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How To Make Your Own Natural Headache Balm

How To Make Your Own Natural Headache Balm
How To Make Your Own Natural Headache BalmPhoto – Everydayroots.com (with permission)

As some of you may know, there has been some controversy lately over the safety pharmaceutical headache remedies, with the BBC reporting that they may in fact be causing “millions of headaches” and setting up a “vicious cycle” of painkiller use.

There are the other potential side effects, too. I know all about this: I can’t take Ibuprofen as it leads to internal bleeding, even if I only use a small amount! It’s also well known that some of these substances can be taxing to the liver and kidneys.

It really helps to have some alternative options to try. Our good friends at Everyday Roots have done it again, and come up with a fantastic balm that uses 100% natural ingredients.

We have also featured a couple of posts in the past all about natural headache remedies – and although their titles are similar, these are in fact completely different pages with numerous different remedies listed:

18 Natural Remedies For Headaches

19 Homemade Headache Remedies

We also have a page on herbs for migraines if you are interested in more:

Ok here is the link to the full Natural Headache Balm tutorial: http://everydayroots.com/soothing-roots-balm

Do you have any other tips and natural headache remedies to share? Please let us know on our Facebook page or in the comments. šŸ™‚

How to Make Your Own All-Natural Insecticides and Pesticides

How to Make Your Own All-Natural Insecticides and PesticidesImage – FrugallySustainable.com (via web archive)

We’ve discovered a wonderful, easy-to-make formula for a “Homemade All-Purpose Insecticide Spray” that uses all natural ingredients. It’s perfect for anyone who doesn’t want to spray poisons around their garden.

I don’t think anyone really wants to spray poisons around their garden, actually. I just think that most people do not know of any alternative, and when little critters like aphids appear on their precious plants, they simply want to be rid of them before they destroy the crops or blooms.

I would suggest to customize this formula with the addition of essential oils known to have insecticide qualities. I’ve written a detailed page about essential oils as insecticides which also links to numerous scientific studies.

Frugally Sustainable also lists a couple of other insecticide formulas. One is a “general” insecticide formula – which is made simply with water and soap! This has been found to be surprisingly effective against all kinds of insects – as the soap breaks down their waterproofing. One thing I would add to this – use fragrance-free, plain soap that is free from other chemicals.

The third formula is one for spider mites, which I have not tried. Spider mites are considered one of the most serious agricultural pests. Something I would like to add here also – essential oils are also known to work well against spider mites – and a mix of neem oil 50/50 with plain liquid soap, added at around 1/4 cup to a gallon of water, is very effective against spider mites. If spraying spider mites, be sure to get the underside of the leaves and don’t miss any areas of the plants! Red Thyme, Lemon Eucalyptus, Citronella, Pennyroyal, Caraway Seed and Cloverleaf essential oils have been found effective against red spider mites that had become resistant to chemical pesticides. [1]

Here, then, is the link (via web archive) to the full tutorial:

http://frugallysustainable.com/2012/03/in-the-garden-how-to-make-your-own-homemade-organic-insecticides-and-pesticides

Reference:

[1] Han J, et al. (2010) Toxicity of plant essential oils to acaricide-susceptible and -resistant Tetranychus urticae (Acari: Tetranychidae) and Neoseiulus californicus (Acari: Phytoseiidae). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20857739

How To Make Your Own Fabric Softener Crystals

How To Make Your Own Fabric Softener Crystals
How To Make Your Own Fabric Softener Crystals. Image – OneGoodThingByJillee.com (with permission)

Our latest discovery is an “outrageously simple” home-made alternative – fabric softener crystals. This product is typically added to laundry powder at the start of the wash in order to add a nice scent, make fabrics feel soft and help them remain static-free.

As you are probably aware, most regular cleaning products purchased at the store contain powerful chemicals – and this is for scent purposes as well as cleaning. Chances are, also, that the scent products used are industrially produced fragrance chemicals…. and as you can imagine, there are all kinds of possibilities here for health concerns.

Jillee’s homemade fabric softener couldn’t be easier, really – it uses just epsom salts and essential oils. Epsom salt is also inexpensive – especially when bought in bulk. I am looking right now at a 20-pound bag of high quality Epsom salt on Amazon.com for $29.99 with free shipping – and it gets almost all 5-star reviews! This is a huge bag and will last a really long time, as well as be useful for many other purposes. To get some ideas, take a look at our post that mentions 21 uses for epsom salts.

Anyway here is the link to the full homemade fabric softener tutorial:

http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2013/01/make-your-own-fabric-softener-crystals.html