Category Archives: Essential Oils

DIY Beard Oil

An overwhelming number of patients have asked Dr. Dodge about his homemade Beard Oil lately, we can’t help but share it with you! It is simple, and customizable! Don’t have the oils suggested? Blend up your own batch with your favorite scents! Beard oil with therapeutic grade essential oils is great for skin and hair health.

Dr. Dodge’s Beard Oil:

Young Living V-6 Oil (argan oil, sweet almond oil, or jojoba oil would be comprable)

Vitamin E oil

Essential Oils: Sacred Frankincense + Cypress + Melalueca Alternifolia + Coriander, or Rosemary + Lime + Vetiver + Lavender, or Cedarwood + Shutran + Vetiver, or Sacred Mountain + Rosemary, or Cypress + Rosemary + Peace and Calming II

{All of our favorite oils come from Young Living, which carries the Seed to Seal guarentee for therapeautic grade purity – order essential oils here!

Directions: Combine essential oils, V-6, and 1 teaspoon of Vitamin E oil in a 2oz container. Apply daily after showers and beard maintenance.

 

Whipped Tallow Body Butter

 

 

I get a few questions a week about what the Dodge family uses on our skin, so I am happy to share our “recipe” for my Whipped Tallow Body Butter! This homemade skin care mix can be used for diaper changes, sensitive skin, wrinkle and eye cream, face and body lotion, and even as an essential oil dilution carrier oil.

Yes, I said “tallow,” as in beef fat. Before you go running, there are a few things you should know!

 

1)   It’s likely already in your skin care products.

“The main components in rendered animal fats are oleic, palmitic, stearic, palmitoleic, linoleic and myristic acid. In other words, if you see any of these terms in an ingredients list, you may be looking at a substance sourced from animal tallow (or another animal-based source), and would be wise to contact the company to find out the ingredient’s origin.

As well as in the food industry, tallow and other animal fats are used for pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, personal care products, inks, paints, coatings, adhesives, lubricant and soaps.” Source. http://gentleworld.org/hidden-animal-fats/

 

2)   It’s fantastic for your skin, as Mommypotamus explains:

“Tallow is uniquely compatible with the biology of our cells. About 50% of the structure of our cell membrane comes from saturated fats, with remaining amounts consisting of monounsaturated and to a lesser degree polyunsaturated fats. According to Nourishing Traditions, it is the saturated fats that give cell membranes the “necessary stiffness and integrity”  necessary for proper function (p. 11). In a research article which I was privileged to preview before publication, I recently learned that:

“Healthy, ‘toned’ skin cells with sufficient saturated and monounsaturated fats would undoubtedly make for healthy, toned skin.Interestingly, tallow fat is typically 50 to 55 percent saturated, just like our cell membranes, with almost all of the rest being monounsaturated, so it makes sense that it would be helpful for skin health and compatible with our cell biology.” (emphasis mine) There are other points of biological compatibility, too, such as the fact that tallow and sebum consist primarily of a type of lipid called triglycerides. (“Sebum” actually means “tallow” in Latin, so we are not the first to make this connection!)

Tallow contains skin nourishing ingredients that plant-based oils do not – Though I am still a huge fan of coconut oil (which by the way, has an excellent saturated fat ratio) and continue to plan to use it as sunscreen and a whole body moisturizer (because it spreads more quickly and I’m always in a hurry!), the skin on my face is visibly more toned with tallow. I think that may be because of the abundance of fat soluble vitamins (A,D,K and E) that naturally occur in pastured tallow, along with the potent anti-inflammatory conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and anti-microbial palmitoleic acid.” Source. https://www.mommypotamus.com/tallow-for-skin-care/

 

3)   When you source your own, you ensure safety!

When you use humanely-raised, grass-fed tallow like the one we use, http://fatworksfoods.com/ you can be sure that your homemade skin care products are free from harmful ingredients, which cannot be guaranteed by the vast majority of commercial brands. Get as close to the pure source as you can.

 

The other powerhouse ingredients that I include are therapeutic grade Frankincense https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/frankincense-essential-oiland Lavender, https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/lavender-essential-oil which are both traditionally used for a wide range of skin care benefits.

Recipe:

 

¾ cup tallow

¼ cup coconut oil

20 drops therapeutic grade Frankincense

40 drops therapeutic grade Lavender

 

yields 1.5 – 2 cups whipped

 

  • In a double boiler, slowly melt tallow and coconut oil together. Transfer to fridge and let cool for a few hours, or cool for 45 minutes in the freezer (you want it nearly solid again).
  • Begin to whip your mixture in a stand mixer on high until completely smooth and light.
  • Add essential oils, mix on high thoroughly.
  • Transfer to a large glass cosmetic jar.

Guesses for Baby Dodge Giveaway!

Claire, Charlie and I are so excited about the upcoming arrival of the newest Dodge! We’d love for to share the excitement with you, so we’ve planned a “Guesses for Baby Dodge Giveaway!” Participate in our “BabyHunch” game – guess baby’s gender, birth date, and more. The best guesser will win a 15 ml bottle of Young Living’s Lavender Essential Oil. Curious about lavender essential oil? More on lavender and its uses at the bottom of the post.

To help you make your guesses, we’ll share with you Claire and Charlie’s “stats,” and let you compare those to Claire’s “stats” from this pregnancy. When you are ready to make your guesses, go to our BabyHunch game and enter the password: DFC

Claire at 39 weeks with Charlie

 

Pregnancy Experiences with Charlie

  • morning sickness/nausea (all day!) till week 14
  • food cravings – steak, avocados, strawberries
  • hypersensitive to smells, especially raw meats through whole pregnancy
  • more fatigue with Charlie’s pregnancy
  • mood – more irritable, stubborn
  • weight gain total – 26lbs

Charlie’s Stats

  • due date – September 25
  • born – September 24th, 8:35pm
  • 8lb 4oz
  • 21 in
  • hair color – strawberry blonde

Claire at 38 weeks with Baby Dodge #2

Pregnancy Experiences

  • little to no morning sickness
  • food cravings – hamburgers, sweets
  • sensitive to smells, especially chili and soups, in early pregnancy
  • less fatigue
  • mood – more weepy, dramatic
  • strong heartburn/reflux with certain foods
  • weight gain so far – 22.5lbs

Baby Dodge’s expected due date is August 5th.

 

Good luck! After baby arrives, we will announce the winner and their guesses here on the blog, as well as contact you via email. Your YL Lavender Essential Oil prize will be ordered and mailed directly to you after the giveaway is complete.

 

I chose lavender essential oil as the giveaway prize because it is truly the most versatile of therapeutic grade essential oils. It also holds a special meaning for this pregnancy and birth, as Claire has been using it for skin care, calming effects, and plans to have it diffusing in our home during the birth.

Description and Uses for Lavender Oil (From the Young Living website)

Lavender has a fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Lavender is an adaptogen, and therefore can assist the body when adapting to stress or imbalances. It is a great aid for relaxing and winding down before bedtime, yet has balancing properties that can also boost stamina and energy. Therapeutic-grade lavender is highly regarded for skin and beauty. It may be used to soothe and cleanse common cuts, bruises, and skin irritations.

Uses

  • Soothe minor burns by applying 2–3 drops of lavender essential oil to the affected area.
  • Rub lavender essential oil on dry or chapped skin to moisturize the affected area.
  • Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to a cotton ball and place it in closets and drawers to scent linens and repel moths and insects.
  • You may be able to minimize the appearance of scar tissue by massaging lavender essential oil on or around affected areas.
  • Place a few drops of lavender essential oil on a wet cloth or dryer sheet to deodorize and freshen your laundry.
  • Diffuse lavender essential oil to minimize seasonal discomforts.
  • Rub a few drops of lavender essential oil onto your hand and spread over your child’s pillow to help him/her sleep.
  • Diffuse lavender essential oil to set the mood for a baby shower or social gathering.
  • Diffuse or inhale lavender essential oil to calm your mind, body, and spirit after a hard day’s work.