Clean the World Organization-get involved!

For all of you soap crafters out there, or those who are just interested in helping others around the world, www.cleantheworld.org  is a fabulous organization to get involved with. The following exerpt is taken straight from their home page. Please go to their site for further information:

Clean the World recycles soap and saves lives.

Every day in North America, thousands of hotels discard millions of pounds of soap and shampoo. These products often end up in already overflowing landfills and contaminate fragile groundwater systems.

Impoverished people around the world die every day from acute respiratory infection and diarrheal disease because they have no soap. The death toll is staggering. Each year more than five million lives are lost to these diseases with the majority of deaths being among children less than five years old. Studies have shown that simple hand washing substantially reduces the spread of these diseases. Unfortunately, the essential items for proper hand washing are unobtainable for millions of people worldwide.

Clean the World gets soap to people who really need it.

In an effort to prevent these needless deaths from occurring, Clean the World distributes recycled soap products, along with appropriate educational materials, to impoverished countries worldwide, and to domestic homeless shelters.

You can help. Your support gets us one step closer to reaching our goal of saving one million lives each year.

We really dont realize just how rich all of us are that are fortunate enough to live in america. We take even the simplest things in life for granted. This organization only wants NEW soap so please don’t misread this content. But, don’t think it has to be handmade by any means.

Essential oils 101: Tea Tree oil uses

Tea tree oil is native to Australia. It has been used by the aboriginese for medication for centuries and has many household uses for you as well. Tea tree oil is antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal making it a perfect ingredient for treating anything from cold sores to bathroom mold. (pretty broad spectrum, I know) While I certainly cannot take credit for all of the recipes out there for this wonderful essential oil, here is a link that can certainly get you started with many of its uses: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/20-great-uses-for-tea-tree-oil.html

Enjoy!

Orange Creamsicle Bath Salts

I am a sucker for all things that remind me of my childhood
years and the infamous orang push pops.  I have made more things than I can
count with this essential oil blend.  This is too good not to share:

2 cups epsom salt
1 cup dead sea salt (I used pink himalayan)
20 drops
vanilla essential oil
20 drops orange essential oil
1-2 tablespoons of
carrier oil

Simply combine the ingredients above and give it some really
good shaking to make sure the oils are dispersed.  Then, just relax and enjoy!

Make Your Own Lip Balm

I have been on a mission lately to rid our house of as many chemical products
as possible and aim for healthier options.  I find that, no matter what I bring
home, from food to make-up to cleaning supplies, half the time I dont have a
clue what the ingredients really are much less pronounce them.  So, I’ve bought
some books, done ALOT of research and am slowly making changes with the things I
use most often:  hence, lip balm.  The recipe is sooo simple and can be found in
this book Here.
It consists of only three ingredients, its not expensive to make, and the
ingredients can readily be found in health food stores or crafts stores.  I
purchased some new tins to put it in and decorate but you can always upcycle
with whatever small tins you have around the house.  Just make sure that they
are sanitized and dry before adding any ingredients.  You do NOT want another
science experiment on your lips!

LIP BALM

3 tsp. coconut oil

3 tsp. almond oil

1 1/2 tsp. grated beeswax

Put all of the ingredients in a glass bowl and microwave until all the
beeswax is melted ( mine took about 2 minutes) .  Stir until well mixed and
pour into container.  Let it cool completely before use.  Will make approx 1-1.5
ounces.  Have fun!

Make Your Own Foot Scrub

I admit it. I do not have soft feet. I live in the south and walk around
barefoot most of the time and my feet definately show it. While I absolutely
love fancy foot scrubs, they are not always convenient or frugal. The best
economical recipe I have found consists only of ingredients you should already
have in your cupboards. And it really works! Here you go:

1/2 cup ground oats

1/2 cup sea salt, kosher salt, epsom, whichever you have

1/2 cup cornmeal

1/2 cup olive oil

All you need to do is mix these four ingredients together and place in an
airtight container. If you really want to get fancy, you can even add some
essential oils to this as well. Peppermint is by far my favorite. After I soak
my feet for a few minutes in warm water, I massage about a tablespoon of the
scrub into each foot until the salt pretty much melts itself away and then rinse
them off. Works like a charm every time!

Sinus Remedies: Make Your Own Vapor Rub

I can not stand the smell of vicks nor the thickness of petroleum jelly that
just sits on top of my skin.  I want something that smells better and will
absorb better into my skin. What better way to do that than to come up with my
own recipe!  Here it is:

25 drops eucalyptus oil                              2 drops tea tree
oil

10 drops peppermint oil                              2 tsp. almond
oil

3 drops rosemary oil

Find yourself a small dropper bottle and add these ingredients to it.  Shake
gently. To use, apply to a cotton ball and rub on your neck and chest.  Simple
as that!

I am very happy with the results and will stick with this one since I already
have all of the ingredients.  Investing in some basic essential oils is so worth
the cost for the amount of life you get out of them.

Anyone care to share some of their own home remedies?  I would love to hear
them.

How to stretch your vanilla bean

I have recently started making my own vanilla extract for a multitiude of
reasons:  its easy, its economical and I can control the ingredients.  Check
your bottles; there is actually added sugar in there.  Vanilla beans can be
expensive so the best option I have found are these ones from amazon:  Premium Bourbon-Madagascar Vanilla Beans – 1/2 lb. – Approx. 54
beans
.  I have more beans than I know what to do with so I have been trying
to do some research and experimenting with ways to stretch these beauties to get
the most for my money. Out of the same beans/pods I can do the following four
things:

 

1.  Vanilla extract-cut the beans down the middle and soak 3
beans per 8oz. of vodka for approx. 2 months.  You can always continue to  add more
vodka every time you use half the bottle to have a neverending
supply.

2.  Let the beans dry out and add them to your sugar for
vanilla scented sugar.

3.  Once the beans have lost most of their fragrance you can
grind them up and add them to your coffee grounds when making coffee.  The
flavor is subtle and smooth and always yummy.

4.  Take that same dried bean pod and grind it up to use in
your own melt and pour soap recipes.  It will add a slight vanilla aroma but
also some “grit” for extra scrubbing.

 

I’m sure there are many other uses for these crazy pods.  I
would love to hear yours.  I keep thinking there may be a new cleaning product
in my future for these things.  Carpet deoderizer with baking soda???  I’m
working on it.  Please share your creations.  I still have a ton of these
beans!