Category Archives: Personal Hygiene

Valentine Peppermint Scrub

Valentine Peppermint Scrub
Valentine Peppermint Scrub

Valentine Day is fast approaching and this peppermint scrub would be the perfect gift for the person or persons on your love or friend list.  Quick and easy to make.

All you will need is the following.  1/2 cup coconut oil, 1/4 cup sugar plus one drop of red food coloring.  (or any color your heart desires).  6 drops of peppermint essential oil, ( or your favorite essential oil),  another 1/4 cup of sugar.

Mix your first 1/4 cup of sugar with food coloring.  Mix well.  In a bowl add coconut oil and plain 1/4 cup sugar.  Mix well.  Add essential oil and mix.  Now add the colored sugar.  Using your electric mixer (just because it is easier) on low speed mix until creamy.

Store in a clean container.  Will keep for one month.  ENJOY!

Homemade Shampoo

Homemade shampoo isn’t complicated or difficult to make.  I enjoy natural essential oils, not only for the wonderful smell, if you use lavender it is good for dandruff and dry scalp.

Castille soap if diluted properly is great for washing hair.  If your not on a well or spring water source use distilled water.

1/2 cup castille soap
1 1/2 cups distilled water (well water, spring fed water)
3 teaspoons coconut oil
3 drops lavender oil
3 drops rosemary oil

Melt coconut oil.  Combine coconut oil, castle soap, essentials oils in a pint jar and shake.

To use:  Pour quarter size amount into palm of your hand.  Rub your palms together to create a lather.  Starting at the roots of your hair massage in the shampoo.

Rinse with cold water.

This is low suds shampoo.  More suds doesn’t mean clean.

Store in a glass container.  The essentials oils will break down plastic container over time.  ENJOY!

Rosemary Hair Rinse

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Make your own rosemary herbal hair rinse with only two ingredients.  This process is like making tea.  It needs to be steeped.  Rosemary oil is found in many shampoos and conditioners.  The herb helps stimulate the hair follicles.  When you use this rinse it helps not only your hair and scalp, also treats dandruff.

Come along and I will show you how to make a Rosemary Hair Rinse that will leave your hair revitalized and shiny.

Need:  5 drops of Rosemary oil or 2 fresh rosemary stems
2 cups of water
Pan
Container to store rinse in.

Boil water.  Add your Rosemary oil and stir.  If using fresh rosemary stems add your rosemary to another pan and pour the boiling water over the fresh rosemary.

Let everything steep until the water has cooled.  Pour into your container.  Use within 2 weeks.

How to use Rosemary Hair Rinse:  Shampoo your hair and towel dry.  Place a pan in the sink to collect the rinse. Pour rinse over your hair.  Let it sit for 2 minutes and rinse again if you want.  To finish, towel dry your hair.

TIP:  Give yourself a hot oil hair treatment.  Mix 5 drips of rosemary oil with 1/4 cup olive oil.  Heat slightly, then massage into your hair.  Allow it to stay in your hair for a couple of hours.  Shampoo your hair and enjoy the shine.

You don’t have to use this rinse every time you shampoo your hair.  I use this treatment couple times a month along with the hot oil treatment once a month.

Give it a try, what do you have to lose.  ENJOY!

Massage Oil Dandelion

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Yes you are looking at a jar filled with dandelions.  Now you are wondering why I am wandering around the yard picking dandelions.  In two weeks, I will be using what is contained in this jar for swollen joints and sore muscles.  Also makes a great massage oil.

Needed:  Glass jar filled with dandelion flowers.  Pour olive oil over the dandelions in the jar.  Cover with cheesecloth, cotton towel or a coffee filter.  Screw the band on to keep in place.  The oil and dandelions need to breath.  Place in the sun for two weeks.

To use, strain the oil from the dandelions.  Only keep the oil.  Keep in a cool dark place.

Go on give it a try.

Body Lotion

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With two simple ingredients, you can make this Body Lotion.  Coconut oil has so many wonderful uses.  Use this all over your body and see how soft your skin becomes.  With natural ingredients.  No perfumes or dies added.

All you need is 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil and 1/2 Cup Aloe Vera Gel.

Heat coconut oil until melted.  Add aloe vera gel to the coconut oil and whip and whip and whip.  If you want to add Tea Tree oil for anti bacterial benefits go ahead.  Adding a scent is optional, use Jasmine, lavender or any essential oil you enjoy.

Store in a pretty jar.  Dip couple fingers in to spread over your body, (you don’t have to use very much at a time.)  I love to use this on my feet and then put socks on.  Really helps keep your feet looking soft and smooth for those summer sandals.

This makes a wonderful gift.  Be sure to make this for a dear friend on his or her birthday, Mothers Day, Fathers Day or just because.

Natural Deodorant

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Making your own deodorant is not hard or time consuming.  You can see from the picture there are only 4 ingredients needed to make a natural deodorant.  If you want to add essential oils for smell, go right on ahead.  It is not needed.

Storing is simple.  This natural deodorant may be stored in glass or plastic container.  If your really into the stick thing, you can purchase deodorant containers to put your mixture in.  I have been told you can also reuse a old deodorant stick by refilling.  This I have never tried.  If anyone has let me know how that is working out for you.

I do the simple application.  Two fingers with little natural deodorant on them and swipe up (or down) your choice.  I try not to make things hard.  Here is what you will need to make your own deodorant.

1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup cornstarch
4 Tablespoons coconut oil
10 drops of Tea Tree oil
8 drops of essential oil of your choice for smell (optional)

Using a fork, combine baking soda and cornstarch until they are a powder.  Add coconut oil, one Tablespoon at a time, until you have a consistency YOU like.  Add in Tea Tree oil and other oils if using.

Tea Tree oil is antibacterial and will keep smelly odors away.

One less expensive item to buy.  ENJOY!

 

All Natural Mouthwash

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I started reading the back of a mouthwash bottle.  Here are some of the ingredients listed.  Water, sorbitol solution, propylene glycol, flavor, sodium laurel sulfate, poloxamer 407, benzoate, phosphoric acid, methyl salicylate and the list goes on and on with ingredients I can’t pronounce.  Added to that I am not a chemist so understanding any of the ingredients is beyond me.  This lead me to research all natural mouthwash.  Here is the one we like.  Please if you have something different that works for you, please share.  Sharing knowledge is a wonderful thing.

All Natural Mouthwash:  1/2 Cup water, 1 teaspoon coconut oil, 2 drops of peppermint oil ( or wintergreen, spearmint whatever you like)  Pinch sea salt.

Combine everything in a glass jar and shake well.  Store in glass container only. No Plastic.

To use swish 2 teaspoons of mouthwash in your mouth.  Spit and Rinse.  Do not swallow. If you do, don’t worry about it, you will be fine.

The coconut oil has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.  Salt helps get rid of bacteria and helps with the healing of gums.  Peppermint oil helps with bad breath.

TIP:  Shake before using everytime.

I added a couple drops of food coloring so you could see the picture better.

 

Brown Sugar Honey Scrub

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Hopefully you have tried the Lavender Vanilla Sugar Scrub that was featured in yesterdays blog.  Today is a wonderful easy to make Brown Sugar Honey Scrub.  Can you guess the first two ingredients? Come with me and together we will make a wonderful and easy scrub.  Remember, why pay a ton of money for something you can make yourself.

Here is what you will need.  1 Cup brown sugar, 1/4 Cup olive oil, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon honey.

Mix everything together.  Store in a sealed container.

If you would like to use almond oil, coconut oil instead of olive oil then go right on ahead.  After all its your scrub.

Don’t forget these scrubs make nice gifts.  Make up the  Lavender Vanilla Sugar Scrub and the Brown Sugar Honey Scrub. Add a pretty scrub brush, wash cloth and hand towel.  Package everything in a pretty basket with a beautiful bow and you have a gift anyone would love to receive.

If you have any other scrubs or bath items that have worked for you and your family, please leave a post for everyone to enjoy.  Thanks!

Lavender Vanilla Sugar Scrub

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This is called lavender vanilla sugar scrub, if you would rather use jasmine, lemon or another essential oil scent than go right on ahead.  You might like Lemon Vanilla Sugar Scrub.  Make it your own.

1 Cup white sugar
1/4 Cup olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 drops lavender

Mix all together.

Scrubs make wonderful gifts.  Package it up in a pretty jar.  Add a nice washcloth, hand towel, or scrub brush.  Add a basket and ribbon and you have a beautiful simple gift anyone would appreciate.

If you would rather use coconut oil or almond oil in place of olive oil go right on ahead.

Coming up next is a Brown Sugar Honey Scrub.