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How to Use Body Butter

HOW TO USE BODY BUTTER

Body butters are a luxurious comfort item that not only moisturize the skin but also enrich it with vitamins and nutrients. They are created from natural ingredients such as cocoa butter, mango butter, shea butter and jojoba butter.  Thicker than lotions, they promote wellness for the skin and can help your skin look younger and can reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

To properly use these amazing substances, you first want to make sure your skin is clean and primed to soak in the most nutrients possible. Exfoliating your skin by dry brushing or using a salt or sugar scrub before applying body butter preps your pores to absorb the healing ingredients.  

Another way to promote the healing benefits of body butters is to apply them after you bathe or shower. When the skin is moist and clean, it can further absorb nutrients.

Be sure you are applying a liberal amount of the body butter to your skin and allowing it to soak into your pores before wiping any access off.

It is also important that you choose high quality body butter product that does not contain any unnatural ingredients or fillers.

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How to Create an Essential Oil First Aid Kit

Essential Oil First Aid Kit

Essential oils have many healing benefits and can be used to naturally treat many health issues. Before modern medicine invented things like alcohol swabs and traditional antiseptic creams such as Neosporin, ancient cultures used natural items to treat problems.  Below is a list of essential oils you can use in your natural first aid kit.   

Tea Tree

This oil can be used to safely and effectively disinfect cuts and shallow wounds. As a naturally disinfecting agent, it can be used in place of alcohol or peroxide.

Lavender

Though it is known for its relaxing effects, this oil is used to not only treat anxiety and induce restfulness but also can treat burns.  Applying a diluted solution of lavender oil to skin that has been burned by either an appliance or even sunburn can promote healing and reduce the pain.

Eucalyptus

During cold and flu season, congestion can be a common issue. Eucalyptus essential oil can be applied to the chest to provide relief of congestion associated with mild respiratory illness. You can also diffuse this oil to help reduce the discomfort from seasonal stuffiness.

Clove

Clove oil is used even in modern dentistry to treat toothache pain and even dry sockets, which is why it is a great addition to your natural first aid kit to manage an unexpected tooth emergency. Applying a therapeutic food grade essential oil to your toothache can provide temporary relief until you can get the issue permanently fixed by a dental professional.

Frankincense

As a natural astringent with antibacterial healing properties, this oil can be used to naturally treat infected wounds and prevent infection.

Chamomile

Bug bites, rashes and poison ivy can be incredibly irritating and using traditional steroid creams may require a prescription and a doctor visit. To treat these issues at home, chamomile essential oil is a great natural remedy.

Always check with your healthcare provider before you start any natural treatment or remedy and be sure you are using high quality, therapeutic grade essential oils.

   

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What are Chakras and How to Balance Them

Chakras are defined as energy centers of the body. Each chakra is connected to different organs, energy sources and emotions. If you are struggling with a specific emotion or health in a certain area or body system, alternative practitioners recommend focusing on healing that specific chakra. Meditation has been used to “tap into” chakras and promote wellness and rejuvenation.

Chakras can also be defined as a part of the human energy field. It is believed the be part of subconscious or spiritual part of the human essence or auras. The concept of spiritual auras is taught in various different religions. In Christianity, the aura is referred to as a soul. In New Age beliefs, the aura is taught as a colored illumination that reveals the subconscious state of the human it belongs to. In other belief systems, auras are referred to as chakras, which are defined as emotional/spiritual centers in the body.  

There are seven chakras:

The Crown Chakra- Located just above the crown of the head and is associated with metaphysical consciousness.

The Third Eye Chakra- Located in the center of the brain and is associated with wisdom, intelligence and conscious awareness of both the physical and metaphysical realms. It is physically connected to the pineal gland.  

The Throat Chakra- Located in the throat and is associated with communicating and speaking ones truth. It is physically connected to the thyroid and hypothalamus.

The Heart Chakra- Located in the chest and represents love and acceptance of self and others. It is physically connected to the heart and circulatory system.

The Solar Plexus Chakra- Located in the abdomen and represents personal dominance and willpower. It is physically connected to the organs: pancreas, liver and stomach.

The Sacral Chakra- Located at the base of the spine and pelvic area just above the coccyx. It represents both positive and negative strong emotions and sexual expression. It is physically connected to the  bladder and male and female reproductive organs.

The Root Chakra- Located at the base of the pelvic in the perineum area and represents safety, survival instincts and a feeling of security or lack thereof. Associated with the organs: colon and kidneys.

Keeping your chakras balanced cleansed and at peace is an important part of living a healthy life.

Below is a list of simple ways to balance your chakras.

1-      Meditate.  Whether you meditate through prayer, transcendental meditation, or Hindu ritual, spending time in a calm mental state is beneficial to finding peace and serenity. Meditating at least three times a week can help you keep your aura pure.

2-      Spend time in Nature.  Sitting in the sunshine, feeling the wind blow, walking around barefoot and listening to the rain are great ways to connect to your spiritual inner being.    

3-      Reduce your chemical and electromagnetic exposure.  Toxins, chemicals and unnatural electronic vibes can disrupt your natural harmony. Keeping your exposure to these environmental factors low will help you reduce the stress on your spiritual aura. Instead of turning a lamp on, open the shades. Turn your phone off when not in use and be vigilant of all foods and drinks you ingest.

4-      Utilize the Elements. Humans are automatically drawn to the elements because we require them to survive.  In the current age, we have gotten away from most exposure to the elements thanks to modern conveniences. We no longer use candles as primary sources of light or spend as much time in soil gardening due to the conveniences of grocery stores. Spending time in the elements is a wonderful way to connect to your inner being.

5-      Eliminate Negative Sources. Whether it be negative people or situations, try to avoid as many harmful influences as possible. Dark energy can come in many forms and it is important to protect your aura with positive thoughts and influences.

Balancing your chakra is just like personal hygiene such as showering, it must be done daily in order to be the most effective. Take care of yourself in your mind, body and spirit. You are worth it.

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Essential Oil blends Perfect for the Fall Season

Aromatherapy has been scientifically proven to trigger your olfactory senses, which improves circulation and can help you feel calmer and improve your general feeling of wellness. There are many blends used to treat physical, emotional and psychological ailments and promote general well-being.  The use of essential oils is widely practiced in holistic and alternative medicine.

There are hundreds of essential oil options, blends and remedies for just about every ailment. A holistic health practitioner or aromatherapist can help guide you to oils to improve your well-being. Essential oils can be applied in various different ways and some can even be taken internally for medicinal purposes. 

Below is a list of wonderful essential oil blends perfect for the fall season.  

Diffuser Blend Recipe: Thanksgiving Bliss Blend

3 Drops Cinnamon Essential Oil

2 Drops Vanilla Essential Oil

Add these ingredients into your diffuser 1-3 hours for an inviting Thanksgiving aroma!

Diffuser Blend Recipe: Autumn Aromatherapy

4 Drops Orange essential oil

3 Drops Bergamot Essential Oil

Add these ingredients into your diffuser create autumn inspired aromatherapy!

Diffuser Blend Recipe: Spooky Scented Halloween Fragrance

4 Drops Cinnamon Essential Oil

3 Drops Clove Essential Oil

2 Drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil

Add these ingredients into your diffuser and enjoy a spooky Halloween scent!

Diffuser Blend Recipe: Congestion Relief

4 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil

2 drops Lemon Essential Oil

1 drop Peppermint Essential Oil

Add these ingredients into your diffuser to naturally relieve sinus congestion!

Diffuser Blend Recipe: Fresh Forest Scent

4 Drops Spearmint Essential Oil

3 Drops Clary Sage Essential Oil

2 Drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Add these ingredients into your diffuser to enjoy a fresh forest scent!

Do not ingest any essential oil without first checking with your physician, as some essential oils can interact with medications or certain conditions. Secondly, be sure you are using a bio-friendly, 100% therapeutic grade oil. Do not ingest a low-quality oil, as they may be filled with other products and not 100% pure.

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Natural Ways to Protect yourself from Sun damage

Natural Ways to Protect yourself from Sun damage

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The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research and the Food and Drug administration (FDA) has raised concerns over the chemical composition of sunscreen products. Many studies have shown that sunscreens contain chemicals that can seep into the bloodstream and may be linked to certain health problems.

But sun exposure itself comes with risks, so what can we do to protect ourselves from both UV rays and chemicals?

Natural Ways to Protect yourself from Sun damage

  • Avoid sunlight during the hours where the sun’s UV rays are the most dangerous (such as midday-afternoon)
  • Stay in the shade during outside activities.
  • Wear appropriate clothing that shields your skin from damage.
  • Avoid over-exposure to direct sunlight and wear proper skin protection.

You can use a natural sunscreen solution made with organic products to prevent sunburn without exposing yourself to chemicals in traditional sunscreen products. Below is a recipe you can make at home to protect you and your family from harmful UV rays in a more natural way.

 

Ingredients

  • 6 teaspoons Shea Butter
  • 8 teaspoons ofzinc oxide powder   
  • 12 teaspoons of choice carrier oil (almond, olive or jojoba)
  • 6 teaspoons of Vitamin E oil
  • 6 teaspoons of beeswax pellets

Instructions

  1. Melt shea butter and beeswax in double boiling pot on stove top.
  2. Once melted, mix in the carrier oil and vitamin E oil.
  3. Stir until blended.
  4. Carefully mix in the zinc oxide powder.
  5. It is recommended you wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose to avoid breathing in the powder.
  6. Mix thoroughly until all ingredients have blended.
  7. Allow mixture to cool.
  8. Pour mixture into glass container.
  9. Store in a cool, dry place away from kids and pets.

To Use

Apply a generous amount to areas which will be exposed to sunlight. Careful to avoid getting into eyes or mouth. Reapply as needed after swimming or excess sweating.

 

Sunshine is an important factor in human health, but common sense and moderation are key to living a healthy life. Please be responsible with your sun exposure.