Facial Toner Recipe: Simply Love Your Skin

Let’s start simply loving our skin with natural anti-aging ingredients.

This recipe is so incredibly quick and simple to make with only 2 ingredients, plus your essential oils of choice.

Why use a toner?
  • Toning your skin helps remove excess oils and dead skin cells that may have been left behind after washing.
  • Toning helps to balance your skin’s PH level.
  • Toning also helps to close the pores and allow your moisturizer to soak into the skin more efficiently.

I NEVER used to use toners, but as my skin ages, I found out that I love using a toner to rid of the dry and tired looking skin. My skin always looks more fresh and evenly toned for the day. Taking care of our skin by cutting out harsh chemical ingredients and using natural plant-based ingredients can also help slow the anti-aging process.

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Facial Cleansing Pads Recipe: Travel With Ease and Less Breakouts

My family is always on the go!

Whether it is moving across the country or going for a drive that turns into sleeping in the back of the jeep for a prolonged adventure or just to wake up on the beach, it happens! And I cannot get enough of it!

There are things that I do , however, so that my face and body do not suffer these spontaneous overnights. One of these protocols is bringing my homemade facial cleansing pads with me on any potential adventure breakaway. They are super simple to make and save me the post-adventure breakout.

They can also be used at home, when you’re just too tired to wash your face.

Ingredients (makes 4oz jar):

  • 1 Tbs Witch Hazel: This is a great facial cleanser, that helps tone the skin and has antibacterial properties.
  • Distilled Water
  • 5 Drops of Frankincense essential oil: MUST HAVE for fine lines and wrinkles.
  • 5 Drops of Tea Tree essential oil: It’s antibacterial and has disinfectant properties. This makes it a great cleansing essential oil and must have if you are prone to acne.
  • 5 Drops of Lavender essential oil: Calms and nourishes the skin.
  • Cotton Rounds/Pads
  • Container with a tight-fitting lid

Ditch and Switch:

There are so many healthy benefits from making the switch and using the natural ingredients used in this simple recipe. You are going to save loads of money this way. And you won’t be exposing yourself, family, or furry friends to the toxic chemicals that are in your pricey, conventional personal care products.

I’m so glad I’m able to share my wellness journey with you, one recipe or testimonial at a time. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, and how I can continue to help!

How to get started?

If you want to know how I got started using essential oils to increase my overall wellness or how you can improve your own wellness journey, start here.

Sending love and wishing you Happy and Healthy Trails!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The products discussed are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Views expressed are from an Independent Distributor, not a medical professional, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Young Living Essential Oils. Views expressed only apply to Young Living Essential Oils (not other essential oil brands). Individual results may vary.

Natural Makeup Remover Recipe: Plus Top 3 Ways to Promote Healthy Skin 🌹

Lets talk about our skin and how beauty comes from within. A lot of times we are looking for bandaids to fix a quick issue, but we need to look at what is going on inside so we can heal from the inside out.

In my opinion, these are the…

Top 3 Ways to Promote Healthy Skin

#1 Manage stress

This is difficult and I can’t say I’m very good at it, but its something I work on all the time. Stress can affect our skin’s appearance and show us when we are imbalanced. It’s good to shift our awareness and work on managing our stress whether its through breathing techniques like yoga and meditation, exercise, focusing on the positive, or whatever works best for each of us.

#2 Gut Health

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Double Chocolate Peppermint Flourless Brownie Recipe

Ready to get your chocolate sweet treat in this Valentine’s Day with zero guilt?!
I am ALL about treating yourself after growing up with a “candy drawer” (literally a drawer in the kitchen that was full of nothing but candy) and “bedtime snacks” consisting of cereal bowls full of ice-cream with all the toppings right before bed. A lot more health conscious these days, I’ve found a few recipes like this one where you can still have the sweet treats without the gut ache and guilt.
This recipe is full of everything you desire; dense, fudgy, double chocolate, peppermint brownies.
And for a bonus, they are Vegetarian, Gluten Free, have zero added sugar, and they’re flourless.
You can also try your favorite egg substitute to make these Vegan (although I have not yet tested these variations myself).

Why would you add Peppermint Vitality essential oil to your brownies?

  • For centuries, peppermint has been used to soothe digestive difficulties
  • Peppermint vitality essential oil can help curb appetite 
  • Peppermint tastes incredibly refreshing alongside the double chocolate

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Paleo Banana Bread Recipe

This is a recipe for soft and moist Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegetarian Banana Bread that will melt in your mouth. If your home is anything like ours, this bread will disappear so fast your bananas won’t ripen fast enough to make more.

My fiancé  likes to eat this treat for breakfast before heading out for a long laborious day at work. We also like to eat this as a healthy option for a sweet treat.

Try your egg substitutes to make this recipe Vegan (although I have not yet tested them myself).

As long as your bananas are ripened and eggs at room temperature, the prep time is only 10 minutes since everything goes right in your blender (we use a Ninja).

Why use Vitality Essential Oils to supplement your diet?

  • Taking Cinnamon Bark Vitality essential oil as a dietary supplement can support healthy digestion and help maintain a healthy immune system.***
  • Nutmeg Vitality oil has many health benefits, including cognitive function support, immune support, and powerful antioxidants.***
  • It is important to realize when using essential oils for dietary reasons to only use those that are truly pure and therapeutic and also approved for dietary consumption. Young Living’s Vitality line of essential oils is a great place to start for oils you can trust with seed to seal purity.

Ingredients:

    • 3 large ripe bananas, mashed
    • 2 eggs (let warm to room temperature for a lighter texture)
    • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
    • 2 cups almond meal/flour
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • ¼ teaspoon salt

*Can substitute the Cinnamon Bark Vitality essential oil for 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon.

**Can substitute the Nutmeg Vitality essential oil for 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg.

Directions:

      1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
      1. Lightly oil a loaf pan.
      1. Add all of the ingredients (except optional walnuts or Lily’s Sweets baking chips) to a blender and blend until combined.
      1. Pour banana bread batter into the prepared loaf pan and spread the batter evenly.
      1. Sprinkle walnuts or Lily’s Sweets baking chips to top (optional).
      1. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until bread tests clean.
      1. Allow bread to cool for 30 minutes.
      1. Run a knife along the edges between the bread and the baking pan in order to release the bread from the pan.
    1. Cut thick slices of bread and enjoy!

How to get Started?

I’m so glad I’m able to share my wellness journey with you, one recipe at a time. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, and how I can continue to help!

If you want to know how I got started using essential oils to increase my overall wellness or how you can improve your own wellness journey, start here.

Wishing you Healthy and Happy Trails…

***These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Nourishing Lip Balm Recipe: Skip Those that Waste Your Money and Health

Have you ever noticed that people who use chapstick carry it with them and use it obsessively? Did you ever wonder if it was because of the ingredients put in it?

In most cases, the skin care industry and the people who decide what is put inside our products are only interested in making our products;

  • smell good,
  • feel good on initial contact, and
  • look good.

Many of the big companies do not care if it takes care of your skin long term or how it is detrimental to your overall health. They care about the instant gratification result. Other conventional skin care products, including lip balm, actually dry the skin out more so you continue to feel like you need more and have to purchase the product more. Have you ever seen the people who are totally addicted to putting lip balm or chapstick on and they do it countless times a day or hour? This is why.

When you use real products and ingredients that promote your wellness, you do not need much because your body is getting what it actually needs to heal itself overtime and feel good.

While we are working on doing amazing things for our body in the new year, concentrating on what we put inside is essential. In a perfect world, we are going to drink enough clean water, get all the nutrients our body needs from our diet, and the products we use will benefit our health and wellbeing.

But we do not live in a perfect world.

There are toxins in our water supplies and our soils have never been so depleted of nutrients. To combat that, we do the very best we can do everyday to help our bodies fight the toxic exposure we cannot control and focus on what we can control. We control the products that we bring in to our households and use on ourselves and families everyday.

Did you know that a lot of makeup, lipstick, and chapstick on the market have lead in them?! Continue reading “Nourishing Lip Balm Recipe: Skip Those that Waste Your Money and Health”

Chest Rub Recipe to Support Winter Wellness: Cold Season is Here

As we’re in the midst of cold season, I thought it would be important to let you know at least one way I use natural alternatives to support my winter wellness.

Real quick, I want to breakdown the chemical—1,4-dioxane— as it is one of the scariest chemicals found in many of our personal care products and it is a known carcinogen.

Research by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that 22 percent of personal care products and cosmetics may be contaminated with 1,4 dioxane. That’s 1 of every 4 products you use on yourself or your family.

As a label reader, the scariest part for me is, you won’t see it on the ingredient list. 1,4 dioxane is actually a trace contaminant or a byproduct made during the creation of other chemicals. Its not even needed in our products, but it is still there, not listed, and adding to the toxic stress we already fight on a day-to-day basis.

When 1,4 dioxane is found in mineral oils like petroleum jelly, it cannot be metabolized. This means it continues to build up in our bodies over time. Experts say mineral oil should not be used on children under 2 years of age because when inhaled it can cause reparatory distress. Poorly refined mineral oil can even cause certain skin cancers after prolonged repeated topical exposure. And they are not only found in petroleum jelly, but also in baby shampoos, baby lotions, and baby oils.

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Healthy and Homemade Zesty Italian Dressing Recipe

Store bought salad dressings are full of all sorts of questionable ingredients these days, not to mention excess fat, sugar, and sodium. Use this recipe to feel better about the food you are eating with incredible flavor!

Ingredients:

*Sub ½ tsp of each (Thyme, Basil, or Oregano) if you do not have these Young Living Essential Oils

 

Why use essential oils in cooking?

The Young Living Vitality line of essential oils are designed so that we can explore pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils to flavor our favorite foods or as a dietary supplement. They are made from the purest and most beneficial part of each plant. So if you’re looking to boost the nutritional content in your diet in a simple way, this is a perfect way to begin!

Note: Only use therapeutic grade oils that are approved for consumption. Do not use any old oil from the store that doesn’t completely disclose about their plants, their farms, and guarantee a Seed to Seal, chemical-free process. If you’re going the extra step, why muck it up with a plant that was laden with weed killers or other chemicals? 

Directions:

  • Put all ingredients in jar and shake it up! Yeah, it’s that simple!
  • Pairs well with a mix of greens, mozzarella cheese, diced red pepper, baby tomatoes, cucumber, black olives, and chicken (all optional).

How to get Started?

If you want to know how I got started using essential oils to increase my overall wellness or how you can improve your own wellness journey, start here.

I’m so glad I’m able to share my wellness journey with you, one recipe at a time. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, and how I can continue to help!

As always, wishing you Healthy and Happy Trails…

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Beard Balm: Manliness Guide to Beard Oils

Maybe this recipe can help as a last minute gift for the ‘oh so hard to gift’ manly man in your life!

This recipe is without artificial fragrances, colors, and chemicals that are doing your health NO good.

It’s made of natural ingredients that can actually help to promote your health. And guess what, it’s super cheap and simple to make!!

In this recipe, we use essential oils for their aroma and health benefits. We also use beeswax, butter, coconut oil, and a carrier oil. I am big on keeping it simple, so start with the butter and carrier oil you currently have. For example, the butter and oil I currently have are shea butter and sweet almond oil. These are some of my favorites! I have listed some other options below, but you’ll find what works best for you.

For the essential oils, just start smelling them and pick a nice blend. There is a list below with some that will benefit your hair, skin, or give the manliness aroma you are looking for.

Regardless of what I thought would be best, I asked MY man,  Zach, to pick a blend he preferred. This is what he chose; Cedarwood Essential Oil and Peppermint Essential Oil.

Now I’ve never had a beard, but I can only imagine that growing one means you’re joining a league of extraordinary men. Or maybe it means you’re going to have dry, itchy, flakey skin on your chin that’s growing a wild nest of scraggily dead ends. Let it be the first, and oil up buttercup! Nourish your skin and hair and wear that beard with the confidence of a man who’s just grabbed the bull by its horns, who carries an axe through the rugged backwoods, and smells like a god. Continue reading “Beard Balm: Manliness Guide to Beard Oils”