Who else is feeling sore after getting outdoors? Yard Work, hiking, or maybe kayaking like me? This is the blend I am using today to ease that tension! Remember that sore feeling is good, your muscles are growing and rebuilding to make you stronger! Also Check out this video as Dr. Hill talks about Copaiba Vs CBD. Very cool!
Happy Memorial Day Everyone. Thank you to all who served and did not come home. We Remember and thank you!
DIY squirrel Repellent for cold days! WE HAVE A SQUIRREL PROBLEM! It has been snowing like crazy and is super cold! They have decided to help themselves to our nice warm garage and attic space to warm up and destroy everything they touch! We have had the dogs try to catch them, but the darn car keeps getting in the way so we had to find another way to deter these smelly gross rodents! So I hit the research and came up with this awesome blend. It has been sprayed in the attic, garage and garden shed and we have placed it on cotton swabs under the car and on the shelves. It is pretty potent to be cautious when spraying in enclosed spaces.
Here is my Repellent Blend:
1 tsp On Guard concentrate
2 Tbsp vinegar
10 drops on guard
10 drops lemongrass
10 drops peppermint (for the mice just in case)
10 drops pink pepper
Fill to the top with water
Mix all together in a spray bottle and go crazy!! Spray high low and in between! The dish soap will help the mixture stick to what gets sprayed.
Also for added bonus we used one drop each on multiple cotton balls and placed in the attic and small cozy places in the garage and garden shed.
Thank goodness for Paw protector. Our sweet Little Hugo cut his paw on some Icy snow today leaving crime scene looking blood prints all over the deck! Luckily I have some paw wax to slather on his paw and he was good to go.
Not only do we need to protect our babies from the chapped cold, Many common deicers are dangerous for dogs, and can irritate their paws and even cause serious illness if ingested. This wax prevents the dogs from absorbing deicer into their bodies and you can wipe and re apply when heading in and out of the house. It is also safe for them to lick. Scared of essential oils or just do not have them on hand? It is not required to make this recipe and you can still keep your doggies paws safe. Lavender Essential oil helps heal their paws and keep the skin soft and smooth as well as calms those puppies down making it an added benefit.
Let me know if you give it a try!
Calming Paw Protector:
2 oz. (approx. 2 tbsp.) olive , sunflower, or sweet almond oil
2 oz. (approx. 2 tbsp.) Coconut Oil
1 oz. (approx. 1 tbsp.) Shea Butter
4 tsp. Beeswax Pellets
Lavender Essential Oil
2oz tins or Mason Jar lids (Baby Food lids work too!)
Paw Wax Instructions
In a small pot – or double boiler – over low heat melt the oils, Shea butter, and beeswax. Stir continuously until all is melted and well blended.
I hope making these will make your cold season a little better. There has been a lot of controversy about using Eucalyptus with children under 6. I myself was a little cautious at first. I will give you some science of course. But I will also inform you that I have now 3 times seen organic eucalyptus roller balls in the baby aisle of target, Fred Meyers and whole foods labeled to help with infant congestion. I thought to myself, If it is so dangerous for children how on earth would they be approved to sell and market it directly to parents of infants. So I decided it was time to weed out the garbage and get some more solid evidence.
Eucalyptus is a natural expectorant that can help unclog respiratory congestion. This makes Eucalyptus a favorite during the cold winter months.
Eucalpytus radiata is a different species than the commonly found Eucalyptus globulus. Children and infants should use Eucalyptus Radiata which is the species produced by Doterra While Eucalyptus globulus is safe for adults, it should not be used on children under the age of 2.
The essential oil safety guidelines state that “The cineole present in eucalyptus oil can create nervous and breathing related problems in children. That said, some distilled versions of eucalyptus oil contain lower amounts of cineole.”
Make sure children and babies do not ingest eucalyptus oil intentionally or accidentally. The side effects might be more severe if the family has a history of respiratory problems such as asthma.
The scientific review of eucalyptus injuries and side effects in children were with ingesting 3-5ml of the essential oil. That is ALOT of essential oil and would never be recommended to ingest that much of ANY essential oil. Read the full reviewed info in this Pub Med article .
I use Eucalyptus Essential oil Diffused only for my kiddos but If you are not comfortable using eucalyptus that is OK! You can always use Frankincense, Lime and cardamom to help open airways, improve congestion, cough, cold, and sore throats.
You can try out this awesome shower melt recipe next time you need to clear those airways!
Eucalyptus Shower Melts Recipe
1 cup baking soda
2-5 tablespoons water
10 drops eucalyptus essential oil (substitute Frankincense, Lime and Cardamom)
10 drops lavender essential oil
Soap colorant (optional)
1 cup of cornstarch
• 4 Tablespoons of water
• 6 drops of essential oil (Eucalyptus)
• Optional drop/s of green food coloring
• An ice cube tray
Tis the season for DRY CRACKED SKIN!!!! It is the WORST! I am in the pool for the majority of my work day which already dries out my skin and then it is followed by the cold dry air of winter as a double whammy. Thank goodness for this wonderful Essential Oil DIY recipe that has been able to moisturize and sooth my skin. I used Lavender which has been shown to help with wound healing in Rats and Frankincense is shown to help with tissue remodeling which makes them great oils for healthy skin.
DIY Whipped Body Butter
¼ cup Shea butter
¼ cup cocoa butter
¼ cup virgin coconut oil (not FCO)
¼ cup grape seed oil (or other light oil on hand)
10-20 drops of essential oil (Lavender and frankincense really helped my skin)
Combine all ingredients, except the essential oils, in a small pot or double boiler.
Gently melt and stir over medium-low heat until the mixture is liquid.
Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to partially set up. (you can place in the fridge or freezer to speed this process) We put it in the cold garage as to not take up precious refrigerator space!
Once the mixture is partially set, add the essential oils of your choice, and whip with a hand mixer or stand mixer until the body butter is fluffy and stiff peaks have formed.
Spoon into a jar and apply anywhere on the body. Or, gift as a gift!
Let me know how it turns out in the comments below!
Good Morning Everyone! I wanted to say thank you for all your support yesterday with our Holiday Bazaar! Especially my sweet Dad who hung out with me most of the day. I wanted to share our Lip Balm Recipe with you all! Hope you have a wonderful Sunday and Please let me know what questions I can answer for you about all your essential Oil needs!
Measure out your beeswax pellets, coconut oil and shea butter.
Add them into a double boiler and heat on low until everything melts down to liquid form.
Once melted, remove from heat and let it cool for about 2 minutes.
Now add your peppermint and vanilla essential oils, drop by drop and stir well
Using a dropper, fill up your chapstick tubes. This recipe will fill about 10 chapstick tubes.
When you’ve filled all the tubes, place them on a tray in the refrigerator to set for about 15 minutes.
Keep a tube in your purse, drawer, pocket or any easily accessible location!
Enjoy and keep yours lips nice and smooth all year long!
Both boys woke up congested this morning. Tis the season of dry air, coughs and stuffy noses. We have been able to teach our oldest child how to make an elephant trunk when he coughs (with help from one of my friends) as to not spread his germs. A cough can spread droplets up to six meters and a sneeze up to eight so it is really important to cover your mouth in your elbow and to wash your hands frequently to prevent the spread of germs all year round but specifically during the winter when we spend so much more time indoors!
At the end of the day, no matter how hard we try, we cannot always avoid all germs. So in those times I have this awesome homemade vapor rub to open up the chest and sinuses and improve respiratory function and it is a strong antibacterial.
In the Science world one of the strongest studies is a randomized double blind. This study is a prospective randomized double-blind controlled trial whose aim was to investigate the clinical effects of aromatic essential oils in patients with upper respiratory tract infections. They were treated with eucalyptus, peppermint, oregano and rosemary essential oils. “Researchers found that 20 minutes after using the spray, those in the essential oil group reported a greater improvement of symptom severity compared to those in the placebo group. The symptoms measured were sore throat, hoarseness and cough.”
The results obtained from this study showed that “essential oil of the leaves of E. globulus has antimicrobial activity against gram negative bacteria (E. coli) as well as gram positive bacteria (S. aureus).”
So Check out our awesome recipe below and let us know what you think!
HOMEMADE VAPOR RUB
Total Time: 30 minutes
¼ cup olive oil
½ cup coconut oil
¼ cup grated bees wax
20 drops peppermint essential oil
20 drops eucalyptus essential oil
Pour the olive oil, coconut oil and beeswax into a jar.
Place a saucepan with 2 inches of water over medium low heat.
Place jar in saucepan and allow oils to melt. Stir to combine.
Once combined, allow to cool slightly and add in essential oils.
Pour mixture into metal tins or storage containers and allow to set.
Lather and apply to chest or feet as needed to open those airways and calm down those symptoms!
We use a Fake Tree for now. It is tall and beautiful and pre-lit! All the things I look for around Christmas, Easy. The only thing we miss is the fresh tree smell. So PROBLEM SOLVED! We made these adorable diffuser ornaments with Douglas Fir and Siberian Fir. They Smell amazing and we get to personalize them every year to keep the memories alive! If you make some drop the pictures in the comments and lets see how creative you are! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!
1 cup Baking Soda
1/2 cup Corn Starch
3/4 cups water
15 drops Douglas Fir/Siberian Fir or Holiday Joy Essential Oil
Optional: glitter, food coloring, Puffy Paint
Heat all ingredients, minus Essential Oil and optional items, in small sauce pan over medium heat. Stir continuously. In a few minutes it will begin to boil( If adding food coloring, add now) and then, within 5 minutes it will thicken and form a ball of dough. Remove from heat and stir in Essential Oil and perhaps some glitter.
Once cool (not longer hot at all), roll out, using extra cornstarch to prevent sticking and use cookie cutters to create ornaments. . For extra sparkle, add glitter on top when rolling out dough. You can also use stamps to put impressions into the dough, I Pressed the kids hand prints in the dough after.
Move to cookie sheet with spatula, then puncture ornament hole using a large toothpick or skewer. Decorate with puffy paint or other acrylic pain.
Allow to harden 24 hours, flipping after 12 hours.
Store extra air tight in a zip lock bag. (I suck out the air like a weirdo haha)
I love baking! Last year my husband sent me the recipe for chai cookies. I have a bad history of being unable to follow any given recipe without giving it my own special twist! So I came up with my own very delicious spin of the chai snickerdoodles and they are AMAZING!
1 cup unsalted butter, cubed
2 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 drop cardamom essential oil
1 drop clove Essential oil
1 drop ginger essential oil
1 drop cinnamon essential oil
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cardamom
1/8 tsp cloves
1/8 tsp nutmeg
Cook butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until it foams, turns clear, and then turns a deep brown, about 6 minutes. Pour browned butter into a glass measuring cup and chill in the freezer until soft/solid. (You can use room temp butter as well if short on time)
Whisk together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat solidified brown butter and sugar in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until creamy; beat in eggs and vanilla until combined add essential oils. Reduce speed to low and gradually add flour mixture; beat just until incorporated. Cover dough and chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or freezer for 1 if rushed.
Preheat oven to 350°F (If cookie dough has chilled overnight, let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes before baking). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Combine sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves, and nutmeg in a shallow bowl. Scoop 1 1/2-inch balls of dough and dredge in chai sugar twice; place two inches-ish apart on prepared baking sheets.
Bake for 11 to 12 minutes, until edges and tops are set. Cool for 4 minutes on baking sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.