How to Make Your Pumpkins Last

IMG_8858Make those pumpkins last longer!¬†ūüéÉūüéÉūüéÉ

First, spray the outside with Thieves Household Cleaner – or even soak in your kitchen sink with a capful of Thieves Household Cleaner. This will clean the skin naturally (without nasty chemicals) and keep it from rotting early.

Second, once you carve your pumpkin, it’s time to get serious. Now you need to spray the inside with a mixture of castile soap and Peppermint essential oil. Mix up one capful of liquid unscented castile soap with about 6 drops of Peppermint essential oil in an 8oz spray bottle, then fill with water. Thoroughly coat the inside of the pumpkin with this spray. 

This method will help you keep all the rot, mold, and bugs away!

How to get Thieves Household Cleaner & Peppermint essential oil –> HERE

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How to get 11 gifts for under $15 AND a free diffuser!

Split a Premium Starter KitDIY Gift Alternative:  Split A Kit

I love making DIY gifts with essential oils for the holidays!¬† Handmade gifts at the holidays are a great way to save money and give thoughtful gifts.¬† That being said, November and December can be busy and stressful and it’s easy for time to get away from us. ¬†¬†A great way to save time AND money on holiday gifts¬†is to ‚ÄėSplit A Kit‚Äô!

How To Split A Kit

Buy a Premium Starter Kit (which saves you 50% of off the retail price) and give ONE essential oil to each member of your family or your friends.   You can even add a little something to make it extra personal or a few DIY ingredients with recipes to make some of their own bath and body goodies.

  • Lavender‚Äď give it to your favorite person in need of good sleep and relaxation. Add a sleep mask and a ¬Ĺ pint mason jar filled with Epsom salts with a note to add 8 drops of their Lavender essential oil to their Epsom salts for relaxation bath salts.
  • Peppermint‚Äď add a package of gourmet hot cocoa with a note to add a drop of peppermint for the perfect steaming cup of minty hot chocolate.
  • Lemon ‚Äď include a glass water bottle for enjoying essential oil infused water
  • Frankincense ‚Äď perfect for the meditation or yoga enthusiast in your life, include a yoga block or yoga socks.
  • Thieves ‚Äď give to your favorite teacher, perfect for keeping immune system boosted!
  • Purification ‚Äď perfect for the dog lover in your life, include a holiday themed dog collar.
  • DiGize ‚Äď know a foodie? Maybe they over indulge on occasion – give them the gift of good digestion with DiGize.¬† Include some empty veggie capsules for easy consumption.
  • Copaiba ‚Äď gift to your favorite tea drinker. A drop of Copaiba in your tea makes every cup the perfect wellness drink.
  • R C ‚Äď a drop of RC on the throat and chest makes for a comforting end to the day, throw in a pair of fuzzy socks for the ultimate end of day coziness.
  • Panaway ‚Äď for the athlete, the cubicle dweller, or anyone with joints and muscles. Include a mini bottle of your favorite carrier oil, like Almond oil, and a note to combine a few drops of Panaway with a few drops of carrier oil and massage into neck and shoulders.
  • StressAway ‚Äď pop the aromaglide roller fitment from the kit on this bottle and give it to your most stressed out friend, with a note to roll it over wrists and neck.

That‚Äôs 11 gifts for only $160, only $14.50 per gift!¬† You can add the extra items, or not, or add different items specific to the recipients ‚Äď use your imagination!

But wait, what are you going to do with the diffuser?¬† Gift it to someone who needs it, or keep it for yourself, no need to play favorites ūüėČ

I hope that you can see this is a great way to give unique, useful and thoughtful gifts that are truly natural and support your friend and family’s wellness!

You can grab a Premium Starter Kit to split right here:  Young Living Premium Starter Kit

Thieves Household Cleaner – Non-toxic & Headache-free Cleaning!

Thieves Household CleanerDo you ever feel like you are going to pass out from cleaning your bathroom?¬† Not necessarily because you haven‚Äôt cleaned the bathroom in a really long time (that would never happen), but simply because you are holding your breath to avoid breathing toxic chemical cleaner fumes?¬† Even while running the bathroom fan and holding my breath as much as possible ‚Äďcommercial chemical cleaners are sure to leave me with a headache.

This is one of the reasons I’ve recently turned to Thieves Household Cleaner. Thieves Household Cleaner is a natural and healthy concentrated product that can replace a variety of the chemical-laden cleaners in your home.  Thieves Household Cleaner is a green, ecologically friendly, plant-based cleaner containing Thieves essential oil blend plus additional therapeutic-grade lemon oil for extra cleaning power.  It is concentrated so a small bottle will go a long way.  It also can be used to replace a variety of your household cleaners, saving you money and storage space!

These are my top 3 Thieves Household Cleaner recipes:

All-Purpose Cleaner ‚Äď I use this for counter tops, kitchen appliances, refrigerator, bathroom sink, kitchen table, etc.

  • 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner
  • 16 oz water

Mix together in a spray bottle

Glass Cleaner ‚Äď perfect for mirrors and glass sliding doors

  • 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner
  • 24 oz water
  • 5 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar

Mix together in a glass spray bottle

Tub and Tile Scrub ‚Äď I use this when the bathtub starts to go that dingy gray color

  • ¬ľ capful Thieves Household Cleaner
  • 2 Tbsp baking soda
  • 5 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 1-2 Tbsp water

Mix together Thieves cleaner, baking soda and Lemon ‚Äď add water until a paste forms.¬† Slather this on all grout, tile, tubs that are less than sparkly.¬† I let it sit for a few minutes and then scrubbed down with a sponge.¬† The difference was amazing!

Young Living Thieves Household Cleaner

*** Learn more about Young Living Essential Oils and how to become a wholesale member (which means you can get your oils and other natural products at 24% off retail!).  When you become a wholesale member through me, I send you a FREE sign-up gift with great reference materials and other oily goodies!  Click HERE

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 Рno 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 Рfor 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 Рnon-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 Рfor 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 РDads 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.

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 Рand 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 Рswirl together and pump away!

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

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!