Beauty, essential oils

Lavender and Rose Water Toner

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 tablespoons rose water
  • 2 tablespoons witch hazel
  • 5–10 drops rose hip oil
  • 5 drops tea tree oil
  • 5 drops lavender oil

Directions:

  1. Mix rose water, witch hazel, rose hip oil, tea tree oil and lavender oil in a small glass bowl. Mix well. 
  2. Place into a small glass spray bottle.
  3. To apply, wash your face, then, eyes closed, spray the toner onto your face. You can also apply with a cotton ball. 
  4. Next apply your favorite facial moisturizer.

 

 

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Avoiding Health Imbalance

This week I was having a conversation with my Mom. We were talking about extremes in health and diet. Growing up in a very health aware family I was exposed to many ideas on health and sometimes opposing views on proper nutrition. I am fully convinced that there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to health. Our bodies, while sharing many similarities are not identical.  Everyone has a different makeup and body chemistry.

 No, One Size Fits All

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Not everything that works for one person will work or is suited for everyone. I personally have struggled with depression and was advised to use St. John’s Wort, which has helped many with depression; however I cannot take it for that issue. You may ask why someone who so strongly promotes herbs and teas would admit that they do not always work the same for everyone, but I think it is important to make sure that we are fully informed about how natural medicine works.

Still Medicine

medications-cure-tablets-pharmacy-50994.jpegTreat your natural medicine as just that medicine. If you experience a negative reaction to natural form of treatment stop using it  and contact your doctor or health care provider. Don’t think that your doctor will not work with you either. Many doctors understand that people seeking to use alternative health methods. Often  your doctor can offer you advice on using natural remedies or point you in the right direction.

Don’t get locked in Fad Diets

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If you find that a particular diet is not working for you examine how you feel and make adjustments to your diet. Do not lock yourself into a diet, a lifestyle or health mentality that keeps you from staying open and discovering your true health needs. You are unique and there is no one person just like you on this planet. Enjoy that thought and then find the joy and freedom of embracing a health plan that is right for your body. Your body will tell you when you are healthy or when you are ill. Trust it.

 

Beauty

Frankincense Essential Oil For Beauty

Frankincense has been used for literally thousands of years. From beauty products to embalming uses to healing of skin. Not to mention it also being used to cleanse the air of sickness and disease. Together with myrrh the aroma could be used to cover the smell of death and so was used in burying practices that date back as far as the egyptians .  

There are so many benefits and uses for frankincense its properties include being antiseptic, expectorant, disinfectant, and a  sedative just to name a few. The oil is also great for the immune system and is great to have on hand before cold and flu seasons start. The oil can also  be used on the skin to help heal and fade scars. It has also been used to treat ulcers, hypertension, nausea and fevers.

Here are a few ways that you can use frankincense in your day to day health and beauty routines.

Baths

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You can place a few drops of this oil in your bath water or in your shampoo or body wash. When using essential oils in bath water remember that oil and water do not mix so the oil will set on the surface of the water. I recommend mixing a 3-5 drops (depending on your skin sensitivity) in a carrier oil like sweet almond oil. This will dilute the potency as it comes in contact with your skin. You can also place it in your body scrubs and washes. If you make your own body scrubs you can add a few drops to the mix. Here is a body scrub you can try.bath, blur, brush

Body Scrub

3/4 cup Raw Sugar

1/4 Raw Sugar

up to 1/8 Sweet almond oil or Coconut Oil

5 drops of Frankincense DoTerra Essential Oil

2 drops of Wild Orange DoTerra Essential Oil

Mix the sugar together in a bowl and add your carrier oil. Last add your essential oil drops.

Face CareWoman Covering Her Face With LeavesAs mentioned before frankincense is wonderful for a vast variety of  skin related issues. You can use the oil with a carrier oil to help old scars fade and help new cuts heal properly. Below are a few ways you can use this oil for your face

Face Serum .

  • 2 ounces  argan oil or sweet almond oil.
  • 4 drops of frankincense essential oil,
  • 3 drops of  lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops of geranium essential oil

Combine in an amber glass jar or bottle. Shake well. You will only need 2-3 drops of this. Work gently into face.If you have sensitive skin check on a small area of skin first.

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Face Moisturizer

  • 1 ounce of grapeseed oil/ Sweet almond oil, or your own face moisturizer
  • 4-6 drops of frankincense essential oil
  • Mix and store in a dark amber glass bottle

Face spray

  • 1 ounce of water in a  glass squirt bottle
  • Add 6 drops of frankincense oil per 1 ounce of water (you can always double this for larger a lager batch.)
  • Add 3 drops of vodka to prevent separation (optional)
  • Shake well before each use
  • Spray onto face or body