|I love telling you guys about new things I’ve found and use around my house. Lately it seems as though I’m enjoying learning about herbal supplements and things that can treat sickness and problems without the help of pharmaceuticals. Pharmaceuticals have their place, but for the most part I think they are WAY overused. I was turned on to Grapefruit Seed Extract by my friend Adrienne at Whole New Mom. I purchased it from iherb.com. The shipping there is very reasonable and they even offer a credit for first time buyers. I read a lot about it before I purchased a bottle, because I wanted to make sure it was something good to keep around the house. It helps with so many things that it’s a good thing to have on hand in case you need it. The shelf life is indefinite. I like being prepared. I bet that’s shocking, right?|
When I got my bottle from iherb, they also sent me this cute little sample of hot cocoa. I’ve attempted to fix it twice, but each time I thought “Well, if I use it, I won’t have it later.” How’s that for deep? So, it’s still in the cabinet. I’ll eventually drink it when I’m feeling particularly chocolatey.
I was particularly interested in it because Barry occasionally gets mouth sores (I use a lot of tomatoes). You can mix a solution of water and grapefruit seed extract and then gargle with it to help get rid of mouth sores (10 drops of extract in one glass of water, several washes per day). You should always dilute your grapefruit seed extract because it is VERY strong stuff…..you don’t want to burn a hole in any important body parts.
|Here are a few of the most interesting uses for grapefruit seed extract I found. There are many more, so just research online to find out the full extent of use.-Adding 10-15 drops of extract to gallon of water in a carpet cleaning machine will remove odors, bacteria, mold, and mildew. It will also kill staph, strep, salmonella, and other various organisms in your carpet.
-Gargling with a mixture of extract and water will kill Strep germs. Use 2-3 drops in a 5 ounce cup of water and then gargle 3-4 times per day.
-A mixture of extract and water can kill fungus and mildew in the bathtub. It’s user friendly and environmentally safe.
-Drinking water can be made safe by 10 drops for each gallon of water. Mix vigorously and let it rest for several minutes.
-For a sore throat use 10 drops of extract in a glass of warm water and gargle at least 5-6 times per day.
-You can also use the above mixture as just a mouthwash.
-It can be used as a chapstick by mixing a few drops with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and then applying to your lips.
-Treat cold sores by applying a mixture of a few drops of extract with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Apply to the sore with a cotton swab 2-3 times per day and leave it overnight.
|I copied this paragraph directly from Herbs and Family Health:“For sinus problems, do a nasal rinse. Put 3 drops of extract in a small cup and mix with lukewarm water. Using a small dropper, drip a few drops of the mixture into both nostrils while leaning your head back for a minute or two. Move your head side to side, back and forth, sniff in several times, and then gently blow your nose. Always use in diluted form. NEVER drip undiluted solution into your nose.”I think Adrienne used it to treat an ear infection in her son. Maybe she’ll comment below and tell us about that.|
|In similar news, I purchased this book at my local herb shop (and no, it wasn’t one of those places with marijuana in the window and “420” in the name). It’s a book about herbs and what ailments they treat. This particular bookalso talks about vitamins. It’s a great book to have on hand. I recommend that every home have a book like this at home for reference. Sure, you can have the information on the internet…..but what if you’re internet isn’t working? You can’t always rely on technology. I <3 books!|