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Comfort a cough with essential oils

My dear husband is suffering from a cold with a dry hacking cough. It's been keeping us both up at night and so I headed to my herb and essential oil books to find some help. I mixed this up and it seemed to ease his symptoms.

Mix 2 drops of eucalyptus essential oil and 2 drops lemon essential oil with 2 tablespoons of organic honey. (Aura Cacia actually makes a combo essential oil with eucalyptus and lemon..find it here.) Take 1 teaspoon of this and dilute in a glass of warm water. Sip it slowly. You can add a slice of lemon too.

Then massage the back and chest with 3 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil and 2 drops ginger essential oil diluted in 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil (any vegetable oil would do).

To do a steam inhalation, you could boil some distilled water, add 3 drops of lavender essential oil and inhale the steam deeply with you head and shoulders covered with a towel. Be careful not to burn yourself.  The lavender has a soothing, anti-inflammatory effect.

Got these remedy from one of my favorite books: The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy. It's a great practical guide.

Hope you are in good health.

xo,

Ivy

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Morning Mask

Okay, so I'm not sure if it's the gray skies, or the super annoying construction going on in my street but I woke up grumpy and my skin just felt dull...so I got cookin'. I mixed up this yummy mask and I'm sitting here feeling my face get tighter by the second. It feels so good. Smells lovely too...had to share.

1 tsp. green tea infusion (make a strong cup of organic green tea)

2 tsp aloe vera gel

1 tsp organic honey

1 1/2 T white clay

2 T ground oatmeal

2 drops rosemary e.o

2 drops lavender e.o

Mix, give it a minute to thicken. Apply to clean skin. Wait 20 mins, rinse. Follow with toner and moisturizer.

The green tea is a powerful antioxidant, the honey and aloe are soothing, the white clay tightens and purifies and the oatmeal nourishes the skin. It's a pretty nice little combo, if I do say so myself.

Oh and I just rinsed...my skin looks brighter, more even and feels really soft!

Enjoy.

xo,

Ivy

A spoonful of honey

My New Year's resolution is showing up on my face. Yes, I am smiling more since I started my exercise regimen but I'm also releasing toxins...resulting in spots. Lovely. Just a few, but one is too much as it is.

My remedy - Honey. Pure simple honey... and a drop or two of something extra.

Try this to calm irritated skin when blemishes appear:

1 tablespoon of organic honey

2 drop of tea tree oil

2 drop of lavender oil

Mix and smooth over skin. Leave on for up to 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Follow with toner and moisturizer.