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Natural Homemade Deodorant – Safe and Very Effective

Natural Homemade Deodorant – Safe and Very Effective

homemade natural deodorant diy beauty odor control organic homeopathicAfter 3 years, I figured it was about time that I share my recipe for the homemade natural deodorant I use. Minimum of 3 ingredients, 4 if you use essential oil for scent. I only just recently started tracking how long each batch has lasted me and the last time I made one was November 20th, 2014 and I finally ran out March 5th, 2015. Three and a half months of natural, chemical free, moisturizing deodorant for less than a dollar per batch. So, I only spend less than 5 bucks a YEAR on deodorant!! And, the ingredients can be used for other things so there is no waste.

I had to wait until I ran out to write this so I could get photos of me making it. If I missed my window, I would’ve had to wait another 3 months or so. I’ve been wanting to share this for a very long time.

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Here is my personal testimonial from the past 3 years:

I’ve been using this for about 3 years now and not once, I repeat, NOT ONCE have I had any body odor and never been the stinky kid in class. It’s not like I don’t test it either because I do vigorous exercise, bike ride, take hot yoga and have a physically demanding job. Oh, and I live in the beautifully hot state of Arizona. When I first started using it, I would sneak a sniff once in awhile to make sure it was working and now because I’ve never been stinky, I just trust it. I think that’s a pretty good testimonial. 

TIPS:

  1. Start with melted coconut oil. It’s so much easier to blend everything together thoroughly.
  2. Put the ingredients in your mixing bowl in this order: coconut oil, baking soda, arrowroot starch then essential oils if using. If you were to put the coconut oil after the powders, it would create an unnecessarily messier situation. Trust me.
  3. Once everything is mixed, pour the liquid mixture into your container of choice. Use a container that has a lid and one that you can easily scoop a tiny bit of deodorant out with your finger.
  4. To use: just scoop approximately the amount of a pea with your finger and rub into your pit until any granules melt. Repeat on the other side.
  5. I usually use 3 fingers to rub it in. It doesn’t bother me to get it on my fingers because
    1. it’s so silky smooth
    2. it covers more space quicker
    3. its just coconut oi and natural ingredients. Nothing a quick wipe of a towel won’t fix. I’d much rather have to wipe my finger than use harmful chemicals.
  6. As long as I rub it into my pit thoroughly and any granules that might be there melt, it never ever ever leaves a deodorant stain on my clothes. You know how regular deodorant over time leaves a white stain on the pits of your shirts and is difficult to wash out? Imagine how penetrating all those chemical are right on your skin.
  7. I advise using a 1/4 cup LESS one (1) Tablespoon of baking soda. I find that this is the perfect amount to prevent any skin irritation, especially after shaving. Since doing this, my skin hasn’t been irritated once, even after shaving.
  8. Lastly, put the liquid mixture in the fridge for about an hour to allow the coconut oil to solidify a bit. If it’s rock hard, don’t worry because it will end up being paste-like once it’s been sitting in your bathroom at room temperature. Once it’s softened up a little from sitting at room temperature, I take a fork to scrape the surface and ‘chunk it up’ so I can scoop it with my finger tip.

homemade natural deodorant diy beauty odor control organic homeopathicI started using homemade natural deodorant specifically because of the link between Alzheimer’s and store bought deodorant. My grandmother Shirley (I miss her so much) died of Alzheimer’s and I try to do whatever I can to prevent it if possible. Not to mention the other links like breast cancer.

Less chemicals, more life 🙂

Natural Homemade Deodorant - Easy and Effective
 
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Recipe type: Homemade, Natural, Beauty, Deodorant
Ingredients
  • 5 tablespoons of coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup LESS 1 Tablespoon of baking soda
  • ¼ cup PLUS 1 teaspoon of arrowroot starch
  • 3 - 5 drops of your favorite essential oil (start with 3 drops, stir in and then add a drop at a time to get the desired scent strength)
Instructions
  1. In a bowl combine all ingredients in this order: melted coconut oil, baking soda, arrowroot starch, essential oil.
  2. Using a fork, mix until everything is combined well.
  3. Place liquidity mixture into a small container with a lid and place in the fridge for a couple of hours until it solidifies. It will turn paste-like once it sits in your bathroom at room temperature.

 

The Differences Between Raw Honey and Processed Honey

The Differences Between Raw Honey and Processed Honey

I love learning about healthier versions of the foods or products I use. You may have noticed that there are a lot more honey choices at the store than there ever was before. I really wanted to know what all the hub-bub was about raw honey so I bought some at Whole Foods yesterday and started investigating.

I found this awesome graphic on www.naturalrevolution.org.  I love this site. “Natural Revolution seeks to empower people with solutions to embrace a natural life for a healthy mind, body, home and planet.” The differences were really eye opening. Shocking actually.

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by Karen Foster — There are well over 30 commercial producers of honey that have no traces of pollen and lack beneficial vitamins and enzymes among a host of other natural constituents which are removed due to pasteurization and processing. Most golden honey you see at your local grocery is dead and far from the health promoting powerhouse of its raw unpasteurized counterpart. Processed honey is not honey at all and if you desire any kind of health benefits, you must stick to the real stuff.

The article at Natural Revolution has more in-depth information that I encourage you to read. Really good stuff.

The look between Raw Honey and Processed Honey is vastly different too.  Natural Revolution shows the difference in this graphic:

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I have to admit, before investigating the differences, I was clueless. I thought that because I was purchasing organic honey that I was getting more out of my honey. Nope, I was just purchasing organically processed honey which still has little nutritional benefit.

Raw honey reminds me of coconut oil the way that they both start off in a more solid state and when heated just a little, become liquid. Raw honey tastes better to me than processed honey, it just looks different.

I also want to note that I am allergic to bee stings (venom) and was a little apprehensive about non-pasteurized honey thinking that I might have an allergic reaction.  As suggested by some websites, I tasted a tiny bit and waited for a reaction, tasted a little more and so on until I had eaten a tablespoon full. No reaction and dee-licious! (But of course if you are allergic to any honey products, do not consume even raw honey.)

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So I’m sad to say that I have evicted the cute little honey bear face from our house. We are all raw, all the way!

 

 

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Real Fruit Gummy Snacks

I, much like little kiddie hands enjoy a good fruity gummy snack but unlike kiddie hands, I care about the food coloring, preservatives, sugar and nutritional value in the foods I put in my body.  Pretty exciting.  I know, I live on the edge.

Real Fruit Gummy Snacks

Lucky for me, I found this great recipe for Real Fruit Gummy Snacks at Don’t Mess with Mama.  I tweaked it a little bit and created my own awesome version.

There are only 4 all natural ingredients: organic pure fruit juice, organic blueberries, organic maple syrup and grass fed gelatin.

What makes me giddy (or kiddie as it were) about these is that there are no preservatives, no food coloring, no high fructose corn syrup, no added sugar, and use grass fed gelatin.  They are also gluten-free and paleo!

I read about the health benefits from grass fed gelatin and was really surprised. According to Thank Your Body, these are just some of the benefits associated with grass fed gelatin.  You can go to their site for more a more in-depth explanation.

  • Gelatin can help with overall joint and bone health (and reduce arthritis pain).
  • Gelatin improves hair quality, growth, and texture. (Want shiny, strong hair naturally? Take your gelatin!)
  • Gelatin can help with the aging process. As we age our bodies make less collagen and gelatin provides more elasticity!
  • Gelatin has been shown to improve nail strength and growth.
  • Gelatin has been shown to help digestion and even heal digestive disorders.
  • Gelatin is a cost-effective and nutritious way to get more protein in your diet. (Note: It is not a complete protein so it shouldn’t be your only source for protein.)
  • Gelatin has also been shown to help you sleep better.
  • It’s also been associated with improved metabolism, reduced cellulite, and as a treatment for non-seasonal allergies.
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Real Fruit Gummy Snack

Real Fruit Gummy Snacks
 
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Real Fruit Chews completely satisfy my need for something sweet, chewy and fruity. These all natural chews are also nutritious.
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Recipe type: Snack
Ingredients
  • 1 cup organic pure cranberry or pomegranate juice (I used a mixture of both)
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 3 tbsp organic pure maple syrup or raw honey
  • 4 tbsp grass fed gelatin
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan combine the berries and a ½ cup of juice.
  2. Heat over medium heat stirring occasionally until the fruit is tender and softened
  3. Add maple syrup
  4. Use an immersion blender or Nutribullet to puree mixture
  5. Transfer mixture to a glass bowl
  6. Very gradually whisk in the gelatin. I whisked constantly and sprinkled the gelatin in the bowl a little at a time until gone and there were no lumps. (If you do end up with some lumps, use your immersion blender or Nutribullet to puree it smooth)
  7. Add the last ½ cup of juice after everything is smooth and there are no clumps.
  8. Pour into a glass pan (I used a 8.5 x 6.5 pyrex dish) or cute little silicon molds.
  9. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  10. Cut into squares and eat.
  11. ***Word of caution if using a Nutribullet - let the mixture cool for a minute or 2 before putting in the Nutribullet. I put the mixture in while it was still hot and when I unscrewed the top after blending, it exploded all over the place. Blueberry juice on the ceiling. So let it cool before using a Nutribullet***

 

I know there are 2 sides of the coin when it comes to consuming animal proteins.  Having been vegan for years, I recognize the beliefs/benefits of the health and morality of that lifestyle.  For me personally, I was sicker than I ever being vegan and am the healthiest I’ve ever been now consuming animal protein. I am in no way endorsing or condemning the consumption of animal proteins, just sharing a recipe for those that do consume it. 

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Homemade Vanilla Cinnamon Coconut Granola

Homemade Vanilla Cinnamon Coconut Granola

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I LOVE me some granola but buying it in the store is sketchy for me.  There are either ingredients I’m not too keen on or there are additives that I’d rather not put in our bodies.  The solution?  Make it yourself!

I had wanted to make my own granola for a while now and finally did it last night.  I don’t know what I was waiting for.  It was so fast and easy!  Let’s not forget nutritious and delicious and I used organic ingredients as much as I could.   This recipe yields about 6 cups of granola.  Prep time: 5 minutes.  Cook time:  25 – 30 minutes.  Cool time: 20 minutes.

INGREDIENTS:

2 ½ cups old fashioned oats (NOT quick oats)

3/4 cup almond slivers

1 cup unsalted sunflower seeds

1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds

3/4 shredded sweetened coconut

1/2 cup of raisins

2 tbsp. dark brown sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp. salt

4 tbsp. coconut oil (I used refined), melted

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

1/4 cup of honey*

2 tsp. vanilla extract

*this recipe can easily be made vegan by substituting honey for more maple syrup.

Preheat the oven for 325.  Prepare a large cookie sheet with either parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet.  You will be spreading this mixture on the cookie or baking sheet so if its on the small side, you might want to use 2. securedownload

In a large bowl toss the oats, almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sweetened coconut and raisins. 

In a separate microwave safe medium bowl, mix the dark brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, coconut oil, maple syrup, honey and vanilla extract together.  If your coconut oil is not already melted, put the mixture in the microwave for 20 seconds at a time just to melt the coconut oil.  Take it out, stir it up.  If the coconut is still not melted, pop it in for another 10 or 15 seconds. 

Once your liquid ingredients are melted, pour over the dry mixture in the big bowl.  Stir everything together until the dry ingredients are wet with the liquid mixture.

If you find that the liquid isn’t getting the dry ingredients wet enough, either add more honey or maple syrup but only one tablespoon at a time so not to use too much.  If by chance you used too much liquid, just add some more nuts or oats, easy fix.

Once you’ve got everything mixed the way it should be, spread the mixture evenly over your baking sheet or cookie sheet and put in the oven for 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes your kitchen should be smelling pretty darn awesome. 

  • Put in for 10 minutes, stir
  • Put in for another 10 minutes, stir
  • Put in for another 7 – 10 minutes but this time when you stir, notice how brown the underside is getting.  If it’s a dark caramel color, you are done – give it one last stir and let it cool.  You don’t want to burn your latest snacksecuredownload-1 creation.

Let the granola sit out and cool for about 20 minutes then sit back and bask in all the compliments you’ll be getting.  You can take some on-the-go for a quick energy boost/snack or pour some milk over it for a delicious healthy cereal everyone will love.

You can create your own variations with your favorite nuts, dried fruits or some dark chocolate chips as my husband suggested.  Get creative!  Let me know how yours turned out and if you used any other ingredients.  I love the concoctions people come up with.