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Thrive this Fall: Wellness for the Season Ahead

The changing of the seasons ushers in cooler weather which means now is the time to begin considering ways of staying healthy, supporting our immune systems, and stocking up on the essentials. Here are a few natural options to help support the body so that it can thrive this fall with our Relieve, Support, Protect, Thrive, Cleanse, Restore and Nourish, options for you.

 

 

Enjoy the beauty of the changing seasons with confidence as you gather the tools necessary to Thrive this Fall. And as a bonus, because I love DIY projects, here is a fun lip balm recipe for you.

 

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Blessings to you!


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Basic Lip Scrub Recipe

What is a lip scrub? Have you ever wondered who came up with this idea or why? Well I’m not sure who created the first lip scrub but I am thankful they did.

A lip scrub is an exfoliating product designed specifically for removing dead skin cells from the sensitive lip area. When the skin on the lips becomes excessively dry, it tends to flake, peel or chap. This is where the lip scrub comes in.

A lip scrub helps to exfoliate the area, bringing the new, soft skin to the surface. It moisturizes while it exfoliates. Another bonus to using a lip scrub is that it can enhance the staying power of your cosmetics such as lip liner, lip gloss and lipstick.

There are many over-the-counter options readily available but I tend to stay away from the chemicals. Besides, it’s so easy to make your own with a few simple ingredients such as honey, sugar and oil. Oh, and a cute lip scrub container to store your recipe in. Of course you can add additional ingredients to the basic recipe such as essential oils for aroma, flavor, and additional skin nourishing benefits so let me share a few fun ideas with you.

Here is the basic recipe:

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  • 3 Tbsp. sugar (can be brown or white) – sugar makes a wonderful exfoliator that is gentler on the skin compared to salt.
  •  1 Tbsp. olive oil (or oil of choice) – a fatty oil like olive oil will provide needed moisture for the lip.
  •  1 Tbsp. honey – known to moisturize and heal dry, cracked lips

Mix together the olive oil and honey, then add in the sugar. Stir until you have a thick consistency and then add to your lip container with airtight lid.

Lip Scrubs by the Season: Using Essential Oils

So after a  while, you may find that you’d like to jazz up your homemade lip scrub. This is where essential oils come in! Depending on the season, or mood that you’re in, you can add essential oils to the recipe to give it a little fun boost.

Spring: Try some skin nourishing floral essential oils such as lavender, geranium, ylang ylang, jasmine, rose, etc…there are plenty of other floral options to choose from as well.

Summer: Summertime makes me thing of citrus. Consider essential oils of lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange, etc…even consider mixing them up to create a blend of your own.

Fall: Cinnamon bark, nutmeg, ginger, clove, come to mind to name just a few.

Winter: Add a little peppermint, wintergreen, pine, spruce, cinnamon, you name it.

The possibilites are endless when it comes to whipping up your own lip scrub. You can even add pumpkin spice or pure vanilla to the recipe. Play around with it, and most of all have fun! As long as you have the basic ingredients, you have all that you need to get started.

—> Just an FYI on essential oils though. They aren’t all created equal and I do not recommend putting just any brand on your lips. I would hate to see a reaction take place so please trust and know the brand that you are using. Young Living is the only company I trust with my family. You can read more about this company here, along with their Sources, Science and Standards, their global farms and more.  <—

 

 

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DIY Body Butter

Be kind to your hard-working skin! This homemade body butter recipe will leave your skin moisturized and soft, thanks to rich cocoa butter and coconut oil. We love its whipped consistency that goes on smoothly and feels light to the touch.

Whipped Body Butter

Ingredients

  • 1 cup organic coconut oil
  • 1 cup organic solid cocoa butter (do not use lotion)
  • 15 drops of your favorite topical/aromatic essential oil (we love Cedarwood, Lavender, and Frankincense essential oils)­

Directions

  1. Warm a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat, then add coconut oil and cocoa butter. Melt until completely liquefied, about 4–5 minutes.
  2. Pour into a glass mixing bowl and place in refrigerator for 30–45 minutes to cool and just set but not harden.
  3. Stir in essential oils.
  4. Using an electric hand mixer, whip until firm peaks form, about 10 minutes.
  5. Gently transfer to a seal-able jar or container. Store at room temperature to avoid melting or solidifying.
  6. Massage into dry skin!


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A Savvy Woman Should Never….

A Savvy woman should never have to compromise quality for beauty.  That’s why Savvy Minerals by Young Living was formulated to contain only the most pristine ingredients.

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Learn more about Savvy Minerals here. 

 

 


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DIY Makeup Setting Spray

Get a smooth, dewy, long-lasting makeup look with this essential oil-infused DIY Makeup Setting Spray. With just three ingredients—all of them naturally derived—it can be made at a fraction of the cost of retail brands. This homemade Makeup Setting Spray can also be easily customized to your skin’s needs: add Frankincense essential oil for normal skin, Geranium essential oil or Tea Tree essential oil for oily skin, and Myrrh essential oil for dry skin.

 

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Add to a small spray bottle and shake well.
  2. Hold spray bottle about 12 inches from face and lightly spritz skin 2–3 times.
  3. Let dry.
  4. Love your fresh-all-day look!

 

What are your favorite ways to use essential oils in your beauty routine? Share your ideas in the comments below!


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Homemade Toothpaste

~ Tanya Patterson~

I have been reading a lot on the ingredients in regular over the counter toothpaste and realizing that this is some pretty harmful stuff to our bodies.

  • Sodium flouride is shown to cause cancer and neurotoxicity
  • Sodium laurel sulfate is used to create the foam and is likely to contain 1,4-dioxane, a probable carcinogen
  • Propylene glycol can cause contact dermatitis at very low concentrations and is also a common ingredient in toothpaste
  •  Triclosan is a possible endocrine disrupting chemical and has been shown in animal studies to harm the thyroid.

 How about no thank you, I do not want those ingredients in my body, nor in my family’s body.  So I ventured out to see what recipes were out there for homemade toothpaste and here’s what I decided to make.

Homemade toothpaste:

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 3 Tbsp. baking soda
  •  1/4 tsp. -1/2 tsp. Xylitol o r1/2 pkt. of Stevia powder (sweetens similar to that of regular toothpaste)
  • 15-25 drops essential oil of choice, see above visual for ideas
  • 1-2 drops Thieves essential oil (kills germs AND adds that hot cinnamon flavor)

Directions: mix all ingredients together in a bowl using a small fork to mash it and mix it, when done it will be the consistency of thick cake icing similar to toothpaste.

 

Begin by adding half the essential oil and mix, try a little to taste and decide to add more or less as you go. The finished consistency is the same as store bought toothpaste.

You will need to think of a container to store your toothpaste in.  Glass is best.  I have switched to a small pint-size mason jar instead of the plastic container above.

Your are good to go…happy brushing!!!

This toothpaste is pennies on the dollar to make, and for my home these ingredients are already on hand, so it easier access than heading to the store to coupon for free toothpaste (as far as money, it costs about the same as the tax I pay on free toothpaste from the store BUT the health benefits are greater with the homemade option). 😀

148941_433308403360577_1918543164_nWhen my boys spend the night at their Auntie’s or Pawpaw’s house they have their own little containers to take along with them (aren’t these adorable?) 😀

I get the question quite often as to how we get the toothpaste out and onto our toothbrush.  I buy these small wooden craft sticks from the store for $1.00 (a pkg. of 100) and we use them to scoop a little toothpaste out and onto our toothbrushes.  We toss into the trash after each use.

*For information on the effects of flouride in toothpaste please visit Dr. Mercola’s site.