Dry Brushing to Open Detox Pathways

My daughter, Annalise Hiley, ran an HTMA test on me and the results showed that I would benefit from some intentional physical detoxing. She recommended a few supplements (most of which were sitting in my cabinet but I had not been taking 🥴) along with dry brushing, and sitting in the sauna. 

I'm already very active, so I didn't need to ADD exercise. I do that daily. I simply don't sweat very easily and the results showed in my HTMA. 
Anyway, I've been dry brushing regularly and I LOVE IT!! below are the instructions on how to do it!

Dry brushing is a simple practice, but doing it correctly can maximize its benefits and minimize any potential irritation. Here’s a step-by-step guide to dry brushing:

Materials Needed:

  • A natural-bristle brush with a long handle (to reach your back).
  • (optional) Cel-lite massage oil to increase the effectiveness of the dry brushing. This massage oil has cypress for circulation, juniper for both cleansing and muscle strength and citrus oils for cleansing the receptor cites of cells.


Choose the Right Time: Dry brushing is typically done before showering. I personally do it in the steam room and or sauna.
Start at Your Feet: Begin with the soles of your feet. Use firm, small strokes upward or make circular motions.
Move Upward: Continue brushing up your legs with long, smooth strokes. Always brush towards your heart, which is the direction of lymphatic flow.
Brush Your Torso: After your legs, move to your midsection. For your stomach, use circular, clockwise motions. Brush your back in long, upward strokes.
Arms and Hands: Move to your hands and brush upward towards your shoulders. Again, use long strokes and always brush towards the heart.
Neck and Chest: For the chest and neck, use softer, lighter strokes as the skin in these areas is more sensitive.
Avoid Sensitive Areas: Don’t brush over cuts, infections, rashes, or any areas with broken skin. Be gentle on softer areas like the breasts and inner thighs.
Shower: After brushing, shower to wash away the dead skin cells that have been loosened.
Moisturize: Apply a natural oil or your favorite moisturizer to nourish your skin after dry brushing.


  • Brush Gently: The pressure should be firm but not painful. Avoid scrubbing too hard.
  • Frequency: Start with once a week and gradually increase to 2-3 times per week if your skin tolerates it well.
  • Clean Your Brush: Regularly wash your brush with soap and water to keep it clean.
Dry brushing should feel invigorating but not uncomfortable. If you experience any irritation, reduce the frequency or pressure, and always follow up with plenty of water, add a pinch of gray or pink salt for hydration and after your shower re-apply the cel-lite massage oil! to re-moisturize the skin.

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How to Care for your Aria Diffuser

I've had my beautiful Aria for well over a decade! And it literally brings me joy every single day! It's beautiful to watch and it has a strong diffusing pump. 

Over the last 12 or so years, I have only had to replace the ultrasonic mist maker twice. When I replace it, the diffuser begins to pump like it's brand new! If you have an an Aria and it's not diffusing big puffs, simply change the ultra sonic mist maker disc.
Order the mister HERE (Read to the bottom to see the new price and the best deal on the Aria)

Simple Maintenance for Longevity

How to Keep Your Diffuser Pumping Like New

Once you have the new disc, remove the old one from the center of your diffuser. Keep the ring that holds the disc in place. Discard the old disc. Replace it with the new one. Secure the new disc in place with the metal ring.

Now use and enjoy your diffuser like you always have!

Essential Cleaning Tips

Keeping Your Diffuser Clean for Optimal Performance

It's important to clean the inside of your diffuser with a toothbrush or a diffuser brush occasionally. Keeping it clean will help extend the life of your disc.
I clean mine with the Thieves hand foaming soapbecause it's gentle and effective on stains. I use this brush to get the details cleaned.

Be careful not to get water into the motor. If you get water in the motor, there's no hope for the diffuser as far as I know.

Water Quality and Maintenance

Why Distilled or Purified Water is Best for Your Diffuser

If you keep your diffuser clean, use low mineral water like distilled or purified, and change the disc out about every 5 years, your diffuser should last you a very long time!

My Favorite Diffuser Recipes

Top Diffuser Blends for Mood Lifting and Room Brightening

Now, let's talk favorite diffuser recipes. I LOVE the blend Joy combined with a few drops of lemon, This combo gives a nice citrus/floral aroma. Luscious Lemon, and Inner Child are also fantastic! 

Sometimes I diffuse straight lemon and thoroughly love what it does for a room!

But my all-time favorite most-used combination is Bergamot and lemon combined. It lifts the mood and brightens a room! It has such a beautiful aroma!!

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Share Your Favorites

What Are Your Go-To Diffuser Blends? Share in the Comments!

What's your favorite diffuser blend? Share in the comments below!

Get the Best Deal on a new Aria!

The Aria is such a great gift! If you buy it alone, you'll pay $260! 

If you buy the Aria kit with 10 oils, you get it for $212!! 

Why the difference? 

Young Living discounts the starter bundles and kits because you will not have a good experience with your Aria if you don't have the best oils to go with it! Actual aromatherapy changes the atmosphere. It can cheer up a room, help a room calm down etc. The Aria needs the oils so they make it easy to get the oils you need to get started wtih your new favorite diffuser! 

If you end up using the above link, I'll send you the brush and a bottle of Thieves hand foaming soap so that you'll be totally equipped to keep your Aria in good shape. Please let me know that you used the above link or I won't know. :) I have links everywhere! :P

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How to Clean a Soiled Mattress


It's about You: Home School Mom

More is caught than taught in a home school. 

Your daughters are watching and listening. 

Show her how to take care of herself by taking care of yourself emotionally, physically and spiritually. 

If you don't do it for you, then do it for HER!! 

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Turn Sick Days into Tender-Fond Memories

No one has time for sickness, but we know it happens occasionally. I've learned that this interruption can serve as a time to create memories of tender-loving care as I nurture my children back to health. I do three specific things when sickness hits our family. 
I make sure my child...

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Non Tox Carpet Cleaning

Creating a clean and healthy home environment is a priority for many, especially when it comes to maintaining clean floors. Carpets, in particular, can be challenging as they accumulate dirt, dust, allergens, and bacteria, leading to potential health issues for families, especially those with young children and pets. However, traditional cleaning methods often rely on harsh chemicals that many would prefer to avoid.

Fortunately, there are natural solutions that are both effective and non-toxic. A homemade carpet cleaning solution using essential oils offers a potent alternative to conventional cleaners. This approach not only targets stains and dirt but also ensures that the cleaning process is safe for the environment and the home's inhabitants, leveraging the powerful properties of essential oils to cleanse without the use of harmful chemicals.

The recipe shared for a non-toxic carpet cleaner, incorporating water, Thieves Household Cleaner, and essential oils such as Purification and Lemon, provides a practical and effective method for tackling carpet stains and odors. By opting for this natural concoction, homeowners can enjoy cleaner carpets and a healthier living space, free from the worries of chemical residue and environmental impact. This approach to carpet cleaning is a testament to the possibility of maintaining a pristine home in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.
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