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Unless otherwise noted, all recipes on this blog are free of gluten, peanuts, soy, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, shellfish, cane sugar, oranges, and yeast. Most recipes are also free of egg, dairy, and tree nuts (if used, reliable substitutions will be provided for these when possible). Check out my recipe index for a full list of recipes by category. 

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Entries in Recipes: Bath, Beauty, and Household Products (2)

Monday
Dec062010

New RSS Feed and Homemade Natural Mouthwash

Updated on Sunday, December 26, 2010 by Registered CommenterKim @ Affairs of Living

First, let's get to business. I updated my RSS feed! Please update your readers with this new feed URL: http://feeds.feedburner.com/affairsofliving/RYpC  If you aren't into using feed readers, you can also receive notifications of new posts by e-mail; just enter your email address in the form in the right nav bar on my blog. 

What's new about this feed? Simplicity! Now, all the feeds from from each section of my site - Recipes & Lifestyle, Healing Journal, and Garden Journal - have been merged into a single feed. Finally!  It took a little head scratching and some quality time on YahooPipes and Feedburner, but I figured it out!

Now, on to something more exciting: dental hygiene. 

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Sunday
Aug012010

Homemade Salt & Sugar Body Scrub with Lavender

This is another one of my favorite body scrubs.  It uses a blend of organic sugar and sea salt, spiked with crushed lavender flowers and lavender essential oil. Lavender has a great number of healing qualities.  It is naturally antiseptic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-depressant, and has been valued for centuries as a powerful herbal remedy.  Lavender flowers can be used whole in sachets or potpourris, can be eaten, and can be brewed in teas, toners, and rinses.  The essential oil is very safe for external use, and can be used internally in very small, regulated doses (this should only be done with proper research and dosage).

I find lavender to be a soothing, relaxing herb and often use it at home.  It is one of the few scents I tolerate, and therefore, I take advantage of it! I like to add a few drops to bath water, make natural air fresheners, and sometimes add it to homemade lotions and creams. I also rub it on insect bites to reduce inflammation and itchiness - it takes away the irritation of mosquito bites in a flash! I also enjoy lavender flowers mixed in teas, and like using it in cooking as well. 

My favorite way to use lavender, however, it definitely in the bath, and this scrub is no exception. I love this scrub because it makes my skin feel oh-so-soft and is wonderfully easy to make.   That said, it is contains a substantial amount of skin-nourishing oil, so it makes your tub a little bit slippery.  Be careful while you're standing up in the tub or shower, and make sure to give it a good rinsing out afterward with hot, soapy water.  Don't be surprised if your bathtub drain rebels a little bit.

This is the perfect way to get great looking summer skin, and it works well to clean the dirt off hard-working garden hands.  You'll love how smooth it makes you feel - and so will anyone enough to touch that beautiful skin of yours!  ;)

Want another great homemade body scrub?  Check this one out: Good Morning Homemade Body Scrub.

 lavender is lovely

Salt & Sugar Body Scrub with Lavender

Yield: approx 1 cup

This scrub is gentle enough to use everyday on your body, but is too coarse for use on sensitive facial skin.  If you don't like or tolerate lavender, omit the lavender flowers and essential oil, and use plain or substitute with your favorite essential oil.  Be careful when using it in the tub; the oil makes the tub a little slippery, so watch your step and rinse it out very well with hot soapy water afterward! I don't want you to fall down.  xoxo

1/2 cup sea salt
1/2 cup organic sugar
2 Tbsp dried lavender flowers, lightly crushed
1/4 cup olive, coconut, apricot, almond, jojoba, or grapeseed oil (coconut makes it smell yummy)
10-15 drops lavender essential oil 

Lightly crush lavender flowers with a mortar and pestle.  Add to a bowl with salt and sugar, and stir to combine.  Mix in oil and essential oil and stir until evenly moistened.  Store in a well-sealed jar.  

To use, rub a small amount on damp skin in circular motions. Rinse well and pat skin dry.