Oil-Infused Holiday Feast

Who’s looking forward to Thanksgiving next week? I love spending time with family, especially when there’s yummy food involved!

This will be the first “oily” holiday season. I’m looking forward to incorporating essential oils into my holiday cooking, and after Thanksgiving I plan to start working on some handmade holiday gifts that incorporate my Young Living essential oils! I’ll be posting about those gift ideas in the coming weeks.

For now, I want to share with you some delicious oil-infused holiday recipes. I hope you and your families have a  blessed Thanksgiving next week! Enjoy!

Back to School with Young Living!

I started “back to school” August 3rd, and our students’ first day was August 17th. It has been non-stop crazy since then!

Before things got too frantic though, Becky and I hosted a Back to School Make and Take. We had a great time preparing some oily items to help us prep for this school year! (I’ve used up all of my Stress Away bath soak – it’s time to make more! :))

If you weren’t able to join us, here are some pictures of our set up below. I’ve included the recipes so if you missed our event, you can still join in the fun and get ready for this school year!

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Top Uses for Tea Tree Oil

As y’all know, I love replacing conventional chemical-laden personal products with all natural homemade products infused with essential oils. Some essential oils are used in my recipes more than others – melaleuca alternifolia, or tea tree essential oil, is one such powerhouse.

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This essential oil is used in almost all of my skincare DIY essential oils recipes! I use it in my facial oils, my make up removal wipes, my blemish roll-on…you get the idea. 🙂

I wanted to share with you my recipe for make up removal wipes. I use these every evening, and they work so much better than the store bought ones!

To get started, you’ll need the following:

  • distilled water
  • fractionated coconut oil
  • cotton rounds
  • Young Living melaleuca alternifolia essential oil
  • a little jar to keep it in(I used a 4 oz. jar I had on hand)

All you have to do is pour enough distilled water in the jar to fill it about halfway. Add 2 T of FCO, and about 8 drops of tea tree oil. (I like to add a few drops of lavender too, but it’s totally optional!) Close the jar and shake. Open the jar, and add 20-40 cotton rounds. Close and shake again.

Now you’ve got your make up remover wipes! DIY Make Up Removing Wipes (1)

(If you like camping/backpacking, pack a few of these in a little zip loc bag. They’re so refreshing to use after you’ve spent a day in the woods!)

My new favorite homemade shampoo! 

So on my quest to clean up my lifestyle this year, hair products have definitely been one of the hardest to switch over! I’ve tried so many different things- no poo, Dirty Poo, NaturOli shampoo made from soapnuts (my fave, but a little pricey), Morrocco Methods, shampoo bars…you name it, I’ve tried it! I have several that I still use from time to time, but not one that I could use daily and have my hair look decent. Until, I found this recipe from Hippy Homemaker

   
  
It’s perfect! The marshmallow root gives the recipe the ‘slip’ that I missed from commercial shampoos, but I still know I’m using good, healthy ingredients for my hair. The recipe made about 12 ounces, and I only use a quarter size dollop to wash all of my hair, so I should be able to go a few weeks before making my next batch.  I don’t even need my lavender/ACV conditioning spray afterwards! My hair is happy. 🙂

Let me know if try it! 

Easy Peasy Homemade Hand Soap

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This year, I’ve been moving away from store bought cleaners, cleaning supplies, soaps, etcetera. One of my very first recipes I made was my liquid hand soap. Not only do I know EXACTLY what’s in my soap, it’s super cheap to make and lasts forever!

 

Here’s what you need:

1 gallon distilled water ~$ .88

2 5 oz bars of castile soap – $4.69 each (I buy mine from thrivemarket.com for $2.95 each! It’s a steal! If you click on my link to Thrive Market, you’ll get 25% off your first order too!)

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20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil (I only recommend Young Living essential oils. To learn why, click here.)

Total Cost: $10.26(If you paid retail for soap), or $6.78 if you buy your soap from Thrive Market.

Cost per bottle: Less than 56 cents/bottle(from Thrive) or about 90 cents if you paid full retail price for the soap! 

Honestly, it’s probably even less than that per bottle of soap. I’ve refilled all of my soap dispensers twice already and still have a bunch left. It’s so much cheaper than buying all of your soap at the Bath and Body Works semi-annual sales(like I used to do), AND you’re not being exposed to all of the sulfates and artificial fragrances in the BB&W soap!

Here’s what you do:

1. Grate both of your soap bars into a nice big pile of shredded soap. 🙂

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2. Heat up your water in a big pot. *If you’re not using distilled water, heat your water until it’s boiling! Then, turn it down until it’s just hot.

3. Dump your pile of grated soap into your big hot pot of water and stir.

4. Keep stirring.

5. Keep stirring, until all of the soap has dissolved into the hot water.

6. Take your pot o’ soap off of the heat, and let it rest for 12-24 hours. The mixture will continue to thicken throughout the day. Stir it when you can, but don’t worry about it too much.

7. Stir in any essential oils, if desired. Start with a few drops and keep building until your soap is “smelly” enough for you.

8. Pour into containers. If you’re messy like me, I recommend using a funnel to fill all of your containers!

This makes a ton! I filled up four soap dispensers and several mason jars with my hand soap.

9. Repeat this process when you start running out.

(Don’t worry, it’s gonna be a while! I made my first batch 3 months ago, and still have a TON left. I like DIY projects that I don’t have repeat too often!)

 

 

 

Stop That Itch!

After yesterday’s post about the best bug spray ever, I realized I had not posted about my Itch Away roll on! This was actually my very first essential oil blend I ever used. A week after receiving my PSK (premium starter kit), I had a flare up of a recurring condition. I was itchy and in some pain and so desperately trying to avoid the months-long recovery I dealt with during my first flare up.

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I was very new to essential oils, so I relied on my handy-dandy pocket reference and the wonderful Simply Natural Facebook group as resources. Not only did the blend reduce the itching/pain from that flare up, it’s now a staple in my oily medicine cabinet. Any time I have a minor skin irritation(bug bites, rash, contact dermatitis, etcetera), I pull out my new roller blend!

Here’s my recipe:

Itch Away Roller Blend

10 drops tea tree essential oil

10 drops lavender essential oil

20 drops fractionated coconut oil 

Want to know the only essential oils I recommend? Check here for why I only use Young Living essential oils! 

Use a small metal funnel to pour all ingredients into the roller bottle. Now you’ve got a great remedy ready to go whenever you need it!