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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oily Gift Guide

The holidays are coming in HOT and we need to jump on the train before it runs us over. Most years I am a procrastigifter (noun: a person who procrastinates gift shopping to the last possible moment and ends up printing off a picture of what WILL come in the mail the week after Christmas)

This year is different, Hallelujah! I have decided to share my love of oils and the benefits that come with them with all my friends and family members. Hopefully they won’t read this until after Christmas because SPOILER ALERT, they might be getting some of these things…. move along Mom…. move along.

I took major advantage of the Young Living November Essential Rewards promotions and bought almost all my gifts through my wholesale account. Some may call this a selfish move, I call it savvy, because I got back $196 worth of product FO FREE and yes I am keeping them. I also got back like $50 worth of points for a future order! Everyone wins here.

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Let me break down some gift ideas for you…

BUY

The Manly Man

Need something for the man in your life? Try a Deep Relief Roller (Peppermint, Lemon, Balsam Canada, Clove, Copaiba, Wintergreen, Helichrysum, Vetiver & Dorado Azul) for sore muscles and pair it with a charcoal bar soap for a deep cleanse after a workout.

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The Extras

What about multiple teacher/babysitter gifts? Grab a bag of 4 chapsticks and 4 shower steamers, open them up, mix & match and throw it in a gift bag with a favorite relaxing oil like Lavender or Peace & Calming or a DIY bath salts jar.

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The Fast-Paced Friend

Know someone who is on the go a lot and needs a little self care? Grab the holiday gift bundle of Young Living’s personal diffuser and 5ml Lavender. Don’t like lavender? Pair the diffuser with another calming oil such as Stress Away or Peace & Calming. Do they travel a lot? Pair it with Thieves so they can keep the germs away on airplanes and in hotels.

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The Commuter

Does one of your family members have a long commute to work? Give them a beautiful car diffuser and one of your favorite oils. I suggest Christmas Spirit because it smells amazing and is full of “happy” oils to brighten their mood and their day.

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The Classic 

A classic gift is a mug with hot cocoa or tea. Spice up this one with a Vitality oil or two that tastes great in a hot cup. Peppermint for cocoa, Lemon and Thieves for tea.

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Stocking Stuffer Jackpot

Grab a set of oils to make up your favorite trio and put them in a candy cane holder.

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Allergy Trio – Peppermint, Lemon, Lavender

Immunity Trio – Thieves, Lemon, Frankincense

Beverage Trio – Orange, Lemon, Peppermint

The Christmas-aholic

Is there someone on your list who is a Christmas-aholic like me but has a fake tree? Get them a diffuser ornament so they can enjoy the true smells of Christmas without the allergies and mess of a real tree. Diffuse oils like Christmas Spirit, Northern Lights Black Spruce, Pine and Cinnamon Bark to put the magic in the air on Christmas morning.

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DIY

To go along with my awesome purchased presents, I am also going to DIY the heck out of some gifts for everyone. Here are great ideas that will make your people happy all while keeping your wallet in tact.

Super simple Christmas diffuser garland:

Take wool felt pom poms, yarn and a large needle and string them in whatever pattern you want! Tie a loop on each end to help with hanging. Pair the garland with a bottle of oil so your loved one can put a few drops on the pom poms and enjoy during the holidays. I suggest Pine, Northern Lights Black Spruce, Peace & Calming , Peppermint or Christmas Spirit.

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Find Supplies Here: Wool Felt Pom Poms, Yarn, Needle

 

Dryer Ball Snowman:

Package 3 wool dryer balls in a see through plastic gift bag and draw a cute little snowman face on it. Make a construction paper hat and a ribbon scarf and viola! Add an oil to round out the gift. I would go with something simple and classic like Citrus Fresh or Purification to eliminate odors. Thieves to kill germs.

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Find Supplies Here: Wool Dryer Balls

Or purchase pre-made Here: Etsy Page

 

Candle:

Candles are great because everyone loves them and you can personalize it to the recipient of the gift. Find the right container to speak to their personality and pick an oil that will help them with whatever they may need.

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Read our how to guide on making your own toxin free candles here:

For The Love of Candles

 

Bath Salts:

A mason jar of therapeutic bath salts is sometimes just what the Dr ordered. Most people don’t take the time to pamper themselves but they will carve out time to use a gift. I know I have a few people on my list that fit that category.

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Recipe: 1 1/2 Cup Espsom Salts, 1 Tbls Baking Soda, 15 drops Essential Oil

Find Supplies Here: Epsom Salts, Baking Soda, Mason Jars

Read more about therapeutic baths, including several recipes, from this past blog post:

Relax, Unwind & Soothe

 

Santa Baby

The ultimate gift for others or for yourself is the Premium Starter Kit. It comes with 11 of the most popular oils, a quality diffuser and samples of the Thieves Household Cleaner and Ningxia Red. Your wholesale account (included) allows you to purchase future orders at a 24% discount! Plus it comes with a personal Let’s Begin kit from us at Home of the Wise, and connection to an amazing community of oilers with a wealth of knowledge to get you started on the right foot.

Check out the details of the PSK here on blog: Young Living Starter Kit

Purchase Here & Make sure that your Sponsor ID is: 10737783 (Melanie Paramore)

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Whether you make your gift or buy a Young Living holiday bundle, you can feel good about your gift giving this year! You are bringing non-toxic joy into the lives of your loved ones.

**Keep your eye on this blog for upcoming announcements on Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. They are going to be EPIC!

Happy Holidays From Petey and I!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elevate Your Frequency

When you hear “the power of positive thinking” what do you think about? Some people are very invested in this philosophy and live by it, more power to you! Others are hesitant to play too much into it, I hear you too! Let me break it down into something simple everyone can get behind.

Everything is made of energy, we are no different.  That energy can be physically measured in MegaHertz (MHz) and is basically a measurement of how quickly our cells can regenerate in our bodies. Scientific studies have shown that in order for our bodies to stay healthy we need to stay above 58MHz. Disease begins when a body is at 58MHz, cancer happens at 42MHz and death begins at 25MHz. A typical healthy body will have a frequency range of about 67MHz to 78MHz.

**Additional info on the body’s frequency (quoted below) as well as amazing information on Biofeedback found here: https://bit.ly/2DlQtig

“THE HEALTHY BODY

Genius Brain Frequency 80–82 MHz
Brain Frequency Range 72–90 MHz
Normal Brain Frequency 72 MHz
Human Body 62–78 MHz
Human Body from Neck up 72–78 MHz
Human Body from Neck down 60–68 MHz

Thyroid and Parathyroid glands 62–68 MHz
Thymus gland 65–68 MHz
Heart is 67–70 MHz
Lungs 58–65 MHz
Liver 55–60 MHz
Pancreas 60–80 MHz

THE DISEASED BODY

Colds and the Flu start at 57–60 MHz
Disease starts at 58 MHz
Candida overgrowth starts at 55 MHz
Receptive to Epstein Barr at 52 MHz
Receptive to Cancer at 42 MHz
Death begins at 25 MHz

FOODS

Fresh Foods 20–27 Hz
Fresh Herbs 20–27 Hz
Dried Foods 15–22 Hz
Dried Herbs 15–22 Hz
Processed/Canned Food Zero Hz”

There are so many things throughout the day that will effect your frequency levels, What you eat, what you think, what you touch etc. For example, negative thoughts have been found to decrease the energy frequencies in your body while saying a prayer can increase them. They have even gotten pretty specific with it, saying that a negative thought decreases your frequencies by as much as  -12MHz while a prayer can increase it by +15MHz. Just touching a cigarette was shown to decrease by -17MHz and smoking one was a whopping -23MHz. All the more reason to put those down Ya’ll!

So it would benefit us all to increase those frequencies right?! I talk a lot about “Staying above the wellness line.” How do we do that?

To combat the inevitable negatives you will come into contact with during the day you need to be conscience of the positives you can accumulate along the way. Eating healthy foods (up to +27), surrounding yourself with positive people and using essential oils as a few examples.

Essential oils have the highest frequencies of any natural substance studied, with ranges from 46MHz all the way to 580MHz! You can use essential oils topically, aromatically, or internally to help support your body’s frequency.

See the chart below for measurements (in MegaHertz) of several Young Living oils.

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Negative thoughts sometimes are hard to put aside 100% so if you find yourself in that funk, catch it, stop it, and think about something that makes you smile. You have a new reason to do so! Easier said than done I am sure, so here are a few EO suggestions that help support a happy you.

Blends:

Joy – A blend of Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Lemon, Coriander, Tangerine, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Palmarose & Rose

Stress Away – A blend of Copaiba, Lime, Cedarwood, Vanilla, Ocotea & Lavender

Release – A blend of Ylang Ylang, Lavandin, Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood, Grapefruit, Tangerine, Spearmint, Lemon, Blue Cypress, Davana, Kaffir Lime, Ocotea, Jasmine, Matricaria, Blue Tansy & Rose

Valor – A blend of Black Spruce, Camphor, Blue Tansy, Frankincense & Geranium

Peace & Calming – A blend of Tangerine, Orange, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli & Blue Tansy

**Alternative – Take a look at the single oils included in these blends and mix/match your own or use one at a time.

Diffuser Recipes (in drops):

3 Orange & 3 StressAway

3 Citrus Fresh & 2 Frankincense

3 Lavender & 2 Frankincense

3 Lemongrass & 3 Lavender

3 Release & 3 Stress Away

2 Joy & 4 Orange

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References: Dr. Robert O. Becker “The Body Electric” & Study by Bruce Taino of Taino Technology, an independent division of Eastern State University in Cheney, Washington in 1992

Headache Level 10000000

As a mom of 2, with the little one only 9 months old, I experience my fair share of headaches. I saw this the other day and thought “yup thats where I’m at right now!” Screen Shot 2018-11-07 at 7.33.59 PM

Whatever the cause, I am sure most of you struggle with a headache every once in a while or possibly daily. Instead of reaching for the pill bottle to dull that ache, grab an oil roller, sniff a bottle, or jump in a steamy shower with a few drops of oil.

 

Here are some of my favorite ways to tame the beast:

Peppermint, Panaway & Lavender Roller (All in the Starter Kit)

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Start at one temple and roll across the top of your forehead to the other temple. You can also roll on the back of your neck and your big toes. Throw that sucker in your purse/pocket and take it with you to re-apply. You can roll it on every 30 minutes if needed.

M-Grain Oil Blend (Basil, Marjoram, Lavender, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Helichrysum)

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Sniff it straight from the bottle or put one drop in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, and then cup them over your mouth. Breathe in deep. Pop a roller top directly on it and roll across your forehead and temples. This is one of my favorites to put in a diffuser necklace when life must go on and you are on the run.

 

 

Oils in the hot steamy shower

If you have the time/ability to jump in a hot steamy shower, do so! Take an oil or two with you and drop 3-4 drops on the shower wall or floor where the water is not directly hitting it. Let the shower steam up with the oil and breathe deeply. My favorite oils to do this with are Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Lavender and Frankincense. Pick one or mix a couple together. Choose an oil and massage it into your temples and back of neck while you are in there as well. Just make sure it doesn’t get into your eyes.

 

Straight gangsta with a thumb to the roof of your mouth

This is when ain’t nobody got time for a shower and you need a clear mind now. Try putting 1 drop of Thieves or peppermint on the tip of your thumb and pressing it to the roof of your mouth. You can also do this with your tongue but that might taste pretty strong! Sniff that bottle of peppermint before putting the cap back on just for good measure 😉

 

Oils were definitely what got me through my pregnancy headaches since taking pills wasn’t an option. Your liver will thank you for backing off the pharmaceuticals and taking a chance on a natural way to relax your headache. If one of these oils/tricks doesn’t work for you,  try another suggestion and really experiment with it. Everybody’s body is different and you will find what works for you!

 

An Apple A Day…

The season has begun where the sniffles, coughing and the dreaded flu creep into your home. If you are like us and have little ones then you are on extra high alert from the germs they bring home with them from school. How do we guard against the winter woes and make sure we make it to Christmas without a sick day?

In our house we thrive on all things Thieves, ingest cold fighting oils and Ningxia Red antioxidant drink as well as use our Immunity Roller daily.

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At the first sign of sniffles I start up the diffuser in our main common area of the house and I keep that sucker puffing away all day. I pair Thieves oil with a few other immune boosting oils such as Frankincense, Tee Tree and Lemon. You can also use Purification and Citrus Fresh to cleanse the air and help the unwanted germs from spreading.

The next step in our regimen is ingesting cold fighting Vitality Line oils like Thieves, Oregano & Frankincense. I keep empty veggie capsules on hand always and fill one capsule with 2-3 drops essential oil and a dab of carrier oil before swallowing. *I do not recommend that kids ingest oils in this manner.  Tip: If you pre-make your capsules, throw them in the freezer to keep them from leaking. Another way I ingest oils is by putting Thieves, Lemon and Frankincense in my hot tea or coffee grounds. 1 drop of each in a hot steamy cup is my go-to when I feel that scratch at the back of my throat.

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Ningxia Red is an antioxidant powerhouse of a drink from Young Living. Talk about giving your immune system a leg up! It is made from nutrient-rich wolfberry puree, superfruit juices, and pure essential oils like Tangerine, Lemon and Orange. You only need a small shot of Ningxia each morning for it to do it’s job. Tip: put it in the fridge to make it even tastier. If you have the single packets, throw a straw in the top and your kids will have a new favorite healthy treat.

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I love my oil rollers, for everything, but the one I make sure that I ALWAYS have on hand is my immunity roller. We use this roller daily, not only during times of sickness but also during times of health, to continue supporting our bodies. We apply the roller to the back of our necks, down along our spines, and on the bottom of our feet morning and night. If our son will be around other kids at the playground or going to a party we will apply right before as well.

Here are a couple roller recipes that we use to keep healthy or get over the bug quick:

Adult Immunity Roller (Starter Kit Oils):

10 Drops Thieves

10 Drops Frankincense

5 Drops Lemon

5 Drops Lavender

Kids Immunity Roller: 

5 Drops Tee Tree – Outside the Starter Kit

4 Drops Frankincense

3 Drops Lemon

3 Drops Lavender

*When your roller has Lemon in it make sure that if you plan on going outside, you only apply on covered areas of skin. Lemon oil is photosensitive and can irritate your skin when exposed to sunlight.

Last but not least, make sure you are wiping down anything and everything with Thieves Household Cleaner to stop that sickness in it’s tracks and keep it away from your family this season.

Ain’t nobody got time for that!

 

Ancient Frankincense

When I woke up this morning, I opened my bible app and was about to pick up where I left off. I had just finished the New Testament and recently started over with the Old Testament, when a certain passage I had read recently called back to me, here it is the from Genesis 1:29…

“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” 

You may have different opinions about the Bible than I do, but it’s very hard to dispute that it does not have extremely accurate detail about how our ancestors used a number of different plants. From anointing to healing, they had a very good understanding of how every plant could be used. I wanted to cover plants and oils from this perspective, because as my interest has grown in plant healing, so has my interest in the history of these plants. I think a really great spot to start would be with one of the most famous spices in the entire bible:DSC_3466

“Incense” is mentioned over 100 times in the bible, and it is often assumed to imply frankincense along with myrrh and other spices. However within the King James Bible, frankincense specifically appears 17 times. Here a few of the major examples:

  1. It was most famously brought to Jesus at his birth along with Myrrh and Gold as gifts from the Three Wise Men.
  2. God instructed Moses to take up Frankincense and other sweet spices, and to make a perfume that could be used inside the tabernacle for the congregation.
  3. During this time period Jews were to offer sacrifices to God in the Temples. Before anything could be offered, it had to have Frankincense poured onto it.

Frankincense is not only a “Holy Oil.” It has a lot of medicinal properties to it as well. One of the biggest uses comes when you just need some mental peace.

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You can use Frankincense in varying ways to help with many different ailments. Take it internally by filling veggie capsules with Frank and carrier oil. Put it on topically with carrier oil in a roller bottle or neat on your big toes. Diffuse it and inhale it aromatically. It is very versatile.

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We have been so blessed to see the positive effects from this oil personally in our lives.  **I highly suggest further researching the benefits of this oil. Start here: https://www.healthline.com/health/cancer/frankincense-and-cancer#benefits

One of our next oil purchases is to get Sacred Frankincense. Sacred Frankincense is regarded as one of the rarest and most sought-after aromatics in existence. Young Living’s Sacred Frank is the first Omani Frankincense to be available to those outside of the Saudi royals and the privileged Oman.

There are a few differences between Sacred Frankincense and regular Frankincense:

  1. The geography of the trees, Frankincense from the Boswellia Carterii tree grown in Somalia and Sacred Frankincense coming from the Boswellia Sacra tree in Oman. The Boswellia Sacra tree is believed to be the same ancient species that was given to Jesus.
  2. The difference in monoterpenes and a-pinenes. Regular Frankincense has upwards of 90% monoterpenes, and 35-45% a-pinenes. Sacred Frankincense has up to 93% monoterpenes, but a-pinenes is upwards of 85%. A-pinenes are a high influencer in bronchial support and your body’s inflammatory response. Therefore, you will find better results with Sacred Frank in those two areas specifically.
  3. Many use Sacred Frankincense in meditation and spiritual connection because it has a higher frequency than regular Frankincense.

 

*This month (November) if you spend $300 on Essential Rewards you will receive Sacred Frankincense, Myrrh, Christmas Spirit, Northern Lights Black Spruce, Nutmeg Vitality and a Christmas ornament diffuser for FREE. Message us for details.

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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