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DIY Dryer Sheets

I am continuing to experiment with DIY stuff. Some things work out wonderful, like my deodorant paste which I absolutely love. Others not so much…

Here is one I really am enjoying lots, and it was so ridiculously easy.

DIY Dryer Sheets

You will need cotton rags, white vinegar and an essential oil.

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Cut cotton cloth into squares about 5-inches.–I used kitchen washcloths, but  you could use older Tshirts or anything like that. Pour 1 cup of distilled white vinegar in a mason jar. Add 10 drops of pure Lavender essential oil. Drop the cloths in and tighten the lid.

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When you need a dryer sheet, just open the jar and grab one moist cloth and put it in your dryer. When the laundry is dry, place the cloth back in with the others.Yes, it’s that simple!

I am enjoying using lavender, but you could certainly use lemon or grapefruit as well.

 

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Inflammation Anyone?

We can’t get away from food. We need it, we love it, we crave it. We use it for comfort, for social outings, for love. And every food choice that we make daily (the average adult makes 200 of these choices every single day!) affects our health. Poor nutrition can obviously lead to lack of energy, difficulty sleeping, obesity and inflammation, which is closely related to excess weight and this sets us up for a nasty future…

Inflammation is really a natural defense process, kind of like a survival mechanism that happens as a reaction to stress in the body. When acute, inflammation is often a short-lived response to a strain. When chronic, it’s more like a low-grade inflmmation that extends over long periods of time; this could be the result of an acute inflammation that did not get resolved or a low level irritant that remains present in the body.

The body’s immune system response of inflammation is seen in these five signs:

1. Pain – inflammatory mediators increase sensitivity to touch (pain) to help protect the area

2. Redness – with the increased blood supply to the capillaries

3. Immobility – there may be some loss of function

4. Swelling – from the increase of fluid

5. Heat – more blood in the area makes it feel warm

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In the short run, inflammation is a good thing. It removes debris and helps healing.

In the long run, it can lead to chronic inflammatory diseases. And that is no good! So, what’s next?

1. Well. healthy weigh-loss goals and strategies might be the first steps in reducing the risk of chronic inflammation.

2. Second, it would be wise to be aware of what you eat and choose anti-inflammatory foods with anti-oxydants:

~plant food in their most natural state,  Did you know that the more colorful the plant it,s the richer the antiocydant properties? So load up on kale, sweet potaotes, red peppers, spinach, lemons and all that good stuff

~oily fish high in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, like salmon and sardines.

3. Essential Oils:

Great results have been found with the use of essential oils against inflammation, both acute and chronic.

The most mentioned beneficial oils are Frankincense, Helichrysum and Myrrh. I have had great results with Bergamot. Pain can be managed with WIntergreen applied in the painful area.

 

DIY Deodorant Paste

I started out making my own deodorant spray with essential oils and FCO (fractionated coconut oil), and I thought this was the coolest thing. It felt great, kept me from stinking and smelled lovely. I loved it. But eventually, I started to notice how it kind of stained my clothes a bit–not from the essential oils, but the coconut oil. Not cool at all. Plus, to be honest, as much as I liked the spray, I was used to a stick deodorant, and I liked that feeling better. So I researched how to make paste deodorant, and here is what I came up with. Let me tell you first hand that it is ridiculously inexpensive to make (just like the DIY dishwashing cubes) and I love, love, love how it feels. Keeps me from stinking (and if you know how much I work out, that is a definite important factor!), and I think it feels like silk–perfect! I think I am in love.

DIY Deodorant Paste

You will need baking soda, cornstarch or arrowroot powder, coconut oil and essential oils, that’s it!

ingredients

Here are the quantities I used for a small jar of deodorant paste:

1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup cornstarch or arrowroot powder
5-6 Tablespoons coconut oil

Pure CPTG doTerra Essential oils: Frankincense for sure (you want some of that next to your lymph nodes!), Lavender for the skin and fragrance and Melaleuca to keep everything clean.

I mixed the first three ingredients in a bowl until I had a smooth paste.

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Next, I mixed in 5 drops of each of the three essential oils. Lastly, I transferred the paste to a glass container with a lid.

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How simple is that?

Here are a few observations:

  • coconut oil changes texture when the temperature is above 76 degrees, so sometimes your paste might be softer and more liquid. I don’t mind at all. If you do, store in a cool dark place, or even your refrigerator. res above 76 degrees**. Store in a cool dark place and it should be ok. Or, you can store in the fridge for a nice cool cream.
  •  Just put some on your fingers and rub it in.
  • You could experiment with different essential oils. Some people use Lemongrass against odor, and Lime to wake you up in the morning. I myself am very happy with my combination of lavender, melaleuca and frankincense.

 

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EO Healing Salve

Most of you know that I have been enjoying Essential Oils these days. It all started out as a fluke, really, but I have grown to love and respect these oils. They truly are a force to be reckoned with, and they have changed the way I think about healing and the provision we have been given in nature for our bodies. I am more and more amazed every day at the power of  using what is out there to take care of ourselves rather than run to synthetically produced medications filled with side-effects.

English: Glass vial containing Cistus Essentia...

The salve is my very favorite. It’s a moisturizer, and anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, it soothes, heals, cleanses, disinfects,  gets rid of skin irritations, and it simply feels wonderful. But it’s so much more than a slave: I rub in into my cuticles,  I use it on chapped lips, as a moisturizer for my very dry feet, on sunburns, and it is a most wonderful night cream.After simply experiencing the oils for what they are, I started to have fun with experimenting. Thus far, I have played with making my own deodorant, shampoo, seasonal allergy remedy and healing salve. It’s fun, challenging and rewarding.

There are many recipes out there, and here is mine. You will be so shocked at how easy it is.

You will need:

1/2 c. Coconut Oil
1/2 c. good Olive Oil
2 T. Beeswax Pastilles (I bought mine at Amazon)
20 drops doTERRA Lavender
10 drops doTERRA Lemon
15 drops doTERRA Melaleuca

That’s it!

I put the coconut oil, olive oil and beeswax pastilles in a jar surrounded by water in a pot on the stove. I heated the water and let it all melt, stirring every so often until completely melted. It took a little while.

Once melted, I removed the jar from the hot water bath, added the essential oils to it, then poured the mixture into small containers.

I am sure you can use small jelly jars as well.

I let it all cool and sealed my containers. That’s it!

You are welcome.

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