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Homemade Beeswax Based Candle 🐝

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Homemade Organic Beeswax Based Candle 🐝

Ingredients: 

  • Beeswax Pastilles
  • Coconut oil
  • Ginger, White Tea, Vetiver and Yuzu Essential Oils

Why Beeswax Based Candles?

Regular candles are made out of Paraffin Wax, which causes indoor air pollution when lit. They put put of chemicals that are considered to be just as dangerous as second-hand smoke. Paraffin is a petroleum waste product and it has to be deodorized and chemically bleached before it can be made into wax. Paraffin creates highly toxic benzene and toluene when burned (both are known carcinogens). In fact, the toxins released from paraffin candles are the same as those found in diesel fuel fumes.

Soy Wax has been the trending healthy candle lately (as opposed to the most toxic Paraffin candle). The problem with soy is that they are Genetically Modified, bleached and hydrogenated. Toxic pesticides are often used on Soy crops. Now, you are burning these chemicals and breathing them in.

Beeswax Candles ionize the air and neutralize toxic compounds and other contaminants. So, instead of contaminating the air with Paraffin candles, your can be purifying the air in your home with beeswax and beneficial essential oils.

Beeswax is the most expensive wax, but the healthiest candle option.

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Cacao Covered Strawberries

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Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup cacao
  • 6 tbs coconut oil (liquid form)
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Medium sized carton of strawberries

Directions:

  1. Melt coconut oil by putting container in a bowl of warm/hot water
  2. Mix ingredients together in bowl. Keep in bowl or transfer into smaller cup to dip strawberries.
  3. Dip strawberries
  4. Put strawberries on parchment paper on a plate or tray. I used a large zip lock bag since I didn’t have that

Put in fridge for an hour. I put in freezer for 10 min (because who wants to wait an hour?) and they seemed ready and were delicious. Cacao is chocolate in its raw form & has *no sugar*. It is high in anti-oxidants and is considered a “superfood”.

The added salt on this gives it the perfect extra kick

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Uplifting Coffee Body Scrub

 

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Wake up with this uplifting Coffee Body Scrub.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup ground coffee
  • 1 Tbsp epsum salt (can use sea salt)
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 9 drops peppermint essential oil

Directions:

  • Use 1x-2x a week- The epsom salts make this a strong exfoliant. If you want to make it less abrasive, you can use sea salt and use the scrub more often
  • When you let this sit overtime, the top gets dry & the coconut sinks to the bottom, so just make sure to mix it with a spoon before using.
  • No need for lotion after using this due to coconut oil.

Coffee is a great exfoliant for your skin. The caffeine in coffee stimulates circulation and has a tightening effect, which leads to a more radiant, glowing complexion and can help reduce cellulite.

I came up with this recipe myself. My friend brought me back delicious smelling coffee from Costa Rica and I wanted to find a use for it (since I haven’t been drinking coffee lately.) I really liked the smell and effects of the scrub so continued to make it with a Fair Trade and Organic Coffee brand. 

I prefer to use this in the morning or before going out. The coffee and peppermint mix is uplifting.

Click Here to see a video explaining why buying Fair Trade Coffee is the ethical decision.

*Note: I made this for a few friends and family members and everyone except for one friend loved it with no problems. One friend’s shower drain was clogged after using it after once use. I did some online research on this and found that coffee can clog your drain, but also found that people used coffee to unclog your drain, so I am not sure. I have been using this for two months and have not had any problems.

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Roasted Fennel

 

Ingredients:

  • Bulbs of fennel
  • Tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon juice
  • sea salt & black pepper

Directions:

  • Cut fennel into slices (see photo)
  • Mix fennel with olive oil in bowl
  • Place fennel on baking sheet
  • Sprinkle sea salt, pepper & lemon juice on top
  • Bake for 25-30 min at 350°F
  • Turn slices over after about 15 min

This recipe is great to add to a salad, use as a side dish or have as a healthy snack. Fennel helps with digestion and constipation.

 

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Natural Wet Wipes DIY

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Home made natural Wet Wipes

Ingredients:

  • Aloe Vera- 1 tbsp
  • Castile Soap – 1 tbsp ( I used Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint)
  • Witch Hazel- 1 tbsp
  • Filtered Water 1 & 1/3 Cup
  • 6 drops Mandarin Essential Oil
  • Bounty Paper Towel cut in half

I stored these in an old face wipe plastic container and then put it inside a stone box (in pic). These are great to keep at home for anytime you would normally use a wet paper towel to clean something and to carry in your bag in a zip block bag when going out.

 

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Natural DIY Air Freshener

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Try this Natural Air Freshener made with Cinnamon Sticks, Clove and Apples.

Typical air fresheners sold that are marketed to help freshen the air in your home do not actually clean the air or eliminate odor, they are just masking the bacteria and odor. Second off, the air “fresheners”  have many chemicals in them that are hazardous toward your health. Phthalates (pronounced thal-ates) are used in many consumer products and are harmful chemicals known to cause hormonal imbalances, birth defects, and reproductive problems when inhaled overtime. The Natural Resources Defense Counsil did an independent testing of 14 common air fresheners. None of which listed phthalates as an ingredient but uncovered these chemicals in 86% of the products tested, including those advertised as “all natural” or “unscented”.

My DIY Natural Air Freshener’s Benefits: Cinnamon helps cleanse the air due to its anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. Clove is a powerful immune system booster and antioxidant.

If you want to take a closer look at some of the chemicals and hazards in commonly sold air fresheners, such as Febreeze check out this article.

Resources:

“Essential Oil Blends That Are Helpful to Clean the Air – BellaSentials.”BellaSentials. 2015. Web. 13 Apr. 2016.
“NRDC Protect Your Family From the Hidden Hazards in Air Fresheners.” NRDC. Web. 13 Apr. 2016.

 

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Sleep Better with Lavender

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Lavender Sachet for under my pillowcase to promote a good night’s sleep.

Ingredients:

  • Dried Lavender (Etsy)
  • 3 drops Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender has a calming effect and reduces anxiety.

I also placed more of these sachets in my linen drawers as an air freshener. Lavender is supposed to repel insects  such as mosquitoes, fleas, moths and ticks, the more I smell like lavender in the summer, the better!

References:

“DoTERRA Lavender Essential Oil – DōTERRA Tools.” Web. 13 Apr. 2016.
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Natural DIY Eyeliner

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Activated Charcoal and Jojoba Oil Eyeliner

Ingredients:

  • Activated Charcoal
  • Jojoba Oil (a few drops)
  • Water (optional)

Directions:

  • With a thin brush, dip brush into mix and apply to eyes.
  • Clean brush after to avoid buildup with Coconut oil (or Olive, Avocado etc.)
  • You have the option of adding water or adding more Jojoba oil depending on what texture you like. I ended up adding more Jojoba oil to my mix. This eyeliner is great for blending in a smokey eye.

A few people asked me if Activated Charcoal was safe to put on your eyes. I think they heard the word “Charcoal” and immediately thought of Charcoal from a fire. Charcoal and activated charcoal are different. Activated charcoal means the carbon is infused with oxygen and is prepared for human ingestion and skincare products

I got this into my eyes because I did not dilute the charcoal enough with jojoba oil. I had the same reaction (tearing) as if I got a store bought mascara/eyeliner into my eye. To avoid this, make sure you have enough jojoba oil or water mixed in the the charcoal on your brush where it the charcoal powder is not loose.

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Diffuser -Homemade & Natural

IMG_2967Stop breathing in chemicals and start breathing in oils that are beneficial to your health.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup almond oil
  • 8 drops each of cinnamon, mandarin orange &  lavender essential oil
  • Wooden sticks (from Michael’s)

You can make the scent personally tailored to your wants and/or needs. For example, you can make essential oil blends to ward away bugs during summer months, uplift your mood or help relax you before bed. The options are endless.

I used to use mostly designer cosmetic brands, but these are often the most toxic. It’s okay to have them for show, or to re-use their containers, but I don’t plan on buying more.
One of the most common chemicals in air fresheners are Phthalates. Phthalates are chemicals that are used to prolong the length of time that scented products maintain their fragrance. Regular exposure to phthalates can increase your risk of experiencing endocrine, reproductive, and developmental problems.