Natural Fly Repellent

Homemade DIY mosquito and fly repellent

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 dnaturalflyrepellenton’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 mosquito bite reliefprotect 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.

To your health and happiness,

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Best Home Remedy For Toothache

Home Remedy For Toothache

Most old cultures had cures or at least pain relief for the symptoms of their ailments. Over time natural, simple herbs and spices have prtoothacheoven 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.

To your health and happiness,

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Head Cold Remedies

Best Head Cold Remedy In 4 Easy StepsCold or Flu

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.

Home remedy for colds and fluHow 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.

To your health and happiness,

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Ingrown Toenail Treatment At Home

DIY treatment of your own ingrown toenail

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.

To your health and happiness,

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Essential Oils For Natural Home Remedies

First Aid Essential Oils Kit

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.


To your health and happiness,

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Mosquito Bite Relief

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 mosquito bitemaking 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.


Aloe vera - mosquito bite reliefI 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,

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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

Quick Home Cure for UTI

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:


To your health and happiness,

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Home Remedies For UTI

~ Urinary Tract Infection Home Remedies ~

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.
glass of waterArguably 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.home remedies for UTI


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.

To your health and happiness,

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Home Remedies For Acne – Alternative Medicines

Home Remedies For Acne – Alternative Medicines

Adolescents have been suffering with acne for a very long time. You’re not first, and you sure won’t be last. Acne is the bane of teenagers everywhere. And it’s not just teenagers. Some people suffer with acne for many years of their lives.
The first inclination is to rush to see a dermatologist and get some of that magic skin stuff that will make the acne go away, and the sooner the better. And it’s true. There are some very, very good and effective acne medications on the market today, both by prescription and over the counter. But those are not the only choices available.
It doesn’t really matter what your grandma told you – food does NOT cause acne. Chocolate doesn’t cause acne. Fast food doesn’t cause acne. However, the lack of certain nutrients CAN contribute to the problem. It’s not what you DO eat, but it is possible that what you DON’T eat that’s adding to your acne problem.
The average Western diet is appalling. The average American teenager’s diet is far worse than atrocious. Now I’m not saying that you have to give up chocolate, pizza, hamburgers, and French fries, but you really need to include fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, and whole grains to your diet. You’ll be surprised what these foods can do for your skin (and overall health).
Then there are natural treatments for acne that really do work. Tea tree oil is one of them. Tea tree oil is an essential oil that is mixed with carrier oil and applied directly to the lesions. Tea tree oil is an antibiotic provided by nature. It doesn’t burn, and it doesn’t make you itch. It just heals your zits.
Also, zinc has been shown to be somewhat effective in preventing acne. Add a zinc dietary supplement – just don’t use too much as it can upset your stomach.
As most people already know thorough, but gentle, twice-daily facial cleaning is the first line of defence. You really need to practice good hygiene. And try to avoid touching the acne area. This adds more bacteria to an area already trying to heal.
I’ve recently read a very interesting book on healing acne naturally and within a month or two. I know that may sound like forever, but if you don’t start, you won’t ever see great results.


To your health and happiness,

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Simple Home Remedy Ideas To Prevent Snoring

~ Prevent Snoring Tonight ~

Are you exhausted from being woken up by your partner numerous time throughout the night? Or are you yourself suffering from your own snoring? You might be pleased to know that a large percentage of the population is going through the same experience, and yes, on a regular basis! The good news is that many snorers only need to make a few lifestyle changes to reduce or even eliminate their snoring habits for good without having to spend much (if any) money.

Let’s take a quick look at the more common causes of snoring. Snoring happens when the flow of air from your mouth or nose to your lungs makes the tissues of the airway vibrate. It is often caused by a restriction or blockage in your nose, mouth, or airways.

When you breathe in during deep sleep, air goes through your mouth or nose and travels past the back of the roof of your mouth on its way to your lungs. The back area of your mouth is collapsible. When this area relaxes, your airway becomes narrow or blocked. This narrowing of the passage distrupts the airflow, causing the tissues in the back of your throat to vibrate. The narrower the airway, the more the tissue vibrates, and the louder the snoring becomes.


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When your throat muscles relax more than the usual, your airway can become blocked, making it very difficult for the air to get into your lungs. When your breathing stops for a brief period (known as sleep apnea), an increase in the level of carbon dioxide occurs. Your body reacts to this by changing the rate of your heart and narrowing blood vessels. If you (or your partner) notice that you often stop breathing during sleep, then it could be that you are at risk of having a potentially harmful disorder, which may require medical attention.

home remedies to prevent snoringNow let’s look at some simple home remedy ideas to prevent or reduce snoring. Given that the main cause of snoring is being overweight, it stands to reason that a change in lifestyle could play a big part in ridding you of this complaint. When you’re overweight you carry extra fat deposits on your body, including your neck. This can create a restriction of the airflow to your lungs. The answer is fairly obvious. If carrying too much weight is the most likely cause of your snoring you want to consider taking on a regular exercise routine and a sensible diet. Sometimes you just need to modify your eating patterns. Snoring is more likely to occur if you eat large meals not long before going to bed. Perhaps you could change to a lighter (healthier) meal choice for your evening meal.

You also want to give up smoking (for a myriad of health reasons) as it can add to the likelihood of snoring. Plus you’ll feel incredibly healthier in many other ways if you quit smoking.

Alcohol in the evenings may also contribute to snoring as your throat muscles will be more relaxed after consuming alcohol.

The next thing you want to consider is what position you tend to sleep in. Laying on your back to sleep increases the chance of snoring because when you lie facing upwards your airway passages are more likely to become blocked. Try going to sleep on your side or even face down if you are able to sleep in that position.

Putting some or all of these ideas into practice is a good idea. You will be and feel healthier. And remember too that if your partner is not getting enough sleep because of your snoring, they will be very grateful that you are willing to do something about it. And when you are getting better quality sleep you will be much nicer to be around as you won’t be continuously tired and are less likely to be stressed, making for a happier home and workplace.

These home remedy ideas won’t solve everyone’s snoring problems, but they are a great start, they’re free (will even save you money if you quit smoking and reduce your alcohol intake) and don’t come with any unpleasant side effects.

To your health and happiness,

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