Essential Oil Body Oil

This video is my first attempt at video editing so it is terribly choppy, but I’m figuring out how to do all this modern techy stuff along the way and it is a process to say the least. Basically, to make a body oil that nourishes your skin while at the same time perfuming you subtly and also benefitting your mood, your chakras, and your mental abilities, just take a lesson from the ancient Egyptians and add essential oils to a base oil and lather yourself up. It’s seriously that easy. Using the most neutral smelling base oils helps, so sunflower oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed, or sweet almond oil are fantastic choices. Add approximately 5 drops of essential oil per teaspoon of base oil. There are 6 teaspoons per ounce, so that makes 30 drops of essential oil/s per ounce of base oil.  Be flexible with that proportion though and follow your nose. Some essential oils are stronger than others and require a lot less. Also keep in mind that citrus essential oils can increase photosensitivity so beware of that if you are spending time in the sun. Some people are irritated by cinnamon and/or clove essential oil so trying that in a very small dose is advised. If you are pregnant I advise working with a professional before making your own products, and definitely avoid basil, cedarwood, clary sage, cypress, juniper, pennyroyal, and rose. I like to put body oil all over myself in the morning before I get dressed and at night after I shower. You can also put the oil on before you take a bath and the water will help transport the essential oils through your skin and also through the air in the steam. Once body oils are part of your daily ritual you’ll love exploring with different essential oils and benefitting from all the amazing effects.


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Body Sprays and Room Sprays

We all know by now to avoid that word ‘fragrance’ on labels, right? If you need a quick reminder of why, it’s because that word can be a multitude of different chemicals that do not legally need to be detailed out on labels. Those chemicals include known endocrine disruptors and carcinogens. When we think about the widespread use of ‘fragrance’ in a multitude of industries~ personal care products, candles, cleaning products, etc, and the exposure which occurs over a lifetime, then it gets pretty clear that avoiding fragrance as much as one can is the best choice for optimal health, both for individuals and for the environment. I’m going to be showing easy ways to use essential oils for scenting and the first is a body spray which can just as well be used as a room spray. The benefits of essential oils are endless. I hope you enjoy exploring them as much as I do.

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Summer Solstice and the Secret Language of Herbs

Just as flowers have meanings beyond their use and beauty, herbs too have a language all their own. These meanings are often derived from their traditional healing applications or their reputed magical powers, but others are a mystery as to why their meaning is what it is in the language of the botanical world. Since herbs have always been such an important part of Summer Solstice, I thought I’d share a bit of the herbal ‘secret language’ that at one time everyone knew as well as they knew a red roses means romantic love. Of course their are differences around the world, but here’s a snippet of European herbal lore:

Happy Solstice everyone!

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Digestive System Herbs and Other Helpers

If you have been diagnosed with a digestive disorder such as IBS or multiple food intolerances, or even if you just have occasional digestive issues, you might feel overwhelmed by the sudden need to rethink every little thing you eat. Especially with food intolerances when you are given a list of foods that you have to avoid for an indefinite period and almost always it’s the foods you eat the most often that are the foods included on the list. Even with digestive issues such as colitis, constipation, or IBS, there are often foods that are best avoided, and although there are prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs to help with immediate issues, there are not a lot of medicines to help build your system back up. That’s where the herbs and natural supplements come in. They are slower acting, but that is because they are building your system up to be healthier, stronger, and more capable of doing the work intended for it. Food intolerances are often blamed on modern farming practices and while that may play a role (looking at you, Monsanto), if that were the whole picture, then we would all have the same food intolerances. So although avoiding trigger foods is the first step in healing, the next step needs to be supporting the digestive system from top to bottom in order to produce faster healing and longer-lasting results.

If you only take one supplement for your digestive system, take a probiotic, and take the highest potency one you can find. You can consult your doctor/naturopath/pharmacist on your dosing b/c in general the bottle will low-ball what you should take. If in doubt, always start with the absolute minimum, then build up slowly. You should switch brands often to get the most variety in your gut ecosystem, although if you find one that works especially well for you, keep returning back to it every other time. If you see a Gastro-enterologist, you can ask him/her for their recommendation for a probiotic and they might have a prescription strength one that is right for you.

L-Glutamine is an amino acid that is critical to repairing the intestines, especially when it comes to issues of ‘leaky gut’. There are plenty of powders out there designed for intestinal healing, and the one ingredient they all have in common is glutamine. You can also buy L-glutamine separately and put it into smoothies or whatever sounds good to you. A couple of reputable brands’ L-glutamine products are: Enteromend by Thorne Research,  IntestiNew by Renew Life, and G.I. Integrity by Pure Encapsulations.

Kombucha is everywhere right now and in a variety of flavors, so hopefully you can find one that suits your tastes because Kombucha is excellent for your digestive system. When I started researching Kombucha I kept running into the story that former President Reagan drank it while battling stomach cancer. Now these stories never say that he won solely because of the probiotic drink, but they do point out that he won that battle and died of something else entirely, many years later.

As for herbs, I am going to share a very thorough article by one of my very own herbal masters who was the head of the herbal studies program that I went through to get my herbalist certificate, and I also was his intern for a few months while pregnant with my firstborn. The article is in Mother Earth Living and is called 30 Digestive Herbs. Don’t be surprised when you see turmeric there.

One last thing, candida very well might be an issue if you have food intolerances or other chronic digestive disorders. Candida gets out of whack when we take antibiotics, and often we have no idea until it is so systemic it results in a yeast infection or jock itch. Your doctor/naturopath can test you for candida, or if you already know it is out of balance in your body, there are candida cleanses you can find at your local health food store or online.


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Coloring Hair with Henna + other Herbs

Choosing to go the all natural route in regards to your hair is often the biggest leap of all because it is a commitment. Shelves are full of all natural skin care and makeup options that are attractive, shiny, and easy to use, but hair is a bit more involved and henna has an undeserved bad rap. This is a quick video to help  you decide if you are ready to take the leap into all natural hair coloring… or not.

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Herbal Powder Digestive Blend

This blend is specific to the digestive system, is anti-inflammatory, and also chock-full of antioxidants. You could make it more anti-inflammatory by adding turmeric and/or black pepper. You could make it more healing for the digestive system by adding the protein glutamine to the mix, and also turmeric would be a healthy addition for the digestive system as well. This video is shorter, as promised.

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Sharing Reputable Herb Companies

Below is an article about four trusted places to get bulk herbs which is timely since I was just talking about Mountain Rose Herbs and of course they are one of the four. I also used to work in the health food industry and can tell you that Frontier is where every health food store I worked with got their bulk herbs. I’d also like to give a shout out to Gaia Herbs for their herbal supplements which are thoughtfully formulated and extremely effective, Herb Pharm for it’s tinctures and supplements too, and while we’re at it, Rainbow Light is my favorite vitamin/mineral company because of their intelligent and holistic formulations. Also, a rule of thumb I learned in the natural foods industry is that when you are using a new natural product, you want to give it about two months time to see a difference, and it’s also a good idea to start with less than the recommended dosage and work up to it as your digestive system allows. This is especially true with herbs because they have fiber and depending on how used to fiber your particular system is used to, your body might react unfavorably to a sudden large increase in daily fiber consumption, but it will acclimate to it if you give yourself time. It’s best to work with a naturopath or a clinical herbalist when starting something new so they can advise on dosing, which very well might end up being more than on the packaging, but if that isn’t an option than at the very least stick to reputable companies and do thorough research.

Consider these conscious companies when shopping for herbal ingredients. Many of us like to take our health into our own hands and create our own herbal remedies such as tinctures, teas, salves, and oils. Of course, growing our own herbs is the absolute best way to get the freshest possible ingredients. But there are many […]

via 4 Bulk Herb Wholesalers You Can Trust — Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

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