Welcome to my new blog! I’m really excited to start on this new exploration of the world of DIY. As a homemaker, I find that I am growing more and more picky about the chemicals and products that I allow into my home. As I research, I am finding that many of the products I normally buy are either vastly overpriced or perhaps not the healthiest option to have around my 1 year old son. As a solution, I dove into the world of making my own products at home and wow! I love it. The research is fascinating and the work is empowering.
So. What am I going to share on my blog? I’m going to share recipes for my favorite homemade products – everything from laundry detergent to body creams to safe and effective cleaning supplies. But let’s face it, I don’t know anybody who has the time to make their own everything. So, if there’s a product out there that I do buy and find it worth the expense, I’ll talk about it here as well. I’ll share video tutorials on various crafts like sewing, crochet, homemade soap, and candle making.
I do enjoy copy-catting retail products. So if there is a product out there that I like, but I don’t like the price of, I research how to make my own version. I’ll share those recipes as well. And every once in a while – a rare once in a while, to be sure, because this is not my area of expertise- I’ll even share a health food recipe that I absolutely love.
To kick things off, I would like to share my favorite bath addition for my son. Josiah has eczema on his cute little legs and I find this recipe to be a very soothing addition to his baths. I recommend giving this a try to help moisturize and soothe any dry or itchy skin condition. This is a very easy, beginner level recipe.
Eczema Bath Smoothie
1 cup of Milk or 4 tbsp of Powdered Milk and 1 cup of Water (any kind of animal milk will work great – Buttermilk, Goat Milk, Cow Milk, Etc – Almond Milk is definitely a great vegan option)
1/4 Cup of Oatmeal (any variety)
1 tsp of Honey
1/2 Cup of Baking Soda
Pour the milk or water into a blender. Blend on a mid-range speed (strong enough to create a swirling vortex with the liquid but not so strong that liquid explodes out the top).
Add powdered milk (if using), oatmeal, baking soda and honey while the blender is still running. Blend until the oatmeal is broken down into the liquid.
Pour this mixture into your bath under running water and soak for at least 15 minutes.
NOTE: The baking soda is the most important part of this “recipe”. I don’t know why so If you choose to omit anything, please consider keeping the baking soda. I decided to add it to his bath one day, just for kicks and giggles, and to my surprise, when I took him out, his skin looked soooo much better. So I did some googling and apparently baking soda in the bath is a highly recommended treatment for eczema. Who knew?
Oatmeal is infamous for it’s ability to soothe the skin. Milk will nourish the skin. And honey is an humectant that will draw moisture into the skin.
Verse of the Day:
“And He [Jesus] was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it.” Luke 9:23-24 (NASB)