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Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Healing House: Remedies From Your Own Home

Note: Always consult with your doctor before trying any home remedy.

Whether they’re age-old or brand new, home remedies are popular, inexpensive, and convenient solutions to health maladies and more. From treatments to products, here are some great ideas and uses for items you’ll find right in your own home.

Oil Pulling

What is oil pulling? Oil pulling is recognized for removing bacteria from the mouth, preventing infection, and cleaning and brightening teeth.  Check out this site for additional information on this home treatment.

How does oil pulling work?

1. Use approximately 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil (liquified, but cool).
2. Swish the oil around your mouth like you would with mouthwash.
3. Experts suggest keeping the oil in your mouth for 15-20 minutes, 4-5 times per week.
4. When done, spit the oil out into the trash. Do not swallow the oil or flush it down the drain.
5. Rinse your mouth when finished.

For more information on the effectiveness of oil pulling, check out this study.

Are there other uses for coconut oil? Yes, plenty.  Examples of how to use coconut oil include:

Deep conditioning treatment for hair.
Combined with castor oil, coconut oil makes an excellent deep cleanser for the face.
Furniture polish.
When added to baking soda and peppermint oil, coconut oil quickly and easily becomes a natural do-it-yourself toothpaste.

Bleach Bath

Used for treating skin conditions such as eczema, MRSA, and staph infections, for instance, a bleach bath can be very effective, according to this site. Here’s how a bleach bath works:

Add ½ cup water to 40 gallons of water, which is the size of your typical bathtub.
Soak for approximately 10 minutes.
Do not submerge your head and be careful not to get the solution in your eyes. If your skin condition or rash appears on the face, apply compresses of solution mixture directly to your face.
Dry completely and follow with a light moisturizer.
Take bleach baths no more than twice per week, as bleach can dry out skin.

*Always consult with your physician or healthcare provider before starting any treatment for a skin condition.


Baking Soda

Baking soda can be used for everything from toothpaste and laundry freshener, to a carpet deodorizer and dry hair shampoo.


Uses for honey include:

Skin exfoliator, smoother, and tightener.
Blemish reducer.
Sore throat soother, taken by the spoonful. Also, added to hot water, a squirt of lemon, and a dash of cayenne pepper, honey enhances a warm drink.

Check out the book “Honey Crafting,” by Leann Coleman and Jayne Barnes, for more ideas regarding uses for honey.


In addition to being used as a stomach soother and a brain booster, check out this great idea for using cinnamon to naturally freshen your home.

DIY Cinnamon Diffuser:

Mix ¼ cup almond or olive oil with 20-25 drops cinnamon essential oil.
Place in a glass container with a narrow opening.
Add 4-5 reed diffuser sticks to glass.
Flip sticks as needed.

There are many wonderfully innovative uses for products you have in your own home. While professional medical help is always recommended, home remedies can provide quick, cost-effective relief for many illnesses and conditions.

Live Healthy. Live Smart.