Independence Day-a day to celebrate the freedoms we enjoy and honor the memories of those who fought (and still fight) for those freedoms. We are so excited to celebrate this Independence Day Weekend with our neighbors to the North. With Canada Day (July 1) and Independence Day (July 4) comes lots of celebrating with friends and family, so let us help you cover the basics!

We love what Erma Bombeck said: “You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence…with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness.  You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.” 

From car shows and public restrooms rooms to family reunions and BBQs to fireworks, we’ve got you covered, here at Spark Naturals. One of the greatest freedoms we have is to be stewards of our own health. This Independence Day, let’s celebrate and exercise that F.R.E.E. right with these Independence Day “Essentials”.

 

Fight the Germs

When large groups of people get together there are bound to be germs. Handrails, bathrooms, door handles, people (via touch, sneezing, etc.), and food can all harbor unwanted germs. Try these remedies to limit your contact and their invasiveness!

 

 

Relax Outdoors

Sit too long in the sun swatting bugs? Relax with these helpful remedies.

 

IMG_5211Sunburn Relief Spray

1/2 C Aloe Vera Juice

1/8 C Fractionated Coconut Oil

1/2 tsp Vitamin E Oil

4 Drops Lavender

4 Drops Melaleuca

4 Drops Roman Chamomile

Combine in an 8-oz spray bottle; shake well. Spray onto sunburned skin and repeat when needed.

 

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Bug Be Gone Spray

1-oz Distilled or Purified Water

10-15 Drops Nature Outdoor Blend

Combine in an 1-oz spray bottle and shake well. Spray on body (and clothes), as needed.

BONUS: In a glass jar add herbs, citrus rinds, and 20 to 30 drops of Citronella EO (can substitute a few drops of EO for herbs/citrus) Top with hot water to help develop the scent. Float a candle at the top, light and  enjoy a bug-free night on the patio!

 

Enjoy Fabulous Food

Before you cook those veggie burgers and turkey dogs, be sure to clean the grill! Whether at home or at the park, a clean grill means better food. And be sure to try some new recipes along with your tried-and-true favs.

Grill Cleaner

1/4 C Baking Soda

2 TB Natural Dish Detergent

5 drops Lemon

Distilled White Vinegar

Combine baking soda, detergent, and Lemon EO in a small bowl. Slowly add vinegar until its and oily consistency. Brush onto your metal grill and allow to set for 20-30 minutes. Scrub off with a damp scouring pad or grill brush. Rinse with water and cook away!

Refreshing Lime Watermelon Spritz

Add 30 drops Lime Essential oil to a 1-oz glass spray bottle. Fill with water and shake. Just before serving, spritz on watermelon chunks and enjoy!

Embrace the Unexpected

Let’s face it-no matter how well we plan, unexpected things happen. Face them head-on with these simple DIY recipes and beat the “unexpected” at it’s own game!

IMG_5217Stain Stick

1/2 5-oz Bar Castille Soap

3 tsp Water

4 Drops Refresh Blend

Grate castille soap into a small sauce-pan with the water over low heat. Stir until completely melted. Allow to slightly cool and stir in Refresh Blend. Pour into a stain stick or deodorant container (mini deodorant stick pictured). Let set until completely cool before use.

IMG_0362Boo-Boo Spray

2 Drops Roman Chamomile

2 Drops Melaleuca

2 Drops Lavender

1 tsp Fractionated Coconut Oil

Mix in a 4-mL spray bottle and apply to scrapes and cuts as needed.

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Cooling Spray

4-6 oz Water

2 tsp Witch Hazel

8 Drops Peppermint 

2 Drops Lavender

Combine water and witch hazel in an 8oz spray bottle. Add essential oils and shake. Spray onto the back of neck and body as needed to cool down in the heat.