Suggested Reading!

I am always looking to expand my knowledge! This year my focus is going to be on essential oils in general. I am even wanting to look into aromatherapy classes this year. I have not decided what classes I am going to take so here are some books I recommend, and some I have not yet read, but I am getting ready to! I will write up my review once I have it!

I look forward to updating this page as I have read the books, and as I find more books! All of my added comments will be found in blue. Find out what I think after I read it!

Reference:

In Young Living, this is the most recommended reference book! Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2017 Edition I can not tell you how you how excited I was to get this book!

I have not read the Oola books yet, but I think I need to. Oola for Women: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World–7 Key Areas of Life to Have Less Stress, More Purpose, and Reveal the Greatness Within You This is not out yet, but I did get Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World

Essential Oils for a healthier life!

  • Essential Oils For Weight Loss: Your Guide To Kickstart Your Weight Loss With Essential Oils (weight loss strategies, weight loss tips) (Volume 1) I loved this book! I got the ebook copy of it, and I do not see that offered any longer but I really did learn a lot from this book! I knew Lemon, Peppermint, and Grapefruit were great for weight management, but this taught me beyond those 3 oils!
  • Oil Pulling: Oil Pulling Therapy- Detoxify, Heal & Transform your Body through Oil Pulling (Natural Remedies, Oil Pulling, Oral Health, Coconut Oil, Oral Cleansing) This book was okay but I am not sure I am sold on oil pulling. If you want to learn more this is a great place to start.
  • Essential Oils for Dogs: Natural Remedies and Natural Dog Care Made Easy: Includes Essential Oils for Puppies and K9’s This is a good starting point for essential oils and pets, but I would not call this a reference book.
  • Essential Oils For Beginners: The Little Known Secrets to Essential Oils and Aromatherapy for Weight Loss, Beauty and Healing I am only halfway through this book and I am very happy with it! This is great for a beginner and someone who wants to learn more about essential oils. Pull out pen and paper you will want to take notes!

Gardening Books:

  • Container Gardening For Dummies I bought a hard copy of this. I have not read it cover to cover yet, but I do love what I have read!
  • How to Grow Potatoes: Planting and Harvesting Organic Food From Your Patio, Rooftop, Balcony, or Backyard Garden (Booklet) I bought the Kindle version of this book. This book is for people who have never grow potatoes before. (That was me!) This book also has the plans for a great potato box. I think that is the box we are using this year too!

Young Living as a career!

No bad books, but not as exciting as others

  • Essential Oils: A Beginner’s Guide Revealing the Power of Essential Oils This book was not bad. It uses the British method of essential oils and I have different thoughts on that. (British says no internal use) Other than that is has some good basic info and good info for use of essential oils in beauty. I think I got a copy that was two books in one, and I was way less interested in the second book.
  • Aromatherapy and Essential Oils: A Beginners Guide (Lifestyle Guides Book 6) This book was not bad, at times it is a little overwhelming. It is worth the price if you can not afford a more complete book. Personally, I would save up and get a guide.
  • ESSENTIAL OILS:: Essential oils and Aromatherapy Healthy Recipes Guide for Weight Loss, Healing and Beauty (Essential Oils for Beginners, Healing, Stress Relief, Aromatherapy for all Occasions) This was a lot like any other beginner guides. It has good safety warnings, and great carrier oil info but past that the recipes are pretty average and the info about the oils is limited.
  • Essential Oils: A Guide to Using Essential Oils for Stress Reduction, Aromatherapy and Personal Care Pretty much like the other really basic books but it does touch briefly on essential oils and children. The other books do not even bring this up. I think this may also be a British Method book but I am not sure. One thing that bothered me is that it says to add oil to bath water. Oil and water don’t mix, you need a bath salt or something to mix with a bath.

Books I have but have not read yet!

Please note I have not read these yet, I can not say how good or bad they are yet, I honestly hope they are all good. I will update this as I read them!

Books that turned out to be disappointing:

  • 10 Essential Oils That Gave Me Freedom: How To Use Them And My Personal Story! (18 Non-Toxic Cleaning Recipes To Go Chemical-Free with Essential Oils Book 2) This turned out to be a big sales pitch for doTerra. I would like to point out I do not have a problem with doTerra but I am not happy that this book is $2.99 for something you can learn for free on many blogs or an oil 101.
  • Essential Oils: A Guide to Improving Your Mental Well-Being with Essential Oils Over priced for VERY basic info. This one is not worth your time or money. 
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Homemade Bath Bombs!

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Looking for a fun and easy project? Try making Bath Bombs! This turned out to be WAY easier than I expected! It was faster than I expected too!

I made a very small batch just to test the recipe. I am VERY happy with the recipe! I also learned this recipe adjusts very easy. I am sharing the full recipe and if you want to adjust it, you can.

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  • 1 Cup Citric Acid
  • 2 Cup Baking Soda
  • 4 tbsp Epsom Salt
  • 1 oz Oil or Shea Butter (Coconut Oil or Shea Butter recommended)
  • Essential Oil (optional)
  • Witch Hazel

I used a solid Shea Butter, and two types of Essential Oil. I used Lavender for nice relaxing baths, and RC to make upper respiratory shower bombs.

Step 1

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In a clean dry bowl mix the dry ingredients. If you are using Essential Oils I suggest you use a glass bowl.

Mix the Citric Acid, Baking Soda, and Epsom Salts. I used my hands to get it evenly mixed. Then add the oil. Coconut oil, Shea Butter, or even Grape Seed Oil. Since I used a brick of Shea Butter, it was kinda hard to mix. I suggest you use Coconut Oil or a softer Shea Butter.

This is also where you would add the Essential Oils. The type and grade of oil you use would have a lot to do with the amount oil you use. I use only Young Living Oils, and those are a higher grade and I use less of those. Lighter scents like Lavender I would use more than if I was using a stronger scent. I only used one drop each bomb of the RC because it is so strong.

Once everything is mixed lightly spray the mix with the witch hazel. Use as little as you can to get a texture that will make it stick together.

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Firmly pack it into whatever mold you are using. I am using Silicone molds because it seemed easier to get the bath bombs out of. Back it down tight, like brown sugar so you do not get air bubbles in them.

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I made them all Lavender when I was mixing it in the bowl.

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As an experiment, I made two separate and added one drop of RC on top of them.

I let these dry overnight, and tried it out the next night!

OMG, These are awesome! When I made mine, I did not pack them in tight enough and I had big air bubbles. This made them fizz out even faster.

This was a super fun experiment and would be a fun project at spa parties or even just with the kids!

Lymphatic Detoxing, and Finding Comfort During Detoxing

Living a healthy life is important for me. I put real effort into doing different forms of detoxing and keeping up with a healthy diet.

I have mentioned before that detoxing can be very uncomfortable, and at times it is horrible. For the most part, you have to just deal with it. If you try to do too much in the lines of comforting yourself, you can actually make it harder to detox. A lymphatic detox, is a great way to find comfort, and speed up other forms of detoxing.

It can be very beneficial on its own too.

What is the Lymphatic System?

Image from Wiki Commons

The Lymphatic System is part of the cardiovascular system. and helps us maintain a healthy immune system. It is a series of vessels that move Lymph through the system, towards the heart.

This is a super simplified explanation, if you want to learn more I suggest you do. There is a lot to it. One important thing to know is that the important to know is that this system does not pump on its own. This system pumps through breathing, movement, and being stimulated.

Why is Lymphatic Detoxing important?

Your Lymphatic system is one of the places that toxins go in your body. It also is very important to the health of your largest organ; your skin. Since your lymphatic system also it vital to your immune system, a healthy lymphatic system also aids in a healthy immune.

Detoxing your skin plays a big part in a lymphatic detox. Keeping your skin healthy and clean can ease discomfort you may have from detoxing.

Getting Started:

For the most part, I suggest you never do multiple detoxes at once, but this is not the case with the Lymphatic system.

You should work with your Lymphatic System daily. This is really easy! Take several deep breaths daily. If anything, you should make a habit of breathing from your diaphragm every time. This takes work, and something Yoga has taught me about. Deep breathing is a good way to stimulate your Lymphatic System.

Making yourself sweat daily is a good way to flush this system. A good workout in the morning or a nice steam before bed is a good way to achieve this!

Drink Lots of water. Your body is more water than anything else. If you want clean, flushed systems, you have to have enough water to do that.

Do lymphatic brushing every day! You can use a body brush or a dry washcloth. To do a lymphatic brushing you brush your skin starting at your feet, moving toward your heart. This exfoliates your skin, and opens your pores, so this can also improve your body’s breathing. You breathe with more than your lungs! Skin plays a big role in your breathing.

How to do this detox:

The morning you start: Skip the coffee and refined sugar! Drink some lemon water! Skip the deodorant, and do not use any lotions.

Get your sweat on! Work out, clean your house, go for a jog! Anything to get your blood and lungs working! Make sure to get as much deep breathing in as you can. You will stink! You might even get some rashes under your arms. That is uncomfortable but that means you are sweating out toxins.

Don’t jump in the shower yet! I know you want to, but you have to embrace your inner Pig Pin! Go ahead and set up your detox bath. You want warm, but not hot water. Mix your detoxing bath salts into running warm water. The water should be high enough to cover your body.

Detox Bath Recipe:

Mix all of these together in a glass container.

  • 1/4 cup caking soda
  • 1 cup Epsom Salts
  • optional: 3 – 10 drops of a detoxing essential oil (lemon and peppermint are good for this)
Lemon Detox Bath!
Lemon Detox Bath!

Now it is time for your brushing. If you have sensitive skin try a wash cloth. If this is your first time to do body brushing you may want to do that anyway.

I use a Body Brush kinda like this one:

Start at your feet. If you want to use a foot brush or pumice for your feet, you should! Brush your skin in an upward motion towards your heart. This gets the Lymph moving the way it should. Don’t be surprised to see clouds of skin flying! I was shocked at how much I got off of me when I first started doing this.

Do your whole body. Don’t forget your neck. Sometimes I use an exfoliating face mask or wash on my face while I am brushing the rest of my body. Be sure to really get around the armpit, and breast area. It is very common to get blockages in the Lymph nodes in this area. I found while detoxing I would get lumps under my breast. At first I panicked thinking the worst, but it turned out these were clogged nodes. If you have or get them, this is the best way to get rid of them.

Once you are fully brushed, (and face washed if you were using a facial exfoliator) step into your warm bath. Most of the time I lay on my stomach in the tub when doing a detox bath. Most of the toxins will come out of your armpit area. Lay there covered in the water for about 5 to 10 mins.

Genitally massage each part of your body in the water. Start at your feet and work your way up. Whenever possible keep that body part under the water while massaging. This is harder than it sounds. If you are doing a painful detox (like heavy metal detox) you may need help to get your whole body. My husband and I help each other. This is the best way to find comfort during a heavy metal detox.

Make sure to give extra care to massaging your breasts, armpits, and the lymph-nodes in your neck. (See Cervical lymph nodes in the image above)

This is not your normal bath time:

This detox bath is not exactly about getting clean. You are cleaning your lymphatic system but not your body. I suggest you try to keep your hair out of the water.

Once you are done massaging your body, don’t be surprised if the water has changed color. In fact, while doing a heavy metal detox, I have seen silver “clouds” come out of my armpits while massaging them. At the time I had a bad clog in my breast too. It was shocking to see this come out of me.

You do not want to spend too long in a detox bath

Try to keep it all under 20 mins. After you are done massaging yourself, drain the tub. Using a natural soap wash your whole body in a soap. You want to wash off any residual toxins, bath salts, and over all iky-ness

Once you are clean, you will notice a better quality of breathing, and if you are detoxing in another way, you should notice some comfort from that too.

Do not use lotions after doing this! If your skin is dry drink more water. In fact, drink lots of water after a detox bath every time. It really dehydrates you.

Only do a detox bath when needed. You should brush the skin daily before your regular bath, but only detox up to once a week. I try to only do UP TO 2 a month. (more often less than that)