Create Your Own Custom DIY Salves the Easy Way!

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Spark Naturals sells 100% pure essential oils, essential oil blends and related natural aromatherapy products. Their goal is to to help people bring balance into people’s lives through the use of essential oil extracts and other high quality health related products that combat the world’s cocoon of toxins, pollutants, and hazardous chemicals.

About Spark Naturals Essential Oils.

I recently discovered the company, Spark NaturalsSpark Naturals sells 100% pure essential oils, essential oil blends and related natural aromatherapy products. Their goal is to to help people bring balance into people’s lives through the use of essential oil extracts and other high quality health related products that combat the world’s cocoon of toxins, pollutants, and hazardous chemicals.

Unlike some essential oils companies, Spark Naturals is not an MLM company. However, they do offer the same products along with better pricing and availability as other similar essential oil companies.

Create your own custom DIY salves the easy way with Spark Naturals' base Foundation Salve. This salve is fantastic for those of us who want to create our own custom DIY salves, but prefer not to have to start out buying a ton of ingredients in bulk. This salve is a great way to make and mix your own products. All you need to do is heat the base and then add your own oils!

Easily create custom DIY salves with Spark Naturals!

I was especially excited by Spark Naturals’ base Foundation Salve. This salve is fantastic for those of us who want to create our own custom DIY salves, but prefer not to have to start out by buying a ton of ingredients in bulk. Spark Naturals’ base Foundation Salve is a great way to make and mix your own products. All you need to do is heat the base and then add your own essential oils!

To get you started, I recommend 12 drops of essential oil to 1 oz. of base. You can try ginger essential oil with this base for a warming sore muscle salve! Or mix 12 drops of ginger essential oil with 1 oz. of one of their carrier oils for a simple sore muscle massage oil.

And Spark Naturals’ base Foundation Salve is 100% natural. It’s made from 100% Pure Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Beeswax, Extra Virgin Organic Olive Oil and Vitamin E. That’s it! You can buy Spark Naturals’ base Foundation Salve online here. Or shop from their full line of pre-made salves here.

Sparks Naturals sells essential oil kits for making your own DIY cleaning products, cold & flu relief products and more!

In addition to the salves offered at Spark Naturals, they also sell essential oil kits for making your own DIY cleaning products, cold & flu relief products and more!

And, they also make it easy to get started with aromatherapy! Start shopping now and save up to 20% off their current sale products. You can also use coupon code: share15 for 15% off.

If you’re interested in homemade salve recipes that are a little more complex, you can find all of my salve recipes here. Make your own from scratch or use them as a springboard for inspiration for making your own custom DIY salves.

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Turmeric Ginger Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic Recipes

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My turmeric ginger apple cider vinegar recipes treat the body to natural probiotics and can help to fight chronic inflammation. Both turmeric and ginger are known for their natural anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, turmeric contains curcumin, which is believed to have anticancer properties.

My turmeric ginger apple cider vinegar recipes provide your body with natural probiotics and contain both turmeric and ginger which can help to fight chronic inflammation.

Both turmeric and ginger are well known for their natural anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, turmeric, a powerful antioxidant, contains curcumin which is believed to have anticancer properties. There have been over 2000 studies and a phase 1 cancer trial in the UK that have shown curcumin can help to prevent several forms of cancer including breast, lung, stomach, liver, and colon cancer. As there is a history of breast cancer in my family, turmeric has become a part of my daily diet.

Since drinking my turmeric ginger apple cider vinegar tonic daily in conjunction with switching to an aluminum free natural deodorant – this is the deodorant I make and use – my symptoms from fibromyalgia have diminished quite significantly. Most days I feel 99% better than when I was first diagnosed.

My Backstory.

Originally, I began drinking kombucha on the advice of an acquaintance who indicated it might help with my fibro symptoms. And it did. But I later switched to drinking apple cider vinegar instead.

Apple cider vinegar had fewer calories and less sugar than kombucha which worked better with my body’s needs. My drink of choice was Kevita’s Turmeric Ginger Cleansing Probiotic Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic. However, drinking this everyday cost around $100 a month. Obviously, not willing to give up how much better I’ve felt since adding this turmeric ginger apple cider vinegar drink to my diet, I finally decided to make my own.

Following are two great turmeric ginger apple cider vinegar recipes for you to try out!

My turmeric ginger apple cider vinegar recipes treat the body to natural probiotics and can help to fight chronic inflammation. Both turmeric and ginger are known for their natural anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, turmeric contains curcumin, which is believed to have anticancer properties.

Turmeric Ginger Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

8 fluid oz. natural 100% apple juice
12 fluid oz. filtered water
3 Tablespoons Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tablespoon organic unsulphured blackstrap molasses
1 teaspoon ginger root powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric root powder

Instructions:

You’ll want to use Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar as it contains the mother and all the good probiotics for your gut. Store it at room temperature and shake before using. You do NOT want to heat your apple cider vinegar as it will kill all the good “bugs.”

Begin my mixing the apple cider vinegar with the blackstrap molasses. Otherwise when you add your molasses it will all sink to the bottom.

I love the flavor the molasses adds to this recipe. You can substitute the molasses with local raw honey or even manuka honey if you like for a milder taste. I prefer the molasses not only for the taste, but also because it contains vitamin B6. After having shingles I can tell you that vitamin B6 can help to deter getting shingles as well as the recurrence of shingles. My patient information sheet from the doctor even instructed me to take 50mg of vitamin B6 twice a day for two months.

Once you’ve mixed the apple cider vinegar and molasses together, measure out the other ingredients and mix in a glass jar or container. (I use an ello Elsie 20 oz. BPA Free Classic Milk Jar that I bought from Target to mix mine.) If you have access to fresh ginger, you can use a microplane grater to grate fresh ginger instead of using powdered.

Feel free to use more turmeric and/or ginger as desired to suit your taste. Or to also make other variations of this recipe such as using tea instead of apple juice. You can also try adding a dash of cinnamon!

If you aren’t drinking your turmeric ginger apple cider vinegar tonic right away, be sure to keep it stored in the fridge until use!

Blueberry Turmeric Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

8 fluid oz. natural blueberry juice
12 fluid oz. filtered water
3 Tablespoons Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tablespoon raw local honey or manuka honey
1 teaspoon ginger root powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric root powder

Instructions:

Like my previous recipe, you’ll need to mix the apple cider vinegar with the honey to dilute the honey. Then combine all of the ingredients in a glass container and shake well to combine.

I hope you enjoy these turmeric ginger apple cider vinegar recipes! If you have a favorite apple cider vinegar drink recipe I’d love for you to share it in the comments below. Or simply tell me what your favorite flavor combinations are!

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Easy Homemade Deodorant Recipe with just 3-Ingredients

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Learn how to make this quick and easy homemade deodorant recipe for sensitive skin from a natural baking soda free deodorant base and two simple ingredients you can find locally in most grocery, co-op and health food stores.

Learn how to make this quick and easy homemade deodorant recipe for sensitive skin from a natural baking soda free deodorant base and two simple ingredients you can  locally in most grocery, co-op and health food stores!

First, some backstory.

Sometimes you just need a hack to make things in your life better. Something quick and easy to improve whatever. Health is one of those things that is hard for me to skimp on especially as someone with fibromyalgia, so there aren’t a lot of health hacks, I guess you could say, that really work like I’d like them to. Here’s some backstory. (Plus why this deodorant hack, you could say, is worth mentioning.)

I’ve been making a lot of changes since first being diagnosed with fibro in 2012. I’ve learned a lot about my body and the condition by being really proactive. As it turns out, despite fibro being increasingly common, a lot of doctors still don’t know how to handle it. My doctor threw drugs at it. Followed by more drugs. Hydrocodone, Tramadol, Lyrica… drugs that actually caused the pain to increase over time leading to the need for more drugs in higher doses.

So, I quit the drugs. And on my on and cold turkey which in retrospect was probably a really bad idea. At the time, tramadol had recently been reclassified as a Class C drug.

I was told by my doctor that taking tramadol was safe. I was also told that it was non-addictive. Tramadol is a synthetic opiate. That it’s not addictive is simply not true. As my need for the drug increased I realized that my pain wasn’t getting worse – I was experiencing side effects as the drug was wearing off. Also Lyrica, which they tout as the new drug for treating fibro, actually causing a sharp increase in pain when it wears off or if you try to stop taking it.

Realizing these things and wanting to take back control of my life, I quit both tramadol and Lyrica cold turkey over a weekend. I don’t recommend this. I ate a lot of benadryl.  It was not fun. At two weeks I started to feel normal again. At three weeks I finally leveled back out.

Then I started making changes to my diet. And moving more so that I was at least walking every single day.

I also changed my diet and gave up fast food entirely. I also started eating fewer processed foods and kept track of which foods – typically the over processed ones – that made me feel worse. I switched to organic foods, increase my intake of fresh foods and I started drinking probiotics every single day. Whether kombucha tea or more recently, Kevita’s Turmeric Ginger Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic, these drinks created a major shift in my health.

Traditional Medicinals EveryDay Detox Tea is a must have staple for your kitchen pantry!

I also drink two to three cups of Traditional Medicinals EveryDay Detox Tea five days a week and, more recently, started treating the fibro like it was leaky gut syndrome as much as possible.

Finally I changed my deodorant. The difference was notable.

I have been on the fence with natural deodorants for a while. My first experience was not great as I fell victim to the burning fiery rash you get after using deodorant with baking soda. Eventually I discovered that I could swap the baking soda with magnesium hydroxide – basically the same thing as Milk of Magnesia – and it worked just as well. I created a few deodorant recipes with arrowroot powder, magnesium hydroxide, butters, oils and essential oils that I really liked. I even made one with bentonite clay.

I noticed another shift how I felt physically after sticking to using a natural deodorant with magnesium hydroxide at about two months. I have not looked back.

But then I ran out of my deodorant. And I ran out of ingredients. As I was waiting for sales to place a large supply order for all the soap and skin care recipes I post on my blog, I thought I’d try a store bought natural deodorant that I could buy locally. I mean, not only are there days your supply cabinet runs dry, but sometimes you just feel terrible and making deodorant from scratch is an exhausting task. Plus, starting out buying all of those ingredients can be costly.

JASON Purifying Tea Tree Deodorant Stick

So I bought two natural deodorants to try – Tom’s of Maine Long Lasting Deodorant Stick (in Wild Lavender) and Jason Purifying Tea Tree Pure Natural Deodorant Stick. Both are free of aluminum. Both fell extremely short in performance.

So basically I melted them down and added arrowroot powder and magnesium hydroxide to them. Huge difference.

Anyway, you can make this easy homemade deodorant recipe from basically any natural, aluminum free deodorant like the ones I used or with a melt and pour deodorant base from a soapmaking supplier. (I was able to find a good baking soda free melt and pour deodorant base with shea and cocoa butter at Essential Wholesale here if you are wanting to make your own deodorant in bulk. Brambleberry also sells a baking soda free melt and pour deodorant base but with aloe and not butters.)

Following is my easy homemade deodorant recipe. Feel free to adjust the amounts of the additional ingredients to suit your preference. You can also add essential oils if you are using an unscented base.

Learn how to make this quick and easy homemade deodorant recipe for sensitive skin from a natural baking soda free deodorant base and two simple ingredients you can find locally in most grocery, co-op and health food stores.

Easy Homemade Deodorant Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

2.15 oz. natural aluminium free deodorant (base) of choice
1 oz. arrowroot powder
.5 oz. magnesium hydroxide

 Instructions:

To make this easy homemade deodorant recipe, you’ll begin by using a digital scale weigh out the deodorant or melt and pour deodorant base. (The amount needed is slightly less than a stick.)

Place in a glass Pyrex measuring cup and heat in the microwave at 50% power until melted. Mine took around 30 seconds to melt.

Weigh out the arrowroot powder and the magnesium hydroxide then stir them into the melted deodorant until full incorporated.

Add essential oils if desired if using an unscented melt and pour deodorant base.

Pour the melted deodorant into your now empty deodorant container or into one you’ve purchased. (Pictured above is a silver deodorant tube with a domed cap from SKS Bottle & Packaging.)

Allow the deodorant to resolidify then place the cap on your container.

Learn how to make this quick and easy homemade deodorant recipe for sensitive skin from a natural baking soda free deodorant base and two simple ingredients you can find locally in most grocery, co-op and health food stores.

You can then decorate your new and improved deodorant if desired with a sticker or label. (I used this crystals, diamonds & minerals clipart I purchased from Kenna Sato Designs and printed onto white sticker paper from WorldLabel.)

Keep in mind if you are making your natural deodorant to sell, you’ll need to label it properly in order to meet state and federal laws. (If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling cosmetics, I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.) Also, if you’re purchasing clipart for labels, be sure to purchase a commercial license.

Have you been looking for an all natural deodorant that not only works but doesn’t cause skin irritation like deodorants that contain baking soda? All Good deodorants may be the answer for your sensitive skin.

If this still too much work, Mountain Rose Herbs sells a natural brand of deodorant called All Good Deodorant. These deodorants contain Saccharomyces/Ferment – a type of fungi – that contains naturally-occurring, live enzymes that breakdown sweat molecules and effectively fight both odor and wetness. They also contain arrowroot powder.

This natural neem oil deodorant recipe is a no baking soda deodorant that won't irritate skin. Learn how to make your own plus choose from two awesome printable deodorant labels for your own no baking soda neem oil deodorant. Choose from a Star Wars inspired deodorant label for a Wook Control Stick or a basic Natural Neem Oil Deodorant label.

If you like my easy homemade deodorant recipe and have the means, you may also want to try my Natural Lavender Cream Deodorant Recipe with Bentonite Clay and my Natural Neem Oil Deodorant Recipe. These are both all natural and free of aluminum and baking soda. You may also want to try my Natural Lavender and Patchouli Deodorant Recipe. While this recipe does contain baking soda, the baking soda can easily be swapped for magnesium hydroxide. You can also shop for baking soda free deodorants on Etsy here.

While it’s not commonplace for me to share more personal parts of my life, I thought this was important enough to pass on. It’s also my hope that it may help improve your own quality of life or the quality of life of someone you know who copes daily with their own private pain or illness. As always, you should not make any significant changes in regards to any health issues without consulting your doctor.

Also keep in mind that there is no one size fits all solution to health. Pay attention to your body and take care of yourself and always seek help if you think something is wrong. While changing your deodorant obviously isn’t a cure for anything, you may just find it helps in ways you didn’t realize.


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All Natural Homemade Toothpaste Recipe

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DIY All Natural Homemade Toothpaste Recipe

I’ve been wanting to make an all natural homemade toothpaste recipe for quite some time but kept putting it off. This past weekend I changed that and now I’m kicking myself for not doing it sooner. Not only did it help with sensitivity – I typically use Sensodyne ProNamel Gentle Whitening Toothpaste – but it also visibly started to whiten my teeth after just a few uses. Including those horrid coffee and tea stains that mark my caffeine addiction.

So if you’ve been debating whipping up your own natural homemade toothpaste recipe, stop just thinking about and take action. You’ll be glad you did.

All Natural Homemade Toothpaste Recipe that helps to whiten teeth naturally!

Natural Homemade Toothpaste Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

2 oz. aluminum free baking soda
.5 oz. bentonite clay
.25 oz. fine sea salt
1.3 oz. 76° melt point refined coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon benzoin powder
1 teaspoon xanthum gum powder (or guar gum powder)
50 drops peppermint or clove essential oil

Instructions:

Begin by weighing out the baking soda, clay and sea salt using digital scale and combine in a glass bowl or small Pyrex measuring cup. Using measuring spoons, measure out and add the benzoin powder and the xanthum gum powder. Mix well with a fork.

Now weigh out the coconut oil in a separate container. Melt if needed. (In summer this typically stays between a solid and liquid while in winter it’s often rock hard.) Add the essential oil. (If you don’t have a dropper on your bottle you can measure out the drops using a glass dropper or a plastic transfer pipette.) I used clove oil in mine since it’s renowned to help with tooth aches.

Now slowly add the powder to the coconut oil mixing with a fork as you go until it forms a paste. Once the coconut oil has cooled if you find the paste is too hard during colder months, you can increase the amount of coconut oil to up to 1.5 oz. as needed.

DIY Beauty - Naturall Homemade Toothpaste Recipe that helps to whiten and reduce sensitivity!

Pour or spoon the mixture into a 4 oz. glass jar with a lid and keep tightly closed when not in use. Keep stored in a cool, dry location.

All Natural Homemade Toothpaste Recipe with Baking Soda and Bentonite Clay

To use, simply apply the paste to your toothbrush as you would a commercial toothpaste and brush away!

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How to Make Elderberry Syrup

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How to Make Homemade Elderberry Syrup - Natural Flu and Cold Home Remedy

Black elderberries have been used for hundreds of years for their medicinal value in treating colds, the flu, allergies and to boost overall respiratory health. Found along rivers, forests and even roadsides, this common botanical yields ripe berries that are rich in antioxidants, potassium, beta carotene, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin C. Elderberry syrup is a simple and tasty way to ingest the nutrients offered by elderberries. It’s believed that taken daily, it can help to prevent flu and colds as well as aid in the recovery of an existing illness such as the flu, colds, excessive mucus and even a sore throat.

For my homemade elderberry syrup I purchased a little DIY Elderberry Syrup Kit from Jes of Good 4 You Herbals. (Be sure to check out Jes’ DIY for making your own custom herbal tea blends.) However, you can also find all the ingredients you need for this elderberry syrup recipe at Mountain Rose Herbs. Spice this recipe up by also adding cinnamon sticks, organic cloves and organic ginger root.

Don’t have time to make your own? You can also buy Elderberry Syrup. Or try their Forests Tea, a warming organic tea created for the respiratory and chest area that helps to open airways. Keep reading to learn how to make elderberry syrup for your family.

Homemade Elderberry Syrup Recipe

Ingredients:

1 1/2 oz. organic elderberries
1 1/2 cups filtered water
1/2 cup raw honey

Supplies:

amber or cobalt blue glass bottles with droppers
digital kitchen scale
large pyrex measuring cup
large cotton muslin bag
small funnel
small sauce pan
spatula
labels

Instructions:

Start by weighing out the elder berries, then place in a large cotton muslin bag (optional.) Pour your filtered  tap water into a small saucepan on the stove, turn the heat on high and add the bag of elderberries.

How to Make Natural Homemade Elderberry Syrup - Natural Flu and Cold Home Remedy

Bring the water to a boil.

Homemade Elderberry Syrup Recipe - How to Make a Natural Elderberry Syrup Home Remedy for Flu and Colds

Then reduce heat and allow to simmer for twenty minutes or until the water is reduced to half.

Homemade Elderberry Syrup Recipe - How to Make a Natural Elderberry Syrup Home Remedy for Flu and Colds

Now remove the elderberries from the water and press firmly to squeeze out all of the remaining juice from the berries. If you did not use a mesh bag, strain the berries from the water.

Combine the water with the raw honey – I bought local clover honey from my Farmer’s Market – in the glass pyrex measuring cup and stir to combine thoroughly. (Keep in mind raw honey is not recommended to children under two years of age.)

Natural Flu and Cold Home Remedy - DIY Elderberry Syrup Recipe

Finally, using a funnel, slowly fill your amber glass bottles. Don’t fill them too full or the syrup will spill out of the edges when you place the lids with the droppers on them. Label as desired.

Store in the fridge for 2-3 months

You can store your elderberry syrup in the fridge where it will keep for 2-3 months. To use, take one Tablespoon daily to help prevent illness. If you have an existing cold or flu, take one teaspoon every 2-3 hours while ill.

Want to teach your children about the benefits of natural herbs and botanicals? Check out the book, A Kids Herb Book, by Lesley Tierra! It’s packed with beautiful illustrations, charming herb facts, coloring pages, herb check lists, funny stories, herbal bed time stories, a “how to make” section, herbal mythology written for kids, as well as a plethora of engaging herbal information for the young ones.

What are some of your favorite home remedies?


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