salt It

 

Salt is something most of us have lying around, something we use every day. But did you know that it can also help get rid of dandruff? It’s slightly abrasive crystals will work as a natural exfoliator, getting off the extra oil and dead skin flakes.

 

It is effective because it clears a path, if you will, for the shampoo which can sink in and work to its fullest potential. While rubbing salt on your scalp may not sound like spa treatment, it can actually feel quite pleasant, especially if your skin is itchy.

 

You will need…
-3 tablespoons of salt (Epsom salt works well if you happen to have it, but regular table salt is fine too.

 

Directions
Gently massage 3 tablespoons of salt into your dry or slightly dampened scalp for 2-3 minutes. Shampoo immediately afterwards.

 

You can also watch this Video HERE to learn about other homemade dandruff treatments.

 

Tips

 

If you’re not sure how you feel about washing your hair with some of the natural stuff used to treat dandruff, here are some tips that can still help you get rid of it at home.

 

  1. Switch Up Shampoos

 

You find that one shampoo…that one anti-dandruff shampoo that finally works. Deep down, you know it’s the shampoo for you. Then, without any warning, it just…quits on you. The dandruff starts coming back, and it’s time to realize that you have to move on if you want to shake the flake.

 

This isn’t uncommon-people often build up a tolerance to a shampoo and its active ingredient. If yours stops working abruptly this may be the case, so switch as soon as you can.

 

To keep this from happening, you can switch up what you’re using every month or so. Find 3 different kinds of anti-dandruff shampoo, each with a different formulation, and rotate them to prevent them from becoming ineffective.

 

  1. Obey The Law Of L.R.R.

 

Lather, rinse, repeat. We see it stamped on the back of shampoo bottles, but really, how many of us lather twice? I know most of the times that I have, it’s usually because I forgot I had already shampooed (embarrassing, I know.)

 

That direction is there for a reason though – it allows the shampoo to work at its best and really do what it is supposed to do.

 

Next time you’re in the shower, do an initial lathering before rinsing it off to get rid of most of the flakes and oil buildup. To really fight the dandruff, lather a second time and let it sit for 5 minutes. Then the shampoo can penetrate the skin cells fully and really go to work.

 

  1. Shampoo More

 

Many people are of the belief that dandruff is caused by dry skin, and try to make up for this by shampooing less so as to not strip the skin of its natural oils. They may also use special shampoo for dandruff when they really have dry scalp, which will just dry it out even more.

 

One of the biggest causes of dandruff is oily skin – that is why the skin flakes are often greasy, not dry. The best way to combat this is to shampoo more rather than less.

 

Since that dandruff is a build-up or excess of rapidly maturing skin cells, scrubbing with shampoo can help get the itchy layer off naturally. It can also help ward off overgrowth of the Malassezia fungus.

 

Dandruff can seem like an unconquerable enemy, but there are a number of effective ways to manage it and lessen its severity – and not all of them have to involve harsh chemicals or an expensive trip to the dermatologist.

 

The next time you get down about shaking the flake remember that some of the most effective homemade dandruff treatments could be right in front of you, maybe even as close as the salt shaker on your dining room table.

 

By Claire Goodall (a bee-obsessed natural-convert from Minnesota) who is a holistic health lover. She is the author of Everyday Roots Book.

 

It’s a Book that she creates to help you replace the toxic products and medications in your home with healthier, all-natural alternatives.

 

It contains 215+ effective home remedies and covers everything you will need to protect your family and save money every month.

 

For more details about her book, take a look at the Everyday Roots Book.

16 Ways to Prevent and Get Rid of Cold Sores

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A cold sore is not welcome on your face, or anywhere else, for that matter. Not only are they cosmetically unappealing, they can be downright painful. Let’s get over the fact they’re caused by the herpes virus. We all know it, and that aspect gets far too much attention.

 

Defining cold sores simply for what they are, they are small, fluid filled lesions that pop up generally on or around your lips. The blisters often group together, and after they break, a crust forms over the resulting sore.

 

There is no true cure for the virus, or the cold sores. The bright side is that there are preventative measures you can take that lessen outbreaks, severity, and duration.

 

If the bothersome blisters do show up, there are a decent number of home remedies for cold sores that may ease your discomfort, and help diminish their appearance.

 

Just because there is no cure, doesn’t mean you’re stuck using irritating prescription face creams or having a cold sore that hangs around for an eternity.

 

Below are 16 ways to prevent and get rid of cold sores

 

  1. Enjoy vanilla

 

Vanilla extract, the real, good, pure, vanilla extract, is a natural cold sore remedy some people swear by. The thought process is that its alcohol based, and running along those lines, makes it hard for the virus to thrive and either wipes it out or lessens the severity and length of the outbreak.

 

If you want to use vanilla to prevent and get rid of cold sores, try and get it organic, and try to start using it the second you feel the tingling set it.

 

You will need…
-a cotton swab or cotton pad
-pure vanilla extract

 

Directions…
Soak cotton pad or swab in vanilla until thoroughly saturated. Apply directly to sore, holding the swab or pad in place for a minute or so. Do this four times daily until no longer needed.

 

  1. Snag some licorice

 

One of the more random natural remedies for cold sores that you can use is licorice. Glycyrhizic acid, an ingredient in licorice root, has been shown in some studies to stop the virus cells in their nasty little tracks-or at least counteract the symptoms of them. This is thanks to its anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties.

 

A way to glean something positive from this isn’t to go munch on a bunch of licorice whips, but rather get some licorice powder, and make a cream.

 

To prevent and treat cold sores, you can also try drinking licorice tea daily, though that doesn’t seem as effective as topical treatment.

 

You will need…
-1 tablespoon licorice root powder or extract
-1/2 teaspoon fresh water OR approximately 2 teaspoons petroleum jelly

 

Directions…
Mix one tablespoon of licorice root powder to ½ teaspoon of fresh water, or however much you need to get the consistency of cream you want, making sure to add in small increments.

 

Another option to prevent and treat cold sores is to mix it with petroleum jelly, which on its own can help speed up the healing process of cold sores.

 

If you opt for this, start with a teaspoon of the petroleum jelly and mix it with the licorice root. You can work your way up to your desired consistency from there.

 

Gently dab (a cotton swab is handy for this) a thin layer over the sore, making sure to get it completely covered. Leave it on for at least several hours, or overnight if possible.

 

  1. Toss your toothbrush

 

Throw out your toothbrush after the blister has formed, and toss it once the sore has cleared up. A toothbrush is the perfect vessel to carry the virus, and you can end up triggering an outbreak in yourself if you re-use the same toothbrush again and again.

 

This is a preventative measure, since it can stop an outbreak or cut it short, it’s well worth doing.

 

  1. Hands off

 

It may sound obvious, but it can be near an impossible to resist picking at that crusty little (or big) patch by your mouth. Almost subconsciously you can end up bothering it, or very consciously, you just want to peel it off and be done with it.

 

Whatever your motive, resist touching the sore-even just reaching up to touch it and see if it somehow shrunk-as those actions can cause a bacterial infection. That’s the last thing you need.

 

They are also so highly contagious that even touching your sore and then accidentally rubbing your eye, or somewhere else on your body, could cause them to spread (they aren’t confined just to the mouth, you know.)

 

  1. Get milk

 

Putting a whole milk compress on your sore can help speed up the healing, and ease pain. The reason? Milk contains proteins known as immunoglobulins, which are essentially anti-bodies that fight off and prevent viruses-like herpes.

 

Milk also contains l-lysine. L-lysine helps inhibit the wicked work of an ammino acid called arginine, which has been shown to cause outbreaks, and may help speed up the healing process as well.

 

In short to prevent outbreaks, drink whole milk and get your dose of l-lysine. To help cold sores that have already erupted, make a whole milk compress to soothe the pain and fight off the virus.

 

You will need…
-1/2 cup to 1 cup of whole milk, plus a tablespoon or 2 extra
-cotton balls or cotton pads

 

Directions
Soak a cotton ball in approximately 1 tablespoon of milk, and apply it directly to the cold sore for several minutes. Before doing this you can either let the milk come to room temperature or, if you prefer, you can apply it cold.

 

Use a clean towel moistened with water to dab off the milky residue at the end. If you feel you need it, apply a dab of petroleum jelly.

 

  1. Wipe it out with hydrogen peroxide

 

Anyone who had a parent that put hydrogen peroxide on a scrape knows that it’s not exactly pleasant. The good news is that it’s a lot less traumatic to use at your own will, nor does it seem to hurt as bad now that you’ve grown up a bit. Love it or hate it, the solution can be an effective cold sore remedy.

 

Hydrogen peroxide disinfects, healing up speeding, and makes it hard for the surfaced sore to spread or worsen. The blister is already bothered and infected, at the very least virally, and keeping it clean can ultimately make it go away faster.

 

You will need…
-1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide
-cotton balls, cotton pads, or facial tissue

 

Directions
Soak a cotton ball in 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide. Use more if you feel it isn’t saturated enough.

 

Place the cotton ball directly on your sore- it’s probably going to sting-and hold it there for a few seconds, or dab it around. Let it be for 5 minutes or so, allowing it to do its job, before rinsing off.

 

  1. Be minty fresh

 

Peppermint oil is thought to have properties that directly kill virus particles outside of your cells, like the ones floating around an erupted cold sore which makes it a great option to prevent and get rid of cold sores.

 

It won’t help to ingest peppermint oil because it only attacks the virus escaped from your cells.

 

What we mean by it being “outside” of your cells is that herpes simplex virus usually resides beneath the skin, lurking and waiting for a trigger to make it rear its ugly head. When its’ erupted, it is accessible to treat with the oil.

 

When applied directly to a cold sore, people have found that the sore healed faster than usual-especially when applied at the very first sign of one.

 

You will need…
-Good quality peppermint oil
-1 cotton swab
-a bit of fresh water

 

Directions
First, use a bit of water to rinse the surface of the cold sore. Doing so gets away some of the surface gunk that would make it harder for the oil to really sink in and do its best.

 

Then, dip a cotton swab in clean water and then dip it into the peppermint oil. This is to dilute it a bit, making it less likely to irritate your skin. Try this twice daily until it is no longer needed.

 

  1. Take Echinacea

 

There are a couple of people I am quite close to who drink Echinacea tea religiously and swear by it. Every time I come down with a bug they give me the “I am not sick now am I?” look, with a meaningful nod at their mug of tea.

 

The reason they get away with their smugness is because Echinacea bolsters your immune system and its defenses, making it harder to catch bugs, and shortening how long you are affected by them.

 

While not yet proven it may help prevent cold sore outbreaks which often show when the immune system is weakened.

 

You will need…
-1 bag of Echinacea tea
-1 cup freshly boiled water

 

Directions
Place your bag in a mug and pour boiling water over it. Cover-a plate works well-and let it steep for 10 minutes. Squeeze the juice out of the bag when you remove it to get all the extra good stuff.

 

  1. Load up on vitamins E and C

 

Vitamins are good for us, and for our cold sores-and by good for our cold sores, I really mean bad for them. Vitamin C has been shown to boost white blood cell count, and white blood cells are the body’s defenders.

 

When something like an infection sets in the brave little cells head into battle, and having more of them means you’ll be more effective at fighting off the infection, which in this case is herpes.

 

Vitamin E, when applied topically, has been found to relieve the irritating and painful discomfort of cold sores, as well as minimize scarring.

 

You can get the vitamins through an oral supplement, oil (in the case of vitamin E) and-the best way-through your diet.

 

Vitamin C rich foods include
-red berries
-kiwi
-broccoli
-tomatoes
-red and green bell peppers
-spinach (little did Popeye know he was onto a cure for cold sores)

 

Vitamin E rich foods include
-nuts
-leafy green vegetables
-whole grain
-avocados

 

  1. Corn starch paste

 

If you’ve worked with corn starch before in your attempt to prevent and get rid of cold sores, you’ll be familiar with its fine, almost silky, texture-it seems like it could be soothing to a cold sore, doesn’t it?

 

I would say so, and it can indeed help relieve the itchy burning pain of a sore when directly applied.

 

The less obvious reason as to why corn starch makes a pleasant home remedy for cold sores is the fact that it neutralizes the pH of the sore- the virus thrives in an overly-acidic environment-and creates an alkaline state (alkaline is the opposite of acidic.)

 

To seek relief, and shorten the duration of your cold sore, simply whip up a silky-smooth corn starch paste.

 

You will need…
-1 tablespoon of corn starch
-1 teaspoon of fresh water to start

 

Measure out 1 tablespoon of corn starch and place in a small bowl. Mix in 1 teaspoon of fresh water. Add more water slowly until you achieve a paste-like consistency.

 

Put a dab on your cold sore before bed, and rinse off gently with water in the morning. Do this nightly until cold sore is gone.

 

  1. Dab on some witch hazel

 

The leaves and bark of North American witch hazel have been used medicinally for years, namely by Native Americans, and have now become quite commercialized.

 

Nowadays you don’t have to worry about tracking down a plant and stripping off its leaves and bark since you can find a bottle of witch hazel, or witch hazel hydrosol, at just about any pharmacy or general store.

 

Since it does not produce enough oil to sell as an essential oil, the hydrosol is a distilled liquid version. It has been shown to help with a number of maladies, particularly in skin care, with emphasis on acne, bruises, insect bites, blisters and, if you hadn’t guessed by now, cold sores.

 

You will need…
-1 teaspoon of witch hazel
-cotton swab or cotton pad

 

Soak a cotton pad or the end of a cotton swab in witch hazel. Dab directly onto your sore, and leave on. Do this 1-2 times daily as needed.

 

  1. Grab some aloe gel

 

The go-to for soothing minor skin irritations, aloe vera gel can provide quick relief from the pain of a cold sore once it blisters. It also fights off bacteria that may be irritating the sore more, and may make it go away faster.

 

Being so dependable, aloe is often touted as being one of the best natural remedies for skin problems there is. The best way to benefit from it is to have an aloe plant.

 

They’re not hard to come by, they’re hardy (I got one when I was five and it managed to survive my care for years,) and best of all, they’re useful and inexpensive. If you cannot get an aloe plant, find a good gel sold in stores.

 

You will need…
-1 aloe plant OR ½ teaspoon of aloe vera gel

 

Directions…
Break off the end of one fleshy, succulent, leaf. Directly apply the gel to your sore. If you absolutely cannot come by a plant, dab a cotton swab in roughly ½ teaspoon aloe vera gel and apply directly. Leave on.

 

  1. Ice it

 

Looks aside, cold sores hurt. They can really, really hurt. Think about what they are-little fluid filled boo-boos that burst, blister, and form a crust. Kind of like constipation, they aren’t taken very seriously.

 

If you complain about constipation pain-which can land you in the E.R., by the way-all people think is “poop” and then they tune out. With cold sores, most people think “herpes” and then move on-especially since cold sores are so common.

 

To numb the pain that some people just don’t understand (and the injustice of it all) try holding an ice cube directly on the sore for as long as possible, and then put on a dab of petroleum jelly.

 

The jelly will help keep bacteria out, and will lessen that tight, skin-splitting sensation that sometimes happens when a blister gets too dry, as it might after using an ice cube. It’s along the same lines of how licking chapped lips makes them worse.

 

You will need…
-1 to 2 fresh ice cubes, or an ice pack
-A bit of petroleum jelly

 

Directions…
Take a nice chilly ice cube, which would be most of them, and hold it on your sore for as long as possible, or use an ice pack. When you’ve finished, pat any obviously remaining water gently from the sore and apply a dab of petroleum jelly.

 

  1. Wear sunscreen-even on your lips

 

Exposure to light, namely UV light, seems to be a very contributing factor in outbreaks. When you hit the beach, or even just go for a summer time stroll, apply sunscreen to your face, and apply lip balm with an SPF value of no less than 15.

 

Indeed it may take you longer to get a crazy tan, but it’s a very, very, small sacrifice to make when you think of the painful cold sores erupting, and damage to your skin.

 

  1. Wash it all away

 

You don’t have to go dump every single thing you own when you get a cold sore, but like your toothbrush, its best to get rid of some things that come in contact with your lips/mouth area-such as lip balm, or make up tools.

 

In addition to this, wash your hands each and every time you touch, or even think you touch, your cold sore. While you’re always contagious, it’s easiest spread the virus when there’s an open blister and you may keep causes outbreaks if you continue using contaminated items.

 

  1. Quarantine right away

 

The moment you feel the tingling sensation that precedes a cold sore flare up, start your treatment. Since there is no “cure” sometimes preventative measures work best, and nipping it in the bud seems to help boost the effectiveness of the treatment afterwards well as shorten the sores existence.

 

When it all comes down to it at the end of the day, you have a virus that will never go away completely until a true cure is found for herpes simplex. That being said, your world does not have to come to a crashing halt when a sore pops up.

 

Use common sense, try to get to it in the beginning, and patiently treat it, keeping in mind that the remedy that works best for you will probably take some trial and error.

 

Since you’ll probably be living together for a while, it’s good to remember that the less you bother your cold sore (i.e. picking at it or using unnecessarily harsh chemicals) the less it will bother you.

 

You can also watch this Video HERE to learn about other ways to prevent and get rid of cold sores.

 

Wet…or dry? A word on cold sore living conditions

 

There are generally two chains of thought when it comes to treating cold sores. One is to dry them out, while the other is to keep them moist. Some people say the virus festers in a moist environment, others say it makes no difference and you’ll be uncomfortable with a dry, cracked, split, scab.

 

There isn’t much official research done on this, but from personal experience, I’d have to toss in with the “wet” lot. Putting a dab of petroleum jelly on a sore is a life-saver. The pain of a dry scab ripping open again and again is too much for me-not to mention I WILL pick at it if it’s all crusty.

 

Perhaps with a bit more clout is the Mayo Clinic which, according to their website, also endorses the moist route for treating cold sores.

 

By Claire Goodall (a bee-obsessed natural-convert from Minnesota) who is a holistic health lover. She is the author of Everyday Roots Book.

 

It’s a Book that she creates to help you replace the toxic products and medications in your home with healthier, all-natural alternatives.

 

It contains 215+ effective home remedies and covers everything you will need to protect your family and save money every month.

 

For more details about her book, take a look at the Everyday Roots Book.

 

8 Ways to Treat and Avoid Athlete’s Foot

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You don’t have to be an athlete to get athletes foot. Officially known as “tinea pedis,” this uncomfortable condition is a fungal infection that typically causes itchiness between and around toes, scaly or cracked/peeling patches of skin, dryness on the bottoms or sides of feet, and thick, ragged, and/or discolored toenails.

 

More likely to affect men than women, it thrives in a damp environment, and thick, tight, shoes. When your toes are pressed together (usually by shoes) it creates a warm moist area between them that is extremely appealing to the mold-like fungi that causes athletes foot.

 

To sum it up…it’s very unpleasant to deal with. To help you feel comfortable kicking off your socks, and to spare you chemical-laden creams, here are some natural ways to let fungus know it’s not welcome on your feet.

 

Below are 8 effective ways you can use to treat and avoid athlete’s foot

 

  1. Rub on corn starch

 

Corn starch can help you to treat and avoid athlete’s foot, because it absorbs moisture like nobody’s business. If you brown the corn starch first so much the better, as that sucks out any moisture that may have been present in it before.

 

You will need…
-Roughly ½ cup corn starch
-Warm water
-Mild soap
-A clean soft towel
-An oven or stovetop (optional)

 

Directions
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Pour a ½ cup of corn starch, or enough to cover both of your feet when rubbed on, onto a plate and pop in the preheated oven. Bake for only a few minutes, or until it takes on a light brownish color.

 

If you prefer, you can pour some corn starch into a small cooking pot and heat on a stovetop BREIFLY and stirring constantly until it browns slightly. Always keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t burn.

 

Rub the corn starch onto your feet and toes. Leave on for 5-10 minutes, and brush off with a clean towel. Wash your hands after applying and after brushing off.

 

  1. Let them breathe!

 

To treat and avoid athlete’s foot you need to remember that a warm, moist, environment attracts fungi. Go barefoot when you’re not in a moist environment, and if possible when going out where sandals or open-toed shoes.

 

You may not be keen on the idea of flaunting your feet if they look less-than-appealing, but it may be worth it if it means healing them up faster.

 

  1. Use a PVPI soak

 

Povidone-iodine (PVPI) is more commonly known by its main brand name, Betadine. It is a chemical complex used to treat and prevent infection in wounds.

 

It is also used for the prevention and treatment of skin infections, and is an effective bactericide. Expanding from that, it is helpful to combat yeasts, molds, and fungi, among other things.

 

The key word here is fungi-like the kind causing your athlete’s foot. Soaking your feet in Betadine can help get rid of it.

 

Note: If you are pregnant, do not attempt this remedy.

You will need…
-Poviodone-iodine (or PVPI)
-A large bowl or basin
-Warm water
-Clean towel
-Hairdryer (optional)

 

Directions
Fill a bowl or basin large enough to comfortably soak your feet with one quart of warm water, and add 2 capfuls of PVPI into it.

 

Soak your feet 2 times day for 20 minutes each (a total of 40 minutes a day) and make sure to dry them completely afterwards.

 

  1. Dunk them in hydrogen peroxide

 

Hydrogen peroxide is ideal for killing off bacteria and fungus, so soaking your feet in it can help clear up the little buggers that are making you so dang uncomfortable.

 

It will also help with any fungus that may be clinging around or under your nail as well. Just remember that it can sting, and this may be especially true if you have cracked skin.

 

You will need…
-1 pint 3% hydrogen peroxide
-1 gallon of clean, distilled water
-Spray bottle (optional)

 

Directions
Mix one pint of 3% hydrogen peroxide into 1 gallon of clean, lukewarm water. Soak for 20-30 minutes morning and night daily as needed to clear up your athlete’s foot. Let air dry or rinse off and dry completely.

 

Make sure you’re using 3% hydrogen peroxide (food grade) which is mainly what is sold in stores. More concentrated forms don’t equal wiping out the fungus any faster and may be harmful to the skin.

 

In fact, 90% hydrogen peroxide is used to produce rocket fuel, which is not what you want on your feet!

 

  1. Simply soap & dry

 

Hygiene plays a large part in whether or not you get athlete’s foot, as does drying them off afterwards. Washing your feet daily helps rid your skin of fungus, while drying it thoroughly ensures that it won’t come back or worsen.

 

You will need…
-Plain old hand soap
-Water
-Towel
-Hairdryer (optional)

 

Directions
To treat and avoid athlete’s foot, you need to thoroughly wash your feet with soap and water, twice a day, making sure to get between your toes. When you’re done, dry them off. Moist means fungus. Use a soft clean towel, and again, get between your toes.

 

Because athlete’s foot is contagious don’t use the same towel, or make sure it’s been washed in extra-hot water after every use.

 

If your feet stubbornly want to stay damp you can try gently drying them with a hairdryer, which can get rid of that little bit of wetness the towel couldn’t. Make sure it is on the “warm” or even “cold” setting, and don’t overdo it.

 

  1. Soda for your shoes

 

Baking soda can also help to treat and avoid athlete’s foot because it kills bacteria and works well as an antifungal agent. Sprinkle some in your shoes after wearing them, or create a paste and rub onto your feet.

 

You will need…
-3 parts baking soda
-1 part cool water

 

Directions
Wash your feet with water and dry completely. Mix 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water, or until a thick paste forms. Rub onto your feet in a gentle circular motion, being sure to get between your toes.

 

Let it dry and slough mostly off. Run your feet under cool water and make sure to dry them completely again.

 

  1. Spread the word, not the ‘foot

 

Athlete’s foot is contagious and if you have it, you know how unpleasant it is. Keep it from spreading to others, or from spreading it back to yourself, by following some simple suggestions.

 

-Wash your hands with soap and water after coming in contact with an infected area
-After bathing wash out the tub or shower with an antiseptic cleaner
-Don’t share towels, and keep all towels and linens clean
-If you are going to be using a public shower, wear sandals
-Wash your socks in extra-hot water, and never re-wear the same pair of socks without out washing them first.
-Alternate your shoes every other day. If your feet have been in a pair, the fungus is in there too. Treat them with an antiseptic spray. If your feet sweat a lot, swap out pairs multiple times a day.

 

  1. Lemon rinse for odor

 

Another way to treat and avoid athlete’s foot is by rinsing your feet with a lemon juice/ water mixture can help minimize any odor or unpleasant smell that your feet may be emitting as a result of athletes foot.

 

You will need…
-1/2 cup lemon juice
-10 cups of tepid water

 

Directions
Soak your feet for 10-15 minutes once or twice a day to minimize odor.

 

You can also watch this Video Here to learn how to treat and avoid athlete’s foot.

 

Feet are important, to make an understatement. We use them a lot and if they aren’t comfortable, it’s almost a guarantee you won’t be comfortable either.

 

Not to mention that-even if they weren’t all that important- there are few things more infuriating than when they itch inside your shoe. Then you either have to stomp on your own foot to relieve the itch, or pull your whole shoe off.

 

To maintain your sanity, and feel better, remember that a little bit of daily dedication with simple home remedies can be enough to help you put your best foot forward (and keep your shoe on.)

 

By Claire Goodall (a bee-obsessed natural-convert from Minnesota) who is a holistic health lover. She is the author of Everyday Roots Book.

 

It’s a Book that she creates to help you replace the toxic products and medications in your home with healthier, all-natural alternatives.

 

It contains 215+ effective home remedies and covers everything you will need to protect your family and save money every month.

 

For more details about her book, take a look at the Everyday Roots Book.

14 Home Remedies for Arthritis and Joint Pain

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We take the freedom of movement for granted, until it becomes limited. The cause of this for many people comes in the form of arthritis, or the inflammation of one or more of your joints.

 

There are two main kinds, osteo and rheumatoid, both of which affect the joint in different ways.

 

Osteo arthritis is when the cartilage between bones wears down, until bone grates on bone.

 

Rheumatoid is little less straightforward, being caused by an autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation of the synovial membrane (a soft tissue that protects joints in the body) and that can lead to bone loss.

 

Whichever you experience, there are home remedies for arthritis to manage the pain and ease the symptoms naturally.

 

Try These 14 Home Remedies for Arthritis

 

  1. Turmeric & Ginger Tea

 

Turmeric and ginger are both anti-inflammatories, and will help with oseto and rheumatoid arthritis.

 

Turmeric in particular has gotten a lot of attention lately. Its active ingredient is something called curcumin, which is a powerful antioxidant. In addition, it lowers the levels of 2 enzymes responsible for causing inflammation (which is what we’re often fighting with arthritis.)

 

You can take these in a capsule form or make a nice spicy tea to enjoy daily.

 

You will need…

 

-2 cups of water
-1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
-1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
-Honey to taste

 

Directions

 

Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, and had ½ teaspoon each ground ginger and ground turmeric. Reduce to a simmer and let it be for 10-15 minutes. Strain, add honey to taste, and enjoy twice daily. This yields 2 servings.

 

 

 

  1. Epsom salt soak

 

Epsom salt contains magnesium sulfate which sounds kind of scary, but it’s really quite a wonderful substance.

 

A naturally occurring mineral, magnesium sulfate has been used to get relief from pain for years, namely because of its high levels of magnesium (more on magnesium below.)

 

You will need…

 

-1/2 cup of Epsom salt
-A large bowl
-Warm water

 

Directions

 

Fill a large bowl with warm water and add ½ cup of Epsom salt. Stir it around, and then submerge your sore joints in the liquid.

 

If you are experiencing pain in a less convenient place to soak, such as your knees, try taking a bath with Epsom salts. Run a tub full of warm water and add 2 cups of Epsom salt. Soak for 15 minutes (at least.)

 

  1. Get more magnesium (seriously.)

 

Magnesium is something our bodies need, but we can’t make it ourselves. It is used in over 300 different biomechanical responses in our body. It relaxes all our muscles and nerve endings, relieving stiffness and pain.

 

It is even part of what makes our heart beat. Not only does it relax muscles and ease pain (this goes for arthritis pain too, of course) it helps bones to mineralize.

 

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition conducted one of many studies on magnesium that showed people who had a diet high in magnesium/took supplements had higher bone density, and overall stronger bones.

 

There are several ways to get more magnesium and utilize it for arthritis in particular.

 

Supplements: Magnesium capsules are a good thing to add to your day-to-day life, but they work best when used in conjunction with an improved diet.

 

Diet: Really this is the clincher-as great as supplements are, they can’t do everything. Eat foods that are high in magnesium, which include dark leafy greens (like spinach), nuts, and legumes (beans.)

 

Oil: There is magnesium oil that can be applied topically and absorbed through the skin. Try rubbing it on sore joints to relieve pain.

 

  1. Lubricate With Extra Virgin Olive Oil

 

The very consistency of olive oil makes it seem like something that would lubricate your joints and ease arthritis pain, and it turns out, it actually does.

 

A main compound in extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) called oleocanthal inhibits inflammatory enzymes COX-1 and COX-2, just like Advil or aspirin does. A study showed that 1 ½ tablespoons is equal to 200-mg of ibuprofen.

 

However, not every oil is created equal. Heat destroys oleocanthal, so it is necessary to use extra virgin olive oil or “cold-pressed.” The ripeness of the olives at the time they were pressed also determines the level of oleocanthal-generally the stronger tasting the oil, the higher the level there is present.

 

It can be taken internally to reap the benefits, but being high in calories consider replacing any fats, such as butter, with it in cooking instead.

 

You will need…

 

-2-3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

 

Directions

 

Rub a bit of olive oil onto your sore joints twice a day, massaging in to each one gently. You can also take 2-3 tablespoons daily, but be sure to give up some other form of fat due to the high calorie count in the oil (rest easy, these are good calories.)

 

  1. Dandelion Leaves

 

Incredibly high in vitamins A and C, dandelion leaves can help repair damaged tissue and help the liver clear toxins out of the blood. Studies, although limited, have also shown anti-inflammatory properties due to the linoleic and linoleic acid in them.

 

Linoleic is an essential fatty acid required by the body to produce prostaglandin-which basically regulates immune responses and suppresses inflammation.

 

Because of its involvement with immune responses, dandelion shows great potential when it comes to treating rheumatoid arthritis in particular. You can enjoy dandelion leaves in nice salad, or brew tea with them.

 

You will need…

 

-3 teaspoons of fresh dandelion leaves, or 1 teaspoon of dried
-1 cup of boiling water
-A handful of fresh leaves (if making a salad)
-A dash of extra virgin olive oil (if making a salad)

 

Directions

 

For fresh dandelion tea, steep 3 teaspoons of fresh leaves or 1 teaspoon dried in 1 cup of boiling water. Strain and drink twice daily.

 

Dandelion tea is very bitter…you have been warned! You can add honey to sweeten it up if you’d like.

 

To make a salad, simply toss the greens in with another recipe, or eat them plain with a bit of extra virgin olive oil. Older leaves can be gently sautéed to soften them up a bit.

 

  1. Blackstrap Molasses Drink

 

High in valuable minerals such as calcium, potassium, and magnesium, blackstrap molasses has been one of the most cherished home remedies for arthritis for a number of years.

 

Blackstrap molasses is what remains after the 3rd boiling of sugar syrup, and is nothing like the nutrient lacking refined sugars used today.

 

As a dietary supplement (easily consumed as a drink) blackstrap can help relieve symptoms of arthritis and joint pain, thanks to its vital constituents that regulate nerve and muscle function, and strengthen bones.

 

You will need…

 

-1 tablespoon of blackstrap molasses
-1 cup of warm water

 

Directions

 

Heat 1 cup of fresh water until warm, but not hot. Stir in a tablespoon of blackstrap molasses and drink once daily. Do note that it can sometimes have a laxative effect.

 

  1. White Willow Tea (the original aspirin)

 

Before there was aspirin, and I mean way before aspirin, there was white willow bark. The Greek physician Hippocrates wrote about it all the way back in 5th century BC.

 

It wasn’t until 18-something or other (1829, I believe) that it was found that white willow was so effective because it contained an active ingredient called salicin.

 

Salicin is converted in the body into salicylic acid-similar to acetyl salicylic acid, the active ingredient in aspirin. But because the naturally occurring salicin is converted after it passed through the stomach, it resulted in less irritation/side effects.

 

While it can be taken in a capsule form, I usually opt for the tea version of just about everything.

 

You will need…

 

-2 teaspoons of powdered or chipped white willow bark
-1 cup of water
-Honey or lemon to taste

 

Directions

 

Bring 1 cup (8 oz.) of water to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Add 2 teaspoons of powdered or chipped white willow bark and let it infuse for 10-15 minutes.

 

Remove from heat and let it steep for 30 more minutes. Drink twice daily-it’s bitter, so honey and lemon are usually welcome here.

 

  1. Exercise

 

When it’s painful and difficult just to move, the last thing you feel like doing is getting up and exercising. As unpleasant as it may sound though, exercise is vital for those who suffer from any form of stiffness, joint pain, or arthritis.

 

Exercise will help control weight (an excess of which puts more strain on your joints) strengthens the muscles that support the joint, even when the cartilage is thinning, and lubricates the joints, allowing them to move more freely.

 

When we are inactive the synovial fluid in the joints is the consistency of a thick gel, but once we get moving and warming up, the liquid becomes more viscous and can do a better job of lubricating our joints and keeping them going smoothly.

 

Just imagine if you were to be sedentary every day, pretty soon you’d be so stiff it’d be just about impossible to move. But if you get up and move around every day, you’ll get stronger and will loosen up as well.

 

Try…
-Going for a brisk walk-start with 15 minutes and work your way up into a solid daily routine.
-Doing joint-targeted exercises-certain stretches and exercises specifically target joints to help rid them of stiffness and pain.
-Getting a dog-doing so backs up the first point, because you’ll have no choice but to walk!

 

  1. Peppermint Eucalyptus Oil Blend

 

Peppermint and eucalyptus don’t change the course of the arthritis itself, but they do have analgesic, or pain-relieving, properties. The cooling sensation that they produce can temporarily override your discomfort, and create a soothing sensation that can ease the pain of arthritis.

 

You will need…

 

-5-10 drops of Peppermint oil
-5-10 drops of Eucalyptus oil
-1-2 tablespoons of carrier oil (olive, almond, grape seed, etc.)
-A small dark glass bottle

 

Directions

 

Blend 5-10 drops of eucalyptus and peppermint oil together, and then mix into 1-2 tablespoons of carrier oil.

 

Carrier oil is needed to dilute the essential oil so that it does not irritate the skin, and can be olive oil, grapeseed oil, or something of the like (not oil.)

 

Store the oil blend in dark glass bottle away from direct sunlight, and rub into your joints when they ache.

 

  1. Juniper Berry Tea

 

A 2009 research trial published in the “Journal of Ethnopharmacology” found that juniper berries do indeed help with arthritis pain thanks to a component called terpinen-4-ol.

 

Terpene suppresses a type of white blood cells called monocytes which, as a part of our immune system, respond to signals of inflammation.

 

In rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system attacks normal joint tissue for no reason, leading to inflammation, pain, and loss of function.

 

If taken daily, juniper may be able to reduce the uncomfortable inflammation thanks to its terpene content. Only prickly juniper and common juniper varieties were effective.

 

Note: Do NOT drink juniper berry tea while pregnant.

 

You will need…

 

-1 tablespoon of dried juniper berries
-1 cup of fresh water
-Honey (optional)

 

Directions

 

Bring 1 cup of fresh water to a boil, and place 1 tablespoon of dried juniper berries in a mug. Pour the boiling water over the berries and let them steep for 20 minutes before straining. Drink 1 cup twice daily, and add honey to taste if you like.

 

  1. Golden Raisins & Gin

 

First off I am not recommending that you go and drink gin, but I thought this was one of the most interesting old home remedies for arthritis.

 

Gins flavor is derived from juniper berries (see #10 for a more in depth explanation of juniper berries) which contain anti-inflammatory properties.

 

Golden raisins (only golden can be used in this recipe) require sulfides in their processing to give them their characteristic color.

 

Sulfides are found in both glucosamine and chondroitin, which many people have found to be helpful home remedies for arthritis.

 

This remedy stretches back at least 20 years, and some people swear by it, while others have had limited success.

 

You will need…

 

-Around 1/2 cup of gin
-1 cup of golden raisins
-a shallow dish

 

Directions

 

The amounts will vary depending on how big of a batch you are making, but basically you just need raisins and enough gin to just cover them, and the above amounts are just to give a general guideline.

 

I am one of those people who, even if it is a loosely interpreted recipe, like to have some numbers to start with. Anyways, place 1 cup of golden raisins in a shallow dish, and pour in enough gin to just barely cover them.

 

Cover with a towel and store them away in a dark place until the gin has evaporated (around 2 weeks.) Eat 9 of the raisins daily, keeping in mind the results may take several weeks to show.

 

  1. Bosweilla supplements

 

Also known as Frankincense, Bosweilla is a flowering plant native to Africa and Asia. The gum resin or extract of the plant works as an anti-inflammatory and pain-killer.

 

It works against inflammation by ‘disabling’ white blood cells that would cause swelling, and also helps shrink tissue that has already become inflamed and painful.

 

I am afraid I don’t have a tea recipe for this one, as it is generally taken in a tablet supplement form, much like a vitamin. It is sold at many health stores and online, and is fairly reasonably priced compared to what some other supplements cost.

 

  1. Pectin & Grape Juice

 

Pectin is a water soluble carbohydrate substance found in the cell walls of plants, where it helps keep cell walls together, and gives fruit firmness as it ripens.

 

It is extracted from fruit to use as a setting in jams and jellies, and has become popular as a home remedy for arthritis when combined with grape juice.

 

It has been tentatively hypothesized that it helps return the synovial tissue to a more elastic and lubricated state, which results in pain-free movement.

 

Despite the fact that more studies are needed on pectin and connective tissue many people have found, for whatever reason, great relief from their arthritis with it.

 

The grape juice is the liquid of choice due to the fact that it can help with inflammation.

 

You will need…

 

-1 tablespoon of liquid pectin
-8 oz. of grape juice

 

Directions

 

Mix 1 tablespoon of liquid pectin with 8 oz. of grape juice and drink 1-2 times daily. It will take a week or two for the effects to show.

 

  1. Cayenne ‘Capsaicin’ Ointment

 

A common OTC pain reliever for joint pain contains capsaicin, a component in hot peppers that inhibits something called Substance P.

 

Substance P is involved in transmitting pain signals to our brain, and when the capsaicin interferes with it, it minimizes the alert to the discomfort, and therefore the discomfort itself.

 

It has been one of the more effective topical treatments for arthritis, and you can make your own at home with humble cayenne.

 

Keep in mind, however, that it is only a temporary fix and should be used sparingly if possible.

 

To prepare Original Capsaicin Cream Recipe for treating arthritis

 

You will need…

 

-3 tablespoons of cayenne powder
-1 cup of grapeseed oil (or any other oil like almond, olive, jojoba)
-1/2 cup of grated beeswax
-A double boiler
-A glass jar with a tightly fitting lid

 

Directions

 

Mix together 3 tablespoons of cayenne powder with 1 cup of your oil of choice and heat in a double boiler for 5-10 minutes over medium heat. Stir in a 1/2 cup of grated beeswax and continue to stir until it has melted completely and everything is blended together.

 

Chill the mixture in the refrigerator for 10 minutes, and then whisk together. Chill for another 10-15 and then whip again before putting it in a glass jar with a tightly fitting lid and storing in the refrigerator. It will keep for 1 ½ weeks-apply daily as needed for pain.

 

Our body is an incredible structure that takes a great amount of strain and stress every single day-it’s really no wonder our joints, the things that allows us movement, begin to feel the burden.

 

For other home remedies for arthritis, watch this Video HERE and this 2nd ONE HERE.

 

In the case of rheumatoid arthritis, the complexity of the body provides a mystery that we may or may not ever solve. Whichever form of arthritis or joint pain you happen to suffer from, a deeper understanding of what is causing it can help you determine the best way to treat it.

 

Nature also does a surprisingly good job at healing-we wouldn’t have made it very far otherwise-and you may find great success in naturally treating your condition and regaining the freedom of movement.

 

By Claire Goodall (a bee-obsessed natural-convert from Minnesota) who is a holistic health lover. She is the author of Everyday Roots Book.

 

It’s a Book that she creates to help you replace the toxic products and medications in your home with healthier, all-natural alternatives.

 

It contains 215+ effective home remedies and covers everything you will need to protect your family and save money every month.

 

For more details about her book, take a look at the Everyday Roots Book.

5 Home Remedies for Itchy, Puffy, Dry Eyes

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Allergies, lack of sleep, dry air, your co-workers overwhelming perfume…lots of things can cause itchy, puffy, dry eyes.

 

And while we’re led to believe that eye drops must be purchased for our own good, it is entirely possible to make your own simple eye drops for times when you find your eyes itchy and irritated.

 

The most important thing is that everything you use is clean and sterile to prevent any infection causing microbes from causing problems.

 

I love this solution to keep on hand, as it instantly soothes itchiness, flushes away dirt and debris, and relieves uncomfortable dryness. This is, basically, a saline solution.

 

However, it is important to use purified water, and sodium chloride tablets (these are just “pure” salt tablets, as opposed to table salt, which has iodine and anti-caking agents) to keep it sterile and non-irritating. The tablets can be found in any pharmacy or ordered online.

 

You will need:

 

-1 cup of purified or filtered water
-2 sodium chloride tablets (2 grams)
-An eye dropper
-A mason jar

 

Directions

 

Boil the mason jar and it’s lid and dip the glass part of the eye dropper into the boiling water to rid them of any contaminants. Fill the mason jar with 1 cup of purified water, and then add in the sodium chloride tablets. Shake well.

 

Apply 2-3 drops in each eye as needed for relief from irritation. It goes without saying but…discontinue use and contact an eye doctor if you experience any discomfort.

 

Here are 4 other Home Remedies for Itchy, Puffy, Dry eyes

 

  1. Get Less Sodium

 

Ingesting too much sodium is a common cause of water retention, even if you don’t have a pre-existing condition that would make you prone to it (such as kidney disease.)

 

Because of the imbalance of salt and water, water gets drawn out of your cells and puffs up your tissues. The resulting bloating can affect even your eyes, filling out the tissues around the eye cavity, and causing puffy eyes. Less salt = less puffiness

 

If you’re worried about how you’ll possibly flavor your food, don’t panic. Steady research has shown that the less salt you eat, the less you want. Your taste buds will adjust to the lower levels over time.

 

A month or so after you’ve made the change, sample your food with the amount you used to eat, and you’ll probably be disgusted!

 

You will need…

 

-Self-control and perseverance

 

  1. Chamomile Tea Bags

 

Chamomile is effective for reducing puffiness caused by allergies. While it can help with inflammation in general, when it comes to your eyes, it’s really the properties that soothe itchy and irritated skin that make the difference with any swelling.

 

Chamomile also works wonders when it comes to tired or strained eyes. Resting the tea bags directly over your eyes can help reduce discomfort and the appearance of irritation/swelling, and you have two options when it comes to what you use.

 

I like to bulk order my own tea bags and fill them with herbs-in this case, of course, I’d fill them with dried chamomile- so I know exactly what I am putting on my skin.

 

However, you can use store bought as well if you’re looking for something more convenient, just be sure there isn’t a bunch of other herbs added!

 

You will need…

 

-2 chamomile tea bags
-Approximately ½ cup of fresh water
-A place to lie down

 

Directions

 

Boil the water and then soak the tea bags for about 5 minutes. After removing the bags let them cool off, and then squeeze out any excess liquid. Lie down and place them over your eyes for at least 10 minutes twice a day.

  1. Cold-Compress

 

A cold compress can temporarily diminish the appearance of the puffiness. The cold constricts blood vessels, which slows down the flow of fluid into the tissues and reduces the puffiness.

 

You can obviously just pop some ice into a bag, or make a compress (link to post) that can be used for both heat and cold, but I really enjoy gel packs for some occasions. And while I really truly do not like corn syrup, it makes for a dandy DIY cold gel pack.

 

You will need…

 

-A small plastic zip lock bag
-Corn syrup
-Food or natural coloring (optional)

 

Directions

 

It’s pretty straightforward. Simply fill up the bag with corn syrup and add a little bit of coloring if you want to make it fun-like the classic blue color of store bought cold packs. Pop it in the freezer and use when necessary.

 

Because of the high sugar content, the syrup will not freeze solid, but it does get close. I let it sit out for 5-10 minutes to soften up first.

 

*If you don’t have time for resting a compress on your eyes, splash your face with cold water in the morning.*

 

  1. Do The Elevator

 

If you tend to wake up with bags under your eyes that diminish as the day goes on, elevating yourself while you sleep may help reduce the appearance first thing in the morning.

 

It depends on the individual, but fluid can pool and build up around the eyes when you’re lying flat and sleeping. Propping yourself up or even just sleeping on your back can help keep everything in circulation, which diminishes the puffiness first thing in the morning. As a plus, propping yourself up can help with snoring as well.

 

You will need…

 

-An extra pillow OR wood blocks to rest under your bed legs

 

Directions

 

Use an extra pillow to elevate your head or, if you’re worried this may make you wake up with sore muscles, place small blocks of wood beneath the legs at the top of the bed to raise it slightly.

 

Just a reminder-make sure it’s extra steady if you do the latter. It’s not fun to wake up in the middle of the night if your bed slides off and thumps down.

 

You can also watch this Video HERE and HERE TOO to learn about other home remedies for itchy, puffy, dry eyes.

 

By Claire Goodall (a bee-obsessed natural-convert from Minnesota) who is a holistic health lover. She is the author of Everyday Roots Book.

 

It’s a Book that she creates to help you replace the toxic products and medications in your home with healthier, all-natural alternatives.

 

It contains 215+ effective home remedies and covers everything you will need to protect your family and save money every month.

 

For more details about her book, take a look at the Everyday Roots Book.

 

17 Naturally Soothing Sunburn Treatments

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Sunburn is the bane of summertime, thwarting tans and forcing people to cover up. It can happen at any time of the year though, because it is the exposer to the ultra-violet rays of the sun that cause it.

 

When you’re getting bombarded with UV light, your exposed skin ups its production of melanin. Melanin is the dark pigment in the top layer of your skin (the epidermis) that gives it its color, and also determines how tan you can get.

 

Upping the production of melanin is the bodies’ way of protecting the deeper layers of the skin, and the tan acts as a shield against UV light.

 

However, the amount of melanin produced to protect you is determined by genetics (so people with fair skin produce less melanin and are more likely to burn) and all in all you end up with a natural shield equal to around SPF 4.

 

The best thing to do is prevent sunburn, but even when you do try to protect yourself, you may end up burned anyways.

 

To avoid peeling and get rid of the redness and stinging, here are 17 tips and home remedies for sunburn that are simple, fast, and effective.

 

17 Sunburn Treatments You Can Try

 

  1. Potato paste

 

If you’ve found yourself with searing hot red skin, root up a few potatoes. Potatoes have been known as a pain reliever throughout the years, working particularly well on minor skin irritations and soothing scratches, bites, and burns, as well as possibly reducing inflammation.

 

Some people feel that the juice of the potato works the best, while others feel just slices are sufficient. Try both sunburn treatments tips, and see which one is the best remedy for your sunburn.

 

You will need…
-2 potatoes
-A grater, blender, or knife
-Cotton balls, cotton pads, facial tissue, or gauze

 

Directions
Wash and scrub your potatoes thoroughly, and then either grate them over a bowl or cut them up and put them in a blender. There is no need to remove the peels.

 

If you’re using a blender, give them a whirl until they’ve become quite liquid. If they seem too dry, you can add a small amount of water.

 

Pour out the mixture, soak cotton balls thoroughly in it, and apply to sunburn.

 

An easier perhaps more effective method would be to soak gauze and lay it over the burn.

 

If you’re using a grater, grate the potatoes over a bowl and apply the pulp, trying to get as much juice as possible.

 

You can also try simply slicing the potatoes, and lying the slices directly on your burn.

 

  1. Cool milk compress

 

A cool milk compress is one of the quickest, simplest and low-cost sunburn treatments. It doesn’t get much easier than just heading to the refrigerator for relief-and easy is good when treating anything.

 

The initial coolness of the milk will ease the heat, while it also creates a layer of protein to protect your skin, help it heal, and further soothe discomfort.

 

You will need…
-Gauze or a clean, soft, washcloth
-Chilled milk

 

Directions

 

Pour a bowl of milk high enough so that you can thoroughly soak your compress in it. When the gauze or washcloth is saturated, let the excess liquid drain off.

 

Drape across your burn, pressing gently so that it stays in place, and leave it on for as long as needed. If the milk in the bowl becomes room temperature chill it before re-dunking your compress.

 

  1. Cornstarch/baking soda for fighting burns

 

Cornstarch, with its cool, silky texture, is a good way to naturally soothe your sunburn. Like milk, it is one of those things that you probably have lying around your house regardless of whether or not you planned on sizzling out in the sun.

 

If you don’t have cornstarch, try some baking soda for quick relief. Both  sunburn treatments can diminish the pain and lessen the blazing red appearance of the burn.

 

You will need…
-Cornstarch or baking soda
-Cool water

 

Directions
How much cornstarch or baking soda you need will vary depending on how big of an area you want to cover.

 

Whichever one you are using add cool water-not cold- little by little until it has reached a paste-like consistency.

 

Smear the paste gently over your burn and leave on until the heat or pain has let up some. Rinse off completely.

 

  1. Drink up

 

Sunburn is a burn. It sounds like stating the obvious, but we often don’t think about the fact that we really, truly, seared our skin. As with any other thing that burns your skin is dried out, and your body is probably dehydrated too.

 

Keep a tall glass or bottle of ice cold water on hand at all times to make sure you’re keeping yourself full of H20, which is necessary to heal your damaged skin.

 

  1. Cool off with mint & tea

 

Mint naturally cools and soothes whatever it touches, and sunburns are no exception. The tannic acid and theobromine found in green tea also helps relieve pain and heal damaged skin when applied topically.

 

You will need…
-1 quart of boiling water
-5 green tea bags
-3 cups of fresh mint leaves
-Cotton pads or a clean soft cloth

 

Directions
Bring 1 quart of water to a boil. Remove the strings and tags from the 5 tea bags and add them, as well as 3 cups of fresh mint leaves, to a pan.

 

Pour the boiling water over the mint leaves and tea bags and cover with a lid, letting is sit for approximately an hour so you can get all the good stuff out of it. Strain and then chill.

 

When the mixture has chilled thoroughly, use cotton pads or a clean soft cloth soaked in the liquid and apply directly to the burn. You can also pour it over the burn if you wish.

 

If you find yourself without green tea you can substitute black tea, which also contains tannins.

 

  1. Indulge in some aloe

 

Aloe vera gel is many peoples go-to when they have sunburn. It’s cool, soothing, and seems to suck the sting and redness right out of your sunburn.

 

Because aloe is useful for a number of other ailments (such as acne or heartburn) it’s handy to have a plant growing in your house. They’re easy to maintain, free from any additives, and you won’t have to keep running out to buy more from the store all the time once it’s big enough.

 

If you would really rather prefer not having the plant, getting some good quality aloe vera gel from the store is the next best thing-it’s also more practical for treating larger areas.

 

You will need…
-An aloe plant with thick, juicy, leaves
-Enough store bought gel to cover your burn

 

If using the plant, slit several big leaves down the middle, not cutting all the way through. Spread them flat, and lay on your burn. You can also squeeze the gel out.

 

If you’re using gel that’s already been extracted, apply however much you need to your sunburn. The plant is usually more practical when treating smaller areas, while the purchased aloe gel is easier to spread over a big burn. A combination of both works as well.

 

  1. Season with vinegar

 

Vinegar has been part of family lore for literally hundreds of years. While there is no official research done on how it helps sunburns in particular, there are a vast amount of people out there who swear up and down that vinegar helps heal sunburn, or mildly burned tissue in general.

 

Pure unfiltered apple cider vinegar seems to work the best, and often times proponents of this method say is most effective after a cool or tepid shower.

 

You will need…
-1 cup roughly apple cider vinegar
-a spray bottle (optional)
-Cotton balls or something similar for application

 

Directions
Try this after taking a water only shower if possible. Fill a spray bottle with pure unfiltered apple cider vinegar, and spritz it onto your burn, or soak cotton balls and apply. Let it dry.

 

  1. Wash it with witch hazel

 

Witch hazel is a staple when it comes to healing a number of ailments and maladies. Witch hazel is a plant, but only the leaves bark, and twigs, are used medicinally.

 

Witch hazels contain chemicals called “tannins” which, when applied to directly to the skin, can help reduce swelling, repair damaged skin, and ward off nasty bacteria.

 

You’ll most likely find witch hazel in a distilled liquid extract form, which simply distilled from the dried leaves, bark, and twigs of the plant. It may also be called witch hazel water.

 

You will need…
-3 tablespoons of witch hazel, approximately
-Cotton balls or a clean soft cloth

 

Directions
The amount of witch hazel you will need will depend on the area of the burn you want to cover. Pour the necessary amount into a bowl, and soak cotton balls or a clean cloth in the liquid.

 

Dab on just enough to cover the burn-it doesn’t need to be dripping off. Reapply as needed for pain.

 

  1. Take a bath with the Quaker guy

 

I should specify that I mean add oatmeal to a bath, and the one with the nice looking fellow wearing a hat tends to be the one most people have. That being said, any plain rolled oats will do.

 

The polysaccharides in oatmeal will coat and heal your skin, while the water cools you down and keeps your skin hydrated and moist.

 

Make sure your bath is tepid, or slightly on the cooler side. Cold water will seal off pores and your body will want to trap heat. The burn is hot enough that tepid water will still soothe it.

 

You will need…
-Roughly 2 cups of rolled oats, uncooked
-a clean tube sock

 

Directions
Fill a clean cotton tube sock with uncooked oatmeal and tie off the top. Make sure the top is really cinched off; otherwise the oatmeal will leak out and float around.

 

Run a bath full of tepid water, only a little on the cool side if you feel even tepid is too warm. Toss in the sock and let it soak for a few minutes before getting in the tub.

 

Squeeze the out the sock to get all the healing goodness, and repeat every few minutes. The water will get cloudy, and your skin may feel somewhat slick-which is a good thing. Let yourself air dry, or pat dry gently with a clean soft towel when you’re finished.

 

Note: Don’t linger for hours, as a super long soak may dry out your skin more in the end.

 

  1. DIY burn cream

 

Whipping up a cream to soothe your sunburn at home can be easy, provided you have the right ingredients. Not surprisingly, this cream contains water, witch hazel, aloe vera gel, mint leaves, and baking soda, all of which relieve sunburn for various reasons.

 

You can experiment by adding or subtracting other helpful ingredients to find out what works best for you.

 

You will need…
-1 tablespoon of witch hazel
-1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel
-2-4 teaspoons of baking soda or cornstarch
-1-2 cups of fresh mint leaves, or 1 teaspoon of peppermint oil
-2 tablespoons fresh, clean, water

 

Directions
Put 2 tablespoons of fresh water, 1 tablespoon of witch hazel, and 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel, in a small mixing bowl. Stir together and then cover, letting the mixture blend and infuse for 2 hours. After 2 hours, add 2-4 teaspoons of baking soda or cornstarch, and 1-2 cups of roughly chopped fresh mint leaves.

 

If it seems too runny add more baking soda or cornstarch slowly, or if it’s too thick, add small amounts of water slowly until desired consistency is reached.

 

Transfer to a jar or similar container with a tight fitting lid, and store in a cool dark place for 24 hours to let the cream fully infuse. You can than apply as needed.

 

Making some ahead of time and keeping it in the refrigerator ensures you always have a handy cream to heal any sunburn you get during the hot summer months.

 

  1. Don’t get burned

 

This had to be listed at some point-the best way to treat a burn is to not get burned in the first place. Forget about getting a ridiculous tan a.s.a.p. and apply some sunscreen. You’ll darken your skin gradually, and in a much healthier way.

 

  1. Use plain yogurt

 

Live cultured plain yogurt contains an abundance of probiotics and enzymes that help heal our skin. When you find yourself red and sunburned, it can help you recover faster. Make sure it’s truly plain yogurt, not vanilla, and that it has probiotics.

 

You will need…
-1/2 cup or so of plain live cultured yogurt

 

A half cup of plain yogurt should be sufficient to treat facial burns at least, but feel free to use more if you want to cover more area.

 

Wash your hands and apply cool yogurt directly to your burn, and let it sit for at least 5 minutes. When the pain has subsided, gently rinse it off with cool or tepid water.

 

  1. Avoid suds

Do not soak your burn in soapy water, or take a bubble bath. Soap can dry out and irritate your already irritated skin.

 

If you want to soak or submerge it, do so in a cool or tepid bath. When you’re done, pat yourself gently dry with a clean soft towel (be sure not to rub.)

 

If your skin feels tight or dry afterwards, apply aloe vera gel or a similar moisturizer.

 

  1. Double check your meds

 

Various antibiotics, creams, pills, and antifungal medication can make you ultra-sensitive to the sun. When I was treating my acne I would awe people with how I functioned in spite of my sizzling red my skin (if you count taking 30 minutes to pull on clothes functioning.) The medications I was on made me extremely sensitive to sunlight, and I burned after about 10 minutes outside.

 

Check with your doctor or read the side effects of your medications if you find yourself getting burned easier and on a more frequent basis than usual. It could be that you have to use a little extra protection if you’re compromised due to medicine.

 

  1. Apply, reapply

To get the most out the SPF (sun protection factor) of your sunscreen, apply it 30 minutes before you even go outside. Don’t neglect sensitive areas like your ears, the back of your neck and shoulders, and the backs of your legs and arms.

 

If you’re sweating or swimming, reapply as needed. Don’t get too big for your britches when you’ve been cooking yourself on the beach all day and haven’t gotten burned.

 

A sunburn doesn’t truly set in until 24 hours after sun exposure, and chances are you’ll be feeling the consequences of not covering up later.

  1. Watch the clock

 

While it would be impractical to advise people to stay indoors during the prime hours of the day, keep an eye on what time it is. The sun is the most powerful, and damaging, when around its highest point.

 

Between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm is when it’s at its strongest, so make sure you’re being wise about how you expose yourself.

 

  1. Cool it, cucumber

 

Instant relief-that’s what a cucumber is to scorched skin. Not only is a cool cucumber soothing to the burn simply because it is cool, but its antioxidant and analgesic properties promote healing and further relief from discomfort. You can apply it in a couple of ways, but however you do it, the swelling, redness, and pain should diminish soon.

 

You will need…
-1 or 2 fresh cucumbers, chilled
-A blender or a knife

 

Directions
If you’re going for mainly quick pain relief, slice up a chilled cucumber and lay the slices on your burned skin. Flip the slices when the first side heats up, like how you flip a pillow to get the cool side up.

 

For a longer lasting effect, chill 1 or 2 cucumbers and toss them in a blender to create a paste. Feel free to add in some aloe vera gel or cornstarch if you want it a little thicker.

 

Also watch this Video HERE to learn about other sunburn treatments

 

Sunburn is the perfect case of “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” That being said you’ll still get burned from time to time, no matter how diligent you are.

 

Sunburn is also a great example of an ailment you can treat at home, without needing a bunch of special creams. On top of that, home remedies for minor sunburns are generally easy to whip up, and usually cost little to nothing.

 

Also, forget racing to get a tan, the long term effects just aren’t worth it. Be patient; protect yourself from harmful rays, and rest assured knowing that when you get older you’ll radiate a healthy glow that can’t be beat, no matter what color your skin is.

 

By Claire Goodall (a bee-obsessed natural-convert from Minnesota) who is a holistic health lover. She is the author of Everyday Roots Book.

 

It’s a Book that she creates to help you replace the toxic products and medications in your home with healthier, all-natural alternatives.

 

It contains 215+ effective home remedies and covers everything you will need to protect your family and save money every month.

 

For more details about her book, take a look at the Everyday Roots Book.