DIY Body Wash

 

Have you ever looked at the list of ingredients on the label of store bought body wash? You may be surprised to learn it contains toxins. These may include:

  • Fragrance (parfum): found in just about everything if it has a scent 
  • Parabens and anything that ends with “paraben”: found in cosmetics, shower products, lotions, and more
  • Sulfate Compounds: found in most skincare and cosmetics and skincare products including shampoo, body washes, and facial cleansers
  • Triclosan or Triclocarban: found in liquid soaps, toothpaste, laundry detergents, shampoos, and etc 

You don’t want to be putting those on your body every day. Instead, make your own body wash. This simple recipe is easy to make and contains natural ingredients. It uses essential oils to make it smell nice and to nourish the skin.

Items You’ll Need:

  • 4oz bottle
  • Unscented liquid Castile soap, Dr Bonner’s or other brand
  • Essential oils
  • You could add Vitamin E oil and/or Jojoba oil to...
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Creating a Toxin Free Home

We live in a toxic world. Water, air, food, and the environment at large are full of harmful chemicals. Synthetic, man-made chemicals are in many household cleaning and personal care products we use every day. They are found in antiperspirants, makeup, toilet bowl cleaner, skin care products, air fresheners, candles, and more. 

To rid your home of toxins you need to know what they are. Below is a non-inclusive list to help you get started. These ingredients may be linked to infertility, obesity, cancer, thyroid problems, birth defects, migraines, allergies, and more. 

Common Household Toxins

  • Aluminum (or aluminum derivatives): commonly found in antiperspirants and deodorants 
  • Ammonia: found in cleaners that shine bathroom fixtures, glass, sinks, and jewelry
  • Boric acid: commonly found in cosmetics, laundry detergent, pesticides, and medications
  • Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA, or anything with “butyl” listed): commonly found in makeup, cosmetics,...
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Burning Candles Versus Diffusing Essential Oils

essential oils wellness Oct 08, 2019

Burning Candles Versus Diffusing Essential Oils

Many people love to burn candles, especially during months when temperatures are cooler. They make your house smell nice and create a cozy atmosphere. Candles may smell nice, but very often the scents are made from synthetic chemicals that are typically labeled as “fragrance”.

Candles actually reduce the quality of the air. Phthalates are often found in scented candles and have been linked to allergic reactions and asthma related problems. Paraffin, found in many candle bases, is a petroleum byproduct when burned, these candles release carcinogenic chemicals into the air. Imported candles may have lead or lead cores in the wick, which is released into the air. Many soy candles are a combination of soy and paraffin, so unless clearly labeled as 100% soy, stay clear of them.

So, is there a safer alternative? Yes, diffusing essential oils. However, make sure you purchase oils from a reputable company. Essential oils are not...

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How To Use Essential Oils

 

How Do You Use Essential Oils?

There are 3 ways to use essential oils: 

1. AROMATICALLY

  • Scents can affect mood and memories. 
  • Scents are the fastest way to reach the mood center - which is through the limbic system of the brain. That’s why essential oils are fantastic for mood support especially when used aromatically.
  • Most American homes have some kind of synthetic air freshener (such as plug-ins and aerosol sprays), which contain chemicals that have been linked to cancer and other health issues. 
  • Use oils in a diffuser or spray bottle with water to replace replace synthetic air fresheners in the home to save money and get chemicals out of the home.

2. TOPICALLY

  • Essential oils are absorbed by the skin, which is the largest organ of the body. In fact, the the bottom of the feet have over 2,000 pores and have some of the largest pores on the body, so it’s a great way to get the oils absorbed rapidly into the body OR to apply an oil that you don’t...
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How to Support Your Emotions with Essential Oils

 

Using Essential Oils to Support Your Emotions

When I was introduced to essential oils I had no idea all of the things they could be used for. I had recently completed radiation and had finished my breast cancer treatment journey. The idea of supporting the systems in my body naturally through the use of essential oils was very appealing to me.

Now one of my favorite ways to use them is for emotional support. Fragrances and scents can be used as holistic healing treatments, called aromatherapy, to promote a sense of well being. Natural plant extracts are inhaled with the use of a diffuser, an aromatic spritzer, or applied topically to the skin so you can smell them.

Not all essential oils are the same so be sure to use a high quality oil. Many store-bought oils have been produced with pesticides or extracted using chemicals (to get more yield). I recommend Young Living oils as they have a Seed to Seal™ guarantee. This means each plant is hand weeded, there are no pesticides...

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Not Getting Enough Sleep?

Do you have a hard time getting to sleep or wake up in the night and can't get back to sleep? You're not alone. Many adults suffer from insomnia. As we age is seems harder and harder to get the quality and quantity of sleep necessary. To maintain a healthy body and mind and promote a state of overall wellness, it is recommended that adults receive 7 hours of sleep a night.

If you want to get a better night's sleep try the following:
- Reduce caffeine and alcohol intake.
- Turn off the tv, smart phone, tablet and computer at least 30 minutes before going to bed.
- Have the thermostat in the bedroom set at a comfortable temperature. Usually a little cooler is better.
- Do some deep breathing or meditation before going to bed. Stress and anxiety can prevent or obstruct sleep.
- Read or take a warm bath.
- Make sure the room is very dark.
- Use a white noise machine or app, like Sleep Pillow.
- Maintain an aerobic exercise regimen and experiment with the time of day you do it. The particular...

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