Recipe – Oat Milk

Before Christmas Eli began being sick everyday at around 1pm. (Sorry TMI!) He would literally empty himself and was then fine! This went on for a couple of weeks and we decided we needed to change something, so we changed his milk. He was on whole, cows milk, having 3, 250ml bottles a day. We put him on soya milk. There wasn’t a clear reason why we chose soya but we did. And it worked! The sick stopped 🙂 Yay!!
However, I then started to look into soya milk and decided I wasn’t happy with this choice for many reasons. After a lot of deliberation and research, we are happy with oat milk and I can make it myself! So I know exactly what is in it 🙂
We are making changes to his diet to make sure he is getting enough calcium and calories.
So here is my first batch of Oat Milk:

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To make you need:

100g Rolled Oats
1.5 litres of water

In a large bowl add the oats and water. Give it a good stir and then cover the bowl.
Leave the mixture to soak over night.
Once soaked, take a stick blender and blitz for a few minutes.
Strain the mix with a fine sieve/muslin or similar into a clean bowl/jug.
Now pour into a container (large jar or bottle, glass is preferable).
Will last about a week in the fridge.

Yields just over 1.5 litre.

Enjoy 🙂

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Coconut Oil Body Scrub

For awhile now I have been trying to reduce our chemical intake through beauty products. It is a slow process as I have been making new products as we run out of our shop bought items (can’t stand the thought of all that waste!)
One item I have been making and successfully using for some time now is my Coconut Oil Body Scrub. This scrub is amazing! It smells so lovely and has improved the condition of my skin quite drastically. (It tastes pretty good too) I had a red pimply rash on my upper arms which I hated. Since using this scrub it has nearly all gone.
Here it is:

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To make you need:
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil (unrefined)
1/4 cup olive oil
1tsp vitamin E oil

(Works with UK or US cup sizes)

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In a bowl mix together all of the ingredients. I don’t warm the coconut oil first, just use it solid and it mixes in very well. I have in the past warmed it first to make it liquid but I found that it separated from the rest of the mix as it returns to its solid state.
It will look all creamy and fluffy almost when combined. It can now go into a jar and is ready to use.

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Enjoy 🙂

Homemade…Natural…Peppermint Moisturising Lip Balm

After the success of the Coconut Hand cream I made the other day I have been looking forward to making the lip balm.

Here it is!

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To make you need:

1.5 tbls Cocoa Butter
1tbls + 1tsp Beeswax
1.5 tsp Vitamin E oil
2 tsp Olive Oil
1 tsp Honey
1/2 tsp Peppermint Essential Oil
Lip balm tubes or tins

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Melt the ingredients in a double boiler (I use a bowl over a pan of boiling water). The beeswax will take a little while the melt completely. Take off the heat and and add the essential oil. Give it a good mix together.
While still warm put the mix into your chosen container. I used lip balm tube sang found the easiest way to fill them was using a medicine syringe.

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Once filled leave them a few minutes and then top up as the mixture gets a well in the centre as it firms up. Once happy leave them to cool before using or putting the lid on.

You can play around with the consistency of this by adjusting the amount of beeswax. More wax makes a firmer lip balm and less wax makes a softer one. You can also change the essential oil to any other you like. I was just feeling a bit festive!

Homemade…Natural…Coconut Oil Hand Cream

OK, so here it is!! I waited until lunch time when Eli was asleep and I had to make it!

Now, before I show you the picture of the finished cream, please keep in mind I had no idea how much this was going to make to used a much to large a jar to store it in!

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To make this amazing Coconut Oil Hand Cream you will need:

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Put the 2 oils and the beeswax into the double boiler. Heat gently, stirring every now and again.

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The coconut oil will melt quickly but the beeswax takes a little while longer. (The almond oil is already liquid).

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Once the 3 ingredients are melted they will be a lovely yellow colour (if you used natural beeswax), now you can add the essential oils. Give it a good stir, take from the heat and pour into your chosen jar. Leave to cool completely before closing the lip of it will get condensation inside the jar.

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Now you can play around with the consistency of the cream by adjusting the amount of beeswax…more makes a firmer cream and less makes a looser cream.

It is a really nice hand cream, here’s hoping I might have nice hands over winter now…not all cracked and dry like normal!

I hope you enjoy making this as much as I did.

Recipe from http://frugalgranola.com/