d.i.y.friday ~ Homemade, Natural & Healthy Christmas Presents!

Natural, Healthy & Homemade Gift Ideas!!
These DIY Christmas presents are really easy and so much fun to make!
They are made from all good ingredients and will be sure to put
a smile on the face of whoever you give them too!!

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• WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THESE •
SCENTED SOY CANDLES

Jars/some type of container
Soy wax
Wicks (+ some glue)
Essential oils to scent the candles (I used lavender, peppermint and orange)
Decorations (food coloring and items to put in the candles. I used pieces of orange peel, dried lavender and some lingonberries. I think adding crushed candy cane to the peppermint candle would be really cute, but I could find any anywhere..)

SPICE MIXES:
Pumpkin/Christmas Spice

1/4 cup Cinnamon
1 tsp Ginger
1 tsp Cardamom
1 tsp Nutmeg
1 tsp Cloves

Taco Spice Mix
3 tsp Paprika powder
3 tsp Cumin
2 tsp Coriander
2 tsp Garlic
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Chili

Tikka Masala Mix
3 tsp Cumin
2 tsp Coriander
2 tsp Garam masala
2 tsp Curry powder
1 tsp Turmeric
1 tsp Chili
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp Pepper
A few curry leaves
5 Cardamom pods
8 Whole cloves

PEPPERMINT SUGAR BODY SCRUB
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tbsp coconut oil
10-15 drops of peppermint essential oil

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Grocery Store Herb – Chamomile


Chamomile tea bags are sold in every basic grocery store.

Here’s 5 ways you can use this herb!

1. Brew a cup to reduce anxiety, tension & digestive upset.
Use 2 tea bags for a double sedative dose.

2. Use the brewed tea bags topically on inflamed or itchy skin.
Apply the cooled tea with cotton bags, saturate a cloth or use a spritz bottle.

3. Use the brewed (and cooled) tea bags over your sore eyes to reduce puffiness and dark circles.

4. Add the tea bags directly to a warm/hot bath for a calming experience and all over skin love.

5. Make the tea at night and use in the morning shower as a hair rinse for dandruff or to heal an irritated scalp.

How to Make Edible Sprouts [Free Seed Giveaway!]

Every week you get a chance to win free seeds at allnaturalme.seedsnow.com/pages/win and this week the seeds to be given away are Alfalfa Sprouts!! (the crowd goes wild)

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Alfalfa is one of the healthiest and easiest sprouts you can grow!

– Extremely high in protein, calcium, plus other minerals and vitamins in the B group, vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin K.

– Alfalfa is extremely easy to grow.

– All organic. All natural.

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How to Grow Sprouts

The easiest method is to grow sprouts in a Mason jar. To provide plenty of fresh air, cover the top with the mesh screen.

Step One: Soaking

For a quart-sized jar, put 1 ½ to 2 tablespoons of small seeds (up to 1 cup if using larger seeds like green peas or garbanzo) in the sprouting jar. Cover top of jar with cloth or sprouting lid and rinse the seeds in warm (not hot) water. Drain and refill so that water is about an inch above the seeds. Let the seeds soak 8-12 hours (overnight). Protect from light by covering with a dish towel or placing in a cupboard.

Step Two: Rinsing

Rinse 2 to 3 times per day for 2 to 3 days. After thoroughly draining the rinse water, lay the jar on its side to spread out the seeds. Do not expose to light. After 2 to 3 days the sprouts should be filling up the jar.

Things to Remember:

1. Rinse often (2-3 times/day).

2. Keep them moist, not wet.

3. Keep them at room temperature.

4. Give them air to breathe.

5. Don’t grow too many in one container.

6. Keep them in a dark place.

 

And then BOOM – Sprouts!!!

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