Women’s Hormone Balancing Mineral Deodorant

*Women* Make your own all natural, mineral deodorant that will help balance your hormones.

SO…

…I’m sorta obsessed with making my own deodorant — may I present you the evidence ::

AND…

…I’m super passionate about women’s health — read more here ::

THEN…

…the thought entered my mind, why not combine the two!?!

Well I did! And to say it’s the most amazing deodorant for women EVER…is a pretty accurate description.

What’s In It?

So…while building a foundation with skin-loving ingredients known for their anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal properties (sesame oil)…and, working to incorporate minerals that do the same (zinc oxide + calcium carbonate)…then, merging them all with essential oils proven to provide hormonal balance for women…I knew I was on to something incredible.

Not to mention, what a wonderful place to apply this creation for maximum absorption + benefit…right over the lymph nodes under our arms and near our breasts!

Just look at the properties imparted for our health by the essential oils alone ::

  • Clary Sage Essential Oil — known as a nerve tonic with its ability to calm and balance the spirit — has a sedating effect. Additionally, since the Middle Ages, it has been used to treat female complaints such as: abdominal cramps, dysmenorrhea, emotional stress, endometriosis, hormonal imbalance, hot flashes, infertility, PMS, postpartum depression, irregular cycles, and pre-menopause.
  • Basil Essential Oil — is anticatarrhal, antidepressant, energizing, and restorative. Commonly used in the treatment of amenorrhea, chronic fatigue, abdominal cramps, infertility, lactation (increase milk production), mental fatigue, migraines, and ovarian cyst
  • Bergamot Essential Oil — among its many benefits, for women specifically, this oil is used primarily for depression, anxiety, emotional stress, physical energy, physical stress, and PMS
  • Ylang Ylang Essential Oil — has influence over sexual energy and enhances relationships. It may also help to stimulate the adrenal glands.
  • Cypress Essential Oil — common primary uses include dysmenorrhea, endometriosis, menopause, menorrhagia, fatigue, and environmental stress.
  • Geranium Essential Oil — historically women found this oil useful for a variety of inflammations, heavy menstrual flow, hormonal imbalances, depression, and possibly even cancer (folklore).

Above information obtained, and quoted from, Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils (The NEW 5th Edition)

All I’m trying to say is…

…I’m totally diggin’ this deodorant.

To date, it’s my personal fave!

Ready for the recipe!

Women’s Hormone Balancing Deodorant

Base Ingredients
*It is super important here to choose as many organic ingredients as possible. I have linked to the products I use personally for this recipe. 

Mineral Ingredients
*Not all of the following ingredients are minerals…but you get the idea (smile).

Essential Oils 

For the purest value available, choose the superior organic or wildharvested oils from Mountain Rose Herbs…this is the brand I trust to provide the ultimate in health + safety for myself, my family, and my friends. 

Method
*A kitchen scale is required to appropriately follow this recipe. This is the one I keep in my kitchen and LOVE.

  1. In a small pot or sauce pan, melt kokum butter, sesame seed oil, shea butter, and beeswax over low heat.
  2. Remove pot from heat, then add all of the mineral ingredients.
  3. Whisk with a small wire whisk until all powders are dissolved and well combined.
  4. Add vitamin E oil and essential oils at this time.
  5. Pour mixture into clean, used deodorant container OR you can purchase and use these new deodorant containers. This deodorant is shelf-stable and may be stored on counter for up to a year.

Use as you would conventional deodorant.

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Unique Gift Ideas for the Hippie + Free Spirit in Your Life

Unique gift ideas for the hippie + free spirit in your life

With the Holiday season suddenly upon us, I was thinking…

…perhaps you’d want to purchase gifts for your hippie, free-spirited, borderline eccentric friends, and just perhaps — you’d appreciate a few ideas to get you headed in the right direction.

It’s vitally important to remember a few things before we get to it.

Finding the right gift for a hippie during the season of peace + love mirrors the foundation of the movement itself.  You have to really think outside of the “Big Box” and remember…there’s no judgement. Meaningful, heart-felt gifts are the most coveted and cherished.

In general, most hippies and free-spirits denounce capitalist culture.

Therefore, the gifts you give should be given with a thoughtful, pure, and loving intention.

The following are spot-on, wonderful gifts that I have either given or received throughout the years.

I hope they spark your creativity and bless the recipient!

Unique Gift Ideas for the Hippie in Your Life

Himalayan Salt Lamps
$15-$20

 

Mountain Rose tea-to-go tea glass infuser

Tea-To-Go Tea Glass Infuser
$25

 

magic carpet yoga mats

Magic Carpet Yoga Mats
$89

Glass Mason Jars
(you seriously can never have enough…and these blue ones are so awesome)
$10

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Acvtivist Stickers
$1

 

body brush

 

Natural Fiber Body Brush
$7

amethyst cluster by roots + reverie on etsyAmethyst Crystal Cluster 
$13



Tapestries
$25-$35

classic_teapot-product_1x-1403631878A super cool Teapot
$30-$99

 


Backpack (a great gift for a hippie dude)
$50-$98

 

Showerhead Filter
$30

 

nebulizer-product_1x-1403633017Essential Oil Diffuser
$17-$55

 

herbal_smoking_blend-product_1x-1403642491Herbal Smoking Blend
$6

Books, such as ::

Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche
Women Who Run with the Wolves
The Power of Timing: Living in Harmony with Natural and Lunar Cycles
Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book)
The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See

Handmade Items, such as ::

Homemade Moisturizing Winter Lotion
Naturally Tinted Lip Balm
Homemade Winter Solstice Incense Cones
Homemade Dream Pillows

Happy Holidays to All!

 

How to Make Your Own Acne Spot Treatment Cream :: Homemade, Toxin Free, Chemical Free Zit Cream

How to make your own acne spot treatment cream

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Whiteheads.
Blackheads.

Pimples.
Cysts.

Oh the physical + emotional agonies caused by acne!

While what we know regarding the science of acne — that it is caused by a buildup of bacteria and dead cells in/on the skin — there are several key factors that have a direct effect on the health of our skin. These primary factors include ::

  • overproduction of oil
  • irregular shedding of dead skin
  • hormones
  • medications
  • allergens
  • diet

My personal struggle with acne began as a teenager, and continued right up to the birth of my oldest daughter. It was just after her birth, that my journey into natural health + herbalism began. Coincidentally, my overall well-being — spiritual, physical, + mental — improved and a multitude of disparities began to resolve.

Acne being one of them!

I can’t really say exactly the ONE thing that was the end-all-be-all remedy. Rather, it had more to do with dramatic changes in the way I ::

  • ate (clean, local, homegrown)
  • washed my clothes + skin (homemade bar soap + laundry soap)
  • remedied illness (herbs…and lots of them)
  • cleaned my home (naturally + homemade cleaners)
  • aligned my life with the rhythms of nature (i.e. learning the benefits of cycling with the moon)

Learn more :: Click here to learn how to make your own Herbal Acne Treatment Bar Soap OR Click here to purchase the most amazing handmade Herbal Blemish Bar Soap via Roots + Reverie on Etsy.

My life today is certainly a far cry from how it was then.

I’m thankful, not only for myself, but for my family of course.

Nonetheless, although I have created a home that acts as a sanctuary from conventionalism…it is by no means above it.

Today, my oldest daughter — my first ever motivator for natural health — has reached the teenage years. And while we as a family are a bazillion times more toxin-free than my childhood home…we’re by no means above it.

Learn more :: How to Balance Hormones Naturally

Now don’t get me wrong, her skin is incredibly more clear than mine ever was at her age!!! Like…I’m super jealous;)

But occasionally, she has a pimple, and recently asked for “zit cream” (she sites the fact that “all of my friends have it”).

So…to the kitchen I went! And what was created is better than I could have ever hoped for! All of the ingredients used have extraordinary acne-fighting properties and the ability to reduce inflammation and bacteria. And the result have been amazing! So amazing, I have to share with you the recipe in hopes that this information will be a blessing to you!

Acne Spot Treatment Cream

Base Ingredients
*It is super important here to choose as many organic ingredients as possible. I have linked to the products I use personally for this recipe. 

Powder Ingredients

Essential Oils

Method
*A kitchen scale is required to appropriately follow this recipe. This is the one I keep in my kitchen and LOVE.

  1. Using a kitchen scale, weigh all ingredients separately.
  2. In a small sauce pan, combine the oil, liquid of choice, emulsifying wax, stearic acid, and citric acid.
  3. Heat mixture on the stove over low heat, until the mixture is well combined and completely melted. Stir frequently.
  4. Remove from stove.
  5. Using an immersion blender (or a wire whisk), stir intermittently until slightly cooled.
  6. Add in raw honey, rosemary antioxidant (extract), vitamin E oil, the powder ingredients, and the essential oils.
  7. Continue blending or whisking until mixture has cooled and is creamy.
  8. Pour into storage containers (My personal favorite — the way I keep it for my daughter — is to use these super awesome 1.25 oz GoToob’s)

To Use

Apply a thin layer of cream in the evening, directly to the affected area, after cleansing (This is the only facial bar we use…yes, I still have oily skin). May apply as a spot treatment under makeup.

Here’s to clear skin!

A Simple Homemade Unscented Carrier Lotion

A super simple recipe for homemade unscented carrier lotion for use with essential oils

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I’m absolutely in love with my recipe for Winter Lotion!

But there are those times I’d like to shake it up a bit by using essential oils for a variety of purposes.

My solution…

…unscented lotion.

Today I whipped up a batch of this unscented lotion to keep on my bathroom counter for use with essential oils. This lotion is super great! Instead of making several different batches of lotion — more lotion than I could ever use in a reasonable amount of time — each containing different essential oils…I now have a all-purpose lotion that I can customize with each use!

Unscented Carrier Lotion

Ingredients
*Choose only organic ingredients. I have linked directly to the ingredients I personally use and recommend.

Method

  1. Using a kitchen scale, weigh all ingredients.
  2. In a small sauce pan, combine the oil, liquid of choice, glycerin (or honey), emulsifying wax, stearic acid, and citric acid.
  3. Heat mixture on the stove over low heat, until the mixture is well combined and completely melted. Stir frequently.
  4. Remove from stove.
  5. Using an immersion blender (or a wire whisk), stir intermittently until cool, creamy, and thick.
  6. Add in rosemary antioxidant (extract), and vitamin E oil if using.
  7. Stir well.
  8. Pour into storage jars (I use these).

To Use

Scoop lotion into your hand, use as is (this is a wonderful lotion for sensitive skin) or add a few drops (2-3) of desired essential oils, apply to skin.

Please remember :: Making lotion at home in your kitchen requires the utmost in cleanliness in order to inhibit bacterial growth and prevent mold. This is why it is very important to use aloe vera gel, hydrosols, or filtered/distilled water in the recipe. Likewise, please be sure to use thoroughly cleaned utensils, pans, bowls, and counter surfaces throughout the process.

This lotion should last 4-6 month on the counter. There is no need for refrigeration. However, if you see mold growing, toss it out. Tip :: If you use more than one jar/container feel free to store them in the fridge until you’re ready to use them. And just so you know, I’ve never had any mold grow in mine — ever.

DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my knowledge-sharing/writing/blogging activities, I occasionally may receive monetary compensation for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this article. However, I only recommend products or services I have personally used myself and trust.

Oiling in the Shower :: How To + Benefits of Using Essential Oils in the Shower

Tips for using essential oils in the shower

I’ve recently purposed to begin my days — every morning — with a deeper connection to the plant world!

And I want to share with you how I’m accomplishing that goal…

…oiling in the shower!

Applying essential oils to the skin while showering is an extremely effective way to reap the therapeutic benefits of herbal aromatherapy.

Not mention…

…it’s super easy!

Most of us are aware of the common essential oils that can be used and applied to the skin directly from the bottle (without dilution in a base/carrier oil). It’s only these oils that I ever use on wet skin. And to be honest, ever since oiling in the shower has become a ritual for me…I truly believe this sort of casual use of essential oils may be the most beneficial to my health!

And by that I mean, applying essential oils in this manner has more of a gentle, playful, prevention, immuno-maintenance characteristic — rather than medicinal.

Method for Oiling in the Shower

Requirements :: 5-20 drops essential oils

Here’s my method for using essential oils in the shower ::
*This method I learned from The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils

  1. Turn off the shower after washing your hair + skin.
  2. Begin application of oils to wet skin. Please note :: If you have never done this before, start with just a couple (2) drops behind each knee and then work the oil upward. Only when you are 100% confident that an oil is well tolerated (and does not cause any signs/symptoms of sensitivity), increase to the usage amount given below.  
  3. Let’s start with the feet! Apply 1 drop to each the top + soles.
  4. Continue upward on the shin and calf by putting 1 drop just outside the shin just below the knee.
  5. Then 1 drop each over the lymph nodes — both left + right — in the groin area.
  6. Then 1-2 drops are put over the solar plexus, over the liver, and 2-5 drops over the abdomen and chest. Please note :: When I use an oil associated with women’s health + my moon time — i.e. clary sage — I like to take time to focus on the application over the uterus and ovaries.
  7. Apply 1-2 drops over the lymph nodes under the arms and 1-2 drops on the throat area.
  8. If you like the way the oil feels on your skin, you can make a quick sweep over your face. *Don’t apply another drop, simply use the oil already on your hands. 
  9. Breathe deeply.
  10. Turn the shower back on and give the body a quick rinse.
  11. Take caution when exiting the shower, gently towel skin by patting dry.

Please note :: Applying essential oils to wet skin allows for greater, more immediate, absorption into the fatty skin tissue. Little to no reminiscent oil film will remain after rinsing + toweling off. 

Essential Oils for the Shower

So how do we know what oil to use in the shower?

The most meaningful + appropriate answer to that question is…

…learn to trust your intuition!

It’s not necessary that we always have a specific reason or symptom to treat when using oils in the shower. Do you know what I do?!? Most mornings, I look at the oils I have available to me, and I choose the one that feels the most attractive…the one I’m drawn to for that day.

With that said, lavender is probably one of the best oils for the beginner. It’s super mild and has fewer known sensitivities. So if you’re a novice essential oil user…I’d say start with an oil like lavender. And for the more experienced user, the following are some examples of the oils I use regularly ::

For the purest value available, choose the superior organic or wildharvested oils from Mountain Rose Herbs or dōTERRA™ essential oils…these are the brands I trust to provide the ultimate in health + safety for myself, my family, and my friends. 

  • Lavender — Purifying, balancing, and soothing. It provides remedy in difficult times and helps to release bottled up negative emotions. It can reduce stress and aid in peaceful sleep. I like to use it when I want a calm, relaxed, and healing vibe.
  • Bay Laurel — Stimulating, lymph-moving, general tonic. Wow! Do I love this oil! The feeling after a shower with bay laurel is incredible! Note :: Bay Laurel can cause sensitivity if used for longer than 7 consecutive days. Easy does it! 
  • Clary Sage + Geranium — Balancing, relaxing, nurturing. There are no better oils for women’s health than clary sage and geranium. These two are by far a couple of my favorite oils for the shower. With the ability to level the emotions, lift depression, and balance hormones…they are appropriately classified as the “feelgood” oils.
  • Sandalwood — For thousands of years sandalwood has been known for it’s ability to soothe anxiety + insomnia, assist in inducing a meditative state + calm, and helps us to release the past. A great oil to use in the evening shower.
  • Citrus oils of Lemon, Grapefruit, and Orange — Lift Your Spirits!!! Excellent for the morning shower, and perfect when you need to deal with stress but also need to keep alert + stimulated.
  • Ylang Ylang — Soothing, calming, aphrodisiac. Perfect for those times involving love + intimacy!!! Partner shower massage anyone!
  • Ravensara — A friend in need if you want to keep yourself free from infection + illness. I use this oil in the shower when I want to avoid catching a cold when other people in my home are already sick.
  • Cypress, Eucalyptus radiata, Niaouli, Rosemary, and Thyme — Cleansing, immuno-boost, decongestant. These oils are my go-to’s for any type of sinus or cold/flu concerns. Thyme is especially wonderful for use in the shower if candida is a concern.

How Often Should I Apply?

Just as choosing an oil for use should be guided with intuition…

…so should it’s frequency of use.

Forgetting or simply not using essential oils everyday in the shower — to me — is a sign that my body is content.

Yet there are those days I can’t wait for the shower!

There’s no need for rigor here.

In fact, and on/off approach is better for our body’s immune system — rather than continuous, daily application.

So tell us…do you use essential oils in the shower? If so which ones!?!

Questions? Feel free to ask in the comments!

Note: Excessive use of essential oil on the skin can lead to certain sensitivities and irritations. Discontinue use immediately if problems start to develop. And seek medical attention.Naturally the results will be different for everyone. This is by no means a cure-all. I’m just happy to share with you my experience with these plants and/or oils. Please use conventional wisdom and consult with your medical professional prior to using this or any other herbal remedy. And as we know all too well the FDA doesn’t like any type of claim…therefore, take it for what it is, and remember, this information is purely educational in its purpose.

DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my knowledge-sharing/writing/blogging activities, I occasionally may receive monetary compensation for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this article. However, I only recommend products or services I have personally used myself and trust.

Winter + Yule Essential Oil Diffuser Blend

winter + yule essential oil diffuser blend

Winter is such a wonderful time to allow for the aromatic benefits of essential oils to bless our lives.

A time…

…to cleanse and freshen the air within our homes — often shut tight against the colder weather.

Not to mention, the emotions induced by seasonal scents…ones that remind us of all those warm + joyous moments.

I say, the people of ancient times were the wiser.

They were known to bring cut branches of evergreens — those such as fir, mistletoe, pine, and juniper — inside to release their intoxicating aromas. This practice was common during the time leading up to, and around, the Winter Solstice — when the days grow shorter and the nights grow longer.

It is during the Winter when our longing for the light and life of warmer days grows.

The recipe given below, is a fairly simple blend of essential oils I’ve designed to evoke a sense of celebration, life, and renewal — one given through the scents most commonly associated with the Winter Solstice, Yule, and the entire holiday season.

Setting Your Intention

I encourage you, as you prepare a batch of this diffuser blend, visualize what it must have been like for those before us…

…as our ancestors stood witness to the rise of the sun on the day of the Winter Solstice — I think about the intensity of cold they must have experienced — with only the flames of a small fire to warm them — and oh the relief that manifests’ at the rebirth of the sun!!!

Diffuse this blend in your home to aid in celebration of the season through protection, blessing (love), meditation (peace), and cleansing.

Winter + Yule Essential Oil Diffuser Blend

Ingredients
*For the highest medicinal value available choose dōTERRA™ essential oils or the organic oils from Mountain Rose Herbs…these are the brands I trust to provide the ultimate in health + safety for myself, my family, my friends, and my home. 

  • 4 drops pine essential oil
  • 3 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 2 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 2 drops cypress essential oil
  • 2 drops juniper essential oil
  • 1 drop clove essential oil

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online from Mountain Rose Herbs.

To use

Add each of the essential oils in a small glass bottle (I love these Amber Glass Bottles with Reducer) and invert the bottle gently a few times to blend. Note :: I like to make a decent-sized batch to last several uses.

Date + label the bottle.

Diffuse as directed by your essential oil diffuser. Note :: I add my oil blend — 15-20 drops — directly into my nebulizing diffuser (a diffuser that I absolutely LOVE).

DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my knowledge-sharing/writing/blogging activities, I occasionally may receive monetary compensation for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this article. However, I only recommend products or services I have personally used myself and trust.

The Herbarium :: For a Deeper Connection to Plants + Like-Minded Others

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Your Virtual and Vibrant Collection of Herbal Resources. 

“We are herbalists, a spirited group of individuals from all walks of life, joined together by our gratitude for nature and our desire to live and heal with plants.

Along our herbal journey, we have grown closer to the earth and closer to the fellow beings whom it sustains. We have learned and continue to learn how even the smallest, seemingly insignificant plant has value. Real valueto its ecosystem and to us.

This connection that we share, this knowledge that we have gained, and all that we have yet to learn

these are the roots of The Herbarium.”
-The Herbal Academy of New England

The fine folks at The Herbal Academy of New England (HANE) have done it again!

And I am beyond thrilled to introduce you to the most AMAZING opportunity!!!

As lovers of plant medicine, we all know the study and practical use of herbs is a life-long journey.

The Herbarium is a dynamic membership site offering a rich collection of herbal resources to aid in that journey.

The Herbal Academy of New England (HANE) has drawn upon the concept of the traditional herbarium — a collection of dried plants preserved for reference purposes — expanded it, and taken it digital to create a vibrant and thoughtful collection of herbal resources for members.   

As part of The Herbarium community, you will have all of these resources right at your fingertips, enriching your herbalism practice.

The Herbarium offers self-directed herbal education for students who wish to continue their studies beyond the HANE online courses…

…and for readers who wish to expand upon their knowledge or are just dipping their toes in.

Features of The Herbarium

  • MONOGRAPHS — An ever-growing database including detailed medicinal uses of each plant, beautiful images and botanical prints, quick facts, and scientific research and articles for further reading. By combining traditional herbal wisdom, hands-on experience, and modern scientific research, the monograph collection includes some of the most complete information to date.
  • LIBRARY — An ever-expanding collection of in-depth herbal resources including articles, presentations, videos, and podcasts from some of the most brilliant herbal minds from across the globe.
  • MEDIA — Here you will find convenient access to downloadable and printable charts and graphs as well as ebooks on various herbal topics. These are valuable tools for the herbalist!
  • HANDPICKED BY HANE — Looking for even more resources? Members will find a compilation of handpicked books and reviews on some of the best herbal works.
  • MEMBER PERKS — As a member, you will receive 10% off all online programs and local workshops. All ebooks sold online will be offered FREE to you in our membership program.
  • HIDDEN GEMS — Interaction is not required but we’ve got plenty of ways to get involved. Answer a poll and vote on which herb you’d like to see featured in the next monograph! Plus, keep your eye out for bonus videos found in monographs and articles. These treasured tips are worth every penny!
  • COMMUNITY — (My personal fave!) Connect with one another, discuss site content, and share recipes and remedies in The Herbarium forum.

THE HERBARIUM IS FOR EVERYONE!

So whether you:

  • Don’t have the time OR money to study in an in-person herbal program
  • Reached an end to your formal herbal studies
  • Can’t find an organized place to study herbs in-depth
  • Or just want to learn more!

Membership is for you!

From beginner to seasoned herbalist, the information inside The Herbarium walls will enrich and inspire your herbal studies. Whether you are new to herbalism or have been studying for many years, the tools you will find here will both help you begin your studies AND make them rich.

Each section of the website will be growing with you, so start from the beginning and learn with all of us — as we all share and build our collection of herbal resources.

Learning is not meant to be journeyed alone.

Let’s walk this path together!

BECOME A MEMBER

Members will receive one year complete access into The Herbarium and all of its offerings for just $45!

Thats only $3.75/month.

And better yet…

Frugally Sustainable readers will receive a full year membership for only $39 using the coupon code GIVETHANKS.

That’s only $3.25/month!

Click HERE to join!

Is it worth the investment?

For the searchable monograph database alone, it is! This will be your go-to resource as an herbalist.

FREE to members, HANE ebooks…these are sold individually to the public for up to $4.99 each.

Members may enjoy up to $55 in discounts towards online courses.

Plus, you will receive 10% off every local workshop.

Subscriptions renew annually, but you can cancel anytime.

Join The Herbarium

Click HERE to join!

I will be joining this community and sincerely hope to connect with you there!!!

DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my knowledge-sharing/writing/blogging activities, I occasionally may receive monetary compensation for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this article. However, I only recommend products or services I have personally used myself and trust.