Eat Healthier by Using Honey as a Natural Alternative to Sugar

Although many people know that too much sugar in their diet is bad for them, they may not be aware of just how bad it is.

Let's begin by stating the obvious. Sugar contributes to rotting teeth. How does it do this? It creates an ideal environment for bacteria, as bacteria loves sugar. As the bacteria thrives, it produces acid that breaks down the enamel on teeth, which can cause decay. If you're the kind of person who isn't absolutely diligent about flossing and brushing your teeth, this could lead to major gum and health problems down the road that may require a lot of money and anguish to fix.

Too much sugar is also bad for your organs. Everything from your arteries, kidneys to your pancreas suffers when you ingest too much sugar, as they are trying desperately to process this ingredient that is basically empty calories with no nutritional value. What results is high cholesterol, heart problems and even diabetes down the road. Diabetes is an awful disease. Go look it up. Would you like to risk losing a foot just because you have a serious sweet tooth?

So how can you reduce the amount of sugar in your diet without giving up the sweetness that your taste buds desire?

Replace sugar with honey.

Honey tastes great, and in my opinion, even better than sugar. It also has amazing beneficial properties that are actually good for your body. Honey is filled with antioxidants, which is widely considered able to ward off the signs of aging. It also naturally has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that benefit the body by fighting infection and calming upset stomachs and ulcers!

It's also fun to eat! Honey, depending on the season and what kinds of flowers it is harvested from, comes in many different flavors and consistencies. You may prefer thick honey with more floral flavors, or thinner honey with a more fruity aroma. Or you may like them all, and you can experiment using different kinds of honey with different kinds of food. Put honey on top of toast, in your smoothies, and replace sugary sodas with honey dissolved in sparkling water.

I personally enjoy adding a large dollop of organic honey to my black coffee every morning. Yum.

How to Use Corn Starch to Combat Greasy Hair

Corn starch for greasy hair

There are times when you just can't be bothered to wash your hair, but you don't want to be seen with greasy, limp hair plastered against your head. An easy solution to that is to simply get some corn starch out of your kitchen cupboard, sprinkle it on your scalp and make sure you evenly run it through your hair.

Some people call this "dry shampoo," although I personally never understood that term, because I equate shampooing with actually washing your hair. Regardless, corn starch is a great, natural way to soak up the oil in your hair, and it even gives it volume. This is the same reason why corn starch is an excellent natural face powder to set your makeup. If you happen to have a spare powder brush, use it to sweep the cornstarch along your scalp. Just remember not to use too much and make sure you really run it through your hair to avoid looking as if you have a layer of white dust on your head.

Naturally Treat Acne with Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oilSometimes the most annoying part of finding a new pimple is not the actual pimple itself, but the blemish it leaves behind that doesn't seem to fade until weeks, often months later. Even if only one pimple appears at a time, the fact that each one leaves a dark scar that takes forever to disappear creates the illusion that my complexion is covered in zits. Then I discovered tea tree oil.

Simply dilute a few drops of tea tree oil with rice or white vinegar (the ratio should be at most 20% tea tree oil to 80% vinegar), then use a cotton swab to apply the solution on the offending pimple or blemish after you've cleaned your face. This is actually similar to the face toner I make, just in a stronger concentration. I usually do this before bed and let it work its magic while I'm sleeping at night. When applied to acne, the anti-inflammatory properties of the tea tree oil works wonders in reducing any swelling and redness, which means you'll wake up finding the pimple will be smaller in size. I've also found that pimples come to a head much quicker after being treated with tea tree oil, and the skin lightens and heals much faster after the zit has been properly expelled. Since tea tree oil also has anti-bacterial properties, it reduces the chance of infection and more zits spreading around the area as well.

Some people say pure tea tree oil is safe to use on the skin, but I say err on the side of safety, and never use any essential oil directly on the skin. Doing so can cause irritation or possibly other severe auto-immune disorders.

One more great thing about about tea tree oil is one small bottle lasts forever, and it is all natural, so I don't have to worry about putting any harsh chemicals on my face. However, do be careful of over-applying, as tea tree oil itself is quite strong and it may cause problems for those with sensitive skin.

So if you're looking for a natural remedy to treat your acne, I highly recommend using tea tree oil.