Antiwrinkle Cream for a Smoother Complexion

Your face does a lot of work during the day and could use a little love at night. Try caring for your complexion with an all-natural, antiwrinkle cream! This cream is formulated to benefit a mature face with wrinkles, but it can help any skin look younger longer.

Though an optional ingredient, bentonite clay is important for its ability to absorb and remove toxins, heavy metals, impurities, and chemicals. It can do all this because it carries a strong negative charge that bonds to the positive charge in these damaging substances. As bentonite clays draws toxins, it releases minerals for the skin to absorb. Bentonite clay also pulls excess hydrogen from skin cells, allowing them to admit oxygen. Bentonite clay can be found at your local health food store or online. If you do use bentonite clay, be careful to not let it touch anything metallic, or it will lose its effectiveness.

Antiwrinkle Cream

  • Servings: 4 oz.
  • Time: 15 minutes active; 10 minutes inactive
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. In a double boiler (or a heat-proof glass measuring cup placed in a saucepan of water), heat the beeswax pellets and shea butter together.
  2. Once melted, add honey and coconut oil until melted again. Then add almond oil and vitamin E oil. Remove from heat and stir until all combined.
  3. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  4. Add aloe vera gel and whisk for 2 minutes to combine. Add bentonite clay and essential oils and stir in with a plastic spoon or fork.
  5. Note: Do not use metal utensils after adding the bentonite clay, as they will decrease the clay’s effectiveness.
  6. Pour into lotion bottles or salve jars.
  7. To use, rub antiwrinkle cream on face after removing makeup.

*Shea butter contains latex (a natural rubber). If you are allergic or sensitive to latex, do a skin patch test before making this recipe with shea butter.

Oatmeal Shower Scrub Bags

Do you like the moisturizing effects of an oatmeal bath, but don’t like having all that oatmeal in your bathtub? These Oatmeal Shower Scrub Bags are the solution! Simply rub the bag over your skin when you shower, bathe, or wash your hands. The oats moisturize, the soap cleans, the lavender soothes and scents, and the organza bag gives a gentle exfoliation. Scrub bags make great gifts for friends, family, or essential oil class members. In fact, this recipe is a fantastic make-and-take class idea!

Oatmeal Shower Scrub Bags

  • Servings: 18–20 bags
  • Time: 5–10 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/4–1/2 cup unscented, grated bar soap (or add a little liquid soap to bag right before using)
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil
  • 20 small organza bags

Instructions:

  1. Mix ingredients in a glass bowl.
  2. Add about 2 Tbsp. of the mixture to each organza bag or until about 3/4 full.
  3. To use, wet the bag with water before massaging it over your skin in circular motions. Rinse well with water.

Homemade Essential Oil Dilution Sticks

While some essential oils can be used “neat” (without dilution), many do require dilution, especially when used on children, pregnant women, or people with sensitive skin. The most common way to dilute essential oils is to mix them with fractionated coconut oil. Sometimes this can get a little messy—especially when you’re on-the-go or applying oils to a wiggly child. We found a dilution solution by creating a thickened blend of carrier oils stored in a twist-up container: a dilution stick. This stick contains a formula of carrier oils that are good for sensitive skin and will remain solid at room temperature.

Our dilution stick recipe does not contain essential oils, so it can be used with any essential oil you need at the time. To use the stick, simply twist it up and rub it onto your skin before (or after) applying your essential oils.

If you have a favorite essential oil that you use frequently, you can also add it to the melted liquid before pouring the mixture into your containers. Or you can add the essential oil after pouring the carrier oil mixture into each container. Just be sure to stir the essential oil in with a toothpick or bamboo skewer before the mixture cools. A good dilution ratio is 1–2 drops per .15 oz. (4.25 g) of carrier oil mixture, or the following:

If you love this idea but don’t want to make it, you can always buy the Essential Oil Carrier Oil Stick that is ready to go. A smaller On-The-Go Essential Oil Extender is also available.

The following recipe fills at least 2 dilution sticks—1 large and 1 small. (Or make 1 round one and 2 small ones, or many little ones—any combination of containers totaling 3 oz.) Keep a big one at home and a small one in your purse or travel bag. That way, you’ll always have one when you need it!

Essential Oil Dilution Sticks

  • Servings: Yield=3 oz.
  • Time: 10–15 minutes active; 1 hour inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Place the mango butter and beeswax in a double boiler on the stove over medium-low heat. You can create a double boiler by placing a glass measuring cup (containing the ingredients) in a pan filled with an inch or so of water.
  2. Once the mango butter and beeswax are melted, reduce the heat to low, and add the coconut oil. When the coconut oil is melted, add the sweet almond oil, and remove boiler from heat. Continue stirring until all the oils have melted together.
  3. Make sure your containers are clean and twisted all the way down. Pour the oil into your containers, and allow them to cool. You can place them in the refrigerator to speed up the cooling process.
  4. To use, rub the stick over the skin before applying essential oils.

NOTES:

Other twist-up containers also work, including our Round Twist Tube (2.2 oz/63.4 g) and our Lip Balm Dispensing Tubes (.15 oz/4.25 g). When choosing containers for this recipe, just use as many containers as needed to hold a total of 3 oz.

*Shea butter contains latex (a natural rubber). If you are allergic or sensitive to latex, do a skin patch test before making this recipe with shea butter.

Simply Luxurious Moisturizing Lotion

So many of us use lotion every day, but many of the commercially available lotions contain ingredients that could actually be harmful to our bodies when used daily. Skin is very porous and absorbs just about everything put on it, so it’s best to use lotion made of natural ingredients. And the best way to know what is in your lotion is to make it yourself!

This lotion recipe is really simple to make. First, melt your hard oils (cocoa butter, beeswax, and coconut oil). Then add your soft or liquid oils (sweet almond oil, fractionated coconut oil, and jojoba oil). Finally, blend together the water and oils until the mixture emulsifies. You’ll hear and feel a change, but keep blending to prevent the water and oil from separating later. Watch the video at the end of this post to see how simple this lotion is to make!

The best part about making your own lotion is that you get to customize the scent! Essential oils make that really easy. You can simply add your favorite essential oil or blend, or you can add oils that help with specific health issues. Whatever you choose to create, this lotion makes a great base because it is simple to make, absorbs easily, moisturizes well, and feels so luxurious!

Moisturizing Lotion

  • Servings: Yield=8 oz. (240 ml)
  • Time: 15–20 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. In a double boiler, melt cocoa butter and beeswax pellets over low heat. Once melted, add the coconut oil, and continue heating until almost melted. Remove from heat, and stir until everything finishes melting.
  2. Stir in the sweet almond oil, fractionated coconut oil, and jojoba oil.
  3. Heat distilled water until warm.
  4. Using a hand mixer, start beating water, and slowly add the oil mixture while continuing to beat. Keep beating for a few minutes. As you blend, you will hear a change and feel the lotion thicken. Let stand for a few minutes. If lotion separates during this time, continue to blend it again for a couple more minutes. If it doesn’t separate, then it has emulsified properly.
  5. Mix in the essential oil.
  6. Pour lotion into a plastic zip-top bag. Snip off a corner of the bag, and squeeze the lotion into your container of choice.
  7. To use, pump a little into your hand, and massage into the skin as needed.

Here are some lotion containers we recommend:

Acrylic Lotion Pump Bottles: These will turn your lotion into a fancy personalized gift.
8 oz. Bottle with Pump Top: These are the perfect size for making a batch to use at home.
Small Lotion Tottles: These are small and portable—perfect for your purse or bag. You can even add a carabiner to clip it to the outside of your bag.
For an extra touch, try adding this cute vinyl “Moisturizer” label!

If you’re a visual learner, watch this video to see just how simple this lotion is to make.

Essential Oil Spotlight: Cinnamon

Cinnamon essential oil (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) is steam-distilled from the bark of the tree. It contains antibacterial, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-infectious (intestinal, urinary), anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiparasitic, antiseptic, antispasmodic (light), antiviral, astringent, immune-stimulant, purifying, sexual-stimulant, and warming properties. It also enhances the action and activity of other oils.

Cinnamon essential oil is commonly used for airborne bacteria, bacterial infections, bites/stings, breathing, diabetes, diverticulitis, fungal infections, immune system (stimulates), infection, libido (low), mold, pancreas support, physical fatigue, pneumonia, typhoid, vaginal infection, vaginitis, viral infections, and warming the body.

Historically, this most ancient of spices was included in just about every prescription issued in ancient China. It was regarded as a tranquilizer, tonic, and stomachic and as being good for depression and a weak heart.

This oil may be beneficial for circulation, colds, coughs, digestion, exhaustion, flu, infections, rheumatism, and warts. Cinnamon oil fights viral and infectious diseases, and testing has yet to find a virus, bacteria, or fungus that can survive in its presence.

Applications of Cinnamon Essential Oil and Safety Data

Cinnamon essential oil is one of the strongest essential oils, and care should be taken when using it.
Topical Application: Before applying cinnamon oil topically, make sure to dilute it 1:3 (1 drop essential oil to at least 3 drops carrier oil). Please note that repeated use of cinnamon essential oil can result in extreme contact sensitization, so make sure to dilute well, avoid when pregnant, and frequently give your body a break in between uses.
Aromatic Application: When diffusing cinnamon essential oil, be careful to not inhale directly from the diffuser, as it may irritate the nasal membranes.
Internal Application: Cinnamon essential oil can be used in cooking, but make sure to start with only a toothpick and add more if needed.

5 Ways To Use Cinnamon Essential Oil

1. Diffuse
Try this blend in your diffuser to increase your mental alertness:

2. Use in a Romantic Massage Oil
Because cinnamon essential oil is known to be an aphrodisiac and is a warming oil, it makes a great addition to a romantic massage oil. Here is a great recipe to help you and your spouse enjoy an intimate massage together:

Romantic Massage Oil:
5 drops ylang ylang
1 drop cinnamon
1 Tbsp. (15 ml) carrier oil such as Fractionated Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, or Jojoba Oil.

3. Add to a Breath-Freshening Spray
Try adding 2–3 drops each of cinnamon and orange essential oil to this Essential Oil Breath Spray recipe.

4. Add to Cooking Recipes
Cinnamon essential oil is great to add to any of your favorite recipes. We had a difficult time picking from our recipes that use cinnamon essential oil, but here are some of our favorites:

5. Protect Your Plants with This Gardening Spray
Keep birds and bugs from eating your plants with this garden spray.

Protective Gardening Spray

  • Servings: Yield=1 gallon (about 4 liters)
  • Time: 5 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. To a small glass bowl, add the emulsifier, essential oils, and dish soap in order; gently stir after adding each ingredient. Pour a little (up to 1 cup or 250 ml) water into the bowl, and stir to combine.
  2. Pour mixture into a gallon-sized (4-liter) water jug (mostly full of water). Place the cap on, and carefully shake to combine. Pour mixture into your 16 oz. glass spray bottles.
  3. To use, spray the tops and bottoms of the plant leaves. It is best to spray on a cloudy day or in the evening so the sun and cinnamon essential oil combination doesn’t burn the plants. Apply every couple weeks or as needed. Wait 2–3 days after spraying to harvest any food.

To learn more about cinnamon essential oil, see the book Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils.

Sources: Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 8th Edition, pp. 48–49; 329–30.

Sore Muscles Salve

Give your sore muscles some relief with this salve. The essential oils in this recipe may not only help soothe muscle pains, but they also create a warming/cooling effect that makes this salve extra special!

Sore Muscles Salve

  • Servings: Yield=2 oz. (60 ml)
  • Time: 10 minutes active; 1 hour inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. In a double boiler, melt the beeswax and coconut oil over low heat until completely melted; then add sweet almond oil or fractionated coconut oil. Note: You can create a double boiler by placing a heat-proof glass container (containing ingredients) in a pan filled with an inch (2.5 cm) of water.
  2. Allow mixture to cool for about 5 minutes before stirring in the essential oils.
  3. Pour mixture into a glass salve jar or tin container. It should solidify within 30 minutes to an hour.
  4. To use, rub salve on sore muscles as needed.

DIY All-Natural Face Mask

The skin on your face is delicate and should be pampered with healthy ingredients. The harsh chemicals in many skin products destroy the natural balance of the oils in your skin and can cause peeling or acne. Try this simple homemade mask at home to clean your skin and restore a healthy glow to your face!

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DIY All-Natural Face Mask

  • Servings: Yield=1 mask
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup (60 g) plain yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) raw honey
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Mix ingredients together in a small bowl.
  2. Using fingertips, spread the mask over your face, avoiding eyes.
  3. Leave on for 5–10 minutes before gently rinsing with warm water and a cloth.

Pamper yourself by having a wonderful at-home spa night using this face mask and taking a warm bath with your favorite essential oils.

 

DIY Sugar Scrubbies

Simply exfoliating your skin can be so refreshing and leave you feeling pampered. Want to do it every time you shower? Here’s an easy way to do it while you soap up—we call them Sugar Scrubbies.

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While you are in the shower and ready to wash up, just grab one of these and rub it all over your body like you would soap. The soap helps get you clean, the sugar helps exfoliate your skin, the coconut oil replenishes moisture, and the essential oils refresh the skin and provide a lovely scent. It’s a great way to pamper yourself while showering!

If you find you like them so much that you want to share them, don’t forget that these Sugar Scrubbies make a great addition to any “pamper yourself” gift!

Sugar Scrubbies

  • Servings: 20+
  • Time: 10 minutes active; 30–60 minutes inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unscented soap, shredded
  • 1/4 cup (48 g) Coconut Oil
  • 1 cup (200 g) sugar (white or brown)
  • 2–6 drops essential oil
  • Optional additions (see below for some ideas)
  • PET Jar or other airtight container

Instructions:

  1. Put the unscented soap and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 10-second intervals, stirring in between, until melted (or mostly melted). You can also melt the ingredients on the stove top with a double boiler if you prefer.
  2. Allow soap/oil mixture to cool for a couple minutes before adding in the sugar, essential oils, and any optional additions.
  3. Press the mixture into a silicone mold, muffin tin lined with paper cups, or a glass dish (to cut into cubes).
  4. Let sit in the fridge or freezer to allow mixture to firm up before transferring the Sugar Scrubbies to your PET jars or other airtight containers.
  5. To use, simply rub a Sugar Scrubby over your skin while showering. Rinse off with water.

Scent Ideas:

  • Autumn Spice: Use brown sugar. Add 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) maple syrup and 5 drops cinnamon essential oil.
  • Pumpkin Pie: Use brown sugar. Add 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) honey, 1 tsp. (2 g) pumpkin pie spice, and 2 drops cinnamon essential oil.
  • Peppermint: Use white sugar. Add a drop of red or green food coloring to 1/2 the sugar before mixing with the other ingredients, and add 5 drops peppermint essential oil.
  • Lemon Rosemary: Use white sugar. Add 3 drops each of lemon and rosemary essential oil. Add 1 tsp. (1 g) lemon zest and 1 tsp. (.5 g) minced rosemary (optional).
  • Grapefruit Mint: Use white sugar. Add 3 drops grapefruit and 2 drops peppermint essential oil. Add 1 drop red food coloring (optional).
  • Lavender: Use white sugar. Add 5 drops lavender essential oil. Add 1–2 drops purple food coloring (optional).
  • Create your own scent! The possibilities are endless.

Kool-Aid® Lip Balm and Holiday Gift Guide

These colored lip balms are so fun to make for any woman, young or old! The Kool-Aid® not only gives the lip balms a vibrant color, but also a fun taste. You can even add peppermint essential oil to give your lips a cooling sensation with each use! With the recipe provided below, you can make a big batch of the same color/flavor, or you can get creative and make a bunch of different ones!

Kool-Aid® Lip Balm

  • Servings: 4–10
  • Time: 15–30 minutes active; 30 minutes inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Using a kitchen scale, measure out the beeswax and cocoa butter, and place in a double boiler. (Note: you can create a double boiler by placing ingredients in a heat-proof glass dish and placing the dish in a water-filled pan.) Heat over low heat until melted.
  2. Meanwhile, place drink mix in a glass dish, and add just enough hot water to make a paste.
  3. Once the beeswax and cocoa butter are melted, add jojoba oil and honey, and keep warming until everything is melted. Let cool slightly, and stir in essential oil if desired.
  4. Add oil mixture to drink mix, and stir/mash with the back of a spoon until it is thoroughly combined.
  5. Place lip balm in a zip-top bag, and snip off a small hole in a corner with scissors. Squeeze the lip balm into the containers by twisting the bag and squeezing down. Tap the container against a hard surface to help it move to the bottom of the container. Continue until the containers are full.
  6. Place containers in fridge until the lip balm has fully cooled.

Note: If you want to make multiple flavors, just prep your drink mix in separate
bowls, and only use 1/8–1/4 tsp. per dish. Then stir in 1/2–1 Tbsp. (7.5–15 ml) of the oil mixture. This should fill 1 lip gloss container or 2 lip balm dispensers.

This recipe was featured in our new online Gift Guide. Take a look at all the other fun recipes and gift ideas!
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‘Tis the Season for Sickness

Seasonal changes can stress our immune systems, making us more susceptible to illness. Diffusing Protective Blend and using it on household surfaces can help avoid trouble. But it’s also best to be prepared with some “simple solutions,” should sickness strike.

Easy tips and recipes for colds, cold sores, congestion, cough, earache, and fever can be found in our new booklet, “Modern Essentials: Simple Solutions”—along with 150 entries for other common ailments.

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Colds:

  • Blend 5 drops each lemon and thyme in 1 Tbs. (15 ml) jojoba oil. Apply a small amount to throat, forehead, chest, and back of neck 2–3 times daily.
  • For adults and children, you can also diffuse thyme oil in an aromatherapy diffuser.

Cold Sores:

  • Combine 4 tsp. (6 g) beeswax pellets, 1 Tbs. (10 g) cocoa butter, and 3 Tbs. (45 ml) jojoba oil, and melt in a microwave (30 seconds at a time, stirring in between) or in a double boiler. Cool slightly, and add 5 drops each helichrysum, melissa, and peppermint. Pour into small jars or lip balm containers, and allow to cool completely. Apply a small amount to cold sores as needed.

Congestion:

  • Diffuse Respiratory Blend in an aromatherapy diffuser.
  • Drop 2 drops eucalyptus and 1 drop peppermint on the floor of the shower to inhale the vapors while showering.
  • Combine 6 Tbs. (90 ml) coconut oil and 1½ Tbs. (7.5 g) beeswax pellets, and melt in a microwave (30 seconds at a time, stirring in between) or in a double boiler. Let cool slightly, and add 20 drops eucalyptus, 15 drops lemon, and 20 drops peppermint. Pour into small jars or salve containers, and allow to cool completely. Apply a small amount on the chest and throat as needed.

Cough:

  • Diffuse Respiratory Blend in an aromatherapy diffuser.
  • Mix 1 drop each eucalyptus and lemon with 1 Tbs. (15 ml) honey (local and raw preferred). Blend about 1/3 of this mixture in 1 cup (240 ml) warm water, and drink slowly.
  • Combine 1 drop each eucalyptus, lemon, and melaleuca with 1 tsp. (5 ml) jojoba oil, and apply over chest and back.

Earache:

  • Put 1 drop each basil and melaleuca on a piece of cotton ball. Place over (not in) the ear canal for 30 minutes.
  • For children, dilute above combination with carrier oil or garlic oil extract (can pierce and use garlic capsules)—which also has antibacterial and antiviral properties.

Fever:

  • Blend 2 drops each eucalyptus and peppermint in bowl of cool water. Moisten a washcloth with this water, and sponge the forehead, back of neck, and feet.

Source: “Modern Essentials: Simple Solutions” Booklet

For more helpful tips, see our article on Staying Healthy This Winter Season.

’Tis also the season for sharing, so be sure to pass along these tips for making winter days more merry and bright.