5 Coconut Oil Health Benefits

5 Coconut Oil Health benefits

Coconut oil is a wonderful natural product that can be used for cooking, as a moisturizer, after sun cream, etc. Several studies have linked coconut oil with a number of health benefits. While in the past it’s been advised not to eat much coconut oil due to its high saturated fat content, new research is indicating that moderate saturated fat consumption is actually not unhealthy at all for most people. Coconut oil actually contains a different type of saturated fatty acids than the ones that have been demonized by many researchers, so-called medium chain triglycerides (MCT), which are metabolized differently than the saturated fats in red meats and cheese, which are long chain fatty acids. Medium chain fatty acids have been linked with positive health benefits such as the improvement of epilepsy and Alzheimer’s Syndrome symptoms.

Fat Loss

The MCTs in coconut oil have been shown to be very efficient sources of energy for the body. A study performed in 2009 showed that women who consumed 2 tablespoons of coconut oil during 12 weeks had lost abdominal fat, a very difficult type of fat to lose.

Lower Cholesterol

While saturated fat consumption in the past has been linked with higher levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol, more recent studies seem to debunk this link. Recent research has shown that lauric acid, which is a type of MCT, increases the level of HDL cholesterol in the human body. Consequently, coconut oil’s high lauric acid content could help improve your body’s cholesterol ratio. Coconut oil also may help improve thyroid function, consequently helping keep LDL cholesterol levels lower (abnormal thyroid function has been associated with higher levels of LDL cholesterol).

Better Resistance

Research is indicating that coconut oil consumption can help improve the body’s resistance to viruses and harmful bacteria.

Better Oral Hygiene

A recent study showed that coconut oil kills the main bug causing tooth decay. While more research needs to be done on coconut’s oral hygiene benefits, many people are actually already using coconut oil during their daily oral health routine when oil pulling. Oil pulling is a very old practice that’s been used throughout history to clean and detoxify mouth and teeth. This practice has become more popular again in the last few years, with devotees claiming it helps keep their gums healthy, teeth clean and even naturally whitens their teeth. Coconut oil is very popular for oil pulling because it doesn’t taste as bad as most pure oils and is antibacterial. To do oil pulling, just put a bit of oil into your mouth and start swishing it around for about 20 minutes. Then spit it out and rinse well.

Healthier Skin

Both the consumption and topical application of coconut oil may help improve skin health. When consumed, coconut oil improves thyroid function, which has been shown to be important for keeping the skin healthy. Applied topically it can help keep your skin hydrated. Just apply it to any dry spots you may have on your skin. Don’t use too much on your face if you are prone to breakouts however because it can block your pores.  

Zane Schwarzlose is a writer at A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe, a Sugar Land dental office. Zane thinks that coconut oil is a great product.

Natural Remedies Of The Amazon

Natural Remedies Of The Amazon

The Amazon rainforest covers billions of acres across Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru and Ecuador. It is an incredibly large rainforest that is home to an incredibly diverse fauna and flora. The rainforest alone produces more than 20% of all the oxygen on the planet. This incredible rainforest is supplied of water by the world’s largest river, the Amazon. Among the enormous amount of different plants that grow in the Amazon rainforest there are a great number that can be used for treating a range of illnesses. Natives of the Amazon have been using the rainforest’s plants and herbs as natural medicines for hundreds of years. Unfortunately, not that many natives still live in the Amazon rainforest. Their number having dropped from over 10 million down to less than 700,000 during the 500 years. With the disappearing of natives, a lot of knowledge about the natural remedies that the rainforest holds is being lost. Luckily researchers and “medicine hunters” are trying to gather and document as much information as possible about the Amazon’s natural medicines. Let’s have a look at some of the most well-known natural remedies that the great Amazon rainforest contains.

The Cocoa Tree

The beans of the cocoa tree aren’t just used by the Swiss and Belgians to make amazing chocolate, the leaves, seeds, fruit and bark of the tree also contain a great number of chemicals that have been shown to positively affect certain ailments. Research has indicated that the polyphenols in chocolate may help prevent heart disease. Dark chocolate has also been shown to positively impact mental health, high blood pressure and circulation. The darker the chocolate and the lower the amount of sugar in it, the more potent its health benefits are. Certain types of cocoa also contain high levels of flavanol, which has been shown to help treat cancer.

Trumpet Tree

Different parts of this tree are used in traditional Central and South American medicine to treat a number of diseases. It’s most commonly used to treat respiratory illnesses and rheumatism.

Lemon Grass

Lemon grass tastes great in tea and also has numerous health benefits. The plant’s antibacterial and anti-fungal properties can help treat colds, fevers and coughs.

Annatto Tree

An oil extract of this tree can be used as sunscreen. It contains the chemical carotenoids bixin that protects the skin against UV rays. It’s also been shown to reduce blood pressure and work as an insect repellant.

Dioscorea Wild Yam

Diosgenin, which is extracted from this yam is used as an active ingredient in birth control medicines.

Clavillia

This herb contains a number of active compounds that can help treat different types of infections.

These are just a few of a great number of natural remedies that the Amazon rain forest contains. This vast rainforest is vital for our entire planet’s health, but unfortunately large parts of it are being destroyed. It is up to us to to take the necessary action to prevent more of the world’s rainforest being destroyed and consequently the earth’s largest source of oxygen and a great number of natural medicines being lost.

Zane Schwarzlose is a writer at Estancia Churrascaria, an Austin Brazilian steak house. Zane thinks it’s interesting how many cures have come from the Amazon rainforest.

Four Remedies For Better Focus In Your Legal Practice

We and work in an environment crowded with information and expectations by our clients, employers, and ourselves. How do we intake all of this information and learn to optimize our output at work and a present, focused attitude in our personal lives? A lack of focus or an overstimulated brain can lead to lacking the grounded feeling we all need to feel safe and in control of ourselves. Here are a few remedies you can use to help improve your focus at work, in the office, and at home.

First, Don’t Expect Work To Fill Every Void In Your LIfe

If you find yourself only spending time with people at work, staying up late to answer emails, or revolving any other part of your personal life around work, then you might need to take a step back and smell the roses. You’ve only got a short time on this planet and getting too caught up in any single aspect of life can lead to trouble at work. You might start losing track of why you even got into your field of work in the first place. Don’t let work consume you, let it be a part of you that fuels the rest of your life. Our society seems to say that this is the only thing that matters: your career, but your career is a shallow part of your total life experience, remember the relationships you have, the possibility to do good, and the experiences that make you feel real. 

Second, Prioritize Your Tasks

If you’ve never gotten used to carrying a daily planner or if you’ve always worked in a high pressure working environment, prioritizing your daily tasks will be the hardest thing for you to do. You might find yourself spending thirty minutes scrolling through facebook or getting caught up in a blog that has nothing to do with what you need to get accomplished that day. Wake up, create a list of the things that you need to get done for that day.

Another exercise that will help you prioritize, is writing for thirty minutes or a minimum of three pages in a journal first thing in the morning. Don’t think about what you are writing, just scribble your thought for three pages and see how you feel afterwards. You’ll be surprised by how much calmer you feel after getting so many thoughts outside of your head and onto a piece of paper. You’ll feel more collected and ready to start your daily tasks in the office.

Third, Push Yourself Five More Minutes

As soon as you start feeling that frustration or inability to do something anymore, right before you’re ready to throw your hands up in the air and give it all up, tell yourself “five more minutes” and look at the clock to time yourself. Part of what makes focusing so hard is pushing beyond the initial frustration that makes us want to give up on something. Like when we go for a jog or a workout session, we have to exercise longer in order to gain stamina for the future. You might also just want to bring a timer to work. Schedule a ten minute break every two hours and stick to the regime.

Fourth, Build a Routine

Part of learning focus is learning to rid your mind of unnecessary distractions. These distractions often come in the form of anxiety about the future or getting things done. Establish a routine for a week straight. Have your meals planned out, how much time you are going to spend on each task, and when you are going to take breaks. Schedule a half an hour to just do nothing. By keeping yourself in a strict routine you’ll get rid of the wandering mind because you’ll understand where you need to be.

Conclusion

Getting better at focusing can be as frustrating as it is rewarding. Using some of these techniques can help your mind relax and your life’s work unfold. If you start getting frustrated with your lack of focus just take five more minutes to keep working on whatever it was you were working on it that moment. You’ll soon forget about your frustration. Stay gentle and kind with yourself throughout the process and you’ll be sure to succeed.

Jeremy Smith is a writer for the McMinn Law Firm in Austin, Texas. He focuses on learning how to focus. 

Sobering Up: The Best Ways To Reduce Symptoms Of Drunkenness

Though there is no true way to completely sober up, it is possible to take measures to reduce the symptoms of drunkenness. Intoxication can not be turned off, but there are a few natural ways to lessen the effects of alcohol. These instructions should never be used as a preparatory guide for driving after a night of partying; never ever drink and drive. Instead, these are some tips for someone who has had a little too much fun and may wish to sober up to avoid any consequential embarrassment.

Stop Drinking

This seems like self-explanatory common sense, but it is absolutely necessary if you wish to control drunkenness. It can take up to two hours for the body to process and physically feel the effects of just one ounce of alcohol. Therefore, once you begin to feel buzzed, it may be a good idea to stop drinking immediately because your body will continue to process the alcohol even after you stop consuming it. After an hour or so, if you do not feel uncomfortably drunk, you may begin to sip on your drink again. In the end, it is all about being aware of your body and controlling the buzz.

Take A Nap

Sleeping is probably the best possible method to reduce the symptoms of drunkenness. Allowing your brain and liver a chance to rest and replenish can lessen your level of intoxication and definitely reduce hangover pain. It is best to get a good eight hours of sleep, but if this is not possible, an hour nap cannot hurt. If you only get a few hours to rest, you will most likely not wake up completely rejuvenated, but it can help to increase awareness and lessen the obvious symptoms of being drunk. Though you may not want to miss out on the party, it may be in your best interest to call a cab, go home, and crawl in bed to get a full night of sleep.

Go For A Brisk Walk

If a nap is not an option, taking a brisk walk can help to lessen the symptoms of drunkenness. This method should only be used for an unwanted buzz, and not to combat full-blown intoxication. Otherwise, you run the risk of running into police and getting a public intoxication charge. However, if you only wish to deter a buzz, working up a sweat by briskly walking can help to expel a small amount of alcohol from the body.

Carbo Load

Unlike popular belief, eating carbohydrate-rich food will not ‘soak up’ the alcohol, but it will nevertheless help to sober you up. Complex carbohydrates are best; they are in foods such as bread and pasta. How do complex carbs help to reduce the symptoms of drunkenness? If consumed while drinking, complex carbohydrates will slow down the body’s release of alcohol into the bloodstream. Carbs can also be eaten after drinking, but this may be less effective. This is why crackers, pretzels, and sandwiches are great party snacks!   

Water, Water, Water

Though you may have heard that drinking coffee will sober a person up, it is actually quite the opposite. Coffee not only keeps a person up so that they cannot sleep, but it will dehydrate the already dehydrated body (alcohol is dehydrating). Instead, water or a low-sugar sports drink should always be the drink of choice when trying to sober up. By staying hydrated, regular urination will flush out small levels of alcohol in the body’s system.

Kristen writes for Carroll Troberman Criminal Defense, a criminal defense law firm based in Austin, Texas. Kristen enjoys learning and writing about natural remedies. 

Helpful Back Pain Remedies

A large majority of Americans deal with back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain can occur for a number of different reasons, such as a mechanical problem due to the way your spine moves, an injury, or acquired conditions. Luckily, there are a combination of activities you can practice to help alleviate back pain.

Limit Bed Rest

Studies show that people who suffer with lower back pain and rest feel more back pain and have a more difficult time with daily tasks. Those who remained active have less trouble with back pain. People with short-term back pain should avoid more than three days of bed rest.

Stay Active

Staying active is sometimes the best cure for back pain. Try walking to get your body out of a sitting position and into an upright position. Be active in moderation, don’t do activities that are going to cause pain or further injure your back.

Maintain Good Posture

Your back pain may have been triggered by a difficult workout at the gym, but if you have bad posture, your back has probably been strained for a while. Poor posture can put added strain on your back.

See A Specialist

Everyone deals with back pain differently and everyone requires different treatments. One person may just need to strengthen their core, while another may need to improve their flexibility. Visit a specialist who can come up with a personalized exercise plan for you to alleviate your back pain.

Strengthen Your Core

A weak core could be the source of your back pain. When your core is weak, other parts of the body have to pick up the slack. Strengthening your core could be the answer to your back pain problems.

Work On Your Flexibility

Tension and tightness in your back can cause back pain. Increasing your flexibility will even out the tension throughout your body.

Don’t Use A Back Brace

Try not to use a back brace unless you are doing strenuous activities. If you constantly wear a back brace, the muscles in your back and core will weaken providing you with less stability.

Apply Heat And Ice

Cold packs and heating pads can relax your back muscles. Most doctors say you should use ice for the first 48 hours after an injury and then switch to heat. However, there is no study that says one is more beneficial than the other.

Sleep The Right Way

Sleeping in an awkward position or on a bed with no support can cause back pain. If you tend to sleep on your back, put a pillow under your knees. If you sleep on your side, a pillow should be placed between your knees. It’s best to avoid sleeping on your stomach because it puts your neck and head in an awkward position and puts stress on your back.

Avoid Smoking

A recent study showed that people who smoke are more likely to experience back pain than those who don’t smoke. The reason for this is due to the fact that nicotine causes small blood vessels to constrict and decreases the delivery of blood to the soft tissue.

Relax

Practicing relaxation techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, and yoga can help alleviate back pain.

These simple but helpful remedies should help you address and get rid of your back pain.

Trisha Banks is a blogger for Matthew Boes M.D. Orthopaedic Surgery in Raleigh, North Carolina. Trisha has had recent back pain and wants to know how to get rid of it. 

Ideas For Camping Oral Hygiene Practices

When you head out to the backcountry for a relaxing weekend, it’s pretty standard to leave behind iPhones, MP3 players and laptops. After all, the purpose of the trip is to get away from it all and immerse yourself in the beauty of mother nature, right? However, relaxing all weekend to the tune of an owl’s “hoot” and wind whistling through the trees doesn’t mean you have to give up good hygiene habits and sanitary practices!

Below are some suggestions we have for campers to continue taking care of themselves as they venture through the woods. The last thing you want to return home with is a temporary sickness!

Bring a bottle of hand sanitizer

Small dispensers of hand sanitizer should be kept with you throughout your trip. Whether you keep it handy in a fanny pack or stash it in pockets, hand sanitizer should be used constantly. Whenever you touch a tree or rock, set up camp, build a campfire or touch the ground, dispense some sanitizer. Bottles can be found at any convenience store for as cheap as 99 cents. And what better way to kill 99.9 percent of germs than with a cheap investment like hand sanitizer?

Cleanse Yourself with isopropyl alcohol

After a sweaty day of hiking through the woods, you’re even dirtier than you feel. While showers aren’t usually accessible during camping, you can still make yourself feel better by dowsing a cotton ball with isopropyl alcohol and rubbing it over the dirt-clogging areas of your body, particularly the arms, feet and groin. You may need a few cotton balls; they will likely be wiped down with dirt and germs after a few swipes. However, this method of cleaning is effective and will allow you to feel a little better at the end of the day. You can also get the job done with mini-towelettes.

Floss and brush like normal

Camping calls for packing less, but this doesn’t mean brushing less. Bring a travel-sized toothbrush, toothpaste and floss. Use a water bottle as a faucet to wet your toothbrush as well as rinsing out afterwards. But be careful! Spitting out and flossing should be done away from your campsite, otherwise nightly critters may be drawn to your area in the middle of the night.

Rinse used clothes out and hang overnight

Make your own laundry facility in the great outdoors by submerging sweaty and dirty clothes in water and hang them overnight to dry. Have spare pairs of everything, such as socks, for the next morning incase clothes don’t fully dry. The only thing worse than smelly clothes is smelly and damp clothes, which no one enjoys walking around in.

Go to the bathroom 200 feet away from camp

You will always want to do your business about 200 feet away from campsite, and disguise it using leaves or sticks. Use a backpacker’s trowel to discard anything and continue on your merry way. Remember to clean your hands with towelettes or the hand sanitizer.

Lindsay Bradshaw is a blogger for Lakeway Cosmetic Dentistry in Austin, Texas. Lindsay loves to go camping.

3 Natural Remedies You Can Grow At Home

Herbal remedies have been around for a very long time, long before man-made pharmaceuticals. Some people still like to go the natural route when treating light symptoms instead of resorting to modern medicine, while others are oblivious to an herb’s medicinal qualities. Read on to find out the most common medicinal uses for things that you may already even have in your garden.

Basil

Almost every herb garden should have basil in it. not only does it have some great medicinal qualities, but it is also delicious. Even if you don’t grow basil for a specific medicinal purpose, you should still grow it to make your own fresh pesto. The herb has naturally occurring antiviral and anti inflammatory properties. It can be used to relieve nausea, flatulence, lack of appetite, and can even be used on cuts and scrapes if it’s ground up.

To grow basil in your garden, you’ll have to grow it from seed every year. It’s an annual plant, which means it dies after a year of growth. You can easily grow this herb in a pot or a window box, but be sure to only plant it outside after the last spring frost has passed. You can even get a head start by planting them indoors in peat pellets for 3-4 weeks before the last spring frost of the year. Basil does well in a warm climate with 6 hours of full sun per day.

Aloe Vera

Aloe is a great plant to have around the house, even if you can’t eat it. It’s most often used for soothing sunburns and even dandruff. The gel inside its thick leaves can be spread topically across the affected area, but be careful to only allow the gel to touch the skin. The green of the leaf, as well as the latex layer underneath, can actually cause irritation if they come in contact with skin. The gel, though, is made up of 96 percent water and 4 percent active enzymes and amino acids that nurtures damaged skin.

You see those thick leaves? They’re full of mostly water, which means that your aloe plant is quite a thirsty succulent. The easiest way to grow aloe at home is to go ahead and buy a small aloe plant at your local home and garden store and repot it as needed. If you are repotting, make sure it has very well-draining potting mix (such as for cacti). Water the plant deeply, but not too often in order to let it drain. If the top two inches of soil are dry to the touch, it’s time to water again. Aloe does well in partial sun.

German Chamomile

There are a few different types of chamomile, but if you’re able to get your hands on the German variety (hint: check the label for “Matricaria chamomilla”), opt for that. Make chamomile tea from the white flowers of the plant to relieve constipation, anxiety, and sleeplessness. In general, chamomile is believed to help reduce stress as well. Chamomile is another plant that has anti inflammatory and antiseptic properties in the flowers, which can be dried, steeped in hot water, and strained out to make tea. Note that pregnant women should not drink chamomile tea.

It’s easy to grow the annual chamomile just about anywhere. From seed, lay them directly on the soil and water them; they need light in order to sprout. They can be grown in the ground or in pots (most prefer pots since it tends to take over), in full sun, or partial shade. They should be watered regularly, and should take about 30 days to reach harvest. They tend to look like bushy shrubs instead of neat flowers, but that’s okay.  An added bonus: chamomile is known to smell faintly of apples.

Emily Kaltman writes for The Grass Outlet in Austin, Texas. She enjoys writing about nature and gardening. 

Home Remedies That Will Clean And Whiten Your Teeth

Home Remedies that will Clean and Whiten Your Teeth

Healthy teeth and a beautiful smile is something everybody strives for, whether you’re a runway model in New York, or a housewife in Texas. A great smile can make you stand out in huge crowd and feel confident even on your worst days. However, putting tons of chemicals and unhealthy products on our teeth to get them looking great isn’t something that everybody wants. There are great products that most of us already have at home that can give us the desired results we want without spending a lot of money or putting unknown chemicals in our bodies. If you’re looking to keep your teeth clean and whitened in between dental visits, here are a couple of natural home remedies that you can enjoy.

Natural Products

Apples – If you’ve ever been out with friends or on a dinner date, having bad breath is not ideal. You could pack a bag full of peppermints or try to stuff your clutch or pant’s pockets with your toothbrush, but that isn’t always possible. Instead of worrying about bad breath or the state of your teeth, you can use a natural product like an apple to soothe your worries. Apples naturally kill bad breath and because they cause you to produce more saliva when you are chewing on them, they help wash away food particles in your mouth. Not only are apples great for keeping your mouth clean but they also contain malic acid which is a common ingredient found in most teeth whitening products.

Citric Fruit – If you are looking for a more whitening remedy, you can try using a lemon or citrus fruit on your teeth. Before you question my sanity or start soaking your teeth in lemon juice, let me put a little disclaimer out there. Citrus fruit like lemons are actually natural whitening agents. You can even put them on your hair to lighten the color. However, don’t do this on a day to day basis. Maybe once every other week or so you can mix a little lemon juice with baking soda and apply to your teeth for a minute or two, then rinse off. Vitamin C is great for your teeth, but too much citric acid can erode enamel, so be careful.

Home Remedies

Baking Soda with Toothpaste – Baking soda is a great multi-purpose to have around the house, it eliminates odors, cleans effectively and can also be used on your teeth. Mix a little baking soda with your toothpaste to get a bright, white smile that you don’t have to spend any extra money on.  

Hydrogen Peroxide – Just like baking soda, hydrogen peroxide is also another great multi-purpose product to have on hand. It can be used to kill infections, eliminate bacteria and even be of use as a cleaning agent. To get rid of any bacteria in your mouth rinse with hydrogen peroxide or make your own mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda for an at home toothpaste that is inexpensive. Don’t do this too often though because baking soda can be quite abrasive for everyday use.

Straws or Water – Although these products in and of themselves don’t actually whiten, they are great products that can benefit your oral hygiene. Rinse with water every time you eat, especially if you don’t have time to brush. This will make sure to wash away any unwanted foods and keep your mouth from becoming dry. You can also use a straw when drinking dark caffeinated liquids to prevent staining to keep your teeth white.

Victoria Cairo is a blogger for Greenspoint Dental in Houston, Texas. Not only does she love natural products but she also enjoys keeping her teeth clean with products she doesn’t have to spend a fortune on.

Natural Isn't Necessarily Safer: 4 Home Dangerous Home Remedies

As time advances, as does our holistic knowledge and medical traditions. Many are proven false by science, but some slide under the radar and continue to be used by misguided advocates. Listed below are four such examples!

1.  Ear Candling

You may or may not be aware of ear candling, but it’s hard to forget if you’ve seen it performed. People suffering from an overproduction of ear wax have been using the method for many years. Wax filled individuals use a long, cone-shaped, hollow candle of bee wax. The end of the cone is inserted into the ear, and a wick on the opposing end is lit. The heat from the smoke and the chamber within the candle acts as a very delicate vacuum, but ear candling can be very dangerous and even lead to deafness. Lighting a flame that close to your hair is a bad idea; and if a drop of hot wax gets inside your ear, the pain and possible results are not worth it. If the eardrum is burned by hot wax, there exists a risk of deafness. There are safer over-the-counter options available, but be sure to consult a doctor before you put anything into your ear. In the end, earwax is there for a reason, and shouldn’t be removed in most cases.

2. Butter on a Burn

Believe it or not, there are some that believe that rubbing butter on a burn will help treat the burn. The liquid-like state of the butter may bring coolness to the area but you run the risk of making the wound even worse. Butter isn’t sterile! Once it comes in contact with skin, our natural body heat will melt the butter, causing bacteria to leak into your open wound, resulting in an infection. Instead of butter, try running the burn under cool water to disinfect and ease the pain. Once rinsed, wrap a loose, dry bandage around the affected area.

3. Mayonnaise to Get Rid of Lice

I personally know people who have tried this method of lice removal and many claim that it’s tried and true. Once studied, findings have shown that mayo is only half as effective as perceived. Mayo does indeed kill residential head lice, but it doesn’t actually rid your head of the unhatched eggs. The mayonnaise has won the battle, but the war is far from over. Don’t worry, if you’ve applied mayo to your scalp, it will do no harm to you, other than make you smell funny. For a more permanent solution, every pharmacy has a product that will extinguish lice and their eggs, safely and effectively. Save the mayo for sandwiches.

4. Whiskey for Teething Infants

In my opinion, this last one is the most common and negligent of the home remedies. The old tale goes that if a child is teething, that rubbing a bit of whiskey on their gums will numb the pain and keep them from crying for a few hours. In reality, you’re essentially giving your baby a bit of a buzz.  A developing infant should not be consuming alcohol! As an alternate, try purchasing a teething ring or similar product. If you put the toy in the freezer for a bit before letting your little one chew on it, the coldness will numb, soothe and ease the teething pain. So keep that liquor in the cabinet and save it for a party, no your baby.

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David Hook is a writer based in Austin, Tx. He loves to blog about personal injury avoidance on behalf of Loewy Law Firm in Austin, Tx.

Home Remedies For Clearer Skin

There are all kinds of skin treatments out there, from facial peels to laser skin treatments. Some people have the luxury of being able to afford the newest skin treatments, but for those of us who don’t, there are a number of home remedies that can give you the results you’re looking for. You don’t need to empty your wallet to fight blemishes and breakouts.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar contains antibacterial and antiseptic properties that fight acne-causing bacteria.  It also balances pH levels in skin and has lactic and malic acids that exfoliate and soften skin.

How To Use:

  • Mix one tablespoon apple cider vinegar with one tablespoon water.

  • Wash and dry your face.

  • Soak a cotton ball in the mixture and dab over your entire face.

  • Leave on your face for 10 minutes then rinse

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil contains a compound called terpenoid that kills acne-causing bacteria. Studies show that the daily use of tea tree oil can be as effective as benzoyl peroxide in reducing inflammation.

How To Use:

  • Dilute tea tree oil by mixing half a teaspoon of tea tree oil with two tablespoons of water.

  • Soak a cotton ball with the solution.

  • Dab the solution on trouble spots then rinse.

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice contains L-ascorbic acid, which works like a natural astringent and soaks up excess oil in skin and prevents clogged pores. It also has antibacterial compounds that fight bacteria.

How To Use:

  • Moisten a cotton ball with fresh squeezed lemon juice.

  • Dab the juice over trouble areas.

  • If your skin is sensitive, dilute the juice with water.

  • Leave for 30 minutes then rinse.

Baking Soda

Baking soda works to balance pH levels that contribute to and aggravate acne. It also calms irritated skin because of its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. The grains in baking soda work great as a natural exfoliant.

How To Use:

  • Mix one teaspoon baking soda with one teaspoon water to form a paste.

  • Gently use the paste to exfoliate skin with your fingertips then rinse with water.

Toothpaste

Toothpaste can dry out pimples or bug bites. It dehydrates pimples, reduces the swelling, and absorbs excess oil.

How To Use:

  • Dab a small amount of toothpaste on the tip of your finger.

  • Put the toothpaste on the trouble spot.

  • Leave overnight and wash off toothpaste in the morning.

Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is distilled from the leaves of a North American shrub. This solution contains tannins that sooth inflammation and reduce oil in skin.

How To Use:

  • Cleanse your skin.

  • Soak a cotton ball in the solution and apply to problem areas.

  • You don’t need to rinse afterward.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is an antiseptic that kills acne-causing bacteria and oxygenates pores.

How To Use:

  • Wash and dry your face.

  • Moisten a cotton ball with hydrogen peroxide and apply to problem areas.

  • No need to rinse.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a cactus-like plant that has sap containing gibberellins, which kill bacteria. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that soothe inflamed or irritated skin.  Aloe vera also balances moisture in skin.

How To Use:

  • Wash and dry your face.

  • Apply gel to your entire face.

  • Let the gel dry before washing it off.

So, before you make a trip to your dermatologist, make a trip to your own pantry and medicine cabinet first and try these awesome home remedies.

Trisha Banks is a blogger for Lakeway Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Lakeway, Texas. Trisha wants to know what home remedies help get rid of acne and breakouts.