How to Use Baking Soda to Naturally Relieve Heartburn


baking soda waterThe next time you have an upset stomach due to heartburn, don't worry if you've run out of antacids, just use a little baking soda. Heartburn is usually caused by too much acid your stomach that irritates your esophagus, which in turn creates an unpleasant feeling in your chest that makes it seem like there's something wrong with your heart. Hence, the term "heartburn." Baking soda is an alkaline substance that will help neutralize the acids in your stomach and relieve the symptoms of heartburn.

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You'll Need:

- baking soda
- a glass of potable water

Directions:

1. Dilute 2 teaspoons of baking soda into the glass of water. Some recipes call for using even more baking soda, but I think that's rather unnecessary, and more baking soda gives the mixture a more unpleasant taste.

To Use:

Drink the mixture ...

... that's it.

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Usually when I use this natural remedy, my stomach feels better within a matter of minutes, but that may vary from person to person. This recipe is also probably more appropriate for adults, and shouldn't be tried on children.

It is important to keep in mind baking soda should be used sparingly for this natural remedy, which is why I don't use more than 2 teaspoons of baking soda per mixture. If you ingest too much baking soda you may end up counteracting the acid in your system to a point that your stomach actually produces more acid in order to maintain its digestive functions.

Using external ingredients to settle an upset stomach, whether by using this natural baking soda remedy or by using commercially available antacids, should also not become a habit. Habitually using external ingredients to combat heartburn can be very harmful to your body. If an upset stomach is a common occurrence for you, you should see a doctor to determine if it's a symptom of a bigger problem instead of trying to remedy it yourself all the time.


How to Use Virgin Coconut Oil to Naturally Treat Acne and Aging Skin


Virgin coconut oilPutting oil on your skin may sound like a bad idea, but not if you're using the right one. Straight virgin coconut oil has all the beneficial properties that help maintain the beauty of your complexion by combating acne, fighting the signs of aging, evening out skin tone and keeping it soft and moisturized.

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Combating Acne:

Those who suffer from acne may be hesitant to use oil to treat already oily skin, but virgin coconut oil has properties that effectively fight one of the main causes of acne — bacteria. Acne is caused by a number of issues, but most commonly the combination of excess sebum mixed with bacteria on your skin. When the white blood cells in your body move to attack the bacteria in your pores, the area becomes inflamed, causing a breakout of acne.

Virgin coconut oil can help treat acne both by incorporating it into your diet, and by applying it topically to the affected area.

It is important to make sure that you don't have an allergy to coconut oil though. This treatment may not work for those who have sensitivities to coconut oil, and may actually worsen the condition.

Fighting Signs of Aging:

Virgin coconut oil is filled with antioxidents that help combat the free radicals that contribute to aging skin. Free radicals are unstable electrons in your body that can cause damage by running rampant, causing a chain reaction of instability by pulling electrons off other molecules it comes in contact with.

Antioxidants can help reduce this damage because they can donate electrons to other unstable molecules, all the while staying stable itself. This perpetuates an environment of stability. So for the same reason why eating eat fruits filled with antioxidants, such as grapes, helps fight the signs of aging, keeping virgin coconut oil in your diet and using it as a moisturizer helps reduce inflammation and keeps your skin looking young as well.

Balancing Skin Tone and Treating Scars:

Uneven skin complexion and darkened scars can be helped with a little virgin coconut oil. To be honest, I don't know the scientific basis for why it helps, but I have found from personal experience that it is true. If your skin tone is muddled or if you have some mildly darkened scars, virgin coconut oil applied topically seems to help balance the complexion and lighten the scars much faster than other methods.


Natural sunblock:

Virgin coconut oil also works as a gentle, natural sunblock without all of the potentially harmful chemicals that go into commercial sunblocks. This doesn't mean your skin will be completely shielded against burns or skin cancer if you decide to slather yourself in coconut oil then lay out naked under the sun at high noon (you should never do that, by the way), but it does provide great daily natural coverage against harmful ultraviolet radiation. And although it helps shield against most UV rays, it still allows beneficial rays that are actually good for you to reach your skin, so your body can still synthesize the vitamin D it needs.

Keeping Skin Soft and Moisturized:

Many commercial lotions are filled with chemicals and preservatives that are absorbed into your body whenever you put it on your skin. Although these products may be fulfilling their advertised purpose — moisturizing your skin — they are also filling your body with many unneeded chemicals. This is why it's better to use a natural alternative such as virgin coconut oil, which serves the same purpose, but will not fill your body with unwanted and unnecessary elements.

In fact, I've personally found that over an extended period of time of using virgin coconut oil as a moisturizer, my skin not only always remains soft, some dry patches of eczema have also cleared up, and there is also often a healthy glow to my complexion, even though I am naturally quite pale.

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It is important to remember to only use virgin, otherwise known as cold-pressed, coconut oil. This is the kind of oil that retains all of its beneficial natural properties, because it is not heated above a certain temperature, nor are any additives added to the mix.

Coconut oil that is refined is a cheaper way of mass-producing the product, which is usually taken through a process of heating, filtering, bleaching, then mixed with other solvents and deodorized. Most of the beneficial properties have been removed from such refined oils, and in fact many of the added elements may actually be bad for you.

Virgin coconut oil is non-comedogenic, meaning it will not clog your pores, whereas refined coconut oil is — another reason why it's important to make sure you're using the right one.

An easy way to tell if you're getting virgin coconut oil instead of refined coconut oil is by simply looking at its color, as virgin coconut oil should be a snowy white color that becomes a solid at room temperature. Add it to your diet by cooking with it, or by simply taking a tablespoon per day if you can stomach ingesting it that way. Use it topically by spreading a very thin layer onto your skin. One dab goes a long way, so be sparing in the amount you use. Usually a few drops is enough to cover your entire face.

To learn more about virgin coconut oil, click here!

How to Clean Makeup Brushes Properly


A lot of people don't clean their makeup brushes for weeks, sometimes months on end. If you're one of those people, you should know that is pretty gross. Used makeup brushes accumulate grime, oil and bacteria from your face, and the longer you fail to wash them, the longer time bacteria has to fester and breed more germs. During this time, if you're continually using your brushes, you're just sweeping all that bacteria and oil back onto your face, which is not only disgusting, but can cause breakouts of unwanted acne.

This is why everyone should clean their makeup brushes frequently and properly. Ideally, you should clean your brushes after every use, but it's understandable that most people don't have that kind of time. I personally try to never go more than a week and a half without cleaning my brushes, and I wash them more frequently during times when they're getting a lot of use.


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You'll Need:

- soap
- virgin coconut oil (or other oil of your choice, hair conditioner works too)
- warm water

Directions:

Makeup brushes1. Put aside a plate or small bowl filled with a ratio of four parts liquid soap and one part coconut oil. In the picture to the left, I'm using dish washing detergent because it's gentle and works well to remove oils from makeup brushes. The oil is to help condition the brushes a little since I've found that only using soap tends to dry out the bristles and cause them to feel brittle and inflexible. I generally use virgin coconut oil for its antibacterial properties, but substituted it for olive oil in the photo for readers to see it better.

2. Wet your makeup brush with a little warm water, and dip it into the mixture, making sure to get mostly soap and a little oil.
Soapy makeup brush

3. Gently lather the soap into the bristles to clean it, periodically rinsing it and soaping it up again to make sure you get all the grime out. Make sure to keep the brush angled downwards when you're rising to avoid soaking the inside of the ferrule with water (that's the metal band that binds the bristles to the handle), this will help prevent the bristles from loosening and falling out. Lather, rinse and repeat until you're satisfied the brush is clean.
Makeup brushes
4. After you're done cleaning all your brushes, point the brush downwards and squeeze out the excess water, then lay them out under the sun to dry. Laying them out on a table and keeping a fan on and directed at the brushes also helps them dry faster.


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Hope this was helpful. Remember to wash your makeup brushes frequently to keep your skin healthy and acne-free!

Salubrious Selection: Muji Nail Polish Remover

Muji's nail polish remover is one of the best I've ever tried.

It effectively removes nail polish while remaining gentle on my nails and cuticles. It also doesn't leave the skin around my nails feeling uncomfortably dry after use. The solution has a fresh citrusy scent, without any unpleasant harsh odors.

One 100ml bottle costs about $6.00, which I think is a pretty reasonable price.