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Since ditching my day job, I’ve had to get very creative. Less discretionary cash, no health insurance, and generally wanting to live healthier without a lot of artificial chemicals have led me to search for various home remedies.

Although I already knew a few things about how to reuse everyday items for other uses, now that I’m forced to be created, I’ve learned a whole lot more.

So, what should be in your pantry at all times?

Honey: Honey has various uses and many of them have nothing to do with food! Honey can be used as a natural cough medicine (I give it to my son, works like a charm), a hair conditioner, a cure for dry skin, and because of its antimicrobial properties, it can even treat cuts and burns. Who knew?

Baking soda: Even if you aren’t into making cookies and cakes, you should always keep baking soda on hand. Baking soda can be added to just about anything to make it cleaner: your laundry, your tooth brush, and your hair. It can also be used as a natural deodorant, a stomach soother, and to get rid of odors in your home.

Vinegar: Although it has a pungent smell, vinegar is one of the most versatile and useful items you can own.  Like baking soda it can be used to clean your hair (Apple Cider Vinegar), deodorize your drains, and can disinfect counter tops and other surfaces, but it can also be used to keep you healthy. Rinsing your hair in vinegar can help get rid of dandruff, while gargling with it can help soothe a sore throat. Literally, the possibilities are endless.

Other good things to keep on hand? Ginger, coconut oil, olive oil, and lemons.

What’s you’re favorite home remedy?   

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