Essential Aloe Vera

 

Aloe Vera is an awesome plant you can grow at home and that has so many benefits. When I was in Jamaica, (thinking I was a mermaid) ,aloe vera soothed my wicked sunburn. It heals all burns,and other skin infections. This all natural plant is easy to grow and it produces more plants that you can gift to friends and family.

Here is a list of  ideas you can use with aloe vera.

 Aloe vera plants are available at almost every garden shop or nursery. Unless you live in area with a very mild climate, it’s best to leave your Aloe plant in the pot and place it near a window that gets a lot of sun.Pinch or cut off an inch or so of the tip of a leaf, and squeeze the gel from the leaf.

Skin irritations such as a heat rash, poison ivy or dry skin will benefit from aloe vera.

Use of the aloe vera gel on a consistent basis will allow dry skin to become more elastic and smoother. The gel is absorbed into the skin and will rehydrate the skin and help in rebuilding  skin cells

Eczema and psoriasis sufferers benefit from the use of aloe vera, which can lessen the severity of the conditions and stop itching

Apply aloe vera gel to fever blisters and genital herpes to reduce swelling and pain associated with the blisters. Normal precautions will still need to be taken for outbreaks of the herpes virus, as aloe vera will not cure the virus.

Used as a moisturizer on the face, aloe aides in reducing wrinkles and dark circles under the eyes. The facial skin will become smoother and younger looking with the use of aloe vera gel.

People also consume Aloe Vera internally to obtain a number of other Aloe Vera benefits. When taken internally, Aloe Vera can act as a gentle laxative, easing constipation.

Some people also consume Aloe Vera internally for the treatment of Crohn’s disease and other inflammatory bowel diseases due to its soothing anti-inflammatory properties. (Aloe Vera is believed to possess anti-bacterial properties as well.)

Some promising scientific studies seem to indicate that Aloe Vera (taken internally) can help lower cholesterol, fight cancer and stabilize blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes.

 

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DIY…Dryer Sheets

I love to have my clothes and my kids clothes smelling fresh out the dryer, but I hate to spend money on dryer sheets or fabric softeners. Try these DIY ideas to make sure your clothes are clean and smelling great, with minimal money spent!!

 

Idea 1

You can tear dryer sheets in half, thirds or fourths to keep your clothes smelling great and static free.

Idea 2

Use old wash cloths,add 1 to 2 tsps of fabric softener and use like regular dryer sheets.

Idea 3

Recycle old t-shirts but cutting them up in squares. Add a couple drops of your favorite essential oil like citrus for energy, rosemary and marjoram to reduce physical stress,lavender, basil, grapefruit and rosemary oils to improve concentration and memory. This is a fun way to do it and you can make your clothes benefit your spiritual and physical well-being.

If you have any DIY ideas you’d like to share please leave us a comment!

 

DIY Shampoo !!

DIY products are a great way to save money, be healthy and have something you can make unique to suit your needs. You can add your favorite fragrances, essential oils and organic ingredients. I have found some recipes for making your own shampoo, and it will be free of the harsh mystery chemicals that modern shampoos are filled with. Here are a few ideas for healthy hair.

Start with :

Flip top container, or old shampoo bottle

1/4 cup  Liquid Castile Soap (Dr. Bronners is a wonderful Brand)

1/4 cup Distilled water

From here you can add the ingredients that you need for your hair needs:

Dry Hair:

1/4 cup aloe vera gel

1 teaspoon glycerin

1/4 teaspoon avocado oil or jojoba oil

Mix these ingredients in a bottle of your choice and shake well before using. Massage into scalp…let sit and rinse out

Normal Hair

Add 1 tsp Olive oil

Shake well and shampoo as usual

Scalp Stimulating

15 drops of peppermint

5 drops of spearmint

Shake well before each use…massage scalp and rinse

Baby Shampoo

1 to 2 drops of lavender

Add an additional 1/2 oz of water to dilute the initial recipe. Safe, mild and calming

 

There are many more ways to make shampoos such as adding honey, eggs, coconut,avocado and/or bananas for dry hair. Beer is a great volumizer, lemon juice for lightening, you can even pick  herbs or tea, boil them and add them to your mix. The sky is the limit on how you can DIY !!

Good Luck Earth Stars

 

FYI…Always be sure you have no allergies to these ingredients by doing a spot test on your skin.

 

DIY Cradle Cap Remedies for babies

I have a 9 week old son and he has a bad case of cradle cap. As all of you know, I LOVE DIY home remedies. I have found a couple of things that will work for you if you have this issue with your newest addition.

Try :

Breastmilk- This is a wonder cure that works on so many things. For cradle cap you express some milk, massage it into the scalp, comb through and wash away in the bath.

Coconut oil- Is a necessity to have in every home. It works for your (adults) insides as well as being a great moisturizer. For babies, massage into scalp, comb through and wash in the bath

Olive oil- Is also a great necessity to have in your home- Massage into scalp,comb through and wash in the bath

Shea butter-This is a great product that is essential to my household. You can use it for massages, moisturizing, healing cuts , sunburn ,eczema, psoriasis, cradle cap and so much more !!

Tea tree oil- Tea tree oil is a strong antiseptic and anti-fungal. I wouldn’t use it alone on a babies scalp but would add it to Shea butter (along with lavender for a calming scent) it works wonders !!

Check out this link to make your own MANDALA !! FREE ☺

In various spiritual traditions, mandala may be employed for focusing attention of aspirants and adepts, as a spiritual teaching tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation and trance induction. According to the psychologist David Fontana, its symbolic nature can help one “to access progressively deeper levels of the unconscious, ultimately assisting the meditator to experience a mystical sense of oneness with the ultimate unity from which the cosmos in all its manifold forms arises.” The psychoanalyst Carl Jung saw the mandala as “a representation of the unconscious self,” and believed his paintings of mandala enabled him to identify emotional disorders and work towards wholeness in personality.

In common use, mandala has become a generic term for any plan, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically, a microcosm of the universe from the human perspective.

(From Wikipedia )

♥♥Check out this link to make your own MANDALA ♥♥

http://explore-mandala.rma2.org/

Easy winter cold remedies DIY #1

As a mother of 4 I am always looking for natural ways to keep my family’s health intact. As winter approaches so do the sniffles and sneezes , and I make a batch of homemade cold medicine. It is simple and it does the job. I can even get my 7 year old to take it, I just add it to some spiced apple cider.

Take a jar of honey

Cut up one lemon and one lime

Slice half of a ginger stalk

Add the lemon, lime and ginger to the jar first , then pour honey over them

Make sure the jar or container has a lid

At the first sign of cold or flu symptoms add a teaspoon or 2 to a cup of tea and enjoy

You can store this in your fridge for the whole winter.

Quick,easy and effective !!

Ginger is often included in many herbal decongestants and can help to minimise the symptoms of respiratory conditions, colds and allergies.

Lemons and limes each contain most of the known vitamins and minerals, and are  both excellent sources of Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, potassium, folic acid,  flavonoids, and the phytochemical limonene, which increases the level of enzymes  that detoxify carcinogens. Limes also contain the rare Vitamin P and are the  best readily available source of Vitamin G.