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Sedona

ah SEDONA! I don’t even know where to start with this blog. You need to just get there, feel it…ok let’s start at the beginning I guess…

What to pack:

The weather can really vary depending on what time of year so I suggest checking out a reliable weather almanac or website like accuweather.com or whichever you love for average temperatures, rain fall, etc. We went in the middle of October and it was perfect. A little warm in the middle of the day but cooled off at night. I brought a summer dress for day time adventures and jeans, cute top, and a light sweater for nights out.

You have to do some hiking or at minimum walking. The most important item here is hydration. Bring a comfortable back pack that can carry a big water bladder and an additional water bottle. I am still searching for the perfect bladder but, I love my LifeStraw filtering water bottle. I have used it all over the world including Africa. Most of the hikes are pretty mild so good sneakers are fine but hiking shoes are always best. I love my Keens. Saved me on Machu Picchu and lots of other hikes. Other than that some nice leggings like these from North Face or shorts and a light top layer are great.

All right now you have to get there:

We flew out of Sacramento (SMF) to Phoenix (PHX). We booked our flight super last minute. Like literally the morning before we left so, our options were limited. With more prep we probably would have opted for Flagstaff (FLG) because it is closer. Grand Canyon National Airport (GCN) would be a good option too if you want to add viewing this majestic beast to your itinerary. There is a small non-towered airport in Sedona that as far as I can tell you can catch a tiny commuter plane to out of most surrounding airports.

Lodging:

The variety and quality of places to stay in Sedona runs the full spectrum. From five-star resorts to hostels, there is something for every taste and budget. We found a nice room at an AirBNB in a home close to everything. Although, everything is close to everything. The town commodities of Sedona seem to grow out of the red rock spires of the post card pictures. It is beautiful and convenient.

What to Do:

As I said earlier, HIKING! Sedona is a playground of hikes that meander through ancient rock formations and energy vortexes. We read a number of blogs on finding the vortexes but they found us. We could barely take a picture without energy waves permeating our focus. It is absolutely amazing!

The hikes we did –

The Airport Loop Trail

This hike can be as much or little as you want. Park at the small lot (with permit) on the side of the road or up top in the airport lot. You can hike along the edge of the mountains, up and back to the airport, and up to the top of 360 degree view point. Go here to watch the sun set. The views are incredible and the the rocks turn vibrant red as the sun goes down. The trail down from the look out area is relatively easy and very clearly marked but you may want a small flash light or headlamp. Honestly, the flashlight on your phone is probably sufficient.

Devil’s Bridge

Devils Bridge is the largest natural sandstone arch located in the Sedona area of the Coconino National Forest. This is a very popular hike that offers breathtaking views of Red Rock country. It is a steep but short hike. The official trailhead starts off the unpaved portion of Dry Creek Road and requires a high clearance vehicle to access. If you only have a low clearance vehicle, you can park at the Dry Creek Road trailhead at the paved section, approximately 1 mile from trailhead, or at the Mescal Trailhead located on Long Canyon Road. Depending on where you park you have a few routes to choose from to access Devils Bridge Trail, including the unpaved portion of Dry Creek Road, Chuckwagon Trail, or Mescal to Chuckwagon Trail. From the parking area off of the unpaved portion of Dry Creek Road, follow the trailmarker for Devil’s Bridge Trail. The early portion of the trail was originally a jeep trail so it is smooth and traverses through washes filled with juniper and prickly pear cactus. The path gently inclines uphill and gets steeper as you continue on. About 3/4 of a mile from the parking area the trail will come to a fork and you will go left. Here you’ll end up at the base of the bridge. You will then continue up a natural rock staircase from which there are beautiful views. You will reach another level of stairs which will take you up to the bridge.

Courthouse Butte Loop Trail

This one was our favorite! We set out early to avoid the forewarned crowds and beat the heat which turned out to be a fantastic foresight. We got great parking and lots of time with the trail by ourselves. The whole area is oozing energy. The healing and revitalizing pulse of the earth hums through you as you explore the ancient area. Following the whole loop takes you around the Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock. I don’t even have enough words to describe this place, just go!

Courthouse Butte Loop Trail is a 3.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Sedona, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round.

Hope this helps you get inspired and organized for your next healing vacation. Salud!

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Essential Oils

Essential oils are the compounds plants use to protect and nourish themselves. When these precious essences are extracted and stabilized properly we may use them to protect and nourish ourselves, too.

A couple of my favorite staples are lavender and peppermint from doterra. They are ethically and organically sourced. Plus, tested and shown to improve all sorts of physical, emotional, and spiritual aspirations.

Lavender…

Lavender has been used and cherished for centuries for its unmistakable aroma and myriad benefits. In ancient times, the Egyptians and Romans used Lavender for bathing, relaxation, cooking, and as a perfume. Its calming and relaxing qualities, when taken internally, continue to be Lavender’s most notable attributes. Applied topically, Lavender is frequently used to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections. Add to bath water to soak away stress or apply to the temples and the back of the neck. Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding, or bottoms of feet to relax and prepare for a restful night’s sleep. Due to Lavender’s versatile properties, it is considered the must-have oil to have on hand at all times.

Uses

  • Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding, or bottoms of feet at bedtime.
  • Keep a bottle of Lavender on hand to soothe occasional skin irritations.
  • Freshen your linen closet, mattress, car, or the air by combining Lavender with water in a spray bottle.
  • Take internally to reduce anxious feelings.*
  • Use in cooking to soften citrus flavors and add a flavorful twist to marinades, baked goods, and desserts.

Directions for Use

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.

Cautions

Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

Peppermint…

The peppermint plant is a hybrid of water mint and spearmint and was first described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. A high menthol content—like that found in the doTERRA Peppermint essential oil—distinguishes the best quality Peppermint from other products. Frequently used in toothpaste and chewing gum for oral hygiene, Peppermint also helps alleviate occasional stomach upset and promotes healthy respiratory function when taken internally.* Peppermint continues to be one of the best-selling favorites among doTERRA essential oils.

Uses

  • Use a drop of Peppermint with Lemon in water for a healthy, refreshing mouth rinse.
  • Take one to two drops in a Veggie Capsule to alleviate occasional stomach upset.*
  • Add a drop to your favorite smoothie recipe for a refreshing twist. 
  • Place one drop in palm of hand with one drop Wild Orange and one drop Frankincense and inhale for a mid-day pick-me-up.

Directions for Use

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with a carrier oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.

Cautions

Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

Dry Brushing

Our skin releases up to a pound of toxins each day! That’s about a quarter of the total waste excreted from our body on a daily basis. Skin problems like acne, rashes, eczema, and psoriasis are signs that we’re in need of some toxic dumping, but when our skin is clogged full of dead cells, our toxins get stuck in a traffic jam and have nowhere to go. Instead, they get reabsorbed into the body, taxing our kidneys and liver, or stored in fat cells, which can contribute to cellulite.

Dry brushing is a simple and inexpensive way to keep our skin clear of clogging debris, which can significantly assist in our body’s natural detoxification process.

  • Dry brushing helps loosen and shed dead skin cells, which will rejuvenate and soften the skin, improve texture, and promote cell renewal.
  • Dry brushing improves circulation, which allows the body to expel more toxins and helps eliminate cellulite.
  • Dry brushing stimulates lymph flow, which allows for drainage of toxins into the colon. Through this process, blood and tissues experience a deeper level of cleansing, which also strengthens the immune system.
  • Dry brushing contributes in a more even distribution of fat deposits, which reduces and prevents cellulite.

Our client committed to our dry brushing regimen and saw amazing results as well feeling amazing. After about a month, you will start to notice some of the benefits outlined above, with significant results after 90 days of regular brushing. Just like any good habit, it takes commitment before it becomes part of your routine.

Here is what to do:

  • Get a natural bristle dry brush like the ones we sell at the spa or in our online store
  • Start at your feet, using long, even, upward strokes, always moving toward your heart
  • Brush up your legs, over your abdomen, then your buttocks and your back, always using upward strokes toward your heart.
  • Brush up along the outside of your arms. Then lift your arms up, stroking downward over your armpits and the insides of your arms, always towards your heart
  • Brush your shoulders and chest using downward strokes, again, towards your heart
  • Brush with caution over sensitive areas like your breasts, avoiding your nipples.
  • Do not brush over broken skin, infections, or inflamed areas
  • Be gentle! If your skin is turning red, you are brushing too hard and causing irritation. Over time, your skin will be able to tolerate more stimulating brushing, but it’s best to start with light, single strokes
  • Do not use the dry brush on your face. Instead use a soft, dry washcloth or specialized facial brush
  • Take a shower and end with cold water breathing to further eliminate metabolic wastes
  • Moisturize with an all natural lotion or oil like Eminence Organics Stone Crop Contouring Body Cream
  • After several days of regular skin brushing, it is not uncommon to see lymphatic mucus in your stool. Don’t worry, this is a good sign that detoxification is occurring
  • Don’t forget to clean your brush with warm water and a mild soap once a week to prevent mildew. Let it air dry in a sunny area before you use it again

Lastly, always remember that the key to beautiful skin is internal balance. Our skin can only be as healthy as the food and lifestyle choices we make. This means a diet rich in health-promoting foods, drinking lots of water, regular exercise, and getting adequate, restful sleep. Your skin is truly a reflection of your health, so be good to yourself – inside and out.

We are Totally Doing Mushrooms

Our skin is feeling totally way out psychedelic cosmic happiness and it is all because of Eminence Organics newest power ingredients – Snow Mushroom and Reishi!

Snow Mushroom

Snow mushroom – or tremella fuciformis – is a tropical mushroom that is often found growing on hardwood logs after heavy rainfall. This gelatinous ’shroom has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine and cuisine (snow fungus soup, anyone?) for its ability to provide deep and long-lasting hydration.

Today, snow mushroom is used in skin care for its impressive hydrating properties. Known as a “super-humectant,” it functions similarly to (and even rivals) hyaluronic acid, the gold standard in skin hydration. Snow mushroom’s gelatinous structure, combined with its high levels of polysaccharides, helps it draw moisture deep into the skin. While this mushroom holds 500 times its weight in water (compared to hyaluronic acid’s 1000), its small particles can penetrate the skin more easily, providing more potent hydration. 

Enhances Skin Strength & Elasticity
In addition to attracting moisture, snow mushroom excels at keeping it in place. Eminence Organics International Educator Brian Goodwin likens it to creating a rain cloud in your skin: It forms a naturally flexible film that traps in water and prevents it from escaping. This restores dry skin to its optimally hydrated state, enabling it to better carry out key functions that keep it strong, supple and elastic.

Aids In Natural Collagen Production
Snow mushroom also aids in the natural production of collagen, a structural protein that gives skin density and volume.Snow mushroom also aids in the natural production of collagen, a structural protein that gives skin density and volume. Its antioxidant properties neutralize the damaging effects of free radicals and promote healthy skin cell renewal. This helps to maintain the skin’s existing stores of collagen and delays the visible signs of aging. As a result, skin remains plump and wrinkle-free for longer.

Reishi Mushroom

Reishi mushroom is perhaps the best known adaptogen. This fan-shaped mushroom is incredibly rare and was once reserved for use by emperors and empresses. Known as the “mushroom of immortality,” it has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years for its purported effects on longevity. The reishi mushroom has a bitter, woody taste and was traditionally steeped in tea or served as an extract. Today, it is harvested on tree stumps over several months before being included in health supplements, tea and coffee blends and now, skin care. 

Reishi’s superpowers come from its more than 400 bio-active compounds that boost overall health and immunityRachel Gargiulo, certified nutrition consultant, tells Well+Good: “Reishi mushrooms are great for stimulating the immune system and liver function, producing an anti-inflammatory effect on the body.” In skin care, the “king of mushrooms” is used for its regenerative, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

reishi mushroom benefits infographic

Boosts Skin Cell Turnover
Efficient skin cell turnover is one of the precursors to a healthy and youthful complexion. Through this process, dead skin cells are shed and young, healthy cells rise to the skin’s surface. However, skin cell turnover slows with age: By fifty, it can take as long as 45-90 days for your skin to fully turnover, causing it to become drier, thinner and more pigmented. Enter, reishi mushroom. With its regenerative properties, this fungus boosts skin cell turnover rate, improving the skin’s overall texture and brightness.

With its adaptogenic properties, reishi mushroom regulates levels of the stress hormone cortisol and minimizes inflammation.

Antioxidant & Anti-Inflammatory
This mushroom is also a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Environmental stress from pollution, blue light and UV rays exposes the skin to free radicals which damage its structural proteins, trigger inflammation and cause it to age prematurely. With its adaptogenic properties, reishi mushroom regulates levels of the stress hormone cortisol and minimizes inflammation. Its antioxidant capacity helps shield the skin from the drying and aging effects of free radical damage, keeping the complexion young and healthy-looking for longer.

Support Skin’s Moisture Barrier
Reishi mushroom contains a high concentration of polysaccharides, beneficial sugars that are responsible for the skin’s natural ability to hydrate and retain water. By maintaining healthy hydration levels, this fungus supports the skin’s protective lipid barrier. A strong barrier is necessary for the skin to keep in essential moisture (making it soft and supple) and keep out potential irritants (which trigger inflammation and premature aging).

I am reveling in the whole collection. I can’t even pick a favorite. The eye cream is truly like a cloud. I am addicted. Let us know what your favorite is on our Instagram or Facebook!

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