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DIY NIGHTTIME FACE SERUM

Beauty care has never been more fun and easier!

I’m a person who appreciates easy & simple beauty care routine. I just don’t like to spend hours every morning and evening shuffling with all sorts of creams and what not. Plus I don’t even have all that extra time. My kids barely let me pee in peace let alone to spend one hour styling my hair!

There’s a little hippie girl inside me that got out of her cave few years back when I learned to appreciate, and totally fell in love with, my bare beauty and all its simplicity.

I’m also a person who believes that our skin & hair really doesn’t need five different kinds of creams, three shampoos, countless hair styling products, and a luggage full of make up.

When you add all the hundreds of different kind of ingredients we don’t even know how to spell, our beauty care routine easily becomes a cocktail that does more harm than good to our wellbeing.

Whenever I manage to substitute a commercially made product with a self made one I feel like a winner! I really get enormous satisfaction for being able to create my own beauty products with only few ingredients that are 100% natural and safe. It just can’t get better than that!
It’s so empowering to be in charge of what I put on my skin and into my body. Less is more!
Healthy and radiant skin & hair really just needs few good quality natural products that supports their own wellbeing and balance.

This serum doesn’t only support your skin during the sleep but also promotes good night sleep and it just might knock you out after applying it. Here’s what you need for this face serum and how to make it. You can also check out my Instagram stories under the highlight ‘DIY beauty’ for video instructions + step by step guide how to properly clean reuse your empty essential oil bottles.

DIY FACE SERUM:

Here’s what you need:

  • 15ml empty dropper bottle
  • 10 drops of Frankincense essential oil
  • 10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops of cedarwood essential oil
  • Organic rosehip seed oil

Here’s how to make the serum:

  • First add the essential oils into the empty dropper bottle
  • Then, fill the bottle up with organic rosehip seed oil, close the cap and swirl the bottle around few times to get the oils mixed up well. No need to shake, just gently swirl.

Apply the DIY face serum on a clean skin before going to bed and enjoy it’s calming effect.

And here’s a little bit about the benefits of the oils I chose for this face serum:

FRANKINCENSE

Frankincense essential oil is a resin oil and it’s topical use smooths the skin and maintains the radian appearance of healthy skin. It evens out skin tone and balances dry skin. Frankincense is a key ingredient in many face creams. On top of the great benefits this precious essential oil offers to the skin, it is also one of the best oils to assist relaxation.

LAVENDER

Lavender essential oil helps to reduce the appearance of blemishes, soothes sensitive skin, and supports healthy and youthful glow. Lavender is one of the most used essential oils and especially loved and appreciated for its calming and sleep supporting properties.

CEDARWOOD

Cedarwood essential oil offers cleansing and moisturizing properties and can help maintain the appearance of healthy and youthful skin. Cedarwood is also a resin oil like frankincense offering deeply grounding and relaxing benefits.


ROSEHIP SEED OIL:

Rosehip seed oil is a fatty carrier oil which is nourishes and smooths the skin. This is an excellent oil for more mature skin. It is considered as a precious anti-wrinkle oil to nourish and revitalize the skin. Rosehip seed oil is particularly valuable for mature, damaged, or problem skin.

Stay tuned for a basic DIY hair serum recipe. Coming out soon 🙂

HOME MADE CHOCOLATES

chocolates

Some years ago I decided I won’t buy muesli anymore because the homemade version is so much tastier and healthier. Store bought muesli is usually packed with sugar and raisins and have only some traces of the healthier stuff like nuts and seeds.

Now I made the same decision about chocolate (well, I still sometimes buy chocolate but make sure it is at least 85% cacao and as low in sugar as possible) . Sugar is usually the second most used ingredient in chocolate making it not so healthy choice even when it’s dark chocolate.

Yesterday I made chocolates (recipe slightly modified from the book I Quit Sugar: Your Complete 8-Week Detox Program and Cookbook ) for the first time and I was blown away by how easy it is to make and how delicious the chocolate is! In about 15 minutes I had prepared 25 chocolates fondants that were super delicious, vegan, and sugar free! I used only 1,5 tablespoons of maple syrup to give some sweetness. Adding coconut milk makes the chocolates creamy and sweet enough so you don’t even miss sugar or milk. These little chocolates fondants are a good conscious dessert that works great for the after meal sweet cravings. And you need only few of them to feel satisfied.

I prepared three different versions:
1. Peanut butter (or any other nut butter of your choice)
2. Peppermint Essential Oil
3. Orange Essential Oil

Here is a recipe for the Peppermint Chocolates:

chocolates recipe

You can make Orange Chocolates just by replacing Peppermint Essential Oil with Orange Essential oil. When using an essential oil in cooking make sure that it is 100% pure essential oil and that it specifically says in the label for internal consumption or something similar. If you don’t have peppermint or orange essential oils you can use natural food flavouring as well.

If you make Peanut Butter Chocolates, then leave out the Essential Oils. First pour a thin layer of the chocolates mixture in the small cups. Then add about a teaspoon of peanut butter (or any other nut butter of your choice) and fill the cups with another layer of the chocolates mixture.

MOISTURISING DIY BODY OIL

Lavender, frankinsence, and copaiba essential oils are all included in the Young Living Premium Starter Kit.

We’re almost half way through fall and winter is just around the corner! The seasonal changes can be hard on the skin; especially the winter season can be very challenging.

Cold air outside and dry and warm air inside can make the skin very dry and itchy. Summer, on the other hand, brings other challenges: sunshine feels so amazing on the skin and is important for the production of vitamin D, but it will also damage the skin, especially if it burns it. 

I thought I would share my favorite body oil recipe with you that works wonderfully year around. I’ve been using this for a bout a year now and would not change it for anything! It contains only few, 100% natural ingredients:

cold pressed sesame seed oil, frankincense, lavender, and copaiba essential oils. 

Sesame oil has been used for ages in skincare because of its many health promoting properties. I love to use this body oil in the evening before going to bed because it is very calming and soothing for the skin, muscles, and mind. Sesame oil gets absorbed very quickly into the skin so you don’t have to wait for a long time to get dressed after applying it. 

You’ll need:

– 200ml of organic virgin sesame oil
– 4 drops each: frankincense, lavender, and copaiba essential oils

– 200ml empty (glass) bottle preferably with a pump cork

Mix the ingredients together and apply on the skin after a shower. All the ingredients are very soothing and calming so this makes a perfect evening oil to support relaxation.

HOW ESSENTIAL OILS CAN IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH?

Lavender essential oil = the swiss army knife of oils. It has this amazing ability to help your body where ever it needs it the most.

Few weeks ago, at my introduction to essential oils event , all of the participants wanted to know one thing: HOW ESSENTIAL OILS CAN IMPROVE THEIR HEALTH?
There are many ways to answer to that question but after a short reflection, my answer was:
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Essential oils are the mean, inspiration, and support for an overall lifetime change. They offer you ways to get rid of the artificial & harmful chemicals in your life and create products that are pure, clean, and from nature. Your home, body, and environment becomes free from toxic material allowing your body, mind, and soul to slowly but surely find the balance they’re always trying to seek.

A drop of lemon in the water doesn’t only make the water taste delicious but it also supports healthy circulatory system and helps the body get rid of toxins.

Essential oils help raise the health of our body functions to support proper health and wellness. Whether you use them topically, aromatically, or internally they help support and regulate our body systems. They are not a quick fix and should not be considered as pharmaceutics. They should be looked at like any other wellness regime we enter into. If you want lasting changes you should use essential oils consistently over a longer period of time. In the end, it’s the lifestyle change that brings the benefits.


By slowly starting to change these little things in your life (which actually play a crucial role in your health and wellbeing) you will become more sensitive to other harmful habits, products, feelings, and actions in your life and before you even notice, you have made a huge improvement towards harmony and health in different aspects of your life.

Orange and peppermint essential oils are my favourite ones to support concentration and help me to stay focused.

HUMMUS CHIPS WITH LEMON ESSENTIAL OIL INFUSED CREAM CHEESE

Be careful because these run out fast!

Did you know that Chickpeas contain a huge number of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals including folate, magnesium, vitamin b6, vitamin c, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and zinc? They are also high in protein so are a fantastic alternative to meat for vegetarians.

Well, I would eat chickpeas even without all these amazing health benefits just because they are so delicious! Pasta in a chickpea sauce, hummus, roasted chickpeas, chickpea curry, chickpea omelet, chickpea bread, I mean you can do anything from chickpeas. 
Few months ago I was doing groceries and I found hummus chips! Those were so goooood! Then one day, I tried them with cream cheese and omg it was so tasty! My mind started immediately processing on a new recipe idea and here it is in all it’s simpleness and deliciousness: 

HUMMUS CHIPS WITH LEMON ESSENTIAL OIL INFUSED CREAM CHEESE

Lemon essential oil is full of flavour and can be substituted in any recipe that calls for lemon juice, lemon extract, or grated lemon zest.

Ingredients:
– hummus chips
– 120g cream cheese
– 2 drops Young Living Vitality lemon essential oil
– sliced radish
– chopped chives
– sprouts 

How to do it:
Mix two drops of lemon essential oil into the cream cheese. Put cream cheese on the hummus chips with a small spoon and decorate with sliced radish, chopped chives, and sprouts.

NOTE: if you don’t eat them immediately, I recommend putting a small piece of dry salad on the hummus chip first and then adding the cream cheese on top. This prevents the hummus chips becoming soft. 


Make it vegan by using vegan cream cheese.

Enjoy!

These are perfect for an end of summer picnic with a glass of Ningxia Red from Young Living.

JUICY SMOOTHIES TO STAY HYDRATED DURING THE HOT SUMMER MONTHS

Summer is here! Sun is shining and last week the temperatures were above 30 😎 Now the air is a little fresher but there’s still many weeks of summer left and hot days ahead.


On days like this it’s important to keep yourself hydrated to avoid tiredness and dehydration. Drinking just plain water can get quite boring so adding something to your water (a drop of high quality essential oil, a little bit of lemon juice, fresh mint etc.) doesn’t only make the water taste better but it also gives your body important nutrients to keep it thriving even during the hottest days. 


According to Ayurveda, the body doesn’t hydrate itself as well with plain water but rather uses it to flush out toxins from the body. Water on its own is considered as a cleanser but when you add something to the water, it provides hydration. Getting rid of toxins is of course good and important but doesn’t really help when the body is in the need of proper hydration. When you are dehydrated, brain capacity and metabolic processing slows down. Keeping yourself well hydrated keeps the brain sharper!

I’m a big fan of home made juices and smoothies and when the weather gets hot, I prepare myself a juicy smoothie that contains the important fibers of the fruit as well. 

When I prepare myself a juicy smoothie I almost always add some essential oil in it because they give nice zesty flavour and contain wide range of health supporting qualities. My two favourite essential oils to use in smoothies are lemon and lime essential oils.

Here are two of my favourite juicy smoothie recipes to keep you up and running during the summer months!

GRAPEFRUIT & CARROT SMOOTHIE

Lemon Vitality essential oil adds bright and dynamic flavour to food and is very versatile. It supports the immune system and has powerful antioxidant properties.

INGREDIENTS FOR 1-2 SERVINGS:

  • 1/2 red grapefruit
  • 1 apple
  • 1 carrot
  • small piece of ginger
  • 1-2 drops of lemon vitality essential oil (or the juice of half a lemon)
  • 1 drop of stevia
  • 1 glass of water

Put all ingredients into a blender ( I use Vitamix) and blend until smooth. Enjoy and stay cool!

CUCUMBER & MINT SMOOTHIE

Fresh mint and cucumber are like meant for each other.

INGREDIENTS FOR TWO SERVINGS:

  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/2 apple
  • 3-4 mint leaves
  • small piece of ginger
  • 1-2 drops of lime vitality essential oil
  • one big glass of water

Put all ingredients into a blender ( I use Vitamix) and blend until smooth. Enjoy and stay hydrated!

WHY ESSENTIAL OILS?

I started my journey into essential oils by ordering the Premium Starter Kit that came with this beautiful diffuser and 12 powerful essential oils.

I’m a person who appreciates simplicity in everything: beauty care, cleaning, washing, cooking, shopping, you name it. Less truly is more, and in most cases the best choice for your health and wellness. Just looking at the cleaning and beauty care sections at the supermarkets gives me a headache, and not only from the smell, but from the variety of different products. I’d rather go shopping in places that only have few carefully selected items than tens of hallways with shelves full of different products for the same use. It is not easy to make a conscious and the best choice when there is too much to choose from and it just take so much time! 
Since I got pregnant with my first child, I have been very conscious of what kind of products I use on my skin & hair, when cleaning, washing clothes, and eating. The longer the ingredients list on the product label the more likely I would not buy it, and the more E-codes and words I could hardly pronounce the label contained the more suspicious I would be about the product. 

For over six years I have been using as natural products as I could (easily) find because I didn’t feel comfortable anymore using products I had no idea what they contained and whether the ingredients were safe to use or not. But, I still felt like there has to be a way to create products that are free from all harmful stuff and contain only ingredients that are truly necessary.
I started using essential oils regularly about 10 month ago and I am still amazed how big of an effect these little bottles have had on my life. I have always wondered why different beauty and cleaning products contain so many ingredients and I’ve been asking myself: are all those ingredients really necessary? Could those harmful chemicals be avoided? Is there a way to make these products with 100% natural and organic ingredients? The answer is a big YES! 

After starting to use essential oils I have changed almost all of my beauty, cleaning, and washing products into homemade 100% natural ones. I used to have a different cleaning product for every purpose, now I only have one cleaning product for all purposes and it contains only few, 100% natural, ingredients. 

This is all you need to make your home sparkling clean and smelling great!

I don’t use any hair conditioner or styling products. After washing my hair I apply homemade hair serum on my damp hair before drying it and my hair has never looked and felt more shiny and healthy. 

On my skin I use only organic sesame seed oil, argan oil, or almond oil mixed with essential oils and my skins is as soft as a baby’s butt.

Make your own moisturising body oil by adding 4 drops lavender, 4 drops copaiba, and 4 drops frankincense essential oils into about 175 ml of organic sesame seed oil.

I make my own lip balm and foot cream by using beeswax, vegetable oils, and  essential oils. And guess what, these work ten times better than the commercial ones, are super easy & fun to make, and contain no chemical yuck! 

My DIY washing detergent is homemade and contains only three or four ingredients. Clothes are as clean as before and they smell amazing! 

When I want to add some extra flavour to my food I drop a drop or two of suitable essential oil and I have just created a delicious & tasty, restaurant grade meal without any artificial food additives. Plus, the food just got an upgrade on the health supporting category. 

Young Living Vitality Essential Oils are actually food supplements and specifically meant for internal use.

Women apply an average of 168 chemicals a day to their bodies just throughsoaps, makeup, shampoos, and hair care products. To me this sounds absolutely crazy and unnecessary. I am so glad I have found a way to cut off the chemical load.  Most of those chemicals are not only completely unnecessary but also potentially harmful for your health. You only need few good ingredients to preserve your healthy, radiant, and youthful look and the home does not need to be loaded with harsh chemicals in order to make it clean. You can prepare as tasty curry or chinese stir fry as your favourite take away by using plenty of spices and a a few drops of 100% natural essential oils.