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All-Natural Mosquito Repellent Recipe

Natural Protection All Summer Long

With so much talk today about mosquito born diseases like the Zika Virus, Dengue Fever and the West Nile Virus, it's easy to fall into the trap of fear based reaction when choosing how to protect your family this summer. At Soulful Essence, we want to make it as easy as possible for you and your family to enjoy a safe, happy and healthy summer that's not only good for you, but good for the planet too.

So we decided to put together a quick, fun and easy mosquito repellent recipe that is completely chemical free and all natural.  

Here's how you make it:

In a 2 oz spray bottle combine the following ingredients:
  • 2 oz of Grapeseed oil
  • 60 drops of Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil
  • 40 drops of Citronella essential oil
  • 20 drops of Rosemary essential oil
  • Shake to combine thoroughly 

We hope you enjoy the formula.  Use it while you spend some quality time with your family this summer!

This formula is great because it's sweat and water resistant. Try to reapply every 2-3 hours and be sure to avoid contact with eyes. Parents should apply to children's face and be sure to avoid contact with kid's hands. Do not use on children 3 years old or younger.  Of course, If irritation occurs, be sure to discontinue use immediately.  Also, be sure to ask your doctor before use if you have a medical condition or if you are pregnant or nursing. Enjoy!


Are You Ready for the Summer of Self Love?

I love summer time. It's one of my favorite times of year. And I think it's a great opportunity to focus on my mind-body connection.  Lately, this is something that I've really been struggling with. I am waking up to the fact that I've been completely disconnected from my body for a long time! That's freaking scary! How is that even possible???

Reiki Time!

On a recent trip to NYC, I had my first ever Reiki session.  It was absolutely amazing. The experience was so powerful and transformative that I had to share it with you! I reached out to Sanna from Sanna's House of Reiki to share her story with you and give us some insight into what Reiki is and how it can help you.  I hope you enjoy!

JB: Sanna, thanks so much for taking the time to talk with me. Can you give us a little intro and share a little about yourself?

SV: Greetings, My name is Sanna Vaarna and I welcome you to Sanna's House of Reiki.

First a love filled thank you to Jessica Brantley and Soulful Essence for the opportunity to be present here...

I have been practicing Reiki since 2007. I was guided to it by a friend and from the very first experience sitting in a Reiki Circle, I was hooked. To me it felt like a hug of pure love from inside out.

As time went by, those weekly Reiki Circles became a must and led  me becoming a student.

Reiki deepend my meditation and opened a door to my true self.

  “We all are unlimited divine celestial beings, One with the Universal mind, here to observe, uplift and Love”

JB: Sanna, that sounds like an amazing experience! Can you tell us a little about what Reiki is and where it came from?

SV: Reiki is a Japanese word for life force energy. It was re discovered by a Monk Mikao Usui in Japan. After years of searching and reading sacred scriptures, he meditated on a mountain for 21 days. No food or water and to many a miracle on its own. He started healing people by channelling this energy and even today, there are Reiki clinics in Japan, more popular than going to the doctor.

This form of healing was kept secret in Japan and was to stay there. A woman from Hawaii was diagnosed with cancer and had heard about Reiki from her relatives back home. She went to Japan for treatment, got healed and begged to learn and to share it with the world. Thanks to her, it is available to us all.

JB: That's so interesting! How can Reiki work to improve our health and what other benefits does it have?

SV: Reiki raises your vibration, clears blocks created by our day to day stress, unhealthy diet, habits and more. There are many health benefits, including anti aging. More Reiki you receive, more you start to see how life as if by a miracle starts to be positive. Self love, relationships, health, work, money, opportunities appear. Old negative patterns, friends, what ever is holding you back, starts to fade away.

Reiki can be used for humans, animals, plants, food , water, medications, clearing space.

Most importantly to create your sacred place. 

Lets Reiki!

JB: Sanna, thank you so much for sharing your gift! I had such a great time in our session and I can't wait to visit you again. I'm even more excited about sharing this wonderful gift with the Soulful Essence tribe!

If you'd like to contact Sanna or learn more about Reiki, you can find her on facebook or check out her website.