Honey face wash

This is a bit more of an in depth explanation of using honey to wash your face with.  I wrote about my whole face care routine here but I didn’t explain in detail the hows and whys I do a honey wash. I usually use the oil cleansing method at night and honey in the morning.

Honey is an amazing thing. Especially if you get the good kind…which would be organic, raw, unpasteurized, unheated, local honey. It isn’t as hard to find as you think. Just make sure it says raw not pure….pure means nothing! Of course its pure…all it is is honey!

Here is why I think honey is so amazing!

  1. It helps to heal and repair scars
  2. It literally never goes bad
  3. It is antibacterial and antimicrobial…naturally, thank you bees!
  4. Its an anti irritant…so its great for any skin type (unless you have an allergy)
  5. Its full of enzymes, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals
  6. It tastes amazing
  7. It helps you to sleep at night (when taken with a fat source…see here for more info)

WASHING YOUR FACE WITH HONEY

Its an easy step to add into your routine or to make your only routine.

You will only need two things.

  • Facecloth
  • Jar of raw honey

Steps

  1. Start with a dry face…no make up, hair tied back. If you have make up on, I will add a note on the end.
  2. scoop or pour about a rounded 1/2 tsp of honey onto your fingertips
  3. massage between fingers for a few seconds then apply and massage all over face.
  4. if it is really sticky and you cannot move it around (my honey is crystallizing so this is me) wet one finger….seriously, only one. Share the water between one on your other hand and continue to massage on your face.
  5. OPTIONAL…let sit for up to 5 minutes
  6. Rinse with cool water. A few splashes will usually do.
  7. I use a facecloth with cool water at the end just to make sure I got all the bit by my nose and hair line.
  8. I follow it up with a spritz or two of witch hazel
  9. Use your moisturizer if needed. I usually use my face oil and if really dry, a bit of coconut oil.

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chicken feet bone broth

I have been trying to figure out a good bone broth recipe for my chicken soup because it always lacks flavor, even using organic, free range..yadda yadda chicken. I just placed my huge meat order through my local grass fed/pasture raised ranch and I noticed they had bones for chicken stock….specifically chicken feet! I thought, why not.

I ordered some and when they came they were so clean, trimmed and no work for me. I was impressed. Then I made stock. The most amazing stock I’ve ever had. I am using it to get my geletin because there are never any grass fed cattle bones for order…huge demand! And when I can order marrow bones, my daughter wont let me make stock with them…she just wants them roasted.

Here is what I did. Try out chicken feet broth if you can find a good source.

Chicken feet bone broth

  • Crock pot
  • 1 pkg (~15) chicken feet
  • filtered water
  • 2 TBSP ACV
  • 1 TBSP Himalayan salt

I literally threw the feet in my crock pot and filled it with water until they were all submerged. I added the ACV and salt. I put my crock pot on high until it bubbled then turned it down to low and let it simmer for 24 hours. After it was done you may or may not need to skim the top for gross foam (with my source I have not had to do this but you may have to). I strained it through a fine metal strainer and filled a bunch of mason jars. If you freeze this, remember if you are using glass to leave a lot of room in the jar and not to screw on the lid until totally frozen. Also…label it! If you are like me your freezer is full of different amounts and types of broth so a good sticking label goes a long way. I use little jars for daily use and bigger ones for soup stock.

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Goodbye bad dreams…here comes the sweet dream spray

So, since my daughter has turned four two months ago, her imagination seems to be running wild. Even when she isn’t having bad dreams, she thinks she is because she works herself up thinking about them! So, since she is four, and will believe almost anything if I can sell it the right way, I decided to make some magic sweet dream spray. I told her that it is a magical spray that if you spray it before you go to bed that it will help give you sweet dreams. I put it in a special green bottle that the fairies made green because she has a green leaf in her room (like the ones from ikea that make a canopy over your bed). She really goes to town with the spraying…its quite funny actually. She knows that if she wakes up in the middle of the night, she can spray it more…as much as she wants. Even if it helps for a few months…I’ll take it!

Sweet dream spray (or whatever you want to call it)

  • special spray bottle
  • lavender essential oil
  • distilled water

Basically, fill bottle with water and add a few drops of oil. You need to shake it good before using but that is easy to learn. Lavender is used to help relax and calm a busy body…which most children have. I used to have a pillow spray from Bath and Body Works that I loved but since I’ve gone green, this is a wonderful alternative.

Natural room disinfectant spray

Since I run a dayhome and I am fairly crunchy…I do not like exposing children to more than their little bodies can handle. They get enough toxic exposure as it is. I also hate germs. My family is lucky, we are rarely hit with major illness but when they hit, they hit hard. The other kids however come with many germs, bugs and lingering flu illnesses. I used to use the lysol room spray…a lot! But I didn’t want them to breathe it in (I didn’t want to either!) so I needed to find an alternative. I have used essential oils since I was a teenager so I know how powerful they can be. Lately I have heard a lot about thieves oil blends so I wanted to see what the hoopla was all about. After a lot of research, I found that it can be a few different takes on essential oil blends. The blends are made to reduce illness, mold, infections, kill germs…etc. All good things. So, since I don’t have time to get to my local health food store during the week, I used what I had on hand and made up my own version on a room disinfectant spray.

Natural Room Disinfectant Spray

  • very good quality spray bottle with misting nozzle
  • distilled water
  • essentials oils (see blend options below)

I used a large spray bottle since I use this stuff a few times a day when flu and cold season is here(ie, stressful times of the year). I added about 3 cups of water to approx 100-150 drops of oil (total). My first batch was with only rosemary. My second batch was with rosemary and eucalyptus. Just remember to really give it a shake before using!

Essential Oil Options

  1. Rosemary alone
  2. Rosemary and eucalyptus about 50/50
  3. Rosemary, eucalyptus and lemon oil 30/30/40
  4. Thieves blend (you can make your own or use pre-bought ones) **NOTE** I have not used this and I do know that if it contains clove bud oil, that it can actually dissolve plastic and eventually glass…so if you are going to use this, make sure bottle is glass and make small amounts to be used up faster) You can also get room essential oil disperses which may be a better option

The latin names for the oils are lemon (Citrus limon), eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata), rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis).

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Natural Vapo Rub

This year, my family has been hit with a bad case of congestion. Coughs and stuffy noses all around. We were lucky that we try and keep healthy by eating good, taking our vitamins and probiotics and getting to our chiropractor (who is amazing!). I had a small leftover container of baby vapo rub from a while ago that someone had bought be as a baby gift, and used it up the first night on my daughter. After that, I was on my own. Since I easily make my own body butter, I figured it would be easy to make a vapo rub version, and it was. For this one, I didn’t use my food processor because I didn’t want essential oils in it(especially eucalyptus)

Natural Vapo Rub

enough coconut oil to fill a small jelly sized mason jar
mason jar – jelly sized
4 drops eucalyptus essential oil
1 drop tea tree essential oil
*OPT lavender essential oil, rosemary essential oil

In a bowl mix coconut oil and oils with a metal spoon. I use the back of the spoon to smash everything together until it was soft and smooshy. Put it in your jar and label with the date. I am not sure how long it would last but we went through the jar in two months so it wasn’t an issue.

I didn’t want to make this too strong because it was for my 4 year old, so if you are making it for an adult, you could probably add a bit more, but you also don’t want it too overpowering.

Please note that since I was slathering it on her, I made sure she was in old pj’s we didn’t care got oily. I know there are versions that use shea butter and beeswax but I didn’t have either of those so I improvised. Those versions may be less oily.

Coconut oil body butter…that stays soft!

Whipped coconut oil. Sounds good enough to eat, and you could if you really wanted to!

I live in Alberta, Canada where the winters can get very dry and cold. I need a good lotion to combat this so my skin doesn’t feel like I want to rip it off. Since I already buy coconut oil in copious amounts, I have always used it for my families skin care. What I do not like about it is when it gets super hard in the cold main floor bathroom when it is -35! So, I read on Chagrin Valley’s page about their whipped body butter and body balms and I wanted to try them but couldn’t afford the shipping. So, I made my own more simple version with what I had on hand.

Body Butter/Whipped coconut oil

coconut oil
*OPT essential oils

I use the wide, short mason jars to store this but you can use whatever leftover jars you want(old body shop body butter ones work great). Use a bit less coconut oil then the containers can handle.
Put the coconut oil and essential oils(only a few drops) in to your food processor and pulse until is softens a bit. Then let er’ rip. Keep blending until it is fluffy.
Scoop whipped oil into containers.

For some reason it doesn’t get solid…usually. I did bring mine into the shower with me once because I like to soak and seal(put lotion on while damp then pat dry), and it melted a bit with the steam and was a bit more solid again. So…keep away from registers or heat sorces to keep fluffy.

Flawless face care routine

….well almost flawless skin. Hormones and diet can play a huge role but good base skin care really helps!

I’ve posted before about the oil cleansing method for cleaning your face. I won’t talk too much about that now but I do want to share what I am doing to help keep my skin healthy as well as toxin free. Really good skin comes from several things. Diet, hydration, climate and skin care. Now my diet is really good, most of the time and I drink a ton of mineralized water. We live in, at the moment, a very cold and dry climate here near the Rocky Mountains of Alberta. I keep humidifiers running in my bedroom and my daughters 24/7 and do not keep our heat too high. Still, incredibly dry. So it all comes down to skin care.

Here are my supplies all kept in a small bin with small bottles because I have a small ensuite bathroom. This is just my bedtime routine. I will follow with my morning routine.

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And yes that is a shot glass in the background with mct oil for reducing the wax buildup in my daughters ears.

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So in those bottles are

  • My face wash oil
  • Witchazel (pure no alcohol)
  • Castor oil
  • Face oil (I will post about how I make that soon)
  • Magnesium spray (not for face but part of my bedtime routine)
  • And front short one is coconut oil

Here is what I do.

  1. If I have actually worn any eye makeup(about once a month!) I use a cotton pad or old scrap piece of cloth to dip in the coconut oil and wipe my eyes. All traces are as good as gone.
  2. Wash face with oil cleansing method. See how to here. My new oil blend is 1/3 castor oil, 1/3 sweet almond oil and 1/3 avocado oil. It’s wonderful.
  3. Spritz the witchazel all over my face and neck. Pat in with my fingers.
  4. Share a drop or two of castor oil for under and around the outsides of my eyes. It’s very thick so please don’t rub, dab with your ring finger.
  5. I always follow with my homemade face oil. I use two pumps for face and neck and gently rub in.
  6. Lastly I use coconut oil on my eyebrows because they tend to get very flaky and dry during the winter. I also use it to ‘paint’ my eyelashes. This really helps keep them strong and grow well.

It sounds like a ton but the oil cleansing is what takes some time. The whole routine takes about 5 minutes or less. I do like to steam my face a bit extra in the winter.

As for my morning routine, it is super easy and simple because I need to be ready for the day in as little time as possible. (here is my full explanation)

I only need four things.
Facecloth
Jar of raw honey
Witchazel
Face oil

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On a dry face, slowly work in a little scoop (maybe rounded 1/2 tsp) of honey. Yes…this sounds crazy and it is very sticky but it is super great. If it is super thick like mine, wet one finger to massage into your skin…not much otherwise it wont rub on well(you’ll just be washing it away). Honey is very healing and has amazing antibacterial properties. I use it to help keep the occasional pimple away. I rinse my face with cool water, it only takes a few handfuls splashed onto my face then use a cool facecloth and gently wipe any last traces away. Spritz on some witchazel, pat in. Two pumps of oil and I’m good to go.