Eschewing preservative-packed over-the-counter products is not only better for you, it’s also easier on the pocket.
You also probably don’t realise that you already have the ingredients in your kitchen cupboard to whip up many of the potions you spend a small fortune on each week.
Following on from my 9 Home Remedy Hacks For A Healthier You, here are 10 more ways to unleash your inner-MacGyver.
You’ll be amazed at how great you’ll feel when you allow your body to use natural resources to heal itself.
1. DIY vapor rub
Did you know you can make your own vapor rub with three ingredients? Coconut oil, peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils are the perfect natural combination to decongest your sinuses while taking pressure off your throat and chest.
2. Armpit detox with bentonite clay
Bentonite clay is an ancient Aztec secret that was used for healing. To do an armpit detox, mix the clay with water and apple cider vinegar. Just like a face mask, leave it on your underarms for a few minutes, then wash off.
3. Teeth whitening toothpaste
There’s actually a tooth whitening method with black toothpaste. Yes, black! To make the whitening toothpaste, you’ll need bentonite clay, sea salt, peppermint oil, coconut oil, liquid stevia, charcoal, ground cloves and water.
4. Marshmallow root
You know that fluffy sugary treat you roast over campfires? Marshmallows were originally created using the marshmallow root as a way to get kids to eat it for helping their cold. It’s an herb that has been around for ages, and is used to help asthma, insect bites, burns, cuts and even as a hair detangler.
5. Sore throat tea
Life isn’t great when you’re feeling sick. Cinnamon sore throat tea will help you get back on your feet. The best part is, it only takes five minutes to make. Mix together milk, honey, ginger and cinnamon and you have yourself a sweet cup of tea.
6. Hair growth
Have you ever heard of hair masks? They’re like face masks for your hair. There are great natural ways to make your hair grow faster. Try an egg yolk mask, rosemary oil or hot castor oil treatments. You’ll have long, luscious hair in no time.
7. Foot soak for smelly feet
Did you know that bacteria is what causes your feet to smell? Eew! Don’t worry — soaking your feet in a foot soak recipe will get rid of the odor. There are multiple recipes, so try them out and see which one you like best!
8. Ginger lemon tea for upset stomach
An awesome way to cure an upset stomach is with a ginger lemon tea recipe. It not only gets rid of nausea, but it also boosts your immune system to make you stronger when you’re feeling sick. It’s a simple recipe of green tea, ginger root and lemon juice boiled into a healthy drink.
9. Cure a cough
Before you take a dose of your over-the-counter cough medicine, try these natural remedies. Add apple cider vinegar and lemon to a cup of tea. Slice ginger and boil it into a ginger tea. You’ll get rid of the cough without any medicine.
10. Blackstrap molasses for muscle pain
For muscle pain, there are plenty of home remedies. Blackstrap molasses is a great source of calcium, iron and magnesium. Drinking this each day is a natural way to reduce muscle pain without needing to take any pain pills.