Rise and shine smoothie
- 1 to 3 teaspoons fresh ginger root, washed, scraped, chopped (I used two.)
- 1-1/2 heaping cups frozen mango pieces (mine were from Trader Joe's)
- 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional but good)
- almond milk (about 1-1/2 cups)
- water (about 1/2 cup)
- Add the ginger root and mango to a VitaMix or other high-speed blender.
- Add enough almond milk to process, and thin to your preferred consistency with additional milk or water. (I used about 1-1/2 cups of milk and 1/2 cup of water, but your blender may want less or more. You may prefer your smoothie thicker or thinner.) Blend until creamy-smooth.
- You can add a few drops of liquid stevia or other sweetener of your choice if you prefer a sweeter smoothie, but I found it plenty sweet as is.
Read more about ginger, it's medicinal uses and contra-indications, here and here.
One recipe makes enough for several months, but if you're like me and make it late at night when you're too tired to remember ingredient quantities, you can easily make enough for at least half a year, though I don't recommend this. The deodorant stays hard when the room temperature is cool, but softens a bit as it gets warmer. In hot weather you could keep it in the refrigerator. I now have mine in four 2-ounce amber glass jars, three of which are in the fridge.
I had no problems with clothing stains while the deodorant was hard, but when it softened, I may have used too much, and I found oil stains on my favorite tee. This only happened with a light-colored tee. (They came out with a lot of washing, but I mean a LOT of washing.) The stuff smells fantastic, and I really love it so I'm going to give it another shot and pay more attention to how much I apply. It only takes a little to do the trick.
You can find the recipe here. I used half tea tree oil in my batch. Also, I let it harden in the refrigerator, and kept taking it out to stir it while it cooled, because the ingredients tend to separate if you don't.
Homemade deodorant (based on a recipe from Sonnet's Kitchen)
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 2 Tablespoons arrowroot powder (or corn starch)
- 5 teaspoons baking soda
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 10 drops tea tree oil
- Melt the coconut oil in a small pot over a low flame, or in a glass measuring cup in the microwave. If you use the microwave, set for 20 seconds at a time until liquified. (mine took two 20-second cycles)
- Add the corn starch and baking soda to the liquified oil and combine.
- Add the essential oils. Mix together thoroughly to remove any lumps.
- Transfer to a glass container or two small glass jars.
- The deodorant will solidify just fine on the counter top if the room is cool. To speed it up, or if the room is too warm, you can cool it in the refrigerator until solid, stirring every 20 minutes or so.