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How to Make Your Own Natural Tick Repellent. Ticks are small arachnid insects that are considered ectoparasites, because they feed on the blood of humans and animals by staying on the outside of the host's body.

How to Make Your Own Natural Tick Repellent

Ticks live in trees and in tall grass and will latch onto the host's skin or fur. Ticks are hard to remove from the skin, and some ticks carry disease, such as deer ticks, which can carry Lyme disease. You can purchase tick repellent, or you can make your own at home for a fraction of the cost. Homemade "Vicks Vapor shower disks". Have you seen the commercials for the Vicks Vapor shower disk thingies?

Homemade "Vicks Vapor shower disks"

You put one of these disks in your shower, and voila thanks to the vapors in it, you're magically healed, your cold is gone, and your face is shockingly free of snot. I always used to watch the "Noxema girl" splashing water on her face and wondered how she was able to wash her face without being completely overrun with boogers. I'm the only one? Yes? Ok, moving along then... Regardless, Vicks makes these things and I'm sure they're super expensive for something that is just going to wash down your drain. You know where I'm going with this, right? Yep. I made them myself. The idea started a few weeks ago when my sweet little nephew Parker came down with Croup for like the 1,438th time. And they couldn't be any simpler. Sarah's Homemade Vicks Shower Disk Thingies -Baking soda -Water -Essential oils: eucalyptus, rosemary, and lavender. 1) Add baking soda to a mixing bowl. 3) Add 15 drops of each essential oil.

DIY Dog Shampoo, DIY Flea Treatment, DIY Skunk Odor Remover. Making your own dog shampoo isn’t rocket science.

DIY Dog Shampoo, DIY Flea Treatment, DIY Skunk Odor Remover

By: adria.richards/Flickr A wide variety of dog shampoos are available in stores, of course. But you might find no need at all to buy a specific shampoo for your canine companion: I’ve found that I can easily create a do-it-yourself dog shampoo from ingredients that most people have in their homes. DIY Dog Shampoo (This is the one pictured above.) I couldn’t stop this article with just ONE recipe. Shampoo for Dry Skin Many pet owners struggle with their puppy’s dry skin problems. Mix 1 cup lemon dish detergent with 1 cup white vinegar and 1/3 cup glycerin. DIY Skunk Odor Remover At some point, your curious dog might get skunked. Your pet wants the odor removed just as quickly as you do! First, put on some eye protection, just in case, along with rubber gloves. Mix 1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide with ¼ cup baking soda and 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid.

Let me repeat that: It is dangerous to put this solution in a closed container. Share it now! How do you make lotion bars? None of your beeswax! While digging in my bathroom closet the other day, I came across a block of beeswax that I bought last holiday season for making chapstick (recipe coming at some point soon). It was a "what the hell do I do with a big block of beeswax" kind of moment. You guys have those moments? I'm sure you do. It's probably a common occurrence in your house. I did some quick searching on the internet and found some lotion bar recipes, but they all contained oils like avocado that I can't find in my little town. Sarah's Lotion Bars made with semi-normal shit One part Beeswax (you can buy it online, but I found a local source for $9 cheaper per pound.

Once it is completely melted, add the almond oil to the double boiler. Allow the white swiggles to melt a bit. Remove the double boiler from the pan and put it on a towel; dry off any water that has accumulated on the bottom. Pour the mixture in to your mold of choice. I left the bars out at room temperature overnight. I cook a lot. Aromatherapy Recipes Using Essential Oils. The following links will lead you to these helpful articles located within AromaWeb's Article Archive Section: • Part 1: Introduction to Blending • Part 2: Aromatic Blending • Part 3: Therapeutic Blending ALSO: Working With and Blending Thick Aromatic Oils Most essential oils are thin in viscosity, meaning they are almost of a water-like consistency.

Aromatherapy Recipes Using Essential Oils

Some CO2s, absolutes, balsams, resins and other botanical aromatics, however, can be nearly solid at room temperature and are much harder to work with, measure and blend. Substituting Oils Do you have a recipe that calls for an oil that you don't have? All Natural Lip Balm. The week leading up to the new year wasn't exactly how I had pictured it.

All Natural Lip Balm

It was the last week of the boys winter break. I had envisioned walks around downtown looking at the lights, taking down the Christmas tree together, continuing our holiday baking marathon and maybe even a little post Christmas mall browsing. But alas, none of those things happened. The flu happened. Or rather, what I guess must have been the flu. Thankfully, I had made a big batch of lip balm the week before Christmas to give as little handmade gifts to my girlfriends. This recipe is super simple. The recipe came from this blog last year and I tweaked it a bit and she grabbed it from this book where she had tweaked it a bit. Sweet Orange Lip Balm 8 Tablespoons Coconut Oil 3 Tablespoons Beeswax 1.5 Tablespoons Raw Honey 30 drops Sweet Orange essential oil (if you want color) 1/2 stick of natural lipstick (I like Jane Iredale and Josie Moran) Remove mixture from heat, and add peppermint oil and lipstick.

Kitchen Witchery: Dandelion Salve  - To Be A Farmer - Little Seed Farm. Summer seems to have come quite early to Tennessee this year.

Kitchen Witchery: Dandelion Salve  - To Be A Farmer - Little Seed Farm

Everything has greened up and its been in the 80's here for the past few weeks! The sunshine has been lavish and the goats are loving the tender new leaves cropping up everywhere... The super warm weather has made us kick into high gear, trying to get the garden and everything else under the sun done before it's "too late" and we starve, or eat more WallMart produce (I think we'd starve). This week, this has meant shoveling lots of gravel (fun!). At some point in time, someone here was much enamoured of gravel, as evidenced by its prolific abundance in every imaginable nook and cranny. I'm working on the garden this week and am kicking off my gravel extraction mission by clearing off the patio so I don't have to weed it, and it's actually pleasant to use (ie. more pleasant than shards of glass hidden betwixt sharp hunks of rock and rusted old beer bottle caps). Raganella's Dandelion Salve Instructions: Diffuse essential oils wherever you go with a Personal, Wearable, Aromatherapy Diffuser; A Terra Cotta Pendant.

Breathe in a better mood… ..and better skin!

Breathe in a better mood…

Aromatherapy is known to have many healing and curative qualities for the inside and out; very calming for the mind, body, soul and skin! They are a natural organic approach to help with acne and dermatitis(skin inflammation or disorders). Essential oils are derived from a botanical or plant origin and can be used in many different ways. For medicinal, cosmetic and skin care uses it can have healing, calming, antibacterial, antiseptic and/or analgesic qualities.

Essential oils can can be put into products, pressed directly onto the skin(though some can be to strong for that) or in a spritz form. Eucalyptus- Use in a skin care treatment or product to refresh and stimulate. Skin and body: Stimulating, increases oxygen intake to the skin. Mind: Stimulating and increases concentration and intellectual capacities. Geranium- Use to calm the skins inflammation. Skin and body: Anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory. Rosemary- Use for oily irritated or troubled skin. Aromatherapy Glossary « BeautyBuzz HK. Aromatherapy is form of alternative medicine that uses concoctions of essential oils to treat various conditions.

Aromatherapy Glossary « BeautyBuzz HK

By using specific essences, aromatherapy claims to alter your mood, and your mental and physical health. Although it is mostly used in massage oils, it is said to have endless medical properties to treat conditions that are usually combated by potentially harmful chemicals and medicines. Check out the Beauty Buzz Aromatherapy Glossary to know about the oils and their benefitsAchillea oil: Anti-inflammatory and haemostatic. Against hypertension, insomnia and haemorrhoids. For gynecological diseases and neuralgia. Angelica oil: Carminative and relaxing. Aniseed oil: Emmenagogu, antispasmodic and tonic. Bassilicum oil: Tonic, refreshing, memory boosting and insectifuge. Balsam (Canada) oil: Antiseptic and relaxing. Balsam (Peru) oil: Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, disinfectant. Balsam (Tolu) oil: Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, excretory and antitussive.

Hyssop oil: Antiseptic. KITCHEN BEAUTICIAN: HOMEMADE LIP STAIN. Photos + post by amy nadine, graphic design by eunice chun For those of you concerned about what chemicals we’re putting in and on our bodies, you can’t get more natural than this homemade berry lip stain!

KITCHEN BEAUTICIAN: HOMEMADE LIP STAIN

We love it because it adds the perfect “just-bitten” hint of color to fake that Snow White luscious lip! Here’s how to do it yourself: INGREDIENTS: 3 Blackberries (for their bright berry color), 1 Raspberry (for its feminine pink color), 3 Pomegranate Seeds (for their vibrant red color), 1/2 teaspoon edible oil (I used Extra Virgin Olive Oil), a small Bowl + Spoon (or mortar + pestle if you have them), Fork or Sifter to drain, small 5-gram Pot/Jar with screw top from any craft store STEP 1: Mash the blackberries and raspberry in the bowl thoroughly with the back of your spoon. STEP 2: Add the pomegranate juice into the mixture by individually squeezing them between your thumb and index fingers over the bowl. For application, use your fingers, a lip brush or a Q-tip.

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Skin. Masks. First aid. Hair. Making a Mosquito Trap. To keep mosquitoes from ruining a picnic or camping trip, it is nice to have an enticing trap to lure them away from you.

Making a Mosquito Trap

This guide is about making a mosquito trap. Solutions Read and rate the best solutions below by giving them a "thumbs up". Tip: Making a Mosquito Trap Because mosquitoes are attracted to the CO2 we breathe out, I started looking for ideas that used CO2 as the bait for the mosquito trap. I found a cached link on Google here. Thanks to the students for their hard work on this project. Supplies: 1 2 liter soda bottle a sharp knife black paper tape candy thermometer Take a 2 liter soda bottle. Make a simple sugar syrup. Ingredients: 1 cup sugar 1 cup water 2 cups cool water 1 tsp. active dry yeast Directions: Bring 1 cup of the water to a boil. Dissolve the sugar into the boiling water. Once the sugar is dissolved completely, remove the pan from the heat. Be sure to seal the two parts of the bottle with the tape. By Susan Sanders-Kinzel Tip: Vinegar and Sugar Water For Mosquitoes. Get Rid Of-Ants, Ants, Ants Recipe - Food.com - 203233. OMG!!! Thank you soooooo much for this remedy!

My daughter moved into her 1st apartment,,,,with my twin grandsons,,,,,and realized that she was INFESTED with ants. She had them everywhere,,,,on the babies toys and all eeekkk. I made this batch up for her,,,told her to fill baby jars w/out the top on and fill it w/ cotton balls,,,and spray a lil on the outside of jar. Within the 2nd day the jar was filled w/ ants,,,,she said it was gross,,,,I can just imagine.

Medicinal Sweets or I Wish I Had a Sore Throat. Awhile back I shared a post about Candied Tangerines and how delicious they are in the bottom of a cup of tea. But I wanted to make something a bit more medicinal that still had that ‘yummy’ quality to it. I’ve been fascinated by herbal anything my whole life. Imagine! The created things on this planet combat disease and infection, promote healing and life and can manage to do it in a gentle, easily accessible way. It’s such a perfect system! Everyone knows that when you have a sore throat, you are supposed to have hot water, lemon and honey.

I cut up 2 lemons, dropped them in a small mason jar and poured honey over them until it filled up about 1/3 of the jar. Because I enjoy getting the most out of what I make, and I know that there are other medicinal jujus that can help me with a sore throat, I’m going to add a heaping Tablespoon of fresh chopped ginger and let that candy along with the lemon. Rosemary and Sage Boot Fresheners. With a tightly pinched nose, I’ve found myself once or twice carrying pairs of hot, sweaty boots out to the garage after a long summer hike. Desperate for an all natural odor-defying solution, I did my research. At first I considered making a foot powder, but hate the way it can gunk up your shoes and clump between toes.

A spray just wouldn’t cut it. Then, I got crafty! These potent herbal fresheners will absorb moisture and odor while deterring bacteria from making a home in your favorite boots. Ingredients 1lb or 2 cups of Baking Soda 40 drops Organic Rosemary Essential Oil 1 cup of Organic Sage Leaf 6 Large Cotton Muslin Bags 6 Large Paper Tea Bags (optional) Directions Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Easy Aromatherapy Recipes. Fun, free essential oil recipes for body,home and health (and a really good time!) Contact me to learn how you can attend a free online video class. If you haven't tried making your own scented lotions and potions yet, you're in for a treat! You're about to find out that it's tremendously rewarding - and a lot easier than you might think - to make your own bath salts, body oils and skincare stuff (especially when you have a few easy aromatherapy recipes to follow!)

... And if you have cooked up your own scented goodies already, you know the magic of creating the perfect aromatherapy blend for your new batch of soap or scented candles or... whatever! What's So Great About Essential Oil Recipes? Here's a few things you've gotta love about using essential oils recipes to make your own aromatherapy goodies:They're pretty.They're practical.They smell FABULOUS! Play Time with Aromatherapy Home Recipes First, you get your fun time making your scented goodies - mixing, stirring, smelling...

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