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.
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
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.
Warm, spicy, herbal
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.
- 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.
- May help promote clear, healthy looking skin when applied topically
- Powerful cleansing and purifying agent
- Natural insect repellent and wood preservative
Woody, warm, earthy
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:
- Fill your diffuser half way with clean water.
- Add 10 drops of white vinegar.
- Let the diffuser run for about 5 minutes to allow the water-vinegar mixture to disperse throughout the unit and clean it.
- Drain the diffuser completely.
- Using a cotton swab dipped in vinegar, clean the tight spots and corners of the diffuser.
- Rinse with clean water.
- Use a dry cloth to wipe the diffuser and dry it thoroughly.
Maybe it’s because my thermostat is currently broken and it’s cold out…waiting for more snow…that has me thinking about a nice warm bath.
So I wanted to share with you a DIY Bath Bomb Recipe for you to enjoy. Let me know what you think after you try it 🙂
- 1/2 cup of baking soda
- 1/4 cup or arrowroot powder
- 1/4 cup epsom salt
- 1/4 citric acid
- 4 tbsp. of coconut oil
- 2 tsp. of water
- upto 40 drops of your favourite essential oils (singular or a combo) and depends on how fragrant you like things to be. *note* if using a combo, the total amount of drops shouldn’t go past 40 drops total (ie) 20 drops lavender & 20 drops chamomile
- bath bomb molds
Some Essential Oil Suggestions:
- Wild Orange & Peppermint
- Place the dry ingredients (baking soda, arrow root powder, Epsom salt and citric acid) in the mixing bowl. Stir with a whisk until combined.
- Add the wet ingredients (coconut oil, water and essential oil) slowly and stir with a whisk.
- When the mixture starts clumping up, it’s time to press it into the bath bomb molds.
- Press it firmly into each mold until filled to the brim.
- Now let the mixture set in the molds for about 15 minutes.
- Carefully remove the hardened bath bombs out.
- Store them in a clean and dry plastic container for at least 24 hours before use.
An Example of a Blend/ Combo
Fresh Forest Blend:
- 15 drops rosemary
- 10 drops cedarwood
- 10 drops lavender
- 5 drops vetiver
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!
- Combine castile soap, glycerin, and water into glass bowl.
- Add essential oils.
- Stir until well combined.
- Pour into glass container.
- To use, add ¼–½ cup of the essential oil bubble bath mixture to warm, running bath water.