Eric and Melissa Smith

Helena, Alabama

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Berry Well

Each ingredient in this pleasantly fruity syrup holds its own against flu, colds, and a swarm of bacterial and viral infections.  This Elderberry Syrup contains Propolis, Raw Honey, and Echinacea. 
The elderberries in Berry Well are grown naturally without the use of pesticides or chemicals but are not certified organic.
Raw honey sweetens the mixture with more than just good taste.  It delivers a rich supply of live enzymes required to help body systems fight colds and respiratory infections of all kinds.

Bee propolis and Organic Echinacea root extract -- both considered powerful natural antibiotics.

Raw apple cider vinegar, a folk remedy celebrated for its use against a long list of ailments, increases your body's alkalinity.  (Although today's diets tend to make us more acidic, an alkaline body is safer from cancer and other diseases.)  And the potassium in raw vinegar helps cells fight bacteria and viruses.

Manufactured in the USA.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Homemade Soft Scrub

Soft Scrub ~ My favorite homemade cleaning product thus far!
Here's my recipe for
Homemade Soft Scrub
1 c. baking soda
1/4 c. liquid castile soap
5 drops lemon essential oil
1/4 c. water
Combine all ingredients to make a thick liquid paste.  Pour into a squirt bottle.
(The bottle I used is a periwash spray bottle.) 
For cleaning:  Apply to sponge or directly to surface and wipe with damp cloth or sponge.
Rinse with water.
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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Step Four: Clean Your Bathroom

Step Four of the Natural Year Challenge is Clean Your Bathroom. 

Today, I'm going to make my own Soft Scrubber.  Here's what Andrea Fabry says about it:  "This recipe makes cleaning any tub, sink, or tile a breeze! Use any essential oil of choice or combine several. This is best used in a plastic squirt bottle (inexpensive and available at bed/bath stores).
  • 1 c. baking soda
  • 1/4 c. liquid castile soap
  • 5 drops tea tree oil or essential oil(s) of choice
  • 1-2 tsp. vitamin C powder (optional)
Combine in bottle and shake. Add enough water to make a thick liquid paste. Apply to sponge or directly to surface and wipe with damp cloth or sponge. Rinse with water."

For more encouragement from Andrea, watch this video...
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Monday, April 8, 2013

Natural Year Challenge Progress

I've used a lot of vinegar in the last several months, but I've saved a lot of money!
Vinegar costs a lot less than all those cleaning products that I haven't bought lately.

How are you doing with the natural year challenge?  I'm not sure where I should be in the schedule of the challenge, but I'm moving along from one step to the next! 

I'm now enjoying homemade laundry soap, homemade hand soap, and homemade dishwasher detergent.  I didn't like my homemade dish soap, but I want to try again and see if I can modify the recipe.
Here's our slightly modified recipe for
Liquid Hand Soap:

1 c. water
3 Tbsp. liquid castile soap
8 drops lemon essential oil
8 drops orange essential oil
3 drops Grapefruit seed extract
4 Tbsp. glycerin

It works great in a foaming soap dispenser!

If you read my earlier post about homemade laundry soap, I have an update to give you.  I tried it again and had better results.  Instead of adding liquid castile soap to the boiling water, I added grated castile bar soap to the water.  The consistency was closer to the gel I was hoping for.  Also, instead of pouring it into my purchased detergent dispenser, I put it in a clear plastic gallon container.  I shake it each time I wash a load of laundry, thus preventing the ingredients from separating and sticking to the sides of the container. 

Are you making your own soaps?
Please share your recipes and experiences with us!
We love to hear from you!

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