Scentsable Living

Choosing a healthier way of life, the "scents"able way.


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Lavender

lavpot2Lavender essential oil is steam distilled from its flowering tops.

Lavandula augustifolia

 

Lavender has been used for centuries and is a universal oil that has traditionally been known to balance the body, working wherever there is a need. It is said that “if in doubt, use lavender.” It is one of the few essential oils to still be listed in the British Pharmacopoeia.

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An essential oil, when inhaled, can reach the emotional center of the brain within seconds. This is one of the incredible benefits of aromatherapy. Lavender is a popular essential oil long loved for its calming, soothing fragrance and is very similar to that of the fresh herb —clean, fresh, relaxing, and floral—which is why Lavender has always been such a favorite of gardeners and perfume makers. When diffused, Lavender adds a clean and fresh scent to any room. Many know about Lavender for it’s relaxing benefits but do not realize that it can be used aromatically to help improve cognitive performance as well.

Try this: Want to get away? Create your own relaxing retreat by diffusing Lavender. Not only is its aroma soothing, but it also fills any space with a fresh, clean smell that eliminates odors. You can even freshen the bedroom with a DIY Linen Spray

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Topical Benefits

Lavender offers many benefits when applied topically. It is soothing, relieving, regenerating and relaxing to the skin.

Try this: Unwind at the end of a long day by adding a cup of Epsom salt and few drops of Lavender to a hot bath. Add a few drops to your favorite shampoos, lotions, or skin care products to give your hair and skin extra radiance and for a beautiful smell that lasts all day.

Companion Oils

Lavender pairs well with most citrus oils, also chamomile, clary sage, geranium and ylang ylang.

Lavender EO

 

For more information and a .pdf, click here.

 

Interesting fact: It takes 27 square feet of lavender plants to make one 15-ml bottle of lavender oil. 

 

 


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Bath Bombs without Citric Acid

I have had several people ask if bath bombs could be made without citric acid. I wanted to test a few recipes out before sharing because I wanted the consistency, hold, and “fizz” to still be as incredible as the recipe which calls for citric acid. Well I am happy to report that I have found a recipe that works! I love how it makes the bath water smooth and soft which in turn leaves my skin feeling the same well too. May you enjoy this recipe!

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Dry Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Baking Soda
  • 1/2 cup Cream of Tartar (in place of citric acid)
  • 1/2 cup Epsom Salt
  • 1/2 cup Corn Starch or Arrowroot powder

Wet Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbsp. Coconut Oil or Sweet Almond Oil
  • 3/4 tsp. Water
  • 15-30 drops Essential Oil of Choice (depending on strength of the aroma)
  • Spray bottle filled with Witch Hazel

Directions:

  1. Mix dry ingredients together.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients and stir.
  3. Slowly drizzle the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients stirring constantly. (Take great care to drizzle around the bowl and not directly in the same spot to prevent fizzing action. If it begins to fizz the bath bomb could be ruined).
  4. Next use your fingers to break up any clumps and to see if the mixture will hold together if squeezing with your hand.
  5. Spray the witch hazel, ever so lightly, into the mixture a little spritz at the time. Use your hands to work the spritz throughout the bowl. The purpose is to moisten just enough to hold its shape but not to over dampen. It will still look dry but once it holds firmly together, it has been spritzed enough.
  6. Pack firmly into your molds. (I tend to prefer the metal molds over silicone but either is fine). If working with the metal molds, gently tap around the mold before lifting away. Set out to dry for several hours, or overnight. For an added touch, you can place dry flowers at the bottom of the mold before you begin packing.  If working with silicone molds, you’ll want to leave them in the molds overnight. This will allow it to harden and make it easier to remove from the mold.

Don’t forget to add your decorative touch, or include a sweet note or surprise inside and of course the details in the packaging as well. Make it look pretty!

(This bath bomb was made using Rose essential oil and dried hibiscus flowers).


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Stress Away

Stress Away essential oil is a Mama’s best friend. Let me paint the scenarios….

Sitting in traffic with agitated kids….Stress Away! Nothing is going right, everything is going wrong…Stress Away! “Calgon, take me away!”….Stress Away! Need I say more?

Stress Away EO

Stress Away is like a mental trip to the beach for me. The smells of lime and vanilla paired together with copaiba, cedarwood, ocotea, and lavender are like a little match-made-in-heaven. This portable blend is specially formulated to help relieve the little everyday stressors and tensors that can sometimes overwhelm us so that we can calm down, make it through our day, and sleep better at night. This helps us to live healthier and happier lives. And when Mama’s happy, everybody is happy, right?

Get some Stress Away so you aren’t like this person below (wink).