Amyris Essential Oil Usage & Benefits (Plus Easy Essential Oil Recipes to Try!)

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The March Simply Earth essential oil recipe box brought with it a few surprises. Not only did I discover amyris essential oil for the first time, I also learned a few other interesting things when making my amyris essential oil recipes. Keep reading to learn about the the usage and benefits of amyris essential oil. Plus discover the natural amyris essential oil recipes I tried.

Amyris essential oil recipes from Simply Earth. Learn how to make a variety of health and wellness therapeutic essential oil recipes with amyris essential oil as well as the usage and benefits of amyris essential oil. Natural healthy living recipes for making a magnesium oil sleep spray recipe and a homemade detoxifying bath soak recipe for when you're sick or nauseous. Simple essential oil recipes with maximum benefits for health and natural skin care.

About Amyris Essential Oil

To be honest, before receiving amyris essential oil in my Simply Earth essential oil recipe box, I’d never heard of it. I literally had to look it up. As it turns out, this thick, viscous essential oil is often used as an affordable alternative to sandalwood essential oil. Known as West Indian Sandalwood – though it’s not actually related to sandalwood – amyris essential oil boasts a rich, warm woody aroma that blends well with a number of other essential oils. These essential oils include cedarwood, citronella, conifer oils (like balsam fir or pine), cypress, frankincense, geranium, jasmine absolute, lavender, lemon, oakmoss, patchouli, sweet orange, tangerine, ho wood, rose absolute, vetiver, ylang ylang and sandalwood.

Considered generally safe for use, amyris essential oil is nontoxic, non-sensitizing and non-irritating. Despite this, it should still be diluted with a carrier oil for topical use. (A patch test on skin is recommended prior to use.) Additionally, it is important to note that amyris essential oil is not intended for oral consumption. And, as with other essential oils, always consult a medical professional if you are pregnant or nursing prior to use.

Amyris essential oil recipes from Simply Earth. Learn how to make a variety of health and wellness therapeutic essential oil recipes with amyris essential oil as well as the usage and benefits of amyris essential oil. Natural healthy living recipes for making a magnesium oil sleep spray recipe and a homemade detoxifying bath soak recipe for when you're sick or nauseous. Simple essential oil recipes with maximum benefits for health and natural skin care.

Amyris Essential Oil Usage & Benefits

Amyris essential oil has a number of uses and benefits. It’s commonly used as a fixative in perfume recipes in addition to a number of other cosmetic and therapeutic applications.

Studies show that amyris essential oil has antiseptic, sedative, decongestant and emollient properties. In addition, researchers have also found that amyris oil contains potent antibacterial and antifungal properties. Specifically, it’s effective against 12 strains of multidrug-resistant bacteria. These include Staphylococcus aureus and Salmonella paratyphi, as well as Candida albicans fungi.Due to this oil’s high emerol content, it also makes an effective insect repellent. Not only does it deter biting insects, such as mosquitoes, it also repels brown dog ticks, blacklegged ticks and lone star ticks.

Due to its inherent properties, amyris essential oil is well suited for natural remedies that support the immune system. They also make this oil a beneficial ingredient in recipe formulations that focus on calming the mind, relaxing muscles and aiding with sleep. So it’s no surprise that amyris essential oil offers a variety of aromatherapeutic benefits that aid with both sleep and common illnesses such as colds and flu.

Amyris essential oil recipes from Simply Earth. Learn how to make a variety of health and wellness therapeutic essential oil recipes with amyris essential oil as part of Simply Earth's monthly essential oil subscription box. Packed with essential oils, carrier oils and other natural ingredients, Simply Earth makes it easy to learn about essential oils and make essential oil recipes for health, home and beauty.

Simply Earth Essential Oil Box

Now that you’re caught up on the basic ins and outs of amyris essential oil, I want to share a few highlights that can be found inside the March Simply Earth essential oil box.

Not only does the March box come with a bottle of amyris essential oil, three other essential oils are also included. They are blood orange essential oil, coriander essential oil and a digest essential oil blend which aids with nausea, bloating and gas. (If you’re new to Simply Earth’s essential oil boxes, you can learn more about what’s inside and how they give back to the community here.)

Sickness Support Bath Soak Recipe with amyris essential oil. This sickness support bath soak recipe is wonderful not just for boosting immunity to fight off illnesses, it also can help with sore muscles and body aches associated with the flu. It's also effective at calming your body as well as relieving nausea or a distressed digestive system. Made using amyris essential oil and magnesium flakes, this homemade detoxifying bath soak recipe also contains Epsom salt.

There are also a number of great essential oil recipes. These recipes include the following:

  • Digest Essential Oil Rollerball Recipe
  • Mood Lifting Essential Oil Diffuser Blend Recipe
  • Anxiety Away Essential Oil Inhaler Recipe
  • Magnesium Whipped Body Butter Recipe
  • Magnesium Oil Sleep Spray Recipe
  • Essential Oil Sickness Support Bath Soak Recipe

My two favorite essential oil recipes from the March box were the sickness support bath soak recipe and the magnesium oil sleep spray recipe. Both of these recipes use amyris essential oil as a key ingredient. You can learn how to make two amyris essential oil recipes from the March Simply Earth box below. Or subscribe to Simple Earth now! (A la carte essential oils and other materials including containers, carrier oils and diffusers are also available for sale without a subscription.)

Magnesium Oil Sleep Spray Recipe with amyris essential oil. How to make a natural sleep aid using magnesium flakes and essential oils. This natural magnesium oil recipe also aids with stress relief, sore muscle recovery, improving circulation, headaches, joint pain, restless leg syndrome and cramps.

Easy Amyris Essential Oil Recipes

Magnesium Oil Sleep Spray Recipe

Magnesium oil is not an oil. Believe it or not, I had no idea. I was also somewhat skeptical about an external application of magnesium oil actually helping with pain and sleep issues caused by fibromyalgia. Once, I tried this recipe, however, I was stoked to find it helps not just with sleep. It also calmed the fibro flare ups I’ve been having in my wrists and arms lately. Pain that often makes it difficult to type. Simply spray it on and massage in.

This magnesium oil sleep spray recipe does contain water. However, the magnesium flakes (a salt) used in this recipe naturally preserve the water. Therefore no additional preservative is needed.

What are magnesium flakes?

Magnesium flakes, or magnesium chloride, differs from Epsom salt. Epsom salt is actually magnesium sulfate. While both are absorbed by skin, magnesium chloride is better suited for topical applications. Magnesium flakes therefore are well suited for stress relief, sore muscle recovery, improving circulation, headaches, joint pain, restless leg syndrome and cramps.

Notes about the recipe.

Magnesium flakes are included in the Simply Earth essential oil box. However, you will want to purchase more magnesium flakes, along with the fractionated coconut oil (available from Simply Earth), once the supply they send runs out.

Because I live with fibromyalgia, I did make a substitution in this recipe. Instead of water, I used witch hazel for its anti-inflammatory properties. While you dissolve the magnesium flakes in boiling water, I was able to dissolve them in the witch hazel by simply stirring the two ingredients together.

Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon magnesium flakes
1/2 cup boiling distilled water
1 Tablespoon fractionated coconut oil
6 drops blood orange essential oil
4 drop amyris essential oil

Instructions:

Dissolve the magnesium flakes as called for in the recipe in 1/2 cup boiling water.

Meanwhile, in a small glass bowl, stir the essential oils into the fractionated coconut oil.

Next, pour all of the ingredients into the spray bottle (provided.)

To use, simply shake the bottle then mist onto your pillow at bedtime. Or spray onto arms and/or legs as needed and massage in.

Sickness Support Bath Soak Recipe with amyris essential oil. This sickness support bath soak recipe is wonderful not just for boosting immunity to fight off illnesses, it also can help with sore muscles and body aches associated with the flu. It's also effective at calming your body as well as relieving nausea or a distressed digestive system. Made using amyris essential oil and magnesium flakes, this homemade detoxifying bath soak recipe also contains Epsom salt.

Sickness Support Bath Soak Recipe

Simply Earth’s sickness support bath soak recipe is wonderful not just for boosting immunity to fight off illnesses, it also can help with sore muscles and body aches associated with the flu. It’s also effective at calming your body as well as relieving nausea or a distressed digestive system.

Made using amyris essential oil and magnesium flakes, this homemade detoxifying bath soak recipe also contains Epsom salt (not provided) and lavender buds (included.) As this bath soak recipe is diluted in bath water, I actually doubled the amount of essential oils called for in the recipe. (By the way, this smells absolutely AMAZING!)

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons magnesium flakes
1/2 cup Epsom salt
1 Tablespoon fractionated coconut oil
6 drops Amyris essential oil
4 drops Digest essential oil blend
2 Tablespoons dried lavender

Instructions:

In a small bowl, mix the magnesium flakes and Epsom salt together.

Using a separate glass bowl, combine the essential oils with the fractionated coconut.

Now add the salt mixture to the oils and mix well to ensure all the ingredients are evenly incorporated throughout the bath soak.

Then mix in the dried lavender buds. Spoon the bath soak into a small glass jar or container until ready for use.

To use, simply pour the entire contents of the bath soak into warm running bath water.

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DIY Detox Shower Scrub Bars Video Tutorial for skin in need of some TLC!

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DIY Detox Shower Scrub Bars

Want soft and supple skin? These DIY Detox Shower Scrub Bars are perfect for skin in need of a little extra TLC. Plus they’re easy enough that anyone can make them! This simple video tutorial from The Nadia Effect will walk you through the process of creating your own DIY Detox Shower Scrub Bars so you get it right the first try! Once you’ve made your DIY Detox Shower Scrub Bars, be sure to follow The Nadia Effect on Facebook here for more great DIY skincare ideas and DIY skincare video tutorials.

Detox Shower Scrub Bars Recipe

© Nadia Mansour

Ingredients:

2 Cups cocoa butter
1 Cup kokum butter
1 Cup shea butter
2 Tablespoons baobab oil
1/2 teaspoon fragrance oil
rock salt or coarse sea salt or coarse pink salt

Instructions:

Unlike the majority of my skincare recipes, you won’t need a digital scale for this project. Instead you’ll need measuring spoons and measuring cups.

Per Nadia’s video tutorial for making these DIY detox shower scrub bars, you’ll begin by measuring out the cocoa butter, kokum butter and shea butter into a large glass bowl.

Heat until melted then measure out and stir in the baobab oil and a skin safe fragrance oil of your choice. Set aside.

Using a 3″x3″x1″ mold – you can find the one used in this video here –  fill each of the mold’s cavities with large rock salt.

Now fill each of the mold’s cavities with the melted butter mix over the rock salt and gently stir the salt and melted butter mixture in each of the mold’s cavities.

Carefully place the mold in the refrigerator – I suggest placing the mold on a cutting board prior to starting this project for easy transport – until the detox shower scrub bars are semi-solid.

Decorate the tops of your detox shower scrub bars with more salt to suit, then refrigerate them in the mold until they’ve fully solidified.

Once your detox shower scrub bars have fully hardened, simply remove them from the mold for use!

I recommend wrapping your detox shower scrub bars in foodservice film until ready to use.

To use, simply massage a detox shower scrub bar onto wet skin in a warm to hot shower, then rinse and pat dry. Then just be sure to keep your detox shower scrub bar dry in between uses.

DIY this homemade truffle buff recipe for an exfoliating in the shower body butter scrub that leaves your skin extraordinarily soft!

If you like Nadia’s recipe for making your own DIY Detox Shower Scrub Bars, then you’ll also love her Truffle Bar Recipe for soft skin! You can find her Truffle Bar Recipe at Soap Deli News blog here. In addition, you may also enjoy my own recipe for making a Lush inspired massage bar. You can find that recipe here.

Etta + Billie Grapefruit Cardamom Body Scrub // A natural exfoliating scrub bar with certified organic ingredients. This scrub combines the therapeutic properties of solar evaporated sea salt with the ultra moisturizing skin loving properties of organic cocoa butter and fair trade shea butter. An uplifting exotic spicy blend of bright fresh pink grapefruit and herbaceous sultry cardamom.

Don’t have time to make your own detox shower scrub bar? You can buy them instead! One of my favorite sea salt scrub bars is the Grapefruit Cardamom Body Scrub from Etta + Billie. This natural exfoliating sea salt scrub bar is made with certified organic ingredients and combines the therapeutic properties of solar evaporated sea salt with the ultra moisturizing skin loving properties of organic cocoa butter and fair trade shea butter. It’s then scented with the uplifting exotic spicy blend of bright fresh pink grapefruit and herbaceous sultry cardamom. You can find it here.

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Ultimate Detox Salt Bar Recipe with Activated Charcoal

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This ultimate detox salt bar recipe combines pink Himalayan salt with coconut derived activated charcoal for the ultimate detox salt bath!

This ultimate detox salt bar recipe combines pink Himalayan salt with coconut derived activated charcoal for the ultimate detox salt bath! Superfatted at 20%, this detox salt bar recipe also contains coconut oil, castor oil, safflower oil and mango butter for lather and conditioning.

Superfatted at 20%, this detox salt bar recipe also contains coconut, castor, and safflower oils as well as mango butter for their lather and conditioning properties.

This ultimate detox salt bar recipe combines pink Himalayan salt with coconut derived activated charcoal for the ultimate detox salt bath! Superfatted at 20%, this detox salt bar recipe also contains coconut oil, castor oil, safflower oil and mango butter for lather and conditioning.

Ultimate Detox Salt Bar Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

12.8 oz. refined coconut oil
1.6 oz. mango butter
.8 oz. castor oil
.8 oz. safflower oil

5.6 oz. distilled water
2.2 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

8 oz. pink Himalayan salt, finely ground
.5 oz. activated charcoal powder
1 oz. fragrance oil or .5 oz. essential oil, if desired

Soap Notes:

This salt bar recipe follows the rule of 50% salt, 80% coconut oil, 10% butter and 10% (liquid at room temperature) oil. I chose to use finely ground pink Himalayan salt in lieu of sea salt for it’s higher mineral content. Castor oil was used at 5% to boost the bubbles, and safflower and mango butter were used for their skin conditioning and moisturizing properties in addition to the 20% superfat. (The higher superfat counteracts the cleansing effect of the coconut oil so it doesn’t over dry skin and it helps the soap to lather well in the presence of so much salt.)

The activated charcoal, should you desire to re-size my detox salt bar recipe, was used at 3.125% of the total oil weight. I specifically used the coconut activated charcoal powder from Gold Mountain Beauty for this salt bar recipe. However, they also offer hardwood activated charcoal powder that you may also use based on your preference as a natural remedy for bloating and gas, detoxification, hangovers and food poisoning.

This ultimate detox salt bar recipe combines pink Himalayan salt with coconut derived activated charcoal for the ultimate detox salt bath! Superfatted at 20%, this detox salt bar recipe also contains coconut oil, castor oil, safflower oil and mango butter for lather and conditioning.

This ultimate detox salt bar recipe combines pink Himalayan salt with coconut derived activated charcoal for the ultimate detox salt bath! Superfatted at 20%, this detox salt bar recipe also contains coconut, castor, and safflower oils as well as mango butter for their lather and conditioning properties.

In addition, because salt creates such a hard bar, I discounted my water to 35% rather than 33% which is what I typically use. This will make you soap easier to cut once unmolded if you are using a loaf mold. For silicone molds – I used a combination of Wilton’s 6-Cavity Silicone Heart Mold and Crafter’s Choice Basic Guest Round Silicone Soap Mold – wait an extra day or two to unmold to ensure the soaps come cleanly out of the mold especially if your detox salt bar soaps do not gel. (My ultimate detox salt bar recipe yielded six heart shaped soaps and four mini round guest soaps.)

Following is a screenshot from SoapCalc’s lye calculator which I used to determine the amount of lye and water needed for my ultimate detox salt bar recipe. (To learn how to use a lye calculator to create your own custom cold process soap recipes, visit this blog post.)

Ultimate Detox Salt Bar Recipe - Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog!

Instructions:

You will need to follow your basic cold process soapmaking instructions found here to create your own ultimate detox salt bars.  (If you’ve never made cold process soap before here’s a good, inexpensive beginner’s cold process soap recipe.) Be sure to take all proper safety precautions when working with lye including goggles and gloves.

Begin by measuring out the distilled water in fluid ounces. Pour into a heat safe pitcher. Next, using a digital scale weigh out the lye. Slowly pour the lye into the water in a well ventilated area and stir until all the lye has dissolved completely. Set aside to cool.

Next, weigh out the soapmaking oils and butters using a digital scale. Combine in a stainless steel pot then heat over medium heat on the stove until all the oils and butters have melted. Once melted, remove the soapmaking oils and butters from heat and set aside.

You can mix the lye/water and soapmaking oils at any point in which your lye solution and soapmaking oils have cooled to around 95°F. I chose to add my salt and activated charcoal to my soapmaking oils before I added the lye/water to ensure it was evenly distributed, along with the fragrance oil as this is such a small batch. Alternately you may also add them at a light trace. Simply weigh out the charcoal powder and salt and use a stick blender to mix them into the soapmaking oils. Now pour in the lye/water and mix until you reach trace.

Once your soap has traced, pour the soap batter into your prepared mold. (If you’re using a wooden loaf mold you will need to line it.) Once poured, cover the soap to insulate. I used silicon molds so I covered the tops of them with foodservice film.  (For a wooden loaf mold, you can cover the mold with a piece of cardboard cut to fit.)

This ultimate detox salt bar recipe combines pink Himalayan salt with coconut derived activated charcoal for the ultimate detox salt bath! Superfatted at 20%, this detox salt bar recipe also contains coconut oil, castor oil, safflower oil and mango butter for lather and conditioning.

After 24 – 48 hours have passed, you can unmold your detox salt bar soaps. Set your soaps aside in a cool, dry location to cure for 4 – 6 weeks prior to use.

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