Pink Himalayan Salt DIY’s

I Love Pink Himalayan salt for multiple reasons, but some of my favorite ways to incorporate it into my life is with simple DIY projects to replace a few of our body care products. I wanted to share with you three of my favorite recipes. Bath soak, scrub, and soap but first let’s talk about why I love himalayan salt!

Why Pink Himalayan Salt?

Some of  the benefits of himalayan salt include:

  • Detoxifies the body by balancing systemic pH
  • Improves hydration by providing trace minerals
  • Improves mineral status of the body
  • Reduces muscle cramps by improving minerals and hydration
  • Helps balance blood sugar
  • Supports hormone balance for everyone, no matter what hormonal issues you face
  • Helps balance blood pressure because it provides unrefined, mineral-rich salt in an ionic solution
  • Improves sleep by supporting blood sugar and hormone balance
  • Acts as a powerful antihistamine
  • Supports weight loss by balancing hormones and improving energy
  • Supports thyroid and adrenal function

Pink Himalayan Bath Soak

1 cup Epsom Salt
1 cup pink Himalayan salt (this is the one I use Fine Pink Himalayan Salt)
1 tsp organic unrefined coconut oil
essential oils of choice (optional) 10-12 drops

  1. place himalayan salt in food processor or bullet and grind until powder
  2. add epsom salt and himalayan salt into a bowl and mix well
  3. add coconut oil and essential oils, mix well
  4. store in airtight container

add 1/4 to 1/2 cup to warm bath

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Some Suggested Essential oils

Eucalyptus and Peppermint = sinus clearing

Lavender and Bergamot = Relaxation

Lemon and Rosemary = restful mind

Panaway and Lavender = relaxed muscles

Black Pepper, Marjoram, and Rosemary = sore muscle relief

Lavender and Eucalyptus = unwind

 

Pink Himalayan Scrub 

This one I use as a face scrub twice a week, it is also great as a body scrub. I mix mine in a 4 oz mason jar. You will need:
Pink Himalayan Salt
Organic Unrefined Coconut oil
Essential oils of choice (I use Young Living tea tree and Lavender)

  1. place himalayan salt in food processor or bullet and grind until powder
  2. add coconut oil until you’ve reached a creamy consistency, mix well
  3. add essential oils of choice and mix well.

 

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Pink Himalayan scrub shown here next to lavender honey soap.

 

Pink Himalayan Soap

(this will make 4lbs of soap)
22 oz organic unrefined Coconut oil
6 oz Olive oil
2 oz Apricot oil
2 oz Mango Butter (I get mine here Mango Butter)
4-6 oz Pink Himalayan Salt
12 oz Water
4.6 oz lye (I get mine here Lye)
Essential Oils of Choice
mica (I get mine here nurture soap)

I make this as a Hot Process Soap but you can use this for cold process also. I have added mica to give it a pink color, you can add your favorite color choice. Here is two examples of how I have done it in the past. One I added glitter to the top. (always use skin safe glitter)

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2lbs batch

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4lbs batch

*when making soap make sure that the supplies you are using are only used for soap making* You will need a designated crockpot, mixing bowls, stick blender, spatula, kitchen scale, and molds. **If you have never made Hot or Cold Process soap I highly recommend Youtube, there is a ton of videos available to show you the process, also Soap Queen has some great tutorials as well.

  1. measure your coconut oil, olive oil, apricot oil, and mango butter separately and place them in the crockpot. Turn your crock pot on High and allow them to melt. (I usually measure one at a time using the same bowl and just adding to crock pot after each one is measured)
  2. Measure out your water and lye SEPARATELY (I use a disposable red solo cup for my lye, using a new one each time, I throw away after each use. for water I use a glass bowl that is designated for mixing lye)
  3. While oils and butter is melting I mix my water and lye. This is critical NEVER mix water to Lye ALWAYS mix lye to water. slowly mix in a little of the lye at a time I use my spatula, stirring well but slowly. Your water bowl will become hot. Once mixed allow lye water to sit for 5 – 10 min
    *Safety: wear long sleeves, use gloves, and wear a mask when mixing. The fumes that come from the lye will stop within a minute or so. I use the fan from my overhead microwave above stovetop to aid in pulling the fumes out of the house.
  4. Turn your crockpot to low and slowly add in lye water while mixing with stick blender until a thick trace is achieved. *it will look like pudding*
  5. Put your lid on your crockpot and allow soap to cook for 15 min. After 15 min you will want to check your soap to see it’s progress. Your soap will grow in volume, if it starts to spill out of your crockpot stir like crazy to bring it down. It will start to fold in on itself, if you notice browning around the edges stir soap with your spatula so it will cook evenly. Continually check soap every 15 min to see progress. Once your soap looks like mash potatoes your ready for the next step.
    *To ensure that your soap is ready there is two ways to check it. You can use a pH strip to test the levels. It should be showing below a 10 or you can do a zap test, take a small dab of soap and allow it to cool slightly so you won’t burn your tongue. just dab the soap with your tongue if it zaps you it’s not ready and will need to cook a little longer, if you just taste soap it’s ready.
    NOTE: The amount of time that the soap takes in the Crockpot phase can depend on the size and shape of your Crock Pot. The flatter ones meant for roasts may go a bit quicker because the soap will be spread out thinner on the heated surface. For my standard sized Crockpot, 4lbs takes about 50 min to cook.
  6. Turn crockpot off and Add Himalayan salt and stir well to ensure that it’s fully incorporated into your soap. (you will want to work quickly as soap will start to harden)
  7. Add essential oils of choice (or fragrance) for essential oils depending on the essential oil you are using it may take a whole lot for your soap to retain the essential oils scent. To create a candy cane soap I used spearmint and peppermint, it took 30 drops peppermint and 20 drops spearmint. Be sure to stir in well.
  8. Now time to add mica. when using powder mica I use a shot glass add 1/4 full of olive oil and 1-2 scoops mica, mix well. If you want one solid colored soap you may need to add more. There are many ways to add color. One of the simplest ways is to make a small hole in your soap while it’s still in your crockpot and pour in color, then take your spatula a swirl the color making a fairly random pattern. but you have to work quickly.
  9. Using a large spoon or your spatula, transfer the soap into your mold, tapping the mold down on the counter in between each scoop, so you don’t have air pockets in your soap.
  10. Allow your soap to sit in mold for 24 hours.
  11. After 24 hours you may remove from mold and cut, although I find that in the winter even here in AZ you may need to let it sit for another 48 hours once demolded. to allow for it to completely set.

 

XO
Faith

My Journey to Tone it Up

As I started my journey to a healthier me I tried a lot of different things. I got advice from just about everyone that included some very unhealthy tips as a way to weight loss. When I began I had no idea what I was doing, I just knew I needed to lose weight and regain my body back. I not only wanted to drop pounds and inches but I wanted to ditch diabetes and high blood pressure, I wanted to be able to walk up and down the stairs without being winded after the first 4 steps. How to get there was the question.

Thankfully my husband is a Marine, he is someone I trust with my life and knew would not lead me astray or in the wrong direction. He told me to start with calisthenics. My husband helped me get my start, pushing me when I wanted to quit after the first 5 sit-ups. When it came to food, he was just as helpless as I was in that department. Sure he knew to eat veggies and lots of them, he knew to have portion control, but for weight loss that was something he never had to do.

 
That didn’t stop many from giving me advice like don’t eat for three days and then eat what ever you want, drink only ginger lemon water and eat popcorn, drink and eat only things that have zero fat, if you get hungry chew the food but don’t swallow it, chew gum and trick your body that you are eating;  yes this was some of the food tips I received from friends and family.  None of these tips and tricks are healthy in fact they are down right unhealthy and dangerous. Then there was the advice on fitness, some of the tips were to run in Arizona summer heat of 110 and then some in a sauna suite, workout for 2 hours twice a day, and there was a huge push for cardio and lots of it.

I thought most of this sounded crazy to me, so I started with my husband’s advice for fitness. For food I started researching and became even more confused as to how to handle that . I decided to take a few college course’s on health and fitness.  In the mean time as I was learning I was still doing my calisthenics and was using my Wii fit. I had become aware of my food, so I cut out all fast food to start. I tried weight watchers, which didn’t work well for me not because it’s not a good program it is but it was not for me. I tried battle seeing a nutritionist and although I learned some things from her again it was not a fit for me. Pills, shakes, and soups diets just didn’t appeal to me. I wanted a lifestyle not a yo-yo diet. With a few health classes under my belt I began to make up my own workouts and gathering recipes from the internet, started subscribing to several health magazines, and found a happy medium. I was able to lose weight with changing my food and adding daily fitness but I was not satisfied; I wanted to learn more!

 
My first program I used was in 2013; Fighter Diet I love Pauline Nordin! Pauline is truly an amazing woman, from her I learned about the female body and how important greens and weights are. I didn’t stick with it though. In 2014 one day I saw something intriguing pop up on Facebook, Bikini Series Challenge. Here were these two girls who had a reality show on Bravo which I had never heard of before, I signed up it was free so why not is how I thought. From that first challenge in 2014 I was hooked. I found a fitness routine and plan that worked for me, I was excited to see what’s next and it was laid out every week for me. For almost a year I followed the Tone it Up workouts and tried the recipes they offer free on their site, but I wanted more so I became a member of Tone it Up. I love their nutrition plan and how it accommodates different restrictions; for me I am gluten-free and allergic to dairy, so my food options are limited at times however this is what I love about them. They offer me options that are delicious and nutritious without gluten or dairy. They are continually added new recipes and it makes healthy eating simple and affordable with so many options to choose from. Every Sunday they put out a free workout schedule and there are many challenges though the year. What I can’t say enough about is the community, it’s the support that I needed. Women all on the same journey to a healthy fit life. I may only know these women on-line but over the last two years now I am bonded with these ladies.

Honestly I have never felt better! I saw improvements in my body after beginning with Tone it Up, I toned up and gained confidence, strength, and endurance. My workouts now generally consist of running, HIIT, kettlebells, yoga, and fun! I work out at home, if you are looking for a fitness plan that combines healthy eating with a great support community I highly recommend checking out Tone it Up. There is a new challenge coming up to help start off the new year, it’s free and you can sigh up here Tone it Up Challenge

I post most of my fitness updates and do my challenge check-ins on Instagram  

I love my Tone it up Gear, I got this on Black Friday sale but there is still a current promotion going on, I do not now how long it will last but you can check it out here Tone it Up Nutrition Plan

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Tone it Up Black Friday Member Bundle

 

XOXO Faith

*I am not sponsored by Tone it Up or Fighter Diet. My advice is of my own experience.