My husband and I recently ventured home to visit some family, and he's always gotta make sure he hits up the high stakes bingo. I got to tell you, this is one of my least favorite things to do in the world. Bingo gives me so much anxiety!! I'm worried about missing numbers, if the caller is calling too fast, and most of all having to yell bingo. Yelling loudly in a room full of quiet people could very well throw me into full on panic mode.Read More
This tutorial is for all you active, hardworking ladies or fellas out there who deal with this very common issue..............smelly shoes! These fantastic little pods are especially good for your beloved ballet flats. I don't know any women whose flats are at least a little stinky. All you need is a little bit scrap fabric and baking soda. I also add some essential oils for a little extra deodorizing power. If you only have baking soda, do not fret, it will work just fine on its own.Read More
Bath bombs are the best way to make your bath time a spa experience. For people with really busy schedules shower fizzies are the next best thing! Shower fizzies do not contain any oils or citric acid. You don't want to slip on those oils in the shower and you don't need the extra fizz from the citric acid.Read More
Soothing Whipped Foot Scrub
I recently started experiencing foot pain due to the fact that I don't wear supportive shoes and I spend a lot of time on my feet. This foot scrub is not going to solve my problem, but it sure does feel nice after a long day. I used three amazing essential oils that will have your feet singing. Wintergreen, bergamot, and lemongrass
Wintergreen is a natural numbing agent and has tension reducing properties. It also promotes blood circulation if you experience swelling.
Bergamot is an anti-inflammatory which will help relieve muscle pain. It has anti-fungal properties which is always a plus in foot products. Its mood lifting aromatherapy properties benefit a gal after a rough day!
Lemongrass is a great analgesic, which means it has pain reducing properties. Like bergamot it is an anti-inflammatory and for anyone suffering from athletes foot it is also anti-bacterial.
I used one cup of coconut oil at room temperature and put it in my stand mixer. A hand mixer will work just fine as well. Use the whip attachment and start whipping. You will have to scrape down the sides a few times to make sure all the oil is whipped. I usually whip on a medium high speed for about 6-8 minutes. The more you whip it the fluffier it will be.
After it is good and fluffy I add my oils and whip again for another minute. After your oils have been fully integrated fold in the sugar with your spatula. Spoon into a glass jar and your done.
Whipped Foot Scrub:
1 Cup Coconut Oil
1/4 Cup Sugar
10 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil
5 drops Wintergreen Essential Oil
5 drops Bergamot Essential Oil
I found these super cute glass jars months ago at my local grocery store. The clasp top is especially good for oily mixtures. Screw tops can be a little difficult to open or close when your hands are all greasy. I suggest using this scrub after a nice long Epsom salt foot bath. I hope you and your feet enjoy!
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I've gotten really into using bath and beauty products that I make myself. Not only for the reason of saving money, but also to try and limit the chemicals my body is exposed to. I say limit because there are just some products I can't live without. A while back I tried making my own deodorant and it was a complete disaster. My skin wasn't necessarily sensitive to baking soda (the main ingredient in most DIY deodorants) but it did give my armpits what they call an "armpit shadow". "Arm pit shadow" is putting it very nicely. My armpits basically turned black. Pretty gross. As soon as I stopped using the deodorant my armpits went right back to normal. I did find a recipe online that had no adverse effects at One Good Thing by Jillee. Great natural alternative, just not strong enough for me personally. Its main ingredient is witch hazel, which leads me to the main point of this post.
Witch Hazel is so AMAZING!!! I've made facial toners, body sprays, window cleaner, makeup remover, and the list goes on. You can use it for a million things. It is an anti-inflammatory, an astringent, and very hydrating. I've recently grown my hair long again. It's been about 6 or 7 years since it's been this long. I forgot how much work long hair is, and I'm so sick of washing it everyday. Unfortunately for me, I have oily hair. If I skip a day of washing it, it tends to look a little greasy which is fine if I am at home, but definitely not at work. So I made a hair mist to help keep that under control. The main ingredient? You guessed it, witch hazel! I also added a few essential oils that are also great for the mane. Lavender, geranium, and rosemary.
Lavender is also one of those things you can use for everything. The oils benefit specifically for hair include moisturizing and anti-bacterial. It fights off those pesky dandruff flakes for you, which I'm sure most everyone has had a bout or two with dandruff. Geranium is good for both oily and dry hair. It regulates your scalps secretion of sebum (nasty oil). So in other terms if you have oily hair it's gonna nip it in the bud. If you have dry hair it will help regulate your secretion to a more normal level. The last of all is a healthy hair powerhouse, rosemary! Rosemary is absolutely amazing for your hair. It is a major antioxidant, which means it helps fight free radical damage that your hair has endured. It is also a powerful stimulant. It stimulates your hair follicles and induces blood circulation. This results in a speedier and healthier hair growth. Rosemary is also another oil that prevents and treats dandruff.
Next you just need a delivery method. I got these cute little amber glass spray bottles that are 2oz. Doesn't seem like a lot, but it should last you a while. On amazon they were around $4 for two. So here is my lovely recipe for a Nourishing Hair Mist:
2oz Witch Hazel (I like using rose water witch hazel)
5 drops Lavender Essential Oil
5 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
3-5 drops Geranium Essential Oil
Mix everything in your glass bottle and shake. The oils tend to separate when left sitting, give it a good shake before each use. Your scalp and hair will be left nourished and smelling amazing!