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DIY facial cleansing pads with how to instructions

Honestly I wasn’t even sure if they still made Oxy pads, but a quick google search, and I discovered they still do make them. They were all the rage when I was a teen. I used one ONCE. I thought it would erase the one huge pimple I had on my forehead and I would look flawless like this….d122e560fad8b100664dc355501f5bed (3)Instead, due to the high content of alcohol and my sensitive skin, I’m sure I looked a little more like this:

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and for continuity sake, this is the real me as a teen (and one of my brothers). Look at all that acne!

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Flash forward about 27 years – my kids needed (and I needed them to use) facial cleansing pads of some sort. Teen girls tend to get some cyclical acne in the T-zone while teen boys seem to get it everywhere. Even teens without acne will experience a large increase in blackheads specifically around the nose. So I took a jelly jar into the treatment room to see what I could whip up. Of course, I still clean my face (exclusively) with grape seed oil, but I knew I wouldn’t mind a anti-aging treatment pad to use after I cleansed my skin at night. After making two recipes and trying them in our own bathrooms, as well as the treatment room for several months, we decided to share the recipe and how-to’s with all of you.

1. Gather needed supplies

Teen acne cleansing pads: witch hazel, Lavender & Melaleuca Essential Oil, 2 aspirin tablets,14 cotton rounds, 1 jelly jar

Anti-aging or adult acne scar reduction cleansing pads: witch hazel, Lavender, Frankincense & Lemon Essential oil, 14 cotton rounds, 1 jelly jar.

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2. Mixing instructions:

Teen acne pads: first, place your two aspirin tablets (the non coated/inexpensive kind) into a plastic bag and pound them with a small hammer or rolling pin to crush them up. Pour the crushed aspirin into your jelly jar. (remember aspirin is acetylsalicylic acid – which is exactly how they make salicylic acid in most acne products on the market.

Place 3 ounces of witch hazel in a separate small container. Add 3 drops of melaleuca and 3 drops of Lavender into the witch hazel. Pour into the jelly jar with the crushed aspirin and place the lid on. Shake it up to mix/dissolve the aspirin. After it has dissolved, open the jelly jar and pour the mixture back into the other container.
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jelly jar solutionVoila! Done. Parental unit hint: if you use 14 pads(which fit perfectly) into the jelly jar sized (4 ounce) container, it’s easy to see if your teen is using at least two pads each day! I make a new solution every Sunday and get everyone’s refilled for the week. Simple, fast – and effective. OH – and inexpensive! Here’s the breakdown:

Jelly jar – .87 each

Witch hazel  -.60 for 3 ounces

Melaleuca – .21 for 3 drops

Lavender – .24 for 3 drops

Cotton rounds – .28 for 14

Total cost for first time making container: $2.20. Cost for making each refill – just $1.33 per week! (Reuse same jelly jar).

Adult anti-aging/scar reducing cleansing pads: Use the same method as above. If you are an adult that does not have acne, skip the aspirin step. The power house here for anti-aging is the Frankincense Essential oil (EO). It is proven to soften fine-lined wrinkles, smooth out the skin and reduce the appearance of scars.

Recipe: 3 ounces of witch hazel – add 4 drops of Frankincense EO, 3 drops of Lavender EO and 2 drops of Lemon EO – especially if you have some brown spots or discoloration on your face.

* You’ll notice in the photo above that shows the supplies needed for adult cleansing pads, I have an asterisk beside Lemon EO. This is important! If you are planning to use these pads in the morning – and DO NOT wear a daily facial sunscreen, please do not use Lemon EO. Lemon is a known photosensitizing oil – therefore it’s use can make your skin especially sensitive to sun/light exposure. The same goes for lemonade, water with lemon or any other photosensitizing EO (such as grapefruit and lime). If you are living south of the mason dixon line, or on vacation during the summer and you apply or ingest these oils – you are much more sun-sensitive!

If you are wearing a daily sunscreen, then no worries. Personally, I never use a corrective or anti-aging product in the morning, I use them only at night. I do this because, first – when you are out and about and exposed to environmental factors, I doubt they have the ability to be that effective. I feel it’s a waste of money. Second, since the pH of the skin tends to even out during sleep (and no environmental assault it taking place) – I believe the skin is better capable of absorbing the peptides in these power house products.

Cost breakdown for adult cleansing pad solution:

Jelly jar – .87 each

Witch hazel  -.60 for 3 ounces

Frankincense EO – .1.12 for 4 drops

Lavender EO – .24 for 3 drops

Lemon EO – .08 for 2 drops

Cotton rounds – .28 for 14

Total cost for first time making container: $3.19. Cost for making each refill – just $2.32 per week! (Reuse same jelly jar).

As always – if you are not currently an Essential Oil fan, nor have them on hand, we would be glad to make them for you. In most cases, we have them available in the treatment room. However, since Essential Oils oxidize quickly – we do not leave them on the shelf for long amounts of time. (No more than one week). If you know you need or want something – please contact us ahead of time so we can be sure they are ready for you. Our in-spa cost for the teen acne cleansing pads is $4 and the adult anti-aging version is $5.00. About Face also extends wholesale pricing to it’s treatment clients for Essential Oils. If you want to save on shipping, and on retail prices – let us know which you’d like and we’ll be sure to have them for you. The EO’s mentioned above are common skincare EO’s and we do our best to always have at least one full bottle in stock. Example: Lemon Essential Oil retails for $13.33, however – current clients (have had at least one treatment in the last 12 months) will pay $10 wholesale for Lemon EO. Other’s mentioned here are: Lavender – $28 retail; $21 for About Face clients. Melaleuca – $25.33 retail; $19 About Face clients. Frankincense – $93.00 retail; $69.75 for About Face clients.

Sample sizes: About Face also has sample sizes available of any oil you’d like to try. Sample sizes are 1.5 ml (approximately 25 drops of EO per sample).

Here are the most common skin oils:

Lavender – 1.5ml sample – $2.25

Melaleuca – 1.5ml sample – $2.00

Lemon – 1.5ml sample – $1.25

Frankincense – 1.5ml sample – $4.50

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Our annual back to school Teen skin “free and clear” program is back. If you have or know a teen that would benefit from this treatment plan – sign them up.

4 Weekly visits between 7/13/15 & 8/17/15. Each appointment will last approximately 45 minutes – with the exception of the first session, which will last approximately 1 hour 15 minutes to allow time for consultation. Teen can pick any day or time for their appointments.  What’s included:

before and after acneConsultation with review of current product use, activity level, diet/nutrition, sleep patterns and current condition of skin. At the end of the this consultation, the teen will receive for no additional charge – 1 regular sized bottle of facial cleanser (approximately 3 months of use); their first week of facial cleansing pads & a bottle of grapeseed oil with tea tree added. They will also have written instructions (personalized) for them as well as skincare journals with instructions for use. The will bring this journal each week to their appointments. They will have their first treatment immediately following their consultation. *Parents are not required to stay for the visit, but they are required to sign a release/permission to treat for any teen under 18 years old.

During each 45 minute treatment – a teen facial with extractions as needed will be performed. If the teen would like, their brows can be shaped and/or groomed at this time (no extra cost). All treatments are customized for each teen.

Value of package:

Facial cleanser – $20

Cleansing pads – $20

Treatments – $200

Consultation – $50

Grapeseed oil – $6.00

Journal’s – $3.00

Total value of package: $299.00. Mention this blog post and enroll your teen for $150. 

the fine print: Spaces are limited to 20, and last year they did sell out. Use the contact us page to request this package. Slots are guaranteed with payment.  Refund policy: if illness or other special circumstances prevents the teen from finishing the package, the discounted price paid can be credited for future use or the value transferred to another friend or family member of any age/any treatment. Credits will be issued at sale price, not regular retail price. For example: if your teen enrolls and receives product, but does not finish all treatments, a credit of $25 per treatment will be issued to their account. They may use this at anytime toward any regularly priced service, or transfer to someone else. Another words – the dollars paid will never be lost. Credits will be issued for the sale amount paid, not the full retail value of the service. (Seems simple, right? Trust us – we’ve had clients request refunds on a buy one get one free special. They bought a treatment and received it. They decided they wanted a refund on the second treatment – which was free. If anyone figures out how to refund free- let me know -I am still puzzled!)

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Do you know a teen that would benefit from this package, but would not be able to afford it? Last year, we were able to gift two teens with free back-to-school skincare packages, and it made our hearts sing! We’re offering this again. If 10 of our slots fill up, we’ll be gifting one and if all 20 fill up – we’ll again, gift two teens. If you know a teen, please nominate them by emailing Lori at (thatwoodardgirl12@gmail.com). Be sure the teen would be able to have transportation to the weekly appointments, as well as able to get a parent/guardian signature for treatment if under 18.

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DIY OH Baby! Natural baby wipes for great baby skin

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Baby B, little Lorin & Sarah and soon after we rocked Lorin’s world by bringing home her little brother.

Today, I am posting this DIY baby wipe post in honor of three of my favorite girls (Casey, Jenni and I can’t name the third because it’s still a secret. shhhh) who are having babies late in 2015, or very early 2016!  It feels like it’s been such a long time since mine were babies, and the fact that there will be babies that I will totally be able to get my hands on to squish and love on is just plain exciting!

Did you know that commercially made baby wipes contain ingredients that carry hazard ratings? if you are really curious, head on over to the Cosmetics Database and check out their complete list of different brands of baby wipes and the hazard rating. It still makes me slightly crazy that it’s “allowable”, and yes – I am aware that many babies handle the use of these wipes “just fine”. Although, I have met many infants with chronic runny noses, colic and more – with an unknown etiology – and I have to wonder – if their toxic load was lightened- would their little systems do better? I think we all have been guilty of thinking that a product is fine – if there is no rash, or no visible sign of a problem. Now that we are reading more and more information about the gut being our second brain and the center of most disease, perhaps we’ll see some improvement in what is allowed in commercially sold products.  Click here to go to the database. Once you get there, click the little arrow to the right of the word “Score” to list them in reverse order. This means the wipes with the most hazardous ingredients will be listed first.

Before we get to the recipe – I’d like to point out that manufacturers are also picking up on the natural world’s “key words” – therefore words like “goat’s milk’, “green tea”  and “Chamomile” are in the names of the wipes. If a product name contains these words, they have to be good right? Wrong. Those three ingredients are in the names of the top 3 worst brands on the market today. These wipes have a hazard rating of 7 and ingredients found in these wipes have been linked to allergies, high toxic loads, developmental delays, organ dysfunction, endocrine disruption – and cancer.  Read your labels – and better yet, make your baby wipes at home. Save some money, remove all doubt.

When I started my journey for healthier living, I was sort-of forced into it. I had rapidly declining health – at the old age of 26. Modern medicine just wasn’t working and I didn’t have time to waste with a newborn on my hands. As I looked around for healthier alternatives, I found some – but man, were they expensive! So, I searched blogsites and other resources to find that many of the recipes that existed suggested the use of baby oil (or mineral oil) and baby lotion. Eeek! If you want to be frightened – check out those ingredients on the database linked above.

You can imagine how the rest of the story goes – trial and error – mostly error. Finally, I had the ingredients down in a way that would allow the wipes to work -with no skin irritation!  It is simply a bonus that if you purchase the needed items in bulk, I estimate that you can save approximately $135 per year per kid with DIY wipes. Who wouldn’t cheer for healthier and less expensive? If you are just starting out your family, gather a group of Mom’s and Dad’s and co-op the batches together.

Let’s gather a list of what you need.

1. 1 roll of heavy duty paper towels. I use Bounty for making baby wipes. Recall my trial and error? Cheaper paper towels just do not work.

2. 1.5 cups of boiled distilled water. (Allow to cool, but you’ll want to use it still warm – not room temperature). Note: you can use regular water as well, if you use wipes quickly and will use in under a week or so. If you are doing a larger batch, use distilled water – so they will last longer).

3. 1 tablespoon of pure witch hazel extract. To purchase the one I use, click here

4. 1 tablespoon of pure aloe vera gel. Which I purchase, here

5. 1 tablespoon of liquid Castile Soap. I use Dr, Bronner’s Organic Pure Castile Liquid Soap, Baby mild. Click here.

6. 1 teaspoon of Grapeseed oil. I use Epicurean Olive Oil’s brand (click here), which is available at Epicurean Olive Oil Company, located at The Avenue, 2615 Medical Center Parkway #2070 in Murfreesboro, TN 37129. Their 12.7 fl oz bottle is regularly priced at $16.95. (You can save 10% by bringing your clean empty bottle back into the store). About Face also carries a sampler size of Epicurean’s Grape Seed Oil, 2 ounces, for $6.00.

7. 1/4 teaspoon vitamin e. I use JASON vitamin E, 5,000 IU – available here.

8. Essential Oils of your own choice. I use 5 drops of two oils per batch as described above. I commonly use 5 drops of Lavender and then either 5 drops of Melaleuca (tea tree) or 5 drops of wild orange. You can get your essential oils here, or by contacting me directly, mentioning this blog post and saving 15%.

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Grab a container…

Okay, now that you have all of your ingredients, you’ll need a container to store them in. You can ask a friend to save you one of their discarded old baby wipe containers, or you can locate a BPA free rubbermaid container that is approximately the same size as a roll of paper towels cut in half. Typically, you’ll be looking for a container that will hold approximately 10 cups. The Rubbermaid #6 container works the best.  This is the one I used. (Click here). Here’s the lid for that container. (Click here). If you want your wipes to be able to be pulled out through the top, the container has to be round and tall enough. Simply look for BPA free and select the right size. Cut a criss-crossed slit in the lid and you are all set.

Cutting the roll of Bounty paper towels…

Back to trial and error….without removing the paper towel wrapper, use your electric knife to cut the paper towel roll in half – into two shorter rolls. An electric knife is the gadget that you may have gotten two of at your wedding, but rarely use. Yes, it will work to use a regular knife, but it must be sharp and you must be really patient. I can sometimes lack patience with things of this sort and I was seriously contemplating using my table saw (but couldn’t decide how to sanitize the blade) when I thought I should try my electric kitchen knife first! Viola. a clean cut – and everyone keeps their phalanges.  It may take up to two minutes to completely cut through the paper towel and the cardboard tube inside with your electric knife.

Making the wipe solution…

  1. In bowl mix the water, witch hazel, aioe vera gel, castile soap,Vitamin E and grapeseed oil and stir.
  2. Add essential oils if using, and mix again.
  3. Pour the mixture over the paper towel roll as it is standing up in your container and allow to absorb. This takes about 5 minutes or so.
  4. Put the lid on and flip the container over to make sure wipes get soaked through.
  5. At this point, (If you’re using the Rubbermaid container), pull the cardboard roll out from the inside. As you pull the cardboard roll out, the innermost wipe should start to come out too. This will start them for you. Pull the end of this through the slit you have made in the Rubbermaid lid.

A few notes about my trial and error. Until I knew what bounty paper towel I was using, I had to add a little more water to get the recipe above. Depending on what size roll and the strength of absorbency, you may find that you need more liquid to fully saturate your wipes. I typically pre-mix a few batches of the liquid and simply store it in a mason jar until needed.

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If you are like me and are wayyyy past the baby wipe need stageyou could use this recipe and be the kindest baby shower guest you’ve ever seen! If no one you know, never has a baby again -you can also use a similar method to make DIY cleaning wipes.

Here’s how:

(Same container, same method – less ingredients!)

General Cleaning Recipe:

  • 1 1/2 cups white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups distilled water
  • 5 drops tea tree essential oil, 5 drops Lemon essential oil, or 5 drops OnGuard Essential oil. Click here to purchase EO’s, or contact me directly and receive 15% off by mentioning this blogpost.

Mix all ingredients and pour over a cut in half roll of bounty and use to clean any surface in your home!

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Gearing skin up for weather changes with DIY moisturizer

In Tennessee the weather changes fast, sometimes even in the same day.  One minute, we’re in flip flops, the next minute we’re covering ourselves in blankets or pulling out hoodies. In addition to changes in wardrobe (yay for Fall boots!), skin can take a hit too. If you are already a client, you know I believe in seasonal skin care.

For example: during the summer months if you were used to a shiny forehead and breakouts, you may have been using a salicylic or glycolic cleanser, but once the heat is turned on in the house (and the office), your once shiny forehead is replaced with dry, patchy spots. Initially, cut your cleansing with that cleanser – down to once a day (preferably mornings) and then simply use grapeseed oil to cleanse your face at night. Trust me on this one! Even oily skin likes grapeseed oil. It is a fantastic make up remover and adds moisture as well.

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Going right along with my seasonal skincare recommendations, in middle tennessee, most of us do not need a heavy moisturizer during spring and summer, but Fall and winter is a great time to add extra moisture (again, at night). If you are already using grapeseed oil, but really feel like you could use a boost, here are a few DIY moisturizers that I make for a fraction of the cost of any store or spa bought product.

First, select your oil (here is a list of my most commonly used oils):

  • Argan oil (excellent for dry, aging, oily, normal, or acne-prone skin)
  • Jojoba oil (excellent for dry, aging, oily, normal, or acne-prone skin)
  • Grapeseed oil (my personal favorite, excellent for normal, oily, or acne-prone skin)
  • Avocado oil (great for dry and aging skin)

Select a container (preferably a dark glass container) and fill it 2/3 of the way up with your “base” or “carrier” oil.

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Next, for an added boost, select one of the oils listed below.  These oils are a little more expensive than grapeseed oil, but they will add a beautiful kick to your troubled skin’s pants. It is also okay to not use one of these oils, it will still work to use a carrier oil above plus any of the essential oils below.

  • Borage oil.  High in oleic acids, this oil is great for most skin types, but especially oily and acneic skin.
  • Carrot seed oil. You only need a small amount of this oil, but it’s fantastic for any skin type – there is not anything it will not heal)!
  • Emu oil (emollient like you wouldn’t believe, emu oil is protective and nourishing for dry or aging skin)
  • Evening primrose oil.  Acne, aging, normal skin, you name it – evening primrose oil is fantastic! (This oil  can even be taken internally to help with acne)
  • Neem oil. Neem oil is extremely antimicrobial and healing and is a stellar choice for acne and oily skin.
  • Rosehip seed oil. This is a great regenerating oil (especially if you have scars and or imperfections to resurface) and is great for firming and other anti-aging tricks – a good choice for dry, aging, and normal skin.

Fill your container up to nearly the top with the oils above (except carrot seed oil, you only need a little of that), leaving just enough room for your selected essential oils. If using just one essential oil, you’ll only need enough space for 4-7 drops.

  • Chamomile -Chamomile is wonderfully healing and soothing, so it’s great for ALL skin types.
  • Lavender – great for acne, oily, or even dry skin – lavender is healing, but a little bit goes a long way.
  • Lemongrass – this is great for brightening, lightening and toning the skin (think brown spots or actinic bronzing). Excellent for normal, oily, or acneic skin.
  • Palmarosa – although Palmarosa is great for any skin type, it does seem to work very well for breakouts.   addition to being softening and soothing for aging skin, which, yes, I have)
  • Peppermint – like lavender essential oil, peppermint is great for oily and acneic skin, and just like lavender don’t use very much. It’s very astringent, and it might give a tingle – hang on a few seconds, it will stop.
  • Rose – a wonderful oil for aging, dry and normal skin.
  • Rose geranium = another great, all-around healing essential oil – this is especially good for dry, sensitive, aging, and normal skin.
  • Rosemary. If you have acne and oily skin? You might just want to grab a bottle.

I normally pick 2 or 3 essential oils from the list above to add to my moisturizer. 4-7 drops of any oil is enough. I use a 1 ounce glass bottle and follow the instructions above. I find that many of us are heavy handed when it comes to using products. Keep in mind essential oils are concentrated and do not require very much – a little bit goes a long way. As always, essential oils can be a little “top heavy” meaning, you spend a little money in the beginning (but they last a long time), therefore if you are interested in one of the above, I would be glad to make one for you. If you make one, be sure to let me know how it works for you.

For the readers that read the entire post, your bonus is learning about this once a year special where you can purchase a laser package that will last all year (or half a year – and at a discount!). It doesn’t matter what laser treatment you have each month -you can mix and match (leg veins one time, laser genesis the next, etc)- it doesn’t matter to me,  we do them all! (They do not have to be in 6 or 12 consecutive months and they do not expire -all laser services include facials, so no need to purchase those). This offer expires Friday, November 7th. If you are interested in this offer and do not have an appointment before 11/7/14, please shoot an email to: thatwoodardgirl12@hotmail.com.

See you in the treatment room!

UPDATE/CLARIFICATION

To clarify the special (there have been a lot of questions – I apologize, I assume everyone lives in my head and I should have been more specific. As most of you know, my laser services are already discounted and able to be combined (ie, I treat using any laser in my tool box for the time you have scheduled). Because of this, About Face does not offer traditional “packages” that you might normally be accustomed too. In many aesthetic centers, clients pick from long (and sometimes confusing) “menu’s” – for example: a package of 3 IPL (brown spot removal) for x amount and a package of 6 laser hair removal for upper lip, chin, underarm..you get the picture. In my journey to simplify life (and to please my long time scheduler who claimed clients would call to schedule and when she asked what they would like to schedule, they’d say “whatever Lori says” with the result of that being a long list of clarifications that made me giggle, but not the scheduler! Therefore, clients at About Face, simply schedule time. My fees are flat – $100 per hour for any laser treatment. What does this mean? It means if you have a few stubborn hairs on your chin that need to be removed, and a brown spot or two that have emerged from your last trip to the beach, and you just noticed a little red spot (hemangioma) – I can take care of all of that in one session.  Most clients pay on a “as they go” plan, $100 for any laser and $50 for any aesthetic service.

For clients who are on a “maintenance” type schedule such as myself – and whose best friend is laser genesis for smooth skin with no sign of acne, pores, redness or aging – we schedule monthly (or every 6-8 week) appointments for laser genesis. Laser Genesis always includes a facial, too – so there is no need to schedule and pay for a facial in addition to that. This is best for clients who want to look their best – and stay that way.

The special above – takes into account the already discounted $100 laser discount and then discounts it further for loyal clients. The one year package (they never expire, just a set of 12 laser services) is $900. This makes each hourly laser service $75 versus $100.

The package of 6 works out to be $85 versus $100.

If everyone is still with me, I have had several calls and emails asking questions like these:

1. Can these specials can be “split up”? Meaning, if they bought one years worth (12 sessions) and wanted to do leg veins for one or two of those and maybe another area of the body treated for brown spots, could they do that, and get the rest in laser genesis? The answer is YES. 12 sessions = 12 hours of services.

2. I knew this one was coming…could the package be “split up” meaning can two or more people share one package? The answer is YES.  By yes, I mean, you will have to work out the money part and one person will pay – but you may split the sessions with a written agreement between you and your bff and a copy given to About Face. We will not, however – keep up with who has used how many – we will simply have 12 to use. We will notify both bff’s as each one is used.

3. What if I really want to purchase the 1 year package, but I go out of the area for an extended time during the summer, etc? The answer is no problem. The package is for 12 sessions. It is safe to treat with most lasers every two weeks. If you want to use one session for your face, and the other for a laser bacial (thats a facial for your back) – we can do that, too. Flexibility, it’s what this is all about.

Laser Specials
Laser One year $900.00 USD
Laser 6 months $510.00 USD
Essential Oil Moisturizer with 2 oils $20.00 USD
Essential Oil Moisturizer with 3 oils $25.00 USD

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DIY alert! Several everyday uses for Lavender Essential Oil

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Many clients have expressed their eagerness to start their journey of replacing chemical laden items with more natural or organic products, but simply do not know where to start.

The best place to start is where you are – right at the beginning.  Make a list of things or symptoms that bother you. Start with your top 5. My first list looked something like this:

  • Nausea when eating solid foods
  • Pain between shoulder blades when eating solid foods
  • Chronic Fatigue aka Metabolic X Syndrome aka Adrenal fatigue
  • Vertigo
  • Alopecia (hair loss) – seemingly Endocrine symptom

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To be thorough, I also listed some other things that I wanted to improve: 

  • Skin – take redness out and refuse to allow any fine lined wrinkles to form!
  • Skin – (recent weight loss) led to a lot of loose skin. Tighten it.
  • Home – reduce the number of chemicals used for cleaning and laundry
  • Food – Directly address my malabsorption and inflammatory issues by juicing and supplementing as well as preventing inflammation in the first place.

Once I had this list, I simply enlisted the help of others to help me understand my bodies response to foods and chemicals ingested as well as how to give my body what it needed to heal itself, and to supplement the deficiencies.

One of the very first essential oils suggested to me was lavender. If you are easily overwhelmed with new things or are on a tight budget and can only use one essential oil for now – this is it!

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Lavender (lavandula angustifolia) is the most versatile of all essential oils. It is commonly known for its relaxing effects on the body. Therapeutic-grade lavender has been highly regarded for topical skin use. Have a cut, scrape, bruise or skin irritation? Apply lavender. Not only is the fragrance calming, relaxing and balancing – it can clear up things like eczema! Carrying a bottle of lavender around with you is like having your own personal first aid kit, lightly scented body spritzer (for those times you just have to run in to Kroger on your way home from the gym!). Lavender is an adaptogen, this means it can help your body adapt to stress or imbalances. 

I will have to admit, when it was first suggested – I turned my nose up. I have never been fond of “flowery” smells like Rose or Lilac. But, I was a mess. I was having skin reactions (twice my eyes swelled shut and I looked like the twin sister of the elephant man.) Something had to be done! For those of you with allergies – you’ll know the frustration of having multiple allergy tests often with with negative results, and you carry around epi-pens and benadryl like it’s your bff. From my biology studies I knew that all things have toxicity levels – even things found in nature or things that are good for you! Every plant, every medicine, even water -can be toxic if overused. I tend to not absorb things that are good for me – but you can bet I would react straight away to something that my body deemed toxic at that moment.  WIth thousands of dollars worth of traditional medical tests and no real answers, I started categorizing foods, chemicals and other things that come into contact with my skin into lists such as : DON’T EVER EAT THIS, okay to use some of the time and okay to eat or apply on rare occasion. I detoxed over a 7 day period and during that time made changes to my environment. During this process the light bulb went off. My toxic load was over the top. If I could balance my gut the same as I could the skin on my face, I thought I would be much less reactive. I don’t have many true “allergies” by clinical definition – but if you feed me pork products (did you know jello/gelatin has it?!) or prescribe any drug made with porcine, stand by and watch the show. My pancreas never fails to deliver quite a spectacle. 

In no way am I suggesting that you go off all medications and use essential oils in their place. That’s actually quite dangerous! What I do suggest is finding a good primary care Physician (or for females, your OB/GYN is perfect for discussing these issues) who will work with you to reach the goals you create together. For example: at my annual well-woman check, my labs were drawn and Dr. Brent Boles (click here to visit his website) called me to review the results. My T4 was slightly outside of the normal range and after discussing this he agreed to work with me and monitor my T4 closely so I would not have to go on medication. He did his part and I did mine. He let me know if the T4 continued to drop that medication would be in my future. I am almost one year out from that visit and all is well .T4 is now within the normal range (although still at the low end of normal) and I have not had to fill the prescription!

Now for the good stuff – awesome every-day uses for Lavender Essential Oil:

Pet odor – love your pooch, but don’t like the carpet smelling like the dog? Pour some baking soda in a shaker bottle and drop essential oil in (to your satisfaction of scent). I use a small glass spice shaker from the dollar store and add about 15 drops of Lavender Essential oil.

Pillow spritzer – want to sleep like a baby? Or allow your little cherubs to do the same? Purchase a glass spritzer bottle (3-4 ounce size) and mix 2 oz of distilled water with 15 drops of lavender essential oil. Spritz on pillow before bed.

Mattress freshener – Each time I change the sheets on my bed, I drop a few drops of lavender essential oil directly on the mattress. 

Spot treatment for blemishes – drop one drop of lavender oil on a q-tip, apply directly to the blemish and hold for 30 seconds or so.

Sunburn – I rarely have a sunburn, but my kids had one last year. I infuse 15 drops of lavender in 2 ounces of (liquid) coconut oil from Epicurean Olive Oils. Apply directly to sunburnt skin, reapply every couple of hours. (Clients who have eczema or psoriasis swear by this same DIY recipe!).

DIY Body Butter – say good-bye to expensive body butters with this DIY recipe. Use it after every shower! Visit Rachel Holder’s blogsite for my recipe and an incredible amount of other valuable information on clean eating and juicing! 

Chapped lips – Oh how I wish I knew this when I was a little girl in New England winters! I can remember chapped lips that extended around the lips in a far wider circle than anyone wanted to see. Apply a drop or two directly to the lips at bed time. By morning there will be no sign of those chapped lips. 

Fabric softener/scented laundry/DIY Dryer sheets– This is absolutely one of my favorite ways to use Lavender oil. I’m not going to sugar coat this. Static clean in the laundry is no joke! I had a coworker years ago whose mother’s bedding caught on fire from static electricity! Static electricity is what causes static cling in clothing (or anything laundered). When two different objects are rubbed together, one loses electrons and the other gains electrons. The one that loses electrons becomes negatively charged. The one that gains electrons becomes positively charged. Transferring these electrons is what causes static electricity. This was your science lesson for today! Especially during colder/drier months, static cling is everywhere! I know we’ve become accustomed to laser and the lovely relaxation of laser genesis – but static plus a laser beam – is just not good! I use extra precaution when it comes to laundering spa bedding. Here’s what I do with each and every load of laundry:

  • Attach safety pins to each corner of a washcloth. The metal in the safety pins act like little lightning rods for static electricity!  Drop 5-7 drops of Lavender Essential Oil on the washcloth about once every 5 loads of laundry. The result: Viola’ – DIY dryer sheets! No more chemicals in your clothes that are against your skin almost 24 hours a day. (To further reduce static, I also add one cup of vinegar to my rinse cycle of every load of laundry. If you have a HE High Efficiency washer, simply add it to the fabric softener dispenser. Your clothes will NOT smell like vinegar when they are dry). Not only is this much better for your skin (and that of small children), it’s far cheaper than chemical laden dryer sheets.

As you can see, Lavender is one of the most versatile essential oils and a great place to start for beginner’s. I chose dōTERRA for all of my essential oil needs. Why? Well, because I found that many stores that carried essential oils had some issues rotating their stock (aheam, dust on the tops of the bottles) or failed to store them properly (light and heat are enemies of essential oils). dōTERRA’s Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade* essential oils are 100% pure natural aromatic compounds carefully extracted from plants. They do not contain fillers or artificial ingredients that would dilute their active qualities. Proper extraction and quality control methods also ensure that dōTERRA’s Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils are free of any contaminants such as pesticides or other chemical residues. This is not federally mandated (yet) and I have a lot of respect for a company that isn’t regulated, yet sets the standards high. Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils are subjected to further quality testing that ensures the correct composition of the active natural compounds found in each oil. 

Special alert: Want to order your essential oils directly from dōTERRA? You may do so by clicking here. Click on shop for products in the top right hand corner. For any order placed between 7/15/14 and 7/21/14, About Face will issue a gift certificate good for a brow wax for your own personal use or to give as a gift! (retail value $15).

OR 

If you would like us to order your oils for you – email thatwoodardgirl12@gmail.com with your order no later than 7/18/14 at noon. We’ll take 15% off your total purchase and cover the shipping. Mention this blog when you send the email to get the special. 

ALSO

If you are looking for a way to get your oils at wholesale pricing and earn additional free product each month, you can sign up for the personal use Loyalty Rewards Program (you do not have to sell the product). Read more about this program here. Contact via email for help getting that set up. All new enrollee’s in the Loyalty Rewards program no later than 7/18/14 will receive one free Aesthetic Service from About Face – facial, chemical peel or dermaplaning (and can earn up to 30% off your product from dōTERRA). 

 

We’d love to hear how YOU use Essential oils already, please leave us a comment! 

 

 

 

 

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