Don't Mess with Mama http://dontmesswithmama.com Gluten Free, Processed Free, Recipes, Natural Living, Real Food Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:55:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.2 Homemade Toilet Bomb Fizzies – Clean and Deodorize Toilets http://dontmesswithmama.com/homemade-toilet-bomb-fizzies-clean-and-deodorize-toilets/ http://dontmesswithmama.com/homemade-toilet-bomb-fizzies-clean-and-deodorize-toilets/#comments Tue, 24 Jan 2017 07:13:47 +0000 http://dontmesswithmama.com/?p=13397 Homemade Toilet Bomb Fizzies - clean and deodorize toilets with this DIY non-toxic recipe - DontMesswithMama.com
Toilet bombs… This whole post is really funny for me to write because the bathrooms in a home with three boys?! Yeah, let’s just say I know all about bombs in the toilet, pee on the floor, that funky odor that smells like a train station urinal, the shreds of toilet paper on the floor. Yep, I know ALL about toilet bombs.

I’ve seriously thought about tell the boys to just pee outside on a tree, but I have a feeling the neighbors won’t like that. But I’ve been desperate. When you live with that gross urine smell in your bathroom, you’ll do anything to get rid of it.

Well, thankfully I found it with these Homemade Toilet Bombs. It’s made with baking soda (helps to gently clean and whiten), hydrogen peroxide (helps to naturally sanitize), citric acid (helps to get rid of dirt/grime and helps with hard water spots), and essential oils for a naturally clean scent.

My Bathroom Cleaning Routine

First, spray down the toilet and the tile around the toilet (even the walls and cabinets) with Thieves Household Cleaner. I then clean the toilet lid, seat, and pretty much every area except in the toilet bowl itself. Thieves Household Cleaner gently cleans and can get rid of the smell without harsh chemicals.

Then, use these Homemade Toilet Bombs in the bowl itself. It will replace those toxic toilet bowl cleaners and clean just as well (if not better).

Finally, I spray down the toilet and the bathroom with this DIY Air Freshener. Purification essential oil blend is one of my favorites in this air freshener recipe, as well as Lemon and Lavender essential oils mixed together.

Okay, are you ready to get that funky odor out of your bathroom? Here’s how you can make these Homemade Toilet Bombs.

Homemade Toilet Bomb Fizzies

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix baking soda and citric acid ingredients together well.
  2. Very slowly (a few drops at a time) add hydrogen peroxide to baking soda/citric acid mixture. Mix well as you continue to add hydrogen peroxide. You may notice some fizzing – just keep stirring. (Note: Don’t dump the hydrogen peroxide all at once as it will activate the baking soda and citric acid. It’s important to stir it in very slowly.)
  3. Slowly add essential oils to mixture and keep mixing well as you add the essential oils.
  4. Test mixture. You should be able to clump it together to mold. It shouldn’t be too wet or too dry. If it’s too dry, add a couple of drops of hydrogen peroxide.
  5. Fill a silicone mold with mixture OR form small balls (about the size of Brussel sprouts) with your hands and place on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper (to avoid sticking).
  6. Allow molds to air dry – about 6-8 hours. Then transfer to a glass jar and store in the bathroom.

How to Use

These Homemade Toilet Bomb Fizzies are really easy to use. Simply take 1-2 toilet bombs and drop it directly into the toilet. The toilet bombs will fizz as the baking soda and citric acid react together in the water. Use a toilet brush to gently scrub all surfaces inside the toilet.

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DIY All-Natural Vapor Rub http://dontmesswithmama.com/diy-all-natural-vapor-rub/ http://dontmesswithmama.com/diy-all-natural-vapor-rub/#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:49:32 +0000 http://dontmesswithmama.com/?p=13374 DIY Chest Rub Recipe - make your own version of Vick's Vapor Rub with this easy homemade version - DontMesswithMama.com
For years, I saw Vick’s Vapor Rub on the shelves at the store, but never really knew what all the hype was about. You see, growing up my mom used Tiger Balm when I needed something soothing for my chest at night – or for tired muscles or really anything because Tiger Balm was used for EVERYTHING – but that’s a whole other story.

So when I had my first son, I was like, “OH! I get it now! Vapor Rub is a must-have for kiddos in the winter!” But once I started looking at the ingredients, I knew it wasn’t something I really wanted to use on my kids. In particular, I questioned the use of petroleum (which we avoid) and artificial fragrance (which I know can lead to respiratory issues) in Vick’s Vapor Rub.

That’s when I started learning about essential oils and made my own DIY Vapor Rub with all-natural ingredients and no artificial fragrances. It’s so easy –  like you can do this in 5-10 minutes – and you just need a few ingredients.

DIY All-Natural Vapor Rub Recipe

About the Ingredients

  • Coconut oil is the carrier oil for the recipe that helps the skin to absorb the essential oils. It’s the base of the recipe.
  • Beeswax helps to firm up the coconut oil so it’s more of a salve or balm consistency. Depending on where you live, coconut oil will be in liquid form so beeswax helps to firm up the consistency. Beeswax is also a barrier cream for the skin – and way better than petroleum jelly as a barrier cream for the skin.

Essential Oils

There are so many essential oils (where to buy) that work well in this DIY All-Natural Vapor Rub recipe. These are just some of my favorite. Do take note that eucalyptus and peppermint are best on children ages 10 and older. For younger children, opt for lavender and frankincense instead.

  • Lavender – great for all ages, including young children
  • Cedarwood – great for all ages, including young children
  • Frankincense – great for all ages, including young children
  • Cypress – great for all ages, including young children
  • Eucalyptus – best for ages 10 and older (this is one of the main ingredients in Vick’s Vapor Rub)
  • Peppermint – best for ages 10 and older (this is one of the main ingredients in Vick’s Vapor Rub)
  • RC (a blend from Young Living with eucalyptus globulus, myrtle, marjoram, pine, eucalyptus radiata, eucalyptus citriodora, lavender, cypress, black spruce and peppermint essential oils) – best for ages 10 and older

Dilution Ratios

This recipe calls for 1/4 cup carrier oil, so I’m going to help you convert this so you can easily see how much essential oils to add. If you’re in doubt, please talk to a health care provider and do your own research.

1/4 cup carrier oil = 12 tsp

For example, if you choose to add Frankincense, Cedarwood and Lavender to your DIY Vapor Rub and want to use it for a 5 year old child, then use a 0.5% dilution – which is 6 drops TOTAL (perhaps 2 drops each Frankincense, Cedarwood and Lavender) in 12 tsp carrier oil (as this recipe calls for).

  • Adults – 2% dilution ratio (24 drops essential oil in 12 tsp of carrier oil)
  • Kids 10 and older – 1% dilution ratio (12 drops essential oil in 12 tsp carrier oil)
  • Kids 3-9 – 0.5% dilution ratio (6 drops essential oil in 12 tsp carrier oil)
  • Kids 2-4 – 0.25% dilution ratio (3 drops essential oil in 12 tsp carrier oil)
  • Babies and kids under 2 – refer to the Gentle Babies book by Debra Rayburn for details

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Use a double boiler on low heat to melt all ingredients, except essential oils.
  2. Remove from heat once melted, add essential oils and stir well.
  3. Pour into 4 oz jar and let cool.
  4. DIY All-Natural Vapor Rub will be ready to use in about an hour once it’s completely cooled.

How to Use

For adults and children ages 3 and up, use a small dollop and warm up in your hands. Rub on the chest and back, as well as bottom of the feet.

For children ages 2-4, use a small dollop and warm in your hands. Rub on the bottom of the feet.

How to Get Started with Essential Oils

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Vegan Strawberry Almond Smoothie and My Strawberry Secret http://dontmesswithmama.com/strawberry-almond-smoothie/ http://dontmesswithmama.com/strawberry-almond-smoothie/#comments Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:32:00 +0000 http://dontmesswithmama.com/?p=13364 Strawberry Almond Smoothie - so creamy and delicious, great meal replacement or healthy snack for the kids - real food ingredients - DontMesswithMama.com

Looking for an easy, creamy strawberry smoothie that will leave you feeling full and energized? Try this Strawberry Almond Smoothie. It’s made with real food ingredients, such as strawberries, bananas, almond butter and almond milk. That’s it. Simply and so good for you.

But before we get into the recipe, can I share something with you? I’ve long had an obsession with strawberries. You’ve heard me say before that chocolate doesn’t do it for me. But strawberries? Yes, please! Well, I have a little secret to share…

Okay, here goes… as a kid I LOVED Nesquik Strawberry Milk. It was my once-in-a-while treat, and I loved it. I still remember opening up that Nestle can and scooping out that so-called strawberry mixture into my milk. I’ve long given up that fake strawberry powder. And thank goodness. I just looked up what was in it.

INGREDIENTS: SUGAR, NATURAL FLAVOR, BEET JUICE POWDER, LESS THAN 2% OF MALTODEXTRIN, CARRAGEENAN, BETA CAROTENE, CITRIC ACID, SALT. VITAMINS AND MINERALS: SODIUM ASCORBATE (VITAMIN C), FERRIC PYROPHOSPHATE (IRON), NIACINAMIDE, ZINC OXIDE, THIAMIN HYDROCHLORIDE, COPPER GLUCONATE, MANGANESE SULFATE, BIOTIN

Wow! I can’t believe I used to drink this stuff. It’s shocking to see and I’m sure when I was younger they used artificial food coloring rather than beet juice. There’s also maltodextrin, carrageenan and other questionable ingredients.

Since I’ve been on this real food journey, I’ve been looking for natural food swaps that are WAY better than what I used to like. And I think you’ll enjoy this recipe too.

This Strawberry Almond Smoothie is thick, creamy and so delicious. It’s filling as a meal replacement in the morning for breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack. You could even put it in the freezer and enjoy it as a ice cream. It’s made with homemade almond milk, so it’s non-dairy, vegan, gluten free and grain free.

Where to Get Kitchen Pantry Essentials

I get my other baking supplies like almond buttervanilla extract, etc. either on Amazon or my local health food store usually. But then I got a Thrive membership. If you don’t already have one – it’s awesome! It’s like Whole Foods meets Costco. Organic vanilla extract, for instance, is about $5 at my local health food store and $5.30 on Amazon. But it’s only $3.95 (YES!) on Thrive Market. Great deal right? And the raw honey?! Don’t even get me started how much that costs at the health food store. But on Thrive Market it’s just $5.45 for a 10.5 oz jar of raw honey.

Sign up for a Thrive Market membership and get 2 months free and 10% off your first order.

Strawberry Almond Smoothie (Vegan and Gluten Free)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 pint

Serving Size: 1 serving

Strawberry Almond Smoothie (Vegan and Gluten Free)

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients into a Vitamix and blend for about 1 minute.
  2. Pour into a glass and enjoy.
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How to Make Homemade Almond Milk http://dontmesswithmama.com/homemade-almond-milk/ http://dontmesswithmama.com/homemade-almond-milk/#comments Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:47:36 +0000 http://dontmesswithmama.com/?p=13333 How to Make Homemade Almond Milk - so much easier to make at home and without the preservatives - DontMesswithMama.com

Okay, don’t get me wrong… I LOVE my coconut milk. It’s absolutely delicious and so creamy. But sometimes I want almond milk – my other favorite non-dairy milk. It just goes so well when I’m making this Strawberry and Almond Butter Smoothie. So I wanted to show you how to make almond milk – it’s really so super easy.

Before we get into making almond milk, I wanted to explain why it’s so much better to make your own. First, it’s cheaper. There done deal. 😉 But really the bigger benefit is there’s no weird preservatives like you’ll see with boxed almond milk in the store. For example, check out the ingredients list on a popular brand of almond milk in grocery stores:

Almond Milk (Filtered Water, Almonds), Calcium Carbonate, Tapioca Starch, Sea Salt, Potassium Citrate, Carrageenan, Sunflower Lecithin, Natural Flavor, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2 and D-Alpha-Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E)

Uh, what? First, of all the carrageenan concerns me. It’s a food additive that has been linked to gastrointestinal inflammation, including colon cancer. The sad thing is that carrageenan is a common additive in coconut milk, almond milk, and even baby formula. This is one of the biggest reasons I advocate for making your own. All you need it almonds and water – not the other junk.

The second ingredient that I have an issue with is the “natural flavor”. Who know’s what’s in there. It could be another 50 ingredients to make up that so-called natural flavor. No thanks. I’m good.

Here’s the thing – you can make almond milk in less time than it takes you to get in the car and drive to the grocery store. It takes just a little prep work and then you’ll be done in a couple of minutes.

Plus, there’s a bonus of making almond milk… you’ll have almond meal (flour) leftover, which you can use to make almond butter or use as almond flour for your favorite cooking and baking dishes. Win! I’ll show you what to do with that almond meal when you’re doing making almond milk so just keep reading.

How to Make Almond Milk

First, soak raw almonds in a bowl of filtered water (completely cover the almonds – there should be an inch of water above the almonds). Let soak for 12 hours or overnight. This helps to remove the phytic acid from the almonds so the milk and almond meal are more easily digestible in the body. Drain almonds in a strainer and rinse well.

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Add almonds to a Vitamix and add 4 cups of water (the ratio of almonds to water is 1:2). Blend for about 5 minutes.

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Pour mixture through a sieve or nut milk bag to separate liquid from almond meal.

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Store almond milk in the refrigerator up to 2-3 days. You can also freeze and defrost to use for later.

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Here’s an easy recipe you can add to your Yummly recipe box.

How to Make Almond Milk

Prep Time: 12 hours

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 12 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 2 cups almond milk

How to Make Almond Milk

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. First, soak raw almonds in a bowl of filtered water (completely cover the almonds - there should be an inch of water above the almonds). Let soak for 12 hours or overnight. This helps to remove the phytic acid from the almonds so the milk and almond meal are more easily digestible in the body.
  2. Drain almonds in a strainer and rinse well.
  3. Add almonds to a Vitamix and add 4 cups of water (the ratio of almonds to water is 1:2). Blend for about 5 minutes.
  4. Pour mixture through a sieve or nut milk bag to separate liquid from almond meal.
  5. Store almond milk in the refrigerator up to 2-3 days. You can also freeze and defrost to use for later.
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Where to Get Kitchen Pantry Essentials

I get my other kitchen pantry supplies like sea salt, black pepper, spices, coconut oil, and other essentials either on Amazon or my local health food store usually. But then I got a Thrive membership. If you don’t already have one – it’s awesome! It’s like Whole Foods meets Costco. Bob’s Red Mill baking soda, for instance, is about $3 at my local health food store and $6 on Amazon. But it’s only $2.03 (YES!) on Thrive Market. Great deal right? And the raw honey?! Don’t even get me started how much that costs at the health food store. But on Thrive Market it’s just $5.45 for a 10.5 oz jar of raw honey.

Sign up for a Thrive Market membership and get 2 months free and 10% off your first order.

p.s. Looking for tips to transition to a real food or healthy gluten-free lifestyle? Check out my free Real Food Guide email course and e-book.

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10 Essential Oil Accessories for DIY Projects http://dontmesswithmama.com/essential-oil-accessories/ http://dontmesswithmama.com/essential-oil-accessories/#comments Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:50:19 +0000 http://dontmesswithmama.com/?p=13196 10 Fun Essential Oil Accessories for DIY Projects - DontMesswithMama.com
Are you just getting started making DIY projects with your essential oils? Start with these fun accessories to make your own beauty, personal care and home products.

Chalkboard Labels

Want to know an EASY way to put labels on your essential oil DIY goodies? Use these adorable chalkboard labels.

I love these because they give a shabby chic look to containers – especially Mason jars. Sometimes I don’t want to print out labels and just want the easy write-and-go option with these chalkboard labels.

I’ve actually gotten pretty hooked and use them on my pantry supplies too.

Have you tried these yet? You can get these chalkboard labels here and you’ll need a fine-point chalkboard pen (I got the same one).

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Glass Spray Bottles

Use this 2 oz glass spray bottles to make a DIY room spray or DIY fabric freshener spray (homemade febreeze) to use on the go when you travel. Use the chalkboard labels to keep them neat and organized. Each pack includes 12 bottles (2 oz each).

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Storage Containers

Let’s talk storage solutions. I have containers like these stainless steel nesting bowls and lids for storing supplies like beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, citric acid and other supplies that I use to make DIY beauty supplies.

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Glass Jars

These glass jars are a must-have item when you start with essential oils. You can fill them with this homemade bath salts and this homemade sugar scrub and gift them in these cute jars or store in the bathroom.

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Mason Jar Pump Bottle

Make your own DIY Hand Soap with this adorable Mason Jar Pump Bottle. You could even add your homemade body lotion or body soap.

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Essential Oil Mug

Start your day with this adorable essential oil mug. This would be great to gift to that friend who loves her oils – or even to keep for yourself too. Who else wants to get one? There are other fun designs too, like this There’s an Oil For That mug and this Essential Oils, Coffee, Repeat mug.

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Fun Roller Ball Bottles

Imagine all of the fun roller ball blends you can make with this 10-pack of Multicolored Roller Ball Bottles. You can color code perfumes, blends for the kids or family members… the possibilities are endless.

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Fun Mini Spray Bottles

Check out these colorful mini spray bottles. They have a glass body (10 ml) with a plastic spray nozzle. It’s perfect for a making this DIY Breath Spray – you can even make a different flavor for each family member. Store them in your purse, backpack or travel bag to use as a perfume, hand cleaner, and much more.

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Honey Lemon Ginger Elixir – Natural Cold Remedy http://dontmesswithmama.com/honey-lemon-ginger-elixir-natural-cold-remedy/ http://dontmesswithmama.com/honey-lemon-ginger-elixir-natural-cold-remedy/#comments Sun, 18 Sep 2016 06:27:20 +0000 http://dontmesswithmama.com/?p=13080 Honey Lemon Ginger Elixir - Natural Cold Remedy: natural remedy for cough, sore throat, cold and flu - DontMesswithMama.com

Looking for a simple, yet effective natural remedy for the cold and flu? You’ve got to try this Honey Lemon Ginger Elixir that is so easy to make, and the whole family can use it.

I’ve drinking this concoction since I was a kid. My mom would make it for me and call it “honey water”. Sometimes I’d take a spoonful by itself, while other times I’d stir it in with a warm cup of water (or even add some ice to that warm water for an iced version that was just as effective).

Well, turns out mom was right (I never doubted her). Honey, lemon and ginger are three of the most power natural remedies for cold and flu.

Honey Lemon Ginger Elixir – Natural Cold Remedy

1. Honey

When it comes to sore throats and cough, raw honey is my first defense. It’s fantastic for soothing the throat and reducing coughs. In a study by Penn State College of Medicine, researchers found that in children with upper respiratory infection honey reduced nighttime coughing and improved sleep quality better than over-the-counter cough medicine. Pretty amazing, right? Well, that’s not all. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Academy of Pediatrics both recommend honey as a natural cough remedy.

In addition, honey has antiseptic and antibacterial constituents that can help combat cold and flu, as well as other health issues too.

2. Lemon

Lemon and honey are the perfect duo when it comes to cold and flu remedies. Both honey and lemon help to soothe sore throat, and help the body to fight infection. Lemon juice contains vitamin C, which may help to shorten the duration of a cold, and antioxidants that help to boost immunity.

3. Ginger

Ginger is well-known as a natural remedy for nausea and vomiting, which can come in handy for the stomach flu. It also has anti-inflammatory properties to soothe sore throats and antibacterial properties to helps to fight off infection.

How to Make Honey Lemon Ginger Elixir – Natural Cold Remedy

It’s pretty easy to make this elixir. I’ve got the full recipe below. Just remember to use all organic ingredients and raw honey. The shelf life of this elixir (which yields one pint in this recipe) is a couple of months – as honey acts as a natural preservative. All you need is 1-2 tbsp at a time once the elixir has set for the 12 hours. Store it in the refrigerator and use as needed.

Instructions

1. Cut lemons and ginger into slices. You could also grate the ginger.

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2. Layer lemons and ginger in a pint-sized Mason jar.

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3. Add raw honey until jar is full. Cover with a lid and let sit for 12 hours before first use.

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Honey Lemon Ginger Elixir– Natural Remedy for Cold and Flu

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 12 hours

Total Time: 12 hours, 5 minutes

Yield: 1 pint

Serving Size: 1-2 tbsp

Honey Lemon Ginger Elixir– Natural Remedy for Cold and Flu

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Wash lemons, pat dry and thinly slice.
  2. Cut ginger root into slices or grate.
  3. In a pint-sized Mason jar, add lemon slices and ginger root, alternate in layers.
  4. Top off with raw honey until jar is full.
  5. Put on lid and store in the refrigerator.
  6. As needed, add 1-2 tbsp of honey, lemon and ginger elixir in a cup of warm water. Stir well and enjoy.
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Where to Get Kitchen Pantry Essentials

I get my other baking supplies like baking soda, baking powder, vanilla extract, etc. either on Amazon or my local health food store usually. But then I got a Thrive membership. If you don’t already have one – it’s awesome! It’s like Whole Foods meets Costco. Organic vanilla extract, for instance, is about $5 at my local health food store and $5.30 on Amazon. But it’s only $3.95 (YES!) on Thrive Market. Great deal right? And the raw honey?! Don’t even get me started how much that costs at the health food store. But on Thrive Market it’s just $5.45 for a 10.5 oz jar of raw honey.

Sign up for a Thrive Market membership and get 2 months free and 10% off your first order.

References: Authority Nutrition and Prevent Disease

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10 Fall Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes + FREE Printable http://dontmesswithmama.com/fall-essential-oil-diffuser-recipes/ http://dontmesswithmama.com/fall-essential-oil-diffuser-recipes/#comments Fri, 16 Sep 2016 17:48:33 +0000 http://dontmesswithmama.com/?p=12996 10 Fall Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes - check out these easy fall scents you can diffuse at home to replace scented candles and air fresheners - get my free printable of all 10 fall essential oil diffuser recipes - DontMesswithMama.com

It’s the fall season and you know what that means, right? Pumpkin spice everything!

Yep, this is the time of year you’ll see everything from pumpkin spice lattes at the coffee shop to fall-inspired air fresheners as well as scented candles in stores. The problem is that those air fresheners and candles are loaded with chemicals which have been linked with health problems, such as asthma, allergies, and other respiratory issues.

Generally speaking, the term “fragrance” on those air fresheners and scented candles are far from “natural”. When you see the term ‘fragrance’, remember that it can include up to 300 toxic chemicals but still just say ‘fragrance’. There have been a number of studies that have shown that both synthetic air fresheners and scented candles can pose health risks.

So what can you do? Use a diffuser, which looks like a humidifier, but is specially designed to mist essential oils and water into the air. That’s it – just use water and essential oils to recreate your favorite pumpkin spice and fall scents, and by doing so, avoid all those chemical ingredients.

I definitely recommend these essential oils in order to get the highest quality and therapeutic benefit (where I get my essential oils). You see essential oils and aromatherapy (which basically means to use essential oils aromatically or through our nose) can help to address mood, emotions and memories because as soon as you smell a scent it hits the limbic system of the brain. That’s why you feel like you’re back in grandma’s kitchen when you smell freshly-baked cookies. The scent of cookies makes you feel good because you remember making them with grandma.

Diffusing these fall-inspired scents can be a great way to help transition you and your family into the fall season, which then can will help to address mood and emotions. Check out more diffuser recipes here.

10 Fall Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes

In general, add about 10 drops of essential oils to a diffuser. Here are some great fall essential oil diffuser recipes to start trying now …

Pumpkin Spice

What’s the best part of fall? The pumpkin spice lattes, of course! Get that scent year-round while using this diffuser combination.

5 drops Orange
3 drops Cinnamon
2 drop Clove
1 drop Nutmeg

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Fresh Pumpkin Pie

Love the scent of fresh pumpkin pie in the oven? You’ll love this blend that smells just like a pumpkin pie.

4 drops Cinnamon
3 drops Clove
2 drops Cardamom
1 drop Nutmeg

Hot Apple Cider

This is another fantastic aroma that will fill your kitchen and have you itching to make some apple pie.

5 drops Orange
3 drops Cinnamon
2 drops Ginger

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Blend

This combination is great to diffuse the entire fall season, but I like to call it the Halloween Trick-or-Treat Blend since it smells like cinnamon candy.

5 drops Wintergreen
3 drops Cinnamon
2 drops Clove

Fall Wellness

This is THE essential oil combination to diffuse in order to stay well and healthy all fall and winter long.

3 drops Cinnamon
2 drops Clove
2 drops Eucalyptus
2 drops Lemon
1 drop Rosemary

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Get Cozy in a Blanket

Ready to cozy up in a blanket on a cold day? Diffuse this blend then bring on the flannel. Patchouli and lavender help to promote relaxation and calm, while orange gives a soothing aroma.

4 drops Orange
3 drops Lavender
2 drops Patchouli

Walk in the Woods

There is just something about the scent of pine. It’s so refreshing and invigorating, and the addition of bergamot add a bit of citrus to make you feel energized so you’ll want to go for a morning hike in the woods.

4 drops Bergamot
4 drops Pine
2 drops Lavender

Fall Potpourri Spice

Overall, this is such a simple, yet cozy aroma to diffuse. It smells just like oranges and cinnamon simmering in a pot on the stove.

5 drops Orange
5 drops Cinnamon

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Autumn Fresh

Don’t you just love the scent of clean? I know “clean” doesn’t really have a scent, but if it did, this would be it. I love this because the rosemary pulls out a pine-like scent that makes this diffuser blend smell amazing – fresh and clean, yet just like fall.

4 drops Lemon
3 drops Lavender
3 drops Rosemary

Holiday Spirit

Right around Thanksgiving, this essential oil combination smells fantastic in the diffuser. The orange and cinnamon has a fall scent, while the spruce makes you want to go out and get a Christmas tree on Black Friday.

5 drops Orange
3 drops Cinnamon
2 drops Spruce

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How to Get Started with Essential Oils

Free Printable

Want to get an easy printable sheet that you can keep on hand when you want to diffuse these fall-inspired blends?

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Green Monster Smoothie – Meal Replacement Smoothie http://dontmesswithmama.com/green-monster-smoothie/ http://dontmesswithmama.com/green-monster-smoothie/#respond Fri, 16 Sep 2016 07:10:10 +0000 http://dontmesswithmama.com/?p=13058 Green Monster Smoothie - Meal Replacement Smoothie  - try this simple green smoothie recipe as a meal replacement when you're on the go - DontMesswithMama.com

Do you relate to this at all? It’s 2 pm and suddenly you’re panicked because you need to go pick up the kids from school and you’re starving. The last time you ate was that leftover bacon the kids didn’t finish at breakfast. Or did you even have breakfast this morning? No, breakfast is for people with time. That’s the last thing you have.

Am I right? This is me pretty much every morning. I have every intention of eating my spinach salad or curried chicken for lunch, but I get busy and soon forget to feed myself.

That means but the time I get on the road to pick up the kids from school I’m full-fledged hangry – you know, hungry angry.

I’ve tried different things like pre-made lunches for myself, but usually I’m just in too much of a hurry to settle down to eat. But I do like to drink beverages. In fact, I usually have at least two cups of chai tea before noon. Uh oh, maybe all that caffeine isn’t so good for me either. Yes, I could have this Dandelion Chai Tea or I could make myself a green smoothie.

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And sometimes, I just want a green smoothie. It’s a great way to get in a full serving of fruit and vegetables in one simple drink – as well as serve as a meal replacement smoothie when I’m on the go or just to busy to sit down and eat.

So I’ve been making this Green Monster Smoothie Recipe, and it’s SO delicious. In fact, my kids beg me to make extra for them to enjoy too. It’s the perfect combination of leafy greens and fruit, as well as hemp seeds for protein. This green smoothie is incredibly satisfying too; it works well as a meal replacement smoothie.

Give it a try and tell me what you think.

Where to Get Kitchen Pantry Essentials

I get my other baking supplies like baking soda, baking powder, vanilla extract, etc. either on Amazon or my local health food store usually. But then I got a Thrive membership. If you don’t already have one – it’s awesome! It’s like Whole Foods meets Costco. Organic vanilla extract, for instance, is about $5 at my local health food store and $5.30 on Amazon. But it’s only $3.95 (YES!) on Thrive Market. Great deal right? And the raw honey?! Don’t even get me started how much that costs at the health food store. But on Thrive Market it’s just $5.45 for a 10.5 oz jar of raw honey.

Sign up for a Thrive Market membership and get 2 months free and 10% off your first order.

Strawberry Almond Smoothie (Vegan and Gluten Free)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 pint

Serving Size: 1 serving

Strawberry Almond Smoothie (Vegan and Gluten Free)

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients into a Vitamix and blend for about 1 minute.
  2. Pour into a glass and enjoy.
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DIY Coffee Body Scrub http://dontmesswithmama.com/diy-coffee-body-scrub/ http://dontmesswithmama.com/diy-coffee-body-scrub/#comments Tue, 06 Sep 2016 06:31:01 +0000 http://dontmesswithmama.com/?p=10342 DIY Coffee Body Scrub - DIY recipes and tutorials for beauty, cleaning and more at DontMesswithMama.com

Love coffee? Don’t throw those coffee grounds out in the trash. Reuse them! You can make your own DIY Coffee Body Scrub to smooth skin and help to get rid of cellulite.

What?! Yep, you read that right.

Scrubbing the skin with coffee grounds can actually help to improve circulation and dilate the skin, so the appearance of cellulite is less noticeable. Coffee itself also contains antioxidants that help to increase collagen production. In addition, coffee grounds can help to exfoliate the skin to help slough off dead skin cells and make skin look radiant and smooth.

So here’s the thing – coffee ground alone here and there won’t get rid of cellulite. Regular dry skin brushing (learn more about the 7 benefits of dry skin brushing and a tutorial on how to do it) at least once a day, plus this DIY Coffee Body Scrub in the shower with a body brush once a day will help you get the most improvement in the appearance of cellulite on the skin.

Easy peasy, right?

Well, let me show you how to make your own DIY Coffee Body Scrub with ingredients you already have in your kitchen.

DIY Coffee Body Scrub

About the Ingredients

  • Coffee grounds contain caffeine, which helps to dilate the skin so cellulite is less noticeable.
  • Brown sugar works together with the coffee ground to gently exfoliate the skin.
  • Coconut oil is the carrier oil for this scrub. It massages well into the skin and will leave skin feeling luxuriously moisturized.
  • Epsom salt helps to exfoliate the skin and provides a dose of magnesium to the body through the skin.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients together in a small jar.
  2. In the shower, wet the skin, and then scoop out a small amount and massage the skin with a body brush. Start from the feet and massage in circular motions, going up the legs.
  3. Reapply scrub as needed and keep massaging the skin in circular motions going upwards. Pay special attention to the thighs and butt area.
  4. Let sit on the skin for a minutes, and then rinse off in the shower.

Where to Get Kitchen Pantry Essentials

I get my other baking supplies like brown sugarcoconut oilEpsom salt, etc. either on Amazon or my local health food store usually. But then I got a Thrive membership. If you don’t already have one – it’s awesome! It’s like Whole Foods meets Costco. Organic vanilla extract, for instance, is about $5 at my local health food store and $5.30 on Amazon. But it’s only $3.95 (YES!) on Thrive Market. Great deal right? And the raw honey?! Don’t even get me started how much that costs at the health food store. But on Thrive Market it’s just $5.45 for a 10.5 oz jar of raw honey.

Sign up for a Thrive Market membership and get 2 months free and 10% off your first order.

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Reference: Good Housekeeping

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The Top 12 Best Foods While You Are Sick With A Cold or Flu http://dontmesswithmama.com/top-12-best-foods-for-cold-flu/ http://dontmesswithmama.com/top-12-best-foods-for-cold-flu/#respond Fri, 02 Sep 2016 05:46:32 +0000 http://dontmesswithmama.com/?p=13081 The Top 12 Best Foods and Antioxidants While You Are Sick With A Cold or Flu - best foods for cold - DontMesswithMama.com

You might not want to eat when you have a sore throat or if you’re congested. You feel worn down and swallowing can be very painful. Here are 12 of the most amazing foods and antioxidants that will help alleviate symptoms while shortening the duration of any cold or flu.

The Top 12 Best Foods and Antioxidants While You Are Sick With A Cold or Flu

1. Chili Peppers

Scientists have reported that chili peppers are a heart-healthy food with potential to protect against the No. 1 cause of death in the developed world. Chili peppers are a natural remedy for a sore throat that can surely precede a cold or flu. Yes, that feeling of having crushed glass floating around in your throat can often be remedied without conventional over-the-counter analgesics. A mixture of hot red chili powder – often called Cayenne pepper – and orange juice is a very effective remedy for sore throats and congestion in general.

2. Honey

“The unique property of honey lies in its ability to fight infection on multiple levels, while making it more difficult for bacteria to develop resistance,” said study leader Susan M. Meschwitz, Ph.D. That is, it uses a combination of weapons, including hydrogen peroxide, acidity, osmotic effect, high sugar concentration and polyphenols — all of which actively kill bacterial cells, she explained. The osmotic effect, which is the result of the high sugar concentration in honey, draws water from the bacterial cells, dehydrating and killing them. Honey is one of the most incredible non-perishable foods that can kill almost every type of bacteria.

3. Turmeric

Turmeric is fast becoming a popular remedy for just about everything that ails you. It appears to outperform many pharmaceuticals in its effects against several chronic, debilitating diseases, and does so with virtually no adverse side effects. The combination of honey with turmeric powder is an excellent remedy for a hacking cough. Research found that a substance in turmeric, curcumin, may outperform the pneumococcal vaccine in providing long lasting protection against potentially deadly lung damage in infants. Turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, in fact, turmeric tea has been used extensively worldwide for colds, congestion, headache, and sore throats.

4. Ginger

Along side turmeric, ginger is one of the world’s most potent disease-fighting spices. The use of ginger is numero uno when it comes to curing common cold, cough and relieving respiratory symptoms. With its high levels of Vitamin C, magnesium and other minerals, ginger root is extremely beneficial for health. Once made into tea, you can add peppermint, honey or lemon to make this beverage into an incredible tea with immunity boosters known to reduce inflammation and prevent many illnesses.

5. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is purported to treat numerous diseases, health conditions, and annoyances. It eases digestion, prevents flu, reduces inflammation, kills fungus, regulates pH balance, and washes toxins from the body. Some alternative practitioners also recommend using apple cider vinegar to restore alkaline acid balance. Here are 8 more reasons this powerful health tonic makes your kitchen your best pharmacy.

6. Lemon

Lemon juice decreases the strength of the cold and flu virus in the body and reduces phlegm. They are both anti-bacterial and anti-viral. Add lemon juice to your tea or make hot or cold lemonade with honey to build resistance to cold and flu. If you do succumb, it will also help speed up healing. Lemons are loaded with vitamin C, which is known to support the body’s natural defenses. Lemon water can fight throat infections thanks to its antibacterial property. Here’s a simple recipe using lemons and garlic during the cold and flu season that will supercharge your immune system.

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7. Cinnamon

Cinnamon may merit a place in your medicine cabinet as well as in your spice rack. One of the most potent antioxidants in the world, cinnamon is most certainly a superfood. Did you know that a teaspoon of raw honey and a 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon will usually knock out a cold within a day or two? If you are to maximize the medicinal value of cinnamon, make sure you are not purchasing cassia. It must also be non-irradiated which will be labeled as such.

8. Garlic

Garlic is probably nature’s most potent food. It is one of the reasons people who eat the Mediterranean diet live such long healthy lives. A significant finding from Washington State University showed that garlic is 100 times more effective than two popular antibiotics. A soup based on more than 50 cloves of garlic, onions, thyme and lemon will destroy almost any virus that enters its path including colds, flu and even norovirus. Although a few garlic powder supplements are able to generate some allicin within the stomach, the amount converted, if any is converted at all, is dependent upon optimal stomach conditions. If you are to supplement with garlic, try AlliMAX which is the only nutraceutical containing a proprietary process through which the naturally occurring allicin in garlic is extracted, stabilized and concentrated.

9. Elderberry

Compounds in elderberry bind viruses before they can penetrate the walls of cells, thereby inhibiting their ability to spread. Since elderberry is nontoxic when cooked, it is safe for children. The hot tea from the flowers and juice from the berries promotes sweating preferable adding on lemon juice and honey which is soothing for upper respiratory infections. The tea is also considered to be anti-rheumatic, laxative and detoxifying. A liquid extract from black elderberry may inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria by 99 percent at highest concentrations, a feat no anti-bacterial drugs can match.

10. Zinc

Zinc supplements reduce the severity and duration of illness caused by the common cold. The idea that zinc might be effective against the common cold came from a study carried out in 1984, which showed that zinc lozenges could reduce how long symptoms lasted. A Cochrane Systematic Review, carried out in 1999, studies data from data from 15 trials. According to the results, zinc syrup, lozenges or tablets taken within a day of the onset of cold symptoms reduce the severity and length of illness. At seven days, more of the patients who took zinc had cleared their symptoms compared to those who took placebos.

11. Vitamin D3

The risk of children suffering from flu can be reduced by 50% if they take vitamin D. The finding has implications for flu epidemics since vitamin D, which is naturally produced by the human body when exposed to direct sunlight, has no significant side effects, costs little and can be several times more effective than anti-viral drugs or vaccines according to research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers have recently pinpointed the mechanism behind vitamin D3’s ability to enhance the immune system and why it is so critical to our health.

12. Vitamin C

Even in enormously high doses, Vitamin C is remarkably safe. Side effects are virtually nonexistent compared to commonly used prescription drugs. Evidence documents Vitamin C as one of the best antiviral agents now available. Vitamin C can neutralize and eliminate a wide range of toxins. Vitamin C will enhance host resistance, greatly augmenting the immune system’s ability to neutralize bacterial and fungal infections. Some scientists have stated that are no RNA viruses currently in existence which Vitamin C cannot destroy, even ebola. Intravenous (IV) vitamin C is a very powerful healing tool that can prevent dozens of diseases.

Lastly, a worthy mention is the use of homemade saline nasal washes, and gargles which has long been used effectively to soothe sore throats, and keep respiratory passages moist, decongested and free of invading pathogens.

Effective Cold and Cough Syrup Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice

Directions

  1. Combine all and store in a small jar.
  2. Take 3 tablespoons 4 times per day or until finished.

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Where to Get Kitchen Pantry Essentials

I get my other baking supplies like baking soda, baking powder, vanilla extract, etc. either on Amazon or my local health food store usually. But then I got a Thrive membership. If you don’t already have one – it’s awesome! It’s like Whole Foods meets Costco. Organic vanilla extract, for instance, is about $5 at my local health food store and $5.30 on Amazon. But it’s only $3.95 (YES!) on Thrive Market. Great deal right? And the raw honey?! Don’t even get me started how much that costs at the health food store. But on Thrive Market it’s just $5.45 for a 10.5 oz jar of raw honey.

Sign up for a Thrive Market membership and get 2 months free and 10% off your first order.

p.s. Looking for tips to transition to a real food or healthy gluten-free lifestyle? Check out my free Real Food Guide email course and e-book.

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Karen Foster
is a holistic nutritionist, avid blogger, with five kids and an active lifestyle that keeps her in pursuit of the healthiest path towards a life of balance.

Reprinted with permission from PreventDisease.com. Photo credit: Bigstockphoto.com / ratmaner

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