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Best Natural Bug Repellents, DIY Recipe, & Giveaway

We are giving away a Miessence Buzz Free Personal Zone Spray (bug spray) on our facebook page! Be sure and enter!

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Okay, so this is my last post in the summer essentials series and it is going to be over bug repellents.

Where, I live bugs are a huge problem during the summer. We have tons of mosquitoes and other flying biting insects as well as ticks and other nasties. I don’t want to put toxic chemicals all over myself and my children to keep them away, so what options are out there?

Lafes Organic Baby Insect Repellent– Ingredients:   Aqua (Water), Essential oils of: *Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium), *Cedrus atlantica (Cedarwood), *Eucalptus globulus (Eucalyptus), *Citrus medica limonum (Lemon), *Lavandula officinalis (Lavender), Prunus amygdalus dulcis (essential oildispersant from Sweet Almond Oil) * Certified Organic

 

Loving Naturals Insect Repellent Spray– Ingredients: Organic Witch Hazel Extract, Organic Citronella Oil, Organic Neem Seed Oil, Organic Lemongrass Oil, Organic Cedarwood Oil, Catnip Oil, Organic Geranium Oil, Organic Rosemary Oil, Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Organic Soy Lecithin, Water, Sea Salt

 

Badger Anti-Bug Shake & Spray- Active Ingredients: 23% *Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, 10% *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil, and Essential Oils of 4% *Cymbopogon Nardus (Citronella), 2% *Cedrus Atlantica (Cedar), 2% *Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass), 1.5% *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary), 1% *Pelagonium Graveolens (Geranium), and 1% *Mentha Piperita (Peppermint). Inactive Ingredients: Water and 0.5% *Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen). * = Certified Organic

Buzz Free Zone Personal Spray- Ingredients: Certified organic aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, aqua (purified water), certified organic cymbopogon nardus (citronella) essential oil, leptospermum liversidgei (olive tea tree) essential oil, certified organic melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) essential oil, certified organic leptospermum petersonii (lemon scented tea tree) essential oil, azadirachta indica (neem) extract , citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) fruit extract, sclerotium rolfsii gum   Now for my DIY recipe.

Ingredients:

32 oz Witch Hazel

1 oz Neem Oil (optional this stuff stinks but works very well)

15 drops Lavender EO

15 drops Citronella EO

15 Drops Lemongrass EO

15 Drops Peppermint EO

15 Drops Geranium EO

10 Drops Cedar EO

Dump all these contents in a spray bottle. I get amber glass ones from here and you can get  amber PET ones from here.

Shake well before each use and lightly mist over skin. Reapply every two hours outside or if you go into water.

 

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Summer Essentials- Sun Protection

sunprotection2Protecting your skin from the sun is very important. The sun can damage and prematurely age your skin as well as cause cancer. It is important to not only wear suncreen but protective clothing and gear like hats and glasses.

Picking a sunscreen can be hard, especially since so many of them are full of harsh chemicals. So what are the best and most natural options available?

Badger Balm– This is one of my all time favorites. They use non-nano particle zinc oxide and have SPF’s ranging from 15 to 35. They even have a bug repellent sun screen!

Miessence– This is a great sunscreen with a lower SPF at 15 (third parties rated it at 29.5 though). It uses at least 70% certified organic ingredients and the rest are naturally produced minerals it contains no synthetic chemicals or GMO’s.

Green Beaver- Here is another certified organic sunscreen. They have a face, and spray version available!

Be sure and get a good pair of sunglasses, here is what the EWG’s Sun Safety Campaign has to say about how to pick the best sunglasses.

  1. Buy a good pair of general-purpose medium to dark sunglasses with large lenses and wraparound design (Health Canada 2010). UV can enter the eyes from the side. As well, light shining from a source behind the head can be reflected off the inner surface of sunglasses and into the eyes, making the shape of the curved sunglasses particularly important (Behar-Cohen 2014). Daily-use outdoor sunglasses should block 60 to 92 percent of visible light and UVA rays and 95 to 99 percent of UVB rays.
  2. Wear sunglasses from morning to night.
  3. Wear a wide-brimmed hat or visor and avoid bright midday sunlight.
  4. Don’t wear lightly-tinted “cosmetic” sunglasses when outdoors. They do not protect the eyes sufficiently.
  5. Don’t wear sunglasses made for prolonged sun exposure for driving because they are deeply tinted and can block up to 97 percent of visible light, 98.5 percent of UVA rays and at least 99 percent of UVB rays. Overly dark lenses interfere with the driver’s view of traffic signs and signals.

 

Have fun and be safe in the sun!

 

Look out for the next part of our Summer Essentials Series “DIY Sunburn Spray”.

New Certified Organic Product Line!

MiessenceProductRangeHigh2 Moms Natural Skin Care is so excited to be selling a new product line Miessence. This line is certified organic. Many of it’s products are certified food grade organic which means you could technically eat them! They use the freshest ingredients possible and none of the ingredients are exposed to synthetic chemicals. They do not use water in their products instead they use aloe vera so that their products are not tainted with any of the chemicals in tap water.

All of their products are made fresh every month then delivered straight to your door. They do not use any fillers so the products are muchmore potent than others on the market. They may be a little on the pricey side but in my mind it is totally worth it for the quality of ingredients and the openess of their company.

I will be putting up a whole section about the company and the products soon, until then if you have any questions just ask me and I will be glad to answer.

Products 101 from Miessence on Vimeo.

https://www.miessence.com/2momsnaturalskincare/en/

Cutie Patootie Booty Balm

So we have another new product out. Our Booty Balm! I love this stuff and have been using on my twins since they were born, it has taken me six months to perfect this recipe. Lots of small batches and quality control checks on first myself then the twins. We have have finally come up with a product that we are proud to call ours and love to use on our own children. Because why sell something if you won’t use it yourself?’

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So what is so great about this Booty Balm you ask?

Well first off we have included some wonderful healing herbs!

  • Chamomile- Soothes rashes and reduces inflammation and has some anti-bacterial properties.
  • Calendula-This herb helps disinfect the skin it also has soothing and immuno-stimulant properties.
  • Comfrey-High in calcium and vitamin C. It is anti-inflammatory and speeds healing due to high levels of allantoin present in the herb.

We have also put in some great antibacterial butters and oils:

  • Cocoa Butter- Full of antioxidants in vitamins, it is gentle on skin and a great moisturizer.
  • Coconut Oil- This is anti-bacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal, and has even been shown to kill yeast. It is also a great deep moisturizer for skin.
  • Shea Butter-Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-bacterial properties. Strengthens skin and stimulates collagen production
  • Sweet Almond Oil- Full of vitamins A,B, and E.
  • Olive Oil- Has anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial properties
  • Lavender Essential Oil- Lavender essential oil helps stimulate skin cell growth as well as being anti-bacterial.

We also have three optional ingredients that you can request be added at checkout:

  • Zinc Oxide-Provides a thicker water barrier. We use non-nano particle  zinc oxide so that it is not absorbed by your babies skin.

Or

  • Arrowroot Powder-Absorbs moisture.
  • Neem Oil- Anti-bacterial. This stuff is great if baby has a yeast infection. It does smell rather strongly of garlic/grass though.

This product is also great for other skin conditions:

  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Sensitive Skin
  • Minor rashes and burns
  • Bugbites

You can get Cutie Patootie Booty Balm here.

 

Disclaimer: Statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat and cure or prevent disease.

DIY Healing Herb Infused Coconut Oil

DIY Healin Herb Infused Coconut OilSo yesterday I told ya’ll all about my horrible experience with anti-bacterial soap now I am going to tell you about how I made a nice soothing, healing oil to help heal my hands.

What You Need:

  • 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Chamomile
  • 1 Tablespoon Calendual
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Comfrey

Directions:

Put all the ingredients in a double boiler and turn it on low. Let it steep for at least an hour or as long as 24 hours so that the coconut oil now smells like the herbs. You could also do a larger batch of this in a crock pot. Use a mesh strainer and drain the oil from the herbs into a jar or your container of choice.

 

To use you can apply this directly to your skin. You can also mix this infused oil with many things like lotions, creams, hot oil hair treatments, etc.

For my burns I took a bit of the coconut oil and mixed in some honey then applied the mixture to my hands.

Organic Lotion Bars

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Have you ever used a lotion? They are great. A one ounce bar is the equivalent of about 3 bottles of lotion. We absolutely love to use lotion bars in the winter. They lock in moisture for hours all you have to do is hold them in your hands and let them warm up then rub them over your skin.

We made our first batch of lotion bars for sale yesterday! We had so much fun and sampled the product along the way. I must say my skin is very soft today!

There are four luxurious scents go check ’em out over at our store. They are 10% off the first week if you enter the code WEEK1 at checkout. We suggest you buy more than 1 or order together with someone else because shipping rates are ridiculous.

We also do custom lotion bars for personal use or in bulk for businesses.

DIY Potpourri Hot Pot Recipes

So this post isn’t exactly about skin care, but it is about making your whole house smell amazing with what you have on hand and avoiding toxic chemicals. All of these ingredients are grown organically as well as conventionally so your Hot Pot can be all organic if you want.

How much money do you spend on making your house smell good? Some candles cost $25 dollars. Which in my opinion is just ridiculous. Then you have your sprays (air, carpet, pet, anti-bacterial, odor eliminator, seasonal scents), scented plugins, potpourri, gel air fresheners, diffusers, scented wax melts, etc.  Go look around your house right now, if you don’t have at least five products used to make your house smell good I would be surprised. I know I used to have tons of products in mine too.

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There is a way though to make your house smell amazing with things you have on hand in the kitchen.

If you have oranges in your house (which I do all the time) then this one is for you. I usually do this whenever I eat an orange.

Orange Cinnamon Hot Pot

What you need:

  • The peel of one orange.
  • A cinnamon stick or two
  • A splash of vanilla extract
  • Cloves (optional)

Directions

  1. Fill a pot halfway with water.
  2. Throw all your ingredients in.
  3. Put on med until steaming, then simmer on low.
  4. Add water as needed. This pot should last a two or three days.
  5. Follow these directions for all hot pots.

Lemon Mint Hot Pot

  • Lemon peels. (Maybe make some homemade lemonade)
  • 1 peppermint tea teabag.

Christmas Tree Hot Pot

  • 3 sprigs evergreen or handful pine needles
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 TBS whole cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 pieces orange rind
  • 2 pieces lemon rind

Apple Spice Hot Pot

  • Hand full of apple peels.
  • Cinnamon stick
  • 5-6 Cloves

Now these hot pots may not be standard ingredients in your house but they sure do smell good!

Winter Hot Pot

This one is great for helping to clear out your nose and sinuses. Another benefit of hot pots in the winter is that they act as a humidifier! This is done best in a crock pot. You can lessen the amounts and do on the stove if you want. Or you can make all this up and store it an airtight container and used as wanted.

  • 2 cups dried rosemary
  • 2 cups dried lavender
  • 1 cup dried eucalyptus leaves
  • 1/2 cup dried peppermint or spearmint
  • 1/2 cup dried bay leaves

Jasmine Hot Pot

  • Dried jasmine flowers
  • Dried Rose Petals
  • Dried eucalyptus leaves