Easy Natural Recipes for Bath, Body, Hair and Household
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Bath and Body Recipes
-Add a few drops of Lavender, Palmarosa or Rosewood Essential Oil for a relaxing bath or add the essential oil of your choice.
-Add an Oatmeal Bath Pack scented with Essential oil to soothe skin while you relax.
-And of course don't forget the Natural Soap.
Add water or witch hazel to a spray bottle and add several drops of your favorite Essential Oil depending on how strong you want it (about 2-10 drops per ounce of water or witch hazel). Be sure to do a patch test to make sure you do not have any problems with the oil you have selected. Shake the bottle often while you spray as the water and oil will separate. Can be used head to toe (Do not spray it in your eyes or other sensitive places, of course).
Shea Butter is the best all around natural moisturizer we have found. It's great for all skin types and can be used as a Facial Moisturizer, Body Butter, Lip Moisturizer, Hair Conditioner and Hand Cream. Use Sparingly as a little goes a long way. It does not feel greasy unless used in excess.
Natural Face and Body Scrub
1 Cup Cornmeal
4 Tablespoons Olive Oil, Sweet Almond Oil and other skin loving oil
Olive oil contains oleocanthal which has anti-inflammatory properties and works in the same manner as ibuprofen. Add lots of olive oil to your diet and use soap with olive oil to massage the muscles while bathing. To make a Massage Oil for sore muscles: 1 ounce olive oil with 8 drops of one or a combination of these Essential Oils: Lavender, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage.
Natural Hair Care and Hair Styling
Natural Flax Seed Hair Gel Recipe
2 Tbsp Whole Flax Seeds 1 cup water Pure Aloe Vera Gel, if desired Few drops of Essential Oil for scent (optional)
Bring water to a boil. Stir the seeds into the water and reduce heat. Simmer for about 10 minutes*, stirring constantly, until a gel-like lotion is formed. Strain through a fine strainer or cheesecloth into a small bottle. Add essential oils and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. If desired, you can add some pure aloe vera gel for its moisturizing properties. Fill the bottle with flax seed gel until bottle is about 3/4 full, then fill to the top with pure Aloe Vera gel. Gel will not flake or make the hair hard or crunchy. Safe to use everyday.
*Note: This seemed too thick to strain easily. I found it easier to make this recipe using double the water called for then strain after 10 minutes and return to the pan and simmer till thicker. Let cool then tranfer to a bottle and add the aloe and essential oil.
Natural Hair Shampoo
As more people are become aware of the chemicals used in commercial shampoos and the health risks involved they are turning to more natural ways to get the job done. As an alternative for shampoo, (handmade) soap cleans hair well without stripping. To shampoo hair using soap: Lather with soap and rinse (you can add a little Jojoba oil here for extra conditioning). Lather again and let it sets until lather disappears (this will allow the oils from the bar to set in and condition). If you have a residue, it is from products previously used and should disapear after a few uses. During this stage you can use the following hair rinse recipe to help remove the residue. After the first few uses, your hair should feel clean, shiny and healthy.
Natural Hair Rinse Recipe
Apple Cider Vinegar
Essential Oil (Optional)
Fill a quart size plastic squirt bottle with a vinegar water solution (about 1/3 vinegar to 2/3 water) and add a few drops of essential oil as desired. Keep it in the shower and shake well before using then rinse thoroughly. This is a good recipe if you use all natural soap to wash your hair as it will remove any residue the soap leaves behind.
Natural Leave In Hair Conditioner Recipe
2 Ounces Aloe Vera Juice
2 - 3 Drops Rosemary Essential Oil
Add Aloe Vera to a small spray bottle. Add essential oil and shake. To use: After Shampooing, Towel dry hair and saturate the hair by spraying on the conditioner. Shake bottle before and several times while applying as the essential oil and aloe will seprate. Style as usual. This should take care of those fly aways.
Natural Hair Conditioning
For a conditioning treatment for hair, melt about a tablespoon of unscented or scented Shea Butter in the palm of hands and work through hair. Leave on 20 minutes to 2 hours. Shampoo as usual.
Natural Recipe to Remove Chlorine from Hair
Follow the Natural Hair Rinse Recipe above except use Lemon or Rosemary Essential Oil or a few drops of each. Leave on hair a few mintues before rinsing.
Natural Household Cleaning Recipes
A Note: Going Green - Keep it Simple
There is no need to use expensive and toxic products that may be damaging to your health and the environment to clean your home. Natural soap and water or vinegar will do most cleaning jobs just as well as anything on the market and are much more friendly to you and the environment. If it's antibacterial you are looking for, add tea tree oil or cinnamon leaf essential oil which are known for their natural antibacterial properties. Most products are also very hard on your hands even causing dry, cracked hands. Keeping it simple and going green will save your hands and save you money while making your home and environment safer places to live.
Natural Linen Spritzer Recipe
Add water to a spray bottle and add several drops of Lavender Essential Oil depending on how strong you want it (about 10 to 40 drops Essential Oil per ounce of water). Spritz sheets, pillows, towels and other linens to freshen.Shake the bottle often while you spray as the water and oil will separate.
Natural Room Spray Recipe
- Follow the Linen Spritzer direction and use the Essential Oil of choice for a spray room freshener. (Most essential oils destroy odors rather than just covering them up). A cold and flu room spray can be made with this recipe also using our "Cold and Flu Blend" of essential oils also.
- Sprinkle a few drops of Essential Oil in Potpourri
- Use a lamp ring with a few drops of Essential Oil of choice
Sprinkle the vacuum cleaner bag with a couple drops of lemon or other essential oil to scent your room as you clean.
All Purpose Orange Cleaner Recipe
Fill a good spray bottle 1/3 full with a apple cider vinegar*
Add several drops of Sweet Orange Essential Oil
Fill with water and shake.
*Spray bottles can be purchased at most stores (found near the brooms and mops in most stores) and cost about $1.The bottle can be used indefinitely so there is nothing to throw away and this cleaner isnít toxic to your health, home and environment.
*vinegar kills 99 percent of bacteria and kills a high percentage of molds and viruses..
Natural Surface Cleaner Recipe
-Add a few drops of essential oil to water to clean surfaces. Many Essential Oils kill bacteria and your room will smell wonderful too. Cinnamon Leaf Oil is known for killing bacteria and fungus.
Tub and Shower Cleaning
Baking Soda and Grated Natural Soap
(I read one study which said stated than in a city of one million, about 31 tons of toilet bowl cleaners are discharged into city drains each month).
Use one of these combinations:
Baking Soda and Vinegar
Borax and Lemon Juice
Borax and Vinegar
Baking Soda and Grated Natural Soap
Natural Furniture Polish Recipe
-Add 1/2 Teaspoon of Lemon, Orange or Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil of to 1/2 Cup Olive Oil or other good oil. Apply with a soft cloth. This leaves the room smelling clean and wonderful too.
Natural Copper Cleaner
Use equal amounts of vinegar or lemon juice and salt.
Natural Floor Cleaner
Add 1 cup vinegar to a gallon of water for cleaning floors.
Natural Glass Cleaner Recipe or Mirror Cleaner
Mix the following in a quart spray bottle:
1 tablespoon liquid castill soap
1/2 cup vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Fill with water and shake. This is a good surface cleaner also.
Natural Laundry Powder Recipe
Add per load:
1/4 Cup Washing Soda (not the same as baking soda. Found in the Laundry aisle of some grocery stores)
1/4 Cup Borax (or baking soda)
1/4 Cup Grated Natural Soap
Use more of less depending on the hardness of your water.You can mix these together in larger amounts and store in a plastic bag for later use.
*If you need soap scraps, please use the contact page to email me. 2 lbs soap scraps are $4 with $4.75 Shipping. These can be grated in a food processor and used for many cleaning jobs.
For Stain Removal
Keep a bar of Purely Unscented Soap in the laundry room as it is great for removing stains in clothes. Wet the area of the stain and rub the cloth with the bar till it lathers. Let it set for a few mintues and wash as usual.
Natural Leather Cleaning
Leather can be washed in the washer with grated Handmade Soap on the gentle cycle. Use about 1/4 cup grated handmade soap. Dry out of the sunlight and when it's mostly dry place it in the dryer on the "no heat" cycle for 20 minutes or so. Do not try this with detergent or commercial bars as you may end up with hard, stiff leather. Be sure to check for color fastness and be sure any other fabrics sewn on to the item are washable.
Many Essential Oils naturally repel insects. Listed below are some essential oils that are known to work well.Use one of the following essential oils or a combination of any or all of them.Purchase an empty spray bottle in the cleaning section of most stores. Fill the bottle with water and at least 8 drops of essential oils per cup of water. More Essential Oils can be added to your liking. Spray along baseboards, around doors and windows, under sinks or anywhere insects are a problem. Shake well before and during use as the oils and water will separate. A Citronella and Cedarwood blend was once a popular commercial insecticide. This scents a room nicely too.
Increase the PH naturally with Baking Soda
How to stop SPAM
(Yes, we even have a natural recipe for this :)
Simple! Never buy from a spammer. Dollars are the motivation behind spam.Unfortunately, many people buy from spammers which only encourage them to send more. If this would cease to be a profitable means of making money we would have much less spam to deal with.
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