My mom is all about natural remedies and options for every day things we use. For example, she always has herbs and teas ready for any ailment we may have. Though I’ll admit sometimes I do prefer straight up medicine But natural remedies for being sick aren’t the only thing you can create. Recently, my mom made a face mask for my brother, who has dry and sensitive skin. This is just one example of what you can do for yourself right at home. And save yourself some money as well!
My mom told me about this one because she saw it on Dr. Oz. That episode focused on baking soda solutions, so a few of the things I cover here will talk about that.
If you have oily hair like I do, then this may be something you try. I use dry shampoo a lot because my hair gets oily even if I washed it a few hours ago. Ugh.
Sprinkle baking soda on your hair along the part. Tousle it with your fingers and fluff it with a hair dryer, which also helps to shake off any excess.
I’ve tried baby powder but haven’t been a huge fan. For me, I’d still have white patches and I don’t want to look like I have dandruff. I haven’t tried baking soda, but think I will! You might say, well I still have to buy baking soda, so how will this save me money/be any different than buying dry shampoo? Well, there are a ton of other uses for baking soda which I will outline below. Definitely more bang for your buck than buying 1 product for 1 use!
Dr. Oz also suggests using baking soda to give your hair more volume. Mix a quarter-sized amount of baking soda with your shampoo, and it’ll help get rid of oil and build-up. Furthermore, it will give your hair body once you blow-dry it. Who doesn’t want a little bit more volume?
Want shinier hair? You can pay for some expensive hair masks or deep conditioners, or you can try to make your own first to see if it helps.
I have heard of using honey and oil as a hair mask a few times, but couldn’t remember a specific source. I found a great source by a Yahoo! Contributor. Here are the ingredients:
- 1/2 cup of honey
- 1/4 cup of olive oil
- 10 drops of peppermint essential oil (optional – it’s to give the mask a refreshing aroma and slight cooling sensation on the head so it’s relaxing).
Here are the instructions:
Pour the organic honey, olive oil and peppermint oil into a small mixing bowl. Then combine the ingredients together until you have a slightly thick golden hair mask. When applying the honey olive oil hair mask it is best to tip your head over the bathtub or large sink so the hair is in front of your face. Then you want to take small handfuls of the hair mask at a time and massage and lather it into the hair and scalp as best you can making sure every strain of hair is covered from root to ends. Next tuck your hair away into a shower cap so it doesn’t drip all over the place. Once the mask is in your hair, it is best to leave it in for about 1 hour. It you do not have much time 30 minutes is okay as well.
Do you have acne, or are you breaking out? Then a baking soda face mask may help. This is the mask my mom made for my brother and it seems to have helped him. This is also from Dr. Oz’s baking soda series. A mask of baking soda and honey can help absorb oil and smooth and clear the skin. Here are the instructions:
Mix a tablespoon of baking soda with 1 1/2 tablespoons of honey. Apply this mixture to your face for 10-15 minutes. Add water if you need to help it liquify, but don’t make it too thin. Don’t try this treatment more than about once per week.
Only 2 ingredients needed!
I’m sure you have all heard of how baking soda can help whiten teeth. I actually plan on starting to try using baking soda on my teeth this week, so I’ll keep you all posted on the results! I’d rather try this at-home version first before paying $40 for Crest Whitening Strips (even though I’ve heard good things about it).
Here’s how to make your own baking soda natural toothpaste:
Add three parts baking soda to one part smashed strawberries and one part lemon juice. This combination will remove stains and plaque while providing flavor. Store the extra in the fridge in a sealed container and use it as your toothpaste twice a day.
Here’s another option I found that uses hydrogen peroxide and baking soda:
Ingredients: 2 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide 2 tablespoons baking soda In a small jar or other airtight container, combine the hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Mix them together to form a smooth, thick paste. (You can keep this paste stored in an airtight container for up to two weeks). After brushing and flossing your teeth as you normally would, wet your toothbrush and apply a small amount of this paste (cover the bristles). Then brush your teeth for two minutes, avoiding the gums, as this can lighten them as well. Now rinse the toothbrush and brush your teeth with clean water for two more minutes. Rinse your mouth with warm water. Do this one to two times per week, until you reach your desired shade. Then reduce usage, and do this only one to three times per month.
Not sure how I feel about using hydrogen peroxide but might be worth a shot. I really need to whiten my teeth…my coffee habit has not been good to them!
A little side topic here going along with the teeth thing…has anyone tried oil pulling?? I have seen this being talked about all over the internet recently and am kind of curious to try it. But at the same time, I can’t imagine having coconut oil in my mouth for 20 minutes? If you’ve tried it, I’d love to hear your thoughts and results! Anyway, I hope you took away something from this post! I love hearing about natural remedies and options, and I’m excited to try using baking soda for various things. Like I said, I prefer to try something out first that is natural and inexpensive, and if it doesn’t work then I will try the next option.
Have you tried any of these at-home beauty products? Or tried making anything on your own? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!
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