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If you live in a rural area it can be an ordeal trekking to town just to buy personal care items. Even then, the stuff ain’t cheap! But who needs drugstore beauty products when you can make something healthier, cheaper, and more effective at home?

These are my two all-time favorite recipes for homemade chapstick and pomade. Best of all, they use almost identical ingredients. If you’re whipping up some chapstick, you might as well keep that double boiler out for some pomade too.

DIY Chapstick Recipe

I am a chapstick fiend. I have at least two tubes in my office, purse, and bathroom. Keep your lips hydrated with this simple recipe.

Ingredients

  • Equal parts beeswax, coconut oil, and shea butter
  • Peppermint essential oil
  • Chapstick tubes or lip balm jars (you can buy these in bulk on Amazon)
  • Double boiler

Directions

  • Set up your double boiler. Once it’s up to temperature, stir in your beeswax. Melt the beeswax completely.
  • Next, stir in your shea butter. Allow it to melt completely.
  • Last, stir in the coconut oil and allow to melt completely.
  • Give the mixture a good stir and remove it from heat. Sprinkle your peppermint essential oil into the mixture until it reaches your desired scent, about 10 – 20 drops.
  • Pour your chapstick mix into the tubes or jars. You may need a small funnel to make this easier. Remember to under-fill slightly. You don’t want spills!
  • Allow it to cool upright overnight.

DIY Pomade Recipe

My husband uses this pomade every morning. It’s the only thing that will tame his super curly hair. It’s also perfect for smoothing flyaway hairs and for updos.

Ingredients

  • Equal parts beeswax and coconut oil
  • Your desired essential oil
  • Double boiler

Directions

  • Melt the beeswax in your double boiler.
  • Next, incorporate the coconut oil. Allow it to melt completely.
  • Take the mixture off heat. Stir in your preferred essential oils. My husband likes tea tree and patchouli, while I prefer grapefruit.
  • Pour your pomade mix into a Mason jar. Let it set up overnight and store with an airtight lid.

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Growing Lush, Green Spinach

Rich in iron and vitamins A, B and C, spinach is an excellent addition to your diet and to your vegetable garden. This cold-hardy crop thrives in zones 3 – 9, and it’s best planted when the weather is still cool in the early spring or late winter. Follow these tips for a bountiful spinach harvest.

Planting and Germination
  • Always directly sow your spinach seeds outdoors, as they are hard to transplant. You can plant spinach very early in the spring, as soon as the top several inches of ground are thawed. Don’t worry if you receive some snow after planting; spinach can survive the cold.
  • Sow the seeds approximately ½ inch deep, and cover them very lightly with loose soil. Place seeds approximately 3 inches apart in a row.
  • If you practice square foot gardening, sow 16 seeds per square foot.
  • Spinach thrives in full to partial sun, so choose a location that receives plenty of sunlight.
  • Ensure that the soil in your planting area is well drained. Spinach does not tolerate flooded soils.
  • Make successive plantings every 2 weeks during the spring time. This ensures a continuous harvest of spinach throughout the late spring and early summer.
Care and Maintenance
  • Water your spinach regularly when rain is not adequate, but be careful not to flood the soil as this drowns spinach roots and kills the plants.
  • Only fertilize your spinach plants once during growing; wait until they are at least 3 inches tall to do so.
  • If you prefer conventional fertilizers, a standard 15-15-15 formula is a good choice. If you prefer organic methods, top dressing with manure or compost tea boosts spinach growth.

Harvest
  • There are two ways to harvest spinach. You can pluck individual leaves as the plant continues to grow, or you can wait until the spinach plant is larger and harvest the entire plant at one time.
  • If you choose to harvest individual leaves, pluck the outer leaves and leave the inner leaves behind to continue growing.
  • Harvest your spinach in late spring before the cool weather subsides. As soon as warm weather strikes, it bolts, or goes to seed, rather quickly. Spinach that has bolted has a bitter, less-appetizing flavor.

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