Looking for ways to de-stress naturally?
Lavender aromatherapy products is just what you may be looking for!
Studies done by Psychiatry Research teams have proven that simply breathing
in the aroma of lavender can decrease levels of stress.
Holding on to stress increases the hormone cortisol which has been linked to belly fat.
Aromatherapy can be added into your daily routine to aid in releasing stress by simply changing your soap .
Bathing with a natural lavender soap will promote alpha waves in your brain that bring on the feeling of peace.
Not so sure about changing up on your soap?
An alternative to the lavender soap would be Lavender Essential oil.
Just smelling the essential oil can work in the same way!
Calm A Cold Sore Fast with Peppermint Balm!
Peppermint oil has powerful antiviral & antimicrobial properties. The active ingredient in peppermint essential oil is methone. Methone revs up blood flow to a cold sore allowing it heal faster.
Coconut Oil is awesome at hydrating the skin.
Mix the 2 together for a balm with a kick!
Mix together 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and 10 drops of peppermint essential oil. Use a Q-tip to apply the mixture (balm) on the cold sore 2 times per day.
*The coconut oil prevents painful cracking during the healing process.
Ease your achy and tired muscles with Castor Oil.
Simply rub Castor oil on the sore muscle area, cover it with plastic
wrap, and apply a heating pad on top of the plastic wrap on low heat.
They are everywhere!
Pesky little blood suckers!
MOSQUITOES, MOSQUITOES, and more MOSQUITOES!!!
Mosquitoes love my son’s fair skin.
Note to self….Buy Peppermint Oil
Add 6 drops of Peppermint Oil to 8oz of water and mist over the body. Simple solution to a buggy problem, right?!
It’s worth a shot to me because studies have shown this solution to work as well as DEET. Mmmmmm…Yucky chemical smell on already sensitive skin or a light fresh peppermint scent? Peppermint Oil for sure!
Let’s get the summer started!
Feeling brain fog? Try inhaling the scent of peppermint to instantly energize and wake up your mind!
Suffering From A Headache or Migraine?
Studies have proven that simply smelling peppermint oil can help ease off that throbbing headache. If your muscles are tense in your neck from a migraine, try massaging the oil into the skin for soothing relief.
Stress = Breakouts!
Well it does for me anyway! I don’t know why, but if I’m under more stress than usual, I have break outs & I’m 34 years old (way past the acne stage of teens!) I have tried every kind of make up under the sun and none of it controls my skin’s oil. After a couple of hours of wear it looks like I need to wash up and start over.
Okay, here’s the thing….I have recently discovered that peppermint oil has astringent qualities in it to help control oil! Sweet!!!! It is soothing to the skin & actually helps to balance out skin tones (oily, dry & combination). Dab some on a cotton ball and hit my oily spots before throwing on the makeup. Plus by me putting it on my face I get the benefits of it waking me up & energizing my mind!
Caution: Do not use during pregnancy or on children under 2; can irritate skin.
For all of you out there that love to soak in warm baths & relax (and may I say, good for you – you totally deserve it!) How about trying a minty bath salt?
2 cups of Epsom salt
2 handfuls of loose mint tea
Place them both in a jar with lid. Next time you want a refreshing soak just throw a scoop of minty salt in your bath and relax for at least 10 minutes (longer is totally better!!!)
Relax and unwind as the stress and added holiday tension melts away. Relieving stress is as simple as taking a bath. That is…. a lavender salt bath! Stress works on your body and mind, so treat both areas with a soothing lavender salt bath that is a breeze to mix up yourself.
Lavender calms your nerves because it is rich in an essential oil called linalool that actually releases stress from your central nervous system.
For all of those tired and achy muscles, lavender is known for it’s anti-inflammatory features that will give your muscles the much needed relief they need.
As a BONUS – lavender is great to relieve sinus pressure and used to treat eczema!!!
1 Tablespoon of Lavender Tea (not brewed)
2 cups of Epsom Salt
Store in a jar.
Just simply pour a scoop of lavender salt into your bath & relax for at least 10 minutes.
If Your NOT A Fan Of Lavender, Try A Chamomile Milk Bath Instead…..
1 Tablespoon of Chamomile Tea (not brewed)
1 Tablespoon of Powdered Milk
Place the Chamomile Tea & Powdered Milk in the cheesecloth & tie it up like a sachet. Place the sachet in your bath & soak for at least 15 minutes.
Chamomile relieves anxiety and helps to relax your mind. This would be a great way to unwind before going to bed to get a good night’s rest.
Also, this is the time of the year when people suffer with colds the most. It doesn’t help when your body gets run down by working long hours and just everyday stress. Take 15 minutes and relax in the tub instead of taking a quick shower. You may be surprised at how much better you feel. A wonderful thing about Chamomile is it works as an antibacterial to relieve cold symptoms such as coughing and achy muscles!
Canker sores are painful. Relief just can’t come quick enough for me. Yes, I’m a wimp when it comes to pain!!! For some fast relief , I reach for a cup of chamomile tea. Simply brew & let it cool, then just swish it around for 1 minute in your mouth.
I know what your thinking….”So what’s so special about chamomile tea”?
The answer is 2 things….
1st – chamomile tea is full of volatile oils that will instantly reduce irritation (that is what is causing it to HURT!)
2nd – chamomile tea has an amazing antibacterial chamazulene that will speed up the healing process!
In a recent study, 82% of people that was suffering with canker sores reported relief just a few minutes after doing the 1 minute swish!
Invigorate your spirits with mint! A refreshing change for your scalp & it regulates your pH levels while it soothes your scalp.
Brew some mint tea and allow it to cool. Then simply pour it through your hair. Your scalp will feel tingly & fresh!
The word is out - A combination of honey & yogurt can help repair sun damaged skin!
Margot Grant Witz of the skin -care company Elizabeth Grant International uses a mixture of the two to help exfoliate dead skin cells along with the moisturizing antibacterial properties that will repair skin on a cellular level.
1 Tablespoon of plain yogurt
1 Tablespoon of honey
Blend together and apply to the skin. Let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse.
Did you know that Chia seed is highly nutritious? The word. Chia, has been referred to as “strength”. Because of the seed’s benefit of being so energizing, they have also been called “Indian Running Food”. Many people corporate chia seed into their daily diet because of their benefits to suppress the appetite, leveling blood sugar, weight loss, and aiding with intestinal regularity.
Study author Rafael Borneo, Ph.D has said that chia gel can be used in baking your favorite goodies & cutting calories while not affecting the flavor or texture! You will cut 2 grams of fat and 20 calories from every serving just by replacing 1/2 of your favorite recipe’s oil or eggs with chia gel.
Now I know what you are asking, what does chia gel taste like? It has a mild taste that simply isn’t noticeable in foods & the consistency is comparable to vegetable oil and eggs.
Ready to get cooking? Chia gel is so very easy to make! So Here Goes…
1/3 cup of chia seed
2 cups of warm water
Pour the 2 cups of warm water and the 1/3 cup of seed into a container with a lid. Shake for 15-20 seconds. Now just let the mixture sit for about 30 minutes, or until a gel forms (remember it has a consistency similar to vegetable oil and eggs). Store the unused portion in the fridge for up to 7 days.