1. Homemade Deodorant
I have SUPER sensitive armpits (sorry if that’s TMI), so I have to be really careful what I use as a deodorant, especially because of how absorbent that area is.
Even the crystal stones bother me, so for years, I didn’t use anything (it’s surprising how your body adjusts).
Recently, however, my hormones have been fluctuating wildly due to being pregnant, so I’ve been trying out a few different natural remedies, including one with coconut oil, baking soda, arrowroot, and bentonite clay found here.
While the verdict is still out on just how effective this is (for me), I do notice a difference with it!
I modify the recipe a bit, in that I just mix a spoonful of coconut oil with a spoonful of arrowroot, a pinch of baking soda (I’m sensitive to this ingredient, so sometimes I even go without it), and a half spoonful of clay. I like a little peppermint essential oil in with it as well.
Anyhow, if you’re looking for a natural solution, it’s worth a try!
While I don’t eat salmon often, whenever I do, I seek out the wild variety, free of every -ide suffix, as well as any added colors or dyes.
As I’m sure many of you know, this can get quite pricey!
As an alternative, I’ve been purchasing the canned variety, which is just as pure and nutritious, but at A FRACTION of the cost!
I’ve used it in place of sardines in My Favorite Pregnancy Sandwich, and I think it would be great in salmon patties.
3. Wheat Germ
Pronounced wheat /jerm/ (not wheat /germ/ as Kelly Bundy once declared), this is a tasty supplement I’ve found myself craving lately.
I’m not personally gluten-free, so while many of you are cringing at the thought of electively ingesting wheat in any form, the rest of you may like to consider adding a sprinkle of this to your smoothies, yogurt, or morning oatmeal (my favorite).
It’s delicious, and it’s packed full of protein, zinc, vitamin E, and folic acid, making it quite the healthy addition!
I’m enjoying Rosemary Gladstar’s classically popular book lately.
It’s full of helpful information and easy recipes for women of all ages and all different ailments, from PMS to pregnancy, to menopause.
It’s aided me in understanding a few anomalies occurring with my own body during this pregnancy, pointing me to certain herbs and tea formulas that have been helpful.
A great read for any woman interested in natural healing approaches!
5. My No ‘Poo Method
I tried the popular practice of going without shampoo for a bit (okay, like twice), and it was NOT for me!
My long hair was impossible to brush through, and the feeling of it was nothing short of straw-like.
My own revision is to wash my hair with my chosen shampoo and add in about 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda. To clarify, I squeeze the shampoo into my hand, sprinkle in the baking soda, rub my hands together to combine both, then wash my hair like normal.
After rinsing, I douse my hair in an apple cider vinegar potion, made of about 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar and 2-3 cups water.
I then condition like normal.
While I’m not eliminating my normal shampoo and conditioner, I find that following this routine 3-4 times per month really cleans and softens my locks, leaving them looking healthier and shinier. 🙂
What’s something new you’ve discovered recently?