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natural homemade shaving cream clears up skin

Easy Natural Homemade Shaving Cream That Clears Up Your Skin

This amazing homemade shaving cream with natural lubricants and essential oils improves razor glide for a close, comfortable shave and will leave skin silky smooth and moisturized. Makes a perfect homemade gift for men and women alike. Oh, and don’t forget to make a jar for yourself ;-).

natural homemade shaving cream

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You will need

1/3 cup shea butter
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup Fractionated Coconut Oil
5 drops Sandalwood essential oil (optional, but highly recommended)
5 drops Peppermint essential oil ( “ )
5 drops Melaleuca essential oil ( “ )
Large mouth jar or other container

Benefits of using Essential Oils for your skin

  • Melaleuca (Tea Tree) essential oil has strong cleansing properties. Research has shown Melaleuca to be effective against acne.
  • Peppermint works great for toning the skin and prevents clogging of pores.
  • Sandalwood essential oils is great for softening the skin, relieve itching, and to clear complexion.

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients except for essential oils in double boiler (or glass bowl in a larger pot with about an inch of boiling water). Stir until melted.
  2. Once melted, remove from heat and let sit 3 minutes.
  3. Add essential oils and stir until combined.
  4. Let shaving cream rest until hard (can be put in the refrigerator to speed up the cooling process).
  5. Using hand or stand mixer, whip shaving cream until light and fluffy.
  6. Place in container of choice.

Tips for even better homemade shaving cream

  • Choose organic ingredients when possible
  • You can find most of the ingredients in your local health food store or online at amazon
  • We only use 100% pure essential oils of the best quality. Find out what we recommend here.

Recipe adapted from https://doterra.com/US/en/blog-products

 

all natural homemade bubble bath

Homemade Bubble Bath That Soothes Your Muscles and Relaxes Your Mind

Who doesn’t love a great bubble bath? Unfortunately, most commercial bubble baths are full of artificial chemicals and fragrances and can be irritating to your skin. Now, while this homemade bubble bath is not going to provide the big, lasting bubbles you get from synthetic ingredients, it is a great way to avoid chemicals while still enjoying the fun and relaxing elements of a bubble bath. This bubble bath is gentle on your skin and can be customized with your favorite essential oil. I love lavender for times when I need to stress down and relax and peppermint with wild orange for an energizing bath.

homemade bubble bath

Foto: flickr.com/photos/scottfeldstein/441061994

You will need

1 cup unscented castile soap
1/2 cup vegetable glycerin
2 tablespoons water
15 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional, but highly recommended)
Glass jar for storage

Recommended essential oils:

  • Wild Orange
  • Peppermint
  • Lavender

Benefits of using Lavender Essential Oil for stress

Lavender is well known for its relaxing properties and this is being studies more and more. Read for instance this study where they investigated the effects of lavender oil on the central nervous system, autonomic nervous system, and mood responses in humans after inhalation (See https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22612017)

Directions

  1. Combine castile soap, glycerin, and water into glass bowl.
  2. Add essential oils.
  3. Stir until well combined.
  4. Pour into glass container. To use, add 1/4-1/2 cup of bubble bath mixture to warm, running bath water.

Tips for the best homemade bubble bath

  • Choose organic ingredients when possible
  • You can find most of the ingredients in your local health food store or online at amazon
  • We only use 100% pure essential oils of the best quality. Find out what we recommend here.

Recipe adapted from https://doterra.com/US/en/blog-products

salt dough recipe

Easy Salt Dough Recipe – Christmas Ornaments That Smell Heavenly

Adding a personal touch to your presents has never been easier with these aromatherapy salt dough ornaments. These ornaments can be given as a wrapping accessory on a present and can then easily be transformed into an ornament for your friends and family to enjoy for many years to come. Use this salt dough recipe and add pure essential oils to the ornaments to create a new aromatic dimension. There are multiple ways to decorate, too. You can stamp on an image, paint it, or leave it plain. Either way, your friends and family will love and adore this homemade gift.

salt dough recipe

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You will need

4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup salt
1.5 cups warm water
Drinking straw or toothpick
Cookie cutters
String
Your favorite essential oils (optional)
Stamps and paint (optional)

Recommended essential oils

  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Peppermint
  • Douglas Fir

Note

Baking the ornament will turn the dough slightly brown and may “puff” up some of the ornaments. If you prefer, you can also air dry the ornaments for 2-3 days to help the ornaments remain white and flat.

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (see Note above)
  2. Pour flour, salt, and warm water into large bowl.
  3. Knead until all ingredients are well combined and dough is smooth.
  4. If mixture is too dry, add 1 tablespoon of water at a time until dough comes together.
  5. Roll out dough on floured surface until 1/4 inch thick.
  6. Using cookie cutters, cut out desired shapes and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  7. Using a drinking straw or toothpick, make a hole in top of ornament for threading string.
  8. Place in oven until hard, approximately 1 hour or air dry for 2-3 days (see Note above)
  9. Once cooled, decorate with paint, string, or glitter. Add essential oils by placing two drops on the back side of each ornament and allow it to soak in.

Tips for an even better salt dough recipe

  • Add some decoration to your ornaments by stamping them
  • We only use 100% pure essential oils of the best quality. Find out what we recommend here.

Recipe adapted from https://doterra.com/US/en/blog-products

homemade hair wax

All Natural Homemade Hair Wax Made Easy – Look good and Smell good

Men and women through the ages have used styling products for the perfect hairdo. Unfortunately, today’s hair products can be expensive and are loaded with undesirable ingredients. This homemade hair wax is easy to make, economical, natural, and works great! The pure essential oils add a pleasing scent and is healthy for your hair and scalp. Great for that picture-perfect-do!

homemade hair wax

Foto: Library of Congress

Benefits of using Essential Oils for your hair

  • Rosemary essential oil can has some great benefits to your hair. Francesc Casadó Galcerá made so very interesting discoveries in his research on hair. He made a patent for a shampoo after his studies showed that a mixture of hops, rosemary, and swertia gave a
    • 22.4% increases in new hair growth
    • an increase in “rapid” hair growth
    • a decrease in hair loss after shampooing.
  • Peppermint essential oil is shown to actively promote hair growth and naturally thicken and nourish damaged hair. See for instance this interesting Pub Med research on peppermint oil for hair growth

You will need

.75 ounces beeswax
.5 ounce shea butter
.75 ounces Fractionated Coconut Oil
10 drops Peppermint essential oil (optional, but recommended)
10 drops Rosemary essential oil (optional, but recommended)
Tin or glass jar with lid

Tip to get the most out of this homemade hair wax

  • For harder hair wax, use 1 ounce beeswax and .5 ounces Fractionated Coconut Oil.
  • For softer hair wax, use .75 ounces shea butter and 1 ounce Fractionated Coconut Oil.

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients, except for essential oils, in glass container.
  2. Place jar in saucepan with 1-1.5 inches of boiling water.
  3. Stir ingredients until melted and thoroughly combined.
  4. Remove from heat and let rest for three minutes.
  5. Add essential oils and stir.
  6. Pour mixture in empty tin or glass jar with lid.
  7. Let hair wax rest 1-2 hours.

To use

Apply a small amount to fingers and style as desired. A little wax goes a long way

Tips

  • Choose organic ingredients when possible
  • You can find most of the ingredients in your local health food store or online at amazon
  • We only use 100% pure essential oils of the best quality. Find out what we recommend here.

Recipe adapted from https://doterra.com/US/en/blog-products

 

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Safe and Easy Homemade Play Doh Recipe – Let Your Kids Play Safely

Homemade Play Doh (playdough) with essential oils is a great way to promote creative play in children as well as teach them about colors and scents. In addition, the aroma from pure essential oils can help stimulate that part of the brain that controls emotions and retrieves learned memories.

homemade play doh

Foto: flickr.com/photos/jamieanne/15685305950

You will need:

4 cups flour
2 cups colored water
2 cup salt
2 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoon cream of tartar
5-10 drops essential oils (optional, but recommended)
Large sauce pan
Parchment paper
Spatula
Airtight container(s)
Food coloring (optional)

Recommended essential oils

  • Wild Orange (uplifting)
  • Peppermint (energizing)
  • Lavender (relaxing)

Directions

  1. With the stove off, combine all ingredients (apart from essential oils) in a large saucepan. Using a spatula, stir until well mixed.
  2. Once combined, continue to stir ingredients over medium heat until it forms a ball. Be careful not to overcook as it will result in dry play dough.
  3. Remove from pan and cool on parchment paper.
  4. Once cool, divide dough in half or thirds as desired. Add 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil and 5-10 drops of food coloring (or as prefered) to each batch of dough. Knead until thoroughly combined.
  5. You’re done! Just store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for months of fun.

Tips to make the best homemade play doh

  • Use 100% pure essential oils of the best quality. Synthetics or impure essential oils can give headaches and other reactions. Find out what we recommend here.

Recipe adapted from https://doterra.com/US/en/blog-products

 

home made lemonade with tangerine essential oil

Homemade irresistible healthy lemonade

I love to make a homemade healthy lemonade. This one with with tangerine essential oil is perfect for a warm summer’s evenings because it is healthy, refreshing, easy to make and gives an element of surprise to your guest.

I very seldom let my children drink soda pop or juice bought in the store. Not only are the ingredients often bad for their health but it can also be boring and expensive.

homemade irresistible lemonade

Ingredients:

1 liter (5 cups) water
1/4 teaspoon pure Lemon juice
3 drops doTERRA Tangerine essential oil
2 dl (1 cup) orange juice
4 dl (2 cups) frozen fruit (i.e. strawberry, mango or pineapple)
Stevia powder or organic sugar to taste

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender (you can hold some of the fruit). Blend until smooth
  2. Add more Stevia/Sugar to taste. Stevia powder may be very concentrated so start with a small amount)
  3. Add the remanding of the frozen fruit
  4. Pour the juice into a pitcher. Store cold.

Enjoy the home made lemonade with tangerine essential oil. Any suggestions to changes, please add it to the comments section below.

 

Fennel is a vegetable that tastes a little like liquorice.

Fennel Essential Oil for Occasional Digestive Issues

Fennel has lots of great properties promoting natural digestion.

Add fennel to your meals for relieving occasional indigestion and digestive troubles.  Often used by Roman warriors, fennel was believed to fortify the mind and body for war. The oil possesses natural digestive properties that help protect against issues like occasional indigestion. As a  matter of fact, if you have been to an Indian restaurant, you might have tried the after-meal snack called Mukhwas which contains Fennel seeds.

Fennel oil is distilled from the seeds and is effective in relieving all sorts of stomachaches, even those caused by menstrual cramps.  The oil calms minor skin irritations and strengthens the lymphatic system. Fennel’s strong digestive properties, along with its natural ability to support the skin, make it one powerful agent to have on hand when you’re in need of relief. It is also a great to promote respiratory function.

Fennel is also known for its ability to promote healthy metabolism, liver function, and circulation as well as fighting sweet tooth cravings.

Fennel Essential Oil for Occasional Digestive IssuesPrimary Benefits

  • Promotes healthy digestion
  • Supports a healthy respiratory system
  • May help promote healthy metabolism, liver function, and circulation

Uses

To support digestion or menstrual issues, blend 3-4 drops with a carrier oil and massage over the affected area and into the soles of the feet. You can also take internally if you’re experiencing a minor stomachache by placing a couple drops in your hot tea.

To use as a flavoring agent, put 1-2 drops in your dish (particularly good in desserts). You can also use fennel to calm cravings by placing a drop below the tongue.

 

General Methods of Application

  • Apply pure locally on the skin (mix 50/50 in a carrier oil for sensitive skin)
  • Aromatically
  • Internally

Precautions

Those with sensitive skin should dilute the oil with a carrier oil. Avoid touching the eyes, ears, and other sensitive areas with the oil. People who are nursing, pregnant, or are receiving medical attention should consult their physician before use. Additionally, make sure to store the oil away from children.

Blend Recipe: Relief for Occasional Digestive Issues

Ingredients

1 drop Ginger Essential Oil

2 drops Fennel Essential Oil

2 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

5 drops carrier oil (i.e. coconut oil, olive oil)

Directions

If you experience occasional constipation, you can relieve it through an essential oil capsule. Simply add all ingredients in a “00” veggie capsule and, every three hours, ingest until the issue is resolved.

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Wild Orange Essential Oils great for mood, cleansing and energy

Wild Geranium Massage Blend

Wild Orange is one of our favorite oils. We just call it HAPPY OIL because it’s fresh scent and taste really lifts our mood. Used in a blend to create Wild Geranium Massage it is just amazing.

LET US KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW YOUR FAVORITE WAY YOU USE WILD ORANGE!!

A popular oil for cleaning and freshening, wild orange oil also offers a number of health benefits. For instance, the oil possesses a high level of antioxidants which helps combat those harmful free radicals within the body. As with many other citrus oils, Wild Orange is great for detoxing your body. Studies also show it is fantastic to uplift mood and help reduce stress.

Wild orange can even be used as a surface cleanser for tabletops, dishes, floors, and anything in between. The oil supplies similar properties when it comes to bodily health by combatting harmful environmental elements and seasonal threats.

The oil’s strong purifying and cleansing properties, along with its natural ability to disinfect, make it one powerful agent to have on hand for Spring cleaning.

Uses

To cleanse and purify surfaces, add 3-4 drops wild orange to a spray bottle then fill the rest with distilled water. Shake well and use as needed.

For flavor and health benefits, put 1-2 drops of wild orange in a glass of drinking water, smoothie, desserts or anything else you can come up with. You can also use the oil aromatically by diffusing throughout the room or apply the cup and inhale method to boost energy.

General Methods of Application

  • Apply pure locally on the skin (mix 50/50 in a carrier oil for sensitive skin)
  • Aromatically
  • Internally

Precautions

Those with sensitive skin should dilute the oil with a carrier oil. Avoid touching the eyes, ears, and other sensitive areas with the oil. People who are nursing, pregnant, or are receiving medical attention should consult their physician before use. Additionally, make sure to store the oil away from children. This oil is photosensitive; avoid direct sunlight for 12 hours after applied topically.

wild orange geranium massage blend

Blend Recipe: Wild Geranium Massage

Ingredients

15 mL Carrier Oil

10 drops Geranium Essential Oil

5 drops Wild Orange Essential Oil

Directions

Relieve nerves and stress while melting away muscle soreness with this massage blend. In a small glass jar or bottle, add all ingredients and shake well to mix. Massage into the neck, feet, shoulders, and lower back.

New to Essential Oils?

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Write us a line here and we will help you find out if this is something for you.

eat late lose weight

Eat Late and Lose Weight

4 foods for late-night eating that can help you lose fat

Quick question for those of you who work out, but still can’t seem to drop a few pounds: Do you ever eat late at night?

It is pretty widely accepted that this is a no-no for weight loss, but if you answered yes, don’t worry. I may have a solution for all that night-time eating.

Although it is generally accepted, is eating right before bed a bad thing if you want to lose weight? Well, yes and no. Why it is generally not a good idea to eat certain foods before hitting the pillow, there are foods that are not only OK, but they can actually help you lose fat!

What foods should you steer away from if you want to lose weight? The answer is foods laden with bad carbs. The main reason for this is that fast burning carbohydrates increase your insulin. Too much blood sugar and insulin can lead to more fat storage and less fat burning.

So, what’s the alternative? Good quality, slow digesting proteins. In a nutshell, they provide your body with amino acids that help you recover from that exercise class you took after work and maintain lean muscle as you lose fat in addition to boost your body’s metabolism (The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2008)

According a study published in “The British Journal of Nutrition” in 2014 eating 30 grams of whey or casein protein 30 minutes before sleep causes a higher resting energy expenditure the next morning.

eat late and loose weight

Eating protein before bed not only boosts your body’s metabolism while you sleep, it may also increase your metabolism into the next morning.

Try these alternatives:

  1. White Animal Meat (not fish) – White meat protein sources such as chicken and turkey digest slowly and have a very low insulin release. They also promote the release of glucagon, a hormone that helps the body break down stored carbs and fat.
  2. Cottage Cheese – Cottage cheese is very slow digesting and also stimulates glucagon release. Just make sure you steer away from the flavored varieties that contain added sugars.
  3. Slow-digesting, Low-carb Protein Shake – In addition to the above benefits, this alternative can certainly satisfy any sweet craving you may have.
  4. Green Veggies – Ok, these are not on the high protein list, but they are very low in calories and high in fiber. You can eat these until the cows come home (or until you are comfortably full).

Next time you are feeling peckish at night, you can try these alternative late night foods to both satisfy your hunger and lose weight.

Chai-like Immune Booster Latte Recipe with Essential Oils

Delicious and good for you. This recipe is sure to boost your immune system and indulge your senses at the same time.

Baby it’s cold outside! …But I feel warm and cozy on the inside, thanks to a cup of Chai-like Immune Booster latte. I say chai-like because there isn’t actually any chai in it. This concoction is made of essential oils and as such, you get the added benefit of boosting your immune system while savoring the sweet, spicy chai-like flavors.

This recipe* makes one small cup, but double or triple it to fit your favorite tea cup!

  • ¾  Cup Very warm milk (not boiling)
  • 1 T Honey (or sweetener of choice, but I prefer the flavor of honey)
  • 1 drop Protective** Essential Oil blend
  • 1 drop Lemon Essential Oil
  • 1 Good book (optional) 🙂

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*This EO immune recipe is adapted from lexysauve.wordpress.com
** This blend contains wild orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary essential oils. To find out how to get this protective blend, contact us.