Natural Home Solutions

Creating a natural home solution kit is easy. Many of these items are ones that can be found in our home already. Natural solutions are great to have on hand and are easy to use. Here are a few  ingredients to include in your natural home kit.

Epsom Salt is good as a bath soak for sore muscles, for soothing respiratory symptoms, and relaxing before bed. Make your own bath salt mix with a few drops of essential oils, then add to a warm bath for extra comfort. Epsom salt can also be a good soak to help remove splinters, or sooth tired feet.

Coconut Oil is rich in good fats that nourish the body and has natural anti-fungal and anti bacterial properties. Coconut oil has so many uses and can be used as a base in so many DIY products, from body creams, vapor rub, salves, chap stick, oil pulling, and so much more.  Coconut oil is also a great carrier oil for essential oils.

Raw Honey contains natural vitamins, enzymes, and antioxidants and other important natural nutrients. Scientific research from the University of California, Davis has shown that eating honey raises our antioxidant levels.  Honey is considered to be one of the best natural remedies for sore throats, coughs and general cold symptoms. Make up some honey & lemon for soothing relief and extra immune support.

Baking Soda can be used for upset tummies, indigestion, bug bites, and more. Its also great in many DIY recipes from toothpaste, deodorant, and for natural home cleaning.

Apple Cider Vinegar has natural antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties and it can be used in many ways. Its great for sore throats, soothing digestion, and in cleansing. For sore throats, gargle with  1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar with warm water as needed. Soothe digestion issues, by taking one tablespoon ACV in a glass of water.

Essential Oils are also a great addition to any natural solution kit. Here are a few basic ones to have on hand.

Lavender is considered the Swiss army knife of oils. It can be used from head to toe in so many ways, from minor cuts, burns, rashes, promoting relaxation & sleep, muscle tension, respiratory issues and more. Lavender is also great to use in many DIY recipes, for burns, cuts, diaper rash, body lotions, hair tonics, and bath salts, and sleepy time spray.

Peppermint is highly regarded for its digestive soothing properties in calming nausea, indigestion, and intestinal spasms. Peppermint also has anti inflammatory properties which provide soothing relief for tired muscles, muscle tension and headaches. It also has been used  to reduce fevers, for respiratory support, as a expectorant, and sinus clearing. Peppermint mixes well with lavender, and lemon for seasonal respiratory support.

Tea Tree is known for its antiseptic and skin cleansing properties for cuts, wounds, and blemishes, and to enhance healing. To enhance its healing effect, a blend can be used with an equal part of Lavender essential oil for pain relief for the little ones. Tea tree is also great in natural cleaning around the home.

Eucalyptus is well known for its soothing aroma that opens up congested airways and calms coughs.  It also has anti-inflammatory properties that soothes muscles and ease minor tension.
This oil is great to have during the cold & flu season. Its soothing vapors can be enjoyed via steam inhalation, diffused, in warm baths, or even added to DIY vapor rub blends.

Oregano contains two powerful natural compounds, carvacrol and thymol that have powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties. Oregano oil has been shown to be beneficial for strengthening the immune system, digestive balance, and respiratory health.

Lemon has natural antiseptic, anti-fungal, antioxidant, and antiviral properties. Lemon is also  alkalizing to the body and has detoxifying properties. Lemon can be used for immune system support, fever reducer, cough relief and more. Its a great addition to many DIY recipes like cough syrup, sore throats, and natural cleaning solutions.

Clove has been shown to be the strongest anti-oxidant of any herb and essential oil. Clove also has extremely potent antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, analgesic properties that promote; healthy gums, kill mold & fungus, improve circulation and reduce muscle tension. Since its a strong oil it should be mixed with a carrier oil like coconut oil or other gentle oils for topical applications.


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DIY Lavender Lip Scrub

Just a little care and know-how can help make your lips kissably smooth. Start your lip care routine with an exfoliating lip scrub, which can help by removing dead skin cells from lips. Not only does this reveal softer-feeling skin cells, but it can also help prepare lips for the smooth application of lip balm or lip color.

After exfoliating apply a lip balm that’s rich in natural waxes and essential oils that can help nourish your lips. 



Exfoliating Lip Scrub

  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1–2 drops Lavender essential oil or another aromatic essential oil of your choice
Combine brown sugar, honey, olive oil, and Lavender essential oil in a small glass container and mix until a paste is formed. To use, gently rub onto lips in a circular motion, and then wipe or rinse off. Store in an airtight container.
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Fruit & Veggie Wash

Get your fruit and veggies clean with this natural wash. This is a good way to prep your produce when you get home.

Materials needed:

  • Vinegar
  • Lemon essential oil
  • Water
  • Spray bottle, glass or high quality plastic

Fill the spray bottle half way with vinegar, then add 9 drops lemon essential oil. Then fill the rest of the bottle with water, cover and shake well before each use.

Spray liberally over entire surface, scrub on hard skinned fruit/veg. Then rinse and pat dry. Another option is just fill a basin with the wash mix and let sit for up to 5 minutes, or less for soft skinned fruits, then rinse and pat dry.


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Detox Foot Soak

Foot soaks have long been used in traditional Chinese medicine.  To bring relaxation, realignment, and draw toxins out of the body through sweat glands in the feet. Soaking the feet can be done anytime, however here are some tips to consider.

Soaking the feet at night aids in strengthening the kidneys and relaxes the body for a better night’s sleep. Whereas soaking your feet in the morning gives you energy and adjusts the nervous system and regulates the endocrine system.

 Additional Benefits Include:
    Increase and absorb magnesium
    Reduce stress and anxiety
    Relieve muscle aches, pain, and cramping
 
   
  Detox Foot Soak

 
    Ingredients:
    3/4 Cup Epsom Salt
    1/4 Cup Sea Salt
    1/4 Cup baking Soda
    15 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
    5 Drops Rosemary Essential Oil
    5 Drops Spearmint Essential Oil


Mix all the ingredients then add to a foot basin. Slowly pour in warm water, and stir. Allow to soak for up to 30 min, then rinse and dry feet.

     


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DIY Play Doh

With only two ingredients, our essential oil-infused, two-ingredient play dough may be our easiest DIY yet! Grab your kids and a mixing bowl to make this fragrant, ultra-soft dough that will keep them busy for hours!

Ingredients
2 cups cornstarch
1 cup KidScents Lotion or Lavender Conditioner


Directions

Place the cornstarch in a large bowl.
Mix in the KidScents Lotion or Lavender Conditioner with clean hands until it holds together and becomes very smooth.
Add more of either cornstarch or your choice of KidScents Lotion or Lavender Conditioner to adjust the consistency as needed.
Kids can press the dough into molds, roll it out and cut it with cookie cutters, or sculpt it into any shape they can imagine!
Store in an airtight container when not in use.


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Tea Tree & Honey Face Wash

Honey has long been prized for its natural healing properties. Honey is much more than just a simple sugar. It is rich in nutrients such as, vitamins, minerals, trace enzymes, and amino acids.  

The healing properties of honey include: anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial, and stimulates skin cell growth. These properties are why honey is an excellent addition in DIY products for the body.
 
 
Tea tree oil has been long valued for its antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral properties and antiseptic qualities. For the skin, its been uses for cuts, burns, and blemishes.
Tea tree oil's has become more popular and it is a great addition to soaps, shampoos, lotions, and other personal care and natural home products.

Tea tree oil has been studied and found to be a better choice than benzoyl peroxide for treating acne. In in the Medical Journal of Australia found that tea tree oil was just as effective, and it caused fewer side effects than benzoyl peroxide.



http://articles.mercola.com/herbal-oils/tea-tree-oil.aspxMore on tea tree oilTea Tree Oil, Dr. Mercola


Apple cider vinegar is also a good choice for maintaining clear and healthy skin. ACV contains vitamins, mineral salts, and amino acids.

One of the benefits of using ACV in your skin regimen, is it provides natural exfoliation.
Exfoliating is a key element for keeping youthful healthy skin.

AVC also helps to restore and balance your skin’s pH mantle which makes it less prone to skin problems such as acne, and allergies.



Now for the natural face wash

       Tea Tree & Honey Face Wash
  •  3 tbsp Honey
  •  1 tbsp Coconut oil
  •  1 tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 10 drops Melaleuca (Tea Tree) oil

Mix together in a glass bowel then apply to damp face. Gently rub over damp face, or it can be left on as a mask. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

 


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DIY Bath & Body Products



Making your own bath and body products is easy to do and saves money over store bought products. The best part is you know what is going into your products and what isn't. Many store brands are sadly nothing more than chemical filled jars, with fake fragrance and added colors. Since the skin is the largest organ in your body, treat it right with some of these great recipes.

Foaming Hand Soap

  • 3 Tbls Castile Liquid Soap
  • 1 Tbls carrier Oil
  • 10 Drops Choice of Essential Oils
  • Add the ingredients to foam soap bottle
  • fill most of the way with water, leaving 1 inch from the top.
  • Cover and Shake before use to re-disperse oils & water.

Body Butter

  • With a mixer, whip 1 cup coconut oil,
  • 3 Tbls Shea Butter, 1 Tbls Vitamin E oil
  • Until fluffy. Then add 12 drops of your choice
  • of essential oils, then mix on low  until combined.
  • Best stored in a glass jar, in a cool location.

Bath Salts

  • Makes enough for one -16 ounce jar
  • Add 2 Cups Epsom Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Baking Soda
  • 16-18 drops essential oil of choice
  • Mix well then add 1/2 cup to running bath water.

Sugar Scrub

  • In a bowl mix 1.5 cup sugar
  • 1/2 carrier oil (almond, grapeseed, apricot)
  • 20 drops essential oil of choice.
  • Stir well then add to one 16 oz jar or two 8 oz jars. I love mason jars for this.
  • Then add 2 Tbls carrier oil to the top, to keep the scrub from drying out.

Body Wash

  • To an 8 ounce container
  • Add 7 ounces castile soap
  • 1 Tbls Vitmain E oil
  • 15 drops essential oil of choice.
  • Then shake well to combine.


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Hi I’m Lorraine, I’m a wife and mom with a passion for sharing natural and safe alternatives to conventional chemical-laden products. There are always better, safer options. Let's find them together!

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