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cleaning-productsWhen was the last time you took a good look at the ingredients in your favorite household and personal care products? Chances are they contain a host of toxic chemicals you probably can’t even pronounce. Over time, those chemicals can build up in your cells and tissues and put added stress on the organs and organ systems designed to filter and eliminate toxins from your body. This week, take a small but important step toward reducing your toxic burden by making your own home and body cleansing products using these five simple recipes. It’s an easy way to help clean up your external and internal environment!

For the Home:
All-Purpose Glass Cleaner
¼ cup white distilled vinegar
½ tsp. unscented natural liquid soap
2 cups water
25 drops pure lavender antiseptic essential oil

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake to blend. Spray on glass surface and wipe clean with a paper towel or newspaper.

Lavender Soft Scrubber
½ cup baking soda
1 cup unscented natural liquid soap
10 drops pure lavender antiseptic essential oil

Directions: Place baking soda in a small bowl. Slowly mix in liquid soap, stirring constantly until it is the consistency of frosting. Add lavender oil. Apply mixture directly onto sponge and use on sinks, countertops and other household surfaces.

Note: This mixture will start to harden rather quickly, so make only what you need. You may also add some pure vegetable glycerin to help the mixture stay softer longer. Place remaining cleanser in a jar and seal the lid tightly.

Lemon Floor Wash
¼ cup unscented natural liquid soap
½ cup lemon juice
½ cup white distilled vinegar
25 drops lemon essential oil
1 gallon water

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a large bucket. Mix until soapy. Mop or sponge to clean floor as normal, and rinse.

For the Body:
Citrus Sugar Scrub
2 cups white cane sugar
2 cups vegetable glycerin
1 tsp. vitamin C crystals
5 drops orange essential oil

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Massage gently over entire body and rinse well with warm water. Store remaining scrub in a glass jar and keep in a cool, dry place for up to two weeks.

Lavender Salt Glow
2 cups fine sea salt
4 cups almond oil
30 drops lavender essential oil

Directions: Place all ingredients in a wide-mouth jar; mix together. Wet entire body and massage onto skin. Rinse well and towel dry.

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Mothers, sisters, friends—this Sunday is a day to celebrate all the special moms in our lives, and what better way to do that than by serving up a healthful and delicious brunch straight from Brenda Watson’s Love Your Heart Eating Plan? Not only are these three dishes simple to make, but they incorporate some of the season’s freshest flavors for a mouthwatering treat. Enjoy!

veggie-pattiesSpring Veggie-Egg Patties
Serves 3
Ingredients:
1 zucchini
1 red bell pepper
½ medium onion, chopped
1 large egg
Salt and freshly ground pepper
3 tbsp. canola oil

Directions: Grate zucchini and bell pepper; dice onion. In a medium bowl, mix zucchini, bell pepper, onion and egg together; season with salt and pepper. Heat oil in medium skillet over medium heat. Form vegetable mixture into 2-inch balls and place in pan. Flatten balls with spatula and cook until lightly browned, about 6 to 8 minutes on each side. Serve hot.

Savory Turkey Sausage Patties
Serves 3
Ingredients:
1 lb. ground turkey
1 tsp. dried sage
½ tsp. fennel seeds
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ tsp. salt
Dash each of ground black pepper, ground cayenne, ground allspice

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Shape mixture into 2-inch patties; place on plate and cover with plastic. Refrigerate at least one hour. Heat large skillet over medium-high heat. Add patties; cook for 4 to 6 minutes on each side, until patties are cooked through. Serve hot.

Rise and Shine Non-oat Nutmeal
Serves 3
Ingredients:
¼ cup raw cashews
¼ cup walnut halves
¼ cup pecan halves
3 tbsp. ground flaxseed
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground ginger
1 large egg
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tbsp. almond butter
1 tsp. butter-like spread
Handful of fresh blackberries

Directions: Combine nuts, flaxseed, cinnamon and ginger in a food processor or blender; process until nuts are coarsely ground. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg, almond milk and almond butter. Stir the ground nuts into the egg mixture. Transfer to a medium saucepan, place over medium heat and cook, stirring frequently until it reaches your desired consistency (about 5 minutes). Divide into three servings; top with butter-like spread and blackberries.

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