How to Infuse Aloe Vera

Take your aloe up a notch by infusing it with herbs. I love to add calendula to enhance the skin-soothing benefits of aloe. Plantain would be a great option as well.  Place dried herbs in a clean jar, just how you would if making an oil infusion. (so, about 1/3 of the jar). Pour aloe juice or aloe vera gel over the herbs so it fills most of the jar (leave an inch of headspace in the jar so the herbs have room to expand the absorb the aloe).  Cover and let steep for 3-4 weeks.  Strain. Use the herb-infused...
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Using Essential Oils Safely in DIY Skincare

Essential oils are concentrated substances. It is easy to use too much and cause skin irritation or sensitization. How can we use them safely when making DIY skinacre products? There are many factors to consider when creating your own natural body care and skincare products. Essential oils are an important part of many homemade products and must be diluted correctly in order to be safe. I have written about diluting essential oils for use in natural body care in the past, but that post is a very general overview. In it, I share the basic guidelines for creating safe products...
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Why Switch to Natural Deodorant (and how to find one that works)

If you've been interested in natural living for any length of time, you've probably considered switching to natural deodorant. You may have also heard that it can be a difficult switch to make. Since transitioning from conventional deodorant to natural deodorant can be somewhat tricky, it's important to know why you are doing it.  It's pretty tough to do something difficult when we don't have a good enough reason, right? Today we will discuss the top three reasons to make the switch and I'll share my best tips for making it easier.  So, let's get right to it: Why use...
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Earthley Wellness: Affordable & Trustworthy Natural Remedies

Natural remedies can feel intimidating at times.  Many seem simple enough to make, but it's easy to wonder if you are doing it correctly.  When it comes to our health and the health of our loved ones, we want to get it right. It's a little scary when you first start out, not knowing exactly how to prepare home remedies and feeling uncertain about how to administer them.  But, with a little practice, you can get the hang of it.  That said, you may not want to make your own remedies, which is completely valid. Or maybe you do want to, but...
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DIY Tired Muscle Salve with Arnica and St. John’s Wort

If you have tired muscles, Arnica and St. John's Wort are your best friends. A simple salve is one of the best ways to apply these herbs topically. The salve can be further enhanced by adding comfrey or cayenne, depending on your needs. Add comfrey for a gentler salve. Opt for cayenne in you'd like to create a warming version. Mountain Rose Herbs' Arnica and St. John’s Herbal Oil makes it super quick and easy to prepare this salve. Arnica and St. John’s Herbal Oil is already infused and ready to go. You could easily dilute it with olive oil...
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DIY Green Cleaning: How to Get Started

collection of DIY green cleaning supplies: glass spray bottle with homemade cleaner, fruit peel vinegar in jar, baking soda in jar, and wooden scrubbing brush
DIY green cleaning is a great way to reduce the toxins in your home. Get started easily with a few simple ingredients and recipes.  This post contains affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. The wonderful thing about green cleaning is that is doesn't take much more effort than cleaning with toxic chemicals. If you're making your own cleaning products, you'll save money too! Another bonus: using natural, non-toxic cleaners means my kids can help with cleaning tasks! No need to worry about locking up harmful cleaning supplies. And I don't have to do all the cleaning myself....
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Green Cleaning Recipes (Quick and Easy)

Quick and easy DIY Green Cleaning recipes for floors, walls, windows, bathroom, kitchen, and more.    Use these natural homemade cleaners to reduce toxins in your home and save you time and money.       We covered the reasons why you might want to make your own cleaners here. If you're not sure you'd like to make your own, read that post to help you figure out if making cleaning products is right for you.  Once you've decided you want to make natural cleaners, it's time to gather your ingredients.  You'll need: white vinegar Castile soap baking soda hydrogen peroxide...
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How to Choose the Right Carrier Oil for Homemade Skin Care Products

With the myriad of carrier oils and base oils available today, how do you know how to choose the right carrier oil for homemade skin care products? This handy guide will help you select the carrier oil that's right for your skin type and well-suited to the specific skincare product you are making (whether it be body scrubs, facial serums, body butters, lotions, creams, or anything else). But first, what are carrier oils? Carrier oils are botanical oils derived from vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts, and kernels. Often used to dilute essential oils for topical application, carrier oils are also a...
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How to Stock a Natural Medicine Cabinet

At some point in your natural living journey, it's likely you will begin to look for ways to treat illness with natural remedies. This can be overwhelming as it's often an area in which we have little experience. But with a little research. it's relatively easy to get your holistic and natural medicine cabinet set up and ready to go. I know as I started to research and use natural remedies, I felt uneasy at times wondering if these natural versions would work. I also wondered if I could do any harm. What if I chose the wrong remedy? What...
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