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Pink Lip Balm with beetroot powder

4 Jan

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What little girl, or big girl for that matter doesn’t like pink lip balm?

Nothing makes you feel better & prettier than applying slick, shiny pink chap stick to your lips.

My girls love chap stick, but I’m not keen on them licking petrochemicals & dyes off their lips all day long. So we decided to get in the kitchen & make our own from all natural, organic, edible ingredients that I am completely happy with my girls eating & licking off their lips all day long.

This chap stick is so great because it’s pink hue comes from organic beetroot that has been dehydrated & powdered, there are no foreign dyes or colours.

We have flavoured our chap sticks with sweet orange essential oil, but you could also use peppermint oil for a fresh flavour & extra lip plumping properties, my girls just won’t have a bar of it.

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Pink Lip Balm a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 2 tablespoon’s beeswax
  • 2 tablespoon’s cocoa butter
  • 2 tablespoon’s oil of your choice (I used coconut oil)
  • 10 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon organic beetroot powder
  • dash of honey to taste.

Place wax, butter, oil & beetroot powder in a jar & melt in a simmering pan of water. Stir well to mix your beetroot powder in well.

Once melted take off the heat & let it cool a little, add your honey & essential oil & stir well to combine.

Pour into chapstick tubes & let it cool & viola you have your own natural, safe, chap stick.

This recipe made 8 chap stick tubes, so you will have plenty to share around.

Enjoy

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Exfoliating Grains, dry scrub mix

20 Oct

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This is my first time playing around with exfoliating grains & I have to say I love them. They are so quick & easy to make & can be used as a cleanser, mask & skin treatment.

Blend with a little water to make a great scrub cleanser to use as your daily cleanser. Add a little yoghurt, honey or an oil of your choice & you have a great treatment or mask to give your skin an anti-oxidant burst.

I like to use it each morning to wake up my skin, I leave it on while I brush my teeth, for a mini treatment – the kids call it my shrek face!!

I have chosen the ingredients of these exfoliating grains so that they not only cleanse & exfoliate but they also have great anti-oxidant & anti-ageing properties.

The kaolin clay cleanses & soothes your skin, the ground oats exfoliate & soften, the almonds create a lovely soft exfoliation, the milk powder moisturises, the brown sugar & bicarb soda polish your skin giving you a healthy glow.

The spirulina is our secret super ingredient, its full of anti-oxidants & chlorophyll  which cleanses the skin, strengthens tissues, helps skin to store moisture, improves elasticity & diminishes fine lines. Its soothing & hydrating & will assist in healing up any blemishes or skin conditions you may have.

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Exfoliating Grains a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 3 Tablespoons kaolin clay
  • 1 Tablespoon ground oats
  • 1 Tablespoon ground almonds
  • 1 Tablespoon milk powder
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon bicarb sida
  • 2 Tablespoons spirulina

Take all your ingredients & mix well in a bowl. Pour into a bottle or jar that has an airtight lid as any moisture will cause your grains to go clumpy & start spoiling.

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How to Use:

Always pour your grains out onto your hand & then add your liquid medium, so that no moisture can get into your exfoliating grains jar.

This dry scrub can be used with what ever liquid you feel will best serve your skin, I have to admit to just using plain old tap water, but I’d love to try using it with witch hazel or rose water for additional skin loving benefits.

If your skin is dry you can even use an oil of your choice to make your scrub, just be sure to wipe off all traces with a wet cloth or you may have a little green sheen going on.

To make your exfoliating grains into a mask, simply mix with plain yoghurt, honey, aloe vera or some coconut oil, smear on your face & relax, add some water & scrub off to gain the full benefits of your grains.

Enjoy

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Baby bum cream to prevent nappy rash

9 Oct

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This baby bum cream is fantastic, it can be used with cloth nappies or disposables & can be used as a soothing all over balm for your baby’s skin. It works wonders on that dry skin babies often get behind their ears & can even be used to gently lift cradle cap.

With the addition of lavender essential oil its great to use as an all-over massage balm, perfect for naturally soothing your little one off to sleep after bath time.

This Baby bum cream is full of a host of goodies that will protect & soothe your babies skin, like coconut oil which is anti-bacterial & anti-fungal as well as being highly moisturising. The shea butter is full of fat soluble vitamin A & E for a soothing, emollient base. The beeswax creates a protective layer on the skin to keep moisture at bay. The chamomile is soothing, anti-infalamtory, anti-bacterial & helps to keep fungal rashes at bay.

But best of all its really quick & easy to make, this is a melt & stir recipe.

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Baby Bum Cream a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 1/4 c coconut oil
  • 1/4 c shea butter
  • 1 tablespoon beeswax
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa butter
  • 5 drops chamomile essential oil
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil

Measure out all of your ingredients except the essential oils. Place the ingredients in a glass jar. Put a pot of water on the stove to simmer & place your jar in the pot of water to melt & combine all the ingredients. Once it has all melted, gently stir to combine. Let your cream cool to just above room temperature, add in your essential oils & stir well. Leave to cool in the jar if your going to keep it in the jar or pour it into your chosen containers.

Store in a cool, dark place preferably. You can always split your cream into several small bottles so that you can keep a couple in the fridge so that they don’t spoil as this recipe contains no preservatives.nappy-cream

When using make sure that you don’t double dip as you can contaminate the balm with fungus cells if your baby has a fungal based rash.

 

Enjoy

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Homemade organic nipple butter

26 Jul

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I am in love with this butter, its so great to soothe those cracked sore nipples, but it also works great on chapped lips & any dry cracked skin. It has been a great addition to our nappy bag as our go anywhere, fix anything balm.

With my first daughter I used a popular lanolin ointment, but since then I have learnt lanolin contains a heavy load of pesticides as the wool is soaked in chemicals to remove parasites before the lanolin is scoured out if it. Not something I want my little baby ingesting.

So after researching other brands of nipple butters I decided to give the DIY option a go as I got to be in charge of the quality of the ingredients. My baby is ingesting this so I want to make sure its made on the best quality, organic, edible ingredients.

This recipe is so simple it’s made from all pure, organic ingredients that can be consumed. I recommend using cocoa butter from your local health food or bulk food store that is used to make chocolate – that way you know it’s 100% safe for your baby to consume, I don’t recommend using cosmetic grade ingredients as our babies tummies are so new that we want to be sure we are giving them pure, natural ingredients that won’t effect their gut flora.

Although this recipe is simple, it has some great ingredients that will soothe & reduce inflammation.The chamomile reduces redness & irritation all while calming your baby. The Coconut oil protects against thrush & has the same medium chain fatty acids that are naturally present in breast milk. The Cocoa butter is super hydrating, protective & moisturising & the beeswax creates a protective layer.

Our nipple butter doesn’t use shea butter although its a super ingredient for soothing balms, its not so good for your babies tummy as it can cause diarrhoea when consumed so we have stayed well away from it.

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Nipple Butter a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon beeswax
  • 3 teaspoons cocoa butter
  • 2 drops chamomile essential oil

Place your wax, oil & butter into a jar & set it into a simmering pan of water to melt.

Once the wax & butter has melted, take your jar off the heat & let it cool for a few minutes then add your chamomile essential oil & stir well.

Pour into containers & let set, this recipe made two 20gm round containers full, which are perfect for carrying in your baby bag.

Enjoy

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Hibiscus anti-ageing Clay Cleanser Bars

4 Jul

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I love my clay cleanser bars, they are my favourite cleansers for winter as they keep the winter dryness at bay. They keep my skin hydrated, moisturised & super soft throughout winter.

This time we wanted to make an anti-ageing clay cleanser & after some research I decided to make a hibiscus clay cleansing bar.

Why hibiscus? it’s a natural source of aha’s & provides the same benefits without the harsh chemicals. It exfoliates, speeds up cell turnover, increases moisture, improves elasticity & soothes your skin with anti-oxidants.

Who doesn’t want a dose of that each day??

We also decide to mix it up & use castor oil for this bar as it is super cleansing, anti aging, fades scars & age spots. The Geranium essential oil is a collagen stimulant so it will work on minimising any sagging or lines.

I love applying this clay cleanser in the shower & leaving it on while I wash my hair because the ingredients are so good, its like a mini-mask for your skin while you shower. Leaving your face plump & primed ready to apply your MG Naturals BB cream & face the day.

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Hibiscus Clay Cleanser Bar’s a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 30gm cocoa butter
  • 30gm shea butter
  • 30gm castor oil
  • 40gm kaolin clay
  • 30gm full milk powder
  • 30gm almond meal
  • 30gm hibiscus powder
  • 5 drops geranium essential oil

Melt the butters & oil in a glass jar in a pan of simmering water. Mix your clay, almond meal & hibiscus powder until well combined. When your oils & butters have melted, mix them into your clay mix & stir well to create a paste, add your geranium essential oil. The mix is best set in silicon bakeware containers in the freezer.

Keep the majority of your cleanser blocks in the freezer & keep one out in the bathroom to stop spoilage.

Simply pinch off a piece add some warm water & rub it into your skin to get your anti-ageing, anti-oxidant morning burst.

Give it a try, what do you have to loose other than wrinkles 🙂

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Pregnancy Belly lotion to prevent stretch marks

30 May

Stretch marks………ahhhh…….nobody wants that!

How-to-Get-Rid-of-Stretch-Marks-Naturally-by-Mama-Natural-1024x582I am currently incubating baby number two & have been determined not to add to my  little stretch mark compilation.

Unfortunately with Miss Five I lathered on lotions & potions but just on my belly, I had no concept that you could get stretch marks on your hips or back side, so I was left with a smooth belly but a few faint patches on my hips. Which thankfully with time & this lotion have faded to being barely noticeable.

So with number two I have been sure to lather on this sumptuous tummy lotion all over my growing body 🙂

I have made a tummy lotion rather than a butter, just because I don’t have the time to apply a butter after my shower & then stand around waiting for it to soak in before getting dressed.

Come on, I’m a Mum, a shower by yourself is already a luxury (right Mum’s) but standing around waiting for a butter or balm to soak in before getting dressed, well thats just madness.

And so far, as we enter the last few weeks, I am proud to report “no stretchies” so rest assured this lotion does work just as good as a butter, it just won’t make you late for everything and your clothes greasy.

This lotion has been formulated to use every ingredient that is purported to be beneficial in preventing stretch marks, so if you can’t assemble all the ingredients, even making a lotion out of a few of them should still work wonders.

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Here is what is in our tummy lotion & why:

Castor oil, as a poultice has been known to greatly reduce the appearance of stretch marks, applying castor oil direct to the skin & then wrapping in plastic wrap & leaving on overnight has had dramatic effects in diminishing stretch marks & returning the skin to good condition. It is a well known humectant & helps to re-moisturise the skin.

Sesame seed oil, is super high in vitamin E which helps to prevent & remove scarring, it’s high in antioxidants and slows down the ageing process, making it good for keeping your skin supple during pregnancy so it can expand without breaking collagen fibres.

Cocoa butter, has long been touted as a stretch mark preventative, it is highly emollient & will keep your skin smooth & soft.

Coconut Oil, is high in essential fatty acids that help to keep your skin moisturised & supple. It is also high in antioxidants & strengthens the epidermis.

Shea Butter, is highly emollient, soothing & protecting for your skin

Rosehip oil, contains a high level of Vitamin A which fades scars & boosts cell growth rate & increases collagen production deep under the skins surface. It also helps to improve elasticity.

Frankincense oil, is well renowned for its restorative properties & its ability to reduce scars.

Geranium oil, not only helps to prevent post-partum depression but it is also a collagen stimulant.

So with this host of amazing restorative, moisturising & collagen stimulating ingredients you can see why our tummy lotion is just as good, if not better than any expensive store brought cream. But best of all you can make it with all natural, 100% Organic ingredients & no hidden nasties that could be transferred to your growing babe.

Stretch Mark Belly Lotion a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 50gm glycerine
  • 200gm aloe vera juice
  • 20gm Emulsifying wax
  • 50gm cocoa butter
  • 50gm shea butter
  • 20gm rosehip oil
  • 20gm coconut oil
  • 20gm castor oil
  • 40gm sesame seed oil
  • 10 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 10 drops geranium essential oil
  • 10 drops rose essential oil (just for fragrance, so use whatever you have on hand)

This lotion does require a little bit of work, but it will make you a tonne of lotion & the results are well worth the work.

In a mason jar combine the glycerine & aloe vera juice (or distilled water if you can’t get aloe juice). In another mason jar combine the E wax, cocoa butter, shea butter, rosehip oil, coconut oil, castor oil & sesame seed oil. Place both jars in a pot of water & let them gently simmer until all your wax & butters have melted into the oils.

Remove from the heat & pour the contents of your aloe vera jar into your oils/butter jar while mixing with a stick blender. Or alternatively, pour your oil mix into a blender on low & then pour in the contents of the liquid jar. Mix well on a low speed for about 5 minutes.

Leave your lotion to cool to just above room temperature & add your essential oils in gently mixing again to combine, pour into jars & set aside to thicken.

I recommend keeping your bulk supply of lotion in the fridge & then keeping a small jar in the bathroom as the lotion has no preservative & will not keep well for weeks in a warm environment.

I have been lathering this on once a day after my shower, but you can put it on as many times as you like, you can even use it to fade & heal previous stretch marks like I have done.

Enjoy

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Cellulite busting Coffee Scrub

6 May

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I am in love with scrubs at the moment, I have no idea why?

But I am.
There are so many reasons why. They are so easy to make, you can make them with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry & they leave you skin so silky smooth.

I have been experimenting with sugar scrubs, but was really keen to make a cellulite busting scrub, so you know it just has to have coffee in it. Coffee is one of the biggest buzz words in the anti-cellulite world.

So we decided to make a coffee scrub & include cellulite busting essential oils for that added detoxification. But you can make this scrub with no essential oils & it will still work a treat.

We added Juniper Berry essential oil for its de-toxifying effect, it’s also renowned for  reducing fluid retention & activating new tissue growth, perfect for giving cellulite the boot. We also added Grapefruit Essential oil for removing toxins & because it’s rich in bromelain a strong anti-inflammatory that will help to melt those fat deposits away. The Sweet Orange oil helps to increase circulation & blood flow to the area. Giving our scrub super anti-cellulite powers 🙂

We also added a touch of sugar for the glycol acid thats present in sugar, which will help to detoxify & un-clog pores at a deeper level so you get super silky smooth skin.

 

Cellulite Busting Coffee Scrub a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 1 cup ground coffee beans
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup sweet almond oil
  • 10 drops Juniper Berry essential oil
  • 20 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 20 drops grapefruit essential oil

Grind your coffee beans to a medium grind (the coarser they are, the more scrub factor you will get – I prefer mine at a medium plunger style grind).

Add your sugar (I use white sugar as I feel the coffee beans already have enough scrub factor, but if you want a super scrub use Raw Sugar & for a softer scrub use brown sugar).

Stir in your sweet almond oil & your essential oils. Feel free to replace the almond oil with olive oil or coconut oil if that’s what you have on hand.

Place in a pretty jar & get ready to have “wake me up” scented showers.

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TO USE:

Simply grab a handful of your scrub & gently rub it into your backside & legs, leave it on for a few minutes so that the coffee & glycol acid present in the sugar can penetrate your skin & do their job. Rinse off with warm water & enjoy smooth, silky skin that smells so so good 🙂

 

DIY Beauty recipes in Healthy Mama Magazine

30 Mar

Visit Healthy Mama Magazine to see our latest DIY beauty recipes each issue. Follow the link to see this months recipe for a soothing, gentle almond cleanser that you can easily make at home.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/healthy-mama-magazine/id950266920?mt=8&uo=4&at=10l9J9

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Make your own Facial Cleansing Wipes

12 May

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Now I normally clean my face with our clay cleansing bars or our almond cleanser but we have been doing a bit of travelling lately  – yay!!

So I decided an all purpose facial cleanser that could remove make up, dirt, cleanse & tone my skin all in one quick little step was the ticket, so I could spend more time out exploring the big wide world 🙂

We set to work coming up with recipes to create our own facial wipes, we wanted them to be able to remove make up but not be too greasy & also have the toner element included so that they are a one stop shop. A simple swish, swipe & viola your done.

We decided to go with coconut oil as our cleansing element because I love the natural fragrance & its anti fungal, antibacterial properties which I think are great for cleansing your skin. But if your not partial to coconut oil, sweet almond oil makes a great substitute & maybe a slightly less greasy wipe so if you have oily skin this may be the way to go.

Witch hazel is our toning element, it is lightly astringent & perfect for soothing inflamed skin, great for drying our & healing pimples & is supposed to help with blackheads.

Making these facial wipes is super dooper easy, so I would suggest making a small batch every one to two weeks so that you don’t have any spoilage issues as there is no preservative involved in this recipe.

Facial Cleansing Wipes a’la Mama Going Natural

  • Packet of organic cotton facial pads
  • One sterile empty jar that your cotton pads fit in
  • 1/2 c witch hazel
  • 3 T coconut oil
  • 1 t Vitamin E oil
  • 5 drops of lavender oil (only if you want to)

Take your jar & fill it with the cotton facial pads, I ended up being able to use about 60 pads in my jar.

If its cold where you are (like it is here) melt your coconut oil gently over low heat, as soon as its melted (you don’t want it to get hot) add in your witch hazel, vitamin E & essential oils if you choose. Mix well & pour over your cotton facial pads, gently pushing the pads down so that they all get immersed in the liquid.

Screw on the lid & try to keep your jar in a cool, dark place so that your facial wipes will keep.

Then enjoy swish, swash, swipe make up removal.

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Gum Healing Toothpaste

3 Mar

Sad but true fact – I have gingivitis ( a fancy way to say gum disease – I think I prefer gingivitis it almost sounds botanical).

I have slightly sore red, swollen gums, that I rarely ever notice. I have probably had it for a long time, but on a recent trip to the Dentist I had the FEAR put into me.

Bone loss, loose teeth, bye bye teeth……

Nooo

This sent me scurrying for natural cures for my gingivitis, my very expensive dentist told me to floss, floss, floss & to use an electric toothbrush (just in case you were wondering what I paid $220 for).

Now I already brush & floss, so that didn’t seem to be the smoking gun I needed to get rid of the gingivitis.

So as per usual & probably just like you I headed to the internet for answers.

What I found is that coconut oil, baking soda, clove oil & oregano oil are all powerful anti-bacterial agents. So I decided to make Gingivitis busting toothpaste to use with my new fangled electric toothbrush.

And I am happy to report that my teeth are looking whiter & my gums are nice & tight & pink looking, the gingivitis has been sent packing 🙂

A word of warning though, this is not the best tasting toothpaste & the clove oil does seem to numb my mouth a little – but it works!

IMG_0272Gingivitis Busting Toothpaste a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 2 T bicarb soda
  • 2 T coconut oil
  • 1 t stevia powder – to take the bite out of the bicarb
  • 10 drops clove oil
  • 5 drops oregano oil

Mix all ingredients in a container. If its too sour add more stevia powder to sweeten.

If you have really bad gingivitis add as much oregano & clove oils as you can stand as these are the smoking guns of this toothpaste.

Be sure to brush the gums & base of the teeth really well to get the oils & bicarb soda in where its needed.

Wishing you healthy gums

 

 

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