So fresh and so clean DIY yoga mat cleaner

So fresh and so clean, clean… so fresh and so clean…

I have a great recipe for a homemade DIY yoga mat cleaner. Why spend $10 to $15 on a yoga mat cleaner spray when you can make it yourself? Plus, this fresh and clean recipe contains no chemicals because you use all natural ingredients, such as water, witch hazel and essential oils. Give it a try! It’s so easy to make and so easy to use. It cleans up your mat while making it smell so fresh. Hence, the name… so fresh and so clean DIY yoga mat cleaner!

You can choose any essential oils that you prefer to make this yoga mat cleaner. Make sure that you use 100% pure essential oil. For this recipe, I chose essential oils with antibacterial properties. There are many that you can chose from. According to research, cinnamon essential oil is the most effective of all oils for its antibacterial properties. However, tea tree oil and oregano oil work well too. Other essential oils with antibacterial properties are lemongrass, peppermint, bergamot, lavender, eucalyptus, clove, rosemary and thyme, just to name a few.

For this recipe, I chose three essential oils. I chose tea tree oil mostly for it’s antibacterial properties but also for it’s antiseptic, anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties. I also used peppermint oil. Peppermint oil is not only an antiseptic and antimicrobial oil but it is also antiviral. I also chose lemongrass oil because it has antimicrobial properties that inhibit the growth of bacteria.

So to break it down, the combination of these three oils provide the following properties:

*antibacterial

*antiseptic

*antifungal

*antimicrobial

*antiviral

A perfect combination for cleaning a dirty yoga mat. Also included in the recipe is witch hazel which is a disinfectant. You will need a spray bottle. This recipe uses 3 parts water to 1 part witch hazel. I used 3 ounces of water to 1 ounce of witch hazel. It also uses about 20 to 25 drops of the essential oil of your choice. Since I used 3 essential oils, I used 7 to 10 drops of each.

Onto the recipe!

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So fresh and so clean DIY yoga mat cleaner

  • 3 ounces of water (distilled water is preferred)
  • 1 ounce of witch hazel
  • 10 drops of tea tree oil
  • 7 drops of lemongrass oil
  • 7 drops of peppermint oil

Mix all of the ingredients into a spray bottle- pour 3 ounces of water into a spray bottle, followed by 1 ounce of witch hazel then add your essential oils. To use, shake the bottle before spraying and spray a good amount over your mat. Use a clean rag to wipe the yoga mat clean. Hang your yoga mat or leave it spread out to dry.

It’s a great idea to clean your yoga mat after each practice. I must confess that I don’t. I practice daily but I don’t clean my mat daily. If anything, I clean my mat at least once or twice per week. I definitely clean it after a really sweaty practice or after practicing at a yoga studio.

In addition, not only does this cleaner leave a fresh and clean scent on my mat, but it also leaves a fresh and clean scent in the air. I love the combination of lemongrass and peppermint oil. It’s so uplifting and delightful.

Try this recipe when cleaning your yoga mat. It’s so easy to put together, does a great job of cleaning your mat and afterwards, leaves your room smelling wonderful.

So fresh and so clean.

Natural hair care for healthy hair

If you can ingest it, then you know it’s safe and non toxic for your hair. Here are some natural hair care recipes that you can try for healthy, shiny hair that glows.

Egg and olive oil: The protein in eggs is great for hair. It makes the hair strong, softens hair while preventing breakage and aids in hair growth. Eggs help to restore the natural oils in your hair and scalp. Mix one egg with a tablespoon of olive oil. Leave on hair for at least 20 to 30 minutes. Then rinse it off. Remember to use cold water when rinsing it off.

Olive Oil hot oil treatment: Do you have dry and damaged hair? If so, this olive oil hot oil treatment is the one for you. Olive oil contains fatty acids that coat the hair and moisturize it. It also protects your hair from further damage. Here’s how it works. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in the microwave until warm. Make sure it is not too hot. About 10 to 15 seconds should be good. Then apply the oil on dry hair and cover with a shower cap or towel. Leave the oil on for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and shampoo as usual.

Baking soda hair exfoliater: Do you have excessive product build up on your hair? Get rid of that build up by using baking sodan as a hair exfoliater. Baking soda contains sodium bicarbonate which is a great exfoliater. It helps remove all that build up on your hair due to overuse of hair products. Here’s how you use it. Add a tablespoon of baking soda to a quarter sized squirt of shampoo. Shampoo your hair as usual, concentrating on the roots. Rinse. This should remove all the residue from product build up.

Castor oil and coconut oil: Castor oil is used for hair growth and to prevent hair loss by protecting the existing hair follicles. Castor oil helps moisturize your hair and can also make it thicker. It’s also great for treating dandruff. Mix castor oil with coconut oil and massage into your scalp for at least 5 minutes. Then massage the oil from your scalp to the remainder of your hair. Leave it on for 20 minutes, then shampoo off. For best results, do this once to twice per week. Try it for longer eyelashes, too!

Apple cider vinegar hair rinse: Do you want shiny hair? Apple cider vinegar helps remove product residue and excessive oil. What’s the result? Shiny hair. Mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with a cup of water and pour it over your hair after shampooing. Wait about 2 minutes, then rinse. Don’t worry. Your hair won’t smell like vinegar all day (but your bathtub might.)

Coconut Oil: This is my favorite natural hair care recipe. I use coconut oil as an intensive conditioner which I leave on overnight. I shampoo my hair in the morning and my hair is smooth and shiny. Coconut oil is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and essential fatty acids. It penetrates hair deeply. It can also be used as a leave-in conditioner. When used as a leave in conditioner, it’s important not to put too much. A little bit goes a long way. If you put too much, you will end up with very oily hair. To use coconut oil as an intensive conditioner, it is best to leave it on for a couple of hours or better yet, overnight.

Tea Tree scalp massager: Do you have an itchy scalp? Tea Tree Oil is a natural antifungal and antiseptic. It helps eliminate bacteria and dandruff flakes. Add a few drops to your shampoo and massage into scalp. Leave on hair for about 5 minutes. Feel the tingle. It’s like a massage for your scalp. Rinse. Refreshed.

Try these natural remedies for healthy hair. They are like little miracles for your hair.

Today I am grateful for all things natural.

“Go natural” hair care remedies

Are you interested in trying out some natural homemade hair care remedies? Are you tired of putting more chemicals in your hair? Natural is better. Less chemicals is better. Natural and less chemicals = non-toxic… yes, yes! Better.

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If you can ingest it, then you can bet it’s safe and non toxic for your body and hair. Here are some homemade hair care recipes that you can try if you are interested in  “going natural” and non-toxic:

*Olive Oil hot oil treatment: Do you have dry and damaged hair? If so, this olive oil hot oil treatment is the one for you. Olive oil contains fatty acids that coat the hair and moisturize it. It also protects your hair from further damage. Here is how it works. Heat a tablespoon of Olive oil in the microwave until warm. Make sure it is not too hot. About 10 to 15 seconds should be good. Then apply the oil on dry hair and cover with a shower cap or towel. Leave the oil on for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and shampoo as usual.

*Baking soda hair exfoliater: Do you have product build up on your hair? Excessive build up feels yucky and looks kind of gross (I must say).  Get rid of that build up by using this baking soda hair exfoliater. Baking soda contains sodium bicarbonate which is a great exfoliater. It helps remove all that build up on your hair due to overuse of hair products. Here’s how you use it. Add a tablespoon of baking soda to a quarter sized squirt of shampoo. Shampoo your hair as usual, concentrating on the roots. Rinse. This recipe should remove all the residue from product build up.

*Apple cider vinegar hair rinse: Do you want shiny hair? I know I do. Apple cider vinegar helps remove product residue and excessive oil. What’s the result? Shiny hair. Mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with a cup of water and pour it over your hair after shampooing. Wait about 2 minutes, then rinse. Don’t worry. Your hair won’t smell like vinegar all day (but your bathtub might.)

*Tea Tree scalp massager: Do you have an itchy scalp? Don’t you hate that feeling? Tea Tree Oil is a natural antifungal and antiseptic. It helps eliminate bacteria and dandruff flakes. Add a few drops to your shampoo and massage into scalp. Leave on hair for about 5 minutes. Feel the tingle. It’s like a massage for your scalp. Rinse. Refreshed.

Try these natural remedies for your hair. You’ll be happy that you did.

Happy Day!

Today I am grateful for all things natural.

Try these natural healing scents of essential oils

A great natural remedy for any ailment are the healing scents of essential oils. You can use these scents to help feel more alert or to sleep better. Here are 5 healing scents that you can use today:

1. The scent of peppermint essential oil can help you feel more alert or have more energy. Here are 25 peppermint oil uses by Dr. Axe. Top 25 peppermint oil uses and benefits by draxe.com.

2. The scent of lavender helps you sleep better and relax. Here are 13 uses for lavender oil by Mind Body Green. 13 uses for Lavender Oil by mindbodygreen.com

3. Ginger helps ease and reduce nausea. You can also drink it! Here’s a recipe by About.com on how to make homemade ginger tea.

4. Grapefruit helps curb your appetite. Inhaling grapefruit oil inhibits a key gastric nerve. This can help reduce hunger pangs.

5. Sniffing Eucalyptus oil can help diminish nasal congestion.

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Enjoy your healing scents.

Today I am grateful for health and healing.

Lavender Orange Shampoo

Let’s make some shampoo. Coconut milk? Coconut oil? Sounds lovely.

Lavender Orange Shampoo:
1/2 cup Dr. Bronner’s Castile liquid soap in Lavender
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil or coconut oil
10 to 12 drops of orange essential oil

For the coconut oil, melt the oil in the microwave for 15 seconds before mixing it with the other ingredients or leave the oil in the sun if you prefer not to microwave. It melts quickly.

Mix or shake all of the ingredients in a jar.

Keep the shampoo in the jar or if you prefer, transfer the shampoo into a reusable plastic bottle with a flip top or squirt top for the shower. Use one teaspoon to shampoo your hair.

Enjoy your homemade shampoo.

Olive and coconut oil skin cleanser/eye makeup remover

Why spend a lot of money on expensive eye makeup remover with ingredients that you can’t even read?:

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isohexadecane, Sodium Chloride, Poloxamer 184, Hexylene Glycol, Dipotassium Phosphate, Benzyl Alochol, Potassium Phosphate, Quaternium-15, Benzalkonium Chloride, Fragrance, Citronellol, Geraniol.

or skin cleanser:

Glycerin, Water, Myristic Acid, Stearic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Palmitic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Lauric Acid, Coco-Glucoside, Glycol Distearate, Fragrance, P-Anisic Acid, Tocopherol, Peg-14m, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Disodium Edta

Did you know that you can use olive oil and coconut oil as a facial skin cleanser? Because if you can ingest it, wouldn’t that be better for the outside of your body as well?

Here’s how it works: mix 1/4 cup olive oil with 1/4 cup coconut oil. Apply the oils gently onto your face to cleanse your skin. Use a damp washcloth to wipe away oils. Simple!

You can also use it as an eye makeup remover. Use a cotton ball to wipe the make up away. Simple. Natural. Better.

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Today I am grateful for all things natural.

“Be natural my children. For the writer that is natural has fulfilled all the rules of art.”
(Last words, according to Dickens’s obituary in The Times.)”
― Charles Dickens

Honey lemon whipped coconut cream

Recipe for honey lemon whipped coconut cream:
1/4 jar of coconut oil
10 drops of rosemary essential oil (or any other oil you like that goes with lemon)
1 tablespoon of honey
Juice of 2 lemons
1 teaspoon of vitamin E

I found some coconut oil in the refrigerator this morning and decided it would be fun to make a homemade body recipe. With the help of my 6 year old son, we picked some lemons from the tree in our backyard.

Okay, first we made lemonade, but then with the 2 lemons we had left, we squeezed the juice for the body recipe. We poured the lemon juice in the jar of coconut oil, added 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 teaspoon of vitamin E and 10 drops of essential rosemary oil.

Without melting the coconut oil first because the oil must be solid in order to whip, I whipped the coconut oil for 5 minutes with my electric hand mixer with all ingredients still in the Dr. Bronner’s jar.

Voila! Whipped coconut cream! Softens skin, is all natural and smells great. Store the jar in room temperature.

Or… Place some coconut cream in a smaller jar to keep at room temperature and keep the larger jar in the refrigerator if you plan on using a little at a time. When you’re ready to use the larger jar stored in the refrigerator, you might have to re-whip the cream as it will harden in the refrigerator.

So what are the benefits of the ingredients on your skin?  Well, coconut oil retains the moisture content of the skin and rehydrates the skin. Honey is a great moisturizer. It is a natural antibacterial which is great for acne treatment and prevention. Honey also has antioxidants, which helps fight the signs of aging. Vitamin E is beneficial to skin cells. It is an antioxidant which helps fight the signs of aging and protects the skin from sun damage. Lemon helps brighten discolored skin and helps fade age spots as well as fight wrinkles. In addition, because lemon is a natural antibacterial, lemon juice can fight the bacteria that can cause acne. It’s also really fun to make.

Happy whipping!

 

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
Mother Teresa