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Thursday, October 23 , 2014

Homemade Mouthwash

Don't you love the smell of cinnamon? Cinnamic aldehyde—the naturally occurring compound that's responsible for its wonderful smell—can also help eliminate odor-causing bacteria in the mouth. Here's what to do...

Boil two cups of water, then add five or six pieces of cinnamon stick (available at supermarkets) and let it simmer for five minutes.

Once it's cool, strain out the sticks and pour the liquid into a sealable bottle. Use it as you would use any commercial mouthwash. Unlike some store-bought brands, it's alcohol-free!

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Tuesday, October 14 , 2014

This Weird Juice Relieves Constipation


Raw sauerkraut and its juice have friendly bacteria that can aid digestion. In a related story, sauerkraut can also help your system as an excellent laxative! Eat one-half to one cup a day to relieve symptoms of constipation. Heat destroys the important enzymes in sauerkraut, so make sure you eat it raw. Raw sauerkraut is available at health-food stores, or here's a recipe to make your own:

Homemade Sauerkraut



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Friday, October 10 , 2014

Ulcer-Soothing Soup

Did you know that about 80% of all ulcers can be blamed on the bacteria Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori)? It is estimated that half of the American adult population has H. pylori present but dormant in their stomachs. Why do some people develop ulcers and others don't? One theory is that emotional upsets, fatigue, nervous anxiety...you know, all that stress-related stuff...devitalize the immune system, lowering one's resistance to the H. pylori. If this includes you (and your ulcer is not caused by medications or some other condition described by your doctor), we have a remedy for your ulcer, but you also have to focus on fixing the obnoxious stresses in your life. Change jobs, meditate...do whatever is appropriate to transform your specific problem into something that is positive and healthy. Now, for that remedy...

Barley and barley water are soothing and help rebuild the stomach lining. Boil two ounces of pearled barley in six cups of water until there's about half the water—three cups—left in the pot. Strain. If necessary, add honey and lemon to taste. Drink this barley water throughout the day. Eat the leftover barley in soup, stew or by itself.

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Tuesday, October 07 , 2014

Home Remedy for Toenail Fungus

Nail fungus is usually caused by a mild trauma that makes the nail—usually the big or little toenail—vulnerable to a fungal infection. To help prevent a fungal infection, wear comfortable shoes and hosiery that allows your feet some breathing space. Wash your feet daily, and dry them thoroughly. Also, keep your toenails trimmed and, before using pedicure tools, be sure to thoroughly disinfect them with rubbing alcohol.

If you already have an infection, use the following remedy every day to help eliminate fungus and make your nails more resistant to developing future infections...

Combine one quart of warm water and one-half cup of apple cider vinegar (available at health-food stores) in an appropriate-sized basin or bowl (a sturdy plastic shoebox also works well for soaking either a hand or a foot). Soak the affected toenails (or fingernails) in the vinegar solution for 15 minutes, then towel-dry your foot or hand. Follow that with a hair dryer set on warm for one or two minutes.

For the final step of this treatment, prepare a mixture of equal parts tea tree oil (a powerful fungus fighter) and lavender essential oil (a strong antimicrobial agent), and dab the solution on the infected nails.

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Monday, October 06 , 2014

Easy Ways to Get Paint Off Your Skin

Did you dive in and start painting without protecting yourself? For skin painted with latex paint, use Avon's Skin So Soft lotion to remove it. For oil-based paint, gently rub your skin with baby oil, olive oil or foam shaving cream.

If you get paint in your hair, rub the painted strands with a little baby oil or olive oil, then comb and shampoo as usual.



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Friday, October 03 , 2014

Homemade Skin Smoother

If you eat oatmeal for breakfast, have we got a feel-good facial for you! Make extra oatmeal and separate some out. Then add a bit of vegetable, olive or sesame oil—enough to make it spreadable—and massage it onto your face and neck. Leave this on for a half hour, then wash it off with tepid water. Oatmeal works as a gentle exfoliant without harsh chemicals. If you want to be wrinkle-proof, repeat the process daily.

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Thursday, October 02 , 2014

Mr. Spock Headache Fix

You are out in the middle of nowhere (far away from your medicine cabinet), and your head begins to throb. Here's some headache relief that you always have with you.

The following acupoints help relieve a tension headache or migraine.

Location: Underneath the base of your skull to either side of your spine, about three to four inches apart, depending on the size of your head.

What to do: Using your fingers, thumbs or knuckles, press the points under the base of your skull. At the same time, slowly tilt your head back so that the angle of your head relaxes your neck muscles. Press forward (toward your throat), upward (underneath the base of your skull) and slightly inward, angling the pressure toward the center of your brain. Continue to apply pressure for two minutes, breathing slowly and deeply.

Also good for: Neck pain, insomnia, high blood pressure.

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Monday, September 22 , 2014

Nature’s Fountain of Youth

We love natural treatments for the face. It gets the most exposure, so it should get the purest care! Here's a face mask made with something from one of nature's favorite creatures...

We're talking about raw honey. To prepare for this treatment, pin your hair out of the way and wash your face and neck with warm water. Next, with your fingers, spread a thin layer of raw honey on your face and neck. Leave it on for 20 minutes. Then rinse with tepid water and pat dry.

Raw honey can do wonders for the skin—everything from clearing up blemishes and holding in moisture to restoring weather-beaten skin and smoothing away wrinkles.

Note: Try to apply the mask after you've taken a bath or shower or after you've gently steamed your face, so that the pores are open.

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Wednesday, September 17 , 2014

Nourishing Makeup Remover

Does it feel like you're slathering harsh chemicals onto your face when you use commercial products to remove makeup? If you’d like to pamper your skin with a healthful, homemade makeup remover, try this nourishing combo...

Instead of using plain soap and water or harsh commercial cleansers, remove your makeup with a natural whole-milk mixture. In a small jar, warm two to three tablespoons of milk (10 seconds on high in the microwave), add one-half teaspoon of castor oil (found in most drugstores) and shake well. Dunk a cotton ball (not a tissue) into the mixture, and gently apply to your face. Leave on for 30 seconds so it has a chance to sink in, which will make makeup removal easier. Then take your cotton ball and start cleaning, using upward and outward strokes. Avoid getting the mixture into your eyes. Then give your face a rinse or two with warm water to remove any milk residue.

This combination of milk and oil is said to take off more makeup and city dirt than the most expensive professional cleansing products ever could. And it does so naturally, not chemically.

Complete the treatment by sealing in moisture with a thin layer of castor oil applied to the face, making sure to avoid the eyes.

Note: Some people's skin is sensitive to castor oil—if you notice any irritation, you can try extra-virgin olive oil in this formula instead.

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Tuesday, September 09 , 2014

Remedy for Aching Hands

Ouch! That was a rough patch of lawn mowing or tennis playing! Now your hands feel like they've been through a wringer. Here's what to do...

If your hands are feeling achy, try this solution. In a bowl, combine three cups of hot water, three tablespoons of witch hazel and one-half cup of Epsom salts. Make sure the water isn’t hot enough to burn, then dip your hands in the solution for about five minutes...enough time for the magnesium sulfate in the mixture to penetrate and ease the pain in your joints.

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