Your medicine cabinet should always be stocked with the usual standbys: painkillers (like ibuprofen or aspirin), antidiarrheal medication (such as Pepto-Bismol), and an antihistamine to ease allergy symptoms. But did you know that sea salt has a place? And how about vinegar? Find out how these natural products can help your health.
Aloe vera gel
For: soothing sunburns, cuts, and bruises. You can also use it to ease acid indigestion. Just sip a quarter-cup of pure aloe vera gel dissolved in a half-cup of water.
Apple cider vinegar
For: fighting dandruff. Mix equal parts vinegar and water, rub it into your scalp, and let it sit for 15 minutes. Then wash your hair.
For: fighting stinky feet. Baking soda's active ingredient, sodium bicarbonate, helps balance your skin's pH levels to neutralize foot odor. Just soak your feet in a gallon of warm water mixed with 3 tablespoons of baking soda.
For: fighting canker sores and soothing a sore throat. Gargling with sea salt dissolved in warm water will help reduce pain and inflammation. SLS-free toothpaste For: canker sore prevention. SLS, or sodium lauryl sulfate, is a chemical that can damage oral tissue and lead to canker sores in some people. Sure, you have sea salt in your medicine cabinet to fight them. But the right paste may allow you to prevent them altogether.
Tea tree oil
For: athletes foot and minor burns. This skin soother has antimicrobial properties to fight bacteria and fungi.
For: sore muscles. This Chinese herbal remedy is a topical muscle relaxer. The active ingredient is camphor, which lends Tiger Balm its hallmark scent. Rub this ointment on aching muscles for warm relief.
For: relieving itchy bug bites and painful hemorrhoidsthis all-purpose plants extract is an effective anti-inflammatory. As a natural astringent, its also a gentle everyday skin toner.