Natural Remedies

The Amazing Benefits and Uses of Tea Tree Oil

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Tea tree oil, which comes from an Australian tea tree and is also known as melaleuca oil, is an essential oil made from steaming the tree’s leaves.

It’s one of the few essential oils that I use and truly believe in its efficacy. A lot of information about essential oils is more folklore than science, but there is real science behind the uses for tea tree oil.

Either way, when used correctly, tea tree oil is safe to use topically. I don’t recommend ingesting it, though. It’s toxic when you swallow it. For that reason, I don’t suggest using it as a mouthwash, because you may accidentally swallow it.

Note: I’m not a doctor. I can’t give you medical advice and am just sharing my own anecdotes and what I’ve read about over the years. So please see your doctor for any medical issues you’re dealing with!

So what are some tea tree oil uses?

  • Tea tree oil used with a carrier oil is useful for acne. Mind, this is not true for hormonal acne, which usually presents itself around the chin.
  • When in a pinch, tea tree oil can be used as a hand sanitizer. Studies show that tea tree oil kills common bacteria and viruses, including E. coli, S. pneumoniae and H. influenzae (1). Here is a recipe for making a simple, moisturizing hand sanitizer using tea tree oil.
  • Dandruff relief is one of my favorite uses for tea tree oil. After I shampoo my hair, I mix a few drops of tea tree oil in a cup of warm water and pour it on my head. I leave it in for a few minutes, then add my usual conditioner. I then rinse as normal. You can also just add a few drops to your shampoo.
  • Tea tree oil may be useful in repelling flies and other insects. A study found that after being treated with tea tree oil, cows had 61% fewer flies than untreated cows. (1)
  • Applying tea tree oil to your feet helps relieve athlete’s foot.
  • I hate conventional deodorant and find it causes breast pain. On all but the hottest of days, I prefer to use a natural deodorant made with tea tree oil and a few other ingredients.
  • Lice! I haven’t tried this but others have mixed lavender oil with tea tree oil to treat lice eggs.
  • Tea tree oil and colloidal silver are often mixed to treat boils on the skin.
  • Tea tree can be used for some pelvic maladies like vaginitis and yeast infections.
  • I have used tea tree oil for ringworm before, and it cleared up very quickly for me.

Keep in mind that it’s important to dilute tea tree oil appropriately with a carrier oil or water (depending on how you’re using it). If you don’t dilute it, it can cause itching, stinging, redness, skin irritation, and other skin issues.

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DIY Emergen-C Drink Mix

DIY vitamin C powder to boost your immune system and fight off colds and flus

I don’t know about you, but I love vitamin C drinks when I’m feeling sick. Sure, they might not work to stop a cold or flu, but they definitely make me feel better. And the placebo effect is good enough for me!

Let me guess. Your nose is runny, your chest feels tight, and your whole body aches?

Brand name mixes can be really expensive, though, and you never really know what’s in those things. And isn’t that one of the reasons we get into DIY stuff? To avoid those huge markups that brands think they can get away with?

And I like to take these every day if I can, and when these packets can cost up to a dollar per peck, that adds up pretty darn fast.

I hate chewables and I already take enough pills every day. And I love citrus fruit, but sometimes a girl has to give her teeth a break from that acid and sugar, right?

These packets don’t only help with immunity. They can make your skin glow and vitamin C is known to protect against cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and wrinkles. Wow!

Taken down to the basics, these packs are just a few things: vitamins, sweetener, flavoring, and a foaming agent.

But first: Is Emergen-C just a placebo?

There are a lot of products that rely on the placebo effect. It’s important to remember that even if it’s just a placebo, it is still helping you. Placebos are useful medicine, too, and shouldn’t be immediately written off.

For vitamin C drinks, the research is still pretty limited as to their effectiveness. The most relevant studies show that while vitamin C drinks don’t necessarily stop colds, they do act as adaptogens that can help you fight off colds during stressful times. So if you’re going into finals week, it may be worth it to drink some of the powder you’re about to make!

Research has also found that taking drinks like Emergen-C does shorten the duration of colds.

This is one of those cases where there is very little harm and a lot of possible good you can get from these drinks. So why not try it?

So what do you need?

  • Vitamin C powder
  • True Lemon or another brand of real lemon powder

Making this is simple. Measure a 1:1 ratio, and keep it in a mason jar. A serving size is 1tbs of the mix.

Store it in a dry and dark place. Vitamin C is unstable and oxidizes when exposed to air, light and heat.

And you can add any number of things to make this vitamin C powder taste better. I’m going to try it with some green tea in a day or two.

It won’t foam like the brand name, but you’re saving a ton of money and you get to make it taste exactly how you want. And even better, there’s less paper and plastic waste!

Other uses for your vitamin c powder

  • Emergen-C can be used to preserve your hair color. Apply it to your hair for 5 minutes to dissolve the iron and alkaline deposits your hair gets from hard water.
  • Vitamin C powder can be added to your moisturizer for beautiful skin. Just skip the True Lemon.

Coconut secrets every woman should know

Amazing ways to use coconut oil

I bought my first jar of coconut oil when I started keto years ago. I used it in my eggs. I used it in my bulletproof coffee. I used it, briefly, for my hair. 
Let’s just say that I love coconut oil. I have had a jar on hand ever since I bought that first jar and never let myself run out of it.
Coconut oil has so many health benefits, but it also has practical uses as well. 
There are a lot of good reasons to love coconut oil:

Use coconut oil to improve your life. #naturalbeauty
  1. Coconut oil is a good saturated fat. That’s right, I used “good” and “saturated fat” together!
  2. Two words: Lauric acid. You know, that fatty acid that is found in breast milk? Yeah, it’s found in coconut oil, too. And lauric acid is nearly a miracle: it’s tied to weight loss, it could protect against alzheimers, and the majority of it is converted into energy rather than being stored as fat. That’s why it’s perfect in coffee: it makes an already energizing drink even more so!
  3. Coconut oil could support thyroid function and the metabolism. This is important for people trying to lose weight!
  4. And speaking of losing weight, consuming fats helps you to feel satiated for longer. So you can eat fewer calories but feel full for longer!
  5. Coconut oil is anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal and even anti-viral. There are no side effects unless you’re allergic (so be careful when you start using it).

But what are some of the uses for coconut oil? Here are just a few ways to use coconut oil every day:

Use coconut oil to make a natural toothpaste #naturalhealth #ayurveda
  1. Make a coconut oil toothpaste. The fats in coconut oil helps to break up all that gunk on and between your teeth, leaving your mouth fresh and with ingredients you can trust. Find a good recipe here.
  2. Add to your popcorn instead of butter.
  3. Mix coconut oil and a hazelnut spread together in a 2:1 ratio to make an incredible ice cream topping that will harden within a minute.
  4. Condition wood with coconut oil. Coconut oil is especially great for conditioning your cutting board thanks to its anti-bacterial properties. 
  5. Add to pet food as a source of nutrients. One teaspoon per 10 pounds of dog is the recommended dose, but build up to that amount slowly over a month.
  6. Add a tablespoon of melted coconut oil to your morning smoothie.
  7. Use as a gunk remover. Get rid of sticker residue or gum in your hair.
  8. Remove your eye makeup gently with some coconut oil.
  9. Season your cast iron skillet. Never let your skillet get rusty again!
  10. Fix squeaky hinges by dabbing some coconut oil onto the hardware.
  11. Mix garlic and coconut oil for a creamy dairy free spread for bread or to use in recipes similar to garlic butter.
  12. Use as a safe lubricant for sex. However, if you’re trying to get pregnant, you may not want to use it as it may act as a natural spermicide.
  13. Rub some coconut oil inside of your nose during the winter to stop nosebleeds. 
  14. Mix coconut oil with peppermint, tea tree, or rosemary essential oils and apply it to your skin to keep bugs away while exploring outside during the summer.
  15. Mix coconut oil and sugar to make a simple lip scrub.
  16. Use coconut oil to buff and restore leather or polish furniture.
  17. Keep a small container of coconut oil to use in place of chapstick.
  18. Add to your coffee for a bulletproof coffee that will wake up your body and mind. Try one of these recipes.
  19. Rub coconut oil into your nails to strengthen and condition them, making them stronger and less likely to break.
  20. Use in place of butter in cinnamon toast.
  21. Make a homemade deodorant with this handy recipe.
  22. Coconut oil rubbed into a bug bite will calm the itchiness.
  23. Coconut oil can make a wonderful shower scrub that moisturizes as it exfoliates. Just be careful while you wash it off, because your tub will be slippery! Click here for the recipe.
  24. Remove crayon from walls by cleaning it up with coconut oil.
  25. Remove scuff marks by rubbing coconut oil into the marks on your floors.
  26. Keep eggs fresher for longer by dipping room temperature eggs into melted coconut oil. 
  27. Make DIY candles by using coconut oil as a natural carrier oil for the scents you want to use.

Will you use any of these tips in your home? I think I’m going to head into the kitchen and condition my cutting board right about now!