Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Natural Sunscreen


There are several things I dislike about sunscreen;
#1 - I don't like how it dries out my face
#2 - I don't like the film it leaves on my skin
#3 - I hate when I'm out and about and I put sunscreen on my kids and then I can't immediately wash them.  I cannot stand it.  Serisouly.  I know, I'm weird.  Drives me nuts.
#4 - They all have crazy stuff I can't pronounce in them.
#5 - A little does NOT go a long way. 
My list could go on and on...


Let me tell you about the sunscreen I just made!!!!!!
#1 - It doesn't dry out my face
#2 - It doesn't leave a film on my skin because it soaks right in!
#3 - It absorbs right in, so I don't feel like I have thick nastiness on my hands if I can't wash them right away!
#4 - I know how to pronounce all the ingredients in my sunscreen and I know EXACTLY what's in it!
#5 - A little goes a very long way!

Ok, so I love it.  I love how easy it was to make.  I love that I conquered this!  I had a recipe for sunscreen with just carrot seed oil and coconut oil.  I had one with shea butter, coconut oil, jajoba oil and zinc oxide and beesewax. I wanted to combine the two so we could block UVA and UVB rays and also to have the shea and jajboa in there so our skin didn't dry out and the beeswax to make it somewhat "sweatproof."  Did you know carrot seed oil all on it's own has a natural SPF of 30-40?  Even coconut oil on it's own has a natural SPF of about 7!  Cool, huh?! 

The only thing I didn't care for with this sunscreen is the smell.  Everyone else who has smelled it hasn't minded it, and the smell goes away shortly after applying.  Since making this, I've seen adding lavender to it helps with the smell.  Whatever.  LOL!  I just wanted sunscreen that would work...and it does!

I want to give credit to the two recipes I found.  Here is the first with just Carrot Seed Oil and Coconut Oil:

Here is the link to the second recipe I found...without carrot seed oil, but with jajoba and coconut oil, shea butter, zinc oxide and beeswax.
http://www.scratchmommy.com/diy-sunscreen-easy-make-need-recipe/

Now, here's my recipe!!!!

Natural Sunscreen Recipe:
Makes approx. 6 oz.
3 oz. unrefined, cold pressed coconut oil (in liquid state)
2 oz. jajoba oil
1 oz. shea butter (in liquid state - use double boiler method to melt)
1 3/4 Tbsp. Beeswax pellets
1/2 tsp. vitamin E
2 3/4 Tbsp. zinc oxide powder
60 drops carrot seed oil

Directions:
In a double boiler, add the coconut oil, jajoba and shea.  Mix in the beeswax pellets until they melt.  Remove from the heat.

Let it cool just slightly and mix in the vitamin E and zinc oxide powder.  Please be sure to remove all children from the room when using the zinc oxide powder and cover your mouth and nose while using it.

 Add in the carrot seed oil and whisk....and whisk and whisk some more!!!!!!!

Pour your sunscreen into a container or containers.



That's it!!!

Easy peasy!!!

Want to know where I got everything?
Coconut Oil - I buy mine at Costco
Jajoba Oil - got mine at Whole Foods
Shea Butter - a friend of mine picked mine up from the Eastern Market in Detroit, but you can get it online
Beeswax Pellets - Got mine here
Vitamin E - got mine at Whole Foods
Zinc Oxide Powder - Got mine here
Carrot Seed Oil - Young Living Essential Oil (I am a distributor if you need help ordering this)
Containers - I bought the 2 oz. jars here

Use your own discretion on how often to apply this sunscreen.  Best of luck to you and please do come back and comment on how it worked for you!

*Disclaimer: If you choose to use this recipe, you are doing so at your own risk.  I cannot guarantee the same results as I had.






Sunday, June 1, 2014

Grapefruit Sugar Scrub - Essential Oil Heaven

I needed LOTS of gifts for Ella's teachers!  We have her classroom teacher, 2 parapros, 4 people who work on the SACC room, the secretaries, the principal and the specials teachers (minus one since I'm her music teacher!)  That's a lot of gifts!  I needed a simple, cost-effective and unique gift for them.

So, I made the majority of them (minus the men) Grapefruit Sugar Scrub!
It smells AWESOME!
They will love it!
They will be impressed!
They will want more!
PERFECT!

Ready? Set? Go!  Make this!

Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
15 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil
2 Tbsp. water

Directions:
Mix all ingredients together and store in a glass jar.


Bug/Tick Spray - An All Natural Approach

I HATE bug spray.  The feel of it on your skin, the fact that it's FULL of chemicals, the fact you can't spray it on your face, etc.  Well, this is an AWESOME alternative!

Is this as potent as the store bought bug spray?  Nope.  You will need to apply this about every 30 minutes from what I've heard.  And if your child is going out to play in the woods, make sure they are wearing long sleeves and pants.  Ticks have been REALLY bad!  Don't take any chances!

I obviously cannot guarantee anything for you here.  This is just simply a recipe I'm using on my kids and sharing with you. Please use at your own risk.


Here is the recipe I followed, but I added 10 drops Lavender and 10 drops lemongrass for ticks.  If I had it, I would have added Clove, Citronella and Thyme to this recipe.



Other suggested bug remedies!



Ant/Spider Spray - This Stuff Is AMAZING!

So, we have this spot in our house where we get little ant visitors EVERY year.  Trust me when I say, THEY ARE NOT WELCOME!  Nope!  I shall NOT have ants in my house!  I know they're relatively harmless, but I don't like bugs of any sort!  LOL

A couple weeks ago, my ant visitors were back.  I saw one or two crawling by the door, but then I lifted the rug.  OY!  I ran to my computer to look up an ant spray recipe, then quickly threw it together and started spraying the heck out of them!  

They died immediately and have not come back!!!!!  Seriously!  Last year, we tried vinegar and the kept coming and coming and coming....no matter how many times we put the vinegar down....or how many gallons we went through.  But, having the kids and cats in the house, we weren't willing to use chemicals to kill them.

This is now my all-time favorite recipe because this stuff WORKS!
Oh, and BONUS!  It works on spiders too!!!  WHOOT!


Ingredients:
1 cup water
1/2 cup natural dish soap
15 drops peppermint oil

Directions:
Pour all ingredients into a spray bottle and shake.  Spray as necessary.


Sleepy Time Cream - For a Restful Night's Sleep

A while back for Mother's Day, a friend of mine asked me to make his mom a Fibromyalgia Cream and a cream to help his mom sleep.  What a thoughtful son, right?!

So, I whipped up this awesome Sleepy Time Cream!  It's super easy to make and smells amazing because of the coconut oil.  Not only will you sleep well, but you'll have some soft bottoms of your feet!


Recipe:
12 oz. raw, unrefined coconut oil
20 drops lavender
20 drops peace & calming
20 drops cedarwood

Directions:
Using a double boiler, (meaning you have a pot of water with about 2 inches of water in it with a metal bowl sitting on top where you will place the coconut oil) melt the coconut oil in the metal bowl.  Once it is melted, remove it from the heat and let it cool so it becomes a solid agian.  Putting it in the refrigerator is the quickest way.  Once the oil is back to a solid again, whip it up in a stand mixer or hand mixer.  You will add the oils as soon as it starts to whip up.  Whip it for about 5 minutes.

Store in a glass jar.


Eczema Healing Hand "Potion" - Amazing Healing Powers!

My hands have always been dry, but this year, they took a turn for the worse.  They were cracking and bleeding everywhere!  I honestly just thought it was just "dry hands."  I tried making a hand cream and it just made them worse.  I felt defeated.

A couple weeks ago, I met up with a friend.  She took one look at my hands and said, "Wow!  You eczema is REALLY bad!"  Eczema?!?  Yup!  DUH!  My mom has eczema and it was REALLY bad when I was a child.  It has gotten better over the years, so I hadn't really thought about it!  Turns out, my friend Chito was VERY right!  

After a little bit of research on which essential oils and carrier oils are good for Eczema, I whipped up this Eczema Healing "Potion" when I got home.  I started using it immediately and the results were amazing.

(this before picture I actually took a couple weeks before I started using the hand potion, so my hands were actually FAR worse than this when I started using it!)

The first day, I put the potion on 4-5 times throughout the day.
The second day, I used it about 3 times.
The third day, I used it twice.
I have used it once a day every day after and have even been able to skip some days.

I'm finding the Young Living Rose Ointment to be extremely healing  on my hands as well, so I HIGHLY suggest that too!

Eczema Healing Hand "Potion"

Ingredients:
1 oz. avocado oil
20 drops Frankincense
20 drops Lavender
15 drops Melaleuca A

Place everything in a glass dropper bottle.
Apply as needed.  A little goes a very long way.


PainAway Cream - For All Your Aches And Pains!

I have two very important people in my life who are in pain daily; my Meme (grandma) and my step-dad.  Meme has pain in all of her joints due to a number of various things.  My step-dad, Tom has arthritis pretty much all over his body and is in a lot of pain daily.  So, who better to try this PainAway Cream on than them?!


This Cream has been working WONDERFULLY for them!  A little goes a long way and it smells HEAVENLY especially because of the Coconut Oil and the PanAway, which contains Wintergreen.  You'll love it!


Ingredients:
1 cup raw, unrefined coconut oil
10 drops PanAway Essential Oil
10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
10 drops Valor Essential Oil
10 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil (this is for inflammation)

Directions:
Using a double boiler, (meaning you have a pot of water with about 2 inches of water in it with a metal bowl sitting on top where you will place the coconut oil) melt the coconut oil in the metal bowl.  Once it is melted, remove it from the heat and let it cool so it becomes a solid agian.  Putting it in the refrigerator is the quickest way.  Once the oil is back to a solid again, whip it up in a stand mixer or hand mixer.  You will add the oils as soon as it starts to whip up.  Whip it for about 5 minutes.

Store in a glass jar.