As we all know winter is a bad time for the sickies, dry skin and stress. A nice hot detox bath is a wonderful way to pull toxins from your body, sooth the muscles, relax your body, help your skin and hair, reset the pH balance of your skin, and it just feels awesome! One of my favorite things about this is it does so much for you head to toe and is very affordable!! You most likely already have everything in your home.
Detox Bath Recipe:
1 cup baking soda
1 cup Epsom salt
2 cups apple cider vinegar
2 big table spoons of organic coconut oil
1. Run your bath water as hot as you can stand it
2. Add in all the ingredients
3. Allow the tub to fill to your liking, (if you can fill it to the point of being fully submerged then it's even better).
4. Mix all the ingredients until they dissolved
5. Soak for a minim of 25 minutes.
What does this detox bath do?
The Baking Soda:
Hair: Removes product build up for better manageability, will help reduce oils in your hair making the need to wash your hair less, softens hair
Skin: If you are a garlic lover like myself, you will find that it will start to come out of your pours, this helps omit odors that will seep out of your skin. This will also help moisten your dryer areas of the body, such as elbows, knees and feet.
Detox: As toxins are coming out of your pours this helps keep the skin rejuvenated and fresh. It also removes chlorine and other toxins from the actual tub water.
Hair: Same at the Baking Soda this removes build up on your hair. It will actually give volume to your hair.
Skin: this help pull out all the deep pore gunk and grime that normal washing does not get, helping to reduce the size of your pores. This is also a great way to absorb Magnesium, which most people are deficient in.
Detox: Almost everyone knows after a hard day on the muscles, this is great to ease the tightness and soreness. The reason for this is because it is relaxing, but also it pulls the toxins from your muscles.
Apple Cider Vinegar:
Hair: Again this removes all the build up but this also helps reset the PH balance of your scalp, so the new hair growing in is healthier and stronger. The PH balance also helps with dry scalp and dandruff and takes away the itchy feeling that comes with both.
Skin: It will also help reset the PH balance of your skin as well. This lessens blemishes, red dry marks, resets both oily and dry skin, cleans pores, and softens your skin.
Detox: Helps pull toxins from your body as well.
Organic Coconut Oil:
Hair: This is the only natural conditioner that penetrates into the hair, making it thicker, stronger, softer, and will repair split ends.
Skin: This is amazing on the skin, it feels good soften and re-hydrates without feeling oily. It helps reduce wrinkles, heal scars, repairs stretch marks. Works wonderfully as a shaving aid, if you save after being in the bath for about 20 minutes you will find the need to shave less often, when doing this bath once a week. It's great for hands and nails as well. It helps sooth ecxema and black heads on arms and legs.
Detox: A little known fact about CO is that is helps with sterilization of fungus, or if you have any scrapes or cuts it will help them heal. Helps deodorize the body by killing off and bacteria such as athletes foot, and underarm odor.
Hot water: This helps open pores to allow all the above to work more efficiently, it helps soothe muscles and helps draw out toxins.
Extra things to do while in the tub:
Take time to relax and have everything to soak in.
While this is all great for hydrating the skin, it will pull water from your body as it is pulling out the toxins. Make sure you bring in some water, your favorite tea or any kind of drink that helps relax and hydrate you. (my favorite: Iced green tea with local organic honey)
Towards the end of your bath message your legs and feet.
Use a wash cloth or sponge to exfoliate your whole body, from head to toe as this will really soften all the dead skin and make it easier to remove.
Lastly: Shave. As mentioned above you will not need shaving cream and this will give you a very close shave. I find I only have to shave 1 to 2 times a week.
Alone time is always good for the mind, body and soul so this will help give you excuse to hide away for a while.
Ever since giving birth to my two year old, Jasper, my body has decided to go on a hiatus. I have been told I could possibly have everything from Lupus (which I was later told I didn't have) to IBS (Irritable Bowl Syndrome), to Arthritis. I've had my gallbladder removed, colonoscopy, enough blood work done to equate a blood transfusion. I am currently on so many prescriptions that, once I'm done taking them, I'm practically full.
With all these doctors and specialists shrugging their heads and not knowing what is going on, I have been doing a bit of research on a more natural level. Being a Christian, I truly believe that when God created this beautiful earth, He also created natural cures. It is proven in many studies that the body is created to heal it's self when given the correct nutrition in order to do so. Two great documentaries that I recommend anyone to watch are:
You can click the names to link to their websites. Both of these promote purely plant based diets, which I'm not 100% sold out on as I love meats, primarily venison and sea food. However, the information in both are absolutely invaluable. They are not full of opinion and nonsense, they have real doctors, actual proof, and have a level of education that is through but not over your head.
With this information as a basis I now have a new understanding of food :Eat to live not live to eat!
Proper nutrition has everything we need to heal! I have reallygotten into juicing, making sure all fruits and veggies that I use are non-GMO and organic. In fact 80% of what we eat are non-GMO and organic down to our eggs and meats. The last thing you want to do is give yourself a high dosage of pesticides, antibiotics and juice without their full nutritional value.
Currently, I am juicing for my husband and I along with solid foods. In three weeks however, I am going to be going on a juice fast similar to the one shown in Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. This is something I try to do at least once a year for at least two weeks. Another website I am adding this year to my juicing arsenal is:
Here you are able to select aliments you have and it will show you juice recipes that will help, elevate, or even cure your aliments.
Then I also have my supplements that I take everyday at lunch. This is my current list but I would love to afford to add a few more:
A Daily Multivitamins and Minerals
Triple Omega 3-6-9
Probiotic Acidophilus (Due to my IBS)
5000 IU of D3 (this is a high dose as I was shown D deficient in blood tests)
100mg of CoQ10 (Due to migraines)
400 IU of E
CinSulin (a water extract of Cinnamon which I take due to a slow thyroid)
Restrovol (a red wine extract)
1 TBS of Olive Leaf Complex (Barlean's Organic Oils is the best as they have been able to mellow out the bitterness and still keep all the good stuff)
I also drink 3 glasses of plain water, 4 large glasses of Green Tea sweetened with LOCAL honey and pure raw Stevia leaf. The benefits of organic local honey are almost never ending. Here is a great illustration of some of honey's benefits from Natural News. When adding local honey to anything be careful not to heat the honey above 130 degrees F. or it will kill it's natural live enzymes.
Now keep in mind I am no doctor and I am a noobie at true nutrition and all of it's benefits. If you are on medications or have health issues make sure your doctor has a list of your supplements so they won't interfere or have adverse effects.
Also, make sure that your supplements are natural, NOT synthetic! I have found that Costco has the best prices on the supplements that I currently take.
I have had the joyous experience of having my washing machine take a little time off by braking down on me. Thankfully my hubby is mechanically inclined and will be able to fix it, when we are able to afford the parts and then have them ordered and have them shipped. Not to mention he will be doing this with his broken leg. Mean while, I have had the wonderful flash back to my younger college days of doing the laundry in the tub lol. Thankfully the dryer is still in working order. With it still being around 20 degrees outside I would have to be far too creative to figure out how to hang dry everything.
So here is my tub full of far too many towels that I still having to rinse, ring dry and then put half in the dryer and when those are dry put in the other half.
For those of you who may ask, yes we do have a laundry mat, however, being on a very tight budget cannot afford to pay $3.50 a load just to wash. Plus with my family, I do at least 2 loads a day, making that 14 loads a week, which all adds up to $49 a week and $196 in a month.
The good thing about this is I get to use the laundry topic to show you the recipe I use in order to save some money. My family, especially my husband who has migraines and cannot handle perfume smells, are all very sensitive to most detergents, so we have been having to buy some very pricey detergent that seemed not to work at all.
Looking for a better way of saving money, I got on Pintrest (which you will find I am totally addicted to) and found this great recipe. It cost pennies per load, works amazing, and doesn't bother my family's skin or migraines. Here is a link to the original blog where I found it. You should really go all through her blog as she has a ton of great ideas to make life easier and more affordable in a more natural way! Click the blog name to get the recipe, you will thank me later!!
So we are still in, what seems to be, the never ending stage of potty training our two year old, Jasper. To make life and laundry easier we have been letting him run around with just a long t-shirt on and nothing else. We also have 2 little doggies, Emma (a Schnauzer), and Buddy (a Pomeranian), who need to be let out often. So last night Jasper, who just recently learned how to open doors, let the dogs out for us. Then stood there in the doorway with it being 12 degrees outside, in just his little shirt. So we told him a number of times to get in the house and shut the door.
Finally I tell him, "Jasper, get your little tush in here before your pee pee freezes and falls off!" haha With a look of shear fear, he slams the door and runs to his hiding spot and tells his little peepee "It otay peepee, all bedder." My husband and I just about died!!!
I just love the wonderful relationship between my two sons! Just yesterday Quinton drew this family picture for his little brother. Dad in the wheelchair with his cast on his broken leg and all.
As I am currently writing this, the two of them are running around the house with super man capes on and ridding my house of every possible bad guy imaginable. Although they are boys, dress up and imagination are one of their favorite pass times. I am in little need of entertainment with these two around. Don't get me wrong they are kids and sometimes not only drive me crazy, but give me a full tour of the nut house, padded walls and all!
I try my best to get a picture each time I am able to get them to slow down enough that they are a mere blur. For your pleasure, here are some of the better pictures I have been able to take! :)
As a younger child, I remember going to my Grandmother's
house, on one of her walls in her living room was a picture of Martin
Luther King, Jr. and his "I Have A Dream" speech. I
could barely read at the time, but I loved it so much that I would do
my best to read it each time I went over there
It wasn't until I was in school that I had the pleasure to
listen to this beautiful and powerful speech:
Martin Luther King - I Have a Dream on August 28, 1963
It is so amazing how far we have come as a people, and also
sad to see how much farther we need to go. Of course I don't agree with all of
MLK Jr.'s thoughts and ideas, however his intentions were so pure and good.
The passion he had was truly astounding and very inspiring. There are
very few people whom one could look at and see how they singly changed a
nation, and had such an impact globally.
Today I will, be teaching Quinton about this remarkable man,
and because of this I have been doing my homework in order to do so. For those
of you who want more of the information I have found here are some a links to
sites I have found:
Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - "Whatever
affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be
until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of
So far most of you reading this will already know me, so for you here is just some fun pictures and facts about our family. For those of you who I have not had the pleasure to have know....Yet!...here is an introduction to my fun, crazy, wild, household!
Here is my wonderful husband and father to our two boys, Dennis. This man is truly my best friend! We have been through thick and thin and still loves me and that says a lot about how amazing he is! hehe. He is a Jack of All Trades, if he doesn't know how to do something that interests him he will obsess about it until he has mastered it. He is a mechanic, and in his younger years did amateur racing, thankfully he has calmed down...slightly. Growing up at his daddy's ankles he doesn't even remember when he learned to do construction, hunting or fishing. His has been getting more into leather work and I am amazed at how fast he caught on to it. Here is one of his latest pieces, his Bible cover:
Unfortunately for all of us if he is going to do something at all he will do it all the way! So he took a spill last month on Friday the 13th of all days! He had a good grip with one foot and stepped on ice with the other and next we know this is his newest hardware:
A plate and ten screws!
Next in the family is this wild little fire ball of a boy, whom I couldn't imagine loving any more than I do now, and yet each day I feel like I love him more and more! My oldest son, Quinton:
I can go on and on about this kid! You will be reading far too many stories about him and all the off the wall stuff that comes out of his mouth. I will say that being able to home school him has been a true honor and a daily adventure :)
Third on the list is my miracle baby, Jasper. When I found out I was pregnant with him I actually thought I was having a miscarriage. It was such a touch and go for 10 LONG months. The only thing the doctors could come up with is he was a twin and I miscarried his twin. I was on bed rest for 4 months going out of my mind, at least that's what it felt like.
Thankfully that was then and now I have a very energetic, wild, hilarious, and tenacious 2 year old!
Then lastly there is me! I'm Jacque,
I am kind of a coat of many colors trying to pin point down exactly what I want to be when I grow up hehe. I have gone from being a very busy business owner, to part time online college student, home school teacher, Sunday School teacher, full time child chaser, couponer, excellent Dr. Seuss reader, and soon to be a home owner of a wonderful old fixer upper! I'm still very busy, but in the most gratifying way.
When you put all 4 of us together we make quite the pack! Some days are fun, some are funny, and some days I think I am on the crazy train! But I wouldn't have my life any other way.