Reduce Fine Lines and Wrinkles while Lifting the face.

A few months ago I looked at myself in the mirror and was horrified to see all these wrinkles that popped up on my face… when did that happen?

Since that morning I’ve been looking for non-invasive, natural methods that I could use to reduce these lines on my face that are trying to make me look older than I feel!  The Jade Roller is one of the tools that has made a huge difference in a short period of time.

When I was introduced to the Jade Roller, I was intrigued because it relates to 2 things that I’m passionate about; Lymph Drainage and Essential Oils.  I purchased one right away and did some research on how to use it.  I combined what learned with what I already know about the Lymph System and put together this method that I show you in the video. 

This is why I love the Jade Roller.

1. Helps your skin absorb your skin care product.
2. You are essentially giving your face a Lymph Drainage Session every time you use it, which increases circulation and makes your skin glow and look fresh.
3. Reduces fine lines and lifts the skin – all naturally!

In the video above, I show you how to use the Jade Roller to do all these things! 

Purchase your Jade Roller!

I recently spent some time teaching about essential oils at withSimplicity.  It is the owner who introduced me to the Jade Roller.  This is a fantastic on-line and “real” store in Virginia for natural make-up and beauty supplies (all hand made!).  If you are looking to purchase a Jade Roller, this is a great small business to support!  Get your Jade Roller Here!

You mentioned Dry Brushing?

Yes, I mentioned that dry brushing is a complementary self care routine.  It also is a simple tool that is easy to use daily and has wonderful health and beauty results! 
Dry brushing:

  • Supports lymph movement
  • Sports the immune system
  • Reduces the appearance of cellulite
  • Removes dead skin cells and makes your skin baby soft
  • Tightens skin
  • Supports detoxification through lymph movement

    Learn How to Dry Brush Here!

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Solutions for Winter Dry Skin

A question from one of our clients was what lotion should she use for her dry skin during the winter.

I have an simple idea that has helped me a lot, but it wasn’t my idea – I got it from my friend who has the most beautiful skin.

This is the story. I was at a gathering and I asked my friend who has such soft, clear skin what kind of lotion she uses. I knew she made a lot of her own lotions and beauty creams, and I wanted her recipes.

She took me aside, and seemed a little embarrassed and said quietly, “Christina,I don’t use soap anymore.”
“What do you mean?” I replied a bit puzzled.
“I don’t use soap in the shower anymore.”
“Ok, that is great…. All I want to know what kind of lotion you use to keep your skin moisturized. Mine gets dry in the winter – what is your lotion recipe, I know you have a good one.”
“I don’t use lotion – I don’t need lotion – because I don’t use soap in the shower anymore.”
“What?” Now I was really confused. “What do you mean?”

So she explain to me the secrets of fat, which I’ll share with you!

Every cell in our body has a membrane that is made of special fat cells. These fat cells are very important in lots of ways.

Now, the reason why soap cleans is because it breaks down fat. Think of your dishes and how the liquid soap breaks down that fat on the plate.

When you are taking a shower and scrubbing up – you are breaking down your fat molecules on the out layer of your skin, leading to dryness.

That is the opposite of what you want, right!

What I did before I knew the Secret of Fat was to try another soap or another type of skin or hand lotion.

We are going to go about this differently! And you’ll find it works great, saves you time and money.

You’ll save time because you are not going to have to “loob up” after your shower or at bedtime and you’ll save $$ because you will not have to spend $ on different body lotions and hand lotions anymore.

We are going to do what my friend shared with me – remember she doesn’t use soap anymore! Instead of cleaning with soap – we are going to clean with fat.

I’m not suggesting we grab the fat from our hamburgers – I’m talking about using some of the basic ingredients you find in your lotions – fatty oils such as coconut or olive or grape seed oil or avocado.

You’ll be surprised how easy it is!!

  1. Get wet
  2. Oil up
  3. Rinse off
  4. Dry off
  5. Get on with your day

Your recipe will be determined by you – how oily or how much scrubby exfoliation you want and what aroma you want.

If you think I’m kinda crazy and you are not ready for this yet – try it just for your hands first. Keep this mix by the sink, and use this to wash your hands with instead of soap. See how your hands feel after a week. Then you might be open to trying it in the shower 🙂

Points to make:

  • This is great for a daily hop in the shower to get ready for the day.
  • If I’m in the garden and muddy – soap is nice. (I love black liquid soap.)
  • Use a spoon to take some of the scrub out.  That way it doesn’t get all watery.
  • Take care of your hair first! You don’t want to put your oily hands in your hair.
  • Adding a good quality Omega vitamins is also helpful in keeping your skin moisturized.
  • This is for generally dry skin. If you are dealing with more than that, remember skin health is directly related to gut health.
  • This is not meant for your face as the face has such delicate and different skin then our bodies.

Here is the basic recipe to make a small batch.

You can double and triple as needed. Also you should play and adjust to amounts to find texture that feels good for you.

2 tablespoons of fat (mix or use 1, coconut, avocado, safflower, grape seed)
1-3 tablespoons of salt (epsom, Himalayan, sea)
1-2 drops of Essential Oils
Lavender, geranium to support skin
Eucalyptus to support respiratory system
Thieves to use with hand scrub – protects and supports immune system.

I hope these Healthy Tips help you on your wellness journey too!

If you use a tip, I’d love to hear how it supported you. If you have any questions – please ask away!

How to make an Essential Oil Inhaler

(Updated Feb, 2018)

If you are an old hat at essential oils or you are a new user – you need to be making essential oil inhalers!  They are easy to make, affordable and use every molecule in that drop of essential oil!

In this short video I’ll share

  • the benefits to essential oil inhalers.
  • the pros and cons of both the old plastic inhalers and the new glass and metal ones.
  • how to put each type of inhaler together.

Let me know if this has been a helpful video – I love to get comments on how these videos supported your healthy steps!

These are the inhalers that we have tried and like.







How to Dry or Skin Brush

Dry or Skin Brushing is a simple tool that you can add to your day to support your general health. There are many benefits to Dry Brushing some are,
Dry Brushing…
    •    Stimulates the lymph system
    •    Supports the immune system
    •    Reduces the appearance of cellulite
    •    Gives a light exfoliation for softer skin
    •    Tightens skin
    •    Supports detoxification

The suggestions given in this first video is for those with a healthy lymph system.  I’ll share in another video how to dry brush when you have a compromised lymph system.

Download  Dry Brushing Directions

These are good and affordable dry brushes.

 

Neti Pot + Essential Oils = Sinus Support

Sinus congestion?  This might be of help!

You may be way more familiar with Neti Pot use than I am, I’m just learning.  Honestly the idea made me make a face like this sweet kid.  

Last winter I was dealing with some congested sinuses so I gathered up my courage and gave it a try.  Well, I found that the neti pot really does do a great job at cleaning out those stuffy sinuses. 

I was curious though, would adding essential oil to my neti pot help clear out my sinuses even  more and offer respiratory support?

I was a bit anxious the first time I added essential oils to my neti pot. 
Was it going to burn or sting? 
It didn’t, and it offered me even more relief.  Yahoo!!

Important tips on how to add essential oils to a neti pot!

  • Follow the directions that came with the neti pot.
  • Drop in the correct amount of salt mixture.
  • Add one drop (or two if it comes out) of essential oil into the salt.
  • Then add the water and mix it all up
  • Go and “neti!”

I’ve used Eucalyptus globulus, Myrtle or Eucalyptus Blue – really whatever sinus oil that seems to fit at that time.

If you give it a try – let me know your results 

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Simple way to make a Moist Heat Pack

An effective self care tool is a moist heat pack.  You can use moist heat packs at home to help reduce muscle tension from a long day on the computer or from working out.  People often ask we choose to use moist heat vs. dry heat.  Here are my thoughts:

  • Dry heat makes my skin itchy.
  • I don’t like to use an electric hot pack because it is adding more electric current to your field – I am a believer that we are exposed to enough electrical currents as is.
  • There is not an extra costs to making a moist heat pack – everyone has a couple of towels.
  • I have never seen anyone burn their skin when falling asleep with a moist heat pack – I’ve seen plenty “I feel asleep with my heating pad on” burns.
  • Moist heat seems to go deeper into the muscle.
  • Moist heat is a perfect complement to essential oils for muscle relaxation.

Three easy steps to making a moist heat pack.

1. Get your “hot” towel ready – usually a hand towel is a good size, but you can also use a face towel for small areas or a bath towel to cover a large area.  Fold it in thirds the long way or “hot dog” way.
Now roll it up like a sleeping bag.
(Add your essential oils to the skin if you are using them.)

2. You now need hot water…  you can use the hot water from the tap or heat up some water in a kettle.  You want the water Hot – but not so hot that it will burn your skin.
Hold your rolled “hot” towel over the sink or bowl and pour your hot water in the middle of the rolled “hot” towel.  Add water to both sides and squeeze it out.  The goal is for the water to be hot – but not so hot that you can’t manage squeezing it out with your hands.  Sometime I press it against the bowl and use my knuckles.  This my personal safety control – I know if my hands can’t touch it for a few seconds – then it is too hot!

3. The last step is to make a “Hot Pack Sandwich” by laying a dry towel on the skin, then unroll the hot moist towel and cover up the hot moist towel with another dry towel.  Sometimes you can use one bath dry towel and make a “Pita Bread Hot Pack”, (just fold it in half with the hot moist towel in between) saving on towels to wash.

Just allow that hot pack to cool off naturally.

While you are “cooking” you can snooze if you’d like – no worries about it getting too hot like electric hot pads.

I use this moist heat pack method at the end of Raindrop Technique – and everybody loves it!

Some Oils I like to use with a Tight Muscle Moist Heat Pack are:
Basil
Deep Relief Blend

 


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