Refreshing Citrus Sugar Scrub

Refreshing Citrus Sugar Scrub with Young Living Essential Oils

Much like my previous recipe for a Lavender and Frankincense body whip, this is another excellent, natural skin care product that will bring some life back to your skin in time for the summer! This is another dead easy recipe involving items that most of us already have in our homes or ones that are easy enough to find at the grocery store. Like my previous skin care recipes, essential oils are also involved. If you have not already invested in the Young Living Premium Starter kit, just do it already! You’ll love the oils and will feel great using them. I’ll wait here until you get back…. ;)

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If I still haven’t convinced you on the value and versatility of these just yet but still want to try your hand at making this recipe, do yourself a favour and use the best quality essential oils you can find. Not all brands are created equal and not all brands are pure. It sort of defeats the purpose of making a natural skin care product if you aren’t going to invest in the real deal!

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This scrub smells SO GOOD. The best part, you can actually eat it. And because I am SO EXCITED for spring, I decided to go all-out tropical with my oil choices. For this I used Grapefruit, Lemon and Lime. In reality, any could be used in this though. If you you have the Premium Starter kit, you could simply use Lemon. If you want a more relaxing feeling, go with Stress Away or Lavender. The sky is the limit!

Refreshing Citrus Scrub Recipe with Young Living Essential Oils

Refreshing Citrus Sugar Scrub

– 1/4 cup coconut oil

– 1.5 cups white sugar

4-5 drops each of lemon, grapefruit and lime essential oils (or 12-15 drops total of whatever other oils you are using).

–  1 tbsp citrus zest

In a double boiler, heat coconut oil until completely melted. Remove from heat and whisk in essential oils and citrus zest. Place sugar into a medium sized bowl and slowly stir in your oil/zest mixture until well mixed. Store in a sealed glass jar at room temperature.

Citrus Sugar Scrub Recipe - Ottawa Young Living Oils

 

If you are interested in purchasing your own Young Living Premium Starter kit that contains both Lavender and Frankincense Essential oils as well as 9 others, you can sign up here to become a wholesale member. There is no cost to become a wholesale member and there is no obligation to sell. This type of membership allows you to purchase oils at a 24% discount and allows you to take advantage of future promotions and rewards programs. More info about what’s included in the Young Living Premium Starter kit can be found here and here.

Danielle Bernier, Young Living Independent Distributor in Ottawa, Canada.

Sponsor ID/Enroller ID #2405562

Luxurious Frankincense & Lavender Whipped Body Lotion

Lavender & Frankincense Whipped Body Lotion - A Soulful Appetite

This whipped lotion is the perfect remedy for this dreadful dry skin that Ottawa’s extra long winter has blessed me with. What I love most about it is, of course, the simple ingredients. Both Shea butter and Coconut Oil are excellent on their own for moisturizing but to be honest, I’m not really a fan of the texture of either of them on their own. If you have a hand mixer or a stand mixer, it’s just so much nicer to whip them together with some essential oils and use them more as a naturally scented body butter. In this recipe I’ve used Young Living’s Lavender and Frankincense Essential Oils. These are two of my very favourite oils. Both aromas I find very grounding and relaxing. The other reason I chose these two in particular is because they are both excellent for skin. Frankincense is often used to help treat age spots, prevent wrinkles and to help prevent acne. Lavender is relaxing, great for scarring, chapped or dry skin and is known to be excellent at relieving the symptoms associated with minor skin irritations, bug bites and the effects of sunburns.

My recipe for this is a variation of this one at Rawmazing. I did feel that her version had a bit too much coconut oil and sweet almond oil for my liking so I reduced them a bit and it didn’t seem to have any impact on the whipability of the lotion. If anything, I think it helped cut down on the greasiness. Speaking of greasy, it’s worth noting that this lotion is especially good for extremely dry skin. It may feel a little greasy at first, but it does soak in really nicely, leaving your skin soft and lightly scented.

The best and most important thing about this lotion is that it’s not filled with chemicals or other questionable ingredients. This is one thing that you can definitely feel safe using on your entire family! Feel free to change up the essential oils you use too! I bet a version of this using Young Living’s Thieves oil would be excellent to use if someone is coming down with a cold of flu. A version using Young Living’s Panaway blend would be awesome for massaging sore muscles. And a version using Eucalyptus would be great on the chest for congestion!

Whipped Body Butter

Luxurious Frankincense and Lavender Whipped Body Lotion

– 1/2 cup shea butter

– 3 tbsp coconut oil

– 4 tbsp sweet almond oil (jojoba or olive oil will work too)

– 8-9 drops each of Lavender and Frankincense oil (or the oils of your choice)

1. Place shea butter, coconut oil and sweet almond oil in a double boiler and heat until melted. Add essential oils and use whisk to blend.

2. Once melted, pour mixture into the bowl of your stand mixer or into another metal or glass bowl. Important step –> Let mixture stand for about an hour, or until the edges begin to harden. This is the only way you’ll get it to whip onto a fluffy, creamy texture. To speed this part of the process up, you can put the mixture into the fridge or freezer for about 15-20 minutes. Just be sure not to forget about it!

3. Begin whipping with the whisk attachment of your mixer. I found this part took a good 15 minutes on the highest setting. You want it whipped to the point that it forms stiff peaks when you lift the beater out.

4. Remove completed body butter from bowl and store in sealed glass jars at room temperature.

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If you are interested in purchasing your own Young Living Premium Starter kit that contains both Lavender and Frankincense Essential oils as well as 9 others, you can sign up here to become a wholesale member. There is no cost to become a wholesale member and there is no obligation to sell. This type of membership allows you to purchase oils at a 24% discount and allows you to take advantage of future promotions and rewards programs. More info about what’s included in the Young Living Premium Starter kit can be found here and here.

Danielle Bernier, Young Living Independent Distributor 

Sponsor ID/Enroller ID #2405562

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Everyday Oils Collection Intro :: Young Living Independent Distributor, Ottawa

As a continuation of my previous post on the intro to Young Living’s Premium Starter Kit, I thought I’d do a little follow-up post on the various uses for each oil that comes as part of the Everyday Oils collection inside of your kit.

I have always been very sensitive to smell. I can think of many times where I can recall exactly how a specific place or person smelled and how it impacted that particular experience. I have strong emotions tied in with my sense of smell as well, so for this reason, diffusing oils is one of the most powerful ways for me to use them. If I am feeling anxious, I like to diffuse some Peace & Calming. If I can’t sleep because I’ve got too much on my mind, Lavender always does the trick. If I’m needing an extra boost of confidence, Frankincense or Valor. If I’m just wanting a fresh and happy scent, Purification, Joy, Lemon, Peppermint or any combination of these smell great! These genuinely work and enhance my mood in a big way…and many of my go-to favourite oils are part of this kit!

There are more way to use them than just diffusing as well:

– They are an amazing, natural addition to any health and beauty products that you may make (Pinterest has TONS of ideas and recipes!).

– You could wear them as a perfume and could even make your own blends to create a signature scent!

– Make yummy scented, non-toxic playdough!

– Use them to enhance the flavours in cooking.*

– Use them topically to help heal burns, soothe skin irritation and ease aches and pains.

Those are just some general uses. I’ve compiled a list below of each individual oil in the kit and some specific suggestions on how to use them! I know that there are many more ways that people use them so if you have any other suggestions, please share them in the comments!

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Purification

– Deodorize and neutralize the air (diffuse or add to a spray bottle with water)

–  Create a chemical-free bug repellent by diluting with a carrier oil and applying to skin before going outdoors.

– Apply 1-2 drops to a clean rag or paper towel and place inside smelly shoes, gym bags, hockey skates etc. to help deodorize.

– Add to carrier oil and apply topically to help soothe rashes and bug bites.

 

Stress Away

– Diffuse 8-9 drops before bed time to help relax and promote sleep.

– Apply diluted to temples and neck to help de-stress.

– Add 5 drops to 1 cup of Epsom Salt and add to a warm bath to promote relaxation.

 

Valor

– Rub 2-4 drops on your feet to help with feelings of anxiety.

– Apply to inside of wrists as perfume and inhale for a quick boost of confidence.

– Diffuse to help improve focus and confidence.

– Dilute with carrier oil and apply to bruises to help speed up healing.

 

Peace and Calming (one of my personal favourites!)

– Diffuse to promote feelings of calm and relaxation. Excellent for meditation.

– Diffuse before bed for help with sleep.

– Apply like perfume on the inside of wrists. I like to re-apply throughout the day and smell it regularly if I’m feeling anxious or angry.

 

PanAway

– Dilute and use as a relaxing massage oil. Helps soothe muscle aches.

– Apply diluted to lower stomach/pelvic region to help with cramps.

– Apply one drop to temples to help with headaches.

– This clean, minty scent is a great addition to home made lotions!

 

Thieves

This oil blend has an interesting story about how it came to be and how it earned it’s name. It was formulated based on the legend of four thieves in France who used to cover themselves in cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics while robbing plague victims. As the story goes, these thieves, who remained protected from the plague, were offered a lesser sentence if they would divulge their secret recipe.

– Dilute and apply topically to the bottoms of feet to ward off colds and flus.

– Dilute 1 drop in approx. 1 tablespoon of water and gargle to help relieve a sore throat.

– Add 1 drop to 1 tablespoon of honey to help soothe a sore throat.*

–  Add 2-3 drops to a clean cloth or rag and use in place of a dryer sheet to freshen laundry.

– Add 1 drop to 1 tablespoon of coconut oil for oil pulling.

– Makes a great addition to homemade soaps.

– Diffuse to help with congestion and to help keep the air germ free.

– To me this blend has something very Christmassy about it so it would be an awesome one to diffuse through out the holiday season, just to create a nice ambiance!

 

Lemon

– Diffuse to freshen the air and uplift the mood.

– A great addition to many recipes that require lemon flavour.*

– A great, uplifting oil to diffuse with blends like Joy and Purification.

– A great addition to home made cleaning products.

 

Frankincense (another huge favourite!)

– A beautiful, earthy scent that is perfect to diffuse during yoga and meditation.

– An excellent addition to home made skin lotions as Frankincense is known to help with age/sun spots, acne, blemishes and wrinkles.

– This is another oil I like to wear like perfume and re-apply throughout the day and smell when I need a quick pick-me-up. I find this scent to be so relaxing and grounding.

 

Joy

– A great oil to diffuse to keep spirits high and create feelings of happiness.

– A great addition to home made soaps, deodorants and lotions.

– A great oil to wear as a perfume.

– Add 5 drops to 1 cup of Epsom salts for a nice, uplifting bath.

 

Lavender (my absolute, all-time favourite oil ever!)

I find Young Living’s lavender to be the absolute most wonderful lavender oil I have ever purchased – and I have tried a lot of brands! The scent is so potent and pure and like all of these oils, a little goes a long way. Nothing relaxes me the way this does. It’s feminine and beautiful and just makes me feel so happy, relaxed and positive. If you are anything like me, this will be the first oil you run out of and you’ll be ordering more in no time!

– Add 5 drops to 1 cup of Epsom salts for a relaxing, blissful bath.

– Makes a great addition to home made soaps, lotions and face masks.

– Great oil to wear as a perfume.

– Add one drop to your mascara tube for longer lashes (I have not yet tested this personally, but I hear the results are pretty great!)

– Diffuse at night to help promote sleep and relaxation.

– A beautiful addition to massage oil for a relaxing massage.

 

Peppermint

– Apply to temples and neck to help soothe headaches and tension.

– A great addition to many recipes (ie. cookies, brownies)*

– A great addition to scrubs and lotions.

– Diffuse for help with nausea.

– This is another oil that I think would really smell beautiful to diffuse around the holiday season and add to the Christmassy ambiance!

 

And there you have it, folks! I hope that this gives you some ideas on how to use these oils from the Young Living Premium Starter Kit! As I said, I know that there are many, many more ways out there so I encourage you to hop on Pinterest and check them out (you can follow me here!). If you are anything like me, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how many different ways you can use these oils in your daily life!

If you are interested in purchasing your own kit, you can sign up here! If you are interested in learning more about the Young Living Premium starter kit, you can find out more by reading this post. Please feel free to contact me today with any questions or for help signing up and placing your order.

Danielle Bernier, Young Living Independent Distributor in Ottawa :: Sponsor ID/enroller ID #2405562

* – Ingesting essential oils seems to be a somewhat controversial topic. I have read about many people who do and they see amazing results for everything from back pain to weight loss to anxiety. I have every bit of confidence in the quality and purity of this particular brand of oils and as such, I am comfortable using them in very small doses for recipes and other remedies. At this time, however, I have chosen not to ingest them in large quantities or in capsule format. This is a personal decision and one that only you can make for yourself. I encourage you to read more on this topic and make an informed decision.