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The benefits of coconut oil are all over the internet.  It's a good addition to homemade skin care as well as homemade healthy goodies.  I wanted to find a way to make it easier to get raw coconut oil in my families diets, daily.  After doing some searching on Pinterest, I came across a great recipe on Whole Natural Life.  I really liked the sound of the recipe, but I wanted to add essential oils to the mix to make it even better.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • zest from 1 medium lemon
  • juice from 1 medium lemon
  • 2 TBSP raw honey (more/less according to your sweet tooth)
  • 3-5 drops wild orange or tangerine essential oil

Directions

  • Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend until all ingredients are evenly mixed.  
  • Spoon finished mixture into small candy molds - you want a mold that will hold somewhere between 1 teaspoon and 1 tablespoon per chew.  
  • Place mold in refrigerator until solidified.
  • Remove from molds and store in refrigerator.  
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I made mini chews for my littles and 2-bite chews for myself.  My kids really like taking their coconut oil this way and so do I.  I hope you enjoy them too!

NOTE:
If you're not use to eating coconut oil raw, go slowly with 1 or 2 of these at one time.  Coconut oil can cause intestinal upset for some.  
 
 
Although life has always been a little stressful at times, it seems that so many people are dealing with an epidemic proportion of stress these days.  The kind of stress we are dealing with is literally wreaking havoc on our health.  No really, stress effects us in so many ways than just the stress itself.  Many physical and emotional ailments can be linked back to the stress we carry in our lives.  It's imperative for our health, then, that we take some time to de-stress.  How? It's time to take some time for "me."

Not that we NEED an excuse to take a nice bath, but we all need to take a little "me, myself time" and de-stress.  Here are some idea's for a de-stressing bath:  
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This is a basic recipe.  To individualize and cater to each unique stressful situation, select from below.  These are some of my favorites.

Favorites

ANXIETY REDUCING BATH
2 drops ylang ylang
6 drops wild orange

BLISS BATH
7 drops calming blend
7 drops roman chamomile

CALMING BATH
10 drops calming blend

DE-STRESS & FOCUS BATH
5 drops calming blend 
5 drops frankincense

ENERGIZING & CALMING BATH
7 drops wild orange
8 drops lavender (or calming blend)

GROUNDING BATH
10 drops grounding blend
REVIVING & RELAXING BATH
10 drops invigorating blend

SOOTHING BATH
10 drops soothing blend

TAKE-OUT THE TANTRUM BATH
4 drops calming blend
3 drops lavender
2 drops tension blend

TENSION TAMER
4 drops calming blend
4 drops tension blend

REVIVE THE WEARY
4 drops ginger
6 drops wild orange
6 drops clove
2 drops lavender
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Don't have time for a bath, but desperate to de-stress?  Essential oils are extremely effective for stress reduction.  Any method of application can be successful - aromatic, topical and internal (make sure the label states safe for internal use, not all essential oils are).

Ask me HERE what essential oil brand I trust most for de-stressing.
See what else we use essential oils for HERE or check out some of my other blogs below.
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My husband has dealt with foot issues since he was a teenager.  You know what I'm talking about, the athletic types that have their sweaty feet in socks and shoes ALL THE TIME.  That is a combination for disaster and he's felt the effects - itching and burning feet, not happy feet.  He's tried all sorts of over-the-counter lotions and potions, but has had very little relief.

Since I seem to find the solutions to his health concerns, he approached me.  I think because my DIY deodorant worked so well, he figured I could find the answer to this problem to.  After some diligent research, I found a recipe I thought looked pretty good. You can find the original article and recipe here.  I made a small adjustment, which I think makes a big difference.  I added a carrier oil.  My preference of carrier oil is fractionated coconut oil (FCO).  FCO not only stretches this amazing concoction of oils (which means it will save you money), it makes application easier too!

Now, time for the test - will this blend REALLY work?  I handed it over to the hubby to find out.  He applied the blend morning and night for just a few days and found immediate relief.  Woohoo!

Are you ready for your problem feet to be happy feet?
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Tips for Success

  • Combine the oils in the order of the recipe.  Surprisingly changing up the sequence can change the properties of the blend, which means you may not get the desired results.
  • Use only therapeutic grade essential oils for the best results.  Ask me here what brand I trust for my family.
  • If you try the blend and it doesn't seem to be working for you, increase the strength of the blend by 5 or 10 drops of each essential oil.  
  • Apply morning and night - two to three times per day is key when using essential oils for ongoing issues.  
  • After your feet are "happy" continue to apply the blend for 2 weeks.  This will help to insure continued happiness and not a horrible and worse flare up!
  • Take off your shoes and socks, get outside and walk on the bare ground - it's good for mind, body, soul AND feet!
  • If you still find you are having an issue, you may need to seriously consider a healthy cleanse and detox.  Check out some more information about that here.
DISCLAIMER:  These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This information or product mentioned therein is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. 
Like this recipe?  Check out more of what I have to offer ...
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DIY Deodorant

12/03/2015

 
My husband and I had used over-the-counter deodorants and antiperspirants for years before we made the switch.  When we decided to switch from using the typical odor control, we had no idea how toxic they were.  We did so out of necessity.  

I noticed one day as my  hubby was applying his deodorant that his underarms were REALLY red and scaly.  I said "Hey, that's not normal, what's going on?"  He never had a 2nd thought about it, he had always dealt with it and figured he either dealt with the allergic reaction or out of control body odor.  I told him to switch it up and try to find something else.  He did several times, with NO success.  Everything else he tried not only didn't provide the relief he needed, it also never worked for his body odor. 

So what's a wife to do when her husband can't figure out a solution?  If you want to do something right, you have to do it yourself.  So, I did the research.  That's when I found out how toxic over-the-counter odor control is, along with just about every other body care product on the market today (but that is a topic for another day).     
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Dangers of Deodorant & Anti-Persperant 

  1. Aluminum Compounds - blocks pores from sweating (if you haven't heard sweating is a way our bodies release toxins - don't stop the sweat!).  Exposure to aluminum has been linked to  interfering with hormone receptors.  When we mess with our hormone's, there is a higher risk for breast cancer.  Think about that when you shave under your arms and then almost immediately apply deodorant or anti-perspirant - YIKES!
  2. Parabens - disrupts  hormonal balance and has been linked to early puberty in children and hormone-related cancers in woman and organ toxicity.
  3. Triclosan - can possess endocrine disrupting properties and is a potential carcinogen.
  4. Propylene Glycol - provokes skin irritation
  5. TEA & DEA - known carcinogen's that can affect liver and kidneys.  

Alternatives

Don't be deceived by "natural" deodorant's.  Many on the market today have the same carcinogenic ingredients as all the others.  

Your best option is to find a DIY deodorant recipe that works for you and stick with it.  My husband and I tried a lot of recipe's. Many we used didn't work very well and most left a white film that stuck to underarms and clothing.  

I finally discovered a blend of essential oils that really worked well, BUT it was REALLY expensive.  So I tweaked the recipe, diluted the oils down to a ratio that still worked, but is far less expensive than the original.     
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If you like this recipe, check out some of my other DIY recipes!
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This is our go to healthy treat for movie night at home.  It not only healthy & delicious,  it can boost your immune system at the same time!   
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Ready for more?

 
 
Do you remember not too long ago when everyone, everywhere carried anti-bacterial hand sanitizer with them?  I do, I was one of them, a germaphobe.  I just heard there were LOTS of germs everywhere and we could all combat them and bring them down if we all joined together for a cleaner grocery cart ... or whatever needed to be ridded of germs.  

Well "they" were wrong and so was I, but you never know what the outcome is going to be until it happens.  Now, according to WHO (the World Health Organization), our obsession with killing germs has resulted in antibiotic-resistant bacteria in all 4-corners of the globe.  That's scary.
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Not too mention, hand sanitizer is rumored to be ineffective AND toxic!  Don't believe me, just google it, you'll see a slew of articles pop up from good sources like CNN, ewg.org and ChrisKresser amongst others.

So what's a germaphobe girl to do?  I've been using essential oils on their own for some time, but I thought I would come up with something a little easier to apply than just essential oil itself.  I checked out some recipes online, added a little here, took away a little there and ... voila - something that works for me and my family.  I know you'll like it too!  

Recipe

3 TB aloe vera gel
2 TB witch hazel 
1/8 tsp vitamin E oil
8-10 drops Protective Blend essential oil
3-4oz squeeze container
  • Mix all ingredients in small bowl
  • Combine in squeeze container
NOTE:  essential oils can be stored in plastic containers if they are highly diluted.
If you are looking for a good source for essential oils, look no further.  I've been using essential oils since 2009 - I've used all different brands and have finally found one that has made a difference for my family.  Contact me here to find out more.
 
 
I like to have little get together's in my home - sometimes with family and friends, other times with those wanting to learn more about essential oils. This is one of my go to recipes for any such occasion.  It's super cheap and simple to buy some fruit and whip up a batch of dip.  Plus, everyone always wants the recipe at the end of class.  So here it is!  
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Ingredients

  • 1 pkg (8oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup (less or more for your sweet tooth)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5-8 drops wild orange essential oil*
*If you want to change it up a bit, try some different oils - we've done lemon, lime or grapefruit.  Just make sure the oils you are using are safe for internal consumption, most on the market are not.  If you would like to know what oil brand I trust, contact me here.

Directions

  • Add all ingredients to a medium size bowl and whip it up with a stand mixer.
It's that simple - enjoy!
IF you have left overs, which is highly unlikely, tomorrow morning for breakfast you can use the dip in crepes, drizzled with blueberry or blackberry compote.  It's so delicious!
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Original recipe credit goes to Aromatools.  
 
 
It's autumn!  One of my favorite seasons for so many reasons.  Who doesn't love the beautiful autumn foliage and the abundance of warm foods and drinks to warm the body and soul.  Plus, winter is right around the corner (winter is my very favorite season).  

Although there is so much to love about September, there is some evil lurking in this month of activity.  It's back to school time, which in and of itself is really wonderful ... except that usually what happens at school doesn't stay at school.  You know what I'm talking about, right?  This is the time of year we need to boost our children's and our own immunity if we want to stay healthy throughout the school year.  So what is a family to do?

Last year at this same time I had a plan - to be a super hero mom by staying healthy and helping my family to do the same.  So I scoured the internet for some great immune boosting tactics so we could be prepared instead of caught off-guard.  I know everything we did played a part, but I think the biggest and best found super power was ... (drum roll please) essential oils.  Not just any essential oils - a blend of super power essential oils that I want to share with you. 
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Super Immune essential oil blend
You might be wondering, "What exactly am I suppose to do with this blend?"  I combine my blend of oils in a roller bottle, like what you might find here.  Every morning and every night, especially when we've been in a crowded location, I roll this blend on the bottom of our feet.  We make it a fun time - give a little foot massage and enjoy some laughs together  as you are boosting your immune system at the same time.  If I feel I need an extra boost, I'll roll it along my spine and feel the super powers working even more!
If you have any questions, including what essential oil brand I trust for my family, contact me here.
 
 
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Salsa is delicious and nutritious and can be made into a quick snack with chips.  So it's great that my family has been making salsa for years.  We all get together at the end of summer and can TONS of salsa - I'm talking literally TONS!  We've got 5 families that love salsa .... so TONS is not an overstatement.
Then I got my hands on some homemade roasted salsa verde.  Oh my goodness, I fell in love all over again.  So this year we planted some tomatillo's on the family farm to see if we could change up the family tradition.  
Needless to say, we'll be planting even more tomatillo plants next year.  The salsa turned out so delicious and the recipe is really simple.

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 lbs. tomatillos, husks & stems removed (approx. 25-30 medium size)
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1/2 lb. Anaheim green chile peppers; may substitute other large green chiles such as New Mexico or poblano; or, use 2 (4-oz) cans chopped green chiles from the Mexican aisle of the grocery store
  • 2 small or 1 large jalapeño (optional, for MORE heat)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, loosely packed OR 1-2 drops cilantro essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper (optional: use half black pepper & half white pepper)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano (preferably Mexican)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar (may omit if not canning salsa)*
  • 1/4 cup bottled lime juice (okay to use fresh if not canning salsa)
DIRECTIONS
  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees
  • Place veggies in single layer on foil-lined baking sheet. Bake 15-20 minutes until tomatillos & peppers are charred, softened, and oozing lots of juices.
  • Peel, stem & seed the green chiles (use gloves for hot peppers). Stem & seed the jalepenos (skin can be left on); or leave seeds if hotter salsa is desired. Leave skin on tomatillos.
  • Blend roasted veggies (including juices that collected after roasting) and remaining ingredients to a blender or food processor.  Blend to desired consistency--anywhere from slightly chunky to pureed.
  • To eat salsa without canning, wait at least 4 hours to eat to allow the flavors to blend and vinegar to mellow. Best if eaten the next day. Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
CANNING
  • Add blended salsa mixture to pot on stove top, bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover  and simmer 15 minutes. 
  • Pour salsa into hot, sterilized pint or half pint jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. 
  • Process for 15 minutes in boiling water canner. Turn off heat and remove cover; leaving jars in hot water for 5 minutes. 
  • Remove jars carefully and rest on towel undisturbed for 12-24 hours. 
  • If any jars don't seal, store in fridge to use within 2 weeks; or freeze. Canned salsa tastes better if it's stored unopened for at least 1 month to allow flavors to blend and vinegar to mellow. Recipe may be doubled or tripled.
Original recipe from:  theyummylife.com