5 Common Household Substances Which Have Health Benefits

Health and beauty products are often expensive and can contain a lot of manufactured substances you might be concerned about using on your skin. However, the good news is that there are several household items in the back of your cupboards and draws which could be beneficial for your health. Often these things are bought with one purpose in mind, and once they have been used, you might not be sure what to do with them. Here are a few examples of products which you could get some better use out of, and save money at the same time.

Epsom Salts 

Epsom salts are traditionally used for the garden, to improve plant growth, and to keep away garden pests such as slugs. But Epsom salts, or magnesium sulfate, has many more uses than just making your grass greener. Put Epsom salts in your bath to aid stress reduction and to relieve any muscular aches and pains. Magnesium sulfate is a natural anti-inflammatory and will absorb through your skin when dissolved in water, replenishing your body’s magnesium levels and flushing out toxins. Have a look at the preparedness mama website to find out more uses of Epsom salts.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is beneficial for reducing your cholesterol levels, and also has anti-bacterial properties. On top of the benefits of consuming coconut oil, it is also a great moisturizer for your hair and skin. Coconut oil will nourish your skin when applied topically and will provide your hair with the healthy fats it needs to stay healthy, giving it that shiny glow everyone craves. Coconut oil can also be brushed onto teeth to remove stains and whiten them, making it a health and beauty must-have.

Apple cider vinegar 

Apple cider vinegar has antibiotic properties, and consuming it can aid digestive issues and improve the symptoms of a cold, such as a blocked nose or a sore throat. As well as this, adding a small amount of apple cider vinegar to your bath can improve your complexion by restoring the natural pH balance of the skin. It is also good for your hair, helping to detangle frizz and knots, and giving your hair a soft, shiny finish by closing the hair cuticle.

Oatmeal 

As well as lowering cholesterol and being a good source of complex carbohydrates when consumed as part of a healthy diet, oatmeal can also benefit your skin. Topically applying oatmeal can improve the appearance of dry skin and eczema, and has been used as a home remedy for chicken pox for generations. You can ground the oats into a thick powder and add a small amount of water for a natural exfoliant, or add a few more ingredients to create a soothing face mask.

Green tea 

Many people drink green tea for its natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatory effects, but green tea can also be used on your skin. The tannin is a natural astringent found in teas, and by placing a cool teabag under your eyes, your pores will close, and the skin will tighten to give you a more polished glow. Using green tea on your skin can also reduce the amount of oil produced by the skin, and reduce blackheads.