Tuesday, October 17, 2017

DIY Recipe of the Week {Chemical Free Home}

What's in your cabinets?   

Why am I passionate about getting the yuck out of my home?  Because I don't want to be in constant pain because my Endo is flaring up.  I know, it's pretty selfish, but it's the catalyst for change in my home.  For me, essential oils are another rug on my Healthy Living Ladder.  It's something that I'm choosing to do to help my family.
You can read more about that here

Did you know that 26 seconds after exposure that chemicals are found in measurable amounts in the human body?    

Did you know that the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health studied 2,983 ingredients in our products at home—and found 884 toxic ingredients? 

How about making deodorant with essential oils?

Hello?  Are you still with me??  

I know - WHY?  and WEIRD!

But here is the thing, there are a lot of questionable ingredients in store-bought deodorant.  Like, 
parabens, triclosan, propylene glycol, aluminum compounds, and fragrances.  Go and search the interwebs for those bad boys and then decided if making your own deodorant is weird.  Actually, it is still kind of weird because there are natural alternatives out there.  BUT, by making your own you have much more control over the texture, coloring, and smell.  (Listen, I'm all for charcoal and know it's greatness, but I don't need to put charcoal on every part of my body!).  

Here's the recipe that I use.  Obviously, you can substitute the type of oil that you want to use and if you'd like to use white or yellow beeswax.  Do your research on what benefits the different types of oils have for your skin type.  Also, decide on the scent you like or would like to wear.  I've made this unscented as well as with Thieves Essential Oil (because I have a serious addiction to that scent).  You do you on this part, and remember that you can mix up the essential oils to create your own unique fragrance.  I'm a huge fan of the woodsy scents.    

Reuse an old container (that's what I do), purchase empty containers online OR use a small mason jar (I've done this as well).
4 tablespoons of coconut oil (I use the fractionated coconut oil now, but have used the cooking kind in the past and when in a pinch.  Almond oil is great, too, so is jojoba oil.)
3 tablespoons of Shea butter
2 tablespoons of baking soda
3 tablespoons of arrowroot powder
4 tablespoons of beeswax
20 drops of essential oils if you'd like it scented.  If not, omit.  

Instructions - 

Put the shea butter and the beeswax inside a glass bowl inside of a pot with water (we are double boiling here).  You want a slow and even melt happening and no chance of burning.  
With a wooden spoon, stir these two ingredients together slowly as they melt and then add your coconut oil (or whatever oil you are using), and incorporate all of the ingredients together until melted. 
Turn off the heat, but leave the glass bowl inside of the pot with now hot water.
You are now going to add your dry ingredients to the mixture.  Slowly add the baking soda and the arrowroot powder and stir to incorporate so that there are no lump or bumps.    
Now is the time that you would add any essential oils that you would like to add.

Transfer the mixture to either your deodorant container or your mason jar.  It will take about 45 minutes for the mixture to harden in the container.  

I find reusing a deodorant container the easiest because you can just apply it from the container.  If you use the mason jar you need to spread it on like a salve using your fingers.  


*I only uses Young Living Essential Oils for me and my family. Young Living is the only essential oil company that has a Seed to Seal Guarantee, so I know that the oils I am using for my family are pure and unadulterated.  If you would like to start your own oily journey and start living above the wellness line click here and choose "Member" to get started today or go to www.youngliving.com and follow these simple steps


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