Showing posts from February, 2018

Essential Oils for Anxiety

I haven't talked about it much here, but I suffer from anxiety.  I was officially diagnosed with generalized anxiety and OCD several years ago, and I wouldn't doubt that I could get diagnosed with social anxiety as well.   I tried different treatments, and I'll get to that in a minute, but I want to look for natural treatments.  My son, 16, also has anxiety.  Right now, he doesn't want to take a prescription, and I respect that.  Thus led to my search for the best essential oils for anxiety. MY ANXIETY JOURNEY Links in this post may be affiliate links, which means that I earn a small commission from sales. I've had anxiety forever.  I don't remember a time in my life when I didn't have anxiety.  I vividly remember times in my childhood that my anxiety negatively affected my day to day life.  Of course, I had no idea what anxiety was, but I remember the fear and the feeling. When I was in college, my anxiety was taking control of my

Lemon Rosemary Detox Bath Salt Recipe

My arthritis has been acting up lately.  I haven't slept much the past few weeks because my legs ache so bad at night, so it hasn't been much fun being me lately.   Unfortunately, my schedule hasn't lessened to give me a break.  If anything, it's gotten worse.  I didn't have a break all weekend to relax and rest my poor legs. Part of my natural regimen is to take a hot bath to help my joints and muscles.  I made this lemon rosemary detox bath salt recipe to help my skin.  The warmth from the water and the Epsom salts also help reduce my pain. Although this is a detox bath and wonderful for yourself, it would also make a great gift for Mother's Day or even end of the year teacher gifts.  You could package it in mason jars with lids, tie a bow in yellow ribbon, and have an adorable gift. LEMON ROSEMARY DETOX BATH SALT RECIPE This simple detox bath salt recipe is easy to make in just a few minutes.  It's shelf stable, so you can

Beauty Benefits of Activated Charcoal for Skin and Hair

As someone with large pores and oily skin, activated charcoal is one of my favorite beauty ingredients.  I make DIY beauty recipes with it, and I also use products with charcoal in them.   I've used and made several different types of masks, but it seems like charcoal masks are the only ones that really clear out my pores and make them look smaller. Charcoal isn't the funnest product to work with.  It's so dark, and it can transfer onto other surfaces.  It's fairly easy to clean, but I have had it stain fabrics.   I used my Amish black drawing salve and got some on my sheets that did not come out, so be careful using a charcoal mask when wearing a good shirt.  \ Charcoal isn't just great for your skin; it's also good for your hair.  I don't have any charcoal hair recipes listed yet, but I think I will add a few to my "to make" list.   BEAUTY BENEFITS OF ACTIVATED CHARCOAL HOW DOES ACTIVATED CHARCOAL WORK? Activated charcoal has millions of

20 DIY Body Scrub Recipes

I love making body scrubs because they are so easy to make, and you can really get creative with the ingredients.  You can use sugar, brown sugar, oatmeal, nut flours, salt, or even coffee as a base, add an oil, and then add herbs, spices, and essential oils  As the weather starts to get warmer and spring and summer are finally coming, my skin needs some extra love.  A good scrub will help get rid of dead skin cells.  The oil also moisturizes and nourishes your skin. Here are more than 20 different scrub recipes.  Originally, I was going to do 20, but I just couldn't narrow down my choices!  

Non Greasy Matcha Green Tea Body Butter Recipe

This non greasy matcha green tea body butter recipe quenches dry skin.   I feel like I can't get enough moisture in my skin this winter.  I like making body butters because they are thick and full of good ingredients. Body butters are easy DIY lotion recipes because they don't have water, which means that you don't need to use a preservative. Most body butters are made with coconut oil and carrier oils.  This makes them excellent for moisturizing, but these oils are, well, oily. It's not uncommon for your skin to be oily for several minutes after using a homemade body butter.  At night, this doesn't bother me at all.  But in the morning or during the day, I don't want to transfer oil to everything that I touch. I wanted to make a non greasy body butter, so I had to play with the ingredients. Most body butters are made by melted the ingredients, letting them cool and set up, then whipping.  This one doesn't need melted, so it saves a lot of