DIY Beard Oil

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DIY Beard Oil

Does the man in your life have a beard?

Beards are amazing…as long as they are maintained properly! A scraggly and unkempt beard puts a man in the not so desirable category. But with a nice trim and a little beard oil, he can be back into the confident, manly-man group in no time.

A freshly grown or scruffy beard can be very scratchy. When my husband recently started growing his beard back in he was complaining about the itchiness. He needed something to soothe his skin as well as keep the prickly hair from scratching his face. Instead of ordering an expensive beard balm, I looked around my DIY supplies and found the perfect ingredients for beard oil.

Beard oil softens the hair and soothes the skin. It will help tame the wild hairs and keep a beard from getting frizzy. The oils are nourishing to the skin and hair and also promote strong, healthy growth.

With my husband’s input, we found these ingredients to work great for beard oil:

Avocado Oil – this is my favorite oil for maintaining a clear complexion. It’s light and non-greasy feel will keep a beard and face clean and clear.

Argan Oil – this non-greasy oil is a natural conditioner and keeps the hair from frizzing or drying out. Also acting as a toner and great for reducing acne, argan oil is perfect for the skin.

Jojoba Oil – this oil is long known for benefiting the skin and hair. Used in many beauty products this vitamin rich oil is similar to the natural sebum that excretes from skin. Jojoba oil will naturally nourish the skin without drying or causing the skin to over produce sebum.

Essential Oils – there are various essential oils that are amazing for skin and hair. Rosemary, peppermint and frankincense are excellent choices. They stimulate hair growth and keep the skin and hair clean. Choosing other essential oils to create the perfect scent will give a variety of aromatic benefits.

To make beard oil, mix your base oils of avocado, jojoba, and argan in a 1 oz dropper bottle until it’s ¾ of the way full. (Reusing an old essential oil bottle works great too.) Add in 20-30 drops of essential oils. Top off with a little more base oil leaving enough room for the dropper. Shake gently to mix.

To use beard oil, drop a dime size amount on the hands and rub into a freshly washed beard. Brush with the fingers or a natural bristle brush to smooth the hair.

Beard Oil

The exact recipe we used is as follows:

DIY Beard Oil

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Mix base oils in 1 oz dropper bottle.
  2. Add essential oils.
  3. Top with a base oil leaving room for the dropper.
  4. Shake to mix.
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For a soft, kissable, woodsman look, make your man some beard oil. He will thank you for it.


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5 Reasons You Need Epsom Salt in Your Life

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5 reasons you need epsom salt in your life title

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.

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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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Make Your Own Soothing Salve

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Make your Own Soothing Salve

Apparently, it’s garden planning time. At least if you live in the southern half of the United States.

I would love to plant a garden. Unfortunately we live in such a wooded area that there isn’t enough sun exposure to grow anything. And I know there are some plants that can grow in shadier areas, but I can never get them to grow.

One of these days I’ll have a space for a garden! And maybe a few gnomes…

In the meantime, for you that are gardening (and maybe those that aren’t), I have for you a soothing salve to make relieve your joint pain! You will want this on hand when you are stooped over pulling out weeds and such. That task is rough on the knees no matter what your age.

This isn’t just for gardeners either. Anyone that has sore joints, stiff back, mild skin irritations, bug bites, any type of temporary inflammation, this is for you.

It is similar to the DIY Sore Muscle Rub that I shared recently, although, this one has a much different consistency and may work better at targeting inflammation for some people. Certain essential oils work better with some people’s body chemistry than others, so if one oil doesn’t work too well for you, try another! You may be surprised.

On to the recipe. This is a small batch recipe for about a four ounce jar of soothing salve. It utilizes coconut oil, shea butter, and almond oil which are all excellent for the skin. Plus coconut oil has some anti-inflammatory properties. Arnica has long been known to soothe joints, nourish the skin, and work to relieve muscle pain.

Soothing Salve Ingredients 2

The essential oils that I chose for this salve are a strong combination to soothe your body. Frankincense and Eucalyptus both promote normal inflammatory response. Melaleuca cleanses and purifies the skin. White fir alleviates sore joints and muscles. There are many other essential oils that are also good for similar benefits so feel free to mix and match as you please!

Make Your Own Soothing Salve

Make Your Own Soothing Salve

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Measure the coconut oil, shea butter, almond oil and beeswax into a jar and place in water in a small saucepan. Bring the water to a near boil, but not so much that the water is jumping and tips over your jar.
  2. Once the oils melt, remove from heat and add the arnica oil and essential oils. Stir to mix.
  3. Now, you can either keep your salve in the same jar or pour into a smaller jar for storage. Once the mixture cools it will harden into a lotion like texture.
  4. To use, spread a small amount on any areas of concern.
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As you can see, this recipe is quite simple! So for you gardeners out there, make sure and have this on hand before you start planting. And for all the rest of you, use this soothing salve to alleviate your aches and pains as needed.

Spoonful of Salve

The salve goes on very smooth and smells wonderful! The scent increases as it heats up from your skin. I may even use this on my hands just to moisturize…

Do you use a soothing salve?

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