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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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Make your own decadent eye cream

14 Jan

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My most sincere apologies I have been such a slack blogger of late. I won’t give you my list of excuses – because that’s all they really are, excuses.

But I promise I will be blogging more frequently.

Starting with this (peace offering) eye cream formulation that is heavenly. This eye cream will work just as well as all your fancy store brought ones just without the chemicals & hefty price tag.

I make it in a double batch & use it as a face cream too – just because I can.

It is light, silky & ultra hydrating with Rose hip & jojoba oil & our wrinkle busting, super restorative carrot seed oil. The organic green tea is chock full of antioxidants to start reversing the ageing process & get to work on those wrinkles.

Start using this & watch your wrinkles melt away……….You’re Welcome!!

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Natural Wrinkle busting Eye Cream a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 1/8 c organic green tea
  • 12gm Rosehip oil
  • 12gm Jojoba oil
  • 12 drops carrot seed oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon vitamin E
  • 1/2 teaspoon Emulsifying wax
  • scent with your choice of essential oils or leave it plain as it is going around your eyes!

Place your organic tea in a clean, sterile glass bowl or jar & place in a gently simmering pan of water. Measure out the Rosehip & jojoba oil & wax, combine all three items in another sterile glass bowl or jar & place in the simmering pan of water to melt.

When the wax has melted, remove both jars from the simmering water & pour the liquid into your melted oil & wax mix & blend well with a stick blender, whisk or at worst a fork.

Be sure to blend well for a minimum of three minutes to combine your cream, once your cream is well combined add the Vitamin E & carrot seed oil & any essential oils you may want to add – blend well to combine & then let cool.

I preserve mine with .5ml of Leucidal so it keeps for forever, but an un-preserved batch will keep in the fridge for many months & you get the added soothing effect of cool lotion -great for treating puffy eyes.

Enjoy

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Sugar Free Candied Popcorn

5 Dec
pop-corn-honeyWith the Christmas season comes Parties!!
We LOVE parties around here and fortunately so do our friends!
But with all these parties comes the challenge of “what are we going to take to share?”
My daughter is used to our healthy, un-processed foods, but some of her friends are not so sure about trying new things & can smell a “healthy” food a mile off.
So my challenge is to make something I feel comfortable feeding my daughter & that all her little friends will like too. This candied pop corn fits the bill, it is truly delicious & even the fussiest of our little friends seem to keep coming back for more.
Made with Organic GMO free pop corn, honey & butter it only takes minutes to whip up & will keep an air tight container over night.
You can make a million variations of this recipe, add cinnamon & spices, vanilla essence & even peanut butter to create your families favourite candied pop corn variation.
Sugar Free Candied Pop Corn a’la Mama Going Natural
  • 3 T GMO Free Organic Pop Corn
  • 1 T coconut oil
  • 25 gm unsalted butter
  • 3 T honey
  • 1/2 t Himalayan salt

Place your coconut oil in a saucepan over high heat, add your pop corn kernels & keep shaking & moving your saucepan around to ensure that none of your pop corn gets burnt while its popping.

In another sauce pan place the rest of your ingredients & let them come to the boil. If you want soft sticky pop corn, let your candy ingredients boil only for a few minutes, if you want hard candied pop corn, let it boil for several minutes until the mixture begins to darken & if you place a drop in cold water it forms a soft ball.

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I like my pop corn drowned in the candy sauce so I pour my freshly popped pop corn into my saucepan of hot candy mix & stir quickly to coat, but you can just as easily pour it over your pop corn & stir quickly to ensure it coats all of your pop corn before it goes hard.

Try this, trust me you will love it 🙂

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Sugar Free Tropical Pancakes

21 Aug

I can go healthy…………..but don’t make me give up my Sunday morning pancakes!!

Pancakes are one of life’s little luxuries.

Breakfast in bed on your birthday – Pancakes.

Late sunday morning brunch – Pancakes.

Pancakes scream celebration to me, a celebration of life, moments & fun.

So here is our healthier, yet still completely decadent version of pancakes for life’s little moments that require pancakes to round out the celebrations.

These pancakes don’t disappoint, they are light, fluffy & taste “oh so tropical”. Close your eyes & you could be eating breakfast on a beach in Fiji. Succulent fresh fruit & coconut you can’t get much more tropical than that.

These pancakes are sugar free, but trust me you won’t miss it, the caramelised banana chunks are sweet enough….

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Tropical Pancakes a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 3/4 c spelt flour
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 T coconut butter
  • 1/2 c kefir or yoghurt
  • 3 T water
  • Strawberries & banana’s or your preferred fruit to top your pancakes

Place all of your ingredients minus the fruit in a blender or food processor & mix to combine well. Slice your banana’s & strawberries up ready to place on your pancakes. Heat a teaspoon of butter in a fry pan & allow it to heat up until the butter bubbles, place your sliced banana in the frypan & pour your pancake batter over the top of your banana slices. Let your pancakes cook until they are starting to form bubbles, then flip them over & let them cook all the way through.

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Turn your pancake  out onto a plate & top with fresh sliced strawberries & banana’s & some whipped coconut cream or kefir.Go forth & celebrate with pancakesMama-going-natural-signature

Vegan Chocolate Chip Treasure Cookies

7 Aug

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So its official – this is a dessert blog!!

I promise my next post will not be a dessert, but I just brought a Bellini Intelligent Kitchen Machine (a knock off of the Thermomix) & I am on a baking/cooking frenzy.

These cookies are firm & crumbly with a light crisp texture & the added bonus of  hidden treasures!!

Not only do these cookies have a slight vanilla coconut flavour but they are also studded with two different kinds of chocolate chips & chunks of roasted cashew nuts. YUM!!

They are suitable for vegans and can be made sugar free if you substitute the coconut sugar for 1/4 c of honey, maple syrup, agave or your preferred sweetener. If your not that fussed on coconut (we love, love, love it in this household) you can omit the desiccated coconut & swap the coconut oil for butter, but I don’t think they will be as yummy!!

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Chocolate Chip Treasure Cookie a’la Mama Going Natural

You will need:

  • 4 T coconut oil
  • 2 T coconut milk (can substitute with almond, oat, rice milk etc)
  • 1 c spelt flour
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c coconut sugar
  • 1/4 c desiccated coconut
  • 1/4 c dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 c white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 c roasted cashews

Place all ingredients except for the last three in a mixer or food processor & mix till it makes a nice firm cookie dough. Stir through your chocolate chips & rough chopped cashew nuts to mix in.

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Heat your oven to 175 degrees & roll your dough into balls & lightly depress with the back of a fork.

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These cookies do spread a little so be sure to keep them apart on the tray. Cook for 10-15 minutes. This recipe makes approximately 20 cookies.

Go Forth & Bake…..

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Non Greasy Homemade moisturizer Cream

17 May

This is the best cream I have ever made.

It is light, silky, soothing & absorbs into your skin in minutes leaving it soft & supple & not greasy at all.

I hate greasy, waxy home made creams that coat you in a thick, waxy oil slick that seems to get rubbed off onto everything & doesn’t absorb into your skin.

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This cream is the antithesis of that – it is perfection in a jar. It is just as good, if not better than any fancy lotion or cream you currently buy – just without the chemical cocktail.

It is soothing with Aloe Vera & nourishing with Sweet Almond, Coconut & Vitamin E oils – and it smells divine with its slightly tropical citrus fragrance.

This cream has no nasties & works great on all the families skin, from nappy rash to dry old elbows we slather this cream on everything & are rewarded with soft, smooth, sweet-smelling skin.

This cream will replace all of those nasty store brought creams that lurk in your bathroom cabinet that are filled with toxic chemicals, preservatives & synthetic fillers.

It is light in texture & can be used as a hand, body & facial moisturizer.

So what are you waiting for, go make some.

Non Greasy Homemade Moisturizer Cream a’la Mama Going Natural

You will need

  • 3/4 c of Aloe Vera Juice
  • 1/8 c of beeswax
  • 1/4 c of Sweet Almond oil
  • 2 T Coconut oil
  • 1/2 t Vitamin E oil
  • 6 drops Sweet Orange essential oil
  • 2 drops Lemon essential oil

Sterilise your jars or containers with boiling water & set aside.

Put a large saucepan of water onto boil. In a glass jar mix the bee’s wax, coconut & sweet almond oil & put this into your saucepan of water to heat so that it can melt. In another glass jar pour in your aloe vera & allow this to also heat up slightly in the saucepan of water.

Once your wax has melted into your oils take both jars out of the hot water. Gently pour your heated aloe vera juice into your melted wax & oil mix & stir to combine. If you have a blender or stick blender this cream will combine so much easier. As the mix starts to cool blend it on a low setting (or vigorously beat with a fork!) until the cream comes together & there is no separation of oils & liquids.

Once cream is lukewarm add your essential oils & vitamin E oil & keep stirring until completely cool.

Pour your cream into your sterilised jars & store in the refrigerator.

I find it best to leave a small 20ml jar of cream out on the bathroom bench & to keep a large jar of cream in the refrigerator, to top up from as we use it. This way I ensure we don’t have any spoilage & we don’t have to put any preservatives in our cream – keeping it nasties free 🙂

Trust me this cream is well worth the effort.

NOTE: This cream may separate from time to time, making a light liquid based lotion without an emulsifying agent can be a tricky business. I have found that using a stick blender with the whisk attachment on & whisking until the cream is cool prevents this. Readers who have used Aloe Vera gel & not juice have had trouble with splitting – I haven’t tried it so I can’t comment. If you have trouble making the cream & getting it not to separate you can adjust the recipe & use either all Emulsifying wax or 50:50 Emulsifying wax & beeswax for a more natural option. If the cream separates some readers have been able to gently re-heat it & re-beat it, beating until its cool to re-combine the lotion. Good Luck & enjoy your lotion making!!

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Make your own natural deodorant – that works!

12 May

Its a fact of life here in Sunny Queensland, it is impossible not to sweat.

Deodorant becomes a necessary evil, its either deodorant or your very own personal space bubble.

Deodorant seems to be the more social of the two choices.

But I am sick of rubbing toxic deodorant full of aluminium, formaldehyde & parabens into my pits each morning – it may ward off odours and keep my friends close but, what is it doing to my health??

Aluminum can cause kidney problems, formaldehyde is a known carcinogen and parabens can cause problems for our endocrine system.

So instead of rubbing this toxic cocktail into my lymph nodes, I decided to make a safe deodorant that contains no nasties, is easy to use & WORKS!

 One application in the morning keeps me fresh all day. The hard bars are easy to apply & easy to store. No white marks or stains on clothes. But the biggest thing is NO SMELL!
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Natural Deodorant Bars a’la Mama Going Natural
You will need:
  • 6 T Coconut oil
  • 4 T bicarb soda
  • 4 T Arrowroot
  • 1 1/2 T beeswax
  • 15 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 15 drops Rosemary essential oil
  • 20 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 15 drops Grapefruit essential oil
Place your coconut oil & beeswax in a glass jar and put the jar into a saucepan of simmering water. Stir occasionally until all of your beeswax melts.
Take your jar out of the saucepan of water & let cool slightly. When the mixture has cooled to approximately 40 degrees (when it feels warm but not too hot on your fingers) add all of the other ingredients & stir well to combine.
Pour your mix into muffin, soap or chocolate moulds & leave to harden.
This recipe makes six bars, so there will be enough to share. It has a gorgeous citrus botanical scent with just a hint of coconut. If you want to make a more unisex variation add some tea tree oil in place of the Lavender & you will get a citrus wood scent that your man will be happy to wear.
Keep unused bars in a tin or wrapped in wax paper in a cool dark place till needed.
To use simply rub your yummy scented deodorant bar under your arms & leave to dry for a few minutes before putting on your clothing – that way you can ensure you won’t get any white marks on your clothing.
If your in a very hot climate keep your bars in a soap tin & scoop out a small amount with your fingers & rub it where needed!
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Make your own Coconut Butter – save a bucket load of cash

29 Apr

It seems every sugar-free or grain-free dessert recipe I come across these days wants Coconut Butter, which is great. But at close to $20 a jar at our local Health Food Store, we can’t be throwing that stuff around.

Now what if I told you, you can make your very own Coconut Butter for a fraction of the cost &  it’s super easy.

Would you be interested?

Making your own Coconut Butter is easy, it just takes patience, a bag of shredded coconut & some form of Vitamix, Stick Blender, Food Processor or a Thermomix.

You thought Coconut Butter was some magical part of the coconut, right?………me too.

It’s just poor old coconut flesh beaten into submission until it turns into rich dreamy butter, that tastes pretty similar to unsweetened Coconut Ice, remember that from your Sugar consuming days?

Because not everyone is lucky enough to have a Vitamix or Thermomix sitting on their kitchen bench I have included more in-depth instructions for how to make Coconut Butter with a Food Processor or Stick Blender.

My preferred method is actually the stick blender! – I love blending that coconut into butter – what does that say about me? Eeeek……..

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Stick Blender method for making Coconut Butter a’la Mama Going Natural

You will need

  • Bag of shredded Coconut
  • 1 t coconut oil (maybe)

Pour about a quarter of your shredded coconut (2 cups) into your blending container & start blending it.I find an up/down movement to be helpful once it starts to look like the image below add another two cupfuls & repeat the process until you have the entire bag in your blending container.

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This will take 10 minutes or so, so be patient. It will be worth it in the end, I promise.

Keep blending until the coconut starts to warm up & become moist. If this isn’t happening for you then add the coconut oil to help it along. Keep blending until your coconut has turned into a warm paste. Taste to make sure you are happy with the consistency, if it’s too grainy keep blending but if it is buttery & still a little powdery then you have successfully made Coconut Butter. Congratulations!

Now you can jar your butter & make some serious desserts!!

Food Processor method for making Coconut Butter a’la Mama Going Natural

You will need

  • Bag of shredded Coconut
  • 1 t coconut oil (maybe)

Ok so this method is a little more time consuming as you have to scrape down the sides of your food processor more often to keep the coconut blending so that it can turn into butter, but it is still completely do-able. I actually have found that sitting one side of the food processor on a stack of books helps to keep it on a lean & keep the coconut in the blades. To make coconut butter this way will take a little longer, but persevere. You will get there in the end.

Vitamix method for making Coconut Butter a’la Mama Going Natural

You will need

  • Bag of shredded Coconut
  • 1 t coconut oil (maybe)

Simply pour the entire bag of coconut into the blender and blend for five minutes at 6. It may need a few additional pulses on high to get a smooth consistency. This is definitely one of the easiest ways to make coconut butter 🙂

Thermomix method for making Coconut Butter a’la Mama Going Natural

You will need

  • Bag of shredded Coconut

Pour your bag of coconut into your Thermomix & set to grind for 3 minutes at 37degrees on speed 8. For a very smooth butter you can turn the Thermomix to speed 9 for an extra 30 seconds.

You may need to stop the Thermomix & remove the lid to push down the coconut off the sides a few times during the three minutes.

Viola you will have smooth, creamy warm butter ready to jar & use at your leisure

Now what are you going to do with all that yummy Coconut Butter?

Chocolate coconut fudge

How about Chocolate Fudge 

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Home Made Natural Toothpaste

12 Apr

Homemade toothpaste was my first attempt at going natural. I wanted to create a simple product that would be better for our health & our hip pocket as natural toothpaste can cost a small fortune.

Now I must warn you that this toothpaste will in no way, shape or form represent that nice shiny tube of toothpaste you are currently using, but on the upside, it is cheap to make, completely non toxic & will leave your teeth feeling smooth & pearly white 🙂

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Home Made Natural Toothpaste a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 2 T Bicarb soda
  • 4 drops stevia – it is almost unpalatable without this – but more power to you if you decide to omit it 🙂
  • 4 drops Spearmint essential oil
  • 1 T Coconut oil

Take all of the ingredients & mix together till they form a firm paste, I make small batches, often & keep it in a jar in the bathroom which we just dip the bristles of our toothbrushes into.

The bicarb soda & coconut oil make this toothpaste great for stained teeth as both are purported to naturally remove stains & whiten teeth – so get  ready for a big white smile 😉

The stevia makes the toothpaste palatable & takes the edge off the nasty bicarb flavour, the spearmint gives nice fresh minty breath & the coconut oil leaves your teeth feeling glossy & gives it more of a paste feel. You can adjust the amount of stevia in your toothpaste, I suggest making it a little sweeter to begin with until you get used to the  bitter bite of the bicarb soda!

You can also choose to make a spice flavoured toothpaste using clove & cinnamon oils, this would have the added bonus of the anti-bacterial properties of the spices or a sweet orange flavour for the kids if they don’t go for the spearmint.

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This toothpaste may take a little getting used to, as it is nowhere near as tasty as the commercial brands but on the upside you know exactly what you & your family are putting in your mouths!. There are no hidden nasties and you will never find your little ones eating the toothpaste ever again!

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