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DIY Spa and Beauty Recipes

After walking 10 miles a day in Spain this summer, I realized that my skin needed a little TLC. I love making my own beauty products with essential oils because  (1) it saves money, (2) they are chemical-free, and (3) they smell great! I always seem to make a Lemon Body Scrub or a Coconut Lime Scrub, but I wanted to switch it up a bit. These DIY spa and skin care recipes are perfect for your summer beauty regime!

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  1. Summer dries out my lips! Citizens of Beauty created this DIY Lemon Drop Lip Scrub that is sure to keep your lips moisturized, soft, and smooth for summer. DIY-lemon-drop-lip-scrub.jpg
  2. Cambria Estate Vineyard & Winery posted this thick luscious Homemade Lavender Whipped Body Butter recipe. Why not have a glass of their wine and relax with a little Young Living Lavender on a nice summer night?! Homemade-Lavender-Whipped-Body-Butter_Hero
  3. Mom Foodie makes these fancy Big Orange Crush Bath Bombs. They are a perfect way to relax in the tub with orange essential oil at night after a long day!Orange-Crush-Bath-Bombs.jpg
  4. Feel like you are constantly slathering sunscreen on your face all summer and clogging your pores? The Frugal Farm Wife created a Baking Soda Face Wash recipe that features Young Living Frankincense Essential Oil; this wash is a gentle way to exfoliate your face. IMG_4340-700x467
  5. Does your skin need an invigorating boost? Check out this gorgeous Whipped Grapefruit Mint Sugar Scrub by The Kitchen McCabe. Not only does it smell fresh, but also makes your skin feel renewed and refreshed!whipped-Grapefruit-Peppermint-Body-Scrub-2-602x894.jpg

IF YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ESSENTIAL OILS, THEN I INVITE YOU TO …

  1. Read Young Living’s Seed To Seal
  2. Join Young Living as a Customer or Distributor
  3. Email me any questions you may have.
  4. Join my private FaceBook Support Group (customers only).

P.S. You can really email me, and I will respond 🙂

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Stains Stains Go Away

Who knows what I was thinking when I bought my daughter this seafoam green coat. Who knows what she was thinking when she drew a heart on it with a permanent pink Sharpie… she’s 7.

As you can see, it was  disgusting; I was embarrassed that I had let it get this dirty. In my defense, she left her dress coat at school for a month and didn’t know where it was! I didn’t have a backup coat for put her one while this one dried.

img_2981 I thought about pitching it, and then I kicked myself for buying it slightly big just in case she could wear it next year (I’m so cheap). Instead, I reached for my Thieves Cleaner, Thieves Laundry Detergent  and Young Living Lemon Essential Oil. I generously poured Young Living Lemon Essential Oil on the stains and the pink heart. Then sprayed it with Thieves Cleaner in attempt to give me something to rub the Young Living Lemon Essential Oil into the coat. Also, I was grossed out just touching the coat….

Young Living Lemon Essential Oil is great for stains – it got black permanent sharpie out of my kid’s polo. A friend once was remodeling their bathroom and let the kids write on the wall. My son was two. It was a mess. Anyway – go to your lemon oil for stains!

After the Lemon Essential Oil and Thieves Cleaner application, I washed it once, but while it was better, it wasn’t 100% stainless. I decided to just take the Thieves Laundry Detergent and use it as a stain treatment. Gently rubbing it on the sleeves and chest with more Young Living Lemon Essential Oil around the lightly faded pink heart. I didn’t put any detergent in the machine, because I used it on the the coat. Then washed it. The result was flawless, and I’m no longer embarrassed when she wears it.img_2987

I bought the Thieves Laundry Detergent for the first time a couple months ago. I had been loyal to my Allen’s Laundry Detergent since my days with cloth diapers. It is perfume and dye free, and didn’t make me break out in hives, make my nose run, and make me sneeze. I’m a walking allergy.

Here’s my dish on the difference of the two. I like the way the Thieves makes my front loader smell. I replaced the mildewed-rubber seal on the washing machine, left the door open at all times, and it still stunk. So the Thieves Laundry Detergent makes it smell like Christmas. However,  I miss the pump that came with Allen’s Laundry Detergent‘s bottle, which allowed me to limit to the perfect amount for my front loader. Sometimes pouring just 1/4 of a cup of the Thieves isn’t as precise, so at the beginning I may have used a little more of the detergent than I would have had with the Allen’s Laundry Detergent. It’s supposed to be the same amount of loads, and therefore makes the Thieves Laundry Detergent cheaper. It’s hard for me to tell if I’m saving money because the Allen’s bottle is so much bigger than the Thieves‘s. I think the cost is the same. Young Living needs to add a pump option here and offer a bigger bottle.

Overall, I love the improvement in the smell of my front loader,  and it cleans clothes well – so I’m sticking with the Thieves Laundry Detergent. Plus, the coat is insanely improved and touchable now. Oily win!

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Spraying Your Sinus

Everywhere I go right now, I am surrounded by coughing congested people – it makes me want to slathering them with Breathe Again and buy them a NeilMed. When people talk about a Neti Pot, I think – YUCK. I hate the weird tilt that you have to do with your head. Anyway, what everyone should be talking about is NeilMed, because it cleans out nasal passages much better than a Neti Pot, and you don’t have to awkwardly tilt your head.

What is a NeilMed? It’s a squeeze bottle with a plastic tip for easy insertion into your nostril so that you can do a saline rinse. You can buy it at a pharmacy, Wal-Mart or Target for ~$10 for a starter kit or ~$13 for the complete kit that has 50 packets of saline solution packets. The complete kit is worth it.screen-shot-2017-01-08-at-6-42-35-am

How can saline nasal irrigation help you?

  1. If you have allergies, the saline solution can flush out allergens that you might have inhaled during the day. It’s great for maintenance.
  2. If you have a sinus infection, the saline solution can help wash out bacteria from your nasal passages. It’s cleaning out the bacteria that builds up and creates inflammation, congestion, and pain. 
  3. The saline solution helps moisturize your sinus membranes, therefore soothing these membranes, reducing swelling, and pain. By reducing inflammation, it makes it easier for you to breathe.
  4. The saline solution helps flush out mucus and stop post-nasal drip. That means you don’t have to swallow all that nasty snot that runs down the back of your throat. Delightful description, I know…

How do you use a NeilMed?

  1. Fill the squeeze bottle with purified water up to the line at the top of the bottle. I read this article once that talked about the small chance that parasites that can be in tap water and go into the brain when we use Neti Pots or NeilMeds. Why risk that?IMG_9525.jpg
  2. Another thing that is great about NeilMed is that you can put it in the microwave to warm up the water in 10 second increments. You want the water warm, but not hot. It can burn your sinuses if it’s too hot or cold.
  3. Add the saline solution to the water in the NeilMed. I also like to add a drop of Young Living Lavender and Tea Tree Essential Oils to give the solution a kick; these two oils soothe your skin, and Tea Tree is also known for its cleansing properties. It feels weird saying that you need to soothe the skin in your nasal passages, but it helps so much! 
  4. Get some tissue ready and stand in an upright position over the sink.
  5. Insert the black tip into your nostril, and squeeze only half of the water in the bottle. The saline solution will go up one nostril and come out the other.
  6. Blow your nose, and repeat with the other nostril using the remaining saline solution.
  7. Obviously, you cannot breathe through your nose while doing this. However, you can breathe through your mouth, but I try not to. If some goes into your mouth, spit it into the sink, but this happens much less with NeilMed than Neti Pot.
  8. Empty the remaining water from the Neilmed, and clean the squeeze bottle.
  9. I do this once a day when my allergies are bothering me, but if I’m struggling with sinus – then I do it once in the morning and at night before bed.

img_9518Tip: do not use regular table salt with the NeilMed. I cannot describe the discomfort it causes…

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Loaded Veggie Pasta Sauce

Have you ever wondered how to get your family to eat more veggies? My husband complains about squash and zucchini because he doesn’t like the texture, and he hates the flavor of eggplant. His vegetables are limited to broccoli, green beans and peas. When he’s not traveling for work, I set out Young Living MultiGreens for him, but I feel like I’m constantly slathering him in Thieves and Oregano essential oils (our kids are germ boxes and he takes the hit), and his immune system could definitely benefit from some veggies. So I sneak the veggies in this sauce, and he eats them because he likes its flavor. 

The secrets that make this dish delicious (even for a non-veggie lover) are:

  1. Cut your vegetable into very tiny pieces. I slice the eggplant, zucchini, squash, and shallots lengthwise in half. Then, thinly slice them in ¼ inch rows. Next, slice them ¼ inch rows horizontally.img_9046-updatedimg_9049
  2. Sauté your vegetables until they extremely tender.
  3. Essential Oils – I love cooking with oils and sautéed vegetables, because it adds a very flavorful mild taste. It’s also convenient for me, because when I buy a fresh herbs they often spoil quickly or I don’t have them when I am ready to cook. On the other hand, Young Living oils never expire and I can use them for lots of other health benefits too. Make sure that you are only using medicinal therapeutic grade essential oils if you cook with them, because a pure oil is not really pure. 100% pure means that an oil only needs to contain 10% plant, and that leaves room for chemicals and fillers; I wouldn’t apply them to my body, let alone ingest them. If you’d like to cook with essential oils – the 2016 Essential Oil Culinary Collection is a great place to start. 2016-culinary-collectionI never thought that I would cook with oils, but I was traveling to visit friends and wanted to make a veggie hash for breakfast. They didn’t have any fresh or dried herbs, but you know that I had my oils! We were all floored at how delicious the dish turned out. You can learn more about cooking with essential oils here: https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/vitality

 

Loaded Veggie Pasta Sauce

  • 3 shallots
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 1 eggplant
  • 1 jar Organic Pasta Sauce (I use the Kirkland brand from Costco or Trader Joe’s)
  • 2 cans organic tomato sauce (I use the Kirkland brand)
  • 5 drops Young Living Basil Essential Oil ( 2.5 – 3 tablespoons fresh or 2.5 teaspoon dried)
  • 3 drops Young Living Thyme Essential Oil (1.5 tablespoon fresh or 1.5 teaspoon dried)
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley (dried works too)
  • Extra virgin organic olive oil (I use the Kirkland brand)
  • 1 lb grass-fed organic ground beef or bison (optional – Costco has a great selection)
  • ½ tspRedmond’s Real Salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • Gluten-Free noodles (my favorites are Andean Dream Quinoa Pasta or Trader Joe’s Quinoa Pasta)

Directions: 

  1. If you are going to use meat – brown it first. Drain the juice from the meat, put in a bowl, and set it aside.
  2. Cut your vegetables very fine. See pictures above.
  3. Peel your garlic cloves, smash them with your knife, and finely mince them.
  4. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in the pan. Add your vegetables and sauté them. Add additional olive oil when needed.
  5. Chop your parsley and fresh herbs if you are using them instead of oils or dried.
  6. Add the parsley, basil, and thyme, and continue to sauté until they are very moist and tender.
  7. Add pasta and tomato sauces, salt and pepper to taste, and meat if desired. Stir and simmer on low heat.
  8. Creates a hug pot of delicious veggie sauce.
  9. Serve over gluten-free noodles or make a killer lasagna with it; I will post the dairy-free gluten-free  lasagna recipe with cashew cheese next.

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Modification: Not in the mood for pasta? I sometimes substitute the tomato sauce and pasta sauce for a can of organic tomatoes. These vegetables have so much flavor that you can eat them as they are or serve them over rice!

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