Posts tagged ‘natural and homemade remedies’

2014, February 10

Wintertime Sore Throat Tea Base

I have recently seen this older article on the a little life blog, and have immediately decided to make it myself. It was the perfect thing to add to my War Plan Against the Sniffles.

We had two jars of honey nearly finished, and as always, had an extra lemon in the house that I could use. Plus, it’s a seriously easy recipe that goes a long way when battling the sniffles!

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Wintertime Sore Throat Tea Base

Cut up one lemon into thin slices into a jar, then add about one and a half cups of honey (I used half Acacia, and half Floral Honey to empty two nearly-finished jars). Stir gently.

Refrigerate until a sore throat asks for some soothing, hot tea or for when ever you’re craving a fragrant and yummy drink on cold nights.

Add 2-4 teaspoonfuls of the tea base into a cup, pour boiling water over it, then get all warm and cozy in bed so you can bounce back from the sniffles!

If you want to, you can add a few mint leaves, or some ginger for extra flavor, and as an extra measure against your cold.

Stay healthy! ;)

2010, November 15

Homemade Cough Syrups

As the weather keeps getting colder each day and Winter is just around the corner, figured a simple and effective cough syrup recipe would be beneficial to many of my readers.

They don’t have side effects and harmful substances making them suitable for children and pregnant women alike (as opposed to many syrups found in pharmacies) :)

Homemade Cough Syrups

Lemon and honey Syrup

2 lemons
200 ml of good quality honey

Boil the lemons in a pot of water at soft heat for 10 minutes; by boiling they’ll soften and you will end up with a greater quantity of juice. Cut in half and squeeze very well into a glass. You can also use the pulp if you want to.
Add the lemon juice to the honey and mix well; you can even reheat it a bit so the honey will melt and mix uniformly with the lemon juice.

Take 1 teaspoon of syrup every time you cough or as prevention take about 6 teaspoons throughout the day after meals and at bedtime.

Carrot Syrup

3-4 carrots

Wash the carrots well and cut into thin slices. Put them in a deep bowl and cover with powdered sugar. Allow the syrup to form overnight.

Take 3-4 tablespoons per day. You can also eat the carrots.

Black Radish Syrup

1 black radish

Hollow the black radish in the manner of a volcano. Fill the hole with powdered sugar. It will form a thick syrup overnight.

Take 3-4 tablespoons per day.

Stay healthy everyone! :)

2010, August 2

Anti and After Mosquitoes Remedies

The warm season is at its peak and with it our problems like mosquito bites. We all ask ourselves: what is the criteria by which mosquitoes select ”victims”?

Well it seems that they are attracted to smells such as perfume, sweat, body odor, and heat.
Ideally you should not use shampoos, soaps, deodorants or detergents containing a large quantity of perfume which thus attract mosquitoes. Unfortunately that’s not necessarily possible.
And since mosquitoes are carriers for a high number of serious diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, West Nile virus, dengue, so it is very important to protect ourselves against their bites.

If we leave for a walk at night, it’s recommended to wear light-colored clothing because mosquitoes are attracted to clothing of dark colors. It’s also better to cover the body as much as possible, including wearing a hat.

Essential oils in combination with alcohol or distilled water, and ointments are wonderful natural remedies readily available for preparation in anyone’s home.

Here’s a list of some oils used as active ingredients against mosquito bites:

Lavender essential oil
Eucalypt essential oil
natural essential oil of Thyme
essential oil of Lemongrass
Tea Tree essential oil
Neem oil (preventive)

After bites solutions:

Alcohol-based remedy

55% alcohol (up to 40 degrees)
32% distilled water
10% Aloe Vera gel
3% lavender essential oil (peppermint, camphor, eucalypt)

Method of preparation and use:
Mix ingredients and put them in a container type spray. Mix well before spraying.
A great chill solution, disinfectant as it also treats skin affected by various skin tingling or irritation.

Oil-based (or cream) remedy

30 ml vegetable oil base
4 drops bergamot essential oil  
4 drops pine essential oil
4 drops tea tree essential oil
4 drops Patchouli essential oil
4 drops geranium essential oil

Method of preparation and use:
Mix well then apply on exposed areas whenever necessary.
If you don’t like the idea of a vegetable oil you can also add the mixture of essential oils in a neutral cream.

Children’s remedy 

71% olive oil (or apricot kernels)
15% beeswax
10% oil marigold
2% Allantoin (rub with a little water until it becomes a paste)
2% tea tree essential oil

Method of preparation and use:
Melt beeswax on steam bath until it becomes liquid, remove from heat, add olive oil (apricot), incorporate marigold oil, stirring continuously (with a mini blender if you have one at hand). When the composition becomes warm but before solidification, add the paste of Allantoin and the drops of essential oil.
Pour in disinfected containers and store in a cool place away from direct light. This ointment keeps well up to six months.
Apply a thin layer to the affected areas whenever necessary.

Preventive solution:

Anti-Mosquito Ointment

78% cocoa butter
20% Neem oil
2% lavender essential oil (or peppermint, or eucalypt)

Method of preparation and use:
Melt the cocoa butter on the steam bath (~ 50-55 degrees), remove from the heat source and incorporation Neem oil, stirring continuously. Before it cools completely drop essential oil and blend further. Before solidification, cast in a disinfected container and store in cool place.
Apply in a thin layer in areas likely to be exposed.

Warning: Neem oil has a smell considered by many to be unpleasant, but also considered very obnoxious by insects. Included in cocoa butter and improved with fresh scents from essential oils, the flavor composition is acceptable.

Hope your summer evenings will be stinging less ;)

2010, April 12

Homemade Roll-On Deodorant

It’s true: most homemade deodorants have a shorter protection span, but without potential side effects on our health. Which makes the effort so worth it!

As soon as I read the recipe below I considered it a ‘must do’ cause it was so so simple, and… after using it every night and each morning for the past couple of few weeks I have to admit:
I’m still surprised at how well it works! 


Homemade Roll-On Deodorant

1 used roll-on deodorant container (50 ml is enough)
half container floral water (flower water) or distilled water
half container vegetable glycerin
half teaspoon essential oil of cypress

Instead of a single essential oil, a combination of oils can also be used, such as:
a. geranium, cypress, bergamot,
b. rosemary and lavender
c. lemongrass, lime and orange,
d. sage and pepper, etc.

Pour the glycerin up to half of your roll-on container, dilute the essential oil(s) in the glycerin, then add the floral water.
Shake well before use.

The ‘ball’ of your roll-on container can be levered out gently with the tip of a rounded knife for cleaning and refilling.

This is not an antiperspirant, it will not block pores and therefore does not prevent sweating.
Leaving the skin to breathe, it is an odor preventer.

You may not even need to apply perfume as the scent is strong enough if you add a bit more essential oils.


Hope it will work for you too! :)

2010, March 15

Natural Headache Remedy

Headaches and migraines seem to be going around in this changing Spring(?) weather and I myself have been suffering a lot during the past few weeks due to pressure headaches. The fact that I’m not allowed to take any medicine doesn’t help. Bummer…

This situation got me thinking though and I decided to make a list of what homemade and natural remedies helped me in pain relief, and I’ll share some websites with great information too.

We all respond differently to the different cures and since all these homemade and natural headache remedies are safe and have no side effects (absolutely perfect for someone with peptic ulcer (any form of it) as they won’t disturb your stomach), you can try out more than just one and see what works best for you :)

  • Scalp massage and you can apply a drop of Lavender essential oil to the temples.
  • Take a warm bath – using these bath salts might help to further relax.
  • Chamomile and Mint tea relax muscles and sooth tension (sweeten with honey instead of sugar).
  • Honey mixed in a glassful of lime juice is also one of the most effective homemade headache remedies.
  • Calcium and Magnesium are minerals that help to alleviate muscular tension.
  • Ginkgo Biloba extract improves circulation to the brain, and may be helpful for certain types of headache.
  • Try to have a regular balanced diet and keep your body hydrated. Reduce the intake of caffeine, salt and chocolate.
  • Light exercises like stretching, and you can also practice yoga and meditation regularly.
  • Apply an icepack on the affected areas (neck, upper back, temples of the head and forehead). Apply the icepack for at least 5 to 10 minutes and it will reduce the temperature of the head while preventing severe pain.
  • Get plenty of fresh air, a 5 minute walk can work wonders.
  • Sleep.

A few useful websites I found on this topic:

Home remedies for you

Homemade Medicine

Ezine Articles

Almost forgot: if you know any natural ways and homemade remedies that worked for you and are not listed here, please share your wisdom with us!

Stay healthy everyone ;)

2010, February 1

Homemade Luxury Massage Oils

massage_oil Here are some ideas for homemade luxury massage oils combining various essential oils in an oil carrier, each combination serving a therapeutic purpose.

Massage oil for easy breathing

In an oil base, which can be any cold pressed vegetable oil (olive, grape seed, almond, avocado, jojoba, sesame oil), mix a few drops of essential oil of eucalyptus, peppermint, pine and rosemary.

Massage with this oil help especially in times of sinusitis or colds, but it is also a good idea to have on hand for people with deviated septum or who are prone to frequent rhinitis.

Energizing massage oil

Same basis: a vegetable oil, but this time combined with a few drops of essential oil of lemon (or lime), rosemary and cloves.

Rigorously applied to massage the entire body, slightly damp skin after showering.

Anti-stress massage oil

This oil is based on a combination of essential oils of orange, grapefruit, lavender, petitgrain, lemon and oregano in the same vegetable oil basis.

You can also blend another form of it to your vegetable oil basis using essential oils of orange, grapefruit, lavender, lime and thyme.

Oil massage for insomnia

Combine orange essential oil, petitgrain, lavender, oregano and chamomile.

It works especially if you are massaged with it in the forehead and temple area, throat and neck.

Cellulites massage oils and skin firmness

Use diluted in a vegetable oil base essential oils of these mixes:
-lemon, juniper, cypress and rosemary.
-lemongrass, geranium, lemon, patchouli and cypress.
-lemon, juniper, cypress, geranium, cedar and mint.
-juniper, grapefruit, lemongrass, lavender, lemon, fennel and coriander.

Massage skin rigorously.

Additional remarks:
The proportion of qualification is about 6 drops total of essential oils in 20 ml carrier oil.
Do not use essential oils if you suspect that you may be allergic to them.
For very dry skin, use olive, peanut or grape stones oil base.
For fatty skin, jojoba oil is the most recommended.

2010, January 26

Homemade Vapor Rub

minty vapor rubIt’s the middle of winter, ever so cold (or at least here it is, very very cold) which made me search for some natural homemade remedies and recipes for various problems.

I found the following recipe and thought this would be an awesome one to share for you to also try when you’re dealing with the sniffles.

Stay healthy everyone! ;)


Homemade Vapor Rub

10 drops peppermint essential oil
10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
5 drops essential oil of clove
60 ml extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil
15 grams beeswax

Heat up the oil and wax on low heat in a Bain Marie. Mix well until the wax melts. Then take aside and add the essential oils. Allow to cool in a glass or metal container and it’s ready to use.

This balm can not only be applied on the neck and chest during periods of flu and sinusitis, but also in areas with muscle pain (even after playing a sport).

Note: the vapor rub won’t be white if you’re using yellow beeswax, so don’t worry!

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