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Essential Glow: Recipes & Tips for Using Essential Oils Hardcover – November 14, 2017
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Hello Glow is the premier online destination for natural beauty and wellness, with daily recipes, projects, tips, and inspiration for healthy, gorgeous, and mindful living. The woman behind the wisdom is Stephanie Gerber, a writer and mother of three who likes to raid the fridge after the kids go to bed—for face mask ingredients! Find her (and more great ideas from expert estheticians, dieticians, and more) at helloglow.co.
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Relaxing Lavender Eye Pillow
18-by-22-inch (46-by-56-cm) piece of batting
18-by-22-inch (46-by-56-cm) piece of soft fabric, such as silk or organic cotton
Needle and thread
½ cup (100 g) uncooked white rice
¼ cup (10 g) dried lavender
15 drops lavender essential oil
STEP 1 / To start, cut out two sleep mask shapes from the batting. When sewn together, they’ll form an interior pouch that will hold the rice and lavender. You can create a template for this mask shape by tracing your favorite pair of sunglasses and adding an extra 1 inch (2.5 cm) for seam allowance.
STEP 2 / Sew the two pieces of batting together around the outside edge, using a ¼-inch (6-mm) seam allowance and leaving a 1- to 2-inch (2.5–5-cm) opening.
STEP 3 / Combine the rice, dried lavender, and lavender essential oil in a bowl and stir.
STEP 4 / Use a funnel to fill the interior pouch with the rice-and-lavender mixture. (You can make a funnel by rolling a sheet of paper into a cone.) Sew the pouch closed.
STEP 5 / Use your template to cut two more sleep mask shapes from the fabric. (Since the mask will rest against your face, make sure to choose a nice, soft fabric—try silk or organic cotton.)
STEP 6 / Cut a length of elastic that fits snuggly around the back of your head from temple to temple. Then, with one fabric sleep mask facing right side up, baste (loosely sew together) the ends of the elastic to each side of the mask.
STEP 7 / Position the two fabric sleep masks with right sides facing each other. Sew the masks together with the elastic ends sandwiched between the two masks, leaving a 2-inch (5-cm) opening. Backstitch (reinforce the seam with overlapping stitches) to secure the opening.
STEP 8 / Turn the empty fabric right side out, then stuff the batting pouch inside. Sew the pouch closed.
STEP 9 / Your sleep mask is now ready to wear. To reap the relaxing benefits of the lavender, first warm the mask in the microwave for a few seconds. Always make sure it’s not too hot before placing it on your skin.
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I've been using essential oils for years, but I'm still not always sure what to do with them, and this is going to be a great help. Some recipes from the website are in here (DIY reed diffuser, honey hand balm, some others) but almost all of them are new, unpublished recipes. Not that I wouldn't want to buy a print book of the recipes on the blog, I definitely would. The book is divided into sections based on mood--relaxing, uplifting, etc. and each section has a mix of recipes for face, body, and home. There are graphics throughout that show the scent properties and typical uses of each of the oils included in recipes, and suggestions of oil blends for alternate scents accompany recipes where it doesn't really matter, like air fresheners. The book talks about how to use a wide variety of essential oils and not just your typical lavender, lemon, and peppermint, and I would say it's one of the best essential oil references I've seen so far for a relative beginner who wants to make their own products.
My one complaint, I thought there were too many recipes for homemade cleaners for specific things like kitchen counter, cutting board, etc. Things that can easily be cleaned with boring soap and hot water. I can justify the cost of essential oil for homemade skincare because chemical free commercial products are even more expensive, but I'm not going to spend $20 on a tiny bottle of oil just to dump it on the kitchen counter, ya know?
Anyway, I'm definitely going to be making a lot of these recipes, and hopefully get more comfortable making my own bath and body products with essential oils. If you're not sure whether you want to buy this book or not, check out the Hello Glow blog and look through the published recipes to get an idea what they're like. Some are more complicated than others and a lot of people will probably complain about how expensive ingredients are, but the target audience is people who WANT luxe feeling products, not people who are satisfied slapping on some coconut oil while standing in the kitchen. I've never tried anything seen on Hello Glow and had it come out bad, though you'll have to wade through some annoying lists of "healthy" recipes that are almost all vegetarian and vegan. If any of the site admins are reading this, either make the recipe posts exclusively vegetarian so healthy omnivores know not to waste our time scrolling through a full page of beans to get to the token chicken recipe at the bottom, or give us equal representation.