For years, I have been deemed ‘the hippie’ by my family and friends. From fashion choices, to my love for the outdoors, to running the eco club at my school, to canning my own foods, my passion for human rights etc. etc. Hey, if the shoe fits, right? I guess it may be somewhat true. I mean, if I could chose to live or be anywhere, it would be in the middle of nowhere and somewhere totally off the grid. Seriously! A little wooden cabin on the top of a hill with a wrap around porch, in the middle of a meadow, surrounded by wildflowers and trees. We would live off of the land, make everything by hand, and totally embrace the simplicity of it all. So if that makes me a ‘hippie’, I’m cool with it.
Until I can cut ties with modern society and move to my idea of perfection (and convince my partner and daughter to come with me), I try to find as many ways to live a simpler, more natural lifestyle. I am still in the beginning stages and am in no way, shape or form a perfectionist at my craft but I am starting to learn the value and the power of using more natural ingredients when it comes to day-to-day tasks and routines. Cleaning with vinegar and lemon, using homemade soap and face oils, eating more whole foods, and using essential oils are the changes I am the most proud of so far on my journey.
Essential oils and herbs has been my recent fascination. I have become very intrigued with the idea of healing naturally. As someone who very rarely takes any medication (maybe a couple Tylenol a year and only if I am in really bad shape), I loved the concept of using plants and herbs to heal wounds, combat sickness, clear the mind, and energize. So far, I have had excellent results with some of the DIY’s I have tried with the oils. Here are some of my go-to’s…
Coconut oil and lavender essential oil- I have nothing but wonderful things to say about this combination. A few drops of lavender oil into a little bit of coconut oil has helped take the itchiness out of cuts and scrapes and has helped battle the irritation from a sunburn.
Peppermint essential oil/ peppermint sprigs- Get in my belly! Well, in my water then into my belly. I love the taste that peppermint gives to my water which makes it much easier to get in those 8 glasses of water a day. Peppermint naturally aids in digestion and helps to curb your appetite (helping to avoid those mid-afternoon chocolate ice cream with chocolate sauce and chocolate chip cravings.. mmmm chocolate). It also acts as an amazing pick-me-up. Whenever I am feeling a little sluggish, I open my oil, close my eyes, and take a few deep breaths. It instantly revitalizes me and helps rid the grogginess away.
Frankincense essential oil- One of the key ingredients in my fav face oil. A few drops on the face helps reduce the look of aging and it also works as a great toner too.
Chamomile- Not just to help get you to sleep (although I love it for that too). When used on the skin, chamomile is awesome at reducing swelling and puffiness. Have a hot bath with some dried chamomile flowers when you are feeling stressed or under the weather and you will instantly feel relaxed.
These are just a few of my fav’s so far. I am forever reveling the benefits to family and friends and continue to research and experiment with new ways to heal naturally. Give it a shot! You won’t be sorry.