With so much talk of exciting presents, new gadgets and sale specials, it can be easy to forget that the best gifts don't always come in a package and sometimes aren't even from other people.
Ahh, who doesn't love a spa day. Here's an easy way to have one inexpensively and immediately.
This is a "recipe" for an epsom salt body scrub. Epsom salts are great for your health because they are a pure mineral compound (magnesium sulfate) that gently exfoliates your skin and smoothes rough patches. It also provides your body with magnesium which eases stress, relaxes muscles, relieves soreness, lowers blood pressure and creates a happy, relaxed feeling.
Have you ever heard how bad commercial deodorants and antiperspirants are for your health? They can contain harmful ingredients (like aluminum chlorohydrate, parabens, propylene glycol, triclosan, TEA, DEA, FD&C colors, and Talc) that have been linked to causing cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Scary! And to think I once rubbed those under my arm multiple times a day…
Here’s a sweet and spicy way to smell good, look good and feel good- aluminum and paraben free!
Spring and summer are the best times for cold, refreshing iced tea, but who wants to stand over a stove to heat up steeping water when it’s hot outside? Option #2: make sun tea! The sun does the work for you and it’s super simple.
1. Find a glass jar that’s big enough to make enough tea for you (quart to a half gallon to a gallon!). Fill th container up to an inch from its top with cool water. Any glass vessel will do as long as the bottle’s neck is wide enough to admit tea bags and the glass is clear.
2. Add your tea bags. Use two if you’re making a quart and 5 if you’re making a half gallon. Hang them inside the water. Cap the jug tightly, letting the lid hold your bags in place. If you’re using loose leaf tea, just use an equal amount.
3. Place the tea jar outside in direct sunlight. Take a peek at it every hour to make sure it’s not in the shade and that nothing has happened to it.
4. After 2-3 hours of direct sun, it’s ready! Enjoy or store in the fridge for later.
This process works because the water in the glass absorbs the sun’s radiant heat. Then this closed glass “heat collector” starts brewing the tea bags and seeps them into the water.
If you want to get creative, substitute tea bags for orange slices or sassafras bark, mint leaves, dried lemon or orange rind, cinnamon, or any savory invention!
You might find that this way of brewing tea, using the heat of the sun, gives your “sunshine tea” a much smoother and less bitter taste than that a tea pot. Let the sun brew it!