I’ve been pretty busy the past two weeks with my hubby away overseas on business and my youngest turning 1. I’ve been dying to sit down and post about what I’ve been up to. Now the other half is back I have a little more uninterrupted time to myself.
So where do I start? Lots of goodies to talk about! First of all I’ll let you know I’ve updated the shop with a weaves section and my homemade balms and blends section.
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I’ve purchased two essential oil books recently that are ‘jam doughnut’ packed full of amazing information. One of them being The Essential Life which has sold out Australia wide but not to worry it’s still available on Amazon. It’s my oil bible pretty much. EVERYTHING you would want to know about the oils! Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth & Babies by Stephanie Fritz is the bomb dot com if you’re growing a wee bean in your belly or want to know whats safe to use on babies. Stephanie Fritz is a Midwife in the U.S. and has been using essential oils with her clients and their babies since 2008. Highly recommend! It’s given me peace of mind that I’m using the oils correctly with Noah and Safi.
Coconut oil is a healthy fat that may help control weight, ease digestion, boost metabolism and support immunity. You can cook with it too! I have a teaspoon each morning to curb sugar cravings and pray it miraculously melts away my baby weight (or should I say Cadbury salted caramel weight). Be sure to use virgin coconut oil with no additives if you’re using it for beauty reasons. It keeps the skins connective tissue strong preventing wrinkles and is super nourishing and delicious. How do you use coconut oil?
Dr Bronner’s Pure Unscented Castile Soap is my new thang! I’ve culled all store bought body washes (along with other things I’ll get into later) because they’re full of scary chemicals. Research proves that some of the toxic chemicals used in so many well known brands are linked to cancer, immunotoxicity and skin problems. There’s a long list of things Dr Bronner’s is good for. I love the idea of replacing several products for just one and being able to incorporate my oils to do the laundry, mopping floors, window washing, scrubbing the bathtub, shower and toilet, washing bedding (great for dust mites), washing fruit and veg etc.
To make my rich, moisturising body wash you will need :
¼ cup Fractionated Coconut Oil (available here I use this coconut oil as it doesn’t solidify)
¼ cup Sweet Almond Oil (available at most health food stores – vit E or Jojoba can be used too)
½ cups Dr Bronner’s Pure Unscented Castile Soap (available online)
2 tsps Veg Glycerin (makes more bubbles for the babes available at most health food stores)
20 drops dōTERRA lavender (calming) + 5 drops melaleuca (antibacterial properties)
Glass bottle with pump (available here)
Funnel + measuring cups
Give bottle a good shake and you’re good to go. Safe to use on little bebehs with a shelf life of 6 months. You can use any essential oil you like I prefer this combo as its gentle enough to use on the boys plus the lavender helps with calming them down at that bedtime bath.
My homemade babe balm available to buy here or recipe below…
1 cup unrefined beeswax pellets (try eBay or health food store)
½ cup unrefined shea butter (try eBay or health food store)
1 cup organic coconut oil (many good ones out there, I use Goconuts)
2 tbs sweet almond oil
30 drops lavender oil
30 drops frankincense oil
15 drops Melaleuca
Start by adding the first four ingredients to a small sauce pan over medium heat. Each oil melts at a different temperature, so give it a little time. With an old spoon, stir your mixture until it turns clear and everything has melted. It is at this point that you should add your essential oils and mix well. I use an old pot that doesn’t get used for food anymore as the beeswax can be tricky to get off once it’s dried. I then pour mixture into 330ml glass jars (this recipe fills 2 x 330ml jars) and let harden on the counter at room temperature. These jars should last anywhere from 6 – 12 months.
Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Serum… If you don’t like oily serums, this is some good stuff!
Clarosonic Cleansing System where have you been all my hormonal breakout life? I read review after review and questioned whether this would be a good investment because beauticians have always told me exfoliating acne prone skin is a no no but thank goodness I followed my gut. It’s been 2 weeks of using on the days I wear makeup and my skin has 85% cleared up and it’s all baby bum soft! I feel like my skin can properly absorb my serum and moisturiser now. The Clarosonic removes up to 6 times more “stuff” on your face than using your hands with a cleanser.
I needed a new paddle brush and thought I’d pop the Evo Pete paddle brush into my cart when I was buying my concealer the other day… I don’t know about you but I don’t remember the last time I bought myself a nice brush? I was still using my brushes from when I was a hairdresser (7 years ago!).
Back to dōTERRA! Salubelle (also known as Immortelle) is the beauty blend containing frankincense resin, Hawaiian sandalwood, lavender flower, myrrh resin, helichrysum flower and rose flower essential oils. I got this miracle worker for 3 reasons… Age spots, pigmentation and dark circles. I use it on my hands beneath babe balm then apply a small amount beneath my eyes and lightly massage around the eye area then dab the remainder of the oil onto the pigmentation along my chin and jawline. I’ve been “blessed” with the dark circles my whole adult life and this is the only product that I’ve seen results with. It’s not often I’m blown away by beauty products to be honest.
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See how I use vegetable glycerin and sweet almond oil in the recipes above. Sweet Almond oil can also be used as a carrier oil for the essential oils.
Dry body brushing is a traditional natural health practice, which involves brushing over the skin dry, followed by a shower or bath.
A lot of benefits of dry body brushing are not necessarily something you can only see… but also what you feel. Dry body brushing stimulates the connective tissue attached to the capillaries sitting under the skin, to improve circulation travelling to the heart. It also assists the lymphatic flow around the body. The lymph relies on muscle movement to pass through the body so if you are not an active person, dry body brushing is a wonderful tool to stimulate the lymph flow so that you are ridding the body of waste and toxins daily. Some key benefits of dry body brushing are : cellulite, toxins and lymphatic drainage.
Lavender and frankincense are great for the skin and safe
to use topically on children. Both of these oils were used
in my babe balm to help soothe delicate, dry skin.
Plus they smell beautiful combined.
dōTERRA On Guard whitening toothpaste is another product we’ve used to replace store bought stuff. Fluoride free it contains wild orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, rosemary, peppermint, winter green sweetened with Xylitol. Everyone in my family uses it (not Safi yet obviously). It kinda tastes likes Big Red gum plus no nasty chemicals.
If you’d like to know how to buy dōTERRA essential oils and products take a look here.