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Protection solaire pour la peau

sunburnAujourd’hui, par les changements climatiques, les rayons de soleil – surtout les UVs – sont très fort. Ils peuvent même causer des cancers… Voici 4 astuces pour protéger votre peau d’un coup de soleil sans utiliser un écran solaire (chimique!):

  1. Le rayons du soleil sont le plus fort entre 10 a.m. et 4 p.m.; on peut alors places les activités dehors en conséquence. Observez aussi les index d’UV dans la météo.
  2. Cherchez l’ombre. Votre peau va bronzer aussi dans l’ombre d’un arbre par example – plus doucement et plus beau, sans se faire griller ou pire, brûler.
  3. Protégez vos bras et jambes par des vêtements qui sont tissé d’une façon dense; ils laissent pénétrer le soleil beaucoup moins.
  4. Faites de l’ombre pour votre visage (la peau du visage est plus délicate et vulnérable )avec un chapeau à large bord.
  5. Protégez vos yeux contre le soleil trop intense par des lunettes de soleil; particulièrement quand vous les pincez pour éviter le soleil. Par contre si le soleil n’est pas trop fort, ne mettez pas des lunettes car votre corps a besoin de détecter l’intensité du soleil pour démarrer ses mécanismes de protection (bronzer par exemple).

Bath

bathUse 1-4L Nanobio per bathtub.

Add EMx big ring or net bag with EMx pipes

 


Homemade Cream for garden hands

handcreamby Jill Winger from the Prairy Homestead

Melt 1/4 cup shea butter, 1 tablespoon beeswax, and 1/8 cup sweet almond oil together in a double boiler. (I just use a Pyrex measuring cup and place it in a pot of simmering water).Stir the mixture as it melts.

Once everything is melted, remove it from the heat and allow it to cool for 5-10 minutes.

Stir in10 drops myrrh essential oil and 10 drops cedarwood essential oil, and pour the liquid hand butter into a small glass container. Allow it to harden completely (this usually takes several hours).

Apply the hand butter to your dry hands as often as needed–especially after a long day working outside or playing in the dirt.

Shea butter is known to provide powerful moisturizing and nourishing benefits for the skin. Sweet almond oil is a wonderful moisturizer that also contains vitamins that nourish and soothe the skin. The beeswax in this recipe helps the hand butter to set up and stay firm. It also coats the skin and protects it. Myrrh and cedarwood essential oils are known for their ability to soothe and nourish skin. If you are wanting a bit more of a feminine scent, trying adding in 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil.


 Insect Repellent

moskitoe

General instructions

BASE Options:

  • Raw apple cider vinegar
  • White vinegar
  • Distilled or boiled water

BOOSTER Options:

  • Witch hazel
  • Vodka
  • Real vanilla extract
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Vegetable glycerin

BINDER Options:

  • Natural liquid dish soap
  • Castile soap
  • Epsom salts

ESSENTIAL OIL Options

Citronella, Patchouli, Frankincense, Arborvitae, White Fir, Cedarwood, Juniper, Pine, Juniper, Catnip, Lemongrass, Geranium, Peppermint, Lavender, Sandalwood, Tea Tree, Basil, Rosemary, Marjoram, Ylang ylang, Cilantro, Thyme, Eucalyptus, Lemon

The FORMULA

3 tablespoons BASE of your choice
2 tablespoons BOOSTER of your choice
¼ teaspoon BINDER of your choice
50-70 drops ESSENTIAL OILS of your choice

Combine all of the ingredients in a 4 oz spritzer bottle (glass is preferred). Give it a brisk shake and spray wherever the bugs are biting. * If using Epsom salts as a binder, mix the salts with the essential oils first, then add to the rest of the mixture.

Reminders:

  • If you have sensitive skin, do a patch test before applying the repellent
  • Avoid spraying near the eyes or other sensitive areas
  • Reapply every several hours, especially after swimming or sweating
  • Avoid using citrus essential oils in your repellent mixes, as they may cause skin to become photosensitive
  • If one formulation isn’t working for you, try another!

 

Natural Insect Repellent for Camping
Mix: Thyme 4 drops + Lemongrass 8 drops + Lavender 4 drops + Peppermint 4 drops
It can be used in several different ways.
1. Put 3 drops on a cotton ball and place it near your pillow at night.
2.  Put 2 drops on a ribbon or paper strip and hang them around the balcony, tent, cabin, or window.
3.  Use in combination with your regular lotion and rub onto skin before your trip.  Put 3 drops of essential oil blend with 3 teaspoons of coconut oil or other regular lotion.
4.  Water based splash- 5 drops of the blend, 1 TBSP witch hazel, 5 TBSP water.  Shake them in container before applying to skin.

Bugs be gone Balm
The first step is to place (1/4 c.+2 T) beeswax pastilles + (1/4 c+2 T) cocoa butter + (1/4 c) coconut oil + 2 T. castor oil into a saucepan and gently melt over very low heat while stirring. Allow to cool slightly before adding 15 drops each: citronella, lemongrass, and eucalyptus essential oils plus 5 drops each: peppermint and cedarwood essential oils.

Natural Insect Repellent Spray
Mix into a spraybottle:2 T of one or a combination of the following: witch hazel or vodka (find witch hazel here). Add 2 T of one or a combination of the following: grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, olive oil, or neem oil (which contains natural insecticidal compounds); then add ½ tbs vodka as preservative (if not already using).
Add 55 drops lemon eucalyptus essential oil +15 drops cedarwood essential oil + 15 drops lavender essential oil + 15 drops rosemary essential oil.

Healthy Bug Spray
Mix into a spray bottle: 30 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil + 10 drops of Geranium Essential Oil + 1 T vegetable glycerine + Fill to (almost) the top with distilled H2O. Shake and apply as needed (at least every hour or so).


 

mouthwashMouth hygiene

Mouthwash
Mix 1L applejuice with 1 Tbsp Nanobio

 

 


soap Soap

by Jill Winger from the Prairy Homestead

The basic formula for soap is: liquid + fat + lye. Lye produces the chemical reaction which turns fat into soap.

Hot Process Soap vs. Cold Process Soap
The main difference is that hot process soap allows the chemical reaction to complete immediately, while cold process soap allows the chemical reaction to happen over a curing period of six weeks.
The biggest downfall in regards to crockpot soap is that it produces a slightly less-pretty bar, with a bit more lumpiness on top.

This recipe produces about 0.9L (30 oz) of soap. I chose this amount because of the size of my mold.

  1. Melt 600ml (20 oz) coconut oil and add 300ml (10 oz) olive oil
  2. Slowly add 143ml (4.78 oz) 100% pure lye to270ml (9 oz) distilled water, as you continually stir the water. The chemical reaction will happen quickly, and the mixture will heat up.ALWAYS add the lye to the water. NEVER add the water to the lye. Adding water to the lye can result in an unpleasant Mount Vesuvius type of reaction…
  3. Once the lye is completely dissolved into the water (you’ll want to continue to gently stir until this happens), add it to the melted oils in the crockpot. Do this slowly, all while stirring the soap mixture.
  4. Now, grab your stick blender. Stir and mix the mixture with your stick blender. I don’t run it continually, but rather pulse it for short spurts, stirring the mixture as I go. You’ll see it blend together rather quickly and it will thicken. We’re looking for it to come to “trace.” You’ll know this has occurred because your soap mixture will have the consistently of pudding, and will hold its shape when you plop some on top.
  5. Once trace has occurred, the hard part is over! Simply place the lid on the crockpot, set the timer for 50 minutes, and allow the mixture to cook on LOW.
  6. While you’re waiting, line your soap molds with parchment paper (if you’re using a silicone mold, skip this step) and prepare any additives (see below). Once the 50 minutes has passed, it’s time to test the soap to make sure the lye has reacted with the oils completely and no longer remains in the mixture. I like to do this by grabbing a small amount of the soap mixture, allowing to cool for a second, and then touching it to my tongue. If it “zaps” me, I know there is still lye remaining in the mixture and it needs to cook longer. If it just tastes like soap, we’re ready for the next step.
  7. If you are mixing in any additives, turn off the crockpot and allow the mixture to cool briefly before mixing in any essential oils. However, you can’t wait too long, as the mixture will begin to set up, so watch it carefully.
  8. Pour the soap mixture into the mold, making sure to press it into all the corners and smooth out the top as much as possible.
  9. Set it aside for 12-24 hours, or until it sets completely. (Usually, overnight is plenty of time). Remove the soap from the mold, cut it into bars, and allow it to dry for another day or so to allow it to harden up a bit.