After sun soothing spray

This is my favourite summer DIY! I keep this handy little bottle in the fridge and spray it on my skin a few times per day, after spending some time in the sun. It contains some wonderful healing (lavender and helichrysum) and cooling essential oils.

The “official” recipe comes from this book, although I tend to eyeball things plus I added some water. I just had a small bottle so I cut down the essential oils to about 15 drops.

  • 25 drops lavender essential oil
  • 25 drops helichrysum essential oil
  • 25 drops peppermint essential oil
  • Macadamia nut oil (you can use any natural oil)
  • Water

Add this to your sun safety preventative measures and keep your skin happy all summer 😉

Now go outside and catch some rays…

M.

Espresso coffee body scrub

One morning, I was walking by our espresso maker in the kitchen and a light bulb went off in my head. Instead of picturing myself smashing out the coffee grounds in the sink, I pictured myself mixing them with a bit of natural and essential oils.

I had heard of the benefits of using coffee grounds for skin health but hadn’t taken the time to try it out. However, now it’s become a quick and easy new addition to my morning routine: roll out of bed, scrape the coffee grounds out in a glass bowl, squeeze in a teaspoon of jojoba oil and add two drops of doTERRA AromaTouch essential oil then jump in the shower.

Why bother doing this? First off, to help fight the appearance of dreaded cellulite

“The caffeine in the coffee grounds will dehydrate the skin and the circular motion used to apply the paste will stimulate blood flow, which may result in the appearance of firmer, less dimpled skin.” (Source)

What I love about this is I ALWAYS forget to dry skin brush before getting into the shower… now, it’s not a big deal because the grounds and essential oils help get my lymphatic system moving plus get rid of any dead skin cells. It leaves my skin soft and glowy.

I’ve also used the grounds as a face scrub and it worked well. Just make sure to be extra gentle and be careful not to get any in your eyes!

Next, I am going to try using the grounds in my hair. I’ve been reading how it can enrich brown hair, add shine and stimulate hair growth. You can also mix them with honey for a lip scrub – that’s on my to-do list, too 🙂

How do you use your coffee grounds?

M.

 

Feeling a bit rusty

Rustik Health logo
My perfectly imperfect logo

This is the logo my bf designed for me last summer. He literally took an Apple pen and drew it on his tablet within a few minutes. At first, I didn’t want anything to do with it – after all, your branding isn’t something you want to rush into. But I soon realized it was perfectly imperfect for me and what I stand for.

Although my bf is super supportive of me and everything I do, he has a hard time suppressing his sarcastic side. Case in point: he likes to mock my side hustle name and call it “Rusty Health”. Haha… good one… *sigh*

However, the more I mull that over, the more it kind of rings true. Despite my posts on recipes, herbs, supplements and essential oils, my health is still rusty around the edges. And it has never been more evident than this past week.

These past few days, I’ve been mostly disconnected from social media, my tribe of fellow essential oil lovers and my side hustle in general. My spark has been quenched by skin, throat and sinus issues. I hate to admit I feel like I am falling apart and have been too bummed out about it to take care of myself properly.

It’s also made me feel totally undeserving of talking about anything health-related or teaching others healthy living tips. I am le cordonnier mal chaussé as the French say. But then again, I am far from perfect and don’t expect perfection of anyone else. My health is perfectly rusty – and so is my life, business, logo, etc.!

So, from now on, I may have to lovingly call all you followers of mine my “rusties” 😉

M.

Tooth powder (aka tooth dirt) recipe

Did you know that I actually hate DIY stuff? That might sound strange considering I post a lot of natural DIY recipes that I make all the time. However, when I make something, it has to be super quick, easy-to-make and strictly utilitarian. My DIY criteria is as follows and all three must be met:

  1. It has to be faster to make than to go out and buy
  2. There needs to be slack in the measurements (I loathe taking precise measurements)
  3. A purpose is required (no crafting for the sake of crafting)

Also, I rarely DIY and consider appearances. This post is a perfect example. Check out that tooth powder… or should I say tooth DIRT?! I guess I could have made it look a bit more aesthetically please to encourage others to take the leap 😉

Here are my slack measurements for tooth powder:

  • 4 tbsp bentonite clay
  • 3 tbsp calcium powder
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp activated charcoal
  • essential oils of choice

I gave up fluoride-ladden toothpaste a long time ago. I now alternate between this recipe and a natural toothpaste (the latter for convenience).

I love the irony of this recipe. Using something that looks super dirty to make your mouth clean.

Anyone tried making their own toothpaste before?

M.

Vegan crepe recipe invention

Vegan crepe invention photo
My 7 year old boy eating my vegan crepe invention

I’m pretty impressed with myself!

I am by no means a cook — or even anywhere along the cook continuum — but somehow, I invented a recipe! I haven’t scoured the web or every recipe book to make sure no one else thought of this first… yet I’m going to pat myself on the back until someone comes around and bursts my bubble 😉

This is essentially a variation of the buckwheat pancakes I make based on the recipe my mom gave me. Those pancakes are best served with black strap molasses but one day I had run out and didn’t feel like making the trip to the grocery store to get more. I had maple syrup on hand so I figured I would make pancakes instead but I was also all out of the necessary the ingredients to make these. So I experimented with what I had…

I knew I needed to cut down on the buckwheat flour because it is overpowering and the maple syrup just doesn’t quite work with it (IMO, anyway). So I split the buckwheat and all purpose flour half and half in the recipe. I also added some sourdough starter because The L’Oven Life inspired me to do so! Finally, I put a generous sprinkle of cinnamon in the mix.

Ingredients

  1. 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 cup of buckwheat flour
  3. 1 3/4 cup of warm water
  4. 1 tbsp of sourdough starter
  5. 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  6. Sprinkle of cinnamon (to taste)
  7. Sprinkle of salt
  8. Maple syrup (to serve)

Instructions

Pre-heat round cast-iron griddle on medium heat. Mix all ingredients (except maple syrup) in a bowl and cook a small crepe as a test. Sometimes, the first crepe sticks to the pan and doesn’t turn out but the next one will. Crepe is ready to flip when it bubbles and the edges start curling up. Serve with maple syrup. Makes about 7 thin crepes.

What’s great about this recipe is that it is vegan plus a good source of protein thanks to the buckwheat.

Are you brave enough to try it out?

M.

 

 

 

Detox bath salt recipe

About a year and a half ago, I was looking for ways to naturally and safely detox children and I stumbled upon a particular essential oil blend called Zendocrine by doTERRA. Usually, I end my story there and talk about how that experience propelled me into the world of aromatherapy and essential oils as a means of integrative, proactive health care.

The back story actually has to do with a very controversial subject, which is why I normally avoid it at all costs. The toxins I was hoping to remove were those injected into my son when he went for his vaccinations. Just the word vaccinations usually turns people either defensive, upset, accusatory or super opinionated — or a combo of all of these. So, quite frankly, I don’t bother mentioning it.

Regardless of people’s opinion on the subject, I did not feel comfortable going into the doctor’s office without first preparing my son’s body and then supporting it after all was said and done. In addition to supplementing my son’s diet (and paying special attention to it) before and after the shots, I ordered a bottle of the essential oil blend and treated him to detox bath soaks to help his body cope.

I will be the first to say that our bodies have amazing mechanisms in place to detoxify itself. However, our bodies are subject to tons of synthetics nowadays plus I don’t know anyone who has a meter that can read how well their body is detoxifying on its own. I also believe that we are all responsible to do everything we can to stay healthy.

I use this detox salt bath for myself now and still use it for my son as maintenance. It smells very herbaceous — it includes tangerine peel, rosemary leaf, geranium plant, juniper berry and cilantro herb — but I like it. Just 1/2 cup of Epsom salts, 1 tbsp of baking soda and 2 drops of Zendocrine.

What’s your favourite bath soak recipe?

M.

Widening my inner circle

Growing my side hustle has been an eye-opening experience and a source of MAJOR personal development. One area of big-time change has been the people I give the most of my time to, above my family and existing friends.

For an introvert, plus someone who has always kept a small social circle and who is reserved by nature, this has meant breaking out of my comfort zone. I know it’s important for me to be around others that will inspire me, keep me motivated and that I can give back to.

Reknown entrepreneur and motivational speaker Jim Rohn says you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. Honestly, I had never thought of it that way. I’ve always thought of myself as difficult to influence so it shouldn’t matter… but I’ve noticed it’s true that when I surround myself with others striving to achieve incredible things, it makes me work harder.

A great example of this has been the WKND Wellness event I was a part of with two fierce ladies following passions in addition to full-time gigs and families to raise. Although I was tired after the event, I was super “gung ho” to do more business stuff and ended staying up wayyy past my bedtime to hustle more.

It’s been a bit stressful but also SUPER rewarding as I’ve met the coolest people. Time is precious but if you have big goals you want to achieve, it’s worth finding a way to prioritize building these valuable relationships.

M.