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DIY – Holiday Bath Salt Ornaments

DIY – Holiday Bath Salt Ornaments

Everyone can use some extra peace and tranquility this holiday season. Give the gift of relaxation through essential oils. Disguise an aromatherapy Epsom salt bath treatment as a festive Christmas ornament. When it’s not decorating your tree, this ornament will double as a therapeutic addition […]

Holiday DIY – Scented Pinecones & Greeting Cards

Holiday DIY – Scented Pinecones & Greeting Cards

The scents of pine, gingerbread, cinnamon, and citrusy orange are almost inseparable from the holiday season. Catch one hint of these aromas any time of year, and you may be instantly taken back to childhood sledding races, homemade gingerbread houses, or sweet memories with family […]

DIY Bath Soak

DIY Bath Soak

Try this simple bath soak recipe to turn your everyday bathroom into a “Day at the Spa” experience. It is super easy to make and you can add components to the base mixture to cure what ever ails you on any given day.

Main Soaking Mixture (known for its detoxifying value):

Now you can leave your bath soak at this stage or you can add to it to make it that much better!

Additive Options:

  • Ginger – flush out toxins and unclog pores (the baking soda does this too)
  • Chamomile – a couple bags of chamomile tea steeped in your bath water will help you sleep.
  • Lavender – known to be soothing, relieve headaches and menstrual cramps, helps you sleep and reduces stress and anxiety.
  • Cucumber – soothes skin, restores moisture and reduces skin irritation.
  • Oatmeal – soothes skin, reduces redness due to sunburn, hives, eczema and other skin irritations.
  • Rose – soothing scent with anti-stress benefits.
  • Honey – soften and soothes skin.
  • Milk – soothes and calms skin as well as relieves sunburns.
  • Coconut Oil – hydrates and strengthens skin. Also has anti-aging benefits.
  • Lemon – shrinks pores and revives the skin and senses.
  • Cinnamon – invigorating, detoxifying and alleviates rashes.
  • Essential Oils – add drops of essential oils to add an aromatically pleasing experience to your soak. Essential oils have many health benefits and depending on which ones you decide to use they can help you sleep, relax, soothe muscle aches, relieve stress, uplift your mood, clear congestions and more.

Here are some oil ideas for you!

Calming:

  • Lavender
  • Ylang-Ylang
  • Bergamot
  • Geranium
  • Chamomile
  • Rose
  • Frankincense
  • Vetiver
  • Cedarwood

Energizing:

  • Thyme
  • Tangerine
  • Wild Orange
  • Lemon
  • Cypress
  • Grapefruit
  • Peppermint
  • Lime
  • Eucalyptus

Here are some oil blends to try if you are having a hard time coming up with your own:

Rise and Shine ~ 1 drop grapefruit, 1 drop lemon, 1 drop peppermint

Citrus Dreams ~ 1 drop eucalyptus, 1 drop wild orange, 1 drop frankincense, 1 drop cedarwood

Sleep Tight ~ 2 drops lavender, 1 drop cedarwood, 1 drop vetiver

Ocean Breeze ~ 2 drops cedarwood, 1 drop lemon, 1 drop rosemary

Energy ~ 2 drops peppermint, 2 drops wild orange

Stress Be Gone ~ 2 drops lavender, 1 drop clary sage, 1 drop ylang-ylang

Focus ~ 2 drops balance, 1 drop vetiver, 1 drop frankincense

Clear Sinuses ~ 2 drops eucalyptus, 2 drops peppermint

Relax ~ 2 drops lavender, 2 drops bergamot

Clear Your Mind ~ 2 drops lemon, 2 drops rosemary

Ground Yourself ~ 2 drops peppermint, 2 drops melaleuca

Calming ~ 2 drops lavender, 1 drop geranium, 1 drop rose

Uplifting ~ 1 drop wild orange, 1 drop clove, 1 drop cedarwood, 1 drop lemon

A Walk In The Woods ~ 1 drop arborvitae, 1 drop cedarwood, 2 drops frankincense

Romance ~ 1 drop cinnamon bark, 1 drop patchouli, 1 drop rosemary, 1 drop sandalwood, 1 drop ylang-ylang

 

Enjoy your soak!!

Quick-Fix Chili

Quick-Fix Chili

Growing up my mom would always make us some warming chili once the weather started turning colder.  Now every year I get a craving for this delicious chili, that couldn’t be any easier to make! To maintain the healthy element, I always purchase organic grass-fed […]

Healthy Hot Chocolate

Healthy Hot Chocolate

My daughter loves, I mean LOVES hot chocolate, but I prefer her to enjoy it without having unnecessary ingredients and loads of sugar.  This version uses only pure and nourishing ingredients, and still satisfies that hot chocolate craving. (Note: If you have access to raw […]

DIY Essential Oil Shower Steamers

DIY Essential Oil Shower Steamers

Try these simple DIY Essential Oil Shower Steamers to add that Day-At-The-Spa feeling to your everyday routine! You make the steamer itself and then store them in an airtight container until you are ready to use them. Simply add the essential oils that your mood calls for and drop in your shower. It’s that easy! Don’t be afraid to mix and match your oils to make a unique blend just for you.

Ingredients:

16 ounces (454 g) Baking Soda

3 tablespoons Witch Hazel

Essential Oils (your choice)

Instructions:

1. Combine well baking soda and witch hazel in a mixing bowl.

2. Spoon mixture into small silicone ice cube trays or candy molds, pressing firmly to form solid shapes.

3. Allow to dry/harden in the molds at least 24 hours. Once dry, gently remove and immediately package in an airtight container (store up to 6 months).

4. To use, add 4 drops essential oil to each piece just before showering. Drop 1 onto the shower floor while hot water is running. The steamer will melt as you shower, releasing aromatic steam.

Here are some oil ideas:

Calming:

  • Lavender
  • Ylang-Ylang
  • Bergamot
  • Geranium
  • Chamomile
  • Rose
  • Frankincense
  • Vetiver
  • Cedarwood

Energizing:

  • Thyme
  • Tangerine
  • Wild Orange
  • Lemon
  • Cypress
  • Grapefruit
  • Peppermint
  • Lime
  • Eucalyptus

Here are some oil blends to try if you are having a hard time coming up with your own:

Rise and Shine ~ 1 drop grapefruit, 1 drop lemon, 1 drop peppermint

Citrus Dreams ~ 1 drop eucalyptus, 1 drop wild orange, 1 drop frankincense, 1 drop cedarwood

Sleep Tight ~ 2 drops lavender, 1 drop cedarwood, 1 drop vetiver

Ocean Breeze ~ 2 drops cedarwood, 1 drop lemon, 1 drop rosemary

Energy ~ 2 drops peppermint, 2 drops wild orange

Stress Be Gone ~ 2 drops lavender, 1 drop clary sage, 1 drop ylang-ylang

Focus ~ 2 drops balance, 1 drop vetiver, 1 drop frankincense

Clear Sinuses ~ 2 drops eucalyptus, 2 drops peppermint

Relax ~ 2 drops lavender, 2 drops bergamot

Clear Your Mind ~ 2 drops lemon, 2 drops rosemary

Ground Yourself ~ 2 drops peppermint, 2 drops melaleuca

Calming ~ 2 drops lavender, 1 drop geranium, 1 drop rose

Uplifting ~ 1 drop wild orange, 1 drop clove, 1 drop cedarwood, 1 drop lemon

A Walk In The Woods ~ 1 drop arborvitae, 1 drop cedarwood, 2 drops frankincense

Romance ~ 1 drop cinnamon bark, 1 drop patchouli, 1 drop rosemary, 1 drop sandalwood, 1 drop ylang-ylang

 

What blend are you going to try first?!

 

Coconut Milk Egg Nog

Coconut Milk Egg Nog

Egg nog is what my husband looks forward to most during the holidays. I have to agree with him, however, store-bought varieties can be really frustrating to me, with all the ridiculous ingredients added to preserve, thicken, and sweeten it.   A good quality cream […]

Top Benefits & Uses for Colloidal Silver

Top Benefits & Uses for Colloidal Silver

Years ago I was introduced to colloidal silver and was a little hesitant about using it since I had heard that it could turn your skin blue. The crazy thing is that it can if  you use a low quality solution that contains salts and […]

Creamy Sweet Potato Broccoli Soup

Creamy Sweet Potato Broccoli Soup

This is my 4-yr-old daughter’s favorite soup right now.  She gobbles it up without question, while repeatedly telling me how I’m the best cook in the whole world. 🙂  It’s also very easy to make, and oh so good for you!


 

 

The Alchemist – A Bookshelf Must Have

The Alchemist – A Bookshelf Must Have

Early this Spring a dear friend of mine, who is a freelance writer and Nonfiction Writing student, and I were out enjoying the beautiful views of Montana on horseback. We often did this when I could drag her away from her pile of books and […]