Skip the Artificial Sweeteners, DIY Natural Sodas

Folks, I don’t know about you, but I try to avoid putting things into my body that could make me feel bad, especially if it could potentially lead to illness.  I’m talking about all those artificial sweeteners in our diet drinks and other ‘sugar-free’ foods.  I would rather avoid headaches, irritability, joint pain, and all the other symptoms that have been linked with artificial sweeteners. The good news is that there IS a natural sweetener out there, native to The[Read more]

Natural Bug Repellent

Insects, such as mosquitoes and ticks can transmit diseases. It’s important to protect yourself and your kids so that you don’t become a feeding frenzy for insects or risk becoming a carrier for pathogens. Back in March I traveled to Southern India for a month and the only bug repellent I brought with me was a blend of essential oils. My friends (those who haven’t gotten on the natural wellness band wagon – some people are just set in their[Read more]

DIY: Ultra Moisturizing Natural Sunscreen

Summer is here which means a lot of time in the sun. According to the Environmental Working Group, safe suncreens must be free of oxybenzone, retinyl palmitate (a type of vitamin A), not have SPF above 50 and protect against UVA and UVB sunrays.  However, according to the group, 56% of beach and sport sunscreens on the market contain the chemical oxybenzone. The primary function of oxybenzone is to absorb ultraviolet light, but some research shows oxybenzone can be absorbed through[Read more]

Home-Made Natural Air Freshener with Essential Oils

Some of the most toxic chemicals found in the home are found in commercial air fresheners and cleaners.  However, you can easily make your own completely safe and natural air freshener.  Here is a quick and simple recipe for a DIY tutorial to make your own air freshener that has only two ingredients—baking soda and essential oils! Materials: 1 small Mason jar with a lid and band 1/4 cup baking soda 5-6 drops of your favorite essential oil Hammer Small screwdriver[Read more]

Green Cleaning Tips and Recipes

I’m passionate about being chemical free and I wholeheartedly believe that reducing my exposure to toxic chemicals from household cleaning products has helped me on the road to optimal health. Many common household cleaners contribute to indoor air pollution, are poisonous if ingested, and can be harmful if inhaled or touched. In fact, some cleaners are among the most toxic products found in the home!  Also, many household chemicals do not break down during waste water treatment and end up[Read more]