Whether you’re a singleton, a couple moving in together for the first time, or a busy family with many children, there are a few bathroom essentials you will find incredibly handy to have in your cabinet. Here are our five most effective multi-purpose products to have in your bathroom cabinet no matter what:
Topical Treatments Suitable For Sensitive Skin
There might be a variety of skincare products available for various skin conditions and needs, but they’re not all suitable for sensitive skin. So, what’s the surest way to know whether a product is going to treat your skin issue without causing irritation? Use nappy rash cream. Because there are so many factors that can cause or exacerbate a nappy rash, nappy rash creams are designed to be incredibly multi-purpose, they have ingredients to combat bacterial infections, fungal infection, dryness, and inflammation.
Bicarbonate of Soda
Bicarb is a multipurpose compound that is safe and effective for internal and external use. It tastes like salt but its action is very different. Applied directly to teeth and rubbed, it has a marvelous whitening effect. It is also an effective mouthwash to kill bacteria and freshen breath (when combined with toothbrushing). Bicarb can also heal a sore throat, and double as a household cleaner.
While essential oils are often under fire by the medical community, many scientists are looking into their medical benefits. Rosemary oil was used in a trial to treat hair loss, alongside minoxidil. It was found to be as effective when used in the correct concentration. The group that used rosemary oil had the same amount of hair regrowth as the group using minoxidil, but they were less likely to experience a dry and itchy scalp.
Another powerful essential oil is tea tree oil. While this compound is not safe to be taken internally, it is used effectively to treat topical fungal conditions (in the correct concentration). It is important to seek professional advice on the correct dosage and application of essential oils.
Coconut oil has recently been hailed by just about every popular mommy-blogger for its multi-purpose action for the body and around the home. It’s an incredibly useful compound to keep in your bathroom cabinet. Coconut oil is great for eczema and dry skin, and it also boasts anti-inflammatory properties. Coconut oil is a powerful anti-fungal treatment, making it useful and safe for conditions like thrush and ringworm. Some even use it for scalp infections, like tinea capitis (aka scalp ringworm).
Epsom salts are useful for a variety of purposes. Added to a hot bath (as hot as you can tolerate), Epsom salts can boost your magnesium absorption, making it the perfect way to unwind after a stressful day or if you are experiencing muscle stiffness and pain in the body.
For women who need to stop breastfeeding, Epsom salts in a glass of water can help put an end to the body’s milk production, preventing infection, and pain. Epsom salts can also alleviate athlete’s foot and it can ease mild constipation (1 teaspoon is taken with a glass of water). Being antibacterial, Epsom salts also make a wonderful facial cleanser, reducing acne breakouts on the skin.
Having what you need on hand can simplify life tremendously, and this is made that much easier by the addition of multipurpose products to your bathroom cabinet. Having one ingredient that serves multiple purposes means less drama and less clutter – two benefits we can all get behind!