Scentsable Living

Choosing a healthier way of life, the "scents"able way.


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DIY Scented Pinecones

I love, love, LOVE scented pinecones! But what I don’t love are the negative effects of synthetic fragrances. Instant headache! Did you know that synthetic fragrances are known hormone disruptors? I won’t bring them into my home for my own health, the health of my family, nor my friends who come to visit.

So, instead of buying them, did you know that you can make your own with any essential oil that you choose! Follow these simple instructions and you’ll be ready to make your house or any area smell wonderful!

DIY SCENTED PINECONES

MATERIALS

— 2 lbs. Pinecones
— Young Living essential oil of choice: Cinnamon Bark, Clove, Cedarwood, Nutmeg, Orange, Pine, Frankincense, Spruce, Myrrh, Juniper, and/or Peppermint, or a few blends that come to mind are Christmas Spirit (a FAVORITE), Abundance, and Light the Fire.

— Large plastic bag

— Optional: cinnamon sticks, dried orange peels, and/or eucalyptus leaves

DIRECTIONS

Place half of the pine cones in the plastic bag and sprinkle a total of 15 drops of your chosen essential oils, add the remainder of pine cones to the bag and sprinkle with another 15 drops total of your chosen essential oil. Add the optional cinnamon sticks, dried orange peels and eucalyptus leaves.

Close bag tightly with twist tie or string and shake. Let sit for 1-4 weeks, shaking the bag 1-3 times a week.

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Garden Tea

“Mary, Mary. Quite contrary. How does your garden grow?”

Many do not know that essential oils have an amazing role in the garden. Several roles, actually.

* They can be natural pest deterrents.
* They can build up the health of the plants.
* Assist in an increased harvest.
* Enhance the fragrance or flavor of the flowers, fruits, and vegetables.
* Make your time in the garden more enjoyable.

➡️ I’ve experienced these benefits in my own personal gardens in years past. ⬅️

Today let’s look at deterring pests in the garden. The following chart gives you a list of essential oils for certain garden pests. It may not be an exhaustive list, but it certainly makes for a fantastic start.

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There are several ways to incorporate the essential oils from the above chart.

🍅 A spray consisting of 1 gallon of water with 4-8 drops essential oil can be used to spritz onto flowers, fruit, and vegetables.

🍅 Hanging strips of cloth from branches of trees with a drop of essential oil on each strip can save you from the task of trying to spray such a large area. You can renew as needed simply by adding additional drops of essential oil.

🍅 Cotton balls: This method can be used to deter insects by placing 3 drops essential oil onto a cotton ball and place in or near where insects or critters tend to gather near your garden.

🍅 Cartons: This method is good for deterring slugs, snails, mice, cats, dogs and all ground-moving insects. Bury an old plastic container in the ground, such as a yogurt or margarine container, so that it’s level with the ground. Use 3 drops essential oil in the carton. Renew as needed. Cats and dogs dislike a powerful aroma because it puts them off the scents. It will discourage them from urinating around your garden.

(from The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood)


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Three Months of Wellness

Tired of feeling tired? What if you could bring energy back into your body so you could enjoy the things that really matter? Learn ways to regain control, have more energy, and live above the wellness line.

It’s time. Time to regain control, to have more energy.

 

Young Living products mentioned in the above presentation:

Cleanse Your Home:  Chemical Free Home

Cleanse Your Body – Cleansing Trio consists of Essentialzymes, Comfortone and ICP

Bring on the AntioxidantsNingXia Red

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Young Living’s Essential Rewards program

 

Get started on your Three Months of Wellness and feel great three months from now! There is no time like the present. Don’t wait! You deserve to feel your best!


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How to use Essential Oils in place of Extracts and Flavorings

We love using our essential oils in our food recipes to replace some of the less healthier extracts and flavorings!

If you’ve ever glanced at the nutrition facts on the label, some of extracts and flavorings contain ingredients like propylene glycol. Ick! Young Living’s 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils are not diluted with fillers and do not have any chemical solvents like so many store bought extracts.  Young Living’s Vitality line of essential oils are defined by the US Food and Drug Administration as GRAS (generally regarded as safe), meaning they CAN be safely ingested in typical recipe amounts.

Why Would Essential Oils Be Used When Cooking?

  • Essential oils can be up to 70 times as strong as dried and fresh herbs and plants. Dried herbs retain only about 3 – 5% of the essential oils from the original plant.
  • Essential oils are superior in flavor and potency over dried herbs. The essence of the plant is preserved and carried into your recipes when you use essential oils.
  • Plus, essential oils have a longer shelf life than any dried herb, seed, or flower. Essential oils, when stored properly, will maintain their intense flavor and aroma for years.

Tips for Replacing Extracts and Flavorings with Essential Oils

  • Typically, 1-3 drops of a citrus oil can substitute for 1 tsp. of citrus zest. If the recipe calls for the zest from 1 citrus fruit, you can use 8–14 drops of the citrus essential oil instead.  Try citrus oils like orange, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, or lime!
  • For minty oils such as peppermint and spearmint, try substituting 1 drop for 1 tsp. dried mint leaves or 1 Tbsp. fresh mint leaves.
  • Typically what we know as ground cinnamon is really ground cassia (known as Chinese cinnamon), but the strength of that flavor varies wildly between different manufacturers. We recommend essential oil from the bark of another variety of cinnamon, known as “true cinnamon.” You will want to start by substituting 1 drop of cinnamon bark essential oil for 1–2 Tbsp. ground cinnamon.  Cinnamon bark is a strong oil, so be sparing and avoid direct skin contact without dilution.
  • For herbaceous oils like basil, marjoram, oregano, rosemary, cilantro, dill, thyme, etc., start with a toothpick dipped in the oil and stir into the mixture, and then add more to taste as needed.  For some of these oils, even one drop would be too much for a recipe, so the toothpick method is highly preferred.
  • For other flavors, a good rule of thumb is to substitute 1 drop of oil for 1–2 Tbsp. of dried spice or herb and 1 drop of oil for 1–2 tsp. of fresh spice. If you think the oil is strong or the recipe calls for less than the above quantities, start with a toothpick dip instead. Taste, and add more if needed.

Keep in mind that since essential oils are so much stronger in flavor and purity than typical alcohol-based extracts and flavorings, always start with less and add more to taste, as necessary.

Bonus Tip: When Do I Add Essential Oils to a Recipe?

For essential oils that are more mild in flavor, use 1-2 drops at the end of cooking or just before serving.

If you add milder flavored oils at the beginning of the cooking process, then the flavor will dissipate greatly when ready to serve.  For instance, a drop or two of lemon essential oil added to the top of a baked chicken breast just before serving is amazing!  Or add some jade lemon essential oil to homemade vanilla frosting for a jazzed up flavor explosion on a sweet treat.

If an essential oil has a stronger flavor (like oregano or basil) then adding them during cooking will allow some to evaporate leaving a milder, delicious flavor when ready to serve.  Oregano essential oil simmering in a pot of spaghetti sauce will make everyone eager for dinner to be served!

Remember to Experiment in the Kitchen!

Since cooking with essential oils is all about figuring out what depth of flavor you enjoy in your finished dishes, we highly encourage lots of experimenting in recipes.

Using Young Living’s 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils that are approved by the FDA as GRAS, will open up a whole new world of flavor and aroma in the heart of your home…the kitchen.  Have fun and enjoy!

Recipe Ideas!

Check out our “In the Kitchen” section of our website! You will find many fun ways to incorporate essential oils into your recipes.

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Fun in the Sun!

Are you excited that summer is coming, yet so over the days of sunburns, bug bites, and travel mishaps?

While summer is one of the most amazing times of year, it brings its own unique set of challenges. How do you best care for and support your body during this season?  How do you protect your skin from the sun or rehydrate after long days in the water? How can you keep those pesky bugs away or survive traveling stresses that arise on family vacations and adventures?

If you want easy answers to these questions, I’ve got the best kept secrets for summer travelers just for you!

“Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall  behind you.” -Unknown

 

I have a really fun class for you today. This class is all about setting you up for success in the hot summer days and on your travel journeys.

Young Living products mentioned in the above presentation:

Skin-Loving Trifecta: Insect Repellent, Lavaderm After-Sun Spray, Coconut Lime Body Butter

Bugs: Insect Repellent

Carry-on Travel Necessities: Bon Voyage Travel Pack

Tummy Time: DiGize and Peppermint essential oil

Joints & Muscles: Deep Relief roll-on, PanAway essential oil blend

Sleep: Lavender, Cedarwood, Valerian

Be Well Roller: Lemon, Frankincense, Oregano, Tea Tree, Thieves, Peppermint

Calming: Valor, Peace & Calming, Stress Away

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More about the Premium Starter Kit can be found here! 

More about the Essential Rewards Program here!

Add your items into the cart and get ready for a fantastic summer social! If you are not already a member with Young Living, become one today! 🙂

 

 


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Summer Social DIY

Welcome! Grab your pens and notebook and get ready to wow your friends with these super smart DIY ideas for socializing this summer. Learn how to infuse your outdoor gatherings with recipes for your favorite appetizers, marinade, and drinks. This class comes equipped with DIY recipes perfect for a pleasant outdoor experience such as outdoor spray, soothing stick, a citronella candle, and more!

So let’s dive on in!

Young Living products mentioned in the above presentation:

Vitality Essential Oils: Lemon, Lime, Black Pepper, Orange, Grapefruit, Citrus Fresh, Lavender, Black Pepper, Lime

Drinks: NingXia Red and NingXia Zyng

Other Essential Oils: Citronella, Thieves, Rosemary, Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, Purification, Tea Tree, Helichrysum, Myrrh, Frankincense

More about the Premium Starter Kit can be found here! 

More about the Essential Rewards Program here!

Add your items into the cart and get ready for a fantastic summer social! If you are not already a member with Young Living, become one today! 🙂