10 Essential Oil Diffuser Blends for Autumn

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”

-F. Scott Fitzgerald

It’s finally September! I can barely contain my excitement awaiting the arrival of autumn weather, which is hopefully just around the corner! Nothing beats the wonderful scents of autumn–apple pie, pumpkin spice, crisp air, and spiced cider. Ready to create your own autumn escape with blends inspired by your favorite scents? Here are 10 of my favorite autumn essential oil diffuser blends:

Spiced Chai:

  • 3 drops Cinnamon Bark
  • 2 drops Cardamom
  • 1 drop Ginger
  • 2 drops Clove

Apple Pie:

  • 2 drops Citrus Bliss
  • 3 drops Douglas Fir
  • 2 drops Cinnamon Bark

Autumn Warmth:

  • 4 drops Cardamom
  • 2 drops Wild Orange
  • 1 drop Clove
  • 1 drop Cinnamon Bark

Ginger Snap Cookies:

  • 3 drops Ginger
  • 2 drops Cassia
  • 2 drops Clove

Pumpkin Pie:

  • 4 drops Cinnamon Bark
  • 1 drop Clove
  • 2 drops Nutmeg

Happy Harvest:

  • 5 drops Tangerine
  • 3 drops Cinnamon Bark
  • 1 drop Clove

Cinnamon Swirl:

  • 2 drops Citrus Bliss
  • 2 drops Cinnamon Bark
  • 2 drops Cardamom

Thanksgiving Bliss:

  • 2 drops Holiday Joy
  • 3 drops Clove
  • 2 drops Lemon

Sweet Spiced Cider:

  • 4 drops Wild Orange
  • 3 drops Cinnamon Bark
  • 2 drops Ginger

Crunchy Leaves:

  • 2 drops Douglas Fir
  • 2 drops Cedarwood
  • 3 drops Frankincense

What are some of your favorite essential oil blends to diffuse during this magical time of year?

Essential Oil Beauty Hacks: Simple + Natural

How often do you clean your makeup brushes? You should be cleaning them about once a week because bacteria, dirt, and oil enjoy thriving in the bristles. Gross, right? I know…it’s hard to add one more task to your weekly chores, but consistently cleaning your  makeup brushes will keep your skin healthier! Thank goodness there is a simple and natural solution for you to easily incorporate a quick makeup brush cleaning into your weekly schedule! Grab a mason jar, washcloth, and a few essential oils with cleansing properties– now you are ready to go!

Cleaning Makeup Brushes:

I find it easiest to clean my brushes on Sunday, after I have used them for the day. Trust me…you’ll see how well this works once you remove your brushes from soaking as the water will not look very pretty!

  • Give your makeup brushes a quick rinse under warm water to get rid of the loose makeup particles
  • Fill a mason jar (or any glass) with warm water and add any of the following combinations of essential oils:
    • 3 drops On-Guard (Protective Blend) + 2 drops Melaleuca — this is my personal favorite combo
    • 3 drops On-Guard (Protective Blend) + 1 drop Geranium
    • 2 drops Melaleuca + 2 drops Lemon
  • Swirl your makeup brushes around in the water and allow them to soak for about 30 minutes
  • Give your makeup brushes another quick rinse under warm water
  • Use a washcloth for a final wipe and to reshape the bristles
  • Lay your makeup brushes on the washcloth and allow them to air-dry

Don’t put your essential oils away just yet– I have a few more recipes to enhance your all-natural beauty routine!

 

Calming Face Toner:

The job of a toner is to remove any remaining impurities that might still be lingering on your face after cleansing. This refreshing + calming toner is wonderful for a quick facial spritz after washing your face!

 

 

Strong + Healthy + Long Hair:

Looking for a natural way to promote hair growth? This spray works miracles! I give my hair a basic weekly trim (sorry to all the professional hairdressers I just made cringe) and use this spray about every other day. Let me tell you…my hair has never been as long and healthy as it is today! 

  • 4 oz. glass spray bottle:
    • 10 drops Rosemary
    • 10 drops Cedarwood
    • 10 drops Lavender
    • fill bottle with distilled water

 

 

Sun-Kissed Summer Hair:

This spray enhances the lighter ends of my hair and it also smells great! I spray the bottom half of my hair about every 3 days or so. I have noticed that my hair slowly continues to look like it is being lightened by spending a significant amount of time out in the beautiful sunshine!

  • 4 oz. glass spray bottle:
    • 10 drops Lemon
    • 10 drops Roman Chamomile
    • 10 drops Cinnamon
    • fill bottle with distilled water

 

 

Complexion Serum:

This complexion serum is perfect to dab on blemishes due to its cleansing + purify properties! 

  • 1/3 oz. glass roll-on bottle:
    • 15 drops Melaleuca
    • 15 drops Lemon
    • 15 drops Purify (Cleansing Blend)
    • fill bottle with fractionated coconut oil

 

Additional Essential Oil Beauty Hacks:

  • Looking to enhance natural eyelash growth? Add 1 drop of Lavender to a brand new wand of mascara! Your eyelashes will become stronger and longer over a few weeks of daily use!
  • Struggling with a dry scalp and unwanted dandruff? Add 1 drop of Lavender to shampoo while washing your hair to stimulate hair growth and control dandruff!
  • Looking for a natural way to reduce age spots and wrinkles? Add 1 drop of Frankincense to your daily moisturizer for extra skin rejuvenation!
  • Has winter weather caused your nails to feel brittle and dry? Rub 1 drop of Frankincense on your nails for extra strength!
  • Need an early morning pick-me-up? Add a few drops of Grapefruit to a basic body wash for an invigorating shower!
  • Are your nails feeling weak and brittle? Apply Melaleuca to your nails after showering for both purification and strengthening benefits! 
  • Experiencing annoying acne spots? Add 1 drop of Melaleuca to your daily moisturizer for enhanced cleansing properties!
  • Razor burn? Apply Melaleuca directly to your skin after shaving to prevent irritation! 
  • Struggling with rough cuticles while you are trying to get ready for sandal season? Mix about 6 drops of fractionated coconut oil with 1 drop of Oregano and rub on cuticles/toenails!

Do you have any other quick essential oil beauty hacks? I would love to hear your thoughts!

DISCLAIMER: this website is for general health information only. This content is not to be used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment of any health condition or problem. You should not rely on this information for your own health problems. Any questions regarding your own health should be addressed to your own healthcare provider.

Running Essentials

“Running teaches us to keep moving forward, one step at a time, especially in the most painful moments.”

I enjoy running. Okay – maybe I should rephrase that sentence. I enjoy running in nice weather, on flat courses, when I am in the “right mood.” I am a picky runner and I am perfectly content with that. I love 5Ks and I can handle 10Ks. However, after my last half marathon, I made a promise to myself that would be my last half-marathon without more than a week’s worth of training.

I struggle with training consistently because my schedule is just a tad crazy right now, so there is always some excuse to go running on a different day. I will be running a 5K in the near future, so tonight I had to have a serious talk with myself and start training. The first day back is always the hardest. My legs started aching about 1/8 of a mile in. Pathetic, right? I have to remind myself that what matters is that I am being active. At this stage in my training, it does not matter how fast I go – all that matters is that I am out there moving.

The wonderful thing about running is that once I get back into it, I remember that even though my body will experience some aches and pains, running makes me feel GREAT.  Living an active lifestyle makes me feel more energized and improves my emotional dimension of wellness. Running reminds me how important it is to set goals and work my hardest to achieve those goals. My first short-term running goal is to be prepared for my upcoming 5K. Baby steps. One day at a time. Progress matters. 

Thankfully, essential oils can be incorporated into your pre-running and post-running routines to improve both the physical and emotional dimensions of wellness.

Before Running:

  • Apply a few drops of Peppermint or the respiratory blend to your chest and/or wrists a few minutes before beginning your run. Peppermint will clear the airways and enhance alertness.
  • Inhale or apply the grounding blend to stabilize emotions and clear the mind of outside thoughts.
  • Did you know Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties? Apply a few drops to your legs to reduce muscle fatigue.
  • Apply 1 drop of Frankincense and 1 drop of Peppermint to the bottom of each foot for energizing and cooling sensations while running.

After Running:

  • There are a variety of essential oils that are wonderful to soothe muscle tension. Apply Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Wintergreen, White Fir, or Frankincense to your calves or other sore muscles to relieve tension.
  • Rehydration is essential! Add 1 drop of Lemon to each 8-ounces of water you drink to benefit from its uplifting and cleansing properties.
  • Take an Epsom salt bath with Lavender to soothe sore muscles and experience ultimate relaxation. If you missed my post on the importance of a detox bath, you can read it here!
  • Cypress supports circulation! Apply a few drops to your legs after running to promote blood flow and reduce muscle fatigue.
  • Blisters? Apply 1 drop each of Lavender, Melaleuca, and Chamomile to speed up the healing process!

What are some of the natural solutions you utilize to enhance your running or workout experiences? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Lemon Essential Oil

 

Lemon is known as the Oil of Focus.  This refreshing essential oil supports increased concentration, reduces mental fatigue, and restores energy. Lemon “infuses the soul with energy, confidence, and alertness.” Not only does Lemon combat negative emotions such as guilt and confusion, but it also promotes clarity, joy, and alertness. The purpose of this blog post is to provide you with some background information in order to establish a basic understanding of Lemon essential oil.

Lemon comes from the Rutaceae botanical family, which is the fancy, scientific word for citrus. One of the main chemical constituents found in lemons is d-Limone, a natural compound which contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The extraction method for Lemon essential oil involves cold pressing lemon rinds. If you are interested in learning more about essential oil extraction, check out my blog post here, which covers the basics of essential oil extraction and the importance of quality.

The most common primary uses for Lemon essential oil include the following: blood pressure regulation, concentration, depression, digestion, disinfectant, exhaustion, flu, oily hair, hangovers, heartburn, kidney stones, cleaning, physical energy, purification, and stress. Okay, okay. So I am throwing out all these uses and you are probably asking yourself, where is the proof?

When in doubt, search it out on the U.S. National Library of Medicine website. You might be surprised to learn that there is substantial research supporting the various uses and potential benefits of essential oils. This study here found that the inhalation of Lemon essential oil reduced nausea and other unpleasant symptoms associated with pregnancy.

Lemon essential oil can be applied via all three application methodstopical, aromatic, and internal. Topical: Lemon essential oil can be applied directly to the skin on the area of concern or on reflex points. Please note: if you are applying Lemon directly to your skin, it is important you avoid direct sunlight for up to 12 hours. Aromatic: Lemon essential oil can be inhaled directly or diffused. Internal: add to a drink or take using a veggie capsule! Additionally, Lemon essential oil can be great in cooking. Tip: 1 drop of Lemon essential oil = 1 teaspoon lemon zest.

Everyday Uses:

  • Accidentally left your laundry in the washer all day? Refresh your clothes by adding 1 drop of Lemon to a quick rinse cycle!
  • Is there a strange smell lingering in your refrigerator? Put a few drops of Lemon on a cotton ball and leave in your refrigerator for natural freshness!
  • Struggling with seasonal allergies? Add 2 drops each of Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint to a veggie capsule to alleviate allergy symptoms! 
  • Feel like you need to wash your hands but you do not have quick access to a sink?  Rub a few drops of Lemon in your hands and voilà! Instant freshness!
  • Is your silver jewelry looking a little dull?  Use a soft cloth & a few drops of Lemon to shine up that silver!
  • You know when you pull the price sticker off something and it leaves that annoying adhesive residue? Rub 1 drop of Lemon on the affected area to eliminate the stickiness!
  • Are you having trouble studying or focusing on an important task? Add a few drops of Lemon and Peppermint essential oil to your diffuser for the perfect concentration blend!
  • Tired of the waxy residue on your fruits and veggies? Add a few drops of Lemon to a large bowl of cool water and soak your veggies for about 10 minutes!

Where do I get most of my information from? The sources I completely rely on and fully trust are Modern Essentials and  Emotions & Essential Oils: A Modern Resource for Healing. Check out these books if you are interested in learning more about the benefits of Lemon essential oil!

What are some of your favorite ways to use Lemon essential oil? How do you incorporate this essential oil in your daily routine to regulate your emotions? I would love to hear your thoughts!

DISCLAIMER: this website is for general health information only. This content is not to be used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment of any health condition or problem. You should not rely on this information for your own health problems. Any questions regarding your own health should be addressed to your own healthcare provider.

Water Wisdom

“Life is simple. Just add water.”

Why is water so important for our bodies? Did you know that the human body is made up of approximately 60% water? It is vital that we continue to replenish our bodies with water for a variety of health reasons. Water is essential for healthy cell life, body temperature regulation, chemical and metabolic reactions, the transport of nutrients, and the removal of wastes. It is recommended the average person drink about 2 liters of water per day. That is about 64 ounces or at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. Easy, right? Some people love drinking water, while others loathe it. Here are some tips and tricks to encourage yourself to drink more water if you find yourself struggling to meet the recommended daily intake.

Give a Flavor Makeover! Add 1 drop of your favorite citrus or mint essential oil to 8-ounces of water for a refreshing drink! Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Wild Orange, and Tangerine are all great citrus options! The wonderful thing about citrus essential oils is that they do not provide an intense sour flavor as they are cold pressed from the rinds of the fruit. Basically, you get the energy boost from the fruit, while only experiencing a mild citrus taste. If you are trying to kick those sugar cravings, Grapefruit will be your saving grace (the chemical constituents have been found to suppress sugar cravings). If you prefer a minty pick–me–up, Peppermint and Spearmint are also great flavor options!

  • Tip: When adding essential oils to water, you want to drink out of a glass or stainless steel container because the essential oils will pull toxins from plastic. Since we are trying to be healthy here, you can see the potential predicament you would place yourself in if you choose to go the plastic route. 
  • Looking for a new water bottle? I am obsessed with S’well Bottles! They provide stylish, stainless steel water bottles that will keep your water ice cold all day long!

Make it a Challenge! If you have the type of mentality in which a challenge really motivates you to push yourself, download a water app! Apps like Daily Water Free assist you in counting and tracking your water intake, as well as providing reminders throughout the day to keep you on a strict water drinking schedule.

  • Tip: It is important you consistently drink water throughout the day to keep your body fully hydrated. Do not wait until you feel thirsty to start drinking water because that is an indicator that your body is already headed down the road towards dehydration.

Double as a Detox! There are multiple ways you can add flavor to your water beyond the scope of essential oils. I absolutely love the taste of cucumber water because it gives you that “relaxing day at the spa feeling”. And yes, in case you were wondering, cucumbers are a fruit. Cucumbers have anti–inflammatory properties and they are also a great source of potassium, magnesium, and Vitamin B. Drinking cucumber water will boost your metabolism and flush toxins out of your body.

  • Tip: Cucumber slices float, so top your water with some ice to keep the little guys submerged and fully infusing your water! 
  • If you are feeling extra adventurous with your cucumber water, throw in some pineapple for a tropical escape, or add a citrus essential oil!

Eat your Water! You can also increase your water intake by eating water–rich foods. Bell peppers (94% water), raw broccoli (91% water), celery (96% water), and cantaloupe (90% water) are just a few of the many hydrating foods. Click here to view a more in–depth list.

Chia, Chia, & More Chia! Chia seeds are a true superfood – they are rich in antioxidants, high in dietary fiber and calcium, treat diabetes, boost metabolism and energy, regulate cholesterol, and contain more protein than most plant–based sources. Quite the impressive résumé, right? Some people describe the flavor of chia seeds as mild and nutty. In my honest opinion, chia seeds are basically flavorless. Chia seeds are the perfect little package as they provide immense health benefits and they can be added to foods and drinks without affecting the overall flavor.

  • Tip: Add 1 tablespoon of chia seeds to an 8-ounce glass of water and drink it as you are getting ready to boost your morning energy level. As if I have not already mentioned it enough, add 1 drop of a citrus essential oil and I guarantee you will start your day on the bright side.

What are some of your tricks to ensure you drink water throughout the day? If you are a chia seed addict, how do you incorporate this superfood into your daily routine? I would love to hear your thoughts!