Natural Sunburn Remedies

by Tiffany in Health & Healing

Natural Sunburn RemediesIn the past few weeks I have already gone over some of the things we can do to avoid getting a sunburn such as covering up or using a safe sunscreen. In addition to those things we also need to be spending some time in the sun unprotected each day… about 10-20 minutes, so that our bodies can absorb Vitamin D. This will help protect us from burning when we spend more time in the sun. A healthy diet will also help prevent burns. Our diet should be rich in healthy fats and foods with Vitamin C, D, E, Carotenoids, and Lycopene. These are sun safety foods.

But what do we do when we end up getting burned anyway? It happens.

Well, there are some natural ways to reduce skin damage and help soothe your irritated skin. You can buy a couple products that claim to soothe sunburned skin but the two front runners.. Burt’s Bees After Sun Soother and Kiss My Face Sun Soother both scored a moderate hazard on EWG’s safety database (5,3). Depending on how rarely you need to use products like these that may be acceptable.. or not. You can also make your own using a couple natural remedies and since the ingredients are so useful to have on hand anyway… why not?

* Take a cool shower, air dry a bit and then rub coconut oil on the burned areas to seal in moisture.

* Hydrate with lots of water and fresh juices and use cool compresses.

* Mix a couple drops of Lavender essential oil with plain yogurt and rub on the affected area.

* Apply cool cucumber slices.

* Apply cooled chamomile tea compresses.

* Spray skin with vinegar and tea tree oil.

* Mix together Aloe Vera, coconut oil, and Vitamin E oil and rub on skin.

* Mix Aloe Vera with about 10 drops of peppermint oil and use a spray bottle to apply to skin.

Aloe Vera is a super powerful healing ingredient, and coconut oil and vitamin E will help moisturize, soothe, and heal. Peppermint and Chamomile help soothe as well. It is best to use products on your skin that you could also eat if you wanted to, organic too.

What do you do to soothe sunburned skin?


This Moment – 5 year Old Fashion Sense

by Tiffany in Photography

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. – Soulemama


Get Rid of Ants Naturally

by Tiffany in A Green Home

Get Rid of Ants NaturallyWith warmer weather the ants have come. This new place we have been renting since September seems to be wide open to them. They come in through the back porch door and right into the kitchen. They love all the food my little ones drop on the floor and they love the garbage can. Bringing pesticides into the home is not going to happen so when the ants start to arrive I have to find natural ways to get rid of them. I played this game for a bit at the tail end of summer last year and they kicked my butt… they and their friends the fruit flies. This year I am determined to kick them back to the curb.

Last year I mostly used a homemade Borax and maple syrup trap and that didn’t work very well. Vinegar worked for a short time and then they would be back. I wash my entire kitchen floor weekly with vinegar and they still came calling. This year I will try other methods and maybe change up my old methods a bit.

Natural Ant Deterrents

  • Borax mixed with jelly/jam
  • Vinegar infused with tea tree oil (will disinfect the kitchen as well)
  • Cloves put near the entrance where they are coming in
  • Sprinkle cayenne pepper, cinnamon, or black pepper at the entrance and along their typical “route”
  • Cotton balls sprinkled with a minty essential oil or a citrus oil
  • Baby powder/ chalk line at entrance
  • Cucumber or Citrus peels near entrance

One thing that really seemed to work last week was spraying them with the Trader Joe’s Next To Godliness Multi-Purpose Cleaner. I bought the bottle awhile back and don’t use it much because I hate the smell. It is supposed to have Cedarwood and Clary Sage oils but it smells artifical to me. Anyway the ants don’t like it either. It killed the ones I sprayed and then they haven’t been back… but I need to clean the kitchen floor badly now so I imagine once it is washed away they might come back. It is still nice to have a fast, easy recourse though that is pretty natural.

How have you deterred ants from the home?


Free From Gluten

by Tiffany in Healthy Eating

As I mentioned in my post on Sourdough Bread, I am not a fan of grains and try to keep those to a minimum in our diet. They are hard for us to digest, they are often refined in such a way that makes them nutrient deficient, and many are causative in some autoimmune disorders like Celiac disease. There is also quite a following of parents who believe that grains and specifically gluten, is like poison to a child with autism or other sensitivities. You hear more and more about families going gluten free for the sake of their health every day.

It was a struggle for us at first since I LOVE bread with a passion but once you get used to not eating as much bread and grains you lose the taste for it. We never opted to buy up gluten free versions of the foods we used to eat but the fact that this option is available is pretty awesome.

The market place has really stepped up to meet the needs of gluten free families. Gluten free products are everywhere, which is actually quite awesome because it used to be hard to find qualifying products. A good gluten free cookbook would be the best place to start if you want to try going gluten free but there are also numerous processed products out there that fit the bill too.

After perusing the site, Free From Gluten, I was impressed with all that they offer. I wouldn’t mind trying the gluten free pretzels (because I still love pretzels) and the ginger juice myself. The curious side of me wants to know how gluten free bread really tastes and heck I didn’t even know there was such a thing as gluten free shampoo… or even shampoo with gluten.

Does your family avoid gluten? How easy or hard has it been? Read also 10 signs of gluten intolerance.

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

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BabyLegs Memorial Day Sale

by Tiffany in Eco Fashion

2 of my 3 kids wore these amazing baby leg warmers and my 7 year old still does. Not only are they great for winter warming here in Ohio they are light weight enough to be used in summer as well… to protect that soft baby skin from the sun. LOVE their summer selections. Babylegs is having a great sale this week for Memorial Day.