Manage your stress with aromatherapy

Stress may come and go, but it seems that it’ll always be a part of life. Uniquely, we all have different ways of managing our stress. However, using aromatherapy to cope with stress gives us the ability to treat it naturally. Luckily, aromatherapy is very accessible making it easy to choose what is best for you. You can use candles, diffusers, and even lotions or bath salts.

What Essential Oils Help Stress Relief?

One essential oil that we all know and adore is lavender. Not only is lavender pleasant to smell, but it calms your stress and quiets your anxiety. It has actually been proven that inhaling lavender is extremely helpful in managing daily stress. On par with lavender is bergamot essential oil. Similarly, sometimes stressful days can make us have negative thoughts, and feel overall overwhelmed. This is where bergamot oil saves the day! Studies show that filling your space with this delightful essential oil leads to more positive thoughts and feelings. Basically, it’s a mood booster. As a matter of fact, some other essential oils that you can easily mix with lavender and bergamot to make a stress-relief cocktail are:

  • Lemongrass
  • Neroli
  • Lemon
  • Orange
  • Frankincense

Just Remember

It’s important to remember that essential oils are just little helpful oils to promote our health and wellbeing, and should not be looked at as a solution to any serious medical problems. Of course, always be sure to consult your doctor if you have any health concerns that are beyond your knowledge. However, they are so wonderful and can help us cope with a variety of things! Stay tuned for more aromatherapy tips and tricks on the blog. In the meantime, shop our essential oils here!

Smells like Clean Spirit: Using essential oils to Fight Bacteria

If you think you have an addiction to essential oils, trust us, you are not alone! Not only do they smell amazing, but they are able to do amazing things. That is to say, because of COVID-19, we are all definitely in a time where we have to take extra measures to keep ourselves and our spaces safer than usual. Luckily, there are are completely natural ways to do that, and aromatherapy is great at fighting bacteria.

Why Essential Oils

Aromatherapy use promotes physical and psychological well-being. Moreover, it offers an array of other benefits such as natural antibacterial properties. Although there are so many cleaning products to choose from at the store, some of us may seek or more natural solution. Abandoning the toxic chemicals in your household can do wonders for your health. It’s normal that most of us assume that we can trust popular brands. Consequently, the average home contains around 62 toxins that can do major harm to the human body. Regular contact with these toxins have been shown to lead to health issues such as cancer and reproductive harm.

Essential oils have many roles in the world of aromatherapy, and definitely are not limited to diffusers. You can add them to your lotions and bath gels, or even create a spray for the fabrics in your home. Most importantly, essential oils will help fight the bacteria around you while also helping to boost your mood!

antibacterial essential oil cheat sheet for diffusers.
Print out this cheat sheet so that you can always know what essential oils to use to fight bacteria!

Must-have Oils

  • Tea Tree
  • Cinnamon
  • Grapefruit
  • Peppermint
  • Lemon
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender

Nature’s Flavors Aromatherapy Diffuser Cocktail

As always, all of our essential oils are natural and chemical free.

showing how to put essential oil into a diffuser
  • Fill up your diffuser with water
  • Add 3 drops of Lavender
  • Then 3 drops of Tea Tree
  • Finally, 2 drops of Eucalyptus

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Vanilla Coffee Lotion Bars

Who has two thumbs and hates a heatwave? ALL OF US! The heat at the moment is unbearable and it causes profuse sweating on our face, which attracts pollutants in the air, germs, and other horrible microscopic things just like a magnet. The dirt and grime clog our pores which means… you guessed… acne for a longer period of time. Ugh, none of us want that!

Thankfully, Nature’s Flavors is here to save your day from boredom and pimples with these Vanilla Coffee Lotion Bars recipe we just made! 

They’re made from natural and organic ingredients, and they’re amazing for your skin. 

Here are the many benefits of coffee beans for your skincare:

Coffee is full of antioxidants, polyphenols, stimulants, and chlorogenic acids (the caffeine). Antioxidants protect your skin by reducing pigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles to help keep you looking younger and radiant. Polyphenols can act as a sunscreen and protect your skin from UV rays. These two ingredients combined will exfoliate your skin, serve as an acne treatment, and protect you from UV rays (please continue to wear sunscreen; the intake of polyphenols will not replace sunscreen).

LET’S MAKE SOME LOTION BARS!

Start by setting the stove or hot plate to a low heat and place the bowl on the appliance (the bowl should be empty). In separate small bowls, put the beeswax and cocoa butter in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Pour the beeswax and cocoa butter into the medium bowl on the appliance. Add the sunflower oil, vanilla fragrance oil, and golden jojoba oil. The liquid in the bowl will look a dark yellow.

Use a spoon to stir and mix all of the ingredients together. The liquid should be ready after a couple of minutes.

Use a towel or mitten to carefully remove the bowl from the appliance. Pour the liquid into the silicone molds. Fill a quarter of the molds and put in as many coffee beans as you would like. Place the silicone molds in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to cool them off. This is the first layer of the lotion bars.

After the 10 minutes, take the molds out of the refrigerator. Pour the rest of the liquid into the molds and add more coffee beans. Put the molds back into the refrigerator and wait 1 hour.

Take the molds out of the refrigerator and voilà! You just made yourself some DIY Vanilla Coffee Lotion Bars!


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Vanilla Coffee Lotion Bars

This nourishing Vanilla Coffee Lotion Bar will have your skin feeling baby soft! It not only nourishes but the coffee beans help exfoliate too! 
Prep Time30 mins
Passive Time1 hr 10 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Keyword: all natural, bar, beans, beeswax, butter, clean, cocoa, coffee, diy, exfoliate, exfoliating, fresh, grounds, hyrdating, lotion, natural, oil, organic, scrub, skin, skincare, sunflower, whole
Yield: 6 lotion bars

Equipment

  • Glass/Stainless Steel Bowl (Medium)
  • Spoon
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Measuring Cups
  • Silicone Molds
  • Stove or Hot Plate

Materials

Instructions

  • Place the beeswax, sunflower oil, cocoa butter, and the vanilla fragrance oil in a bowl. 
  • Place the bowl on a hot plate or stove and set it to a low heat.
  • Mix until all of your ingredients are well combined.
  • Next, fill your silicone molds about a quarter of the way and add some coffee beans. You'll have to allow it to set before you add more of your mixture in. We want to avoid your coffee beans from floating to the top. 
  • Once each mold is ¼ filled, place them in the fridge for 10 minutes. Continue to heat the bowl with the remaining mixture on low.
  • After the 10 minutes, remove the silicone molds from the refrigerator and finish filling each mold with the remaining mixture and coffee beans. Then, place them back in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  • Once your lotion bars have set, pop them out and moisturize! We hope you enjoyed!

Notes

  • You can swap out the vanilla fragrance oil for any fragrance oil you’d like! Find more fragrance oils here!
  • Our fragrances are natural or organic, and because of that their scent won’t be as strong as synthetic fragrances. Synthetic fragrances include harsh chemicals that can negatively affect your skin. If the fragrance isn’t strong enough, feel free to add more. 
  • Store your lotion bars in a cool place to keep them from melting.