Remove Warts at Home With Vinegar and Tea Tree Oil

Remove Warts at Home With Vinegar and Tea Tree Oil
I've had this small flat bump on the side of my finger for the longest time, and it never bothered me. I had always assumed it was maybe just a flesh-colored mole that popped up there one day, until one day, during one of my episodes of hypochondria, I was scrolling through an online medical site when I came across a block of text that described this benign growth on my finger almost exactly.

It was a wart.

I was first surprised, then disbelieving, then anxious to get it off my body. I had always assumed warts would be these horrible, disfiguring growths similar to those you would see on the ends of witches' noses in the cartoons I watched growing up. This thing on my finger was nothing like that. It was just a barely noticeable bump, and wasn't of an alarming shape, size or color.

But still, it was a wart, and I wanted I gone.

However, I'm also lazy. I was loathe to make an appointment with a dermatologist, then have to: first, make time to go there; second, spend money either on medication, or to have it frozen off.

After some research online, I've found that many people have discovered a successful cheaper, more natural way to get rid of warts by themselves at home. I decided to give it a shot, and it worked! So here I am to share my take on a natural remedy for getting rid of warts with you all.

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You'll Need:

- apple cider vinegar (white or rice vinegar work too)
- tea tree essential oil
- cotton round/pad
- medical tape

Directions:

1. Apply enough vinegar to the cotton round or cotton pad to completely cover your wart.
2. Apply at least 5 drops of tea tree oil on the vinegar-soaked area of the cotton.
3. Place the cotton directly onto the wart, making sure to cover it entirely so that it is in constant contact with the solution, then use medical tape to keep the cotton securely in place.
4. Keep over the wart for at least an hour, or for however long you can tolerate it, as it may begin to sting after awhile.
5. Reapply as needed as often as possible daily until the wart is completely gone.

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I can testify that this really works, in fact, surprisingly well. Most people use apple cider vinegar to get rid of their warts, but as that is hard to find in the area where I live, I opted for rice vinegar, and that was just as effective.

First you might not notice a difference, but please be patient! How quickly this remedy works also depends on the size and location of your wart, and your body's own immune system in fighting the wart-causing virus off.

After a time, perhaps even after the first application, the wart may become soft, white and almost of a mushy consistency. At some point when it is drying out between treatments, it will turn dry and scab over. Then one day, it will simply flake off, leaving a patch of sensitive, perhaps even pink, new skin underneath. For good measure, I would continue to apply the solution in the same area for at least a few more treatments to make sure you've gotten all of it.

Don't give in to the urge to pick at the wart before it's ready to come off. It will eventually fall away on its own if you simply remain diligent about the treatment. If you pick at it, you might even inadvertently cause the wart to spread by causing damage to the surrounding area, allowing the virus to infect healthy skin.

This treatment is most effective if you leave it on overnight, but this might not be possible if the wart is in an awkward or sensitive area, or if the solution begins to sting, causing too much discomfort for you to be able to rest properly. In short, it's best to leave the solution in contact with the wart for as long as possible until it finally falls off or disappears.

I imagine this remedy would work for any kind of wart, including genital warts. However, I would advise being very careful about applying this remedy to as sensitive area as the genitals, as it can sting after awhile, which I imagine would be even more painful in the crotch area.

This at-home treatment is all about patience and diligence, and you may feel discouraged if you don't see results right away. Try not to despair and keep at it. From other testimonies I've read it seems like this natural remedy has helped a lot of people deal with any kind of wart on their bodies, and from my own experience I can vouch for this treatment as being one that really works.

Is Humidity Making You Sick?

Is Humidity Making You Sick?
You try to eat right, exercise, and you always wash your hands — but one often overlooked way of staying healthy is making sure the humidity levels in your home are under control. If you never seem able to shake your allergies or are constantly suffering from respiratory illnesses, the humidity in the air may be to blame.

This is something I consider to be a much overlooked yet very important health issue, so brace yourself for an extremely comprehensive post about humidity.

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What is humidity?

Humidity is the amount of moisture that exists in the air. It might not seem to be big a deal to worry about how "wet" the air is, but if you've ever lived in a tropical climate with high humidity, you know just how much it can contribute to making hot conditions worse and how uncomfortable it can make you feel.

Various research seems to show that the optimum humidity level for inside a home should be anywhere 35% and 50%. Too humid, and you may find you’re constantly sweaty, anxious and having trouble breathing. The surfaces in your home might also feel a little sticky to the touch. Too dry, and you might suffer from dry eyes and itchy skin.

What happens to our bodies when humidity is too high?

When humans regulate their body temperature, they often sweat when it’s too hot. However, when the surrounding environment is too humid, our ability to cool ourselves through sweat is severely compromised. This is because sweat takes heat away from the body by exiting through the skin, where it evaporates. However, humid conditions make it more difficult for sweat to evaporate in the air, therefore leaving you a sticky mess.

Although a few degrees difference in humidity may not seem like a big deal, it does dramatically affect the temperature in your home overall. When the humidity of environment is high, it can make the actual temperature feel much hotter than it actually is. Think about it. When you’re outside on a sunny, dry day, 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius) may not feel too bad, but add humid conditions to that and suddenly you become a human puddle. This is because when your core temperature is high your body is actually working extra hard to cool it down, yet as the sweat has trouble evaporating due to humid conditions, you're not actually cooling down at all while you're still losing water and other chemicals that your body needs to continue functioning properly. This could lead to serious health consequences, such as dehydration and heat stroke.

This is why it’s important to keep your home environment as close to conditions that will preserve your regular core temperature as possible.

How does humidity also indirectly affect our health?

High humidity can also indirectly impact our health by affecting our surroundings. For example, when the humidity in your home is too high, moisture tends to linger in poorly ventilated areas. Think of your bathroom for example; moisture in corners of the bathroom that don't get a lot of moving air eventually results in the growth of mildew. Beyond looking dirty and unpleasant, mildew contributes to allergies and could trigger asthma. Humid conditions that allow condensation and water to collect in various locations also breeds bacteria, which is also harmful to human health.

What happens when humidity is too low?

So far it seems like it's mostly high humidity conditions that cause the most damage to our health and surroundings, but on the flip side, it's isn't ideal for the humidity to be too low either. Your body is consistently expelling moisture whether you know it or not, and when your surrounding environment is too dry, more moisture leaves your body via your skin, which can become itchy and dried out, perhaps even cracking and bleeding. It isn't really that strange when you think about it; if you've ever suffered from chapped lips, that's usually the most common result of staying in environments that are too dry.

Less humid conditions can also dry out your mucus membranes, leading to dry eyes and dry noses, and if you've ever experienced a bloody nose you know how unpleasant that is. Experiencing dry eyes and noses and maybe a scratchy throat isn't merely unpleasant though, it could lead to an entire host of other problems. If your body is too "dry" in this regard, it has more trouble trapping viruses and bacteria that could potentially do you harm. The purpose of well-hydrated mucus membranes in our bodies is to help filter out such unwanted things, and when they can no longer do this you become more prone to being infected with disease.

What is the optimum humidity level for the home?

As mentioned earlier, it seemed a comfortable level for inside the home would be anywhere between 35% and 50%, although this varies from person to person. I personally like to keep the air in my home on the "wetter" side at 45% humidity. This seems to agree with all my plants, my walls, my furniture, and most importantly, my health.

However, it's important to adjust your humidity levels at home to your comfort levels, and depending on the weather outside and the season.

How do I check the humidity levels in my home?

Beyond listening to your body to figure out what your comfort level is, the easiest way to figure out the humidity level inside your home is to get a hygrometer. They don't cost very much and they're an easy to way to see how humid it is at a glance. Keep in mind that if you live in a big space it might be prudent to get more than one, as humidity levels can change from room to room.

How do I control the humidity levels in my home?

If you have a humidifier or dehumidifier, they sometimes have hygrometers built into the machines with displays to tell you what the current humidity level is, and settings allow you to control what you would like your humidity level to be at. If you live in a mostly dry climate, it is recommended that you keep a humidifier at home, and of course, if you live in a humid environment, invest in a dehumidifier. Good ones sometimes can be a little costly, but consider it a long term investment for your health to keep you from getting sick.

Some people may live in unique climates where they need to keep both a humidifier and dehumidifier in the home to switch out depending on the season and weather, or perhaps even depending on different areas in the house. For example, your bedroom on the second floor may experience very dry conditions and you might feel better by putting a small humidifier in there. However, the basement might be prone to damp conditions and in order to keep the area free of moisture and bacteria, it's best to keep a dehumidifier in there.

Don't discount the usefulness of a strategically opened or closed door or window. If your bathroom has a window, sometimes it's a lot easier to keep that space dry just by opening it if the weather allows, rather than running a dehumidifier, which in comparison is a waste of resources and can be costly in terms of electric bills.

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I hope this post was helpful to everyone and stresses the importance of keeping humidity levels in your home at a comfortable range so that not only will you save your walls and furniture, but maybe save a few dollars in medical bills too!

Make Your Own Mosquito Repellent at Home

essential oil bottlesThere are some pretty horrific mosquito infestations where I live at during certain times of the year, but electric fly swatters will only do so much. Not willing to cover myself in poisonous DEET every time I step out the door, I had to come up with another solution to keeping these little vampires away from me.

Of course, I could simply buy DEET-free mosquito repellent. Burt's Bees mosquito repellent is actually my favorite mosquito repellent on the market. However, going through bottles of that can get expensive.

So instead, I opted to use some of the essential oils I've collected to create my own natural mosquito repellent.

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Make Your Own Mosquito Repellent at HomeYou'll Need:

- basil essential oil
- citronella essential oil
- eucalyptus essential oil
- lemongrass essential oil
- peppermint essential oil
- lavender essential oil
- vanilla extract or vanilla essential oil
- vodka (a cheap one will do)
- clean 300-ml spray bottle

*You don't necessarily need ALL of these ingredients for this to work, but the more the merrier.

Directions:

1. Fill 85-90% of the spray bottle with vodka.
2. Fill the remaining space with any combination of the oils listed in the ingredients. You don't need to combine all of them, as they are all mosquito-repelling oils, so feel free to mix and match ratios and ingredients to create a scent that you like. I personally like to heavy on vanilla and/or fruity ingredients, as I'm not a huge fan of floral or herbal scents. Keep the total volume of oils in your mixture to 15% or below though, as a ratio higher may cause irritation to the skin.

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When you need to use your homemade spray, simply shake up the bottle and spray away. Reapply as needed. Good luck!

Keep Plant Pests Away With This Homemade Hot Pepper Spray

Keep Plant Pests Away With This Homemade Hot Pepper Spray
The downside of enjoying keeping plants around the house is that sometimes they get attacked by pests, anything from mites to caterpillars. Not being a huge fan of using poisonous chemicals to keep pests away, I've turned to another alternative a spray derived from habanero peppers. As it turns out, habanero peppers are not only delicious as a salsa ingredient, but they're also quite the effective as a deterrent for bugs and parasites that like to feast on my plants.

As luck would have it, I happen to have a potted habanero plant in my home that was just about ready to be harvested.

WARNING: Habaneros are extremely hot peppers and they can cause numbness and pain in your fingers if you handle them without gloves. It's also very dangerous if you get the oils of the pepper on your face or in your eyes, so please make sure to protect yourself accordingly if you want to make your own hot pepper spray.


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You'll Need:

- 1/2 cup of habanero peppers
- two cloves of garlic
- water
- cheesecloth or a strainer
- gloves
- goggles
- a spray bottle

Directions:

1. Put on the gloves and goggles on to make sure your eyes and your hands are protected from the hot oils of the habanero pepper. If you do not do this, you run the risk of getting the oils on your skin or accidentally in your eyes. Although you might only experience some discomfort and numbness in your fingers if you get it on your hands, it's a much more terrible situation if a spurt of oil hits you i the eye when you're cutting up the peppers.

2. Dice the habanero peppers and garlic as finely as you can (turns out garlic also helps deter many different kinds of plant pests too!), then put it in a bowl. Pour two cups of water into it and let it sit for at least 12 hours. If you have a food processor even better. Simply put the peppers, the garlic and water into the food processor and blend it until it becomes a fine mush.

3. Pour the mixture through a strainer or piece of cheesecloth in a bowl. Make sure you are extracting only liquid from the mixture and not any of the debris. Then pour the remaining liquid into a spray bottle. You might need a funnel to do this.

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And there you have it, your own hot pepper spray! Mist this over your plants every couple of weeks to keep parasites and pests away. I've been doing this for a month or so and it seems to be working so far. I would advise against making the solution any more concentrated than this recipe, as hot pepper sprays that are too strong might actually end up harming your plant.

Good luck!

Easy Ways to Freshen the Scent of Your Home


Easy Ways to Freshen the Scent of Your Home
Sometimes all sorts of odd smells get trapped inside the home — whether it's from stale air or the lingering aroma of cooking in the kitchen. Fortunately, there are few easy ways to keep the air inside your home fresh that don't include buying plug-in air fresheners or spraying Febreze all over the place.

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1. Place Vanilla Extract or Essential Oils On Your Light Bulbs

Turning on the lights is something that many people have to do on a daily basis anyway, so wouldn't be nice if while they're on they also served the dual function of freshening the air? Simply place a few drops of vanilla extract (or your favorite essential oils) on the light bulbs in your house and every time you turn them on, the heat emanating from the bulbs will help dissipate the scent of the liquid. This easily produces a pleasant smell that will fill every corner of your home. Don't worry, this won't hurt your light bulbs.


2. Scent Your Air Purifier

If you happen to have an air purifier in your home that you regularly use, get more out of it by placing a few drops of the essential oil of your choice on its air filter. Do this about once a week. This is an extremely effective way to disseminate a pleasant smell throughout your house. I personally like using a clean musk or lavender scent to create a clean scent into my home. A few drops of essential oils will suffice, as air purifiers are extremely efficient at spreading the smell throughout a house. Adding too much to the filter might even cause the smell to become a tad overwhelming. And again, don't worry, this won't hurt your air purifier.

Easy Ways to Freshen the Scent of Your Home3. Get Some Indoor Plants

Did you know that there are many different kinds of plants that you can keep indoors that will clean the air for you? I will post a more in-depth piece on this at a later date, but for now, just know that there are many easy-to-take-care-of plants that will not only freshen the air in your home, but will actually remove toxins as well. This means not only will the air smell fresher, the plants are also improving your health at the same time. Among the plants you might consider getting are golden pothos, peace lilies, aloe plants and snake plans. All of these are extremely easy to take care of and don't require a lot of light or regular watering

4. Make Some Potpourri

If you like placing flowers around the house, then you also know that flowers will eventually die. But don't throw them out! Hang them up upside down until they're completely dried out, then separate the petals from the stem and place them in a bowl. If you'd like you can add a few other things, such as pine cones, to make it more aesthetically pleasing. Then simply take your favorite essential oils and drip them over your homemade potpourri. This should create a nice little decoration that will give off a pleasant scent, tickling the olfactory sense of whoever happens to be walking by. When it no longer gives off a scent, simply refresh the bowl by adding more essential oils to it.

5. Boil Some Lemons

Easy Ways to Freshen the Scent of Your HomeTo be honest, this isn't my favorite way to freshen the air in the house but I feel like I would be remiss if I didn't include it in this list. Simply cut up some lemons, and if you like, add a couple cinnamon sticks or sprigs of rosemary to a pot filled with water. Then put it over the stove until boiling. This will allow the natural smells of the ingredients to permeate the house. However, I've tried this method several times and I never felt like the smell was strong enough to my liking, nor did it create a long-lasting scent. Additionally, it required using perfectly good lemons, cinnamon sticks and rosemary sprigs that I could have used to cook other things. It required using up energy by keeping it burning on the stove. Quite evidently, this isn't my favorite method of freshening up the house, but if it is something that tickles your fancy, by try by all means give it a try.

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Hope this was helpful! If you have any other good ideas for how to easily freshen up the air in the house without commercial products, please share them in the comments below!