Fall has arrived! The leaves are changing, the air is a little cooler, and pumpkin spice everything is popping up virtually everywhere. I must admit…I am a fan! Last week on one of those first fall-like days my little buddy and I decided to try our hand at salt dough ornaments. While this was super fun for him, I had a hidden agenda; I wanted to use them as little diffusing vessels for my all-time favorite scent, Sunshine Spice by Edens Garden.
We adapted a basic salt dough recipe like the one below, opting to use whole wheat flour for a more rustic looking appearance. We chose cookie cutters in the shapes of leaves, pumpkins, hearts, apples, and these adorable little owls. Since they were going to become ornaments we used a straw to poke holes at the top to tie twine hangers.
Once the salt dough creations were completely dried we assembled all of our supplies to turn them into little diffuser ornaments. We tied a bit of twine onto each one and added a few drops of essential oil. I suggest adding the essential oil to the back of the ornament as you can see in some of the photos it leaves a bit of a visible wet spot that does not completely go away. And they are ready to go!
In the spirit of sharing, we gave a bunch of our ornaments away to family in friends. We hung some around the house for a little hint of that spicy fall-like aroma too. One even ended up dangling from the rear view mirror in my car…cute!
Since I first started researching essential oil uses and DIYs I was drawn to this under eye serum featuring coffee-infused carrier oil that I kept seeing. I have quite the love affair with coffee, you know. So I was intrigued. The caffeine in the serum is supposed to help revive tired eyes on those rough mornings. I can’t get through any morning without my typical 4-5 cups of coffee, so it made sense to me! Since I am now in my 30’s and spending more nights awake tossing and turning than sleeping peacefully, I thought I would give it a shot.
Part one began a few weeks ago...
Infusing oils is still something rather new to me, but that’s half the fun. For the past 5-6 weeks I have been infusing a tiny jar or sweet almond oil with this robust, local-roasted, organic coffee I picked up at the farmer’s market. As this was a test batch, I only made a very small amount, just about enough to fill a 10 ml roller bottle. I placed the jar almost full of freshly ground coffee and then filled it to the top with the almond oil. I then placed it in a dark closet, shaking it every 3-5 days or as often as I remembered! After much anticipation, the oil is well infused and ready to go!
Now on to part two...
Since this serum was going to be used near my eyes I decided not to add any essential oils to the blend. I did choose to add a touch of vitamin E to act as a preservative and for its skin nourishing benefits too. My recipe is rather simple…I like simple!
CUP OF JOE UNDER EYE SERUM
Fill 10 ml roller bottle with:
2 tsp. coffee-infused sweet almond oil
2-3 drops vitamin E oil
Carefully apply underneath eyes in the morning to rejuvenate tired eyes and reduce redness and puffiness.
My, oh my! It’s been a while since I have posted an update on my aquamarine frankincense adventures! I have more to add on the color change phenomenon and also a very thrilling experience with aquamarine frankincense and spiritual aromatherapy that I am excited to share!
Color Changing Phenomenon
In my last journal entry I mentioned noticing a slight color difference in my two bottles of aqua frank. Since then many other aqua frank users have been experiencing it too, watching in horror as their bottles change from the vibrant turquoise that we love to paler shades of turquoise and greens to even yellow! Some bottles, regardless of hue, are developing flakes of copper as well, likely from the copper still that was used to distill them. My second bottle, the larger 15 ml size, went through both of these changes (see below).
Several ideas circulated regarding the cause of these color changes and possible solutions including leaving the essential oil exposed to light and oxygen. I know what you are thinking, two things we have been previously taught NOT to do! So of course I had to experiment. And the good news is…it can be reversed! Below you will see a time lapse showing what happened after I left the bottle sitting out on my desk for 48 hours (little to no change) and then after opening the bottle and leaving the cap off for just 15 minutes (big change). My 15 ml was thankfully restored to that beautiful turquoise hue of the smaller 5 ml bottle that I adore and has stayed that way ever since.
Note: the copper flakes still remain in the bottle. I do not have a problem with this at the moment, but if you do they can easily be removed by running the oil through a coffee filter to catch the particles. Although keep in mind that some of the oil will be absorbed and lost in the filter as well.
Aqua Frank & Spiritual Aromatherapy
I ordered a new diffuser necklace, because well I have a slight problem and apparently the 10 I already own were not enough! Plus the seller mentioned she thought of me when she designed it, so of course I had to have it! (See where I purchase them here). When I received said necklace it had beautiful purple and green stones along the chain. I was immediately inspired to blend aquamarine frankincense with lavender and a hint of lime to use on the necklace’s tassel. The blend turned out quite refreshing. I wore it all day on a Sunday, a very hectic day for me typically, and felt very grounded and uplifted all at the same time.
Here comes the interesting part…Monday morning I was scheduled for an aura reading with my Joy Guide, Shannon. She sent me an email bright and early with her reading and an artistic rendering of my aura. I was shocked at what I saw! Myself dancing in hues of purple and green! (See below) My mind wandered back to the necklace and essential oils I had worn the day before. Coincidence? I think not! These oils have such powerful energies that I am only beginning to comprehend.
Founder of the Lavender Giraffe, certified aromatherapist, lover of nature, amateur yogi, fit foodie, and boy-mom!
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