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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Vegan Pumpkin Cookies

A couple weeks ago, I made the most amazing vegan pumpkin cookies in the ENTIRE world. They actually changed my life. Make these for your non-vegan family this holiday and show them how wonderful veganism really is.
INGREDIENTS:
Cookies:
-1/2 cup (1 stick) vegan butter, softened
-1/2 cup organic cane sugar
-1/4 cup brown sugar
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1/4 cup pumpkin puree
-1 1/2 cups + 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
-1/2 Tbsp cornstarch
-1 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-1/4 tsp salt
-1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
-3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
-1 Tbsp almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
Frosting (optional):
-1/2 cup (1 stick) vegan butter, softened
-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
-2 1/2-3 cups powdered sugar
-1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
-1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
-Splash non-dairy milk
DIRECTIONS:
Cookies:
1. Add softened butter to a large mixing bowl and cream with a mixer for 1 minute.
2. Add sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla and beat for 1 more minute. Add pumpkin puree and mix once more.
3. Set your sifter over a medium mixing bowl and add dry ingredients. Use a spoon to briefly stir, then sift over butter and sugar ingredients to combine.
4. Mix, but do not over mix. Then, add almond milk and mix until a soft dough is formed. Refrigerate dough for 15 minutes, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
5. Scoop out heaping 1 Tbsp amounts of dough and roll into balls. Place on a clean baking sheet far enough apart to allow for spreading.
6. Bake on the center rack for 10-12 minutes.
7. Let rest on pan for a few minutes. Then transfer to a cool rack to cool completely.
Frosting:
1. Beat butter until light and fluffy. Then, add vanilla, spices, and mix again.
2. Add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time and continue mixing until thick. Splash in a little non-dairy milk to thin the mixture. The frosting needs to be pretty thick so it will stay on the cookies.
3. Once cooled, frost the cookies and top with a sprinkle of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice.
Enjoy!

How To Be Eco Friendly Without Breaking The Bank

Mother Earth has cared for us for our entire existence and in return, we have become monsters lurking in the shadows feeding off her life source and snatching away any beauty that’s left inside of her. Debates about climate change and global warming have become a reality, with unusual rising temperatures in places such as Antarctica where the land is turning green and the numbers of animals going extinct around the world are rising every day. She’s been calling out for help and it’s time for us to take action. You don’t have to spend money to make a change. The change starts within you and truly happens when you’re ready to commit and give back. Here are 6 tips to help you get started on your ecofriendly journey without spending a whole lot.

 REDUCE, REUSE AND RECYCLE.

               Before we applied this into our lifestyle, we have to make sure we’re aware of what these three words mean. In a short summary, the three R’s are crucial to get started on your journey.  Reducing is limiting the amount of items you purchase on a daily basis and only keeping the essentials. Reusing is using items as many times as possible before buying them again. For example, instead of buying the new iPhone keep using your old phone until it reaches the point of non-functioning. Don’t fall into hype of things, or you’ll fall into debt. Lastly, Recycling is a habit that hopefully everyone should already be doing. It’s making sure your thrown away items are being put to use by companies that turns your trash into something useable and functional. These three things include effort and it’s something you can that will save you money.

COMPOSTING

      On my street it’s hard to see a house without a green bin on their front porch, and hopefully that’s the same for you. For people who aren’t aware, composting and using green bins are a way of turning waste into something resourceful and it helps reduce the amount of waste that’s shipped to landfills. There are many ways of getting your hands on a green bin (depending on where you live) but once you get started, it becomes a natural thing on garbage day. It might be a little overwhelming at first and even disgusting, but there are tips online to help you get started and you’re helping the environment every time you participate.

 GOING OUTSIDE

        Allow yourself to explore what nature has given to us. The only thing the Earth is lacking is appreciation and everyone wants validation from others. One of the cheapest ways we can help the world is letting ourselves wander and marvel what was made for us to see. It doesn’t have to be complicated either. It all starts when you put your shoes on and walk out of that door, then the rest is up to you. Breathe in the air and go on an adventure that doesn’t require staying indoors. Appreciate the daytime and the night. Spend time with family and friends, spread your love onto them. Don’t be put into a box, allow yourself to roam free.

SUPPORT ECO FRIENDLY BUSINESSES

       Spending is part of the daily consumer’s life and as teenagers, we fall deeply into that category. What you buy is your choice but being aware of what you’re actually wearing and where it comes from is something we need to have knowledge of. If you want to be eco-friendly or at least be cautious, make sure you do your research on the companies you buy from. It’s extra work but it’s worth knowing that you’re not supporting something you don’t believe in. Following after is supporting businesses that do promote eco friendliness. All it takes is one google search and finding stores that fit your price range. It’s worth knowing that you’re contributing into something good for the earth and yourself.

HEALTHY EATING

     Everyone has their own take of what healthy eating looks like and requires. However we can all agree that healthy eating does impact the environment in a good way. There are so many paths you could down within this topic, it all depends on yourself and what’s good for you in the time being. Some are better than others but its all part of your journey with discovering what works for you. Some ways include eating less meat or not eating meat, buying organic foods and locally grown, not purchasing plastic water bottles, cutting back on dairy, and etc. All of these help the environment in some way and even yourself.

SPREADING AWARENESS AND LOVE

       To give back to Mother Earth, we have to become something she always wanted us to be. Loving humans that appreciate each other and spread positivity onto others. Being kind is a choice but it’s a helpful one at that. We know that the Earth is dying, generations after us won’t get to see the sights that we saw when we were younger, animals that were from years ago aren’t around anymore, and it’s scary to realize that. It’s mind blowing that we are living in the now of it all and we feel useless and powerless. But that’s not true. It started with her but will end with us. We have to practice being kind towards others and the earth. We have to talk about the issues and make active solutions. We have to reach out when we’re all in struggle and be there for one another. It’s the least we can do to protect our own even though we failed to protect her. All she wants is to know that there’s people out there willing to make a change, and that person can and will be you. If you’re willing to try.

By Jennifer Kasiama