My lips are taking a beating this winter. The dry, cold air was making them scaly, chapped and sometimes painful. Many conventional lip balms contain chemical ingredients like parabens and petroleum. (Look here to learn about why these are bad). Natural lip balms use safer ingredients and can help soothe those sore, chapped lips.
Here are some good ingredients to look for:
Hempseed Oil: One of my favorites. This oil contains essential fatty acids that hydrate the lips and both seal and coat the lip skin.
Aloe Vera: Especially good for wind-burned lips (think skiers and snow boarders), aloe vera can also ease pain and reduce inflammation.
Vitamin E: This antioxidant helps regenerate vitamin C in the skin cells and helps with collagen formation.
Sweet Almond Oil: A great moisturizer with antioxidant properties to help soothe lips. Continue reading “Natural Lip Relief”
A few months ago we did a blog about the natural diaper bag. Since it’s a new year and many people have weight loss, getting healthy, or staying fit on their resolution list, I thought a blog about what should go into a natural gym bag might be a good idea.
The first thing to consider is that gyms are notorious for spreading bacteria and other unhealthy micro-organisms. Making your own anti-fungal spray is easy and can help keep those germs at bay. In a spritzing bottle, combine 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1/2 teaspoon of lavender essential oil. Shake well and spray onto your skin after showering. It will restore your skin’s healthy acidity, prevent fungal growth, and treat itching and inflammation.
Fresh Foot Powder
Sprinkle this powder on clean, dry feet prior to exercise to ease rubbing between the toes and socks, and to absorb sweat. Continue reading “The Natural Gym Bag”
It is going to be a festive weekend. People are camping, swimming, BBQing and participating in all sorts of fun outdoor activities. However, two things to consider are the sun and the bugs and how to protect yourself and your children from them. In previous blogs, we have talked about sunscreen safety. In this post I am going to talk mosquitoes.
I come from the land where mosquitoes can carry away small cats. They are big, swarming nuisances, and for many DEET seems to be the only answer. DEET (N,N-diethyl-3-methyl-3-methylbenzamide) is a pesticide that is apparently designed to keep skeeters away, but the list of cautions, and potential serious side effects to humans makes me think that I am better off taking my chances with mosquitoes. The most serious side effects of DEET are on the central nervous system. Studies on lab rats have also shown that it causes learning and memory impairment, as well as messes with motor skills. Hmm, I don’t think I want this stuff on my 17-month-old, or myself.
So here are some natural alternatives to keep your family safe from mosquitoes. Continue reading “Bugs Be Gone: Natural Insect Repellent”