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When the weather turns cool and the sun drops below the horizon earlier every evening, who doesn’t love the warm ambiance of a flickering candle and the sweet natural scent of essential oils? Combining essential oils with soy candles gives them a clean, warm, nurturing scent. Soy wax is simple to work with, easy to melt, and a cinch to clean up … all of which makes these candles a good candidate for a simple DIY project at home. Essential oil scented soy candles also make great personalized gifts for family and friends. To begin, you’ll need a few supplies:
How to make your candle:
Experiment with the types and amount of essential oils you add to find the scent you prefer. Great combinations include certified organic bergamot and clove, or certified organic lavender and vetiver. Or, just add on of N8 Essential’s pre-mixed blends for a balanced and supportive aromatherapy experience. But don’t go too crazy … soy wax candles won’t solidify properly if you add too much essential oil. If you struggle with the texture of the wax, you can purchase an optional product called palm stearic, which will help your candle achieve the correct texture, even with extra essential oil.
With so many delicious scents to choose from, you’ll be able to craft a candle that creates ambiance and aromatherapy benefits that meet your needs.
Run, run as fast as you can! Let’s face it, you’ll probably catch me within the first two meters because I’m getting too old to sprint. I may be slow, but I still love to run, walk, hike, trot, and saunter – and my hardworking feet do the brunt of the work.
This year I’ve spent more time listening to my body. It’s telling me to take better care of my feet. One natural treat I use is a gingerbread sugar scrub … it’s a deliciously scented combination of warm essential oils, sweet sugars for exfoliation, and natural carrier oils for hydration. But be warned … you’ll likely love it so much that you’ll want to double or triple the batch so that you can share it with friends and neighbors. It also makes an excellent gift.
If you do share this scrub, be sure to let the recipient know about the benefits of the organic essential oils they’ll be using. Certified organic ginger has a natural power to protect your skin from outside threats and sweet organic clove supports healthy skin resilience and is deeply relaxing to muscles and mind.
You can use the scrub to work down calluses and to remove dead skin on your feet (and hands too). Work it between your toes for stimulating and beneficial aromatherapy massage. It’s easy to use; wet your feet while you are taking a shower or bath (or use it outside the bathroom with a towel underneath your feet to keep things clean). Scoop about a teaspoon of the scrub into your hand and spread it across the skin of your damp feet. Massage it against thicker skin and across areas that need massage support. To make the experience feel smoother, wet your hands again as you work. When you are done, rinse away the sugars with warm water, but leave the oils to absorb for more benefits. Follow with a healthy layer of Energize Lotion for a balanced and hydrating finish.
Gingerbread Sugar Scrub Recipe
6 drops certified organic ginger essential oil
4 drops certified organic clove essential oil
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup carrier oil of your choice
¼ cup almond oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg or allspice
½ teaspoon vanilla powder (optional)
Mason-style jar with lid
In a medium bowl combine all ingredients except oils. Gradually add carrier oil & almond oil until scrub reaches a thick but spreadable consistency. Add essential oils and blend well. Scoop into mason jar and seal.
I really thought we’d have flying cars by now. And, robot maids. Based on the TV programming of my childhood, it’s where I believed we were headed. Not only don’t we have those conveniences, but we’ve also still yet to find a better solution for defrosting car windows or curing the common cold. It’s a constant shock to me that despite all the advances we’ve made in science and medicine, we still haven’t discovered strategies to address some really basic problems in life.
Bad breath, for one. Why haven’t we solved bad breath yet? Everyone struggles with it on occasion, and the best we can do is cover it up with mouthwash or gum. This is not the future I envisioned. But it may actually be that an answer to bad breath could be found in the ancient past. Recently growing in popularity is the practice of oil pulling – an ancient tradition dating back to Ayurvedic medicine in India over 3,000 years ago. Oil pulling is the practice of swishing oil (we suggest fractionated coconut) around your mouth, gums and teeth for better oral health. Its benefits may include eliminating bacteria, easing bad breath, preventing tartar buildup, inhibiting tooth decay and easing the problem of bleeding gums.
To try it just use one or two tablespoons of coconut oil and a drop of an essential oil … certified organic peppermint or certified organic clove. (Remember, you won’t be swallowing these oils, just swishing them in your mouth before discarding them.) Start with five minutes a day of swishing … with a goal of eventually working up to 15 or 20. The longer you “pull,” the more bacteria you’ll remove, but 5 or 10 minutes still offer benefits. A gentle swishing, pushing, and sucking the oil through your teeth is the best technique … don’t work too hard. And don’t swallow. If you find yourself wanting to swallow, you may have too much oil in your mouth. Try again with a smaller amount.
Remember not to spit it down the sink when you are done, as the oil could clog your plumbing. Just discard the used oil into a trash can. Finally, when you start oil pulling, don’t skip brushing and flossing. It should never replace regular visits to your dentist or a traditional brushing routine – but it is a great supplemental therapy.
Oil Pulling Mouthwash Recipe
1 drop certified organic peppermint or clove
2 tablespoons of best-quality fractionated coconut oil
Combine the coconut oil and essential oil and blend well. Place in your mouth. (Remember, you won’t be swallowing these oils, just swishing them in your mouth before discarding them.) Start swishing with a goal of five minutes a day in the beginning. Work up to 15 or 20 minutes if possible. The longer you pull, the more bacteria you’ll remove. A gentle swishing, pushing, and sucking the oil through your teeth is the best technique. If you find yourself wanting to swallow, try again with a smaller amount of oil. Discard the oil in a trash can, not the sink. Brush your teeth as normal.
It has been said that autumn is the year’s last, loveliest smile. There is certainly plenty to smile about this time of year. The intense colors on the horizon, the warm scent of apple and earth, and the cool air outside the window make you really aware of just how alive the world is … for now. Winter is on the way … which makes autumn such a valuable time of transition.
Autumn is a great time to refocus your attention and to build your energy. Fall diffuser combinations give aromatherapy support to help you do just that. The best scents for this season tend to be warm, intense and grounding. Traditional fall combinations include wood, spice and citrus. The bewitching fusion of these three classes of essential oil balance and fuel a fall blend to give it energy, ambiance and impact. Try combining certified organic cedarwood, clove and orange for a classic combination. Or, if you want something with a little more zing, try a mix of certified organic sandalwood, cinnamon bark and lime. Each combination will give you nuanced energy and mood, but both are great for the time of year.
Citrus oils such as certified organic orange and lime are classic tools for supporting mood and natural energy … especially when sunshine hours begin to dwindle. The balancing and grounding effects of a wood essential oils like certified organic cedarwood and sandalwood help to balance a blend and hold the scent together. The spice is for warmth and personality … but there is plenty of flexibility within a blend recipe for your preference. Choose a spice that you like, but that is not too intense for your family (some oils are considered too “hot” for young skin, and can cause irritation). Use less of the spice essential oil if you think that it might be an issue … an experiment with ratios until you find the perfect fall blend.
Cozy Home Diffuser Recipe
Combine all oils in a diffuser with room temperature water. Mist indoors to clear the room of a stuffy ambiance and for aromatherapy benefits such as positive attitude and focused motivation. Experiment with ratios and oils to find your favorite combination for the fall season.
Fall is here, and you can definitely feel it. Red leaves tumble to the ground and the morning air greets you with a crisp bite. There is a transition happening at our house too. Windows that have remained (more or less) open since the middle of May get pulled resignedly closed. The black canvas cover is pulled over the grill like a shroud. Sidewalk chalk and rollerblades are traded for Legos and indoor comic books. Everyone is moving back indoors.
Since we have to get more cozy for the next few months, I make sure our indoor space is as inviting as possible. Essential oils help with that. First, I make sure that the atmosphere in our shared closed space is inviting. When the windows get closed it can be surprising how quickly the air can turn stuffy with the smell of dust and of bodies in close proximity. It’s an easy proposition to fill a diffuser and create a space that feels healthy and clean. These natural scents help my family to be naturally calm and motivated. The season calls for sweet and grounding scents like certified organic ginger, sandalwood and clove. These cheering and motivating scents are perfect for cooler days and shorter daylight. They work to give feelings of natural energy, emotional stability and bright attention. I especially love this combination during after school hours when my family is transitioning from the stress of the day to the slower-paced evening.
In fall, my family tends to gather more often around the kitchen table … to chat, to snack, to argue, and even to play board games (once they’ve worked through their computer time and finished arguing). We love that time together, and I make it better by purifying the kitchen atmosphere with my essential oil diffuser. Although I love my kitchen space, it can sometimes smell greasy or stale from the lingering aromas of meals long past. I create an instantly inviting space by diffusing powerful cleansing and uplifting citrus in N8 Essential’s certified organic Energize Blend. It creates a sweet and welcoming atmosphere in my kitchen and makes our family game time a little more rewarding and spirited.