Quick Tip: Patchouli for Winter Skin

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It’s winter and the air is dry and that can take a toll on our skin.  Try this to promote healthy skin:

Add 1-2 drops of Patchouli to your body lotion to help improve the appearance of your skin!!  An added bonus is that the aroma of this oil is very relaxing… so adding Patchouli to your lotion will be good for your skin and your mind!!


Cedarwood: An Amazing Essential Oil

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Oh, Cedarwood essential oil, I do love thee!!!  :-)

Yes, Cedarwood is one of my favorite essential oils… not only does it work great but it is VERY affordable as well (just $11.25 wholesale for a 15ml bottle)!!  Cedarwood works great for sleep; it really helps my “mom brain” to be quiet at night so that I can get restful sleep.  AND, it works great during the day to oxygenate my brain so that I can handle my day’s activities!!  Not sure that I fully understand how it can help me to sleep AND help me to function better during the day… but that’s okay… it works and that’s what counts!!!

The graphic talks about sesquiterpenes… that’s a big, funny sounding science-y word and I’m sure you wonder what they heck it means. Sesquiterpenes are a hydrocarbon group that is found in essential oils. They stimulate the limbic system of the brain which helps to elevate our mood and helps us relax (overcome occasional stress). This explains why Cedarwood is relaxing and may help with focus.  (For more information about the limbic system of the brain check out this previous post.)

Regardless of whether you learn the science behind HOW it works, just know that IT DOES WORK!!!  Put a drop or two on the back of your head before you go to sleep AND again when you wake up in the morning!!  This amazing oil will support you all day and all night!!!


Winter Slumber Diffuser Recipe

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Looking for a relaxing diffuser blend for a cold winter’s night?  Try this one.  I’ve been diffusing this in my bedroom at night and I think it is a lovely combination!

Winter Slumber

  • 1-4 drops of Sacred Mountain essential oil blend
  • 1-3 drops of Lavender essential oil

Sacred Mountain is a blend created by Gary Young when he was living in the city and having difficulty trying to find his own quiet space, so he decided to bring the mountains to himself!  This blend helps to disconnect from the busy chaos of life.  It also has a calming effect on children because of the pine essential oil it contains.

Lavender is known to be relaxing and calming to the mind and body.  A perfect essential oil for bedtime!


DIY Foaming Face Wash

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One of my favorite essential oil recipes is Foaming Face Wash!  I’ve been using this recipe for roughly 1 1/2 years and I LOVE how my face feels after I wash my face.  It takes just a couple of minutes to make the recipe and it lasts for quite a while and it is cost effective (just $1.52 for a 4 oz. batch; I’ll give the breakdown below).

Foaming Face Wash    (From “The Chemical Free Home” book by Melissa Poepping)

  • 2 Tbsp Castile Soap (I use Dr. Bronners Unscented Baby Mild)
  • 10 drops Orange essential oil
  • 1 drop Frankincense essential oil
  • 1 drop Carrot seed essential oil
  • Distilled water

Combine all the ingredients in a foaming soap dispenser. Once you’ve replaced the top simply swirl the bottle to combine everything and you are ready to wash your face!!  It’s really that easy!!

I also mentioned that it is cost effective.  My calculations show that it is just $1.52 for a 4 oz. batch.

  • Distilled water: $1/gallon or $.03/4 oz.                 = $0.03
  • Castile soap: $13/32 oz. or $0.20/Tbsp                 = $0.40
  • Orange essential oil: $10.75/15ml  or $.05/drop = $0.50
  • Frankincense essential oil: $73.50/15ml or $.31  = $0.31
  • Carrot seed essential: $21.75/5ml or $.28/drop  = $0.28


* We ONLY use Young Living Essential Oils!!  Young Living Essential Oils the ONLY essential oil company who can give you a Seed to Seal Guarantee (click here for more info on that) so I KNOW that the oils I am using for my family are pure and unadulterated!!  If you would like to get your own Young Living Essential Oils, click here for more info on how you can do that.


Inauguration Day: Into The Future

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Today is Inauguration Day here in the United States of America.

Today our new president takes office.

Today we step out of what we have known and move into a somewhat unknown future.

To encourage all of us to look to our future with hope and peace, today I will feature Young Living’s essential oil blend called Into the Future:

“This blend may help one leave the past behind in order to go forward with vision and excitement.  The single oils contained in this blend are all invigorating and uplifting. So many times we find ourselves settling for mediocrity and sacrificing our own potential and success because of the fear of the unknown and what the future may or may not hold.  This blend was formulated to support the emotions in helping us create the feeling of moving forward and not being afraid to let determination and that pioneering spirit come through.  Living on the edge with tenacity and integrity brings the excitement of the challenge and the joy of success.”  {Reference Guide to Essential Oils, Higley}

Into The Future Essential Oil is an excellent blend for moving forward into the future and leaving the past behind. It releases fear of the unknown or things we just don’t have control over.  So, if this transition in our country is causing you stress or fear, maybe this oil could help you to move through those fears.

I don’t know what the future is for our country, but with this Into the Future essential oil blend I feel more prepared to look forward with hope, peace and anticipation!