Exercising and being active is an integral part of my healthy lifestyle. I try and stay active by gardening, walking, cleaning, going the the gym, yoga, swimming, hiking, skiing, playing volleyball, etc. With all of that activity comes bumps, bruises sprains and sore muscles. Since I am not one to 'sit on the couch' there are ways that I have found to help myself heal faster.
I have found that the best topical remedy for bumps, sprains, bruises and sore muscles is Arnica Balm. Arnica is an herb that has been used for hundreds of years. It has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties which contributes to healing while soothing and alleviating pain. Cayenne pepper can be an added addition to this balm. It is a circulatory stimulant to help with pain relief and for healing infections.
Arnica balm recipe
This recipe is kid tested and approved. It works great on all the bumps and bruises that children get. It can also be used for arthritis and joint pains. Just remember not to eat it. If you have a first aid kit, this Arnica Balm is an important addition.
Our bodies are subject to many harsh chemicals in the air we breathe, the food we eat and the body care products some of us lather on our skin. If the toxins remain in the body it is possible for our organs to become increasingly toxic leading to all kinds of possible illness. It is possible to recognize when your body might be needing to detox. If you are feeling sluggish, bloated, achy in the joints, having brain fog or just need to relax, a Detox Bath might be just what you need!
These are the ingredients I use in my Detox Bath:
I use about 1/4 cup of each one and add 20-40 drops of Lavender Essential Oil.
(I have included links to each product just click on the name)
Magnesium Flakes ~ Adding Magnesium Flakes to your body, provides magnesium through the skin. Magnesium is necessary for heart function, bone density, muscle cramping, sound sleep, many metabolic reactions in the body, and much more. Many people are deficient in Magnesium and this is a great way to get Magnesium in the body and relax at the same time.
Bentonite Clay ~ Bentonite clays helps in the detoxification process stimulating the lymphatic system to deeply cleanse by pulling toxins out through the skin.
Baking Soda ~ Baking Soda helps to drain the lymphatic system of toxins. Baking Soda not only helps soothe skin rashes, it helps to restore the acid/alkaline balance in the body. Baking Soda has also been known to counter the effects of radiation.
Epsom Salts ~ Epsom Salts is used as a method for detoxification. The magnesium sulfate that is in the salts help to detoxify with medicinal and cleansing actions like if you were soaking in a sulfur hot spring. Epsom Salts helps relax muscles while pulling toxins out.
Essential Oils ~ You can use any of your favorite essential oils. I love to use Lavender Oil. If I don't have oils I will break off a branch and some flowers and put it straight in the bath. Lavender is great for soothing the skin and helping with scrapes, cuts, bruises and skin irritations. It is also great for relaxing and unwinding after a long day right before bedtime.
* You can also add Apple Cider Vinegar as it balances the body back into an alkaline state. It soothes and softens the skin too. Himalayan Pink Salts helps rid the body of toxins as well as helps with skin problems, joint pains, insect bites, poison oak/ivy irritations and much more.
Relax and Detox while you take a quiet moment for yourself and your overall wellness.
Please feel free to write me with questions or comments!
I love hearing from you!
In gratitude and service,
Most body care products that you buy from the store are full of harmful chemicals and toxins. Usually they don't even clean your skin or hair properly. The products that are natural and organic that actually work I find to be expensive. I have found the perfect combination of inexpensive ingredients you can find in your kitchen that will give you the cleanest teeth, hair and skin you could imagine.
Step 1: Oil Pulling:
Take a Tablespoon of Coconut Oil and put it in your mouth. If it was hard it will liquify. Keep it in your mouth for about 20 minutes. Swirl around but never spit in a sink or toilet only in the trash or outside. Click on link for more info on Oil Pulling.
Coconut Oil should be a staple at home. It is so incredible for you with its anti-biotic, anti-inflammatory and anti viral properties. It can be used all over the body, a tablespoon for constipation, for cooking, for oil pulling, deep conditioning, etc.
Step 2: To deep condition the hair: Heat Oil. Olive, Jojoba, Almond, Coconut, etc. and pour warm oil on the roots and hair. Put hair up.
Helps with hair growth and conditions the hair.
Another way to deep condition: an egg mixed with mayonnaise and let sit in hair.
Step 3: Spread Honey all over the face and let sit for 20 minutes.
The Honey pulls out the toxins and black heads and tightens the skin.
Step 4: Mix 2 Tablespoons of Baking Soda and add 1 teaspoon of Himalayan Pink Salt.
After 20 minutes has gone by, spit the oil from your mouth into the dirt or trash can. Dip your brush into the tooth powder and brush away. You will have the cleanest and whitest teeth ever :)
You can mix with Coconut Oil to make a paste.
The baking soda and salt help to make the teeth extra white.
Step 5: Rinse the mouth with Hydrogen Peroxide.
Hydrogen Peroxide kills bacteria in the gums.
Step 6: Head for the shower. When you get in rinse the Honey off of your face. And grab the Dr. Bronner's soap. Pour some in your hand and scrub into the hair and face.
Everyone should have a bottle of Dr. Bronner's Liquid Soap in their house. You can use it to clean everything!
Step 7: Take the bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar and fill the capful. Pour capfuls onto the roots of the hair and let it drip down the rest of the hair. Try and get a bit of ACV on the entire head of hair. Then massage some into your face. Take a drink of the ACV and then Rinse off the face with water.
Apple Cider Vinegar is another staple in the home. It can be used on the hair and skin but also if ingested helps balance the body so less dis-ease comes.
Step 8: Take a handful of Sugar and mix with Dr. Bronner's and scrub your skin and all of the dead skin that rests on the skin.
Step 9: Once you dry off and get dressed, take a bit of Coconut Oil and put a light layer on the skin, face, arms, hands, bottom of feet, etc.
Viola! You are extra clean and beautified with products from your kitchen. If you create this as your daily ritual I promise people in your life will start asking you why you look so good! It's happened to me :)
* If you click on the pictures it will take you to a place where you can order all of these online.
Let me know how this cleaning routine works out for you!
In gratitude and service,
~ Alex , Earthie Mama
Oil pulling is a traditional Ayurvedic detox technique that involves swishing oil in the mouth. It is said that it helps remove harmful bacteria and pulls toxins out of gums and teeth. I love this because it is so beneficial, extremely effective, cheap, easy and of course ALL NATURAL. Oil pulling helps the body's natural detoxification process. Usually it is best done in the morning upon waking but can be done all day long. It can act like a cup of coffee, waking you up. It also clears out the bacteria that has accumulated in your mouth while sleeping. Wherever you are in the world, this is a great way to maintain oral health. All you need is some oil. I use Coconut Oil, it tastes good to me and it is anti-bacterial. However, you can use other oils like Olive Oil or Sunflower Oil.
Please use Organic oils!
Benefits of Oil Pulling:
1. Put a Tablespoon of oil in your mouth ( I prefer coconut oil, it is anti-bacterial)
2. Start swishing it around your mouth. Do this for 15-20 minutes.
3. Spit out the oil. It should be milky and watery.
If your mouth still feels oily you didn't pull long enough
4. Rinse out your mouth. It is best to use salt water to rinse and then give your
teeth a good brushing.
Things to Remember:
I have been oil pulling every day for a few months and I have seen whiter teeth. My teeth and gums are smooth and feel healthy. I use my homemade toothpaste of baking soda, coconut oil and himalayan rock salt after the Oil Pulling and my mouth feels as clean as it could be. All from the Earth!
If you try Oil Pulling, please let me know how you feel after!
In gratitude and service,
Making your own lip balm is easy and inexpensive. I love this recipe for lip balm. It is actually edible, so it is safe for your children (over 1). My children are constantly telling me how it is their favorite lip balm and how soft their lips are.
They love it!
I make this lip balm with all organic ingredients. It has about an SPF 4 so it nourishes and protects your lips. Enjoy!
This recipe will fill about 7-8 containers
1/4 cup Organic Coconut Oil
1/4 cup Organic Beeswax
10 drops Organic Vanillla
1 T Raw Honey
1. Grate the Beeswax and put in a glass jar. Place jar in pot with a bit of water.
2. At the same time melt the Coconut Oil.
3. When melted take off the heat.
4. Combine Coconut Oil and Beeswax then add Vanilla and Honey and stir really well.
5. Immediately pour mixture into lip balm containers.
6. Allow to cool completely. Place lids on.