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Tara’s Clarifying Salt Scrub

One of the easiest products to make in the kitchen, yet one of the most commonly bought off the shelves of pharmacies and beauty retailers (at a great expense) are salt or sugar scrubs.

I adore the feeling of silky-soft skin, unblocked pores and a good exfoliation, and a salt-based scrub is by far your best option to help clarify and tone your skin.

This delicious jar full is suitable for body, hands, feet and face.

Lavender Fields
15 drops of lavender

Paris Perfume
10 drops ylang ylang
6 drops lavender
4 drops cedarwood

Fresh Breeze
10 drops grapefruit
6 drops lemongrass
4 drops frankincense

Spiced
5 drops ginger
5 drops frankincense
5 drops lavender

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Rejuvenating Facial Serum Recipe

Benefits:
  • Reduces acne, scarring, redness and age-spots
  • Brightens skin and reduces appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
  • Deeply moisturizes skin
  • Anti-microbial, anti-biotic and anti-inflammatory
Ingredients:
Directions:
Combine ingredients in a bowl and pour into a small dropper bottle. Rub half a dropper-full between clean hands and apply to face at night before bed.
Optional:

Use a facial roller after applying the oil to aid absorption. Soothes and relaxes the face while also reducing puffiness and inflammation around the eyes and any surrounding areas.

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DIY Protector™ Soap

  1. Melt soap base in the microwave or on the stove top.
  2. Add 30 drops Protector™ blend essential oil
  3. Stir thoroughly and pour into soap molds.
  4. Add dried herbs or flowers (optional).
  5. Wait 1 hour. Remove from mold.

Go wash your hands already!
Or gift your homemade soap and share the love—not the germs.

ADDITIONAL FRESH & FRAGRANT IDEAS FOR PROTECTIVE RECIPES

Lavender Fields
30 drops of lavender

Paris Perfume
15 drops ylang ylang
9 drops lavender
6 drops cedarwood

Fresh Breeze
15 drops grapefruit
9 drops lemongrass
6 drops frankincense

Spiced
10 drops ginger
10 drops frankincense
10 drops lavender

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Revitalize Your Skin with Immortelle

Revitalize your skin today with the rejuvenation powers of Helichrysum Essential oil.

The beauty of aging is something we all hope and pray we can achieve for a healthy and peaceful life. Just like we make the effort to nourish our minds and our bodies to stay healthy naturally, we need to make the effort to nourish our skin. The daily damage we inflict on our skin with sun exposure, make up, diet and other allergens impacts our skin’s ability to rejuvenate healthy cells to remain vibrant, smooth and youthful looking.

The Helichrysum flower was well known in ancient Greece for its beauty, as well as its medicinal properties. The plant’s common name is Immortelle, French for “immortal” or “everlasting.” The Helichrysum italicum flower generates a soft-scented but powerful essential oil via steam distillation that can help your skin to begin the process of restoring naturally. This anti-aging essential oil is known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties and is perfect to combat the natural and the unnatural negative effects we inflict on our skin.

Used in anti-aging products throughout the world, we love this essential oil for the same reason the beauty industry does, it’s rich in molecules offering unique anti-aging results and it’s the only essential oil that contains a natural molecule called di-ketones, known for their ability to regenerate your skin cells, shedding damaged cells and promoting healthy skin.

Add Helichrysum italicum to your daily skin care routine to help restore and nourish your skin and promote a glowing, youthful complexion.

How to Use

  • Neat:  Take 3-5 drops and put directly onto your skin or mix with 1 teaspoon of carrier oil like Jojoba
  • Lotion/Slave: Add 15 drops to 1 oz. of carrier oil. Add 6-12 drops per ounce to existing lotions or creams.
  • Compress:  Add 10 drops to 4 oz. of water. Soak cloth and apply to affected area.
  • Massage Oil: Add approximately ¼ oz. to 12-14 oz. carrier oil.
  • Bath: 5 -10 drops for normal bath. To aid absorption, mix with Epsom salt or 1 oz. vodka or whole milk.

Note: For sunburn, add equal parts Frankincense. For itching or poison ivy add equal parts Lavender.

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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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Yoga Mat Spray

Yoga is a great way to increase your physical and emotional well-being.
Whether you are an expert or are just beginning, a good yoga mat spray is a must.

Ingredients

Instructions
1. Combine all ingredients in spray bottle
2. Shake well
3. To use, spray on mat and wipe
Note: Not all yoga mats are treated the same. Spray a test patch before using.

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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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Ancient Egyptian Beauty Secret

cleopatra-beauty-secretsIn no other country or culture, was the concern with beautification and body care so extensive as that of ancient Egypt. Cosmetic implements have been discovered in the earliest graves. When the tomb of the young pharaoh Tutankhamun was opened, one particular jar was discovered to contain a perfumed unguent, still radiantly fragrant after so many centuries. Two of the oils thought to be contained in the unguent are spikenard and frankincense.

Cleopatra VII, 69 BC – 30 BC, was herself credited with writing a book of beauty secrets, an art that she was universally acknowledged as mastering.

Egyptians used cosmetics regardless of sex and social status for both aesthetic and therapeutic reasons. Wrinkling of the skin was treated by applying a wax-based remedy containing gum of frankincense, moringa oil, ground Cyprus grass and fermented plant juice.

Ancient Egyptian Anti- Wrinkle Cream Updated

One teaspoon Sweet Almond Oil

Two Drops of Essential oil of Frankincense

Apply to the cleansed face nightly with a gentle massage

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Frankincense – The King of Oils

Frankincense has been traded in the Middle East and North Africa for upwards of 5,000 years. It is believed that the Babylonians and Assyrians burned it during religious ceremonies. The ancient Egyptians bought entire boatloads of the resin from the Phoenicians, using it in incense, insect repellent, perfume, cosmetics and salves for wounds and sores; as well as in the embalming process.

The ancient Greeks and Romans also imported massive amounts, which they burned as incense, used during cremations and took for a wide variety of ailments. By this time, medical practitioners had recognized and documented the substances’ antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Frankincense has been used by both the West and the East for centuries to treat a number of conditions, including rheumatism, skin disease, nervous complaints, digestive problems, and respiratory infections.

At the time Jesus is thought to have been born, frankincense and myrrh may have been worth more than their weight in the third gift presented by the wise men: gold.

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Arm Yourself Against Cold & Flu Season

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 Protector™ 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. Frankincense also boosts 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, PeppermintEucalyptus, Tea Tree and our Breathe Calm Blend™ clear congestion and promote relaxed breathing. Apply pre-diluted roll-ons to the chest.