Silky Whipped Body Butter

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DISCLAIMER:  Not all essential oils are created equal.  Most oils are adulterated, and contain fillers and/or contaminants.  The essential oils I use are 100% pure according to full disclosures of sourcing, testing and third-party testing for absolute purity by the company.  Please do not buy oils from the store and assume that they are pure without first contacting a professional.


Winter in Chicago is pretty darn cold!  Between the below-zero windchill days, and the strong winds off of Lake Michigan, it is almost impossible to stay moisturized throughout the winter months.

I have tried numerous body creams and lotions, and while some commercial creams work pretty well, none are as luxurious as this do-it-yourself whipped body butter – or as pure.  Frankincense essential oil provides extra skin-soothing support, and I highly recommend you add it to this recipe.  (See my blog on Frankincense HERE.)

Rather than purchasing creams from the drug store, which contain parabens, mineral oils, formaldehyde, sulfates, preservatives, animal fillers, petrolatum, GMOs, etc., you can make your own all-natural body cream and actually nourish your body, rather than fill it with toxins.

My husband’s job causes him to wash his hands with a very harsh scrubbing soap, which leaves the tops of his hands dried out, red, rough and cracked from the lack of moisture.  I applied this body butter to his hands before bed, and by morning they were much softer and less irritated.

**Quick Tip!  If you have a mason jar or glass container that still has a price sticker on the bottom, any citrus essential oil will remove it, including all sticky residue, within a couple of minutes!  No need to purchase Goo Gone anymore once you have these oils.

I am always amazed at how having essential oils in your home can eliminate almost every store-bought cleaner.  (See my Essential Oils Cabinet project HERE.)

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Voila! No sticky residue left on the glass!

So, let’s get started!

First you will want to gather your ingredients (see recipe below):

In a double broiler or glass bowl, combine all ingredients except sweet almond, shea or jojoba oil and essential oil/oils.

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Bring to a low-medium heat. Stir constantly until all ingredients are melted.  Remove from heat, add your shea/almond/jojoba oil and stir to combine.  Allow to cool for 30 minutes.

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Place your bowl in the freezer for 30 minutes, or in the fridge for a few hours, until the oil is opaque and somewhat solidified.  It should no longer be a clear liquid.  (Sorry, I forgot to take a picture at this point!)

Once your oils have solidified, remove it from the fridge and add your essential oils. Using a hand mixer, whip for 10 minutes.  Body butter will become fluffy and look like whipped cream.

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Scoop into a glass jar, or if it is a gift, use a piping bag to give it more of a design.

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My piping design didn’t look so pretty….  So, I just filled the jar completely, tapping it on the counter each time to make sure it filled every space of the jar.

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If you are giving it as a gift, find some cute labels and ribbon and beautify it!  I think I will be giving one of these to all of my bosses this Christmas. It makes a thoughtful and budget-friendly gift for anyone.


SILKY WHIPPED BODY BUTTER

Ingredients:

1/2 cup raw shea butter
1/2 cup raw mango butter
1/2 cup cold-pressed coconut oil
1/2 cup sweet almond oil, jojoba oil OR shea oil
20-30 drops essential oils of choice
10 drops of frankincense oil (optional – fyi, frankincense in creases the potency of other oils)

(*Essential Oil Variations, depending on your health needs:  Copaiba, cedarwood, heluchrysum, geranium, melaleuca, peppermint, lavender, chamomile, cassia wild orange, rosemary, eucalyptus, grapefruit.  NOTE:  If using any citrus essential oils, DO NOT go in the sun for up to 12 hours.  It could cause severe burns.  They are “photosensitive oils”.) 

Directions:

In a double broiler or glass bowl, combine all ingredients except almond/shea/jojoba oil and essential oil/oils.  Bring to a low-medium heat. Stir constantly until all ingredients are melted.  Remove from heat, add your almond oil and stir to combine.  Allow to cool.  

Move bowl to the fridge and allow to cool for 1 hour.  This is important because you do not want to add essential oils to hot oil, or it will decrease it’s wellness benefits.  It should look slightly opaque and soft at this point.  Remove from the fridge and add your essential oils. Using a hand mixer, whip for 10 minutes. Body butter will to become fluffy and form stiff peaks.  Store in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid.


I HIGHLY recommend this body butter to anyone with dry or problem skin.  It has become my favorite body cream!  For extra added skin soothing, add frankincense and/or helichrysum oils to your butter.

Also, the types of base oils or butters that you add to this body butter makes a huge difference if you have eczema or sensitive/irritated skin.  I would recommend: raw shea butter, raw mango butter, almond oil, jojoba oil, apricot kernel oil, hemp seed oil, borage seed oil, evening primrose oil, calendula oil, kukui nut oil, carrot seed oil, safflower oil, peach kernel oil, sea buckthorn oil, rosehip oil, tamanu oil, sesame oil, walnut oil.  They are all very soothing for eczema.

Until next time – stay moisturized!


Karen Kornichuk
Certified Aromatherapist
and Member of the National Association
for Holistic Aromatherapy
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How do I use essential oils daily?

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Every time I introduce someone to essential oils, they ask how they can incorporate them into their daily lives.  Easy peasy.  You just start with one oil at a time and work your way up as you learn more about each oil.  Otherwise, you may become overwhelmed with the vast amount of information out there, and the plethora of uses for each and every oil, and then throw your hands up in defeat.  It is so sad to see that happen, and I’ve seen it happen, because essential oils and aromatherapy are so beneficial to our bodies.

When I first start using essential oils in 2014, I started with oils that would help my mood issues.  I started using calming and uplifting oils every morning and every night on the bottoms of my feet, or on the back of my neck.

Then, I started using peppermint oil for various reasons, such as to give me a chill and cool me off during the 90+ degree weather in the summer (I also hot flash like I’m menopausal!), as a breath freshener, and in my homemade toothpaste and deodorant.  I use it for clearing my nasal passages by breathing it in deeply a few times, from a drop rubbed between my palms.  And, it’s great for keeping away the spiders!

Next, I added frankincense to my regimen for its relaxing and mood-lifting properties, and also to help build and maintain a healthy immune system.  This oil is a part of the big leagues.  It is one of the best oils to promote cellular health, and I had to have it.  What I love about “frank” is that it acts as an “intensifier” to the other oils you’ve applied.  That’s right, it helps them become more effective.  How awesome is that?  It’s no wonder it was given as a gift to baby Jesus, it is highly valuable!

I also started using melaleuca (“tea tree”) oil to cleanse and rejuvenate my skin when it got too oily, or if I had a blemish or two.  Just dab a tiny bit of oil on it 3 times a day, and it will start to dry up.  And, if I have a canker sore, I dab melaleuca on it a few times to help ease that nasty sting – and it even seems to “cauterize” the sore, for lack of a better word.  This helps your body repair itself.

Below is a step-by-step list of my own personal daily oiling routine (I don’t always follow this routine religiously, but you get a nice little picture of how you can incorporate oils into your own life):

1.  Every morning, after showering, I apply 2-3 drops of calming and uplifting blends (comment below for my favorite brand!), and I layer 2 drops of frankincense over those.

I will also cup my hands over my nose/mouth and breathe in the remaining oils deeply for added olfactory benefits.  Various oils, when inhaled, help to relax, calm and promote an overall feelings of well-being.  And believe me, I have ALL of them in my arsenal.

I also put 2 drops of frankincense under my tongue for to promote cellular health, or a specific blend of oils that also help in that area. (email me to find these oils).

2.  Before brushing my teeth, with my homemade toothpaste (see recipe here), I will add a drop of peppermint oil to my toothbrush for added freshness.  The toothpaste already contains a little Peppermint oil, as well as a immune system enhancing blend of oils, to provide a soothing protection for my mouth, gums and throat, and to strengthen teeth through remineralization of surface tooth enamel.

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3.  After lunch, rather than chewing Trident (like I used to do 4x a day!), I place one drop of peppermint oil on my tongue and swallow.  This provides the mouth with a burst of freshness, if you do not have a toothbrush with you at work.  Trident, and many other gums contain aspartame, saccharin and other nasties that are not good, especially if you’re chewing it as much as I did.

4.  Not long after lunchtime, I may or may not need to rub a drop or two of a digestive-soothing oils onto my belly.  If I was a good girl and ate healthy, I don’t need the tummy taming oils!  These digestive enzymes aid in the proper digestion of foods that are hard to digest (i.e., meats, dairy, etc.), and soothe the occasional stomach upset.  They also support a healthy gastrointestinal tract.  These enzymes are phenomenal for one other reason – they also aid in digesting gluten!  I’ve never seen another product out there like that.  Pretty sweet, and incredibly helpful.  Comment below for my favorite digestive enzymes.

5.  As the 3:00 p.m. crash closes in on me, I whip out the peppermint oil as a pick-me-up.  After rubbing only a drop to the palms of my hands, and breathing in deeply, I am more alert and ready to take on the afternoon.  You can also place a drop on the back of your neck or on your wrist and breathe in deeply.  (If you have sensitive skin, be sure to dilute peppermint oil – it is a “hot” oil and you may feel a burn!)  Lemon, or any of the other citrus oils, will also help wake you up and even uplift your mood.  (NOTE:  When using citrus oils, do not let it be exposed to the sun for 12 hours or so, because some are photosensitive and can cause severe burns).

6.  After work, I may rub another drop or two of calming and uplifting oils (email me for these) on the back of my neck, and breathe it in from my hands.  This is to either help me relax or lift my mood for the evening.

7.  If I am wired from working the 9-5, I will put a drop of frankincense on the roof of my mouth, and rub a blend of oils such as: peppermint/cypress/basil/lavender on the back of my neck to promote relaxation of tense muscles.  This helps me begin to relax.

8.  Just before bedtime, I will wash perform my daily skin care regimen, and then I’ll gently rub an anti-aging blend of oils (diluted in evening primrose oil) onto my face before applying a light layer of night cream.  This blend contains anti-aging skin-supporting oils, such as frankincense, lavender, myrrh, helichrysum, sandalwood, etc.  Very soothing, great for those fine lines and wrinkles and does not clog pores!  And believe it or not, it actually minimizes the red scars that you get from blemishes (the ones that usually stick around a looooong time).  LOVE, gumdrops, unicorns and lollipops – that’s what I think about that!

9.  Then, I brush my teeth again with a drop of peppermint or a thieves-type of blend onto my toothpaste (I don’t always do this – I’m lazy a lot of the time and skip this step).

10.  And last, at bedtime, I rub  calming and soothing blends of oils onto the bottoms of my feet and big toes.  I may add in a little vetiver oil (a sedative oil) too.  If there’s any left on my hands, I’ll rub it across my pillow.  The best oils for sleep are lavender, a certain pre-made calming blend, ylang ylang, roman chamomile, sandalwood, cedarwood and vetiver.  I am sure there are more, but those are the best that I know of!

I am wary of diffusing oils throughout the night, because a particular cat of mine hates the scent of essential oils (as most cats do – since many are toxic to them).  He retaliates by leaving me a liquid “present” on my bedspread.  So far I’ve had to bring my bedspread to the laundromat 3 times ($8 each time!) to clean/dry it because it’s too large for my own washer/dryer.  Now I only diffuse oils at bedtime if I need help with respiratory issues.

Our bodies were created to heal themselves during sleep, so it is important to always be able to reach a deep REM sleep.  For general physical and emotional health, and also for skin health.  When using my favorite sleep oils, I wake up more refreshed from having a deeper sleep, and it does not make me drowsy.

Then, I wake up and do it all over again…

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I don’t even remember what life was like before using essential oils, to be honest.  They’ve become such a staple in my life and I know that I will always use them.  It’s so exciting to have everything I need for every issue you could think of, right at my fingertips.  It’s empowering, and fun, and I get to use my creativity when blending.


DISCLAIMER:  Not all essential oils are created equal.  Most oils are adulterated, and contain fillers and/or contaminants.  The essential oils I use are 100% pure according to full disclosures of sourcing, testing and third-party testing for absolute purity by the company.  Please do not buy oils from the store and assume that they are pure without first contacting a professional.


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

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BEST Homemade Deodorant – Better than Tom’s!

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This is by far THE BEST deodorant I have ever used.  No joke – and it comes from my very own kitchen.  I’ve tried so many natural deodorants, regular deodorants, etc., and they all make my pits smell funky.  I used to always think homemade products weren’t as effective – that was until I found the magical world of essential oils. 😉

First, some info:

Antiperspirants:

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past decade, you already know that antiperspirants contain aluminum salts, which stop you from sweating.  This may sound great to you, and give you confidence at a sweltering mid-summer BBQ party, but it is actually not a good thing.  Your underarm sweat glands are there for a reason – to release the sweat and toxins from your body to keep you healthy.

Did you know that whatever we put on our body is absorbed through our pores, and enters our blood stream within approximately 26 seconds?  Many products out there contain formaldehyde, parabens, mineral oils, petrolatum, etc., which soak right into your pores and swim around your blood stream looking for organs in which they can attach themselves and eventually mess up your body.

Not only do antiperspirants contain aluminum, they also irritate sensitive skin.  Even “all natural” brands can give people rashes or contain ingredients that aren’t 100% pure!  It’s just so hard to find real natural products, you know?

Deodorant:

Deodorant is a completely different product altogether.  Deodorants do not contain aluminum, so they allow you to sweat.  But they do somewhat mask the scent of your body odor – so at least you don’t stink!

Years ago, after going to a nutritionist, I learned that aluminum has been linked to many health issues, and that I would be better off making my own 100% natural deodorant.  To be honest, I wasn’t thrilled with the idea of using only a deodorant, and letting my sweat flow freely (Update: been using this now for a couple years and will never go back to store bought deodorant).

I first started out with drugstore deodorant.  Then, I learned more about harmful chemicals in our products, so I began using Tom’s natural deodorant from the health food store.  Tom’s didn’t mask the odor at all.  Maybe it’s worked for you, but as for me, not a fan.  Then, I joined Arbonne, and started using their all natural Pure Mint deodorant.  I love the smell of their deodorant, like sweet mint gum, but it was a little too pricey for my budget.

I ran out of my last stick of Arbonne deodorant yesterday morning, so I decided to make homemade organic deodorant last night.  I am happy to say that it works like a boss!  It has been almost 9 hours and no pit odor.  All you need are a few ingredients and 5-10 minutes to make your own.

I chose lavender, melaleuca (tea tree), wintergreen and/or peppermint oils.  The lavender and melaleuca have odor-masking properties.  Wintergreen is cool and has that minty/cooling scent that I loved in my old Arbonne deodorant.

Below is a step-by-step photo tutorial on how to make this deodorant.  The full recipe will be posted at the bottom of the page.  It makes an invisible-solid deodorant, that should last up to 3 months!  I had enough to fill up 2 deodorant sticks, and a 4 oz. glass jar.

First, I collected all of the materials I would need.  Small pot, measuring cup, all-natural beeswax, organic cold-pressed coconut oil, arrowroot powder, aluminum-free baking soda and my essential oils.  That’s it.

Next, heat up a small pot on the stove at a very low temp for a couple of minutes.  Once the pot is heated, drop in the coconut oil, add the beeswax and melt together at very low heat.  Once they have melted together, turn off the stove.

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Next, whisk in arrowroot powder and baking soda.  Once smooth, let it cool for about 15 minutes so that it isn’t hot.  Then, you can stir in your essential oils (so as not to be damaged by high heat).

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Take an empty deodorant stick container, or a small glass tub, and pour in the mixture until it tops off.

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Replace the lid and place it in the fridge to cool for a half an hour.  That’s it!

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Store your deodorant in a cool, dry place so that the coconut oil doesn’t melt during the day and leave you with a mess!  The bathroom is fine, unless your home is very warm.  In the summertime, storing it in the fridge would give you a nice, cool application.

You can experiment with your own oils.  Just be sure to have some oils with cleansing and odor-masking properties, such as melaleuca or lavender.  The one I made doesn’t have a strong scent, which is great for those who usually buy unscented deodorants from the store.

DIY DEODORANT RECIPE:

1/2 cup organic cold-pressed coconut oil
1.5 Tbs of organic beeswax pellets (I bought these)
1/4 cup Alumimum-free baking soda (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
1/4 cup arrowroot powder (or food grade Diatomaceous Earth, if allergic to arrowroot)
15 drops of melaleuca essential oil (see note in red below)
15 drops wintergreen, spearmint or peppermint essential oil
6 drops lavender essential oil

Heat up a small pot on the stove on very low heat.  You don’t want it bubbling, just warm enough to melt your ingredients.  Drop in the solid coconut oil, and beeswax pellets, and stir until melted together (the beeswax helps keep the deodorant firm, so that it doesn’t drip down your sides).

Stir in arrowroot powder and baking soda.  Let cool for about 15 minutes so that it isn’t hot, and then mix in your essential oils.  Pour into an empty deodorant stick tube, or in a glass jar with a tight lid.  Place in fridge to cool for 30 minutes.  Store in a cool, dry place so that the coconut oil doesn’t melt.


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.


If you need to purchase glass jars, roller ball bottles, deodorant sticks, etc., you can do so here:  www.aromatools.com or www.bulkapothecary.com.

Please let me know if you try this recipe and if you liked it.  Also, if you use different essential oils, I’d love to know which ones you used.


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

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Homemade Toothpaste

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Have you ever looked at the ingredients in your store-bought toothpaste?  Yeah, I didn’t either until I started caring more about what I put in and on my body.

The ingredients listed below that I am most concerned about are the sodium laurel sulfate, carrageenan, “flavor,” and sodium hydroxide

According to this article in the U.S. National Library of Medicine, sodium hydroxide is found in many industrial solvents and cleaners, including flooring stripping products, brick cleaners, cements, and may also be found in certain household products, including:  aquarium products, drain cleaners, hair straighteners, metal polishes and oven cleaners, etc.  Interesting…why is it in our toothpaste?

Over the weekend, I ran out of toothpaste.  I need to save money, so I figured I’d make my own.  I found a recipe on Pinterest and tweaked it a little bit to my liking.

You simply mix all of these ingredients in a bowl, scoop it into your container, and you’re done!  Tada!  My, my, that is some tasty-looking frosting toothpaste.  It is about the same consistency as store-bought toothpaste.

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Peppermint Toothpaste

1/4 cup + 2 TB coconut oil, softened
1/4 cup aluminum-free baking soda
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
1 tsp bentonite clay (I used liquid bentonite)
½ tsp liquid pure stevia
10-15 drops peppermint essential (see note in red below)
5 drops thyme essential oil
5 drops of myrhh essential oil

In a medium bowl, combine the coconut oil and baking soda.  Mix thoroughly.  Add in the remaining ingredients and mix.  Store in a jar or a squeezable bottle.  (Note: When mixing bentonite clay, please use a wood or plastic spoon.  Bentonite clay should not come in contact with metal because it deactivates the clay’s detoxifying properties.  Bentonite clay isn’t necessary for this recipe, it is an added benefit).

So, how simple is that?!

UPDATE:  Since I started using this toothpaste, my mouth and teeth feel cleaner, my teeth look whiter, and my lips aren’t so dried out.  Usually, I apply chapstick as much as 20 times a day!  But, I feel that the coconut oil provides the needed moisture.  I am loving this toothpaste – my husband even loves it!


DISCLAIMER: 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.  Please do not ingest any essential oils before speaking with a Certified Aromatherapist like myself, or someone with extensive knowledge of essential oils.



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

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