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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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Friday, September 05 , 2014

Pinch Here to Feel Great

You do have control over your mood. Believe it! Here's a little acupressure to help you quickly lift your spirits.

Acupressure involves activating specific trigger points on the body along pathways called "meridians" or "acupoints." These specific points correspond to troubled areas in the body, and applying pressure (usually with your thumbs, fingers or palms) engages the body's natural self-curing abilities. The acupoints often have ancient descriptive names, such as Joining the Valley and Mind Clearing.

Pressing the Inner Gate acupoint can reduce emotional upset—such as anxiety, depression and irritability—in only two to three minutes.

Location: On the inner side of the forearm, three finger widths up (toward the elbow) from the center of the wrist crease, in between two thick tendons.

What to do: Place your thumb on this point and your fingers directly behind the outside of the forearm between the two bones. Squeeze this slowly and firmly, hold for two to three minutes, while breathing deeply. Repeat on the other arm for the same amount of time.

This acupressure exercise can also help: Carpal tunnel syndrome, insomnia and nausea.

Thanks to Dr. Michael Reed Gach, founder of the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley, California, for this remedy.

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Thursday, August 28 , 2014

Fruity Face Mask

Are you looking for a natural way to softer, wrinkle-free skin? Go to your fruit bowl for an easy treatment.

To reduce the tendency to wrinkle, mash a ripe banana and add a few drops of peanut oil. Apply the mask to your face and neck (upward and outward), and leave it on for at least a half-hour. Wash it off with tepid water. If you do this daily—or every other day—it should make your skin softer and less likely to wrinkle.



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Thursday, August 21 , 2014

Pinch Away Motion Sickness

It can happen so easily. You are reading on a long train ride and a sickening nausea starts to climb up your throat. You don't have any pills or special tea on hand to make yourself feel better. Here's what to do...

Pull out and pinch the skin in the middle of your inner wrist, about an inch from your palm. Hold this pinch for 10 seconds, then switch to your other wrist. Keep pulling and pinching alternate wrists until you feel better, which shouldn't take more than 30 seconds.

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Friday, August 15 , 2014

A Trick to Help You Snap Out of It

Are you feeling a little sluggish? Having a hard time concentrating? Maybe allergies or smog or too little sleep is making you feel as though you're struggling to think straight. Here's what to do...

Put a golf ball between your palms, and roll it around, massaging your adrenal reflex areas—they are located halfway down the long first metacarpal bones of the hands below the thumbs. (Don't worry too much about the anatomy—just roll that ball.)

Reflexologists believe that there are reflexes related to the hands (and feet) that correspond to all parts of the body. Stimulation of the appropriate areas can activate the body's own natural healing system. This reflexology exercise ought to help clear out the cobwebs.

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Wednesday, August 13 , 2014

Gentle Pet-Fur Detangler and Cleaner

If your dog's or cat's fur has collected some sticky stuff from the outdoors or if the shedding seems endless, here's what you can try before going to an expensive groomer...

Removing burrs, tree sap, gum. You'll want to wear rubber gloves for this. Work vegetable oil or baby oil into the sticky, tangled areas of your pet's coat to break up the gunk. This will make it easier to extricate the foreign matter without causing yelps or whimpers.

Cornstarch can also be used to de-gunk your pet. Pour a little on the problem area and patiently work it in, gently pulling the sticky stuff out as it releases from the fur.

Nonstop shedding. If your pet’s shedding seems to be year-round rather than seasonal, work a little lanolin (you can purchase liquid lanolin at Amazon.com) or olive oil into the animal's coat every day. Within a few weeks, there should be a noticeable difference for the better.

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Wednesday, August 06 , 2014

The Color Mosquitoes Love

Mosquitoes love the dog days of summer. How do you get them to stop loving you? Here's what to do...

Don't wear the color blue around mosquitoes. They're very attracted to it. They're also attracted to wet clothes and bathing suits—it’s like hanging out in standing water, a mosquito's favorite place to be. So dry off well to keep those hungry suckers away!





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Monday, August 04 , 2014

Homemade Tea for Backaches

Hey, weekend warrior, did you hurt your back? Here's a homemade herbal tea you might want to try...

Yarrow leaves contain anti-inflammatory elements that help relax your muscles. You should be able to find the dried leaves at any health-food store or online. Add a teaspoon of yarrow to a cup of just-boiled water. Let it steep for 10 minutes. Strain and drink a cup before each meal and a cup at bedtime. It can help pain fade away.

Note: Yarrow tea has an unusual taste, so you may want to add honey.



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