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Wellness with Janina Church
March 24th, 2012

Homemade Baby Wipes

 

Even though we are potty trained, sometimes wipes are handy to have around to clean up accidents:) I have been using these wipes since my now 5 year old was only months old. They are gentle, soothing, smell great and he never had a terrible diaper rash when I was using them. The lavender is calming, so when he was fussy about diaper changing, I would tear a wipe off and place it on his face and it would calm him down a few notches. As he got older he would often ask for a wipe while changing him and rub it all over his face savoring the heavenly scent of the lavender. Give them a try!

 

Homemade Baby Wipes Recipe

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  • 2-2 1/2 cups of water – depending on how absorbent your paper towels are
  • 8 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops tea tree essential oil
  • one roll of paper towels
  • some kind of container with a lid to keep wipes in – I use a plastic shoe box size container.

In a bowl or measuring up, mix water and essential oils together. Place your paper towel roll in the chosen storage container and pour the water mixture over it. The wipes should be wet, but not sopping. Use as needed.

 

 

 

 

March 7th, 2012

Natural Homemade Deodorant

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Time to make deodorant

I have been making and using this deodorant for about two years now and am pretty pleased with it.  My husband uses it and have turned a few friends on to it. My daughter has just started needing deodorant and I am happy that I have this natural alternative for her. The ingredients are things you may already have around the house and if not, are easily attained at your local market or health food store. I recycle my empty stick deodorant container and refill it as needed. Here is what you will need to make your own:

  • A bowl
  • an empty stick deodorant container
  • 1/4 cup Baking Soda
  • 1/4 cup Cornstarch or Arrowroot Powder
  • 2 Tbs Coconut Oil
  • 8-10 drops Pure Essential Oil (optional) I use either lavender or tea tree, both have antiseptic qualities. You are welcome to use any other oil that agrees with you or none at all.

Measure out the baking soda and cornstarch or arrowroot powder, place in a bowl and with a spoon mix well. Next add the coconut oil and the essential oil. Mix again, scraping the sides and mashing the mixture together with the back of he spoon. At this point, it’s still going to look dry and powdery. This is when you ditch the spoon and use your hands. Knead the mixture by picking up palm fulls and squeezing it in your hands. As you do this the coconut oil will warm up and start to melt, allowing the ingredients to blend. When the mixture can be formed into a ball, it’s done. Screw down your empty deodorant container about half way and start packing the mixture into it. *Do this part quickly, as the more you handle the mixture the more it will melt and you may end up with a soupy mess.* Once you have filled up your container, wipe off the container and place it in the fridge for about an hour to help it firm up. Use when ready.

 

FYI- On super stinky days, I may have to reapply, but I often had to do this with commercial deodorants. Also, coconut oil melts easily, so when we travel to warmer climates I put it in a plastic baggy so it doesn’t make a mess in my suitcase. Aside from these two minor issues I think it works fabulous!

Namaste~