Green Up Your Laundry with Grove Collaborative

Over the last few years, we’ve made a lot of changes to make our home greener. We’ve swapped plastic water bottles for refillable ones, started buying locally grown foods, and switched to natural cleaning products. Natural laundry was another area I worked on, but it was a little more challenging. Of course, the easiest way to reduce our environmental impact would be do less laundry. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a way to do that yet (if I do, you’ll be the first to know!). Until that happens, one easy way to green up your laundry is with this FREE Laundry...

How to Quit Coffee and Replace it with Healthier Alternatives

How to Quit Coffee | A Delightful Home
Congratulations!  You’ve taken one of the toughest steps towards quitting coffee:  deciding it’s time to do so.  It’s not an easy decision to make.  For many, coffee is not just a beverage, but a ritual, a trusted friend and a part of life.  I get it! But, coffee also has a dark side beyond its roast.  As you read in my recent post Is Coffee Harming Your Health? some of coffee’s ill effects include raised cortisol levels, anxiety, fatigue, irritability and food cravings. You may be thinking, “I’m going to be very irritable quitting coffee!” and that may be true for...

My Hashimoto’s Story

If you’ve been feeling sick and don’t know why, or felt run down and exhausted for years on end, I want to share a little of my story with you today. I hope it will encourage you to keep on digging. To find out what is at the root of your health issues and to keep putting one foot in front of the other as you try to get well. You’ve got this! I stumbled upon the pictures above a little while ago. The stark contrast between them was evident to me, but I didn’t know if it was recognizable...

DIY Sleep Spray

A simple sleep spray or linen spray is a great way to enhance the feeling of calm at bedtime. It takes about one minute to put together and contains just a few ingredients. In this blend, I’m using lavender and mandarin essential oils, but other oils would work very well too. How to Make Sleep Spray Ingredients: 8 drops lavender essential oil 4 drops  mandarin essential oil 1 T vodka (to help preserve mixture and minimize possibility of bacteria) 2 ounces distilled water 2-ounce spray bottle A few other essential oil options include: Vetiver – commonly used to enhance feelings of calm, is...

Is coffee harming your health?

Have you ever wondered if coffee is healthy or not? I have! I have! A little research and some experimentation led me to some discoveries I’d like to share with you today. You’ve likely heard of the many benefits of drinking coffee. Coffee is thought to increase blood flow to the brain, enhancing cognitive function. It’s also known to be high in antioxidants, which is great for fighting the toxicity we face in the world today. It’s helpful in removing free radicals and thought to be the no. 1 anti-aging beverage. Sounds pretty good so far. Since so many of us...

DIY Coffee Body Scrub Cubes

Sugar scrub bars are a fun way to create a pre-measured scrub. Each bar is enough for one use. Bars also contain a little soap, so they clean, cleanse, and exfoliate at the same time. The following recipe uses grated natural soap, cocoa butter, coconut oil, coffee grounds, and brown sugar. You will need to melt the grated soap along with other ingredients to create the base for the scrub bar. The grated soap will not melt fully, and that is ok. It actually adds some extra visual interest the bars. It’s also important to note that scrub bars may not...

Essential Oils for Headache Relief

Having a headache is the worst! With sharp pain shooting through your skull or resting behind your eyes, it’s tough to get anything done once a headache settles in. A huge percentage of headaches are related to tension, but headaches can also be the result of underlying infections, sinus issues, dehydration, eye strain, and even food allergies. It can be difficult to find a solution to persistent headaches, and if you have them, you feel like you have already tried everything! This post is simply meant to offer up one more remedy to try. If you suffer from persist ongoing...

How to Dilute Essential Oils for the Bath

How to safely dilute essential oils for the bath
Add essential oils to the bath sounds like a good idea. I mean, who doesn’t want a lovely scented soak in the tub? The problem is, essential oils are powerful substances. They are highly concentrated and very few of them can be used “neat” (undiluted). (Just read my story about shivering for an hour after using too much Wintergreen). It stands to reason that one might think adding essential oils to an entire tub of water would dilute them just fine; however, oil and water don’t mix, so the result is undiluted essential oils floating on the top of the...

How to Make Magnesium Lotion

How to Make Magnesium Lotion |
This recipe for magnesium lotion comes from Healing With God’s Earthly Gifts: Natural and Herbal Remedies.  Many of us are deficient in magnesium. If you are deficient you may have headaches, loss of appetite, nausea, restless legs, insomnia, irritability, anxiety, depression, high blood sugar, muscle cramps, or vomiting (among other things). One great way to get magnesium is through a magnesium bath, but time for a bath is not always easy to find. So, a magnesium lotion is a great option for supplementing magnesium naturally. It’s great for babies and young children as well as adults. Many report better sleep once they...