DIY Body Butter

DIY

Since bringing essential oils into my life-my eyes have been opened to all the harmful chemicals in our everyday products! I’ve been trying out different recipes with essential oils including ones for homemade body lotion! This recipe is my favorite for a nice moisturizing body lotion!

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Ingredients:

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Directions:

  1. Put Shea butter, coconut oil, & jojoba oil in a glass bowl and then place glass bowl in sauce pan filled with water.
  2. Place on stove top and heat over medium heat until oils are mixed together
  3. When the oils are mixed place place them in the refrigerator for 1-1 1/2 hours or until solid
  4. Once solid add 20 drops of essential oil of your choice and mix with a hand or electric mixer
  5. Fill your glass jar and store at room temperature!

These are all ingredients our skin loves-and a little goes a long way! I personally added lavender oil  because I like the scent and it’s a great essential oil for skin care!

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DIY Face Wash

After struggling for years with acne and being handed prescription after prescription for The reason I started using essential oils was due to my acne that I have been suffering from for years. After years of prescription medications even being on Accutane (ew!), this face-wash is the ONLY thing that has worked I decided to go on a journey to find a natural solution. My journey lead me to essential oils! Today I’m sharing my DIY recipe for the face wash I use! I’ve been using it for several months now and my skin is noticeably smoother and my complexion is clearing up!

Facewash for Acne Prone Skin:

Mix together and put in a foaming, glass soap dispenser!

How the Ingredients Work

Castile Soap is a  soap made up of  various vegetable oils with no added animal fats or toxins. Gentle on the skin and also very versatile for all aspects of your cleaning needs!

Witch Hazel has strong antioxidant and astringent properties. It fights bacteria reduces swelling/inflammation and helps repair damaged cells. It is good for all skin conditions but especially acne prone skin.

Rose Water  can be found in your local grocery store. Rose water does have anti-inflammatory/antibacterial properties that is great for acne prone skin.

Vegetable glycerin is a liquid made from various plants. Add this to the face wash to help keep your skin hydrated. It will also help your skin absorb the rest of the ingredients of the face wash for maximum benefits!

Lavender oil: helps to reduce redness and skin irritation

Copaiba essential oil: helps promotes clear, smooth skin and reduces the appearance of blemishes

Tea tree oil: has antibacterial/antifungal properties.  Tea tree oil helps fight acne! I also apply it directly to breakouts.  Please be careful though as some people can be sensitive to it if it is not diluted with a little fractionated coconut oil.  I personally am not sensitive and can apply it directly to breakouts that occur.

Frankincense: literally the KING of oils and has so many benefits. Specifically for skin it helps the reduction of scars and improves skin tone. Good-bye acne scars!

 

For essential oils I recommend using only high quality essential oils.  I’ve done my research and personally have gone with the company doTERRA.  You can read more here about doTERRA essential oils and their numerous benefits!

If you have any further questions regarding the above ingredients please feel free to reach out to me by leaving a comment below or emailing me at nurseadvokate@gmail.com!

Nurses CAN Workout!

It’s your first day off after a 4-day stretch of crazy, non-stop 12 hour shifts. You’re lying in bed, barely able to move and thinking about the mound of laundry and housework that needs to get done. The LAST thing on your mind is how you’re going to fit a workout in today.  Most of the time while giving all of our self to the care of others-we forget about the most important person…ourselves. When we don’t advocate and properly care for ourselves, how are we expected to properly advocate and care for our patients?!

How can a nurse consistently stay on top of working out? I’m going to share some tips that I’ve learned over the years through trial and error!

1. Be Reasonable and Realistic!

If you set crazy goals and expectations of yourself for workouts-you’ll NEVER reach them and you’ll just end up frustrating yourself. If you expect to get in an hour long workout 6 days a week-you’ll just burn yourself out! For myself I set a goal of at least 4 days in the week that I’m going to workout and space them out over the week. I divide my workouts between the days I’m working  and the days I’m off. I wisely utilize the off days to rest and recover😉.  This is an easily attainable goal for me and if I feel energized enough to exceed this goal. Bonus for me!!!

2. Do Fun & Effective Workouts

Personally, I’m not a gym person. I’d much rather workout out in the comfort of my own home then fight for a machine at the gym. But, everybody is different, so, to each their own! YouTube has an endless well of workouts to chose from that you can do in the comfort of your home! I specifically enjoy doing ‘Tone It Up” workouts which I find fun, intense, and pack a big punch in a short amount of time!<<<
y have a variety of 15 min and under workouts which are perfect for fitting in before going to work and also longer ones that can be done on your days off! For me personally, I do a shorter one (15 minutes or less) on the days I work and combine a longer one with some cardio on the days I’m off! If you’ve never heard of them-look them up on YouTube or Check out their website Here!

3. Less is More 

You don’t need to workout out 6 days a week for 1 hour each day! Set attainable goals and find workouts that are fun for you! I hope by sharing what works for me I can inspire you to take that step to better care for yourself! I know since finding my ‘groove’ I’ve felt better and am even seeing results!! If we cannot be our own best advocate how are we expected to best care for others?!

Now go be your best AdvoKate!☺️This post is freely of my own opinion. This post was not sponsored by the companies mentioned above.