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5 Natural Antiseptics You Probably Already Have at Home

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With so many chemicals on the shelves, sometimes, we want natural options. Especially when it comes to treating wounds or things that need extra care, harsh chemicals, and synthetic solutions can hurt more than they help.

Why Go Natural?

Though most chemically engineered antiseptics contain and are derived from natural or organic compounds, they can still be harmful, mainly when used in high volume.

Natural antiseptics are gentle on the skin. And most of the time, you’ve already got one of them hanging around the house. What could be better than natural, close, and cost-effective? Well, maybe not needing an antiseptic in the first place, but that’s just how life goes.

If you’re looking for natural remedies for cleaning up bug bites, soothe irritation, or help clean up a cut. Look no further than your cupboards for these common household antiseptics.

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Witch Hazel 

When diluted, witch hazel can be a reliable first-aid astringent to treat minor cuts and burns. It can help reduce inflammation, skin irritation, acne, and even a sore throat. 

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Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is reported to have anti-bacterial, fungal, viral, and anti-inflammatory properties. Anything from athlete's foot, acne, and ringworm can be treated with tea tree oil. 

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Lavender 

Containing both antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, lavender is ideal for treating small irritations like bug bites. It is also a valuable address for digestive issues, as well as minor aches and sores. 

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Thyme 

Thyme is said to have antibacterial, anti-fungal, and insecticidal properties. Some studies suggest that it can be useful in fighting high blood pressure, infections, and illness, even colon and breast cancer. 

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Honey 

Honey is long known to contain antimicrobial and antiseptic properties. Some types of honey are said to have the ability to fight bacteria that tend to persist despite the use of antibiotics. 

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Amanda is a GR8NESS contributing writer who lives in celebration of self care, and endeavors to approach all things with a student mentality. Her love for the study of self-development is rooted in fitness, holistic wellness, and skin care. She is an advocate for mental health; and hopes to connect others to their own way of daring to care.
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