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Unlock the Magic of Summer

Summer is a great time to explore nature, including ditching synthetics in your personal care products for products that harness the power of natural ingredients. Simplify your routine - and how much you have to pack for your next road trip - with hacks that use the same item multiple ways. I'm sharing seven ways you can simplify your summer with one of the most versatile essential oils that you will come across - Cedarwood. It's a must-have to unlock the magic of summer!



1. Outdoor Skin Spray

Cedarwood essential oil's natural scent is unpleasant to insects, making it an effective and toxin-free alternative to other body sprays. Simply apply a few drops to your skin, or add it to your favorite carrier oil like coconut oil and apply it before heading outdoors.


"I make a DIY spray that truly works. We can definitely tell when we forget. Before, I would debate whether to deal with the bugs or put on a nasty spray that smelled horrible and gave me headaches. Now I don't have to debate - I can stay pest free while outdoors, smell nice, and not have a headache while doing it!" - Marci P.

Create an outdoor spray by combining it with Citronella, Rosemary, or Lemongrass and water or alcohol-free witch hazel in a glass amber spray bottle with a mist top. Gently shake before each use.


2. Relaxation

Summer is all about taking a break, and Cedarwood essential oil can help enhance your mood and calm your mind. Diffuse a few drops in your favorite diffuser before bedtime, and let the warm, woody aroma lull you into a restful slumber. Cedarwood is one of my son's go-to bedtime oils, helping him fall asleep quickly and stay asleep all night long (unheard of for kids with Angelman Syndrome).


3. Hair & Scalp Care

The sun and chlorine can damage your hair and scalp in the summer months. Cedarwood essential oil can help promote a healthy scalp and support healthy hair growth (if you'd like to see some incredible before-and-after photos I've been collecting from those in our community who have shared their personal experiences, message me).


Whip up our favorite Mermaid Spray, add 10 drops to your favorite synthetic-free shampoo, or create a relaxing scalp treatment. Simply mix a few drops of Cedarwood oil with a carrier oil like Jojoba and massage into your scalp. Let it sit for 30 minutes before rinsing it off. This will leave your hair feeling soft and moisturized.






4. Improve the Appearance of Skin

Cedarwood essential oil is known for its astringent properties, which can help reduce the appearance of pores and tone the skin. Add a drop or two of Cedarwood oil to your favorite synthetic-free moisturizer, or mix it with a carrier oil - like Rosehip or Evening Primrose oil - and apply it to your skin before going out in the sun.


5. Meditation

Get in touch with your inner self and take a much-needed breather. Cedarwood essential oil can help you get into a deep meditative state by promoting feelings of tranquility and calmness. Diffuse Cedarwood essential oil during your meditation practice, or apply a drop to your wrists or over your heart and inhale deeply.


6. Natural Deodorant

Applying traditional deodorants gives toxins a sort of fast-track to our body systems through the lymph nodes in our armpits. Use a drop or two in each armpit and enjoy its natural odor-fighting properties in place of your natural deodorant -or- before applying your deodorant on those extra busy and active days.


7. Mental Focus

One of the reasons Cedarwood is so helpful for sleep is that it promotes vitality and mental focus (in the sleep situation, it helps you focus on the task at hand...which is bedtime). Before you head out on your next outdoor adventure or when you're juggling all the family activities, here's how to help keep your mental power in peak performance: Apply a drop to your hands, rub through your hair (it's your personal diffuser), and then cup your hands over your nose and take three full and deep breaths.


Essential oils really are so versatile, and Cedarwood can be used in so many different ways to simplify your summer, plus, it's super budget-friendly! How are you going to use Cedarwood first?


Oil of the Month: July 2023

Each month, we share next month's Essential Oil of the Month to give you plenty of time to grab your bottle.

We go into the next month with the intention of using that oil every day. Daily use allows you to see the

versatility of use in each oil and truly experience the health benefits of consistent use.


Cedarwood essential oil is derived from the bark of the cedar tree and it has a warm, woody scent that is both calming and rejuvenating. If you want the most therapeutic benefits from your essential oil, be sure to use one that is unadulterated and totally free from toxins or synthetics. Learn more about the difference in essential oils here.


 

I am not a doctor and these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. I simply share my personal experiences, what I use, and what I love. Nothing I share is intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


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