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So, I’ve not really spoken about this before, but I have to tell you something…I am a little bit…granola. Shocked? I take my kids to the chiropractor for monthly adjustments. I stir weird powdered plants into my morning smoothies. And I use Young Living Essential Oils to promote health and fight sickness. Brian is definitely more of a traditionalist and sticks with an Ibuprofen if he has a headache, where as I’ll put a little Peppermint oil on my temples. #HeCallsMeAWitchDoctor #Voodoo

Kidding aside, I have absolutely no problem with modern medicine and am very grateful for things like antibiotics, vaccinations and chemo therapy. However, if I am able to fight a basic illness using essential oils from what the Lord provides us, well, I like that idea too. If you are not an oily girl like me, and have questions, don’t hesitate to email me. I don’t know everything, but definitely know people that do.

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Here is a little recipe for a makeup brush shampoo and cleaner. I chose to use Young Living Lavender, Lemon and Purification oils for these cleaners because of the specific properties of each oil.

*YL Lavender oil: antiseptic, antifungal and combats skin conditions such as eczema, acne, psoriasis and scarring.

*YL Lemon oil: antiseptic and antitumoral as well as fights acne and anxiety…who doesn’t need to be breathing in some YL Lemon oil every day?!

*YL Purification oil (which is a blend of Citronella, Lemongrass, Lavandin, Rosemary and Melaleuca–tea tree oil): antibacterial, tissue regeneration, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, disinfectant and purifier.

Don’t neglect your makeup brushes, people! I worked as a makeup artist for at Sharla’s for years. Trust me, your makeup brushes get disgusting.

Recipe for brush shampoo:

2 oz Dr. Bonner’s pure castile liquid soap

5 drops Young Living Purification oil

3 drops Young Livng Lemon oil

2 drops Young Living Lavender oil

Mix soap and oils well in a small dish or lotus bowl. Saturate bristles under warm, running water and dip into soap/oil mixture. Gently rub bristles in a circular motion against the palm of your hand for about ten seconds. Rinse soap under running water until bristles are clean and void of makeup. Gently squeeze excess water from bristles and lay flat on a clean paper towel to dry over night. Do not let dry sitting up in a cup. The water could run back into the handle and weaken the glue or ties which hold the bristles in place.

Do this once a week.

Recipe for brush cleaning spray:

1 4-ounce aluminum spray bottle

a little less than 4 ounces of water

5 drops Young Living Purification oil

5 drops Young Living Lemon oil

5 drops Young Living Lavender oil

1 pinch of Epsom Salt

Combine all ingredients in spray bottle and replace lid. Spray cleaner 1-2 times directly on bristles. Rub bristles in circular motion against a clean tissue to remove makeup for about 5 seconds.

Do this daily after use of makeup brush.

**Note: you will probably have to replace your bottle every 6-12 months. The lemon oil will eat through the plastic straw over time.**

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-ciao for now-

lauren

**NOTE: I am only familiar with the results from Young Living Essential Oils. I do not know the effectiveness, measurements or safety of any other brand of Essential Oils.

photo credit: Patrizia Montanari

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