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      Aromatherapy & Do-It-Yourself Recipes

      Aromas Therapy and Skincare

      Aromas Therapy and Skincare

      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.

      To watch the actual video to get all of the information please follow this link.

      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

      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

      OILY SKIN

      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

      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

      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

      Homemade Whipped Body Butter

      Homemade Whipped Body Butter

      This is a wonderfully simple recipe to create your own, luxurious and moisturizing whipped body butter for almost all skin types. We have tried this recipe and loved it from the first batch. Now, many of our customers have tried this recipe and we’re all hooked on this fun to create, all natural, four ingredient body butter. The final product has a natural cocoa scent from the cocoa butter wafers so if you decide to add essential oils or high quality fragrance oils, anything that goes good with chocolate is a go.

      Whipped Body Butter

      Shea Butter – 1/2 cup

      Coconut Oil – 1/2 cup

      Olive Oil – 1/2 cup

      Cocoa Butter Wafers – 1/2 cup

      Essential Oils or Fragrance Oils if desired - 10-30 drops

      2 – 8 oz jars & 1 - 4 oz jar or any combination for 20 oz

      Body Butter Instructions

      1. In a double boiler or glass bowl, combine all ingredients except essential oils.
      2. Bring to medium heat and stir constantly until all ingredients are melted.
      3. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Add essential oils if using.
      4. Move to fridge and let cool another hour or until starting to harden around the edges but still somewhat soft.
      5. Use a hand mixer to whip for 10 minutes until fluffy.
      6. Return to the fridge for 10-15 minutes to set.
      7. Store in a jar with a lid and use as you would regular lotion or body butter. If your home stays above 75 degrees, it may soften and need to be kept at the fridge, but it will stay whipped at a temperature lower than that.
      8. Keep for yourself, or give away! Enjoy!

      This body butter is definitely more emollient and has a heavier texture than lotion does, but after a few minutes it will penetrate the skin and lose any greasy feel.

      Stored away from moisture and light this homemade body butter should last 6-8 months. Using a spoon or spatula to dip rather than your fingers will extend the life of the body butter.

       

      Source: wellnessmama.com

      A Guide to Basic Blending

      A Guide to Basic Blending

      When creating an essential oil blend, the oils are chosen first for their therapeutic effect and then consideration is given to creating the best aroma. This can be done using top, middle, and base notes.

      When you create a blend it is called synergy. This means that when certain oils are blended together they have a mutually enhancing effect upon one another so that the effect of the whole is greater than the sum of its individual parts.

      BLENDING 

      You can use up to 5 essential oils in a blend. Research has shown that you get better results using more than one essential oil at a time. 

      You can use up to 5% essential oil, but usually 3% is quite effective. Never use more than 2.5% on the face. Use only 1% in children and elderly. 

      When you are treating a localized area for a specific condition it may require a stronger formula. You can experiment with this, gradually increasing the strength until you get the desired response. Another alternative to increasing concentration is choosing alternative forms of absorption (topical and inhalation). 

      Once oils are blended they keep for 3-6 months, longer if using fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil. As long as they have their odour they are good. Oils will start to crystallize around the cap when they have expired and will go "flat". Always keep bottles covered and closed.

      BLENDING FORMULA

      This formula can be used to determine how many drops of essential oils are required to create any concentration of solution, based on the size of the bottle being used (in mls). 

      20 drops = 1 ml of essential oil

      Take 20 (drops) X size of bottle (example: 30mls)

      20 X 30 = 600

      To find 2.5% of 30mls: 2.5 X 600 divided by 100 = 15 drops

      RECIPES FOR ROLLER BOTTLES

      The recipes below are basic blends that have been tested and are safe for most people. Add the requested number of drops to each roller bottle then fill with a carrier oil of your choice (fractionated Coconut, Jojoba, Sweet Almond etc.), install the roller ball assembly, seal with the cap and shake to mix. 

       Immune Booster

      5 drops French Lavender
      3 drops Eucalyptus Radiata
      1 drop Vetivert
      1 drop Tea Tree

      Stress & Anxiety Ease

      3 drops Bergamot
      3 drops Sweet Orange
      4 drops French Lavender

      Sleep Blend
      7 drops French Lavender
      3 drops Roman Chamomile

      Cough & Cold Blend
      4 drops Eucalyptus
      2 drops Tea Tree
      2 drops Lemon
      1 drop White Thyme
      1 drop Cinnamon Bark

      Energise Blend
      4 drops Sweet Orange
      3 drops Lemon
      3 drops Grapefruit
      Tension Headache Blend

      4 drops Lavender
      3 drops Rosemary
      2 drops Peppermint
      1 drop Marjoram

      Homemade Natural Sunscreen Recipe

      Homemade Natural Sunscreen Recipe

      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

      Ingredients

      • 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)

      Optional Ingredients

      • essential oils
      • natural fragrance oils
      • other natural extracts (not citrus)

      Instructions

      1. Combine all the ingredients, except zinc oxide, in a 16 oz glass measuring cup or jar.
      2. 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.
      3. Stir the contents of the jar occasionally to mix the ingredients as they melt.
      4. 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)
      5. Once poured, continue to stir the contents as the mixture cools to make sure zinc oxide is evenly distributed throughout.
      6. Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator to increase shelf life.

      Notes

      • 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

      Natural Antiseptic Cleaning Spray

      Natural Antiseptic Cleaning Spray

      by Joann Rosso - Owner and Co-Creator of Cloud 9 Naturally

      Using chemical cleaners can be dangerous for you and the environment. Not only do these products use harmful chemicals, but they also usually focus on 1 or 2 antibacterial compounds – which many bacteria eventually become resistant to. Natural, plant-based antibacterial agents are safer, more environmentally friendly, and contain a more complex mixture of antibacterial agents that is more difficult for bacteria to become resistant to.

      Chemical Cleaning Agents vs. Natural Cleaning Agents

       Chemical Cleaners

       Natural Cleaners

      Full of potentially harmful chemicals with long-term side effects for the environment and humans. No dangerous chemicals and a much lower risk of doing harm to your family and the environment.
      Only focus on one to three antibacterial chemical components. Contain as many as 120 helpful chemical components
      Bacteria and viruses will mutate to become resistant. Bacteria and viruses have little to no chance of developing resistance
      Expensive. Much less expensive to make.
      Strength of the product determined by manufacturer. When you make it, you are in control of the product’s strength.
      Can cause or aggravate problem skin and allergies, such as eczema and psoriasis. Some people have been known to have allergic reactions to essential oils, but there are often other options.
      Can cause death. No known deaths from essential oils.

      How to Make a Natural Antiseptic Spray for Counters, Washrooms, Hands, etc.

      Mix essential oil with alcohol (or liquid soap if you've chosen to use). Add water. Stir or shake until well blended. Pour into spray bottle(s). You may choose to leave out the alcohol / soap, however the oil will settle at the top and the product will need to be shaken well before each use.

      NOTES:

      • You can also add Auntie Septic essential oil blend to liquid soaps to make a natural antibacterial soap.
      • You can add other essential oils to tweak the scent to your liking or substitute your own blend in the same quantity.
      • Use antibacterial, antiviral, and antiseptic products only during cold and flu season when the risk of infection is high. This allows the good bacteria to survive