Today, we can find almost anything in the store. But the truth is that you should stop buying some things and start making them instead.
When was the last time you sat down, put your phone away and made something? Probably a while ago, right?
Well, it’s time to change that. Just because you have reached an age where you can afford to buy things, it doesn’t necessarily mean you should. It’s actually better if you stop buying certain products and start making them. Not only can making things from scratch, such as food, self-care and home cleaning products, save you money, but it can also benefit your health and make you feel like you have really achieved something.
Stop buying ready-made products with artificial additives and dangerous chemicals and make your own. This way, you will know exactly what is going into or on your body and in your home.
Here are ten easy recipes of things you can make at home and stop buying today!
1. Peanut Butter
- 1 lb raw shelled peanuts
- 1-2 tablespoons of oil (either coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil or peanut oil are best)
- 1-2 teaspoons of sea salt
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Boil water in a saucepan.
When boiled add the raw peanuts to boil for one minute, strain, and spread on a baking sheet.
Bake the peanuts for 40 minutes to an hour until they are browned not burned.
Allow the peanuts to cool after baking.
Once completely cool remove their skins by rubbing them in your hands (this can take some time so allow enough time to do this, you can alternatively buy skinless, pre-blanched nuts to avoid skinning them).
Put the skinless peanuts in a food processor until they look like coarse crumbs.
Add one teaspoon and continue processing.
Drizzle in the oil a little at time until the mixture transforms into a matte, chunky paste.
Taste your peanut butter and oil and salt until you have reached your optimum flavor and consistency.
Store and enjoy!
Recipe from Littlehouseliving.com
2. Homemade Ketchup
- 1 6oz can tomato paste
- ¼ – ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon mustard powder
Simply combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. The ketchup will last for a few weeks in the fridge.
Recipe from Cupcakesandkalechips.com
3. Honey Shampoo
- Raw or unpasteurized honey
- Filtered waterfalls
- A few drops of essential oils, like carrot seed oil
For a single serving of shampoo use 1 tablespoon of raw honey, 3 tablespoons filtered water.
If needed you can gently heat the mixture over a low heat to help the honey to dissolve in the water. It is supposed to be watery, so not worry. You can also add essential oils, which will help with flaky scalp and in nourishing your hair. Shampoo your scalp area and rinse, no need to use conditioner.
Recipe from Empoweredsustenance.com
4. Homemade Toothpaste
- 5 tablespoons calcium powder
- 3 tablespoons Xylitol Powder – This ingredient is not completely necessary, but just keeps it from tasting bitter.)
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil at room temperature
- 1 tablespoon baking soda (this is optional)
- 2 tablespoons Bentonite Clay or you could use additional calcium powder
- 3 tablespoons distilled water or slightly more to thin
- 30+ drops of essential oils of choice: peppermint, cinnamon, etc or brushing blend
optional: 20-30 drops of trace minerals
Mix all ingredients, except the clay, in a mini-food processor and mix well.
Once smooth, add the clay and mix by hand with a plastic utensil.
Store in a small jar or squeezable tube.
Keep at room temperature for squeezable consistency.
Recipe from Wellnessmama.com
5. Homemade Eyeliner
- 4 capsules of activated charcoal
- A few drops of distilled water
- Empty eyeshadow tin
Place the charcoal in a small container, add two drops of water and stir.
Continue to add water until the mixture starts to “clump”
Add the mixture to the eyeshadow tin and press down with your fingers until smooth
Use with a dampened makeup brush and apply!
Recipe from Ablossominglife.com
6. Homemade Bronzer
- 5 teaspoons zinc oxide
- 1 ½ teaspoons secrite mica
- 1 teaspoon silk powder
- ½ teaspoon magnesium stearate
- 2 teaspoons red clay
- ¼ teaspoon jojoba oil
- 5 drops vitamin E oil
- 5/8 teaspoon bronze mica
- 5/8 teaspoon brown oxide
- ½ teaspoon red oxide
- 1 teaspoon yellow oxide
Mix everything but the oxides and mica together.
Pass through a fine sieve again and again until smooth.
Gradually add in the colorings, passing through the sieve between additions.
Test on your skin to gauge the color.
Store in a mason jar.
Recipe from Humblebeeandme.com
7. Homemade Anti-Wrinkle Cream
- 2 teaspoons jojoba oil
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 3 teaspoons apricot kernel oil
- 3 teaspoons Rosehip seed oil
- 5 teaspoons beeswax pastilles
- 6-10 teaspoons rose water
Put all of the ingredients, except the rose water, in a double boiler or in a stainless steel pan.
Heat on low very gently to melt wax for about 5-8 minutes.
Remove ingredients from the stove and let cool.
Put ingredients in a blender and add the rose water a little bit at a time.
Pulse the blender until you have a nice fluffy cream.
Put in the refrigerator and use.
Recipe from Greenbootliving.com
8. Homemade Beeswax Furniture Polish
- 50g mineral oil
- 10g beeswax
Melt the ingredients together.
Remove from heat and stir until cooled, it should be thick and creamy.
Keep in a small jar and use a clean cotton cloth.
Recipe from Humblebeeandme.com
9. Homemade Natural Disinfectant
- 1 cup water
- 20 drops essential lavender oil
- 20 drops essential thyme or eucalyptus oil
- 10 drops tea tree oil
Mix all the ingredients together, add to a spray bottle, and use on any hard surface.
Recipe from Areal-housewife.com
10. Lavender bath salts
- Epsom salt (from England)
- Dried lavender buds
- 100% pure essential lavender oil
Gently stir the salt and buds together in a glass bowl.
Add drops of lavender oil and toss together.
Use as an exfoliator or under warm running water and relax.
Recipe from Utry.it
These are only a few of the things you should stop buying and start making. Do you know any other products that could fit this list? Share your suggestions with us.
By Charlotte H.
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