In our ever-continuing search for health, wellness and beauty, it’s easy to be led astray. It’s expensive to live healthy! The best place to find secret tips is from family and friends. Here are the top ten natural secrets that have been shared with me.
Coconut Oil. Great for all types of beauty purposes; it’s an all-natural lotion and natural conditioner for shiny hair. It’s also great for cooking, use it as a healthy substitute for butter and vegetable oil while adding flavor to any dish.
Lemongrass Essential Oil. This great smelling oil is a natural bug repellent. Mix 1/3 lemongrass essential oil with water in a small spray bottle. You’re ready to enjoy the outdoors.
Honey. Raw honey speeds the healing of burns naturally. Using cold, running water, cool the burned area as soon as possible to stop the flesh from cooking further. Pour clean honey over the burn and wrap with plastic wrap, secure it with gauze or a bandage and leave alone for two days. Repeat this process every two days until the wound begins to granulate (about a week to ten days).
Tamarind. This interesting looking legume fruit holds loads of perks. It promotes a healthy heart and lowers cholesterol. It also leads to a healthy digestive system. Crack the pod open and pull off the string. Break off a piece and eat it like a cherry, chewing around the pit without actually eating the seed.
Hydrogen Peroxide. An all-natural teeth whitener and germ killer. Take one capful and gargle with it for a couple of minutes (you get used to the taste). The results are a clean, fresh and whiter smile for pennies.
Apple Cider Vinegar. Mixed with two parts water, it helps problem skin. It balances your skins pH, as well as helps to fade acne scars and age spots. If you have sensitive skin you can use it as a natural astringent.
Cherry Juice. Cherry juice has natural melatonin in it. It’s good for muscle relief after a workout or massage. It reduces inflammation and soreness. Instead of tossing and turning at night, try drinking one cup of cherry juice an hour before bedtime.
Dry Brushing. Take a natural bristle brush and gently brush your skin in small circular motions starting from your ankles up, occasionally doing longer strokes. It promotes healthy circulation, helps get rid of cellulite and helps ditch dead skin cells. Do it before your shower so you can rinse away the impurities. Be sure to moisturize afterwards.
Cocoa Butter. Using cocoa butter helps reduce stretch marks and age spots, as well as gives your skin the nourishment it needs.
Chocolate Milk. Chocolate milk has a four-to-one carb ratio, as well as a lot of protein and calcium, making it a great post-work out drink. It refills the glycogen you got rid of, as well as giving your body fuel to rebuild the muscle fibers.
By VERONICA SWIATEK August 21, 2014