RainbowOPTX Solar Plexus Chakra Balancing Sunglasses

Empath Education, how to, Lifestyle, Religion

For a long time now I’ve been very intrigued by the chakra system, specifically the role that colors play in chakra healing. Chakra means wheel in sanskrit which refers to the rotation of the energy center. This rotation takes place at the energy frequency that relates to a specific color. These chakra wheels are placed up the spine from the perineum to the crown of the head and progress in rainbow order.

Each vortex of spinning energy conducts a frequency that works off of specific physiological and neurological systems in the body. Chakras can be overactive, underachieve, and even blocked completely; this will mess up the flow of energy through the body.  Balancing the chakras can be as easy as changing the music we listen to, the food we eat, and even the clothes we wear. When we wear one color quite a bit, that could mean that we have overactive energy in that vortex. Similarly, if we want to charge a chakra it’s ideal to add more of the corresponding color to our wardrobe.

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The idea of wearing colored glasses to charge the chakra system isn’t a new one, but it is  an ingenious one. Chakra charging by looking at the entire world through that color is a powerful way to accomplish a task that generally takes a long, slow investment of time. RainbowOPTX understands this power and has created super cute sunglasses that are also meant to charge our chakra systems empowering us to change for the better. Lately I’ve been starting my own business and have been really scared to just DO IT, so the yellow ‘I Do’ frames from RainbowOPTX felt like the best way to go.

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For Fall I’m pairing my RainbowOPTX Round Yellow specs with my Patagonia beanie, vintage bomber jacket, and vintage band tees.

I’ve been wearing them for almost exactly a month and in that time I have completely turned around my finances and started to be on top of my work for the first time since I went freelance full time. That kind of power is a big step for me in this venture, and I can’t help but chalk some of it up to these frames that are meant to charge the Solar Plexus chakra. Yellow is meant to stimulate our mental faculties and help us maintain a happy, open outlook on the world. Balancing this chakra helps us to open ourselves to a zest for life making these glasses useful for those who suffer from depression. This accessory can help awaken our optimism, our confidence, and our happiness while also making everything just look super upbeat and happy. I loved wearing them and a girl at the gas station actually exclaimed, “Those are sick glasses!!” which made me feel happy.

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I also chose the Violet glasses and will write up on those later in the month. For now I’m stoked on these cute yellow ones. Which RainbowOPTX glasses would you choose? Do you believe in chakra healing? Tell me everything in the comments.

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The Bravery of Being Uncomfortable

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I feel like I’ve been uncomfortable for years now, since leaving Southern California. I’m just not really good at being in Arizona, it doesn’t suit me. But in the title when I say uncomfortable I don’t just mean in this sense, but to go deeper into uncomfortable. I’m almost talking about instigating the awkwardness. Not in a malicious way but in a way that keeps one true to themselves. In the wake of some serious tragedies in the African American community, Native American community and LGBTQIA this year it’s important that we understand the gravity of what it means to make people uncomfortable in hopes for social change.

When those horrible murders of black men in America happened one after the other after the other I began to feel like I needed to be doing something. Obviously I can’t go and change the world alone, but I can do my part to change my sphere of influence in hopes of that change going viral one day. It isn’t the responsibility of people of color to teach us white people about how to understand them, it’s the responsibility of awake white people to teach each other. Which is where being uncomfortable comes in, because most white people don’t believe that they’re being racist when calling Native Americans “Indians” or rooting for the Washington Redskins. They don’t understand that responding to a black man being murdered in cold blood by a police officer with a video about “How to Properly Deal With Police Officers” is racist. The only way for them to learn is if us awake folk rise up and say something.

I want you to know that I’m not brave enough to speak up most times, but I’m writing this in hopes that I will be eventually. The reason that I don’t want to mention anything when I hear a phrase that just makes me cringe to my bones is because I don’t want to be uncomfortable by their uncomfortableness. Perhaps that’s my white privilege, because I’m pretty sure we deserve to be uncomfortable until social change is made. So go out there awkward tribe, and stir up the racist stew until we begin to teach each other. I think that it’s the only way.

 

How To Charge Your Home With Positive Energy

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I’ve been feeling bogged down lately. You see, I tend to get into my own head and it makes the atmosphere around me feel like a storm cloud to which I’m the eye. Empathic people are atmosphere sponges when they aren’t properly channeling their energies. This means that whoever is throwing their negativity around might smack you right in the aura with it. Of all of the places in your life, your home should be a safe space. After clearing out my home and getting the energy right I thought it’d be a good thing to share, so here are some tips for keeping your space positive and safe even for the most empathic person.

  • Smudging & Incense

Generation after generation of indigenous peoples all around the globe have used smudging to draw in positive energy and cast out the negative. There are many different types of herbs and woods that can be used for this. I’m only going to list three types of smudging that I do in my home but there are other kinds of bundles that might be ideal for you.

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Sage: Sage leaves are rid and wrapped together stems and all into a bundle. Light the end of the sage bundle until it is smoldering but not on fire, you will see the smoke billowing from the edge of your smudge bundle. Start at your front door and begin pushing the smoke towards the wall as you walk clockwise through every room in your home. This smoke opens the doors to the spirit realm in order to help any energy trapped in your house to leave. For this reason keep all of the windows open, but also be aware that sage doesn’t specifically remove bad energy but instead simply opens the door. The words you choose as you smudge and the strength with which you say them will remove bad spirits.

Palo Santo: Sometimes the smoke of sage is a little bit too intense for people, if this is the case I always recommend palo santo. This wood is picked off of the ground when it has come to it’s full circle of life. Dark resin is seen throughout the wood, this is the good stuff. You’ll need to light this a bit longer but it is stronger in expelling negative energies and spirits than sage is. I keep both on hand and just choose what I feel is right.

Incense: The best beginner option, incense is found everywhere. Even at your local gas station. Use what feels right, this is a totally person by person thing. Dragon’s Blood works well for anyone looking to feel at home and rooted.

  • Crystal Healing

Crystals are beautiful little stones that show us the beauty that we sometimes cannot see within ourselves. Many believe that crystals have healing powers and for this reason they can be a powerful tool for the empath. To create a positive space in which to grow I’d recommend starting with malachite, tiger eye and rose quartz. The first way to promote this positive aura around yourself is to wear a small pouch with crystals around your neck or put them in your pocket.

What I did recently that I’ve never done before is create little crystal pockets all around my house where specific energies needed to be cleared. This can help to make a matrix of healing around the home to guide the bad out and emanate all of the good. If you don’t know where to start just go to a crystal shop, stare into all of the rocks and choose the one that calls to you.

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  • Be Excellent To Yourself

Lastly be sure to cut toxic people out of your life. Seriously, it’s easier than it feels right now. If there is someone in your life that is sucking all of the positivity from your life force, cut them right out. You’re worth it. If this person is a necessity in your life or there is no possible way to remove this person then take action. Speak calmly and directly to each other and let them know how their actions may effect you. It may lead to awkward conversations but it will help more than crawling into your shell and hiding. Be brave, you deserve it.

 

Making Mother’s Day Good for Mother Earth

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I have such fond memories of Mother’s Day. I would get up early and my Dad and I would make breakfast after sneaking past my Mom’s bedroom. I actually believed that she had no idea what we were doing, that she couldn’t hear me clanging pans and pots around in the kitchen. After a bit of noise, giggles and strips of bacon we would burst into her room with a tray of delectable treats, fresh flowers and presents obnoxiously shouting at her, “HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!”. Then, after she opened her gifts we would leave her there to eat breakfast alone in her bed. In hind sight I don’t know how fun it is to eat alone in your room while you can hear your family downstairs enjoying themselves together. But I truly thought it was her favorite thing, and she knew that so she let us do it every. single. year.

These beloved traditions don’t need to die as we become more conscious of the environment, but they do need to be tweaked a bit. If we shift a couple of our ideas this Mother’s Day then we can help the Earth and make Momma feel special. Here are some super easy ways to keep your celebrations Green this Mother’s Day.

  • Skip the wrapping paper.

My brother sort of streamlined my interest in a no waste lifestyle. I’m not saying that we live no waste, but we try hard to cut back a little more every trip to the store. I bring him up because the first year he became interested I bought him some cool reusable bags of different kinds. I was sitting there with the gifts in front of me and non-recycled wrapping paper in front of me thinking, “Well this is a bit redundant.” I know that wrapping paper is important to a lot of people, gift wrapping is in fact an art form all its own. But most people, aside from my great grandmother, rip right through their wrapping paper to see what’s inside.

When you’re about to wrap gifts take a look around the house. Repurposing random stuff around the house is my favorite way to feel better about the waste that I make. Not only do I shamelessly save all of the wrapping paper that is given to me to use later, I also like to wrap gifts in newspapers or shopping bags or whatever you can find that is made of a foldable stock of paper.

  • Stay home.

It’s common to take mom out to the ocean or out to brunch. Growing up in the land of the 5 and 405, I know that freeways get clogged up and families end up sitting in their cars. Nowadays car rides aren’t the family bonding scenarios that they once were, now it’s an excuse for people to stare into their phones which only separates us all from one another.

This year let’s think about keeping the celebrations around the house. Have a picnic in the back yard, take a walk as a family around the neighborhood or even play a board game around the coffee table. Spend time as a family with out driving at all, this will cut down on the emissions put out by your car as well as help your family connect with each other instead of their screens.

  • Keep it local.

Moms deserve beautiful flowers on Mother’s Day because flowers are a symbol of love and gratitude, but do they have to be store bought. When I began to consider the environment in my daily purchases I tried to think of the journey that the item I’m thinking of buying has been on. The longer the journey, the more pollution the environment has absorbed to get it to you. I know, you’re thinking even if I don’t buy it won’t the item still be in the store and be bought by someone else? Banish this from your mind! You’re not in charge of everyone else, you’re in charge of yourself. Cultivate the soil around yourself little flower, others will see how rich it becomes and want to know your secrets.

Instead of buying flowers at the store think about other options. These options change depending on where you’re living. The family can go on a hike together and collect wildflowers, or maybe there is a neighbor who grows the most exquisite dahlias or roses and wouldn’t mind bartering something for 1 or 2 of them. Another fabulous idea is to plant something together whether it be a flower, herb, a vine of vegetables or a fruit tree. Learning to garden is valuable and watching something grow as a family that you planted out of love for each other is perhaps even more valuable.

 

I hope that these tips help you along your journey to celebrating Mom while also helping Mother Earth support our future generations. ❤ Happy Mother’s Day!

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.

 

The Quest for Healthy Bread

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I’m sure I know what you’re thinking. Healthy bread? Impossible. Who does she think she is! Well guys, the reality is that the bread that we’re buying from stores tastes nothing like what bread really tastes like. There are sugars and preservatives and dangerous things added to mass produced bread products that can cause IBS, bloating and stomach ache. It’s possible that the massive surge in gluten allergies in the united states is due in large part to these exact additives. People aren’t allergic to gluten, their allergic to the chemicals that are used to make the process of creating real gluten easier and faster.

I’ve been making my own bread both by hand and in a bread maker for the last 6 months or so. Aside from breads I buy in a dish at a restaurant or the occasional bagel from the
store bakery every bit of gluten that I eat has been made at home. I thought that I was doing my best, that a loaf of bread needed eggs and milk and yeast and all of the ingredients that we were adding to the bread machine. But dudes, I was totally wrong. Michael Pollan’s documentary series Cooked on Netflix changed the way I will look at bread forever. He said that bread only need be made with three ingredients: flour, water and salt.  First I felt discouraged and then I pulled up my bootstraps and took action.

The first order of business was finding a flour mill that was close enough not to give me guilt on transport but organic and small enough to be freshly milled. I went with Montana Flour & Grains and ordered 10 lbs. of whole wheat. My starter was alive in only days and all of my tips on making it and everything afterwards was from The Kitchn. This blog is seriously one of the best for learning how to live from scratch, I highly recommend checking it out. The hardest part for me was turning my starter into bountiful dough that actually rose. I spent hours and hours multiple days in the last month or so tending to bread Bread 3 copydough that never rose. I pulled hard horrible rocks out of the oven and lamented about my failure.

BUT YOU GUYS! Today I finally cut into a crusty loaf of sourdough that had airy bubbles inside and a rich, sour flavor. I was so proud, now I can’t believe how much bread that I’ve eaten today because it is unbelievable delicious. I’m pondering on the thought that putting this much effort, failure and excitement into these loaves of bread makes them taste that much better. I think we owe it to ourselves to feel this feeling. Not just the deliciousness of the bread but the feeling of hard work blossoming into accomplishment.

Say you set a goal that seems too far off after assessing your current skill level. If someone has accomplished this goal in the past, then you’re capable of doing it too. Sure, there are prodigies that have an innate ability to carry out certain tasks with poetic ease but true prodigies are rare. In reality, with diligent study any human being can accomplish the same as any other. We’re all equal, it just depends if we believe in ourselves enough to keep trying. If the base of our existence is to be our best human selves that very truth lays out the groundwork to say that we’re capable of anything that we put our resources (mind, body & spirit) into.

“If you don’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else!?” -RuPaul

4 Tips for a Yoga Beginner

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People are kind of sick of me sometimes because I am always preaching things to them that have changed my life. I just get so passionate when I find something new that makes me feel good inside and out, when these rituals and practices find me I want to shout out about them on the rooftops. Yoga is most definitely one of those things. But after my 9 years of trying to get people to try out a class I’ve learned that not everyone thrives within the same experience. It kills me that sometimes people are completely turned off by yoga because they didn’t find themselves in the right capacity for their first yoga class ever. I compiled these tips in hopes that a beginner yogi will find their way into their practice with joy and ease.

  • Never, Ever Push Yourself Too Hard

After being a competitive athlete it was really difficult for me to understand that you can’t just push yourself into a final pose in yoga. My sheer willpower isn’t enough to make me Screen Shot 2016-03-28 at 7.50.23 PMan advanced yogi, the only way to achieve that is with consistent practice. Being athletic can help but a lot of times in yoga being an athlete can work against you. Mostly because in American athletics we are focused on pushing ourselves all the way to the limits of our comfort levels. Yoga is quite the opposite, you can really hurt yourself if you use this mentality when approaching your practice. Your mind can be pretty loudly telling you to force yourself into a posture as you look around to these strong, bendy yogis around your class, ignore it. Keep working, slow and steady like a turtle. Eventually it will come, but it will take way longer if you pop your MCL or pull your abdominals. Take your time, listen to your body. Confront your instructor with any new sensations during the class to confirm if it is something to be worried about.

  • Go to Many Different Studios

I’ve had countless experiences at different yoga studios, often times 2 studios right down the street from each other are completely different. Don’t go to a studio and buy a month or tons of sessions; try out just one class before committing yourself to a huge payment. It is possible that you might not like the first studio that you try. Before even going in for a class its smart to check out the schedule with a couple of things in mind. First off assess your own level; for the purpose of this article I’m pretty sure that you’re a beginner. So only choose classes that are Level 1 or marked for beginners; this will ensure that you’re not terrified by a class way past your beginner skill level. Next decide the type of class that you’re looking for. Here are a couple of classes that are common in the yoga world, there will also be classes that are simply labelled Beginner Yoga; that is always a good option.

Hatha: This style of yoga focuses on holding poses for around 5 breathes, it combines some movement with focus on deepening into poses.

Ashtanga: Enjoy a fast connection of movements that really ramp up your cardiovascular system, this is a great class for upper body strength.  My arms have never been as in shape as they were when I practiced Ashtanga 4 times per week. Beginners who are quite strong or athletes that needs more movement to stay focused should try this mode of yoga first. Beginner yogis that aren’t naturally athletic might want to steer clear of Ashtanga first thing.

Yin: Oh man, I tell everyone that will listen about Yin yoga classes. My first yin class I was Screen Shot 2016-03-31 at 2.00.43 PM.pnga little bit out of my element but it started a journey that led to soaking up as much yin as possible. Yin is the opposite side (Yang) of the yoga styles that are fast paced and build muscles. Yin helps to repair connective tissue through laying in supported poses (using pillows and blocks) for 3-5 minutes. The muscle can repair itself and the mind can actually take time to purely STOP. This is one of my favorite modes of yoga because those who say they’re too hurt to develop a practice can’t be, they just need to use props and eventually they will find the ability to heal themselves. 

Iyengar: I won’t go too much into the story of Iyengar after my spirited Yin rant but basically BKS Iyengar’s story is amazing and every yogi should know it. This yoga class will feature a vinyasa (faster) movement style using props to assist your body in feeling the pose with out the full expression being unlocked in your body. Use a combination of straps and blocks to truly feel with your body may not allow you to do alone just yet.

  • Develop a Home Practice

I don’t think I went to a real yoga class until after I’d been practicing for more than 6 months. My first yoga experiences were with my living room and Namaste Yoga for FitTV by Kate Potter. Having an understanding of rudimentary poses before going to a class that I paid for made me kind of feel like I was getting the most for my money. Over the years my home practice has developed, I generally don’t use videos anymore. Now with my knowledge from regular classes I just get on my mat and create an entire flow from the feelings and movements that pour from my body. Developing a home practice helps a new yogi to understand the meditation and relaxation within the movements of yoga because there aren’t any distractions around. Check out The Bad Yogi for really great videos to help structure a positive home practice. I’m also a big fan of Kino’s youtube channel for Ashtanga heavy theory and practice.

  • Don’t Give Up, Yoga is a Daily Practice

I’ve been practicing for almost 10 years on and off, there were full years where I wouldn’t get on my mat. I’m sure that it goes with out saying that those yoga-less years were often the ones where I was going through painful, existential crises where I just wasn’t myself. I joined Instagram’s thriving yoga community and started to notice that yogis that had practiced only 2 years were able to accomplish poses that were just so beyond me. I started to get down on myself, to feel less than while I lurked around different photos comparing myself. It’s often these times where I quit things, where I give up because it’s easier than putting in the actual work to step up my game and rise above self pity. This time I decided that I wasn’t going to sabotage myself like that, that instead I would be inspired by these Insta-Yogis to dedicate my knowledge to the mat. Now I practice every day for AT LEAST 20 minutes and I’m unlocking arm balances and binds that were just impossible to me before. I share this portion of my egotistical comparing competitive mind because yoga isn’t something that people are just good at.

Yoga is a journey where you slowly release the light in your spirit through mastery of poses, calmness of the mind and growth in the soul. Everyone starts somewhere, don’t get discouraged just be inspired to continue.

RESOURCES These are a few of my favorite studios in the couple of places that I’ve visited.

Flagstaff, Arizona: Northern Arizona Yoga Center

Dana Point, CA: I Heart Yoga in the Park

San Francisco, CA: Yoga to the People

Homemade Chocolate Syrup

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One of my favorite food bloggers posted a round up of great vegan recipes for St. Patricks Day. The recipe that stuck out the most to me was for homemade Baileys, which I have chilling in the fridge right now(YUM). Cowbowfriend is the one who really loves the booze, I am the one who loves the sugary treats; so I made some chocolate syrup to decorate out the outsides of the glass of tasty whiskey filled goodness and give my lightweight self a little sugar to make the medicine go down. This recipe goes heavy on the rich chocolatey flavor and contains absolutely no sugar, just honey for sweetness. Keep leftovers in an airtight container up to 1 month in the fridge.

Ingredients:

1 cup water

1 tsp corn starch

1 cup cocoa

3/4 cup honey

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1 TB vanilla

Directions: Combine water, cocoa, honey, corn starch & salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk considerably until all of the powder is absolutely dissolved, let it bubble and thicken for about 3 minutes; whisking regularly. Take the pan off of the heat and continue whisking, add the vanilla. Let the mixture sit in the desired storage container on the counter uncovered for about an hour to let it set.

Use it on a milkshake, bowl of ice cream, sweeten up some fruit for dessert or even indulge in a Baileys Irish Cream on your porch like I’m about to right now. Hope you had a good St. Patty’s ❤

The Best Baked Chicken Breast

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Chicken is healthier than beef but cowboyfriend is a cattle rancher so I spend a lot of time trying to make chicken super delicious so our hearts and colons can take breaks from red meat. I adapted this recipe and added some herbs & spices to make the chicken taste a bit more vibrant. The sauce keeps the chicken juicy and the sauce stays creamy and savory with a node of sweetness that is just so delicious when paired with the astringency of rosemary. Serve with potatoes and steamed veggies for an absolutely delicious, inexpensive and easy to make dinner.

INGREDIENTS:

3 chicken breasts

1/4 cup AA maple syrup

1/4 cup yellow mustard

1 tsp fresh rosemary; chopped

1 tsp liquid aminos

1/4 tsp black pepper

DIRECTIONS: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Whisk together the maple syrup, mustard and liquid aminos. Put the chicken into a 9×9” or 8×8” square baking dish. Sprinkle black pepper onto the chicken and pour the mustard mixture over the chicken evenly. Flip the breasts over a couple of times so that each side is evenly coated. Sprinkle the rosemary over the chicken and flip the breasts around in the sauce a bit longer.

Put the baking dish into the oven and set the timer for 40 minutes. After 20 minutes flip the breasts over and baste. Baste the chicken every 7-10 minutes for 40 minutes or until the thickest part of the chicken is at 140°F. Let the chicken sit for 5-10 minutes so that the juices can go back in the chicken. Serve with the sauce that is left in the pan.

 

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.