Thursday, September 18, 2014

4 Easy Homemade Remedies for Congestion

The worst part of having the cold or flu is the congestion. I can't sleep, I can't breathe, and I end up feeling like I have a sore throat from all the mouth breathing and post-nasal drip. It blows. {snickers}

Now every time anyone in my family gets sick we reach for one of these homemade congestion remedies and boy do they work! My poor friend is sick right now so I hope some of these recipes can help her feel better soon! {hugs}

Easy Homemade #Congestion Remedies for #cold and #flu season #DIY

Congestion Roll-on
I've made a super simple recipe to help decrease sinus congestion and reduce the feeling of that yucky inflammation, but it can also work for any kind of nasal stuffiness.
Sunday, September 14, 2014

Why Make Homemade Beauty Products and a Giveaway

There is a saying, "What goes ON you, goes IN you". Many people don't realize that our lotions, moisturizers, serums, and other beauty products will interact with the skin and can enter into the blood stream. Don't believe me? Have you ever heard of a lidocaine cream, motion sickness patch or a nicotine patch? They work by passing a medicine through the skin and entering the blood stream to cause a given effect. It's science, people! The skin is a powerful organ which has the ability to begin absorbing anything applied to it in about 26 seconds.

This absorption of chemicals from beauty products is why I believe that it's so important to know exactly what I am putting on my body and on my family. I began using the Environment Working Group's product guide (The Skin Deep Database) a few years ago to look at the toxic load of my store bought beauty products. It blew my mind! I thought I was being safe when I purchased products that claimed to be green or all natural, but I found that some of them were only a little better than their chemical loaded counterparts!!

Natural Beauty Box #Giveaway #DIYBEAUTY #beauty

In the United States, the cosmetic industry is a 50 billion dollar industry that is sadly basically self-regulated. The Campaign of Safe Cosmetics states that, "Under the current law, the FDA can't require cosmetics companies to conduct safety assessments, and can’t even require product recalls". In fact, thousands of ingredients which are commonly used in the US Markets are banned within other countries! I don't know about you, but I have no desire to be part of an industry that is not required to prove it's safety.

If you want to read more about how our laws aren't protecting the consumer, then please read this great article The Ugly Truth about Chemicals Used in Cosmetics by Lindsay Dahl.
Monday, September 8, 2014

Homemade Eye Serum for Dark Circles and Fine Lines

I have to give the credit to my friends Darlene and Lindsay for this idea! In our Facebook Group, they said that they use lavender essential oil around their eyes to help with dry eye and itchy allergy eye. I thought that was just brilliant and further proved why I'm so obsessed with lavender essential oil. But you know me-- I'm always trying to take things to the next level! So, this great idea from these two ladies got me thinking: what if I could make a serum that not only helped dry, itchy eyes, but also combatted those nasty dark circles and fine lines!

Yeah. Sometimes I have smart ideas. #truth

How to reduce dark circles and fine lines around the eyes using natural products #YLEO #diybeauty

To be honest, I'm pretty amazed at the results. One morning I looked at myself in the mirror and the darkness was so reduced that I could barely see it! I squeal. Seriously. And on top of that my clinically diagnosed dry eyes have actually become quite a bit better! I'm not even using my eye drops anymore! Bonus!!!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Support Healthy Lungs with Essential Oils {Guest Post}

I am so extremely happy to have a good friend today write a guest post for me! She is an amazing woman and she wants to share her personal story about how she naturally supports her respiratory system with essential oils. Her story has really been an inspiration to me and I hope it will be to you as well! 

Janet Inglesias Young Living Member 1894520. Owner: La Viva Oils (check us out on facebook). Have You Met Janet?
I am so thrilled to call Janet my friend! We met just this year and now we are chatting almost every day! She's such a great person inside and out-- I know you all will just love her to pieces like I do!

She's a busy lady-- she works a fully time job, takes care of her family and also work as a distributor with Young Living. I really don't know how she does it! Janet is happily married to a wonderful man and has the most beautiful family! Seriously, you should see the pictures!

She's also the owner of Viva La Oils which is a great private group where people who are interested in essential oils can go to learn more. My favorite part is hearing people's testimonials about the essential oils! It's amazing :) So you should definitely stop by on Facebook and say hi! 

Healthy Lungs with Essential Oils: My Story
By Janet Iglesias 
I was really young when I was diagnosed with Asthma and Allergies. I had an allergy prick test then that confirmed that I was allergic to the majority of plants, trees, etc. As I've gotten older, I make sure that when I get a cold that I take care of it immediately because it can quickly develop into something more serious.

Essential oils to support lung function