1/8 cup magnesium flakes (i use these)
As I have talked about in a few other posts, I have been using essential oils for 10+ years. I use them in a variety of ways. Some of my favorite ways to use them are cleaners, beauty/bath products and occasionally for therapeutic/medicinal purposes. Over the years I have accumulated quite a collection. In my opinion, quality oils are expensive, although well worth it! It can be difficult to know where to start and how much to spend off the bat.
Currently, there are two brands that I recommend and continue to purchase from, Young Living and Plant Therapy. I personally love YoungLiving oils, i find their scents and therapeutic properties to be unmatched. However, there is not always sufficient education and information provided for their oils, for this reason, I love and rely on Plant Therapy. Especially when using essential oils for kids, Plant Therapy has a KidSafe line. These oils are labeled and easy to ID.
So here’s a few must have essential oils (in my opinion) to get started with.
If you are interested in getting started with YoungLiving oils, you can order your Premium Starter Kit (which comes with a Home Diffuser) for $165 plus shipping and handling!
See More of my Essential Oils Posts here.
Baths are a much-needed necessity in my weekly schedule. I am always amazed how much a bath can relax me. I am always looking for things to add to my bath to make it more relaxing and even more healthful. I almost always add Epsom salts to my baths. They are one of the best and easiest ways to help boost your magnesium levels, as well as they are a great detoxifier. And their most well-known property of helping to relieve sore muscles.
For added relaxation, I make this essential oil bath soak recipe. It includes Epsom salts, sea salt, baking soda, clay and essential oils. I’ve tweaked this recipe to perfection. The results, a smooth, silky, aromatic, detoxifying bath. This will leave your skin smooth and moisturized. Just try it!
Measure all ingredients and mix together. The result will be a grainy texture that will dissolve perfectly in your warm bath. If you would like a more “sand like” texture you can put your dry ingredients in a food processor or grinder before adding the oils.
Lavender: helps to promote tissue regeneration, also an antiseptic
I cannot stand stale smelling air, I love for things to smell fresh. But I hate spraying toxic chemicals in the air just to make my nose happy. I have been experimenting for MONTHS to try to find the perfect essential oil spray recipe. This scent is citrusy and fresh. And the best part is, it really works to eliminate odors. I use it to help freshen bed linens, clothes in between wearing and a general air freshener.
1 1/2 cups distilled water
1/2 cups witch hazel or vodka (i’ve used both)
14 drops purification essential oil
6 drops grapefruit essential oil
4 drops orange essential oil
10 drops stress away essential oil
**if you only have the YL starter set, you can easily replace the grapefruit and orange with lemon
Mix all ingredients into a 16 oz spray bottle. I found my glass spray bottle on amazon.
I have tried other varieties of essential oils for other scents, but I find that this one truly does the best of freshening and eliminating odors. Do you have any favorite scents you love in your house?
I had been searching for years, for a natural and affordable laundry detergent option. A few years back a friend recommended soap nuts to me. I had ordered a 1 lb bag from Amazon for $15. I followed some simple directions that I found online to toss 3-5 soap nuts in a small muslin bag and throw it in with your laundry in lieu of detergent. After 3-5 washes, you should throw away those few soap nuts and add new ones and repeat. Simple Enough-right?
Well, I did this method for about 6 months-and ALL of our laundry started to feel a little grimy. Totally gross. So I gave up on soap nuts for a LONG time (years!). I hung on to the soap nuts (I had about half a bag left) Flash forward until a few months ago. I was reading a blog that was raving about soap nuts. They went into the why/how they work and explained that HOT water was needed to release the saponin to make them work like soap/detergent. So if you didn’t wash your clothes in hot water (which I don’t), then the soapnuts wouldn’t work. But an alternative is to boil the soap nuts with water and make a liquid. I tried it, and we have happily been using soap nuts in replacement of our laundry detergent for several months now!
But an alternative to using soap nuts wihtout washing in hot water, is to boil the soap nuts with water and make a liquid. I tried it, and we have happily been using soap nuts in replacement of our laundry detergent for several months now!
Here is my Recipe/instructions for liquid soap nut detergent
4-6 soap nuts (I order mine from Mountain Rose Herb, but Amazon sells them as well)
16 cups water (total)
I store mine in glass jars or pint size mason jars. I refrigerate until a new jar is needed and then just keep one jar at room temperature.
This is a simple gift idea. It was easy for me to make. I love essential oils and had most of the supplies on hand!
Homemade bath salts
mix together in a bowl and then divide into containers
price breakdown for each
epsom salt – $0.64
sea salt – $0.11
baking soda – $0.05
Total – $1.80 per jar!
**compare with 4oz LemonGrass Spa- $5.
I made a Lavender Mint (15 drops of lavender, 5 drops pepperment) and a Citrus Cedarwood (10 drops of orange, 5 drops lemon and 2-3 drops of Cedarwood)
I used this Avery template to print “labels” for them. I printed them on thick paper and cut them out and it fit perfectly between the ring and lid of the mason jar. There are lots of great templates/patterns you can choose from. The label was a nice touch! I added the name and ingredients on the label to give it a “professional” look. I plan on giving them to little birds daycare teachers. I am also including a gift card to their favorite coffee place as well! Hope you enjoy this recipe.
So our little bird has eczema, bad eczema. We have tried oh so many lotions and creams. We want to try to eliminate the use of steroid creams as much as we can. Because of his eczema is most likely related to allergic causes, based on our allergist’s recommendations we give him allergy meds once a day. This has helped some, but he still has flare ups. To help with flares up we use this homemade eczema cream (recipe below). We also use a method called “wet wraps”. Once or twice a week right after his bath, we take a wet/damp sleeper (onesie pajama) and put it on right after we lotion him up. We then put a nice warm fleece pajama over the wet one. We then snuggle, play, watch a movie–anything to distract him from being wet. But
We also use a method called “wet wraps”. Once or twice a week right after his bath, we take a wet/damp sleeper (onesie pajama) and put it on right after we lotion him up. We then put a nice warm fleece pajama over the wet one. Then we snuggle, play, watch a movie–anything to distract him from being wet. But honestly, he isn’t bothered by it. And then after 1-2 hours we change him out of the pajamas and into regular dry clothes. This method has been such a game changer for battling his eczema flare ups.
A lot of you may be wondering about essential oils! Well there will be more information to come, but I hav ebeen using them to clear out chemicals for cleaning in my home, as well making home remedies to help ailments such as eczema, ear infections and stress! Stay tuned for more.
If you want to get started on your own. Use this link to sign up for your own essential oil starter kit. These essential oils are my absolute favorite! Become a member and get the premium kit for $160 (taxes and shipping bring it closer to $180-still a great value!)
The premium kit includes: