Thursday, January 21, 2016

Valentine's Day DIY

I love an easy DIY project!!  I have three easy essential oil recipes that anyone can do for a DIY Valentine's Day!

I am including 2 edible recipes, so you wanna have fun with your sweetie pie or if you just need a snack in the shower ;-) hehe...I only recommend using Young Living Essential Oils, especially for the edible recipes. This is because of YL's Seed to Seal guarantee. I would not buy cheap essential oils off the internet because I have no way of knowing where the oils have come from and because an oil only has to contain 5% oil to be labeled as "therapeutic." This means that those cheap ones are cheap for a reason. They contain fillers. I would not ingest something that I did not know for certain was pure. I feel very confident about YL's procedures. They even use their own oils on their plants, no pesticides! Last thing, only ingest oils labeled as dietary.

As a YL consultant, I offer my wholesale pricing all the time for anyone wanting to give oils a try. You just pay for your oils plus tax and shipping. Just message me about placing an order!! Ok...on to the fun stuff!!

Grapefruit + Peppermint Bath Salts

3 cups Epsom salt
1/2 teaspoon red food coloring
20 drops Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil
10 drops YL Grapefruit EO
2 cups baking soda
1 cup citric acid (sold at Walmart in the canning food aisle)
Glass jars (The dollar bins at Target have super-cute ones!!)
Side note - make sure your food color does not contain water or your the mixture will start fizzing
Pour the salts, food coloring and EO in a bowl and mix well.
Then add in the baking soda and mix well.
Then add in the citric acid and mix well.
Divide into glass containers.
Epsom salts are actually a form of magnesium and soak into your skin which will help with aches and pains, cramping, relaxation and more. If you are wanting a therapeutic Epsom salt bath, you can use 1-2 cups. BUT if you are just wanting something fun and yummy for your back just use a smaller amount like 2 tablespoons

Edible Peppermint + StressAway Massaging Oil

2 oz travel bottle with lid
20 drops YL StressAway EO
10 drops YL Peppermint EO
Almost 2 oz carrier oil - grapeseed, avocado, fractionated coconut, sweet almond and jojoba are good ones. I buy mine on Amazon. I have also seen them at Natural Grocers and H-E-B.
Pour the essential oils into the bottle first.
Top off with carrier oil and put lid back on.
Tip bottle gently to the left and right to disperse essential oils throughout the carrier oil.
Massages are a great way to feel connected to your partner and to know what they like and don't like. Massages are a great way to release built-up tension!! Also, both of the oils in this recipe are listed as dietary oils. Thus making them safe for ingesting.

Edible Warm Vanilla Sugar Scrub

8 oz container with lid (Got mine from Amazon.)
1/2 C white granulated sugar
1/2 C brown sugar
4-6 TBSP olive oil or carrier oil of choice
Mixing bowl
20 drops YL Stress Away Essential Oil
10 drops YL Peppermint Essential Oil
Mix all sugar ingredients in bowl by hand or with a spoon.
Spoon in carrier oil one tablespoon at a time to get it the consistency to your liking. Feel free to add more than 6 if you want it to be more runny.
Add essential oils and continue stirring.
Spoon into jar and seal with lid.
This is one of my favorite recipes to make and give as gifts to give that special someone a spa-like treatment at home!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Frank-N-Honey Fash Wash

I, like many others before me, have fallen in love with essential oils (EO). I've always liked crafting and DIY. EO are a way for me to combine all my crafting and DIY ideas into one hobby. I do see it as more than a hobby. It is becoming my lifestyle. I am becoming more hippy-like every day! I am avoiding products with fake perfumes and names of ingredients I don't know. I have thrown away my fluoride-filled toothpaste and mouthwash, aluminum-filled deodorant, toxin-filled face wash, shampoo and lotion and replaced them with either homemade stuff or store bought natural stuff. It feels so good!

Just a few weeks ago I threw away some travel shampoo and a large unused bottle of lotion. I feel like I should donate it, but no one should be putting that stuff on their bodies!!!

The first thing I made after purchasing my Premium Starter Kit was my own face wash. I did quite a bit of researching on Pinterest to find just the right recipe.

8 oz container with lid or dispener
1/3 C raw unpasteurized honey
1/3 C castile soap - baby mild/unscented
3 TBSP distilled water
2 TBSP nourishing oil, I used sweet almond oil. Other options include jojoba, avocado, olive apricot, argan, grapeseed, etc.)
16 drops Frankincense YLEO

Add the water first to the container then castile soap, honey and oil. Put lid on and gently tilt container back and forth to allow ingredients to mix. Continue until honey is fully dissolved. Shake the container every now and then to ensure it is mixed before using.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Why I Chose Young Living

After doing a LOT of research on oils of all different brands, I made the confident decision to go with Young Living. This is hands-down one of those cases where you get what you pay for. Yes, you can buy a cheaper bottle of oil elsewhere! However, you have no idea where those products came from or how they were made.

Young Living is the only company out there that has what is called the “Seed to Seal” promise, or anything like it. It means that Young Living controls every single aspect of their production line. They own their own farms. They plant their own seeds. They cultivate their own crops. They use essential oils on their plants. They oversee everything, literally, from planting the seed to sealing the bottle. They can say with a 100% guarantee that they know what is inside each and every bottle, and that they are pure beyond a shadow of a doubt.

In our house, we have been working on living as chemical and additive free as possible. This is why I chose Young Living. The skin is the largest organ in the body, and if I’m going to be consistently using (applying, ingesting and breathing) these products on myself and my loved ones, I want to know exactly what I’m getting. YL gives me that peace of mind.

I also found this blog post to be very helpful as well from The Essential Family.

Young Living Premium Starter Kit YL PSK

The Premium Starter Kit (PSK) is the BEST way to get started and most economical when you want a lot of different oils! It is priced at $160. Buying the PSK gives you access to purchase any YL product at 24% off. You can see below the breakdown of each individual item and that the PSK is the least expensive way to try it all. It includes a dewdrop diffuser ($63.75), which uses ultrasonic technology to disperse millions of tiny essential oil particles into the air and is a humidifier at the same time. Too many combos to name for the diffuser when you get the PSK! StressAway & Peppermint are the best!!!! YL diffusers are made of medical grade plastic, not the cheap stuff and have a one-year guarantee!

The PSK also includes some literature about Young Living, a Resource Guide, info about Seed-to-Seal, sample packets of a few essential oils to share with friends, samples of Ningxia Red, 10 - 2mL vials, and the 11 oils I just talked about. Each bottle contains 5 mL (about 85 drops) of pure therapeutic oil and can last for months if you aren’t giving them all away because you love them so much!!

Copaiba ($43)              Lavender ($23.50)    Peppermint ($21.50)  
Digize ($32.75)            Lemon ($11.25)       Purification ($18.75)  
Frankincense ($73.50) Panaway ($35.25)    RC ($10.25)
Stress Away ($29.75)  Thieves ($33.75)

If you were to purchase each item individually from the starter kit, you would spend over $400 before shipping or taxes! (The prices listed are my wholesale prices.)

Every month I offer various incentives for grabbing a PSK with me. This month (DECEMBER 2015 only) I have been offering $25 cash back through PayPal or a $25 Amazon gift card. I only got a $10 gift card to Starbucks when I enrolled, and I don’t even go to Starbucks. To get $25 cash back is a BIG deal!! I’m so jealous! January’s promo from will be a $15 gift card to Amazon to help you purchase carrier oil or glass containers to make your own mixtures. Don’t want to buy the PSK but want to try YLEO? Just let me know what you want and I’ll let you use my discount! When you use my discount, it helps me get free oils, so I don’t mind adding your order to mine, just pay for your own shipping (around $6 depending on the size). Email me so we can get connected! Send me a message on FB or Instagram!

When you purchase the PSK, it’s like you are purchasing into a wholesale membership club. YL will ask you for your SSN and you will be asked if you want to enroll in Essential Rewards (ER). Just skip the ER part you can always add it later. It’s an autoship feature that lets you customize your oil order EACH month and earn points towards free oils and requires you to purchase 50PV (personal volume) EVERY month. It can be cancelled at anytime.

The only requirement after purchasing the PSK is that you have to purchase 50PV (personal volume) once a year in order to maintain the 24% discount and wholesale pricing. That's what my mom, granny and sister-in-law are doing - just the one-time purchase of the PSK. No pressure from me or anyone to ever purchase again if you don't wanna!

Another great feature of grabbing your PSK with me is that I am a Lemon Dropper and Happy Oiler. These are amazing teams with lots of helpful resources. You will never be alone in this oily journey!! When your PSK comes in, it’s very overwhelming and you may feel completely lost. I’m here as well as the rest of our team to help you find your way through it all and help you remember why you bought your PSK in the first place.

Because YL an MLM (multi-level marketing) company, there is a business side to it if you want there to be. Totally up to you. Never any pressure to do the business side at all. You come to me if you decide you want to sell a kit or set up a vendor event. I am here for you if needed.

Ready to dive in?? Click here! Still want more info or have questions? Email me!!

I look forward to hearing from you!

Essential Oil Safety

Use a carrier oil (like olive, sweet almond, fractionated coconut, or jojoba oil) to dilute your essential oil when applying to skin. I have seen these carrier oils sold at my local grocery store in the health and beauty sections, on Amazon and at Natural Grocers. Diluting isn’t always necessary, but it's best to start that way to ensure your skin, nose or head aren’t too sensitive! I didn’t listen and as a result I was getting dull headaches because the oils are so potent, and I wasn’t used to them yet. Some people refer to this as detoxing because the oils are pulling toxins out of the body. Using YL oils has caused me to hate the smell of chemically infused products, especially bathroom spray, candles and body wash. They smell so fake to me now and I will never go back to them...Ok back to safety :-)

Store your oils in a cool, dark place to keep their compounds from altering.

Keep oils out of your eyes and ears. If they accidentally get where they shouldn't go, use a carrier oil (not water) to rinse it out. Oil and water don’t mix, remember!!

It's always wise to start slow and small and consult a doctor well versed in oils before use.

Always put citrus oils in glass, paper products or aluminum. Citrus oils (lemon, lime, orange, citrus, grapefruit, etc.) are incredible at pulling toxins out of plastics. If you are going to drink water with EO in it, you don't want to also drink plastic, even the BPA free stuff can still have toxins pulled out. Yuck! Only medical grade plastics are safe.

Check the oil bottle before ingesting an oil to be sure that it is labeled as a "dietary supplement."

Always heavily dilute with a carrier oil for kids and babies, never straight out of the bottle. Only diffuse around newborns. We never apply topically until our little ones are at least 6 months old, and we always dilute heavily! Pregnant or nursing moms should do their research before ingesting or applying oils just to be on the safe side!!

This are just my tips. I'm sure there are many more. Do your research!!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Copaiba Vanilla Moisturizing Conditioner

Back in September I made the decision to slowly weed out the harmful toxins in my life from store-bought products. I quickly got rid of lotions and made my own. Through out all my Philosophy face products that were higher than 5 from the Think Dirty app. (I practically cried!) I was able to successfully make my own. I easily threw out my old shampoo and tried to make my own with no success :-( I ended finding a Lemongrass shampoo at Natural Grocers that I like for now. Then I finally ran out of my old conditioner and replaced it with the Young Living copaiba and vanilla conditioner!

I tried it on my daughter first when she ran out of her detangler.

Homemade Detangler
1 teaspoon - conditioner of choice
10-12 ounces - warm water
1 empty 10-12 ounce bottle

Softly swirl the conditioner and warm water together for several minutes by rotating the bottle 360 degrees fairly slowly the entire time. Every now and then give it a good shake to make sure the conditioner is dissolving.

You could also use a bowl, whisk or fork, and a funnel to dissolve the conditioner and then use the funnel to put it in the bottle. (Too much work for this lazy girl!!)

Smells great and I actually like it better than that store bought crap!


My own personal experience now. The first time I got way too much out. I have extra thick shoulder length hair. I am used to using sever silver dollar sized portions to get my hair fully covered. I used 1 silver dollar potion and wished I could have put half of it back! I hated to waste it!! The bottle with my discount was $22 for a 10oz bottle!! So expensive!!

First Thoughts: my hair was very soft but could get weighed down with this thick conditioner.

The second time I knew to use less but it was still too much.

Third time's a charm!! I used about a nickel size amount with water and spread it all over. Got great coverage in getting all my thickness and still got the soft hair I was looking for without it feeling weighted down! Finally!!

I feel like this 10oz bottle is going to last me forever now that I see I barely need any to make it work!! Hallelujah!! I don't feel like the price is that much any more based on the serving size I require for my desired results.

I will definitely purchase again to keep it in my stock. I will probably buy the shampoo that goes with it since I am not completely happy with my nonYL shampoo.

Monday, November 9, 2015

How I started using essential oils

I started my essential oil (EO) journey in August 2015 when I decided to go to a free class at a local gym that was advertising to learn about essential oils. I learned that EO are made from plants and can have some great benefits to our wellness.

I remember feeling very overwhelmed by all the new information and the only other participant in the class was a new enrollee of the presenter. The enrollee was very annoying and was making me want to leave the longer I stayed, but I stuck it out to make the 5 free rollerballs the presenter was offering. It was only supposed to be 1 rollerball per person. The presenter let both of us make all of them, since 18 people RSVPd for the event. I was excited about the allergy blend for my husband, the focus blend for my daughter and the sunshine in a bottle for myself.

I asked hubby if I could put the allergy blend on his feet at bedtime as instructed to do by the presenter. He allowed. He woke up the next morning not sneezing his head off. I thought to myself, "Wow! I can't believe it worked." The next bedtime I asked to put it on him. He declined. He woke up sneezing his hiney off. I asked to apply the oils to his ears. He declined. A few minutes later (still sneezing) I asked again and took his "NO!" to heart. Ok. Fine. Sneeze your @$$ off and see if I care...Fifteen minutes later still sneezing he says, "Can you put that stuff on me?" Within minutes, he stops.

I was sold on oils!! Even though hubby saw immediate results, he was still not sold. REALLY?? What's it gonna take??

The focus blend I made for my daughter seemed to be working too. She was getting nothing but green smiley faces from her kindergarten teacher and asking for the oil before school. It seemed to make her more aware of her lack of attention. Made and passed on the same blend to my friend in the Boston area since her son was also having trouble focusing. Seems to be working for him too. She said something to the effect of, "He comes home with good notes on the days he wears the focus oil." Yay!!!

For myself, I was excited to try the Sunshine. I am normally a peppy person, so I didn't notice much change if any. I was just wearing it as a new perfume. That's when I started really becoming aware of all the chemical laden products that surrounded me. I threw them all out b/c I couldn't stand the fake fragrances - bathroom spray, candles, face products, and cleaning products.

Allergy Blend
5mL rollerball bottle
10 drops lavender
10 drops lemon
10 drops peppermint
fill rest of bottle with carrier oil (olive oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil)

Focus Blend
5mL rollerball bottle
10-15 drops peppermint
10-15 drops orange
fill rest of bottle with carrier oil

After trying out these rollerball blends, I was ready to buy my own oils and start sharing all the wonderful goodness that was happening for my family. I contacted a fellow LE wife that I remembered was always posting about oils but that I never really payed attention to. If anyone was going to get my oil business it was going to be a fellow LE wife who really introduced me to oils without giving me any information. Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy, she sent me a link and I signed up.

I was a little apprehensive since the website was asking for my SSN. I didn't want to sell these oils. I just wanted the package that had several and the diffuser. About five minutes later, I got over it and signed up. Since I got my kit, my story got three of my closest girl friends, my mom, my granny, and my sister-in-law to all buy a kit as well to see if it would work for their families. I also gave out a lot of samples for them to try all the oily goodness!!! It worked for them too. How did I not know about this stuff before? I know the company has been around for twenty years but how could I not know??

Young Living Essential Oils is the company in which I invested $160. It has changed my life, and I will always be grateful! Want some samples? Have some questions? Email meFB message me or Instagram me!

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