Originally posted 2013-09-23 12:24:00.
*If you have time, remove the phytic acid and saponins from the quinoa by soaking it overnight. Wondering why? See our article How ’bout quinoa?
Originally posted 2013-09-15 13:28:49.
Purchasing all-natural laundry soap is certainly the easiest way to greenclean your laundry. However, finding eco-friendly detergent at a budget-friendly price can be time-consuming and marketing is becoming increasingly deceptive; some products that claim to be green can still contain harmful chemicals.
We know there’s only so much time in the day to make your own products, so is DIY detergent worth it? After investing a little time in some research, we learned that laundry detergent is definitely something that can be made easily and affordably, leaving behind only the peace of mind that your clothes are getting their cleanest without the use of any toxins.
Need another reason to switch to DIY detergent? According to Wikipedia, sodium triphosphate can comprise up to 50% of traditional detergents. The discharge of soluble phosphates like this one has led to problems of inhibited growth of living things in streams and lakes. The European Union is already banning the use of phosphates in domestic use. Add this to the fact that many ingredients in conventional laundry detergents (ethanolamine, ethoxylates, sulfates) are irritants, some of which are linked to cancer and have reproductive concerns, and we feel that the need to steer clear of traditional laundry detergents is a pretty high priority.
If you’re looking for citric acid, we found ours here. The other ingredients can easily be found in your local grocery store.
Four all-natural, whole ingredients.
How easy is that?!
Originally posted 2013-08-05 13:30:19.
Originally posted 2013-07-13 22:04:46.
Facial makeup often contains harmful ingredients used to help it absorb into the skin and stay on all day and all night. While chemicals can help makeup stay put longer, it’s time to stop and consider if we really want our make up (toxins and all) to be absorbed into our pores!
Products that are natural are bound to wear off a little quicker, but they give you the opportunity to feel comfortable in your own skin and save a little money. A healthy lifestyle with plenty of sunshine, whole foods, water, and healthy fats is the best way to keep your skin looking gorgeous. Natural makeup is the cherry on top!
For a chemical-free, beautiful face, try this three-ingredient, oil-absorbing powder.
- Corn Starch
- Cocoa powder
- An old (clean) powder makeup container, or other small jar with lid
Step 1: Measure 2 Tbsp of corn starch into a small bowl for mixing.
Step 2: Slowly add 1/8 tsp of cocoa powder and 1/8 tsp of cinnamon, alternately, until you reach a desired color for your skin tone. Mix thoroughly to see color, and test on the inside of your wrist to see progress. Each ingredient adds a different depth of color, so the amount each person needs will vary.
Step 3: Once you have thoroughly mixed the powder and found the right color, you’re ready to give it a try on your face! Transfer to makeup container. Shake a small amount into the lid and use a clean makeup brush to apply to your face after you have washed and moisturized. Apply in small circles, always working from the middle of your face out. This powder can be worn over your regular natural makeup, or alone for a natural matte look.
Originally posted 2013-06-26 22:32:17.
Chemicals easily sneak into many household products, but they don’t have to fill your home. Make simple switches like this one to rid your life of toxins.
Create your own DIY goo remover from two ingredients and easily get rid of stickers, adhesive gunk, gum, and other sticky messes.
Step 1. Measure ¼ C baking soda into a small jar with a screw-top lid.
Step 2. Add ¼ C coconut oil and mix well.
Step 3. Use to remove stickers and make your life a little easier!
Just like other goo removers, test in an inconspicuous area before use and do not use on cloth, silk, leather, or suede.
Originally posted 2013-06-25 23:26:46.
Originally posted 2013-06-20 18:47:00.
Originally posted 2013-06-03 18:47:18.
Feeling achy? Tired? Stressed? Overwhelmed? Groggy? Have you ever wondered if toxins are weighing your body down? Every day our skin, the body’s largest organ, is exposed to toxins found in cosmetics, water, and the air. These toxins can build up, especially if one isn’t sweating on a regular basis. Sweating is one of the most effective ways to rid the pores and lymphatic system of pollutants.
A mineral bath detox can be a great way to gently eliminate the build-up of toxins in the skin that can leave a person feeling poorly. A detoxifying bath will open the pores, promote sweating, and help balance the body’s minerals and enzymes – leaving you feeling refreshed and energized! Here are some suggested ingredients to use in your bath, and why they work:
- Epsom salt: contains high amounts of magnesium that is absorbed by the skin and helps flush lactic acid, eases headaches, reduces inflammation, and regulates the activity of hundreds of enzymes in the body
- Sea salt: helps flush toxins, soothes and heals skin, and balances minerals in the body
- Baking soda: is alkaline and helps balance acid in the system, removes chlorine from water, and softens the skin
- Ginger: opens the pores and increases blood circulation
1) In a small bowl, mix together:
1/3 C Epsom salts
1/3 C sea salts
1/3 C baking soda
2 Tbsp ginger powder (1/2 cup grated ginger, if using fresh)
Several drops of your favorite essential oil, if desired
2) Pour this into your tub under hot running water.
3) Step in, relax, and enjoy for 15-30 minutes! (Start with 10-20 minutes if this is your first detox bath.)
It’s important to remember to detoxify gently; detoxing too quickly can leave one feeling sick or overly dehydrated. So as you try this detox bath, make sure to care for yourself!
- Try this bath in the evening, when you can go to bed right afterwards. It will likely leave you feeling quite tired.
- Drink lots of water during and after your bath. This bath will make you sweat, and you need to replenish your body to keep from becoming harmfully dehydrated. Keep a glass of water by your bed at night in case you wake up feeling dehydrated, too!
- Get up out of your bath slowly; you may feel a little lightheaded.
- If you can, take your bath on an evening when you don’t have to work the next day. Depending on how many toxins your body has been coping with, you may feel a little sick the next day. Don’t worry, as your body recovers and you drink plenty of water, you will be feeling refreshed and energized!
- Do not take hot or salt baths if you are dehydrated, sick, hypertensive, pregnant, diabetic, or if you have a history of heart disease. If you are unsure, ask your doctor first.
Originally posted 2013-01-22 03:57:00.