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Magnesium Body Pudding

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Today’s DIY project is something I have been mulling over for a long, long time. Ok – not that long but at least the past two years or so. I am so excited to share this with you.This is a divine body product. I was put off by other magnesium products, since they tend to be drying and leave a stickiness behind on your hands. I was unable to avoid the stickiness, but this product is smooth, silky and very moisturizing! I hope you like it as much as I do!!!!

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What you’ll need:

  • Small saucepan
  • Small glass (pyrex) bowl
  • rubber spatula
  • Immersion blender
  • 1/2 cup melted magnesium flakes*
  • 1/4 cup mango butter
  • 3 tbsp jojoba
  • 3 tbsp beeswax, shredded (or about 0.5 ounces)
  • 2 tbsp hydrosol (I used lavender – stay tuned for hydrosols, coming soon!)
  • 12-15 drops essential oils of your choice. I used “Nighty night

*melt magnesium flakes by placing in a container and allowing to sit at room temp for several days until melted. Alternately, you could add 2 tbsp hot water to 1/2 cup magnesium flakes. Your final product will be a bit thinner.

What you’ll do:

  1. In a small glass bowl over simmering water (makeshift double boiler) combine mango butter, jojoba and beeswax. Allow to melt. Remove from heat
  2. In small saucepan, pour melted magnesium flakes. Gently warm over low heat for 2-3 minutes. Turn off heat
  3. Add hydrosol, mixing briefly
  4. Add your essential oils to the melted butter/wax
  5. Using immersion blender, begin blending the cooling butter/wax
  6. Slowly dribbling in the magnesium/hydrosol mixture. Continue blending
  7. At this point you’ll notice the product firms up into a “gel” type consistency -It reminded me of pudding, hence the name – Keep blending
  8. Finally, after adding all the liquid, scoop into a container
  9. This makes 1 cup of product
  10. Store in airtight container. I take out about a weeks worth, and keep the rest in the refrigerator

 

I use this magnesium body pudding on my feet twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. I love it! I shared a sample this recipe with a friend, who was having trouble falling asleep at night. She then wanted me to help her learn to make some and now she swears by it! I hope you have the same success – please be in touch if you have further questions contact us at aromatherapist@planttherapy.com


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Aromatherapy Playsand

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I set out today to create a fun playsand for my youngest daughter and nephew to play with on the from porch. What I ended up with was not what I was expecting, but it was still fun! I had the kids play with this for awhile before nap time. The result? Peaceful slumber for about 2 hours!

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What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup fine sand
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1/3 cup water (perhaps just a bit more)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted (or use FCO)
  • 10 drops essential oils, I chose Calming the Child

What you’ll do:

  1. Combine sand and corn starch in a large glass bowl
  2. Add essential oils to coconut oil, stirring well
  3. Add oils to water, stirring well to combine
  4. Pour liquide mixture into sand mixture
  5. Stir well, using a spatula to combine

 

Go wild! Place this in a large, shallow container with toy cars, trucks and scoops. The kids had lots of fun just scooping and moving it around with the vehicles. WARNING: this does and will make a mess. I suggest doing it outside, like we did or placing a large flat sheet down to cover the area your kids are playing it. This will save you tons of clean up time and allow you to reuse the sand later. We stored ours in a quart zip top baggie. If you find that it’s too dry the next time you want to use it, add a tsp of water and mix well.

*In the interest of full disclosure: You know we all have those projects that show such promise, yet don’t quite live up to our expectations. This was one of those projects for me! I had hopes of indoor sand castles and fun play with the toddlers! While not a total failure, this sand needs something else. I couldn’t quite figure out what, but it doesn’t hold together that well. It honestly didn’t matter – the kiddos still had a blast playing with it and I got quite a workout sweeping it up! They spent a good hour driving trucks through it, then moved onto scooping into buckets, cups and other containers. Totally worth the 2 hours of quiet play on the front porch on a rainy day! Bonus, it smells lovely and the toddlers had a nice nap afterwards!

I hope your kids enjoy playing with this project as much as mine! Keep your broom or vacuum handy and get a little dirty! As always, be in touch if you have questions or concerns! Email us at aromatherapist@planttherapy.com


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Carpet, Mattress (and more) Powder

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This is one of my favorite cleaning recipes! It’s a quick and easy DIY that you can use all over your home! Customize your scent & refresh your cleaning routine! Join me in making this multi-purpose powder for your home…

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1-2 cups baking soda
  • Essential oils of your choice
  • Container with shaker lid or that you can drill holes into

Here’s what you’ll do:

  1. Add baking soda to fill 1/2 your jar
  2. Drop a few (10-15 drops) essential oils into your jar
  3. Add the rest of the baking soda
  4. Drop in more essential oils (another 10-15 drops)
  5. Shake well to incorporate the essential oils into the baking soda

Now what?

  • Sprinkle this mix onto your carpets, allow it to sit for 30-60 minutes and vacuum up.
  • Sprinkle onto mattresses, allow to sit for 30 minutes and use your vacuum’s accessory hose to vacuum up.
  • Sprinkle into your kitchen sink, stainless steel, moisten a sponge or wash rag and scrub your sink to a high shine! Rinse well.
  • Pour about a tbsp. into the bottom of your trash pail to absorb stinky trash smells.
  • Use a bit with any citrus to help remove stubborn labels from up cycled jars!

Recipe Ideas:

  • Fresh and clean: Combine 2 parts any citrus & 1 part any mint (example 15 drops lime and 7 drops spearmint)
  • Autumn Splendor: Use 20-30 drops Germ Fighter (use caution with children under age 10)
  • Germ Destroyer: Use 20-30 drops Germ Destroyer
  • Floral Delight: Use 5 drops Ylang Ylang, 4 drops Neroli, 4 drops bergamot, 3 drops vetiver or Patchouli

Enjoy your new household powder! You will find many uses for it!! I truly hope you find this powder  as useful as I do! As always, if you have specific questions or concerns please get in touch with us. You can email our Certified Aromatherapists at aromatherapist@planttherapy.com anytime. We’re happy to help!


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Oil Cleanse Method

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One of the most important things to remember when dealing with your skin is that your body creates oil to help keep your pores clean and free of debris. In order to dissolve this oil and get at the trapped dirt, you need to use oil to cleanse your face.

Now no one is allowed to freak out!  But – that will cause breakouts, right?

No, it won’t. Breakouts happen for several reasons.

  1. Hormonal: Fluctuations in hormones can cause breakout for a variety of reasons. The  underlying cause may even be an undiagnosed autoimmune disorder.
  2. Genetic: Some people are just predisposed to acne.
  3. Psychological: Being stressed out CAN cause acne. When stress is high, the likelihood of a breakout can increase.
  4. Infectious: Some types of bacteria are known to colonize in the pores of the skin. These bacteria can disrupt normal, healthy skin function and result in an acne outbreak.
  5. Diet: Many times eruptions on the skin are a direct result of a food sensitivity or allergy. Finding the root cause can greatly reduce the number of outbreaks.

 

Once you figure out WHY your face is breaking out, you can take the appropriate steps to remedy the situation. Now, back to using oil to clean your face. There are a few guidelines to follow when blending carrier oils to use as your OCM base. First, start with about 20% of the whole as castor oil. Castor oil is drawing and helps to clear the skin of deep dirt in the pores. The remaining 80% is up to you. At the end of this post, you’ll find a few links that can help you choose the carrier that’s right for you.

You’ll want to know what type of skin you have. Perhaps you already know, but if not here is a handy tool I found for you to use to discover your skin type: http://www.wikihow.com/Determine-Your-Skin-Type

Knowing your skin type is useful in choosing which carrier oils will make up your oil cleanse. Adding essential oils is like icing on the cake! You can seriously customize this concept to really fit the goals you have for your skin! Let me give you a few examples.

 

None of these ratios or recipes are set in stone. You may have to experiment a little in order to find what works well for your skin. Always make a small “batch” in order to see how it works, then you can scale up or change as needed. In order to learn more about carrier oils, check out this post: Which Carrier Oil is Best for Me? This will guide you in choosing carrier oils that suit your needs. Other great posts like  DIY Facial Serum and Beauty Masks have helpful recipes that you may consider using to customize your carrier oil blend.

 

So once you’ve made your oil cleanse you’ll follow these step to use it:

  1. Massage a quarter sized amount into the skin
  2. Using hot water, wet a wash cloth and apply over the face to steam the skin (this allows the pores to open and the oils to get inside to help pull out the dirt)
  3. Wipe the skin with that wash cloth
  4. Rinse the wash cloth
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 at least one more time

 

I like to do this in the evening prior to bed. After cleansing with oil, you’ll find you don’t need any additional moisturizer. In the morning, I simply use water and a wash rag to wipe my face clean. I will apply a light serum in the morning!

 

As always if you have any further questions or concerns, please email us at aromatherapist@planttherapy.com. We can also be found on Facebook at Safe Essential Oil Recipes.


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DIY Body Wash

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Who doesn’t love a rich, foamy body wash? That luxurious feeling of clean and soft skin! I wanted something rich and creamy that I could customize with my own scents.Once I set out to make my own and after a few trials and errors this is how it finally went down.

With winter coming up , it needed to be moisturizing. I chose mango butter (personally I do not like the smell of shea butter) and WOW is it fantastic!  Check  out the recipe, then check out some scent combinations that you may enjoy – or come up with your own signature scent!

What you’ll need:

  • 1/4 c shea or mango butter
  • 1/8 c aloe vera gel
  • 1/8 c jojoba wax (a carrier or fixed oil)
  • 1 cup castile soap
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum (a thickener, commonly found near the Gluten Free baking items in your local grocery)

I used vanilla infused jojoba. Basically, I cut up 1 vanilla bean and it’s been hanging out in the small bottle of jojoba for about 3 weeks. I wanted to boost the “Love Vanilla” which is the essential oil synergy I chose for my body wash!

What you’ll do:

  1. Melt shea or mango butter over double boiler
  2. Then add aloe and jojoba
  3. Remove from heat stir in xanthan gum & castile soap
  4. Allow to cool slightly, add essential oils
  5. Pour into jar/container (TIP: use a funnel,  it’s way less mess!)

Body Wash

 

Alternately you could try this recipe, it’s a bit thinner and isn’t as luxurious but it gets the job done & isn’t too difficult to make at home! Bonus, it make A LOT! It does take a bit more time for the end product to set up but the results are worth the wait.

What you’ll need:

  • Bar of castile soap
  • 12 cups water
  • 2 TBSP glycerine (can be found in most pharmacies)

What you’ll do:

  1. Grate bar of soap
  2. Simmer your water in a large pan on the stove
  3. Add soap, stirring to melt
  4. Once melted remove from heat
  5. Add glycerine and essential oils
  6. Pour into containers and allow 24 hours to set up

 Scent combinations you might love: Use 5 drops of essential oil (total) per ounce of body wash. 

As always, we hope that this gives you some insight into these essential oils. Please be in touch with us via email if you have any further questions, concerns or comments. We can be reached at aromatherapist@planttherapy.com. You can also join our Facebook page Safe Essential Oil Recipes to share your favorite recipes with like-minded members!

 

Edit: It has come to my attention that this should probably be stored in the refrigerator between uses. The combination of water and other ingredients can cause an issue with mold if left out. An alternative may be to use a smaller bottle and leave the majority of it in the fridge, only taking out what you need for a week or so! 


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No ‘Poo!!

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In the interest of reducing chemical load on the body and creating customizable products, today let’s make our own shampoo or NO poo. Below are two different recipes to try. Some people find the baking soda version drying, so I found and modified another recipe that I hope you love just as much as I do! The second recipe does have ingredients not everyone may have on hand, so you may need to run to the store before starting! I only recently started using it – but already I am pretty sure I may never buy shampoo again! Choose one and let’s get started:

 What you’ll need:

Recipe 1

  • 1 c water
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp aloe gel
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • up to 20 drops essential oil {see recipe ideas below}

Recipe 2

  • 1/2 c castile soap
  • 1/4 c honey
  • 1/4 c coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp jojoba
  • 1 tbsp vit E
  • 30-40 drops essential oils {see recipe ideas below}

What you’ll do:

Recipe 1

Dissolve baking soda into water. Add other ingredients, shaking well to combine.

Recipe 2

Combine all ingredients in a container. Shake well to combine. You’ll need to shake well each time. I have left this out in the shower for two weeks with no issues. However, for longer term storage you may want to store the bulk of it in the fridge and remove small amount to use.

Essential Oil blends to try:

Keep in mind that when changing hair care routine, you’ll need to give your hair time to adjust to the new product. Traditional shampoos strip the natural oils from your head. When you switch to a more natural cleansing process your body may seem to over produce oils on the scalp. However, in reality the body is simply trying to replace what was once being washed away daily. You can combat the greasiness by washing every day at first, then reducing to two or three times a week. Your hair will eventually look and feel great!

Don’t forget, we have aromatherapists on-staff to answer your questions or concerns!! Please email us at aromatherapist@planttherapy.com or join our Facebook group Safe Essential Oil Recipes.


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All purpose salve DIY

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A great all-purpose salve that you can add your choice of essential oil to in order to best meet your needs. This is not a complicated recipe and it is easily customizable, making it perfect for those applications when a simple carrier isn’t right for you. We use this basic salve recipe at my house for all manner of issues from diaper rash to first aid. I use a mix of coconut oil along with some herbal infused oils that I always keep on hand (calendula – golden oil and comfrey – the dark green oil).

Step 1_ Gather ingredients

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

  1. Measure your oil and beeswax into a half pint jar. Place the metal band from the jar in the bottom of a pan of water. Then place your half pint jar on it. I have had jars crack sitting on the bottom of the pot, so I now use this method to reduce the risk of cracking.
  2. Melt the oils with the beeswax, stirring occasionally.
  3. Once the oils and wax are melted, carefully remove to a space on the counter. I lay out a dish towel to protect the counter. Stir in your essential oils, using up to 9 drops total per ounce of salve.
  4. Allow the salve to cool, with the lid on so the oils don’t evaporate out. Leaving the salve set until fully cooled will ensure a smooth final finish on top!

Recipe ideas:

Here’s a tip: I make a large batch of this and leave it without essential oils, then when I need some for a specific purpose I will remelt and pour off into small, 1 ounce, tins. This allows me to customize without having large quantities hanging around!

I hope you find this salve as useful as I do! As always, if you have specific questions or concerns please get in touch with us. You can email our Certified Aromatherapists at aromatherapist@planttherapy.com anytime. We’re happy to help!