5 Fresh Spring Essential Oil Blends

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5 Spring Essential Oil Blends

 

The best part about Spring is the fresh breeze flowing through open windows in the house. Hearing the birds chirp and the trees sway in the wind is soothing and brings with it all kinds of joy!

With the freshness of the air, I like to add a little extra something to enhance the scent of my home. I have five essential oil blends to lighten the mood, wake you up, or soothe the soul. The blends can be put in a diffuser or used in a spray bottle to spritz around the house. (Recipe below!)

Citrus Woods:

  • 5 drops Wild Orange
  • 3 drops Lime
  • 2 drops White Fir

Fresh Mint:

Sleepy Hippy:

  • 4 drops Patchouli
  • 4 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Vetiver

Flower Patch:

  • 5 drops Clary Sage
  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Geranium

Into the Forest:

  • 5 drops White Fir
  • 4 drops Cedarwood
  • 1 drop Rosemary

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To use these blends in your diffuser: follow the directions in your particular model. I like this one here.

To make this into an air freshener spray:

Fill a small glass spray bottle almost to the top with water. Add in 1 tsp of witch hazel or vodka (to keep the pump working smoothly). Add your essential oil blend. Spray around the room to freshen the air!

The strength of your spray will be determined by the size of your spray bottle and how much water it holds. If you have a larger bottle and want a stronger scent, just double or triple the essential oil blend recipe.

blend bottles stacked

It’s very easy to make! I like to rotate the essential oil blends to add different scents to the air. I also like to keep one spray bottle in the bathroom and one in the living room. That way I have my spray easy to reach.

What essential oil scents make you think of Spring??

 

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DIY Dry Shampoo

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DIY dry shampoo

You know how it goes. The alarm rings. You jump right out of bed and smile at the sunshine coming through the window. You wander down the hall to the bathroom and take a luxurious long shower. As you finish getting dressed you spouse brings you a steaming cup of coffee, just the way you like it. Then you walk into the living room ready to face the day and smile at the children playing with their toys calmly waiting for breakfast…

Wait, wait, wait, that’s not at all how it goes…

Somebody starts wailing and your spouse pushes you out of bed, so he can hit snooze a couple more times. You find the woken child and try to soothe them as you stumble into the kitchen hoping to find the answers to life somewhere under the pile of dishes you left from last night. Coffee sounds too good to be true and you wonder if you will actually get to take a shower today…

That’s more like it.

Let’s be real. Moms don’t often get to take showers when they need want them. It’s just a part of life. And that season of life will pass quicker than you know. (Or so they say, I’m still in the midst of it!)

Personally, I’m ok skipping a shower most of the time but I feel completely frumpy and out of sorts if I can’t get my hair washed. Granted it’s so much better now that I use natural methods of washing, but after a day or so I get a little oily around the edges. Thankfully, there is a solution to keeping decently clean looking hair when it comes to part time showering.

DIY Dry Shampoo!

The recipe is simple and you probably already have the ingredients on hand. It’s super cheap and is much better than any store bought version. It takes less than a minute to mix it together.

All you need is cocoa powder and arrowroot powder (corn starch or tapioca powder work great too!). An optional addition is essential oils to enhance the scent and nourish your scalp.

dry shampoo ingredients

To apply it to your hair use a make-up brush to dab it on or just sprinkle it on and brush it in. I like using a make-up brush, it goes on with less mess and is easy to do.

The size batch you make is up to you and depends on the size storage jar you have. I use a regular half-pint mason jar. But a recycled jar would be perfect!

DIY Dry Shampoo

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Measure ingredients in to a jar.
  2. Close the lid and shake until well mixed.
  3. Apply to roots with make-up brush or sprinkle it on as needed.
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See? It’s not at all complicated to have clean looking hair each day! Even if you can’t get a shower in, but want to avoid the greasy hair look this is your solution.

If you have blonde or light colored hair you can adjust the ratio of powders. Use more of the arrowroot powder and less cocoa powder to achieve a lighter dry shampoo. (Depending on your skin color, you could even play around with different shades as a facial powder too!)

application brush

So next time you stumble out of bed to tend to the little ones, don’t fret about not getting a shower, your hair can still look fabulous!

Have you tried a dry shampoo?

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5 Reasons You Need Epsom Salt in Your Life

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It seems like every other day there is some amazing “cure-all” that comes flashing through my newsfeed.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Turmeric, Tea Tree Oil, Coconut Oil, and the list goes on!

What’s the latest? Epsom Salt.

I’ve seen various reports on it here and there but haven’t really paid much attention. (I’ve been busy using Turmeric and Tea Tree Oil to see how they benefit my life!) One day recently, my Hubby asked if we had any Epsom Salt because he needed a foot soak.

Well sure! We happened to have some stuffed in a corner in the bathroom. We fixed up a soak with Epsom Salt and essential oils to soothe his tired feet and improve circulation. He said it felt amazing and asked me to buy more Epsom Salt.

At that point I decided to look into the benefits of Epsom Salt to see if it was really all it’s cracked up to be. Let me tell ya, it looks pretty promising.

epsom salt

Besides just giving you a relaxing foot bath, there are five main reasons that you need Epsom Salt in your life:

  1. Detox your body. The chemical compound of Epsom Salt is Magnesium Sulfate. Both of these elements are easily absorbed into the body. The sulfates naturally remove toxins from your cells helping your body flush them out. A regular detox is great for your body and you can benefit from Epsom Salt whether you take a full bath or just a foot soak.
  2. Reduce inflammation. The magnesium in Epsom Salt is a natural anti-inflammatory. For sore muscles, cramps, joint pain, and bruises, an Epsom Salt soak or compress will relieve inflammation.
  3. Exfoliate your skin. Our skin is pretty amazing. It is our largest organ and is constantly regenerating itself to protect us and keep our bodies in one piece. It is important to exfoliate often to remove the dead skin cells to keep our skin soft and breathing freely. A scrub for your hands, feet, body, or face will greatly benefit your skin.
  4. Relieve constipation. For the occasional back-up, Epsom Salt can be taken internally as a saline laxative. Use 2 tablespoons in warm water once daily. If symptoms persist check with your doctor.
  5. Regulate blood sugar. Magnesium and Sulfate both assist the body’s ability to make insulin. Taking Epsom Salt may help reduce risk of diabetes and other sugar related issues.

Bonus benefits: Epsom Salt is great as an abrasive substance for cleaning pots and pans or tile and grout. It can also supply nutrients to your garden as plant food!

Epsom Salt may not be on the “cure-all” list but it will greatly benefit you and your household in various! If you don’t have any, you need to get some Epsom Salt today. (Find a carton of it here!)

And since you probably want to know, here is the recipe for my husband’s relaxing foot soak:

Relaxing Foot Soak

Relaxing Foot Soak

Ingredients

  • 1 gallon of hot or warm water (personal preference)
  • 1 cup of Epsom Salt
  • 5 drops each of Thyme, Peppermint, Clary Sage, Wintergreen essential oils

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a small tub.
  2. Soak feet until water cools.
  3. Enjoy the relaxing aroma! The Epsom Salt promotes detoxification and relaxation. The essential oils promote circulation, detoxification, and cleanse the feet and nails.
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How do you benefit from Epsom Salt?

 


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How to Remove Labels from Jars

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How to Remove Labels from Jars

For those of you that don’t know yet…I’m crazy about jars. (I have a whole kitchen cabinet dedicated to empty jars!)

I know it’s weird. I’m so minimalistic is so many areas, but I NEED my jars! And I hate to waste good glass. There has to be some sort of project or repurposed use for this collection.

Considering the many varieties of jars and bottles that I keep, you might think I’m an expert at how to remove labels. Well, I don’t know about that, but I’ve gotten pretty good at it.

My two secrets for removing labels are baking soda and lemon essential oil. Yep. Pretty simple!

jars with labels

The process isn’t hard at all. This probably goes without stating but make sure and start with clean jars.

First off, you need to soak your jars in the sink. Fill your sink with hot water and about three or four tablespoons of baking soda. Mix it in well so the baking soda dissolves and the water feels slippery. You only need enough water to cover the jars.

Let your jars soak for awhile. I usually just wait long enough that the water cools down. Maybe for an hour or so, I don’t think I’ve ever really timed it.

Now, you should be able to easily scrape off the label! I use this handy scraping tool. (It’s also great for getting cooked-on food off of baking pans.) But a spatula or your fingernails will work as well.

You will most likely get some sticky glue left on your jars. To avoid getting fuzz and having cloudy, sticky glass, you need to get the glue off. This is where lemon essential oil comes to the rescue! Put a few drops of lemon on the jar and rub it around with your finger to cover the stickiness. Using a dry cloth, rub away the glue.

Lastly, to remove any extra residue, clean the jar with soap and water. You are left with a beautiful clear glass jar that you can hoard away use to store your spices! Or use for any of the other amazing DIY projects you find on Pinterest.

clean jars

Pretty easy, right? There have only been a couple of jars that I have not been able to get the glue off of. The manufacturer must have used some sort of glue that could repair a space station or something. That glue is not coming off, ever. (Those jars are in the back of the cabinet as reserves in case I really need them.)

I may have a glass jar problem, but I do use them for food storage and spices and crafts. Saving spice jars is nice for storing homemade mixes like my roast rubs or taco seasoning! So if you want to start a jar collection too, now you know how to get those pesky labels off quickly and hassle free!

Do you collect jars too?

 

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DIY Static Stopper Spray

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DIY Static Stopper

I don’t know about you but I’m going nuts over here.

This winter has been cold and that means the heat is running a lot. The heater sucks all the moisture out of the air and I’m left with dry skin and static clothes. That kind of combo can drive anyone up a wall!

I’m starting to solve the dry skin problem with my Herbal Body Oil. That has helped tremendously. I’m also trying some dry brushing. I’ll let you in on that secret when I’ve given it some more time.

The major issue that is left is the static. A little here and there isn’t too much of a problem. But I’m tired of my shirts, hair, and pajama pants sticking to my body! Maybe it doesn’t bother others as much as me but I can’t take it any longer.

Often times when the static is overtaking my wardrobe I’ll run to the bath room and run some water on my hand and then sprinkle it on my clothes. This kind of works but I end up with wet splotches on my shirts. Not really a big deal but also kind of annoying.

Then I figured out to put some water in a spray bottle. Duh! It shouldn’t have taken me this long to figure out. The spray bottle mists an even amount of moisture over my clothes. It gives me just enough to counter the dryness and stop the static.

I also figured I could put some essential oils in the bottle as well. Then I can smell nice too. (Because face it, moms don’t get to shower every day.) A little freshening up never hurt anyone! I chose some invigorating, fresh scents from the citrus family for this spray bottle. Lemon, Grapefruit, and Wild Orange are some of my favorite essential oils.

 

So if you are suffering from static taking over your life, this might help you regain your sanity until the end of winter.

DIY Static Stopper Spray

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Fill your bottle almost to the top with water.
  2. Add essential oils.
  3. Shake well.
  4. Spray on static clothing or hair as needed.
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You could easily make any sort of essential oil combo to suit your needs. Here are some oil combination ideas:

So far this DIY Static Stopper Spray is working very well. I even sprayed some around the room to add some moisture and freshen the air. I will probably keep this spray bottle by my side for the rest of winter!

How do you deal with the dry static of winter?

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DIY Herbal Body Oil

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DIY Herbal Body Oil update

 

‘Tis the season for sandpaper hands!

That sounds like fun. Right…

I don’t know about you, but winter dries up my skin like nothing else. My hands, my legs, and oddly my waist are the worst areas. I think it’s mostly from the heat running all day. Dry, itchy skin and static. Anyone else with me?

It’s time to take some drastic measures to battle this skin crisping season. Firstly, I have to make sure I’m well hydrated. It’s easier to not drink enough water in the winter because of the cooler weather. And that can contribute to dry skin. I’m measuring my water to be sure to drink my eight 8-ounces.

Next, I need to lather up with something moisturizing. I’m avoiding commercial lotions because of the chemical content. Many of them include some sort of alcohol which will ultimately make skin even drier. Not something I need right now. And the “green” chemical free lotions are just too expensive.

The answer is to make my own! Which is not a problem since I love to DIY.

I’ve made lotion bars, but they tend to leave my skin a little too greasy from the coconut oil. As dry as my skin is, I really don’t care for coconut oil based skincare products. I’ve attempted making body butter, but it never turns out well. Plus the coconut oil issue.

One day recently, as I was fed up with my dry, itchy skin and the options at hand, I went for my bottle of olive oil in the kitchen and rubbed down my legs. Relief! Finally! And then the idea came to me. Why not add some super nourishing oils and skin soothing herbs and make it a body oil? Yes!

Thus the DIY Herbal Body Oil is born.

Lavender Body Oil

 

There area variety of oils and herbs that will specifically nourish skin. Jojoba, avocado, aloe vera, and almond are the more common ones. They each have vitamins that will nourish your skin and aren’t nearly as heavy as coconut oil. Paired with olive oil, your skin will be left feeling smooth and moisturized.

Soothing herbs like lavender, calendula, and nettles are perfect to add to a moisturizing body oil. Infusing herbs into the oil adds extra benefits to nourish and strengthen your skin.

Lavender Buds

 

There are two methods to making your own Herbal Body Oil. One is for the plan-ahead types and is extremely simple to do, and the other is for the rest of us but also takes a little more effort.

DIY Herbal Body Oil

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. If you plan ahead: Place the herbs in a jar and pour the first four oils. Stir gently to make sure the herbs are thoroughly moistened. Then depending on how big your jar is, fill with the olive oil. I used a half pint mason jar and it took less than 4 oz of olive oil. Place a lid on and label your jar with the date. It will need to sit for 4-6 weeks for the herbs to infuse into the oils.
  2. If you don’t plan ahead: Place your herbs and oils in a large saucepan. Heat the mixture on low for about an hour. The heating process will pull most of the beneficial nutrients out of the herbs into the oils.
  3. Once your herbs have infused into the oils, strain the herbs out and pour your body oil into an easy to dispense container. I used a small olive oil bottle that you would find in the kitchen. No top to screw off and on and it won’t gush out like it would in an open mouthed jar. You could leave the herbs in the oil if you like, after looking at my dispenser I think they would clog up the spout. It depends on what you use.
  4. To use your herbal body oil, simply pour a small amount of oil into your hands and rub onto your skin. You can easily use a lot or a little depending on the desired amount of moisture needed. I found that the scent of the lavender I used in mine was very subtle. Once I rub the body oil on it smells a little stronger. I may add some essential oils to increase the benefits of the oil and to give it a stronger scent.
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After using this herbal body oil for a couple of weeks now, I don’t know that I’ll go back to lotions! My body is soaking up the luxurious treatment and is finally feeling some relief from the dry itchiness that plagues me. I don’t know if it’s just me that has such dry skin that I need straight oil to make it feel good, but I’m so happy to find something that works.

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I find that making my own body products is so much better than buying them. I know exactly what’s in them and I can tweak it to suit my needs.

What are you waiting for? Go DIY!

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The Oil Cleanse Method

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I have terrible skin. I haven’t always had terrible skin. In fact, I had really great skin as a teenager. It hasn’t been until my adult years, and especially during pregnancy, that my skin has gone nuts. It doesn’t only break out, but it’s really dry too. Quite the uncomfortable predicament.

Honestly I think there is something internal going on that is causing my breakouts. I’ve been doing some experimenting and will continue to do so until I can figure out what’s going on. But in the mean time, I still need to wash my face and keep it moisturized. This is where the Oil Cleanse Method comes in.

As you know, I’m a huge fan of natural products. I have tried commercial and prescription facial wash and have not been happy with any of them. I usually end up with even dryer skin or a sticky face. And there are often too many steps involved. (I even tried doTERRA’s skin care system and was not pleased with it. Many people like it, it just wasn’t a good fit for me.)

I can’t remember how I found the Oil Cleanse Method. But since I’ve tried it, I have loved it. Even having tried a few other things in between, I always go back to it.

Basically, I wash my face with oil. “How do you clean it with oil,” you ask? Well, using oil on your skin actually works out the impurities and clears your pores. Similar to the No ‘Poo method, it helps keep your natural oils in balance so you don’t overproduce to counter dryness.

You need at least two oils to create your Oil Cleansing mixture. The primary oil to use is Castor Oil. It is naturally antibacterial so it will clear up any type of bacterial based acne. And it is thick so it will really sit where you apply it and work deep into your skin as you rub it in.

The second oil is up to you. Personally I love Avocado Oil. For some reason it works really well for my skin. It has a very light feel to it, which balances out the thickness of the Castor Oil. I have also used Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I really like how that feels as well. You could also try other oils such as Grapeseed, Sunflower Seed, or Almond Oil. You could even try a mix of any of these.

You want to choose cold pressed oils that are high in nutrients, vitamins, and fatty acids. Refined oils will not have these traits and won’t be effective. The fatty acids are what nourish the cell membranes and help keep your skin’s natural moisture.

When mixing your oils you want about a 20/80 ratio of Castor Oil to your other oils. I also like to add some essential oils to the mix to help nourish and keep my skin clean. Lavender, Geranium, Frankincense, and Melaleuca are excellent for skin health.

Here’s how you do the Oil Cleanse Method:

Apply about a quarter size amount of your oil mixture to your dry face. Rub it all over and work it in. Next comes the best part of the process. Take a wash cloth and wet it in hot water. Then tilt your head back and cover your face with the cloth. It’s nice to lean against the wall or sit if you can. Let the steam from the cloth soak into your pores, opening them up and allowing the impurities to rise to the surface. After about a minute or when the cloth cools, re-wet the cloth with warm water and gently rub the excess oil off your face, removing the impurities.

That’s it! It’s like a mini spa experience for your face. In the winter I find that my face may still be a little dry afterwards, so I will apply a few drops of oil back on my face and leave it there to keep it moisturized.

I have read from others that use a similar method that it can help with bacterial based breakouts. I believe there are many causes to acne and for topical issues, the Oil Cleanse Method can be very effective in helping. Even though my skin still breaks out because of other causes, it feels clean. I like the balance that the Oil Cleanse Method brings to my face. It’s very nice having an evenly moisturized face that lasts all day. It’s a wonderful way to clean your skin no matter what skin type you have.

Have you tried cleaning your skin with oil?

 

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