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How to Treat a Yeast Infection with Boric Acid

I’m guessing that if you’re reading this post, you’ve had some lengthy struggles with yeast infections, otherwise inserting boric acid into your nether regions probably wouldn’t be high on your to-do list.  If so, I feel your pain and want to share my experience with boric acid, the only solution that worked for me (full instructions included below). For most of my life I had blessedly few yeast...

DIY Flea Bath

The fleas this year have been terrible!  All the sudden the Frontline we’ve used for years seems to be doing absolutely nothing…  Our vet suspects that fleas are developing resistance to some of the common flea treatments, other people blame the wet and mild weather.  Whatever the reason, our poor dog was getting eaten alive.  When this happened mid Frontline cycle I didn’t know what to do.  She’d had a...

How to Make Deodorant

Over the past few years I’ve made a lot of deodorants: sprays, sticks, creams, powders…  And there are two ingredients that consistently stand out as the best all natural odor fighters – coconut oil and baking soda.  These two simple ingredients provide excellent odor protection, especially in combination.  However, there are pros and cons to each: Coconut oil is a great deodorant base because it’s a stable oil...

How to Make Toothpaste

I’ve been using this toothpaste for a couple months now and I really like it.  It cleans your teeth well and leaves your mouth feeling fresh.  It uses just 4 all natural ingredients that serve specific functions.  Baking soda is a gentle abrasive that both cleans and whitens your teeth.  It also helps balance the pH of your mouth and deeply penetrates your teeth to help fight decay. Coconut oil is naturally...

Postpartum Healing Spray

This spray helps moms heal in the days following a vaginal birth.  It’s a witch hazel based spray that provides soothing relief for vaginal soreness and swelling, torn/stretched perineum and hemorrhoids.  Witch hazel has many healing properties.  This plant based substance is very soothing, is a mild anti-inflammatory and helps to slow bleeding.  It’s the active ingredient in many over the counter postpartum...

Homemade Hair Gel

I’ve been looking for a good homemade hair gel recipe for a long time.  I tried aloe vera gel but it’s not very strong.  Flax seed gel is better but it’s a lot of work for a small amount of product.  Then I discovered agar agar.  This is a gelatin derived from seaweed that makes a really good hair gel without a lot of fuss.  It’s typically sold in health food stores, asian markets and online.  I found Eden brand...

How to Make Aluminum Free Deodorant

I have serious concerns with commercial deodorant and this is one of the products I feel most strongly about making myself.  Deodorants, or more accurately – antiperspirants, use aluminum to plug your sweat ducts and prevent sweating.  Aluminum is easily absorbed by the skin and has been linked to nasty stuff like increased risk of Alzheimer’s and breast cancer.  Furthermore, your armpits are a sensitive area....

How to Make Foaming Hand Soap

The cost of commercial hand soap is highway robbery.  Most places charge the same price for regular and foaming soap, even though the foaming version is diluted with over 75% water!  Fortunately this is one of the easiest products to make at home.  For less than $1 you can make a 10 oz bottle of soap and use essential oil to customize the scent however you please.  It cleans beautifully, takes about 2 minutes to make and...

Where to Find Homemade Skincare Supplies

Homemade skincare products are easy and rewarding to make.  Most of the ingredients can be found at a health food store (some are even at the grocery store) but there are a few that can be a little tricky to find and there can be considerable variation in price.  Below is my feedback on my favorite suppliers, hope it helps!  Where to Find Homemade Skincare Supplies: Base Oils– Most of the oils I buy (including jojoba,...

Simple Hand and Body Scrub

Scrubs are simple and effective ways to exfoliate dry skin and help moisturize on a deeper level.  They’re typically made with an exfoliant such as salt or sugar, some oil and a small amount of essential oils for scent.  All you need is a bowl and a fork and within minutes you’ll have a skin pampering treat.  Here’s a basic scrub recipe that can be customized with your choice of oil and fragrance. Simple Hand and...

How to Keep Natural Products Fresh

For years the skincare industry convinced us that it’s safe to use dangerous chemicals in skincare products, after all we’re not eating them!  But now people are realizing the error of this logic as more and more studies link common skincare ingredients to cancer, hormonal disruption and infertility, just to name a few.  When we apply a product, approximately 60% is absorbed into our bodies through our skin....

Controversial Ingredients in Common Skincare Produ...

My last post summarized ways to determine whether a skincare product is truly natural or totally bogus (http://youngmotherhubbard.com/http:/1904/how-to-read-a-label/).  Today I’ll take this a step further and list specific examples of controversial chemicals found in common skincare products.  This list is not all inclusive but includes many of the most prevalent ingredients and why they’re believed to be harmful.  I...

How to Read a Label

Conscious consumers are beginning to recognize and reject chemical laden skincare (see here for some compelling reasons why: http://youngmotherhubbard.com/how-this-blog-works/why-bother/).  Similar to the organic food movement, people are demanding an alternative that respects our health and our planet.  When consumers speak with their wallets, companies listen.  This can be seen through the awesome growth of the organic...

Baby Oil

Baby Oil is usually just mineral oil in a cute bottle.  Mineral oil is a byproduct of the gasoline distillation process.  Crude petroleum is heated and processed with chemicals and solvents to extract the gasoline and kerosene, the leftover liquid is mineral oil.  Instead of spending money disposing of this byproduct, it’s marketed and sold as a skincare product.  Well, I have to give some credit for finding a use...

Body Wash Recipe

It seems silly to even call this a recipe because all it is is liquid castile soap customized to your preference of scent (sometimes the easiest things are truly the best).  Liquid castile soap is natural, easy and works really well.  My brand of choice is Dr. Bronners.  If you want to simplify this “recipe” even further, you can buy castile soap already scented.  Dr. Bronners has a peppermint scent...

Cuticle Repair Recipe

This fragrant oil works wonders in the winter when the elements take their toll on your hands and nails. Cuticle Repair Oil (Time: 2 minutes) Ingredients: 2 Tablespoons light to midweight base oil (recommended jojoba, soybean and/or sweet almond) 12 drops lavender essential oil 8 drops orange essential oil Supplies: 1 oz glass bottle with a dropper top Directions: First drip the essential oils into your glass...

Basic Balm Recipe

This simple body balm is great for cold weather and dry skin.  It can also be used during pregnancy to nourish your skin and minimize stretch marks.  It’s easy and inexpensive to make and can be customized to any scent you like. Basic Balm (Time: 12 minutes + 30 min to set) Ingredients: 4 Tablespoons olive oil (for a heavier balm) or soybean oil (for a lighter balm) 1 Teaspoon beeswax 15 drops essential oil (optional...

Microdermabrasion Recipe

This skin polishing technique is all the rage at high end spas and salons.  But did you know that you can do your own skin smoothing microdermabrasion at home for just pennies?  This gentle, effective exfoliant will slough away dead skin and leave you glowing! Do It Yourself Microdermabrasion (Time to make: 2 minutes) Ingredients: 1 Tablespoons baking soda 1-2 teaspoons water Supplies: Bowl Spoon Directions: Mix the...

Top Oils for Skin Care

Contrary to their current bad rep, oils have a well deserved place in skin care.  Properly used oils can heal, protect and nourish your skin – without making it oily!  The trick is choosing the right oil for your skin and using it in moderation.  Below are my favorite oils that I regularly use alone and in skin care recipes: Coconut Oil – if you love the smell of coconut, this is the oil for you.  It smells...

Shaving Cream Alternative

Olive oil makes a surprisingly good shaving cream alternative that gives you a close shave while also moisturizing your skin.  It sounds weird but if you try it, it’ll make you a believer! Shaving Cream Alternative (Time: 1 minute) Ingredients: Olive oil Supplies: Plastic container Directions: Fill your container with olive oil. Use: This works great on your legs, armpits, face, where ever.  Use this the same...