home remedies http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/11146/all en-US Best Money Tips: Healthy Home Remedies That Work http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-healthy-home-remedies-that-work <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-healthy-home-remedies-that-work" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_sick_tea_000083084223_0.jpg" alt="Woman using healthy home remedies that work to feel better" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found healthy home remedies, the best and worst things to buy in February, and tips to save on flowers.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2016/01/25/15-healthy-home-remedies">15 Healthy Home Remedies</a> &mdash; Dandelion tea cay be used to ease bloating and cramping. Add a little honey to make it less bitter. [Living Well Spending Less]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2016/0125/The-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-February">The best and worst things to buy in February</a> &mdash; Watch out for Presidents' Day deals. Expect to find slashed prices on apparel, furniture, and home items &mdash; especially mattresses. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Save-Money-Flowers-27012566">9 Tips to Save a Bundle on Flowers</a> &mdash; Just like produce, flowers that are in season tend to be cheaper. Visit your local florist to learn what's available this time of year. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="https://www.goamplify.com/blog/moneymanagement/financial-planning-for-strong-future.aspx">Financial Planning for a Strong Future</a> &mdash; It's important to have 3-9 months' worth of living expenses in your emergency fund savings, but you should also try to keep 2 months&rsquo; worth of expenses in your checking account, just in case. [Amplify]</p> <p><a href="http://wealthyturtle.com/driving-in-snow/">7 Tips For Driving In Snow</a> &mdash; Keep your tank full! You don't want to be stranded in the snow with no heat. [Wealthy Turtle]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.lazymanandmoney.com/changing-nature-of-jobs-how-to-stay-relevant/">The Changing Nature of Jobs and How to Stay Relevant</a> &mdash; Instead of focusing on a specific job description, develop a core set of transferable skills that you enjoy. [Lazy Man and Money]</p> <p><a href="https://www.dailyworth.com/posts/4113-how-to-budget-for-a-career-change">How to Budget for Raises, Income Gaps, and Other Career Changes</a> &mdash; Before you switch jobs, take a hard look at how the pay difference will impact your budget. But don't just focus on the numbers! Also consider retirement options, health care, change in hours, etc. [Daily Worth]</p> <p><a href="http://adebtfreestressfreelife.com/how-to-help-adult-children-facing-financial-challenges/">How To Help Adult Children Facing Financial Trials</a> &mdash; If your adult child is moving back with you, make sure they're contributing to family expenses. [A Debt Free Stress Free Life]</p> <p><a href="https://www.listenmoneymatters.com/money-tips-for-teenagers">8 Money Tips For Teenagers</a> &mdash; Before you buy or pay for anything, always check if student discounts are available. [Listen Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/6-reasons-to-say-yes-to-your-kids-more-often">6 Reasons to Say &quot;Yes&quot; to Your Kids More Often</a> &mdash; Hearing &quot;yes&quot; can help your child learn which behavior is appropriate and which is clearly off-limits. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-healthy-home-remedies-that-work">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-alternative-uses-for-lemons">25 Alternative Uses for Lemons</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-refreshing-ways-to-use-mint">15 Refreshing Ways to Use Mint</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-all-natural-home-remedies-for-colds">7 All Natural Home Remedies for Colds</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-cheap-and-natural-ways-to-fight-the-cold-and-flu">7 Cheap and Natural Ways to Fight the Cold and Flu</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-lip-stains">The 5 Best Lip Stains</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty best money tips home remedies Tue, 26 Jan 2016 20:00:04 +0000 Amy Lu 1645359 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 All Natural Home Remedies for Colds http://www.wisebread.com/7-all-natural-home-remedies-for-colds <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-all-natural-home-remedies-for-colds" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000057049014_XXXLarge.jpg" alt="man tissues sick" title="man tissues sick" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My husband is a high school English teacher. My daughter is in her first year of preschool. Sickness is a way of life for us with so much exposure to germs. In fact, we just got over a full month of passing around two nasty cold viruses. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-natural-remedies-for-stomach-pain?ref=seealso">12 Natural Remedies for Stomach Pain</a>)</p> <p>Here are some helpful cold remedies that won't send you running to the store, as you likely have most of the ingredients sitting around in your kitchen cabinets. The best part? They're all drug-free!</p> <h2>1. Miso Broth</h2> <p>From upset stomach to coughs and colds, this delicious <a href="http://vibrantwellnessjournal.com/2012/11/08/healing-with-miso/">miso soup</a> doubles as a cure and healthy meal option. Miso is made from fermented soy and rice, and it's full of good-for-you living enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. My husband skips the veggies and simply warms a few cups of water on the stove. He then dissolves a tablespoon or two of miso in it and sips all day long.</p> <h2>2. Veggie Broth</h2> <p>You don't need to go out and buy miso if you don't have it already. Instead, try this <a href="http://faithfulprovisions.com/natural-healing-broth/">healing veggie broth</a> that combines the goodness of garlic, ginger, lemon, cloves, and cayenne pepper. And water for hydration, of course. Simmer on the stove and strain before drinking. The cayenne pepper acts like an expectorant and helps get all the gunk out of your system.</p> <h2>3. Garlic Snack</h2> <p>I love how garlic tastes minced in olive oil. But did you know garlic is a <a href="http://thechalkboardmag.com/would-you-wouldnt-you-gnaw-raw-garlic-for-cold-flu-season">powerful antioxidant</a> with antimicrobial, antiviral, and antibiotic properties? In other words, it's great for fighting cold and flu viruses. You can munch on a whole clove to get the benefits. For those of you with sensitive stomachs, try mincing garlic and letting sit with some olive oil and honey before eating on a cracker.</p> <h2>4. Vapor Rub</h2> <p>Or try mixing together some <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2014/10/homesteading-natural-vapor-rub.html">DIY vapor balm</a> &mdash; much like the popular ones on the market &mdash; using olive oil, beeswax, and essential oils (peppermint and eucalyptus). This balm is wonderful for easing chest congestion and discomfort. The benefit here is knowing exactly what you're rubbing into yourself. You can also make different strengths to suit all your family members by adding more or less essential oils.</p> <h2>5. Salt Gargle</h2> <p>Most of us know about the mighty <a href="http://www.healing-oceans-family-wellness-center.com/salt-water-gargle.html">salt gargle</a> to relieve scratchy, sore throats and wash away germs. But are you doing it correctly? Combine &frac12; to &frac34; teaspoon salt with one warmed cup of pure water. Chlorinated tap water will irritate your throat, so skip that in favor of something filtered. Or you can dechlorinate water by leaving it out in the open for 24 hours.</p> <h2>6. Apple Cider Vinegar Drink</h2> <p>My family has long used unfiltered apple cider vinegar as a cold cure. It's pretty darned effective at <a href="http://homeremediesforlife.com/apple-cider-vinegar-sinus-infection/">thinning mucus</a> and clearing out sinuses. Dilute two to four tablespoons of ACV into one cup of warm filtered water (same reason to avoid tap water, as explained above) and add raw honey for taste if you like. Drink up four to six times a day to help kill bacteria and soothe your sore throat. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-awesome-ways-to-use-apple-cider-vinegar?ref=seealso">12 Awesome Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar</a>)</p> <h2>7. Honey Coat</h2> <p>Honey is an effective, natural cough suppressant. So, skip the pricey cough drops and syrups and use this mixture of <a href="http://www.reformationacres.com/2014/11/homemade-medicine-made-simple-sweet-lemon-honey-thyme-cough-syrup-recipe.html">honey and lemon</a> instead. Combine a half cup of honey with half a lemon, two cups of water, and some fresh or dried thyme leaves. Store this homemade syrup in your refrigerator for around a month.</p> <p><em>What are your flu season go-to home remedies? Please share a dose in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-all-natural-home-remedies-for-colds">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-what-it-really-costs-to-get-sick">This Is What It Really Costs to Get Sick</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-scientifically-proven-to-increase-your-lifespan">6 Foods Scientifically Proven to Increase Your Lifespan</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/33-ways-to-feel-10-years-younger">33 Ways to Feel 10 Years Younger</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-foods-science-says-are-healthier-for-your-hair">10 Foods Science Says Are Healthier for Your Hair</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-alternative-uses-for-lemons">25 Alternative Uses for Lemons</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty colds cures Health home remedies illness Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:00:14 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1283630 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Unexpected Uses for Peanut Butter http://www.wisebread.com/15-unexpected-uses-for-peanut-butter <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-unexpected-uses-for-peanut-butter" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/food-148333941.jpg" alt="peanut butter and jelly" title="peanut butter and jelly" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As a Brit, I was not a big eater of peanut butter growing up. To be honest, I rarely ate it in college or beyond either. Then I came to America, where peanut butter is as common in the kitchen as milk, eggs, and flour. And now, I&#39;m a regular eater of PB&amp;Js. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-update-peanut-butter-and-jelly?ref=seealso">11 Ways to Update Your PB&amp;J</a>)</p> <p>But when you&#39;re not putting peanut butter in a sandwich, what else can you do with it? I&#39;ve been doing a little digging, and found 15 unusual uses for this everyday household snack. Some of them surprised even me.</p> <h2>1. Peanut Butter Popcorn</h2> <p>I&#39;m not a huge fan of plain popcorn, but throw some flavor in there and I&#39;m a happy camper. First, bring a &frac12; cup each of sugar and honey to a boil in a pan, stirring constantly. Let it get a darker color, around 3-4 mins, then stir in &frac12; cup of smooth peanut butter and a teaspoon of salt. Put your popcorn on a baking tray, pour the mixture all over it, and toss it around until covered. Once cooled, it becomes a delicious snack. If you like more crunch, use crunchy peanut butter instead. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-own-popcorn?ref=seealso">Yummy Homemade Popcorn</a>)</p> <h2>2. Shaving Cream</h2> <p>This is not a permanent replacement, but a good solution when you&#39;re all out of shaving cream. Spread a thin layer of smooth peanut butter on your face or legs and shave as usual. The natural oils in peanut butter help moisturize the skin, too.</p> <h2>3. Leather Cleaner</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/pb-leather-182027350-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>Once again, the natural oils in peanut butter come to the rescue. Obviously this only works with the smooth or creamy varieties, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/07/shine-leather-furniture-peanut-butter_n_3225302.html">but it really does work</a>. Just use a small amount on a soft cloth, and rub it in using a circular motion. You can also use it on your leather shoes, purses, and more.</p> <h2>4. Pill Disguiser</h2> <p>Ever tried giving a pill to a fussy kid, or an equally fussy pet? It&#39;s a job Superman would have trouble accomplishing. But a little peanut butter can hide the pill, and the taste, very easily. They may even want a little more.</p> <h2>5. Gum Remover</h2> <p>Oh, the annoyance of treading gum into your carpet. It seems like the worst thing you could do is pile peanut butter on top of that, but it actually does work. There is a method to this madness though. First, grab you hair dryer and heat up the gum, then rub with a plastic bag. Most of the goop should come out, but it won&#39;t get it all. Apply a small dab of peanut butter onto the remaining gum, and let is sit for 5-10 minutes. Wipe it away with a damp cloth, and finish with warm water and dish soap, or your carpet shampooer if you have one. Job done. It also works on hair and clothing. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/secret-homemade-stain-removers-that-kick-butt?ref=seealso">6 Secret Homemade Stain Removers)</a></p> <h2>6. Mouse and Rat Bait</h2> <p>The cartoons have been lying to you. Cheese just doesn&#39;t do it for mice and rats. But stick a big blob of peanut butter in the mouse trap (humane if possible) and they&#39;ll pile in like shoppers on Black Friday. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-and-store-bought-mouse-trap-designs-that-work?ref=seealso">Mouse Traps That Work</a>)</p> <h2>7. Odor Eliminator</h2> <p>Fish. It&#39;s delicious, it&#39;s healthy, but boy, it can really leave a funky smell in your pans. After you&#39;ve cooked fish, put a tablespoon of smooth peanut butter in the pan and swirl it around. It will soak up the fishiness for you. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/delicious-ways-to-prepare-affordable-white-fish?ref=seealso">Delicious and Affordable Ways to prepare White Fish</a>)</p> <h2>8. Glue Remover</h2> <p>We&#39;ve all been in that sticky situation, when we get more super glue on our hands and work surfaces than the object we&#39;re trying to fix. One way to remove the glue, without using harsh solvents and chemicals, is to rub peanut butter into your hands or the affected surfaces. For really bad gluey fingers, hold them in the whole jar for several minutes (then throw it away, obviously). Once again, it&#39;s those precious oils that loosen the glue.</p> <h2>9. Windshield Cleaner</h2> <p>After a long drive you&#39;ll have enough bugs on your windshield to keep a spider happy for months. Sadly, they don&#39;t just clean right off. They stick. That&#39;s when you grab your jar of peanut butter and rub it into the affected spots. Let it sit for 5-10 mins, then spray with your hose. The windshield is now clear.</p> <h2>10. Wood Scratch Repairer</h2> <p>When you have those unsightly scratches on your wooden furniture, banisters or anything else, you can use peanut butter to make them fade or even disappear. Just rub some smooth peanut butter into the scratch and let it soak for 30 minutes to one hour. Then rub it away with a clean cloth and your scratch will be almost unnoticeable. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-old-furniture-shine-with-these-simple-refinishing-tricks?ref=seealso">Simple Tips to Refinish Wood Furniture</a>)</p> <h2>11. Bird Feeder</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/pb-cone-87174274-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>You can make your own bird feeders just in time for winter, and it&#39;s really easy. Just tie a string to a pinecone, then cover it in peanut butter and roll it in birdseed. Now you can hang this to a tree or from your porch and make the birds pretty happy.</p> <h2>12. Squeak Eliminator</h2> <p>Do you have squeaky door hinges, or other creaking objects that could use some lubrication? Well, if you don&#39;t have a can of oil handy, use the natural oils in peanut butter. A little dab on the offending squeaker will keep it quiet for a while.</p> <h2>13. Butter Substitute</h2> <p>If you&#39;re all out of butter, and the recipe can handle the switch, use the same amount of smooth peanut butter instead. This is especially useful when you&#39;re cooking on camping trips, when peanut butter is usually more readily available than regular butter. It also adds a nice nutty flavor as well.</p> <h2>14. Ice-Cream Cone Sealant</h2> <p>When you&#39;re making an ice-cream cone, put a big blob of peanut butter, chunky or smooth, into the bottom of the cone. Then add your ice cream as usual. Now, the melting ice-cream won&#39;t make the cone soggy or leaky, and you&#39;ll have a delicious extra treat when you reach the bottom. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-ice-cream-makers?ref=seealso">Best Ice Cream Makers</a>)</p> <h2>15. Roach Motel</h2> <p>Bugs check in, but they don&#39;t check out. After you&#39;ve used peanut butter for all the methods listed above, you may not have much left in the jar. Don&#39;t throw it away yet. Remove the top, lay it on its side and place it where you may have roaches, spiders, or other bugs. They are attracted to the peanut butter, but it&#39;s a fatal attraction, as the sticky peanut butter easily holds them inside the jar. When it&#39;s full, screw the lid back on and dispose of it.</p> <p><em>Do you have any unusual uses for peanut butter? Share them with us in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-unexpected-uses-for-peanut-butter">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-alternative-uses-for-lemons">25 Alternative Uses for Lemons</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-kitchen-dish-towels">The 5 Best Kitchen Dish Towels</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-surprising-ways-a-houseplant-can-save-you-money">6 Surprising Ways a Houseplant Can Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-laundry-detergents">The 5 Best Laundry Detergents</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home clever uses home remedies Peanut Butter Tue, 10 Dec 2013 10:31:22 +0000 Paul Michael 1099916 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Refreshing Ways to Use Mint http://www.wisebread.com/15-refreshing-ways-to-use-mint <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-refreshing-ways-to-use-mint" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5974262259_a99bb9972c_z.jpg" alt="peppermint plant" title="peppermint plant" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As far as herbs go, peppermint is wholly underused in my humble opinion.</p> <p>But recently I&rsquo;ve started picking up the herb when I stock up on the usual suspects for my fridge, like basil, rosemary, and cilantro, and I have to admit that I&rsquo;m totally stoked by all the applications mint has.</p> <p>Primarily I use it to make a water-based metabolism-boosting drink that also features lemon and fresh ginger. But even after two or three pitchers per week, I have lots of mint leftover in the bunch. This abundance has forced me to discover other ways to use it up. Here are 15 of my favorites. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-uses-for-garlic-that-deserve-a-round-of-applause">15 Uses for Garlic That Deserve a Round of Applause</a>)</p> <h2>1. Keep Mice Away</h2> <p>I live in New York City, and when I was thinking of planting a garden in the backyard, I was advised to plant a bed of mint because it deters rats. Same goes for household mice. The vermin despise it, and they&rsquo;ll steer clear of any area it&rsquo;s in.</p> <h2>2. Relieve Cramps</h2> <p>Mint has natural digestive properties that help relax tract muscle and relieve cramping. So when your tummy hurts, mix mint into a soothing liquid drink like hot tea or warm water spiked with lemon.</p> <h2>3. Soothe Your Feet</h2> <p>The refreshing, tingly sensation you experience when you eat mint comes from the menthol it contains. To give your feet a pick-me-up, chop up a cup of mint leaves and combine with a cup of sea salt and one-third cup of olive oil. Scrub away.</p> <h2>4. Reduce Headache Pain</h2> <p>Use mint to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-beat-a-killer-headache-with-stuff-you-have-around-the-house">reduce headache pain</a> the same way you would to relieve cramps. Infuse your hot tea with mint or add mint to a glass of water and drink it.</p> <h2>5. Prevent Infections</h2> <p>Mint is known to slow down &mdash; and sometimes completely stop &mdash; bacteria and fungus from growing in the body because of its antibacterial properties. A diet that includes mint may give your body the boost it needs to ward off certain infections, like athlete&rsquo;s foot, for instance.</p> <h2>6. Open Up Your Airways</h2> <p>Have a stuffy nose? Put mint in a pot of boiling water or hot tea and breathe in the spicy menthol to open up your passages. It works much like Vicks VapoRub, only peppermint is cheaper and all natural.</p> <h2>7. Relieve Stress</h2> <p>Mint has been linked to feelings of calmness and reduced levels of stress.</p> <h2>8. Potential Cancer Preventative</h2> <p>Studies are ongoing, but <a target="_blank" href="http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/herb/peppermint">peppermint may help prevent</a> certain types of cancer, including those that affect the skin, lungs, and colon. The research is currently inconclusive, but hopefully there will be sufficient evidence in the future that will give us another weapon to fight the deadly disease.</p> <h2>9. Spice Up a Salad</h2> <p>Want to add a little zing to your summer salad? Tear up a few leaves and toss them in with your other greens, fruits, and veggies for a surprise that&rsquo;ll make your taste buds sing.</p> <h2>10. Make Grooming Products</h2> <p>With mint oils you can give a fresh scent to homemade soaps and shampoos that will save you lots of money over store-bought products. You can usually find these essential oils in a craft or natural food store.</p> <h2>11. Add to Ice Cubes</h2> <p>If your mint is in danger of rotting, put one leaf in each cube of an ice tray and freeze for later. Add a minty cube to water, lemonade, and iced tea for an instant refresher.</p> <h2>12. Refresh Your Face</h2> <p>Add mint leaves to a large bowl of cold water and let them steep for an hour or so in the fridge. Take it out, submerge your face, and experience the refreshing rush of this natural cleanser.</p> <h2>13. Freshen Your Carpet</h2> <p>Sprinkle a mixture of dried mint and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-awesomeness-of-sodium-bicarbonate-27-uses-for-baking-soda">baking soda</a> on your carpet, let it sit for an hour, and then vacuum it up for a room that smells fresh and fantastic.</p> <h2>14. Make an Air Freshener</h2> <p>Mix mint with other fresh flowers and herbs for a homemade potpourri that will leave your house smelling bright and clean. For an easy mint potpourri recipe, try <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ehow.com/how_7353502_make-mint-potpourri.html">this pick from eHow</a>.</p> <h2>15. Refresh Your Breath</h2> <p>Add mint oil to a baking soda/peroxide mixture to create a tasty homemade toothpaste that will freshen your breath and whiten your teeth.</p> <p><em>Have more usual uses for mint that we should know about? Please share them with us in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-refreshing-ways-to-use-mint">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-alternative-uses-for-lemons">25 Alternative Uses for Lemons</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-healthy-changes-you-can-make-today">25 Healthy Changes You Can Make Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-scientifically-proven-to-increase-your-lifespan">6 Foods Scientifically Proven to Increase Your Lifespan</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-reasons-to-stop-drinking-soda">22 Reasons to Stop Drinking Soda</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-reasons-to-drink-tea">10 Reasons to Drink Tea</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty alternative uses home remedies mint Fri, 25 Jan 2013 11:24:31 +0000 Mikey Rox 965735 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 Alternative Uses for Lemons http://www.wisebread.com/25-alternative-uses-for-lemons <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-alternative-uses-for-lemons" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/lemons.jpg" alt="Bowl of lemons outside" title="Bowl of lemons outside" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When life hands you lemons, you can make a lot more than lemonade. From household cleaners to weed killers, here are 25 uses for lemons and lemon juice that you might not have considered. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/254-uses-for-vinegar-and-counting">254 Uses for Vinegar. And Counting.</a>)</p> <h3>1. Boozy Lemonade</h3> <p>If you are going to make lemonade, you might as well get creative. Try this <a href="http://punchfork.com/recipe/Boozy-Watermelon-Rosemary-Lemonade-Food52">watermelon rosemary lemonade</a> if you are looking for a refreshing alcoholic drink. Or for the non-drinkers, you can leave out the gin or simply add fresh mint to your favorite lemonade to give it a little kick.</p> <h3>2. Lemon Cubes</h3> <p>You can freeze fresh-squeezed lemon juice in ice cube trays to preserve in small amounts. It's nice to have on hand when you forget to buy lemon for a recipe and don't want to go to the store for one item.</p> <h3>3. Sangria</h3> <p>While you don't need a recipe to make a great sangria, you do need lemon. It's also nice to serve it with a few slices in the glass or on the rim.</p> <h3>4. Removing Strong Odors</h3> <p>When I worked in produce, we would squirt some lemon juice in the sinks or over the compost whenever there were some funky smells in the prep room. To remove odors from garbage disposals, you can drop in leftover lemon peels (make sure the pieces are small or they will get caught). Rub lemon juice into cutting boards that have retained strong odors or stains, and clean with soap and water. For the fridge, pour some lemon juice on a sponge or cloth and place it in the fridge until the smell goes away.</p> <h3>5. Natural Cleaner</h3> <p>Similar to Citrasolv, lemon juice works as a natural household cleaner. You can use lemon juice or squeeze a lemon directly on kitchen or bathroom surfaces, and wipe them with a wet cloth to remove the sticky residue. For stains and really dirty areas, mix in some vinegar and water with the lemon juice.</p> <h3>6. Skin Care</h3> <p>For dry skin, you can use a lemon-sugar scrub, or rub a cut lemon on particularly dry areas, such as knees, elbows, or heels. Be careful when applying to cracked skin. You can also make your own detoxifying body wash with this recipe for <a href="http://www.squidoo.com/homemade-skincare">sea salt and lemon body cleanser</a>.</p> <h3>7. Bathroom Stains</h3> <p>It may take a little extra scrubbing, but you can remove water stains, soap scum, and limescale naturally with lemon juice. Use a lemon, water, and vinegar mixture for tough stains on your shower walls or tub.</p> <h3>8. Laundry Detergent</h3> <p>You don't need bleach or chemicals to brighten your whites. Try using lemon juice instead of detergent for cleaner and naturally scented clothes. Lemon juice is also good for removing stains. You can directly apply lemon juice to the spot before washing it, or for bigger stains, it is recommended to soak the clothing in a 50/50 mixture of baking soda and lemon juice.</p> <h3>9. Sore Throat</h3> <p>There's nothing like a <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/drink/views/Hot-Toddy-233821">Hot Toddy</a> for a sore throat, but you don't have to have the whiskey. A freshly squeezed lemon in a cup of hot water will also do the trick. I like to add honey, which sweetens the drink and is another natural germ killer.</p> <h3>10. Natural Preservative</h3> <p>For fresh-cut fruit or veggies, squeeze a fresh lemon over them to prevent browning. This is another reason many guacamole recipes call for lime; in addition to the flavor, it keeps the guac from turning brown when you store it.</p> <h3>11. Natural Weed Killer</h3> <p>Believe it or not, you can use lemon juice instead of harmful weed killers to get to those hard-to-remove weeds that always come back, particularly in the cracks of your sidewalk or driveway. For more efficiency, put the lemon juice in a garden hose filter, and soak the area thoroughly.</p> <h3>12. Hair Highlights</h3> <p>For natural hair highlights, use lemon juice directly on your hair before going out in the sun. There are many different suggestions for <a href="http://www.care2.com/greenliving/n-atural-hair-lightener.html">how much lemon juice</a>, but it depends on the hair. You may have to experiment to see what works best for you. But always wash your hair afterwards.</p> <h3>13. Nails</h3> <p>Like hair, nails can be brightened with a little lemon juice. Again, there are many recipes for <a href="http://www.ehow.com/how_5058113_use-skin-care-beauty-treatment.html">whitening nails</a>; however, if you find a recipe online that also recommends using lemon to whiten teeth, I&nbsp;would not recommend lemon for this. My mother worked for a dentist for a long time, and she said that the citric acid is too harsh on the teeth and gums. You can also mix a teaspoon of baking soda and a few drops of hydrogen peroxide on a toothbrush to get the same results, but keep in mind it will take a few applications to notice a difference.</p> <h3>14. Notes</h3> <p>Yep, notes. A friend of mine has two children who like to leave notes or little poems on lemons. I'm not sure why, but they love it, and it's cheap entertainment for mom.</p> <p><img width="605" height="451" alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/blog-images/lemon1.jpg?1314643348" /></p> <h3>15. Dirty Dishes</h3> <p>Lemon juice works great to cut the grease on dishes if you don't have a dishwasher, but you can also use lemons in the dishwasher (in addition to dish detergent). Place a cut lemon in the top rack of the dishwasher to get that Jet-Dry clean, but make sure you secure it so that it doesn't fly around during the wash.</p> <h3>16. Stainless Steel</h3> <p>I used to buy an expensive stainless steel cleaner until I heard that I could just use a little salt and lemon juice. Make sure you wipe the steel down with a clean cloth afterwards. You can use this on most metals, but it is not recommended for silver or gold.</p> <h3>17. Natural Ant Repellant</h3> <p>Spray lemon juice around the areas that you see ants in your house or outside in the places where you think they might be getting into your home.</p> <h3>18. Flavoring and Tenderizing Meat Dishes</h3> <p>Recently, someone invited me to dinner, and she had roasted a chicken with an entire lemon inside of it (cut in half). It was the most tender chicken I've ever had; she told me that the lemon was the key. You can also mix lemon juice with your favorite herbs and rub it under the skin to add moisture and flavor. And freshly squeezed lemon is a classic pair for any kind of fish, grilled or broiled.</p> <h3>19. Making Tasty Salads</h3> <p>Any time I make a salad dressing, I add a small amount of lemon juice to enhance the flavor and also preserve it longer. A good basic vinaigrette to have on hand is lemon, balsamic vinegar, and oil. The portions depend on your tastes, but typically a vinaigrette has more oil than vinegar (olive oil is best), and a small amount of lemon juice.</p> <h3>20. Zest</h3> <p>Lemon zest can be used in many recipes, but it also makes a nice garnish.</p> <h3>21. Table Centerpiece</h3> <p>If you are looking to gussy up that centerpiece and don't want to spend a lot of cash, lemons add a lot of color to the table and can be used with many other decorations. Try putting them in a large clear bowl for something simple, or place them in a basket with some fresh herbs for a holiday decoration.</p> <h3>22. Desserts</h3> <p>There are so many luscious <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-valentine-s-day-desserts-that-hit-the-sweet-spot">desserts</a> that use lemon from meringues to pies; lemon is a classic dessert flavor. You can also use lemon instead of lime in some recipes. I replaced the lime with lemon zest and lemon juice, and turned <a href="http://punchfork.com/recipe/Lime-and-Coconut-Crumble-Bars-Two-Peas-Their-Pod">lime and coconut crumble bars</a> into lemon bars. Very tasty!</p> <h3>23. Cold Drinks</h3> <p>From soda and seltzer to iced tea, a few slices of lemon can enhance any cold drink, even some light beers.</p> <h3>24. Pasta</h3> <p>While lemon may not be the first ingredient you think of using when making pasta dishes, <a href="http://punchfork.com/recipe/Baked-Lemon-Pasta-The-Pioneer-Woman">baked lemon pasta</a> is one of my favorite dishes.</p> <h3>25. Hand Sanitizer</h3> <p>Lemon can disinfect germy hands. So skip the hand sanitizer, and grab the nearest lemon.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-watson">Ashley Watson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-alternative-uses-for-lemons">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-awesomeness-of-sodium-bicarbonate-27-uses-for-baking-soda">The Awesomeness of Sodium Bicarbonate: 27 Uses for Baking Soda</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kitchen-hacks-i-can-make-this-in-that">Kitchen Hacks: I Can Make This in That?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-refreshing-ways-to-use-mint">15 Refreshing Ways to Use Mint</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-healthy-changes-you-can-make-today">25 Healthy Changes You Can Make Today</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty Home drink recipes easy recipes home remedies lemons natural cleaner Thu, 01 Sep 2011 10:36:15 +0000 Ashley Watson 679840 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Cheap and Natural Ways to Fight the Cold and Flu http://www.wisebread.com/7-cheap-and-natural-ways-to-fight-the-cold-and-flu <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-cheap-and-natural-ways-to-fight-the-cold-and-flu" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000005329238XSmall.jpg" alt="sick child" title="sick child" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="165" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Over-the-counter symptom relief is a normal and common reaction for the millions of people who suffer from the cold and flu each year. However, for my family, limiting how much acidic and unnecessary medicine enters our bodies is top on my priority list. In my research, experience and wisdom gained from others, I have found 7 cheap and natural suggestions for beating the common cold or flu.</p> <h2>Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)</h2> <p>On <a href="http://backwoodshome.com">Backwoods Home Magazine</a>, Linda Gabris discusses the many valuable uses of ACV. I can personally attest to the MANY benefits of this wondrous creation. (Even when I do not have a cold I drink ACV to aid in detoxifying my body, and to speed up my metabolism.)</p> <p>To fight a cold, Gabris suggests mixing two tablespoons of ACV with one cup of boiling water. She recommends adding honey if you would like to sweeten the taste (ACV is not pleasant tasting to most people, though after a few months of drinking it, I now enjoy the taste). You can drink this as a tea and is said to be good for relieving a cough and breaking up phlegm. Another benefit to the ACV tea is inhaling the steam which can lead to a relief in the painful congestion that builds up.</p> <p><em>It is not recommended to give to children under 2. Cut the dose of ACV in half for kids over two.</em></p> <h2>Garlic</h2> <p>Cheap and effective...and smelly, but, if you can deal with the smell, you have an inexpensive, way to fight off a cold with a powerful punch. Alicin, which gives garlic its odor, also gives garlic its antioxidant compounds to fight the virus, and shorten the duration of the cold. There are different ways to take garlic: supplements, powder, extract, oil, mixing it with food, or eating a clove whole or mixed with food. Garlic is safe for children (mixing it with apple sauce is said to be a tasty way for kids to eat it), though avoid giving children supplements as there is not enough research to know if anything but fresh garlic with kids is safe.</p> <h2>Ginger</h2> <p>Another little guy with a powerful punch! Research on <a href="http://catalog.com">Catalog</a>, by Rita Hutner, states that ginger is a diaphoretic that contains particles active against rhinoviruses (a common group of cold viruses). Basically, ginger raises your body temperature, forcing your body to perspire and sweat out the cold...nice...sweating without working out! If your child does not like the tea, put about 3-5 tablespoons of ginger, wrapped in a cheese cloth, in a warm bath. This will help them sweat out the cold, in a more enjoyable way.</p> <p><em>Ginger is also a blood thinner &mdash; talk to a doctor about taking it if you are taking blood thinning medicine. </em></p> <h2>Green Tea</h2> <p>One of my favorites, even when I do not have a cold. Many &ldquo;A List&rdquo; celebrities drink this to keep healthy, speed up their metabolism, and to detoxify their body...not to mention, it tastes great, especially with a little lemon and honey (which are both helpful for soothing a sore throat). When it comes to shortening the length of a schedule disturbing visit from the cold or flu virus, green tea aids in ridding your body of those nasty toxic viruses that causes the many aches and pains keeping you from tending to your to do list.</p> <p><em>This is not recommended for children.</em></p> <h2>Chicken Soup</h2> <p>Your mother&rsquo;s suggestion of treating your cold with chicken soup was not in vain. Chicken soup contains mucus fighting elements, steam to relieve congestion, carbohydrates to give you energy, and veggies to aid in giving your body the nutrients it needs to stay strong while fighting away the cold. Keep to low sodium though. Some sodium is good for regulating the amount of fluids in your body, but too much will dehydrate you.</p> <h2>Rest</h2> <p>Your body is working overtime to fight this nasty little virus invading your body. Resting gives your body the ability to strengthen itself to fight these toxins, and also gives your body time to repair itself. Even if you are a constant doer like myself, step away from your to do list and rest, it might be painful for a while (believe me, I know), but the recovery for your body will aid in getting you back to your most effective self.</p> <h2>Water</h2> <p>We have all heard that drinking 8 glasses of water a day is imperative to our health. This is even more true when fighting a cold. Water will flush out your system, aid in digestion, and fights fatigue.</p> <p>Follow these five tips, fight that nasty cold, and get back to the many roles you play in your life. Most of these tips are also helpful for ending the agony you and your kids are in when they get hit with cold or flu bug. Feel better soon!</p> <p><strong>I am not a doctor and this should not be considered medical advice. Always consult your doctor.</strong><em><br /> </em></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is a post from our sister blog, <a href="http://parentingsquad.com">Parenting Squad</a>. Visit Parenting&nbsp;Squad for more tips and news for your family.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/sun-fun-and-allergies-remedy-ideas-and-preventative-actions">Sun, Fun and Allergies:&nbsp;Remedy Ideas and Preventative Actions</a></li> <li><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/name-that-cough-a-moms-guide-to-what-ails-em">Name That Cough: A Mom's Guide to What Ails 'Em</a></li> <li><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/pink-eye-and-the-small-guy-get-the-facts-about-conjunctivitis">Pink Eye and the Small Guy:&nbsp;Get the Facts about Conjunctivitis</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lori-kerrigan">Lori Kerrigan</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-cheap-and-natural-ways-to-fight-the-cold-and-flu">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-alternative-uses-for-lemons">25 Alternative Uses for Lemons</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/economic-effects-of-pandemic-flu-in-a-recession">Economic effects of pandemic flu in a recession</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-all-natural-home-remedies-for-colds">7 All Natural Home Remedies for Colds</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-refreshing-ways-to-use-mint">15 Refreshing Ways to Use Mint</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-frugal-ways-to-treat-the-common-cold">9 Frugal Ways to Treat the Common Cold</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty cold remedies flu home remedies Fri, 16 Oct 2009 16:00:01 +0000 Lori Kerrigan 3722 at http://www.wisebread.com