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Niaouli is the #1 essential oil for sinus congestion, exuding decongestant properties even stronger than Eucalyptus? High in oxides, Niaouli is a superb stimulant and expectorant making it a must have for cough and cold season!
Quick Recipe for Topical Application:
In a 10 ml roller bottle, combine 10 drops of Niaouli with your favourite carrier oil creating a 5% solution. Apply to the forehead and cheeks to alleviate sinus congestion.
Create a synergistic blend using 4 drops of Niaouli, 3 drops of Eucalyptus and 3 drops of Lavender with your favourite carrier oil in a 10 ml roller bottle and BREATHE DEEPLY.
How would you like to make your own sunscreen at home with natural ingredients and avoid the chemicals found in most commercial brands? Check out the notes at the end of the recipe for some helpful tips.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Cooling time: 1 hour
Servings: 1.25 cups
Author: Katie Wells
- ½ cup almond or olive oil (can infuse with herbs first if desired)
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup beeswax
- 2 TBSP zinc oxide
- 1 tsp red raspberry seed oil (or less, optional)
- 1 tsp carrot seed oil (or less, optional)
- 2 TBSP shea butter(optional)
- essential oils
- natural fragrance oils
- other natural extracts (not citrus)
- Combine all the ingredients, except zinc oxide, in a 16 oz glass measuring cup or jar.
- Fill a medium saucepan with a couple of inches of water and place on the stove over medium heat. Place the glass mixing vessel into the saucepan.
- Stir the contents of the jar occasionally to mix the ingredients as they melt.
- When all the ingredients are completely melted, remove from heat and stir in the zinc oxide and essential oils. Stir well then pour into suitable container(s) to cool. (yields 10-12 ounces)
- Once poured, continue to stir the contents as the mixture cools to make sure zinc oxide is evenly distributed throughout.
- Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator to increase shelf life.
- This sunscreen is not waterproof and will need to be reapplied after sweating or swimming.
- Make sure not to inhale the zinc oxide when adding. Use a mask if necessary.
- Add more beeswax to make thicker sunscreen, less to make smoother sunscreen.
Original recipe found on WellnessMama.com
Looking for an all natural remedy to help protect against mosquito, tick and flea bites? Introducing...DON’T BUG ME, PLEASE our newest recipe/kit available at Aromas Naturally. This alcohol free spray is safe to use on everyone from your dogs to your children without primary ingredients (diethyltoluamide) that you can’t pronounce!! Why not try this tested mix of 100% pure essential oils blended in alcohol free witch hazel and water. Aromas Naturally has put together everything you need to create 3 ½ eight ounce spray bottles of insect spray (you will need more witch hazel after making 2 bottles). Happy blending everyone and enjoy the great outdoors!!!
Don’t Bug Me, Please
In an 8 ounce spray bottle, combine:
80 drops (4 ml) Rose Geranium essential oil
80 drops (4 ml) Cedarwood essential oil
80 drops (4 ml) Litsea Cubeba essential oil
12 ml Polysorbate 20
4 ounces Witch hazel
Fill the remainder with water (preferably distilled or filtered); seal bottle, and shake well. Reapply every 1-2 hours as natural deterrent for mosquitoes and ticks.
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Back in March 2021 we held a Facebook Live workshop focusing on the basics of natural skincare for different skin types using combinations of essential oils and natural carrier oils.
As we get older, hormonal changes, heredity, and the aging process begin to change the texture of our skin. We need to consider our individual skin type and take care of it in order to keep it at its best for as long as possible. Essential oils carry many healing benefits for all types of ailments of the skin. The first step in creating a personalized skin care regime that will work for you is to determine what kind of skin type you have.
Normal skin is fine-textured, smooth and soft, with no apparent large pores, blackheads, blemishes, flaking, or broken veins. Steps should still be taken to protect normal skin from environmental irritants by using light and gentle moisturizers, cleansers, and toners.
Essential Oils: Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Palmarosa, Rose, Rosewood
An easy test to determine if you have oily skin is to press a tissue to your face first thing in the morning. If it captures quite a bit of oil all over then you should look into skin care regimes designed for oily skin. Because the pores become blocked with excessive sebum, oily skin is coarsely textured, with visible large pores. It has a tendency toward blackheads and blemishes. The upside of having oily skin is that it is less prone to wrinkles than dry or normal skin. Also, it will become less oily as you get older. It is a mistake to use harsh soaps and strong, alcohol heavy astringents to try to control excessive oiliness. These products tend to stimulate the skin to produce more sebum, so over the long term, they will likely make matters worse. In general, oily skin needs an oil-free moisturizer, except around the eyes, lips, and throat, where richer moisturizing is required. Oily skin benefits from regular masks and steams to unblock pores and prevent blackheads from forming.
Essential Oils: Basil, Cedarwood, Cypress, Fennel, Geranium, Grapefreuit, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Petitgrain, Ylang ylang
Combination skin is a mixture of normal or dry and oily skin (T-zone). You may have a tendency toward blackheads around your nose and pimples on your forehead or chin. There are often small oily areas along the jaw line as well. A skincare program for this type of skin should combine remedies for both oily and normal or oily and dry skin, depending on your particular combination.
Essential Oils for oily and normal or oily and dry skin can be used in combination.
Dry skin is fine-textured, delicate, and thin, with a tendency to line easily. For many people with dry skin, washing with soap and water makes their face feel as though it is going to crack. Cleansing creams and lotions are preferable alternatives. If you have dry skin, use masks and steams with great care, as they may encourage broken veins, to which dry skin can be prone. Neroli and rose hydrolats are excellent toners for dry skin.
Essential Oils: Balsam, Benzoin, Bergamot, Carrot seed, Roman Chamomile, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Palmarosa, Petitgrain, Rose, Rosemary, Rosewood, Sandalwood