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The Truth about Clean Eating

The Truth about Clean Eating

I feel like if you asked a group of people if they were up for Clean eating you would get maybe one or two people to say yes.  This is because there is this shadow lurking behind those words “Clean Eating”.  Even I myself thought woah seems like too much for me to dive into.  Nobody has time for that I thought.  Then of course I trained to be a Health Coach and learned what it actually meant to Eat “Clean”. 

Healthy Foods I Never Thought I'd Like

Healthy Foods I Never Thought I'd Like

When beginning to eat healthy I had many second thoughts, many questions, and many times second guessed my choice.  There were many foods I looked at and said no way.  I was very closed minded in the beginning.  Once I started to try foods I began to realize how much I had been missing out on.  Here are some of the foods I struggled with in the beginning. 

DIY All Purpose Spray

DIY All Purpose Spray

Cleaning supplies can be one of the most harmful things we keep in our homes.  Knowing this is scary.  We have to clean right? And what about when your little ones ask to help you clean?  I know my little guy loves to help at least for now!  With all this in mind I wanted to find a spray I could make at home that was effective and safe.  Here is what I came up with…

Eco-Friendly Easter Baskets

Eco-Friendly Easter Baskets

Children love to get little gifts and surprises.  I have a little one asking me when Easter is coming almost every day and I know he is looking forward to receiving some little gifts.  While I do think teaching him about what Easter’s really about is important, right now I would like to create an Easter Basket that is not full of useless items and candy.  I have searched and found some great options I wanted to share.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Sea Salt Foot Scrub

Sea Salt Foot Scrub

Our feet are one of the most used parts of our body.  Sometimes they get over worked and don’t get to relax.  Feet also pick up lots of things as we walk around, especially when we are barefoot or in flip flops.  So cleaning and taking care of our feet are important.  After all we want them to work for a while right?  I came up with this foot scrub to cleanse and relax my feet...

10 Ways to Raise Eco-Friendly Children

In our world today we have many environmental issues.  When we begin to teach the importance of our world to our children we have taken the first step in helping create a healthier world.  For many of us learning about the issues is not enough and often too much for young children to understand so we need to create a connection with nature.  Our children are the future; what they believe they will create.  It is a passion of mine to send my children out into the world with an understanding of how important it is to take care of our environment.  So where to begin? What will they understand?  Don’t stress about that, just start with something.  There are many ways to teach children about our environment and create a connection with nature.

10 Ways to Raise EcoFriendly Children

Here are 10 Ways to Raise Eco-Friendly Children

  1. Create a Garden! This can be flowers, vegetables, herbs…whatever you choose.  Have the little ones help with planting seeds, watering and caring for the garden.  This teaches them about the beauty that comes from our world and connects them with nature while they’re getting dirty and exploring.
  2. Take a hike. It can be a short hike.  It can be a walk outside.  Point out all the animals or plants you spot.  This shows them nature surrounds us.
  3. Use reusable grocery and shopping bags. And when asked, explain why you use them instead of plastic bags. This shows that it is important for us to protect our environment.
  4. Make recycling a family thing. Ask the children where that goes, the trash or recycling.  If they don’t know explain why it goes in either place.  This gives them the ability to understand and begin to be proactive themselves.  Giving them the power to make the choice.  ( Children usually like to be independent so they will enjoy this)
  5. Compost! I know this may seem like work, but it’s really not so bad.  You can have a Kitchen Compost Bin that goes to an Outside Compost Bin when full (look at your local home store for an outside bin). Fruit &veggie scraps, egg shells, coffee grinds can all go into a compost bin.  This will teach them to give back to the environment and not to waste useable goods.  A big plus is that the compost can be used for you garden and you don’t need to buy soil.
  6. Take them to a local farm and/or nature center. Let them explore how humans, animals, and plants/trees all work together.  This teaches them that we are all interconnected and what we do effects the world we live in.  Also bonds them with nature.
  7. Read books about nature and the environment. Such as…
  1. Even when it is cold out explore nature. Try out some fun eco-websites with games and adventures for children.
  1. Have Educational Earth Movies for Rainy or sick days. Yes you want to get out in nature as often as possible.  There are also many parts of the world that children may not get to see and these educational movies allow them to see the whole picture.
  1. Show them how important a healthy world/environment is to you. Children look up to us as parents/caregivers and think we can do no wrong.  So everything we do is teaching them.

Let’s begin to raise Eco-friendly Children and help to create a better future.  What is important to them is what will be important to future generations.  Teach them all you can!

XO

Katie Bell

PS Stay Green!

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DIY ChapStick

This is one of my favorite do it yourself projects.  And project is a big word, this is not a project.  It takes about 5-10 minutes.  Simple Easy and I can never find chapstick I like more!  Have you ever made your own products? Yes or no this is a great one to start with.

DIY Chapstick

What You Need

How to make Chap Stick

  1. Take a pint size mason jar (A double boiler works as well) and place Mango Butter, Almond oil, and Beeswax in the jar.
  2. Place an inch or two of water in a pot. Put the Mason jar in the pot and turn on stove to med-high heat.
  3. Watch and shake jar occasionally as the contents melts together. While melting line up three Lip Balm tubes.
  4. Once all is melted turn off the heat and add 1 drop of essential oil of choice ( or 1 drop of two different essential oils)
  5. Then use the dropper to put mixture into the tubes. Do this quickly as the mixture will begin to harden.
  6. Let the tubes sit for a few hours to harden fully.
  7. Voila! You have your very own Chapstick!

This is going to be soft to medium, to make it hard add more beeswax.  Also this recipe makes three tubes.  If you want to make more than that double or triple the recipe.  I chose mango butter because I think it is softer and smoother, shea butter and cocoa butter work with this recipe too.  Everything you need can be found here.

Some of our Favorite Essential Oils to use

  • Lavender/Peppermint
  • Lavender
  • Orange/Peppermint
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary/Eucalyptus

Good Luck!

Katie Bell

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DIY First Aid Spray

With little ones running around there are bound to be scraps, cuts, falls and so on.  I prefer to use all natural remedies and Essential Oils are big in our house.  This is our First Aid Spray, it works great and I know when I use it there are no harmful Chemicals, which is a big plus.

DIY First Aid Spray

Whats inside?

Place the first 4 ingredients in a 2 oz Glass Spray Bottle then fill the rest with clean/filtered water.  Be sure to shake well before every use to combine all ingredients.

Lavender is used for its calming properties.  Melaleuca/Tea tree for is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral properties.  And frankincense has anti-inflammatory properties.  The three combined is the spray allow for calming and healing, give support to the body.

Okay now Give it a try!  It has be great to have in our Medicine Cabinet and it will be great in yours!

All Ingredients can be found here

XO

Katie Bell

PS Looking for wholesale prices on Essential oils?  Send me an Email purewellnessessentials@gmail.com, I can help with that  :-)

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DIY Anti-Aging Face Wash

What if you could make your Anti-Aging Face Wash in your Kitchen for less than $20?  Would you think I was joking?  Well I’m not!  It is totally possible!  And here is how you do it…

DIY Anti-aging Face Wash

All you Need

How is it possible?  This is how I make mine

  1. I grab a 2oz glass bottle (cobalt), a small funnel and a ½ TBSP and 1 TBSP measuring spoons.
  2. First I add 1 TBSP Tamanu Oil. Then 1 ½ TBSP Castile Soap.
  3. Careful drop 7 drops of Frankincense, 5 drops of Lavender, and 3 drops of Hawaiian Sandalwood.
  4. Fill up the rest with water.
  5. Shake it up and you have your DIY Anti-Aging Face Wash!

It can sit on the shelf for 6 months.  Shake up before every use to insure all contents are mixed well together.

Why is this Anti-Aging?

Tamanu Oil comes from the South Pacific and has the capacity to promote formation of new tissue.  A Unique quality which accelerates the growth of healthy skin.  It was traditional used in wound care and is making its way to US and European cosmetic industry.  It will leave no oily residue and promotes healthy skin.  As aging occurs we produces less skins or in other words our skin does not rejuvenate as quickly.  Tamanu oil will help assist our skin in healthy cell growth.  Read more about Tamanu Oil here.

Frankincense is all around an amazing Essential oil.  It has Tissue regeneration and anti-inflammatory properties.  Frankincense has such a high vibration it is great for healing.  Also assists with immune support.  It is soothing to the nervous system and the skin.

Lavender is very calming.  It can help reduce redness and/or irritation in the skin.  Also a great assistant in combating dry skin.

Hawaiian Sandalwood may help to protect from harmful effects of UV radiation.  This is also a very healing oil.  May assist with dry skin too.

Believe me yet?  Try it out!  Everything you need can be found here

Note: The cost of products needed may be higher then $20 however the amount you use costs Less then $20 and leaves you with the rest of the products to use for other DIY or by themselves :)

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DIY Coconut Exfoliator

I absolutely love the way this makes my skin feel!  It is wonderful!  I try to Exfoliate once a month to get rid of the dead skin cells.  I have learned over the years that Exfoliating helps keep the skin fresh, smooth, and young!  Here is one of my favorite exfoliators, I make in the kitchen!

DIY Coconut Exfoliator

You Need

To make a One –Time Use Exfoliator

  1. 4 TBSP Coconut flakes and 2-2 ½ TBSP Honey
  2. Mix Together
  3. You can add Essential Oils only 1-2 drops. I used geranium this morning in my Exfoliator.  Lavender, Frankincense, and Cedarwood are also good for the skin.  Lemon or Wild Orange are good to help pull out Toxins.

To make a Several Use Exfoliator

  1. 1 cup Coconut Flakes and ½ cup of Honey
  2. Mix together
  3. Add Essential Oils if you wish
  4. Store in a Glass Container for 3-6 months

I chose to use coconut flakes because they gentler on the skin, which is better for exfoliating the face.  Honey has antimicrobial properties and is just wonderful for the skin.  This morning I used Geranium essential oil not only because it has a great smell, it is also a powerful healer for the skin.

All ingredients can be found here

And enjoy!  Make your skin love you and love your skin!

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Mouthwash bought in the store sometimes is the worst thing for you.  If you look at the ingredients there are a ton of chemicals and most have side effects if too much gets swallowed.  Learning about this a few months ago I decided to experiment and come up with my own Mouthwash, Here is my final result…

DIY Mouthwash

What’s inside the Glass Bottle?

Basically I drop 1-2 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil and 1-2 drops of Lemon Essential Oil fill glass bottle up ½ way with Sesame or Coconut Oil (liquid form) and the Rest with water.  There you have in your own Mouthwash.  Simple, Quick, Easy, and Healthy for you!

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Immune Support is really important during those months when sickness always seem to pop up.  In our home we try to find natural ways to support our immune systems.  Here are our three most used Immune boosters!

DIY Immune Support

  1. Immune Boost Smoothie – packed with nutrients and delicious. It has clementine/orange, berries, kale, turmeric, and coconut water.  This is great for little ones, they think it’s a treat! Find the recipe here
  2. A spoon full of Honey with a sprinkle of Cinnamon and Turmeric. Local honey is great to help support the body for the environment that surround you, cinnamon is packed with antioxidants, and turmeric is a great healer.
  3. Protective blend essential oil – I place 30 drop of a protective blend in a Roller Bottle and fill the rest with coconut or jojoba oil. Roll on the bottoms of the feet in the morning or evening.  Find out more about a Protective Blend here

We try to use one of these Immune boosters every day, to keep our bodies in tip top shape and ready to fight away the germs! Share with us your favorite on Facebook, we love to hear from you!

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DIY Hand Salve

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The winter months can be harsh on your hands.  I know mine are always dry when its cold out.  In searching for some kind of relief, I made my own hand salve.  It is wonderful! I love using it because it nourishes my hands.  They absorb it and I get that relief I am looking for!

What you need

  • 1 TBS Beeswax
  • 4 TBS Mango Butter
  • 2 TBS Avocado Oil
  • 5 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 2 Drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • 2 Drops Rosemary Essential Oil
  • Small tin or small glass container

How to DIY

  1. Either use a double boiler or a mason jar and a small pot. Place Beeswax, Mango Butter and Avocado oil in Mason jar.  Place Mason jar in about 2-3 inches of water in the pot.  Turn on stove top to medium-high heat.
  2. Wait and watch allow everything to melt together, can swirl the jar around mixing up ingredients.
  3. Once all is melted turn off heat and add lavender, eucalyptus and rosemary Essential Oils.
  4. Pour into tin or glass jar
  5. Viola! You have your very own Hand Salve.  Let it cool and then you can begin to use it.

Tips

  • If using a small glass container double the recipe
  • Can also do 7 drops of Geranium and 7 drops of Cedarwood

Why I choose to use…

Mango Butter – I think it is a bit more moisturizing then shea butter, my personal opinion.  I like the texture better.

Avocado Oil- It is very good for the skin and is packed with antioxidants.  Great for use with skin irritations and dryness.

Lavender Essential oil – helps heal dry skin and is calming to the body

Eucalyptus and Rosemary Essential oil- Calming effects and great aromas for the colder time of year

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DIY Bronzer

Many of the cosmetics we have out there are packed with harmful Chemicals, so I began experimenting making my own.  I have only tackled the Bronzer so far.  And making Bronzer is fairly simple.

All you need is

Just combined 1 TBSP arrowroot powder, 1 TBSP Cocoa Powder, ½ TBSP Cinnamon.  I suggest mixing in a separate bowl then pouring into tin container.  If this is too dark or too light for you, just add or take away some of the cocoa powder and cinnamon until you find a color you are happy with.

This amount will all fit into one medium tin Container, put some in pat it down and add more until you have all of it in the container. And Voila, You have your own homemade bronzer!  Safer, Cheaper, and more Effective!

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