Handmade Gifts

peppermint scrub

Thanks to my housemate for the inspiration, I knocked these little gifts up last night.
Peppermint sugar scrub is super easy to make and is a great way to give a thoughtful gift without breaking the bank.

You'll need:
Jars - I used 250ml jars, but it's up to you.
1L coconut oil
1-1.5kg sugar (raw or caster sugar)
Natural food colouring
Peppermint essential oil

Ensuring the coconut oil is soft, place it in a bowl and combine with the sugar.

Mix well. You may want to add more sugar to the mix to give it more texture.

Add 2 drops of colouring, being careful not too use too much, or your jars will end up looking like the grinch!

Add 10 drops of peppermint oil. Ensure you don't use too much, as the purpose is to invigorate, not burn.

Mix thoroughly and spoon into jars, then decorate however you wish.

I also used the same recipe with lemon oil and salt instead of sugar. Delish!

Peace, love and health,

Mandah xo

Gluten Belly

gluten belly

No, I'm not pregnant, this is what gluten does to me. I get so tired of hearing people rag on those of us who choose to eat gluten free despite not being coeliac. Coeliac Disease isn't the only way people react to gluten, many of us experience bloating, gas, cramps, irregular bowel function, lethargy, headaches, congestion, inflammatory conditions and more. It's a very real thing. Today I chose to enjoy some bread with the full knowledge that id be paying for it later, hence why I predominantly follow a GF WOE. 

Did you know that Australian wheat has some of the highest gluten content in the world? No wonder sensitivities are so prevalent here!
It's amazing how much one simple thing in your diet can have such a profound impact on your general wellbeing.

Peace, love and health,

Mandah xo

Handmade Air fresheners

air fresheners

Last night I made these cute little things. I've spent forever trying to find a natural air freshener for my car but was repeatedly disappointed with what I found. Many "natural" products had nasty ingredients hidden in them and USB oil diffusers broke easily and were only contributing to landfill due to continual replacement. So I decided to make my own which cost me a total of $3 to make 6!
I bought some sheets of felt from the junk shop, printed off a heart at home to use as a template and stitched them together with yarn I already had (leaving a gap at the top). Once finished, I popped a cotton wool ball in each, which I first soaked in fractionated coconut oil to hold the scent, and dropped in 10 drops of essential oils. Voila! Cheap, easy and effective air fresheners. This would be a great activity for the kids too.
My first one has been soaked in May Chang, what's your favourite oil?

Peace, love and health,

Mandah xo