This Recipe is “The Bomb”

I love experimenting with new ways to use essential oils! Even after nearly four years of using essential oils, I’m continually learning new and beneficial ways to use my oils!

So where do I find new recipes? Some recipes I’ve found in reference books, like the Essential Oils Desk Reference from Life Science Publishers. Other recipes have come from friends sharing a DIY recipe that has worked for them…I seriously have gotten some of the BEST recipes through word of mouth! I also have a few recipe books that I’ve acquired over the years where I’ve found some real winners!

“The Bomb” is a recipe that comes from a booklet by Melissa Poepping that is now out of print, The Chemical Free Home. According to the book, this recipe is for “lighter, happier periods.” Hello, ladies, who doesn’t want that??? 🙋🏻‍♀️

The recipe calls for 10 drops Cypress, 10 drops Geranium, and 2 drops Helichrysum, plus some V-6 Carrier Oil.* Carefully drop the essential oils into an empty 15 ml YL bottle, then top off the bottle with Young Living’s V-6 Carrier Oil and put a YL roller fitment on top. Now you’re ready to go!

I apply this recipe to my lower abdomen and/or my inner ankles. I’m sure you can figure out the application to the abdomen area, but you might be wondering why the inner ankles? According to many naturopathic sources, the inner ankles are a great place to apply things that help with healthy hormone balance for women. I’m not a science nerd, and I don’t have the best explanation of exactly why that is, but I do know that it seems to be a great application point for me personally, so it might be worth a try for you as well. 😀

Oh, don’t forget, another BFF for every woman who wants happy hormones is Progessence Plus. Oh my goodness! That is a whole separate post, but any time I’m talking about happy hormones, I can’t help but mention this little gem! 💎

What are your favorite essential oils for happy hormones?

*Please note: V-6 does contain wheat germ oil, so if you’re highly sensitive to wheat, you might want to choose a different carrier oil to use in this recipe.

DIY Soft Scrub for Sparkling Clean Sinks!

I don’t know about you, but porcelain sinks used to be one of my LEAST favorite parts of the house to clean, because it required so much elbow grease to get them sparkling. All that has changed!

Check out my sink today, after rinsing it with warm water, but before scrubbing:

 

All of what you see above are set in stains from before we moved into this house. Yuck!

 

Today, I was finally ready to tackle this beast of a sink situation. The amazing thing is it only took 2 simple ingredients!

 

You probably recognize the first ingredient on the left, good ol’ baking soda! I have tried cleaning sinks with baking soda alone, and it helped lighten the stains, but it didn’t remove them. That is why I decided to experiment with adding one more ingredient to the mix–Thieves Household Cleaner concentrate!

I put one cup of baking soda and one capful of Thieves Cleaner into this small bowl, and this was the resulting “paste” that it produced.

I then wet my sink, and spread this paste all over the sink, using just my fingers. I could have used a sponge, but I didn’t have one handy so I tried using just my hands first, and it worked perfectly! I wish I had a photo of the “during” process, but my hands were too dirty to snap a pic. I just lightly moved the paste around the sink, using slight pressure, but no actual scrubbing. I then rinsed the sink with warm water, and I was SHOCKED by what I saw!!!

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Are you ready for it???

Look at how SPARKLING white this sink is!!! All of this without using any harsh chemicals!

This same method works for cleaning bathtubs as well, so give it a try and let me know how it works for you!

Oh, wait, one more thing! If you are not yet a Young Living member and would like a FREE sample of Thieves Household Cleaner, please contact me using the “Contact Us” tab at the top of the website and I’d love to chat with you & get a sample to you!

 

DIY Carpet Deodorizer

During the fall and winter months, with people spending more time indoors, the heater blowing, and less fresh air circulating through open windows, carpets can get rather musty smelling. Many people turn to commercial carpet deodorizing powders without realizing that these contain toxic ingredients which have been linked to allergies and asthma. This is especially worrisome if you have babies crawling on your carpet or pets who not only walk on the carpet, but often spend a lot of time playing and napping on the carpet. Toxic chemicals are absorbed through the skin, and they are absorbed more rapidly in children than adults.

There is absolutely no need to put something potentially hazardous on your carpets when it is so simple to make your own carpet deodorizer that does not contain any toxic ingredients! Literally, all you need is 2 ingredients!

To make what is pictured above, you will need a Mason jar (any size), Ball Herb Shaker Lids (can be found on Amazon and also at many local retails), baking soda, and your favorite Young Living Essential Oils! I like the Purification blend, because it is odor-neurtralizing, plus I usually add in another oil that is just a scent I enjoy. Today, it is StressAway!

You then sprinkle this mixture on your carpets, let it sit for about 15 minutes, then vacuum it up!

Now, here are a few more tips:

  1. You can also re-use a parmesan cheese shaker or any other container that has a top that works well for sprinkling the mixture onto your carpets! I’m all about using what you have on hand when you can!
  2. I have tested out simply putting baking soda on the carpet and vacuuming it up, and I didn’t find it did much to eliminate odors. Seems the key is add essential oils!
  3. Lastly, the type of essential oils you use make a difference! You will not see these results using cheap fragrance oils that you pick up at the grocery store. Those are typically either heavily diluted essential oils (so not very powerful) or they are not essential oils at all–they are fragrances made in a lab, just like perfume.

Non-Toxic Face Masque

I don’t know about you, but I keep seeing all of these expensive chemical peels and face masques for sale. More than the cost, what is concerning is the highly toxic ingredients in them!  Even before I was all out “crunchy,” reading the label on every single item I purchased, I never felt good about putting something on my face that had harsh chemicals. It just seemed like a really risky idea, especially something that goes close to your EYES!  So, basically, I’ve just stayed away from face masques.

However, recently I’ve seen varying versions of a masque circulating amongst my friends that is made with only 6 ingredients, all of them safe & all-natural!

Four of the ingredients are ones I already had on hand! As you can probably tell from the 1-gallon jar, I use apple cider vinegar for ALL.THE.THINGS. But for real. I do. The essential oils are also ones I already had on hand, as Tea Area, Frankincense, and Rosemary are super multi-purpose oils that I use for a ton of different things!

The two ingredients I did not have on hand were Bentonite Clay and Activated Charcoal. Let me be real with you for a hot second. I have been wanting to make this recipe for several weeks now, and every time I went to the health food store, I’d forget to look for these two ingredients. Finally, I just hopped on Amazon and ordered them! One thing I love about ordering on Amazon is that I can read the reviews to see others’ experiences with the brands. I spent about 15 minutes researching each of these before deciding on these brands. They seemed to be the best quality with cleanest ingredients. The sizes that I bought offered the most “bang for your buck,” but you could also buy smaller sizes and save a bit of money up front. I knew I’d be making lots of this stuff and probably also giving some as gifts this holiday season, so I went ahead and sprung for the “value size” containers!

After mixing all of the ingredients together (recipe at bottom), I applied the mixture to my face!

This is my “I didn’t realize I the masque was going to quite this dark” face. I’m not sure what I expected, exactly, but not this!  It felt really nice, not at all itchy or tingly. The masque is supposed to be left on for 30 minutes until it is fully dry, and this pic was taken after about 10 minutes. You can see that some areas are drying and some are still pretty wet.

This is my face immediately after removing the masque! You can see that some areas are a bit red, which is to be expected. After removing the masque, you want to wash your face thoroughly as the masque removes toxins from your skin that you don’t want re-absorbed. You can see there is still a bit of the masque in some areas, and I did wash my face one more time after taking this photo to make sure everything came off!  I also immediately applied toner, which you always want to do after a masque to restore the pH balance to your skin. After about 45 minutes, the redness was completely gone and my face felt great! The best way I can describe it is to say it felt more smooth and firm, with no greasiness.

So, how did I make the masque? SUPER SIMPLE!

1 tsp bentonite clay

1 tsp activated charcoal

2 tsp organic apple cider vinegar

1 drop each of Frankincense, Rosemary, and Tea Tree essential oils!

Seriously, it doesn’t get any easier! Just stir until there is a mud-like consistency, and then gently apply to your face! I used a fan brush for easier application, but you can also just use your fingers!

When you try this out, let me know how you like it!

Farmhouse Style Planter!

I found this chair on an online swap page for $10, and I immediately fell in LOVE with it! I bought it, and it sat in my garage for over a year, because I couldn’t quite decide what to do with a chair that was missing it’s seat! Sure, I could make a seat for it, but that just didn’t seem like the purpose this chair was meant to serve. Finally, it came to me!

Make it into a farmhouse-style planter for my front porch!

Once I decided what to do with it, the actual making of the planter took 5 minutes, as I just happened to have a hanging basket that was the perfect size to insert into the center of the chair!

Seriously, how cute is this?!? I love that it looks like a well-worn chair that has taken on a new life! It seriously makes me SO happy every time I see the bright pink cyclamen sitting in their new home!

What fun projects have you done lately?

DIY Hair Spray

I’ve been on a journey the past 5 years to eliminate toxic chemicals from my home. This actually started way before I learned about essential oils. I learned that synthetic fragrances lead to all sorts of health problems, such as allergies and asthma, and they are endocrine disruptors. Yuck!

After learning this, I started ditching a lot of the products that were in my cabinets. One of them was hair spray! For several years, I just did without it. I’m not a high-maintenance type of gal, so it wasn’t a big deal…other than those times when I wanted to get a bit more done up for a special event.

Last year, I found a recipe for a DIY hair spray using essential oils and a few other all-natural ingredients. To my surprise, it worked great!  No nasty chemicals, staying power, and {BONUS!} it made my hair smell great!

This recipe comes from the book The Chemical Free Home by Melissa Poepping. If you don’t have it yet, you should totally grab a copy!  The spray bottle is one that I purchased online, then I used my Cricut to design and cut a fun vinyl label!  The essential oils are all Young Living Essential Oils, which are free of synthetic fillers and fragrances and so nourishing for the hair!