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Bath Soaks    12/14/16

Do you love to soak in a bath after a long busy day? How about when your feeling under the weather? [ME!]  So I love to enhance my bath with Epsom Salts and essential oils! 

Epsom salt isn't like the stuff you put on your french fries. It's called a salt because of its chemical structure.

It's not the same as Dead Sea salts, a blend of minerals found only in the Dead Sea in Israel. The water and light there supposedly help skin diseases, arthritis, and other health problems. Epsom salt is also different from fancy bath crystals. They may not be made from the same chemicals, but often have synthetic oils, colors, and perfumes. [Why not make your own?]

In water Epsom Salt breaks down into magnesium and sulfate. The theory is that when you soak in an Epsom salt bath, these get into your body through your skin. That hasn't been proven, but just soaking in warm water can help relax muscles and loosen stiff joints.

While there are plenty of folk remedy claims, there aren't a lot of studies to back them up. Taking this type of bath probably won't hurt you, but if you have health concerns, check with your doctor first.

[So what are you waiting for? Go buy some Epsom salt! Then enhance it by adding some Young Living Essential Oil buy them here.]

For a standard-sized tub, use the amount suggested on the package, usually 1 to 2 cups, or the amount recommended by your doctor. Add 5-20 drops of your essential oil choice. 

The water should be very warm -- not hot, but comfortable to the touch. Add the Epsom salt while the water is running to help it dissolve.

I love Panaway for when I'm feeling sore.
I love Lavender, Frankincense and Orange to relax and reduce stress
Oh and there are so many more fun mixes!

Fall Scents


So as many of you know. I love, love, love my Young Living Essential Oils (YLEO'S)! Besides the oils being therapeutic in endless ways, they scent my home in a delightful way!   Did you know that the number one ingredient in synthetic air is formaldehyde?! Can we say HARSH! I threw all those things out 3 years ago and, now I can tell when I'm in a home that uses some sort of synthetic air freshener's. My chest almost instantly tightens up, and nose starts to run. I am ever grateful for my YLEO'S.  Check out these great Fall Blends!
If you want to order these oils with the support of Renew Massage Therapy do that here.  I only use YLEO's find out why here.
Acne Prone Face Mask

Updated 10/17/16
Acne is something many of us struggle with. Thankfully, I personally only have chronic issues with it while pregnant! It makes me so thankful for my typical skin, but also feel for all of you who have chronic acne! Desperate to find something to help I did what I do best and dug into research!

1st I found that there are several different types of acne. The most common is in teens! The good 'ole hormones are typically to blame!  So discovering what kind of acne you are dealing with is an important step!

Acne begins when oil mixes with dead cells and clogs the skin's pores. Bacteria can grow in this mixture, and if this mixture leaks into nearby tissues, it causes swelling, redness, and pus. A common name for these raised bumps is pimples.

Now, something else I found that can play a huge factor into acne is Diet, and of course Hygiene! Making healthier food choices and drinking more water, can help, plus keeping a daily routine like washing your face twice a day!
My skin is sensitive to most soaps on the shelves of most retail shelves! I have found that Young Living has many options for me that I have fell in love with! (Click here to order). Alright, so whats up with that picture of me with.... What my Daughter calls Mommies Pumpkin Face!? This is one mask that came up in my search for homemade face masks for Acne prone skin. (I don't remember where I found it I googled it and read several links)
1 tsp. Turmeric  (Seriously look up Turmeric, so many health benefits)
1 tsp. Cinnamon
2 drops of Lemon Essential oils (I only use Young Living)
1 small splash of milk  (any milk will work I used almond) (Play with amount)
Small mason Jar

*Mix above ingredients into a paste. I mix it in a small mason jar, and store the extra in fridge for another days use (I use mine in 3 days, I do not know how long this would stay good). I use a craft stick to mix and apply to the face. Your paste thickness will depend on how much milk you use, Play with this find what works better for you! I prefer a thicker paste as it is easier to put on and spread with my fingers, now you could use a brush to apply the mask. Personally not using a brush is right up my alley, as it is ONE less thing for me to clean! Simplicity = Likely hood of myself continued. 
*Gently apply mask and leave it on for 15-20 minutes! It will tighten as it drys. After 20 minutes I like to make funny faces and let the mask work loose for a little bit!
*Rinse off with warm water and a gentle cloth... This will stain your cloth, and possibly your nails orange (maybe one or two days, it only lasts a few hand washes for me) so be aware!
*Once removed, Moisturize.  I like to use a almond oil, with frankincense, and lavender.

What did I notice? Immediately my problem areas became less inflamed, with less puffiness and redness. My skin also seemed smoother and my pores seemed smaller!  I did this every other night for about 7 treatments and it has significantly improved my skins appearance.

Now if you are allergic to any of these ingredients, obviously this is not going to be for you! If you are super sensitive you may want to use less cinnamon as it is hot and may tingle (I use 1/2 tsp of Cinnamon).