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Tailor Make Your Own Natural Body Soap in 4 Easy Steps

Tailor Make Your Own Natural Body Soap in 4 Easy Steps

When my grandmother was alive, she would tell me about her life growing up and how her family made a lot of their own products, including soap. Back then, lye was used to make the concoction for the soap base. Nowadays, there’s an easier way to do it. In just a few, easy steps, anyone can make their own soap at home. It’s all natural, which makes it healthier, and you can make several bars at once. This not only means you will have more than one bar on hand, but it will save you money in the long run.

In about ten minutes, you can have DIY soap using simple tools in a few short steps. For me, this was crucial, as I am not someone who enjoys spending hours in the kitchen, suited up from head to toe in gear to protect myself from dangerous chemicals and heat. This simple recipe is so easy, anyone can do it.

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For your soap you will need:

  • Double broiler, (or you can simply place a glass bowl inside a pot filled with a little water in the bottom to create steam)
  • Melt and Pour soap base (you can research on your own but you can find them at bulk apothecary for a few dollars)
  • Wooden spoon
  • Essential Oil (any fragrance you choose or you can leave it out)
  • Soap Mold Tray (I found mine on Amazon for about $5)

Once you have the necessary tools and ingredients, you can get started making your soap.

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1. Fill the pot with enough water to cover bottom. Place glass bowl inside with 1lb of soap base.

Once you have your soap inside the glass bowl over your makeshift double broiler, turn the stove on med/high heat to begin melting your soap. Use the wooden spoon to stir occasionally. Once the soap begins to melt, the process won’t take much longer. If need be, you can cut your soap in half to speed up the process. I bought 2lbs of soap base, but 1lb will make approximately 4 bars of soap.

2. Continue to stir the soap base until completely melted.

Once the soap melts thoroughly, you can remove it from the heat and set aside. Continue to stir so as to keep it from forming “skin” on the top like hot milk.

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3. Once the soap is cool, add your essential oil and mix.

I decided to use tea tree oil because of the smell and it is great for skin that is prone to breakouts. You could add lavender for sensitive skin, rose for a sweet smell, or ylang ylang for dry skin. Any of your favorite oils will do.

4. Pour the soap base into your soap mold.

I found that it was much easier to pour the soap into the mold using a measuring glass, since they usually have a pour spout. There’s no need to refrigerate your soap once it’s poured into the mold. Your soap will harden on its own pretty quickly, and the soap is easily removed from the soap mold. Voila! You have made your soap in 4 easy steps.

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Some things to look for in soap bases:

Make sure your soap isn’t made with propylene glycol or parabens. I decided to use an oatmeal base soap, but you can certainly use whatever soap you like. I typically like to use a goats’ milk soap as well. It is useful for those who have sensitive skin. You could even add some Shea butter for extra moisturizing properties, especially if you have really dry skin. Do your own research and get creative with this recipe. You never know what you will find yourself making. It’s affordable, easy, and something the entire family could do together!

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Last Updated on November 11, 2019

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

4. Feed Your Brain

Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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6. Write it Down

If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

7. Listen to Music

Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

8. Visual Concepts

In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

9. Teach Someone Else

Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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