Multiple studies and testimonials have found grapefruit seed extract (GSE) to be effective against more than 800 bacterial and viral strains, 100 strains of fungus, and a large of parasites. It is mild enough to use as a wash for fruits and vegetables, but strong enough to replace chlorine as a water purification agent. Here you will find three recipes on how to use grapefruit seed extract every day.
Power Beyond GSE
GSE is obtained by the method of cold extraction from the seeds, pulp and white membranes of the grapefruit (Citrus Paradisi).
Grapefruit seed extract is rich in nutrients and phytochemicals. Bioflavonoids contained in GSE have a potent antimicrobial and antifungal effect. This is not exactly an antibiotic alternative that you can find on your kitchen shelf, but, if you are into safe, natural treatments, you should consider having it in your kitchen cabinet.
Looking to find a fluoride-free, glycerin-free toothpaste alternative? Look no further. Make your alternative toothpaste following this simple recipe:
- Half cup of Coconut oil
- 1 Tbs. of powdered Xylitol (you can add more to taste)
- 2 – 3 Tbs. Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)
- 10 drops of essential oil (eucalyptus, peppermint, cinnamon or orange – depends on of your taste)
- 4 drops GSE (I use organic NutriBiotic 33% citricidal)
Melt the coconut oil over low heat (you can use a double boiler, putting the coconut oil in a glass container inside a pot of hot water). Remove the melted coconut oil from heat and stir in the baking soda. Add the Xylitol. You should powder it in a blender or coffee grinder into a fine powder so that it quickly dissolves. Add drops of essential oil to your taste and finally, add four drops of GSE. Give the mixture a good stir.
Scoop a small amount of the paste and put it on a wet toothbrush.
At first, it may taste a bit salty, but that’s because of the baking soda. However, you can adjust the taste adding more Xylitol and using different essential oils for taste.
This is a healthy, fluoride-free alternative toothpaste which naturally contains antibacterial properties due to the high lauric acid content of the coconut oil and antibacterial properties of the GSE.
Baking Soda helps to remove plaque, whiten teeth and maintains healthy gums. Baking Soda and Xylitol both, kill acid-loving bacteria in your mouth, responsible for causing cavities. Moreover, recent studies show that Xylitol promotes the growth of tooth-protective, non-acidic bacteria. It also raises mouth pH and encourages mineral-rich saliva that can protect and repair the root layers of tooth enamel.
If by any means you want to avoid aluminum compounds (such as aluminum or aluminum-chloride-hydrochloride), found in antiperspirants, and often in deodorants, you can try yourself to prepare a mixture that helps in the destruction of odors and absorbing sweat.
- 2 oz. Coconut Oil (50 gr.)
- 2 oz. Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)
- 1.5 oz. Shea butter (40 gr.)
- 2 Tbs. cornstarch
- Essential Oil
- 5-10 drops GSE (I use organic NutriBiotic 33% citricidal)
Melt together the Shea butter and Coconut oil over a low heat. You can use the same method of a double boiler as in the toothpaste recipe. Remove the melted oil from heat and stir in the mixture of baking soda and cornstarch. Add the essential oil. You should try at first with ten drops, and then add more if you want a stronger scent. You can add whatever essential oil fragrance suits you, lavender, ylang-ylang, citrus fruit, cedar wood, etc. Finally, add 5-10 drops of GSE. Stir well and transfer to a glass container with a lid and leave to cool.
Use a small amount of the mixture and apply it on clean skin under the armpit.
Note that this kind of a deodorant could leave stains on your clothes, but it’s natural and aluminum free!
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