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The Easiest 2 Ingredient Room Spray

The Easiest 2 Ingredient Room Spray

  I can’t be the only person on the planet that has a room spray addiction.  I love making a room smell fresh in an instant, and right now, it’s all about citrus in the Lawrenz casa. Lemon, orange, tangerine, grapefruit and Bergamot. HEAVEN!!! Am […]

10 Lemon Essential Oil Uses for Cleaning

10 Lemon Essential Oil Uses for Cleaning

Having a clean home is one of the best ways I’ve found that keeps my sanity in check. Cleaning is one of the ways that I decompress from a stressful day or situation. There’s something about zoning into the process that is super calming for […]

5 Simple Ways to Adjust to A New Hometown

5 Simple Ways to Adjust to A New Hometown

making a new hometown feel like home

making a new home town feel like home

We recently moved to a new hometown for us,  and have decided that we like it so much, we are going to stay here for a while – a long while.

While moving to a new town can seem daunting, I can promise that it’s not. In fact, it can be both fun, educational and most of all: liberating.

Being a Navy brat growing up, I got to travel around a bit. New schools, new friends, you know, all the stuff that goes with that. When I was a kid though, I never really embraced it like I do now. I love the feeling of moving somewhere new -not knowing anyone, and forging my path.

But I know, that not everyone has these same feelings. So I want to share the 5 things I do to make a new town MY town in a month or less of moving there.

The 5 things I do to make a new town feel like mine

1.Explore my new hometown without a map.

I do this within a couple of days. By simply driving around the area without a map, it gets me familiar with the area. I’m lucky in that I have a pretty good sense of direction, and I don’t need to pull out Google Maps very often. I’ve fund by doing this as soon as I possibly can, I feel like I have a better sense of where I am in the town.

2. Eat where the locals eat

I like to eat in the local spots – the ones that have been around forever, or the new startups run by a local person. This gives me a sense of how the people really are – friendly (or not). By doing this within the first week of landing somewhere, I can get a sense of how I’m going to like living there. Talking with folks, getting to know them helps to start new relationships and make a new town seem less lonely.

3. Tour the grocery stores my new hometown

Within the first 3 weeks of being somewhere new, I’ve explored at least 3 grocery stores. I’m looking for the best produce, best selection, and probably the most important to me: the best vibe. That might sound a little crazy, but if I walk into a store and the employees aren’t happy, it’s probably not a store that I want to shop in on the regular. And if the produce isn’t pretty and fresh: I’m definitely not shopping there. That’s a deal breaker for me. But by the third week, I generally have a sense as to where I’m going to do a lot of my everyday shopping.

4. Walking tour of the downtown area

This is one of my most favorite ways to get to know an area besides the first step I take. A walking tour of a downtown area tells me a lot about what the city is doing to keep that area alive (or not0. It also gives me sense of where I will conduct a lot of business. Small mom and pop stores, boutiques and cafes are again, where I like to hang out to really get to know people and build relationships. I’ve always made sure to do this within a month of moving.

5. Research hometown events

I love local events, farmers markets and local festivals. These are the things that really tie a community together, and I like to be aware of the particulars. For example, it’s the middle of summer now, and it’s HOT. Most of the festivals here are more in the fall and winter, same with farmers markets. Where I’m from, these types of things are all happening during the summer months. I get it of course, it’s much too hot to have these events now. But I’m sure looking forward to the fall when I can start enjoying more farm fresh goods and interact with the locals at fun monthly events.

There are so many ways to make a new hometown feel like yo’ve been there forever and these are the 5 most important steps that I’ve taken to acclimate myself somewhere new.

Now I want to hear from you! Tell me: have you ever moved somewhere new? What did you do to feel more comfortable?

How to Make a New Home Town Feel Like Home

Benefits + 10 Uses for Grapefruit Essential Oil

Benefits + 10 Uses for Grapefruit Essential Oil

  I probably say this about every oil, but grapefruit essential oil is truly one of my favorites! I’ve used this oil daily for over a year, from cleaning to diffusing with it, I can honestly say that this is an oil I almost always […]

Safe & Easy Bug Bite Relief Spray

Safe & Easy Bug Bite Relief Spray

  Bug Bites are the bain of many people’s existence! I can’t think of one person I’ve ever talked to that hasn’t lamented about the nonstop itchiness from a mosquito bite! Recently, we moved to South Texas. First of all, I love the weather here – […]

Lemongrass Essential Oil: Benefits + 10 Uses

Lemongrass Essential Oil: Benefits + 10 Uses

When I was first introduced to Lemongrass essential oil, I will admit, I was taken aback by how powerful this oil is – I wasn’t sure it would make a regular rotation into my daily oil routine. Fast forward a month later, and I swear I reach for this oil at least 3 times a week. It’s a favorite now in our home.

They say that if you have a strong reaction to a particular oil, it’s probably the one you need the most. What makes this oil so powerful? Let’s take a look:

Primary Benefits of Lemongrass

  • It supports healthy digestion
  • It soothes muscular discomfort
  • It purifies and tones skin
  • It relieves head and neck tension and promotes healthy body temperatures.
  • Lemongrass oil is better than many of the synthetic deodorants that are a big expense, a heavy impact on the environment, and have limited lasting power.

Lemongrass Cautions

If you have sensitive skin, it may create a rash so dilute. It is not recommended for children or nursing mothers. Because lemongrass can stimulate blood flow, pregnant women should use extreme caution.

Check out this guide on Oil Safety

Top Ten Uses for Lemongrass Essential Oil

1. Lemongrass has wonderful skin regeneration properties. It can be added to shampoos, conditioners, deodorants, and lotions.

2. To help soothe sore joints or muscles. Combine equal parts Fractionated Coconut oil (or another carrier oil) and Lemongrass and rub topically on the area of concern. (Add Frankincense and Marjoram for a more powerful combination!)

3. It is a natural bug repellent for insects like mosquitoes and ants. It can be sprayed, diluted in a carrier oil, directly on the skin. It can even be used to control fleas; add about 5 drops to water and create your own spray to protect your pet’s coat.

4. It supports healthy thyroid function. Mix 1-2 drops with a carrier oil and apply topically to your neck area. Frankincense, Myrrh, and Clove are also awesome here.

5. It can be used in your household products. Try putting a few drops on a dust cloth and then wipe down the wood in your house.

6. It is a natural insect repellent and pest control. Rub or spritz some lemongrass on your skin before going outside.

7. It can be used to detoxify your body. Make your own detoxifying lemongrass tea by adding 2-3 drops to your favorite tea.

8. You can make a refreshing foot bath by adding 2 drops of Lemongrass Oil and 2 tablespoons of Epsom salts to warm water and soak your feet for 10 minutes.

9. Lemongrass oil is a valuable oil to use in aromatherapy. Its clean and calming aroma can reduce sad and anxious feelings, relieve restlessness and occasional sleeplessness, and helps you to relax.

10. Try adding 3-4 drops to your diffuser and diffuse for one hour before bedtime. Good for removing negative energy.  (for extra sleep support add lavender or serenity).

As you can see, lemongrass essential oil is pretty darn amazing! I’d like to know from you what you are most surprised about this oil, and if you would incorporate it into your oil routine. Leave me a comment and let me know!

Lemongrass essential oil is used for so much more than cooking! Here are just 10 ways you can easily use lemongrass oil in your home! Lemongrass essential oil is used for so much more than cooking! Here are just 10 ways you can easily use lemongrass oil in your home!

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Benefits + 10 Uses for Rosemary Essential Oil

Benefits + 10 Uses for Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary essential oil is one of my favorites! I know I say that about every oil, but I really, really love rosemary! It’s so beneficial for so many things (right now I’m using it to help grow out my hair after a bad haircut!). If […]

Orange Essential Oil: 10 Ways to Use + Benefits

Orange Essential Oil: 10 Ways to Use + Benefits

there first time I ever heard of orange essential oil, I had no idea what it was good for or what I would ever even use it for. I mean, it smelled great, but that’s about all I knew. It wasn’t long before eI started […]

10 Reasons I Love to Use Fennel Essential Oil

10 Reasons I Love to Use Fennel Essential Oil

10 Ways to Use Fennel Essential Oil

10 Ways to Use Fennel Essential Oil

When I first learned about fennel essential oil, I’ll admit that I didn’t think that it would be an oil that I would use very often, but I am happy to say that I have changed my mind on this oil. It’s helped me curb my sugar cravings. I never thought that I would be able to break that habit.

Since then, I’ve learned other ways to use fennel oil for its other benefits. Let’s take a quick look at its history and benefits before diving into 10 ways it can be used.

Fennel history:

The history of Fennel dates back to ancient times when Roman warriors were said to have consumed Fennel to make them strong and ready for battle. In Medieval times it was known as Fenkle and was a very popular herb with the ancient Chinese, Egyptians and Romans, who believed it conveyed longevity, courage, and strength, as well as warding off spirits.

The essential oil of fennel is obtained through the steam distillation of crushed fennel seeds, an herb which bears the scientific name of Foeniculum Vulgare. Its main chemical components are benzene, anethole, and limonene.

What are the benefits of Fennel Essential Oil?

Fennel essential oil has many medicinal benefits and has been in use in culinary applications and as a mouth freshener since ancient times.

A few of its primary benefits include:

It is beneficial for use with any kind of occasional digestive upset. It helps keep the stomach healthy and functioning properly, and protects the stomach from infections and ulcers, thus ensuring the all-around health and wellness of the stomach.

Even More Benefits:

  • It eases monthly menstrual cycles by giving relief from symptoms associated with periods such as headaches, pain in the abdomen, dizziness, and mood swings.
  • It supports a healthy lymphatic system.
  • It calms minor skin irritations.
  • As a laxative, fennel can assist in the flushing out of the kidneys, liver, spleen, and gallbladder. Kidney stones and urinary tract infections are reduced as a result.
  • Fennel oil’s expectorant properties also help with treatment of respiratory disorders. Excessive mucus in the lungs, chronic coughs and colds, and asthma can be lessened with this oil.

Top Ten Uses for Fennel Essential Oil

1. To support a slow sluggish digestive system and to alleviate digestive problems, you can dilute 1 drop of Fennel oil with 3 drops of a carrier oil and massage in a clockwise rotation over the abdomen. You could also add 1 drop to water or food or take it in a veggie capsule.

2. Fennel oil is great for the skin. It has strong cleansing and toning properties. It tones facial muscles and restores moisture to the skin, and reduces wrinkles and eye bags on the face. You can make a fennel cleanser for oily skin by adding 2-3 drop of Fennel oil to a tablespoon of coconut oil and applying it to your face. Hold a hot washcloth over your face a few seconds before rinsing your face.

3. Fennel Oil helps prevent abnormal contractions in the body known as spasms which are known to affect the respiratory and intestinal tracts, muscles and nerves and cause acute pain, cramps, muscle pulls and convulsion. Try adding 1-2 drops Fennel oil to a carrier oil and massaging to provide much-needed relief to the affected areas.

4. Applying Fennel Oil to open wounds and cuts protects them from becoming irritated.

5. Put a drop of Fennel under your tongue to help fight sweet tooth cravings.

6. Fennel Oil increases the frequency of urination and the quantity of urine, thus helping not only remove excess water, sodium, uric acid, bile salts and other toxic elements from the body but also proper blood pressure, cleansing the kidneys and reducing fat. Take 1-2 drops in a veggie capsule once or twice a day for three or four days.

7. Fennel oil is a good laxative and benefits in occasional constipation. However, unlike synthetic laxatives, it has no side effects and can be used regularly. You can take a drop or two in a veggie capsule daily, or add 1-2 drops of Fennel oil to warm water or tea, stir, and drink.

8. Fennel oil has proven to be effective in providing relief from the depositions of mucus and phlegm that leads to congestion. Try adding 2-3 drops to a steam inhaler and breathe deeply. You can also make Fennel tea by adding 2-3 drops of Fennel oil to steeping tea, and flavor with honey if desired.

9. Fennel oil can be used to help boost the milk supply for breastfeeding mothers. It is great combined with basil for this purpose. Drink 1 drop of each oil in water or tea every 2 hours until supply increase. You can also apply 2 drops of each, diluted, to the outside of breasts after each feeding.

10. Fennel oil can be used in many cooking and baking recipes. Try adding 1-2 drops Fennel oil to your salad dressing, or in your homemade Marinara sauce. Add 1 drop of Fennel Oil to desserts for an additional depth of flavor.

As you can see, Fennel essential oil has a lot of great uses and is very beneficial.  Click here to grab it at retail, or for even better savings, consider opening your own wholesale account. For $35 a year (less than Costco or Sams Club!), you will have wholesale pricing for what I truly believe is the purest essential oils on the market.

If you want to know more, or are interested in opening your own wholesale membership, please email me here. I am more than happy to help you begin your journey with essential oils.

 

Here are 10 ways you can use fennel essential oil in your everyday life today! Here are 10 ways you can use fennel essential oil in your everyday life today!

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3 Nutrition Tips That Work

3 Nutrition Tips That Work

  When I decided to make real changes for my health, besides getting into a doctor, and getting myself back in to the gym, the biggest challenge was to make real changes to what and how I eat and look at nutrition as a whole. […]