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Bringing Essential Oils Home

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Thirteen years ago, while studying in Paris I fell in love with the holistic approach to wellness. I used to wander through the local organic food markets, quietly sit in the beautiful gardens, and stop into corner pharmacies. Yep, you heard that right. Pharmacies are a lot different in France. Each one I visited had a compounding area lined with herbs, homeopathic remedies and essential oils instead of shelves lined with over-the-counter medications. Ok, there were some OTC medications available, but holistic remedies were just as well represented. This completely inspired me as a budding esthetician. What impressed me so much about observing French culture was this inherent knowledge of the importance of self care. Yes, the French are known for smoking and drinking lots of red wine…but they are also known for eating local organic food, spending time outside daily, taking good care of their skin, and using herbs and essential oils as medicine. Bien-etre is a French term meaning “to be well.” It was something I very much wanted to incorporate into my work as an esthetician in the States.

I was especially drawn to the use of essential oils in skin and body care, so I became certified in aromatherapy and started using oils in my facials. The oils that came most highly recommended by my school and the therapists working with me were Young Living Essential Oils. They were recommended because of their potency and purity. Ten years later (after working in several prestigious spas and as an national skincare educator), I started my own holistic skincare practice…and named it bien-etre.

I am still using these oils regularly to help nourish skin, reduce stress and calm the mind in my facial treatments and I am excited to announce that bien-etre skincare is now offering Young Living essential oils for home use as well! I have used these oils for the past decade because of their quality and strength. Yes, there are other essential oil companies I also love. However, Young Living’s experience, quality, organic farming practices and ease of use make them my personal and professional choice. (They are currently used in more than 50 hospitals in the country and well respected by thousands of professionals.) These are the oils I use on my skin and on my family. There are special oils that can be used for everything from wrinkles and Acne to Eczema and irritation.

If you are interested in using essential oils to enhance your skincare routine, I’d be happy to show you the ropes and get you started with some essential oils you can use at home in between your facials! You can contact me anytime at jennifer@bienetrespa.com.

By the way…here’s a much younger version of myself soaking up the Parisian experience. Enjoy!
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Breakfast Smoothies!

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I don’t know about you, but it’s getting more and more difficult to get going and get out of the house in the mornings. Between walking the dogs, wrangling my 19-month old, and making sure I don’t leave the house looking like a hot mess…I sometimes forget about the most important meal of the day – oops. I recently started oil pulling for 20 minutes every morning right when I wake up, and this forces me to get in a routine in the morning. I found that taking those 20 minutes and making a smoothie while swishing away, I’ve also found a genius way to make sure I eat (er, drink) breakfast. I’m lucky in that my daughter enjoys smoothies as well, so we usually share (except for those times I make a coffee smoothie – no one needs a caffeinated toddler!) Here are some of my very favorite breakfast smoothies: enjoy and get inspired by their deliciousness!

Brain Power Smoothie

Mango Banana Breakfast Smoothie

Coffee Banana Date Smoothie

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Oil Pulling Adventure

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Ok…I’m going to try oil pulling! It’s a centuries old tradition, and making a comeback in a big way. I have been hearing about it for months now but hadnt taken the plunge because I knew that it would be a commitment of 20 minutes every day for 30 days. So, as soon as we get back into town I’m going to start swishing organic coconut oil every morning. I will let you know how I feel in 30 days!
For more information on oil pulling, check out this wonderful article from the free people blog, of all places!

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Detox Bath Recipe

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Now that the weekend is over and new week has started, I thought I’d post this great detox bath recipe I found while perusing the internet. Epsom salts are a classic skin therapy ingredient that everyone should have at home. They aren’t actually salts, but minerals that help detoxify the body and calm inflammation. Ginger is warming for the body and wonderful for pulling toxins. Baking soda not only cleans the teeth and freshens the fridge, but can also be added to a detox bath along with your favorite essential oils. My personal combo for detox is lavender and eucalyptus (just the smallest amount since eucalyptus is very strong.) This bath is not for pregnancy or those with heart conditions, but it is for those weekend warriors that may have overdone it!

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Brushing Up

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I’ve talked a lot about the benefits of dry brushing and recommend it to my clients on a regular basis. Even I, however, get out of the habit of dry brushing from time to time. That is, until I see something that reminds me. So, consider this your reminder!

This is a wonderfully written article from Eatingbirdfood.com that explains the ins and outs of dry brushing. Dry brushing is one of the easiest and most effective ways to ensure beautiful skin from head to toe…no products necessary! Daily brushing softens skin, increases circulation, aids in detoxification and lymphatic stimulation and much more. I prefer to dry brush right before my shower, simply because it’s the most convenient time and it prepares my skin for cleansing and hydration. Do you dry brush? If you don’t, try it out daily for two weeks and see how much softer your skin feels…you will be hooked.

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