Autumn & Aromatherapy
As Autumn brings forth its cooler temperatures and richly colored falling leaves, it’s a perfect time to enjoy diffusing and blending with warming essential oils.
By their nature, spicy essential oils like Cinammon, Clove bud and Ginger are strong and quite warming. A little goes a long way with these oils. They shouldn’t be heavily diffused into a room as they can irritate the mucous membranes. It’s best to blend stronger spice oils into more gentle oils like Sweet Orange.
Spice essential oils can be quite strong. When I create a seasonal autumn essential oil diffuser blend, I typically start with a single essential oil that I particularly enjoy and then complement it by adding spice oils in low proportion.
Citrus oils, blend well with the spice oils.
Autumn Essential Oil Diffuser Blend Examples:
10 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil
4 drops Ginger Essential Oil
6 drops Patchouli Essential Oil
8 dropsSweet Orange Essential Oil
6 drops Lime Essential Oil
6 drops Sage Essential Oil
12 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil
3 drops Cinammon Essential oil
3 drops Clove bud Essential Oil
2 drops Nutmag Essential Oil
**When creating blends and topical products that you apply to your skin, remember that many of the spice oils can cause skin irritation and should be used as incredibly low dilutions, if at all.
Going Green ?….The 3 beauty products you should replace first
So you want to clean your beauty products but you’re feeling overwhelmed. That’s OK…. Just as a green lawn starts with a seed and the right conditions to grow, you can’t go 100% green in an instant. So, start small, and start by replacing three regularly used products for a healthier and greener you.
behind this simple word hide 200 chemical products that are unabashedly unlisted. Some problems cause by these chemical products are: headaches, dizziness, hyper-pigmentation, violent cough, vomiting and skin irritation. Synthetic fragrances are made to mimic the scents of vanilla, wild flowers or spice … but they often aren’t made from the real thing.
Plus, fragrance is something you put on almost everyday — and for some people, multiple times and in multiple places on their body. these products aren’t legally required to list ingredients so companies can protect trade secrets, access to an ingredients list isn’t even an option.
2) Face Creams:
Face lotion is rubbed into the skin, and remains on the skin for the longest, giving chemicals maximum time and opportunity to be absorbed into the skin.
The list of chemicals and bad ingredients is countless, things like: Parabens that uses as a preservative to longer shelf life. It forms an oily layer on the skin and traps moisture under the skin thus preventing the skin from breathing. At the same time, it stops toxins and wastes from escaping. Causes testicular tumors in the fetus prevent absorption of vitamin A from the intestines, Propylene glycol and lanolin are also used for the same purpose. Propylene glycol is a recognized neurotoxin and is known to cause contact dermatitis at very low concentrations. Lanolin is an animal product that can be contaminated with pesticides. It may also cause allergies….and more and more
My seggestion : Natural Day &Night Face Cream
The most active and effective ingredient in non-green deodorants is aluminum.
theres a link between aluminum and breast cancer. Its use in deordorants blocks the pores of the skin preventing toxins from being excreted. The toxins then go to the closest fat reserve: the breasts.Heavy concentrations may be linked to Alzheimer’s dementia.
My seggestion: Natural Deodorant
Heavy Metal Detox Juice Recipe
Almost all of us have been exposed to toxic levels of heavy metals that over time can accumulate in your body and cause health issues and symptoms.
One of the best, easiest and by far the most delicious way of helping your body detoxify heavy metals is to eat a lot of cilantro.
Cilantro is an incredible herb that is usually adored or detested for its taste.
this healing juice recipe is for you to enjoy as you detoxify too!
- 2 cups pineapple
- 2 apples
- 1 lemon (peeled if not organic)
- 2 cucumbers
- 6 stalks celery or 1 small head of celery
- 1 head of romaine
- 1 small bunch cilantro (start with less, taste and add more)
- 1 small bunch mint
- 3 stalks chard or kale
Run each ingredient through a juicer one at a time. Stir well and serve.
Ways to Prepare Kale
Kale, the green leaf super food can be made in few ways: (without talking about the green juice
- Kale Chips – This simple preparation of kale will have you begging for more. A crispy salty treat that is better than popcorn or potato chips.
- With a knife or kitchen shears carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner. Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt.
- Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, 10 to 15 minutes.
- kale pesto– More flavorful than basil pesto, this is a great addition to pizza, pasta, or in an omelet
- ¼- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- 1 ½ -2 teaspoons salt
- ½ pound lacinato kale, stems removed, coarsely chopped (1 medium bunch should do)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ cup olive oil
- ½ tsp old bay seasoning
- ½ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
- Ground black pepper to taste
- Toast chopped walnuts in a dry, heavy skillet (such as cast iron) over high heat, stirring constantly until they start to brown and become fragrant. Alternatively, place on a baking sheet and toast at 325 degrees. Keep an eye on nuts – they burn quickly and will get bitter!
- Bring about two quarts of water to a boil. Add 1 teaspoon of the salt, then add kale. Cook, uncovered, until tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from pot and drain.
- In a blender or food processor, add garlic, walnuts and drained kale and whiz until well combined. Pour in oil in a steady stream, and pulse until combined. Add ½ teaspoon salt and Old Bay Seasoning, pulse, then taste. Add remaining ½ teaspoon of salt if necessary.
- Spoon pesto into a bowl and stir in cheese and pepper.
3 Sauteed Kale-For a hearty side dish, this is a classic preparation. I saute onions and garlic before I add the kale, and add a couple dashes of hot sauce for an added kick.
- Kale quiche -You can substitute any spinach quiche with kale and it offers the same great taste with the added health benefits.
5. Kale Soup- Just add kale to any vegetables soup!
Hands Sugar Peeling & softening
1/4 cup cane sugar mix with Almonds/macademia/ Avocado oil
Apply the paste on your hands like you rub hand cream for a minute
wash your hands with warm water and by dry gently.
Its a summer hit!
It simple, cheap and easy way to get your vitamins in a delicious and hydrating way.
Benefits of making your own vitamin water:
- To encourage you and your family to stay hydrated.
- - To benefit from the vitamins and minerals that are water soluble and therefore can be found in your water (Vitamin C, potassium, etc.).
- - To give taste to the water and try to avoid using chemicals .
- - To make it look better and therefore more appealing to adults and children .
- - To benefit from the direct consumption of fruit and the antioxidants found in them.
- - To reduce consumption of sugary drinks such as soft drinks or fruit juices.
- 1) The granite : Strawberry/Lime
- Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 6 strawberries and one thinly sliced lime + 12 finely chopped fresh mint leaves. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
2) The antiOX : Blackberry/Sage
Note that a part from the berries, sage leafs is the herb that has the highest antioxidant content.
Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of blackberries that have been very slightly crushed + 3-4 sage leaves. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.
3) WATERmelon : watermelon/Rosemary
Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of watermelon cut into cubes + 2 rosemary stems. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.
4) The exotic : Pineapple/Mint
Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of pineapple cut into cubes + 12 fresh mint leaves finely chopped. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
5) The traditional : Appel/cinnamon
Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of apple cut into cubes + 2 cinnamon sticks + 2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
Maybe you already heard the name or really into juicing or eating it, if not meet Kale, the super healthy food!
Whether it’s kale chips, kale juice, kale steamed, kale stir fried, kale raw, I love kale.
Benefits of kale
Beta-carotene is an antioxidant which helps to build the body’s immune system. An antioxidant helps neutralize free radicals and helps prevent molecules from oxidizing. One cup of cooked kale has about 5.8 mg of beta-carotene. Beat-carotene is also important because it’s a precursor for the production of vitamin A. When we get adequate amounts of vitamin A, we have healthier skin, a stronger immune system, and it helps with vision as well
kale contains more calcium per calorie than milk (90 grams per serving) and is also easier to absorb. Calcium is important in preventing osteoporosis, preventing bone loss, and helps maintain a healthy metabolism. Remember to get enough vitamin D, since it helps with the absorption of calcium
Chlorophyll is a type of pigment that provides kale it’s deep green color. . Chlorophyll aids in gastrointestinal problems, promotes the formation of hemoglobin and red blood cells, has anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory effects, and it also helps with bad breath.
. Chlorophyll is a great detoxifier as well, so add kale and other dark leafy greens to your juice
Kale contains folate which is an important B vitamin. Folate also prevents certain birth defects and is important for normal brain development of unborn babies. Folate is has anticancer properties and is important in maintaining a healthy heart
Contain a compound called isothiocyanate. This compound helps in preventing hormone based cancers and inhibit cancerous elements from in smoke
Lutein & Zeaxanthin
These carotenoids are helpful in preventing macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is the number one cause of blindness in the elderly.
Vitamin k is important in bone building and has anti-clotting abilities. Due to it’s anti-clotting abilities, vitamin K may interfere with certain medications, thus check with your doctor if kale is right for you!
Add more kale to your daily consumption. Add it to your juice, sautéed it with some coconut oil , make kale chips, steam it or just eat it raw!
Kale Juice recepie:
3 celery ribs
handfull of parsley
2 kale leaves
The Benefits of Juicing For Healthy Skin
“You are what you eat”.
The health of our bodies is reflected in our physical and mental condition. Did you know that it’s also true that what we put into our body affects our skin? If we burden our digestive systems with a poor diet that consists mainly of processed junk foods, we will notice that our skin will suffer along with how we feel.
When we consume too many foods laden with unhealthy sugars, fats and chemical additives, we may affect the overall function of the liver. The consequences of this are poor health and a dull or inflamed complexion. Toxins are released through the skin in the form of acne blemishes and other problems which affect the skin.Juicingis a great way to add nutrient-rich foods to our regular diet and a great option for anyone who wants to cleanse toxins from their digestive systems. Fruits and vegetables are great for cleansing the system, they provide nutrients in the form of vitamins and minerals that our bodies need. These nutrients also nourish the health of our skin.
Juicing also helps to keep your skin hydrated and detoxified. Green juices made from Kale, Lettuce, Spinach, Spirulina, and Wheatgrass have chlorophyll in them. Chlorophyll is similar to human hemoglobin, so drinking these “green juices” can help our brain’s function, strengthen our immune system, and improve the quality of our skin.
Here’ssome recipe for beautiful, healthy skin.
Juice Recipe #1
5 Celery Stalks
One hand full of Kale
Juice Recipe #2
7 Romaine Leaves
5 Celery Stalks
Hand full of Spinach
Hand full of Parsley
Slice of Ginger
And: 1 Lemon, or a Cup of Blue berries or Raspberries
Cucumbers can also be mashed into a poultice and applied directly to the face to reduce inflammation. Cucumbers are great for applying directly to the eyes to reduce swelling and bags around the lower eyelids.
Aroma Baby- Essential oils for babies & children
Even small babies can enjoy the therapeutic effects of essential oils. Great caution must be taken though, as these oils are extremely concentrated and must be very diluted before use.
As always, make sure you are using only pure, natural essential oils, as fragrance oils or other synthetic oils have no healing properties. Use only half the amount of essential oils when dealing with children that you would use for an adult. For babies up to two years old a 1% dilution is recommended .After two years a 2% dilution may be used .
However, if you are not sure always ask an aromatherapy expert!!
|Oils safe for babies||Oils safe for children over 2 years|
Essential oils benefits:
|Antiseptic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic. Helpful
For teething pain, infantile colic and calming overly tired children
|Antiseptic, antibiotic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral.
Helpful with respiratory congestion, helps cool the body during fevers and helps relieves itching of chicken pox.
|Antiseptic, antidepressant, astringent, refreshing, uplifting.|
|Antiseptic, Digestive aid. Helpful for nausea and diarrhea|
|Antiseptic, antibiotic, analgesic, antidepressant, healing,
Relaxing. Useful for infantile colic and helps treat thrush.
|Antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, astringent, stimulant,
Tonic. First aid remedy for insect bites
|Antibiotic, antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal, calming and soothing. Useful for cradle cap.|
|Antiseptic, refreshing, tonic, mild relaxant.|
|Antiseptic, antidepressant, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory,
|Analgesic, antiseptic, cooling, decongestant, digestive aid and sedative. Useful for fever, colds and nausea.|
|Antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, sedative, soothing. Useful for soothing dry, irritated skin.|
|Antiseptic, analgesic and decongestant.|
|Antiseptic, antidepressant, antispasmodic and relaxant.|
|Anti-anxiety, antidepressant, digestive aid, calming, nerve sedative.|
|Antispasmodic, lymphatic stimulant, calming, sedative and stomachic. Useful for upset stomach and creating a calming, uplifting atmosphere.|
|Antibiotic, antiseptic, antifungal, antiviral, disinfectant. Treats thrush and is useful for cuts, scrapes, burns and deep wound cleaning.|
How to apply the essentila oils (mixed in carrier oils):
One of the most therapeutic and enjoyable way is to massage your baby- studies have showed that babies who are massage regulary, are more relaxed, eat and sleep better and have less colic and constipation and it promote bonding between parent and child.
Other method of applying the oils is in an oil burner/diffuser or few drops on a tissue or the baby’s shirt so they can smell it.
Natural Homemade Baby Wipes Recipe
Ever checked the ingredients on your baby wipes?….
Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Caprylic Triglyceride, PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Sodium Hydroxymethlyglycinate, Citric Acid, Fragrance, Potassium Laureth Phosphate, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, DMDM Hydantoin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Malic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben…..
Sounds bad right? Well it is!!!!
Homemade Baby Wipe Ingredients:
- 1 roll of heavy duty paper towels
- 1 container- (Old wipes containers, plastic shoe box containers, old plastic coffee containers or empty gallon plastic ice cream buckets also work. )
- 1 3/4 cups boiled water (or distilled)-cooled but still
- 1 Tablespoon of Pure Aloe Vera check the ingredients
- 1 Tablespoon of Pure witch hazel extract
- 2 Tablespoons of liquid natural soap
- 10 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract or 2 capsules of Vitamin E (optional)
- 1 Tablespoon of Olive or Almond Oil (optional)
- Essential Oils of choice – optional. For babies I will use Lavender/Chamomile
How to do it?
- Cut the roll of paper towels in half using a sharp knife
- If using a plastic shoe box or old wipe container, accordion fold the wipes into the container. If using a Rubbermaid ,place the wipes, cut side down in container.
- In bowl or quart size jar mix the water, aloe, witch hazel, soap, GSE/Vitamin E and oil and stir.
- Add essential oils if desired and stir
- Pour over paper towels in container and let absorb- this takes about 5-10 minutes.
- Flip the container over to make sure wipes are well soaked.
- If using Rubbermaid container, pull the cardboard roll out from the inside This should also pull the innermost wipe out and start them for you. Depending on the brand of paper towels you use, you might have to experiment with the amount of water to get the right amount.
- Use as you would regular wipes, and smile, knowing you are not causing your beautiful child any future health problems!
- Note: If your child has extremely sensitive skin, you may need to leave out the essential oils