Posted in essential oils, great finds, Green Cleaning Tips, Health and beauty

DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner

My daughter always tells me I should clean my brushes and I must confess that I might do it once a year! I know, that sounds bad but in my defense my go to daily makeup routine is mascara and chapstick. I feel like a runway model when I use tinted moisturizer and as for contouring I don’t even have a clue.

So since I feel I have such limited use with my brushes I thought I could be lazy but I really shouldn’t, so when I read a cool green cleaning tip for makeup brushes (on Young Living)  I thought  for all of us that don’t clean them but should and those great people who do clean here is an easy to do DIY.

 

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Ingredients:
1 cup witch hazel
4 teaspoons liquid castile soap
5 drops Lavender essential oil
5 drops Tea Tree essential oil

 

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Store in a glass bottle.
How to clean your makeup brushes:
Pour half of the makeup brush cleaner into a cup.
Wet the bristles of the makeup brush by holding the brush vertically, bristles down, under running water.
Once the bristles are wet, dip them in the cleaning solution.
Using a textured surface, scrub the brush in a circular motion.
Repeat steps 3-5  or until makeup is completely out of the brush.
Rinse the brush until there are no more bubbles or soap in the bristles.
Gently squeeze excess water out of the brush and lay it flat to dry.

Toss used cleaner.

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DIY Bath-time Jellies

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I found this great DIY recipe on Yong Living’s site and thought with holidays around the corner or just for fun this is a great easy thing to make.

DIY essential oil bath jellies:
Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
Ingredients:
Natural coloring
An essential oil blend from our 5 splashy summer ideas below
Silicone molds
2 packets unsweetened, unflavored gelatin
1 cup distilled water
1 cup unscented liquid soap
Isopropyl alcohol in a spray bottle
Directions:
Whip the water and gelatin in a heat-safe bowl or pot and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
Take off the heat and add the liquid soap. Stir until incorporated.
Add 5-10 drops of natural coloring.

Add 10-12 drops of essential oil. Try one of our cheerful blend ideas below!
Pour the mixture into silicon molds.
If bubbles form on the top of the liquid, spray with isopropyl alcohol to smooth the surface.
Refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
Add water and lather up!
Store jellies in the refrigerator when not in use to prevent them from melting and losing their shape.

Splash-tacular Bath Jelly Blends

Sweet Escape
5 drops Orange essential oil
4 drops Stress Away™ essential oil blend
3 drops Copaiba essential oil

Malibu Sunrise
4 drops Citrus Fresh™ essential oil blend
4 drops Grapefruit essential oil
2 drops Tangerine essential oil
1 drop Peppermint essential oil
Beach Vibes
4 drops Jade Lemon essential oil
3 drops Neroli essential oil
2 drops Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood™ essential oil
2 drops Nutmeg essential oil

Faraway Fantasies
3 drops Jasmine essential oil
3 drops Lavender essential oil
2 drops Clary Sage essential oil
2 drops Patchouli essential oil
High-Altitude Adventures
3 drops Valor® essential oil blend
3 drops Elemi essential oil
2 drops Northern Lights Black Spruce essential oil
1 drop Eucalyptus essential oil

If you are interested in essential oils or any of these blends you may find them

DIY essential oil bath jellies
Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
Ingredients:
Natural coloring
An essential oil blend from our 5 splashy summer ideas below
Silicone molds
2 packets unsweetened, unflavored gelatin
1 cup distilled water
1 cup unscented liquid soap
Isopropyl alcohol in a spray bottle
Directions:
Whip the water and gelatin in a heat-safe bowl or pot and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
Take off the heat and add the liquid soap. Stir until incorporated.
Add 5-10 drops of natural coloring.

Add 10-12 drops of essential oil. Try one of our cheerful blend ideas below!
Pour the mixture into silicon molds.
If bubbles form on the top of the liquid, spray with isopropyl alcohol to smooth the surface.
Refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
Add water and lather up!
Store jellies in the refrigerator when not in use to prevent them from melting and losing their shape.

Splash-tacular Bath Jelly Blends

Sweet Escape
5 drops Orange essential oil
4 drops Stress Away™ essential oil blend
3 drops Copaiba essential oil

Malibu Sunrise
4 drops Citrus Fresh™ essential oil blend
4 drops Grapefruit essential oil
2 drops Tangerine essential oil
1 drop Peppermint essential oil
Beach Vibes
4 drops Jade Lemon essential oil
3 drops Neroli essential oil
2 drops Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood™ essential oil
2 drops Nutmeg essential oil

Faraway Fantasies
3 drops Jasmine essential oil
3 drops Lavender essential oil
2 drops Clary Sage essential oil
2 drops Patchouli essential oil
High-Altitude Adventures
3 drops Valor® essential oil blend
3 drops Elemi essential oil
2 drops Northern Lights Black Spruce essential oil
1 drop Eucalyptus essential oil

If you are interested in learning about essential oils or in purchasing them you may reach me at.  https://www.myyl.com/gwynsch

You may also find hundreds of healthy products to try.

Thank you and enjoy

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Congestion Remedy

I woke up with a sore throat and head congestion that couldn’t be denied. I felt it coming on for about a day but somehow thought if I didn’t acknowledge it then I would stay healthy. Everyone around me have been dropping like flies so I should have known better.

As I got out of bed there was no denying it I was sick. My mind went back to a Pinterest picture I had seen awhile ago on a sore throat and congestion remedy that was supposed to be fast acting. I thought no time like the present to try it out and hopefully it might help.

I am sad to say that I don’t remember the person who posted it but if you are out there let me know so I can give you credit for this home remedy. I mixed it together and not only did I feel I could swallow again without feeling every part of my poor sore throat but my congestion is some better. So kudos to who thought this up, it works great!!! If you can get past the taste it is SO worth it.

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar

2 Tablespoon of Lemon Juice

2 Tablespoon of Honey

I warmed up the vinegar then mixed in the honey and lemon.

 

So this weeks find is actually one you can make at home with just a few ingredients but I also have a cough syrup for congestion on my blog from last January if you would like to check it out.

 

 

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Skin Moisturizer

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3 ingredient moisturizer

 

I always like to use natural products for my skin or cleaning but I also enjoy making them myself.

I have found a very easy three ingredient moisturizer that is amazing if you have dry skin and a few moments then give this a try, you will be amazed at the results.

Ingredients:

Aloe Vera Gel

Coconut Oil (make sure you use organic unrefined)

Lavender essential oil

1/2 cup Coconut oil ( melted down)

1/2 cup Aloe Vera gel

15-20 drops of Lavender essential oil

After you have melted down the coconut oil pour into a bowl adding the aloe vera gel and lavender. Stir together and place in containers with a lid. Store in cool dry place.

 

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Finished Product

If you would like to know more about essential oils or purchase products you may find them at my web site that I provided below.

https://www.myyl.com/gwynsch

 

 

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Natural Nose Spay

Yes spring is in full bloom ( at least in my part of the world) but with it comes the dreaded allergies.

I worked for years in an ENT office. When I would give info to my patients I found it was always the simple home remedies that usually worked best.

This is easy to make, does not take long and can be used when needed with out side effects. (Its always best to consult your physician before starting any home remedies)

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Salt

Essential oils :

4 drops of Frankincense, 6 drops of Lavender, 3 drops of Melaleuca tea tree

distilled water

To make this put a pinch of salt in bottom of spray bottle add the essential oils let the oils absorb into the salt then add the distilled water to top of bottle.

 

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DYI Face Mask

Here is a quick do it yourself mask at home that doesn’t cost much but the benefits are great.

I found this mask on Pinterest and yes it is one that is not a Pinterest fail.

(This will also go well with the blog on Geranium oil)

2 Tablespoons of raw honey

1 Tablespoon of baking soda

and if you choose you may also add a few drops of Geranium oil.

Mix all together, massage in a circular motion. leave on for 15-20 minutes then rinse

This is so simple but gives great results.

 

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6 Essential Oils For Skin

From the accent times to now  people have used essential oils in all aspects of their life. I will touch on just six that have wonderful benefits for they have for skin.

The first is Lavender, this one is a great oil to start with. Not only is it a multipurpose  oil but it is gentle enough for all skin types.  I will give a few ways on how to use this oil for your skin.

  1. Simple way to try this oil is add a drop or two to you facial moisturizer. This will give you a mini facial.
  2. A great body scrub, use coconut oil, sugar and a couple drops of lavender oil. The amount you use is up to you depending on your taste.
  3. If a spa is what you want to go for then use Epsom salt and again its up to you on the amount, then start with adding 2-6 drops of lavender oil in you bath water with the Epsom salt.

The next oil is Frankincense, this oil has been sought after for so many centuries and regarded as a sacred oil. This oil is also for all skin types but is very beneficial for rejuvenating and moisturizing skin so this is so wonderful for more mature skin.

  1. To boost your skin’s radiance after cleansing put a drop or two on your finger  rubbing into you skin,then apply moisturizer.

The 3rd oil is Cedarwood this too is good for all skin types and one that is great not only for skin but your hair as well, this will nourish your skin and hair.

1.  Add 2-6 drops to your favorite lotions, it is totally up to you on the amount. This oil has a woody fragrance so go slow and add as you feel is best.

2. Since Cedarwood is great for hair/scalp mix 5-8 drops into coconut oil massage into scalp 30-60 minutes before showering. wash and rinse as normal.

3.Add 3-4 drops to a bowl of hot water, put your face over the bowl with a towel over your head then breath deeply for a few minutes. This will open your pores giving you a facial and with this calming aroma it has a soothing affect for you to enjoy.

 

The Fourth oil is Tea Tree oil, this is wonderful for oily skin because of cleansing properties that it has.

  1. Use as a spot treatment by putting on a few drops to a cotton swab apply to problem areas.
  2.  Add 1-2 drops to your shampoo lather let sit for a few minutes, you will feel is working. Rinse as usual.

Now number five, Geranium oil, this is for all skin types but really helps all those who suffer with dry skin. This oil helps sooth and tone skin but will not dry the skin out.

  1. Use 1-2 drops to a face mask (I will put a DYI mask on my blog that will work great with this)
  2. Put 4-5 drops in two oz  of water then spray on for a revitalizing effect.

For the last of the six but not the least is Ylang Ylang  this is a uplifting fragrance oil that is good for all skin types but works really well on dry or mature skin to revitalize and moisturize.

  1. Add several drops in to a carrier oil, one of many is coconut oil. Apply this combination to the skin. For better results massage into the skin.
  2. Add 2-3 drops to your bath water.
  3. This oil is fine if applied directly to your skin. You may apply 1-2 drops or as needed to your skin and moisturize as normal.

 

I enjoy learning about oils and how to use them, I learn from many different books but one useful source that I use a lot is Youngliving and that is because I am a distributor with them and like the seed to seal promise they  give but the information I have is not bias to them. It can be backed up by other sources and you may use what oils you find best.

 

 

 

 

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Home Remedy for Congestion

With the season of congestion in full swing I thought of a great home remedy that can be easily made because the ingredients can be found in most homes, plus this can be  made in a few minutes.

1/4 Teaspoon  of Cayenne Pepper (powder)

1/2 Teaspoon  of Ginger powder

2 Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar

2 Tablespoon of Water

1 Tablespoon of Honey

Dissolve cayenne and ginger in apple cider vinegar and the water.

Add honey then shake well.

Take as needed,  this is great for a cough and/ or tight congestion.

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Sunscreen

In theses long days of summer it made me think of sunscreens.

We need to protect our skin all year and here is a great recipe so you can make it at home.

You will need:

1 cup of coconut oil, 1 cup shea or coco and 1 cup bees wax plus 2 Tablespoon Noonan zinc oxide,1 teaspoon vitamin E..add any essential oil of your choice just not a circus.

Mix,melt first three ingredients remove from heat then add the zinc and essential oils.

This a great and safe for young and old.