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POPSUGAR Smart Living. Headaches are no fun, and when one comes on, you want to get rid of it fast.

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Before popping pills, try this all-natural soothing combination of essential oils that does wonders on pounding temples. Pour into a rollerball container or small glass vial, and you can even take this soother on the go. What You'll Need: 10 drops lavender essential oil10 drops peppermint essential oil10 drops orange essential oil1/4 cup olive oilSpouted measuring cup or funnel (optional)Small sealable container Directions It's as simple as measuring the olive oil and adding the essential oils. Carefully pour the mixture into a small rollerball container or sealable glass vial, and your headache soother is ready to use. Makes two ounces of headache soother.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Sarah Lipoff. POPSUGAR Smart Living. Homemade Body Wash - Keep Scary Out Of Your Shower — LITTLE SEED FARM. Our Homemade Lavender-Lemongrass Body WashWhat do you put on your body every day?

Homemade Body Wash - Keep Scary Out Of Your Shower — LITTLE SEED FARM

By the time I’ve finished my morning routine I’ve used shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, toner, moisturizer and sunscreen for my face, and lotion for my body. Somehow, it took me close to a year before I started wondering what the heck was actually in those bottles in my shower. Isn't it odd that we’ve become so conscious of what we put inside our bodies, and somehow managed not to give any thought about what we were putting on them? All of that changed a few weeks ago when a friend recommended The Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Database which rates products according to the chemicals they contain and how harmful they are. Day 2: Make Your Own Non-Petroleum Jelly. Four Homemade Cleaners. This was easier than I thought it would be.

Four Homemade Cleaners

One of Betsy’s goals for the year was to ditch some of our standard cleaners that we use around the house and make them! Honestly, I was a bit skeptical about this project mainly because I wasn’t sure that homemade cleaners would really get the job done. Seven Surprising Uses for Baking Soda - Health. Know Your Body's Quick-Cooling Spots. Before my parents got central AC, we used to get through those hot summer days using the wet t-shirt method.

Know Your Body's Quick-Cooling Spots

There are a couple of ways to implement this method. The first and simplest method is to cup water in your hands and splash it onto your t-shirt, generally aiming for the upper sleeves, shoulders, and collar areas. Those are the areas that are pretty much always touching skin (to get maximum cooling effect) as well as almost never touching other objects (to prevent couches or chairs from getting wet). DIY Citronella Candles Cheaply Banish Mosquitoes. 5 Easy to Grow Mosquito-Repelling Plants.

As the outdoor season approaches, many homeowners and outdoor enthusiasts look for ways to control mosquitoes.

5 Easy to Grow Mosquito-Repelling Plants

With all the publicity about the West Nile virus, mosquito repelling products are gaining in popularity. But many commercial insect repellents contain from 5% to 25% DEET. There are concerns about the potential toxic effects of DEET, especially when used by children. Children who absorb high amounts of DEET through insect repellents have developed seizures, slurred speech, hypotension and bradycardia. There are new DEET-free mosquito repellents on the market today which offer some relief to those venturing outdoors in mosquito season. Here are five of the most effective mosquito repelling plants which are easy to grow in most regions of the US:

Herbal Magic - Sachets and Gris Gris Bags. 11 Unusual Household Uses For Food Items That Will Save You Money. Photo: charles chan * The next time you find yourself in need of a household product like stain remover, shower cleaner or ant deterrent, check the pantry before heading to the store.

11 Unusual Household Uses For Food Items That Will Save You Money

You might just find what you need, in the form of a common kitchen ingredient. From a green perspective, going the DIY route eliminates some of the harsh chemicals in your home, reducing your family’s exposure to them. It can also save you money. In a pinch, using cinnamon or cayenne pepper could save you the $5 needed to buy a set of ant traps. Post your own tips below, and try these household uses for common foods: Baking soda * Jan Patterson of Cotati, Calif., uses it to remove “stubborn sticky stuff of any kind” from furniture and other household items.

Miracle Berry Fruit Tablets. How to Make Your Own Beauty Products from Scratch - Lifestyle. Let's keep things simple this week.

How to Make Your Own Beauty Products from Scratch - Lifestyle

When it comes to personal-care products, we are big believers in streamlining what you use—see "Eight Products You Think You Need But Don't" for a refresher—buying less in general, and getting creative. We have both always loved experimenting in our kitchens and our bathrooms, checking ingredients in products we love, isolating the main ones, and then trying them on their own. Sometimes it works: A favorite hair leave-in contained aloe, for example, so one day we tried aloe alone and found that, lo and behold, it worked just fine on its own. And sometimes it didn't. Over the years we have tried dozens of DIY beauty recipes to find ones we like—and that work. Simple body scrub Honey face wash We already told you about our new favorite homemade face wash last week but here's the recipe: In the palm of your hand, combine a tablespoon of raw, unfiltered honey with a half a tablespoon of baking soda, mix it together, and apply to damp skin.

Perfume Shave oil. Skin Deep® Cosmetics Database. Top 10 Weird Uses for Vodka - Save Money and Reduce Chemicals with Alcohol. Lemon Recipes Face. Dorm Room Spa: 3 Easy DIY Beauty Recipes to Try. Photo Credit It’s that taxing in-between time of the semester again – spring break is over, papers and projects are coming due, and finals are looming ahead.

Dorm Room Spa: 3 Easy DIY Beauty Recipes to Try

It’s clear that college students are stressed right now, and with that stress comes the need for relaxation. And what better way to unwind than by pampering yourself and indulging in some me-time? Of course, as college students, we can’t all afford to shell out for a trip to a high-end spa. So how do you get all the benefits of a spa treatment without the hefty cost? 1. Photo Credit Olive oil isn’t just for cooking — it’s great for your hair, too! To give your hair a conditioning treatment, massage about 2 tablespoons of olive oil into your hair and scalp. Ten minute no-sew recycled t-shirt bag! Tutorial time!

Ten minute no-sew recycled t-shirt bag!

I got a gig teaching a recycled t-shirt project at the library a few months ago, with a request for a recycled tee bag – the only bags I’d made from tees in the past had required sturdy sewing, and I didn’t want hand-sewing to be the only thing holding the bottom closed in a class version of the bags, so I started brainstorming about some kind of hand-sewing-friendly or no-sew bag idea…. and here’s what I came up with! The simplest version of these bags is great for smaller tees, or the more light-weight kind of girl-tees – just turn the bottom of the shirt into a drawstring and tie it closed! As you can see, even with a not huge tee, this will still leave a significant hole in the bottom of your bag, but for purposes like grocery shopping, this size hole shouldn’t really matter… But to make smaller holes, just make more than one of them! Here’s a bag bottom with 2 holes: