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Germs are in the Air

Happy Fall everyone! Before kids, this was my favorite time of year! Strolling around outdoors in the brisk air and the sun shining through the color changing leaves. Drinking a warm beverage while reading a book by fire light. Fashionable clothing choices that cover all my lumps and bumps (One of my favorite parts) while enjoying the fall festivities such as pumpkin patches and harvest festivals.

Then Came Children….

Photo By Sarah Wolverton Photography

The germ factories, evidence of snotty noses on the shoulder of my shirt, the back of the couch or the coffee table. Coughing on the counter, toys and in my face. Vomit EVERYWHERE! So back to the research I go. We have had illness after illness in our home and I start to second guess myself.

RESEARCH

I went back to the database and started coming through mountains of truths, partial truths and flat out lies about my new love of essential oils. Testimonials not supported, I am glad the worked for you, but what about everyone else? Testimonials about the danger and ineffectiveness of oils, I am going to need to see your research too! Half-Truths about in vitro studies on cells in a lab, what about the use in REAL LIFE?

The Truth of the matter is, oils are still new! Natural health has been used since the beginning of time, but only since late 80’s have they really been looked at and researched for their true effectiveness vs the old wives tale.

Yes, I know they work, but I want to know WHY and HOW and WHEN, and so do hospitals, schools and skeptics. First rule of medicine, DO NO HARM! So even though we know they work in certain circumstances, there is still a lot we don’t know. Unfortunately, we live in a litigious society. Make one false claim or one well meaning mistake and life as you know it is over.  So, it is our job as oil lovers to be non biased. Look at  the research, check our sources, advocate for better research  studies on humans, while still doing what is best for our families.

SYNTHETICS

People are so ready to cut down on oils and call out all their risks. Do not be BLIND, the risks and side effects and dangers of synthetic products are PROVEN to be dangerous. They do not have to disclose their full ingredients, processes or research. They do NOT have to be shown effective or safe, yet people still use them. The power of big marketing, politics and money is very strong.

Check out a couple of these wonderful articles about hidden toxic ingredients, the term “fragrance”, flaws in FDA regulation,

SAFE and EFFECTIVE USE

The Franklin Institute did a great non biased breakdown of essential oil use in schools. They have how not to and how to use them safely with the current research as well as understanding that there is research lacking and what needs to be studied in the future.

From the Franklin Institute article :

“Essential oils do not have to be excluded from the classroom entirely. When used appropriately, there are many useful applications of essential oils in the classroom which meet the criteria of efficacy, safety, and ethical practice. Some of these applications include:

  • Cleaning Products: Essential oils can be used as alternatives to harsh bleaches and other potentially harmful cleaning products. For this application, follow usual guidelines for cleaning products. For example, use these items when children are out of the classroom, ensure ample ventilation, and store the products away from children.
  • Air Fresheners: Under the guidance of a professional aromatherapist, essential oils can be used as alternatives to plug-in air fresheners and floral bouquets to address foul odors in the air. This application would exclude large doses and medicinal intent.
  • Personal inhalers. Just as a parent may send a dietary supplement or topical herbal product to school with permission for administration or self-administration, children may opt to use personal inhalers for benefits which do not affect his or her classmates. A professional aromatherapist can develop and formulate products for individual use. Environmental health. Hand sanitizers and other personal care products may also be used”

I really like that this study shows a practical use of oils and how they are effective in killing the flu virus in HVAC systems!

DIY RECIPE : DIFFUSE OR SPRAY

Try this Recipe for cleaning!

Supplies

  • 8 oz or 16 oz Glass Spray Bottle
  • ½ cup water
  • 8 drops of Eucalyptus
  • 8 drops of Tea Tree
  • 5 drops of Lemon

Instructions

Combine water and essential oils in glass container. Shake vigorously before use. Spray on carpet, furniture and in the air. Do not spray on skin.

 

Here is a systematic compilation of effectiveness of essential oils for cleaning. “Essential oils contain a wide variety of secondary metabolites that are capable of inhibiting or slowing the growth of bacteria, yeasts and molds. Essential oils and their components have activity against a variety of targets, particularly the membrane and cytoplasm, and in some cases, they completely change the morphology of the cells”

The research needs to be more thorough but I am convinced that Essential oils are the most safe and effective option for keeping our house hold clean and healthy.  Have questions? Ask me! There is a lot of evidence that is not included for pure fact that it is boring and overwhelming! But I have more if you need it!

 

I am also CONVINCED that DoTerra’s Quality and purity are Top Notch as well as their Co impact sourcing to give back to the communities the oils are harvested from.

Lastly, please please make sure that no matter what brand of essential oils you are using they are PURE!!!! According to the university of Minnesota these are the qualities to look for.

Some important considerations

  1. Is the Latin name of the plant provided so that you are sure you are getting the right essential oil? For example, there are several species of lavender.
  2. Is the name of the country in which the plants were grown provided? A consumer would not be expected to differentiate oils from different countries, but this information is important to aromatherapists because quality can vary by country. This is an indication that the company is marketing to knowledgeable parties as well as general consumers.
  3. Is there a statement about purity? You should be informed if it is not 100% essential oil (meaning, it has been altered or mixed with something else).
  4. Is the cost comparable in comparison with other brands of the same essential oil? If it’s really cheap, it probably isn’t the real thing.
  5. Does it smell as you expect it to smell?
  6. Is there information about organic growing or wildcrafting (gathering wild plants)? Most essential oils sold in the U.S. are not certified as to their organic status, but some European brands are.”
  7. https://www.meghantelpner.com/blog/how-to-know-if-your-essential-oils-are-top-quality/
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Good Morning

Just something that Smells AMAZING to celebrate my Little guy turning 3 TODAY! Oh my, all the feels. Happy Birthday Luke!

 

DIY

Bath Bomb DIY

I absolutely love the time of year when we get to give back and personalize gifts for the ones we love. It is so fun to see people light up when they receive a homemade item that took time and love. What better way to show them you care by making them some relaxing, moisturizing bath bombs (and maybe a glass or two of wine 😀 ).  Try out my awesome Bath Bomb recipe or take a gander at our other DIY projects for inspiration!

DIY Bath Bomb Recipe:

My Favorite Bath Bomb Blend
  • 1/2 cup Baking Soda
  • 1/4 cup Corn Starch
  • 1/4 cup Citric Acid
  • 3-4 tsp. Coconut Oil (melted)
  • 1-2 tsp. water
  • 1 tsp. Essential Oils (AVOID HOT OILS such as Oregano, Cinnamon, Clove, Thyme, Cassia and even the cooling EO of Peppermint or Eucalyptus)
  • Few drops Soap Coloring (optional)

Bath Bomb Tools:

  • Bath bomb molds
  • Bowl
  • Whisk

 

 

Bath Bomb Steps:

  1. Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl. Stir together with a whisk.
  2. Add coconut oil, essential oil and food coloring (if using). Stir until ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  3. When adding water, do it slowly and add only as much as needed because the mixture will fizz upon exposure to water. Stir vigorously to reduce fizzing while adding water.
  4. When the mixture is wet enough to stick together in clumps, press mixture firmly into molds until molds are filled. If using a mold with two pieces, such as a round mold, squish pieces together and remove any excess from the sides.
  5. Let the mixture sit in the molds for five minutes, then carefully remove bath bombs from the molds.
  6. Lay bath bombs on parchment paper or a towel and let them dry for 24 hours.

Recipe makes enough for two round 2.5 inch diameter bath bombs.

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Trunk or Treat DIY Body Scrub, Slime, Calming Balloons

We had a blast hosting our first Vendor table at our local Macaroni Kids Trunk or Treat! We had “What is that Smell” Slime, pumpkin spice body scrub, Monster repellent spray and calming stress balloons!

If you weren’t able to make it to our booth no worries! I am willing to share all our recipes! Drop a comment below (Facebook Comment, Instagram Comment, Re Tweet or Blog Comments) IF and WHEN you make one of these awesome recipes OR if you met us yesterday at our Trunk or Treat for an opportunity to WIN a Follow up GIVEAWAY!

One Winner Will Get A Free bottle of Lemon and a 5 dollar Starbucks Card! 

Monster Slime 6 dollars or DIY :

1 Cup School Glue (Clear or White)

1 Cup Water

10 Drops of oil of choice ( we used Lavender, lemon and Peppermint)

Food coloring, glitter or confetti (any decoration of choice)

Mix together well

Then Add

1 Cup Liquid Starch (STA-Flo)

Stir until one Blob and then Kneed until the texture you desire.

Fix its : Too sticky, add more liquid starch

Breaking: Add hand lotion (Doterra lotion works great!)

Too Runny? Pour out excess water and add some glue!

HAVE FUN!

Body Scrub 6 dollars or DIY: Pumpkin Spice

1 cup Sugar

1 cup FCO or Coconut oil

5 drops of Clove

5 drops Cassia

5 drops Orange

3 drops cardamom

Whisk or stir until well blended and store in air tight container!

Get skin damp and rub in a circular motion over arms, legs and body avoiding sensitive areas let sit for 30 seconds before rinsing with water!

 

Calming Stress Balloons 3 dollars or DIY:

Find empty balloons

Fill with 2/3 C rice with funnel

Add 3 drops Lavender

Tie off and squeeze!

Monster Repellent Spray 10 dollars or DIY:

 

 

 

 

 

 

See Monster Repellent Blog post Here!

 

Diffuser Blend and DIY Reed Diffuser:

See Reed Diffuser Recipe HERE!

 

 

 

 

 

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Monsters Be Gone

The season is finally here, FALL! The days get shorter and those sweet children afraid of the dark are back to square one trying to fight off the monsters of the night.  I have to admit, I am still terrified to take the garbage out at night ever since my brother pretended to be a zombie, jumping out of the bushes to chase me, without breaking character.

I cannot prevent my children from playing tricks on each other, but I can use all the tools around my house to help bedtime be smooth and easy! So, new nighttime routine. Check the closets, drawers, behind the curtains. Spray the monster repellent around the room and finish off with a prayer. You can decorate the bottle as a fun craft and as a way to get your child involved and take ownership of their fears!

The recipe for today is a Monster Repellent Spray!

2oz bottle (glass preferred)

5 drops Lavender

5 drops Cedarwood

5 drops Bergamot

1 tablespoon rubbing alcohol

Top off with water.

Spray as needed around room or house to ward off monsters*

You can Also just diffuse this blend to help children calm down and sleep at night. According to this study “lavender serves as a mild sedative and has practical applications as a novel, nonphotic method for promoting deep sleep in young men and women and for producing gender-dependent sleep effects”.

As Well as this study supporting the use of Bergamot and lavender ” 94% of patients reported that they did use their aromastick to help them sleep and 92% reported that they would continue to do so. An improvement of at least one point on a Likert scale measuring sleep quality was shown by 64% of patients following the use of an aromastick.”

And this Study supports the use of Cedarwood as a sedative “he above findings indicate that cedrol inhalation had marked sedative effects regardless of the animal species”

Make sure you stop by the Gig Harbor Trunk or Treat if you want to get your hands on a bottle of Monster repellent with a special edition Custom Label made by Sarah at Simple Scripts Co. 

 

*does not actually repel real life monsters 😜

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Alone Time

Today has been a long day. I have been “momming” non stop for both my needy boys. I would not change anything. I may complain but I love that the still need my snuggles to feel better!

Bedtime has arrived, we read some of our favorite books, brushed our teeth and now it is my alone time!

I will be using this awesome blend with 1/4c epsom salt and 1 tablespoon of FCO in my bath water while reading my book.  See you on the flip side! Don’t forget that your self-care is important too!

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Wild Orange and Fall Evenings

It Is Saturday Night at the end of September. The kids and I played outside, chased leaves, baked cookies and are settling down for the evening. This diffuser blend hits the spot while helping us all calm down for the night as well as boost our immune systems, purify the air and balance our emotions.

One study found a direct connection between frankincense oil’s ability to eradicate bodily inflammation and enhanced immune system function.

This Study results indicate that inhalation of orange essential oil effectively induces relaxation in humans.

And then there is Lavender oil, The Swiss army knife of oils: Lavender is a universal oil that has traditionally been known to balance the body and to work wherever there is a need. If in doubt, use lavender.  See my other Lavender posts for more information!

 

Enjoy your cozy night!

 

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Ginger

GINGER OIL:

The cold and Flu season has begun 🙁 We have been having some tummy aches around our house and we turned to Ginger! This article is a great two-sided piece that questions the safety and effectiveness of Ginger as well as demonstrates the researched based support for Ginger as an anti inflammatory, anti-nausea and antioxidant.

 

We have ginger in a 10ml roller diluted in FCO. We rub it in a circle on the tummy that is upset and rub it in gently.  Along Few hugs and snotty kisses and some rest the family is on the mend!

 

Diffuser

Fall Diffuser Blends

Fall is finally here!! My favorite season! Chilly air, falling leaves, snuggling up under a blanket with some tea and a good book!

Those citrus smells are still wonderful but they don’t always set the mood. Here is a new gallery of diffuser blends that fit in a little better! Have any questions about a specific oil you are not familiar with? Let me know!

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Bruise Be Gone

Good Morning!

My children have been extra needy these last few weeks, demanding to be held. Which I totally do not mind because they are pretty cute! Add in some yard work and the fact that I have been using my arms a little extra at work the last few weeks and I am left with a sore shoulder.

Luckily I have all the tools in my arsenal to help! I did some cupping. Michael Phelps was the one who made the technique famous but it has been used in eastern medicine for ages! This article  has some compelling evidence that cupping may be beneficial for pain control and improved quality of life. The down side is it leaves some nasty bruising.

Luckily for me I have OILS!

2013 review found helichrysum to have anti-hematomal properties. If quickly applied, the essential oil can reduce bruise size and appearance as well as decrease inflammation.

Apply diluted oil to unbroken skin immediately after injury or massage. Reapply as necessary for pain relief.

I took this one further and Checked my Modern Essentials book for other great oils to help!

I came up with this blend.

I mixed it with Vitamin E oil because that is what I have on hand. FCO, jojoba or grape seed oil would work well too.

Hope you have good luck with those bruises.

If you feel you need to try out some cupping you can always try Balance Massage owned By Rebecca Shawver, the essential oil cupping master here in Gig Harbor!