Natural Ways to Fight Colds & Flu This Fall

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The kids are in school, the holidays are fast approaching and there’s so much planning and shopping still yet to be done. Who can afford to get sick? Whether you’re making soothing medicinal teas, immune boosting syrups or something else entirely, these natural ways to fight colds & flu will keep you in shape to do what needs to be done.

Natural Ways to Fight Colds & Flu This Fall! The kids are in school, the holidays are fast approaching and there's so much planning and shopping still yet to be done. Who can afford to get sick? Whether you're making soothing medicinal teas, immune boosting syrups or something else entirely, these natural ways to fight colds & flu will keep you in shape to do what needs to be done.

After all, we can’t always afford to take time off from work or home life. But it is important that we take time out for self care. This way we can still perform at our best even when we feel bad. And who knows, you may find that you enjoy some of these natural ways to fight colds & flu even when you aren’t sick!

Natural Ways to Fight Colds & Flu

Natural Ways to Fight Colds & Flu This Fall! Learn how to make custom herbal tea blends to fight the cold & flu! Learn how to use herbal ingredients to create your own herbal teas for fighting the cold and flu. For example, peppermint helps to not only cool down the body, but it also soothes irritated lungs and eases colds. Hibiscus flowers, which are naturally rich in Vitamin C, help to “dry” out excess mucus in your lungs. While marshmallow root adds a coat of mucilage that can sooth a dry cough and sore throat.

Medicinal Tea for Colds & Flu

You need look no further than tea brands like Yogi and Traditional Medicinals to know that tea can help with a variety of ailments from insomnia and constipation to weight loss and energy. But if name brand teas don’t quite cut it, you can create your own custom tea blends to help ease a cold or flu.

Within the article, How to Make Custom Herbal Tea Blends by Jes of Good 4 You Herbals, you are provided with introductory information on herbal ingredients and tips for mixing these ingredients to create custom herbal teas. For example, peppermint leaf helps to not only cool down the body, but it also soothes irritated lungs and eases colds. Hibiscus flowers, which are naturally rich in Vitamin C, help to “dry” out excess mucus in your lungs. While marshmallow root adds a coat of mucilage that can sooth a dry cough and sore throat.

Cayenne, and this one is often used in cold & flu tea blends, heats up the body and acts as an expectorant if you have a stuffy nose due to a cold or flu. In addition it also has amazing antibacterial properties that help to promote wellness.

You can find Jes’ article on how to customize your own herbal teas here. (Jes also uses her herbal knowledge when developing her own natural plant based makeup. You can purchase her products via her Etsy store here.) Or try this simple and easy cold & flu herbal tea recipe with echinacea, ginger and cayenne to get you started.

If you’re not quite up to the task of customizing and preparing your own medicinal herbal tea remedy, you can purchase pre-blended cold & flu herbal teas from these artisanal sellers based on your symptoms. Or simply gleam ideas for the types of ingredients you’d like to use when making your own teas.

Fight cold & flu naturally with this Cold & Flu Loose Herbal Tea from Arogya Tea & Holistic Healing. This natural home remedy and herbal tea contains an immune-boosting and antiseptic blend of herbs to help strengthen and defend your reserves. Ingredients include Elder Flowers, Licorice Root, Fennel and Cinnamon to battle congestion, Calendula to ease fever, Lime Blossoms to calm the stomach and Echinacea to boost immunity.

I am particularly partial to this Cold & Flu Loose Herbal Tea from Arogya Tea & Holistic Healing. It contains an immune-boosting and antiseptic blend of herbs to help strengthen and defend your reserves. Ingredients include Elder Flowers, Licorice Root, Fennel and Cinnamon to battle congestion, Calendula to ease fever, Lime Blossoms to calm the stomach and Echinacea to boost immunity. Get it here. Or try Folke Magick’s Cold & Flu Herbal Tea as an alternate version.

Why drink apple cider vinegar during cold & flu season? Drinking raw apple cider vinegar everyday is a great way to keep your immunity up. Not only can it help to prevent you from getting sick, but it also gives your body a boost to fight a cold or the flu if you do get sick. I have a great recipe for a turmeric ginger apple cider vinegar tonic here. If you already have a cold, adding a dash of cayenne pepper to suit can give this tonic an extra kick to help clear out stuffy nasal passages.

Immune Boosting Home Remedies

Apple Cider Vinegar

Speaking of boosting your immunity, drinking raw apple cider vinegar everyday is a great way to keep your immunity up. Not only can it help to prevent you from getting sick, but it also gives your body a boost to fight a cold or the flu if you do get sick. I have a great recipe for a turmeric ginger apple cider vinegar tonic here. If you already have a cold, adding a dash of cayenne pepper to suit can give this tonic an extra kick to help clear out stuffy nasal passages.

Natural ways to fight colds & flu! Learn how to make elderberry syrup this cold & flu season to help naturally boost your immunity! 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. You can learn how to make your own homemade elderberry syrup here.

Black Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry syrup is another immunity boosting 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. You can learn how to make your own homemade elderberry syrup here. Alternately you can also buy a DIY elderberry kit or premade elderberry syrup. (This stuff is delicious! I highly recommend trying it on pancakes.)

In addition to apple cider vinegar and elderberry syrup, you can also purchase immunity boosting herbal teas. Moose Head Homestead sells an ImmuniTEA-herbal tea blend that combines elderflowers with organic ginger root, calendula, yarrow and peppermint leaf that you take at the first sign of discomfort. Earth Witch Herbals also sells an Immuni-TEA tea blend with a slightly different formula.

Alternately, if sipping on tea isn’t really your thing, Gaia Herbs Turmeric Supreme Immune A.S.A.P Supplement is a wonderful alternative in pill form. (FYI Thrive Market has great prices on the entire Gaia Herb line. I shop with them regularly. It’s kind of like a Costco but for the world’s best healthy food and natural products at wholesale prices.)

Turmeric Golden Milk

Speaking of turmeric, golden milk is another great option for not only boosting your immunity, but it’s also a pretty powerful antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Golden milk, also sometimes called turmeric tea, can help stop a bacterial infection in its tracks as well as soothe a sore throat. It can also help with digestion issues such as with gas, bloating, and digestive comfort as well as ease muscle and joint pain.

An immune boosting turmeric golden milk recipe from Wit & Delight blog!

This turmeric golden milk recipe from Wit & Delight is a great option. You can swap out the non-dairy milk for dairy if you prefer or swap the honey with light agave syrup to make it vegan. (Wit & Delight is one of my long time favorite lifestyle blogs covering topics that include beauty, fashion, interior design, health & wellness, parenting and more.)

You can also find a simpler golden milk recipe at It’s a Healthy Lifestyle blog which focuses on nutrition, veganism, health and lifestyle. There’s even a golden milk frozen dog treat recipe for your pup at Dalmatian DIY because, after all, pets are family too.

Or, if there’s a bit too much work involved in the process of making turmeric tea for your hectic schedule, Laird’s Superfood Turmeric Creamer makes a great nutrient rich, vegan alternative for adding turmeric to your diet along with your morning cup of jo. (I also purchased this product from Thrive Market recently.)

Twig + Petals Immunity Boost Organic Essential Oil Blend is a natural way to help fight colds & flu! The natural blend of Pine, Lemon, Eucalyptus, Myrrh, Tea Tree, Thyme essential oils can be applied to feet or added to warm bathwater to help support your body's natural immunity. 

Essential Oils

If your preference lies more in the realm of essential oils and aromatherapy then you might want to consider giving Twig + Petals Immunity Boost Organic Essential Oil Blend a try. The natural blend of Pine, Lemon, Eucalyptus, Myrrh, Tea Tree, Thyme essential oils can be applied to feet or added to warm bathwater to help support your body’s natural immunity.

Alternately, if you enjoy making your own homemade products, Humblebee & Me has a great recipe for making your own Essential Oil Cold & Flu Aromatherapy Roll On. It contains eucalyptus, peppermint, clove bud, wintergreen, lime, cajeput and tea tree essential oils as well as menthol. If you are allergic or sensitive to eucalyptus and/or clove bud essential oils, cedarwood and cinnamon essential oils make a wonderful substitute.

Now that you’re better armed to take on cold & flu season – and really, basically be Wonder Woman for the entire holiday season – be sure to let me know in the comments what some of your favorite natural ways to fight colds & flu are! And don’t forget to check out my Natural Home Remedies & Herbal Health Care board on Pinterest for more great ideas for taking charge of your health.

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Manuka Oil Deodorant Recipe with Detoxifying Sea Clay

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This manuka oil deodorant recipe is a great choice for anyone wanting to switch to a natural, non-irritating deodorant. Made with antifungal and antibacterial manuka essential oil as well as detoxifying, mineral rich sea clay, this natural manuka oil deodorant recipe fights body odor without synthetic or toxic ingredients and offers a fresh, uni-sex scent perfect for summer.

Manuka Oil Deodorant Recipe with Sea Clay! This manuka oil deodorant recipe is a great choice for anyone wanting to switch to a natural, non-irritating deodorant. Made with antifungal and antibacterial manuka essential oil as well as detoxifying, mineral rich sea clay, this natural manuka oil deodorant recipe fights body odor without synthetic or toxic ingredients and offers a fresh, uni-sex scent perfect for summer.

What is sea clay?

Sea clay is a dark greenish-gray clay derived from the ancient sea floor of the Dead Sea in Israel. (You are probably already familiar with Dead Sea salt which comes from the same location.) As such, this unique clay offers an array of skin care benefits in part to its rich magnesium, potassium, sulfate and calcium content. Commonly used as an ingredients face masks as well as a natural soap colorant, sea clay also possesses detoxifying properties that can help to absorb odors and wetness when used in deodorant.

Alternatively, sea clay is also used by some alternative health practitioners to treat fibromyalgia, likely due to the high magnesium content. While the science doesn’t support using clay to treat this illness, I have found that including magnesium in my homemade deodorants has helped lessen the symptoms and severity of my own fibromyalgia with continued use.

It is important to note, however, that the Dead Sea is receding at an alarming rate in part both to regular mining and global warming. (You can read more about the recession of the Dead Sea on Wikipedia here and BBC News here.) As such, if you prefer not to contribute to the recession of the Dead Sea by purchasing Dead Sea salt or Dead Sea clay, you can simply substitute the sea clay in my manuka oil deodorant recipe with bentonite clay which has similar properties. (I had some leftover sea clay that was purchased prior to the discovery of these articles.)

Manuka Oil Deodorant Recipe with Sea Clay! This manuka oil deodorant recipe is a great choice for anyone wanting to switch to a natural, non-irritating deodorant. Made with antifungal and antibacterial manuka essential oil as well as detoxifying, mineral rich sea clay, this natural manuka oil deodorant recipe fights body odor without synthetic or toxic ingredients and offers a fresh, uni-sex scent perfect for summer.

Why manuka essential oil?

The manuka plant is native to New Zealand. This is where both manuka honey and manuka essential oil are sourced. Manuka honey is used for its beneficial properties in both skin care and as a health food for its wellness and antibiotic properties. (Learn more about manuka honey here.)

While manuka honey comes from New Zealand’s bees, manuka essential oil is produced by steam distillation of manuka leaves. (Learn more about manuka essential oil here.) This non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing essential oil is generally safe for all ages to use and is commonly included in skin care applications for its beneficial antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. As such, manuka essential oil is common in products that help to relieve itching skin and dandruff, rashes, common skin diseases and minor abrasions, as well as to ease pain in the muscles and joints.

I omitted the use of baking soda in my manuka oil deodorant recipe as it’s a common skin irritant for many, myself included. However, as with many of my past natural homemade deodorant recipes, I once again included magnesium hydroxide. Studies have shown that most adults have low levels of magnesium and as such including it in deodorant is an easy way to increase those levels. Sound good? Great! Let’s get started!

Manuka Oil Deodorant Recipe with Sea Clay! This manuka oil deodorant recipe is a great choice for anyone wanting to switch to a natural, non-irritating deodorant. Made with antifungal and antibacterial manuka essential oil as well as detoxifying, mineral rich sea clay, this natural manuka oil deodorant recipe fights body odor without synthetic or toxic ingredients and offers a fresh, uni-sex scent perfect for summer.

Manuka Oil Deodorant Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

7 oz. arrowroot powder
3 oz. magnesium hydroxide
1 oz. Dead Sea clay (or bentonite clay)
2.5 oz. kokum butter
.5 oz. refined shea butter
2 oz. shea nut oil
2.5 oz. macerated carrot oil
1/4 teaspoon carnauba wax
.05 oz. manuka essential oil
.1 oz 5-fold lemon essential oil

Instructions:

You’ll need a digital scale to weigh all of the ingredients for my manuka oil deodorant recipe, except for the carnauba wax. You will need a measuring spoon to measure out the wax.

To make my manuka oil deodorant recipe with sea clay, begin by weighing out the shea butter and kokum butter into a large glass Pyrex measuring cup or glass bowl. Next, measure out the carnauba wax and add it to your container. Melt these ingredients in the microwave at 40%  power until melted. (Alternately you can also use a double boiler.

Once melted, weigh out the shea nut oil and the macerated carrot oil. (If you live in a particularly warm environment, I recommend reducing the amount of carrot oil to 2 oz. – 2.25 oz. The mixture should be just pourable.) Stir these oils into the melted butters and wax. If needed, you can gently heat the deodorant mixture again then mix well to combine.

While the manuka oil deodorant mixture is still hot, weigh out and stir in both the arrowroot powder, sea clay and magnesium hydroxide. Mix well with a non-metal utensil to combine.

Then follow with the essential oils, again mixing thoroughly to ensure they are fully incorporated into your manuka oil deodorant.

Now carefully pour your manuka oil deodorant into eight travel size 1.5 oz. brown paperboard push up tubes. (You can also halve this recipe if desired. Half the amount of manuka essential oil is .025 oz./1 gram and half the 5-fold lemon essential oil is .05 oz./1.4 grams.)

Alternately, for a regular sized deodorant, you also use around four silver deodorant tubes with domed caps or white deodorant tubes with flat caps.

If your deodorant starts to solidify during the process of pouring it into your containers, you can gently reheat the mixture.

Once your manuka oil deodorant has cooled and fully solidified – this can take 1-2 days depending on your container size and room temperature – cap the deodorant containers and label as desired.

Manuka Oil Deodorant Recipe with Sea Clay! This manuka oil deodorant recipe is a great choice for anyone wanting to switch to a natural, non-irritating deodorant. Made with antifungal and antibacterial manuka essential oil as well as detoxifying, mineral rich sea clay, this natural manuka oil deodorant recipe fights body odor without synthetic or toxic ingredients and offers a fresh, uni-sex scent perfect for summer.

If you are using the 1.5 oz. brown paperboard push up tubes, you can download the PDF for my free printable sea clay & manuka oil deodorant here. Then simply print the labels onto full size sticker paper, cut out the individual labels and apply as desired to your deodorant containers. (These labels are free for personal use and gifting only.)

The clipart for my manuka oil deodorant labels was purchased from Kenna Sato Designs. I specifically used the Crystals, Diamonds and Minerals clipart found here if you’d like to create your own similar custom labels.

Not quite ready to make your own manuka oil deodorant? You can buy a natural orange & vanilla manuka oil deodorant from Skin Craft Organics.

This palmarosa and lime natural deodorant recipe with aloe vera really works! Made with arrowroot powder, magnesium hydroxide and bentonite clay, this no baking soda natural deodorant recipe won't irritate sensitive skin. Palmarosa and lime essential oils combine for a fresh scent and help to fight odor causing bacteria.

For more of my natural homemade deodorant recipes, including my palmarosa + lime natural deodorant recipe with aloe vera oil pictured above, visit Soap Deli News blog here.

Want to make my manuka oil deodorant recipe to sell? Then you’ll need to label your deodorant containers appropriately to meet state and federal laws. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling, I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.

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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
dash of black pepper (for better absorption of turmeric)

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
dash of black pepper (for better absorption of turmeric)

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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