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Homemade Laundry Detergent

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I have not bought nor used a store bought laundry detergent for about six years now. I spend about seven dollars a year on homemade laundry detergent ingredients. (Detergent is a water-soluble cleansing agent that combines with dirt and impurities it makes them more soluble. It is different from soap where it does not form scum with the salts in hard water). I also make my own natural laundry fabric softener. The cost for fabric softener averages about ten dollars per year.
My recipe is so easy to make and the large jar that I fill lasts for over one year. I keep the ingredients very simple, some people add a natural soap that has been grated. I found that the soap left a film in my washing machine, so I chose not to have it on my cloths. I also feel that the soap is not needed because the ingredients that I use gets my cloths super clean without the added soap. Ok so you ask what are these two ingredients in my laundry detergent. 1. Borax 2. Washing soda (not I repeat not baking soda). I purchase mine at WalMart. I use equal parts of each. One cup to one cup, so easy isn’t it? Make sure to wear a mask while combining the borax and washing soda, it is very dusty. All that you need is one to two tablespoons per wash load, depending on how dirty the cloths are. I use a coffee scoop it’s the perfect size. I have one of the newer washing machines and it works great in it, of course it will work great in older machines too.
The fabric softener is also two ingredients. It is so simple I use white vinegar, I put it in the fabric softener slot in the machine then I add five to ten drops of 100% pure lavender essential oil, 100% pure lemon essential oil or 100% pure pine essential oil. They are all three disinfecting oils. Make sure that they are real essential oils and not fragrance oils. I also add my homemade fragrance beads. Again only two ingredients, 1. 100% pure essential oil (lavender, lemon or one). 2. Epsom salts. I pour the epsom salts into a large bowl, add essential oils. I add enough for it to have a strong scent but not to strong. It’s up to you. Then I pour it into my glass jar and seal it tight. Keep this and your essential oils in air right jars in a dark cool cabinet. I add about two tablespoons per load of cloths. Just put your cloths into the washing machine and sprinkle the natural beads over cloths. Occasionally I will add a couple of drops of lavender or lemon essential oil on a cloth and throw it into the dryer with my cloths at the end of the drying cycle to give the cloths a fresh scent. That’s it, plain and simple, just five ingredients.

 

 

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The Benefits of Sea Salt

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When you want to relax consider taking a relaxing sea salt bath, also known as thalassotherapy. Sea salt contains minerals that help to restore your outer layer of skin, it helps to keep your skin hydrated and it softens your skin. When you soak in a sea salt water bath your fingers and toes will not get all pruney and wrinkled. Sea salt pulls out the toxins and cleanses the pores. To help you relax fill your tub up with warm water. Add your sea salt to the warm water. Then drop in a couple of drops of pure lavender essential oil, swish around into water. Lavender essential oil is very relaxing and helps to reduce stress.
1 cup good grade sea salt
3 to 5 drops 100% pure lavender essential oil

Sea salt is a great all natural exfoliatant. It helps to loosen and slough off dead skin. Use a good grade sea salt and gently massage on your skin. You don’t want a rough coarse salt with sharp edges that can scratch your skin. It should be a gentle sloughing of the dead skin, to help renew your skin. You can also make a sea salt scrub by adding sea salt to a carrier oil (like grapeseed oil or olive oil) and essential oil. Massage a handful onto your skin while in the tub or shower. Be careful and avoid sensitive areas, eyes, ears and mouth. Then rinse off with warm water. Always use caution though because the oil will make your tub or shower very very slippery. It helps to have a bath mat in your tub/shower, then clean tub/shower right away to prevent accidental slips or falls. A good sea salt scrub;
1 cup sea salt
2 cups carrier oil (like grapeseed oil)
12 drops essential oil – I like lavender essential oil, it helps to relax me.

If you have sore tired feet try taking a large basin/bowl fill it with warm water, add sea salt, epsom salts and lavender essential oil. Soak your feet for about fifteen minutes. I fill the bottom of my basin with marbles then add the sea salt, epsom salts and essential oils. Slip your feet into the basin, sit back and wiggle your toes. The marbles massage your feet and toes. Make sure to wash and dry the marbles after.
Large basin
Warm water
1/4 cup Sea salt
1/4 cup epsom salts
3 drops essential oil
Medium size marbles

Sea salt makes a great facial toner too. Just spritz it on face after you wash your face or use it to freshen your face up.
Sea salt toner;
2 cups warm distilled water (not hot)
2 Teaspoons Pink Himalayan sea salt
1/8 teaspoon epsom salts
6 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops calendula tincture
In a 8 ounce amber or blue spray bottle
Add warm water, sea salt and epsom salts. Stir until salts are dissolved. Add lavender essential oil and calendula tincture. Gently shake.

Sea salt is a great mouth wash also. Here is a recipe for a great mouthwash.
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
4 ounces distilled water
Mix all of ingredients, stir until all is dissolved. Take a mouth full of mouthwash, swish in mouth then spit mouthwash out into sink.

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Lavender Essential Oil

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There is nothing like walking thru a field of lavender. To take a deep breath of that wonderful miracle, it’s like inhaling pure freshness. Lavender has a floral, herbaceous, slightly woody yet sweet aroma. It should not have a camphoreous smell to it. Lavender essential oil can be used directly (neat) on your skin it does not have to be added to a carrier oil. It has so many healing properties. Lavender is the most well known essential oil and it has a long history of uses. It is still used in perfumes, incense, as a deodorant, disinfectant, germicial, antimicrobial, It It is very calming, relaxing, balancing both emotionally and physically yet uplifting. When I am stressed I open a bottle of lavender essential oil then I slowly inhale taking in the aroma. It instantly helps me to relax and be calm.
There are three ways to get the benefits from essential oils.
1. The olfactory system is the main way. When an odor enters into the nasal cavity, it interacts with olfactory receptors. Your receptors send signals to the main olfactory bulb, then to your mitral cells. The mitral cells take the odor the rest of the way to the olfactory cortex; this is where awareness and identification of specific odors takes place.
2. Topically. Essential oils can be applied topically to your skin. Your skin is permeable so it is able to absorb oils and essential oils. Essential oils are very concentrated and they can burn or irritate your skin if applied directly onto your skin. Most essential oils should be diluted with a carrier oil. A carrier oil is a base oil like jojoba oil, Olive oil, argon oil, grapeseed oil to name a few oils. Lavender and tea tree are two that can be applied directly to skin.
3. Ingesting by swallowing it. Ingesting (swallowing) essential oils is NOT recommended for the general public. The reason is because you should have a great deal of essential oils knowledge and expertise to be safe. You should talk to a specially trained physician or aromatherapist. Some essential oils may be toxic to the liver or kidneys when ingested. If you are taking prescription drugs there could be potential drug interactions. Essential oils are very very concentrated and may burn your throat, esophagus or stomach if ingested.
Essential oils are safe to use but always use caution and educate yourself before using them.
I always keep a bottle in my kitchen, my laundry room, my essential oil/first aid kit. I learned the hard way to always take my essential oil kit with me when I travel.
Some of the ways that I use lavender essential oil;
1. I dilute it with alcohol in a spray bottle and spray it into my pillow before going to bed and it helps me to sleep.
2. When I got stung by a bee, I dropped a few drops onto the area and no swelling and minimal redness.
3. When I burn myself (luckily it’s only been three times that it was really bad) the first thing I do is to ice it for at least five minutes, then I soak the burned area in lavender essential oil. I repeat; ice five minutes, lavender five minutes. Within twenty minutes I have no more swelling or pain It doesn’t get a bad blister, nor does it leave a burn scar. It really works.
4. When I got eczema on my hand I made up what I call one of my potions with lots of lavender essential oil included into it. I put it on the pad of a bandaid. Within two days, really two days the eczema was getting better. After four days it was healed.
5. I use it on cuts, scraps, bug bites, mosquito bites, spider bites.
6. I add lavender to my homemade lotions, salves, lip balm, face soap, skin care products, shampoo, conditioner, and body butters. It softens my skin and hair and smells great. I never use store bought face soap, lotions, butters, salves, butters or balms.
7. I use it on sunburns.
8. I make all of my soap, face and body soap. I add essential oil and lavender flowers into my body soap. The lather is so soft, very cleansing and smells great.
9. I make my homemade laundry detergent, fabric softener and laundry scent beads with lavender essential oil infused.
10. I make a lavender tincture that I can use in salad dressing, tea, raw ice cream and any recipes I chose to put it in.
11. I make eyepillows with lavender flower tops, flax seeds and lavender essential oil.
12. I make bath salts and bath oils with lavender essential oil.
13. I make air freshener/disinfectant with water or alcohol and lavender essential oil in a spray bottle. Forget those stores bought fresheners, they don’t kill germs that cause odors and they are chemicals.
14. I put a couple of drops in my diffuser to freshen the air. If you don’t have a diffuser you can simmer some water in a small pan, add a couple of drops of lavender essential oil and let it disperse into the air.
15. I add lavender essential oil to almost all of my homemade potions.
16. I add a few drops of lavender essential oil to a very large bowl with marbles on the bottom and soak my feet for fifteen minutes. It is so relaxing and calming.

To make lavender essential oil (Lavendula angustifolia) the flowering tops are steam distilled which extracts the volatile (it evaporates rapidly in the form of a vapor) oils from the lavender flowers. Essential oils are very very concentrated so they are very strong. It takes 150 pounds of lavender buds to make one ounce of lavender essential oil.

PRECAUTIONS:
Never use essential oils undiluted (except lavender and tea tree they can be used undiluted), in the eyes or mucus membranes. Keep away from children and pets. When you are applying a essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to a insensitive part of the body like the inside of your elbow. Most essential oils have to be diluted with a carrier oil prior to applying to skin.

When storing oils, do not store them in plastic bottles or with a rubber dropper inserted in the bottle. Essential oils are very strong they can dissolve the plastic and the rubber on the dropper. Leaving the rubber on the dropper gummy and sticky.

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Herbivore Festival

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Hi!! We’re going to our FIRST Festival of the YEAR!!!

Head to Heals will be at the Herbivore Festival selling some of our vegan-friendly bath and body products. Come by and say Hi!

Come join us at Crafton Hills College. Yucaipa, CA  on May 1st 2016, from 12-6pm!

What the Herbivore Festival, you ask? It is a non-profit hoot-n-nanny of plant-based living brought to you by Crafton Hills College’s Department of Kinesiology and Health. There will be keynote speaker Dr. Hans Diehl for “Reversing Diabetes without Drugs or Injections.”  There are all sorts of  lectures, fitness classes and activities, yummy vegan cooking demos, , musical and dance performances, a kids zone, plant-based and cruelty-free food and goods vendors (like us!!!)
Everyone is welcome even those who aren’t VEGANS. Don’t e worried it’s a FREE, open minded educational and FUN experience for everyone young and beyond.

OH YES, I DID say it’s FREE.  Admission, parking, lectures, workshops, classes, activities and performances all FREE. Vendors not so much…they gots to make a living too.

Check it out here or here
Here is the Schedule of events as of April 18. 2016

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