Long ago, a stillroom was an essential part of rural homes. Here, herbs, jars, recipe books, tinctures, teas and preserving agents were stored for people to create cosmetics, home brews, preserves and natural remedies from scratch. Today, we are tied up with life’s long list of priorities and have very little room or time for even making dinner, never mind making natural remedies! But there’s something incredibly powerful about doing so and that is having full control over knowing what you are putting on and in your body.
Making your own natural remedies is a great alternative to overspending on store-bought options that are often times filled with controversial ingredients. Plus, you may be surprised at just how easy it is to whip up a remedy for everything from a headache to a hair treatment.
For the teeth:
Try oil pulling! It’s an age-old practice that works to reduce cavities, bleeding gums and bad breath by cleaning the mouth of harmful bacteria.
- 1. Put 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth.
- 2. Swish it around for about 20 minutes.
- 3. Spit it out.
- 4. Rinse your mouth out with warm water.
- 5. Brush your teeth.
For the hair:
Rosemary has long been considered an effective herb for treating the hair.
- 1. Make a rosemary hair rinse by mixing 2 tablespoons of dried rosemary leaves with one quart of water.
- 2. Bring to a boil, cover and turn off the heat.
- 3. Once 30 minutes have passed, strain and use as a hair rinse by pouring over clean, wet hair. There’s no need to wash out.
For the skin:
Make a tea tree oil and honey acne serum.
- 1. Mix a few drops of tea tree oil and two teaspoons of raw, organic honey together.
- 2. Apply to the face and neck, or just an affected area with a cotton ball.
- 3. Leave on for 3 – 4 hours or overnight.
- 4. Rinse with water and pat dry.
Rather than reaching for pain pills when a severe headache or migraine comes on, opt for something without unwanted and harmful side effects that’s made with some of the best hydrating ingredients nature has to offer.
- 1. Pour one cup of water into a drinking glass.
- 2. Squeeze the juice out of a lemon, remove the seeds, and add the juice to the water.
- 3. Stir in 2 teaspoons of Himalayan sea salt, and mix well.
Make an anti-anxiety elixir to balance out your overall energy level. Utilize lemon juice to reduce blood pressure, ginger to calm the stomach, and honey to control blood sugar instability.
- 1. Mix 1 teaspoon each of lemon juice and ground ginger, ½ teaspoon of honey.
- 2. Drink three times daily for best results.
For sore muscles, joint pain and arthritis:
Try an Epsom salt soak, which contains magnesium sulfate —a naturally occurring mineral that has been used to get relief from pain for years.
- 1. Take a bath with Epsom salt by running a tub full of warm water.
- 2. Add 2 cups of Epsom salt.
- 3. Soak for at least 15 minutes.
Soothe your stomach with aloe juice:
The aloe plant is known for soothing skin burns, but it also has the ability to soothe the stomach since it reduces inflammation. Try drinking a glass of aloe vera juice to calm your tummy down.
- 1. Wash aloe vera leaf, then pat dry with a cloth.
- 2. Slit one of the edges with a scissor to open up the outer layer, then scoop off the gel, discarding any greenish gel.