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The Man’s Beard Oil

I’ve always loved beards on men. There is something so manly and earthy about it to me. The thing was, I didn’t like my man’s beard. It was scraggly, tough and out of control. I hated getting pricked every single time I went to kiss him. So with my husband in mind, I formulated this wonderful beard oil. It has a pleasant smell, not flowery or feminine at all. The best part is how well it works!

As my husband has been growing out his beard, it has gotten fuller and much softer! Plus, it looks much nicer, with less hair going everywhere. Between this and a beard brush, my husband’s beard is looking amazing and best of all, he’s kissable again! Win-win situation for us both. I use a blend of sweet almond, jojoba and avocado oil. There’s a lovely blend of essential oils, with rosemary for hair growth, cedarwood for a manly scent, and lavender to sooth any itching. I think any man would love this blend.

This makes a great gift for any man (with facial hair) in your life. It’s perfect as a gift for Father’s Day, a birthday or Christmas. If you really want to make a nice little gift set, add a beard brush, a beard comb and some beard balm or wax. I hope you try it out!

The Man’s Beard Oil
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Ingredients
  1. 1 oz. avocado oil
  2. .5 oz. sweet almond oil
  3. .5 oz. jojoba oil
  4. 12 drops rosemary essential oil
  5. 10 drops cedarwood essential oil
  6. 6 drops orange essential oil
  7. 3 drops lavender essential oil
  8. 2 drops cinnamon essential oil
Instructions
  1. Add the avocado oil, sweet almond oil and jojoba oil to a 2 oz. bottle.
  2. Drop in all essential oils.
  3. Seal the bottle and turn the bottle a few times to mix the contents.
To apply
  1. After a shower, drop a dime sized amount into your palm. Rub the oil around in your hands and then smooth into the beard, taking care to get to the roots. Leave oil on to soak into the hair.
  2. For best results, apply daily.
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Honey Lime Cough Syrup

The cold and flu season is here! Our household was introduced to this when my eldest girl started coughing at night. The coughs were horrible sounding, dry and hoarse. Now, In our small RV, if one gets sick, we all tend to get sick. Resigning myself to the inevitable, I put on our get well diffuser blend and began looking through our medicine cabinet (more like the three different areas we store it all; I really need to put it all together in one spot). To my dismay, I noticed we only had enough cough syrup for a dose or two…not what I needed! I really wanted to start treating the cough and it was late at night at home alone with the kids. I didn’t want to get them all out of bed to go to the grocery store. So I decided to look around the internet to see if I could find a homemade cough syrup.

To to my surprise, I managed to find a recipe where I had the ingredients at home, but with some modifications. So, I rushed to the kitchen to make this recipe. Upon opening the fridge, my heart sank when I realized that we had no lemon juice, but tucked away on the shelf was a bottle of lime juice from awhile back. I figured it would work and used it to make this simple cough syrup.

With not a lot of hope that this would work, I gave my girl a dose. She thankfully liked the taste and took it down without any struggle. Well, to my wondering ears, not another cough was heard out of her all night! I was amazed! The next night, Little Miss Giraffe started coughing again, so another dose. Twenty minutes later, another cough. Then, silence again. Repeat the third night and then, she was over the cough. To my amazement, none of the rest of us got sick!

So between my get well diffuser blend, colloidal silver and this cough syrup, there was only one case of sickness and it didn’t spread! So from now on, this special little home remedy will be in my archives, waiting to be made at the first sign of coughing.

This only lasts a week in the fridge, so make it as you need it. It’s easy to keep the ingredients on hand for whenever you need to whip up a batch. Also, as honey is one of the main ingredients, do not give this to infants under 1.

Hopefully, you won’t need this recipe, but I hope you’ll try it out if the dreaded coughing shows up! I know I was amazed by how well it worked and I think you’ll like it!

Honey Lime Cough Syrup
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  2. 2 Tbsp. honey
  3. 2 Tbsp. vegetable glycerin
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a 4 oz. jar. Close lid and shake to combine.
Notes
  1. Give one tsp. as needed whenever they cough.
NOTE
  1. Do not give to children under one.
  2. Stores for one week in refrigerator, so only make as needed.
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Simple Homemade Deodorant

Six years ago, HoneyBear and I lived in Texas. We were very tight on money and could barely afford food, much less basic necessities  like shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste or deodorant. So, I started a search for a way to make these things by myself, to save us money. It’s when I really started looking into frugal options for many things in our life. I came across this wonderfully easy recipe for deodorant. It seemed very simple and I had almost everything I needed. I managed to scrape together the money for some coconut oil and made the recipe.

HoneyBear was not excited and thought it was totally weird. However, with some persuasion, I managed to get him to at least try it out. To both of our surprise, it actually worked! This working in hot, humid Texas heat in the middle of summer! To say the least, it made a wonderful impression and off I was into the world of DIY, which now has become a little hobby of mine. It’s amazing to think that a simple recipe for deodorant could change everything so much!

This recipe works amazingly well. It offers full body odor coverage for a good 12 hours, even exercising in hot and humid weather.
Just a word to the wise, this recipe will stop body odor, but it is not an antiperspirant. So you will still sweat, just smell good while doing so! This works great for Honeybear and I as we live in the cool, moist climate of the Pacific Northwest and rarely sweat as we go about our normal life. However, HoneyBear does work at a labor intensive job, but since sweat is a normal part of the job (even with commercial deodorants) neither of us mind. I do like it when he comes home and doesn’t smell though! 

One thing to keep in mind is that sometimes this can be irritating to the skin, especially if you have sensitive skin. If this is the case, you can lower the amount of baking soda and substitute more arrowroot powder or cornstarch. It just won’t work as well, but if you don’t tend to be outside and sweat a lot, it should work just fine.

I’m also providing a very basic recipe today. You can essential oils of your choice to help with sensitive skin or just to make it smell nice. I recommend tea tree oil or lavender for sensitive skin, pine or fir for the men in your life, or a flower variety like rose, lavender or geranium for the ladies. This would also make a good present for the people in your life, add a sugar scrub for the ladies or a beard oil for the men and you’ve got a great gift. 

So I encourage you to try this! If it works in the hot, humid summers of Texas, it should work great for you. I think you’ll like it!

Simple Homemade Deodorant
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 c. baking soda
  2. 1/2 arrowroot power
  3. 2 Tbsp. coconut oil, more as needed
Instructions
  1. Combine all three ingredients.
  2. Continually mash the mixture together (like you are creaming butter), until all the ingredients come together in a soft paste.
  3. Store in an airtight jar.
To Use
  1. Scoop out a small amount from jar and rub on armpits.
  2. This works best right after a shower and if you let the deodorant soak in a bit before you get dressed.
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Get Well Diffuser Blend

It started! The season where the littles end up with the sniffles and coughs. In our RV, with space so limited, when one gets sick, the others soon follow. There just seems no way to avoid it. However, today I’m sharing one of my little secrets that help my children bounce back quickly. As soon as I notice the sniffles or a cough, I start running this diffuser blend in the RV. 

This recipe came from a moment of desperation last year. We didn’t have our dehumidifier last winter and the children and I were constantly sick (the moisture in the air was causing mold in the RV). I had the essential oil diffuser and some basic essential oils. So I was looking up recipes for a blend that would help us get better. There was one main problem, almost every blend called for eucalyptus essential oil, something that is not recommended for children under the age of 10. Now, all my kids were under the age of 4, so I couldn’t use any of the blends that were called for. So I came up with a safe blend for infants, young children and pregnant mommies.

First off, I chose tea tree essential oil, since it has many benefits, such as anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, etc. However, I’m not a huge fan of the smell, so I decided to make the base an orange essential oil. This helps in cleansing the air, reducing the chance of re-infecting anyone or making someone even more sick. Last of all, I chose to add a drop of lavender essential oil,  to help the children calm down and sleep well during the night and nap times. 

This blend is a huge help for us at home! The children start getting better quickly, they sleep well and I have peace of mind with the orange essential oil helping cleanse the air. Plus, the smell is actually pretty nice! I’m not a fan of the smell of lavender and tea tree essential oil, but they are all I had on hand. The orange essential oil’s smell blends well with the other essential oils, making it something I like and masking the smell of the lavender and tea tree essential oil.

So, the next time you or your children get sick, put this blend on. I think you’ll be surprised at how well this works out. 

Get Well Diffuser Blend
An infant safe essential oil diffuser blend.
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Ingredients
  1. 4 drops orange essential oil
  2. 3 drops tea tree essential oil
  3. 1 drop lavender essential oil
Instructions
  1. Add essential oils to your diffuser with the amount of water your diffuser requires.
  2. Use as needed while sick.
Notes
  1. My diffuser calls for 7-9 drops of essential oil. Your diffuser may call for something different. Adjust amount of essential oils as needed.
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DIY Soft Scrub

Growing up like an only child (my siblings are much older than me), saw me cleaning and doing many chores around the house. My mom trained me well, but I never quite loved cleaning. My personal nemesis was the dreaded bathroom. Yet, every week, like clockwork, I was cleaning the bathroom. One of the most effective cleaners I ever used was a simple paste for scrubbing. I used it for the sinks, counters and bathtubs.

Fast forward to being married and just starting to get interested in natural living. That old scrub just wasn’t cutting it anymore. Who knew what kind of chemicals is in that stuff! Also, we didn’t have a lot of money to waste on cleaning supplies so I had to figure something out and fast.

Scouring the internet saw lots of recipes, either baking soda and water or baking soda and castile soap. I didn’t like either. The water mixture worked well for scrubbing, but I didn’t feel like it was cleaning at the same time. The soap mixture was too concentrated, hard to wipe off and it felt like the baking soda was dissolving in the soap. So I decided to combine both recipes and see what happened. The mixture was pure genius! It had fantastic scrubbing power, was easy to use and wipe off. I find it even better than the commercial version, plus I can make it for pennies!

While you can make up any amount you wish, I recommend only making up small batches at a time. It’s just too easy to go bad with the water creating a perfect environment for bacteria and mold. Plus, if you run out, it only takes seconds to whip up some more. Next time the dreaded bathroom chores come around, give this cleaner a try…I think you’ll be impressed!  

DIY Soft Scrub
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 c. baking soda
  2. 1 Tbsp. castile soap
  3. 1 Tbsp. water, more as needed
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together; add extra water to make a thick, creamy paste.
Notes
  1. To Use: Scoop small amount on a clean, damp sponge. Scrub. Wipe off any residue with a clean damp sponge.
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