• 06Mar

    Skin tags are small, soft, skin-coloured growths that hang off the skin and look a bit like warts.

    Picture of Skin Tag

    They’re very common, harmless, and can vary in colour and size – from a few millimetres up to 5cm (about 2 inches) wide.

    There was a tiny skin tag on the right side of my neck for over a year. It hadn’t grown any bigger nor was it very obvious but the feeling of a bump on the skin was annoying.  I tried applying tea tree oil neat on the skin tag but there wasn’t any effect on it.  Recently I read that lemon essential oil can do wonders in removing skin tags painlessly. I applied a few drops of lemon essential oil from Melaleuca on the skin tag NEAT for about 3 days straight and I was pleasantly surprised when the skin tag dropped off! And the lemon essential oil does not sting the skin on my neck like it would on my face. I am so happy and would like to share this simple natural remedy with you!

    What are skin tags?
    Skin tags are made of loose collagen fibres and blood vessels surrounded by skin. Collagen is a type of protein found throughout the body.

    Some people may have skin tags and never notice them. In some cases, they rub off or fall off painlessly. Very large skin tags may burst under pressure.

    The surface of skin tags may be smooth or irregular in appearance. They are often raised from the surface of the skin on fleshy peduncles, or stalks. They are usually flesh-colored or slightly brownish.

    Skin tags start small, flattened like a pinhead bump. Some stay small, and some grow bigger. They can range in diameter from 2 millimeters (mm) to 1 centimeter (cm), and some may reach 5cm.

    Fast facts on skin tags
    Skin tags are benign tumors of the skin.
    They commonly occur in creases or folds of the skin.
    They are not dangerous, but they can be removed for aesthetic and cosmetic reasons.

    Photo of skin tags on a woman's neck


    Skin tags usually appear on the:
    under the breasts
    upper chest
    neck, in the case of papilloma colli

    It is not clear exactly what causes skin tags, but it may happen when clusters of collagen and blood vessels become trapped inside thicker pieces of skin.

    As they are more common in skin creases or folds, they may be mainly caused by skin rubbing against skin.

    Some people appear to inherit an increased susceptibility to skin tags.

    Skin tags affect people both males and females, but they happen more often during pregnancy, in people who are obese, and in people with diabetes.  They have been associated with hyperinsulinemia, when there is too much insulin circulating in the blood.

    Lemon Essential Oil and Skin Tag
    Lemon essential oil is extracted from lemon and it functions as an astringent to remove the excess oils that contributed to the formation of tags. It also removes any excess water from your skin. Lemon essential oil cuts off blood supply to the skin tags, which causes the tags to fall off after a while. It requires consistent application to get the best result and uniform skin tone. After applications, be sure to stay away from direct sunlight as lemon is photosensitive. This can cause you irritation due to exposure. Preferably, blend the oil with carrier oils such as olive oil before you apply it to your skin tags.

    Apply it repeatedly every day and try to stay away from sunlight. Within a few days, your tags will start drying out and within no time, they’ll fall off.

  • 05Mar

    Two days ago, I saw a boil on Cass’ inner thigh.  It was quite ‘ripe’ with yellow pus inside!   She wouldn’t let me touch it as it hurt her a lot.

    When I was a kid, I was very prone to getting boils on my butt, nose and forehead.  My mum would ask me to put some hot water on a cup and use some cotton wool to ‘ripen’ the boil, with the intention of oozing out the pus.  It was freaking painful!

    For me, I treat all my pimples and boils with Melaleuca oil (pure tea tree oil) and Melagel (contains tea tree oil) from Melaleuca.   These two ointments work like a charm, always!

    After applying Melagel on the boil on Cass’ thigh three to four times daily for two days, the boil shrunk today!  Cass was so happy that she need not have to see the doctor to have the boil cut.

    I am so glad I was introduced to Melaleuca products.  Melagel and Melaleuca oil are my miracle ointments.  They are excellent for mozzie bites, wounds, problematic scalp (Melaleuca oil has successfully stopped the itching on my ultra sensitive scalp), open wounds, ear infection, chapped lips, cracked heel and much more.







  • 11Dec

    It has been a year I have been using Melaleuca’s range of SLS-free products in the hope of seeing some improvements in the condition of my extremely dry skin. And I am glad to say that I have seen remarkable improvement to my skin. My skin does not have the ‘tightness’ and dryness after each bath. And my grossly cracked heels and sole of feet have made a dramatic recovery. The cracked heels and flaky and ‘opened’ skin on the soles of my feet have slowly closed. The key to recovery is to stay away from shampoos and soaps with SLS. And to keep my itchy hands off my heels and feet too! I use Renew Body Wash during shower and Renew Intensive Skin Therapy to moisturize my skin. In addition, I have gotten rid of all shampoos and bar soaps that contain SLS. That’s really good riddance and I am glad I made this decision.

    When I have the time, I shall snap some pix of my healed heels and feet and compare them with the pre-Melaleuca feet pictures.

  • 06Dec

    This is another success story I’d like to share of T36 C5 Melaleuca oil. About 1.5 weeks ago, Cass (5.5YO) complained of ear pain. It was so pain that she did not want me to touch her ear. She told me that there’s a pimple like small lump inside her ear. On the 2nd day, I wanted to bring her to see the pediatrician but suddenly I remembered my wonder Melaleuca oil! And most of all, I wanted to save the RM100+. These days, going to even a normal GP is expensive, what more a pediatrician.

    I checked the Melaleuca Wellness Guide book on ear pain and it mentioned T36 C5 oil for ear pain. I put 1-2 drops of concentrated oil into Cass’ affected ear 2x a day. The Guide mentioned diluting it with olive oil but I was lazy. I used concentrated. After 1.5 weeks, I saw a lot of dried flakes on the outside of Cass’ ear. I used a cotton bud (dipped with a small dollop of Melagel) to gently dig the inside of the ear a bit and more flakes came out. I reckon that it must be the dried scab and the pimple/growth had shrunk. Also, on that day, she complained that she could not hear very clearly on that ear.  After I removed the flakes from her ear with melagel on a cotton bud (I did that several times for 2 days), she told me that she could hear clearly again!  I was so relieved and happy.

    Today, 1.5 weeks later, she told me that the pain is completely gone and the ‘pimple’ is also gone! Amazing! I saved over RM100 on pediatrician fee. The T36 C5 oil only cost RM24 and I only used 1/4 bottle or less!

    Disclaimer: this is not intended to be a medical/ doctor’s advice. It is purely based on my own experience on this product.


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  • 28Mar

    Rascal #2 had tummy ache and lay on the bed.  Rascal #3 ran to her sister and hugged her tummy. I told #3 to massage some T36 C5 Melaleuca tea tree oil on her che che’s tummy. She did and gave her che che a good 5-minute tummy massage.  I don’t think I have the patience to rub her tummy for 5 minutes but Cass did!  Now the pain is gone! They may fight and bicker all the time but they still care for each other very much 🙂

  • 13Mar

    Soft cheeses, such as cottage cheese, cream cheese and ricotta cheese, that have mold should be discarded. The same goes for any kind of cheese that’s shredded, crumbled or sliced.

    With these cheeses, the mold can send threads throughout the cheese. In addition, harmful bacteria, such as listeria, brucella, salmonella and E. coli, can grow along with the mold.

    Mold generally can’t penetrate far into hard and semisoft cheeses, such as cheddar, colby, Parmesan and Swiss. So you can cut away the moldy part and eat the rest of the cheese. Cut off at least 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) around and below the moldy spot. Be sure to keep the knife out of the mold so it doesn’t contaminate other parts of the cheese.

    Of course, not all molds pose a risk. In fact, some types of mold are used to make cheeses, such as Brie and Camembert. These molds are safe to eat.

    If you’re not sure what type of cheese you have or what to do if it grows mold, the safe course is to discard it!

    Answer from Mayoclinic.com

  • 01Feb

    My poor girls woke up with mozzie bites all over their limbs this morning. I saw a few mozzies buzzing and flying around the bedroom. I vowed to kill the predators when I returned from our Sunday outing! And thanks to sol u guard, I killed 3 bloated mozzies today, effortlessly. I just aimed n sprayed and saw the flers stuck to the wall. So happy!! Lol!

    The other night, I killed one big cockroach with my life saviour – Sol U Guard! In case you don’t know, I have a terrible phobia of cockroaches. I feel so much ‘safer’ at home now with Sol U Guard 😀

    Just one or two sprays and the buzzing predator got stuck to the wall and died instantly!

    With this huge cockroach, I think I sprayed about 5 times before the roach turned on its back and I continued spraying like a mad woman just to make sure that it was 100% dead *evil*!

    Sol-U-Guard Botanicals 2x

    What is it?
    Sol-U-Guard Botanical 2x is the first EPA approved disinfectant to combine thymol and citric acid as active ingredients. Together these proven botanical disinfectants kill over 99.9%* of common household germs on hard, nonporous surfaces, some in as little as 1 minute. And with Sol-U-Guard Botanical 2x there are no harsh fumes. All you smell is a mild, fresh herbal scent. Sol-U-Guard is gentle enough to use around kids, pets, and food.

    What does it do?
    It kills 99.999% Staphylococcus aureus (staph), and Escherichia Coli (E. coli) in 30 seconds. Effective in 10 minutes against Staphylococcus aureus (staph), Escherichia coli (E. coli), Salmonella choleraesuis (salmonella), Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Streptococcus pyogenes (strep), Polivirus type 1, Influenza A, Rhinovirus Type 37.

    Where do i spray it on?
    You can spray it on countertops. faucets, sinks, plastic cutting boards, food preparation surfaces, lunch boxes, door knobs, telephones, microwaves, regrigerators, appliances, light switches, tables, toilet seats, pet habitats, pet bowls, litter boxes, computer keyboards & mice, prostheses & orthotics, sports equipments such as jock cups & helmets, and any other hard surface where bacteria and viruses or unpleasant odours are a concern. All surfaces and/or objects coming in contact with children at the the mouthing stage of development are to be rinsed. Not to be used in hospital nurseries.

    How do i dilute Sol-U-Guard?
    Pour half the content of the Sol-U-Guard concentrate into the spray bottle and add water to it. Ratio must be 50:50 for Sol-U-Guard to effectively disinfect your items and surroundings of bacteria and viruses.

    How do i use Sol-U-Guard?
    Spray diluted Sol-U-Guard on area to be cleaned and wipe or rinse away.

    How do i sanitize an area thoroughly?
    Spray diluted Sol-u-guard onto product or area until thoroughly wet. Let stand for 30 seconds,then wipe clean. No rinsing is necessary.

    How do i disinfect an area?
    Pre-clean surface with Tough & Tender, spray diluted Sol-U-Guard Botanical on surface until thoroughly wet. Let stand for 10 minutes before wiping off. No rinsing is necessary. Surfaces that come in contact with food are to be rinsed with potable water after disinfection.

    Can i spray on all surfaces?
    Sol-U-Guard can be sprayed on all surfaces EXCEPT natural marble or stone. Especially if the surface is polished. The citric acid may dull its surface. Always test on a hidden area first. And be sure to wipe off completely when sprayed onto natural marble or stone surfaces.

    Is Sol-U-Guard safe?
    Yes, Sol-u-Guard is gentle enough to use around kids, pets, and food.
    MSDS: https://www.facebook.com/groups/429241587142066/436184193114472/

    Sol-U-Guard Botanical 2x is protected by U.S. Patent Nos. 7642227 and 7851430, meaning you can only get this unique formula from Melaleuca

  • 27Dec

    I have really heavy menses ever since I had children.  Before the kids came along, I had PCOS and would only get my menses 3-4 times in a year and even if my AF came, it was very light.  During those pre-children days, I was dying to have regular AF every month coz if that happened, it would be a sign of balanced hormones and planning a pregnancy would be easy. But as fate had it, it was not easy for me…. at all!   Long story cut short, my monthly AF now is very heavy in most months. It is so heavy that even wearing double extra long pads during night time would not contain the AF from seeping out.

    The below picture is a common sight every month, on the second day of my AF, first thing in the morning.  This morning was terrible. Though I had lined my bed with another piece of bedsheet, the blood seeped through my boxer pants, the extra bedsheet, the bedsheet and the mattress protector.  When I felt something cold and wet on the bed at 6am, I jumped out of bed. Horror of all horrors!  I quickly washed myself up first.  Then sprayed Pre-Spot from Melaleuca on the blood on my boxer pants, ripped off all the sheets from my mattress and kept spraying Pre-Spot like a lunatic… then sprayed Sol-U-Guard on my mattress, washed the blood away briefly under running tap water and dumped all the stained sheets and clothes in the washing machine.


    Half an hour later after the washing machine cycle….. I could not be happier when I checked all the soiled clothing and sheets.  Not a tinge of blood stain was on my new boxer pants and the mattress protector.  So happy!!!


    By the way, Pre-Spot is very helpful in removing oil stains, curry stains and black dirt stains from my hubs’ shirts.   He runs a food and beverage business and coming back with stains on his white shirts is very common. Thanks to Pre-Spot, his white shirts are still white!

  • 16Dec

    This is the picture of my badly injured palms, after a trip-and-fall on the road when I was jogging in the morning.  That was one of the worst mishaps that had happened to me, after the stroller accident where Cass and I fell on the road when I was jogging with her in the stroller four years ago. Cass was only 7 months old.

    A month later, my palms are 100% healed, thanks to Melagel from Melaleuca!


    No one would have believed that just a month ago, the palms had such terrible open wounds. Love my Melagel!

  • 25Oct

    I recently joined Melaleuca as a member.  The main reason why I joined Melaleuca is because I wanted to try Renew Intensive Skin Therapy lotion to rescue my extremely dry skin and horrendously bad cracked heel and feet.   Melaleuca is a company that manufactures and sells products that are safe and natural, free from parabens, SLS (sodium laureth sulfate), and other harmful chemicals that have been proven to cause cancer. Since I now have to do all the household cleaning myself, it is only a wise decision to invest in some household cleaning products that have no harsh chemicals that will harm my health and that of my kids.

    Here’s my first batch of Melaleuca products.

    After a month of using Renew, I can see vast improvement in my skin, especially on my rough and dry hands and sole of my feet, as well as my heels.  Renew is by far the best skin lotion I have ever tried and it is even safe for children. The proprietary ingredient in Renew is tea tree oil. It is said that tea tree oil is more calming and effective than aloe vera. They claim tea tree oil is nature’s miracle solution to whatever ails you. The consistency of Renew Lotion is not very thick, yet powerful!  It goes on nice and smooth after you’ve rubbed it on your skin. You skin does feel softer and moisturized after you put it on.

    I am pretty confident that my cracked heel and sole of feet will be treated if I continue to apply Renew and provided my itchy hands stay off my heels and stop peeling the dry skin LOL!


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I am a WFHM with 3 beautiful girls - Alycia, Sherilyn and Cassandra. I quit the job that I love to stay home with my 3 angels as that's what I've always wanted to do. I am a health freak, fitness freak and a clean freak too. I love to eat and live healthily and I want my kids and hubby to do the same too. Apart from being obsessed with good health, I am obsessed with fashion! I own an online store that sells ladies and kids clothing. Check out my online store at Old & New Stuff For Sale

I always believe that your health is your wealth and if you have good health, that's the best gift you can ever ask for from God.

Do check out my other blogs Health Freak Mommy and Health Freak Mommy’s Journal too!

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