DIY Holiday Gifts !!

This holiday season it will be a DIY Christmas. The kids go on Winter break and will be at home to help with all the gifts. I decided to make gifts for our family and friends because its fun, and you can give people a gift to pamper themselves that truly comes from the heart. I am the Shea Butter Queen so , along with hand mixed Shea butter they will also recieve……..Handmixed Sugar Body Scrubs !! These are so easy to make and they are very inexpensive. The ingredients are probably already in your cabinets , you’ll just have to purchase the containers or jars to put them in. We are going to use mason jars that you can find in your local grocery and put festive cupcake baking cups on the lids and tie it with a ribbon . I have several recipes that you can modify to fit the person you are gifting by adding essential oils. (And you can save some for youself for a day of  pampering !!)

Basic Recipe

You can use granulated, turbinado and/or brown sugar for your scrubs. (All found in your local grocery)

Coconut oil and/or almond oil,olive oil, grapeseed oil, sunflower, etc

1/2 cup Sugar (Granulated or Turbinado)

1/2 cup Brown Sugar

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup Olive oil (or any cold pressed oil)

 

Recipe 1

VANILLA BROWN SUGAR

1/2 cup Sugar Granulated or Turbinado

1/2 cup Brown Sugar

1/4 cup Coconut Oil

1/4 cup Olive oil (or oil of your choice)

1 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract

With Coconut at liquid form (room temp of slightly heated) Mix with Olive oil. Stir in sugar and vanilla. Add to Mason jar and cover tightly.

 

Recipe #2

COCONUT GINGER SUGAR SCRUB

1 cup Turbinado sugar (or granulated)

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup Olive oil (or oil of your choice)

1 Tbsp coarsely chopped fresh ginger

Heat coconut oil and ginger in a small saucepan over medium heat for about 5 minutes. This will allow the ginger to infuse into the oil. Allow the mixture to cool for a few minutes, strain through a mesh strainer or coffee filter to remove the ginger. Discard the ginger. Mix the warm coconut oil with the Olive oil. Add the sugar and stir well. Add to the mason jars and cover tightly.

 

You can also take the basic recipe and add these simple twists to make it unique and smell Yummy !!

Pumpkin Spice :1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Apple Crisp:1 tsp apple pie spice

Ginger Citrus: Follow the above Coconut Ginger recipe and add 5-10 drops of citrus essential oil

Add 5-10 drops of these essential oils to make an awesome aromatherapy recipe:

Lavender, peppermint, rose, bergamot (men),cedar, or sage

There as so many ways to make this recipe your own !! Experiment , your gift will be loved and appreciated.

 

 

 

DIY Laundry Detergent

Im always looking for ways to save money and I get excited when a DIY method is the perfect way to go. I recently came across a DIY Laundry Detergent and of course I jumped at the chance to make it. It boasts a large amount of laundry done at a minimal price per load. I made this last night and would suggest wearing a mask or doing it in a well ventilated area because of the dust that rises when you mix it. You will need :

1 (4 lb 12 oz) Box of Borax– Found in the detergent aisle

1 (3 lb 7 oz) Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda– Found in the detergent aisle

1 (3 lb) Container of OxyClean– Found in the detergent aisle. (This is optional but I highly recommend adding it)

2 (14.1 oz) Bars of Zote Soap– Found in the detergent aisle (I used Ivory Aloe and it worked just as well !! Easier to find as well)

1 (4 lb) Box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda– Found in the cooking aisle (You could also get two 2 lb box, we couldn’t find the larger 4lb box when we went)

1-2 (55 oz) Bottle of Purex Crystals Fabric Softener– Found in the detergent aisle (This is 100% optional because the Ivory Aloe smells so good but it does say Natural on the bottleof Purex)

You can also use your favorite essential oils to make your laundry smell heavenly and to keep it green and natural.

Grate the soap with a cheese grater and mix all the ingredients together. All you need is a 1 to 2 tablespoons per load because of the phenomenal cleaning power !!

Have you tried these oils yet ?

I love all different kinds of oils. From essential oils that have beneficial aromatherapy properties to oils that are good for you from the inside out. I have compiled a list of oils that I always have in my home that I love !! Some are exotic and some you can get  at your local whole foods market, but all are worth their weight in gold for making us healthy !!

Coconut Oil:

The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength. These benefits of oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial and soothing properties.Coconut oil is very useful in reducing weight. It contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that help in taking off excessive weight.Hence, people living in tropical coastal areas, who eat coconut oil daily as their primary cooking oil, are normally not fat, obese or overweight.

Monoi Oil:

Means”sweet scented oil”in Maohi,the ancient traditional language of the French
Polynesians.The secret of Monoi de Tahiti lies in the delicate 100% natural
blend that is extracted from the rich Tahitian Tumu Ha’ari (Cocos Nucifera) palm
tree and from the local “Tiaré” (Gardenia Tahitensis) flowers.Together they
create a rich emollient moisturizer that penetrates quickly into the skin and
acts as a natural barrier against dehydration,which is a major cause of
wrinkles.You’ll love the remarkable multi-purpose natural properties of Monoi de
Tahiti.You’ll also enjoy the immediate results of Monoi de Tahiti,even after the
very first use.A few drops deep-moisturize and re-hydrate instantly the driest
skin.When applied as a pre-shampoo hair repair treatment,Monoi de Tahiti
restores a lustrous shine to dry or even badly damaged chemically processed
hair.

Argan Oil:

Argan tree is an endemic tree found in Morocco. This tree also grows sparingly in certain regions of Algeria and Israel. The green nuts produced by this tree makes it so special and sought after. These green nuts are used to extract argan oil. This oil is one of the rare types of oil. The production of this oil is limited to just a few regions where these trees grow.

Argan oil comes loaded with essential fatty acids like linoleic acid, which is the precursor for vitamin E. This makes it well-known for its anti-aging, moisturizing and antioxidant properties. It has been scientifically proved that this oil is able to correct the age related deficiencies in skin that causes dehydration and loss of skin elasticity. It is found to contain 700 mg per kilogram of tocopherols that is twice the amount found in olive oil. This oil is a natural antioxidant and can stimulate intracellular oxygenation. This helps neutralize the free radicals and protects the soft tissue. The nutrient content of the skin is restored with the help of topical application. It also has vitamin A, omega 6 and 9 unsaturated fatty acids. These components further add to the antioxidant factor. There are many argan oil benefits that help cure a number of skin, hair and other medical ailments. Let us have a look at them in the following paragraphs.

Olive Oil:

In countries like Greece, Italy and Spain, olive oil benefits aren’t surprising. These countries know the beneficial effects olive oil has on high blood cholesterol levels, cardiovascular diseases, earaches, constipation, stomach upset, dry skin and stretch marks.Ancient civilization used olive oil to heal wounds. Today it is considered a good remedy for skin problems and an effective moisturizer.Taken internally, olive oil stimulates metabolism, promotes digestion and lubricates mucous membranes. It can also be applied externally to treat dry skin. Warm olive oil applied to the skin and help relieve internal or external inflammation caused by an injury or disease.

Tea Tree Oil:

Tea tree oil is a natural antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-infection oil. It is effective against nail fungus, ringworm, athlete’s foot, dandruff, acne and many types of infestations including lice, mites and scabies.Tea tree oil is not just soothing and disinfecting, it is capable of penetrating into the lower skin layers with its anti-inflammatory, disinfectant, analgesic (pain killing) and cicatrizant (wound-healing) qualities. It helps the skin to heal by encouraging the formation of scar tissue.

Black Seed Oil:

Native throughout many parts of Asia, Africa and the Arab world, Nigella sativa, or black seed oil, has been used traditionally to treat high blood pressure, allergies and inflammatory conditions. One of its main components, thymoquinone, is responsible for many of the seeds benefits.Black seed oil is used for numerous other conditions, including rheumatism and other back problems, diabetes, coughs, colds diarrhea, headaches, fatigue and impotency, per the Muslim Health Network. The seeds were used traditionally in Roman cooking, and can be dried and used in place of dill.

Anise Oil:

Anise oil is known for its antiseptic and astringent properties. Thus, massaging your body with it every once in a while will give it a toning effect and help in reducing any kind of fungal infections.
Bergamot Oil:
This natural resource of alpha hydroxy acid, which heals damaged skin and reduces inflammation of any kind. This oil is largely used in body washes. However, adding a few drops of bergamot essential oil not only soothes your skin, but also your mind.

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.

 

Some enlightened quotes for the advanced soul..

Be at peace and see a clear plan running through all your lives. Nothing is by chance

Life is the movie you see through your own unique eyes. It  makes little difference whats happening out there. Its how you take it that counts  (Dennis Waitley)

To find yourself..think for yourself (Socrates)

However many holy words you read, however many holy words you speak, What good will they do if you dont not act upon them (The Dhammapada)

Perfect kindness acts without thinking of kindness (Lao-Tzu)

Love is letting go of fear (Gerald Jampolsky)

Everyone and everything around you is your teacher (Ken Keyes Jr)

The most powerful thing you can do to change the world is to change your own beliefs about the nature  of life, people,reality, to something more positive..and begin to act accordingly (Shakti Gawain)

What things soever ye desire when ye pray, believe that ye receive them and ye shall have them (Mark 11:24)

Be OUTRAGEOUS !! People who achieve mastery have the ability to be outrageous !! (Gita Bellin)

Come to the edge, he said..They said: We are afraid..Come to the edge, he said..They came..he pushed them…and they FLEW ( Guillaume Apollinaire)

From the book” A Guide for the Advanced Soul”

I love to dabble in photography..here are a couple shots

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Let me know what you think !! I love nature and being outside and marveling in its beauty. It is so healing and energizing. These pics were taken in Nashville, Tn and Jamaica !! I hope these pics make you feel as good as they made me feel when I snapped them.

Peace and Love family

Eucalyptus !!

Its getting colder outside so now is the perfect time to bring out  the winter remedies to have a safe and sniffle free winter. The first thing we need to do is make sure we have our humidifiers clean and ready to go. It is important to keep the air moist in the winter because circulated heat dries  and can cause everything from nosebleeds to dry skin. Another great thing in the winter is Eucalyptus. Ecualyptus is an amazing oil and is used in cough drops as well as vaporized chest rub. You can add this wonderful oil to a pot of boiling water to bring relief for stuffy noses and congested chests or just to ward off any winter time ailments. You can make your own chest rub by adding the oil to Shea Butter and coconut oil. To make this concotion you would slowly melt the shea butter and coconut oil down,remove from heat and add several drops of the eucalyptus while whipping the mixture to a soft consistency. Now you will  have something that is effective, but gentle enough to use on a baby. This is an amazing and effective leaf that is easy to use and very versatile. Keep checking back with us as we explore other ways to stay well for the coming months.

DIY…Shea Butter #1 !!

As my friends and close family know, I love DIY EVERYTHING !! To me it is much more fulfilling and you can make it uniquely you. I have started with my favorite head to toe product..Shea Butter !! Shea butter is the most wonderful thing because it heals you from head to toe. You can use it on hair, for eczema, cuts, burns, stretch marks, wind and sun burn and just to have beautiful, healthy moisturized skin. I make mine with the white Shea butter because its less oily and I melt it down slowly (So it still has big chunks in it). If  you melt it down too fast it will become grainy and all the nutrients will be melted away as well. I  make it unique to our family by adding almond oil, olive oil, and coconut oil  with a hand mixer and whipping it to spreadable heaven . My nine-year old has eczema so we add in aloe and tea tree oil and it combats this problem. For the baby we add in lavender and it smells almost like baby powder for baby dry skin. You can add in any kind of essential oil and get the mix whipped to your liking and for your skin type.

You can purchase Shea Butter from: Back2Africa.com

Shea Butter Benefits: all-natural African Shea Butter can be used to treat all of the following conditions: Dry Skin, Dry Hair & Scalp, Eczema, Infant Eczema, Psoriasis, Arthritis & Rheumatism, Wrinkle Prevention, Diaper Rash, Muscle Fatigue, Scar Minimization,
Skin Discoloration, Stretch Mark Prevention & Minimization and as a natural
shaving agent.

Almond Oil Benefits: It contains vitamin E in abundance. Vitamin E also known as  the food for our skin. Vitamin E is protects our skin from damaging ultraviolet lights. It prevents cell damage and  also fights with some skin disorders. Some studies have shown that vitamin E is helpful to reduce stress.

Olive Oil Benefits:EXTRA VIRGIN olive oil, from the first pressing of the olives, contains higher levels of antioxidants, particularly vitamin E and
phenols, because it is less processed.

Coconut Oil Benefits:Coconut oil can help to cure and prevent acne by encouraging a pH balance that  allows one’s natural oils to combat infection. The lauric acid in coconut oil  has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.  Thus, coconut oil can be used to  help heal infections, such as athlete’s foot and ringworm.  Coconut oil also aids in healing cuts and minor burns.

Aloe Benefits:Aloe gel, extracted from the plant’s leaves, is a natural moisturizer and  conditioner for the skin.  Place the gel directly on your skin or use a topical  ointment, cream or cleanser that contains aloe.  Although aloe vera does not  provide protection from the sun, it can enhance the use of sunscreen lotion.  Additionally, you can use aloe to get relief from insect bites, itches, rashes  and acne.

Tea Tree Oil Benefits: Tea tree oil can help treat skin infections, since it’s known to be a natural  antibiotic. It heals the skin, and can be treated on cuts, eczema, dermatitis,  blisters, boils, and cysts. It also can be successfully used to treat acne  problems as well. If you have any fungus or yeast, tea tree oil can treat it.  Tea tree oil has been useful in eliminating odors and athlete’s foot. Since it  is antibacterial and anti-fungal. You can also use tea tree oil to reduce pain.

Lavender Benefits : Lavender essential oil is especially popular as it has a pleasing scent and it  has antibacterial, antifungal properties and is so gentle, it can be used with  infants.

One of my Favorite Quotes

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
―    Marianne Williamson,    Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”