TAG: Essential Oils

DIY Makes Spray Bottles Better

DIY Makes Spray Bottles Better

Spray bottle products are convenient, perfectly sized and their contents are what many deem as daily necessities. However, they can also often include questionable components and high price tags, all contained in plastic. Why buy when you can DIY better than the original? The following bottle mist recipes are all natural and inexpensive. Plus, bottles you already have on hand can be reused to try them out, or you can make your own with a glass container. For a skin safe fragrance, body spray can be made with only 3 ingredients: filtered water, vegetable glycerin and essential oils. Adding vegetable glycerin… read more

Try These All Natural DIY Potions To Ban Pests

Try These All Natural DIY Potions To Ban Pests

When the weather is nice outside, there is usually one thing that isn’t very pleasing – insects. They are annoying and can be worrisome. Keeping them out of your yard and off of your skin can be done without using ingredients that may be questionable. Keep outdoor pests away naturally with these DIY mixtures. Mosquitoes can sometimes be harmful and are definitely always irritating. Many over the counter chemical applications include the ingredient N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, or DEET. Though effective for keeping mosquitoes away and approved for use by the U.S. Envrionmental Protection Agency, there are specific application recommendations and it has many concerns when applied… read more

Make These Hair Products Better At Home

Make These Hair Products Better At Home

Hair products are one of those areas where searching for more natural alternatives can be tricky. Many hair care items contain lengthy ingredient lists, especially finishing products like texture balms, gels and hair sprays. Surprisingly, these can all be made right at home, without a chemistry degree, and using far less ingredients than their store bought counterparts. Skeptical ingredients like parabens, artificially derived dyes and fragrances are often found in hair care, but the following recipes leave out the synthetics and work with more natural materials to tame, hold and style hair. Pomade, or hair wax, can add great texture to… read more

Have These 3 On Hand For Cold And Flu Season

Have These 3 On Hand For Cold And Flu Season

The onset of cold and flu season often calls for trips to the over the counter isle to try and purchase a little relief. Having these 3 homemade items ready to go can eliminate a few supplies from the shopping list. Hand Scrub Frequently washing hands is necessary to ward off germs, but it can also leave skin dry and irritated. Hand scrubs can be made at home with only a few ingredients from the pantry and a sterilized glass storage container. This lemon sugar hand scrub provides a natural exfoliating wash using sugar, olive oil and lemon juice. It… read more

Nature’s Repellents – Part 2

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  The broad market for bug traps and repellents extensively relies on the use of chemical insecticides. This can greatly devalue the sought after benefits of insecticides, as the adverse effects – poison, release of volatile organic compounds, etc – tend to outweigh them. And often, their effects are temporary, ridding you only of pests that persist presently in your home, failing to prevent future bug invasions. Spray Repellents Catnip Tea While harmless to humans and pets, catnip is an effective repellent to cockroaches. This is due to its active ingredient, nepetalactone. As it is an inducer of euphoria to… read more

Make Your Own Natural Fragrance

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More than a pleasant stimulant for the nasal cavities, what permeates from natural perfumes is a superior quality that surpasses the novel romanticism of  a more glamorous era. Certainly, scents are the strongest provocateurs of memories. But they can be better used to define your present self. Rather than clinging to pungent residues in search of a past comfort, let your fragrance carry you forward, allowing that scent to herald loud your arrival before you’ve even stepped foot into a room as its lightly wafting bouquet proceeds you. Natural scents are additionally desirable due to their accessibility, which allows you… read more

Make Your Own Solid Perfume

Make Your Own Solid Perfume

If you don’t like strong scented sprays but still want a hint of fragrance, try a solid perfume. These can be customized with favorite scents and all natural ingredients. Placed in a locket or other sealable container, they make resourceful gifts. Just be sure to make extra for yourself. Perfume sprays can contain chemicals and harmful ingredients that you don’t want on skin. Solid perfumes scent the skin without irritating sprays that aren’t so air friendly. Plus, homemade perfumes in a solid form are fairly simple to make. There are many recipes available, but most call for using beeswax. Be… read more

Top Ten Essential Oils and Their Health Benefits

Top Ten Essential Oils

Instead of spraying the air with pollutants found in air-fresheners, try burning some essential oils instead. Not only do they smell beautiful, they can have physical and emotional health benefits. Lavender Relaxing, and also useful in treating wounds, burns, and skin care. Helps to balance hormones. Can be an antidepressant. Peppermint Useful in treating headaches and muscle aches. Great for indigestion and flatulence.This is antispasmodic. This also aids in dissolving kidney and gallbladder stones. Can be used as inhalation for people with colds. Eucalyptus This is also helpful in nervous system functions and respiratory problems, such as coughs, colds, and asthma. Boosts… read more

Homemade Facial Cleansers

Homemade Facial Cleansers

Many facial cleansers contain unnecessary or even irritating additives. Making naturally based cleansers at home is simple and often only requires a few ingredients. Below are some organic recipes for homemade facial cleansers that can be modified to meet specific skin care needs. Natural Beauty Community has many recipes for natural cleansers applicable for various skin types and facial issues. A suitable one for many is lavender facial cleanser which uses an oil method for gentle cleaning and only involves 4 ingredients. Lavender, grape seed, geranium and rose essential oils are all blended, then can be massaged onto the skin… read more

Natural Remedies

Natural remedies

We all use medicine for one thing or another, but there are other alternatives that offer a safe, more natural way of aid. These natural remedies will do an equal job, if not better. Give these five remedies a try and see which ones are right for you. 1) Colds – When the first signs of sniffles start, take oil leaf extract. The symptoms will be much less severe and will not last as long. Not many people are aware of this natural product as it is not manufactured by large companies. It is sold mainly in health food shops… read more