In this essential oils make & take on June 17th from 2pm-5pm at my house in South Philadelphia, we will be focusing on using essential oils for self-care and health & wellness.
Light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be served.
We will make:
Class limited to 10 people due to space and supplies.
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It's no secret that I really love making my own beauty and skincare products. I've made a lot of sugar scrubs and decided to branch out into sea salt scrubs. I did some research about making scrubs using Himalayan Sea Salt, which you can find at Whole Foods or Amazon. I used Peppermint and Grapefruit in this recipe, but you can experiment with other essential oils combinations that are good for the skin.
Salt scrubs like this can help to detox, reduce cellulite, and nourish the skin. This recipe also uses sweet almond oil which will help moisturize the skin. You can also use other carrier oils like coconut oil. The castile soap will cleanse the skin. Himalayan Sea Salt in particular, is rich is minerals like calcium, magnesium, and iron.
Grapefruit essential oil stimulates the lymphatic system and reduces excess water weight. Please be mindful of two things: grapefruit is a photosensitive oil, so if you have sensitive skin it can react to sunlight, but in the case of the scrub you will be washing it from your face so there shouldn't be any issues. If you are on medications, ingesting grapefruit in any form can cause your medications to absorb superfast which can cause problems. I take extended release Adderall so I wouldn't want it to absorb too fast.
Peppermint oil energizes you and also is beneficial for the skin by aiding in the balance of oil production, which is great for me since my skin tends to be oily by nature. If your skin is dry or sensitive you can use oils that are complimentary to your skin type.
The Himalayan Sea Salt Scrub can be used all over your body or in targeted areas.
There are days where I feel so totally grateful and thankful to have such a wonderful and supportive essential oils community. My 1 1/2 year old niece has been having really extreme diaper rash and my brother said that nothing they tried work. Of course I was like, wait "we have an oil for that!"
Last week I consulted with the moms in the essential oils community group to see what works best on that type of rash and received some excellent information. So I whipped up some coconut oil, shea butter, and essential oils and then sent them a care package, which arrived a few days later.
On Wednesday. I asked my brother how it was working and he said that "it seems to have stopped the rash from getting worse. Today it's look better like the marks are fading." My poor niece was in such agony from the pain of sores that were bleeding, but things are looking on the up and up for her. I'm so happy that I was able to help them out. I checked back on Friday and he said that the rash was " pretty much gone."
Here are the ingredients:
I am holding my second online class through Facebook where I will be posting Facebook Live videos and other content on using essential oils for mood and emotional support and they will be available from June 9th at 7pm until June 16th.
I will share information on Essential Oils plus I will be sharing some recipes for your emotional health and well being including:
Many thanks to all who attended my first Essential Oils Make & Take Workshop focusing on DIY skincare products. I've provided links to the recipes below.
I get asked a lot of questions about what to use for dark circles and lines under and around the eyes. I made a serum over the fall that has worked really well for me. I put it on at night usually after using my night cream first.
I've previously tried numerous eye creams and concealers and nothing worked for me and I was wasting a lot of money. That's when I decided to try out using essential oils with Vitamin E and Sweet Almond Oil. I spent a lot of time complaining about how bad my under eyes looked until I realized that I hadn't complained about it in quite some time.
At the beginning of my journey, I took a selfie as a reference point in October. Apologies for the inconsistent lighting, but I wasn't wearing makeup in the images below. In March, I decided to take an updated selfie with no makeup and was truly surprised by how different my under eyes looked and then took another reference shot last week for comparison. Mind you, I am almost 42 years old, so I am counting this as a win!
Benefits of Essential Oils on the Skin:
Myth: There is no science behind the efficacy of Young Living and other essential oils
Fact: Actually, there have been thousands of scientific studies done about essential oils. A simple keyword search for essential oils on PubMed yields over 16,000 results. The Modern Essentials group has collected 85 scientific studies on essential oils for health and wellness.
Myth: Young Living is a pyramid scheme that preys on women, especially those who "sell" essential oils.
Fact: Excerpted from "Network Marketing (or MLM) vs a Pyramid Scheme" by Carol Yeh-Garner. Some people will have a preconceived notion of what they THINK is network marketing and be turned off by it. A pyramid scheme is illegal. It's where someone is selling nothing, collects money from many people and then encourages them to do the same. A network marketing business (also called multi-level marketing business/MLM or direct marketing) is a legitimate form of business that many top business leaders actually endorse. I wrote about this earlier this year on my blog.
Below is a chart with distinctions between Pyramid Schemes and Multi-Level Marketing.
Myth: Why can't I just buy cheaper brands of essential oils?
Fact: When I first heard about high quality, pure, unadulterated essential oils, I didn't understand why they were more expensive than the ones I picked up at the store or online. Those other brands of essential oils smelled great, but I didn't know that they were not of a therapeutic grade and often contained additives and synthetics.
Most essential oils in the market have been produced as “fragrance grade” meaning they are used for aromatic purposes. Did you know that a company can write 100% pure essential oils on a label, but only actually use 5% of inferior essential oil and then fill the rest of the bottle with synthetics and chemicals that can irritate or burn your skin? If you physically can't go walk onto the farms and distilleries where your oils are grown and harvested and tested and distilled and tested again and THEN bottled - then stay far far away from them.
One thing that I enjoy about making my own beauty products and skin care products is that I can customize recipes based on skin type. My skin and hair are both oily by nature, so I can choose from several different carrier oils and essential oils that are beneficial for my hair and skin type.
Essential Oils by Skin Type
Carrier Oils: Coconut oil, Sweet Almond oil, Jojoba oil, Hempseed oil, Sunflower oil, and Grapeseed oil.
Essential Oils: Frankincense, German Chamomile, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Neroli, Palmarosa, and Rose.
Carrier Oils: Avocado oil, Sweet Almond oil, Olive oil, and Rosehip oil.
Essential Oils: Geranium, Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Sandalwood, Rose, Helichrysum, Neroli, Rosemary, German Chamomile, Frankincense, Myrrh, Palmarosa, and Carrot Seed.
Carrier Oils: Sweet Almond oil, Apricot oil, Jojoba oil, Sunflower oil, Hempseed oil, Tung oil, and Grapeseed oil.
Essential Oils: Tea Tree, Rosemary, Lavender, Neroli, Cedarwood, Carrotseed, Frankincense, Geranium, Myrrh, Patchouli, Rose, and Ylang Ylang.
Carrier Oils: Jojoba Oil, Sesame seed oil, Sweet Almond oil, and Apricot oil.
Essential Oils: Lavender, Geranium, Tea Tree, Sandalwood, Chamomile, Neroli, and Rose.
Carrier Oils: Jojoba oil, Avocado oil, Apricot oil, Sesame seed oil, and Rosehip oil.
Essential Oils: Frankincense, Lavender, Geranium, Sandalwood, Rose, Myrrh, Carrot Seed, Lemon, and Rosemary.
Who doesn't love getting a facial from time to time? Did you know that you can do them at home with all-natural ingredients and essential oils? I didn't either, but I did some research and found a combination of several recipes that work great for doing an at home DIY facial. From start to finish, it will take about an hour to do. Enjoy!
Make sure that you face is washed using a gentle scrub. I like using a sugar scrub, you can use any combination of gentle essential oils for your skin type with the scrub. You will probably want to pull your hair back with a headband so that you don't get stuff in it too.
Then proceed to using a pumpkin enzyme peel to remove dead skin and unclog the pores. The consistency of the pumpkin puree, milk and honey should be thick enough to spread evenly over your skin. Let the peel sit on the face for 15 minutes and then drape a hot/warm washcloth over your face and hold it there so that the enzymes and steam will open your pores.
Use a deep pore cleansing clay mask that cleanses the pores and removes any impurities from skin.
Let the mask set for 15 minutes, but don't let it get crumbly on your face. You may need to adjust the balance of the apple cider vinegar and bentonite clay. Please note that the container and utensils used need to be non-metal because otherwise it will interact with the clay. After 15 minutes, hold the cloth over your face so that the steam will open the pores
A Honey Hydrating Mask after a clay mask allows for the moisturizing properties to better penetrate the skin, since all the impurities have been removed. Allow mask to dry on face for 15 minutes and then rinse it off with cool water.
After using a hydrating mask seal it in with a moisturizer. Use your normal moisturizer and massage it on your face by moving the hands up, never down. You never want to pull at the skin either. Even if you really want to, ignore the urge to squeeze or pop any blemishes.
In addition to various carrier oils, some essential oil recipes require other ingredients, such as those listed below. Many can be found at Whole Foods, health food stores, or online at Amazon.
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