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Is it safe to add Manuka essential oil to homemade toothpaste?

Is it safe to add Manuka essential oil to homemade toothpaste?

It is thought to be: generally save but do not use during pregnancy. It also can have adverse effects on certain antibiotics so ask the pharmacist before taking any antibiotics. ...Read more

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I took a bite of raw garlic infused olive oil. It was homemade and sat at room temp for 3 days and then refrigerated. Scared about Batulism?

I took a bite of raw garlic infused olive oil.  It was homemade and sat at room temp for 3 days and then refrigerated.  Scared about Batulism?

Very unlikely but...: Eating garlic-infused olive oil that is not refrigerated can cause botulism but this is extremely rare and the vast majority of the time will not be a problem. The fact that you only had a bite is also good as even if it contained some botulism toxin you would not have ingested much. If you develop worrisome symptoms go to the ER. See http://www.cdc.gov/nczved/divisions/dfbmd/diseases/botulism/ ...Read more

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I eat a lot of homemade crackers instead of bread.I cook it in the stove without using any oil or salt. Is it bad for health?Will this make me fat?

I eat a lot of homemade crackers instead of bread.I cook it in the stove without using any oil or salt.
Is it bad for health?Will this make me fat?

Only you will know: "I eat a lot of" means different things to different people. Some people think 6 crackers is a lot, while others think 26 is a lot. It is all about total caloric intake (in food and drink). Big crackers would have more calories than small crackers of the same type. Just be sure to use up as many or more calories as one eats, to avoid weight gain. ...Read more

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Is topically using coconut oil, castor oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil & aloe vera gel (as homemade lash/brow serum) safe to use during pregnancy?

Is topically using coconut oil, castor oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil & aloe vera gel (as homemade lash/brow serum) safe to use during pregnancy?

Pregnancy-safe oils: Castor oil and sweet almond oil may bring on early labor, if used earlier than term. Coconut oil and olive oil are safe in pregnancy. Topical vitamin E oil is felt to be safe, but may cause contact dermatitis in some people, as can topical aloe vera. "When in doubt, leave it out" applies in pregnancy. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20306538 ...Read more

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Is there any easy homemade oils that I can make for hair removal?

Is there any easy homemade oils that I can make for hair removal?

Best to discuss w/Dr: Home remedies are not always the best solution for hair removal, if you have sensitive skin, you may break out, have localized inflammatory response & depends where the hair is that you want removed.That will determine the best treatment.Face?Underarms?Legs? Bikini line? Need more info.There are creams, waxing, threading, electrolysis, laser options. Depends on thickness, budget, outcome desired. ...Read more