Make Your Own Natural Soothing Cough Syrup

Make Your Own Natural Soothing Cough Syrup
Every time the seasons change, I always get a bad sore throat and a case of uncontrollable coughs. However, I really loathe turning to medicated commercial cough syrups for something like this.

So, I make my own.

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You'll Need:

- organic honey (preferably locally produced)
- organic virgin coconut oil
- lemon
- sterile jar/container

Directions:

1. Place 5 tablespoons of honey, 2 tbsp of virgin coconut oil and squeeze 1 tbsp of juice from a fresh lemon into a small saucepan.
2. Heat the mixture over a very low heat until it is completely melted and mixed together.
3. Pour the mixture into a clean jar or container, and you're done!

To Use:

Simply swallow a teaspoon of this whenever you feel your throat needs to be soothed a bit, or even add it to a cup of hot tea. This natural mixture does wonders to soothe a sore throat and suppress coughs without any of that artificial flavoring chemicals that come with most store-bought lozenges and cough syrups.



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Make Your Own Natural Soothing Cough Syrup
This recipe yields a very small amount that will last you anywhere between one and a few days, depending on how often you use it. I only make small amounts at a time to ensure that it will stay fresh and not go rancid before I can finish it. So feel free to increase the amounts or play with the ratios depending on your preference.

Virgin coconut oil becomes solid in room temperature or below, so if your concoction has become a difficult-to-manage solid, just put it over a little bit of heat and it should very quickly melt into something you can easily scoop up. Try to use locally produced organic honey in this mixture as well, since ingesting this kind of honey will also help boost your immunity against any allergens and pollens common to your area.

All the ingredients in this simple recipe are great natural remedies for a sore throat, with the added bonuses of honey and virgin coconut oil having natural anti-bacterial and immune system-boosting qualities that will help kill any germs they encounter. Plus, it tastes great.

Feel better soon!

Make Your Own Natural Soothing Cough Syrup Make Your Own Natural Soothing Cough Syrup

Recipe for Chamomile Honey Exfoliating Bar Soap

I love drinking vanilla-scented chamomile tea with a little honey, it's incredibly soothing and smells wonderful.

If only I could put that great, comforting scent in a soap ... oh wait, I can!

Recipe for Chamomile Honey Exfoliating Bar Soap

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You'll Need:

- vegetable oil-based melt-and-pour bar soap (1 bar, which is about 6 ounces)
- distilled water (2 tablespoons)
- baking soda (2 tablespoons)
- virgin coconut oil (2 tablespoons)
- organic honey (2 tablespoons)
- chamomile essential oil
- vanilla essential oil
- soap mold




Recipe for Chamomile Honey Exfoliating Bar Soap
Directions:

1. Mix the water, baking soda, virgin coconut oil and honey together as well as possible, making sure there are no baking soda clumps and that the honey and oil are as evenly distributed as possible.
2. Cut up the bar soap (I prefer using virgin coconut oil-based bar soap) into smaller pieces and place it into the mixture, then heat it up over a double boiler. Make sure you heat up the mixture using a double boiler method, and not direct heat under the pot.
Recipe for Chamomile Honey Exfoliating Bar Soap
3. Continue to gently mix the ingredients together as it heats and the soap melts. This is when you'll start to notice the warm, sweet scent of honey and see the soap mix in to create this wonderfully light golden color. Make sure you occasionally scrape the sides of the pot to prevent any honey from burning.
4. When the mixture is completely melted and mixed, take it off the heat. Add 15 drops of chamomile essential oil and 5 drops of vanilla essential oil. I find this gives this amount of soap a beautiful, subtle chamomile scent without being too overwhelming, but feel free to add more or less according to your liking.
5. Once the essential oils are completely mixed in, gently pour the mixture into your soap mold. I like to tap the mold a little after I've poured it in to make sure the bubbles inside all rise to the surface.
6. Keep the mold in a cool, dry place to sit for at least 24 hours before you remove your soap bars. This will help ensure all the water has evaporated and that the soap has hardened enough for use. If you try to manipulate the bars too soon they may be too soft and either crumple or become misshapen.

Recipe for Chamomile Honey Exfoliating Bar Soap
To Use:

This is a mild and great moisturizing soap that actually works great for body, face and even your hair. So use it however you like.

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This is a great soap to use during the summer or autumn, with the chamomile fragrance giving it a great summery scent while the sweetness works for the fall season. The baking soda I've included in the recipe also gives slight exfoliating properties.

Hope you have fun making it!

How to Make Non-toxic Glue Paste Out of Flour


Most people who are looking after young kids worry about them sticking things in their mouth, chief among these are toxic chemicals, such as the kinds of toxins found in glues and pastes that children use for arts and crafts.

Sure, there are a bunch of things on the market that claim to be kid-safe, but how about just making your own glue paste at home completely out of edible materials? Then you can say without a doubt that the paste the kids are using are toxin-free, and is even safe to eat (and actually tastes kinda good!).

How to Make Non-toxic Glue Paste Out of Corn Starch

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You'll Need:

- flour
- white vinegar
- sugar
- water
- food coloring (optional)

How to Make Non-toxic Glue Paste Out of Corn Starch
Don't worry if the color of your mixture doesn't match mine.
I used some left over low fat tapioca flour, which is a tad
more yellow than most conventional types of flour.
Directions:

1. Mix 1.5 cups of water with 1 cup of flour and 1/3 cups of sugar. Mix well so there are absolutely no clumps in it. This requires a bit of time and patience to accomplish, so if you'd like to speed things up a bit try pouring the flour in through a sieve as this will help break up the larger clumps.

2. Mix in one tablespoon of vinegar and put the mixture over medium heat until it starts to become a thicker paste.

3. Take the mixture off the heat and allow it to cool completely. Then place it in a separate container for use. You can take it off the heat even when there's a bit of liquid left and it's already about 90% paste. The already heated mixture and remaining warmth from the pot should take care of the rest, and this way you avoid burning it and having clumps stick to the side of the pot.




To Use:
How to Make Non-toxic Glue Paste Out of Corn Starch

Use this paste like you would any conventional glue paste, and it works really well! It even works to make stronger paper mache (or papier-mâché) projects.

This is a simple recipe for any time you need glue paste, not just when you have kids around. When allowed to dry completely, it creates a nice strong bond for crafts involving paper, and you don't have to worry about toxic chemicals coming in contact with your skin or being ingested by the little ones. In fact, they can eat as much as they want and they'd be fine (if they're not allergic to gluten)!

If it hardens or becomes too solid to use, simply add a little hot water to it until it becomes a usable consistency again. The mixture should last a few days without refrigeration before going rancid. If you keep it in the fridge — months. When it starts to seem a little funky to you, simply throw it out, and be rest assured you aren't tossing anything that will do the environment any harm.

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If you're not worried about anyone in your household putting this stuff in their mouths, you can make it a little more interesting by adding in some essentials oils after you've taken the mixture off the heat for a little fragrance!