Top DIY recipes for 2013 by wellnessmama

I’m a big fan of homemade alternatives to conventional products. Most often, these homemade versions have fewer toxins, are less expensive and usually work better.

My DIY recipes seem most popular on Pinterest, and these were the most visited DIY posts of 2013:

1. Homemade Bug Spray Recipes That Work

These DIY bug spray recipes use essential oils in place of harmful chemicals and readers have tested them around the world with success. Ingredients:

Essential oils: choose from Citronella, Clove, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Cajeput, Eucalyptus, Cedar, Catnip, Lavender, Mint
Natural Witch Hazel
Distilled or boiled Water
Vegetable glycerin (optional)

2. Homemade Lotion Recipe

This lotion is much more nourishing than traditional lotions since it doesn’t contain any liquid, only oils. This means that it has a really long shelf life, doesn’t need any chemical preservatives and is great for skin. How to Make Lotion:

Combine ingredients in a pint sized or larger glass jar. I have a mason jar that I keep just for making lotions and lotion bars, or you can even reuse a glass jar from pickles, olives or other foods.
Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place over medium heat.
Put a lid on the jar loosely and place in the pan with the water.
As the water heats, the ingredients in the jar will start to melt. Shake or stir occasionally to incorporate. When all ingredients are completely melted, pour into whatever jar or tin you will use for storage. Small mason jars (8 ounce) are great for this. It will not pump well in a lotion pump!
Use as you would regular lotion. This has a longer shelf life than some homemade lotion recipes since all ingredients are already shelf stable and not water is added. Use within 6 months for best moisturizing benefits.

3. Beating the B.O. With Natural Deo – Recipe

Most deodorants contain aluminum, chemicals and harmful ingredients. In fact, there is now some evidence linking some of these chemicals to breast cancer. In my opinion, they aren’t worth the risk- especially since homemade options work better!

4. How to Make Lotion Bars

Lotion bars are the best of both worlds. They are used on dry skin like lotion but in the convenience of a bar that spreads on to skin easily. There are many variations, but this original recipe is still my most popular:

How to Make Lotion Bars

5. How to Make Magnesium Oil

I always keep magnesium oil around the house. It helps kids sleep when rubbed on their feet before bedtime. It helped me avoid morning sickness in my last pregnancy and it is necessary for hundreds of reactions in the body. It is also much less expensive to make your own:

How to Make Magnesium Oil

6. Homemade Remineralizing Toothpaste Recipe

This is the toothpaste I use daily. Ever since I reversed cavities with diet and this toothpaste, it is part of my daily routine along with oil pulling. It is pretty simple to make and once you invest in the ingredients, it is less expensive than most natural toothpastes.

How to Make Homemade Remineralizing Toothpaste

7. Natural Sunscreen Recipe

We don’t use sunscreen often (here’s why) but when we do, I avoid the ones with chemicals and ingredients that have been linked to cancer (kinda defeats the purpose…). This homemade version is the most natural option I’ve found and it works really well.

How to Make Natural Sunscreen

8. Best Way to Whiten Teeth Naturally

This post gets the award for most rude commenters on Pinterest. Apparently, some people get really offended by the sight of dirty teeth or something. Anyway, this is also part of my oral care routine and it has whitened my teeth significantly (and made one calcification spot on my front tooth not visible at all anymore. It only takes one ingredient and couldn’t be simpler.

DIY: Whiten your teeth with ___ by wellnessmama

9. DIY Beach Waves Spray

I have a lot of hair, but it is baby fine and gets oily easily. For this reason, most commercial hair sprays and hair products weigh down my hair or make it look dirty. This texturizing spray is the solution for me. It costs a few pennies to make, is completely natural and leaves hair full and volumized (I think I just invented that word) without chemicals. The name comes from the fact that it contains natural salts like the beach and it gives your hair that naturally wavy just-been-to-the-beach look.

Here is the link: DIY Beach Waves Hair Spray

10. Homemade Makeup Recipes

In my opinion, a healthy diet is the best way to have beautiful skin but these homemade make up options work like regular makeup and use ingredients that promote healthy skin.

Homemade Makeup Recipes.

What was your favorite DIY of 2013? Please share!

Stop aging of your face with DIY Vitamin C serum by wellnessmama

Vitamin C serum is a natural skin care ingredient that is often found in high-end beauty regimes, and Vitamin C serums, creams and lotions are popping up everywhere.


Vitamin C is touted as an anti-aging and anti-wrinkle cream. Many of these products also cost an arm and a leg. Thankfully, there is a natural, homemade and inexpensive alternative (noticing a trend here?) that seems to work just as well. Vitamin C is helpful for brightening and tightening skin (this works if you take it internally too!).

Why Vitamin C? Glad you asked… Vitamin C has been reported to:

Increase collaged production in the skin (this helps get rid of wrinkles) – I personally like to take gelatin and Vitamin C internally too for this purpose.
Brighten and tighten the skin
Reduce the effects of negative sun exposure (Not all sun exposure is bad)
Reduce chlorine exposure
Help skin repair itself
Some cautions from experience:

Measure carefully and do not add extra Vitamin C as it is acidic and can/will burn skin if the concentration is too high.
If you have extra sensitive skin, dilute with even more water
This is best paired with a skin care routine like Oil Pulling
For dry or aging skin, Vitamin C serum is a good solution. It can be used for acne prone skin too, but it seems that Sea Spray for skin works better.
If you are dealing with a lot of wrinkles or very dry skin, extra vitamin C can be added, but work up slowly and test on the inner arm before applying to the face
Ever used a Vitamin C serum on your skin? How did it work for you?

The Recipe:

DIY Vitamin C Serum

DIY Homemade Vitamind C Serum for health skin and wrinkle reduction 295×300 DIY Vitamin C Serum
Prep time
5 mins
Total time
5 mins

A simple and effective Vitamin C serum that boosts skin health with natural ingredients.
Author: Wellness Mama
Recipe type: Beauty
½ tsp Vitamin C Powder (I use this one)
1 tablespoon distilled water OR 1 teaspoons distilled water to dissolve and 2 Tablespoons vegetable glycerine (I used this one)
a dark colored container to store (Vitamin C oxidizes easily) I used this one.
Dissolve the Vitamin C powder in the water.
If only using water and Vitamin C, you are done. This will store for up to 2 weeks or longer in the fridge.
If using glycerine, dissolve the Vitamin C in the smaller amount of water, then stir in glycerine and store. This version will last a month or longer.
Personally, I like the pure Vitamin C and water recipe as a toner after cleansing, though glycerine is moisturizing and softening for the skin and will extend the recipe. DO NOT use glycerine on anything that is used in oral care or in the mouth as it is bad for teeth.


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How to make magnesium oil to relax sore muscles and more by Katie of wellnessmama

I’ve written before about how I use magnesium daily and why I feel it is such a vital part of overall wellness. Many people are deficient in this vital mineral that the body uses for hundreds of reactions. Every cell in the body needs magnesium in some way, and it is vital for bone, tooth, muscle, and joint health as well as for optimal sleep and stress reduction.

Deficiency of magnesium is widespread because many of us have lifestyle factors that actively deplete magnesium such as lack of sleep, excess stress, or alcohol/caffeine/sugar consumption. On top of that, many natural sources of magnesium are becoming depleted (such as the soil due to over-farming and high pesticide use) and water filtration systems remove much of the naturally occurring magnesium in water.

The ocean is still a wonderful source of magnesium and trace minerals, but for those of us who don’t have daily access to a beach, transdermal magnesium oil can be the easiest and most effective way to increase magnesium levels. I’ve recently seen some research that adequate magnesium can do everything from reduce stress to improve sleep and even eliminate morning sickness!

I take magnesium internally and use it on my skin daily in the form of magnesium oil. A brilliant reader recently shared with me how she saved a lot of money by making her own magnesium oil, and I wanted to pass on her recipe to you…

[Note: Ancient Minerals, maker of the Magnesium Oil I use, recently posted about the small differences between homemade magnesium oil made from magnesium flakes and their pre-made magnesium oil. I’d still feel comfortable using a homemade version, especially if the alternative was not taking/using magnesium at all, but you can read the differences here.]

What you need:

1/2 cup Magnesium Chloride Flakes
1/2 cup distilled water
A glass bowl or glass measuring cup
A glass spray bottle (plastic will work too)
What to do:

Boil the distilled water. It is important to use distilled to extend the shelf life of the mixture. Put the Magnesium Chloride Flakes in the glass bowl or measuring cup and the pour the bowling water over it.

Stir well until completely dissolved. Let cool completely and store in the spray bottle. Can be stored at room temperature for at least six months. I keep in my bathroom to use daily.

To Use:

Spray on arms, legs, and stomach daily. I use 10-20 sprays per day. It will tingle on the skin the first few times it is used, and this is normal. It should fade after a few applications, but you can dilute with more water if it bothers you too much.

You can leave on the skin or wash off after 20-30 minutes. I usually apply after a shower and then use coconut oil or a lotion bar to moisturize about 5 minutes later.

Have you tried magnesium to help reduce stress, relax muscles, overall health, improve sleep or for another reason?

Willpower vs. Won’t Power and making more money in your business by Sunil Bhaskaran, Business coach

Willpower vs. Won’t Power ~ We are claiming that people lose the fortitude to do what is actually in their best interest often and quickly…

Developing willpower is critical to living effectively and healthy today. Without willpower, we tend to eat more, crave more, allow distractions to take us off course, allow our ‘negative’ impulses to get the better of us, allow addictions to take over our lives and also allow our children to do the same.

The bad news is that most people don’t have awareness of this well researched topic of willpower – if they did, the greater awareness alone could potentially radically transform their lives and their effectiveness.

The good news is that with awareness of this new willpower science, one can increase their productivity and focus with practice and diligence.

People are affected by the stress of either dealing with, or trying to ignore the problem of lack of willpower. Brain chemistry is at work again and manifesting a variety of undesirable outcomes. However, developing flexible accountability through a number of practices can combat the negatives and deliver very powerful results.

Monetary Intelligence

  • The Problem: Why do very smart people not make enough money or get stressed out over money?

The part of our brain that is most used for day to day work is the prefrontal cortex. This part of the brain resides in your forehead just above your eyes. This part of the brain is inefficient in two ways:

a. Memory Inefficient: it has a low amount of working memory. Imagine a computer that works on only 7 bytes of memory. This computer would be overwhelmed with complex tasks and projects.
b. Energy inefficient: energy is expended every time you make a decision or switch from one task to another. This energy loss is minute for each decision or task-switch, but taken as an overall cumulative effect, can have a debilitating effect on your performance.

You can thus think of your prefrontal cortex as a limited bank account of energy and memory.

Why most smart people don’t make enough cash-flow or get stressed out over money is because they don’t learn how to manage their limited bank account (brain power) effectively over the time that they work.

So they either overwork themselves or they spend time on tasks or projects that do not yield money or satisfaction efficiently – leading to burnout, frustration and stress. This burnout, frustration and stress leads to even greater impairment of brain functions, leading to a greater downward spiral of energy.

  • What can we do to improve the situation and create a breakthrough in more money?

As we mentioned above, the prefrontal cortex is like a limited bank account of energy and memory. When you have a limited bank account, you have to do two things
a. Make sure that you don’t run out of money (energy or memory capacity)
b. For every cent that you spend of your money (energy or memory capacity) you want to make sure that you receive a good return on your investment

If you think about it there are two finite or limited resources that we are working with here
a. Your prefrontal cortex limited bank account
b. Your time

You become wealthy when you efficiently manage the translation of your time and brainpower (and other resources) into more money and more satisfaction. The more efficiently you manage these resources, the more likely you are to make More Money, More Time and Less Stress.

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