DIY Healing Citrus Face Wash for Lustrous, Clear Skin

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One by one I am replacing the products in our bathroom with homemade options. Face wash as my first because I was really upset that I battled acne for so long and their marketing tactics made me believe it was my fault because I hadn’t found the right product yet. I’ve quit dairy and my clear skin is really appreciating the gentle homemade products that I’ve been cleaning it with.

I’ve formed this face wash for oily to dry skin that is prone to breakouts. I tend to get dosed with dairy every time I eat out so it’s nice to be fighting blemishes before they even start. This combination of ingredients is meant to balance the skin’s natural oils while reducing any inflammation that may be coming out. Also the color of the stuff is just beautiful and golden like honey. Healing Citrus Facewash


1/4 cup chamomile lemon grass water (Directions below)

1/4 cup Dr. Bronner’s baby castille soap

1 tsp Calendula oil

8 drops lemon essential oil

To make the chamomile lemon grass water Completely fill 1 tea ball with dried chamomile flowers and fill 1 tea ball with dried lemon grass, place both into a heat resistant measuring cup. Pour approximately 1 cup of boiling water over the tea balls and let sit for up to 24 hours. Cover with a kitchen towel to reduce the risk of anything getting in the measuring cup. The longer the steep the more the water has take on the healing properties of the herbs.

To make the Healing Citrus Facewash Gently mix all of the ingredients together and pour directly into desired container. Use in the morning and in the evening, shake before using, separation is natural. If the essential oil burns or dries you out use less and apply coconut oil after application in the evening.


Top 5 Favorite Uses for Essential Oils

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Slowly my arsenal of essential oils is growing and I’m continuing to learn that they can almost do anything if manipulated correctly. I’ve even cooked some amazing orange chicken using my sweet orange oil when I ran out of citrus fruit at the house. This list shows the 5 most useful ways that I have brought essential oils into my home. Let me know how you use your essential oil kit in the comments!

  • Vaporizing to Clean the Air

There are a couple types of essential oil diffusers on the market. Some plug into the wall and are run electronically, my soapstone diffuser is operated by a tea light. All of them require water and essential oils and they vaporize the chosen aromas into the room. The benefits of the vapors depends on the type of essential oils used. Use tea tree to clean the air of the house, lavender to help you fall asleep and a mixture of pine and other oils to make the whole house smell like a Winter holiday. Every smell has a different effect and it can be valuable to both the mental and physical health of those in your home. Cowboyfriend always asks, “can you make a smell?” which I find adorable and it’s fun to compile different oils depending on how we’re feeling that day.

  • Wearing To Aide the Spirit

Much in the same vein as using a diffuser, oils are just as valuable when rubbed onto the wrists and neck. This not only provides a lovely perfume it also helps to shape the energy of the mind for medicinal effects. When I’m feeling tired or my brain is a little wonky I dab some spearmint onto my wrists and behind my ears. If I’m a bit too stressed out I’ll get on that linalool hype and dab a bit of lavender. I also find that those not into a floral scent will dig patchouli to relax and feel centered. Just a little bit of Googling can help you find the right essential oil for the job. Also I’d say that intuition will guide you nicely when it comes to this particular way to use essential oils.

  • Creating Powerful Cleaning Supplies

The first cleaning product that I’ve crafted with essential oils is a yoga mat cleaner and it works absolute wonders on removing paw prints and the less occasional puppy barf. As I run out of cleaning products that we already had or were in the house when we moved in, I will replace them with cleaning solutions made from essential oils. Not only will this cut down on the cost of buying cleaning supplies in the home but it is far better for the environment. First, there aren’t any hyper complex chemicals in your cleaners or being manufactured with byproducts going into the world somewhere (whether it be by gas or solid). Then you also don’t worry about the shipping process, the gasses from the freighters and/or planes that ship the products to the store. In my opinion it’s the best idea when it comes to cleaners used in the home.

  • Making Beauty Products

Another high waste industry I’ve been trying to slowly check off my list is that which creates beauty products. The packaging that is wasteful, the seedy marketing tactics that cut down a girl’s self esteem, the chemicals that make me need to buy more of their products; it all makes me cringe. That’s why I’m slowly making beauty products using a combination of different household things and essential oils. So far I have concocted a pretty awesome turmeric toothpaste and some chamomile orange face wash that are doing the job. This will help you save money in the long run. It also allows you to work with your skin and find the exact products that will help your oils balance and your true beauty shine through naturally.

  • Heal Using Natural Medicines

They can be applied to burns to make them heal with minimal scarring and they can be inhaled to give relief even the most clogging sinus problems. Many of these oils are antiseptic, anti fungal, insecticides and more. The healing powers of herbs are endless and when concentrated to the form of an essential oil they are ramped up immensely. There are some base essential oils to get when starting your kit, those will help you understand exactly how they are used and which ones would be most beneficial to add on. This website is my favorite as a guide to essential oils, it is comprehensive and well researched.

How To Make Calendula Oil

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I love calendula flowers, perhaps because I’m a bonafide sun child. Recently I made some calendula oil and after having used it now in a bunch of my homemade beauty products I thought it was definitely worth sharing. Calendula is a powerful healer for all skin ailments from acne to burns to wounds. It can also help reduce inflammation which will help with pain, specifically that of the arthritic variety.

For this recipe I’m using simple herbal extraction technique that uses olive oil as a carrier. Feel free to use whatever oil you prefer, I just have a lot of high quality olive oil at the moment. Use whatever sized jar feels right for you, just remember that recipes usually only call for a tablespoon or so of the stuff so you don’t need tons. Lastly, I like to put my herbal stuff in on a new moon and take them out on the full. You don’t have to but to me it is the best way to make powerful herbal extracts.

You Will Need:

1-6 opaque ounce jar

1/2 cup calendula flowers

6 oz olive oil

Fill the jar halfway with calendula, press the flowers down a small bit but don’t push them in. Fill the jar until only 1/4” of the space is left open. Put the lid on and make sure it’s tight. Agitate the flowers by shaking the jar, don’t stop until the flowers are completely incorporated. Put the jar up in a cupboard to keep it out of the light and take a minute each day to shake the jar, agitating the herbs inside ensure you get every last morsel of goodness out of them an into the oil. The oil will be complete in 2 weeks but you can wait the whole moon cycle if you’d like. As long as you leave it for 2 weeks and shake it every day to decrease the possibility of fungi you’re good. Keep for 6 months to a year stored in an airtight container out of the light.


Top 5 Must Try DIY Beauty Products

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After suffering from deep cystic acne because I refused to believe that I was allergic to milk, I’ve had to deal with a serious imbalance in my healthy facial oils. In an attempt to balance these oils I’ve noticed that every single product that we purchase in stores can be made at home using some items from the pantry along with key essential oils. Making them can cut out harmful, oil stripping chemicals. These recipes are what works for me, sometimes the consistency is off-putting. Play with the combination of different oils and consistencies until you find the right one for you.

DIY Calming Face Wash Recipe

  • 1/4 cup fresh brewed chamomile tea; cooled
  • 1/4 cup castille soap
  • 3/4 tsp grapeseed oil
  • 8 drops orange essential oil

Brew the tea and let cool. Once cooled, add the castille soap and oil and mix. Now add a drop at a time of essential oil until the desired aroma is reached. I choose orange and grapeseed oils because it is ideal for oily skin; if it’s to relieve acne then use cedar wood, tea tree, lemon or frankincense.

DIY Coconut Oil Toothpaste

  • 6 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp hydrogen peroxide
  • 2 TB coconut oil; melted
  • 10 drops of peppermint essential oil

First add baking soda to desired receptacle, it must be opaque to protect the hydrogen peroxide. Add all other ingredients and mix well until it forms a fine paste. Taste and add more peppermint if needed. If the mixture is dry add more oil, if the mixture is runny add more baking soda.

DIY Sugar Facial Exfoliant

  • 1 tsp granulated table sugar
  • 2 TB olive oil
  • 1 drop rosemary essential oil

Mix all of the ingredients together until the desired thick consistency is reached. Rub onto face and gently rub into skin, wiping away all impurities and removing any bacteria that causes acne with the rosemary essential oil. This makes enough for 1 use.

DIY Orange Coconut Moisturizer

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 20-30 drops orange essential oil
  • 1-2 TB olive oil

Add the coconut oil at room temp to the desired container. Drop in the essential oil until the perfect smell is reach and then slowly start adding the olive oil. Mix continuously while adding the olive oil to be sure that the consistency that you’re looking for is reached. The olive oil is simply to make the moisturizer a bit less chunky. If the coconut oil does get chunky simply rub it between your hands before applying.

DIY Moisturizing Hair Mask

  • 4 TB Honey
  • 6 TB Olive oil

Mix them together, apply to hair and leave for 15-30 minutes. If you live in high altitude, a windy city or perhaps a dry winter town; this is perfect. I’d recommend putting it in while soaking in the bath as to prevent making a mess on clothes or in the house.




Top 10 Essential Oils for a Starter Kit

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Essential oils are all the rage. There are raw scented essential oils, combinations according to chakras or healing and more. The very first association that I had with these oils was for aromatherapy. They can be mixed with water and steamed or vaped to promote specific healing or aromatherapy effects. For example, Lavender can be added to promote relaxation and an open heart chakra. Or perhaps patchouli to promote a grounding, comfortable space that gets all the old hippies to tell you really good stories about concerts that they’ve been too. I’m serious, it works every time. When I first wanted to get into buying essential oils on a tight budget, I was concerned because I wasn’t sure where to start. I eventually found my way but decided it’d be nice of me to share with all of you! I compiled this list of essential oils to create a beginner kit and be able to get the most out of your oils.

  1. Lemon

This is a must have in an essential oil starter kit. A few drops can be added to a rag to polish silver and keep wood healthy, take the smell out of laundry that has sat too long and even cure halitosis. Lemon essential oil can also brighten skin when added to a regular face wash routine and remove grime, grease, goo and any gunk left behind by kids or doing work in the garage. Even add a couple of drops to your water bottle every day to promote weight loss. Lemon essential oil is rich in Limonene, a powerful cancer fighting terpene. The oil is used in a lot of recipes for beauty products as well as home cleaning solutions.

2. Tea Tree

For skincare, tea tree essential oil is a must. When dealing with acne, just dab some water down tea tree on a cotton ball and apply to problem areas for immediate drying. Mix into shampoo to combat dandruff, apply to hangnails for quick reparation, and combine with it’s pal Lemon essential oil to make a fantastic all natural home cleaner. Tea tree is very powerful in fighting mold. Place a couple of drops into mold prone laundry and make a mold removing spray with diluted tea tree oil. Lastly, if you put tea tree into an aromatherapy diffuser it will cleanse the air immensely. It’s antimicrobial, antibacterial and has a smell to match. But if you’ve got sick kids at home, are a teacher fighting winter colds, sunburn, toothache or just plain don’t feel good; vaporizer some tea tree for immediate cleansing in the air.

3. Lavender

Linalool is the main terpene property in lavender, which is relaxing and calming to the nerves. It is added to beauty products to nourish dry skin and is generally made into a salve or a body oil. It is antimicrobial so it can be added to a cleaning spray with tea tree and/or lemon for a different scent and easy germ removal. Create a linen spray or add to a washcloth to use as a home made dryer sheet. This is an oil is truly essential to any beginner kit, it can disinfect and the aroma is extremely pleasant around the home.

4. Rosemary

Simply smelling rosemary stimulates the immune system by limiting the production of cortisol and stimulating the activity of antioxidants. Inhalation can also relieve stress, improve memory and help with respiratory problems. It is antibacterial with astringent properties, making it an amazing addition to natural mouthwash protecting both teeth and gums. Add Rosemary essential oil to a massage oil to help relieve pain and tension in muscles, massaging into the scalp can even help generate hair growth. It’s antimicrobial properties make it a perfect addition to acne products while also helping reduce wrinkles and fine lines.

5. Eucalyptus

This is a great option to work as an expectorant and should be on hand for any colds or flus. Create a steam bath or put in a diffuser while you sleep to relieve congestion.  Eucalyptus can help to ward off dandruff, fight itchy scalp and even kill lice. Add to coconut oil with lavender to create a dandruff serum. It can be used as an anti-microbial in home cleaner, hand wash, laundry soap.. every cleaner! For the same reason it can be used to relieve wounds, burns, cuts, abrasions, sores and scrapes. Drop a couple of drops in a laundry machine filter or air filter to cleanse air and disinfect the filter. It’s an air cleanser, odor remover, spot remover and first aid item; it’s a must have on the list of beginner essential oils.

6. Oregano

Oregano is part of the mint family and is extremely cleansing to the system. It can not only fight infection it also protects the body from any harmful organisms that would create future infection. It is so rich in nutrients that daily ingestion can help to bridge the gap if normal food intake isn’t reaching someone’s nutritional guidelines. It is coveted for it’s antioxidants that fight aging naturally and can even be used to help sedate allergic reactions. Oregano oil can help stimulate bile production which helps the digestive system get lubed up and start operating better. The essential oil can relieve menstrual symptoms along with other aches and pains while also supporting regular periods.

7. Peppermint

Since I was a little girl I was attached to peppermint, I drank the tea like it was going out of style. But lets be real, my grandmother tendencies will never be in style. The herb along with the essential oil will soothe nausea, bloating and stomach ache and naturally reduce drowsiness. Repel ants and spiders in the spring time by treating commonly insecty areas with diluted peppermint spray. Mixed with vinegar it can be used as a cleaning product and it also freshens the air controlling any foul odors. Stave off heartburn or cool a fever. Peppermint isn’t just refreshingly delicious, it’s a medicine too.

8. Cedarwood

Another cure-all oil, cedar wood can be added to massage oils for extra tension relief and aromatherapy stress relief. Inhalation can relieve stress and help promote feelings of wellness and vitality while also manifesting a feeling of being centered. It also works great as a cleaning agent and bug repellant when diluted. Apply to the face as a toner to promote even, healthy skin and protect it from free radicals. Massaged into the feet, the essential oil can help to reduce water retention. Also apply directly to a toothache to relieve pain.

9. Frankincense

Any acne sufferer should invest in some Frankincense essential oil to help zap brown spots and quickly heal scabs after the Tea Tree has dried the blemish out. It can help reduce the appearance of scars and bee stings. When combined with coconut oil or another preferred carrier oil it can moisturize and create beautiful skin or even promote healing injuries and wounds. Rub into nails to nourish and strengthen them, a must have after removing acrylics. Apply to temples with a dab of lavender in case of a headache and feel instant relief. Or combine with massage oil for relief in achy joints and muscles as well as a feeling of relaxation.

10. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is primarily ingested and is a powerful oil to control blood sugar which makes it very popular with diabetics. It also helps to relieve symptoms of IBS and the stomach flu. This is because it’s antibacterial and can help to balance the bacteria in the digestive tract to promote digestion and halt bloating. Cinnamon oil can be diluted to clean kitchen counters. It also helps to combat arthritis as proved by personal testimonial, some put it in a carrier oil and use it in massage while some drink it in a tea. The oil can do almost anything, it is a bug repellant, weight loss inhibitor, cancer fighter, and antioxidant. It also is delicious so adding it to food can help to preserve the food items with the antibacterial properties of cinnamon.


Happy Full Moon in Leo!

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Happy Full Moon beautifuls, this is a glorious time of the month around our house!! The moon is void and will be full at 2:21pm Eastern and 5:46pm Pacific time. With a full moon in Leo it is meant to be a beautiful occasion. Celebrate Venus, beauty and pageantry today to bask in the light of the moon. After a long period of time with no planets located in Air quadrants we were experiencing some tension. As a fire sign I was suffocating. But then Pluto coupled with Mercury and the creative muscles started flowing and all tension began to evaporate. Fly with that feeling during this moon cycle for the most success.

Since the moon shines it’s light on our emotional needs and Leo is based in the beauty and creative energies of the world, it’s time to express yourself. Come into touch with your deepest truths during this full moon. If you write, write. If you draw, draw. If you don’t know what you like to do creatively yet, ponder on it and be weird while you do so. Cultivate your ability to tell yourself the truth.

Perhaps you have the opportunity to go out and dance your heart out tonight. Laugh with friends, get attention, be flashy. These are all things that Leo loves, and the Full Moon is always enticing us out of our houses anyways.

If we are not focused on positivity then it’s possible that we have fallen into the negative aspects of this planetary cycle. Avoid obsessing over that which we have no control and avoid communication based activities as Mercury is still in retrograde. This moon is about sitting with oneself, learning the truth within your soul and creating something gorgeous to help share that truth with the world.

I’ve formulated this little bath recipe to help anyone interested bask in their intrinsically beautiful natures and feel the urge to create.

Beautiful Venus Creativity Bath

For bath teas I’ve learned the hard way, don’t put herbs into your tub they will clog the drain. At World Market I found an enormous tea ball and I use that for my bath teas. Feel free to make a tea bag out of a coffee filter or use a muslin bag. Also feel free to use a drop or two of essential oils that are related to Venus, they just give my skin a burning sensation so I avoid them. Fill the ball with:

  • 2 TB Lavender
  • 1 TB Calendula
  • 2 TB Hibiscus

Place the ball in your hot, still filling bathwater and take time to create a sacred energy space for your bath. Tell family that you’ll be busy for 15-1hr, draw the shades and dim the lights if they’re like a horror show (like a lot of my rented apartments had horrific bathroom lighting.) Light some candles, preferably white, green or red candles that are unscented. Now choose your favorite calming aroma for your space to put into an atomizer. (I have a soapstone essential oil burner that burns with a tea light and I love it.) I would use Juniper Berry mixed with a tinge of Peppermint to both cleanse and bless Jupiter since the Sun is in Capricorn. If you would like to hear music put on flute or soft drums to facilitate a spark of creativity.

Now dip in, relax and let yourself feel the lights of Venus shine upon you.


Top 5 Magical Uses for Coconut Oil

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I’m sure you’ve heard by now of the beautiful majesty of coconut oil and have possibly written it off as some woo woo hippy nonsense. I say this because often times when I’m just so excited about something and share it with someone in my family or otherwise, they write me off as spouting some woo woo hippy nonsense. Such is the norm. And I’m so stoked on coconut oil.

I first learned that coconut oil held it’s nutritional properties at a higher temperature than olive oil so I began sautéing my veggies in it. But soon after, the true nature of coconut oil showed itself to me and I’ve been basking it it’s light ever since. There are just so many neat reasons to use coconut oil that I decided it was time to share them with you all here.

ONE. Cooking with Nutrients

Like I mentioned already, coconut oil is able to maintain it’s nutritional value even when heated at high temperatures. This oil is made up mostly of fatty acids that travel from the digestive tract to the liver where they’re turned into ketones. This quick conversion also delivers a quick burst of energy. Coconut oil is most saturated in 12-carbon Lauric Acid which breaks into a compound called monolaurin in the body. Lauric Acid and monolaurin have been found to kill bacteria, virus and fungi in the body. These are the compounds that are able to withstand high heat due to their structure. This is truly a healthy oil and can, in some cases, cure virus or fungus in the body.

TWO. Oil Pulling

To successfully oil pull grab a tablespoon of raw coconut oil and put it in your mouth. Resist the urge to eat it even though it’s delicious. Now swish it around in your mouth for 20 minutes. This is a long time. I could sit here and lie to you and tell you that I sneak this in every day. But I’d be a liar, and that ain’t me. Sneak in at least 5 minutes of oil pulling each day before eating and after brushing your teeth. The oil leaves a protective layer on your teeth for the day so it’s counter productive to brush afterwards.

The benefits of oil pulling are delicious. First you’ll get whiter teeth from the natural antibiotics and antiviral makeup of the oil. The oil is also ‘sticky’ for toxins and it literally pulls them out through your mouth and tongue. The color of the coconut oil will change a bit and I always like to think those are all the germs screaming for mercy as I banish them from my body. This toxin purge will lead to a full body detox, increased energy, hormonal balancing and skin clearing. Lastly it will help to relieve you of bad breath and dental deficiencies. Be careful not to swallow the oil since it contains all of the bacteria and waste from your body.

THREE. Toothpaste

I’ve been on a mission to replace chemicals in my life with natural products. I just decided that there had to be another way so I’m slowly knocking one product after another off of my regimen that has chemicals in it. About a year ago a patient at my work told me that all you need to make your own toothpaste is a 1/2 cup coconut oil and 3 TB baking soda with added spearmint essential oil to taste. Cowboyfriend said he would switch over as long as it was just as antibacterial and antiviral as store bought toothpaste. Welp, turns out coconut oil is more healthy! When modified with an enzyme the coconut oil/baking soda mixture can reverse tooth decay. In a world filled with antibiotic resistance it is good to take note of this amazing natural product.

FOUR. Makeup Remover

This one is based entirely on personal experience. I wear makeup about once every couple of weeks, but I never go to bed with makeup on unless I want an epic breakout for the next week or so. I ran out of sensitive skin makeup removing wipes awhile back and racked my brain to figure out how to clean my face. A friend told me once to use coconut oil to remove makeup so I had to grab some from the pantry and try it out. I smeared it on a bit of toilet paper and wiped off my makeup. It worked like a champ, it removed every bit of makeup. It also moisturized those areas around my eyes that can make me feel like I look old or tired.

To make my own wipes I put some cotton pads into a mason jar. Melt enough coconut oil to cover the cotton pads and pour it directly into the jar. Seal the jar and let the makeup removing begin! The oil will chunk up but don’t worry about using chunky amounts, the oil is good for your skin.

FIVE. Always Moist Baked Goods

You can use coconut oil instead of butter or oils in baked goods! It definitely adds more moisture than regular butter or even my vegan butter. This is a good option for certain baked goods that can tend to bake a bit dry like cakes or muffins. However it tends to make cookies too oily. When baking cakes and other drier products use a 1:1 ratio to butter. For more oily cookies, etc. use a 3/4:1 ratio.

How To: Make Rose Water

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Rose water has been used for years in alcoholic beverages, savory and sweet recipes, facial astringents and skin care regimens. I made mine to make a rose water facial astringent. It is so simple to make your own, and worth it just for the artisanal effect.

wp_20150518_19_58_45_proMeasure your rose petals 1:2 with water. I just fill my mason jar half way full with dried petals. Boil some water, once boiling pour over petals and let cool slightly with out lid on. Mix the petals together as the concoction cools. Once full steam ahead is through put a lid on your jar and throw it in the fridge. I like to label mine with the date, this is a good point to do so.

After 24 hours it is time to strain out your rose water. Put a strainer over a large bowl and pour the mixture through it. Push into the herbs with a spoon to get all the juice out. Pour your water back into the mason jar and store in the fridge for up to a month.