Scentsable Living

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


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Angelica

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Angelica is known as the “holy spirit root” or the “oil of angels” by the Europeans. They believed that angelica’s healing powers were so strong that it was of divine origin.

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Throughout history, angelica has been a notable herb. From the time of Paracelsus, it was credited with its powerful abilities to strengthen and protect the immune system.

The American Indians used angelica for its medicinal properties in poultices and more, and the Indians of the Rocky Mountains are known for making decoctions and teas from angelica root, drinking as tonics to build strength after illness.

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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. The fragrant influences of angelica are very soothing and calming for emotional balance as well as to the nervous system and may help assist in the release of pent-up negative emotions.

Applications

Angelica essential oil can be applied topically for a relaxing massage or diffused and inhaled to create a calming environment.

Companion Essential Oils

Angelica is from the carrot family and is sometimes known as “wild celery.” My nose picks up on whispers of dill in its aroma and it blends well with florals, woods, and most citrus oils; some of them being basil, bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, chamomile roman, clary sage, coriander, dill, fennel, ginger, grapefruit, juniper, lavender, lemon, lime, marjoram, melissa, orange, patchouli, petitgrain, rose, tangerine, valerian, and vetiver,

Note: Angelica is a photosensitive oil which means that you’ll want to avoid direct sunlight to the area for at least 12 hours.

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Interesting fact about Angelica: Native Americans called it the “hunting or fishing root” because when rubbed on hands it attracted fish and game.


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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).