What is so important about Antioxidants?
We will tell you, my friends. Because I’m sure you hear it everywhere, but may or may not understand what it really does for our health. The body generates free radicals as the inevitable byproducts of turning food into energy. Others are in the food you eat and the air you breathe. Free radicals contribute to chronic diseases from cancer to heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease to vision loss Free radical damage can change the instructions coded in a strand of DNA.
We can fight off these free radicals for a sustained strong immune system with the foods we eat and the products we use on our bodies, with our best friend called Antioxidants. People who consume fewer amounts of Antioxidants are more likely to develop chronic conditions (including lung cancer in smokers). While supplements are not replacements, your plate should be full every day of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains that are all packed with antioxidants. The more we consume, the less vulnerable our bodies are to illness, allergies, lack of energy.
Essential Oil Sprays
C Currently, I am obsessed with essential oil sprays. An instructor at my barre studio ends each class with a foot, mini head & shoulder massage. She sprays an essential oil mixture around the room and then she sprays it on her hands before she does the mini-massage. It is heavenly!!!
I was inspired and recently began making different types of essential oil products for my personal and home use so I thought…why not try a few essential oil sprays?
The first thing to know about working with essential oils is you have to store them in glass bottles. If you use plastic, the essential oils will degrade the plastic and who wants that in your spray?
One of the main reasons I love these sprays is that they are little to none toxicity so adding the chemicals of plastic to the recipe would interfere with their natural state. I get my spray bottles from Amazon (click here)
There are so many essential oil resources out there so it can be a little daunting when you start out. I pin DIYs that use natural products and are fairly easy to make.
Additionally, you can find several other recipes of mixtures for every type of ailment, cleaning, etc. You name it.
Here are 4 Essential Oil Sprays Recipes:
- Sleep Spray: I based my sleep spray on this recipe from Green Living Ladies, although I slightly altered my version. I didn’t add the chamomile and I used Witch Hazel instead of water.
I use it on my pillow and on my feet. It smells delightful! I just love the scent.
- Calm Spray: This recipe is from Earthroma. It was listed as a diffuser blend but I just put it in a spray bottle with Witch Hazel. I like to keep it in my car and spritz throughout the day to keep myself calm and peaceful.
Just the actual motions of using the spray and knowing why I am using helps to keep me at peace. Again, this too smells so good and feels refreshing!
- After Sun Spray: This was my favorite of all the sprays. I based this recipe after Mind Body Elevate.
I followed their recipe but used a smaller spray bottle. It smells wonderful and soothing. I would highly recommend making this one! Also, I get my aloe vera gel from Trader Joe’s and I LOVE it. It works the best and smells the best of all the aloe vera gels I have tried.
- Gym Spray: This blend was my second favorite next to the After Sun spray. I got this recipe from Jenni Raincloud and used the exact formula to spray yesterday after my barre class. I used it on myself and also sprayed my yoga mat.
The scent is so clean, fresh and it kills the germs you may pick up on your mat during a class. I consider this another spray I would highly recommend if you go to the gym. It also works in your gym bag!