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Summer Heat and free Recipes using Essential Oils to Cool Down
The heat of summer is here. Fortunately, garden essence has an array of essential oils to keep you cool, refreshed and grounded all summer long.
When you are hot you also loose your energy while your body works hard to cool you down. Dehydration and the loss of electrolytes all play a roll in how your body handles the heat.

It is very important to keep yourself cool during the long hot summer days. Otherwise, an excessive amount of heat can accumulate within the body, causing irritability, skin problems, mood swings and exhaustion.

You may be surprised how effective the smart use of essential oils can be for keeping your body and mind balanced throughout the summer.

To help you cool down make a simple body spray using just a drop or two of essential oil  added to a 4 or 8 oz spray bottle of cool water. Shake well before spraying. Spritz on as desired.

Don’t forget to use equal portion of Emulsifier to the essential oil (drop for drop) then add to your bottle of water. The Emulsifier will help keep the essential oils mixed with the water.

Vetiver - Earthy and cooling, Vetiver offers us a reprieve from the heat of summer.
Lavender - Universally loved, Lavender Essential Oil is soothing and cooling, making it a perfect oil for your first aid kit as well as your aromatic treasure collection. Lavender can soothe common skin care ailments that arise during summer, such as heat rash and sunburn. Lavender Essential Oil also helps cool our emotions and keep the mind focused and clear.
Clary Sage is a wonderful, cooling oil that calms and relaxes the nerves while clearing the head. Its ability to soothe headaches and dizziness make it a good oil to turn to for support in heat. Historically used in the treatment of hot flashes, Clary Sage Essential Oil can help us all get through the hot months of summer with ease.
Cooling Peppermint is one of the most refreshing essential oils. One sniff of Peppermint Essential Oil, mid-day, will clear and cool the mind instantly.
The combination of Lavender, Rose Geranium and Vetiver calms the hot emotions of irritability and anger while supporting a calm and contented outlook. This is a great essential oil blend to smell before or after a heated discussion or as the heat of the day approaches.
Cooling and soothing, Chamomile is a wonderful oil to use for healthy inflammatory support. Chamomile Essential Oil is great for use in treating hot conditions of the skin, such as rashes, acne, and inflammation due to injury.
The first oil that come to mind for us in treating sport injuries, bruising or inflammation. Helichrysum is a key oil for your summer first aid kit. In addition, helichrysum is an excellent oil to incorporate into your skin care regimen due to its rejuvenating properties.
Take a cool foot bath by adding a few drops of essential oil to a bowl or basin full of cool water. Soak your feet until you feel cool and invigorated.
Apply cooling oils such as Vetiver, Rose, Lavender on pulse points and top of the head, so your heat releases the essential oils into the space around you.



Did You Know this about Commercial Tooth Paste?
Pay attention when buying toothpaste, at the bottom of the toothpaste tube there is a color bar. And do you  know
the original meaning of the color bar?
Try to choose green and blue, there are four kinds:
Green: natural;
Blue : Natural + Medicine;
Red : Natural + Chemical composition;
Black : pure chemical.
Why not just use toothpaste from the store? Apart from all the nasty additives that can cause irritation, there is one horrible ingredient that almost every store-bought toothpaste has. Glycerin. Now, glycerin can be a wonderful thing when it’s the base for an herbal tincture or when a little squirt is added to liquid soap or lotion. When it’s on our teeth, though, it’s terrible. When glycerin gets on our teeth, it creates a barrier. That barrier stops the natural remineralization. Teeth wear down, however, minerals can be replenished in teeth to heal, just like skin, bone and tissue heals. Glycerin prevents that healing!
Natural Tooth Powders
Herbal Tooth & Gum powder - a Dr Christopher Original formula

Herbal Tooth Powder 2 oz. by Western Botanicals
Recipe to Make your own Tooth Powder
      • 3 tablespoons bentonite clay: Bentonite clay is such a fantastic base for tooth powder because it is a very gentle cleaner. It scrubs teeth without scraping them. Bentonite clay also has tons of minerals that are good for your teeth and it absorbs toxins.

      • 1 tablespoon activated charcoal: Activated charcoal is the secret natural tooth whitener! Seems strange that something black can make your teeth white, but give it a try and see for yourself! As a bonus, it absorbs toxins, too.

      • 30-45 drops of essential oils: Peppermint essential oil is known to help whiten teeth. Peppermint oil and orange oil are a great combo together for cleaning the mouth. Cinnamon is good, too. 

      • Stevia powder, to taste: 




The Many Uses of Orange Essential Oil
Air freshener – add a few drops of the oil to water and place in a spritz bottle. Spray around for instant natural air freshener.
Anti-Depressant – if you suffer from mild depression smelling the orange essential oil will help to alleviate it. Apply topically near the nose with olive oil, for best results. Diffusing orange essential oil into the air, can lift your mood.
Anti-inflammatory – If you suffer from digestive issues such as gastric upset, heartburn or nausea, orange essential oil helps. Add 2-3 drops to water and drink.
Anti-Septic – if you have minor abrasion or cut on the skin the orange oil will work as an anti-septic killing bad bacteria to prevent infection. Always wash the affected area with soap and water first and then apply orange essential oil.
Anti-spasmodic - if you have spasms from coughing, cramps, bowels, the orange oil helps to calm spasms and even aids in prevention of them. Rubbed into the skin with a carrier oil such as olive oil, it can help to alleviate muscle spasms.
Bath oil & Bath Wash - use a 3-5 drops of orange essential oil in a nice warm bath to release the aromatherapy and enjoy a relaxing soak. Or for a bath wash, add a few drops of the oil to your favorite liquid bath soap to enjoy the properties of the oil while you bathe or shower.
Digestive Aid- running a few drops of orange essential oil on the abdomen. Massage in a clockwise motion on the abdomen to help relieve constipation and water retention. Add a few drops of oil to a carrier oil before applying.
Brings relaxation – if used as aromatherapy the orange essential oil brings about a sense of relaxation. You can use drops of orange essential oil in a diffuser or breathe directly from the bottle.  You can place a small amount on hands and cup the hands and breathe in.
Calms skin irritations – if you have bug bites, poison ivy or oak. Precaution – Orange essential oil makes the skin photosensitive so use caution when being in the sun.

Collagen booster – orange essential oil acts as a collagen booster when applied to skin, helping to give skin anti-aging properties.  Do not apply the oil directly to the skin, but mix within a cream or oil and then apply to the skin. Follow with a SPF makeup as to avoid having skin sensitivity from the sun.

De-greaser – add a few drops to your favorite surface cleaner (such a natural vinegar cleaner) to help cut the grease and leave surfaces clean and sparkling.
Detoxifier / Diuretic – orange oil helps to bring about a detoxification of the bladder, kidneys, and the lymphatic system. It helps to alleviate fluid retention and eliminates bile, salts, and uric acid. Add 2-3 drops of orange essential oil to a glass of cold water to cleanse the body and detoxify.
Floor cleaner – add a few drops to a damp cloth to clean the floor. Add to wood soap for a wood floor cleaner. A little oil goes a long way.
Glass cleaner – add a few drops to a vinegar glass cleaner to create extra streak fighting power and wonderful fragrance. Or add to this multipurpose vinegar citrus cleaner recipe.

Recipe For All Purpose Citrus Vinegar Cleaner

  • Use your favorite Citrus fruit peels. (Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit or Lime)
  • Place peels in a quart fruit jar
  • Add 3 1/2 Cups of distilled vinegar, cover with lid.
  • Shake up vinegar a few times and place mixture in cupboard to let it “marinate” for 1-2 weeks.
  • After 1-2 weeks, strain vinegar, to remove fruit peelings and sediment.
  • Pour citrus vinegar mixture into a spray bottle.
  • Add some drops of your favorite scent of essential oil, like lemon, orange or lavender, and shake up. For a fresh clean smell.

This vinegar cleaner works well for cleaning all kinds of surfaces in your home.

Insect repellent – using an air freshener bottle, add orange oil to water and mix, then spray areas where insects crawl or fly. Or add a few drops of oil to a damp cloth and wipe the area. It repels insects, moths, worms, and even ants. Spray on skin for outdoor insect repellent.
Massage oil – blend your own massage oil, add 3-5 drops of your favorite essential oil to 1 oz. Fractionated Coconut oil, almond oil, or grapeseed oil. Massage areas of the body with irritated skin, fatigued muscles, etc.
Mouth wash – add a few drops of orange essential oil  to water and gargle for a refreshing mouth wash. Peppermint oil and orange oil are a great combo together for cleaning the mouth.
Sleep aid – if you have trouble falling asleep due to mild depression or anxiety orange essential oil brings on a feeling of relaxation. You can combine orange essential oil to a carrier oil, and rub on the bottoms of feet, and back of the neck for relaxation.
Sore throat gargle – mix a 2-3 of drops of the oil in a glass of warm salt water and gargle to help soothe a sore throat
Vapor therapy – add a few drops to a vaporizer to help in the treatment of respiratory conditions like colds and flu. You can combine orange essential oil with a carrier oil such as olive oil, and rub across the sinuses and on the chest to help with breathing.

Warnings and Precautions :

Orange Essential Oil shows photo-toxicity, do not apply before going out in the sun.
If ingested in excess quantity, it can result in vomiting and nausea. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use essential oils only under the guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner



Vitamin C Herbal Pops
Here’s a fun idea to not only make delicious treats for your kids this summer – but also a way to get healthy healing herbs into their bodies without them even realizing!
These little homemade treats are super refreshing during the heat of summer and they provide a nourishing and immune system building snack the whole family is sure to enjoy.
Vitamin - C Herbal Berry Pops
How to make a blend of healing herbs that are full of - Vit C:

Vit C tea Herbal Blend:
equal parts of elderberries, hibiscus flowers, alfalfa leaf, rose hips.

Place 3 tablespoons of  your Vit C tea Herbal Blend,  in a jar or pot and pour 2 cups of boiling water over the herbs. Steep for 15 minutes in order to prepare a strong tea. Strain the tea. In a blender combine the tea; then add:
1 cup frozen or fresh berries
a handful of seasonal greens
sweetener of your choice
Blend until smooth.
Pour mixture into reusable popsicle molds.
Freeze.
Enjoy


Embarrassing Foot Odor
There are 2 things that you need to deal with when it comes to foot odor, and that is bacteria and sweat. It is not actually the sweat that makes your feet smell, but the bacteria that thrives in the moist environment it creates. Sweat is actually odorless, for the most part, except for the kind that comes from the glands in the armpit/genital area. There are proteins and amino acids in sweat from those glands (called the apocrine glands) that feed bacteria, giving it a particular unappealing smell. The bacteria on your feet give off a kind of gas as they eat, which is the source of your problems. If you can keep your feet dry, clean, and fight the bacteria, you won’t have to worry about letting them out to breathe in a room with other people around. That’s easier said than done though, and when you need a little help, these 5 foot soaks can make it simple for you kick the odor-causing culprits.
Simple Epsom Salt Foot Soak

Epsom salt neutralizes odor, and as a bonus, it also happens to be very soothing on aching feet.

You will need…

-1/2 cup of Epsom salt
-8 cups of warm water
-Something to soak your feet in

Directions

Dissolve ½ cup of Epsom salt in 8 cups of warm water and soak your feet for 30 minutes 1-2 times daily. Dry thoroughly afterwards.
Sage and Rosemary Soak

Sage has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties, and is also an astringent. Rosemary is antibacterial/antifungal, and is an astringent as well-which means that both help minimize the production of sweat from the sweat glands. Less sweat means a less ideal environment for bacteria to harbor in.

You will need…

-1 teaspoon of dried rosemary
-1-2 teaspoons of dried sage
-A small foot basin or something similar

Directions

Fill a foot basin with boiling water and add the herbs to it. Let it steep until it is cool enough to put your feet in, but still warm. Soak for 30 minutes 1-2 times daily.

Bubbly Baking Soda and Citrus Soak

Baking soda has too many uses to list here, but when it comes to foot odor, it can be a true miracle worker. It naturally helps control odor, kill bacteria/fungus, and softens your feet to boot. Lemon is an astringent, which will help with excessive sweating causing foot odor, plus it has a wonderful fresh scent.

You will need…

-Ό cup of baking soda
-8 cups of water
-Juice of one lemon
-Something to soak your feet in

Directions

Place Ό cup of baking soda in your foot basin, and then cover with approximately 8 cups of toasty (but not hot) warm water. Squeeze in the juice of one lemon, sink your feet in, and give it a little swish. Soak for 15-20 minutes or so, and then dry completely.

Very Vinegar Soak

Apple cider vinegar might not seem like the first thing you want to submerge your stinky feet in, but it actually does a nice job at getting rid of odor. It creates an acidic environment that bacteria have a hard time thriving in, reducing the count and subsequently the smell.

You will need…

-1/2 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
-5-8 cups of warm water
-Something to soak your tootsies in

Directions

Fill a foot basin with 5-8 cups of warm water and add ½ cup of white distilled or apple cider vinegar to it. Submerge your feet, swish the mixture around, and soak for 15 minutes twice a day. Dry completely when you’re finished-you can rinse them in cold water afterwards if you want.

Black Tea Foot Soak

Common folklore often tells of soaking feet in black tea to remove foot odor-thought to be effective because of the high levels of tannins, or tannic acid, in the tea. The acid would create an unfriendly environment for bacteria, while it also possibly acted as an astringent (contracts body tissues therefore sweat glands.)

You will need…

-5 bags of black tea
-4 cups of hot water
-Something to soak your feet in

Directions

Pour 4 cups of very hot or boiling water into your foot basin, and add 5 bags of black tea. Allow them to steep for 10 minutes, and then soak your feet for 20. Do this once a day, drying your feet thoroughly afterwards.

Foot Mask

2 tbsp Green clay
2 tsp kosher salt
5 drops orange essential oil
4 drops lemon essential oil
5 drops camphor essential oil
½ tsp seaweed powder (optional)
Lemon juice, as needed
½ tsp vegetable glycerin

Mix together the dry ingredients. Add the vegetable glycerin and essential oils, and then gradually add the lemon juice to make a soft paste. Scrub into your feet and keep them somewhere easily washable (tub/sink/old bucket/outdoors) for about 10 minutes. Rinse off and moisturize. Sock up and enjoy your clean, soft feet!



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