An Eyebrow Growth Serum That Works

Wow, just like that and summer is more than halfway over. Where does the time go these days? I feel like since January I’ve been moving non-stop with little time to slow down. Hence why I maybe haven’t been present on the blog so much. Have no fear friends because I’ve still been working on some amazing DIY’s that I can’t wait to share. If you’re close to my age (35), then you may know what I’m talking about or be able to relate a little bit better to this. (Also if we aren’t close in age that’s okay too because this DIY can be used by anyone for any reason!!). When I was in my early-to-mid teens having the thinnest eyebrows was so so popular. So I HAD to have them waxed like clockwork every 2-3 weeks. Couldn’t miss that appointment for anything. Well I’m paying for that now I assure you. Is anyone else with me on this?

Once I got into oils I figured there had got to be something to help stimulate the hair growth and help me grow them back in. I still get my brows cleaned up, but I keep them as full as I can because full and big brows are IN! Who would have thought 20 years ago that we would want our brows back? I sure didn’t, and I’m most definitely sad about it now. So what oil am I using I bet is the question?! Well, my friends, the answer is dōTERRA ‘s Rosemary EO! Before I bought any fancy bottles or anything I literally would just take some castor oil and Rosemary EO and mix in my hand and run right on my eyebrows after my evening routine. I wasn’t too fancy with measurements here as I was just messing around to see if this would help. I was using 1 drop of the EO, and 1 drop maybe 2 of the castor oil. I’ve been doing this just over two months and let me tell you I am finally getting somewhere with this regrowth.

 

I’m not sure how long it’s going to take but the fact that I can see a difference and see them actually bulking back up has made me so happy. I now have this mix in a dropper bottle. I do not have the mix 50/50 as that’s kind of what it seemed I was doing in my hand when I was mixing. It’s more of 1/4 EO and 3/4 Castor Oil. You can most definitely put more Rosemary in there if you’d like or you can snag some of the empty mascara tubes and make the mixture in there for very easy application. I wanted to go that road but because I’m using it every night I was going through it fast and making it more often than I wanted to. Whichever method works for you the mix is going to be great!

Anyone else out there with me on some eyebrow regrowth journey? I’d love to hear from you!

xo
Lo

The Best Uses for Lemon Essential Oil–Harnessing the Power of This Fresh and Uplifting Citrus

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Lemon is the top-selling doTERRA essential oil–and for good reason! It has multiple benefits and uses. Lemon has powerful cleaning properties and can purify surfaces and the air, and can be used as a non-toxic cleaner throughout the home. When you add lemon to water, it provides a refreshing boost throughout the day. Lemon can be added to food to enhance its flavor. You can also take Lemon internally for cleansing and digestive benefits and to support healthy respiratory function. When diffused, Lemon is very uplifting and energizing and has been shown to help improve mood. At only $10 wholesale, it doesn’t get much cheaper than that for super high-quality wellness! 

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Uses
There are so many uses for lemon essential oil, it’s hard to know where to start, so I’ll just jump in!

Cleaning: I’d be remiss not to mention Lemon’s powerful cleaning and disinfecting properties. A little while back, Lauren posted about cleaning with essential oils and of course Lemon came up! Read about that here. Add Lemon oil to a spray bottle of water to clean tables, countertops, and other surfaces. More specifically, you can add about 20-40 drops of oil to a regular 16 oz. spray bottle along with 1/4 cup white vinegar and fill the rest with distilled water. Tada! A completely toxin-free all-purpose spray you could literally bathe your kids in (if you wanted to).  😀 This also adds a sheen and disinfectant to wood–try combining a few drops with olive oil to clean and protect wood surfaces–it’s especially good for cutting boards because the products are food-safe. It also works particularly well in keeping silver from tarnishing and works well on leather products, too.

Diffusing: Since this oil is just like the smell of fresh lemons, it’s perfect to diffuse on a day when you’re feeling in a funk or when your house smells like funk. Since it cleanses the air, it actually gets rid of the odor by eradicating the bacteria that’s causing it, rather than just masking the smell like commercial air fresheners. Lemon pairs well with doTERRA Breathe Respiratory blend, Frankincense, Geranium, Peppermint, Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang.

Taking Internally for Body Cleansing: Taking lemon essential oil is one of the most powerful cleansing and natural things you could do for your body, and it’s so easy to incorporate into your day! You can add this to your water, carbonated water, orange juice or even your coffee! I know it sounds crazy but it’s actually pretty good. :] Just make sure you’re using a glass, ceramic or stainless steel container to drink out of–lemon is so powerful it will pull the toxins straight out of plastic–just like it does with your body! I was out of it in the hospital once and added lemon essential oil to some tea I was drinking out of a styrofoam cup and watched as the lemon dissolved the styrofoam before my eyes! It was pretty crazy but just goes to show you how powerful it is.

Cleaning and Freshening Laundry: It’s super easy to throw a drop of this in the washing machine with your whites, especially towels and undies, and it will really help to freshen them up. I like to throw a couple drops in the dryer with lavender and my wool dryer balls. It’s not a strong scent you’re left with but the subtle freshness is honestly exactly what I’m looking for. The other thing you can do is make up a “laundry and fabric spritz” in a glass spray bottle with 10 drops lemon, 10 drops lavender and 10 drops wild orange and just spritz the towels in your linen closet once a week to keep things smelling fresh. This would also work nicely on couches, chairs, rugs and beds, just make sure if you have pets (especially cats) that you’re not spraying this where they like to hang out because they really hate citrus essential oils. Trust me on that one.

Improves Digestion: As far as how to take this internally for digestion, I would say as a first line of defense you should be drinking it in a glass of water every morning–a splash of raw apple cider vinegar wouldn’t hurt, either. However, if you are experiencing stomach upset, I’d try two things. The first thing I’d probably suggest is taking a bit of fractionated coconut oil and rubbing a few drops of that together on your abdomen. The other thing I might try, is if you have any empty veggie caps, you can put a few drops in the capsule and take it just like a supplement. If you need to get veggie caps, this is the best place to get them. 

Purifies Skin: Ok I know this sounds crazy but I just put 1-2 drops of undiluted lemon essential oil straight onto my face after I’ve cleansed and moisturized and it has been doing amazing things for my skin! It feels 100% pH balanced when I do it. I hadn’t heard of people using it on their face, I just thought of doing it because I used to do this face mask with fresh lemons and honey and it worked really well with my skin, but it took a while to do and it was pretty messy (I’d always get the honey in my hair). I can’t promise this route will be the best for everyone, especially if you have sensitive skin, but give it a try if you’re gutsy. If you do it and it burns, wipe your face off with coconut oil immediately and that should help get off any excess. You should also make sure you’ve got at least 12 hours where you won’t be going out into the sun excessively when putting any citrus oil on exposed skin. Citrus oils are photo-sensitive and will cause your skin to burn more easily! Perfect to do on a Friday night when you’re planning on sleeping in on Saturday (i.e. NOT planning a pool day).

Soothes Sore Throat and Cough: This one really works and is easy to incorporate as well! Just add 1-3 drops to your hot tea with raw honey and you’ll definitely feel the soothing effects right away.

Improves Your Mood: It never fails, I just feel happy when I diffuse lemon! It’s not just ME, either. Lots of research has been done on how lemon essential oil works with our brain to release oxytocin. You can use it diluted on your skin, spritz it in your hair or on your clothes or try it on a diffuser bracelet or necklace. Keep lemon nearby and use it when moodiness or sadness strikes.

Eases Allergies: Seasonal allergies have really been getting me down lately. One combination that really helps is lemon, lavender and peppermint, one drop of each rubbed into the palm of my hands and inhaled deeply through the nose. Do this several times over and enjoy the soothing effects it has on your nasal passages and sinuses.

 

Well, I hope this is helpful to you as you begin to incorporate lemon essential oil into your daily wellness routine!

If you’d like to purchase the oil from me, you can do so here.

Your Sister In Oils,

Emily

 

The Best Uses for Rosemary Essential Oil — It’s Not Just for Cooking!

When you think of Rosemary essential oil, you may think of roasting a pork tenderloin or flavoring homemade potato soup. But it is oh so much more than that, my friends! What I’ll do today is walk you through the top ten best everyday uses for this common yet sometimes overlooked essential oil so you can take advantage of its incredible benefits.

Photo by Emily Michelle Jones

#1: HAIR RE-GROWTH

Yes! Rosemary essential oil helps with hair re-growth, as consistent use stimulates hair follicles and helps hair grow stronger. Whether you are actively losing hair or you want to act preventatively, Rosemary essential oil can help keep your hair healthy. Add 1-2 drops into your hand with your shampoo, or add 10-15 drops per 8 oz. shampoo bottle and mix thoroughly.

#2: HEALTHY SCALP

I could have lumped this in with #1, but a healthy scalp means a lot to me, since I struggled with the waxy build-up (which acts like dandruff) for about 7 years before I discovered essential oils. It is SO frustrating doing everything you can for your scalp, only to have these itchy flakes that drive you crazy, get all over your clothes and can be so embarassing socially. Enter Rosemary. This oil soothes the scalp–you can try massaging this into your scalp up to 3x a week.*

#3: FOCUS

Rosemary is fabulous for focus and studies have shown it is effective in improving cognitive function. You could try applying to your wrists just before writing your big thesis or diffuse in the kitchen when your kids get home from school. Its uplifting aroma tends to keep our energy up while simultaneously grounding us. Since it has a deep, herbaceous smell, it pairs well in the diffuser with citrus oils–try Rosemary and Lime or Rosemary and Grapefruit (3 drops of each). Using this all-natural alternative to stimulants is a great thing to do for your body, and a great long-term solution for increasing focus.

#4: IMPROVING DIGESTION

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Thankfully Rosemary’s delicious flavor is fabulous when used in cooking (particularly meats), because it helps us maintain healthy digestion and can even help ease stomach upset, bloating and constipation! Because essential oils are so potent, only 1-2 drops per dish is needed to flavor your entire meal! This makes the oil a super cost-effective ingredient for upscale dishes as well.

#5: REDUCING NERVOUS TENSION

When taken internally, Rosemary can support our body by easing any nervous tension we may be feeling. You can dilute 1 drop in 4 oz. liquid, place 1 drop in an empty veggie cap or you may choose to diffuse or apply topically (we recommend using fractionated coconut oil as a carrier to dilute–1 teaspoon of coconut oil per drop of essential oil).

#6: PAIN RELIEF

It’s true! Rosemary essential oil can help with pain management. Because it helps stimulate blood flow, Rosemary can be used with sore muscles, headaches, or other ailments to reduce the pain and aid in quicker healing.

#7: SKIN TONER

Run out of your favorite toner? Try Rosemary! Its gentle components help tone skin while removing impurities and helping reduce redness, dryness and inflammation. You could always try adding one drop of Rosemary to your toner nightly.

#8: RESPIRATORY RELIEF

As an antiseptic, Rosemary is incredibly soothing for any kind of respiratory issue you might have going on–colds, sore throats, allergies, bronchial infections and even flu. We’d recommend applying 1-2 drops diluted onto your chest and throat and cupping your hands to your nose and taking several deep breaths to inhale the oil into your lungs.

#9: REMOVING ODORS

Because Rosemary essential oil has antiseptic qualities, it can be used to remove bad-smelling odors from around your house, car, office–even your mouth! Yep–Rosemary can help fight bad breath. If you’re using it to get rid of a pet smell in your house, please keep in mind that pets are usually a lot more sensitive than we are to smell, so they may not like what you’re diffusing. Just make sure they have the option of going elsewhere while you’ve got the diffuser going! If you want to try using Rosemary to freshen your breath, take one drop on your fingertip, press it to the roof of your mouth and then take a drink of water. Feeling refreshed yet?

#10: IMMUNE-BOOSTING

Partied a little too hard last night? Your kid brought home whatever is going around at daycare? Never fear, Rosemary is here! Getting in the habit of using Rosemary regularly around the house is the easiest way to boost your immune system. Who doesn’t love having that lovely smell wafting through your home while actually getting incredible benefits to your body at the same time, instead of all the drawbacks traditional candles and plug-ins inflict. Best ways to use Rosemary for simple immune-boosting–in your cooking, in your diffuser and on your skin.

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Know some other great ways to use Rosemary? We’d love to hear them! Comment below to connect with us–give us your suggestions or feel free to ask any questions you may have. We’d be happy to help!

Your Sister in Oils,

Emily

p.s. Read below for a dry shampoo recipe!

Natural Fingernail Polish Remover

Doterra Lemongrass Essential Oil
Photo by Lauren Witt

Well ladies and gents, I just got WAY too excited over this DIY Natural Nail Polish Remover I put together!  Have you ever tried to take nail polish off without nail polish remover? It’s typically pretty impossible, right? Not anymore! Keep reading to find out the super simple 2-ingredient recipe below.

Now I’ll be honest, I’ve tried a few methods using the same doterra Lemongrass Essential Oil but tonight I hit the jackpot.  So keep reading this and at the very end I’ll post the recipe!  I’m not going to bore any of you with the different ways I’ve put this remover together, but what I can tell you is they all worked I just happened to like this the best.

So let’s back track a sec here.  A few years ago I started following this UH-MAZINGGG Beauty Movement called Beauty Lies Truth.  You can and should totally check out their blog as you may find some of your “clean” products aren’t so clean after all at www.beautyliestruth.com.  Yikes, right?  Well anyways, I started reading the labels on everything I owned and legit freaked out.  Now, I was in no position to just throw away everything, but I had to start somewhere.  So I started researching with the help of above said blog and figured out where I wanted to start first.  I started with makeup and facial cleansers/lotions.  Within a month I had gone completely clean with those items and couldn’t have been happier.  Really makeup isn’t the focus here so we can always save that for another day.

So how can we take off layers of nail polish without chemicals, you ask?  I’m honestly thrilled you did:  The answer is doterra Lemongrass Essential Oil!  Exciting right?  I can’t be the only one who might be amazed by this answer.  So what I did was take a small ceramic dish and dropped in 8 drops of the Lemongrass EO.  I then added a couple splashes of Witch Hazel so I could soak my fingernails.  I set my fingernails in this dish for 30 seconds.  I then dipped the cotton ball into the same mixture and just started rubbing like I would with regular nail polish remover. You will be amazed at how effective this works.  What did I do next?  My other hand!  I couldn’t believe how safe and easy this was.  So you have polish on your toes as well?  No worries–just take another cotton ball to the same mixture, let it soak some of the liquid up and do the same.  Without the soaking you might have to work just a midge harder to remove it all but it really wasn’t all that serious.

Afterwards I tossed a little doterra Fractionated Coconut Oil on my cuticles and went about my evening.  It really was that simple and I avoided inhaling all kinds of nasty chemicals and leaving a gross smell behind on my hands.  Have I also mentioned that my hands smell amazing?

Until next time, friends!  I hope you enjoyed this recipe, and please feel free to leave comments, questions and ideas below!

-Lo!

DIY Nail Polish Remover

-Ceramic/Glass Dish
-6-8 drops of Lemongrass EO
-Witch Hazel (depending on dish size just use enough to soak your fingernails)
-Cotton Ball
Have fun!

Essential Oils for Sunburn – DIY After Sun Spray

DIY After Sun Spray
DIY After Sun Spray

OMG everyone! HOW IS IT JULY?! Maybe I’m just having a little too much fun, and the summer is about to fly on by. In reality I had a crazy busy June, and I now feel like I’m truly enjoying summer. I even got out to the pool this past weekend which brings me to the awesome news I have for y’all! I’ve put together a DIY After the Sun Spray with some amazing dōTERRA oils and a few other simple ingredients. Exciting right? Keep reading for all the details.

So I’m going to assume, even though you shouldn’t EVER assume, that we can all get a little too much sun sometimes. Am I right? Well to give you the best idea of my skin if you don’t know me, it’s pretty fair. Even since moving from the North down South, I’m still pretty fair and get rosy-gold in the Summer. I am very into organic sunscreens made with little to no chemicals but we all know you can still get some unwanted sunburn. Once you have the sunburn, there’s no turning back or time to apply more sunscreen so we need to now worry about aftercare. First and foremost: STAY HYDRATED! That’s going to be key in the healing process, but next you’re going to want to apply something for the burn itself.  Good thing you can use essential oils for sunburn! I can’t tell y’all enough how after using this spray I’d wished I’ve had this spray forever. I have extremely sensitive skin and sometimes there’s just no avoiding getting some extra sun sometimes. So why punish yourself when you can soothe and hydrate your skin with ingredients you have right at your fingertips?

The first dōTERRA oil I am going to talk about today isn’t going to be the most obvious but it’s important and is in my spray. It’s dōTERRA Basil Essential Oil. Basil itself acts as a cooling agent to the skin so I figured why not add this in there! ….and to clear it up yes Basil is mainly used in the culinary world but Basil has a rich history of medicinal uses! So I would say most definitely add this in!

The second oil I’m going to talk about for the DIY Spray is dōTERRA Lavender Essential Oil. Y’all probably saw this one coming a mile away as Lavender is a natural antiseptic so it has its own built in healing properties. How cool is that? To me this screams “YAY I don’t have to slather a cream or a lotion full of chemicals all over my already irritated skin”! Does anyone else feel that way? So for obvious reasons I have added Lavender EO to this as well.

Last but certainly not least I have added some of dōTERRA Peppermint Essential Oil. Did the thought cross my mind that maybe I’m making an intense cooling spray? It did but only for like 10 seconds. I really won’t get to into Peppermint EO here as really I generally use it for stomach upset or to cool me down when I have a migraine so I also thought this would be a good feature for my spray. Another reason I wanted to add Peppermint EO to the spray has everything to do with the fact that even if you are NOT sunburned and just want to cool off for the summer you can just give your skin a few spritzes and go about your day! You can’t ever apply too much and it’s safe and free of chemicals.

Now I realize that there are several other EO’s that would be good for being a natural antiseptic including Bergamot, Lemon, Clove, Myrrh, Thyme and many many more; just pick the one you have the best experience with or try Lavender! I find for skin irritation Lavender is what I have had the best luck with. If you differ from my recipe I would love if you share your experience. I am always up for trying new things or even adding to what I’m already including ingredient wise.

At the end of this post will be my full recipe. If the bottle you are using is larger than mine please just adjust your measurements accordingly. I love the 10ml spray bottles as they are easy to just toss in the bag I am carrying with me that day. I hope y’all enjoy making and using this spray. Please keep enjoying your summer and keep this spray handy. Until next time KEEP COOL!

In a 10ml Spray Bottle:

15 drops Basil EO
10 drops Lavender EO
8 drop Peppermint EO
5 drops FCO

Fill the rest of the bottle with Organic Rose Water and shake it up!  I would also recommend shaking before each application.  Enjoy!

See you next time,

Essential Oils for the Skin: DIY Facial Toner

Photo by Emily Michelle Jones

Hello everyone and hello Summer! I really hope everyone is having an amazing June so far. Things have been a bit crazy here with some travel and moving this month. It’s been a minute since we’ve posted but I promise we are back and ready to deliver some really awesome content from here on out! I’d also like to thank everyone for hanging around and keeping up with our Instagram @thatmidnightoil in the meantime. We are thinking of doing a series on Essential Oils for the Skin and this is our first post in the series.

So today I am coming to you guys with an awesome DIY Facial Toner! It was really simple to make and I chose the oils based on wanting to combat oily skin for these hot and muggy summer months. I already have oily combination skin so when the weather is muggy and constantly warm, I need a little more help taking care of my skin. So if you’re someone with skin similar to mine or just want to control oily skin for the summer this could be the toner for you!  In a 10 ML spray bottle I put 10 drops doTERRA Geranium Essential Oil, 12 drops doTERRA Cypress Essential Oil, and last but not least 5 drops doTERRA Juniper Berry Essential Oil.  After that I filled the bottle to the halfway point with Witch Hazel, and then the rest of the way with pure Rosewater. Put the top on and give it a good shake! Now if you wanted to make this in a bigger bottle just adjust the measurements accordingly.  You could also swap an oil for one of your choice as well. Please don’t feel limited, but just know that the doTERRA Cypress Essential Oil was the main one I chose to help with the excess oil on my skin so I’d keep that one in there for sure!  I chose doTERRA Geranium EO for its anti-aging properties, and doTERRA Juniper Berry EO based on its ability to be a natural skin toner.
I do recommend shaking before each use–just a few sprays goes a long way! I personally use this morning and night after washing and before moisturizing, but feel free to use in the middle of the day as well!
I hope you all try this at home, and please leave comments on your thoughts!
See you next 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.

Best Uses For doTERRA Geranium Essential Oil

I don’t know about you, and I cannot speak for everyone BUT my hair has been through HELL the last 16 months. I would get my usual which is called a “bleach and tone”. If you’re not familiar it’s when the hair is pretty much bleached and toned every 4-6 weeks. Well there happened to be an incident which left my hair very damaged, and unable to come back from what had happened. I politely changed salons and immediately had to cut several inches off my hair. Now I know you don’t know me (just yet), but this crushed me. I get it-it’s just hair right? “It will grow back” they say! These are all things I know, but just didn’t want to hear.

In the last 12 months I have taken extra good care of my hair. I have been getting routine trims/cuts every 3-4 months and have only applied some basic color (at the advice of my colorist) to my hair twice. I did the whole root grow out which I absolutely fell in love with, but I’m ready to be close to platinum again! So this is where Essential Oils comes into play for me, and dōterra Geranium Oil to be exact. I’ve been looking into many different dōterra oils for the effects of helping hair become stronger. When I stumbled upon dōterra Geranium Essential Oil I just HAD to get my hands on it.  Some of the benefits of the dōterra Geranium EO are giving hair a vibrant and healthy glow, promoting the appearance of clear and healthy skin, a natural stress reliever, reducing blood pressure, naturally repel insects and that’s just to name a few.  The beauty side of this EO is really what grabbed my attention.

Hair mask in bun
So you’re probably wondering at this point what I’ve been doing with this oil right?  Well you’re in luck!  I have been taking Organic Unrefined-Unfiltered Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and mixing it with some dōterra Geranium EO.  There isn’t an actual method or calculation–for however much you are going to make, I would suggest using 1/4 parts Geranium EO with either 1/2 or 3/4 parts Olive Oil.  I haven’t made a large batch yet-I just make it as I want to use it.  All I do is section my hair into three parts and start at the ends and work my way up each section.  I then just top knot it and let it sit for a minimum of one hour.  You could technically leave this mask on for as long as you want including overnight, but generally I do about three hours while I clean up around my house or sit and relax.  My only suggestion to you is if you’re going to sleep or sit on something porous put a towel down, or a sheet you don’t mind getting some oil on temporarily.  So the results!  You want those right?  I only have to shampoo my hair once and I put in a very small amount of conditioner but what I find when my hair dries is the smoothness and shine!  Whether I apply heat to it or wear my natural curls my hair feels and looks so much healthier.  Now I can be pretty forgetful so I will sometimes go weeks without doing this mask and let me tell you when I do I regret not being on a better schedule with this thing!  I am no professional but I’d like to say giving my hair some extra love now and again has truly helped my hair grow and become strong again.  Lastly have I mentioned how awesome my hair smells afterwards?  Have a spa night, and give this a try!  You owe it to yourself!
Have any of you ever used Geranium EO for a hair mask or beauty treatment of any kind?  If you have please leave a comment below to share your experience as we would love to hear!  Also feel free to ask any questions!  Thank you so much for stopping by-until next 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.