Lately I’ve picked up some awesome tips for natural health remedies using common items. I love this concept because it’s cost-effective, and better for you than the packaged products on the market that are full of bad-for-you chemicals. And, most of these items can be found in your kitchen!
Coconut Oil for Dandruff Prevention & Deodorant
Coconut oil has natural antibacterial qualities, which makes it the perfect treatment for dandruff. Many people think dandruff is dry skin, but it’s actually a fungus. Coconut oil’s antibacterial and antifungal qualities will not only get rid of dandruff, but also prevent it from coming back. Massage 3 tablespoons of melted coconut oil into your scalp 1 hour before you shower. Rinse & wash thoroughly. Do this for 5 – 7 washes. You can also use coconut oil as a natural conditioner for dry hair. Massage onto the ends of your hair 10 minutes before your shower. Repeat as needed. (1)
Due to coconut oil’s natural anti-bacteria qualities it makes for the perfect natural deodorant. Regular anti-perspirant contains aluminum, which is said to increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s, and most men’s deodorant contains artificial blue dye. After you get out of the shower, rub in 1 tsp under each armpit. Coconut oil is fast absorbing so it won’t get onto your clothes.
Apple Cider Vinegar for Removal of Warts & Moles
Apple cider vinegar has many benefits because of it’s high mineral content & enzymes. One of these benefits is removing warts & moles. Soak a cotton swab with apple cider vinegar, fasten it onto your wart or mole with a band-aid and let it sit overnight. Repeat for 7 nights, and your wart or mole will disappear! (1)
Yogurt as a Natural Exfoliate & Anti-Wrinkle Product
Yogurt contains something called lactic acid, which is a natural form of Alpha Hydroxy Acid; a common ingredient added to expensive anti-wrinkle products. The lactic acid in yogurt works to exfoliate your face removing dead skin cells, and helps to reduce fine lines & wrinkles, and even out skin tone. Low-fat yogurt won’t work; you will need to use full-fat, plain yogurt. Apply 1-2 tbsp onto your face, and let it sit for 10 minutes or until dry, and wash off with warm water. I would recommend following up with organic Argan oil. It’s an all-natural moisturizer, and helps to prevent fine lines, wrinkles & acne. Note: if you have a suspected dairy allergy, test a small area on your skin first before applying the full mask. (1)
Papaya Face Mask
Papaya is full of enzymes; a quality that not only makes it amazing for healthy digestion, but also for removing dead skin cells. Puree ½ cup of papaya, and spread onto your face. Leave for 10-15 minutes.
Fresh Lemon Juice for Acne Breakouts
Lemon juice has natural antibacterial qualities, which makes is a great remedy for treating & reducing acne breakouts. Squeeze some lemon juice into a small bowl. Using a cotton ball, dip into lemon juice and apply to affected areas. Let it sit for 10 minutes, and rinse off with warm water. Repeat two times per day. Remove from skin immediately if it causes extreme discomfort. (1)
Strawberries for Teeth Whitening
Sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it? Strawberries contain a natural astringent and vitamin C, which helps to remove surface stains from teeth. Combine about 3-4 organic or local strawberries in a bowl with 1 tbsp water and ½ tsp baking soda. Using your toothbrush, brush your teeth using the strawberry mixture. When you’re done, rinse mouth thoroughly with water.