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Protect Your Skin and Essential Sunburn Relief

 

Around here skincare is top of mind year-round. You’re never too young to protect your skin, even with a simple hat or garment. Sunburns occur just as easily on cloudy and snowy days.

 

 

 

With Memorial Day Weekend as the unofficial start to Summer and when many people start spending more time outdoors, it’s a good time to check the expiration date on your sunscreen and refresh your sun-blocking routines.

We’re happy to report our recommendations from last year’s Sunscreen 411,  made Dr. Axe’s Best Sunscreens of 2019 list.

 

 

 

Should you find yourself over-exposed and in need of relief from a sunburn, these Natural Remedies for Sunburn Relief, list essential oils of Peppermint and Lavender as terrific for soothing and cooling the sting while speeding up healing.

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Essential Oil Perfume

The Oxford Dictionaries defines “perfume” as “a fragrant liquid typically made from essential oils extracted from flowers and spices”.

Egyptians were responsible for the origin of perfume. They utilized scents in everything from religious ceremonies to burial preparations and even daily wear. They created ointments and balms with essential oils mixed in to provide scent.

Unfortunately today according to The Environmental Working Group (EWG) “while many popular perfumes, colognes and body sprays contain trace amounts of natural essences, they also typically contain a dozen or more potentially hazardous synthetic chemicals. To protect trade secrets, makers are allowed to withhold fragrance ingredients”.

A DIY essential oil perfume will have exactly the ingredients you choose plus by using therapeutic grade essential oils, you will benefit from the properties associated with each oil.

Traditionally, perfume is made by layering scents according to how volatile the oils are (how easily they evaporate). Top notes evaporate quickly—they are the first scent you smell in a perfume.  Middle or heart notes form the main body of a perfume. Base notes are fixatives—they hold and blend the other ingredients, and they stay on the skin the longest, so you always smell them in combination with the other aromas of the perfume.

Top notes: Sweet orange, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Bergamot, Basil, Anise

Middle notes: Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Rose, Rosemary, Pine

Base notes: Sandalwood, Frankincense, Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood, Myrrh, Vetiver

Try starting with 5-6 essential oils. Here are some examples:

  • Floral blend: Bergamot, Anise, Geranium, Jasmine, Sandalwood.
  • Green & Herbaceous Blend: Basil, Peppermint, Rosemary, Pine, Vetiver.

There is no steadfast rule regarding percentages of each note. I tend to like base notes so I start with our Meditation Blend (a lot of base) and add florals.

Don’t be afraid to experiment, remember it’s personal – use oils that you love!

Recommended for mixing, storing and applying essential oil blends: Pure Acres Farm Roll-on Bottles

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Peppermint Pain Relief

What is more synonymous with the holiday season than the smell and taste of peppermint? Candy canes, peppermint bark, peppermint hot chocolate, and the list could go on. But did you know that peppermint essential oil has a host of benefits including soothing digestion issues, relieving headaches, and improving mental focus? Numerous studies have shown that peppermint essential oil improves circulation and relaxes tense muscles thus making it an excellent pain reliever.

For headache relief: apply the oil to the forehead and temples. If the scent is overpowering for you, dilute in a few drops of carrier oil before applying.

One of the best features of peppermint oil is its’ anti-inflammatory properties. This, when coupled with its natural pain relieving properties, make it perfect for the topical treatment of painful inflammation. Add 10 drops to 1 oz. of carrier oil (such as sweet almond oil) for a pain relieving massage oil.

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Essential Oils & Cognitive Performance

A hugely underrated member of the five senses, your sense of smell has a powerful effect on your brain’s many functions.

A combined study at the University of Cincinnati and Catholic University of America showed that smelling Peppermint essential oil enhanced alertness, focus, and concentration and according to a British study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience, inhaling Lavender essential oil before doing math problems helped subjects complete the problems faster and more accurately than the control group.

Here is a list of some common essential oils and how they can help:

Inhalation methods are usually the easiest. Use in a diffuser to spread the scent through your room, classroom or office, or you can also add a few drops on a tissue or cotton ball and sniff when needed.

But be sure to use 100% Therapeutic Grade essential oils and oil blends. The better the quality, the better your results will be!

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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).

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Natural Headache Relief

lavender_n_peppermintPeppermint Oil has a long-lasting cooling effect on the skin as well as the ability to inhibit muscle contractions and stimulate blood flow in the forehead when applied topically.

Lavender essential oil induces relaxation and relieves tension and stress — working as a sedative, antidepressant, anti-anxiety, anxiolytic, anticonvulsant and calming agent.

Try combining 2 drops each of Peppermint and Lavender essential oils and rubbing on your temples.