Part of our mission with Mountain Essence is to provide Earth-friendly alternatives to the wasteful packaging and damaging chemicals of most products. When you make your own, specialized body oil combinations at home, you buy in bulk and reuse the packaging you have. Instead of buying a new bottle every month or so, you can reuse the same one for years. This is also a great opportunity for some utilitarian décor in the bathroom.
You can have decorative bottles with oil inside to brighten the bathroom or kitchen. I like to use antique bottles, sometimes tinted different colors, and mix one or two weeks worth of oil in. I get a few of these together and have my favorite combinations to choose from.
In my experience, the right aromas can really change my mood for the better. Mandarin helps bring about an energetic mood. Clary Sage and Ylang Ylang help calm and ground you . Chamomile and cypress help with clarity of mind . So in the morning, for that extra boost, I like to use citrus-based combinations, and when I bathe after work I like to use a grounding essential oil combination. Sometimes all it takes is that extra attention to my environment to consciously slow down and appreciate simple breath.
Not only is the subtle influence of the aromatherapy a bonus of making your own combinations, but you can also develop and create the perfect combination for your skin type or a particular skin ailment. Say you have dry skin; blending grape seed oil for some vitamins E and C, and jojoba oil for better absorption with cedar wood, lemon or rosemary (or a combination there of) will help balance your skin. With some self-indulgent experimentation, you can come up with a combination better for you personally than anything store-bought and produced for the masses.
After a day in the sun, I always apply oils to help re-moisturize my skin and hold the tan longer. When I go camping, I make an oil combination with citronella to help keep the bugs away. After showering or using the sauna at the gym, I use a tea tree oil blend to help prevent athlete's foot or some other form of tinea.
Estheticians say to use on your skin what you can eat. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and what you spread on it is absorbed through the pores and in to the blood. Take the time to take care of yourself and be conscious of what you make a part of you.
Question what you put on your body: "In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted." -Bertrand Russell
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