My name is Jodi, and I am Mom to two young boys, a German shepherd-husky mix, and two cats, and I am definitely learning as I go! I love nature, and I love natural remedies and homemade alternatives whenever possible. I created this page to share my experiences on this journey to Simple Family Remedies. Check out my posts, try the recipes, share your feedback and experiences, and ask any questions you may have! Before you get too far on your own journey to simple family remedies, I have a few things for you to consider:
Where to Buy the Ingredients
Many of the ingredients used can be purchased at your local health market (or even your grocery store). For each post, the ingredients can also be clicked for a link to an online purchase on Amazon (excluding the essential oils). Amazon is an affiliate partner of mine. If you choose to purchase through the links I provide, you’ll get a great deal on the product, AND you’ll support me. Thank you! For the essential oils, keep reading; I discuss that next!
Essential oils are not all created equal. When I first started using them many years ago, I didn’t know that. I bought what was available at Walmart and our local grocery store. I found out several months later that they weren’t all the same. Pure oils are therapeutic-grade, making them much more effective. I now only use and recommend doTERRA oils. If you’d like to purchase doTERRA oils, contact me for more information.
Why Glass Storage?
You’ll find a number of my recipes indicate that you should store in glass containers. Many people ask why. Pure essential oils are quite potent. If you store the recipes with essential oils in plastic, then, there’s the potential for the oils to start to eat through the plastic. It’s also recommended you store your oils (and any products you’ve made with oils in them) in a cool, dark place. Sunlight and warmth can accelerate the expiration of those oils. That’s why many people recommend using not only glass but dark glass like amber or cobalt. If you’re planning to use your product within say a month or two and can keep it in a dark place when not being used, clear glass storage is perfectly fine. Click here for a list of the storage items I use and links to purchase them on Amazon.
While many homemade products are FAR cheaper than their store-bought counterparts, sometimes these homemade solutions are a bit more expensive. For me, if spending a few more dollars means I can avoid all the chemicals and artificial ingredients in those other products, then that’s A-OK with me!
Another thought on cost…even though the “per-product” price is often cheaper, getting all the ingredients when you first get started can be a bit expensive. Pure essential oils like those mentioned above, beeswax, and high-quality coconut oils are not cheap. However, once you get your stock, many of the ingredients are used in multiple recipes, so again, the “per-product” price is usually less.
Lack of “Suds”
You know what makes soap (dish soap, shampoo, laundry soap, you name it) sudsy? For the most part, it’s the chemicals that do that. One of the first things many people notice when they start making cleaning products is the lack of suds. They often think that means it isn’t working, but that’s not true. Don’t be discouraged if your products don’t have a ton of bubbles – it’s normal!
Not a DIY’er?
If making it yourself isn’t right up your alley, I’d be happy to make something for you. Shop some of the items I offer on my Facebook store, and please contact me for more info if you’re looking for a custom solution.
Thanks again for visiting my site. If you have any questions, I’m happy to answer them for you! Please comment on the post you’re curious about, or visit my contact page to get in touch.
*Disclaimer: All articles are my own opinion, and suggestions and ideas are not intended to treat, prevent, or cure any illness or other ailment, nor are they intended to be a replacement for medical treatment.