Friday, March 14, 2008

Healthier and More Natural Health and Beauty Products

Over the last several weeks/months, I have been trying out a few of the ideas I have seen on the internet about health and beauty products that are more natural and healthier. I have decided to let you know about some of them and how they are working for me.

First, a few weeks ago I started using extra virgin olive oil on my face as a moisturizer. I read alot about it first, then tried it very hesitatingly. I actually love it! It is a great moisturizer, does not cause greasiness or breakouts, and makes my skin feel great! I have even been putting it on my kids faces from time to time. Now, my skin has always been dry, so I am not sure how this would work on a different skin type, although what I read said that even oily skin folks have great results. Here are a few links so you can read about it if you are interested:
The Olive Oil Source
Olive Oil: The All-Purpose Remedy

Another thing that we have been trying is using baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to brush our teeth. This started because I read about how hydrogen peroxide would whiten your teeth. I have known many people over the years who used this instead of toothpaste, so I thought I would give it a try. After just a few days, I have noticed my teeth getting whiter! And they feel SO clean! My kids and husband have been using it, too. The taste takes a little getting used to, but not too bad. I simply pour a little hydrogen peroxide on my toothbrush, then dip into some baking soda I have put in a small sealed container in the bathroom. It sort of foams up in your mouth, so you have to rinse very well. Here is some info about it for those who are interested:
How to Make Baking Soda Toothpaste
Mr. Rogers' Homemade Toothpaste for Kids
7 Tips for Natural Teeth Whitening
And here is one my daughter will love: Whiten Your Teeth With Strawberries

Thanks to my friend, Penny, I can now once again use a safe and natural deodorant - Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal! You can usually find this at WalMart, but ours don't carry it anymore. So she brought me several when she arrived this week to work with us here at Hope House. It is made from mineral salts and works better than the many other deodorants I have tried that do not have aluminum chlorohydrate (harmful to your body - may cause breast cancer).

And the best thing of all - ALL of these will save you money! So you can be frugal AND healthier! Hope you have enjoyed learning about these more natural ways to health and beauty. If you have tried or do try any of these, let me know what you think and how it works for you.

Find more ideas over at The Homesteading Carnival hosted by Rachel's Reasoning and The Festival of Frugality hosted by I've Paid for This Twice Already.


Anonymous said...

Hello, I'd like to thank you for submitting this article to the Homesteading Carnival. It's up and I hope you'll stop by and check it out!

Please announce it on your blog!

Thank you!

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