Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Easy natural Toothpaste.

So I just read this Article about how dangerous Fluoride is. It's in a lot of the water systems throughout the United States, and it's in most of the brands of toothpaste we buy at the store. A few days ago I decide to make my own toothpaste, so I did a little research and found a really easy recipe. Here it is:

2 tbsp. Coconut oil
3 tbsp. Baking soda 
1/2 tsp. Stevia powder (or 1 packet)
20-25 drops of Peppermint oil

Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl. When everything is mixed, scoop the toothpaste into a small jar or another small container. And there you have it! Toothpaste!

I really recommend the article I read, because I'm sure your going to want to switch to natural toothpaste.

-Anastasia :)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Natural Beeswax Lotion.

I just made this amazing lotion today. I really ROCKS!

1/2 cup Olive oil
1/4 cup Coconut oil
1/4 cup Beeswax
1/4 tsp Grape-seed oil (Optional)   
10-15 drops of essential oil (I used Lavender)

Put all of the ingredients into a pint mason jar. Fill a small sauce pan about half of the way with water. Set the jar with the mixture into the pan, and put the heat to medium. Let the mixture melt completely. Then remove from heat, and take the jar out of the pan. Let the Lotion cool all the way. Then mix it, and Enjoy!

   -Anastasia :)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

5 household items I use for my health.

1. Baking soda.

Baking soda is not only good for cleaning your counters and bath tub. It's also good for washing your hair, face, brushing your teeth, and even using as deodorant.
Baking soda isn't dangerous like the harmful chemicals in most counter top and bath cleaners, and its certainly not harmful to your hair or skin. It thoroughly cleans any surface just as well as other cleaners. Plus it's safe!

2. Organic extra virgin Coconut oil.

Coconut oil is great at moisturizing, so you can use it on dry skin, as a leave-in conditioner, on you dry lips, and its great for cooking and baking.
Coconut oil is high in Lauric acid, which helps fight harmful bacteria that comes from viruses.
It's also been known to have anti-aging effects when used topically.

3. Apple cider vinegar.

Apple cider vinegar is also a good cleaning product. I use it on my hair once a week to give it shine and volume, It works really well. you can also cook with it. We used it to make pickled beets.
Benefits: Apple cider vinegar has Potassium,Malic acid, Pectin, and Calcium, which are all very important for your body.

4. Lemons.

Lemons have tons of purposes. You can use them to clean as well, use the juice to highlight your hair, and make a hot lemonade drink that will sooth a sore throat.
Lemons are good for your digestive system, and have been known to destroy Intestinal worms.
They have powerful anti-bacterial properties, and have a large amount of vitamin C.

5. Essential oils.

There are a lot of different Essential oils out there, so I'll tell you a couple that I use.

Tea-tree oil is great for putting on those fresh pimples you just noticed while brushing your teeth. It drys out the area and makes it impossible for bacteria to grow, thus getting rid of the pimple before it has a chance to even surface.
Eucalyptus oil is something I use when I have a really bad cold, and I'm stuffed up. All you do is put  about 5-6 drops in a bowl of steaming hot water, put a towel over your head and the bowl, and breath deeply for about five minutes.

These are all great alternatives to a lot of things that aren't so healthy.
I hope that you found this post rather informative.

Thanks for reading!
Anastasia, :)

Monday, October 31, 2011

Natural Lip balm recipe.

I have never really liked wearing Lip balm, and I think it's because it would always dry out my lips and then I would have to re-apply over and over. So I decided to make my own Lip balm that was natural and wouldn't leave me with dried out lips.
I found a similar recipe to the one I've posted here, and I modified it to the way I wanted it.

2 tbsp Coconut oil
1 tbsp Olive oil
2 tbsp of shaved Beeswax
1-2 small drops of honey
5-6 drops of essential oil (optional)
1 small container like and empty lip balm tube or an Altoids Smalls tin.

Mix all of the ingredients (except for the essential oil) in a microwave safe bowl or measuring cup. Microwave for 1-2 minutes or until everything is melted. Pour the mixture into the container and let it set for a couple of hours or put it in the freezer for 15-20 minutes.
I made one without essential oil and one with peppermint oil. They were both very moisturizing and I was happy that they didn't dry out my lips.

-Anastasia :)

Make your own natural Deodorant.

Most Deodorants you use have ingredients that are not safe for your body. The main active ingredient in most of your anti perspirant deodorants is "Aluminum Zirconium" which can actually block the sweat glands of your underarms. Now you may think this is a good thing, but in truth, it's important for your body to excrete waste and release toxins. I discovered a recipe for natural deodorant about four months ago and have been using it since. It took a couple of weeks before it really started to work, but now it works so much better then any other deodorant I've used. I would defiantly recommend this recipe for anyone who is sensitive to deodorant or anyone who is trying to go natural.

1/4 cup of Baking soda
1/4 cup of Cornstarch
2-3 tbsp of Coconut oil
3-5 drops of essential oil (optional)

In a small bowl, mix the Baking soda, Cornstarch, and the Coconut oil. Once you have mixed all the clumps out you can add the essential oil. I used an Orange essential oil, but I would recommend somthing gentler, like Lavender or Vanilla. Once everything is mixed, find a small jar or another container, and put the mixture into the container.
You can store the Deodorant in the fridge or in room temperature. I store it on my dresser and use it after a shower. I hope that this recipe will be useful for you or anyone you know that wants to try a healthier lifestyle.

-Anastasia :)

Monday, October 3, 2011

Dealing with a Cold the natural way.

I've had a cold since last Monday, and It's finally starting to go away. I have found some pretty good ways to get over a cold faster and also build up my immune system. The first thing is to take a good amount of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is very good at helping build a stronger immune system. Of coarse you should drink plenty of water when you've come down with just about any illness, but I found a particular drink that really soothes a sore throat. It's basically a hot lemonade. All you need to make it is, hot water, about half a lemon's amount of juice, and some honey.
One of the best things to take if you want to get over a cold even faster is Olive leaf extract. It works so well! You can usually get some at Walmart.
Also Sweating out a cold helps. If you go to bed with a hot water bottle, it works pretty well.
I hope this post was informative for all my readers, and I hope that if you get a cold this season you'll know what to do.

-Anastasia :)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A safe way to clean your beautiful locks.

After reading up about how dangerous and damaging sulfates can be, I decide to not shampoo my hair anymore. So I researched different ways to clean my hair, and I found that a lot of people were recommending baking soda. At first I just mixed it with water in a squirt bottle, but found that it worked better if I just took a palm-full of it and wet it just enough to make a paste. I then proceeded to rub it onto my hair and let it sit for about 3-5 minuets. Then I would rinse it out, and sometimes condition it after (but that was when I had longer hair). I did this about three to four times a week. It works pretty well to clean greasy hair, but I wouldn't recommend using it everyday because it could strip the natural oils from your hair and cause it to become greasier. I use baking soda for a lot of other thing, but I will tell you more about those things in future posts.

Also something I tried on my hair recently, was apple-cider vinegar. I read that it cleans your hair wonderfully and gives it a beautiful shine. It did give my hair shine, but it didn't clean as well as I had hoped it would, and later that week my head became unbearably itchy. I'm not sure if the apple-cider vinegar caused it. My scalp being itchy lead me to research how to get rid of it. Many sites recommended unnatural things like Head & Shoulders and other common dandruff shampoos. I was about to give up, when I found a website talking about the uses for Coconut oil. It read that Coconut oil works really well to get rid of dandruff, because it has all these vitamins that are really healthy for your scalp and work on strengthening it. So I tried it and it certainly made the itch go away, but I think I did it wrong. Instead of working some into my hair after taking a shower (like the website recommended) I just rubbed it on my scalp when it was dry, and after realizing that It probably was going to be a oily mess, I then wet it down a little and wrapped a towel around it. Then I went to bed, and woke up to find my hair oily and not so very clean. So I think I'm going to try the way the website recommends. I really hope that this post has been informative for all of you who are deciding to stop using shampoo, and If not I hope it will at least give you something to think about.
Remember that you are beautiful!
 God bless!

-Anastasia :) 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Let's talk about: Hair

It's probably the part of the body that get's the most attention and most time spent on making it look good. But in the end do we even like our hair? There's not a day that goes by where you don't hear someone or even yourself complaining about how bad their hair looks or how much they hate it. Why do so many people hate their hair? I think it's safe to say that many people wish their hair was healthy.

You can usually tell that someone has healthy hair just by looking at it. The hair has a shine about it, feels perfectly soft to the touch, and doesn't tangle when you brush it. I'm sad to say that not everyone has hair like this, and it's probably because they don't treat their hair the way it should be treated.

I'll tell you right now that I've never had a perm or have dyed my hair, but I do know what it feels like to have not so healthy locks. Some people may think that only hair that has been chemically treated is unhealthy. That is absolutely wrong. Anyone can have unhealthy hair whether they've dyed it or not. A lot of people are using products that damage their hair. Maybe some of you have heard of sulfates being dangerous for you hair and your health. If you haven't, you need the research and read up about the dangers of harsh sulfates. There are so many other dangerous chemicals in the shampoo we use, so many that after reading about them I decided to stop using shampoo all together. Some of you may say that I'm crazy for not using shampoo and that I must feel dirty all the time. But believe me, my hair has never felt better, and just because I don't use shampoo doesn't mean I don't use other things to clean my hair. And that's precisely why I created this blog. To help you to know the natural ways to clean you hair. In future blog post I'm going to show you all the things I've tried for my hair, what worked and what didn't. So get ready to throw out those expensive shampoos that aren't really doing anything for your hair, and get ready to have beautiful hair that everyone (including yourself) is going to love!