Love Your Natural Skin

Love Your Natural Skin
Have you ever considered making your own face wash or skin serum? 

This idea seemed super foreign to me until I finally acquired essential oils.  

Our skin is the largest organ on our body…. Of course it makes sense to keep it free and clear from synthetic toxins that our usual products are filled with. Once you make your own, you’ll never go back to buying the pre-made stuff.   It’s easier than running to the store every time, it’s MUCH less expensive, and your skin is going to LOVE that you’re treating it with natural, effective products.
Below is the recipe I use.   Keep in mind, there are MANY oils out there that support your skin.  Do your own research and choose the oils you want, or the ones you have on hand until you add to your collection.  Use this recipe as a guide.
You’ll need a 4-8 oz foaming pump dispenser, Castile Soap, Vitamin E Oil (optional), Lavender, Frankincense, Patchouli, and Ylang Ylang essential oils, and water.

In your dispenser, add 1/3 cup of Castile Soap, ½ tsp Vitamin E Oil (optional for moisture), and 5-8 drops of each oil (go for 18-25 total drops).  Wash twice daily or as needed.
Follow up your natural wash with this DIY skin serum.  It moisturizes and nourishes your skin without clogging pores, plus the oils will be a mood-lifting start to your day. You’ll need a 2oz glass dropper bottle, carrier oil, and 40-60 drops of skin supporting essential oils.  
Great carrier oils for your skin include Rosehip oil, Argan oil, Marula oil, and Grapeseed oil. You can use what you have on hand or experiment to find a carrier oil to work best with your skin type. These oils are hydrating, high in Omegas, antioxidants, and rich in vitamin E.  All things your skin will thank you for.     
Feel good about your skincare routine, and feel good in your own skin.


Find Peace Through Controlling The Little Things

There are inevitably moments in life when we feel a lack of control, when our emotions become harder to manage, when the energy we had for certain aspects of our life is zapped. 
This is when it’s most important to find the small, daily things you can take control of. Seriously, something as simple as making your bed will help you to feel accomplished.   Do you take daily supplements? Feel proud of yourself for checking that off the daily list.

Move your body for thirty minutes. It doesn’t have to be intense…. Take your dog (or your kids!) for a walk outside. Turn off the noise and get your yoga mat out. Do a Just Dance session on your wii system with your kids.

Set your alarm and get out of bed when it goes off. If that’s challenging, follow Mel Robbins advice and countdown…. 5-4-3-2-1. Out of bed. Start your day when you intend to… even better give yourself extra time in the morning for yourself.

Drop your favorite essential oil in the palm of your hand, rub your palms together, and cup them over your nose and mouth.  Close your eyes and slowly inhale the aroma. Deep breathing is so good for calm, and the experience is enhanced with essential oils!

Favorite oils to use in time of need are:

Valor: this is a luxurious blend that supports confidence, strength, and feeling comfortable even out of your comfort zone.
Stress Away: An exotic aroma that literally melts the feeling of stress away and allows your shoulders to drop about three inches from relaxation.

Peace and Calming: This is a favorite among moms everywhere. It’s good for our emotions, and also amazing for kids and their ever-changing emotions.  Diffuse as needed, at night, and/or drop on pillows, favorite stuffed toys, blankies, car seats, etc.

White Angelica: this is definitely one that we never run out of. It’s an oil exclusive to monthly loyalty ER members and it is so worth it. White Angelica helps us to ward away negative energy…. There are those days when it is just tough to catch a break. Or there’s just that build up of overwhelming anxiety. This is when a drop of White Angelica on the wrists goes a long way.

Brave Angel: Okay, this doesn’t actually exist from a store. It’s a home-made blend of Valor + White Angelica. To make it, just put 10-15 drops of each oil in a 10ml roller and top with a favorite carrier oil. Roll it on your wrists, behind your ears, on your neck as needed. It is a definitely favorite blend to so many who have anxiety.

Nature’s Ultra Calm CBD Roller: This is the ultimate go-to for feeling calm. I finally hopped on the CBD bandwagon recently and I’m wondering why I waited so dang long. You wear a lot of hats. I know because it’s basically the way of life in our culture. And it’s hard to stay balanced and calm and in control. Which is exactly why you, too, will fall in love with this Calm Roller.
So, it’s in your hands. What little things can you control each day to feel accomplished? Which oils will you apply to your regimen to keep it all in check? You have the power to move forward and grow. Go and do great things.


The Gateway Oil - Lavender

The Gateway Oil - Lavender
Was Lavender your ‘gateway oil?’ Was it the first, or one of the first, essential oils you tried?
I’m guessing it was, and for good reason.  There are so many uses for lavender…. So many that it’s often referred to as the Swiss Army Knife of oils!
Lavender affects your cardiovascular system, your cardiovascular system, nervous system, offers emotional balance and supports your skin. Aromatically it promotes consciousness, health, love, peace, and a general sense of well-being.
Which means it’s amazing in the diffuser during the day and especially at night. 

You will want to try these diffuser combinations:
Seasonal Support: 3 drops each Peppermint, Lemon, and Lavender
Mood Lifter: 3 drops Lavender, 2 drops Orange, 2 drops Geranium
Comfort: 2 drops each Lavender, Frankincense, Orange
Sleepytime: 3 drops Lavender, 3 drops Cedarwood
Yoga Room: 3 drops Lavender, 2 drops Bergamot, 2 drops Patchouli, 1 drop Ylang Ylang
You can use lavender diluted or neat on sunburns, skin blemishes, and minor kitchen burns.
Need a moment to recollect yourself? I hear you! Separate yourself from the noise, place a drop in the palms of your hand, rub hands together, and then cup your hands over your mouth/nose. Close your eyes and take a nice, slow inhale through your nose.   Repeat as necessary.
Be sure to comment below with your favorite ways to use Lavender!

Taking the Confusion Out of the Vitality Line

Let’s take the confusion out of the labeling once and for all.

Take a look at your Premium Starter Kit oils. Some of them have bright, colorful labels while others have a white label and say ‘vitality.’

All Young Living vitality oils are safe for internal use. Add them to your water, drop them under your tongue, use them while cooking. Go ahead, it’s safe and they’re super tasty.

Let’s say you use up all of your Vitality Lemon and want to replenish it. And this time you want to order the 15ml bottle (you save when you buy bigger ;) ), however it only comes in the bright yellow label that doesn’t say ‘vitality.’ Hmmmmm…. what now?

The reality is that there is only ONE lemon essential oil.  It’s all harvested and cold-pressed the exact same way. The FDA came along and required two different labels to make it clear to consumers that lemon is safe for ingesting, AND it can be used in a diffuser/topically.  IT’S ALL THE SAME OIL IN THE BOTTLE. Just a different label.

So, if all you have is a bright yellow label lemon essential oil, it’s the exact same oil as the vitality lemon essential oil.  The same is true for every single oil in the vitality line.

My personal favorite essential oils to add to my water? The combination of grapefruit + lime.  It’s sooooo delicious. Give it a try next time you pour yourself a glass!


Breathe In. ... Breathe Out

Breathe In. ... Breathe Out
What's in your arsenal? And, by arsenal, I mean Wellness Cabinet.

Has anyone told you about Raven Essential Oil yet? If not, I'm happy to make the introduction.  

Raven is a powerhouse of Ravensara, Lemon, Wintergreen, Peppermint, and Eucalyptus radiata.  You know what it's for almost as soon as you open the bottle and let some of those molecules free.  The scent is refreshing, and will make an invigorating, clear path through your airways.  

Raven is your go-to for various respiratory support.  A couple drops in your diffuser go a LONG way. Adults can feel free to put a drop on the bottoms of your feet, on your chest, or on the back of your neck.  In a matter of minutes you will notice a difference!

Here are my favorite recipes with Raven:
 Chest Rub: Simply melt 1/2 cup of coconut oil in the microwave.  Once it's melted (but not too hot), add 3-10 drops of Raven (less for kids, more for adults).  Stir, let solidify, and scoop as needed.  This can be rubbed into the chest OR on bottoms of feet.

Repiratory Support Roller: in a 10ml roller, add 10 drops of Raven, 10 drops Copaiba, 5 drops of lemon.  Fill with carrier oil of your choice.  Roll on bottoms of feet, behind ears, or behind the neck.

Creating your natural Wellness Cabinet is going to help you stay above the wellness line.  Keeping Raven in that arsenal of yours is going to help you to breathe deeper and clearer.

As always, I hope you found value in this article.  Please make sure to comment and tell us what you've already used Raven for OR what you can't wait to try.  

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