For the Mom Who Loves Yummy Smells

Room Spray
I LOVE a room that smells good. I used to burn all those yummy smelling candles in every room, just because I loved the way they smelled. One of the things I love most about my essential oils is the ability to add them to my diffuser in any room I want and make it smell amazing. I love that I can customize it based on my mood, or the weather outside, or any specific support that our bodies need at any given time.

If your mom is one who could go crazy in the candle aisle, the Premium Starter Kit is a no-brainer of a gift! She gets a diffuser plus 11 different smells – and she can mix and match them to make even more scents.

But there are other ways to smell yummy using our favorite oils too! Here are a few of my favorite recipes to use to make a room (or a person) smell good.

Happy Perfume
In a 1 3/4 ounce glass spray bottle, add:
15 drops Orange
15 drops Ylang Ylang
1 tsp witch hazel or vodka
Gently shake, then fill to top with water (it’s best to use previously boiled or distilled).

Orange and Ylang Ylang make an unstoppable combination when it comes to smells. They are awesome at mood lifting, bringing people to us, and just making us feel good. I also love Stress Away mixed with Lime. For another fun combination using the oils in the Premium Starter Kit, try Lavender and Lemon!

Linen & Room Spray
In an 8 ounce glass spray bottle, add:
10 drops Thieves
10 drops Lemon
2 tablespoons witch hazel or vodka
Gently shake, then fill to the top with previously boiled or distilled water. Spray wherever you’d like!

Candles
This one is a little more labor-intensive, but if you love candles (or know someone who does) it is oh so worth it! I’m partial to beeswax, but it can run a little on the expensive side, so soy wax is a good alternative.

What You’ll Need:
soy wax or beeswax
Cotton wicks
mason jars or other containers
essential oils based on the smell you want (Some of my favorites: Peppermint & Stress Away, Orange & Ylang Ylang, Bergamot & Rosemary, Lime & Stress Away, Lemon & Lavender, Citrus Fresh)

What You’ll Do:
Melt your beeswax. I use a double boiler for all my melting. If you don’t have a double boiler, you can use a big mason jar and stick it in your boiling water.

While you’re beeswax is melting, collect the containers you’re going to use. I like to use mason jars, but you could use old tea cups, stainless steel jars or containers, old candle containers, or any old glass container that you’ve saved and cleaned. Put the wick inside your jar, taping it to a pencil or some other long stick that you’ve placed across the top of the container. This helps keep your wick from falling into the jar when it comes time for you to pour in the wax.

When the wax is melted, take it off the heat and stir in the essential oils. How many drops really depends on how big your candle is. Put enough essential oil so you can smell it when you smell the wax, and then put a few more drops in just to strengthen the smell.

Pour your hot wax mixed with essential oils into the containers, and allow to cool. Once your wax is completely hardened, you can trim the wick to 1/4-inch, and then light it or give it away!

For the Mom Who Loves the Kitchen

Kitchen Gift Ideas
I adore being in the kitchen. I know this sounds super old-fashioned, but one of my favorite things about being able to stay home full time is the ability to really explore new things in the kitchen. In fact, I love being in the kitchen so much that we hardly ever eat out … and when we do, we are always disappointed. If you’re looking for a Mother’s Day gift for someone like me, this post is for you! Here are my favorite oily gift ideas for that special someone who loves the kitchen.

Fruit & Veggie Spray
I use the Thieves Fruit & Veggie Soak, because one bottle will last me forever, but this is something you can totally make yourself. Here’s how:

In an 8 ounce glass spray bottle put:
1/2 cup white vinegar
5 drops Lemon Vitality essential oil
5 drops Thieves Vitality essential oil
Gently shake to combine, and then fill to the top with distilled or previously boiled water. Shake well, spray on fruit and wash off. Shake well each time you use it.

Thieves Cleaner
Okay so this isn’t really a DIY gift, but it’s something that every Mom needs in her cabinet. I love love love it, because it makes cleaning SO much easier. And what Mom doesn’t need cleaning to be a little bit easier?

Vitality Essential Oils
As a cook, I adore the Vitality Line. Designed specifically for dietary and culinary use, these oils are perfect for any cook in your life. You can get this awesome Culinary Collection right now, or you can pick and choose Vitality oils that you know that special Mom in your life will use and love.

Make sure you make some Recipe Cards to go along with the oils you choose! Here are a couple of my favorites:
Guacamole (using Citrus Fresh, Lime, & Black Pepper)
Pancakes (using Orange)
Peppermint Brownies (using Peppermint of course!)
Citrus Fruit Dip (using Citrus Fresh, Orange, or Tangerine – recipe coming in the Mothers’ Day Brunch post on Friday!)
Rosemary Olive Oil (using Rosemary, Black Pepper, & Thyme if you have it)

Foaming Hand Soap
I shared this recipe last week, and it would make a super easy gift! If you can find a pretty glass foaming dispenser, even better! I always use Thieves essential oil in my kitchen dispenser, because it does amazing amazing things.

Now who’s ready to spend some time in the kitchen?

I only use Young Living essential oils. This is especially important when you are using oils for culinary and dietary use. There’s a ton of stuff out there about how ingesting essential oils can be dangerous – and it can … particularly when you use adulterated oils. I have done quite a bit of research on the subject and have come to the conclusion that as long as I use them moderately, and as long as I use Young Living essential oils, I feel comfortable using them for dietary and culinary use. You can read more about why I have chosen to exclusively use Young Living essential oils in this Why Young Living post.

Want more info about Young Living essential oils? Contact me here. Or if you’re ready to grab your starter kit, you can do it right here!

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother's Day Gift Ideas
It’s that time of the year when we start thinking about pampering the Moms in our life. Mothers, sisters, wives, friends … we all know someone we want to celebrate come Mother’s Day. I know I always love to receive something homemade, so I try to be creative in making gifts for special occasions. One of my favorite things about using essential oils is the versatility it gives me in making unique gifts for all the special people in my life.

For those of you looking for something extra special for the Mothers in your life this year, I give you my very favorite Oily Mother’s Day Gift Ideas. Almost every idea below is something you can make using your favorite essential oils and regular ingredients you can pick up at any store!

For the Mom Who Needs Pampering:
Relaxing Bath Salts
Calming Lotion Bars
Luxurious Shave Oil
Uplifting Sugar Scrub
Bath Bombs
Amazing Hand Cream

For the Mom Who Loves Yummy Smells:
Happy Perfume
Linen & Room Spray
Beeswax Candles

For the Mom Who Loves the Kitchen:
Fruit & Veggie Spray
Recipe Cards
Thieves Cleaner – Okay so this isn’t really a DIY gift, but it’s something that every Mom needs in her cabinet. I love love love it, because it makes cleaning SO much easier. And what Mom doesn’t need cleaning to be a little bit easier?

Check back every day this week for the recipes – and on Friday I’ll share an awesome Mother’s Day Brunch menu using some of my favorite Cooking with Essential Oils recipes!

Foaming Hand Soap

Foaming Soap RecipeI spent a good part of today making all sorts of stuff we use on a day-to-day basis. It has been so fun to use our essential oils in making things that we used to buy from the store. Foaming hand soap is one of those things that used to be a splurge. I wouldn’t buy it, even though my girls begged for it, because I was just too cheap. Instead I would buy a huge gallon of the soft smelly soap from Costco instead. But then I started to realize what was in that soap I had been buying, and I started searching for other alternatives.

I finally discovered that I could make my own soap with just a few ingredients! We used to make it with the scented Dr. Bronners, but then I fell in love with essential oils – and now we have foaming hand soap that also smells good. It’s a win/win!

Making our own costs so much less than the stuff we used to buy, it has essential oils in it that I know are benefiting our health, and my girls LOVE to use it. I mean – who wouldn’t want to play with bubbles?? We re-use old foaming soap dispensers – most of the time, I buy the super cheap $0.99 foaming soap that is terrible for you, dump it out, wash the dispenser and put my amazing homemade soap in it. You’ll notice in the picture above that sometimes I cave and buy the character dispenser for the kid who just can’t get enough of Anna & Elsa. (Please note: you really shouldn’t put citrus oils in plastic dispensers because they may eat through the plastic. I haven’t been able to find glass or medical grade plastic foaming dispensers at a cost that I’m willing to spend just yet, so I’m taking my chances with the cheapos for now).

Here’s how to do it:
Put 1/4 cup Dr. Bronner’s unscented Castile soap in a foaming dispenser.
Add 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil (I love using Thieves for the kitchen to keep all the germs away, Lavender for the girls’ bathroom, and Stress Away or Frankincense & Orange in my bathroom – all of these oils but Orange can be found in the Premium Starter Kit!)
Add 1/2 tsp Vitamin E oil (optional)
Fill the dispenser with distilled or previously boiled water.

And there you have it. Amazingly clean foaming hand soap that will not only clean your hands and smell good, but will also give you all sorts of amazing other benefits!

Cleaning the Bathroom with Essential Oils

Bathroom
I don’t know about you, but we hate cleaning the bathroom. In fact, my wife’s disdain for cleaning the bathroom is the primary reason we continue buying houses with only one bathroom. It is the room most frequented by nasty encounters and it is just gross. Finding a natural cleaning product that can clean all the mold and mildew out of the shower, all the grime on the countertops, and stains off the tile floor usually presents itself with an interesting challenge.  With Thieves Cleaner, cleaning the bathroom is a piece of cake. We can utilize just one cleaning product and maybe a few oils to clean the entire room! We’ve tried several of these recipes using no cleaner and just the oils themselves, but I’ve found the Thieves cleaner adds an immense scrubbing power that oils alone just don’t have.

Tested cleaning recipes!
Tile and Grout: Add 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 1/2 cup of water in a spray bottle. Spray tile and grout for a natural shower, tile, and floor cleaner. Let sit for a couple of minutes then brush to get stains out. You may use less water for stronger concentration as needed.

Toilets: Mix 1⁄4 cup of Baking Soda with 1⁄2 capful of Thieves cleaner. Apply to toilet brush. The dirt and stains in the toilet bowl have no chance of survival. If you don’t have Thieves cleaner, you can add a squirt of Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap and a drop or two of Thieves or Lemon essential oils.

Tub Scrub: 1 cup of Baking Soda, 1/4 cup of castile soap , 3-5 drops of your favorite essential oil (Thieves, Lemon, Purification, Peppermint, and Tea Tree are my favorites).

Mirror Cleaner/Window Cleaner #1: Place 1 capful of Thieves cleaner in a spray bottle with 4 cups of water. Spray and wipe clean with a rag.

Mirror Cleaner/Window Cleaner #2: Put 2 cups white vinegar and 2 cups warm water in a spray bottle. Mix 5-8 drops of your favorite citrus essential oil (lemon, grapefruit, citrus fresh, lime, or any combination)

For more natural cleaning techniques, check out our Cleaning The Kitchen with Essential Oils Post.  The Thieves cleaner product is sold on its own or you can purchase a Thieves starter bundle that comes with many additional Thieves products. If you are interested in trying one of these recipes or learning more about any of the ingredients or any other Young Living product, please drop a note in the comments or contact us here.

Cooking with Essential Oils: Guacamole

Guacamole
Young Living recently released their new Vitality line, which consists of some of our very favorite essential oils specifically labeled for culinary and dietary use! Cooking is one of my favorite things, so I have been oh so excited to try out essential oils in our favorite dishes.

We almost always have avocados in our fridge, and whenever we get to their last days I try to whip up a batch of guacamole. Everyone in the house loves it – and it never lasts very long. It’s one of our favorite snacks, and it almost makes us think that we’re at our favorite Mexican restaurant. The last couple of times we made it, we added essential oils, and it was so good we decided to share our recipe with the world!

Ingredients
2 avocados
1 small tomato, 4 whopping cherry tomatoes, or 6-8 grape tomatoes, chopped
1/2 tsp onion powder (if your crew doesn’t mind raw onion, you can use 1-2 Tbsp raw onion)
1/4 tsp garlic powder (or 1 clove raw garlic, minced)
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons cilantro
pinch of salt
2 drops Citrus Fresh™ Vitality
2 drops Lime Vitality
1 drop Black Pepper Vitality

Instructions
Mash avocados to desired consistency. I like it chunky, my husband prefers it smooth – so we try to meet in the middle. Add tomatoes, onion, garlic, lime juice, cilantro, salt, and essential oils. Mix well.

Enjoy with tortilla chips, warm tortillas, or cut veggies. Try to share with your friends or family members. But even if you don’t, it’s a super healthy snack, so don’t feel guilty about it! If you don’t eat it all in one sitting, store it in an airtight container. Avocado tends to turn brown when oxygen hits it, but when you mix it up you’ll see bright green. The color change doesn’t do anything to the taste, as long as you eat it within a few days!

Next, I’ll attempt to make a margarita!

Please note: I only recommend using Young Living essential oils. This is especially important when you are using oils for culinary and dietary use. There’s a ton of stuff out there about how ingesting essential oils can be dangerous – and it can …. particularly when you don’t use 100% therapeutic grade oils. I have done quite a bit of research on the subject and have come to the conclusion that as long as I use them moderately, and as long as I use Young Living essential oils, I feel comfortable using them for dietary and culinary use. You can read more about why I have chosen to exclusively use Young Living essential oils in this Why Young Living post.

Ouchie Spray

Ouchie Spray

There’s nothing worse than having a little one get a booboo and be in pain. Or, let’s be real … getting a booboo ourselves and being in pain! Our tiniest has a big, painful bump on her bottom. While we are using the antibiotic ointment our doctor prescribed and watching it slowly go down, we know it’s painful and want to do what we can to make her feel better. This weekend, we put together this incredible Ouchie Spray – and it has done wonders for helping her little bottom feel a little better. I used it on my caesarian scar this weekend when it was being a little uncomfortable, and I noticed a pretty quick response to the spray as well!

Here’s how to do it:
In a 2-ounce spray bottle (always use glass or medical grade plastic with essential oils!), add:20 drops of Lavender essential oil (soothes the skin)
5 drops of Tea Tree essential oil (helps clean the skin)
10 drops of Copaiba essential oil (helps take the sting away)
3 drops of Frankincense essential oil (amazing for healing)
Fill to the top with fractionated coconut oil or grapeseed oil

To make a 10mL Ouchie Roller, add 3 drops Lavender, 1 drop Tea Tree, 2 drops Copaiba, and 1 drop Frank. Fill to the top with your favorite carrier oil.

I’ll be keeping this in our diaper bag from now on. Now that Spring is finally upon us, we are spending lots of time outside – which means more falling down, more cuts and scrapes, and more need for an Ouchie Spray!

I only recommend using Young Living essential oils. You can read more about that in this Why Young Living post.

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Cleaning The Kitchen With Essential Oils

Cleaning the kitchen with essential oil productsMy family spends an extraordinate amount of time in the kitchen.  Every two hours – or sometimes even every thirty minutes – there is someone in the kitchen performing some act of food preparation or random cabinet destruction (Even during the off hours of 10pm to 6am).  Because of our habitual use of everything in the kitchen, you can imagine it gets dirty pretty quickly.

Over the past few years our family has dabbled in the use of different homemade cleaning products and concocted different cleaning solutions. We recently stumbled into Thieves cleaner, and we will never again use anything to clean the kitchen. A little bit of this amazing Thieves cleaner goes a long way! It’s amazing for the daily cleanups and the deep cleans, plus everything in between!

We put two capfuls of Thieves cleaner in a 16-ounce spray bottle and fill the rest up with water. It’s our absolute FAVORITE for countertops – it smells fresh, it’s safe for all the little hands and their food, and it cuts through grease like you wouldn’t believe.

Let’s be honest … as parents of two little ones, we don’t get the chance to deep clean very often. We love that we can use Thieves cleaner to do a quick clean and still walk away feeling confident that everything is germ-free. We also use it to clean up all the many spills in a day, to wipe down the trash can lid, and for cleaning up the huge messes we make on the stovetop and in the oven.

Plus – because there is Thieves essential oil in the Thieves cleaner, it aids in boosting our immune systems every single time we clean! How cool is that?!

Here are a few recipes to show you just what it can do:
Floor Cleaner: Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 4 cups of hot water. For an extra awesome scent, add 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil – such as Purification, Thieves, Lemon, Tea Tree, or Peppermint. You can also add 1 tsp of white vinegar for streak-free clean. Mop all your worries (& germs) away!

Trash Cans: For that kitchen trash can, mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 3 1/2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Spray trash cans and wipe clean to remove dirt and grime.

All-purpose cleaner – for countertops, stovetops, dining room tables, cabinets and all the other greasy surfaces in your kitchen: Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 2 cups of water. Wipe down kitchen surfaces to remove dirt, sticky residue, etc.

Dishwasher Detergent: Drop a capful of Thieves cleaner directly in the soap compartment. You will be amazed at how clean those dishes get!

For more essential oil recipes, check out our sleepy cream post that uses Lavender, Cedarwood and Peace & Calming essential oils to make a nighttime cream that is sure to calm your little ones down before bedtime.

The Thieves cleaner product is sold on its own or you can purchase a Thieves starter bundle that comes with many additional Thieves products. If you are interested in trying one of these recipes or learning more about any of the ingredients or any other Young Living product, please drop a note in the comments or contact us here.

Sleepy Cream

Sleepy Cream

The first time I ever heard about Young Living essential oils it was when a friend of mine first posted about a sleepy cream she made for her daughter, who was about the same age as my oldest. She said her little one was going to sleep easier, and resting better throughout the night. Although I believed her, it was not enough for me to dive in at that moment to buy essential oils – but I DID start using lavender oil at bedtime a little more routinely.

When I first got my premium starter kit from Young Living, one of the first things I did was open up the lavender. And it smelled AMAZING. In my very next order, I made sure I got Cedarwood and Peace & Calming so that I could make this sleepy cream and test it out on my two munchkins that love anything but sleep. It’s true … we have seen an improvement in the quality of sleep everyone gets around here. And I’m pretty sure it has something to do with these amazing essential oils we’ve become so in love with.

We now use it every night, and we use a similar variation in our diffuser. I often use it for nap time as well, depending on how crazy our day has been and whether anyone needs some extra relaxation.

Sleepy Cream: For the ones in your life who need a good night’s rest
1/4 cup carrier oil, coconut oil, or unscented base cream (recipe for unscented base cream coming soon)
4 drops Lavender
4 drops Cedarwood
4 drops Peace & Calming

To make a 10mL roller bottle, add 1 drop of each oil, then fill the bottle with a carrier oil. Our favorites for rollers are fractionated coconut oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil, and sweet almond oil.

I only recommend using Young Living essential oils. You can read more about that in this Why Young Living post.

Affiliate links included.

Introducing Joy

Joy
Let me introduce you to Joy. I woke up super cranky this morning. Seeing snow all over the ground (& my car) is not my idea of a perfect Sunday morning in April. I miss the Atlanta sunshine, the dogwoods, azaleas, tulips, hyacinths, and all the many different colors of spring that we are used to. Our neighborhood farmers market started back up this morning in Grant Park – and all I could think when I woke up was “I miss home.” I haven’t missed our home in Grant Park this much since our very early days here.

This morning, I needed all the help I could get in uplifting my mood, which was dark and dreary just like the weather outside. I needed some Joy in my life. Maybe you do too.

Joy is a beautiful blend containing Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Lemon, Coriander, Tangerine, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Palmarosa, and Rose. It is great at the start of the day when you’ve woken up on the wrong side of the bed. It’s amazing at the end of the day to help you unwind and relax. We often diffuse it with Orange for an awesome comforting, uplifting scent. And, when you use it as perfume, it exudes an irresistible fragrance that inspires romance and togetherness. I mean – who doesn’t need a little Joy in their life?

One of my favorite ways to use essential oils is to put a single drop on the shower floor. The warm mist from the water heats it up and it’s like a mini diffuser. I’m feeling much better after my Joy shower. I know this snow won’t last long, and I’ll be even more appreciative of the sunshine and warmer weather when it returns.

Wherever you are this morning, and however you are feeling, I hope you find something to be joyful about. Happy Sunday!