5 Foods That Destroy Your Hormones & Skin

When women can’t process hormones correctly, estrogen and testosterone can accumulate. This prevents the body from being able to detox properly, which can lead to estrogen dominance. The result becomes inflamed skin and acne.

Give your Liver a Kick with this Tasty Morning Tonic

Liver flushes, like the below ACV Tonic and Liver Kick recipes, can be used to stimulate the elimination of waste from the body, increase bile flow, improve overall liver function, and purify the circulatory and lymphatic systems.

A 3-Step Toolkit for Inner Beauty

Our lights may not shine as bright when we don’t feel our best. That’s why a discipline of daily beauty practices can help us look and feel as beautiful as we are on the inside.

Essential Oils for Athletes

In the world of sports, essential oils have many benefits for athletes. A university with an NCAA Division I athletic program now works with doTERRA to receive instruction on essential oils and the AromaTouch® Technique. All of their campus training facilities have implemented doTERRA products into their training and physical therapy approaches with impressive results.

3 Romantic Recipes with Rose Essential Oil

No flower embodies love and romance quite like the rose. The essential oil of rose Rosa damascena (Mill.) is also known to provide psychological and emotional support when added to a bath blend or diffused into the air. It’s a mood booster that can promote joy, relaxation, as well as memory and mental clarity. 

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, why not try experimenting with an essential oil that’ll give you warm fuzzies on the inside? Whether or not you’re sharing this Valentine’s Day with a special sweetheart, you’re pretty special year-round. Celebrate this holiday of love—and some sweet self-care—with rose R. damascena essential oil.

Before you start whipping up your “love in a bottle” with our favorite recipes (keep reading!), here’s a quick crash course in blending with rose essential oil:

How to Use Rose Essential Oil in Perfumery and Blending

If you’re a budding aromatherapist, natural products manufacturer, or perfumer, rose R. damascena essential oil is a standard floral for your tool kit. When 100 perfumers were asked to select a standard for a floral aroma, they chose Bulgarian rose.

Rose oil has a warm, deep floral, slightly spicy, rich, honey-like odor. The absolute is unique in that it has a high tenacity alongside a deep, rosy fragrance. Distilled rose otto has more of a top note, and absolute rose has more fixative power. 

Rose is the perfect oil to blend with other florals (like jasmine Jasminum grandiflorum (L.) or geranium Pelargonium graveolens (L'Her.)) to create sweet, romantic, and uplifting fragrances. On a chemical level, rose R. damascena contains about 2% of a sesquiterpene alcohol and farnesol, which is an important constituent for perfumery. Additionally, the esters, the nerol, the nonyl aldehyde, and trace constituents (such ascarvone and rosefuran) are all important for perfumery.

Specifically, rose blends beautifully with: 

  • anise Pimpinella anisum (L.)
  • benzoin Styrax tonkinensis (Pierre) Craib ex Hartwich
  • bergamot Citrus aurantium (L.) var. bergamia
  • black pepper Piper nigrum (L.)
  • chamomile (Roman) Chamaemelum nobile (L.) All.
  • costus Aplotaxis lappa (Decne.)
  • fennel Foeniculum vulgare (Hill)
  • ginger Zingiber officinale (Roscoe) 
  • immortelle Helichrysum italicum (Roth)
  • neroli Citrus aurantium (L.) var. amara
  • orris root Iris ×germanica notho var. florentina (Dykes)
  • patchouli Pogostemon cablin (Benth.)
  • sandalwood Santalum album (L.)
  • vetiver Vetiveria zizanioides (Nash)
  • ylang ylang Cananga odorata (Lam.) var. genuine

My all-time favorite—which is super quick, easy, and simple—is a blend of rose R. damascena and neroli C. aurantium var. amara. 

Don’t forget: less is more. A small quantity goes a long way in your rose essential oil blends. The suggested use level is 0.02-0.05 mg%.

Bottling Romance: 3 Recipes with Rose Essential Oil

Valentine’s Day is almost here, so let’s get blending! Here are three recipes with rose essential oil that are sure to make you feel like falling into a bed of roses this holiday.

Click here to read the full blog from the American College of Health Sciences.

The Healing Benefits of Rose Essential Oil

Rose Essential Oil Benefits Skin, Depression and Hormones

The smell of a rose is one of those experiences that can ignite fond memories of young love and backyard gardens. But did you know that roses are more than a pretty smell? It’s true, for they have therapeutic benefits that can help heal many health conditions.

Rose essential oil, which is created through a simple process of steam distillation, has been used to treat health conditions and used in natural beauty treatments for thousands of years.

Research and personal experiences tell us that rose oil can improve acne, balance hormones, relieve anxiety, improve depression, reduce rosacea and naturally increase libido.

Rose Essential Oil Profile

Rose essential oil is made by extracting Rosa damascena, and researchers have uncovered that it contains several therapeutic compounds known to promote healing in the body:

  • Citronellol – effective mosquito repellant (also found in citronella).
  • Citral – strong antimicrobial that is necessary for vitamin A synthesis (also found in lemon myrtle and lemongrass).
  • Carvone – effective digestive aid (also found in caraway and dill).
  • Citronellyl Acetate – responsible for the pleasant flavor and aroma of roses, which is why it’s used in many skin and beauty products.
  • Eugenol – powerhouse behind clove, the richest antioxidant in the world.
  • Farnesol – natural pesticide (also found in orange blossom, jasmine and ylang-ylang).
  • Methyl Eugenol – local antiseptic and anesthetic (also found in cinnamon and lemon balm).
  • Nerol – sweet-smelling aromatic antibiotic compound (also found in lemongrass and hops).
  • Phenyl Acetaldehyde – another sweet-smelling and aromatic compound (also found in chocolate).
  • Phenyl Geraniol – natural form of geraniol, which is commonly used in perfumes and fruit flavorings.

Top 3 Rose Oil Benefits

1. Rose Oil Improves Depression

A perfect example of how beneficial Rose oil can be is seen in how it affects depression. As our ancestors battled situations where their mental status was dampened, or otherwise impaired, they would have been naturally drawn to the pleasant sights and smells of the flowers that surrounded them. I have never seen a person take a whiff of a powerful rose and not smile; instead, they remark how incredible and uplifting it is.

The journal Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice recently published a study that set out to prove these types of natural reactions to rose aromatherapy clinically. With a subject group of 28 postpartum women, the researchers separated them into two groups: one who would be treated with 15-minute sessions of a 2.5 percent solution of rose/lavender oil aromatherapy twice a week for four weeks, and a control group.

Their results were quite remarkable. Not only was it discovered that the women experienced a significant decrease in postnatal depression scores, they also reported marked improvement in general anxiety disorder!

How to use rose oil for depression: If you’re ever feeling anxious or down in the dumps, try putting five drops of rose and five drops of lavender in a diffuser by your nightstand before bed. Hopefully you will wake up renewed and at peace!

Click here to read the full blog on DrAxe.com

2 Healthy Chocolate Tonics Recipes

Live Divine Chocolate Maca Shake & Rx Tonic:

TONIC 1: Rx Tonic

By Eric Baumgartner

Ingredients:
1 teaspoon Mind’s Eye or Adrenal Essence
8-12 oz almond milk, coconut milk, or milk of choice (warm or cold)
Sweeten with Raw Honey, Stevia or sweetener of choice
1-2 Tablespoon coconut oil, MOT oil, ghee or grass fed butter (optional)
1 Tablespoon Raw Cacao Powder (optional)

DIRECTIONS:
Blend and serve. Garnish with Cinnamon. Enjoy!

TONIC 2: LIVE DIVINE CHOCOLATE MACA SHAKE

A Heart-opening and hormone enhancing celebration in a glass

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup Brazil nuts (soaked and rinsed) or other raw nuts
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 semi-frozen banana
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey or maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 cup Brazil nut milk (option:almond or coconut milk, or pure water)
  • 2-3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon bee pollen (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon maca powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Celtic sea salt

DIRECTIONS:

Blend all the ingredients until smooth.

Add cold or room-temperature water if needed to adjust to desired thickness (but do not add warm water or heat this recipe). Option: Spice it up by adding Living Libations Immune Illume Hotberry.

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Posted on January 16, 2017 .

How to Make a Perfect Vegan Pizza

We invited E! News to our kitchen to demonstrate how to make a healthy alternative to a fast food favorite, pizza! 

This recipe is featured in our book, The 21 Day Superstar Cleanse: A Rejuvenating Lifestyle Program to Help You Feel Younger, Healthier and Ready to Rock the World, that shows readers how to cleanse their bodies while eating great tasting foods.

With simple ingredients found at local organic grocery stores, this recipe is quick and easy. Start off with vegan crust, either made from corn or rice, layer on some pizza sauce, sprinkle on Daiya cheese, add your fave vegan toppings and pop in the oven for 10 minutes. 

Click below to check out the video to learn how to make the perfect vegan pizza!

Turn Your Dreams into Reality in 2017!

"We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential."
~ Ellen Goodman

Happy New Year!

During these final days of 2016, we prepare to welcome the New Year by reflecting on how to bridge the gap between the life we now lead and the one we want to manifest. One of the most effective ways I've found to turn our dreams into reality is to create a vision board!

The collections of images, illustrations and words which visually represent the life you’d like to lead help you clarify goals, focus energy, establish new habits, and attract opportunities. As a visual aid, instead of just words, the goals are able to embed in the subconscious. 

According to a recent Harvard Business Study, while only 1% of people write down their goals and regularly review them, those are among the highest achievers in terms of career, finances, and happiness.

STEPS TO CREATING YOUR VISION BOARD

1. Select the size; It can be a piece of paper, poster board, cardboard, canvas, cork or magnetic board, or whatever works for your space.

2. Make a list of 10 things that you'd like to be, do, or have. Phrase these in the positive/affirmative (i.e. instead of "stop eating junk food," write "nourish myself with a healthy, well-balanced diet" or "eat more fruits & veggies").

3. Collect images that represent the things on your list like photos, magazine clippings, newspaper articles, business cards, flyers, drawings, journal pages, quotes, etc.

4. Allow yourself a sacred time and space to assemble. Arrange your images in a collage on your board however you feel called to with tape or glue them down.

5. Place your vision board in an area where you'll see it often. In your office or at your desk, on your refrigerator door, near your bathroom mirror, or in your bedroom so it's the first thing you see in the am and the last thing you see before falling asleep.

6. Go digital; Take a pic of your board and make it the wallpaper on your phone to stay inspired throughout your day.

Questions to reflect on when preparing your vision board:
* Where do you want to live?* Who do you want to live with?
* What is your passion?
* What are your career goals?
* Which of your gifts would you like to share more of?
* What health challenges or goals would you like to improve?
* What do you need guidance with or want to learn more about?
* What's most important to you?
* What do you feel is missing?

For more support in empowering your true self to emerge in 2017, we invite you to join our 21-Day Superstar Cleanse this Winter!