Posts tagged: DIY health and beauty

Fizzy Toilet Freshener Bombs DIY

Fizzy Toilet Freshener Bombs DIYImage – Onegoodthingbyjillee.com

We discovered a great tutorial for how to make your own “fizzy cleaning toilet bombs”! I have to say, this has immediate appeal as anything that diminishes scrubbing the bowl gets my vote. As an added bonus – it’s a lot more eco friendly than using chemical-based cleaners.

There’s something a little idea amusing about this whole idea. Partly I think it is the fact that you can toss something down there and forget it for a while, but also it might be just the phrase “toilet bombs”… I can just see the marketing angle: “After you’ve let one off, let one off.”

Ok but seriously. What’s great about this is that is an all-natural formula using just essential oils, baking soda and citric acid. Citric acid provides the fizz and also attacks hard water stains, which are alkaline in nature.

I would much rather use this than bleach, for example. Bleach (sodium hypochlorite) is nasty stuff. Not only is it a highly toxic chemical to have around the house, but there is also some argument over whether it releases poisonous chlorine or chloramine fumes if it comes into contact with urine. In other words, it’s less than ideal! It also harms wildlife if it gets into the environment. So this natural alternative is more eco-friendly as well as more health-friendly. Please see also our page Never Need Bleach Again for a simple, low cost general purpose cleaner that can be used instead.

One thing to note – some people have asked where to find citric acid. It’s available at grocery store, “in the baking aisle next to canning supplies”.

Ok, here’s the link to the full tutorial: http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2014/10/fizzy-cleaning-toilet-bombs.html

Make Your Own “Breathe Jar” For Sinus Congestion

Make Your Own Breathe Jar To Relieve Sinus CongestionImage – Onegoodthingbyjillee.com

If you have used OTC nasal sprays for decongestion, you might be interested in this. This “Breathe Jar” is an alternative that utilizes nothing but pure essential oils.

Something here really caught my eye: It’s interesting to note the complaint about nasal sprays voiced by the OP – she states that the standard nasal sprays work for a short time but then once you stop using them, the problem comes back worse in a kind of “rebound effect” – keeping you dependent on the sprays. Not good!

My general opinion on this type of pharmaceutical medicine is that it was not the lack of the pharmaceutical that caused your body to be unwell in the first place, so how can the pharmaceutical make you better? Modern medicine has no concept of the body’s natural equilibrium of health – and tends to regard such ideas as “pseudoscience”. (Despite all the reports about what actually gets results.)

My view (and that of many naturopaths) is that the body seeks wellness. Its natural tendency is to want to be healthy, vibrant and alive – and it strives for these conditions, informing us (as best it can) as to what it needs in order to achieve them. All ailments (this is again just an opinion not medical advice, I have to say this!) can be viewed as imbalance. Restore the balance and the body is much better able to fight whatever comes along.

That’s the basic theory of natural medicine. There are actually some fairly technical reasons behind this that are based on millions of years of evolution and adaption to plant medicine. We literally became who we are in synergy with wild plant life. It is part of us! Then, some time around the dawn of agriculture – perhaps because of agriculture – it all went south. Now we can’t make any medicinal claims for legal reasons – however a look at the comments section from all the genuine people reporting on their experiences – this speaks more loudly than all the advertising in the world if you ask me.

Ok, here’s the link to the full tutorial: http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2014/01/make-your-own-breathe-jar-to-relieve-sinus-congestion.html

Further Reading: Please check out our giant list of 40+ top essential oils with full tutorials and science reports for each one: https://www.herbs-info.com/essential-oils/essential-oils.html

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How To Make Amazing Natural Homemade Sunscreen

How to Make Natural Homemade SunscreenImage – WellnessMama.com

It’s ironic to think that to “protect ourselves” against skin cancer, some of us (not me!) cover ourselves in highly toxic chemicals that are now possibly thought to increase the risk of skin cancer!

It just goes to show how effective marketing can be? Most sunscreens contain toxic ingredients or endocrine disrupting chemicals that in many cases may actually promote skin cancer growth and free radical production in the body! In fact, in the years since sunscreen use began, skin cancer rates have actually risen, and a 2007 document from the FDA stated (get this) that: “The FDA is not aware of data demonstrating that sunscreen use alone helps prevent skin cancer”.

In fact, according to Wellness Mama, who has researched this in depth, many reports show that most sunscreens actually raise skin cancer risk.

We discovered an amazing formula over at WellnessMama.com for a natural sunscreen. It also has the bonus of being incredibly moisturizing and nourishing for the skin! I was amazed to find out that ingredients such as Red Raspbery Seed oil has a natural SPF of 28-50!

Note that the formula also calls for zinc oxide which could be considered optional. If you are a natural purist you might wish to avoid it. One thing that was interesting was that Wellness Mama stated it is important to get non-nano zinc oxide. Why is this intriguing? Because nanoparticles are ultrafine particles that are literally so small that their absorption rates are typically much hugher. In other words, nano zinc oxide is more readily absorbed by the skin – which seems highly undesirable. In truth nanoparticle science is very new and the long term effects are absolutely not known.

Another thing I really liked about Wellness Mama’s article was that she linked to the Environmental Working Group‘s research into toxic chemicals that are even found in “natural” brands of sunscreen (remember what I wrote recently about the word “natural” now being the most abused, meaningless term in the whole of the consumer product industry?

Another simple bonus tip I would suggest for people concerned about overexposure to sun – get a super-wide brimmed hat and a long sleeved shirt. Job done. Or for the ladies, what about a stylish parasol?

Ok here’s the link to the full tutorial for the natural sunscreen:
http://wellnessmama.com/2558/homemade-sunscreen/