Essential Oils for Meditation or Prayer

I have always loved the quote that worrying is praying for what you don’t want to have happen, and have found that worrying is not a productive use of time.  However prayer, connection, positive thinking and meditation all go hand in hand.  Although I am not religious, I admire the act of praying, of reaching out and trying to connect with something bigger than yourself, I think detaching from the outcome and at times surrendering is beautiful.  And as my meditation practice has developed, I recognize that there are many similarities between my daily meditation practice and other peoples daily prayers.  So for the purpose of this post, I will use the term meditation, but I think as you read through you will see that many of the qualities that are attained by these oils are excellent for any type of mental or spiritual work.  I do however use the term meditation here, because that is the term that I use with my practice.

So If you’re reading this post, you more than likely fall into 1 of 2 categories.

  1. You are meditating but are looking for ways to enhance your meditation practice, or
  2. You are new to meditation and want to try it.

Either way it is a great thing, studies show that regular meditation helps us to reduce our stress, and improve our health.  Some studies suggest that meditation can improve a number of things including

  • Blood Pressure
  • Irritable Bowel syndrome
  • Depression
  • anxiety
  • Insomnia

While there are many types of meditation most of them have 4 common elements including:

  1. Few Distractions
  2. Comfortable Posture
  3. A focus of Attention
  4. An Open Attitude

While I agree with all of these I have found that a 5th component is extremely beneficial to my meditation practice— Essential oils.

Just as meditation allows you access to the part of your brain that controls memory and emotions along with all your automatic systems like breathing and heart beat, Oils allow you access to the emotional part of your brain, so using oils for meditation is like the double whammy!

There are a few oils that I use over and over again, and I even came up with a wonderful smelling diffuser blend, and anointing blend that I use during my meditative practice, but you have to read to the end to get it.

  1. The first oil that I use is…. yep… you probably already guessed it… Frankincense.  It is the father of all essential oils and you know what they say, “When in doubt, bust the Frankincense out”… In fact did you know that there are stories of every major religion using  frankincense in religious ceremonies including christian, muslim, buddhist and hindu.  It really is the bomb.  So besides using it in meditation because every major religion has, I use Frankincense because it is considered the oil of truth, and the one thing that you really want in your meditation practice is honesty.  Honesty with the deepest parts of yourself, honesty between you and your maker or you and source energy, or you and whoever it is that guides you.   It is also a very grounding oil, and helps to calm your energy.
  2. The second oils that I use is Arborvitae.  Arborvitae oil is from a giant variety of cedar tree who’s name literally translates into tree of life.  Arborvitae trees can live for over a thousand years and when they do die, they don’t rot because the wood is so full of oil that insects don’t eat it and water doesn’t penetrate it.  So this oil is what gives this tree life.  There’s a lot of wisdom to be had in 1000 years of life, and that is what I want in my meditation.  Because Arborvitae is a tree it is also a very grounding oil, and I always imagine as I am smelling it that I can really let my mind be free because I have roots that are grounding me to the earth.   The second reason that I use Arborvitae is because I read a book called The Hidden Life of Trees and in a scientific way the author Peter Wohlleben illustrates that trees do in fact communicate and feel.  So Arborvitae oil is sourced in the Pacific Northwest near the only temperate rain forest in north america and they don’t cut down the trees to get the oil, they actually get the saw dust from local lumber yards that are making roof shingles and other wood products from the arborvitae, they distill the oil from the sawdust.  It gets even better because then they send the pulp that is left over to a paper mill so that absolutely every part to the tree is used.  I’m all about that.  You can watch this video for more information about how it ties to Native American culture in the PNW.
  3. The Third oil that I use is Sandalwood.  One because it smells delightful!  I actually had fans made of sandalwood at my outdoor wedding in august so that if people were hot they could fan themselves and the whole place smelled heavenly.  But I use it in my meditation practice because it is known as the oil of sacred devotion it is known to heal emotional and spiritual wounds and because it is a very mild sedative it prepares you to allow your mind to connect with your source, creator or god.  It has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine for attaining enlightenment and awakening your love for your self.  I also love that indian sandalwood, which is what I use is 100percent controlled by the Indian government who ensure that they are harvested in a sustainable way.
  4. The fourth oil I use is Patchouli.  It’s not just for hippies anymore, although I think I am a weird gangsta/hippie hybrid.  Long before hippies in the 60s used the scent of patchouli as a signal for free love,  it had a history as a signal of authentic goods on the trade routes.  Patchouli is also from India and became popular in the west because the leaves were packed between the beautiful pashmina scarves that became very fashionable.  The scarves were so popular that much like today people started making fakes, but the Brits could always tell the real thing because they had the delightful aroma of patchouli.   I have always sort of not liked patchouli because of it’s association with stinky hippies, but after incorporating it into my skin care products, and now into my meditation I love it.  It is a very grounding and centering oil that promotes peaceful feelings, which makes sense since it is known as the oil of peace.  But the most important reason that I use it in meditation is because it is great for bringing together your thoughts and helping to clarify problems.
  5. The fifth oil that I use is Spikenard.  Spikenard has been used for thousands of years, both Cleopatra and King Tut’s tomb were anointed with spikenard.  There is also a story in the bible where Mary Magdalene anointed baby jesus with spikenard then washed his feet with her hair as a symbol of her devotion.  Now I’m not looking to wash anyones feet with anything, I do want a certain level of  commitment to my meditation practice.  Meditation keeps me sane, makes me healthier and for that reason I am happy to use a sacred oil of devotion that makes me feel thankful for my life, my circumstances and every thing else.
  6. The 6th oil that I use is clary sage.  Indian sages said it gave illumination while the romans credited it to attaining good health.  I choose it for a few reasons.  The first is because it has a warming and slightly assuring effect.  It is a sedative for the nervous system but gives you a euphoric feeling which I find really helps my mind feel light and allows my it to be present yet float off, it is a nice balance to the grounding oils I use. This one should be avoided while pregnant though.

So now you know the oils, but here’s how I use them.

  1. Like many of the people throughout history I will anoint myself with them putting a drop on my finger then rubbing it behind my ears, on my temples, in the center of my forehead and on my wrists.
  2. There is always diffusion.  Use a diffuser with 2 drops of each in it and it will get the scent into the room.  This is effective, but I only use this method when I meditate using gong cds. because I don’t love the sound of the diffuser when I’m meditating.  When the cd’s are playing though, this is a great way to continue to have the oils around you.
  3. The third method is another one of my favorites especially if you have a specific meditation place.  This is a room spritz.  Put the oils in a glass spray bottle with water and then you can shake it up and spritz your meditation space which can be a room if you live in a mansion, or it can just be your pillow or chair.  I love this method because I have a little yoga/meditation room (it’s like the size of a closet, and I don’t live in a mansion) but every time I spray the room I feel like I am clearing the space of negative energy and My brain has come to recognize the spritzing as a sign that I’m going to meditate and it actually prepares my brain and body for the meditation.

 

Meditation Anointing Roller Ball Blend

In a 10ml roller bottle, add

  • 1 Drop Arborvitae
  • 1 Drop Patchouli
  • 2 Drops Sandalwood
  • 1 Drops Bergamot

Top off with Fractionated coconut oil and use prior to and during meditation.  Because there is a small amount of bergamot in this, be careful when going out into the sun as bergamot and most citrus oils are photosensitizes and can cause irritation to people with extremely sensitive skin when exposed to the sun.

Meditation Room Spritz

In a small spritzer bottle add 5 drops each

  • Frankincense
  • Patchuli
  • Sandalwood
  • Clary Sage
  • Lavender

Top with water and shake well before using

 

Meditation Diffuser Blend

  • 2 Drops Frankincense
  • 2 Drops Sandalwood
  • 2 Drops Lavender

 

 

So there you have it.  I hope you enjoy your next meditation session, or prayer session with essential oils, let me know how it goes!

Also if you have oils you love to use for meditation or spiritual work, let me know what those are.  I love recipe swapping.

If you haven’t gotten into Essential Oils Yet, I would be happy to help you get going on your essential oils journey.

 

Happy Meditating

xo

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Essential Oils in Cocktails…WTF?

Well, it’s WTF Wednesday and today I decided to post my new favorite essential oil recipe…. Cocktail Recipe that is.  Why the F*ck haven’t I thought about using Essential Oils in booze before!!!  Yeah… lets combine 2 of my favorite things, and after all that’s what being an essentialoilsgangsta is all about; livin life my way.

 

We named it  “That’s Delightful” first because it was the first thing we said after tasting it.  The second name we thought of was the “New Gin and Juice” but then we remembered that the gin was in the french 75 not this one.  So were back to “That’s Delightful” Although I might change the name if I think of something that makes me laugh out loud. I may have to drink a lot more of them in order to get there though.

Peppermint Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 15 drops doterra peppermint essential oils

Heat the water and sugar until the sugar dissolves and let cool, then stir in the peppermint oil.  Keep stirring until the peppermint oil actually incorporates into the mixture, don’t just leave it with it floating on the top.  If you’re thinking that oil and water don’t mix, the sugar is an emulsifier, so it will blend, it just takes a little time.

 

To make the Drink

  • 1/8tsp Peppermint Simple Syrup or if you have a pipette, use 10 drops
  • 12oz of Cranberry Juice
  • 2 oz of Champagne

Mix all ingredients and sip the day away, this really is delightful!

 

What Would You Name it?

 

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We took it to an abandoned house to photograph it.  It looked so pretty and with a name like “thats delightful” I had to photograph it in a place that gave it some grit.  Your welcome.

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Sugar Scrub…me Down

Here is another of my favorite Essential Oil Recipes for a Sugar Scrub.  It is so silky and sofa king easy to make! I cant live a day without it in my shower and my husband is now asking for it too.

 

Sugar Scrub…Me Down:

  • 2 cups granulated Sugar
  • 1 cup Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Fractionated Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, or Jojoba Oil
  • 10 Drops Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil (lavender is my go to for this one)

Directions:

  1. Mix all the oils in a mixer until totally combined
  2. Add in the sugar and Mix until thoroughly combined scraping down the sides of the bowl

Store in glass containers, you can put them in jars with a label and give as wonderful gifts.  but beware, they can make the bottom of your shower a little slippery, not like super slippery but a little.  So don’t give this to grandma as you don’t want her to fall, but definitely give it to your mother in law.

 

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Not your Grandma’s Lavender Oil!

Let’s get off on the right foot!!!!!

Lavender Oil is great to give to your friend that talks too much:

 

Ok, so now that we’re off to a good start, we can talk about lavender with as much seriousness as I can muster.  Which is quite a bit because it’s early and I haven’t had any wine yet.

Lavender Essential Oil has been used and cherished for centuries for its unmistakable aroma and myriad benefits. In ancient times, the Egyptians and Romans used Lavender for bathing, relaxation, cooking, and as a perfume.  And while this all sounds well and good, you’ve probably read it a thousand times because Lavender oils is the oil of grandmothers.  It is comforting and has been around (rightfully so,) for ages.  The reason Lavender oil is so boring, and because it is tried and true; it is safe and it is effective. Today, lavender oil is extracted mostly from the flowers of the lavender plant, primarily through steam distillation, which produces a much different product than was used in ancient Egyptian or Roman times.  Today oils are much more pure (depending on the source) and some say thinner than oils distilled in ancient times.  One thing for sure is that with todays testing, (with the oils I use at least) you can make sure that if you are buying a great brand of oils, you will get consistency from bottle to bottle.

Recently a lot of research is being done around essential oils and using them medicinally, which I am super excited about.  A couple of studies that I recently came across taught me a couple of things that I didn’t know.

Recent research shows that Lavender Essential Oil improves blood circulation and reduces blood pressure. Improved circulation, increases oxygen that is available to your cells, organs, brain and skin.  Since oxygen is necessary for proper cell regeneration and function, lavender essential oil can be a great thing to add to your health arsenal.  It has also been proven to treat insomnia in a recent study which may be why everyone talks about putting a drop on your pillow; don’t you love how science is catching up with experiential knowledge of centuries ago.

Linalool is one of the major naturally occurring chemicals in Lavender oil.  Linalool is an anxiolytic, which means natural stress reducer. Although Linalool is available from a variety of plants, Lavender has it in very high concentrates.  In this study linalool from coriander seeds was shown to prevent the growth of HepG2 cancer cells, and since the amount of linalool used in the studies was equal to 25 drops of lavender oil, it could prove to be a promising tool in the fight against cancer, but of course more research will need to be done.

Camphor is another of the naturally occurring chemicals in Lavender Oil.  It is the part of the oil that is antispasmodic, antiseptic, decongestant, anesthetic, sedative and nervous pacifier, antineuralgic, anti-inflammatory, disinfectant, and insecticide substance.  WOW, that is a mouthful.  It is the part that gives Lavender a ton of other benefits beyond those your grandmother was telling you about.

Lavender oil reduces the appearance of surface skin imperfections. Now Were Talking…. You say wrinkles, and my ears poke up.

 

“Forgiveness is the smell that lavender gives out when you tread on it.” -Mark Twain

 

15 Uses for Lavender:

  • Take a Lavender Bath. Put 5 drops of Lavender into 1 Cup Epson salts then add to your bath water for an ultra-relaxing experience.
  • Head to Toe Rest! After a hard work out or a long day on your feet, rub lavender along with Lemongrass on your legs and feet.  It will help soothe sore muscles and allow you to fully rest.
  • Take the Acrid Out of Vinegar. Add 4-5 drops of Lavender oil to your Vinegar Cleaning Mixture for a better scent.
  • Quick Fix. Mix three parts fractionated coconut oil with 1 part Lavender essential oil in a small glass spray bottle or in a roller ball and roll on to help clear up skin irritation associated with chafing.
  • Bring on the ZZZS. Rub on the bottoms of the feet for a more restful sleep.
  • Enjoy a fresh and Clean Mattress. Sprinkle a mixture of 1 cup baking soda and 10 drops Lavender essential oil all over your mattress.  Allow the mixture to sit for an hour then use the vacuum hose to clean it up.  You can also add Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Clove or Rosemary.
  • Ouch! That’s Hot! Put 2-3 drops Lavender oil on a minor burn to decrease pain. I recently did this after I spilled scorching hot tea on my hand at Starbucks and luckily had my lavender with me. Result: NO redness, swelling or pain. NO sign of any burn. Lavender works wonders!
  • The Oatmeal Secret. Fill a baby food jar with oatmeal, add 5-8 drops of Lavender oil, When it’s time to wash your face, add water and it becomes an excellent natural scrub.  A little goes a long way
  • A sleep time Trick. A few drops of Lavender oil placed on a pillow will help a restless toddler (or adult) fall asleep and stay asleep.
  • Flavor Twist. Lavender is a flavor enhancer Lavender Sea Saltis a welcome addition to many savory dishes adding to risotto and rice, and makes a fragrant rub for chicken, fish, or lamb, and an unusual and subtle flavor enhancer for freshly cooked vegetables, especially asparagus. Lavender Sugar, you’ll love the flavor it adds to your baked goods and drinks. Try stirring into hot or iced tea, use to sweeten scone and muffin batter, sprinkle over sugar cookies before baking.
  • Drop Lavender oil on cut to stop bleeding, clean wound, and kill bacteria.
  • Take the Ouch Out. 1 drop of pure Lavender Essential Oil will help relieve the pain and sensitivity of occasional sore gums, dry or chapped lips, occasional scrapes and abrasions or after too much sun
  • Clear the Mind. Rub 2-3 drops of lavender oil in your cupped palms, then use the inhalation method to draw the scent all the way into your amygdala gland (the emotional warehouse) in your brain to calm the mind. Then, rub on the feet, temples, wrists (or anywhere) for an immediate calming effect on the body. Great for use in crowded areas like planes or subways to carve out your own personal oasis.
  • Put a drop of Lavender oil on a bee sting or insect bite to stop itching reduce swelling.
  • Therapeutic Dish and Laundry Soap, If your liquid soap smells a bit flat, you can add Lavender for additional aromatherapy benefits. It transforms your cleaning experience.

 

Lavender flavored Sea Salt & Sugar

  1. Add 5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil to 1/4cup Sea Salt or Sugar and Mix thoroughly.
  2. Store in a Glass Container or Give in a Jelly Jar.  Add a Label to make a Perfect gift for all the foodie’s in your life.

 

Then Just in case you need a place to store your pencils while letting everyone know what you think, I made this:

And you can get it here https://www.zazzle.com/essential_oils_pencil_case-256252344218509735

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you love Studded Black leather and Essential Oils? #TheStruggleIsReal

I love being a rebel.  I think black leather and studs are so sexy and feminine with a bit of edge and opinion.  My dichotomy is that I also love essential oils, Yoga and other soft feminine things.  Finding the balance between the myriad of dichotomies that I used to define myself is where the struggle gets real.  I might have a polarized personality disorder. 

“Essential Oils Aren’t Just For Mom’s”

I recently read an article entitled “essential oils aren’t just for moms”, but in reality, essential oils help moms tremendously, and that is where the essential oil community seems to be existing; right now, at least.  It is like a little cloud of sunshine that beams down on small golden haired children playing in parks with their glowing moms that are so proud of them. I’t reallly lovely actually, but sometimes I do think that  I need to start taking pictures of me putting essential oils on my mutts (and by mutts I mean darling rescues 1 labradoodle and 1 jack a poo.  Mac and Donkey respectively) and Donkey even has golden hair.  The truth is that those of us that want to do yoga, stay fit, wear studded leather leggings drink green smoothies by day, Negroni’s by night, and wear heels that no sane person is comfortable in, also love essential oils.  I was beyond excited when I found the recipe for “Rebel” essential oil blend of perfume…


Rebel Blend Essential Oil Blend Perfume

  • 3 drops Lime Essential Oil
  • 3 drops Fennel Essential Oil
  • 3 drops Patchouli Essential Oil

Put in a 10ml roller ball and top off with Fractionated Coconut oil, apply frequently


According to Organicfacts.net: Lime oil is an antidepressant and antiarthritic substance. It can reduce pain in the muscles and joints and is a very good antioxidant. So it is very good for emotional health as well as good for after yoga, a long dog walk, an afternoon in the park, or walking in those heels.

While I spent a summer in Italy I learned the beauty, that is, adding chopped fennel to salads, however the medicinal benefits of applying the oil are also of great use. Again according to Organicfacts.net: Health Benefits of Fennel  Oil. The health benefits of Fennel essential oil can be attributed to its properties as an antiseptic, antispasmodic, aperitif, carminative, depurative, diuretic, emenagogue, expectorant, galactogogue, laxative, stimulant, stomachic, splenic, tonic and vermifuge substance.  I’m going to have to google some of those words, wtf is an carminative or an emmenagogue?  Either way a laxative is great for getting into your leather leggings.  Emotionally and spiritually, fennel is said to support a person’s responsibility (or confidence in their ability to respond). This means it might help a person struggling with self-doubt, low self-esteem, lack of motivation, accountability, or stubbornness, ( I could use the help with the stubbornness) and help them live in alignment with their values and integrity. Historically, it was even used to bestow strength and courage to warriors, and may support stamina and longevity by strengthening the solar plexus.  This is exactly what a rebel needs.

And good old Patchouli oil isn’t for hippies anymore. At least as far as I’m concerned it isn’t.  These days it is highly regarded for reducing depression, which was maybe why all the hippies in the 60s appeared to be so happy (it might have been the “free love”) but for the purposes of this post, I’m sticking with the patchouli being an anti depressant.

There you have it, let’s be oil loving, studded leather wearing, dog walking, child admiring, peacekeeping, REBEL WEARING, Gangstas

P.S. Here’s a Picture of Donkey

P.P.S. Please don’t think I love Donkey more than Mac, it’s just that Donkey is tan colored and mac is black, making mac a bitch to photograph well.  I’ll try.

What outfit or perfume brings out your inner Rebel?

Homemade Lotion that’s Sofa King Awesome!!!

It seems like through the years you collect things, right!  You collect a solid girlfriend every  year or so.  You collect favorite sweaters, memories, recipes, habits, ideas.  If you’re like me, you’re more selective in the things that you keep as the years pass, but you still collect things.  I have probably given more books back to half price books than I have kept as I have gotten more selective.  Looking back is one of the beautiful things that makes aging awesome.  I picked up a couple of solid friends in high school, a couple in my 20s,  few in my 30s, and now I in my 40s I have at least 10 besties that I can call and more importantly, count on, to be both honest and supportive.  As I have aged, my wardrobe has gotten amazing. I own clothes from 3 decades and have kept my favorite and coolest items, which always pair well with whatever is in season.  My house lounging clothes have gotten better too.  There’s nothing like a broken in sweat shirt and pair of leggings to rock around the house on a Sunday, it beats something new every time. I eat way better food in my 40s than I ever did in my 20s, and I drink better wine and gin these days too.  My relationship with Scott has become way less volatile, we fight less and laugh more.  Aging is awesome, but you know what isn’t awesome; the appearance of aging!!!  I told Scott in my early 20s to save his money because I was cool with getting older, but I was not ok with looking older, and the day would come when he would need to pay a plastic surgeon.  His response was making me watch a documentary called “plastic surgery gone wrong”, afterwords I started to develop a plan. I didn’t want to look old and I didn’t want plastic surgery either.

I still haven’t had any “work” done, and I don’t plan to, but shortly after watching that documentary, I began to think about my skin and my appearance with a slightly different perspective.  You know the perspective you have when you realize that you better take care of it while it’s still young, because it won’t be forever.  I began cutting chemicals out of my skin care regime and making a lot of my own products. Many product will make your skin feel soft and silky, but the key is to find products that are actually nourishing your skin.  Most products available in grocery and department stores are made using petroleum byproducts which actually seal off the surface of your skin not allowing it to breathe (think petroleum jelly here), they have phthalates which are known hormone disruptors and affect how your body produces hormones, or Sodium Laureate/Laurel sulfates which are another synthetic chemical that are used in engine degreasers and strip your skin of it’s natural oils. It is totally gross, and there is a solution.  Find/make good nourishing  skin care products, look to nature and realize that tons of people are already doing the research so you don’t have to. Buy Organic ingredients, and you can make organic products.

Here is my ultimate favorite lotion recipe.  I have had girlfriends steal this lotion, offer to buy this lotion from me,and beg for the lotion.  It really is a great moisturizer and a great gift doesn’t just feel luxurious and silky on your skin, it makes your skin feel luxurious and silky.  There is a big difference.


Sofa King Awesome Homemade Moisturizer

  • 7 TBSP Almond Oil
  • 2 TBSP Beeswax
  • 2 TBSP Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 1 TBSP Cocoa Butter
  • 1 tsp anhydrous lanolin
  • 9 TBSP Distilled Water
  • 2 TBSP Vegetable Glycerin
  • 1/2 tsp Borax
  • 15 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
  • 15 drops Myrhh Essential Oil
  • 15 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 15 Drops Geranium Essential oil

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan over low heat or in a double boiler, warm the base oils, beeswax, cocoa butter and lanolin until the cocoa butter and beeswax are just melted.  In another pan, warm the water and vegetable glycerin, add the board and stir until the borax is incorporated.
  2. Remove both pans from the heat and allow their contents to cool almost to body temperature, until the oils/wax/butter/lanolin mixture just being to thicken and becomes slightly opaque.  It will be like a loose salve, This should take 5-10 minutes depending on the temperature of your kitchen. This is the most important part and I learned the hard way by trying to rush that the mixture won’t combine if both parts aren’t about the same temp. I did it probably 10 times before I figured out that there isn’t a short cut here, you have to be patient and particular with this step, and the rest will come together so much easier.   Sometimes if one is cooling faster than the other I’ll just put the heat on the cooler one for a second to try and get them the same temp.
  3. Immediately pour the oils/was/butter/lanolin picture into a blender scraping the sides of the saucepan to get every last bit.  Place the lid on the blender and remove the lid’s plastic piece. Turn the blender on medium and slowly drizzle the water/glycerin/borax picture through the center of the lid into the vortex of swirling fats below.  Closely watch want happens, almost immediately, the lotion will begin to thicken.  Blend for 5-10 seconds more, turn off the blender and check the consistency.  It should have a smooth texture.  if  the mixtures are not combining properly, turn off the blender and give the lotion a few manual stirs with a spatula to free up the blender blades, then replace the lid and blend on medium for another 5-10 seconds, repeat this until the ingredients combine and stabilize.
  4. Once ingredients are combined turn off the blender and add the essential oils, stirring a few times to mix them in, then blend completely on medium for another 5-10 seconds until the lotion is smooth and pale yellow.
  5. Pour the finished lotion into storage containers and lightly cover each container with a paper towel and allow the lotion to cool for 30 minutes before capping to prevent condensation build up on the inside of the jar.
  6. You can store at room temperature for 30 days, or in the fridge for 3-6 months.

 

This will make a big batch for me or a few small gifts for friends.  I use the little 1/2 pint wide mouth jelly jars to put it in with a little sticker and give them out for Valentines Day, Mothers Day or any other Holiday.

As I was writing the recipe out, I was thinking about all the qualities each of the ingredients have and how I was initially skeptical of the borax.  I got this as an organic healthy ingredient, but couldn’t help but wonder how putting laundry detergent on my face was going to be helpful.  I thought it might be helpful for others to go through each of the ingredients in this recipe and talk about exactly how they nourish your skin which ultimately doesn’t just make your skin look or feel good from a superficial standpoint, but actually nourishes your skin so that it looks and feels good because, it is in fact, healthier, after you apply it.

Almond Oil: Rich in Vitamin E, monounsaturated fatty acids, proteins, potassium and zinc, and a number of other minerals and vitamins. Almond Oils is a light weight to medium weight base oil that can be used in a variety of different body care recipes.

Beeswax: It provides a protective barrier over your skin, but is a humectant, which means it attracts moisture to your skin.  it is also anti bacterial and anti viral, so is great to help blemishes and chapped or reddened skin.  It is also a thickener in most recipes and will add a bit of body to the lotion or creme.  It is often times why chopstick stays solid.

Coconut oil: soothes eczema, sunburn and psoriasis, and its antiviral and antifungal. Coconut oil contains 3 fatty acids: capric acid, lauric acid and caprylic acid. Each of these acids kill candida, a common cause of fungal infection on your skin. Coconut Oil in its unrefined virgin form stays solid below 76degrees, this allows it to keep your lotion more firm at room temperature, but to liquify and be absorbed by the skin when your skin warms it

Cocoa Butter: derived from the cocoa bean this sweet chocolate-fragranced emollient butter, like coconut oil is solid at room temperature and melts when it touches your skin.  It has a high concentration of antioxidant compounds, including oleic acid, palmitic acid, and stearic acid. all three fatty acids help neutralize free radicals throughout the body, particularly in the skin. By reducing the occurrence of oxidative stress, cocoa butter can help reduce signs of aging, including wrinkles and age marks. Research has also shown cocoa butter to reduce the appearance of scars on the skin and help to boost overall skin health.

Anhydrous Lanolin:  is a natural byproduct of processing animal wool,  Since lanolin is chemically similar to wax, it has a number of applications in various industries and has been used to prevent rust on metal. Lanolin is also structurally similar to lipids found in human skin cells, which makes lanolin readily absorbed through the skin.  As such, it acts as a carrier base to facilitate the absorption of other compounds mixed with lanolin into the skin.  It is important to know that, while Anhydrous Lanolin is naturally occurring, there is a synthetic chemical modeled after the naturally occurring one called “cholecalciferol” or “Vitamin D3” that aren’t the same thing.

Vegetable Glycerine: is an humectant and draws moisture to the skin, but also sends signals to skin cells to complete skin maturation. Psoriasis is known to happen when skin cells die to rapidly and slough off prematurely.

Borax: is a naturally occurring compound mined in the United States, China, Ukraine, Turkey and India with the largest mine being in California. Borax is known to help smooth rough skin as well as fight off Candida and Fungus. In this recipe it serves as an emulsifier, allowing the water based products to combine with the oil based products.

Frankincense Essential Oil: is a powerful astringent, meaning it helps protect skin cells. It works on the matrix structure, or underneath layers of the skin that helps give skin elasticity and shape.   It can be used to help reduce acne blemishes, the appearance of large pores, prevent wrinkles, and it even helps lift and tighten skin to naturally slow signs of aging. Its sweet heavy fragrance reduces anxiety and tension by slowing and deepening the breath.

Myrrh Essential Oil: is in its powerful antioxidant, antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, expectorant, and antispasmodic properties. Yes, that is a mouth full.  It is known that Cleopatra used Myrrh as part of her skin regime, so well, it’s good enough for me.  Please not you should avoid using Myrrh if you are pregnant or epileptic, instead use double the Frankincense.

Lavender Essential Oil:  According to dermatologists and aromatherapists, lavender essential oil because of its anti -bacterial qualities is one of the most beneficial oils in the treatment of acne.  Acne develops due to a bacterial infection near the sebum gland. When sebum cannot be properly secreted from the sebum glands, it begins to build up, and bacteria feeds off of it, creating a vicious cycle of irritation, infection, and visible sores that can result in scaring of the skin.  Lavender essential oil inhibits the bacteria that cause the initial infection, helps to regulate some of the over-excretion of sebum by hormonal manipulation, and can reduce the signs of scarring after the acne has begun to heal. Adding a small amount of lavender essential oil to other skin creams or ointments can greatly increase the potential for relief and healing.

Geranium Essential Oil: is a lot of things, but a Cicatrisant is one that is particularly useful for the skin.   Everyone wants their skin to be free from scars and after marks of fat-cracks, surgeries, and acne. Unfortunately, many people end up spending a fortune and trying all the available cosmetic solutions on the market and still don’t get the desired results. They could have avoided a waste of time and money had they tried Geranium Oil first. It is a powerful cicatrisant, so it helps the scars and other spots on the skin to fade and vanish. It facilitates blood circulation just below the surface of skin and also helps promote a uniform distribution of melanin.  Additionally it helps to alleviate water retention in the legs resulting from poor circulation.  It helps to break up cellulite in the legs, and like Lavender helps to regulate sebum production resulting in less acne.

 

What Other Essential Oils do You think would be good in this Recipe?

 

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Essential Oils, Your Antioxidant Ninja?

One of my must have blends of Essential Oils is the Protective blend, it is my antioxidant Ninja, it kicks ass and takes names.  It has oils from cloves, orange peels, Cinnamon Bark/Leafs, Eucalyptus Leaf and Rosemary Leaf and Flower.

You can completely ignore this paragraph, it is the legal disclaimers I have to throw out there.  Skip to the next paragraph if you don’t want to be bored out of your mind.  The FDA is very strict about what claims can be made or not about all substances and although the FDA has given Essential Oils the GRAS or generally regarded as safe designation, I do have to insert the following disclaimer: Essential Oils do not cure, prevent or treat any diseases. However, although I am a total rule follower, I am also a gangsta.  I don’t think it is entirely fair to exclude the discussion of essential oils as they pertain (or could pertain) to peoples health.  So, my work around, is to discuss the chemical compounds in each of the oils in this protective blend.  Because there is plenty of scientific research on them, so one by one, we can go through the main ingredients in the oils to find out exactly what the active chemical compounds are, and then look at studies that find results about how those chemical compounds effect the body.

Essential oils are very complex, just like ninjas, with some essential oils having hundreds of chemicals that are naturally occurring in every drop and ninjas have billions of cells and lots of tricks. I don’t have the time, patience or brain capacity to cover all of the oils, chemical and ninja skills, so I’ll go over the main ones (the chemicals in the oils that is, not the ninja tricks).  It is important to distinguish that there are naturally occurring chemicals like the ones derived from plans oils that are found in quality essential oils, and synthetic or man made chemicals that mimic the naturally occurring ones.  For the sake of my sanity, I am only talking about naturally occurring chemicals here unless otherwise mentioned, mostly because I don’t want to type the words “naturally occurring” 4,000 times, although this blog post would pop up higher on google searches if I did.

Clove Oil; There have been studies done on the effectiveness and free radicals in clove oil, which happens to be the second listed ingredient in my preferred protective blend.  All food substances are rated on what is called an ORAC scale or (oxygen radical absorption capacity) or a foods ability to fight free radicals.  WTF is a Free Radical, we hear it all the time, but lets take a second to digest a little free radical info.

Imagine a regular, standard cell that has a neutron with 4 protons orbiting it.  Right standard 4th grade science.  Now imagine a cell that is pretty radical, it’s missing a proton aaaand, it’s pissed about it… right, it only has 3 of its 4protons.  (these are things like cigarette smoke, off-gassing plastics and many other things) This radical cell goes into your body and takes one of the protons from a cell in your body,, right, it needs a proton.  This causes the cell that it just stole the proton from to become  a free radical (short a proton) that cell then steals a proton from a different neighboring, close by cell which steals a proton, and you can see where this is going.  There’s a chain reaction that never ends!!!. The moral of the story is the more free radicles that are taken into your body through toxic air, off-gassing plastics, smoking or a whole slew of other things, the more your cells are unsound and trying to get the protons by stealing from each other or morphing in other ways.  The best weapon to stabilize a free radical is an antioxidant.  Antioxidants are cells that have an extra proton and they lend it to the cells that have been stolen from to stabilize them (really freely like a hippie gives out food) so that every cell has the proper ratio of protons to neutrons.  This is where the ORAC score and Clove oil come in. When we think about foods rich in antioxidants (antioxidant foods), the blueberry usually comes to mind.  Blueberries score 6,000 (six thousand, just so we are clear) on the orac scale.  Cloves on the other hand, depending on which study you are looking at score over 10 million.[1] Yes, you read that right, 10 million So you can see how giving your body a boost of clove oil, gives it a boat load of of antioxidants to use in the battle against free radicals.  This is so much better than leaving those sneaky little free radicals un-attended which can lead to (depending on if the fda approves you saying so or not) leads to disease, inflammation, lower immune response and a whole slew of other uncomfortable things.  Incidentally, the next closest food to the clove on the ORAC chart is the Chinese wolfberry which comes in a 100,000 so only 1 /100th of the antioxidants, but I’m sure tastes lovely.  I’m planning on 1st finding out if they are poisonous and 2nd procuring some so that I can try them if it is safe.

1st on the list of ingredients here is Orange oil.  (if you’re wondering why I did that out of order, it’s because Ninja’s are always full of surprises, and apparently I want to be too).  Orange oil(Citrus sinensis)  is a time-tested remedy (although probably not FDA approved, I’m not sure) going back thousands of years. It is documented that people of China, India, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean have used orange to ease symptoms of colds and for cleansing as well as during purification rituals. Many different cultures have also used it for improved digestion, skin problems, cleaning and lifting depression. I mean really, who doesn’t feel better when it smells yummy in the house.  It is also said that Christopher Columbus carried orange seeds with him on his long journey to the Americas. So it’s quite the oil historically speaking that is.

The most prominent photochemical in orange oil is d-limonene. D-limonene is a  powerhouse!  The amount of research being done on D-limonene is steadily increasing but is not by any means of the imagination, exhaustive; there is still so much that can be done, and were on our way. Orange Essential Oil or, citrus sinuses is 80-96% d-limonene so when talking about d-limonene although we can’t substitute the words Wild Orange, orange oil is 80-96% d-limonene… just sayin.

 One PubMed article identifies d-limonene as “Being a solvent of cholesterol, d-limonenehas been used clinically to dissolve cholesterol-containing gallstones. Because of its gastric acid neutralizing effect and its support of normal peristalsis, it has also been used for relief of heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux (GERD). D-limonenehas well-established chemopreventive activity against many types of cancer. Evidence from a phase I clinical trial demonstrated a partial response in a patient with breast cancer and stable disease for more than six months in patients with colorectal cancer.”   blah blah blah.. if you read that quickly you are way better than me.  It took me a few reads, and a couple of google search terms to figure out what it meant.   It is showing to be effective in breast cancer trials.  Big surprise there, alternative medicine has always been “rumored” to be helpful against disease.

Another preliminary study published shows that Limonene D dLimonene, a non-nutrient dietary component, has been found to inhibit various cancer cell growths without toxicity;  Journal of Carcinogenesis. 2009, Vol. 8 Issue 1, Special section p1-9. 9p.  In this Study conducted at the university of Italy, orange essential oils was investigated against three micro-organisms; Staph, Listeria and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, the third of which is lesser known but causes pneumonia and UTI’s. ‘Two of the three oils tested were significantly active against the listeria, while the Valencia was active against all three  (If it can fight these three germs, I’ll use it to clean my counter).   So really, the main chemical in orange essential oils is d-limonene which has shown to reduce cancer cells, inhibit cancer cell growth as well as fight staph, listeria and other germs.  I’ll take some, Yes Please!

Tired of getting “Hangry” or more importantly are your co-workers and family tired of you getting “angry”?  Next up on our list of ingredients for the Protective Blend is Cinnamon Bark/Leaf, although you can read tons of articles about the health benefits of cinnamon an placebo controlled double blind trial published in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine showed that when taken twice a day, participants taking cinnamon twice a day had lowered fasting blood sugar levels, as well as lower blood sugar levels after ingesting 75G of carbs over the placebo group that showed no difference.2

Eucalyptus Oil, is another powerhouse… are you seeing a trend?  The protective blend is filled with them.  Eucalyptus has wide ranging properties that include anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, antiseptic, antibacterial.   Boy is that a mouth full.  In a recent Study published here it confirmed the anti bacterial properties, but went on to show synergistic qualities of eucalyptus oil when used in combination with conventional antibiotics against Acinetobacter baumannii (which we also know as a “super Bug” ).  The study goes on to say that eucalyptus oil has radical scavenging properties and shows capacity to inhibit the lipid peroxidation (that is the whole stealing of electrons by free radicals we talked about earlier) Can I get a “Hell Yeahhhh!

The last ingredient in the protective blend is the Rosemary Oil. It has an ORAC score of 3,300, so again it is a free radical fighting agent, but its major chemical compound is carnosol, which has been shown to be anti inflammatory among other things. Carnosol, has been evaluated for anti-cancer property in prostate, breast, skin, leukemia, and colon cancer with promising results.(4)  Pretty impressive!

 

So you can see how a combination of these oils is great for killing germs in your home, as well as fighting free radicals in your body.  Hospitals around the country have began using essential oils for a combination of things including, reducing stress of staff and patients in emergency rooms, fighting germs, and purifying.  One hospital in Washington state just had a 2 day training on essential oils and potential uses in fighting “super bugs”, but I simply can’t remember where I heard it.  It is super exciting from my perspective because over the years I have tried to do everything I can to have my home be as non toxic and natural as possible.  What I have known for years based on my own experiential knowledge is now being supported by science.  Yippie for the Hippy!!!  Here is a list of 15 uses for the Protective blend and a super easy recipe for an antibacterial hand sanitizer.


Alcohol Free, Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer

  •  5 TBSP Aloe Vera Gel
  • 4 TBSP Water
  • ¼ tsp Vitamin E Oil
  • 8-10 drops On Guard

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl and fill a small squeeze container for moisturizing hand sanitizer on the go.  That is really awesome, and doesn’t dry out your hands like those alcohol based ones, but this does take a little bit longer to dry. And you should use caution with this sanitizer and numb chucks, as they might slip out of your hands.


15 Uses for Protective Blend

  1. Sniffle Season? Fight it by diffusing  Protective Blend anytime you are concerned about seasonal threats or those “things that get passed around” at schools, gyms, work or other crowded venues.
  2. Get Charged. Mix a few drops of protective blend with 2 drops lemon Essential oil and honey in a teaspoon to soothe your throat during winter or any dry season.
  3. Pimp Your Carpets. Add 15 drops of protective blend to a cup of baking soda, Mix, sprinkle, allow it to sit for up to an hour, then vacuum it clean!
  4. Clean the Grub out of the Tub… in a Pleasing Way. Mix 5-6 drops with half a cup of baking soda to clean your bath tub and skip all the harsh chemicals.
  5. Be Naturally On Guard, All Day. Let protective blend with wild orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary support your immune system.  One of the most popular ways to use protective blend is to add a few drops to a Veggie Capsule and Swallow.  Bam!  Immune System Boost!
  6. Augment Your Air Filters. Put a few drops of protective blend on your Car’s cabin air filter or home air filters to obliterate Dank, stale filtered air.. right from the duct.
  7. “An Ounce of Prevention…” Some people amp up their Zink or Vitamin C intake (Via orange juice) every autumn. If this is you, add a few drops of protective blend to your juice for added protection or take it in water to eliminate the sugar from the juice.
  8. Help for your Speaking Docket. If you’re a “close Talker” or public speaker, create a protective mouth rinse by adding a drop of protective blend to 4-6oz of water, gargle and pep up your Delivery.  Your breath will be fresh and your mouth will be tingly.
  9. Your Mouth Will Thank You. Try swishing protective blend with a bit of water after dental work.  You can also apply protective blend directly to your teeth and gums, or add a drop to your toothpaste to soothe irritated gums.
  10. Got a Pull Out Kitchen Cabinet Garbage Bin? Garbage inside a dark cabinet is an ideal breeding ground for horrific odors. When you take out the garbage, spray down your cabinet with protective blend and water.
  11. Eradicate That Oven Cleaner Smell. Caked on black oven gunk does not easily come off. After your oven’s self-clean cycle, spray a mix of purified water, protective blend and Lemon Essential oil onto the oven interior.  This will clear up all of the greasy smells as well as the smell of the oven cleaner.
  12. Gym Machines Will Thank You. Before climbing on to that sweaty vinyl at the gym, spray it with a mixture of protective blend and water. To protect yourself from the last users sweat.
  13. Be Protected On-The-Go. Traveling to the wide open corners of the world often leaves you without hand-sanitizer handy.
  14. Sharing is Caring… But Not Always! A few drops of protective blend in spray Bottle with Water works wonders on grimy doorknobs, hand railings and countertops. Share germs no more!
  15. Smelly Pipes Got You Down? Add 5 drops protective blend to your wash during the rinse cycle for all of the benefits of protective blend in your laundry. It will leave your laundry extra clean and smelling Great.

 

What Other Uses can you think of For Protective Blend?

 

1- http://www.ijrap.net/admin/php/uploads/360_pdf.pdf accessed 2/11/2017
2-“Cinnamon extract lowers glucose, insulin and cholesterol in people with elevated serum glucose”;  Richard A. AndersonaZhiwei ZhanbRencai LuocXiuhua GuodQingqing GuodJin ZhoueJiang KongfPaul A. DavisgBarbara J. Stoeckerh  Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine  Volume 6, Issue 4, October 2016, Pages 332–336
3-“Chemical composition, antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-quorum sensing activities of Eucalyptus globulus and Eucalyptus radiata essential oils”Ângelo LuísaAndreia DuarteaJorge GominhobFernanda DominguesaAna Paula Duarteaa CICS-UBI, Health Sciences Research Centre, University of Beira Interior, Av. Infante D. Henrique, 6200-506 Covilhã, Portugalb CEF-ISA, Centro de Estudos Florestais, Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Universidade de Lisboa, Tapada da Ajuda, 1349-017 Lisboa, Portugal Industrial Crops and Products ,Volume 79, January 2016, Pages 274–282
4-“Carnosol: A promising anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory agent”, Jeremy J. JohnsonUniversity of Illinois at Chicago, College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy Practice, USA, University of Illinois at Chicago Cancer Center, Carcinogenesis & Chemoprevention Research Program, USA. Received 29 November 2010, Revised 3 February 2011, Accepted 4 February 2011, Available online 5 March 2011. Received 25 June 2015, Revised 26 October 2015, Accepted 30 October 2015, Available online 21 November 2015 Cancer Letters Volume 305, Issue 1, 1 June 2011, Pages 1–7