The more I delve into this “natural” world — where we try to find natural solutions to life’s various challenges, I am amazed to find the same few products cropping up over and over. It just goes to show how far our industrialized society has gone to unnecessarily complicated matters. There is seemingly no end to the multitude of products aimed to treat every possible ailment, but when you look for natural solutions, virtually everything can be cured with either coconut oil or apple cider vinegar.
A few months ago, we use apple cider vinegar to rid my son of a pesky wart. This was no ordinary wart, either. It was tenacious. We went to the doctor four times, taking hours away from work and school and spending a total of $50 in copays, to freeze that nasty wart. Each time it only came back bigger and badder. It was about the grossest thing I’ve ever seen — next to the time I found a ginormous tic on the back of his neck, swollen with my son’s blood. *shudder*
Finally, in a fit of desperation, my husband googled “natural wart remedies” and came up with the Apple Cider Vinegar solution. He consistently applied the ACV to my son’s finger every night for a couple weeks, and it dried up and went away. It is gone completely. This simple product did what two doctors and four medical treatments could not — and it was painless.
Fast forward a few weeks, and I had a horrid cystic zit on my face that would. not. go. away. For weeks this huge thing sat on my chin. I finally went online to look up natural zit remedies, and ACV turned up. I soaked that thing for 20 minutes one night, and it immediately began to shrink. A few more applications and it totally went away.
Since then I’ve had a couple zits pop up, and I immediately applied the ACV. They dried right up and went away within a day or two. (I water it down 50/50.) Some actually use ACV daily as a toner and say it lightens acne scars. I’m going to try it and see.
ACV also is well documented as a natural cure for acid reflux, and yet people spend thousands of dollars on medications to “treat” this all-too-common problem. (NOTE: 2 TBSP in an 8oz glass of water 2 or 3 times a day is recommended. Don’t take it straight – it can damage tooth enamel.)
Please read How I got off Nexium for Good for more information on curing acid reflux naturally. (I really should update that post. Add that to my to-do list.)
NOTE: I always buy raw apple cider vinegar. Braggs makes a good one.
An then there is the wonder that is coconut oil. I ran out of eye make-up remover one night, and I quickly googled “natural eye makeup remover” to see if I could come up with a good substitution. Coconut oil came up in my search, so I gave it a try. Lo and behold, it worked beautifully. Now I keep a container of it in my bathroom and use it every night.
A month or so after that, I ran out of facial moisturizer. I remembered reading that Stephanie uses coconut oil so I gave it a try, and I’ve been using it ever since. It’s fabulous. My skin feels soft and smooth, and as long as I am consistent with exfoliating, it is not flaky at all. (You can also make a great exfoliant with sugar and olive oil.)
Today I’ve been looking high and low for a fluoride-free toothpaste without other junk in it. (More on the flouride-free thing in another post.) I was disappointed at Whole Foods when many of the “natural” toothpastes still contained sodium lauryl sulfate so I came home and googled “natural toothpaste recipe” and what turned up? Coconut oil. What a riot. (NOTE: They suggest to mix it 50/50 with baking soda.)
It makes sense, if you think about it. Coconut oil is a natural antibacterial and antifungal. I also put it in my coffee every morning and use it to bake with as much as possible.
Coconut oil helps in improving the digestive system and thus prevents various stomach and digestion related problems including irritable bowel syndrome. The saturated fats present in coconut oil have anti microbial properties and help in dealing with various bacteria, fungi, parasites, etc., that cause indigestion. Coconut oil also helps in absorption of other nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
NOTE: Ideally, coconut oil should be unrefined. I buy Nutiva Extra Virgin Coconut Oil in gallon containers.
I am hugely grateful for the medical profession, but sometimes I just don’t understand why doctors turn to medicine FIRST. Shouldn’t medicine be the LAST resort? Heck, half the time it doesn’t even WORK as well as the natural remedies.
I’ve begun taking a different approach to just about everything that crops up in our lives. I first go online and research natural remedies. Usually there is no harm in trying. If all else fails, I’ll consult a doctor.