Ylang Ylang in Haiku

Ylang Ylang in Haiku

Dove wings high above

Floral, sweet, narcotic sex

Jupiter’s pupil

 

Recently I read a beautiful Haiku about rain. Since I was raised outside of Seattle it took me not only back to the land of my upbringing, but to my 5th grade english lesson where we learned the art of haiku.  It is a really beautiful way to communicate, and since I need to  flex my writing muscles, I decided to give it a shot.

Ylang Ylang is an extremely sensual oil that has been known throughout history as an aphrodisiac.  The love that comes from this oil is not only about love with another person but also about love for yourself.  It relieves internal dialogue that may not serve you at any given time.  I find that sometimes without thinking of these qualities I reach for it and put some on, only to realize that it was exactly what I needed.

Let me know what you think and if you would like to see more Haiku’s

 

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Melaleuca Essential Oil. Who, What, When, Where, Why and How to use it.

Melaleuca Essential Oil.  Who, What, When, Where, Why and How to use it.

A few years ago when selling a friend an intro essential oils kit when his husband referred to them as “snake oils”.  I was a little offended as  I believe in the efficacy of essential oils, but it turns out there was a bit of truth in his statement.

Who thought to use this Plant for the Oil:  The indigenous Bundjalung people of Australia have been using Melaleuca Alternifolia  for years medicinally.  They use a poultice on wounds, inhale the oils from the crushed leaves for respiratory support and infusions were made to treat skin irritations.  These people really paved the way for us today to understand how the difference between a common name and a latin name is quite important.  In the case of this particular plant where there are several plants that fall under the “teatree” label, many of which can be poisonous when taken internally.  The specific variety Melaleuca Alternifolia seems to be much less controversial.  As always, consult with your health care professional and when we are using essential oils When in doubt, Take the Safest Route Be smart, know your body and follow all the safety protocols and dilution rates.

What is Melaleuca: Melaleuca Alternifolia is a variety of TeaTree oil which has been used across the world for centuries, and guess what, according to this website, it is the original “Snake Oil”… who knew? It has over 92 different compounds and what some believe are limitless uses, although, If I was challenged, I’m pretty sure I could find a limit, like probably not a great ice cream topping.  Back in the day Pre 1920, Captain James Cook (is anyone else thinking about star trek right now?) used the plant leaves as an infusion tea which is probably where the common name “teatree” came from.

What type of plant is it?: Melaleuca grows all over the world, but is Native to Queensland and New South Whales.  The oil is distilled from the leaves of the plant, which is grown to the appropriate height then chopped off for harvest, and then just starts growing again making it a farmers delight.  It sure doesn’t seem as finicky as other plants, but in as much it is sure a powerhouse.

When and Where: Teatree in general “is commonly acceptable as an antimicrobial agent to  calm and fungal issues of the scalp and feet.” (Schnaubelt, Kurt, The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils, 2011, p 18) Although wikipedia says this is absolutely not true.  Go Figure, there’s a dispute about how to use essential oils.   Schnaubelt goes on to say that 1-3 drops of Teatree in a glass of water when drunk multiple times a day can affect cystitis or an inflamed unrinary bladder. (p134) Although wikipedia says it is poisonous when taken internally.   I personally base my decision about where to use this oil on the purity of the oils I use and knowing my body well enough to feel when something doesn’t agree with it.  But I also believe that the safest option is the best option.   Don’t forget to dilute it in a carrier oil.  Even if your skin is fine with it today, it might not be fine with it a year from now as skin sensitivities can build up over extended amounts of time increasing from not noticeable initially to extremely painful after multiple exposures.  Dilute Dilute Dilute.

One of the things that I absolutely loooovvvveeee to do is put 2 drops of melaleuca in my facial cleanser along with 2 drops of peppermint and give my face, neck and decollate a little massage in the shower.  After I rinse it off my face, it is left tingly and great.

Because I am a geek about how things work, but am not a science geek I have read how essential oils can affect a virus, but I just couldn’t picture it in my head. Until, I found this gem of a video, Voila… I now get it.  It shows how Oregano and Melaleuca can work together to get inside a virus and kill it.

 

Which  I Found interesting because I recently also came across a study done by Johns Hopkins that was published in the Journal of Infectious Disease and preventative Medicine that outlines how essential oils both in combination with existing antibiotics and without could be the answer to defense against the rise in “super bugs” or antibiotic resistant bacteria.  It is proving effective because of essential oils ability to penetrate the walls of a cell and get to the virus.    BAM… Take that all you “snake oil” naysayers!!!

 

Why:  I love my melaleuca, here are the top 5 reasons I will reach for it.

  1. To put in my facial wash
  2. to zap a blemish on my skin Just roll a little on
  3. I mix it in a little water and spray the inside of my husbands shoes to get rid of the smell.
  4. I roll it on the front of my throat the minute it starts to tickle (you know not a good tickle, but the kind when your about to go down and your voice is gone so you can’t even shout about it.)
  5. I add Melaleuca and lemon to my household surface cleaner.  They’re both antibacterial.

How:  do I use this lovely oil you ask.  Well my favorite thing when I am looking to apply it topically is to use the melaleuca touch which is pre-diluted with a carrier oil in a roller bottle so that it comes safely ready for everyone in your house to use.   But because I’m a freak I also have the 15ml bottle of oil that I can use to put drops in my cleaning solutions.  Here’s 2 of my favorites.

 

 

Throw out Your Comet and use this instead: Super Scrub

  • Put 1 cup of baking soda in a mason jar with a flip lid
  • Add 10 drops Lemon
  • Add 10 drops Melaleuca
  • Shake it up and sprinkle wherever you need a little gentle scrubbing action.

 

Here is the link to the mason jar tops that turn your mason jars into a shaker bottle, They’re freaking awesome.  I love that ball and other jar companies are finding ways to make re-useable things for us so that we aren’t creating so much trash.  Here’s what it looks like.

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Pretty Rad huh!  I can’t wait until they make different colors, but Green work great for now.  You just replace this with the metal disk that goes on top of your jar, then add the existing band that you already used with it over the top of this.  Depending on how much scrubby stuff you go through you can select different size jars.

 

Multi Surface Cleaner

  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 15 drops Melaleuca
  • 15 drops Lemon

Shake and spray on any surface to clean and disinfect.

And here is a link to the glass jars I use for my multi surface spray cleaner they come with chalk labels on them. Otherwise you can get the bottles and labels separately on amazon.

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For more power first sprinkle on the baking soda then put the vinegar mixture over the top and it will foam up a bit.  Love doing this for the super hard places to get clean. (like dog crates…uggghhh)

 

Let me know in the comments what your favorite use for Melaleuca Oil is, or what future blog posts you would like to see.

Contraindications of Melaleuca: Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

 

That’s it for now, I hope you enjoy

xo

s

Why use Peppermint Essential Oil

Why use Peppermint Essential Oil

Ahhh Peppermint Essential Oil, it is one of my favorites.  It can do a plethora of things from helping cool your body to keeping ants and spiders out of your house.  Here’s the skinny on this fantastic oil and how I use it… what seems like daily.

Who came up with the bright idea to use this plant originally.   It came on the scene with the Romans and Greeks who would crown themselves with peppermint at their feasts.  It was also used by them to season both sauces and wines (I’m not entirely confident in their wine decisions, but I guess it’s too late to really tell them).  Although there is a little evidence that it was also used by the Egyptians, it was definitely used by the Roman and Greek Physicians in their medical practice.

In Greek Mythology, of course, it has a romantic somewhat tragic story.  Mint was once the nymph Menthe, whom Pluto had wondering eyes for because she was super hot.  Persephone, Pluto’s jealous wife, pursued Mentha gave her a smack down like no other, ferociously beating her into the ground.  Pluto then changed Menthe into a delightful herb, and she was no longer a problem for Persephone.

What is peppermint?  Peppermint (menthe piperita) is considered the “River of Creativity”, peppermint is a plant that grows from 1-3 feet in height.  The oil is steam distilled from the leaves and flowers of the plant.

When do you use it?  Well if you’re me, every day.  I love the way that it smells, and it’s cooling affect on the body.  Historically it has been used in tons of medical treatments.  It is even the original chemical constituent that is synthetically reproduced in aspirin, “always use peppermint instead of aspirin“-Tisserand, 1977 p269.  Tisserand goes on to quote many essential oil scholars about the cooling affect it has on the body, the stimulation of the bowel, its ability to dispell nausea as well as its antiseptic qualities.  I never travel out of the country without it, as when traveling across Thailand in a train, or using public restrooms in Cuba, I need it to either help stave off motion sickness, or cover unbearable smells by rubbing it under my nose.

While Peppermint is also used to relive skin irritation or itching, for some, it can also be very irritating to the skin and should always be diluted to less than 1%, as over time the body can become sensitized to it and a sudden reaction could happen (Tisserand, 1977, p270).  It should also be avoided while pregnant or nursing. Tisserand also states that “when applied externally it relieves the breast of curdled or congested milk and prevents infection.  Internally it will discourage the flow of milk to the breast“. Which makes no sense to me after he says not to use it while breastfeeding or pregnant, but, hey I’m not one of the worlds leading experts in Essential Oils, so I’m not going to argue with him.

A great time to use Peppermint essential Oil is during meditation as it helps you to truly remain present.  It is also said that it can help you get in touch with your subconscious and deep inner feelings, with peppermint in the diffuser make sure you take some time to journal, as it will be a very effective journaling session.

Complimentary stones to use in combination with Peppermint for any spiritual practice would be Apache Tears, Orbicular Jasper, Orthoceras Fossil, Elestial Crystal, Time Link Crystal (Limbo 2016, p173-174)

Where is Peppermint grown?  Well if you know anything about gardening, you know that it grows just about everywhere and invades into flower beds often taking over where you don’t want it to. Many gardeners consider it a weed and fight like hell to keep it contained.  I have felt a lot like Persephone while trying to keep my peppermint in check, only to eventually rip it all out and limit its growth to containers.  Despite how lovely it looks and smells, I just don’t want all my flower beds to be peppermint beds.

Despite it’s current day affliction to growing everywhere you don’t want it to, it is cultivated in Italy, parts of the US including the Pacific Northwest (shout out to the #PNW ), Great Britain and Japan as well as in the Mediterranean where it originated.

The doterra peppermint is actually sourced from the Pacific Northwest in the most sustainable way possible.  Here is a video on the sourcing of Peppermint Oil that I love.  I really enjoy hearing from the second and third generation farmers that have learned this trade that has passed down through their family.  It is also of considerable note that Dr. Pappas, the worlds leading expert speaks to this brand of Peppermint Oil in the video.

 

Why do I use peppermint?  Well I use it because it takes me back to Christmas time as a child and those sugary candy canes.  It also calms my stomach and keeps me awake in the middle of the afternoon when I’m dying for a nap.  I love to use it with Lemon and Lavender when their are all sorts of pollens in the air.  It is truly just a delicious smelling oil.

Another reason I use it is because of it’s cooling qualities.  I will roll some on the bottom of my feet before going into a hot yoga class.  While I find it cooling there are some that find it warming, which is the body responding and heating up in response to the cooling qualities of peppermint. In this way it has been used both for treating disorders of heat or cold, such as influenza, fevers or chills (Tisserand, 1977 p269).

I have always loved peppermint tea, and I love it diffusing in my house.  I love the taste of peppermint and when I make brownies, which is not often, I put 4 drops in with the brownie mix before baking to have the best peppermint brownies on the planet.

Recently because it is spring I have been getting tons of questions about natural insect repellents.  Here is my recipe that I spray in the corners and wipe my baseboards down with to keep the spiders at bay:

Natural Spider Repellant

  • 1/4 cup distilled water
  • 1/4 cup witch hazel
  • 7 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil (spiders hate it)
  • 15 Drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil (spiders Run from it)
  • 15 Drops Cinnamon Essential Oil (it causes irritation to their legs)

Mix it all together in a spray bottle and shake before using.

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If there are specific blog posts you would like to see, comment in the comments section, or feel free to comment on your favorite use for peppermint essential oil.

Have a Great Day

xo

s

 

**Please note, I am not a medical professional and this information is not meant to diagnose, treat or prevent illness.  Always consult with your physician. These statements have not been approved by the FDA.

 

Cedarwood Essential Oil, Uses and Benefits

Cedarwood Essential Oil, Uses and Benefits

 

One of my favorite trees, and consequentially, one of my favorite oils. Their variety of cedarwood comes from the Junipers Virginiana.  Many people, mistakingly think, that cedarwood is a part of the cedar family or cedruss family. That is not the case, in fact this particular variety of cedarwood; Juniperus Virginiana is part of the Cupressaceae family, and the Juniperus species.  It is native to the rocky mountains in north america and it’s oil, bark, berries and wood have a great history of healing among many Native American tribes. However many people mis use cedarwood when looking it up by the common name instead of the latin name.  

 

This history on the general cedarwood oil is long.  Some say that the original Cedarwood oil,  (cedrus libani) which originates in Lebanon was possibly the first essential oil to be extracted from and plant.  It was used by the Egyptians in the mummification process and was used in cosmetics as well as inserted into papyrus leaves to protect the paper from insects. It was so useful in fact that the Egyptians incorporated Lebanon into their empire to ensure continued supply

 

Getting back to our beloved Juniperus Virginiana that dōTERRA distributes.   It is the wood that was used to make pencils, and is hard to smell without reminiscing about middle school math class and using the excuse of sharpening your pencil to get up, move around the classroom and drop a note off to your best friend in a different section of the room.  At least for me, that is what I think about when I open the bottle and inhale the delightful scent.  It is funny how aromatherapy has the ability to transport us back in time based on the association of smell.  This time travel is a blessing, there are many scents I would love to be able to bottle.  Thank goodness dōTERRA is doing it for us in many instances.

Cedarwood (juniperus virginiana), anti mucous oil, it is great for respiratory complaints and inhaling it can help support healthy respiratory function.  A bonus since it also smells delightful.  Additionally, it is of value for use on all skin types as an astringent, antiseptic and to relieve itching.  It helps with reducing oily skin and helping with oily hair and dandruff as well as eczema and psoriasis.

One of the more common uses we think of when we think of cedarwood is it’s use in furniture and in closest.  It is a very good insect repellent, which is why it has been used to line closets to keep moths out since as far back as I can remember.  I also have a hope chest that is lined with cedar, to keep extra linens free from pests, and we spray it in our cabin in the woods to keep the pests at bay while we are not there.

Cedarwood Benefits

  • Antiseptic
  • Astringent
  • Balsamic, or Heals wounds and relieves pains
  • decongestant
  • depurative, or purifying and detoxifying
  • diuretic
  • expectorant, or removes phlegm from the respiratory tracts and lungs
  • pectoral, or a remedy for chest and lungs
  • insect deterrent

 

While research is still being done on many essential oils A 2012 study investigated the wound-healing and anti-inflammatory activities of Cedarwood oil. In this study Juniperus virginiana Cedarwood oil was tested along with Western Juniper oil. Both oils exhibited wound-healing and anti-inflammatory activities.

As you can see by the list above, cedarwood has a lot of useful physical benefits, it doesn’t stop there.  It can also have tremendous emotional benefits beyond teleporting your mind back to middle school.  It is a very grounding oil that helps to relax your mind making it a good oil for meditation. It also helps promote self confidence, so when using this oil, it is common to feel confident about yourself, while calm, making it easy to connect with others.  It is both grounding and heart opening.  Yes Please.  I want that in my life, and medicine cabinet.

 

10 ways to incorporate cedarwood oil into your your home

  1. Mist your freshly laid mulch to keep bugs at bay.
  2. Diffusing Cedar oil in your home, office, or workspace can help promote feelings of confidence and self-esteem.
  3. Add 1-2 drops to facial toner for added clarifying qualities.
  4. Add a couple of drops to your personal oil perfume blend to add a warm undertone that will be calming and help you to connect with others.
  5. Mix in a spray bottle and spray chicken bedding to keep bugs out of your chicken coop.
  6. Mix with coconut oil and apply to Psoriasis or eczema.
  7. Boost your dreams by putting a drop of this in your nighttime diffuser blend, or rolling on the bottom of your feet before bed.
  8. Mix a drop with coconut oil and apply as a natural mosquito repellent before a hike.
  9. Cedarwood essential oil has antiseptic properties which can help to treat minor wounds or skin damage.  Make your own balm for minor cuts or scrapes by adding a few drops of cedarwood oil to coconut oil and simply rub it gently into the affected area.
  10. Massage Cedarwood oil into sore muscles using the 1 tsp to 2-5 drops ratio

 

 

Oils that Mix Well with Cedarwood

As a warm, woody essential oil, Cedarwood produces an aroma that is reminiscent of the outdoors. Because of its warm properties, Cedarwood oil blends well with herbal oils like Clary Sage, woody oils like Cypress, and even other spicy essential oils like Frankincense.  I also love to add it to the diffuser with Bergamot for a grounding and focused yet happy and uplifting environment in my office.

Sweet Dreams Diffuser Blend

  • 2 Drops Lavender
  • 2 Drops Cedarwood
  • 2 Drops Serenity

 

Precautions when using Cedarwood

  • Although a test patch should always be done on sensitive skin and proper dilution of 5% (3% for children) should be followed with a carrier oil of your choice.
  • Use with Caution while pregnant, especially during the first trimester and if you are under the care of a physician consult with them prior to use.
  • Please note that not all essential oils are equal and I can only recommend using Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils.

 

One of the things that I love most about dōTERRA Essential Oils is that every month there is an option of placing a 100v order and getting a free oil.  This month, May 2017, the free oil for placing an order is Cedarwood.  If you would like more information about getting the deepest discounts on essential oils contact me, I’d love to get you started.

Homemade Lotion that’s Sofa King Awesome!!!

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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Why Essential Oils Gangsta?

Why Essential Oils Gangsta?

Scott: “what’s the name of your new blog?”

Me: “Essential Oils Gangsta”

Scott: Through a lot of laughter “Are you oilers secretly doing illegal shit?”

Me: “of course not, not all gangsters do illegal stuff, and Gangstas don’t either.  Especially not Essential oil Gangstas”

Scott: “Why would you name it that”

Me:”hmm, well because I belong to a group of people with a mindset that using oils to promote physical and emotional health is a good thing”

Scott: “why didn’t you call it a club then?

Me: “well because the word Gangsta brings to mind people going against the grain, and I think that going to natural alternatives first, challenging the way americans have been living and eating chemicals,  and focusing on mental health, is going agains the grain, but in a good way.

 

Soo then I decided to look up the word gangsta, which in most dictionaries is defined using the words criminal or criminal activity along with mobster.  In some cases I was right though, and it is a mindset or belief among a group of people.  So I was sort of right, and please don’t inform him that he was too.  However just for the record, i’m not doing anything illegal, it is too late to change it now, besides I like it and now you can too.  Here is where you can get your essential oil gangsta gear.

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Top 10 Essential Oil Uses

 There are many uses for Essential Oils, and more being invented every day.  I use them to clean my house, detox my body and deal with my rowdy Jack-Russel Poodle rescue, named Donkey.    Essential Oils can be a blessing, or a curse, depending on who you talk to.  A year ago my husband called them the “non-essential” oils. Now he wont go to bed without loading his diffuser and needless to say he has dropped the “non” from that particular phrase, but we still laugh about his initial resistance.  I thought I would list my Top 10 uses for Essential Oils.

10     It never fails that whenever I have a big event to attend, I will get a huge monstrous Zit that starts brewing under my skin.  I try to nip them in the bud and from the moment I notice it I will rub a drop of Melaleuca on it every time I walk into the bathroom which usually prevents them from turning into a giant volcanos on my face.

9     After a work out, I will put 3 drops of oil in a cup of epsom salts and take a nice long soak to ease my muscle tension.  Works like a charm, also helps me go to sleep.

8     When your dogs are going Crazy, running around jumping on the furniture like they are kids in a bounce house, give them a little Lavender to calm them down.  Essential oils can be great for pets.  There is a little nuance, to introducing them to the oils though.  You have to put a drop in your hand and let them smell it and see if they like it or cower away.  Remember your dogs have insanely strong sense of smell, so anything strong smelling can be offensive to them no matter how much you love it.  Put 1 drop of Lavender or Cedar wood (or whatever calming oil they like) in the palm of your hand with 5 drops or so of FCO, and then you can pet it onto their fur.  Their fur is like little straws and will suck the oils down to their skin where it can enter their blood stream and calm them the ef down!  If you don’t let them come to the oils with proper introduction, you will have an entirely different situation on your hands, trust me I learned this the hard way with little Donkey.  I’ll post on that soon.

7     I have always told Scott that I’m ok with getting older, in fact it’s sort of cool, I know way more now than I did a decade ago, but I have always also told him I am absolutely not down with looking older.  In my 20s I thought I would inevitably need to get plastic surgery some day and informed him that he should start saving for it.  While I have changed my mind about the surgery part, I haven’t changed my mind about not wanting wrinkles and saggy skin.  Using a combination of a wood oil like Frankincense and a floral oil like Lavender or Ylang Ylang, in your moisturizer helps the matrix under your skin maintain its shape, as well as keeps the surface of your skin looking fab!

6     Use Grapefruit Oil the morning after your “party goblin” got the best of you.  It really is a great hangover helper.

5     Many of you know that I am a hot Yoga Instructor, and that means also a hot Yoga Practitioner.  I began practicing not because I loved the torture, but because I felt how amazing it is for my body.  I am so glad that I found essential oils though because a 105 degree room with 50 of your not so closest friends does not smell good.  I will rub a drop of Peppermint on the bottoms of my feet because it is known to have a cooling effect on the body, and then put 1 drop of Balance blend at the top of my mat so that when I go to the floor I can pretend I’m anywhere that the temperature is a normal range, and it doesn’t smell like sweat.

4    We have his and hers diffusers on our nightstands, and even my skeptical husband won’t go to bed without loading his.  We diffuse Breathe at night on his side of the bed to clear his airways and Lavender on mine.  We both sleep like babies, so much so that we even have little travel diffusers we use while on the road.  (p.s if your husband is reluctant to the idea of oils, this is one way to get him on board)

3     When my breath is so kickin even I can smell it, I put a drop of Peppermint or On Guard on my tongue so that I don’t offend the people across the room that I am screaming at.

2      I have an awesome sugar scrub recipe that I use constantly, like I am addicted. I use it in the shower to exfoliate on a daily basis.  I will caution you that it makes the tub a little slippery.  Not slippery like a slip and slide, but slippery like there’s a substance between your feet and the shower floor.  Totally fine for able bodied people, but take caution with unstable loved ones, or use lots of it in the spare bathroom your Monster in Law will be using before she arrives.

1       Whenever I make a large purchase while Scott is at work, I make sure to diffuse Lemon in the house before he gets home.  Citrus oils are uplifting scents that affect the limbic or emotional response portion of the brain.  Whenever he walks in and smells citrus diffusing it immediately puts him in a good mood, which makes it easier to break the news to him.

 

Just for fun Here is a video about some of the essential oil dangers

 

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Meet Donkey, He might look like an angel, but he can be a holy terror!