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DIY: Homemade Honey Barakah Drops

Alhamdulilah I have been sharing on Traditional Muslimah Homemaker about DoTerra Essential oils and how much we enjoy them mashaAllah. I saw this awesome recipe using one of my favorites!!! Good timing too as so many are getting sick, subhanAllah may Allah heal them all and protect us ameen ameen

One of my favorite oils from DoTerra is Onguard. MashaAllah I was given this oil as a gift from a friend.

Why do I love it?

Well that particular oil is a combination of different oils, all helping that combat against colds, the flu. and known to kill harmful bacteria and mold.

And yes you can take these oils internally, naturally everyone should research more, ask questions, consult those you may need to and determine for oneself. This is not to take the place of medical advice but offer and suggest different aids in healing mashaAllah



So are you ready to make these awesome cough drops?

You will need:

2 cups sugar, we used pure sugar cane
1/4 cup butter or ghee
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup water

An…

Essential Oil Of The Week: Frankincense

Alhamdulilah I have been using essential oils for a short time, but alhamdulilah I was recently introduced to doTerra essential oils by two beautiful sisters.

Well once my family started to use them we have been enjoying them. SubhanAllah the smells are amazing plus the benefits! 

So why should you use frankinscense:

It is said to: Provides Upper Respiratory Relief. Frankincense oil can help reduce upper respiratory symptoms caused by the common cold and bronchitis. Its antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties help to relax breathing passages and boost the immune system. Add a few drops to a bath, facial steam tent, or use as a massage oil for soothing relief. In addition to relieving the symptoms of a cold, frankincense oil can be used to disinfect a room.  (always research and talk to your doctor)

I totally love frankincense, as my husband says its a God sent heavenly scent mashaAllah and it truly works. I have used it to help reduce upper respiratory symptoms…

As salamu alaykum To The Tired Mama

To the tired mama,







May Allah bless you for all that you are doing. When you think no one sees your struggles, Allah does. When you think no one hears your cries at night, Allah hears. When you think you are alone, Allah is always there.

You're not the only one who wants to cry when things can feel too much. Dishes on constant rotation, children screaming without hesitation, and you're ready to run..who cares the destination!

We understand how you feel, and from one mother to another your loving work is not in vain. There is much good in all that you do. When our children are older, and on their own, it is your teachings that they take with them. It is your love, nourishment, and sacrifices that help them to be who they are. Trust me, it is and will be appreciated. Allah has blessed us in this beautiful role, and it is a honor, but with this honor, there will be sleepless nights, tears, worry, and sometimes stress, but I also know, that with this honor comes love, laughter, hap…

Team Rahim Family Traditions

Alhamdulilah it has been some time since I have updated my wonderful friends here on Traditional Muslimah Homemaker. Our family, having since moved to Georgia, we started canning together as a family mashaAllah.
We all take time to wash fruits, clean jars, and can them. The children have grown in love with making jams mashaAllah. Not only is it the start of our family tradition, it's also our family business. Selling our jams locally and online, we wanted to share our jams with others. MashaAllah alhamdulilah the feedback has been wonderful. We had our first sell not too long ago and our family was super excited.
It is important for my husband and I to teach the children through traditions. Not only are we creating memories by baking bread together, canning food, and making our own products. We are teaching them skills they will pass down to their children inshaAllah and teach their wives. Skills such as:
Good health: they are leaning that its better to make it at home and its hea…

Natural Wood Polish and Cleaner

I was at my friends house cleaning the floor and wanted to share this natural wood cleaner and polish. All natural and with the refreshing scent of lemon oil.
Wood Cleaner:  1/2 cup white vinegar 1 gallon of warm water  2-3 drops essential oils-- I used doTerra Lemon
Wood Polish: 30 drops lemon essential oil 1/3 cup coconut oil or grapeseed oil 1/2 cup (4 ounces) distilled water

I put them in smaller bottles. \We labeled the tops and the floors smell so lemon fresh !!! MashaAllah my favorite smell

Holistic Homemaking

Pregnancy aches and pains, from lower back pain to round ligament pain, I have experienced both during my pregnancies and now with baby 6 on the way (please make duaa for safe and healthy pregnancy and delivery), we decided to do a natural method for dealing with it. I made a nice rice compress. I mixed rice with my favorite essential oil,  you can pick any kind you want, I enjoy the smell of lemongrass .. ginger oil smells good and lavender too. I sewed my fabric together first, leaving the top open to pour the rice in and then sewed it shut.
 I sewn it together by hand mashaAllah and you can either put it in the microwave and make it hot or put it in the freezer and make it cold. It does not have to be in the microwave for a long time. The essential oil smells wonderful and relaxing while taking care of the pain, remember to say bismillah and always remember that Allah is the Ultimate Healer so saying the duaa for healing and using these methods have helped me so far during this pr…

Natural Homemade Air Freshener

Okay I have been hearing and reading about commercial air fresheners not being safe for the environment and our bodies.
A few chemicals inside some of the air fresheners:
BHT - Known as a neurotoxin, endocrine disruptor, immunotoxicity, non-reproductive organ system toxicity, skin eye and lung irritatorAcetaldehyde - Known to cause cancer, toxic to reproduction and development, immunotoxin, non-reproductive organ system toxin, skin, eye and lung irritator"Fragrance" - One of the three ingredients actually disclosed, it's a neurotoxin, immunotoxin and allergenPropylene Glycol - Causes cancer, allergies, toxic to immune system, accumulates in the system, non-reproductive organ system toxin, is classified with "enhanced skin absorption" and irritates the skin, eye and lung1,3-Dichloro-2-propanol - Carcinogenic (causes cancer)Limonene - Allergen, immunotoxin and skin, eyes and lung irritatorMethyl pyrrolidone - Toxin to reproduction and development, allergen and im…

DIY Eczema Cream

Eczema cream that helps skin.
Made With:

Oatmeal
Olive Oil
Coconut Oil
and if you like: rosemary oil (I did not have any)

Blend oatmeal until its like flour, we used the Ninja blender to get a good consistency with the oatmeal

Mix together oatmeal w.ith coconut oil, because coconut oil solidifies when it's cold, make sure to leave it out at room temp, add olive oil and mix all together. After we mixed everything up we put it in the fridge so it can harden and proceed to use. It feels very good!!

Why Oatmeal? Oatmeal has been used by our family for rashes and other skin ailments. Oatmeal when turned into a powder is known as colloidal oatmeal ... oatmeal is said to be anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-itch!

Coconut Oil: Antimicrobial ..it is said to have properties that fight fungal infections, keeps skin soft and promotes healing.. has anti inflammatory properties and moisturizes the skin.

Olive Oil:  it penetrates deep into the skin and softens it. Olive oil is said to redu…

7 Things I've Learned About Marriage

Alhamdulilah it has been a few months since I've done some blogging! Between homeschool, conferences and moving-- things have been hectic! But alhamdulilah it has all been a blessing. In May we went to Philadelphia for the Natural Birth Natural Body Conference and gave two talks there, one was on cloth diapers and the other on public schooling. I really enjoyed the two day event and met some lovely women there who shared a common interest in natural living!

After speaking in Philly alhamdulilah a few weeks later I turned 30 years old subhanAllah! My husband and I are reaching 7 years in our marriage.

And so I decided to blog about 7 things I have learned about marriage

1.) Keep God First- We live as if we see Allah and even though we don't we know He sees all that we do. In 7 years of marriage there has been plenty of test and hardships but as Allah promises, there was always ease and when we remember His words and keep in constant duaa for His help and guidance we all need i…

Homemade Deodorant

I've been wanting to make deodorant for a long time mashaAllah. The commercial deodorants are bad for us and I have been looking for just the right homemade deodorant with easily assessable materials. 

Here is a simple deodorant that I personally believes works well, it did not stain my shirts, and smells good

Equal parts

Baking Soda and Cornstarch (arrowroot if you have it)
add Coconut Oil until it reaches a consistency you like
5 drops of tea tree oil.. or a cap full

It was simple and it works. I lined our muffin tin with muffin liners and put them in the fridge to solidify alhamdulilah mashaAllah and it came out great! I then put them in ziploc bags , labeled them and put them in the freezer or fridge, Only because with the weather getting warmer, coconut oil will turn back to a liquid. I have no problems getting mine out the fridge and putting it back in its bag after showers.

"“Women and fragrance have been made dear to my affections, but prayer was made the sweetness …

Homemade Bread Recipe and Making Bread In A Crockpot

Alhamdulilah spring is here and summer is approaching. Sometimes sisters do not like to bake much bread in the summer because the oven makes the whole place extra hot!

Which is understandable, I usually make cooler foods in the summer... lots of salads,  tuna fish etc and fruit salads. My family really enjoys it mashaAllah and there are days where being over a hot stove in the heat can be a bit unappealing! So I learned recently how to bake bread in a crockpot.

In the past I would let my bread rise in the crockpot, even preheating it prior to placing the bread in. There is a setting on our crockpot that has a warm selection. While I am mixing and kneading, the crockpot is being warmed for the bread to rise in. After I am doing I turn the crockpot off and let it rise inside, on top of parchment paper. After a hour f rising time ...Then turning the crockpot on low I let the bread cook inside for 1 and half hours.

If you do not mind the shape of the finished product it will make a good …

Love,d Cloth Diapers- Review, Thoughts, and Diapers

Alhamdulilah it's good to have some time this morning to write up a blog post. I have been busy with our move and homeschooling alhamdulilah but I'm excited to talk about our latest product review on Love,d cloth diapers.

Why are we using cloth diapers? 
1. Its good for the environment. Hmm 5 children... How much did i contribute to disposables in the landfill? I dont want to know.

2. We are saving money. 5 children, how much did we spend in the past!

3. Toxic free is the way to be. I read theres some cancer causing carcinogens in disposables, do i really want them on tahleels bum?

4. That wet bag makes me happy! Makes travel easier.

5. Another reason to use my washboard. Saving electricity im letting the sun dry them. Good natural whitener

But we really go into more detail in our book here: Diary Of A Cloth Diaper Muslimah Mama

SubhanAllah we were sent a lovely set for Tahleel, which included:
size M polar fleece diaper cover in "ivory" a moisture resistant and …

Being A Good Example.. From The Best Example

SubhanAllah, feels like I have not been here to blog in a long time. It's like catching up with old friends, picking up where we left off, being excited about good news, and then parting ways until next time.

So dear friends, old and new, I have some great news mashaAllah. I was invited to speak in Philadelphia at the Natural Birth Natural Body Conference alhamdulilah!! SubhanAllah I'm excited and nervous.

I thank Allah for the blessing to be able to share and learn from others.  It's always quite a big deal when people are asking for advice, following along on your journey and seeing you as a good example. SubhanAllah sometimes we are in positions to be of means to help others, even by our words alone. I am appreciative that sisters often ask questions and benefit from the TMH page, all praise is due to Allah truly. Alhamdulilah we must all remember that even when we think no one is watching, The One is always watching. Our children look to us as examples, and we have to…

Keeper Of The Doormat

SubhanAllah, needed to come on tonight and share a few thoughts and realized I have not been the best at updating this blog.

Though we have added a few videos on our youtube channel. InshaAllah that has been a blessing. I'm quite shy but it does not appear that way

 First I want to say alhamdulilah this domestic darling was sent a beautiful apron from Umm Ayana of Ummi's House mashaAllah she has been such a blessing in my life!

A new apron is a wonderful feeling, my husband lovingly says "Some heroes tie their capes around their waist" <3 I think that is super cool

Well on my heart and mind tonight is thoughts of when someone called me a doormat. Yes a doormat...what should be and appear as a beautiful way to live-- happily homemaking, has sparked some unkind words at times. By no means am I a doormat, but I am keeper of the doormat. My duty is to keep away unwanted people and matters from entering our home and to also be welcoming and inviting to loved ones, fri…

Renewing Our Marriage: Marriage Vision Statement

We are working on our renewing our marriage.

We sat down and wrote our marriage vision statement.

What is a marriage vision statement? It's how we see our marriage, what we intend to do and fulfill ... then we add an ayat or hadith to solidify our purpose. Also a reminder that this is what Allah wants from us.




Our marriage vision statement:

We are committed helpers to each other
We resolve to keep Allah in our relationship
We are to support each other
We are not to be difficult
We are here to serve each other
We pray for each other
We pray together

We added the following hadith to make firm our vision, and remind us this is what Allah would be pleased with:

Prophet Muhammad sallAllahu alayhi wa salaam said, “Every one of you is a shepherd and is responsible for his flock. The leader of the people is a guardian and is responsible for his subjects: a man is the guardian of his family and is responsible for his subjects, a woman is the guardian of her husband’s home and of his childr…

Ummi's House Review & Giveaway

Alhamdulilah there are so many talented sisters out there, that are blessing our community! It is so important we support halal, family, and beneficial businesses. We were recently blessed to receive some wonderful products from Ummi's House.

When I say talented sisters, Umm Ayana Of Ummi's House and her mother are right at the top! Eco-friendly, homemade, handmade, and done with love and care is what you will receive from their products. Ummi's House is a mother daughter team, supplying products and services that can be used in any mothers house, hence the name Ummi's House. They greatly enjoy their homemaking hobbies, and it's that joy that is shown in their products

So this happy homemaker was beyond thrilled to use Ummi's house products.

Alhamdulilah our bread baking was extra blessed as we wore aprons from Ummi's House.

Allah is Merciful, we were baking garlic knots a few days before getting our package and I said the children needed aprons, well subha…

Learning To Co- Pilot

We made a commitment...

When I married him I agreed that he would be the head of our home, that he is the imam of our home and I am under his leadership.

When entering marriage we are saying these things, not verbally (an sometimes verbally), but we know that with such a commitment there are things to be expected.

 Every job has a boss, someone that makes the decisions and in our home our husband has the final say he is in charge.

That does not mean we do not have a say, we can politely express our concerns and questions but the final say belongs to our husband. May Allah help us to respect that and be peaceful about it.

So we have to learn to be better co- pilots alhamdulilah, because sometimes we have the tendency to speak in a way that can insult our husbands leadership and not trust that he is making good decisions for our family.

Once we have expressed our concerns, questions etc and our husband still goes in the direction he chooses for the family then just pray Allah is guidin…

Motivational Homemaking: Homemaking Binder Part 2

Okay well remember months ago I introduced my homemaking binder to everyone? MashaAllah see: Homemaking Binder

I updated it last night and wanted to share some new additions I added to it. I have been writing all my bread baking recipes in the book, homemade laundry detergent, and other new ideas. This will be great to pass on to the children, mashaAllah I am looking forward to seeing what the year will look like. All the menus and journal writing.

How do you benefit from starting a homemaking binder?

After menu planning for a good few months, I look back and can easily say, next week I'm making some or all the meals from the week of such and such date mashaAllah it makes menu planning much easier! It gives me inspiration to pick something we enjoyed before and helps to give me ideas for the other weeks.

Record keeping- mashaAllah it's pretty cool to see how many new DIY projects we made. Homemade toothpaste recipes and homemade cloth diaper detergent. I think down the road ou…

A Wise Woman Does Well With Little

Dear God, please make me wise ameen.

My friend posted this as her status "A wise woman does well with little"

Sometimes it can be difficult when you are not rich in money, but because we have family.. a husband who loves us, children who love us... then we are rich in love and happiness.

At times we have to remember that we can do so much with what we have. And a little goes a long way.. especially in the hearts of the ones we love.

We are tested in this area a lot,  for my family some of our happiest days come from the simplest joys. We tend to forget the blessings and fun one can have with what seems to be very little to some.

I remember one day feeling so sad and crying that I could not give my children some expensive gadget thing for them to have fun with.  It took me some time to learn that my children talk more about time baking together, growing food together, and learning together --more than they ever talked about some toy that was bought or latest anything.

I lear…

Yeast Substitutes- Kitchen Chemistry

Alhamdulilah after a year of bread making I am learning so much mashaAllah!!

Thanks to the awesome sisters on facebook I learned about soaking my flour, but that's for another post.

A lot of people have asked us about why we make no yeast breads. This is our taste preference, we think it makes a great tasting sandwich bread. It's not as fluffy and big like yeast breads but we enjoy them. Yes sometimes we make yeast breads too, we tend to switch it up every now and then. Our favorite will always be a yeast free bread.

If you are not using yeast then there are several substitutes that I have learned and tried personally.. when using a yeast free substitute there is no need for rise time, as you would have for a yeast bread.

Are you ready for some kitchen chemistry? Take out your apron and recipe book... yes you should have one of those :) inshaAllah and let's run down a few ways you can make a yeast free bread:

1.) Baking powder- Baking powder is ready to go, there are alum…

Where are my positive sisters?

SubhanAllah we had a great week here at home. Very lovely time homeschooling, we have gotten much done mashaAllah. I spent a little time this early morning to do some blogging. I pray it is of benefit.

Is it just me or are we on what seems to be a shortage of positive sisters?

Lately, i have seen more complaints instead of compliments. Sometimes we have to learn to control our emotions better. remember to wish others well and not the opposite.

Not everything someone does will work in your home. we have to find what works for us. And on this journey it is not for us to tell someone else what they are doing is a waste of time, or stupid. We can say alhamdulilah this works for you and your family and leave the negativity behind!

One of the things that concerned me when doing Traditional Muslimah Homemaker was the concern of sisters putting me down. Alhamdulilah i have had  a very good year on TMH and had very awesome feedback mashaAllah alhamdulilah!! I had an occasional bump or two, …

Cleaning With Children

You clean up, they may mess it up.

I do not expect my home to be spotless all day. I'm a homeschooling mom of our four boys. Need I say more? :)
alhamdulilah but through the day I do teach the children lessens in keeping order. I am not the most organized person. I would love to be inshaAllah. I am on the road to doing that, and the children are learning along the way.

There are a few things that work for us when cleaning with children:

1.) Everything has a place- The children know everything in the house has a home. The toys have a home, their books have a home... and if its in the middle of the floor, it's lost and needs to go home. Yes this works with the children mashaAllah. My four year old said the other day after I asked him what he was doing "putting the toy in its home" I was so happy he understood that his toy did not belong on the floor (if he was not playing with it) and knew where it went! if the items in your home do not have a specific place, inshaAllah …

The Homemaking Husband

Alhamdulilah this blog post is written in response to a sister who asked on the Traditional Muslimah Homemaking page about how can we get our husbands to do a fair share at home.

MashaAllah I'm a mom of four boys- four boys whom I pray will be good husbands, and while they are young: 5,4,2 and 8 months, they are absorbing a lot at their young age. They are picking up habits, they are impressionable mashaAllah and we have to make good impressions. Their father is their example . ...of how to be as a man- a father, a husband, a Muslim.

It is important their father show them how to be helpful around the home. Our beloved Prophet salAllahu alayhi wa salaam was helpful at home:

"He was very human: he would clean his clothes, milk his ewe and serve himself." (Reported by Imam Ahmad in al-Musnad, 6/256; al-Silsilat al-Saheehah, 671) 
Aisha radiAlahu anha was also asked about what the Messenger of Allah salAllahu alayhi wa salaam used to do in his house, and she said, "He us…

Alhamdulilah! We grew wheatgrass!

If you did not catch our how to sprout wheat berries post inshaAllah please check it out: How to Sprout Wheat Berries after sprouting the wheat berries we planted them in the soil :) and put them back into the dark until they grew about 4 inches or so long. Keeping the soil not overly wet, and covering them back up, for a couple days. after about two days they started to look like this:
Then maybe four days later they were long thin and brown! The children and I were excited. Since it was in the dark for a good few days, the wheat was brown. Time to move to the next phase alhamdulilah we learned something important about Allah's creation in this process, and it became a whole homeschool lesson  mashaAllah this picture was taken yesterday. The first day out of the dark.
This morning walked in the room to this beautiful sight mashaAllah!!! How awesome and wonderful Allah's creation is. Not only did we have a nice two weeks exploring and learning about wheat berries, Allah blesse…

A Moment With God

Alhamdulilah it was one of those mornings where the children slept a little longer.
I was able to sip my tea quietly and watch the baby play with his sock... yes a sock ;) lol alhamdulilah it's the simple things, at that young age.

 I really enjoy the peace and quiet.... it is a good time to reflect and gather my thoughts before the morning picks up pace.

If you have one child or more, you learn to appreciate the 5 or 10 mins of calm and quiet moments.  You also learn, your thoughts are clearer and it is  good time to mend and renew your relationship with Allah.

I truly believe every parent needs that time. Whether you are up extra early, or in the middle of the day when children take a nap... there is nothing like those reflecting moments when you can connect with your Lord. No loud noise, no screaming, no movement... complete reflection.

A moment to open the Quran and read His words, and read just what we need  to help increase our iman, our gratitude, and renew our hope.

A mo…