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Bon Voyage Jet Lag!

Bon Voyage Jet Lag!

Travel can be thrilling, enlightening and rejuvenating. It can also be plain exhausting. When you’re soaring through time zones it can be hard for your internal clock to keep up. Your most basic processes are completely jumbled and your body can’t quite sort itself out. Hello jet lag. Jet lag is so rough, am I right? You’re groggy, you’re irritable… it’s a brand new day in a new place, but all you want to do is catch some shut-eye.

With all of my various opportunities to travel, I’ve had quite a bit of time adjusting to do. Luckily I’ve found some tried-and-true ways to (naturally!) combat the dreaded jet lag and hit the ground running after a long day in the air. Here are my tips!

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Here’s to a new year full of happy, well-adjusted travels!

 

Cleaning with Essential Oils: Your Toilet

Ugh cleaning the toilet… we all have to do it. After constantly wishing for a better (more natural!) way to get the job done, I’ve got it figured out. My secret? Melaleuca essential oil! Here’s what you do:

Ingredients:

    • 1/2 c baking soda
    • 10 drops melaleuca
    • 1/4 c white vinegar

Directions:

    • Add all ingredients directly to a partially drained toilet bowl. As it bubbles (reacts), scrub with your toilet brush. Voila! Clean potty, no harsh chemicals.

Essential Oil Beauty: Hair Growth

 

Ever wished your locks had a bit more length to them? Research has shown that this trio can help with hair growth! Combine 10 drops each of rosemary, lavender, and cedarwood in a glass spray bottle with water and spritz on scalp twice daily. Easy.

While you’ve got the lavender out, consider adding a drop to your favorite mascara! Not only will it extend the life of the product, it strengthens, adds volume, and promotes lash growth. Yes please!

And while we’re on the topic of hair growth, I’ve been looking through old pictures lately and have noticed a theme with me… my eyebrows are way too THIN. I thank the 1990s for my over plucking stage and unfortunately, I just haven’t been able to get them back. This walk down eyebrow/memory lane reminded me of a natural solution that worked for a dear friend. Just dip a Q-Tip in castor oil and add a drop of lemon and a drop of rosemary. Apply topically to brows daily. That’s it! I’m definitely going to be trying this one out.

Cleaning with Essential Oils: Your Car

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Sometimes it seems our biggest messes get carried around in our car. Mystery spills, crumbs, dirt, fingerprints, you name it. I’ve found few ways to incorporate essential oils into my car maintenance routine and you guys, they are game changers.

A few weeks ago I went to load a couple of things in the back of my car and noticed it was filthy. Instantly “crazy mom” took over and I spent the next THREE hours scrubbing, vacuuming, and bossing my kids around. So there went my morning, but man… this car feels like NEW. I was having trouble getting some nasty spots off the leather and, since I was at my mother-in-law’s house, all I had were her cleaning supplies. Nothing was doing the trick! So I rummage through her oils and found wild orange and lemon. Seriously, a few drops and a wet rag worked better than ten different cleaners I tried! Citrus wins.

Another great tip: if you’re washing your car yourself, try a chemical-free soap and essential oils in a bucket of water, a little elbow grease and voila, sparkling clean car.

Cooking with Essential Oils: Lime

Here’s a quick little tip if you’re looking for new ways to incorporate essential oils into your daily routine. I usually squeeze a fresh lime on my papaya in the morning, but the other day I was completely out. So I used my lime essential oil! I just grabbed a spray bottle to spritz it on and YUMMO!

Not only does lime add a tasty zest to whatever you’re preparing, the benefits to your health are amazing! Lime is a powerful antioxidant that will aid your systems in cleansing your body and boosting your immune system. Plus the refreshing scent is mood-uplifting and promotes emotional balance and mental clarity. Sounds like the perfect way to start the day if you ask me!

Cleaning with Essential Oils: Laundry

I’m back with another tip for cleaning your home with essential oils and today we’re talking all about those dirty clothes.

Football season is in full swing and at my house that means daily loads of smelly, sweaty laundry! If you’ve been there you know that running those jerseys through the wash just once doesn’t cut the grime completely. Well, here’s a little trick that has made the challenge SO much easier! Essential oils + detergent. Listen, when I use this stuff I know my kid’s clothes are getting a serious clean as well as the disinfecting protection that comes from the essential oil blend into the detergent dispenser and it’s like magic. It’s all about natural odor elimination— try a blend of lemon, lime, pine, citronella, melaleuca, and cilantro — they’ll go to work and the results are amazing. No more stinky, just fresh clothes ready for another day out on the field!

Be sure to follow along as I share more ways to clean and protect your home naturally, effectively, and safely.

Peppermint Wake-Up Call

You know those mornings when you’re alarm clock goes off and you’re already counting the hours in your head until bedtime? Yeah, me too. When the week is crazy and the day ahead of me is a doozy, a drop of peppermint in a cool washcloth is just what I need for an aromatic wake-up call.

Peppermint is great for focus and energy. Its cool scent is refreshing and will help clear your head, sharpen your senses, and snap you into gear for the day. We all could use a little extra help in that department! 🙂

So the next time you need a little something extra to get you going in the morning, skip the caffeine jolt and go for this natural alternative instead!

Your Best Sleep

photo 2-1photo-2-1Lately I’ve been loving Cedarwood on the bottoms of my feet for incredibly restorative sleep. Cedarwood is a calming oil that promotes mental clarity. It comes from the heartwood of the cedar tree and is very high in Cedrols, which help relaxe the body and the mind. Yes, please. Plus it has been known to stimulate the release of melatonin (which helps you fall asleep) as well as encourage dreaming and improve meditation.

When my mind is racing and I can’t settle, a drop on each foot and a drop behind my ears does the trick every time!

DIY Hand Cleanser

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Oh, fall. The crisp weather, changing leaves, holidays—I love it all! But you know what I don’t love? All of those back to school germs that get passed around every year. Ick. It’s hard work keeping your family healthy and it seems to get even harder this time of year. 

The good news is that there is so much you can do to protect your loved ones. You just need the right tools! That’s why I love using oils in my home. They provide a stellar way to support and strengthen our immune systems. 

Here’s a great DIY recipe to keep the bugs at bay! And I don’t know about you, but I’ve read one too many articles on the dangers of Purell and other market hand sanitizers that are passed around elementary school classrooms like crazy. I’m not a fan. I’d much rather opt for a natural (and safe!) alternative.

Ingredients:

25 drops Melaleuca, 10 drops lemon, 1T fractionated coconut oil, 1T aloe vera gel, water, 15 ml spray bottle.

Directions: Fill the spray bottle half full with water. Add in the essential oils, coconut oil, and aloe vera. Add more water to the bottle until it’s full… insert lid, and shake. Spray on your hands and wave bye-bye to nasty bugs.

 

All about Melissa

I’ve had a few people ask me about melissa so I thought I’d do a little post about the benefits of this super oil! Because the plant yields such a small amount, melissa is one of the rarest oils. Beware: often oils that are marketed as melissa will be a falsely advertised blend of various citrus oils, not pure melissa. Melissa has a light, citrus scent and several beneficial properties and uses.

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Some of the biggies are: mood-elevating, calming, promotes restful sleep, and pain – alieving. Diluted melissa can help ease and relieve minor skin irritations. Just be sure to use a carrier oil if you have sensitive skin. With all of that going for it (now that seasonal threats are around the corner) you know I’m going to be stocking up on melissa whenever I can!

 

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