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      Homemade Natural Sunscreen Recipe

      Homemade Natural Sunscreen Recipe

      How would you like to make your own sunscreen at home with natural ingredients and avoid the chemicals found in most commercial brands? Check out the notes at the end of the recipe for some helpful tips.

       Prep Time: 5 minutes
       Cook Time: 10 minutes
       Cooling time: 1 hour
       Servings: 1.25 cups
       Author: Katie Wells

      Ingredients

      • ½ cup almond or olive oil (can infuse with herbs first if desired)
      • ¼ cup coconut oil
      • ¼ cup beeswax
      • 2 TBSP zinc oxide
      • 1 tsp red raspberry seed oil (or less, optional)
      • 1 tsp carrot seed oil (or less, optional)
      • 2 TBSP shea butter(optional)

      Optional Ingredients

      • essential oils
      • natural fragrance oils
      • other natural extracts (not citrus)

      Instructions

      1. Combine all the ingredients, except zinc oxide, in a 16 oz glass measuring cup or jar.
      2. Fill a medium saucepan with a couple of inches of water and place on the stove over medium heat. Place the glass mixing vessel into the saucepan.
      3. Stir the contents of the jar occasionally to mix the ingredients as they melt.
      4. When all the ingredients are completely melted, remove from heat and stir in the zinc oxide and essential oils. Stir well then pour into suitable container(s) to cool. (yields 10-12 ounces)
      5. Once poured, continue to stir the contents as the mixture cools to make sure zinc oxide is evenly distributed throughout.
      6. Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator to increase shelf life.

      Notes

      • This sunscreen is not waterproof and will need to be reapplied after sweating or swimming.
      • Make sure not to inhale the zinc oxide when adding. Use a mask if necessary.
      • Add more beeswax to make thicker sunscreen, less to make smoother sunscreen.

      Original recipe found on WellnessMama.com

      Natural Antiseptic Cleaning Spray

      Natural Antiseptic Cleaning Spray

      by Joann Rosso - Owner and Co-Creator of Cloud 9 Naturally

      Using chemical cleaners can be dangerous for you and the environment. Not only do these products use harmful chemicals, but they also usually focus on 1 or 2 antibacterial compounds – which many bacteria eventually become resistant to. Natural, plant-based antibacterial agents are safer, more environmentally friendly, and contain a more complex mixture of antibacterial agents that is more difficult for bacteria to become resistant to.

      Chemical Cleaning Agents vs. Natural Cleaning Agents

       Chemical Cleaners

       Natural Cleaners

      Full of potentially harmful chemicals with long-term side effects for the environment and humans. No dangerous chemicals and a much lower risk of doing harm to your family and the environment.
      Only focus on one to three antibacterial chemical components. Contain as many as 120 helpful chemical components
      Bacteria and viruses will mutate to become resistant. Bacteria and viruses have little to no chance of developing resistance
      Expensive. Much less expensive to make.
      Strength of the product determined by manufacturer. When you make it, you are in control of the product’s strength.
      Can cause or aggravate problem skin and allergies, such as eczema and psoriasis. Some people have been known to have allergic reactions to essential oils, but there are often other options.
      Can cause death. No known deaths from essential oils.

      How to Make a Natural Antiseptic Spray for Counters, Washrooms, Hands, etc.

      Mix essential oil with alcohol (or liquid soap if you've chosen to use). Add water. Stir or shake until well blended. Pour into spray bottle(s). You may choose to leave out the alcohol / soap, however the oil will settle at the top and the product will need to be shaken well before each use.

      NOTES:

      • You can also add Auntie Septic essential oil blend to liquid soaps to make a natural antibacterial soap.
      • You can add other essential oils to tweak the scent to your liking or substitute your own blend in the same quantity.
      • Use antibacterial, antiviral, and antiseptic products only during cold and flu season when the risk of infection is high. This allows the good bacteria to survive

      Cold and Flu: Natural Prevention and Treatment

      Cold and Flu: Natural Prevention and Treatment

      by Joann Rosso - Owner and Co-Creator of Cloud 9 Naturally

      Nobody likes being sick, but it seems to be a fact of life for most people (there are those lucky people who never seem to get sick!). Avoid sickness is tricky, especially in office and school environments where we come into contact with so many people. Some people may opt for the flu shot, although it has varying rates of success in preventing the flu. There are other, natural ways to help you and your family avoid getting sick. Here are some options:

      • Wash hands constantly during cold and flu season. Use soap and water, alcohol based rubs and sprays, or our Cloud 9 Antiviral 4 Thieves soap bar or foaming hand wash.
      • Spray surfaces such as bathrooms, kitchen counters, backpacks, desks, hotel rooms, classrooms, light switches, and more with anti-virals such as Cloud 9 Antiviral 4 Thieves spray. Flu viruses can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours. Another option for disinfecting hard surfaces is hydrogen peroxide (spray or wipe) but be careful with this one.
      • Avoid touching mouths, eyes, and nose – your own and others’. Wash hands with soap and water or alcohol based hand cleaners after doing so.
      • Use Cloud 9 Antiviral 4 Thieves roller bottle on the spine, chest and feet during cold and flu season. Although this particular method hasn’t been scientifically proven, it has helped many during cold and flu season.
      • Make sure you’re getting enough immune boosting vitamins and minerals. 
      • Exercise! Exercise helps boost the immune system. A recent study found that regular exercise nearly halved the risk of getting an upper respiratory tract infection.
      • Use a humidifier or diffuser in rooms where you sleep or where there are possible viruses such as schools and offices. It has been found viruses live longer in dry air. Add a few drops of anti-viral essential oil blends. Diffuse in room without people in it for 30-60 minutes then allow fresh air in.
      • An alkaline diet may help prevent respiratory viruses – in vitro studies show inactivation of viruses in alkaline mediums. Alkaline powdered drinks are available in health food stores.

      Natural Cold and Flu Treatment

      Based on the research, it turns out we have a variety of products that include helpful ingredients (both for preventing and treating sickness). While the government doesn’t like it when we make claims, we can mention the products that have the ingredients mentioned in the scientific articles I found.

      1. Mercy MSM Lotion: Our Mercy MSM line was developed to help manage pain, naturally. It contains Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and other essential oils that may also be effective against the flu and its symptoms. I have used it on my chest, throat and back during colds and flu to help me breathe, take down inflammation in my chest and help with coughing.
      2. Mercy MSM Soak: An Epsom salt base with lemon balm, peppermint and lemongrass dried herbs as well as many of the essential oils known as antivirals, muscle aches and pain and respiratory inflammation. Safe for children as well. I even use it to help reduce nausea by inhaling deeply.
      3. Cloud 9 Naturally’s Antiviral 4 Thieves: This is our blend of the famous Marseilles Thieves recipe. Selling since 1991, we beat YL to this one by a number of years. It is made with the highest quality of essential oils in the business (and good price because of bulk rates with no multi level marketing costs!). Available in a variety of products including essential oil blend, a foaming hand soap and soap bar, a chest and foot rub, a spray, a lip balm, and a rollerball. The essential oils in this blend have been shown to be antiviral, anti fungal, antibacterial so can be useful for prevention and treatment.
      4. Other essential oils for cold and flu – can be used in diffusers to for offices, bedrooms, etc. or personal inhalers for more discreet use.
      5. Ginger can help with nausea/upset stomach. Studies have proven its usefulness in reducing post-operative nausea, morning sickness, and nausea from chemotherapy. Although it has not been tested on stomach flu, one can assume it would have the same effect.
      6. Nature’s Touch for those chapped noses and lips. A beautiful blend of amazonian rainforest butters including shea butter, mango butter, uccumba, tacuma, raspberry and mango extracts and more. No chemicals, all natural, full of vitamins, omegas, and minerals. Awesome for dry skin, chapped noses and lips, and much more. A little goes a long way!
      7. Magnesium Spray with MSM – this is a new one to this list! We recently discovered that it can help with respiratory issues and coughing fits. Magnesium helps relax muscles in your lungs and airways, while MSM helps with inflammation and oxygen transport. Spray on chest and throat  (even combine with Mercy MSM Lotion for extra relief).

      We hope you try some of our products this cold or flu season!

      A Quick Reference for the Safe Use of Essential Oils

      A Quick Reference for the Safe Use of Essential Oils

      For safe usage and as a general rule, all essential oils must be diluted first into a base carrier unless they are being diffused into the atmosphere. See the guidelines below as to how much essential oil to use based in the volume of an unscented product or base carrier oil.

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      What is the "Lampe Berger"?

      What is the "Lampe Berger"?

      As Canadians, we spend close to 90% of our time indoors. Most people, however, are unaware of the effects that poor indoor air quality can have on their health. All of us have the ability to control the quality of our own indoor air.

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