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Nutrition for Body and Soul

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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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!

Need help with your oils, let me know, or click here.

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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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Homemade Play Doh!!

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This is a perfect stocking stuffer! A perfect gift that will keep those excited hands busy all day. The possibilities are endless!

Homemade Play Doh recipe

1 C water

1 T Vegetable Oil

1/2 C Salt

1 T Cream of Tartar

1 C Flour

Food Coloring

1) combine water, oil, salt, cream of tartar, and desired food coloring in a saucepan and heat until warm.

2) remove from heat and add flour

3) stir, then kneed until smooth.

4) add 8 drops of desired améo essential oils. For Christmas smells we recommend peppermint, cinnamon, pro shield, balsam fir, spruce, orange.

5) You can add glitter to add some extra fun! Tie it with a cookie cutter and a cute bow.

Print your Label here.

(*Tip the cream of tartar makes this dough last 6 months or longer so resist the temptation to omit this ingredient if you don’t have it on hand. Store this dough in an airtight container or a ziplock freezer bag.)

www.Zijainternational.com/ameo-essential-oils

Thank you My Pure Oil for this fun recipe!

xoxoxoxo

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Nourish Your Mind

Thank you Dr. Plant School of Natural Health and Wellness for this info!!!!

Nourish Your Mind: By Dr. Plant.

While in graduate school I became fascinated with the idea of supplementing the mind both for cognitive performance and preservation.

Though there are few long term studies done of specific herbs and supplements with respect to long term cognitive performance, there is overwhelming evidence on the importance of a healthy diet and exercise in contributing to a person’s mental capability and health.

For example, the picture shows an individuals brain activity walking vs. sedentary. As you can see, exercise not only engages our muscles, but also our mind. Exercise builds strong muscles and a strong mind.

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Additionally, people who eat a diet rich in essential fatty acids, little to no red meat, and a plethora of antioxidants appear to have better long term cognitive health. Look for fruits and vegetables enriched in essential fatty acids and antioxidants such as Moringa Oleifera and Avocados.

Furthermore, studies have shown individuals who supplement with essential oils perform better in memory. A study was done that showed diffusing peppermint essential oils helps individuals perform on tests vs. those not exposed to peppermint essential oil.

So the solution is: Exercise, Eat Right and Supplement Naturally.

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