I have been dry skin brushing for the last two years and it has been so helpful at improving my skin, and supporting my filtering organs as I detox from heavy metals, and support my body as it heals and my hormones and metabolism balance and recalibrate. I have loved incorporating my essential oils into my dry skin brushing routine. Its super easy, fast, and inexpensive... and has amazing benefits for your overall wellness.
Dry skin brushing has been around for centuries.. The Russians and Scandinavians have used this for a long time. Here is a great article that talks about how the Naturopath, Dr. Dennis Moffat prescribes his patients to dry skin brush. Moffat states that it also aids the kidneys and liver by stimulating the skin to help rid the body of toxins. It also helps improve the function of the nervous system, increases lymphatic flow and stimulates the sweat glands.
Did you know that your skin is considered the largest organ in your body and excretes 1/3 of your bodies toxins... That being said, we must nourish and take care of this organ because of all that it does. Your skin regulates body temperature and permits the sensation of heat, cold and touch.. Keeping this organ humming is essential.
So what is dry skin brushing?
So first you need to purchase a natural dry bristle brush with a long handle so that you can reach all the hard to reach places. I then begin dry skin brushing before I get into the shower or bath. I start from the bottoms of your feet and gently brush your skin in a circular motion upwards toward you heart. Remember to do it gently and I usually do 10 strokes per area before I move on and always moving up and towards the heart.
Why is it beneficial?
1. It helps to exfoliate your skin, especially as you age... your body doesn't exfoliate as easily on its own after your 20's... so gently brushing.. daily and or several times a week will exfoliate and stimulate collagen production.
2. It helps to support your skin to eliminate toxins. Did you know that you skin filters out 1/3 of your bodies toxins. When you dry skin brush you are also are supporting your lymphatic system because your skin is stimulated to release toxins, so that your body does not have to work so hard to do that on its own... this is especially helpful for those that may have overworked kidneys and liver that needs a little support and love.
3. It helps to manage stress... Did you know that 75-90% of all Dr. Office visits are related to stress... so being able to nurture your body and being intune with what your body needs is huge to manage your stress... Dry Skin brushing has been compared to a light massage... I love to apply the Balance blend or Grapefruit and Yarrow and then you can balance and support your cells to do what they were meant to do as well as calm your mind and detox your body, all in 5 minutes.. Here is a great article I read from Dr. Mercola.
4. Lastly it can reduce the appearance of cellulite. It is thought that this happens when you brush there is a breakdown in the adipose tissue... and also the exfoliating reduces the appearance of cellulite and breaks it down.
5. Lastly, when you use your essential oils you are affecting change by supporting your cells to reabsorb oxygen and then be supported to do what they were meant to do.. its a beautiful and amazing thing... I love to use Balance, Frankincense, Grapefruit, Yarrow/Pom, Lavender, Aromatouch... A couple drops on the brush and its pure bliss... IF you want to know more about them or need some, you can click here.
Enjoy dry skin brushing and remember its all about reducing toxic load and doing what we can to support our bodies... Be empowered, be encouraged and educate yourselves,
So much love and support,
We live in such a toxic soup and are bombarded with toxins in our beauty products, in our food, in our soil, and in our cleaning products and all the things...The Environmental Working group spear headed a study to measure the toxic burden in the cord blood of 10 brand new babies.. what they found is absolutely shocking and disheartening. Read the article in full here. Chronic disease is on the rise and we are becoming increasingly unhealthy. Here is another article posted by CNN. Incorporating detox baths has been a powerful tool that I have in my mama toolkit to gently detox my kids and keep them healthy and their immune systems humming.
It is so important to learn how to gently detox our bodies daily to be proactive about our health in a preventative matter before it happens, rather than after we get the diagnosis... We are so toxin ridden and yet we spend more money on healthcare than any other industrialized country... Here is a good picture... Look at where the U.S. is on the list for mortality and life expectancy compared to other countries. We are number 29 on this list... However we can reduce toxic load by educating and being proactive about our health. Detox baths are just one way that we can reduce toxins and manage stress and support healthy sleep.
Epsom salts and essential oils are a very effective way to flush toxins out of your system. The sulfates in the Epsom salts are what bind to the toxins and your skin being very permeable, allows the minerals and essential oils in the bath water to absorb and something amazing happens... Reverse osmosis. This pulls sodium out of the body and also pulls the toxins with it. The organic baking soda helps to rid the body of chemicals from food, drugs and radiation exposure. Make sure that the baking soda you use is organic and aluminum free.
2 Cups of Raw Epsom salts with no fillers or fragrance. ( use 1 cup for a child)
1 Cup of organic Baking Soda ( make sure aluminum Free, and use 1/2 cup for a child).
Add 2 drops each of Lavender and Frankincense for a gentle detox and relaxing bath.
Add 2-4 drops each of Rosemary and Juniper Berry to really detox.
NOTE: make sure to add some sort of bath oil and or vegetable oil to your bath as a diluent for sensitive skin. I love to put a little fractionated coconut oil or DoTerra's bath oil is a great option as well.
Allow your kids to soak and play in the tub for a good 30 minutes to give the Epsom salts and essential oils to really absorb into the skin and then if your a mama or an adult soak for a good 40 minutes and listen to a podcast, and pour a tall glass of water with some lemon essential oil and just relax and unwind.
I did this 3-4 times a week during my heavy metal relation the last 6 months... the magnesium in the Epsom salts was so good for my body.. Most of us are super deficient and Magnesium is necessary for everything. Check out this awesome article on the benefits of magnesium.
After the bath have the diffusers going with oils to promote restful sleep.. crawl into bed, drink another class of water.. read for 15 minutes and fall into a blissful sleep.
Its all about the daily rhythms of wellness.
One of my favorite Diffuser Blends for a Restful Night:
2 drops Lavender
2 drops Cedarwood
2 drops Vetiver
2 Drops Breathe
2 Drops Serenity
1 Drop Roman Chamomile
2 drops of Lavender
2 drops Balance
2 drops of Juniper Berry
So I turned 35 years old a couple months ago and it feels pretty good. I feel like I have had some challenges these past two years that have really caused me to pause and reevaluate my dreams, my vision, my mission, and even look back at where I come from and what I may still carry with me that does not serve me.. That being said, I have never been so aware of how blessed I am to be here on this earth and take up space and live full of heart with passions, dreams and desires and be the best mama I can be to Selah and Grayson.
Lately I have been thinking a lot about Amy Christine, one of my longest and dearest friends. I have been reflecting on just how much she impacted my life and how her legacy lives on through the memories I share with my kids and the stories I tell them about her. Selah asks lots of questions about her and often asks me if, she hears us from heaven... What I wouldn't give to get to have one more hug, one more coffee date... one more text message... one more running date with my double wide jogger, chatting about fitness, dating, ( I am just listening to all her dating mishaps)... nursing, amazing trips, adventures unfolding, running races, and faith.. We had the best talks about life and we did not always agree but we always understood one another and honored each other with compassion even in our differences.. We laughed til we cried and we cried til we laughed... I have shared some of the most intimate and painful times with her and and she sat with me in it. Amy was so gentle, and had a quiet courage that let me be a mess, and grieve my guts out when life felt like it was going to swallow me. She never left.
There will probably be a book written about this young lady and all that she accomplished and all the mountains she conquered, and rivers she navigated... She had a contagious laugh that you couldn't help but we drawn too and laugh with. She had a sarcastic, witty humor that got me every time.. she was ridiculously stubborn, and oh so so bossy.. she thrived when she was in charge, especially charge nurse. She was an outstanding nurse, who cared for her patients and paid close attention to every detail. The elderly gentlemen loved her and loved to tease her, she was all business but would always give a half smirk and her blue eyes twinkled. This girl was the most loyal friend i have ever known. She loved people and she pursued people, like nobody I have ever known. She added value wherever she went and more importantly created community everywhere. She was always organizing, inviting, and connecting people together. She was never catty, or jealous. She spoke life and created a band of warriors... She would always tell me who my next friend should be and I am forever grateful for that. She gave with such an abundance of love.
One of my most favorite memories was where this picture was taken. We worked the same days at the hospital and had a 3 day stretch off.. She asked if I wanted to go hike and adventure I said, "sure" reluctantly... not knowing what this would look like... Amy liked to cram a lot in during her days off. So we headed down to Seward and we hiked Mt. Marathon this evening, For those that don't know this is a world famous Mountain race that draws the best mountain runners in the world to conquer her in less than an hour. This mountain is short but oh so so steep and no joke on the knees coming down. I am so glad I did this on a bluebird day, it was breathtaking and left an imprint on my mind that I will never forget. We camped that night and the next morning we did a 16 mile run to Lost Lake, which is a beautiful mountain run through the mountains around several lakes, and looks like where The Lord of the Rings was filmed. .It was epic and such a beautiful late summer day. We showered in town at the laundry mat and then went and had oysters and a beer... I think my legs were shot... and she looks up at me with a twinkle in her eye and says, " lets head down to Homer for the night HOlls, and go to Halibut Cove."... that sounded so perfect, as I was wiped out.. So we did, and we took The Danny J, an old wooden boat to Halibut Cove for dinner....it was magical. Everything is made from scratch and the menu changes depending on the catch of the day. Fresh seafood, fresh salads with edible flowers on top to add color and flavor... amazing wine and freshly baked pies.... It's seriousl the best food. The boardwalk path around the cove is blissful and the horses were out roaming the hill. I did not want to leave.. its truly one of my favorite places on earth. We headed back to camp on the Homer spit and sit by a fire til late in the night chatting about life, being married, babies, nursing, and travel... and of course lots of political chats... she loved to talk about her political options with me... the next morning, Amy is up early and says, "Holls, lets go for an easy jog and grab coffee and head back home"... I reluctantly agreed as my legs were so stiff but I loosened them up with a run... After we grabbed breakfast we jumped in my 4- Runner and turned up the music and headed to Anchorage... It was such a beautiful day as we started to drive around the cliffs on the Turnagain Arm, I could feel Amy shift and move and I knew she was about to suggest another activity... I was hoping she would let it go but she didn't... Amy says, "you want to do something really crazy?"
"What are you thinking, Amy....?"
"Lets hike up Bird Ridge and just see how we feel and how far we get, but no pressure"...
I never wanted to be the wimp, even though I was often the more timid one... but seriously, I am sore, tired and happy but I needed a nap...
"Sure, as long as we can be chill"... I said.
Well sure enough we began hiking this steep mountain but by the time we were half way up, we couldn't turn around... to miss the view at the top would be just wrong... so we hiked Bird Ridge to close out our insane 3 days off and it was my first time going to the top of Bird Ridge... Today I am forever grateful for that trip with her and will always remember how much she pushed me and got me to do crazy things.
I will never forget the moment I found out you left this earth. It brought me to my knees and felt guttural, I couldn't breathe... there was so much snow and I had to pullover and just grieve until I couldn't anymore. I am grateful for the grief and loss I felt because you matter and it honors how much you meant to me. I still cry driving down the road or listening to Spotify on my runs... I still talk to you like your still here.. and the most beautiful gift is that I have treasures from you.. a doll for Selah, my pottery dish for my jewelry.... house decor and art.. all beautiful reminders of memories with you and I get to tell my kids about you and who you were and how much I love you. Selah plays with her doll and says, "Auntie Amy gave me this and she is in heaven but someday I will see her again"... I know I will see you again. You left an incredible legacy that I get to share with my baby girl and baby boy. You rose to the occasion and you played big... You challenged yourself and faced your fear, you felt it, you owned it, you talked about it and you walked through it. You taught me so much about life and about myself.. You encouraged me and challenged me.. I am a better person because of you. Your memory and your strength and courage lives on. I share stories about you and your character with my daughter and know that because of you I am more willing to push through hard things and to face my fears, my little girl will learn to be brave, to have courage and to have heart.
Love you to the Moon and Miss you Long Time Amy Christine~
So reducing toxic load is a thing and its a thing that I have been doing for the past three years.. It was super overwhelming at first but my little adrenals and thyroid have been screaming at me and slowing me down.. So I figured I should listen so that I can function. Its a big job but I am the only one who can do it.. One step at a time..
You know what? I have found that its super easy, more cost effective and I can make most things at home that are non-toxic and healthy for me.. I have been loving it. Who would of thought that I would like to do all of these DIY's... I sure never saw myself doing all these fun little projects.
DIY Dry Shampoo!!!!
You will need a glass jar that has a shaker top and or lid.. I purchased mine from Hobby Lobby, and you can get from amazon, or share oils.
2~3 drops of Rosemary EO
2~3 drops of Lavender EO
2~3 drops of Melaleuca EO
1/4 cup of Arrow Root Powder
Metal stir stick
2 tablespoons of Arrow Root Powder
2 tablespoons of Cocoa Powder
Directions: Add the arrow root powder to the jar and then add your essential oils and stir with metal stir stick... and or shake then and take your powder brush and brush into roots. It will absorb any oil and the essential oil will soothe and stimulate new hair growth.. Leaving your scalp feeling fresh and healthy. If you have dyed hair or heavily highlighted hair, like myself, going more time between washing can really help cutdown on breakage and promote healthy hair and scalp.. It takes some time to train your hair to not produce so much oil, but it's so worth it. I typically wash my hair every 3-4 days and working on extending that a little longer.
For darker hair, add your arrow root powder and cocoa powder to a kitchen-aide mixer or a food processor and pulse until fully mixed. Then add your essential oils. If you have much darker hair add more cocoa powder until desired effect.
Enjoy the journey of reducing toxic load one product at a time and one day at a time.
So we have made some huge transitions in the last few months and I have not posted here in like 3 months... Kinda crazy how fast time goes and how much has happened this spring into summer. I made the flight to Denver from Anchorage today after a phenomenal long weekend in Anchorage, catching up with friends and being apart of the wellness summit. We had some phenomenal speakers, such as Dr. Dan Leverenze, and his wife Katie. I will share more on that in another post, but I did want to say that huge shifts are being made in healthcare, and I really believe that a beautiful blend of Western Medicine and incorporaing things like Chinese medicine, Chiropractic care, essential oils, Acupuncture, and ect. is coming down the pipe.
Anyways, lets chat about Spearmint, this oil has quickly become one of my favorites, especially for spring and summer. Do you love summer, but hate the heat that comes with it? Today I left 55 degrees in Alaska and entered into 90 degrees in Denver, and I was not prepared... I slept for a couple hours and woke up with a nasty headache due to dehydration, the altitude and lack of sleep. I enjoyed some lemon water with 2 drops of Spearmint on my friend's lovely patio at her lovely new home. It was an instant shift. My head tension eased, and I felt a cooling "pick-me-up"....
Try cooling off with doTERRA Spearmint! Its sweet, refreshing aroma is cleansing and uplifting, making it ideal to evoke a sense of focus and positive mood. Spearmint is very different from Peppermint, and is a milder option to use on children and those with sensitive skin. Spearmint can also be great for use in the kitchen. Try it in a salad as part of a homemade dressing, a spearmint julep, or any of your favorite desserts. Spearmint also makes for a great addition to any meat marinade recipe.
For your next backyard barbeque, try these delicious spearmint chocolate chip cookies. https://www.doterra.com/US/en/blog/recipe-spearmint-chocolate-chip-cookies
Here is one of my favorite cleansing and uplifting diffuser recipes:
~2 drops of Spearmint.
~2 drops of Balance.
~2 drops of Eucalyptus.
This blend is perfect to cleanse the air, uplift mood and support the respiratory system, if one is needing a little boost. When you diffuse oils, you are getting the benefits the quickest way possible. By diffusing oils you are not only purifying the air, but also supporting your mood, immune system, and respiratory system to name a few. The essential oil molecules are so dynamic and small that they will continue to work in the air for up to 6 hours after.
Consider making your own mouth wash, by taking a glass jar and filling it with distilled water. Add 4 drops of Spearmint or Peppermint and set on the bathroom sink. Swish and rinse before or after brushing your teeth, for fresh breath and a great wake- up in the am.
Lastly, consider making yourself a great "After Sun Spray"! Take a 4 oz. glass spray bottle.
~ 15-20 drops of Spearmint ( depending on your preference of concentration and who its for).
~ 15-20 drops of Lavender.
~ 1 tablespoon of Aloe Vera Juice.
~ 1 Tablespoon of Fractionated Coconut Oil
~ Fill the Rest with distilled water and shake.
~ Label with your favorite label and spray on for cooling benefits and or after you have been out in the sun to soothe and calm the skin. Its AMAZING!!!!
Spring is coming and so is the need to get our skin summer ready. I love to exfoliate the old and nourish the new. There are so many green ways to nourish your skin. Guess what? You can make some beautiful body care products in your kitchen without having to spend a fortune and its simple, cost effective and beautiful. Here is one of my favorite recipes!
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/2 cup Fractionated Coconut Oil or Jojoba Oil.
10 drops of Lime Essential Oil
5 drops of Lavender essential Oil.
* Combine brown sugar and Coconut sugar with Fractionated coconut oil, (or whatever vegetable oil of your choice.) in a bowel.
* Stir until well combined.
* Store in an airtight container.
Before I had babies, I worked full time as an RN and did 3 x 12 hour shifts and picked up extra work here and there and then on my days off I slept in as long as I needed to, and did whatever I wanted based on how I felt.. There is something beautiful about giving yourself the time that you need to enjoy whatever you need in the moment.
However, now that I have had kids, I do not have that kind of time. In fact, time has become my most precious commodity and I have had to learn how to be very intentional with my time and be productive with the time I give my business and blogging.
I have found that creating an automated morning routine sets up my entire day for success, no matter what plans I have to alter. So here goes, the 6 things that I do first thing in the morning set the tone for an awesome day of mom life.
Upon awakening I put a drop of Peppermint in my palm and rub my hands together and inhale.. Its the most amazing way to awaken your senses. I keep my oils in places that I will use them, so I have Peppermint, Lavender, Wild Orange, Cedarwood, and Vetiver all at my bedside table. I usually lay there for a few minutes and think about my day and set my intentions for the day. I think I forgot to mention that my kids get up at 5:45-6:30 am so i have learned that I have to get up before them to get my own quiet time. So usually my alarm goes off at 5:15 am. I get up and start my oral care, brush my teeth, wash my face and with cold water and apply moisturizer. I then go downstairs and drink at least one tall glass of water with a couple drops of lemon essential oil and take a Terrazyme, aka (digestive enzyme).
Connecting with my Higher Power is imperative and the most important action I take to set up my whole day for success. It looks different for everyone, but my Higher Power is Jesus, and God the Father. So I have my devotionals that I read out of daily, and I get cozy in my Big Chair with my glass of water and I begin by praying a prayer of gratitude and inviting God into lead me and to direct my day and put people, places and things in my path. I ask Him to guide me and ask for Peace, Love and Faith to lead my day. I often read a Psalms out of the Bible, and pray for people, and or situations that are on my heart. This really sets the tone for everything. I also love to do a Head Space guided mediation for 10 minutes after this. This whole process can take anywhere from 10-20 minutes.
Sipping a hot drink is something that has become a ritual that I crave. I am currently caffeine free due to adrenal rehabilitation. I start the tea kettle and will either have Decaf Organic Coffee, because I love the taste and then I make it bullet proof, or I will drink Organic Peppermint Tea. I love to create a cozy atmosphere for my family, so I usually put on some therapeutic music and get my essential oil diffusers going. I love to diffuse Wild Orange and White Fir, or Wild Orange and Peppermint. These oils are super uplifting to mood.
Dry skin brushing is something that I took up about a year and a half ago and I love it. Dry skin brushing has many benefits, and one of the most important ones is that it stimulates your lymphatic system, which helps the body to detoxify naturally. It also feels great, softens and exfoliates my skin, clears my pores, and just gives me an energetic boost. Now let me be honest, if my kids are up... I have to get them fed first and situated and then i can head up to dry brush and hop in the shower.. this does not always happen seamlessly, however if I get my prayer and mediation in with water and lemon, and get my warm drink started I am having an excellent start to my day.
Laying out my clothes the night before has been awesome, because then i don't waste time on figuring out what to wear, I usually wear black yoga pants and a comfy lululemon tank top with a button up shirt or cotton long sleeve shirt. Then I put my hair up in a messy bun or clip.. Apply my favorite face oil, and then my makeup routine takes a whopping 3 minutes... usually powder, bronzer, mascara and lip gloss or tinted chapstick. My favorite thing to apply is my essential oils, such as Rose Touch, Jasmine, or Neroli, I put the oil in the tips of my hair and back of my neck and feel and smell amazing.
Smoothies have become my am breakfast and I look forward to every morning. I love to blend up my homemade almond milk as a base,
add a cup of organic spinach,
2 scoops of organic chocolate protein powder
1 scoop of collagen peptides
1/2 a frozen banana
1/2 cup of ice.
This usually keeps me full and satiated until 10 am and paired with my supplements, I am having a great day!
I love to move first thing in the am, but have learned that I want to connect with my kids and usually don't get my work out in until later in the am or in the afternoon. But my kids and I love to stretch and do some yoga poses together and do mini workouts.. Stretching and moving is invigorating and gets my body going. I enjoy a guided Yoga routine and or just stretching with my kids and chatting with them about our day. If its light out in AK we get outside for a walk for thing in the am and that is my most precious time with them. Its such a beautiful way to connect and meet them where they are at.
I have been contemplating a lot lately, about life, about loss, about growth, about pain, about change, about seasons, about relationships, about being a mother, a wife, a friend, a daughter, an aunt, and really thinking about what legacy I want to leave and how I show up in this life. I have been on a long journey of self discovery, acceptance, and love. It has taken many twists and turns, and entailed a lot of grieving losses, and coming around to acceptance, which has then lead to a new found freedom that has given me the ability to take new actions and celebrate all of life's joys.
I have had to get really honest about the tape in my head that plays all of the negative messages... There is something to be said when you look in the mirror at yourself and see that little girl looking back at you. When you tell her how valuable and precious she is, its deeply moving. I cried the first time I did this.
This year feels fresh, new, and free... 2017 was extremely challenging on so many different fronts. It does not mean that this year will not be full of challenges, but I am getting my physical health dialed in and really caring for my emotional and spiritual health.. When all three are in balance, I am in the sweet spot of life.
My Affirmations for 2018:
"I am perfectly and wonderfully made."
"I trust myself."
"I am healthy, whole, and complete."
"I forgive myself."
"I receive love effortlessly".
"I believe that anything is possible."
"Life is working for me, and not to me. "
"I am brave."
"I am beauty."
"I radiate Joy."
"I love fiercely."
" I love YOU."
"I am Her."
I have these affirmations on my wall, in my phone, and in my planner.. Each day I look at them and say them multiple times of day... I am shifting the way I see myself and really coming to a place of believing who God has created me to be.
To get to this point I have had to come to place of acceptance that I was stuck and felt frustrated and wanted change. In this place God met me in my heartache and has been so gentle with me as I have pursued change.
When I am so aware of what I need to address and change, there is so much room for different actions to be taken.. It can be hard and messy but so rewarding because of the beautiful growth that takes place. I look back with so much gratitude and have more grace and love for myself today than ever and am in an place of loving the journey and not in a hurry to get to the destination. The key for me is to have people in my life to do this with, that are loving and safe.
This pictures right here is a treasure. I loved my wedding day with my bridesmaids so much. They celebrated me with so much love and support. I felt like a princess and will forever be grateful for each of these women. Each of them played a significant role in my life and have left a huge imprint on my heart. I share this because its so important to surround yourself with people that love you, celebrate you, encourage you and see you when you may not believe in yourself.
Here is a beautiful blend that I call, "I am Enough Blend". I love to use it when I feeling down, or having negative thoughts and just need to pause and reset. I love to apply to the back of my neck, or my pulse points to support self love, and acceptance. I take a 10ml roller and add:
Grapefruit: 24 drops
Eucalyptus: 16 drops
Coriander: 10 drops
Ginger: 6 drops
Cinnamon: 4 drops
Lemon: 2 drops
Lavender: 2 drops
Spearmint: 2 drops
Fill the rest with Fractionated Coconut oil, and enjoy!
First I would like to thank the talented Miss Holly Luiken, who took these lovely pictures with my littles and I. She is ridiculously talented and you can follow her IG @hollyluik.
There are so many oils that I use all the time but I am often asked, "What's your favorite? What oils do you use the most? What are your mama go-to oils".... there are a lot of oils I use on a regular basis... But if I had to narrow it to just 5 of my most used... These would be it.. They are supportive to both me and my littles. So here goes.
Balalnce: This is my most used mood blend that supports me and my babies both physiologically and emotionally. The warm and woody aroma of the Grounding Balance blend creates a sense of calm and well- being. This is a blend of Spruce, Ho Wood, Frankincense, Blue Tansy, and Blue Chamomile with Fractionated Coconut Oil make this warm woody fragrance a favorite. The Spruce wood has emotional profiles that promotes tranquility and relaxation. Ho Wood, Blue Tansy, and Blue Chamomile can ease anxious feelings, while Frankincense provides a grounding, balancing effect on emotions.
Frankincense: This is one of my favorites!!! Known as the "King of the Oils", its one of the most prized and precious essential oils, Frankincense has extraordinary health benefits. Used for centuries for its healing benefits, the Wiseman brought baby Jesus Frankincense and Myrrh. The ancient Egyptians used Frankincense resin for everything from perfume to salves for soothing skin. This centuries-old knowledge contributes to the modern uses of Frankincense today. It's amazing calming properties to the central nervous system, healing benefits to the skin, and support of cellular health to promote your overall wellness are just some of a few reasons as to why its such an amazing oil. I love to put a drop under my tongue in the am for immune boosting, and add a drop to my moisturizer.
Lavender: This is known as the "swiss army knife" of oils for most mamas.
Lavender has been used and cherished for centuries for its unmistakable aroma and myriad benefits. In ancient times, the Egyptians and Romans used Lavender for bathing, relaxation, cooking, and as a perfume. Its calming and relaxing qualities, when taken internally, continue to be Lavender’s most notable attributes. Applied topically, Lavender is frequently used to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections. Add to bath water to soak away stress or apply to the temples and the back of the neck. Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding, or bottoms of feet to relax and prepare for a restful night’s sleep. Due to Lavender’s versatile properties, it is considered the must-have oil to have on hand at all times.
Onguard: This guy is probably one of the most popular blends of all. I often hear people mention this oil if they have limited knowledge of oils. doTERRA On Guard protects against environmental and seasonal threats with essential oils known for their positive effects on the immune system when ingested. This powerhouse blend of Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, and Cinnamon Leaf make it super effective and supportive. doTERRA On Guard can be taken internally on a daily basis to maintain healthy immune function and support healthy cardiovascular function. It can also be used on surfaces throughout the home as a non-toxic cleaner. When diffused, doTERRA On Guard helps purify the air, and can be very energizing and uplifting.
Note: Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying product.
Peppermint: this is the oil that grabbed my attention and I fell in love with for so many reasons and I enjoy using all the time. . Its so supportive to mood, alleviates tension headaches... aides in stomach digestion, and is perfect before a hard workout. It is frequently used in toothpaste and chewing gum for oral hygiene. Peppermint also helps alleviate occasional stomach upset and promotes healthy respiratory function when taken internally. I use Peppermint every single day multiple times for a variety of things..
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with a carrier oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.
Note: Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
So reducing toxic load is a thing... and its what I have been doing the last two years... slowly reducing toxins and trading out chemical ridden products for DIY's and or green products... It has seemed overwhelming but has been oh so necessary for these adrenals and thyroid I have... Let me tell you that these tiny organs do HUGE things and have been screaming at me for a while and I finally started listening.
So lets chat how you can make your own Dry Shampoo that is super easy, affordable and great for your hair and scalp!!!
For Light Hair:
1/4 cup of arrow root powder
3-4 drops of Lavender
3~4 drops of Rosemary
3~4 drops of Melaleuca
glass jar with lid and or shaker top
metal stir stick or metal straw.
Get a cheap powder brush.
For Dark Hair:
2 tablespoons of Arrow Root powder
2 tablespoons of Cocoa powder
3~4 drops of Lavender
3~4 drops of Rosemary
3~4 drops of Melaleuca
glass jar with lid and shaker top
metal stir stick or straw.
Add the arrow root powder to the jar and then add your essential oils and stir them together... Get your powder brush and dab the powder in your roots... and layered in..
If you have dark hair you can add your arrow root powder and cocoa powder to a food processor to pulse together and thoroughly mix. If you have darker hair add more cocoa powder than arrow root.. Add your essential oils and there you go.. apply away.. Other oils that are great too are peppermint and Cedarwood. These oils all promote hair growth and a healthy scalp.
Washing your hair less will train it to not produce so much oil and not get so dried out and prevent damage and braking.. especially if you have dyed or highlighted hair.. I have a lot of hair but its fine and highlighted so it gets dried out and damaged the more often I wash it.
Enjoy a fun DIY!!!
My name is Holly Boyer and I am a life long Alaskan, mama of two of the most precious babies, and wife to my soulmate.