Anti-Aging Skin Care Changed the Game

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DISCLAIMER:  Skin care doesn’t work the same for everyone – we each have extremely complex bodies, and while one product works great on one person, it make break you out.  Please use caution, read ingredients, and use what works best for you.  I do not sell this product, and they did not pay me to write this review.


 

So I guess you could say I’m a lover of all things “beauty” – skin care, hair care, and my personal favorite – makeup.  While I am not an over-the-top, paid-YouTube makeup guru or anything, I like to pretend I understand the meaning of the word “glam.”   I spend many an hour watching those quirky gurus paint their faces with ease and grace, using glitter shadow and bright eye color (both of which I’m not bold – or young – enough to rock).

My shallow – and somewhat sad – dream, is to have an extra room in my home that I could dedicate as a “beauty room” (if hubs gets a man cave, I get a beauty room!).  It would be an office too, of course, but mostly a fun “get ready to go out” room.

If I had endless funds, my beauty room would be fancifully filled with the best skin care, hair care and makeup, makeup brushes, makeup drawers and a dramatic vanity table, fully-equipped with a Hollywood mirror (the one with all the light bulbs around it!), and comfy chair on which to sit while I paint my 40-something, not-so-taut face.  The room lighting would be perfect, and there wouldn’t be a single cat hair on my makeup brushes!  (Grr!)

Below is a photos of what I have currently.  Basically, it’s a computer desk, transformed with a layer of marble-y contact paper, one foot from my bed:

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As someone who has a talent in art (but not currently active in the hobby), I have a LOT of fun with makeup.  It is really my form of art – for now.  Makeup helps me express creativity in a practical way.  I so look forward to Saturday mornings, when I’m off work, so that I can take my time and try out fun new looks.  It’s actually therapeutic.

If you’re a fan of makeup, and would like to try all kinds of items but you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg – try BOXYCHARM!  (see the link below to SHOP!!!!)  I am LOVING it!  If you are new to makeup subscriptions, here’s the gist:   you take a quiz on their website, stating what colors you like and your skin tone, etc., and every month you will get a box in the mail with 4-5 full-sized, higer-ish-end makeup and skin care products!

The value of the whole box is usually about $100, which is a steal.  There is different pricing options.  If you pay month-by-month, I believe it’s $21/month.  Or, you could pre-pay for a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription.  The price decreases the longer the subscription.  I did the 6 month one, and I believe it was about $19/month.  Feel free to use my referral link and shop here:  BOXYCHARM

So, back to skin care…

Every morning I start out with a blank canvas.  But, I’ve learned over the years that our canvas is only as good as the products we use on it (and the nutrients we put in our bodies when we eat).  In my 4 decades of life, I’ve tried most popular skin care products you can think of (to name a few:  Mary Kay, Shiseido, Neutrogena, Proactiv, Dermalogica, Clinique, Cetaphil, Caudalie, a “Dead Sea” something-or-other from a mall kiosk, a bar of soap, and more).

Only ONE brand has actually cleaned, hydrated, helped with fine lines, AND made my skin feel like VELVET.  More on that later…

How DID I find my “holy grail” skin care?

Five years ago, I attended a “spa party” at my sister’s house.   Yeah, you know it, one of those MLM companies where consultants do “parties” and all the ladies in attendance try on makeup, sip vino, and pretend to care what the person is selling (some don’t even pretend to care – and some can even be flat out rude!).   This spa party in particular consisted of detox “European facials” and relaxing “foot soaks.”

I have to admit, before attending this party, I didn’t know much at all about skin care.  My actual skin care routine consisted of washing and toning my face with Shiseido cleanser, and adding a tiny bit of moisturizer.  I was always unhappy with the result – even though it wasn’t cheap!  I always had dry, dull patches below my eyes, no matter how much moisturizer I slapped on.

I couldn’t afford to keep spending money to try new products, and toss my old ones.  I was hoping the products at the spa party would be the answer to my skin care problems.  The products were from *drum roll* ….  ARBONNE International.

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This is what the full RE-9 set looks like. I heart this.

You may have heard of Arbonne, because it’s grown quite a bit in the U.S. over the past decade or so.  They are a European company, which I love, because Europeans have a much higher standard on the ingredients used in their personal products.

The consultant at the party, Nikki, taught us that Arbonne was a 35-year old skin care company from Norway, created by Peter Morck.  (Sweet!  I’m 100% Norwegian – sooo, these are my PEEPS!)  Already loving it.

Arbonne’s products are gluten-free, cruelty-free, vegan, and free of all the typical dangerous substances (i.e., mineral oil, phlalates, parabens, waxes, sulfates, etc.)  Perfect!  Being a Certified Aromatherapist, I am always looking into incorporating more natural products into my life as I can (while not being a die-hard, annoying “crunchy” person).  All in moderation.

So, back to the actual spa party.  At said party, I was asked to wash my face with Arbonne’s RE9 Advanced anti-aging foaming face wash.  Eek!  The vulnerability of exposing my facial redness/broken capillaries to the world!  Okay, maybe it was just 4 ladies, but still…

Then, we applied a detox mud mask to our faces face and let it sit for 15 minutes before wiping off with a hot wet wash cloth.  It was relaxing and the products smelled great.

After washing off the detox mask, my face sort of burned.  I was a little upset that my cheeks were even more red than they were prior to the party!  Nikki reassured me that any redness was from the product “detoxing the impurities from my skin.”  Apparently, the more times you use this mask, the less burn you feel as your skin is more and more detoxified.

At the end of the party, I purchased a small makeup item, and I only did it to help my sister earn free products for hosting the party.  I wasn’t about to spend the big bucks on something I used once, and made my face burn.

But later that night….  ooooh baby.

While lying in bed, I couldn’t believe how incredibly soft my cheeks felt after the burn faded.  My skin was akin to silk, or even velvet (more like velvet, because my face is kind of fuzzy – it’s a Scandinavian thing!!!  I think).   I kept rubbing my face, saying “oh, wow…oh, wow.”   I got some weird looks from the husband.

No product has ever come close to giving me a refreshed, clean feeling – let alone leave my skin nourished and healthy.

The reason my skin felt so good was that Arbonne’s RE9 anti-aging skin care line actually balances the pH of every type of skin – dry or oily.  Their night cream also had a refreshing, moisturizing feeling, that I actually felt HYDRATED, not tight, dry or itchy.  And certainly not oily.  My skin was cool and relaxed.  Was it a miracle?  Or a fluke??  Needless to say, I was hooked.

After waking up the next morning and literally SEEING a difference in the texture of my skin, I contacted Nikki and signed up for the consultant discount (35% off everything for a year).  I let her know that I DID NOT want to do the business, I only wanted discounted products.

Over the years, I’ve come to love just about every one of Arbonne’s products.  In my honest opinion, their skin care, makeup and nutrition products can’t be beat.  And the protein shake powder – HOLY CANNOLI – delicious!  Best I’ve EVER tried – no aftertaste and actually tastes good.

Arbonne has a few different skin care lines for each skin type.  Anti-aging, sensitive skin, regular skin, teen skin, mature skin, etc.  But most customers come back for the RE9 line.  It’s simply the best and it’s what they’re known for.  None of their other skin care lines worked well on my skin.

Even with the discount, the products were still pretty expensive for me to purchase regularly, and so I caved and started doing the business (multi-level marketing).  It was scary, but exciting, as I pushed myself to do something outside of my protected little bubble.

I did spa parties at a few friends homes, and booked parties off of those parties, in order to get a lot of product for free.  This went on for a little while (maybe 1.5 years) until I couldn’t book any more parties.  Boo 😦

My business basically fizzled after running out of my warm market (i.e., I don’t have many friends/family who are interested in hosting parties), and I wasn’t good at seeking out a cold market.  I was freaking out because I needed this skin care.  Thankfully we stretched our budget a bit in order for me to keep using it.

Fast forward five years:  I’m still using Arbonne and I’m still loving it.

Over the years, I’ve gotten many compliments on how my skin “glows” or that I look “10 years younger.”  Some can’t believe I’m 40, with a 20-year old child in college – feels good, ladies!  I will continue using this product unless something better comes along…

Funny story.  Just before I discovered Arbonne, I was Christmas shopping at a large mall with my sister.  A lady selling “Dead Sea” skin care at a mall kiosk sucked us into listening to her schpeil about the junk she was peddling (don’t ever let them get you in their chair – you will regret it).

Since I’m a pushover, the domineering saleswoman sat me down in her chair and looked me over.  With unashamed bluntness, she told me how I had rosacea (which I don’t – I have broken capillaries – totally different things) and that my skin looked dull and aging.  *tear*  I could almost see my confidence fly out the window.

I must have the word “sucker” printed on my forehead, because I ended up spending over $100 on her so-called “Dead Sea” skin care junk.  Surprise, surprise – it didn’t work.

While I no longer SELL Arbonne, I will always USE Arbonne.  It’s the best thing that has ever happened to my face.  When I did the business, I used to give out samples to people so that they could try it, but I don’t do that anymore.  But I do still have a website!  I don’t make any commissions unless I spend the monthly $150 – which I don’t.  Who has that kind of money?  So, this is not a sales pitch.

You cannot get their products without a consultant, but since I technically still hold a consultant account, you can purchase anything you need here:  http://karenkornichuk.arbonne.com/.  You’re welcome.

I sold Arbonne for about 2 years and know a lot about their products, so if you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

I’m always on the lookout for other great products that are cruelty free and free of harmful chemicals.  Please share your favorite natural products with me below!  And have any of you tried the natural beauty box subscriptions out there!?

 


Karen Kornichuk
Certified Aromatherapist
Member of National Association
for Holistic Aromatherapy

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Oh Em Ghee! Homemade Ghee

Sorry, I couldn’t help the corny title.  I’m a corny girl, living in a corny world.

If you’re a vegan, you’ll want to skip this post – it’s not for you.  Why?  Because…BUTTER! Well, were actually talking about ghee – but ghee is made from butter, and butter is from an animal, so…

Read on to discover what makes ghee a healthier cooking/baking substitute for butter and oils, why it’s good for your health, and when/where it originated.

WHAT IS GHEE?

Ghee is a clarified butter that is stable at room temperature with many health benefits. The lactose and casein are removed during the simmering process and what remains is a healthy, delicious oil with a nutty, buttery flavor.

Ghee has been used for thousands of years, but the first known use was 2000 B.C. It originated in India, but more recently, it is being used all over the world for its health benefits. Back in the early days, it may have been used for trade, and so it had to be stable to carry on long trips.  This is another reason ghee is popular today.  You can leave a jar of ghee on your counter for 3 months, whereas butter will go rancid much earlier than that.

HEALTH BENEFITS

  • High smoke point (485 degrees) (whereas, butter is 350 degrees).
  • Long shelf-life.
  • Great go-to for baking, sautéing and roasting.
  • Contains fat-soluble vitamins (A, E and K).
  • No lactose or casein! Great for lactose intolerant peeps.
  • Contains conjugated linoleic acid.
  • Lots of butyric acid. Great for gut health & healthy insulin levels; fights inflammation.
  • Strong, nutty-like buttery flavor (you can use less when cooking).
  • Great for weight loss.
  • Helps digestion.
  • Helps inflammation.
  • Great for burns & rashes
  • Great for moisturizing the skin and scalp.
  • Great for keto diets, lactose diets, Whole30 and other weight loss diets.

Just as with any saturated fats, don’t go crazy and put it on everything.  Use it sparingly as you would with butter or other oils.

WHERE DO I GET GHEE?

You will find jars of ghee at most grocery stores, especially health food or ethnic grocers.

I wouldn’t recommend purchasing a cheap-o or non-organic brand, if you’d rather purchase than make your own.  I tried a cheap one many years ago and had to toss it – disgusting flavor.  While I’m sure the organic ghee brands at the health food store are acceptable, why not make your own?  Homemade is always better, right?  It’s fresher, longer-lasting and you can be proud that you made something healthy.

While I wouldn’t recommend slathering ghee all over your morning toast (strong flavor), I do recommend adding some along with your cooking oil (preferably avocado or extra virgin olive oil) when sautéing veggies to add some depth to the flavor.

I also recommend using a little ghee in your baked goods in place of a portion of the butter required.  I wouldn’t recommend replacing the entire amount of oil or butter in a baking recipe with ghee.  The nutty butter flavor might overpower the intended flavor of your baked goods.

And now, if you’re up for it, make your own delicious ghee at home with the simple recipe below.  I didn’t invent this recipe – it’s actually all over the Internet.  I just provided some of my own tips and added some visuals.

There really isn’t any magic or skill in making ghee, except for the type of butter you use. It’s verrrrry important that you don’t substitute the grass-fed, organic, unsalted butter for anything of lesser quality.

HOMEMADE GHEE RECIPE

You will need:

16 oz (4 sticks) grass-fed, organic, unsalted butter (do NOT substitute)
16 oz glass mason jar
Clean cheesecloth (about 3 or 4 layers)
Saucepan/pot (preferably stainless steel)
Spoon
A discard bowl (glass or stainless steel) or a mesh skimmer

Instructions:

Shove a few layers of cheesecloth into the mouth of a clean mason jar (with a bit hanging over the outside) and put it aside.  You don’t need as much cheesecloth hanging over the sides as my photo below – I grabbed too much.

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Melt all butter in a heavy saucepan/pot on medium-low.  As it’s melting, stir occasionally and keep at a simmer.  It can take up to 20 minutes until the milk proteins have separated from the oil.  You’ll know this has happened when you see white foam on the top and some bits of milk fats on the bottom of the pan.

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With either a mesh skimmer or a large spoon, gently skim the foam off the top and toss into a glass or steel discard bowl. (When you’re done for the day, let this discarded foam/butter harden, and then wipe it all out into a trash can with some paper towels. DO NOT run it down your garbage disposal. Oils will harden and clog your drain!)

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There may be a few more stages where it foams up again and again.  Just keep skimming and discarding until there is no more foam.  The milk fats on the bottom of the pan will continue to brown (not burn!).  If it’s burning, you have the heat too high and it’s ruined. Browning of the milk fats creates that special, nutty flavor.

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Once the oil is clear (no more foam), turn off the heat and allow to cool.

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Carefully pour the oil through the cheesecloth into the mason jar (hold the cheesecloth down on the outside so that it doesn’t fall inside). Toss the cheesecloth.

Cool completely before sealing with a lid or putting in the fridge.

Once completely cool, tighten a lid on it and date the outside. Your ghee should last up to 3 months on the counter at room temperature, or up to 1 year in the fridge.

Enjoy!


Karen Kornichuk
Certified Aromatherapist
Member of National Association
for Holistic Aromatherapy

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Body Cream Perfection!

This lotion/cream recipe is literally perfect!  (Too bad I can’t take credit for the original recipe, as it was created by well-known herbalist, Rosemary Gladstar, but I’ve done some tweaking to make it my own).  I hope you love it as much as I do!  Difficulty level is a little higher, but your skin will thank you for the efforts! (I’m going to post an easier version shortly).

When my Aromatherapy instructor shared this recipe with us, I was thinking we were sort of special – but apparently there are many variations of it all over the Interwebs…  This cream has probably been made a bazillion times by people all over the world.  So, while we weren’t especially special, this recipe is truly special!

What I love most about this recipe is that you can change it up with different base oils and/or hydrosols, to suit your needs and it always turns out perfect (but make sure you don’t replace a liquid oil with a solid-type oil, or the results won’t be so perfect!).  It yields approximately 16 oz. of cream, so make sure to have the appropriate containers.

Let’s get started!

FIRST!  Let’s extend the shelf life of our cream by disinfecting all utensils, bowls, spoons, blender, etc. with 70% rubbing alcohol.  Put the rubbing alcohol in a clean spray bottle and spray all items to disinfect them.  Lay them on clean paper towels to dry, or hand dry them.  Bacteria from the tap water could cause nasties to grow in your luxurious cream (this is another reason why we use distilled water or aromatic hydrosols versus tap water).

Preservatives are a must with any type of cream with a water-based ingredient, such as aloe vera gel and hydrosols.  There is a longer shelf life for body butters made with oils and butters only.  This recipe contains aloe vera gel and a hydrosol, so it will grow funky stuff within weeks if not preserved!  I’ve found some natural preservatives on the market to help increase the shelf life of our cream.

Leucidal SF or Leucidal Complete are nice, broad-range and more natural preservatives used mostly in creams and lotions.  Leucidal also provides extra silkiness to your cream.  Who doesn’t want silky skin!?  I sure do…especially since I recently hit 40!

One of the main base oils I chose to use instead of cocoa butter (and am currently obsessed with) is the incredible, but somewhat pricey, Babassu oil.  It is like coconut oil in that it is a solid and melts when warmed in your hand, but it seems to get a bit harder when cooled.

Babassu oil comes from the nuts of the babassu tree in Brazil.  It has so many benefits.  Here are a few to persuade you into loving it:

It is light weight
It doesn’t clog pores
It soaks in faster than coconut oil
It is less greasy/messy than coconut oil
It has a very mild scent
It mixes better with essential oils
It helps heal damaged skin
It reduces redness & inflammation
It cools on contact
It repairs, softens & shines hair
It nourishes your scalp
It promotes healthy nails & cuticles
It locks in moisture
It helps prevent body odor (this would be great in my Deodorant recipe!)
If you have the food grade, it’s a healthy alternative to other cooking oils
It improves pet health
It rejuvenates wooden surfaces

…just to name a few. 

You can read more about Babassu oil HERE.  I may replace coconut oil in all of my recipes with babassu from this point forward – if I can find a good quality, lower-priced supplier.

Below are photos taken step-by-step as I moved through the process. The actual recipe is at the bottom:

Gather all ingredients, sterilize and dry. Ignore the shea butter. I ended up changing the recipe and replaced it with a more liquid oil.
Measure all aqueous ingregients into a sterilized measuring cup.
If using babassu oil, you may need to liquify it by placing in a bowl of hot tap water.
Melt all oils (babassu oil, almond oil, beeswax), minus essential oils, in a double boiler until completely combined.
Fully melted!
Pour hot oils into sterilized blender and cool until room temp. Blend on high and slowly pour in water ingredients through the hole on blender lid. When fully combined, scrape into a sterilized, glass bowl.
Fold in your essential oils with a sterilized spoon until combined. It is a tad blue because I added a few drops of skin-nourishing Blue Tansy essential oil to my cream.

Pour into glass cosmetic jars if you prefer, but make sure your hands are clean when you scoop some out.

Or pipe into lotion containers. It’s much more sterile this way, since your hands never touch the inside.

I had on hand three 4oz lotion squeeze bottles, and one 2 oz round cosmetic container.  I filled all containers the top, and there was enough remaining for me to apply to my super dry arms and legs.

This recipe is velvety, silky and luxurious, and I slather it on after the shower (make sure to have clean & dry hands before putting them into your jar, or use a utensil to scoop it out)

ROSEMARY GLADSTAR’S “PERFECT CREAM” (my personal variation)

Group 1 (Waters)
2/3 cup white rose water/hydrosol (or you can used distilled water)
1/3 cup pure aloe vera gel (no junk from a drugstore – the real stuff)
48 drops of essential oils of your choice (or less)
1/2 oz. Leucidal Liquid SF (natural preservative/antimicrobial)

Group 2 (Oils)
3/4 cup apricot kernel or sweet almond oil
1/3 cup Babassu oil (or shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter)
1/2-1 oz grated beeswax
1/2 tsp. Vitamin E oil

FIRST, see my note above about cleaning everything with rubbing alcohol and drying with/on paper towels.

  • Combine your hydrosol, aloe vera gel and preservative in the glass measuring cup and set aside (cover with saran wrap if you have cats in the home – their fur gets into everything!)
  • Measure the babassu/mango/shea butter (whichever you chose), and beeswax into a double boiler and heat on low until melted completely.  Transfer the melted liquid to your blender, cover with a paper towel, and allow to cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally to help cool it down.
  • When oils have reached room temperature, secure lid and turn blender on high. Add the water/aloe mixture through the hole at the top of the blender in a slow and steady stream.  (Adding slowly is KEY to getting the waters and oils to emulsify well).  When 3/4 of the water has been added, monitor the cream in the blender. At a certain point, it will thicken and pull above the blades, no longer accepting more liquid.  If okay, add the rest of the liquid.
  • Scrape as much out of the blender as you can, into an alcohol disinfected bowl, and gently fold in your essential oils with to make sure all oils and water are incorporated evenly.
  • Transfer to disinfected storage jars.  The cream will thicken as it sets.
  • Label your jars with all of the ingredients used and store in cool location (the fridge is best!).  Use within 3 months, or until you see mold (Eek!).  If you added preservatives, it should last 6 months to a year in the fridge.

Enjoy!


Karen Kornichuk
Certified Aromatherapist
Member of National Association
for Holistic Aromatherapy

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Roasted Marinara Sauce From Scratch

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DISCLAIMER:  Not all essential oils are created equal, nor are all brands ingestible.  Most oils are adulterated, and contain fillers and contaminants.  The essential oils I cook with and/or ingest are 100% pure according to full disclosures of sourcing, testing and third-party testing for absolute purity.  Please do not buy oils from the store and assume that you can ingest them without first contacting a professional.


I have always been afraid of making marinara sauce from scratch – like from ACTUAL tomatoes.  Scary stuff.  I mean, what if I buy all those tomatoes and screw it up??  I’m Norwegian, not Italian – how could I possibly make a good “gravy”!?

While marinara made with a can of crushed tomatoes is delicious, I felt it was time I face my fear and make it from scratch.  And, of course, I also wanted to incorporate my beloved therapeutic-grade essential oils into the recipe to see how it  enhanced the flavor.

The sauce took me a few hours to make, because I took my time (and took photos as I went along), so you will want to plan ahead to make this on a day where you have some free time.  Those of you with small children are thinking, “free time, what the hay-hay is that??”  If you have small children…I am sorry…maybe you should save this recipe for another 12 years and then give it a try!  Seriously though, I think you can pull this off if you start cooking right when the kiddos go down for a nap.  I believe in you.

I will spare you the annoyance of reading each step between each photo.  I used to do that, and now understand how annoying that is!!

Feel free to browse the photos below, which are in the order of each step of the recipe.  Some people feel better if they can see how it is supposed to look along the way.  So, enjoy the beauty of these colorful fresh ingredients!:

Cored Roma tomatoes.
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Garlic cloves before peeling.
Garlic cloves after “quick peel” in a jar.  I’ll explain below.
Fresh diced red onion, basil leaves and parsley.
Cook olive oil and red onion before adding the tomatoes.
Final roasted ingredients in a colander over a bowl to collect tomato juices.
Blending roasted ingredients with basil & parsley
Blended ingredients.
Remaining ingredients are added before simmering.
The final sauce.  Smells SO good!
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I did it!  Delicious!  Roasted marinara sauce with broiled asparagus coated in olive oil, salt, onion powder and garlic powder, and unleavened whole wheat “bread” (see recipe at bottom of page) with a little shredded basil on top.

ROASTED MARINARA SAUCE

Ingredients:

  • 25 Roma tomatoes, cored
  • 2 sweet vidalia onions, quartered
  • 2 Tbs fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 1 whole bulb of garlic, cloves peeled (see note in the recipe for “Easy Peeling”)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt (preferably Pink Himalayan)
  • 1/4 C sugar or “Date Paste” (See Recipe for “Date Paste” in the Pizza Crust recipe at the bottom of this blog)
  • Small bunch of fresh basil leaves
  • 3 cans tomato paste, for thickening
  • 2 drops Oregano essential oil (therapeutic grade only, with “Supplement Facts” on bottle – comment below for my favorite brand)
  • 4 drops Basil essential oil
  • 2 drops Black Pepper essential oil
  • 4-6 pepperoncinis, for a little heat
  • *Optional:  1/4 cup dry red wine, diced carrots

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 425F.

Wash and core the tomatoes.  Split them between two 9×13″ baking dishes, or put all of them in a large roasting pan.  The tomatoes can be left whole; they will break down during the roasting process.

“Easy Peeling” of garlic cloves.  Toss a few garlic cloves in an empty, clean, glass jar, screw the lid on, and shake vigorously for a minute.  The peelings should become loose so that you can just peel it off of the clove.  Don’t overload the jar, only a few cloves at a time.  Cut off the hard ends of the garlic cloves.

Arrange the quartered onions and peeled garlic cloves (and diced carrots, if using) around the baking dish with the tomatoes.  Drizzle olive oil over all and then use your hands to toss the tomatoes, garlic and onions to coat everything well with the oil.  Season everything generously with salt.

Roast tomatoes in the preheated oven for 40 minutes, or so.  The tomatoes and onions will look wrinkled, roasted, and slightly charred.  For a thicker sauce, cook longer and stir occasionally to keep from burning.

Remove the pan(s) from the oven and set on the counter to cool for 10-15 minutes. You can easily remove the tomato peelings if you want, but I left them on.

Place a large colander inside a large bowl.  Pour the roasted tomato ingredients into the colander.  The bowl underneath the colander will collect all the juice.  You need this juice for later – don’t toss it!

Scoop the roasted tomato ingredients into a blender or food processor.  Add parsley, and most of the basil leaves (save a few to shred and top your final pasta dish as a garnish).  Puree until it reaches your desired consistency.  You may need to do it in separate batches if you have a small food processor.

Put about 2 Tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot or stock pot.  Warm on medium heat, and then toss in the diced shallots.  Cook until they are soft.

Dump the pureed tomatoes, and the reserved juice, into the pot.  Season with additional salt, if needed.  Add the essential oils and any herbs you might want to add to the sauce to flavor it to your liking.  Add the pepperoncinis and cans of tomato paste.  If you are using red wine, add that to the pot as well.  Mix thoroughly.  I had to use a whisk to make sure the thick tomato paste was dispersed throughout the sauce.

Simmer on low, covered, for an hour or longer, so that all the flavors blend well together.  The longer the simmer, the better the flavors will be.  Stir occasionally so that it doesn’t burn.

Serve immediately as pasta sauce, or on homemade pizza (Click here for the pizza crust recipe that I also used as garlic bread with this meal.  For garlic bread, I just rubbed olive oil all over the dough and sprinkled generously with garlic salt and then baked it).  You will also find the “Date Paste” recipe within the pizza recipe.

Or, you can cool all of it completely and freeze it in containers or Ziploc bags for later use as a quick meal!

Mangia tutti!!


Karen Kornichuk
Certified Aromatherapist
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Easy Homemade Guacamole & Chips With Lime & Cilantro Oils


DISCLAIMER:  Not all essential oils are created equal, nor are all brands ingestible.  Most oils are adulterated, and contain fillers and contaminants.  The essential oils I cook with and/or ingest are 100% pure according to full disclosures of sourcing, testing and third-party testing for absolute purity.  Please do not buy oils from the store and assume that you can ingest them without first contacting a professional.


For a healthy,  quick snack, try some homemade guacamole and homemade tortilla chips!  They are fresher and taste a whole lot better than store bought chips!

First, gather your ingredients.  You will need the following:

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 ripe tomato, diced
  • 1/8 cup diced red onion
  • Pink Himalayan salt
  • 2 drops Lime essential oil
  • Less than 1/2 drop Cilantro essential oil, (use a toothpick, seriously)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder or 2 pressed garlic cloves
  • 1/2 drop Black Pepper essential oil or 1/4 tsp of ground black pepper
  • 4 soft yellow or white corn tortillas (I prefer El Milagro – they don’t use preservatives)
  • Extra virgin olive oil (or a healthier cooking spray oil than PAM!)

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Thoroughly wash and chop your tomatoes, onion and avocado.

Put your avocado in a bowl and mash with a fork or potato masher until your desired consistency.  I like mine a little chunky. Once mashed, toss in your onion and tomato and stir.

Then, you can add the spices and/or essential oils.  Where it says to use 1/2 drop of essential oil, here’s the trick on how to do that.  Since you can’t really measure a half drop, I usually put one drop on a spoon and then lightly shake some off into the sink.   Then I can stir the remainder of the oil that is on the spoon into the guacamole.  It seems to be just enough.  These oils are super potent, and a little goes a very long way!

If you aren’t going to eat the guacamole right away, put the avocado pits into the storage container along with the guacamole and refrigerate.  The pits will keep the avocado from turning brown!

For the homemade tortilla chips:

Preheat the oven to 375F.

Put 4 tortillas (or more) on a cookie sheet (you’ll need a couple of cookie sheets).  Very lightly rub both sides of each tortilla with a very small amount of olive oil (If you use too much oil, the chips will be chewy, not crisp – and ruin the whole experience).  If you have a cooking spray (which I don’t like using due to the propellant in the can), it would work best in this instance.  Lightly spray both sides of each tortilla instead of using olive oil.  Stack the tortillas on top of each other, and with a large knife, cut through all of them so that each tortilla makes 8 chips.  Using 4 tortillas will make 32 chips.

Spread each chip out evenly out over 2 cookie sheets.  Sprinkle salt over all of the tortillas.  And if you’re feeling crazy, put some salt in a bowl, add a drop of lime essential oil to the salt and mix it up.  Then sprinkle the salt all over your chips.  Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes or until crispy.

Once the chips are cooled, you are ready to eat!

Enjoy!


Karen Kornichuk
Certified Aromatherapist
and Member of the National
Association for Holistic Aromatherapy

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Gut & Immune Support Lemon Tonic

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DISCLAIMER:  Not all essential oils are created equal, nor are all brands ingestible.  Most oils are adulterated, and contain fillers and contaminants.  The essential oils I cook with and/or ingest are 100% pure according to full disclosures of sourcing, testing and third-party testing for absolute purity.  Please do not buy oils from the store and assume that you can ingest them without first contacting a professional.


 

I have to start out by telling you flat out that this tonic is pretty darn amazing.  I feel the need to shout it from the rooftops because my results after drinking this tonic for about 6 months have been pretty life changing.  In my opinion, it’s a miracle drink – I can say that since I’m not trying to sell it to you.

I’ve had gastric issues for about 6 years now, and nothing ever helped me.  I saw so many doctors and did so many tests to see what was wrong with me – I’ll be paying off those bills for quite a while!  What a waste – the results didn’t tell me anything helpful.

I had a laundry list of symptoms that were unexplained, so I started going to a nutritionist.  I went to her monthly for a couple of years to gently detox my system from heavy metals and other environmental toxins.  She taught me about making healthier food choices, and why whole foods and whole food supplements were important.  I felt somewhat better, but still had many unexplained symptoms.

When I first started making this drink, I only used warm water with a fresh-squeezed lemon, honey and apple cider vinegar.  I drank it every morning before my breakfast for a couple of months.  At first, I wasn’t sure if it was helping my gastric issues.  But since I had read so many wonderful things about lemon water, I knew that if I kept drinking it I would benefit from it eventually.  I learned that raw, unfiltered honey has the most health benefits, so I started using that instead of the cheap-o kind I was using (think plastic bottle in the shape of a bear….horrible).  Then, I read that adding baking soda to lemon water has even more health benefits, even cancer prevention, so I started adding that to my drink.

All I can say is WOW!  I sure noticed some changes.  I no longer had excessive gas after every meal.  I wasn’t bloating as often.  I wasn’t burping as much throughout the day (I would literally burp every couple of minutes).  I also noticed that I didn’t have explosive bouts of diarrhea (sorry, TMI?) after eating ice cream or pizza.  My skin is clearer (but I also use Arbonne’s anti-aging skin care, which has something to do with that!), and I haven’t gotten sick in a while.  (UPDATE:  It’s now 3 years later, and I finally got a sinus infection…BUT!  I’d stopped drinking this for a few weeks prior!  I don’t think it’s a coincidence.)

I also now take digestive enzymes with every meal, to help my stomach break down the food.  And I take exemplary supplements from a company I represent.  I know that everything I’ve said have played their own part in my current wellness vs. 7 years ago.

I always recommend this lemon tonic to anyone who tells me that they have digestive issues.  I will probably drink this tonic for as long as I live.  Even if you don’t have stomach issues, there are so many other health benefits (listed below) that it doesn’t hurt to try it for yourself.  If you are consistent and drink this tonic every single morning before breakfast, you will notice changes eventually.  Still a skeptic?  Google “lemon honey water” and read on!  There are so many great articles by doctors and health and wellness practitioners praising lemon water.

So, you’re probably wondering, “Why lemon, honey, baking soda and apple cider vinegar?  What makes them so special?”  I have gathered some information and compiled it all here:

Lemon Goodness

Lemons are rich in vitamin C, which enhances beauty by rejuvenating the skin from the inside.  It helps in weight loss, and is a very alkaline fruit (once it is in the body – otherwise it is acidic).

Lemons are a great source of polysaccharides, organic acids especially citric acid, lipids, carotenoid, vitamins, minerals, flavonoids, bitter limonoids, potassium, bioflavonoids, and vitamin C.  Lemons also include volatile oil (in the peel – where the lemon essential oils come from), limonene, alpha-terpinene, alpha-pinene, citral, coumarins, mucilage, pectins, and bioflavonoids (pith and peel).

Honey Goodness

Honey is a great source of good carbohydrates, proteins and amino acids.  Honey contains small amounts of the B vitamins riboflavin, niacin, folic acid, pantothenic acid and vitamin B6.  It also contains vitamin C, and the minerals calcium, iron, zinc, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, selenium, chromium and manganese.  The darker the honey, the greater antioxidants.  Honey also contains organic acids such as acetic, butanoic, formic, citric, succinic, lactic, malic, pyroglutamic and gluconic acids, and a number of aromatic acids.

Apple Cider Vinegar Goodness

(This will knock your socks off!)  I use Bragg’s organic ACV, which says “With the Mother” on the front of the bottle.  Seriously…you must use Bragg’s – it is the best.  All others I’ve tasted are disgusting.

“With the Mother” means that it still contains all of the good stuff, unlike other apple cider vinegars that are void of it.  ACV contains pectin, Vitamin C, Vitamins B1, B2 and B6, biotin, folic acid, niacin, pantothenic acid, and small amounts of minerals like potassium, sodium, phosphorus, calcium, and iron.  It has a wide range of benefits, such as it:  helps stomach troubles, cures hiccups, soothes a sore throat, could lower cholesterol, prevents indigestion, clears a stuffy nose, aids in weight loss, gets rid of dandruff, clears acne, boosts energy, cuts down on nighttime leg cramps, banishes bad breath, whitens teeth, fades bruises, helps control blood sugar.  Amazing – and it’s only about $8 for a large bottle at the grocery store!

Baking Soda Goodness

Baking Soda isn’t just for baking cookies!  When consumed, it works by immediately kicking stomach acid in the face, which then helps relieve heartburn, indigestion and even ulcer pain.  When consumed in a lemon tonic, it gets your digestive juices flowing, and will help your stomach in digestion.  If that wasn’t enough, it is also known to alkalize the body and help with kidney disease, cancer, athletic performance, skin conditions and can be used in homemade deodorants (RECIPE HERE) and toothpaste (RECIPE HERE).

In Summary, here’s a list of health benefits of this tonic:

  1. Enhances metabolism.
  2. Aids digestion.
  3. Cleanses the intestines, which improves the absorption of nutrients.
  4. Boosts your immune system.
  5. Cleans your urinary tract.
  6. Balances pH levels.
  7. Clears skin.
  8. Promotes healing.
  9. Freshens breath.
  10. Hydrates your lymph system.
  11. Aids in weight loss.
  12. Boosts energy.

I am sure this isn’t even an exhaustive list.  But it is a very good start!  I feel that everyone should drink this daily, and I hope you will give it a try.  If you don’t have all of the ingredients, make sure you at least have water, honey, lemon and ACV.  Those are good enough in themselves for boosting your immune system.

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LEMON WATER TONIC

  • 8 oz. warm water
  • 1 fresh-squeezed lemon
  • 1 tsp raw, Bragg’s organic apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbs raw, unfiltered, organic honey (the darker the better)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda (aluminum-free)
  • Drop or 2 of essential oil of choice

First, heat up the water in either a glass or ceramic mug, for 35-40 seconds in the microwave.  Next, stir in the honey until it is dissolved.  Then you can add in the ACV and baking soda.  (**you can toss in some of your favorite essential oils if you’d like!)

The last part is a little tricky.  Before you add the lemon juice to the mixture, be forewarned!   It can get messy if you don’t slooowly add it in.  The baking soda reacts to the acid in the lemon juice and foams up quick!!  I’ve had mine spill out onto my counter a few times.  If you slowly add the lemon juice, but use a spoon to break up the foam as you continue to pour the lemon juice, you should be alright.  I drink it with a stainless steel straw because the acid from the lemon can eat away at your teeth.  If you don’t have one, just sip it, but rinse your mouth with water from the faucet after you finish your drink.

So, if any of you start doing this daily, and notice some changes in your health, please come back to tell me about it!  🙂


Karen Kornichuk
Certified Aromatherapist
and Member of the National Association
for Holistic Aromatherapy

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Vegetable Enzyme All-Purpose Cleaner – And Baby Shampoo??

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UPDATE!  2 years after purchasing a gallon of Botanic Gold (n/k/a Enviro-One), we finally ran out.   We used it consistently for everything from foaming hand soap, to cleaning up cat puke, to all-purpose cleaner spray and more.   It has saved my family some pretty good coin over the past 2 years!  Just wanted to share because this stuff is awesome!!  It cleans grease and grime in the kitchen better than store-bought cleaners.  I spray it on my stove, counters, cat puke, etc., and within seconds, it wipes off so easily!   It’s our go-to for EVERYTHING.  For reals.

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Recently on Facebook, I came across an article stating that Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo contained formaldehyde, an ingredient that is not necessary in any of our personal care products.  J&J has since changed their ways, but I am still not convinced that using even their “Naturals Baby Shampooline is the best thing.  The ingredient list is posted below.  Pay particular attention to the bolded ingredient at the bottom:

Water, Decyl Glucoside (Source: Coconut, Palm Kernel, Corn), Cocoglycerides (Source: Coconut, Palm Kernel), Sodium Coco-Sulfate (Source: Coconut, Palm), Coco-Glucoside (Source: Coconut, Palm Kernel), Glyceryl Oleate (Source: Sunflower), Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate (Source: Coconut, Palm, Soybean), Glycerin (Source: Coconut, Palm, Soybean), Xanthan Gum (Source: Soy, Corn), Sodium Benzoate (Source: *), Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose (Source: Plant, Mineral), Citric Acid (Source: *), Sodium Hydroxide (Source: *), Parfum (Source: Plant), * The remaining ingredients are essential to blend the product together and maintain effectiveness.

First, what are these “remaining ingredients that are essential to blend the product together and maintain effectiveness,” as stated in the last sentence?  I would sure like to know – I mean, if they are natural, why not include them on the label?

Second, why does a “natural” shampoo need all of those extra ingredients?  There are cleansers that are all natural, and don’t have a bunch of stuff added to them.  I understand many of their ingredients act as emollients, and help soften/moisturize skin, but they are not necessary.  All-natural oils, such as sweet almond oil, or jojoba oil, are a better substitute for retaining moisture in the skin, and can be added to a homemade shampoo for it’s added benefits.

The main reason I posted that listing is the bolded ingredient Sodium Hydroxide.  Why is Sodium Hydroxide concerning?  Because the New Jersey Department of Health has a “Hazardous Substance Facts Sheet” for this chemical, which is posted in industrial facilities so that workers know how dangerous it is:

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Sure, I know, this fact sheet is for factory workers who are dealing with the concentrated chemical in it’s purest form, but even a tiny amount of a toxic chemical has no place in a baby shampoo.  In my honest opinion.

Here is another clip from that same Fact Sheet:

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Billion dollar product companies like J&J claim that the actual amount of an otherwise toxic chemical is not actually toxic when a minimal amount is used in personal care products.  This may be true, but the question begging to be asked is – why is it used at all when there are more natural options out there?

Why do we blindly accept everything at the grocery store as safe, or even good, for us, just because it has pretty packaging, and the word “Natural” printed on it.  Does this make it actually good for you?  Not necessarily.

We are living in a time where we cannot trust multi-billions dollar corporations to have our children’s best interests at heart.  We are their advocates, nurturers, caretakers, etc., and need to be aware of these things.

By no means am I a “crunchy” person in all aspects of life, but I do try and cut out unnecessary toxins from my personal care, medication and cleaning products.  Every product that I make has a natural base (i.e., apple cider vinegar, or sweet almond oil, etc.) and then I add essential oils to it for its potent health benefits or cleansing properties.

Here is my proposition:  If you have the ability to make your own all-natural personal care and cleaning products for you and your family, then do it.  You will not regret it.

I don’t know about you, but when I make something in my own home, from all-natural ingredients that I choose, I know that my family is getting the best of the best.  Making your own personal products is not complicated, nor does it take up much of your time.  And it saves you money in the long run.

So, back to the lil ones.  Below is a super easy homemade baby shampoo recipe, that can also be used on their hair and body, and on yours too!  The base soap is an all natural botanical soap, made from plant enzymes, called Enviro-One, that can be used for just about everything:  skin care, brushing teeth, household cleaner, baby care, fruit/veggie washing, cleaning your toilet (!) and so much more.  (I love this stuff so much that I should get paid for how much I talk about it online!  (*hint, hint, Enviro-One executives*)

There are actually over 200 uses for Enviro-One all-natural soap.  I pick up mine at their website:  Enviro-One.  It is super concentrated, so it will last a very long time.  It may seem expensive, but when you use one part soap mixed with 10 parts water, and you can usually replace all of your cleaning and skin care products with it, it’s totally worth it in my opinion and experience.  My first gallon lasted me over 2 years.  (I have not been paid by Enviro-One to write this).

Just check out the back of the bottle – those ingredients!  Now that’s natural soap:

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Muuuuch better than the J&J, right?  I love how safe it is, and how much money it will save me.


 

Homemade Baby Shampoo Recipe:

– Plastic shampoo bottle
– Small amount Botanic Gold soap (see bottle for measurements)
1 Tbs of a carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil, fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil
– (see below for amounts) 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils per ounce of soap mixture (see note in red below)

Combine ingredients together in a plastic shampoo bottle, shake and you’re done.

Essential Oil Options:

Babies 3+ months (2-3 drops oil per ounce soap):  lavender, roman chamomile, frankincense.  Or you might want to use 1-2 Tbs of a hydrosol (lavender, german chamomile hydrosols are gentler than essential oils)

Babies 6+ months. (3-5 drops oil per ounce soap): tea tree, bergamot, tangerine, sandalwood, geranium, helichrysum, cypress, cedarwood

Children 2+ years (not more than 20 drops per ounce soap):  basil, clary sage, ginger, juniper berry, lemongrass, lime, myrrh, parchouli, ylang ylang.

Essential oils are not only added for their scent, but for the slew of health benefits the provide.  While certain oils would be added for their cleansing properties, others can aid in relaxation/sleep, calming, skin irritations, etc.  If essential oils are added, please be sure not to get the soap in or near your baby’s eyes.

FYI – Not all essential oils are created equal.  Most oils are adulterated, contain fillers and contaminants and come from Lord-knows-where.  The oil company I purchase from gives full disclosure of their countries of origin, and they are third-party tested for absolute purity.  They are 100% pure, therapeutic-grade and extremely potent.  If you would like more information on how to get them, please comment below and I’d be happy to point you in the right direction.


Blessings!
Karen

Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Tea

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My cup of deliciousness

DISCLAIMER:  Not all essential oils are created equal, nor are all brands ingestible.  Most oils are adulterated, and contain fillers and contaminants.  The essential oils I cook with and/or ingest are 100% pure according to full disclosures of sourcing, testing and third-party testing for absolute purity.  Please do not buy oils from the store and assume that you can ingest them without first contacting a professional.


 

Turmeric is all the rage these days, and I just had to try out a recipe for cinnamon-turmeric tea I found online.  It.  Was.  Delicious.  My husband even liked it – he said it tasted like Thanksgiving.  With flavors like clove and cinnamon, and it’s pumpkin-y color, you could make this healthy drink for your holiday party.

**Please read this great article on Authority Nutrition‘s website on the many benefits of turmeric.

After reading about the benefits in the article above, now it is time to make your own turmeric tea!  Gather up your ingredients and let’s get started:

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Simmer all spices in water for ten minutes, strain.

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Put 1/3 cup of tea in a mug and add some raw honey (even better, how about some local honey!). Then add in 2/3 cup of milk and stir well.

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CINNAMON-TURMERIC TEA

1-2 tsps turmeric
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp freshly grated ginger
3 cloves (I had ground clove, so I used a tea sachet)
A pinch of grated nutmeg
4 peppercorns
1 1/2 to 2 cups of water
1 tsp raw honey
1/2 cup milk of choice

(**Add some pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils for added health benefits!  (See note in red above).  My choices would be myrrh, clove or cinnamon bark.  But only a drop or two into the whole batch.)

Simmer all spices in water for ten minutes, strain.  Put 1/3 tea, 2/3 milk in a teacup.  Add raw honey and milk and stir.  Adjust to taste.

You can save the remainder of your tea mixture in a container in the fridge for up to 5 days.  Just warm up a batch of the mixture each time, and then add the honey and milk.

(**turmeric tends to sink to the bottom.  Be sure to stir/shake well before each use).

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To your health!


 
Karen Kornichuk
Certified Aromatherapist
and Member of the National Association
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DIY Facial Serum

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Facial serums are an important part of a skin-care regimen, just as much as a good cleanser and moisturizer.  Serum will provide nourishment and soothing to your skin.

If you have acne-prone skin, you would benefit from a light, astringent serum to keep your face moisturized and nourished without clogging pores.  And you will also want to use as a toner, either Bragg’s apple cider vinegar, or organic witchhazel – or both combined (witchhazel-based toner is the best for your skin, as it will not dry it out like an alcohol-based toner would). Toner is always a must in any skin care regimen because it firms, tightens and tones the skin.

If you are 25 or older, I would highly recommend using an anti-aging facial serum.  It’s never too early to start nourishing your skin.  As skin ages, it loses its elasticity and starts to sag.  Without proper moisture and nourishment, you may end up looking like an American bulldog by the time you are 60.  Sorry, it’s truth – and the truth hurts sometimes…

Let’s get started!


FIRST, choose your carrier oil – which is your main ingredient.  It’s also known as a base oil.  Below are a list of very light base oils that will not leave your skin sticky or greasy.  I would try to always get organic or cold-pressed:

Argan oil (for dry, aging, oily, normal, or acne-prone skin)
Jojoba oil (for dry, aging, oily, normal, or acne-prone skin)
Apricot kernel oil (for any skin type, but especially dry, aging skin)
Sweet almond oil (thicker, and takes longer to sink in, but nourishing)
Grapeseed oil (for normal, oily, or acne-prone skin)
Avocado oil (for dry and aging skin)
Hemp seed oil (for any skin type, also very light)
Calendula oil (extremely healing to irritated, sensitive skin)

My favorite base oils are jojoba oil or sweet almond oil.  They are very lightweight and do not clog pores.


SECOND, you will choose an extra oil, for added nourishment (optional, but very beneficial).  Here are some extra oils:

Tamanu oil (good for acne-prone or oily skin, or skin with scars)
Sea buckthorn oil (for all skin types, but especially aging or dry skin)
Rosehip seed oil (regenerating, firming, anti-aging)
Carrot seed oil (super nourishing! – you only need a miniscule amount
Borage oil (high in oleic acids – for most skin types, especially oily & acne-prone skin)
Evening primrose oil (acne, aging, normal skin)
Neem oil (antimicrobial and healing – for acne and oily skin)
Emu oil (emollient, protective and nourishing – for dry or aging skin)


THIRD, choose your favorite essential oils that work best according to your specific skin care needs.  You will only need a few small drops of essential oil as they are super potent.  (See note in red below)

Here are the most-used essential oils in skin care:

Lavender (oily or dry skin)
Peppermint (oily or dry skin)
Chamomile (soothing for sensitive skin)
Rose (for aging, dry and normal skin) (Unless you are the CEO of Microsoft, you may not be able to afford this oil!  My company finally sells it, and it’s pre-diluted so it’s cheaper!  Hallelujah!)
Geranium (for dry, sensitive, aging, and normal skin)
Lemongrass (brightens/tones – for normal or oily skin)
Rosemary (moisturizes oily skin)

FYI – Not all essential oils are created equal.  Most oils are adulterated, and contain fillers and/or contaminants.  I use oils from a company that gives full disclosure pertaining to each plant’s country of origin, testing and third-party testing, to guarantee absolute purity.   100% pure essential oils will provide higher therapeutic benefits.


LAST, take the dropper top off of a 1-oz glass bottle and:

1.  Fill your bottle just under 2/3 of the way with your base oil.

2.  Add “extra” oil until the bottle is just about full (If you are using carrot seed oil, only use a few drops)

3.  Add 5-7 drops of essential oil.  (Less if you’re using peppermint!! – and make sure to keep away from eyes).  Put the cap on your bottle and shake well.  You should be able to smell the oils, but it should not be overwhelming.

Apply 2-3 drops to face and neck after cleansing, and before your moisturizer.  If you use toner, use it after the toner.  You will not need a moisturizer after applying the serum – it should give you enough moisture on its own.  Keep your serum out of the sunlight (use a dark colored class bottle, such as amber or cobalt blue).  Give it a little shake each time before you apply the serum, to make sure the oils are well combined.  It should be good for up to 12 months.

This recipe may need tweaking, to accommodate your skin care needs.  We all have different skin types, and an oil that is good for one may not be good for another.  I would suggest by making only a small amount at first.  If it ends up not working for your face, you can always rub it on your body to moisturize before bed, or add it to your whipped body butter (see my recipe HERE).  The mixture will still benefit your skin, and does not need to go to waste.

To learn more about essential oils, or the brand I use, comment below.  I’m happy to help point you in the right direction.

Blessings


Karen Kornichuk
Certified Aromatherapist
and Member of the National Association
for Holistic Aromatherapy

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