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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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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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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Natural Remedies // Sick Day Necessities


Well it was inevitable, this mama is sick. I’ve been dreading the day where I would become sick and need to tackle the limitless duties of being a mother. I cannot ever remember my mother being sick growing up; she must have hid it very well because I thought being a mother, you were granted this super-human immune system that enabled you to be around the sickest of people and never catch a single virus. Well I was wrong.

Being a mama, you cannot lounge around in bed aimlessly moping and grunting like I had previously done before. I had to toughen up, dig through my medicine cabinet and wrangled together my sick day necessities. While I’m not claiming any of these favorites will cure, they definitely make my days a little easier when I’m feeling under the weather.

Blueprint Green Juice. Blueprint’s juices are one of my go-to drinks for anything from a midday pick-me-up to a pick-me-up-off-the-floor kind of day. Their green juice does to me when I’m sick what Gatorade did to me during my college hangover days. They pack 6 pounds of leafy greens into this juice and the massive mix of anti-oxidants, beta-carotene, calcium, fiber and Vitamin C is the perfect way to ward off any unwanted sniffles.

Young Living Thieves. This microbial spray is my new “hand sanitizer”. I love the story behind this product as it was created based on research about four thieves in France who covered themselves with cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics while robbing plague victims. The blend of cloves, lemons, cinnamon, rosemary and eucalyptus offers extremely effective immunity support. This stuff is great for anything from taking it orally to bump up your immunity to placing a few drops in your dishwasher to help sanitize and eliminate odors.

Elliot’s Natural Foods Yin Chiao Plus. I learned about Yin Chiao in my Mommy & Me class. We had an herbalist visit and she raved about this ancient Chinese herb. Yin Chiao has been a staple of traditional herbalists and acupuncturists, and a household name in China, for hundreds of years. It’s an herbal combination of immune-boosting herbs such as; honeysuckle flower, Chinese mint leaf, burdock seed, soy sprout, licorice root and many other fortifying herbal treasures. I usually take this when I’m feeling a cold coming on and even give Hera Yin Chiao Junior along with probiotics to help boost her little immune system.

Lupicia Momo Oolong Tea. My mom dropped this tea off at my home awhile back and I had been meaning to try it. Oolong tea, although processed as a black tea, is more like a green tea in it’s benefits. Oolong tea is full of antioxidants that are essentials for good health; they disable free radicals, strengthen the immune system, and protect us from chronic diseases. Not to mention Lupicia’s Momo Oolong tea is incredibly delicious and helps soothe the sorest of throats.

Young Living Aria Ultrasonic Diffuser + Essential Oils. The Aria diffuser is actually a “wish list” item of mine. I currently have a small ultrasonic diffuser that gets the job done, but this baby is the cadillac of diffusers. I would love to have this diffuser in my home one of these days. I have Young Living’s Peppermint and Lavender essential oils which are amazing for colds. I put a couple drops of the peppermint oil in my diffuser and once the mist hits the air my nasal passages immediately open and my head clears when the hint of peppermint fills the room. I put a few drops of lavender oil in my hands, rub my palms together and give myself a mini foot massage which creates an instant calming effect over my entire body. I was recently turned onto this brand from my friend and fellow blogger, Alesya. Thank for you introducing me to my current obsession.

TheraPearls Eye-sential Eye Mask. This  multipurpose mask makes even the darkest of days easier to manage. It can be chilled to help alleviate sinus pressure and headaches and can also be heated to help reduce nasal congestion. It’s so relaxing and rejuvenating at the same time. I love to heat it up right before bedtime to help aid in a more peaceful sleep and then chill it for a morning session to wake me up leaving me feeling refreshed and ready to tackle my day.

There you have it; my sick day necessities. I hope you stay healthy this flu season but if you find yourself under the weather like me I highly recommend giving these things a try. Stay healthy.

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Raw Beauty // A Perfectly Pink Pout.

With so much love in the air, I have been on the hunt for a perfectly pink pout. Being drawn to organic natural make up products and seeing the beautiful color of strawberry stained lips from munching on my Chocolate “Dipped” Strawberries, I couldn’t resist the urge to create my own lip balm. I love creating my own make up products for a few reasons: one, I know exactly what ingredients are going into the product – if I can’t pronounce it, I won’t use it; two, I can customize the product to fit my liking and three, it’s usually a lot cheaper to make it myself than to buy it … and sometimes easier than attempting to get Hera out of the house.

You might be surprised how easy and cheap it is to make your own lip balm. After stumbling upon this “secret recipe” I am more than excited to make these for every season. I’m already thinking about a citrus lip balm for Summer and a cool peppermint one for next Winter. But for this springtime dreamer, I went with a trio of berries:strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, and I knew the color and flavor would be perfect for this romantic holiday. The organic coconut oil not only adds a little extra flavor and scent, but it adds such a soothing aspect to the balm. I found this lip balm to be so hydrating and beautiful at the same time and I think I owe that mainly in part to the coconut oil. The Lanolin is something I always have laying around due to nursing my little one; however I think Shea butter would do wonders as well. If you give this a try let me know what delectable combinations you come up with. I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day.

Berry Lip Balm
Makes 3 tubes of Lip Balm

2 teaspoons of Pure Organic Coconut Oil
3 teaspoons of Organic Berry Powder, I used Strawberries, Blackberries and Raspberries.
3 teaspoons of 100% Pure Lanolin

Method

In a small food processor, grind up the dehydrated (or freeze dried) berries and set aside in a covered container.

Using a small saucepan over a low flame, fill with about a cup of water and place a glass bowl on top creating a “double boiler”. Combine the coconut oil and Lanolin and stir slowly until well blended and melted. Once the mixture has completely combined add in the berry powder and mix.

Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove any berry seeds or larger bits. Pour the mixture into small glass pots or lip balm tubes. Allow the mixture to cool and harden before using.

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June 21, 2016 - 6:24 pm

KimberHills - I used freeze-dried berries and just threw them in the blender!

November 21, 2014 - 10:31 am

Marianne - where do you buy berry powder?

May 6, 2014 - 4:31 pm

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April 10, 2014 - 3:59 am

orfan - This looks so easy and good for your lips. Do you have any suggestions for a substitute for the lanolin to make it vegan? Thanks.

April 1, 2014 - 12:22 am

KimberHills - Oh no! I’m so sorry. I did make a few of these and found the one that I used mostly blackberries made the lip balm more of the red/pink color. I hope this helps!

April 1, 2014 - 12:01 am

Anna - I tried this recipe and it did not turn out as red as the pictures. Does it matter what brand of freeze-dried berries I use?

March 1, 2014 - 12:54 am

Felicia Lilienthsl - I can’t believe how simple this is and how gorgeous it ends up looking. I’m going to have to try it out – I’ve got a HUGE tub of coconut oil just begging for more uses than cooking.

February 23, 2014 - 6:11 am

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February 17, 2014 - 4:54 pm

KimberHills - I used solid lanolin, it melts very easily!

February 17, 2014 - 3:57 am

KimberHills - Thank you for this, I checked the site and she did site my website … although she did use my tutorial word-for-word so I’m going to look into this. Thanks again.

February 15, 2014 - 11:21 pm

georgia - I loved your recipe!i will definetely try it!I shared your link on my new post
http://mygenerouslife.blogspot.it/2014/02/how-often-do-you-say-i-love-you.html

February 15, 2014 - 5:10 pm

Kelly - Hi Kimber. I just wanted to let you know that you’re tutorial has been stolen and reposted here: http://www.shelterness.com/colorful-diy-lip-balm/ Be sure to report it to Google. This site needs to be shut down.

February 15, 2014 - 2:58 am

Loretta - I FINALLY made my own lip balm and because it was my first time, I kept it pretty basic. But, I can seriously see this turning into an addiction! So many ways to customize, it’s not even funny.

Love the pretty colors!

February 13, 2014 - 12:22 pm

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February 12, 2014 - 4:55 am

Lakisha Foots - Did you use liquid lanolin or solid?

February 12, 2014 - 12:33 am

Rebecca - Lanolin is great for locking moisture in! I love it for salves as well. Thanks for sharing!