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Soothe that Sunburn!

Ouch……. It’s definitely the season for sunburns!  Here are two different recipes to help soothe your sunburn. (Thank you Améo/Zija for these recipes.)

Soothe Your Sunburn

Combine….

3 drops AMÉO True Lavender essential oil

2 drops AMÉO Peppermint essential oil

1 1/2 tsp.. pure aloe vera gel

Distilled water

Fill ingredients in a 1 oz. spray bottle.

Shake & Spray on desired area as needed!

OR…..

1/4 cup filtered or distilled water
1/4 cup pure aloe vera gel/juice..you can also use our Fractionated Coconut oil with Aloe
3 Tbsp. witch hazel extract (alcohol-free)
1 Tbsp white vinegar
15 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops tea tree essential oil
5 drops peppermint essential oil

* Combine all ingredients in an 8-ounce glass spray bottle and shake vigorously.  Shake well before each use and spray to affected area(s) as often as desired.  Avoid the eyes!

 

FYI….Do not use any citrus oils topically then go out in the sun (use under clothing or at night before bed)!  They can cause harm!  Some essential oils are photosensitive meaning they react to radiant energy or light such as natural sunlight, sunlamps, or other sources of UV rays. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of photosensitivity may include a pink or red skin rash with blotchy blisters, scaly patches, or raised spots on areas directly exposed to the sun. Itching and burning may occur and the rash may last for several days. Dark pigmentation on the skin may occur as well. “A phototoxic reaction typically shows up as an exaggerated sunburn, usually occurring within 24 hours of sun exposure” as stated by the Skin Cancer Foundation.  The primary essential oil culprits are typically citrus oils: Angelica, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Wild Orange, and Tangerine.  Bergamot essential oil contains bergaptene, a dominant photosensitizer, that can cause severe reactions. Look for products that contain bergamot essential oil that is bergaptene-free. Caution is required when using skincare products that contain these photosensitizing oils.  As stated by Everything Essential Oil, “when using photosensitizing oil, wait a minimum of six hours before exposing skin to UV rays.  The stronger and more lengthy the UV ray, the longer the wait should be.”  For maximum protection, shield skin with sunscreen and protective clothing.

 

DID YOU KNOW????
One of the Rules to follow for topical essential oil use…is the 4/10/75 Rule!
*  Research suggests that when essential oils are applied neat (without carrier oil) about 4% of the lessential oils are absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream.
*  If a carrier oils is used (a 2% dilution), the absorption increased to 10%.
*  If the area of application is covered (with a warm towel or other covering) absorption dramatically increased to 75%! WOW!

XO!

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My Favorite Laundry Detergent Recipe Ever!!!

As you guys know…..I love to experiment, and to make my own cleaners, etc!  I’ve tried a few laundry detergent recipes, liquid and powder, and this, by far, is my favorite!  The recipe is out of the book, Synergy, It’s an Essential Oil Thing, by Dr. Scott A. Johnson and Dr. Joshua J. Plant.  Thanks for the recipe guys, I’m sticking with this one! :))

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Here’s the recipe for you to try!

Laundry Detergent (Powder)

From the book… Enjoy clean clothes naturally with this combination of washing soda, baking soda, soap, borax, and essentail oils.  Your laundry will be cleaned, disinfected, and smell great with this group of antimicrobial oils.

 2 cups washing soda

2 cups baking soda

1 bar Zote soap (14.1 oz.)

1 cup borax (or substitute sodium sesquicarbonate)

20 drops essentail oil

**For a citrus scent….5 drops lemon, 5 drops orange, 5 drops tangerine, 3 drops grapefruit, 2 drops lemongrass.

**For a fresh scent….7 drops pine, 7 drops eucalyptus, 4 drops balsam fir, 2 drops Pür Vie (citronella).

Add  drops to suit your taste.  I love the fresh scent!!

Grate the soap bar with a cheese grater (I used my food processor) and place in blender or food processor.  Mix borax, washing soda, and baking soda in a large bowl.  Slowly add about 1 cup of the powdered mixture to the blender or food processor until all the mixture has been added and blended together.  Drop the essential oils into the mixture and blend for about 10 or 20 seconds.  Place finished product in a half-gallon container.  Use 1-2 tablespoons per load of laundry.

Make doing laundry FUN!

Happy washing!

Enjoy.

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Cracked Heel Whipped Butter!

Feet a little rough?  Or maybe you just want to keep them baby soft!  This recipe by my friend, McKenna Gordon, is awesome!  I love the fact that it has magnesium in it too.  So many people are deficient in magnesium.  Enjoy!

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Cracked Heel Whipped Butter Ingredients

•¼ cup Shea Butter OR Mango Butter

•¼ cup Coconut Oil

•3 Tablespoons Beeswax

•¼ cup Magnesium Flakes + 2 Tablespoons boiling water

•7 drops Frankincense Essential Oil

•7 drops Cypress Essential Oil

•5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

•5 drops Cell Therapy Essential Oil Blend

Directions:

Scoop the magnesium flakes into a small bowl and pour 2 tablespoons of boiling water over them stirring until it dissolves. This will create a thick liquid. Set aside to cool.

Fill a small sauce pan with 2 inches of water. Then place an empty quart size mason jar inside the sauce pan. Add the coconut oil, beeswax and mango/shea butter to the mason jar and heat it on medium.

The beeswax will be the last thing to melt. When everything is melted, remove the jar from the pan and let the mixture cool to about room temp and slightly opaque. At this point, pour it into a medium sized mixing bowl.

Use a hand blender or immersion blender on medium speed and start blending the oil mixture.

Very slowly, over the course of about a minute, add the dissolved magnesium mixture to the oil mixture while continuing blending until all of the magnesium mix is added and it is well-mixed.

Add the essential oils and whip until combined.

Place in the fridge for 20 minutes and re-blend to get body butter consistency.

Fill your jar and put it on your bedside table, or store it in the fridge for longer shelf life and an amazing cooling effect.

The first three nights: Apply a thick coat and wear socks to bed. After major cracks have gone away, apply less thick and rub in like a lotion before bed, no socks necessary. For even better results, exfoliate dry feet first using a pumice or foot file, then soak your feet in hot epsom salt water, let dry and apply the butter.

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Healthy Hair, Scalp, and Nails Using Essential Oils

This is some amazing info from Dr. Scott Johnson in regards to healthy hair, scalp and nails… Click here!

Dr. Johnson also has the best books I’ve read in regards to essential oils.  I just bought his 2 new books, which you can find on Amazon…..  Medicinal Essential Oils and Supercritical Essential Oils!  Whether you are a novice or an expert, these are Absolutely invaluable.  

Let me know what you think of them, and if this info was helpful.  I also have links to a couple more of my fav’s by him on my website, www.food4thoughtwellness.com.

Have a great day!!

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The Scientific Case for Ingesting Essential Oils!

Stop the Insanity: The Scientific Case for Ingesting Essential Oils

by Dr. Scott Johnson

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The essential oil space has experienced tremendous growth over the last five years. This growth generated hundreds of thousands of new essential oils users that are forced to wade through the conflicting ocean of essential oil information that plagues the internet. One of the most hotly contested subjects is the ingestion of essential oils, with traditional aromatherapists bellowing the “dangers” and progressive essential oil experts championing the benefits.

One side largely relies on customary practices, whereas the progressives seek to find the answer to this divisive discussion through science. When you cut through all the rhetoric and objectively analyze the evidence, this dispute can be encapsulated in to four elements: 1) empowerment versus control, 2) potential, 3) knowledge, and 4) comfort level.

Empowerment Versus Control

Let’s start with the empowerment versus control aspect. Traditional aromatherapists seek to maintain control of an industry that has experienced rapid and dynamic change over the last decade. They seek to uphold the status quo and continue their heavy reliance on an antiquated and conservative aromatherapy paradigm established decades ago. By maintaining the status quo, they preserve their dominion and keep clients at their mercy. Of course, this traditional paradigm has merit that is valuable today, but as with Western medicine, new discoveries have enlarged our understanding of essential oils and how we can use them to reach the highest human potential.

Potential

As was mentioned in the previous paragraph, potential is a huge aspect of ingesting essential oils. Progressive essential oil experts advocate the use of all aspects of essential oils to their fullest potential—aromatic, topical, and internal. Oral administration has great advantages and is preferred in certain situations, such as when treating an infection or chronic condition. Waiting for transdermal absorption through the skin could allow an infection to overpower the individual and indeed puts the individual at great risk.

In addition, the number of bacteria in the body eclipses the number of cells, suggesting that human microbiome balance is crucial to overall wellness. It is naïve to think that topical use of essential oils will penetrate inside the stomach to influence any harmful bacteria residing there.

Another important aspect of oral administration is the metabolites (substances produced during metabolism) that are produced when essential oils are ingested. For example, one of the metabolites produced after the ingestion of limonene (found in abundance in citrus essential oils) is the anti-cancer compound perillic acid. Now, not all metabolites are good. Pulegone (found in pennyroyal and other essential oils) is metabolized to menthofuran, which is toxic to the liver and kidneys. This makes it important to understand the chemical make-up of an essential oil before ingesting it.

Knowledge

This leads us right into our third topic — knowledge. Ingesting essential oils requires a greater knowledge of essential oil composition, drug interactions, contraindications, dosage, and metabolism. However, this can all be obtained from advanced essential oil training or found in an evidence-based book. If you choose to take essential oils orally, you should seek this advanced knowledge and understanding first.

Knowledge from published studies is also telling. A review of the literature in PubMed shows that essential oils are administered orally safely and effectively in dozens of clinical studies, with burp back being the most common side-effect.

Comfort Level

Along with knowledge, an individual’s comfort level must be considered. If you are uncomfortable with ingesting essential oils, then limit your use to aromatic and topical use. These two methods still offer fantastic benefits depending on what you are striving to accomplish.

The bottom line is, the overwhelming evidence suggests that many essential oils are safe to ingest, and they produce remarkable systemic benefits that could not be achieved through other methods. It’s time to stop the insanity and endless debate over essential oil ingestion, and embrace the future of essential oils, which includes internal usage.

headshot-johnsonScott A. Johnson is a naturopath, Certified Elite Essential Oil Specialist, Certified Clinical Master Aromatherapist, and Board Certified Alternative Medical Practitioner dedicated to raising healthier generations naturally. His evidence-based approach to natural medicine and enthusiasm for sharing wellness with the global masses makes him a world leader in natural medicine. Join his wellness community to get a free report on essential oils and MRSA.

http://intentblog.com/stop-insanity-scientific-case-ingesting-essential-oils/

Thank you so much for this info Dr. Scott Johnson! My favorite book on essential oils is one that Dr. Johnson wrote.  If you are at all interested in essential oils….this book is a must!  Evidence Based Essential Oil Therapy.  I have a direct link to this book on my website www.food4thoughtwellness.com, or look it up on Amazon!

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Baking Soda Face Scrub

I love..love…love to make my own scrubs!  This is one of my favorites for your face.  I love to use baking soda, as it helps to balance your ph and is less abrasive than sugar or salt.

This is my latest recipe!

1 1/2 cups of coconut oil

2 cups baking soda

1 T Manuka Honey (optional)

25 drops Améo Rosemary essential oil

3 drops Améo Lemon essential oil

(Améo Lavender is also a favorite to use, use your fav’s)

Whip with and electric mixer.

This will make 3 to 4 jars depending on the size you choose.  Mine is 8 oz.

Enjoy!

 

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Rosemary Shower Melts!

ROSEMARY

Rosmarinus officinalis

Known as the “herb of remembrance,” Rosemary oil was considered sacred by ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and Hebrews. It has been used as a natural remedy for centuries. Rosemary essential oil blends well with Thyme, Lemongrass, True Lavender and Peppermint oils, creating rich aromas and limitless applications.

BENEFITS

With a wide array of benefits, Rosemary oil is very popular among both novice and expert oil users. Health benefits include hair growth stimulation, boosted mental activity, and the promotion of normal respiratory function. It is also used topically in skin and beauty regimens. Rosemary oil is rich in antioxidants, which protect cells from damaging free radicals.

  • Massage a few drops of Rosemary oil into the feet daily, or take as a supplement in an Améo Veggie Cap, to provide your body with valuable antioxidants
  • Add a few drops of Rosemary oil to your daily shampoo, or massage directly into the scalp, to stimulate hair growth naturally
  • Rub 1-2 drops of Rosemary oil into palms and inhale to promote mental clarity and confidence
  • Rub a few drops of Rosemary oil directly onto affected areas of skin to help reduce the appearance of cellulite
  • Diffuse Rosemary, Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Lemon oils in an Améo diffuser to cleanse the air in your home, office or car
  • Dilute 5 drops of Rosemary oil, 3 drops of Peppermint oil, and 4 drops of True Lavender oil with 1 teaspoon of Améo Fractionated Coconut Oil and rub on sore feet after a walk or run

 

With a wide array of benefits, Rosemary oil is very popular among both novice and expert oil users. Health benefits include hair growth stimulation, boosted mental activity, and the promotion of normal respiratory function. It is also used topically in skin and beauty regimens. Rosemary oil is rich in antioxidants, which protect cells from damaging free radicals.

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Benefits of Lemon Essential Oil vs. Fresh Lemon Juice

Benefits of Lemon Essential Oil vs. Fresh Lemon Juice

October 11, 2016 by Jen Broyles.

I’ve shared many times how I love starting my day with a glass of water with a couple drops of lemon essential oil. That often leads to questions about the difference between lemon essential oil and fresh squeezed lemon juice. Many people think it’s virtually the same thing.

While lemon essential oil tastes like lemon, it’s actually quite different from lemon juice. Lemon essential oil is cold-pressed from the rind while lemon juice comes from the pulp. This results in two very different substances with different properties.

From a scientific perspective, lemon essential oil is very high in limonene, much more so than lemon juice. The high limonene content found in this essential oil makes it a powerful antioxidant and a cleansing agent. In the ancient world, Egyptians used lemon oil to cleanse their bodies of toxins. It also aids in digestion, supports healthy respiratory function, and provides immune system support, especially during seasonal changes.

Essential oils are also extremely potent and concentrated. So even if lemon oil and lemon juice were identical substances, it would take a very large amount of lemon juice to equal the potency of 1-2 drops of oil.

One lemon tree can produce between 500 and 600 pounds of lemons in a year. It takes about 45 lemons to fill up a 15ml bottle.

Another important distinction is that lemon essential oil may be easier to ingest for those with sensitive stomachs because it does not contain citric acid.

Here are a few easy, practical ways you can use lemon essential oil.

Aromatic

Add 2–4 drops to the diffuser of your choice to help boost your mood and improve the scent of the room.

• Rub 1–2 drops into your palms and inhale to invigorate your mind and body.

• Pour a couple drops into air vents to fill your house or car with a citrusy aroma.

Internal

Add 1–2 drops to baked goods, beverages, or your favorite entrée to create a zesty flavor.

• Mix a couple drops with raw honey for immune-boosting benefits.*

• Add a couple drops to warm water with honey to help soothe irritated throat and boost your immune system.*

• Place a drop on your toothbrush or tongue for fresher breath and a cleaner mouth.

Topical

Rub a drop on your hands after being in a public place such as a public bathroom or before pushing shopping carts.

• Apply to cleanse specific area on the skin.

• Massage 2–4 drops onto your skin to improve circulation

Other

Rub 1–2 drops to remove gum, oil, grease, sap, or crayon.

• Combine with water in a spray bottle to clean surfaces.

• Use to clean silverware and baking dishes.

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Thank you Jen for this info!  Very well put!

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Carrot Cake Truffles with Vanilla Bean Icing

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I’m not a huge sweets-eater….but I do love carrot cake!

These easy to make raw carrot cake truffles are vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free and most importantly delicious. Be sure to use gluten free oats if you don’t eat gluten. They are no bake and suitable for a raw food diet, maple syrup is heated but contains nutrients so is generally accepted as suitable for raw foodists. Full of healthy fats, fibre and protein – you can have your cake and eat it with this!

If you would rather have a carrot cake than truffles just press the base ingredient into a pan and top with the icing. It’s slightly quicker to make it as a cake. If you don’t have coconut cream you can replace with coconut oil but the icing will not be as firm. The chia seeds can be replaced with either flax seeds or more oats, they help set the cake / truffles.

Carrot Cake Truffles with Vanilla Bean Icing Recipe

  • Total time: 25m
  • Yield: 16 truffles
  • Calories: 120 cal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups / 100g grated Carrot
  • 1 cup / 150g Walnuts
  • 1 cup / 100g Dates
  • 3 tbsp Oats (use gluten free if your avoiding gluten)
  • 2 tbsp shredded Coconut
  • 1 tbsp Chia seeds
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon (or, 1 to 2 drops Cinnamon essential oil)
  • ½ tsp ground Ginger (or, 1 to 2 drops of Ginger essential oil)
  • ¼ tsp Nutmeg (or, 1 drop Nutmeg essential oil)

Icing

  • 1 cup / 150g Cashews
  • ½ cup / 120 ml Coconut cream
  • 3 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • Lime juiced

How to make

  1. Put all of the base ingredients into a food processor and pulse blend until they are all combined.
  2. The mixture should be firm, if it’s not add some more oats.
  3. Either roll into balls for truffles and place on non stick sheets or push into a cake pan for one big carrot cake. Place in the freezer to chill while you make the icing.
  4. Melt the coconut cream as its solid at a room temperature. I melt it by placing in a bowl within a bowl of hot water.
  5. Place all of the icing ingredients into a blender with a few tablespoons of water. Blend until you get a smooth creamy icing.
  6. Hold the truffles on a fork over the icing and spoon on the cashew vanilla bean icing. Then sprinkle with cinnamon and put on a non stick sheet.
  7. For the cake just pour the icing on top and spread it out. Sprinkle with cinnamon / grated carrots / chopped nuts to garnish,
  8. Once the truffles / cake is made chill in the fridge for half an hour and they are ready to eat.
  9. They will last several days stored in the fridge.

Check out the video… https://youtu.be/PJPXC-YPLss

Thank you Nest & Glow for this recipe!

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Create Your Own Snacks!

I am really having fun making my own Power Bites.  I know exactly what’s in them and it’s fun to play.  Today’s experiment may sound a little crazy.  I looked to see what I had on hand and just went for it!

  • 1 can organic pumpkin
  • 1 can garbanzo beans (yes garbanzo beans, great source of fiber….I had a choice between these, black beans, or peanut butter.  I’ve already done peanut butter, black beans are next on the list! ;))
  • 1/4 cup organic honey (more if you like it sweeter)
  • a couple handfuls of walnuts (one for the blender, and one chopped)
  • 3 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • handful of dark chocolate chips (that’s all I had)
  • 2 tablespoons each of chia seeds, hemp seeds, and ground flax
  • 4 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 2 drops nutmeg essential essential oil
  • 1 packet of vanilla Plant Protein
  • 1 T coconut oil
  • approximately 1/4 tsp. of sea salt

Combine coconut oil, garbanzo beans, pumpkin, honey, 1 handful of the walnuts, and salt in Vitamix (it worked better than my NutriBullet).  Cream together then scrap into a bowl…  Then add the rest of the ingredients.  Roll into balls (whatever size you like) and freeze for approx. 1 hour.  Put some in an airtight container in the fridge and store the rest in the freezer.  This made about 3 1/2 dozen balls!

Make your own, have fun…play with it.

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