Oil Pulling; DIY

The in’s & out’s of OIL PULLING!
I really have grown to love this process! It has benefited my oral health tremendously.
Ingredients;

•1-2 tbs of coconut oil (food grade)

•1-2 drops of your favourite cleansing essential oil (my fav is the OnGuard, protective blend from doterra)
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How to;
•Simply scoop your coconut oil, and add your essential oil to it.

•Swish it in your mouth for about 20 mins.
Note – this can be tiring for some in the beginning. That’s okay. Just swish as long as you can and your cheek strength will improve over time.
•Spit it out in the garbage (especially if you have a septic system).

•Rinse your mouth with warm water.

•Brush and floss as per your normal routine.
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If you do not like the taste of coconut oil you can switch it out for MCT oil. This will have the same benefits as the coconut oil however it is a tad more expensive. Please note that MCT oil is always in a liquid state.
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The Benefits;
•Helps prevent tooth decay/cavities

•Improves bad breath

•Improves bleeding gums

•Helps with oral inflammation

•Help whiten teeth

•Soothes throat dryness

•Helps with cracked lips

•Supports Immune System

•Improves acne

•Strengthens gums and jaw
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Oil Pulling Tabs
If you are a DIY guru, this might be something for you. Oil Pulling Tabs are simply a little pre made tablet that is extremely convenient for people on the go!
Ingredients;
•Coconut oil (food grade)

•your fav essential oil! Mine is OnGuard

•small silicone pan

•mason jar with lid
How to;
•Fill your silicone pan with coconut oil.

•Add one drop of essential oil to each tab

•Refrigerate (or freeze) until solid

•Remove tabs from silicone pan and store them in your mason jar or any other airtight container!

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Starch Spray

I’m always on the lookout for opportunities to share information with you. Starching clothing is a dying art but one my grandmother took pretty seriously 😋 Personally the spray bottle with numerous warnings never beckoned me to take up this practice but it does not have to be that way. Did you know you could starch your clothing naturally. Please just ensure the ingredients you are choosing are Gmo and pesticide free. Happy Starching 💜

Ingredients

1 heaping tablespoon cornstarch. You can vary the amount to get a greater or lesser degree of stiffness.

1 pint cold water

1-2 drops essential oil (optional)

1 clean spray bottle

Preparation

1. Combine the cornstarch and water in a bowl, and stir until the cornstarch is completely dissolved. (The mixture will be milky in color)

2. Add a couple of drops of dōTERRA essential oil for fragrance (if desired)

3. Then, transfer to a clean spray bottle, and use. You want to use a clean spray bottle that hasn’t been used for chemical products. Cornstarch is a neutral chemical, but it could still pick up traces of other products.

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doTERRA OnGuard Cleaner Consentrate

This is the liquid gold of the cleaning products!!

“This powerful essential oil blend is combined with plant-based derivatives that provide a non-toxic and biodegradable way to clean and eliminate odors, so it is safe for loved ones as well as the environment. The multi-purpose capabilities of doTERRA On Guard Cleaner Concentrate make it perfect to expertly clean hard surfaces in the kitchen, bathroom, or any room, leaving behind a clean and invigorating scent.”

MULTI-PURPOSE CLEANER: Mix 2 tbsp of concentrate per 24 oz. of water.

BATHROOMS: Mix 3 tbsp of concentrate per 24 oz. of water.

DISHES: Mix 3 tbsp of concentrate per gallon of water.

TOUGH JOBS: Apply concentrate directly on designated area and let soak.

I personally have used it on many more ways then it is advertised! I use it for stains on clothes, added boost to my laundry, hand soap, you name it, I use it!

It’s absolutely brilliant and will never go back!!

Homemade cleaner

I’m sometimes asked how would a homemade cleaner work exactly if the oils do not mix into the water and disperse evenly. Well the answer is it’s all in the composition of the oil itself. The power in any essential oil is due to the constituents that make up that oil!

So in lemon (and most every citrus oil) the rockstar constituent is a monoterpene called d-limonene. It has the ability to dissolve dirt + pesticides which are petroleum based. You can read research on that here:

Properties of limonene: http://monographs.iarc.fr/ENG/Monographs/vol56/mono56-9.pdf

It is best to add a natural castile soap to the water that you’re adding the citrus oils to so that the castile soap can help disperse the essential oil with the water. (Castile soap such as D.Woods, is made of coconut olive and hemp oils and has lots of uses around your home – it’s natural, and safe if ingested which makes it great for this use) The Best way to soak produce is to use a large bowl that will fit in the sink and add approx 1 tsp castile soap and 5-7 drops of citrus essential oil such as lemon or grapefruit or tangerine. Mix it around and then add your produce to sit for 10 min. Then rinse really well because that soaking water now contains soap, pesticides, dirt and bacteria.

This method will cost you a total of about $0.25!

Essential oils inhibiting cell attachment and biofilm development indicates a promising tool for reducing microbial colonization of food processing surfaces. Use of natural antimicrobial agents could provide alternative or supplemental methods for the efficient disinfection of microbe-contaminated industrial surfaces.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0956713511005561

DIY – Beach Waves

Have you always wondered how you can retain amazing waves for your hair. Here is a great little recipe for you!

Ingredients

Fine mist pray bottle                                                                                                                            1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon fractionated coconut oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
small squirt of aloe vera gel
2 drops each clary sage essential oil                                                                                                – Clary Sage is great for promoting healthy-looking hair and scalp.                                          2 drops of geranium essential oil                                                                                                        – Geranium is great for a healthy vibrant glow

Directions

Using a saucepan over heat, dissolve the sea salt into the water. Once that is all dissolved, let the mixture cool.  You then add all the ingredients into the bottle, shake and use!

Spritz the beach wave on your lovely curls, crunch them a bit and away you go.

 

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DIY – Powder Laundry Detergent

Hello everyone!

Here is my FAVOURITE powder laundry detergent! It cleans like a charm, saves you money and all natural! I have truly fallen in love with making my own natural laundry. Knowing what ingredients are in the day to day items I use has come very important to me. I strive to reduce our toxic load and irritants in our every day life.

YOU WILL NEED

  • Baking Soda 10 cups
  • Coarse Sea Salt 3 1/3 cup
  • Dr. Bronner’s Castile Bar Soap 6 bars
  • Cheese Grater or Food Processor
  • Large Bucket or Container
  • (OPTIONAL) doTERRA PURIFY Essential Oil Blend
  • (OPTIONAL) Knuckle Band-Aids (haha)

 

I have learned my lesson from previous times to cover my 3 fingers with knuckle band-aids to protect my finger tips. My cheese greater is extremely sharp and this is a highly recommended easy step. Some people also use a food processor with the grater attachment to shave their bars of soap. I find it much easier to just do it by hand. I can grate the 6 bars in less than 10 mins.

So with that said grate all 6 bars of soap! I love the Dr. Bronner’s Castile Bar Soap. It is all natural and fair trade. Here is a list of the ingredients; Organic Coconut Oil*, Organic Palm Oil*, Sodium Hydroxide**, Water, Organic Olive Oil*, Lavandin Extract, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Lavender Extract, Sea Salt, Citric Acid, Tocopherol.

This soap does not create suds and is safe for all types of washing machines.

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Proceed by adding the entire content of the baking soda and coarse sea salt content into your container. Mix well.

Baking soda will boost the natural cleaning properties of the castile soap, controls detergent suds (if there are any), reduces and removes laundry odors, softens water and laundry (no need for toxic fabric softners) and is safe to use in HE / front load washers.

Coarse Sea Salt is a great natural stain fighting agent (pre-wash and during wash), it keeps colours colourful, removes stickyness to clothes, reduces yellowing of clothes and controls mildew (in your machine).

OPTIONAL

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Purify is a special essential oil blend that is meant to eradicate foul odors in a natural and safe way. It is a bright uplifting blend that combines citrus and pine essential oils. I absolutely love the fresh and airy scent that it leaves behind! I also add this blend to my dryer balls. Here are the ingredients; Lemon Peel, Lime Peel, Siberian Fir Needle, Austrian Fir Needle, Pine Needle, Citronella Grass, Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Leaf, Cilantro Herb essential oils.

You can choose to add about 20 drops to your container or add 1 drop per load. All depends on how you want to function.

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I use 1/4 cup each load. Sometimes with the very dirty toddler/preschooler clothing I tend to bump it up to 2.

How much is this all going to cost?

Here is the break down

(I buy my items at my local grocery store, you can find cheaper prices at Bulk Barn or other similar stores. ALL PRICES IN CAD, and does not include taxes.)

  • Baking Soda – 2kg box – $5.99
  • Coarse Sea Salt – 750mg – $5.99
  • Dr. Bronner’s Castile Bar Soap) – $4.99 X 6ea = 17.99$
  • (OPTIONAL) doTERRA Purify – 15ml – $23.00 (wholesale price) = $0.09 per drop x 20 drops = $1.84

For the sake of the laundry cost per load calculation I will not include the essential oils as they are not necessary.

SAVING MONEY

Based on the weight/contents of the ingredients (minus essential oils) and using 1/4 cup per load… you will get 50 loads per recipe. which ends up being about $0.59 per load!!!

AND if you wanted to add the essential oils in your laundry detergent it would bump the cost up to $0.63 per load!

So depending on how often you do laundry this detergent can last you from 60 months to 1 year! How is that for savings!!!

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In conclusion, you do what is right for you and your family. I did not always do this. I always just went for the store bought stuff because it was so easy. However after taking the 15 mins it takes to make this all natural detergent, I was hooked! Hooked on giving my family a healthier alternative, hooked on saving money, and hooked on living naturally!

Enjoy!