Saturday, July 22, 2017

Ten Benefits of Aromatherapy


Benefit #1: 
Help reduce anxiousness and promote a calm state of mind.  Try my Ylang-Ylang & Lavender Relaxing Lotion when you feel stressed during the day or before bed to help you fall asleep fast.  Take four ounces of your favorite unscented natural body lotion (I like this one Click HERE) and add in 30 drops of lavender essential oil (shop here) and 10 drops of ylang-ylang essential oil (shop here). Blend well and store in a clean container. Apply a generous amount to your neck, shoulders and chest when you are feeling stressed. Make sure to take several deep breaths to calm down.


Benefit #2:
Get your romance on with my Sexy Massage Oil.  Add eight ounces of Jojoba oil (shop here) into a glass bottle and add in 2 drops of Bulgarian rose essential oil, 20 drops sandalwood essential oil, 10 drops sweet orange essential oil, 5 drops vanilla absolute, 2 drops patchouli essential oil and 1 drop of ylang-ylang essential oil. Shop for all the essential oils at Mountain Rose Herbs HERE.

Benefit #3: 
Make a headache relief roll-on remedy by adding 1/2 teaspoon of jojoba oil into a glass roller bottle along with 3 drops of lavender essential oil, 1 drop of peppermint and 2 drops of sweet marjoram essential oil. Roll over your temples (avoiding eye area) and massage in while deep breathing.

Benefit #4: 
Stay focused at work with my Concentration & Clarity Room Mist that can be sprayed in your office or around your work space to improve your mental clarity and ability to focus on your important tasks.  In a spray bottle, add in 8 ounces of rosemary hydrosol (shop here), 60 drops of spearmint essential oil, 70 drops grapefruit essential oil, 20 drops rosemary essential oil. Shop for essential oils HERE.  Shake well before use and mist through the air. Avoid spraying on painted and delicate surfaces and/or fabrics.

Benefit #5: 
Make a blemish-blasting roll-on spot treatment by adding a tablespoon of Witch Hazel into a glass roller-ball along with 5 drops tea tree essential oil, 1 drop thyme essential oil, 1 drop rosemary essential oil and 4 drops of lavender essential oil. Roll on a small amount over a blemish to soothe. 

Benefit #6:
Soothe a painful bee sting with my Calming Chamomile Aloe Gel. In a small squeeze bottle add in two ounces of Mountain Rose Herbs Aloe Vera Gel (shop here) along with 15 drops of lavender essential oil, 5 drops German chamomile essential oil, 2 drops peppermint essential oil and 3 drops of tea tree essential oil.  Find Certified Organic essential oils at Mountain Rose Herbs HERE. Shake well to blend. Apply a small amount to a bee sting or bug bite to soothe.

Benefit #7: 
Did you work out too hard at the gym? Are your muscles sore? I have the perfect recipe for a Post Workout Muscle Balm. Add 2 ounces of shea butter into a small bowl and mix in 25 drops of benzoin essential oil, 1 drop of cinnamon bark essential oil, 1 drop of wintergreen essential oil, 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil, 5 drops rosemary essential oil, 10 drops of Roman chamomile essential oil (shop for essential oils HERE). Mix well. Massage a small amount of the balm into your sore muscles as needed.

Benefit #8: 
Try adding a few drops of tea tree essential oil and a few drops of rosemary essential oil into shampoo before you wash your hair to help with dandruff.

Benefit #9: 
Bulgarian rose essential oil, clary sage essential oil, lavender essential oil, ylang-ylang essential oil, bergamot essential oil and neroli essential oil are all great choices to use in a diffuser to relieve PMS symptoms. Visit Mountain Rose Herbs for Certified Organic choices. Click HERE. 

Benefit #10: 
For minor cuts and scrapes, apply a few drops of lavender essential oil. 


The best place to purchase essential oils is from Mountain Rose Herbs. Click HERE to learn more and shop!


Essential oils are very potent and need to be used highly diluted. A patch test should be performed before use. I also need to say..."CAUTION: IF PREGNANT, NURSING, SUFFERING FROM ANY MEDICAL CONDITION, OR TAKING MEDICATION, CONSULT A HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONER BEFORE MAKING OR USING THESE RECIPES. AVOID EYES AND MUCOUS MEMBRANES. DILUTE PROPERLY. MAY IRRITATE SKIN. NOT FOR INTERNAL USE. AVOID DIRECT SUNLIGHT. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN." Please visit my blog post about Essential Oil Safety HERE

This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate. As with all herbs,  Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children.  I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs,please review my disclosure page for details.. Avoid use  unless discussed with your physician. This information is for educational purposes only.  This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease. Green Blessings!!!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Vegan Lip Balm 101

“If slaughterhouses had glass walls, we would all be vegetarian.”
Paul McCartney

For all my wonderful and amazing vegan and vegetarian friends, this lip balm tutorial is for you!!! 

If you don't like using beeswax in your DIY lip balm recipes, then you can use carnauba wax, or candelilla wax instead in order to make your products vegan-friendly.

Carnauba wax is an extremely hard wax exuded by Brazilian palm tree leaves. This wax is comprised of fatty acids, wax esters and fatty alcohols.  Perfect for making lip balms, salves, stiff creams, and skin barrier products. You can buy it from Mountain Rose Herbs. Click HERE

Candelilla wax is a vegetable wax from the candelilla plant which grows in Mexico.  It has a pale yellow hue with no detectable aroma.

Custom DIY Vegan Lip Balm Recipe
makes enough for one 4-ml lip balm tube or container

3/4 teaspoon of your favorite carrier oil (such as coconut oil, olive oil, mango butter, shea butter...you choose as many or as few as you want just make sure it equals 3/4 teaspoon total)

1/2 teaspoon candelilla or carnauba wax

10 drops Vitamin E Oil

2 drops of your favorite essential oil (such as lavender, sweet orange, peppermint, spearmint, tea tree or lemon)

Measure out the carrier oils and wax into a small glass measuring cup and place in a saucepan containing a few inches of simmering water until the wax and oils have melted together. Remove from heat. Add in the vitamin E oil and essential oil. Carefully pour the mixture into a lip balm container. Allow to harden and cool to room temp. Enjoy!!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Blemish-Blasting Body Wash


This is a wonderful and purifying wash for those with blemishes. Contains the antibacterial power of thyme essential oil and tea tree essential oil from Mountain Rose Herbs.


One of the best places to buy essential oils is from Mountain Rose Herbs. Visit them HERE to learn more about their wonderful selection of Certified Organic Essential Oils.

Blemish-Busting Body Wash
Makes 7 ounces

3 tablespoons boiling water
2 teaspoons plain table salt
1/2 cup liquid Castile Soap (shop for it here)
2 tablespoons vegetable glycerin (shop for it here)
60 drops tea tree essential oil (shop for it here)
40 drops thyme essential oil (shop for it here)

Add the boiling water to a small glass measuring cup.  Add the salt and stir to dissolve. Set aside. Add the liquid Castile soap to a sanitized bottle with a lid or pump.  Place a funnel in the bottle and add 2 tablespoons of the salt solution to the liquid Castile soap.  Discard the remaining salt solution. Add the vegetable glycerin and essential oils. Place a lid on the bottle and shake well to thicken. Store in the refrigerator and use within two weeks.

This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate. As with all herbs,  Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children.  I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs,please review my disclosure page for details.. Avoid use  unless discussed with your physician. This information is for educational purposes only.  This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease. Green Blessings!!!



Sunday, July 16, 2017

DIY Bath Bomb Tutorial


I love making bath bombs!!! There is just something so fun and creative about making something so aromatic and fizzy that you get to plop into a warm bath.  These also make great gifts and are fairly inexpensive to craft.

The secret ingredients in bath bombs are baking soda and citric acid which, when mixed with water, start to fizz and bubble.  Bath bombs can be customized with moisturizing carrier oils, powdered herbs and flowers, essential oils, and even natural food colors.  To make bath bombs, you will need a selection of dry and wet ingredients, plus suitable molds such as silicone molds, plastic molds, candy molds or even an ice-cube tray to shape your molds.

Choose your ingredients.......I think the best place to purchase your natural and high-quality ingredients is at Mountain Rose Herbs.  You can visit them HERE.

You will need: 

1 cup of Baking Soda

1/2 cup of Citric Acid

1/2 cup of either Fine Epsom Salts, Fine Dead Sea Salts, Fine Himalayan Salt or Fine Gray Sea Salt

1 tablespoon of either powdered rose petals, lavender buds, powdered herbs, or powdered fruit peels

2 teaspoons of either sweet almond oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil, sesame oil, sunflower oil or jojoba oil

2 drops of natural food color (optional)**Whole Foods has a nice selection

30 to 60 drops of essential oils (optional) **I love citrus essential oils, lavender, rose absolute, geranium, vanilla absolute, eucalyptus.

1 tablespoon of your choice of witch hazel, floral water, vanilla extract, vodka, distilled water or herbal extracts to moisten the dry ingredients (have additional amount available in case you need more)


Combine your choice of dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Slowly drizzle in your choice of oil, essential oils, and food coloring (if using), and mix well.


I like to use disposable gloves when making bath bombs as the citric acid and essential oils can be a bit much for my sensitive skin.  You can also wear a dust mask if you want to avoid breathing in the dry ingredients.

Place the moistening ingredient into a spray bottle and slowly spritz it over the dry ingredients, while constantly stirring to stop the ingredients from fizzing.

Once all of the ingredients are moist enough to clump together, firmly press the mixture into the cavities of the molds.


I like to use the plastic bath bomb molds because they are very durable and easy to work with.  You can find them online at places like Etsy.  They are around $7 each.


You can place a few dried rose buds in of of the bath bomb mold halves and fill it up with the moistened mixture for an extra beautiful bath bomb.

Simply brush away any excess and carefully loosen the round bath bomb from the two halves. Allow to dry for 3-4 hours. Place them in an air-tight container or packaging to stop them from being activated by the humidity in the air. Use within 4 months.

HUGE HELP: Do not attempt to make bath bombs when it is rainy or cloudy or otherwise particularly humid outside.....your bath bombs will start to fizz due to the moisture in the air.

This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate. As with all herbs,  Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children.  I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs,please review my disclosure page for details.. Avoid use  unless discussed with your physician. This information is for educational purposes only.  This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease. Green Blessings!!!