Red and yellow food dyes in particular cause terrible reactions for her not only physically but emotionally as well. Even worse, they are in EVERYTHING. Things that you would never thing of like clear hand soap, almost all frosting, chocolate pudding, canned biscuits and pickles. The list goes on and on.
Although we tried to eat healthy before we had to change the way we did things. We really learned to pay attention to ingredient labels. Unfortunately, it’s not always as simple as it seems many times they are disguised with clever names. Luckily, we have a shrewd little lady and she has learned to read labels right along with us. She is so great about asking for information and letting people know what she can and cannot have. In reality it has turned out to be a blessing. Who needs all of that nonsense anyway?!?
We have decided to say no to artificial dyes in foods and cosmetics! We have found there are many alternatives to the things she can’t have. We have even found many things we can make ourselves. This is a win-win as it counts as science for homeschool and we know she is getting an amazing all natural product. One of our new favorites is homemade lip balm. We have included the recipe below and hope you love it as much as we do!
Homemade lip balm ingredients
- 1 and 1/2 tablespoon natural beeswax
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon African Shea butter
- 2 tablespoon sweet almond oil
- 20 drops essential oil (we used orange and peppermint)
- small plastic containers (we ordered ours on Amazon)
- stickers to label.
- Bring water to a boil in a small pot on stove top
- In a glass measuring cup, mix coconut oil, sweet almond oil, African Shea butter, and beeswax
- Put the glass measuring cup inside the pot of boiling water and melt ingredients while stirring
- Remove from the heat and use about 20 drops of the essential oil and stir
- Pour into containers right away
- Refrigerate for a few hours