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Purify air in your home with house plants

Like trees, plants can provide a home with added oxygen. Specific species are able to remove toxins from the air. Try adding plants like bamboo palm, peace lilies, gerbera daisies, philodendrons, rubber trees, ficus or corn plants to your home to purify the air.

Mix Rosemary in your hair oil or shampoo

Rosemary is widely known to have hair benefits, and simply adding a few drops of rosemary essential oil to your shampoo will help you have healthier, thicker, and more luscious hair for longer. An old way to incorporate rosemary into haircare is to simply steep rosemary leaves in shampoo for a week or so, which reportedly works just as well as the oil. Interestingly, the hair growth effect of rosemary has been recently proven experimentally, with scientists showing that rosemary oil was just as effective as minoxidil (an ingredient in hair growing serums, such as Rogaine) for men with alopecia.

Remove furniture scratches with walnuts

Walnut oil can repair wood blemishes. You need to shell the nut and rub it over any marks on the wood. The oils penetrate the wooden surface and go to work fixing any stains, blotches or scratches.

Avocado face mask

Avocado had been used by Aztecs as a skin moisturizer for centuries. You can either use avocado oil on targeted dry areas applied on clean skin or do a simple avocado mask. To do the mask, just mash up some leftover avocado into a paste and apply a thin layer on any spot of your skin that is dry, be it your cheeks, nose, or elbows. Keep this mask on for 20 minutes, and then wash off. Your skin should feel supple and soft after using the mask.

Keep sponges clean by microwaving them

Make sure your sponges don’t become a breeding ground for germs with this tip. Take your dirty sponge and squirt a little lemon juice into it. Warm it up in the microwave for several minutes on high. The heat will kill the bacteria and you can use the sponge again.

Use natural oils instead of body lotions

Using natural oils, such as olive oil or avocado oil, can protect your skin (and hair) from aging because these oils are very high in anti-oxidants. Coconut oil is also good for your hair and body, but we wouldn’t recommend to use it on your face since it can be comedogenic and cause pimples and clogged pores in some people.

Use Alka Seltzer to unclog drains

If your sink appears to be acting up, try this trick to unblock it. Drop four of these fizzy tablets down the drain, followed by a tablespoon of vinegar. Then flush the sink with boiling water. The drain should become unclogged and ready for use.

Use Rose water instead of toners

Hydrating toners can be crazy expensive, $20 and up for a small bottle of liquid that can be easily replaced by a much cheaper bottle of rose water. This beautiful and inexpensive product can soothe redness, reduce acne, heal small cuts and burns, and even prevent skin aging. Simply soak a cotton pad with rose water and apply on clean skin before your moisturizer, and you’re done.

Clean windows with newspaper

Newspapers will do a more thorough job cleaning windows and mirrors because they have denser fibers than paper towels. Dense fibers allow the paper to absorb liquids used for cleaning. The density also makes them stronger, so they are less likely to fall apart in your hands.

Aluminum foil can help with ironing

Cover your ironing board with aluminum foil and then put the ironing board cover over the top of it. The foil will reflect the heat so you will be ironing both sides at the same time, without the need to flip the piece of clothing over.

Remove chewing gum with peanut butter

Chewing gum has a tendency to get stuck to your shoe and other places where it doesn’t belong. Remove this annoying litter with a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter spread. Afterwards, you can use a wire brush to help scrub off any remaining bits of the gum.

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The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.

Author: TxNaturalPediatrics

By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives. In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.

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