Have you ever wondered what all those ingredients are in your cosmetics, soaps, lotions, and potions? Sometimes it’s easier just to ignore those lists and use the product anyway with the thought that “it hasn’t killed me yet”. Unfortunately, some of those ingredients are toxic beyond belief and they do get into our bodies even if we are just rubbing them on our skin.
Did you know that drug companies use lotions and creams to get hormones into the body? In the same way, the lotions we buy can contain hormone disruptors which will be absorbed through our living and breathing skin. Yikes! And that’s not to mention the other chemicals which are known carcinogens, allergens, neurotoxins, etc.!
There are a few good guides out there that can help you to navigate through this sea of chemicals, such as safecosmetics.org and ewg.org.
However, I prefer to just make my own products because I find it difficult to find affordable products that are free of all the toxins. And in fact, most of what we use in the bathroom is not even necessary at all! But without going into all of that now, I’d like to share with you my moisturizing face wash recipe, which is easy, affordable, and works great!
- 70% Olive Oil
- 15% Castor Oil
- 10% Neem Oil (with rosehip seed oil, grape seed oil, and Vitamin E by “Ferlow Botanicals”)
- 3% Tea Tree Oil
- 2% Lavender Essential Oil
Okay, before you freak out about the idea of washing your face with oil, remember that “oil removes oil”. And oils have been used since biblical times for cleansing and beauty – they work with your skin and not against it!
- The main two ingredients are olive oil and castor oil in about an 80 to 20 ratio for normal skin. You may want to use a bit more castor oil if your skin is oily or a bit less if it is dry.
- Blend all the oils together and record the ratio you used so you can refine it if you need to.
- Wet your face. Rub a drop of your new face wash in your hands and rub over face.
- Wet a wash cloth in hot water and squeeze. Place over face for a minute and allow steam to relax you and to help the oils absorb. Then wipe off however much oil from your face with the cloth as you need to. (This varies for me depending on the climate I am in – in a dry climate I leave more on my face to feel hydrated and in humid climates I can wipe most of it off.)
- Enjoy the shining healthy glow of your happy skin 🙂
This is one of the most comforting bedtime drinks I know of to both soothe souls and boost health. If you like snuggling up with a warm mug of chai tea, you will like this recipe! Turmeric is known for its countless health benefits; it has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, it can relieve arthritis, it fights brain neuronal degeneration and depression, and it can decrease the risk of heart disease and cancer. And don’t leave out the pepper because it contains a compound that helps your body to absorb the turmeric!
- 2 TBSP turmeric powder
- 4-6 TBSP purified water
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 1/4 tsp cardamon
- a pinch of cayenne pepper
- 8 cups milk substitute (coconut, hemp, almond)
- Add coconut oil, spices and water to small pot over low heat. Stir until becomes like a paste
- Stir in milk to heat until reaches a gentle simmer
- Ladle carefully into mug so as not to stain everything yellow
- Add a touch of honey to sweeten if you’d like, put your feet up and enjoy 🙂
Note #1: You can play with the spices to match your taste, some people like cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg in there too – just keep the turmeric and pepper as your base.
Note #2: The paste can be made in larger quantities and stored in the fridge for future use. Then just add 1tsp per cup of milk and heat.
Caution: turmeric is very yellow and will stain so be careful with what you let it touch!
Every lady needs a good piece of chocolate every now and then without the guilt of also ingesting added sugars and chemicals or draining the bank. Here’s a simple and delicious melt-in-your-mouth chocolate recipe. Enjoy!
- 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
- 5 TBSP maple syrup
- 1/3 cup + 1-2TBSP cocoa powder
- Mix the liquid ingredients together over low heat
- Add cocoa a TBSP at a time until in starts to get thick, but not too thick
- Pour onto baking sheet covered in parchment paper and spread into a thin layer ~1/4″ thick
- Sprinkle with pink Himalayan sea salt and cayenne (optional)
- Put in freezer to harden for a couple hours, then break into pieces and store in the fridge
If you are picky like me about what you want to put into your precious little baby’s body, finding a healthy cookie recipe can feel like the ultimate challenge. Well, it’s time to breath a big sigh of relief because this one below is not only good for them, but they will love it! Plus you won’t have to worry about them licking the spoon with this cookie dough. 🙂
Quick and Easy Toddler Cookies
- 1/2 cup organic sorghum flour
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup raisins (or dates, hemp hearts, shredded coconut, nuts, etc.)
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp allspice
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 1 TBSP chia seeds or flax seeds
- 3 TBSP warm water
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup mashed banana (about half of a banana) (optional)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 F and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Grind 1 TBSP chia seeds in coffee grinder. Add water and mix. Allow to sit while mixing other ingredients.
- Combine dry ingredients and wet ingredients (including the chia mix) separately, then mix together.
- Drop by heaping tablespoon onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until done.
- Makes about 20 cookies.
There’s no doubt about it, mac ‘n cheese is an easy favourite in many households. I wanted my toddler to be able to indulge in this treat on occasion without exposing him to a world of chemicals – so I made up my own recipe… and he loves it! I hope yours will too 🙂
Easy Homemade Toddler Mac ‘n Cheese
- Organic Lentil Ziti Noodles (by Tolerant – I found them at Costco)
- Goats milk
- Soft unripened goats milk cheese
- Cook noodles as directed and drain
- Add butter to pot with noodles and mix to melt
- Stir in goats milk, cheese, and pinch of nutmeg to coat
[Amounts vary depending on how much you’re making.]