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MAY

How to Make Your Own Citronella Candle

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Home at 10:22 am | By: Ysolt Usigan

When the weather heats up, you instantly want to eat delicious barbecue outside, sip margaritas on the porch or enjoy the warm summer air with family and friends. Unfortunately, once dusk hits, mosquitoes run rampant. Saying hello to summer also means saying hello to these summer pests. Bug bites can easily ruin the outdoor fun.

Lucky for you, there are solutions to repel mosquitoes—bug sprays, cover-ups, even high-tech bug-zapping traps. Some are more effective than others, but one of our favorite go-tos is the citronella candle. And the best part is, you can make your own!

“You can control exactly what ingredients are used to make your citronella candle,” says Stephanie Moulton, an expert candle maker and owner of Coming Home Candles. The main ingredient you need is citronella oil.

How to Make a Citronella Candle

Here is Moulton’s easy, step-by-step tutorial for making your own citronella candle.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • 16-oz. metal candle tin
  • 2 pre-waxed wicks with tabs (Size: CD-14)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Soy wax flakes (10 oz.)
  • Saucepan and glass measuring cup with handle (to use as a double boiler)
  • Scale
  • Thermometer
  • Citronella fragrance oil or citronella essential oil
  • Complementary essential oils (optional; try lavender, lemon or peppermint!)
  • Clothespin (to help hold the wicks in place)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Step 1: Use hot glue to adhere two pre-tabbed candle wicks to the bottom of a 16-ounce tinplate candle tin. Glue the metal tabs across from each other at points between the center and sides of the tin.

Step 2: Simmer a few inches of water in your saucepan. Measure out about 10 ounces of soy wax flakes and pour them into your glass measuring cup. Place the measuring cup into the pot of water, with the handle on the outside of the pan. Melt the wax to 160 degrees Fahrenheit. It is VERY important to use a thermometer to measure the temperature of the wax.

Step 3: Once the wax reaches the exact temperature, remove the measuring cup from the heat source. Add up to 0.9 ounces of citronella fragrance oil and up to 0.1 ounces of a complementary essential oil to the wax. Stir until the oil is well-mixed into the wax. (Note: If you’d prefer not to use fragrance oil, you can swap in citronella essential oil.)

Step 4: Pour wax into the tin. Use a clothespin to secure the wicks so they won’t fall over. Let cool and sit for 48 hours before burning.

Special Considerations

While it’s awesome to be able to make your own citronella candle, it’s super important to make sure your wax is at the right temperature before you add the fragrance oil, Moulton warns. “Not only can hot wax burn your skin if it splashes on you, every fragrance oil has a flash point (the temperature at which the oil combusts), and you don’t want to pour fragrance oil into wax that is hotter than its flash point.”

In addition to safety precautions, you absolutely need to measure and get the right size wick. “If the wick is too small for the container, it won’t melt the wax all the way to the edges of the container,” says Moulton. “If the wick is too big, it will burn with a larger than normal flame.”




13
APR

6 Surprising Essential Oil Uses at Home

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Home,Natural Cleaning Aids at 3:12 pm | By: Ysolt Usigan

Simply put, essential oils are extracts from plants. They can come from the plants’ petals, stems, barks, seeds, trunks and roots. They contain specific chemical components that work together to create therapeutic benefits.

You’re probably most familiar with using essential oils for aromatherapy purposes—spa treatments, relaxing massages, helping to clear your congestion when you have a cold—but they have many other uses you probably never even thought of. Not only are essential oils anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic, they also have antibacterial, antifungal and sedative properties.

“I know people that now find they don’t mind washing the dishes and doing some household cleaning because the oils they’re using not only smell delicious, but also have mood-boosting properties,” says Jessica Klingbaum, certified aromatherapy specialist.

Here are six surprising essential oil uses at home.

Multipurpose Cleaner

Use essential oils from orange, lemon or grapefruit for cleaning everything from glass to counters in your home. Mix with distilled water and/or vinegar to make an all-purpose cleaning spray.

“I love that it’ll leave the kitchen smelling great and there’s nothing toxic in what I’m using,” says Klingbaum, founder of BeHipandHealthy.com. Essential oils can also fight germs and help keep our immune systems strong.

Deodorizer

You can make your home smell nice with essential oils—that’s a given. But did you know you can use it to specifically deodorize the inside of your stale-smelling refrigerator, your stinky trash bins, the bathroom, and even the inside of your shoes?

“Instead of getting some kind of plug-in air freshener for the bathroom, try putting a drop or two of lemon essential oil on the inside of the cardboard roll of toilet paper,” Klingbaum suggests.

Use essential oils derived from cinnamon, cardamom and clove for the kitchen, and jasmine, sandalwood and rose for bathrooms.

Geranium, basil and lavender oil work best to deodorize smelly shoes and shoe closets.

Carpet Freshener

Over time, your floors can start to smell stale. Freshen up your carpet or rug with essential oils made from mandarin or lemon. You can add two drops onto a cotton ball and put it right into your vacuum cleaner bag or put a couple drops on a small piece of newspaper and vacuum it up. Breathe a sigh of relief as your vacuum releases a fresh scent into the air while you clean.

You can also mix 10 drops of an essential oil into 200 grams of baking soda. Store it in an airtight container for a couple of days. When ready, sprinkle it directly onto your carpet before vacuuming.

Sticker Remover

Essential oils can also be your solution for sticker residue or even stubborn price tags on household items that you want to remove. Just a drop or two of lemon essential oil on the sticky spot you’re cleaning up will do the trick, says Klingbaum.

Insect Repellent

Bugs like mosquitoes, ants and beetles are not fans of peppermint, lavender, citronella, lemongrass and rosemary. Use three to four drops per cotton ball and leave them near or around windows and doors to keep little critters at bay.

You can also create a spray using 10 drops of the same essential oils diluted in 8 ounces of water or rubbing alcohol. Shake and use on your skin or clothes to repel insects.

Dust Mite Remedy

Just add a few drops of eucalyptus oil into the water while washing your bedding to rid sheets and pillowcases of mites. You can also mix the essential oil with water in a spray bottle to use on upholstered furniture for the same purpose.




5
APR

4 Ways Essential Oils Can Boost Your Yoga Practice

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Exercise and Fitness at 4:30 pm | By: Joe Palinsky

Close your eyes and try to imagine what it feels like to enter your favorite yoga studio. You might picture the way sunlight cascades in through the windows during your class or the calm energy you experience when you first sit and focus your breathing. After thinking about how the studio looks, try and think about how it smells. Most yoga studios take advantage of using essential oils during classes in order to help participants feel relaxed, focused, and ready to get to work.

Whether you practice yoga in a studio with other people or you are someone who likes to experience the activity alone at home (1), adding essential oils into the mix can transform the way you feel throughout. Check out these interesting ways essential oils can boost your yoga practice.

1. Improve Breathing

Breath is a crucial part of yoga. In fact, most meditative practices and exercises will ask you to try to slow your breathing and focus on how it feels to inhale and exhale. The more you focus on your breath, the easier it becomes to lose yourself in the rhythm of movements yoga involves. You might have heard instructors mention the word “prana” before (2). This word loosely translates from Sanskrit to mean “vital life force.” Since breathing is a vital action, discovering essential oils to help improve the quality of your breath can be a great find.

Peppermint should be at the top of your list when you are aiming to use essential oils in your yoga practice. According to several studies (3), using peppermint essential oils while exercising can improve how your body takes in oxygen. Additional studies reveal that peppermint can give your mind a boost as well. Getting into the habit of using peppermint will make yoga a more calming and rewarding experience in no time.

2. Sharpen Focus

Clearing your mind is another important aspect of practicing yoga. You want to free yourself of the thoughts that tend to plague the mind throughout the day while practicing. Of course, this is easier said than done. As much as you might try to keep yourself focused, you may discover you can’t get a certain tune out of your head or you keep going back to a mistake you made at work the previous day. To err is human and to go back to that same error in your mind time and time again is just as human.

To keep your spirits high and your mind focused while going through each movement, you might want to try cinnamon. Cinnamon essential oil has been shown to have a number of key benefits for those who use it (4). In fact, there has been a ton of research centered on how much of a medicinal punch cinnamon tends to pack. To keep the mood light and your energy positive during your practice, check out what cinnamon has to offer.

3. Clean the Air

If you have frequented a yoga studio or two in your day, then you most likely know how gross a studio can become. People can become sweaty, sticky, and smelly when they are putting their bodies through intense physical movements. There is no shame in what your body is attempting to cleanse through your skin, though you might not want to smell what is pouring out of everyone’s sweat. To keep a room clean and fresh, essential oils are definitely the way to go.

Classic scents like lemon can be a perfect fit, but you might feel like you want to try something a bit more adventurous. Tea tree oil has been a popular choice in recent years for people who want to give their homes and businesses deep cleans without relying on harsh chemicals (5). Mixing some of this oil with water in a spray bottle and using it to wet and wipe down surfaces will help rid the air of toxins and prevent the smells of the human body from lingering in your space for too long.

4. Fight Stress

Finally, having a solid spiritual center is another key part of engaging with yoga. You want to focus your mind, body, and spirit through your movements, and the spirit can often prove to be the most challenging. Unlike the body and the mind, the spirit tends to be the hardest concept to nail down. Focusing on essential oils that aid in calming anxiety can often prove to be invaluable when it comes to discovering your own spiritual core.

Essential oils like bergamot might be what you need (6). In various research studies, bergamot was shown to have a positive impact on psychological stress. If you find that you are unable to keep yourself calm or spiritually focused, this oil might be a useful tool in getting back on the right track.

There are countless options for you to consider when it comes to improving your yoga experience with essential oils. All you need to do is find the scent that works best for your goals.




3
APR

6 Healing Essential Oils to Keep in Your Medicine Cabinet

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,General Wellness & Wellbeing at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak

Essential oils have been used medicinally for years. These amazing products contain potent medicinal and cosmetic properties and can be used as an alternative to over-the-counter medication. Essential oils stimulate the body’s natural responses as well as its healing system. So, let’s check out 6 healing essential oils to keep in your medicine cabinet.

1. Lavender

The most well-known of the essential oils, lavender contains antiviral and antibacterial properties and can be applied directly onto the skin to heal scrapes, bites and stings. Plus, lavender can help promote relaxation and improve sleep.

2. Calendula

Often used in shampoos and lotions, calendula has anti-inflammatory properties due to its high level of flavonoids—plant-based antioxidants that help protect cells from free radical damage. One of the best essential oils for scars, calendula also works great to heal many inflammatory conditions, including dermatitis and diaper rash.

3. Peppermint 

Peppermint can be used as a cooling oil to treat fever as well as sore muscles. You need to mix peppermint with a carrier oil first, and then apply the solution to your back, neck and chest for an instant cooling effect.

4. Eucalyptus

A powerful antispasmodic, antiviral and antibacterial oil, eucalyptus oil can be a natural alternative to treat coughs and colds. Just add a few drops to a basin of steaming water to inhale, or a vaporizer, as it can help disinfect and clear both the nasal passages and lungs.

5. Tea Tree

One of the most popular essential oils, tea tree is a powerful antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic oil. It can be used to treat cuts, fungal infections, and insect bites. Plus, tea tree oil is used in multiple lotions and creams to help treat acne.

6. Lemon

Lemon essential oil contains high amounts of vitamin C and antibacterial properties. It can help minimize acne breakouts and prevent future scars. Its vitamin C content helps trigger the production of collagen, which keeps the skin firm and encourages the formation of new skin cells.




12
JAN

Keep Your Home Clean With These 7 Essential Oils

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Green Living,Home,Natural Cleaning Aids at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak
Essential oils are wonderful. They smell great, offer tons of health benefits and can even help cleaning your home. Loaded with naturally antibacterial properties, essential oils are the ideal ingredient for homemade DIY cleaning products. Add oils to clean up and sanitize your kitchen or bathroom or use to enhance your laundry routine. Let’s look at some of the best oils for cleaning and disinfecting your home.

1. Tea Tree

Tea tree oil fights germs, bacteria and viruses in everything from homemade wipes to hand soap and much more. Plus, tea tree oil can be used against bugs helping to deter lice and other pests.

2. Rosemary

Loaded with natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties, rosemary essential oils can be used in many different ways for home cleaning. From homemade soaps to laundry detergent, air freshener sprays to remove stubborn stains, rosemary can be mixed with washing soda,
baking soda, and vinegar to create a powerful stain remover product.

3. Citrus Seed Extract

A powerful antimicrobial agent, citrus seed extract is often used for dishwashing products. Also labeled as grapefruit seed extract, these essential oils are considered natural degreasers and can be very helpful in your kitchen

4. Lavender

One of the best-smelling naturally antibacterial essential oils, lavender can be mixed with another common natural cleaner: vinegar. Just add 4-5 drops of lavender to your vinegar cleaning mixture for its natural antibacterial properties as well as an enhanced scent.

5. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is a natural germicide which can help clean and sanitize your home leaving a “great smell” in the air. A powerful dust mite buster, eucalyptus is great for stinky jobs in the kitchen and bathroom, plus it can help to deter pests.

6. Peppermint

Another essential oil that can leave your house smelling great after cleaning, peppermint contains antibacterial properties that can be used in spray cleaners and natural deodorant spray. Easy-to use, you just need to mix 10-15 drops of peppermint with a cup of water in a spray bottle. Shake well and use the air freshener along cracks and crevices to deter ants and spiders.

7. Pine

A common ingredient in cleaners, pine oil is effective at killing yeast spores, E.coli and other household germs. Pine is a strong and powerful ingredient, perfect for ridding the bathroom of mold and mildew and cleaning hard floors while leaving a natural fresh scent.




1
DEC

5 Science-Backed Essential Oils for Better Sleep

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Herbs at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak
If you are trying to achieve better sleep but want to avoid sleeping pills, essential oils can be a great option for you. Essential oils are known to provide multiple health benefits and some of them have been studied for their sleep-aiding properties. Let’s check out 5 science-backed essential oils for better sleep.

1. Lavender

Lavender essential oil has been studied extensively for its effects on the nervous system. Research has concluded that inhaling lavender oil helps the body enter a relaxed state, which is essential for better sleep and to prevent insomnia. Additionally, a recent study found that lavender inhalation together with sleep hygiene improved sleep quality in college students with self-reported sleep issues. Lavender has anti-microbial, fungal and viral activity. For relaxation before bedtime, just mix a few drops of lavender in a spray bottle of distilled water and spray it in the room.

2. Chamomile

A well-known calming tea, chamomile can be useful for treating digestive and stomach issues. Studies have shown that chamomile contains mild sedative properties and its essential oils can be helpful to promote relaxation before bedtime.

3. Bergamot

Bergamot essential oil has been used to induce relaxation. One study concluded that bergamot oil mixed with lavender and ylang-ylang can help reduce stress and elevate mood.

4. Cedarwood

Cedarwood essential oil has a woody, outdoorsy, and sweet aroma. This oil has been used since ancient times for several purposes including promoting improvements in sleep quality as well as memory, mood and emotions.

5. Ylang-ylang

Ylang-ylang essential oil appeared to help relieve anxiety. Since ancient times, ylang-ylang has been used to calm, relieve stress, and relax the body and modern research continues to support the benefits of this essential oil.




6
NOV

Add These 6 Things to Your Evening Ritual for Better Sleep

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Teas at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak
Cropped picture of a woman sitting on a bed with favourite tea and holding a mug of tea

Unfortunately, many people have a difficult time sleeping well these days. Stress, busy schedules, and hectic lifestyles often lead to difficulties falling asleep and sleeping throughout the night. Evening rituals or bedtime routines can be an excellent way to improve your overall sleep. The purpose of these activities is to relax and de-stress your mind and body, helping you calm down, sleep longer and better. Let’s look at 6 things you can add to your evening ritual for better sleep.

1. Magnesium Supplement

Magnesium is well known for its ability to improve sleep and reduce insomnia. Studies have suggested that this mineral helps decrease cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, which keeps you up at night. Magnesium also promotes muscle relaxation and can help mood disorders.

2. Herbal Teas

Some herbal teas contain relaxing agents that can help sooth your nerves, improve blood flow, and make you feel more relaxed. The best herbal teas for sleep include chamomile, valerian, lavender, peppermint, and passion flower.

3. Taking a Bath

A hot bath is one of the best ways to promote relaxation. Immersion in warm/hot water is known to be extremely therapeutic and can significantly help relax your mind and soul after a stressful day.

4. Cooler Bedroom

Turn down the thermostat in your bedroom to improve the quality of your sleep. The National Sleep foundation recommends that the room temperature should be kept around 65 degrees in order to keep you cooler and prevent restless nights from feeling too hot.

5. Use an EO Diffuser

An essential oil diffuser can help improve your sleep as these essential oils have soothing and relaxing aroma therapeutic properties. Look for valerian, lavender, chamomile, cedarwood, vetiver, frankincense, geranium, patchouli, ylang, and bergamot.

6. Stretch

Stretching is another great way to promote relaxation and improve overall sleep. Stretch for a few minutes to reduce stiff joints and cramping muscles as well as to prevent injuries and reduce built-up tension and stress.




3
NOV

The Best Essential Oil Blends For The Fall-Winter Transition

Filed Under: Aromatherapy at 2:20 pm | By: Madeline Reiss
Bottle of essential oil for ayurveda massage with cinnamon stick ,star anise and bay leaves with selective focus on shabby wooden background .

We’re right in the thick of Fall! Soon we’ll find ourselves spending more time inside and these blends are perfect for bringing in those comfy fall feelings. Each blend is spicy, sweet, refreshing and instantly puts you in a good mood—filling your home with the good vibes of the season! Just add the oils to your diffuser and you’re good to go.

Whether you’re entertaining or having a cozy night in, give these blends a try and let us know what you think!

Warming Pumpkin Spice

3 drops cinnamon
3 drops ginger
3 drops clove
2 drops cardamom

Walking in the leaves

3 drops frankincense
2 drops lime
2 drops peppermint
2 drops orange

Gingersnap

3 Drops of ginger
2 Drops Cinnamon
2 Drops clove

Fallen Snow

4 drops peppermint
3 drops bergamot
2 drops cypress

Winter Spice

3 drops orange
2 drops white fir
1 Drop cinnamon




17
SEP

The Best Essential Oil Blends for Focus & Concentration

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Health Concerns & Ailments,Mental Wellbeing at 9:22 pm | By: Jessica Justh
Woman working on computer and writing down her thoughts

Aromatherapy is so much more than cleverly named and pleasant smelling candles. When practiced correctly, and to the fullest, aromatherapy has the potential to not only enhance and elevate moods but positively alter fundamental brain functions in amazing ways.

With another summer firmly in our rearview, and with several months of colder weather and darker days ahead, now is a great time to unlock the full slate of healing and rejuvenating benefits aromatherapy can offer. Whether you work in an office or stay at home with your littles, get through these hectic times with these essential oil blends that will have you feeling laser-focused and ready to conquer the world (or just back to school season).

Memory & Concentration Blend

This blend uses rosemary essential oil which is known for boosting memory and concentration. Throw in some lemon essential oil to heighten the senses and you’ve got yourself a dynamic pairing that will keep you on point all day.

INDREDIENTS

1 tablespoon jojoba oil

3 drops rosemary essential oil

3 drops lemon essential oil

DIRECTIONS

Pour the carrier oil (jojoba) in a glass dropper bottle or a roller bottle. Then add your essential oils. With essential oils it’s important to remember that a little goes a long way. Just add a drop or two and rub on your temples.

Crunchy Concentration Blend

Calling all bohemians! Sandalwood is the star of this earthy blend that provides a sense of clarity and pairs well with the calming effect of patchouli.

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon of coconut oil melted

2 drops of sandalwood

2 drops of patchouli essential oil

2 drops of orange essential oil

DIRECTIONS

Pour the carrier oil (coconut) in a glass dropper bottle or a roller bottle. Then add your essential oils. When using, a little goes a long way. Just add a drop or two and rub on your wrists.

Fresh Focus Blend

Knock out brain fog with frankincense. Applying frankincense topically can work wonders for you mood and peppermint puts pep in your step and improves concentration.

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon of almond oil

3 drops of frankincense

3 drops peppermint essential oil

DIRECTIONS

Pour the carrier oil (almond) in a glass dropper bottle or a roller bottle. Then add your essential oils. You only need a few dabs to feel the effects. Just add a drop or two and rub on your wrists.

 




7
SEP

3 DIY Face Masks + Clear Skin Commandments

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Beauty,Personal Care at 9:30 am | By: Jessica Justh
clearskin

If asked, “what’s your largest organ?” it’s doubtful that “skin” would be in most people’s top 10 (or even top 100) guesses – but it’s true. And what you apply TO your skin can greatly affect not only how you look, but how you feel.

Feel the glow by following our clear skin commandments…

1. Drink water

This is not only about downing eight glasses a day but starting your morning right with hot water and lemon. It helps aid digestion and is a better alternative to coffee.

2. Practice self-care

Take time for self-care. Take that yoga class you’ve been meaning to for ages. Planning time for self-care can reduce stress-inducing hormones that wreak havoc on your skin.

3. Supplement

Help cover any nutrient gaps with supplements. A daily multivitamin with nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C, zinc, selenium and chromium all play an essential role in reducing excess sebum, helps build collagen and repairs skin cells.

4. Eat a balanced diet

A well-balanced diet high in antioxidants and omegas will do your skin (and your health) a world of good. Start stocking up on blueberries, oranges, strawberries and sweet potatoes – all great sources of the types of antioxidants that help fight acne and result in radiant skin . Acne has another enemy in the form of Omega-3s. Consuming salmon, nutsand olive oil help reduce inflammation, a root cause of those pesky blemishes.

5. Sleep!

Get plenty of “beauty sleep.” Less sleep lowers circulation, which could leave you looking pale and washed out. Your body’s cellular renewal occurs at night, so the night time really is the right time to apply as many nutrients and hydrating ingredients as it needs.

3 DIY Masks For Better Skin

1. Pore-fect Honey Mask

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons of honey

1 tablespoon of baking soda

1-2 drops of tea tree essential oil

DIRECTIONS

Combine together all the ingredients in a bowl and massage onto face. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water.

 

2. Calming Crunchy Acne Mask

INGREDIENTS

½ tsp turmeric

1 tablespoon yogurt

1 tablespoon oatmeal

1-2 drops lavender essential oil

DIRECTIONS

Carefully mix together all the ingredients (turmeric can stain!). Gently massage onto face and leave on for 20 minutes before rinsing.

 

3. Ultimate Acne Mask

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon our fave facial clay – your face will pulse!

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 drop lavender essential oil

1 teaspoon aloe vera gel

2 drops vitamin e oil

DIRECTIONS

Mix together everything except the aloe and vitamin E oil until a paste forms. Apply to skin and leave on for 10 minutes or until dry. Remove using a warm cloth. Follow up by applying the aloe vera and vitamin e oil to prevent overdrying.

 




17
AUG

DIY Citrus Coffee Sugar Scrub

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Beauty,Personal Care at 12:00 pm | By: Jessica Justh
citruscoffeescrubShed those excess cells and exfoliate without the toxic ingredients in conventional, store bought products by making your own scrub. Who doesn’t want silky, smooth skin in the summer…uh, yes, please.

Feeling extra crafty? Make a large batch and put in mason jars for an easy gift idea. Plus, you probably have most of these ingredients in your kitchen already.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup organic sugar

1/2 cup coffee grinds

¼ cup of melted coconut oil

12 drops of lemon essential oil (or juice of one lemon)

6 drops orange essential oil

 

DIRECTIONS

Place coconut oil in a quart sized pot and melt until liquid. Pour into glass bowl and combine with remaining ingredients. Stir together until well mixed and place in a quart sized Mason jar. To use, scoop out a small amount and add a little water for a creamier like texture. Give some extra love to areas that need some extra exfoliating like knees, elbows and feet.




1
MAY

New Brands Showcase: Earth Philosophy

Filed Under: Aromatherapy at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak
Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce another top-quality brand of essential oil products to our customers: Earth Philosophy.

Earth Philosophy is an artisan operation that grows organic herbs and harness their healing properties for use in natural wellness and skin care products. All products are properly formulated for topical application, providing a safe and convenient way to bring the many benefits of plant therapy into our daily lives.

Earth Philosophy evolved from a common philosophy of living simply, knowledgably, and naturally. The company’s philosophy is simple: sustain nature, as nature sustains you.

Earth Philosophy grows herbs from organic seeds and cultivate those using environmentally sustainable methods. The herbs are hand-harvested and extracted into fresh herbal oils and tinctures before being hand-blended with essential oils and organic sunflower oil to create ready-to-use herbal and essential oil blends that provide plant-based alternatives to many mainstream health and beauty items.

Earth Philosophy fresh essential oil blends are produced in small batches, using only organic, Non-GMO, GC/MS tested ingredients. This brand offers single oils, skin mists, and therapeutic wellness oil blends.

You can save even more when you shop Earth Philosophy products at LuckyVitamin.com. No code needed at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand as savings are automatically applied.




13
APR

5 Ways to Use Essential Oils at Home

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Beauty,Green Living,Health Concerns & Ailments,Home at 4:45 pm | By: Jessica Justh
essentialoils

Essential oils are volatile, aromatic compounds that have been around for centuries. Frankincense was even used to anoint Jesus upon birth. A hydrophobic, concentrated liquid of plants and flowers can be used to heal, clean and do just about anything else for the body, mind and soul that you can imagine. Here’s how you can introduce these “magical” healing oils into your home.

Aches & Pains
The analgesic compounds in essential oils are their secret to easing a variety of common pains and ailments. Our winner for headache relief is lavender by a landslide. If you suffer from arthritis, then frankincense can help limit the production of inflammatory molecules. If your back is causing you pain try several drops of peppermint mixed with a carrier oil to cool inflamed joints. We always recommend using a carrier oil such as almond or jojoba oil to help dilute the essential oil and strongly advise that you never apply it directly to the skin!

Cleaning
Did you know that some essential oils have the power to kill bacteria and mold? Oh yes! But remember, a little can go a long way, so don’t overdo it.  Try lemon, tea tree, rosemary and eucalyptus oils combined with hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar for an all purpose, DIY cleaner.

Personal Care
Free yourself of the harmful chemical and phony fragrances found in most personal care products. Make them over with essentials oils! Lavender, which can be applied directly to the skin, makes a great perfume. Tea tree is great for acne-prone or oily skin and clary sage fights fine lines. Many natural personal care brands incorporate essential oils into their products, or you can experiment with your own mixes and blends!

Topically
As mentioned above, you want to use a carrier oil when applying most essential oils topically to the skin. Tea tree and lavender are great for topical use, however, you’ll want to do a small, isolated skin test to make sure you do not have an adverse reaction before going all-in on a major application. Some great areas of the body to apply oils are your temples for stress, the bridge of your nose for a sinus infection and between the eyebrows when you’re trying to fall asleep.

Gardening
Yup, that’s right, you can control garden pests with essential oils! Throw out your chemical-laden garden bug killer. Just combine 8 ounces of water with a teaspoon of Dr. Bronner’s soap and 6 drops of essentials oil (like peppermint) to repel unwelcome garden guests such as beetles and aphids. Apply every few days to keep the pesky guys at bay.

Remember that essential oils are derived from plants and can cause a reaction if you are allergic! Like we mentioned earlier, always test a small patch of skin before using all over. Also, like with any major change in your routine, consult a professional before making the long term switch!

How do you use essential oils in your daily life? Share below!




21
MAR

How to Tackle Spring Cleaning

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Green Living,Home,Natural Cleaning Aids at 9:03 am | By: Jessica Justh
Portrait of a Woman Mopping Floor
It’s the time of year again, and with the Spring Equinox comes a time of renewal. That also means that it’s time to clean house, literally. And we are all about products that are good for the environment while simultaneously standing strong against dirt and grime.

Here’s some multi-purpose green cleaning essentials to help you get started…

Dr. Bronners is not your average soap. How can you be average when, as its iconic label clearly states, it has “18 in one uses” and features plant-based surfactants with natural spruce and fir-needle oils. See? Not your run-of-the mill ingredients. Sal Suds All Purpose Cleaner is equally effective with hard or soft water and is 100% cruelty-free.

Baking soda can be used in a ton of DIY cleaning recipes in virtually every room of the house. It can be used as a vital ingredient in toilet bowl scrub, all-purpose clean, even air freshener. It’s deodorizing properties make it perfect for tackling tough cleaning jobs.

Here’s some other type of products you should use to give your house a green clean from top to bottom. Check out our DIY recipes for making your own, but if that’s not your thing or your don’t have the time, we shared some other options too.

Wood Cleaner

DIY Recipe

¼ cup olive oil

1/3 cup white vinegar

1 tablespoon glycerin

1 teaspoon of lemon juice

10 drops lavender

Combine all the ingredients together in a spray bottle.

Time Saver

This wood cleaner not only cleans wood but its nutty aroma will have you happy to be cleaning (sorta). It’s formulated to clean grease and make your wood surfaces shine. It’s non-toxic biodegradable, never tested on animals.

 

All-purpose Spray

DIY Recipe

2 cups water

½ teaspoon Dr Bronners

1 tablespoon baking soda

2 tablespoons of lemon juice

Combine all the ingredients together in a spray bottle. Do not use on wood.

Time Saver

This is an all-around great cleaner. Seventh Generation is known for creating authentic, safe, and environmentally-responsible products for a healthy home. They select ingredients that have minimal scent and don’t assault your sense of smell like so many conventional, chemical-based products.




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Create a Little Ambiance this Winter with Candles

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Home at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak
Winter calls for some extra time spent indoors and for many people is the best time of the year for getting cozy.

Cold winter and snow days are a great opportunity to make your home really cozy and extra comfortable. One of the best ways to do that is to light up some candles around the house. The days are shorter and the nights are longer and this combination sets up a perfect time and place for a few candles.

Candles are essential for peak winter living and they can not only light up and warm up your home but also bring a little of bit of good mood and aroma to your place.

If you don’t like scented candles, there are plenty of unscented ones that can light up the house and still bring up a nice, cozy feeling. On the other hand, if you love an extra touch, fill the air with cozy scents from your favorite candles. You have a ton of options from the traditional vanilla, lavender, mint, and cinnamon to more exotic ones such as coconut and spice pomegranate. Plus, candles made of natural essential oils may have real health benefits when they are lit in your home as aromatherapy candles are known to promote relaxation, clean up the air your breath, improve mood and much more. With so many options available, you can be sure to find your favorite or, perhaps, try a new one this winter.

Along with candles, you can get creative in creating a little ambiance in your home. Hot chocolate, music, books, and baking are just a few examples of how you can get more coziness in your home during the cold, winter months.