Organic Gardening

A Few Tips To Planting Your First Organic Vegetable Garden


Whether you just came back from filling up the SUV with all new vegetable plants in containers or seeds, you still might want to glance at this article because it may benefit you. If you are planting a big garden or a small garden organic gardening is not as difficult as you might think it is. In anything, if you know what you are doing, it is a very exciting experience.

The tips listed below will help you not fail in your first organic vegetable garden.

Deciding What to Grow

When thinking about where you would like to put your garden, it is important to know how much sun it will receive and need daily. All growing plants depend on light. Sunlight is a critical component of the photosynthesis of the plant structure.Spinach-Iron

Choosing a spot to plant

Choose a spot that gets at least 6 hours per day. The closer your garden is to a source of water, the better it will be. Make sure you purchase some organic soil at your local gardening center or if you have your own, that is great.

Planting seeds or plants

Read seed packages to determine how far in advance the seeds need to be planted to time them for moving outdoors after the last frost date.

Always plant more than you anticipate on eating. With weather and pests, you can lose a garden very quickly. Don’t overdo it of course, but just some extras, just in case.

Determine when to plant seeds according to what growing zone you live in.  You will also need to know the chemical symbols for Nitrogen (N) potassium (K) and phosphorus (P). These are the three important macronutrients plants need. You will see the N-P-K ratio listed on fertilizer packages. You will first start by filling a tray with soil. Then use your hand to level the soil. Then you need to compact the soil by pressing on it or using a flat board. Moisten the soil, sow the seeds, cover the seeds with soil and then compact the soil.

You may want to cover the seeds with plastic wrap to keep them warm depending on the temperature you are keeping them at. Plastic wrap keeps the humidity in and keeps the seeds warm so make sure you watch them closely so they don’t get overheated.Once you plant the seeds they will eventually sprout and once they do, there is no more need for keeping the seeds warm with a plastic wrap.

If you are planting an already grown plant, make sure you dig the hole big enough (but not too big) for your plant. Make sure you space them accordingly to how big they become.Plant in sunlight. Remember plants need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight.

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It is important to revitalize your soil depending on your planting season. Plants need the proper nutrients to grow abundantly. Plants lose nutrients in the soil after a period of time, so make sure you are keeping up on the nourishment they need. Make sure you know at what time frame they need the most nourishment.

You will also need to have mulch. Mulch helps the moisture stay in the soil and protecting it from the sun and drying up your soil.


It is important to know that when you grow a garden it is important to not just grow the vegetables but to have flowers and herbs next to them as well so that pests don’t zero in on just your garden.

There are also many ways to make your own organic pesticide. One that I use is mixing organic castile soap and water and spraying the plants with them every other day and that works well for where I live. You could also try hot pepper sprays or horticultural oil.

Other things to plant behind garden

If you are looking to plant vines for height in the background of a flower garden, for example, plant them next to a fence so that they can grow upward and create some shade for the foods you planted if needed.

It is also important to know that you should move your plants to different spots every year. This prevents disease from spreading because your soil didn’t have enough time to build up harmful organisms. Planting in the same spot year after year is what causes this.

Plants are often watered too much and when this happens the nutrients from the soil cannot be absorbed through the root.

This does take time and patience, but I guarantee that the rewards are even better.




Holy Basil, Uncategorized

Did You Know About All The Health Benefits of Holy Basil Backed By Clinical Studies?



Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum) also known as Tulsi is an aromatic herb in the mint (Lamiaceae) family. Holy Basil has believed to be indigenous to the Indian continent over 5,000 years ago and now is cultivated all over the world.

This is such an amazing herb and there are more than 60 varieties of this pungent plant, each with its own characteristic color and aroma. Depending on the type, basil can be green, white or purple with a scent reminiscent of lemon, camphor, cloves, cinnamon, anise, and thyme. Some non-edible kinds are cultivated for ornamental purposes or to guard against garden pests.

Scientific research is now confirming the beneficial effects of Holy Basil. Holy Basil is an excellent source of vitamin K and manganese which is a very good source of copper, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids such as beta-carotene), and vitamin C, calcium, iron, folate, magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids.

  1. Fights Cancer – Phytochemicals in Holy Basil prevent chemical-induced lung, liver, oral and skin cancers because they increase antioxidant activity, alter healthy gene expressions, induce cancer cell death, prevent blood vessel growth contributing to cell growth and stop metastasis, which is the spread of cancer from one organ to another.
  2. Anti-Inflammatory – Holy Basil has been proven in a study with leaf extract on rats to significantly reduce the formation of cancerous micronuclei, enzymes which metabolize toxins in the body, and oxidation in both proteins and fats. Antioxidant and healthy enzymatic activity was increased.
  3. Antibacterial Properties – Researchers have found that using Holy Basil as an essential oil exhibited antimicrobial activity against a wide range of Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria, yeast, and mold.
  4. Antimicrobial Properties that Fight Viruses and Infections – Helps in the treatment of various human bacterial infections including urinary tract infections, skin and wound infections, typhoid fever, cholera, tuberculosis, gonorrhea, acne, herpes simplex, leishmaniasis, various cases of pneumonia and fungal infections, as well as mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue, malaria and filariasis.
  5. Combats Stress – By increasing adrenaline and noradrenaline and decreasing serotonin.
  6. Supports the Liver and detoxifies the body – In a study conducted researchers found that Holy Basil extract significantly increased the production of detoxifying enzymes and reduced the buildup of fat.
  7. Stress – A study with rabbits showed that they displayed improved respiratory and cardiovascular protection, and decreased blood sugar levels and oxidative stress with “Holy Basil.”
  8. Infertility – Research has shown that Holy Basil can help with erectile dysfunction.
  9. Digestive Health – Holy Basil contains manganese which keeps your digestive system healthy, which enables the vitamins in basil to be absorbed properly not allowing you to become vitamin deficient.
  10. Cardiovascular Health and Diabetes – Holy Basil has been shown to reduce glucose levels. In addition, it alleviates the unhealthy levels of cholesterol and triglyceride that diabetes can cause. Studies have also shown that it can be safely used for treating or preventing diabetes.

Researchers have found that Holy Basil is safe for consumption and topical use. Keep in mind though, that Holy Basil may slow blood clotting. Taking Holy Basil along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding. Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel, dalteparin, ticlopidine enoxaparin, heparin, and warfarin. Here is a link that will let you know some dangers when mixing with other medications. You can also talk with your doctor.













Iron Deficiency and Your Health



We’ve all heard that if you don’t have enough iron in your body, you can get anemia. You can get anemia when your red blood cells decrease from lack of iron. Iron is an essential mineral your body needs. Your body needs it to carry oxygen throughout your body. Did you know that iron deficiency is the most common nutritional disorder in the world? Without sufficient iron, your body cannot produce enough hemoglobin, a substance in your red blood cells that allow your body to carry oxygen to your body’s tissues. When eating iron it is absorbed through the upper part of the small intestine.

  1. Anemia if mild, usually doesn’t cause complications. However, if you leave it untreated, anemia caused by iron deficiency can cause some severe health problems.
  2. A study showed that iron has relevant biological functions, for example, the formation of haemoglobin, myoglobin and numerous enzymatic groups. And without it, iron deficiency increases with the severity of heart failure.

Iron deficiency symptoms:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Inflammation or soreness of your tongue
  • Brittle nails
  • Weakness
  • Pale skin
  • Chest pain, fast heartbeat or shortness of breath
  • A headache, dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Unusual cravings for non-nutritive substances, such as ice, dirt or starch
  • Poor appetite, especially in infants and children with iron deficiency anemia


Who’s at risk?

Frequent blood donors – Giving blood lowers the iron in your body. The Red Cross now recommends that frequent blood donors should take a multivitamin containing iron or an iron-only supplement to replace the iron lost with each donation.

Vegetarians – Micronutrients of special concern for the vegan include vitamins B-12 and D, calcium, and long-chain n–3 (omega-3) fatty acids. Unless vegans regularly consume foods that are fortified with these nutrients, appropriate supplements should be consumed in order to get the nutrients needed.  In some cases, iron and zinc status of vegans may also be of concern because of the limited bioavailability of these minerals.

Woman – Woman who are pregnant showed higher levels of iron deficiency than those who weren’t because their bodies are producing more blood to provide nutrients for the baby.

Infants and children – Mothers who are iron deficient transfer the iron deficiency to their children before they are born.  A study showing insufficient intake of iron in children is pretty common because of low iron intake, especially in older children.

There are 2 types of iron, heme and nonheme iron. Our bodies are less efficient at absorbing nonheme iron. Plants and iron-fortified foods contain nonheme iron only, whereas meat, seafood, and poultry contain both heme and nonheme iron.

Examples of foods that have heme iron:

  • Beef or Chicken liver
  • Mollusks
  • Mussels
  • Chicken
  • Halibut
  • Haddock
  • Perch
  • Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Ham
  • Veal
  • Canned sardines (in oil)
  • Oysters


Examples of foods that have nonheme iron:

  • Breakfast cereals enriched with iron
  • Cooked beans
  • Quinoa
  • Turkey
  • Tofu
  • Pumpkin
  • Whole eggs
  • Sesame
  • Squash seeds
  • Cooked split peas
  • Peanuts
  • Pecans
  • Walnuts
  • Pistachios
  • Roasted almonds
  • Roasted cashews
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Broccoli
  • Raw spinach
  • Pasta
  • Bread
  • Rice
  • Enriched Rice
  • Dried apricots
  • Baked potato
  • Egg noodles
  • Wheat germ
  • Canned lima beans
  • Canned red kidney beans
  • Canned chickpeas





Baking Soda

The Amazing Benefits of Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)


Baking soda is a chemical compound with the formula NaHCO3. It is a salt composed of sodium ions and bicarbonate ions. Sodium bicarbonate is a white solid that is crystalline but often appears as a fine powder.

Baking soda has been used for many years in cooking and cleaning. However, it has health benefits as well. Be careful though when you take baking soda because it is high in sodium. Always check with your doctor on what amounts to take. Excess sodium causes things like high blood pressure, heart disease, and kidney problems.

Health Benefits of Baking Soda:

  • Neutralizes acid –  The alkaline properties in baking soda enable relief of acid indigestion, severe acidity, and heartburn.
  • Hyperkalemia – Is caused by high levels of potassium and in a study baking soda lowers the acidity in the body.
  • Promotes kidney health – Sodium bicarbonate helps in decreasing stone formation and removing of material that causes the kidney stones.
  • Treats bladder infections – The alkaline compound in baking soda decreases the acidity in the urine which is what causes the pain while urinating.
  • Reduces muscle pain and fatigue – Researchers suggest that baking soda is great for those who have prolonged and intermittent exercise.
  • Pesticide Poisoning – Research in animals has suggested that use of sodium bicarbonate or similar chemicals which make the blood alkaline might save people poisoned by OPs.
  • Reduces the duration of cold and flu – By mixing lukewarm water, salt and baking soda aids in helping to clean the mucus from the nose if done a few times a day.


  1. Exfoliates the Skin – use on your hands or face by combining one teaspoon of baking soda with a half cup water and rub into hands or face (circular motions), then rinse.
  2. Relieves Skin Irritation – Baking soda is wonderful for reducing discomfort from sunburn, poison oak or poison ivy and great for allergic reactions.
  3. Relieves Insect Bites – By rubbing baking soda on a bee sting by combining 1 teaspoon and a half cup water to make a paste it will reduce the swelling and for bug bites, it will relieve the itching by just putting it straight on the bitten area.
  4. Relieves Diaper Rash – Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda to a bath and soak for 10 minutes will help relief diaper rash.
  5. Soak Your Feet – Put 2 to 3 tablespoons of baking soda in water and soak for 20 minutes. You can also add some essential oil. Baking soda has antimicrobial properties which may protect body and feet from infection.
  6. Hand Exfoliator – by just simply placing a teaspoon of baking soda in your hand after washing them, will get rid of those dry skin cells and leave your hands really smooth.
  7. Sun Burn Relief – Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda and water in a bowl. Make a light paste and gently put over the sunburned area, let sit on skin for 15 minutes and then rinse with cool water. You can use it as a soak in a bath for sunburn relief as well.
  8. Homemade Toothpaste – By combining 2/3 cup baking soda or more depending on how much you’d like to make and then add water and mix together, you have a very basic toothpaste. If you’d like to add peppermint oil to it, just add a drop or two.
  9. Teeth Whitener – Use a teaspoon of baking soda and add some water to make a paste. Rub it on your teeth and let sit for 5 minutes. You can do this once a week to keep your teeth whiter.


  1. Air Freshener – If you use a ½ a cup of baking soda in a jar with 15 to 20 drops of essential oil and place a lid with holes in it, it will absorb the nasty odors and emit a light smell of the essential oil you added.
  2. Cleans Your Microwave – By adding 3 tablespoons of baking soda in a microwave safe container and then turn on the microwave for approx. 2 to 3 minutes and then let stand for 5. Your microwave will come out clean and get rid of the grime.
  3. Boosts Laundry Detergent – You can add ½ a cup of baking soda to your regular laundry detergent and it will boost and make whites brighter and soften the water.
  4. Deodorize The Refrigerator – By just opening a box of baking soda and letting it sit in your refrigerator is a great way to calm odors. Do this at least every 3 months or sooner if it has absorbed most of the baking soda.
  5. Removes Oil and Grease – Mixing 3 to 4 tablespoons of baking soda with ¼ a cup of water and then mix and rub on clothes will get rid of the stain.
  6. Deodorize Garbage Can – by mixing a ½ cup of baking soda and 2 cups of water and then pouring it into a garbage can, then scrub with a wire brush, let stand for 15 minutes and then rinse. Double the measurements for a 50-gallon trash can.
  7. Cat Litter Boxes – After you clean your cats’ litter box, pour a light layer of baking soda at the bottom of the litter box and then add your litter on top of that.
  8. Vegetable Wash – Adding a few tablespoons of baking soda to water and then put in a spray bottle and spray your vegetables and scrub lightly will get the dirt off your fresh vegetables. Then rinse very well with just water.
  9. Keeps Ants Out – This is a pet-friendly mixture. Mix 5 tablespoons of powdered sugar and 5 tablespoons of baking soda and put in a cup. Place the cup where the ants are and they will be attracted to the sugar and will accidentally eat the baking soda which will kill them. Remember it needs to be powdered sugar. The reason is that ants are smart and if you use regular sugar they can separate the regular sugar from the baking soda.
  10. Keeps Flowers Fresher Longer – by adding a ½ a teaspoon of baking soda to your vase, flowers will last longer.
  11. Pot and Pan Cleaner – Using 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water and rub on the pan where you want to get off the grime or stuck on foods. Let sit for 10 minutes. You should be able to scrub with a non-abrasive sponge, but sometimes some elbow grease is needed.
  12. Silverware Cleaner –Bring 1 liter of water, I piece of aluminum foil and 1 tablespoon of baking soda to a boil. Then place the silver you want to clean in the pot for approx. 15 seconds and longer if more tarnished. Then take some tongs and take out what is cleaned.
  13. Coffee and Teapot Cleaner – Mix a ¼ cup of baking soda with a pot full of water and pour into the area where you pour water and brew like you would coffee. As a teapot cleaner, combine 2 tablespoons baking soda with 4 cups of hot water. Let it sit for an hour and then scrub.
  14. Floor Cleaner – By adding a ½ a cup of baking soda to a bucket of water you can clean your floors without scratching them. If you want to use on carpet, just sprinkle and wait about 20 minutes and then vacuum.




Milk Alternatives

Dairy-Free Milk Options (2-min read)


The reason we drink milk is either to get the health benefits it or maybe you just like it in your coffee, cereal or other things. If you are lactose intolerant, vegan and/or have a milk allergy, most likely you are using a milk alternative. Either way, many people have or are switching to milk alternatives.

If you walk into a store it is likely you’ll see many milk alternatives. There is soy milk, lactose-free, nut-based products (almond, cashew, coconut, hazelnut and macadamia milk), goats, rice, hemp and others.

Goats milk, like cow’s milk, it is derived from mammals. It has smaller fat molecules than milk, high in fatty acids, rich in calcium, contains selenium, an essential trace mineral that supports the immune system. Cow’s milk is a good source of protein but may be high in saturated fats. For some, it could be an allergy issue and for others, it could be a digestive issue to drive you away from cow’s milk.

Milk Alternatives

  1. Hemp milk – has very little protein, but is rich in certain essential fatty acids.
  2. Soy milk – Soy milk contains no cholesterol and negligible amounts of saturated fat. A glass of soy milk provides the same levels of key nutrients present in cow milk,  including calcium, protein, vitamin A, vitamin D and potassium. Soy milk does have calcium, protein, and potassium. But soy milk is also fortified to be nutritionally comparable to cow’s milk.
  3. Nut milk – This kind of milk is based on a mixture of water and the particular nut (almond, hazel, etc.). Theses milks are lactose, soy, and gluten free. They have unsaturated fats in them (good fat), low in fat and calories. Nut milks have a thickening agent in them, approved by the FDA and is called carrageenan, which is a seaweed extract. If you would like to learn more, there is a study about nuts here to get specific nut information.
  4. Rice milk – This milk tends to be higher in carbohydrates than any other plant based milk. This milk is a good choice for those who have allergies to soy or nuts, or people with food chemical intolerances doing elimination diets.
  5. Oat milk – Contains soluble fiber beta-glucan, which has been clinically proven to reduce the bad cholesterol LDL.  Oat milk has more protein than almond and less carbohydrates than rice milk.
  6. Flax milk – Has Omega 3’s (good fats), lignans and high in fiber.
  7. When looking for any of the above milks, my suggestion would be “whole”, “organic” or “non-GMO.”  Depending on the milk, how much of that particular ingredient (nut, soy, rice, etc.) is in them.  Several Brands that are NON-GMO include: Almond Breeze, Silk, Blue Diamond, Eden Soy and more. The best thing you can do is make your own and here are a few links to help:








8 Impressive Health Benefits of Sage

Sage has been used in ancient Egyptian, Roman, and Greek medicine.  Native American use it in rituals when dried sage is burning they suggest it promotes healing, wisdom, protection, and longevity. Sage is a silvery-green shrub with extremely fragrant leaves and is in the mint family.

Sage comes fresh, ground and rubbed. Fresh is the most fragrant and flavorful. Ground sage is the most commonly used and needs to be kept in a jar with a lid in a cool, dark place. Rubbed Sage comes off very easily in a light, fluffy powder.

Eating raw Sage is definitely not suggested as it is very unpleasant. Cooking them is highly recommended as they have a harsh flavor. By cooking them you calm those harsh flavors.

Sage also comes in other forms for digestive and circulation problems, bronchitis, cough, asthma, angina, mouth and throat inflammations, depression, excessive sweating, skin diseases, and many other diseases. Sage leaves and extracts come in liquids, tablets, throat sprays, capsules, and lozenges

8 Sage Health Benefits proven by clinical studies:

  1. Cognitive – Studies have shown that sage is a brain booster. From increasing memory retention, recall ability and increased concentration. New research suggests that the essential oil from sage is great for opening neurological pathways for people suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer’s
  2. Inflammation – Sage extract, tincture, and essential oil are all ways of helping with inflammation (because of the flavonoids and phenolic compounds) in health issues such as gout, arthritis, the cardiovascular system which can result in increased blood pressure and heart disease.
  3. Immune System – By applying sage topically (regularly) using salve or tincture gives an extra defense to prevent bacterial and viral infections with its antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.
  4. Skin – Regularly using a sage tincture, this has been shown to be effective in skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and acne. By regularly applying salves and extracts to help soothe the blemishes.
  5. Diabetes – Sage regulates and inhibits stored glucose in the liver by preventing blood sugar fluctuations.
  6. Bone – Vitamin K is important for bones. Sage has a great level of Vitamin K in it which is beneficial for people worried about early signs of osteoporosis.
  7. Digestion – By adding Sage to your meals regularly, the rosemaric acid which acts as an anti-inflammatory being beneficial for people suffering from health issues that cause them to be prone to diarrhea and gastritis and get your digestion system less inflamed and back on track.
  8. Throat infections – Sage has been great in helping with pain in sore throats, infected gums, and mouth ulcers.









Uncategorized, Vegan and Gluten Free Bar Soaps

3 Incredible Gluten Free and Vegan Bar Soaps

Changing over from conventional soaps may cost a dollar or two more, but boy howdy, what a difference. While using Dessert Essence soaps, not only is my skin clean, there are no harsh chemicals being put on my face or in my body. There are a few brands I love out there, but I thought I’d share these 3 with you as well.

Desert Essence Lavendar with Palm Oil Bar Soap

Desert Essence Lavender Soap

Desert Essence Lavender Bar Soap cleanses and moisturizes leaving my skin soft and cleansed. Plus, the oils make this a pleasant smelling soap.This Lavender soap uses Bulgarian Lavender Oil and Aloe Vera to nurture the skin. Using 100% sustainably harvested palm oil in compliance with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) standards. It is vegan and gluten free and is wrapped in 100% recycled material and cruelty-free.

Desert Essence Lemongrass Bar Soap

Desert Essence Lemongrass Soap

I like using the lemongrass in the morning. It has a creamy texture, gently cleanses my skin and refreshes your senses. I always feel fresh and ready for my day with this revitalizing soap, plus it leaves my skin so soft and smooth.

The lemongrass oil is the refresher. The Aloe Vera and Jojoba Oil are your moisturizer and softener in this incredible soap.

There are No Animal Derived Ingredients or Animal Testing Parabens Artificial Fragrances or Dyes Glycols Parabens Petroleum Compounds including Mineral Oil, Petrolatum or Paraffin Sulfates – SLS/SLES PEGS, PPG, MEA, DEA or TEA Phthalates EDTA This product is vegetarian, vegan, wheat and gluten-free. Wrapped in paper made from 100% recycled material and is cruelty-free.


Desert Essence Creamy Coconut Bar Soap

Desert Essence Coconut Creamy Coconut

I exfoliate 3 times a week and use the Desert Essence Creamy Coconut because it contains jojoba meal which gently removes dirt and gets rid of the dead skin cells. The colloidal oatmeal in it soothes and protect the skin from becoming dry and itchy.

Exfoliating 3 times a week is a must for me. Getting a soap bar that exfoliates and cleanses is time-consuming. I use the Desert Essence Creamy Coconut because it contains jojoba meal which gently removes dirt and gets rid of the dead skin cells. The colloidal oatmeal in it soothes and protect the skin from becoming dry and itchy.

There are No Animal Derived Ingredients or Animal Testing Parabens Artificial Fragrances or Dyes Glycols Parabens Petroleum Compounds including Mineral Oil, Petrolatum or Paraffin Sulfates – SLS/SLES PEGS, PPG, MEA, DEA or TEA Phthalates EDTA Yes: Vegetarian/Vegan Wheat and Gluten Free Wrapped in paper made from 100% recycled material. Biodegradable Formula Made with 100% RSPO Sustainably Harvested Palm Oils



Health Benefits of Mineral and Bubble Baths


Soaking in a mineral or bubble bath is perfect for relaxing and de-stressing. It is also a great way to rejuvenate the skin and get that blood circulating. This is a place where we can easily forget about our day to day lives, temporarily and relax.

Aura Cacia Mineral Bath

Mineral baths are known for being in the ground with salts, minerals, and mud. They are often recommended when recuperating from surgery, treating eczema and psoriasis. They are also used for reducing stiffness and inflammation in joints due to rheumatoid and osteoarthritis.

Mineral baths over time benefit the endocrine system as well, by allowing the body to completely relax. Adrenal glands produce stress hormones, which are called adrenaline. The endocrine system is thrown off balance when your body has chronic stress, which makes them work overtime. When we allow our bodies to soak away the stress, the adrenal glands are decreased, which restore balance to our endocrine systems.

By using natural organic products, your bubble bath benefits will avoid any reactions caused by chemicals and artificial fragrances.

AUra Cacia Bubble bath

Bubble baths are great for increasing blood circulation and provides nourishment to damaged tissues.

Bubble baths, when used with HOT water, are great for getting out toxins from your body by stimulating circulation and increasing lymph drainage.

Bubble baths stimulate the immune system and improve health just from breathing in the steam. When you improve your immune system it becomes stronger having the ability to fight viruses and bacteria.

Bubble baths are great for the skin. I always suggest using a loofah, natural sponge to exfoliate the dead skin cells. You can also exfoliate your feet with a pumice stone. Make sure to always moisturize your skin when done with a bath.

Bubble baths are a great place to add an essential oil too. You could try adding a couple of drops of essential oil such as lavender, cedar wood or vanilla for relaxation.

Don’t you deserve to treat yourself every once and a while? And when sinking into an Aura Cacia bubble bath, have confidence you are using an organic product. Their blends have 100% pure essential oils. There are no synthetic fragrances, which can cause harm to the endocrine system. None of these products from Aura Cacia are tested on animals, so they are cruelty-free.






9 Hand and Body Lotions that are Organic and Fabulous

Desert Essence Coconut Hand and Body Lotion

I am always purchasing new products to find what works best with my skin and of course, it needs to be organic.  With that in mind, my latest try was the Deserts Essence products.  One, in particular, being the Coconut Hand and Body Lotion. It was absolutely fabulous and thought I’d share it with you.

What I really enjoy about this lotion is it doesn’t give me that oily feeling and its light in consistency. My skin is dry which makes this cream ideal for people with dry skin. It absorbs really well, leaving my skin moisturized and soft.

It has a nice coconut aroma to it, which I like. For those who don’t like the scent, Desert Essence has another hand and body lotion you may enjoy Desert Essence Pure Hand and Body Lotion Unscented. The unscented lotion doesn’t leave your skin feeling oily either. And with no coconut scent, it might just be the right choice for you.


Below is a list of others they carry that you may enjoy:

  • Island Mango Hand and Body Lotion
  • Italian Lemon Hand and Body Lotion
  • Tropical Coconut Hand and Body Lotion
  • Coconut Lime Hand and Body Lotion
  • Bulgarian Lavender Hand and Body Lotion
  • Spicy Vanilla Chia Hand and Body Lotion
  • Sweet Almond Hand and Body Lotion

They also have a hand and foot repair cream:

  • Pumpkin Spice Hand Repair Cream
  • Perfect Pistachio Foot Repair

Other reasons I love their products are:

  • All our products are 100% vegetarian
  • No animal testing
  • Most of all their products are gluten free. Please read all labels to determine if that particular product is or is NOT gluten free.
  • They are a Certified B Corporation







Exfoliating, Uncategorized

Benefits of Exfoliating your Skin, for You and Your Home.



Did you know that your skin sheds daily ALL over your body?  Our skin has many layers. The skin’s epidermis (which is the top layer) is composed of cells called keratin. Keratin starts growing at the base layer of your skin (which you can’t see) and when they reach the top, they die.  The problem is most of the dead skin cells that die, stay on the epidermis. When this transpires, your pores get clogged which causes your skin to get acne, rough, dirty, and also causing wrinkles and lines.

I am not telling you anything you don’t already know and if I have, awesome! Washing your face and body are just as important as exfoliating the face and body.  Whether you have dry, oily, normal or sensitive skin don’t worry, it can be done on all skin types. You should be exfoliating at least one to two times per week.

Not only is exfoliating important for you to get rid of the dead skin cells, but it is important for keeping your home clean and sanitary as well. Just think about all the skin cells in your bed, if you aren’t using a mattress protector. Yes, your skin falls off your body in and around your bed. That transpires into your mattress getting heavier and full of dead skin cells. Think about all the dust around your home. The dust on your tables, kitchen counters, blinds, shelves, couches, window sills, etc. What about fresh fruit, for example, sitting in a basket or plate on the kitchen counter and the skin cells that could be lying on it. Eewww!

Things lying around your house that you can use to exfoliate without breaking the bank

Raw honey is an antibacterial and anti -fungal. Honey is great for acne and it can be used with any exfoliator. So add some honey to any of your recipes, if you’d like.

Sugar and coconut oil –  With these two, I mix 2 parts sugar and 1 part coconut oil. I use this about twice a week in the shower. It leaves the skin extremely soft and is great for people with dry skin.

Oatmeal and honey –  You’ll need to blend the oats first so that they aren’t powdery, leaving some little clumps. I mix 1/2 cup of oatmeal, 2 tbsp. honey, 1 tsp nutmeg, 15-20 drops of lavender oil and you can add other oils as well.

Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is found in many store purchased exfoliators. By mixing 6 tablespoons of baking soda with water (depending on how thick or thin you want it) works wonderfully in the shower. You may also want to squeeze half a lemon in it for the alpha hydroxyl acids. Add moisturizer when you’re done.

Sugar and essential oil – 3 parts sugar, 1 part olive oil and 15 to 20 drops of any favorite essential oil, makes a wonderful exfoliator.