The Natural Gym Bag

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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.

Anti-Fungal Spray

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.

1 cup  cornstarch
1/2 cup  powdered peppermint leaf
15 drops each peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils
1 tablespoon powdered benzoin gum

Combine cornstarch and peppermint leaves in a large bowl. Stir with a wooden spoon until well blended. Using a mortar and pestle, combine oil with a few tablespoons of powder mixture until the oil is absorbed. Sift this mixture together with the rest of the powder or shake them vigorously in a container with a tight-fitting lid. In an airtight container, store powder in a cool, dark place for three days until the oil permeates the powder. Use as desired.

Remedies for Pain

Arnica is an excellent homeopathic aid for athletes to keep on hand because it helps manage pain, reduces swelling and speeds the healing process. Use in cases of trauma, shock, dislocations, bruising, nosebleeds, and muscle or head injuries. Arnica gel, ointment or cream can also be applied externally to strains and sprains. Use a calendula lotion or ointment for shallow cuts, scrapes, burns and blisters. Here are some other specific homeopathic remedies (take internally):

  • For black eyes, use ledum.
  • For damage to the shins or kneecaps, use ruta.
  • For tennis elbow and injuries caused by overexertion, use rhus tox.
  • If the sprained or strained area is worse with any motion and better with pressure, use bryonia.
  • For deeper bruising and soreness, especially in the back or coccyx, use bellis perennis.

Deodorant

Avoid putting toxic chemicals on your body and in the environment by using natural solutions. Natural deodorants use natural plants and minerals to deliver safe, long-lasting odor protection. They come in a variety of forms including stick, roll-on, and non-aerosol sprays. Or try natural deodorant stones made from mineral salts such as potassium alum that eliminate odor-causing bacteria and help control perspiration.

Cleansers and Moisturizers

Look for cleansers that are free of parabens, fragrance and other harmful chemicals. Cleansers that contain tea tree oil will help fight bacteria and acne, while natural oils like coconut or hemp will help moisturize your skin. Village Green carries a large selection of beauty care items that are good to your skin, and good to the environment.

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