Handmade: The Therapeutic Effects of Crafting

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by Lauren Johnson

There’s something inherently satisfying about creating with one’s own hands. Whether growing vegetables in a garden or baking a tray of muffins from scratch, being able to create helps us connect with our creative abilities as well as with ourselves. Studies have shown that adults that participate in crafts such as knitting, sculpting, painting or sewing experience therapeutic benefits that can greatly benefit their physical, mental and social well-being.

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DIY – Whipped Body Butter: Easy, just 4 ingredients!

Winter is here and our skin is getting chapped and dry. To combat this, we made this quick and easy recipe for whipped body butter with just 4 ingredients and takes just minutes to make!

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While I used a Blendtec for this, it couldn’t be easier to make your own with a blender and hand mixer.

INGREDIENTS:

1 C. Pure Unrefined Shea Butter
1 C. Organic Cold Pressed Coconut Oil
1 Tbsp. Jojoba Oil
2 Tbsp. Vegetable Glycerin (optional)

Note: I used vegetable glycerine as our family’s skin is notoriously dry in the winter. You can opt to leave this out.

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Make Your Own Toothpaste

Commercial toothpaste contains many chemical and controversial ingredients, including triclosan, glycerine, and saccherin.  However, fluoride is the main reason why the FDA insisted that toothpaste carry the poison warning. Part of the poison risk comes from the child’s still-developing swallowing skills; instead of spitting the toothpaste out, they may swallow it instead.

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Recipe: Make Your Own Natural Cleaner

This natural cleaner uses an essential oil blend and is safe for the environment and your family. Use the spray to freshen, deodorize and disinfect everything from the air to kitchen work surfaces, bathroom fixtures and even woodwork, tile and carpets. To have antibacterial properties, the oils used must be essential, not fragrance, oils. To make the concoction organic, buy organic essential oils.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 oz of distilled water
  • 4 drops of rosemary essential oil
  • 6 drops of lemon essential oil
  • 6 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
  • 8 drops of lavender essential oil

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