5 Simple Ways to Detoxify Your Home and Body

The fact that we live in a world full of chemicals, pesticides, and other harmful substances can't be denied. Sure, we strive to eat good food and use natural cleaners, but what do we do about the unclean air and the unhealthy things that have already made their way into our homes and bodies? Perhaps you live in the city with a lot of pollution or you have furniture and carpeting that may be off-gassing extra toxins into your home; what can be done about these? Worrying about such things makes me want to head for the hills and build...
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How to Minimize Formaldehyde in Your Home

Formaldehyde is one of the most common toxic substances found in indoor air. No longer limited to mortuaries and medical laboratories (where it is used as a preservative), formaldehyde is now in many personal care products, furniture, and building supplies. Formaldehyde is listed as a probable human carcinogen (cancer-causing agent) by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In 2011, the National Toxicology Program named formaldehyde as a known human carcinogen in their 12th Report on Carcinogens. Since we spend so much time inside, it is important for us to learn how to reduce or eliminate this dangerous chemical from our homes....
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Last Minute Sugar Scrubs {How to make multiple scrubs with one recipe!}

With Christmas just a few days away, you may find yourself running out of time to find gifts for everyone on your list. If this is you, may I suggest sugar scrubs to the rescue? Sugar scrubs are quick and easy to make and usually well received. Today I'm going to give you the formula for making as many scrubs as you need. With this information, you could easily make 20, 50, or even 100 gifts in one afternoon. You could also just make one or two. It's up to you! Because the ingredients in most sugar scrubs are fairly...
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Improve Digestion and Reduce Bloating After a Meal

During the holidays, bloating can become a problem. This is usually due to the excess food, especially the sugary variety, but stress also plays a role. As you may remember, stress can lead to digestive issues, making it hard to actually get nutrients out of the food you’re eating. Besides doing what you can to avoid stress, like taking walks, deep breathing, sleeping enough, and so on, here are a few suggestions for easing (and avoiding) bloat this holiday season: (If you need more stress reduction tips, see this post: 20 Ways to Reduce Stress) Eat slowly Eating too quickly...
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DIY Cinnamon Spice Body Scrub

This homemade body scrub smells just like fall. I hop back and forth between calling it Cinnamon-Spice body scrub and Holiday Spice body scrub! If you have a well-stocked spice cabinet, you can whip up this sweetly spiced body scrub in a matter of minutes. I love the ratio of spices in this recipe, but to tell you the truth, if you don't have all the spices, substitute 1-2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice for a similar scent. Since this scrub contains cinnamon it's important to note that it may not be suitable for those with sensitive skin or for pregnant...
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Primally Pure Review – Effective Natural Skincare

Since the skin is the largest organ of the body, it's extremely important to be careful when choosing what to apply to it. Thankfully, a number of natural and non-toxic skincare products have become available. However, it is important to note, that there are companies jumping on the green beauty bandwagon and using “greenwashing” to sell us products that aren't truly natural at all. According to Greenwashingindex.com, “Greenwashing is when a company or organization spends more time and money claiming to be “green” through advertising and marketing than actually implementing business practices that minimize environmental impact.” In other words, many companies are...
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Branch Basics Review – Versatile Non-Toxic Cleaning

I can't adequately express how much I love small business with great integrity! Branch Basics has impressed me so much with their commitment to doing the right thing and holding to the standards they have set that I want to share about them everywhere I go! Besides that, they have created a natural cleaning product that is effective and convenient, which makes my life so much easier! So what is Branch Basics exactly? I think their user guide says it best: “Branch Basics is a multi-tasking plant and mineral based cleaner. Branch Basics not only removes dirt, dust, grease, and grime,...
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Homemade Elderberry & Apple Cider Gummies

Elderberry gummies are a great way to get the health benefits of elderberries but disguised as a treat. In the past, I have made elderberry gummies from my homemade elderberry syrup recipe (just add a little extra water and a few tablespoons of gelatin). They tasted great, but I thought it would be fun to give them a little twist and make them more like the sweetly flavored berry gummies my kids already know and love. Plus, I discovered that some folks don't like the flavor of elderberry syrup, which the original elderberry gummies taste like. So I thought it was time to experiment...
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Rocky Mountain Oils’ New Skin Care Line – Tohi Skincare Review

One of my favorite essential oil companies, Rocky Mountain Oils, has just released a line of natural skincare products. I received five of their new products in the mail last week and wanted to share a little about them so you could see if they might work for you. The skincare and supplement lines at Rocky Mountain Oils are called, Tohi. They are designed to enhance health and wellness from the inside out. The Tohi skincare line is a premium natural skincare and body care line. It combines “essential oils, clinically proven ingredients, and botanical extracts for targeted skin care solutions you...
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