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:
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.
– 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.
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: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 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.
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.
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
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
INGREDIENTS FOR 1-2 SERVINGS:
1/2 red grapefruit
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
INGREDIENTS FOR TWO SERVINGS:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.