About ParkerMama

Tammy is a mom to 6 wonderful kids, including Parker, who came with an extra chromosome! She is passionate about special needs advocacy, living within her means, and preparing for an uncertain future. Tammy's main blog is Praying For Parker. Make sure to visit her there as well!

Simple DIY Facial Toner With Essential Oils

A simple DIY  facial toner needs to  be in everyone’s  skin care regimen.   Because you don’t want chemicals in your skin care, we use only truly natural ingredients in this recipe.  Our simple, make your own recipe, not only works, it saves money too!  Woot!

Simple DIY Facial Toner With Essential Oils

Why You Need An All Natural DIY Facial Toner With Essential Oils

A good quality  toner helps to restore natural skin pH. Facial toners can also help shrink pores and balance oil production.

When used under makeup, toners can provide a protective barrier on the skin to prevent impurities from makeup and pollutants in the air from penetrating  the skin.

Simple DIY Facial Toner Ingredients

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2 Ounce Spray Bottle  I love these blue spray bottles!  So pretty!

2 Ounces Witch hazel  This is my favorite brand of Witch Hazel.

1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E

3 drops Young Living Cypress Essential Oil

3 drops Young Living Geranium Essential Oil

2 drops Young Living Frankincense Essential Oil (optional)

3 drops Young Living Tea Tree Essential Oil (optional)

Here’s how you can order Young Living essential oils.

How To Make Our Homemade Facial Toner

Fill 2 ounce bottle with Witch Hazel, and then add essential oils and vitamin E.  I use *affiliate link a small metal funnel to make things easier.   Shake well before use.  That’s it!  Pretty easy, eh?   Told ya so!

Pro Tip: During the summer I LOVE to put my Simple DIY Facial toner in the fridge. Then, when I come in from spending time in the garden, or working out, I grab my chilled toner, spritz and refresh!  That’s on of my favorite Summer tips!

Here Are a Few Other Essential Oil Posts I Think You Will Like:

Embossed Soap Making Tutorial

Lavender Charcoal Soap DIY Homemade Soap Recipe

How To Make Your Own Manuka Honey 

Frugal Laundry Hacks: Wool Dryer Balls

PS: Here’s how you can order Young Living Essential Oils!

Easy Homemade Nut Milk Recipe

Commercial almond  milk has become a mainstay on grocery store shelves.  While  I bought it for a while, once you start making your own, you never go back.  Homemade nut milk doesn’t come with unnecessary additives known to mess with your gut.  Plus, making your own nut milk allows you to add your own choice of sweeteners if desired.  Let’s get started, shall we?

Easy Homemade Nut Milk Recipe

How Hard Is It To Make Nut Milk?

Homemade nut milk is super quick and easy.  It can also be a bit messy, but, that’s the price of this homemade goodness.

Soaking Your Nuts

Soak your nuts overnight the day before you want to make nut milk.  Soaking does a few things, including making it easier to blend the nuts and reducing the level of phytates – the plant enzyme inhibitor that stops the nuts sprouting without water, soil or sunlight.  Soaking nuts is sometimes called ‘activating nuts’ and makes them easier to digest too.

Pro Tip:  Storing your nuts in wide mouth mason jars that have been vacuum sealed with a Food Saver will keep them fresh for years.

Nut Bag for making Homemade Nut Milk

Straining Your Nut Milk

Strain your nut milk with a *this post contains affiliate links nut milk bag or cheese cloth.  I prefer a nut milk bag as I can toss it into the washing machine and reuse it for years.

If you are making cashew or pistachio milks, you won’t even need to strain them.  These milks can blend until completely smooth.

Sweeten Your Nut Milk

Another great thing about making your own nut milk is that you can choose your own sweetener, or leave it plain.  I love to use crushed vanilla beans, vanilla bean paste, dates, vanilla powder, raw honey, maple syrup, and brown rice syrup.

Equipment and nuts for making homemade nut butter.

Nut To Water Ratio for Homemade Nut Milk

Because you are making your own, you can choose how rich you would like your nut milk to be.  If you are making smoothies, wanting less calories or wanting to stretch your dollar use less nuts and more water.  If you are using your milk for coffee or ice cream, use less water and more milk.

Homemade Nut Milk Recipe

I use this recipe for almond, hazelnut, cashew, pistachio, and walnut milk.

1 Cup nuts of choice
4 Cups water

Drain and rinse the nuts you have been soaking.  Place well rinsed nuts into a high speed blender with 4 cups of water.  Blend them until they create a creamy milk.  I have a Vitamix and I go for about 2 minutes.  If you have a less powerful blender, you’ll need to blend longer.

Over a bowl, or large 8 cup Pyrex measuring cup, strain the contents of the blender through a nut milk bag or cheese cloth.  Also,  you could even use a leg from an old (but clean) pair of nylon stockings.  Then, using your hands, squeeze out as much liquid as you can.

Return the liquid (milk) back to your blender after having rinsed the blender clean.  Finally, add the sweetner of your choice, blend again until combined.

Pro Tip: Want to take your nut milk recipe to a higher standard?  I love Melissa King’s book DIY Nut Milks, Nut Butters and More:  From Almonds to Walnuts.   Melissa shares yummy recipes that can’t be found anywhere else!  Check it out.  I think you’ll enjoy it as much as I have.

What To Do With The Nut Pulp?

Take the nut pulp left in your milk bag and use it to make homemade hummus, dips or nut cheese.  You can spread out the nut pulp onto a parchment lined baking sheet and dry it in a 222 degree oven for 2 hours or until completely dry.  Use the dried nut pulp in oatmeal, granola or in baking.  Or, you can freeze the nut pulp for later use.

What do you make rather than buy from the grocery store to save money?   Have you even made homemade nut milk?

DIY Manuka Honey Recipe For Preppers

Manuka Honey is gaining in popularity today.  Unfortunately, it’s expensive.  Really expensive.   This DIY Manuka Honey Recipe is a homemade alternative I use and enjoy.

Properties of Manuka Essential Oil

Steam distilled from the leaves and stems of the plant, Manuka oil has a woodsy, slightly sweet scent. Manuka essential oil can be compared to Tea Tree essential oil, as Manuka oil benefits the skin in a similar way. 
The benefits of raw honey in our DIY Manuka Honey Recipe


DIY Manuka Honey Recipe Ingredients

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* Raw Honey  Preferably organic.

* Young Living Manuka Essential Oil

* A tight fitting lidded glass jar. I really like these jars to store my Manuka Honey Recipe in.  I love the labels and pen they come with.

DIY Manuka Honey Recipe

Pro Tip: New to Essential Oils?  We’ve put together a way to help you learn about essential oils for prepping. 

Steps To Make  DIY Manuka Honey Recipe

In a 4 ounce glass jar combine 4 ounces of honey with 8 drops of Manuka Essential Oil and stir.  Keep tightly covered.

Lookie there!  You’ve just saved yourself a LOT of money!

Pro Tip: Let Me Show You How To Order Young Living Essential Oils, AND save $25.00!

A Word Of Caution!

Unlike the store bought Manuka Honey, our DIY Manuka Honey Recipe is meant for TOPICAL USE ONLY! 

No Time For A DIY Manuka Honey Recipe?

Life’s busy. Sometimes a little bit of convenience is worth the cost. Have no fear! Manuka Honey is available for purchase. It comes in different UMF Levels of UMF 5+ (Authentic)UMF 10+ (Premium)UMF 15+ (Super Premium) and UMF 20+ (Ultra Premium).

PRO TIP: The higher the UMF rating, the stronger the taste of the Manuka Honey. If you plan on using this brand internally, you’ve been forewarned.

Medical Grade Honey

Looking for other types of honey for your Emergency Preparedness and Prepping needs? We’ve done the research on Medical Grade Honey for you!

How do you use honey for prepping and self reliance?

Pro Tip: Essential Oils aren’t just for honey!  We’ve got a couple of fabulous soap recipes using Essential Oils just for you!  Check out our Embossed Soap Making Tutorial and  our DIY Lavender Charcoal Soap Recipe. 

Benefits of Medical Grade Honey for Preppers

Honey has been used in wound care for centuries, all the way back to the ancient Egyptians.  Today, people  swarm to Medical Grade Honey for it’s healing properties.

What Is Medical Grade Honey?

Made from New Zealand’s Manuka honey (Leptospermum species), *this post contains affiliate links MediHoney contains  Methylglyoxal, a unique ingredient that provides it’s strong antibiotic benefits.

Interestingly,  pH content of Medical Honey is  more acidic than any other honey, which means much faster wound healing.

 Medical Grade Honey for Emergency Preparedness

Proof.  I Want Proof Medical Honey Works

There are over 234 pieces of evidence to MediHoney’s ability not only to heal wounds, but to heal them faster.  (source)

Medical Honey and Emergency Preparedness

MediaHoney is the perfect addition to medical kits to use when with diabetic ulcers, open wounds, scrapes and burns.  Toss a tube of it into your 72 Hour Kits and Emergency Kits too.

Interested in learning how Activate Charcoal can get your through a tough stomach virus?  We’ve done all the research for you.

How To Use MediHoney

Use MediHoney in paste or gel form like any other wound cream.  Derma Sciences also offers dressings for shallow wounds.

G-Tubes and Excema

One way I use Medical Honey is around my son’s g-tube site.  This miracle honey helps with skin breakdown as well as protecting against inflammation.

Then we have my son’s Remicade treatments causing eczema flares, and this stuff works wonders on eczema.   No kidding.

So.  Medical Grade Honey Is Expensive.

There’s no doubt that Medical Grade Honey comes with a bit of a price tag. While it’s worth the price, I understand the word ‘budget’, too.  Boy do I ever.  So much so that I wrote about how I make my own version of medical grade honey in my post about my DIY Manuka Honey Recipe

What is one thing that you refuse to go without, despite the cost?