DIY Recipes, Summertime & Essential Oils

Easy to Make – After Sun / Sunburn Spray

We are having a bit of a mini-heat wave in Vancouver these past couple of days and with the sun’s rays becoming stronger, I thought I would share this easy to make After Sun / Sunburn spray recipe with you.

Ingredients
1 cup aloe vera juice
1 teaspoon vitamin E
8 drops Lavender oil
8 drops Melaleuca oil
Note: You can find aloe vera juice at your local health food store.
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in glass spray bottle.
  2. Shake to combine.
Tip: Shake before each use to incorporate all ingredients. Spray onto skin as needed and enjoy its soothing benefits.
Lavender Benefits:
– soothing for the skin
– analgesic (pain relief)
– antihistamine
– antiseptic
– regenerative
Tea Tree / Melaluca Benefits:
– analgesic (pain relief)
– antibacterial
– anti-infectious
– anti-inflammatory
– antiseptic
– stimulant
– regenerative
Peppermint Benefits:
– helps cool
– analgesic (pain relief)
– antiseptic
– anti-inflammatory
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Diffuser Blends & Recipes

Happy (a little late, sorry) May 1st-Diffuser Blend

So it’s a new month (May), it’s the 2nd day in (sorry I’m a little late) but I wanted to share with you a diffuser blend that is for new beginnings / fresh start.

Add the following oils and drops to your Diffuser and enjoy 🙂

  • 2 drops of Lavender
  • 2 drops of Eucalyptus
  • 2 drops of Cedarwood

Here’s to a new month / new beginnings!

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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, For Fun, gift ideas

DIY Bath Bomb Recipe

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 🙂

RECIPE INGREDIENTS:

  • 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:

  • Lavender
  • Chamomile
  • Wild Orange & Peppermint
  • Rosemary

Directions:

  1. Place the dry ingredients (baking soda, arrow root powder, Epsom salt and citric acid) in the mixing bowl. Stir with a whisk until combined.
  2. Add the wet ingredients (coconut oil, water and essential oil) slowly and stir with a whisk.
  3. When the mixture starts clumping up, it’s time to press it into the bath bomb molds.
  4. Press it firmly into each mold until filled to the brim.
  5. Now let the mixture set in the molds for about 15 minutes.
  6. Carefully remove the hardened bath bombs out.
  7. 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

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