Essential Oils for Mindfulness

es·sen·tial oil
əˈsen(t)SHəl oil/
  1. a natural oil typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance of the plant or other source from which it is extracted.

Essential oils are found in many sources of plants, stems, roots, flowers and bark on trees.  The nature of an essential oil varies from plant to plant, within botanical families, and from species to species. Each oil has it’s own components that are used in many things from cosmetics, lotions, bath salts and in healthcare.  The oils can be used with a single aroma or with multiples combined.

I am going to talk about a couple of oils that have many uses, but work well with mindfulness and meditation.  These are a few of my favorites and the benefits they can offer to help you relax.

Frankincense:  This oil has many uses but the aromatic influence is to help focus energy, minimize distraction, and improve concentration.  It also helps to ease hyperactivity, impatience, irritability, restlessness and enhance spiritual awareness and meditation.  It’s scent is a rich, deep, warm, balsamic, sweet with incense like overtones.

Lavender:  This oil promotes consciousness, health, love, peace, and a general sense of well being.  It also nurtures creativity. Lavender is a universal oil that has traditionally been known to balance the body and to work wherever there is a need.  It may help anxiety, nervous tension, mental clarity, and emotional balance.  It’s scent is floral, sweet, herbaceous, balsamic with woody overtones.

White Fir:  This oil promotes grounding, anchoring, and empowerment.  It can stimulate the mind while allowing the body to relax.  Fir creates the symbolic effect of an umbrella protecting the earth and bringing energy in from the universe.  It’s scent is fresh, woody, earthy and sweet.

For more information and other oils



What Will You Do First?


If you’ve been thinking about ditching all of your household & bathroom items to replace them with healthier, greener options but have been putting it off because you’re incredibly overwhelmed… start small.

It IS overwhelming to overhaul anything, so you aren’t alone there.  But generally, when we feel overwhelmed, our response is to make no moves at all.  We aren’t quite sure what move to make first, so we stand frozen.  It happens all the time, to me too!

So let’s start small.

Take baby steps.

What would you like to change first?  Let’s focus on one area.

Personally, I chose to change my bath products first.

What you put on your skin goes right into your bloodstream, so choosing natural products is imperative to me.

With our skin being the largest organ in the body, we must take care of it!  I am sure that all of my face wash, make up and shampoos are free of parabens, sulfates, DEA, phthalates, synthetic fragrances & more.  If you are looking for a great skin regimen look here

What’s is your first focus going to be?


Do It Yourself Beauty Products

Last week I blogged about the chemicals found in our make up, deodorant and many other products we use on a daily basis.  I decided I wanted to simplify and have checked around for some DIY products that you can use to replace some of those DIRTY products. I would love to hear if you try them and what you think in the comments below.  Also, please feel free to share a recipe for your favorite product.

DIY Antiperspirant

Antiperspirant contains anti-bacterial chemicals and zinc, which have been linked to breast cancer and early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Toss your underarm sticks and make your own!

  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch

Mix all the ingredients into a stiff paste and spoon into an empty underarm deodorant stick. Cool in the fridge until firm. Apply as usual.

Note: if it is very warm in your home, keep the deodorant in the fridge so that the coconut oil doesn’t liquefy.

Face Powder and Eye Shadow

Talc, a known toxic substance, is found in face powders and eye shadows, where it acts as an anti-caking agent. Talc contains asbestos, which causes cancer in the breast and lungs. 10  

Face powders and eye shadows also contain zinc and may cause skin irritation with extended use. Dr. Donald Grant, dermatitis specialist, says, “Unfortunately I do see an awful lot of women who have eczema or inflammation on their eyelids and nowhere else. The tissue around the eyes dries out as you get older.”

If you want alluring peepers and perfect skin, you can cook up your own beauty regimen in no time at all.

  • Arrowroot
  • Cocoa powder for brown eye shadow
  • Beet powder for pink eye shadow
  • Spirulina for green eye shadow
  • Activated charcoal for black/gray eye shadow
  • Nutmeg for golden brown eye shadow

For the eye shadows, use one-quarter of a teaspoon of arrowroot as your base. Now add color until you get the shade you desire.

For face powder, start with one tablespoon of arrowroot and slowly add cocoa and nutmeg until you get a shade that matches your skin tone. 11

Note: for a creamier eye shadow, add one-eighth of a teaspoon of Shea butter, which will help to moisturize your lids and prevent the eye shadow from rubbing off.

Mascara and Eyeliner

Smokey eyes can be healthily achieved when you follow this easy recipe that serves as both an eyeliner and mascara. Use an old mascara tube and a brush to apply the mixture. To clean the mascara tube, soak it in very hot water for 10 minutes, and then rinse thoroughly.

  • 3/4 tsp beeswax
  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp shea butter
  • 2 tsp aloe vera gel
  • 1 capsule activated charcoal

You can find all these ingredients at your local health food store. Place the beeswax, coconut oil, Shea butter, and aloe vera in a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler, place the ingredients in a glass or metal bowl in a pot of water.

Heat gently over a very low heat until all the ingredients are melted and mixed. Break open the capsule, add the charcoal, and mix well. Use a funnel to pour the mixture into the mascara tube or pour it into a container for eyeliner.

If you don’t have a funnel, pour the mixture into a plastic bag, snip a corner off, and then squeeze the bag so that the mixture can be piped into the mascara tube without spilling. 12

Here are some great links to more recipes… Happy creating!!

22 DIY Cosmetics | Easy Makeup Recipe Ideas

Homemade Natural Makeup Recipes (25 Tutorials)

What’s In Your Make Up Bag??

The skin is the largest organ of the body. It is also the gateway, for the varied toxins we come in contact with, to get inside. It’s not just what we eat, but what we put on our body that impacts our health. It is believed that our skin absorbs 60-70% of any topical products we use.

Have you really looked at the products you are using like deodorants, make up and sunscreen??   Researchers have found that environmental toxins such as pesticides, herbicides, pollutants, chemicals and heavy metals contribute to dementia.  These are all found in health and beauty products that we use on a daily basis.

 I have listed a few chemicals that I found in David Suzuki’s Dirty Dozen and also in the Breast Cancer Fund website.  There are many out there but these are a few I found interesting.  Take the time to read through this to the end as I have included a few places where you can see where your products rate.  I have decided it is time to simplify. How about you??           Check back next Tuesday for recipes to make your own makeup!


Found in a plethora of products, including sunscreens, lipsticks, foundations, nail polishes, and toothpastes with whitening properties, lead is a neurotoxin that is known to reduce fertility and may result in learning and language disabilities and behavioral problems. Lead has also been linked to miscarriage, reduced fertility in men and women, and delay in puberty onset in girls. (Breast Cancer )


Parabens are a group of compounds widely used as an antifungal agent, preservative and antimicrobial in creams, lotions, ointments and other cosmetics, including underarm deodorants. They are absorbed through the skin and have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors. (Breast Cancer ) Parabens are the most widely used preservative in cosmetics. They are also used as fragrance ingredients, but consumers won’t find that listed on the label. Fragrance recipes are considered trade secrets, so manufacturers are not required to disclose fragrance chemicals in the list of ingredients (see also Fragrance/Parfum). An estimated 75 to 90 per cent of cosmetics contain parabens (typically at very low levels). (David


BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) are closely related synthetic antioxidants used as preservatives in lipsticks and moisturizers, among other cosmetics. They are also widely used as food preservatives. BHA and BHT can induce allergic reactions in the skin. (David Suzuki)


Triclosan is used mainly in antiperspirants/deodorants, cleansers, and hand sanitizers as a preservative and an anti-bacterial agent. In addition to cosmetics, triclosan is also used as an antibacterial agent in laundry detergent, facial tissues, and antiseptics for wounds, as well as a preservative to resist bacteria, fungus, mildew and odors in other household products that are sometimes advertized as “anti-bacterial.” These products include garbage bags, toys, linens, mattresses, toilet fixtures, clothing, furniture fabric, and paints. Triclosan also has medical applications. (David Suzuki)


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