Looking For Something?

Showing posts with label DIY. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DIY. Show all posts

Monday, September 26, 2022

DIY: Head lice prevention

September 26, 2022 1 Comments

Hello everyone!


It's back to school time again! Back to school can be an exciting time for both children and parents. Starting a new school year requires plenty of preparations, such as shopping for stationery, a new bag, shoes and clothes/uniform. One thing most parents do not prepare for when sending their little ones back to school is head lice.


As any reader of this blog will know, I believe in the power of natural ingredients, particularly essential oils. When you do a simple Google search, you quickly find out what essential oils are good at repelling lice, but the question is, what to do with that information? How can you use essential oils to repel head lice?


The following essential oils have been shown to effectively repel lice:

  • Lavender oil
  • Tea tree oil
  • Clove oil
  • Rosemary oil
  • Geranium oil
  • Lemongrass oil


These are other essential oils that can repel head lice but are not recommended for children under six (6) years:

  • Peppermint oil  
  • Anise seed oil
  • Eucalyptus oil 


You can use these essential oils to make a DIY lice prevention spray or shampoo. Just follow the recipe below!


For the spray, you will need:


mother taking care of child with head lices
Image by Freepik

For children under 6 years of age-

  • 1/2 cup of distilled water
  • 2 tsp of fractionated coconut oil
  • 10 drops of tea tree oil
  • 10 drops of lavender oil
  • 5 drops of geranium oil
  • 5 drops of lemongrass oil


For anyone over 6 years of age-

  • 1/2 cup of distilled water
  • 2 tsp of fractionated coconut oil
  • 10 drops of tea tree oil
  • 10 drops of rosemary oil
  • 5 drops of geranium oil
  • 5 drops of peppermint oil
  • 10 drops of lemongrass oil
  • 10 drops of lavender oil


How to use:

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a glass spray bottle.
  2. Shake well before use. 
  3. Generously spray on scalp and hair. 
  4. Brush through and style as usual.


For the shampoo -


Add the essential oils directly to a shampoo bottle and shake well. This way, you will have a DIY lice prevention shampoo! You do not need to add the coconut oil and the distilled water. 


A few head lice prevention tips:

  1. Keep long hair tied up.
  2. Remind children not to share brushes, hats, scarves, etc.
  3. Use the prevention spray on brushes, combs and even backpacks!


I wish you and your kids a happy, productive and lice-free school year! 


Talk to you soon!


Saturday, September 24, 2022

DIY: Natural whitening toothpaste

September 24, 2022 1 Comments

Hello everyone!


In a previous post, I wrote about how I make my own natural toothpaste by mixing coconut oil and baking soda. I still use that DIY recipe, together with others I like. In another post, I also talked about the benefits of activated charcoal and included teeth whitening, among numerous other benefits.


DIY: Natural toothpaste

What are the benefits of activated charcoal?


Today, I want to share a DIY recipe for an all-natural turmeric whitening toothpaste


Bamboo eco toothbrush in a glass bottle

 

Turmeric is a popular spice which has been used, as a healing and herbal remedy, for thousands of years. Turmeric is a well-known anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial herb, making it useful for home dental care. It is a natural product, which makes it a better alternative to commercial teeth whiteners. In fact, turmeric lacks the side effects of many commercial teeth whiteners. These include dental enamel damage, gum irritation, risk of tooth sensitivity, and more.


Possible benefits you can get from turmeric toothpaste include teeth whitening, reduced risk of gum pain and inflammation and reduced risk of gum disease.


turmeric root


If you want to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong, then a homemade zero-waste toothpaste such as this is a great choice. Made of nothing but coconut oil and turmeric, this natural homemade whitening toothpaste is all you need to deep clean your teeth.



Ingredients:

  • Organic cold-pressed extra virgin coconut oil – 2 tbsp
  • Organic turmeric powder – 1 tsp


How to use:

  1. Mix the two ingredients together in a small glass jar.
  2. Take a small amount on a soft brush and gently brush your teeth. 
  3. Leave it on for five (5) minutes, then spit it out. 
  4. Rinse thoroughly with water.
  5. Then, brush your teeth with regular toothpaste or another tooth-cleansing product to remove all traces of turmeric.


What do you think of this DIY? Will you be trying it out? Let me know in the comments section below!


Take care!




Tuesday, June 28, 2022

DIY: Essential oil body wash

June 28, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


Today I'm back with another simple DIY beauty recipe. A simple and creative way to bring essential oils into your everyday life is to add them to daily household products. Adding a few drops to a fragrance-free shower gel or a bubble bath is an easy way to do so. Nonetheless, making your personalised foaming body wash is even better. 


Body wash is an essential part of our bathing routines. But many of us do not pay attention to the ingredients that many commercial body washes contain. You may be putting your long-term health at risk by using products which contain dangerous chemicals. If you want to know more about this topic, I suggest you watch HBO’s Not So Pretty docuseries.


If you’re looking for a body wash that will cleanse your skin and leave you feeling refreshed, you may want to try this essential oil body wash recipe.


suddy heart-shaped bath sponge


Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups of Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap (baby unscented)
  • 4 teaspoons vegetable glycerin
  • 20 to 30 drops of essential oil/s
  • Foaming bottle - I use an empty foaming face wash bottle. You can also find foaming soap dispensers on Amazon


Castile soap is just like regular soap but more eco-friendly. Rather than being made from lard or other animal fats, it is made from vegetable oils, i.e.vegan soap. Castile soap is also a good choice for people who want to avoid harsh chemicals.


Vegetable glycerin is made from plant oils and is known for its hydrating properties. It can help keep your skin soft and healthy. The glycerin is what will make this homemade body wash sudsy! Your body wash will still work without it, but it won’t foam up as much.


Essential oils

Not only do they smell great, but they also have therapeutic properties that can benefit your skin and calm your mind.


Method:

  1. Pick the essential oil/s you want to use.
  2. In your foaming bottle, add castile soap, vegetable glycerin, and essential oils.
  3. Shake well.


During the hot summer months, peppermint oil is one of my favourite essential oils to use in body wash because it has a cooling and refreshing effect.


Here are some other essential oils I love:

  • Lavender 
  • Chamomile
  • Frankincense 
  • Geranium 
  • Ylang Ylang 
  • Lemongrass 
  • Neroli 
  • Jasmine 
  • Rosemary
  • Lemon
  • Vanilla
  • Sandalwood 


Any of these essential oils can be added to this DIY body wash recipe or any unscented body wash if you prefer. 


What is your favourite body wash scent? Lavander and vanilla is one of my all-time favourite scents.


Talk to you soon.







Related post:


Essential oils to add to you shampoo

DIY: All-natural study aid

DIY: Essential oil air freshener spray

Monday, January 17, 2022

DIY: Soothing and collagen-producing (vegan) face mask

January 17, 2022 1 Comments

Hello everyone!


Today I want to share another vegan DIY beauty recipe with you, this time a soothing and collagen-producing face mask. All you need are three simple ingredients you probably already have at home.


Ingredients:


  • 1 ripe banana
  • ½ a cup of cooked oats
  • ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon

banana, cooked oats and cinnamon


Here's how it works:


  • Bananas are amongst the top three most nutritious fruits. They contain large amounts of magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, iodine and vitamin A, B, E, and F. Vitamin A in bananas promotes skin-cell turnover.
  • Applying cooked oatmeal to the skin can reduce skin redness and inflammation.
  • Cinnamon contains cinnamaldehyde (the organic compound that gives cinnamon its flavour and colour), which increases collagen levels. This means that when cinnamon is applied to the skin or ingested, collagen levels will increase.


Method:


  1. Cook the oatmeal.
  2. Mash the ripe banana in a bowl and add to the oatmeal.
  3. Add the cinnamon.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Allow the oatmeal to cool and then apply to the face. 
  6. Leave on for 10-15 minutes. 
  7. Rinse with tepid water.


Similar posts:


Banana peel skincare?!

DIY: Vegan face mask for acne-prone skin

DIY: Anti-ageing vegan mask

DIY: Banana hair mask

DIY: Honey and cinnamon facial mask/spot treatment

Cruelty-free ingredient swaps for DIY beauty recipes


Talk to you soon!



Wednesday, January 05, 2022

DIY: Post-holiday detox face mask

January 05, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


Now that all the presents have been opened, the delicious food devoured, and the decorations are starting to come down, you probably think you need a detox. What better way to kick off the new year than by taking care of your skin with a DIY detox mask


Let's make one thing clear: strictly speaking, the holidays and comfort food are not toxic! You do not need to "detox" from them! However, a detoxifying face mask is always a good idea!


To make this DIY mask, you will need only four simple ingredients!


Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp crushed ripe blueberries.
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice.
  • 1 tbsp cucumber juice.
  •  2 tbsp baking soda.
cucumbers and blueberries

Blueberries contain antioxidants that protect your body from free radicals.

Lemon juice contains citrus enzymes that brighten the skin.

Cucumber juice has a cooling, soothing, de-puffing and refreshing effect.

Baking soda helps dislodge blackheads; its granules will give you extra exfoliation. 


Method: 

  1. Combine all ingredients together in a bowl. 
  2. Apply mask onto your face. 
  3. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes. 
  4. Wet your fingers with warm water and gently massage your face.
  5. Gently wash off and pat your face dry. 


This mask will give you a glowing complexion! Try it and let me know your thoughts.