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Pinterest Find: Essential Oil Chart

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Don’t you just adore Pinterest? I use essential oils in the spa and at home for numerous things…and I just love this chart, courtesy of G Baldwin and Company! It breaks down the ears of concern, ailments and the essential oils that are commonly used to help balance them and relieve symptoms. Just look at all those oils for the skin alone! Two things to keep in mind: always use pure therapeutic grade essential oils, and always use them with caution. Never use undiluted oils directly on your skin and check for contraindications and sensitivities before using!

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16 Skin-Loving Oils

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These natural, plant-based oils love the skin and we love them too! This beautiful chart, courtesy of the Glamour Beauty Guide, illustrates how each oil benefits the skin topically. I use 3-5 of these oils in almost every facial at the spa…which is your favorite??

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Ingredient to love: Acai

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We love acai! We love it so much that, for the month of February, we are highlighting this powerful superfruit in our special facial. Acai berries are found throughout Central and South America and have been popular in recent years here in the states as the new “it” food for energy, detoxification and nutrition.

Acai contains powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins and flavonoids. Both of these play a huge role in protecting the body against free radicals and oxidative stress. They can also aid in the body’s cell protection system. This is tremendously helpful for your skin because oxidative stress and free radical damage are leading causes of inflammation, dermal thinning and premature aging. Not only does your skin receive these benefits when adding acai to your diet, it can also benefit from direct, topical use of acai. Acai has been added to many serums and lotions to boost antioxidant levels, but the easiest way to use it topically – and the most fun – is in mask form.

Acai Antioxidant Mask

1 tbsp acai powder (you can also use frozen (thawed) or fresh acai, if that’s available to you)
1 tbsp raw organic honey
1 tbsp organic, full fat, plain yogurt

Mix all ingredients together
apply to clean, damp skin for at least 20 minutes
Rinse thoroughly and apply appropriate moisturizer or serum

This mask is great to do once a week and can be applied after an enzyme mask, like Osmosis Polish or Sanitas Payapa Mask!

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Loving Lavender

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Lavender has so many wonderful benefits for the mind, body and skin. It is one of the most universally used essential oils. From the kitchen to the spa, lavender is considered a vital ingredient. This time of year, with shopping, party planning, overindulging and traveling on the agenda, lavender comes in handy! Here are just some of my favorite uses for lavender essential oil. How do you like to use it?

Anti-fungal – add to tea tree oil for toenail fungus and other fungal skin irritations

Calming – use in aromatherapy or massage for calm mind

Headache relief – add a few drops to some eucalyptus in a tissue and inhale, or add a few drops to massage oil for neck and shoulder massage to relieve tension headaches.

Sleep aid – soak in a bath fragranced with organic lavender essential oil before bedtime, or add some dried lavender to your chamomile tea.

We found this great article packed with additional information on this wonder herb!

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Wonderous Apple Cider Vinegar

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I love Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) in homemade salad dressing…but this wonder-liquid is so much more than a condiment. Both of these great articles point out some of the creative ways to use ACV in the house, for your health and (of course) in your beauty regimen!

28 Health & Beauty Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar to the Rescue – 10 Ways

My favorite non-salad related uses listed are the homemade toner, post sunburn elixir and house cleaner. What’s yours?

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