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Homemade Body Butter using Essential Oils

I’m always keen to share a cool recipe when I find one, this time it is for body butter.  I personally love using RXD Repair’s Thermo Magnesium body butter for my aches and pains after training, and for recovery … however, it is nice to make your own also.

Here is a recipe from Young Living where I get my essential oils from.

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this gives you the option of adding whichever oils you particularly love.  If you wanted to make a sports blend to help with muscles and aches, i would add peppermint, pan away, lavender.  If you wanted to make a blend that is for relaxing you could add lavender, stress away and/or joy.  Its actually pretty cool, you can make so many different versions depending on which type of oil you add.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup organic coconut oil
  • 1 cup organic solid cocoa butter (do not use lotion)
  • 15 drops of your favourite topical/aromatic essential oil (we love Cedarwood, Lavender, and Frankincense essential oils)­

Directions

1. Warm a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat, then add coconut oil and cocoa butter. Melt until completely liquefied, about 4–5 minutes.
2. Pour into a glass mixing bowl and place in refrigerator for 30–45 minutes to cool and just set but not harden.
3. Stir in essential oils.
4. Using an electric hand mixer, whip until firm peaks form, about 10 minutes.
5. Gently transfer to a seal-able jar or container. Store at room temperature to avoid melting or solidifying.
6. Massage into dry skin!

enjoy trying your own out.

 

Fitness Friday – Recovery, What I do

It does not matter what type of exercise you do, recovery is very important.  I train 6 days a week, and lift heavy so recovery is super important.wallballs  As I get older, recovery becomes more and more important, this is because it seems to take longer (damnit!) So I use whatever I can (that is healthy) to help that process.

I think it is important to trial different things and test them for yourself.  I am going to share some things that I have found work for me and make a difference.

  • I take Magnesium before bed and also fish oil which helps with inflamation.
  • espsom salt bath (add your fav essential oils too)
  • deep relief essential oil roll on, pan away essential oil blend and peppermint oildeeprelief
  • foam roller, trigger point balls …. help to get sore spotsroller
  • romwod … daily romwod for stretching and relaxing definitely helps
  • protein ..  I use Urban Muscle Nectar of the Gods
  • BCCA – I use Resurrect by Urban Muscle – awesome stuffresurect
  • Eat clean, good food – helps fuel your body well.
  • SLEEP … get a good 8 hours of sleep a night.  I help this process by using Lavender essential oil in my diffuser – cannot live without this! makes me sleep really deep

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Monday Motivation – Battling Cold & Flu Season

The change of seasons often bring about the colds and flus.  We have had a few bugs popping up in our house, and of course I am straight onto it with healthy remedies.  Keeping the family healthy is a must … or one of my goals.

For sore throats we use Lemon essential oil and a teaspoon of honey.  You can take it just like that, or with hot water as a lemon honey drink.lemonoilThe Thieves Oil is a blend of different essential oils that is highly anti-viral, antiseptic, antibatcherial and anti-infectious.  It was created from research based on a group of 15th century thieves who rubbed oils on themselves to avoild contracting the plague while they robbed the bodies of the dead and dying.  The thieves were forced to tell their secret and disclose the formula of the herbs and spices in exchane for a more lenient punishment.

The Thieves blend is made up from Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, Rosemary.

If I feel like I am fighting sickness, I actually take a drop in water and swallow.  It is a strong taste, but I don’t mind it. My girls will not take it this way, so we put it on the soles of our feet (as the pores in the feet are bigger and absorb the oil faster) I also put it in the diffuser so it kills any air borne germs from spreading.  thieves1

Contact me here if you would like to order the Thieves blend to try.  I have some new USB diffuses to sell, that are just perfect as they are small enough to be portable throughout the house, take to work, or even travel with.  If you would like to grab one of these email me here  as they are going fast.  They are $39.95.diffuser

of course Chicken Soup is a go to when you are sick.  Do you have a favourite recipe to use?

My main focus is to put off getting sick.  I hate feeling unwell, and do not have time!  So getting enough sleep and looking after yourself will enable keeping in front of it.

These Thieves recipes are worth a try too …

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here’s to staying healthy this winter xxx

I got up early this morning and made some snacks for the week – I know alot of people get their food ready on the weekend, but sometimes that just does not happen.  So early monday morning is a good time for me … it makes the week so much easier, if you have healthy snacks on hand.

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hope you have a great Monday

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Fitness Friday – Managing Your Body

Part of being fit and heathy is managing the niggles and injuries occur.  It is part of exercising to get aches and pains, sometimes you may overwork a muscle or wake up with something tight or sore.

shouldersI am learning more and more about my body and its strengths and weaknesses.  Stretching, mobilising and yoga are all part of my daily ritual and are very important in the role of managing your body.

I also use a couple of great essential oil blends to sore or tight spots.  Deep Relief and Panaway are blends specific for muscles and I find they work really well.  If you would like to know more about these oils contact me here deeprelief

Using balls, bands, rollers is a great way of manage tight and sore muscles.  There is alot of great help online – i especially love Kelly Starret and his Mobility WOD.

If you have a spot that is more than a tight muscle – maybe you have injured it in training or doing something. Usually you know when it is more serious – one thing I have definitely learnt is do not let it go.  Your body is not supposed to be painful … pain is telling you that something is wrong.  It has taken me some time to get onto this … which is so dumb, but now when I have an injury I try and get onto it.  It happened just a couple of weeks ago doing the Fittest 3 comp, I fell off the rings and I pulled something.  After the comp it was sore – so I went to my physio to find out what was happening.  I hate modifying my workouts, but if it is to let my body heal so i can get back on track … then i know now that is what I have to do.  Definitely getting older this is one area that makes a huge difference.  I want to keep doing what I’m doing for the long term, which means I need to have a strong body that is not in pain.  That is my goal!

Just a reminder that Mother’s Day is next weekend, so jump in and either treat yourself and/or mum and go in the draw to win this great prize pack – jump in here

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Fitness Friday – staying motivated

What I am learning more and more as I get older how important it is to manage my energy.  Its a big game changer when I start running on empty.  If I did not have the commitments I have it would be different, but I am a wife, mum, business owner, and athlete … I have a lot to juggle.  So when I run on empty, then lots of things can start turning to crap especially my motivation!

When I am on empty, my motivation is terrible .. and when I am training –  I am battling the negative mind trying to shut me down.

We all have days or weeks like this.  I have just had one myself.  I had a lot on my plate and trained hard last week, and just did not keep on top of things … on Monday I felt overwhelmed and had to re-group, and re-prioritise … get the grocery shopping done so my kids could eat, and clean the house so we could function ok again.  Training unfortunately had to miss out … but it was the right decision and I reset myself to get going again on Tues.  Even though I still have battled through the week, I know there are some things that help me get back on top of it.

  • Surrounding yourself with positive people who have your back and believe in you.  The ones that lift you up when you need it … those people are gold and you need them at these times.
  • Using positive affirmations – making sure I am telling myself (the chattering mind in my head) good things.  Getting rid of the negative.  This is helpful by reading positive quotes Change-your-thoughts
  • Using uplifting essential oils I find really helpful too.  I like Joy blend and also Valor I find really helpful in times of self doubt.  I use valor on my skin, and usually diffuse Joy … also Stress Away helps.joyoil
  • getting myself to training, even though its tough and I don’t feel like it – because I know I need the good endorphins and I will feel better for going15.1a

Life has its ups and downs, so we all hit these stages.  Its all part of trying to Enjoy the Journey we call life.

When I am making jewellery I like to use semi-precious stones because of the extra properties they have.  I will share some of these herebeads

Onyx –  Agate was highly valued as a talisman in ancient times and has been used as a traveler’s amulet for centuries.  It is believed to bring good fortune, health, wealth and long life.  As well as quenching thirst and preventing fevers, Persian magicians used agate to divert storms and athletes to increase vitality.  It’s also said to bring self-confidence by banishing fear.  Some call its strange patterns ‘cosmic caterpillar tracks’.  Others’ swear that wearing these beads can heighten the spiritual consciousness and balance the body’s physical and mental states

Howlite –  Howlite has similar benefits to turquoise – used for creativity, calming, and reducing anxiety and tension.  It also encourages emotional expression, subtlety and tact, lessening rudeness.  As well as helping to eliminate pain, stress and rage.   A simple and gentle stone that aids sleep and helps to bring back wisdom from the dream state. Assists in loosening and dispersing muscular tension.
Turquoise –  Ancient doctors thought turquoise prevented injury in accidents and ground it into a powder to cure stomach disorders, internal bleeding, and insect bites. Turquoise has always been used to protect the wearer from danger, attract wealth, and warn as a talisman or good luck charm.   Some believe it will fade when danger or illness is near, or a lover is unfaithful.  It is also said to protect against pollution and strengthen the body.
Blue Sodalite –  Sodalite is a blue stone usually peppered with white calcite.  Especially valuable for those in mental confusion – it helps rationalize decisions and calms the emotions.  It also encourages self-expression, by uniting logical thought with the spirit and helping you realize that you don’t have to do things the way you always have.  And it’s been said that a piece of sodalite under the pillow can help you remember dreams.

Green Malachite – with irregular black banding. Its green stripes have the ability to soothe and bring rest – helping sleep, meditation, the circulation and balancing emotions.  The copper content helps rheumatism.  It’s also the guardian stone of travelers who wear it to warn of danger.  The magic of malachite is also thought to attract love and wealth and change energies in your life and environment.  Some say malachite travels the world in search of energies to change.  If your life is in a rut, try wearing malachite – but beware of unstoppable change.   Malachite is especially fragile, so guard against scratches.  Washing malachite in water will remove its protective polish.

Red Coral – Coral is not a true gemstone, but a product of marine life.  However, it’s been used as a gem since prehistoric times.  With a history of religious meaning, like being one of the seven treasures in Buddhist scriptures. Coral was long thought to be a strong talisman against evil spirits and hurricanes.  It is also said to reduce blood flow, helping anemia, and is thought to give wisdom and prevent madness.

Its color ranges from white to red, but most red coral these days is dyed. It grows in branches that look like underwater trees.  Most people think of coral on the coral reefs in the South Pacific like the Great Barrier Reef.  However, these reefs are formed by a different species than the coral traditionally used in jewelry.  Most of this coral is found in the Mediterranean Sea or in the Pacific off Japan and Taiwan.

Red Luck Jasper (hot pink) – Jasper is known as the “Patron stone of counselors and healers”.  Being very healing and balancing, it was used for many different medications – like grinding into a powder to treat gall bladder and kidney disease. Ancient people used jasper to relieve pain, especially childbirth.  Jasper is reported to sooth the nerves and to treat the kidneys, spleen, bladder, liver and stomach. Red jasper is an intensely protective stone, stabilizing the aura and bringing contentment – even said to assist astral travel during meditation

 

 

Spring has sprung, essential oils for hayfever …

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Spring has sprung here and our family is suffering with hay fever.  Sneezing and running noses.  Essential oils for hayfever is what I’m trying.

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This week I have been diffusing the following combination

  • peppermint 4 drops
  • lemon 4 drops
  • lavender 4 drops

This has definitely been helping.

Don’t forget to eat healthy, exercise often, sleep more, and live well.

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