DIY Face Masks – for every skin type

If you’re a regular reader of mine, or follow me on social media (Instagram: katiesuesessentials & kwebb819) then you likely know how much I love a good face mask. Young Living offers several face mask options; my skin type likes theART Beauty Masque best; I can’t say enough good things about it. However, it is a little out of my price range to use on a regular basis. I try to do 2-3 face masks a week, so the Young Living masks are definitely something I can only do occasionally, and I always buy them with ER points as a splurge! So, to fit my budget, and satisfy my craving to DIY as much as possible, I make my own face masks! Making them yourself can be a wonderful and cheap way to care for your skin, but it’s important to pick a mask that is going to assist you with your skin care goals and that is a good fit for your skin type. I had so much fun researching for this post and trying out different masks (I even got my family involved!); I can’t wait to share them with you!

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My dad, sister, and I trying out the Honey & Baking Soda mask – we all loved it! Our skin looked plumper and we had visibly fewer blackheads!

Why should I make a mask at home when I can buy one at the drug store for a couple bucks?

I’m glad you asked! There are several reasons to make masks at home.

  1. Store bought masks (even the “healthy” or “natural” ones) contain artificial preservatives, artificial dyes and fragrances, unethically sources ingredients, and chemicals. I don’t want any of that on my precious skin! A lot of the ingredients are known to be linked with health issues and can actually cause more irritation to your skin. 
  2. DIY masks are actually much cheaper than store bought ones! For instance, the mask below with the most ingredients contains: Activated Charcoal ($22 for 12 oz = 72 teaspoons; $0.15/mask), Bentonite Clay ($12 for 10 oz = 60 teaspoons; $0.20/mask), ACV ($6 for 16 oz = 96 teaspoons; $0.06/mask) and essential oils (about a penny a drop) making the most expense mask below only $0.45! The ingredients cost $40, but you will get over 70 masks and can make multiple types of mask if you don’t always want to do the same one. It would cost you over $100 to get that many masks at the store!
  3. Making them yourself is just plain fun. There are few things that relax me more than making a mask, applying it, and soaking in the tub. So luxurious!  
  4. You can rest easy knowing that you have hand-picked each ingredient in your mask. You get to decide which companies you buy from are up to snuff. You’re the master and commander of your skin care! I try to research the ingredients in everything I put on my skin and only pick things I am totally comfortable with. 

Today we’re going to learn about 7 common at-home face mask ingredients and why they’re awesome, and get some DIY mask recipes that are super easy to make.  

A couple of things to know about face masks before we dive in: 

  1. Always wash your face before applying a mask to insure your mask has a clean canvas to work with.
  2. Try steaming your pores open before applying your mask so that the mask can penetrate deeper into your pores and clear out the gunk. You can do this by using the glass bowl method: boil a pot of water, pour the water into a glass/metal bowl, and lean your head over the water allowing the steam to roll over your face. Cover your head and the bowl with a towel to trap in steam and heat. Stay like that for 10 minutes.
  3. You may experience a slight breakout after doing a mask treatment. This doesn’t mean the mask didn’t work! It only means that the mask went into your pores and is banishing the bad stuff like it was supposed to. Just be mindful that this is a possibility.
  4. No mask is a “cure all”. Different masks target different areas of concerns (black heads, dry skin, acne, excess oil, fine lines, etc.), so don’t expect to wake up the next morning with celebrity-perfect skin. It takes time, a strict skin care routine, and, likely, a cycle of a couple different masks. 
  5. Adding essential oils to your face mask and skin care regimen can give skin a much needed boost and can help your mask be more effective!

Ready? Let’s go!

Baking Soda

Baking soda1 is a gentle exfoliate, has antibacterial properties, can lighten blemishes, can tighten pores with it’s astringent properties – it’s the Swiss Army Knife of skin care! It can remove dead skin cells, help treat and prevent acne, fight blackheads, shrink pores, and give your skin a vibrant glow. Bring it on!  It is a wonderful option for those with combination/oily skin, but works well for all skin types. However, some people find they have a sensitivity to baking soda when using topically. Note: baking soda is great for drying out active acne, but this also means it can dry out your skin; make sure to apply moisturizer after using. If you have never used it on your skin before (or in your deodorant) test a small patch of skin first by creating a baking soda & water paste and applying it to the underside of your forearm. 

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil2 is naturally moisturizing, containing Vitamin E and saturated fats (which help repair your skin’s natural oil barrier while moisturizing), as well as having antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is wonderful for cleansing and moisturizing the skin — fighting acne-causing bacterial while leaving your face soft and smooth. A word of caution though, coconut oil is comedogenic, which means it can clog pores (I know, this is shocking given that it’s been hailed as the end-all-be-all in skin care the last several years, but it’s true). On a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being the worst), it’s a 4. :/ This means that too much of a good thing can be bad. So, if you are prone to clogged pores, use sparingly (no more than once a week). It is a great option for those with dry/aging skin, but can be used by any skin type.

Bentonite Clay

Bentonite clay3 (a powdered clay you mix with water) is awesome! It detoxes skin, cleans out pores, pulls out excess sebum (thereby treating acne, reducing oily skin, treating and preventing blackheads), aids in skin regeneration, reduces the appearance of pores, reduces inflammation, and is great for skin issues (such as eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea)! It can do it all! Great for all skin types, especially those with oily, acne-prone, or sensitive skin.

Note: When handling bentonite clay, using metal (which contains positively charges ions) will neutralize the clay, making it much less effective; make sure to use glass, plastic (when not combining with essential oils), or wood only. It is also important to buy clay from companies who do not use metal in the extraction process. I prefer Redmond Clay. 

Young Living Mirah Luminous Cleansing OilMirah

While technically a cleanser, I use the Mirah Luminous Cleansing Oil as a mask more than I use it do to wash my face. I have never heard of anyone else doing this, but I do it all the time and I love it! Mirah is very nourishing and moisturizing. It is made with 10 essential oils and 10 carrier oils that have all been touted for their abilities to improve skin conditions and appearance*. The product page says it “removes pore-clogging impurities without stripping away the natural oils your skin needs.” To use as a cleanser, you just massage into your skin and rinse off. People use it as a makeup remover/cleanser combo. When I use it as a mask, I add a couple other essential oils to it, massage it into my face and leave it for 15-20 minutes. It is great for any skin type!

Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal4 is fabulous for clearing out pores! It binds to the gunk in your pores and gently sucks it out, leaving you with clearer skin and smaller pores. It can balance oily skin by pulling the excess oil. It can be drying to some, so only use once or twice a week. It is not recommended for those with dry skin. Note: Activated charcoal is black and easily stains. Either wear old clothes/something you don’t mind getting dirty and lay a drop cloth on the floor, or just use these masks in the bath tub. If you notice it staining your tub/sink, don’t worry, it can be easily cleaned. If you use activated charcoal as a scrub, 100% do it in the shower or it will go everywhere! 

Raw Honey

Raw honey5 has been used as a skin treatment for hundreds of years! It is packed full with natural antioxidants making it great for aging skin. It also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as being clarifying, making it perfect for tackling acne and preventing breakouts. It’s also known for helping the look of your complexion, and unclogging pores. Although great for any skin type, those with sensitive skin should definitely add it to their arsenal! 

Essential Oils

Essential oils have been used in skin care for thousands of years. Some are moisturizing, some drying, some balance your skin’s oil. Some fight acne, or scars, or blackheads, or dark spots. Some cleanse. Some heal. Some traditionally used in skin care are:
Tea Tree                                Neroli

Frankincense                       Carrot Seed
Myrrh                                    Roman Chamomile
Ylang Ylang                          Sandalwood
Lavender                              Geranium
Helichrysum                        Lemon
Lemongrass                         Rose               
Juniper                                 Clary Sage

They all have many uses. Do some digging to find out which essential oils would benefit your skin the most.

Choosing the right mask for your skin type is very important. Choosing the wrong one can do more harm than good, and can cause breakouts. In doing my research, and by trial and error, I’ve learned that I can’t use coconut oil on my upper body – it clogs my pores and I will breakout. I still love coconut oil, though, and often use it in place of lotion on my legs and hands. 

Take a look at the categories below and choose a mask that will work on your areas of concern, and then pick a mask in that category that best suits your skin type. It’s highly unlikely that every single mask will be right for you, so choose wisely and enjoy the results!

Fight Blackheads/Minimize Pores

For dry, oily, combination skin (not recommended for sensitive, acne-prone, or aging skin): 

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Bye-bye Blackheads!


This baking soda & coconut oil mask cleanses and helps moisturize while it penetrates the pores to dig out blackheads.

Ingredients

  • Small glass bowl
  • 1 tsp organic coconut oil (fractionated, or melted and cooled)
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 drops Young Living Tea Tree essential oil
  • 2 drops Young Living Lemon essential oil
 

Directions

In a small glass bowl (never plastic) melt 1 teaspoon coconut oil in microwave (or melt in a double boiler on the stove). Allow to cool, but not reconstitute. During the cooling period, steam open pores, if desired. This can be done by using the glass bowl method.

Once coconut oil is cool, stir in 2 teaspoons of baking soda (adding more, if necessary) until a thick paste is created. Stir in essential oils. Rub a thick layer of paste onto your face using gentle, circular motions. It will be gritty because of the baking soda, this exfoliating power allows it to clear our pores. Let it sit on your face for 20 minutes, massaging your face periodically throughout. Rinse with lukewarm water, and pat your face dry. You should see an immediate visible decrease in blackheads. Use 2-3 times per week, or as needed. Do not use more than once per week if you are prone to clogged pores.

For all skin types (except dry!): 

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Blackhead Eraser

Blackhead Eraser


This bentonite clay mask is great if you have oily skin that is prone to clogged pores. Make sure to moisturize after use.

Ingredients

  • Small glass bowl
  • 1 tsp bentonite clay
  • 2 tsp water
  • 2 drops Young Living Lemon essential oil
  • 2 drops Young Living Tea Tree essential oil

Directions

In a small glass bowl combine bentonite clay and water. Only use enough water to make a creamy paste; you don’t want it runny. Add more clay or water if needed. Stir in essential oils. Massage clay into your face using gentle, circular motions. Allow to sit on your face 15-20 minutes, or until dry. Rinse face with lukewarm water and pat dry, and apply moisturizer. Use 2-3 times a week, or as needed.

The Blackhead Eraser mask is my favorite to use to fight blackheads. Because of my oily, acne-prone skin, the bentonite clay is a wonderful option for me.

For combination, oily, acne-prone, or aging skin:

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Honey, ACV, and Tea Tree Mask

Honey Apple Cider Vinegar Mask

This mask is great at dissolving and eliminating gunk out of pores and minimizing their appearance. Great for combination, oily, acne-prone, or aging skin.

Ingredients

  • Small glass bowl
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2-4 drops Young Living Tea Tree essential oil

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a small glass bowl. The mixture will be very liquid. Apply a layer to your face, massaging your skin as you go. Apply another layer, if desired. Let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse face with lukewarm water and pat dry. If there are leftovers, keep in an air-tight container (or wrap with cling-wrap). Use within 4 days.

Moisturize Skin

For all skin types:

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Moisturizing Mirah Mask

Moisturizing Mirah Mask

This mask using Mirah Luminous Cleansing Oil is very nourishing and restorative. It is beneficial for all skin types. I like to start by steaming my pores open using the covered bowl method before applying the mask.

Ingredients

  • 3-4 Pumps Young Living Mirah Luminous Cleansing Oil
  • 2 drops Young Living Geranium essential oil
  • 2 drops Young Living Frankincense essential oil 
  • 2 drops Young Living Ylang Ylang essential oil

Directions

Remove lids from all essential oils, and the cap from the Mirah oil. In the palm of your hand (or in a glass bowl if you prefer) carefully pump Mirah 3-4 times. Add essential oils and stir with your finger. Rub your hands together, and then rub your ace over your hands, gentle massaging the oil into your skin as you go. Let sit 15-20 minutes (or as long as you can) and rinse with lukewarm water. Pat face dry.

For dry skin:

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Moisturizing Coconut Oil mask

Moisturizing Coconut Oil Mask

This mask is so sublime! It is very moisturizing and nourishing; making it a great choice for dry, and/or again skin.

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp coconut oil (fractionated or melted)
  • 2 drops Young Living Ylang Ylang essential oil
  • 1 drop Young Living Myrrh essential oil
  • 1 drop Young Living Frankincense essential oil

Directions

This mask works best if you steam pores open first using the covered bowl method. Combine all ingredients in the palm of your hand (or small bowl, if you prefer), and rub mixture evenly over face. Let sit and soak in for 15-20 minutes. Rinse face with lukewarm water and pat dry.

Fight Acne

For all skin types:

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Acne-Fighting Tea Tree and Honey Mask

Tea Tree & Honey Mask

Containing antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antiseptic properties, this mask is great for fighting infections and bacteria on acne-prone skin while also minimizing the appearance of pores.

Ingredients

  • 2 drops Young Living Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) essential oil
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey

Directions

Mix essential oil and honey in a small glass bowl. Apply mixture your face and leave on for 20 minutes. Wash face with lukewarm water, then pat dry. Use twice a week.

Tip: If you also have blackheads, add 1-2 drops of Young Living Lemon essential oil.

For all skin types (except dry!):bentonite-clay-essential-oils-face-mask 

Tough-Action Bentonite Clay Mask

This bentonite clay mask is wonderful for treating and preventing acne and blackheads all at once. It works well for any skin type, especially those with oily or sensitive skin.

Ingredients

  • Small glass bowl
  • 1 tsp bentonite clay
  • 2 tsp water
  • 4-6 drops essential oil (one oil, or combination of oils – all great for fighting acne*)Young Living Lavender essential oil (for any skin type)
    • Young Living Geranium essential oil (for any skin type)
    • Young Living Rosemary essential oil (for acne-prone and oily skin)
    • Young Living Frankincense essential oil (for any skin type)

Directions

In a glass bowl stir together bentonite clay powder and water using a plastic spoon or your finger (do not use metal with bentonite clay!). Add 4-6 drops of the essential oils of your choice. Spread clay onto your face and leave on for 20 minutes, or until dry. Rinse your face with warm water using gentle, circular motions; pat to dry.

For combination, oily, and acne-prone skin6:

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Activated Charcoal, Bentonite Clay, Apple Cider Vinegar, Tea Tree Powerhouse!

 

Charcoal, Clay, ACV, Tea Tree Powerhouse!

Combining activated charcoal, bentonite clay, apple cider vinegar, and essential oils means this mask is tough on blemishes, but gentle on skin. Because charcoal and bentonite clay can be drying, it is not recommended for dry, sensitive, or aging skin.

Ingredients

  • Small glass bowl
  • 1 tsp bentonite clay
  • 1/2 tsp activated charcoal
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 drops Young Living Tea Tree essential oil
  • 2 drops Young Living Lavender essential oil, if desired

Directions

In a small glass bowl, stir together all ingredients. Add a couple drops of water, as needed, if the mixture is too dry. Apply to face in an even layer; let sit for 10 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water using gentle, circular motions. Pat face dry and moisturize. If your face looks stained, simply wash face with normal cleanser. Use once a week.

The above recipe turned out to be my favorite mask! There are several that I love, but the Charcoal, Clay, ACV one blew my away! It is one I will be using often!

Cleanse Skin

For all skin types:

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Cleansing Mirah Mask

Mirah Cleansing Mask

This mask using Mirah Luminous Cleansing Oil is beneficial for all skin types. I like to start by steaming my pores open using the covered bowl method before applying the mask.

Ingredients

  • 3-4 Pumps Young Living Mirah Luminous Cleansing Oil
  • 2 drops Young Living Lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops Young Living Tea Tree essential oil 
  • 2 drops Young Living Frankincense essential oil

Directions

Remove lids from all essential oils, and the cap from the Mirah oil. In the palm of your hand (or in a glass bowl if you prefer) carefully pump Mirah 3-4 times. Add essential oils and stir with your finger. Rub your hands together, and then rub your ace over your hands, gentle massaging the oil into your skin as you go. Let sit 15-20 minutes (or as long as you can) and rinse with lukewarm water. Pat face dry.

This Cleansing Mirah Mask is divine! It smells heavenly and leaves my skin so soft and radiant! Because Mirah is moisturizing and I have oily skin, I use this mask when I am dryer than normal.

For all skin types:

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Honey-Baking Soda Cleanse

Honey-Baking Soda Cleanse

This honey and baking soda mask is so cleansing! It fights acne, blackheads, shrinks pores, exfoliates, and cleanses. It’s awesome! This recipe works best if you steam open pores using the covered bowl method first. It beneficial for all skin types. The stickiness makes it fun to use – I even got my dad and sister to try it out!

Ingredients

  • small glass bowl
  • 1 Tbsp baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp raw honey
  • 2 drops Young Living Tea Tree essential oil
  • 2 drops Young Living Geranium essential oil

Directions

Note: this mask is very sticky! Putting on a robe or towel to protect clothes may be a good idea in case of drips. Stir all ingredients together in a small glass bowl using a metal utensil. Spread a generous amount over your face. If you apply a very thick layer, or if it is warm, the honey may begin to melt a bit, so watch for drips! Leave on for 20 minutes. You may notice it starting to dry in some spots (that’s the baking soda drying), or if you have active acne you may notice open pimples are oozing – this is normal and means the mask is pulling out the excess oil and debris causing your acne. Rinse face with lukewarm water and pat dry. This recipe makes enough for 2-3 masks. If you have leftovers, cover your bowl with an air-tight wrap and leave at room temperature. Use within 4 days.

The Honey-Baking Soda Cleanse mask is another favorite of mine. I use it when I’m more oily than normal and/or have clogged pores. 

I hope you have a blast trying out some of these masks – I know I did! Let me know which ones are your favorite!

Katie Sue's Essentials

 

~Katie Sue
Striving for wellness and a chemical-free life, one oil at a time!

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose. 


  1. Info on baking soda found here 
  2. Info on coconut oil found here 
  3. Info on bentonie clay found here 
  4. Info on activated charcoal found here 
  5. Raw honey info found here 
  6. This awesome recipe was adapted from Root + Revel’s Charcoal Mask. Their site has some great info! Check them out here 
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Katie Sue’s Favorite Bath! – DIY Bath Salts

Well, readers, it’s been a while since I’ve posted. Like, months. I haven’t lost my passion for essential oils, or Young Living products, but I’ve been struggling (and gotten out of the habit) with blogging. It’s a lot of work! I have a full-time “day job” and a life, and it’s hard to find the motivation to use my free time to blog (I know, I know, there’s an oil for that 😉 ). I’m trying to do better!

Today I want to talk about one of my favorite things; BATHS! I absolutely love taking a long, hot, relaxing bath! But what makes a bath awesome? What you add to the water, of course! 

There are so many options!
Epsom Salt
Himalayan Pink Salt
Baking Soda
Bath Bombs/Bubble Bath
Oils, oils, oils

How to choose?!

I like to mix and match! Below I’ll tell you the benefits of adding each of these to your bath, and give you a recipe to try out!

Epsom Salt¹

Epsom salt (chemical name: magnesium sulfate), named for the Epsom region of England. It has anti-inflammatory properties, making it great for relieving minor aches and pains. It is also full of magnesium (which promotes a better night’s sleep; among other things).

Historically, Epsom salt has been used to relieve many issues**, including:

  • Itching caused by poison ivy
  • Skin irritations and inflammation
  • Sore feet & muscles
  • Sprains
  • Stiff joints
  • Stress
  • Sunburn
  • Constipation (especially when added to a glass of drinking water)

For me, adding Epsom salt to my bath water makes the water feel softer, and makes it easier to relax. 

Note: this is salt, so if you have a cut/open wound, you may experience discomfort if you submerge broken skin into the Epsom salt water. If you have never used Epsom salt before, consider testing it on a patch of skin first. 

Himalayan Pink Salt² ³

I LOVE Himalayan Pink Salt! I cook with it, use it as a scrub, add it to my bath, plus I have two salt lamps! It is simply wonderful! Pink salt is known for being full of minerals such as magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium, and zinc. These minerals are known to help fortify bones, skin, and connective tissues that may contribute to soreness. When you soak in anything, you absorb it into your skin, so taking a bath in pink salt, you are getting all of these essential minerals absorbed right into your blood stream!

In addition to providing you with necessary minerals, it also helps your body detox, as well as help to regulate your body’s pH balance (I find this to be especially true!)**.

Baking Soda 4

Baking soda is comprised of sodium and bicarbonate ions that help prevent bacterial growth, odors, and acidity. Baking soda can help soothe dry, itchy skin, making it great for many skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, poison ivy, oak or sumac, and chicken pox**. It promotes detoxification, especially when mixed with Epsom salt. It also helps makes the water feel “soft”.

Bath Bombs 
Bubble Bath

Bath bombs are basically a mixture of baking soda, salt, citric acid, and cornstarch, along with synthetic dyes, synthetic fragrances, various extracts, and “other” ingredients. 

Bath bombs are great (and fun to use) if you don’t want to mix your own salts & oils together. I love dropping one into the bath and watching it slowly disintegrate as it floats around the tub! HOWEVER, you need to be very picky about which ones you use. Remember, anything you put on your skin (or soak in), gets absorbed into your body, so use only products with the best, completely safe ingredients, and with no synthetic dyes or fragrances. 

Young Living offers two truly amazing, relaxing, wonderful-smelling bath bomb options: Lavender, and Stress Away™. 

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They are phenomenal! They are made without colorants, synthetic preservatives, parabens, or animal-derived ingredients. The product description says, “Instead of artificial ingredients and harsh chemicals, we’ve made these vegan bath bombs with a mineral-rich formula and skin-loving ingredients such as coconut oil and sweet almond oil. That means they’re not only fun and relaxing-they also leave skin soft, smooth, and moisturized.” I haven’t tried the Stress Away ones, but I have used the Lavender Calming Bath Bombs, and they’re fantastic! They are pure white, smell wonderful, and make the water feel like silk!

Like bath bombs, most bubble baths are full of synthetic dyes and fragrances, and filled with even more harmful, synthetic chemicals, some that are known carcinogens. Obviously, each company has a different formula, but, as always, you want to steer clear of anything fake – even things that say “all natural” and “organic” can be bad for you. Arsenic can be organic – that does not make it safe to consume arsenic. So, read your labels! 

As of now, YL does not offer a bubble bath, but you can find lots of recipes for safe, homemade bubble baths made out of Castile soap, vegetable glycerin, aloe vera juice, and essential oils! I haven’t made my own yet, so I don’t feel comfortable endorsing a recipe, but search Google or Pinterest and you’ll find tons of safe options!

Essential Oils

Used by people for thousands of years for skin and body care, essential oils make a great addition to any bath! There are so many options, too! My favorites are
Lavender
Valor™
Stress Away™
Peace and Calming™
Cypress
Wintergreen
Copaiba 

Mostly, I just stare at my oil collection and grab any that stand out to me at that moment. Sometimes I’ll use up to 8 different oils! If you’re reading this, then you likely already know a bit about oils and why they can be beneficial, so I won’t go into all that. I will say, however, that each oil and oil blend has a whole host of uses and things that it can help with, so listen to your body and use oils that will help you achieve your bath goal: relaxation, better sleep, balance pH, aid in aches & pains, skin conditions, etc. 

My bath*

I take a fair amount of baths — like one a week (at least that’s the goal). I take one after my monthly chiropractor appointment, when I feel stressed or tense, when I want to sit and do nothing, when I feel particularly “extra”, when I’m sad, when I’m happy, when I’m cramping; any time, really! Baths are the beeeeest! 

I started really loving baths about a year ago when I moved into my new apartment. I now have a tub with arm and back rests which makes baths so much more comfortable! For 26 years I only had standard tubs with nothing comfy going on, but now I feel so luxurious in my new tub! I go all out. I got an awesome tub-shelf-thing that goes across the tub and holds a book (or phone for watching Netflix), my oil-infused water, and even a special slot for a wine glass so it won’t slide around. I have a neck pillow. I have the Lantern Diffuser that has a flicker mode so it looks like a candle burning. They say to soak in a warm tub for 20-30 minutes, but I love it so much that I soak in my hot (not warm) tub until the water/I get cold (I think my record is about two hours…).homemade-bath-salts-with-essential-oils

What I do is keep a 24 ounce-size mason jar & lid in my bathroom and I fill it completely with a mix of salts, baking soda, and oils. I keep a 1/3 Cup-size scoop in my Epsom salt bag, and I fill my jar parfait-style. I start with 1/3 cup Epsom salt, 4-6 drops essential oils, then a layer of baking soda. Put on the lid and shake, shake, shake. This helps the oils to be distributed more evenly. Then a layer of pink salt (not quite as much as Epsom), 4-6 drops oils, more baking soda. Lid; shake. Repeat layering process until full (leaving just enough room at the top to shake that final layer). Then, I let the sealed jar sit for at least 10 minutes. This allows the essential oils to really saturate the salts.homemade-bath-salts-with-essential-oils

While the oils are infusing, I typically make a face mask to wear while bathing. I love the YL ART Beauty Masque – it’s divine! However, it is a bit pricey, so I only get it when I have extra ER points and want to splurge! But I find making masks at home to be equally beneficial (check out my next post to find some recipes!). Make sure you wash your face before applying a face mask in order to remove any makeup or excess oils.

After 10 minutes or so, fill your tub up and add your salt mixture. I use my legs to swirl the salts around so help them dissolve.

Slide into the tub, and soak your cares away! Stay in as long as you feel like!

The salts can sometimes leave a slight residue on the skin, so I always shower off after my bath so that any remaining salt is gone, and so I can exfoliate. I emerge feeling so relaxed and clean! 

Katie Sue's Bath Salts

  • Servings: 1 1/2 Pint (24 oz)
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Print
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Materials Needed:

-Glass jar with air-tight lid
-Scoop/measuring cup
-Pure Epsom Salt (make sure you get plain, pure Epsom salt, not scented or with “essential oils” already added)
-Himalayan Pink Salt (you can get a 5-lb bag on Amazon for under $15)
-Baking Soda 
-Young Living Essential Oils of your choice (however many you want; get whatever jumps out at you) 

Begin by scooping a layer of Epsom salts into your jar. I use a 1/3 cup measuring cup as my scoop. Add 4-6 drops essential oils to the jar, and follow with a layer of baking soda; about 1/8 cup. Tightly screw on the lid and shake the salt mixture together making sure to saturate the salt with oils (it’s easiest to tell this is happening when using a brightly colored oil blend such as Stress Away or Valor). Remove lid and add a layer of pink salt (the same amount as the Epsom salt you added previously), and repeat with essential oils, baking soda, lid, shake. Repeat this layering and shaking process until almost full (you want to leave just enough space at the top to shake the last layer). 

Once your jar is full, screw on lid and let the salt mixture sit for at least 10 minutes to allow the oils to really saturate the salts. Add the whole jar to a warm bath, and enjoy!

If using more than 2 different essential oils/blends, use different oils on different layers – 2-3 drops per oil per layer. For instance if you use 6 different essential oils, you want oils 1 & 2 on layer one, 3 & 4 on layer 2, 5 & 6 on layer three, repeat.

Bath salts are a wonderful, easy make-n-take activity for any Oil class or party. They also make great favors and gifts!
 

Now, go and enjoy a relaxing bath; you deserve it!
Katie Sue's Essentials

~Katie Sue
Striving for wellness, and a chemical-free life one oil at a time.

 

 

*Taking a hot bath can lower your blood pressure, so check with your doctor before taking long, hot baths if you have low blood pressure. 

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

¹Information on Epsom Salt found here.

²Information on Himalayan Pink salt found here

³and here.

4 Information on baking soda was found here.

5 Young Living Bath Bombs information found on it’s product page.

 

Cedarwood Essential Oil

Cedarwood is the best ever! It is my favorite smelling oil; one whiff and I instantly relax! Lavender is the most famous oil for being relaxing, but there is something about Cedarwood that just makes me melt. I also think it smells incredible! Its scent is sweet and woodsy; reminiscent of the tall, strong trees that it comes from. Cedarwood oil is steam distilled from the bark of the Cedar tree, which is part of the pine family. 

In addition to smelling incredible, Cedarwood is also

  • Used for relaxation and a good night’s sleep*
  • Great for supporting healthy skin (for people with dry skin)*³
  • Used for focus
  • Supports healthy hair follicles*¹
  • The tree mentioned most in the Bible – the Cedars of Lebanon
  • Considered the Lord’s tree, “The trees of the Lord are full of sap; the Cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted” KJV.

Cedarwood stimulates the pineal gland*, which releases melatonin, making it the perfect oil to add to your nighttime routine to assist in a good night’s rest. You can sprinkle a couple of drops right onto your pillow and  sheets, rub it onto the collar of your p.j.s or your chest, and/or add it to your bed-side diffuser. For a coma-like sleep, my favorite diffuser blend is:

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Cedarwood Diffuser Blend

Cedarwood is used in many of Young Living’s personal care products and is most beneficial to those with dry skin. However, Cedarwood is most known for potentially being beneficial with hair growth and supporting hair follicles!*³

Why does our hair seem to thin as we age? Did you know that when you are born you have all of the hair follicles you’ll ever have? You have around 100,000 in your scalp; that’s a lot on a tiny baby, but as we grow, our scalp stretches but we do not gain more hair follicles; hence, our hair looks thinner. Hair loss can also be a result of stress, hormonal imbalance, vitamin/mineral deficiencies, and plain ole genetics. When a strand of hair falls out, a new one typically begins to grow in the same follicle, however hair growth can decrease if DHT (a hormone) is too high.¹ But don’t hurry off to the wig store just yet! Cedarwood may help stimulate hair growth!*¹ Try this at-home nourishing hair treatment² and let me know how it works for you!

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Nourishing Cedarwood hair treatment

Want soft, silky hair? Try this Mermaid Hair spray!

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Mermaid Hair spray for luxurious locks

Since Cedarwood is relaxing, it is also great for focus. It allows you to slow down and focus on the task at hand. This is especially true when it is added to your diffuser. When inhaled, the oil particle travels directly to your brain causing you to instantly relax and focus.

I use Cedarwood every night to help me sleep, and I use it in my hair after every shower! It’s one I always have in my oil arsenal. What do you use Cedarwood for?

Would you like to purchase your own Cedarwood essential oil? You can do so here.

Thanks for learning about this awesome oil with me!

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Katie Sue
Striving for wellness and a chemical-free life, one oil at a time.

 

*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.
¹Information about hair loss/growth was found here.
²Hair treatment recipe was found here.
³Additional information about Cedarwood was found here.

Shutran – A line for manly men!

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Young Living Shutran Essential Oil Blend for Men

This week is National Men’s Health Week, so I thought I would use this post to talk about some of the wonderful products that Young Living offers that have been specially formulated for men (and some that are just beneficial). 

Did you know that Young Living has an entire men’s personal care line? Enter Shutran! Shutran is a blend made just for men (it even says so right on the bottle), although women like to smell it, too. 😉 Starting with the Shutran Essential Oil Blend, Young Living offers a line of products featuring that wonderfully woodsy, manly scent in products that your guy uses everyday – but these don’t  have any harsh chemicals!

The scent seems to smells differently to different people. Some people really smell the conifer oils (tree), some smell spice, while others think it smells sweet. To me, it smells sweet. Not like a flower, or candy, just sweet. It’s hard to describe; definitely unique, but wonderful smelling. To my parents it smells like a high-end cologne. This blend will not only smell differently to people straight out of the bottle, but it will also smell differently depending on who wears it. We are all made up with a unique chemical-makeup and our pheromones will mix with scents differently. 

Love the smell? Check out this awesome “Man Cave Diffuser Blend”

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Man Cave Diffuser Blend with Shutran

Shutran Essential Oil Blend

The Young Living website describes the blend has “specially formulated for men to boost feelings of masculinity and confidence.”¹ Something I think we all want our men to feel. Most men wear it in place of a cologne because of it’s perfectly-blended scent and the confidence it brings. 

Shutran contains:

Idaho Blue Spruce – which has a fresh, sweet, and earthy aroma that relaxes the mind and body. May support testosterone production.* Many people use it in the bedroom…

Ocotea – helps aid in healing skin irritation and injury.* It has natural cleansing and purifying properties.

Ylang Ylang – has a long history in skin and hair care products (I use it to promote luxurious hair). It can help you feel confident. It has a pleasant, fresh, floral scent. Commonly used to increase libido (historically, the flower was placed on the marriage bed).

Hinoki – is energizing and uplifting, and supports hair growth. It is used as an odor eliminator because of it’s spicy, lemony scent. (Someone once told me it “brings all the boys to the yard”…)

Coriander – has a sweet, warm fragrance. It is great for the skin; it helps to restore your skin to a healthy balance (regardless of if you have oily or dry skin). It can increase libido and may help with impotency.*

Davana – can help ease stressful feelings and nervousness; it’s very uplifting.*

Lavender – commonly called the “Swiss Army Knife of essential oils” for it’s many, many uses. Historically used for relaxation.

Cedarwoord – has an earthy aroma that can give a sense of security (it is my favorite smelling oil ever! One whiff and I instantly relax.). It is calming, purifying, and grounding. Can promote hair growth.

Lemon – another oil that has a myriad of uses. It is a powerful detoxer, with cleansing and purifying properties which may be beneficial to the skin. Great for people with oily hair (especially it if it blonde or light brown in color).

Northern Lights Black Spruce – very relaxing. Helps the appearance of dry skin.


Let’s say that your man showers and shaves every day. If he isn’t using the best products available that means he is putting hundreds of harmful chemicals directly onto his skin before he even leaves the house. Young Living offers high-quality products to help men get ready for the day, without the use of chemicals, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, animal-derived ingredients, synthetic fragrance, or synthetic colorants.¹ 

Shutran 3-in-1 Body Wash and Shutran Bar Soap 

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Young Living Shutran 3-in-1 Body Wash for Men

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Young Living Shutran Bar Soap for Men

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s face it, guys can get gross, and when they do, they STINK. Like, really bad. Girls can get gross and smelly, too (we don’t always go around smelling like a rose), but man-smell is just different, and can be hard to get rid of. Just because they smell like they’ve been in a cow pasture after they come back from the gym doesn’t mean they need strong chemicals to scrub away the stank. The 3-in-1 Body Wash for his hair, face, and body effortlessly removes grime and odor without stripping the hair and skin, and leaves him smelling like a lumberjack (well, like he’s been in a forest all day without sweating. A tree; he’ll smell like a sexy tree). The Shutran Bar Soap is similar, but is recommended for skin use only (may not be the best in place of shampoo). It contains olive, shea butter, wolfberry seed, and jojoba oils for added moisture – great in the Winter months, or for those with dryer skin. It also contains activated carbon which gives it it’s light gray color and is added for it’s deodorizing and cleansing properties.¹

Shutran Shave Cream and Aftershave Lotion

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Young Living Shutran Shave Cream for Men

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Young Living Shutran Aftershave Lotion for Men

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When your man shaves he wants his face to feel smooth and nourished. That is exactly what the Shutran Shave Cream and Aftershave Lotion will give him. The shave cream is formulated with hydrating palm, grape seed, and olive oils, plus naturally derived Vitamin E, and mango and cocoa butters. It’s silky-smooth texture provides a frictionless glide to reduce razor burn and nicks.¹ While the Shutran Aftershave Lotion soothes, freshens, and calms the skin after shaving, it is moisturizing, non-greasy, and absorbs into the skin quickly.¹ 

Shutran Beard Oil – for more than just his beard! 

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Shutran Beard Oil for Men

For all those bearded beauties out there, this if for you! It is created to soften, condition, and add a healthy-looking shine to facial hair, while moisturizing the skin underneath – without clogging pores.¹ With the superior quality you’ve come to expect from Young Living and the wonderful Shutran Essential Oil Blend; this is a spectacular beard oil! Like all YL products, it is heavily concentrated; it only takes a dime-sized amount, so it lasts a really long time.  

Did you know this beard oil can be used on more than just your beard? It makes a great leave-in conditioner for your head-hair (after washing with the Shutran 3-in-1 wash, of course), and will help protect hair from heat styling (such as a hair dryer). 

 

You can also make your own beard oil if you’d like a different scent. Check out my Instagram to find out more!

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DIY Beard Oil with Shutran


In addition to the Shutran line, Young Living also offers products that are perfect for the active man! 

Pure Protein Complete

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Pure Protein Complete

Pure Proein Complete is a powder used to make a protein shake. It comes in chocolate and vanilla spice. It’s foundation is made up of a full range of amino acids, ancient peat and apple extract, cow and goat whey, pea protein, egg white protein, and organic hemp seed protein. It is made of a special blend to deliver 25 grams of protein per serving.¹

Cool Azul Pain Cream 

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Cool Azul Pain Relief Cream

Cool Azul Pain Cream gives cooling relief from minor muscle and joint aches, arthritis, strains, bruises, and sprains. It combines the powers of Wintergreen (historically used for pain) with Cool Azul Essential Oil blend for the ultimate pain relief.¹

 

AminoWise

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Young Living AminoWise

AminoWise is perfect for your post-workout recovery. It has three blends for one powerful result:

  1. The Muscle Performance blend to aid in muscle building and repair
  2. The Recovery blend to reduce muscle fatige
  3. The Hydration Mineral blend helps replenish important minerals that are lost during exercise.

 

 

These are just a few of the wonderful products that Young Living offers that are beneficial for men. Follow me to get more product info in later posts, and head to the Young Living website to find out about other vitamins, supplements, personal care items, and oils! Would you like to order your own? You can do so here.

What do your guys use to be their healthiest selves?

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Katie Sue
Striving for wellness and a chemical free home one oil at a time. 

 

 

¹ This information was found directly on the Young Living website.
* 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.

It’s About Lime!

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Young Living Lime and Lime Vitality Essential Oils

Young Living’s Lime and Lime Vitality Essential Oils are two of my favorites! I love the smell of lime – it instantly takes me to Summer days spent by the pool! Other than smelling wonderfully summery, and tasting great, did you know Lime has also historically been used for skin blemishes (dark/age spots, and overall skin radiance), as well as used to decongest  the lymphatic system, and as a gentle detoxer?

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Young Living Go Getter Essential Oil Diffuser Blend

 

 

I currently have a blend in my diffuser called “Go Getter”. It uplifts my mood when I have the “blahs” or am feeling stressed, and motivates me to stay focused and get stuff done! 

 

 

 

Lime contains a powerful antioxidant called Gamma Terpinene. Antioxidants are wonderful for your skin! Not only do they help restore an even skin-tone, they also penetrate the skin to heal dark/age spots.* To use Lime Essential Oil in your skin care regimen, add a couple of drops to your nighttime moisturizer.¹

Let’s talk about the lymphatic system. Until recently I didn’t know much about the lymphatic system at all. I knew we have lymph nodes throughout our body, and that they swell when we get sick. Now I know that the lymphatic system acts as a… sewer treatment plant for the body, if you will (gross analogy, don’t think about it too much). Basically, the lymphatic system is found throughout your whole body, and it removes waste from every cell while also helping regulate the immune system! The lymph fluid (which I had never heard of until doing my research) is made up of 95% water and flows through the lymphatic system (including lymph nodes, the spleen, the thymus, adenoids, and tonsils). If the lymph cannot flow freely, the flow becomes stagnant and congested, causing toxins to build up in the body. This can cause a variety of health issues, and you may experience²:

  • Fatigue
  • Bloating
  • Stiffness (especially in the morning)
  • “Brain fog”
  • Itchy and dry skin
  • Cellulite (say it ain’t so!)
  • Weight gain
  • Chronic sinusitis, sore throats, colds, and ear issues
  • Breast swelling during menstration
  • Swollen glands
  • Cold hands and feet

Don’t fear – Lime is here! Getting your lymphatic system moving isn’t as difficult as you may think! Here are three easy steps you can take to make that lymph flow freely:

  1. Stay hydrated – as mentioned above, lymph is made up of 95% water. Adding a couple drops of lime to your glass or stainless steel cup can help to flush toxins and assist in hydration. 
  2. Avoid tight clothing – lymph nodes lie close to the skin and wearing restrictive clothing suppresses lymph flow. Try wearing a bra without a wire (and when you can, no bra at all); this does not mean a sports bra, as most sports bras are too tight and hold things in place, as opposed to letting them move (you can find my favorite wireless bra here: rubyribbon.com ). Avoid tight briefs and jeans. Think bounce; you want your body to move. 
  3. Get up off of that thang! – If your legs/feet swell during travel, or when you’ve been sitting for too long, that is because of stagnant lymph flow. Stagnant lymph flow can be prevented by frequent moving, self-massage, and stretching (see below for Lime Lymphatic Massage Oil). 

So, drink your oil-infused water, keep your body moving, and use Lime Lymphatic Massage Oil for added lymphatic system support. My family and I went out of town last weekend and spent over 7 hours in the car driving to our destination. My mother’s feet and ankles always swell! Since I was planning this post, I made up some Lime Lymphatic Massage Oil for her to use in the car, the results were definitely noticeable! She still swelled a little, but nothing compared to normal. Note: She only put the massage oil on once, at the beginning of the trip, and didn’t stretch when we stopped for breaks. I suggest putting the oil on every time you stop for a break (or, if flying, get up to move around), and to stretch every chance you get. Keep that lymph moving!

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Lime Lymphatic Massage Oil

Lime Lymphatic Massage Oil


  • 7 drops Young Living Lime Essential Oil
  • 5 drops Young Living Rosemary Essential Oil
  • 5 drops Young Living Geranium Essential Oil
  • Carrier oil (such as olive, fractionated coconut, avocado; I used grapeseed oil as it is easily absorbed into the skin and shouldn’t clog pores)
  • 5 ml glass bottle (I used an empty Lime essential oil bottle I had lying around)
  • Roller ball tip, if desired

Add all essential oils to your glass bottle. Carefully top the rest of the bottle off with your carrier oil of choice (if you have a funnel small enough to fit in your bottle, that is very helpful, I get mine here: https://www.amazon.com). Pop in your roller ball, if desired. Close bottle and shake well before each use.

To use, rub oil on your neck, just below the jaw and ears, and work your way down using deep strokes toward your heart. This can also be used on your legs; start at your hip and work your way down to your feet. 

Remember, as a citrus oil, Lime may cause photo-sensitivity, so be sure to avoid applying to exposed skin up to 48 hours before being in the sun.

As a natural detoxer, Young Living’s Lime Vitality Oil is very beneficial when used internally*. Of course, adding lime to your water is the easiest way to reap the benefits, but my favorite way is in delicious Summer recipes such as Cilantro-Lime Bean Dip, and Strawberry-Lime Daiquiris!

Cilantro-Lime Bean Dip

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Cilantro Lime Bean Dip with Young Living Essential Oils
Cilantro-Lime Bean Dip with Young Living Essential Oils

Cilantro-Lime Bean Dip 

Ingredients

  • 1 (12 oz) bag of frozen corn
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can of petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can of black beans, drained 
  • .5 – 1 oz fresh cilantro (I use the little packages cilantro from the produce section)
  • Young Living Lime Essential Oil to taste (I use 12-14 drops)
  • Lime wedges for added prettiness, optional
 

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Cilantro-Lime Bean Dip with Young Living Essential Oils

 

Directions

  1. In a medium/large glass or stainless steel** bowl dump frozen corn and drained tomatoes and black beans.
  2. Pick off cilantro leaves, and, if desired, shred into smaller pieces. This is the most time-consuming part of the recipe. Add to bowl with other ingredients.
  3. Drop in desired amount of lime oil (if you aren’t sure how much you want to use, start small and add more if needed). Using a wooden or metal** spoon, stir everything together.
  4. Add a lid or plastic wrap and keep refrigerated when not eating – if you’re serving at a party it’ll be gone in the blink of an eye!
 

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  • Serve with tortilla chips.
  • To have a little thicker consistency add a second can of drained black beans.
  • Add a little more “zing” by using flavored beans, or mix in just a little taco seasoning, or a bit of garlic powder and onion (this option is best if eating the dip right way, as any leftovers will have a strong onion smell).

**Since all citrus oils are gentle detoxers, using glass, metal, and wooden utensils is important, and the citrus will pull the toxins out of plastic, and those will, in turn, enter into your body. Gross. 

 

Strawberry-Lime Daiquiri


Strawberry-Lime Daiquiri 

Strawberry Daiquiri with Young Living Lime Essential Oil
Strawberry-Lime Daiquiri with Young Living Essential Oil

 

Ingredients

  • 1+ cup of frozen strawberries, diced
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Young Living Lime Essential Oil to taste (1-4 drops)
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • Sugar/Stevia to sweeten, optional
  • 1-2 oz rum, optional
  • Whipped topping, optional

Directions

Blend all ingredients together (except whipped topping) in a blender until there are no visible strawberry chunks. Pour and serve with a dollop of whipped topping.

  • Add more sugar and/or lime according to taste
  • Add more water for a thinner consistency 
  • For a creamy consistency, add a little vanilla yogurt

When travelling this Summer, don’t forget to stay hydrated, use your Lime Lymphatic Massage Oil and to get up and stretch every chance you get on long car/plane trips. And try out those wonderful recipes at the beach or by the pool (or a Monday night when you’re watching the Bachelorette…. or is that just me? 😉 ). Let me know what you think!

If you would like to order your own Young Living Lime or Lime Vitality Essential Oil, you can do so here: youngliving.com/signup

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– Katie Sue
Striving for wellness and a chemical-free life one oil at a time.

 

¹YL Blog: https://www.youngliving.com/blog/
²Lymphatic system: https://chopra.com/  

*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.

**Since all citrus oils are gentle detoxers, using glass, metal, and wooden utensils is important, and the citrus will pull the toxins out of plastic, and those will, in turn, enter into your body. Gross.