Spring Cleaning Naturally…Ditch The Toxins!

‘Tis the season for SPRING CLEANING! I love giving my house a fresh start for the season. Airing out the curtains, opening the windows and breathing in the fresh spring air. It’s all so refreshing!

However, there are some seriously toxic ingredients in most of the store bought cleaning products. Filled with chemicals, toxins, fragrances and tons of other unnatural ingredients, these products can put great stress on your body, especially for children, whose systems are just developing.

There are so many children growing up with respiratory issues. Exposing them to these chemicals worsens the symptoms and is dangerous for developing bodies. If you want to check the safety of your products, visit www.ewg.org to learn more about just how toxic your current products are.

That being said, I am going to give you some more natural alternatives that will get your home just as clean without the added toxicity.

All Purpose Cleaner:

  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp Dr. Bronner’s soap
  • 4 TBSP white vinegar
  • 400 mL warm water
  • Stir/shake to mix well and use a squirt bottle for application

Dusting Spray:

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • Stir/shake to mix well and use a squirt bottle for application

Toilet Bowl Cleaner:

  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • ¼ cup borax
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • Place ingredients directly into toilet and mix with bowl brush. Let sit 30 minutes before scrubbing

Granite Cleaner

  • ½ cup rubbing alcohol
  • 8 drops Dr. Bronner’s soap
  • 2 cups warm water
  • Combine in a squirt bottle

Glass Cleaner:

  • ¼ cup rubbing alcohol
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 1 TBSP corn starch
  • 2 cups warm water
  • Stir/shake to mix well and use a squirt bottle for application

I hope you enjoy some of these recipes and they can help you “clean up” your spring cleaning. Everyone deserves a clean home free from toxic air!

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

Cheap, Effective Natural Oil To Reduce Wrinkles

Organic argan oil is one of my favorite natural products. I like to use it for my skin, hair and nails. It has so many great benefits and it’s fairly inexpensive. In my house it’s a must to have it on hand at all times.

Argan oil is very healing and has great uses for your skin. It is high in vitamin A and E, packed with anti-oxidants, omega-6 fatty acids and linoleic acid. It can help to moisturize and reduce inflammation in your skin.

Not only can it be used to moisturize your skin and give it a healthy glow, but it can also be used to treat bug bites, minor infections and rashes. Argan oil is also great for preventing stretch marks by increasing the elasticity of your skin. It can also be used to heal razor burn after shaving – for both men and women. You can even apply it to your feet and heels to heal dry, cracked skin from wearing flip-flops.

When it comes to your hair, argan oil is a great non-greasy oil that can add extra moisture to dry, brittle hair without weighing it down and making it greasy. It can help to tone down frizz and fly-aways. Argan oil also helps to protect your hair against heat from hair dryers and curling irons. Rubbing the oil into your scalp can also help to promote hair growth.

For your nails, rubbing argan oil into your cuticles can help keep them moisturized and healthy. It can also help to avoid painful hangnails as well as dry, cracked and brittle nails.

You can easily find organic argan oil online. Here a few to check out on Amazon:

Aria Starr Beauty ORGANIC Argan Oil

Radha Beauty Moroccan Argan Oil

Art Naturals Organic Argan Oil

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

Coconut Oil…What’s All The Fuss About?

Coconut oil is seriously one of my favorite things on the planet! It has so many uses! I use it in my skincare regimen, I cook with it, I use it to heal what ails me. The list goes on! When purchasing coconut oil, I always recommend looking for organic, unrefined virgin coconut oil (ideally in a glass jar rather than plastic). Here are a few of my favorite uses for this miracle product. We never go a day without it in my home!

  1. Diaper Cream: Safe for cloth diapers!
  2. Eye Makeup Remover: Simply apply some coconut oil to a cotton round and wipe away!
  3. Cooking: It has a high smoke point and is great for baking, replacing butter or in a stir fry. I LOVE making my eggs with coconut oil. Yum!
  4. Massage oil
  5. Natural sexual lubricant
  6. Cradle Cap: Simply rub in, let sit for a few minutes, then comb out
  7. Eczema: Apply regularly throughout the day to affected areas
  8. Chapstick to heal dry lips
  9. Natural SPF 4
  10. Oil pulling: Swish a TBSP of oil in your mouth for 20 minutes first thing in the morning, before putting anything else in your mouth. Then spit into the trash and brush your teeth.
  11. Stimulate hair growth: Rub into your scalp
  12. Nutrition: A great source for healthy fat
  13. Moisturizer: Great for dry skin!

There are a million uses for this versatile oil. Get creative and start using coconut oil in your home today. You will be so glad you did!

Natural alternatives to white sugar…

White Sugar (Image: Wikipedia)
White Sugar (Image: Wikipedia)

Every once in a while, a girl needs something sweet. I prefer to use natural sweeteners, all of which are less processed than refined white sugar, and create fewer fluctuations in blood sugar levels.  Although these alternatives are generally safer alternatives to white sugar, they should only be used in moderation.

  • Agave nectar: Agave nectar, or agave syrup, is a natural liquid sweetener made from the juice of the agave cactus. It is used as an alternative to refined sugars and artificial sweeteners because of its relatively low effect on blood glucose levels. However, agave is high in fructose and has been under much scrutiny due to possible manufacturing processes which are similar to that of high fructose corn syrup. Too much fructose can lead to overeating and weight gain, so it should be used in moderation.
  • Barley malt: Barley malt syrup is a thick, sticky, brown sweetener and is about half as sweet as refined white sugar. It is made from the soaking, sprouting, mashing, cooking and roasting of barley. Some enjoy this alternative because it  moves through the digestive system slower than other refined sugars.
  • Birch sugar/Xylitol: This natural sugar substitute is derived from birch tree fiber, and occurs naturally in many fruits and vegetables. There have been many reported benefits of xylitol. Research suggests that this natural sweetener prevents tooth decay, improves bone density, increases white blood cell activity, and prevents streptococcus infections. It is also deemed as safe for diabetics because it is not easily converted to fat.
  • Birch syrup: Birch syrup is very low on the glycemic index and is high in vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, potassium, manganese, thiamine and calcium. This syrup is composed of fructose, a monosaccharide, which is easier to digest because they are simpler sugar units, making birch syrup a gentler choice.
  • Brown rice syrup: This sweetener is made of brown rice that has been ground and cooked, which converts the starches to maltose. The taste kind of reminds me of butterscoth – YUM!
  • Date sugar: Date sugar consists of finely ground, dehydrated dates. Date sugar can be used as a replacement for sugar and comes in a granulated form; however, it can clump, and doesn’t melt, so it’s not a great choice for baking.
  • Erythritol: A sugar alcohol available in a powdered form, which is formed from the breaking down, fermenting, and filtering of sugar cane or corn starch. Erythritol doesn’t affect your blood sugar or cause tooth decay, but it can cause digestive upset if you overdo it.
  • Raw honey: One of my absolute favorite sweeteners! Raw honey contains small amounts of enzymes, minerals and vitamins.  Many people eat raw honey because it’s believed that consuming local honey can help build up your immunity to common allergens in your area – by introducing your body to the bee pollen. Who doesn’t love a good excuse to eat honey?
  • Maple syrup: Maple syrup is made from boiled-down maple tree sap and is a great source of manganese and zinc. I personally love to use it in baking as an alternative to sugar. Be sure to buy 100% pure maple syrup and NOT maple-flavored corn syrup. Grade B is stronger in flavor and said to have more minerals than Grade A.
  • Maple sugar: Maple sugar is created when the sap of the sugar maple is boiled. After the water has evaporated, all that is left is the solid sugar. Maple sugar is  very sweet – about twice as sweet as standard granulated sugar, but much less refined.
  • Molasses: Organic molasses is made by a process of clarifying and blending the extracted juices of sugar cane or sugar beet. Blackstrap molasses is the most nutritious variety, and is a good source of iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium.
  • Stevia: Stevia comes from a leafy herb, known as the honey leaf by native South Americans. Stevia extract is actually much sweeter than white sugar. It has been shown to have a positive effect on blood sugar levels by increasing insulin production, and decreasing insulin resistance. Stevia is available in a powder or liquid.  Make sure you get the green or brown liquids or powders, as the white and clear versions are highly refined.
  • Sucanat: Sucanat is evaporated organic cane juice made through a mechanical rather than a chemical process. It is less refined and retains many of sugarcane’s original vitamins and minerals. It has a grainy texture just like white  sugar, so it can be used in its place.
  • Turbinado: Turbinado sugar is crystallized sugar made from sugar cane extract. It is often sold in the United States as Sugar in the Raw. It is slightly less processed than white sugar, but still has the same negative health effects as white sugar, so it’s not really a healthier alternative.