Essential Oil 101

Essential oils and botanicals have been used for as long as 5,000 years in many countries to aid people in need, whether it be a sickness or to center yourself for the day there are tons of ways to use them especially to balance out your new year!

!!A disclaimer for your fury friends!!

Always make sure to keep your pets in mind when using essential oils in and around the house! Some animals (especially dogs and cats) cannot handle high levels of a compound called Phenol that is found in many oils. Long exposure of this chemical to their lungs could cause heart, lung, and liver problems. Make sure you do not keep your pet exposed to strong oils for a prolonged amount of time and always dilute your oils with water.

*Also make sure that before you use any essential oil, check to see if it can be used for topical and external use!*

Ylang Ylang: hair repair, aids stress

Tea Tree: infection, respiratory

Sage: helps fever, joint pain, appetite stimulant

Rosemary: helps dandruff, pain relief, digestion

Rose: dry skin, aids menstrual pain

Peppermint: helps stomach aches and digestive problems, sore muscles

Orange: respiratory, oily skin moisturizer

Neroli: helps stress, dry skin moisturizer

Lemongrass: muscle aches, infections, stress

Lemon: respiratory, toner, reduce scarring

Lavender: sleep, relaxation, dry skin

Frankincense: relaxing, centering, focusing

Eucalyptus: treats respiratory issues, insect repellant

Essential Oil Blends:

  • Goodnight sleep: Chamomile + lavender
  • Sore Muscle Blend: Peppermint + Eucalyptus
  • Stress blend: Sage + Lavender + Lemon
  • Get Concentrated: Rosemary + Lemon + Peppermint
  • Cramp Relief: Peppermint + Cypress + Lavender
  • Cure your Winter Blues: Ylang Ylang + Orange

This is just the start of your essential Oil journey and once you get the hang of it you can mix any oils of your choice together to create your own unique blend! Enjoy!

With love,

Cara

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Natural Body Scrub Recipe

As the weather gets colder and winter approaches, we have to remember to take extra good care of our skin during the dryer months. I have used this scrub multiple times and it never lets me down. Trust me when I say this, this scrub will have your back every and any time you need a last minute gift. Or when you completely forget that your work Christmas party is tomorrow and you need something other than a card from your local Dollar Store that you got at 10pm the night before. Enjoy!

What you need: 

  • 1 Cup of Fine ground Himalayan Salt or Sea Salt
  • 1/2 Cup coconut oil
  • Essential Oil of your choice

Steps to take: 

1. Pour all of the ingredients into a medium bowl and combine together.

2. Put in about 10 or so drops of an essential oil that fits your liking.

3. Put the mixture into a small 8 oz half pint mason jar (fits perfectly!)

Here are some essential oil blends to give you some ideas:

  • Good night sleep: Chamomile + lavender
  • Sore Muscle Blend: Peppermint + Eucalyptus
  • Stress blend: Sage + Lavender + Lemon
  • Get Concentrated: Rosemary + Lemon + Peppermint
  • Cramp Relief: Peppermint + Cypress + Lavender
  • Cure your Winter Blues: Ylang Ylang + Orange

 

Essential oils are a great addition to your home, try out some of these recipes and let us know how they work below!

All the love, 

Cara

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Tea Time! – Your Guide to Tea

Trying to cut your obsessive sugary coffee habit? Maybe a Redbull addiction? Or both? Or you just really like tea and want to learn some more about it? Have no fear – lets break a few types of tea down with their benefits. Photos included are my favorite brands of each.

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Green Tea 

– contains antioxidants that slow signs of aging, prevent the flu and raise your
metabolism
– shown to prevent and slow cancer
– helps with arthritis and bad cholesterol

 

 

 

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Yerba TeaATTENTION ALL CAFFEINE ADDICTS! 

– a stimulant, without the jitters
– full of antioxidants
– could have anti-cancer properties helps stimulate the immune system
– protect against disease.

 

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Black Tea

– helps eliminate bad breath.
– proven to help you de-stress fast
– medical research indicates that it lowers the risk of heart attacks and strokes
– reduces high cholesterol

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Pu’erh tea
– aid digestion
– cleanse the blood and help with weight loss
– busts cholesterol as effectively as some medications.

 

 

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Oolong tea

– speed up your metabolism
– burn fat and block fat absorption
– can be used to fight high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease

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White Tea

– more effective than even green tea at preventing cell damage
– can shrink cancerous tumours and stopping the growth of cancer cells.
– becoming the new cosmetic fix for aging skin