Spice it up:Your Health in Your Hands

-Sanjana Agarwal

Home remedies have become increasingly popular as the expense and hassle of conventional medicines continue to rise. Beyond the convenience, home remedies have found favor with a public that wants to take a more holistic approach to ailments. Listed below are some home remedies with easy-to-follow steps using items you probably already have in your kitchen or medicine cabinet. It's time to take your health care into your own hands.

Garlic Oil
Garlic has been widely known has a remedy to cure a lot of ailments. Garlic oil has antiseptic, antiviral, and antibacterial properties and is used to cure earaches, to strengthen the immune system, to boost hair growth, to reduce tooth ache, and to stop/cure cancer cell development. You can make your own garlic oil at home and preserve it up to 5-7days.
You will need
3 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
What to do
Crush the garlic cloves. Gently simmer the crushed garlic in a half a cup of extra virgin olive oil for two minutes, strain, then refrigerate. For optimal benefit, heat the oil slightly before using. Home remedies have become increasingly popular as the expense and hassle of conventional medicines continue to rise. Beyond the convenience, home remedies have found favor with a public that wants to take a more holistic approach to ailments. Listed below are some home remedies with easy-to-follow steps using items you probably already have in your kitchen or medicine cabinet. It’s time to take your health care into your own hands.

Cinnamon and Honey Mask
Sticky honey and spicy cinnamon, seems like they’re both things you’d want to avoid getting near your skin. Surprisingly, while it may sound strange, honey and cinnamon make a (literally) killer combo when it comes to acne. Cinnamon has antimicrobial properties, so it can help stop bacteria from getting out of hand. If it does, the honey is a natural antibiotic, ready and waiting to wipe the little buggers out.
You will need
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon

What to do
Mix 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon together until they are thoroughly blended and have formed a sort of paste. Apply the mask to your face (or spot treat) and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off completely, and pat your face dry. This is a sticky mixture, so make sure you have some paper towels on hand.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is purported to treat numerous diseases, health conditions, and annoyances. This powerful health tonic has shown promise in helping fight diabetes, cancer, heart problems, high cholesterol, digestion, and weight issues. In the alternative medicine boom of recent years, apple cider vinegar and apple cider vinegar pills have become popular dietary supplements. However, it is extremely easy to make it at home.

You Will Need
Leftover peels and cores of apples
Sugar
What to do
Start by collecting the leftover peels and cores of apples and put them in shallow pie dishes; then add enough water to cover the scraps by about an inch or two. Add 1/2 cup sugar to each pie dish and place a plate on top of the mixture with a smaller bowl on top of the plate to weight it down and keep the scraps submerged. Next, cover the bowls with a tea towel and let sit for one full week—this is the beginning stage of fermentation. When the week is up, spoon off any black mold that has grown. Shift to a storage container and let it sit for six weeks; replace the cheesecloth with the flat part of the lid and screw the ring back on. There is a distinct ‘vinegar’ smell now and jellyfish-like masses floating in the jar. Stored in a cool, dark place, the apple cider vinegar will last indefinitely.

Sweet and Spicy Scrub
Skin that is regularly exfoliated is healthier skin, both in appearance and function. Cleansed of dead skin, the largest organ can circulate more efficiently, breathing in good nourishment and expelling toxins. It also glows, is more uniform in appearance with tighter pores, and is soft to the touch. Sugar works well to cleanse completely, so it can not only reduce any acne you may have, it can also help prevent further breakouts. The cinnamon and ginger spice in the body scrub help exfoliate dead flaky skin cells, relieve joint pain and body aches, soothe menstrual cramp pains, relieve sinus pressure, improve circulation in your body so you have better blood flow, and kill harmful bacteria growth that cause skin infections and common illnesses. Nutmeg has incredible astringent, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties, making it an awesome choice for people with acne-prone skin. Plus, the lactic acid in the milk will act as a very gentle peel for that annoying dead skin that clings to pimples for days. The oil in this wonderful homemade body scrub provide your skin with natural plant oils that soften your skin and they contain natural vitamins such as vitamins E, C, and A that help prompt skin healing and protect your skin from harmful environmental factors.
You will need
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 oil (almond, coconut, or hazlenut)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
What to do
Blend ingredients together in a bowl using whisk. Apply to body and massage into skin. Rinse. You can bottle the scrub and use it up to 2 months.

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