You’ve probably heard of the medicinal properties of Witch Hazel but never really knew exactly what it was good for … other than a skin toner that may shrink pores. Well … turns out, Witch Hazel is good for a variety of things and we all should consider keeping a bottle of it around the house. Here are a few reasons to pick up a bottle soon.
1. Eases the painful itching associated with poison ivy and also helps reduce the sting of bug bites. Just dab a few drops to the affected area of skin with a cotton ball or the end of a cotton swab.
2. Get better relief from a sunburn by mixing a couple of drops with natural aloe vera and apply to skin. The anti-inflammatory properties will aid in the healing of the skin, as well as help with pain relief.
3. Got a baby in the house? Use a few drops to help with diaper rash.
4. Use an eye dropper to apply into the ear canal to help clear up swimmer’s ear.
5. Treat painful or swollen gums by using as a mouth wash on a regular basis (make sure you don’t use the type that contains isopropyl alcohol).
6. Gargle with witch hazel to help heal a soar throat.
7. Mix with aloe vera to ease the pain, swelling and itching of hemorrhoids.
8. Apply to minor cuts and scraps to aid in faster healing.
9. Treat discoloration and puffiness around the eye area by applying directly to the affected eye area. Make sure NOT to get it into your eyes!
10. Helps fade bruises and irritated acne blemishes. When applied to these affected areas, witch hazel helps fade any skin discoloration and speed up the healing process.
The main ingredient to keeping yourself, your home AND your food clean may be sitting in your pantry right this minute. It’s true. Baking Soda is the simple solution to so many household issues. Here are a few reasons to pick up a box or two next time you go to the store.
Apple Cider Vinegar is a fermented-fruit tonic and it’s benefits are endless. One of the most powerful benefits is for your hair. After shampooing, using Apple cider vinegar as your hair conditioner will add shine and help control dandruff. It’s astringent properties help hair look shinier, and these same properties treat dandruff by reducing the fungus growth that causes the dandruff. When buying apple cider vinegar, your best choices should be made from brands that have been cold-pressed and are unpasteurized. Heat may destroy beneficial enzymes and nutrients.
With so many expensive anti-acne products on the market, you may not realize that your best solution may currently sit on your pantry shelf. That’s right … the home remedy secret to instantly reducing skin blemishes is to use the apple cider vinegar you most likely already have on hand. Simply dampen a cotton ball with vinegar and hold it on the pimple for about 5 minutes. It should immediately reduce it dramatically and help it to heal more quickly.
If your neck is starting to show your age, there is definitely something you can do about it. Some people think you need special expensive creams or to do a lot of exercises to improve the look of neck skin, but this isn’t true. Doctors and dermatologists say applying sunscreen and retinol daily will do the trick. There are products you can buy at your local drugstore that include both, and are relatively inexpensive, like Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer SPF 30 (approximately $20). These products will improve both the texture of the skin on your neck and even out the skin tone. The hard truth is that there really isn’t a lot that can be done on your own. Exercises don’t work and may even cause wrinkles and unattractive loose skin. If you are really bothered by your neck skin, consult with a doctor about the two things that can make a dramatic difference, tightening lasers or perhaps even cosmetic surgery.
Do you ever get tired of having to untangle the wires on your headphones? Well, join the club. But now there is a GREAT new set that has the wires encased inside a tangle-proof zip cord/cable. They are called Zipbuds and they come in blue, green, pink, and black. Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that make all the difference.
Protecting your investment in your smartphone is important. The Juice Pack Helium is a great new case that not only protects your phone from tumbles, but will also increase it’s battery life by 80%!. Now that’s a power packed gadget!
Now you can have a perfect home manicure every single time! Brush on the new product called Liquid Palisade around your cuticles before you paint your nails. Afterwards, peel the product off the cuticles, and any stray polish comes off, also. It’s so easy and only $22 for a bottle that last for more than 50 polishes.
If you’ve been looking for a reasonably priced way to get the thickest lashes ever, well wait no more. Avon has now came out with a new product that has a rich formula and the brush is truly uniquely and ergonomically designed to coat every single lash. It’s called Avon Mega Effects Mascara and t’s a beauty maven’s must have at only $10!
A new product now claims that you can skip the shapewear by simply rubbing their new firming serum onto your hips, butt and thighs. It’s called Soap & Glory Sit Tight Super Intense XS and it claims to do dimple control by just massaging it into your problem areas … then just dress and go.
This new cool multi-charger tool will make it possible to power up all your gadgets, regardless of what connector you need. And it comes in several great colors! Great gift idea for only $18. www.flight001.com.
Need a new fitness tracker? Well, you’re in luck! The JAWBONE UP is a new wrist band that tracts how much you move, sleep, eat, and also provides real-time statistics/analysis to help you make healthier choices. It’s quite a remarkable gadget and can conveniently become a healthy part of your everyday life since it also has an extra long battery life! It comes in a wide variety of colors and makes a great gift for that hard-to-buy for person, too. Find out more at jawbone.com ($130).
Have you ever heard of ARNICA GEL? Well, apparently it is an awesome natural home remedy for the relief of sore muscles and bruises, and some research indicates it even helps relieve arthritis aches and pains. In a recent study, Arnica Gel worked just as well as taking ibuprofen! It can be found in most drug stores and would be a good idea to keep on hand for relief of pains, day or night.
1st Ever CANDLE-PLUS! New candles made by fashion brand Missoni are made of soy, which allows them to double as both an intoxicating room aroma AND as a solid perfume! That’s right, perfume! Just dab the soft wax on your wrist and the beautiful exotic scents, which are inspired by a trip to the Italian countryside such as basil and fig or cypress and jasmine, go where you go. Check them out at www.apothia.com (MissoniHome by Apothia Candles)
Just approved by the FDA! OraQuick is an at-home HIV tester that takes swabs from your gums and provides your test results in 20 minutes! No pricking your finger or blood samples. Available at drugstores for approximately $40!
Unclump your mascara by using the e.l.f. Cosmetics Eyelash & Brow Wand to brush through your lashes. It’s only $6!
Wish your skin looked brighter? Try this! Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Energising Mask 2.5 oz, $17 at Target and other retail stores!
Samsung LED 8000 Series SMART TV ($2,400) – First of it’s kind, this TV has the ability to respond to voice commands and gestures. You have the choice to go remote-free, or use the standard remote or the touchpad that comes with it. This TV comes with full web-access and a full arsenal of APPS. It has both an amazingly crisp picture and sound.
Pretty ladylike gloves with fingertips that allow you to use electronic items like dialing a phone call without having to take off your gloves. Get these Echo Design Gloves, various styles and prices available.