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Get to Know Carrier Oils

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Carrier oils, or base oils, are plant based oils used to dilute essential oils for topical use. They can also be used to make body scrubs, face masks and used for hydration and massage in general. There are soooo many to choose from, so how do you know which will work best for your needs? here ya go! This is a great place to start in learning about carrier oils. A wonderful resource for naming the main constituents, vitamins, thickness and useage for popular plant based carrier oils. My favorites are still coconut for body and rosehip, tamanu, grapeseed, jojoba and avocado for face!

 

http://www.sproutinghealthyhabits.com/carrier-oils/

Physical Wellness is Connected to Emotional Welless

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Our minds govern our physical bodies. We become what we thing, focus on and suppress. I love how this simple chart shows just some of the many ways our emotions are manifested physically in our bodies. This is one of the main reasons I do so much massage and practice mindfulness in my treatments.

Enjoy! Now, go meditate and get a massage!!

Amazing Ayurvedic Mask DIY

 

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Ok, this mask is…wow! I will be introducing it in my January Facial Special for sure! In the meantime, you may want to try it out at home – Raw honey can be the base of many great face masks, including this one!!

 

http://freeandnative.com/free-native-1/2015/10/18/ayurvedic-hydrating-and-purifying-face-mask

I Love Tea, and this blog too!!

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This adorable blog is the ultimate beauty DIY fix! I’ve already pinned so many of their recipes and ideas my head is spinning. I love making new mask and scrub recipes, but sometimes even i need a little inspiration…and that is why I’m constantly on the hunt for new material. Hello Natural is such a beautiful resource for all things natural, especially natural beauty. For me, spa-ing at home is practicing self care. I’ve written about the importance of self care in the past. Self care is vital to health and beauty. It is so much more than showering and brushing teeth. It focuses our loving attention back to our “temples” and helps balance the onslaught of stress, strain and pollutants our bodies go through on a daily basis.

Now, where was I? Oh yes, tea..haha. Sorry, sometimes I get a little sidetracked when discussing self care. Did you know that herbal teas not only hydrate but provide an excellent source of phytonutrients our bodies crave? Eating fruits and veggies are the primary source for phytonutrients, but herbs and herbal teas are like the icing on the cake!

One of my roommates in college was from Casablanca, Morocco and she used to make huge pots of Moroccan Mint Tea. She would make it for us as we studied for finals to help balance stress and to this day, that smell still reminds me of the comforting feeling I felt while drinking it.

The Hello Natural’s post on making your own versions of your favorite boxed teas is truly special, because it shows just how easy it is to make these teas. When you make them yourself, they are much more nutritious, not to mention safer. (Many commercially boxed teas use non organic herbs that contain pesticide residues and GMOs.)

Essential Oils and Skin Detox

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As many of you know, I am in the second week of a 90 day Candida Cleanse. In the past few years, I have taken one or two “sugar-free” months to help general digestion and maintain good health. Now that I am deep in the middle of my Master’s degree in Holistic Nutrition, I knew it was time to step things up a notch. I’ve been meaning to do this cleanse for a while now, but decided that this spring was the perfect time.
That being said, this is not going to be easy! I am up for the challenge though, and know that in three months I will feel so healthy, clear, balanced and strong!

Here’s more information on Candida and cleansing, for those who haven’t read my previous posts on the subject.

I’ve found the second week of any cleanse or detox to be the hardest. That’s when cravings really start to feel their strongest and it’s also when detox mode goes into full effect. I feel more tired than normal, have had some minor headaches and some slight skin breakouts (yes, estheticians get those too from time to time!) In order to help my body let go of toxins the right way, I am upping liver support, eating nutrient dense whole foods, drinking literally a ton of water a day, and incorporating powerful essential oils.
For my skin in particular, I am also doing four things: detox baths, dry brushing, honey masks, and a fantastic skin elixer.

Jennifer’s skin elixir (applied twice daily over my Osmosis serum):
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1 drop Melrose blend
1 drop Lavender
1 drop Frankincense
1 drop Joy blend

4 drops essential oils (listed above) in a very small amount of pure organic jojoba oil, massaged into face and neck. These oils are wonderful for supporting healthy detox while also supporting a healthy immune system. The idea here is to aid your body in it’s natural functions, not suppress symptoms. Each of these oils and blends help strengthen the skin!

**For more information on the oils I use and highly recommend to enhance your skin and health routines, visit my Essential Oils page on the top menu!

Look for more skin recipes in my next few blog posts while I make my way through this health transformation. Learn with me as I earn my Master’s in Nutrition and get inspired with tons of ways to combine skincare, body care and nutrition!

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