Organic Lavender Lip Balm

 

Organic Lavender lip balm

These days its hard to find body care products that are not full of artificial chemicals and fragrances. A few years ago I visited a Lavender farm and it was a day I will always remember. The warm breeze in the air carried the wonderful fragrance of Lavender. At the farm they had many items for sale made from lavender and I purchased a lip balm. I wanted to create a similar one that I can use as gifts for friends and clients so that they too can enjoy.

Lavender, as we know has many benefits. It is the most widely used oil in Aromatherapy. Bringing calmness and happiness to the body and mind, it can help lift away worries and agitation. It is wonderfully calming, and uplifting and has shown excellent antioxidant activity in several assays (Yang et al 2010), suggesting that it could inhibit degenerative change such as skin cancer, sun damage and the effects of aging. 

Because I am a big fan of Lavender, the recipe below is using this essential oil. You may however, add your own twist. Lavender- Peppermint makes a great combination. Example: mix in 25 drops Lavender + 15 drops peppermint.

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This recipe made 50 tubes of lip balm. Adjust measurements as needed.

What You Need

Equipment –

Lip Balm Tubes or Tins

Lip Balm Tray (if using tubes)

Ingredients

Fill the bottom of a small pan with about 1 inch of water and turn on medium heat.

  1. If using a lip balm tray, set it up first to have them ready to fill.
  2. Place a small jar in the water. DO NOT get water inside the jar.
  3. Place all ingredients except the essential oils inside the glass jar and slowly melt, stirring as needed.
  4. When all ingredients are melted, stir well and turn off heat, but leave jar in the water to keep warm.
  5. Add in the Lavender essential oil, or other oils of your choice.
  6. Fill in lip balm tubes. The mixture will settle slightly as it cools, so I also re-top the containers after a few minutes as they start to harden.
  7. Let sit without touching for several hours or until completely hardened.
  8. Store in a cool dry place.

 

Do you make any of your own body care products? Please share below!

Autumn Aromas Part 1, 2 & 3

Autumn Aromas Part 1: DIY Autumn Spice

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It’s that time of the year that we really enjoy the warm and spicy aromas. It’s not just a coincidence that as the weather gets cooler we automatically start craving and utilizing warm spices in our foods and beverages. Spices have been used for centuries all over the world for flavoring foods and also for their therapeutic properties, such as warming the body. Diffusing your favorite seasonal essential oils can fill your home with spicy goodness while disinfecting the air. This Autumn Spice blend can also be diluted in a carrier oil to make a warming massage oil.

Autumn Spice Blend:

Mix the following Essential Oils in a 15 ml Amber Dropper bottlebarefut-essential-oils-300x250

30 Cinnamon
20 Clove
25 Nutmeg
30 Ginger
10 Orange

Make a room spray

Add Essential Oils to empty aluminum spray bottle first. Then add witch hazel and mix. Fill remaining with water. Shake before using.

70-80 drops Autumn Spice Blend
1 – 4oz Aluminum Spray Bottle
2oz Water
2oz Witch Hazel

Diffuse it

Add 5-6 drops Autumn Spice Blend to your diffuser to spice up your home or office!

Add 3-4 drops Autumn Spice Blend to your AromaFresh Car Diffuser

Happy blending and diffusing!

Autumn Aromas Part 2: Diffuser Blends For Your Home & Office

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What is it about Fall that you enjoy most? Is it the crisp cool air? The beautiful colors of the leaves changing? Maybe it’s the warm cider or Chai tea with pastries and pumpkin spices… There is a lot to enjoy this season!

In Traditional Chinese medicine, Autumn is the season that governs organization, setting limits and protecting boundaries. This is the perfect time of the year to wrap up unfinished business from the spring or summer and enjoy the fruits of your hard work. It is also a great time for new beginnings and to create new projects. It is the season of taking care of your body and mind by letting go of anything that you are holding on to, and being mindful while creating an open space to allow room for new experiences where we can learn, grow and become creative.

Below are some diffuser recipes that you and the ones around you can appreciate this season.

Good Morning Wake up– Mentally stimulating, makes a great office blend when feeling sleepy, or if you need that extra focus. Diffuse by your desk with the Aromafier for a great pick me up!
2 drops Cypress
2 drops Rosemary
2 drops Lime

Log Cabin Blend – Mood lifting, comforting, inner peace, eases anxiety.
2 drops of Juniper
2 drops of Cedarwood
2 drops of Sweet Orange

Warming Elements Blend – Warm the heart, body and mind. Stimulates creativity, alertness and productivity while decreasing mental sluggishness.
3 drops of Cinnamon
2 drops of Clove
2 drops of Balsam Fir

What are your favorite Fall blends? Please share!

 

Autumn Aromas Part 3: Spa Treatments

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Fall is in the air! Essential Oils that we select for the fall are usually those that have warming and clearing properties. This is a season of transition and growth, so we want to choose oils that assist with emotional transitions and adapting to new changes. As we mentioned in the Part 2 of this series, this is the perfect time of the year to wrap up unfinished business, while being mindful and letting go of baggage that holds us back and allowing space for new beginnings. Time to relax, let go and be happy!

In this section we will show you how you can bring the spa to you. Nourish your body and mind with these amazing treatments that you can incorporate into your Aromatherapy rituals. Taking care of your skin is another component as Fall weather usually comes with dryer skin…and we have a solution for that!

Some of our favorite Essential Oils to utilize in the Autumn include:

Cinnamon: Enhances properties of other oils, antidepressant,restores ease and comfort to tired, fatigued or overworked bodies.
Clove: Very warming, and like cinnamon, increases metabolism, relieves pain, settles stomach, refreshes and restores and overworked mind and body.
Nutmeg: Pain reliever, relieves stress and mental exhaustion, reduces respiratory issues, improves sleep quality, supports heart/liver/kidney health
Sweet Orange: Relieves inflammation, lifts the spirit and promotes feelings of joy. Cleanses the lymphatic system and calms the nerves.
Balsam Fir: Refreshing, promotes mental clarity, energy boosting, lung tonic, helps with sore muscles and joints.
Black Spruce: Purifying and cleansing, promotes openness and awareness for the mind. Respiratory tonic, clears congestion.
Scotch Pine: Purifying and stimulating, deodorizing. Promotes strength and vitality.
Ginger: A warming and strengthening tonic that aids in digestion and also in TCM helps move the flow of stagnant chi and circulation of blood. Restores emotional depletion and counteracts exhaustion.
Black Pepper: Warming, eases anxious feelings, relaxes muscular tension, boost immune system, high in antioxidants.

 

Scrub away dry skin cells with this Ginger-Orange Spice Sugar Scrub. Then nourish your skin from head to toe with one of the massage & body oils below.

Get Your Essential Oils Here

Ginger-Orange Spice Sugar Scrub – Use on your body only, not on face. Don’t forget to wash that shower after as oils can get slippery.

In a PET Plastic Jar mix the following:

1/2 cup Turbinado Sugar
1/4 cup Apricot Kernel or Almond Carrier Oil
15 drops of Sweet Orange EO
10 drops of Ginger EO

Fall Romance Massage & Body Oil – Mix the following Essential Oils in 1 oz Almond Carrier Oil.

3 drops of Ho-wood EO
2 drops of Patchouli EO
2 drops of Ylang Ylang EO
3 drops Sweet Orange EO
1 drop Ginger EO

Nourishing Body & Bath Oil – Stress relieving, and skin toning.

Mix the following in 1 oz amber glass bottle. For larger amounts of massage oil, adjust the quantities of Essential Oil to carrier as needed.

1 oz Pumpkin seed Carrier Oil
2 drops Sweet orange EO
4 drops Lavender EO
4 drops Cedarwood EO

Renewal Bath – Mix the following ingredients together in a container first. Then add to warm bath water just before soaking. Relax and renew.

10 drops Black Spruce EO
1 tbsp Pumpkin Seed Carrier Oil
1 -2 cups cup Epsom salts

How will you spa this Autumn?

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*Reposted from Barefut by. Fernanda Santiago

Abdominal Massage – How to Strengthen Your Powerhouse

Massage has many health benefits including:

  • Decreased anxiety.
  • Enhanced sleep quality.
  • Greater energy.
  • Improved concentration.
  • Increased circulation.
  • Reduced fatigue.

One area that is highly ignored is abdominal massage. Abdominal massage is very beneficial for the health. In Traditional Chinese Medicine your abdominal’s are also known as the “second brain/ inner mind” or “dan tien” which is an energy center near the belly button.

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This area has great influence on the rest of the body. Also called the “solar plexus” or powerhouse where many nerve endings connect. Every neurotransmitter in the brain is found in the intestines. This includes serotonin which is also manufactured there.

This day in age there are a lot of people who are victims of the gut. When we manifest negative emotions this will give us very unpleasant sensations in our abdomen. These include the feelings of “Knots” in the stomach, heartburn, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, ulcers,  etc.

Do you ever wonder why there are so many stress-related conditions associated with digestive issues?

There is a correlation showing that problems in the abdomen are signs that there is a disturbance with our emotions. Also, when we make poor dietary choices, that will affect our mood or mental state.

Abdominal massage can not only sooth the tension away, but it will help promote digestion, relieve bloating and gas, calm anxiety  and will leave you feeling “grounded” and “centered”.

When our “solar plexus” is balanced it helps you to be yourself, look after yourself and to have the courage to follow your intuition.

A healthy solar plexus promotes action and assertion. it makes you energetic, dynamic and confident in yourself.

Massing your center is a simple technique that you can do yourself as part of your wellness routine that can help alleviate stress and get you in a state of relaxation.


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Lying on the floor or the bed begin by massaging your abdominal’s in a clock wise mot
ion. With one whole hand, move down your abdomen with a downward stroke and follow with the other. Cycle one hand over the other and continuously repeat the motion in a backwards bike-pedaling motion. This is called “the sun and moon“ stroke.  This will encourage the movement of waste to be eliminated out your body.

Use your fingertips and massage in small circular motions. Move from the sides of your abdomen inward and downward. Go progressively deeper with your fingertips but always keep it comfortable.

When you’re first starting abdominal massage, proceed slowly and gently. If you find some tender areas, lighten you pressure.

5 Tips for Effective Abdominal Massage

  • I recommend getting a Massage oil that is infused with Pure Essential Oils are great to use. It feels amazing and the oils have each a different therapeutic effect depending which you choose.

Make you own Abdominal Massage Oil- Leave by your night stand and massage your abdomen morning and night for a few minutes.

Mix the following in a 1oz Amber Dropper Bottle:

10 drops Tumease Eternity Blend

1 oz carrier oil of your choice

  • Do not massage on a full stomach or full bladder. Best time is when stomach is empty.
  • Drink plenty of water- massage helps to move toxins in the body. You can assist it by “flushing” and drinking water.
  • Abdominal massage can be done daily or as needed.
  • Do not perform abdominal massage in cases of: bleeding in stomach, brain or lungs, during menstruation and pregnancy, when there is inflammation of uterus, bladder, ovaries, and Fallopian tubes, hernias and ulcers of the stomach and intestines, bleeding in stomach, brain or lungs. Abdominal massage should not be done during menstruation and pregnancy. Abdominal massage should not be done whenever there is inflammation of uterus, bladder, ovaries, and fallopian tubes. Abdominal massage should also be avoided in cases of hernia. Abdominal massage should also be avoided on patients of ulcers of the stomach and intestines.

 

 

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