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Homemade Master Tonic – Fire Cider To Boost Your Health

This homemade Master Tonic recipe is a staple in my home. I try to always have some brewing to make sure I don't run out. It is a strong fermented, natural remedy to combat common colds, infections and antibiotic-resistant infections. It combines many common healing ingredients into one powerful immune boosting tonic. Combining all the benefits of garlic, onion, ginger, horseradish, hot peppers, turmeric and apple cider vinegar. At first you may find the taste very strong, I know I did. But its a taste that grows on you. I actually look forward to it each night before I go to bed.

For general health, and to support your immune system drink 1oz every day.  When sick, take a 1oz 2-3 times a day.

Master Tonic also known as Fire Cider is made with ingredients with known beneficial health properties. I have listed the ingredients and their benefits below:

GINGER: Ginger helps to stimulates and eases digestion, alleviate nausea and boost circulation. It eases congestion, is an anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic and helps fight cold and flu symptoms.

ONION: Assists kidney function, it is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, antibiotic, and anti-parasitic.

GARLIC: Garlic is an anti-parasitic, anti-bacterial and an anti-fungal.  It stimulates metabolism, helps to normalize blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol.  It supports healthy gut flora, and assists to eliminate toxins and fight cold and flu symptoms.

HORSERADISH ROOT: Will increases circulation, helps stimulates the lung and colon functions. It is an antibacterial and a source of iron and potassium.
HOT PEPPERS: Hot peppers are anti-parasitic, high in antioxidants. They enhances blood circulation, supports lung and heart functions, stimulates digestion, dispels mucous, and will help to eases congestion.
TURMERIC: Turmeric is an anti-bacterial, it assists digestion, and will helps to support your immune system.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR: Is an anti-bacterial and it will help cleanses the digestive tract, will lower blood sugar, and supportive of the gallbladder/liver functions, helps joint function, fights off fatigue, headaches, food poisoning, insomnia.
  

Homemade Master Tonic Recipe

What you will need:

  • - Large Mason Jar with a tight fitting lid
  • - Bowl
  • - 4 cups (approx) apple cider vinegar
  • - ¼ cup finely chopped garlic
  • - ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • -¼ cup fresh peppers, the hottest you can find (be careful with the cleaning – wear gloves!!!)
  • - ¼ cup grated ginger
  • - 2 tbsp grated horseradish
  • - 2 tbsp turmeric powder or 2 pieces of turmeric root

 

Preparation:

  1. Finely chop all the dry ingredients and combine in the bowl. (A food processor could be used for this step.)
  2. Fill the large mason jar 2/3 full with the chopped ingredients.
  3. Pour in the apple cider vinegar and fill the jar to the top.
  4. Close well and shake. to mix all the ingredients.
  5. Store the jar in a cool and dry place for 6 weeks. Shake the jar well each day. 
  6. After 6 weeks, strain through a fine mesh strainer.
  7. Store the Master Tonic in a glass bottle (Preferably of dark glass).

Here is a great instructional video by Rosemary Gladstar, a leader in the world of herbalism and the founder of the California School of Herbal Studies (the oldest running school of herbal studies in the United States).

 

8 Herbal Sleep Remedies You Can Make At Home

Homemade herbal sleep aids are simple to make and are an easy way to help you get a good night sleep. Everyone has a trouble sleeping at some point in there lives, some of us more than others. Often I'm plagued with mild insomnia, especially after a stressful day. I go to bed all ready for a nice night's snooze and of course as soon as my head hits the pillow....bang....my brain decides that now the best time to try to figure out world peace, or try to solve every math problem I failed in high school (and there was a lot!!).  

If you are like me the thought of having to take expensive, possible habit forming medication doesn't sit well, and most of the time they make me groggy in the morning. As with any aliment before I turn to the commercial medications, I like to try a more natural approach.  Since what works for one person may not work for another I have complied a list of 9 of the best homemade herbal sleep that I use to help me go to sleep depending on what I have on hand. Give one a try next time you can't sleep, I hope one of these help you get the good night sleep you deserve.

Before we get to the recipes for the homemade sleep remedies, first we should look at what we can to do to help promote sleep without any supplements. By implementing these habits hopefully won't need any help sleeping at all.

 

8 Herbal Sleep Aids You can Make at Home

 

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1)Valerian Tea

 Valerian is a flowering perennial plant. A Native Plant to Europe and Asia it was introduce to North America and will grow in zones 4-9.  This hardy plants roots have been used as a natural sleep aid for centuries. Studies have shown that as a herbal sleep aid Valerian has shown to be useful for insomnia other sleep disrupting disorders.  It is thought to work by increasing the amount of GABA (gamma aminobutryic acid) that regulates the action of nerve cells and has a calming effect.  The easiest way to prepare valerian is by decocting the root and making a tea. Try brewing up this easy valerian tea. It does have a strong smell but it will help you get your  ZZZZZ's. 

You will need…

  • 1 tsp of dried valerian root
  • Strainer or infusion device, such as a tea ball 
  • 8 oz. fresh water to boil

Directions

  • Put 1 tsp of valerian root in your tea ball or similar infusion device and place in your mug.
  • Add 8 oz. of boiling water and cover the mug. Let sit and steep for 15 minutes before drinking. 
  • Add milk or honey if you’d like for flavour.

 

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2) Linden tea

Linden trees (also know as basswood trees) grow throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Linden is known to help with mild insomnia and anxiety.  The sedative properties in Linden may be from its volatile oil components citral, citronellal, citronellol, eugenol, and limonene were shown in a study to help in curbing stress and to promote relaxation. Most people report feeling relaxed, and even drowsy. Linden also can help with indigestion as well as nausea and vomiting.

You will need…
- 1-2 teaspoons of dried linden flowers
-Honey (optional)
-Hot water

Directions

  • Steep 1-2 teaspoons or so in 1 cup hot water. Steep longer if you want to reap more of the medicinal qualities from the herb. Add honey if you prefer your tea sweetened.
  • Drink the tea hot or cold.

 

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3) Chamomile tea

Chamomile has been used through out history for medicinal uses. Most commonly today it is used as a tea to help in relaxation and and to induce sleep.

In a study published by the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine it concluded that Chamomile does help people sleep. This was comparing people using chamomile compared to a a group taking a placebo. 

You will need…
- 1-2 teaspoons of dried  chamomile flowers
-Honey (optional)
-Hot water

Directions

  • Steep 1-2 teaspoons or so in 1 cup hot water. Steep longer if you want to reap more of the medicinal qualities from the herb. Add honey if you prefer your tea sweetened.
  • Drink the tea hot or cold.

  

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4) St John's Wort

Use of  St Johns wort has been  dated back to the ancient Greeks, first mentioned by Pliney the Elder  for is medicinal benefits.

Modern scientific studies show that it can help relieve chronic insomnia and mild depression when related to certain brain chemistry imbalances. 

St Johns Wort contains the ingredients hypericin and hyperforin.  Hypericin is the ingredient used to help with sleep. As the Hypericin in St. John's Wort may inhibit the bodily chemical, monoamine oxidase, which is associated with anxiety and depression.

You will need…
-2 teaspoons of dried Saint John’s Wort (herb top/flowers)
-8 ounces of freshly boiled water
-honey or lemon to taste (optional)

Directions

  • Place the herb in a mug and cover with boiling water.
  • Steep for 5-10 minutes, strain, and drink once daily (either morning or 30-45 minutes before bed.)

Other Forms of St John's Wort:

Allow 2-3 weeks for the full therapeutic effect to develop. If you experience light sensitivity or other unpleasant symptoms, reduce or discontinue the St. John’s wort and consult a qualified medical professional.

 

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5) Lemon Balm

According to the American Botanical Council Lemon Balm tea was approved by the German Standard License for calming  nervous disorders of sleep and of the gastrointestinal tract, and to stimulate the appetite.

Lemon balm is  often used as an alternative to commercial sleep aids, which can often cause speech slurring, impaired memory and other side effects.

You will need…
- 1-3 teaspoons of dried lemon balm (or 3/4 cup of fresh leaves)
-Honey (optional)
-Hot water

Directions

  • Put 1 to three teaspoons of the dried lemon balm for each cup of boiling water. 
  • Steep for 5 minutes, or longer if you prefer.
  • You can drink the tea up to 4 times daily.
  • Add honey if you prefer your tea sweetened. 

OR 

Make a sleepy time herbal syrup

  • Add 3/4 cup lemon balm leaves into a small pot and add enough water to just cover the leaves.
  • Simmer, covered partially, until the liquid is reduced in half.
  • Strain out & compost the leaves.
  • While still quite warm, measure out about 1/2 cup of the concentrated tea and stir 1/4 cup raw honey into it.
  • Store in the refrigerator for a week or so.
  • Dose by the spoonful at night to help calm and relax everyone from children to adults. (Keeping in mind that honey should not be given to infants under one year old.)

 

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6) Hops

Historically, hops were a traditional medicine used as one of the herbs for sleep because they contain methylbutenol, which has a calming, sedating, and sleep inducing effects.

Now in modern times, Commission E, Germany's equivalent to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has given its approval for using hops in cases of anxiety, restlessness, and fighting sleepless nights.

The first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word hops is probably beer, but this quick growing vine is also an excellent remedy for calming nerves and promoting relaxation (not in the form of beer, sorry!) Rather, it can be made into a strong tea and drank right before bed, or made into a sleep sachet and placed under your pillow at night (just replace or add it to the lavender).

You will need…
-2 tablespoons of dried hops
-4 cups of boiling water
-A quart glass jar with a tightly fitting lid

Directions
Place the hops into a glass jar with a tightly fitting lid and cover with boiling water. Allow it to steep for at least 5 hours, or overnight, and then strain. Reheat or chill and drink a cup 30-45 minutes before bedtime for an easy and restful slumber. This will keep in the refrigerator for 2 days.

 

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7) Lavender

A number of studies have reported that lavender essential oil may be beneficial in a variety of conditions, including insomnia, alopecia (hair loss), anxiety, stress, and postoperative pain. However, most of these studies have been small. Lavender is also being studied for antibacterial and antiviral properties. Lavender oil is often used in other forms of integrative medicine, such as massage, acupuncture, and chiropractic manipulation.

Insomnia or Agitation

In folklore, pillows were filled with lavender flowers to help restless people fall sleep. Scientific evidence suggests that aromatherapy with lavender may slow the activity of the nervous system, improve sleep quality, promote relaxation, and lift mood in people suffering from sleep disorders. Studies also suggest that massage with essential oils, particularly lavender, may result in improved sleep quality, more stable mood, better concentration, and reduced anxiety. In one study, people who received massage with lavender felt less anxious and more positive than those who received massage alone. Several small studies suggest that lavender aromatherapy may help reduce agitation in people with dementia. Lavender flowers have also been approved in Germany as a tea for insomnia, restlessness, and nervous stomach irritations.

You will need…
- 1-2 teaspoons of dried  lavender
-Honey (optional)
-Hot water

Directions

  • Steep 1-2 teaspoons of lavender in 1 cup hot water. Steep longer if you want to reap more of the medicinal qualities from the herb. Add honey if you prefer your tea sweetened.
  • Drink the tea hot or cold.

 

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8) California Poppy

Recent studies have shown that the medicinal ingredients in the herb Eschscholzia californica blocks pain, allowing the patient to sleep through the night without being awakened due to discomfort. The herb also helps to induce sleep, enabling patients who are in to fall asleep and experience a more restful sleep.

 

You will need…
California Poppy Tincture, (How to Make a Tincture)

Directions

  • The tincture can be ingested in its raw form, or can be added to water if preferred.
  • Adults: 30-40 drops per day.
  • Children (Age 2-17) : Dose varies depending on size and weight, see "Clarks Rule"

 

 (Childs weight/150lbs) x adult dose
Example for a 90lbs child, adult dose 60 drops
= (90/150) x 60 = 36 drops

  

Other Ways to Improve Sleep

You shouldn't have to rely on possible habit forming sedatives or expensive over the counter medications to get to sleep. Often other health and life issues are the most common cause of sleep disruption. Before you run to the pharmacy for a commercial sedative to try to fix up your chronic sleep problem, you might try these changes in your routine first. Combined with a homemade natural sleep aid you will soon find your are getting to sleep naturally and easily.

Go to Bed before Midnight

Sleep happens in 90 minute cycles, made up of two parts : non-REM sleep and REM sleep. We repeat the 90 minutes cycle through out the night. Most of our deep healing sleep occurs in the first 2 sleep cycles – not towards morning. The ratio of non-REM-to-REM sleep within these 90-minute cycles changes across the night, no matter when you go to bed. Early in the night (between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m.), most of those cycles are comprised of deep non-REM sleep and little REM sleep. The second half of the night (between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m.), this balance changes; cycles are comprised of more REM sleep with a lighter form of non-REM sleep. Because there more deep non-REM sleep earlier in the night, someone who goes to bed before midnight will have who sleeps from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. (eight hours total) will have a different overall composition of sleep with more non-REM than someone who sleeps from 3 a.m. to 11 a.m. (also eight hours total) and so is likely to experience more REM.

No Caffeine in the Evening

Caffeine maybe your go to in the daytime to feel awake, but as stimulant it will do the same in the evening. By not having any caffeine after 4 or 5 pm it will help prevent you from being up all evening and increase you ability to have a good night rest. Caffeine stays in your system for up to 12 hours, so the effects of coffee could linger late into the night. Not having caffeine for a single day can improve sleep quality that night, a study in the Journal of Clinical Nursing found.

Avoid These Foods...

Processed foods like deli meats contain a lot of sodium (salt), which by raising your blood pressure and dehydrating you can disrupt sleep.

Dark chocolate, even this healthiest form of chocolate can contain high levels of caffeine. So like coffee it can keep you up at night.

Spicy foods before bedtime can give you indigestion that makes it nearly impossible to get a good night's sleep. But even if you can eat spicy foods without discomfort, they are still linked with more time spent awake during the night and taking longer to fall asleep. It's speculated that this may be due to capsaicin, an active ingredient in chili peppers, affecting sleep via changes in body temperature.

Get More Exercise

A study in published the journal Mental Health and Physical Activity found that People sleep significantly better and feel more alert during the day if they get at least 150 minutes of exercise a week, a new study concludes.

A nationally representative sample of more than 2,600 men and women, ages 18-85, found that 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a week, which is the national guideline, provided a 65 percent improvement in sleep quality. People also said they felt less sleepy during the day, compared to those with less physical activity.

Take Calcium and Magnesium

James F. Balch, M.D., author of Prescription for Nutritional Healing, writes: "A lack of the nutrients calcium and magnesium will cause you to wake up after a few hours and not be able to return to sleep."

Calcium is directly related to our cycles of sleep. In one study, published in the European Neurology Journal, researchers found that calcium levels in the body are higher during some of the deepest levels of sleep, such as the rapid eye movement (REM) phase. The study concluded that disturbances in sleep, especially the absence of REM deep sleep or disturbed REM sleep, are related to a calcium deficiency. Restoration to the normal course of sleep was achieved following the normalization of the blood calcium level.

William Sears, M.D. writes: "Calcium helps the brain use the amino acid tryptophan to manufacture the sleep-inducing substance melatonin. This explains why dairy products, which contain both tryptophan and calcium, are one of the top sleep-inducing foods."

In magnesium deficiency, chronic insomnia is one of the main, central symptoms. Sleep is usually agitated with frequent nighttime awakenings. On the other hand, a high magnesium, low aluminum diet has been found to be associated with deeper, less interrupted sleep. This was proven in a study done by James Penland at the Human Nutrition Research Center in North Dakota. The study was titled "Effects of trace element nutrition on sleep patterns in adult women." It's important to note that a balanced ratio of calcium and magnesium is important to overall health, and these two minerals should be taken together for best results.

 

For more tips on Healthy tips to help you sleep try reading the Healthy Sleep Tips post from the National Sleep Foundation 

 

Let me now how these work for you, I always love getting feedback, or if you have another natural sleep remedy that works for you let me know in the comments.  

How to Get Rid of Pimples – 35 Home Remedies

 

We all want to get rid of pimples fast when we get them. No one is immune from this common skin disorder. Pimples can affect people at any stage in life. Many of us think we will out grow the dreaded acne affliction after the teenage years. Sadly this is not true. Pimples are most common in teenagers, but an average of  37.5% of women and 25.2% of men between the ages of 20 and 50 have regular pimple outbreaks according to webmd.com.

Pimples can cause us to feel embarrassed,  suffer from social anxiety and in severe cases worsen depression. Because of this many people, men and women, will turn to make up to quickly cover them up or expensive commercial treatments to hopefully get rid of them forever.  Make up for the quick pimple cover usually end up making the acne problem worse, and commercial treatments can take a long tine to have noticeable effects. So what can we do to make a pimple disappear safely while waiting for the long term acne treatment of work?

There are multiple home and herbal remedies that can help to reduce the size and redness of a monster pimple.  But since everyone has different skin types and chemistry, what works for one person may not work for another. So to make sure you find a home treatment for you  we have complied a list of 36 ways to get rid of pimples fast. Try one if it doesn't work for you try another, I'm sure one of these remedies will work for you.

Let us know what work for you in the comments below, we would love to hear your home remedy, pimple fighting, success stories.

 

What Causes Pimples?

Acne, or pimples and zits as they are more commonly known, are cause by a build up of excess oil (sebum) in the the skin. Most often break outs occur on the face, back, and neck, but pimples can occur any where on the body. The build up of oils can can be cause by many things, stress, poor diet, hormones...so basically daily life causes pimples. Sometimes these oils can build up fast enough that the duct get plugged up, causing  inflammation, add in a bit of bacteria that everyone has on their skin and bang...you have pimples.

So what can you do rid of pimples fast, in a natural way?. Luckily there are many proven home remedies that will help alleviate this most irritating of skin conditions.   Below we have complied 35  fantastic home remedies to help you get rid of pimples as fast as possible.  After each treatment is recommended to apply you moisturizer. If you skin gets to dried out this can cause more pimples as your body react by producing excess oil to counter act the dry skin.


 

35 Home Remedies to Get Rid of Pimple

 

1. THYME TINCTURE

A study in 2012 by Kimberly Sanderson and Dr. Margarita Gomez Escalade at the Leeds Metropolitan University found that a thyme tincture was more effective in fighting acne than commercial  blemish treatments containing benzoyl peroxide.  The study showed that the thyme tincture was able to kill off the acne bacterium after 5 minutes of application.  So where can you get a thyme tincture? Well you can either buy tinctures from your local health store or of course online. Alternatively you can get rid of pimples fast by  making your own Tincture.

HOW TO USE:  Apply a thyme tincture just to the acne and leave on for at least 5 minutes.  After, wash the area throughly and part dry.  Re-apply  2 to 3 times a day, remembering to wash the area after each application. (Adding a thyme toner to your daily routine can also help to prevent pimple outbreaks from occurring.

 

 

2. ASPIRIN

Aspirin also known as acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) will treat inflammation. It will help to reduce the swelling and redness of a pimple pretty fast. But if you are allergic to Aspirin or on any medication that will react with aspirin you should not try this remedy even though its just on your skin, as your body can still absorb this medication.

HOW TO USE: Crush 1 aspirin. Add 1 part aspirin power to 2 parts water and mix to make a paste.  Apply the paste to the pimple using a sterile material like a cotton swap. Leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse well with water. It is not recommended to leave on longer than 10 minutes or to use this method a lot in one day, since the aspirin can be absorbed into your blood stream through the skin.

 

 

3. TOOTHPASTE

Why does toothpaste work so well to fight pimples? Most toothpastes contain hydrogen peroxide baking soda or even witch hazel, all of which can help to dry out and kill the bacteria causing the acne and get rid of pimples fast. With toothpaste being a sticky medium, this means it is the perfect vehicle to adhere these substances to the infected area.

HOW TO USE:  First wash the area you which to use the tooth paste and pat dry. Using the white paste type of toothpaste (not the gel or any thing with the gel or other additives), dab a small amount directly on to the blemish. Leave on over night if possible. At minimum 15 minutes if you find your skin too sensitive. After gentle wash the area and pat dry. Repeat as necessary up to 3 days.  Never apply tooth paste to a whole area, such as using is as a face mask. As this can dry out the skin too much, and cause severe irritation.

 

 

4. POTATO

The natural potassium, sulphur and chlorine in potatoes will dry up the oils that are causing the pimple. Also potatoes contain vitamins and minerals that will help to reduce the inflammation and swelling that cause the pimples to visually stand out.

HOW TO USE:  Thinly slice a washed and peeled potato. Rub a potato slice over the infected area for a few minutes or until the slice feels dry. If you have multiple pimple you wish to treat use a a new slice for each section to prevent spreading any bacteria from one area to another. Repeat 3 times a day until the pimple is gone.

 

 

5. LEMON AND CINNAMON PASTE

This can be an be a powerful pimple remedy, but it can also cause irritation on sensitive skin. It is best to test this on your skin before applying to your face.

HOW TO USE:  Mix 1 part fresh Lemon Juice with 1 part Cinnamon powder.  Dab the paste directly to the pimple. Leave on for 1 minute then rinse the area and pat dry.

 

 

6. GREEN TEA

Green tea will help to inhibit the production of the oil (sebrum) that builds in pores and cause pimples.

HOW TO USE: Place two tea bags of green tea into boiling water and allow to steep for 1- 3 minutes. Allow the tea to cool then apply to skin. Leave to dry then rinse with water. (Alternately you can use the cooled tea bags to apply the green tea to your skin).

 

 

7. BENONITE CLAY MASK

Benonite clay, some time called Aztec clay acts as an absorbent to soak up the excess oils from your skin. It is used in a wide variety of beauty treatments and works really well for oily prone skin. This mask will get rid of pimples fast and leave your sink silky and soft.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED: 1 TBS of Beonite Clay, 1TBS of ground oatmeal, 2 tsps of water, 2 to 4 drops of essential oil (optional)

HOW TO USE:  Mix the clay, oatmeal, water and essential oil in to a smooth paste.  Cover the area you wish to treat and leave on until the mask drys. Then rinse off with warm water and pat dry.

 

8. TEA TREE OIL

Tea tree oil, also known as Melaleuca oil has natural antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial qualities. There has been many scientific studies that discuss the medical benefits of tea tree oil. This versatile oil is widely used in many home remedies and in natural household disinfectants.

HOW TO USE: Apply a few drops of 100% tea tree oil to a sterile material such as a cotton swab, or cotton wipe. (If you have very sensitive skin you may wish to dilute the tea tree oil with a bit of water, aloe gel, or raw organic honey first).  Apply the oil directly on to the pimple and leave on overnight, or a few hours at minimum.

 

 

9. WITCH HAZEL

Adding a witch hazel toner to your daily routine will reduce you acne. It is a natural antiseptic, antioxidant and will reduce inflammation and the pesky acne causing oil.  Witch hazel can be used as is or in a skin toner or face mask in your fight against acne. It is great for drying out the oils in the skin , but is milder than salicylic acid , so it won't dry out your skin to much.

HOW TO USE: Apply witch hazel to washed clean skin daily. NOTE: You may notice a few extra pimples come to the surface  in the first week of use. This is because the witch hazel will draw all the dirt, grime and oils that cause pimples to the surface.  After all the bad stuff has been drawn out of you skin you will start to see an approved difference in you skin. 

 

 

10. CALAMINE LOTION

Calamine lotion is a mixture of zinc oxide and ferric oxide. It has antiseptic and astringent properties. It will help to dry out and reduce the redness and inflammation of acne.

HOW TO USE: After washing and drying the pimple prone area, apply the calamine lotion only on the pimple. Leave it on over night. Then gently wash and dry the area. Repeat each night as needed. You should see dramatic result within a week.

 

 

11. HONEY SKIN WASH

Organic raw honey has natural probiotic and antibacterial properties. It is great for sensitive skin and will remove oils, and other dirt that will contribute to a pimple out break. Using a honey face wash you will dramatically lower your chance of getting having an acne outbreaks.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED: 1/3 cup or raw organic honey, 1/3 cup of liquid castile soap, 3tbs of cooled boiled water, 2 tbs spoons of olive oil, a soap dispenser or small storage bottle. 

HOW TO USE: Put the 3 tbs of cooled boiled water in to the dispenser or jar, then add the liquid castile soap, oils and honey.  Stir or gentle shake the the ingredients together until the honey dissolves.  Wet the area you want to apply the Honey Skin Wash. Apply a small amount of the mixture to the area in circular motions as you would when washing with soap. Rinse the are with warm water and pat dry.  Use this wash to replace you usual cleansing soap in your daily routine.

 

 

12. MILK AND HONEY PASTE

Stories of Queen Cleopatras perfect skin has made the Milk and Honey baths famous our collective memories.  These days filling a whole bath with milk would get quite expensive and you might look a bit odd buying 80 litres of milk to fill your bath.  But you can use this ancient remedy on a smaller scale to help perfect you skin and reduce your acne.

HOW TO USE: Mix 2 parts milk with 1 part raw organic honey until the honey is completely dissolved. This should end up being a creamy or paste consistency. Apply the paste to you skin and gently work in using circular motions. Leave on for 5 to 10 minutes. After, rinse the area with cool water and pat dry.

 

 

13. HONEY AND CINNAMON PASTE (Test first)

In combination Honey and Cinnamon are very effective at combating acne. But cinnamon can be to strong for sensitive skin, it is recommend that you test this on a small patch of skin first.

HOW TO USE: Mix 1/2 tsp of raw organic honey with 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon to create a paste. Apply Honey and Cinnamon past directly on to the pimple. Leave on over night, if possible or at minimum 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and pat the area dry.

 

 

14. SUGAR SCRUB

As an exfoliant a sugar scrub with help remove excess dead skin and other dirt that contributes to clogged pore that lead to pimples. This sugar scrub will leave you skin glowing and soft.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED: 1/4 cup of white sugar, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 tbs of coarse sea sat, approx 1/8 cup of oil (Olive, coconut, avocado are recommended), 1 1/2 tbs of vanilla extract.

HOW TO USE: Mix the all of the dry ingredients and the vanilla together.  Slowing add in the oil and mix together. Add as little or as much oil as needed to get the  consistency if moist sand.  Using your fingers massage the sugar scrub on to your skin. Don't be to aggressive, as you don't what to get rid of all your natural skin oils.  Leave the scrub on for a few minutes than wash off with cool water and pat dry.

 

 

15. AVOCADO AND HONEY FACE MASK

Avocado is a natural antioxidant and  full of healthy natural oils. Honey is a natural anti bacterial and a great skin healer. Together in an avocado and honey face mask these to ingredients create a superior acne fighter

HOW TO USE: Mix 1 tbs of raw organic honey with the innards of 1 avocado into a paste. Apply to your skin and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

 

 

16. PEPPERMINT OIL

Peppermint is a natural anti-bacterial and antiseptic. Peppermint also has natural cooling properties that will help sooth and reduce inflammation of the pimple.

HOW TO USE: Apply the peppermint oil directly to the pimple. Repeat up to 4 times a day.

 

 

17. BASIL

In 2006 The Journal of Cosmetic Science publish its finding on Basil as a treatment for acne. They found that sweet basil oil was very effective  in fighting the bacteria that causes pimples.  You can use the basil in various forms to gain the benefits of this natural antibacterial herb and get rid of pimples fast.

HOW TO USE: Steaming: Bring a pot of water to a boil. Remove from heat and add 2 drops of Basil oil (or a handful of crushed fresh Basil leaves). Lean over the steam at a comfortable distance so as not to burn your skin. The basil steam will open your pores and eliminate the bad bacteria.  Follow up with a cleansing mask or just splash your face with cool water.

BASIL TONER: Boil a small handful of crushed fresh basil leaves (or 4 tsps of dried basil) in approx 1 cup of water. Allow to boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Once cooled strain out the Basil leaves. With a cotton ball apply the Basil Tea all over the acne prone area. No need to rinse off.

 

 

18. GARLIC

As an anti-fungal, anti bacterial and natural antiseptic garlic is a great remedy for acne. Also garlic contain thiacremonon which has drying properties that will reduce the amount of oils that contribute to pimple production.

HOW TO USE: Peel and crush 3 or 4 raw garlic cloves.  Mix with 1 tbs of water. Apply this mixture to the acne area and leave on for 15 minutes or over night if you skin is not to sensitive. Wash off with warm or cool water and pat dry.

 

 

19. MINT

Mint is a great herb to get rid of pimples.  Mint fights infection and is a good source of vitamin A and C. Which will help to reduce the amount of oil production and assist in reducing or fading scarring.

HOW TO USE: Grind up 1/4 cup of fresh mint leaves in a blender, food processor or with a mortar and pestle. To bind the mint in to a paste for you skin, add either 1 egg white,  a small about of plain yogurt, or honey.  Apply the mint mask to you acne prone area leave on until it dries. Rinse with cool water and pat dry. Mint can cause a tingling sensation  or reaction for sensitive skin, so please test on a small patch of skin prior to using. 

 

 

20. ICE

Unlike most of the other pimple treatments on this list ice won't cure your pimple, but it does work fast as calming down the redness and swelling.  But when you reduce the size of acne you also help reduce how long it sticks around.

HOW TO USE: Place and ice cube in a clean cloth (never put ice directly on the skin as this can cause damage).  Apply the ice cube cloth wrapped in a cloth on to the pimple and leave in place for 1 minute. Take off the ice and wait for 5 minutes. Repeat.

 

 

21. ORANGE PEEL PASTE

Oranges, especially the peel, are high in vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant and will help reduce the redness and swelling associated with acne.

HOW TO USE:  Save the skin of a few oranges. Remove as mush of the the inside fibrous white part as you can. Wash the peels.  Then you need to throughly dry out the peels. You can do this either in a dehydrator for fast results, or on a baking tray in the sun if you don't mind waiting a few days. Once dries crush the orange peel into a powder. This can be done in a blender, food processor, herb grinder or in a mortar and pestle. In a bowl add just enough water to the orange powder to make  a paste. Apply the paste to a cleaned and wash area you wish to treat. Leave on for 20 mins, then wash off with cool water. Repeat daily.

 

 

22. BANANA PEELS

A natural antiseptic, high in vitamins A,B,C and E, Banana Peels are a great source to clear up all those pesky pimples.

HOW TO USE: Take a banana peel and cut in to 1 inch pieces. Cleanse the area you wish to treat.  Rub the inside of the peel on the affected area for approx 10 minutes.  When the peel turns brown switch to a fresh piece. Allow the skin to absorb the banana goodness for about 20 mins then wash the skin with warn water and pat dry.

 

 

23. BAKING SODA

Many people will add baking soda to a bath to calm irritations and rashes as will balance the skins pH levels, neutralizes acids and fights infection. These beneficial properties can also help with getting rid of acne. Baking soda can irritate your skin if used to often so we don't recommend this treatment every day. Once or twice a week is ok.

HOW TO USE: Mix 2 tbs of baking soda with just enough water to mix into a paste. Apply to the skin and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash off with cool water and pat dry. Apply a moisturizer as you don't want you skin to dry out to much as this in turn can cause more pimples to come up.

 

 

24. SANDALWOOD AND ROSEWATER


Sandalwood works to remove dirt and oils from you skin. It is also an antiseptic and an astringent that will help get rid of your pimples and prevent  future breakouts.  Rosewater has been used for generations to restore moisture to  the skin and sooth redness and inflammation. Together, the two create a perfect remedy to get rid of pimples fast.

HOW TO USE: Mix 1 part rosewater to 1 part sandalwood powder to for a paste. Apply the paste to washed skin and leave on for 15mins. Remove with a damp wash cloth and pat dry.

 

 

25. APPLE CIDAR VINEGAR

Apple Cider vinegar is a great at destroying the bacteria that causes pimples. It's and astringent  that will help to dry the oil from your skin and will help to restore your skins pH balance and get rid of pimples fast.

How to use: Mix 1 part Pure unfiltered apple cider vinegar with 3 parts of fresh water.  Was your face with clean warm water and pat dry. Use a cotton ball or other sterile material to apply the apple cider wash on to the pimple and leave for as long as possible. At minimum 10 minutes, but overnight is best. After, wash the area throughly.  Reapply several times a day. Remember to wash the area thoroughly after each application.

 

 

26. PINK HIMILAYAN SALT

As we all know from feeling dehydrated when we eat too much salt, salt will draw out moisture.  Salt is also used as a preservative as it will prevent bacteria from growing. These properties make it a popular remedy for acne.

HOW TO USE:  Mix a fine grain Pink Himalayan salt (or sea slat works too, just don't use table salt as it is missing most of its healing minerals) with and equal amount of warm water. If you only have coarse salt grind it in a food processor or with a mortar and pestle. Soak a face cloth with the salt mix and hold it to you skin for 5mins.(Salt in wounds hurts so avoid any cuts.) After rinse the area with warm water and par dry. If you skin fells to dry, apply a moisturizer.

 

 

27. EGG WHITES

Egg whites have amino acids and vitamin B, it is also an astringent and will absorb excess oils. Many people swear by egg white masks as a way to combat bad skin.

HOW TO USE: Whisk 3-4 egg whites until frothy (you can also add in a few teaspoons of lemon juice and honey for even more benefit). Wash the area with warm water and then apply the mask to that area.  Leave on until the egg whites have dried. Remove with warm water and a face cloth then pat dry.

 

 

28. ALOE

Its common knowledge that aloe is good for sun burns. But did you know that aloe is also good for cuts, scraps and pimples. Studies show that this amazing plant is an anti fugal, anti bacterial and also combats inflamation.

HOW TO USE: Apply aloe gel, either fresh from the plant or store bought, to the problem area.  Leave on for and hour or over night, then rinse off with warm water. Repeat regularly.

 

 

29. PAPAYA

Due to natural enzymes in Papaya (Alkalide capain) it will help to soften and and cleanse you skin. It will also help to reduce redness and inflammation.

HOW TO USE: Peel and deseed 1 fresh papaya. Mash up the the leftover fruit and apply a thin layer to your entire face as a mask. Left on until it dries then wash off with cold water and pat dry.

 

 

30. CUCUMBER

Cucumber is said is another beauty secret of Cleopatra. She would use it to help cleanse, moisturize and reduce redness on her skin.  This is because cucumbers are made up of 90% water cucumbers making them a good way to cleanse and hydrate you skin. The natural minerals and amino acids help to firm the skin and tighten pores. Besides being a great way to get rid of pimples, it has been said that cucumbers will also help to reduce wrinkles, what a bonus.

HOW TO USE: The easiest way to use is to apply  fresh cumber slice to the skin where you have acne. leave on for 20 mins then remove and wash the area with warm water, then with cold.

 

CUCUMBER FACE MASK: In a blender or food processor, add one peeled and cut up, 2 tbs of oats, 1 tbs of honey and 2 tbs of fresh lemon juice. Combine until it is a smooth paste.  Apply this to you skin and massage gentle to exfoliate dead skin and break up dirt and oils. Then leave on for 20 mins. Rinse with cool water and pat dry.

 

 

31. ZINC

A study out of Turkey has shown that in the patients studied that the severity of acne went up as the levels of zinc went down. Multiple other studies have shown that using a zinc supplement reduces acne in most patients.

HOW TO USE: It is recommend to take 30mg of elemental zinc each day.  You should read the label of you zinc supplement carefully. Zinc gluconate is not the same as elemental zinc. Approximately 200mg of zinc gluconate will yield about 30mg of elemental zinc. The actual amount of elemental zinc should be listed on the container.

 

 

32. ECHINACEA

A 2010 study conducted by  the University of British Columbia concluded that the anti bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of echinacea made it a viable treatment for acne.

HOW TO USE: Apply an echinacea tincture directly to the pimple 3 times a day and leave on. Reapt daily until the pimple disapears.

 

 

33. CHAMOMILE

Chamomile has been used throughout history for its beneficial healing properties. Most commonly used for a relaxing sleep aid. But did you know that chamomile also has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and will sped the healing of skin wounds.

HOW TO USE: Steep 4 tsps of dried chamomile in 8oz of boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Strain the tea and let it cool. Wash the infected area. Saturate a clean cloth in the chamomile tea and slightly wring out. Apply the compress to the area and leave on for 15 minutes. After gently  rinse the skin with cool water and pat dry.

 

 

34. FENNEL

As a natural antiseptic and anti inflammatory, fennel has been used for centuries as a natural skin cleaner and it combats the bacteria that causes pimples.

HOW TO USE: Steep 2 tbs of fennel seeds in 1/2 cup of boiling water for 15 minutes. Strain out the seeds. Add 1 tbs of the fennel water to 1 tbs of honey and 1 tbs of ground oatmeal.  Mix into a paste then aplly to the skin. Leave on for 20 mins. Rinse with cool water and pat dry.

 

 

35. YARROW

Yarrow is an antiseptic, and a natural astringent. USed externally a yarrow tincture will help you to combat the pesky pimples and prevent future out breaks.

HOW TO USE: Gently wash the skin area you wish to treat. Apply a yarrow tincture (see How to Make a Tincture) to the affected area. Let the tincture dry on the skin. Repeat daily.

 

 

 

** Disclaimer: Making home remedies is very easy, but remember that herbal remedies can be very potent and can interact with prescription medication. Herbal remedies should not be used without seeking the advice of your doctor. If you are suffering from any health issue lasting longer than two week we urge you to seek the advice of a qualified health professional. All information on this website is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the recommendation from you health care provider. Please research and use common sense before using any home remedies**

How to Make a Tincture – Homemade Remedies

 

Making herbal tinctures is a simple and effective way to help boost your families health and wellbeing. I have multiple preparations that I use all year round to stave off flu's and colds, or to help when I'm feeling anxious or stressed out. Read below to learn how to make a tincture at home in just 5 simple steps

I first learned about tinctures and their benefits from my neighbour after I came down with a particularly nasty cold. When she learn how under the weather I was she rushed over with a tincture that she purchased from a local naturopath, she swore it would make be feel better. What can I say...it did.  With in 24 hrs I felt the cold shifting out of my body. This began my interest in the medicinal benefits of Herbs and plants.

At first I would buy all my herbal remedies online or at the local health store as I didn't feel confident in making my own. But the more I learned about herbs, plants and remedies the more I wanted to learn about making herbal tinctures myself.  Many of my friends felt the same way and so I thought I would share what I have learned not only with them, but with you too.

I hope you find this how to guide to making herbal tincture useful and informative.  If you feel we have missed out on some information about tinctures that you would like to know, please leave me a comment and tell me what you would like to learn.

WHAT IS A TINCTURE?

 

A tincture is a concentrated liquid extract made from plants. Through out history tinctures have been used as remedies for many health issues, from colds and coughs to insomnia and depression. Because the beneficial properties are so concentrated in the tincture form, a single dropper full is the equivalent of  of a whole cup of herbal tea. Tinctures are fast acting as they absorb quickly into the blood stream.

Making herbal tinctures is a simple way to , tinctures can stay viable for many years as the herbs are extracted in a high proof alcohol such as vodka or brandy. Alcohol free tinctures (extracts) can also be made with apple cider vinegar or vegetable glycerin, but they tend to be less potent than their alcohol cousins and have a lower shelf life.

Tinctures can be make from fresh or dried plants and, with or with out alcohol.  Below is the simple base Tincture recipe, by switching up and combining various plants and herbs you can make any number of remedies.

Need help deciding on what tincture or extract to make: for a complete list of recipes see  tincture recipes:



HOW TO MAKE A TINCTURE

What you'll need:

  1. A clean pint sized glass jar with a lid.
  2. Alcohol - at least 80 proof CONSUMABLE Alcohol such as vodka or brand.
  3. Alcohol alternative if desired (Apple cider vinegar, vegetable glycerin)
  4. Herbs, Plants, Bark and Berries (Fresh or Dried, grind or finely cut up, but not powdered)
  5. Small dark bottles for storage (preferably with droppers)
  6. Fine strainer - metal, cheese cloth or muslin
  7. Funnel
 

STEP 1:  CHOOSE AND PREPARE YOUR HERBS, PLANTS, BARKS OR BERRIES.
  1. Fresh plant materials such as leaves and flowers should be finely chopped or ground up. This can be done by  hand or with a grinder or a mortar and pestle.
  2. Fresh barks, berries, or roots can be gently rinsed if needed, but do not let them get become water logged, and should be finely cut or or ground.
  3. Dried plant materials should be finely cut up, but avoid turning into a powder as this will make it more difficult to stain out the plant matter later.

Not sure what herbs or plants to use, take a look at:

 
STEP 2: FILL THE JAR
  1. Fill the jar 1/2 way  for dried plants or 3/4 full for fresh materials.
  2. Fill the jar to where the lid ring starts with alcohol or the alcohol alternative.
  3. Screw the lid of the jar on tightly.
 

STEP 3: STORE AND SHAKE
  1. Label your jars with the date and tincture type. Leave them to process in a cool, dark space for approximately 6 weeks.
  2. Everyday for the first week give the jars a shake to mix up the liquid and the plant material.
  3. After the first week you can just let them sit for 6 weeks.
 

STEP 4: STRAIN AND BOTTLE (After 6 weeks)
  1. Strain the jars contents over a container using the sieve, cheesecloth or muslin. Squeeze all the liquid out of the herb materials, to get out all the liquid out you can. This left over plant matter can be discarded or composted.
  2. Using the funnel fill your small dropper jars almost to the top with the tincture liquid. Date and label your bottles and store away from direct sunlight.

 

Check out this great how-to video by Allison Martin from motherearthliving.com

DOSAGE AND USE

Tincture can be administered in a variety of ways, but always give the bottle a shake before using.  This is recommended as it is common for sediment to settle to the bottom and you want all the good things in the tincture to be evenly mixed through out.

Tincture can be taken directly as is or can be mixed into 2-6 ounces of water, or in a hot liquid like tea.

The most used dosage for tincture is a "dropperful" (also know as a squeeze). One dropperful or squeeze is the amount of tincture that is drawn up into the dropper when you squeeze the suction top once.  Depending on the dropper you use this will be about 30 drops or the equivalent of 1/5th of a teaspoon.

The usual recommend tincture dosage for adults is 2 droppersful 2-3 times a day. For children the recommend amount will vary on individual size and weight.  According to Naturopathic Doctor News and Reviews  you can determine the dosage for children in two ways : The Clark's Rule method or the Young's Rule method.

 
1) Clark's Rule (children 2-17 years):

(Childs weight/150lbs) x adult dose
Example for a 90lbs child, adult dose 60 drops
= (90/150) x 60 = 36 drops

 
 2) Young's Rule:

[childs age/(childs age +12)]x adult dose
Example for a 9 year child, adult dose 60 drops = [9/(9+12)] x 60 = 26 drops


See how easy it is to make herbal preparations at home. We hope you liked this guide on How to Make a Tincture.  If you have a home remedy you would love us to try? Share you favourites below.

For additional inspiration about Making Herbal Tinctures check out these other great resources we found on the web.


Wildernesscollege.com - Tincture Recipes: Making Home Remedies

Cleversurvivalist.com - Herbalism Tinctures
Mommypotamus.com- Valerian Root Tincture Recipe

 

** Disclaimer: Making Herbal tinctures is very easy, but remember that herbal remedies can be very potent and can interact with prescription medication. Herbal remedies should not be used without seeking the advice of your doctor. If you are suffering from any health issue lasting longer than two week we urge you to seek the advice of a qualified health professional. All information on this website is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the recommendation from you health care provider. Please research and use common sense before using any home remedies**