DIY Peppermint Choco Lip Balm/Butter

As mentioned in my other post, I recently got some materials to make my own lip balm.

Lip balm is one skincare that I am concerned about being as natural as possible. This is because we often end up ingesting our lip balms one way or another!

Again you can substitute other ingredients if you are allergic or am a vegan. You can check out the FAQ below for where I got my supplies.

Recipe for Peppermint choco lip balm/butter (makes about 12-16 regular lipbalm tubes)

2 tablespoon coconut butter/oil

1 tablespoon cocoa butter (or similar butters like shea butter, mango butter, etc)

1 tablespoon avocado oil (similar oils like sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, etc)

2 tablespoon beewax (candelilla, carnauba, soy wax for vegan version)

Peppermint essential oil (make sure it is 100% essential oils not fragrance oils)

Vitamin E

Preservative (up to you, I use Optiphen)

Other stuff:

Lip balm containers

Pyrex bowl

Stirrer

Disposable pipette

Measuring spoons

Step 1: Start by adding the cocoa butter and beewax to a small pyrex bowl. Then I stuck it in the microwave to melt (alternatively you can melt them in a double boiler) using 30 seconds increments. Around the 2 minute mark, it was almost melted.

Step 2: I then added  the extra virgin coconut oil (from Trader Joes), avocado oil. peppermint essential oil, vitamin E and preservative.

Step 3: Stir and make sure that everything is mixed well. If your place is cold, considering adding the coconut oil with the cocoa butter and beewax in step 1.

Step 4: Use the pipette to fill the lip balm containers. Tie the lip balm containers with a rubber band prior to filling to help you make sure everything stands straight.

Step 5: Wait. It is best to let it cool overnight before using,

Step 6: Label and start using it! Or give the extras away to friends and family!

In addition, the materials above can be used to make other products such as lotion bars, whipped body butter, hair balm, etc.

FAQ:

Q: How much essential oil to use?

A: It really is up to your personal preference. The more you use, the mintier it is on your lips! I used around 3mL of peppermint essential oil for the above.

Q: What essential oils to use?

A: It depends on what smells you like as well as what healing properties are you looking for. Peppermint is great for perking you up. Lavender is great for calming your senses. I like peppermint and orange. Do keep in mind that some essential oils (lemon. lime, ginger, etc) cause photo sensitivity and some are unsafe to use during pregnancy. Do your research prior to using.

Q: Where can I get my supplies?

A: I got my recent supplies from garden of wisdom. There are many great suppliers online such as wholesale supplies plus, tkbtrading, and lipbalmtubes. These I had personally bought from and had great experiences. Mountain Rose Herbs is a company I have heard of but had never tried.

Q: What is the vitamin E for?

A: Vitamin E is a great antioxidant and is used here to help prevent the butters and oils from turning rancid too soon.

Q: How long can I keep them for?

A: I would keep them for at most 6 months to 1 year especially if you choose not to use a preservative. Therefore, take this into consideration when buying supplies online.

Q: Can I make tinted lip balm?

A: Of course you can! You can either add colorants or grab a lipstick that you like to melt with the ingredients in step 1.

Q: My lip balm is grainy. Help?!

A: Some butters, most particularly Shea Butter, can crystallize or become grainy when they cool from melting. This does not impact the quality or usability of the butters. To eliminate crystallization, carefully heat your butter to the point where it fully melts. Use a double boiler instead of a microwave. Carefully melt the butter and let remain at that temperature for a few minutes. With shea butter, you will need more time. Source: Fromnaturewithlove

Advertisements

20 things to start doing in your relationships

I found this list in one of my notebooks and decided to share this. Of course some are easier said than done but hey, anything worth aspiring is not always easy!

20 things to start doing in your relationships

  1. Free yourself from negative people
  2. Let go of those who are already gone
  3. Give people you don’t know a fair chance
  4. Show everyone kindness and respect
  5. Accept people just the way they are
  6. Encourage others and cheer for them
  7. Be your imperfectly perfect self
  8. Forgive people and move forward
  9. Do little things every day for others
  10. Always be loyal
  11. Stay in better touch with people who matter to you
  12. Keep your promises and tell the truth
  13. Give what you want to receive
  14. Say what you mean and mean what you say
  15. Allow others to make their own decisions
  16. Talk a little less and listen more
  17. Leave petty arguments alone
  18. Pay attention to your relationship with yourself
  19. Pay attention to who your real friends are
  20. Ignore nonconstructive, hurtful commentary

Unfortunately I did not write down where this came from so if you know, let me know so I can credit this properly.

Be well,

Dr Ria

Backpacks for the homeless

Homeless

Many of us are fortunate to be able to brave through this recent polar vortex in the warmth of our homes. Not all of us are so lucky. In Jan 2013, 610,042 people were homeless on a given night with 35% of that living in unsheltered locations. About 25% of the homeless are children under the age of 18 (source here).

In Chicago, 5,170 people are either staying in shelters or living on the streets. If you consider homeless in the broader definition of people who in peril of losing their homes or are doubling up, this number rises to approximately 21,000 (Source here).

I recently chanced upon this video and am utterly moved by it.

http://www.wimp.com/homelessbackpack/

This is a couple who is doing their part by helping the homeless via packpacks for the homeless.

You and I can do our parts for the homeless in Chicago. Truly Chiropractic will be putting together Packpacks for the homeless and delivering them around Chicago to protect those in need from the extreme cold.

Below are the items that we need, or a monetary donation will help us purchase the items.

Items:

Backpacks
Beanies
Thermal/Warm socks (new)
Gloves
Combs
Nail Clippers
Deodorant
Toilet Paper
Shaving Razor
Zip lock bags
Bar Soap
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Microfiber towels
Panty Liners/Menstrual Pads
Underwear (new)
Wet wipes

Peanut Butter
Granola Bars
Applesauce
Spoons/Forks
Bottled water

Bring items with you to your appointment as soon as possible. Or call me to arrange a meetup.

Together, we can help make the world a better place for our fellow human beings. Will you step up?

Imagesource here

Homemade Lotion Bars

It’s winter and one of the things that comes with winter, is dry skin. Recently I bought some materials online to make my own lip balms (more on that in another post soon). Then I realized, I can make a lot stuff with the same ingredients! So I ended up making lip balms, hair balm, whipped body butter and lotion bars. Today, I’m going to talk about the lotion bars.

photo 3

So why make your own? Some of us are trying to reduce the amount of chemicals that we surround ourselves with. In addition, some have sensitivities or allergies to certain ingredients to consider. What better way to monitor what’s in your lotion when you make it yourself! Furthermore, there are vegans who have limited shopping choices. This way, you’re guaranteed that the lotion that you use is cruelty free and vegan friendly!

Isn’t this a hassle? Trust me, it’s not very difficult and this can be a fun project for you and your kids!

So what do you need?

Recipe for lotion bars

1 part coconut butter/oil

1 part shea butter (or similar butters like cocoa butter, mango butter, etc)

1 part beewax (candelilla, carnauba, soy wax for vegan version)

Essential oils of your choice (make sure it is 100% essential oils not fragrance oils)

Vitamin E

Preservative (up to you, I use Optiphen)

Other stuff:

Molds (for the lotion)

Pyrex bowl

Stirrer

Disposable pipette

Measuring spoons

 

It’s better to start with a small batch so you can tweak the recipe as you like it.

I started by combining  2 tablespoons of cocoa butter with 2 tablespoons of beewax in a small pyrex bowl. Then I stuck it in the microwave to melt (alternatively you can melt them in a double boiler) using 30 seconds increments. Around the 1.5-2 minute mark, it was almost melted. I then added  2 tablespoons of extra virgin coconut oil (from Trader Joes) and stirred it into the pyrex bowl to melt. At this point, add your essential oils (I like sweet orange), vitamin E and preservative.

Use a pipette to fill your molds. Leave them to cool for a few hours (only an hour in wintery Chicago!) up to overnight. Pop them out and they’re ready to use!

Here are the pictures of my lotion bars and mold.

photo 1(3)photo 2(3)

Q&A:

Q: How do you use the lotion bars?

A: You use them like regular lotion as when needed. I like them after showers after you dry your skin.

Q: What molds should I use?

A: Silicon baking molds work great. The scent is hard to get rid of so keep the molds dedicated to lotion once you have used them.

Q: How much essential oil to use?

A: It really is up to your personal preference. I used around 4mL of sweet orange essential oil for the above.

Q: What essential oils to use?

A: It depends on what smells you like as well as what healing properties are you looking for. Peppermint is great for perking you up. Lavender is great for calming your senses. I like peppermint and orange. Do keep in mind that some essential oils cause photo sensitivity and some are unsafe to use during pregnancy. Do your research prior to using.

Q: Where can I get my supplies?

A: I got my recent supplies from garden of wisdom. There are many great suppliers online such as wholesale supplies plus, tkbtrading. These I had personally bought from and had great experiences. Mountain Rose Herbs is a company I have heard of but had never tried.

Q: What is the vitamin E for?

A: Vitamin E is a great antioxidant and is used here to help prevent the butters and oils from turning rancid too soon.

Are you a server or a user?

Are you a server or a user?

Many of us fall somewhere along this spectrum of user vs server. Today, I want to talk about being a server.

All of us are bestowed with talents of various forms. Some of us are good at writing, others cooking, and some making money. We all have our talents that we can offer to the world.

Sometimes, we get so bogged down by everyday living that we forget about our talents. That is doing yourself and the world a disservice.

You might think,” so what if I have _____ talent? I can’t use it to make a living?” Consider volunteering. Volunteering is a wonderful way to give back to the community. In addition, you can use this opportunity to hone your talents, creating a win win situation for all.

In addition, volunteering gives you a fresh perspective on life. Often times, you realize how incredibly blessed you are and that will help you when you are undergoing difficult times.

Volunteering also helps you to make new friends and create new social networks as it enables you to meet regularly with a group of people who have common interests. This is especially helpful when you are shy or am new to an area.

So no matter where you are in life, someone out there needs your talents!

Be well.

Dr Ria

Driving this winter

If you’re from Chicago, this winter is looking like it might be a cold and snowy winter!

With the holidays, most of us will be driving around. While most of us are familiar with the snowy conditions, a few reminders never hurt.

Car maintenance

This is the time when you definitely do not want your car to break down. Make sure you bring in your car to get serviced so that things like your transmission fluid, brakes, tires are checked out. This is especially important if you are planning on making a road trip to join family for the holidays.

What if?

You can have everything checked out and yet murphy’s law can strike. So be prepared by stashing some essentials in your car. Items to have are cellphones, easy to eat food like energy bars, a gallon of water, warm blankets, thermal socks, hats and gloves. That way, in case of a car breakdown, you and your family are not left freezing. Furthermore, it is a good idea to have something like an AAA membership for roadside assistance. A shovel and cat litter are good items to have when your car is snowed in and is slipping on the snow and ice.

As always, be well.

Dr Ria

 

Chiropractic Care and High Blood Pressure

Did you know that chiropractic care has shown that it can help you in reducing your blood pressure naturally?

Your autonomic nervous system consists of the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system. They work hand in hand by transmitting information from your body, via your spinal cord to the rest of your body. The sympathetic nervous system consists of nerves from T1 (Thoracic 1) -L2 (Lumbar 2) of your spinal cord. One of the functions of these nerves is to regulate your blood pressure.

When your body gets misaligned, often times, the nerve that comes out from that opening is irritated (in rare occasions, it is compressed). Once the nerve gets irritated and inflamed, the information that gets passed on from the brain gets muddied and muffled. Over time, this causes diseases in the organ that the nerve transmits information to.

A recent trial was done using the Activator Method Chiropractic adjustment on the thoracic region to see if it had an effect on lowering blood pressure.

Trial Study Link Here

The results were that specific thoracic adjustments were able to reduce the blood pressure as well as pulse rate of the subject.

If you or your loved ones suffer from persistant high blood pressure, do consider getting chiropractic care as a natural way to help you manage your condition.

Be well.

Dr Ria