You know what a dirty bathtub ring looks like… Now imagine what that soap scum buildup is doing inside the jet plumbing of your bathroom jetted tub! Sure, you can clean the surface of the tub itself. But once you start the air jets, all kinds of nasty looking black specks will come floating to the surface if you don’t clean the jets, the nozzles, and the interior plumbing system too. (I know because it happened to me.) Those pipes behind your soaking tub with jets quickly become contaminated with infectious bacteria — some you can see, and some you can’t. Fortunately, cleaning the inside of your air tub’s pipes, jets, and nozzles is really easy! The hardest part is taking the time to do it on a regular basis — to prevent biofilm (nasty residue that forms around bacteria in your plumbing lines) from building up in the jets. Here’s how to properly clean a jetted tub and remove biofilm yourself in just a few quick steps. See how to make your own jetted tub cleaner and ones that are available in stores.
After a painful fall with no broken bones, should you see a chiropractor or go to the ER? Here’s the best treatment after a fall and how to get pain relief… fast! See when you should go to the ER. When it’s okay to wait things out. When to see a chiropractor for pain relief.
I’ve used essential oil diffusers for years. I used to use the plastic kind (aka ultrasonic diffusers), but I’ve learned that a nebulizing diffuser is SO much better – because the scent fills the room quickly, you get the benefits of aromatherapy right away, and it looks beautiful! Here’s a point-by-point comparison, and my experience using glass nebulizing diffusers vs. plastic ultrasonic diffusers.
If your feet and heels are dry and cracked like mine used to be, you’re going to love these tutorials showing how to exfoliate feet by making a DIY foot scrub and enjoying a soothing foot soak in the comfort of your own home! I’ve learned that you should never use a foot tool (like a foot file, foot scraper, or pumice stone for feet) because they’re too abrasive and don’t allow fresh, new, baby soft skin to grow — so the skin on your feet will just keep getting thicker and rougher!
Of all the different sponges I’ve used, the melamine foam sponge is the one I use most often in our house with 3 dogs. But I still get questions from curious readers about the safety of melamine foam — on skin, with kids, around pets, etc. Here’s what you need to know about melamine sponges and how they work.
Whenever I stop moisturizing my skin (as few as 2 days in a row) the dry, flaky skin starts to reappear on my nose, my hands, and my feet! So I’ve learned the importance of exfoliating and the differences between the 3 types of dry skin moisturizers: body lotions, body oils, and body butters.
My dog ate Advil. (It was a single 200 mg liquid gel capsule with Ibuprofen inside.) Dogs and Ibuprofen don’t mix – so I knew it was important to treat this right away! I rushed her to the vet, and I’m glad I did. Here’s what I’ve learned about Ibuprofen toxicity in dogs.
If you haven’t been to a chiropractor before, then you’re probably a little nervous about getting an adjustment — and you’re not sure what to expect. Here, a chiropractor answers your questions, revealing what your first chiropractic visit will be like, the average chiropractor visit cost, and an overview of what a chiropractor does when you visit their office.
While I don’t think that CBD oil is the magical cure for everything that goes wrong in the body, I do believe that the properties of CBD are quite beneficial for some conditions. Here’s what I’ve learned about CBD vs. THC and my personal experience using CBD oil for pain management.
Time for a new pillow? Have you tried down bed pillows yet? Here’s why I’ll never sleep on anything but a down pillow. And see why I like Cuddledown pillows the best…
Do you know the best way to remove a tick? I do. I do it all the time. I’ve removed DOZENS of ticks from myself, my husband, and my dogs! I’ll show you — from my own experience using tweezers and videos from others showing easy ways to remove ticks without tweezers. Do you know which ticks carry Lyme Disease? I’ll tell you — so you’ll know which ones to look for where you live and exactly what they look like.
Here are 6 reasons I try to eat a banana every day. A list of banana health benefits… for your body and your wellbeing! Plus, my favorite overripe banana recipes – including homemade banana bread and strawberry banana smoothies.
If you’re searching for a new ‘gently used’ bike, this information should help you find a bike right away, so you too can get back into cycling. Here are the 5 best places to find a free or cheap bike online AND in your local area!
I’m thinking of getting a foot tattoo. But I’ve done a lot of research and I’ve found 5 good reasons to reconsider getting a tattoo on your foot that I thought I’d share to help others who are trying to decide whether to get foot tattoos or not. The 5 things I’ve learned: the pain is different (I have a high tolerance for pain, so this one doesn’t scare me), the amount of space required & tendency for foot tattoos to get blurry (a foot tattoo is one of the hardest places for an artist to tattoo well), the time it takes to heal after getting a foot tattoo (the feet require more pampering than tattoos in other places on your body), the fact that some tattoo artists won’t even tattoo feet (their reasons are eye-opening), and it’s difficult to remain still throughout the tattooing process (which could result in a messy tattoo). See more details about these and other little-known facts about foot tattoos.
Yoga in bed?! …Why not? It’s no secret that regular exercise is an important part of a happy and healthy life. And if you relax while exercising, that’s even better for your well-being! Yoga gives you the best of both worlds. See how to do yoga in bed… 5 easy yoga exercises you can do in your bed at home or in a hotel when you travel.
Ladies: Have you got endometriosis… and/or cysts on your ovaries? If so there’s probably a laparoscopy in your future! I’m here to tell you endometriosis surgery is not that bad. I had severe endometriosis and 2 large ovarian cysts removed laparoscopically Here’s how it went for me…
I had no idea I was suffering from the early signs of Lyme Disease – until I got the official Lyme Disease diagnosis. Here’s how I found out I had Lyme Disease, what I’ve learned about how to treat Lyme Disease, and what it’s like living with Lyme Disease in Tennessee.
What is the best tick repellent for humans, you ask? Well, have you heard of Permethrin spray? When it comes to repelling ticks, avoiding Lyme Disease, and buying tick repellents… we recently learned a little secret from the U.S. Military. It’s called Permethrin! If it’s good enough for the Department of Defense, then it’s good enough for us. Here’s why we use Permethrin anytime we go in the woods now. By the way, it repels both ticks AND mosquitoes… far better than DEET-based products do.
My husband received a melanoma diagnosis from a mole on his arm. You can see in his skin cancer photos how the mole grew and changed colors over 6 years. Here’s what we’ve learned about the best melanoma treatment options, what the melanoma stages of cancer mean, and what melanoma looks like. We hope you’ll find this information helpful if you or someone in your family is diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer.
I suffer from ongoing neck pain. My favorite ‘adjustment’ at the chiropractor’s office (up til now) has been what I refer to as ‘the neck crack’ or ‘that one that twists your neck’. Then, I read about the dangers of having a chiropractor crack your neck, so I studied up on it. Here’s what I’ve learned about neck manipulation — both from having it done myself and from talking to my chiropractor and others about it.
If you have trouble sleeping or can’t sleep at night due to insomnia, you’ll appreciate these tips from a former insomniac. See what causes insomnia, tips for treating insomnia yourself, and how to fall asleep fast — starting tonight!
Spring is in the air and so are insects like bees, wasps, and mosquitos! An allergic reaction to bites or stings from any of these can be very scary… and sometimes even fatal. Always keep Benadryl on hand and know these allergic reaction symptoms to watch for — to keep your kids, your pets, and yourself safe.
Do you have a ganglion cyst? I do! I’ve had it for years — it comes and goes. Here’s what I’ve learned about Ganglion cysts, ganglion cyst treatment, and ganglion cyst removal. Basically a ganglion cyst does not require treatment, but if it’s causing you pain or is just in a bad spot then you might want to have it surgically removed. Here’s what I’ve learned.
I see a chiropractor for back, neck, and shoulder pain. My chiropractor gave me his tips for the best sleep positions, how to keep your body in alignment yourself, and how to treat lower back pain — so I’m sharing them with you.
Having an MRI scan? I just had my first one and here are the 13 things I wish I had known before having an MRI. Between the clothing removal and the hammering sounds, I was nervous. But you don’t have to be — here’s why…