Oil of the Month!
dōTERRA Clear Skin Topical Blend is formulated with CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils and black cumin seed oil, each specifically targeted to improve the texture and tone of skin. Beneficial properties include controlling overactive sebaceous glands, soothing irritated skin and assisting in cell rejuvenation. Clear Skin Topical Blend successfully creates an unfriendly environment for bacteria and microbes without drying out skin and promotes healthy and clear skin. It’s the answer to troubled skin.
And it's on sale! During the month of August, 2012, take 10% off Clear Skin Topical Blend. Your teens will love you!
Oil of the Month!
I love discovering new essential oils, so I'm always exciting when something I haven't yet tried goes on sale. This month, Thyme essential oil is 10% off (July 2012).
|Thyme Essential Oil|
* Thyme combats infection and improves immunity by increasing the production of white blood cells.
* Thyme reduces the inflammation and irritation of skin disorders such as acne and psoriasis, as well as eczema and other types of dermatitis.
* It can accelerate the healing of bruises, burns, cuts, sores, and wounds.
* Thyme oil stimulates menstrual flow, it increases circulation and can elevate low blood pressure.
* It can relieve the pain of arthritis, sore muscles, sprains and injuries and it can ease the pain of headaches, including migraines.
* Thyme oil also helps fight candida such as yeast infections, athlete’s foot and jock itch.
* Thyme oil is stimulating, although when used in a bath, it helps overcome insomnia.
Emotionally, Thyme oil can be effective with poor self-confidence, apathy, and fear. Thyme can strengthen your nerves when you are experiencing emotional fatigue. It eases nervousness, stress, and some stress-related complaints. It can reduce the severity or frequency of anxiety attacks. It enhances memory and increases concentration. Whether demoralized, apprehensive, or alienated reach for Thyme’s warm and virile strength.
Caution: Avoid during pregnancy, and always dilute for small children and sensitive skin (1:5). Use with caution if high blood pressure is diagnosed. Like Oregano, Thyme is a very hot oil.
Have you ever seen that documentary about bedbugs? I remember the first time I saw it. They zeroed in on a seemingly perfectly clean bed, with lovely bedding and fluffy pillows, only to reveal hundreds of creepy, crawling, monstrous bugs. I itched for weeks after watching that.
Well, it's the same thing for me with toxins. For years I've been oblivious to invisible toxins, following the five-second rule, allowing my children to keep their shoes on in the house, feeding them convenience foods, and cleaning with products that promise to KILL, KILL, KILL.
But then I started to hear whispers: Chemical toxins responsible for the global obesity epidemic. Astronomical increase in auto-immune diseases linked to toxins. Children reaching puberty earlier and earlier due to toxins. Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. Sleep disturbances, depression, sexual (*gulp*) problems linked to toxins. Suddenly, I'm seeing toxins all around me, and I fear that I am poisoning my family on a daily basis.
It's not easy to switch to a less-toxic lifestyle. So many of our conveniences are rife with toxicity. But I know that taking baby steps now will benefit me and my family for years to come.
Here is my action plan:
Buy foods only with ingredients that I recognize.
Use organic or natural products on my lawn and garden.
Use homemade household and beauty products.
Now, of course, you can't avoid all the toxins all the time. So, I'll continue to add a couple of drops of lemon, lime, or grapefruit essential oil to my drinking water. Citrus oils are wonderfully detoxifying and help support liver function.
I'll share some of the recipes I find for homemade household and beauty products. In the meantime, here's a recipe for a moisturizing detoxifying salt scrub.
|Detoxifying Salt Scrub|
Detoxifying Salt Scrub
1/2 cup sea salt
2 Tbsp. fractionated coconut oil or almond oil
20 drops Slim and Sassy essential oil blend
Mix ingredients together. Rub on in the shower and rinse off.
If you were to ask me what I'd like for Mother's Day, the list might look something like this:
* Dinner out
* Gardening supplies
Ah, men. They're so easy to please, aren't they? Well, here are a few recipes to help make this the best Father's Day ever.
½ sweet onion
½ red onion
2 serrano peppers
3 cloves minced garlic
3 large red tomatoes (quartered)
2 Roma tomatoes (halved)
1 green bell pepper (quartered)
1 bunch of cilantro
2 drops dōTERRA lime essential oil
2 drops dōTERRA cilantro essential oil
Add all ingredients to your blender. Puree ingredients until smooth. Leave the lid on your blender 5 minutes after blending. Pour and serve with your favorite tortilla chips.
3-6 drops Orange Oil (To Taste)
Mix together until well blended. Frost over your favorite cooled brownie recipe.
8 drops Sandalwood essential oil
3 drops Orange essential oil
2 drops Patchouli essential oil
1 drop Ylang Ylang essential oil
1 drop Ginger essential oil
1/4 cup (60ml) carrier oil of your choice such as apricot, jojoba, fractionated coconut, or sunflower oil.
Combine the ingredients in a dark glass or PET plastic bottle. (I recommend using one with an oil or lotion dispenser cap so you don't accidentally pour it all over everything in the excitement of getting a massage.)
Wait at least 24 hours after blending to let the mixture 'cure'. Keep the bottle in a cool, dark place. Use within three months.
Enjoy! Happy Father's Day!
I have a confession to make: I love gardening, but I don't really know what I'm doing.
My boys helped me plant a few plants this year. We got some tomato, basil, cucumber, zucchini, and yellow squash. They might be kind of squished together. I added some nice compost to the soil, and I ordered 200 worms. That should do it, right? Now, we're just sitting back (picking at weeds) and watching them grow.
|Zucchini or yellow squash|
|Zucchini or yellow squash|
But the other day, I noticed that something was beating me to my harvest.
Do you have any gardening tips for someone with a not-so-green thumb? I'd love to hear them!