Are you a blaster yet? As in a Fascia Blaster?
If you have no idea what I am talking about I recommend you visit the FasciaBlaster® web site, watch the YouTube videos associated with the woman behind this company, and also join the private Facebook group with almost 300,000 members. Oh and you can read the amazing book,
After you start exploring all the resources, you are hooked. It really is like falling down the rabbit hole Alice.
When I came out on the other side (aka Wonderland) I ordered a FasciaBlaster, a FaceBlaster, and a Mini2. I went back and forth about whether or not to order the oils because the blasting process requires lots of lubricant. They sound like amazing, science backed products but after dropping about $250 on the other products I decided to save some pennies and make my own instead. I already had all the supplies on hand.
For this cellulite blasting oil I carefully chose essential oils that would help me with my goals to improve the health of my fascia. Here are the ones I chose and why…
Rosemary – This oil is amazing for blood circulation, for improving skin texture, and aiding cell regeneration. It is stimulating and healing, thus helping with firming and toning of the skin.
Fennel – This sweet smelling oil has diuretic properties that support the elimination of stored up waste materials in the cells and decreases water retention in body tissues. It is also great for breaking up the fatty deposits under the skin.
Grapefruit – This fruit is often associated with dieting and there is a reason for that. It speeds up lymphatic circulation and the elimination of toxins in the body. Grapefruit essential oil is rich in antioxidants, especially vitamin C, which is critical for collagen synthesis and healthy skin.
Juniper – This oil is great for circulation, flushing toxins, and keeping you from retaining water.
Cedarwood – Brings balance to the skin and helps clear impurities and toxins.
Carrot Seed – This oil has powerful antioxidant and detoxifying properties. It keeps the skin hydrated and slows the aging process. It stimulates the growth of new skin cells and is rich in vitamins E and C, great for collagen production!
DIY Cellulite & Fascia Blasting Oil
15 Drops Grapefruit Oil
10 Drops Rosemary Oil
10 Drops Fennel Oil
10 Drops Juniper Oil
5 Drops Cedarwood Oil
5 Drops Carrot Seed Oil
8 ounces fractionated coconut oil (stays liquid)
Add the oils to a dark blue or brown glass bottle followed by the coconut oil. Use liberally before each blasting session. Please note that this blend has citrus oil in it, which can make you prone to sunburn if you get some sun right after use. Wait awhile before getting some rays or omit the grapefruit if you blast outside.
I have also been known to use the Renpure Coconut Water Mist I use on my hair. Works just as good for blasting and the bonus is that I smell like a pina colada. I have also used plain old coconut oil, works like a charm.
A few years back and two homes ago we developed a big problem with pantry moths. I am not totally sure how it all began because I never had a big problem with them before, perhaps a few here and there. This particular year though I could barely keep anything in the pantry that they did not infest within a couple weeks and they found hiding places in closets, under couches, etc. They destroyed cereal, almond flour, rice, dried fruit, and so many other pantry items.
When we moved shortly thereafter we took them with us because they had cocooned in various hiding places. By that time I was sick of all the wasted food and the larvae are just gross as heck. It was time to end their reign.
Of course any attack in my arsenal has to be natural. No way am I going to spray toxic insecticides near my food. Every thing we did involves some elbow grease and natural alternatives.
Our attack was three-fold.
- We used sticky moth traps that attract with pheromones
- I cleaned the pantry out once every two weeks with soap and water and put all attractive foods in mason jars
- I used a spray repellent in the pantry to keep them out of there
Pantry Moth Repellent Spray
2 ounces white vinegar
10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
10 drops bay laurel essential oil
10 drops lemon essential oil
5 drops rosemary essential oil
5 drops lavender essential oil
Combine all the ingredients in a dark glass bottle with a spray mist top. Shake well with each use and spray on clean shelves and walls, making sure you get all cracks and crevices. Repeat every month to prevent the moth eggs from hatching and to prevent re-infestation. You can also spray a couple cotton balls and place in pantry corners or their favorite hiding places.
We were able to get rid of our moth problem entirely. No more damaged pantry food!
Who needs expensive beauty counter anti aging lotions and potions? This anti-aging face cream can be made at home using natural ingredients such as basil and avocado oil. It is soothing and hydrating and it uses non oily avocado oil, though you can use any carrier oil of your choosing. If you have problem skin pick one that has a low comedogenic rating (see this chart for ratings). It also provides the option of the three different essential oils. All are great for your skin and anti-aging in general but you can pick the one you have on hand.
1/3 cup fresh basil leaves and stems
1/3 cup witch hazel
1 tsp. avocado oil (or your favorite carrier oil)
2 tsp. Shea Butter (or your favorite butter)
1.5 tsp Emulsifying Wax
7-10 drops frankincense, rosehip, or geranium essential oils
Using a food processor combine witch hazel and basil leaves and witch hazel and blend well. Strain the now-green witch hazel into a half-pint canning jar, until you have ¼ cup of basil liquid. If you don’t have enough liquid add a little water to reach the ¼ cup.
In a microwavable bowl add Shea butter, Almond oil and emulsifying wax. Heat in 30-second increments until melted and smooth.
Add basil mix to the butter mix and slowly stir and allow it to cool and thicken. Once fully thickened add 7-10 drops of your desired essential oil. If your skin is dry add 10. Once fully thickened and cooled pour into half pint storage jars and seal. Keeps well in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Enjoy!
Essential oils can be categorized into eight broad groups. It can be really helpful to know these groups and what oils go in each because it can help you choose alternative oils to fit your needs when you don’t have the exact one you want. For example…if you want a strong floral oil for a DIY essential oil perfume and you don’t have the jasmine essential oil you want you can easily choose another from the floral category such as Neroli. Or if you need an earthy essential oil to make a beard oil product for your husband and you don’t have sandalwood, then you can elect to use another woodsy/earthy oil such as cedarwood. It helps when you know the general groups the essential oils fall into.
Antiseptic Essential Oils
These oils are antiseptic and cleansing with a strong camphorous smell. They are great for disinfection uses.
Citrus Essential Oils
These oils all have refreshing and stimulating citrus.
Fresh Essential Oils
These oils have strong stimulating and refreshing scents.
Floral Essential Oils
Light and relaxing floral oils:
Heady, strong floral oils:
- Rose Otto
Herby Essential Oils
- Clary Sage
Spicy Essential Oils
These are warm and spicy oils.
- Black Pepper
Woodsy/Earthy Essential Oils
These oils have the lovely earthy scents from the nature all around us.
- Ylang Ylang
Palmarosa essential oil is refreshing and rejuvenating. It has a sweet floral fragrance and its performance in cellular support and skin health make it highly valuable in skin care products, soaps, and beauty products. Palmarosa is closely related to lemongrass and citronella but the smell is actually closer to roses. It is often used as a cheaper substitute to rose oil which is quite pricey.
The esters in palmarosa, such as geranyl acetate make this oil good for skin problems and scarring. The high concentration of alcohols, especially geranol, give it an uplifting aroma and its documented antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. It is perfect for any skin issues, such as what teens face during puberty. It makes a great skin conditioning agent and toner. It conditions by helping keep the skin supple and elastic. It supports skin cells and helps them regenerate to keep the skin healthy and younger looking. It hydrates the skin and stimulates new cell growth and cell repair. It also helps balance the skin’s natural sebum production.
It is greatly beneficial when added to lotions, anti aging creams, toners, facial mists, facial masks, acne creams, and other beauty products.
The oil is also commonly used for digestive support as a soothing tonic. Adding a couple drops to bath water or to some almond oil and massaging the tummy is sure to help with digestion.
It being so closely related to citronella also makes this another great oil for keeping insects at bay.
It diffuses beautifully with bergamot, cedarwood, chamomile, clary sage, frankincense, ginger, lemon, lemongrass, mandarin, orange, rosemary, sandalwood, and ylang ylang.
Palmarosa is also a mild aphrodisiac. It was once thought that the perfume of palmarosa would evoke the love goddess Venus. Scenting the body with palmarosa was also supposed to surround the wearer with an aura of love and tranquility. You can boost its properties in this regard by mixing it with other essential oils known for boosting sex drive such as ylang ylang and sandalwood.