DIY: Deodorant

Today I wanted to share with you my deodorant recipe. Now just a note but natural deodorant still makes you sweat, but sweat it not an unnatural thing! This deodorant will not leave any white marks on your shirts and no you really do not smell after using it. You may sweat but you won’t smell! So here is what you need:

1/4 tsp essential oil

1/4 cup of cornstarch (can use arrowroot)

1/4 cup baking soda

1/2 cup of coconut oil

Combine all the ingredients and there you have it. I put mine in a jar and use a popsicle stick to put it on my armpits so my hands do not become oily. If you have a recipe that you use for deodorant please share it with me, I always like hearing different ingredients that can be used for one purpose.

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Colds and flu oils

Let’s talk wellness again. This time let’s focus on the cold and flu with kids and essential oils. First off, I’d like to say that this works for my own kids, I am not a doctor, so if you choose to use this recipe for wellness in kids please note that all oils work differently with bodies and babies before 1 yr old should not use this blend. Alright with that said, I wanted to share this blend with you because with kids usually there are some oils that are too strong such as eucalyptus. This is a gentler mix I use mostly as a back massage because we do not use diffuser a lot in our home due to sensitivities to smell.

What you need:

Ravintsara 10 drops

Ho wood 5 drops

Palmarosa 5 drops

Thyme Linalol 5 drops

First, blend oils together in the same order given. If you want to use a diffuser then use 6 drops of the blend in your diffuser. Use 1-3 drops in 1 tsp (5ml) of carrier oil for a back massage. Depending on the age of your child, use a small amount each time. You can leave out ho wood if you do not have that oil. For carrier oil I like to use sweet almond for kids but coconut oil or olive oil will do. If your child has a fever then it is best to consult your physician if you plan on using oils along with other treatments.

I hope this keeps the bugs away from your kids and help recovery process.

DIY: toothpaste

Today I wanted to share with you my favorite toothpaste recipe. It is so easy to make and you only need 3 ingredients. Here we go.

What you need:

2 tablespoons of coconut oil

1.5 tablespoons of baking soda

10 drops of peppermint essential oils

Combine in a container and store in bathroom. That’s all folks! Super easy and chemical free. It might be a bit getting used to after you ditch the Colgate or Crest, but so is a chemically free life and then you wonder… how did I ever live like that before?

Sickness season

We are at the end of September here and the cold and flu season is upon us soon. Let’s prevent those colds getting to us and our kids. I wanted to share some basic essential oil recipes to prevent bacteria and viruses sneaking up in your home.

First, I wanted to share with you the secret weapon against bacteria and virus you can buy at our local health store. Colloidal silver. It can be bought in sprays and also added to lavender oil. On its own I use it on my kids before we go anywhere especially during the flu season. There is always interaction with other kids here in seminary so that is one way to help avoid bringing those bugs into our house.

There is a broad-spectrum room spray that is a good combination that covers both bacteria and viral if you are not sure what’s going around.

What you need:

Thyme 10 drops

Oregano 12 drops

Palmarosa 10 drops

Lemongrass 9 drops

Clove bud 4 drops

Dilute oil blend into 2 tsp (10 ml) of distilled white vinegar then add the mixture to around 3 1/4 tbs (50 ml) of warm water in a spray bottle. Shake well and leave to cool and shake before each use. If you would like you can use this in a diffuser but some people do not like the smell combo and children can be sensitive to it. Try to prevent the water in the spray from falling onto delicate materials and wooden furniture.

I hope this help some of you keep healthy this season. Next time we will focus more on childrens care with essential oils to help them naturally with common colds and coughs.