DIY Natural Homemade Decongestant Chest Rub

In reality, I had totally forgotten that there was a product like that.

Until I needed it.

Necessity is the mother of creation, right?

In cases like this, yes. And though I didn’t really invent this, I eventually cobbled together information on the internet and made my very own.

About a couple of weeks before, during pregnancy, my youngest son’s nose has been totally stuffed up. It is allergy season here a bit of sniffling is to be expected, but not the total clogging that he was undergoing. And he was pretty miserable. There’s nothing more difficult for a mom than when her child is suffering and you don’t understand how to help him.

Homemade Vapor Rub

Ingredients:

–  1/8 cup (2 Tbsp) Oil (Use extra virgin oil for a liquid rub; coconut or palm shortening for a solid rub)
–  Approximately 12 drops Essential Oils

Some good combinations would be:

eucalyptus
peppermint
rosemary
lavender

Process:

1.  Place the oil in a small container.

2.  Add essential oil to desired strength.  Start with 5-7 drops and add until the mixture is the strength that you desire.  I simply rubbed some on my son’s chest and increased the strength until it started to work.

DIY Natural and Moisturizing Foaming Hand Soap

This Homemade Foaming Hand Soap is one of the simplest ways to make a fitter and fitter you. This foaming soap is simple to make, inexpensive, and it works extremely well–and is, of course, fun for kids (of all ages) to utilize!

Why make your own homemade foaming hand soap?

Well, if you’re:

  • drained of refilling your soap pump containers over and over again considering the total amount of cash you’re absolutely tossing down the sink?
  • spending a great deal of money purchasing foaming soap containers over and over again?
  • frustrated with all the goopy mess that standard soap soap leaves on your hands that sometimes isn’t gone even after washing?
  • wondering about all of the extra ingredients on your hand soap that are probably not great for you (and please don’t tell me that you are utilizing antibacterial soap. Well, I take that back. You can tell me and then I will recommend that you stop

Then I strongly advise that you consider making this soap today.

Ingredients

  • foaming soap dispenser
  • water
  • natural liquid soap of your choice
  • one squirt vegetable glycerin
  • several drops of your choice of essential oils

Instructions

  1. Fill empty foaming soap dispenser with water, roughly 4/5 full.
  2. Fill remaining space with a liquid soap of your choice (and glycerine and essential oils, even if using) being careful to not get too near the top.
  3. Shake gently to combine and use. Note: you definitely don’t wish to add the soap . If you do, the soap will foam up as you are adding the water to fill the container and you are likely to get a foaming, half-filled container.

So there you have it–easy, isn’t it?

Hardly any work for a whole lot of cash saved and improved health for your family. You can easily reduce the toxic vulnerability into your home and you have a bit more of your financial resources available to address your family’s needs and to bless others.

All Natural DIY Lip SCrub

Sugar might not be helpful for you, but when it comes to summertime exfoliating it’s a must–particularly for your lips. Beginning a lip care regime will continue to keep your pout refreshing and kissable as you enter the warmer months, and the good thing is that it’s as easy (and candy ) as pie to do.

  • Brown Sugar = Exfoliator
  • Organic Honey = Natural Healing Properties (Antiseptic)
  • Organic Coconut Oil = Nourishing/Moisturizing

By massaging with a natural scrub, you’re slough off the top layer of skin frequently left dry out of the sun, exposing a new soft lip that allows for better comprehension of flaking products (such as lip balm) and leaves your favorite lipsticks go on smoother and last longer.

Homemade Natural Lip Scrub

Materials / Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon of organic coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of organic honey
  • Small glass container with lid  (try an old pot of lip gloss or baby food jar)
  • Bowl & spoon to mix ingredients

Step 1: Making The Base

Coconut oil consistency varies depending on the temperature–it liquefies when heated and will divide and solidify at room temperature. Scoop out and use the good part of the coconut oil.

In your bowlcombine 1 tbsp of coconut oil with 1 tablespoon of honey. Mix until you are left with a rich, thick, thick and SMOOTH consistency.

Bonus: Coconut oil includes fatty acids and antioxidants that nourish skin, while honey includes natural healing properties.

Step 2: Creating The Sugar Scrub

Adjust the sugar-to-base ratio to achieve your preferred scrub consistency. If you prefer a very silky scrub, add 1 tsp of Honest Body Oil into the mix. This will smooth out the scrub and also make it extra moisturizing.

Bonus: Brown sugar is a great all-natural exfoliant and is much milder than some of nature’s other exfoliants, like salt.

Step 3: Storing Your Natural Lip Scrub

Transfer your delicious lip scrub in your glass container with lid. Make sure that you label the jar and insert the date so that you can keep track of how long you’ve had it. And think about making it in small batches since homemade cosmetics lack the additives and don’t last as long.

Step 4: Using the Lip Scrub

Before every use, allow the wash sit and adjust to room temperature to soften up before applying to your pout. With a generous sum, apply the wash into your lips in a circular motion. Apply Honest Organic Lip Balm or your own favorite moisturizing lip treatment after every use to maximize the results of your newly scrubbed lips.

Homemade Hair Removal Sugar Wax

Compared to regular chemical wax, then the all-natural sugar paste does not adhere to the skin so the hair may be pulled at the root without any damaging or damaging the surface. The strong anti-bacterial properties of sugar doesn’t allow for bacteria to breed in the wax mix so pollution presents no issue. While I didn’t observe a drastic difference between ingrown hairs as promised, sugar treatment was still better than regular waxing in many fronts.

So why did not I stay a lot more than eight sessions? Straightforward – I learned how to perform it in your home!

Most people might feel uncomfortable waxing at home and that is alright. If you’re fairly new to waxing and/or have the budget to have them done, stick with the expert support or keep on doing whatever floats your boat! What made me jump ship to sugaring at home was understanding that I could find exactly the same results for ingredients I already have in the kitchen anyway. If you’re into DIY hair removal too, keep reading!

Ingredients:

1 cup of sugar

1 teaspoon of salt

1 ½ tablespoon of fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons of water.

Procedure:

Mix everything together and simmer in a non-stick pan on low heat.

Stir the mixture slowly and constantly until you achieve a light amber color.

Either on a cool marble countertop or a ceramic plate resting above a pan of cold water, lightly wet the surface with water and pour out the sugar mixture.

Starting from the edges, fold in the sugar wax to the center using small strokes with a spoon. Play with the mixture until is it cool enough to touch.

Pick up your sugar ball and knead with wet hands. Once you achieve a light golden color, it’s ready for use and the rest could be wrapped with plastic for storage in the refrigerator.

Easy peasy! Just be careful not to burn your fingers by kneading too hot wax. If I’m just using this for the underarms, I find that this batch would last me around eight to 10 uses.

Directions:

To use, simply apply the wax reverse to the direction of hair growth, smooth across the place several times so that it might stick to the hair, then yank in the path of expansion as quickly as possible. Unlike regular waxing, then you are able to go over precisely the exact same place a couple more times if you overlook any stubborn follicle. Once done, go on skin with a hot moist towel to remove any stickiness. This wax is water-soluble, which means you should not have some battles washing it off your skin or cloth in the event you get them into your laundry. You might even apply aloe vera gel after to moisturize your skin!

 

DIY Homemade Healthy Gummy Candy

Were you aware store bought gummies or fruit snacks are filled with sugar, higher fructose corn syrup and artificial dyes? Take a Look at the labels! The long list of ingredients suggests the snack isn’t a healthy choice. Dentists also blame fruit bites to be the number one cause for cavities in kids!

They are really super simple to make, and you will feel great about giving your kids a super healthier snack.

These modest chewable snacks are made with real fruits and veggies, packed with minerals, vitamins and essential nutrients! You do not have to be concerned about large fructose corn syrup or harmful artificial dyes . Is not it great? Just whole fresh veggies and fruits. You can also get creative and add superfoods like chia seeds, ginger, probiotics, cod liver oil or ginseng to your mixtures.

The ideal healthier snack for children. Real fruits, veggies, and lots and a lot of nourishment.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cups fruit and/or vegetable juice, freshly made with a Juicer (cold press -best choice) or store-bought (making sure it is 100% juice and preferably not from concentrate). Smoothie blends are great too!
  • 4 tablespoons gelatin (I prefer a grass fed gelatin but you can find plain gelatin near the flavored Jello at your local grocery store. A tablespoons is usually one gelatin packet, but just to be sure, empty the packets into a bowl and use a measure spoon.
  • 24 tablespoons Raw Honey depending on your preference and how sweet your juice is. You can also use maple syrup or stevia. If your juice has lots of veggies you will need more but it is up to your personal taste.
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, I recommend Organic Pure Vanilla Extract – optional for extra flavor
  • Optional: Any other ingredients you would like to incorporate like probiotics or elderberry syrup (to prevent or fight a cold), or cod liver oil (immune system booster). Remember you can make these gummies your natural multivitamins.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Pour juice into a small-medium saucepan. Sprinkle the gelatin over the top and let sit for just a few minutes until it starts to “bloom” (it will get wrinkly looking on the surface and all of the white powder from the gelatin will absorb into the liquid). When all the gelatin is absorbed, mix it well.
  2. Then place the saucepan over medium heat on the stove. Let the liquid warm, but don’t let it boil. You want all of the gelatinto dissolve and turn thin and runny (it will be grainy at the beginning but after a couple of minutes in the heat it should dissolve completely).Add the honey, vanilla extract,and any other ingredients you will be using.
  3. Put the liquid in a little jar (I use my measuring cup) into a Loaf Pan or your fun gummy molds and refrigerate for about 2-3 hours.  Some of my favorite molds are the Freshware 30-Cavity Silicone Mold, the Toy, Car, Block and Bear Chocolate, Gummy Mold and the kilofly Silicone Mold, Robot & Dinosaur
  4. Remove from molds. They pop right out. If you used the loaf pan, cut your gelatin into small squares.
  5. Keep your homemade healthy gummies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks. If you leave them outside they will last but I recommend storing them in the refrigerator.

DIY All Natural Ant Spray (Kid and Pet Friendly)

If you reside in a warm climate, then chances are you have dealt with pesky ants. Whether they’re sneaking on your chimney or terrorizing your backyard, ants are super tenacious and difficult to get rid of. That is why this natural ant repellent spray is indeed amazing– it’s secure, simple, cheap, and IT WORKS!

Homemade Ant Killer Ingredients:

  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 2TB dish liquid
  • 2 TB baking soda
  • Fill the rest with water

Ant Killer Recipe Directions

  • Combine vinegar, dish liquid, and baking soda in an industrial spray jar . Add water as necessary to fill the remainder of the bottle.
  • Be sure to combine this ant repellent spray on the sink — when you add baking soda to vinegar it creates a lot of foam! I include ingredients slowly, enabling memory to settle before adding more. (Kind of like pouring soda on ice). Another way to avoid a mess would be to mix in a bucket and pour into a spray bottle.
  • We use a large industrial spray jar because they don’t clog and they continue longer than the cheapie bottles. I can not even tell you the number of cheap plastic bottles I’ve thrown out in the past. The industrial bottles continue for many years though!

Suggested uses for this homemade ant repellent spray:

  • For indoor usage — Simply spray over the entire place where bees have made their route and wash clean. It is possible to spray and let sit entry points to keep the ants from returning.
  • For outdoor use — Employ a comprehensive coating on plants and surrounding soil. I’ve used this spray on our outside plants with fantastic success. Ants seemed to enjoy our lime tree, but not anymore!

This is such a simple mixture, but it works so well — and it smells nice! Even better, you do not need to worry about getting unpleasant chemicals everywhere (certainly a bonus in a home with pets or kids!)

DIY All Natural Herbal Pillow

Herbal pillows are a excellent use of alternative medication and may be used for many applications from helping put a baby to sleep into the relief of headaches.

Cut your fabric into two square pieces. Each piece should be the exact same size as your finished pillow and half an inch seam allowance. A six-inch square is good, but you can make it any size you choose.

Place the ideal sides of the cloth pillow facing each other. Twist the stitched cloth the right side and press with an iron.

Put your selection of herbs in a bowl and then insert your fixative. Different combinations of herbs are used for different items:

  • Restful herbs – Chamomile, hops, lavender, rose petals, lemon verbena and mint
  • Herbs for a crying baby – Lavender, catnip and mugwort
  • Herbs to induce dreams – Balsam needles, lavender, rosemary, sweet marjoram
  • Herbs to relieve headaches – Chamomile, lavender, rosemary
  • Herbs for romantic slumber – Sweet marjoram, lavender, rose petals, lemon grass

Leave your pillow in an air-proof tote for at least a day prior to using it. This also allows the scent to strengthen and enhances its curative effects.

At bedtime or nap-time, tuck your herbal pillow inside your regular pillowcase, or just lay it with you.

DIY Hydrating Facial Mist For Winter Skin

A hydrating facial mist is a simple and effective means to add moisture to your own face. They are non-greasy, do not affect makeup, and customized for your skin.

A Simple Method to Moisturize Dry Winter Skin Care

Winter can be rough on your skin. And in winter air humidity is a lot lower than in the summer and I really feel it in my face the most.

Hydrating facial mists are a simple way to add more moisture into your face that is not greasy, and it won’t influence your make up.

Why Hydrate with a Facial Mist?
While it might seem that your face could get loads of moisture just from washing it, the majority of people pat their face sterile after their cleaning routine. A hydrating facial mist will moisturize and include benefits plain water cannot.

Most men and women use tap water to wash their face which may have chlorine, minerals, and bacteria which you don’t want on the skin. Another benefit of a DIY facial mist is you could personalize it to benefit your individual skin type.

Anatomy of a Facial Mist

Water
The very first thing that you want to begin with is water. You can use distilled water, filtered water, reverse osmosis , as well as rain water. The important thing is to begin with water that’s free of contamination. Then you can add anything you want.

Herbs
Herbs are a terrific way to add nutrients into your face area. Mints can be reviving, chamomile and lavender can be calming, while tea tree is advantageous for acne. See the listing below to select whatever works best on your face.

There’s a large collection of essential oils that may be used for virtually any skin ailment. (Added information below.)

Others
Other components you may use are oat milk, salts, aloe vera, or perhaps things like lemon. Some mists need to be stored in the fridge, depending on the components.

How to Make a Hydrating Facial Mist

Here Is What you want for a basic facial mist:

An 8-ounce spray bottle with a fine mist sprayer (locate mister bottles here)
funnel
distilled or filtered water (find the best water filtration systems here)
Pour water into the spray bottle with the funnel. Secure the top and use this as a decorative mist. Yes, it may be as straightforward as adding fresh water and allow it soak into your face before bed and before placing your makeup.

But if you want to add more benefits to your own peppermint, below are some great ideas to use.

Customize Your Mist with Beneficial Herbs
You can use just about any type of herb which can be used on skin.

Fresh or dried herbs can be used. You can use a single herb or a combination of a couple of. You’ll want to make a tea from the herbs, steeping them for a minimum of 10 minutes. After straining the herbs out, permit the water to cool before using it.

Note: Many botanical liquids made this will keep a couple of days on the plate, yet to avoid mold or bacteria expansion, store in the refrigerator.

Roses helps soften skin and assist in elasticity.
Calendula can help heal skin abrasions and decrease redness.
Pine and Fir are antibacterial and contain Vitamin C, that is considered to aid in cell functioning.
Mint is reviving and refreshing to the skin.
Lavender is calming and speeds healing.
Chamomile is calming and soothing.
Comfrey is also known to aid healing.
Rosehips are loaded with Vitamin C.
Hibiscus Flowers also contain Vitamin C.
Frankincense is a astringent, antiseptic, and disinfectant agent which has anti inflammatory effects. You can buy it as a resin, but as you want to dissolve the resin with alcohol, we advocate using a vital oil here.

At-Home Remedies to Ease Your Sore Throat

Sore throats are among one of the most common health ailments, particularly in the winter. They are typically brought on by infections including the common cold, flu and strep throat and while they tend to be quite painful, they frequently go away in a week.

Can not make it weekly? Find relief for your sore throat now with these beneficial at-home remedies.

1. Salt Water
While salt water may not offer you immediate relief, it’s still an effective cure for killing bacteria while loosening mucus and relieving pain. Simply combine half a teaspoon of salt into 8 oz of warm water and gargle away.

2. Honey
“Honey is one of the best remedies for a sore throat because of the natural antibacterial properties which allows it to work as a wound healer, instantly offering relief for pain whilst working to decrease inflammation. Honey can also kill germs and help fight off viral diseases,” explained Patti Mahautmr, MD, doctor at Penn Urgent Care South Philadelphia. If you’re experiencing a bad cough as well as your sore throat, then honey might also function as an effective cough suppressant. Mix two tablespoons of honey in with a hot glass of water or tea and then stir it well. Drink a few times a day as needed. But, Dr. Mahautmr cautioned that,”Honey shouldn’t be given to babies under the age of one.”

3. Lemon
Very similar to salt water and honey, honey are great for sore throats because they can help break up mucus and supply pain relief. What’s more, lemons are packed with Vitamin C which can help boost the immune system and give it more power to fight off your infection.

4. Hot Sauce
It may sound strange to utilize hot sauce to alleviate a fiery throat, yet this condiment has actually been proven to provide relief for sore throats. Spicy sauce is made from peppers which are high in capsicum that may be used to fight inflammation and provide pain relief. Therefore, while it could burn at first, dropping a few drops of hot sauce into a hot glass of water to gargle may just be the ideal remedy to cure your sore throat.

5. Tea
There are many different sorts of herbal teas you can try for quick sore neck support. Clove tea and green tea both contain anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties to fight against infections while providing relief. Raspberry, chamomile, and peppermint tea are all fantastic choices for relieving pain and reducing inflammation. Chamomile tea can also serve as a natural lubricant, therefore if your voice is hoarse and you’re having trouble talking, this might be your best alternative. Additionally, peppermint tea may obviously numb your throat and relieve your pain. When choosing the best tea to your sore throat, you might also want to check the caffeine content.

6. Humidifier
If you’ve noticed an increase in the number of sore throats you’ve had this year, then it could be time to invest in a humidifier. Dry air, especially during the harsh, cold days of winter, may be the cause of your sore throat. A humidifier will keep the air moist and shut your sinuses. Add a tablespoon or 2 of vapor rub or hydrogen peroxide solution to offer additional relief.

Things to Avoid
While every one these remedies have been shown to assist in relief of sore throat pain, you will find additional items that you might choose to prevent. “If you’ve got a sore throat, I suggest avoiding any foods which may be difficult to swallow.

Dr. Mahautmr further recommended that,”In case you’ve tried at home remedies and they don’t seem to be helping, schedule an appointment with your doctor straight away. You should also seek treatment from your doctor if a sore throat is accompanied by a fever, chills, difficulty swallowing, or if you cannot drink fluids, since this may be a indication of a more serious illness.”

Dye Your Hair at Home, Naturally

According to a survey from the U.K., girls change their hairstyles about 150 times within the course of a life. However many times you create the shift, it’s very likely that bleach is a part of the process.

It is not required, naturally. Today, going gray is in vogue, with celebrities such as Helen Mirren, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Meryl Streep all adopting their natural silver.

Nevertheless, about 65% of women change their natural hair color, about a 7 percent increase from the 1950s. We enjoy playing with color. It makes us feel decent …until we open the jar and smell all of the fumes.

Classic hair dyes are filled with potentially harmful compounds that at elevated exposures, have been connected with respiratory and skin distress, a suppressed immune system, and even cancer.

Coloring your hair naturally

Turns out we could use a lot of pure ingredients–some of which we can find in our kitchens–to create new hair color. It is dependent upon what colour you’re looking for, how intense you want this, and how much time you want to invest.

Remember that organic colour products aren’t the same as chemical color solutions. They do not usually last so long, you will not be in a position to completely change your natural color, and the color might be slightly different than you imagined. (naturally, that often takes place in the salon, too!)

It could take some time and experimentation to get the color you’re looking for, but you’ll actually be doing something great for the hair.

7 components to color your hair naturally

COFFEE
Coffee works great if you are looking to go darker, cover gray hairs, or add dimension to dark tresses. Simply brew a strong coffee (espresso functions well), let it cool, and then mix 1 cup with a couple cups of leave-in conditioner and two tbsp of coffee grounds.

Apply on clean hair and allow to sit for about one hour. Should you use apple cider vinegar to exfoliate, it will help the color last longer. You might want to repeat the procedure a couple times to see noticeable results.

TEA
Like coffee, black tea can help you go darker, and may also help cover grey hairs. For those who have lighter hair, however, there are other types of tea you can use. Chamomile, for instance, is suggested for blondes, whilst rooibos can operate for redheads.

Do keep in mind the tea operates well with your natural color. You won’t have the ability to turn blond hair brunette. But black tea can darken blonde hair and chamomile may lighten itespecially in case you sit in the sun as you’ve got it in.

The more time you leave the tea onto the facial skin, the more noticeable the color will be. It is also possible to try repeated applications.

The crucial thing is to make the tea exceptionally concentrated. Use 3-5 teabags (or about precisely the exact same amount in loose-leaf tea) for 2 cups of water. It’s possible to apply the cooled tea to hair alone, or blend with conditioner (as noticed in the coffee recipe). If you’re seeking to pay for grays, mix with some fresh or dried sage, which can help open up the hair follicles.

Leave on hair for an hour–more if you want more colour. Some even put on a cap and then use the tea overnight, then wash the next morning. Assess your colour to ascertain what intensity you need.

3. HERBS
Depending on what colour you’re trying for, you may use a variety of herbs to achieve it. Here are some tips, depending on what your natural colour is:

Red hair: Try calendula, marigold, rosehips, and hibiscus to deepen the reddish shade or add a few red highlights. The consequences are cumulative–if you keep using the dye frequently, you will notice more color. Simmer the blossoms in water for approximately 30 minutes, strain, cool, and then spray or pour hair and allow to dry in sunlight if possible.

Simmer three with water for half an hour, cool, strain, and spray or brush . Let me sit about an hour. You might also use the rinse daily after your shower. Be patient–it may take several days to observe a difference.

Blonde hair: As stated earlier, chamomile tea works, but it is also possible to try calendula, marigold, saffron, and sunflower petals.

Add black tea to the darker colors over to assist the colour last longer. Catnip works for lighter colours.

4. BEET AND CARROT JUICE
Both of these juices may add natural red tints to a existing colour. Depending on what

Color you need, you may use each independently, or mix them together. For a more reddish tinge, use greater beet juice (strawberry blonde, darker reddish, or auburn). Carrot will produce a quieter red orange.

This one is simple –simply apply about a cup of this juice to your hair. It is also possible to mix in some coconut oil to condition hair at the same time. Work it through, wrap hair, and leave on for at least an hour. (These juices stain–wear something to protect your skin and clothing.) Rinse the juice out, and seal with a apple cider vinegar spray. If the color is not dark enough, repeat the following day.

5. HENNA
One of the most common all-natural hair coloring components, henna is a powdered form of the leaves that come from the henna plant. These leaves have a natural and powerful coloring pigment that has been used for centuries to dye hair, nails, and skin.

Natural henna, on its own, creates a red-orange colour, so in the event that you find products offering other colors produced with henna, realize the manufacturers have mixed the henna with different ingredients to attain those colours. Redheads and brunettes (searching to get a bit of auburn) are the top candidates for henna hair colour. Be careful with this one–that the results could be more orange than you’d enjoy, so you might want to mix a small chamomile in together with the glue to tame the color.

To make your own henna hair dye, combine about one cup of coriander powder 2 cups lemon juice. You might even add a tablespoon of vinegar to help release the color. Allow to sit about 4-6 hours before it thickens. (That is messy so be prepared!)

LEMON JUICE
Looking for a few highlights? Attempt fresh-squeezed lemon juice sprayed and brushed . Leave for several hours. If you sit in sunlight, you will find more lightening. Blondes can enjoy more lightening by mixing with chamomile tea.

Lemon juice works gradually, so expect to repeat applications several days before seeing results.

If you would like to secure a dark brown shade , this is the way to go. Distribute the walnut shells and simmer for about 30 minutes. Cool, strain, and apply to hair. If you are needing to pay grays, you can use a cotton ball to apply only to those regions where it is needed.

To create a more intense dye, then return the strained juice to the heat and boil until it’s simmered down to about a quarter of their original volume. Allow to cool in the refrigerator, strain if necessary, and pour throughout hair.

To save time, use walnut powder rather than the shells.

Let sit at least an hour (more if you would like to have more colour ), and wash. Try to avoid really hot water since it can choose the color away. Wash in lukewarm to produce the colour last longer.