If you’re a habitual label reader like me, then you’ve probably spent an embarrassing amount of time poring over every ingredient in your beauty and skin care products as if hidden among the glycerins, acids and glycols was the secret to life itself, always on alert for anything synthetic or gross-sounding. Wouldn’t it be great to have that time back and to eliminate the worry and obsessing? Then why not make your own?
Not only will you know everything single ingredient that goes into your homemade product, but you can take pride in knowing that you created something totally on your own, and on the cheap, too.
This super-easy, DIY soap recipe requires no lye (a common soap ingredient that can be pretty dangerous if mishandled), can be whipped up under 30 minutes and features nothing but safe, natural ingredients. Goat’s milk soap has caprylic acids which allows the milk’s emollients to be absorbed without stripping away your skin’s natural protective oils. Honey boasts some serious skin-saving and anti-aging properties while bringing the moisture in a big way. And who doesn’t love the soothing aroma of lavender?
Add expert “soaper” – ie, someone who makes soap, duh – to your bag of tricks with this simple and rejuvenating recipe.
By gaining deeper understanding of essential oils and how to use them safely, you can understand how to bring more balance, happiness and vitality into your daily life. Learn how to make DIY essential oil holiday gifts to share with others this holiday season!
When I think of peppermint, I think of the small red and white mints you get when leaving a restaurant. But did you know that using peppermint oil can do more than just give you minty fresh breath? As I’m reading more into the use of peppermint essential oil, I’m thinking it’s a necessity in the medicine cabinet. Why? Read on to find out the best and most beneficial uses for this healing oil.
Colds and Congestion. The menthol in the peppermint plant provides a cooling sensation and eases discomfort which makes this oil particularly helpful in providing relief from the common cold. It’s often included in natural chest rubs to help with congestion, but can also be easily made at home. To make an at-home chest rub, mix a carrier oil (i.e. almond oil) and peppermint oil, since peppermint oil can be too intense on its own.
Digestion & Upset Stomach. Of all the things peppermint oil is known for, digestion help is probably the most well-known. Help curb feelings of nausea, upset stomach or motion sickness with this herb. It can be massaged onto problem areas such as the abdomen, but it’s also easy to digest with peppermint tea.
Headache. If you are prone to headaches, this is a great addition to keep at your desk or in your purse. Use a small amount of carrier oil (i.e. almond oil) with a drop of peppermint oil and rub on temples, forehead and the back of the neck. The cooling sensation of menthol can work wonders!
Energy. Peppermint oil can help improve mental clarity and energy levels which is perfect for those mid-afternoon slumps. Instead of reaching for the coffee, trying rubbing a drop of peppermint oil under the nose for alertness, applying to the back of the neck and shoulders for energy levels, or diffuse into a room to improve concentration.
Sore Muscles. Peppermint oil has been found to be a natural painkiller and muscle relaxant, especially for sore backs, muscles, and cramps. It’s a great ingredient to include in natural massage oil or even in the bath to decrease stiffness and promote relaxation.
Dr. Wolf explains Lavender’s effects on the body and our health in this episode of LuckyVitamin’s Ask The ND. He also gives tips on what to look for when shopping for different types of Lavender Supplements.
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Are you one of those chefs burning more than just your food in the kitchen? I constantly find myself burning my hands and fingers while preparing meals. Most burns suffered during cooking are either first-degree or second-degree burns. Today we are going to learn about alternative treatments you may want to try for burns.
First, let’s take a look at homeopathic remedies. Homeopathy is a medicine that was founded by Samuel Hahnemann and focuses on the principle that likes cures like. The most common homeopathic remedy for first degree burns is urtica urens. Urtica urens is used when the pain is stinging, burning and worse from warmth. If you think about it, this is very common in your typical cooking burn. Now let’s say the burn is a little worse – you grab a burning hot pot right out of the oven without an oven holder. Don’t worry! Causticum is what you may need. It’s very commonly used to treat more extensive second degree burns, the keynote symptoms for which are slow healing and blistering. Another homeopathic product to consider when suffering from a burn is calendula gel. However, homeopathy is not the only alternative treatment for burns.
Lavender Essential Oil is excellent for healing and disinfecting wounds and tissues. In fact, one of the most recognized benefits of pure lavender oil is its ability to soothe and heal burns. To apply it, dab the oil gently to the burn using your fingers or a cotton ball.
One last interesting treatment for burns includes honey. Honey has been used as a folk remedy of burns for years. It has known antibacterial activity helping to keep the wound clean and also promotes healing of the epithelium. In fact, in a randomized controlled trial, topically applied honey was found to be superior to conventional burn dressings.
So the next time you find yourself suffering from a burn, instead of reaching for the ice cubes, consider reaching for one of these alternative treatments for burns found here at LuckyVitamin.com.
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a unique brand of aromatherapy products: Tisserand.
Tisserand Aromatherapy offers the finest essential oils created with 100% pure organic, wild crafted and ethically harvested ingredients. Sourced only from known botanical species for maximum fragrance, intensity and purity, Tisserand Aromatherapy products are never in stock for long periods of time to ensure freshness.
The award winning Tisserand has been the number one aromatherapy-based brand in the UK for over 23 years. This unique brand can be found across Europe in over 20,000 stores, from integrative medicine, herbalist shops, and yoga centers, to many retailers. Now, Tisserand is leveraging its four decades of expertise launching its award winning personal care items in the USA and Lucky Vitamin is one of the first places to offer this incredible line of products on this side of the Atlantic Ocean.
Highly used and recommended by professional aromatherapists around the world, each new Tisserand product is infused with the world’s finest essential oil and efficacious blends of natural and organic ingredients. Tisserand heritage, quality, and efficacy have been imitated by many but surpassed by none.
Certified organic essential oils are derived from plants that have been grown without the use of fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides, instead using ecosystem management methods to maintain the health of both plant and soil.
Wild crafted essential oils are derived from plants that are not cultivated, but are gathered from their natural, wild habitat. Although they are not organic, they will not have been contaminated by synthetic chemicals and will be growing in conditions favorable to the health of the plant. When wild crafting is done sustainably, a plan for harvesting must show that the harvest will sustain the wild crop.
A long walk through fields of blazingly bright wildflowers has a way of rekindling the human spirit, returning home feeling invigorated and hopeful. So hopeful in fact, that one longs to bottle whatever essence these flowers provide and carry it around forever. Dr. Edward Bach attempted this feat in the early 1900s, and his products continue to thrive to this day. He combined his knowledge as a physician, homeopath and bacteriologist to discover natural remedies for 38 of the various human emotional ailments that can lead to physical discomfort such as anxiety and stress. Just two small drops diluted in a glass of water and you are well on your way back to fields of flowers, dripping with the vibrant energy of life. The Bach Remedies website Remedy Chooser lists these 38 available flower essences that can help you soothe your way back to a more peaceful state of mind.