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Naturally Homemade: Grandma’s alum recipe instead of commercial deodorant

30 Mar

Pic via jasminechemical.com

When I was 17, my grandmother told me to stop using deodorants since they blocked the perspiration glands.  Deodorants are dangerous to our bodies… nature has always offered us ways to beautify and clean ourselves. Why not use alum (i.e Shabbeh – شبة) instead?

Alum is not short for aluminum. It’s a natural stone, that once crushed into tiny crystals can be your personal hygiene’s best friend.

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Aluminum, on the other hand, is a harmful component that is used in many of the manufactured deodorants out there!

Grandma, may she rest in peace, told me that over time the blocked sweat caused by commercial deodorants will accumulate under the skin and rot, and I will start to really smell, which means I will need more deodorant to cover it up. Ultimately this blocked perspiration is a form of toxin that is locked within the body… it will harm it.

As a nature-lover, my grandma hated manufactured cosmetics, and always opted for natural remedies to fix everything. She had great insight and respect for the ways of her grandparents. She didn’t need a scientific report to tell if unnatural cosmetics were harmful or not, she knew it innately. And I believed her.

Pic via dipity.com

Alum talc-like deodorant

My grandmother’s basic alum recipe – You can use this recipe like you use talc:

  • Crush some alums until they become a bit rougher than talc (if they’re not already crushed) – about 7 tablespoons of it (or more if you like).
  • In my part of the world you can buy already crushed Musk powder, which is then added to the alum (let’s say about 1/2 a tablespoon), and it gives it a celestial smell. You can check out your area for any oriental shops & ask them if they have it.
  • Mix the two well. Place  the powder in a clean cosmetics container with a lid, and use a cotton pad, or one or those fluffy pads used for applying powder facial foundation.
  • After taking a shower, fluff your underarms and any perspiration-active areas with this mixture.
  • P.S. If you have been using artificial deodorants for a long time, be patient while the body cleans itself. At first you might think the Alum-Musk mixture is not working out because you are basically smelling, but that’s because all the blocked perspiration is now to free to leave your body. These toxins have a bad smell, but after a while when the new perspiration is now dancing with the alum you will smell fresh and quite different than before.

Alum sprayer

Pic via realsimple.com

My grandma’s great grandmothers, back to God-knows-when, used alum and they always smelled superb. In fact if you have a sensitive nose you can always tell the difference between a modern home, around the Levant where I live, and a traditional home that uses natural soaps, alum, rosewater, and all the natural scents & cleaning materials that really make everything smell better.

Another simple alum recipe is making your own alum spray:

  • Crush the alum crystals
  • Mix them with water in a bottle sprayer
  • Spray your underarms, feet, and any sweat-active areas, right after you shower.

Alum with essential oils

You can always experiment with creating your own scented alum powder. If you have a good quality rose/musk/jasmine essential oil, you can:

Pic via ashitherapy.com

  • Crush the alum…
  • add a few drops of essential oil to the alum crystals and mix well
  • use like you use talc.

Naturally Homemade: The healing touch of Tea Tree Oil

28 Feb
Tee Trea OIl - The Body Shop (vie The Body Shop's website)

I got introduced to Tea Tree Oil many many years ago, and used it for treating a variety of skin problems & other ailments. Tea Tree Oil  fixes with no side effects, it’s inexpensive, and proves to be nice to your liver!

Many people I know use unnatural skin treatments for treating zits & acne, and what they don’t realize is that these treatments hurt their liver (as indicated in small print on product packaging).

Let me reiterate the fact that using non-natural medicines & treatments for fixing skin issues has real bad side-effects. International trademarks that are known for their miraculous skin-treatment properties can cause great damage to the liver. Plus, they’re pretty expensive. Moreover, they often don’t really treat the problem! I have read in small print on the leaflet of one very famous brand – that starts with the letter |R| – that this anti-acne facial cream may cause liver problems, but hey, who cares? Well, I care.

Good news is, we have nature’s beautiful Tea Tree gift, which is a natural anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-oxidant, and disinfectant oil – with all of this goodness packed up in the healing drops of this “liquid gold,” i.e Tea Tree.

Thursday Plantation seems to be the brand my family often purchases oils & creams from; I personally like this brand & have read pretty excellent reviews about it. They produce Tea Tree products – including essential oils – such as ointments, creams, lip balms, and sprays, etc.

On their website, Thursday Plantation states:

“Sadly, this remedy from nature  [i.e Tea Tree] was forgotten for almost 30 years as cheap, synthetic antibiotics flooded the world’s medicine markets and became a way of life. The tea tree industry collapsed by the 1960’s and the oil became a rare commodity.”

But of course it picked up again.

Today, franchise shops like The Body Shop make it pretty easy for you to get your hands on some Tea Tree Oils & products (like shampoos, and creams), due to the fact the brand operates over 2,000 stores in over 53 countries (I was once personally involved in the inauguration of one of the flagship shops in the Levant, but that’s another story). Boots chain-pharmacy is another franchise shop that sells Tea Tree oil and creams.

Tea Tree – Thursday Plantation (via baronepharmacy.com.au)

let’s take a further look at some of the benefits of Tea Tree Oil as tested by this writer (me):

  • Anti-inflammatory facial skin care: I believe we all need to have Tea Tree Oil as part of our skin-care routine for fixing blemishes, healing zits, and dealing with other skin problems, like dandruff. To heal a zit, dab a cotton swab with Tea Tree Oil, then touch up the infected area. Tea Tree penetrates into the skin and hugs all inflamed areas with it’s loving touch. In no time you are acne-free, and your liver is not compromised
  • Scalp & hair care: As for dandruff, a drop or two of Tea Tree Oil in your palm, mixed with a bit of shampoo, can really heal the scalp. Of course, now they carry Tea Tree Shampoos so you won’t need to mix the oil with shampoo to get the results. However, I’m old-fashioned and I like to use essential oil, and prefer it to other Tea Tree products.
  • Coughs colds & flues: Tea Tree Oil, which might be toxic if swallowed by mouth, can heal the respiratory system in cases of soar throat, and running nose. A few drops in a pot of water, inhaled with the steam, can heal one’s throat. I tried this several times during my health craze a few years ago, and it worked fine.
  • Dental care: Although you’re not supposed to drink Tea Tree Oil, you can actually mix a few drops with your toothpaste to heal your gums.
  • Anti-fungal foot-care: In a previous post about the healing powers of garlic, I spoke about garlic as a nail-fungus healing agent. The same goes for Tea Tree. Just dab a cotton swap with some oil and cover the infected nail with the oil; don’t forget the area between the nail and the bed.

P,S… Tea Tree oil can also be used for treating feminine hygiene issues as indicated here. It is also used to cure lice, injuries, and many other ailments as shown here.

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Naturally Homemade: The healing powers of garlic

7 Feb

Source: etsy.com via Karboojeh on Pinterest

I have been wanting to start a series of articles on my blog with tips to heal and beautify using natural ingredients. I have tried (and read) many remedies over the years that I think work great in eliminating spots, healing aches and probably adding a touch of beauty to a tired face. I will start today with… Garlic.

These remedies are not dangerous, they are simple and easy, and can be integrated into one’s life routine easily, using ingredients in your pantry or garden.

Garlic for spots

For some reason or another, a spot (acne, pimples) or two might decide to appear on your face (especially the kind that spreads if you touch it). What do you do?

Via cosmosmagazine.com

Ingredients:

  • Pinch of salt
  • Less than half a minced garlic clove.
  • Cotton swab

Method:

Mix the minced garlic with a little, tiny bit of salt. Mix well until the salt looses itself in the garlic. Bring a cotton swab and put a tiny bit of the mixture on its tip and add very carefully to the tip of the spot. Do not let this mixture touch other areas of your skin because it will basically irritate it. This mixture is a strong disinfectant, and it doesn’t leave a scar behind, but you need to be careful when applying it. Leave it on your face for 1/2 an hour to an hour, then rinse with lukewarm water. Repeat next day.

Garlic for yellow nails

If you’re sporty and spend a lot of time in your sneakers, you might be prone to develop some sort of fungal infection at one point or another. If your nails go yellow, then this is a sign of some creeping fungal thing that has found home under the bed of the nail. but don’t worry, easy natural remedy for that. Manufactured products might not even come close to the healing powers of this one. But nature takes time, this will eliminate the problem from its roots, but it needs some time to show some results.

Ingredients:

  • Garlic clove.
  • Knife

Method:

  1. Do this when you know you’re staying indoors. First, you need to wash your feet well (or hands).
  2. Cut the garlic when you are about to use it. Garlic releases an endless chemical interaction when it is cut, these vital combinations stay dormant when the garlic is still whole, and if you cut the garlic much earlier than the time you’re going to use it, you may lose a big portion of the essential oils & goodness that are released when the garlic is first sliced
  3. Rub the garlic clove on the infected area. Rub well under the nail bed (between the nail and the flesh). Rub, rub, rub. Leave this on for the whole day if you can. Wear open toed sandals or flip-flops.
  4. Wash your feet with soapy water to reduce the garlic-y odor.

Garlic with Panadol (paracetamol)

Via boots.comLet’s say you have a headache, a cold, or any reason that makes you want to take a tablet of Panadol (or any other similar brand). Any kind of un-natural medicine has side-effects, that’s the belief of alchemists and natural healing specialists. To offset such bad effects, do the following…

Ingredients:

  • Clove of garlic sliced into four pieces.
  • Glass of water
  • Panadol tablet

Method:

Swallow each garlic piece with water, one at a time. The fifth gulp should be reserved for Panadol. Don’t take them all up at once, our bodies are sensitive to the way we treat them and do things, drinking down the garlic with the Panadol at one go is completely different from doing the routine the way I described it (again): Swallow your pieces of garlic with water, one at a time, then the Panadol pill (also swallow with water).

Garlic for life

To re-cap, there are thousands of healing remedies using garlic. I once read a whole book based on remedies created and used by a European king (I forgot his name). He treated almost everything using garlic water, garlic powder, garlic soups… you name it. You need to listen to your body and go where it is honestly telling you to go, and this needs an amount of self-understanding and a strong “observer” inside of you, who helps you live life the way you should!

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