It is no joke the amount of chemicals we take in on a daily basis. Some studies say 168 chemicals per day from what we eat, what we slather on our skin, and what we breathe in from our environment. Why add to it?
Essential oils are a natural way to remove toxins from our products and they smell really effing good! They host tons of benefits from physical and emotional to spiritual.
So to celebrate the grand spankin' new opening of NORABELLE WELLNESS I am sharing my 6 favorite recipes for just a few of the all natural products we use in our home.
Go ahead and google the dangers of our modern anti-perspirants and you may find words like "cancer" pop up in your favorite search engine. We are putting an S ton of chemicals right on the glands beside our breasts and our skin is absorbing it all straight into the blood stream. So, no anti-perspirants for me. Here is my favorite recipe for at-home deodorant.
½ cup of coconut oil
1 tablespoon of beeswax pellets or shaved beeswax
¼ cup baking soda
¼ cup cornstarch or arrowroot powder
10 drops lavender or other essential oil
For more details, check out Dreaming Earth.
2- All Purpose Cleaner
So... you wipe down your counter, the kids sit at the counter eating their snack and they are breathing in the toxic chemicals and eating them off their hands, etc. etc. Gross. Clean up naturally and super simply with this recipe.
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup white vinegar
15 drops of tea tree oil
Viola! Put it in a spray bottle and rub down the counters, door knobs, toilet seats, etc. Never been easier or safer. I also use frankincense, lavender, and lemon from time to time!
3- Dryer Sheets
We have super sensitive eczema skin in this house, so chemicals in the laundry are a big no-no! My girls already act like they have ants in their pants, so they don't need the extra help with itchy reactions to the dryer sheets.
1- Take old cotton shirts and cut them into strips, place them in a closable glass container
2- Mix 1/2 cup of vinegar + 10 drops of your favorite oil or blend (my favorite for laundry is Nature's Love- nice and clean and not too girly for the hubs)
3- Pour mixture over the rags.
4- Squeeze one out and add it to the dryer when it's time!
4- Acne Spot Cleanser
My face is super sensitive to chemicals, so I usually go with hot water and MAYBE some baby wash to clean my face. So this face wash isn't so much a face wash as an acne spot remover. Ready for it?
2 drops tea tree, 1 drop lavender + 1 drop frankincense
I keep it in a little spice jar and dab a q-tip in it and rub it on any problem spots. For me, it brings it to a head super quickly so I am not waiting a week for it to come out and go away.
5- Perfume & Cologne
Look up the ingredients in any perfume or cologne and you'll see why we don't I don't use it anymore. I pick my favorite blend + carrier oil and put it on my wrists and neck.
For safe dilution, I usually stick with about 5-7% oil to the rest jojoba oil. So for a 5 ml perfume blend (about 85 drops), I will do 6 drops of my favorite NoraBelle blend and 79 jojoba oil. Safe dilution rate for kids is 2% while for adults is about 5%. Play with the ratios to see what works best for you.
PS. My favorite 'perfume' is Energy Vampire. I am salivating over sweet basil right now!
6- Air Freshener
No brainer. I get sore throats and headaches from plug in air fresheners and we've driven our oldest to the ER from a reaction to one in a family member's house. So now we diffuse. 3-5 drops of our favorite in a diffuser, or if you're into a more discrete method, we will use clothes pins or small pieces of wood (like popsicle sticks) with oil dropped on them, and place them in vases of fake flowers or clip them to the shelfs in our closet or air vents. This is a great tip for car freshening too!
....and now for launch.
I gave you a few sneaky peaks at some of the oils that will be available this Sunday, March 12th, for launch. There are 28 blends available with new ones being launched each month (but only for a limited time).
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