Chocolate Spice Tooth Powder

9.16.13 021This is my new favorite invention. My kids don’t like the powdered texture as much as their regular toothpaste but I like that this recipe has an indeterminate shelf life, the cloves and cinnamon disinfect, the bentonite clay absorbs the toxins and helps remineralize the teeth, and the cocoa powder whitens. I can say that I did see a noticeable difference in the whiteness of my teeth after just two uses. And it tastes pretty good too!

While researching for this recipe I found this interesting article on Science Daily about the oral health benefits of cocoa. Chocolate good for the teeth? Who is going to argue with that? Here’s what they say…

“… an extract of cocoa powder that occurs naturally in chocolates, teas, and other products might be an effective natural alternative to fluoride in toothpaste. In fact, his research revealed that the cocoa extract was even more effective than fluoride in fighting cavities. The extract…helps harden teeth enamel, making users less susceptible to tooth decay.”

That sounds pretty good to me. I actually initially thought of the cocoa powder in this recipe for taste and I thought that it might help in whitening teeth, but the research above seems to indicate that it may offer even more benefits.

9.16.13 045So, wanna try the chocolate tooth powder with me? Here’s what you do… it’s easy!

Combine 1 tsp. powdered cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. ground cloves, 1 tsp. cocoa powder, 2 tsp. bentonite clay an a pinch of sea salt. Stir and store in a glass jar (due to the bentonite clay it is best not to store in plastic or metal containers).

To use, wet your toothbrush and dip in the jar and brush adding more water to your toothbrush if needed. Try it out!

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Mint Berry Toothpaste

9.16.13 047This is an updated version of my Candy Cane Toothpaste recipe. The taste is not drastically different, but the dried elderberries at an extra touch of flavor and color. It is made the same way as the Candy Cane Toothpaste with a few minor adjustments.

FIrst, simmer the following ingredients to make a very strong tea using 2 cups of distilled water (this will prolong the shelf life), 1/2 cup peppermint leaf (for taste and disinfecting purposes), a bit of stevia leaf (to sweeten –  doesn’t take much – 1 tsp. or less), and 1/8 cup dried elderberries,. Strain the dried herbs and reduce the liquid to about 1/2 cup. Mix your tea into bentonite clay with a popsicle stick (do not use metal utensils) until desired texture is achieved. To prolong the shelf life and add a little taste, add one drop of peppermint oil (take care not to add more than that or it may be too strong). Store the mixture in glass jar (as pictured above) and apply to toothbrush with a popsicle stick. This mixture should last about 3 months at room temperature.

Homemade perfume, cologne or body scents

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Make your own custom perfume, cologne or body scents. Simply mix your favorite essential oils together in 1-2 ounces of a carrier oil such as olive oil or almond oil. Add more drops of essential oils for a stronger scent or less for a lighter one. Try some of the scent combinations pictured on the Beauty page.

Mineral and Herb Deodorant Spray

8.30.13 049This is a new and improved deodorant spray recipe. It combines the antibacterial properties of herbs, ph correcting properties of apple cider vinegar, and the added benefit of getting a daily dose of magnesium which is efficiently absorbed through your skin.

Deodorant Spray Recipe:
32 oz. Magnesium Oil (recipe by Wellness Mama).
32 oz. Herbal infused vinegar

Mix equal amounts in a spray bottle. Spray on. Will keep indefinitely in your medicine cabinet.

(Note: Both the vinegar and magnesium oil will sting if applied to freshly shaved skin. So do not apply if you have just shaved your underarms.)

Herbal infused vinegar

8.30.13 047I’ve been making herbal infused vinegars lately. I started making one to use as a hair rinse and found that I like it in my new deodorant recipe too (coming soon).

It’s easy to make. Just takes a little time.

Here’s what you need….
1 – 32 oz. glass jar and lid
apple cider vinegar
1 cup herbs of choice (I use nettle, lavender and rosemary)

Place the dried herbs in the glass jar. Pour the apple cider vinegar over the herbs filling up to one inch from the top of the jar. Seal. Let it sit for 3 weeks agitating the jar daily. After 3 weeks (give or take) strain the herbs and rebottle using in the shower as a hair rinse, toner for your face, or as an ingredient in homemade deodorant.

For complete list of all my homemade recipes visit the General Store.

Crayon Rescue

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Rescue all your broken crayon pieces and turn them into a handy crayon block. It’s easy. Recycle them by putting all the broken pieces (with wrappers removed) into a silicone baking pan – preferably one that is a cute shape. 🙂 Bake on 200 degrees for 15 minutes or until melted. Let it cool completely and then pry out of the pan. It helps to make it fairly thick so that it doesn’t break when you take it out. By the end you will have a nice crayon block that is good for travel and tiny hands. Color away!

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What books are popping off my bookshelf?

Peruse the shelves to find out what I've been reading lately....

Peruse the shelves to find out what I’ve been reading lately….

Visit the Library to see what I’ve been reading lately. The topics that I’ve found interesting include cooking, gardening, historical recipes, herbs, natural cleaning and remedies, etc. Maybe you’ll find something that peaks your curiosity there too.

How to make Garlic Oil

130705_0003Whenever my kids are sick they smell like garlic. I rub garlic oil all over them. I rub it on behind their ears, down the sides of their neck, on their feet, on their chest. You get the idea. Garlic is anti – everything (bacterial, fungal, viral, septic, etc.). It’s one of the most effective herbs at healing the body from infection and it is very effective at cleansing. One of my herb books tells the story of how in WWII when penicillin was scarce the medics carried cloves of garlic with them which they used to triage their patients. It’s one of my favorite herbs and one of the reasons that I like it so much is that it’s safe. It’s food after all. I add it to almost all my cooking. A whole head of garlic goes in to each batch of chicken broth and I use it in my well drops too. So, rub it all over and eat it up to stay well. For the directions on how to make your own garlic oil, visit the Herb Shed and scroll down.

Magnesium Oil: new uses and benefits

Have any of you tried the Magnesium Oil recipe from Wellness Mama? I made some up earlier this summer. And I just found a new and exciting use for it. Let me explain.

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I typically take a magnesium supplement, which I found to be especially helpful during my last pregnancy. (All my aches and pains from sore muscles disappeared as long as I took it – it was amazingly helpful! In terms of mobility I didn’t even feel like I was pregnant.) And I’ve been using Wellness Mama’s magnesium oil recipe off and on too (honestly – I’m not very good at remembering to use it). However, last night I had a very sore muscle in the middle of the night from overexertion during the day. I was using peppermint oil for the discomfort which helped, but in the morning when I woke up I thought that I should try applying some magnesium oil on it. I knew that the magnesium was good for muscles and had helped before when I was pregnant, so I tried it. I sprayed some on and rubbed it in. It helped a lot! Now by afternoon the muscle is barely sore. I wish I had thought of this in the middle of the night. Keep it in mind in the future for sore muscles. It helped me immensely.

My General Store – one stop shopping for homemade things

Brookshires store shelvesVisit my General Store to find all the recipes for the things that I make myself in one convenient place. They are organized by category for easy reference. Let me know if there is a recipe that you’d like to see that isn’t posted yet. I’m updating things all the time. Happy shopping!

“Candy Cane” Toothpaste

toothbrushesIn my quest to keep those little teeth clean, a homemade toothpaste that will clean their teeth and mouth and taste good too. Click here to read about our “Candy Cane” Toothpaste. It’s a simple recipe. Only three ingredients. And safe to swallow if you have little ones who don’t know how to spit out their toothpaste.