Winter wellness….

Living the natural life is extremely hard but I love embracing it. It fulfills me.
For some reason, I consider the winter time an opportunity to reset my goals. You’re mostly indoors and warm. You hardly go to events and unwillingly end up spending a lot of time by yourself. It can be depressing but using this time to improve wellness saves.
I made a huge batch of body butter for my family’s skin.
Hopefully it will last all winter but I doubt it. Having extras is the push I need to stay committed. It prompted me to make changes in other areas as well.
Mouth and teeth: Desert Essence toothpaste is marvelous! I both a few while they were on sale and regretted not buying way more. The Mega Mint is our fave! I accidentally picked up a Fennel tube and have to say it’s the most disgusting thing in life. It genuinely tastes like licorice and salt with a hint of sweet orange. Very nasty stuff but we’re powering through the tube. It is expensive. I also purchased a Kalaya tongue scraper. I LOVE it!! I use it once per week and it makes my tongue feel cleaner and helps with curbing bad breath.
Body: I wanted a natural soap and picked up a Crate 61 Eucamint at Winners. I went back and purchased 5 boxes! Hubby has extremely dry skin and he loves these bars because it doesn’t dry him out. They clean really well too.
Colds: the change in weather brings bad bugs too. My son was coughing and throwing up for 2 weeks and it wasn’t until 5 days in that I fully grasped the timeline of things and took him to a doctor. They dismissed him saying they are ‘not worried at this time’ but I said no way this isn’t more than the common cold. He was throwing up every time he coughed so we went to Healthy Planet and the clerk suggested Suro. The reviews were astounding, so I got a bottle. Within 1 day he was sleeping through the night and we were sleeping better too. In addition to a garlic, ginger brew, we got a Humidifier with nothing but water in it, added honey during the day to the regime and our baby was on his way to being better. We had to take him back to the doctor and this time he got some antibiotics for his stomach but all in all we’re on our way.
Hair: I added peppermint and tea tree oil to a spray bottle with water and have been spritzing me and baby’s scalp with this in the mornings and it’s been doing wonders for keeping the itching and sensitive scalps issue at bay. I also use my body butter in my hair.
Food: I’ve eliminated powdered seasonings. Otherwise I’m failing majorly on this front. It’s shameful but life is so busy right now it just keeps slipping out of my grip. We make the effort for baby but my adult diet is not the best. Hypocrisy at play, sadly.
NB: Maybe it’s the West Indian in me, but I LOVE Mint!

Natural Deodorant…

img_20170110_103816_567After I gave birth, I noticed that my underarm odor was on 1000! Holy! I had problems with odor before but nothing was lasting, and I had to switch deodorants multiple times. I This led me to do more research on the underarms, anti-perspirants and deodorants. The long term effects of using commercial ‘deos’ were saddening and low key stressed me out. I didn’t get the chance to delve more into making natural changes but I recently decided to do so for the new year. The thought of making my own seemed weird as I knew the power in my underarms! lol. I however tried a recipe I found here: I did not follow the measurements as I did not want to make too much, as I wanted to sample it first. This was a huge mistake! img_20170219_151302957I got the worst burns, my arms were dark and the skin was stripping. I was at a lost. My arms were not funky and the fat under no longer felt swollen and hurt. however, the skin was suffering. Luckily, I had also followed her steps on how to detox the armpits and had bentonite clay around the house. I did some research and replaced the baking soda with bentonite clay, added magnesium and lavender. I still didn’t measure but only because I know nothing else in the initial mix caused a reaction. I also just wanted a sample, but this ended up being more than I had planned so I’m working with it. Things have been going well with this mix of cornstarch, bentonite clay, magnesium, shea butter, coconut oil, tea tree and lavender oil; no irritation. Truthfully, it doesn’t last as long as the initial mix. I spray some magnesium under my arms and use my fingers to apply it all over, wear it to work and in the morning before gym, I top up! While it is way more work than commercial long last, 24-48 hour deodorants, I feel better using this mix! Once this batch is finished though, I may move on to a natural deodorant from the store as this will not win against the summer heat but is a very nice welcomed break! Until then…i’m working with it! lol

Healthy Hair…

img_20170213_001643652Confession…I am obsessed with oils!! When my friend hacked off my hair on March 18th, 2016, I was glad that I no longer had to spent hours doing my hair, plus maintaining it on a daily basis, plus treating it every night. I had an insane regimen that I followed and while it did pay off, it was just too much! I figured going natural was a low maintenance, low impact deal. It has been in a lot of ways, but it does need maybe the same or more one on one care. It is very easy to feel the difference in the way your hair thirst when you are natural and not treating it as you should. Anyhoo, after talking with my fellow naturalistas I found myself in the habit of using various oils. So much so I created a mix of all the oils I use at some point in my life because….why not? lol.

I use it in my sons hair as well as he has luscious curly hair and he does deserve a lil img_20170213_000923241TLC.

I don’t even know why I need so much, but it just sits well with me and mentally I feel like I am doing enough when I use this mix in my hair! Perhaps I’ve gone crazy but I can’t help but feel like this is making up for all the times I slack off in caring for my hair. I used 1tbsp. jojoba and castor oil, 2tbsp. carrot, coconut, shea butter and vegetable gylcerin, a 1/4 cup of olive oil and a few drops of tea tree for scalp lovin’! Of course the tea tree is the only thing that is a lil off-putting, but the benefits outweigh the ugly smell:-)