Homemade Pain Relieving Gel – Safe and Non-Toxic

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Last week, I woke up and realized that I am getting old!  Somehow, I managed to sleep wrong (is that even a thing?), and I woke with a major kink on the right side of my neck/trap muscle.  OUCH!  I tried stretching it, heating it with a grain bag, massaging it, etc. but it just wouldn’t give!

Because I had a busy day in front of me, I knew I needed something that could dull the pain while this thing calmed down.  I don’t do pain relievers such as ibuprofen unless it is a dire emergency, so I tried to think of something to use that would help throughout the day.  Icy hot/Ben Gay came to mind, but I wasn’t sure about the ingredients in them.  Thankfully, I knew about the EWG (Environmental Working Group) website.

The EWG website’s skin deep cosmetic guide is a great tool to figure out if any beauty product or ingredient is safe.  The following pin gives some useful facts and links to the website.

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I hopped on my computer and within a couple of minutes, I discovered that those Icy Hot/Ben Gay products aren’t too great…I’ve seen worse, but I knew I could do better.  I looked at the main ingredients, and saw menthol and camphor as a common ingredient.  Both of these have an excellent safety rating on the site so I figured why not make my own pain relieving cream/gel with these as my main ingredients?

Guess what?  It worked!!!  Both in that the recipe turned out great – it’s safe and non-toxic, and it helped to relieve my pain throughout the day as long as I reapplied as needed.  I am also happy to report that the kink finally let up a few days later, and I’m doing much better now.  I’m so glad that I now have this cream/gel recipe on hand for any future incidents that may arise!  It is perfect for runners as it will soothe away any soreness after a great workout!  Heck, it’s perfect for anyone that gets minor aches and pains here and there!

HOMEMADE SAFE AND NATURAL PAIN RELIEVING GEL

Ingredients (I made a small batch since I knew I would only need a little bit.  This recipe makes about 2 ounces of gel, but you can easily double or even triple the recipe to make more):

Directions:

1.) In a small sauce pan, completely melt the coconut oil and beeswax pellets over medium heat.  Remove from heat and add the camphor oil, eucalyptus oil, and menthol crystals.  Stir till completely dissolved. Pour into a glass container.

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2.) Allow to sit until it solidifies (About an hour or so).

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Rub into those painful areas an get ready for some sweet (and safe) relief! Enjoy! 🙂

Homemade Non-Toxic Antiseptic Ointment – Works as Well as Neosporin!

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I am so excited to share this with you!  This is my own personal recipe that I use for an Antiseptic Ointment.  We have two fluff babies with their claws intact, and that results in some accidental scratches here and there.

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This ointment is perfect for little scratches like that!  It’s also good  for minor cuts, burns, and blisters.  It could also be used for warts and fungal skin conditions.

I love this stuff, because it works just as well, if not better, than Neosporin, and it doesn’t have any of the iffy ingredients that Neosporin does.  The EWG website rates Neosporin First Aid Antibiotic Cream with a 5.  That’s too high in my book.  Some of the health concerns listed from the ingredients in the cream are organ system toxicity, endocrine disruption, biochemical or cellular level changes, skin irritation, and reproductive toxicity.  All of that was reason enough for me to come up with my own recipe for an antiseptic ointment.

Not only is this ointment non-toxic and effective in treating minor cuts and scrapes by preventing infection, but it is also really good for your skin, so it protects the skin as it heals and aids in the body’s process of restoring the skin as it heals.  Every single one of the ingredients in this ointment has antibacterial, anti fungal, and antiviral properties.  The coconut oil, aloe vera oil, and grapeseed oil all have moisturizing and repairing properties that benefit the skin.  Even more, the coconut oil and aloe vera oil are soothing and can help to take the sting out of those little scratches.

I am going to get straight to the recipe for all of you that are anxious to hear it, but after the recipe I am going to display some pins that show the benefits of the ingredients in this ointment.  If you’re interested, read on after the recipe!

HOMEMADE NON-TOXIC ANTISEPTIC OINTMENT

Ingredients (Makes about 2 oz.)

  • 2 Tbsp. Organic Unrefined Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 Tbsp. beeswax pellets (you can get these on Amazon here)
  • 1 Tbsp. Grapeseed Oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Aloe Vera Oil
  • 15 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract
  • 10-15 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • 10-15 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • 10-15 drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 2 oz. glass jar or container (I got mine on Amazon here)

Directions

1.) In a small sauce pan, melt your coconut oil and beeswax pellets over medium heat, stirring constantly, until completely melted.

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2.) Remove from heat and add your grapeseed oil, aloe vera oil, essential oils, and grapefruit seed extract.  Stir to combine.  Poor into your glass container.

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3.) Allow the ointment to thicken by placing it in the refridgerator for an hour or so.  Once thickened, place the lid on the jar.

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You’re good to go!  You will find that this does take on an ointment consistency and not a lotion consistency.  I scooped some on my finger so you can see.  It really has the same consistency as Neosporin.

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So that’s the recipe!  Anytime you have a minor cut or scrape, wash it thoroughly and then slather some of this ointment on it and you will be healed up in no time!

Now, as promised, if you’re interested, the following pins show some benefits of the ingredients in this ointment.

COCONUT OIL (There’s SO many with this one, but you can easily see the infection fighting properties as well as the skin benefits in the long list shown)

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GRAPESEED OIL

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ALOE VERA OIL

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LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL

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TEA TREE ESSENTIAL OIL

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EUCALYPTUS ESSENTIAL OIL

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GRAPEFRUIT SEED EXTRACT

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As you can see, all of the ingredients are excellent for preventing infection and for taking care of your skin as your boo boo heals!  Enjoy! 🙂

Homemade Non-Toxic Jewelry Cleaner

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So, today, I was admiring my wedding ring, and I notice it was looking pretty grimy.  I thought about going and getting some jewelry cleaner, but when I looked at the ingredients in most jewelry cleaners, they were NOT good!  For instance, a very common ingredient in jewelry cleaners is ammonium hydroxide.  This ingredient alone can cause some pretty terrible consequences to your health when you’re exposed to it.  Some of these include the following.

  • The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) classifies ammonium hydroxide as extremely hazardous when it comes in contact with the skin.  Considering that jewelry comes in direct contact with skin, I don’t think it’s a great idea to use something classified as extremely hazardous to the skin on it.
  • Ammonium hydroxide can produce tissue damage on mucous membranes.  When exposed to this chemical, our bodies can store it, and it can build up in our organs wreaking havoc on our health.
  • Chronic high levels of exposure can damage blood vessels and cause harm at the cellular level.
  • Inhaling ammonium hydroxide vapors can cause respiratory irritation.

Yuck!  No thanks!  And that’s just one ingredient.  A couple other common ingredients in jewelry cleaners that can be harmful are sodium metasilicate and butoxyethanol.  Both of these have many dangerous qualities that can damage your health.

Well, the good news is that you don’t need to use these jewelry cleaners, because I have a fabulous recipe that works wonders for jewelry.  I made it tonight and my ring is sparkly, shiny, and beautiful!!!

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Okay, for real, here is a pic after I cleaned the ring, you can see how great it looks!

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So, back to my story.  After noticing that my ring was looking grimy and looking up ingredients in normal jewelry cleaners, I decided it would be a better idea to make my own – enter Pinterest!!!  There were a lot of recipes for homemade jewelry cleaner.  Most of which had the ingredients baking soda, dishsoap, and salt, like the following pin.

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I decided to use the baking soda, but came up with a recipe of my own that actually doesn’t use the salt or the dish soap.  I got the idea for the other ingredients from my Non-Toxic glass cleaner recipe.  I remembered that when trying to find the perfect recipe for glass cleaner, cornstarch really gave my mirrors an amazing shine and clarity.  I settled on the following ingredients: baking soda, cornstarch, water, and vinegar.  I was really pleased with the result!

HOMEMADE NON-TOXIC JEWELRY CLEANER

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 Tbsp. Corn Starch
  • 1-2 Tbsp. White Vinegar

Directions:

1.) Place your water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.

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2.) Remove from heat and add the baking soda, cornstarch, and vinegar.  It will get all fizzy and stuff – super fun, I felt like a kid in chemistry class!  Stir until the cornstarch and baking soda are dissolved.

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3.) Place your jewelry in the pan and let it soak for 10 minutes.

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4.) Remove your jewelry from the pan, and use a soft bristle toothbrush to scrub the jewelry.

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5.) Rinse the jewelry in water and place on a dishtowel to dry.

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That’s it!  You’re all done, your jewelry is shining like new, and you don’t have to worry about any nasty chemicals in order to have sparkly jewelry!  Enjoy! 🙂

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HOMEMADE NON-TOXIC TOILET BOWL CLEANER

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I just ran out of toilet bowl cleaner, so I had to make some more which gave me a chance to take some pictures and write a post on my “recipe” for this stuff!  This stuff WORKS!!!  Not only that, but it smells amazing!  This is SO much better than the toxic stuff that can seriously affect our health!  Most store bought toilet bowl cleaners contain chemicals that can cause skin burns, respiratory distress from inhaled fumes, and eye irritation.  These are just the acute affects.  Some of the chemicals found in toilet bowl cleaners can cause long term health issues such as cancer and hormone disruption as well.

EWG has a “cleaner’s database hall of shame” that I came across when I clicked on the following pin that I found on Pinterest.

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Both of the toilet bowl cleaners on this pin are on this list as major offenders when it comes to toxic chemicals. I also came across an article at organicconsumers.org that states the following:

The most acutely dangerous cleaning products are corrosive drain cleaners, oven cleaners, and acidic toilet bowl cleaners, according to Philip Dickey of the Washington Toxics Coalition. Corrosive chemicals can cause severe burns on eyes, skin and, if ingested, on the throat and esophagus. Ingredients with high acute toxicity include chlorine bleach and ammonia, which produce fumes that are highly irritating to eyes, nose, throat and lungs, and should not be used by people with asthma or lung or heart problems. These two chemicals pose an added threat in that they can react with each other or other chemicals to form lung-damaging gases. Combining products that contain chlorine and ammonia or ammonia and lye (in some oven cleaners) produces chloramine gases, while chlorine combined with acids (commonly used in toilet bowl cleaners) forms toxic chlorine gas.”

There is a lot of information out there stating that toilet bowl cleaners contain chemicals that are terrible for our health.  This is just another reason why I make all of my cleaners myself using safe and non-toxic ingredients.  It’s also much cheaper which really helps the pocketbook of a neat freak like myself.

Here is my recipe for toilet bowl cleaner.

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup liquid castille soap (I use peppermint scented dr. Bronners for this recipe)
  • 1 3/4 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. baking soda
  • Essential oils:  I use tea tree, eucalyptus, lemon, orange, and lime (smells SO good)

Directions:

Pour all the ingredients into a squirt bottle (you can use any bottle that squirts – I used an empty hydrogen peroxide bottle.  You could also use an empty dish soap bottle, ketchup bottle…anything that squirts – you get the picture.  Shake to combine well.  Squirt into the toilet and use a toilet brush to clean then flush!  Sparkly clean!

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Safe, effective, and smells great without putting your health at risk!  Perfect!  Enjoy! 🙂