You’re not alone if you’re on the quest for younger-looking, glowing skin. You’re also not alone if you’d like to make that happen with natural ingredients or practices, not synthetic ones. Well, you’re in luck! One of our favorite ways to improve our skin’s quality is by using essential oils and other natural practices.
Not sure where to start? Here are some easy changes you can make to your daily routine that will help you get naturally-glowing skin without much work:
Lavender oil is one of the most well-known essential oils when it comes to skincare. You’ll find many products on the market that have lavender included in the ingredients and for good reason! One of the best ways to keep your skin looking youthful is to also keep it hydrated, which is where lavender comes in. Lavender is dry skin’s best friend! One way to get these benefits onto your skin is by putting a drop of lavender essential oil into your daily moisturizer and rub it in. Always test it on a small patch before you cover your entire face, though. Just because a product is natural doesn’t mean that you aren’t allergic to it!
Tea Tree oil has been used to treat blemishes for years and years. It is antiseptic, antiviral, and antibacterial. If you have a spot on your face, try putting a little dab of tea tree oil directly on it, but remember… a little goes a long way! You can also add a few drops to some raw honey and put an even layer of the mixture on your face few a few minutes as a natural face mask. It’s a little messy, but great for your skin!
Eucalyptus oil is also an incredible addition to your skincare routine. Not only does it have an invigorating scent, but will invigorate your skin by improving circulation. More blood flow means that your skin cells will repair more quickly, leading to a glowing complexion. Our favorite way to use eucalyptus is with our 100% Pure Eucalyptus Oil ShowerMist. Simply run a hot shower and spritz a few sprays away from your face and into the steam, and relax while you’re skin thanks you!
Anytime skincare is discussed, someone will always bring up drinking a lot of water to improve your skin’s health and appearance, and they’re right! Staying hydrated and flushing out toxins by drinking a lot of water will highly improve your skin’s appearance. If drinking a lot of water is hard for you, maybe treat yourself to a new water bottle for so motivation or download an app on your phone that will let you track your water intake and also remind you when it’s been a while since your last glass.
Keep Your Pillowcase and Towels Clean
Another easy way to make sure your skin is at its best is to wash your pillowcase more often. If you don’t, you’re basically rubbing your face with bacteria, dirt, and sweat while you sleep, which doesn’t help improve your skin. Same goes with your face towels. If you’re using the same towel to dry your face for a week or more, it won’t do your skin any favors.
How about you? Do you have any natural skin care tips that you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments!
After you’ve hit the gym and gotten in a really good workout, you probably feel great. Like you’re on top of the world. The endorphins are flowing and you feel energized. But there’s a small thought in the back of your head – this is going to hurt in the morning. You get out your foam roller and go to town, but it only does so much. You still feel sore the next morning.
Instead of always needing to default to over-the-counter pain medications, why not try some natural pain relief? Essential oils and other natural products are a great way to help ease muscle soreness and stiffness. Here are a few of our favorites and how to use them:
These are a game-changer when it comes to muscle pain and soreness, and because their properties are so concentrated, you don’t need much product to make a difference. Here is a simple recipe to make an all-natural muscle salve that you can rub into any sore muscle for pain relief:
2T coconut oil
2T shea butter
4T almond oil
1t menthol crystals
30 drops eucalyptus essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
- Measure out the coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax and melt them on low heat.
- Remove from heat, and stir in the menthol crystals until they’re dissolved. Be sure to keep your face away from the mixture so you don’t irritate your eyes or nose.
- Once the crystals are dissolved, mix in the almond oil, followed by the essential oils.
- Pour the mixture into a container that has a tight lid, but allow the mixture to cool before putting the lid on.
- Store in your refrigerator to maintain texture and shelf life.
Lavender is known and loved for its calming and relaxing properties and it can do the same for your muscles as it does your mind. One effective way of using lavender specifically for sore muscles is to add the essential oil to a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil and use it as a massage oil. Working the oil deep into your muscles allows those effects to really get where it’s most needed.
Peppermint contains menthol, which brings a much-needed cooling effect when you’re sore. It’s also anti-inflammatory. If you have access to a steam room, bring our Mint-Infused Pure Eucalyptus ShowerMist along with you to get both the benefits of Peppermint and the steam room (read this blog post to read more about the benefits of steam rooms). Simply spritz a few sprays of the ShowerMist away from your face and breathe in and feel the benefits.
What are some natural ways that you deal with muscle pain?
Please share below in the comments!
When you think of essential oils, chances are that Peppermint will be one of the first that comes to your mind. It’s definitely one of the most popular oils out there – and for good reason. Peppermint has numerous health benefits, and as an added bonus, it smells great too!
If you’re looking for natural remedies to common ailments, Peppermint may be able to solve some of your problems. Here are a few of our favorite benefits from this amazing oil:
Instead of opening up an energy drink or pouring yourself another cup of coffee, try taking a few whiffs from a bottle of Peppermint oil. When that mid-day slump starts to hit, inhaling directly from the bottle or applying topically to your temples and the back of your neck have been proven to wake you up and improve concentration.
Promote Hair Growth
Maybe one of the lesser-known benefits of Peppermint oil is that it can naturally thicken and heal damaged hair by stimulating the scalp. All you need to do is add 2-3 drops to your shampoo and conditioner and then use as normal. Bonus point if you do this in the morning to give you that added energy boost we just talked about!
There isn’t much worse than having to go about your regular day while feeling nauseous. Instead of being down for the count, inhaling Peppermint oil could be the solution. Inhale directly from the bottle, apply to your pressure points, or diffuse it to get this benefit.
Peppermint is an expectorant, so it opens the airways, reduces congestion, and clears mucus. Because it is also antimicrobial and antiviral, Peppermint also helps to fight the infection that gave you the congestion in the first place. Win-win! Next time you have a cold, try making your own vapor rub by mixing Peppermint into coconut oil and rubbing it into your chest and feet.
Since Peppermint can relax tense muscles and help with blood circulation, it especially helps with tension headaches. When you feel a headache coming on, rub some Peppermint on your temples and behind your ears to help alleviate the pain.
Another of our favorite ways to get the benefits of Peppermint is with our Mint-Infused 100% Pure Eucalyptus ShowerMist. Simply run a hot shower and spritz a few sprays of the ShowerMist into the steam and away from your face. Relax and reap all the naturally healing benefits of Peppermint while you relax!
These are just some of the ways that Peppermint can be used in everyday situations to solve everyday problems. What is your favorite thing about Peppermint?
When the air becomes colder and more dry during the winter months, many people often find that their skin also becomes dry and itchy. There are tons of dry skin remedies out there, but our favorite is a more natural approach: Lavender.
Lavender essential oil is most commonly known for its calming properties. Many people diffuse it next to their bed while they sleep or rub it on their pulse points before bed to ensure a restful night’s sleep. Not only will Lavender help calm your mind, it will help calm your skin as well.
Here are a couple ways to heal your dry skin with Lavender:
Dilute it in a carrier oil and moisturize
Your first instinct when your skin starts to feel dry might be to slather on a thick layer of lotion or body butter, BUT that actually may not be helping as much as you think it is. When using thick creams or lotions, many of them will not completely penetrate the skin to really moisturize because they’re so thick.
Instead, find a carrier oil that you love (fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil are a great place to start), add a few drops of Lavender, and rub that into your skin. Not only will these moisturizing oils help along with the Lavender, they will absorb into the skin more quickly and completely than most lotions.
Use our Lavender-Infused Pure Eucalyptus ShowerMist
Turn on the hot water in your shower and wait for the room to get steamy. Spritz a few sprays of the ShowerMist into the steam cloud and spray again as necessary while you soak in (literally!) the benefits.
Not only will you feel relaxed afterward, your skin will also thank you for all the moisturizing properties that Lavender has!
While you are using Lavender to heal your dry skin this winter, you’re also getting its other wonderful benefits as well. You’ll feel more relaxed AND your skin will thank you.
Why do you love Lavender?
Tea Tree Oil is a beloved essential oil in the natural health community. Not only does it delight the senses with an invigorating scent, but it has so many other amazing uses! Here are three of our favorite things about tea tree oil:
Tea Tree Oil is a great natural sanitizer.
Because of its sanitization properties, tea tree oil is used in many natural cleaner recipes. It can even discourage mold from growing. Spritz a little in your shower for a clean, fresh scent and peace of mind.
Tea Tree Oil can help reduce acne.
Tea tree oil can be used as a natural alternative to harsh acne cleansers and is just as effective as benzoyl peroxide. Mix a few drops of the oil with two teaspoons of raw honey to create your own face wash. Just remember to rinse with water!
Tea Tree Oil is great for the scalp.
Do you suffer from dandruff or a dry, itchy scalp? Tea tree oil is a great remedy and won’t cause excessive drying! Mix a few drops with some coconut milk (add a little lavender oil for a sweet scent) and massage it in while taking a shower.
Tea Tree and Eucalyptus Oil are a tough allergen-fighting pair.
Both oils act as a decongestant and can help clear stuffy sinuses. When used together they can reduce inflammation, ease pain, and boost immunity. This shower spray will have you feeling better in minutes.
How do you use Tea Tree Oil? Share your ideas and recipes in the comments below.
Lavender Oil is one of the most well-known essential oils in the world. And why wouldn’t it be? It smells like heaven on earth and is so versatile! Here are our top three favorite benefits of this amazing oil:
Lavender Oil has incredible therapeutic properties.
When used aromatically, Lavender Oil has been known to reduce feelings of anxiety, stress, and depression. Struggle with insomnia? Lavender Oil can help you with that too! Spritz a little in the shower or diffuse before bedtime to help your body naturally wind down and sink into a deep, relaxed sleep.
Lavender Oil is the perfect match for your beauty routine.
Did you know that Lavender Oil can be added to several of your beauty regimens to boost their effectiveness? Add a few drops to your mascara to naturally lengthen lashes or to your favorite facial moisturizer to bring the glow back to your skin and help reduce acne. You can even massage it into your scalp during a shower to restore hair health.
Lavender Oil is great for pain relief, especially tension headaches.
Many people swear by using Peppermint Oil for headaches and migraines. When applied topically, Peppermint Oil (blended with a carrier oil) gives a cooling effect and stimulates blood flow to the area and reduces inflammation. Adding just a couple drops of Lavender Oil to the Peppermint blend can produce a mild sedative effect, helping muscles and tension relax – which is what may have been causing the headache in the first place.
Do you love Lavender Oil? What’s your favorite way to use it? Tell us in the comments below!