travel bed spray

bed-spray

Soon, hubby and I are going on our 15th anniversary trip and you better believe I will bring this bottle with me! I think nearly all of us have that hesitation with traveling and sleeping in a bed that is not our own. You just never know how clean it is or what unwanted guests are there. My friend Jodi posted this recipe a while back after an unfortunate hotel experience and I wanted to share it with you. This is perfect because it’s a small bottle, perfect for travel – you can even take it in your carryon if you need to (just as you would any other liquid).

in a 15ml spray bottle combine the following:
15 drops Lavender
15 drops Cedarwood
15 drops Palo Santo
fill the remainder of the bottle with water

When you get to the hotel/resort, pull back the sheets and spray directly on the bed, pillows, side of bed and between the mattresses if you’re able. An added bonus is that the Cedarwood and Lavender are calming oils that are perfect for bedtime. No unwanted guests and restful sleep. Sounds like a vacation to me.

I personally use and trust Young Living as my source for essential oils. Their integrity and quality is so important to me and I love their Seed to Seal process. The fact that I can visit the farms and see how the oils are produced speaks volumes to me. If you’d like to learn more about essential oils, I’d love to talk to you more about them and how to purchase them.

calming bath soak

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It’s time to start making your DIY Christmas gifts! These are SUPER easy, inexpensive and something everyone can use!

Calming Bath Soak:
Combine 4c epsom salt, 1c baking soda and 25 drops lavender in a bowl. Let it sit for a few minutes for the lavender to soak into the epsom salt. Take 10 baggies (mine are 3×5″ and fit perfectly) and put 1/2c of the mixture in each baggie. Make a cute label with some scrapbook paper and you’re all set!

One 1/2c baggie is one “serving” of the bath salts. They’ll just sprinkle it in their running bath water and soak in the relaxing aroma {plus the magnesium in the epsom salt is calming as well}. 

DIY deodorant

Deodorant. Something that everyone needs and something that can be filled with lots of harmful ingredients like aluminum which has been linked to breast cancer. Making your own deodorant is really easy and very inexpensive. The one real thing that you have to get used to with this recipe is that you apply the deodorant with your fingers – so unlike the deodorant that you get from the store. Once you mentally get past that, this deodorant works wonderfully.

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You only need four ingredients for this deodorant:
1/3c coconut oil (softened is best)
1/4c arrowroot powder
1/4c baking soda
1/4tsp essential oils (I used equal parts of lemongrass, lavender and tea tree)

Put all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix with an immersion blender. If you don’t have an immersion blender (like me), you can use a standard mixer but be prepared for the arrowroot and baking soda to make a bit of a mess. It’s best to put a towel on top of the bowl around your mixer as you blend it together. Please know that this recipe will melt if in the heat because the base is coconut oil. When you get to a cooler location it will harden back up. If the baking soda is irritating to your under arms as it is for me, decrease it by half and increase the arrowroot – so I use 3/8c arrowroot and 1/8c baking soda.

homemade bath salts

IMG_4592A few weeks ago I did a make & take at my house with a few friends. We made diffuser pendants, bath salts & sugar scrub. Today I want to share with you how to make an easy bath salt that is perfect for gift giving! It’s not too late to whip some of these up for gifts!

The original recipe is from TidyMom. To make Lemon Rosemary Bath Salt you simply mix together the following:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups epsom salt
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh rosemary; finely chopped
  • 6-8 drops lemon essential oil
  • 2-3 tbsp lemon zest (optional)

I didn’t use that much rosemary in mine because I only had a small amount. It is still very fragrant even with only one tablespoon. I also didn’t use as much lemon zest. I just zested some of the peel until it looked like enough. This recipe fills one pint and one jelly jar.

IMG_4593If you want to fill up three pint jars, you simply double the recipe. That fills the jars almost to the top (add a little more epsom salt if needed). This recipe can easily be amended to whatever oil you want to use:

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups epsom salt
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 12-16 drops of essential oil

IMG_4584Tie them with a sweet bow and tag and you’re all set! To use, measure out 1/2c-1c of the mixture and put in your bath water for a relaxing detox soak. Some of the oils that we liked to use in the ones we mixed up are lavender, cedarwood and peace & calming.

If you’d like more information on Essential Oils, you can read more about what they are, why Young Living and how to buy.

 

gold mountain beauty

Rocky-Mountain-EssentialsAt the end of October Daniel from Gold Mountain Beauty contacted me asking me to try and share some of their products. After taking a look at their products I said, “sure!”. I’m so excited to share them with you today.

{Even though they sent me the products for free, the opinions are my own.}

Gold Mountain Beauty is a small family company that creates all natural health and beauty products.Gold Mountain Beauty believes in three things: amazing customer service, fair prices, and the highest quality ingredients and materials. Plus, most of their products are manufactured and packaged in the USA. Instead of using toxic products, they want to provide people with natural products that are safe to use, effective and actually good for your skin. Daniel was very quick to respond to my emails and the package came direct from Amazon, who does their fulfillment. Customer service is key for me and Daniel did a great job in that respect.

charcoalCoconut Activated Charcoal Powder
I have to admit, seeing “charcoal powder” freaked me out a bit. But it’s not charcoal like you think of putting in your grill. This Charcoal Powder is made from coconut shell. It’s ultra fine and food grade. You can mix it with water to brush & whiten your teeth. It can also be mixed with water and taken internally for various health conditions. Coconut Activated Charcoal is actually used frequently in hospitals to treat food poisoning. Some other uses for it are facial cleanser, making a charcoal facial bar, healing shampoo and teeth whitener/face maskHow to Use Activated Charcoal Powder is also a great article to get you started.
Daniel says, “This is a raw material and there are a ton of possibilities. My girlfriend uses this for face masks. Our company is also currently developing a teeth whitening product which is based on activated charcoal, so I’m using this to whiten my teeth. I personally like it a lot better than toothpaste. I used to have a sensitive tooth that bugged me, since i started using our teeth whitening product it doesn’t bother me anymore.”

sprayNatural Foot & Shoe Deodorizer
I really like the smell of this. I’d describe it as a sweet medicinal scent. I have to admit, we don’t have super stinky feet so I can’t speak to that but I did spray it in Dave’s hiking shoes and now they smell lovely. I also sprayed it on my feet and it was a cooling sensation as well as a nice scent. And I love that the essential oils are then on my feet for therapeutic purposes as well. This is a 4oz bottle which will give you hundreds of sprays.
Daniel says, “I personally use this product for my rock climbing shoes. It’s great for runners, work boots and any other shoes that are smelly. I apply generously and leave the shoes outside. This keeps them fresh. I’ve never used this on genuine leather, so be careful if that’s what you intend to use it on. Spray a little bit on a small spot. Of course you shouldn’t have any issues spraying them directly in shoes.”

soakTea Tree Foot Soak
This smells so good too! I definitely smell the mint in this foot soak. The foot soak contains 100% Australian Tea Tree Oil, with a blend of supportive antibacterial essential oils, including peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary and lavender. Epsom salts and sea salts help to soothe tired and aching feet. The aroma of the essential oils will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed. You use just a capful in a basin of water and soak tired feet. This is a full 16oz and will give you many, many soaks! This would be so great after a long day on your feet or after playing sports.
Daniel says, “This is designed as a natural treatment for foot fungus and athletes foot. I’ve never personally used it for foot fungus, although I have had success with athletes foot. My girlfriend likes to use it as a relaxing foot soak. I use it for my hands – I get pretty good calluses from Kettlebells. Soaking my hands softens the calluses up and then I take a pumice stone to them. I also used this soak extensively in the summer when my heels were dried and cracked.”

All in all, I’m really enjoying the products. I’m still a little nervous to use the coconut activated charcoal simply because it’s new for me but I’m excited to try some of the recipes that I listed above. Gold Mountain Beauty is a company that I’m proud to share with you. I love supporting small businesses, and even more so when their products are made without chemicals. Take a peek at their website, learn more about who they are and visit them on Instagram. Their feed is absolutely beautiful! A big thanks to Daniel for reaching out and sending me the products to share with you all!

10 helpful wellness links

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This past week I listened to quite a few sessions at the Wellness Family Summit and gleaned a wealth of information through those sessions. I thought you all might enjoy some of the new resources I’ve come across so here they are!

Mommypotamus // recipes for food, beauty and home products

Saving Dinner // recipes, helpful food information, encouragement

TheDr.com // founder of The Gluten Summit, a wealth of info about gluten and what it does to the body

Chris Kresser // one of the top 25 natural health sites, Chris is a functional and integrative medicine leader.

Civilized Caveman Cooking // yummy paleo recipes

KombuchaKamp // all you wanted to know about kombucha

The Alternative Daily // natural health news and tips

Kitchen Stewardship // being a steward of our family’s nutrition, budget and the environment

Kwik Learning // memory & speed reading training

Steve Wright // the specific carbohydrate diet and healing leaky gut

There is so much great information out there to help lead you in your wellness journey – I hope you find some that will encourage and uplift you as you try to become healthier. If you have another favorite, leave it in the comments for us!

thieves household cleaner

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Thieves Household Cleaner – you might as well just call it the only cleaner you’ll need to buy ever again! You can use this for general cleaning, or also for your floors, walls, upholstery, fabric, glass, pots & pans and you can even make a hand cleaner from it! Thieves® Essential Oil was created based on research about four thieves in France who covered themselves with cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics while robbing plague victims. This proprietary essential oil blend was university tested for its cleansing abilities. It is highly effective in supporting the immune system and good health (source). Young Living has a whole line of Thieves items for your household and family care such as toothpaste, wipes, hand soap, floss, mouthwash, hand purifier, bar soap and more.

More about the cleaner — the bottle is a concentrate so you dilute it depending on what you want to use it for. It’s 14.4oz which can last you a LONG time if you’re just doing regular cleaning. Here are the ratios so you can see just how far you can make that 14.4oz stretch (and more info on the cleaner concentrate here – just know this is the retail price. Let me know if you’d like info on wholesale pricing!).

Dilution ratios: light degreasing 60:1; medium degreasing 30:1; heavy degreasing 15:1; floors 100:1; walls 30:1; upholstery, fabrics, carpet spotting 40:1; carpet 100:1; glass 320:1; pots and pans; 100:1 hand cleaner 1:1.

I’m excited to get some more spray bottles and start making some various cleaners out of the concentrate – I’ll be making a counter spray, carpet spray (silly dog!!), glass spray and hand spray. I love that there are so many options with this product – along with the essential oils. They’re not just used for one thing – they all have multiple uses and for that I’m grateful.

Do you use Thieves Household Cleaner and what’s your favorite use for it?

no poo

Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 2.56.52 PMDid the title catch you off guard? No, I’m not having digestive issues again – I wanted to tell you about something that I want to try and wanted to see if anyone’s already doing it to give all of us advice. Have you heard of “no poo“? It’s basically throwing out your chemical laden shampoo’s and conditioner’s and using vinegar and baking soda to wash your hair. Supposedly it works great and helps keep the hair healthy and strong.

I wash my hair just about every day. Otherwise it’s greasy and unkempt. Of course, these days it’s normally in a messy bun since I work from home, but I still don’t like it to look greasy. I love the shampoo/conditioner I’m using (CHI) because it’s Paraben-Free but don’t care for the price. In the blog post about no-poo she says,

Shampoo is a detergent, and like most detergents, it not only cleans, but it strips everything (including the natural healthy oils that keep your hair soft and strong) out of your hair. The fact from point number one makes your scalp overcompensate for the lack of natural oils, producing too much…and making your hair greasy feeling in a matter of a couple days. Shampoo/Conditioner manufactures love this, because you’ll continually wash your hair every couple days, if not every day, for the rest of your life. Cha ching!

Duh, that makes complete sense! Kind of like how eye drops really make your eyes more dry so that you need to keep using them? Catch-22 there. I digress – read the no poo post and tell me if you’re with me! I’m going to try it and of course everything is easier when you have support with you. So who’s with me in going no-poo?

easy eye makeup remover

I’ve got another great coconut oil recipe for you today and this one also has three ingredients {just like the coconut oil hair spray). Today I’m sharing the super easy makeup remover. Let’s get started!

makeup-remover

Ingredients:
1T fractionated coconut oil
3 drops tear-free shampoo
4oz water

Combine ingredients, shake gently before using. Apply to a cotton ball to remove your eye makeup.
Doesn’t need rinsed but feel free to rinse if you want!

For me, I do rinse my face because I wear contacts. It does a good job at getting off my waterproof mascara, but you might have to adjust your recipe to use more or less coconut oil depending on how well it works for you. If you need more power to get your makeup off add a teaspoon or so of more coconut oil. Let me know what you think!

storing my essential oils

storing essential oils
I thought I’d share today how I store my essential oils. When I first started, I bought a case from Young Living with 16 holes and I thought that would be plenty big for me. Well, quite soon I filled it completely and wasn’t sure how to store the rest of my oils. Considering 11 oils came in the Premium Starter Kit it filled after my next order. A little while back I had the privilege of taking some items from my grandmother’s house after her passing. There were a few really neat wooden boxes and I took them intending to use them for this purpose. (FYI, the “whatever” print above is from Meg Duerksen)

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As you can see, the box can hold a ton of oils! This is perfect because I just set it on my kitchen counter and can easily pull out whatever we need. If I want to close it up, I just take the carrier oil out and lay down the roll-ons.

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If I needed to (and had that many) I’m guessing I could fit about 50 bottles of essential oils in the box. I love that I can close the top and put it right there in the cabinet with my supplements, veggie capsules, sprays & carrier oils.

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From here on out when I travel, I’ll be using my super cute case from Hello Apricot. I don’t have a picture yet of the one she sent me so I’ll use a picture of another from her shop since she did such a good job photographing them. Her EO pouches hold 10 essential oil bottles plus there’s room in the middle for a card case and carrier oil bottle. It’s so perfect – cute & functional.

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How do you store your essential oils? Let us know in the comments below.
{don’t use oils yet but want to? I can help you with that too!}

I’m linking up with Naturally His today to share my EO storage inspiration.