Flow is an optimal state of consciousness in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus. It’s the feeling you achieve when you are completely involved in the activity and find joy in the process. You feel fully concentrated and a sense of timelessness and control.
This song below has been on repeat as I’m preparing for finals and getting through some projects at work. I hope this helps you find your flow.
Today I made my own Natural ‘Good for You’ Body Wash!
Many body soaps are filled with toxic additives. Switching over to a home-made body wash is not only better for the natural balance of your skin but also benefits your wallet!
I was so excited because I finally got a glass dispenser for my DIY body wash, pictured on the bottom left.
A glass mason jar dispenser, how perfect.
I bought it already made ( from CostPlus World Market) and it actually had a natural dish soap in it, but I emptied it out (saved the dish soap to use of course). It actually doesn’t seem too difficult to make this dispenser on your own! I think I will try making my own and let you know how it goes.
Ingredients for DIY Natural Body Wash
- Unscented Castile Soap (I used Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Castile Soap)
- Melted Coconut Oil
- Vegetable Glycerin
- Warmed Filtered Water
- Your Favorite Essential Oil for scent
The amounts I used filled my jar a little more than 1/2 way as pictured above on the right. I wanted to try out the consistency and mix before I made a big batch.
- 1/2 cup Castile Soap
- 1/4 Coconut Oil ( if it is hardened in a jar, melt in in the microwave for approx. 20 seconds)
- 1/4 cup Vegetable Glycerin
- 1/2 cup of warmed filtered water
- 1-2tsp of essential oil
I used one measuring cup the entire time and I added the water at the end to try to flush everything that was left in the measuring cup.
I feel so good knowing I’m treating my body well on the inside and the out, and I hope finding a more natural way of living gives you the happiness and satisfaction it provides me.
You may or may not have heard about Apple Cider Vinegar before, but drinking Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (unfiltered/ with the mother) diluted in water is part of my daily routine.
I drink 2 Tablespoons mixed w/ a large glass of water approx. 8-10 ounces everyday on an empty stomach.
The reasons I do this daily and how it benefits my health:
- Gut Health! ACV (apple cider vinegar) helps my digestion and I usually drink additional amounts when I have a bloated or upset tummy, when this is the case I mix 1-2 tablespoons w/ a cup of hot water mixed w/ cinnamon and organic raw honey. It helps so much.
- Weight Management! Boosts metabolism, regulates blood sugar
- Skincare! I keep an 8ounce spray bottle at home w/ a dilution of ACV & water, approximately 2 tablespoons of ACV. I use it on my face at night as a toner. ACV helps manage pH of the skin. I put it on first before my essential oils. And I do believe it helps my skincare regime.
- Soon I’m going to start using ACV to help heal keloids.
Other commons uses/benefits
- Teeth whitening
- Haircare in the shower
- Rash Treatments
- Lowering Blood Pressure & Cholesterol
- Nontoxic Cleaning Solution
- Treating Candida (too much yeast in body)
Give it a try, and see how it makes your body feel. It doesn’t have to be New Years to start a new daily routine!
Just remember to always listen to your body; this applies not only when being active but also when putting things in or on the body.
I followed this recipe for a DIY body scrub!
I used Organic Olive Oil and Organic Raw Sugar. You can use any essential oil, but I stuck with the peppermint essential oil to go with the Winter theme. I’ve been using it in the shower on my arms to help combat my dry skin, and so far the results are great!
I think next time I may try fractionated Coconut oil instead of Olive oil.
**Fractionated Coconut Oil is odorless, so it is good for a lot of DIY products, especially if you want the smell of an essential oil you’re using to be dominant.
Also reuse an old jar you have around your kitchen! I used my honey jar.