Going Green

So after ALOT of reading and research yesterday I decided to make my own laundry soap. I chose to make power as I figured with the liquid for one it takes longer and for 2 you use much more. So how did I make it… well here it is and it was soooooo easy to do. And YES it works for HE and YES it works AWESOME 🙂

1 bar of shaved soap (I used Fels-Naptha, put you can use Ivory, Zote and someone told me she uses Irish Spings)

3 cups Borax

3 cups Arm and Hammer washing soda

2 cups Purex Crystals.

Mix well together well.Add 2 tablespoons per load, yep that’s all.

I am so very impressed with how well it works and how little you use. 🙂 Enjoy

And today I made my own Deodorant, so far its working great, with all the chemicals in store bought I thought I would give this a try and so far I love it.

Here is how I made it

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 5 tablespoon Shea Butter or Coconut Oil ( I had the Shea butter left over from something else I made)
  • essential oils (I used Lavender) 10 drops

Melt Shea butter or coconut oil which ever one you use

Mix together baking soda and cornstarch, pour melted Shea butter or coconut oil in and mix well, add essential oil, mix well

Pour or scoop into an old deodorant container. As you can see I got alot out of it

I used Lavender oil as it has MANY health benefits and I LOVE lavender 🙂 I use Lavender oil in a roll on for pain management.

Health Benefits for Lavender Essential Oil

Pain Relief: excellent for use on tense muscles, muscle aches, rheumatism, sprains, backaches and headaches. Massaging with lavender essential oil regularly also helps provide relief from pain in the joints.

Sleep: helps induce sleep and therefore is often recommended for insomnia. I keep some in a small clay container near the bed. The container is porous so the essential oil is able to permeate through, giving the room a nice, but not too overpowering smell.

Skin Care: The health benefits of lavender oil for the skin can be attributed to its antiseptic and antifungal properties. It is used to treat various skin disorders such as acne, wrinkles, psoriasis, and other skin inflammations. It can heal wounds, cuts, burns, and sunburns rapidly as it aids in the formation of scar tissues. Lavender oil is added to chamomile to treat eczema.

Hair Care: used on the hair can be effective in getting rid of lice and lice eggs.

Respiratory Disorders: Lavender oil is widely used for various respiratory problems including throat infections, flu, cough, cold, asthma, sinus congestion, bronchitis, whooping cough, laryngitis, and tonsillitis. The oil can be applied on the skin of the neck, chest or back or add a few drops to hot water and use as a steam. It is also added in many vaporizers and inhalers used for cold and coughs.

Nervous System: has a calming scent which makes it an excellent tonic for the nerves. Therefore, it helps in treating migraines, headaches, anxiety, depression, nervous tension and emotional stress. The refreshing aroma removes nervous exhaustion and restlessness and increases mental activity. I used to keep an entire bottle of the oil at my desk. If I had an especially hectic day at work (or just got out of a stressful meeting), I’d open the container, waft some of the lavender oil into my face and take a few deep breaths. I swear by it’s ability to calm and relax and always make sure to keep a couple bottles of the oil at home.

Other health benefits of lavender include its aid in treating indigestion and stomach pain. It is also effective against insect bites as well as repelling mosquitoes and moths.

As with many other essential oils, pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid using lavender. It is also recommended that diabetics stay away from lavender oil. It may also cause allergic reactions to people having sensitive skin.

My next project will be homemade shampoo as soon as I get all the ingredients 🙂 We are going green in our house as much as possible and I am wondering for the kids with out using alot of the chemical based products if there behaviors will improve 🙂 We shall see 🙂 I am still doing ALOT of research, one change at a time 🙂 It certainly can not hurt to change the way we use products in going all natural, it is certainly better for all.

Have an awesome day everyone

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