via Apartment Therapy | Saving the world, one room at a time by Séverine Baron on 5/30/13http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/homemade-remedies-for-children-190233
via Apartment Therapy | Saving the world, one room at a time by Lauren Pavao on 5/8/13
via Man Made DIY Recent Posts on 4/15/13http://gardenista.com/posts/miracle-cure-for-spring-allergies-gentle-nettle-tea
The ingredients include nettle, red clover, fennel, spearmint, peppermint, eyebright, yerba santa, calendula, lemongrass, lavender and stevia.
Each herb was added for its particular healing properties:
- Calendula, red clover, and fennel keep mucous membranes hydrated to help ward off infection.
- Nettle is a natural antihistamine.
- Spearmint and peppermint help open up airways.
- Lavender has antiseptic properties in case infection creeps in (calendula is great for this too).
- Eyebright is helpful for a whole slew of sinus issues and especially good for hay fever.
- Yerba santa acts as an expectorant, reducing mucous and phlegm.
- Lemongrass and a pinch of stevia are there to help make the tea tasty.
via Natural Home Remedies by author on 4/6/13
Most homemade toothpaste recipes require ingredients like baking soda (acts as a mild abrasive), hydrogen peroxide (3%) topical solution (kills germs), fine sea salt (antibacterial and teeth whitening properties), coconut oil, xylitol (prevents tooth decay), stevia, essential oils, and so on.
Besides, you can also add dried herbs, orange rind, lemon rind, pure vitamin C powder, etc. All these ingredients are easily available and safe to use.
Some recipes also use glycerin, but it is better to avoid using including it as glycerin tends to coat your teeth and prevents remineralization, which in turn, tends to weaken your teeth gradually.
Thus, when looking for an inexpensive and safer alternative to your usual toothpaste laden with toxic chemicals and controversial ingredients such as fluoride and saccharin.
Plus, Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS), another common ingredient is harmful as it is carcinogenic. Besides, it is associated with reproductive and developmental problems.
Top 6 Homemade Toothpastes
www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com offers a quick and easy recipe for preparing your own toothpaste at home.
Homemade Elderberry Syrup
http://www.pistachioproject.com/2012/02/homemade-elderberry-syrup.htmlIf you haven’t heard of Elderberry Syrup yet, you are in for a treat. Elderberry Syrup is made from Elderberries (obviously) and is used in the prevention and treatments of colds and influenza. Elderberry syrup has actually been shown to be more effective at preventing the flu than even the flu vaccine! The flu vaccine is only designed to protect against a few strains, Elderberry syrup kills eight strains of influenza.Not only is elderberry syrup an amazing flu prevention but it can also be taken if you ever do come down with the flu. Elderberry syrup is truly amazing when it comes to influenza and sickness in general.There is one downside to elderberry syrup; it can cost a lot! Many store bought elderberry syrups cost an average of $18.00 for just 8oz. This depends on brands and ingredients of course. Which brings me to another point; many store bought elderberry syrups contain ingredients that I would rather avoid such as sugar, preservatives, alcohol, or glucose.The good news is that there is a way to make sure your elderberry syrup contains only ingredients that you want and save a lot of money. Simply make your own elderberry syrup and when I say simply, I mean simply! If you can make tea then you can make elderberry syrup.Elderberry Syrup½ cup dried elderberries or 1 cup fresh elderberries3 cups water½ cup honey (raw is preferred)Directions:Bring water to boil in a saucepan, add in elderberries and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 30-45 minutes or until liquid has reduced by half. Let the syrup cool and then strain through a fine mesh sieve, cheesecloth, or muslin. Add in the honey once cool and stir. Store your elderberry syrup in a jar in the refrigerator. Alternatively, you can make large batches of elderberry syrup and can them in mason jars.Keeps for 2-3 monthsDosage:Preventative: 1 Tbs/daily for adults, 1 tsp/daily for children over 1 year.Illness Remedy: 1 Tbs/2-3 hours for adults, 1 tsp/2-3 hours for children over 1 year.Curious to know how the price difference adds up? As I said, store bought elderberry syrup costs about $18.00 for just 8oz. Homemade elderberry syrup cost me just $2.00 for 8 oz. Seriously, this is one remedy that is definitely worth making at home!Don’t know where to find elderberries? Some people have access to fresh elderberries but for those of us who do not, simple go with dried elderberries. You might be able to find them in some natural stores but if not then you can buy them at Mountain Rose Herbs or Amazon like I do.Tincture -http://frugallysustainable.com/2011/10/building-your-medicine-chest/
via Natural Home Remedies by author on 3/21/13
Most commercially available air fresheners contain butylphenyl methylpropional, methyl pyrrolidone, propylene glycol, acetaldehyde, 1,3-Dichloro-2-propanol, and various other chemicals that are toxic to the immune system and linked to allergies, headaches, eye irritations, developmental and reproductive issues, etc.
Thus, the fact that you can include natural ingredients and avoid harmful chemicals while making your own room fresheners at home makes this idea more appealing.
You can prepare a number of homemade air fresheners in the form of sprays, gels, candles, plug-ins, and so on.
Here are some fabulous homemade lipstick and lip gloss recipes
You can find a wonderful and detailed recipe for making natural lipstick at home at soapqueen.com. It is a recipe for sheer lipstick that includes ingredients like beeswax, grapeseed oil, wheatgerm oil, lip safe mica, and zinc oxide (optional).
If you want an easier recipe then try homemade lip stain/balm recipe from www.howdoesshe.com.
It uses a combination of natural ingredients such as coconut oil, sweet almond oil, vitamin E oil, cocoa butter, peppermint extract, and semi-sweet chocolate chips.
These ingredients keep your lips soft and moisturized. Moreover, pure vitamin E works as a natural preservative. Thus, this organic lip gloss can last for about two months.
You shall find another simple yet inexpensive lip gloss recipe at www.cheekykitchen.com.
The procedure involves melting grated beeswax and adding coconut oil, jojoba oil, and cranberry juice. The resultant lipstick is a beautiful glossy translucent pink in color.
If you are fond of natural tinted lip balms rather than lipsticks, you can try the recipe provided at Wellness Mama.
It can be made from natural ingredients such as organic coconut oil, beeswax pastiles, and shea butter/cocoa butter.
You can add natural red food coloring or beet root powder, too. The site also includes a detailed procedure for preparing natural lipstick (with color variants).
At wikiHow, there is a step by step guide to help you make your own lipstick at home using healthy substances like castor oil, jojoba oil, beeswax, candelilla wax, and shea butter.
The recipe can be used to get the lipstick in two popular colors- Cinnamon Girl and Bella Rosa. You can also find recipe for homemade lip gloss, here.
You can get more tips and information about making your own organic lipstick at Skin Care Recipes and Remedies website. Plus, if you want to experiment with more ingredients, you can get a basic recipe from www.pvsoap.com.
Furthermore, those of you who are interested in homemade lipsticks in different shades but are not particularly intent on organic recipes may include chunks of lipstick and shimmery eye shadows in the recipes. For instance, you can find one such recipe at www.deliacreates.com.
via Lifehacker by Alan Henry on 6/29/12
If ants in your yard or garden—or even worse your home—are giving you a hard time, but you’re not keen on the idea of spraying pesticides all over the place, this no-poison ant trap may do the trick. It’s based on the same principle behind our famous fruit fly trap, it just uses sugar instead of vinegar as the bait to lure the ants to their doom. Here’s how it works.
Instructables user tgferreira posted this DIY project, and uses it in his yard to keep the ant population down. He got an old jar with a wide mouth, a short length of pipe that fit nicely inside of the jar, a pair of screw-top plastic bottle caps, some teflon plumber’s tape, some water, sugar, and dish detergent. He attached a lid to either side of the pipe (but you could use anything that would stand up in the jar and keep the sugar above the water level), and added the sugar to the lid on top, facing up and to the mouth of the jar.
He then wrapped the whole pipe in teflon tape so the ants couldn’t just crawl up the pipe to the sugar. Add a little water to the bottom of the jar, a few drops of dish detergent to break the surface tension, and you have an almost perpetual ant trap that lures them in but won’t let them check back out.
We imagine it would work just as well indoors, but part of the trick here is that he dug a hole in his yard that was just the right size for the jar, so the ants just crawled to the edge of the dirt, into the jar, and down to their doom. It’s a lot of trouble, but it might be worthwhile if you’re trying to spot treat an ant problem. Otherwise though, there’s always diatomaceous earth, which works pretty well against ants too. Have you dealt with an ant problem successfully? Have an idea to improve on the design? Let’s hear it in the comments.
http://www.speedyremedies.com/natural-anti-aging-face-masks-for-sagging-skin.htmlvia Natural Home Remedies by author on 6/27/12
Skin care for wrinkles and saggy skin involves the use of different types of natural face packs at least once in a week. You can prepare these face masks at your home by using ingredients like honey, lemon juice, sour cream, yogurt, etc. that facilitate skin tightening. More often than not signs of aging appear [...]
…”• Taking facial steam is one of the most popular natural remedies for reducing problems like dry, saggy skin and wrinkles. To prepare this, … add four tablespoons of dried chamomile flowers, two drops of carrot essential oil, and the same amount of lemongrass essential oil in a pot of boiling water.
Expose your face to the steam for about 10-15 minutes. Make sure you clean your face with a light cleanser before following this steam treatment. You may replace lemongrass EO with fennel EO as the latter is considered good for removing wrinkles.
Medicinal Tea Ideal for Skin Cleansing -http://www.grandmas-wisdom.com/dandelion-tea.html
2/3 ounce dandelion root
2/3 ounce dandelion leaves
2/3 ounce nettle leaves
2/3 ounce red clover blossoms
2/3 ounce rose hips
Steep this mixture in 1 cup of hot water for 10 minutes and strain. You will need to drink a cup of this tea daily for several weeks before the skin-clarifying effect becomes evident.
Dandelion has a soothing and toning property on the skin and it is a great addition to any facial treatment. You can make an infusion of leaf and flower and apply it straight up with a cotton pad as a nice toner, or add a bit of the infusion when using any cleanser, scrub or mask. Dandelion infusion also works really well externally as a sunburn reliever and has been known to help clear up acne when taken internally as a tincture or tea (the root in particular).
My new favorite way to enjoy dandelion in skin care is with a dandelion flower infused cream. It takes only minutes to make and is an absolutely luxurious, skin-softening treat! You can leave it on as a mask, but it can also be used as a gentle cleanser. The lactic acid in the cream gently exfoliates, smooths and softens skin to a petal-like feel….
This cream would also be amazing with the addition of rose petals or lavender buds.
1 small handful dandelion flowers
Place the handful of flowers in the top of a double boiler (or a pan that fits nicely inside of a larger pan, but does not touch the bottom). Fill the bottom pan with a few inches of water.Add cream until the flowers are just covered. Warm the cream on low temperature for 10-15 minutes.
Strain the flowers out through a fine sieve and apply the cream to freshly cleansed skin with a cotton pad or cotton ball. Leave on for 15 minutes, remove with a warm damp cloth and a few splashes of warm water, followed by your favorite toner and moisturizer.
Touch your baby-soft face:)