1. Super Quick Decongestant- There’s a more in-depth version of this on the website, which I always try to keep on hand in case of a cold. If I do wind up without it though, and I am feeling too crummy to mix up a batch, I’ll make this quick (fiery) version using cinnamon, cayenne, and apple cider vinegar. Mix a ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon with ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne, and then stir the mixture into ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar. Take up to 1 tablespoon several times daily as needed for congestion. Have tissues on hand!
2. Simple (cough) Syrup- If you have a dry cough, this simple mixture of milk and honey can help soothe the tickle at the back of your throat. Honey on its own often times does the trick, but I find just a little bit of milk gives it a consistency that’s easier to swallow-not to mention milk helps coat your throat. Simply stir ½-1 teaspoon of milk into 2 ½ teaspoons of honey (or until it is as thick or as thin as you like.) Take 2-3 times daily as needed. Remember not to give honey to children under 2 years, and don’t take cough syrup if you’re expelling any mucous or phlegm, as your body needs to get rid of it.
3. Emergency Headache Relief- When it in doubt, turn to peppermint. That’s my motto for headache relief. Peppermint is one of the main components in Roots Balm, and if you don’t have everything on hand to make the recipe, it can work wonders when you’re in a pinch. With analgesic (pain-killing), anti-inflammatory properties, and a refreshing scent to clear a pain-clouded mind, it’s something I always have on hand in all its forms! For this all you need is 10-15 drops of peppermint essential oil, and 1 tablespoon of liquid oil (grapeseed, olive, jojoba, etc.) Mix the two together and keep in a tightly lidded container. To use, simply rub on your temples or over tight muscles in the neck at the onset of a headache. Get more remedies for headaches.
4. Dry Skin Soother- Got coconut oil? Perfect-you’re already mostly done with this recipe. I love coconut oil for dry, chapped, skin, and it can work perfectly well on its own, but I like to add a little bit of lavender essential oil to it to get an extra boost when it comes to soothing particularly itchy or cracked dry skin. Scoop out some coconut oil and melt it over low heat (the amount is totally up to you and your container size.) For about a ½ cup of coconut oil I usually add 15 drops of lavender essential oil. When needed, rub just enough to cover dry skin, massaging in well. It may seem oily at first, but it absorbs beautifully.
5. Middle-of-Nowhere Mosquito Repellant- If you plan on going out into the woods, pack some fresh basil leaves along with you. Not only is this one ingredient a strong mosquito deterrent, it smells a whole lot better than commercial bug spray (not to mention it’s safer!) All you need to do its crush the leaves up so the juice is released, and apply directly to your skin. Alternatively, you can boil 1 cup or so of basil leaves in 2 cups of fresh water and put it in a spray bottle to bring along with you.
6. Quick Constipation Relief- If you find yourself constipated, drink a glass of warm lemon water. The extra fluid helps things pass through smoothly, while the lemon-for whatever mysterious reason-really kicks starts your system. If needed, drink up to 2 glasses. If you find yourself chronically constipated, drink a glass every morning on an empty stomach. To prepare, stir the juice of ½ lemon into 1 cup of warm water. Drink the whole glass. If you are still having trouble take a look at our list of 16 Home Remedies for Constipation Relief.
7. Bye-Bye Hives- If for some unfortunate reason you find yourself with hives, resist the urge to pester those annoying little buggers, and reach for the baking soda instead. Mix baking soda with just enough water to form a paste that isn’t watery, but not so thick you can’t spread it around. Apply it to your hives for relief from the itching, and rinse off with cool water after it has dried. You can cover with a bandage if necessary, but I prefer to leave it open.
8. Sunburn Soother- You don’t have to whip up a nice lotion to soothe your sunburn-indeed, half a cucumber and some aloe vera gel will often times do the trick. Be sure to chill both ingredients beforehand. Peel and remove the seeds from the cucumber, and roughly chop it up. Scoop ¼ cup of aloe vera gel into a food processor, add the cucumber, and blend until smooth. If you find it too globby or it won’t keep its consistency, use less cucumber. Apply to sunburn as needed to instant relief. This will store in the refrigerator for up to a week. More sunburn remedies.
9. Nausea Relief- If you find yourself nauseous, there are 2 simple things you can do to help get relief. First, if possible, sit in front of a fan. Second, find a citrus fruit, preferably lemon or lime. Slice it up, breathing in the refreshing smell. Then, pop the slice, at least partway, into your mouth. It doesn’t have to be for long, but something about it has wonderful way of clearing up that terrible feeling of sickness.
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