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DIY Peppermint Cracked Foot & Heel Balm Recipe June 27 2017
After a long, cold winter, there's nothing I love more than putting on my favorite pair of flip flops! I live in flip flops pretty much all Summer through the end of Fall. But it doesn't take long for my feet and heels to start getting really dry. And by the middle of summer, if I don't give them some extra TLC, sure enough, my heels will begin to crack (Ouch and Ewwww!) It's a vicious cycle every year, and so I've finally decided to get a jump start on treating my feet to keep them silky soft and moisturized to prevent that horrible and painful splitting.
So today I'm bringing you a very simple and effective DIY Peppermint Cracked Foot and Heel Balm Recipe that I originally found online but adapted a bit. It will keep your feet smooth and moisturized. This Foot and Heel Balm can also be used to help treat already dry and cracked skin too! Tamanu Oil is the star of the show in this recipe! It's a supreme choice when it comes to helping heal damaged skin. It has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antibiotic properties and acts as a natural antioxidant. It's perfect for restoring cracked, dry feet!
This recipe makes 7 oz. of balm.
- 1 oz. Beeswax
- 1 oz. Cocoa Butter (organic, unrefined)
- 1 oz. Jojoba Oil (avocado or almond oil can also be used)
- 1 oz. Raw, Tamanu Oil
- 3 oz. Raw, Coconut Oil
- 1-2 tsp Vitamin E Oil (non-GMO)
- 10-15 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil, Lavender Oil or Tea Tree Oil (or a combination of both. Don't use more than 10-15 drops total)
- Clean metal tins or glass containers enough to hold 7 oz (These would be perfect!)
- Using a simmering double-boiler with a glass bowl on top, combine the beeswax, cocoa butter, jojoba oil, tamanu oil, and coconut oil and melt everything down, gently stirring.
- Remove the bowl from the heat and add in the Vitamin E oil and Peppermint Oil. Remove the glass bowl from the heat and wipe down the outside to remove excess moisture. You always want to avoid getting water into skincare products, as this can contribute to bacterial growth.
- Pour the mixture into your containers.
- Let cool. (It'll take about 30 minutes or so to set.)
This balm is best used at bedtime but really, can be used any time of day. You'll be amazed at how quickly you'll see results with this balm!
Gluten Free Mixed Berry Crisp Recipe June 15 2017
It's berry season here in New Jersey. You just can't beat fresh, plump, juicy, sweet strawberries and blueberries! Every year I set out to make a warm, mixed berry crisp, but it needs to be gluten free to accommodate needs in our family. I've finally come up with a recipe we all love: It's a combination of several recipes I've tried: sweet, yet a little tart, made with natural sugars, and a delicious, not too sweet gluten free crisp. Good luck not finishing this in one sitting. It's that good!
How do you enjoy your summer berries?
Gluten Free Mixed Berry Crisp
6 cups fresh berries, quartered – (I used a combination of strawberries and whole blueberries, but feel free to add blackberries and/or raspberries too)
1/4 cup tapioca starch (arrowroot or corn starch will also work)
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup raw honey (real maple syrup would work too)
1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup almond flour
1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats
2 tablespoons coconut sugar (raw cane sugar would work too)
3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
5 tablespoons melted butter (you can use melted coconut oil as well)
2 tablespoons maple syrup
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease an 8x8 glass baking dish.
Sprinkle tapioca all over berries and gently stir to coat all the berries. Add the remaining ingredients, gently stir and empty into the greased baking dish.
Add all the crisp ingredients in a bowl and combine until the mixture becomes dry and crumbly. Spread over the berries.
Bake for 45-50 minutes until bubbly and the topping is lightly browned.
Serve with ice cream or whipped cream for an added indulgence!
5 Ingredient Natural Multi-Purpose Cleaner! June 13 2017
Friends often ask, "What should I do with my essential oils?" It's a GREAT question with MANY answers! The reality is you can do SO MANY things with essential oils. It's our hope with this blog to give you some easy ideas and DIY recipes, all of which include the amazing and powerful benefits of essential oils!
Today we're featuring a very simple DIY 5 Ingredient All-Natural, Multi-Purpose Cleaner that we use here ALL the time at Mindful Soap! We make it often because we use so much of it. It's a very versatile DIY All-Natural, Multi-Purpose Cleaner and great for cleaning your kitchen countertops (granite safe), kitchen sink, bathroom sinks, bathroom countertops and even your floors (including wood)! And you can feel great about using it because there won't be any harsh, toxic fumes or funky scents that you'll be inhaling into your lungs!
We recommend adding essential oils of tea tree, lavender, and/or peppermint. Personally, we like using all 3. The peppermint adds a bit of a minty scent, while the tea tree and lavender oils not only add scent, but bring their antimicrobial properties along as well, which let's face it, we all want in a good cleaner. Made with 5 simple ingredients you probably already have in the house, you can't go wrong!
5 Ingredient All-Natural, Multi-Purpose Cleaner
- 1/2 c distilled vinegar
- 2 c water
- 1/2 t liquid Castile soap (We recommend Dr. Bronner's liquid castile soap)
- juice of 1 lemon
- 15 drops of peppermint oil and/or tea tree oil and/or lavender oil
Combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle and you're good to go! It's that simple. It's such a great cleaner that you'll want to clean all the time...ehh....who are we kidding? Let's just say when you need to clean, you'll be grabbing for it! Enjoy!