July 13, 2010

Summer Hair and Skin

Summer is here and aside from what the chlorine does to my children's hair and skin, I  welcome the season with open arms. I love afternoons at the pool as much as anyone else who is happy to have a break from packing lunch and doing homework, but it doesn't take long before the dry patches start to show on my youngest and my daughter's hair to feel like straw.
There are a couple of remedies I use that I think are worth sharing.
For the skin- I make sure to always use the Lavender Bath and Shower Gel immediately after swimming. Then I liberally use a combination of moisturizer with Frankincense and Copaiba. Both oils are great for the skin and the combination really seems to help him. Keeps his skin soft and controls the dry patches.
For the hair- I have all the kids use the Lemon Sage Clarifying shampoo. It definitely cleans the hair (I use it regularly once a week to remove the build up of the hair products I use daily) without stripping or drying. I think we will need to add the conditioner for summer considering the almost daily visits to the pool.

July 11, 2010

Bird Mites

I had never heard of bird mites until about a week ago. Here is what happens. Birds build a nest. The eggs hatch and there are baby birds. The mites live off the baby and adult birds while they are in the nest, but then when everyone leaves, the mites need a place to go to find a host. They will look for humans next. Bird mites are difficult to find without a magnifying glass but can be found on furniture, carpets, and clothing. They like to hang out where humans hang out.
The good news is that they do not like orange, eucalyptus, peppermint, or lavender. The bites can itch and become inflamed.
There are a couple of things you can do to help with the inflammation and take a proactive approach to the prevention of more. I suggested to one person adding a few drops of RC to her shampoo. There are 3 different kinds of Eucalyptus in there along with Lavender and Peppermint. The inflammation was gone immediately. Next, she used Purification in the laundry to wash everything (also good for dust mites) and finally to help her body from the inside out, a drop of Peppermint in hot water for tea.

*this information is for educational purposes only and is not meant to treat or diagnose any disease.

July 9, 2010

Doing Laundry

I do a lot of laundry. I joke about having 8,000 kids but I really only have 3. I didn't think the 3rd one would add all that much to my laundry responsibilities but I was wrong. Either way, I do laundry often. Really often. So, I tried an experiment. I had heard that the Thieves Household Cleaner worked well on laundry. While I wouldn't necessarily use Mr. Clean or Windex in my washing machine, I figured it might be worth trying a little cinnamon, rosemary, clove and lemon. I've learned a couple of things in this process:
1- My whites are whiter
2- My towels feel softer
3- I don't ever hear or feel that leftover soap bubbling after a load is done. This rinses cleaner.
4- Using 1 capful per medium sized load, I'm going to get about 50 loads from one 14oz. bottle. To be fair here though, I think there were times I should have used two capfuls.
5- I didn't find it great on stains, so on occasion (like after chocolate ice cream) I'd add a scoopful of Oxi-clean to the load.
6- My final note- the person in my house who notices laundry issues the most is my husband. Since he has  not made any comments or suggestions about clothes not seeming clean, I'm going to keep using this as my detergent. Since I can't really tell what's in Tide (the only ingredient listed is a general "surfactants") I feel better knowing what our clothes are being cleaned with and knowing that when all that soapy water leaves my washing machine and goes through the pipes and into the waterways it's better for the environment.