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The Detox Bath

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Detoxification of your body through bathing is an ancient remedy, where toxins are excreted through sweating. A detox bath assists your body in eliminating toxins as well as absorbing the minerals and nutrients that are in the water. Most of all, it’ll leave you feeling refreshed.

Soaking in epsom salt helps to replenish the body’s magnesium levels, combating hypertension. The sulfate flushes toxins and helps form proteins in brain tissue and joints. Baking soda is known for its cleansing ability and has anti-fungal properties. It also leaves the skin very soft!

To take an effective detox bath, give yourself at least 40 minutes to completely relax in your bath. The first 20 minutes are said to help your body remove toxins, while the second 20 minutes are for absorbing the essential minerals from the salt in the water.

Fill the tub with water as hot as your body will tolerate it, without burning yourself. Measure out 2 cups of Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate), 1 cup of Baking Soda, and 20 drops of Lavender Essential Oil. Swish the water around well and climb in slowly, it’ll be hot! Soak for as long as possible. 40 minutes is recommended, but aim for at least 20. You should start sweating within minutes. Have a glass of water on hand and drink plenty of liquid while you are in the bath. Your body needs fluids to help with the detoxification process. Also, don’t let your hair fall into this water, the salt will strip it and make it feel like hay!

When your time is up, get out of the tub slowly and carefully, because your body has been working hard to clean out your system and you may get lightheaded or feel weak and drained.

Pictured below, I have measured out the Epsom Salt, Baking Soda and Lavender and Peppermint Essential oils in individual bags that are ready to go, to save me from the hassle of measuring at bath time!

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Homemade Chapstick

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Stop and consider the things that make up your lip moisturizer of choice. ‘Chapstick’ lip balm contains 11 chemicals that have not been assessed for safety in cosmetic formulas. Blistex Lip Revitalizer scores in 9 of 12 toxic parameters and also contains two carcinogens (Saccharin and glycolic acid) that are linked to skin cancer. Because of this, I do not have store-bought chapstick in my home!

Instead, I make my own lip moisturizer in the warmth and comfort of my own little home! The best part about this chapstick is that it is non-toxic! Last week I caught my 3 year old daughter eating the contents of a chapstick tube she found in my room, and I didn’t even have to contact poison control 😉 Not only is this homemade chapstick non-toxic, but it’s three ingredients are EXTREMELY beneficial to your skin.

While the following ingredients of this chapstick can be used for many, many other things, below I have described the qualities that will benefit you in using this specific product.

 Shea Butter – It’s high content of essential fatty acids and natural anti-oxidant compounds provide extreme moisturizing capabilites with exceptional healing properties, as well as cellular restoration. Vitamins A, E and F in shea butter are important for improving a number of skin conditions including burns, sores, blemishes, wrinkles, psoriasis, eczema, dandruff, dermatitis, stretch marks, insect bites and frost bite. It also contains cinnamic acid, a substance that helps protect the skin from harmful UV rays. Shea butter easily penetrates the skin, allowing the skin to breathe and does not clog pores.

Coconut Oil – This amazing oil has anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-oxidant properties. (Several people I have given this chapstick to as a gift, have reported nasty cold sores disappearing almost as quick as they came, with no scars!)

Beeswax – Beeswax offers anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral qualities, making it potentially beneficial for treating minor skin irritations. The Mayo Clinic recommends using a lip balm that contains beeswax during the cold weather to reduce chances of developing chapped lips. When blended into skin care products, beeswax acts as an emollient and a humectant, drawing moisture to the skin and sealing it, and also provides a film of protection against irritants while still allowing the skin to breathe. Beeswax also contains vitamin A, which benefits in softening and rehydrating dry skin in cell reconstruction.

Personally, I have one tube for my lips, and one for cuts and other gashes. This stuff benefits more than just your lips! It literally takes 5 minutes to melt together and pour into tubes, and they’re great to make in bulk for gifts and to hand out!

1 tbsp. Shea Butter
1 tbsp. Coconut Oil
1 tbsp. Beeswax
Essential Oil (optional)
Empty tubes can be ordered on Amazon

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Drop the shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax in a small glass bowl (add the essential oil at the end). Heat the bowl until contents are completely melted. You can achieve this by either 1- using the microwave and stirring occasionally, or 2- placing the small bowl in a small pan with boiling water. Make sure the water level in the pan will not boil over and spill into the glass bowl!

FYI: By using the microwave, you are slowly killing off the beneficial qualities in these ingredients. While it may be quicker, your finished product may not have the amazing healing power!

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When the ingredients are completely melted together, add your choice of essential oil. I’ve only ever used peppermint essential oil, if any. If you choose not to use essential oil, the chapstick will have an earthy, nutty scent and flavor.

The first few times I made this, I used a ¼ tsp. measuring spoon and drizzled it into each tube. Here comes my blonde moment. Ready? The last time I ordered tubes, I forgot to order plastic pipettes to use to fill the tubes, yet again. So, I continue to use the measuring spoon… So, however you can get the mixture into the tubes, do it!

TIP: Keep in mind that this hot mixture cools quickly, so I suggest working where it is somewhat warm, or at the least where there is no breeze. Reheat it as necessary to get the most out of your product!

The measurements listed above make approximately 8 chapstick tubes.

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Homemade Makeup Remover (Liquid)

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Okay, this post is a little more than just makeup remover. I stress how impressive coconut oil is all around! This makeup remover is just one of my favorite highlights these days.

I wrote a little about my whipped makeup remover a few months ago. Usually I keep it out and refrigerate it when it begins to soften. The whipped makeup remover is super luxurious when I rub it on my eyes with a cotton ball, and I absolutely love it! However, I do have an alternative.

 

First, let me tell you something about coconut oil. It is moisturizing, antibiotic, a multivitamin for your skin, multi-nutrient, nourishing, anti-aging, anti-wrinkle and anti-oxidant. This stuff is miracle cream for your skin! Coconut oil contains mostly fats, so it acts as an emollient for your skin – it provides a softening and soothing effect. (Learn more about coconut oil and it’s benefits for your skin!)

The mixture below is simply two parts Unrefined Coconut Oil to one part Purified Water. Take note, coconut oil solidifies in cooler temperatures. I suggest keeping your makeup remover in a small glass bottle and running it under hot water for a minute or two to melt it for use. It may seem inconvenient, but the results are most definitely worth it!

 

See what Dr. Oz has to say about coconut oil!

 

Since I’ve been using unrefined coconut oil to remove my makeup on a daily basis for a few months now, I’ve noticed brighter and more vibrant clear skin specifically around my eyes, and also, I’ve noticed my eyelashes have even grown a little! I know, this may not seem like a huge deal, but for someone who has short stubby eyelashes, this is big… Also, I get a few acne spots on occasion; the kids stress me out! A few nights ago I rubbed a bit of oil over the acne scars one night. Boom, most of it was gone in the morning! Did it again last night, there is barely anything left! I might make this a routine evening facial moisturizer! Pictured below: my pretty glowing coconut oil eyes 🙂 …Did I mention I shave my legs with this stuff, too?

Synthetic Multivitamins and Supplements: Toxic?

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The health benefits of vitamins include their ability to prevent and treat various diseases including heart problems, high cholesterol levels, eye disorders, and skin disorders. Most of the vitamins also facilitate the body mechanism and perform functions which are not performed by any other nutrient. So, of course we all make a point to take our daily doses.

Many people have a collection of synthetic multivitamins and calcium supplements in capsules or tablets that have been purchased from a common drug store or grocery store. Topping the list are Centrum, Equate, One-A-Day, Flintstones. In truth, many of these simple vitamins and supplements have strange ingredients in them that help to prolong the shelf life; what about our lives? What are these strange ingredients, and could they possibly be toxic to my own health? Even 75% of the soy and whey protein shake mixes contain synthetic sugars. Beware, athletes. You may be better off skipping the shake mixes altogether.

Your body knows the difference between real and fake, and it always prefers real. Since synthetic vitamins do not originate in plant tissue they cannot fully replace all natural vitamin activities. Synthetic vitamins do not enter the blood stream by the same method as vitamins from food and synthetics are not absorbed well because of a difference in particle size. Synthetic vitamins are not the same as vitamins from food because synthetic vitamins only contain part or fractions of the whole vitamin. Food vitamins are superior to synthetics because the synthetic supplements are usually crystalline in structure, not in the correct physiochemical form or particle size, do not include the food factors, and are not able to enter the bloodstream as well as natural vitamins.

Homemade Toothpaste

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Before I go on to tell you about my homemade toothpaste, let me tell you a little about living the non-toxic life. In the society we live in today, it’s completely normal to run to the store and buy everything we need. Detergents and cleaning products, beauty products, health care items, etc. We’ve grown up like this our entire lives, so we’re used to the things we’ve adapted to since the beginning. The flavor of grape soda tastes nothing like real grapes. When you begin to convert to the non-toxic life and create your own products, you’ll notice that there is a drastic difference between how the products work, and how they feel or taste. It is a little weird at first, but all you need to remember is why you converted in the first place: to live a healthier, cleaner non-toxic life! As a reminder, just look at the label of ingredients and warnings on your toothpaste tube, and compare them to the three ingredients in the homemade stuff that works 10x better!

Coconut oil is a key ingredient in homemade toothpastes because it’s a powerful, natural antibacterial and antifungal – so it works to kill harmful bacteria in your mouth while you brush. It is excellent for your gums and brushing with it regularly can eliminate bleeding, sore gums. The oil kills the bacteria that are responsible for gingivitis. Brushing your tongue with the oil helps with thrush, a fungal problem localized in the mouth, and to boot, coconut oil has been found to stop and even reverse some tooth decay.

Baking soda is used for two reasons. First, it’s a mild abrasive that provides a gentle cleansing. Second, it’s alkaline. Being alkaline, baking soda can neutralize acids in your mouth that are often at the root of tooth decay. Baking soda also absorbs odors and helps produce sweet breath

Typically you’ll find that you can use equal parts of Coconut Oil and Baking Soda. While this is completely effective, it totally tastes weird. So I altered my recipe a little to eliminate the weird Baking Soda Toothpaste taste:

1 tbsp. Baking Soda
1 tbsp. Cornstarch
2 tbsp. Coconut Oil
20-30 drops Peppermint (or spearmint) Extract

Mix the ingredients well and store in an airtight container.

It’s important to remember that coconut oil has a tendency to change its consistency with the temperature.
Keep this in mind when you go to use your toothpaste every day!

Homemade Makeup Remover

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I’ve been using coconut oil for everything. I use it in the shower instead of shower gel and shave gel, I use it in my Homemade Sugar Scrub, my husband uses it as aftershave, and I use it as diaper rash cream for my girls.

Every-so-often I’ll whip the coconut oil to a light airy consistency and throw it in several jars to use until I finally need more. I use the Whipped Coconut Oil instead of lotion before bed, and I also use it as a makeup remover. I’ve found that it takes a little bit higher temperatures to completely melt the oil, and also, it is SO much easier to use in general. When the oil is whipped, it is a better consistency to work with.

Learn how to Whip Coconut Oil!

BEFORE and AFTER whipping the coconut oil:

Homemade Face Powder

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Face powder is a great solution to keep your face from looking glossy or oily. I go through it pretty quickly, but since I’ve discovered how to make this stuff from ingredients I’ve already got, I don’t think I’ll ever need to buy face powder again!

1 1/2 tbsp. Cornstarch
1 tsp. Baby Powder

Combine the powders well. The result is translucent powder.
(Mix in a little powdered foundation to add color)

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