Viewing entries in
essential oils

Comment

Seasonal Transitions

CC Image courtesy of Tim Sackton

CC Image courtesy of Tim Sackton

Fall is my favorite season!!  It reminds me that we all go through transitions and transformation each year. I love the changing of the leaves, and the crisp air in the morning and evening. I look forward to switching out my clothes for cooler temperatures (I follow a Project 333 model), and this morning I made butternut squash soup with sage - a soup I have not made in a long time that is perfect for the cooler temps. I know some people go pumpkin crazy and while I enjoy carving pumpkins, I'm not one that does pumpkin-flavored-everything during this time of year. I do love the winter squashes though - in fact we had roasted Kabocha squash last night too!

It's also the time of year that most people get bogged down with colds, flus and sniffles. For the most part, my body is more resilient than it ever has been in the cooler months, but I have too many memories of being sick, so I do what ever I can to avoid the flu and colds in the cooler months. Around here, that includes fitting in bone broth where ever I can: it was the base for my butternut squash soup today, or I'll sip it like tea, or use it as a braise liquid. I commonly spike my mineral water with some elderberry syrup or tea. It also means more usage of essential oils like Thieves, Lemon and Frankincense either diffused, applied topically or used in my home cleaning products. I also make sure I am staying clear of sugar and dairy this time of year. That helps me keep my immune system in top shape. If you want to learn more about how I use essential oils in the home and for fall/winter, I'm co-hosting a webinar with my pal Arsy Vartanian on the basics this coming Tuesday 21 Oct at 6pm PT.


Upcoming Online Events

In other news, there are two really great online summits happening. The first event, the Women's Only Weight Loss Summit, begins October 21, and will be FREE to watch while the event is going on. Now while you might immediately think its a bunch of fad gimmicks, its really not. The speakers are all very knowledgable about health and wellness and emphasize true health as a means to weight loss. I know this was certainly true for me, I did not loose the weight until I was able to correct hormone imbalance, and GI health. And lets face it, from exercise, to hormones, and even macronutrients & calories – women have different requirements than men when it comes to losing weight. I'm excited that this group of health professionals are coming together to lay it all out in one place. If you can't keep up with the schedule you can always purchase lifetime access to the event.

The next one after that is going to be awesome - The Digestion Sessions. For me, it was one of the last key pillars in getting my health back which was really looking at digestion and GI health. Sean Croxton runs amazing summits and this one is no different, I mean just watch the trailer! It starts on November 9th and covers all aspects of digestive health. Early registration is live now. And I will be writing more in the coming weeks detailing my own digestion health and healing journey.

Comment

Comment

DIY Healing Body Butter Recipe

Image courtesy of Toréa Rodriguez

Image courtesy of Toréa Rodriguez

Last week, I talked about how to Detox Your Morning Routine. One of those ways that I do that is I make my own body lotion - or in this case body butter. I do this because I could not find a lotion to put on my skin that was completely free of chemicals. And knowing that the skin is our largest organ and that it absorbs what is put on it, I really wanted zero chemicals. Not one or two, zero.

So I started dabbling with recipes for homemade lotions online and finally settled on my own concoction that has a long enough shelf life and I can control the scent and healing properties with my own essential oils.  So, today, I'd like to share that recipe with you!

Body butter is an excellent moisturizer that applies very easily and leaves your skin soft. Its easy to make at home, and while it takes a while to whip up, if you have a stand mixer you can just walk away and check back periodically. One thing to note: if this gets warmed up and melts after you've made it, it won't re-solidify in the same fluffy texture. Its still just as good, but it looses the whipped consistency.


DIY Healing Body Butter Recipe

Makes: ~3 cups

Image courtesy of Toréa Rodriguez

Image courtesy of Toréa Rodriguez

Equipment required:

  • Glass or steel bowl and pot (for DIY double boiler)
  • Stand mixer
  • Jars for storage

Ingredients:

Directions: 

  1. Gently melt the all ingredients except the arrowroot powder & essential oils in the bowl resting on a pot of simmering water (or use a double boiler). No need for high heat, you just want each of the ingredients to liquify.
  2. Take mixture off of the heat and mix in the arrowroot powder.
  3. Allow the mixture to cool just to the point of getting slight solidification at the edges of a bowl. This may take a while, especially in summer. You can use the refrigerator, but keep an eye on it as it can solidify entirely pretty quickly once it cools enough.
  4. Pour contents into the bowl of a stand mixer. Use the whisk attachment to whip the mixture until it gets lighter in color and fluffy. This can take quite awhile. If you are in a rush, you can cool the outside of the mixer bowl with ice in a bag, or an ice pack to speed things up. 
  5. Once the texture begins to have a whipped consistency, stop the mixer and add in your essential oils. Then whip again until soft peaks form. It will get firmer as it sets up.
  6. Scoop the body butter into lidded jars and store at room temperature or in the refrigerator if your house gets really hot in summer.

Notes:

Once I learned about the quality differences of essential oil manufacturers, I now only use Young Living oils in my DIY products. If you want to learn more, you can check out my Essential Oil page. I also source my butters and oils from Mountain Rose Herbs for similar reasons.

* You can use any combination you wish. I use Ylang Ylang for the scent, Orange for enhancing the complexion, Lavender for scent and its soothing properties and Geranium for moisturizing and scent. You can use any oils you want to switch things up or tune the healing properties to what your own skin needs.


Comment

Comment

5 Simple Ways to Detox Your Morning Routine

CC Image courtesy of Martin Biskoping

CC Image courtesy of Martin Biskoping

These days we are surrounded by chemicals. Did you know, the average woman puts over 500 chemicals on her body each day just in her personal care and cosmetic products? And, this is not just about women - men too, although the number of products is lower, the chemical count is still high. I don't know about you but I don't want to be swimming in a vat of chemicals. When tackling large projects like lowering toxins in the home, it can be overwhelming to try to do it all at once. I find it's much easier to break it down into manageable chunks and even that might need to be broken down into several steps to accomplish it all. So today, we'll look at our morning routine.

We do it every day. Get up, brush our teeth, take a shower and get ready for the day. When I looked at my routine, I was coming into contact with toothpaste that had fluoride in it (fluoride disrupts the activity of the thyroid - not good for someone with Hashimoto's), shampoo, conditioner, soap, shaving cream, deodorant, lotion, face creams and the occasional bit of makeup. That is 9-10 products before 7am! Each of those had at least 10 ingredients I couldn't pronounce or that I discovered were not good for me to be exposing myself to day after day. So when I added it up - that was ~100 chemicals before I left the house!

So over time, I started swapping out those products for more natural based, zero chemical ones. Here is what I have done for my morning routine:

  1. In the kisser - I messed around with making my own tooth powders. Some of those concoctions were pretty icky. I finally settled on two purchased products that use natural clays and essentials oils. There are many products out there to choose from, I happen to use OraWellness brushing blend of oils which leaves my breath minty and fresh. I also will use Primal Life Organics Dirty Mouth tooth powder. This too is minty and refreshing, and the clays also help remove toxins that my body might be secreting through saliva. Double bonus!! And lest you are concerned with my dental checkups - since abandoning grains and sugar in my diet and switching to this dental routine, no cavities and some of my gum recession has gone away.
  2. In the shower (body) - I swapped shower gels for naturally made soaps. I actually get my soap from makers at our local farmers markets. But look for soaps made with saponified coconut or olive oils - or even tallow based soaps. I now use that soap also for shaving, so I'm also saving money by only using one product. If you need to buy soap, then I would recommend Tropical Traditions or Dr Bronner's soaps
  3. In the shower (hair) - So this one may take some experimenting for you. When you go natural, your water hardness plays a huge role in what works for you. Some people are able to go so far as to use only baking soda and apple cider vinegar (know as no-poo) as a replacement. Me, not so much. I have super fine hair and tried that system many times and could not make it work for me. So I finally settled on some natural hair care products from a company called Just Natural Hair Care. I use their Thicker Shampoo and Conditioner. My best advice here - try some new things and expect them to not work. Keep trying until you find something that does and you'll be delighted!
  4. Preventing the stink - Deodorants are something I will not go without. If I do, then I might as well change my name to Stinky Pete. I had to experiment with deodorants too - some of them caused rashes as I was transitioning away from my old-chemical-laden-standbys, and some didn't fight the stink. I love Primal Pit Paste! It smells great (all the scents are essential oil based) and they even have a formula without baking soda that my husband uses since baking soda gives him a rash every time.
  5. Avoiding lizard skin - My skin can get dry and practically scaly - it was way worse when I lived in Colorado, but even in California, I can get dry skin. So I use a lotion to help with that. For decades I used Skin Trip Coconut lotion, and over the years it slowly was polluted with chemicals as they changed the formula over time. I was sad to break up with my favorite lotion. Now, I make my lotion! Its very easy to do and I love the end result and the fact that I can change the scent using essential oils whenever I make a new batch. Some of my friends love this lotion too as its become a holiday gift on occasion. Next post will be the recipe that I use to make the lotion so you can see how easy it is.

What are your tips for reducing toxins in your morning routine? Do you have questions about particular substitutions? Leave a question or comment below, I'd love to hear from you. Also, if you like reading the blog, sign up for the Newsletter. I'll be posting newsletter only content each week.

Comment