What is the benefit of using mouthwash?

Smile, laugh and be more confident talking to your friends.  Bad breath is the worst, but along with brushing your teeth, mouthwash is like the icing on the cake.  Ok, maybe that isn’t that best analogy, teeth and sugar, but that’s the way it is.

I know we all brush our teeth. Hopefully, at least twice a day.  So then, what is the benefit of using mouthwash?

Most people use mouthwash as a breath freshener, but it can also help you avoid oral health problems such as tooth decay and gingivitis (inflamed gums), prevent plaque buildup and remove particles from between your teeth. Rinsing before you brush is a great idea.  In fact, if you don’t have time to brush after lunch, use some mouthwash and at least rinse your mouth to get any loose particles from between your teeth, and you’ll be freshening your breath at the same time.

Mouthwash (for 1 Cup)

1  Cup distilled water

3  drops peppermint oil

3  drops orange oil

  1. Be sure to use a BPA free plastic bottle. Mix together ingredients. Shake before use.
  2. Swish a sip around your mouth and gargle for approximately 30 seconds. Spit out. Do not swallow.

Essential oil blends that work well for oral health:

Grapefruit, lemon, orange

Cinnamon, clove, peppermint, spearmint

Frankincense, myrrh, lime

NOTE:  Use a total of 6 drops of essential oil per cup of distilled water.

 

 

 

 

 

For Kitchen and Bathroom: 

4 ounces white vinegar (if you have granite countertops replace with 70% isopropyl alcohol as vinegar can damage the granite)

10 drops lemon oil

10 drops tea tree oil

5 drops eucalyptus oil (optional)

1-1/4 cup of distilled water

Mix in a 16-ounce brown glass spray bottle.  Shake before use.

 

 


Body butter, there is nothing like it!

In the winter we have dry skin from the cold, windy, dry weather.  In the summer we have dry skin from being in the sun or being stuck in the air conditioning which drys the air and us with it.  What’s a girl to do?

Moisturize! It’s always time to moisturize.  It doesn’t matter what month it is, our bodies get dehydrated and our skin starts to look like we are molting like a snake.  Unlike a snake, we do not shed our skin.  Thankfully, we can use body butter.

So what is body butter? 

We hear about it but do we really know why we should probably use it and not body lotion with our dry skin.  The difference is body butter is thicker than body lotion which contains more water.  Body lotion is lighter and may not stay on as long or moisturize as well.  Body lotions work well for those who don’t need a lot of moisturizing.   Body butters are for those with drier skin.  You know the ugly, scaley stuff.   Oh, and our feet and those lovely cracked heels.  Yep, that’s what it’s for!

Body Butter is made with butters (solids) like shea butter or cocoa butter and combining those with oils (liquids) such as coconut oil, jojoba oil or sweet almond oil. Use oils that can really hydrate and nourish the skin.  The best time to apply your butter is after a bath or shower.  Don’t dry yourself off completely, just pat dry while leaving a little moisture then rub in a little body butter.  It helps hold the moisture in your skin.  Give it a few minutes to get absorbed and then you can apply some more to problem areas like elbows or feet.  It’s like a layer of protection for your skin.

How do I know what kind to make?

There are so many homemade body butter recipes it can be daunting to find the one best suited for you.  Personally, I have looked at LOTS of recipes, but I can’t say I have tried many.  You see, there are really just two things I looked for in a recipe.  First, I wanted coconut oil in it.  Second, I only wanted a few ingredients.  Three or four worked for me.  The original recipe I used, I did end up tweaking a bit and the following recipe is the final result.  I LOVE IT!!  It was easy to make and feels fabulous on my skin.

You can use your favorite essential oil scents or try one of my healthy blends.

Healthy Blends

Health Me!:  immune support – 15 drops Frankincense and 20 drops Orange

Joyful:   uplifting –  15 drops Jasmine and 20 drops Peppermint (or Rosemary)

Restful:   relaxing and calming – 20 drops Lavender and 15 Roman chamomile

Sunshine:  energizing –  20 drops Ylang-Ylang and 15 drops Peppermint (or Orange)

BODY BUTTER INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/4  cups shea butter (unrefined works the best)
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil (extra virgin works the best)
  • 1/2 cup jojoba oil (can use sweet almond or any liquid oil that is organic and healthy.)
  • Essential oils
  • Glass or plastic jars   (2 oz or 4 oz size)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Measure your shea butter and coconut oil.  Note:  Coconut oil will be solid at room temperatures 75 degrees and below,
  2. Melt over medium-low heat in a double boiler, stirring constantly until there are no lumps left.  If you do not have a double boiler, place a glass bowl in a pan of water.  Put your shea butter and coconut oil in the glass bowl and heat the water on medium-low.
  3. Let cool about 20  minutes, then stir in the jojoba oil and essential oil(s) of your choosing.
  4. Cover the mixture and freeze for about 30 minutes. You want the mixture to start to solidify but not completely harden, a consistency similar to soft wax or softened butter.  I start checking at 20 minutes.  I have had it take as long as 50 minutes to get to the consistency.
  5. Whip until soft and fluffy. It will look kind of like frosting.
  6. Place into a glass or plastic jar.  I use small mason jars.

This recipe will make about 2-1/2 to 3 cups of body butter.

Give it time to settle. When I first made mine, I thought it was to thin and I added a little more shea butter. After a day, it was thicker than I wanted. My next batch I made no changes and it was the consistency I liked.  You can also adjust the number of essential oil drops you use.  I like more than a hint of the scent but don’t want to be overwhelmed.

OF NOTE: 

  • If you have trouble whipping it, just chill it a little longer.
  • The body butter will feel slightly oily and will take a couple of minutes to absorb into your skin.
  • Be sure to give it time to be absorbed before you put your clothes on.
  • You can add about 1.5 teaspoons of cornstarch or arrowroot to make it less oily on your skin.
  • You will want to be sure to store it in a room that does not get warmer than 75 degrees otherwise store in the refrigerator.
  • You can always whip it again it to make it softer if it gets too stiff.
Please leave a comment and share recipes you love.  If you tried this recipe, how did it work for you and what essential oils did you use?