5 DIY Father’s Day Gifts…with essential oils!

DIY Father's DayFather’s Day is right around the corner.  Need some inspiration for great homemade Father’s Day gifts?  I’ve got a handful of DIY gift ideas that I’m sure any Dad will enjoy!

1.  Homemade Aftershave Balm – no chemicals, just soothing and natural!

My husband loves this aftershave balm for his face and scalp, it leaves them both super soft.  And I love the way it smells too!   This is a simple recipe that you can whip up in no time: DIY Aftershave Balm

2.  Frankincense Natural Homemade Shaving Soap – for the vintage Dad in your life

This homemade shaving soap recipe from Grass Fed Girl has that old timey barbershop feel.  You’ll want to get a natural shaving brush and classic stainless steel razor to complete the gift.

3.  Homemade cologne – non-toxic and smells amazing!

In a 10ml roll-on bottle add 10 drops Idaho Blue Spruce and 5 drops Cedarwood essential oils.  Top off with your favorite carrier oil, I like sweet almond oil.

4.  Muscle Soothing Roll-on – for the athletic Dad in your life

In a 10ml roll-on bottle add 15 drops PanAway essential oil and top with your favorite carrier oil.  This is the perfect solution for a hard-working Dad with achy muscles and joints.

5.  Man Moisturizer – Dads get cracked heels too

This DIY Lotion is thick and perfect for soothing work-worn man hands and dry, cracked feet.  Add a few drops of Cedarwood essential oil for a woodsy scent.

Find out how to buy essential oils at wholesale, 24% off retail, and get a free sign-up gift.

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The Best ‘Paleo’ Dessert Ever – with Lemon Essential Oil!

lemon blueberry coconut barkYou don’t have to give up dessert just because you are committed to eating real foods.  Sometimes you just want a little treat, and that’s ok (really, it is).  I think I’ve found my ultimate guilt-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free dessert.

Bonus, this dessert is not only delicious — it’s actually good for you.

Blueberries – contain antioxidants, which work to neutralize free radicals linked to the development of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and other age-related conditions. These little powerhouses provide tasty ways of staying healthy.  Anthocyanins, a type of flavonoid, not only give blueberries their blue color and help improve heart health, but they may also help attack cancer-causing free radicals and possibly even block tumor cells from forming, according to a study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which focused on the effects of blueberries on prostate cancer.

Lemon Essential Oil – contains d-limonene, an antioxidant that has been linked to healthy immune system function.

Lemon Blueberry Coconut Bark

Ingredients:

  1. 1 1/2 cups Coconut Cream Concentrate
  2. Frozen Blueberries
  3. 12 drops Lemon Essential Oil*

* I only use therapeutic grade essential oils from Young Living, you can get them here

Directions:

  • Warm coconut cream just until it has a creamy consistency.  I place the jar of coconut cream in a small saucepan of hot water, if you have a warm kitchen – that may not even be necessary
  • When creamy, remove from heat and add Lemon essential oil
  • Spread the coconut cream out on a piece of parchment paper or silpat, to 1/4-1/2 inch thick (if it got too warm and runny, let it cool a bit before spreading out)
  • Generously sprinkle with frozen blueberries and wait 8-10 minutes. You can pop it in the fridge/freezer to harden faster
  • The frozen blueberries help harden the coconut cream, break apart into bite size pieces and enjoy!

Any leftover bark (haha) should be stored in the refrigerator, especially if you are in a warm climate or season. This is a great light, summery treat.  If you are looking for something with a little chocolate to it – there’s always these amazing double chocolate peppermint brownie bites.

Find out how to buy essential oils at wholesale, 24% off retail, and get a free sign-up gift.

DIY Foaming Hand Soap with Thieves Essential Oil

Thieves foaming hand soapMake your own foaming hand soap with Thieves essential oil blend from Young Living – it’s cheaper and safer than the store-bought stuff!

Thieves essential oil blend includes Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils.  According to Young Living, the Thieves essential oil blend was inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated a special aromatic combination composed of clove, rosemary, and other botanicals.  They used this blend to keep them healthy while robbing the dead and dying.  Thieves supports healthy immune function, and it includes Eucalyptus Radiata essential oil, which supports a healthy respiratory system.

Making Your Own Thieves Foaming Hand Soap is SAFER

Triclosan is a common ingredient in antibacterial soaps and personal products.  Triclosan was first used in personal products in 1970, and since 1974 the FDA has maintained a regulatory limbo regarding whether or not triclosan should be considered safe and effective in hand soaps.  Although there seems to be some consensus on the question of effectiveness:

In fact, there currently is no evidence that over-the-counter (OTC) antibacterial soap products are any more effective at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water, says Colleen Rogers, Ph.D., a lead microbiologist at FDA.  “New data suggest that the risks associated with long-term, daily use of antibacterial soaps may outweigh the benefits,” Rogers says.

There are several risks associated with triclosan.  Laboratory studies have raised the possibility that triclosan contributes to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics, essentially the creation of ‘superbugs’.  Animal studies have also shown triclosan to be a hormonal disruptor and linked triclosan to the growth of breast cancer tumors in mice.  Although the FDA still has not definitively ruled on the safety of triclosan, there are enough alternatives that ensure I will not expose my family to this antibacterial agent.

Making Your Own Thieves Foaming Hand Soap is CHEAPER

It is very easy to make your own, safe and effective foaming hand soap – and I love the spicy scent of the Thieves blend!  All you need is:

Safe, effective, and great smelling foaming hand soap for less than two dollars!  Simply fill dispenser about 2/3 with water, add castile soap and Thieves essential oil – swirl together and pump away!

** I only use therapeutic grade essential oils from Young Living.  Learn how to get started using essential oils here.

25 Ways to Use One Drop of Essential Oil – Easier than DIY!

25 ways to use one drop of essential oilMaking my own skin care products and health remedies with essential oils is something I really love to do.  Sometimes, though, I don’t want to make anything – I just want the benefits of my essential oils!  These are the times I’m reminded of how powerful essential oils can be, and that just a drop is all you need.  When you want to leave behind the DIY projects with the coconut oil, beeswax, melting pots, veggie capsules, etc – here are some terrific ways to experience the benefits of essential oils with just one drop*!

*I will only use 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils from Young Living, you can learn more about Young Living oils and how to get them at wholesale prices HERE

Lavender Essential Oil

  • One drop on the bottom of your feet before bed to support good sleep
  • Rub one drop into your cupped palms and inhale deeply for a calming effect
  • Support your respiratory system by rubbing one or two drops into the back of your neck

Citrus Essential Oils

  • A drop of Lemon in your water to help cleanse the body
  • A drop of Citrus Fresh in the wash machine to freshen up your laundry
  • A drop of Citrus Fresh on a rag to clean up scuff marks from the floor
  • A drop of Grapefruit in your water to help suppress the appetite

Joy Essential Oil Blend

  • A drop of Joy rubbed over your heart to improve your mood
  • A drop of Joy rubbed into wrists as perfume

Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) Essential Oil

  • A drop of Tea Tree on a blemish will clear it up quickly
  • A drop of Tea Tree on a cold sore
  • A drop of Tea Tree rubbed into feet to maintain healthy skin

Thieves Essential Oil Blend

  • A drop of Thieves in your hot tea to support your immune system
  • A drop of Thieves rubbed into the bottom of feet to boost immunity

Purification Essential Oil Blend

  • A drop of Purification on a cotton ball put in the bottom of the trash bin to neutralize odors
  • A drop of Purification rubbed on a bug bite to stop the itch

Peppermint Essential Oil

  • A drop of Peppermint rubbed on the back of neck to help cool down on a hot day
  • A drop of Peppermint rubbed across the stomach to support proper digestion

Frankincense Essential Oil

  • A drop of Frankincense rubbed into the chest to support the respiratory system 
  • A drop of Frankincense rubbed into cupped palms and inhaled to relieve stress, can also improve meditation 

PanAway Essential Oil Blend

  • A drop of PanAway rubbed into joints to support healthy joint and muscles 
  • A drop of PanAway rubbed over muscles after a big workout

StressAway Essential Oil Blend

  • A drop of StressAway rubbed into cupped hands and inhaled to calm the mind
  • A drop of StressAway rubbed into wrists as perfume

Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil

  • A drop of Eucalyptus Radiata in the corners of your shower to create a respiratory system supporting, spa-like shower

Learn More About Essential Oils

  1. Find out how to buy essential oils at wholesale prices (24% off retail), and get a free sign-up gift!
  2. Learn about even more uses for the 10 most popular Young Living essential oils.

All Natural Homemade Vapor Rub

Homemade Vapor Chest Rub This 4-ingredient chest rub provides all the support of a vapor rub without the chemicals, petroleum, and parabens.  Popular store-bought vapor rubs contain far more ingredients than seem necessary, including turpentine, turpentine??!  No thanks.  This simple to make homemade version includes all the proven active ingredients, without the toxic additives.

And this is seriously the easiest recipe – it will take you less than 5 minutes to make this rub.

Eucalyptus Radiata – supports respiratory functions

Lemon – supports immune functions

Peppermint – encourages proper nasal function

Natural Homemade Vapor Rub

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 10 drops Eucalyptus Radiata essential oil*
  • 6 drops Lemon essential oil*
  • 6 drops Peppermint essential oil*

*I only use therapeutic grade essential oils, learn how to get your essential oils HERE

Directions:

  1. Melt coconut oil in a double boiler
  2. Remove from heat and add essential oils
  3. Pour into a glass jar and let cool until firm
  4. Apply to chest, throat or under nose to help alleviate congestion

I consider this a relatively mild vapor rub because I wanted it mild enough to be comfortable using small amounts on my toddler.  You could up the vaporizing action of this rub by increasing the drops of Eucalyptus Radiata essential oil.

Learn more about getting started with therapeutic grade essential oils HERE!

All Natural DIY Aftershave Balm

all natural aftershave balmSoothe your freshly shaven skin with this cooling all natural aftershave balm.  This aftershave balm has a hint of a woodsy scent, so it is perfect for the guy in your life.  That being said, there is something about that outdoorsy scent that I find really appealing, so I have been known to borrow the jar of aftershave I made for my husband and use it myself!

My husband uses this on both his face and scalp to soothe and moisturize post-shave.

All Natural DIY Aftershave Balm

  • 20 drops Eucalyptus Radiata essential oil*
  • 10 drops Idaho Blue Spruce essential oil*
  • 2 drops Peppermint essential oil*
  • 15 drops Valor essential oil blend*
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil

*I buy therapeutic grade essential oils HERE

Directions:

  1. Melt coconut oil in a double boiler
  2. Remove from heat and add essential oils
  3. Pour into a glass jar
  4. Apply to freshly shaven skin to soothe and cool

That’s it!  Super simple, all natural, no hard to pronounce ingredients – Enjoy!

Learn more about getting started with essential oils HERE

Save Money With This DIY Facial Moisturizing Serum

IMG_9003Rather than pay a fortune for skin care products laced with toxic ingredients, make your own all-natural facial moisturizer for a fraction of the cost!

I love lotions, creams, serums – basically anything to moisturize my skin and make it feel young.  Being of an age that I now consider myself to have ‘mature’ skin, I have spent my fair share of money on expensive face creams.

After making and using this simple 4-ingredient facial serum, I will never go back to the pricey, conventional stuff.  The department store options cost an arm and a leg, PLUS they have toxic chemicals in them that wreak havoc on our body systems.

The key to an awesome DIY facial moisturizing serum is using a hydrating carrier oil that absorbs quickly and leaves the skin feeling nourished.  I’ve found that pure Argan oil is the key for me.  It is light, absorbs quickly, and works well for all skin types.  In addition to a good carrier oil, I add Young Living essential oils that support and nourish the skin:

Lavender – excellent for soothing the skin 

Frankincense – amazing for aging, ‘mature’ skin, visibly tightens the skin

Geranium – supports healthy blood circulation below the surface of the skin 

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Organic Argan Oil
  • 10 drops Lavender oil*
  • 15 drops Frankincense oil*
  • 5 drops Geranium oil*

* I buy 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils HERE

Directions

Add the essential oils directly to the bottle of Argan oil.  Use as needed after washing your face.  I typically use 8-10 drops in the cold and dry Chicago winter months.  In the summer, I only need about 4-6 drops.

DIY Facial Moisturizing Serum Cost Breakdown:

  • A 15 ml bottle of Lavender oil is $23.50 (wholesale cost) or about $.08 per drop
  • A 15 ml bottle of Frankincense is $71.75 (wholesale cost) or about $.26 per drop
  • A 15 ml bottle of Geranium is $41.25 (wholesale cost) or about $.15 per drop
  • A 2 ounce bottle of pure organic Argan Oil is $24.95
  • Total cost of serum = $30.40

Now, you may think that $30.40 does not sound all that inexpensive, but when you consider that there are about 1100 drops in a 2 ounce bottle – the overall cost breaks down to less than $.03 per drop – or about $.22 per use.  One bottle lasts me up to 4 months, so my total facial moisturizing costs for the year are less than $100 – this is a SIGNIFICANT improvement over the costs of the fancy and chemical laden face creams I have used in the past.

Get Started with Essential Oils HERE