Sunday, January 11, 2015

How to Use Carrier Oils

OMG! Everyone wants to know about carrier oils!! One of the most popular questions I get is "Which carrier oil should I use?" Oh, Lordy! That's a heavy question. {sigh} The answers really range from "Anyone you want!!!" to "You probably should use coconut oil for that". There are so many factors, but I've dedicated my WEEK to writing this post to answer your most pressing questions. Lucky you!! YAY!

In my mind, there are really two completely different rules to using carrier oils when it comes to beauty {aka your face} vs simple dilution for essential oils, so we're going to talk about both today!

Carrier oil 101-- learn about the basics of what is a carrier oil and how to use them with essential oils for #DIYbeauty and #bodycare

Monday, December 29, 2014

Drop that Holiday Weight and Detox Challenge

I have a horrible confession. I gained nine pounds over the holidays!! {sobs} But, I did pretty much just eat chocolate for the last 2 months sooooo... I guess nine pounds is pretty good considering. And now I feel horrible, my pants don't fit and I need to lose at least nine pounds so I'm giving myself a challenge!

CHALLENGE: Lose 10 pounds in 1 month. ACCEPTED.

FB Challenge Group
I would LOVE to challenge you all to make your own goal and do this with me! Of course you don't have to do exactly what I do, but I'd love for us to work together to support each other. That's why I created the Weight Loss and Detox Challenge Group on Facebook! It will be running the entire month of January 2015 to help encourage people to lose that holiday weight and detox! Oh, it's also freeeeeeeeee!!! You can join anytime during the month!

You can join here: Holiday Weight Loss and Detox Challenge Group
Sunday, December 21, 2014

Soothing Calendula Body Lotion Bars

CONFESSION: I used to hate my skin. Okay, I think that feeling was mutual because I'm pretty sure it hated me too! All that hate and anger was manifesting as blemishes, redness, and unattractive rashes, bumps and dry spots all over my body. I was tried to make it happy by buying $100 creams and $150 spa treatments, but nothing worked! Soooooo frustrating!!!!!

But then something amazing happened: I went all natural (aka chemical free), my skin cleared up and became soooooo happy! Sure, it still acts up every now and then (um, winter skin anyone?) but I've learned that sometimes my sensitive skin just needs to be pampered a bit more than other people's skin especially when it's dry. And that's 100% okay because I like being pampered.

How to make DIY body lotion bars for dry, irritated skin. #DIYbeauty #calendula
Monday, December 15, 2014

Homemade Calendula Oil for Sensitive Skin

I know that I talk about essential oils a lot, but herbs are another one of my passions. Earlier this year I took a course about how to use herbs and Calendula was something that really stood out to me as something I NEEDED for my sensitive skin. The more I learned about it the more I felt like it could really take some of my DIY recipes to the next level.

What Is Calendula? 
Calendula officinalis is a really fancy name for regular ole Marigold. You can grow your own (dry it completely before use) or you can buy a good quality organic variety (like this one). 

If you haven't dried your own herbs before, then I recommend that you read this really detailed guide about harvesting and drying. It's a science and if it's not done correctly your mix won't turn out the way you want it and could even mold. {sad face}

How to make your own calendula oil for fabulous skin

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Rest and Relax with Bedtime Balm

I am the type of person who lays in bed and thinks about her to-do list instead of counting sheep or snuggling up with a good book. Needless to say--- I have had trouble falling asleep.

When I started using essential oils I was naturally drawn to many of the calming scents. I found that when I used them before bed I was actually sleeping soundly and falling asleep quickly for the first time in YEARS!!  {mind blown}

It really is so amazing what just a few drops of essential oil can do! If I don't use them before bed, I can really tell a difference in my quality of sleep. AKA: I wake up 5-10 times a night and that suuuuuuuucks. 

How to make your own #DIY Rest and Relaxation #Bedtime Balm to support #sleep