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Essential Oil First Aid Kit

Essential Oil First Aid Kit
Essential oils are powerful plant medicine that can be used everyday for lots of different ailments (plus they uplift you with scent!). The four essential oils that I feel it is critical to have on hand: Lavender, Tea Tree, Peppermint and Helichrysum. Some essential oils can be used straight on the skin, like lavender, but it is best to dilute in a carrier oil like sunflower, almond, safflower, fractionated coconut or oil. Or you can maybe a spray with water. Lavender is an all purpose wonder. It's a natural antiseptic, analgesic (helps relieves pain), anti-inflammatory and sedative. Rub lavender on your temples (or drop in bath) to calm you down; rub on closed wounds to help them heal; put on...

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Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy
It's Summer, poison ivy is lurking everywhere. I unsuspectingly got it this year in March all over my face and neck and have since been warding it off like the plague. I just published my first article for MindBodyGreen about Poison Ivy and how to fight it naturally. http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-20597/poison-ivy-how-to-prevent-it-how-to-treat-it-naturally.html

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Rainbow Dyes

Rainbow Dyes
We just launched new packaging for our perfumes and it was a real labor love. I had a dream a while back that the scents would come in bags that were dyed to match their "color." I wanted to achieve these colors through experimenting with natural dyes from plants. We have spent a lot of time here indigo dyeing bags for our limited edition pouches and other projects, but hadn't gone into other colors. I always associate smells with colors and feel like each perfume evokes a hue. Sometimes the essential oils themselves lend beautiful colors to the scent. The pink grapefruit in Jaune gives it a gorgeous golden yellow color and the pine needle absolute in Seawolf turns it...

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The Benefits of a Warm, Salty Bath

The Benefits of a Warm, Salty Bath
Taking a bath in the winter feels especially great. We often wonder if humans evolved from sea-creatures, for how relaxed we feel in our natural state, submerged in warm salt-water. What's so special about salt? Why does it make our skin feel so nice? Here are some things we've learned: Some of the minerals found in bath salts include magnesium, potassium, calcium, bromide, and of course, sodium. These minerals are easily absorbed into our pores and are known to cleanse and purify our skin on a molecular level, improving your skin’s radiance, tone, and texture. Magnesium helps us fight stress and combat fatigue; calcium keeps water retention in check, promotes healthy bones and can help stave off osteoporosis; potassium balances...

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I Want to Be Her Top Five List!

I can't believe how quickly time has been flying. It is already into July and I am ready for things to slow down. It has been a busy busy time. New website, new products, new baby on the way (7 months in right now). I recently got to do a Top 5 list for the awesome website I Want to Be Her! founded by the RAD Andrea Linett. An incredible resource for all things beauty, fashion and styling. If you haven't checked it out yet, you should. http://www.iwanttobeher.com/top-5-jana-blankenship-owner-captian-blankenship/

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