Lemon and Lavender Lotion Bar Recipe

From Young Living:
Give your skin some much-deserved love! Not your average moisturizer, this DIY lotion bar uses the warmth of your body to melt natural emollients and essential oils into the skin to smooth, moisturize and hydrate dry hands, heels, elbows, and more.
With a rich base of coconut oil, beeswax, and shea butter, this homemade lotion bar recipe has a smooth and rich consistency. We honestly can’t get enough of the clean and fresh lavender-lemon combo we tried, but feel free to get inspired and create your own essential oil blend!
Tip: If you want to create an exfoliating texture, we recommend adding some citrus zest, oatmeal, or dried lavender.
     ½ cup extra-virgin coconut oil

9 Things you didn’t know about Myrrh Essential Oil

There was a time when Myrrh may have been more precious than gold. People have sought after this precious botanical since biblical times for its use as a perfume, incense, spice, and to beautify skin. A gift fit for royalty, travelers carried myrrh across desert and sea to be delivered to kings and queens of old. Today, people still revere Myrrh essential oil for its rich, earthy aroma and skin-benefiting properties. Myrrh oil is also often used during yoga, meditation, and religious practices to promote feelings of spirituality. There’s plenty “myrrh” to know about Myrrh oil uses and the benefits of Myrrh oil. Become a Myrrh master with these nine fun facts and usage tips.
1.  Origins Myrrh was extremely valuable in the Middle East and Mediterranean. Today, it’s popular all over the world.
2.  Name The word “myrrh” comes from the Arabic word “murr,” meaning bitter, because of its sharp taste. In other words, you wouldn’t want to add this oil to your morning smoothie.

Actively Listening to Yourself

More than ever, we are pulled into the area outside of our skin with high levels of stimulation and distraction.Bombarded with seductive and interesting energy, the more subtle, internal voices are drowned out. The complex biological being upon which our heads sit has a voice.Its messages are drowned out by the “louder” stimuli that bombard our eyes, ears, taste buds and noses. Our body connection, our sense of material being, connects us to every other form.The fact that molecules came together to form you and me underscores the fact that the very same molecules form everything else.To ignore our bodies, our inner experience, or to minimize its importance, is to miss the sense of unity of all forms. So how do we actively listen?The brain can only process one message at a time.We can move rapidly among messages, but each impulse is discrete.This is why slowing down, breathing and some of the currently touted relaxation methods make sense.When we slow down, we’re making space to liste…


When I watch documentaries on 9/11, war and other catastrophic events, I’m moved by that moment when people know that the odds are stacked against them. I wonder what people are feeling.Are they paralyzed with fear? Do they rise about their fear and transform into heroes, putting others ahead of themselves? There are stories we’ve read and seen about heroes.Most of them are lauded for courage in high octane moments, such as the first responders who run toward danger when others are running away.I’m in awe of those people. On the other hand, there are small heroic gestures that can go unnoticed because the events are “ordinary,” and not so high profile. In my work as a professor, I see students who struggle financially putting themselves through school and maintaining families and work.Exhausted, they still have time to show kindness and generosity to each other, and sometimes to their professor.These are heroes. In my work as a psychologist, I saw people face their demons, their dark…