DIY tips for clean clear skin & hair

DIY tips for clean clear skin & hair

Right now, while under “stay at home” orders, I am all about simplifying my life, getting rid of the junk and boosting my self-sufficiency. Are you with me? Here I share two easy, simple recipes to keep your skin and hair clean and clear (or at least less greasy).
 
You’ll see doTERRA essential oils featured in these recipes and I want to say a few things about that. Purity and stewardship of our finite natural resources are my top priorities when it comes to voting with my dollars. The potency, purity and consistency of doTERRA oils and the integrity with which they operate are WHY I proudly partner with doTERRA. If you want to welcome these oils into your home and/or partner with me to help others do the same, let’s talk. I do not recommend using essential oils you get at Target or gas stations. Just don’t. If you have other quality oils at home, you may use them as suggested.
 
Let me know which recipe you found most effective and made you giddy.
 
One of easiest things you can do to keep your skin clean and clear is to regularly clean your makeup brushes! This easy clean (i.e., no hormone-disrupting or otherwise harmful chemicals) recipe is a way to do just that! I recently did an Instagram live to share this technique. It was great fun AND I giggled like a schoolgirl the next morning to see my brushes clean and dry.
 

Makeup brush cleaner

In a 8 oz mason jar, add
1/3 to 1/2 c. water
a squirt of castille soap
5 drops Melaleuca essential oil
 
Dab the brushes into this mixture. Agitate gently, but try not to submerge the base of the bristles underwater; bristles could come lose.
Rinse the brush under clean water.
Tap to release excess water and leave overnight to dry.
 

Dry shampoo

I LOVE avoiding the aerosol spray dry shampoos laden with chemicals, and a girl like me (with thin hair and oily scalp) *needs* dry shampoo. Choose the formulations that’s right for you (based on light or dark hair) then add essential oils.
 
To a 4 oz mason jar, add
 
for light hair
1/4 c. arrowroot powder
 
for dark hair
2 Tbsp arrowroot powder
2 Tbsp cocoa powder (NOT hot cocoa mix that includes sugar)
 
essential oils:
2 drops Lavender
2 drops Rosemary (or Frankincense)
2 drops Peppermint essential oil.
 
Close jar and shake to mix the oils thoroughly with the powder.
To use, I tap some of the mixture into the cap and then dab a makeup brush in and apply to my roots. I generally don’t put the brush directly into the jar for hygeinic reasons.
 
Note: These recipes came from different sources and I modified them to suit my preferences. Let me know which one you loved more!
Poetry as a balm

Poetry as a balm

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DIY tips for clean clear skin & hair

Do less to win over COVID-19

Do less to win over COVID-19

Indecision is the thief of joy.
There, I said it. Now, can I get on with my self-quarantined days and slow down or stop to mental cogs from turning constantly about how best to formulate my next move, spend my next day or even hour at work. The last month has been beyond difficult. We are amidst a forced PAUSE. Many of us welcome it, others resent it, and others still defy it (with disregard for the well-being other others, I might add).
I wasn’t sure how to write this post. More importantly, what do people NEED? How can I help ease suffering or allow another to know they are not alone and I understand the state they are in? I see and hear from others who are DISTRAUGHT by the perceived need to invest in options for personal development, online fitness classes, cleanses, mindset challenges, and other offerings (free and paid).
Here’s the thing. Those offering services or products (at least in my orbit) are doing their best to serve others; they are not opportunistic or self-serving. It is up to US to establish boundaries around how and where invest our energy. As a LEARNER and a lifelong student, I see and understand the seemingly innate drive to improve or learn a new skill. But now is the time to DO LESS, take a deep breath and notice what you FEEL when you read the enticing offer. Your body will not lie. Does the rate of your breathing accelerate, do you feel tension in your body as you think about the potential of this new endeavor? Or do you feel ease and grace when you think about the space in your calendar you would leave open for saying “Not now?”
We’re in a time when taking care of YOU has never been more important…ever. Stress, poor quality or lack of sleep, and sedentary lifestyle decrease your body’s innate capacity to protect you from illness. Support your immune system by doing less, loving yourself with one or two simple practices you can implement daily. Spend time outside each day, take a walk and drink plenty of water. I am with you on the desire for comfort foods. I will only add, do yourself a favor and eat as many colorful whole foods (i.e., veggies) that you can buy.
I hope we emerge from this with a greater sense of connection to ourselves and each other, a better understanding of what is TRULY important in life, and an appreciation for all the mission-critical work that first responders, medical professionals, grocery clerks, janitorial staff and service providers who are taking care of us. In the meantime, I spend half an hour a day breathing slowly and deeply in meditation with my beloved community across the world holding the vision for our collective power of peace fueling our win over COVID-19.
HōlSōl : What’s in a name?

HōlSōl : What’s in a name?

Have you experienced a deep sense of connectedness between breath, emotions, body, and your mind? If not, let us explore it together. My most stunning memory of this peaceful inner wave is rooted in Italy on a trip with my beloved and I have since enjoyed such experiences during periods of study at Kripalu. I want everyone to embody this feeling of balance, ease, and alignment. I do not take my health for granted and choose an integrated big picture – i.e., holistic – approach to achieve optimal health.

I have yet to meet a woman whose life is not full. We are change-makers and caretakers. Self-care is health care…but what this entails and how it looks is unique for each person, or at least it should be. Through years of study and practice, I have devised holistic solutions to meet my needs – primarily to mitigate stress and its effect on my ability to manage Type 1 diabetes. I have created balance and harmony in my life using therapeutic yoga, essential oils, and connection with like-minded women and nature. Connection is paramount.

And so it begins…

And so it begins…

You’ve arrived. I am so glad you are here. In this, my inaugural blog post, I share a bit about me and forthcoming installments will focus on my journey. I created this space to express and share my ideas that come from study and experience on the topics of meditation, yoga as a state of being, self-care, and essential oils and rituals designed to create a vibrant life.

First and foremost, I am a student – of life, yoga, and ecology. I am a scientist, ecologist, teacher, lifelong learner and creator living with Type 1 diabetes. I deeply love my curious intelligent husband, our charming canine son, deep belly laughs, trees and being among them, big sky and brilliant New Mexico sunsets, elegant food that delights my senses, deep conversations about things that matter, thought-provoking people and ideas, meditating with my hands, and the healing power of essential oils.

I created HolSol Wellness as a movement that serves and uplifts you to take hold of your health and create greater abundance in your life. At HolSol Wellness we use doTERRA essential oils and products along with yoga practices to nourish and optimize the body, mind, and spirit. Community, support and education are foundations of HolSol. I am delighted to be creating this community as part of a larger inspiring one working with Jenny Ferry and Elena Brower as business partners, guides and mentors. How may we serve you? If you would like to explore being part of our HolSol doTERRA family or inquire about yoga offerings, reach out.

What do you seek to cultivate more of in your life? Greater joy and ease? Or do you seek time or financial freedom? There is no wrong answer; the answer is uniquely yours. We can co-create rituals or practices to meet your needs. In fact, collaborating with and empowering women to amplify radiance from within lights me up. If you are curious about HolSol offerings, I would love to connect with you to explore whether or not we are a perfect match.