Friday, January 29, 2016

Skin Care: Top Oils for Skin Care



Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense essential oil has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits to the skin, making it ideal for acne-prone skin. It is also a natural toner, decreasing the appearance of pores and evening skin-tone. It is cytophylactic, which means that it helps protect existing cells and encourage new cell growth. For this reason, it helps reduce wrinkles, tighten skin, and reduce the appearance of scars. It also helps soothe chapped, dry skin.


Geranium Essential Oil

Geranium essential oil helps regulate oil production and reduces acne breakouts. It also helps improve skin elasticity and tighten skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. It also promotes blood circulation to the areas where it is applied, helping to heal bruises, broken capillaries, burns, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, ringworm, and other skin conditions. This baby does it all!


Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender essential oil is one I suggest no one goes without — it smells amazing, helps you relax and your body adapt to stress, and has great benefits for the skin. It helps regenerate skin cells so is great for mature skin, sun spots, and scarring. Another great oil for all skin types and needs.


Myrrh Essential Oil

Myrrh essential oil greatly benefits aging skin. It has strong anti-inflammatory properties that help improve skin tone, firmness, and skin elasticity, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Myrrh can also help heal sun damage, chapped skin, rashes, and eczema.


Patchouli Essential Oil

Patchouli essential oil is particularly great for aging skin. It promotes new cell growth and smooths the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Because it also has antiseptic, antifungal, and antibacterial properties, it can also benefit skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, and acne.


Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea tree essential oil is one of the more well-known essential oils for acne-prone skin. Its antibacterial properties help ward off acne-causing bacteria. It also helps to regulate oil production, which can decrease the severity and incidence of breakouts.


Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Ylang ylang essential oil is one of my favorite essential oils because of its rich, floral fragrance. It is helps to control oil production and minimize breakouts. It also helps regenerate skin cells, smoothing fine lines and improving skin elasticity. Another great essential oil for every skin type.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Cry Baby Rollerball Blend


Try this blend when you want to soothe a crying baby! 

Cry Baby Blend 
3 drops of Digestive Blend 
2 drops of Ginger 
Carrier Oil: Fractionated Coconut Oil
Place in 10 ml glass rollerball with carrier oil and roll on baby's tummy & lower back. Repeat 3-5 times a day. 




Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Essential Oils for Healthy Nails & Cuticles


Here are the top essential oils for healthy nails and cuticles plus some awesome homemade recipes that will promote growth, strengthen nails and prevent breakage!


Myrrh Essential Oil

Myrrh is said to be the best essential oils for nail growth. It has wonderful moisturizing properties that protects the cuticles from dryness and the nails from brittleness, thinning and easy breakage.

Myrrh Moisturizing Nail Oil:
5 drops Myrrh
Carrier oil: Jojoba or Almond oil
Place in 10 ml glass rollerball with carrier oil and roll on and around your cuticles once a day at night.


Lavender Essential Oil

The most versatile essential oil on the planet, lavender essential oil has been shown to strengthen the nails and cuticles, as well as keeping them moisturized.It has natural cleansing properties and fights off environmental threats. If you’re prone to dry skin on and around your cuticles, use lavender essential oil as it is moisturizing and helps hydrate skin.


Lavender Essential Oil Direct Application:
Because lavender essential oil is the safest to apply directly onto the skin, just place 3 drops on your nails and rub in. Massage each nail for 5 seconds.

Nourish Your Nails Treatment Oil
15 drops lavender
10 drops lemon
4 drops myrrh
1 tbsp almond oil
1 tbsp jojoba oil
2 oz glass dropper bottle
Combine the oils in the glass dropper. Screw on the bottle’s dropper top, wrap your hand around the bottle, and shake the formula vigorously for 2 minutes to completely blend all ingredients and gently warm to body temperature. Place the bottle in a dark location that’s between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit for 24 hours so that the oils can synergize. Apply 1 drop to each nail and massage in with a soft flannel cloth for approximately 1 minute each oil. Use nightly. Follow with a moisturizer.


Lemon Essential Oil

Got weak and dull looking nails? There’s an oil for that! Lemon essential oil helps brighten weak and dull nails and makes them look whiter. The high vitamin C content nourishes the cuticle and strengthens nails.

Lemon Nail Soak:
5 drops lemon essential oil
2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (or Argan oil)
Fill a small bowl with the olive oil and lemon essential oil. Wash and clean your nails and then soak them in the oil bath for at least 5 minutes.
Why olive oil? It is an age-old remedy for strengthening nails which promotes faster growth.
TIP: Don’t throw away the oil bath when you’re done! Rub it on your scalp to stimulate & promote thicker hair growth.


Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense has so many benefits and one of them is for nail growth. It also protects the cuticle from peeling because of its moisturizing properties and helps nail growth.  Here is a DIY stimulating nail cream which can be used as a natural solution for beautiful nails.

Stimulating Nail Cream:
5 drops Frankincense
Lip balm container
1 ½ tbsp Raw Shea Butter
Soften the shea butter using a double boiler. Mix it well with a spoon till it gets creamy, then add frankincense essential oil and stir again. Transfer to two small lip balm containers. Apply twice a day or before bed.


Geranium Essential Oil

Moisturized nails naturally tend to grow longer and stronger than dry nails. You can instantly achieve moisturized nails using geranium essential oil which is one of the best moisturizing essential oils. It restores moisture to dry cuticles and skin around the nails. It also has antibacterial and antiseptic properties that protect the cuticles and nails from infections and fungus, which inhibit nail growth.

Nourishing Night Time Nail Rub:
5 drops geranium
Jojoba oil
Place geranium in 10 ml glass rollerball and top it off with jojoba oils. Shake well and apply at night time.
Tip: Put socks over each hand to protect your sheets from staining.


Melaleuca Essential Oil (Tea Tree Oil)

Fight yucky toes naturally! Here are some DIY nail soak and nail oil treatments. Tea tree oil is widely used today for yucky feet. It is the perfect natural solutions for yucky nails. It soothes problem areas. It also has natural cleansing properties that protect the nails by fighting off environmental threats and helps nail growth. To achieve better results it is recommended you combine this natural oil with carrier oils.

Tea Tree Nail Soak:
5 drops melaleuca (tea tree)
2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil or almond oil 
Fill a small bowl with the melaleuca and olive oil. Wash and clean your nails and then soak them in the oil bath for at least 5 minutes. Repeat this process twice daily.

Anti-Yuck Nail Oil
5 drops Tea Tree
1 drop Cinnamon Bark
2 drops Lavender
1 drop Wild Orange
1/2 ounce Calendula Infused oil
½ oz glass dropper bottle
Add essential oils to glass dropper and top off with calendula oil. Apply around and under the nail 2 or 3 times per day until fungus is gone. Continue the treatment for a week or two after the nails look normal again to help prevent the fungus from coming back. Be careful to not rub into eyes.


Take Care Of Your Nails!

  • Don’t cut your cuticles. Cuticles are there for a reason. They lay on top of your nails’ growth matrix and cutting them makes it very easy for bacterial to slide in and cause infection. Push them back when you wash your hands.
  • Eat omega 3 fatty acid rich foods. Examples are salmon, flax seeds, walnuts, beans, organic eggs, organic meats and spinach. These foods promote healthy and shiny nails. Here is a list of the best foods for healthy nails and how they help! Read here.
  • Stay hydrated! Make sure you drink enough water and don’t let yourself get dehydrated. Lack of water causes hard, brittle and weak nails. Try to drink 2 glasses when you wake up, 4 glasses during the day and 2 glasses before dinner. If you are thirsty, you’re already dehydrated!  TIP: Bored with boring water? Add a drop of Wild Orange, Lemon, or Grapefruit essential oil to your glass for great taste!
  • Pamper your nails. Every other week, rub your nails with half a lemon slice before rinsing them with warm water and applying a drop of coconut oil to moisturize. Use a good nail file and clipper to maintain the shape.
  • Be careful with artificial nails and toxic polish. They can help encourage the growth of fungus under your nails. They also have very toxic chemicals that enter your bloodstream. Are you a Jamberry wearer? That is ok! Jamberry is a non-toxic chemically safe alternative to nail polish. 
  • Don’t use your nails as tools. Never use them to open stuff, peel or scratch off stuff because they could be ruined. 

http://livingmyessentiallife.blogspot.com/2016/01/which-carrier-oils-are-best-for-nails.html

Read about the best carrier oils for healthy nails. 



WHERE YOU BUY ESSENTIAL OILS FOR HEALTH NAILS

Raw Shea Butter: Buy Here 

Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Buy Here

Almond Oil: Buy Here 

Jojoba Oil: Buy Here 

Rollerballs: Buy Here

Lip Balm Containers: Buy Here

Glass Dropper 2 oz: Buy Here

Glass Dropper ½ oz: Buy Here 

Calendula Oil: Buy Here 

Jamberry: Buy Here 

Sources
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Which Carrier Oils Are Best For Nails?


What is a carrier oil?
A carrier oil, also known as a base oil or vegetable oil, is used to dilute essential oils before they are applied to the skin. They are used to “carry” the essential oil onto the skin.  So, in other words, they soak into the skin instead of sitting on top. Most carrier oils do not have an aroma (or are very faint), unlike essential oils. If the smell is harsh, most likely it has become bad and should be thrown away.
Carrier oils can be used alone or you can add essential oils for added benefits.

Carrier oils for skin care have many benefits alone. Most are moistening and some even have antibacterial effect.

You will always use more carrier oil then essential oils when using on your hands and nails.
3% to 10% EOs to 97% to 90% Carrier Oils

Olive Oil
You no longer need to spend your hard earned money at fancy nail salons; use this simple everyday grocery item and you will notice a significant difference in the overall condition of your nails.  It will help strengthen brittle nails, stimulate growth, and soften and nourish dry and hard cuticles.

Almond Oil
Almond oil is extremely popular for use in skin care products.  This is simply because it contains the antioxidant Vitamin E; it is also easily absorbed and deeply penetrates into the skin making it a very effective nail moisturizer.

Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil has been used around the world by many cultures for centuries because of its beneficial beauty and skin care properties.  The list of uses for this miracle natural oil is endless, including its ability to help improve the overall condition of nails.

Jojoba oil has been proven to be extremely effective for the maintenance and repair of hands and nails.  The moisturizing agents contained in this natural oil are sufficient to ensure your nails remain strong and healthy long after use.  By using jojoba oil on a regular basis it also allows for better absorption of Vitamin E which helps condition and nourish your nails.

Argan Oil
Many people are unaware of the amazing qualities Argan oil possesses for use as nail treatments.  This natural oil acts as an effective toner for the nails by moisturizing, strengthening, and protecting.  If you have dry brittle nails Argan oil will help nourish and repair, by providing them with all the essential vitamins and minerals required for them to grow strong and healthy.  It also helps to strengthen delicate skin around the roots and keep its smooth.

Mix these with essential oils for some awesome ways to promote growth, prevent breaks and strengthen nails! Read this blog: Top Essential Oils for Healthy Nails & Cuticles!

http://livingmyessentiallife.blogspot.com/2016/01/top-essential-oils-for-healthy-nails.html



Essential Oils vs. Pharmaceuticals



This is an interesting article, “Why Essential Oils Heal and Drugs Don’t”, written by Dr. David Stewart, Ph.D. 

In it he talks about the fact that most medical doctors do not believe that essential oils bring health benefits with no negative side effects because of how they were taught in in medical school. “Students are repeatedly told by their professors that all effective medicines have negative side effects and if they don’t then they can’t be effective. 

He states that the danger is in the drugs. In this country, more people die from doctor’s prescriptions every 10 days than were killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. 

Read this article to learn why prescribed synthetic drugs have undesirable effects (along with their apparent benefits) and why companies deliberately sell dangerous products. 

You will also learn how drugs and essential oils work in opposite ways. Essential oils help restore proper bodily function.



To read more about this, visit this article by Health Impact News.


Friday, January 8, 2016

Log Cabin Diffuser Blend

Log Cabin Diffuser Blend

1 drop Cassia
1 drop Cedarwood
2 drops Wild Orange
1 drop Arborvitae

Add to diffuser to feel you are in a warm, woodsy, calming, cozy northwoods cabin.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Difficulty Sleeping? Essential Oils For Better Rest


Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep? 

Falling asleep is not something I struggle with. Between a full-time marketing job, raising a 1 year old, running an essential oil business and my Honeybee Photography shop, I am usually sleeping as I am brushing my teeth.

It is the winding down from a busy day that I struggle with.

But, I do know that there are many people who struggle with it. In fact, it is an issue that comes up in conversations often. It can be triggered by stress, medications, drugs or alcohol use, anxiety, or depression – or a number of other things!

There is good news. There is an oil for that! Not just one, but a number of the them for sleep!

Essential oils are perfect for helping soothe and calm the mind and body at the end of a stressful day. Unlike synthetic sleep aids that can have unwanted side effects, pure essential oils are a natural way to help the mind and body relax.

The trick is finding exactly which essential oil works best with YOUR body. Because we are all so different, one person’s dreamland oil may not work for someone else.  It may be a trial and error to find the best oil that works for you. But once you find that magic combination, your life will be changed!

The Best Essential Oils For Sleep

Lavender 

While this may not be a shock to you, lavender is at the top of the list. What you may not know is that there have been many extensive studies that show its effectiveness. Lavender has calming and sedative properties. Lavender blends well with most oils, especially citrus oils, clary sage and geranium.

One study shows females were found to sleep belter and have lower levels of depression during weeks they used lavender fragrance when compared to weeks they didn’t have it.

Another study shows midlife women’s sleep quality improved after 24 sessions of lavender oil aromatherapy compared to the control group.

Another study observed that aromatherapy of lavender improved quality of sleep and decreased anxiety for 56 patients in an ICU unit.


Vetiver

This earthy oil has been valuable for relieving stress and is a natural tranquilizer which may help induce a restful sleep. Many use this in their sleep blends to help “turn off” their brains. The smell may take some getting use to, so try mixing it with lavender or sandalwood.  Try diluting one drop in 1 tsp of honey 30 minutes before bed. Vetiver has a heavy, earthy, balsamic, smoky smell and blends well with clary sage, lavender, sandalwood and ylang ylang.

Ylang Ylang

Honestly, I always have to think about how to pronounce this oil! How do you pronounce that?
This oil has calming and sedative properties, which makes it great to improve the quality of your sleep. A few studies show that inhalation of ylang ylang produces a relaxing effect on cognition and increase calmness. The scent is sweet tropical floral with a spicy undertone and blends well with bergamot, grapefruit, sandalwood and vetiver.

Interesting fact: Historically, Ylang Ylang has been used to cover the beds of newlywed couples on their wedding night.

Sandalwood

Historically, Sandalwood was used for enhancing meditation because it calms, harmonizes and balances emotions. It may help relieve nervous tension. It has a soft, woodsy, sweet smell and blends well with cypress, frankincense, lemon and ylang ylang.

Bergamot

Bergamot is a citrus fruit and has a sweet, lively citrusy smell. Unlike other citrus oils (wild orange, grapefruit, lemon) that tend to be stimulating, bergamot is the opposite. It is calming and may help to relieve anxiety, stress, and tension. This would be a great oil to mix with other oils on this list because of its friendly smell.

One study shows that 114 people who listen to soft music an inhale bergamot essential oil were effective methods of relaxation.  Two other studies have shown a reduction of anxiety and stress in mice.

Note: Because Beramot is extremely photosensitive, which makes your skin very sensitive to light, avoid applying this oil before going outside or apply to covered skin.

Roman Chamomile

Many are familiar with chamomile tea. It is known for its calming and relaxing effect, which is why you always hear about drinking chamomile tea before bed. It helps to rid of the emotional charge of anxiety and soothe and clear the mind, creating an atmosphere of peace and patience.

Marjaram

Marjaram is more than something you use to cook with! This oil may help relax and calm the body and mind and also help promote peace and sleep. Because of its green spicy smell, it blends well with bergamot, cypress, lavender, orange, rosemary and ylang ylang.

Calming Blend  

This blend is composed of individual oils with known calming properties which create a sense of well-being and relaxation; lavender, marjoram, roman chamomile, ylang ylang, sandalwood and vanilla bean.  This blend is perfect for calming the nerves or emotions at the end of a long day or in times of stress. As the boy is able to relax, more blood is able to circulate to the brain.


Other Soothing Essential Oils:


  • Cedarwood – calming
  • Wild Orange – calming to the mind and body and studies have shown to reduce anxiety in males after 5 minutes of being inhaled. 
  • Frankincense – helps to minimize distractions, ease hyperactivity and restlessness, and helps enhance meditation
  • Cypress – grounding effect
  • Invigorating Blend – Helps reduce stress and anxiety. Blend of wild orange, lemon, grapefruit, mandarin, bergamot, tangerine, and clementine and vanilla. 
  • Clary Sage – soothing and submissive effects 
  • Geranium – May help to reduce negative memories and bring peace.  Use to ease nervous tension and stress, balance the emotions and foster peace and well-being. 
  • Melissa – creates emotional balance with a calming effect because of its sedative properties 
  • Rosemary – stress reducer 
  • Lemon – stress reducer 


Sleeping/Relaxation Tips

Aromatic Uses:

Diffusion
Soothing essential oils or blends to help you feel calm and relaxed before going to sleep.

Pillow 
Place a drop or two of soothing essential oil or blend on a pillow or stuffed animal before you sleep to help calm your mind and body.

Linen Spray
Make a soothing linen spray by mixing 5-6 drops of a soothing essential oil or blend with 1 oz. water in a small glass misting spray bottle. Shake and spray lightly onto pillows, sheets, blankets, curtains or into the air. (Note: Since some essential oils can clog spray bottles, it may help to dissolve the essential oil in 1 tsp of grain alcohol before adding water to the spray bottle.)

Topical Uses: 

Relaxing Bath
1-3 drops of a soothing essential oil with bath salts (Epsom salt) or directly in warm bathwater for a relaxing bath.

Massage
To make a soothing massage blend, combine 1-2 drops of essential oil with 1 Tbs. fractionated coconut oil and apply to the back of the neck, spine, wrists and bottom of feet.


Blend Ideas

Rollerball Blend Ideas


Night Night Blend
15 drops lavender
10 drops vetiver
5 drops frankincense
5 drops ylang ylang
5 drops wild orange
Combine in 10 ml roller bottle and top with fractioned coconut oil. Apply to feet and neck.


Dreamland Blend
10 drops lavender
3 drops vetiver
Combine in 10 ml roller bottle and top with fractioned coconut oil. Apply to feet and neck.


Relaxing Bath & Rollerball Blend
2 drops Roman Chamomile (or Bergamot)
6 drops Geranium
3 drops Lemon
4 drops Sandalwood
Combine these oils and add 6 drops of this blend to your bath at bedtime.
Then combine 5 drops with 2 tsp fractionated coconut oil for a massage after the bath.

Diffuser Blend Ideas 



Sweet Slumber Blend
2 drops bergamot
3 drops juniper berry
2 drops vetiver
Add oils to diffuser, turn on 30 minutes before bedtime and run through the night.


Best Oils for Children
-1 – 5 years: Lavender
-5 + years: Clary Sage, Geranium, Ylang Ylang



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Sources
1. http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/acm.2005.11.631
2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3588400/
3. Modern Essentials, 7th edition 
4. The Prairie Homestead


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Can Oils Be Taken Internally?




Essential oils are used for a very wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used a single oil at a time or in complex blends depending on user experience and desired benefit.

Essential oils are usually administered by one of three methods:

  1. diffused aromatically 
  2. applied topically 
  3. taken internally as dietary supplements 

Internal Uses


Essential oils can also be used as dietary supplements supporting a variety of healthy conditions. Some essential oils have powerful antioxidant properties while others help support healthy inflammatory response in cells. Many essential oils are generally regarded as being safe for dietary use, but some oils should not be taken internally. Do not use any essential oil product internally that does not have the appropriate dietary supplement facts on its label.

(Be sure to use only 100% pure therapeutic-grade essential oils and follow all label warnings and instructions. Essential oils should not be used in the eyes, inside the ear canal, or in open wounds. If redness or irritation occurs when using essential oils topically, simply apply any vegetable oils such as fractionated coconut oil or olive oil to the affected area. Consult your physician before using essential oils if you are pregnant or under a doctor's care.)