Easy Shower Gel

Easy Shower Gel

Making your own shower gel is as easy as adding your favorite essential oils to a good quality shower gel base. This recipe recommended a blend of uplifting essential oils making it a suitable recipe for your morning shower but you can easily substitute other aromatherapy oils making it your own.

Click here to go to the recipe – Easy Shower Gel

Natural Laundry Soap

This Natural Laundry Soap recipe is kind on your clothes as well as being much kinder on the environment than many of the chemical laundry products found in many laundry cupboards.

As well as being biodegradable, this natural laundry soap is easy to make and inexpensive – not to mention it smells fabulous!Natural Laundry Soap

Click here to go to the recipe – Natural Laundry Soap

Winter Virus Remedies

Winter-time seems to have hit Australia earlier this year with some very cold days and even colder nights. Along with winter comes colds, flue, sore throats and coughs.

Rather than heading to the supermarket or pharmacy for over-the-counter or prescription medications that tend to only mask and suppress the illness why not try some natural relief from essential oils?

Using a more natural approach as a remedy is not only better for your long term health but will boost your immune system. Next time a virus strikes, your body will be stronger and better able to deal with the various types of bugs going around.

While you can buy herbal and essential oil remedies from many supermarkets and health food stores it’s also pretty simple to make your own natural homemade remedies.

Here are a few suggestions below, an herbal winter tea, a soothing chest rub and an inhalation. Using all of these in combination is a good idea along with plenty of rest and basically just paying attention to the symptoms your body is try to tell you about.
Herbal Winter Tea

Herbal Winter Tea

Ingredients

  • 1 lemon
  • Small piece of fresh ginger
  • 3 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon of honey

Method

  1. Add the juice and the grated rind from the lemon into a clean coffee plunger.
  2. Add the grated ginger, crushed garlic and fresh thyme then pour boiling water over to fill the plunger.
  3. Stir in the honey then allow the mixture to diffuse in the plunger for 5-10 minutes before drinking.

Soothing Chest Rub

Ingredients

  • 5 drops Benzoin essential oil
  • 12 drops Naouli essential oil
  • 8 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 2 tablespoons Avocado oil

Method

Combine all the ingredients above into a small jar or bowl. Mix well and rub over the chest, upper back and throat.

Winter Virus Remedies

Eucalyptus Inhalation

Ingredients

  • 5 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
  • Hot water

Method

Half fill a large basin with the hot water then add to this the Eucalyptus essential oil drops. Place a towel over your head enveloping the basin leaving as few gaps as possible. Gently inhale the Eucalyptus fumes for 10-15 minutes, breathing deeply. You may need to come up for air occasionally if it gets too overpowering or to blow your nose.

Aloe Vera Facial Gel

Here is a super easy facial gel using aloe vera and essential oils. This recipe includes blends for acne, dry skin and problem skin such as rosacea.

You can use your own natural skin care blend if you prefer, be creative and use your favorite essential oils best suited for your skin type.

Click here for the new aromatherapy essential oil recipe for Aloe Vera Facial Gel

Aloe Vera Facial Gel

Lip balm recipe

Lip balm recipeIf you suffer from dry, sore or chapped lips, try this easy to make, all natural lip balm recipe which will heal and soften the roughest of lips.

Lip balm recipe

Aromatherapy Diffuser Blends

After receiving my latest batch of new essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs, as always I decided to experiment with a few new aromatherapy diffuser blends. I haven’t used Rose Geranium too much before so I really wanted to include that in one of my new mixes. Rose Geranium is very similar to Geranium but I find it a much lighter smell and of course with a gorgeous rose-like aroma. The latin name is Pelargonium graveolens and Geranium which has more of an apple-like aroma is Pelargonium odorantissimum.

So if I wanted to use this essential oil, what could I find to blend with it? Firstly I wanted an uplifting blend as I had a full day of work ahead of me. One of my favorite essential oils that I love to diffuse when I’m working is Basil. I did a quick smell test and my sense of smell agreed that they would blend well together so all I needed was to find a third essential oil. Bergamot is another lovely uplifting and refreshing aromatherapy oil and on doing the smell test again all three work together beautifully.

Here is the blend and the amounts that I added to my diffuser:

  • 3 drops Rose Geranium
  • 2 drops Basil
  • 4 drops Bergamot

In keeping with the Geranium theme, the next day I decided to try another blend, this time with the normal Geranium. This essential oil blend also needed to be uplifting and one of the many essential oils I love for this is Ginger. Ginger essential oil is also excellent for sharpening the memory which can be very helpful for my various work activities. Lime is another wonderful aromatherapy oil for both memory and sharpening the senses. As well as being uplifting I find it very refreshing if I’m feeling tired and in need of that extra boost.

So for diffuser blend number two, here are the amounts I used:

  • 2 drops Geranium
  • 3 drops Ginger
  • 3 drops Lime

Elbow Cream

elbow creamYour elbows can often become very dry and sometimes even scaly so using this rich elbow cream on a regular basis, will help your elbows to become soft and smooth.

Elbow Cream

Facial Clay Mask for Acne

facial clay mask acneIf you suffer from acne or even just the occasional break-out, try this new facial clay mask recipe, especially for acne.

Facial Clay Mask for Acne

Facial Clay Mask for Mature Skin

A new addition to the facial clay mask recipe page is the Facial Clay Mask for Mature Skin.

Please find the new recipe here – Facial Clay Mask for Mature Skin

Anti wrinkle cream

Another new recipe added in the natural skin care section is the anti wrinkle cream.

Please find the new recipe here – Anti wrinkle cream