Minnows Healing Salve

Saturday’s Minnows’ Recipe: All Purpose Healing Salve

This is one of my favorite DIY products I make with my oils, as it is very effective at soothing and assisting with healing, and it’s very versatile. From the kid’s cuts and scrapes to chapped lips and noses of cold season, we use it almost daily. Perfect for moisturizing dry skin all year long. I’m very grateful for this salve!

This recipe is made in four 4-oz jars, but you could make it in one 16 oz jar, or pour some into smaller containers like the one I used (1/2 oz plastic salve containers from AromaTools). I keep several around the house and few travel sizes handy.

Ingredients
1 Cup Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (Tropical Traditions Gold Label makes the silkiest salve!)

1 Cup Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

4 T. Beeswax Pastilles

1/2 t. vitamin e oil (optional)
To each jar add:

10 drops Lavender
10 drops Frankincense 

8 drops Lemon

6 drops Melaleuca

1/2 teaspoon Vitamin e oil (optional)


Fills {4} – 4 oz glass mason jars or small glass jars of choice.
Melt the coconut, olive oil and beeswax in a warm water bath, stirring with a knife every few minutes until melted.


This will take at least 15 min, you want a slow melt.
Add the EOs to the empty jars and pour into glass jars of your choice and let cool.
Put a paper towel over the jars while cooling and wait to cover with lids until completely cooled down. Shelf life is approximately 8 months with the vitamin e oil added.
If you try this out, let me know how you like it!

How I saved my son from his pediatrician. 

My son has had skin issues since he was born. Horrible cradle cap and red patchy cheeks were the beginning then it spread to his arms and legs. Any skin that was exposed, it was a scratch fest leaving him raw and red. It would wake him up at night. I had to keep him completely covered, especially during the summer months. I was devastated. I removed foods from my diet since he’s still nursing (at the tender age of two), thinking I was the culprit; dairy, wheat, soy, meat. Nothing changed his situation. We were at the doctor’s office monthly refilling prescriptions, getting new prescriptions, soap and lotion samples… nothing was working well enough that we could go a day without using it. Until I was about 10, I had eczema and I can remember always using topical steroids in my armpit. As quickly as it came, one day I just grew out of it. I didn’t want my son to be in a cyclical trap of prescription meds and I’d spent hundreds on stuff that just ended up in the trash. It had been a year, I needed solutions.

I had a product that honestly worked well.  It was just really expensive. I looked at the ingredients and found that they were all natural things that I could buy at my local honeybee hive. I was inspired to create my own balm. I began researching essential oils that were cleansing, soothing and healing to the skin. It took me months to get a formula down that was consistent in its effectivity.  I felt empowered!

If you’re feeling powerless towards your love one (big or little) or you have a personal issue with skin irratations, I have a balm for you with oil recommendations that may eliminate a couple co-pays or doctor visits for you.

Soothing balm for skin itratations:

1/4 c coconut oil* (not fractionated – it won’t set as firm if you use FCO)

1/8 c shea butter

1 tbsp beeswax**

10 drops essential oils

*I actually use 1/4 c of calendula infused castor oil. Take a mason jar, fill with dried flowers, cover with oil, lid, store in window sill for 4-6 weeks. Shake it up every once in a while. Strain, label, use.

**Double the beeswax if the oil you’re using doesn’t set when cold

For larger or smaller batches here’s the ratio:
4 parts oil
2 parts shea butter
1 part beeswax
10💧 EO

Combine first three ingredients in a small glass dish.

Heat some water in a small pot over low-med heat.

Place glass dish in water to melt ingredients, stir occasionally.

Once completed melted and combined, pour into a suitable container. I like to upcycle empty baby food jars.

Add essential oils and stir.

Allow to cool.

Store with lid on in a dark place.

To use, rub a small amount onto fingertips and massage into skin.

For extra protection at night, we will draw a bath of warm water adding 2C ACV.  I’ll apply balm immediately after bath when pores are still open. We don’t always use soap in our baths but when we do we use Dr. Bronners -Baby

For the essential oils in my creation I used a blend of:

2melaleuca, 2cedarwood, 1lavender, 2frankincense, 1birch, 1geranium & 1helichrysum

All of these oils have additional uses and benefits outside of soothing skin irratations. The versatility of essential oils is uncanny.

When you’re ready to jump on board with essential oils, Click Here or email me at doYOUmamma@gmail.com

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Hair today, gone tomorrow (postpartum hair shedding and how I got my groove back)

I had two kids 16 months apart and I wore weaves (hair extensions) for about a decade straight. A year after my son was born I decided to ditch the extra tresses and go au naturel. Needless to say I was shocked to see how much my hair had thinned out, especially at the edges. I would brush my hair and it was coming out in clumps. I was mortified and in tears on an almost daily basis. It got so bad that I went to my OBGYN to get my thyroid checked. WebMD told me I had cancer. She assured me that I was perfectly healthy and my situation was completely normal. Even though I was a year postpartum my hormones were still fluctuating and they would most likely continue to do so until I began the weaning process. Jack was only 1 and no where near weaning so I needed natural solutions that would be effective at the core of the problem. I immediately went to my essential oil bible The Essential Life and began looking up hair loss. Their primary recommendations were for arborvitae, lavender, rosemary and thyme. Now I know that hair is dead, and there isn’t really any “magical” hair growth serum, but I knew I wanted to support the hair I did still have and prevent breakage. I wanted oils that were purifying, cleansing, strengthening, and soothing to my scalp.

I wanted to make some type of oil spray that i could use on my hair to keep it moisturized but something that could also benefit my scalp. One thing to consider is something called comedogenic. Comedogenic means pore blocking. In the same vein that you done want makeup that clogs your pores, leading to breakouts, i didn’t want oil that may impede my hair shaft and not promote hair growth. So comedogenic ratings go from 0 (non clogging) to 5 (highly clogging)

  • 0 – Will Not Clog Pores
  • 1 – Low
  • 2 – Moderately Low
  • 3 – Moderate
  • 4 – Fairly High
  • 5 – High

Here is a short list of oils a lot of people use in hair and body products and their ratings

Oils & Butters

  • Almond Oil – 2
  • Apricot Kernel Oil – 2
  • Argan Oil – 0
  • Avocado Oil – 2
  • Borage Oil – 2
  • Calendula Oil – 1
  • Camphor – 2
  • Castor Oil – 1
  • Cocoa Butter – 4
  • Coconut Butter – 4
  • Coconut Oil (from the meat or kernel) – 4
  • Corn Oil – 3
  • Cotton Seed Oil – 3
  • Emu Oil – 1
  • Evening Primrose Oil – 2
  • Flax Seed Oil – 4
  • Grape Seed Oil – 2
  • Hazelnut Oil – 2
  • Hemp Seed Oil – 0
  • Jojoba Oil – 2
  • Jojoba Oil Sulfated – 3
  • Linseed Oil – 4
  • Mango Butter – 0
  • Mineral Oil – 0
  • Mink Oil – 3
  • Neem Oil – 1
  • Olive Oil – 2
  • Palm Oil – 4
  • Peanut Oil – 2
  • Petrolatum – 0
  • Rosehip Oil – 1
  • Safflower Oil (not the cooking oil) – 0
  • Sesame Oil – 2
  • Shea Butter – 0
  • Soybean Oil – 3
  • Sunflower Oil – 2
  • Wheat Germ Oil – 5

So, looking at that list, you could see why though fractionated coconut oil (FCO) is a great oil for the application of essential oils, it’s not such a great option for my scalp. It’s comedogenic value is 4 (fairly high clogging). I decided to use hemp seed oil as a catalyst not only because it’s comedogenic value is 0, but because I already had some in my home (I give it to my children daily as their omega vitamin – more on that subject later).

So, looking at that list, you could see why though fractionated coconut oil (FCO) is a great oil for the application of essential oils, it’s not such a great option for my scalp.

After further research I decided to add cedarwood, geranium and melaleuca (tea tree) oil to my mix because of their astringent and antibacterial properties. All I did was add drops of each of the oils to a small recycled spray bottle and filled the rest with hemp seed oil and touch of castor oil.

My results have been amazing. Not so thin at the edges and feeling much fuller. I can even keep a curl in my hair now. Even my hair dresser has noticed a difference in the past 6 months. I don’t put anything in my hair besides these oils. I wish I had a before picture but here is where I’m at now:

There is a science to essential oils but their practical use is fairly simple and easy.

Does this apply to you or someone you know? Share your story below and let me know how I can share with you how you can empower yourself with essential oils. Are you already ready to change your life with essential oils, start now here.

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Protecting Our Immune System -by Dr. David K. Hill, D.C. (Reposted from dōTERRA)

Our immune system is an especially important part of overall health.
It is especially important to be mindful of our immune system during transitional times of the year, for instance, the beginning of a new school year when exposure to environmental threats increases. Many lifestyle factors can also weaken our immune system, including stress, lack of sleep, exposure to toxicity, and poor nutrition. Managing each of these areas and adopting a model of consistency that actively supports the immune system is an excellent way to maintain health throughout the year.

It is especially important to be mindful of our immune system during transitional times of the year, for instance, the beginning of a new school year when exposure to germs increases. Many lifestyle factors can also weaken our immune system, including stress, lack of sleep, exposure to toxicity, and poor nutrition. Managing each of these areas and adopting a model of consistency that actively supports the immune system is an excellent way to maintain health throughout the year. Although the physiologic functioning of the immune system is complex, it can be broken down into two main parts–fixed and mobile immunity. Fixed immunity serves as the body’s first line of defense against potential threats by preventing harmful elements from ever entering circulation. This type of immunity is composed of the various protective barriers that exist between the delicate internal environment of the body and the outside environment, (for example, the lungs, gastrointestinal tract, and skin). We also have mobile immunity that is activated if the body does become infected. Specialized immune cells quickly congregate at the site of infection to initiate the healing process. The combined work of both aspects of immunity is critical for staying healthy.

Take proactive measures to enhance the body’s ability to protect itself.

Supporting our immune system can be easily achieved. We should focus on simple approaches that are easy to implement and easy to share with others. Among the greatest benefits of essential oils is that they are simple to apply and offer consistent benefits. Here are steps that can be used to support both fixed and mobile immunity and, in turn, maximize the health of your family during colder months.

Build Healthy Intestinal Flora:

The gastrointestinal (GI) system plays a key role in fixed immunity. If health of the GI tract is compromised, so is the immune system. A probiotic supplement such as doTERRA PB Assist+ is an excellent way to populate the GI tract with beneficial microflora, thus enhancing immunity.* It’s important to use a probiotic supplement that bypasses the strong acidic environment of the stomach and releases the bacteria into the intestines where it will have the most substantial effect. Using innovative encapsulation technology, PB Assist+ delivers a combination of live bacteria strains and a fructo-oligosaccharide prebiotic directly into the intestines, helping to populate the GI tract with helpful microflora while also optimizing colony adhesion and growth. This product is best used daily, but is especially important during periods when the immune system is vulnerable.

Diffuse Essential Oils Regularly:

Scientific study demonstrates that diffusion of essential oils can purify and cleanse the air, providing added protection when the seasonal threats are high. I recommend diffusing essential oils every day. Lemon and On Guard Protective Blend contain powerful cleansing properties that purify the air we breathe, delivering positive effects on the immune system.

Use Essential Oils to Clean Surfaces:

Frequently touched surfaces such as door knobs, keyboards, cell phones, and grocery carts can be more harmful during certain times of the year. Cleaning these surfaces often is an important part of minimizing exposure to harmful particles. The On Guard cleaning products are a highly effective way to clean surfaces while preventing exposure to toxins. I also suggest using Lemon, Grapefruit, Wild Orange, Purify Cleansing Blend, or the On Guard Protective Blend. Our immunity is limited to its own ability to function properly. It is important to both minimize exposure to elements that may harm our immune system and to take proactive, consistent measures to enhance the body’s ability to protect itself. By developing a daily routine and integrating these tips into a model of consistency, we can easily and effectively keep our families healthy throughout all seasons of the year.

References:
Inouya S, Uchida K, Yamaguchi H. In-vitro and in-vivo anti-Trichophyton activity of essential oils by vapour. Mycoses. 2001;44:99-107.
Inouye S, Takizawa T, Yamaguchi H. Antibacterial activity of essential oils and their major constituents against respiratory tract pathogens by gaseous contact. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. 2001;47:565-573.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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