Sunday, December 23, 2012

How to Cleanse the Home with Herbs, Lemons and Lime


Some people are not comfortable with using housecleaning products which are made from chemicals for fear of infecting their home and family with toxins emitted out of it. Instead they prefer to use herbs which are safe and do not leave a harsh smell lingering in the air.

Some herbs are also used since it has the power to cleanse and remove negative energy which has stagnated within a home

Listed below are herbs and flowers commonly used to cleanse different areas of one’s home. Keep in mind that home cleaning products made from herbs, spices and flowers should be used immediately for its effects wear off after sometime and therefore becomes ineffective if stored for more than a day or two.

For Kitchen Sinks

Rose-Scented Scouring Powder

Ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ¼ cup rose petals

Method:

Place all the ingredients into a blender or grinder and crush into a powder. Wet the kitchen sink and generously sprinkle the powder in it and scrub. Rinse off with warm water.

For Carpets

To absorb dirt and odor from carpets and leave it smelling clean and fresh try the following carpet fresheners.

Lavender Carpet Freshener

Ingredients:
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ¾ cup baking soda
  • ¼ cup lavender flowers

Method:

Place all ingredients in a grinder and ground to a powder. Sprinkle on the carpet and leave overnight. Vacuum the next morning. Do this treatment once a week to maintain clean and odor free carpets.
For Wooden Floors

Peppermint Wood Floor Cleanser

Ingredients:
  • ½ cup peppermint tea
  • ½ cup white vinegar

Method:

Mix together the peppermint tea and white vinegar and add to a bucket which has 7 ½ liters (2 gallons) of water in it. Wipe the wooden floors with the mixture.

For Counter Tops and Dirty Surfaces

Sage Cleanser

Ingredients:
  • ½ cup fresh sage
  • 1 ¼ cups water

Method:

Place the sage together with the water in a pan and cook on medium low heat till water has reduced to ¼ cup. Strain into a cup and discard the leaves.

Take the ¼ cup sage tea (make sure it has cooled) and pour into a bottle. Add 1 tablespoon baking soda and the juice of ½ lemon/lime into it and mix all the ingredients well by shaking the bottle. Use the liquid to cleanse kitchen tops, kitchen and bathroom wall tiles.

Citrus and Baking Soda

Cut a citrus fruit in half and sprinkle a ¼ teaspoon baking soda on it. Use it to scrub counter tops and bathtubs.

Glass Cleaner

Lemon and Vinegar Glass Cleaner

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon/lime juice or 10 drops lime essential oil

Method:

Pour all the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. Then apply onto a clean cloth and wipe the glass clean with it.

Orange and Cloves for Closets and Drawers

To freshen drawers, closets and to keep moths away take an orange and stud it with cloves.

To Brighten Stainless Steel

Rub a slice of cucumber and leave for a few minutes. Then wipe dry with a clean cloth.

To Polish Stainless Steel, Aluminum and Brass

Take a tablespoon cream of tartar and mix enough lemon or lime juice into it to make a paste. Apply on the metal. Leave on for 10 seconds and wipe clean with a dry clean cloth.

To Brighten Brass

Rub half a lemon/lime mixed with salt on the brass for a few minutes. Then wipe clean with a dry clean cloth.

To disinfect and clean drains of kitchen and bathroom sinks mix half a cup lemon juice with 1 ½ liters (1 gallon) of hot water and pour it into the drain.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Home Remedies for Pimples


Try any one of the remedies listed below to get rid of pimples. Make sure to first wash the face with warm water and a mild baby soap before applying any of the remedies on the pimple.

Dead Sea Mud Clay for pimples

Mix one teaspoon of mud clay and water to make a paste. Apply on the pimple and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

Cinnamon and honey for pimples

Mix ½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder with enough honey to make a paste. Apply on the pimple and leave for 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

Green tea for pimples

Make a cup of green tea and pour in ice trays and place in freezer. Remove the ice cubes and run on the pimple. This is also a good remedy for oily blemished skin. Allow to dry naturally on skin.

Orange peel for pimples

Take an orange and peel it. Take the peel and add a few drops of water to it and pound it. Then rub on the face for 3 minutes especially areas where there are pimples and blemishes. Rinse off with cold water and pat dry.

Egg White Mask for Pimples

Beat an egg white. Dip a cotton bud into the egg white and apply on the pimple. Leave overnight and rinse off with warm water in the morning.

Toothpaste for Pimples

Dab a little toothpaste on the pimple and leave overnight. Wash off with warm water in the morning.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Home Remedies for Hiccups


Sugar for Hiccups

Place a teaspoon of sugar on your tongue and suck on it while it has all dissolved.

Peanut Butter for Hiccups

Place a tablespoon of peanut butter on your tongue and close your mouth. Hold for 5 seconds and then immediately swallow. Do not chew.

Holding Breath and Drinking Water for Hiccups

Hold your breath and immediately take 5 sips of water. Then exhale slowly. Do this 5 times.

Massaging Ears to treat Hiccups

Massage gently the ear lobes for a few minutes.

Massaging Eyes to treat Hiccups

Close both eyes and gently massage for a few minutes. You can also place pressure on both eyelid using the fingers and hold for a few seconds. Do this a few times.

Cotton bud for Hiccups

Take a cotton bud/swap and tickle the top of your mouth with it for a few minutes.

Seek immediate medical help if the hiccups have gotten worse and has not stopped even after trying the above remedies.

Home Remedies to Remove a Fish Bone Stuck in Throat

Only try these remedies if you’re unable to use your fingers to carefully take the bone out from the throat.

Olive oil or Virgin oil

Take a tablespoon of olive oil or virgin oil and wash it down with a ½ a glass of water. The oil acts as a lubricant and the water will help dislodge the bone and sent it into the intestines where the stomach juices will digest it or send it out of the colon.

Banana

Eat a banana and wash it down with a ½ a glass of water. The bone will get stuck to the fruit and travel out of the throat and into the stomach where it will be removed from the body through waste or will be dissolved by the enzymes in the stomach.

Toast and peanut butter

Eat a slice of toast which has a thick layer of peanut butter spread on it and wash it down with a ½ a glass of water. The bread and peanut butter will help dislodge the bone from the throat.

Boiled Rice dipped in melted butter

Shape the boiled rice into a ball which is small enough to swallow. Dip it in the some melted butter and swallow and wash it down with ½ a glass of water.

Orange Juice or Lemon Juice

Drink ½ a glass of orange juice or lemon juice since the citric acid contained in the juices help to soften the bone and get it out from the throat.

Seek immediate medical help if you've tried the above remedies but the fish bone is still stuck in the throat.


Home Remedies for Wrinkles


Honey and Vitamin E Mask for Wrinkles

Ingredients:
  • 3 Vitamin E capsules
  • 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

Method:

Remove the oil from the Vitamin E capsules and mix together with the yoghurt, lemon juice and honey. Set aside.

Wash the face with a mild baby soap. Pat dry and apply the vitamin E mask on the face avoiding the eyes and lips. Leave for ten minutes and then rinse off with warm water. Pat dry. Do not apply any makeup or moisturizer on the face until 24 hours has passed. Do this treatment twice a week.

Olive oil and Orange Juice Mask for Wrinkles

Ingredients:
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon orange juice
  • 1 egg yolk beaten
  • 2 tablespoons oatmeal

 Method:

Mix together the olive oil, orange juice, egg yolk and oatmeal in a bowl. Set aside.

Wash the face with a mild baby soap. Pat dry with a clean wash cloth and apply the olive oil mask on the face avoiding the eyes and lips. Leave for 20 minutes and then rinse off with warm water. Pat face dry with a clean wash cloth. Do not apply any makeup or moisturizer on the face until 24 hours has passed. Do this treatment twice a week.

Seedless Green Grapes for Wrinkles

Wash the face with a mild baby soap. Pat dry with a clean wash cloth.

Mash a few green grapes in a bowl. Apply on clean face and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry with face towel. Do this treatment three times a week.

Pineapple Juice for Wrinkles

Wash the face with a mild baby soap. Pat dry with a clean wash cloth.

Extract the juice of a slice of fresh pineapple. Apply on clean face and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry with a face towel. Do this treatment three times a week.

Include a cup of green grapes or a cup of fresh pineapple pieces in your diet twice a week to maintain healthy young looking skin.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Home Remedies for an Enlarged Prostrate Gland

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)  is a condition which causes a man’s prostrate gland to enlarge and get bigger. Men 40 years and over are the ones susceptible to an enlarged prostrate gland.

The prostrate gland shaped similar to a walnut is found around the urethra and is a vital organ for it produces a fluid that helps to nourish sperm. The urethra is like a tube through which urine from the bladder is sent to the penis. When the prostrate gland gets bigger it puts pressure on the urethra squeezing it and making it narrow. This in turn makes it difficult to pass urine effectively.

An enlarged prostrate gland can cause urinary tract infections leading to bladder and kidney damage.

Men over 40 are advised to have a prostrate examination done annually to detect if they may be suffering from an enlarged prostrate gland.

So how is a prostate examination done?

A digital rectal exam – also known as DRE is one type of prostrate examination where the doctor wears a rubber glove and inserts a finger into the rectum. Using the same finger he searches for the prostrate gland and checks it to verify if there are any abnormalities in the gland such as lumps etc.

Blood Test Examination – prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is a protein secreted by the prostrate gland into the blood. Increase levels of PSA in the blood is a sign of an enlarged prostrate gland. By doing a PSA blood test the doctor can detect whether or not the prostrate gland is enlarged.

By doing a colonoscopy test – A colonoscopy test involves  inserting a colonoscope ( thin flexible tube with a tiny camera attached to it)  into the rectum to view the colon and intestines. It is also a method used to check the prostrate gland.

Listed below are some popular home remedies used for the treatment of an enlarged prostrate gland.

Pumpkin seeds for an enlarged prostate

Take 2 tablespoons of pumpkin seeds and partially crush it. Put the crushed seeds into a glass bowl. Pour 2 cups of boiling water into it. Allow to completely cool and then strain and drink. Drink the pumpkin tea once a day for 7 to 10 days.

Watermelon seeds for an enlarged prostrate gland

Take 2 tablespoons pf watermelon seeds and partially crush it. Put the crushed seeds into a glass bowl. Pour 2 cups of boiling water into it. Allow to completely cool and then strain and drink. Drink the watermelon tea once a day for ten days.

Corn silk for an enlarged prostrate

Take 6 ears of corn and remove the corn silk from it. Place the corn silk in a glass bowl with 4 cups of boiling water. Allow to completely cool and then strain and drink. Drink the corn silk tea three times a week for best results.