natural remedies http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/13689/all en-US 12 Natural Remedies for Stomach Pain http://www.wisebread.com/12-natural-remedies-for-stomach-pain <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-natural-remedies-for-stomach-pain" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000045165802.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I worked in the Wellness Department at the local co-op, one of the most common requests from customers was how to naturally ease stomach pain. From mothers with colicky babies to cancer patients, I've helped dozens of people choose the most effective and safest remedy for stomach problems.</p> <p>As with any natural &quot;cure,&quot; there are no guaranteed magic bullets, and I recommend seeing your doctor if you have chronic stomach pain. But if you've just eaten some funky take-out or if you're trying to relieve menstrual cramps, there are lots of natural alternatives to at least calm your belly.</p> <p>Here's a list of twelve herbal and home remedies to help soothe many types of stomach discomfort.</p> <h2>1. Ginger</h2> <p>In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties and other health benefits, ginger aids in digestion and can ease stomach pains. Fresh ginger is the most potent form, and I recommend making a simple tea with it. While there are many <a href="http://vegetarian.about.com/od/morerecipes/r/GingerTea.htm">recipes for fresh ginger tea</a>, I suggest peeling and grating the ginger for the best results. If fresh ginger isn't available, there are many varieties of ginger tea on the market. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-reasons-to-drink-tea">10 Reasons to Drink Tea</a>)</p> <p>Keep in mind that ginger can be spicy, so if you are sensitive to spicy foods, you may want to consider buying ginger supplements. Most health food stores carry the supplements, which can be found as pills or infused in a tincture. I wouldn't recommend drinking conventional ginger ale, since it is loaded with sugar, and if you look at the ingredients, most ginger sodas use artificial flavors and do not contain actual ginger. <a href="http://www.reedsinc.com/">Reed's Ginger Brew</a> is one of the more common natural ginger sodas, and it is sweetened with fruit juice and packed with real ginger. Some ginger candies contain real ginger, but most contain conventional sugar, which can upset the stomach.</p> <h2>2. Peppermint</h2> <p>Like ginger, fresh mint works the best to settle the stomach, and all you need is a cup of warm water and a few sprigs of mint to make a tea. Simply chewing on a mint leaf also works, and because mint is technically a weed, it grows well in most environments. You can also buy the tea or peppermint supplements. Peppermint candy tends to have sugar, so make sure you check the ingredients if you are buying regular mints. Mint also helps with digestion, stimulates the appetite, and it is one of the better remedies for menstrual cramps, particularly if you make <a href="http://www.gardensablaze.com/HerbTea.htm">tea with fresh mint</a>.</p> <h2>3. Licorice or Fennel</h2> <p>Although licorice and fennel are two different plants, I have grouped them together because they are very similar in taste. If you do not like the taste of licorice, fennel, or anise, I would recommend using another remedy for an upset stomach. Licorice and fennel are found in many herbal teas, which is perhaps the easiest and most common form; however, they can also be found as supplements. If you like raw fennel, you can chew on a fresh slice of the bulb to ease indigestion or bloating after a meal. Licorice can be known to increase blood pressure and irritate ulcers, but only in large amounts, according to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/881.html">Medline</a>. Many of the natural &quot;stomach ease&quot; teas contain licorice and fennel, so check the ingredients for the amount if you are concerned.</p> <h2>4. Chamomile</h2> <p>Not only does chamomile tea soothe an aching stomach, it can also calm the nerves. If you are having trouble sleeping in addition to a stomach ache, <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/chamomile-herb-tea-190742">homemade chamomile tea</a> may be exactly what you need. Dried chamomile flowers are usually sold in health food stores or herbal shops, but you can easily find chamomile tea on the shelf at any grocery store, since it one of the most common herbal teas. Add lemon for an extra tummy soother and flavor (see lemon water below).</p> <h2>5. Lemon Water</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-alternative-uses-for-lemons">Lemon</a> is one of the most versatile fruits you can buy. If you don't have mint, ginger, or other herbs at home, just squeeze half a lemon into a mug of warm water. You can also use lemon juice if you don't have fresh lemon, but you'll only need a few teaspoons.</p> <h2>6. Warm Saltwater</h2> <p>I have only used warm saltwater to help with a sore throat, but I have heard that this formula works wonders for an upset stomach. One cup of warm water with a teaspoon of salt is all you need. For best results, drink it as quickly as possible; however, I wouldn't recommend this if you have other health issues, such as high blood pressure.</p> <h2>7. Baking Soda</h2> <p>You don't need to buy Alka-Seltzer to ease heartburn or indigestion. Any of the antacids on the market are basically just sodium bicarbonate (baking soda). Mix one teaspoon (or two, depending on how strong you need it) into a cup of warm water, and you get the same results with a common household item.</p> <h2>8. Cola Syrup</h2> <p>This is another one I have not tried but was personally recommended. After a little research, I found that it has been used for years to treat an upset stomach, particularly because it tastes good and safe for children. The only issue is that it is a little trickier to find, but you can purchase cola syrup online. While I am partial to <a href="http://www.vermontcountrystore.com/store/jump/productDetail/More_Ways_to_Shop/Customer_Favorites/Health/Old-Fashioned_Pure_Cola_Syrup_%2812_oz._Bottle%29/21650?searchid=7MP1SRCH&amp;feedid=googlenonbrand&amp;jadid=8342581578&amp;jk=cola%20syrup&amp;js=1&amp;jmt=1_p_&amp;jp=&amp;jkId=8a8ae4e72f7acfec012f8cfa284553d9&amp;jt=1&amp;jsid=20123&amp;gclid=CIvVhbbq1KsCFULf4AodlV1XTg">The Vermont Country Store</a>, you can also find it at <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Baar-9654-Cola-Syrup-oz/dp/B000M36L9E">Amazon</a>. I don't know what the secret ingredient is, but it seems to work for a lot of people.</p> <h2>9. Warm Rice Compress</h2> <p>Heat is one of the best ways to soothe stomach pain, especially cramps. If you don't own a heating pad, all you need is an old sock and some rice. Try to use a thick sock free of holes, and fill it with uncooked rice. Don't pack it too tightly, so that the grains have room to move around, giving it more flexibility. Tie the end and stick it in a microwave for about a minute. Make sure it isn't too hot before you place it on your stomach. You can also use flax seeds, which take longer to heat than rice, but they stay warmer longer. This works for sore muscles too, or you can put it in the freezer if you need a cold compress. Add dried lavender or chamomile flowers for a relaxing aroma.</p> <h2>10. Burned Toast</h2> <p>Charcoal is commonly used in hospitals for food or alcohol poisoning to help neutralize the toxins in the system. I suggest you go to the hospital if you suspect any kind of poisoning, but if you've just had one too many cocktails, the charcoal in the burned toast may help absorb some of the alcohol and neutralize the toxin. Black tea or anything with tannins (except wine in this situation) also helps neutralize toxins and process the alcohol in your system, which may be the reason coffee is prescribed to sober someone up. Toast is also part of the well-known acronym B.R.A.T. (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast), which was commonly used to treat children with stomach aches or diarrhea. I would not recommend burned toast in this case. Lastly, if you are concerned about carcinogens in burned food, ask a doctor or visit the website for <a href="http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/CancerCauses/OtherCarcinogens/GeneralInformationaboutCarcinogens/known-and-probable-human-carcinogens">The American Cancer Society</a>.</p> <h2>11. Aloe Vera Juice</h2> <p>During my year in the Wellness Department, Aloe Vera Juice remained one of our most popular supplements. While there are many claims about the benefits to Aloe Vera Juice, many of my customers had excellent results with drinking it for a number of different intestinal problems. But the number one reason people used it was to treat constipation. It can also help with gas, bloating, diarrhea, and cramps.</p> <h2>12. Apple Cider Vinegar</h2> <p>I use apple cider vinegar mainly as a natural cleaner or as an antiseptic, but it can also be used to assist with digestion, help absorb nutrients, and to treat stomach aches. Just put a few teaspoons in a glass of cold or warm water. To help absorb nutrients, drink it before the meal. Make sure you are using apple cider vinegar and not other types of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-household-products-vinegar-can-replace">vinegar</a>.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F12-natural-remedies-for-stomach-pain&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F12%20Natural%20Remedies%20for%20Stomach%20Pain.jpg&amp;description=12%20Natural%20Remedies%20for%20Stomach%20Pain" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/12%20Natural%20Remedies%20for%20Stomach%20Pain.jpg" alt="12 Natural Remedies for Stomach Pain" width="250" height="374" /></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/12-natural-remedies-for-stomach-pain">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/15-wonderful-uses-for-witch-hazel">15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel</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/4-cheap-and-easy-homemade-mosquito-repellents">4 Cheap and Easy Homemade Mosquito Repellents</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/flashback-friday-74-easy-ways-to-reduce-stress">Flashback Friday: 74 Easy Ways to Reduce Stress</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-things-you-need-to-know-about-pet-insurance">7 Things You Need to Know About Pet Insurance</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/how-to-sell-your-hair-for-cash">How to Sell Your Hair for Cash</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty herbal remedies natural remedies stomach pain Mon, 10 Oct 2011 10:24:19 +0000 Ashley Watson 732703 at http://www.wisebread.com 4 Cheap and Easy Homemade Mosquito Repellents http://www.wisebread.com/4-cheap-and-easy-homemade-mosquito-repellents <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-cheap-and-easy-homemade-mosquito-repellents" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/532412459_9b960e7e7d_z.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many joke that the unofficial state &ldquo;bird&rdquo; of Minnesota, my home state, is the mosquito. When summer hits, the mosquitoes start swarming.&nbsp;Of course, Minnesota isn&rsquo;t the only place with mosquitoes; most areas of the world with standing water and lots of trees experience these pesky creatures. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/use-beer-to-get-rid-of-pests">Use Beer to Get Rid of Pests</a>)</p> <p>Unfortunately, the easiest and most effective method to repel mosquitoes involves the toxic chemical DEET. While the <a href="http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/consultations/deet/health-effects.html">health effects of DEET are not conclusive</a>, they are scary enough to warrant the government recommending limited exposure. The <a href="http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/consultations/deet/guidelines.html">CDC recommends</a> that children over the age of two months and adults use repellent with DEET concentrations up to 30%, and Health Canada recommends that children under age 12 use mosquito repellents with a DEET concentration of <a href="http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/life-vie/insect-eng.php">less than 10%</a>. Even though many repellents may have lower concentrations of DEET, I&rsquo;d still rather steer clear of any mosquito repellents with chemicals.</p> <p>Several companies now make natural mosquito repellents, but most are not cheap. Luckily, there are many homemade mosquito repellent recipes available on the internet.</p> <h3>Garlic Mosquito Repellent</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Ingredients:</strong> Minced garlic, mineral oil, and lemon juice</li> <li><strong>Cost:</strong> Less than $5</li> <li><strong>Directions: </strong></li> </ul> <blockquote><p>Mince a few cloves of garlic then cover with mineral oil. Allow it to sit for at least 24 hours. Next you take a teaspoon of *just the oil* and mix it with 2 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Strain through a cheesecloth if you have any floaties then pour into a spray bottle. Shake before each use.</p> </blockquote> <p><em>Recipe from </em><a href="http://tipnut.com/homemade-mosquito-repellent/"><em>Tipnut</em></a></p> <h3>Lemon Eucalyptus Mosquito Repellent</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Ingredients:</strong> Lemon eucalyptus oil and sunflower oil or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-wonderful-uses-for-witch-hazel">witch hazel</a></li> <li><strong>Cost:</strong> $9.50 for 8 oz. of lemon eucalyptus oil (can be purchased on <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003DC1WAO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=eswb-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=217145&amp;creative=399349&amp;creativeASIN=B003DC1WAO">Amazon.com</a>)</li> <li><strong>Directions:</strong> Mix 1 part lemon eucalyptus oil for every 10 parts of sunflower oil/witch hazel. Rub or spray on skin.</li> </ul> <p><em>Recipe modified from </em><a href="http://chemistry.about.com/od/healthbeautyprojects/a/naturalmosquitorepellent.htm"><em>About.com</em></a></p> <h3>Lavender Mosquito Repellent</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Ingredients:</strong> Fresh lavender (the flower)</li> <li><strong>Cost:</strong> Free (if you have lavender growing in your yard); otherwise Home Depot sells the plant for about $12</li> <li><strong>Directions:</strong></li> </ul> <blockquote><p>Rub a lavender flower behind your ears, wrists and neck. Not only will you smell great but mosquitoes will leave you alone.</p> </blockquote> <p><em>Recipe from </em><a href="http://www.gardenmandy.com/5-homemade-chemical-free-bug-repellents-that-work/"><em>Garden Mandy</em></a></p> <h3>Vanilla Mosquito Repellent</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Ingredients:</strong> Vanilla extract</li> <li><strong>Cost:</strong> Less than $5 at grocery store</li> <li><strong>Directions:</strong></li> </ul> <blockquote><p>Apply some vanilla extract or vanilla essence to your pulse points.&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> <p><em>Recipe from Nora&rsquo;s post about </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pesky-pests-easy-homemade-mosquito-and-insect-traps-and-repellent"><em>Easy Homemade Mosquito and Insect Traps</em></a></p> <p>Are there any homemade mosquito repellent recipes that you&rsquo;ve tried? How did they work out?</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F4-cheap-and-easy-homemade-mosquito-repellents&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F4%20Cheap%20and%20Easy%20Homemade%20Mosquito%20Repellents.jpg&amp;description=4%20Cheap%20and%20Easy%20Homemade%20Mosquito%20Repellents" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/4%20Cheap%20and%20Easy%20Homemade%20Mosquito%20Repellents.jpg" alt="4 Cheap and Easy Homemade Mosquito Repellents" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/elizabeth-lang">Elizabeth Lang</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-cheap-and-easy-homemade-mosquito-repellents">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/15-wonderful-uses-for-witch-hazel">15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel</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/alternative-uses-for-everything-in-your-bathroom">Alternative Uses for Everything in Your Bathroom</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-cheap-ways-to-get-rid-of-household-pests">6 Cheap Ways to Get Rid of Household Pests</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-great-uses-for-onions">10 Great Uses for Onions</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/how-to-get-the-greenest-lawn-on-the-block-naturally">How to Get the Greenest Lawn on the Block — Naturally</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Green Living Health and Beauty Home bugs insect repellents mosquitos natural remedies summer Thu, 26 May 2011 11:30:29 +0000 Elizabeth Lang 549456 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel http://www.wisebread.com/15-wonderful-uses-for-witch-hazel <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-wonderful-uses-for-witch-hazel" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000011191464.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I discovered <a href="http://amzn.to/1gtlIIP">witch hazel</a> in college. I was not exactly the owner of the clearest skin in Britain, and dabbing a little witch hazel extract on my <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-skin-care-tips-for-people-on-a-budget" title="5 Best Skin Care Tips for People on a Budget">blemished skin</a> stopped me enduring a mountain of abuse. But there are way more uses for this shrub than clearing up spotty skin. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-acne-treatments?ref=seealso">5 Best Acne Treatments</a>)</p> <p>To get slightly technical for a moment, witch hazel is (according to <a title="Witch hazel (astringent)" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witch_hazel_%28astringent%29">Wikipedia</a>):</p> <blockquote><p>&hellip;an astringent produced from the leaves and bark of the North American Witch Hazel shrub (<em>Hamamelis virginiana</em>), which grows naturally from Nova Scotia west to Ontario, Canada and south to Florida, and Texas in the United States. This plant was widely used for medicinal purposes by American Indians. The witch hazel extract was obtained by steaming the twigs of the shrub.</p> <p>The essential oil of witch hazel is not sold separately as a consumer product. The plant does not produce enough essential oil to make production viable, however, there are various distillates of witch hazel (called hydrosols or hydrolats) that are gentler than the &quot;drug store&quot; witch hazel and contain alcohol.</p> <p>Witch hazel is mainly used externally on sores, bruises, and swelling. The main constituents of the extract include tannin, gallic acid, catechins, proanthocyanins, flavonoids (kaempferol, quercetin), essential oil (carvacrol, eugenol, hexenol), choline, saponins, and bitters. Distilled witch hazel sold in drug stores and pharmacies typically contains no tannin.&quot;</p> </blockquote> <p>Most drug stores and online pharmacies carry witch hazel in one form or another. My favorite is the <a href="http://amzn.to/1gtlYHv">handy Witch Stick</a>.&nbsp;But when you get your hands on the mightily useful little medicinal marvel, what can you do with it? Here's a rundown. It's very useful, so put it on the top of your next shopping list.</p> <h2>15 Uses for Witch Hazel</h2> <h3>1. The big one: Spot and blemish control</h3> <p>Witch hazel can reduce the inflammation on a pimple. Some people claim daily use helps with acne, and witch hazel can be found in many over-the-counter treatments. Application with a Witch Stick is the most convenient, but you can dab it on with a cotton ball. Ask your pharmacist before you do this, though. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-frugal-and-natural-ways-to-fight-acne?ref=seealso">Natural Ways to Fight Acne</a>)</p> <h3>2. Soothe and heal diaper rash</h3> <p>If your baby's rash isn't healing quick enough, apply witch hazel solution (<a title="Witch Hazel Dickinson Astringent" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000NWF1J0?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wisebread07-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000NWF1J0">Dickinson's is good</a>) with a cotton ball and you should see immediate improvement to your baby's bottom.</p> <h3>3. Shrink bags under the eyes</h3> <p>Some people say that the application of hemorrhoid cream to those little baggies under your eyes can take them away. It's not an old wives' tale. One of the magic ingredients in a product like Preparation H is witch hazel, which helps tighten up the skin and reduce the bagginess. And that leads nicely to&hellip;</p> <h3>4. Soothe and reduce external hemorrhoids</h3> <p>Not only does witch hazel tighten skin, it's also a good anti-itch remedy. By combining witch hazel with aloe, glycerine or petroleum jelly and rub it on external hemorrhoids, you will reduce itching significantly and dry up most bleeding.</p> <h3>5. Varicose vein relief</h3> <p>Soak wash cloths in witch hazel and lay on legs, which are propped straight out, to reduce pain and swelling from varicose veins. The witch hazel helps to tighten the veins, relieving the discomfort temporarily.</p> <h3>6. Soothe poison ivy and poison oak</h3> <p>Just like acne and blemishes, the witch hazel reduces itching and relieves swelling. Something definitely worth packing on your next camping trip.</p> <h3>7. Treat chicken pox blisters</h3> <p>A combination of aloe, honey, lavender and other essential oils create a spray that will vastly reduce the discomfort of chicken pox blisters. And it's all-natural. Here's what to do:</p> <p>Mix together 1 tablespoon honey, 40 drops lavender essential oil, 15 drops lemon essential oil, 15 drops bergamot essential oil, 5 drops peppermint essential oil, 1 teaspoon carrot seed oil and 1/2 cup aloe vera gel.</p> <p>Once completely mixed, and 1/2 cup distilled witch hazel and mix again. Pour mixture into spray bottle and use on affected areas (avoiding eyes). A more potent and less unsightly way to treat the chicken pox than traditional calamine lotion.</p> <h3>8. Heal your bruises faster</h3> <p>Been in a fight recently? Well, maybe not. But if you bang your leg or arm and are left with a nasty bruise, a thrice-daily dab of witch hazel can help speed up the healing time of the bruise.</p> <h3>9. Soothe razor burn (and in some instances, prevent it)</h3> <p>The anti-inflammatory properties of witch hazel stop itchy bumps from forming up around your irritated hair follicles. Apply before or after shaving; it should certainly have an impact on your itchy red skin (and that includes ladies, too).</p> <h3>10. Treat and soothe a nasty sunburn</h3> <p>Healing damaged skin is one of witch hazel's specialties. But as sunburn is also a type of skin inflammation, witch hazel is ideal for treating this too (despite swelling not being obvious). Treating sunburn with witch hazel will lessen healing time and prevent the infamous skin peeling and flaking.</p> <h3>11. Treat dry skin</h3> <p>By applying witch hazel immediately after showering, you are locking in the moisture that has just soaked into your skin.</p> <h3>12. Use to heal and soothe various cuts and bruises</h3> <p>Many chemists and pharmacists refer to witch hazel as nature's answer to Neosporin. Applying a dab of it will cleanse the cut, protects against infection, and encourage quicker healing of minor skin breaks.</p> <h3>13. Take the bite out of bug bites</h3> <p>With its anti-itch and anti-inflammatory properties, witch hazel is ideal for treating bug bites. Just dab a little on the affected area.</p> <h3>14. Refresh tired eyes</h3> <p>NOT by squirting witch hazel in them, but by soaking a clean rag in witch hazel and cold water and placing the cold compress over your closed eyes. After 10 minutes, your eyes should be refreshed, and any redness should be gone. If you've been doing a lot of crying, this can get you back to normal quickly.</p> <h3>15. Make your own deodorant</h3> <p>Witch hazel is often used in deodorants due to its natural skin-healing and skin-care properties. Here is a home-made recipe you may want to try.</p> <p><strong>Ingredients</strong></p> <ul> <li>1 tsp high proof vodka</li> <li>10 drops geranium</li> <li>10 drops cypress</li> <li>8 drops bergamot</li> <li>5 drops neroli</li> <li>4 drops lavender</li> <li>3 drops black pepper</li> <li>4 tb sp (40 ml) witch hazel</li> <li>2 tb sp (25 ml) cornflower water</li> <li>2 tb sp (25 ml) orange flower water</li> </ul> <ol> <li>Measure the vodka into a 4 oz (100 ml) glass bottle with a spray attachment.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Carefully add the essential oils, one by one.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Shake vigorously to dissolve the essential oils.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Pour the witch hazel into the bottle, using a funnel if necessary, followed by the two flower waters. Shake well.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Label the bottle and the deodorant is now ready to use.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Before you use the deodorant each time, give the bottle a good shake to ensure the essential oils are fully dispersed.</li> </ol> <h3>Note</h3> <p>As with many herbal remedies, certain people, like women who are pregnant or breast feeding, should talk to their physician before using witch hazel. When using witch hazel, let your doctor know if you experience leg swelling, breathing problems, chest tightness or pain, hives, new rashes or irritations, nausea, upset stomach, vomiting or constipation. Most people who use witch hazel will not experience these adverse side effects, but some will, so notify a health official if any problems are noticed.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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