DIY Beeswax and Coconut Oil Wax Melts Recipe {VIDEO}

It’s so easy to DIY Beeswax and Coconut Oil Wax Melts! Video instructions included.

DIY Beeswax and Coconut Oil Wax Melts Recipe

Why make your own beeswax and coconut oil wax melts? Well, first, because it is fun! They are simple and inexpensive to make, and you can tailor the scents to your particular mood.

But the best reason to make your own is to make sure you aren’t releasing toxins into your home.

Did you know that some of the melts you purchase add to indoor pollution? In fact, some wax melts actually release formaldehyde into the air.

DIY wax melts offer a safe alternative to scented candles or scented melts that may contain harmful, toxic ingredients. When you make your own, you know they are safe to use.

A word of caution before you get started. Please be sure to use bowls and spoons you don’t mind getting coated with beeswax. The beeswax hardens quickly, so clean up can be difficult. Don’t use anything you don’t mind having to clean up, and act fast when cleaning before the beeswax has a chance to harden.

BEESWAX AND COCONUT OIL WAX MELTS

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cup Beeswax Pastilles
1/4 cup Coconut Oil
10 to 20 drops Essential Oils per melt

You’ll also need a Fragrance Warmer (I have this darling mason jar fragrance warmer) and you will need molds. I just use our silicone ice cube trays as molds. They happen to be the perfect size!

Instructions:

In a double boiler, combine the beeswax and coconut oil. Heat and stir just until melted.
Remove from heat and pour into wax melts molds. Immediately add your choice of essential oils. Allow to harden. Remove from molds and they are ready to use in your fragrance warmer.

DIY BEESWAX AND COCONUT OIL WAX MELTS VIDEO

You can use whatever scent you personally prefer for your coconut oil wax melts. I like to make a variety of wax melts in different scent to add these aromatherapy benefits to my home.

Essential Oil Benefits:

  • Lemon is purifying
  • Lavender is relaxing
  • Peppermint is stimulating
  • Orange is uplifting

Once you start to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy, you may enjoy making combinations.

Possible Essential Oil Combinations:

Sweet Orange and Clove
Peppermint and Sweet Orange
Lemon and Lavender

These are so inexpensive to make, you can experiment until you find the right combination for you.

Do you use wax melts in your home?

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here.

Natural Remedies for Constipation in Kids

Natural Remedies for Constipation in Kids

Natural Remedies for Constipation in Kids. How to help your child find relief when they are suffering.

My pediatrician once told me this: There are two things as a parent you can’t control. You can’t control what goes in, and you can’t control what comes out.

That’s the frustrating truth for a parent dealing with constipation in kids.

I’ve had a kid who has had issues with constipation her whole life. This despite the fact we eat tons of fresh produce and she drinks adequate water.

In our house, we’ve used a combination of these natural remedies for constipation in kids with good success. However,  you should always check with your pediatrician if your child is in pain or if you’ve tried these constipation treatments and your child is still suffering.

NATURAL REMEDIES FOR CONSTIPATION IN KIDS

1. FLUIDS

Dehydration contributes to constipation.

When you are constipated, a good rule of thumb is to take your weight and divide it by 2. Whatever that number is, aim to drink that many fluid ounces of water.

If your kiddo’s constipation is also making his tummy hurt, give him plenty of ginger tea as part of his daily liquid intake. Ginger is known to soothe tummies and relieve gas.

Avoid giving your child caffeinated beverages since caffeine contributes to dehydration.

2. EXERCISE

If you have a school aged kid, they probably spend most of the day sitting. This can exacerbate any constipation symptoms.

Make time for physical play every day to keep their bodies healthy and their digestive tracts moving.

3. MAGNESIUM SUPPLEMENTS

Did you know that it is estimated that almost 80% of people are magnesium deficient?

It’s possible to get magnesium through diet but it involves eating a lot of leafy greens. Not all kiddos are on board in eating enough leafy greens to get adequate magnesium.

Magnesium deficiency can be tested for by a doctor.

When taken as a supplement, magnesium helps neutralize stomach acid and moves stools through the intestine.

Our favorite way to get magnesium is with the Natural Calm supplement. It tastes great, so it’s been easy to get everyone on board with daily magnesium supplementation.

Make sure to consult with your pediatrician before giving to children under 4 and always start with the lowest dose possible.

Natural remedies for constipation in kids. Help your child find relief with these simple but effective home remedies.

4. FLAX

Flax is a highly fibrous food. It’s inexpensive and can be found in any grocery store.

Make sure you buy ground flax seeds, otherwise the seeds will just pass through without doing the work. We like to top our smoothie bowls with the seeds.

Because flax seeds are so high in fiber, it’s important to remember to drink plenty of extra liquids.

5. SLIPPERY ELM

Slippery elm is the inner bark of a tree. When ingested, it stimulates mucous secretion, which is helpful for stomach and intestinal problems.

For proper dosage, please follow the recommended amounts on the supplement bottle.

6. SQUAT POTTY

Really? The squat potty?

Yep. There really is some magic to the squat-like position you get when using the squat potty.

When kids get constipated, they often fear using the potty because it can be painful. Help them get in the best position for success.

7. PROBIOTICS

Adding plenty of probiotics to your diet helps with gut health which aides in eliminating constipation.

The secret with probiotics is to switch up brands frequently. Every brand has a different combination of strains. You’ll improve your gut health but constantly giving it different beneficial microflora.

Prescript Assist is my favorite brand, but I’ll change it up and some months I’ll give her the SmartyPants gummies.

As with any medical condition, I try a balanced approach between natural remedies and seeking medical advice. If after trying these remedies you don’t experience relief, please see your practitioner.

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here.

New Year. New You. Healthy Living Goals

Compensation was provided by LÄRABAR. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of LÄRABAR.

LARABAR New Year New You offer

Are you focused on getting healthy in 2017?

 

My husband and I have set a goal for our future. We want to remain active as long as we can. There are so many activities we love to do, and we hope to be doing them well into our 80’s (dare I say 90’s???)

We consider ourselves truly blessed to be able to live in Colorado where we can hike, camp, ski, and snowshoe.

My husband and I are at an exciting time in our lives. We’ll soon be empty-nesters! In just a few short months, we’ll be able to pick-up and go at the drop of a hat. Neither of us can really wrap our minds around it.

So this year we’ve been “practicing” for our future. We’ve been trying to make sure we do more of what we love and not just get caught up in the day-to-day chores and routine living.

Recently, the sun came out and it was a gorgeous day. We decided there was nothing stopping us from heading up to a local state park to do a little snowshoeing.

Whenever we set out for a physical activity, we tuck a few LARABARS into our pockets. Not only do they offer a good balance of carbs and proteins to help keep us fueled up, they also taste good.

There is something about cold air and exercise that makes me crave sweet. LARABARS allow me to indulge my sweet tooth while still sticking to my healthy living goals.

It’s nice to have a healthy option that’s ready to go when you are. LARABARS are that option for us.

What are your healthy goals for 2017?

You can find LARABAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest for more healthy eating inspiration.

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here.

20 Ways to Use Essential Oils

20 Ways to Use Essential Oils. There are so many things you do with just Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint essential oils. I received free product from Plant Therapy but was under no obligation to write about them or give a favorable review.

Looking for practical ways to use essential oils? Find out how you can use essential oils in just about every area of your life. Live more naturally with fewer toxins.

If you are interested in getting started with essential oils, investing in a basic starter set with lavender, lemon and peppermint is a great place to start.

These three oils have a lot of practical uses around the house. These are just some of the ways to use essential oils to live a more natural, toxic-free life.

20 Ways to Use Essential Oils

Fruit Rinse: Fill a large bowl with clean, cold water. Add 3 drops of lemon essential oil. Add fruit to bowl to clean off pesticides or waxy residue.

Make an All Purpose Cleaner: In an 16 ounce spray bottle, mix 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup of water. Add 1 tablespoon baking soda, 6 drops of lemon essential oil, and 6 drops of lavender essential oil. Spray and clean all the things!

Sleep Aide: Diffuse a few drops of lavender oil in your bedroom at night to aide in sleep. I can not stress enough how much you will love this. Treat yourself! You are worth it!

Queasy Stomach: When feeling queasy, take a few whiffs of peppermint oil to ease the quease.

Air Purifier: Diffuse a few drops of lemon oil to purify the air.

Toy Cleaner: In a large bucket or bowl, mix 1 cup hot water with 1 cup vinegar. Add 1 tablespoon Castile soap and 60 drops lemon essential oil. Dip toys in water and scrub. Rinse and let dry.

Carpet Spot Remover: Mix together 1 tablespoon vinegar, 2 tablespoons baking soda, and 2 drops lemon essential oil. Apply the paste to the stain. Allow the paste to dry before vacuuming.

Sunburn Treatment: Add several drops of lavender essential oil to aloe vera gel (make sure it is the gel) and apply to sunburn.

Looking for practical ways to use essential oils? Find out how you can use essential oils in just about every area of your life. Live more naturally with fewer toxins.

 

Microwave: Add a few drops of lemon essential oil to a bowl filled with water. Microwave for 3 minutes. The lemon steam helps loosen cooked on gunk so you can wipe it off.

Hot Flashes: Add a few drops of peppermint to witch hazel in a glass bottle. Use spray to relieve hot flashes. (Avoid face and eyes)

Carpet Deodorizer: Add 3 drops of lemon essential oil to 3 ounces of baking soda. Sprinkle on carpet before vacuuming. You will find yourself actually enjoying vacuuming!

Stay Awake While Driving: To help you stay awake while driving, add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to a wooden clothespin. Clip to your car’s vent to diffuse while driving.

Stainless Steel Polish: In a glass jar, mix together 1/3 cup olive oil with 3 drops of lemon essential oil. Dip a soft cloth is oil. Rub on stainless steel in small circular motions.

Homemade Soft Scrub: Add 3 tablespoons to 1/2 cup baking soda. Add 10 drops of lemon essential oil. Mix into a paste. Scrub tub and tiles before rinsing.

Headache Relief: Add a drop of peppermint oil to one tablespoon olive oil. Rub into temples and on to back of neck to help with headache symptoms.

Bug Bite Relief: To one tablespoon coconut oil add 2 drops lavender and 2 drops peppermint essential oil. Rub on bug bites to relieve itch.

Looking for practical ways to use essential oils? Find out how you can use essential oils in just about every area of your life. Live more naturally with fewer toxins.

Degreaser:
Apply a few drops of lemon essential oil to your dish soap to help boost it’s degreasing power.

Antiseptic: Apply a drop or two of lavender essential oil to minor cuts.

Drawer Freshener:
Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to a few cotton balls. Stash in your drawers to keep clothes smelling fresh.

Shampoo Boost: Add 2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil to your shampoo. Peppermint not only helps to wake you up, it can help eliminate dandruff.

Those are my top 20. Now I want to know:

What are your favorite ways to use essential oils?

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here.

Drugstore Lotions Safe for Baby

Is it possible to find lotions safe for baby at the drugstore?

Drugstore Lotions Safe for Baby: Did you know you can find lotions at the drugstore that are safe to use on your baby? Mom recommended because they work and safety screened to be non-toxic.

This is the time of year that everyone is battling dry skin – including our precious, sweet, delicate babies.

If your baby is battling dry skin, did you know there are several drugstore options that are safe enough to use on babies?

This list is made up of the lotions most recommended by moms. In fact, each lotion on this list had to be recommended by moms who are currently using it AND are having success treating their baby’s dry skin.

In addition to being mom recommended, these are the lotions that get a green light from the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database.

Whenever I am looking for the safety of a product, I run it through the Skin Deep Database.

The Skin Deep Database is useful for navigating the long list of confusing ingredients found in beauty products. I used it to screen all of these lotions to make sure they were indeed safe for baby.

The FDA does not regulate all the harmful ingredients that can be found in over the counter products. The Skin Deep Database is my favorite tool for weeding through these ingredients and finding the products that are actually safe to use.

Lotions Safe for Baby

If your baby has dry skin, look for these lotions in your local drugstore or super store. I linked to the exact product I recommend on Amazon for your reference or if you like to do your shopping online.

Aquaphor Baby This is the number one recommendation for helping baby’s dry skin. In fact, one mom reported she continues to buy it for the whole family.

Weleda Cold Weather Protection Prevention is half the battle! This is my personal favorite for babies, kiddos and even myself! If I know I’m going to be running around town and it’s cold enough that the air hurts my face (you know what I’m talking about, right?) I use this. It keeps everyone protected and baby soft.

Mustela Hydra-Bebe Lotion One mom reported, “It’s super moisturizing without being heavy.” It is one of the more expensive options, but it still manages to be a well recommended, favorite product.

Mustela Stelaptopia Milky Bath Oil While this isn’t a lotion, it had too many recommends not to mention it here. Use it it the bath to lock in moisture during bath time. Use it in conjunction with any of the lotions here to help with baby’s dry skin.

Lotions to Treat Eczema

Has your baby’s skin gone from just dry to eczema? It’s common this time of year. So many moms struggle with keeping their baby comfortable, so I couldn’t neglect to tell you about these safe but effective options.

Aveeno Eczema Lotion As a treatment, this came highly recommended. In fact, one mom called it “a miracle.” Another mom suggested applying the lotion first, then “sealing” it in by applying a bit of coconut oil over it. Give it a try!

Eucerin Baby Eczema Relief Body Creme One mom described this as a “wonder cream.” It is another product that is safe according to Skin Deep.

What lotions do you like for your baby?

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here.

How to Make Cuticle Cream: A Natural Recipe

How to make cuticle cream.

How to make cuticle cream from all natural ingredients. An easy DIY, this is the best homemade recipe for soft cuticles and healthy hands.

How healthy are your cuticles?

Are they dried and cracked? Do they bleed? Or are they moist and supple and push down easily with an orange stick?

Thanks to the dry Colorado weather, I have to admit my cuticles are dry, cracked and painful.

Did you know cracked cuticles can lead to infection?

Cracked cuticles are vulnerable to letting in infection.

This natural cuticle care cream uses both lavender and tea tree essential oils. Both of these oils will not only help speed healing, but they will guard against infection.

Did you know cuticles should never be cut?

Your cuticle protects your nail bed. Cutting your cuticle can also leave it vulnerable to infection.

If your cuticles look long and unsightly, apply this homemade cuticle cream. Then use an orange stick to gently push them back. One or two treatments like this will leave your hands looking lovely.

To protect cuticles, wear gloves while doing the dishes or working out in the garden.

Both gardening and dish doing will dry out your cuticles. Taking this one step to protect your cuticles can help immensely.

Finally, moisturize cuticles daily.

It only takes a minute to swipe on a bit of cuticle cream. I usually do it right before bedtime. Consistency in applying the cream is the key to hand health.

Homemade natural beauty products are easy to make, so I tend to skip drugstore brands of cuticle cream and make my own. Follow this homemade DIY for an ultra creamy cuticle care cream that both smells amazing and works great.

How to make cuticle cream from all natural ingredients. An easy DIY, this is the best homemade recipe for soft cuticles and healthy hands.

How to Make Cuticle Cream

INGREDIENTS
1 Tablespoon Mango Butter
1 Tablespoon Grated Beeswax
3 Tablespoons Apricot Oil
6 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
6 drops Lavender Essential Oil

INSTRUCTIONS:
Measure out 1 tablespoon of mango butter and 1 tablespoon of grated beeswax.
Melt mango butter and beeswax in the top of a double boiler. (If you don’t have a double boiler, you can melt the mango butter and beeswax in a glass measuring cup sitting in a pan of simmering water.)
Once the mango butter and beeswax are liquid, add the apricot oil and continue heating until mixture is clear. This will take approximately 3 to 5 minutes.
Remove from heat before stirring in the tea tree and lavender essential oils.
Quickly pour into a jar or tin with a tight-fitting lid.
Allow to cool completely before your first use.

VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS:


IF YOUR CUTICLE BUTTER IS TOO HARD
chances are you had a smidge more beeswax than 1 tablespoon. You can gently reheat and try adding a bit more apricot oil.

IF YOUR CUTICLE BUTTER ISN’T HARD ENOUGH chances are you had too little beeswax. Trying melting just a bit more beeswax then quickly stirring it into the cuticle cream.

How do you care for your cuticles?

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here.

Why Sugar Isn’t Good For You

The lowdown on why sugar isn’t good for you.
The low down on Why Sugar Isn't Good for You

Most people are aware that sugar isn’t good for you, but the question is: Why?

And if sugar isn’t good for us, then what about the naturally occurring sugars in fruits, vegetables and grains?

WHY SUGAR ISN’T GOOD FOR YOU

Types of Sugar

The problem with sugar is it comes in many different forms – and some of them aren’t easily recognizable.

First, you have the sugars that naturally occur in fruit, vegetables and whole grains. If you are eating a healthy, balanced diet, you will be eating just the right amount of natural sugars.

These natural sugars are called fructose. Fructose is metabolized in the liver instead of the blood stream. This, plus the added fiber in whole foods, helps to minimize any blood sugar spikes.

Next, you have those sugars that are in processed foods. The most notorious of these is high fructose corn syrup. But sugar hides in processed foods under several different names such as sucrose, barley malt, maltose, rice syrup, and dextrose.

Sugars like sucrose contain no protein, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, or fiber. Therefore, when we consume sucrose, we are getting calories without any nutritious elements.

To identify added sugars, you need to read the nutritional labels of the foods you are purchasing. Check out my post on finding the hidden sugars and you can see how they lurk in products you would never suspect contain sugar.

Sugar in the Body

In order to understand why sugar isn’t good for us, we need to understand how it acts in the human body.

Let’s look at refined sugar. Refined sugar is also known as granulated sugar. You also know it as table sugar, white sugar, raw sugar, sanding sugar, or powdered sugar.

Refined sugar is pure sucrose. And sucrose is made up of glucose and fructose.

Glucose is vital and necessary for us to survive. Our cells burn glucose as fuel. When we ingest glucose, our bodies immediately set to work to convert it to energy.

But what happens to the body is you consume too much glucose?

If you consume more glucose than your body immediately needs, your body converts the excess glucose into fat to be stored for future energy. If you don’t ever use that future energy, you store that fat indefinitely.

Did you know that? It’s not fat that causes fat stores in the body. It’s excess sugar that causes fat stores in the body!

Ingesting too much glucose not only leads to fat stores, it also disrupts the blood sugar balance, setting off a vicious cycle of sugar cravings.

An in-depth look at why sugar isn't good for you.

Blood Sugar Balance

Here’s how our blood sugar balance works:

When we consume too much glucose, our blood sugar spikes.When our blood sugar spikes, our pancreas begins to secrete insulin. Insulin helps our body to even out our blood sugar.

The trouble with insulin starts when our body produces becomes too much.

Too much insulin in the body equals sugar cravings.

In response to a sugar craving, our body signals that it wants more refined sugars because refined sugars will shoot our blood sugar levels up quickly.

Identifying the sugar craving cycle is the first step to beating it.

Sugar Cravings

How can you beat those sugar cravings?

The first step is to know what triggers your desire for sweets. Sleep, lack of exercise and stress can all trigger your body’s desire for sweets.

When you experience a sugar craving, ask yourself what might be the trigger. Then look for a healthy way to ward off the craving.

My strategy to ditch the sugar craving is to use one of these 15 Things to Do Instead of Eating. They really work!

If sugar cravings have taken over your life, you may want to try a sugar detox. I did a 30 day sugar detox and it was life changing.

Will you be cutting back on sugar this year?

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here.

Are You Tired of Processed Crap?

Subscribe Today and Download My Free Healthy Grocery List. It's your cheatsheet to a less processed life. Then, each week, I'll help you take charge of your health by emailing you the best real food recipes and non-toxic DIYs.

Powered by ConvertKit