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Celestial Diosa Box Delivers Tools and Techniques For Times of Stress

Hi Diosas!

How is the first part of August going for you all!? We are right in the pre-shadow phase of our next Mercury Retrograde. Yep, it’s back.
The Celestial Shadow Diosa Box is here to deliver powerful Earth-based ingredients that will help keep you grounded and centered during times of stress. These self care tools give you remedies that are safe, effective, and truly within reach – because sometimes a hot bath and a glass of wine are just not as convenient as a modern goddess would hope for.

LUNA Healing Crystal Oil – Balanced Roots – $12

10% off your next Balanced Roots product purchase with coupon code: SAVE10 

I am so thrilled to introduce Balanced Roots, created and hand crafted by Lauren Venable. Lauren has so many gifts to share with the world and we are lucky to get our hands on a very special healing blend that she has masterfully crafted exclusively for Diosa Box!

She understands the cosmic energy that is filling our space this month. So together, we were able to create an oil blend that serves as a solution to that cosmic energy. She had also previously posted an August Energy Reading stating that “August is going to be a
POTENT month” so if you have 5 minutes to spare and some clarity to gain, definitely check it out.

The LUNA Blend is all about awakening your own Inner Goddess so you can show up for life feeling more whole, balanced, & powerful.

Inside each roller you will find Moonstone, which fosters a connection to the Divine Feminine – a beautiful source of power and creativity. The addition of Black Agate promotes a sense of balance as it grounds & settles your energy. Throw in a carefully crafted blend of therapeutic grade essential oils to enliven your senses, enhance your focus, and lift your spirit. LUNA is sure to be your best friend this month!

Use this Crystal Oil when you’re feeling defeated, lost, or overwhelmed and let the Goddess guide you.

As mentioned in our previous blog post, the energy in August is going to be pretty intense. Have you started feeling it yet? I sure have! This is not a shameless plug here, this stuff really works!

In the last year, miraculously, none of our products have arrived damaged. But this time, some rollers arrived broken, which is always a risk. But why now? My day job was ramping up, my birthday was on a Monday, I had out-of-town visitors with more coming, AND I was trying to get my to-do list done before leaving for a much-needed vacation. So of course that’s when it finally happened, throwing my entire schedule off balance at the worse possible time. If anyone needed anxiety relief and help with focusing, it was me.

Upon opening the damaged batch of oils, I was doing my best to it clean up and I applied some oil on neck and on my wrists to avoid wasting it completely. Normally, I would have met this situation with plenty of concern and a dash of panic, but not this time. I was able to approach the situation calmly,  clearly think of a solution, and accepted that what will be, will be.

After what felt like a very Zen conversation with Lauren, she sprung into action and whipped up a new batch of oils and sent them overnight. Sometimes things happen at the worst time and we overreact or worse, we SNAP! Under these circumstances, this was a smooth process and I have Lauren and her magical oil blending skills to be thankful for.

INGREDIENTS : 
  • Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • Lemon Essential Oil
  • Rosemary Essential Oil
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Basil Essential Oil
  • Tumbled Black Agate
  • Tumbled Moonstone
  • Tumbled Clear Quartz

Benefits of Moonstone : 

  • Promotes emotional balance
  • Great for easing the hormonal changes of puberty
  • Pregnancy/postpartum & menopause
  • Soothes stress
  • Regulates the menstrual cycle
  • Balances hormones
  • Connects you with your Divine Feminine
  • “Girl power” stone for teens & preteens

Benefits of Black Agate :

  • Grounding & protective
  • Gives inner strength to move on
  • Very helpful in keeping the peace in stressful households
  • Steadiness when faced with practical decision-making or when doling out ‘tough love’
  • Brings calming peace during periods of grief
  • Keeps the body in balance, especially as one ages.

Benefits of Clear Quartz :

  • Considered the “master healer”
  • Highly versatile
  • Amplifies the energy of other stones
  • Protects against negativity
  • Connects you to your Soul
  • Relieves pain
  • Cleanse, opens, & aligns the energetic body
If you find yourself feeling like you need a deeper emotional or physical clearing of your energy, Lauren is graciously offering 50% off Energy Healing Services with coupon code: DIOSA

Click Here to schedule your next healing service with Lauren!

To shop Balanced Roots check out the site : bit.ly/shopbalancedroots

Moon Time Ease Oil by Herbal Chest – $11.50

This Moon Time Ease Oil is made to help ease cramping, soreness, and pain from the menstrual cycle. It’s handmade in small batches and these carefully combined herbs form an oil that includes Ginger, Cramp Bark, and Mugwort since these warming, going,  antispasmodics  herbs are especially beneficial for this time of the month.

It’s common to experience pain around the lower abdomen, during your cycle, but it’s also common around the lower back. I occasionally have pain in my legs as well. Fortunately, I was able to put this oil to the test at just the right time and I will say the oil
has a great consistency for massaging smoothly and easily. Not only did it relieve the pain in my sides, but also in my tight and achy calves!

Directions :

Pour the Moon Time Ease Oil in your hand, gently massage into your abdominal area until well absorbed, and cover with warmth afterward. Apply two to four times a day or as needed.

Take a look at these healing ingredients :

  • Ginger(Zingiber officinale)
  • Cramp Bark (Viburnum opulus) – named for it’s ability to help with “cramps”
  • Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)
  • Olive Oil
  • Vitamin E Sweet Marjoram Essential Oil
  • Rosemary Essential Oil
  • Chamomile Essential Oil
  • Ginger Essential Oil
  • Vitamin E Oil

The consistency is thick, so it will feel a little sticky. Cover with a warm towel to get the maximum benefits. It’s gentle enough to use on all skin types, and for sore muscle cramping that may not be associated with period cramping. Adverse reaction is not expected, but we always recommended that you do a patch test before using since everyone’s skin is different.

Lavender Marshmallow Cleansing Oil by Mother Mountain Herbs – $17

Use code word DIOSA to get 10% OFF your first order with Mother Mountain Herbs

Celebrate your face with the nourishing power of medicinal herbs and oil. Organic cold pessed sunflower oil comes together with soothing, skin-loving flowers and roots to make an all purpose cleanser that your skin will thank you for. Specifically crafted for all
skin types in order to maintain health, vitality, and glow. Sunflower oil is non-comodogenic and will not clog pores. Suitable for use with the Hot Cloth or Oil Cleansing Method.

Have you tried the oil cleansing/hot cloth method yet? If not, you’re about to fall in LOVE. Check out what acne.com has to say about oil cleansing:

“Oil dissolves oil. One of the most basic principals of chemistry is that “like dissolves like.” The best way to dissolve a non-polar solvent like sebum/oil, is by using another non-polar solvent similar in composition: Other oils. By using the right oils, you can cleanse your pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, gently and effectively, while replacing the dirty oil with beneficial ones extracted from natural botanicals, vegetables, and fruits that heal, protect and nourish your skin. When done properly and consistently, the OCM can clear the skin from issues like oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, blackheads, whiteheads and other problems caused by mild to moderate acne–while leaving your skin healthy, balanced and properly moisturized.”

HOW IT WORKS : 

  1. Pour a quarter sized puddle of oil into the palm of your hand.
  2. Gently massage oil onto your face, including the eye area to dissolve eye makeup.
  3. Run a wash cloth under hot water and ring it out.
  4. Place hot cloth (not so hot that it burns your skin) over your face and let it sit for 30 seconds to a minute. This allows the pores to open and impurities to be removed.
  5. Gently wipe your face clean with the hot cloth.
  6. Follow up with your favorite toner and moisturize.
  7. Done! It’s that easy. A 5 minute self care ritual that will leave you feeling like you just walked out of a mini-facial. So refreshed and clean!

Ingredients include:

  • Organic cold-pressed sunflower oil
  • Organic marshmallow root
  • Home-grown calendula flowers
  • Organic lavender flowers
  • Lavender EO
  • Clary Sage EO

Calming Kit by Doug For It – $13

Chances are if you go to work, go to school, or just live in this country you deal with some form of stress or anxiety.  Anxiety is the most common form of mental disorders in the US. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), “40 million Americans over the age of 18 are affected by anxiety — roughly 18 percent of the nation’s population. Of those 40 million people, almost 7 million of them suffer from GAD, with 15 million suffering from social anxiety disorder, 14.8 million suffering from major depressive disorder, and 7.7 million affected by post-traumatic stress disorder.” If you’re like me, just reading that sentence gave you anxiety!

Anxiety can be very real for some people, so it was a goal of mine to find something that could help alleviate the need to physically exert that fidgety energy that comes with anxiety. It was also important to find tools that help build healthy habits to easily practice any time or anywhere – which is usually when anxiety tends to hit.

This energy calming kit is easily portable and the perfect size to have with you on the go or at your desk so it’s there when you need it. Slowing down and breathing can be the key to conquering fear and anxiety as well as dealing with stress, anger, or emotional issues.

Breath combined with positive self talk can be the anchor that helps keep you grounded, or gets you into the state of mind that you want to be in.

Each kit comes with :

  • 1 set of mini-affirmation cards
  • 1 set of breathing exercise cards
  • 2 oz. jar of non-toxic dough infused with pure essential oils
Affirmation + Breathing Cards

If you don’t have a morning self care ritual yet, this may be a great way to start. It’s super easy and takes very little time. If you do, awesome!

You’ll want to keep the affirmation cards somewhere you will see them. Shuffle the cards, take a deep breath, and pick one card. Read it out loud and remember it throughout the day. Even if you think it doesn’t relate to you at that moment, it may serve you later in the day in an unexpected situation.

Included in the kit are a pack of simple and straight forward little cards that make practicing your breathing super easy and fun. These are great to keep in your wallet or by your desk in case you need a mid-day reinforcement to keep calm. Take some time in the morning to practice a few and feel the difference it makes filling your body with nutrient rich oxygen.

Lion’s Roar Breath : 

In honor of this Leo month, try this exercise and tame the beast!

“This may be an exercise you want to do at home or somewhere in private. With this breath you want to inhale a nice long inhale through the nose. Then for the exhale, open your mouth wide, stretch your jaw and face and roar out your exhale.  If appropriate, do an actual roar. Repeat several times. ”

These are quite fun to try and definitely help keep you focused on something positive when you are focusing your mental energy or emotions on something that does not serve you.

Stress Relief Doug : 

Take a deep breath. Squeeze, pull, and twist the dough in your hands when you are feeling anxious or frustrated. The essential oils in the dough will release and help calm nerves. Each dough ball acts and feels like a stress ball, but without any of the toxins found in putty. It also smells better because it comes infused with Lavender and Chamomile essential oils. Ahhh…

Here are a few tips to keep your stress dough at it’s best:

It will dry out if you leave it in the open, so store it in a sealed container. If it does feel dry, add a drop of water and work it into the dough to revive it.

If you see salt crystals on the edges, put it in the microwave for about 3-5 seconds then work the dough, the crystals will reabsorb into the dough.

A note about microwaving:  This can revive and soften your dough if done for just a few seconds, but if over done it will ruin the dough. First it will melt, then it will harden like a rock. So microwave with care, in a microwaveable container, not in the metal tin!

Winter tips: If it has been stored somewhere cold (below 70 degrees), the coconut oil in it will harden up a little. As the dough warms up in your hands it will begin to become soft again or you can warm it in the microwave for about 5 seconds (don’t do more than 7 at once), it will soften up immediately and feel silky smooth.The hardening when cold is just a property of coconut oil and it doesn’t adversely affect the dough in any way.

Keep out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources.

Store the unused dough in the fridge to keep it fresh longer.

Summer tips: If the dough feels melty or just too soft, that’s just the coconut oil. Put it in the fridge for just a bit and it will stiffen right up.

If you notice a little residue on your hands after you use the dough for more than a few minutes, don’t panic, it’s just the essential oil and carrier oil, you can just wipe it off or rinse it and you will notice that your hands smell great and feel soft!

Vitamin B12 Energy Booster by MdSiy – $24.99

Help combat fatigue and boost your metabolism with these easy to swallow water soluble vitamins. These liquid drops are sublingual, meaning they are meant to be put under your tongue and absorbed through the mucous membrane that lines your mouth. The amount of B-12 your body needs daily is only between 2.4 and 2.8 micro grams, but its poor absorption through the stomach means you need to take more if by supplementing.
To use, just put 10 drops under your tongue and hold them for 30 seconds before swallowing to quickly absorb into your system.
to support adrenal function and maintain a healthy nervous system.

Look at all the ways B12 can help improve your state of mind and well being:

IMPROVE MEMORY AND CONCENTRATION – B12 improves clarity of thought because of the way it acts on the nervous system. In particular, maintaining healthy vitamin B12 levels helps prevent age-associated cognitive decline.

INCREASE ENERGY – Because of its role in fatty acid metabolism, vitamin B12 provides an energy boost to the body.

BLOOD CELLS – B-12 is needed to make red blood cells, produce energy, synthesize DNA during cell division and to maintain normal cognitive function.

PREVENTION OF PERNICIOUS ANEMIA – Vitamin B12 is essential in the process of making red blood cells. Supplementing this nutrient can help prevent certain kinds of anemia.

VEGAN FRIENDLY – Great for vegetarians & vegans

May the moon’s magic bring you powerful energy this month!

Nicole Torres

Owner and Creator of Diosa Box

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Gratitude Diosa Box November 2016

Hello Diosas!

We hope you love the selection for you this month. Below you will find our recommendations, ingredients and instructions for items in November’s Gratitude Diosa Box.

We knew we wanted our debut theme to focus on “Gratitude” while embracing self love. November kicks off one of the most stressful times of the year so we wanted you to have something very special to look to when you need to unwind and take a few deep breaths. 

So let’s dig in!


Current subscribers with a Diosa Box account save 15% on all single item purchases in our shop. (Does not include full boxes)

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Finding Gratitude Journal – $14.95

Writing is SO GOOD for the mind. It helps you visualize which leads to plans and then actions. You can also work through emotions or situations that you may not know how to process yet. By pairing that with the act of being grateful you have a winning combination. Google “benefits of gratitude” and you’ll get about 26.3 MILLION results.  That’s because science is fascinated with the correlation between gratitude and it’s positive effects on humans. Now, with the Finding Gratitude journal, you too can experience a ton of those benefits first hand!

Here are 5 ways to get the maximum benefit of your journal 

  • It’s highly recommend to start by keeping the journal and a pen bedside so that you’re ready to go when the time comes! Trading in the journal for the ritualistic cell phone scroll will help you sleep better at night or start the day off strong!

 

  • Commit to 5 minutes of writing, either first thing in the morning or right before bed adding time as you get more comfortable. Need to stick to a schedule in the morning? Set a timer so you can make it part of your daily routine. (We prefer morning writing because you simply can’t wake up on the wrong side of bed this way. It also gives you great momentum for your “to-do” list!)

 

  • Start small and keep it simple! Remember, this is for YOU and you only, so go easy on yourself.  It may be difficult when “life” moments make it challenging to find what you’re grateful for, but I promise there is always something!  It’s in these moments we really need to remember that too. So start with the basics. I’m grateful that I have a bed to sleep in! I’m grateful for my pillow!…I’m grateful for my toothbrush! No really… can you imagine?

 

  • If you ever get stuck just re-read your entries and see how they have evolved over time. You can be grateful for a lot of the same things all over again and re-appreciate them. Another great way to keep the momentum going is by listing your accomplishments. This will surely inspire you!

 

  • CONSISTENCY IS KEY!  If you really want to see change, like in anything else, you gotta stick to it! It takes 30 days for something to become a habit? If you miss a day or two, no biggie. Just try to get in a few things as often as you can. The benefits are endless!

Buy one here

 

 

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Kona Body Scrub – $18.99

A special blend of all natural ingredients will nourish and heal your skin by hydrating, softening, and alleviating the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks. The most important aspect of this scrub is it’s exfoliation process. In order to get the benefits of a moisturizer you must first clean the surface of your skin and remove dead skin cells that are literally creating a barrier between you and all the goodness your moisturizer has to offer.

TIP: Put the scrub contents in an airtight container or something that you can keep close by your shower. You want to get a lot of use out of this product without the paper packaging falling apart if left in the shower.

In case you have never used a body scrub, this is best to do in the shower. Start by rinsing your face and body with water so the scrub can stick to you. Focus on areas like your tummy, butt, thighs and any other areas that could use a little tightening up. With moist hands gently rub but don’t scrub, that’s what the coffee is for, avoid the eye area and rub in circular motions. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes and then rinse well with warm water. Be sure to get it all off, and just in case, use a dark towel to dry off. We are dealing with coffee so any residuals will show up on the towel. It should wash out but we wanted to prepare you and save you from the same mistake we made, just in case! 

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Green Goddess Face Mask – $18.95

French Green Clay, Spinach, and Alfalfa create a delicate mask that gently exfoliates while packing in TONS of anti-aging vitamins and minerals your skin will thank you for

This is a very light mask and only needs a little bit of liquid. Any ceramic disk works best to mix the mask together. If you have a mask brush use it to apply or a as always a clean finger will work! Be sure to test a small patch of skin before using with the apple cider vinegar. Our Sensitive Skin Diosa, Amanda, had no issues with adding Bragg’s apple cider, but everyone is different. If you have very sensitive skin, just use water to mix the mask and test an area before applying. We recommend the following mixture :

1 tsp of the mask

1/2 tsp of water

1/2 a tsp of Bragg’s apple cider vinegar

TIP: ACV is a GREAT additive for facial masks and helps to fluff the mask while reducing fine lines and wrinkles! We love this mask and think it’s a great addition to your routine once or twice a week.

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Nourish Face Serum – $13.50

A perfect pick me up for dry, dull skin, made with a unique blend of “liquid gold.” Comprised of approximately 80% fatty acids as well as a high content of vitamin E, argan oil gives skin a natural boost while hydrating and softening. Apricot Kernel Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, Geranium Essential Oil, Rose Essential Oil, Ylang Ylang Essential Oil 1/2 oz glass bottle with dropper

These high quality oils are sure to nourish your skin, leaving you touchably smooth and supple.

We suggest using this after your mask so your skin can fully absorb the amazing natural oils in this serum. Great for night and day use. After cleansing, pat dry and apply a few drops to you fingers and spread evenly across your face. Depending on your skin’s moisture levels you will need to adjust. For normal skin start with 4 then add another two in places that get really dry, like forehead and right below your cheeks, spots that are always dry in the winter. The best thing is that this absorbs and doesn’t leave you greasy. If you do feel greasy, after 15 minutes, you’ve put too much. Lightly blot and adjust on your next application.

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Pike Place Herbs – $6.00

We can’t guarantee that this will last all month, since we’re pretty sure you’re going to love this!

Every herb in this jar is hand raised, picked and processed into the amazing blend that we have loved and shared with many friends at dinner parties and brunches!  This works in pretty much anything that needs a flavor kick.

TIP: We love the purity of this herbal blend through the marriage of  extra virgin olive oil and served with warm, crispy, doughy bread.

We recommend using this delightful blend as a Thanksgiving dinner appetizer or you can take it out to your next dinner party with a french baguette. When you’re short on time, show up with this and you’ll leave your guests asking for the recipe.  

2 Tbsp Pike Place Herbs

5 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil

Let sit for at least an hour then enjoy! 

If you need to serve immediately put oil and herbs in a saucepan and do a very light warming on the lowest flame you can for 5 minutes. Do not let the oil bubble or simmer!

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We hope you enjoy these products as much as we did! What did you enjoy the most? Tell us in the comment section!