If you're a parent or have any association with that world, (who doesn't?) then you'll know that there is a certain subset of parents labeled "crunchy." Growing up, my mom used to say "that's too crunchy granola for me!" any time something natural seemed a little too weird or out of the ordinary. Disclaimer: she's come a long way and is pretty crunchy herself now haha but she will still say this from time to time!
Today's blog post is for anyone in pain, especially the pregnant women out there... which seems to be approximately 43.6% of the Richmond wedding industry right now. Which is kind of hilarious and amazing. But anyway. If you read my second trimester post, you know that my back has been my biggest struggle lately. So, almost as soon as I wrote that post, I went on the war path to treat myself.
This Fall I decided that if I really want to avoid drugs and unnecessary chemicals, I should probably start a natural remedy medicine cabinet. My essential oil collection is a nice start to that, but I wanted to go further. Last Spring after almost 40 hours of travel returning home from a two week trip to Europe, I developed a wicked cold/bug/something yucky, and it was Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C and homemade elderberry syrup (oh, and SLEEP!) that had me feeling fine after about 48 hours. Plus, pretty much any bottle of medicine from the drug store warns you that you shouldn't have any if you're pregnant. And I have a theory that most of the stuff they tell you you shouldn't do when you're pregnant is just stuff you shouldn't do much of normally, but nobody cares about poisoning themSELVES on a regular basis haha.
Today's recipe would be the perfect holiday gift if you're feeling DIY-tabulous! I was actually just writing the other day about how I'm convinced magnesium is why I've had no pregnancy sickness to deal with and how it has drastically cut down on my tension headaches as well (it is a muscle relaxer after all)! I take a magnesium supplement every day, but I also try to absorb it topically. Most people do not get enough magnesium through their food (leafy greens, nuts, avocodos, etc.), and while it would be nice if we did... there's nothing wrong with a little extra help! Magnesium is easily absorbed through the skin and your body has a much easier time processing it that way. If you want to learn more about magnesium, I suggest reading The Magnesium Miracle. I found it fascinating, but you know, I can be nerdy ;)
There are so many reasons to make your own hygiene products. If you're like me and try to pay attention to what you're putting in your body when you eat, then it naturally follows that you're going to want to pay attention to what you put ON your body as well. I've done enough independent research to determine that this is the way to go for me. I think it's healthier and even more affordable. For you it may just be a fun craft to try out. Whatever your reasons, I don't see any reason why you wouldn't give DIY a try. At the very least it's a fun science experiment ;)
A couple weeks back when I shared my coconut oil salt scrub recipe, I actually made this minty lemon sugar scrub at the same time. Of the two, this one definitely turned out to be my favorite! It smells amazing and my skin feels smooth and clean after I use it.
This recipe for a homemade, chemical free... all natural... all awesome salt scrub is ridiculously easy to make. So ridiculously easy that at first I wondered if it was even worth blogging about. But then I realized that until I did it myself, I didn't know if it was going to be so easy! Let me tell you, it really, truly is this simple.
A couple weeks ago, I saw a Living Social coupon to try Hello Fresh. It's a dinner subscription box. That means on a weekly basis (or however you set it up I guess), a box of three different meals is delivered to your house. I liked the idea of three pre-measured, throw it all together dinners. How many times do you want to try a recipe, but it requires sauces and spices you don't have so you just go back to an old stand by? I know I'm always wanting to make a Thai dish and changing my mind when I realize all the different things I'd have to buy. So, to get a small quantity of everything I needed for one meal seemed like a great idea!