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Name one thing better than a hot, soothing bath in the winter. Go ahead. I’ll wait.

That’s right, you can’t! Hot baths are the best thing in the world, especially when you’ve been working hard and your skin is all dry and chapped from the winter air. And, if you don’t mind sacrificing a few bubbles, it’s incredibly easy to make your very own luxurious bath recipes at home.

Here are 10 items to keep in stock to throw into your next bath

Epsom salts: If your muscles are tense or sore, you must must must add some Epsom salts to your bath. You won’t regret it.

Baking soda: Baking soda soothes and detoxifies the skin. You probably have some in your cabinet already!

Oatmeal: You can use regular ground oats in your bathwater to soothe the skin. FOr extra impact, use colloidal oatmeal, which is great for beating itchy skin.

Honey: Honey is awesome for adding to most DIY beauty recipes — it benefits the skin, face and hair. It has antioxidants and it soothes and hydrates the skin.

Milk: That’s right, you can add regular ol’ milk to your bath. It gently exfoliates and softens the skin.

Oils: Gentle oils, like jojoba, will make your skin lovely and smooth. Essential oils like lavender are also useful for aromatherapy. You can tailor your oils to your own specific needs!

Dried herbs and tea: You can also just add certain dried plants to your bath. I t looks pretty, smells good and feels wonderful. Green tea tones the body, lavender calms and rose petals are moisturizing.

Alcohol: Wait, what?! Yes, apparently red wine and champagne are both useful bath ingredients. They’re full of antioxidants, so they reduce inflammation and prevent aging.

Bentonite clay: Bentonite clay is an ancient ingredient used to draw out toxins and other yuckiness from the skin. Add it to your bath if you’re looking to detox.

Ginger: Not only does ginger smell amazing, but it also helps treat itchy or irritated skin. If you’re not feeling well, adding some ginger to your bath will help clear you right up.

These ingredients are all affordable and easy to find. You can combine them any way you please, like your own personal bath witchery.

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Four Frugal Homesteading Tips

Homesteading isn’t the easiest job in the world, and it often comes with unexpected costs. To make the most of your homesteading efforts while guarding your finances, it’s important to put everything to use. Here are a few of my favorite tips for keeping homesteading easy on the wallet. Add yours in the comments!

Get outwheygeous

I’ve been making my own yogurt for several years. I like to strain the whey from my yogurt for a thicker, Greek style yogurt. But what to do with the strained whey? Don’t toss it! You can use whey as a substitute for water in bread recipes (hint: it also results in a nicer crumb structure and rise). Livestock like pigs adore snacking on whey and will eat it up.

Snout to tail

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you this, but if you raise animals for food, it’s so important to use every bit of the animal. It respects the animal’s sacrificed life and ensures you get the most bang for your buck. For example, all parts of a chicken, including the feet, beak, and feathers, can be repurposed.

Deep freeze

Canning and preserving are fantastic ways to enjoy your summer harvest all year round. But freezing is also a great option to preserve your food, particularly if you raise animals for meat. Invest in a high quality vacuum sealer to preserve your ham hocks for next Easter with zero problem. You don’t want to go through the trouble of raising an animal, only to have the meat ruined by freezer burn!

Think scrappy

Do you have vegetable scraps left over from making dinner? Great! Don’t throw them away. You can compost vegetable scraps, as well as feed them to chickens or turn them into homemade vegetable stock. Don’t let one carrot shaving go to waste; every cent matters on the homestead.

The bottom line

There are so many ways we can keep costs low when raising animals and plants on the homestead. Use these quick tips to rein in costs while enjoying the simple life!


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