Category Archives: Natural Remedies

Natural Burn Balm

This Summer has been a scorcher in Los Angeles, and it’s technically only the “second day” of Summer. You bet you’ll be finding us by the beach well into August, September for that matter. And even though I’m continuously applying endless amounts of sunscreen, this one is currently my favorite, there are times when the sun wins and the end of the day I’m left with red shoulders. Luckily, the inter webs have a solution for everything and this time it happens to be an natural remedy! I whipped up some DIY natural burn balm, and man – it does the trick. (Side note: It also leaves me smelling like a tropical vacation.) So if you’re like me and happen to fall victim to sunburnt shoulders (or any body part for that matter) give this simple DIY a try! You might be surprised to learn that you most likely have these ingredients in your pantry already! I’ve also included a simple and chic printable label in the off chance you want to share these as gifts.
To Create This Burn Balm, you’ll need the following:
¼ Cup of Organic Raw Honey
¼ Cup of Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil
½ teaspoon of Organic Aloe Vera Gel
10 drops of 100% Pure Lavender Essential Oil
10 drops of 100% Pure Peppermint Essential Oil
Tin Containers or Glass Jars
Printable Burn Balm Labels, optional

Method //

Using the double boiler method, melt the honey and coconut oil over the lowest heat setting possible. Continue mixing until there are no more clumps and everything has completely liquified. This happens very quickly.

Remove the mixture from the heat and add in the essential oils and aloe gel. Pour directly into tins or glass jars. Place in the fridge until they are fully hardened. I love to keep mine in the fridge because the added comfort of a cool balm is that much better for sunburnt skin.

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summer sour acv drink.


Okay truth, I have a sweet tooth. Not like a “oh yeah, I love cookies too!” kind of sweet tooth, more like an “I just consumed 2 king size tootsie rolls while I waited for my car to be washed” kind of sweet tooth. I have been reading a lot lately about controlling the mind’s cravings whether it be junk food, laziness, or moods and I have to say I’m learning a lot. Anyways, during my research I found these awesome sweet drinks that are actually low in sugar and high in health benefits and I have to say that when I’m craving something sweet, I calm the “Pig” (have you read Never Binge Again by Glenn Livingston? by tricking my mind into thinking it’s getting what it wants. Tricking yourself? It’s some crazy Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde stuff right here. Anyways, I’m sure you’ve heard the crazy good health benefits that Apple Cider Vinegar offers right? To start it aids in weight loss, tricking your body into feeling full. (There goes that trickery again!) Aside from that it also prevents Diabetes, lowers cholesterol, aids in digestion, increases energy and overall detoxes the body. Why wouldn’t you drink this stuff? Well it’s pretty hard to get down. I personally don’t mind the taste of vinegars such as Kombucha but when mixing this stuff with a little flavor, I could drink it all day. Plopping a few drops of flavored stevia makes this stuff amazing, I would compare it to almost that of Jolly Rancher! Give this stuff a try, even if it doesn’t quiet the “Pig” then to give your body that extra love it deserves.

Summer Sour ACV Drink
Makes 1 serving.
1½ Cups of Alkaline Water
1 Tablespoon of Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar, I use Bragg’s!
28 Drops of Watermelon Flavored Stevia Drops, I use Sweet Leaf’s!
1 Cup of Ice

Method //
Add Alkaline water, apple cider vinegar and stevia drops – mix to combine. Pour over ice and enjoy.

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Natural Ant Spray


We just came back from a wonderful trip from the East Coast to home full of ants, not quite the “welcome home” party I was expecting. With this abnormally hot summer/fall we’ve been having in Los Angeles lately has really brought out all the creepy critters. So to combat this I went straight to my essential oils and concocted an all natural “ant spray” to take back my home. I love this stuff because not only is it effective but it smells great and I know it’s safe to use around my daughter.

Natural Ant Spray

1 Cup of Distilled Water
½ Cup of Witch Hazel
20-25 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
20-25 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
10 drops of Grapefruit Essential Oil
10 drops of Clove Essential Oil

Method
Combine all ingredients into a spray bottle and shake. This works great because the blend of oils help masks their scent trails as well as contains natural occurring chemicals, which are safe to humans but toxic to ants. Spray as needed or around the baseboards and entry ways to prevent ants from visiting.

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Natural Remedies // Tangerine Rug Refresher

Okay, let’s have an honest moment here. I’m the type of girl who loves, I mean obsesses, over a clean house – but I loathe cleaning. Like, the thought of unloading the dishwasher gives me hives. But, it’s a chore and no one loves chores – at least I don’t think so, but it has to get done. These days I’m shocked by what Hera finds in our carpets and rugs, don’t get me started on this “Googly Eye” situation we’ve got going on. Anyways, being this psuedo-clean freak that I’d like to think I am I whipped up a quick batch of the easiest carpet refresher! Have you read the back of those commercial carpet refreshers? They are almost all toxic chemicals! Yuck! Anyways, you can’t go wrong with good ‘ole baking soda – add a few drops of Tangerine Oil and you’ve got the brightest, cheeriest, most deliciously refreshed rugs and carpet and NO CHEMICALS!

Tangerine Rug Refresher

1 Cup of All Natural Baking Soda
20 Drops of Tangerine Essential Oil

Combine the two ingredients in a glass jar, secure with a lid and give a good shake. Sprinkle on your rugs or carpet and let it side for about 10 – 15 minutes before vacuuming it up.

Do you hate hate cleaning as much as I do? Any tips on getting me excited to clean? (Probably not.)

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A New You // Sat Nam. {A Giveaway – Now Closed.}

I first fell in yoga 8 years ago when I fell out of love with myself. I was out of shape and in a slump. I had originally taken a yoga class with my mom as an act to shed some weight never guessing it would become a place where I could escape. It has been a constant in my life ever since. Yoga has been my therapist, my physical exercise, my mental exercise, my temple, my enemy, and my friend. I guess you could call me a yogi. I’ve always been a more spiritual person rather than a religious one.

When I became pregnant I realized the importance of yoga in my life. Sure, I had learned ujjayi breaths years ago but it wasn’t until childbirth when I witnessed firsthand, the power of the mind and breath. It has been such an adaptive practice. There was Vinyasa when I needed a sweat, Iyengar when I needed an alignment and Kundalini when I needed to refocus. It seemed like wherever I was in life, yoga was there to ground me. The education I learned from my practice over the years has gotten me through quite some feats; from planning a wedding to raising a child. I have been able to remain grounded (and sane) all thanks to my practice.

While I’m not able to make it to my mat as often as I’d like to lately I still find ways that I am able to incorporate yoga into my life. I have hung onto the mantra “Sat Nam” meaning truth is my name. I find myself repeating this over and over in my head when I need to drown out the outside world and find my breath. I’m overjoyed to see the outcome of a life lived positively through yoga. I’d like to think that my daughter, Hera, is as calm and happy as she is due to my practice – especially my prenatal practice. It fills me with such joy to see her smile. My mom recently bought her a BendiBaby yoga mat and while I’m sure her poses are purely instinctual, her ‘happy baby’, ‘baby cobra’ and the ever popular ‘savasana’ gives me a proud mama moment every time.

I’m going to digress for half a second; isn’t Instagram wonderful? It allows some pretty amazing people to come into your life that would normally never have crossed your path. I connected with Heather about a month ago when I saw her beautiful Mala Beads online. We got to talking and found out that we had quite a bit in common. Heather owns Mama Malas, an amazing line of gorgeous mala beads geared to inspire and remind mamas, like ourselves, to slow down and remain in the present. I used to find myself always looking towards the future. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but ever since I brought Hera into the world I’ve found myself clinging on to time. There is never enough of it. I always tear up a bit when I think to myself that a lifetime with Hera is simply not long enough.

Heather, herself, has had quite an amazing journey. When she was 22, she packed up her entire life and made the trek from Winnipeg to Calgary to live with a boy she had only been dating for five months. Everyone thought she was crazy but she knew in her gut that he was “the one”. She had been working as a stylist and one of her clients introduced her to energy healing and meditation. She was encouraged to listen to her “gut” and that’s exactly what she did. She said it’s the best decision she had ever made. It turns out that guy was “the one” and they were married three years later. They welcomed their son, Owen, into the world 2 years after that.

She, too, had been practicing yoga on and off for years; however, she became serious about it right before her wedding. She would often turn to yoga to deal with the stress of wedding planning and was blown away by the change in her attitude. She said, she “fully credits yoga for keeping [her] calm when the bridal salon tore [her] dress and [she] only had 2 weeks to find a replacement!” She also loves how her practice evolved with her through pregnancy and motherhood.

I had asked her what her favorite asana was and she said that after having a baby that pigeon had really helped her to feel light and amazing. Because women tend to hold a lot of tension in their hips, she thanks pigeon for helping her work through that. She finds it “freeing”. She does note that savasana is always where the real magic happens.

She tells me that, “One random day it hit [her] like a ton of bricks, how quickly Owen was growing up, and [she] wanted a tangible reminder to slow down and be present.” It’s so easy to multitask all day, and never give anything your full attention. She wanted to find a way to remind herself of her own spiritual journey; a reminder to take care of herself when she got lost in taking care of others. I couldn’t relate more to her if I tried. She tried wearing her large sandalwood Mala beads but she said they just didn’t feel right. She wanted something beautiful that would make her want to wear her reminder daily. She made herself a pair of Mala beads and added a healing stone to help keep her aligned with her goals. After receiving numerous compliments she started Mama Malas. Don’t fret if you’re not a mama yourself, anyone can wear and benefit from these stunning works of art. She focused on the needs of mamas because that’s where she was in her life and she found it so easy to forget about herself and her personal journey while taking care of her family.

Early this year, in January, she officially launched Mama Malas and Heather is quite the one-woman show. She does everything from designing and producing the malas to packaging and marketing. While it’s been a lot of work, she says it “has been the most rewarding experience and has introduced [her] to so many amazing and inspiring women.” While she does wear many hats she, by far, adores the design aspect the most. She finds that trusting her intuition always leads to the perfect combination of healing and beauty. When she told me of her plans to launch a new line of stackable bracelets in April I had to pick up my tongue off the floor.

She reminds her customers to trust their “gut” when choosing their malas and that their first instinct or “gut feeling” is usually the mala for them. She wears all of her malas but finds herself gravitating toward the Glowing Mama Mala and the Inspirational Mama Mala the most these days. She finds that they help remind herself to stay fully present whether she’s with her family or at work. Her goal for this year is to put an end to her multitasking. With her implementation of “office hours” she finds it easier to be fully present. She says she’s “so much happier on the days that [she's] not trying to multitask and to just let [herself] enjoy what [she's] doing while [she's] doing it.”

Heather gifted me with my own set of gorgeous  Mama Malas; I trusted my gut and went with Glowing Mama Mala. It’s true what she says, not only is it beautiful but I find myself wanting to wear my daily reminder to be present. I love that the stones give meaning to me wearing it. Without sounding too cliche, I do feel empowered when I wear it. It may be the power of White Jasper or the fact that this gorgeous piece of art is the perfect accessory for anything from running errands to grabbing cocktails. I’d love to take a second to thank Heather, it’s like she has given me back time I would have otherwise lost from forgetting to be in the present.

Being the absolute sweetheart that Heather is, she is graciously spreading the love by gifting one of my lucky readers with their own Mama Mala. Check out Mama Malas to see which one best fits you! To enter this giveaway you must:

Follow Heather on Instagram | @mamamalas
Follow Me on Instagram (if you don’t already!) | @kimberhbrown
Repost my “Giveaway Photo” on Instagram with the hashtag #mamamalasgiveaway

*Please contact me if your Instagram is private. The giveaway closes on April 11th at midnight and the winner will be announce on April 12th. Spread the love!

Update. The giveaway is now closed. Thank you to all who entered and the winner is …


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April 7, 2014 - 10:10 pm

Noelle - Love your post! And I entered the giveaway, I’m n_marie on instagram.
Manifesting a win <3 I would love to have one of these :)
Thank you for sharing

Raw Beauty // A Spa Day, at Home.

I’m not sure if it’s the weather or my lack of time and energy to pamper myself but my skin has been horrible lately. It’s dry in some patches and oily in others leaving this mama a mess. The other day I thought to myself, I’m going to go get a facial but then I realized I have a 3-month old and no free time. So when Hera went down for her midday nap I snuck into my pantry and whipped up the easiest face mask and toner. I was able to make these, apply the mask for 15 minutes, wash it off, apply the toner and even pluck a few stray eyebrows all before she woke up. It literally felt like I had escaped to a spa for a few hours, it was exactly what this mama needed.

This Indian ‘Mud’ face mask did wonders and it left my skin smelling so good. Organic honey is always a good base for face masks because it’s naturally antibacterial which is perfect for both treatment and prevention of blemishes. It’s also full of antioxidants and is extremely moisturizing, but the best part about honey is that it’s clarifying. It soothes and leaves your skin with a healthy glow. The cinnamon is the secret in this mask because it brings nutrients to surface of your skin. It also has a faux botox quality by bringing blood to the surface and help rid your face of those horrible fine lines and wrinkles. Lastly the nutmeg helps brighten dull looking skin almost instantly. It’s also said that nutmeg helps alleviate acne and reduce to look of scaring. Why wouldn’t you want to rub this magic mixture onto your face!?

After washing off my mask I applied my sea salt toner to help balance the pH levels in my skin. The sea salt toner is a great thing to add to your everyday skin care routine. The tangerine essential oil is completely optional, I’ve been on a huge tangerine oil kick lately. It instantly lifts my mood.

Indian ‘Mud’ Mask
1 Tablespoon of Organic Honey
½ teaspoon of Cinnamon
½ teaspoon of Nutmeg

Method

Mix the honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a small bowl. I like to warm my mask up a bit before applying, this helps open your pores and feels nice as well. Leave it on your face to dry for about 15 minutes before washing it off with a warm towel.

Sea Salt Toner
1 Cup of Distilled Water, warmed
1 Tablespoon of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
1 teaspoon of Epsom Salt
2-3 drops of Tangerine Essential Oil (optional)

Method

Add the salts to the warm distilled water and stir until the salts have completely dissolved. Add the drops of essential oils, if doing so, and transfer the spray into a glass jar or spritzer bottle to store. To use, apply the toner to the skin by spraying or dabbing on a cotton pad.

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