Using Essential Oils

There are many different ways of using essential oils to incorporate them safely into your life. Here are some examples:

Using Essential Oils In the Bath:

Dilute a few drops in honey, whole milk or carrier oil.
Remember ‘oil and water do not mix’.

Usually the ratio is:

  • 5 drops of essential oil into a Tbsp (15ml) of Carrier oil of your choice and add to your bath.
  • 5 drops of essential oil into a cup of whole milk and add to your bath.
  • 5 drops of essential oil into 1 oz of bath salts. Drop the essential oils into your salts and stir, then add to bath. I love a mix of Himalayan salt, epsom salt and sea salt combo.

Bath Salt Beneficial properties:

The wonderful benefits/properties of this mixture include:

  • Relaxing the nervous system: stress drains the body of magnesium and increases levels of adrenaline. When dissolved in warm water the salt is absorbed through the skin and replenishes the level of magnesium in the body. Magnesium helps to produce serotonin, a mood elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of calm and relaxation.
  • Helping skin problems, soothing aching limbs, easing muscle strain and drawing toxins from your body.

foot-bath-650874_1920Using Essential Oils In a Foot Soak:

5 drops of essential oil into 1/2 cup bath salts mix.
A favorite is Peppermint and Tea tree.

Foot Soak Beneficial Properties:

  • Treat athlete’s foot
  • Treat toenail fungus (use at least 3x per day)
  • Helps draw out splinters
  • Soothe sprains and bruises – add 2 cups of salt mix

Using Essential Oils for Massage:

Properly diluted: 2.5% or less for full body massage

We offer a full line of pre-made massage oils for you to try!

pocketdiffuserOther Ways to Use Essential Oils:

  • Inhalation: i.e. diffuser for your environment or Inhaler
  • Steam Inhalation: a very hot bowl of water, ‘tent a towel’ over your head to contain the steam. this is great for sinus problems or a facial
  • Botanical Perfume: all natural that you apply to your pulse points
  • Aromatic Jewelry for inhalation
  • All Natural Skin Care: make your own moisturizers, in facials (1% dilution), cleansers
  • Hair Care: add to your conditioner, massage into scalp then rinse out.
  • Car Diffusers: when making a long road trip to keep you alert
  • Linen Spray (lavender is the most popular, or the essential oil of your choice).

If you’re interested in getting started with essential oils, please check our our extensive line of essential oils, including many organic and wildcrafted options!

Editor's Note:
This post was originally published in April 2015. It’s been updated because we believe this information is always relevant.

Some TLC for your skin ~

Winter is approaching .. and we really need to pay special attention to our ‘skin’.   Here are some tips that may assist you with the ‘dry skin blues’.

* Hydrate your entire system with lots of water and high anti-oxidant green tea. During winter there’s a tendency not to drink as much due to cool temperatures. You may want to bring your water to room temperature to encourage drinking more.

* Eat a healthy diet of mostly raw foods, foods high in omega-3 fatty acids which produce a hydrating effect from the inside out, and antioxidants which help fight signs of aging. Winter might be a good time to increase your intake of omega-3s — and antioxidants such as Turmeric.

* Take a revitalizing bath – in warm water, not hot!
Himalayan salt baths are rejuvenating, and help dry skin to slough off. Hot water is damaging to your skin, so stick with warm water.

* Moisturize daily with non-clogging all natural moisturizers. They will nourish your skin instead of clogging it, as many toxin-impaired moisturizers do.

* It’s especially important to cleanse and moisturize before you go to bed at night, to remove impurities from your skin.

Take 5 minutes our of your day and you will be on the road to a vibrant face and healthy skin.

Every day of your life, pollution, grime and dust attach themselves to the surface of your skin.

What to do? Adjust your water temperature to be a bit cooler, limit your showers to one per day, and decrease your soak time in the bath.

* Use gentle and safe all natural skin care products. Your skin absorbs it all.

* Be sure to remove your makeup each evening. It’s a really bad idea to flop into bed, leaving makeup – not to mention environmental grime – on your face while you sleep.
Take a couple minutes to remove it, and you will find your face looking and feeling younger.

* If possible sleep on your back. Gravity creates a downward drag on your skin all day. Give your skin a break at night. By sleeping on your back, you reduce gravitational pull on your face. If you press your face to your pillow, you will likely experience increased puffiness in the morning.

* Please – Do not smoke… for your general health’s sake, and for younger looking skin. Smoking causes free radical production, which is one cause of the signs of aging.  (not to mention all the other illnesses associated with smoking).

* Apply your skin care products to warm skin, usually after your shower or after you wash your face,  in order to help your skin appear healthier. This maximizes absorption, as your pores are open and will absorb better. If your skin is cold, use a warm towel to warm your skin.

* Never pull or rub your skin. Apply your skin care products gently, and lightly tap for a few moments to help your skin absorb them. Rubbing stretches your skin and can promote sagging and wrinkles. (Note: This principle includes leaning your face on your hand while sitting at a desk, which also stretches your skin.)

* Be patient. Don’t expect changes overnight, don’t be discouraged. It may take a month or even two to three months to see any changes.

– Ageless Elixir

– Apricot kernel meal scrub

– Aloe Vera & Seaweed Gel

– Hydrosol

– Professional Formulas

Coming soon :: Look for our ~
Bath Salts : Soaks & Body Scrubs.

Be kind to your skin .. show it some TLC (tender loving care) .. and your skin will glow !

An article I think is important that you should know about ::

Big Pharma Scores Big Win:
Medicinal Herbs Will Disappear in EU

It’s almost a done deal. We are about to see herbal preparations disappear, and the ability of herbalists to prescribe them will also be lost.  Click here to read this article.

End thought:

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread.
– John Muir

Pause to appreciate the beauty around you. Whether rainbow or butterfly, mountain or tree, painting or poem – whether crafted by nature or by a human hand – beauty adds a magical element to life that surpasses logic and science.

Enjoy the beauty of the Fall Season .. the colors .. the scents of the first fire burning ..

– til next time,