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DIY, No Fail, Whipped Body Butter Recipe

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If you’re like me, you have probably tried hundreds of internet recipes over the years. The up side is that they’re free. The down side is that you can end up wasting a lot of material which can get expensive depending on what you’re using. I’m super cheap, so wasting ingredients is the equivalent of chewing on cotton.

Some of the recipes I’ve tried, failed completely. Others turned out OK, but nothing really turned out exactly the way I wanted.

I wanted something I LOVED. I wanted a recipe that would give my store bought body butter a run for its money. So, I searched the internet until I found a course that taught me how to make my own products…and the rest is history.

So, if you’re looking for a DIY, no fail, whipped body butter recipe, this is one of my favorites for dry winter skin.

Please note: Water is the star of any good moisturizing recipe. Body butters don’t have water. Because of this, it’s best used right after you shower while your skin is still a little damp. That will help lock in the moisture.

Weigh out your ingredients using a kitchen scale with the tare feature.

Ingredients:

1 oz beeswax

1.5 oz shea butter

1.5 oz coconut oil

6 oz aloe vera gel

.5 oz vitamin E (optional)

15-20 drops of your favorite essential (optional)

Yields approximately 1 Cup of Body Butter

 

Using a double boiler method, melt the shea butter, beeswax, and coconut oil. As you can see, I don’t use anything fancy!

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Once completely melted, put them in a mixing bowl and let them cool until the color goes from clear to opaque. Depending on the weather, it’s usually about 20 minutes.

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In a separate bowl or measuring cup, mix the aloe vera gel, vitamin E, and essential oils. Note that the more vitamin E you use, the tackier (and greasier) your body butter is going to feel. I usually use less than a half ounce if I use it at all.

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Slowly pour the aloe vera, vitamin E, and essential oil mixture into the cooled oils while blending. It will start out yellow in color.

add aloe body butter

 

Continue slowly adding the aloe vera mixture and blending until your body butter turns white. Be sure you don’t blend the mixture too much because it will get watery and start to separate.

turning white body butter

I usually transfer this to a glass pyrex dish with a cover and store it in a cool, dark place to prevent oxidation. And there you have it!

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The shelf life on this is about 30 days. My family goes through it so fast that I don’t really worry about it going rancid. That being said, you want to use the same precautions you would while canning food. Make sure your utensils are clean and sterilized, your containers are clean and sterilized, your hands are clean, etc.

I get all the ingredients I use from Mountain Rose Herbs (affiliate link). I love their company, the quality of their products, and the way they do business.

If you try the recipe, please come back to tell me what you think! Thanks for reading and enjoy.

 

What Are The Seven Chakras?

What Are The Seven Chakras?This is the first article in a series I’m writing on the chakras. In this series I’ll be focusing on the seven main chakras: the root chakra, sacral chakra, solar plexus chakra, heart chakra, throat chakra, third eye chakra, and the crown chakra.

The word chakra is a Sanskrit word that means “wheels of light.” The chakras are subtle energies that radiate throughout the body. They interact with the physical body by flowing through concentrated spirals of energy. They are literally spinning wheels of energy. They are not supernatural, paranormal, or weird!  They are one of the keys to physical health, emotional stability, and mental clarity so it’s important to understand them.

How Do the Seven Chakras Function?

Chakras are centers of awareness in the human body. They are also psychic energy centers. One of the most important elements of psychic development is being able to open your chakras to receive information. They are constantly spinning and taking in energy from your surroundings. Each chakra corresponds to a specific body system. They influence cells, organs, the hormone system, and affect your thoughts and feelings. They act as conductors to filter energy through the physical body. Since our physical bodies are like energetic maps, disease will manifest to show us where there’s an imbalance. If your chakras are congested, energy filtration will be sluggish leaving you feeling tired and depressed. If there is too much energy flowing through your chakras it can lead to excess body heat, aggression, and stress. All of which are precursors to disease!

The Seven Chakras and Maintaining Balance

In order to physically heal, you need to have more than a cure. A cure tackles the symptoms of a condition but true healing assures a state of wholeness. In order to do this, you need to create a positive lifestyle change. Physical health isn’t just about what you put in your body. Learning to cope with stress, being able to manage your emotions, and feeding your spirit are also essential parts.You have to learn how treat your body in a holistic way.   Balancing your chakras plays a significant part. If they’re sluggish or overactive you’ll feel out of balance,  and the longer you’re out of balance the better your chances of getting ill.

The Seven Chakras and Benefits to the Mind, Body, and Spirit

There are so many benefits to having a balanced chakra system that listing them all would be impossible. However, I have created the following manageable list:

Benefits to the body: strengthen the body’s defenses, detoxify and improve functioning of internal organs, help heal the circulatory system, strengthen metabolism, increase oxygen retention, slow the aging process, increased energy.

Benefits to the mind: diminish anxiety, curb mood swings, diminish mental fatigue and depression, more restful sleep, experience better relaxation and inner peace.

Benefits to the spirit: improved concentration, improved memory, thoughts become more positive, more clarity, recognizing your own true purpose in life.

Like I said, this is a short list of benefits you’ll receive from having a balanced chakra system but profound nonetheless! If you’re looking to treat yourself in a holistic way, be sure to include your chakras!

What are your thoughts on the seven chakras? Feel free to leave a comment!

What Is The Root Chakra?

what is the root chakraBy now, you have no doubt heard about the seven chakras. It’s a topic that has gained a lot momentum with the shift in the way we’re choosing to heal ourselves. Having knowledge of the chakras is proving to be an important part of holistic healing, so my goal for this article is that you’ll take away something valuable!

The root chakra, also referred to as the first chakra, is red in color and it sits at the perineum at the base of the spine. It is the foundation of all of the other chakras. It is the root of your being and your deepest connection to your body and earth. It’s considered the source of our life energy. The root chakra draws energy from the magnetic field at the earth’s core. It moves up through the feet and legs, energizing blood and tissues in the body.


What is the Purpose of the Root Chakra?

The primary drive associated with this chakra is survival. Stability, the will to live, self-preservation, a sense of trust and security, and groundedness are all at the heart of the root chakra. It gives us the remarkable ability to survive in extreme conditions.

The needs at the root chakra are instinctual, like food and shelter. A healthy root chakra is buoyant and flexible. It is very adaptable and can remain grounded through difficult changes. When energy is flowing freely through the root chakra, it’s easy to be secure in your existence. However, things like overeating, insecurity, hoarding material items, and feeling like you never have enough are signs that you’re root chakra is dysfunctional.

The Root Chakra and the Physical Body

The root chakra corresponds to the adrenal cortex, the skeletal system, the blood, and kidneys. When your root chakra is not functioning properly it might manifest as problems in your feet, knees or hips in the form of arthritis. Other common problems are kidney stones, osteoporosis, autoimmune deficiencies, digestive disorders, sciatica, anemia, allergic reactions, and varicose veins.

The Root Chakra on a Psychological Level

The chakras are tremendously responsive to what we think and feel. A serious blockage in the root chakra can create obstacles to human development. Since it’s the base for all of the other chakras, a dysfunctional root chakra can have a major impact on the rest of our energetic health.

The severe imbalances frequently start in early childhood. If you grew up feeling safe and protected, then your trust in the world will be well established. However, if you grew up in a home where you felt unwanted, neglected, abandoned or abused, you can go through life with some serious trust issues.  If you don’t deal with these issues, they can lead to depression, anxiety, and a whole list of other health problems. A lack of trust, insecurity, aggression, anger, violence,  fear, and co-dependent relationships can indicate that your root chakra needs some work!

In the next article, I’m going to show you how to effectively balance the root chakra.

What’s your take on the root chakra? Leave a comment!


Are You an Empath?

Are You An Empath1The traditional meaning of empathy is basically being able to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. Unless you’re a cold hearted human being, you’ll have the ability to empathize with another person. However, that’s not the kind of empathy I’m referring to. I’m referring to empathy as a psychic gift.

What Is Psychic Empathy?

There are many forms of empathy but I’ll be talking about emotional empathy for the purpose of this article. Empathy as a psychic gift means that you are literally able to merge with another person’s energy. You’re able to experience their feelings as if they’re your own. In fact, you suck up other people’s emotions like a sponge to the point where it can be debilitating. Many people have no idea they have this gift and if you don’t know how to control it, it feels more like a curse. You feel like you’re on an emotional roller coaster. These people are often labeled “hypersensitive.” or “temperamental.” In many cases these people are diagnosed with some form of depression and put on medication.

All empath’s are born with their abilities switched on which can make life difficult when you don’t know how to control it. You can feel when someone doesn’t like you, you can feel what another person’s intentions are towards you, and you can feel when someone isn’t being honest with you. You CANNOT bullshit an empath! They know when they’re being lied to. They know when you’re trying to spare their feelings, whether or not there is malice behind your words, and they will always know you’re intent. Even when they can’t give the exact details of what you’re hiding, they will know whether you mean them well or not. Does any of this sound familiar? Don’t worry. You’re not paranoid or crazy. Empathy is very real!


What Are The Positives To Psychic Empathy?

Empath’s are healers. Whether you’re aware of it or not, you have been serving humanity as a healer you’re whole life. It’s part of your life purpose. Whether it’s helping a friend solve a problem or a Doctor saving lives, an empath is actively helping and healing people on a daily basis. Has someone you’ve never met come to you and offered up their entire life story? The good, the bad, and the ugly? That’s because you unconsciously hold a sacred space for people and you can listen without judging. They immediately feel like they can trust you. That in and of itself offers profound healing. Even when you don’t like someone, you’re empathic nature will take over and you’ll feel obligated to help them heal.

The key to being a healthy, happy empath is learning how to control it. If you don’t learn a technique to shut it on and off at will, you’ll suffer. One simple way to do this is by protecting your energy. Visualize that you’re in a bubble. The positive things can come in but all the negativity has to stay out. You have to do this consciously, on a daily basis, and sometimes several times a day depending on the people you’re around.  Try to start recognizing what belongs to you and what belongs to somebody else. If it doesn’t belong to you, let it go. Establish firm boundaries with people. If you’re not used to boundaries, learn how to develop some healthy ones! Those boundaries are going to be your best friend!

Empathy doesn’t have to be an ugly thing. It really is a special gift, and not one that everybody has. It was given to you so you can help others. All it takes is a little effort to learn how to use it effectively.

What do you think? Are you an empath?


 

Are Psychic Vampires Real?

psychic vampireHell yes they’re real!

Psychic vampires are like parasites but instead of feeding off your body they’re feeding off your energy. They are  literally sucking the life-force out of you. Some psychic vampires are fully aware of what they’re doing and others are not. You can always tell when you’re around one because just being in their presence can drain your energy. A lot of times, you don’t even have to engage with the person and you’ll feel depleted.

What Are the Characteristics of a Psychic Vampire?

Psychic vampires are generally pretty easy to spot. It’s the “friendships” that seem to be all take and no give. It’s the people who drain your energy with their relentless demands for everything under the sun. They have negative attitudes, the world is out to get them, and they constantly whine and complain about their lives, never taking responsibility for why they might be in those particular circumstances. They like to play the victim. They like you to feel sorry for them, almost as though it solidifies in their minds that you’ll always be around to help them. After all, you’re a good person and would never abandon a friend in need.  In turn, you feel run down, taken advantage of, and exhausted.

It could be your mom, your dad, your sister, your best friend, your husband, your neighbor, or the cashier at the 7-11. This is by no means and extensive list, but you get the general idea.


The Psychic Vampire With a Smile

There is also another type of psychic vampire lurking around and they truly are wolves in sheep’s clothing.  They usually materialize when you’re in a vulnerable state. They walk around masquerading as your friend, your confidant, the one who helps when you’re in need. These people will help you through situations you feel you never could have gotten through alone. They are always smiling, always giving encouraging words when you’re down. They make excuses for your ugliest mistakes, and they tell you it’s not your fault. They help you to remain a “victim.” But don’t be fooled: These people are master manipulators. They feed off of you by manipulating your emotions. They slowly start taking your power away by making you second guess your own decisions and your ability to think clearly. You allow  this to happen because over time you have built a  “solid” relationship and you trust them with every ounce of your being. As a result, you lose complete trust in yourself and you seek them out for answers. Even when their answers don’t feel right to you, you do it anyway because you believe you have lost the ability to make sound decisions. They also like to make you angry at other people because it’s like an energy feast for them. If you allow it, these people can literally take over your life.

A Lesson Learned

At some point, you’ll start to realize what’s happening. You’ll see the situation for what it really is and you’ll likely start to distance yourself from it. When you do this, shits going to hit the fan.  The psychic vampire will feel like they’re losing control. They’ll get angry, they’ll try every manipulation tactic they can think of to get you back to where they want you, and if that doesn’t work they’ll start lashing out. Those situations that previously “weren’t your fault” are going to turn into the exact reasons why you’re such a horrible person! Don’t listen to it. There is a reason these people are placed in our lives. Situations like this create awareness. So be aware that these people are out there and learn to recognize them before it turns into a long-term problem. Don’t get angry, don’t get bitter, just take the information and learn from it. See the value in the lesson and beware of the psychic vampire!

If you have thoughts or additions to this topic, feel free to leave a comment!


 

 

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