Have you tried probiotics for stubborn belly fat? By now we have probably all heard the saying, “Abs are made in the kitchen.” While this is true some of us experience stubborn belly fat. The kind of belly fat that … Continue reading
I’m back with more DIY. This time I’m coming with some lovely, natural toothpaste. Why make toothpaste when we can buy it in stores? Well because DIY is fun, it’s cheaper, and healthier. The thing is that the toothpaste we buy in stores are filled with chemicals like sulfates and fluoride. Although there are natural toothpastes out on the market they may be a bit pricier that what we wish to pay. So I’ve created an all natural toothpaste using 3 inexpensive ingredients.
What You Will Need
1/2 Teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of unrefined coconut or sesame oil
3-4 drops of peppermint essential oil (or see here for other essential oil choices)
A bowl or container of some sort
Spoon for combining mixture
- Combine ingredients until a paste forms
- Brush your teeth with the mixture
That’s it. Two steps. How easy was that? So why did I choose the ingredients I did?
Baking Soda: Cleans and whitens teeth
Coconut or Sesame Oil: Antibacterial oils that help to pull toxins from your mouth
Peppermint essential oil: My DIY isn’t complete until I add an essential oil. I chose peppermint because of the refreshing, minty taste. The essential oil is also an antibacterial that will help to keep your mouth fresher longer.
I love this toothpaste because it polishes my teeth so well and I feel good about using it.
I make a new batch each time I brush my teeth. I’m at the point where I eyeball the ingredient amounts. This is a preservative free mixture and if it comes in contact with water it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. If you can make your paste and keep it away from water you may be able to make small batches ahead of time.
That’s all folks!
I love steel cut oatmeal. There’s something about this slow-cooking oatmeal with it’s rich, nutty flavor that drives my tastebuds insane. I love dressing up my oatmeal and experimenting with flavors. This morning I chose strawberries, almonds, and a dash of cinnamon. I … Continue reading
Many of us are hip to oil pulling but there are ways you can take your oil pulling to the next level by adding essential oils. Before we get in to ways to remix our oil pulling practice let’s get down to what oil pulling is.
What is oil pulling?
It is the method of swishing oil in your mouth as a part of an oral care regimen. This practice stems from the traditional Aryuvedic remedies.
What are the benefits of oil pulling?
- Freshens breath
- Pulls toxins from the body
- Whitens teeth
- Strengthens teeth, gums, and jaws
- Aids in the prevention of mouth diseases such as cavities and gingivitis
- All natural and inexpensive
What oils are used for oil pulling?
Originally, sesame oil is recommended although some people prefer to use coconut or grapeseed oil.
How is oil pulling done?
Take a tablespoon of oil in your mouth and begin pulling it through your mouth and teeth slowly and deliberately. Be sure not to swallow any of the oil. Oil pull for 10-15 minutes then spit out the oil. his should be done daily.
How to remix your oil pulling practice:
Adding a few drops of an essential oil to your oil pulling can have additional health benefits and take your oil pulling to the next level. Here are a few of my favorite essential oils to add to my oil pulling:
- Peppermint essential oil: This is good for freshening your breath. Also great if you use coconut oil for it’s benefits but don’t love the taste of coconut oil.
- Clove essential oil: Great for relieving toothaches
- Eucalyptus oil: If you are congested or have a stuffy nose this is the perfect oil to clear up congestion
- Lemon essential oil: Another great tasting oil and there are claims of teeth whitening
- Oregano oil: Relieves toothaches
This DIY face cream only needs three ingredients. It will leave your skin smooth, moisturized, and fight blemishes.
4 tablespoon of unrefined shea butter
3-4 tablespoons of sweet almond oil
5 drops of lavender essential oil
- Add shea butter and sweet almond oil to a mixing bowl
- Use a hand mixer or manually stir ingredients until the mixture is smooth and free of lumps
- Stir in essential oil
Shea butter is non-comodegenic meaning it is less likely to clog your pores. Shea butter will moisturize your skin and leave it feeling soft and supple.
Sweet almond oil is also non-comodegenic and is rich in vitamin and minerals to combat dryness and heal your skin. Sweet almond oil is easily absorbed by the skin and won’t leave your face feeling greasy. If you do not have sweet almond oil then jojoba or grape seed oil are great substitutes.
Lavender essential oil is balancing for the skin. It helps to fight acne and soothe other skin conditions such as psoriasis. Also, lavender has a calming effect which is perfect for aiding in sleep.
Since no water is added to this recipe the moisturizer should last you months. Also, the essential oil helps to preserve the mixture.
I decided to try a rosemary herbal hair rinse on my hair because the colored ends of my hair are super dry and my scalp needed a proper cleanse. This hair rinse left my hair super shiny and manageable.
What is a herbal hair rinse?
Essentially, it is a tea that you make for your hair using herbs of your choice. You pour this tea over your hair as a final rinse to get the benefits of the herb(s) you choose.
I chose rosemary because it’s my favorite herb for my hair. Rosemary is an antibacterial which will help to cleanse your scalp. It improves circulation, increases shine, fights premature graying, and alleviates dryness and dandruff. Plus, I love the smell of rosemary. It’s invigorating and refreshing.
What you will need:
2 tsp of dried rosemary or 5-10 sprigs of fresh rosemary
3 cups of filtered water
1.Add water and water to a pot and bring to a boil. Once the water reaches a boil allow it to boil for about 5-10 minutes.
2. Turn off the heat and cover the pot. Let the mixture steep for 30 minutes. Let the mixture cool until it reaches room temperature.
3. After your wash routine, pour the tea over your hair as a final rinse, then style as usual.
My hair was so soft after this rinse and the shine was amazing. Even my colored ends looked more vibrant. I’ll definitely do a herbal hair rinse ever 2 weeks.
A few years ago I was doing honey treatments on my hair for natural lightening and I loved the benefits so much that I wanted to try it again but this time I didn’t want the lightening effect. In comes molasses, Molasses is chock full of minerals that strengthen and darken your hair. I decided to give it a try since it’s so cheap. I got blackstrap unsulphered molasses from The Vitamin Shoppe.
I figured that putting a sticky, gooey substance directly on my hair wasn’t a good idea so I looked in my fridge to find something mix my molasses with. I found some yogurt which would provide some protein for my hair. I decided that it would need some slip so I added my Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave-In moisturizer and amped it up with some rosemary essential oil. Behold, a deep conditioner was born.
I slathered the mixture over my hair and let it work for about 30 minutes. When I rinsed it out there wasn’t much a difference in my hair texture. My curls popped a bit more but I couldn’t see any other visible change. I’ll continue to use the mixture to see if I notice a difference over time. I’ll post the recipe below for everyone to try.
6 tbs of molasses
6 tbs of plain full fat yogurt
1 tsp of your favorite leave in (I used Kinky Curly Knot Today)
10 drops of rosemary essential oil
Hi All and Happy New Year! It’s been awfully quiet around here at LGG but much has been happening off of the blog. One big accomplishment….*drum roll* Lexi’s Green Guide post “Coconut Oil As A DIY Eye Cream” was featured on Black Girl Long Hair.
You can read the original article here
Thanks for all your support! Bigger and better is on the horizon for LGG.
What do you do with leftover quinoa? You toss in some vegetables and create the perfect easy meal of course! Ingredients: 1 cup leftover quinoa A handful of chopped kale (or any dark, leafy green of your choice) One carrot … Continue reading
I’m cuckoo for coconuts. Okay…that line was horribly corny. Let’s forget I ever typed that. But hey, look at what I found at a street fair in Brooklyn, NY.
It’s a coconut and I was sipping on fresh coconut water! I was in love. I use coconuts for everything. Seriously, it’s my holy grail product. Here are a few ways I use coconuts:
- I drink coconut water
- I use coconut oil as a pre-wash for my hair
- As a hair oil to seal in moisture
- Coconut oil all up in my deep conditioners
- I gently reheat leftover grains or vegetables with coconut oil
- I use both coconut oil and water in my smoothies
- Coconut oil as a cuticle oil
- Coconut oil as a night time lip treatment to keep my lips smooth and plumped.
- Oil pulling for oral care
- As a body oil for sexy skin
- As a massage oil for sexy time
- As an eye cream for my dark circles
I get a jar of unrefined, extra virgin coconut oil for the kitchen and one for my beauty use. Both jars last for months. At $9 a jar I’d say that’s a pretty good deal.
How do you use your coconuts?