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Back to School

Back to School

It’s that time of year again! Good ol’ school is now in full swing and as you slowly begin to slip out of your “summer coma,” the curiosity of getting yourself back into the groove of things, becomes the ultimate question.

Fortunately, there are countless ways and opportunities to keep yourself, your kiddos and friends up to par and ready for this school years adventures, using 100% therapeutic grade essential oils and a healthy diet.

Here are just a few step by step ways to having a successful and healthy day:

1. Rise and Shine

Now, believe me, I know how hard waking up really is. You’re tired, not quite at a point where “jumping out of bed” has become a norm. But hey! You have to get up at one point, right? The best thing you can do in the morning, is provide yourself with a nutritious meal to kick start your day.

Eating breakfast in the morning, not only helps fuels your body but gives your brain the ultimate energy it needs to be all it can for your day’s work ahead. Skipping breakfast, forces your brain to work harder than it should to get to the point of functioning to full capacity. Think of it like any electronic that uses a battery. When you first insert a new battery into your devise, it’s quick and powered up, ready for use. Over time, when the battery begins to die, so does the speed and efficacy of the product. Our brains work very similarly. Not only is food an important and crucial way of living, but an essential booster for your day. There are plenty of nutritious morning meals in the heart of your kitchen, but just in case you seem to be drawing a blank on where to begin, here are some of my favorite breakfast recipes:

  • Breakfast Muffins: This is a great breakfast option that gives you the opportunity to whip it up before your week even starts. If you’re always in a rush, these recipes are most definitely a go to. Here is a link to some of the yummiest breakfast muffins out there: Muffins recipe. Not only does this breakfast include almost all of the essential nutrients you need such as, protein, carbs and your healthy fats, but is a palm sized bundle of goodness.
  • Avocado: Who doesn’t love avocado?! Avocado is wonderful healthy fat for you to consume, giving you an abundant amount of nutrients. Spread some avocado on your toast in the morning, splice some on your omelet or even stick a cooked egg in the middle and eat it by the spoon full.
  • Anything with Oats or Quinoa: For those that have a gluten intolerance, oats and quinoa are a great alternative. Here is a yummy and simple recipe that will give you a great boost for your day: Quinoa scramble recipe.

Not only is starting out your morning with a wholesome meal important, but surrounding yourself with the beneficial effects of essential oils, will help aid to your morning routine. As you begin to get ready for the day, I recommend diffusing Plantlife’s Awake Essential oil, helping to enlighten your morning and give you a subtle burst of life to rejuvenate your day.

This unique blend of oils, promotes mental fogginess to clear, as well as, combat drowsiness and fatigue. Ingredients include the blend of, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Rosemary. All the mentioned essential oils play a huge rode in encouraging mental activity and increasing brain power. Cedarwood has an earthy aroma, helping to calm the mind and promote overall wellness for our body. Eucalyptus, giving off a sharp and minty scent, acts as a vasodilator, widening blood vessels to increase blood circulation, therefore creating improved brain power. Peppermint and Rosemary are also a part of the mint family, aiding to increase concentration and refreshing our minds. Plantlife’s Awake Essential Oil Blend is a great way to revive your mind for your busy day ahead.

2. All in a day’s work

Okay, so you’ve had a great kick-start to your morning, but the effects of today’s duties are beginning to wear on you. You obviously need a pick me up. Plantlife’s Essential Oil mists are a fantastic way of “defusing” on the go without the actual machine itself. These mists, are made up of countless essential oils, designed to give you the push you need. When you are feeling exhausted, Plantlife’s Energy Mist, which consists of Rosemary, Cypress and Basil (just to name a few), releases a mix of sweet, spicy and fresh aroma, assisting to boost your mood and body. Now for those of us concerned about the nasty germs we can’t seem to ever escape, Plantlife’s Purify Mist is the perfect at hand assistant to help prevent germs from affecting us. This mist is loaded with antiviral and antibacterial essential oils such as, Tea Tree, Lemon and Lemongrass etc. These two mists are a must during your hectic day. So why wait to receive the therapeutic qualities of your at home essential oils, when you can enjoy and reap the benefits all day long.

3. Let’s get down to business

It’s time to crack open the books but your mind just can’t seem to concentrate. Plantlife’s Study Buddy Essential Oil will do just the trick to get you through the nitty gritty of your studying time. This specifically designed grouping of oils aids in stimulating your concentration, activating your memory, and boosting your mental activity. It is composed of Rosemary, Basil, Clove, Black Pepper and Eucalyptus. Black Pepper helps to increase alertness, therefore making concentration a more successful task. Basil is a sweet aroma ideal for mental fatigue and headaches. Make the most out of your study time by using Plantlife’s Study Buddy Essential Oil.

4. Lights out

It’s time to hit the hay, but your high strung mind is having a hard time settling in for your much needed night of rest. Fortunately, we have the perfect blend of oils to help give you the rejuvenating sleep you really need. Plantlife’s Sleep Tight Essential Oil Blend is made up of Lavender, Clove, Geranium, Orange, Patchouli and Valerian Root. Lavender, having extreme calming affects, will help ease you right to sleep. Geranium and Patchouli both have strong components that bring down stress levels and assist you emotionally, relieving your mind. Valerian Root helps to specifically target issues with insomnia and calms nervous tension, being the perfect fighter against a restless night. Sleep is a vital part of our daily habits, an essential way to reboot our body and most definitely one of the best and crucial ways to keep us healthy. Let your mind and body thank you, by using Plantlife’s Sleep Tight Essential Oil Blend.

Learn to have your best school year yet, by keeping your mind and body energized and healthy. I hope these tips were useful in how to go about aiding to all stages of your day and integrating healthy habits into your life.

Products mentioned in this post:

Awake Essential Oil
Awake Essential Oil Blend
Energy Essential Oil Mist
Energy Essential Oil Mist
Purify Essential Oil Mist
Purify Essential Oil Mist
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Study Buddy Essential Oil Blend
Sleep Tight Essential Oil Blend
Sleep Tight Essential Oil Blend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written By Keahna Hall
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Adopt A Ramie

Adopt A Ramie

So many animals go to bed hungry, cold, and alone. The same can be said for some of our Animal Ramies. For every one of our Factory Second Animal Ramies that you adopt we will be donating 100% of proceeds from May 18th to May 26th to help our local shelter animals live a better life. When you purchase one of our Ramies, you help a real animal in need find a forever home. Plantlife.net/savetheramies #SaveTheRamies

 

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What to do with Soap Grains

What to do with Soap Grains

 

Are you wondering what to do with soap grains or how to use them? Wonder no more! Here are a few recipes for how to get the most out of soap grains! If you would like to buy soap grains, check out our website at www.plantlife.net.

 

What are soap grains and why would I want to use them?

Soap Grains are chopped up pieces of soap, typically the odds and ends after cutting that are too small to use for anything else. The soap is perfect to use, but unable to sold as a bar or sample because of its size. We hate wasting stuff or throwing things away, so we turned it into something you can use!

Why use soap grains when you can just use a bar of soap? Well, there’s a variety of ways you can use soap grains other than just as plain soap! Here are some fun recipes to try with your soap grains.

Recipes

Ramie Soap Sack

1 Ramie Soap Sack
5-6oz of Soap Grains

One of the most obvious ways to use soap grains is using them with a ramie soap sack. Add grains into soap sack, close, and then wet and wash as you normally would. The soap sack provides great exfoliation for your skin.

 

Drawer Scenter or Potpourri

1 bag of some sort or container that lets the aroma out (you can use a Ramie Soap Sack)
Soap Grains

Fill bag or container with your choice of scent soap grains. (We recommend Cassia! It’s a strong smell that is warm and comforting.)  Place bag or container in drawer, shelf, bowl, or wherever you choose. Soap grains will give off a wonderful aroma! The smell will last for months as well.

 

Melt and Pour Your Own Soap

Soap Grains
Microwave
Microwave Safe Glass Measuring Cup or Container
Any Shape Mold for the Soap
(Additives if you want)

You may want to make more or less melted soap, so this recipe won’t give any measurements. Melt soap in microwave-safe container in microwave until melted (you can also do this on the stove, but make sure to keep a careful eye on the soap and make sure it doesn’t burn!). Depending on how much soap you are making, the microwave time varies. For 8oz of soap it takes about 30 seconds to 1 minute to melt thoroughly. Watch soap carefully as you do not want to burn the soap. Please use caution, as soap will be hot. Take container out of microwave and stir, making sure there are no lumps. If there are lumps, put it back in the microwave for a few more seconds. Mix in any additives you may want, such as color or essential oils. Pour into the mold you have chosen. Wait until hard to remove the soap. If soap is hard to remove from mold, try placing in the freezer for a little bit.

Extra Ideas for Making Your Own Bar

You can just melt and pour your own bar from the soap grains but there are other things you can do to customize your own bar soap. Be creative! Picking a good mold can be the first step, such as one with bumps on the bottom for a massaging soap or even just interesting shapes. You can try adding coloring to make the soap different colors (color may vary as soap is not clear). Soap coloring can be found at your local craft store. You can also add to the scent by adding a few drops of essential oils to the melted soap. If you want to make your soap exfoliating, try adding ground oatmeal or grinding up almonds or seeds. Other interesting things to add would be dried leaves or dried flowers like basil, eucalyptus, or lavender. You can crush the leaves and mix them into the melt soap, or add to the bottom and pour the soap on top of it making a layer of leaves or flowers. These also make great homemade gifts!

 

Foam Soap

3/4 cup Soap Grains
8oz of Distilled Water
Airtight Container
Foam Soap Container/Pump (such as the Plantlife Foam Soap Pump)

Add 3/4 cup of soap grains and 8oz of distilled water into airtight container. Let sit overnight. Shake the mixture to see if all grains have dissolved. If grains have not dissolved, stir, and let sit for a while longer. Pour into Foam Soap container/pump when ready. Use as normal! Aroma will not be as strong as our regular foam soap, but foam will still be just about as thick as our regular foam soap. If you think the foam is not thick enough, add more grains. If you want the scent to be stronger, add a few drops of essential oil and mix (add only a few drops at a time as scent may be overpowering or too harsh on skin if you add too much essential oil). Shake before each use for best results.

 

Soap Clay or Putty

Soap Grains
Blender

Add soap grains to the blender and blend until very fine. Shape, mold, sculpt or do whatever you want with it! Let the kids play with it! Makes a great clay or putty similar to playdoh. Easy clean up, smells great, and does not stain.

 

Do you use soap grains? Have another great idea on how to use them? Let us know by leaving a comment!
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Mother’s Day Naturally…

Mother’s Day Naturally…



 

 

 

Happy Mother’s Day to all  Moms (and a special shout out to Jennifer @ Organic Baby University- http://organicbabyuniversity.com/)!

When I was a young Mother (early 70’s) there was no internet  to extract information from – which I’m grateful for.  All of the information available at our fingertips today is pretty overwhelming and can oftentimes make it difficult to judge what is true and factual vs. what is creative marketing. I see today’s new Moms struggling with so many decisions and options then, dealing with the associated guilt and confusion of their choices.

Fortunately for me, life was simple…there were not so many choices nor did fear control decisions. I was a 60’s child and all about natural (as nature intended) so, my four children (pictured above) were born naturally (no drugs) and breast fed. My firstborns were twin preemie girls and a year and half later I had my third girl. I had 3 babies in cloth diapers (that we washed and hung to dry!). I intended to be the greatest Mom ever (like we all do) and wanted only the best for them. Fortunately, I understood that “we are what we eat”. What made me know this? In my teens, I started paying attention to the way food made my body feel. If I ate candy, I got a headache. If I ate processed food, I became tired and sick to my stomach. I simply felt better when I ate whole foods like fresh fruits, vegetables and grains.

By the time I became a Mom, eating for health was a lifestyle. I used a cookbook called “The Ten Talents” by Rosalie hurd et al (http://www.amazon.com/Ten-Talents-Cookbook-Rosalie-Hurd/dp/0615255973#) which proved to be very informative and accurate in proper diet as well as what and when to feed my babies. Knowing now that the body is like a building block (the body’s health today is what was done many years ago) I’m so glad that I made the choice to feed my family this way. As a family, we were rarely sick. I don’t recall having prescription drugs in the house as they were simply not needed or used. We ate well and spent plenty of time outdoors.

Over the years I’ve tried to stick to fresh food (no processed, canned or frozen) whenever possible but, it wasn’t popular with the kids then, and the Grandkids now. I get comments from them like “we can eat whatever we want at my other Grandmas house” or “Mom lets me eat it”. I just say “I love you” and try to educate.

The one thing I’ve learned about being a Mom is, we each make our own decisions and, fortunately or unfortunately we have to live with those decisions!  Today in America, convenience is governing our decisions. Our food supply has become non-nutritional, our health is waning, our children are obese and our society embraces prescribed drugs. I really appreciate people like Dr. Oz and shows like The Biggest Loser because they help people become more aware of and sensitive to their decisions.

There is no more important job in the world than being a Mom. My hope is that you’ll make the best choices for your family, they are depending on you!

I hope you have an extra fun Mother’s Day and enjoy the best gift, your children.

– Patty



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