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Have a sunburn? Use Shea Butter sunscreen!

Shea Butter Sunscreen

A couple years ago, I tried several of the “natural” sunscreens sold in stores only to continually break out in a rash. Then I found this recipe for Shea Butter sunscreen and I made some. When I was in Israel for 3 weeks- outside most of the time- I used this liberally every day and was able to prevent looking like a fried red lobster! I actually tanned a nice golden brown! :)

Zinc Oxide is used in a lot of lotions, creams, and diaper rash ointments. Here is an article on the benefits of it.

I plan to make this again soon, so if you are interested in purchasing some, please get your order in now! Email me at mannafoldblessings@gmail.com.

Be safe out there this summer and protect your skin! :) Then you can enjoy the sun!

Shea Butter Sunscreen!

What you need:

  • 1 C 100% pure Shea Butter
  • 1/2 C Coconut Oil
  • 4 ounces Beeswax (less if you want thinner lotion, but this if for water resistance)
  • 1/2 C Olive Oil
  • 2 t or more Liquid Vitamin E
  • 3 T Zinc Oxide Powder

What to do:

Combine all ingredients except the Zinc Oxide in crockpot. I highly recommend a crockpot liner for easy clean-up! Heat on high until all ingredients are completely melted. Will be a clear golden color. Then slowly, whisk in the three tablespoons of Zinc Oxide. Carefully, pour into Mason Jars or other heat safe containers and let sit uncovered until cooled. The SPF on this recipe is about 30, but adding more Zinc Oxide will make it higher.

**If you want to make a liquid sunscreen, try this natural homemade sunscreen oil recipe. 

Yield: About 30 ounces

NOTE: I made it in my 2 quart pan on the stove. It works just the same as long as you heat it slowly. It is best to add the Vitamin E oil very last as the heat might destroy its benefits. You can add less beeswax for a thinner consistency. – Coach Shannon

Resource:

Natural Shea Butter Sunscreen

Homemade “Bleach”

Hi everyone! Do you ever wish you could have a safer bleach alternative? Something without a chemical smell or hazard to your health or small children?

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I worked with a nurse a few years ago, who worked in surgery, and she told me they would educate women about the dangers of chlorine bleach  & that it can cause breast cancer. When you search the web, (1), (3) you will find pros and cons to using Bleach, but it IS made of chemicals. If the scientists making it are using gowns, gloves, goggles and face masks, shouldn’t that indicate there is a respiratory hazard of breathing in the chemicals? Do you wear gowns, gloves, masks and eye goggles before doing laundry or cleaning your house with bleach? :(  Bleach is corrosive and will eat at skin or anything it is placed on. It breaks down elastic in underclothing pretty quickly, if washed in it frequently.

I once thought I would mix bleach with another “harmless” cleaning agent and I immediately got a foaming mist of horrible smelling “gas” coming up out of the bucket! I failed to read the label which states to never mix Clorox with any other chemical cleaning agent! :( So I quickly opened the windows and got the fans going to draw out the harmful gas.

I have not used Clorox for a long time. Instead, I make my own with only 3 ingredients using a recipe by Jillian that I found online! (There are many different recipes for bleach alternatives online! Just search and find the one you like.) It really does whiten my clothes. For gray- dingy looking socks or under- clothing, allow them to soak for several hours before washing.

My mom used this Natural Bleach Alternative recipe on an old dry rag to wash mold off my painted walls and baseboards. The mold came right off with some gentle rubbing! :)

Recipe:

  • 12 cups water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup hydrogen peroxide

Mix. Add 2 cups per wash load or put in spray bottle and use as a household cleaner.

NOTE: I cut this recipe in half and used an old half gallon empty vinegar jug to store the Natural Bleach Alternative in.

Happy environmentally green & safe cleaning! 😀

~Coach Shannon

Resources:

  1. Educating Wellness
  2. One Good Thing
  3. Bleach
  4. Chlorine and Cancer