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Great Uses for Jojoba

Jojoba has been used for thousands of years for alternative health and skin care purposes. Many Native American tribes used jojoba oil to heal wounds and soothe skin problems. Jojoba is widely known for its moisturizing, sun-protecting and nurturing effects, which is why it is widely used in the cosmetic industry. It is a main ingredient in many creams and cosmetic products. Jojoba oil is also used in holistic remedies for the natural treatment of sunburns, eczema and psoriasis.

Below are two fabulous recipes featuring jojoba that can naturally benefit your skincare routine!

Stretch Mark Reducing Cream

Ingredients

Method

  1. Using the double boiler method melt the Organic Beeswax, Organic Jojoba Butter and Organic Castor Oil all together.
  2. Allow mixture to cool for about 10 minutes then pour into a mixing bowl.
  3. Add the Vitamin E Oil and Organic Lavender Essential Oil.
  4. Blend all together for 3-5 minutes until well mixed.
  5. Transfer to a airtight container for storage.
  6. Use as needed.

Healing Jojoba Salve

Ingredients

Method

  1. Start melting the Organic Jojoba Butter. Melt the Organic Jojoba over low heat in a double boiler (pot of warm/hot water then a small pot or heat safe bowl with the Jojoba Butter in it placed over/in the warm/hot water)
  2. Add the Organic Coconut Oil to melt in and mix with the melting Jojoba Butter.
  3. Mix in the Organic Honey, it should also melt in with the mixture.
  4. Once those ingredients are mixed and fully liquefied add the 35-45 drops of Organic Lavender Oil & 5-10 drops of Organic Tea Tree Oil and stir to blend in.
  5. Once you feel it is all mixed, let it cool and when it starts to thicken a bit use your mixer to blend and almost froth the ingredients, this should take 7 to 10 minutes of mixing.
  6. Wait ten minutes and then mix again. Repeat this step every 10 minutes until it is the consistency you like and then transfer the balm to your clean container.

You can find more recipes and education on living a holistic lifestyle in our book Holistic Homemaking! 

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Essential Oils FAQ

Essential Oils FAQ

Essential oils have a variety of scents and many of these contain health benefits. Scientific evidence shows that exposure to certain scents can trigger changes in mood due to the brain’s involvement in olfactory senses. The olfactory system is defined as the body’s perception of different smells, such as flowers, food, nature and even other humans in the form of pheromones.

There are hundreds of essential oil blends great for many solutions. A holistic health practitioner or aromatherapist can help educate you on how to use essential oils to improve your well-being. Using essential oils in a diffuser or wax burner is a great way to promote wellness and improve the air quality in your home, car or office.

How can I use Essential Oils?

Aromatically-  Using essential oils in a diffusor or wax burner is a great way to promote wellness and improve the air quality in your home, car or office. Diffused essential oils can be used to treat a wide variety of issue such as: reducing anxiety, creating focus or increasing libido just to name a few!  

Application- Applying essential oils to tense or painful areas or using products such as creams or soaps infused with your choice blend is a great way to enjoy the benefits of various oils. Many holistic practitioners and massage therapists apply essential oils to pressure points during treatment; creating a healing effect for their patients.

Baths- Soaking in essential oils is a great way to achieve maximum benefits from the natural healing power of various herbs, flowers and plants!  There are many wonderful products such as essential oil infused bath bombs, soaks and body washes that can help you incorporate self care and wellness in your personal hygiene. 

Compression- Essential oils added to a warm, wet washcloth can be used as a compress when applied to painful or swollen areas of the body. Essential oil compresses have been widely used to treat menstrual cramps, tense muscles, headaches and post-exercise soreness.

Are essential oils safe for children?

According to the director of Integrative Medicine at Sibley Memorial Hospital, Dr. Harpreet Gujral, DNP, FNP-BC and the medical director of the Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Clinics in the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dr. Rachel Dawkins, M.D. advised that essential oils should not be used on young children in undiluted forms and also stated that children may be more sensitive to essential oils than adults are.

Guidelines for pediatric use for essential oils are as follows:

  • Perform a “patch test” on your child before liberally applying essential oils to young children. To perform a patch test- Apply a small amount of essential oil diluted with a safe, pure carrier oil to your child’s skin to test their reaction. If any discomfort or reaction occurs, discontinue use immediately and report the reaction to their pediatrician.
  • It is not recommended that children take essential oils internally.
  • Do not use peppermint or eucalyptus oils on children less than 3 years old. These essential oils have been shown to possibly increase the risk for pediatric and infantile seizures.
  • Do not apply essential oils without first diluting them. Recommended dilution percentages can range from 0.5-2.5% depending on the condition and the age/weight of the child. Oils can be diluted in hypoallergenic lotions, creams and carrier oils such as olive oil, sunflower oil, avocado oil and jojoba oil.
  • Diffusing essential oils is considered generally safe with the exception of cinnamon and eucalyptus oils which can cause issues in babies and children under the age of 5.

Are Essential Oils safe for Animals?

Not all essential oils are toxic to animals, though some are! It is important to note that cats and dogs have a much more sensitive sense of smell than humans, so aromatherapy and diffuser use may be irritating for your animals. Pay attention to your animal’s behavior if they seem irritated by certain essential oil aromas. 

When applying essential oils to pets, never apply without diluting with a pure carrier oil. Animal coats can develop irritation, sores or reactions if applied improperly.

Pet Toxic Essential Oils:

Anise

Cinnamon

Clove

Garlic

Juniper

Lime

Pennyroyal

Peppermint

Pine

Sweet birch

Tea tree (Melaleuca)

Thyme

Wintergreen

Yarrow

Ylang ylang

Symptoms of Toxic Exposure in Pets:

Agitation

Diarrhea

Difficulty breathing

Drooling

Fatigue

Muscle tremors

Pawing

Runny eyes/nose

Sneezing

Vomiting

Weakness

We all want the best for our furry friends and kids, so please be vigilant of what they are exposed to. Animals and children are sensitive to chemicals just as adults are. Using natural products and limiting toxic exposure is the best option for a healthy life for both you, your children and your pets.

To learn more about essential oils in a fun way, listen to our collaborative podcast with Mary Tylor Naturals-https://anchor.fm/mary-tylor-naturals/episodes/Holistic-Humor—Dilution-eqein1/a-a4l7hsr

You can find more recipes and education on living a holistic lifestyle in our book Holistic Homemaking! 

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Natural Deodorant Alternatives

Natural Deodorant Alternatives

Sweating is the body’s way of ridding itself of toxins and when you inhibit your bodies ability to remove contaminants, you do not expel dangerous things your body needs to get rid of. Sweating is a natural process that must be done in order to have the most optimal health possible.

Antiperspirant types of deodorants, especially those containing chemicals such as aluminum are not recommended by holistic health practitioners because the body has processes it uses to detoxify itself. When you place toxic chemicals into your sweat glands, your body cannot fully rid itself of toxins.

What are alternatives to using traditional deodorant?

There are many holistic substances which can be used as natural deodorant options to control odor.

Rock crystal deodorant is a type of alternative deodorant which is made from a natural mineral salt called potassium alum. The potassium alum salt kills the bacteria that causes underarm odor. It is not an antiperspirant and you will still sweat, but the sweat will not smell.  This is beneficial because it allows your body to expel toxins without you smelling terrible.

Natural Toxin Free deodorant can be found at your local health food store and even in some traditional stores. Be sure you read the label and make sure the deodorant does contain chemicals such as:

Aluminum chlorohydrate is one of the most common compounds used in antiperspirants. It is included in up to 25% of hygiene products and is typically added as an antiperspirant.  Aluminum salts plug sweat proteins that bind to the wall of the sweat duct, thus having an anti-sweating effect.

Triclosan is a compound shown to impact the body’s hormones and can interfere with hormonal signaling. Triclosan’s endocrine disrupting factors have been proven by a myriad of scientific studies and because of this, the FDA actually banned its use in hand soaps. It is still permitted in low amounts in items such as deodorant.

Diethanolamine (DEA) is a compound used in deodorant and other hygiene products that has been linked to increased risks of developing cancer.

Parabens are chemicals used in traditional care products that mimic estrogen’s role in the body. Parabens have been linked to the development of breast cancer.

Helpful Tip: Natural deodorants must be applied to clean skin. It is recommended that you apply them immediately after you shower.  It is not like traditional deodorants and will not coat already sweaty areas. It only works if you apply it to clean skin to prevent smells. An easy trick if you cannot shower before applying is to wipe your underarms with soap and water with a washcloth before applying.

 You can also make your own natural deodorant with the following recipe:

HOW TO MAKE NATURAL DEODORANT

Ingredients

1 Tbsp Coconut Oil

1 Tbsp Shea Butter

1 Tbsp Beeswax Pellets

3/4 tsp Vitamin E Oil

2 Tbsp Cornstarch

10 drops Essential Oil of Choice

Instructions

Combine coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax in a heat safe container.

Add heat safe container into a small saucepan of simmering water to make a double boiler.

Allow mixture to heat.

Stir thoroughly.

Remove from the heat as soon as mixture is completely melted.

Add Vitamin E oil and cornstarch and stir until smooth.

Remove the saucepan from the stove

Leave the container in the water to make the mixing easier.

Add in the essential oil.

Pour into storage container.

Allow the deodorant to cool completely.

Remember, sweating is the body’s process to remove toxins, so you want to be able to do so! Switching to a natural deodorant is a great way to help your body be healthier.

You can find more recipes and education on living a holistic lifestyle in our book Holistic Homemaking! 

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How to Naturally Boost your Immune System

How to Naturally Boost your Immune System

Preventing the spread of viruses, bacteria and pathogens is a major concern in our current day and age but other than washing your hands, how can you protect yourself? Below is a list of wonderful ideas that can naturally boost your immune system.

Ways to Naturally Boost your Immune System

Alkalinize your body.

For optimal health, the body needs to maintain a state of alkalinity, which means that the PH balance must not be too acidic or too alkaline. Eating a properly balanced diet with adequate amounts of fruits, vegetables and protein helps your body maintain balance.

Studies also suggest ingesting a naturally alkalinizing compound such as baking soda can help your body reduce acidity. Research has shown that endurance athletes who ingest sodium bicarbonate report that baking soda improves their endurance and lessens fatigue after training and work out sessions. (Source: Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition)

Spend time in nature.

Being in nature can have many health benefits from lowering blood pressure to increasing your body’s natural vitamin D production. Safe amounts of sun exposure also boosts your immune system, which is important in the prevention of infection and illness.

Go outside and feel the earth beneath your feet, listen to the wind rustle through the trees and soak up the sun.  You can take a walk around your neighborhood or simply just sit outside to soak up the beauty of the nature around you to help support your immune system naturally.

Manage Stress.

The immune system reacts negatively to stress and can place you at even more risk if your body is in a state of “fight or flight” response. It is important to prepare and not panic. Worrying and focusing on negative thoughts will only weaken your body. It is important to practice healthy coping skills and focus on the positive ways you can protect yourself from illnesses. 

Mental health is just as important as physical health, which is why it is imperative you make your mindset and emotions a priority. Keeping a positive mindset is key to managing stress levels.

Utilize Natural Antiseptics.

Diffusing essential oils such as lemon and eucalyptus can actually sanitize the air and provide a natural, clean scent instead of using toxic chemical aerosol sprays. You can also utilize things such as Himalayan salt lamps or natural beeswax candles to naturally detoxify the air in your home.

Frankincense oil contains many healing ingredients such as: Phellandrene, Limonene, Pinene, Borneol, Farnesol and Myrcene which all have anti-inflammatory and disinfectant properties. Research published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information revealed that 70% of patients showed improvement in their respiratory issues when they were treated with it.  Diffusing frankincense is a great natural way to support immune system health. 

Get better sleep.

Adequate sleep is essential for good health. Practicing healthy sleep habits and resting when you are tired are helpful ways to boost the immune system. Naps can be a healthy addition to any lifestyle and will help your body have the fuel it needs to keep your immune system fighting anything it comes across.

Your health, mental state and physical body should all be a priority in your life. Taking care of yourself is essential to living the best life possible.

You can find more recipes and education on living a holistic lifestyle in our book Holistic Homemaking! 

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Self Care tips

Self-care is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle. But with responsibilities, family obligation, health problems and lifestyle factors it can be hard to find time to take care of yourself. Below is a great list of ways you can practice self-care.

Embrace Nature. Soak up the sunshine, listen to the rain or feel the wind.  Whatever the weather is, you can take advantage of nature’s calming effects.  Go take a walk outside or simply open a window and get some fresh air.

Enjoy the little things. Pamper yourself in tiny, special ways EVERY SINGLE DAY. Take a hot bubble bath, read a book, drink a smoothie, watch a good movie, wrap up in a soft blanket, light a candle, listen to a calming music playlist or add some calming essential oils into a diffuser. Do something that comforts you daily.

Eliminate Stress. Whether they be physical, emotional, spiritual or mental, try to eliminate as many stressors as possible. If someone is speaking negatively to you, DO NOT engage in the conversation. Eliminate as many toxic people as you can and avoid things that trigger increased pain, sadness or stress.

Exercise. Make it a habit to do at least one healthy exercise a day. You may not be able to run a marathon, but you can still move your body in healing ways such as taking a walk, doing yoga or stretching. It is also important to exercise not only your body but also your mind. Great ways to do this are completing word puzzles, reading or playing a game such as chess.

Your health, mental state and physical body should all be a priority in your life. Taking care of yourself is essential to living the best life possible.