There are many unsung heroes in the animal world, but one in particular is the bee.
Pretty much 90% of the worlds wild flowering plants depend on pollinators like bees in order to continue living.
Humans can be quite destructive at times and ruin the ecosystem that these pollinators need to survive. So by doing things to help save the bees and other pollinators, we are doing things to keep our food source is sustainable.
That is why the UN designated May 20 as World Bee Day.
We can do many things to help support the bees and other pollinators because they currently are under threat.
Buy raw local honey
Support business that use sustainable farming practices
Protect bee colonies
Raise awareness of this dire issue with those in your social circle
Where do essential oils fit in?
When gardening with essential oils, you can repel bad insects which reduces the need to use pesticides. You also are able to attract good insects like pollinators to ensure your garden grows.
I like to use a pollinators spray on the leaves of my flowering fruit and vegetable plants to make sure the bees give them plenty of love.
It is my way of letting bees and other pollinators know that my yard is pollinator friendly!
If you want to use good quality essential oils in your garden and help support pollinators, I can help you order what you need.
6 drops Lavender
6 drops Orange
4oz distilled water
Combine in a spray bottle . Shake before lightly misting on plant leaves.
In my latest DIY project, I made lotion bars and I used the dandelion infused coconut oil I made a few weeks ago along with shea butter and beeswax.
I melted those ingredients in a double boiler (or glass bowl in pot) over medium high heat.
FYI: The beeswax helps it to remain firm in warmer temperatures .
Then I scented the batch with lavender and frankincense because these are both great for supporting healthy skin.
Then I poured the oil into the mold and chilled in the freezer until completely solid.
Side note: I love these cute molds!!!
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I see so many face toner recipes that have tea tree oil in them but there are so many different essential oils that you can also use for your face toner.￼￼ I like tea tree but I like a little variety as well!
I prefer to use fennel because it is a natural astringent. I have oily skin and need something that is going to help reduce the shine but not strip my skin of it’s natural oils.
After doing some research, I have found that juniper essential oil is a great complement to fennel and it has cleansing properties as well. It is a tree oil, so you have that woodsy aroma.￼
I also add lavender because it is a calming and soothing oil for the skin.￼
Hydrosols are aromatic waters produced during the distilling process. They offer many of the same naturally occurring constituents as your favorite essential oils but in a lower concentration. As such, it can help balance the skin’s pH after cleansing, refresh, and hydrate your skin.￼ I’m using Young Living’s Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood hydrosol because it has some of the same benefits of using sandalwood which helps support healthy skin.
TOW DIY Face Toner
10 drops lavender
6 drops fennel
5 drops juniper
1/2 – 3/4 cup Witch hazel
2 tablespoons Royal Hawaiian sandalwood hydrosol (optional)
Mix and pour into 4 oz glass jar.
***Note: make sure your witch hazel says that it is pure witch hazel and not witch hazel mixed with alcohol. The benefits of using pure witch hazel is that it is a natural astringent which helps reduce skin irritation and fight acne without drying out your skin. I use Thayers unscented.