Tuesday, February 11, 2014

New Life, No-pooing, homemade toothpaste and up-comming posts

I really was hoping to make this blog more of a journal of sorts but I have been so busy (now working Full Time again) that I have not been very good at keeping it up-to-date!  My New Years Resolution (a little late coming) is to try to do more writing.  About life, new life and my "experiments" as I like to refer to all of the different things that I do.  To many of the people that I know, the "experiments" that I do are strange.  To many others out there it is a way of everyday living.  Every day and every experiment that I start is, for me, a way to grow, learn and become more self-sufficient and healthy.

So, for anyone who is interested enough to read on....this is what I have been up to....  

I can not remember if I had mentioned in a previous post but a second one of my Reasons is now having her own Reason!!!  This is so exciting and we know that it is a little boy!  That means that our family will have the little grand-daughter whom is just over a year and the new addition mid June!

I am into week 2 of no-pooing my hair.  "What is this?' you may ask.  Well, it is not shampooing your hair with traditional shampoo and conditioners.  The process is to take about 1/4 cup of baking soda and rub it into your scalp a little at a time.  You want to make sure that you get all around your hairline first.  Then work your way throughout the rest of the roots.  I do this in the shower because it gets pretty messy.  I then wash the rest of my body in the shower with my homemade Skin Magic soap (previous blog).  After a few minutes of having the baking soda in my hair, I rinse it out with warm water.  I reapply a little more and rub it in really well and rinse a second time.  Now, in an old standard size shampoo bottle I have prepared a mixture of 3 parts white vinegar, 1 part water and the following essential oils:  10 drops of Rosemary, 10 drops of Peppermint and 2-3 drops of Tea Tree oil.  make sure that you shake the bottle up well and liberally saturate your hair and scalp with this mixture.  Rinse well with warm water and repeat one more time if you wish.  I like to leave this mixture in my hair for 1-3 minutes with the first application.  I try to wash my hair only every other day.  It took about 1 week for my hair and scalp to adjust to this new cleansing method.  The first couple of times, my hair felt like it had a residue in/on it but it looked and smelled clean.  I believe that it was all of the old build-up of previous products that I had been using starting to come off of my hair.  I was actually given a compliment on my hair yesterday by someone who had no idea that I had changed out my "pooing" method.  I was told that my hair looked very healthy and shiny.  The other benefit is that I have no more tangles.  My hair is very thick and often I have a heck of a time combing out the snarls, not anymore!  Yahoo!!!! Update about 2 months into my no-pooing.  I am still at it and loving it.  My hair is so healthy and shiny.  I do want to mention that after 2 weeks (about 3-4 cleanings)of  using the above method of making a paste in my hair with the baking soda I was able to switch it up a little.  I now put about 1/8 cup of baking soda in a repurposed shampoo bottle and then fill it the rest of the way with water and my E.O.'s of choice.  Then I just need to put about 1/4 of the solution in the bottle in my hair (after a good shake of the contents) concentrating on my hairline where it is the oiliest.  Do this right when I get in the shower and do it with my hair still dry.  Then as I wash up my body, I leave the solution in my hair and rise after several minutes.  

My teeth are soooo clean and my breath is fresh after I gave up store bought toothpaste 2 months ago.  Ewe, you may say....NOT!  Homemade toothpaste is the best!  This is what I am doing.  In a clean container mix-up the following...  About 3 tablespoons of softened (not melted) coconut oil, 2 tablespoons of baking soda and the following essential oils:  3 drops of peppermint, 3 drops of wintergreen (or you choose your favorite flavors).  Make sure everything is mixed up really well.  I then take a very large needless syringe  (the type used to irrigate ears, catheters, feeding tubes) you can buy them on Amazon or ask a friend in the medical field to get one for you.  Save an empty toothpaste container and squeeze it so that it is flat and will be able to accept your injection of the mixture.  I insert the end of the syringe into the opening of the toothpaste tube and just squeeze my homemade toothpaste into the re-purposed tube.  Make sure that you do not totally fill the tube because you will want enough room in the tube to "knead" the closed tube before each use to make sure your ingredients get mixed up as the essential oils will not stay completely mixed.  Then just brush as you usually do.  This does not need to be refrigerated.  I keep mine on the counter in my bathroom.  The taste of the baking soda will take a couple times to get use to but my teeth are so clean and they are getting whiter.  It is important that you do not do a real abrasive brushing and use a soft bristle toothbrush. I accidentally used my husbands store bought toothpaste one day and it left a soapy/chemical taste in my mouth that I did not care for.

So, today I have covered my hair and my teeth.  In upcoming blogs I will talk about how to make your own SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast, probiotics) so that you can brew your own Kombucha drinks, how to cleanse your face using the oil cleansing method, how to make your own safe homemade deodorant and how to make your own homemade carbonated flavored lower sugar sodas without the expensive home soda making equipment (2 methods, one using yeast and one with a homemade ginger bug).  In preparation, start saving or looking for one gallon glass jars, empty plastic 16 oz soda bottles with the caps, empty deodorant containers and empty 2 liter or similar plastic juice or soda bottles.

I have other items that I have been experimenting with but those will all come in time.

Remember that spring is just around the corner and we will all be able to step outside and have the Wisdom to Breath in the wonderful fresh scents that the new life of spring will bring!!  

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