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Homemade Muscle Rub

Helps decrease inflammation and swelling, loosen tight muscles & soothe away pain. Cover with hot wash cloth after applying for that extra ahhhh!

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Add coconut oil and beeswax to jar. Place jar in a saucepan with 2 inches of water over medium low heat. Stir to melt/combine.
  2. Cool slightly before adding essential oil. Mix well.
  3. Allow to set in jar or pour mixture into metal tins or storage containers to share with friends and family.
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Holiday Travel –Don’t forget to pack your “Essential” Oils

Plan ahead and prepare your small travel bottles of “must have” travel oils before heading out on your next adventure.

RELAX Are you a person who stresses when flying? Be sure to keep a small vial of Neroli oil handy. Apply a few drops to your palms and inhale deeply for a few breaths to calm the nerves you feel during takeoff.

If you’re not traveling, give yourself permission to relax amongst the holiday parties, shopping, baking, and entertaining. Take a breather, a few moments of quiet and inhaling the scent of Neroli will restore your inner calm.

ENERGIZE Jet-lag from long distance air travel or just plain lack of sleep can turn you into a Grinch. Greet the day with our Energize Essential Oil blend, helping you wake up and move! Spray in the shower just before stepping in or add to a warm wet washcloth and breathe in for an instant pick me up!

REST Even if you’re staying closer to home this season, you might find that changes in routine disrupt your sleep patterns. Lavender has been found to help you fall asleep, sleep longer and have a more restful sleep. Rub on your feet, temples, wrists (or anywhere) for an immediate calming effect on the body.

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Balance

With the holidays just around the corner, it is an important time to examine the merits and importance of Balance. As a yoga teacher, I oftentimes discuss the concept of balance on a daily basis, whether it’s balancing as a standing posture such as Warrior 3 with a leg extended behind, as well as the importance for internal balance within. It’s important to think about the components of balance, and what attributes to staying in balance, especially when life can be overwhelming. What better way to explore balance then by examining the signature blend of the Red Silk Essentials Balance essentials oils blend, and how that may relate to tips in general we can benefit from to achieve, and more importantly, maintain, balance.

The most important thing to remember with Balancing, both on and off the mat, is relaxing, and allowing the breath to slow down to help find your center. Our signature Balance blend includes Bulgarian Lavender to help reduce sensations of anxiety and fear, coupled with Ho Wood sourced from Asia to calm emotions. The healing powers of Indian Frankincense soothes overactive nervous systems, promoting sensations of blissful ease and calming relaxation. Taking a deep breath of our Balance blend will help the mind, body, and spirit relax, and find peaceful comfort.

Grounding is also key in balance, anchoring and relaxing the toes (and perhaps, hands) in a balancing posture, or allowing your feet to be bare on the earth to emotional ground as well. There’s quite a lot of study on the practice of grounding, quite literally walking barefoot in nature, which helps to anchor the body, improving blood circulation while reducing stress and even pain. Similarly, our Balance blend incorporates grounding elements of Spruce to center yourself and provide emotional release. The incorporation of Ho Wood brings a calming, centuring effect. The addition of Frankincense will aid in lifting the spirit while improving your overall attitude and disposition, further encouraging grounding and centering.

Focusing helps to not only establish but maintain Balance. In yoga, this can be done with the drishti point, or focused gaze, bringing awareness to one point while moving into a balance posture. Focusing before an important meeting or call can bring similar calming, grounding effects, balancing and aligning the mind and body to be properly prepared. The grounding nature of Spruce in our Balance blend stimulates concentration and memory powers, with the addition of Ho Wood activation and generating new cell growth, working together to help you be balanced and focused. This blend is a great asset to have on hand in the office for heightened awareness and focus.

Alignment is another core element of yoga, while also bringing teachings off the mat as well. Finding and maintaining symmetry allows our bodies to stay in balance, which we integrated into our Balance blend as well. Both Frankincense and Lavender aid in easing stressful moments while aligning the body in balance. Ho Wood promotes deep relaxation, while Spruce maintains a sense of grounded rootedness, encouraging the mind and body to align in symmetry.

Do you have any other good tips for finding Balance? Share them with us on facebook and instagram #redsilkessentials. We look forward to hearing how you find and maintain Balance with our signature blend! To order and learn more about our Red Silk Essentials Balance blend, please visit our website store.

Ashley’s lifelong journey of wellness and spiritual alignment has manifested with daily yoga practice since age 17, teaching Bay Area residents vinyasa, meditation, restorative and prenatal yoga in several local studios. She is currently hosting global retreats, workshops, group energy and sound healings, including her upcoming I AM Balanced Retreat in Livermore, CA on November 9-11, 2018. She was certified 200 RYT at Maui Yoga Shala in November 2014.

 

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Protect Your Palms & Your Sole

As many of you know we are big fans of Protect oil. If you have read some of our previous posts, (Arm Yourself and An Ancient Protective Blend), you can see why.

One of my favorite application methods is the bottom of the feet. Essential oils are easily absorbed and reach the bloodstream faster when applied to the soles of your feet.

Another great way to use Protect is on your hands. When you are on the go, it isn’t always convenient to wash – try this all-natural hand sanitizer made with Protect oil for that extra level of protection.

DIY Protect Gel Sanitizer:

  • 3 T aloe vera gel
  • ¼ tsp. vitamin E oil (a natural preservative)
  • 10 drops of Protect oil

Add to a high-quality travel size plastic squeeze bottle and shake. No drying alcohol. Moisturizes while it protects.

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Arm Yourself Against Cold & Flu Season with Protect and Breathe Easy

According to the CDC, “While seasonal influenza (flu) viruses can be detected year-round in the United States, flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February.” Not only is it ‘that time of year,’ but many of us drastically change our routines (eating and sleeping habits) during the holidays, which can challenge our immune system and put us more at risk of contracting the flu.

Research from Weber State University in Utah showed that the Protect Blend has an impressive 99.96% success rate at killing airborne bacteria. Diffuse 5-6 drops (or refer to your user manual) to clean the air in your home and boost your immunity. Another way to combat the spread of the flu is to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Add 12-24 drops to 4oz each of water and vodka (or vinegar) for a simple, green disinfecting spray to use around the house.

Should you happen to come down with a cold or the flu despite your best efforts, the Breathe Easy Blend clears congestion and promotes relaxed breathing. To inhale, add a few drops to a diffuser or fill a large bowl with boiling water, add 7-8 drops, lean your head over the bowl, close your eyes and inhale the steam. Another option is to add 15 drops to a carrier oil and apply to the chest.

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Essential Oil Blending

Mixing essential oils is part art and part science. The chemistry of the oil is important; this determines its volatility, viscosity and its properties.

  • Lighter and smaller molecules produce thinner oils (less viscous) that are more volatile (aromatic) and absorb in the body faster.
  • Heavier and larger molecules produce thicker oils (more viscous) that are less volatile (aromatic) and absorb in the body more slowly.

When you combine lighter molecules with heavier molecules, their synergistic effect allows for the lighter molecules to last longer. More importantly, blending correctly produces a synergistic effect of the oils properties – meaning that the combined effect of the oils is greater than the sum of those oils individual effects.

Like most things in nature, the harmonious effects of multiple healing agents working together create amazing super remedies.

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An Ancient Protective Blend

So the story goes: Deep in the Royal English Archives is a 15th century recipe so powerful that it protected those who used it from the black plague. During this time the plague was running rampant through Europe. Four thieves who were robbing the infectious dead bodies of all their possessions, miraculously never contracted the highly infectious plague.

Eventually the thieves were caught and made a deal, sharing their secret for a reduced sentence. They professed herbal knowledge and told stories of their powerful medicinal properties when combined in certain ways.

The traditionally accepted recipe contains a blend of 5 essential oils: Clove bud, lemon, cinnamon bark, rosemary and eucalyptus. Research from Weber State University in Utah showed that the blend has an impressive 99.96% success rate at killing airborne bacteria.

We don’t know whether or not the Thieves story is true, but the essential oils are antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-infectious. Truly, a protective blend!

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Essential Oils in your Laundry Routine

Essential oils work quite well in the laundry, not just for their aromas, but for cleaning benefits as well. Add 8-15 drops essential oil per cap of unscented liquid detergent or 3-5 drops to the rinse cycle.

Lavender and citrus oils like orange do very well with laundry because of their ability to help fight grease, stains and odor. Tea Tree is a powerful disinfectant, use with pet laundry, and kitchen towels. Try Peppermint or our Energize Blend for your workout clothes (then hang to dry for maximum benefit). Also, according to a study at the University of Sydney Australia, adding Eucalyptus essential oil to your wash will eliminate 99% of dust mites from bedding.

Other than a very faint smell, the scent you use in the washer does not stick with the clothing through the drying cycle. Essential oils in the washer are mostly for their odor eliminating and bacteria fighting capabilities.

In the dryer, you can add essential oils to wool dryer balls or a washcloth to lightly scent your clothes and linens. Essential oils dissipate quickly when heated, so if you want a more powerful aroma, make the addition toward the end of the cycle. Or use the air-dry option to remove heat from the process entirely. (Do not add the oils directly to your fabrics).