DIY Static Stopper Spray

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DIY Static Stopper

I don’t know about you but I’m going nuts over here.

This winter has been cold and that means the heat is running a lot. The heater sucks all the moisture out of the air and I’m left with dry skin and static clothes. That kind of combo can drive anyone up a wall!

I’m starting to solve the dry skin problem with my Herbal Body Oil. That has helped tremendously. I’m also trying some dry brushing. I’ll let you in on that secret when I’ve given it some more time.

The major issue that is left is the static. A little here and there isn’t too much of a problem. But I’m tired of my shirts, hair, and pajama pants sticking to my body! Maybe it doesn’t bother others as much as me but I can’t take it any longer.

Often times when the static is overtaking my wardrobe I’ll run to the bath room and run some water on my hand and then sprinkle it on my clothes. This kind of works but I end up with wet splotches on my shirts. Not really a big deal but also kind of annoying.

Then I figured out to put some water in a spray bottle. Duh! It shouldn’t have taken me this long to figure out. The spray bottle mists an even amount of moisture over my clothes. It gives me just enough to counter the dryness and stop the static.

I also figured I could put some essential oils in the bottle as well. Then I can smell nice too. (Because face it, moms don’t get to shower every day.) A little freshening up never hurt anyone! I chose some invigorating, fresh scents from the citrus family for this spray bottle. Lemon, Grapefruit, and Wild Orange are some of my favorite essential oils.

 

So if you are suffering from static taking over your life, this might help you regain your sanity until the end of winter.

DIY Static Stopper Spray

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Fill your bottle almost to the top with water.
  2. Add essential oils.
  3. Shake well.
  4. Spray on static clothing or hair as needed.
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You could easily make any sort of essential oil combo to suit your needs. Here are some oil combination ideas:

So far this DIY Static Stopper Spray is working very well. I even sprayed some around the room to add some moisture and freshen the air. I will probably keep this spray bottle by my side for the rest of winter!

How do you deal with the dry static of winter?

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Make Your Own Soothing Salve

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Make your Own Soothing Salve

Apparently, it’s garden planning time. At least if you live in the southern half of the United States.

I would love to plant a garden. Unfortunately we live in such a wooded area that there isn’t enough sun exposure to grow anything. And I know there are some plants that can grow in shadier areas, but I can never get them to grow.

One of these days I’ll have a space for a garden! And maybe a few gnomes…

In the meantime, for you that are gardening (and maybe those that aren’t), I have for you a soothing salve to make relieve your joint pain! You will want this on hand when you are stooped over pulling out weeds and such. That task is rough on the knees no matter what your age.

This isn’t just for gardeners either. Anyone that has sore joints, stiff back, mild skin irritations, bug bites, any type of temporary inflammation, this is for you.

It is similar to the DIY Sore Muscle Rub that I shared recently, although, this one has a much different consistency and may work better at targeting inflammation for some people. Certain essential oils work better with some people’s body chemistry than others, so if one oil doesn’t work too well for you, try another! You may be surprised.

On to the recipe. This is a small batch recipe for about a four ounce jar of soothing salve. It utilizes coconut oil, shea butter, and almond oil which are all excellent for the skin. Plus coconut oil has some anti-inflammatory properties. Arnica has long been known to soothe joints, nourish the skin, and work to relieve muscle pain.

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The essential oils that I chose for this salve are a strong combination to soothe your body. Frankincense and Eucalyptus both promote normal inflammatory response. Melaleuca cleanses and purifies the skin. White fir alleviates sore joints and muscles. There are many other essential oils that are also good for similar benefits so feel free to mix and match as you please!

Make Your Own Soothing Salve

Make Your Own Soothing Salve

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Measure the coconut oil, shea butter, almond oil and beeswax into a jar and place in water in a small saucepan. Bring the water to a near boil, but not so much that the water is jumping and tips over your jar.
  2. Once the oils melt, remove from heat and add the arnica oil and essential oils. Stir to mix.
  3. Now, you can either keep your salve in the same jar or pour into a smaller jar for storage. Once the mixture cools it will harden into a lotion like texture.
  4. To use, spread a small amount on any areas of concern.
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As you can see, this recipe is quite simple! So for you gardeners out there, make sure and have this on hand before you start planting. And for all the rest of you, use this soothing salve to alleviate your aches and pains as needed.

Spoonful of Salve

The salve goes on very smooth and smells wonderful! The scent increases as it heats up from your skin. I may even use this on my hands just to moisturize…

Do you use a soothing salve?

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My Favorite DIY

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It seems to me there is an innate sense in each of us to create. Whether its drawing, sewing, building, crafting, writing, or even household products, we all want to make things of which we can be proud. I know I get an immense amount of satisfaction when I’ve created something new for my home or family.

I have gathered a few of my favorite ideas and recipes for creating things around your home. You can also find more ideas on my Pinterest boards DIY Home, DIY Crafts, Homemade Beauty, and Green Home. And all of my own ideas are listed on my DIY page.

Go forth and be creative!

Bath and Beauty:

Home:

Crafts:

What are you going to create?

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DIY Herbal Body Oil

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DIY Herbal Body Oil update

 

‘Tis the season for sandpaper hands!

That sounds like fun. Right…

I don’t know about you, but winter dries up my skin like nothing else. My hands, my legs, and oddly my waist are the worst areas. I think it’s mostly from the heat running all day. Dry, itchy skin and static. Anyone else with me?

It’s time to take some drastic measures to battle this skin crisping season. Firstly, I have to make sure I’m well hydrated. It’s easier to not drink enough water in the winter because of the cooler weather. And that can contribute to dry skin. I’m measuring my water to be sure to drink my eight 8-ounces.

Next, I need to lather up with something moisturizing. I’m avoiding commercial lotions because of the chemical content. Many of them include some sort of alcohol which will ultimately make skin even drier. Not something I need right now. And the “green” chemical free lotions are just too expensive.

The answer is to make my own! Which is not a problem since I love to DIY.

I’ve made lotion bars, but they tend to leave my skin a little too greasy from the coconut oil. As dry as my skin is, I really don’t care for coconut oil based skincare products. I’ve attempted making body butter, but it never turns out well. Plus the coconut oil issue.

One day recently, as I was fed up with my dry, itchy skin and the options at hand, I went for my bottle of olive oil in the kitchen and rubbed down my legs. Relief! Finally! And then the idea came to me. Why not add some super nourishing oils and skin soothing herbs and make it a body oil? Yes!

Thus the DIY Herbal Body Oil is born.

Lavender Body Oil

 

There area variety of oils and herbs that will specifically nourish skin. Jojoba, avocado, aloe vera, and almond are the more common ones. They each have vitamins that will nourish your skin and aren’t nearly as heavy as coconut oil. Paired with olive oil, your skin will be left feeling smooth and moisturized.

Soothing herbs like lavender, calendula, and nettles are perfect to add to a moisturizing body oil. Infusing herbs into the oil adds extra benefits to nourish and strengthen your skin.

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There are two methods to making your own Herbal Body Oil. One is for the plan-ahead types and is extremely simple to do, and the other is for the rest of us but also takes a little more effort.

DIY Herbal Body Oil

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. If you plan ahead: Place the herbs in a jar and pour the first four oils. Stir gently to make sure the herbs are thoroughly moistened. Then depending on how big your jar is, fill with the olive oil. I used a half pint mason jar and it took less than 4 oz of olive oil. Place a lid on and label your jar with the date. It will need to sit for 4-6 weeks for the herbs to infuse into the oils.
  2. If you don’t plan ahead: Place your herbs and oils in a large saucepan. Heat the mixture on low for about an hour. The heating process will pull most of the beneficial nutrients out of the herbs into the oils.
  3. Once your herbs have infused into the oils, strain the herbs out and pour your body oil into an easy to dispense container. I used a small olive oil bottle that you would find in the kitchen. No top to screw off and on and it won’t gush out like it would in an open mouthed jar. You could leave the herbs in the oil if you like, after looking at my dispenser I think they would clog up the spout. It depends on what you use.
  4. To use your herbal body oil, simply pour a small amount of oil into your hands and rub onto your skin. You can easily use a lot or a little depending on the desired amount of moisture needed. I found that the scent of the lavender I used in mine was very subtle. Once I rub the body oil on it smells a little stronger. I may add some essential oils to increase the benefits of the oil and to give it a stronger scent.
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After using this herbal body oil for a couple of weeks now, I don’t know that I’ll go back to lotions! My body is soaking up the luxurious treatment and is finally feeling some relief from the dry itchiness that plagues me. I don’t know if it’s just me that has such dry skin that I need straight oil to make it feel good, but I’m so happy to find something that works.

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I find that making my own body products is so much better than buying them. I know exactly what’s in them and I can tweak it to suit my needs.

What are you waiting for? Go DIY!

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The Ultimate DIY Bundle

Short blurb for my DIY fans:

If you know anything about me, I hoard craft supplies. I know it goes against my minimalist mindset! It is neatly organized though. I do keep it simple and neat, if not minimal.

Anyway… When time allows, I dig in to my supplies and get my crafting on. And not only do I love to craft, but creativity is a way of life for me. I write all the time! And take photos. And make soap. And make all sorts of things for our home.

But I can always use new ideas. This is what I want to share with you today. For the next SIX DAYS the Ultimate DIY Bundle is for sale. Only for a limited time folks! This is a collection of carefully curated DIY and crafting eBooks and eCourses. There are projects for everyone to get involved in – sewing, home décor, beauty products.

For the crazy low price of just $34.95, you get access to this carefully curated library of over 76 eBooks and eCourses from the world’s leading DIY and crafting bloggers – enabling you to pick a project and jump straight into it with confidence. It’s the perfect tool to skip the information overload and throw yourself straight into a new activity.

Hurry though! The Ultimate DIY Bundle will only be on sale for 6 days – from 8am EST on Wednesday, January 21 until 11.59pm EST on Monday, January 26.

You can buy with complete confidence because you’re covered by the Ultimate Bundles 30-day money-back guarantee. That means you have a full 30 days to enjoy all the eBooks and eCourses in the bundle, and if you don’t think they provided enough value, you’ll get a full refund.

Not only that, but The Ultimate DIY Bundle comes with 4 awesome bonuses, worth over $118. That’s 3x the price of the bundle alone! These include…

A free $15 Store Credit PLUS 8×10 Art Print from Hope Ink ($43 Value), a free online class from Craftsy (up to $60 Value), free $15 store credit to Fawnsberg.com, and a free sewing pattern PLUS a Premium Video Class from UpCraft Club ($19.99 Value).

So, don’t miss your chance to grab The Ultimate DIY Bundle, and get 76 incredible eBooks and eCourses for just $34.95. All you need to do is take action by midnight on Monday, January 26!

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Pick up your copy right now, before it’s too late. Or, learn more here.

 

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Wellness Wednesday #1

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Greetings! This is the start of something really fun here at Never Lacking Zeal. I am now co-hosting Wellness Wednesday!

Wellness Wednesday is a blog link-up. Each week many different bloggers will link up their wellness related posts. It is a great way for you to find new fantastic blogs to follow, and if you are a blogger it is a great way to share your knowledge!

This link-up is shared by a few other natural living bloggers, each of us will have a short bit of unique content at the start of our link-up, so be sure to visit each of us! The link-up will be visible on each of the blogs so even if you can only visit one host, you will be able to connect with all the bloggers who link up.

Spread the word and let your friends know where to find some great natural living information. We greatly appreciate it!

In addition to the link-up, I would like to start sharing the benefits of different real food ingredients that you can use to boost your health. Wellness starts with the food you eat! We all have to eat and so making it taste good as well as be good for you is key.

Rosemary

This is one of my new favorites. Rosemary has a citrusy-woodsy scent that sharpens the memory. Just imagine standing in the woods on a crisp sunny day and smell the slightly minty aroma fresh green foliage.

This savory herb contains several vitamins and minerals including, Vitamins A and C, Manganese, Potassium, and Iron. Granted you would need a lot of rosemary to get your daily dose of these nutrients, but every little bit counts!

Rosemary’s anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-septic properties have been found to help with:

  • digestive problems
  • high blood pressure
  • headaches
  • and memory loss

If using the essential oil, Rosemary is great topically for hair health, joint pain, and skin conditions like eczema.

Next time you cook up some chicken or lamb, add a nice sprinkling of rosemary. It will improve the taste and give you some great benefits!

Now on to the link-up!


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DIY Sore Muscle Rub

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Who’s hitting the gym again, now that the new year is here?

Considering I’m so far out in the woods, I’m not going to be at a gym any time soon. And, although I’m not making any resolutions, I am committing to daily movement. Whether that’s walking or hiking, yoga, or plyometrics (simple body weight movements, like push ups or squats), I need to do some sort of physical movement every day.

Granted I’m pretty busy with chasing around a ten month old and keeping the house in one piece. But that doesn’t necessarily build muscle or get my heart rate up. Those are two key parts of daily movement and I’d like to make sure I achieve that even on a small scale.

If you are one of many others this time of year, making commitments to hit the gym, run, or get outside more, you may end up with sore muscles. I know I do when I get back at it!

Sore Muscle Rub Solo

The one thing that has saved me the last time I got started on good exercise habits, was my DIY Sore Muscle Rub. Utilizing essential oils and arnica oil, this rub really helps soothe the pain. I’ve tweaked the recipe from my initial concoction and put together something that is easy to make and use.

DIY Sore Muscle Rub

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Combine beeswax, coconut oil, olive oil, and grapeseed oil in double boiler. Heat until melted.
  2. Remove from heat and add arnica oil and essential oils. Stir to combine.
  3. Pour into mold or push tubes.
  4. To use simply rub on the affected area, massage into the skin, let the oils soothe the pain!
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This recipe will make 6-7 push tubes of Sore Muscle Rub. Which means you will have plenty to share if you want to give some as gifts! You could also half the recipe if you didn’t want so much. Or if you want to try it first to see if you like it, I have some for sale in my Southern Vines Soap Co. shop.

Sore Muscle Rub Trio

I have really found this DIY Sore Muscle Rub to be effective. I’ve given it to family and friends and they have loved it too.

So go out and hit that gym, trail, or track and get your move on! Then relish the soothing oils and hit it again!

Do you have plans to move daily?

 

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