Information on Essential Oils

Essential Oil Spotlight – Basil

Basil:

(Ocimum basilicum)

The spicy, yet herbal nature of Basil makes it a versatile oil that can be used to promote focus and alertness, or to add a little extra flavor while cooking.

Basil has a warm, spicy, yet herbal aroma known to reduce anxious feelings. Basil provides great benefits to both the mind and body due to its high linalool content, making it an ideal application to help reduce feelings of tension when applied to the temples and back of the neck. The aroma of Basil helps promote a sense of focus and a stress-relieving experience.  Basil is commonly used in cooking to add a fresh, herbal flavor to meats, pastas, and entrée dishes.

Primary Benefits:

  • Helps to keep the skin looking clean, clear, and healthy

  • Promotes mental alertness and lessens anxious feelings when diffused

  • Supports cardiovascular and nervous system health when consumed internally

Uses

  • Diffuse to promote a sense of focus while studying or reading.

  • Combine with Geranium and Wild Orange essential oils for an uplifting aromatic massage.

  • Add to your favorite dishes for a refreshing taste.

Aromatic Description

Warm, spicy, herbal

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Essential Oil – ARBORVITAE

Arborvitae (Thuja plicata)

Known as the “tree of life,” Arborvitae is majestic in size and abundant in unique benefits. With natural preservation properties, the essential oil from the native Canadian Arborvitae tree acts as a powerful cleansing and purifying agent.

Uses

  • Add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and spray on surfaces or hands for a quick DIY cleaner.
  • Apply to wrists and ankles while hiking. (acts as a natural repellent)
  • Diffuse to purify the air and to repel insects inside the home.
  • Mix 4 drops of Arborvitae essential oil and 2 drops of Lemon essential oil for a natural wood preservative and polish.
  • Use during meditation for a sense of peace and calm.

Primary Benefits:

  • May help promote clear, healthy looking skin when applied topically
  • Powerful cleansing and purifying agent
  • Natural insect repellent and wood preservative

Aromatic Description:

Woody, warm, earthy

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How To Clean Your Diffuser

Cleaning is a necessary step to ensure that oil residue doesn’t build up in your diffuser preventing it from working properly. Periodically, it is a good idea to run your diffuser through a cleaning cycle. If you use your unit every day, then running a cleaning cycle monthly is a good idea.

To do so, do the following:

  1. Fill your diffuser half way with clean water.
  2. Add 10 drops of white vinegar.
  3. Let the diffuser run for about 5 minutes to allow the water-vinegar mixture to disperse throughout the unit and clean it.
  4. Drain the diffuser completely.
  5. Using a cotton swab dipped in vinegar, clean the tight spots and corners of the diffuser.
  6. Rinse with clean water.
  7. Use a dry cloth to wipe the diffuser and dry it thoroughly.

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DIY Recipes, Uncategorized

DIY- Bubble Bath Recipe

With cooler weather around us (I got 8 inches of snow in 2 days), a nice warm, and relaxing bath is what I enjoy on these cold evenings, or after playing in the snow.

Below are the ingredients and steps so you can make your own warm,  natural based bubble bath. Enjoy!

Ingredients
1 cup unscented castile soap
½ cup vegetable glycerin
2 tablespoons water
15 drops preferred essential oil
Examples: Balance Blend, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Serenity Blend, or Citrus Bliss if you’d like a rejuvenating bath.
Instructions
  1. Combine castile soap, glycerin, and water into glass bowl.
  2. Add essential oils.
  3. Stir until well combined.
  4. Pour into glass container.
  5. To use, add ¼–½ cup of the essential oil bubble bath mixture to warm, running bath water.
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Note: These bubbles are not going to provide big fluffy bubbles that last a long time since it doesn’t contain the synthetic ingredients that create the high amounts of lather or foam. However, this chemical-free bath will provide enough bubbles for a relaxing and therapeutic bath you will enjoy even more.
Cooking with Essential Oils, DIY Recipes

🌿 DIY: Tea Time 🌿

Some of our favorite teas have amazing benefits!

Did you know ….

🌿 Black tea supports the immune system and balances hormone levels…plus fights stress by reducing cortisol levels!

🌿 Rooibos Tea! This is one awesome RED Tea! It comes with No Caffeine, boosts immune system, eases stomach cramps and even helps with blood circulation.

🌿 Green Tea helps with WEIGHT LOSS? If you feel hungry between meals, make a cup of tea. Boosts metabolism the warmth of the tea is so satisfying.

🌿 Honeybush tea- another African tea – is absolutely delicious! Add some honey and nut milk to this tea and it’s like dessert in a cup! This tea is known to help with regulating sugar levels.

Let’s make a goal to integrate 2 of the tea recipes below for the rest of the week!

You can add these oils to water or even add a Rooibos, Honeybush or a green tea bag to these oils.

Have a great Monday!

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DIY Recipes, Uncategorized

Some Exciting News for January

Hi Everyone,

I hope you had a lovely holiday and new year celebrations. We started off quiet at my house but got busy and exciting at New Years.

My apologies for not being here as much these past few weeks. A family member of mine had a stay at the hospital (they’re on the mend now) so that took up a lot of my time.

Couple things I wanted to share with you:

  1. I am launching a new wellness line called, Little Gifts of Goodness by Cove Essentials. It will feature bath salt blends with some lovely essential oils blends to help you unwind, detox, soothe and relax. I just started my Etsy shop which you can check out here: http://www.etsy.com/LittleShopoGoodness You can also follow the line on Instagram for sneak previews, specials and more, http://www.instagram.com/little.gifts.of.goodness

I hope everyone has had a good January so far (we’re almost halfway through!) and I am going to post a quick Lavender Bath Salt Recipe for you below. If you try it out, tell me what you think!

Quick Lavender DIY Bath Salt/Soak Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of epsom salt
  • 1/4 dead sea salt
  • 1/4 cup of dried lavender flowers
  • 5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
  • 1 mason jar (for storing)

Directions:

  1. In the mason jar, add the above ingredients in order they’re listed.
  2. Close the mason jar lid securely, and give it a good shake/mix until all ingredients are combined.
  3. Add 2-4 scoops into your warm bath, let it dissolve and sit back and enjoy a soothing, detoxing and renewing bath.

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