Homemade Electrolyte Drink – Forget Powerade and Gatorade

Berocca-ReplacementEnergy drinks are quite popular, but they are usually expensive and the worst part is that they can actually make you sick. As per a report by SAMSHA or Abuse and Mental Health Services Association, it was reported that energy drinks are one of the main causes of public health problems, with ER visits, caused due to such beverages has doubled between the years 2007 to 2011. The number increased from 10,068 to 20,783.

Having these energy drinks regularly, is known to have many negative side effects. Some common health issues which you can face include mood problems, headache, insomnia, high blood pressure and also anxiety. It is said that these energy drinks have more than 90 side effects due to the use of several artificial ingredients. There is also an increased reason for rashes, seizures, weight gain and also cancer.

However, most of us feel low energy these days and hence it becomes really difficult to resist all such energy drinks. These special drinks offer much needed energy boost to help us workout consistently and be fit and energetic throughout the day.

The best part is that you can now prepare your own healthy drink using natural products. We have a recipe which offers a good Electrolyte Energy Drink which will work effectively without any kind of side effects. This drink is also quite cheap to prepare. 

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How to Clean Tiles and Grout Without Harsh Chemicals

tile-cleanerNot only can your bathroom and kitchen can look dirty and dated if the grout is full of mould and mildew, but mould and mildew can actually lead to serious health issues if left over time.

Cleaning tiles ain’t a pretty job, but we can all agree, it needs to be done. Using harsh chemicals and a bit of DIY, or even professional carpet cleaners Melbourne for tile and grout cleaning are both options for getting your tiles and grout sparkling again. But, here at Home, Health, Beauty and Beyond, we prefer to use much more natural cleaning products and a bit of elbow grease. Not only will you save money on hiring professional cleaners, but you won’t need to breath in any harsh chemicals in the process.

Firstly though, let’s talk about how to prevent the development of mould and mildew, because in the long run, this will save you time and effort on the cleaning front! Because bathrooms and kitchens can be hot, steam and create moisture, it’s the perfect environment for mildew and mould growth, and a porous grout surface offers the best environment for mildew and mould to grow. Continue reading “How to Clean Tiles and Grout Without Harsh Chemicals”


4 Face Masks You Can Make With Ingredients From Your Kitchen

Beauty-treatmentsHomemade facial packs are a craze these days. These packs can be prepared easily; they do not have any side effects and are suitable for almost all skin types. You can use these packs as per your needs; they are completely natural and very effective. Though, there are many types of homemade packs available, here are 4 packs which are quite popular and suitable for most skin types.

The Potato Pack
Potato is a wonder ingredient for the skin. It helps in getting clear skin, reduces spots and marks, removes sun tan and helps in achieving a naturally glowing skin. It removes dullness and cleanses the skin naturally. To prepare the pack you need one tablespoon of mashed potato and half a teaspoon of yogurt. Mix both the ingredients till yogurt is well incorporated. Apply the pack on your face, leave it for thirty minutes and then rinse off using cold water. Your face shall feel fresh and have a natural glow.

homemade-facial-recipeThe Carrot Pack
Carrots are rich in a number of vitamins and minerals which are highly beneficial for the skin. It is rich in antibacterial properties, which helps in keeping the skin clean and soft. Carrots also help in keeping the skin moisturised and hydrated, especially during the summer. To prepare the pack, you need one tablespoon carrot paste mixed with one teaspoon honey. Mix well and apply the pack on your face. Let it remain for thirty minutes and rinse off using cold water.

The Oat Pack
Rolled oats work as a natural scrubber. They help in removing blackheads and other impurities from the skin. Oatmeal cleanses the skin internally and also helps in reducing excessive oily skin problems. To prepare the pack, you need one tablespoon oatmeal. Add one tablespoon milk and a few drops of olive oil. Mix well till you have a thick paste. Apply the pack on your face. Rub in a circular motion. This will help in removing dead skin cells. Let the pack dry and then rinse your face. You will feel fresh with a natural glow.

The Tomato Pack
Tomato is said to be the best ingredient which takes care of a number of skin problems. Tomatoes are rich in acid, which helps in reducing the frequency of acne and pimples. It also helps in reducing the effects of oxidative stress and free radicals. To prepare the pack you need one tablespoon tomato juice, one teaspoon lemon peel powder (dried) and one teaspoon sandalwood paste. Mix the ingredients and apply the pack on your face. Let it dry and rinse your face with normal water. Your face shall have a natural shine and brightness

Why not take some time to give your tired eyes a break while making yourself one of these great natural facials. Check out these awesome natural remedies for tired eyes.


16 Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar Around the Home

Apple-Cider-VinegarApple cider vinegar has so many uses. Each one of us should ideally have a bottle of this at home. There are plenty of medicinal benefits of this vinegar. It can be used in many different ways and in several recipes. Do you know that apple cider vinegar can be used for cleaning your home too?

Just as the in case of other types of vinegar, ACV or apple cider vinegar is known for its antimicrobial properties. This vinegar is highly effective and sometimes much more than several other products which are available in the market. When we consider our own health, or the health of our planet, this is one natural product, which can be said to be the most effective in handling any kind of germ. You can mix ACV with other different cleaning ingredients which includes essential oils, salt and lemon juice.  However, you need to be careful and do not use it with baking soda, as it will neutralise the acidity of vinegar.

As per Canada’s National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health, vinegar contains an acid which crosses the cell membrane of bacteria. This causes a release of protons due to which cells die. Keep reading the different ways of using acid cedar vinegar and you will never like to use any other cleaning solution.

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5 Easy Stretches To Improve Flexibility

Stretching is a crucial part of building power and flexibility. It also aides in recovery of sporting injuries. Correct stretching before and after exercise helps to reduce the risk of injury whilst also increasing flexibility.

We spend so many hours a day sitting in front of a computer screen, or watching TV on the couch, that it’s important to take time out to realign your body by performing stretches. Stretching exercises help in improving blood circulation which in turns helps in improving strength and muscle agility.

Try these 5 easy stretches out once a day for a week and you’ll begin to feel more flexible as each day rolls around. Increase the stretches to 2 to 3 times per day once you get into a habit. For more stretches and professional exercise programs, visit the sports doctors at the #1 Geelong Medical Centre. They offer supervised exercise programs in their onsite gym to help reduce chronic pain as well as knee and back injuries.

Stretches don’t need to be hard work…


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4 Homemade Hair Packs To Reduce Your Oily Scalp

In our last post, we talked about natural remedies for dandruff (you can check that our here), but what if you’ve got the opposite problem? An oily scalp? An oily scalp is the result of excessive oil secretion due to hormonal imbalances or other health issues. It is essential to reduce oily scalp before it is too late and damages hair. Our homemade hair packs are completely natural and help in reducing oily scalp problems in a short time.

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9 Best Natural Dandruff Remedies

Dandruff is super common but that doesn’t make it any less embarrassing and annoying to deal with and get rid of. There are many anti-dandruff products out on the market, but many include toxic ingredients like pyrithione zinc, which can cause eye irritations and skin problems along with hair loss, rashes and hives. These products often cause redness, itchiness and irritation which can cause a disruption of the endocrine, cardiovascular and reproductive system.

Disturbing – isn’t it? Here at Home, Health, Beauty and Beyond, we’re all about natural remedies and cures and we’ve come up with a great list of store-bought alternatives for the treatment of dandruff. Not only are these all natural, but they are super affordable and you’ve probably got at least half of this list in your bathroom and kitchen cabinets already! Let’s get on with ti!

tea-tree-oil1) Tea Tree Oil

This is an essential oil which is created by steam distilling the leaves of a specific plant which is grown here in Australia. This tree oil is known for its effectiveness in reducing bacteria. This oil is helpful in battling fungus and bacteria which helps in tackling dandruff but doesn’t dry the scalp. This oil also helps in killing bacteria which is generally caused due to overproduction of the skin cells. This often leads to the formation of dandruff. As this tea tree oil is applied on scalp, it slowly seeps in the hair follicles; it slowly works to unclog them and removes all kinds of microorganisms which are known to cause an irritation. A study reveals that tea tree oil helps in reducing the severity of dandruff as much as by 5%.

You need 10 drops of the oil for 8 ounces of your shampoo. You can use it to wash your hair normally. Let it sit on the scalp for ten minutes, so that the benefits of the oil are soaked up.

You can also prepare one overnight effective medicine with the oil. You will need one small empty bottle, which is ¾ filled with almond oil. In this oil add at least 15 drops of organic tree oil and mix it well. You can apply the oil on your scalp and massage for 3-4 minutes. This will ensure that your scalp is well saturated. You can place a shower cap on your hair so that your pillowcase isn’t stained. You can wash the hair the next morning

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5 Steps To Breathing Easier In Your Home

allergiesAre you having trouble breathing in your own home? Do you feel suffocated? Is it damp inside your home? As we’re now in Spring here in Australia, it’s a perfect time to get rid of the winter cobwebs around your home that could be making it difficult to breathe easy. Thinks like dust, damp, mildew and even the type of cleaning products you use can all have an effect on your breathing. Check out our top 5 tips on how breathe easier in your own home.

1) Use A Dehumidifier
If your home has been left damp after winter, using a dehumidifier will help in reducing the moisture levels in your home. This will make it easier to breathe. With lesser moisture in the air, your home will be less welcoming to different allergens like mould, mildew, dust mites and other allergens.

air-conditioning-service2) Ensure Your HVAC Maintenance Is Up To Date
Did you know you should have your air conditioning unit serviced every year? Many times air conditioners are not serviced on time and they often stop working as expected. Air conditioning Geelong provide annual servicing which ensures your unit is performing optimally, not only for your health but also your electricity bill. Make sure you’re getting your home’s heating and cooling units serviced at regular intervals of time.

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Five Healthy Uses For Coconut Products

Coconut is highly beneficial for our health. Coconut water has amazing health benefits, coconut oil is used for cooking, in the preparation of hair and face packs and also as coconut water can be used as a beverage too. This is a healthy, low-calorie beverage, which is rich in several nutrients like amino acids, vitamin C, magnesium, zinc and potassium.

1) Keeps The Body Rehydrated:
Coconut water helps in quenching thirst and helps to keep the body hydrated. It is a rich source of carbohydrate and other minerals which helps in lifting energy levels of the body.

hair-conditioning-treatment2) Makes An Awesome Hair Pack:
This is a great one for the man in your life who refuses to give normal hair treatments a go. Coconut oil is a great hair nourishing agent. It helps to soften hair strands, makes hair more manageable and helps to reduce hair-fall. It also assures hair-growth. To need to warm some coconut oil, add one egg and whisk it well. Apply this pack on your hair and massage gently. Leave the pack for ten minutes. You can later rinse your hair with normal water. Your hair stays healthy and nourished.

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7 DIY Fixes For Tires Eyes

Tired eyes are quite common these days, when we spend hours staring at mobile screens, computers or reading in low light. Poor sleep patterns and too much exposure to bright light are also good reasons for tired eyes. You can get relief from tired eyes problems with a few easy DIY solutions. The symptoms tend to disappear in a short time.

fresh-water-tired-eyes1) Splash Cold Water – This is one of the best ways to get instant relief from tired eyes. Simply splash cold water on your
face, around the eye area whenever you feel too tired. You’ll notice instant relief and fee much more awake than before.

2) Palming – Palming helps in relaxing tired and strained eyes. If you spend long hours in front of digital screens, palming will offer you quick relief. Warm your hands by simply rubbing them. As your hands warm up, you can place them on your eyes. Relax and keep your eyes covered for 10 seconds. Do this 3-4 times in a day.

3)Massage – To reduce the problems of tired eyes, you can slowly massage your eyelids everyday. You can use your fingers to massage gently, just below the eyebrows. You can massage for 10 seconds as you start. Massage thrice a day will see relief in your tired eyes.

4)Use Cucumbecucumber-eye-carer – Slice three or four round pieces of cucumber. Refrigerate the cucumber. You can then place a cool round slice on each of your eyes. Keep your eyes closed and sit back and relax for 10 minutes.

5)Warm Compress – Dip a washcloth in warm water. Let it remain in the water for 10 seconds. Squeeze out the excess water from the cloth and apply the warm cloth on your eyes. Let it remain for ten minutes. You will get relief from tired eyes in a short time.

sunlight-health6)Sunning – This is another easy way to reduce tired eyes. Stand under the sun in the morning. Keep your eyes closed and let the sunlight soak on the eyelids. You will feel relaxed and warmth in the eyes. Move the eyes down and up, left and right. You can do this for 5 minutes in a day.

7)Splash Rose Water – Rose water has a great therapeutic value. It improves blood circulation and offers great comfort to the eyes. Splash rose water on your eyes on a regular basis if you suffer from tired eyes problem on a regular basis.

sleepy-eyesLet us know your top tips for tired eyes in the comments below. We’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas.