Salt Lamps – Healthy Home Decor

How many salt lamps is too many salt lamps? I'm asking for a friend 🙂 I recently received a Grey Salt Lamp from So Well and it is one of my favorite things! Now I want one for every corner of the house! I've had salt lamps for many years and long been fascinated with the benefits associated with them. But none of the salt lamps I've owned previously can compare to this one from So Well. I've already written about the benefits of salt lamps, but want to reiterate just how lovely they are. Not only do salt lamps help neutralize...
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Jojoba Oil: What it is and How to Use it

Jojoba Oil is expressed from the seed of the jojoba plant, it is a shrub found in southern California, Arizona, and northwest Mexico. The oil has a long shelf-life which makes it ideal for use in body care products. It's actually not an oil, but a liquid wax. The great thing about jojoba is that it closely resembles the oil (sebum) produced naturally by our skin which makes it suitable for most skin types. It's also considered non-comedogenic which means it does not clog pores. It's also well-suited to sensitive skin. An excellent moisturizer, jojoba oil penetrates the skin easily...
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Help for Disordered Eating

Food has been a struggle for me. There are many reasons why (which I'll explain below) but I want to start by saying that admitting and sharing this with you is really scary! However, even though it terrifies me to let others know my struggle, it's important that I do. Not just for myself but for you. If you are struggling with food issues of any kind, you may feel ashamed, defeated and stressed. I want you to know that you are not alone and there is hope. So, let's start at the beginning. Well, as close to it as...
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Natural Body Care Ingredients: Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter is one ingredient I always recommend to those getting started with homemade natural body care. It is quite versatile and useful for creating all manner of moisturizing body care products. (By the way, this is the second installment in the natural body care ingredient series. This series is designed to educate you on the different products you might wish to have on hand in order to create natural body care at home. Last time we discussed beeswax.) Cocoa butter is one of my favorite ingredients (mostly because it smells wonderful!). Cocoa butter has a chocolate scent (but it's...
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Things to Make with Dried Lavender (and Lavender Essential Oil)

This post contains affiliate links. Lavender is well known as a sedative and is often used to calm anxiety and induce sleep. Besides promoting relaxation, lavender is also uplifting and is thought to be a mild antidepressant. Lavender is also antibacterial and antifungal. Lavender is a useful ingredient in natural beauty products and home remedies. Its beautiful color makes is a lovely addition to DIY gifts. I love lavender so much I wrote an entire book about it! So, what can you make with lavender? Here are a few ideas for you: Lavender Eye Pillow Lavender pillows are a great way...
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Culinary Uses for Lavender

If you were intrigued by the idea of adding lavender to shortbread cookies, you might like to learn a few more culinary uses for lavender. When we think about lavender, cooking and baking does not often spring to mind.  Instead it makes us dream of nice long baths, soothing scrubs, or stuffed pillows to help us rest and relax. Lavender is often reserved for homemade body care products, but this herb can add interesting flavor, texture and color to your meals, too. From a nutritional standpoint, lavender provides vitamins A and C, iron, and calcium. Granted, you won’t be adding huge portions to any...
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Natural Remedies for a Sore Throat

Sore throats are miserable, aren’t they? Not being able to swallow comfortably and basically feeling that your throat is on fire . . . That’s something I like to avoid. I’m sure you do, too. As we head into cooler months, it’s likely that you or one of your family members will encounter a sore throat. Next time a sore throat comes your way, try one or more of the home remedies for a sore throat below to ease the pain: This post contains affiliate links. Pineapple-Cayenne Gargle It sounds horrid, but pineapple juice and cayenne are used by many...
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7 Ways to Brew Herbal Tea

Herbal tea is one of the simplest natural remedies available. Requiring little more than steeping herbs in water, tea can be made quickly and easily and enjoyed on a daily basis. I'm sure you already know many methods of brewing tea, but I thought it would be fun to share a variety of ways so you can mix things up a little! Here are 7 simple ways to brew herbal tea: 1. Tea Ball/Infuser Mesh tea balls/infusers are great for making one cup of tea. Simply add loose tea to the ball and close tightly then place into a cup...
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Violet and Sea Salt Bath Soak

My youngest daughter and I had the best time gathering violets from the backyard a few weeks ago. We turned them into a lovely purple bath soak and wanted to share the results with you. Violets only bloom for a short time, so if you see them, be sure to act fast. It's also important to note that violets should be free of pesticides. If you are unsure if they have been sprayed with chemicals, forgo using them. Violets don't have a lot of scent, so you'll want to add a few drops of essential oil to this blend to create...
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