May 17, 2016

Honey Orange Body Wash


I am oh so in love with this super simple body wash.  Since originally making this recipe, I have recreated it using Lavender* Essential Oil and Vanilla.  You could easily substitute any Essential Oil favorite!!

Bonner's Castile Soap is fantastically pure and toxin free.  The unscented variety can be used as a base in any soap recipe.. from shampoo, to handsoap, to body wash.  However, it can drying.  In this recipe, I've added a little Sweet Almond Oil for moisture.  In addition, honey is a fantastic moisturizer.  It conditions the skin and I love how I feel after I use it.

Ingredients:
¼ Cup Bonner’s Castile Soap
2 Tablespoons Sweet Almond Oil
2 Tablespoons Honey
30 drops Orange Essential Oil*

Directions:
Place all ingredients in a glass bowl and mix with an electric
mixer until just combined.  Using a funnel, pour into glass jar
and attach label.

This recipe is for a 2 oz bottle.  Adjust your amounts to make a larger amount.  It is important to mix the ingredients with a mixer.  The honey and oil will seperate from the soap as it sits in your shower.  It will easily remix with a shake if the mixture was blended to begin with.  Enjoy!


*Not all essential oils are created equally. Most essential oils that you buy in stores are not pure and could do harm if applied topically, inhaled, or ingested.  Do your research as to which oils are safe.  I have spent hours upon hours of looking into Young Living and I fully trust their process in extracting essential oils without harsh chemicals or high temperatures.  Want to know where to get them?  Follow this link HERE.  Be sure to check it out!

Apr 20, 2016

Facial Cleansing Wipes


If you are needing something to help your teenager remember to clean his face....  OR, something easy for on-the-go, then these DIY facial wipes are just the thing!  So effortless to make and so painless to use!  Try this easy recipe:


Directions:  

Combine:
¼ teaspoon Bonner’s Castile Soap
¼ teaspoon Fractionated Coconut Oil
2 Tablespoons Witch Hazel
2 Tablespoons purified water
10 drops Melrose Essential Oil blend*

Add:
20 cotton rounds in a 4 oz jar and pour liquid mixture on top.   Close tightly and attach label.

This recipe is good for 20 uses.  Simply double the recipe and add to a 1/2 pint jar to last longer.
Make sure to close the lid tightly after each use to avoid the wipes drying out.

Did you know?  Melrose is an essential oil blend that has has 2 types of Tea Tree, Rosemary, and Clove.  This combo is a great for cleansing and supporting healthy skin!


Apr 9, 2016

Lavender-Rosemary Deodorant

Anti-perspirant is one of the most toxic body care products you can put on your skin.  The active ingredient in most is an aluminum-based compound that temporarily plugs the sweat glands so that you do not sweat.  Over time, this can build up and may cause health problems.

Switching to a more natural anti-perspirant/deodorant is a must in living toxin-free.  It is important to note that when you make the switch, your armpits will go through a "detox" period that could last a couple weeks.  When I made the switch, man was I stinky!  But, now that I've been using natural products for over 5 months, I've leveled out.

I tend to be on the more sensitive side, so I opt for recipes or products that have a lower amount of baking soda in them.  I love this recipe because it works and smells great!  If I exercise or work outside, I simply apply again and it does the job!  As always, the beauty of DIY products is that you can change them to fit your personal needs. I hope this recipe helps you start your journey to toxin-free deodorant use!!



Combine in a bowl:
3 Tablespoons Arrowroot Powder
2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
2 Tablespoons Baking Soda
optional:  2 capsules Probiotics

Add:
5 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
10 drops Lavender Essential Oil*
4 drops Rosemary Essential Oil*


Directions:
Mix vigorously until all clumps are gone and the mixture is well-blended.
Place in container and add label!


Note: The above picture features a 2 oz tin container.  This recipe actually makes 2 of these containers, or 4 oz of deodorant, which can easily fit in a 4 oz. jelly jar.  OR, you can make 2 containers and share with a friend! :)

If you want these cute 2 inch labels, simple email me and I'm happy to share! 

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*Not all essential oils are created equally. Most essential oils that you buy in stores are not pure and could do harm if applied topically, inhaled, or ingested.  Do your research as to which oils are safe.  I have spent hours upon hours of looking into Young Living and I fully trust their process in extracting essential oils without harsh chemicals or high temperatures.  Want to know where to get them?  Follow this link HERE.  Be sure to check it out!

Mar 11, 2016

Orange-Infused Brownies

Are you looking for that hidden "wow" in your homemade brownies?  Orange essential oil makes a great flavor booster.  These brownies will surely get your mouth watering just smelling them from the oven.  

Below is my tried-and-true, from-scratch brownie recipe.  If however, you are in a hurry, simply add the Orange essential oil to your favorite brownie mix for an instant gourmet taste!!




Ingredients:
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 sticks butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 eggs, whisked one at a time
1 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 cup flour
Milk (if needed for thinning)
10-15 drops Orange Vitality Essential Oil**

Directions:  Pour into a 9 x 13 pan and bake at 350 degrees, for 25-30 min.

*Not all essential oils are created equally. Most essential oils that you buy in stores are not pure and could do harm if applied topically, inhaled, or ingested.  Do your research as to which oils are safe.  I have spent hours upon hours of looking into Young Living and I fully trust their process in extracting essential oils without harsh chemicals or high temperatures.  Want to know where to get them?  Follow this link HERE.  Be sure to check it out!

Feb 16, 2016

Easy DIY Throat Spray

This is such an easy throat spray that you could whip up in 5 minutes flat!!  The Thieves blend has clove, lemon, rosemary, cinnamon, and eucalyptus.  Both the clove and cinnamon have a numbing effect... and all of these oils provide great immunity support!!


2 oz. glass spray bottle
1 Tablespoon Vodka
10 drops Thieves* Essential Oil
5 drops Lemon* Essential Oil
5 drops Peppermint* Essential Oil

Add the vodka to the spray bottle, then add the essential oils. 
Fill remaining bottle with filtered water.
Attach label!


To use: shake and then spray several times on the back of the throat as needed.




*Not all essential oils are created equally. Most essential oils that you buy in stores are not pure and could do harm if applied topically, breathed in or ingested.  Do your research as to which oils are safe.  I have spent hours upon hours of looking into Young Living and I fully trust their process in extracting essential oils without harsh chemicals or high temperatures.  
 
There are a lot of essential oils mentioned in this post and most of them come in a fabulous starter kit.  Want to know where to get them?  Follow this link HERE.  Be sure to check it out!

Feb 6, 2016

DIY Vapor Rub: Winter Wellness



Directions:

Combine:
5 T Coconut Oil
2 T Shea butter
2 T beeswax

1.  Melt over a double broiler for approximately 20 minutes.  (This will fill approx. 2 2-oz jars.)
2.  Carefully add 4 Tablespoons of the melted liquid to a glass jar.  Allow to cool for about 3 minutes.
3.  I encourage you to experiment and try the essential oils that work best for you!  But, here is the combination that I ended up using:     
        20 drops Eucalyptus*
        10 drops Peppermint*
        5 drops Raven*
4.  Stir using the metal spoon.
5.  Allow to cool and attach label


*Not all essential oils are created equally. Most essential oils that you buy in stores are not pure and could do harm if applied topically, breathed in or ingested.  Do your research as to which oils are safe.  I have spent hours upon hours of looking into Young Living and I fully trust their process in extracting essential oils without harsh chemicals or high temperatures.  
 
There are a lot of essential oils mentioned in this post and most of them come in a fabulous starter kit.  Want to know where to get them?  Follow this link HERE.  Be sure to check it out!

Jan 31, 2016

Citrus-Ginger Detox Bath Soak

Need an extra boost of immunity support and a detoxing soak at the same time?  Try this fabulous bath soak!


Mix all ingredients together and shake. 

When ready to use, add the Bath Soak to a hot bath.. as hot as you can stand!  Soak in the bath for 20-30 minutes. 
For added benefits, add 1 cup baking soda and ½ cup apple cider vinegar to the bath as well. Be sure to drink a full glass of water afterwards to restore hydration.

Epsom salt is fantastic for detoxing the body.  It also contains magnesium, which is a supplement our bodies are often deficient of!
Sea salt: helps detox the body; improves circulation, decreases inflammation, softens skin
Orange and Lemon: helps detox the body; cleansing

Ginger: helps detox the body by releasing toxins through sweat; improves circulation



*Not all essential oils are created equally. Most essential oils that you buy in stores are not pure and could do harm if applied topically, breathed in or ingested.  Do your research as to which oils are safe.  I have spent hours upon hours of looking into Young Living and I fully trust their process in extracting essential oils without harsh chemicals or high temperatures.  
 
There are a lot of essential oils mentioned in this post and most of them come in a fabulous starter kit.  Want to know where to get them?  Follow this link HERE.  Be sure to check it out!