Constipation Candies

Do your little ones ever struggle with constipation? I know mine did, and occasionally still do, and it’s painful for both of us when it happens. These little ‘candies’ are a perfect solution, offering a gentle push in the right direction for their digestive tracts. All natural and inexpensive they’re easy to make ahead and keep on hand or whip up as needed. Be warned though, these do taste like coconut, or more specifically coconut oil. I didn’t have any problems getting my kids to eat them, but the thought of eating coconut oil by the spoonful (essentially this is) made me cringe.

The general idea is that because the type of triglycerides that make up coconut oil don’t cause a person to store fat, they have limited absorption in the small intestine and tend to pass right through you.  Just two “constipation candies” and then anywhere between 8 to 18 hours later, total relief without tears.

These are totally safe for both kids and adults. As for the dosage, for kids start with 2 and wait a day before increasing the amount given. For adults, start with four and try adding an extra candy each day until you find what amount works best for your body. In adults a daily regime of these candies could be beneficial to keep everything moving smoothly, even without having a prior problem as coconut oil is used both to treat, and to prevent constipation.

Constipation Candies

4 Sons 'R' Us: Constipation Candy

recipe from The Robyn’s Nest

  • 1 cup organic coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp organic sugar, honey, or maple sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan Pink Salt, or sea salt
  • 2 trays of candy molds, or shaped silicone ice cube trays

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or with a handheld mixer.
  2. Pour into the candy molds. As you pour you might have to stir several times. To set properly, the other ingredients need to be evenly combined with the coconut oil.
  3. Taste it as you go along and make it as sweet or sour as you like.
  4. Freeze the molds for at least an hour before popping the candies out.
  5. They’ll keep fine in a home that’s 68/69 degrees or cooler, or to be on the safer side you can store them in the fridge so they won’t melt.

*Take a minute to read this information from The Robyn’s Nest on the importance of not using over the counter products like Miralax as a constipation remedy for your children.

“Please don’t ever give your children Miralax for  constipation.  PEG was never meant for kids or to be taken more than occasionally, and can cause a host of health problems, not to mention make autism worse.”

D.I.Y. Deodorant

There are basic toiletries that I think most everyone can agree are necessities, antiperspirants among them. Over the years, I’ve read several medical articles substantiating the claims that the aluminum in deodorants can be linked to an increased risk in women of developing breast cancer, although nothing has ever been completely confirmed. My husband and I try to buy and use as many organic products for our family as possible on our budget and organic deodorant, or even all natural, is just too expensive for us. When I came across a recipe to try making it myself, using ingredients I keep stocked in our kitchen, I couldn’t wait to try it. We, and my teenage sons, have used this for a week and it’s worked as well as anything I’ve purchased from a store. The first batch had no scent, although the coconut oil did give it it’s own faint coconut-ty smell. To the second batch we added a few scant drops of lavender essential oil which made the deodorant smell wonderful, without being overpowering. For something so easy, good for you, and cheap, is there any reason to keep paying for over-priced chemical laced sticks from the store? This deodorant is not only husband approved, but teenage boy proof! Not a single whiff of funk from any of my guys, all for pennies on my part.

D.I.Y Deodorant

4 Sons 'R' Us: D.I.Y Deodorant

  • 3 tbsp organic coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp aluminum-free baking soda
  • 3-4 drops organic essential oil for fragrance, optional

Directions

  1. In a small bowl mix cornstarch and baking soda until evenly combined.
  2. Stir in coconut oil until evenly combined.
  3. Put mixture in a container, or empty deodorant stick, for storage and use.
  4. Deodorant can stay out, but it will be more of a paste to apply. If you want a hard bar to rub on, store in the refrigerator.