5 Non-pharmaceutical must-haves for your Medicine Cabinet
1. Witch Hazel
Witch hazel is a plant extract available at most chemists or health stores. It is a natural anti-inflammatory and astringent (which means is constricts blood vessels and tightens pores) making it excellent in the treatment of problem skin, bug bites and haemorrhoids. Witch Hazel also helps to reduce bags under eyes, treat varicose veins, heal diaper rash and soothe stings. You can also alleviate the itching of chicken pox and help to heal bruises faster.
2. Baking Soda
Baking Soda mixed to a paste with water and applied directly to the skin is great soother for bee stings. The active ingredient, sodium bicarbonate, also helps neutralise foot odour by regulating the pH levels of your skin. Mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda into 4 litres of water and soak your feet for 5 minutes.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar fights dandruff by changing the pH levels of the scalp, preventing the growth of yeast and flaking skin. It can also be used to break a fever, prevent UTI's, reduce swelling, aid digestion, treat sunburn, as a mouthwash, to remove warts and a myriad of other things. Apple cider vinegar can be used in your beauty regime, your medicinal treatments and even to clean around the house - a definite must-have.
4. Himalayan Rock Salt
Containing the same 84 minerals that our bodies require (and in an absorbable ionised state!), Himalayan rock salt is a fantastic treatment and preventive for a number of ailments. You can treat mouth ulcers by gargling the salt (1/2 Tsp to half a glass of water), promote a healthy pH, maintain a healthy blood sugar level, aid in sinus health and much more.
5. Duct Tape
This may seem like a strange "medicinal" must-have but duct tape is an excellent method of wart removal. It works to starve the wart of oxygen. Keep the wart covered for 6 days, then soak in water and scrub the top layer of skin with an emery board. Repeat this until the wart is gone. The tape can also be used to secure bandages or splints in an emergency.