Relief for those sore and tired muscles

The age old adage to a good life ~ Work hard, play hard

Does your good life have you aching with tired or sore muscles?  Soak in an epsom salt bath.  Epsom salt can be found at most drug stores and grocery stores.  Add 1 cup of epsom salt for a smaller adult and 2 cups for a larger adult to a regular bath.  Soak for about 40 mins.  Why so long and how does it work?

Both magnesium and sulfate are found in epsom salt and can be readily absorbed through the skin.  Like a reverse osmosis process, the epsom salt will help pull the salt and toxins out of your body through the skin.  This takes about 20 mins.  Then your body can soak up the magnesium and sulfate which is the next 20 mins.

Epsom Salt

Magnesium helps reduce inflammation, improve blood flow and oxygenation.  The result is muscle relief.  Even if you’re not sore, regular epsom salt soaks just feel good and are good for you so relax, it does the body good!

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Bad water hair – lemon juice to the rescue

Minerals in your water, hard water, well water, tub and shower turning color?  This is so common and if you see it in the shower or fixtures, it’s in your hair.  Shampoo or conditioner buildup?  The salon can strip your hair, do a “Malibu” treatment or help you out somehow.

Just when you can’t stand it anymore the salon is booked or you don’t want to spend the extra cash grab the lemon juice.

Wash hair – soak hair with lemon juice for a few minutes (be careful for the eyes, it will sting)  – rinse – condition as usual – repeat as needed

Lemon juice helps remove the minerals and build up from hair products

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Vinegar – the natural, original, miracle product

Vinegar

“How do I love thee, let me count the ways”  Ok, so maybe Shakespeare is a bit much but really there are at least 100 vinegar hacks.

I’ll start with just a few of my Health and Beauty favorites –

Sunburn relief it’s Spring and now is when it’s easy to forget the sunscreen.  Before you know it, SUNBURN.  OUCH! especially for the kids.  Not to worry, gently rub or mist vinegar on the sunburn.  Not only does it instantly cool the skin, the antiseptic properties in vinegar can kill germs and should help relieve the pain.

Cuticles – At home mani or pedi time? Soak the cuticles first in vinegar to soften.

Brushes –  There comes a time for all of us…. the brushes just need to be cleaned.  It’s easy to just through away and go buy a new one (ok, a toothbrush should be replaced frequently – every 3 – 4 months is recommended by the pro’s) however for those in between times ~

  • Toothbrush – mix white vinegar, water and a little baking soda.  Let your toothbrush soak for about 30 minutes.
  • Hairbrush – soak in white vinegar and rinse then just let it hang out and dry.
  • Make up brushes – mix together a little apple cider vinegar, couple drops of dish soap and hot water.  I use a mug so the brushes will stand up nice.  Let the brushes soak, you may have to give them a little swish to help get deep into the brush depending on what kind.  Rinse well and use a towel to blot out the excess water.  Let them dry overnight.

Healthy Insides –  (Legalese – I’m not a doctor) That being said, there are numerous claims a little Apple Cider Vinegar can have a number of health benefits.  If you make any ACV mixes be careful for those pearly whites, as an acid if left on the teeth it can deteriorate the enamel.  Outside of that, if it fits the bill a little each day they say (maybe use a straw)

  • Maintain a healthy pH balance
  • A healthy pH balance stimulates overall detoxification of the body
  • Reduce heartburn
  • Good for Lymphatic system by helping to reduce mucus and sinus congestion

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