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Whipped Body Butter

I have been making my own homemade body butter for about two years and cannot imagine using store bought lotion ever again.  It is super easy, cheap and all natural which makes it amazing for the skin!  Check it out:

  • 1 cup organic shea butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons beeswax
  • 1/2 cup almond or grapeseed oil
  • vegetable glycerin (optional and only need 2 tsp or so)
  • 20 drops your favorite essential oils (I love frankincense, cypress, geranium, myrrh, lavender, patchouli,–all great for skin and cypress helps with pain!)

Place shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax in a pint size mason jar with a lid and submerge the jar into a simmering pot of water.  Once it is melted pour the contents into a medium size mixing bowl (handle the jar carefully as it will be very hot). Add the almond oil and vegetable glycerin.  Once it is hard, add the essential oils and use a basic kitchen hadn’t mixed to whip into an amazing fluffy butter.  Scoop into glass jars and enjoy!

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Managing Emotions

During times of change it can be extremely challenging to maintain an even keel when it comes to emotions.  Sometimes the change of season can bring up some hidden sorrows or internal commotion. There are thousands of suggestions for managing the changes and the subsequent onslaught of emotions that can come.  Here is a list of my tried and true remedies for those times:

1. Write down your feelings.  Buy yourself a small journal or notebook and spend some time each day writing down what you are feeling.  Often I hear people say that they want to journal but do not know what to put down on paper.  Start with some self-guided questions–what am I resisting in my life today, what are my fears, what brings me joy, or what am I thankful for today? After a few days or weeks it is useful to go back and read what you were feeling and see that even feelings change. That is a good thing.

2. Take a walk. Just get up and move.  A brisk 20-minute walk can do wonders for feelings of sluggishness and sadness.  Getting the blood moving and the fresh air can invigorate your body while clearing out any cobwebs in the mind.  As you walk, take the time to notice the beginnings of nature’s changes and all her glory.  Notice how she easily opens up to the new season through the buddings of leaves and flowers.  Learn from this wise teacher.

3. More than just a good smell. Of our five primary senses, the olfactory is the only one that transmits information directly from the nose into the limbic center of the brain, the seat of emotions and memory. Recent brain scan research has shown that different scents affect brainwave production; for example, with some increasing alpha (relaxation) waves and others affecting beta (alertness) waves. Lavender and lemon both effect serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23524167http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16780969. Depending on my current mood, I choose essential oils as a quick way to alter either sluggishness (peppermint or any citrus oil) or anxiety and restlessness (lavender or any tree/root oil). Shop for oils or open a wholesale account here: http://mydoterra.com/staciewyatt

4. Unroll your mat.  If you do not own a yoga mat, no biggie.  Just find a space and bend your body.  Stretch your limbs and BREATHE.  No need to worry about the “right” poses, your body knows exactly what it needs and when you listen, you will know how to bend and how to stretch.  Learning to trust your intuition and offer your body what it needs is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself.

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My Daily Essential Oil Regimen

Essential oils do two things for me…..well, at least there are two things that I am consciously aware of.  1–They smell great which makes me happy.  2–They provide my body with an alternative to combat pain and other ailments which also makes me happy. My daily regimen of oils looks something like this:

Morning:

  • I fill my diffuser with something bright and uplifting like a citrus blend and peppermint.  This combo lifts my mood, wakes me up and alerts my mind to the coming day.
  • I apply Balance and Frankincense to the bottoms of my feet.  This evens out my mood and grounds me.
  • I apply On Guard to the bottom of my other foot.  This helps my body ward of illness and smells great.
  • I apply Elevation to my heart and my wrists. This blend increases my happy factor and the scent is amazing.
  • I take Life Long Vitality supplements. I have never been more pain-free, more energetic, and more vibrant.  These gems are dōTERRA’s number one selling product and I can easily see why.

Evening: 

  • Another round of Balance and Frankincense to the bottoms of my feet.  This takes the hectic energy of the day and subdues me.
  • I apply another dose of On Guard to bottom of other foot.  All the germs I come into contact throughout the day are squelched by this awesome blend.
  • Second dose of  Life Long Vitality supplements. I have found optimal results for me is when I take the recommended dose as directed twice daily.  Once a day I felt better, twice a day I feel AMAZING.
  • I diffuse Serenity blend while I read and settle into the evening.
  • I apply Vetiver to the bottoms of my feet.  This oil puts me into a deep sleep and I rest well.  I often have “vetiver dreams”–vibrant and often very vivid dreams.  I take a break from this oil about every seven days to keep the sleep benefits at their best.

Sometimes I add in some Ylang Ylang if my body feels off balance hormonally or throw some rosemary and lemongrass into the diffuser to freshen up and make my space super clean. It may seem like a lot of oils or time applying, but it really is not at all.  The time it takes is less than three minutes morning and evening and the slowing down to love my body a little bit it way worth it to me on so many levels.  Besides the great self-care, I am also not taking over the counter medications, using toxic air fresheners, or relying on exhaustion to give me a deep sleep.

Way worth it in my book.

Oil on, people.

 


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Starting my day

I have found that starting my day with certain ‘habits’ or ‘rituals’ keeps me healthy in my mind, body, and spirit.  These naturally occurring routines ground me physically, clear my head mentally, and nourish my spirit.  What are your daily habits? How do they affect you?

1.  Gratitude.  I review my gratitude for my life, for who I am, and for the day.  Doing this keeps me in the present moment of this breath. I am not drawn into a story of the future or the past.  I am here now, with gratitude. This helps my heart to stay open to all that life is.

2. Review the tasks of the day, and prioritize.  Sometimes I write these down but most of the time I spend about ten minutes per day checking my calendar and reviewing what tasks need my attention and make a list of prioritizing them.  This keeps me grounded and focused.

3. Wake early.  Waking up early is the foundation for the above items.  It allows me quiet space.  Additionally, being attuned to the Earth’s rhythm produces better sleep and research says this can be support one in having a more optimistic outlook.

4. Hot water and lemon.  Every single morning before anything else goes in my body, I drink a large mug of hot water with lemon.  This helps the body eliminate toxins in the body, balances the ph in the body, and nourishes the brain.  This is also great for skin. Every day.

5. Affirmation/Meditation.  This takes less than five minutes and is so powerful.  I close my eyes for about five minutes and I whether repeat affirmations; all is well, I am exactly where I am supposed to be, I am open to anything, I am willing, etc., or if I just sit in the quiet space and watch my breath. This helps me to live in the present moment and know that my life is unfolding just as it is supposed to.

6. Essential Oils. Each morning I apply essential oils to my feet.  In doing this I am not only helping my physical body stay healthy or keep pain at bay, I am taking the time to love myself and give myself the gift of self-care.  I am being a receiver of the love that I give so often to others.  That is a good thing.


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Top 5 must-have oils

There are so many choices when it comes to essential oils and choosing just five is not easy.  Here are my top five choices:

1. Peppermint–cooling and invigorating

  • headache relief
  • fever reducer
  • cooling
  • focus, alertness
  • respiratory support
  • great pick me up

2. Lavender–calming

  • sleep support
  • skin irritations
  • anxiety
  • insect bites
  • allergies
  • natural histamine
  • soothing

3.  Lemon–Bright and fresh

  • household cleaning
  • internal detox
  • mood uplifter
  • soothes sore throats
  • congestion
  • freshen laundry

4.  Frankincense–the king of all oils

  • improves immune function
  • stress reliever
  • mood enhancing
  • great for aging skin

5. Melaleuca–tea tree oil for skin

  • anti-septic
  • burns, cuts, acne
  • influenza, colds, sore throats
  • teeth, gums, oral care


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Why Essential Oils

Are you asking yourself why you should consider essential oils?  The answer seems simple to me… Why not? Here is why I do:

IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH. Essential oils are made up of natural chemical compounds that have anti-viral, anti-fungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and anti-septic properties. When oils are diffused in the air, they can kill airborne pathogens to keep you healthy, and they can improve your moods. Calming anxiety, uplifting depression or feelings of sadness, essential oils are a great alternative to managing moods.  Essential oils offer quick and effective ways to reduce pain of all types.  From children to adults, there is an application that works.

IMPROVE YOUR MOODS. When you smell an oil, it activates the part of the brain that controls emotions, heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing. Simply diffusing oil into the air can alter the moods of those in the room.

MULTIPLE USES. Pharmaceuticals are made from one single isolated synthetic compound while an essential oil can have hundreds of chemical compounds. This means that a single oil has hundreds of different things it can do for you. Lavender has a variety of uses; it can improve your sleep and calm you down emotions, while also helping to reduce your response to allergies and provide support to your immune system at the same time. Peppermint can support digestion and headaches at the same time. Lemon for uplifting a mood and cleaning. The list is endless.

SAVE MONEY.  Essential oils are pennies per drop. Compare that to the cost of prescription and over the counter medications that most come with an undesired side effect.  Just the other day I took charge of my back pain without the fogginess of narcotics. Additionally, oils can be swapped out for cleaning products throughout the house.

SUPPORT THE PLANET. It’s so easy to make your own personal care and household cleaning products using essential oils. Lotion bars, laundry detergent, countertop cleaner, etc…the list is endless.  Imagine all the toxic chemicals and wasteful packaging you could keep out of the environment, water, and landfills. Plus, when essential oils are produced in an environmentally and socially responsible way, they actually help to improve the environment and communities where they are grown. Sustainability at its best.

POWERFUL SOURCE OF ANTIOXIDANTS. Essential oils, because they are so concentrated, are some of the most powerful known antioxidants in the world. We have all heard that eating foods high in antioxidants protect our cells. Antioxidants help to absorb free radicals and prevent the aging of our cells so we can live healthier, longer lives. Who wouldn’t want that?

Finally, it is important be careful about essential oil quality and potency before using them, especially when considering using them internally as a dietary supplement. Many essential oils on the market are 100% synthetic, so they could be irritating to the skin, eyes, and respiratory system. Companies often dilute or adulterate their product in some way to get a higher yield and lower their costs.  Shop wise.  Live wise.