Therapeutic Thursday

Bath Bombs

Bath Bombs

Here is a recipe that I have come to enjoy immensely when I have a bath. Okay, for those that know me know that baths are my thing. So, if you like baths as much as I do; here is the bomb for bath enjoyment. You  will wonder how you lived without them.

You will need:

  • 1 cup citric acid
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup corn starch
  • ½ cup oil (almond oil, olive oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil, etc.)
  • 8-10 drops of your favorite or combination of essential oil(s)
  • Silicone mold or ice trays

Ingredients

  1. In a bowl, place citric acid, baking soda, corn starch, and oil.
  2. Add 8-10 drops of the essential oil of your choice.
  3. Mix well with a spoon or with your hands until a soft dough is formed. It should have the consistency of damp sand. At this point you could also add food coloring, dried herbs, or flower petals to the mixture. If the mixture is too wet, try adding a little more baking soda and corn starch until the consistency is right
  4. Put the mixture into a silicone mold. Let it sit for at least 24 hours before removing from mold.
  5. The bath bombs are ready to use once they are completely dry. To use, just drop them in the tub/shower until they dissolve.

Choose the EO that speaks to you and makes everything right in your world. If you’re new to essential oils, here are some recommendations to try if you looking for support in:

  • Calming use Geranium and Lavender
  • Self-confidence use Balance and Frankincense
  • Mind clarity use Lemon and Rosemary
  • Relaxation use Bergamot and Lavender
  • Motivation use Rosemary and Peppermint
  • Sleep use Lavender, Vetiver and Marjoram
  • Rejuvenating use Frankincense and Rosemary
  • Muscle Mender use Ylang Ylang and Clary Sage

 

The Balls Have it!

I’ve mentioned before my quest to rid my life of chemicals. Well, since I loathe static cling on my clothes, I figured dryer sheet would always be apart of my life. Well guess what! I’m tossing the sheets from the dryer to the garbage. I found a solution! Wool balls solve the dilemma.

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For the past month now, I’ve been using wool balls in my dryer. It prevents static cling. Honest! I know, I’m still amazed about it as you probably are. But…it really works. And they’re really easy to make.

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So, we start with pure wool yarn. I was only able to find it at JoAnn’s. Walmart has 90% wool, but we need pure wool. So, if you know of another source that sells pure wool yarn in this area, please share and leave it in the comments below. Yarn color didn’t matter to me, so I just purchased what was on sale. I bought four skeins at $3.97 each bringing the project total to $15.88. (I am not really that fast at math; it took me a few minutes to add this…and I had to use a calculator.) This made four balls — a skein of yarn for each ball — just in case you missed that. Hey listen, I state the obvious because I’m usually the one missing the obvious. I digress.

Continuing on with the project, I rolled each skein of yarn into a ball. This was somewhat fun — I live with low expectations for my life. In fact, this brought back memories of getting ready for a past project. A project that would sit unfinished for years until I finally couldn’t take anymore and gave it away to the thrift store. Okay. So, the memories this activity brought wasn’t so pleasant, but this experience turned out different. This could be life changing!

Crochet hook

Using a crochet hook, I pulled the end of the yarn through the middle of the ball to secure it tight. And that’s the beauty of this project — we’re almost done!

Place balls in an old nylon stocking with knots between each ball.

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Wash the balls in the clothes washer. It’s OKAY — you can wash the wool — we won’t tell. Then dry the set of balls in your dryer. Boy, we’re breaking all the rules here!

When completely dry, cut out the balls out of the nylon and you’re set to go. I store these in a large glass jar on my dryer.

How to use them

With each use, apply 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil to each ball and place in dryer with a load of clothes. I promise this will work. In fact, the research claimed to even reduce drying time on your laundry load. Cool! Nifty and thrifty!

The only problem I’ve had with the balls is I have adult children living with me. Need I say more? Well actually they’ve saved me more times than I can count. However, they do their own laundry and sometimes I have to hunt down the balls.

Please let me know if you use these or if you’re intrigued and “gotta” try them. Please put comments below. I would love to hear about your experience.

Garden Wonders

I am getting my soil ready for spring. Here’s my son, Matt, tilling the front yard. It use to be all lawn, but now I am converting all areas of my yard to raise food. I’m adding worms and compost to these areas this fall. I hope doing this will yield better success and a great harvest next year.

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I want to share this video. John, from growingyourgreens.com, gives viewers a tour of his home garden.

I am totally jealous of his garden. I hope you enjoy his tour as much as I did. He is very enthusiastic. He introduces quite a few new plants for me. I hope to try some of them in the spring. I will write posts about the information as it becomes available. He also talks about adding rock dust as a soil amendment. I have found out in other vlogs that he uses Azomite. This is actually a Utah company so I’m going to check out this weekend to find out where I can purchase this locally, if it’s possible. I will update this post to let you know where it is available.

How does your garden grow?

 

Got Worms?

If you’re looking for a natural, organic fertilizer to build your soil add worms.

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I have been adding worms to my garden areas for the past three years. Although, I’ve been pretty sporadic planting my annual vegetable garden (I’m in graduate school); I have at least kept improving the soil. This includes annually adding compost and worms to the areas. If you interested in finding out these benefits, here’s a video that gives some highlights.

Here’s my grandson, Scooter, adding worms to the garden soil…I guess you have to have a stomach for it.

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These limbless invertebrates seem to grow on you though.

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I get my worms mail order through Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm. I’ve ordered from this site three or four times now and haven’t had any issues. The worms come well packaged and in great shape. From my research, this vendor has been the most reasonably priced too. At any rate, a Google search can get you connected as well. In some of my investigation for this post, buying worms was discouraged. What!? In fact, an article provided instructions on how to check the health of your soil. This is determined by how many earthworms call it home. Here’s the article’s link. If it turns out you don’t have as many worms as you’d like (really, the more the merrier…and healthier) and you don’t want to purchase them, this website provides tips on encouraging earthworms to come and stay in your garden. Here’s that link.

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Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm ships the lumbricina in a box sealed tightly inside this green bag.

I usually save a few of these prehistoric squirmy worms for the girls (my hens). They’ll jump pretty high to get these tasty morsels. It’s quite entertaining.

Anyone else have worms? Please share if you use another vendor and what your experience has been.

Composting

Most of southern Utah’s soil is deficient in organic matter. To increase my garden’s success I am getting ready to add organic matter.Adding compost will increase the soils moisture holding capacity and increase the soil’s texture. Fall is a great season to add organic matter. It is recommended annually to add 2 inches of compost to your garden and then till it in 6 to  8 inches deep. Be aware that adding this organic matter  will use up nitrogen available in the soil. So, you will need to add additional nitrogen. The reason nutrients should be added with compost is because its the nitrogen in the soil that breaks down the compost.

There are several places to get compost. The least expensive place is the landfill. It is $20 per ton for residents. Follow this link for more information. Western Rock also has a great compost. Here’s their website. The local nurseries sell compost by the bag.

For me, I make my own by collecting my yard and kitchen (minus the meat) waste into a compost pile located in the backyard. It’s placed where the hens can get to it. My reason for this is to allow the hens to scratch through the pile and eat what they like. While doing so, they poop a little in it…actually…it’s a lot…they poop a lot in it. As a result, their activity turns the waste quickly to compost. The girls are like a compost making machine.

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Today is turning the compost day.

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The girls are checking out my work. Woohoo! Everyone seems happy.

In a few days, I will be adding this compost to my garden. If you want to read up more on adding compost to your garden, Utah State University puts out a great publication. Click here to access it.

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