Is Conscious Consumption an Oxymoron?

Because all of my work happens on the computer, it’s so easy to mindlessly switch from “work mode” to “free time” mode without ever getting off the sofa or closing my laptop. I simply navigating from Google Docs to Pinterest or Facebook, and before I know it a few hours of my actual life are gone. Forever. I hate this. It’s both troubling in the abstract and also detrimental in more concrete, mental and  physical ways. Because of all this, one intention I set for myself this year was to read more.1 But anyway, the reading, in and of itself, is not what this post is about.

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Homemade Magnesium Oil (Recipe)

As I learned in The Migraine Miracle, one of the most important elements of migraine prevention—aside from eating well—is ensuring adequate magnesium levels. And as it turns out, magnesium is important for not only migraine prevention, but also important stuff like sleep quality and mood stability, among other things.

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Dietary sources of magnesium include dark leafy greens grown nutrient-dense soil, homemade bone broth, sea salt, and raw milk. For the most part, I try to get my vitamins and minerals in food rather than pill form. Magnesium, however, is not exactly easy to get in adequate amounts through diet alone. In Eat the YolksLiz Wolfe writes:

Thanks to widespread deficiencies of magnesium in American soil, magnesium may be one of the most critically deficient minerals in our diet. Magnesium plays a vital role in everything from cellular energy production to enzymatic reactions to metabolic function.

Furthermore, those of us with impaired digestive function (i.e. leaky gut) will have an even harder time incorporating dietary magnesium thanks to impaired nutrient absorption in general. Continue reading

Homemade Deodorant (Recipe)

I’ve already shared my recipes for homemade plantain toner and homemade oil cleansing serum. Aside from those two, I don’t use a ton of creams and potions on a daily basis, but I consider deodorant pretty essential. I’ve been using homemade deodorant for several years now, and though I’ve tried several recipes with various ingredients—including bentonite clay, shea butter, cocoa butter, beeswax, and probiotics—the simplest version seems to work the best for me, so it’s the one I always come back to.

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Why Homemade Deodorant?

In 2005 or 2006 I started wearing Lush’s Aromacreme, and I was really happy with both the smell and the performance. The price, however, was a little steeper than I’d like, but thankfully the deodorant worked really well and lasted forever, so it was totally worth it to me. When aromacreme was discontinued I was heartbroken, and I set out to find another deodorant. I tried everything, including a weird, wet gel type deodorant; a spray deodorants that I’m pretty sure was just witch hazel, and the weird deodorant crystal that you rub onto your armpits. Frustratingly, after using a new brand for a couple weeks, it would inevitably stop working and then somehow make me smell worse, if that’s possible. Continue reading

Friday Faves: “Oh Shit, I’m Sick” Edition

After reading “Get your, ‘Oh shit, I’m sick’ kit ready before it’s too late” last fall at Offbeat Home, I started pulling together resources for this post. I decided to finally complete it because, oh shit, I’m actually sick now. Thankfully it’s not the flu, just a run-of-the-mill, migraine-inducing cold, so there’s really nothing to do but hunker down and complain.

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DIY Wooden Spoon Butter (Recipe)

Though I still use the occasional freezer bag, I try to avoid using plastic in the kitchen (and really throughout my home) as much as possible. I love asking for fancy kitchen stuff for Christmas—things I would never buy for myself but know I will really appreciate. For example, the glass Pyrex set I got for Christmas years ago has held up beautifully (including reheating leftovers in the oven, and storing homemade ice cream in the freezer), and is in every way superior to the gross, flimsy plastic stuff.

Getting married is also awesome for stocking your kitchen, especially when you’ve been living in sin for a while and know exactly what you need—like a set beautiful wood-handled knives—and what you don’t. And whenever the crappy plastic version of something wears out, we try and replace it with a nicer, non-plastic version.

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Caring for all the wooden stuff we’ve accumulated has proven a bit of a challenge. Despite careful oiling with coconut oil and generally avoiding water (except for the time a roommate ran one through the dishwasher), I’ve had more than one wooden cutting board snap in two, and my current cutting board, wooden spoons, and knife handles have definitely seen better days. I love that coconut oil is stable and antibacterial, but by itself it just doesn’t provide that great of a seal, and I find myself having to oil frequently-used items (like the cutting board) nearly every day. Enter beeswax!

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Setting Intentions for the New Year

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It seems that people’s feelings about the New Year tend to vacillate between two main themes:

This will be my year! Everything’s going to change! I’m going to give up sweets, work out every day, watch only an hour of television a week, meditate for two hours a day, buy nothing, read a million books, and get back down to my birth weight!1

Or, the flip side of that coin:

New Year’s resolutions are for lazy people! I accept my imperfections! I live every day like it’s New Year’s Day! My life is perfect/perfectly imperfect! I hate going to the gym in January because it’s fully of lazy slobs, but they’ll be gone by Valentine’s Day!

Obviously these are both gross generalizations. Nevertheless, I’ve heard most of these sentiments from actual, serious humans. Except the birth weight thing.

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