DIY products and homemade remedies have steadily grown in popularity for the past decades. Not only do they help you save a few bucks you would usually spend on regular pharmaceutical, cosmetic, or cleaning items, but they are – more often than not – a much healthier alternative to the standard chemical products available on the market.
So why leave your money at the store if you can handle things on your own, the natural way? Even you don’t have extensive knowledge of recipes and of grandma’s secrets, there are a lot of things you can do to keep your cash for more important purposes. To begin with, we have prepared a list of some natural products you can prepare at home to successfully replace the chemicals. The possibilities are endless!
Give those a try and see if they meet your standards. If you don’t like how they work for you, you can always start buying the regular products again.
In this guide...
Aspirin and Ibuprofen? Try Natural Remedies Instead!
Reputed conventional medicines are not always the right answer if you experience pain; in fact, most of us pile up reserves of aspirin and ibuprofen without being aware of the potential dangers that go hand in hand with their frequent, regular administration. Studies reveal that the consumers of these two most common pills are more likely to develop anemia, heart problems and hypertension, decrease in hearing capacity, DNA damage, or even miscarriage – and note that these are only six out of the 24 adverse effects produced by the seemingly inoffensive aspirin or ibuprofen!
So perhaps you may find it a good idea to stop spending money on pills that do you harm and try a more natural approach! It is not surprising that the synthetic substances used in the pharmaceutical industry are inspired by natural sources. For example, remember that the white willow bark was the original aspirin due to its ability to convert one of its compounds into salicylic acid, the substance responsible for relieving pain, fever and swellings. On the other hand, its synthetic version is known for irritating the stomach. This is the main reason why next time you feel the urge to grab and aspirin, you’d better get some white willow bark tincture instead; no more than 1 to 2 drops a day will make you forget about pain and inflammation.
In addition, there are other natural alternatives to painkillers. 400 to 600 mg of curcumin (also known as turmeric) three times a day will help your body prevent the pain signals from reaching your brain. Curcumin is also successfully used in treating depression and fighting arthritis and it has no adverse effects whatsoever!
Capsaicin is a substance extracted from chili peppers that reportedly has similar effects when applied directly on the skin in the affected area, no more than 3 or 4 times a day. It is particularly helpful in dealing with nerve, muscle, or joint pain.
Last but not least, Omega 3 fatty acids that can be found in fish oil, hemp seeds, chia seeds, various berries and leafy vegetables has, apart from its widely known antioxidant qualities, the power to reduce inflammation. This recommends it to those suffering from inflammatory joint conditions and inflammatory bowel diseases.
Nail Problems? Treat Them by Improving Your Diet!
Say goodbye to discolored nails by applying on them a drop or two of tea-tree oil after the bath. Thanks to its strong antiseptic qualities, tea-tree oil fights even the most stubborn nail fungus, being as effective as prescribed anti-fungal medicine. If your nails break easily, consider drinking a cup of horsetail once a day; nettle tea also strengthens your nails because this herb too has a high content of silica and useful minerals.
Moreover, brittle or flaking nails can be treated with a diet richer in fatty acids. Try getting more of those from flax seed and fish. White spots on your nails are a sign of zinc insufficiency; you can fix this by eating more root vegetables, nuts, meat, and whole grains.
Green Cosmetics! Homemade Shampoo and Hair Conditioner
Ok, let’s start from the very basics. Soap making may be a bit tricky, but you can easily replace your name brand expensive shampoo and hair conditioner starting today. You will only have to invest in a bottle of apple cider vinegar and some baking soda. These ingredients will surprise you with spectacular effects on clarifying your hair, either you decide to use them separately or both at once. They will also make it stronger, with added resistance to breaking and, of course, extra shine!
So how exactly can one wash their hair with those? Well, it’s easy: begin by making a solution of one part apple cider vinegar (or baking soda) to two parts water. Then, pour this solution directly onto your hair – watch out for the eyes, though! – Or spray it all over your scalp using an applicator bottle. Rub it, let it sit on your scalp for a few minutes, and finally rinse with water in abundance.
So much for the washing; now, let’s go on to very cost-effective and easy to make hair conditioner that can be obtained through blending a banana with one tablespoon of honey. This mixture works as a mask with miraculous nourishing effects on dry and damaged hair, if you let it sit on your hair for half an hour, then rinse out.
Soothing Stomach Problems
Don’t let stomach discomfort ruin your day – especially now that you will be able to do that without spending a small fortune at the drugstore. Begin with drinking two or three cups of soothing tea made from the traditional licorice, ginger, or chamomile. If you are suffering from indigestion, add some peppermint to your infusion in order to tame your irate stomach faster than any medicine available on the market.
In case you are experiencing nausea and motion-sickness, the best tummy settlers are lemon and ginger. To prevent or treat diarrhea make a quick infusion of dried raspberry or blackberry leaves, before trying other treatments. Apple juice is also helpful. If, on the contrary, you suffer from temporary constipation, take two teaspoons of castor oil on an empty stomach – it is old-fashioned, simple, inexpensive, and… it actually works!
Aloe Vera – A Quick Fix for Minor Burns and More!
Minor burns are frequent accidents that may occur in the house. Instead of buying synthetics creams, you may consider buying an aloe plant. Whenever you have a minor burn, you can find a quick relief by breaking off an aloe leaf and apply the inner gel-like juice directly on the affected spot. Moreover, you can also use this very non-demanding plant in case of sunburns, constipation, and in a variety of skin or hair treatments.
Bad Breath and Unpleasant Body Odor
There are two very efficient plants that have been used for centuries as natural remedies against bad breath – and you have them both at hand: peppermint and parsley. These herbal food garnishes are rich in chlorophyll, a substance able to kill the bacteria responsible for bad odors. So make sure you include them in your diet and nibble on a spring whenever you feel it is needed.
Unpleasant body odor persisting despite good hygiene may be a consequence of clogged pores, which prevent your skin from eliminating body toxins. Try gentle dry-brushing before taking a bath to get rid of dead skin residues. Also, try natural scrubs (with coffee or corn grounds) and drink large quantities of herbal tea.
Even if you can’t always overcome a critical situation, it is very important to be in control over the way you deal with stressful issues. Follow herbalists’ advice and start drinking chamomile tea (a cup three times a day) when you’re feeling overwhelmed. It is estimated more than one million cups are drunk daily, on all the continents. Adding some other calming plants, such as lavender or valerian, is a good idea for more intense results; you can also use the infusion for obtaining a much-praised nerve-soothing bathwater.
Another important thing is not neglecting your vitamin C daily intake. Lemons and oranges consumed as such or in fresh juice will keep you safe from excessive blood pressure and will quickly bring stress hormone levels back to normal values. Before spending money on anti-stress medication, you should also consider limiting your consumption of sugar, caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol. All these substances increase your heart pace, develop anxiety, irritability, and trembling hands syndrome.
Ditch the chemical pills, syrups, and creams! A lot of the frequent health problems can be solved by following simple and easy solutions with ingredients you already have at hand – fruits, vegetables, nuts natural oils, and herbal teas. Not only you will save the money spent in drugstores, but you will also get rid of annoying adverse effects and you will improve your lifestyle by going for green, healthier alternatives that won’t cost you a fortune!