Bare Essentials

This blog post is sponsored by iHerb but as always, the opinions and experiences expressed in this post are my own.

Essentially, the freshest new obsessions in ancient wellness trends are essential oils.

Distilled from the roots, stems, leaves, flowers, or fruits, essential oils are the most concentrated expression of individual plants available through natural means, which makes them incredibly potent and effective for therapeutic uses. It doesn’t take a medical degree to reap the benefits, though! Aura Cacia makes these powerful extracts accessible to everyone, offering well over one hundred single origin essential oils and dozens of different blends. Previously overlooked or simply unavailable in small health food shops, iHerb is delivering the largest selection of these indispensable ingredients around.

Based in California but reaching customers in over 150 countries all around the world, iHerb boasts over 30,000 brand name natural products, guaranteed at the highest quality and lowest prices possible. Free or discounted shipping ensures that your oils will arrive on time for even the most urgent needs or ailments; no need to suffer from both an unfortunate malady and the offense of an interminable wait. Additionally, do I have to remind you that all this shopping can be done from the comfort of your own home, without going on a mad goose chase trying to hunt down obscure pieces to complete your wellness puzzle?

Aura Cacia oils promise the highest standards of quality. You’ll never find synthetic fragrances, fillers, artificial colors or stabilizers in any of their products. Only 100% pure essential oils make the cut.

Starting from truly the bare essentials, uses for these powerhouse oils are endless. Take a peek into my kitchen and you’ll undoubtedly find an impressive array of those tiny glass bottles standing tall, but perhaps not in the way you might imagine for someone as food-focused as myself.

Not only do citrus oils infuse everything they touch with a bright, clean, uplifting scent, but they’re also powerhouse grease busters. Natural antibacterial and antiviral properties make everything from lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, sweet orange, and all the sunny shades of warm yellow in between ideal candidates for chemical-free cleaning. My very favorite Citrus Symphony Dish Scrub is made of little more than baking soda and essential oils. Sometimes I’ll switch up the routine and inject a new bright scent with ginger or lemongrass, which are both excellent for soothing nausea, in case the aroma of your splattered, stained, and crusty dishes becomes overwhelming.

Yield: Makes 1/2 Cup

Citrus Symphony Dish Scrub

Citrus Symphony Dish Scrub
Not only do citrus oils infuse everything they touch with a bright, clean, uplifting scent, but they're also powerhouse grease busters. Natural antibacterial and antiviral properties make everything from lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, sweet orange, and all the sunny shades of warm yellow in between ideal candidates for chemical-free cleaning.
Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute

Instructions

  1. Mix baking soda and essential oil in a small dish until well blended. Spoon onto the offending dirty dishes and scrub hard with a sturdy dish brush. Pour vinegar on top and continue scrubbing. Rinse clean.

Notes

This mixture can also be used to wipe down messy stove tops, counters, and other household surfaces.

Harsh chemical scrubs can be just as abrasive on delicate skin; not so for this natural cleaning solution. Extensive time soaking in hot water alone can be pretty tough on hands, though, so it essential to follow up marathon dish washing sessions with a bit of moisturizing TLC. This is yet another job for essential oils!

Rich, thick, and incredibly soothing, it smells just like sweet vanilla frosting, but is a topical treat instead. Homemade  Whipped Vanilla Bean Body Frosting is made of such high-quality whole ingredients that it’s technically edible, but trust me, it’s much more enjoyable to luxuriate in the creamy sensation soaking into rough skin, smoothing over dry patches with quick absorption, leaving behind only the robust scent of birthday cake and homemade sugar cookies behind. Just beware that the temptation to lick your fingers will be very high after every application.

Yield: Makes 1/2 Cup

Whipped Vanilla Bean Body Frosting

Whipped Vanilla Bean Body Frosting
Rich, thick, and incredibly soothing, it smells just like sweet vanilla frosting, but is a topical treat instead. Homemade Whipped Vanilla Bean Body Frosting is made of such high-quality whole ingredients that it’s technically edible, but trust me, it’s much more enjoyable to luxuriate in the creamy sensation soaking into rough skin, smoothing over dry patches with quick absorption, leaving behind only the robust scent of birthday cake and homemade sugar cookies behind. Just beware that the temptation to lick your fingers will be very high after every application.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Instructions

  1. In small saucepan set over low heat, gently melt the cocoa butter and coconut oil together. Once completely liquefied, remove from heat and whisk in the almond oil, vegetable glycerin, vanilla essential oil, and vanilla bean seeds.
  2. Place the mixture in your fridge to cool, just until you begin to set around the edges. This should take about 10 - 15 minutes so keep a close eye on it.
  3. Transfer to your stand mixer and whip on high speed until thick, fluffy, and smooth. Transfer to a glass jar for storage. Keep away from bright light and hot temperatures to maintain an ideal consistency.

Essentially, you can’t find a better source for essential oils than Aura Cacia, and you won’t find a more complete collection anywhere other than iHerb. Stock up and start cleaning, healing, and overall feeling better right away! Returning customers can get 5% off their order, while new customers can get 10% off their first order by clicking here.

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3 thoughts on “Bare Essentials

  1. Hannah – can you please confirm that the statement “which makes them incredibly potential and effective for therapeutic uses” is your own opinion? There is no accepted scientific basis that essential oils have proven therapeutic use, per any of my own searches of the scientific literature.

    1. While I can only speak from my own experience and opinion, therapy is not defined as strictly medical in the scientific sense. This also refers to aromatherapy, for example, and these are 100% therapeutic-grade for that use.

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