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DIY Minty Toothpaste

9 Apr

Hey there lovely readers,

As a follow up to a recent post I wrote on natural dental care, here is a toothpaste recipe for all of those DIY mavens in the house. This recipe is very simple and, I must say, leaves you feeling extremely gratified because you can make something (*you thought*) only giant corporations with names that rhyme with ‘best’ and ‘tollgate’ could produce.

Go on and try your hand at this toothpaste, even for the sake of saying you did. If you realize the handmade stuff is not your thing, than as I suggested in my previous post, there are tons of great natural options out there (no assembly required). ūüôā

DIY Minty Toothpaste

DIY Minty Toothpaste- cut the end off of a used toothpaste tube, fill with handmade version and seal with a clip or a toothpaste rolling key.

Minty Toothpaste

2 Tbs baking soda (mild abrasive and whitener)

2 Tbs coconut oil (antibacterial and good for gums —¬†use cold-pressed, virgin, and if possible organic)

1 Tbs vegetable glycerin (clear, odourless liquid produced from plant oils and can be easily purchased at your local health food store)

1/2-1 tsp of stevia (to sweeten, otherwise baking soda is bitter –optional)

20-25 drops of peppermint essential oil (or try other essential oils like clove or lemon)

Mix all together into a creamy paste. Store in a airtight jar, a squeezy bottle, or I like to use a tip that I got from nutritionista Meghan Telpner and use an empty toothpaste tube. Cut the end off of the tube, wash it out, dry, and fill with toothpaste. Seal with a food clip, or a toothpaste tube rolling key (as shown in picture).

ENJOY!

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Tumeric: Food or Beauty Product?

6 Oct

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Tumeric. I know what you are thinking: curry, curry, curry. And I will say, yes, tumeric is a common and delicious component of curry powder. It gives it the bright, yellowy-orange colour, but is not responsible for curry’s well known flavour and smell– that my dear friends is from cumin, fenugreek, and coriander.

“Tumeric’s almost magical anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, and antioxidant properties make it a great ingredient for beauty rituals.”

This tuber looking spice is a relative of the ginger family and is native to India. A few years ago, it started getting popular within health circles as an oral remedy for gastrointestinal inflammation and pulmonory conditions, as well as for cancer prevention (read more about this here). As with most popular health trends, there is always a part of the world that has been using it long before the age of Dr. Oz and the internet. In this case, tumeric has been a cure-all medicine in India for thousands of years.

Tumeric’s almost magical anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, and antioxidant properties make it a great ingredient for beauty rituals and many Indian women will attest to this. Tumeric facial masks have been a staple in Indian beauty arsenals for generations; used to fight acne and hyper pigmentation. Tumeric has also been popularly used as an Indian pre-wedding head to-toe body scrub.

Naturally then,  I knew I had to give it a try.

Tumeric Body Scrub

1/2 chickpea flour (a.k.a gram flour commonly found most bulk stores)

11/2 Tbs ground tumeric

5 drops of oil (almond or jojoba work well)

1-2 tsp of water

Mix all ingredients into a paste and gently rub over body using circular motion. Rinse with water – but be warned it makes a bit of a mess in the shower.

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The tumeric face mask uses the simple ingredients of chickpea flour, tumeric, and yogurt

Tumeric Face Mask

1Tbs ground tumeric

1Tbs ground chickpea flour

1Tbs thick yogurt

1-2tsp(s) of water

Mix into a paste, spread on face, let dry for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off, gently using the mask as an exfoliant. Follow up with a moisturizer or face oil.

Now, I must share my experience, because I will not publish anything that I have not tried and do not trust. After reading rave reviews and learning about tumeric’s ancient past, I was excited for the results. As I have shared before, my skin is quite sensitive and prone to reddness. After I spread the paste on my face and rinsed it off after 10-15 minutes, I was quite surprised to see that my skin had turned red and blotchy. Thankfully the redness subsided over night, but I definitely was skeptical after that. What happened??

As I shared before, there are many, many, many people who use tumeric face masks and get glowing results – my husband included (yes, I coerced him into trying the concoction, and he continues to use it!)

This is just a little lesson for myself, and for all of you natural beauties. Just because something may be natural and handmade does not mean it is meant for you. Our skin reacts in different ways, and an ingredient that may be a godsend to one person, my be god’s wrath to another. Always spot test when trying new products and do not believe everything you find on youtube or blogs (yes, I realize I am saying this ON MY BLOG).

I will leave you with that and I want to know, what is your experience with tumeric? Have you had fabulous results? Do you use it orally as a medicinal remedy? In your food? Let me know!

– Seanna

Winter DIY Survival Kit

23 Jan

We have moved Oceans & Potions has gotten a new name and facelift! Visit us at the new site Elodie for more great content!

We have officially hit the middle of winter which means that I’m desperate for some remedies to get me through the next few months. Here are some of my homemade potions that will keep you hydrated and pampered all the way to spring.

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Jasmine and Vanilla Whipped Body Cream

Jasmine and Vanilla Whipped Body Cream

  • 2 oz mango butter
  • 1.5 oz cocoa butter
  • 1.5 oz apricot kernel oil
  • 0.5 oz beeswax
  • 0.5 oz vegetable glycerin
  • 5 drops jasmine essential oil
  • 5 drops vanilla essential oil

Method: Using a double boiler, melt mango butter, cocoa butter, and beeswax together. Once melted, take off of heat, add apricot kernel oil, vegetable glycerine and essential oils. Let cool until a crust starts to form on top of the oil mixture (the oils must be partially solid before the next step). Using a standing or hand mixer, whip on high until it reaches a stiff peak (this may take up to 5-7 minutes). Scoop into sterile jars* and store in a cool spot.

*Sterilizing containers and utensils before making natural and preservative- free products helps reduce the growth of bacteria.

Before you slather on your newly made body cream, try this first:

Mix 1/4 cup coconut oil, 2-3 tsp sweet almond oil, 1/4 cup of brown sugar and a dash of ground cinnamon*. Use this heavenly- scented, energizing scrub in the shower and follow up with a generous amount of body butter.

*Cinnamon applied topically to the skin is known to stimulate blood flow, increase circulation and has antiseptic properties. For those with overly sensitive skin, skip the cinnamon or test before to ensure that your skin does not react.

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Sweet Mint Lip Butter

Sweet Mint Lip Butter

  • 2 oz coconut oil
  • 1 oz beeswax
  • 1 oz sweet almond oil
  • 1 oz raw honey (note: liquid pasteurized honey does not substitute well)
  • 5-10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 3-4 drops of vitamin E oil

Method: Using a double boiler (I like to use a glass measuring cup over a small pot), melt coconut oil and beeswax together. Once melted, take off of heat, add sweet almond oil, vitamin E and and peppermint essential oil. Whisk in raw honey. Set bowl onto an ice pack or in a bowl of ice cubes* and whisk until mixture begins to cool (it will thicken and the colour will lighten). Once the mixture has cooled so that it is thick, but still pourable, pour into sterilized lip balm tins.

*The raw honey even when melted maintains a different consistency than the oil and beeswax mixture. In order to ensure the honey and oils do not separate in your lip balm container, cooling and whisking is necessary for a uniform consistency.

Before you slather on your newly made lip butter, try this first:

Mix 1/4 tsp of coconut oil with 1/4 tsp of sugar. Rub generously onto lips and wipe off with a tissue. Follow up with an ample amount of lip butter. Your lips will thank you. . . and so will your loved one(s)!

Now. . . only 60 more days until spring. . . but who’s counting.

Seanna

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