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How to Use Essential Oils in Your Daily Routine

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Essential Oils Uses

Heard of essential oils but wondering about uses and ways to incorporate them into your lifestyle? There are so many ways:

Skin Care

Ramp up your serum/moisturizer: Add a drop into your facial serum or moisturizer to pack an extra punch of anti-aging and skin nourishing benefits (My picks for this use: frankincense, ylang ylang, rosemary, myrhh or lavender)

Spot Treatment: Dab a drop of peppermint onto your finger tip and apply to blemishes

Pain Relief

Homemade Icy Hot: combining wintergreen + peppermint + sweet birch with coconut oil help to naturally alleviate muscle aches and pains. I keep this in my gym bag!

Hygiene

Homemade Toothpaste: Add 10-20 drops total of wintergreen + peppermint essential oils into 1 tbsp of baking soda and 1 tbsp of coconut oil

Hair Care

Leave-in conditioner: (also helps tame the static in your hair during the winter months!) Mix 3-5 drops into a carrier oil like jojoba or avocado and massage onto the ends of your –Deep conditioning treatment: Apply it to your scalp before showering and then shampoo out. (My picks for this use: peppermint, orange or lavender)

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Laundry

Natural fragrance + cleaning power: Mix 5-10 drops into every load of laundry to freshen laundry and leave clothes + bedding smelling like an aromatic wonderland

Home Cleaning

-Add a few drops to your favorite green+ eco friendly cleaner for some added elbow grease (My picks for this use: lemon, lime, orange, bergamot or pine)

Aromatherapy

Smell is so closely tied to mood: Imagine your favorite aromas and choose the ones that you love most to put into your diffuser. (My picks for this use: peppermint, orange, balsam fir, pine and eucalyptus).

-Or, if you are looking to achieve a certain feeling, start with lavender for sleep, citrus for energy and frankincense for mental clarity

How do you use essential oils in your home?

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Jes

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Recipe: How to Make Bulletproof Coffee

Bulletproof Coffee

Have you heard of this? Bulletproof coffee is becoming increasingly more prevalent–as it should. Without diving-head-first into the boat loads of science behind these ingredients and the synergy that exists between them, I’ll give you the…

Semi-basic run down for why bulletproof coffee can take your coffee routine to the next level & a few tips on making your own:

  • Improves your mental clarity
  • Slows the assimilation of caffeine and fats in your body, making them more filling & giving you sustained energy versus just a quick boost.
  • Coupling the coffee with fats like grass fed butter, MCT oil (you can also use palm oil or coconut oil) improves the satiating effect of the drink and the natural caffeine content of the coffee bean helps make the fatty acids more readily available for absorption and energy use in the body.
  • Laird describes this robust drink as one that will give you “a whole new focus.”
  • The presence of omega-3 fatty acids in the butter and oils help reduce inflammation in the body by decreasing triglyceride levels.
  • Make sure to choose a coffee blend that is organic (preferably a dark or espresso roast, as those often contain less acid.
  • You can make this completely vegan and dairy free just by using the MCT oil, coconut oil and/or palm oil.

My interest in bulletproof coffee has existed for a while now–initially prompted by this video by one of my main professional-athlete-inspirers (surfing legend, fitness & nutrition guru), Laird Hamilton.

 

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My Recipe for Bulletproof Coffee:

(created with inspiration from many!)

No exact measuring here! Everything is approximate.

Instructions here are minimal:

  • Simply combine all ingredients (sans coffee) in your coffee cup.
  • Brew your coffee as usual, separately.
  • When finished, pour the hot coffee into your cup to combine all of the ingredients.
  • The heat from the coffee will liquify the oils and help everything to combine.
  • Stir & ENJOY!

I’ve loaded up that list with the links to all of the products that I used.

Also, it’s just worth mentioning that I drink this is the morning in place of a breakfast. Lately, I’ve been practicing intermittent fasting (only liquids until 11amish, then eating from about 11am-7pm) paired with a ketogenic approach to eating. I’m not counting macros right now, but I mindfully to good sources of fat for energy and then an adequate (filling) amount of protein.

Have you ever made your own bulletproof coffee? I’d love to hear about it. Happy Brewing!

Aura Cacia Oils & Essential Oils Review

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Aura Cacia

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Aura Cacia:

“At Aura Cacia, our goal is to make aromatherapy easy! We offer an extensive selection of high quality essential oils and aromatherapy products for all ages and spaces.

We accomplish this with:

Source to the Shelf™ Strategy. Our own ethical and sustainable sourcing program, Well Earth™, in addition to our in-house sophisticated testing capabilities, allow us to guarantee high-quality essential oils that deliver true aromatherapy benefit. We refuse to carry anything less.

Full ingredient disclosure. Every ingredient used in each Aura Cacia products — down to the individual essential oils — is listed in order of its quantity in the ingredients. You will never see vague terms such as “botanical fragrance” in our ingredient lists. We want our customers to know exactly what they are getting when they purchase our products. View an Aura Cacia label.

Environment-friendly policies. We keep the environment top-of-mind when selecting ingredients and packaging materials for our products. We strive to use recyclable packaging, minimize excess packaging, and utilize post-consumer recycled (PCR) materials when possible.

Animal-friendly policies. Aura Cacia products are not tested on animals and contain no animal by-products with the exception of beeswax.”

Lemon Tea Tree

About:

“This Australian tea tree relative offers the protecting power of tea tree with an uplifting aroma similar to lemon. The aromatherapy effects of its lemony-sweet citral and citronellol constituents have earned it the nickname “happy oil.” Lemon tea tree’s purifying properties make it ideal for air diffusion and homemade cleaning products.”

Lavender Tea Tree

About:

“This Australian tea tree relative, also known as rosalina, matches the purifying strength of tea tree and the soothing gentleness of lavender. It contains soothingly sweet and oral aroma constituents without the potently medicinal aroma of tea tree. Lavender tea tree’s soothing properties make it ideal for air diffusion and your skin care needs.”

Castor Oil

About:

“Cold-pressed from the seeds of the tropical castor plant, castor oil has a light, pale yellow appearance. It is known for preserving moisture while its fatty acids leave the skin feeling nourished.”

Vegetable Glycerin

About:

“Sourced from non-GMO seeds (primarily soy), vegetable glycerin is the non-fatty component of vegetable oils. It is a clear, odorless liquid with powerful moisture-attracting properties and is a common ingredient used in formulating natural soaps, creams and lotions. ”

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My Thoughts:

Aura Cacia is one of just a few go-to aromatherapy brands I look to for essential oils and carrier oils. Their quality is exquisite; and I love that I can find Aura Cacia products at my local health food stores like Natural Grocers or Whole Foods.

There is a myriad of ways that essential oils can be used. I can’t possibly list them all out here, but you can take a look at a few of my recipes in which I use essential oils:

Homemade Deodorant

Homemade Icy Hot

Homemade Toothpaste

I have been using the lemon tea tree and lavender tea tree essential oils in my laundry, in a pre-vacuuming baking soda deodorizer mix and in a facial toning mist. Synthetic fragrance cannot even come close to the pure freshness of essential oils. Using the real deal makes all the difference in the world–especially in regards to skin care.

I am still trying to come up with ways to use the vegetable glycerin. I’ve done a little bit of research–and it looks like a great ingredient to use in soap and moisturizers (which I will dive into, eventually). I’ve contemplated using it as a base for a homemade bug spray or a homemade perfume. I’ll update this post with more ideas as they come!

The castor oil has been the mainstay of my nightly beauty routine. Because it has been recommended for use to encourage hair growth, I’ve been applying it to my lashes and to my eyebrows eyery night before bed. I’ve seen slight improvements over several weeks, as I’ve also made a conscious effort to put down the tweezers, so as to let my brows grow freely and fill in a bit. Castor oil can be used in a bunch of other ways in regards to skin care. Can’t wait to discover more uses!

Aura Cacia will remain in my top favorites with their commitment to fantastic, organic, high-quality ingredients. I’ve truly enjoyed using these products and I’ve certainly smelt incredible in the process. (my house, too!)

 

Organic, Homemade, DIY Toothpaste Recipe

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Organic, Homemade, DIY Toothpaste

It’s simple to whip up your own toothpaste. The best part is that you can have peace of mind knowing you aren’t putting garbage into your mouth (just take a look at the ingredient list on your typical store-bought toothpaste).

Ingredients:

Equal parts of organic coconut oil and baking soda

10 drops of peppermint essential oil per 1/2 cup of mixture

Instructions:

When I make this, I wing it. No measurements–I just eyeball it. However, I realize some people take to recipes. 🙂 I just make a paste of the coconut oil and baking soda, then add several drops of the peppermint essential oil. Enjoy a mouthful of minty, organic freshness!

It’s even okay if you swallow a little of it (unlike most toothpastes–who instruct you to call poison control if ingested). No worries here!