I use essential oils for many things and even cook with them especially cumin, lemon, rosemary, fennel, etc. I tried so many lotions and none really worked for the dry climate in which I live. This year remains exceptionally dry–no measurable moisture in over 100 days. This causes dry skin itching and discomfort. Therefore, creating my own body butter seemed a good solution.
1/3 cup oil–I use olive oil
5.5 oz. jar of organic shea butter
20 drops frankincense essential oil
20 drops myrrh
20 drops geranium
10 drops jasmine
These ingredients can be adjusted to suit your preferences or whatever essential oils you might have on hand. I always use frankincense and myrrh. The last time I made this I did not use geranium and jasmine; I used neroli and sandalwood. Find out what works for you. If the jar of shea butter is larger, you can adjust the rest of the ingredients to larger amounts as well.
Warm shea butter in a microwave but do not melt. Place in a bowl. Add oil and essential oils and whip until smooth and thoroughly mixed. I use an electric mixer just as I would for creaming butter and sugar for a cake. Sometimes in colder weather the shea butter can become somewhat crystallized. The crystals will melt in the warmth of your hands.
Your skin will love you.
Several months ago I won a Fitbit at work. At that time my main concern, heath question, was this: Am I getting enough exercise? Quite quickly I realized I was concerned about the wrong health issue. I apparently get more exercise on a normal day than I ever imagined, just doing what I do: yoga in the morning, walking around the building at work, feeding my horse, chores. Much to my horror, however, I discovered that I was getting way less deep sleep than recommended by every article I had seen. It became such a concern that I was getting less, not more sleep. I decided to investigate. If you want to track the stages of sleep, forget Fitbit. You may be able to use it as some sort of general guide but nothing definitive. To actually know how many hours and minutes of various stages you sleep, you must go to experts and they must measure your brainwaves. Predictably, once I learned that, guess what, I immediately slept better.
If you have sleep issues or just want to go to sleep in a fabulous smelling atmosphere, try essential oils. You can go online and find a list from various “experts” outlining the top ten for relaxation and better sleep. These include lavender, myrrh, Roman chamomile, cedar wood, sandalwood, neroli–the list varies slightly depending on the site. Plus, everyone differs so experiment to see what works for you. Here is what I found works for me: diffuse lavender and melaleuca in a diffuser next to your bed (melaleuca or tea tree does nothing for sleep but is good for so many other things; I also use doTerra breathe for allergies), rub several drops of cedar wood on both feet, rub several drops sandalwood on your wrists. This combination has improved my sleep greatly. I read yesterday that mixing lavender with Roman chamomile is effective, but I have not tried that yet.
I would be interested in hearing from others what works for them. Happy Dreams!!
Given the response I received from the last set of tips, it seems a good cause to periodically add more. Essential oils hold a special place in my health routine. I use them for so many things. I have found several especially useful to diffuse at night for prevention of allergy symptoms and to facilitate better sleep. Although I generally prefer doTerra, I use other brands as well. However, I have found that since I started using doTerra Breathe at night in a diffuser, my allergy symptoms remain minimal compared to what they were before.
Here are two formula I use at night. I suggest individuals experiment to see what works for them. I combine Breathe with other oils. One formula is approximately 7 drops Breathe and seven drops Cedarwood. Cedarwood is particularly good to facilitate deep, relaxing sleep. It helps prevent sinusitis and reduces stress. I have a large diffuser so you may want to experiment to see what works for you.
The other formula I use at night is Breathe as above combined with equal amounts of lavender and melaleuca (tea tree). Melaleuca has so many others uses, it seems nearly limitless. It is especially good for teenage acne and treating infections. However, I myself have never used it for those purposes. It is one of those “cure all” oils and reduces inflammation and boosts the immune system.
Recently, I ran across a variety of tips to lower heart rate and triglycerides, reduce wrinkles, and feel happier and healthier.
- Herbs like coriander, cilantro, oregano, garlic, ginger, thyme, basil, and pepper flakes block fat absorption in the digestive track. Just add two teaspoons of any of these daily to reduce triglycerides.
- You can also lower triglycerides with black tea–eight ounces with every meal. Research indicates consistency matters. In one study this routine cut triglycerides 35% in three months. White and green tea help too.
- Slow your heart rate and calm down by listening to relaxing music. The most effective tempo is 60 beats per minute. Think Baroque.
- One half cup of almonds daily can also reduce heart rate by as much as four points because almonds contain magnesium.
- Eat ten large green olives daily to reduce wrinkles and inflammation. I will admit my concern with this would be the sodium. Olives generally are quite salty.
- Eat sweet potatoes and strawberries to smooth skin. They are filled with betacarotene and vitamin C. You can even make a face mask with mashed sweet potatoes–just add a bit of milk and honey. Leave on face ten minutes and wash off.
Personally, I use essential oils to improve my health and skin. Every morning I put one drop of essential oil of cardamon in my first cup of coffee. It improves digestion and helps fight infections. After tiring of my students complaining about the smell in my high school class room, I tried various essential oils in a diffuser. The one that worked and about which no students complained is rosemary. It helps with allergies, hay fever, and memory. Some students jokingly tell me I need to dump the whole bottle in. It also combats hair loss and dandruff. I put it in my shampoo. My favorites, however, are frankincense and myrrh. If your joints or muscles are aching, rub them down with magnesium oil and add a little of these.
Here’s to a healthier, happier you!!