DIY Dry Shampoo Recipe for Light and Dark Hair

If you’d rather not wash your hair every day, you’ll most likely need to develop a relationship with dry shampoo. Dry shampoos are readily available nowadays, but most of the ones you’ll find on store shelves are full of endocrine-disrupting chemicals. It’s best to avoid these whenever possible. Making your own dry shampoo is easy. In fact, it will only take you a minute or two. To make your own dry shampoo, you will only need a few ingredients (from one to four, depending on your hair color and preferences). An old spice jar is a great option for storing and...
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10 Homemade Natural Hair Treatments

Sometimes I think of my hair as an accessory. Styling it in different ways makes me feel more put-together. When my hair is healthy, I feel more confident about how I look. Scraggly hair makes me feel sort of frumpy. Does it do that to you? All that said, I don’t like to spend a lot of time or money on my hair. And I certainly don’t want to use a ton of chemicals on it to make it look good, even though I have done so on occasion. Hello, perm! (I was 16, OK?) The following is a round-up...
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How to Make Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry syrup is a staple in most natural medicine cabinets. It’s wonderful because it tastes good and helps boost the immune system. Elderberries are high in vitamin C and boast a generous amount of antioxidants and beta-carotene. Fresh elderberries contain a toxic compound that can cause some gastrointestinal distress. This compound is inactivated by cooking. So, if you ever decide to make a tincture with elderberries, be sure to cook them for 30 minutes. This recipe uses dried elderberries, but fresh ones could be used instead (since we are cooking them for 30 minutes), If you choose to use fresh elderberries, you...
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Homemade Dryer Balls

Dryer balls are a great addition to your natural laundry routine. They help laundry dry faster and cut down on static. The best dryer balls are made from wool as it absorbs water very well. Dryer balls are readily available for purchase, but have you ever thought about making your own? It’s pretty easy and kind of fun, a little relaxing too, but it should be noted that homemade dryer balls aren’t significantly cheaper than buying ready-made dryer balls, so it may not be a money-saving project. However, for the die-hard DIYer, homemade dryer balls are a truly satisfying project....
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All-Natural Diaper Rash Cream Recipe

It’s awful when baby gets a diaper rash! As momma’s we want to do whatever we can to get rid of it ASAP. This diaper rash cream recipe will help! If you are naturally-minded, the ingredients in many conventional products may cause you to raise an eyebrow. Thankfully it’s not difficult to create your own diaper rash cream that is not only natural but effective. Ingredients for Homemade Diaper Cream Zinc Oxide Zinc oxide is used to create a protective barrier. It helps keep the skin from drying out and also provides some antiseptic action. Coconut Oil Coconut oil is antibacterial...
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What is Zinc Oxide? (And How to Use It)

Zinc oxide is an ingredient found in many natural body care products, including sunscreen, diaper cream, anti-itch cream and more. The active ingredient found in Calamine lotion is zinc oxide. Zinc oxide is an inorganic compound. Its molecular formula is ZnO, which is one zinc atom and one oxygen atom held together by an ionic bond (Source, Source). Made from zinc, zinc oxide is essentially zinc that has been oxidized. Zinc Oxide is “a mild astringent and topical protectant with some antiseptic action.” (Source) You will find it in many “non-toxic” sunscreens and diaper rash creams. This is because it provides a...
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Homemade Anti-Itch Cream (Calamine Lotion)

Looking for an anti-itch cream to soothe bites and rashes? This cream will do the trick. As a kid, my mom would slather on calamine lotion anytime I had a bite or rash. I loved the cool, soothing feeling that pink cream would bring! It was a staple at our house. The main active ingredient in Calamine lotion is zinc oxide plus a little iron oxide. The iron oxide is what gives calamine lotion it’s pinkish hue. Since zinc oxide is so easy to use, why not make our own anti-itch cream? It’s quick and easy. And you know exactly...
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You Don’t Have To Be Blooming To Be Growing

“You don’t have to be blooming to be growing.”  The words leaped at me as a new awakening. A refreshment to my soul after years of suffering. If you’ve read here for any length of time, you likely know that I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis a number of years ago. Even though I feel much better than I once did, I still struggle in many ways. I grieve for the years I lost to the invisible illness that plagued me. And the guilt that encircles me has often been stifling. But this thought of growing without blooming seemed to...
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