11 Ways to Use Eucalyptus Oil How Can it Benefit Your Family?

EucalyptusI love the smell of eucalyptus oil. When I diffuse it, my home smells like I’m at a spa. But eucalyptus oil has so many benefits aside from just smelling nice. Throughout history, it’s been used to heal wounds, cure fungal infections, and reduce fever. It’s also been used as a disinfectant and expectorant. So where does eucalyptus oil come from, why is it beneficial, and how can you use it to help your family? Continue reading

DIY Oil Free Mascara

mascaraI make a lot of our personal care products myself. It usually saves me money and I know that it’s natural and chemical free. One product I’ve always been nervous about making myself is makeup. I was waiting for my current supply of makeup to run out and then replace it with natural products. But my eye shadow and mascara started to irritate my eyes, so I had to throw it out. I started looking for natural products to replace them, and then I saw pricing! I simply can’t afford it, so I knew it was time to bite the bullet and figure out how to make my own. Continue reading

The Beginner’s Guide to a Fragrance-Free Life

fragrance-freeI’m very sensitive to artificial fragrances. For me, they cause headaches ranging from mild to migraine, coughing fits, irritability, and more. Now I’m not talking about naturally occurring fragrances, such as from pure essential oils or other natural sources. Those don’t cause me any problems, though some are very strong and can still have negative effects for some people. But fake fragrances can cause severe health problems. Why does this happen, and how can you live fragrance-free? Continue reading

11 Natural Immune System Boosters

immune systemWe know our immune system fights off illness and keeps us healthy. But sometimes germs still get through and we get sick. When it’s working, we don’t even think about our immune systems. But we sure notice when it isn’t working and we come down with something. We can help out our immune systems by giving them a natural boost. This is important anytime, but especially during cold and flu season. How does the immune system work, and what are some natural immune boosters?

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Man Cave Approved Diffuser Blends

man caveIt’s no secret that I love my diffuser and my essential oils. They make my home smell great without using harsh chemical air fresheners, and it comes with health benefits. But a lot of the blends I enjoyed diffusing were a bit on the floral side. My husband liked the concept of diffusing oils, but every once in a while he wanted something a bit more masculine. So I started experimenting, and came up with four man cave approved blends. Continue reading

21 Self-Care Ideas to Fight Depression

self-careI’ve written before about my struggles with anxiety and depression. This article explains how I am able to manage my depression without prescription drugs. But today I want to focus on the self-care habits I include in my daily and weekly routine that manage my depression. I also want to share with you what self-care is, why it’s difficult when fighting depression, and why it can help so much with depression. Continue reading

DIY Natural vs. Store Bought

DIYWhen I began looking to DIY personal care and cleaning products, I was concerned about the cost of supplies. A gallon of castile soap at $55 seemed a bit steep. But buying all natural products is pricey too. A constant struggle for me is balancing the desire to use natural products and be healthier with what we can actually afford. Many of you probably have a similar struggle, so today I’m breaking down the cost of a few homemade products versus buying them. Continue reading

DIY or Store Bought?

store boughtThe more I learn about the ingredients in store bought products, the less I want to use them. There are some great natural and organic products available, but they can be on the pricey side. When finances are tight, it’s hard to make room in the budget for expensive cleaning products and toiletries. What can you do? DIY! I make several of our home products myself. There are a few that I still buy, though. Which products do I buy, which do I make, and why? Keep reading!

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