DIY Essential Oil Blend Cards

Friday, May 19, 2017

Hi friends! Today I'm going to show you how I make my handy-dandy essential oils blend cards! They are my new obsession and are seriously so fun and relaxing to make! Maybe this is actually a cool idea or maybe I just have too much time on my hands 😂 (Is it socially acceptable to use emojis in blog posts?) I like aesthetically pleasing stuff- y'all know that!! And organization is my thaaang.

 It's handy to keep my blend cards right next to my oils + diffuser for easy access instead of trying to flip through my thousands of notebooks and papers looking for a blend I wrote down days or weeks ago. Plus they are just super cute and fun to flip through when I'm choosing one to use!!

What you need:
Unruled notecards
Scissors
Pencil
Pen
Paint (I used watercolors!)

I began by writing down blends from Pinterest that sounded good as well as some of my personal favorites. Then I gave them cute names because, duh!

I gathered up some unruled notecards and cut them in half. You can keep them full-sized if you want, but I wanted to keep my design small and minimal and didn't need the full card.

I begin by writing the title of the blend at the top of the page, and then I draw the circles and write the name of the oils that are in the blend. One circle = 1 drop of that oil.  I start with the larger number of drops on top, and go down from there.

For the last step I mix up some pretty water colors and fill in the circles! I don't necessarily follow a key for the colors, I just combine ones that look nice together!

I stack 'em up and keep them next to my diffuser set up- I seriously love these things! If you have trouble remembering blends or always find yourself scrolling through Pinterest to find the right blend for you mood, this method may make it easier! Thanks for reading, friends! See you here next week :)

DIY Organic Eyebrow Pomade

Monday, May 15, 2017

Hello friends! I mentioned in my switch to all natural makeup products post that I now use a DIY eyebrow gel. Today I want to share with you my recipe. It's so natural you could eat it! All you need is two ingredients that you most likely already have in your home!

If you like to go all out with your brows, then this recipe most likely won't work for you. I like to fill in my eyebrows, but I'm not a huge fan of the whole ombre-brow trend (seriously, when will that end?!) I prefer just a minimal, more natural look.

This pomade gives an extra boost to your brows but in a lighter, more natural way. The best part is, it's absolutely chemical-free!

What you need:
1/4 teaspoon of organic coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon organic cocoa powder

That's it! Mix the coconut oil and cocoa powder together, transfer to a little jar (I like to use a sample sized container) and voila! This amount will last a looong time, a little goes a long way!

The pomade may look super dark when it's in the container, but it goes on the skin a lot lighter. Because it is made out of coconut oil, it may get a littler softer in the warmer months depending on where you keep it, but it is still useable! Just be mindful of the amount that ends up on your brush.

Now that I only use all natural makeup products, it's expensive to purchase new makeup. I'm really making it a goal to learn how to make more of my own makeup products. If you make your own makeup, I'd love to hear your recipes!

Toxin Talk: Carrageenan

Friday, May 12, 2017

Welcome back to our Toxin Talk series! Today we are going to be talking about a dangerous additive called Carrageenan. Carrageenan can be found in a lot of things at the grocery store, and it's even allowed in organic food!

Carrageenan is used as a thickening agent most commonly found in milk products, especially nut milks, along with things like yogurts, ice cream, processed foods, formulas and things like nutritional shakes or protein drinks. Not only is carrageenan found in food, but bath and body products as well. doTERRA's toothpaste and softgels have carrageenan in them which I am really saddened by. A lot of doTERRA customers have voiced their concerns, but doTERRA's response was simply that because carrageenan comes from a "natural source" and is "GRAS" (we learned about that in our last Toxin Talk), it is safe to consume. Sorry doTERRA, but you're WRONG!

Carrageenan is derived from seaweed, but that does NOT make it a natural ingredient. Because it has to be processed in order to turn into carrageenan, that makes it a man-made ingredient. Carrageenan is indigestible and has zero nutritional value. Joanne Tobacman, MD, associate professor of clinical medicine at the University of Illinois School of Medicine at Chicago, has studied the toxic affects of carrageenan for over 20 years. Tobacman has found that carrageenan is destructive to the digestive system and when consumed, triggers an "immune response similar to that your body has when invaded by pathogens like Salmonella."

Her studies have found that Carrageenan causes a wide range of digestive problems along with the development of diabetes, as well as ulcers and cancerous tissue growth. When carrageenan is exposed to stomach acid, it becomes a carcinogen. When we consume Carrageenan, it promotes gut immflamuation which is bad, bad, bad! Inflammation and gut related illnesses are dangerously on the rise and I have no doubt that toxins like Carrageenan are a part of the cause. Carrageenan is quite literally wreaking havoc on our insides. 

We can avoid carrageenan by reading our labels and remembering that just because something is organic or "natural", doesn't mean it's carrageenan free. Carrageenan legally has to be listed as "carrageenan" on the ingredients label, no funny business. So read your labels- you have a right to know the truth about what's going into your body! 

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