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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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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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Lavender Essential Oil and Dogs

Are essential oils a healthy alternative to the chemicals we are constantly exposing our furry friends to? The answer is not as simple as yes or no; essential oils can be beneficial to dogs, but also harmful. Dogs have extremely sensitive noses compared to humans, so essential oil dosage is very important. While certain essential oils can be toxic, other essential oils can be useful as flea and tick prevention, an aid in soothing skin irritations, for calming nervous dogs, and other remedies.

Lavender is one such essential oil. The calming effects of lavender are well known by humans. Walking by a field full of blooming lavender flowers is a delightful experience and has a soothing effect. The same effects can be felt by our canine friends. Lavender essential oil produces a calming sensation and can be useful when traveling with pets to help them relax and fall asleep.

Lavender essential oil also possesses antibacterial properties, which further enhance the usefulness and benefits of using the oil. “Modern oil usage dates to a French chemist and perfumer named Rene Maurice Gattefosse who is known for his accidental discovery of lavender oil’s ability to assist in the healing of burns.”

Whether used for a nervous dog, a restless sleeper, a pooch with some ouchies, or just to create a calm relaxing environment for your fur child, lavender essential oil is a must have for any dog owner.  

Organic Lavender 100% Pure Essential Oil

  • CALMING Diffusing lavender or adding a drop to their collar, can calm your dog as much as it does you. Effective for relaxing anxious or nervous pups whether the stimulus is travel, fireworks or thunderstorms. For maximum benefit, use before they encounter the nerve-wracking situation.
  • SOOTHING Add a few drops to your pets’ shampoo to soothe dry, itchy skin or bug bites. Add a few drops to their shampoo at bath time.
  • HEALING Lavender’s antibacterial properties may be used to treat wounds like hot spots, burns or ulcers and reduce scarring.

Though lavender can be beneficial for dogs, it is not considered safe for use with cats, and is not recommended for pregnant/nursing dogs. Be sure to test a small amount on your dog or consult your veterinarian before full or frequent use.

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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 temples or 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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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