ESSENTIAL OIL SPOTLIGHT: ELEMI

ESSENTIAL OIL SPOTLIGHT: ELEMI

Canarium Luzonicum Tree, grows in the tropical forest in Philippines

I have a confession to make. I am head-over-heels in love with Elemi Essential Oil.  Its scent is garden-fresh with top notes of lemon and sweet cooling base notes that uplift and rejuvenate, and its powers have me spellbound.

Before modern medicine, civilization relied heavily on the powers of nature to heal, restore and uplift. Turns out, Elemi is a rare and precious essential oil that has been revered for centuries.

Elemi Essential oil comes from the Canarium Luzonicum Tree found in the tropical forests of the Philippines and its neighboring nations. It is in the same botanical family as frankincense and myrrh. Elemis are evergreen trees that produce fruits the size of plums with nuts inside. The resin of the tree is put through a steam distillation process to capture the pale-yellow essential oil.

Elemi is very popular in skincare applications for its incredible ability to reduce fine lines and to tone and soften weary and aged skin.  I’ve been adding it to my moisturizer, and can definitely see a difference in the folds of my neck, and jawline.  Amazing!

In Arabic, Elemi means “as above so below.” This speaks to the strength of its balancing properties in aromatherapy. It is said to open the door to hidden emotions providing the opportunity to come to peace with them.

I’m so happy to have found Elemi and excited to be bringing it to our monthly subscribers soon. It’s wonderful in a diffuser, added to a bath, or used topically with a carrier oil, like my favorite, organic jojoba oil.

Not Your Typical Bubble Bath

Not Your Typical Bubble Bath


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Not all bath products are created equal. In fact, your bubble bath may be causing more harm than good.  That’s because many products on the shelf today contain artificial ingredients that can have side effects, and contribute to a “chemical build-up” in your system.  For example, several personal care products can contain something called “phthalates.”  Not only can you not pronounce it — these phthalates have adverse, hormone-disrupting effects on the body. That Holiday Cookie or Blueberry Bubble Bath may smell great (if you want to smell like a holiday cookie or a fruit tart) but chances are it’s toxic. Yuck, no thanks!

Salty Bath was created to provide the ultimate, all-natural bath experience – one where you can enjoy a relaxing soak that is also packed with healthy benefits.  Think about it — our bodies take in a lot of toxins regardless of how healthy we are. That’s because your skin is your body’s largest organ and it plays a critical role in detoxification. Just how much? It’s responsible for eliminating 25% of your body’s toxins. Your skin also absorbs up to 60% of whatever is applied to it – which is why it is super important to use natural, non-toxic skincare products.

That’s where we come in. We take all the guesswork out of finding the purest products that are good for you, from the outside in. Each soak pulls out the toxins from your body, and replenishes it with good minerals that naturally aid in detoxification, boost your immune system, and support your overall health.

We make a variety of small-batch bath soaks that contain Dead Sea salts, sourced straight from the Dead Sea in Israel, and magnesium sulfate. Just these 2 ingredients alone pack over 80 essential minerals that flush out toxins and also promote relaxation, improve oxygen use, balance pH levels, help muscles and nerves function properly, and improve the absorption of nutrients. But we don’t stop there, we then infuse these mineral salts with therapeutic grade essential oils which add even more health benefits to your bath experience.  These include relieving anxiety, promoting better sleep, aiding in digestion, boosting mental clarity, uplifting mood, or calming you down.

We are known for providing simple, pure luxury: no perfumes, no dyes, or harsh chemicals – only all-natural and organic ingredients without any nasty side effects. Plus, everything smells awesome because of the high-integrity essential oils we use. And, everything dissolves beautifully in the tub without leaving a residue.

Some people tend to avoid any “me-time” or down time because it doesn’t feel “productive.” If that sounds familiar to you, then you can feel extremely good about the fact that by taking a detox bath like this, it’s not only productive but critical to your body in order to achieve optimal health. The irony is, by relaxing and detoxing body and mind, your spirit is also rejuvenated, and you are far more productive living this way, then operating on depleted reserves of energy.

All you need is a 20-minute Salty Bath soak to experience all the healthy benefits from the salts and the oils. As always, do not detox in this way if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, and always consult your healthcare provider if you have any medical conditions.  Finally, it is important to hydrate after any kind of detox soak, so drink plenty of water!

So, rather than figuring out how and when to book that next spa visit, perhaps you would do better having a luxury spa experience right in the convenience of your own home? If you are curious about how Salty Bath works, check out www.SaltyBath.com to learn more.

We are always creating new bath soak recipes, and adding to our all-natural bath and body product line. Our monthly subscribers enjoy amazing products at discounted prices, and discover new artisanal bath experiences as a result. Many have told us it’s become a joyful ritual that they look forward to.  How awesome is that?

What do you like to use in your bath?

 

 

 

 

How To De-Rail Holiday Stress: Joyful Giving Is Here

How To De-Rail Holiday Stress: Joyful Giving Is Here

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The joy and fun of the perfect gift!

Holiday stress statistics show that up to 69 percent of people are stressed by the feeling of having a “lack of time,” 69 percent are stressed by perceiving a “lack of money,” and 51 percent are stressed out about the “pressure to give or get gifts.” But do not fret! Salty Bath makes it easy to pamper your loved ones with a variety of gifting options to fit any budget.

Our boxes are fun to give and get. They are beautifully designed and packaged with a curated mix of luxurious bath and body essentials. This includes our small-batch, custom-formulated, all-natural and organic products, such as the crown jewel of our collection: the Ultimate Bath Soak. We make over 20 different kinds of bath salts, and there is always something new to discover in every box.  And with holiday stress statistics like these, you can even afford to enjoy the Salty Bath experience and its stress-reducing, healthy benefits too.

Our curated mix of relaxation comes in every box.

A sublime curated mix of bliss in every box.

Our bath soaks are a proprietary blend of mineral salts, sourced from the Dead Sea in Israel, along with magnesium sulfate, infused with therapeutic-grade essential oils. Monthly subscribers receive this healing wonder alongside other amazing artisanal delights such as bath bombs, organic body butter, vegan soaps, all-natural body wash, candles, and spirited goods such as healing crystals, meditation tools, like our artist-designed Mandala Mantra cards, and more.

It’s like a luxury spa retreat in one box, filled with products that support your well-being, vitality and mindful growth. There’s a new theme every month – past themes have been DETOX and SERENITY, and coming up in December is NOURISH TO FLOURISH.

Salty Bath products are not available anywhere else. They are pure, natural luxury: no dyes, no perfumes, no harsh chemicals, and always cruelty-free. Our unique blends are made from the Earth’s minerals and plants, and will relax and soothe tired muscles and help pull inflammation from overworked sore muscles and joints. We are all about the JOY OF BATHING! And that means, in addition to creating the ULTIMATE BATH EXPERIENCE for you… everything dissolves beautifully in the tub, so there is no residue left behind or messy clean-up afterwards.  Wouldn’t that be a buzzkill?!?

Remember, we turn bath time into bliss time. Whether you are buying a gift of self-care for yourself or someone you love — you can be comforted to know there is nothing like the restorative, healing powers of a SALTY BATH! For the holiday season, we are making one-time box options available, and we have many gifts in our Good Vibes shop as well.

SHOP NOW at www.saltybath.com. Good for body, mind and soul.

November Sneak Peek!

November Sneak Peek!

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There is so much I want to share with you about this month’s featured Essential Oil. I’m super excited to finally reveal this gem of an oil, and that it will only be available to our subscribers in all our November boxes. This botanical oil which we’ve aptly named TOTAL DEFENSE is loaded with health-inducing intelligence. So here is the scoop:

5 ESSENTIAL OILS IN ONE BLEND

Yep, it’s a blend of five therapeutic-grade essential oils that are scientifically documented to be highly anti-infectious, antiviral, antibacterial, and antiseptic. This potent oil blend is a powerful way to support your family’s health and wellness. Two of the oils found in the TOTAL DEFENSE Oil Blend, Cinnamon and Clove have been confirmed in multiple studies to be incompatible with most viruses and bacteria, which can not live in their presence.

In addition to Cinnamon, Clove,  TOTAL DEFENSE also includes Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary. This combination of healing oils covers a broad spectrum of antimicrobial activity and contains properties that strengthen the immune system. The Lemon-Eucalyptus-Rosemary blend is one of nature’s most powerful natural home remedies for flu, colds, sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, sore throat, strep, toothache, cuts, poison ivy.  It also is a powerful stimulant to the immune system.

HOW TO USE TOTAL DEFENSE OIL

Diffusing TOTAL DEFENSE Oil daily, rubbing it into your skin, and using it to disinfect around your home can help keep you and your family healthy.

Diffusion: Diffusing is a great way to get this healing oil blend into the respiratory system. Inhaling diffused oils strengthens the immune and respiratory systems, which are often the target of bacteria and viruses. Purifying the air adds a valuable level of protection and support in the health and wellness of your family. Many germs that travel through the air are linked to common ailments such as the cold and flu.

In addition to diffusing throughout the day, you can diffuse therapeutic-grade essential oils in the bedroom at night during sleep. It is a wonderful way to support the respiratory and immune system if someone is fighting an infection.

Anointing with Essential Oils: The Bible and other historical texts mention anointing loved ones with aromatic oils and spices for protection against illness and disease. This has been practiced by families for centuries. Just a drop or two goes a long way!

Massage or Topical Application: This healing oil can be diluted and massaged into the skin to help protect against the germs that cause illness. It is also very beneficial in the care of illness. Two very effective areas to massage are the reflex areas or vita-flex points on the feet, for example the lungs, sinus, bronchials, ears, etc., and also along the spine where bacteria and viruses tend to hibernate.

Some Practical Tips:

Test for sensitivity. Cinnamon and clove oil are powerful oils and could cause a reaction in some people. Diluting this essential oil in vegetable or carrier oil (we like Jojoba) before applying to the skin is recommended. The bottom of the feet is always the safest place to use and test oils, especially on children and those with known sensitivities or allergies. For your health and safety, always test first!

Disinfect and Clean: TOTAL DEFENSE oil diluted in water or vinegar is an amazing all purpose house cleaner. Kills germs and odors safely and naturally.

FINAL NOTE: Remember, all essential oils are potent, and only a tiny amount of oil is needed. If you have a medical condition, always consult your healthcare practitioner prior to use. Do not use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

 

 

 

 

Time Is A Precious Commodity

Time Is A Precious Commodity

Make Time For Yourself

Isn’t it funny that we fill up our time saying yes to things that often leave us depleted? It’s a trap that can falsely make you feel “productive.” And apparently a lot of us have fallen into it (I’m guilty of it, too).

Being “crazy-busy” or, having a “doing-it-all” mindset, has become the norm in our society.  It creates a vicious cycle where we end up putting ourselves at the bottom of our priority list because we have overcommitted our time.  Let’s face it, it just isn’t easy to take care of ourselves. Begrudgingly, I realized I needed to re-frame the concept of MY time. I could no longer rob myself of a good night’s rest because the wee hours gave me more time in my day. I promised myself to stop saying I was crazy-busy. My time on this planet is precious, so I wanted to be much smarter about it. I’m so glad I did, and there is no one happier than me that self-care has become a “national phenomenon.”

I recently heard Arianna Huffington talk about her New York Times bestseller, The Sleep Revolution, and how we spend more time re-charging our smartphones than we do our own bodies. That really struck a chord.

The first thing I committed to doing was scheduling time WITH MYSELF. Twenty minute chunks daily, without digital screens. Then, I took it a step further and created a sacred space for that special time, which completely transformed my life.  These moments were like mini-vacations in my day.  Time to be creative, relax, be still, write in a notebook, drink tea, listen to music, whatever fed my soul. Creating time and a special place for myself was empowering. At home, my tub became one of my favorite sacred spaces. Being able to lock the door meant it became my private sanctuary. Being able to spend a few moments in a meditative state, in the warm, salty, aromatic water is magical and centering. I could — and did — shift my energy and my mindset whenever I needed to. So if you lack space, but have a bathtub, you can easily escape to a private retreat without doing anything radical.  If you are inspired to create a space that helps you connect to your inner spirit, check out the tips in this great article.

The most fascinating part about being disciplined to schedule time to connect with yourself is it how it brings more energy, focus, and amazingly, more purpose-driven activity to the forefront.  For sure, I am more intentional about my calendar. I am still a person who enjoys a very full, family/work centered life. As a creative entrepreneur, I typically have a lot of big projects that I’m working on at once. But, I no longer say yes to pointless distractions, or anything that doesn’t align with my priorities. The best part about being more thoughtful about my self-care, and drilling down to what is essential in my life, is I’m more in the flow, and more present. Maybe it’s because I know when things get chaotic, I have my sacred space waiting for me. It’s not an external place I need to get to.

So, time is my friend. This moment is the best moment. Being present means never being crazy-busy again. For me, it means enjoying all the puzzle pieces that make up a life. And when you find something that brings you joy and connects you to your heart and soul, by all means — make time for it!