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Selecting a Carrier Oil

Carrier oils. Who has been told to ‘make sure you dilute your essential oil before applying to the skin’ ? Probably all of us! Neat essential oils are just TOO potent to be added without proper dilution. Just like western medicine, too much can be a bad thing. Like essential oils, carriers have unique properties and benefits! It is important to know carrier properties so you can pair the right oils for the best impact.

I’m going to touch on a few of the most common and some of my favourites.

Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba oil)

Jojoba works on all skin types. It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. As it is penetrates the skin well, it works well as a carrier oil for essential oil application it also works to keep pores clean acting as an antibacterial. Jojoba also had protein minerals creating a waxy substance that mimics collagen making it a good facial oil. It is similar in structure to our bodies natural oils making helping balance oil production of the skin. It is highly moisturizing and gentle on the skin. Jojoba also has an SPF rating around 4.

Prunes amygdalus (Sweet Almond)

This is a super oil. It contains vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, D & E. It is high in protein and trace minerals. It works great for all skin types but especially for itching, soreness, dryness and inflammation. Vitamin E is an extremely powerful antioxidant. Oxidative stress is a major cause of the deterioration of your skin’s collagen layer. Since collagen keeps your skin looking supple and wrinkle-free, you want to stave off oxidative stress with antioxidants. Almond oil has a natural SPF rating around 5.

Cocus nucifera (Fractionated Coconut Oil)

Clear, odorless and light in texture making it great for blending with oils in perfumes or fragrances. In order to remain a liquid, the lauric acid has been removed making it an incomplete oil. Both regular and fractionated coconut oils are great sources of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). Coconut oil also has a natural SPF rating around 2-8.

Triticum ciestivum/durum (Wheatgerm Oil)

This oil has a strong odor and heavy texture and is best used in small amounts. It has vitamin E and essential fatty acids which helps reduce skin damage, fight free radicals, support healthy collagen formation and maintain even skintone. Wheatgerm works best on dry skin, psoriasis and eczema. Due to the high level of antioxidants and vitamins, wheat germ oil helps regenerate scar tissue and lubricate the skin. The best part, it has an SPF rating of 20 making it one of the higher SPF ratings.

Those are a few of my favorites and I hope you have more information to pair the perfect carrier with your essential oils.

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Essential Oil Fragrance Stone DIY

I’ve been searching for fun DIY projects lately and stumbled upon fragrance stones, I had to give it a try. These stones offer an alternative to diffusers, potpourri etc. as they hold and emit fragrance from essential oils. This is also the easiest DIY, anyone can do it. It was also a fun way to get my son involved in the kitchen 🙂

I took the instructions from Hello Glow with a couple modifications from my own trial.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup table salt
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 30-40 drops essential oils
  • Flower petals, grated citrus rind or food coloring (optional)
  • Parchment paper.

Instructions

  1. Combine the flour, salt and boiling water in a bowl. While the water is hot, use a whisk to combine everything as best you can (it’s going to thicken quickly). When it’s cool enough to touch, use your hands to knead the ingredients into a dough.
  2. Add the essential oils and optional ingredients (like flower petals) and continue kneading.
  3. Break off 1 to 2 inch pieces of dough and roll with your hands until it forms a ball. Press the ball slightly until it resembles a stone.
  4. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and let dry overnight.
  5. Put several stones in a bowl or stash individual stones wherever you need a boost of fragrance.

I have found these to be a great option for small spaces like the bathroom or conversation spaces like a side table. With little kids in the house, these stones make an awesome alternative to waxes and oils 🙂 I might even try them in my sons room for some lavender oil.

Note** in these photos mine have not dried fully. I ran out of time for camera photos and a full dry time 😂

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Morning Yoga Flow

 

I don’t know about you but I wake up TIGHT. Our mattress is the equivalent to sleeping on a cloud which is nice to watch movies, but not ideal to sleep. My husband won that battle.

I try to commit at least 5 minutes of my morning to a quick practice and this 8 pose Flow is the trick! with scoliosis, I get great pleasure out of strengthening and lengthening my body, especially my core. During each pose, remember to take a deep breath, sit a little deeper, and act as if a marionetist is tugging on a string at the top of your head 😊

repeat on each side, ensuring you treat L and R equal 😋 And you’re 5 minutes closer to a happier and more energized morning body!!

 

 

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Chicken burrito bowl

You guys…this recipe is amazing and perfect for meal prep.

Don’t be frightened by how long my instructions are, I promise guys…it’s so easy and delicious. I almost ate all the chicken before putting it away.

Ingredients

Chicken

Salsa

Rice

Peppers

Red onion

Cheese

Pico

Hot sauce



Cooking instructions 

Line cooking tray with tin foil and preheat the oven to 400

Chop onion and peppers

Put chicken and vegetables in cooking tray

Drizzle olive oil and mix veges

Sprinkle salt and pepper on vegetables and cover both sides of the chicken with taco seasoning or Baha seasoning

Pour salsa on top of chicken

Bake for 25-30 minutes

While baking I added rice, shredded cheddar and pico to containers

Once chicken is cooked let it cool, slide and add chicken and Veges to containers!


Voila !

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Juicing 

I had some leftover fruit in my fridge and decided to do some juicing!

You guys know me, I didn’t measure anything…I just use what I have and blend each ingredient in small amounts one after another until my mason is full! Here are three of my favourite recipes 🙂

Green Goddess

Kiwi

Lime

Kale

Apple

 

Strawberry Sunrise

Yum! This one is all fruit and probably more sugar than I need but damn it’s delicious!

Mango

Strawberry

Peach

Nectarine

Last but not least…

Vitamin C-itrus

As you can assume by my incredibly cheesy name…this ones a citrus kick 🙂

Orange

Grapefruit

Ginger

Lemon

Carrot

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DIY Cold tea

I go through phases of loving coffee and loving tea..I’m currently shifting back to my love for tea and decided to make ice tea lemonade. Super simple…I’m horrible at measuring things…but I used a big mason.

What you need;

Tea (I used David’s Tea Electric lemonade..1 tbsp in a bag)

Hot water (I didn’t use boiling..just got and it worked great)

Mason (I like these because they = shakers with a lid on)
Iced tea (I used the squirt bottle, it’s not the worst for you)

All you need to do is fill the mason 1/2 full with hot water and steep your tea. I ended up leaving the bag in but use your discretion. Add ice and top off with cold water, lid and shake.

Voila!
Enjoy!

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Breakfast Whole Bowl and DIY SuperSeed Blend

With fresh produce in season, it’s hard not to find ways to mix fresh fruit into meals. Simple breakfast bowls like this work great as a breakfast meal, or fist snack. Combining protein, fats and soluble fibre help keep the body satisfied for longer. 

Fibre: we all know of fibre as being a great ‘regulator,’ it also slows the absorption of sugar,   but improves movement through the intestines making you feel fuller faster.

Protein is essential for developing and maintaining lean muscle. It is also effective at making us feel fuller for longer preventing overeating. By assisting in glycemic control, a high protein breakfast can help stabilize blood sugar, reducing the desire to eat.

Fats: according to some researchers, the brain is comprised of up to 60% fat, crazy right? Knowing your good fats and bad fats is crucial (we’ll talk about that another day), but as a basic rule, keeping to fats from fish, nuts, avacados and some natural animal fats is great. Healthy fats are also great for your skin cells, heart and lungs 🙂


My breakfast whole bowl consists of plain Greek yoghurt, blueberries, strawberries, sunflower seeds, homemade strawberry jam, and my hearty seed blend.

DIY SuperSeed Blend 

Hemp hearts

Flax

Chia

Poppy

Cracked wheat

I managed to find all of these ingredients in the organic bulk section of my local grocer. I went a little heavier on the hemp hearts and used equal parts of everything else. You can definitely blend it based on what you like best 🙂

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DIY Almond Milk.

What you nee do:
washed, skinless Almonds
Jar or similar container with lid
Water
Coffee filter, cheese cloth or something similar
Vanilla extract or similar flavour

What you need to do:

Measure 1 cup of almonds
Measure 5 cups of water

Combine nuts and water  in jar and leave for a minimum of 8 hours

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After the nuts soaked, I rinsed them and blended them with 5 cups of water until smooth and milky. As I blended the nuts I kept adding small amounts of water until I got the texture I wanted 🙂

I used a coffee filter under the rim of a mason jar and let the milk drip through leaving the pulp in the filter. Once it had all dripped through I added some vanilla to taste and shook the jar to combine.

I’ll be honest this was a little messy and time consuming… I emptied the pulp from the filter a couple times. I also poked a couple holes in the coffee filter with a tooth pick and it sped up the process a little 🙂
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Either way I got some delicious home made almond milk with pretty low effort 🙂 If you know of a better way to filter the milk I’d love to hear it! From my readings there is really no ‘best’ way to do this…hah, just follow the path of least resistance.