I am so excited to have you join us for my online virtual Valentine’s Day Make & Take! Never been to an online virtual Make & Take class? No worries! Here is how it works. The class will be live Thursday at 5pm PST via Periscope so head on over there and make sure you are following me (Yogi Mami) and have your notifications setup to watch the live event, or you can watch the replay for 24 hours!
Making your own DIY homemade products is much easier than you think. I never realized how easy it was to make my own sugar scrub, and now I will never buy a scrub again. Not only because of how easy it is, but commercial brand scrubs can contain nasty ingredients. This version is easy, non-toxic and smells AMAZING! Here is my recipe for homemade orange spiced sugar scrub.
Benefits of Sugar Scrubs:
Sugar provides exfoliating granules to help to slough off dead skin, and the rubbing action itself boosts circulation and helps drain your lymph nodes, by increasing blood flow to the skin’s surface. Your skin will be smooth and hydrated, and because of this homemade recipe you may not even need a moisturizer after your bath/shower. In the shower apply the scrub to your skin and leave it on for about a minute. Massage the scrub off gently in the shower as you bathe. This will not only help detoxify your skin, but will help exfoliate dead skin cells as you rinse it off.
Orange is uplifting and boosts immunity. Its also helpful to induce relaxation and reduce feelings of worry.
Cinnamon promotes a healthy immune response, and helps maintain a healthy lifestyle regimen.
Nutmeg is great for circulatory support. It is comforting and soothing and helps boost energy. It also supports nervous and endocrine systems and prostaglandin balance
Ginger supports a healthy lifestyle regimen. It is gentle, stimulating and endows physical energy and courage.
Sea Salt is an excellent exfoliating treatment, and is found as a primary ingredient in many high-end spa treatments. It is a natural detoxifier, as the salt absorbs the toxins from the skin. Increased circulation, antiseptic effects, soft skin without a greasy feel and reduction in fluid retention are just some of the additional benefits of sea salt for the skin. Since sea salt does not go through the same manufacturing processes as table salt, the minerals from the sea remain, giving sea salts different colorings depending on where they are from. Many of these minerals also provide nutrients and benefits to the skin.
How to Make Sugar Scrub:
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and add coconut oil if it seems too dry. Put into a jar and add a label or a ribbon to decorate. It is easy to make and so cost efficient. It makes the perfect gift because it is simple, inexpensive and luxurious!
Many OTC medicines have an extensive list of ingredients. Are they really all necessary? What about side effects? All medicines are created to mimic natural alternative in a more convenient way to provide to general public. Over the counter drugs carry with them a danger of overdosing and prolonged use of these drugs are discouraged and can lead to further medical problems. For me and my family, using natural alternatives is a no brainer. I think there is a place for pharmaceutical drugs and all the other wonders modern medicine has to offer, but when it comes to everyday health I prefer a more natural route. I have created a First Aid and Wellness Kit that uses essential oils to promote health and well-being and nourishes our bodies when we are run down and fighting off illness. This article will share with you some tips and tricks for putting together your own Natural First Aid and Wellness Kit at home.
*Because each and every one of us are different our Wellness kits will also be unique based on individual needs. This list is for basic first aid and common ailments.
Why You Should Have a Natural First Aid and Wellness Kit at home.
Have you ever stopped to think about the ingredients in medicine products? I became much more aware when I first became a mother. When my kids were babies there were several recalls on Children’s Tylenol and Motrin, every few months it seemed. The fact that there could be multiple recalls on the same medicine in a couple year period freaked me out. Especially when those reasons have included nauseating package odors, small glass or metal particles in liquid medicines and wrong levels of active ingredients (YIKES!). From then on I began to take a natural approach to our medicine. While herbs and essential oils are very potent, they are generally safe and can be used without worry. Below are some recipes that I have stocked in my natural wellness kit. I have one at home and a smaller travel kit for on-the go. You can watch my video about my travel kit here. To learn more about where to buy Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils click here.
Basic first aid kit:
Healing Salve– Fill Roll on bottle or small glass jar with coconut oil and 6-8 drops of either Lavender, Frankincense or a combination of both.
First Aid Spray– In a spray bottle add a teaspoon of sea-salt and 4 drops of Peace and calming and 6-8 drops of Thieves.
Ointment for Bruising & Swelling– Fill glass roll-on bottle with carrier oil and add 6 drops of PanAway.
Bug Spray– In a spray bottle add water with 8-10 drops of Purification.
Oils for Common Discomforts:
Essential oils are very effective in assisting with common ailments. By simply diffusing, applying topically or by rubbing on the bottom of the feet the oils can help support the body’s immune system naturally. Here is a list of common ailments and oils that many be helpful.
Head and sinus discomfort– Peppermint, Valor, PanAway
Itchy eyes, ears and throat– Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint
Feeling run down and under the weather– Thieves, Peppermint, Raven, Frankincense, Oregano, R.C., Purification
Here is a video sneak peek into my Natural Wellness Kit.
About Yogi Mami
Yogi Mami was created by a wife and mother who strives for natural living. Yogi Mami offers tips, advice and information for those who are seeking a more holistic lifestyle. Yogi Mami believes that better knowledge can help us live happier, healthier lives.