When 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
The 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!
Peppermint oil is truly one of the most versatile essential oils. It’s a must-have for your natural supply list. I use peppermint in my toothpaste and mouthwash, for headaches, in my DIY air freshener and cleaners, and in so many other ways! How is peppermint oil extracted, why is it so beneficial, and what are some of the ways you can use it? Continue reading
My husband suffers from extreme skin allergies. It doesn’t take much to make his skin itchy, especially his arms. We had a difficult time finding anti-itch products that work. He’s woken up in the middle of the night bleeding from scratching. This clay mix works when nothing else will. The peppermint oil has a cooling effect, and baking soda relieves itching. Bentonite clay will draw impurities to the surface. (Read more about the benefits of bentonite clay here.) Give this anti-itch remedy a try! It’s great for allergies, bug bites, and more. Continue reading
I’m seriously lacking in motivation today. I didn’t get enough sleep last night, which makes it difficult to find some get-up-and-go. I also need to do about a million and one things. Not knowing where to start makes it hard to find a desire to get started, too. I’m so unmotivated that I couldn’t even figure out what I wanted to write about today. This eventually led me to today’s topic. Today I’m sharing some reasons why lack of motivation happens, and what you can do about it. Continue reading
I’ve been eating gluten free for about 4 years. I’m not celiac or allergic, but for me eating gluten free causes extreme fatigue and chronic joint pain. I’m talking sleeping all night, waking up exhausted and in so much pain I’m nauseous, barely staying awake until 1 in the afternoon, sleeping until 5 or 6, spending the evening groggy, and crashing out again by 9. I could barely function and had no life. Continue reading
Beeswax is a versatile natural DIY item. I use it in salves, lotion bars, and more. I’ve been looking around for other uses for it, and was amazed at what I found. I try to buy only organic beeswax for the best quality. Keep reading to learn more about beeswax and how you can use it around the house. Also download this handy cheat sheet for quick reference. Continue reading
Let’s talk about hairspray. For many of us, it’s a vital part of our beauty routine. We need it to keep our hair from going wild. Especially on a windy day, I need it to keep my short hair from becoming full of static and fly away.
But what’s in our hairspray? Is it safe for us to put on our bodies and be inhaling? Most are full of chemicals and artificial fragrances. I’m sensitive to fragrances, so this is an area where I need to be especially cautious. I had to find a way to make my own (bonus: it’s super easy and cheap). Keep reading to learn why hairspray is bad for you, and for my DIY version. Continue reading
As you know, I love my essential oils. They are useful for so many things, from cleaning to health to just making your home smell nice. One of my favorite oils is tea tree oil. It has lots of useful properties and has such a range of uses. Today I’m sharing a little about the oil and where it comes from, and what it can be used for. Continue reading
I write a lot about using essential oils. I believe they are a wonderful tool for well-being and I love that they are natural. But a couple of nights ago, my close friend’s 3 year old drank a bottle of rose oil. They had to rush her to the emergency room. She had burns on her neck and in her throat. She’s home and she’s going to be fine, but it made me realize that I should cover the safe use of essential oils and what to do in case of an emergency. How can you use essential oils safely? Keep in mind these are general guidelines only. Continue reading