Hot weather is in full swing!
I love nothing more than the satisfaction that comes from creating my own version of the toxic stuff in the stores.
These staple DIYs make Summer better!
they are also cost-effective, non-toxic, and endlessly customizable. Everyone wins!
Aaaaand chances are you already have these ingredients in your pantry.
Here we go!
1/ Body Scrub
The role of a good body scrub is to exfoliate -get rid of dead skin cells- while nourishing the skin and providing much needed vitamin C!
This simple body scrub does all that. #micdrop
In a bowl, mix together:
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup sugar
1 T honey
10 drops Grapefruit, Orange, or any other citrus essential oil!
Transfer to a glass container with lid, and keep in the shower! Use as you would soap, especially on areas you are wanting smooth skin -such as thighs, bottom, arms.
2/ Bug-off Spray
This is an efficient alternative to toxic deet -you can google all the dangers of that stuff; it’s not pretty!-
I spray this all over my kids and myself, faces included. No need to hold your breath, or spray outside / in a well ventilated area. That’s the beauty of natural products!
Mosquitoes and ticks stay away from us -when we remember to use it!
In a 2oz spray bottle, add:
10 drops Citronella
5 drops Lemongrass
5 drops Rosemary
5 drops Geranium
2 drops Spearmint
2 drops Thyme or Clove
1/4 part witch hazel
1/4 part sesame oil -or fractionated coconut oil
1/2 part water
Shake well before each use and spray liberally on exposed skin! I especially spray feet, because that’s how creepy crawlies get on 😉
3/ Sun-kissed Hair Highlights
This recipe is from Young Living’s Canada blog, lots more DIYs there too! https://www.youngliving.com/blog/canada/8-essential-summer-diys/
Want to achieve those radiant sun-kissed highlights in your hair? Try this lightening spray for natural highlights.
- 1 cup distilled water
- 15 drops Citrus Fresh
- 3 drops Frankincense
- 3 drops Ylang Ylang
- Add all ingredients into a 12-oz. spray bottle and shake to combine.
- To use, shake well and spritz throughout hair when spending time in the sun. Start with a small amount to avoid over-drying hair.
4/ Cooling spray
After being at the pool / playground, or going on a walk I love the feel of freshness on my sun-heated skin! The oils will not only give you a cooling sensation (Peppermint) but also help cell regeneration (thank you Lavender & Frankincense!) and moisturize (vitamin E)
In a 4oz bottle, add:
15 drops Lavender
10 drops Peppermint
5 drops Frankincense
1 t vitamin E
Be sure to shake well, So the vitamin E disperses with the essential oils.
Bonus tip: keep this spray in the fridge for that extra cool feeling!
5/ Mojito & Mocktail
I love adding my oils to all drinks! Cold or hot, alcoholic or not. They always ad that “je ne sais quoi” element that everyone asks me about.
In a tall glass, crush 4 mint leaves with 1 T sugar & 1 drop Peppermint essential oil.
Add 1 T lime juice & 1 drop Lime essential oil, stir thoroughly then top with ice.
Pour rum and soda water over everything, and enjoy!
Ningxia is a natural antioxidant supplement in the form of a drink. It is delicious, helps me with mental clarity, energy, skin and gut health. It’s your ultimate feel-good mocktail! I usually make double, because I know my kids will steal sips 🙂
In a tall glass, pour:
1 Ningxia Nitro
1-2 drops Lime or Grapefruit
Top with ice and sparkling water
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