6 Essential Oils to Comfort Your Sensitive Skin This Winter

During the dry winter months, your skin is subject to damage from the cold and dry air. These months hold a lot of magic with blankets of white snow and the holidays — but your skin can really take a hit and make things quite uncomfortable.

While your skin protects, it also absorbs everything you come into contact with which is why it’s so important to nurture and nourish it every day. You’ll want to step up your skincare routine from head to toe to keep your skin looking and feeling fabulous, and the best way to comfort that sensitive skin is to add essential oils to your regimen.

Here are the best ones to try for this long, cold winter.

Lavender
Not only is the fragrance of lavender soothing, but it also is excellent for treating sensitive skin conditions. You can apply it directly to your skin without worry, plus it’s even good for fading scars and stretch marks. You can also add it into your favorite creams and lotions for a soothing boost that adds more relaxation to your routine.

Cedarwood
Cedarwood is outstanding for softening and hydrating skin. It’s very soothing too, making it great for sensitive skin, though any skin type can benefit from it. It also has antibacterial properties, which can help you clear up blemishes. Sensitive skin should always dilute this essential oil though to enjoy the benefits of it without any irritation.

Helichrysum
This special essential oil contains molecules that are effective in guarding against free radicals while healing damaged skin. These molecules repair past damages and prevent future ones. It’s gentle enough to be applied directly, though you may want to try adding a few drops of it to your creams first.

Sandalwood
That warming, woodsy scent of sandalwood is much more than a soothing fragrance. It can soothe your skin and firm it too. You can smooth wrinkles away, fade scars, and clear up acne. Just add a couple of drops of it to olive oil or coconut oil before applying.

Apricot Kernel
If your skin is so sensitive everything sets it off, this essential oil should do the trick. It’s super-gentle and very hypoallergenic. It’s also great for anyone that has a nut allergy.

Geranium
Ideal for soothing irritation and redness, geranium oil is a beautiful addition to your bath water. Use it with coconut milk to get the hydrating benefits without bothering your sensitive skin.

While many of these are okay to apply directly, sensitive skin types should always try diluting it and only using it to a small swatch of skin first to be sure it doesn’t trigger any problems. You could play it safe and always dilute any oil with a dab of olive oil or coconut oil. Doing that, you might just discover the best essential oil for your sensitive winter skin!

Natural Ways to Boost Your Immunity

and Dodge the Cold & Flu Season

Besides the flu, colds make their rounds during the colder months when these microorganisms flourish, so it’s up to you to be vigilant and protect yourself. Thankfully, there are natural ways you can help boost your immunity and lessen your chances of getting sick this winter.

How many times during the winter months do you usually get sick? Let me know in the comments below, and let me know any natural tricks you use to combat illnesses.

Here are a few of my favorite ways

Use probiotic power
With all we now know about the gut biome, eating foods with probiotics is the best way to help keep your immunity strong. Kombucha, kefir, kimchi, and sauerkraut are just a few probiotic foods to help you out. Make sure you’re always eating plenty of fiber too to help that gut bacteria thrive. If you’d prefer a probiotic supplement instead, there are loads of wonderful ones to choose from to make sure you’re getting your daily probiotic needs.

Eat right
Unfortunately, this time of year is also when all those holiday goodies are lurking about. Balance it out by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidant-rich foods are immune boosters that will keep your system fighting all season long. Another warming winter food that will make your soups healthier is bone broth which you can sneak into your
family’s diet without them ever knowing.

Think zinc
The more vitamins you have in your foods this season, particularly vitamin C, the more immunity you’ll have. However, zinc is often forgotten for the powerhouse that it is. Zinc can help stop a cold’s cells from replicating and is a powerful tool to have in your wellness arsenal this season and beyond. You can eat more zinc in spinach, nuts, beans, and pumpkin seeds. There are also zinc supplements you can take daily, or when you’re feeling a cold coming on.

Balance activity and sleep
When the germs are swirling around, be sure you’re getting enough exercise as well as getting enough sleep. Compromising on either one can jeopardize your immunity. With the days shorter and quite frigid, getting in bed earlier isn’t a hard thing to do!

Sanitize with lavender oil
Soap and warm water are always best for cleaning your hands, but when you’re nowhere near a sink, try lavender oil. It smells great, keeps away germs naturally, and keeps your hands soft and supple even in the frigid winter weather.

Keep it clean
We know hands should be clean and kept from our eyes, nose, and mouth, but don’t forget about those things you use every day that can be contaminated with ease. Your phone, keyboard, desk, and door handles are prime examples. Want one that isn’t full of chemicals? Add purified water and distilled vinegar to a spray bottle in equal parts, and then add a few drops of tea tree oil. Spray
away!

There are too many fun events you won’t want to miss over these winter months, and there’s no time to spend being sick in bed. Use these natural immunity boosters to live life to the fullest during cold and flu season!

Cold and flu season is among us, and it’s more important than ever to be mindfully boosting the immune system regularly throughout these months.

What’re your top ways of increasing your immune system to stay healthy through the cold months?

A few immune boosting habits are…

  1. Take probiotics daily.
  2. Load up on Elderberry.
  3. Warm lemon water in the mornings.
  4. Add ginger & garlic to meals.
  5. Soak up Vitamin D, even when it’s cold out.

What are yours? Drop them below in the comments.

Have you used Essential Oils?

It’s incredible how much you can replace and use essential oils instead.  For instance — bug spray, household cleaner, skincare products, etc.  There really is an oil for everything, including the common discomforts we all face.

What’s your favorite oil?!  If you’ve never tried them before, drop a comment below, and I can suggest something that might help make your life a little easier.

 

Who doesn’t love having a home that smells delightful?  It’s even enjoyable to change the scents throughout the year — fragrant flower scents during the spring and summer, with spicy cinnamon or cloves during the fall and winter months.

Room scents filled with chemicals can wreak havoc on your sinuses if you struggle with allergies, it can disrupt your hormone production, and can give you a headache.  Those scented plug-ins, candles, and room sprays that you’re likely so used to using all have healthier alternatives.

Some healthy alternatives include homemade potpourri, using a slow-cooker to simmer water with flowers, citrus rind, cinnamon sticks, or whatever you desire, and using pure essential oils to scent your home.

I guarantee these healthier options will smell much better to you also, as you won’t be breathing the chemical aspects of the store-bought candles and scents.

Natural Ways to Repel Bugs This Summer

The warm summer air brings images of many great activities, things like swimming, picnics, and outdoor barbecues. However, it may conjure up images of another thing too: bugs. While summer is a memorable season, the bug invasion will be upon us, and if you’re anything like me, you’re covered in bug bites by the end of the day. So what are some natural ways of repelling them, so we don’t have to deal with all those nasty chemical sprays?

1. Citronella
It is not a surprise to many to hear that bugs tend to hate the smell of citrus. Citronella is a lemony-grass plant that bugs absolutely hate to be around. Having a couple of these outside your house, or just lighting some citronella candles every so often, should keep the bugs at bay. Similar to this, bugs also hate citrus rinds. So before you toss that orange rind, rub them all over places where you will typically find bugs to keep them out.

2. Vanilla Extract
Not just good for baking, but also good for keeping the critters away. Just mix it with some water, and spray it in areas where bugs frequent. Not only is this good at keeping the bugs away, but you can do it without causing your house to smell like garlic, onions, or vinegar — which are also all great for keeping bugs away.

3. Peppermint
No need to spray chemicals on your body, take some peppermint leaves, crush them, and rub them on your skin. You will smell fresh, and the biting insects will leave you alone. Peppermint essential oils also work well for this. (Don’t use peppermint essential oil if you are breastfeeding, as it can reduce your milk supply)

4. Use Vinegar and Dish Soap
This is a very popular trick that many people do to keep fruit flies and mosquito at bay both inside and outside your home. What you do is take a soda bottle, cut the top off and invert it. Then you pour in some vinegar and a drop of dish soap. Fruit flies will be attracted to it but will get trapped and drown.

Summer bugs can make the season seem more like a drag than the fun times that it is meant to be. However, you don’t have to choose between itchy bug bites or spraying some unknown chemicals on your skin. Follow these tips, and you will be able to go outside or keep the bugs from going in with some natural, and pleasant smelling scents.

How to Battle Spring Allergies Naturally

Springtime is most certainly a time of rebirth, but with that renewed natural beauty comes all the common allergies that leave our heads stuffy and our eyes itchy. Before that last thaw happens, follow these tricks to battling those spring allergies so you can truly smell
the roses and actually enjoy them!

Apple cider vinegar with the mother. Apple cider vinegar with the mother refers to the colony of beneficial bacteria that creates vinegar through a secondary process of fermentation. It helps break up the mucus in your body so you can breathe again. My favorite way to consume it is with hot water, a squeeze of fresh lemon and a dollop of raw honey. Give it a try.

Go for the pro. Probiotics that is. Keeping your gut bacteria healthy is another way to support your immune system and stop those pesky allergies from making you sneeze. Foods like sauerkraut and kimchi naturally contain them, and kombucha is a great drink to soak in the probiotic properties.

Use a nasal irrigation tool. Some people swear by it while others are afraid to try it out, but nasal irrigation can bring you intense relief. A standard way to make this happen is through use of a Neti pot or a bulb syringe. It’s useful for relieving hay fever symptoms,
but if you’re going to try it, make sure you do it right!

Hot steamy showers. Steam up the bathroom with the hottest water your shower can emit, then hop on in. It helps clear out your sinuses and also enables you to rinse away the pollen that has landed on you while you’ve been outdoors. Word to the wise though: hot water is incredibly drying for your skin so be sure to moisturize as soon as you towel off.

Use essential oils. In particular, eucalyptus, lemon, lavender and peppermint essential oils are revered for allergy relief and anti-inflammatory properties. Just add a few drops to your diffuser and put it in your room or office. You can also massage some onto your chest to breathe in the reinvigorating fragrance all day long.

Spice things up. Choose spicier foods to clear things up. You can eat foods with spicy peppers or onions and garlic, or combine pungent with spice for amazing results. These all thin out the mucus in your body.

Allergy season will soon pass by quickly, but if you suffer from allergy symptoms, it will feel like a much longer time until summer. Take care of your allergies with these easy tips to feel your best this spring!

Easy Ways to Go Green for a Toxin Free Home

The cleaning products we’ve been using to clean our homes aren’t really so clean. Unfortunately, these products are often full of toxic chemicals that are damaging to our health, and that linger in our homes. There are safer options to use that still get the job done, and today, I’m going to share with you some of my favorite ways to life a more toxin-free life at home.

Ditch the toxic cleaners. The biggest change you can make to create a more green home is to swap those chemical-filled cleaners with safer ones. You can find non-toxic and biodegradable cleaning products in the most stores, or you can make your own just as easily. Baking soda makes for a fantastic naturally-effective cleaner that can even get soap scum up with minimal effort. Tea tree and citrus oils are great for disinfecting. So is white vinegar. And if you want your toilet to sparkle, use white vinegar with a little borax.

End the cycle of paper towels. Micro-fiber cloths can attract dirt all on their own. Dampen them up, and you’ll find they make short work of cleaning stainless steel, wood, glass, ceramics, and glass. Unlike paper towels, you can use them again and again to polish, dust and shine up the surfaces in your home without using nasty chemicals.

Find a natural way to make bugs bug off. Instead of using the toxic bug spray we’re all used to, seal cracks and holes near entryways, baseboards, and windowsills to prevent bugs from finding their way in. And for repelling them, use natural combinations of essential oils like rosemary, citronella, eucalyptus, lavender or mint with witch hazel to create a safe spray for your skin that keeps mosquitoes and other pests from bothering you and your kids.

Add live plants inside your home. Plants are not only a great way to add some life to your home, but they also serve as natural ways to filter your air. Some plants can even pull out harmful toxins that come from the chemicals used to treat your furniture, your electronics, and carpets. The best plants to do the job are palm trees, spider plant, Boston fern, ficus, snake plant, aloe vera, and the bamboo palm, to name a few. Place a plant in every room, more depending on the size of the space, and you’ll be able to breathe easier thanks to your new green friends.

If you’ve been thinking about ditching all of your household & bathroom items to replace them with healthier, greener options but have been putting it off because you’re incredibly overwhelmed… start small.

It IS overwhelming to overhaul anything, so you aren’t alone there.  But generally, when we feel overwhelmed, our response is to make no moves at all.  We aren’t quite sure what move to make first, so we stand frozen.  It happens all the time, to me too!

So let’s start small.

Take baby steps.

What would you like to change first?  Let’s focus on one area.

Personally, I chose to change my bath products first.

What you put on your skin goes right into your bloodstream, so choosing natural products is imperative to me.

I love Young Living’s Morning Start bar soap  and Palmers Coconut Oil Body Lotion.

What’s yours going to be?

 

Is there anything more comforting than your bedroom and your very own bed?  There’s something so therapeutic about our bedroom, and nothing else compares to that level of comfort.  This special place is where we do one of our most important jobs – sleeping – and where we feel the most at home, relaxed and safe.  Our bedroom is a powerful place when it comes to our relaxation and overall health.

What could you do to make your bedroom even more relaxing and inviting?

I need to keep track to clutter and keep spaces more clear.  Sometimes I leave the laundry basket on the floor for a few days before putting the clean clothes away.

If there is any excess clutter in your room, that should be your priority.  The physical and emotional release after getting rid of clutter is astounding.

Is your sacred space equipped with comforting tools such as a comfortable bed, relaxing essential oils, and perhaps even a salt lamp?

I have an essential oil diffuser, a Himalayan salt lamp, and a a few different blankets depending on the temperature.

Making your bedroom the relaxing oasis it is meant to be can merely take some rearranging, or it may take an overhaul that will happen over time.  What is the number one thing you’d like to change about your bedroom to make it more inviting and relaxing for you?  Let me know in the comments below.