I came across this wonderful little article from Free People’s blog called Creating a Desirable Shower Space. The Article was so inspiring that immediately after I read it, I went online and searched for a local flower wholesaler that carried Fresh Eucalyptus and ordered several bunches! One bunch I hung in my shower, another I put in vases and distributed them around the house, and the third bunch I gave as gifts to family and friends.I hadn’t really put too much thought in to shower space up until I read thisÂ article. Today, my shower space has become rather important to me. I like my space feeling as natural and rejuvenating as possible. I’ve made a conscious decision to only use natural organic shower products and simplify my shower space by removing anything that looks commercial, and that doesn’t contribute to that serene space I want to maintain. If you’ve never tried hanging fresh Eucalyptus in your shower, I highly recommend it! It’s such and refreshing and delightful shower experience. In one instant you connect with nature and feel like you are in a heavenly natural spa. If your taking your shower at night, add a few candles to the mix, it creates such a calming and sensuous mood, you will not regret it!
If you thought wearing a bra meant youâ€™d never have to pay the price of gravity, you may be wrong.
A new, 15-year study out of France that followed 330 women concluded that bras donâ€™t actually prevent breasts from sagging or ease back pain.
â€œMedically, physiologically, anatomically breasts gain no benefit from being denied gravity,â€ said the professor behind the study. â€œOn the contrary, they get saggier with a bra.â€Read More
Apple cider vinegar is an ingredient I believe everyone can benefit from having in their homes at all times. It is truly one of the most versatile and useful household items you can have. From aiding digestion, healing skin issues to adding sparkle and shine to your home without the need for chemicals, there is very little this wonder substance cannot do.
How it’s Made
Apple cider vinegar is a vinegar made by fermenting apples in water. This us usually done over a 7-8 month period. It may be naturally fermented, or bacteria and yeast may be added to start the fermentation process. The resulting liquid is the vinegar you are used to seeing in your grocery store isles. It can come with or without the mother which is basically a combination of cellulose and bacteria that is formed during the fermentation process.
For best results, go for unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, especially if you are using it on your body or taking it internally because it will retain all of the goodness that apple cider vinegar has to offer.
35 Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar
1. Add Flavor to Salad Dressings: Apple cider vinegar is an amazing acid to add to salad dressings in leu of more processed vinegars like white vinegar.
2. Add Brightness to Soups and Stews: Apple cider vinegar will add an amazing bright flavor when added to soups and stews at the end of cooking or when blended into raw soups and stews.
3. Help Cleanse Your Liver: You may have heard of drinking lemon water to cleanse the liver first thing in the morning, but did you know that apple cider vinegar works just as well? You can use a tablespoon or so in a cup of warm water first thing in the morning for its cleansing effects.
4. Facial Toner: You can dilute 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar in 4 tbsp water and dab on the skin with a cotton ball or pad.
5. Help Reduce Age Spots: You can dab some pure apple cider vinegar on age spots and leave on skin over night to help reduce discoloration.
6. Help Reduce Acne Scars: You can apply apple cider vinegar to acne scars and leave it on as you sleep at night to help reduce their appearance.
7. Help Ease a Sunburn: You can place 1-2 cups of apple cider vinegar into a warm bath to help reduce the discomfort of sunburnt skin.
8. Ease Acid Reflux: This may seem counterintuitive, but hear me out. Most of the time acid reflux is due to having too little stomach acid rather than having too much. The reason that this causes acid reflux is this: If you do not have enough stomach acid, the receptor cells in your stomach will not send a message to your brain that its time to close the sphincter at the top of your stomach. This means as you are digesting your food some of it may wash back up your throat causing the pain of acid reflux. In these situations you can take a shot of apple cider vinegar when you are experiencing the pain to help increase the acid content in your stomach which will then activate the message to close the sphincter. You can also take a shot of apple cider vinegar before you eat as a preventative measure.
9. Possible Triglyceride Reduction: Sipping 2 tsp of apple cider vinegar in 2 cups of water over several months may help to lower triglyceride levels in the blood. This effect is thought to be due to the acetic acid content of the vinegar.
10. Stabilize weight: The acetic acid that can help lower triglyceride levels may also help to decrease body fat stores when taken over a prolonged period of time. Again use the 2 tsp in 2 cups of water taken daily.
11. Help Balance Blood Sugar Levels: There have been some studies that have shown that taking 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar before bed helped those dealing with diabetes to lower their blood glucose levels by 4-6% during the night.
12. Reduce dandruff: Use a dilution of 2 parts water to 1 part apple cider vinegar as a hair and scalp rinse to reduce dandruff. It may also help to add some shine to your hair.
13. Kill Bacteria That Cause Bad Breath: Apple cider vinegar can help to freshen your breath by helping to kill any bacteria that may be present in your mouth.
14. Clean your Dentures: If you have dentures, you can soak them in a 2:1 water to apple cider vinegar solution over night to help keep them clean and bacteria free.
15. Kidney Cleanse: Apple cider vinegar can aid in the cleansing of the kidneys when taken on a regular basis. It will work when taken with food, as a drink that contains 1 tsp of vinegar for every cup of water or as a supplement.
16. Reduce Arthritis Pain: Take apple cider vinegar to help reduce the inflammation that is associated with arthritis, as well as reducing the pain that comes with it.
17. Balance Body pH: Apple cider vinegar can be taken internally as a way of alkalizing the system. This may seem strange since vinegar is acidic outside of the body, but post digestion it is actually alkalizing for the system.
18. Help Treat Gout: Apple cider vinegar can be used in a well rounded treatment plan to help relieve gout.
19. Fight Infection: Apple cider vinegar can help your body to fight off any infection that may be trying to take hold of your body. It is especially good at clearing sinus infections.
20. Beat Allergies and Asthma: The oral administration of apple cider vinegar can help to clear mucus and relieve bronchial swelling helping to reduce symptoms of allergies and asthma.
21. Treat Nail Fungus: You can administer apple cider vinegar topically to nail beds to help cleanse them of fungus.
22. Sooth Bug Bites: Dab a cotton ball that has been soaked in apple cider vinegar on bug bites and other minor skin irritations to help sooth and relieve pain and swelling.
23. Kill a Wart: To help treat a wart, soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and then secure it to your wart with a bandaid. Leave it on over night or through your day (if you don’t mind the smell.) Repeat this treatment until your wart is cleared.
24. Reduce The Appearance of a Bruise: You can apply apple cider vinegar topically to a bruise to help reduce the appearance and speed healing time.
25. Fight Overall Inflammation: Due to its alkalizing properties, apple cider vinegar has the ability to help fight inflammation all over the body.
26. Relieve Constipation: Apple cider vinegar can help to loosen the bowels in the same way that lemon juice can. Take a shot or two when feeling a little backed up to help your system flush out.
27. Aid Sleep: Taking 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar along with some honey in a cup of warm water can help ease insomnia and create a peaceful nights rest.
28. Unblock Sinuses: Taking a shot or two of apple cider vinegar when you are feeling stuffed up can help to promote sinus drainage.
29. Promote Healthy Gut Bacteria: If you have been travelling, have taken antibiotics or are overly stressed, supplementing your diet with some apple cider vinegar may help to feed your all important stores of good bacteria, providing them with food to grow and flourish.
30. Use as a Disinfectant: You can apply apple cider vinegar to wounds to help clean them and prevent infection.
31. Clean Your House: Apple cider vinegar can be mixed with water and used to clean the bathroom, the kitchen, countertops and the floors. If you mix it with baking soda you can even use it to help clean your pipes!
32. Brighten Dishes Without Salt: If you are trying to reduce your consumption of table salt and excess sodium, apple cider vinegar is a great substitute. Sprinkle some apple cider vinegar on rice, quinoa, cooked and raw veggies and other savory dishes to help bring out the bright flavors of the dish.
33. Fabric Softener: If you are sensitive to the chemicals in traditional fabric softener you can use 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar in your wash to help condition your clothes.
34. Whiten Teeth: You can use apple cider vinegar to help remove stains from your teeth. Simply rub your teeth with a cotton swab that has been soaked in apple cider vinegar to reveal your sparkly whites!
35. Get Rid of Fleas on your Furry Friends: Dilute apple cider vinegar by 50% in water and use a spray bottle to spray the mixture onto your pets fir. Rub in and let dry. You can also spray this mixture on your furniture to remove fleas that may have been transferred from your pet.
Wow! So many uses for one little household ingredient!
Fighting Dry Skin Eczema, Psoriasis, rashes? Here is a lovely Aloe Vera Rose home remedy that helps ease some of the symptoms.
With the cold weather this winter I thought this recipe might come in handy, something fun to make while in hibernation mode, that will help give your skin a little extra TLC. I discovered this recipe From The Nerdy Housewife, one of my favourite places i go to find DYI Home Natural remedies. Iâ€™ve also started a new Healing with Herbs Board on Pinterest with more Home Made Natural Remedy Recipes. I think this is a great way to be creative, save money, and use healthy natural non toxic products. Keep Warm and Hydrated! Â Read More
Hey! Aloe vera is my go-to â€˜productâ€™ for so many health, beauty and wellness benefits! I honestly love aloe vera and its so easy to grow and harness the benefits directly from the plant. As you guys probably know by now, I get really excited about finding natural alternatives and solutions to our everyday needs â€“ there is nothing better than being able to create your own wellbeing at home.
10 Ways to use Aloe Vera:
Floral waters are the easiest herbal tinctures you can make. They require picking plants at peak maturity, placing them in glass bottles with distilled water, and steeping in the sun. Give yourself a little spa treatment with these simple remedies below.
How To Make your Sun Steeped Flower Water
A basket filled with fresh flowers and herbs is all you need to start making the floral waters. Fill a glass bottle with petals and water then place it on a sunny windowsill to brew. I choose rose and calendula petals, but you can use any variety. Floral Waters are ready to steep.Read More
Turmeric is a spice that is absurdly awesome -itâ€™s not just my opinion either, but has been shown in numerous studies. Curcumin is a uniquely beneficial compound found in turmeric that is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory agents found naturally, it also has a ton of other awesome benefits so I wanted to share some of the ways I use turmeric to harness these benefits ?
One of the best ways to receive the benefits of herbs as well as alleviate dry skin is through the creation of a healing salve. The skin is one of the largest gateways on the body to receive actions of the plants. Calendula, or Calendula officinalis, known commonly for its skin healing magic is a great herb to start with in salve making. It is used to heal wounds, rashes, and other skin irritations. This time of year, dryness, and irritation can be prevalent due to the weather’s icy bite and moisture-sapping indoor heat.