Resurrection!!!

Oh dear!  To that that is has been awhile is an understatement.  After so much excitement and gusto during my initial creation of this website I promptly let it slip to the sidelines and disappear entirely for the last 3+ y...e...a...r...s... yikes!  A lot has changed in that time frame, and a lot has stayed the same.  Consider this post a declaration of resurrection!!! (I'm not even going to write: "for real this time" because I'm so tired of having to say that to myself...but seriously, for real....)

At any rate, I am re-declaring my presence online. I’m still not exactly sure why, to be perfectly frank. I have no idea who is going to read this (besides my mom, and thanks in advance mom) or who is going to care but I’ve always felt that I have some important message to share with the world (although I still have no idea what that is) so here goes nothing!

I’ll keep coming back here to share my thoughts, experiences, helpful knowledge and plight in my search for meaning in life and you, whoever you are, well you keep doing whatever it is you do.

My Essential Oil Life with Kids!

Written by guest blogger, Carrie Villanueva, mother of the year, health and wellness enthusiast, entrepreneur and so much more!

Life can be wonderfully challenging, especially as a working mother of two boys, ages 6 and 12.  I think you can relate to this if you too have children.  Some days I have one child at my home and other days I have 5 or 6, only two are mine!  Picture it!  The messes, tantrums, illnesses, fuss of homework, the wrestling and yelling, the spills and stains… the list goes on and on.  Boy do I sound like a complainer but I know you've been there too. ☺   

There are many blessings as well.  Sooooo many blessings which definitely outweigh the tough times and truly make them all worth it.  Feel it!  The late night snuggles when they are not feeling well or had a “bad dream”. The hugs and kisses after they fell and scraped their knee and “Mommy made it all better”.  The five minute tantrum that seemed like an hour or two but is followed by “Mommy I’m sorry, I love you!” The hug break in the middle of the wrestling match.  The proud face smiling ear to ear with marker stains on chin, mouth and hands.  The sad face when they are caught hiding the candy wrappers in the corner of their bedroom after they just brushed their teeth for bedtime.  The gold star with an A on that homework project they “surprise” reminded you they had at the 11th hour the night before it was due, which by the way caused a whole roller coaster of emotions for both you and your child but it allowed you to spend quality time working together.  The giant hug and kiss “Mommy, You’re the best Mommy ever in the whole wide world” at that very moment when you needed it the most!  See, the good does outweigh the bad by a long shot.

You’re probably asking yourself “How do essential oils tie into all of this?” The answer is – perfectly!

My essential oils have been extremely handy for each and every one of these situations.  Do I remember to use them every single time?  No.  But I do use my oils when my children or I need it most because the oils work.  In fact, both of my kids have had such wonderful experiences that now THEY ask ME to grab my oils for whatever situation they face on a day to day basis.  This, my friends, is called “joy and peace of mind”.

Let me offer a brief list of my favorite oils to use with my children and how I’ve used them.  I will keep this to a few oils because there are soooooo many that I love to use!

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Please always keep in mind that it is important to use the absolute purest essential oils.  Since children are smaller than us and usually have skin that is sensitive, it is a good idea to use essential oils with vegetable based carrier oil such as coconut oil, grapeseed oil, almond oil, olive oil…etc.

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Lavender E.O. – Wonderful for bath time to calm the body.  I love to add 2 drops of Lavender and a ½ cup of Epsom Salts to the warm bath water as it is filling.  Gently dab a fingertip of lavender oil to cuts, bruises or burns to soothe the skin and help combat infections.  Having a tantrum? Apply a fingertip of oil to the wrist or behind the ear.  Have them take a few deep breaths with a big “Aaaaahhhh exhale” and you have calmness.  This tip works for both mom and kids alike thank goodness! ☺

Lemon E.O. – We all experience the magic marker, finger paint, ice pop stains, sticky glue of stickers, food or drink stains on the carpet, couch or clothes... Well believe it or not, a little lemon goes a long way in helping with these “challenges” and it smells amazing too!  A wet sponge with a drop of lemon essential oil gently rubbed on the surfaces will help to break down the coloring, glue or stain so you can then wipe it away.  Some of the more stuck on stains may require a bit of elbow grease and water.

Peppermint E.O. – This oil is great for sinus issues, tummy troubles, and boosting of energy.  Always be careful with using this oil on the little ones because it can cause sensitivity near the eyes and please always dilute with a carrier oil if you apply topically to the skin because it can be “tingly”.  I love to diffuse it with Wild Orange in the morning as my kids are eating breakfast to get their senses “awakened”. I also apply Peppermint oil to the bottoms of their feet when they have a cough or increased body temperature.  If they have a bit of sinus congestion I will diffuse it throughout the house.  Sometimes I apply a little bit of coconut oil and a fingertip of peppermint oil behind their ears with a gentle massage… this helps my boys tremendously.  

Diffusing Wild Orange and Rosemary E.O. helps me personally when I have a hectic schedule and need to focus and zoom in on getting a long list of errands around the house accomplished.  This has also been very helpful for my children in concentrating and staying on task with their homework and other school projects.

These five oils are just the tip of the iceberg and have 150 plus ways to use them, probably even more than that!  Essential oils play a huge roll in helping me to care for my children and I hope that in keeping this simple with just a few suggested oils, I opened up opportunities for you and your children to benefit from the wonderful and amazing world of pure, natural, and healthy solutions!

Thank you for taking the time to share in my experiences.  Stay tuned for more tips on how oils and kids “mix”. ☺

Carrie Villanueva is the mother of two amazing boys and currently resides in New Jersey.  She teaches regular classes educating the world about the benefits of healthy living and essential oils and especially loves empowering other mothers with the knowledge to help care for their families naturally.  For more information about using essential oils for your children contact Carrie at livewholeforlife@gmail.com .  You can also follow her on Facebook at "Live Whôle. For Life."  She is also on instagram at livewholeforlife.  

Carrie Villanueva is the mother of two amazing boys and currently resides in New Jersey.  She teaches regular classes educating the world about the benefits of healthy living and essential oils and especially loves empowering other mothers with the knowledge to help care for their families naturally.  For more information about using essential oils for your children contact Carrie at livewholeforlife@gmail.com .  You can also follow her on Facebook at "Live Whôle. For Life."  She is also on instagram at livewholeforlife.  

Cooking with Essential Oils

Written by Guest Blogger Robin Schick, expert on using essential oils in the kitchen and DIY authority.

I LOVE to cook with essential oils.  It is very easy and it seems only natural.  Essential oils come from plants and plants are good for you.  Everyone knows we should eat more plants!

Cooking and essentials oils go hand in hand.  Can you imagine pancakes without syrup or toast without homemade jam?  Essential oils are a staple in my kitchen because cooking and essentials oils go together like hot cocoa and marshmallows, peanut butter and jelly, like rama lamma lamma ka dinga da dinga dong – you get the idea - they are a great team!!!

When my children were younger and still living at home, I spent many hours planning meals for the week.  Now, that my children are in college and starting out on their own, my husband and I are more apt to change our schedule on a whim.  Weekly planning is no longer a necessity and it’s so awesome!

While the freedom to be spontaneous with meals is quite liberating, without strict adherence to schedule, inevitably things go bad.  These days, if I buy a lemon or a lime intending to use it in a recipe, sometimes it will spoil simply because I have rescheduled that recipe too many times… One day in particular, I wanted to make Lemon Blueberry Muffins and my one lemon was no longer usable.  My car was in the shop, and I didn’t feel like walking to the store to purchase a new, fresh lemon.  What to do?  Obviously lemon is a key ingredient in Lemon Blueberry Muffins.  I thought to myself… “I have Lemon Essential Oil, why don’t I try that instead?” Well I did try that and I’m happy to report that is was a huge SUCCESS!

 

When I used pure Lemon Essential Oil in place of lemon zest and lemon juice the original recipe called for 2 Tbsp of Lemon Juice and 2 Tbsp of Lemon zest.  As a replacement, I used 2 drops of Lemon Essential Oil for the 2 tsp of Lemon Juice and 2-3 drops of Lemon Essential Oil for the 2 Tbsp of Lemon Zest.  
Please note: It is not a one to one swap.  DO NOT use 2 tsp of Lemon Essential Oils – that would be a disaster!

Now don’t get me wrong, this was not my first time using my essential oils in the kitchen but usually in the past I added oils to savory dishes like Spaghetti sauce or Hummus for an extra burst of flavor, you get the idea.  When the Lemon Blueberry Muffins came out perfectly with a direct substitution, I wanted to sing from the rooftops!  We are gluten free and dairy free at our home (well at least ½ of us are, and since this half does the cooking – most likely my recipes are too) And let me tell you, we don’t miss out on taste or texture.  If it’s not good, it doesn’t get put in the recipe collection.  This recipe with the essential oil substitution worked beautifully!  So it can stay.  

Let’s back up here a bit.  When you want to use essential oils in cooking or for your health, you must be sure that the essential oils you are using are the absolute purest oils on the planet.  Our bodies are precious and we don’t want to be adding anything to our bodies that has fillers or chemicals in it.  Stick with the very best essential oils.  The oils that I use for myself and my family are 100% pure essential oil- no fillers, no pesticides, no added chemicals, just plants.  Please reach out to me personally and I’d be happy to teach you how and where to get the very best oils for yourself!  

If you haven't been able to tell, Lemon Essential Oil is one of my favorites and it is absolutely essential to keep in the kitchen.  It is extremely multifunctional and here a few other suggestions on how to put your bottle of lemon oil to good use!

Stop Cutting Board Bacteria - Cutting boards can harbor bacteria in your kitchen.  Nobody wants to taste the chemicals you have in your cleaning closet, yet most people love the taste of lemon.
Cut Grease- Lemon oil is a great de-greaser!  Add a drop to your soap as you wash your hands to get rid of persistent grease and leave your hands smelling fresh!
Nourish Leather.-  Sadly, leathers are not maintenance free. Whether you are caring for a leather couch or your favorite leather jacket, use a lemon oil soaked cloth to preserve them, and prevent leather from splitting.
Bring Furniture Back to Life!  Just add a few drops of lemon oil to olive oil for a non-toxic furniture polish. Lemon oil leaves a beautiful shine, prevents fine wood finishes from drying out, and replaces lost moisture in antique woods as it penetrates worn finishes
De-Smudge Stainless Steel.  Multi-use lemon essential oil is absolutely fantastic for cleaning stainless steel appliances. After a quick application of lemon oil, stainless steel looks brand new again!

One of my favorites ways to use Lemon Essential Oil is as a gentle detox drink each morning.  You might say “I don’t have toxins, I eat healthy.”  Well, we live in a world filled with pollution and pesticides and plastic, it’s impossible to avoid it all.  Do yourself a favor and help your body flush out toxins by drinking a glass of water with pure lemon oil.

Gentle Morning Detox Drink
Right after you wake in the morning drink 8 oz of water with a few drops of Lemon Essential Oil, it will help your body get rid of toxins that are built up in your body.  Did I mention it is also very refreshing?

And these are just a few suggestions out of literally hundreds!  Stay tuned for more suggestions on how to use essential oils in your kitchen for fun and for health!

Robin Schick is an expert in the kitchen, specializing in Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free diets and cooking with pure essential oils.  She is a wellness advocate and holds monthly essential oils classes in the Salt Lake City area to help educate others on the benefits of using pure essential oils.  If you would like more information about pure essential oils and how to use them in the kitchen, or if you would like to sample some oils for yourself reach out to Robin directly at  Robinschick10@gmail.com  and you can also find her on facebook!

Robin Schick is an expert in the kitchen, specializing in Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free diets and cooking with pure essential oils.  She is a wellness advocate and holds monthly essential oils classes in the Salt Lake City area to help educate others on the benefits of using pure essential oils.  If you would like more information about pure essential oils and how to use them in the kitchen, or if you would like to sample some oils for yourself reach out to Robin directly at Robinschick10@gmail.com and you can also find her on facebook!

Traveling with Essential Oils

Written by guest blogger, Grace Engelbrecht, mother of Stephanie Briteangel and Essential Oil Traveler Extraordinaire.  

YES! You can (and should) travel with your Essential Oils!

My friends and family often wonder where I am... Am I in Utah....Am I in Florida...Am I in New Jersey...Am I on a plane???

I love to travel and can't go anywhere without my essential oils!  It doesn't matter whether I am traveling by car, plane, boat or on foot; I bring my essential  oils with me no matter where I go!

Our most recent trip was to Sarasota, Florida to visit Vivian, my Mother-in-Law.  Viv is also an essential oil enthusiast at 92!  Lavender is her favorite.  Typically to get to Florida we like to fly Southwest Airlines out of Philadelphia, because they have non-stops.  If we are lucky, we get TSA approval. TSA approval makes it so easy to travel with my favorite oils because I don't even have to take them out of my carryon bag!  I keep an empty plastic bag handy just in case this type of approval heads south for some reason as it has in the past and I do need to remove my travel liquids to go through security.  

Can you really take oils on a plane?:  YES! You can (and should) travel with your Essential Oils!

I travel with many of my oils in their original bottle.  The 5ml bottle and the 15 ml bottle as well as the 10 ml roller bottles are all small enough to go into the one quart clear bag approved by TSA.  I also carry some smaller 1/4 dram mini bottles filled with oils that I don’t need as much of, as well as some mini samples to share with new friends I will meet along the way!

I usually fill the quart size bag, and so does my husband, and the essential oils vary depending on whether we are going to beach weather or snow country.  That being said, there are a few oils that make the cut in every environment! 

Which oils do you bring?

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1.  Frankincense:  Promotes cellular vitality, reduces puffiness and water retention.  Use for occasional head and neck tension and respiratory support.

Which oils can't we live without on such a trip?  Frankly speaking, I can never be without Frankincense.  It is my absolute favorite oil and I use it multiple times a day for overall health and wellbeing.  When in doubt, use Frank.  Yes, we are on a first name basis.   

2.  Fennel:  Motion sickness?  Upset stomach?  Fennel yourself!  Rub it directly on your belly, on the bottoms of your feet or even put a tiny drop in water (as long as you are using extremely high quality, pure essential oil).

When traveling, it can be difficult to eat clean healthy food, particularly in places like airports.  My husband and I use a wonderful digestive blend of ginger, fennel, peppermint, tarragon in addition to other oils for occasional upsets from airport dining or just overdoing it on a vacation meal.  (Too much key lime pie!)  I never leave home with out my digestive oils.

3.  Peppermint:  This oil is one of the most versatile in my opinion.  Use it to soothe digestive upsets, open your respiratory system, and ward of bugs!

Occasionally the pressure from the plane, especially during take offs and landings, can really mess with your head, literally.  If you have sensitive ears or are congested because of seasonal or environmental threats, plane rides can be quite painful.  I carry oils for the respiratory system such as  Laurel Leaf, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and Melaleuca for this reason!  These oils combined in a respiratory blend helps to clear clogged airways due to the flight or seasonal discomforts and provides tremendous relief when you feel like your head is about to explode.

4.  Lemon:  Apply a drop to palms and rub together as an instant travel hand sanitizer.  Ward off mosquitoes and even put a drop in your water for a refreshing drink that not only boosts your immune system, it also tastes great! (Note:  When taking oils internally make sure that they are of the very highest quality.)

For a trip to Sarasota, I always need a repellant blend with lemon, eucalyptus, citronella  and other oils that helps us avoid those tiny pesky flying little guys that bite like crazy!  Lemon essential oil also doubles as a travel hand sanitizer in a pinch because it is naturally cleansing and purifying.  

5.  Lavender: Use this oil to help reduce traveling stress and assist in restful sleep.

Finally, when traveling, Lavender essential oil is an absolute necessity.  Whether you are stressed from the journey, or having difficulties sleeping in a strange new place, lavender is an excellent choice to help reduce stress and encourage rest.  Simply take a deep inhale from the bottle or apply lavender topically to your pulse points or the bottoms of your feet.  You can even put a drop of lavender on your pillow for a calm and fragrant nights sleep.  

Of course, we also pack many other products that contain essential oils such as shampoo and toothpaste.  More often that not, they go in the checked luggage!

Well, that is just the tip of the iceberg but I will share more about the oils we travel with and how we use them in months to come!

For now, stay calm and travel on!

Grace is an avid traveler and essential oil aficionado.  She loves teaching others how to use essential oils, especially on the go, hopping across the country and living it up!  If you would like to know more about traveling with essential oils, please reach out to Grace at gracemakesscents@gmail.com and stay tuned for her website and blog which are in the making... you can also follow Grace on her Facebook page :"Grace Makes Scents"!  

Grace is an avid traveler and essential oil aficionado.  She loves teaching others how to use essential oils, especially on the go, hopping across the country and living it up!  If you would like to know more about traveling with essential oils, please reach out to Grace at gracemakesscents@gmail.com and stay tuned for her website and blog which are in the making... you can also follow Grace on her Facebook page :"Grace Makes Scents"!  

The Juice Fairy Said....."Juice them before they get slimy..."

Today was a wonderful day for Juice!  I love drinking fresh juice.  Truth.  It is so good for you and very tasty.  I don’t know always like taking the time to make juice (double truth), because let’s face it, it is pretty time consuming.  Thankfully, today the Inspirational Juice Fairy whispered in my ear and said “You have too many apples and carrots in the fridge…Juice them before they get slimy…”  She was right.  So I gathered my apples, rainbow carrots and favorite red knife and got to work!

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Apple, Carrot & Ginger Juice is a very popular combination.  Firstly, it is delicious.  Secondly, as far as juicing is concerned, this one if pretty straightforward.  You need 3 ingredients:  apples, carrots and ginger.  Voilà!  Today, I did not have fresh ginger so I decided to use pure ginger essential oil instead and it worked out perfectly!

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There are many benefits to drinking fresh fruit and vegetable juice.  Fresh juice helps to boost your vitamin and mineral intake.  Drinking this Apple, Carrot, Ginger juice will give me a huge boost of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Potassium & Magnesium, and Vitamin K. 

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Ginger

Ginger is a popular cooking spice and has been used for thousands of years in the kitchen for a warm, spicy flavor.  Did you know that the Greeks were using ginger to make Gingerbread over 4,000 years ago?  The Egyptians used ginger in their cooking, and Romans added ginger to their wine (they believed it was an aphrodisiac).  

Historically used for medicinal purposes, Ginger is probably best known for it’s noticeable affect on the digestive system.  Ginger is a digestive aid, assisting with issues such as a loss of appetite, various digestive disorders and indigestion.  Remember when you had a stomach ache when you were a kid and your mom gave you some Ginger Ale to drink?  She was right (well, back in the days when Ginger Ale actually had real ginger in it…)  Lesser known uses for ginger include relieving symptoms of arthritis, reducing mucous and congestion, aiding memory, soothing muscle pain and soothing sore throats.  

The great thing about essential oils is that they have physical and emotional benefits.  So, while you are drinking juice with Ginger essential oil, not only are you supporting your physical body, but you are also addressing emotional issues at the same time!

Emotionally, Ginger is the oil of empowerment.  Ginger tells us to be fully present and participate in our lives!!!  Ginger assists in releasing the victim mentality that many of us fall into.  

Ginger allows us to accept full responsibility for our lives and be the conscious creators that we are meant to be!  If you would like to learn more about the emotional side of essential oils, then I highly recommend you get yourself a copy of "Emotions & Essential Oils: A Modern Resource for Healing"  by Daniel MacDonald.  It is an extremely helpful and extremely fascinating tool.  

Moral:  Experiment in the name of natural health!

PS.  Here is a shoutout to Joe Cross who is the reason that I own a juicer in the first place.  http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/recipe-of-the-week-carrot-apple-ginger-juice/ A few years ago my parents watched a screening of "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead", and it made such an impression on them that they mailed me a juicer the next morning. 

(mostly) rejecting astrology.

You would think that taking care of yourself first would be a natural instinct.  Of course!  Take care of yourself.  Make sure you are well fed, clothed and rested.  Do the things that you want to do, the things that give your life meaning and give you joy.  Most of us are brainwashed while growing up to please other people, and to be fair, that is fine within reason.  Acts of service and demonstrations of respect are worthy endeavors but there has to be a happy medium between being a doormat and being a narcissist.  Very few people I know are well balanced on the door mat/narcissist spectrum, and sadly I’d have to say that most fall on the side of the doormat, myself included from time to time.  

Hi.  My name is Stephanie and I have an upper limit problem.  If you haven’t heard of upper limit problems then you really should do yourself a favor and read “The Big Leap” by Gay Hendricks, because you probably have an upper limit problem as well, which, at the most basic level is a fear of owning your true potential.  For some reason I like to get in my own way.  I like to wait until Monday, or the new moon, or until Mercury is out of retrograde... 

There are only so many times I blame the planets before I start to make myself sick.  I'm sure that they effect us, they must, but I've decided not to care about that anymore because if Mercury isn't in retrograde trying to mess with me, then it is Venus (mother%*&$#@!).  I doubt that the  planets will ever be perfectly aligned for me to claim my power and give me the external drive to do whatever I'm supposed to be doing.  Somehow, I have to figure out how to generate that drive within myself, and then act.  Planets be damned.  



A Lesson from the birds...

I’m standing (sitting) guard on our small patio deck.  Yesterday, two perfectly adorable and seemingly harmless birds perched on our handrail for hours.  Their heads tilted to one side, and then to the other.  At first we thought they were cute.  They stayed a long time on the rail, hours in fact.  They watched us through the glass.  We shared many moments staring long into each others eyes.  We were one…

Today, the trouble started.  Today the birds decided to build a mud house on our the wall.  Our neighbor had warned us about this possibility last year when we first moved in.  

“They will come”, he said, “you should put up a net”. 

But last year they didn’t seem to bother us.  They must have had a perfectly lovely mud house somewhere else.  Today is when the trouble started.

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Every time they fly close by I yell at them.  They swoop in, ready to make another addition to their house.  “Hey!” I say.  They make one large circle and try again to plant their mud again.  “Get out of here!”  I yell.  Another circle.  “No!”  Another circle.  “Keep moving birds!”  and it continues…in fact, here they come again!

Sadly, I’m going to have to go get a broom and crush their dreams.  (I don’t aspire to kill anyones dreams but these birds just won’t listen to reason and I’ve been warning them all day!)  It’s time to take action.  Still, despite their annoying squatter tendencies, I admire these birds.  I admire their persistence and determination to carve out a space for themselves in this crazy world no matter how many times I yell at them and pound the glass.  They’ll shrug it off and go find another place to build a nest and probably be better for it.  It takes courage to declare your space in the face of fierce opposition! (Yes that would be me.)  And It takes courage to defend your space and stand strong in the face of shrewd attackers (yes that would be the birds.)

I’ve learned something today.  

I smell good and sparkle…

Things that sparkle bring me joy, and last week I became completely obsessed with something I found at our cute local new-age-y store...a glitter roll on bottle.  When I first picked it up I thought to myself simultaneously, “this is great!” and “this is so silly!”, as in who would pay $11 for this roller bottle filled with gold glitter?  Well, the answer turned out to be…I would.  I am the type of person who will foolishly spend $11 on a roll on bottle of glitter, but as I stated before, sparkly things bring me joy and adding joy to life is a good thing.  

I am proud to say that initially, I did leave the store without making my purchase, and I did try to make my own version at home.  I took a trip to Michael’s to purchase the finest glitter I could find.  Thankfully I already I had hundreds of empty roller bottles around my house because I use them all the time to make my own essential oil recipes and concoctions.  I have roller bottles in all various sizes and colors and I tried them all to no avail.  Either the glitter wasn’t fine enough or the roller bottles were too tight, or perhaps it was a combination of the two.  Extremely frustrated…I went back to the cute new age-y store and dropped $11.  Alas.

The story does have a happy, productive, do it yourself ending!  After much searching on the internet, I found appropriate sized glitter and rolller-bottles which definitely have a “looser roll” than the bottles I already had at home.  You can purchase them both on amazon of course.  A few days later when my appropriate supplies arrived I tried again to create a beautiful roller bottle filled with glitter and thank goodness it worked!

But what is even better than rolling glitter onto your body?…Rolling both glitter and essential oils together!  This is what you need!



Materials:
-roller-bottles 
-glitter
-a piece of paper
-fractionated coconut oil
-100% pure essential oils

Step 1.  Acquire the appropriate materials and avoid frustration and spending an unnecessary $11 at your local new-age-y shoppe.

Step 2.  Fill bottle with glitter.  If you are a glitter purist, go a head and fill it all the way up!  If you want to make a glitter-oil-roll-on then you get to choose how much glitter to add.  A little goes a long way, I suggest filling the bottle with about 1/6th glitter.  Use a folded piece of paper to pour the glitter cleanly and easily.  It’s just like elementary school!

Step 3.  Add fractionated coconut oil to the halfway mark approximately.

Step 4.  Choose your essential oils! Do you want to make a blend that helps you relax?  One that energizes you?  I decided to make an ABUNDANCE BLEND, the gold glitter adds the Midas Touch ;-)

BRITEANGEL’S ABUNDANCE BLEND RECIPE
Frankincense
Myrrh
Patchouli
Ginger
Wild Orange
Bergamot


Step 5.  Fill the remaining space with fractionated coconut oil and remember to leave room for the stopper!

Step 6.  Seal and Shake!  Isn’t is BEAUTIFUL!?!??!

Step 7.  Apply and ENJOY!!! Now you sparkle and smell good too!

 

 

DIY Immune Boosting Popcorn

This recipe is one of my favorite snacks!  Not only is it delicious, it is also an immune booster!  Who doesn't need an immune boost this time of year?  Make this easy On Guard Popcorn for a holiday party.  Package this popcorn in a large mason jar and tie a festive ribbon around the top to give to a friend or neighbor as an edible gift!  Or, just keep it all for yourself!

You will need the following ingredients:

  • popcorn
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 10-15 drops of pure essential oils (think immune supporting oils like cinnamon, wild orange, clove, and cassia)
  • salt (to taste)
  • cinnamon (to taste)
  • pumpkin pie spice (to taste)

Step 1.  Pop!

I air pop my popcorn.  I think my particular popcorn machine takes about 1/4 cup dry kernels at a time, it ends up making plenty of popcorn!  

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Step 2.  To the stove!

Melt 1/4 cup of coconut oil in a pan and add 1/4 cup of maple syrup.  

Step 3.  Essential oil time!

After the coconut oil and maple syrup are mixed together it is time to add the essential oils!  Add 10-15 drops of essential oil.  Stir!

Step 4.  Pour

Be careful, it's hot!  Pour a little bit at a time and stir.  Pour more, keep stirring, trying to evenly coat the popcorn as best you can!

Step 5.  Season to taste!

Add salt, cinnamon and pumpkin spice to your liking.

Step 6.  MIX!

Do you best to keep the popcorn in the bowl.  Popcorn explosions are a common occurrence over here...

Step 7.  Enjoy!

Enjoy your delicious creation!  Save some to package and gift if you can!


DIY Sugar Scrub

We are well into the "holiday season".  I won't deny that I love it.  I love the energy that comes along with the holidays and I really enjoy having an extra incentive to get creative with holiday gift giving.  Here is a very EASY & SIMPLE DIY gift that I'd like to share with you...an all natural, exfoliating SUGAR SCRUB!  If you've ever purchased a sugar scrub before, you are well aware that it can be very expensive!  $$$  Well not anymore!  Follow these simple and easy steps to make your own "homemade-with love" sugar scrub!  You will love it!  Your friends and your family will love it!  You will feel so proud giving an all natural homemade gift!  People will be impressed.  They will start to talk about how amazing you are...and they will be right, you ARE amazing!

You need the following:
1.  Sugar.  White sugar will do.  If you want to be fancy feel free to use brown sugar, or even salt! 
2.  Vegetable based carrier oil.  There are many possibilities here as well.  I prefer fractionated coconut oil, almond oil, or sunflower oil because these particular oils don't have a very strong scent.  You can use olive oil but that usually has a stronger scent.  Pick your favorite!  
3.  Pure essential oils of your choice.
4.  Containers.  
5.  Large mixing bowl.
6.  Spoon. 

Let's get started!

Get your containers ready!  They are about to be filled with a lovely exfoliant!

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You can make this scrub directly in the final container if you like, that is what I did in this instance because I used mason jars that were large enough to contain some considerable stirring.  If you have small containers, I suggest mixing everything in a large bowl and then transferring the finished product to your smaller containers upon completion.

This part is a little bit of a guessing game.  Start small.  Pour a little oil.  Stir.  Pour more.  Stir.  The final consistency should resemble wet sand.

The FUN part!  Which oils are calling your name?  Do you like the cooling tingle of peppermint?  Citrus oils like lemon, wild orange and lime can help address cellulite.  If you prefer an emotionally calming and soothing scrub I might suggest adding lavender.  My personal favorite oil of all time, geranium, is very soothing and balancing to the skin.  You can also combine two or three oils together for a completely original blend.  Here are some suggestions I like:  Wild Orange & Peppermint, Wild Orange & Lavender, Lavender & Geranium & Roman Chamomile, and Lime & Cedarwood.  Get creative!

How many drops of essential oil?  Good question.  Feel it out.  Start small.  Remember you can always ADD more if necessary.  If I remember correctly, I used about 15 drops of essential oil for each mason jar.  Tailor the strength for your personal preferences.  

Stir.  The consistency should resemble wet sand.  If you need more carrier oil, add a little at a time.  If you need more essential oils, add a little at a time.  Stir.  

Congratulations!  You did it!  I knew you could!  Share this gift with those you love and care about!