Morning Yoga: Greeting the Day

I’ll be honest. Thirties aren’t quite like twenties. I used to jump out of bed with “morning person” energy. Eat a banana with peanut butter. Run 3-4 miles. Eat a couple bowls of cereal or make a big breakfast. And smile all the while. At least that is how I remember the majority of mornings from the last decade.

Now? I am thirty. Only since August. But I wake with more freedom than ever. Good intentions to find relaxation, peace & gratitude as I greet the day by following my well-thought out morning routine: drink water with lemon oil, meditate twenty minutes, 20-60 minutes of yoga or other exercises to wake up the body, daily affirmations, and a light & protein dense breakfast. Ideally, followed up with 10-20 pages from my current self-development book (check it out, it’s a good one!).

This does happen sometimes. Even for a week or two at a time. But today? Like many days… I wake up feeling thirty. Anyone over forty just laughs in that “you have no idea” way when I say this. But thirty is more work than twenty. The body is stiffer. The urge to wrap in a warm blanket, make a cup of tea & scroll through social media posts is a very tempting morning routine. This is all fine & well until it rolls straight into work and forgetting about any sort of morning self-care.

So this is my current struggle. Making time to take care of the self: physically, emotionally & spiritually. Maybe you can relate. So often other people, priorities & demands pull us away from self-care. So today? I challenge you to spend 15 minutes doing something kind, pleasurable, & loving for yourself. I’m going to start today with yoga…

Yoga connects the mind, body & spirit. It allows us to awaken fully, feel alive & grateful for this day. Whether one pose, a couple minute home practice or 75 minutes at the studio, I have never regretted doing yoga. This gentle, challenging & holistic practice can benefit people of so many different lifestyles & health needs. I often turn to this “Good Morning Yoga Sequence” when I am struggling to get moving.

Oh, & be sure you love your mat, feel home there. This is how I keep mine happy, clean & smelling fresh…

Yoga Mat Spray Recipe

Yoga Mat Spray

Ingredients

Yoga Mat Spray Recipe

 

Directions

  1. Add 2.5 ounces water to glass jar (I eyeball about 1/3 of the jar full).
  2. Add 5 drops lavender & 3 drop melaleuca (to switch it up, try subbing other favorite essential oils with similar cleansing properties).
  3. Fill to top with distilled water. Add spray top.
  4. Shake. Spray. Wipe clean (test a small part of your mat first).

 

Peace with Yoga

Smoothie Bowl: beautiful food

Anyone else following some of the raw foodies on Instagram? Seems like most of them are Australian. Every photo is a mouth-watering plate of tropical fruits or a perfectly layered parfait of various raw food delights! Where can I order one of these? If I had access to this every day healthy eating would be a breeze!

What about the recently exploded trend in California – the acai bowl? Tasty, but at $10 a pop & questionable amounts of added sugar it may not be a great daily habit.

So what to do? I decided to finally attempt a smoothie bowl at home. The secret? Choose your favorite smoothie recipe. Put everything in the blender until smooth. Pour in a beautiful bowl instead, tops with more fresh fruit or toppings of your choice. Eat with a spoon. Ta-da!

I like all three of the Dr. Oz detox smoothie recipes as a base. I alter them depending on my current mood & what is in the refrigerator. But if you are new to blending it is helpful to follow a recipe so you don’t end up with a glob of brown/green, funky-tasting slop! Check out his recipes here! Below is what I did.

Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Layered Smoothie Bowl Recipe

*two servings (share with a friend!)

Smoothie Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1/8 cup coconut oil
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 drop each ginger & lemon essential oils (be sure brand used is safe to ingest)
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flax

Chia Pudding Ingredients: (optional for layering)

  • 3 Tablespoons chia
  • 1 cup water or almond milk
  • pure vanilla extra
  • 1 drop orange essential oil (be sure brand used is safe to ingest)

optional toppings: cacao nibs, coconut flakes, nuts, seeds, sliced fresh fruit, granola

Directions:

  1. Whisk chia, 1 cup water, 1 drop orange essential oil & splash of vanilla in a glass bowl.
  2. Cover a place in refrigerator over night.
  3. Add all smoothie ingredients to a high-powered blender & process until smooth. *Essential oils should only be used in glass (no plastic) so mix in after removing from the blender if there are any plastic parts. These oils can break down the chemicals in plastic which you can then ingest & this can damage your blender.
  4. Prepare toppings & slice desired fresh fruit.
  5. Layer in a bowl or clear mason jar: granola, smoothie, chia, smoothie, granola & finish with any other desired toppings.
  6. Take a picture of your food art & enjoy!!

Coconut Orange Granola: from the oven not a box

Homemade granola is the best! For many reasons including how much better it tastes fresh from the oven instead of a box or bag. But the main reason is I get to control what goes inside. This recipe is gluten-free & has no processed sugars.

Coconut Orange Granola Recipe

To limit grain intake, I omit the oats or sub with another seed or nut. Most paleo grandola I have seen in stores is like $9 for a tiny bag! What, that is not supposed to be single serving? Well if you are like me it is easy to put away huge portions of granola… especially freshly made!! It is tasty on one-ingredient banana ice cream, yogurt, smoothie bowls, under almond milk & by the fistful!

And most importantly, I can control the sugar content. There are great recipes available with just dates for sweetener & no processed sugar added. Most store-bought granola have at least 10 grams of sugar per serving, and that is if you only eat one serving.

All that to say, there are a million ways to make granola. Here is one. I have never made it quite this way before, & doubt I ever will again. It was delicious, don’t get me wrong! I just can’t seem to stick to a recipe no matter how delicious it is!! But you probably have figured that out about me by now🙂

Coconut Orange Granola Recipe

Disclaimer: I didn’t measure anything so these are guesstimates, be sure to adjust amounts of dry/liquid ingredients as necessary. Re-create at your own risk🙂

Coconut Orange Granola Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup mixed nuts (I used half pecan & half cashew)
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 drops certified pure orange essential oil (be sure the brand you use is safe for consumption)
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup local honey

Directions:

  1. Process 1 cup of oats in the food processor until medium fine. Add 1 cup of almonds & roughly chop.
  2. Add oats, almonds, mixed nuts, coconut flakes, cinnamon, salt to a bowl & mix well.
  3. Blend raisins, water & vanilla in food processor or blender.
  4. Add remaining liquid ingredients & process until smooth (some chunks are okay!)
  5. Add liquid to the dry & mix well.
  6. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper & spread granola in a thin layer.
  7. Bake at 350 for about one hour stirring every 15-20 minutes. Rotate baking sheets from top & middle racks half way through. Baking time can very so keep a close eye on it & remove from oven when toasted a light golden brown.
  8. Allow to cool & store in airtight container.

Coconut Orange Granola Recipe

Apple Pie – not like mama cooked it!

I must confess. A few things. But don’t take this disclaimer as a discredit for my pie. It is DELICIOUS & I’m super proud of creating it. However, I think you should know my mother bakes the best apple pie. In the world. Truly. My great-grandmothers were both very talented pie makers. They both lived in rural Indiana & passed the skill and love of pie making onto my mom. My brother picked it up for a season, but so far no one in my family has adopted the tradition.

It isn’t because I don’t want to, but replicating it seems impossible. And furthermore, I can’t get myself to bake with the ingredients of my great-grandmothers. There are many reasons for this, but that is a discussion for another day.

Lastly, I don’t follow recipes. I substitute things that shouldn’t be. I don’t measure – that is likely blaspheme in a true baker’s kitchen. Anyways, all that to say, we are lucky to have this recipe. When I bake it is a wild experience & you never know the outcome. When things don’t turn out it is no loss. But when they do, I am always a little sad I can never replicate it as I cannot remember what I did the first time around. This time it was superb, so I decided to quickly re-create & record the ingredients.

Do you like pie? Do you enjoy healthier versions of traditional favorites? And do you enjoy the immediate gratification of a fast & simple dessert? Good, you will love this.

Apple Pie

Apple Pie – the simple & (almost) sugar-free way

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 heaping Tablespoon flax meal
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • parchment paper
  • pie dish
  • 4 medium size apples (pink or green)
  • 2 Tablespoons local honey
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 Tablespoons grassfed butter
  • cinnamon to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix flax & coconut milk in large bowl. Whisk until it forms an egg-like consistency.
  3. Add coconut oil & coconut milk. Mix well.
  4. Add flours & pinch salt. Stir until combined.Apple Pie
  5. Roll dough onto parchment paper until about 1/8″ thick. Place into pie dish.Apple Pie dough
  6. Slice apples as thin as possible.
  7. In a bowl, mix apple slices, honey, coconut oil, butter & cinnamon.Apple Pie
  8. Pile apple filling onto center of crust & fold edges up over the apples. Apple Pie PrepApple Pie Crust
  9. Bake for 15 minutes. Turn oven up to 425 degrees and bake 25 minutes.  Apple Pie
  10. Once crust is firm to touch & lightly browned, slice & enjoy!Apple Pie
  11. Be sure to save a piece for tomorrow’s breakfast🙂

Apple Pie Slice Day 2

Crystals… just another pretty rock?

holistic healing

Really mom? You are going to move your giant stones all the way from Indiana to California? That is nearly 2,500 miles. But dad agreed & the big rocks moved with us. On the road trip to California mom bought me a gold heart necklace laden with pyrite. I was just excited to have a bit of “fools gold” & to know the secret… it wasn’t worth anything compared to “real gold”. Or was I the fool? These are my first rock memories. I was 9 years old. Mom continued to collect rocks, precious stones & crystals. They were pretty. I never got it.

Last year, a friend into the Chinese art of Feng shui, gave me my first crystal. Or so I thought. I realized I had already been given a similar one by my mom as a teenager. She called it a prism. She showed me how it reflected light & cast beautiful rainbows around the room. I think she knew there was more to it. She always felt the connection. I thought it made a fun necklace charm. Maybe she thought my teenage self would laugh at the suggestion that crystals carry a real energy. Or maybe she did suggest it & my doubtful teen self chose to ignore it.

crystal

It is funny. The more I learn about feng shui, the more I realize my mom actually has a knack for this whole energy balancing thing. If you want to incorporate some fun & simple Feng shui tips into your life, check out designchime.com or follow @designchime on instagram.

pyrite crystal

Soon after receiving my first crystal as an adult, I was given pyrite from another friend for my thirtieth birthday just this month. It draws money & good luck? What!!?? Prosperity? Strength? Could the gold diggers that threw this stone out have been adding to their bad luck & failure? Did they miss the point? Could this be another great wellness tool that so many of us dismiss without fully understanding? The questions keep coming. My curiosity is piqued.

Himalayan Salt Crystal

Himalayan Sea Salt Lamp

After receiving several crystals for my recent birthday (pyrite, a Himalayan sea salt lamp & an amazonite charm), I have been drawn to learn more. What is it about these rocks that some people feel connected to? Is there something more going on that I just didn’t see? Or maybe it is a feeling? A couple weeks ago, I stumbled upon a sweet rock shop in Morgan Hill called House of Poppy Jasper & got to spend over an hour there learning from the owners on a sleepy Thursday afternoon. I left the shop with two quartz abundance crystals, a bundle of sage & much excitement for my new appreciation for rocks.

Quartz Crystal

Quartz: healing,generates electromagnetic energy, dispels static electricity, cleanses

Sage for Purifying Crystals

Sage: when burned the smoke can be used to cleanse the home or crystal

If you have interest & are open to discovering something new, I recommend venturing into a rock shop near you. Explore. Pick up crystals. Hold them in your hands. Close your eyes. Listen. Who knows what you will discover?

Crystal Guide Book

I just got this book on Crystals to learn more. So far I have learned the benefits are endless, how to choose & cleanse a crystal, and set intentions for use. As I talk to others, go into rock shops, incorporate crystals into my home and routine, I am learning there are many subtle, yet powerful, tools I have been missing out on. As I work to quiet my mind & allow the voice inside me to grow stronger, I am urged to listen to intuition & open myself to new possibilities. Looks like mom was onto something all along…

Crystal in Wealth Corner for Abundance & Success

Jade, orange essential oil & pyrite for abundance. All hanging out in my home’s wealth corner🙂

Crystals transmit and receive energies. They transmute & transform, attract or repel. The most powerful may appear dull – until the beneficial effects are felt. They bring serenity to a home, peace to an individual. They protect or heal, attract abundance, and create love. Objects of beauty in their own right, they enhance the environment wherever they are placed.

-The Illustrated Guide to Crystals by Judy Hall

Mother: thank you

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Mom. This woman amazes me, every day.

I am not a mom, yet. I know there are things I will not understand until I am. But I do know how lucky I am to have her. To be like her. And to have developed into the woman I am on the foundation of her unwavering love, acceptance & admiration. As our national Mother’s Day arrives, I want to acknowledge the woman who gave birth to me, lived to love and care for me & who still teaches me so much every day. I am humbled & in awe. And so very grateful.

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A lot of important women in my life are having babies. Family. Friends. Women I have known a long time & respect greatly. It is so fascinating & inspiring watching the transformation to motherhood. It is profound. Magical. And deeply instinctual. Every single experience is different. Each on their own beautiful journey. I have so much love for each of you.

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As I walk along my path in life, sometimes I wonder, what it will be like to be a mom & still be me? A balancing act to love in a new way – a way we are born to love – but to still prioritize & honor our self-love. Rooting deep into who I am, yet still open to transformation beyond anything I can be imagine. To stretch. And grow. To give unlike before. To love in a way I have not. They say: it is the best & hardest thing you will do.

I look forward to becoming a mother one day. I am grateful for all the strong, loving mothers in my life. You all fill the world with joy & love. Thank you.

Happy Mother’s Day.

Play: a lesson from children

It is a happy talent

to know how to play.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dance Play Peace

When was the last time you played? Not a board game. Or team sport. Or anything weighted down by rules & expectations. But really let loose?! Like laugh-until-you-cry, can’t-feel-pain, no-sense-of-time, free-as-a-bird all-out play? I’d bet for most adults, it’s hard to remember. Many of us juggle long work hours, busy personal lives & full family schedules. Between the business & stress there isn’t much time left for play. Not to mention we are taught to fit society expectations & comply with social norms. Once you factor all this in, do we even remember how to play like we did as kids?

Play time at the Creek

Probably not. But hope is not lost! We can reclaim this fun-loving, free side of ourselves. By doing so we will feed our soul & nurture are true selves! Or at least find some much needed stress release! To better understand what the function of play might be, check out this post on Mark’s Daily Apple. If you are struggling, observe the children in your life. Better yet PLAY with them and let them have the lead! They have not yet gained all the inhibitions that adulthood brings. They are the experts.

Spontaneous Play

If you are at a loss, here are a few ideas to get you started…

  1. Dancing – freestyle, all-out, & if need be – alone so no one can see! I’m currently rocking out to Sugar by Maroon 5 on repeat🙂
  2. Cartwheels – It really takes you back to childhood. I recommend a grass field to soften any falls🙂
  3. Hooping – Take a hoop dance class, take your hoop to the beach or just pick up an old school hula hoop at Goodwill & go to town!
  4. Water Fun – run in the sprinklers, create a DIY slip & slide with friends, go body boarding & jump waves, hit the lake for some skiing or intertubing, water gun fights
  5. Beach Soccer – grab a few friends, create seaweed goals & let the rules go
  6. Hacky Sack – Remember this awesome game of skill & laughs from school days?
  7. Parkour or Free running – checkout some awesome video inspiration in Youtube.
  8. Climb a tree – pick a branch & go for it!
  9. Wrestle – just don’t take it too far, remember how as kids the laughing inevitably ended in somebody crying?
  10. Puddle Jump – if you are lucky enough to live where it rains – get out & splash!
  11. Scavenger Hunt, Treasure Hunt, Hide & Seek, Tag, Cops & Robbers…

Beach Play

For more ideas check out 15 Concrete Ways to Play on Mark’s Daily Apple. Play is a highly valued activity in the primal world!

How will you incorporate more play into your life?

Detox with Chocolate

You only live once

but if you do it right

ONCE IS ENOUGH

Can we Detox with Chocolate?

photocred @farrukhershad

Everything in moderation. That’s what these non-sugar-or-food-addicted people keep telling me. It’s easy they say. Well, I’m here to say, it’s not for me. I eat healthy & take care of my body. But when “special occasions” come, I tend to over indulge. It’s something I am always working on. Remember my post where I come clean about being a sugaraholic?

Point is, I just got back from vacation & could use a bit of a tidying up of my diet. But first, let’s back up a bit. Vacation was beautiful. Time off work. Connecting with family. Celebrating two new marriages. Meeting my friends new baby. Lots of good food & love. Playtime.

Can we detox with Chocolate?

photocred @farrukhershad

I love the release from the pressures of daily life that vacation brings. But vacation is just that – a break from routine. After a few weeks away, my balance tends to shift. I feel the impact of irregular sleep, indulgent foods & less structured exercise. So back in my world, it’s time to clean it up. Self-care, super-foods & sweating it out are in order!

My cleanse will consist of lots of whole foods (ie: leafy greens where have you been all my life?), regular meditation (quiet time), lots of water & daily workouts (body weight exercises, hiking thanks to the time change giving us lighter evenings, yoga & bicycling). For more ideas on gentle cleansing with whole foods check out this post on MindBodyGreen.

I’ll be avoiding gluten, sugar and processed/packaged foods. I’ll be reducing greatly caffeine, dairy & meats. However, one thing I won’t be going without: CHOCOLATE!! Skipping the sugar for awhile, I’ll need to get creative to get my cacao fix!

Once upon a time, Phoenix & I made up our own recipe that is something like the various chocolate bark recipes you see. I tried it today with 100% pure dark chocolate.

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It turned out fantastic & I don’t miss the sugar of lighter chocolates!! What’s the secret? Coconut oil or butter to add some delicious healthy fats & fruit to sweeten naturally! Here is the recipe – get creative with your additions!


DARK CHOCOLATE & RASPBERRY BARK

Detox with 100% chocolate

Ingredients

  • 1 bar 100% chocolate 
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Oil or Coconut Butter or to taste (any size dollop will do)
  • oven-safe Pyrex or glass pie dish
  • Optional Mix-Ins:
    • cinnamon
    • vanilla extract
    • frozen berries (ex: raspberries, strawberries, mixed)
    • sliced fresh fruit (ex: peaches, bananas, pomegranate seeds)
    • dried, unsweetened fruit (ex: goji berries, raisins, cranberries)
    • nuts or seeds (ex: almonds, walnuts, macadamias, sunflower seeds)
    • peanut or other nut/seed butter
    • dried, unsweetened coconut flakes
    • sea salt
    • chili powder or paprika
    • cacao nibs
    • pure therapeutic grade essential oils (ex: peppermint, lavender, orange) ***apply by dipping toothpick in oil & swirling through the chocolate until desired taste is achieved.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Unwrap, break up chocolate & place it in glass baking dish
  3. Add coconut oil to dish & place in oven
  4. Heat chocolate and oil in oven until melted & stir to combine
  5. Mix & drop in optional toppings to add flavor & sweetness. For this batch I chose 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1 sliced banana, 1/2 cup frozen raspberries, several dashes cinnamon & sea salt, 1 teaspoon sunflower seeds & 1/4 cup dried coconut flakes.
  6. Place in freezer until firm. Use a sharp knife to break into pieces. Enjoy!!

What other “desserts” do you love that aren’t loaded with processed sugars?

Yoga & turning inward

Happy Saturday my friends. What will you do with this beautiful day? I just hiked with my mom… I am so lucky to have her near me, both of us be fit and capable of hiking, and live in a place that is seventy plus degrees in winter. I am filled with gratitude as I reflect on the beautiful morning we had connecting & being in nature.

Yoga with Mamma

That said, I want to apologize for my absence. I committed to a post per week when I started this blog last year. I have been closer to a post per month since the holidays. It’s that balance thing again. On the one hand I love getting sucked into the latest project or relationship and soaking up all the beauty of the present as I immerse into FLOW. On the other hand, I do not want things I love or value to fall to the wayside. Can you think of a time you experienced FLOW?

In positive psychology, FLOW, also known as ZONE, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does. Named by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, the concept has been widely referenced across a variety of fields, though has existed for thousands of years in other guises, notably in some eastern religions.

-Wikipedia.org

For now, I am accepting my sporadic posting & relishing in abundance of other joys in my life. I still intend to set more goals around & improve my blogging skills in the future! Baby steps. I recently had coffee (no, tea actually – delicious tea with steamed, fresh almond milk & honey) with a dear friend who generously shared some amazing insights into the blogging world. Have you heard of SEO? New concept for me, but totally logical. Anyways, I am rambling off topic, just to say, I have much to learn about the online & blogging world.

Warrior Woman Yoga

In my absence from posting, I have been looking at my life and identifying areas I want to give more attention. I am learning that to grow, achieve my goals & realize my full potential I must emphasize personal development. Refuse to be stagnant or unchanged. Always challenge myself to become a better person. So I have been looking inward. Working on improving the consistency of meditation, my anxiety is alleviated and sense of peace elevate. I have a better understanding of myself, feelings & desires when I take the time to be quiet and listen. Check out my post on meditation for more on what I do in my practice.

Lotus Meditation: Yoga on John

But lately, it has been yoga. I love yoga – the safe place of self-love that is my mat, the joining with others for greater peace within & worldwide, the strength that shows up when you least expect it, the calming of the inner chatter that mindful breathing encourages… I could go on and on. I have been trying out a new hot yoga studio this month & enjoying the new faces, challenge & re-commitment to this practice. I left my previous studio in the summer to get outside more to hike, develop my personal practice further & save on the costs of going to a studio.

Yoga in Solitude

All this yoga has been encouraging and reminding me to look inward. My recent introspection has given me greater confidence in who I am & the goals I am setting for this year and beyond. When regularly looking inward and simply being with myself, I find grounding, purpose & confidence.

Yoga with an Open Heart

Another cool thing about yoga – it is for everyone. There is no room for judgment of the self or others. Yoga holds a different experience for everyone yet brings us together. Most studios have free intro classes, so if you have never tried a class I encourage & challenge you to do it! Get outside your comfort zone – this is where change will happen! Even if you don’t go to a class, just starting the day with a couple loving stretches or winding down the evening with a mini bedside practice can make a big difference in your peace, your day & your life.

Celebrating with Yoga

Lastly, here is one of my favorite people finding some balance & strength in yoga…

Early Morning Yoga

DIY: Laundry Soap Recipe

Happy Weekend!

Does anyone else do laundry all day on the weekend? I try to multi-task but end up with things hang drying all over the place and it feels like a full day venture! Despite the time consumption, I actually really like doing laundry. Something about everything all fresh & clean. Re-hung in the closet so I again have a choice of everything I own. I think I just like things in their right place, and the closet (not the dirty hamper) is where my clothes belong! If you have seen my messy closet you might be surprised at that admission…

Point is, as I look around my home filled with partially dry delicates, I just realized I haven’t posted my DIY laundry soap recipe yet. Whoops! I love how super simple this recipe is to make, no funky chemicals or perfumes & the fact that I get to choose a different scent for each load by adding essential oils! My favorites are the citrus oils for towels, melaleuca for heavily soiled items & lavender for delicate clothing. Hope you try it and like it!

DIY Laundry Soap Recipe

DIY laundry soap

Ingredients

-5 gallons hot H2O
-1 bar natural soap (unscented Dr. Bronners)
-1 cup borax
-1 cup washing soda
-5 gallon bucket
-90 drops certified therapeutic grade essential oils
(30 drops each of lavender, lemon & grapefruit OR clove)

Directions

1. Grate soap bar with coarse cheese grater
2. Boil grated soap & 1/2 gallon H2O in large pan to melt & combine
3. Add 2.5 gal hot H2O, soap mixture, washing soda & borax to 5 gal bucket. Stir to dissolve
4. Add remaining 2 gal of hot H2O to fill bucket. Stir & allow to sit overnight
5. Transfer to glass storage containers & add essential oils

**If storing in plastic, instead of adding essential oils to mixture, add 1-2 drops per load directly to washing machine.