Friday, October 24, 2014

How to Make Natural Salt & Sugar Scrubs, Bath Tea, and Bath Salts

On Sunday, I taught a Healing Herbal Scrubs & Soaks workshop at the Pace University dorms. There were seventeen students (my biggest hands-on workshop yet) and we all had a great time!


I'd love to take this opportunity to share with you some recipes, tips, and tricks to creating your own custom natural bath products that will make you smile too.

Basic Salt Scrub and Sugar Scrub Recipe
Make your own awesome scrub (aka "body polish") to exfoliate dead skin, unclog pores, increase circulation, and moisturize dry areas. Your skin will feel so silky after using this!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

DIY Easy No-Sew Floral Drawer Sachets

Easy No-Sew Floral Drawer Sachets make beautiful and inexpensive "just because" gifts, last minute hostess gifts, and holiday stocking stuffers. This project can be completed in 10 minutes or less, from set up to clean up. Bonus: Not only is crafting an awesome stress relieving activity in its own right, the smell of the herbs will lift your spirit and calm your nerves.


To make your own Easy No-Sew Floral Drawer Sachets, you'll need:

  • scissors, bowl, and spoon
  • square of cotton fabric or cheese cloth; 6" x 6" or larger is a good size
  • one handful of your favorite dried herbs, flowers, and/or citrus peels
  • 5 drops of essential oil(s) (optional)
  • ribbon, twine, yarn, or other strong string; at least 6"
  • tea tag with pleasant quote or affirmation and string attached (optional)

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Video: DIY Natural Mold Killer Recipe

Yes you can kill mold and mildew without chlorine bleach! I finally uploaded this video I made last year and forgot about. (Oops!) Check it out to see one super simple recipe for a super mold (and mildew) killing spray.


Hate videos? Okay. Read on for the recipe.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

DIY Bug Control [Infographic]

Are roaches, ants, fruit flies, and other insects bugging you out? Before you reach for toxic chemicals, try to prevent and remedy pest infestation using the simple tips in this infographic. Check it out to see how to use essential oils, herbs, vinegar, and other things you probably already have around the house to deter bugs.

(It's probably hard to read all the text on this image. View the larger, full-sized graphic here.)


Source: PartSelect.com

Olivia Lane is a Blogger, Green Living Educator, and Health Coach trained at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She's also author of Baking Soda & Bliss: The Healthy & Happy Guide to Green Cleaning.   

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Monday, September 8, 2014

VIDEO: Your Past Makes You Perfect


You can achieve any dream that comes from a place of love. Do not let your past challenges and current obstacles stop you! The exact reason you have this dream is because you need to experience the self-acceptance and growth necessary to accomplish your goal. (Reaching the goal is almost a secondary benefit.)

Your unique personality and experiences formulate you into a rare medicine that is the cure for something. Your desires are a response to the universe's prayers for this cure. By first appreciating yourself and being willing to transform your challenges into a source of strength, you can make the world a better place.

Every time someone's desire is honored, another person's prayer is answered. (CLICK TO TWEET)

Friday, August 29, 2014

What's New & Good at IIN This Fall?

There are some exciting new developments in Institute for Integrative Nutrition's health coach training program. I just attended a teleseminar to learn all about them and am so happy to share them with you. It's awesome to see a great program like this one get even awesomer!



You can watch me talk about the new and good at IIN on YouTube or read about it below.

New live web class format.
Starting with the October 2014 class, some of the classes taught will be live so you can see the faces of your classmates and teachers and interact in real time!

IIN Learning Center launched in June 2014 and streamlined access to course materials.
All the video and audio lectures, lecture notes, discussion boards, and reference library are accessible via the new IIN Learning Center. You can hop on the learning center via your desktop, laptop, or any type of mobile device with an internet connection.

Best part: All of the content will be synced so if you start watching a video lecture on your iPhone (or Android) while you were on line in the supermarket you can pick up where you left off on your laptop during your lunch break at work the next day.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Awesome Plastic Free Water Filter: Kishu Charcoal Review



I just got Kishu charcoal, the only completely plastic free water filter. It is fantastic!

Kishu is a sustainably harvested oak tree branch that has been transformed into activated charcoal by Japanese artisans using a centuries old method. Activated charcoal is what is inside of plastic water filter cartridges and makes them work. Kishu stick is like a naked Brita!

Simply drop Kishu into a pitcher of water. Immediately toxins like chlorine begin to bond with the activated charcoal stick, leaving your drinking water better tasting and healthier. (If you have serious water contamination concerns, you should probably test your water after using Kishu to make sure it's a safe option.)

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