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5 DIY Organic Products I Use Everyday

Posted in Home, Uncategorized
on January 21, 2016

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The more you can stay away from chemicals, the better. Sometimes my husband thinks I go a little overboard with trying to find things that are “all natural.” I don’t understand why people think that just because you put it in a pill bottle that it’s automatically legitimate. Many of the medicines that we take today were harvested from the plants and fruits that grow right out of the ground. I really enjoy using natural products that I can make because I don’t have to worry about what’s in them. Without further ado, here are 5 DIY Organic Products I Use Everyday!

1. All Natural Tooth Soap 

Tooth soap is actually my favorite on the list. It honestly cleans my teeth better than any toothpaste I’ve ever used! After I brush with tooth soap, I run my tongue over my teeth and they are smooth and clean. If you don’t mind a departure from the norm, tooth soap is an amazing way to brush your teeth. Tooth soap is made by combining 2 tablespoons of Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild, 8 tablespoons melted coconut oil, 4 tablespoons olive oil, 2 teaspoons water, 20 drops peppermint or cinnamon essential oil and 1 teaspoon stevia extract drops or 1 teaspoon  organic honey. Combine all ingredients into a soap pump and shake well. Use as you would normal toothpaste.

2. All Natural Tooth Brightening Scrub

No need to go spend a bunch of money on whitening strips, when you can make a tooth brightener at home for a quarter of the cost. Many of these items you already have lying around the house, so why not make use of them. You can make the tooth brightening scrub by combining 2 teaspoons of baking soda, 1 teaspoon unrefined sea salt, 1 teaspoon purified water and 1 drop spearmint or peppermint essential oil. Combine all ingredients into a clean container with a lid. I ordered some small white cosmetic containers from Amazon. Mix well and dip your toothbrush into the scrub and brush your teeth. 

3. Olive Oil For Oil Cleansing

Olive oil is not just great for cooking, it’s an amazing moisturizer and facial cleanser. Last year I was introduced to oil cleansing. I was confused by how putting oil on my face would actually balance my skin out and decrease lines. It actually works and I keep a container of olive oil in the shower. To oil cleanse, just take about 2 teaspoons of olive oil and rub it into your face for about 2 minutes. Make sure you really massage it in but be careful under your eyes, that’s the most delicate skin on your face. After you’ve massage the oil into your skin, take a clean washcloth and rinse with the warmest water that you can take, then ring out all the water. Take the cloth and clean the oil off of your face. Along with the oil, you will see the dirt come off your face as well. This is also great for an all natural way to take off your makeup!

4. Peppermint All Purpose Cleaner

I just did a post on all natural cleaning solutions. I was cleaning up and mixed these ingredients together and loved them. Use 1/4 cup Dr. Bronner’s  Baby Mild, 1 cup water and 20 drops of peppermint essential oil. Combine all ingredients into a spray bottle and use for cleaning kitchens, bathrooms and even mopping your floors! This solution cleans amazingly well and leaves your house smelling minty fresh! Add any other essential oil you like to create a smell that you love. 

5. Fruity Infused Water

I really don’t like water. I mean, I really don’t like water. However, as an adult I’ve realized that it’s an essential part of living a decent life. (lol!) Water aids in speeding up our metabolism for weight loss, detoxifies the body, aids in digestion and even makes your skin clearer and look younger. Moisture does a body good! Adding mint and strawberries to my water makes it taste better and even feel a little fancy. There are all types of infuser bottles that you can buy that make it easy to drink your fruity water and tote it around with you all day long, or all night long! *cue Lionel Richie* Either way, drink up, buttercup!

There are my 5 DIY Organic Products That I Use Everyday! Hopefully you’ll find something that you want to try. I’d love for you to try them all because I can attest that each of them is effective!  I feel good when I know I’m using products that are good for me and my family.

 

 

 

Journey To A Better Me: Orange and Lemon Infused Water

Posted in Food
on March 14, 2015

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Orange and lemon infused water is how I can  manage to get the stuff down. If you love water, you’re blessed and already have a leg up on life…lol!! Seriously, I really believe that water is somewhat of a panacea because once people start drinking more water and exercising, seems like things start to look up in life. Whether their trying to lose weight or if their just trying to increase their overall feeling of well-being, water does the trick. It’s flavorless to me and I’d love to tell you that I love it, but I don’t. However, it does make me feel better when I add various fruits to it.  Adding fruit elevates plain old H20 and gives me something pretty to look at. I’ve heard it said more than once that people eat (or drink) with their eyes first. I agree.

I’ve seen so many post where people add blackberries, blueberries, oranges, strawberries and the list goes on. There are some recipes where I’ve seen people adding Splenda, vanilla and mint leaves to give their fruit-infused water more of a kick. I decided to go with a combination of lemons and oranges and let it sit for a couple of hours and drink it out on our lovely deck. I created an experience around drinking my orange and lemon diffused water, and you should too!  It felt good to soak up some sunshine and give my body something that it needs. Fruit-infused water is helping me con myself into drinking water and enjoying it! As you know, water helps you to flush out toxins and creates crystal clear skin if you stay with it. The benefits of water definitely outweigh what it may lack in taste, so drink to your health and to your life!

 

Do you drink fruit infused water? What’s your favorite combination?