Mouth treatments
For an effective mouth disinfectant,
add 3 to 4 drops of tincture of myrrh
to a glass of water. This tastes very bitter.
To make a tea tree mouthwash, add
3 to 4 drops of tea tree oil to 800ml
of water and rinse mouth gently before spitting out.
Make your own sage or horsetail toothpowder by crushing two
teaspoons of fresh leaves and put
them in a small ovenproof dish with a tablespoon of sea salt. Put the dish in
a warm oven until the leaves are dry
and crisp. Grind into a powder. Keep
in an airtight container.

Baking soda - a simple solution
This works wonders because it neutralizes the odour of sweat. Just sprinkle a covering of baking soda on a damp washing cloth and apply to the area. Do not rinse.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

     

Better Living


Natural Remedies for everyday problems

SUNBURN
The succulent leaves of the aloe vera plant provide a healing gel for burns. The gel contains aloectin B, an immune system stimulant, and penetrates all three layers of the skin. If you have an aloe vera plant at home, simply cut off a 4 centimeter leaf end, and run the exposed gel over the burnt area.
Protective lip balm
Lip balm is easy to make. The basic formula is:
62.5ml vegetable or nut oil
1 teaspoon of honey or glycerin
35ml beeswax
0.5 - 1 teaspoon natural flavouring oil such as mint or lemon.
Heat the beeswax and oil in a double container until the beeswax is melted. Remove from heat and whip with an electric beater until creamy. Add the honey/glycerin and flavouring oil. Whip some more.

TIPS FOR NATURAL MOUTH CARE
There are plenty of natural ways to keep your mouth in good condition. Tea tree oil (also available in toothpaste) is a rather strong tasting remedy with excellent antiseptic qualities - promoting clean teeth and healthy breath. Propolis is a sticky, resinous substance, which is gathered by bees. It has remarkable antibiotic qualities - a very effective treatment for mouth ulcers and has been used as a healing agent for thousands of years. This can be found in most health stores and pharmacies. Certain herbs are more prevalent in natural toothpaste than others:
Horsetail, containing silica (a mineral that is vital for healthy teeth)
Echinacea, which fights infections
Myrrh, a useful agent against gum disease
Sage stimulates the mucous membranes and gums. It can help to whiten teeth and improve healthy gums.

To counter bad breath: chew fresh mint leaves, parsley or fennel. These can all be grown in your own garden.

You can also chew cardamon pods or cumin to clear the palate.

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DEODORANT OR ANTIPERSPIRANTS?
Most people think that antiperspirants and deodorants is the same thing. Anti- perspirants work by clogging, closing or blocking the pores with a powerful astringent such as aluminum salts so that they cannot release sweat. This mineral can accumulate in the body and cause harmful side effects over time. Deodorants neutralize the smell of sweat and by antiseptic action of the bacteria on your skin. These are preferable because they do not interfere with sweating, a natural cooling process.

Basic deodorant powder
125ml baking soda
125ml cornstarch
A few drops of essential oils such as lavender or cinnamon.
Place ingredients in a glass jar. Shake to mix properly.
Sprinkle on a damp cloth and apply. Do not rinse.
Basic liquid deodorant
62.5ml each witch hazel extract, aloe vera gel and mineral water.
1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin.
A few drops antibacterial essential oils (optional).
Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and shake to blend.

BRING THE BEAT DOWN
By keeping your Resting Heart Rate (RHR) low can increase your life span. A fit & healthy person who maintains an RHR of 52 beats per minute will muster about 850 million heartbeats n 30 years while, an inactive person with an RHR of 72 beats per minute might muster 1100 million heartbeats - an extra 250 million beats!

It is therefore worthwhile to start exercising!

TIPS TO BETTER HEALTH
The greatest asset anyone can ever own is good health. Here are a few tips to achieve a better health - and better live.
• drink alcohol moderately;
• refrain from smoking tobacco;
• maintain a desirable weight;
• exercise sufficiently;
• get enough sound sleep;
• avoid accidental injuries; and
• avoid health-harming drugs.

SMOKING
Do you know that in just 20 minutes after you've smoked that last cigarette your body begins a series of beneficial changes?
Your blood pressure and pulse rate drop to normal and the temperature of your hands and feet increases to normal.
Giving up smoking is not that simple but just hang in there! The good news is that in just a year your risk of having coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker.
Why not join our "Quit the smoking campaign"

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