Here’s a very quick and cheap way to restore old timber furniture.
I read about it online somewhere, so I thought I’d give it a go. We’d just renovated our main bedroom and installed a walk-in-robe and I didn’t want to put these old 1950’s style bedside tables back into our lovely new bedroom.
Here’s a photo of what I was starting with:
Now, I’d be pretty embarrassed to admit to this chest of drawers belonging to me, but in my defence I had only recently moved in with my partner and he was quite happy to see them go… or be turned into fire wood, which was really about all they were good for.
But I found this home remedy amazing and had to share it.
First you’ll need some soft cloths, one to rub the liquid into the furniture, the other to wipe away excess. You’ll also need equal amounts of white vinegar and cooking oil (I used olive oil, but I expect any cooking oil will soak in OK too).
If you look closely you can see that the oil is separate from the vinegar and sits on top. Don’t worry about this as when you dip your cloth into the cup you’ll find you end up with a fairly even mix on your cloth.
Then just start rubbing the wet part of your cloth along the grain of the timber. Immediately you notice that most of the scratch marks and stains will remarkably disappear before your very eyes. I was amazed at the difference this made to these old drawers. And it all happens very quickly. Now I did allow an hour or so before I ran another soft cloth over the top to soak up any excess, but the timber sucks most of it in.
I’ve included a photo below where I’ve just wiped over the right hand side of these drawers, not having done anything to the left hand side, just for comparison.
And of course, here’s the finished bedside table.
Now I could have just thrown these drawers out (or use them for fire wood), but instead I sold them on eBay for $50. Besides, I’d rather have an item re-used or recycled that dispose of it. So everybody wins.
If you’ve got any ideas on how to restore old furniture quickly and cheaply, please leave a comment.
Everyone hates being annoyed by mosquitoes, flies and other insects. I don’t know about you, but I hate spraying things on my skin that I don’t know what the ingredients are.
I’m an avid organic gardener, I love the beach and I live in South Australia – we’re currently experiencing 40+ degrees C all this week (that’s 104+ F) and I choose not to even wear sunscreen. This is because our skin in the largest and most absorbent organ of our body and I choose not to deliberately poisen myself or my family members.
Of course I pick my times when I’m outside in such extreme temperatures. I water my garden in the evening and do all other outside chores in the early morning, so I can get away with just wearing a hat for protection from the sun. However, this doesn’t protect me from flies or mosquitoes and if you’ve ever visited South Australia in the summer you’ll understand just how bad the flies can be!! And unfortunately that lovely time of the day (dusk) when the flies dissappear, the mozzies take over!
So I found myself looking for a cheap, effective alternative to shop bought bottles or sprays of chemicals to combat these pesky, flying annoyances. I wanted a natural fly repellent that is easy and cheap to make.
Most old cultures had cures or at least pain relief for the symptoms of their ailments. Over time natural, simple herbs and spices have proven to be very effective for stopping the pain of toothache. However if you have repeated pain in the same area you want to really consider visiting your dentist. Sometimes these types of things get worse very quickly and could have been easily stopped in their tracks with early professional treatment.
Probably the most effective home remedy for toothache is cloves as it relieves the pain almost immediately. It is the local anaesthetic effects of clove oil that provides the temporary relief of pain. As with anything, use with care as about 1.5% of the population may have an allergic reaction to clove oil.
Yarrow root also contains a natural anaesthetic effect so you can apply a small piece of the fresh root to your tooth or gums and it will provide you with relief. With any home remedy, always be sure that you have the correct plant or ingredient.
For many years, natural herbs have been used to stop toothache pain. Hundreds of years ago, herbs and spices used in home remedies were the only way to stop the pain. Even though teeth were pulled during these times, it was pretty standard practice to use alcohol to numb the pain and remove the tooth with pliers. Thank goodness dental practices have improved substantially since those times.
Just remember that you may have a significant dental problem if your pain continues, but these home remedies for toothache will give you relief until you can make an appointment with your dentist.
Did you know that there are over 2,400 species of fleas? They are quite difficult to control for a variety of reasons: One female flea can produce 25,000 offspring in one month. An unfed adult can live for several months. The chemicals used to eradicate adult dog fleas usually have no effect on the eggs.
What’s worse is that fleas can be quite distressing for dogs! They can cause allergic dermatitis, tapeworms, and anaemia. Most of the eggs are not laid on the dog but in the dog’s bedding, in the rug, and on the furniture. It is extremely difficult to eradicate fleas completely. The most you can hope for is to control them and to keep your dog reasonably comfortable during the warm, moist flea season.
Some dogs are bothered more by the use of pesticides than they are by fleas. Flea collars, sprays, powders, and shampoos are all loaded with pesticides and can be very expensive. So it is far better to use a natural solution to get rid of those fleas.
If you’ve had a flea collar on your dog, take it off your dog and put it, or a moth crystal, into your vacuum cleaner bag to kill any vacuumed adult fleas. Groom him daily with a flea comb. Do not be surprised if you occasionally find a flea on him. He will bring them in from outside. Remember, you may not be able to totally get rid of them, only control them. But using the method described on the video above is one of the best home remedies for fleas on dogs.
Step 1.Scoop up a generous teaspoon of honey (raw is best, but not essential), place in a normal size glass and mix in enough hot water to melt the honey. Step 2. Add enough cold water to almost fill the glass. Step 3. Add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (only use brands that make their vinegar from whole apples) and stir. Step 4. Drink a glass of this mix three times a day for a cold or flu and you should feel much better or even completely over it within 2 days.
How simple is that?
Now this head cold remedy is not mine, but comes from my partner Peter. He was visiting the chiropractor when he was a lot younger and had a head cold at the time. His chiropractor gave him this simple home remedy to try.
I don’t ever suffer from colds or flu, but Peter assures me that even though it tastes ghastly, it works for him every time. It can’t hurt giving it a go though as water, honey and apple cider vinegar are all very good for you anyway.
Please comment below and let me know how you go with this simple head cold remedy and I welcome any other suggestions or remedies.
This video has been created by a podiatrist and gives a very clear view of what causes an ingrown toenail and how to treat it. He also shows you the best way to prevent it in the first place. It really does seem quite simple to avoid once you know how.
I’ve never really suffered from an ingrown toenail, but I know plenty of people who have, so it seems pretty common. An ex employer of mine even had one so bad he had to have it fixed with surgery. After that he learned how to look after his toenails much better and hasn’t had the problem since.
I like how my toes and toenails look, so I never cut them really short (which is one of the potential causes of an ingrown toenail).
I hope you find this video helpful and it gives you enough information to treat your own ingrown toenail. If you’re not sure, or it’s quite painful or infected it might be a good idea to visit your doctor.
What a great way to start the New Year (or any time you want to get organized). This collection of essential oils can help deal with many health related issues.
This gives you a natural medicine cabinet of powerful essential oils that you have right in your own home. It also includes information on ways to optimize the therapeutic benefits of essential oils. Whether they are inhaled, diffused, applied topically, added to bathwater or used in body massage these powerful essential oils can bring life-enhancing qualities to everyday.
Just for example, the essential oils of the four thieves blend have properties including: antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-infectious. They stimulate the immune system, circulation and respiratory system, which helps protect against flu, colds, bronchitis, pneumonia, sore throats, cuts, and more.
It’s folklore that this blend of essential oils was used in the 15th Century by grave robbers and thieves during the time of the black plague to prevent these people from contracting this disease, while great numbers of people were dying around them – this is where it got its name – Four Thieves.
So I think that this collection of essential oil is a must for every home if you want to be able to provide your family with natural home remedies available immediately you need them.
There’s not a lot that’s more frustrating than the urge to itch and knowing that when you do satisfy your itch you’re actually making it worse. Mosquito bites are so itchy and while most of us have strategies to prevent getting bitten, there’s always a few that are going to get through your defenses. I hate putting chemicals of any kind on my skin, so I was looking for a natural alternative to soothe the itch.
I did some research and found that Aloe vera – amazing plant – is not only useful for the relief of burns and abrasions, but works for mosquito bite relief also.
You want to make sure you have the right Aloe (Aloe vera) as there are many different Aloes. I’ve grown it for as long as I can remember.
All you need do is break a small piece from the plant and squeeze the gel out onto your mosquito bite. You should feel almost instant relief – from both the mild pain and the itch. You can store the piece of Aloe vera that you broke off your plant in a small plastic bag or container in your fridge and reapply as needed. It will keep for at least a week this way. So there you have it – another tip using something nature provided – to give you mosquito bite relief.
To your health and happiness,
P.S. The picture is some Aloe vera I had grown from pups (the little plants at the base), ready to go into bigger pots
If you’re suffering right now with symptoms of a Urinary Tract Infection watch this video. I suffered from UTI’s regularly as a teenager and right up until my 40’s. I wish this information had been available to me sooner.
Find out what to do to relieve your symptoms fast in this easy to follow report:
If you’re looking for natural or home remedies for UTI (urinary tract infection) it is most likely that you have some or even all of these symptoms:
• a burning feeling when urinating
• pain during and after urination
• frequent desire to urinate (but unable to produce very much)
• cloudy and / or smelly urine
• pelvic pain in women & rectal pain in men
Some people may feel embarrassed about having a UTI, but you may be surprised to know that it’s estimated that more than 150 million cases of UTI are reported globally every year. Many people suffer from this condition regularly. The good news is that this infection can be fairly easily treated with the home remedies below. Arguably the best and fastest way to get relief from a UTI is by drinking lots of fluids. This helps flush out bacteria which multiply in the bladder and cling onto the urinary tract causing the infection.
Simple Home Remedies For UTI’s Parsley is one of the best known, diuretic and most nutritious herbs which contain large quantities of vitamins A, B, C and the minerals calcium, iron, phosphorous, potassium and magnesium. It’s very useful for kidney and urinary problems and the prevention of water retention. I like to pick it fresh from the garden and include it in sandwiches, sprinkle chopped parsley over salads and include it with foods after they’re cooked. Oregano Oil This herb has healing, antioxidant and anti-microbial properties. It’s antibacterial properties can be used to treat many ailments, including urinary tract problems. You will need to source Oregano Oil that is not too diluted with other oils.
If you want to grow your own and use it in your cooking, look for Thymus capitatus or Oreganum vulgare. You can use oregano oil in your cooking too as an alternative to fresh by adding just one drop to soups, stews or casseroles. Yoghurts that contain high amounts of good bacteria such as acidophilus, can help prevent yeast and urinary tract infections.
Pumpkin seeds in addition to tasting great and making a great portable snack, may also be used to help treat urinary tract problems. There is now evidence that the internal healing properties of pumpkin seeds can help relieve symptoms of a bladder and urinary tract infections. You can eat fresh or toasted seeds or alternatively take pumpkin seed oil – 10 drops, 3 times a day – on the tongue.
Blueberries – compounds (tannins) found in dried, fresh or frozen blueberries help remove the e.coli bacteria that cause urinary tract infections. Tannins prevent the microbes from attaching to your bladder and urinary tract. Cranberries contain an active element known as proanthocyanidins which slows down bacterial movement – this is how the bacteria spreads and creates colonies.
Take Preventative Measures
• In the bathroom wipe from the front to the back, not the other way round.
• (for women) Urinate after intercourse to help flush away any bacteria present.
• Drink cranberry juice morning & night (as the effects only last about 10 hours).
• Include useful herbs, food or oils in your diet
And remember that even though you’re looking for home remedies for UTI, if you feel quite unwell it may be a good idea to visit your doctor. Unfortunately, a UTI can spread to the kidneys which can be very serious.