Think living a more natural life has its setbacks? These life hacks will make you think otherwise! I’ve compiled a list of natural life hacks that I use and swear by. They replace traditional toxic solutions using simple ingredients you probably have lying around the house already!
These natural life hacks range from calming a racing mind to natural beauty tips. So read through the list and take note of anything you can use for the future! I’ve got a handy image for Pinterest so you can come back and read this later. Now let’s get into it!
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Sore Throat? Pineapple Juice
You may be thinking that pineapple juice is so acidic and sweet that it would make your sore throat even worse, but it’s quite the opposite! It’s a lovely little natural life hack in disguise. Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. (source)
All that acidity will even help to break up mucous, so if you have a wet cough that won’t break up and go away, you should really give a shot of pineapple juice a try! I never have wet coughs, so that’s why it leaves me feeling a little too dry sometimes. But I usually make a cough elixir that does wonders!
Just mix one cup of pineapple juice, a couple spoonfuls of honey, about an inch of ginger root, and a pinch of cayenne in the blender. If you’re feeling fancy, you can even add in some ice cubes for some cooling effects. Plus, it tastes like a tropical smoothie!
I know it sounds like a hyped-up health myth that probably won’t work, but this is the real deal! My mother-in-law suffers from a year-round cough and on/off sore throat, and I recently convinced her to give this a try. Lo and behold, she had no cough symptoms for an entire day!
Out of Makeup Remover? Coconut Oil
This is one of the first natural life hacks I’ve ever tried! I’m proud to say that I haven’t had to buy makeup remover since my early teens because this miracle oil is all I’ve ever needed! Just take a small amount of unrefined cold pressed coconut oil, like whatever amount will fit on the back of your nail, and rub it gently around your eye area.
You’ll notice right away that the coconut oil melts all of your eye makeup off after just a few circular motions. You’ll look a little crazy, but you’ll fix that. Just wipe everything away with a cotton round, and you’re done! I don’t recommend using water to get rid of it, because water won’t do anything.
Simply wiping the oil away is all you need because the oil left behind on your skin will help keep the eye area moisturized overnight, which help with anti-aging.
I also want to mention that I don’t recommend using coconut oil on your whole face because it’s a very heavy oil, and tends to clog pores and cause breakouts. Because of this, I recommend using an antibacterial microfiber cloth for days you wear foundation, like my Norwex cloths that I use every single day.
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Razor Bumps? Crushed Up Aspirin
Those annoying little red bumps that appeared every time after shaving used to be the bane of my existence! But last summer when we finally moved into an apartment complex with a pool, something in me snapped.
I scoured the internet for a simple razor bump remedy that would let me enjoy the pool in peace, and I’m happy to share what I found with you! Just take two uncoated aspirin tablets and mix them into a tablespoon of aloe vera gel. If you don’t have that on hand, water is fine too.
Mix and mash the tablets until you’re left with a gel-like paste. Spread it over the affected area and let it dry for 15-20 minutes. Your razor bumps should be almost gone! The salicylic acid dries up the bumps while the aloe vera helps calm inflammation.
This worked for me on some of my worst razor bumps that refused to go away! I’ve written a whole post on this subject, as well as some good shaving habits to prevent and treat razor bumps naturally.
Dry, Limp Hair? Oil Treatments
If you’re sick of thin hair that doesn’t seem to grow, I highly recommend you switch to a natural hair care routine! It’s the first thing I ever discovered about natural living and I’m so glad I did. When I first started my natural living journey, I had thin, short hair that had breakage and refused to grow.
But when I switched to a natural, chemical-free hair care routine, my hair grew about six inches over the course of a few months! I don’t have much proof of that now because I’m loving the short hair life, but here’s a pic of how long it got:
One of the biggest things that grew out my hair other than switching products was regular oil treatments. And I don’t just mean a coconut oil hair treatment once a week. There are so many better options out there!
You can make your own hair oil elixir based on your desired results. You can read more about how to make your own hair oil treatment to find out what’s best for you. I personally like a mixture of jojoba oil, Argan oil, and a few drops of lavender essential oil.
Ear Infection? Garlic Oil
Okay, I haven’t personally tried this one because I think the last time I had an ear infection, I was about six years old. But I know plenty of people who have either tried this on themselves or their kids with great results. So I feel comfortable putting it on this list of natural life hacks.
I know it sounds crazy to put food in your ear to make it heal, but hey, it’s nice to use things from the Earth for healing when you can! Garlic oil is great for ear infections because it’s a powerful antifungal and antibacterial agent.
Have you ever been told to eat a bunch of garlic when you feel a cold coming on? No? Just me? Okay. Well, garlic has been thought of as a sickness-banishing food for hundreds, if not thousands, of years, and there’s actual science to back this up!
The magic word with garlic’s healing properties is Allicin. When you mash a raw garlic clove and let it sit for a few minutes, it will start to release even more Allicin which can help with ear pain as well. So the next time you or someone you know has a painful earache, apply some garlic oil to the ear for 10-15 minutes.
Got Breakouts? Raw Honey Face Mask
Breakouts can happen for a number of reasons, but they can easily be treated with a simple household ingredient that makes an amazing life beauty hack! But before you dig through your pantry for that bottle of liquid gold, make sure it’s the right kind.
Yes, there is a certain kind of honey you should be putting on your face. But it’s not too pricey or hard to find! Just make sure that you use raw, unfiltered honey instead of processed honey, like those little clear plastic bottles in the shape of a teddy bear. No Bueno.
You want raw honey because all of those good antioxidants and anti-septic properties from the bees and flowers are still in the honey. And those things are what makes honey such a good natural living staple to have in the house.
You can make a honey facial just by slapping the stuff right on your face, or you can use raw honey as a spot treatment for those pesky lone zits that pop up when you least want them. And if you’re feeling fancy, you can add some fun and simple ingredients to your honey face mask to make it even more effective. Check out these simple two-ingredient face masks and have your own little spa day!
Stressed Out? Racing Thoughts? Binaural Beats
You might be thinking “Bina-what???” But it’s a total lifesaver when you use them properly! Binaural beats literally mean “of two ears,” but there’s more to it. It’s an amazing tool used to get your mind in a certain state without you having to do the work to get there.
Binaural beats are the playing of a tone at a certain frequency in one ear, while a different tone with a different frequency plays in the other ear. Your brain registers the difference between these two tones. And hearing a tone at a low frequency can cause your brain to naturally drop into a calm, meditative state.
I’ve got a guide all about how to use binaural beats, as well as a deeper explanation on how they work. I’ve use binaural beats for a couple years now with or without headphones and they work wonders for me! I know it’s not exactly a “natural remedy,” but this to me is one of the most under-utilized life hacks on this list.
When I feel overwhelmed and I want my mind to shut up, or if I feel a breakdown coming on, I’ll pop in some earbuds and listen to a binaural beats soundtrack. It literally feels like my brain was just restarted after not having a break for months! I’ll sit and listen for however long I need, and I emerge feeling so calm and refreshed. And I’m sure all of us could use something like that right about now!
Need Energy Without Caffeine? Maca Powder
This strange root of the Maca plant has been making major waves in the athletic industry in the past few years. Maca is a plant that grows in Peru and was used by Peruvians for thousands of years primarily as a fertility and libido supplement, in addition to better energy.
It literally looks like a withered-up onion when pulled from the ground, with small bunches of leaves growing above the ground, like a carrot. Maca is traditionally ground up into a powder and added to drinks like smoothies.
Maca root powder is a great replacement for coffee because you still get that surge of energy needed to take on the day, without the dreaded crash later on. Plus, it keeps your adrenal glands healthy and happy! I’m on the mends from Adrenal fatigue, and it’s something I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.
Maca is so rich in vitamins that it can even help improve your mood. It’s got a high flavonoid content, which is a good supplement in and of itself to help improve mood and overall brain function. So if you’re looking to increase your energy without adding on to your caffeine addiction, maca root is a great solution!
Feeling Bloated? Peppermint Tea
I drink peppermint tea on a regular basis because I love the taste, but also because it helps alleviate that evening bloat that comes on for a lot of people no matter what they eat. While bloating shouldn’t be normal, it happens to everyone. It’s your body’s way of saying it didn’t quite like that cheese quesadilla you had for lunch.
Peppermint tea is great for any kind of indigestion because it’s known to calm and relax any tense muscles or inflammation. And indigestion is simple your bowls complaining that they’re on fire from all the inflammation. It cools and soothes your stomach, making it easier for food to pass without gaining water weight.
The next time you overeat, feel bloated, or just don’t feel right, have a nice cup of peppermint tea and see what happens. I always feel much better afterwards, and I don’t feel like a balloon that’s about to burst!
Sunburned? Lavender Essential Oil
You know that slightly invigorating but relaxing smell of lavender? It does more than calm you down! Lavender is also full of anti-inflammatory and antiseptic benefits that work great for calming your burned skin that’s screaming for help.
Just make sure that you don’t apply straight lavender essential oil to your skin. It’s a pretty strong oil, so you’ll have to dilute it with a carrier oil, like almond or jojoba oil. You can read all about essential oil safety so you can reap lavender’s benefits next time you find yourself a little crispy.
And lavender essential oil is only one of many natural remedies for sunburn! But this one is lesser known, so I thought I’d share it in this post. I’ve got another post dedicated to natural sunburn remedies if slathering yourself with oil doesn’t sound very nice.
Got Cellulite? Dry Brushing
Our society has convinced everyone that cellulite is bad and a nuisance to look at, yet over 90% of people have it. Even guys can get it! And let me tell you now, there’s nothing wrong with you for having it. You do not need to lose weight if you have cellulite! Even the most athletic of people have it.
Okay, now that I’m done standing on my soap box, I’ll tell you why using a dry brush tool is an amazing holistic hack. Implementing the practice of dry brushing every day before a shower helps exfoliate dead skin, increases blood circulation, and stimulates lymphatic drainage resulting in a good detox session.
While you should be dry brushing for these benefits, another benefit is tighter skin and a more evened-out distribution of fat. I know it sounds a little crazy, but dry brushing is the only thing that improved my cellulite. No, it didn’t go away completely. Only cosmetic surgery makes it go away. I learned that the hard way after trying all kinds of creams and remedies. But I noticed over time that my skin felt much tighter, so I was happy with that.
Final Thoughts on Natural Life Hacks
I know that a lot of natural living tips seem to be an old wives’ tale, and most of it is! But there are a few hidden gems that work much better than traditional solutions that barely work at all! Natural living is all about a simpler way of life that isn’t instant and uses ingredients not made in a laboratory. Good life hacks should be easy and simple, not a complicated amount of steps!
These natural life hacks are also great because they work well in a pinch. And once you find an easier solution to a problem, you stick with it! Little hacks like these have really helped me along my natural living journey and made me realize that I don’t need to buy a specific product to treat a specific problem.
Having a stash of ingredients that can help with a multitude of problems are what makes a natural lifestyle so simple. Once you get your stash going, you’ll find yourself throwing out your old products, simply because you’ve found something that works just as well with better ingredients. I hope this post is able to kickstart your own natural living journey!
What are your favorite natural life hacks? Let me know in the comments below!
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