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Coconut Lime Salt Scrub

Summer is HERE! And I sure am happy.

I just got done with a week of horse camp. 22 kids, 7 horses, and an awesome group of staff made for a great week, but by the time Saturday came around I was feeling the need for some extra pampering! I have been wanting to make a coconut lime scrub for awhile, so I figured this was the perfect opportunity. 

Here is the recipe….

Coconut Oil

Baking Soda

Sea Salt

Young Living Lime Essential Oil

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First, mix your salt and baking soda. If you are planning on using this as a body scrub, use more salt, but if you are using it as a facial scrub it is better to use more baking soda for a microderm effect.

Once your salt and baking soda are mixed, spoon in a little bit of melted coconut oil and mix. How much coconut oil you add just depends on the consistency of a scrub you prefer. 

Once you have a nice scrub consistency, you can add your lime oil! I always, always, ONLY use and recommend Young Living essential oils. Many essential oil brands claim to be pure, but are actually full of synthetic fillers and pesticides. Young Living follows the process from “seed to seal” so you can trust the purity! This is so important, especially when you are rubbing the oil into your skin. 

I added about 3-4 drops to my scrub which was maybe 2-3 tablespoons of scrub. 

(Can you tell I’m big on precision? 😉

 

And tada! You have your very own, all natural, homemade coconut lime scrub. I used mine on my face by dampening my face and gently massaging the scrub all over, avoiding the eye area. My face felt incredible and so soft afterwards. My skin was also very bright.

 

Here’s what makes this scrub so great for your skin…

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is AMAZING. This is a light oil with a mild coconut scent. It is a solid when cold, but melts into a liquid in warmer temperatures. It is a wonderful moisturizer. I slather it all over my body after every shower and it makes my skin silky soft! Coconut oil has antimicrobial, antifungal, and antibacterial properties to help fight acne. It is also full of good fats to boost your skin and hair.

Sea Salt

Sea salt is an excellent exfoliant in addition to absorbing the toxins from the skin. It also has antiseptic properties to purify the skin.

Baking Soda

Baking soda will help purify the skin and balance the PH. If you are using this scrub on your face, it will really help give your pores a deep clean.

Lime Essential Oil

Lime essential oil is a great oil for revitalizing tired skin! Lime will energize, tighten, and brighten your skin! If you plan on using this as a body scrub, lime has been known to help clear cellulite. One word of caution about lime, though… If you are planning on spending some time in the sun, please don’t use this oil directly before hand! Citrus oils increase phototoxicity so you want to wait awhile before exposing your skin to the sun. 

 

Thanks for reading, and I hope you give this scrub a try! Post a comment and let me know how it turns out!

 

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The Oil Cleansing Method

Howdy folks! So far we have covered the quick and easy way to clean your face and remove make up. Now we are going to talk about a more in-depth way of keeping your skin clean and glowing. It’s still pretty simple actually, just wash your face with oil!!

I know… I know… I can hear your gasp. I can see you roll your eyes. I can hear you mutter “Yeah right, as if my skin wasn’t oily enough, I’ll wash it with oil…”

Stick this one out with me, I promise this is tried and true and there is a logical reason why it works. Okay? Let’s explore…

The conventional way of cleaning your skin involves scrubbing the sensitive face with harsh chemical cleansers, following with synthetic moisturizers designed to replace the natural oils in the skin, with the occasional harsh toner or application of acne medication. We scrub, we wipe, we apply a little of this, we apply some of that, and our skin FREAKS OUT.

Can you blame it?

And people who use the conventional methods STILL struggle with as much or more grease on their skin. Why? Because when we strip the skin of its natural oils it panics and goes into overdrive, producing even larger amounts of oil.

Here’s what makes the oil cleansing method effective….

Like dissolves like. I almost failed chemistry, but I remember that much. So it makes sense that oil is going to dissolve the greasy build up in your pores. Massaging the oil into your skin loosens up all the gunk, steaming your skin opens the pores and helps them to release what’s clogging them, and then you can simply wipe away the oil carrying the gunk with it.

There are different variations of this method, but here’s how I do it.

First you mix your cleansing oil. The most common blend is castor oil and olive oil. Castor oil is more drying while olive oil is more moisturizing, so the proportions you use will just depend on your skin type. Start with half and half and play with it until you find what feels right. I usually do about 3 parts castor oil with 7 parts olive oil for my dry skin.

That is your base. Now, if you would like, you can customize your blend with other oils tailored to your skin type and needs!

Some “fancy” oils to add for extra moisture and nourishment are…

Coconut Oil- Some people say this clogs the pores but I haven’t had any issues with it and it makes my skin feel great.

Jojoba Oil- A little pricier, but soooo good for your skin! Makes it feel so soft and smooth. When my face feels a little dry I just massage a couple drops of straight Jojoba oil onto my skin. It soaks in very quickly which is nice.

Vitamin E Oil- This is actually a really good cleansing oil combined that with the anti-aging benefits and protection from sun damage, making this a great addition to your blend!

Here are some of my favorite Young Living essential oils to add to my blend…

Young Living Frankincense is my newest favorite to use when cleaning my face. This stuff is soooooo good for your skin. It has amazing healing powers and can significantly improve the appearance of scars and unevenness in the skin tone, as well as heal acne.

Young Living Lavender is the universal oil. You will see me recommend it for everything, including skin care! Lavender is great for moisturizing and nourishing your face, and can really sooth dry and itchy skin. I recommend adding this to your oil at bedtime to help you relax and get ready to sleep.

Young Living Lemon Oil is also becoming another favorite of mine. It helps to tone and brighten skin. This is a good morning time oil to use because it is very energizing and uplifting!

I blend my castor oil and olive oil, add a small amount (a tsp or so, depending on how big of a batch I am making) of my “luxury” oil, and about 5 total drops of the essential oils I choose.

Then I pour about a quarter sized amount in my palm, rub it in my hands to warm the oil, and begin massaging into my face. This should feel really good! I rub it all over my skin, really working it into my pours. I also smear around my eyes as it is a great eye make up remover!

Once it is all rubbed in you can either steam it off immediately, or leave it on as a mask for awhile. It’s up to you. When you decide to steam it, you will need to run the tap water as hot as you can stand it and soak a wash cloth in the water. Hold the wash cloth over your face until it turns cool. This allows the steam to really open your pores. Now that your pores are open you can rub the oil around a little more to really work the gunk out. Then steam again, this time wiping all the oil off with the washcloth when it turns cool.

Pat dry, and you’re done! Your skin should be super soft and absolutely glowing. You can follow up with a couple drops of coconut, olive, or jojoba oil if you feel like you need a moisturizer afterwards. I usually feel pretty well moisturized when I am done though.

That’s it! Pretty simple and very effective.

I would like to add that while there are lots of different brands of essential oils, and many of them are much cheaper than Young Living, I highly recommend you only use Young Living oils for this method. Young Living’s oils have the highest standard of purity and are completely unadulterated which is not the case for most other brands (even if they claim to be 100% pure). Because the face is so sensitive, you really don’t want the possibility of unknown additives in the oils you are applying to your skin! Yuck!

For more information on Young Living, please contact me at bigsis2many@yahoo.com

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My new toy- the Young Living Home Diffuser!!!

Got my essential rewards order in the mail yesterday (remind me to tell you about essential rewards soon!) and finally got my DIFFUSER!!!

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I was (am) beyond excited!! This thing is so cool!! I made a video showing it off and how to use it, check it out below….

So by now you should be as fascinated by this contraption as I am. Sooooo COOL!!! And the options seem endless. Need to relax? Diffuse some Peace and Calming. Need to focus and get to work? Try Peppermint. Got a house full of sickies? Diffuse some Thieves to knock that out!! Bad odors getting you down? No worries, Purification is here to save the day!

Like I said, endless options.

  Your next question should be “How do I get a super duper cool Young Living Home Diffuser like you, Carolyn??!!!!”

I’m glad you asked.

There are 2 ways to get a super duper cool Young Living Home Diffuser like me.

First- you can click here, go to the product line, and order your diffuser at full price. Quick. Easy. Done.

Second- you can click here, select a starter kit, become a Young Living Independent Distributor, and receive a $40 off coupon for any diffuser + wholesale pricing.

Considering the most you have to spend on a starter package is $40.00, you are basically getting your money back with the $40 coupon, not to mention the GREAT wholesale prices. It’s a pretty sweet deal. There’s no pressure to sell anything as a distributor, but it makes it a whole lot easier to share the healing benefits of Young Living Essential Oils!

If you have any questions or comments on how you diffuse your Young Living essential oils, leave me a comment!!

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Peanut butter smoothie!!!

I loooooove peanut butter. Like, really.

I also love smoothies. Particularly green smoothies with spinach. Flavorless when blended with other ingredients, but full of healthy stuff and tints your smoothie green. That’s just awesome.

On the flip side, I’m not a huge fan of working out. I got a gym membership, and it quickly fizzled into going to yoga class once a week. Because yoga doesn’t make me sweat. Okay, well, I sweat a little… but…. you get the point.

Tonight I decided to work out. Springtime is coming and it’s time to get in shape!! (ha…)

There’s a website that posts workout videos that I used to follow and do the workouts. If you are interested, it’s http://www.bodyrock.tv. Because of the immodesty and sexual nature of a lot of the work out titles and screen shots, I don’t really “promote” this website, and I actually quit following it for several months because it was getting continually worse. It does offer some great, short HIIT workouts that you can do at home with no equipment, and for that reason I decided to try it again today.

ANYWAY… I digress.

So, I tried this 12 minute workout. Which morphed into a 9 minute workout because I died.

I had been laying on the floor for about 5 minutes when I finally caught my breath and immediately began craving a smoothie. That’s what I find funny and quite convenient about working out- I tend to crave healthy stuff. It works out pretty well, I just wish it lasted longer…

Well, I finally got my sweaty self off the floor and into the kitchen to make my smoothie. My spinach smoothie. My spinach-peanut butter-oatmeal smoothie. And it was delicious. Absolutely delicious.

I know you want the recipe now, so here it is…

1 cup of oatmeal, blended into a powder before adding the other ingredients

1 1/2 c. vanilla yogurt

2.5 frozen bananas, broken into chunks

1 c. milk

1 c. peanut butter

1 c. baby spinach

Sprinkle some cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger on top, and blendddddd

It may sound gross, but let me tell you…. this smoothie is delicious!! Especially if you love peanut butter. I shared it with my 2 year old brother, with some leftover for me to drink for breakfast.

Between the oatmeal and peanut butter this smoothie is SOOO filling. It was my dinner after my “work out”, and I feel great!!

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Here’s to smoothies!! And working out…. maybe….

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Homemade Face Cleaning/Makeup Remover Wipes

I HATE washing my face at night. I absolutely loathe it. Wiping off stubborn mascara is not my idea of a relaxing preparation for bed.

I have found make up removing/cleansing face wipes to help the process a lot, but they always leave my face super dry and cause me to break out. I always have to moisturize afterward and even then my skin doesn’t feel right.

Sooo… naturally (literally… naturally… get it? ha.. nevermind) I decided to try making my own! I looked online to get an idea for a recipe, and then tweaked it to my own liking from there. Here’s what I ended up with….

Ingredients

4oz mason jar (Walmart carries these)

15-20 cotton rounds

1/4 tsp castile soap

1/4 tsp organic virgin coconut oil

10 drops of a Young Living essential oil of your choice (recommendations below)

1/3 c. hot water

Directions

Place cotton rounds in your mason jar. In a glass measuring cup, add your coconut oil, castile soap, and essential oil. Prepare some hot water (I just turn on the faucet to let the tap water heat up while I measure the other ingredients), and use it to fill the measuring cup to the 1/3 mark. Swish this around to dissolve the coconut oil and mix thoroughly, then pour over the cotton rounds. Make sure they all are thoroughly saturated, you can add more hot water if need be. Once they are all covered, close the lid tightly.

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Done!

That’s it.

Go wash your face.

Recommended oils….

Tea Tree Oil is great for those prone to oily skin and suffering from acne. It knocks out acne and cuts oil without over drying and damaging skin like commercial cleansers.

Lavender Oil is my FAVORITE oil. Adding it to your face wipes will make them great for dry skin and so soothing. Especially great if you plan on using these before you go to bed, the aroma will have you nice and relaxed and ready to sleep! Lavender will also help with healing acne and acne scars.

Lemon Oil will brighten your face and even your skin tone.

These are just a few suggestions to get you started, but explore and see what oils work for you and your skin! Have fun!

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