Oils for Minimalists: Essential Oils You Need for DIY Recipes

Does the thought of getting started using essential oils stress you out? I can completely relate. Using oils came slowly for me, but now, they are such a part of my life that I can’t even imagine living without them!

I wanted to give you a little information about some oils that will help you realize that you CAN get started using oils slowly and a little bit at a time.

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Top Oils to Get the Biggest Bang for Your Buck

If you have a budget where you can only purchase a few main oils, these three are great for starting out. They are the most frequently used in my daily life, and they are also good for so many things that they will be the best options for you as well. Please know that I can help you. Subscribe to the blog at the bottom of this page, and I will contact you with information you need to get your oily life under way! There are so many options for starter kits with Young Living, so I am here to help you navigate all of that.

  1. Lavender: When you think Lavender, think calming. This oil will calm your skin if it’s red or itchy, it will calm your nervous system when needing to relax or meditate (or fall asleep), it will calm any bites or wounds you may have. It is relaxing when diffused and can just be a nice smell in your house.
  2. Lemon: Lemon = detox. Detoxify your home by making DIY cleaners or using lemon oil as an air freshener in your house (detoxifying the air). Drink lemon oil in your water for a wakening, detoxifying drink. It will help wake you up and clear junk out of your body. Use lemon oil as a glue remover (like goo gone) to get rid of labels or stickers. Lemon is also energizing and smells great.
  3. Peppermint: Peppermint oil is cooling. Cooling to your digestive system, cooling to your skin, and cooling to muscle tension. I love peppermint for any upset stomach issues or muscle tension – knots in my back, neck or head tension.

**The three oils above can be mixed for a variety of health boosting combinations. Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint (fondly known as “LLP” in the oily community) is a combo helpful to boosting the immune system. This is especially important during seasonal transitions – going from summer to fall or from winter to spring can wreak havoc on your immune system causing tiredness, constipation, and allergy symptoms. I’m not a doctor and I can’t prescribe things, but I’m all for an immune boost anytime – especially during the change of the season.

The Next Best Oils

After the “Top 3” oils, there are a couple of more that I wanted to give an honorable mention. These oils are the next best “heavy hitters” that you should consider adding to your starter oils kit.

Tea Tree: Also known as Melaleuca, this oil has great “anti” properties. I think of Tea Tree in the products it’s in such as household cleaners, skin care, shampoo and body wash. I like to add a few drops of Tea Tree to my shampoo to help support a healthy scalp. I add it to my cleaning supplies for a boost. If I get a pimple, I might put a drop of Tea Tree on my skin at night hoping for the zit to disappear by morning. This one doesn’t smell the best, so I add a lot of citrus (like lemon) to it if I am going to diffuse it in the air.

Thieves: If you haven’t heard about Thieves oil, you may be living under a rock! Just kidding – kind of. This is an immune-boosting blend of cinnamon, cloves, and rosemary (and more). This oil smells so good – just like fall – but I use it all year round. I like to add Lemon (or Orange) to this in my diffuser. It’s awesome. This oil can be added to tea or coffee for a spicy jolt, or it can be put directly onto your skin to help give a boost in your immunity. My kids roll this on their spines in the morning – I feel like it is body armor for when they go to school. Put a few drops in a spray bottle to spray on things you touch – shopping cart handles, keyboards, doorknobs. Add some to aloe vera gel and shake for a good hand sanitizer.

What Do I Do Next?

Once you get your oils in the mail, you are going to want to set them on your counter immediately. Start using them – try it! Just start slow – one drop at a time. Here’s what I do on a daily basis to help you get started:

When I wake up, I head to the kitchen to get a glass of water. I put a drop of Lemon in the glass first, then add water and start rehydrating right away. If I workout in the morning, I might put a drop of Peppermint and Lemon in the glass for a focusing boost. When I take a shower, I have added Tea Tree to my shampoo for my scalp (I have a dry, itchy scalp), or if I have a pimple, I add a drop of Tea Tree to that. I roll Thieves on my feet and/or spine before I head to work.  During my work day, I have Peppermint and Lemon to drink during the day. The Peppermint is also helpful if I eat something that doesn’t agree with me (I will rub it right on my stomach), or if I have any muscle tension from typing at my desk! When I get home, Thieves and Lemon go in the diffuser while I’m cooking supper or my kids are doing their homework. At bedtime, I rub Lavender on my feet or wrists, or I diffuse it to help me relax and fall asleep.

If you start a routine, oils become part of your daily life. Think of them like vitamins, you feel so much better when you use them consistently and daily.

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Dry Brushing 101: A Guide to Dry Brushing Your Body

Have you heard of dry brushing? I was first introduced through my Ayurveda classes and workshops. In Ayurveda, dry brushing is a way to stimulate the lymphatic system and also to reduce and remove ama from the body. Ama is undigested, toxic, junk. So dry brushing helps to stimulate the skin, exfoliate dead skin cells and get lymph moving around in your body, which in turn helps boost your immune system and detoxification system. This is especially important in the springtime when your body is accumulating mucous and trying to detoxify the general winter sludge. But the best part is that it only takes MINUTES!!!

How to Dry Brush

Let me begin by saying it is extremely simple to dry brush your skin. You first need to get a brush or dry brushing gloves. The brushes have stiff bristles and the gloves are usually made from silk, so it’s really up to you what you want to use. Here are some good options:

First off, you will do this in the morning before you take a shower or put anything on your skin. You will start at your feet, and work your way up each leg, using short strokes around your entire body part before moving upwards. Always brush toward your heart, this helps move things around so that they can be detoxed later (through sweat, urine, or poo). I do my left foot and leg, then go back down to my right foot and leg. When you hit a joint, use a circular motion – like around your knees and elbows.  Then I go to my left hand and arm, then right hand and arm. I then will do my stomach in a upward or circular motion, then as much of my back as I can reach. Last I do my shoulders, collarbone, and chest. Careful with sensitive skin, because the bristles are hard, start gently and work your way up to harder strokes.

I usually dry brush while my shower water is warming up, then I hop in the shower. It is truly a simple add-in to my morning routine.

Dry Brush First, Then Add Oils

You can follow up with abhyanga or self massage in order to help calm your nervous system back down. This is another Ayurvedic practice that shows your body some love. You need to appreciate what you’re working with! Show your body you love it and are grateful it’s gotten you this far!

I have read that in addition, some people add essential oils to their dry brush and apply them topically that way. To add oils to this routine, simply mix oils into a carrier and drip onto the brush or gloves prior to brushing your body off. I prefer to brush, shower, and THEN add body oil to my skin as a moisturizer. My favorite oil recently has been Cel-Lite Magic. This is a massage oil that Young Living makes:

It is a blend of skin conditioning and softening carrier oils, grapefruit (which is linked to blasting fat and cellulite), cedarwood (calming and relaxing), cypress, juniper, and clary (all of which are great for stress relief). I use this oil daily as a “lotion” or body oil.

You could also make your own blend of body oil to use if you prefer. Some great options for supporting your skin health would include: Lavender, Patchouli, Frankincense.  To make body oil, put a 1/2 cup of carrier oil such as sesame seed oil, coconut oil (fractionated coconut oil stays liquid, while regular coconut oil will harden), or castor oil in a pump, bottle, or jar. Add 10-15 drops of essential oils of your choice to mix into the oil. Warm up the oil in warm water in your bathroom sink, or using your hands. This helps spread the oil over your skin and also helps calm down your whole parasympathetic nervous system.

Benefits of Dry Brushing

Dry brushing is awesome for so many reasons – here are just a few of the GREAT benefits:

  1. Exfoliating – By brushing your skin, you can slough off dead skin cells, leaving room for brand new squeaky clean cells to take their place! Who doesn’t want fresh, new, glowing skin!
  2. Reduce cellulite – Stimulating lymph helps move old, toxic fat stores, which in turn may reduce the sight of your cellulite. I don’t know about you, but I’m willing to try anything!
  3. Move that lymph – Get lymph circulating and you help move along toxins back into your bloodstream to leave your body.
  4. Wake you UP!!! – It is an invigorating practice that helps stimulate nerve endings to feel awake!! It really helps get you going in the morning – even before coffee!
  5. Reduce the effects of STRESS on your body – By establishing a good morning routine that includes healthy, stimulating parts such as dry brushing you can reduce stress. By circulating lymph, you may be able to reduce stress. By reducing your toxic load, you will reduce stress. It’s a win-win-win!

When NOT to Dry Brush

If you have extremely sensitive skin or an open wound, I would exercise caution when starting to brush. You can start with simply brushing your bare hands over your body to get your skin used to being “scrubbed” in the morning. This practice is also really good for you to get to know your own body and you can show your skin how much you love it!

Comment below and let me know if you’ve tried dry brushing before! Do you have any other tips you use that I haven’t mentioned?

 

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25 Citrus Oil Recipes using Lemon, Grapefruit, and Orange Essential Oils

Spring is here!!

Well, I live in Minnesota, so it’s not exactly here yet. But that’s all the more reason to THINK spring!! And what’s more spring-y than citrus smells!!

I’ve compiled a list of 25 AWESOME citrus recipes including recipes for Spring Cleaning, Foods, Skin Care and Diffuser Blends for you to try at home. You’ll need some Essential Oils – lemon, lime, grapefruit, tangerine, bergamot, citrus fresh, and orange. Remember how to grab those oils?? Click here.

Let’s get started, shall we??

Recipes to Clean Your House

Get your house ready for Spring by using some of these DIYs and tricks for keeping a super fresh and clean house!! These recipes not only make your house smell awesome, but you can rest assured that there are no toxic chemicals getting on you or your babies (human or fur babies).

  1. DIY Toilet Bombs
    Because who likes to scrub toilets?? Not this lady!  Plus I HATE chemicals in toilet bowl cleaners. You know the ones you aren’t supposed to get on your skin or eyes? The ones kids shouldn’t ever come into contact with? Get that junk OUT of your house!! Try this toilet bombs today. Or even get some baking soda and Thieves Cleaner for a toilet scrub.
    BONUS RECIPE: Mix together 1/2 cup Sea Salt and 1/2 cup Baking Soda in a jar. Add 20 drops of Grapefruit or Orange Essential Oil. Sprinkle it in your toilet bowl and use the brush to scrub. Follow up with Thieves Cleaner or your favorite Multi-Purpose Cleaner.
  2. Chemical Free Bleach
    This is great for white sinks, tubs, tile, you name it! You still need to be careful with the concoction because it does have quite a bit of hydrogen peroxide in it, but even so – it’s much better than bleach for your skin!
  3. Multi-Purpose Cleaner –
    Add 4 TBSP of Vinegar, 12 drops of Citrus Essential Oil (like Lemon, Grapefruit, or Orange), and 16-20 oz. of water to a spray bottle. Shake and spray!! Easy Peasy.
    BONUS RECIPE 2: Mix together 2 TBSP. Castile Soap OR Sal Suds Liquid Cleaner in a spray bottle with 2 TBSP Vinegar. Add 10 drops Tea Tree Oil and 10 drops of Orange oil.
  4. Citrus Zest Foaming Hand Soap
    Since you will be putting this directly on your skin (or my husband even uses handsoap for his face), make sure to use quality oils – Young Living is the ONLY thing I will use because I trust the company to give me a good quality, non-filler, pure essential oil. They have a Seed to Seal promise they stand by COMPLETELY – to the point where they will take a loss if their product is not perfect. For more info. on that check out www.seedtoseal.com.
  5. Citrus Room Spray –
    Commercially made room sprays contain chemicals and particles you are inhaling into your lungs every time you project that into your room. Also you need to be careful for candles and plug in room fresheners. The toxic load those things contain can be really tough on you over time.
    Here are 2 recipes for an awesome room spray to brighten up your house:

    1. Mix 8 drops of Grapefruit, Lemon, Tangerine, and Orange Essential Oils with 1 TBSP of rubbing alcohol in a glass jar. Fill water to the top and spray away!
    2. Mix 7 drops Bergamot, 5 drops Lemon, and 4 drops Peppermint in a jar with 1 TBSP of rubbing alcohol (or vodka). Fill with water.

Recipes that are good enough to eat!

6. Lemon Glaze –
Great for fruit, muffins, breads, dumplings – you name it!! Mix together 1/3 cup powdered sugar, 1                 TBSP milk or half & half, 1 drop Young Living Lemon Vitality oil.

7. Lemon Pound Cake
I have had this cake before, and let me tell you – it is good! Make it for a party, a shower, or
breakfast if you’re feeling really nice.

8. Citrus Fruit Dip
Great for summer – dip apples, pretzels, strawberries. Delicious!

9. Boost your Water –
Add 2 drops of Lemon, Orange, Tangerine, Citrus Fresh, or Lime to 16 oz. of water.

10. Fruit Salad –
Choose your favorite fruits and mix 2 TBSP. of honey and 4 drops of Young Living Orange Vitality                 oil.

11. Guacamole –
Add 2 drops Young Living Lime Vitality or 2 drops Citrus Fresh Vitality oil to your fresh guac.

Recipes for Beauty and Skin

12. Lip Balm –
Melt 2 TBSP. Beeswax Pellets , 2 TBSP.  Shea Butter , and 2 TBSP. coconut oil together in the
microwave (or in a double boiler – whatever’s easier for you). Add 20-30 drops of Vitality oil from
Young Living. I like Grapefruit or Tangerine the best.

13. Citrus Body Wash –
I like to put mine in a foaming soap pump. I use 1/4 cup Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap (I like the
unscented baby version), 10 drops Vitamin E Oil , 1 tsp. Vegetable Glycerine ,  10 drops
Young Living Orange oil, and 10 drops Grapefruit oil. Sometimes I like Peppermint too. If you add
the Peppermint, avoid getting it in your eyes! That burns.

14. Nail Strengthening Serum –
Mix 10 drops Lemon and 10 drops Lavender oil in a  2 oz Glass Bottles, and top off with  Fractionated Coconut Oil. Put on nails and cuticles to strengthen.

15. Citrus Hand Sanitizer –
Put Aloe Vera Gel  in a squeeze bottle and add 15 drops of Thieves oil and 5 drops of Lemon oil or 10 drops of Tea Tree oil and 5 drops of Lemon oil.

16. Lemon Mint Sugar Scrub –
Mix together 1 cup sugar and 1 cup olive oil in a jar. Add 8 drops Lemon and 8 drops Peppermint oil.

Citrus Diffuser Blends

Like I mentioned above, you need to be careful of what types of things you let into your house to make it smell better. Young Living has great options for room diffusers and I am not kidding when I say they work better that the ones you can purchase online – I know because I have a variety of them. Also, a diffuser comes with your starter kit – so get the kit and get started!!  Kit can be purchased here.

17. Clear The Air – 3 drops Eucalyptus, 3 drops Grapefruit, 2 drops Lemongrass, 2 drops Lavender, 2 drops Lemon, 2 drops Rosemary.

18. Fresh Laundry – 3 drops Purification & 3 drops Lemon

19. Wake Up!! – 2 drops Rosemary, 1 drop Peppermint, 1 drop Lemon

20. Seasonal Support – 2 drops Lemon, 2 drops Lavender, 2 drops Peppermint

21. Fresh Air – 2 drops Tea Tree, 2 drops Lime, 2 drops Lemon

22. Lemon Drop – 3 drops Lemon, 3 drops Citrus Fresh

23. Springtime – 3 drops Jade Lemon, 3 drops Bergamot

24. Summer Breeze – 3 drops Lavender, 3 drops Grapefruit, 3 drops Lemon, 2 drops Spearmint

25. Summer Fun – 3 drops Bergamot, 3 drops OOLA Fun.

Let me know what you try! I want to hear how it goes!!!

5 Steps to Getting A Good Night’s Sleep

Anyone tired out there?

You need sleep. You want sleep. How can you get it?

If you’re anything like me, it’s not only you that’s not sleeping. I mean, I have kids and a snoring husband. At least one of those things wake me up at night if I don’t wake up on my own, so how can you get a good night’s sleep?

I’ve read books and listened to webinars on sleep and its importance. I also know that I’m a 8-9 hour a night sleeper (at least that’s what I need). So here’s what I do to have a good night’s sleep.

Step 1: Quit the Caffeine
Personally, I need to be done with any caffeinated drinks at Noon. If I have any after that – I can count on trouble falling asleep.

Step 2: Eat a lighter dinner
This is a rule from Ayurvedic teachings. When you eat a light dinner and close the kitchen early (it’s 6:00 here) your stomach has time to digest the food and won’t keep you up at night. I only have water or herbal tea after 6:00 if I can help it. Bonus: You just might lose weight when you take out night eating – try it!!!

Step 3: Establish a nightly routine or ritual
Another Ayurvedic lesson – figure out what works for you and use it every day! For me, I like to take a bath with some relaxing Lavender oil followed by self-massage (Abhyanga in Ayurvedic terms) with either Cel-Lite Magic Massage Oil (from Young Living) or good old sweet almond oil – I like Viva Naturals Sweet Almond Oil 16 fl oz, 100% Pure and Hexane Free, Ideal for Skin and Hair with Lavender or Cedarwood in it. Both of those are relaxing and calming. I turn off electronics an hour before bed, take my nightly probiotic, and read a little bit.

Step 4: Keep the room dark and cool
Light from streetlights, cars, or neighbor’s houses can affect your sleep quality. Get room darkening curtains and keep the thermostat between 60-67 degrees.

Step 5: Diffuse or use oils topically
Essential oils have been key in our family’s sleep routines. Tranquil roller goes on my kids’ feet. Lavender on my own. Cedarwood is in the center of my forehead or on my crown and Valor is on my husband’s big toes (for snoring). I keep Peace and Calming II in my bedside drawer in case I wake up at night and can’t get back to sleep. We diffuse Cedarwood and Lavender throughout the night (and turn the diffuser light off!).

What kinds of things do you try at home? I would love to hear about your sleep routines!

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My Favorite Things – Spring Edition

It’s springtime and that means a fresh start for everyone!

I thought it’s time to let you know about a few things that I’m LOVING right now.

Without further ado, here we go!

  1. Reusable Water Bottles – I love glass or stainless steel water bottles. Stainless is my favorite because it is extremely durable and can withstand my clumsiness. I add a drop or two of Lemon Vitality oil and raw Apple Cider Vinegar to my water, which you can totally do in a stainless steel water bottle. Also, no yucky plastics – seriously get rid of that junk! AND you are creating less waste when drinking from a reusable water bottle.

2. Spray Bottles – I mix all my spring scents in these little blue bottles, and spray them all over. Some good mixes: Purification and Lemon, Grapefruit and Peppermint, or Lemon and Lavender.

3. Cleaner Bottles – For Spring Cleaning with Thieves Cleaner. You can also get those cute vinyl stickers from Etsy to stick on these bottles to mix up the cleaner.

 

4. Himalayan Salt Lamp – I know these are “so last year” but I love mine. I keep it on most of the time, and it adds a nice glow to the room, plus it boasts air purification properties and it is supposed to reduce allergy and asthma symptoms. Put it in the same room as the diffuser and add LLP (Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint) and freshen up the air.

 

5. Cultivate by Lara Casey – This book has been a God-send for this season of my life. It gives action steps to help let go of feeling like I have to “do it all” in order to be a good mom, teacher, or woman. It’s a breath of fresh air. Read it.

6. Flair Pens – All the colors. They write nicely. I make my lists pretty. Love.

7. Green plants and Succulents – I’ve been buying them up at all of the places. They are at the grocery store, Target, and Home Depot – if you want to start buying some too!  I’m really trying to keep them all alive, so I’m starting small.

8. Foam Roller – This is new to me. I use this thing all the time and am thinking about getting another one to bring to work. I have pretty bad posture and work either on the computer or with kids, so I’m always hunching over, making my back hurt most of the day. I seriously just roll back on this baby and am good to go! I got the one with bumps because my chiropractor told me to, but it was a little hard at first.

Those are my favorite Spring things! What is something you HAVE to have? Let me know in the comments! I would love to see what is out there!

Top 10 Oils You NEED…and what to do with them

Essential oils have been a HUGE part of my life in the past few years. I use them for all different parts of my life – health and wellness, supporting my body systems, replacing household products, and replacing beauty products. I truly use oils all day long. I decided that maybe I should give a list of MY top 10 oils. These are oils I reach for every day. Here we go!!

  1. Lemon: 

    • Put a drop of lemon vitality in your water to give it a citrus-y boost!
    • Add a couple of drops of Lemon Vitality in your pancake, cake, or waffles.
    • Lemon in the diffuser smells great!
    • Support skin health – cleanse your skin and look young! (use at night to avoid possible photosensitivity)
    • It contains limonene, which supports many systems including cardiovascular, respiratory, immune, digestive, and excretory systems.
  2. Lavender:

    • Calming for bedtime – diffuse or spray in your bedroom
    • Add a few drops to the bathtub for a soothing, relaxing spa-like experience
    • Rub it on your feet before you go to sleep
    • Supports skin health – especially gentle on face and great for any skin traumas
    • Supports seasonal respiratory problems – diffuse, inhale or apply topically
    • Supports your nervous system and aids in relaxation
    • Just typing about lavender made me relax. So that’s cool. 🙂
  3. Peppermint:

    • Soothing for your digestive system – rub it on your tummy or add a drop to water
    • Helps “open up” the respiratory system when put on lungs or sinuses – use a carrier oil!
    • Ingest Peppermint Vitality oil for fresh breath or add it to your coffee for a yummy treat
    • Helps stimulate your nervous system to increase focus and energy – diffuse or inhale from the bottle
    • Can aid in relaxing tense muscles after workouts or in stressful situations
  4. Tea Tree (Melaleuca)

    • Great for cleaning anything in your home
    • Put it on your skin – great for oily skin or blemishes while being gentle
    • Spray it on your scalp or mix it into your shampoo or conditioner
    • Combines well with lemon for cleaning properties and for getting rid of odors in your house
    • Can treat mold – diffuse it with clove in a smelly basement
  5. Frankincense

    • An all-time favorite for grounding and calming for me
    • Supports the immune system – take internally in a capsule or under tongue
    • Great for supporting your skin health! Gentle on the skin and may help aging skin
    • Supports Nervous, Cardiovascular, and Endocrine systems as well as Respiratory
    • A great “g0-to” oil for anything that is bothering you!
  6. Oregano

    • Extremely powerful immune support
    • Put it on your feet if you feel like something might be coming on (then put on socks so you don’t smell like a pizza parlor 🙂 )
    • Use short-term, because it really is powerful
    • It is a “hot” oil, so use carrier with it – it will definitely tingle on your skin
  7. Stress Away

    • This is a Young Living-specific blend that contains copaiba, lime, cedarwood, and more
    • Brings peace to my daily life
    • Diffuse throughout your house for a low-stress day
    • Put on diffuser jewelry – earrings, bracelet, or scarves for an all-day smell
  8. Clove

    • Supports dental health – a key ingredient in the Thieves line of oral care
    • Supports immune system – also an ingredient in Thieves oil
    • When diffused, helps purify the air while smelling like a fall day – Yum!
  9. Thieves

    • Another Young Living specific blend containing cloves, cinnamon, rosemary, and more
    • Spicy and warm smell for the diffuser – smells great and gives a good immune boost
    • Supports immune system – use daily in a roller on your feet or spine
    • Key ingredient in the Thieves cleaners, soaps, and oral care
  10. Orange

    • A great addition to any oil in the diffuser
    • Helps improve focus and may have calming affects on people
    • An uplifting scent I add to cleaning products for a citrus-y smell

So there are some of my favorites!

My advice to you is to get these oils and put them in your house!! Keep Lavender, Tea Tree, and Frankincense (Frank) in your bathroom to add to your nighttime routine. Lemon, Orange, and Peppermint can be in the kitchen to add to water or diffusers. Thieves should be right next to your diffuser with Orange! Stress Away needs to be near your old perfume/body spray bottle – GET RID OF THAT and use Stress Away instead for a less toxic choice of smell.  Oregano is in my “medicine cabinet” so I can reach for it for short-term immune support. Remember to keep carrier oil close by.  Clove is with the Oregano – again for immune support.

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How I Use Oils Every Day – A Simple Routine

I LOVE my oils!! In fact, I love each and every produce from Young Living that I use.  But I’ll start with the oils. I want to let you know what oils I use daily and how I use them. I think that is the most confusing part of starting an oily life – where to start!!

So, here’s an example of my day – start to finish – with my oily little loves:

6:00 – Wake Up!! It’s always too early… scrape my tongue, put on my yoga clothes. Grab a scent to inhale – lately it’s been Lemongrass. I put a drop in my hands, rub them together and cup them over my mouth and nose. Take a few deep breaths. Get ready.

6:10 – Work Out – I love youtube yoga workouts. There are a wide variety out there – I prefer 20-30 minutes in the morning.

6:30 – Spray my mat. I have a yoga mat cleaner recipe I’ll link here later that contains Tea Tree and Thieves oils.

6:35 – Oil pull and dry brush. I add Orange vitality oil to my coconut oil and swish it around. I put a drop on my dry brush and brush while my shower warms up.

6:45 – Get ready for the day – I use Thieves Toothpaste, and spray my hair with hair tonic made of Rosemary, Peppermint, and Tea Tree oil. If I have a blemish on my face, I’ll put Tea Tree oil on it immediately. I usually wear Stress Away and Patchouli on my wrists or my diffusing jewelry. I spray myself with my secret recipe of Peace and Calming 2, Patchouli, and Orange.

7:15 – Go to work. Make sure I grab a shot of Ningxia and put Lemon in my water bottle (stainless steel). I keep an extra bottle of Lemon Vitality in my desk drawer for more water throughout the day.

10:45 – I probably have a headache or some form of muscle tension – I keep Peppermint and Deep Relief in my purse for just such an occasion. I also keep Breathe Again in there.

4:00 – Arrive Home! I pick up the kids on the way. Once we’re home, I diffuse Thieves and Orange or Lemon. I love diffusing when we get home.

6:30 – Bath. I loooove baths and they are my relaxation during the day – when people leave me along and I can sit in silence. I usually add epsom salt and baking soda to my tub and add a variety of oils that I feel like that day. Favorites are relaxing Lavender, Orange, Grapefruit, Stress Away, or maybe Peppermint (be careful with Peppermint!! It can get really hot on your skin in the water – I keep coconut oil nearby just in case).

9:00 – Bedtime. I use ART facial products mostly, but have made my own DIY facewash at times. I like Frankincense on my face and the back of my neck. I will drip Valor down my spine, and put Lavender in my palm with sweet almond oil and rub on my feet. I might diffuse Cedarwood and Lavender or just put a drop of Cedarwood on my third eye area or the crown of my head. If I wake up at night, I find that Peace and Calming is the easiest to help me relax and fall right back to sleep.

So that’s it! I just go about my day and oils have fit seamlessly into it!!

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DIY Household Cleaners

I have always been sensitive to cleaners and smells of cleaners. When I used to scrub out my tub in the bathroom, I would open the window, turn on the fan, and hold my breath before I started. I would scrub away, run out of the room and gasp for air. On top of that, my hands would burn and smell like toxic cleaners for the rest of the day.

So, I started looking for other options. Problem was, greener, “healthier” cleaners still smell gross and can be EXPENSIVE.  I found recipes online and tweaked them so I could make them smell like my favorite essential oil smells. I LOVE Grapefruit and Orange when cleaning.

Here’s a list of my favorite household cleaner “go-to” oils:

Tea Tree – Contains multiple terpenes in the oil. Several monoterpene derivatives have antibacterial properties.

Grapefruit – Smells fresh and citrus-y. Great addition to cleaner. Also contains monoterpenes.

Orange – Also a yummy smell – and contains (guess what??) monoterpenes (!).

Lemon – Fresh smell, whitening power, and somehow gets rid of sticky substances (think goo gone).

 

Other things I use for household cleaner are:

Vinegar – reduces microbial contaminants, but doesn’t really get rid of the dirt

Baking Soda – good scrubber – gentle, yet powerful

Castile Soap – Cuts grease and grime

 

Here’s a secret though. A lot of people love to add baking soda and vinegar together, but guess what? When you mix baking soda and vinegar, you get the chemical equivalent of H2O. That’s right! Water!! So, don’t do it – it’s not going to really do anything. I mean, it’s fun for volcanos or fun for my kids to mess with, but that’s about it.

I made you some recipe cards if you want to print them off. Download Recipes.

 

 

Spring Cleaning Checklist

It’s that time of year!

I start getting antsy and need to get things clean. I work full-time outside of my home, so it just never seems like enough time. This means that basically, I need to be extremely organized in my cleaning, and it does take some time, because I don’t want to do it all in one day!

I can share some tips and tricks with you. Start at the top and work your way down. This applies to your house as well as each room. If you have a 2-story house, start upstairs and work your way down. I also have a little checklist you can download and print FOR FREE!!!

Spring Cleaning Checklist
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So click above and get started!! Also, subscribe to my blog so that you can get my DIY recipes that will be coming this week!  All to get you ready for a clean house!

Where Should You Begin??: 4 Easy Steps to Detoxify Your Life

Essential Oil Detox Ideas

Healthy living and detoxification is a scary topic. Especially when you first get started.

Take a look at that tub of anti-bacterial wipes on your counter. What’s in them? Do you know what I found out? It doesn’t say. That’s right. The FDA does not regulate household cleaners. So they do not have to disclose what is inside them. I’ll tell you what’s inside some of them – bad stuff. I’ve made you a short list of some of the offenders:

  1. Phthaletes – These guys are endocrine disrupters. Endocrine disrupters affect the hormones in your body. They can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects, infertility, low IQ, obesity, diabetes, and endometriosis. They can interfere with brain development of babies and children. They may cause allergies and preterm labor. They also may disrupt insulin function. Phthaletes can be found in plastics, shampoos, perfume, soaps, hair spray, nail polish.
  2. Triclosan – This lovely chemical can contribute to food allergies and sensitivities. It was mandated to be removed from hand sanitizers, but can still be found in some toothpastes and mouthwashes. Right. You shouldn’t put it on your hands, but you can eat it. That sounds great.
  3. Organophosphate Pesticide – Neurotoxins that were originally made for use in chemical warfare and now account for about 1/2 of all pesticides used in the United States. (CNN article)
  4. 2-Butoxyethanol – A bone toxin that may cause discoordination in otherwise healthy adults and children.

If you look into information from a variety of news stations and/or the Environmental Working Group, you can read more about it. But I will give you a very short checklist of what steps you can take in your own life!

Click here for a link the the Environmental Working Group’s website. They have a TON of information on what is going on in our country and world today. Also, I like to use the Skin Deep data base (found HERE) to check out the products I have in my home right now. You can type in your current facewash, moisturizers, shampoos, soaps, and more to see a rating scale of the contents of your current products.

Steps to Start Detoxifying Your Life

Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1: Detox your household cleaners. There are many options – DIY cleaners, straight up vinegar or hydrogen peroxide, or I use Thieves Cleaner. I use it on EVERYTHING in my house. Kitchen, bathroom, glass, carpets, furniture. It’s a concentrated bottle, so you use approximately 1 TBSP to 2 cups of water in a spray bottle and go to town. Order it today. You will thank me!! Click here.

Step 2: Detox your skin care products. Anything you put on your body goes IN your body. Start with things that stay on your body for a long time – lotions, sprays, face creams. Then move on to other body care products – soap, shampoo, toothpaste. Start on the Skin Deep data base to check out the things you have right now. Decide if you really want that on your skin all day.

Step 3: Detox your body. Try a cleanse. Young Living has a lovely cleansing trio to make it easier for you. Get the junk out so you can start fresh with Step 4!

Step 4: Eat a healthy diet! Plant-based (eat meat if you want to – I’m not your boss). Organic is preferred.

A great way to get started on this healthy lifestyle is to leave me your email address in the subscribe section. I’ll contact you with a step-by-step guide to starting on this journey. I’m excited for you!!!

You can also click here: sign me up to get your starter kit from Young Living shipped out TODAY!!

 

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