Sunday, July 26, 2020

How to create your own essential oil rollers

An aromatherapy roll-on bottle is probably one of the best tools that you can have for using your essential oils topically. It is incredibly versatile, simple to use, and great to carry with you. In knowing that essential oils are wonderful for so many different things, you can use them to create several blends that are ready to use right when you need it. From skincare to stress relief to headaches, you can create a natural remedy roll-on for almost any everyday issue. Once you know the general safety parameters, you will feel confident making rollers for you and your family, it’s actually very easy.

Roll-on bottles
Carrier oil
Essential oils of your choice
The essential oils that you choose for the roller depends on what you want to use it for. If you are a bit timid about creating your own blends, you could easily use one of the My Pure Earth premade blends. For example, if you love diffusing Stress Less at home, but would enjoy bringing that scent with you for use at work, you can simply just choose the Stress Less blend as your essential oil.
f you would like to get creative and begin using single essential oils to make blends, you would need to choose the oils based on their therapies. This might be peppermint and ginger for tummy troubles, rosemary and lemon for focus, or lavender and orange for relaxation. There are so many different options; this is where it gets really fun!
There are a few different carrier oils (fatty nut/seed oils that help “carry” the essential oils into your skin) you can choose from to use in your rollers and this may depend on your desired use as well. One of the most common options is Fractionated Coconut oil. This oil is odourless, light on the skin, and has a long shelf life. Another popular choice is Jojoba oil. Acting very similar to our skin’s natural oils, this carrier is great for all skin types and can help hydration. When making a blend for the skin, you may want to consider where you are applying it. For example, if you are making an anti-ageing roller for the face, you can use some Evening Primrose oil to help nourish delicate skin; giving the essential oils you are using an added boost of therapy.
Diluting Your Oils Safely
As you probably already know, you should dilute your essential oils when using them topically. They are very potent and are not water-soluble, so using a carrier oil makes them safer to use on your skin. When creating your roller, you have to take into account who will be using it and why. The number of drops you use will vary based on if you are applying to a child, adult, pet, or even an elderly person. It will also depend on whether you are using the blend for an everyday therapy or an acute application. Lastly, you will also have to remember that some oils are hot oils and must be diluted to an extremely low rate for topical use.
  • 1% Dilution: Recommended for children (2-10), the elderly, dogs/horses, and facial applications. In a 10 ml roller, this is 3 drops
  • 2%: Recommended for daily therapeutic use, bath and body applications. In a 10 ml roller, this is 6 drops
  • 5%: Short term use like topical treatment of pain. In a 10 ml roller. This is 15 drops
  • 10%: Short term acute situation like rashes, bites, skin infections. In a 10 ml roller. This is 30 drops
*We do not recommend topical use for infants/children under the age of one. A healthy baby between the age of one and two can use a .5% dilution rate for once in a while situations, not for daily use. Some of these safe oils would be lavender, chamomile, and frankincense.
Creating Your Roller
Once you have determined what you want to make and who it’s for, it is time to put it all together. If you are following a recipe, you can just go ahead and begin. If you are creating your own blend, you may want to experiment with the essential oils first and make sure the blend smells good first. Then all you have to do is drop the essential oils into the bottle, use the funnel to pour in the carrier oil, pop the roller fitment into the bottle, and screw the cap on. Remember to label the bottle with what the blend is for, and that’s it!
To use your new aromatherapy tool, roll onto the area as needed. When using essential oils for emotional support, we recommend applying to pulse points. When using them for physical issues, you want to apply directly to the affected area.
Post your creations below, we would love to hear about them!


Sunday, July 19, 2020

Boost Your Mood With These 10 Daily Habits

It’s challenging to stay positive when you look at the world around you and all the chaos that ensues. However, you can keep an optimistic outlook no matter what others are doing. Sure, the cares of life and raising a family can be overwhelming to even the most energetic person. Here’s how to boost your mood despite your circumstances.
What’s the first thing that you do when you get up in the morning?

A study found that 74 percent of the population checks their phone before they go to bed, and first thing when they wake up in the morning. While it’s good to connect to the outside world, you must draw the line.
Social media has news from around the globe running on your walls. You get weather updates, see recent horrific events in your area, and even catch up on a few family squabbles. Plus, you also see the massive amounts of posts from people making their lives appear way more glamorous than they are.
Already, you’re starting your day on the wrong foot. When you ingest all this negativity into your spirit, you ask for a dark cloud to hang around you all day. Why not start a new routine that will boost your mood and give you a whole new outlook on life?


If you see the world through negative lenses, then you are going to be negative. However, if you choose to see the good and positive things around you, you’ll be the optimist that people want to be around. To get started, here are ten habits that you should incorporate into every day.


Do you make your bed every day? A study found that over 74 percent of the American population takes time to tidy their bed in the morning. If you’re one of the 26 percent that feels your just going to get back into it, so why bother, then you need to think again.
Making your bed is such a small thing that can have a significant impact. When your home is neat and tidy, you will feel better about your day. Add something like starting a load of laundry and picking up the living room, and when you come home from work, you will have a sense of accomplishment. Plus, you can ease your mind knowing that your home is a haven.


You’ve always been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and research shows it’s true. Remember the famous quote from Adelle Davis stating that you should eat your breakfast like you were a king? Skipping this meal has been shown to cause eating way more throughout the day than if you eat breakfast.
Your body needs food to fuel you for the activities of the day. You need to consume about 25 percent of your daily calories during this meal. Studies show if you don’t eat, it can have a significant impact on your cognitive performance throughout the day.
However, a fascinating thing that came from this study was that people who skipped breakfast missed out on the cortisol awakening response, also known as diurnal rhythm. Thus, eating this vital meal can put you in a better mood.


Have you ever heard the saying, “The power of life and death is in the tongue?” You can speak things into existence. For instance, let’s say a child received verbal abuse in a home where they heard they would never amount to anything.
If that child grows up thinking he is a loser, will never have a good job, and will never be anything in life, then chances are he won’t. You have the power to change things just by the words you speak.
Instead of getting up and complaining about your arthritis or your aching head, why not start saying things like “I feel great.” “I am going to have a good day today.” You will be surprised about how different your mood becomes when you speak positivity into the atmosphere with morning affirmations.


While it may be tempting to keep your pajamas on, grab a coffee, and cuddle on the couch for a binge session, you need to get your body moving. Exercise helps to stimulate the chemicals in your brain that trigger your mood response. Did you know that many people can avoid antidepressant medications by merely incorporating an exercise routine into their life?


The Danish people use Hygge in their life to bring tranquility and calm. It essentially means to enjoy the simple things in life. Rather than looking for some big thrill to find your contentment, why not look to nature and see the beauty all around you?
Something as fascinating as a gorgeous rose in your garden can give you a sense of appreciation. Brew a fresh cup of tea and sit outside watching the birds. It will boost your mood just being out in the fresh air and communing with nature.


First thing in the morning, you need to open the blinds and curtains and let the sun stream into your abode. Not only will it start your day on a bright and cheery note, but it will also help improve your Vitamin D3 levels.
Sunlight is a natural killer and can help destroy harmful bacteria in your home, and you can turn off the lights and rely on nature’s illumination. Saving money is always a good thing. Lastly, the sunshine can warm up your bones and help you to reduce chronic pain. You get all these benefits from nature, and it doesn’t cost you one penny.


Do you find that you are glued to a phone, computer, television, or video game all day long? While it’s okay to have a little screen time, Americans have become obsessed with technology.
The American Pediatric Association recommends that children only have two hours of screen time each day. Shockingly that includes all electronic devices put together. How much do you and your children spend on gaming devices and other technological forms of entertainment?
There are a plethora of problems that can be caused by too much technology, including social isolation. When you’re tied to a screen, you can’t get out there and mingle with people like you should. Put down the electronics and watch your mood soar.


Who would have ever thought that experts would suggest that you should eat chocolate each day? Dark chocolate is much different than the milk varieties as it has tryptophan in it. Tryptophan is an amino acid that can act as a mood-lifting serotonin medication.
No wonder people always reach for chocolate when they feel sad. The recommended amount is 2 ounces each day, so make sure you don’t overdo it.


Journaling is a great way to write down all your thoughts and feelings from the day. Have you ever found a journal after a loved one has died, and you read every page like it was the best novel ever written? Journaling not only helps you, but it’s something you can leave for future generations too.
When you write down your feelings, you are releasing them. Many therapists suggest writing letters to loved ones who have passed to make amends, and the same concept applies here. There’s something about putting it down on paper that makes everything feel better.


If you don’t meditate daily, then you must add this activity to your routine. Meditation is a great way to calm the mind and body and re-center. The great thing is that you can meditate anytime you feel like you need to calm yourself or regroup.
There is a lot of negative things that get ingested into your spirit during the day. You want to make sure that you don’t let those things affect you. By learning the proper way to meditate, you can change your whole mood as you learn how to become more grounded and positive.


When you take control of your day using mood-boosting habits, you will no longer allow negativity, and the cares of life to weigh you down. Will you get sad at times? Sure, everyone has down days.
Thankfully, you can learn little tips and tricks that can help you push through those depressing days and get on to better ones—always using nature as your guide. When you sense your off-balance, and like your life is going crazy, you should walk barefoot and feel the earth beneath your feet.
There’s something very grounding about walking barefoot in the grass. The sunshine is another powerful thing that can help destroy negativity as the vast brightness washes it away. Make a pact and start today to make changes that will boost your mood.
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Saturday, July 11, 2020

Homemade bug spray recipe

The CDC maintains that the best way to protect oneself from mosquitos is to stay inside during peak exposure times and wear protective clothing. But for those sunset walks, backyard barbecues, and socially distanced picnics, your next line of defense is insect repellent.

Many bug sprays on the market these days are formulated with N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, or DEET. Though it is generally considered safe to use as needed, overexposure to DEET in humans has resulted in eye irritation, vomiting, and nausea. If you'd rather steer clear of DEET, essential oils can be one effective alternative. However, it's important to never apply these oils directly onto the skin, as they too can cause irritation in high doses.

This recipe dilutes essential oils with vinegar and witch hazel for a smell-good DIY mosquito repellent:

Homemade bug spray recipe:
·       ½ cup water (or apple cider vinegar, for a more potent blend)
·       ½ cup witch hazel
·       20 drops citronella essential oil
·       10 drops rosemary essential oil
·       15 drops lemongrass essential oil
·       10 drops holy basil oil
·       20 drops eucalyptus essential oil
·       1 tbsp vegetable glycerin

Combine ingredients in a 16 oz. spray bottle and shake them up! Douse any exposed skin diligently, and reapply every couple of hours for maximum effect. Please note that essential oils should be patch-tested (i.e. applied to a small patch of skin) on everyone first, and shouldn't be used on children under 2 years old.

Author: Lindsay Kellner

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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Heart-Opening Yoga for Stress Release

Stress often manifests in the center of the chest. This sequence helps release tension and open the heart to soothe anxiety and pain.

We often hold stress in the center of our chest. Reasons for this include poor posture, as well as our tendency for shallow breathing, particularly when we’re under stress. When we learn to soften in our heart space, we make room for our breath to flow in and emotions to release. The following is a subtle and simple relaxing sequence, which encourages openings in our centers of emotion. It is both grounding and opening; it re-sets the body and the mind to feel at ease. The following sequence requires four blankets, or one bolster and two blankets. If you don’t have blankets or bolsters, you can use a pillow or couch cushion. 
Rest Pose: Lie down so that the head is supported, and the neck is long. Allow the sternum and the low back to soften and widen. The palms face up and the breath is gentle.
Reclining Butterfly: Stay reclined on the blankets or bolsters, and bring the soles of the feet to touch. Let the knees fall open. If this is very intense on the hips, you can place rolled up blankets or bolsters underneath the thighs to give more support. Let the palms face up and breathe.
Supine Twist: Lie on the back relaxed. Draw the legs to touch and move them out to the right about thirty degrees, keeping the back and neck in place. Lift your left arm up overhead along the ground and gaze over to the right. Hold for ten deep breaths, and return to center, repeating to the other side.


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Teach Your Child this Meditation for Positive Energy and Keeping an Open Mind

This quick and fun practice is a great introduction to the physical and mental benefits of meditation. Plus, tips for how to help your kids build a meditation routine.
Meditation isn’t about getting kids to sit still for 10 minutes. It’s about teaching them that mental health is just as important as physical health. It’s about demonstrating the art of “paying attention” during and after meditation. And maybe most importantly, it's about giving kids tools to handle the uncomfortable feelings that are a normal part of life and can come up when you sit still.

Zip Up and Sit Up

Pretend it’s a chilly and sunny fall day—better put on your (imaginary) jacket and sunglasses before you go out to play. This is a great way to start the day, and it also gets you in the right position for other meditations in this book. Plus, it’s a great bed-itation (meditation you can do in bed) for those mornings when you don’t want to get out from under the covers.

1. Sit cross-legged on the floor or bed.
2. Pretend that you are wearing a jacket with a zipper that runs from your belly button to your neck.
3. Sit up tall, grab the pretend zipper, and say “zzzzziiipp” out loud as you zip up your jacket. Keep your back nice and straight.
4. Now it’s time to put on your sunglasses. Make 2 circles by touching your thumbs to your pointer fingers on both hands, then straighten out the rest of your fingers.
5. Bring your sunglasses up to your eyes and look out as far as you can see.
6. Now rest your sunglasses down on your knees, keeping your back straight. You are zipped up and ready to meditate.
7. Close your eyes and mouth and pretend that you are breathing in a chilly fall breeze through your nose. Then, open your mouth and say “ahhhhh” as you breathe out all of that cool air. Breathe in and out like that 3 to 8 more times.
8. Open your eyes, relax your hands, and notice how your body feels.

Tips for Teaching Kids Meditation

Meditation can become just as routine as brushing your teeth or sitting down for breakfast. Here, kids meditation teacher Tejal V. Patel talks you through developing a meditation habit with your kids, so they can access the physical and mental benefits of focused awareness.
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