My First Make and Take Party with Essential Oils

After a year of using and loving essential oils I finally got around to hosting my first make and take party at my house Saturday night.  SO much fun and I will definitely be making this a regular thing.  We made Thieves Wipes, Room Freshener and Roller Balls.

A make and take is basically using your essential oils to make DIY home and body products that are natural and chemical free.  They are easier than you think to make and work even better than the store bought equivalents for usually a fraction of the price.

I had bought supplies for 10 and ended up having 6 people show.  So it worked out great.  This time I didn’t charge to generate interest, but next time I will charge around $10-15 a person to cover costs depending on the recipes. Below is a picture of the supply table.  It is always a good idea to have multiple measuring cups, spoons, etc. on hand to allow multiple people to make recipes at the same time.

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My husband is an amazing chef and made some wonderful desserts for us.  I only managed to get a picture of the cookies, but don’t they look divine?  I also made a Limoncello Sangria that was out of this world good.

The first recipe we made was Thieves Cleaning Wipes. I used Ziplock Containers and labeled the containers with Chalkboard Labels.  Here is the recipe to try yourself.  It came out amazing and I have already used them to clean my kitchen sink and bathroom.

Thieves Cleaning Wipes

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Vinegar
  • 2 Cups Distilled Water
  • 4 TB Thieves Cleaning from Young Living
  • 1 Roll of Durable Paper Towels

Directions:

  1. Combine vinegar, water and Thieves Cleaner in a bowl and mix.
  2. Cut the paper towels in 1/2 (or use select a size paper towels).  Pour one half of the liquid mixture over each half.  Put the lid on and shake to combine.
  3. Use to clean small messes.

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Next we made a Room Spray.   These came out awesome and I already have made another one as there are so many uses for these!  You can use them for the bathroom, or as a linen spray, mood booster, stink eraser, etc.  Versatile is the name here.  I bought bottles from an online aromatherapy supply store and they worked great.  Amazon would be another great place to source them from.  I allowed my guests to use oils of their choice and most did 1-2 oils for a nice blend.  Citrus oils are great ones to use for this and they are economical as well.

Room Spray using Essential Oils

  • 4 oz. Glass Spray Bottle
  • 3.5 oz. Distilled Water
  • Add 20 drops Essential Oils
  • 3 tsp. Grain Alcohol, Witch Hazel, or Vodka

Combine in a spray bottle, shake and spray!

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The last recipe was a make your own rollerball station.  I did’t get pictures of that but it worked great.  Just give guests a rollerball, 2-3 recipes to choose from, and the essential oils and carrier oil to fill the rollerball with.  I bought laminated labels from an online shop, but you can easily use a label maker, chalk labels, or even a marker in a pinch to label the bottle.

Now don’t forgot to allow your guests to experience other oils and products while they are there! I had a sniff station set up for people to look at, and I had other favorite Young Living Products of mine out with literature available for people to take home.

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Overall it was an awesome time and I think my next one will be a holiday themed open house concept where people can come over and make recipes up for holiday gifts, etc.  Please consider holding a party yourself and just remember to have fun! It is great to get friends together to catch up and talk about a shared interest.

ART Skincare Line Review

I don’t know about y’all, but for years I had a hard time finding facial products that actually had a good effect on my skin. Yes, I’d found some that seemed okay for a few days, but then would come that horrible day when I would wake up to discover that my skin had broken out, and I’d realize that the product I had been using had done more to clog and dry out my skin than to nourish or moisturize it.

I have tried everything from Nuetrogena to expensive brands like Boscia, Murad and Glamglow. The expensive brands worked better than the cheaper ones, but they still weren’t what I’d hoped for. My skin still broke out, and I still felt too dry or too oily. Not to mention the “wrinkles” that are beginning to crop up around my eyes, etc. I needed to find a better way!

The last few months I have been experimenting with using essential oils on my skin. First I used Frankincense with a carrier oil on my skin at night. It did help keep my skin clear and brightened my complexion. It even took away a blue beauty mark I had on my forehead! See picture below.

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Blue Spot gone after applying Frankincense Oil Twice a Day on it!

Then two months ago I bought Young Living’s Essential Beauty Serum. I LOVE this product! It has great essential oils in it like Cedarwood and Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood that nourish and hydrate the skin. A bottle is only $20 too which is a steal! Since I have been using this (1-2 times a day) my skin is softer and smoother.

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And now this past month I have purchased The ART Skincare System by Young Living.
Young Living recognizes the incredible power of essential oils, and uses them in all their skin care products. In the ART line they have added frankincense and sandalwood to reinforce DNA renewal and replenish the skin. They also use the legendary wolfberry seed oil, which is known for its superior moisturizing and skin conditioning properties. Add it all together and you have an amazing formula for a truly unique and effective skin care system!

The ART system comes with a cleanser, a toner and a moisturizer. You can use these products alone, or in combination with other Young Living skincare products. I am still using my Essential Beauty Serum at night and layer the moisturizer on top of that. My skin is really starting to glow and smooth out!

Your skin is your largest organ. Treat it with quality products, and natural if you can.
From a former Sephora o’holic that has tried about every skincare brand out there, trust me when I say that the ART skincare line works. I challenge anyone to try it and not like it. It stands up to the best of them – but without ALL those nasty chemicals!
If you are ready to order click the link below.  It will take you to the Young Living website.  Choose retail or member (best pricing) and follow the prompts.
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Bon Voyage Travel Kit

So you like your Young Living Essential Oils but don’t know what to order next. Let me share a gem I have discovered recently.  Last month I ordered Young Living’s Bon Voyage Travel Kit.  You get 11 airplane carry on approved items for face and body that are packaged in a nice quality travel bag.  When I unboxed it I was amazed at how LARGE some of these items were! It is a great way to try numerous Young Living products at once without having to spend the money on full size versions.  I am loving everything I have tried so far and these items would make great stocking stuffers at Christmas time or to give as part of a gift basket to someone!

Bon Voyage offers 11 Young Living personal-care products inside an attractive, custom-designed, Young Living bag:

  1. Thieves AromaBright Toothpaste, 2 oz.
  2. Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier, 29.5ml.
  3. Thieves Dental Floss
  4. Thieves Fresh Essence Plus Mouthwash, 2 oz.
  5. Young Living branded Toothbrush
  6. Lavender Shampoo, 2 oz.
  7. Lavender Conditioner, 2 oz.
  8. Cinnamint Lip Balm
  9. Morning Start™ Bath & Shower Gel, 2 oz.
  10. Genesis Hand and Body Lotion, 2 oz.
  11. ART Light Face Moisturizer

These travel-sized toiletries make Bon Voyage convenient as well as compact—a perfect size for carry-ons or handbags.

 

Bon Voyage

 

Travel Kit Buy Now
Retail $72.37
Wholesale $55.00

Primary Benefits

  • Safe and effective personal-care products that are infused with Young Living essential oils
  • Convenient and compact for easy travel
  • Branded travel bag with travel-sized toiletries
  • Great gift idea
  • TSA compliant

If you have never purchased Young Living before, the best way to start is to purchase an essential oil kit with diffuser.  It is a great way to get started on your wellness journey and it allows you to get member pricing with Young Living, which is 24% cheaper than Retail pricing!  Click here to order.

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DIY Milk Bath Recipe

I heart baths. Love, love, love them. But I hate paying a ton for luxurious soaks. This DIY Milk Bath recipe is both economical and luxurious so grab a book, put on some relaxing music and get ready to soak away your troubles–all while using things you likely have in your pantry!

And hint hint….this is a GREAT gift idea to give the moms in your life for Mother’s Day!

DIY Milk Bath Ingredients:

  • 1 & 1/4 cup Powdered Milk
  • 1/4 cup and 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup and 1 tbsp baking soda
  • Young Living Essential Oils – Purchase Info Here!
    • You could do any of the following combinations – have fun with this part!
    • 6 drops Ylang Ylang & 6 drops Lavender
    • 6 drops Stress Away & 6 drops Orange
    • 6 drops Peppermint & 6 drops Lime
    • Citrus Fresh, Peace & Calming, and Joy Essential Oil blends are other great ones to try!

DIY Milk Bath Directions:

Mix all ingredients into a large bowl and mix well. Add to a glass jar and cap tightly. Mason Jars are a beautiful and economical way to package this recipe.  Wait 24 hours before use.  The recipe can be used for 4 baths using a little less than 1/2 cup each time and can be stored for roughly 3 months.

Relax & Enjoy!

All things in moderation…..

So last year I got in on the essential oil bandwagon. I love them.  I really do.  I now have things in my home like all natural laundry detergent and natural hand soap that have essential oils in it.  I have roller balls of essential oil blends that I wear as perfume or for help with everyday aches and pains. I have an awesome homemade muscle rub cream that I swear melts away my neck tension every night.  But I am also living modern life.  I am a working mom who eats things like Orange Chicken (so delicious) from Panda Express for lunch.  I let my son do things like drink water from the garden hose or eat day old cheerios off the floor.  I also still have a medicine cabinet filled with things like Tylenol and Claritin because you just never know when you will need them.

When I decided to start this website last summer it was to be an outlet for me to write about my new role as a mom and explore this new world of essential oils I was excited about. It was also a creative outlet for me as I grieved the sudden loss of my mom last summer.  And over the past year I have been feeling more comfortable in everything. My son is going to be two in a few weeks and I still love my essential oils.  I also can think about my mom now without dissolving into a pile of grief.  It has been a good year.

But….

There are so many fanatics out there on both the essential oil AND motherhood front.   Sometimes I want to shout, “REALLY?  You really did power yoga, cooked an organic breakfast AND magically healed your sick child from one application of essential oils all before 9 AM?”

The reality of life is that sometimes you feel like super mom and other days you just survive till the kids go to bed. Essential oils have supported my family in an amazing way this year and I love them.  But I also will still take my child to the doctor if he gets really sick.

It is called moderation people. In the end, we are all just trying to make the best decisions for our family while trying to fulfill our dreams and ambitions at the same time.

Now excuse me as I get my 3rd cup of coffee for the day.  It is Friday after all and I am running on fumes at this point.  Moderation in the caffeine department can start tomorrow…

A Day in My Oily Life

Good morning! I thought it would be fun to invite you into my home and show you my typical oil routine. First up -Coffee!! And as I wait for my cup to brew I roll on my wrists some highest potential.

It is a blend of oils that sets my intention for the day. It combines the uplifting and inspirational qualities of Australian Blue with the power of Gathering to help bring greater unity of purpose. Jasmine is added to enhance self-confidence, while ylang ylang calms, soothes, and harmonizes.

Throughout the day it is my reminder to reach higher and think positive. I put a roller filament on the bottle so I just roll on my wrists and neck. I swear I have an extra spring in my step when I use this oil.

Theives Spray

Who else out there has a love/hate relationship with the diaper pail? Lol. To cut down on the smell (and kill germs) when changing out liners I always spray down with the thieves spray. Awesome smell and I love that is all natural and don’t have to worry if Bryces hands go all over this diaper pail later in the day when he decides he wants to throw out his own diaper.  This spray is also great for shopping carts, toilet seats, airplane trays, TV remotes….anywhere there are germs!

Mojito Blend

Hands down my favorite diffuser combo. Peppermint and Lime. Reminds me of mojitos and summer. Try it next time and see for yourself!  I love diffusing my essential oils to make the whole house smell yummy while also benefiting from the aromatherapy.

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Coming in from outside and washing our hands. I LOVE the thieves foaming hand soap. All natural, smells great and isn’t Bryce adorable? Lol. I am lucky that he likes to wash his hands. Even if it means him playing with the faucet for the next 5 minutes. The best part of this hand soap is it is all plant based ingredients and you can purchase a large refill jug that makes it cost effective and is environmentally friendly.

Kid Boo Boo

Bryce fell when he was outside so I used this great rollerball combo on him cleanse and protect the scrap he got on his knee.  This rollerball is so easy to make. Take a glass roller bottle and put 10 drops each lavender and purification or tea tree. Then Just put a little carrier oil in like grape seed to help oils spread when applied. Voila! Diy boo boo stick great for kids but I use all the time too. So convenient!

WorkOut

I have been trying to keep my New Years Resolution to move more and eat less.  I bought the Active and Fit Kit Young Living sells and LOVE both these products. The Cool Azul Sports Gel has 10% essential oils in it and the first ingredient in it is Aloe, making this product moisturizing as well as super cooling to your aching muscles and joints. And the Deep Relief oil works great as an “Icy Hot” type product.  One of my good friends just ran a half marathon and the next day she had no soreness! She swears these products helped her immensely recover from the run.

Lime

Need I say more? A great combo.  Also try adding a few drops of Lime Essential Oil into your fajita’s or Key Lime Pie recipes next time you make them.

Skin Care

My new anti-aging combo.  Frankincense essential oil has helped keep my complexion clear, reducing my age spots and overall giving me a natural “glow.” I mix it with Maracuja Oil, which I love for its lightweight moisturizing properties. Living in Florida my skin doesn’t handle well heavy moisturizers. I find this combo to be working great for me currently.

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Ahhh….Bedtime. I love to put two drops of Valor on my feet before bed. It really helps my mind “shut” down and go to sleep. Thank you for following along with my day and I would love to hear what essential oils you must have in your “oily” day.

If you have not purchased essential oils and are interested in doing so, I recommend the starter kit. It comes with 11 essential oils PLUS a diffuser of your choice. Click here to learn more and purchase!

Good Sleep Good Life

SLEEP…..elusive for many, never enough, and the phrase “sleeping like a baby” is a joke because actual babies wake up A LOT during the night. I should know. My 21 month old is just now sleeping though the night! Lol

Getting more sleep is one of the major reasons I bought my essential oil kit. Bryce had such a hard time calming down at night and my anxiety issues would mean when my head finally did hit the pillow I would just…lay there thinking….totally not sleeping. Anyone with me here? I know I can’t be the only one. So frustrating because I would be SO exhausted yet my mind just would not shut off.

The first thing I did when I got my kit was diffuse lavender that night in Bryce’s room. I also massaged a drop of Lavender on each foot. And a miracle happened. My kid fell asleep. Like in 1/2 the time it normally took. I started thinking maybe there was some truth to this oil thing.

I started looking up essential oil combos for sleep and anxiety and found a lot. Apparently sleep is a popular subject in google land.

I placed another order and tried popular oils like Cedarwood, Lavender and Peace & Calming. Cedarwood and Lavender have been the winners for Bryce. We have made up a roller ball that he applies to his neck every night before bed. Valor has been great for my anxiety and I now fall asleep much faster and more importantly, stay asleep!!

Below are the most popular essential oils for sleep. I encourage you to try as many as you can and find “your” magic sleep combo.

If you are interested in purchasing essential oils I recommend getting Young Living’s Starter Kit because it includes 11 oils PLUS a diffuser.

Click here to order and for more info.

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Vetiver

  • Emotionally Grounding
  • Promotes calm and relaxation
  • Use for aiding better sleep

 

Cedarwood

  • Calming, purifying properties by stimulating the limbic region of the brain (centre of emotions)
  • Combats hair loss and stimulates hair follicles
  • May assist in skin problems (acne and eczema)

 

Lavender

  • Calms the mind
  • Diffused or used topically for calming effect
  • May assist in soothing muscular discomfort

 

Peace & Calming

  • Relaxes and calms
  • Promotes a calm emotional and mental state
  • Eliminates dark mood and thoughts
  • Rub into feet to promote relaxation and sleep
  • Consisits of Blue Tansy, Patchouli, Tangerine, Orange, Ylang Ylang

 

Stress Away (Available as an Oil & Roll-On)

  • Gentle, fragrant blend that brings a feeling of peace and tranquility to both children and adults and helps to relieve daily stress and nervous tension.
  • Helps with normal, everyday stress, improves mental response, restores equilibrium, promotes relaxation and lowers hypertension
  • Consists of Copaiba, Lime, Cedarwood, Vanilla, Ocotea, Lavender

 

RutaVaLa (Available as an Oil & Roll-On)

  • Promote relaxation
  • Helps overcome negative feelings
  • Aids in relieving tension
  • Consists of Ruta graveolens (rue) oil, valeriana officinalis (valerian) root oil, and lavender oil

 

Young Living Sleep Essence

  • Unique sleep-enhancing properties in a softgel vegetarian capsule for easy ingestion
  • Consists of 4 powerful essential oils that have sleep enhancing properties: Lavender, Vetiver, Valerian and Ruta Gravelens + combined with the hormone Melatonin = a powerful all natural sleep aid.

 

Roman Chamomile

  • Relaxing and calming for body and mind
  • Promotes sleep
  • Used for skin care and skin regeneration
  • Stabilizes emotions that are linked to the past

 

Valor

  • Calming and helps anxiety
  • Balances energy
  • Diffuses anger
  • Builds confidence
  • Consists of Black Spruce, Blue Tansy, Rosewood, and Frankincense

 

 

 

Bryce Sleep
Here is a picture of my son napping recently with our cat. Now that is a good sleep!

New Vitality Line of Essential Oils from Young Living

Young Living has just released a NEW line of essential oils, their Vitality line!  This is so exciting.

Vitality is a dietary essential oil line, a line of oils specifically labeled for internal use.  From a consumer standpoint, these oils are the same exact therapeutic-grade oils we are used to, but the labeling makes it easier for new members to know which oils to use topically/aromatically and which oils are for dietary use.  Everything in the Vitality line is for dietary use.

The Vitality line has 4 distinct categories: Herb, Spice, Citrus, and Supplement.

At the launch of this new line, here are the 27 Vitality oils broken into categories:

Herb

Basil Vitality
Lemongrass Vitality
Oregano Vitality
Rosemary Vitality
Thyme Vitality
Lavender Vitality
Peppermint Vitality
Spearmint Vitality

Spice

Black Pepper Vitality
Cinnamon Bark Vitality
Clove Vitality
Ginger Vitality
Carrot Seed Vitality
Celery Seed Vitality
Dill Vitality

Citrus

Bergamot Vitality
Citrus Fresh™ Vitality
Grapefruit Vitality
Jade Lemon™ Vitality
Lemon Vitality
Lime Vitality
Orange Vitality
Tangerine Vitality

Supplement

DiGize™ Vitality
EndoFlex™ Vitality
Frankincense Vitality
Thieves® Vitality

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If you want to purchase these oils at wholesale prices, you can read more Here about getting a wholesale account.

My January Essential Oils Order

I love when my monthly box arrives. This month I decided to try the Einkorn Spaghetti. We cooked it the night it arrived! It tastes the same to me as regular pasta and it has a nice texture.

This is everything that came in my box this month:

Orange Essential Oil

I love the smell of this one. It also pairs well with a lot of other oils in the diffuser. It is considered a “happy” oil. Who doesn’t like the smell of oranges?

Pine Essential Oil

I grew up in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. I love the smell of pine trees. This oil takes me back to my childhood.

Tea Tree Essential Oil

This oil is good for so much and I actually really like the smell. It is spa like to me. I love diffusing it.

Valor Essential Oil

I use this on my feet every night before I go to bed. 1-2 drops on each foot and I am out like a lightbulb in no time. It is that good.

RC Essential Oil

This Eucalyptus oil blend really helps open up your sinuses. When a cold or allergy hits, this is great to diffuse. I also really like the smell.

Einkorn Flour

This has been a game changer for us. Brian can eat this and not take a gluten hit. We have been using in so many recipes and love the taste.

Einkorn Spaghetti

We loved it and plan to order more. It has more protein than regular spaghetti as well as more vitamins and minerals.

If you are interested in ordering essential oils or getting started with your own essential oil kit, click here to do so. Young Living has a customized monthly box program that gives you reduced shipping rates and gives you 10-20% back in cash! It really is a good deal. This is what I have signed up for and I am loving it. You can alter your ship dates and what goes in your box all month long. I love the flexibility of it.

Have a great rest of the month everyone!

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DIY Bath Bomb Recipe

So over Christmas break I went into a Lush Store. I LOVE their products. But man they are expensive. One bath bomb costs $7! ONE! So I came home determined (after I purchased their dark angel face scrub/wash. Love it) to make my own.

I have to admit I cheated a little bit. I ordered a bath bomb making kit off of Amazon. It came with all of the ingredients pre-measured out and even came with a spray bottle and cute muffin liners. All I had to add was Coconut Oil and my Young Living Essential Oils (I choose Lavender and Lemon this run).

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Tip – half way through I realized the bowl I used was way too small. Here is a pic of me mixing away while my husband is laughing at me getting ingredients all over myself and the kitchen. After this pic was taken we put the mix in our Kitchen Aid mixer and that worked MUCH better.

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I didn’t color these as I didn’t want to use artificial colors. So I left them white. But at the end of the recipe are listed some natural ways you could color them. Get creative!

In the end I think they turned out lovely. I can’t wait to use them! It was so easy to do and I love how you can scent them with essential oils and create the perfect blend for your needs. Here is the recipe and instructions. Enjoy!

Makes 12 (or more) cupcake bath bombs

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Baking Soda
  • 1 Cup Citric Acid
  • 1 Cup Cornstarch
  • 1 Cup Epsom Salt, reserve 2 Tbsp. for topping
  • 5 Tbsp. of Coconut Oil or any other oil to soften skin
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. of water (about 100 spritzes of water)
  • 1 Tsp. or more of Young Living Essential Oils

Directions

  1. Combine the baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch and Epsom salt (set aside 2 Tbsp. for topping) in a bowl.
  2. Slowly drizzle in the oil and mix with hands or whisk until it is evenly combined.
  3. Fill spritzer with water and spritz 100 pumps into the mixture while stirring.
  4. Mix until crumbly. You will know it is ready when you squish the mixture together and it holds together. (see pro tips below)
  5. Stir in essential oils and decorations.
  6. Divide the mixture evenly into 12 parts filling the liner with a generous 1/3 cup of the mixture.
  7. Press down and make even.
  8. Sprinkle on the Epsom salt topping you set aside and press down.
  9. You did it! Dry and set for 2 days.
  10. Drop 1 or 2 bath bombs into a warm bath. Relax your muscles and melt your worries away.

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Pro Tips

  1. Using the right amount of water is the key to making great bath bombs. You want to use the least amount of water, only adding a little at a time, to get your mixture to stick together, but not so much that it becomes active. If it is a humid day use less water.
  2. Organic, cold pressed oils like coconut, olive and walnut oil are natural moisturizers and they nourish the skin. Use them in your bath bombs. If you do not have these handy, no need to fret, any vegetable oil will do too.

 

Enhancing your Bath Bomb with Natural Color

Unlike artificial food dyes that have no additional benefits, you can enhance the color of your bath bomb with real foods that will actually benefit your skin. Here are some ideas:

Green Tea Matcha

(Sage Green Color) – Clock full of antioxidants that will give you more radiant skin. Add ½ Tbsp. to your mixture before dividing.

Dried Rose Petals

(Decoration) – Tightens pores and restores suppleness to skin. Crumple 2 Tbsp. into mixture before dividing.

Beet Powder

(Red) – Packed will folate, minerals and vitamins, beet powder is a great way to add color while anti-aging qualities fight wrinkles. Mix in 2 Tbsp. before dividing mixture.

Paprika

(Orange) – Rich in carotenes and beta-carotene which prevents age spots and freckles while promoting a brighter complexion. Mix in 2 Tbsp. before dividing mixture.

Spirulina

(Bluish to Greenish) – This super-food contains a wide range of minerals that are important in maintaining great skin, nails and hair. Add 2 Tbsp. into your mixture before dividing.

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