Wednesday, January 4, 2012

More Home Made Health and Beauty Recipes

Home Made Toothpaste
2 tablespoons Coconut Oil (a base)
1 tablespoons Baking Soda (alkaline low abrasive cleanser)
2 tablespoons Calcium Carbonate (alkaline low abrasive cleanser that aids remineralization of teeth)
½ teaspoon xylotol (natural sweetener and aids remineralization of teeth)
5-10 drops Essential oils such as orange, spearmint or cloves. These are good alone or as a blend.
I’ve been playing with this recipe and ground up a couple tablespoons of fruit flavored Tums. It tastes yummy however; the Tums were very hard to grind in my coffee grinder so calcium carbonate capsules will be my next option.
 ** xanthan gum or corn starch are good additions to thicken or you can simply add more baking soda or calcium carbonate. 
If you have dogs and are wary of using xylotol, you can also use stevia to sweeten.  Stevia  and xylotol  help to reduce the formation of plague because the bacteria in your mouth can’t use either of these sweeteners as food. Therefore, the plaque acids they produce as waste are reduced by as much as 90%. The more alkaline environment also enables your teeth to make use of the minerals present in saliva to remineralize your teeth.
Saline Nasal Spray
Per one pint of distilled water, add ½ teaspoon of non-iodized salt and ½ teaspoon of baking soda. It’s just that easy.
 I’ve been washing and reusing the saline nasal spray bottles I bought at the store. I pull them apart, wash them in hot soapy water, rinse very well, and put them back together with fresh water and then squeeze and spray into the sink for a good final rinse for the tube that does the spraying. Then I fill them with the same amount of saline solution they originally came with: 1.5 fluid ounces by weight on my digital scale. We have several bottles that I refill at a time so this works well for us.
Body Powder
Another great product you can make yourself is soothing and refreshing. Store this in a plastic container and keep in a cool dark place. You may be able to find a powder puff at a local department store.    
1 cup Corn Starch
1 cup arrowroot powder
20 drops Musk perfume oil
10 drops Bayberry essential oil
10 drops Orange essential oil
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and then whiz in a food processor for about 30 seconds. Let this sit for a few days to allow the essential oils to infuse the powder. This particular essential oils combination is very soft and pleasant. Of course, single scents are also very nice.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Home Made Goodness

I love having productive days like today. I've been wanting a pouch to use for my my cell phone, blue tooth and iPod Nano so I can store them all together in my phone locker at work during the day. I can't take my electronics past the sally port at work as I work in a State Hospital. Procrastination has been my best friend of late, but we parted company for today at least, LOL! I made my pouch without a pattern or much knowledge of sewing for that matter. It turned out very well and will suite my needs quite nicely. After I finished that project I made some lip balm using coconut and sweet almond oil plus bees wax.The lip balm I have been using costs over 5 dollars each at the health food store and is made for sensitive folks that can't handle all the gunk that is in traditional balms.

What I made today has a nice mild coconut flavor because I used the raw coconut oil I have, so no need for essential oils that are irritating to my lips. I have been wearing it all day and it is absolutely divine and really lasts! Thankfully, I had lip balm tubes on hand as like I said earlier, I've been meaning to get these made but procrastination... well, you know. Here is my lip balm recipe for anyone to use.

Coconut Almond Lip Balm

1 Tablespoon Coconut oil (raw if you want it to taste like mild coconut)
1 Tablespoon Sweet Almond oil
1 tablespoon Bees Wax
2 drops Vitamin E from a from a capsule.

Melt all oils and bees wax together and take off the burner. Add the vitamin E and stir. You tubes or tins should be lined up and ready to fill before melting your ingredients together, so using a small funnel, carefully fill your containers. Let them sit until set and firm - they'll be opaque when ready to cap. It's so easy! I think if you want to use flavor or essential oils you would simply need to add a tiny bit more bees wax.