Tip Tuesday: Achoo! DIY Allergy Relief

It seems as though my allergies hit me earlier this year and I’ve been trying to find relief for weeks. I could easily reach for a little pink pill but it always makes me feel foggy-headed and “dried out” so I hit the internet to see if I could find some natural remedies. I decided to share the best three I found.

The first is a cough syrup from Instructables. This season I’ve had so much sinus drainage that I constantly cough, especially at night.

Cough Syrup

What You Need:

mixing bowl

resealable container

honey

spoon

1 1/2 tsp ground ginger

1 1/2 tsp dried thyme

1 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

8 TBS honey

3 TBS warm filtered water

Directions:

Mix all of the ingredients together and take 3-5 tsp a day, but take as little or as much as needed. Honey helps soothe and coat irritated membranes while ginger (either fresh or ground) works as an expectorant as well as loosens and expels mucus from the lungs. Pepper helps with chest congestion and thyme (fresh or ground) has anti-microbial properties and opens up the airways.

*Note: If the taste bothers you, add a few squeezes of fresh lemon. This will keep for several weeks in a well sealed container in a cool, dry location.


 Tea

Warm tea like chamomile  will break up the mucus in your airways and chamomile in particular, will relieve allergy symptoms. Chamomile is an antihistamine and can provide immunity toward many common allergens.

Chamomile tea is a natural antihistamine. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Chamomile tea is a natural antihistamine.
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Bonus: The tea bag can be made into a compress for swollen, red eyes.

Directions

  1. Steep a tea bag in water for three minutes.
  2. Dump the water and squeeze out the excess water from the tea bag.
  3. Refrigerate the tea bag for 15 to 30 minutes and remove from the fridge.
  4. Hold the tea bag against your eye for up to five minutes at a given time.
  5. Wait an hour before reapplying a new compress and always use a new tea bag.

*Note: Chamomile has proteins that are similar to proteins found in ragweed so those who are allergic to it should be cautious.


DIY Allergy Relief using cough syrup, nasal saline spray and tea. Don't forget the tissues. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

DIY Allergy Relief using cough syrup, nasal saline spray and tea. Don’t forget the tissues. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Saline Nasal Spray

Over-the-counter saline sprays and rinses can help remove pollen from the nasal lining if you’ve been exposed to pollen. Most people often use the spray at the end of the day. Saline nasal sprays also add moisture if your nose feels dry from winter weather.

Directions

Mix two to three heaping teaspoons of non-iodized salt to one quart of water and add one teaspoon of baking soda. It is best to use salt that has no additives. Store the nasal solution in a nasal sprayer, which can be purchased online for less than $1. Store the solution at room temperature and mix before use. If the solution stings when you use it, just use less salt.

Other Tips: Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine and be can found in oranges and grapefruit, clean linens in hot water weekly to get rid of dust mites and steaming or a hot shower breaks up congestion and flush out mucus if only but temporarily. The easiest way to steam is to pour boiling water in a bowl and drape a towel over your head like a tent. Breathe in the steam through your nose for about five minutes.

 

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Shave It Ain’t So

As a busy, new mom it’s often I don’t have time to pamper myself, much less take long showers anymore. So taking my sweet time to shave in the shower is definitely out. When I don’t have time for a shave and literally have to jump in the shower quickly and jump out here’s my water-free, moisturizing way to shave using shea butter.

Want a moisturizing shave but don't have time to jump in the shower, use body butter. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Want a moisturizing shave but don’t have time to jump in the shower, use body butter.
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All you have to do is slather on the shea or body butter and shave like you normally would with shaving cream. It’s quick, easy, and moisturizing and best of all it keeps me from looking like a wooly beast. So the next time you’re in a hurry and only have a minute to shave, try shea butter. 

*Note: The version I used is from Bath & Body Works and is scented, but by all means use unrefined or raw shea or body butter.

While I’m on the subject of shea and body butter, let’s talk about other uses. You can use it as a balm for tired muscles and joints, or slather it onto dry and cracked heels, or simply mix it in with your regular conditioner to restore damaged hair. Here are some other uses:

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Just a few ways you can use shea or body butter. The number one way I use it is to shave. Oh and moisturize and to fade dark marks. Ok I use it a lot.  https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Honey, I Shrank My Pores

I’ve tried my fair share of at-home masks for years from clay, avocado to oatmeal. Recently I discovered the wonderful benefits of honey — manuka honey to be exact.

While in Walmart shopping for my lady bug I picked up the 7th Heaven Manuka Honey Peel-Off mask. I’ve used this brand of mask before so I figured why not honey it up.

7th Heaven Manuka Honey Peel-Off Mask. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

7th Heaven Manuka Honey Peel-Off Mask.
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Manuka honey comes from the manuka bushes of New Zealand and has a number of great benefits.

There are many skin benefits of manuka honey. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

There are many skin benefits of manuka honey.
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Not only can manuka honey be used for beauty treatments like facial masks, but it can be used to treat acne, eczema and rosacea. The honey can be used on cuts and burns, or simply mix a tablespoon of it in warm water or tea for a sore throat or a cold. It can also be used to treat digestive issues such as acid reflux.

My Thoughts

First off, this peel-off mask smelled wonderful. It made me want to lick my fingers, but relax I resisted the temptation. It was a bit gloppy as honey usually is, but for manuka honey I thought it would’ve been a little thicker.

 

I washed my face and then applied the mask onto dry skin. It was a bit sticky, but it is honey, right? I left the mask on for about 45 minutes while I wrote a blog post. This mask is for any skin type and features honey, aloe vera, jasmine and chamomile flowers.

Afterward the mask did shrink my pores and made my skin feel deliciously supple.

I left the honey mask on for 45 minutes. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

I left the honey mask on for 45 minutes.
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* Note: A premium brand of manuka honey is one that has an active bio of 10+ or higher. The number relates to the strength of its antibacterial effects. It’s purer than any regular honey.

Tip Tuesday: DIY Room Air Freshener

A stinky room doesn’t always have to end with you choking down an overpowering aerosol spray. So instead of using a commercial product I’ve created a two-ingredient, easy to create natural room air freshener.

This air freshener requires just baking soda and an essential oil of your choice.


 

Two ingredient DIY air freshener using baking soda and essential oil. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Two ingredient DIY air freshener using baking soda and essential oil.
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*Bonus: the air freshener doubles as a carpet deodorizer once the scent runs out.

Pantone Color of the Year: Nail Polish Inspiration

Each year Pantone Color Institute selects a color that represents the culture and the times. At the end of last year they chose two colors — Rose Quartz and Serenity.

I am loving this year’s choice because for me both colors are very soothing and peaceful. When I want peace and comfort I think of an at-home manicure. I could go to the salon and be out within in minutes, but I truly enjoy doing my own manicure.

I scoured the interwebs and my own polish stash for the “perfect” nail polish colors that represent rose quartz. All of my selections are under $20. Take a look and please share with me your rose quartz inspired nail polish colors.

 


 

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Nail polish inspired by the 2016 Pantone Color of the Year — Rose Quartz.
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  1. Butter London nail lacquer, Loverly, $18
  2. Essie, Gucci Muchi Puchi, $8.50
  3. OPI, nail lacquer, Sweet Memories, $10
  4. Deborah Lippmann, Chantilly Lace, $18
  5. China Glaze, Exceptionally Gifted, $6.99
  6. Sinful Colors, King Kylie Collection, Miss Chief, $2.98

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Tip Tuesday: honey, sugar lip scrub

I’m a huge fan of lipstick, lip gloss, and liquid lipsticks but I sure hate the way sometimes the products dry out my lips. I have this annoying habit of picking my lips. I know before you say it.
Anyway, my lips have been especially chapped lately so I needed more than Chapstick or some Vaseline.
I’ve pulled out the big guns — a lip scrub. I’ve used several over the years and have played around with different do-it-yourself combinations for years. The best part is you can make a lip scrub with items from your own kitchen.

Here is a favorite using honey, olive oil, sugar and Aquaphor. This is a scrub that will last at least 2 weeks. Honey, Aquaphor and olive oil are great moisturizers while sugar removes dead skin from the lips.

Just four ingredients for a lip scrub — sugar, olive oil, honey and Aquaphor. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Just four ingredients for a lip scrub — sugar, olive oil, honey and Aquaphor.
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Ingredients

1 TBS honey

1 TBS olive oil

1 tsp Aquaphor

1 TBS sugar

 

Rub a dime sized amount of the scrub onto dry lips. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Rub a dime sized amount of the scrub onto dry lips.
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How to use

  1. Use a dime sized amount of the scrub and gently rub onto dry lips.
  2. Rub until sugar has slightly dissolved.
  3. Rinse with warm water.

Apply your favorite lip moisturizer. What’s your favorite way to moisturize your lips? Tweet me, or share on instagram or facebook if you try this lip scrub.