Friday, June 22, 2012

{recipes} Green Living continued...



A few months ago I shared my most important tip for turning over a green household and some starter recipes for beginning to wean into green cleaning {click here to read our original post}. Today is a continuation of the process for those who are following along. For this next segment we are hopping over to the personal care category tackling toothpaste, mouthwash and a skin cream that is great for face and body. Provided at the bottom of this post are also links to 4 other personal care recipes I've shared in the past, that go hand in hand with this segment.

Toothpaste
4 teaspoons fine ground sea salt
2/3 cup baking soda
15 drops peppermint essential oil
distilled water

Mix the salt and baking soda together. Add the essential oil. Add water a little at a time, mixing in between, until you come to the consistency you are looking for. ***If you don't like the taste of the sea salt, you can omit that. It's just used as a light natural abrasive cleaner. You can also change out your essential oil for others such as sweet orange or cinnamon.***

Mouthwash
1 cup aloe vera juice
1/2 cup distilled water
1 tablespoon witch hazel
2 teaspoons baking soda
20 drops peppermint essential oil

You are literally going to throw the ingredients into your container, cover, and give a little shake before each use. ***Again, you can change out your essential oils for a single or blend you like such as sweet orange, cinnamon or clove.***

Invigorating Skin Cream
1/2 cup shea butter
2 teaspoons jojoba oil
2 teaspoons apricot kernel oil
2 teaspoons vitamin E oil
6 drops frankincense essential oil
3 drops lemon essential oil

Place the shea, jojoba, apricot kernel oil and vitamin E into a microwavable glass container and heat on 50% power until the cocoa butter is just about melted and the oils are blended. Remove from the microwave and stir until all the ingredients are completely melted. Mix in the frankincense and lemon essential oils. Pour into a clean, dry container until completely cooled, then top and store in a cool dry place.

More Personal Care Recipes from Milk & Honey Naturals: