DIY coffee scrub

DIY coffee scrub

Random post ahead!

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I’m a coffee pod collector…I keep a giant gross bag of them until there’s enough to justify a trip past the florist in essendon where you can send them for recycling.

But…hooray! I’ve found another use!

I made a citrus coffee scrub this morning inspired by The Whole Daily

You could make it with any combination of essential oils depending on your preference.

1 Cup coffee grounds

1 Cup coconut oil

15 drops of various oils (I used 5 each of lemon, grapefruit and wild orange)

This could be stored in a jar or as single use cubes if you cool them in an ice cube tray in the fridge.

Let me know if you try this out!

Erin x

 

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DIY Dry Shampoo

DIY Dry Shampoo

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I’ve used the chemical filled version on lazy days in the past… It’s gross. Even just the smell of it when sprayed is enough, let along the chemicals used absorbing into your scalp.
I always try these DIYs before sharing them as I’ve had a few disasters (read: shampoo going mouldy, science experiments in my fridge, exploding ferments etc)

This one is gold!

You need:

2 Tbs Arrowroot powder (light hair)

OR

2 Tbs Cacao or cocoa (dark hair)

and

5 drops of essential oils of your choice (lavender is really good for hair growth, as is ylang ylang). You could put a few drops of each…mix it up and try some different ones.

Mix the powder and oil together in a jar – give it a shake before each use.

Sprinkle on your scalp and leave to absorb for a minute or two and comb/brush out.
Voila! Fake the “I just washed my hair” look!

Let me know if you give this one a go.

Erin xx

 

Cradle Cap Remedy

Cradle Cap Remedy

 

Most of you know I’m into using the most natural solutions for myself and now for my little bub, Eden who is nearly 6 months old.

She had cradle cap recently and this is the remedy I used to get rid of it ASAP!

Cradle Cap remedy

  • 2 Tbs Almond Oil (I used Melrose Sweet almond oil)
  • 1 drop lemon essential oil
  • 1 drop Geranium essential oil

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Mix in a jar and apply to hair.

Leave for a long sleep or overnight (best to use a cloth under their head to prevent the oil staining)

When they wake, wash hair as normal with baby shampoo. I use these ones…

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Comb wet hair with a fine tooth baby comb. The skin just lifted really easily and I dried Eden’s head firmly with a towel to get rid of the loose skin.

If you’d like samples of the remedy or any oils, let me know!

 

Erin x

 

Matcha Cacao Latte

Matcha Cacao Latte

IMG_0449Matcha is a well known superfood that touts many health benefits. It sits at 1348 units per gram on the ORAC scale (measures antioxidant capabilities) and contains an amino acid, theanine which purportedly promotes relaxation and reduces anxiety (seeย Superfoodlyย for more Matcha facts.)

Cacao is an excellent source of minerals such as magnesium and iron. It is also best consumed with non-dairy milks as there is some research to suggest that dairy may inhibit the uptake of the minerals it contains. Cacao also enhances mood, protects the nervous and cardiovascular systems.

I spotted matcha in my fridge this afternoon and decided to give this drink a whirl.

You need…

1/2 Cup non-dairy milk of your choice (I used coconut milk)

1 cup of water

1/2 tsp matcha

1 tsp cacao

1 tsp rice malt syrup or sweetener of choice

1 tsp coconut oil

1/2 tsp cinnamon

 

Heat the water and milk in a pot over the stove.

Remove from the heat, add the matcha, cacao, sweetener and coconut oil.

Whisk to combine.

Pour into your cup, sprinkle the cinnamon over the top and enjoy!

Let me know if you give this one a try ๐Ÿ™‚

Erin xx

Any-fruit, any-nut crumble!

Any-fruit, any-nut crumble!

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Yes.

Any fruit!!

I had some lazy apples lying around that had gone past their crispy, crunchy delicious stage and strawberries frozen from the freezer and decided to whip up a quick crumble with them.

You could use any fruit I think…I might even try it with rhubarb next which is going bananas in my garden at the moment.

Chop the fruit up into similar sized cubes – I used about 8 apples and about 1 1/2 cups of strawberries and pop into an oven proof dish. Mix through a tablespoon of rice malt syrup 2 Tbs of coconut oil, 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg or powder if you don’t have it and 1 tsp cinnamon.

Use a blender to make the crumble using what you’ve got in the cupboard. Blend 1 1/2 Cups of walnuts, 1 Cup of almonds (I used the crushed almonds strained from my homemade almond milk – are you impressed? I’m not a waster!!) and 60g or 3 Tbs of cubed butter or warmed coconut oil.

Layer on top of the fruit. Bake until the crumble is golden and fruit is nice and soft in a preheated 175 degrees C oven.

The perfect sweet treat breakfast or dessert!

Enjoy!

Erin xx

This recipe was adapted from ‘Eat Yourself Beautiful’ by Lee Holmes.

 

Low Tox cleaning

Low Tox cleaning

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The number of chemicals that we allow ourselves to be exposed to on a daily basis is SCARY. I’m still on my mission to cut the number of toxic products that I purchase and use and have so far enjoyed getting on the DIY bandwagon, gradually replacing items with natural alternatives.

Hence the low-tox post!

I’ve made a couple of cleaners recently and refined a few recipes with a bit of inspiration from my SIL, Bianca and her bottle of vodka!

The first one, is a glass cleaner and I’m storing mine in an amber glass spray bottle that I purchased from Taylor Natural

Lemon and Peppermint Sparkling Glass Cleaner

Ratio of 1:1:2

Vinegar : Vodka : Water

5 drops peppermint

5 drops lemon/bergamot/wild orange – a citrus oil of your choosing.

Pour ingredients into the bottle and give it a little shake before each use.

You can also mix up the oil combinations – citrus is always good to include for cleaning.

I got this combo and slightly modified the recipe from Kim Reid ๐Ÿ™‚

Bathroom Shower, tile and toilet cleaner

3/4 rounded cup baking soda
1/4 cup liquid castile soap
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon vinegar
10 drops Lemon essential oil

 

Combine the ingredients and mix to a soft paste. This can be stored for a short time but will be most effective if you make small batches regularly for when you need it.

I found this recipe on the doterra blog hereย and used it today to clean the toilet. No bleach! Worked a treat!!

Let me know if you give them a go ๐Ÿ™‚ ย or if you have a recipe to share with me!

Erin x

Send me a message if youโ€™d like to try the lemon or peppermint oil that I use! I can pop a sample in the mail if you like! Or visitย My doTERRA pageย to purchase.

 

Lemon Bliss Balls

Lemon Bliss Balls

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Absolute lemony bliss.

Mum brought some of these down yesterday and it inspired me to make a batch.

I edited the recipe slightly and left out the maple syrup –ย if you have a sweet tooth…you might miss it!

2 Cups or thereabouts of almond meal

1/2 C of coconut

I Tbs of rice malt syrup

1 Tbs of Coconut oil so that they set nice and firm in the fridge

4 Tbs Almond/brazil/cashew butter – or any nut butter you have

Zest of 2 lemons

2 Tbs of lemon juice (straight off my tree!)

6 drops of lemon oil

2 Tbs Maple syrup if you need them to be sweet! I omitted this ๐Ÿ™‚

Coconut to make them pretty

 

The how to…

  1. Warm the nut butter, coconut oil and rice malt syrup using a pot of boiling water and a glass bowl, or the microwave.
  2. Stir to combine and add the lemon zest and lemon juice.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the almond meal and coconut (I used my food processor…lazy Sunday!).
  4. Add the wet to the dry ingredients and mix/blend.
  5. Add the lemon oil, mix/blend.
  6. Roll into balls and coat withย the extra coconut.
  7. Pop in the fridge to set.

Let me know if you try these!

Erin xx

This recipe was adapted from the Wholefood Simply blog.

Send me a message if you’d like to try the lemon oil that I use! I can pop a sample in the mail if you like! Or visit My doTERRA pageย to purchase.