Homemade Hair Spray

I seldom use products in my hair.

I have a teen daughter and she’s been begging me to find a way to make a natural hairspray for some of her parties and events.

Have you read the labels on hairspray?

We strive for a chemical-free home, and I have to provide great natural alternatives to the commercial beauty and personal care products out there.

And most commercial hair sprays are bad for the environment, especially the aerosol sprays.

My daughter complained of choking on all the hair spray applied on her at a salon for an updo and when she was getting done up backstage for a play. She has lots and lots of thick hair and going hairspray-free isn’t an option for her to hold some styles.

Here’s a simple hair spray that held my daughter’s hair so well and smelled great – with no chemicals!

Easy Homemade Hair Spray

Hair Spray Recipe

Essentials:

  • 2 cups boiling water (I used my water cooker)
  • 2-3 T white sugar
  • 1-2 T vodka or isopropyl alcohol (I wonder: would witch hazel work?)
  • 10 drops essential oil (I love Citrus Fresh or Joy – something fun or floral)

Optionals:

  • 1-2 T juice of orange (for dark hair) or lemon (for light hair)
  • 1/4 c aloe vera juice

Dissolve the sugar in the water. After cooling, mix in the vodka and essential oil. Add juice if using. Pour into a sprayer bottle and enjoy!

Wavy Hair

I misted my daughter’s hair before hot rollers, and then liberally spritzed the rollers to set. She had gorgeous waves!

Her hair definitely felt like it had hair spray in it, but smelled great and wasn’t sticky. I could run my fingers through it. It didn’t hold up the whole evening, but her hair doesn’t hold a curl super well. I think it would hold an updo just fine.

Homemade hair spray saves money, protects the environment, and makes your hair healthier!

Wellness Program for Business

Your Business Can Benefit From A Wellness Program

A health and wellness program is an inexpensive and easy way to ensure that your employees take their health seriously. When they do this, it benefits them in the long-run, but it’s also hugely beneficial to your business. If you own a business that is legally required to offer employee insurance, then enacting a wellness program is an investment that helps your business thrive by keeping your employees healthy and happy.

When you enact a wellness program, your business sees the following benefits:

Decreased Health Costs

Wellness programs do require an initial investment, but they pay off handsomely over the long-run; your employees stay healthy, and that means that you end up paying less for things like insurance and employee sick days.

For example, Wellness Corporate Solutions estimates that employees who smoke cost a business around $3,500 per year in health care and low productivity. Just imagine how much money your business saves when you help your employees quit smoking. When you get help implementing a program from a company like WCS, you end up saving tons of money, and this instantly boosts your yearly profits.

Reduce Accident And Disability Claims

If you’ve ever had to pay off a workers’ comp claim, then you know just how much it can eat into your budget. The claims are expensive, but you can reduce them when you carry out a wellness program. The programs help people stay healthy and fit, and a fit person is much less likely to get injured on the job, so your disability claims go down.

Happy And Loyal Employees

When you treat your employees like they matter, they are much more likely to stay loyal to your business. Enacting a wellness program helps your employees become healthier, and this makes them happy as well. Exercise and eating right enhances a person’s mood, and when your employees exercise and stay fit, their productivity increases as well.

Implementing a program also encourages camaraderie among your employees. When your employees take health classes together, they meet their incentives together, and this causes them to bond. When other employees see this, they tend to take the classes as well; this leads to a tightly knit team that works well together. This benefits your business, and your employees feel like part of a team instead of being cogs in a machine.

A wellness program is a great way for you to increase profits while showing your employees that you care about them. Both you and your employees see great benefits from a program, and in the long-run, it makes your business stronger, more profitable and more likely to succeed.

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Natural Bug Spray

I am one of those people who must have a neon sign to bugs that screams, “Come and get it!” Bugs like to chew on me and I used to spend most of the warm months scratching and itching.

I like prevention.

I don’t like using those chemical bug sprays. They smell disgusting and aren’t good to put on your skin. Whatever you put on your skin eventually makes its way into your bloodstream. So, those nasty chemicals in commercial repellants have DEET and other poisons. Do you want that in your blood or your kids’ blood?

We like to natural methods that bugs don’t like.

Sick bugs. Healthy kids.

We have the added fun bonus of icky ticks running rampant here in Germany. I don’t want ticks on us. I know people who have contracted Lyme disease!

All Natural Bug Spray with Essential Oils

Homemade Natural Bug Spray

One oil will do the trick. We like to create a fun blend that’s just right for our family.

We love the scent of Lemongrass. A great fresh blend is Rosemary, Lemon, and Lavender. We diffuse that all the time at home!

We always diffuse Lemongrass or Purification when we go camping. Our campsite is the only one with no flies or mosquitoes!

I created my family’s bug spray with Rosemary, Lemongrass, Lavender, Lemon, and Citronella.

It smells divine – not at all like those chemical bug sprays that I can almost taste after spraying. Yuck!

We haven’t noticed any problems with our recipe and it smells amazing. So amazing that people compliment us on our perfume!

My kids love to get all sprayed before we head out. They’re happy scents. Be aware that citrus oils are photo-sensitive and can lead to skin burning in sunlight.

These also work great diffused or sprayed where bugs like to enter our home or gather. We get fruit flies in the summer and don’t have screens on our windows. Rolladens don’t keep all the flies out. We often spray diluted peppermint around our windows and sinks to get rid of ants and spiders.

You really just need two ingredients to make a natural bug spray. It’s super simple. (Have you read the list of ingredients in a commercial bug spray?!)

Carrier oil:

  • Coconut oil for a cream or lotion – mix 8 oz. with 40-50 drops of essential oils. In hot weather, this will become liquid, so keep it in a cool place like the fridge or cooler for travel.
  • Witch hazel (or vodka) for a spray – mix 4 oz with 40-50 drops of essential oils. The witch hazel offers an added dimension to skin health and keeps the water from developing bacteria.

Add water to fill a spray bottle. You could make everyone his or her own personal blend in little bottles. Or make a larger family batch by multiplying the ingredients. With 6 of us, we go through a lot of spray. You can also add vitamin E if the spray dries your skin out.

Essential oils we love:

These oils can work as repellants to insects, according to the Essential Oils Desk Reference and Higley Guide.

  • Rosemary
  • Citronella
  • Clove
  • Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lemon
  • Cedarwood
  • Peppermint
  • Lemongrass (has been known to attract bees, so be aware of that)
  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Dorado Azul
  • Blue Cypress
  • Idaho Tansy
  • Purification

Be sure to use glass spray bottles and jars with essential oil products so you can reuse them again and again. Plastic will work for short-term use, but some of the oils will eventually corrode plastic.

If a sneaky bug does make it through that 1-millimeter-squared bit of space on your skin, Purification works like a charm on the itch. Also Lavaderm spray is a great skin-soother, if you happen to step in an ant colony or some other tragedy.

Bugs also don’t like vinegar. I clean my counters with white vinegar often in summer to keep ants away. Also, some recipes I’ve seen call for EOs with ACV. I don’t know if my kids would go for that!

Isn’t it wonderful that we can smell nice and be healthy while making it uncomfortable for creepy critters with our natural bug spray?

Also, check out our natural sunscreen recipe!

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Diagnose Yourself Book Review

I had a great opportunity to review Diagnose Yourself: Place the Power of Healing in Your Hands by Reid Jenner.

How many of us have visited a doctor only to leave, frustrated, with a fistful of prescriptions that don’t even help the problem?

Most doctors are not trained to ask patients any questions. They use their tools to assess condition and their knowledge to diagnose. All in about a 10 minute consultation.

Most medical institutions prefer short patient visits, more invasive procedures, and a higher prevalence of tests – which contribute to more misdiagnoses, longer wait times, and increase in costs.

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The United States and New Zealand are the only two countries in the world that allow direct-to-customer advertising for drugs.

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A remarkable concept:

We can diagnose yourself within 60-120 minutes simply by asking the right questions and using your own knowledge.

Ten chapters explain the problems with most medical institutions and how patients can diagnose themselves to get the treatment they need and deserve. Charts, questionnaires, and worksheets.

This often ineffective method of treating symptoms based on commonly categorized disease prototypes is perhaps most blatantly observed in the field of psychiatry. If a mother brings in a hyperactive child to the doctor’s office, very often the child is quickly labeled as having ADHD, and mood- altering psychotropic drugs are prescribed by the attending physician. Or if the child is abnormally withdrawn, he might be labeled as having Asperger’s Syndrome, and a different type of medication is prescribed. An unusually careful or focused child might be labeled as having OCD— and so it goes. In each instance, the condition is often referred to as a ‘disease’, and the prognosis is an indefinite, often lifetime, regimen of side- effect- inducing psychotropic drugs. Very little time or effort is taken to truly understand why the child may be behaving in this manner, nor to allow the child to tell the doctor his full story.

Fewer than 25% of illnesses are caused by genetic influences. Which means 75% are caused by environmental influences.

Reid Jenner walks the reader through steps to learn how we are influenced by factors in our environment to diagnose ourselves.

He cites case studies and describes how the checklists and body outline profiles can be used for self-diagnosis.

The final chapter is all about natural health options and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

I highly recommend this book to educate yourself about how the environment affects our bodies and when it becomes imbalanced, how we can diagnose ourselves to best communicate with doctors well.

About the Author

Reid JennerReid Jenner is an acclaimed naturopathic problem-solving specialist with over twenty years’ experience designing, teaching, and facilitating root-cause analysis techniques in the health sector, with a successful record solving hundreds of health problems for clients with a wide range of maladies. He is passionately focused on helping every patient use his or her personal health history to find the quickest, simplest, and least invasive permanent solution to each problem. In his experience, the vast majority of intractable problems can be solved in less than 60 minutes.

Download worksheets at Reid Jenner’s website.

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