Monday, June 22, 2015

An Interview with Aromatherapist Sharon Falsetto

In my last post, I reviewed Sharon Falsett's book,
Authentic Aromatherapy
She was gracious enough to let me interview her. 
Check out the book review HERE

Monday, June 8, 2015

Book Review: Authentic Aromatherapy

Book Title: Authentic Aromatherapy: Essential Oils and Blends for Health, Beauty, and Home
Author: Sharon Falsetto

Published: 2014, Skyhorse Publishing

Monday, May 25, 2015

Grapefruit & Peppermint Lip Balm

Lately, I have really loved the combination of grapefruit and peppermint. It all started with some conditioner that I picked up at the store. Since then, I've been using it in my foaming hand soap. Next up, lip balm.

For this recipe, I used Aromahead's base recipe, which you can find HERE. She uses ounces but since I  don't have a scale to weigh liquid, I converted the measurements to tablespoons.

Grapefruit & Peppermint Lip Balm

2 T beeswax (I use pastilles)
3 T coconut oil
1 T shea butter
2 T jojoba oil
10 drops grapefruit essential oil*
10 drops peppermint essential oil

Put all the ingredients except the essential oils into a glass jar, use the warm water bath method (need details: go HERE) on the stove to melt the harder oils. Remove from heat and add the essential oils. 

Immediately pour into your lip balm tubes (I use THESE) and pots. Put lids on as it begins to harden. Use within 6 months. 

*Grapefruit essential oil is phototoxic (learn more about phototoxicity HERE). According to Essential Oil Safety, grapefruit oil (expressed) has a maximum recommended level of use to avoid phototoxic reactions of 4%. That is approximately 24 drops per ounce of carrier. 

Source: Tisserand, Robert & Rodney Young (2014). Essential Oil Safety, (2nd edition). Churchill Livingstone Elesvier.

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Creative Art of Listing & Instagram

Two of my favorite things are making lists and Instagram. So imagine my delight when I discovered there is a HUGE community on Instagram of people who enjoy making lists...Just like me! Yay! 

I discovered this through one of my favorite Etsy shops - I Love It All - and the owner, Monika. I started following her on Instagram last year (you can find her HERE) and discovered so many other "listers". I didn't even know this was a thing! 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Essential Oils for Work

After three blissful years, I'm returning to least temporarily. I have a lot of mixed emotions about this change. Overall, though I am excited for the opportunities and new experiences to come.

This got me thinking about what types of things I will want to take with me to work. My new job has the potential to be high stress at times, requiring a lot of focus. Plus, I could be working long hours. I will be in a big office environment so I will want to be considerate of my coworkers who may not appreciate my plethora of scents and potions. 

Inhalers will be a main staple in my essential oil arsenal for work. {Need info on inhalers? Check out my post HERE.}

Lip balm, of course. I'm trying out a new recipe or two to nourish in a dry air environment (stay tuned for that recipe). 

Hand salve can act as something to hydrate my skin plus help it will help fight germs.

Essential oils that are great in a work environment, based on information in Chapter 4 of The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood:

  • Oils to combat stale air: lemon, lavender, rosemary, grapefruit, cypress
  • Oils to help concentration: basil, bergamot, grapefruit
  • Oils to clear bacteria and viruses: lavender, rosemary, cypress, bergamot
  • Writer's cramp essential oils: rosemary, germanium, cypress

Source: Worwood, Valarie Ann. (1991). The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy. San Rafael, CA: New World Library.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Recipe Round Up Vol 5

We are officially in spring! Here in California we skipped winter but I know many other parts of the country are ready for some warm sunshine. I spent the weekend at a wedding and doing yard work. Two perfect spring activities. 

Here's a link round up of great spring-like posts:

April is National Letter Writing Month, here's some inspiration for getting those letters in the mail:

Monday, March 30, 2015

My {Essential Oil} Travel Essentials

A few weeks ago, I posted about an essential oil travel kit that is fun to make for someone who travels a lot. After posting about the kit, I was thinking about the various things that I take with me when I travel. Over the years, I've definitely gotten some great tips, tricks and ideas from other people. With spring on the horizon and summer not far away, the travel bug seems to be in the air. So to prepare, I wanted to share these ideas with you, with the hope that they will help you pack on your next travel adventure.

What I Take When I Travel:
  • Small diffuser - I have a specific diffuser (this one) that I have in a bag ready to go, it's a good size and fits easily into my luggage.
  • Essential oil travel bag - this includes 5ml bottles of essential oils, small bottles of carrier oil to properly dilute whichever essential oil I need; it's already put together and in the bag with my diffuser.
  • Immunity blend inhaler - you can find that recipe HERE
  • Lotion bars - you can find recipes HERE and HERE, these are great for travel, no liquid and easy to store
  • Extra lip balm (of course!) - find my recipe HERE
  • Lavender + vodka linen spray - to help me sleep and hopefully keep the bed bugs away (recipe HERE)
  • Protective blend spray - for hotel room bathrooms, yuck! (Confession: I hate hotels, am totally grossed out by them and sleep in a sleep sack, much to my husband's amusement.)

Not everything needs to be essential oil related. Here's Krysta talking about things she likes to keep in stock and use regularly, taking them with her when she travels:
1) Tom's Lavender Deodorant: I personally haven't used haven't used the "regular kind" of deodorant in a year and a half. I love this stuff.
2) Kiss My Face Cool Mint Moisture Shave: A bottle of this shaving cream will last you a long time. I just purchased my second bottle and the first one I had lasted over 5 months. It doesn't foam up like regular shaving cream but lathers nicely and creates smooth/soft legs. This stuff rocks! I'm never going back to regular shaving cream.
3) Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream: This one is kinda spendy, but a little goes a long ways and it is super light weight and doesn't add extra oil to my face. I use it in rotation with my Clinique moisturizer.
4) TN Dickensen's Witch Hazel: I used to spike this with clary sage and loved it. Lately, I've been using it plain but have thought about adding lavender.
5) Lush Bath Bombs (for the extra special splurge) ... for a vacation with an awesome bath tub or just to treat yourself to an at home vacation evening. I LOVE these. Love them. Sigh.

What are your favorite things to take when you travel? 

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