Treat – Yo – Self! Oily Guide To Pampering

I would venture to say that the majority of us don’t take enough time to pamper ourselves. Maybe on special occasions, or as a gift from someone else but definitely not often enough. This post is here to change that! Read on to find out some easy DIY ways to pamper yourself using essential oils.

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If you have read any of my posts, or follow my social media at all, you know that we love epsom salt essential oil baths around this house. It’s probably a little excessive, but I am not sorry. It makes us feel better! Just mix up to 15 drops of EO in with about a cup of epsom salts and dump it in the tub before you get in.

Had a bad day? Take a bath with Release, Joy, Lavender or a combination of all

Feeling sick? Take a bath with Thieves, Frankincense and Copaiba

Just back from the gym? Bathtime with Panaway, Copaiba and Peppermint for recovery of your sore muscles

You get the drift. (See our post Therapeutic Baths for more recipes)

But what other ways are there to pamper yourself using essential oils?

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Face masks aren’t just for teenage sleepovers. They are rejuvenating and great for your skin. Take a look at two of my favorite recipes for DIY face masks.

Feeling a bit dry or have you been exposed to the elements and need a little TLC? Try out this recipe: 

◊ 1 tablespoon honey

◊ 1 tablespoon lemon juice

◊ 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg

◊ 1 tablespoon powdered cinnamon

◊ 2 drops Nutmeg essential oil

◊ 2 drops Cinnamon Bark essential oil

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl to form a thick paste. The paste should have a consistency that sticks to your skin. Add lemon juice or other ingredients as necessary to reach your desired thickness. Apply the paste to your entire face or to affected areas. After 20 minutes, rinse off the mask and pat dry.

A little too oily and need to dial back the shine? Try this one out: 

◊ 5 tablespoons organic aloe vera gel

◊ 20 drops Lavender essential oil

◊ 10 drops Tea Tree essential oil

◊ 1–2 drops Cinnamon Bark essential oil

Directions:

In a bowl, combine aloe vera with Lavender, Tea Tree, and Cinnamon Bark essential oils. Once the mixture is blended, apply it to your face. Apply moisturizer if desired. Store any leftovers in an airtight glass container for 15–20 days.

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Sugar scrubs are great to smooth out rough dry skin. I love this for my winter dry hands and especially for my callused feet. Luckily it is super simple to make!

◊ ¼ cup + 2 TBS V-6 Vegetable Complex

◊ 5 drops Bergamot essential oil

◊ 3 drops Lavender essential oil

◊ 2 drops Sacred Sandalwood essential oil

◊ 2 drops Wintergreen essential oil

◊ ¾ cup raw sugar

Directions:

In a small bowl, mix V-6 oil with essential oils. Add mixture to raw sugar in a larger bowl and combine thoroughly. Store in an airtight jar.

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Grab a partner and have a good ‘ol fashion two person massage “train” AKA take turns!

Relaxation Evening DIY Massage oil

◊ 10 drops Peace and Calming essential oil

◊10 drops Lavender essential oil

◊ 10 drops Cedarwood essential oil

◊ 4 oz fractionated coconut oil

Add essential oils to a 4oz pump or squeeze bottle and fill the remainder with the fractionated coconut oil. Use as much as desired. This combo will really help set the mood for a good nights rest.

Sexy Time Massage Oil (I mean… I HAD to)

◊ 10 drops Sensation essential oil

◊ 10 drops Orange essential oil

◊ 10 drops Cypress essential oil

◊ 4 oz fractionated coconut oil

Add essential oils to a 4oz pump or squeeze bottle and fill the remainder with the fractionated coconut oil. Use as much as desired. This massage blend is all about getting that libido going, enjoy!

Don’t Make me DIY!

Don’t want to spend any time DIYing and would rather have the products ready to go whenever you need them? Thankfully, Young Living has thought of everything. They have product lines that cover all your pampering needs.

Bath / Shower: 

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Lavender & Stress Away Bath Bombs, Citrus Fresh and Easy Breeze Shower Steamers

 

Skin Care:

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ART Skincare System (Cleanser, Moisturizer & Tone

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ART Renewal Serum, Sheerlume, Beauty Masque, Creme Masque & Lavamint Softening Foot Scrub

Facial Care: 

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Mirah Luminous Cleansing Oil, Acne Treatment, Orange Blossom Moisturizer, Orange Blossom Facial Wash, Essential Beauty Serum

 

Massage: 

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Relaxation, Sensation, Cel-Lite Magic, Ortho Sport, Ortho Ease & Dragon Time

 

*There are many other products that I am sure we will get into on the blog, including; an entire Men’s Care Line, Dental Care Line, Makeup Line, Soaps, Bath Gels, Shampoos, Conditioners, Deodorants, Sports Gels, Insect Repellents, Skin Soothing Sprays, Pain Relief Sprays….. and more.

**Check out the Young Living website for product details and consider getting your very own Starter Kit complete with a Wholesale Account to order at a 24% discount off of retail prices.

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Enjoy your pamper session, whether it’s DIY or pre-made goodness. It’s all the same in the end… a good relaxing time spent unwinding with self love. You deserve it!

 

 

 

 

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Non-Toxic Laundry Tips? Don’t Leave Me Hangin’!

For years now we have been using free and clear laundry detergent to make sure that we are eliminating as many chemicals in our household as possible. Some of the worst offenders to our health are the chemicals that we come into contact with on a daily basis. Chemicals that we are willingly putting into our bodies via our largest organ, the skin. Dangers found in lotions, soaps, and laundry detergents just to name a few. This is a simple switch that you can do (most stores will have free and clear brands as an option for comparable prices) and you can feel good about taking a proactive step towards a healthy future for your family.

For more info on the common chemicals and harmful ingredients in laundry detergent, all you need to do is Google it. There are countless articles.

One of the missed components of a free and clear detergent is the fact that there isn’t any scent to the soap. Therefore, if you are cleaning a load of stinky clothes, then …. well it’s harder to eliminate the funk. Those fragranced detergents are mainly just masking it with their scent. Raising a little boy, I started to realize that my laundry needs a little something “extra” to make sure that all the stink gets out and I am dressing him in clean, fresh smelling clothes.

Laundry Detergent:

Young Living sells their own Thieves line of Laundry Detergent that is plant based and completely free and clear.  To me, Thieves smells like Christmas, and kills all the nasty germs so I highly recommend it. Make sure you have a YL wholesale membership for your 24% off! Check out my post on the Premium Starter Kit for more info on grabbing a membership and kit – PSK

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DIY:

If you are interested in making your own, here is a recipe that I love…

  • 2 cups Super Washing Soda + 2 cups Baking Soda – I use Arm & Hammer brand for both
  • 1 bar soap (Dr. Bronner’s or Kirks) finely grated. I use a cheese grater
  • 20-30 drops YL essential oil. I typically use Lemongrass, Thieves, Lavender, Purification, Citrus Fresh or a combination of these.
    • I use Lavender in any of my linen loads and my kids clothes for calm and restful sleep
    • Lemongrass is a popular one for the classic clean laundry smell
  • Store in a sealed glass container in your laundry room.
  • Use 1 tablespoons for each load.

Do you already have a free and clear brand that you love? No problem! Add EOs directly to your liquid detergent cup before you dump it into your washing machine. I suggest adding about 4 drops to each load.

Dryer Balls:

What about those handy dryer sheets that soften and de-static your laundry? DITCH THOSE TOO! They are just as terrible for your health, if not more so, and there is a very easy solution…wool dryer balls!

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Purchase Here: Wool Dryer Balls

Reasons wool dryer balls are the answer:

  • Zero toxins!
  • You can tailor the smell to whatever essential oil you want. I love Lemongrass, Lavender, Purification, Thieves, Gentle Baby, Citrus Fresh and Stress Away. Just drop 5 drops of EOs directly onto the wool balls before drying.
  • Buy them one time, and then never have to again!
  • They are highly absorbent, quickly absorbing moisture from the clothes and cutting dryer time.
  • Less static! (Tip: to reduce the static even more, you can put a few safety pins on your dryer balls)

*Bonus – Just leave them in your dryer for the next load and try not to lose them in your pant legs… guilty of that happening a time or two.

Stain Removal Tips:

Spray your Thieves Household Cleaner directly onto the stain, sprinkle on some baking soda and scrub with an old toothbrush.

Make a DIY stain roller for on the go! Take a 10ml glass roller ball and fill it with straight concentrated Thieves Household Cleaner. Add 5 drops of lemon essential oil to the roller and pop the top on. Keep it in your purse for those whoopsies that happen when you are out and about. Untitled design (19).png

 

 

Cheers to ya’ll keeping the laundry smelling fresh, your skin healthy and clean, and the red wine in your glass!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homemade Playdough

My heart fills up whenever I am creating with my son. I was raised by an extremely talented artist of a mother and we always had materials for crafts in the home. Fimo Clay to make tiny figurings of our imagination, construction paper to build 3D playgrounds for our paper dolls, paints of every color to perfect our school projects. Crafting is a passion of mine and I want to pass that down to our kids.

So when it comes to playdough, why not make it, and make it better!

Paxton is 4 and loves to squish and squash playdough through his fingers, make snakes and boulders and build burgers to pretend to feed us. I love feeding his imagination. Tonight he asked if we could make purple playdough, and so we did….kinda grayish playdough… but the color is not whats important! (Purple Fail)

As with most things in our life, and this blog, I look for ways to incorporate the goodness of essential oils. Playdough is a great medium to add oils to. The batch I made included 10 drops of EOs, 7 Thieves and 3 Peppermint. This blend will put you in the Christmas spirit all while fighting off those nasty germs on your toddler’s hands. Both of these oils are included in the Premium Starter Kit.

Ingredients

1 Cup Flour12 Cup Salt2 Tsp Cream of Tartar1 Cup Water1 Tbs Veggie Oil

Directions

1. Combine all of the dry ingredients in a medium saucepan

2. Add all of your wet ingredients in

3. Put the pan over medium to low heat and continuously stir with a large spoon until it clumps around your spoon in the right “playdough” consistency (sorry really no other way to describe that…)

3.5. If you plan on making the entire batch one color, then go ahead and add your dye to the saucepan while you are stirring. It makes for a much easier time mixing it in. If you want to make several different colors, then wait and mix in after you have separated out your dough.

4. Lay the dough on wax or parchment paper and knead out any clumps that may be in there.

5. Add the essential oils of your choice, about 10 drops to preference.

**It’s better to add in the essential oils after the dough has cooled, as heat burns off the therapeutic benefits of essential oils.

Here are a few suggestions from the Starter Kit:

Purple Playdough – Lavender (I made this one for Pax’s classroom)

Blue Playdough – Stress Away

Yellow Playdough – Lemon

Red Playdough – Thieves and Peppermint (Christmas blend)

Green Playdough – Peppermint

Orange Playdough – Citrus Fresh

 

This is a great activity to do with your family members while you gather this holiday season. Keep the little ones busy as they help you make the dough, and then for hours playing afterwards!

Happy Creating!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preserve Your Pumpkins

This post clearly isn’t about how to carve the cutest pumpkins, because well… you can see our skills aren’t up to par in that regard. But even if you have the most jacked up Jack-o-Lantern you still want it to last until Halloween. So this post is all about preserving those masterpieces and keeping out the rot!

Thieves Household Cleaner  is the king of clean, so naturally this would make a great cleanser for your pumpkin pals. Since it is non-toxic, you can have your kiddos help with the task of spraying the pumpkin and it won’t harm them or the flesh of the pumpkin. Add peppermint essential oil (a great anti-fungal) to the THC and top it off with water and you have yourself a pumpkin embalming spray.

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Spray Bottle: Click Here

Spray the inside and carved areas of the pumpkin regularly to keep it looking beautiful.

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*BONUS: This spray can also be used to clean around the house and make everything smell like minty fresh fall!

Happy Halloween! We hope you have so much fun picking out and carving your pumpkins this year

Pumpkin Picking at the Farm

 

UPDATE: Here is the pumpkin 7 days after carving. No mold in site!

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DIY Fall Decor & Spray

I love allll the Fall things. I am what many people call “Basic” when it comes to this season and I am proud of it! A couple things I am NOT about though is paying $50+ for a fall wreath or inhaling all those “fragrance” chemicals from store bought packaged potpourri. Solution? DIY!

FALL ESSENTIAL OIL SPRAY

First, make yourself the yummiest fall spray using an essential oil blend. For me this includes the following recipe:

Cinnamon Bark – 10 drops

Clove – 10 drops

Nutmeg – 8 drops

Orange – 8 drops

*Some people like to add Ginger to this mix but I am not a fan so I will leave it out of my spray. If you like Ginger, then go for it and add 5 drops or so (to preference).

 

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Fill a 2 oz glass spray bottle with the oils first and then top it off with distilled water. You can use Witch Hazel or Vodka instead of water if you are feeling sassy. Shake before spraying.

I made the recipe a little stronger than most because I want the smell to linger and I will not only be using it for room spray but also as a potpourri spray on the following DIY projects …

FALL WREATH

You guys…. I spent $15.95 on all of this at Hobby Lobby. That is a far cry from the gouging I saw on the wreath aisle. Ouch! Do yourself a favor and walk on over to the floral section where the $4.99 (+40% off) bare stick wreaths are. Then load up your basket with the (40% off) individual decorations. Do a little DIY magic and vwuala!

Flower Power!

After you arrange and re-arrange your wreath the way you want it. Use the always handy hot glue gun to make sure everything stays right where you put it.Flower Power! (2)Now that you have your masterpiece together. Hang that bad boy on your wall or, in my case, front door and spray it with your already created Fall Essential Oil Spray. Now whenever you have guests over, they will be greeted with the essence of Fall…. Mmmmmmmm!

 

 

FALL POTPOURRI

I have been wanting a cornucopia since I learned about them in grade school. My Fall dreams have come true with this 40% off gem from Hobby Lobby and I am about to fill it up with some DIY Fall Potpourri Ya’ll!

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Choose the look of your potpourri first. I went with a mix of pinecones and acorns (purchased this way). I then added a little pumpkin and corn flare on my own. I know, skills right? You can add cranberries or dried orange peel or cinnamon sticks. Whatever is your jam, you do you!.

Super simple, you already have half of if done by making the Spray earlier. Put the potpourri mix in your favorite bowl, or cornucopia, and then spray the heck out of it. Make sure it soaks up all the goodness. Choosing wood items in your mix will help with this absorption. Shake your spray and repeat when needed.

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Feel like Martha Stewart yet? Well you should because you just killed the Fall DIY game. Give yourself a pat on your back and go snuggle up with a Pumpkin Spice Latte. You deserve it for not only being thrifty but also looking out for your health by ditching and switching those toxic fragrances for the goodness of EOs. Cheers!

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Allergy Trio

Most of us know the woes of the seasons changing and Springtime bringing a bunch of pollen and other fun times with it. Luckily, the Starter Kit has a great recipe to help support our bodies during these times. Peppermint, Lemon & Lavender are the staples I turn to when I start to get a tickle in my nose. I like to be prepared and make a roller just for this occasion.

Take a look at the kid-friendly recipe I use below:

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*Double the recipe for a little extra kick, in a made-for-adults roller.

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Fractionated Coconut Oil: Purchase Here

Apply the roller behind your ears, back of your neck, down your spine and bottoms of your feet a couple times a day or when you plan on being exposed to the things that make you sneeze.

(Lemon EO is photosensitive. It could possibly cause your skin to burn on the area you applied it if exposed to direct sunlight. Please roll it on skin that won’t be in the sunlight, i.e. under clothes, or stay in the shade)

 

For the Love of Candles

I have always been a lover of candles. Bath and body works was my jam back in high school and warm vanilla sugar was my scent of choice. In college I loved the candles with the wood wick so it crackled like a fire place. Oooo I can hear it right now just thinking about it. Covering up a stinky smell? Candle! A romantic dinner at home calls for a candle. Remembering loved ones that have past away also is a time to light a candle. There are so many reasons. So I was shocked when I found out just how harmful and pollutant candles really are for me. Studies have shown that chemicals and carcinogens are emitted from paraffin-based candles and the candles do not burn hot enough to destroy these harmful molecules, causing a toxic environment within your home. It has even been likened to lighting a cigarette inside. One article I found stated “Additional research from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finds scented candles produce more soot than unscented, the particles of which can infiltrate deep into your lungs and be harmful to your respiratory system.” What the what!? Don’t take my candles too!

My son has Asthma so when I found this out I was quick to ditch my candle stash. But I have a  solution: Make my own candles the safest possible way for my home… and have fun doing it!

Follow these steps and get creative with your choices of oils and containers. The combos are endless!

Step 1: Purchase 100% Natural Soy or Beeswax. These are much safer choices and do not give off the soot and pollutants that the paraffin mainstream option does. Also find the natural beeswax wicks to go with it. *Check the blog store for links to purchase online.

Soy Wax: Purchase Here  ; Wicks: Purchase Here

Beeswax: Purchase Here  ; Wicks: Purchase Here

 

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Step 2: Choose the scent you would like and pick out the oil combo to match. This particular time I was making a seasonal candle (Christmas Spirit & Pine), a citrus candle (Citrus Fresh), and a romantic candle (Sensation).

*Tip: You need to use quite a bit of oil to make sure the scent is noticeable. I suggest choosing from less expensive oil options.

Step 3: Choose your candle container (glass, ceramic, or metal) and prepare the wick by glueing the base to the center of the bottom of the container. Use a pencil or similar item to wrap the remaining wick and balance the wick in the center.

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Candle Making Supplies

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Step 4: Melt the wax in a glass bowl over boiling water in a pot on the stove. Continually stir until completely liquid.

Melting wax for essential oil candles

Step 5: Take your oil(s) of choice and drop desired amount into the melted wax. For a small candle (size of a mason jar) I suggest at least 20 drops, larger containers need at least 40 drops.

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Step 6: Use a funnel and pour the melted wax into your containers. Be careful to keep the wick in the center. Leave a little room at the top.

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Step 7: Let the candles sit for several hours (or overnight) so it can cool and settle. If you are in a hurry you can also place them in the fridge for a faster set.

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The end result is a fun/beautiful/creative candle for your home that is much safer to burn, and has a little more meaning to it.

**Bonus! This is a great gift idea that doesn’t take a lot of time to make, is tailored to the recipient with your oil choices, and is a lot more personal than a store bought gift.

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