DIY Reed Difusser

DIY Aromatherapy Reed Diffuser

You will need: 

  • A glass container with a narrow opening (check thrift stores)
  • 4-5 reed diffuser sticks
  • 1/4 cup carrier oil
  • 20-25 drops of essential oils

Instructions:

Mix the essential oils and carrier oil together in the glass container.

Place the diffuser sticks in the container. It will take a while for the oil to travel up the sticks, so speed up the process by flipping the sticks after several hours.

Continue to flip the sticks every few days to refresh the scent.

Blend Ideas

Patchouli + Ylang Ylang + Wild Orange

Lime + Eucalyptus

Vetiver + Ylang Ylang

Cedarwood + Lavender + White Fir

Arborvitate + Cedarwood + Ylang Ylang

Lavender + White Fir

Ginger + Cinnamon + Wild Orange

Pointers

  • A container with a narrow-opening is preferred for this project since it will slow down evaporation. Another option would be to find a glass container with a cork, and drill holes in it for the reeds.
  • Heavier oils, such as olive oil or jojoba oil, will take longer to travel up the reeds, so for quicker results, stick with lighter oils, like sweet almond.
  • Once the reeds become completely saturated, you’ll need to replace them with new ones. And you’ll also need to replenish your oil supply eventually too–although that will depend on what type of essential oils, container, and carrier oil you are using.

What is an “Urban Medicine Woman”?

We live in a rapidly advancing world. Full of technology, GMO’s, disease, pills for everything, disposable culture, and lack of community connection.

An Urban Medicine Woman takes the old and ignites the new. She is aware of her roots, listens to her inner guidance systems, honors her ancestors, and cares for the future generations.

Gustav Klimt “Hygeia”

An Urban Medicine Woman is educated on what goes in and on her body. She reaches for natural remedies that support a balanced body before she heads to the pharmacy counter.

An Urban Medicine Woman connects with nature no matter how vast the concrete is that surronds her. She plants seeds, waters the sprouts and enjoys her daily harvest. She appreciates the awe of nature and dedicates time to cultivating natural beauty.

An Urban Medicine Woman offeres healing and support to her family, loved ones and community. Through herbs, essential oils, nutrition, whole foods, education, awareness, honesty, celebration and dedication to balance. She is the pillar of grounded health within and around her home.

An Urban Medicine Woman sees the possible future ahead and instead of waiting for it to happen to her, she creates the most  blissful and abundant version of it herself.

There is an Urban Medicine Woman (or man) in each of us.  We just need to to listen, learn, heal, give thanks, and grow together.

Natural Wellness

Natural Wellness

 

Historical writings are filled with the use of herbs, oils, resins, and smoke as elements of medicine. The medicine man or woman would call upon the spirits, the plants, and the alchemy of each to bring about healing. The knowledge and access to such self healing tools was once passed down from generation to generation. In this class, we hope a spark is ignited within you to seek out that knowledge once again.

Why Essential Oils?

Essential oils are aromatic plant extracts, they are 28 times more powerful than herbs, 300 times more complex than pharmaceuticals, and they are easy and fun to use.

“I finally figured out how to use essential oils – TAKE OFF THE CAP!”

It’s really that easy and with truly pure oils like doTERRA has to offer, we can trust in the safety and potency of the oils.

Although the knowledge base of essential oil application is vast and intoxicating, we have simplified this list down to just a few oils that every home medicine chest should have…

Lemon – Cleansing

  • Drink in water daily for immune support
  • Diffuse in air to purify and enhance the mood
  • Apply topical for respiratory support
  •  Do not apply before exposure to sun as it is photosensitive

Lavender – Soothing

  • Drink one drop of lavender in a shot glass of water for seasonal allergies
  • Diffuse in air to promote sleep and relaxation
  • Apply to cuts and burns

Peppermint – Pain Relieving

  • Drink one drop in water to sooth a tummy ache
  • Diffuse in air to increase oxygen uptake to the brain
  • Apply to back of the neck and bottom of the feet in case of a fever or over heating

OnGuard – Immune Support

  • Drink a drop or two in a shot of water
  • Diffuse in the air to kill airborne pathogens and manage mold spores
  • Place on the bottom of feet each day morning and night to protect immune system

Breathe – Respiratory Blend

  • Diffuse in the air
  • Apply to chest and bottom of the feet daily for respiratory support
Please only use Certified Therapeutic Grade essential oils email me for more info.

Disclaimer: Statements provided on doterraoil.com are for informational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Make Your Own Laundry Soap

I am trying this recipe out and will report back on my findings. It’s sure to be waaaay less expensive than many green brands and you don’t waste the plastic container it’s stored in. Wanna try with me? My essential oil combo will be White Fir and Ylang Ylang because I am crazy about this blend right now. So heady and aromatically intoxicating. It is the perfect blend of sweet and earthy. I am sure that many other essential oil combos would be great! I would recommend peppermint and orange or

Laundry Detergent Recipe (powder)

Each batch yields approximately 32 ounces (between 32-64 loads based on how many Tbsp used per load).

  • 1 bar of shaved bar soap (Baby Dr. Bronner’s is good because it is free of perfumes, dyes and other harmful ingredients)
  • 1 cup of borax
  • 1 cup of washing soda
  • 12 drops of essential oils

Thoroughly stir together for 5 minutes and enjoy the results!

Recipe taken from http://www.diynatural.com/simple-easy-fast-effective-jabs-homemade-laundry-detergent/

Laundry Detergent Recipe (gel)

1 whole bar soap

1 cup washing soda

1/2 cup Borax

3 gallons warm water

4 cups warm water

Pour 4 cups of water into a medium-size pot to boil.

While waiting for your water to boil, grate as much soap as you plan to use. This can be done by hand or in a food processor.

Add grated soap to pot and stir until dissolved fully.

Add 3 gallons of warm/hot water to a 5-gallon bucket.

Add your pot of soapy brew to the 5-gallon bucket.

Add 1 cup of washing soda and stir for 2 minutes with a large, strong long-handled spoon.

Once your washing soda is dissolved and mixed in well, add 1/2 cup of Borax, and stir for 2-3 minutes to dissolve and mix well. At this point, you can add your essential oils ( I am going for 12 drops, but the amount is up to you and them aroma desired). Pop the lid on tight, and let it sit overnight. The detergent should have a gel-like consistency.

Use ½ cup detergent per load. (Test it on a few items before doing a full load.)

This recipe was taken from stumbleupon.com/su/AgmB9m/www.tipjunki.com/laundry-soap/


DIY (do it yourself) Body Scrub


Using a body scrub once a week is a great way to slough off dead skin cells. Dead skin cells give your skin a dry, old appearance and can make you itch, especially in the winter months. A body scrub is easy and inexpensive to make and will help your skin feel young and smooth.

Three main ingredients of a body scrub are: exfoliators, carrier oils, and essential oils. An exfoliate could consist of sugar, sea salt, ground almonds or wheat bran. You can use either form of sugar, just make sure that with the brown sugar, you’re keeping a careful eye on the liquid ingredients so your scrub doesn’t dissolve into a thin paste. A carrier oil could be olive, grape-seed, coconut, or avocado oil. Essential oils are used for their healing properties and aromatic qualities.  Citrus oils like orange, lemon, bergamot, and lime essential oils gently stimulate and refresh. Lavender oil can help heal minor inflammations, and relieve day-to-day stress. Grapefruit and rosemary are excellent for cellulite reduction. Some other skin friendly oils include myrrh, sandalwood, patchouli, ylang ylang, geranium, frankincense, and chamomile.

Instructions to make body scrub:
Things You’ll Need:

  • Organic Brown sugar Sugar is a natural and inexpensive way to include alpha-hydroxy acids in your skincare program. It produces glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid, which is included in many skincare product lines. Today’s pricey beauty products that include sugar or alpha hydroxy acid, can be created inexpensively right at your kitchen table. You will experience all of the benefits without the inflated price.
  • Coarse salt (Kosher salt is a great choice because of it’s wonderful not too corse consistency) Salt helps to open pores, exfoliates dead skin cells, and discourages bacteria. Coarse kosher salt makes a great scrub; for soaking, use sea salt, which dissolves more easily.
  • Baking Soda (great for softening skin or soothing itchy skin)
  • Carrier oil (Grapeseed, Avocado, Olive, Coconut)
  •  Essential oil of your choice. Play around with the perfect combination for aroma, therapeutic value, and emotional benefits. Essential oils are oxygenating, cell rejuvenating, cleansing, and soothing to our skin. Adding essential oils to your skin care routine will dramatically reduce wrinkles, acne, and calm other skin conditions.
  • Optional creative ingredients (one recipe calls for mashed up strawberries, another calls for coffee grounds) Strawberries are a natural exfoliant. Its gentle acidic nature can take care of all those flaky dead cells on top of the skin. It’s salicylic acid is a good combatant for acne and black heads. Strawberry also has antiseptic and skin lighting properties.
  • Small glass container. (short mason jars are great as they are air tight and small enough to hold 1-2 applications worth)

Method:

  • Take 1 cup of the exfoliate of choice or a combination of a few plus any option creative ingredients you might want to try.
  • Add  2 Tbsp. of carrier oil, and 5-10 drops essential oil to the mixture and mix together with a non-plastic spoon.
  • Keep the body scrub in an airtight container. If you keep it longer than a few days, you might want to store it in the refrigerator so the carrier oils don’t get rancid.
  • Once a week, rub the scrub all over from head to toe in the shower. Rinse with cold water, as cold as you can stand it.

A few recipes to try:

Orange Cream Sugar Body Scrub

This recipe is great to remove dead skin and give your skin a healthy glow. The sugar contains glycolic acid and the cream is a source for lactic acid. Avoid irritated or broken skin areas.

Ingredients:
1 cup sugar
2 TBSP cream or whole milk
5 drops wild orange oil
2 TBSP carrier oil

Mix sugar, oil and cream together. Add orange oil after main ingredients are completely mixed.

Strawberry Margarita Salt Scrub

This is a great scrub if you suffer from black heads or acne because of the presence of salicylic acid in the Strawberries. Strawberries also help to tone the skin, lighten any pigmentation problems and keeps the skin smooth and supple.

Ingredients:
1 cup salt
1 handful of organic mashed up strawberries
5 drops lime oil
2 TBSP carrier oil

Mix salt, carrier oil and strawberries together. Add lime oil after main ingredients are completely mixed.

Cellulite Reduction Scrub

Coffee is granular and feels nice on the skin but the caffeine has added benefits. Applied topically coffee helps to redistribute fat cells and decrease the formation of cellulite. It also acts as a vasorestrictor, tightening and shrinking blood vessels thereby helping eliminate varicose veins. It has been used for years in spas in Hawaii and on the coast of Bali.

Ingredients:
1 cup finely ground coffee
1/2 cup of finely ground sugar or salt (grind in coffee grinder until desired consistency)
2 TBSP carrier oil

Mix ingredients together. Apply the coffee mixture to your cellulite areas using your hands or a loofah mitt. Using wide circular motions,rub the coffee exfoliate onto your skin with strong pressure.

Pat dry and then apply essential oils directly to your cellulite areas.  Essential oils great for cellulite are: Grapefruit, Rosemary, Cypress, and Lemon.