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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Back to School | Natural DIYS for Back to School Success! | Essential Oils for Kids

Hey there! It's that time of year again! The kiddos are back in school and most days can seem really hectic and crazy! Today I wanted to share a few easy and all natural DIY's to make life a little easier, your kids a little healthier, and help set them up for their best year yet! Let's get into it! 

DIY All Natural Hand Sanitizer

Up first we've got an all natural yet powerful germ killing hand sanitizer recipe! This recipe uses thieves essential oil which has been shown to kill germs and help prevent the spread of the cold & flu ( Check out my blog post all about what essential oils are and essential oil uses if you're new to essential oils)! You can either leave this in your kiddo's backpack ( if you know they will remember to use it ;) ) or you can have them use it upon drop off and pick up!

What you'll need:
Travel size squeeze bottle (I got a three pack from Dollar Tree)
3 tbsp Aloe Vera Gel
1 tbsp water
1/8 tsp Vitamin E Oil
5 drops Thieves Essential Oil ( Young Living essential oils starter kit & membership )
Mixing bowl
Funnel (optional)

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and add to your squeeze bottle, if you have a funnel I would use it to make this a little easier.
There you go! Super simple and all natural! Just shake before each use and apply as normal.

 I also created a free printable label you can use! It may be a little large for the bottle. So if  that is the case, I recommend you save the image and then make it fit to size on a word document. Free Printable- Hand Sanitizer Label

DIY Lavender Night Spray 

If you've got a kiddo that has trouble sleeping the night before school, maybe due to excitement or even nervousness, either way this sleep night is perfect! Lavender has been proven to be very relaxing and great to help you fall asleep. 

What you'll need:
1 tbsp baking soda
6 drops Lavender Essential Oil 
Mixing bowl 
Funnel (optional) 

Mix the lavender essential oil and baking soda in a separate bowl then take the funnel and pour the mixture into a spray bottle and fill the remainder with water. Shake before each use and spray one or two spritz on your child's bed right before bedtime! 

DIY Homework Helper Roller Ball 

This roller ball recipe is perfect to help your kids focus and is a perfect aid for homework time! Honestly this recipe is great for mama's too when we need to focus! 

What you'll need: 
Roller Ball 
3 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
4 drops Orange Essential Oil
2 drops Peppermint Essential Oil 
Carrier Oil to dilute ( Coconut Oil or Olive Oil is perfect) 

Add the essential oils to the roller bottle and fill the rest with the carrier oil of your choice. Apply lightly to your child's forehead right before homework time!  

DIY Lice Prevention Spray 

Now this recipe is probably one of the most important! With back to school comes a whole lot of people your child is now exposed to on a daily basis and lice is a scary thing that spreads like wildfire. So use this preventive spray as an extra line of defensive!

What you'll need: 
2 oz glass spray bottle
10 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil 
10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil  
10 drops Lavender Essential Oil 
Funnel (optional) 

Directions: Add essential oils in the spray bottle and fill the rest with water. Spray your child's hair with 2-3 sprays every day before school! 

 I also created a free printable label you can use! It may be a little large for the bottle. So if that is the case, I recommend you save the image and then make it fit to size on a word document Free Printable Lice Prevention Spray Label

There you have it 4 easy DIY's that will set your kiddos up for success this school year! Comment down below what grade your kids are going into this year!

The Natural Babe 

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Friday, August 4, 2017

5 Air Purifying Plants | Indoor Plants that Clean the Air and Remove Toxins | Plants

Hey Natural Babes! I hope you are all doing good! Give me some life updates in the comments below! We had a crazy week, my step son just started kindergarten yesterday! So it's been pretty busy in my house but we've definitely been having a blast! I've got some back to school blog posts coming out this month as well so be on the lookout for those! For today's blog post I wanted to share 5 air purifying plants that are inexpensive yet powerful! Let's get into it! 

Why Do I Need to Purify My Air? 

The air we breath is full of toxins that are released from the things around us, especially when it comes to being indoors. The EPA actually ranked indoor air quality as a top five environmental risk to public health. EPA studies found indoor air pollutants were generally 2 to 5 times greater than outdoor pollution levels (reference 1 see below)! Several parts of ours homes fundamental structures are full of toxins. Like laminate flooring, new carpet, paint, flame retardants on furniture; and then by adding in toxic cleaning products, toxic bath products and synthetic fragrance it makes the air quality even worse! 

1. Aloe Vera 

The Aloe vera plant is one of my favorites, I not only have a few around my home but I also have one at my desk at work! I love aloe vera because it's definitely one of the easiest plants to take care of on this list! Aloe vera "helps to keep your home free from benzene which is commonly found in paint and certain chemical cleaners." (2) Aloe vera is also known to remove formaldehyde! (3) 

2. Rubber Tree 

Now this one is harder to find. When I was at Home Depot buying this plant for my old apartment, I asked the garden sales associate where I could find a rubber tree and she looked at me like I was crazy, but I was able to find it just had to do some digging! I also love the rubber tree because it's easy to take care, great in low light, removes formaldehyde and is known to increase the overall oxygen levels! 

3. Golden Pothos 

The golden pothos plant is the favorite plant of almost all the women in my family! For some reason we just love to collect these plants and let them grow so long that they reach from one end of the room to the other! But I love the golden pathos it brings good memories for me and is great at removing formaldehyde and carbon monoxide (3)!

4. Snake Plant 

Despite its name you won't be attracting any snakes into your home! I have yet to own one of these plants but I hope to one day soon! Snake plants are great for removing formaldehyde, nitrogen dioxide, benzene and xylene (3). 

5. Peace Lily 

Peace lily's are great plants for the bathroom for two reasons: they do great in low light and they have been shown to kill mold spores; so cool! Peace lily's are also known to remove benzene, trichloroethylene, acetone and formaldehyde (3).    

There we go! 5 plants that remove toxins from your air! Comment down below if you have any of these plants and which one is your favorite. 

The Natural Babe

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(1) Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM. “10 Shocking Facts About Indoor Air Quality.” Dr. Group's Healthy Living Articles, Global Healing Center, Inc, 27 Oct. 2014, Accessed 4 Aug. 2017.

(2) “7 indoor plants that purify the air around you naturally.” Inhabitat Green Design Innovation Architecture Green Building, 23 Mar. 2017, Accessed 4 Aug. 2017.

(3) Fitness, BodyRock. “BodyRock: Get in the best shape of your life at home for free.” Pinterest, 3 Aug. 2016, Accessed 4 Aug. 2017.

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