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Simple, effective recipes for ‘dechlorinating’ lotion and spray

Last weekend I was at a swim meet where the chlorine was so strong that some of the swimmers had allergic-type asthmatic reactions and almost all of them complained of burning skin and cracking lips.

As I spoke to other parents I realized none of them knew how to make dechorinating lotion and spray for their kids, so I shared the recipes I’ve been using for my son – and I decided to share them with you, too, because they’re so simple to make – and so effective.  I love making things to help take care of people!

Here are the recipes for you to try at home.

Dechlorinating Lotion

Recipe (from http://www.WellnessMama.com)

  • 1/2 cup almond or olive oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  • 2 tablespoons  warm water
  • 2 teaspoons vitamin C powder
  • 2 tablespoons Shea Butter Cocoa Butter
  • Optional: Essential Oils to suit your preference

Instructions

  1. Combine oils and beeswax 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.
  2. In another small jar or bowl, add the vitamin c powder to the warm water and stir until dissolved.

  3. Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place the jar with the oils inside the saucepan and turn on medium heat.

  4. 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 a small blender or food processor. (Keep in the jar if using an immersion blender that will fit in the top of the jar.)

  5. With blender or food processor on, slowly add the water/vitamin C mixture until blended and emulsified.

  6. Store in an air-tight glass jar.

  7. Use before swimming (preferably after rinsing skin) to minimize chlorine exposure. This is purposefully a small batch since no preservatives are used.

  8. Enjoy and be chlorine free!

 

Homemade Dechlorinating Spray

Recipe (from http://www.WholeNewMom.com )

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Filtered Water
  • 5 grams (1 tsp)  Vitamin C powder (ascorbic acid)
  • A spray bottle

Method

  1. Using a funnel, add water to a glass, metal or stable plastic spray bottle.
  2. Add the ascorbic acid.
  3. Put lid on bottle and shake to combine.
  4. After swimming, spray the solution all over, including on hair.
  5. Rub the solution in, making sure to cover all of your skin.  If the Vitamin C doesn’t cover your skin, it won’t protect it.
  6. Shower as usual.

You should notice that your hair and skin smell much better after using this spray than if you only showered using shampoo and soap.

** Please note that you should only make a very small batch of this at a time and preferably store in the refrigerator and use within 24 hours as there is no broad-spectrum preservative in it.

Look! It’s a soup! It’s a smoothie! No…it’s a SOOTHIE!

We all know that green smoothies are a nutrient-dense, fiber-filled way to pack in the prana. But when it’s cold outside or I’ve got a sore throat, a cold smoothie just isn’t appealing.  That’s when I want something warm and soothing like Dr. John Douillard’s Green Tonic Soup (from his Colorado Cleanse recipe book.)

This bright green yumminess is super delicious and nutritious – and when you add a chunk of ginger, it soothes a sore throat an opens up the sinuses. That’s why I call it a “soothie.

I love this recipe so much I wanted to share it with you:

Ingredients:

1-2 cups filtered water for steaming
2 medium organic celery stalks, chopped
1 whole organic zucchini, chopped
1 cup organic strong beans, chopped
1/2 cup organic parsley

Directions:

1. Lightly steam veggies (except parsley) until bright green and tender

2. Blend all the veggies + parsley along with the water used for steaming in a powerful blender  (adjust amount of water to create the consistency you desire)

3. Add ginger root and salt to taste (I used a thumb sized ginger)

And voilà!!   A nutritious and delicious soothie.

Healing Flowers You Can Drink

Hibiscus

I spent Thanksgiving week at the most amazing functional medicine hospital/spa in the world called Sanoviv.  Every time I go there I learn something new.   Today I wanted to share how I learned to make hibiscus tea.

Sanoviv is located in Baja California and the property is full of hibiscus bushes.  Who knew these beautiful flowers could be boiled to make a delicious and nutritious tea?

The health benefits of hibiscus tea include relief from high blood pressure and high cholesterol, as well as digestive, immune system, and inflammatory problems. It helps to heal the liver and reduces the risk of cancer.   It has also been used in the treatment of hypertension and anxiety.  Hibiscus tea is rich in vitamin C, minerals and various antioxidants.  

With all those healing benefits packed into one exotic flower it proves once again that Mother Nature doesn’t sacrifice beauty for utility. (Tweet It!)

Hibiscus tea is ruby red in color and has a sour taste similar to cranberry – so I like to add a tiny bit of stevia for sweetness.

Here’s how I make it:

1 – 2 flowers per cup of water (if the flowers are small, use 2)

Boil flowers in water for 30 minutes

Strain and cool

Add stevia to taste

Serve in a glass befitting the beauty of the flower it came from

 

After you’ve had a sip, please leave me a comment below about your experience!

Cheers,
Deb