Once I started reading labels on products I began to feel like Alice going down the rabbit hole. There are only so many googles a person can do so I found resources that I can turn to. One is the Environmental Working Group (EWG.org). This is what came up on my favorite lotion. The lotion I have used for years on myself & my kids.
Other HIGH concerns: Contamination concerns, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Miscellaneous, Occupational hazards; Other MODERATE concerns: Multiple, additive exposure sources, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Persistence and bioaccumulation; Other LOW concerns: Enhanced skin absorption, Biochemical or cellular level changes, Cancer, Data gaps, Ecotoxicology, Endocrine disruption, Neurotoxicity
The crazy part to me is why. Why add ingredients that are harmful? It is so frustrating to think you are doing the best for your family only to find out that you are harming them.
So let’s cut to the chase. I decided to make my own coco butter lotion. And it turns out that it is super easy. Start to finish probably 30 min and most of that was when it was cooling in the fridge.
Use or create a double boiler. I use a large pasta pot and a glass Pyrex bowl. Add water to the large pot and the coco butter in the glass bowl. On medium to low heat slowly melt the coco butter. Wait until the coco butter is mostly melted and add the coconut oil. Once that is mostly melted add the Avocado and remove from the heat. Let the remaining heat melt the rest of the oil. Let sit to cool for several minutes. Add the essential oils and stir. Place in the refrigerator until the mixture cools enough to begin to solidifies. Use a hand mixer to whip the still liquid lotion. See pic A. Then let rest for just a couple minutes and whip again. See pic B. After it whips up into a thick firm icing-like texture put in container of your choice. I found these cute little Mini Deodorant twist up containers. See pic C. They work great! I filled 15 of those little guys and still had enough for to fill a small glass jar.
Just a heads up, this entire process smells amazing! You can use whatever essential oils you prefer. I chose Frankincense & Myrrh because of the amazing benefits they offer my skin.
I am a recovering Yankee Candle addict. I burned candles all the time. From the minute I woke up until I went to bed. Even forgot about them and left the house. Thank God I never burned the house down.
So how does an avid candle user stop? Oils & Education. I love my essential oils for their support of our health & emotions. And I love them for their yummy smells. You can support your health, clean the air, and uplift your mood all with diffusing oils. But the kicker was the education. Learning how toxic candles are to our health is what made the switch so easy. I would never intentionally harm my families health. And for years of burning candles that is exactly what I was doing. Polluting our home with chemicals and who know what else. When we know better we do better, right?
Did I mention it is cheaper? A bottle of Lemon doTERRA Essential Oil is $10 wholesale. There are over 250 drops in the 15ml bottle. I only use 2 drops in my Petal diffuser that runs from 4 hours. That is only 8 cents. Pretty awesome!
Here are my favorite diffusers. Both have on/off light options and shut off automatically when they run out of water. So no worries with burning down the house like with candles. The Petal is much more pleasing to the eye. But I have & use both.
Emotional Aromatherapy? I started diffusing so the house smells good. But now I also make myself & other feel better too.
Intense. Anxious. Depressive. Stressed. Overwhelmed. Nervous. Frustrated.
Not “Happy Holiday” feelings.
This time of year seems to bring many of us into a place of anxious feelingsTrying to meet our own & others expectations is challenging. Now it doesn’t have to stay that way!
Oftentimes, memories of Christmas’ past can be sad, or cause pain, and not be the joyful reminders that others would expect. Our thoughts, memories, and feelings should be observed, respected, and explored, but your mind does not have to settle there.
Take care of you today, and every day, as we get closer to this “Most Wonderful Time of the Year”. Essential oils are not only physically, and medicinally supportive, a large part of the effectiveness of doTERRA essential oils resides within their emotional benefits. They can support you to recognize, address and release unwanted emotions.
Meet your body and mind where it’s at. That’s good mental health.
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Money issues can be a huge stressor for me. Living paycheck to paycheck is not my idea of the American Dream. The bonus of money issues are the relationship issues. No one ever talked about that in economics. I don’t remember the chapter on arguments over money, collection calls, credit card bills and shut-off notices. The amount of negativity that handling your money badly causes is palpable.
So what changed? I was walking with a neighbor one night when she mentioned this book about money. B-o-r-i-n-g was what rang through my mind. But as she kept talking I found myself intrigued. By the end of our walk I wanted that book. But I didn’t have the cash for that. So I went to the library. It was checked out. Ugh! I’m not the most patient of gals. I submitted a request and was put on the list. I can’t remember how long I waited. Long enough to have forgotten my dire need for this book. So when I was notified, I didn’t run right over. When I finally did go and pick up the book it sat for a couple days. Then I picked it up one night. Started reading the first couple pages. And BAM! I was already in. Hook, line & sinker.
The book was The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey. And if you are around me more than a few minutes his name will roll off my tongue. I am eternally grateful to him and his team. We were in debt up to our ears. We were down to one car because we couldn’t afford the repairs. So hubby was taking the bus. I was home with a 3 year old and a 5 year old. We were living in a rental 4 hours away from our house that was for sale. Our money was a hot mess. Dave changed it all. He showed us how to get out of debt, save and handle money. I still listen to him on iHeart radio. My favorites are the debt free screams. Get the book, go to Financial Peace University and get right with your money too!
Everywhere you look you see or hear about essential oils now. I grew up using essential oil so they are very common for me. I use them and was able to replace the contents of my medicine cabinet, all my cleaning products (turns our they were loaded with toxins), all our personal care items, and even our pet care products. Yes, you can use essential oil safely with your pets. Well, at least one specific brand.
Now that people want essential oils they are available everywhere. I mean everywhere. Like even at Walmart & the Dollar Tree. Don’t get fooled. Essential Oils are not created equal. Most of them aren’t even real and those that are contain unwanted ingredients like pesticides, fungicides and fillers. After much personal research I found that doTERRA goes to the extreme and does 3rd party testing to give you the most potent and highest quality essential oils on the market. That is why I only use doTERRA.
I use the oils Aromatically in my diffuser. You just add water and a couple drops of your choice oil. Right now I am diffusing OnGuard & Citrus Bliss. They smell so yummy together and boost our immunity and uplift our moods. The kiddos are home on break so staying healthy & happy is a must.
I also use many oils topically. I dilute them safely with fractionated oil in a roller bottle. My favorite rollers change often depending on my mood or how I am feeling physically. Deep Blue is my best friend when my sciatic acts up. But most days I am addicted to Jasmine. It smells amazing and I use it as my perfume. If you only knew what was in your store bought perfumes. It is disgusting! I used to love my store bought perfumes. I spent a lot of money on them and wore them sparingly. I wish I had know better. I would have saved a ton of money and avoided so many toxins.
The 3rd way to use your essential oils is internally. This is not the first choice for most. Not sure why people are so cautious. They drink glitter and coat their skin with fake fragrances, and eat processed fast food but ingesting a plant stops some in their tracks. I have always ingested and raised my kid ingesting essential oils. I take oils internally every single day. Still here and feeling fabulous!