Try It Tuesday – Wool Dryer Balls

Got balls? 😉

I have been going green in as many ways as I can, gradually. No, I am not that person that overhauls everything at once because hello, overwhelming!

But I have been working on safer, sustainable swaps, and my newest is using these wool balls in the dryer in place of dryer sheets (not good for the planet 🌎 and also not 🐾 dog-friendly!), and I was skeptical, but willing to give it a chance because that’s what I do, I give things chances 😊

Well, consider this skeptic a BELIEVER! I was told wool dryer balls could help reduce the drying time, and also that if you put some essential oil drops on the balls, your clothing would smell delicious.

It did, and they did! I usually set my dryer to “more dry”, because I can’t stand damp clothing and I almost always have full loads of laundry. This time I set it to “normal dry”, which I don’t know exactly what the time differential is between the two drying cycles, but I know often if I have jeans in there, they will still be slightly damp after a “more dry” cycle, and with the dryer balls, they were perfectly dry just using “normal dry”, so there is obviously some credibility there.

Oh and I used some Frankincense essential oil, and my clothing smells divine, still!

Tip Tuesday – Smoother Skin

Do you exfoliate your face? I have to be careful with what I put on my face (and really, all of my skin), as I have very sensitive and reactive skin. Because of this (and because I am also a pretty loyal chick – when I find stuff that works, I tend to stick with it… I have used the same face cleaner and face lotion for most of my life!)

But of course, exfoliating periodically is what you need, especially in the warmer months when sunscreen and such is slathered on, clogging pores, and such. This makes a perfect natural mask/exfoliator that won’t irritate sensitive skin (you can opt for regular sugar for less grit, and don’t rub it on forcefully, just smooth it over your face!).

Natural Face Mask

Let me know what you think, or if you have any other good, simple, effective face cleaning tips!

Superfood Saturday – Maca Root

You have likely heard of today’s superfood spotlight – Maca Root. It’s been around seemingly forever. It’s a natural source of healing nutrition, but it also has a long history of being a safe superfood that has been consumed for its medicinal benefits for thousands of years in regions of the Andes Mountains.

Another unique fact about maca root is that historically it has been considered a very potent aphrodisiac and a traditional fertility secret of populations living in the Andes. Clinical trials have shown that maca has positive effects on energy, stamina, and mood. Maintaining positive energy levels is related to having lower levels of anxiety and depression, both of which maca has been shown to positively help achieve.

Maca Root

Consuming maca often helps people feel more “alive”, energetic, and with a better sense of well-being, all of which are thought to be due to its ability to restore proper hormone balance and elevate “feel good” endorphins.

Plus, it significantly improves glucose tolerance, by lowering levels of glucose in blood. This is especially important for those who need to worry about heart health and conditions like Diabetes or metabolic syndrome.

Maca root is in my Shakeology, and so I get a dose of it daily – I am not sure how much (that information is proprietary to Beachbody) but I have no complaints, personally!

Tip Tuesday – Natural Detox

Once in a while, we all feel a little bogged down (especially in the areas that actually go through Winter!)

It’s nice to have the ability to detox a little bit, without doing anything extreme, or too harsh for your system.

natural detox

These are some plant-based chelation (detox) therapies helpful in cleansing and detoxifying the body, but gently! You will never find me encouraging or championing anything rough or extreme, ever. I just simply do not agree with putting ones body through that.

Have you ever done a detox? Would you ever?

Superfood Saturday – Coconut Flower Nectar

Sounds so pretty, doesn’t it? This stuff has started to get a real buzz going in the health world for a variety of reasons, but it caught my attention because it is a low glycemic sweetener, suitable for both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetics.

Coconut Flower Nectar It is a very low GI (35) liquid sweetener that naturally contains vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other nutrients. Perfect to use for baking sweet treats (for those inevitable days when healthy stuff just wont cut it) without derailing all your hard work!

Have you had coconut flower nectar?