This post is sponsored by Nature’s Bounty® Earthly Elements™. Please note that Nature’s Bounty provided complimentary product to assist in the review. Regardless, all opinions expressed are still 100% my own.
Summer invites us to spend more time outdoors as we partake in cookouts, pool parties, and playtime in the park, camping with adventures in the woods, and more. It’s the perfect time to become better acquainted with fragrances that awaken our senses while becoming one with nature.
While these activities add fun and excitement to the summer months, they are tasks that we need to add to an already busy schedule and that can result in additional stress. I always feel as though our calendar during the schoolyear is stretched to the max but then the summer comes and I come to realize how blessed we were to have such a structured calendar. Now, in addition to juggling our daily schedules, we also have to plan daily activities for our daughter to keep her busy, entertained, and taken care of during the day.
All of this, at least in our home, leads to the shifting of schedules, additional stress, and the removal of unnecessary tasks/functions. Normally that is the private time that I have built into the day for me. After losing time to work out, take a walk, read a book, or just take a timeout to breathe I realized that I was becoming stressed out much faster and easier and knew that I had to add something back in and that is where my Nature’s Bounty ® Earthly Elements™ Essential Oils come into play.
When time permits, I take a relaxing bath. I light a few candles, turn on soft music or pick up a good book, add Earthly Elements™ Essential Oils to my diffuser, and run a hot bath. Then I soak while breathing in scents that tend to calm, sooth, and comfort. My go to oils are Chamomile, Lavender, Jasmine, or one of my all-time favorites, Eucalyptus.
If time is a bit more limited, I try to factor a hot shower into my evening so I get a bit of time to relax, release, and rejuvenate. I normally run to the bathroom while making dinner and start my diffuser before pulling the door closed and creating my own sanctuary. Depending on my mood I’ll go to my old and trustworthy oils (as mentioned above) or I will use oils that will stimulate or refresh my senses; Grapefruit, Peppermint, or Lemongrass. Then, when I turn on the hot water for my shower, the scent mixes with the steam and creates a great spa-like environment for the 20 minutes or so that I allow myself away from the family.
In a pinch, no worries … an Aromatherapy Facial Mask may be the best way to go! There are many DIY Facial Masks that call for clays, avocados, raw honey, and more. Those are all fantastic if you have the ingredients on hand and time to mix a proper mask. Unfortunately, if time is of the essence and you haven’t been to the grocery store, you may be looking for a simple mixture and that’s where we come in! All you need is a base oil and the essential oil(s) of your choice.
I know that different skin types call for different mixtures but there are a few products that tend to work on a number of skin types. We recommend picking up a Sweet Almond Oil, Coconut Oil, or Jojoba Oil. If you use essential oils on a regular basis; it is likely that you will have one of these base oils on hand.
How to Make an Aromatherapy Facial Mask:
1 tablespoon of your base oil (Sweet Almond, Coconut, Jojoba)
10 to 20 drops of Earthly Elements™ Essential Oils
Mix the base oil and essential oil together, apply to the skin, allow it to sit for 15 minutes, and then rinse.
The nice thing about this “recipe” is that it is so simple that you can afford to experiment with what will work for you.
Below, is a chart of the Earthly Elements™ Essential Oils and what each oil lends itself to.
Want to change up the recipe with a little mix and match? Here are a few of our favorites!
Sweet Dreams – 8 drops Eucalyptus and 8 drops Lavender
These are just a few that we like but the sky is the limit. We invite you to look into the properties of each oil, the benefits that they tend to bring, and let your imagination be your guide.
We encourage you to head to Walmart, hit the Vitamin Aisle and pick up Sweet Almond Oil and the Nature’s Bounty® Earthly Elements™ essential oils of your choice. Then, experiment, mix and match, and find what works best for you and your skin! Please let us know what you come up with, we are always on the lookout for new concoctions to try! 😉
What other ways to you use essential oils in your home? Let’s chat!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Nature’s Bounty® Earthly Elements™. Please note that Nature’s Bounty provided complimentary product to assist in the review. Regardless, all opinions expressed are still 100% my own.