Exercising and being active is an integral part of my healthy lifestyle. I try and stay active by gardening, walking, cleaning, going the the gym, yoga, swimming, hiking, skiing, playing volleyball, etc. With all of that activity comes bumps, bruises sprains and sore muscles. Since I am not one to 'sit on the couch' there are ways that I have found to help myself heal faster.
I have found that the best topical remedy for bumps, sprains, bruises and sore muscles is Arnica Balm. Arnica is an herb that has been used for hundreds of years. It has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties which contributes to healing while soothing and alleviating pain. Cayenne pepper can be an added addition to this balm. It is a circulatory stimulant to help with pain relief and for healing infections.
Arnica Balm Recipe
This recipe is kid tested and approved. It works great on all the bumps and bruises that children get. It can also be used for arthritis and joint pains. Just remember not to eat it. If you have a first aid kit, this Arnica Balm is an important addition.
How to Make Homemade Hand Sanitizer
Fact: Commercial hand sanitizers are chemically-scented and made with toxic ingredients. While, yes, they do kill certain bacteria and viruses, the unfortunate byproduct is that these chemicals also seep into the pores of the skin and are absorbed into the bloodstream. The primary active ingredients in these sanitizers are Ethyl alcohol and Isopropyl alcohol. Ethyl alcohol is also known as ethanol, pure alcohol, grain alcohol and drinking alcohol. This is what kills the germs. Ethyl alcohol is used in some cosmetics to enhance the absorption of other ingredients, which means that anything mixed with it will move through the skin and into the bloodstream more easily. There have been many reports of children licking their hands after applying these sanitizers and actually getting drunk!! Isopropyl alcohol is a petrochemical and numerous tests have shown it to be a neurotoxin, meaning toxic to the nervous system! I strongly recommend staying away from these commercial hand sanitizers. READ MORE
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