Category: Natural Health & Beauty

Total Face Care from the Kitchen

We recently went on vacation. I had brought my usual body wash/face wash (aka Dr. Bronners) to wash my face with but it’s winter and my skin was way too dry. So I decided to use something else; my kids’ cough medicine (aka honey). As it turns out, my face loved honey, although my hair not so much since I did a horrible job at keeping the honey out of my hair and an even worse job at rinsing it out. Note: tie hair back when washing face. Sometimes you run out of your crunchy face wash. Sometimes you...

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All Natural Homemade Deodorant

I have been meaning to make my own deodorant for a while now. Why, you ask? For quite a few reasons! I’m trying to avoid toxins and deodorants can be full of them! Even the crunchy deodorants seem to have something wrong with them. Common Toxic Chemicals in Deodorant Aluminum – A developmental and reproductive toxin. Parabens – A reproductive toxin. Propylene Glycol – Immunotoxin. Fragrance – (can contain Phthalates) Neurotoxin and immunotoxin. Sadly there’s many more chemicals in deodorants that are also toxic but those listed above are some of the big ones. Now that you know why...

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No ‘Poo Troubleshooting

No ‘Pooing is the idea of not using traditional shampoo and conditioner to wash your hair. Instead, you use baking soda and vinegar. Go here for my original No ‘Poo post. If you know about no ‘poo and you still have questions, check out my No ‘Poo FAQ post. For help working out the kinks in your current no ‘poo regimen, read on! Basic no ‘poo recipe: 1 tab. Baking soda in 8oz water. Pour on hair, massage in, let sit one minute, and rinse. 1 tab. Vinegar in 8 oz water. Pour on hair, let sit one minute, and...

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Why Every Woman Should Drink Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

Red Raspberry Leaf tea (Rubus idaeus) is an herbal tea made from you guessed it, the leaves of the raspberry plant. Do not confuse this with the raspberry flavored tea that you see in stores all the time; it is NOT the same. What is so special about this tea? Why should every woman drink red raspberry leaf tea? Red Raspberry Leaf has been used for centuries for many aliments but it is most known for its use by women. It’s particularly beneficial for pregnancy and labor which is why pregnant women should drink red raspberry leaf tea; however,...

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Searching for Safer Sunscreens

Now that it’s getting closer to summer, I need to buy a new sunscreen. Generally we never use sunscreen. However, when my boys are outside all day in the hot sun we do put some on. There is no way they would not get burnt otherwise. I need to buy new sunscreen this year, as I am now getting crunchy and since my old sunscreen really should not be used as it’s from last year. However, sunscreen it seems is very un-crunchy. Most sunscreens are full of parabens, phthalates, and PEG’s. Most also contain synthetic oxybenzone which is an...

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A Natural Form of Birth Control

 My husband and I have gone through quite a few different methods of birth control since getting married. Our first method was the “no birth control whatsoever” method, many times referred to as Quiverfull. While I still feel like that is a great idea, it did not work for me. I had my two boys within a year of each other and my hormones were not happy! So we decided that even though we liked the idea of having however many kids we were supposed to have, I needed a break. So I went on a birth control pill....

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Triclosan: Not actually helping you stay healthy

Triclosan is a wonder chemical that is supposed to kill germs. It makes sense that it is such a success, what parent wants their children to be covered in germs. We live in a world that is very anti-germ, if there is a chemical out there that can make getting rid of germs even easier then people will want it. Most people know about Triclosan being the active ingredient in many soaps. However, it is put into more then just soap. Triclosan is in almost everything; sponges, towels, toothpaste, dish detergent, clothes, shoes, shower curtains. Anything that is labeled...

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