Energizing Essential Oil Recipes

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Fall is here with it’s crisp, clean air inviting us to throw open the windows and disperse the stale summer from our homes. It is a good time to energize ourselves with essential oil recipes.

Following are some energizing and uplifting recipes you may wish to try:

Basil Refreshing and Rejuvenating Aromatherapy Blend
1 Basil Essential Oil

The fresh, sweet aroma of this blend helps relieve the physical and emotional fatigue associated with stress. The spicy green basil nuance also inspires clarity and positive thinking.

Blend the following essential oils with 1 ounce of your chosen carrier oil:

10 drops Basil

10 drops Bergamot

10 drops Lavender

10 drops Peppermint

5 drops Eucalyptus

Swirl until all oils are thoroughly blended before each use.

Use in the bath (8 to 10 drops), wear the blend as a perfume oil (5 to 8 drops) on neck, wrists, ankles, etc… Place (3 to 5 drops) into 1/4 cup distilled water in an Aroma Lamp, Diffuser, or Oil Burner.

Uplifting Lemon Blend
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This balanced blend of inspiring and relaxing oils can have a gently uplifting effect on the emotions.

Blend the following essential oils with 1 ounce of your chosen carrier oil:

15 drops Lavender

10 drops Lemon

10 drops Neroli

10 drops Tangerine

Swirl until all oils are thoroughly blended before each use.

Use in the bath (8 to 10 drops), wear the blend as a perfume oil (5 to 8 drops) on neck, wrists, ankles, etc… Place (3 to 5 drops) into 1/4 cup distilled water in an Aroma Lamp, Diffuser, or Oil Burner.

Sweet Clarity Blend
1 A Essential Oil of Peppermint

Many aromatherapy blends formulated to be energizing can be a bit too brisk and overpowering. But this blend combines oils that yield an energizing benefit with sweetly scented ones, making a combination that’s pleasant and uplifting. This blend is wonderful inhaled directly from the bottle or diffused when studying for a test or sitting through a long meeting or place a few drops on an handkerchief.

Blend the following essential oils with 1 ounce of your chosen carrier oil:

15 drops Lavandin

10 drops Lemon

10 drops Peppermint

10 drops Spearmint

Use in the bath (8 to 10 drops), wear the blend as a perfume oil (5 to 8 drops) on neck, wrists, ankles, etc… Place (3 to 5 drops) into 1/4 cup distilled water in an Aroma Lamp, Diffuser, or Oil Burner.

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Share Your World – 2014 Week 42

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Share Your World – 2014 Week 42

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What would be your preference, awake before dawn or awake before noon?

Awake before dawn. The front of my home faces east over Weiss Lake. I love watching the sunrise over the lake.

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If you could choose between Wisdom and Luck, which one would you pick?

Can’t I have both? :) I would choose Wisdom.

If you were given the opportunity for free skydiving lessons would you take them? Why or why not?

No. I’m too scared of heights.

Is the glass half empty or half full? What is in the glass?

Water is in my half full glass.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am thankful that my mother improved greatly last week and am looking forward to her getting out of rehab/therapy this week.

 

Easy and Simple DIY Body Care Recipes

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Easy and Simple DIY Body Care Recipes

2-Step, 2-Ingredient Formulas for Natural, DIY Body Care

Conventional body care products like body washes, moisturizers and scented body sprays usually contain dozens of ingredients, many that function only to stabilize, dye, preserve and artificially fragrance the product. A lot of these ingredients care for the formula while it sits on the shelf and do little to care for your body when you ultimately (and repeatedly) apply it to your skin.

Your own freshly made, as you need it, two-ingredient formula of essential oils in a carrier liquid will perform the same basic duties as most of these products. Become your own two-ingredient, two-step natural body care formulator and eliminate all of the superfluous ingredients that you don’t need to pay for, apply to your skin or rinse into the environment.

Cleanser:

Oil Based Liquid Soap + Essential Oil = Body Wash, Shampoo, Shaving Soap

One two-ingredient body wash can do it all. Oil-based liquid (castile type) soaps such as Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild are non-harsh and widely adaptable to cover cleansing, shampooing and even shaving.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup liquid soap
  • 24 drops essential oil or blend

Directions: Mix oils into soap and place into a bottle. Customize your blend by adding 1/4 cup herbal infusion, green tea, aloe extract or floral water.

Moisturizer:

Carrier Oil + Essential Oil = Bath Oil, Body Oil Moisturizer, Massage Oil, Hair Treatment, Personal Essence

One two-ingredient, oil-based moisturizer can do it all. Nut and seed oils range from light and sheer (rosehip seed or jojoba) to rich and deeply emollient (macadamia nut or sweet almond).

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 carrier oil
  • 24 drops essential oil or blend

Directions: Mix oils and place in bottle.

Moisturizer: Apply to damp skin after cleansing then pat dry.
Massage: Use 1 to 2 tablespoons as a massage oil.
Bath: Add 1/4 cup to bath.
Hair Treatment: Massage 1 to 3 teaspoons into hair and scalp, then comb through locks and wrap in a hot towel until cool.
Personal Fragrance: Dab behind ears and on pulse points as a perfume oil.

Personal Essence:

Pure Water + Essential Oil = Body Spray

One two-ingredient spray refreshes, hydrates and scents skin.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 24 drops essential oil or blend

Directions: Mix oils and water and place in a spray mister bottle. Shake vigorously before misting the skin. Customize your blend by adding 1/4 cup witch hazel extract, aloe extract or floral water.

Source: http://www.auracacia.com/auracacia/aclearn/diy-body-care.php?utm_source=Aura+Cacia&utm_campaign=1ac9f030be-Aura_Cacia_October_2014_e_news&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_273321ddbd-1ac9f030be-3629801

 

Share Your World – 2014 Week 41

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Share Your World – 2014 Week 41

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Would you rather take pictures or be in pictures?

I am nowhere near a photographer, but I much prefer taking pictures, than being in them.

What did you most enjoy doing this past week?

There wasn’t much, if anything, I enjoyed last week. My mother had a stroke on Monday afternoon and the rest of the week was spent at the hospital, staying with her. The doctor’s released her to therapy on Thursday morning. We got her settled in at a rehab/therapy facility where she will stay for fourteen to twenty-one days, depending on how much she improves during therapy. I went back on Sunday and washed her clothes for her.

What is your greatest extravagance?

My greatest extravagance is buying a good shampoo and conditioner for my hair. My hair has always been my greatest vanity.

Which letter of the alphabet describes you best?

D, I’m straight and no-nonsense on one side and well-rounded on the other.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful that I still have my mother with me after her stroke. I am looking forward to this weekend, when I can go visit with her again.

Bogeyman – A Book Review

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BOGEYMAN: He was every Parent’s Nightmare

By: Steve Jackson

OVERVIEW

A WildBlue Press original true crime story from the New York Times bestselling author of MONSTER and NO STONE UNTURNED, describing in dramatic detail and with heart-rending poignancy the efforts of tenacious Texas lawmen to solve the cold case murders of three little girls and hold their killer accountable for his horrific crimes.

“Absorbing and haunting! BOGEYMAN spills creepily across the page with Steve Jackson’s hellacious verve and insight, reminding us there are few better explorers of the American berserk.”–Ron Franscell, bestselling author of THE DARKEST NIGHT

“Steve Jackson’s latest, BOGEYMAN, reveals a living, breathing nightmare that haunted parents, as well as detectives. Be sure to add it to your reading list if you’re a fan of true crime books.” Aaron Habel, host of Generation Why Podcast

From the book: “For years he’d stalked elementary schools and playground looking for young girls from low-income neighborhoods to abduct, rape and murder. He thought of them as “throwaway kids”–hardly missed, and soon forgotten, except by those who loved them. He was ever parent’s worst nightmare. The bogeyman they warned their children about … the fiend who lurked outside bedroom windows.”

BOOK REVIEW

BOGEYMAN: He was every Parent’s Nightmare, by author Steve Jackson, is a well-researched, well-written, true crime, non-fiction book. Author Steve Jackson covers two decades of Detectives who committed themselves, and their lives, to proving the guilt of David Penton as the abductor, abuser, and killer of several young girls in, and near, a small town in Texas.

David Penton went on his crime spree during the 1980’s; a time when there were no such things as Amber Alerts, Cell Phone, DNA Testing, or Internet. After years of gathering evidence, the Detectives and Lawyers felt they had enough evidence to convict Penton. Unfortunately, the case never went to trial. Penton agreed to a ‘plea bargain'; he pled guilty to the murder of three girls in exchange for a sentence to life without parole. This ‘plea bargain’ eliminated the threat of the death penalty.

Author Steve Jackson writes about the distress the Detectives, and their families, went through and the heart-breaking throes of torment the families of the victims went through.

I am not a reader of non-fiction, but BOGEYMAN reminded me of a time when my own daughters were growing up and the fear I felt for them each day. The book is also a reminder to all that the evil, that is Penton and others like him, lives on.

I highly recommend this book to all.

A PDF copy of BOGEYMAN was provided to me by Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review.

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