Face Yoga for Anti-Aging ♥ — thepregnantmermaid

Who would ever think there was yoga for your face?! Well, there definitely is! Just like your body, your face also needs to be toned and paid attention to. I do it everyday, it only takes 5 minutes and it is super effective. Here is my favorite yoga instructor, Sadie Nardini, video for face yoga . […]

via Face Yoga for Anti-Aging ♥ — thepregnantmermaid

Homemade Laundry Detergent

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I tried making detergent a couple years ago but stopped using it. I didn’t  like the recipe that I used but continued using it until it ran out. Instead of trying another recipe I decided to just go out and buy a natural and eco-friendly detergent. Then, months go by and my sister tells me that she made her own detergent and so she shared some with me. It smelled amazing but her version faded my clothes. So then  I’m thinking, I should try making my own again so I could go as natural as possible since everything else we use is, right? I make our own cleaning products, toiletries etc etc. so since I make everything else myself why not just go back to buying, dye free eco-friendly detergent?  You know, things will be fine If I buy my detergent, right?

A couple years go by and  I had been trying different detergents but my clothes  still weren’t  coming out very clean! I’m thinking it’s my washing machine! I have an HE front loader and I don’t like it! It’s high maintenance! All the clothes just tumble around and I feel the washer needs to agitate to clean the clothes.I have to wipe it down after every wash and then……I have to clean the drain thingy at least once a month. I use peroxide or vinegar (not as often as I should) to clean the seal or its gets full of mildew, yuck! Come on, all I want to do is wash clothes. I don’t want to take care of a washing machine because as it is, I am tired of doing laundry. Laundry is something that is never ending. I especially do NOT like folding whites. Why is it that socks get lost?

Enough venting about my machine, let me get back to detergent… My sister in law text me one day and told me about soap nuts. She tried them out and said they worked. I immediately bought some. They actually do work!

Yet again, after a while, I stopped using them because they are supposed to go inside a small muslin bag and then you toss the bag into the washing machine, Well the bag would open and then when I was finished washing clothes, I  then had to pick out the soap nuts from the clothes. Now I don’t mind, I can deal with it, but my 2 kids would rather just use detergent. They were kind of like, “what? These soap nuts are going to clean clothes?”  So again I decide to start buying detergent again. I now alternate between Seventh Generation and Soap Nuts.

Then one night while scrolling through Pinterest I decided to look through some of my pins and what do I find? A pin from a couple years back with a recipe for laundry soap.This begins to interest me again and late one night I decide to search for more recipes. I happen to find one that incorporates soap nuts. I’m thinking that this is a perfect recipe because I can still use my soap nuts and the kids will feel like they are using detergent!  Then I find another recipe that is made with Epsom salts and no borax, so this is another one that I will try. Now that I have 2 powder recipes, I might as well look for a liquid recipe and I found one. I could just keep going but I have to stop somewhere right? I might as well just try these 3 and see which one is the best.

All 3 recipes were put together and labelled. Next I have 2 kids still living at home, so now each of us can try one of these detergents and come together and vote on which one works best.

Here are the recipes:

Recipe #1 (I am hoping this is the winner) There is a large batch and small batch recipe and I used the small batch

  • 1 c Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
  • ½ c Oxiclean Free
  • .5oz soap nuts (grind into a powder)
  • ¼ cup baking soda

Combine all ingredients and store in airtight container and Use 2 T per HE load. Usually when using powder you still put the detergent in the dispenser, oxyclean container states to put it in the tub not the dispenser  so to protect the washer I already don’t like, I’m putting the detergent in the tub, you may want to do so as well.

Pretreat stains (I use felis naptha soap or castile bar soap)

Recipe found at here

 

Recipe #2 Borax Free

  • 1 ½ c baking soda
  • 1 ½ c washing soda
  • ½ c Epsom salts
  • A few drops essential oils (I didn’t use any)

Combine all ingredients and store in airtight container.

use 1 T per load and to pretreat stains, make a paste of this detergent and rub into stain.

Recipe found here

 

Recipe #3 Liquid detergent

  • 2-gallon bucket
  • 2 gallons’ hot water (from faucet)
  • ½ c super washing soda
  • ½ c baking soda
  • ¾ c castile soap
  • 30 drops essential oil

Directions:

Put ½ c of washing soda in bucket and add hot water to cover the washing soda,

Stir up until dissolved. Add baking soda and stir again until dissolved

Fill bucket with 2 gallons of hot water and stir again.

Add essential oil to castile soap, stir and add to water mixture.

Stir up and dispense into 2 1gallon water jugs or an old detergent bottle. (I used a cup and scooped out the liquid and poured into bottles)

Let cool and place caps on bottle. Use 1/3 cup per load.

Recipe found here

So now we will take the time to test these and will update with the results.

What do you use for a natural eco-friendly detergent?

UPDATE: I love this last liquid recipe ! It works the best. Daughter #1 uses the soap nuts recipe and that works as well.

Allergies, ugh!

 

Allergies, omg! Now is the season many allergy sufferers begin their suffering. I woke up this morning with a runny nose and itchy throat! Omg how annoying. I won’t take over the counter drugs unless it’s a homeopathic remedy,  so I sent my husband to wholefoods and he found a homeopathic allergy relief pill that I dissolve on my tongue, this actually seems to be helping.

We have a palo verde tree right on the backside of our backyard wall. Wind just makes the pollen drop everywhere. Now that it’s all over the backyard, here come the dogs. They get the pollen in their fur and then here they come bringing it all into the house. I am so glad we don’t have carpet. All the pollen would just get trapped in there.

“Sneeze”, sneeze and now I can’t stop! That pill must be wearing off.  I don’t usually suffer from allergies, thank God! Is this season different? Why is it actually affecting me today? Ok, time to make an aromatherapy inhaler. I love essential oils. I used rosemary, rosalina, peppermint and frankincense and my nose is no longer running. Wow that seemed to have helped!

My son, has dealt with allergies all his life. He is completely stuffed up, poor kid! I have 3 kids and he’s the baby (19 Yrs old now) and he is the only one with allergies.   I am convinced that he has allergies because I didn’t breast feed him long enough. I only breastfed him for 2 months. I wish I didn’t listen to the doctor back then. Doc told me to supplement him with formula because he wasn’t getting enough. So I did and then he got used to the bottle. What a mistake! I wish the internet was available to me then. There is so much information out there. I could have just pumped breast milk, drank tea to help me produce more and fed him that from the bottle! My first 2 were breastfed for a whole year and are just fine. OMG regrets, regrets, actually I think that’s another blog post. Maybe I should do one on the benefits of breast feeding. Hmmmm?

Ok, so I have a different homeopathic allergy pill for my son since he deals with a lot of congestion. He went off to work, so when he gets home, I will find out how much that pill has helped him.  He works 10 hours a day, so after a long day at work, I’m going to have an inhaler ready for him with Cedarwood, lavender and tea tree. All these oils help with congestion as well as headache. They are soothing and relaxing, which should help with sinus headache (which may come from a stuffy nose). I will let you know how this helps him. As for myself, my trusty inhaler has stopped my runny nose! Yes!

Every morning during allergy season, keep your immunity boosted by drinking warm water with lemon and honey. This drink is also great to detox the body while boosting the immune system.

Today I am sharing, how I make inhalers with this formula for allergies with stuffy nose.

1 blank inhaler (you can find that here) or use a piece of cotton and place in a baggie.

5 drops cedarwood (reduces congestion)

5 drops tea tree  (anit-infectious)

5 drops lavender  (reduces swollen sinuses)

When making an inhaler use a total of 15 drops. You can also use a drop of essential oil on the shower floor and the steam brings up the oil into the air and then inhale the oil. My favorite thing to do is to place 2 drops  of essential oil, such as eucalyptus, in a sink full of hot water and place a towel over your head, close your eyes (keep them closed) and inhale the steam.

What all natural remedies do you use? Please share.

Update: We used Outdoor Allergy (homeopathic) by bioallers. Allergies only lasted 3 days. Worked amazing!

Making a Salve

Making a salve isn’t as hard as you might think! What takes the longest is infusing your favorite herbs in oil. The way I like to infuse my herbs is by solar infusion. First, pick your herb (I always use dried). Herbs that  I like to use are: Calendula, Chamomile, Arnica, St. John’s Wort, and Chickweed. You can make Trauma oil by combining herbs of Calendula, Arnica and St. John’s Wort. Fill a mason jar one-third full with the herbs and cover the herbs with a carrier oil, such as olive oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil, etc. Leave at least one inch of room at the top of jar. Screw a lid on tight. Next, you will want to place the jar in a sunny window or better yet, outside in direct sunlight. Leave the jars out there for 3-4 weeks, making sure to shake them up everyday. You may want to write the date on the jars. As the herbs’ properties release in the oil, the oil will have more color and smell like an herbal oil. After the oils have infused for 4 weeks, you will strain the herb solids out of the oil with cheese cloth or a cotton pillow case. Voila! You now have herbal oil. These oils can be used straight as a massage oil or you can make a salve. Salves are great in that they don’t require water so then you don’t need to use a preservative.

To use the oil in a salve, you will need beeswax. Use approximately 2 oz. of grated beeswax for 8oz  of infused oil. Here is a recipe for a natural neosporin.

Equipment needed

  • scale
  • pot
  • Pyrex or glass bowl
  • small container for salve
  • spatula

Ingredients

  • .05 oz beeswax
  • 2 oz of infused Calendula oil

Directions

  1. Place Pyrex or glass bowl on scale turn on scale, it should read 0
  2. Weigh out beeswax to .05 oz
  3. Place a pot filled 1/3 way with water and turn on stove and place Pyrex with beeswax in the water
  4. Next, weigh out infused Calendula oil
  5. Once beeswax is melted, add your Calendula oil and stir until melts together.
  6. Remove the mixture from pot and pour into your salve container (while salve is still hot).
  7. Make sure you dry the outside of the Pyrex so that water doesn’t drip into your salve while pouring.
  8. Add 6 drops lavender essential oil (optional) let salve cool
  9. Last, put the lid on your salve. Voila! You have made a salve

Calendula is awesome at healing and soothing cuts, scrapes, chapped lips and skin. Use as often as needed.

The 3rd Step in Skincare, Moisture.

So we have learned about cleansing acne prone skin and then following up with a hydrosol toner. Now we will learn about moisturizer and serum.

Moisturizer is needed to add hydration to the skin. By adding hydration, the skin is protected from dryness, which may prevent premature aging.  For those of you in a desert climate, I know you agree that you can never have enough moisture! An added benefit of applying moisturizer is that your foundation will go on smoother.

Moisturizer is usually made up of water and oils, made to hydrate the skin. By applying serum and cream to your skin, it gets nourished from the outside which is just as important as nourishing from within!.

STEP 3   Serum and/or Moisturizer

Acne serum

Acne? Spot treat with our Acne Serum or use it as your facial moisturizer. It’s made with jojoba oil, grapefruit seed oil and skin healing essential oil and that’s it. We keep it simple! Jojoba is non-comediogenic and grapefruit seed oil is awesome at diminishing scars, which of course may be present after a breakout and the essential oils are antibacterial to shut down that zit! Apply it to your problem areas or your entire face.

Once breakouts have healed and skin is clear, start applying Rosehip & Primrose oil to fade the scars acne leaves behind.

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Scars, fine lines, uneven skin tone? Apply our Rosehip & Primrose oil. Evening Primrose Oil is soothing, reduces itch and smooths the skin.  It’s loaded  with antioxidants and is gentle enough to use daily. Rosehip Seed Oil is added which contains fatty acids (omega 3,6 and 9) which are nourishing to the skin. Full of vitamins c, e and a. It is easily absorbed into the skin for deep moisturization. Restores skin’s vitality.  For best results, use 2x daily.

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Aging skin? We suggest using Argan oil. Hydrate and soften your skin by applying argan oil as a daily moisturizer. Argan oil is not greasy and will not clog pores. It is often referred to as liquid gold. Full of vitamin e and fatty acids which are great qualities when looking for age defying results.

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Our facial creams are made with all natural ingredients and are paraben free.  We have for all skin types!  Lavender for normal skin…Rose for dry skin and Calendula for mature or sun damaged skin. Hydration is the key to beautiful skin! Drink plenty of water and what you put into your body reflects through your skin.  Quit the sugary drinks and fatty foods, and replace them with healthy alternatives and your skin will glow!

Here’s a recap…..First, face wash, African Black Soap or microfiber cloth. Second, use a toner (it removes what cleansers leave behind). Third, Serum/Moisturizer (hydrates) and last but not least, Eat healthy and drink plenty of water. Your skin depends on it!

Hydrosol Water, the Forgotten Step In Skin Care

imageLavender Hydrosol

Hydrosol waters are produced in the same or similar manner as essential oils. However, the essential oil floats to the top of the hydrosol where it is removed, leaving behind the water. In the past, these essential waters were only considered a byproduct of distillation, but now they are considered an important co-product.
Hydrosol waters contain diluted essential oils and also contain many more of the plant acids than pure essential oils, making them skin friendly. A pH between 5-6 makes them suitable for use as facial toners.  Facial toners…. the second step to properly cleansing your skin.

In our last post, we discussed cleansing acne prone skin with our African Black Soap Face Wash and now the next step is to tone the skin. Most people skip this important step, yet it only takes a few more seconds and aids your skin by removing the oils and/or makeup that your cleanser left behind. It then closes the pore and tightens and tones the skin. Men benefit  from hydrosol waters as well. Hydrosols can be used in place of aftershave to close the pores and tone the skin.

After cleansing your skin, spritz the toner directly on your face. Let it set for approximately 20 seconds before removing with a cotton ball. Rub cottonball in a circular and downward motion until excess oils and makeup are removed.
Lavender water is excellent at toning sensitive and acne prone skin and is well known for its therapeutic properties such as being anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and skin healing. Lavender is soothing to the skin and an excellent choice for All skin types.

How to Cleanse Acne Prone Skin, Ugh!

Sometimes cleansing your skin can be confusing. We’ve spent a lot of years with our teenage kids trying  to find out what causes breakouts and how to heal them. We are on child #3 and dealing with his skin issues and have finally found a solution. From dealing  with two previous children here is what we have learned:
1. Do not switch cleansers. Your skin needs at least 30 days to adjust to a cleanser. Switching
cleansers causes breakouts!
2. Microfiber cloths are all that’s needed to cleanse and remove dirt from the pores. Simply wet
the cloth and clean away the dirt.
3. Washing too much actually causes breakouts!

Daughter #2 decided to become an Esthetician due to all her skin issues. So we have developed a skincare line with less chemicals and irritants. So here is our suggestion on getting rid of acne the Natural way.

If you suffer from acne and would like to heal your breakouts then that really takes a lifestyle change. What you put in your body really does matter! Drink water, no sugary drinks. Milk causes breakouts and it’s best to eliminate milk from your diet. Eliminate slowly and if possible its best to try eliminating foods for at least 30 days.  If your skin looks better, don’t start eating these foods that trigger your breakouts. This can be hard but health and better looking skin, takes work. Try eliminating dairy, grains and SUGAR. Oh Sugar, “sigh”. Sugar is another post for another day! I can’t get myself going on sugar right now.
So here we go, let’s get rid of the acne!
Sometimes microfiber cloths can irritate breakouts so I suggest Raw African Black Soap. This is an amazing product that will dry up your blemishes from the outside. So diet heals the skin from the inside and Raw African Black Soap will work on the outside. This soap is sourced from Africa and is very healing to the skin and great for psoriasis, eczema, acne, dry skin, clear skin. Nature’s cure for all skin problems.
Made with aloe vera, honey, shea butter, camwood, palm kernel oil, cocoa pod ash, palm . It is a soft soap and all you need to do is cut off aa piece and keep the other piece in a sealed container. Use this cut piece for your face and if you have body acne, use the larger piece for bathing.  To keep it soft you will need to keep it in a sealed container, but if you’d like it to harden then keep your soap exposed to air. It works great both ways!
Wet soap, rub in your hands and apply it to your face massaging in circular motion. Add a little more water to your hands and massage some more. massage for at least 1 minute. Rinse and Follow up with our Lavender Toner and Lavender Face Cream. Spot treat your breakouts with our Acne Solution made with jojoba oil, grapefruit seed oil and skin healing essential oils.
Watch for our next post on Facial Toners.

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