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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Ways to stay healthy this flu season

November 23, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


Seasonal influenza (flu) viruses typically circulate in the autumn and winter months; during what’s known as the flu season. The exact timing of the flu season varies, but it usually peaks between December and February. 


Here’s what you can do to stay healthy...


woman with flu medication

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These are simple steps you can take to protect yourself and help prevent the spread of the flu:


  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use a hand sanitiser.
  • Wear a mask in crowded spaces, such as public transport.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid sharing food, drinking glasses and eating utensils.
  • Regularly disinfect your home and belongings, such as doorknobs, light switches, etc.
  • Stay home if you are unwell to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever goes down unless you need medical care.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing with a tissue, sleeve or elbow.
  • Practice healthy habits: Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.


In the articles below, you will find tips to help you get rid of flu symptoms rapidly!


Best teas to fight cold and flu symptoms

How to relieve sinus pain and pressure

DIY: All-natural vapour rub

Essential oil blends for cold and flu

Tips for staying hydrated during the colder months


Additional tips:


Suck on hard candy

Cough drops are good for soothing a dry, irritated throat and reducing that constant urge to cough. However, all hard candy will promote saliva production and provide moisture to relieve a dry cough.


Gargle with salt water

A saltwater gargle is usually a sore throat remedy, but it’s worth trying for coughs, too. While salt water may not provide immediate relief, it is still an effective remedy for killing bacteria while loosening mucus and easing pain. Mix ½ teaspoon of salt into 8 ounces of warm water, gargle and then spit out the solution.


Take care and talk to you soon!




 

Monday, November 21, 2022

Eleven (11) ways to stop a toothache quickly

November 21, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


This weekend I did not publish any blog posts or YouTube videos because I had a terrible migraine caused by wisdom tooth pain. The pain was unbearable, and I didn't do anything productive all weekend.


A toothache is a pain in and around the teeth and jaws. When you have a toothache, the trigeminal nerve can get irritated and trigger a migraine headache. If the toothache is left untreated, it can cause other symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light or sound.


If the pain lasts more than two days, it is best to see a dentist. Until then, the following home remedies may provide some relief from the discomfort. 


1. Take painkillers

Taking a painkiller can help to quiet tooth pain. Be careful and follow the recommended dosage.


2. Analgesic gel

An analgesic gel can temporarily numb the gums around your affected tooth. This will relieve the pain and let you get some sleep before you can see a dentist.


3. Elevate your head

When going to sleep, try supporting your head up with pillows or sleep upright in a chair, if possible. Lying down can aggravate your pain because blood pressure in your head increases when you are in a flat position. 


4. Warm, salt water rinse

A salt water rinse might not immediately alleviate your pain, however, it will help rinse your mouth of the bacteria that could be causing your toothache to begin with. Rinse your mouth for a couple of seconds and spit it out.


woman with a toothache


5. Cold compress

Icing your cheek on the outside of the affected tooth will numb the area and reduce the swelling causing the pain.


6. Drink peppermint tea

Drinking any tea can help soothe your aching tooth, but peppermint tea has qualities that can help numb the affected area, as well. 


7. Clove oil

Clove oil is considered nature’s analgesic. It can be used as a rinse or applied directly to your tooth. To rinse, add a drop of oil to a glass of water and use it as a mouthwash. To apply to your tooth, dilute some oil with water, place a few drops on a cotton ball, and put it on your tooth.


8. Thyme oil

Thyme oil can be used as a rinse or applied directly to your tooth, just like clove oil. 


9. Tea bags

You can apply either a cold or warm tea bag to your tooth. Make sure it has cooled down so that it is not too hot. Or try placing a used tea bag in the freezer for a few minutes, then apply it to your tooth. Like I said before, peppermint tea is especially good for toothaches. 


10. Vanilla extract

Vanilla is another natural anti-inflammatory. It can also help to numb the pain caused by a toothache. Try putting a small amount on your finger or a cotton swab and applying it to the affected area a few times a day.


11. Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass is thought to be anti-bacterial and has properties that contribute to pain relief. You can use wheatgrass juice as a mouthwash or chew on some raw wheatgrass.


I hope you find this helpful next time you have a toothache!


Talk to you soon.




Monday, October 17, 2022

DIY: Pumpkin spice lip scrub

October 17, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


If you like autumn and pumpkin spice, then you will love this DIY pumpkin spice lip scrub. This homemade lip scrub is both vegan and budget-friendly. Lip scrubs help remove dead skin cells and dry, flaky skin from your lips. They also give your lips a nice, smooth, and hydrated feel.


Read this: How to prevent chapped lips caused by wearing face masks.


So, if you want to know how to get soft lips, just follow this DIY recipe. This lip scrub is extremely easy to prepare and only requires four (4) ingredients. It will only take you a few minutes to make!


woman using a lip scrub

Here are the straightforward ingredients for making this homemade lip scrub. You will not only enjoy making it, but you will love the extra soft lips it will give you.


Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil 
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice 
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar 


Method:

  1. Place all ingredients into a small mixing bowl.
  2. Mix ingredients together.
  3. Place into a jar.


How to use:

  1. Apply a small amount to your lips.
  2. Rub your lips together or with your finger for 10 seconds.
  3. Wipe off pumpkin spice lip scrub residue with a towel. 


Are you going to give this DIY a try? Let me know in the comments below.


Talk to you soon!

 



Monday, September 26, 2022

DIY: Head lice prevention

September 26, 2022 2 Comments

Hello everyone!


It's back to school time again! Back to school can be an exciting time for both children and parents. Starting a new school year requires plenty of preparations, such as shopping for stationery, a new bag, shoes and clothes/uniform. One thing most parents do not prepare for when sending their little ones back to school is head lice.


As any reader of this blog will know, I believe in the power of natural ingredients, particularly essential oils. When you do a simple Google search, you quickly find out what essential oils are good at repelling lice, but the question is, what to do with that information? How can you use essential oils to repel head lice?


The following essential oils have been shown to effectively repel lice:

  • Lavender oil
  • Tea tree oil
  • Clove oil
  • Rosemary oil
  • Geranium oil
  • Lemongrass oil


These are other essential oils that can repel head lice but are not recommended for children under six (6) years:

  • Peppermint oil  
  • Anise seed oil
  • Eucalyptus oil 


You can use these essential oils to make a DIY lice prevention spray or shampoo. Just follow the recipe below!


For the spray, you will need:


mother taking care of child with head lices
Image by Freepik

For children under 6 years of age-

  • 1/2 cup of distilled water
  • 2 tsp of fractionated coconut oil
  • 10 drops of tea tree oil
  • 10 drops of lavender oil
  • 5 drops of geranium oil
  • 5 drops of lemongrass oil


For anyone over 6 years of age-

  • 1/2 cup of distilled water
  • 2 tsp of fractionated coconut oil
  • 10 drops of tea tree oil
  • 10 drops of rosemary oil
  • 5 drops of geranium oil
  • 5 drops of peppermint oil
  • 10 drops of lemongrass oil
  • 10 drops of lavender oil


How to use:

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a glass spray bottle.
  2. Shake well before use. 
  3. Generously spray on scalp and hair. 
  4. Brush through and style as usual.


For the shampoo -


Add the essential oils directly to a shampoo bottle and shake well. This way, you will have a DIY lice prevention shampoo! You do not need to add the coconut oil and the distilled water. 


A few head lice prevention tips:

  1. Keep long hair tied up.
  2. Remind children not to share brushes, hats, scarves, etc.
  3. Use the prevention spray on brushes, combs and even backpacks!


I wish you and your kids a happy, productive and lice-free school year! 


Talk to you soon!


Saturday, September 24, 2022

DIY: Natural whitening toothpaste

September 24, 2022 1 Comments

Hello everyone!


In a previous post, I wrote about how I make my own natural toothpaste by mixing coconut oil and baking soda. I still use that DIY recipe, together with others I like. In another post, I also talked about the benefits of activated charcoal and included teeth whitening, among numerous other benefits.


DIY: Natural toothpaste

What are the benefits of activated charcoal?


Today, I want to share a DIY recipe for an all-natural turmeric whitening toothpaste


Bamboo eco toothbrush in a glass bottle

 

Turmeric is a popular spice which has been used, as a healing and herbal remedy, for thousands of years. Turmeric is a well-known anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial herb, making it useful for home dental care. It is a natural product, which makes it a better alternative to commercial teeth whiteners. In fact, turmeric lacks the side effects of many commercial teeth whiteners. These include dental enamel damage, gum irritation, risk of tooth sensitivity, and more.


Possible benefits you can get from turmeric toothpaste include teeth whitening, reduced risk of gum pain and inflammation and reduced risk of gum disease.


turmeric root


If you want to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong, then a homemade zero-waste toothpaste such as this is a great choice. Made of nothing but coconut oil and turmeric, this natural homemade whitening toothpaste is all you need to deep clean your teeth.



Ingredients:

  • Organic cold-pressed extra virgin coconut oil – 2 tbsp
  • Organic turmeric powder – 1 tsp


How to use:

  1. Mix the two ingredients together in a small glass jar.
  2. Take a small amount on a soft brush and gently brush your teeth. 
  3. Leave it on for five (5) minutes, then spit it out. 
  4. Rinse thoroughly with water.
  5. Then, brush your teeth with regular toothpaste or another tooth-cleansing product to remove all traces of turmeric.


What do you think of this DIY? Will you be trying it out? Let me know in the comments section below!


Take care!