Healing. Slowly, Naturally.

natural-healing-petite-wordsSo last month I decided to give myself a little pre-holiday pedicure but like a totally ham fisted clumsy Ann,  I sliced straight into my toe. My toe was pretty pissed about it and reacted by instantly swelling up and turning crimson red. So I bandaged my giant strawberry toe and hobbled off on my holiday, to Marrakesh, but that’s a whole other story.

So, I let it heal and do its thang, I cleaned the wound with warm water and diluted tea tree oil, which is my absolute go to remedy for any cuts/ enflamed spots etc. It is magic stuff.

But this time my magic cure wasn’t working…. it remained red and it was barely healing, infact it wept.

What can I say, my toe was sad.

But I’ve learnt with age, that there’s NO substitute for knowing your own body. I’ve suffered from infections before and they’ve  felt nasty and this was different….. I just knew my toe was trying, my whole body was trying, they were making an effort to HEAL me.

And it took 3 weeks and many salt soaks,  turmeric root juice and iodine later….. but my toe DID start to heal.

SO this time I said NO to doctors, no to antibiotics, no to chemical creams (antiseptic creams contain a lot fo S***!), and by the help of nature my infection was healed.

You’re probably thinking, wow, 3 weeks to heal a cut, people usually say 3-5 days then see a doctor and even the NHS website says things should start to heal after a ‘few’ days…. but really?

Who’s to say how long I take to heal, who can say how my body will fight… maybe something things just take LONGER. It took me 2 weeks to even begin healing…. and I know (from past experiences) if I’d gone to the doctor, they’d look at the infection and instantly prescribe antibiotics.

AND SO a  little food for thought…Know that we have options, in many cases WE can heal ourselves and don’t you think there’s something magical about that. I’m not saying we should all play doctor BUT equipping ourselves with the knowledge, the ancient knowledge, to know what different herbs can help, what natural remedies may work or what foods could make things better, that’s what we need.

We are given this wondrous body, is it not our duty to know how to take care for it? Like a wily wolf who knows to lick a fresh wound, we too KNOW what to do…deep down we do!

If you’re interested in alternative, chemical free healing, here’s my natural healing remedies for infected cuts/ grazes.

  • Himalayan pink salt: a spoonful in a bowel of warm/ hot water soak your foot until water is cold.
  • Iodine Liquid 12%
  • Raw Turmeric root: I peeled and chopped the root boiled with half and saucepan of water, boil for 10 minutes, until it’s a hearty dark orange. Let it cool, keep in a jar and use when needed. I used it as a rinse direct onto the wound. It’s also great to drink a small cup each day, it seemed to help my healing process.
  • Elevation: Whenever you can elevate you wound, so particularly if it’s a foot or toe issue this is just excellent at reducing the  swelling and giving you wound space to heal.
  • Tea-tree Oil: AMAZING for so many things. I put 3/4 drops in the cap and top up with warm water. Dilute more if you feel necessary and dab onto the wound.

NOTE: There are times when Professional help IS needed, that’s a given and here’s a time and place foe antibiotics.My infection had NOT spread, the red was only in the area of the cut and it was not that painful. IF you see red veins around the infected area, or it’s causing more pain and clearing getting worst you should GO to the doctor that day if possible…. because the infections go too far. In general if something is really not right GO to the doctor/ hospital… lumps bumps, prolonged illness all point to professional intervention.

  • Himalayan pink salt: a spoonful in a bowel of warm/ hot water soak your foot until water is cold.
  • Raw Turmeric root: I peeled and chopped the root boiled with half and saucepan of water, boil for 10 minutes, until it’s a hearty dark orange. Let it cool, keep in a jar and use when needed. I used it as a rinse direct onto the wound. It’s also great to drink a small cup each day, it seemed to help my healing process.
  • Elevation: Whenever you can elevate you wound, so particularly if it’s a foot or toe issue this is just excellent at reducing the  swelling and giving you wound space to heal.
  • Tea-tree Oil: AMAZING for so many things. I put 3/4 drops in the cap and top up with warm water. Dilute more if you feel necessary and dab onto the wound.

 

NOTE: There are times when Professional help IS needed, that’s a given and here’s a time and place foe antibiotics.My infection had NOT spread, the red was only in the area of the cut and it was not that painful. IF you see red veins around the infected area, or it’s causing more pain and clearing getting worst you should GO to the doctor that day if possible…. because the infections go too far. In general if something is really not right GO to the doctor/ hospital… lumps bumps, prolonged illness all point to professional intervention.

WOW DIY Body Butter

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SKIN…. It lives, it breathes and it needs nourishing. And  I don’t know about you but my skin tends to drink up any lotion thrown its way! That can be an expensive business when you use Organic products, as some of the good ones don’t come cheap.

So here’s what I did, not wanting to sacrifice my healthy organic habits I opted to make my own Body butter using a few key raw ingredients and it was pretty effortless!

I bought raw Organic Raw Shea Butter and Organic Coconut Oil  which you just melt down, I prefer using a bowl of boiling water and placing the cup of ingredients inside, so it can slowly melt. I used about 5 parts shea butter and 1 part coconut oil, as I wanted a thicker, creamer body butter.

Now time for scents…

What I love about making my own products is how unique they become, each cosmetic can be tailor made to suit your style. I added a few drops of Bulgarian Rose oil and Lavender essential oil, Organic of course. You can be so free and the really wonderful thing is,  you know exactly what goes into them, no nasty chemicals that can harm you or your family.

This body butter costs very little to make and you can whip up large tubs to share with all your friends. Go one give it a whirl…. Here’s to happy hydrated skin, the ORGANIC way!

DIY Remineralising Toothpaste

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Teeth are important and a long time ago I vowed NEVER again to use fluoride, bleach or any other hazardous chemicals that can be found in almost ALL toothpastes. So now I’m always on the look out for natural recipes and toothpaste concoctions to try. Yes, I do buy organic toothpastes and I’m very happy with them, but occasionally I miss the excitement of combining a few simple ingredients to make something that works! So here it is, my super basic 2 ingredient toothpaste that really does clean and remineralise teeth.

  1. Bentonite clay* is a wondrous ingredient, it binds to heavy metals and toxins to draw them out, pretty neat stuff. And it naturally contains calcium, magnesium and silica which are really nourishing for teeth.
  2. Coconut oil, the goddess of Organic beauty and not only does it dramatically reduce bacteria in your mouth but it also seals gums, just a general oral hygiene super star.

So, combined in equal measure it makes for quite a pairing! Be sure to mix well, until you have a thick, even paste and brush as normal. What I really love about this recipe is that you can add all kinds of other extras… peppermint extract, cloves, orange essence, whatever floats your boat, however the taste is not that bad and the consistency is actually quite pleasant, but it’s your recipe to customise. Have fun and happy brushing!

*Bentonite clay can be purchased from online herb retailers also Amazon, and I get mine from eBay.

Clarifying Clay Hair Mask

beauty_remedies-clarifing-hair-mask-petite-wordsI love using organic hair products, but due to living in a hard water area, sometimes they don’t work as well as I’d like. As a result, every few months I’m left with a horrid buildup on my hair, that makes my locks a tangled, dull mess!

So, what to do? I’ve been experimenting at home and found bentonite clay is pretty super at clarifying your hair and combined with apple cider vinegar is works some serious magic. This recipe was inspired by Wellness Mama who is a total goddess of DIY beauty. It works to cleanse your hair, leaving a luscious finish and a brilliant shine.

Ingredients 

1 tbsp Organic apple cider vinegar

1 lime fresher addition

2 eggs

1 tbsp bentonite clay*

*Find this super clay on eBay, health food stores and other online retailers

Mix all the ingredients together, making sure there’s no clumps and apply to freshly brushed, dry hair. Make sure it’s covering all the hair. Leave on for 5 minutes then rinse with cool water OR apple cider vinegar rinse. I also like to spray a few drops of lavender oil/ water mix through my hair after, just to banish any egg/ vinegar lingering smells. Though in general it’s a very fresh feeling recipe.

What DIY beauty hacks do you love?

Hair Saviour: Apple Cider Vinegar

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O hair, how you’ve caused hours of red faced annoyance! The frizz oh the frizz, especially annoying from someone who doesn’t frazzle their hair with heat or bleach it to the beyond.

Like my aunty and her aunty before and her aunty before that, I have inherited ‘The Frizz’ somewhere between brushed out curly and crimped, mixed in with straight, it’s not a good look. No matter how much my mama says it is, though even she’s stopped trying to convince me my hair is wearable down. Bless her!

You see I always put it up, clips, pins, flowers, my hair is a festoon of fun, so that’s the plus of frizz hair, you learn how to do great updos!

However, I’m always trying different things in the hope I might achieve the full and luscious locks of say Penelope Cruz, I mean that’s achievable right?

I use Organic shampoo and conditioner, it’s my treat and it’s worth it, my hair always thanks me for it. But sometimes, it just needs a shiny, sleekly boost and as I am to find a good Organic finishing cream (please do tell me if you know of one) I tried Apple Cider Vinegar (gotta be organic people, yes there REALLY is a difference). And BOOM!

It is amazing, detangled, shiny, super soft hair! The smell of course is something to discuss.

First of all you only need to do it once every other week or once a month, and make sure you shampoo as normal before then either spray it thought or pour drops here and there, half a cup should do it.

Leave for few mins and rinse. Then rinse again, most of the smell should be gone with the second rinse, but to banish the remnants, put a few drops of essential oil (lavender and lemon is my fav) in you hands and rub it through you locks, rinse again if you like.

This brand, BRAGG ORGANIC is exceptional (I also take it as a tonic, diluted in water and am in awe of the effects so far, more on that later.)

So, wishing you all a happy hair day! What are you beautiful hair hacks, I’d love to know.

P.S I’m not affiliated with ANY COMPANY but it’s my persona favourite.

 

Goat’s Milk Bath: if it was good enough for Cleopatra!

goats-milk-dit-remedies-petite-words-beautyYes you read it correctly GOAT’S MILK in the bath! And here’s why…

First of all, it’s not for nothing that Cleopatra, the most historically beautiful woman on this earth, bathed in fresh goat’s milk every day… because goat’s milk is pretty marvellous stuff. Not only is it rich in essential fatty acids and all sorts of vitamins, especially vitamin A which is used to treat an endless list of skin conditions, goat’s milk also contains concentrated forms of lactic acid, which works to gently remove dead skin cells. That’s when you get the illuminating glow that Cleo was so famous for. And as if that wasn’t enough it also has remineralising ingredients so it’s just great for all round health of your skin!

So I put it to the test, I didn’t want to be quite as extravagant as cleopatra, who bathed entirely in goat’s milk, but I added just a pint to my usual hot bath with lavender oil (the smell was surprisingly lovely) and my skin felt amazing, I mean really really good! Surprisingly it gave me instantly better looking skin, softer and a tiny bit firmer! I think that was more to do with the overall finish of my skin rather than an actual plumping affect, but pleasing none the less. So goat’s milk, definitely something to add to your shopping list.

Have you tried goat’s milk in your beauty routine?

Lavender Acne Mask Recipe

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I suffered with acne all through my uni years and acne, well it’s just is horrid. It makes you feel rubbish, stripes away your confidence and can really play on your mind. Also it comes and goes as it pleases with little reason why, mostly hormonal.  Anyway, it’s just a real pain in the posterior.

Sometimes just ‘controlling it’ is hard work, so here’s some comfort. A totally natural acne mask that will genuinely sooth your skin and reduce the excessive oil and  swelling and redness of acne.

You will need:

Lavender oil (calms blemishes)

Oregano leaves (reduces blemish size)

Bentonite Clay (removes oil and deeply cleanses)

Natural yogurt (contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that dissolves dead skin cells)

Combine 2 tsps yogurt, 1 tsp clay, a few crushed oregano leaves and 2/3 drops of lavender oil. Mix well and apply liberally to your face and next. Leave for 10 minutes and rinse well.

This is my absolute favourite DIY mask because it give you exceptional results, instantly reducing spot size and the lavender smells so lovely, it just makes you feel good.

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Homemade Turmeric Anti Wrinkle Cream

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Turmeric, the golden magic spice, often found in Indian cuisine, super yum but also super powerful.

This amazing spice has been used medicinally in China and India for centuries; an inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-microbial, anti-cancer. As you can probably tell I adore Turmeric. And you will too!

And now it’s got anther ‘anti’ to it’s name! Anti-ageing! Big cheer for this yellow god send.  The science bit: Turmeric works by stimulating antioxidant defences in human dermal fibroblast, which is super good news for your skin.

So I gave it a whirl, there’s lots of ways to use Turmeric in your beauty regime but I’ve started with a yogurt-Turmeric anti-wrinkle cream/ mask. Mixed together, careful not to add too much Turmeric as it’s also a strong die, add enough yogurt to dilute it down, you’ll want a duckling yellow colour. Apply liberally to desired areas or the whole face and leave for 5 minutes.

So how did my skin feel after? Strangely it did do something, not sure if it banished all my fine lines (I am only 26 also) but it left by skin quite taught and gave a really soft feeling. It’s something I’m definitely going to make a habit of! The love for Turmeric continues…

Have you tried Turmeric, what did you think?

UPDATE: This remedy is now approved by MY MAMA!

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DIY Stretch Marks Remedy

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Stretch marks; tiger stripes marking the changes life brings, but not everyone wants stripes. And while I am all for embracing those love lines, I also understand people wanting to get rid of them.

So I give you EGG WHITES.

Hmmm you’re thinking, why egg whites, that’s nuts! But did you know egg whites are rich in proteins and amino acids and that can help repair stretched skin,  making stretch marks less visible.

And so I tried it…. 1 egg white, mixed and applied to stretch marks. Leave for 10 minutes, then rise well.

Now I must stress that my stretch marks are only few and not very deep, just at the top of my legs but I can say after just 1 egg white application they were definitely less noticeable! Quite amazingly so, in fact I had to look really hard to see them. Nature wins again!

It’s recommended to repeat twice a week and massage with olive oil, which also helps with collagen repair, who says a tiger never changes her stripes!

I love DIY Natural remedies and I’d love to know your favourites!

 

DIY Milkshake Foot Treatment

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Spring is here and summer will be soon, so think sandals, sandy beaches and nice soft tootsies!

If you are like me you’ll definitely be looking to have soft summery feet and I’ve got just the recipe! It’s a nourishing milkshake, for your feet!

You will need; a banana, 1 cup of milk, 2 tsps sea salt, 4 tsps coconut oil and a large bowl.

  • Add 1 cup of milk and 5 cups of warm water in a bath tub/ large bowl and soak your feet for about 5- 10 minutes (and relax).
  • Next, for your coco salt scrub, take the sea salt and mix together with the coconut oil. This should form a rough paste. Apply to each foot and massage in circular motions. About 5 mins for both feet. Then rinse and pat dry.
  • Next use a pumice stone or other equivalent to smooth you soles. By this point the milk soak and scrub should have really softened your feet a treat.
  • Rinse off your feet and gently dry.
  • Finally the banana mask. Mash one banana and apply liberally to both feet. This will feel a bit weird and slimy, but it works! Leave on for as long as you can manage! 15 minutes ideally, then rinse. P.S I found 1 banana was enough for both feet and my face, as banana is an amazing face mask too! WARNING; at this point keep away from monkeys!
  • Your feet should be amazingly soft now… but for an added condition, just before bed put your favourite foot lotion or my fav is coconut oil and some cotton socks, you’ll wake up with summer feet ready to go!