1. Stevia Salve
I’ve recently been trying a new homemade ointment for wounds…
In India, researchers at St. John’s College of Pharmacy recently made a wound salve from stevia extract and soft white paraffin in hopes that it would rival the the povidone-iodine (commonly sold as Betadine) ointment used for cleaning minor wounds. (source)
While we typically use stevia as a sweetener, the countries Brazil and Paraguay, use it topically to enhance healing and reduce scarring of cuts, burns, wounds, acne, dermatitis, and other skin afflictions.
In the above study, the ointment was tested on open wounds and was found to be equal to or (in some cases) better than the povidone-iodine solution. In addition, the wounds treated with stevia had NO scarring, while the wounds treated with the povidone-iodine did.
To make your own salve, simply mix a liquid stevia extract (I like this NOW brand) with some petroleum jelly (AKA soft white paraffin).
In the study, the ratio was 5% stevia to 95% petroleum jelly….I just mix a few drops stevia into about a teaspoon of Vaseline Pure Petroleum Jelly.
I have found the homemade ointment to help with inflammation in addition to its anti-bacterial properties. It’s always nice to have something you can eat AND use as medicine.
2. Eat Pumpkin Seeds!
Have you ever suspected that you have parasites? Some common symptoms include:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Poor Immunity
Pumpkin seeds may be of some help. They have been touted as a remedy for intestinal worms and can be used in radically high amounts in combination with a laxative to expel the horrid critters.
I like to snack on them throughout a day for their high zinc content, as well as aiding with any bugs that may be lurking…
3. DIY Glycolic Acid Peel
I recently purchased this little gem…
After I stopped breast-feeding my youngest daughter, my hormones became a bit erratic. I’ve had a few stubborn break-outs because of my recent fluctuations, and decided to try this at-home peel.
I love it! Three minutes on my face, and it took off multiple layers of dead skin. The detailed directions were easy to follow, and I can’t wait to see my results after multiple uses.
4. Create Your Own Protein Powder
While I’m not a big fan of protein powders, my husband is very much into both fitness and maintaining his protein intake. I thought this site was worth sharing because:
- It allows you to customize your protein to fit your needs (grass-fed, whey, paleo, vegan, sweetener, flavor)
- It’s easy to do
- It’s reasonably priced
- It’s delivered fast
So if you love your protein powder like my dear hubby, check out True Nutrition!
5. A Last Minute Homemade Father’s Day Gift
A few years back, Jade and I made a cool paperweight for my husband for Father’s Day…
What is your favorite homemade gift idea?