Whether you are brand new or if you have been with me for a while you know that I have been talking about all of the amazing ways to live and love the low-tox lifestyle. Once you realize how fun, easy and affordable it is to make simple swaps around your home, it’s almost addicting.
In this article we will be discussing options to makeover your bathroom cabinet with natural, low-tox alternatives.
Unfortunately, everyone deals with, temporary head tension, from time to time. Whatever it is that is causing your head to throb, we have solutions that are natural and easy.
Anytime I am getting temporary head tension, I like to reach for my Past Tense roller bottle blend. Appropriately also known as Tension Blend, once rolled or applied to temples, neck, shoulders, or back you will instantly feel stress and strain melt away. Another option to have handy for this purpose is Peppermint! I cannot tell you how many times it has saved me when my head was pounding.
We all know the feeling of temporary aches and tension in our joints.
Whether it is our aging bodies or overworked muscles - we have a simple, natural solution. Deep Blue Soothing Blend to the rescue! Deep Blue was formulated to soothe and cool when massaged after a long day or a strenuous workout. Deep Blue also comes as a rub or in a stick applicator, which makes a handy option for easy, greaseless, topical application.
Make sure you do not apply this prior to bathing or within 20 minutes of exiting the shower.
Continuing on the subject of aches and tension, we have another weapon in our arsenal. This ingestible supplement makes a great compliment to the topically applied Deep Blue essential oil as well as the Deep Blue Rub is the Deep Blue Polyphenol Complex. This supplement contains frankincense, turmeric, green tea, ginger, pomegranate, and grape seed and is designed to provide soothing support to achy joints and muscles.
Did you know, if you are on LRP (Our Loyalty Rewards Program), you can add these to your Lifelong Vitality Bundle for a deep discount?
A few years ago, I made this salve
to give as Christmas gifts and everyone loved it so much it is now one of my most requested recipes. This salve is perfect for anyone in your life who has skin! This salve includes a blend of skin and tension soothing essential oils in a base of coconut and olive oils. I use this salve for all things skin related, head tension relief, hangnail soother, bug bites, lip balm, dry foot soother, and even to smooth my hair! I don’t have a beard but if I did, I would be using the salve on my beard, too! Find the full recipe: DIY Miracle Salve Recipe With Essential Oils for Soothing Skin and Muscle Tension.
One of the unsung heroes of my medicine cabinet is my Yarrow | Pom Cellular Beauty Complex supplements. Containing powerful antioxidants and essential oils, this supplement will support your skin from the inside out and you will literally feel like you are glowing!
Yarrow | Pom Cellular Beauty Complex helps your skin maintain its youthful appearance by combating oxidative stress thanks to the antioxidant blend. Zinc Citrate and Vitamin C are essential in collagen synthesis as well. Added bonus - they also help support the immune system.
Your bathroom cabinet should have some kind of face wash in them, right? dōTERRA has a few options for us!
HD Clear as well as the Facial Cleanser from the Essentials Skincare line are two of the options we have. Both are enriched with essential oils and natural cleansers to help leave your face feeling fresh, smooth, and clean. HD Clear face wash is targeted towards more acne-prone skin while the Facial Cleanser could be more of an everyday option.
Along with facewash, comes entire skin care systems! Because once the skin is cleansed, it needs to be pampered further. And boy do we have plenty of options to choose from.
Four to be exact: the Yarrow|Pom Collection, Essential Skin Care Kit, Veráge Skin Care Collection, and the HD Clear Facial Kit.
Problematic skin is the worst! Some of the 3 or 4 step systems can be loaded with harsh chemicals and extremely over-drying to the skin. doTERRA has you covered!
HD Clear Topical Blend is a roller that can be used to clear up any imperfections on the skin. Apply a thin layer to targeted areas or use it as a spot treatment. Be sure to dilute with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil to reduce skin sensitivity as HD Clear is a roller but it has not been pre-diluted with FCO like most rollers are. If you do not have HD Clear, take a drop of undiluted Purify and pop right on top of your blemish before bedtime. Thank me later.
Lotions and spa products are definitely a large part of my bathroom cabinet and I have been so happy with all of the products from the dōTERRA Spa Collection. From Spa Hand and Body Lotion to a Detoxifying Mud Mask to Bath Bars, you can find all of your personal hygiene needs that are natural and chemical-free.
dōTERRA has a Hair and Body wash formulated especially for babies! There is also a Diaper Rash Cream as well.
The foaming hair and body wash are tear-free and will leave your baby or even big kids with a light, fresh scent! Vanilla extract combined with Lavender and Roman Chamomile will also relax them at bath time to wind them down for the night.
The Diaper Rash Cream is amazing! It will help balance, soothe and heal the skin while creating a barrier to prevent extra moisture which will stop diaper rash before it starts. Also - the Diaper Cream can offer some sun protection if you are in a pinch because it contains zinc oxide, it is a natural sun repellent. Even though my daughter is way past the diaper stage, we still keep this product stocked in our house. It is great for soothing skin irritation and has a gentle formula that is perfect for all skin.
We have all done it, accidentally tapped your arm on the oven or curling iron to our neck. Ouch!! What to reach for... what to reach for?
Lavender of course! Apply neat or diluted to the area of concern for instant relief. Lavender also is great for too much sun!
If you really want to see good results, give this a try!
In a 2 oz spray bottle combine:
10 drops Lavender
10 drops Frankincense
10 drops Tea Tree
Top with Fractionated Coconut oil and spray on irritated skin as needed
This recipe is also good for all things skin so it is a staple in our house, it also doubles as a great support spray for owies and boo boo’s.
If you are accident-prone or have kids running around then you most definitely need an option for temporary cuts, scrapes, and boo-boos of all kinds. You need Correct-X!
Correct-X is a natural ointment that will soothe your skin and help it return to its normal, healthy state after injury. Frankincense, Helichrysum, Tea Tree, Cedarwood, and Lavender are all the major players used to make this possible. Correct-X will provide a moisture barrier that will protect as well as hydrate the skin.
The best part of this: it is petroleum and preservative-free.
Another option that I highly recommend keeping on hand for first aid purposes, is Helichrysum Oil. This oil has been referred to as liquid stitches, it is rejuvenating to the skin, helps reduce the appearance of blemishes, and is soothing to the skin.
When the flowers bloom and the dust kicks up, sometimes our bodies respond to these seasonal changes with getting a little temporary congestion.
TriEase Softgels contain equal parts of Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint essential oils because of their natural respiratory support properties. This is a super easy natural, non-drowsy alternative!
In addition to the TriEase, you can also whip up a 10 ml roller to have handy as well. Roll this on the bottoms of your feet or on the back of your neck.
10 drops Lemon*
10 drops Lavender
10 drops Peppermint
5 drops Tea Tree
Top with Fractionated Coconut Oil and roll as needed
*Possible sun sensitivity. Take caution in UV rays.
At bedtime, add 3 drops of each Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint to your diffuser for a restful, seasonal threat-free, night!
I like to beef up my immune game especially when traveling. My go-to plan is what I like to refer to as my F.L.O.O.T. roller.
In a 10 ml roller combine:
10 drops Frankincense
10 drops Lemon
10 drops OnGuard
5 drops Oregano
10 drops Tea Tree
Top with Fractionated Coconut Oil and roll apply daily to bottoms of feet to stay protected and as needed if coming down with something.
*Possible sun sensitivity. Take caution in UV rays.
In addition to the immune support roller, I keep OnGuard+ Softgels on hand at ALL TIMES. These convenient supplements are jam-packed with oil goodness and are ready to go so they are perfect for travel. For your little ones, keep a Stronger Roller on hand.
Unfortunately, the store-bought chest rubs are full of unsavory ingredients.
dōTERRA has a safer option - Breathe Respiratory Blend is composed of essential oils that all promote clear, healthy airways. Pop some Breathe in the diffuser to help open up your airways.
Another great product is the Breathe Vapor Stick. The Vapor Stick glides on the skin easily and does not leave a greasy residue. Apply to the chest as needed or even to the bottoms of the feet at bedtime to enjoy a cooling and soothing vapor. No chemicals - just clear breathing.
Pro tip: Using steam from the shower add a few drops of Breathe to the shower floor and run hot water to create steam and inhale for congestion relief.
Natural swaps to soothe an irritated throat.
Homemade Respiratory Syrup
- ½ cup honey
- 8 drops Peppermint
- 8 drops Lemon
- 8 drops Lavender
- 8 drops Frankincense
- 3 drops Clove
- 3 drops Wild Orange
- 1 drop Cinnamon
Mix and take 1 teaspoon every 3 hours as needed
Another option that I swear by is the On Guard Throat Drops.
As soon as I feel that tickle in the back of my throat, I start popping them like they are going out of style. And more times than not - it stops whatever was creeping in dead in its tracks. I also never travel without them as they make great lozenges for the airplane to keep my immune system supported.
Another tip: To a spoon add 1 drop of Ginger, 2 drops Copaiba, and 3 drops of Lemon to a teaspoon of honey. Take from the spoon or add to hot tea.
Chances are if you have a little one you have experienced them having ear discomfort.
The tugging at the ears, the crying… yup, you know it! No need to fear - we have oils for that!
Apply a drop of Tea Tree, Basil, and Lavender in one teaspoon of carrier oil and massage behind the ear and into the ear lobe (never in the ears) every 3-4 hours for children and every 2 hours for adults.
It is time to break up with the nasty pink drink that we all knew as kids to ease a queasy tummy. There is a new sheriff in town - Peppermint Enteric Softgels. Peppermint essential oil is encapsulated in an enteric softgel to provide digestive relief. Peppermint relaxes the gastrointestinal muscles and calms the stomach. The unique thing about this softgel is the enteric coating which allows for the Peppermint to pass through the stomach and its acid to reach the small intestines where it is most effective.
While we are on the subject - we need to talk about two more staples for the bathroom cabinet: DigestZen and Tamer. DigestZen Digestive Blend acts as an aid to the digestion of food and will assist you with all your digestion needs. This means both ways if you know what I am saying.
Digestzen was one of the first products I switched to when I began my wellness journey. Before this one little bottle I had two rows of digestive support products in my cabinet, and I was able to swap all that out for DigestZen.
Rub DigestZen on your belly in a clockwise motion if you are experiencing constipation and in a counterclockwise motion for diarrhea. No matter what you are going through, DigestZen is there to bring the body to homeostasis.
Also on the must-have list is Tamer (Digestive Blend for kids) but it is not limited to just the kiddos. It can be very effective for adults; however, it is a gentle formula perfect for little ones.
There is a reason DigestZen is one of the oils that turns people into believers of essential oils. It works!
Rounding out our “replacement of the pink drink” series is another perhaps underrated product - Ginger Drops. These drops will help ease digestion as well as settle any occasional stomach discomfort. Queasiness? Motion sickness? You need these babies!
Essential oils can be a wonderful alternative to chemical sprays you may have used in the past.
Terrashield Outdoor blend comes in a 15 mL bottle but also as a premade spray so you can choose what is best for you. I can guarantee you won’t want to be without it when you are camping, boating, or enjoying the great outdoors in any way during the summer months.
If you want to DIY, in a 2 oz spray bottle combine:
- 10 drops Terrashield
- 10 drops Lemongrass
- 10 drops Geranium
- 10 drops Peppermint
- Add Fractionated Coconut Oil to fill.
Shake well and spray on exposed areas.
Pro tip: spray on pet collars to help keep ticks at bay from our four-legged friends.
High Body Temperatures
They get a bad rap but really they are proof that our bodies and immune systems are doing exactly as they are supposed to and fighting off what is invading your body. That’s why we don’t want to suppress them, we just want to keep the body comfortable.
If experiencing a high temperature, dilute 1 drop of Lavender in a carrier oil and massage the back of the neck, feet, behind ears, etc. Dilute 1 drop of Peppermint in a carrier oil and rub into bottoms of feet as well. Repeat every few hours and watch the essential oils work their magic by supporting the body’s immune system.
A place where nasty chemicals really like to hide out is our toothpaste.
Once I made the switch to dōTERRA’s On Guard Natural Whitening Toothpaste, I could not even stand using traditional toothpaste! On Guard toothpaste is fluoride-free and uses the natural sweetener xylitol with a refreshing cinnamon-mint flavor that leaves your mouth feeling fresh and clean all day!
On Guard Mouthwash is alcohol-free and was designed to help clean your teeth and gums as well as reduce plaque. Use after a meal to freshen breath and/or as part of your daily oral hygiene routine (coupled with brushing and flossing). Your smile will be brighter, your teeth will be stronger and your body will appreciate supporting it using all-natural ingredients!
Do you struggle to fall asleep, stay asleep, or get deep enough sleep?
Studies show about ⅓ of Americans do not get the recommended amount of sleep per night.
This can lead to some pretty negative things happening to our bodies and minds, so it is of utmost importance that we are getting proper rest. Fortunately for us, we have some help! Serenity Softgels will help you get the refreshing sleep you need and deserve without leaving you feeling groggy the next day. Containing Lavender essential oil and L-Theanine along with lemon balm, passionflower, and chamomile these softgels will help improve your sleep and your life.
Take 1 to 2 softgels before bedtime and be on your way to dreamland in no time.
When I start to get a little overwhelmed, short or snappy I know it is time for my “chill pill” AKA my Copaiba Softgels. Not only does the Copaiba softgel help me mellow out but it is also great for my nervous, cardiovascular, immune, digestive, and respiratory systems to boot.
Another supplement that helps in these times is the Adaptiv Calming Blend Capsules. They are one of the best tools in my tool kit to help manage tension, feelings of anxiousness, uneasiness, and worry. I know I always need to have one or both of these on hand for when life gets a little crazy!
Do you have a diaper bag? Maybe a car kit? I have compiled a list of my “Bathroom cabinet-on-the-go” Must-Haves and it looks a little bit like this:
- Lavender Touch
- Tea Tree Touch
- DigestZen Touch
- Peppermint Beadlets
- OnGuard Beadlets
One of the things I love about stocking my bathroom cabinet with these products is they are multi-purpose. So many of the essential oils and products mentioned above have many purposes, including making your house smell good when diffused. Essential oils are also more cost effective than conventional products.
If you've been looking for a place to start switching to more lox-tox products, these are some great options. Since skin care products are often used multiple times a day that might be a good kick-off point or if you are really struggling with sleep maybe you will want to start there. I hope this helps you get started or continue your journey to a natural holistic lifestyle.
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