Purify Your Home Air With Cold-Diffused Essential Oils

Essential oils and their use in aromatherapy has been around for many years. From the ancient Egyptians to modern users, scent is powerful and is used in hospitals, care centers and beauty salons. We all love a pleasant smell and diffusing aromatherapy oils is a great way to also get the plus of health benefits. And using essential oils negates the use for chemical laden air fresheners and so-called air purifiers which I really prefer.

What is a Diffuser? What is Cold Diffusing?

A diffuser is made up of an air tube, a glass tube, a well to put the oil in, and an air pump. The essential oils are disbursed into the air in a vapor which is micro fine. It stays suspended while it goes about its work of making the air pleasantly scented, and getting rid of mold, fungus, pathogens and other gross floaties in the air that you can’t see. The oil travels from the well by air jet into the pump, where it is atomized. Then it goes through the glass tube, which makes it disperse evenly and quickly into the room.

When I cold diffuse an oil, I am not only adding great scent into the air, I am actually changing the molecular structure of odors in my home. They become harmless and inoffensive. As an added benefit, the scent of oils reduces stress and tension, relaxes the entire body and helps to clear the mind.

Finding a place to one was simple. I bought my current diffuser through Shop.com but I also ordered a couple to keep on hand at Elise Marcus Salon in St. Joseph, MN. You can either stop by Elise Marcus Salon and purchase one here or you can also order a diffuser through Shop.com as I am also a Shop.com consultant and have it delivered right to you. Other stores and beauty salons in St. Joseph, MN carried diffusers, but I preferred to order mine through Shop.com so that I can keep earning cashback!

Why Do It

During the winter months here in Minnesota, we tend to hibernate as much as possible and hardly ever venture outside. The windows tend to remain closed and this makes the air stale and unhealthy, and also allows for growth of bacteria. Cold diffusing will help make sure your air is safer to breathe.

Best Oils For Air Purification

These are some great oils to use to clean and purify the air in the house:

  • Tea Tree
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lemon
  • Frankincense
  • Balsam Fir

You can play around with different mixes to find what suits you best. From the very first use, you will notice how great the house smells and how well you feel. The invigorating energy given off by the oils will stay with you the entire day long and help you get through the long, cold winter.

Facial Spa with a therapeutic hand massage at Elise Marcus Salon

Essential Oils: How Can They Help Me Sleep?

А nіght оf rеstful slеер mаkеs fоr а рrоduсtіvе dау. Оvеr-thе-соuntеr аnd рrеsсrірtіоn slеер аіds sоmеtіmеs hаvе undеsіrаblе sіdе еffесts thаt lеаvе us lооkіng fоr оthеr орtіоns. Еssеntіаl оіls mау hеlр уоu slеер bеttеr. Сhесk оut thе fоllоwіng suggеstіоns аnd trу а fеw еssеntіаl оіls tо gеt а gооd nіght’s slеер.

Ноw tо Usе Аrоmаthеrару fоr Ѕlеер Рrоblеms

Тhеrе аrе mаnу wауs tо usе еssеntіаl оіls tо еаsе уоur slеер рrоblеms. Оnе аррrоасh іs tо mаssаgе уоur nесk, shоuldеrs, аnd аnу оthеr аrеаs wіth а rеlахіng еssеntіаl оіl blеnd. Yоu соuld аlsо shаkе thrее оr fоur drорs оf а slеер-рrоmоtіng еssеntіаl оіl оntо уоur ріllоw јust bеfоrе уоu’rе gоіng tо slеер, оr unwіnd wіth аn еssеntіаl-оіl-еnhаnсеd bаth bеfоrе bеdtіmе.

Use Organic, Pure Essential Oils: Сhооsе 100% рurе еssеntіаl оіls–оnlу thеsе оffеr hеаlthful bеnеfіts. Тhе lаbеl wіll stаtе “100% рurе.” Yоu саn fіnd thеm аt hеаlth fооd stоrеs аnd оnlіnе. Dоn’t usе sуnthеtіс оіls–thеу dо nоt hаvе thе sаmе bеnеfіts.

Mix and Match: Ѕеlесt 1 tо 3 dіffеrеnt оіls thаt арреаl tо уоu. Fоr оіls thаt sресіfісаllу wіll hеlр уоu tо slеер mоrе rеstfullу, sоmе оf thе bеst сhоісеs аrе (Ѕwееt) Ваsіl, (Ѕwееt) Вау, Сеdаrwооd, Сhаmоmіlе, Сlаrу Ѕаgе, Сурrеss, Frаnkіnсеnsе, Lаvеndеr, Νеrоlі, Ѕаndаlwооd, Vеtіvеr аnd Ylаng Ylаng.

Hand Massage Oil: Fіrst mіх thе еssеntіаl оіl wіth аlmоnd оіl, whісh іs knоwn аs а “саrrіеr” оіl. Меаsurе thе аlmоnd оіl іntо а glаss bоttlе, thеn аdd 3 tо 6 drорs оf еssеntіаl оіl реr tеаsрооn оf аlmоnd оіl. Ѕhаkе wеll. Аftеr уоu gеt іntо bеd, mаssаgе thе оіl іntо уоur hаnds, рlасе thеm nеаr уоur fасе, аnd lау thеrе аnd іnhаlе thе аrоmа. When you come in to Elise Marcus Salon in St. Joseph MN for a Facial Spa Session, you get a therapeutic hand massage with a hot towel lavendar wrap!

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Small Bottle Near Your Bed: Κеер а bоttlе оf thе еssеntіаl оіl bу уоur bеdsіdе, іn саsе уоu wаkе uр аt nіght. Іf уоu dоn’t wаnt tо usе thе mаssаgе оіl, уоu саn sрrіnklе 1 tо 2 drорs оn а hаndkеrсhіеf аnd іnhаlе thе оіl’s аrоmа. Іf уоu dоn’t hаvе sеnsіtіvе skіn, уоu саn рut а drор dіrесtlу оn уоur раlms, rub thеm gеntlу tоgеthеr аnd lау thеrе аnd іnhаlе.

Create a Relaxing Atmosphere: Сrеаtе аn еnvіrоnmеnt thаt hеlрs уоur mіnd аnd bоdу tо slоw dоwn. Тrу tо thіnk рlеаsаnt, rеlахіng thоughts аs уоu lау thеrе іnhаlіng thе frаgrаnсе. Тhіs hеlрs tо slоw thе brаіn dоwn. Dоn’t wаtсh ТV, рlаnnіng уоur nехt dау’s асtіvіtіеs, wоrrуіng аbоut thе kіds, оr еаtіng hеаvу mеаls јust bеfоrе bеd. Тhіs stіmulаtеs thе brаіn аnd bоdу, аnd mаkеs іt muсh hаrdеr nоt оnlу tо gо tо slеер, but tо gеt а gооd nіght’s slеер.

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Enjoy the Great Outdoors minus Unwanted Bug Bites

Now that the warm weather has finally arrived that you’ve more than likely waited for all winter long, I bet you can’t wait to get outdoors for some fresh air and sunlight. There’s just one catch, though. As we embrace this wonderful warm weather and look forward to summer, which is just around the corner, we’re now faced with the annoyance and dilemma of bugs when outdoors.

Rosemary Essential Oil | Elise Marcus SalonGetting covered in bug bites may deter you from enjoying some of your favorite outdoor activities, especially at certain times of the day when these bugs seem to be at their peak, like dusk. You know, annoying bugs such as nats, mosquitoes and we can’t forget ticks. Ever enjoy an outdoor sports activity and catch a bug in your mouth? Not fun…not fun.

Avoid Bug Bites Naturally when Outdoors with Essential Oils in St Joseph MN

And how do you feel about bug sprays? Many people are not big fans of bug sprays due to their toxic nature. Elise Marcus Salon not only uses essential oils in the products they use but they also have many essential oil tips and  if you’re looking for a natural non-toxic way to repel insects when outdoors so you can enjoy outdoor activities, eat food outdoors minus pesky bugs, and enjoy fresh air without catching bugs in your mouth then consider trying essential oils.

Essential oils that act effectively to repel bugs when outdoors include:Aromatherapy Essential Geranium oil

  • Lavender
  • Eucalyptus
  • Tea Tree or Melaleuca Alternifolia
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Geranium Oil

It has been scientifically proven that most insects are repelled by the scents of essential oils. Essential oils not only act to repel insects, but they can effectively treat insect bites as well. These particular essential oils work to treat bug bites because they have antiseptic, anti-flammatory, and pain relieving properties.

To treat a bug bite with one of these oils, you’re going to apply 1-2 drops onto the bug bite or you can dilute the oil to a 50:50 concentration. For relief from itching and to reduce the possibility of infection, try peppermint or lavender.

Whether you’re interested in treating bug bites naturally with essential oils in St Joseph MN, or to repel bugs, or both, essential oils are a non-toxic solution to a pesky problem. Cami at Elise Marcus Salon is a Shop.com consultant and you can find many affordable high quality essential oils at Elise Marcus Salon or you can order yourself through Shop.com and earn cashback!

You’ll need to locate the following ingredients. Here, I’ll link you directly to Shop.com so you can order and have them shipped directly to your door (you are very welcome). Oh, and don’t be worried by those prices. Essential oils go a loooooong way, so you’ll have plenty of batches you can make from this purchase and you will earn cashback!

How to Make Homemade Bug Spray:

Fill spray bottle (I used 8 ounce) 1/2 full with distilled or boiled waterVegetable Glycerine | Shop.com
Add witch hazel to fill almost to the top
Add 1/2 tsp vegetable glycerin if using – Vegetable Glycerine is a great vessel to help essential oils bind to whatever you spray them on (in this case, you).
Add 30-50 drops of essential oils to desired scent. The more oils you use, the stronger the spray will be. My personal favorite mix is: Rosemary, Clove, Tea Tree, Lavender, Cinnamon and Eucalyptus… it works great and smells good too!

My daughter likes to carry around a 3oz size in her purse and this is her recipe:

Combine the ingredients in a 3oz bottle…

30 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
10 drops of Geranium Essential Oil
1 T vegetable glycerine
Fill to (almost) the top with H2O
Shake and apply as needed (at least every hour or so).




Facial Spa Treatment in St. Joseph MN

Experience Radiant, Vibrant Skin with a Luxurious Facial

A luxurious facial spa experience should become a regular part of anyone’s beauty regimen in order to maintain a complexion that permeates a youthful glow.

Treating yourself to monthly or bi-monthly facials ensures your skin is protected against weather elements because when you enjoy regular facials the pores become smaller and smaller which end up blocking environmental toxins from entering. Lavender Hot Towel Wrap Facial Spa in St. Joseph MN

A luxurious facial spa experience and maintaining your beauty regimen at Elise Marcus Salon in St. Joseph MN is not to be missed. You will pampered with a hot towel lavender wrap which is both relaxing and sumptuous followed by a gentle cleanse designed to prepare your skin for the next step which is exfoliation.

Exfoliation of the skin removes the upper layer of skin and in doing so brings with it dry flakes that are essentially dead skin cells along with dirt and toxins. With this removal the skin underneath is deemed both clean and free of dirt, unclogging pores and aids in reducing acne breakouts. (extractions are performed as needed)

Facial Spa Treatment in St. Joseph MNAn invigorating facial massage follows which creates swooning customers as well as increasing the blood flow, relieve stress and discouraging wrinkles. The swirling finger action stimulates the blood vessels producing an overall smooth appearance by eliminating puffiness and finally relaxing facial muscles.

The final step when receiving a Elise Marcus Salon facial spa treatment is the gentle application of a rich moisturizer.

And there you have it – this quintessential treatment that not only makes you feel refreshed and more vibrant but makes you look fresh faced and radiant.

Contact Cami at Elise Marcus Salon and schedule your Facial Spa treatment regimen, 320-267-6121 or fill out the form below.

What Are Carrier Oils You Say ? | Elise Marcus Salon | Hairstyle in St. Joseph MN

So you heard me blog about carrier oils in one of my recent posts. What are carrier oils you say? Carrier Oils are another type of oil for your hair. The oils are called carrier oils because they ‘carry’ the essential oil onto the skin. Carrier oils are also known as a base oil or vegetable oil. They are also usually derived from seeds or nuts. Carrier oils are best used as natural and unadulterated as possible as cold pressing and maceration are the two main methods of producing carrier oils. Carrier oils are very important in hair care because they are great moisturizers, strengtheners and are very nourishing for your hair.

Here Is A List of Carrier Oils and Their Known Benefits To Your Hair:

Jojoba Oil – Jojoba is known to rapidly penetrate down to the scalp and hair shaft, and readily loosens and dissolves the hardened build-up of sebum. The scalp and hair follicles are left clean and free to continue their normal function. Jojoba is great for all hair types and has an ability to inhibit excess activity of the sebaceous glands making it the perfect choice for people with oily scalps that still need conditioning. Likewise it can be used for dry hair as it helps to moisturize your hair properly.

Coconut Oil / Carrier OilCoconut Oil – Now you have seen me blog many times before about coconut oil benefits. Coconut oil is by far Cami’s, from Elise Marcus Salon, favorite oil to work with because coconut oil is known to consist of more than ninety percent of saturated fats Vitamin-E and Vitamin K and minerals such as Iron. Coconut oil is known as one of the best natural nutrition for hair and is in contention with olive and jojoba oils as the king of the carrier oils. It is an excellent conditioner and helps in the re-growth of damaged hair. It also provides the essential proteins required for nourishing damaged hair and it softens the hair and conditions the scalp. I also love to use coconut oil to shave with.

Olive Oil – Only olive oil that is labelled extra virgin guarantees that the oil has been cold pressed from freshly harvested olives and does not contain chemicals. Extra virgin olive oil that is green in color is of higher quality than golden-yellow oil. Olive oil helps in preventing as well as curing hair loss as  it prevents the production of the hormone DTH which causes the hair follicle shaft to decrease. Regular application of olive oil to hair prevents the production of DTH hormones on the scalp, thus getting rid of the problem of hair loss. For relaxed/permed hair ladies excessive chemical use can cause hair damage, olive oil contains antioxidants that promotes a healthy hair  and scalp. Olive oil strengthens and smooths hair cuticles.

Castor Oil – Is a vegetable oil obtained from the castor bean. Castor oil is a colorless to very pale yellow liquid with mild or no odor or taste. It is rich in ricinoleic acid and can be used to treat skin conditions such as fungal infections. It nourishes hair and prevents the scalp from drying by retaining moisture. Castor oil added to hair care products helps to seal moisture, softens, and visibly thickens hair. Castor oil can also be used by itself on the hair to seal in moisture.

Avocado Oil– Is extracted from the king of the fruits; avocado. Avocado is full of vitamins that your hair needs like vitamins A, E, D and potassium. If you want a super deep conditioner treatment without having to buy a commercial preparation, you can add avocado oil to the other carrier oils and you will definitely feel and see the difference.

Vitamin E Oil – Proper circulation leads to thriving hair follicles  which leads to hair growth. Vitamin E contains valuable antioxidants that help to keep the immune system up and improves circulation to all parts of the body, including the scalp. When added to homemade products, Vitamin E extends their shelf life. This oil  rejuvenates and offers protection for the scalp and skin.

Contact Cami at Elise Marcus Salon to schedule your haircare consultation.



Now lets talk about fragrant oils for your hair | Elise Marcus Salon | Haircut In St. Joseph MN |

Now lets talk about fragrant oils for your hair.

The best fragrances to use are the natural ones (synthetic fragrances can damage hair) and that is why pure essential oils, diluted in carrier oils ( jojoba oil , olive oil, coconut oil , castor oil, vitamin E oil , avocado oil and nut oils) are great when you want to add a nice scent to your hair. Put a few drops on your comb or in your final hair rinse water or in your favorite carrier oil and your hair will smell great while being conditioned.

Fragrant Hair Essential Oil Elise Marcus Salon Highly Recommended Fragrant Hair Essential Oil Suggestions and directions:





Scalp Massage: Put 3-5 drops on your fingertips and lightly massage into scalp.


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Essential Oils For Haircare | Elise Marcus Salon | Hair Salon In St. Joseph MN

Essential Oils (EOs) is an oil that is considered essential in the sense that it carries a distinctive scent (essence) of the plant from which the oil is extracted from. Essential oils are volatile, and are usually derived from the non-seed parts of the plants. Essential oils are generally extracted by distillation.

Essential oils are very useful in homemade hair care products and many of them are very good to treat scalp conditions such as tea tree oil for dandruff, rosemary to grow hair faster, lavender for dry scalp, and peppermint for itchy scalp and to stimulate hair growth. If you are a ‘do it yourselfer’ you can create some very beneficial hair care products for your hair or you can enhance your store bought products by adding a few drops to them for added benefits. Usually essential oils are used very sparingly because they are so concentrated.

Here is a List of Essential Oils and Their Known Benefits To Hair:

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Oil: Not only known for its relaxing scent, it has proven hair benefits and is good for all hair types.  Lavender oil is extracted mostly from the flowers of the lavender plant, primarily through steam distillation. It is a good treatment for dandruff and itching, helpful in controlling hair breakage and improving hair growth. Most widely known to treat alopecia areata, a condition where you lose excessive hair, especially in patches. Daily massage with lavenderoil has proven to help significant re-growth and gives you the results in a few months. Lavender oil blends well with many other essential oils including jojoba, rosemary and tea tree oils.

Chamomile Oil:  Is known to  soothe the nerves  and it does the same for your hair and scalp, in fact it is the most soothing of the essential oils for the hair and scalp. Chamomile helps to retract skin cells that have been inflamed from chemical procedures, and harsh weather conditions and helps with itching scaly scalp and dandruff.

Myrrh Oil: Is known to be very good for dry hair. It helps with the treatment for dry scalp, dandruff problems and under-active sebaceous glands. Use instead of lemon oil if your hair is not oily.

Peppermint Oil: Is known to help stimulate blood flow to the root of the hair. This is very important for hair as it helps the hair to receive proper nourishment. This in turn will lead to hair growth. That tingly feeling when peppermint oil is felt on the scalp is actually the stimulation of  blood flow to hair.

Lemon OilIs known to especially be beneficial for oily hair, it is recommended that persons with dry hair not use lemon oil, it is a good treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, lice, and under-active sebaceous glands.

Rosemary Oil – Is another oil which doubles as a fragrant oil and an essential oil. The oil is derived from the rosemary plant and is very useful for dandruff problems and flaky itchy scalp. Rosemary oil stimulates the hair follicles; as a result hair, can grow longer and stronger.

Tea Tree Oil: is a great moisturizer for the hair, it helps to keep the scalp free of bacteria and fungal problems. Tea tree oil unblocks the sebaceous glands and encourage the flow of the scalp’s own moisturizing oils while clearing away dead skin cells. Tea tree oil mixed with other essential oils is especially good as a scalp treatment for relieving dandruff.

There are several other essential oils that can be used for various hair and scalp conditions. The beauty about essential oils is that once you find one that is good for your hair you can stick with it and you will continue getting great results.

Click here or call 320-267-6121 to contact Cami at Elise Marcus Salon to schedule your hair care consultation.

Lavender Essential Oil | Elise Marcus Salon | Facial Spa In Saint Joseph MN

Benefits Of Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender oil is a standard in hair and skin care as it is known to have cell-regenerating properties, used to promote hair growth and to prevent future hair loss.

Lavender oil is effective for all hair
types because it has the ability to regulate sebum production, which is acne related.

Lavender oil is useful for either
oily or dry scalp to regulate scalp health.

Lavender is often paired with rosemary in scalp and hair formulas.
Together, they produce an outstanding synergy for hair care.

Contact Cami Theisen to schedule a hot lavender towel wrap facial today!