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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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10 Essential Oil Fall-Inspired DIY Beauty Recipes + FREE Printable http://dontmesswithmama.com/essential-oil-fall-inspired-diy-beauty-recipes/ http://dontmesswithmama.com/essential-oil-fall-inspired-diy-beauty-recipes/#comments Fri, 14 Oct 2016 18:42:54 +0000 http://dontmesswithmama.com/?p=13165 Find out how to make lip balm, body butter, sugar scrubs and more with these fall-inspired scents (better than anything at the store and WAY cheaper too) - 10 DIY Beauty Recipes

It’s that time of year! It’s pumpkin spice season! Everything from coffee to muffins to even beauty care products feature fall-inspired scents, such as pumpkin spice and spiced cider. But here’s the thing: You don’t need to spend a fortune to get that Pumpkin Body Butter, for instance. You can make it yourself with my top 10 Fall DIY Bath and Beauty Recipes with Essential Oils.

And did I mention that these make great gifts for the holidays too? You can make big batches and gift it to neighbors, teachers, friends and family. Trust me, once you gift some luxurious body butter, you’ll be getting tons of requests for more.

10 Fall DIY Bath and Beauty Recipes with Essential Oils

So before we get started with these awesome recipes, let’s talk about ingredients and supplies. You’re going to need some basics to make these easy recipes – and most of it you probably already have. And if you think you won’t get much use out of citric acidbeeswax, or shea butter… well, think twice. You can make even more recipes with these ingredients.

Check out my blog post with the best 100+ DIY Beauty Recipes.

Ingredients

Supplies

Looking for more fall-inspired recipes? Check out my 10 Fall Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes + FREE Printable.

1. Gingerbread Cookie Bath Salts

Enjoy gingerbread cookies without the guilt. Soak in a relaxing Epsom salt bath and enjoy the warm, comforting scent of gingerbread cookies.

  1. In a medium-sized glass mixing bowl, add 2 cups Epsom salt and 2 tbsp carrier oil (sweet almond, jojoba, apricot kernel, olive oil) and mix well. Do not use plastic (the essential oils will absorb into the bowl).
  2. Add 4 drops Ginger, 2 drops Clove, 2 drops Nutmeg, and 2 drops Cinnamon essential oils (where to buy) and mix again.
  3. Store in an airtight glass container or Mason jar. Use one cup at a time in a bath and soak for 20 minutes.

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2. Hot Apple Cider Bath Salts

Cozy up with a cup of warm apple cider and take a relaxing Epsom salt bath that smells like apple cider too.

  1. In a medium-sized glass mixing bowl, add 2 cups Epsom salt and 2 tbsp carrier oil (sweet almond, jojoba, apricot kernel, olive oil) and mix well. Do not use plastic (the essential oils will absorb into the bowl).
  2. Add 5 drops Orange, 3 drops Ginger, and 2 drops Cinnamon essential oils (where to buy) and mix again.
  3. Store in an airtight glass container or Mason jar. Use one cup at a time in a bath and soak for 20 minutes.

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3. Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

This Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub smells just like a fresh pumpkin spice latte. Exfoliate skin with this luscious body scrub that helps to slough off dead skin cells and moisturize skin. Make a double batch to gift to friends for the holidays. It’ll be a hit!

  1. In a large bowl, add 2 cups organic brown sugar, 1 cup organic coconut oil, and mix well.
  2. Add 5 drops Orange, 3 drops Cinnamon, 2 drops Clove, and 1 drop Nutmeg essential oils (where to buy) and mix again.
  3. Transfer mixture to a pint-sized Mason jar. Cover with lid.

4. Peppermint Candy Sugar Scrub

This Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub smells just like a fresh pumpkin spice latte. Exfoliate skin with this luscious body scrub that helps to slough off dead skin cells and moisturize skin. Make a double batch to gift to friends for the holidays. It’ll be a hit!

  1. In a large bowl, add 2 cups organic brown sugar, 1 cup organic coconut oil, and mix well.
  2. Add 5 drops Wintergreen and 5 drops Peppermint essential oils (where to buy) and mix again.
  3. Transfer mixture to a pint-sized Mason jar. Cover with lid.

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5. Pumpkin Pie Body Butter

Nourish skin with this luxurious Pumpkin Pie Body Butter that smells good enough to eat. Make a double or triple batch and gift to friends and family members for the holidays.

  1. In a double boiler, add 1 cup organic coconut oil and  1/2 cup shea butter. Heat on low until mixture becomes a liquid.
  2. Remove mixture from heat and let sit in a refrigerator for an hour to firm up.
  3. In a food processor, insert the S-blade and then spoon in mixture (it will be hardened). Add 5 drops Orange, 3 drops Cinnamon, 2 drops Clove, and 1 drop Nutmeg essential oils (where to buy).
  4. Place the top on the food processor, and pulse high until the body butter is a whipped-like consistency – usually about 2 minutes.
  5. Use a spatula to remove and store in a Mason jar.

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6. Holiday Spirit Spray

Want to bring in the scent of the holidays? This Holiday Spirit Spray includes orange and cinnamon (which smells like autumn) and spruce (which smells like a fresh-cut spruce tree). Together, it’ll smell like the holidays in your home. Use this a room spray, linen spray, air freshener, pillow spray, or even a body spray.

  1. Add 1/4 cup witch hazel to a 10-12 oz. spray bottle.
  2. Add 5 drops Orange, 3 drops Cinnamon, and 2 drops Spruce essential oils (where to buy).
  3. Fill the bottle with distilled or filtered water
  4. Shake once or twice, then use as needed.

Find out how to make this Holiday Spirit Room Spray - 10 Fall DIY Beauty Recipes

7. Peppermint Candy Bath Bombs

These Peppermint Candy Bath Bombs not only smell amazing, they’re actually really great for tired muscles too. Wintergreen and peppermint essential oils work really well to soothe tired muscles after a workout, marathon, or even after a day of sitting or standing.

  1. In a large bowl, mix 2 cups baking soda, 1 cup Epsom salt, and 1 cup citric acid together well.
  2. In a separate small bowl, add 1 tbsp water, 1 tbsp almond oil, and 5 drops Wintergreen and 5 drops Peppermint essential oils (where to buy). Mix well.
  3. Very slowly add wet mixture to dry ingredients, and mix well. You may notice some fizzing – just keep stirring. (Note: Don’t dump the entire wet mixture at once as it will activate the baking soda and citric acid. It’s important to stir it in very slowly.)
  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 1 tsp of almond oil as needed.
  5. Open clear ornament molds and scoop mixture with both ends to form a ball.
  6. Place mold in a muffin tin and allow to dry overnight (at least 8 hours) at room temperature.
  7. Remove mold and test to make sure mold has set. You can let it air dry more to keep it’s shape.

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8. Northern Lights Bath Bombs

These Northern Lights Bath Bombs smell just like camping in a fresh pine forest. It’s perfect for both men and women. And the mixture of Black Spruce and Ylang Ylang may help to stimulate feelings of romance too. Romantic night of camping, anyone?

  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix 2 cups baking soda, 1 cup Epsom salt, and 1 cup citric acid together well.
  2. In a separate small mixing bowl, add 1 tbsp water, 1 tbsp almond oil, and 5 drops Black Spruce and 5 drops Ylang Ylang essential oils (where to buy). Mix well.
  3. Very slowly add wet mixture to dry ingredients, and mix well. You may notice some fizzing – just keep stirring. (Note: Don’t dump the entire wet mixture at once as it will activate the baking soda and citric acid. It’s important to stir it in very slowly.)
  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 1 tsp of almond oil as needed.
  5. Open clear ornament molds and scoop mixture with both ends to form a ball.
  6. Place mold in a muffin tin and allow to dry overnight (at least 8 hours) at room temperature.
  7. Remove mold and test to make sure mold has set. You can let it air dry more to keep it’s shape.

9. Apple Pie Lip Balm

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. You can even make a double or triple batch to give to trick-or-treaters instead of candy.

  1. Use a double boiler on low heat to melt 3 tbsp organic coconut oil and 1.5 tbsp organic beeswax.
  2. Remove from heat once melted and add 5 drops Orange, 3 drops Ginger, and 2 drops Cinnamon essential oils (where to buy) and mix well.
  3. Fill lip balm tubes and let cool for a couple of hours to firm up.

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10. Halloween Trick-or-Treat Lip Balm

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. You can even make a double or triple batch to give to trick-or-treaters instead of candy.

  1. Use a double boiler on low heat to melt 3 tbsp organic coconut oil and 1.5 tbsp organic beeswax.
  2. Remove from heat once melted and add 5 drops Wintergreen, 3 drops Cinnamon, and 2 drops Clove essential oils (where to buy) and mix well.
  3. Fill lip balm tubes and let cool for a couple of hours to firm up.

How to Get Started with Essential Oils

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

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 Remedy for Cold and Flu

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.

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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

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Green Monster 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 - 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 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.

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.

Green Monster Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 pint

Serving Size: 1 serving

Green Monster Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 2 cups baby kale or spinach
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 orange, peeled, seeds removed
  • 1-2 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 3 drops Lemon Vitality essential oil (where to buy) or 1 tbsp lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Blend the coconut water and the kale first for about 30 seconds. This helps to cut down on any green, chunky pieces in the smoothie.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and blend for about 30-60 seconds.
  3. 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.

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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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Homemade DIY Sunscreen http://dontmesswithmama.com/homemade-diy-sunscreen/ http://dontmesswithmama.com/homemade-diy-sunscreen/#respond Sun, 24 Jul 2016 21:46:04 +0000 http://dontmesswithmama.com/?p=12222 Homemade DIY Sunscreen, homemade sunscreen - DontMesswithMama.com

I LOVE the sun. I grew up in Hawaii and now live in sunny San Diego, so being in the sun and spending a lot of time outdoors is just part of my daily life. And my kids love playing outside too.

The struggle though has been to find sunscreen that can protect my kids but doesn’t have all the toxic chemicals in it.

See the problem with traditional sunscreens – especially those marketed for children – are some of the worst out there in terms of chemicals and additives. For instance, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Consumer Reports warns not to use aerosol spray sunscreens on babies and children because the particles from the spray that can be inhaled or swallowed can be harmful to kids.1

Uh, I don’t know about you but that’s pretty alarming to me. And every time I go to the beach or the pool, I see parents spraying their kids with aerosol sunscreens like there’s no tomorrow – most likely because they aren’t aware of the dangers of traditional sunscreens.

But that’s not all, traditional sunscreens have other ingredients that can be harmful to children, including oxybenzone (can cause allergic skin reactions), retinyl palmitate (may speed the development of skin tumors), and nano or micronized zinc oxide (can penetrate the skin and cause health issues). Check out the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) list of worst scoring sunscreens for kids – which includes a list of very popular sunscreens marketed for children and families.

Which is why I’ve choose to make my own DIY sunscreen. I actually came up with this recipe on accident. I was making another batch of my Homemade Body Butter and thought – hmmm, what if I just added some zinc oxide as a sun block and beeswax to firm up the consistency. And BAM! That’s how this recipe was born. DIY is so much fun!

How to Make Homemade Sunscreen

About the Ingredients

Coconut oil is the carrier oil in this recipe and has a natural 4-6 SPF.

Shea butter also serves as a carrier oil and helps to moisturize the skin.

Beeswax helps to keep the sunscreen in a more solid consistency – perfect for a sunscreen stick or those hot, summer days – and locks the sunscreen and moisture to the skin.

Lavender essential oil is soothing to the skin and has a calming aroma – making it a perfect addition to any beauty or body care product.

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Zinc oxide (non nano) powder is a non-toxic sunblock that is the main ingredient in most sunscreens. It’s the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) first choice for sun protection. It’s stable in sunlight AND provides protection for both UVA and UVB rays (the two types of ultraviolet radiation from the sun). Choose non-nano zinc oxide powder as the particles are larger and won’t penetrate into the skin – that’s what makes zinc oxide give that white, chalky color that lifeguards used to wear. Conversely, nano or micronized zinc oxide have tiny particles and can enter the body through the skin – which may lead to health issues, thus it should be avoided.

Zinc Oxide Guidelines

So how much non-nano zinc oxide should you use? Use 10% zinc oxide to get about a SPF 10. Use 20% zinc oxide to get about a SPF 20.

So you can add a bit more to get a higher SPF, but really more than about SPF 25-30 isn’t really necessary as it’ll give you a false sense of sun protection. Rather than use a super high SPF, re-apply more often. I usually re-apply every hour, especially on my fair-skinned son.

The zinc does help this Homemade DIY Sunscreen to be waterproof too – but like anything – e.g. friction, sweat, etc. can all play a role. Don’t let the fact that zinc oxide is naturally waterproof give you a false sense of security that your kids can be out all day in the water without re-applying.

I suggest re-applying this Homemade Sunscreen at least hourly, and if you’re playing sports or in the water a lot, keep checking to make sure you have enough coverage. Yes, I know commercial sunscreens may stay on the skin for hours at a time, but WHY. What is in those sunscreens that it actually stays on the skin for hours on end. I’d rather choose to re-apply often and use my Homemade Sunscreen than expose my family to toxic chemicals.

See this kid? Yep, I don’t want to put anything toxic on him. So he’s got on my Homemade DIY Sunscreen.

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Homemade DIY Sunscreen Tutorial

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a double boiler, add coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax and zinc oxide.
  2. Stir until beeswax is melted in mixture.
  3. Remove from heat, and add Lavender essential oil
  4. Fill these 2 oz. roll-up containers or these 2 oz. jars to make about 6 sunscreen containers to take on the go. You can use bigger containers too – it’s totally your preference. You’ll have about 12 oz of sunscreen with this recipe.
  5. Let the sunscreen cool for at least two hours before use, and store in a cool, dry place. Keep it out of direct sunlight. It has the beeswax to keep it from completely melting but direct sunlight and a hot environment may make it lose its solid-like consistency.

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References

1. https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/worst-kids-sunscreens

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How to Make DIY Lotion Bars http://dontmesswithmama.com/diy-lotion-bars/ http://dontmesswithmama.com/diy-lotion-bars/#comments Mon, 20 Jun 2016 18:28:39 +0000 http://dontmesswithmama.com/?p=12038 DIY Lotion Bars - so nourising and soothing for the body, safe for adults and children, made with simple ingredients - DontMesswithMama.com

Do you ever feel like you’re always on the go?

With three kids, I feel like we are constantly driving to/from school, afterschool activities, family-fun outings, or just on the road to visit friends and family. With all that travel, you bet I need something to keep my skin (as well as my kids’ skin) moisturized because it gets so dry here in California.

That’s why I wanted to find a way to take my homemade body butter on the go, but without the mess. So I came up with a super simple way to do it – add beeswax! Ta-da! Yep, it’s just that easy. I made DIY Lotion Bars using my homemade body butter recipe and added beeswax to it. It took me a while to figure out the right ratio, but I’ve got it down now and wanted to share it with you.

So if you’re planning a trip or just always on the go, you can take these DIY Lotion Bars with you. These make adorable gifts for birthday parties (um, anyone thinking a DIY beauty-themed party for little girls? ), holiday gifts, etc. I just made a bunch to give to my family and friends.

The best part is that these lotion bars are so inexpensive to make – just a little over 3 bucks to make a 1 oz bar (including the cost of the container). Compare that to the lotion bars in department stores that retail for $12-20 per 0.5 oz bar! So you get DOUBLE the lotion bar at about 1/6 of the price? Yep, and I’ll show you how to do it.

DIY Lotion Bars

About the Ingredients

  • Coconut oil is great for dry, scaly or itchy skin. It helps to naturally moisturize.
  • Shea butter is derived from the nuts of the shea tree, grown in Africa. It’s incredibly moisturizing and can help to protect skin from dryness.
  • Beeswax is moisturizing and helps to keep this DIY Lotion Bar in a solid form that makes it easy to travel.
  • Vitamin E is nourishing for the skin. It also helps to fight off free radicals and gives the skin a youthful appearance.
  • Lavender and Geranium essential oils (where to buy) are fantastic for the skin. Both help to protect and soothe the skin.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Use a double boiler on low heat to melt all ingredients (except essential oils).
  2. Remove from heat once all ingredients have melted, and add essential oils.
  3. Fill silicone molds or tin containers (I really like these) and let cool for a couple of hours to firm up.

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How to Use DIY Lotion Bars

Once the lotion bars have solidified, you can rub them anywhere you need to moisturize – such as elbows, knees, arms, legs, etc. These DIY lotion bars are so gentle you can use them on babies and kids too.

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DIY Fabric Freshener Spray (Homemade Febreeze) http://dontmesswithmama.com/diy-fabric-freshener/ http://dontmesswithmama.com/diy-fabric-freshener/#comments Mon, 20 Jun 2016 17:43:23 +0000 http://dontmesswithmama.com/?p=12194 DIY Fabric Freshener Spray (Homemade Febreeze) - make the switch to this greener alternative to freshener up your clothes, closets, fabric couches and other fabrics - DontMesswithMama.com

Okay, okay I’m so guilty. I used to use store-bought fabric fresheners in my home all the time, especially my clothes. You see, in an effort to avoid washing my clothes after every wash, I’d just spray my clothes for to freshen it up.

But guess what? Those fabric fresheners are loaded with toxic chemicals. Those scents are artificial – I mean how do you bottle the scent of “linen and sky” or “meadows and mist”, right? But that’s not all. There’s so much going on below the surface. Those fabric fresheners have been linked to a number of health issues, including allergies, asthma, skin irritations and more.

In fact, Febreze, one of the leading fabric freshener spray on the market, actually got a F rating in the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Guide to Healthy Cleaning.

The Problem with Store-Bought Fabric Fresheners

So let’s delve a little deeper. What’s exactly in these fabric freshener products? Let’s examine Febreze again from the EWG’s rating.

  • Proprietary odor eliminator – linked to skin irritations, allergies, acute and chronic aquatic toxicity
  • Quarternary ammonium compounds – linked to acute aquatic toxicity, respiratory effects, systemic/organ effects
  • Ethanolamine – linked to nervous system effectics, skin irritations, allergies, systemic/organ effects
  • Fragrance – linked to skin irritations, allergies, nervous system effects, respiratory effects
  • Benzisothiazolinone – linked to skin irritations and allergies
  • Silicon compounds
  • Yclodextrin
  • Alcohol denatured
  • Ethanol 
  • Hydrogenated castor oil
  • Odium hydroxide
  • Citric acid
  • Water
Okay, I don’t know about you, but I can’t pronounce most of the ingredients on this list, and I don’t have a remote clue what they’re doing in this product. And you know how I feel about ingredients I can’t pronounce… they don’t belong in my home (and they shouldn’t in yours either).
Not to mention the proprietary odor eliminator could contain hundreds of chemicals that the company doesn’t have to disclose because it’s a secret recipe (therefore they can patent and choose not to disclose to the public). Sneak, sneaky.
Just the first 5 ingredients alone have an F rating with the EWG due to toxicity levels on the body. Is this what you want to use on your clothes, closets, couches, etc.? There is a better way, I’ll show you.

DIY Fabric Freshener Spray

It’s so stinkin’ (pun intended) easy to make your own DIY Fabric Freshener Spray (aka Homemade Febreze). All you need is a few simple ingredients you already have in your home.

So let’s get started so you can learn how to freshen fabrics in your home for just pennies and with simple ingredients. This recipe has just three ingredients that you probably already have in your home. This can be used to spray on linens, shoes, garbage cans, diaper pails or pretty much anywhere you want to eliminate odors.

Vodka or rubbing alcohol is used in this air freshener recipe as it dissipates quickly and doesn’t leave a residue on furniture or upholstery. It also helps to clear odors from the air and fabrics.

This DIY Air Freshener recipe is great for small spray bottles too. Keep it in the car to freshener the air on the go.

About the Ingredients

  • Vodka to help the water in this recipe dissipate faster
  • Essential oils provide the natural fragrance in this recipe

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Fill spray bottle with water and vodka.
  2. Add essential oils and cover with spray nozzle.
  3. Shake once or twice, then start using.

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