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Orange Mint Scrub

The uplifting aromas of orange and mint make this scrub an invigorating skin treatment. Exfoliate and moisturize at the same time!orangescrub

Orange Mint Scrub

  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Gently mix ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Scoop into the PET jar.
  3. Keep jar near your bathtub or sink to use this refreshing scrub whenever your skin needs a boost.


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New Start Cleanse

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It’s the beginning of a new year. Chances are, after holiday eating and a long, stressful year, your body could use a good cleanse. Toxins build up from the chemicals and pollution around us, which can really overwork your liver. You may need a cleanse if you have the following symptoms: skin breakouts, bloating/stomach pain, food cravings, trouble sleeping, constipation, headaches, fatigue/sluggishness, irritability, or congestion. There are several essential oils that help to clean and detoxify the liver and lymphatic system and give digestive support:

  • Fennel
  • Geranium
  • Rosemary
  • Roman chamomile
  • Blue tansy
  • Helichrysum
  • Tea tree
  • Melrose
  • Hyssop
  • Juniper

These can be diffused in the air or diluted and applied to the liver area or pulse points to aid your body’s cleansing process.

Another aspect of cleansing includes getting plenty of sleep so your body can rest and repair. Moving your body is also important. Sweating releases toxins, and exercise can inspire a sluggish lymph system to get going. It is very important to drink plenty of water while cleansing. If you are in need of a thorough cleanse, you can try fasting from food and drinking a lemonade concoction in place of food. This cleanse can be done for 3–10 days, but be sure to adjust for your body’s needs and consult an expert if you have concerns.

  1. Add 2 Tbsp. (25 ml) of freshly squeezed lemon juice to 10 oz. (300 ml) distilled water.
  2. Mix in 2 Tbsp. (25 ml) pure maple syrup.
  3. Stir in a dash of cayenne pepper.
  4. Drink 6–12 glasses per day in place of food.

Lemon converts to an alkali in the body and eliminates toxins from the bowels and bladder, and cayenne pepper is a thermal warmer that dilates the blood vessels. An herbal laxative tea may also help with elimination during your cleanse. When you’re done with your cleanse, phase back into food with freshly juiced produce and then thoroughly chewed vegetables and fruit.

It is a good time to press the reset button and take out the trash in your body. If you make the effort to cleanse, you’ll find renewed energy and health moving into the new year.

See the Reference Guide for Essential Oils to learn more about how to cleanse your body for optimum health and disease prevention.

Source: Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2016 Edition, pp. 196–97, 396–97.


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From the Reference Guide: Energy

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It’s the time of year to bundle up. During the winter months it’s easy to feel sluggish and fall into a health slump. With more sickness going around, colder temperatures, and the loss of sunlight come feelings of exhaustion. Getting more sleep and ample hydration during the winter months is vital to keeping your energy levels high. There are also some great ways to energize your mind and body with essential oils.

The following essential oils can give you that much-needed pick-me-up:

  • Peppermint
  • Basil
  • Black Pepper
  • Cypress
  • Eucalyptus
  • Grapefruit
  • Juniper
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass
  • Myrtle
  • Nutmeg
  • Orange
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme

These oils may help stimulate the endocrine system, increase energy, improve circulation, and combat fatigue.

Essential oils can be inhaled directly or applied to a cotton ball or handkerchief. You can also diffuse essential oils in your home and in your work space. Diffusing oils produces positive ions that help increase your energy. A nasal inhaler recipe is great to take on the go to use whenever you experience a dip in energy or brain fogginess.

Adding these essential oils to your bathtime or personal care routine can give you a surge of energy to start your day. Try adding a few drops of essential oils to your lotion, or apply directly to your wrists and behind your ears. Mix a blend of oils with a base oil, and massage into the feet, the base of the neck, and on the temples help to gain the energizing benefits.

See the Reference Guide for Essential Oils to learn more about how essential oils can be used to increase your energy levels.

Source: Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2016 Edition, pp. 176, 426–27.

 


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Makeup Remover Pads

These makeup remover pads will help remove even the most stubborn makeup and leave your face moisturized at the same time!

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Makeup Remover Pads

  • Servings: 15–20
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • Round cotton pads
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) witch hazel
  • 1 Tbsp. (12 g)  Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.5 ml) Vitamin E Oil
  • 3–4 drops essential oil (optional—don’t use if using this as eye makeup remover)
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) hot distilled water
  • 4 oz. Salve Jar

Instructions:

  1. Place as many cotton pads as will fit into your 4 oz. salve jar.
  2. In a separate glass dish, mix witch hazel, coconut oil, vitamin E oil, and essential oils (if not using this for eye makeup). Add hot distilled water; stir to combine as much as possible.
  3. Pour hot liquid over cotton pads gradually, allowing the liquid to soak into the pads as you pour.
  4. To use, wipe a pad across makeup that you want removed. Avoid the eye area if using essential oils in this recipe. Wipe face with a dry tissue to wipe off excess oil if needed.

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Candy Cane Sugar Scrub Bars

Do you like exfoliating with a sugar scrub? You may want to give this recipe a try!

While you are in the shower and ready to wash up, just grab one of these and rub it all over your body like you would soap. The soap helps get you clean, the sugar helps exfoliate your skin, the coconut oil replenishes moisture, and the essential oil refreshes the skin and provides a lovely scent. It’s a great way to pamper yourself while showering!

These sugar scrub bars make a great stocking stuffer or addition to any “pamper yourself” gift!

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Candy Cane Sugar Scrub Bars

  • Servings: 20+
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup solid unscented soap, shredded
  • 1/4 cup (48 g) Coconut Oil
  • 1 cup (200 g) white sugar, divided
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 1 drop red food coloring (optional)
  • PET Jar or other airtight container

Instructions:

  1. Put the unscented soap and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 10-second intervals, stirring in between, until melted. You can also melt the ingredients on the stove top with a double boiler if you prefer.
  2. Mix 1/2 cup (100 g) white sugar with 1 drop red food coloring, if desired.
  3. Allow soap/oil mixture to cool for a couple minutes before adding in the white sugar, dyed sugar, and peppermint essential oil.
  4. Press the mixture into a silicone mold, muffin tin lined with paper cups, or a glass dish (to cut into cubes).
  5. Let sit in the fridge or freezer to allow mixture to firm up before cutting into cubes (if needed) and transferring the cubes to your PET jars or other airtight containers.
  6. To use, simply rub a sugar scrub bar over your skin while showering. Rinse off with water.

Extra Scent Ideas:

  • Autumn Spice: Use brown sugar instead of white sugar and 5 drops cinnamon essential oil instead of the peppermint essential oil. Add 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) maple syrup to the mixture.
  • Pumpkin Pie: Use brown sugar instead of white sugar. Add 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) honey, 1 tsp. (2 g) pumpkin pie spice, and 2 drops cinnamon essential oil instead of peppermint.
  • Grapefruit Mint: Use 3 drops grapefruit and 2 drops peppermint essential oil. Add 1 drop red food coloring (optional).
  • Create your own scent! The possibilities are endless.


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Moisturizing Body Balm

This recipe was submitted to us by one of our Facebook friends, Kristi Robinson. This is what she says about this recipe:

“I make a body balm that is great for dry hands/feet year round. I make a large batch to share with others, so this recipe should be scaled down to fit personal needs. Melt 2 oz. coconut oil, 2 oz. shea butter, and 2 oz. beeswax in double boiler. I add in 5 drops vitamin E oil, 20 drops lavender essential oil,  and 20 drops patchouli essential oil after the first ingredients are all melted. Then pour it into twist-up tubes (0.5 oz.–2 oz. size) .”

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If you are wanting to give this away to friends and family this holiday season, feel free to follow Kristi’s recipe above. Or, if you would rather just make a little bit for yourself and a couple other people, we scaled down the original recipe and included it below.

Moisturizing Body Balm

  • Servings: 3 small lotion sticks
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Melt the coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax in a double boiler over low heat. Note: you can create a double boiler by placing the oils and beeswax in a heat-proof glass dish, then placing the dish in a pan filled with an inch of water.
  2. Once completely melted, remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes. Stir in vitamin E oil and essential oils.
  3. Transfer liquid to deodorant containers, and allow to cool completely.
  4. To use, twist up and rub on skin as needed.

Note: the easiest way to clean up is to wipe as much of the oil/beeswax as possible off all dishes with paper towels before washing with hot, soapy water. Feel free to rub the leftover lotion on your skin before cleaning up!

If you want a larger lotion stick, just double the recipe and put it in a full-sized deodorant container.


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Hair Conditioning Leave-in Serum and Spray

Does your hair tend to get dry or brittle on cold winter days or hot summer days? Or maybe it just gets frizzy or staticky. This hair conditioning spray is fantastic for adding a little extra moisture when you need it.

This recipe has a 2-part formula: first, you create a serum base that can also be used straight for an overnight treatment; then you create the spray by combining a little of the serum with water in a spray bottle to give a little extra support to the ends of your hair.

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According to the Reference Guide for Essential Oils, the essential oils in this recipe are often used to help with dry, fragile hair and may even help stimulate hair growth.

Hair Conditioning Serum and Spray

  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Pour fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil, glycerin, and essential oils into the 2 oz. plastic bottle. Shake to combine.
  2. Place 1 tsp. (5 ml) of the serum in the 2 oz. glass spray bottle. Add distilled water, screw the spray top on, and shake to combine.
  3. To use serum alone, squirt a little (about 1/4 tsp. or 1–2 ml) of the oil into the palm of your hand, and massage through your hair using your fingers. Work from the ends of your hair up to the roots. Leave on overnight (or at least for 15 minutes) before shampooing your hair. Cover your pillow with a towel to protect your pillowcase and sheets if needed. Apply 1–2 times a month or when your hair is feeling dry and brittle.
  4. To use Hair Conditioning Spray, shake well with each use, and spray hair (avoiding the roots) as needed.


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Moisturizing Face Oil in a Roll-on Bottle

“This has really made my skin look so much smoother.” —Deborah

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This night-time face oil recipe was submitted as part of our Facebook contest. The original recipe used 1/2 cup (120 ml) coconut oil and twice as many drops of essential oil as listed below. We adjusted the recipe to be suitable for all skin types and so it could fit in a roll-on bottle for easier application.

Roll-on Moisturizing Face Oil

  • Servings: Yield=2 Tbsp. (30 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Combine essential oils and carrier oil in the roll-on bottle. Place the roll-on top on the bottle, and screw the lid on. Shake to mix and, if possible, let the mixture sit overnight before using to allow oils to integrate.
  2. To use, roll onto face, neck, and chest as needed.

Special thanks to Deborah Holden-Grogan for submitting this recipe!


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Lovely Lavender Shaving Cream

Your legs will feel like a baby’s skin, and you will be left with the lovely scent of lavender, after shaving with this cream!

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Lovely Lavender Shaving Cream

  • Servings: Yield=1 1/4 cup (300 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. In a double boiler, melt the shea butter and coconut oil together.
  2. Once melted, transfer to a mixing bowl and add the olive oil.
  3. Cool in the refrigerator until your mixture is the consistency of softened butter.
  4. Whip for about 3 minutes, until the cream forms stiff peaks.
  5. Add the essential oil 1 drop at a time as you whip, occasionally sniffing to get it to your desired scent.
  6. Transfer to a 16 oz. PET jar, and seal.
  7. To use, spread a small amount on legs, armpits, or other area before shaving. Enjoy a smooth and softening shave!

Note: If used in the bathtub, this can make your bathtub slick. Be sure to rinse the tub out well once you finish shaving, and be careful not to slip.


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Bubbling Lavender Bath Salts

Make bath time even more relaxing with these Bubbling Lavender Bath Salts!

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Bubbling Lavender Bath Salts

  • Servings: 4–6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a glass bowl.
  2. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Spread the mixture out on the cookie sheet, and let dry for 24 hours. Stir every few hours or so to make sure the mixture dries evenly and doesn’t stick together.
  4. Once fully dry, break up any large chunks, and pour into the 16 oz. PET jar.
  5. To use, place 1/4 cup (~60 g) of bath salts in the bathtub as it is filling with water.