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When I first saw my newborn son I exclaimed that he looked awful because of his flaky, wrinkled skin. I felt better when the nurse said that he was a beautiful baby and the matter on his skin would be gone in a few days. My great-grandmother lived with us at that point and she told me to use olive oil on his skin and that eventually got rid of the flaky stuff. Some hospitals use olive oil on newborns and that is better than a mineral-based oil but some olive oil has gone through a lot of processing and may have been stored for a long period of time.

The best oil to use on your newborn baby’s skin, especially for that first cleaning in the hospital, is composed of 2 tablespoons almond oil with 5 drops of evening primrose oil, plus 3 drops of jojoba oil and 10 drops of wheatgerm oil. This is a mild, odorless oil and hospital staff should have no objection to using it to clean the baby after its birth. This oil can also be used as a massage oil for you and the baby later.


fragrancesI usually get really stressed out at work and I need to have a good way to relax when I get home. I like to have a peaceful and quiet night at home after a long day at work and there is nothing better for that than my oil diffuser. The diffuser helps me to fill my space with the sweet aromas of my favorite scents so that I can breathe fresh.

I like to use my diffuser while reading a good book or while listening to music or doing another relaxing activity. I love using it whenever I get a chance to. It keeps my home feeling fresh and it helps me to have the relaxation that I want to get when I am in my home. There is nothing like relaxing with a great fragrance.

Being able to relax after work is something that is very important to me. I love being able to have a quiet night so that I can get ready for a restful sleep. I often have trouble falling asleep so I need to really wind down hours before going to bed so that I am not restless when I am trying to sleep. I love using my oil diffuser to help me to have great nights at home.


shampooing hair

We’re continuing with the discussion of cedarwood essential oil and hair loss. We talked about the medications that are out there that for hair loss. They are often expensive and may or may not work. If you want to go natural, try cedarwood essential oil. You can put a drop or two into your current shampoo and conditioner or try something even more natural and use an unscented shampoo. Below are two cedarwood recipes you can try.

To relieve dandruff:

  • Blend 6 drops cedarwood, 6 drops rosemary essential oil and 4 drops cypress oil with 1 ounce sweet almond oil. Massage into the scalp and leave to soak overnight. Shampoo thoroughly the next day.

To combat oily hair:

  • Another useful recipe is to blend 4 teaspoons grape seed oil with 5 drops each of cedarwood oil, cyprus oil and peppermint oil. Add to 1/4  cup of fresh lemon juice. Massage into the scalp and leave for at least 2 hours before washing out.

Bonus: Cedarwood Essential Oil is very calming and relaxing making it great for stress and anxiety! It also has a sweet, light, and woodsy scent so while giving yourself a scalp massage, imagine yourself being in a spa as you rid yourself of the tension.

Shared by Amanda Robertson


A facial scrub is used to exfoliate the skin and unplug pores. It will also leave the skin looking fresh and new as the dead layer of skin cells is sloughed off. You only need about 1 teaspoon of material to make your scrub and you can use foods you already have in the kitchen as your base. Good bases that you may already have are oatmeal, dried peas, almonds and hazelnuts. Whichever base you use must be ground up in a blender or by pestle and mortar so that it forms small, gritty lumps like coarse sand. The starches and enzymes in the cereals, peas or nuts will be triggered during treatment and will work on cleansing the face.

Oatmeal is commonly used in cosmetic products and when combined with ground almonds, it makes an excellent scrub. Mix one teaspoon of oatmeal, one teaspoon of ground almonds, and one drop of either lavender, clary-sage, or basil essential oil. Roll this combination over the surface of your face with damp fingers then rinse it off with warm water. Basil essential oil is very good for this type of scrub because it lifts dead skin cells and rejuvenates the skin tone.

Basil is an important ingredient in the following revitalizing face scrub which is best to use if you have normal to oily skin: 1 teaspoon ground almonds, 1 teaspoon dry oatmeal, 1 pinch salt, 1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar and 1 drop basil essential oil. Mix the vinegar, salt and basil together then add the almonds and oatmeal. Again, use damp fingers to roll the mixture over your face and then finish by rinsing your face well with warm water.


cleaning windowsMake your own furniture polish and banish chemicals and synthetic fragrances from your home with this recipe: melt 8 ounces of plain unrefined beeswax in a double boiler, add 2 1/2 cups of room temperature turpentine and put it aside. Boil 2 1/2 cups water and add 2 ounces of grated pure soap (purchase at the health food store) or grated castile soap and stir until melted, then sit it aside until it is cool but still warm. Slowly add the warm soap and water to the beeswax and turpentine a little at a time stirring constantly. Now add 10 drops of the lemon or the essential oil of your choice and blend the entire mixture well. Store your furniture polish in a tin can or a small ice cream carton (a Ben and Jerry’s carton will work well and you get to eat the ice cream first.) You only need a small amount at a time to polish your furniture and you will be greatly rewarded for your work by the fragrance of the essential oil and the shine of your furniture.

Finally, you can use a plant mister spray filled with 2 1/2 cups of water and 8 drops of essential oil to freshen  furniture, curtains, and carpets. Since the living room is where you spend time with family and friends you will want to choose the right blend of essential oils. A calming synergistic blend includes 8 drops geranium, 3 drops clary-sage, 5 drops lemon, and 3 drops bergamot. A stimulating blend to use on a lazy afternoon includes 8 drops of grapefruit, 4 drops lavender, 4 drops lime and 2 drops of basil.


cleaning

Essential oils can be used in the living room to freshen carpets, curtains, and furniture. Make a carpet freshener powder by mixing 1 drop of peppermint, or grapefruit essential oil per tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda or borax powder. Add the essential oil to the powder and mix it well in a blender. Allow the mixture to sit overnight before using it the first time. You can make as much as you want to have on hand and store it in a zip lock bag or a sealed jar. To use the carpet freshener, sprinkle it on your carpet, leave it there for a few minutes, then vacuum. You can also add the powder directly to your vacuum bag to stop odor; add 8 drops of essential oil to a cotton ball and put it inside the bag each time you change it; or simply add 8 drops of essential oil directly onto the bag.

To get rid of streaks on freshly cleaned windows, bunch up a sheet of newspaper, put a drop of lemon, lime or grapefruit essential oil on it and polish the glass with this combination. The essential oil soaks into the newspaper and combined with the newsprint it removes streaks and creates a sparkling finish. You get an added bonus when the sun hits the glass and warms the essential oil releasing a subtle fragrance into the living room. I’ll continue with more essential oil cleaning tips tomorrow.

 


skin careI love having some good skin care products that give me the youthful skin that I want to have. Having youthful skin is very valued these days and so is staying looking young. It seems like people are looking younger and younger these days and that is thanks to some great products and technology that we have come up with.

I enjoy using some awesome skin care products that help me to have the skin that I want to have. Having youthful skin is important to me. I like being able to have some good skin care products that help me to have skin that looks great no matter what the weather is like. I love being able to have the right skin care products that help me to look my best.

I love getting the best anti-aging skincare for my needs. Being able to have good skincare products means that I can keep my skin moisturized and soft. I get complements on my skin all the time. I love having skin that I can be proud of. I like to use some good skin care as part of my daily beauty routine. I have even recommended these skin care products to my friends.


body lotion orangeI love to use some natural moisturizer for my skin to keep it from getting really dry. The natural skin lotion that I use works well to help my skin stay soft and smooth. I love using it to help me to have the glowing and healthy skin that I want to have. I love to wear clothing that shows off my beautiful skin.

I like to use my moisturizer because it helps my skin to have a natural balance. The moisturizer features natural ingredients as well as some aromatherapy. I love the way that this lotion restores the natural balance of my skin. The lotion works really well for my needs. I no longer have skin that gets super dry and cracked.

My skin used to get so dry in the wintertime that it would crack and I would get little cuts all over my hands. The cuts would get painful and my skin didn’t look very good when it was that dry. I felt self-conscious about it and I would try to hide my skin because it was so dry. Luckily, with my natural moisturizer, I no longer have to worry about having such dry skin and my skin looks great.


Making Foam Soap 2

Author: Dr. Larita
08/05/2016

hand soapYesterday we talked about making foam soap my way but I know that many people really prefer to have a recipe with measurements, especially when making a blend for the first time.  So here is how it breaks down:

  • 1.5 oz (45 ml) castile soap
  • 15 drops distilled Lime essential oil
  • 15 drops Orange essential oil

If you’re thinking, “But wait—aren’t citrus oils phototoxic?” You’re right, many are. But Sweet Orange is not phototoxic, and distilled Lime does not have the phototoxic properties that cold-pressed Lime does.

Also, phototoxicity isn’t a concern in products designed to wash off the skin. (In lotion or body cream, phototoxicity is a significant safety issue. But with foam soap, a wash off product, it is okay to use phototoxic oils.)

You can choose your own essential oils when you make foam soap. Just stick with about 30 drops total for this little travel size.

Since you’re adding aloe (a water based product) to the castile, I would suggest making it fresh every few weeks.

You can watch me make this foam soap blend on a YouTube video I made. That way, you can see how to estimate your measurements yourself.

Andrea Butje – Aromahead


Making Foam Soap

Author: Dr. Larita
08/04/2016

hand soap foamingYou can make foam soap for your bathroom, kitchen, or travel bag. Foam soap feels so light, airy, and silky on my hands. I just had to create a recipe for it with essential oils (to make it feel even more luxurious)!

My favorite way to make foam soap calls for castile soap, which is already in a liquid form. I don’t blend my castile soap with water to thin it out (but some people do, as it saves on the cost of the final product). Instead, I like to blend in a little aloe vera gel, for an extra skin-softening effect.

You can get foam soap pump bottles from Aromatics International. They have two sizes—one is just right for your bathroom or kitchen sink, and one is small enough to travel with. This recipe is for the smaller size, which holds 50 ml (1.67 oz).

I’ll be honest . . . I don’t actually measure my ingredients when I make foam soap! I just fill my bottle most of the way with castile soap. I add a little aloe vera gel, then I add about 30 drops total of essential oils. I always make sure to leave some space in the bottle, because once I screw the lid on, it will cause the liquid to rise a little. In other words, don’t fill it to the top.

Andrea Butje – Aromahead


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