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Homemade mosquito repellent

In Natural Remedies On July 7, 2016 3 Comments

Making your own mosquito repellent has many benefits. Knowing what’s inside is the major benefit. I’d suggest anyone wishing for a daily and light repellent to make this. It works, at least for normal mosquitos found in Malta. The trick for it to work is to spray it on all the exposed areas, without rubbing it in. Rubbing it into your skin might make it easily come off with your hands.

This mosquito repellent shouldn’t replace a deet requiring repellent. Thus if you are travelling to countries with Malaria or Zika I’d suggest to play safe and buy yourself a stronger, DEET containing repellent. Remember, you cannot stay in the sun with the deet repellent as it might damage your skin.
 
The recipe I made here is also suitable for children and can also be used in the sun.  
 
Pss.. this is also great as a gift together with other home made products!
 
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Homemade mosquito repellent
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Prep Time
5 min

Prep Time
5 min

What you need
  1. 50ml spray bottle
  2. 45ml bottled water
  3. ½ teaspoon base oil such as sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil
  4. 30 drops citronella essential oil
  5. 10 drops lavender essential oil
  6. 10 drops tea tree oil or rose geranium essential oil
Instructions
  1. Mix in the water and base oil in spray bottle.
  2. Add in essential oils and shake well.
  3. Always shake well before applying. Spray generously on uncovered areas and do not rub in.
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Macadamia Hair porducts

In Natural Remedies, Notes On February 23, 2016 0 Comments

This is just a review on a very good hair products I recently started using. My colleague has been using them for a long while and I can vouch that her hair looks very and feels very healthy. I have recently starting using these products myself and have seen a huge difference in my hair health.

As a general rule, five minutes before I wash my hair I apply a good amount of coconut oil or Argan oil. I allow it to sit until I am ready to wash my hair. First I wash with Macadamia Rejuvenating shampoo. I rinse with water and apply Macadamia Moisturizing Rinse as a conditioner. I let the conditioner sit for as long as I can, whilst I wash. Every other week I use the Macadamia masque instead of the rinse. For best results I apply the masque, cover my hair with a plastic bag and then allow it to sit in for twenty minutes. If I dont have time for this longer routine, I just allow the masque to sit while I am having a shower. When hair is washed and still wet, apply Macadamia oil treatment. I like to apply some more air after styling but you might want to use less if you have oily hair.

These are the products that I use. I buy them from Amazon:

  1. Macadamia Rejuvenating shampoo 1000ml 
  2. Macadamia Moisturizing Rinse 1000ml
  3. Macadamia masque 500ml
  4. Macadamia oil treatment 125ml

 

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Post your comments below if you also use these products.

macadamiaoil

 

Healing Balm

In Natural Remedies On December 17, 2015 0 Comments

Caution! This healing balm works wonders and you might become addicted. This is not a bad warning but I wanted to emphasize how great this product is by saying that this really works and is better than any conventional gel. I have been making it for the past two years and it works wonders for muscle pain, bruises or sore feet. Since I bruise easily I apply it before the bruise comes out, and it works great because then I do not bruise at all. If I apply it on an old bruise, or after it has appeared, then it takes a bit more time to go off, but it still works great. It is also great to soothe back and neck pain or sore feet after a long day out. 

healing balm ingredients (Medium)
Ginger and rosemary essential oil helps the circulation in the area applied which allows blood to flow easily instead of clogging under the skin, which in turn allows for quicker healing. Ginger oil helps to relieve aches and pain. Tea tree oil is great for it’s antibacterial properties and eucalyptus essential oil helps ease muscle pain. I just like adding a touch of lavender essential oil to sooth the skin as my mentor has taught me. Lavender is very calming for the skin making it great as a counteract in case any of the other essential oils irritate the skin.
I use this gel instead of the conventional Voltaren gel. I feel better knowing what I am applying to my skin and the best thing is it works. Try making it next time you go on your skiing or snowboarding holiday.

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Healing Balm
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Prep Time
5 min

Prep Time
5 min

Instructions
  1. Pour aloe Vera gel in a sealable container.
  2. Pour the essential oil drops on top of the aloe gel.
  3. Close the container and shake the container sideways, gently just to combine the oils. Do this for a couple of times.
  4. Use within a year, however the fresher the gel is the more efficient it will be.
Notes
  1. Please note that this mixture is not good for very sensitive skin or young children (under 10 years old), since it uses a large dose of essential oils. You should only use one drop of each essential oil if you want to apply this gel on very sensitive/ baby skin.
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Sore Throat Prevention

In Natural Remedies On October 11, 2014 0 Comments

Weather change brings with it common types of cold and flu. I found that this natural remedy is great to combat sore throat especially if used as a prevention. This recipe was given to me by my natural remedies tutor; Ms. Joyce Muscat and I truly find it useful as it really works.

Sage (Salvia Officinalis) has one of the longest histories of use of any culinary or medicinal herb. Sage is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-septic, anti-spasmodic and anti-viral.

I like to take this tea often when I start feeling that tickling throat. Of course the amount of essential oil released from such a small amount of sage is minimal and thus frequency and repetitiveness is suggested for this tea to truly act as a prevention. I like to enjoy two cups of this tea a day until symptoms disappear. 

Another quick and effective alternative  is to chew on sage leaves with honey instead of lozenges. This is another trick that I learned from Joyce. Use a couple of young sage leaves, drizzle some honey on them, roll them up and bite on. This is a quicker way to get the benefits of sage. The photos below show you how to do it.  

sage leaves

Finally keep in mind that prevention is always better than cure. Always seek natural alternatives on the first sight of symptoms because cure is always more difficult. 

Sage Tea
Beneficial for sore throat prevention
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Prep Time
5 min

Cook Time
5 min

Prep Time
5 min

Cook Time
5 min

Ingredients
  1. Hot water
  2. 4 sage leaves
  3. 1 teaspoon honey
  4. 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place the sage leaves in a mug or small teapot.
  2. Boil the water and pour immediately over the sage leaves.
  3. Allow the essential oils to infuse, after about 10 minutes while still warm add the honey (don’t put the honey when it’s still boiling hot as this will kill all the good enzymes).
  4. Stir in apple cider vinegar.
  5. Drink warm or at room temperature.
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Homemade Cocoa Lip balm

In Natural Remedies On July 22, 2014 1 Comment

I had done my first batch of lip balms last December and they were a great success with family and friends. I had used one part bees wax with four parts grapeseed oil and added lavender essential oil. This time I decided to go a step further and made these lovely balms using finer ingredients.

lip balm ingredients (Small)

 

 
These home-made lip balms offer plenty of benefits:

  1. Coconut oil provides hydration and smooth lips. The fatty acids in coconut oil create a barrier and lock moisture in so that lips remain free from cracks. 
  2. Lavender essential oils helps restore chapped or sun burnt lips because of it’s natural healing and skin restoring properties.
  3. Beeswax is also a natural healer and provides slight anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities which can benefit the sensitive skin. 
  4. Cocoa butter is another great ingredient which forms a protective barrier by supplying and retaining moisture in the lips. Cocoa butter also contains antioxidant vitamins A, C and E, which can help slow the signs of aging.

 lip balm closeup (Small)

 

 

Homemade Cocoa Lip balm
Yields 9
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Prep Time
5 min

Cook Time
25 min

Total Time
30 min

Prep Time
5 min

Cook Time
25 min

Total Time
30 min

Ingredients
  1. 40g coconut oil
  2. 40g cocoa butter
  3. 20g beeswax
  4. 10 drops lavender essential oil
  5. 1 tablespoon beetroot powder (optional for a rosy colour)
Instructions
  1. Start by melting the beeswax in a double boiler.
  2. When half of the beeswax has melted, add in the cocoa butter and stir from time to time.
  3. When bees wax and cocoa butter have melted completely, add in the coconut oil and stir to incorporate well. In summer the coconut oil will be liquid so it will easily mix in, otherwise you can add it together with the cocoa butter mix and allow to melt while stirring.
  4. Add in the beetroot powder if using and stir until all lumps have dissolved.
  5. Remove from heat and add the lavender oil. Mix well with the back of a spoon or with a spatula.
  6. Pour into lip balm containers or small jars. Discard any residue remaining on the bottom of your pot to avoid ending up with ‘peat’ in the balms (you want your balms to be smooth ;) ).
  7. This recipe will make approximately 9 x 10ml tubs.
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Making Bath Sea Salts

In Natural Remedies On May 6, 2014 1 Comment

This is my very first post about natural home made remedies. I owe most of my knowledge to Ms Joyce Muscat whom I met whilst attending her course on ‘Herbalism for Self Healing’ at MCAST Institute of Agribusiness in Malta. The course was about surrounding ourselves with natural alternatives for most day to day needs. I learned a lot on how to take a holistic approach for many situations and I wish to share some of the most useful and exciting concoctions with you. I will be using essential oils as well as herbs and flowers found in the wild or in our back garden. I have recently made my own lip balms, massage oils, moisturisers, ‘voltaren’ gel  replacement, scrubs and many more. As you realise this is a new accomplishment for Rody’s Hearty Corner as we are not only talking about natural food but also natural ways to make ourselves better. 

I will dedicate my first post to the easiest and cheapest home made remedy available. Bath salts; they are so easy to make and they offer plenty of benefits. Sea salt is very alkaline and helps to lower the acidity in our body. These are some of the benefits when using bath salts.

  • Reducing levels of stress
  • Dealing with Insomnia
  • Increasing circulation
  • Expelling toxins from the body

Sea salt in a bath also helps reduce the cold and flu symptoms.

To use your bath salts run a bath with warm water and add a handful or two of these sea salts to your bath while filling. Adding essential oils would enhance the benefits. I use lavender and peppermint oil for a calming and relaxing soak, and eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils to alleviate aches and pains or aid sinuses.

 Do not use any other type of salt in bath salts as only sea salt is said to have these amazing properties. 

 

Bath Salts
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Prep Time
10 min

Total Time
10 min

Prep Time
10 min

Total Time
10 min

Ingredients
  1. 150g sea salt
  2. 4 drops lavender essential oil
  3. 4 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  4. optional: 1/8 teaspoon beetroot powder
  5. optional: dried herbs
Instructions
  1. Start by placing the sea salt in a storing jug.
  2. Use back of a teaspoon to mix the beetroot powder until the color is well combined.
  3. Mix in the essential oils with back of a spoon and then mix in the herbs if using. Use small herbs so you don’t clog the drain when emptying the bath.
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