Aloe Vera is particularly amazing because it doesn’t just protect your wound from getting infected, it also speeds up the healing process! Baking soda, salt, vinegar, lemon juice and pure alcohol are also great antiseptics simply because they kill bacteria and prevent the wound from becoming infected. Aloe Vera, unlike most of the other antiseptics listed, doesn’t burn like Hell! Remember when mommy use to pour alcohol on your scabbed knee? Yeah, like that……..that shi’t hurt! For baking soda: carefully combine with water until it becomes paste like, then apply. Lemon juice and the other liquids can be applied directly. Salt works best deluded in water.
Aloe Vera wins again. Aloe has been shown to help relieve dry skin and a dry scalp. Those who suffer from dandruff will find it useful to apply aloe to the hair/scalp before showering. Aloe kills bacteria that’s responsible for clogging our pores, which causes dry skin/dandruff.It also moisturizes skin.
Acne and cold sores are very irritating and can be really ugly. Acne is a response to an imbalance of hormones and isn’t directly related to surface issues, but aloe can still help. Aloe can relieve the irritation from acne. Although it cannot stop break outs, it can still retard the breakout or reduce its effects. Same with cold sores. Cold sores are a result of the Herpes type 1 virus and isn’t a result of surface skin issues. Aloe will reduce the irritation, help the cold sores go away quicker and may even reduce the surface severity or outbreak.
Baking Soda is also very amazing for skin. Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is a natural alkaline. It cleans and exfoliates the skin leaving you glowing and feeling fresh. Baking soda kills pore clogging bacteria and actually softens the skin! Baking soda is rough, so deluding it in water, making a face mask out of it, is ideal. Just continue to add water until it becomes a watery paste. Taking a bath in baking soda, just like you would with epsom salt, works great!
Vinegar works the same way baking soda does. Personally, I use apple cider vinegar. It seems to be the most effect type of vinegar to keep around the house as it has plenty of other uses. I recommend deluding vinegar in water as well, this way you can avoid smelling like a potato chip when you go to work. Vinegar evaporates rather quickly, along with most of the smell. So you don’t have to be too worried about that. Vinegar softens the skin and burns the crap out of your eyes. Be careful not to get any in your eyes and DELUDE it first.
Coconut oil is great for skin. It’s THE best moisturizer to apply to hands, face, lips etc. It helps heal rashes, scars, cuts, and keeps skin healthy. Use coconut oil after the above methods and your skin will look so good people will think you’re photoshopped!
Cold water is the next miracle on the list for skin. I recommend after using any of the above methods to rinse with cold water. Cold water tightens the skin, closes your pores and leaves your skin feeling fresh with a healthy glow! Warm water is good to rinse and clean with, but always end a shower or a wash with cold water to prevent dryness.
Baking soda is a great cleaner for anything. It’s no surprise that it’s on this list yet for hair. Shampoo leaves gooey residue after taking a shower. With baking soda, you can strip your hair and scalp from all the nasty stuff left by commercial soaps and grimey shi’t that gets stuck in there from day to day life. Simply sprinkle some baking soda on your hair before showering or mix some baking soda with water and apply as you shower. Make sure to rinse it out thoroughly and only do this about twice a week. This will make your hair very shiny and keep it strong & healthy. It will help with dandruff as well! If you use it anymore than twice a week you might dry your hair out.
Vinegar is excellent for hair. It’s the prefect hair softener and it gets rid of dandruff as well! Make sure you delude it in water before applying. Use too much and risk smelling like a mediterranean salad.
Ginger & Lemon work the same way as vinegar and can help keep hair shiny & healthy. Simply squeeze a lemon into a cup or empty bottle, add water and apply to hair during a shower. To use ginger, you can either grate is with a cheese grater and squeeze the juices over a strainer into a cup or you can boil it into tea. You can then apply them on hair when cooled.
Chamomile is great for keeping a light hair color shiny and soft. Simply make this fragrant flower into a tea and apply when cooled, during a shower. Thyme works pretty much the same way as chamomile, except it doesn’t effect hair color. It adds a nice scent to hair and keeps hair soft.
This is a tough one. Allergies are an overreaction of the immune system. The only true way to get rid of allergies is for your immune system to stabilize and become stronger. A solid diet (high in fat and protein, low in carbs) and resistant exercise can help stabilize your immune system and send you on your way to getting over allergies. A ketogenic diet, in particular, is very effective. But if you are suffering from allergies and need immediate relief, here are a few house hold alternatives . Raw, unpasteurized Apple cider vinegar helps reduce inflammation of your sinus’ and relieves itching in the throat.
Eating hot peppers or foods like onions, ginger, wasabi, radish and horse radish can reduce inflammation and induce tearing. This will clean out your dry, watery eyes from seasonal allergens or dust. Drinking ginger and cayenne tea will definitely help. Cayenne tea is simply adding a spoon of cayenne powder to a cup of warm water. Mix and chug the cayenne tea mixture.
The chemical in hot peppers, capsaicin, is an amazing anti inflammatory agent which will open up the sinus, get the heart pumping and help out internal organ function. This is a great way to clean your insides as well! If you have food allergies, try taking a shot of apple cider vinegar or eating some hot peppers before ingesting the allergen. This tactic seems to work for many people. Do the same after eating the allergen as well.
Deodorant– I have a secret recipe when it comes to deodorant. I’ll list some of the basic easy stuff first, then I’ll explain my secret recipe.
Baking soda, lemon juice and vinegar work as great deodorants. The reason behind this is simple. When we sweat, it becomes a hot spot for bacteria. Dark, warm, damp places like the underarm region are very susceptible to bacteria. Bacteria feeds off of the sweat and releases excretion. When the bacteria takes a crap, it stinks, just like when any organism takes a crap. This causes our underarm odor. Baking soda, lemon juice and vinegar are great for killing bacteria. No bacteria means no bacteria shi’t.
Lemon juice is my favorite. Simple squeeze a few drops on your hand and apply under opposite pit. Simple and keeps you fresh for days (don’t use this as an excuse not to shower…….) If you have cuts or sensitive skin from waxing down there, be cautious as it may burn like a mofo!
Vinegar works the same way as lemon juice. Don’t apply too much though, or you’ll be smelling like a potato chip.
Listerine works great in the same way it does in your mouth. It kills bacteria in your mouth and it kills them under your arms.
Baking Soda alone works great. Just wipe some under your arms and you’re good to go!
SECRET RECIPE- Okay, this one is actually pretty simple too. Corn starch , baking soda and coconut oil. Mix those three ingredients until you get a paste like substance and apply. I would say add 2 parts of each ingredient, that works best for me. If you want it thicker, just add more corn starch. If you’d like, you may choose to put a drop or two of your favorite cologne, perfume, aftershave, etc in it for a nice aroma.
Tooth Paste– I have a secret recipe for tooth paste as well. Adding water to baking soda and making it into paste is excellent to brush with.My secret recipe is to add hydrogen peroxide to the baking soda to make it into a paste. The peroxide adds an extra whitening effect, but be careful not to swallow any of it and rinse your mouth out thoroughly after.
Dishes, Clothing, Bathroom, etc
Baking Soda is the master when it comes to cleaning anything. Baking soda is very abrasive and dissolves well enough in water to be used in almost any cleaning situation. Sprinkling baking soda in with the dish washing detergent or substituting it can get your dishes looking amazing. Or you can always grab a sponge, putting baking soda and some warm water on it and clean ANYTHING.
Lemon Juice and vinegar are similar and work well with baking soda. For example, a good way to get grease out of a shirt (if the stain is still fresh) is to squeeze a lemon on it, then add enough baking soda and let it sit. The baking soda will react with the lemon and cause it to sizzle. That will get into the cloth and get rid of the oil stain. Put enough baking soda on it to let it absorb the moisture afterwards. Another way to get out an oil stain is to simply wash it in club soda.
Vinegar and lemon juice are both acidic and can be use in the toilet or bath tub to get rid of stains. They do work, but I think baking soda takes the cake here as easiest to use and cheapest. Mixing vinegar with baking soda makes a great drain cleaner as well.
There are tons of insect repellents out there that contain Deet and all sorts of chemical bullshi’t. There are a few natural insect repellents that are amazing and easy to come across. Cat nip is a great mosquito repellent. Cat nip and peppermint are from the same family. Rub some leaves on you and mosquitoes will stay away. The smell of the leaves mask your own and isn’t pleasant for the mosquitoes. The catnip actually irritates their feet, so if you have it rubbed or sprayed on you, they will have a hard time feeding on you! A good way to use this is to boil peppermint or Catnip (yes, you can use the tea as well!) and pour into a spray bottle.
Listerine is surprisingly a powerful insect repellent. Campers usually carry vinegar or listerine for this purpose. Vinegar and listerine can be poured around a tent or by the windows of your home to keep insects away. A good way to do so by your window is to simple put some in a small cup by the window or to wet a rag and hang it by the window.
Baking soda takes the cake again. Mixing some baking soda with water and putting it in a spray bottle can work wonders. Just spray in the air and the room will begin to smell neutral again. Another way is just sprinkling some onto carpets, clothing, furniture, etc. I usually turn on the ceiling fan to high and blow the backing soda right into it so it can spread around the room. A trick you can use is to fill up a clean sock with baking soda and leave it inside a drawer or a pile of dirty clothing. The baking soda will help get rid of any odors!
Lemon Zest is my favorite air freshener! Anytime there are some left over lemons, I grate them outside with a cheese grater and leave them out to dry. Once dried, I wrap them in coffee filters and tape/staple them together. You can leave these anywhere! In your car, with clothing, in your room. If they start going stale, just spray them with a little alcohol. That should revive them for a little longer!
Obviously with the whole low carb thing, I favor preventive methods rather than medication. Every now and then, even the healthiest will fall victim to an infection or disease.
Hot Peppers are great for various ailments simply because of the anti-inflammatory effects of capsaicin. People for ages have have also taken Apple Cider Vinegar when they got a cold or infection. While the science is weak, vinegar and cinnamon have been said to help control blood sugar. I always put a dash of cinnamon in my morning coffee along with the heavy cream, yummy.
Lemonade (unsweetened) has been held highly for those who are sick as well. Again, the scientific evidence is limited, but the risk reward is in favor of the reward, so why not? If it doesn’t work, at least you got mom to make a tasty drink! The theory behind this is that the acidity of the lemon will help fight off infections, bacteria in the stomach, etc.