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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Hot Flash Relief with Essential Oils

Ever suffered through a hot flash? Yeah...not pretty. Have you accepted that they are just a natural part of "the change" for women and there's nothing to be done? That's bologna! There is and it's all natural! No pills, no creams...simple essential oils can stomp out a hot flash in minutes!


 There are several essential oils that offer relief from hot flashes.
  • Clary Sage
  • Peppermint
  • Roman Chamomile
I like mixing all three of these together into a spray to spritz on throughout the day to knock out those terrible hot flashes

Here's what you'll need to make your own Cooling Hot Flash Spray:
Combine all of the ingredients into the glass spray bottle and shake. Spray the Cooling Hot Flash Spray on your neck, arms, face and chest for relief in minutes!

An Even Easier Solution:
If you want an even similar protocol to knock out a hot flash, simply mix 1 tsp. Fractionated Coconut Oil and 2 - 3 drops of Peppermint essential oil on the back of your neck and elbow pits. Rub it in! Nice an easy!

Use coupon code CURLY to save 10% on all of your essential oils and accessories at Spark Naturals!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Make Your Own Moisturizing Dry Oil Body Spray with Essential Oils

Summer is officially in full swing! How is your skin holding up? Here in Minnesota, so many of us have been over exposing ourselves to the hot summer sun because we were deprived of its existence due to this past winters brutality (literally 6 months of winter!).

I've shared a few ways to care for your summer sun - kissed skin these past few months, but haven't talked about the benefits of daily care during the summer months. It's so simple to remember to care for our skin in the winter because it is SCREAMING at us with the red scales, cracking and pain. In the summer, our skin tends to feel and look healthier, but after baking in the sun for hours upon hours, it could use a little help. Why not maintain great, healthy skin every day?

That's why I'm sharing this awesome recipe for a moisturizing dry oil body spray. It's easy, inexpensive and WORKS...did I mention it smells divine?!

Here is what you need:
Here's what you do:
  • Add Distilled Water, Sweet Almond Oil, Vitamin E and Essential Oils to the 2oz. Glass Spray Bottle.
  • Fill the remaining space of the 2oz. Glass Spray Bottle with Alcohol Free Witch Hazel.
  • Shake EVERY time you are about to use.
  • Spray on your skin (after sun, after shower, at bed time....as much as you can!)
  • Rub the spray into your skin.

Why these ingredients? Well, they each have a specific purpose and promote a specific type of healing.
  • Alcohol Free Witch Hazel: Acts as a natural skin toner
  • Sweet Almond Oil: Is fabulous for overall skin health and will not clog your pores.
  • Vitamin E: Protects skin from the elements.
  • Lavender Essential Oil: Fabulous for healing and protecting skin.
  • Frankincense Essential Oil: Helps with aging skin issues and heals scaring.
  • Geranium Essential Oil: Promotes healing of skin and toning.

ENJOY my little sun worshipers!

Be sure to use coupon code CURLY to save 10% on your order of essential oils and accessories at www.sparknaturals.com

Monday, July 7, 2014

Health Benefits and Uses for Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense...what's the first thing you think of? I bet you said the Three Wise Men didn't you? Well, there's a good reason why one of those wise men brought Jesus the gift of frankincense! This essential oil is the grand-daddy of essential oils. The big EO, if you will. No one should be without this wonder of nature.  

A person can use frankincense for their immune system, oral health, as an astringent, gas build up, scaring, anti-aging, digestive tract, symptoms of and problems with menstruation and menopause, as a tonic, for respiratory issues, use as a diuretic or even use for anxiety and stress. See what I mean? Sort of the "no brainer" "go to" essential oil. There have even been recent studies that show frankincense could prevent cancer in folks.**

Check out this AWESOME article by Organic Facts that details all of the amazing uses of Frankincense essential oil. Along with some interesting facts about how it is harvested and distilled and some historical nuggets, too.  

 Try these easy uses for Frankincense Essential Oil Today!:
  • Got itchy skin? Apply a drop to that itchy spot for quick relief.
  • Got a scar from acne, a boil or an injury? Apply a drop to the scar daily to help fade the appearance. 
  • Got a cut? Apply a drop to the cut daily until healed.
  • Got a wart? Apply a drop to the wart several (3-4) times a day until that pesky wart goes away. 
  • Got inflammation in your body? Add 2 drops to a shot glass of water and gulp it down daily. If this freaks you out, apply a drop or two to the area experiencing inflammation.
  • Got to be around sick people or kids? Strengthen your immune system by taking 2 drops in a shot glass of water daily (or apply to the bottom of your feet if drinking EOs freaks you out).
  • Got bug bites? Apply a drop to the bug bite to reduce swelling, stop itching and promote scar fee healing. 
  • Got reading glasses? Eliminate the need for reading glasses by applying frankincense around the eye area (on cheek bones and brow bones). Keep it up for a few months to see improvement. 
  • Got broken, thin nails? Apply to nails nightly to improve thickness and health of nails.
  • Got cysts? Apply a drop to the cyst 2-3 times a day until it's gone.
  • Got wrinkles? Apply a few drops to wrinkled areas (hands, face and neck).
  • Got cancer running in your family genes? Frankincense is anti-tumoral! Drink a drop or two a day in a shot glass of water to fight evil cancer**

**I'm not a doctor. Please remember this. This is my blog where I share information about topics I am interested in. The opinions in these articles are simply that...my opinion and my sharing of knowledge I have obtained.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Treat Heel Spurs and Plantar Fasciitis with Essential Oil

I have been a long time suffer of plantar fasciitis...mostly in my left foot. It hurts when I wake up, it hurts when I stand up after sitting for a long time...it just hurts. Well, for the past 2 months, I've been having pain rising from the arch and heel of my left foot, all the way up my calf and ankle. I wasn't sure what was going on, but it wasn't the same pain from my plantar fasciitis; it was WORSE!

My friends and family know that I am not one to go to the doctor for just anything. I have a high pain tolerance...so when I say it hurts with tears in my eyes... IT HURTS! My family doctor took x-rays just to be sure I didn't have a fracture...turns out I have bone spurs on my heel (heel spurs) and at the top of my heel bone. Here's a picture of my x-ray. See that pointy bone piece on the bottom right side of my heel? That's Mega Bone Spur #1. See the ghostly white fibers on the top left side of my heel? Those are the developments of another heel spur extending from the top of my heel to my achilles and calf muscles. See how much whiter the bone is at stretching between these two spurs? That's not suppose to be like that. This shows inflammation. JOY!

Of course, the doctor told me to stop wearing flip flops and sandals and to start wearing high arch support tennis shoes 24/7. Um! What? Okay, Doc. We get 3 months (if that) of summer in Minnesota. I cannot give up sandals year round! Not to mention I refuse to wear tennis shoes to work or with cute outfits. COME ON! She also gave me gel inserts for my shoes to pad my heel so I could walk properly without putting all my weight on the side of my foot. Then she wanted me to do a cortisone injection. NO! I refused. I have had a cortisone shot before. It hurt to the point where I screamed "F**K!" In the doctors office. Plus, I didn't get any relief. NO THANK YOU!

As soon as I got home, I found my Camp Wander Naked Salve and Birch Essential Oil from Spark Naturals. I took a nickel size scoop of my naked salve, added 2-3 drops of the Birch Essential Oil and started massaging my foot vigorously. Deep massage all over my arch, heel and bottom of my foot. I did this for a good 5 minutes and then laid on the couch with my cold corn bag around my foot for an hour. That night, I did the same protocol. 5 minutes of deep massage with the naked salve and birch essential oil and then wrapped my foot in my cold corn bag for the whole night.

Guess what? IT WORKED! I woke up yesterday with NO pain. NONE! That was the first morning I have woken up with absolutely no foot pain in at least a year.

So, I bet you are wondering why I chose birch essential oil. Birch essential oil is well known for it's ability to break down bone spurs. Check out this very informative article by Organic Facts to learn more about the amazing properties of birch essential oil.

All I can say is AVOID SURGERY if at all possible. When cutting the plantars facia, other chronic pain can arise. It's best to try massage, essential oils, icing, stretching exercises, elevating, and high arch shoes and/or insoles. AND STICK TO IT!!! That's the key to natural remedies. Ready to give this a try?

Here is what you need:
Here is what you do:
  • Take a tablespoon of Camp Wanders Naked Salve or Sweet Almond Carrier Oil into your hand. 
  • Add 2-3 drops of Spark Naturals Birch Essential Oil to the salve or carrier oil. 
  • Apply to your foot and massage deeply (especially paying close attention to the soles, heel and arch of your foot. 
  • Do this for 2-5 minutes.
  • Next, take another tablespoon of salve or carrier oil, add 2-3 drops of birch essential oil to the salve or carrier oil and apply to your achileous tendon area and calf muscle. Deeply massage your calf and achilles tendon area for at least 2-5 minutes. 
Once completing the steps above, apply ice to your foot and ankle area and lay down. Do this right before bed time EVERY NIGHT so you can fall asleep with the ice on your foot.

Here is an awesome video of a licensed massage therapist demonstrating how to correctly massage your feet for relief of heel spurs and plantar fasciitis pain. These are the techniques I have used to find relief!


And that's it my friends! I know it seems like a lot of work to massage your feet for as much as 10 minutes at night, but it works! And it's a lot less time consuming then lets say...healing from surgery!

Here's to Happy Feet!