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All Natural Bug Spray

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Here is a really quick and easy all natural recipe to keep away those pesky bugs. It’s also really good for your skin unlike the store boughten bug spray that contains a multitude of cancer causing ingredients.

Combine in a spray bottle:

* one cups of water
* one cup of witch hazel
* 20 drops of lavendar, eucalyptus or tea tree oil

The essential oils keep the bugs away, while leaving your smelling wonderful.

Enjoy!


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Puffy Face or Eyes- Quick fix

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We’ve all had those days where we wake up, look in the mirror and than try to remember the train that apparently ran us over the night before. Here is a quick fix for reducing redness and puffiness to get you looking glam-tastic again.

* Fill a big bowl with ice cubes and put some aloe juice in it.- You can use fresh aloe or aloe juice you buy at the health food store.
* Leave it for 5 to 10 minutes until it gets really nice and cold.
* Soak a face cloth in it and lay it over your face.

It instantly reduces inflammation taking away any puffiness or swollen look.

*For an added spa feel- cut holes in one of your face clothes and place slices of cucumbers over your eyes.

It’s as simple that!!
Enjoy!


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All Natural Make up Remover

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This is the second blog about how to get your skin care, body care and house cleaners in check to make your body and house healthier. I’ll be talking about really simple ways to make your own skin care products and cleaning products that not only save you money but make your house and body alot healthier and you can customize any one with essential oils to be exactly what you want.
Today, and this one is super simple, we’ll talk about how to make all natural make up remover.

Get out your pen and paper this is a pretty extensive recipe:

* Coconut oil

yup, that’s it. You can also use olive oil but just simply pour 1/2 teaspoon onto a cotton pad and wipe. All natural, no harsh chemicals and also moisturizes and reduces wrinkles. Bonus..and Bonus.

Enjoy.


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All Natural, Home Made Hairspray!

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Everyday we are soo surrounded with chemicals. We use them to brush our teeth, to keep our skin looking nice, to smell good, to keep our hair looking nice. Overloading our bodies with chemicals is one of the leading causes of allergies and disease. I’m going to start of series of blogs about how to make your own products that work just as good without having to coat your skin, body, and hair with harsh cancer-causing chemicals..plus think of all the $$ you can save if you are making your own products. Who doesn’t want to be a savy, healthy diva!!

To make your own all natural hairspray:

* Boil one cup of water
* Remove from heat
* Add 4 Teaspoons of sugar until fully dissolved
* Add 6-8 drops of whatever essential oils you prefer

Once it’s completely cool, pour your mixture into a spray bottle and use just like you would your store boughten hairspray.

Enjoy!!


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Honey VS Sugar

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In this day and age everyone is looking for an easier way to eat healthy, or the quickest way to loose those extra couple pounds. Sometimes it’s not about the easiest or fastest way that gets you to your goals but eliminating refined sugar from your life could be one of those methods.

Try replacing your sugar with honey, not only are you eliminating something refined and void of any nutrients that is actually really bad for you but you are replacing it with something that will still give you that sweet tooth fix but is packed full of nutrients, good bacteria (that aids in digestion and that our body requires) and powerful antioxidants called polyphenols. Antioxidants help to get rid of the free radicals in your body that cause diseases and pre mature aging. Let me make that crystal clear. Honey helps fight wrinkles and keeps you healthy!! Sometimes you can have your cake and eat it too!!

Try to find a unprocessed honey, possibly organic although no honey can truly be organic if it’s labeled the producer may have done their best to try and accomodate that.

Enjoy!!!


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Home Made Mouth Wash without all the harsh chemicals

Here is a simple and easy way to make home made mouth wash that leaves your mouth feeling clean and fresh for hours:

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Chai Mouthwash

2 drops clove oil
2 drops cinnamon oil
2 tablespoons good-quality vodka
1 1/2 cups distilled water
1/2 cup brewed Chai tea

In a glass jar with a tight fitting lid, combine the clove and cinnamon oils with the vodka. Add the water and tea and shake well. Keep refrigerated. Use as a mouthwash 1 tablespoon at a time.

Enjoy!!


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Make your Own Homemade Remedies

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Back in the olden days (and even in the not-so-olden past and present homesteading days), a stillroom was a necessity in every rural home. This was a designated space (think a modern-day pantry of sorts) which housed herbs, jars, recipe books, tinctures, teas, and preserving agents (like alcohol, honey, and vinegar).

This room was where cosmetics, home brews, preserves, and a year’s worth of herby medicinals were created. Can you imagine?

I would love to travel back and just step foot into one of these medieval distilling rooms — think of the medicinals, recipes, and lore passed down from generation to generation, all housed in one well-organized room. I like to think of herbs hanging from the rafters, intriguing, hand-made bottles and jars holding remedies long lost and forgotten.

Intrigued yet? I sure am!!! I figure everyone who has any intention of making his or her own remedies should probably have a stillroom of his or her own. Don’t have an extra, conveniently empty room off your kitchen? No worries, Your stillroom can be a designated cupboard, a set of shelves, or even an outdoor building (when I lived in Maine, mine was in the old ice house on the property). Really, the only thing you need are herbs, supplies, and recipes, all housed in one convenient location.

Begin with a bit of research and observation; what herbs do you use or buy on a regular basis? For me, that’s got to be chamomile, echinacea, a variety of mints, rose petals, rose hips, elderberries, nettles, turmeric, and marshmallow root. So, first, I cleared an old bookshelf and placed it against an empty wall. Then, I grew and dried those herbs, or ordered in bulk if I needed them right away. If you don’t have space to grow that quantity of herbs, ordering in bulk is a great, affordable alternative.

Next, I stocked the fluid in which herbs are preserved, then strained from (necessary in tincture making). I gathered grain alcohol (it’s 190 proof — by far the best, most efficient preservative), apple cider vinegar, honey, and glycerin (all three are perfect as alcohol-free preservatives). I like to label everything in my own hand, so I usually decant these liquids into interesting/recycled/upcycled containers and create labels on my computer, marking the date they were bottled. Same goes for bulk herbs; they’ll arrive in plastic bags, but the sooner you can get them into glass, the better. Oh, and be sure to use tinted glass in blue or amber if your herbs are exposed to sunlight.

Then begin to gather recipes. I gathered print-outs, copies, and hand-written recipes others had either given me or that I’ve come across from other herbalists willing to share their formulas.

Because I’m pretty Type A, I have these cross-referenced by herb and by the conditions they’re used for. That way, if I know I want to make a cold and flu remedy, it’s as easy as flipping to that section of my journal and seeing what my options are. At this point, I have my favorite formulas memorized, but I tend to double check counter-indications and any herbal-drug interactions, just to keep them fresh in my mind.

In my stillroom (cupboard), I also keep my collection of herbal books. These include wild-crafting books, identification manuals, and pretty much every book on herbs that’s ever resonated with me. When I had an actual room for my stillroom, I put up drawings and photos of herbs, little sayings that inspired me, prayer flags, candles, interesting packaging (in case I was crafting gifts), a hot plate, and a selection of cooking vessels. Eventually, I added soap molds, candle-making equipment, carrier oils (such as almond, apricot, olive, and jojoba), and essential oils.

It takes time and experience to gather everything you need together. Begin with a few herbs and a few tea recipes. Blending something as simple as rose hip and ginger tea, placing it in a recycled jar, labeling it, then stocking it in your kitchen can give you a great feeling of independence. Just think — the next time you have a cold (rose hips have lots of vitamin C), an upset stomach (cue ginger), or have winter chills (rose hips and ginger both warm the body by increasing circulation), you have your own remedy, made with your own hands, knowing you have plenty of raw materials to make more, whenever you need it.

Good luck with your homemade remedy making and keep me posted. If you find a recipe you really enjoy feel free to share it.