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Non-Toxic Bug Repellent Recipe with Coconut Oil. Photo by Jessica Espinoza by Jessica Espinoza Looking for an all-natural, non-toxic insect repellent that doesn’t contain the chemicals (like DEET) that most of the commercial brands do? There are many natural, non-toxic ingredients that can be used to make a bug repellent that won’t harm you and your family. Most homemade bug balms and bug sprays utilize the strength of essential oils. CatnipCedarwoodCinnamonCitronellaCloveEucalyptusGeraniumLavenderLemongrassPatchouliPeppermintRosemaryTea Tree Note: Some citrus oils, like lemon, also have strong bug repellent properties, but are also considered “phototoxic”, meaning that the skin could damage or burn easily if those oils are applied to the skin and then exposed to any source of ultraviolet (UV) light.

Natural bug repellents are not going to be 100% bugproof, nor are they going to last all day. Bug Balm Recipe This recipe makes approximately 4oz (1/2 cup) of bug balm. Ingredients: 1/4 cup coconut oil 1/8 cup shea butter Tools: Double boiler. Homemade Ways to Remove Underarm Hair. Hair removal doesn't have to require a complete spa experience, or even expensive over-the-counter products. If you're trying to squeeze every penny out of your budget or if you're interested in more natural hair removal methods, sugaring may be for you. The sugar medium is made from natural products and offers results similar to spa waxes. Experiment with the ratios and ingredients in the basic recipe until you get the combination that's the most effective for your skin and hair type.

Measure 2 cups sugar, 1/4 cup fresh or bottled lemon juice and 1/4 cup water. Measure an additional 1/4 cup honey or molasses if desired. Add all ingredients to a saucepan and slowly bring to a boil. Reduce the heat so that your mixture maintains a slow simmer and allow it to cook for about a 1/2 hour. Clean your underarms and pat them dry. Use your hands or a spoon to spread the wax over your underarm hair. Clean up any residue or leftover sugaring wax with soap and warm water. Homemade Edible Finger Paint Recipe. We made some home made finger paint today and had great fun with our little group of Mums and tots with babies as young as 6 months getting involved in the action! It’s totally edible (though not that delicious!) And completely non-toxic, and the best part is it was so easy to make and will last!

This is the recipe ( I googled a few, found the common denominator and went from there): * 2 cups of corn flour (corn starch in the US I think) * 1 cup of cold water * 4.5 cups of boiling water * Liquid food colouring Method: Mix the cornflour with the cold water and stir together. Pour in the boiling water and stir between each cup. Edited to add: Some people have found that the paint remains liquid and doesn’t thicken up as it should. 1. It’s always frustrating posting recipes that work brilliantly when you try them yourself, but for some reason don’t work for everyone! C helped me to spoon this into the jars and she absolutely LOVED every minute of the whole process! Overall verdict? Homemade Natural Spicy Cider Decongestant and Expectorant. When we’re sick, our body ramps things up to protect us. An increase in mucus brings an increase in antiseptic enzymes and antibodies. Our noses run to wash out some of the germs, and make it harder for others to enter.

This increase in mucous, coupled with narrowed inflamed nasal passages that accompany some colds and general bugs; can make for some truly uncomfortable days and nights. If you are suffering from an illness such as a cold or sinusitis and not just allergies, chances are your chest is congested with extra mucous as well. Ingredients: Cayenne pepper, honey, lemon juice, ginger, apple cider vinegar. Decongestant: Thins out mucous, making it less likely you’ll get a really stuffed up nose/reduces mucous production. Expectorant: It helps “expel” the mucous by loosening it up and making it easier to cough up. Why the ingredients? You will need… Directions Pour ¼ cup of lemon juice and ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar in pot and bring to a gentle simmer. Tip: By Claire Goodall. Homemade Vapor Rub for Youngsters & Adults. If you’re a parent (or even if you’re not) you’ve no doubt experienced “the sickies” that seem to follow our youngsters around wherever they go.

Sometimes it’s not a problem-I’ve seen more than a few tots run around mindless of their runny nose-but sometimes that congestion, especially when accompanied by cough, can interfere with sleep and overall comfort. When this situation crops up, don’t head straight for the Vicks Vapor Rub. It can be harmful (see note below) and you can easily whip up your own version, sans all the bad stuff. Here’s a recipe that is simple, safe, and that works for people of all ages. You will need… -10-15 drops of essential oil for scent (eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary, lavender, any combination, etc.) -1/2 cup of coconut oil or olive oil -1-2 tablespoons of beeswax pastilles, candelilla wax or palm shortening (it can be made without it, but it won’t be as thick.)

Directions If you’re using it, melt 1-2 tablespoons of wax in a double boiler. Tips: Risky Vicks P.S. Home Remedies for Unwanted Hair Removal Permanently. 15 DIY Bathroom Products to Ditch the Drugstore. Homemade Herbal Bug Spray Recipes That Work! Thanks Mother's Day on Pinterest. DIY Squat platform to crap in style. | It's all in how you move. Alright fools. It’s time to get real. About waste elimination. Ever since I learned about the Squatty Potty, I’ve been dying to get my hands on one. But, being a special blend of both cheap and poor, I haven’t done so yet.

Luckily, my cheap/poor blend also includes a dash of resourcefulness, creativity, and blind ambition. So I finally decided the other day to build one myself. I thought to myself “Every other time you’ve tried to build something, you’ve been a complete and utter failure. Hammer? Looking good! Doesn’t this just make you want to go void your bowels? Detail of the pretty paper. You’ve always wished you could look at sparkly flowers while you poop.

I didn’t. I’m not gonna go into all the benefits of squatting to dump, y’all can do a google search on “squatting to poop” and find lots of reasons why it’s awesome. Best Way to Whiten Teeth Naturally With an Charcoal. Homemade Remineralizing Toothpaste Recipe for Oral Health.