Lifestyle, diet and product usage affect our health in mind, body and soul. Additional factors, such as environment, genetics and stress can also have a significant impact on our health condition and appearance. Many people have become accustomed to popping a pill, injecting a needle or slathering toxic chemicals all over their bodies. More and more folks, however, are starting to veer away from pharmaceuticals and synthetic products, striving for a more natural healthy and beauty routine, instead. When there are health and beauty hacks that are easy on the budget and helpful for the skin, weight loss, sleep habits and more, people are willing to give them a try.
Disclaimer: This post is not intended to provide medical advice of any kind. It’s purely informational, and The Hot Mess Press is not responsible for any adverse effects that may occur if someone reads this post and tries one of the health and beauty hacks contained therein.
Use potatoes for simple health and beauty hacks
Next time you’re slicing potatoes, set a slice or two aside. If you’re bothered by acne marks, blemishes or dark spots on your face, you can try using a slice of potato to help. Many people say that rubbing a slice of potato on your face at least once per day will help lighten or remove facial marks. Some people prefer to grate their potatoes into a pulpy mixture. They then rub the paste onto their face and let it set for approximately 20 minutes. When time is up, they rinse it off. Potatoes are rich in vitamin C, which, some people believe acts as a lightening agent on the skin.
Health and beauty hacks for pimples on the upper back
Most people have cinnamon and honey at home. If someone in your household often gets pimples on their shoulders or upper back, you might try making a paste of cinnamon and honey. You only need a tiny bit of cinnamon, perhaps a quarter teaspoon. Stir it into a couple teaspoons of honey. Rub it directly onto the area that is plagued by pimples. Rinse it away in about 10 minutes. A once-per-day treatment might help resolve the issue.
Reduce arthritis pain by wrapping in leaves of cabbage
Arthritis can impede quality of life. Maybe you don’t have arthritis but have to spend long hours standing at work. Whatever the reason, if you have swelling or inflammation or joint pain, cabbage leaves might one of your health and beauty hacks. It has been said that wrapping your feet and lower legs/ankles in cabbage leaves can help reduce joint pain, particularly that which is caused by arthritis. Using a red cabbage is supposed to work best. You take a few leaves and use a rolling pin to “smash” them until they begin to soften and bruise and liquid begins to extract. Place your leaves in tin foil and warm them in a low oven.
Be careful! Test their warmth before wrapping them around the area where you’re having pain. Maybe it’s your wrist or elbow or around your foot, ankle or lower leg. Place more tin foil around the wrapped area to act like a thermos so the cabbage stays warm. Leave it on for one or more hours. Some people keep it on overnight.
These three things might help you sleep better
If you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, this next hack might just be a game-changer for you. You can try eating a small handful of pistachios and a couple of kiwis about an hour or so before bedtime. When it’s time for bed, place a few drops of lavender essential oil on a cotton ball, tissue or handkerchief and keep it near your pillow where you can smell the aroma. Lavender oil reportedly helps reduce stress and evoke feelings of calmness. Pistachios are rich in melatonin (the sleep hormone) and kiwis are loaded with serotonin (the happy-feeling hormone). In combination, these three things might help you improve your quality of sleep.
Are you a green tea drinker?
If you’ve ever had problems with weight loss, green tea is a good beverage for you, or so they say. Drinking a couple cups of it per day is supposed to boost metabolism. This, in turn, might help you drop a few pounds. Green tea is also believed to prevent hair loss and is good for your skin. If it’s true, this is a powerful little hack. Two cups of tea per day might be just what you need to have younger looking skin and to shed unwanted pounds.
Is there proof that these healthy and beauty hacks work?
Most of the evidence to suggest that these health and beauty hacks work is anecdotal. Many people have used these practices and lived to tell others about it. lol I, for one, have used lavender and pistachios to help improve quality of sleep. Do I have any scientific data to support the claim? Nope. But, I know that when I have applied a few drops of lavender to the bottoms of my feet, wrists and behind my neck before going to bed, I have had an easier time falling asleep. And, I accidentally learned about the pistachio hack. You can read about that, here.
If you try any of these health and beauty hacks, let us know if they work for you!