Making the switch over to A completely natural home, takes time and effort. Adapting to natural cleaning products and bodycare products is a large switch. However, I find this switch to be most beneficial in feeling good, wholesome, and safe. This brings me to the topic of deodorants/anti-perspirant's.
I remember back in high school, I did not mind wearing deodorant for my sports team activities, but when it came to prom, I reached for the anti-perspirant. I suppose this is my true girly girl side speaking. I had always known anti-perspirant is not a good choice, and found that the available deodorants for women 15 years ago were very slim. There were always the rock/salt deodorants available at the natural food stores, but these dried out my armpits and agitated my sensitive skin. I would use men's deodorant, in the most fruity sense I could find.
But let's talk about those fruity artificial fragrances and some misleading information on natural deodorants.
With many deodorant, as with natural sunscreen and sunblock, chemicals are added for dermal absorption. This means, the chemical allows the other active ingredients to be absorbed more easily into the skin. Furthermore, dermal absorption leads to absorption into The bloodstream. I will let you do the research on your own to learn more about chemicals for dermal absorption and the dangers around them. But let's look at some simple facts. Your armpits are where a huge section of lymph node's are collected in your body. One of the larger lymph ducks of your body is located on your chest across from your armpits. The Lymph system is a very important system for your body . It's is responsible for the illumination of interstitial fluid from tissues, absorbs and transports fatty acid from the digestive system, with its primary function being the transportation of lymph, which is infection – fighting white blood cells, through the body. Basically, it is one of your bodies main systems for protection against and elimination of toxins. Let's now realize what we are doing by applying a artificial, chemical full, product to our armpits every day. We are taxiing out our lymph system with unnecessary toxins and chemicals. This led my family to making the switch for a natural deodorant.
finding or making a natural deodorant recipe is not easy…
when conducting a natural deodorant search, you will find many similar deodorant recipes. Here is the tricky part, all of these recipes can be successful, natural, safe, and beneficial. However, it truly depends on your skin type. Many healthy and natural deodorants, or recipes, did not work for my sensitive skin. They would cause chafing and redness which would eventually give a burning sensation to anything somewhat skin irritating that I would apply.
I would like to share my recipes and tips on making your own natural deodorant, but please know this recipe may also need tweaking for your skin type.
gathering your materials, keeping it natural, affordable, and safe
recycling and reusing is a very popular theme in my home. Instead of purchasing empty deodorant roller bars, here is how you can clean out an old deodorant container, and sterilize it from any possible chemicals that it contained.
you will need
small paring knife
water – Distilled or tap is fine.
clean drying cloth
begin by rolling the deodorant stick all the way up, and cutting off any extra deodorant.
to remove deodorant from the grid, stick the tip of your pairing knife into the center of the square spaces, and you should be able to pull them out. Small bits of leftover deodorant are fine, as it will come off when being boiled.
remove the plastic grid section from the base by twisting it off.
place all of the pieces into your pot, cover with water, and Bring water to a boil. Here is a tricky part, you do not want to boil the plastic for too long, as it could melt. What do you need to do instead, is bring the water to a boil, let it cool, bring to a boil again, and let it cool. Do this for a duration of five minutes, and your deodorant container is cleaned and sterilized.
remove your container pieces using metal tongs.
lay the pieces on a clean cloth to completely dry. This point you can peel off any labeling from the outside and discard.
use your paper towel to remove any leftover adhesive from the outside of the container.
no water can be left in the container, as it can contaminate your deodorant. Make sure the container is completely dry before proceeding.
to reattach the grid, have the deodorant bottle twisted all the way up, hold the grid in place, and turn the deodorant bottle knob until you can feel it engage and begin to retract down.
twist the deodorant container until the grid is all the way at the bottom and now you are ready to make your own deodorant and use your recycled container!
DIY natural deodorant recipe
lets break those steps up a bit......😊
melt the beeswax, Shea, and coconut oil in that order. Once once ingredient is nearly melted, add the next.
while those are melting, combine dry ingredients in a small dish and mix well.
Remove from heat. This is important, because if the mixture steams at all, it is ruined and you will need to start over. After those are melted, begin adding the dry ingredients in small portions.
stir well. I first fold it in with a spatula and than attack it with a metal whisk.
the mixture should be getting stiff, now you are ready to add your essential oils.
Suggested oils: cypress, lavender, ylang ylang, frankincense just to mention a few possibilities.
transfer to container and your done!
suggestions for use: this is a softer deodorant, but it is dense. Remove the cap pushing on the end sides, not the middle of the wide sides. Be gentle when twisting the deodorant upwards. In applying, I put on a layer and than spread it with my fingers, you can also store this in a tin and use your fingers for application.
If if you have a deodorant recipe, or you make this one, I would love to see!
Living out in the desert, Aloe Vera is something of a weed tucked in with the cactus and succulents. This being said, many people do not know how easy it is to harvest their own, all natural, aloe vera gel. Even more so, the wonderful properties aloe vera gives to the skin for healing and relief. If you own an aloe plant, now is your time to start harvesting the plant for all of its wonderful benefits.
So that's talk about those benefits for a brief moment.
1. Aloe vera is high in vitamins and minerals: aloe vera contains vitamins A, C, E, folic acid, Chlorine, B1, B2, B3, and B6. The plant also contains some B 12, and numerous minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, sodium, iron, potassium, copper, magnesium, and more!
2. Aloe vera is high in amino acids and fatty acids: amino acids are the building blocks of protein, there are about 22 amino acids that are necessary for the human body, eight of which are a esswntial. There are approximately 18 to 20 amino acids in aloe vera including all 8 essential amino acids. Aloe vera also has a range of fatty acid's. Aloe contains HCL cholesterol which lowers fats in the blood, camper sterol, and B-sitosterol which all aid in symptoms of acid indigestion and allergies.
3. Aloe helps the skin: aloe vera is known for its wonderful properties to help heal and protect the skin. Aloe is used on burns, abrasions, psoriasis, and bug bites. Aloe also acts as an analgesic, to help relieve pain and an astringent. Aloe is also a antipruitic meaning it helps to relieve itching. On top of all this, it is also assist with reducing inflammation.
This is not all aloe has to offer, do a little research and you will be amazed! Aloe also contains many benefits when taken internally, I highly suggest learning more about it.
Start using your aloe today!
How to Harvest Aloe Vera gel
Begin by cutting the stem close to the base of the plant with a sharp knife or kitchen scissors.
Now you are ready to cut the edge spines off your low with kitchen scissors.
I typically cut 3 to 5, depending on the products I want to make.
Next, you will need to set the aloe upright in a glass 5-10 minutes to drain the natural latex of the aloe. This will assist in the aloe not being as sticky when applied to the skin.
Give the aloe a quick rinse off in the skin.
To remove the aloe vera gel from the stem, simply use both hands and peel it open at the base. This will reveal the jelly which contains the juice.
The outer skin may break into sections, this is ok. You will be removing the jelly from the skins.
Use the side edge of a fork to scrape the jelly off of the skin into a small bowl.
The aloe naturally contains fibers inside the jelly, giving it a structure. To assist in the application of the aloe vera gel to the skin or to other products, I have found it easiest to use an immersion mixer to break these fibers up. Simply place the jelly in a deep flat bottom bowl and whip.
This does cause the jelly to wroth and put some air bubbles into it. Leaving it to settle for a few minutes allows the jelly to normalize.
Transfer the jelly to a glass container, and store in the refrigerator. The jelly is good for one week.
To lengthen the shelflife of the aloe vera jelly, you can add vitamin E oil, grapeseed extract, or grapefruit extract to the jelly.
I prefer to use my jelly without any additives within the week I have harvested it. Bellow are some simple and all natural remedies my family uses with our harvested aloe.
7 Recipes for Naturally Harvested Aloe Vera
SUN BURN RELIEF
2 tbs. aloe Vera
1 tbs. organic witch hazel hydrosol
1 tbs. organic calendula hydrosol
Contents of 2-3 vitamin e capsules
3 tbs. aloe Vera
1 tbs. organic cane sugar
makes 2 ounces
1 tbs. aloe Vera
1 tbs. organic witch hazel hydrosol
10 drops lemon essential oil
ACNE FACIAL MASK
1 tbs. aloe Vera
1 tbs. organic raw honey
2 drops tea tree essential oil
Mix well. Apply to face for 15 minutes. Rise well.
ALOE SUGAR SCRUB
2 tbs. aloe Vera
2 tbs. organic unrefined coldpressed coconut oil
4 tbs. organic cane sugar
ALOE GRAPEFRUIT SUGAR SCRUB
1 tbs aloe Vera
1 tbs. organic unrefined coldpressed coconut oil
1 tbs. fresh grapefruit juice
1/2 c. Organic cane sugar
2 drops grapefruit essential oil
3 tbs. jojoba or apricot kernel oil
ZINC ALOE ACNE TREATMENT
use equal parts zinc oxide powder and aloe Vera. Add water if needed. Apply only to infected area and leave on overnight.
USE RAW ALOE VERA GEL TO...
Hair treatment: moisturized and relieves itchy scalp.
Heal treatment: apply and leave on 15 minutes to help cracked heals.
Sunburn/ skin abrasion: apply directly to area whenever needed
Aloe has become a very much loved plant and natural remedy for my family. I hope you enjoy these recipes, I would love to hear back from you on any aloe recipes you use!
DIY easy and wonderful for both you and baby❤️
My son inherited my cheeks, toes, eyes, and unfortunately my extremely sensitive skin. I have always struggled with seasonally dry skin, sensitivity to products, and heat and cold. I am prone to rashes which need something to soothe and heal. I have always enjoyed oatmeal baths, and thought I would share a couple tips and recipes on how to make your own. Many people believe you have to buy the ones in the store, But these wonderful baths are incredibly easy to make on your own at much less of a cost.
When using them for a infant or toddler, the amount of essential oil needs to be less than the amount used for an adult.
Infant = 2 drops essential oil
Adult = 5 drops essential oil
if you do not want to use a essential oils for your little one, you could also add organic herbs and spices to the bath. 1 tablespoon is plenty for a herb and half a tablespoon for a spice. Please note that a spice may seeped out of your tea bag as it is a fine ground material.
DIY all natural oatmeal bath recipe
Cheese cloth or coffee filter
Organic old-fashioned oats
Organic coldpressed and unrefined coconut oil
Organic whole milk
Metal clip or plastic by clip
Parchment paper optional
After gathering your materials, begin by adding a half a cup of the oats to a small bowl with 1- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. I keep my coconut oil in the refrigerator, so the picture shows my shaved coconut oil on top of the oatmeal.
Set the bowl out in the sun to melt the coconut oil so that the oats absorb it completely. On a warm-ish, sunny day, this only takes about 10 minutes. You could also microwave the oats for 30-60 seconds.
After The oats have absorbed the coconut oil, you are ready to add your essential oils and to set up your cheese cloth to become a bag.
Remember the ratios for infant and toddler baths.
If the oats have not absorbed all the coconut oil, or there is excess coconut oil, place a piece of parchment paper under the cheesecloth.
Fold the cheese cloth on half and than transfer the oats from the bowl to the middle of the cloth.
You are now ready to fold up the cheese cloth.
Now you ready for your milk and bathtime!
Place the oatmeal sachet in the bathtub, below the spout so the water is directly on top of it while you are filling up your tub.
Add two cups whole milk to the bath and begin your soothing session 😊
Really work the oatmeal sachet until it forms a thick paste feeling and creates a smoothie thick cream when squeezed out. This cream feels wonderful on the skin and holds many healing benefits and nutrients for the skin.
Oatmeal sachet recipes
Here are some essential oil blends for different purposes. Again, please remember the quantity used for adults vs infants. All these baths are safe for your little one.
Lavender and Roman chamomile - soothe the skin, calm the nerves, assist with sleep.
Lavender - healing for inflammation and skin abrasions, restful.
Mandarin and lavender - uplift the spirit and calm the nerves
Mandarin - uplifting for sadness
Sweet marjoram and Roman chamomile - calming and sleep provoking
contact me for specific blends for aches, pains, emotional situations.....whatever you specifically need👌
My son is almost 11 months old. We are entering the land of discovery and sensory play, and having so much fun doing it! With Valentines day quickly approaching, I wanted to try to color and scent some rice. Rice has been a favorite sensory play for my son. The sound it makes when shaken or poured and the wonderful sensation of running his hands through it and having it remain on his sticky little fingers is one of his favorites. I was amazed at how simple it is to color and scent the rice. If you do not want to use food coloring, you can die the rice with natural dyes or spices. The process is more in depth, and takes a bit more time.
scented colored rice recipe
One bag of white rice
Several Ziploc bags
A piece of paper towel
Small cup of water
Essential oil (be sure it is a safe oil for your little one. If you are unsure it is safe, please email me with questions.)
I wanted to make several different colors, so I divided the rice into four plastic bags. If you want to make a single color, simply use one sandwich bag for your rice. For a larger quantity,use a freezer bag with 2 cups of rice in it and double the food coloring drops and use two or three drops of oil.
Begin by dividing your rice into sandwich bags. Place a half a cup into the bag.
add a small amount of water to your spoon with a single drop of oil and 4 to 8 drops of food coloring.
Drop the mixture into your bag of rice.
remove as much air from the bag as possible, Close the bag securely, and mix in the mixture to the rice very well. You want to be sure the oil disperses, so gently rub the sealed bag in your hands for at least two minutes.
Lay the bags flat to dry overnight, or approximately 10 to 12 hours.
since water was added to disperse the color and oil, while the rice is drying it will stick to its self. With a gentle shake, all the rice will separate and once completely dry, will not re-stick to itself.
I use my scented rice as an element in my sons valentines discovery bowl. Oh what fun we had and he enjoyed the color along with the soothing scent of lavender.
Elderberry syrup is one of my top recommendations to help your family avoid colds and flu season. Growing up with holistic and alternative parents, herbs and other tinctures were common in supporting immunity and always came before the doctor. I am a firm believer and using in herbalism and wanted to pass on a few tips for cold/flu prevention.
1. hand washing! My son is now 10.5 months old and his hands are everywhere: mouth, eye, dirt, nose, feet, back to dirt, in the mouth and eye....you get the idea.
2. House washing - kick off the cold and flu season with a natural disinfecting of the home. I take a new sponge and add 5 drops of either lemon or lemongrass and wipe down everything...cell phones, electronics, door knobs, cabinet knobs....everything you can think of that you touch and do not regularly clean.
3. staying active - luckily I live in the beautiful Tucson Arizona, and my family is able to stay active year around. If your home has a long winter with snow - try to find indoor activities that keep you active and the immune system "pumped" to stay healthy. Yoga, mat routines, are some for the indoors. A fun idea for the outdoors - create a scavenger hunt of items and take the family on a walk (snow shoes, cross country skii) to find the items.
4. sleep - try to get as much as possible. The studies to poor sleep leading to depression, lack of focus, and immune failure are incredible. It is a very real thing, the more sleep the better.
5. Catch it before it starts - here is where this delicious elderberry syrup comes in hand. As soon as you begin to feel a tickle in the throat- begin sipping. I also recommend an echinacea tincture, and if you have a mucous growing, an echinacea/goldenseal tincture will help. You can purchase these tinctures at local natural food stores or order them online. If you are interested in making your own tinctures (HUGE savings to make your own) Stay tuned!
If you are a bit hesitant of this "herbalism stuff," there are many quick reads on the benefits of elderberry (its even on wedMD if you are really interested heheh) Elderberries are very high in vitamin A, B, and C (more than an orange!) to support the immune system.It is also very high in ORAC, or oxygen radical absorbance capacit. Studies have aslo shown that elderberry supports brain health, improves immune coordination, protects blood vessels and reduces cancer cell growth patterns in the body...yes worth researching!
1/4 c. elderberries
6 whole cloves
1 tbs ginger
4 tbs rosehips
1 cinnamon stick
2 tbs echinacea agustifolia root
4 c.filtered water
1/2 c honey for 1+ years old, 1/2 c maple syrup for under 1 years old
fine mesh strainer
**glass bottle with dropper top for giving to little ones
add herbs to pot (no sweetener)
add water to pot and bring to boil
allow to simmer 1 hour until it reduces by half (2 c.)
strain herbs and compost
allow to cool
add sweetener - if using honey, add while liqyid is still warm
store in mason jar for up to a year!
My son is a master crawler now. He has also learned how to pull himself up to standing, but he is not the best at sitting back down. As you can imagine, this leads to a few tumbles and bumps to the head. Since he is crawling everywhere, he is now up close and personal with all the germs and other treasure on the floor (I do clean my floors daily, but we also have four dogs.)
I support and love germs, but since we are coming up on winter cold and flu season, I too appreciate a hand sanitizer at times. These reasons led me to wanting a solution to ease the head bumps and an antibacterial gel for those sticky little fingers.
I am not a fan of any chemical-based hand sanitizer. If you get a chance, take a look at the ingredients on the back of the bottle. DO a little research into what it can lead too....in a quick google research the word cancer will pop up a lot.
Here are the solutions I have found very successful.
For bumps and bruises: Boirons arnicare gel homeopathic medicine. I am so thankful for this and Have had amazing results with this product for everyone in my family. If applied immediately after a bump or strain to the body, swelling and bruising drastically lesson or do not occur at all. If you have a Trader Joe's in your neighborhood, you can get the gel there for the best price of under six dollars! I should mention the company also has a Aricare cream available. While this works great for my husband and I, it caused a reaction on my son's skin. I compared the ingredients, and the gel contains less additives then the cream. The only downside to this, is that you need several of them. One for the medicine cabinet, one for the diaper bag, and an extra when you cannot find either of those. Although I do not like chemical hand sanitizers, the companies designs for the small bottles that clip onto keychains was ingenious. So here is what I did, at Michael's I found those keychains on clearance for $.23! Problem solved! My Arnicare gel is now on my purse and on my keys!
For the hand sanitizer: a DIY recipe of all natural and simple ingredients.
1 oz. all Vera gel
5 drops drops tea tree oil or lemon if you do not like the scent of tea tree
5 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops sweet orange essential oil
This recipe is safe for transfer to baby, but is for adults use only. I do not recommend putting hand sanitizer on your little one as their fingers are often in their mouth's. Ingestion of a sensual oils is a very heated topic. To make this recipe for your young child, five years or older, only use two drops of each essential oil.
Rinse out and thoroughly clean your keychain hand sanitizer.
Add all of the essential oils to the bottle, replace the and shake vigorously for 30 seconds to mix the oils.
Top off the bottle with the aloe vera gel.
The nights and mornings are finally cold enough that hot cocoa is necessary. When I was an art teacher one of my favorite students gave me a jar of this cocoa mix as a holiday gift one year. I instantly fell in loooove with the delicious treat. So much so, I actually asked her mom for the recipe! Since then, this cocoa recipe has replaced any store bought in our home since it is just as creamy, and costs less.
Large container with a lid
mixing spoon or whisk
Home Made Hot Cocoa Recipe
2 c. powdered sugar
1 c. unsweetened cocoa
2 ½ c. powdered milk
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. corn starch
3 vanilla beans
Add 3 tbs. to your mug of hot water....stir......sip........mmmmmmm.
We also keep a few extra goodies to spice up our warm treats. Try these different additives to your cups of cocoa this winter season.
*½ tsp. vanilla, pinch of cinnamon and zest of an orange
*1 tbs. chocolate hazelnut spread or creamy peanut butter
* 1 tbs. cinnamon pumpkin pie sugar (another diy recipe)
Is there a spice or something extra your family adds to cocoa? Let me know, my family would love to try it.
Becoming a mother is a huge role transformation. The beginning is a bit rocky because your first few weeks as "mom" are not your best moments. your emotions are all over the place which makes a new identity strange to fully comprehend since you feel slightly unhinged. Your healing - everywhere. Personally, I had not worn pads for many years and had always used tampons. Obviously that's not an option after a paper. But you are not only leaking "down there," your boobs are too! So on top of being exhausted, dealing with a new identity, and healing mentally and physically you are wrapped up in pads. Pads in your underwear and pads in your bra. Lets not forget you have a beautiful new baby to take care of as well.
My first few weeks as mom was not feeling sexy or attractive to my husband. They were vulnerable, teary, and leaky. My son was my first experience of unconditional love. This is something I have always held myself to - love yourself. The first few weeks after birth, was a big realization on the limits to my self love.
Between spit ups and leaking I changed multiple times a day. between the pads up north and the pads down south you never feel dry. My first few days as mom felt "wet and scatter brained." If someone were to ask me "hows motherhood?" My response would be "Its amazing how much love you feel for your baby, and the new meaning of love they show you." other than that......no one would have wanted to hear me say "Motherhood? OH you mean the leaking, wrapped in pads, feeling like I just ran a marathon with no training, identity questions, stripped of all sexy, dirty hair, new perfume of spit up......its the best thing ever!"
I'll be honest. I did not now if I would ever completely heal. I had a vaginal birth, with tearing. I felt wrecked. I did not know if I would ever return to my post "popped-a-melon-out-of-something-that's-normally-the-size-of-a-lemon" self. And the answer is - I didn't. Hence, the sneeze pee.
So what do the experts suggest for the sneeze pee - kegels. I am the kegel queen, just trust me on that one.I do believe they have helped a lot. My sneeze pee is virtually gone.I play on a coed soccer team, and occasionally the sneeze pee makes an appearance there. What I think may be around for a few more years...perhaps always, is the intense on set of needing to pee. Its no longer a question of contemplating to hold it or not. It is a peeing now type thing. I did not used to hustle to the bathroom.....its a regular for me now.
I am breastfeeding my son, which is the most incredible bond. However, redoing my wardrobe for nursing was a bit odd.Finding outfits that somewhat disguised the bra pads was challenging. I cannot remember when I stopped wearing the pads since the beginning of motherhood blurs a bit. I think around 3 months I was able to stop having them in my bra all the time. I would instead look for signs - crying baby down isle 8 at the grocery store - lets take a detour to isle 22, sappy commercial - close eyes and cover ears. Needless to say, as time passed I better learned my body and the tingles of my breasts letting out.
Than the let outs begin to numb. They no longer have the strong tingle as a pre-sign. (There needs to be a manual for all the changes that take place so maybe some embarrassing moments can be saved.) The other day I became reacquainted with the let out in the store. All my back up tricks were not handy as it has been several months since this happened.SO what do you do?
Rock it out.
That's what motherhood is all about if someone were to ask me now. Its about rocking it out, weather physically putting your baby to sleep and enjoying that special moment, or owning the situation like a boss. It have found my self love as mother.
Loving myself to own the leaky boobs and the sneeze pee was the first step.
Being a new momma and postpartum Doula, easy and nutritious meals are a must have. Breakfast can get forgotten, or reach for something quick instead of cooking a hearty meal. But...I found a solution! This is such an easy and delicious breakfast meal.
Going into the fall and winter months, oat meal is a great breakfast. Oats are also supportive to lactating mommas! I have to admit, I am a big fan of the pumpkin craze and this oatmeal fits right in. However, it is not really "pumpkiny" it is more spice. The recipe is a little bit of fall joy for you in the morning. It is not very sweet, so if you are having a sweet tooth attack I suggest adding a bit of Maple syrup.
I adore being a mom. Each day is filled with small moments of joy...and some challenging ones too! All of it is just too precious.