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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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“I ate my placenta…”

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WHAT!? Yes. Well, actually, I wouldn’t quite put it like that, exactly. Although, this is the conclusion people jump to majority of the time. “You eat it!?” Technically, yes. I had my placenta encapsulated, and also made into a tincture.

WHY!?? After giving birth many new mothers experience blood loss, fatigue, and a drop in their high pregnancy hormones; all of which are thought of as key factors in the development of the “baby blues” and postpartum depression. The theory is that in consuming the placenta, you are replacing the hormones you lost during the birthing process. The placenta’s hormonal make-up is completely unique to the mother. No prescription, vitamin or herbal supplement can do what one placenta pill can! For thousands of years, placenta has been used to avoid postpartum symptoms such as depression, low vitality, fatigue, insufficient lactation, low birth weight and hormonal imbalance. It is composed of SO many healing chemicals! Check these out:

Gonadotrophin: the precursor to estrogen, progesterone and testosterone
Prolactin: promotes lactation
Oxytocin: for pain and bonding; produced during breastfeeding to facilitate bonding of mother and infant.
Thyroid stimulating hormone: boosts energy and helps recovery from stressful events
Cortisone: combats stress and unlocks energy stores
Interferon: stimulates the immune system to protect against infections
Prostaglandins: anti-inflammatory
Hemoglobin: replenishes iron deficiency and anemia, a common postpartum condition
Urokinase inhibiting factor and factor XIII: stops bleeding and enhances wound healing
Gammaglobulin: immune booster that helps protect against postpartum infections

Why did I do this? When I first learned about this unusual trend, of course I was disgusted. But I got over the gross-factor and did it, and I thank God every single day that I did! Sadly, I only learned in time to have this done with the birth of my third child. My first and second children are 15 months apart, and my second and third child are 18 months apart. Until this week, I will have been raising three children under three years old! You heard me! Why would I not give this a shot!? Let me tell you, my experience with this decision has been phenomenal! I cannot express how amazing the turn-out has been! I have even tested the theory that these capsules and tincture are the reason I have survived this phase in my life. I began taking the capsules immediately after my frienda certified doula in Minnesota, delivered them back to my home. I quickly realized that even with all the drama and noise and chaos with two toddlers and a newborn all by myself in my home learning how to mother three children at once, I was not overwhelmed, stressed, or nearly exhausted as I thought I would be. To this day I remain completely balanced. It has been amazing! In testing the theory that the placenta capsules are the reason for this, I skipped taking the capsules one day. I completely lost it and broke down. By the end of the day I was begging my husband to come back home from work early to relieve me for the rest of the evening. It was then that I decided that God knew exactly what he was doing when he created us. I also tested this theory with the tincture. Same results! It’s amazing! Okay, I could go on, but I think you get the picture 😉

HOW!? The placenta can be eaten raw, in capsules, or made into a tincture. Preparation includes having the placenta steamed, dehydrated and encapsulated alone or with dried herbs, and/or infusing a small chunk of the placenta in a high grade alcohol to create a tincture.

How do I consume this? Of course capsules are taken alone followed by water. I usually take a couple in the morning, and I remain completely balanced for the entire day! As for the tincture, I’ve read that anywhere from 10 to 40 drops in a cup of water is adequate for a day, depending on the momma. Personally, I drop about 10 or 15 drops in my tea or lemon water in the morning, and that lasts me most of the day! If I ever feel like I am beginning to fall short or lose it, I take another ‘dose’ in another glass of water. And guess what, I’ve given doses of the tincture to my girls in hot tea as well! If you add a few drops of the tincture in a cup of hot water, the alcohol will evaporate but the beneficial qualities remain. Tested this too. Works great for my girls! Hey, I put 10 drops in each of our bowls of fresh, hot oatmeal with honey and raisins the other morning. Results were the same as if I gave them the tea! Oh I could go on! See for yourself! Eat your placenta 😉

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For more research this site is full of valuable information!

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.

Essential Ingredients

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Here is a list of the most important and universal non-toxic ingredients a person could possibly have. These things are extremely useful when creating homemade cleaners or beauty products. I cannot stress the importance of each of these items!

Please note: As this blog grows, I’ll add more details for each ingredient and links to recipes for its uses!

Coconut Oil

Both refined and unrefined coconut oil is the most essential and universal ingredient, in the sense that you can cook and clean with it, and there are SO many benefits associated with its use as a health and beauty product. >> Homemade Sugar Scrub, Whipped Coconut Oil (to replace lotions),

Essential Oils

Therapeutic-grade Essential Oils are special medicinal healing substances that are extracted from various healing plants.

Arm & Hammer Baking Soda

Arm & Hammer Washing Soda

*It is very important to know that there is a huge difference between Baking Soda and Washing Soda, and they are not interchangeable! Their atoms and minerals in their makeup differ drastically, so pay attention to what a recipe calls for!

Distilled White Vinegar

Citric Acid or Lemon Juice

Borax

Rubbing Alcohol

Hydrogen Peroxide

Castile Soap

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