Eric and Melissa Smith

Helena, Alabama

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Berry Well

"Never fear the flu when you keep Berry Well on hand. 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."

Berry Well, 8 fl. oz.
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Caprylic acid is an essential fatty acid naturally derived from coconut oil and palm kernel oil.  It is easily digested, has been found to exhibit anti-fungal  properties and is recognized as especially effective for promoting gastrointestinal health. (from

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."

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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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Monday, April 1, 2013

Spring Giveaway!

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The winner will receive a FREE 8 oz. bottle of Mercola Natural Sunscreen SPF30 and a FREE Beeyoutiful Lip BALM.
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