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German Chamomile CO2 — DIY Face Serum

By: Kimberly Daun, Certified Aromatherapist

The process in which CO2’s are extracted enables the essential oil to maintain constituents that may not be present through steam distillation.  Read more about CO2 Extracts here.

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Download printable German Chamomile CO2 Chart Here

In the case of German Chamomile CO2, Matricine is maintained in the extraction process where it is lost when steam distilled. Matricine is one of the components most sought after for sensitive, dry, or reddened skin.

You can replace the carrier oils with those you prefer however I find that the carrier oils I chose really help with the intended purpose of each recipe.  See recipe options for all skin types at the bottom.

DIYFace Serum

What you’ll need for dry, reddened, sensitive skin:
What you’ll do:
  1. Measure all ingredients.
  2. Put into the bottle.
  3. Secure lid.
To use:

Apply to face each night, massage into skin.  Enjoy a well moisturized and balanced looking complexion!

Recipe ideal for mature skin:
Recipe ideal for oily, blemished skin:

DIY Massage Oil (masculin scent)

By: Kimberly Daun, Certified Aromatherapist

The memories associated with the scent of conifer trees brings me to a place of such peace and relaxation.  Throw it into a massage oil with properties to relax my tight muscles and I’m in a euphoric place!  Whip up this great blend for yourself; it has a deep masculine scent that is a perfect alternative to the typical floral massage oils. I’ve also been adding this to my epsom salts for a super relaxing bath (just be careful getting out of the tub as the oil can make it slippery).  Balsam Fir is such a wonderfully versatile oil, plus it smells amazing.  You can use it for; uplifting yet soothing mood boost, calming muscles and joints, open and support your upper respiratory system, as well as aid in balancing emotions.  Bonus chart at the bottom.

DIYBack WoodsMassage Blend

What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Pour everything into your bottle.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Shelf life of 1 year if stored properly.

Balsam Fir Product Sheet Template

Soothe Tummy Trouble (DIY Inhaler)

By: Kimberly Daun, Certified Aromatherapist

Soothe Tummy Trouble

Cardamom is my favorite new oil!

I just went on a 6,000+ mile road trip.  I suffer from motion sickness, cleaning up vomit from the car (or worse, my kids) is something that I would really like to avoid!  From past experience, I also know that we’ll probably end up eating something on the road that doesn’t settle well.  I decided that a blend for an upset tummy was a necessity for our first aid kit.  I’ve often used dill, which makes me crave pickles, so I really love the more gentle scent of cardamom.

What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Place new wick on the bottom of glass cup or bowl.
  2. Drop essential oils onto wick.
  3. Use tweezers to pick up saturated wick and place inside the inhaler.
  4. Screw on the top and place inside the inhaler sleeve.
  5. Use as needed for occasional digestive upset.

 

Recipes For A Quiet Mind (Inhaler & Diffuser)

By: Kimberly Daun, Certified Aromatherapist

A perfect solution for a quiet mind.

There is something quite magical about the spectacular mountains I was able to hike while visiting Plant Therapy in Idaho.  Before heading out, I re-read Spring Clean For The Spirit. I find that it helps me get my mind in the right place. Then I seized the rare opportunity to truly unplug, leaving my electronics behind and practicing some deep breathing to allow my mind, body, and soul to just relax.  I have a bit of a racing mind and calming my thoughts can often be a challenge.  I grabbed one of my inhalers, Spring Blossom, and Davana to experience such wonderful  peace, giving myself some much needed rejuvenation.

Quiet Mind

2 Ingredient, 2 Minute, DIY Lotion

By: Kimberly Daun, Certified Aromatherapist

diy easy lotionYou can use most of this weeks new oils in this super simple lotion recipe. This makes 4 ounces and has a shelf life of 1 year with proper storage.

What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Measure ingredients.
  2. Mix together, no need to melt (I use a hand mixer)!
  3. Transfer lotion from the mixing bowl to bottle (I use a frosting bag).

Davana; for nervous tension and a racing mind (per ounce)

Jack Pine; for energy and a mood boost (per ounce)

Fragonia; for relaxation (per ounce)

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DIY Anti-Itch Stick

By: Kimberly Daun, Certified Aromatherapist

I was sitting on the beach last night at sunset simply enjoying the view.  I was so lost in the beautiful scene that I didn’t realize that I had mosquitoes feasting on me!  When I got home I started to itch all over my arms and legs, I was ferociously scratching all over.  I quickly whipped up a few of these as I know this won’t be the last time my family and I have itchy bug bites this summer (go here to see how I clean up the messy beeswax residue).  Thankfully, these start to ease the annoying itch as soon as you apply it.  I’ll be keeping one in my purse for the rest of the bug season!

Anti-ItchStick

What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Melt beeswax in a double boiler.
  2. Turn to low and mix in the carrier oil with beeswax.
  3. Turn off heat and add all essential oils.
  4. Pour into lip balm tubes.
  5. Allow to harden then put the cap on.
  6. You can print Avery 22804 Anti Itch Stick labels.

DIY Teeth Whitening Toothpaste

By: Kimberly Daun, Certified Aromatherapist

Whitening DIY Toothpaste

I was scouring the internet for recipes on how to whiten teeth naturally and tried quite a few different recipes.  Although this started out as simply a tooth paste recipe it has evolved into my oil pulling recipe by simply adding 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and swishing for 10-15 minutes.  This recipe is not for the faint of heart, it packs some punch and takes a bit getting used to.  It also takes a few rinses to remove the coloring.  However the results are so worth it!  My mouth feels so clean and healthy!

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What you’ll need:
  • 1 tablespoon Baking Soda (Helps to remove stains and whiten teeth.  Fights bad breath.)
  • 1 tablespoon Bentonite Clay (Draws out heavy metals and toxins. Remineralizing, including calcium and magnesium.  See this article about the benefits of magnesium.  )
  • 1 tablespoon Turmeric Spice (may help reduce swelling, encourages healthy gums, whitening)
  • 3 tablespoons Solid Coconut Oil (supports healthy gums and freshens breath.)
  • 6 drops Orange Blood (may help reduce swelling, supports healthy gums, and freshen breath)
  • 10 drops Spearmint (supports a healthy mouth)
What you’ll do:
  1. Add together and sift dry ingredients.
  2. Combine all ingredients and mix well. (I used a hand mixer)
  3. Store in a small mason jar.
How to use:
  • Use a clean utensil to put a generous amount of paste on your toothbrush.
  • Brush for 2 minutes.
  • Spit out everything, do not swallow!
  • Allow residue to sit on teeth for 2 minutes.
  • Rinse well and enjoy a stronger, brighter, and whiter smile!

Summer Solstice for the Spirit

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Today marks the longest day of the year.

For some weeks, I’ve been drawn toward this day, the Summer Solstice, to create and experience some deeper healing. It’s as if my soul has been turning toward the sun needing to illuminate some of the dark places still casting shadows on my soul.

Shocks to the system, such as trauma, crisis, or loss not only impact our mind and body, but also leave an imprint on our spirit. Left untended, they can create blocks to our ability for our spirit light to fully shine.

In Spring Cleaning for the Spirit, we refreshed and cleared the clutter and cobwebs within us. Since that time, I’ve been drawn to a deeper level of cleansing. I mentioned to someone, who had been through a similar experience, that I was feeling a readiness – a craving if you will – to go deeper, and she profoundly replied:

 “If you are willing to go deeper, you are ready to heal.”

sunlight-hand-smaller-size (1)The nature of my being thrives in the light. The lengthened days of summer bring a radiance to my heart and uplift my spirit. So, I can’t think of a more perfect time than this season of sunlight to support my spirit light in shining brighter than before.

I feel there is a synergy of sensory experiences to access that comes both from basking in the glow of the sun, as well as smelling the scent of special blends while setting the intention of enlightened reflection in support of the spirit.

What that reflection means to each of us, may be different, but I think a slowing down to look inward, to see where the shadows may be dimming our light, and allowing shifts to begin to take place. The very act of reflection is one of illuminating what sits below the surface.

For me, it is meditation, for others it may be prayer, and yet for others it may be just sitting quietly in a place that feels like sanctuary. That could mean something as simple as a morning stroll, a day at the beach, or sitting by a window filled with natural light, and then spending some time in quiet contemplation while diffusing a blend that brings light to the spirit. You may wish to  make note of  comes into you awareness, any shifts you experience, and intentions you set going forward to help light the way.

This is a practice that takes time, over time, and for me, suited for the sunny and slower time of summer. It is a supportive practice, as a complement, to deepen the self-care I am already practicing.

And, here, I want to note that, while aromatherapy and self-reflection can provide gentle and soothing support when mending issues enmeshed within our essence, it is very important to know where you are in your journey and to seek professional support when you feel it is needed, especially when bringing deeper, darker things into the light, or dealing with potentially profound shifts. The skilled and compassionate hand of gifted healers, over many years, has helped to bring me to this point of being “willing to go deeper and ready to heal.”

Once I opened myself up to the possibility of deeper healing, I set out to explore which aromatherapy options might best suit as support for this next leg of my journey. Immediately, three things happened.

When you are ready, the teacher appears. And, that teacher was named melissa!

I was already working on this blog, when I unexpectedly received a sample of melissa. It was love at first sight (or smell). Within a few days, in a discussion with others, melissa was suggested as a wonderful and powerful support in helping to heal deep wounds of the spirit. It was clear to me that melissa was appearing for a reason.

I opened my copy of “The Blossoming Heart” Aromatherapy for Healing and Transformation,” by Robbi Zeck to discover she writes this about melissa in working with the spirit:

“Like a beam of light on a dark winter’s day … reaching inward, caressing the inner being, the warm radiance directs the spirit toward mindful reflection on all that you have to be grateful for.

What a perfect essential oil to bring light to the places of the spirit that you wish to illuminate.  And, what better time to harness that “beam of light” than on the longest day of the year. Or, for that matter, any time your spirit needs the support of a “beam of light” and “warm radiance.”

In working with melissa on this level, I was immediately and intuitively drawn toward several other essential oils that play important and supportive roles. These are indeed precious oils that provide support for potential of exquisite healing. They have come together in several blends outlined below that you may wish to experience and explore in your own healing journey.

I hope one, or more, of these blends will help those of you wishing to brighten your spirit light. May your own journey be illuminated by the radiance from the skies above and your own essential radiance within.

The ratios below are for diffusing. They can easily be scaled up to 15 drops for inhalers on the go, or made as a mini-master blend and added a drop at at time to diffuser jewelry. 

Liquid Sunshine

2 drops fragonia

2 drops melissa

1 drop lime

Helps to bring light and radiance to the heart and spirit. Helps to clear and cleanse old and deep emotional blocks and patterns, especially from long-ago wounds. Provide comfort and support. Uplifting and calming, as well as grounding and balancing during times of emotional difficulty. Promotes emotional clarity. Encourages personal strength, dignity and gratitude.

 

Warming Light

 2 drops coriander

2 drops of sandalwood

1 drop melissa

Brings light to the heart and spirit, and warmth to the emotions. Eases emotional blocks. Promotes a sense of peace and security while encouraging a higher state of consciousness and greater clarity. Supports healing of mind, body and spirit. Grounds, balances and calms. Encourages confidence, motivation, optimism.

 

Radiant Spirit

1 drop neroli

1 drop melissa

2 drops mandarin

1 drop bergamot

Brings positive energy, promoting joyful love and sense of peace. Helps to connect more deeply inward to support emotional renewal and the shifting of old patterns. Brings a sunny, radiant light to the spirit, especially when dealing with deeper emotions during times of inward reflection. Gently helps to provide emotional clarity and helps to ease blocks. Helps to ease wounds of the heart and opens the heart to radiant love and joy.

 

Grounding Glow

1 drop sandalwood

2 drops melissa

1 drop fragonia

1 drop ginger co2

Grounding and calming while inviting light, warmth and radiance to the spirit. Helps to connect to a higher consciousness and insightful self-awareness, especially during quiet reflection. Helps to release deep emotional blocks. Supports balance to mind, body and spirit, encouraging peace within. Strengthening and rejuvenating, it promotes courage, confidence and optimism.

 

 


References:

Keim, Joni, and Ruah Bull. Aromatherapy & Subtle Energy Techniques: Compassionate Healing with Essential Oils. N.p.: CreateSpace, 2015. Print.

Zeck, Robbi. The Blossoming Heart: Aromatherapy for Healing and Transformation. East Ivanhoe, Victoria: Aroma Tours, 2004. Print.

 

Face Wash For Men

This is the best face wash for men!

My husband loves the deep woodsy scent of this blend as well as the exfoliation of the ingredients.  After a week of watching my hubby’s skin tighten daily, I finally stole some and tried it out and absolutely love it!  My husband has oily skin while mine is more on the normal/dry side and we’ve both reaped the benefits of this recipe.  This is the perfect addition to your DIY gifts for dad or any other men in your life!  Short on homemade gifts for dad?  Be sure to try these awesome Beard Oil, Shaving Cream, or Cologne.

Men's Facewash

What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Measure and add together all dry ingredients.
  2. Mix well.
  3. In a separate container, combine and mix oils.
  4. Put in an airtight container.

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To use:

Use a clean spoon to scoop about a teaspoon of dry ingredients onto the palm of your hand, mix enough oil to moisten, massage onto the face (avoid eyes), and rinse with warm water.

100,000 Miles in the Rear View Mirror

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So, this just recently happened!

100KThis could have happened anywhere at a time I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to notice it. I could have missed it. But, I didn’t. It happened right in front of me in my neighborhood as I looked down to check my speed. So, I pulled over for a pic.

And, then, I immediately thought “100,000 miles in the rear view mirror.”

There was either a country song in there or a blog. I chose blog.

I often see life in metaphors, signs and symbols so, for me, this was huge milestone moment that definitely captured my attention. It actually felt more momentous to me than when I turned 50.

Here is how I understood that message.

Where is my perspective on this journey?”

Am I focused on the miles behind me? Am I fixated miles ahead? Or, am I mindful of this moment?

My wisdom teachers and healers remind me the past is over and the future has not happened. What we have is the present.

We have no power to go back and change the past. To live in the past means we can’t get ahead in our healing. The future hasn’t yet happened. To live only for the road not yet traveled can create distress. Lingering in the past, I can become stuck in fear and anger bringing my spirits down. Looking too far to the future, trying to control for things yet unknown, can lead me to feel anxious and worried.

When I am fully in the present, I feel at peace. It is here where I am inspired by what is happening now, to express my purpose and potential that was always there regardless of what might have been, or what might yet to be.

And, yes, like most folks I do need to often remind myself to come back to the present. For a girl who had previously lived for the future, and has some hauntings still tied to her past, it can be difficult at times to remember to simply be here now. And, when I forget, my mind creates distress that can create stress in my body as we discussed in Take a Breath and Cool Your Jets.”

So, I practice mindfulness. And, I truly need the practice.

 Many have heard of mindfulness, but may wonder what it is all about. It is really a simple concept, and one of the simplest explanations I have found is the following:

Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present.” “Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.”[1]

There are many ways to practice mindfulness. But, a simple first step is to awaken to the present by stimulating our senses.[2] This is where aromatherapy can be truly supportive in our efforts to return when we feel ourselves drifting overlong in our past, or our future.

Just the other night, I ate a Godiva truffle while watching TV and reading. And, after I finished it, I realized I had actually not been truly aware of it. A Godiva truffle for gosh sakes! What a waste of a gorgeous sensory experience. But, I had another tucked away. And, the next night, I did nothing but eat the truffle. I closed my eyes, I inhaled, took a bite, felt the texture it on my tongue and really tasted it. Oh my goodness, what a totally different treat.

Are we doing the same with our use of aromatherapy?

Are we dashing around taking quick hits of this or that essential oil to solve or soothe and issue? Or, are we really inhaling and savoring the scent like the fine distilled essence that it is?

Employed as the true sensory experience it is meant to be, aromatherapy can support our efforts to be more mindful by stimulating our sense of smell to awaken our mind, body and spirit to where we are in this moment. Just think of the everyday wisdom we share in “stop and the smell the roses,” or “wake up and smell the coffee.”[3]

Here are two blends that are helpful for me. I find essential oils that are stimulating to awaken our awareness, and those that are grounding to anchor us to the sense of being present in the moment. I would encourage you to get out your favorite oils and take a sensory tour through smell to find which ones awaken and ground you.

The ratios are scaled for an inhaler stick because I like to keep them with me when I feel I have drifted too far away for too long. You can also reduce the ratio to suit your diffuser, or make a blend and add a drop to aromatherapy jewelry, or you might even prefer to wear it as a personal scent with the oils you choose.

Awakening and Stimulating Blend

6 drops rosemary

6 drops peppermint

3 drops lime

Grounding and Quieting Blend

6 drops basil linalool

6 drops bergamot

3 drops sandalwood

As we head into the season of summer road trips, what is your perspective?

A glance behind can be healthy to see how far we’ve come and to learn from where we have been. And, having an eye toward dreams and plans for the future is both healthy and fulfilling.

It is when we become stuck in those forward or reverse gears that we can stall out traveling this highway of life missing the scenery, missing the signs and missing the living happening now.

So, if like me, you need to practice being present, pack your favorite inhaler for reminders to be mindful on the go.  It is an opportunity we give ourselves to consciously live in our most optimal place of wellbeing.

 


References:

[1] “Mindfulness.” Psychology Today. Psychology Today, n.d. Web. 18 May 2016.

[2] Katz, Linda. “What Your 5 Senses Can Teach You About Mindfulness.”Mindbodygreen. N.p., 25 Nov. 2014. Web. 27 May 2016.

[3] Katz, Linda. “What Your 5 Senses Can Teach You About Mindfulness.”Mindbodygreen. N.p., 25 Nov. 2014. Web. 27 May 2016.

 

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