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Arun Thai Natural: Why You Should be Thanking Your Cracked Heels.


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Cracked heels tell us a LOT about our health.  Are you thanking yours for the important feedback they’re giving you?

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Get Your “Pep” Back With Peppermint



As the temperatures rise, be sure to give yourself the cooling, minty refreshment that Young Living’s peppermint essential oil provides. One of the best things to do during a hot, summer evening is to rub some soothing peppermint on the bottoms of your feet.

There are very few things out there that can soothe and relax while also giving you the clarity, focus, and pick-me-up that you need during a day when you feel just a little off. Peppermint falls into that rare category, which makes it such a vital and outstanding part of your aromatherapy and essential oil options.

Some exciting research has been done with peppermint essential oil that studies an increase of concentration and alertness and even memory.  Simply take your bottle of Young Living peppermint oil and place a drop of the oil on your tongue or add it to flavor and cool your water, lemonade, or favorite tea.

Let’s examine a few other exciting and versatile ways you can utilize your peppermint oil and reap the benefits of nature’s living energy:

  • Add a drop of peppermint essential oil to herbal tea to help aid normal digestion.
  • Massage several drops of peppermint essential oil on your abdomen, place a drop on your wrists, or inhale to soothe the minor stomach discomfort associated with travel.
  • Rub one drop of peppermint essential oil on your temples, forehead, over your sinuses (careful to avoid contact with your eyes), and on the back of your neck to relieve head pressure.
  • Place two drops of peppermint essential oil on your tongue and rub another drop of oil under your nose to help improve concentration and alertness.
  • Apply peppermint essential oil to the back of your neck and shoulders throughout the day to keep energy up.
  • Inhale peppermint essential oil, apply topically to your temples or neck, or put a drop on your tongue or in water to jump-start your morning routine.
  • Diffuse or inhale peppermint essential oil mid-morning to curb the desire to snack.
  • Inhale peppermint essential oil or rub a drop onto your abdomen to soothe minor stomach discomfort.

Keep in mind that Young Living’s peppermint oil is a great way to introduce your neighbors, friends, and family to the wonderful and exciting world of essential oils. Help others see what they’ve been missing by introducing them to the versatile world of peppermint!

—Derek Cullimore, YL Product Marketing Manager

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Make Your Own Pure and Natural Bath Salts | Organic Soul


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Making your own natural bath and body products can be a fun hobby. You don’t have to sniff through aisles of products filled with unnatural ingredients and artificial fragrances; instead, you are in charge. You can mix up your own custom blend that soothes your senses and saves the sinuses.

If you decide to create your own bath salts, varieties of purely natural options are at your disposal. When you’ve found your favorite base, I suggest purchasing it in bulk from an online source, simply because it is much more economical. However, it is important to be aware that not all sources of salt are created equal. Unfortunately, there are providers that blend a small amount of premium salt with a lesser grade, and yet it retails at full price. Sometimes minerals can be removed from the salt thus creating an inferior product. Also, beware of bleached white salt because it is a sure sign that valuable minerals have been removed. Since you are investing time into making your own blend, spend a few moments to make sure you’re using a high-quality base.

As a base, I recommend using Dead Sea salt. It is very economical and has so many wonderful benefits. This salt, originating in Israel, contains over 21 minerals essential to our bodies and has been known to ease many skin conditions. Another favorite of mine is Himalayan pink salts. The color is simply beautiful and the benefits are well worth the extra price. This healing, skin smoothing salt is said to contain over 80 valuable elements. Plus, it is said to be the purest salt on the market.

Once you have found your base, it is time to decide on scent. I prefer to use pure essential oils to synthetic fragrance oils. The crumb cake bath fragrance might smell heavenly, but we are trying to make something as close to nature as possible. Your body will thank you for steering away from the chemical alternatives. It is important to be aware that not all essential oils are recommended for bath products, so do your homework. Some of my favorites are peppermint, rosemary, lavender, grapefruit and lime. You can create your own unique blends by adding two or more essential oils to your recipe.

Your imagination is the limit when it comes to the creative process of blending your own fragrance.

If you would like to give your bath salts as a gift, I recommend reusing glass jars that you might find around the house. If the lid gives away the clue to the jar’s first purpose, simply paint over it with acrylic paint. Another fun thing to do is layer Dead Sea Salt with Himalayan salt. The colors are beautiful, and the presentation is quite impressive.

Pure and Natural Bath Salts

  • 4 C. salt
  • ½ oz. Pure essential oil

I like to use plastic shoeboxes to mix my bath salt in. Simply pour in your salt base of choice and add your essential oil(s). Blend thoroughly with a stainless spoon and cover with lid.

Note: You might find that you prefer either a lighter or a heavier scent; if so, simply reduce or increase the amount of essential oil you use. Just remember: when the salts dry, the scent will be reduced.

Have fun while creating your own blends and relaxing to the finished product!

Make Your Own Pure and Natural Bath Salts | Organic Soul.

Make Your Own Natural Lavender Dryer Sachets | Organic Soul


Natural Lavender Dryer SachetsDryer sheets can be expensive! They are only good for one load, and they can also be filled with chemicals and unnatural fragrances. Why would I want to infiltrate my clothes with chemicals my family is wearing all day? I decided it was high time to give them a toss into the trash instead of my dryer. My solution was to sew my own dryer sachets filled with fragrant, not to mention natural, lavender buds. They are oh-so-easy to make and can be reused over and over again, up to ten loads. Once they start to lose their fragrance, simply add a few drops of lavender essential oil on the sachet and you’re good to go!

Below I have included my pattern for lavender sachets along with a few eco-friendly and sustainable tips for making this project fun and unique.

Supplies:

  • Scissors
  • Cardboard template
  • Ruler
  • Ballpoint pen or disappearing pen
  • 100 percent Cotton Fabric
  • Organic Lavender
  • Needle and Thread (or sewing machine)

Prewash your fabric and iron. Measure and mark a 5-1/2”x5-1/2” square on a piece of cardboard. Using scissors, cut out your sachet template. Trace around your template onto the wrong side of the fabric. (You will need two fabric squares for your sachet, one for the front and one for the back.) Carefully cut along the traced lines. With right sides facing, sew along three sides of the squares staying about 1/4” from the edge, which is your seam allowance. Turn your sachet inside out and fill with lavender buds. Be careful not to make it too full because it will be hard to sew shut, especially on a sewing machine, but at the same time, don’t be skimpy.

You want your sachet to look like a plump little pillow. Turn the raw edges down into the sachet and sew both sides together so you have a clean finished edge. I also like to sew around the outside perimeter, about 1/8” to 1/4” from the edge to give my sachet a finished look and to ensure that no buds escape in the dryer.

Gifting:

These sachets make excellent gifts. I like to give two or three together tied with a ribbon or raffia. I also like to include a little gift tag explaining how to use them. You could include a small vial of lavender essential oil to refresh the sachets after several uses.

Up-cycled Sachets:

There are other sustainable ways of up-cycling fabric for this project too. Go through your closet and find a few flannel shirts that are out of style or somewhat grungy and re-purpose them as fabric for your sachets. No one will know the difference and you’ll be doing something good for the environment. You could also check out Goodwill and local yard sales for more material. Just keep your eye open for 100 percent cotton for its natural breath-ability, which will mean more aromatherapy for your clothes in the dryer!

Tip: I recommend using “extra lavender” which means that it is grayer than the blue and more expensive than “ultra lavender.” Extra is more cost-effective, since no one will be seeing the color of the buds and they carry the same strong scent.

Make Your Own Natural Lavender Dryer Sachets | Organic Soul.

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