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January 2016

Young Living Essential Oils

Soothe that dry, winter skin with a homemade sea salt scrub!

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Every year, as soon as the cold weather sets in, my hands become dry and flaky. With flu and cold season in full swing, I turn to excess hand washing, which always strips the moisture from my skin. To slough off dead skin cells and restore moisture, I make a batch of exfoliating sea salt hand scrub and keep it by my kitchen sink to enjoy all winter long.  And I keep some in the tub that I use on my body 🙂

Though it’s perfectly acceptable to keep this scrub to yourself, it also makes a great gift to give around the holidays. It’s remarkably easy to throw together, so as long as you have all (three) of the ingredients on hand, you can whip up a quick batch. It’s a thoughtful, custom alternative to store-bought gifts, and ensures you’ll never show up empty-handed to a party or dinner again.

 

Which Salt to Use?

For this particular scrub, I used coarse sea salt. Sea salt is simply just evaporated seawater, which means it’s not processed and doesn’t contain any additives. Sea salt exfoliates by sloughing off dead skin cells, allowing smoother (and healthier!) skin cells to take their place.

If you have particularly sensitive skin, you can sub brown sugar for the salt. Brown sugar is a soft and gentle exfoliant, which makes it a milder alternative to the coarse sea salt.

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Which Oil to Use?

Since there are about 101 uses for coconut oil, I always have some of this miracle-in-a-jar on hand. Coconut oil is deeply moisturizing, as it contains medium-chain fatty acids, which provide hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties. As a bonus, coconut oil quickly absorbs into skin, so it won’t leave your hands with a greasy residue.

If your pantry isn’t stocked with coconut oil, olive oil also works as a great natural moisturizer!

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Which Essential Oil to Use?

I chose grapefruit essential oil for this scrub simply because it’s my favorite. Grapefruit essential oil brings a fresh, citrusy note to the scrub and leaves my skin feeling energized and bright. It also has antibacterial and antiseptic properties, which are bound to come in handy during the winter months. Lemon or orange essential oils would also do the trick.

If you’re looking for something more calming, go with lavender, bergamot, or frankincense essential oils.

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How To Make Sea Salt Hand Scrub

What You Need

Ingredients
1 cup coarse sea salt
1/2 cup liquid coconut oil
5 to 7 drops essential oils

Equipment
Dry measuring cups
10-ounce glass container (I used a Weck canning jar)
Fork

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Instructions

  1. Grab your supplies. You’ll need 1 cup coarse sea salt, 1/2 cup liquid coconut oil, 5 to 7 drops of Young Living essential oils, and a 10-ounce glass container.
  2. Add the salt. Pour 1 cup of salt into the empty glass container.
  3. Add the oil. Pour 1/2 cup of coconut oil over the salt.
  4. Add essential oil. Add 5 to 7 drops of grapefruit essential oil to mixture.
  5. Stir the mixture. Stir all ingredients until well combined.
  6. Seal and gift. Seal the jar and affix a label or gift tag to the top.

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Enjoy!

Andrea~

 

DIY Recipes

DIY Natural Vapor Rub

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BREATHE EASY YA’LL

Made my natural, chemical-free Vapor Rub last night using only 2 ingredients! Coconut oil and RC blend essential oil by Young Living 😎
RC is a combo of Eucalyptus Globulus, Myrtle, Marjoram, Pine, Eucalyptus Radiata, Eucalyptus Citriodora, Lavender, Cypress, Black Spruce and Peppermint essential oils!!!!! Holy smokes it’s a power house and all natural!
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I like to keep this  stocked in my cabinet using Young Living essential oils.  I find it great to use on my families chests and backs when needed to support our wellness.

I make sure I have this recipe which uses Eucalyptus oils and blends and our homemade vapor rub on hand all year long. I often use this rub on our chest and back and the vapor rub on our feet.

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I like to make this with RC Essential Oil blend……. RC is a blend of Eucalyptus Globulus, Eucalyptus Radiata, Eucalyptus Citriodora, Myrtle, Spruce, Peppermint, Pine, Lavender, Marjoram and Cypress.  It has a very invigorating aroma, creates a spa like atmosphere and contains the naturally occurring constituent limonene (google it!).

This is SUPER easy to make and you will love it!!  Make a good size batch so you are sure to have it on hand!

Enjoy-

Andrea~