Archives for February 2015

The Best Chapped Lips Remedy: Homemade Lip Balm

chapped lips remedy

With all the harsh weather conditions we face every day, it takes a toll on our skin and lips.

Are you suffering from dry, chapped or cracked lips like I do?

What if I told you, you can whip up your very own Homemade Lip Balm using only 3 natural ingredients and it takes less than 5 minutes to complete?

This Homemade Lip Balm is the perfect amount of moisture for even the driest lips and goes on so silky smooth. You’re going to be in heaven with this lip balm, and you’ll never go back to store bought again.

Chapped Lips Remedy: Homemade Lip Balm

Ingredients for chapped lip remedy

Ingredients:

Supplies Needed:

  • Double Boiler (or pan and bowl)
  • Hand Grater
  • Lip gloss containers (What I used) OR upcycle some baby food jars!

Directions:

Place your double boiler or pan filled with water on the stove on medium heat. Let it come to a boil before placing the top piece or bowl on top.

While you’re waiting take your fresh Beeswax and grate about 1 Tablespoon worth and place it in your top pan.

Add in 1 Tablespoon of your coconut oil and 1 tsp of raw honey into the bowl. Place bowl on top of boiling water and watch your ingredients melt in about 1 minute. Give it a quick stir making sure all 3 ingredients are blended together. Once everything is completely melted quickly pour into your lip containers and let sit for about 10 minutes.

Homemade Lip Balm

You’ll notice the mixture it starting to solidify starting from the bottom up. After the lip balm has become a solid you can start using it right away, enjoy!

I placed a nice amount on my lips before bed and when I woke up my lips were smoother than ever. It seriously is the best chapped lips remedy!

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DIY: How to Fold a Napkin Into a Heart the Easy Way

DIY Fold a Napkin into a Heart

Here’s a fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Learn how to fold a napkin into a heart!

Folding napkins into festive shapes is a fun way to set the table. You can add flair to your table with a minimum amount of effort.

This project is so easy to do, you can enlist the kid’s help. In fact, any kid into craft projects will love to learn how to do this.

The napkin I used measures 18 inches by 18 inches.

Step 1 Fold a Napkin into a Heart

In Step 1 you’ll start with your napkin folded in half.

Step 2 How to Fold a Napkin into a Heart

In Step 2 you fold your napkin in half a second time to make a long rectangle.

Step 3 Fold a Napkin into a Heart

In Step 3 you find the center of the napkin with your finger, and grab one side and bring it upwards to fold.

Step 4 Fold a Napkin into a Heart

In Step 4 you bring the second side up to meet the first side.

Step 5 Fold a Napkin into a Heart

Step 5 is perhaps the trickiest folding. You simply tuck the corners under until you’ve created a heart shape.

Step 6 How to Fold a Napkin Into a Heart

Ta-Da! You did it! Your napkin is now folded into the shape of a heart.

And in case you want to see it on video:

Table Set with Napkins Folded into a Heart

How will you and your family celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Can You Cure Headaches Naturally? 5 Home Remedies to Try

headaches

Nothing is worse than a headache that simply won’t go away.

Fortunately, there are many home remedies for headaches that are highly effective. In fact, many of these natural cures work better than the over the counter options.

Here are five home remedies to try to cure headaches naturally:

Ginger Root

Ginger essential oil

Who knew something as simple as ginger root could cure your headache?

Found in virtually every grocery store, you can use this home remedy in a number of ways. The best and most palatable way is to take about two inches of ginger root (less if you are sensitive to the strength of flavor), peel it, and simmer it in a pot of water. Then strain the root out and drink while still warm.

Many people like to breathe the steam as the pot simmers but be careful not to burn yourself. This will cure a headache quickly and easily and is quite tasty as a bonus!

Not at home? Carry a bottle of Ginger essential oil with you. Add a few drops to your water, drink, and wait for the headache tension eases.

Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint

Another popular natural cure for headaches is peppermint essential oil.

Try diluting 4 to 5 drops of peppermint essential oil in a carrier base such as avocado oil.

This stuff is like a miracle balm when you apply it to your hairline. It feels like an air conditioner on your forehead and can quickly calm the throbbing of a tension headache. Some folks apply it in different places so experiment with various ideas.

Almonds (Salicin)

If you like almonds, this is going to be some very good news. Almonds contain salicin. Salicin is an agent that is found in over the counter pain meds but without the dangers associated.

While not overly strong, chewing on almonds is said to relieve a headache naturally and without risk.
Ironically, almonds are also thought to be a trigger for some folks that suffer from migraines so keep that in mind if you are considering it as an option. Not everyone will react the same way.

Yoga

Yoga is a wonderful way to relieve a headache and is often the quickest working natural cure.

The best thing about yoga is that you can do it pretty much anywhere and get immediate results.

Although some of the poses are not good for the workplace, you can do some basic things sitting in a chair such as stretching and meditation.

Learn some yoga and you will find that it is good for much more than just relieving a headache naturally!

Progressive Tension Release

This is something that takes a bit of practice, but once you master it you will be able to battle any type of pain you might experience naturally. Essentially you begin at your head and slowly work your way down your body, steadily eliminating the tension that is hiding behind the surface. Be very specific and talk yourself through the progression. Concentrate on the tension in your scalp and work your way down slowly. You will become quite good at finding the tight areas and releasing them through calm meditation. There are countless books on progressive tension release as well.

All of these headache cures are totally natural and will not put you at risk in any way. Try any combination of them the next time you develop a headache and you might be surprised at the results.