A Journey in Making Your Own Household Products-Butt Balm

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If you have a baby at some point of another you will experience the dreaded diaper rash.  About 6 months into having a baby and being frustrated with a commercial natural baby diaper rash cream I stumbled across The Hippy Homemaker.  She has an awesome butt balm recipe that works absolute wonders on rash and red baby bums!  You can find her recipe here:
http://www.thehippyhomemaker.com/the-best-homemade-first-time-moms-kit-or-any-new-mother-for-that-matter/

I altered the recipe just a bit and include tea tree oil in mine.  I have also made it with Cocoa Butter as a substitute for Shea butter when I’ve been out of Shea Butter and it doesn’t seem to alter the effectiveness of the balm.

Recipe

1/4 cup of Beeswax
1/2 Cup of Coconut Oil
1/4 Cup of Shea Butter (Or Cocoa Butter if you have that on hand instead)
40 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
30 drops of Chamomile Essential Oil
15 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil (Some people don’t feel comfortable using Tea Tree Oil on babies less than 6 months old so you could leave this one out or half the amount (8 drops) if you want to play on the more cautious side. If you’re making the recipe for a baby over a year you could use as much as 30 drops)

I don’t own a double boiler, so I don’t know how to instruct you on how to use one of those.  I place a 2 cup pyrex measuring cup in a pan of water and bring it to a boil.  First I add the beeswax and make sure it is entirely melted.  This takes a little while.  Second, I add the coconut oil and let it melt in the beeswax while stirring frequently.  Next, I add the Shea Butter (or Cocoa Butter), again, stirring frequently until all the ingredients are completely melted and liquid.  Using a Hot Pad/Potholder remove your Pyrex cup out of the pan of water and set aside.  Add your essential oils and immediately pour the mixture into your container(s).  I always use metal Tins for my containers. If you are going to use a glass or  plastic container remember you are dealing with a  SUPER HOT liquid here and you could possible melt the plastic container, or have the glass crack and hurt yourself if you do not use EXTREME CAUTION.  If you are using a glass or plastic container let the liquid cool a bit before transferring.  The The recipe makes roughly 8 ounces.

Clean Up:  I always immediately wash my utensils after making this as the wax will quickly harden in your glass pyrex cup.  I always triple wash my pyrex cup to be sure there is no traces of essential oil left.  I also have wooden spoons designated specifically for using with essential oils and do not use them for any other cooking.

CAUTION: Always use caution when making products using essential oils for babies and children.  I recommend to ALWAYS dilute oils for babies and children.  A standard rule of thumb is to use 1-2 drops of essential oil per 1 ounce (2 TBSP) of carrier oil.  Some experts recommend not using Tea Tree Oil on children under 6 months while other experts put it on the list of safe oils.  Use your judgement and do your own research!

General Essential Oil Safety:

  • Keep out of reach of children and pets
  • If swallowed immediately contact poison control and do not try to induce vomiting.
  • If product gets in eyes flush with milk than water
  • Keep away from heat 
  • Do not leave in direct sunlight

For more safety tips go to https://www.naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/safety/#general

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Find Essential Oils and Carrier Oils at:

Mountain Rose Herbs

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A Journey in Making Your Own Household Products- Bug Spray

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I live in the great state of Texas where we have mosquitos the size of golfballs. When I first had my son I decided fairly quickly that I didn’t want to use anymore chemical crap on him than absolutely necessary so I looked into making my own bug spray. I looked over some recipes online and decided to try this one from Jenae at Icanteachmychild.com  http://www.icanteachmychild.com/make-it-natural-mosquito-spray/  I altered it a little and this is the formula I came up with:

BUG SPRAY

a bottle of Witch Hazel
12-15 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil
12-15 drops Citronella Essential Oil
12-15 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
15-20 drops of Lavender Essential Oil (or a few more to make the smell tolerable)

I recommend using gloves when handling essential oils to avoid getting any excess oils on your hands (I promise you do not want to walk around for the day smelling like citronella).  Mix the ingredients listed above in a glass container and pour the mixture into a METAL or GLASS spray bottle(s). Essential Oils can eat through plastic over time so I alwaysrecommend using metal or glass.

CAUTION:  This formula is Not recommended for use in babies under 6 months old!  There is little research of essential oil use on babies and children so it is best to use your own judgement and do your own research to decide if you feel comfortable using essential oils on yourself or your child.  Lavender, Tea Tree and Citronella Essential Oils are generally regarded as safe for babies 6 months and older. Lemongrass is generally regarded as safe for children 2 and up.  I always recommend to test the product on an adult first (um, that would be you) before use on a child. I also recommend to do a patch test of the product on any new users by testing the product on a small area of skin before slathering it on your whole body, you know, just in case.

General Safety:

  • Keep out of reach of children and pets
  • If swallowed immediately contact poison control and do not try to induce vomiting.
  • If product gets in eyes flush with milk than water
  • Keep away from heat 
  • Do not leave in direct sunlight

For more safety tips go to https://www.naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/safety/#general

Find Essential Oils at:

Mountain Rose Herbs

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A Journey in Making Your Own Household Products- Laundry Soap

My husband and I are hippies at heart. I also have a lot of skin allergies. I know of one laundry detergent I can use without breaking out into hives and I’m not adventurous enough to try other brands.  Because I am a hippie at heart and I love do it yourself projects I decided to look into making my own laundry detergent.  I found a recipe online and gave it a go.

My first time making the soap was disappointing.  The soap didn’t gel at all and I wondered if I had done something wrong, it did seem to get the clothes clean and I don’t like to be wasteful so I went ahead and used it.  The initial investment seemed a little pricey, but I had all the ingredients on hand and knew that if I kept using them it would be cheaper in the long run.  The second go round was much better.  The soap was more like a gel.  I was excited.  I now knew how to make my own laundry soap!  The recipe I used is the same one the Duggar family recommends.  (This is the link from their blog http://www.duggarfamilyblog.com/2011/03/duggar-recipe-liquid-laundry-soap.html)

Homemade liquid laundry soap
Ingredients: 

4 cups hot tap water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 cup washing soda
½ cup Borax
Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

Fill a five-gallon bucket half full of hot tap water (I use an empty cat litter bucket). Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.

Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (It will gel.)

Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per two gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.

(Note: I definitely recommend adding some essential oils.  Tea Tree oil is great for disinfecting, but the smell is an acquired taste, so I usually combine it with another oil for yummy smell factor.  Lavender is always a good go to, but you can use which ever scent you prefer.)

I have a friend who is in appliance repair and he recommends this laundry soap recipe (that I passed along to him) to people all the time.  It is safe to use with high efficiency appliances!  Last time he came for a visit he gave a tip to help keep your high efficiency washer in tip top shape. He said to run the clean cycle on the washer religiously once a month using either countrytime lemonade or vinegar.  He says to start the clean cycle and then let the machine fill a bit with water before adding either the lemonade (about ¼ cup) or the vinegar (about 2-3 cups).

Cheers and Luck with DIY!

 

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