There’s an oil for that

There’s an oil for that

I am a firm believer in the power of essential oils. These magical little oils have the power to perk you up, stimulate circulation, ease tension, disinfect, enhance mental acuity, improve your mood, the list goes on. I have an arsenal of different ones in my home that I use nearly every day. I want to share a few of my favorites with you all and why I love them so.

Rosemary- ah rosemary. That beautiful smell- woody, herbaceous, delicious. Rosemary has many health benefits. Inhaling it can help to clear your respiratory tract, enhance memory and improve your mood. I use rosemary essential oil for all of the above, but my very favorite use for it is to get rid of the gnarly pee stink in the toilet. Since I don’t use bleach, rosemary is a miracle worker for leaving my toilet smelling sparkly clean. I just drop 3 drops in it after cleaning with distilled vinegar and baking soda- or just use it whenever you’d like to freshen it up. I also use this essential oil in my massage creams. It boosts circulation which helps to promote a healthy lymphatic flow as well as battle the dreaded cellulite. Health and beauty win!!

Tea tree- Some people aren’t fond of the smell of tea tree. I LOVE it. Tea tree is anti bacterial and anti fungal so it is fantastic for treating pimples. When I feel one coming on I dab a drop directly onto the pimple before bed and in the morning it has lessened or completely disappeared, nearly every time. I use tea tree in my homemade cleaners as well. Works like a charm. I’ve cleaned my yoga mat with it, my countertops, even my teeth. When I experience gum pain, I will floss well and apply some tea tree to the affected area. It has completely solved the problem every time.

Lavender- What is there to say that hasn’t been said about this incredible oil? Likely not much. Lavender’s sweet slightly herbaceous scent makes it one of mother nature’s greatest natural perfumes. I add it to my homemade skin products for it’s anti septic and anti inflammatory properties. Lavender essential oil is also an adaptogen, which means that it has a normalizing affect on the body. This can be seen in it’s ability to calm nervousness and help one sleep. I sniff lavender before bed and it definitely seems to help me unwind.

Grapefruit- Other than simply smelling amazing, grapefruit is also uplifting and energizing. The essential oil is high in the powerful antioxidant d-limonene. This antioxidant has anti inflammatory properties and is wonderfully nourishing for your skin. I dilute some of this essential oil in my face cream to give it a yummy smell and liven up my skin. Grapefruit is also an incredible cellulite blaster so add it to your lotion and massage away!

Eucalyptus – This is another oil that I love to use in cleaning. It gives everything a nice pine smell without leaving behind all the nasty chemicals that pine sol would. Due to it’s anti septic and anti fungal properties, I will also drop this oil into my toilet to freshen and disinfect. As I mentioned in a previous post, I use this oil in my shower to create a steam inhalant for those yucky times of the year when I’m congested. It works incredibly well!

In closing, essential oils are the proverbial poo. There are tons more to speak of, of course, but I’ll leave with these for now. 🙂 What oils do you use, dear readers and why do you love them?

XOX

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DIY Whipped Body Butter

DIY Whipped Body Butter

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! Colorful lights are twinkling, the smell of pine is all around, there is an icy chill in the air and my skin feels like an old leather boot. Nothing like a drop in temperature to dry out my already scaly skin. Unfortunately for me, nothing ages you more than dry skin, well aside from smoking and tanning booths maybe. 😉

What to do when your thirsty epidermis needs a drink? Don’t look to those store bought body creams. They are laden with chemicals that will do more harm than good. All you need to nourish your flesh is likely already in your home. Coconut oil and Shea butter are powerhouses of moisture. Coconut oils is high in saturated fat or tryglicerides. When applied topically these fats help keep skin feeling silky smooth by retaining the moisture content of the skin. Shea butter also high in fatty acids is an incredible moisturizer as well. Not to mention effective in healing eczema, stretch marks, dandruff and psoriasis. I used Shea butter throughout my pregnancy and even though stretch marks run in my family, I didn’t get one… And I stretched quite a bit . 😉 I added a few other goodies to my homemade body cream but they are completely optional. You will need some type of electric mixer to whip your oil and butter to create the fluffy finished product. An electric hand mixer will do fine or better yet, use a stand mixer if you have it. The faster the speed of the mixer, the lighter and fluffier your butter will be.

Because we are not adding any preservatives to this homemade cream, you’ll want to take a few precautions in order to extend it’s shelf life. First, you’ll want to use a clean scoop to administer the butter at each use. If you dip your fingers in it, you will likely contaminate your product with bacteria and spoilage will accelerate. Another way to keep your butter fresh longer is to keep it in a dark, relatively cool place. I keep mine in my medicine cabinet in my bathroom. Sunlight and heat will shorten shelf life as well. Also, make sure that any utensils, storage jars and surface you are using are sparky clean and dry. Water will contaminate your product quicker than anything else. Another useful tip, make super small batches. The less you make, the quicker you’ll use it and the less likely it will just sit around and possibly turn sour. Smell your homemade product before each use. If it smells funny, throw it out!

Alright, now on to the fun stuff! Here is my super quick recipe for amazingly luxurious homemade body butter,

Whipped Body Butter

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup organic coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup raw organic Shea butter
  • *5 drops of organic rose-hip oil
  • *5 drops of essential oil. (I used ylang ylang)
    *optional

Process

  1. Combine all ingredients in a clean medium sized bowlIMG_4278.JPG
  2. Using sparkly clean mixer, whip butters and oils together for 7 minutes on highIMG_4280.JPG
  3. Using clean utensil, transfer whipped body butter to clean airtight container and store in cool dark place.

Enjoy your decadent body butter. Your skin and whoever has the privilege of caressing it thanks you!

 

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