Natural Drugstore Remedies

Switching to eco-beauty and eco-cleaning products can be easy compared to finding natural options when you have a pounding headache. But fear not! Over the years I have found some really great all-natural options for various medicines and personal care items. So if you find yourself in need of something at the drugstore – here are my favorite natural remedies:

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical doctor so if you are ever in need of medical care, please go see a doctor or health care professional.

Allergy & Sinus

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If you haven’t used a neti pot – you need to try it. I know it looks really intimidating and a bit scary, but it’s really not bad at all. And it’s AMAZING for allergies. I can’t remember what kind mine is, but it is a white ceramic one that looks like this one. I use this nasal cleansing salt. The 8 oz bag has lasted me forever. It doesn’t really matter which salt you use, as long it is NOT table salt with iodine. Also, be sure to not use tap water because of the very rare chance it has amoebas. I use filtered water and then bring it to boiling, just to be safe. I then let it cool until it’s warm. I use this ‘recipe': 1 cup water, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda. My doctor gave me this ratio so it’s what I use and it works for me :o)

Anti-microbial/Anti-bacterial

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Tea tree oil is my go-to for everything. It’s awesome for acne and for random bumps or bites. It can be used for psoriasis, just mix it with some jojoba oil and dab over areas. It can even be used on toenail fungus, cold sores, chicken pox and athlete’s foot! How is that for versatile? I love it.

If you have something that looks like an infection, please see a doctor though – just in case.

Cold/Flu

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Whenever I feel a cold/flu coming on, I reach for a few things. One is Herb Pharm’s Immune Defense tonic. This stuff really works. Within 24 hours of taking this stuff, I start feeling better. I’ve tried other immune tonics before, but I have the most luck with this one. I even give to my friends when they are sick and they always come back really impressed with how well it works.

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I’m also a big fan of elderberry syrup. I buy Gaia Herb’s. At the first sign of feeling sick, I start taking two teaspoons and day and I really think it helps prevent colds from coming on, or helps them go away quickly.

I’ve also done a past post on cold/flu fighters which has some other favorites of mine.

Deodorant

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I have reviewed lots of great natural deodorants over the years of having this blog. Some great ones are Soapwalla, Schmidt’s, Bubble & Bee’s Cream Deodorant, Greenbody, Colorado Pit Stik – and I’m sure there are others I have forgotten. I recently started using Meow Meow Tweet’s deodorant and LOVE it. Like all natural deodorants, it won’t stop you from sweating. But this has worked great at keeping me from being stinky.

Feminine Care

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Natracare is my go-to brand for feminine care. I’ve tried other brands, but I like Natracare the most. I use their cotton panty liners, tampons with applicator and ultra pads – and all of them are great! If you are not using all natural feminine care – you need to! Here’s an interesting blog post that sums up all the reasons why.

Headache

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Headaches are tough ones. But I have found a natural option which actually works well! Hylands Headache are homeopathic tablets that melt in your mouth. I was a little skeptical at first but after trying them for the first time, I was sold.

butterbur

If you get migraines/chronic headaches, you may want to check out Butterbur. I read about it in a magazine and then a previous coworker saw a neurologist who specialized in migraines and recommended Butterbur to her. So it must really work! I haven’t personally used it because I don’t have any issues with chronic headaches, but I wanted to include it since I have heard great things. Be sure to check for interactions if you take other medications.

Muscle Injury

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If muscles are more than just being sore and there is pain and/or inflammation, I use Traumeel cream. My mom twisted her knee not that long ago and was in quite a bit of pain. I lent her my Traumeel and she loved it too! It also works well for swelling. When my back was injured, I would sometimes get some inflammation in my lower back on the sides. All it took was a bit of Traumeel and the swelling went away.

UPDATE: after posting, I discovered that Traumeel re-formulated and their cream base is not nearly as natural as it used to be. The active ingredients are also slightly different. I still have an old tube, and will be hunting down any remaining Traumeel tubes I can find!

Of course, if you have a serious injury and need medical advice, please see a doctor.

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And don’t forget about ice! Ice works amazingly well on muscle pain and swelling. Just don’t ever put ice directly on skin, you don’t want to add frostbite on top of muscle pain. I put ice in a bag and wrap in a towel. I’ve always been told to do 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off by healthcare professionals, so that’s what I do.

Petroleum Jelly Alternative

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Petroleum jelly is a go-to for many people for a variety of reasons. If you are looking for a natural version, check out Waxelene. I use it as a lip balm, but you could use it for any reason you would use petroleum jelly.

Sleep Aids

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Valerian Root is my absolute go-to when I need help sleeping. I buy Gaia Herb’s pills. I have tried it in liquid and I don’t mind it – but I have to warn you, some people hate the taste. My boyfriend could not stomach it and said it tasted like feet (really, he said feet). So pills are probably the safer bet :o)

If you haven’t tried Valerian Root before, be warned. It can really cause drowsiness so don’t take this before driving or operating heavy machinery (you know, like tractors and stuff). Also, be sure that any medicines you currently take do not interact with it.

Sore Muscles and/or Cramps

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There are three products I reach for when I have sore muscles. The strongest one is Soothing Touch Narayan Gel. This little gel packs a punch, it has a nice clove smell too. It also works great for cramps! I just rub it on my abdomen and it really helps.

sombra

I was introduced to Sombra by my chiropractor. It has a sweet orange scent to it, which is a nice change from the typical eucalyptus-menthol smell. It’s not quite as strong as the Narayen Gel, but I still really like it.

Lastly, Farmaesthetics Deep Lavender Rub is a really nice rub that is great for massaging sore muscles. It has a relaxing lavender scent too.

Toothpaste

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I have tried a few natural toothpastes, but my favorite is Earthpaste. It does take some getting used to since it doesn’t have anything which makes it foam and it’s also brown-colored, but don’t let that stop you! This is one awesome toothpaste. I’ve been using it for at least a year now, and it has kept my teeth clean and gums healthy. I use the Cinnamon one, but they make other flavors too and I hear the Wintergreen is very tasty.

Upset Stomach

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When my stomach isn’t feeling so well, I really like Yogi’s Stomach Ease tea. It has a nice flavor to it and the warmth of it can be really relaxing.

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And while this isn’t specifically for stomachs, I swear that sometimes all my stomach needs to feel better is some bubbles! I really like flavored Perrier. They have good flavors and it doesn’t contain any sugar OR artificial sweeteners. The slim cans in Lime is my favorite, and best of all – can be found at pretty much any grocery store.

 

That’s it for my favorite natural remedies! Are there any products or ailments I missed? What are your favorites?

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical doctor. Please don’t take what I say as medical advice, I’m just sharing what works for me. If you have any questions on how what I say may affect your health, please talk to your medical care provider. Some of these products were provided to me to try. The choice to review is 100% my own! This post contains affiliate links.

6 Ways to Shimmer and Glow

Skin can start to look dull and dry in the winter – but you can’t start 2015 with dull skin! Here are some great ways to get your skin back to looking naturally healthy, glowing and fabulous:

Exfoliate

For some reason, I tend to see and hear about exfoliation products for mostly oily/acne-prone skin. Dry skin needs exfoliation too! Un-exfoliated skin can really look dull as old, dead skin cells build up. The best way to keep skin looking healthy is to exfoliate regularly. And by regularly, I don’t mean harsh exfoliants every day. You want to gently remove dead skin cells from the top layer – not exfoliate your skin off. Even with mild exfoliants, I only use a few days a week at the most and then use a stronger exfoliant once every few weeks or so.

TNB_exfoliating-cleanserTrue Nature Botanicals just launched their Exfoliating Cleanser and I was very lucky to get to try it before the launch and have been using it the past several weeks. Well of course it is spectacular. I will be honest in that I was skeptical at first. Cleansers aren’t on your skin for very long and then are rinsed down the drain, so how in the world are they going to do any real exfoliation? When I first used it, the manual exfoliation felt very light, so I thought there was no way this would do anything. Then in the morning when I woke up and felt my face, it was soft and smooth and gorgeous! It felt like I had put on some exfoliating gel or cream overnight, but I just used this cleanser and my normal moisturizers (Blissoma Pure mixed with True Nature Botanicals Pacific Oil). I’m guessing it’s the mushroom extract that does the light exfoliation overnight. I’m not quite sure how it works, but it does. I have been using it most nights per week and am totally sold. It even removes face makeup well, but unfortunately does not fully remove eye makeup (plus I don’t really want any exfoliating near my delicate eye area) so I use an eye makeup remover on nights I use this. Plus, it hasn’t irritated my skin at all which is pretty cool because I have very sensitive skin.

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If you prefer manual exfoliation, you can’t go wrong with the Clarisonic. I have had the Mia for years and it still works great. Just be sure to not overdo it – it’s really easy to get a little too excited about using it and you’ll end up with raw skin. I use the delicate brush, it’s the softest and most gentle. No need to buy the harsh “deep pore” brush – you’re not sanding paint off a piece of wood! Skin is delicate. When I first got the Clarisonic, I used it all the time but now I only use it once a month or so. It’s great for a deeper exfoliation (even with the delicate brush).

Moisturize

Of course, dry skin isn’t going to look glowy and fabulous if it’s really dry. I just did a post about my favorite moisturizing products for dry skin, so I’ll just refer you to that post rather than repeat myself!

Face

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As my boyfriend often says, “fake it ’til you make it.” If your skin doesn’t naturally glow, then fake it ;o) I have a mild obsession with highlighters, I own around 5 different ones…maybe more. My favorite cream one is Au Naturale’s. I also own W3LL People’s (more bold) and ILIA’s (more subtle), which are more of a whitish/silver color while Au Naturale’s is peachy. If you prefer powder highlighters, Alima Pure’s Luna is my favorite. There is no shortage of highlighters in the natural beauty world!

The picture below is using Au Naturale’s cream highlighter above my cheekbones and along the bridge of my nose.

Eyes

allure-shadowAlso, don’t forget your eyes! Using a light color in the inner and outer corners of your eyes, and even a thin line underneath will make your eyes (and face) look vibrant and awake. Some of my favorite light eye shadows include Alima Pure’s Buttercream, Silk Natural’s  Homecoming Queen and Jane Iredale’s Allure. Lately I have been using Lily Lolo’s Laid Bare palette which comes with two light colors, and right now you can get 20% off Lily Lolo using the code: wellbeauty20. Yay for sales!

For an even extra pop of shimmer, apply the eye shadow wet. I love to use the light color all over and then apply it wet as an eyeliner. The picture below is using Alima Pure’s Buttercream all over and then wet as an eyeliner above and below the lash lines.

Lips

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Lips can get especially dry in the winter. To avoid having chapped, dry looking lips, be sure to lightly exfoliate lips (I like to use my toothbrush!), keep them hydrated with your favorite balm (these and this are my favorites) and then top it off with a gloss. Matte lipsticks do not help skin or lips look moisturized, so load up on lip gloss and lip balm to keep lips looking great!

My go-to lip gloss lately has been Jane Iredale’s Nectar. It has a slight peachy tint with a hint of shimmer and is SUPER moisturizing. I’m wearing it in the picture below.

Nails

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Of course, if your skin is going to look glowing and fabulous, you need fabulous nails. I’ve recently discovered Pure Euphoria nail polish and LOVE it. It’s not just nail polish, it actually has essential oils in the polish so it smells good too! I have a few of their colors, but my favorite is Purity – an awesome metallic peachy, rose gold color. It goes perfect with a natural, glowing face. After my mani, my nails smelled like lavender for two days, which is a nice bonus!

So put all of these products and tips together and what do you have? A fabulous, glowing, shimmery face – perfect for winter!

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What are your favorite products to shimmer and glow?

Disclosure: Some of these products were samples provided to me to try. Opinions and the choice to review are 100% my own! I was not financially compensated for writing this blog post. This post contains affiliate links.

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