There sure has been a rise in DIY or do-it-yourself crafts (see samples made by mothers here: mom 365 and the bump) and projects these past years. I think a part of its popularity is because do-it-yourself supplies are readily available now in stores or even online. Printers are becoming quite affordable, too, so, when someone wants to cut letters or print his wall décor, he can quickly search online [because the internet is so accessible nowadays], get the design he wants, tweak it a little with the use of Photoshop, print it and…voila! All he needs is a frame [bought or DIY-ed] and his décor’s set.
But what if these weren’t the case? Would people still prefer to DIY or just opt for the more natural choice – buy ready-made decors, furniture and the like? After all, isn’t doing that a lot easier?
I think the first time I used natural products on my face was 12 years ago and I met my ex-boyfriend’s mother. She was a “hippie,” she said, and everything in their house was either grown or do it your own (DIY). I’m serious.
Anyway, she was on an avocado mask when we met, and until now, we’re friends. I’m not with her son anymore, and she always tells me to “give him a chance.” That’s something I can’t do, but because of her, I learned a side of me who wanted to do things my way. It makes me happy doing it, and while it may not be perfect all the time, I discovered a lot of things.
I started concocting my all-natural skin care regimen from facial wash to facial moisturizer. This skincare line is what I’ve been using lately, and I swear by all of it. You can find some of the ingredients in your kitchen and for the others, just go to an organic store and buy them.
Lemon and Honey Facial Wash
You don’t need to make a lot because you’ll want the mixture to be fresh. Every time I create my lemon-honey combination, I just use two tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice. It lasts the whole day. I have a lemon tree in my yard and I just literally pick one. As for honey, use raw honey. It’s different from regular honey.
I read that lemon contains citric acid that kills acne bacteria and honey is an antibacterial too. Honey is also potent in antioxidants which prevents premature aging. Now, I like that! Anyway, I smooth it all over my face and even include my neck twice a day – morning and night. When it’s dry, wash it with lukewarm water.
Witch Hazel, Rosewater, and Oils Facial Toner
And here I am again with my essential oils. I love them, and I just can’t get enough of it. Anyway, when making this mixture, you can store it in a small bottle, and you can use it for a week, tops. You will need to mix everything in a small, 4-ounce bottle, with a sprayer if you can find one:
Alcohol-free witch hazel (at least 2 ounces)
Rosewater (1 ounce)
Frankincense oil (3 drops)
Chamomile oil (3 drops)
Geranium oil (2 drops)
(I also use chamomile and geranium oil for my aromatherapy blends.)
You can spray this on your face after cleansing or use a cotton ball and apply directly. The smell is so pleasant, I know!
For learning purposes, rosewater minimizes skin pores and evens out the skin tone. Frankincense oil helps in repairing acne blemishes and inhibits wrinkle formation. Chamomile oil calms irritated and inflamed skin, especially acne growths. Geranium oil soothes and heals the skin’s inflammatory issues like acne.
Sugar and Olive Oil Facial Scrub
It is essential to use a facial scrub once a week to exfoliate dead skin cells. For those who have oily skin, like me, it is best to scrub twice a week.
To make the scrub, I use a tablespoon of raw brown sugar mixed with olive oil. I just pour the oil until I can make a paste out of the concoction. Sometimes, as an alternative to olive oil, I use almond oil or jojoba oil.
Try it for yourself, and you will see that brown sugar can instantly make your skin radiant. Olive oil is hydrating oil filled with antioxidants responsible for a youthful glow.
100% Argan Oil with Tamanu and Lavender Facial Moisturizer
I buy a bottle of argan oil from my favorite organic store which is about 15ml, and I pour out 30-40% to make room for the tamanu oil. The bottle has to be filled up which means the mixture is about 40% tamanu oil, ok? Then, I add five drops lavender oil. Mix it up.
Argan oil is perfect for moisturizing the face, and it is also an anti-acne product. It is potent in Vitamin A and Vitamin E, Omega-6 fatty acids, and various antioxidants. Tamanu oil is best used for skin disorders, and lavender oil is a disinfectant, antibacterial and antifungal.
I love essential oils, and I can’t stop talking about it! Sometimes, these essential oils make me reach a state of euphoria. It’s like a drug, and I’m addicted to it. Good thing essential oils are not illegal substances. In fact, it can even help out a person with mental, emotional, and some physical problems. Because of this, I want to let you know the aromatherapy blends that I concoct and discuss a little bit of on the essential oils being blended, as well.
You need to use one drop of bergamot oil, lemon oil, and tangerine oil. I also add ylang-ylang oil, geranium oil, jasmine oil, chamomile oil and rose oil. I swear this mixture will make you feel happy.
Interesting facts: ylang-ylang oil, geranium oil, and rose oil.
Ylang-ylang oil is the fresh flowers of the ylang-ylang tree, and it is located in Asian countries like the Philippines, Indonesia, and Comoro, which is in Africa. I am guessing that it is a “tropical” kind of flower and it grows in hot places only. Some benefits:
Geranium oil, according to the Dr. Axe website, was used by the Egyptians not only for its aromatherapy purposes but also for beautification. It can treat skin problems like acne, eczema, and dermatitis. Some benefits:
Rose oil has two types – Rosa Damascena and Rosa Centifola. Rosa damascena is usually found in Bulgaria and has a strong scent. Rosa Centifola has a lighter scent and sweet smelling too. Some benefits:
Fresh All Over
Mix one drop of citrus oil, lemongrass oil and lavender oil with three drops each of rosemary oil and tea tree oil. As per my experience, diffuse this mixture in any room, and it will clean the air you’re breathing in and make you feel fresh.
Interesting facts: lemongrass oil, lavender oil, and tea tree oil.
Lemongrass oil is a bacteria killer and can ward off irritating insects like mosquitoes. In tropical countries, dengue fever is prevalent. It is one of the essential oils used to combat insect bites naturally. Some benefits:
Lavender oil is acquired through a process called steam distillation of lavender flowers. For centuries, lavender is used as potpourri because of its sweet smell. You can also find lavender perfume, and of course, it has healing abilities. Some benefits:
Tea tree oil is not very popular as aromatherapy oil, but as an essential oil, it has many uses. Still, from time to time, I use it for aromatherapy purposes, and if mixed with the oils I mentioned above, it becomes a room deodorizer. Some benefits:
These are two of my favorite blends, and every time I use them, I just feel better. My mind works well, and my body is functioning correctly because of my blends. I know people will think that I am silly for loving essential and aromatherapy oils so much, but I don’t care. It is my wish to live positively day by day, and if smelling oils makes me happy, I will do it.
The first hour of the day wherein you wake up and start your day pretty much determines how everything goes. As for me, I want to feel light, happy, and ready to take on the world every day. With that, I have little things to do in the morning which will make me feel good and better about myself. One of those things is to bask in the “greatness” of my essential oils.
For your information and added knowledge, essential oils are proven to increase a person’s energy levels. And when your energy is at its peak, you become productive, and you feel alive. Now, if you’re dynamic and “in the zone,” you’ll feel a sense of happiness and contentment, right?
I want to share with you five of my favorite energy-giving essential oils – what it does for me and what I’ve read about all of it.
Orange oil has citrus essence from its peel and oils with this property is always a “pick-me-up” scent. It will give you enough focus, and that means efficiency at work. This oil is also applicable for those with depression and severe stress symptoms. So you see, aside from improving your energy levels, orange oil can also keep you from suffering from mental health issues. No wonder it makes me feel good.
Every time eucalyptus oil reaches my nostrils, I feel like I’m in a different world. It’s so refreshing and minty; my mind is taken elsewhere – somewhere that’s calm and serene. There are days when my head is all over the place. I just take a sniff of eucalyptus oil mixed with almond oil and the bad mood dissipates instantly. My head is more precise whenever there’s eucalyptus oil aroma all over the bedroom. It helps me think better, too. Researching on its benefits, eucalyptus oil can also clear up acne, help asthmatics breathe better, heal burns and a whole lot more. You can’t ingest it though.
Cinnamon oil gives off a warm feeling (for me!). When I read more about it, this oil can improve blood circulation and therefore, make the person feel invigorated. People with diabetes know this for sure that cinnamon can regulate their blood glucose levels. It can also reduce body swelling, and lessen infections. With that, cinnamon is also used to power up a person’s immune system. As an essential oil, the scent of cinnamon just makes me smile. Feels like I’m drinking a latte!
Rosemary oil is a brain stimulator, and it is also used to improve one’s energy levels. My mom, if she wants to relax and calm down, she mixes a few drops of rosemary oil with lime oil and spearmint oil. I swear, her house smells like this “heaven” every day, 24 hours straight. It is soothing, and she is always in a good mood. As for me, I mix rosemary with basil oil and some peppermint oil. I read that it can beat mental enervation. Whenever I’m super tired, I combine this and let it diffuse.
There are two types of basil oil – exotic and French. I love the French basil oil, and that’s what I use for aromatherapy purposes. From my extensive research (Google search – LOL), I discovered that French basil oil could relieve brain exhaustion. It will also excite the adrenaline glands and perk you up. Take caution when using this oil especially if you’re pregnant.
These are five of my much loved essential oils. Hope you try some or all of it, and let me know if it too makes you feel better and much happier.