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Saline Solution For Wound Cleaning

Whenever I need to clean a wound, open sores or ulcers, I start with home-made saline solution. It’s a gentle, natural solution which is useful for debridement, or removing dirt, debris, fluids, blood, pus and so on from damaged skin. Here’s a a really easy recipe for making your own saline solution (NOT to be used for eye or contact lens cleaning):

Ingredients:
1 cup boiled water
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

Method:
1. Sterilise a glass jar and lid in boiling water. The jar should be large enough to hold one cup of water.
2. Pour one cup of freshly-boiled water into the glass jar. Add in one teaspoon of sea salt plus half a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda. Stir throughly with a very clean metal spoon until the salt and soda are dissolved.
3. Cover the saline solution loosely with the jar lid and leave to cool.
4. Once cool, cap the jar securely and store in the fridge.
5. When the solution is required, pour a little into a separate, clean receptacle, like a bowl. NEVER dip your cotton directly into the main glass jar containing the saline solution.
6. Once the wound cleaning has been completed, pour away any saline solution remaining in the bowl. NEVER pour any residual solution back into the original glass jar.
7. Finish off the wound cleaning by using a clean piece of cotton to dab on a safe, gentle, non-toxic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-microbial solution like Eliminator. Eliminator’s alcohol-free formula will help to protect the wound as well as deodorize it, reducing offensive odors.
8. Cover the wound with a suitable clean dressing. I like to use a healing salve made of aloe vera, seaweed powder and essential oils spread on clean gauze.

Ginger Ale For Chemotherapy Nausea

My dear hubby just made a batch of delicious home-brewed ginger ale. It’s the best I’ve ever had and beats all the commercial ginger ales hands-down. It’s really easy to make. Just chop up lots of fresh ginger root, bring it to the boil with some water, and simmer for a while. Let it cool sufficiently before straining. Add a sweetener like honey or sugar to the strained ginger juice to make a concentrated ginger cordial. Keep the cordial in the fridge until required.

You can dilute the ginger cordial with either cold or hot water to make a refreshing drink. To make fizzy ginger ale, dilute the ginger cordial with chilled club soda or soda water. Finish the drink soon after adding the soda, or the ale will go flat.

The fizzy ginger ale came in really handy during the recent festive season when I was feeling nauseous and bloated. At one stage, I even felt like throwing up.  Just a few sips, and I felt much better. I could eat dinner shortly after. It struck me then that people experiencing nausea from chemotherapy for cancer might find relief in ginger ale. After all, studies have shown that ginger alleviates nausea, and is particularly helpful for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Ginger ale goes a step further in quickly relieving discomfort in the tummy.

Home-made ginger ale is best, but if you can’t make it yourself for some reason, make sure the ginger ale you buy contains the best ingredients possible, including real ginger. It makes a difference. When undergoing chemotherapy, always keep real ginger cordial and club soda or soda water handy in the fridge. It could save you some suffering.

Whiten Teeth with Strawberries

The festive season is here. It’s time to look your best as you do the rounds of parties and catch up with friends and relatives. Here’s a simple trick to help you put on a winning smile, without burning a hole in your pocket. It may not produce the dazzling results that a dentist can, but I like the fact that it uses natural, safe ingredients. The less chemicals we expose ourselves to, the better.

strawberriesStrawberry Teeth-Whitening Recipe
Ingredients:
1 ripe strawberry
1/2 teaspoon baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)

Method:
1) Crush the strawberry to a pulp and mix in the baking soda.
2) Use a soft toothbrush to spread the mixture unto your teeth. Leave on for 5 minutes.
3) Rinse off and brush thoroughly with a safe toothpaste like Neways Ultrashine Radiance to remove the strawberry-baking soda mix.

The active ingredient in strawberries which removes surface discoloration is malic acid, found in sour or tart fruits. Malic acid acts like an astringent. Baking soda combines with the strawberry to produce a natural tooth-cleanser, cleaning away stains from tea, coffee and so on.

The acid can damage the enamel on your teeth if you use this concoction too often, so don’t overdo it.