Tuesday, July 30, 2013

How to Make Your Own Deodorant

In a bowl mix together 1 tablespoon olive oil, 3 tablespoons coconut oil, 2 tablespoons cornstarch and 2 tablespoons baking soda. Place in a cupcake holder and allow to set in refrigerator till hard.  Remove from cupcake holder and transfer into a small container and keep in fridge until ready to use.


Make sure to place the deodorant back in the refrigerator after every use since it can melt if left at room temperature. 

5 Uses of Aloe Vera

To treat Minor Burns – Cut a piece of aloe vera and apply the gel on the burn.

To treat insect bites – Apply some aloe vera gel on the bite to reduce pain and itchiness.

Blisters – to treat blisters apply some aloe vera gel on it.

Scars – to minimize scars regularly apply aloe vera gel on the skin where scars are visible.

Body Scrub – An ideal body scrub to exfoliate skin and remove dead cells is to mix 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice with 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel and massage into skin for 2 to 3 minutes. Then wash off with warm water.


How to prevent Diaper Rash

Babies are susceptible to diaper rash if their diapers are not changed on time or if diapers (cloth diapers) are not washed properly.  Using strong detergents to wash diapers or not drying the baby’s bottom properly after a diaper change can also cause diaper rash.

Listed below are a few ways to prevent and treat diaper rash in babies.

Avoid using baby wipes when cleaning your baby’s bottom since it contains chemicals. Instead use a mild baby soap and warm water with a soft wash cloth. Make sure your baby’s bottom is completely dry when putting on a new diaper.

When washing cloth diapers make sure to first soak it in hot water and a little vinegar to get rid of bacteria.

Avoid using plastic pants over the cloth diaper. Plastic pants tend to keep moisture in and restricts air flow hence putting the baby at risk of getting diaper rash.

If your baby has diaper rash then apply some Drapolene Cream. This is one of the best creams in the market to prevent and treat diaper rash. It can also be applied on baby’s bottom at each nappy change.



Monday, July 29, 2013

Homemade Face Scrubs

Before applying the scrub make sure to wet the face with warm water or steam the face to help open the pores.

Sugar and Olive Oil Scrub

In a bowl mix 1 tablespoon sugar with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Gently massage on face in circular motions for 3 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

Sugar and Honey Scrub

In a bowl mix together 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 tablespoons honey. Gently massage on face in circular motions for 3 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

Tomato and Sugar Scrub

Cut a tomato in half. Dip the fleshy part in some brown sugar. Gently massage on face in circular motions for 2 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. This scrub is ideal for those suffering from oily skin.



Homemade Facial Packs

Before applying any of the following masks first wash your face with a mild baby soap and warm water to remove dust and grime on the skin.

Spinach and Honey Mask

Take 6 leaves of spinach and put into grinder. Add ½ teaspoons honey and 1 teaspoon lemon juice into it. Grind all ingredients to a paste. Apply on face and neck. Leave on skin for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water.

Oatmeal and Cucumber Mask

Grate ¼ cucumber and place into a bowl. Mix 1 teaspoon oatmeal and 1 teaspoon yogurt with the cucumber. Apply on face and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Cucumber and Avocado Mask

Mix together ½ cup mashed avocado with two tablespoons cucumber juice. Apply on face and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Yogurt and Avocado Mask

Take 1 teaspoon mashed avocado and 1 teaspoon yogurt and mix till smooth and creamy. Apply on face and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.


This mask is ideal for dry skin and can also be used on the body.

Homemade Eye Cream Recipe

If you suffer from dark circles around the eyes and under eye puffiness apply the following homemade eye cream. Make sure to first clean the area around the eyes to remove any makeup and dirt. Apply the cream before going to bed at night.

Coconut oil and Vitamin E oil Eye Cream

Place the following in a bowl:
  • 8 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon vitamin E oil (1 Vitamin E capsule)

Using a hand mixer blend the two ingredients together for 7 to 10 minutes. The texture should be smooth and creamy. Place in a clean glass bottle with and close with lid till ready to use. 


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Plants that Repel Dengue Mosquito

Dengue is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. When the mosquito, also known as the dengue fever mosquito, bites a person it can cause them to suffer from headaches, body pains and high fever.

The dengue mosquito will easily breed in places where clean water and even rainwater tends to collect like gutters, empty bottles, tires, empty coconut shells, empty cans, bamboo poles, vases and flower pot plates. Studies reveal the dengue mosquito will lay its eggs in as little as a tablespoon of water.

The Aedes mosquito is easy to identify since it has black and white stripes on its body. It tends to bite during the mornings between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m and late afternoon between 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

If you live in areas prone to Dengue make sure not to allow rainwater and clean water to stagnate in gutters, empty cans, tires, etc. In addition, if you or someone you know have been suffering from fever for more than 3 days go to the doctor immediately and ask him to check your platelet count. If your platelet count is low then you are at risk of having Dengue.

Dengue can lead to death if not detected early. It can also damage the heart, liver, brain and even the bone marrow.

Symptoms of Dengue are:
  • High fever that lasts for more than 3 days.
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Joint pain
  • Rash 

Listed below are some plants that are claimed to repel the Dengue mosquito and which can be grown in pots or on the ground in your home to give you protection from disease carrying mosquitoes.
  • Citronella
  • Marigold
  • Basil