teeth whitening

Grow Your Own Teeth Whitener

Strawberries are great aren’t they? My kids have laid claim to these polystyrene containers and have been frantically planting all manor of things in time for our summer. The strawberries are just starting to ripen which is fantastic,  but what has that got to do with whiter teeth?

Well, like many fruits strawberries are full of Malic Acid and it is this that can whiten your teeth!   The idea is to mash up one or two strawberries with an equal amount of bicarbonate of soda. This mixture should then be smeared over your teeth and left for about five minutes to get to work. It will taste pretty soapy and bad and after the five minutes you need to swill your mouth out and then brush your teeth as Malic Acid will eat into your enamel if left for too long.

Strawberries are not the only source of Malic Acid, apples and grapes are also sources and can be used in place of strawberries if you have an allergy or can’t easily obtain these delicious red berries.  The results that you can obtain from a strawberry bleaching session will not be quite as dramatic as those obtained at a dentist surgery (they use peroxide solution which while synthetically produced is also a naturally occurring chemical) but it is cheap and pretty convenient if not a little yucky! Just don’t get too carried away as this is one home remedy where moderation is the key!

More interesting Strawberry Facts

Strawberries are a brilliant source of Vitamin C.  One cup contains all of your recommended daily allowance!

Strawberries also contain high levels of antioxidant chemicals that help keep the body in optimum health by delivering anti-inflammatory actives.

What mum really wants this mother’s day!

Mothers all across Australia are preparing themselves for the joy that is mother’s day on Sunday. Like many of those mother’s I am packing my little ones off to school with their $5 each for the school mothers day stall and keeping my fingers crossed that they don’t choose some hideous plastic earrings or a tea  cozy (Bless their little hearts).

Anyway, it got me thinking about what mother’s might really want this mothers day….  World peace, an end to poverty and a pollution free environment are all on my wish list but probably best to stick to something closer to home! So, without further ado, here is my wish list for mother’s day 2009!

1) A Good Hair Day.

Hair can make or break your look. It is one of the first places to miss-behave when you are feeling run down and is one of the most time consuming parts of many a beauty regime.  Hair is made from a protein called Keratin that get’s lubricated by  sebaceous glands (Sweat) which sit to each side of the hair follicle. The colour of our hair is determined by cells (melanocytes)  right at the very base of the hair ( in the epithelial cells) – as these age our hair greys! You can blame  your hair type on your mother (and father) as it is passed on through the genes with all hair fitting into one of three ethnic groups- Asian, African or Caucasian. These groups play a large part in how your hair grows and whether it is poker straight, kinky or curly!

While we can’t change our genetics, we can play around with our hair colour, shape and condition.  Once our hair has poked through the skin […]