8 Morning Rituals To Start Your Day Feeling Great

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Is it time to give your morning routine a makeover? These 8 morning rituals may give you a few ideas on how you can start your day a little differently. 

The things you do, and the thoughts you think first thing in the morning, can either make or break the rest of your day.

I have found that if I have some sort of ritual or routine that I do every day, it helps me avoid the yucky funk of overwhelm and blah that I tend to get into first thing in the morning.

According to Ayurvedic philosophy, when you focus on morning rituals that work to align the body with nature’s rhythms, you balance the mind and body, create self-discipline and improve self-esteem.

Who couldn’t use that? I am going to share with you 8 morning rituals (habits) that I have implemented into my day that REALLY make a difference in the way I feel physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Don’t feel like you have to start them all at once. Adopt one or two things that ring true to you, and try it for a few weeks. Then implement something else when you are ready. Don’t be surprised if you begin to see mornings and life in a new light!

morning rituals

8 Morning Rituals

1- Get Up Early

I know for some of you, this may not seem too appealing, but read on. If you can roll out of bed before the sun comes up (at least 20 minutes before sunrise), you will experience the amazing energy that is in the atmosphere at twilight.

I love the lighting just before the sun comes up, the birds chirping, and the stillness in the air.

When you wake up early and give yourself some extra time in the morning, you are going to be much more grounded and ready for an awesome day.

If you get up rushed, feeling behind because you pushed the snooze button one too many times, or if you lay there in bed dreading what is ahead of you, you are setting yourself up to experience that same energy the rest of your day.

I find that after I wake up, it is best to just throw the covers off and pop out of bed. If I just lay there, my mind starts racing, and then it’s easy to start spiraling down into the pit, the pit of OVERWHELM. Does anyone else have that problem?

There will be some days that you will want to just stay in bed for another hour, but from my experience, that just makes it worse. You are better off just getting up and get moving.

morning rituals EFT

2- Tap Out The Bad/Tap In The Good

If you find yourself on the negative side of things in the morning, or if you can’t get motivated to even get out of bed, the best way to change this around is to take a few minutes to TAP IT OUT.

For those of you not familiar with meridian tapping or EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) this is a quick and easy method of releasing negative energy from your system. Read more about how to do it here.

By using this technique you can quickly locate what it is you are feeling, tap it OUT and then tap IN some good yummy positive affirmations that will leave you feeling motivated and ready for your day. If you don’t take care of those crusty emotions first thing, you will find yourself attracting more experiences to feel crusty about throughout the rest of your day.

A good way to replace negative thoughts is to think about what you are grateful for. Why not start your day thinking of a few things that are good in your life instead of focusing on the bad?

Remember, what you put your attention on grows, GOOD or BAD. When you feel gratitude towards someone or something you will attract more of that.

There are several ways to have an attitude of gratitude;

  • prayer
  • meditation
  • writing in a gratitude journal
  • or it can be as simple as making statements in your head or speaking them out loud while tapping.

Start your day thinking about something or someone you are grateful for and tap it IN. See what happens, you might be surprised!

morning rituals lemon water

3- Drink A Glass Of Lemon Water

Your body is the most dehydrated in the morning and when you are dehydrated, your blood is thicker, so your organs have to work harder.

It is so important to get water into your system, with or without lemons.

Drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning is one of the easiest things you can do to improve your health.

  1. It doesn’t take long to prepare
  2. it’s inexpensive and there is nothing better than to wake up to the fresh invigorating smell of lemon.

 

Here are some of the many benefits of drinking a glass of lemon water daily:
● Helps keep the body at a normal pH level.
● Prevents bacteria buildup in the body.
● Relieves symptoms of indigestion, heartburn, bloating, and constipation.
● Digestive aid and liver tonic.
● Clears mucus and phlegm.
● Helps maintain healthy body weight.
● Help dissolve kidney and gallstones.
● Gives your skin a healthy glow.

Get more facts and details here.

morning rituals meditation

4- Meditate

Meditation is something I have struggled with a bit, but the more I do it, the easier it is getting.

There are so many different styles of meditation out there. I recommend trying several different methods and finding what works for you. You can spend anywhere from 5 – 90 minutes meditating. Some even do it longer than that.

I recommend starting with a short guided meditation. One of my first experiences with a long meditation was not good. Before I was finished, I thought I was going to have an anxiety attack. (It was a 90-minute meditation). It takes some time to work up to being in a place of total stillness. I love it now! 

I believe you can also get into a meditative state without having to sit in the lotus position. (Common way to sit while meditating).

Walking, painting, or just taking a few moments to sit and quiet the mind are great ways I believe you can meditate.

Whatever meditation format you use, I do recommend it be part of your morning rituals.

Taking time to be still, physically and mentally is a VERY HEALTHY THING and so needed in our world today.


Go easy, start with a short meditation, be open-minded and give it a whirl.

morning rituals rebounding

5- Rebounding

This is something I swear by, and it’s part of my morning rituals.

Who would have thought that bouncing on a little trampoline could do anything for you?

Well, I am here to tell you, by experience, that it can!

Rebounding provides benefits to nearly every body system, from increased flexibility and skin tone to decreased stress.

Its up-and-down movement improves circulation and lymphatic flow and gently massages the internal organs for whole-body health.

I keep my rebounder in my closet where it is easily accessed or under my bed.

Most days I will turn on my Pandora playlist and listen to 2-3 songs while I jump and then I am off for a little yoga or other things.

Some days I will jump longer and some days I will just pop on there for only a few minutes to shake things up. You can find out more about it here in a previous post.

morning rituals skin brushing

6- Dry Skin Brushing

Here is another gem that I highly recommend!

Again, it is one of those things that does not cost a lot of money, is simple to do, does not take a lot of time, and is chuck full of benefits. Here are a few of the many benefits.

● Stimulates blood and lymph flow
● Helps eliminate toxins from the body
● Removes dead skin cells
● Encourages cells to regenerate
● Helps combat cellulite
● Results in smooth glowing skin
● Anti-aging through cell regeneration
● Strengthened immune system
● Stimulated nervous system, toned muscles, and tightened skin
● Stimulates both the sweat and sebaceous glands (contributing to the restoration of moist and supple skin)

Skin brushing has been one of my morning rituals for quite some time. I can tell a big difference in my skin and in the way that I feel.

To get the scoop on how to do it, I have a few previous posts that you can check out here.

morning rituals cold showers

7- Ending Your Shower Cold

Yep, you heard it right, and you may be asking why in the world would I torture myself with cold water first thing in the morning.

Here are four good reasons why you may want to add this to your morning rituals.

1-Better Circulation

Warm water makes the blood rush to your skin, and cool water makes the blood rush to your organs and glands.

This switching between hot and cold triggers better circulation throughout your whole body.

COLD water stimulates blood flow to the CORE of the body, thus bringing FRESH blood to the organs and glands and ALL parts of the Body!

This means, OXYGEN & NUTRIENTS IN and TOXINS & PATHOGENS OUT!

2-Better Looking Skin

When you shower with warm water, it opens up your pores. After washing it is a good idea to close the pores with cold water.

This will prevent the pores from being clogged with dirt and oil, preventing skin acne and other irritating skin conditions.

Another benefit is that cold water makes your blood vessels constrict which reduces swelling and the appearance of dark circles under your eyes.

3- Healthier Hair

Cold water makes your hair look healthier and shinier. The cold water closes the cuticle which makes the hair stronger and prevents dirt from easily accumulating on your scalp.

4- Mental Benefits

Cold water energizes you and invigorates your entire being with the essence of life.

Give it a try, you will definitely feel more alive! It can also lift you up if you are feeling a little down or unmotivated.

I love it because it gives you that same invigorating feeling of jumping in a cold running river or jumping off the boat to go water skiing. (a little shock, but a good refreshing shock).

DON’T TORTURE YOURSELF.  Start with a level of cold you can deal with, and slowly make it colder after each shower.

Make it a habit to end your shower COLD or at least COOL!

Let the cold water run over your scalp, face, the front of your body, then down your back, or you can just turn down the hot water and stand back and put your hands in and splash your face and the front of your body.

Give it a try!  You will be hooked!

morning rituals berry smoothie

8- Eat A Healthy Breakfast

I know everyone has different body systems and different nutritional requirements, but most everyone can benefit from a good healthy breakfast.

There are many philosophies and beliefs out there about food and nutrition and it can get really confusing about what you “should” be eating. Am I right?

What is important is that you find foods that support your system, foods that sustain you, make you feel energized and clear, and eat them for breakfast.

morning rituals berry smoothieHere is a breakfast berry smoothie that I have for breakfast frequently because it sustains me.

I feel like it has a lot of nutritional value, and it works for me.

morning rituals muesli breakfast bowlAnother one of my breakfast favorites is this muesli recipe.

Think outside the box. What you have to eat first thing in the morning does not have to be traditional “breakfast” food. Sometimes I have some bone broth, soup, or leftovers from dinner the night before.

Whatever you do, give your body some good fuel to start your day.

So now you have heard what my favorite morning rituals are, now it’s your turn to contemplate and decide what works for you.

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Sewing With Fleece the Easy Way | My Top 10 Tips

sewing with fleece

Sewing with fleece can be a lot of fun and there are so many things you can make with it, however, there are a few things that you might want to know that will make your sewing experience with fleece a little easier.

In this blog post, I’m going to go over my top 10 tips for sewing and working with this stretchy, and cozy fabric.

SEWING WITH FLEECE: Tip #1- How to tell the right side of the fabric

The first tip that we’re going to go over is how to tell the difference between the right and the wrong side of the fabric. Sometimes this is pretty obvious. For example, when you look at printed fleece, the underside may be less vibrant but still can be kind of hard to tell.

With solid-color fleece pieces, it can be really tricky. When you’re sewing up a project and trying to put the right sides together, you’ll want to know which is the “right” side.

sewing with fleece selvage edge

Let me show you a SIMPLE HACK. Find the SELVAGE EDGE OF THE FABRIC. This is the edge of the fabric that has the manufactured finished edge. It looks like the photo above.

sewing with fleece stretchIf you take the non-selvage, the stretchy edge, and pull it, it will curl to the WRONG SIDE.

sewing with fleece non fray

SEWING WITH FLEECE: Tip #2- Fleece fabric does not fray

The second tip and what I love about sewing with fleece is that the fabric does not fray. That means that you don’t have to finish the seam edges on your projects and it’s quite nice.

SEWING WITH FLEECE: Tip #3- Use the correct needle and thread

When you sew on fleece fabric, you want to make sure that you’re using the correct needle and the correct size. You can get away with using a universal needle and honestly that’s what I use most, but you can also use a jersey needle or other ballpoint-type needles. This will keep the needle from putting holes in your fabric.

If you want more tips on needle sizes and needle types, you can download my FREE PRINTABLE SEWING MACHINE NEEDLE GUIDE, which shows you all the needle characteristics and how to use them.

Get the printable here.

I do recommend using a POLYESTER THREAD.

SEWING WITH FLEECE: Tip #4- Nap

Fleece fabric does have a nap to it. The nap means the direction that the fluff or fibers of the fabric all go the same way. Corduroy fabric is a good example and is a little more obvious, but fleece also has this.

If I were to cut out a bunch of pieces and not worry about the nap, and they were going in different directions, your finished project is going to look funky and weird and it might even look like it’s a different color.

I’m going to show you on this piece of fleece and these pieces for a slipper pattern. Notice how the front of the sole piece and the front of the top slipper piece are facing the same direction on the fabric. You don’t want to flip the pattern so that the top goes in the opposite direction.

You may be tempted to save fabric, especially on pieces like this, to flip that pattern over and have it face a different direction, to save fabric. DON’T DO IT! If I have to cut out multiples of the same piece, you can flip horizontally, but not vertically. (I hope that makes sense).

SEWING WITH FLEECE: Tip #5- Sewing machine settings

Stitch Settings: Using the correct sewing machine settings and stitching settings when you’re sewing with fleece fabric will make a big difference.

If you’re sewing an item that’s not going to get stretched, you can get away with using just a regular straight stitch, but you’ll want to adjust the stitch to be a little longer, say 3.5 to 4.

However, if you’re sewing a project that will be stretched at all, you will want to sew using a LIGHTNING BOLT STITCH or if your machine doesn’t have that lightning bolt stitch, just use a REGULAR ZIGZAG STITCH. Adjust the width to 1.5 so it’s a very narrow zigzag stitch. Set the length to be 1.5 or even shorter.

I do recommend testing out your stitches on a scrap piece of fabric before you start sewing your projects. Make sure that you’re using that zigzag or lightning bolt stitch on anything that’s going to stretch on your project because if you don’t when it is stretched the seam will pop and break, and you don’t want a hole in your seam.

sewing tips serger

If you have a serger, by all means, use it on your fleece projects. It makes the job so much faster and gives you some stretch to your seams and gives you a nice finished edge.

Another thing that you can do and I do recommend, is lowering the presser foot tension if your machine has that adjustment option.

SEWING WITH FLEECE: Tip #6- Use long pins

Use long pins and use lots of them, especially when you’re sewing around curves or over lots of layers of fabric. If you use little short pins they sometimes can get lost in the fluff of the fleece fabric.

For blankets or items made for children, you don’t want those little pins to get hidden in the fluff.

I really like these long flower pins.

SEWING WITH FLEECE: Tip #7- Sewing over bulky seams

When you’re working with fleece and several layers of fabric, it can get kind of bulky and things are going to shift. Here are a few tips for making this a little easier. (Watch the video for examples).

sewing with fleece hump jumperHave you ever seen this little Gadget? Most likely it came with your sewing machine. I have to be honest, it wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I even knew what this was strange item was.

It really is the coolest little device and it’s called a HUMP JUMPER. It levels off the presser foot when you sew over thick seams. It makes it so you don’t get those skipped stitches, and allows your sewing machine to ease over those bulky seams. They work really well when hemming jeans!

sewing with fleece diy hump jumperIf you don’t have one in your sewing kit, no worries. You can make one by folding a cereal box 3-4 times to make a rectangle as shown in the photo.

sewing with fleece bulky seamSlide it under the back of the presser foot just like you would the hump jumper. (Watch video tutorial for a demonstration).

sewing with fleece finger press

SEWING WITH FLEECE: Tip #8- No pressing

Fleece does not need to be pressed. If you need to open up a seam or something, just finger press it.

sewing with fleece cleaning

SEWING WITH FLEECE: Tip #9- Clean your machine

When you sew with fleece, you are going to have a lot of lint. Even when you’re cutting things out and especially inside your machines.

It’s important that you keep your machines clean. Take the brush that comes with your sewing supplies (or you can use a small paint brush) and brush out around the serger blade, the bobbin case and anywhere else you see lint.

Sewing machine repairman don’t advise blowing it with canned air or air compressors, which can lodge the lint even deeper into your machine.

It is a good idea to have your machine serviced and cleaned once in a while because lint does build up especially using fleece and upcycled sweaters.

sewing with fleece binding

SEWING WITH FLEECE: Tip #10- Use fleece for binding

I wanted to show you some ideas and tips on how to use fleece strips as binding. This binding can be used on so many projects.

Some examples are shown in the photo above with the BOWLING SLIPPERS, and PILOT & PIXIE CAPS.

sewing with fleece fleece bindingThis binding is so cozy, it stretches really nice, and it has a clean finished look. I SHOW THE TECHNIQUE IN THIS TUTORIAL.

I hope this information was helpful and that it makes your sewing with fleece a little easier.

I do have a new fleece pattern coming out soon, so make sure you are subscribed to my newsletter, so that you can be notified when new goodies and information are come out.

sewing with fleeceGet in your sewing room, get out your fleece and make something fun.

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New DIY 2023 Printable Calendars // A Minimalist Approach to Planning

2023 PRINTABLE CALENDARS

If you’re like me and still like to use a hard copy planner, these 2023 printable calendars are for you! They are super easy to download and print and they are so practical.

The simple minimalist style of these 2023 printable calendars is attractive and gives you plenty of room to write.

Once you have the files, you can print them out as many times as you want. (They make really fun, unique Christmas gifts)

2023 printable calendars

There are four different 2023 printable clalendar styles to choose from:

  • Clipboard Calendar
  • Planner Calendar
  • Big Binder Calendar
  • Pocket Calendar

What you’ll need to print and download the 2023 printable calendars

  • Computer and Printer
    8 1/2 x 11 paper (20 lb., recycled paper or card stock)
    Adobe Reader (If you do not have Adobe Reader, you can download it for free from THIS LINK.
  • Paper cutter for pocket calendars
  • Optional binding supplies
  • Paper hole punch for optional binder application

Where do you get the 2023 printable calendars?

You can purchase the PDF files here on my website.

Clipboard Calendar

This calendar is the most wanted calendar and I’ve been selling it for almost 28 years.

It’s just so dang simple and practical. You can use it for Meal planning, business planning, or whatever you need to schedule. Print one up for each area of your life.

Put it in a clipboard, or hang it on your fridge where the whole family can see what’s going on.

2023 printable calendars mag clipI love using these little magnetic clips. The magnet shown in the photo, I just hot glued a cute button to it. 

2023 printable calendars 2024There is a 2024 condensed calendar included on the last page of the calendar!

GET THE CALENDAR HERE

Planner Calendar

The planner calendar is something I personally use for ALL my planning.

If I were to lose this planner calendar, I would be in trouble! Everything in my life gets scheduled in here.

This calendar can fit in a ring binder, disc binder, or traveler’s notebook.2023 printable calendar notebooks

GET THE CALENDAR HERE

Big Binder Calendar

For those who need a little more space to write, this BIG BINDER calendar is for YOU!

This calendar is printed on both sides of the paper and opens up for a BIG month-at-a-glance. Easy to print out and very cost-effective. This is the calendar I use for all my business tasks.

The clean black lines and simple black script text make it a refreshing way to stay organized. Place it in a 3-ring binder, or a disk planner, or bind it with staples.

GET THE CALENDAR HERE

2023 printable calendars pocket

Pocket Calendar

I love this little calendar. It’s the perfect thing to throw in your purse or keep at your desk.

It measures 6.75 inches (16.51) cm x 4 inches (11.43) cm. and works well with B6 slim Traveler’s Notebooks, Midori, Fauxdori, junk journals, or can be used alone.

Printed on letter-size sheets of paper and simply cut down to size. There are easy instructions included for downloading, printing, and assembling the calendar.

The calendar pages open up for a month at a glance view and have plenty of room to write in.

GET THE CALENDAR HERE

2023 printable calendars bindingWhat’s fun about this and the planner calendar, is that you can bind them using colorful card stock prints, or (of course) upcycled felted wool sweater scraps.

I show you how to do this in this blog post. It really is simple and fun to do, AND they make really unique Christmas gifts.

2023 printable calendars pocket

I also have a WEEKLY PLANNER printable that is editable. You can find out more about it HERE.weekly planner calendar

There you have it, four simple 2023 printable calendars to help you organize and plan the upcoming 2023 year.

Happy 2023 planning!

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How To Make Your Own Natural Toothpaste / Simple To Make Recipe

natural toothpaste

In this post I’m going to show you how to make your own natural toothpaste. Making your own natural toothpaste can seem a little over-the-top, but keep reading because there are a lot of reasons why you might want to consider it and it really is quick and simple to make.

Commercial toothpaste brands often contain toxic ingredients that may be harmful to your health. Some examples:

natural toothpaste colgate
  • Triclosan. A pesticide and hormone disruptor.
  • Artificial colorings. (who needs this?) Can be linked to ADHD and hyperactivity in children.
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). SLS is a foaming agent and detergent that is commonly used in toothpaste, shampoo, and other products (is this nescessary?)
  • Flouride. Toxic if swallowed.
  • Titanium Dioxide. Added to make toothpaste white. (again, unnecessary!) The EWG has a list of some safety concerns around this product.

I think you get the picture. Yes, this natural toothpaste isn’t going to get all foamy and be pretty white in color, but your mouth will feel amazing after brushing with it and you’ll avoid all that toxic stuff!

Not only are you going to have a healthier mouth, but you’ll also save some money. It only takes a few ingredients and a few minutes to whip up.

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What’s in this natural toothpaste?

Here are the ingredients and why I include them in the recipe. Some are optional.

natural toothpaste ingredients

Bentonite clay.

Bentonite clay has the ability to bind to heavy metals and toxins as well as to provide minerals. Redmond or Bentonite Clay is great to help the body detox and whiten and remineralize teeth. I buy the Redmond Clay bulk in a three-pack. It saves money and I like having a few extra for my pantry. We use it for cooking too. 

Baking Soda.

The major benefits of brushing with baking soda are its teeth whitening and plaque removal properties, as well as its affordability relative to other commercially available teeth whiteners. Brushing with baking soda removes plaque deposits from teeth that contribute to tooth decay.

Activated Charcoal.

This is an optional ingredient. The compounds found in coffee, tea (even herbal tea), blueberries, wine, and spices like cinnamon can stain our teeth.

Activated charcoal can help bind and remove these stains from your teeth. As a bonus, activated charcoal also balances the mouth’s pH and is even considered beneficial enough to be used in some tooth re-mineralization formulas.

natural toothpaste oils

Essential Oils.

Make sure whatever oils that you use are safe for internal use and good quality therapeutic grade oils. ( I trust and use Doterra oils).

Here are a few oils that I recommend:

  • Peppermint
  • Spearmint
  • Lemon
  • On Guard (doTerra)
  • Wild orange
  • Tea Tree Oil/ Melaleuca 

Experiment and try other essential oils.

Since some essential oils have antibacterial properties, you want to take care that you’re not killing ALL the bacteria in your mouth.

You want to nourish and feed the delicate balance of bacteria in our mouths, not kill it off! Doing so can set the stage for poor oral health, bad breath, and other imbalances. Bacteria are important.

*** As with anything, I do recommend switching out your toothpaste, soaps, shampoos, and even foods occasionally.

This gives the body variety and doesn’t allow the body to become desensitized from the ingredients after time.

If you don’t want to make your own toothpaste, there are some healthy and safe options out there, just check the ingredients!

Natural Toothpaste Ingredients

Other ingredient options, but not necessary:

  • 15-20 drops STEVIA (if you want a little sweetener) I don’t use it.
  • 2 Tablespoons XYLITOL

Natural Toothpaste Directions

1 – In a plastic or glass bowl, add the clay, baking soda, salt, charcoal (if using), and essential oil.

2 – Whisk together using a plastic or stainless steel whisk until essential oil is distributed evenly.

3 – Add one tablespoon of distilled water and mix. Add more a little at a time until you have the consistency that you desire.

4 – Place the mixture into a silicone tube or jar. 

That’s it! Now wasn’t that simple? You’re going to love this stuff! Your mouth and teeth are going to feel amazing!

natural toothpaste tubes

How to use and store natural toothpaste

I have found a few ways to store and use this natural toothpaste. These cute little silicone tubes work perfectly.

They come in a set of five and are leakproof and squeezable. The tubes are made of BPA-free silicone and are easy to clean.

natural toothpaste dispensing

TIP: Here is a slick little trick to get the natural toothpaste into the tube.

  1. Place a plastic bag into a coffee mug.
  2. Scoop the toothpaste into a plastic bag and squeeze it into the bottom corner of the bag (like you were loading a frosting bag).
  3. Clip a tiny hole in the bottom of the bag and dispense the toothpaste into the tube.
  4. If you have a little left over, just put it in a jar and use that portion first.
jars

A few other options are to

The only drawback is, that you probably wouldn’t want to share this jar of toothpaste with anyone else.

natural toothpaste tooth powder

I do have a TOOTH POWDER RECIPE, which is a great option as well.

You can find this recipe in my Alternative Remedies for the Body, Mind & Spirit Booklet.

This booklet is a great collection of tried and tested alternative remedies that really work!

How To Make Your Own Natural Toothpaste / Simple To Make Recipe

natural toothpaste
A natural, non-toxic toothpaste that works like a charm. This recipe is simple to make and will leave your mouth and teeth feeling amazing!
  • Prep Time10 min
  • Total Time10 min
  • Yield2.5 oz.

    INGREDIENTS

      • 5 Tablespoons BENTONITE CLAY ( I like to use Redmond Clay)
      • 2 Tablespoons BAKING SODA
      • 2 teaspoons SEA SALT (I like Redmond Salt)
      • ¼ teaspoon/ 1- 500mg capsule ACTIVATED CHARCOAL (Optional) https://geni.us/86iK
      • 2-4 TB DISTILLED WATER
      • A10-15 drops ESSENTIAL OIL
    • Other ingredient options, but not necessary:
      • 15-20 drops STEVIA (if you want a little sweetener) I don’t use it.
      • 2 Tablespoons XYLITOL

    INSTRUCTIONS

    1

    In a plastic or glass bowl, add the clay, baking soda, salt, charcoal (if using) and essential oil.

     
    2

    Whisk together using a plastic or stainless steel whisk until essential oil is distributed evenly.

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    3

    Add one tablespoon of distilled water and mix. Add more a little at a time until you have the consistency that you desire. 

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