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


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Energy Bites

This is a family favorite that we make for every hiking trip, outing, family road trip, you name it! It’s healthy, filling, and the perfect size to pack into individual baggies for each person. We have made some today as we prepare for our 14 hour road trip to Maryland. Let’s get right to the recipe, no lengthy article needed, right!?

Energy Bites

Ingredients:
* 1/2 cup chocolate chips
* 2/3 cup toasted coconut
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, store-bought or homemade
* 1/2 cup peanut butter
* 1 cup old fashioned oats
* 1/3 cup honey (or agave nectar)
* 1/2 cup freshly ground flax seeds
* 1 Tablespoon chia seeds (optional)

  1. To make the no bake energy bites, just stir all of those ingredients together in a large bowl until combined.  (Or if you get tired of using a spoon, just use your hands.  That’s what I do!). Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for about a half hour.
  2. Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. (Mine were about 1″ in diameter.) Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
  3. Makes about 20-25 energy bites.

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DIY Carpet Freshener

homemade-carpet-freshener-powder If you are like me, you love a fresh, clean smelling home. You look forward to having it nice and welcoming when company arrives. We hurry to the cleaning cabinet, pull out all of our “smell good” cleaning supplies and begin preparing for our guests like they are royalty. It’s something I enjoy!

But somewhere along the way, I stumbled across an article sharing the many harmful ingredients in our household cleaners. Ingredients that are hazardous to our health. This bothered me tremendously! Why? Well, let me create a scenario real quick, here we go:

Brand new mommy, trying to do everything she can to be the best mommy she knows how. She wants everything clean and sanitized, ready for baby. Enter the carpet. Before she puts baby down for tummy time, she sprinkles carpet freshener, let’s it sit for a couple of minutes, and vacuums it up. She places a small blanket on the floor and then baby joins the blanket for tummy time. It sounds so sweet doesn’t it? But baby’s face is closer to the carpet than anyone else’s. Breathing in the chemicals that have just been sprinkled onto the carpet! Some of them are vacuumed up, yes of course, but not all.

Did you know that the air quality inside of our homes can be worse than the pollution outside? It’s estimated that the average home contains about 63 synthetic chemicals for a total of about 10 gallons of hazardous material inside of just one home!

These chemicals are linked to asthma and an entire slew of other health issues! Are you still with me? So THIS mama HAD to do something! Yes, I wanted a fresh and clean smelling home but NOT with ingredients that are harmful to my baby’s health, or anyone else in my home for that matter. I needed to find a healthier option that would freshen AND deodorize our carpets.

Hello essential oils! Hello baking soda! Oh my goodness, it’s THAT simple? Why yes, yes it is! And soooooo much better than the store-bought versions. Are you ready? Here is the recipe! Brace yourself because it’s super simple!

DIY Carpet Freshener

Directions: Combine baking soda and essential oils in jar. Cover opening and shake well to disperse the essential oils throughout the baking soda. Fasten lid and it’s ready to use!

How to use: Simply sprinkle onto the carpets, let sit for about an hour, and then vacuum up.

That’s it! Simple as can be and you have fresh smelling carpet ready for guests and gentle enough for tummy time. This makes mama very happy!

Favorite Essential Oils for Carpet Freshener

And blends like:

  • Citrus Fresh: A wonderful blend of Orange, Tangerine, Grapefruit, Lemon, and Mandarin oils with a hint of Spearmint
  • Purification: A refreshing combination of Citronella, Lavandin, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Myrtle, and Tea Tree
  • Christmas Spirit: Don’t let the name fool you, this blend is everything heartwarming and welcoming with oils of cinnamon bark, orange and spruce.
  • Thieves: is a powerful combination of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils for an aromatic blend that fills any space with a rich, spicy aroma.

Favorite Combinations

  1. 10 drops Lemon, 10 drops Lavender, 10 drops Peppermint
  2. 10 drops Rosemary, 5 drops Lemon, 5 drops Lavender, 10 drops Peppermint
  3. 10 drops Lime, 10 drops Lemon, 10 drops Orange
  4. 10 drops Geranium, 10 drops Rosemary
  5. 10 drops Geranium, 10 drops Lavender

To be honest, the possibilities are endless. The key is ridding our homes of unhealthy chemicals and replacing with healthier options. Using essential oils is a fantastic way to bring in wonderful aroma’s without toxic chemicals. Experiment with a few combinations and see what you create. And don’t forget to come back and share with us!

 

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I was looking for a few container ideas to use with my DIY Carpet Freshener and there are quite a few ideas on the internet. Aren’t these great! So if you prefer to save your mason jars for canning, there are options available to you online.


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Bergamot

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Bergamot is cold pressed from the rind or undergoes vacuum distillation to produce Furocoumarin-free bergamot oil which is specially distilled to minimize the concentration of sun-sensitizing compounds in the oil.

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Christopher Columbus is believed to have brought bergamot to Bergamo in Northern Italy from the Canary Islands. A mainstay in traditional Italian medicine, bergamot has been used in the Middle East for hundreds of years.

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An essential oil, when inhaled, can reach the emotional center of the brain within seconds. This is one of the incredible benefits of aromatherapy. The fragrant influences of Bergamot are uplifting and refreshing on the emotions, balancing to the endocrine system, soothing to the skin, and also comforting to the digestive system.

Applications

Bergamot essential oil can be applied topically for a relaxing massage or diffused and inhaled to create a calming environment.

Companion Essential Oils

Bergamot is part of the citrus family and blends well with chamomile, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, jasmine, juniper, lavender, citrus essential oils, palmarosa, patchouli, and ylang ylang.

Note: Angelica is a photosensitive oil which means that you’ll want to avoid direct sunlight to the area for at least 72 hours.

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Interesting fact: Bergamot is responsible for the distinctive flavor of the renowned Earl Grey Tea and was used in the first genuine eau de cologne.


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The Great Outdoors

Being outdoors is awesome! The fresh air helps clear the mind, the warmth sun against our skin helps activate our vitamin D, and a cool breeze can make us feel alive and thankful. Young Living can help with our outdoor adventures by providing natural products that protect and nourish without harmful ingredients.

Don’t forget to pack the following items!

  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Protective lip balm
  • Food for the journey
  • Hand purifier
  • and MORE!

Sunscreen

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Made with ingredients you can feel good about, Young Living’s Mineral Sunscreen Lotion provides protection against UVA and UVB rays without harsh chemical ingredients. Instead, the non-greasy sunscreen offers broad-spectrum SPF 10 protection using naturally derived plant- and mineral-based ingredients, including non-nano zinc oxide—a physical UV blocker. The lightweight formula goes on smooth and stays water- and sweat-resistant for 80 minutes, so you can feel comfortable while you stay moving. With hypoallergenic ingredients and skin-loving essential oils—such Helichrysum, Carrot Seed, and Sacred Frankincense—this gentle sunscreen rubs on smoothly without a white residue, so you can effortlessly add it to your time outdoors.

Young Living Mineral Sunscreen Lotion Video

Mineral Sunscreen product information page

Insect Repellent

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Young Living’s Insect Repellent is tested to repel mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas using only 100 percent naturally derived, plant-based ingredients.

Pure sesame oil and a carefully selected blend of essential oils traditionally used for their bug-repellent properties come together to make up all 99 percent of the active ingredients in this formula. The other 1 percent? Vitamin E. That means you can use it on your little ones and not worry about the synthetic chemicals used in many traditional repellents. You’ll also love the pleasant, citrusy aroma and smooth, non-greasy, non-sticky application.

So whether you’re spending time in the backyard or the backwoods, you can feel great knowing you have a pure, plant-based way to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Due to state regulations, this product is not available for purchase in every state.

Insect Repellent Product Information Page

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Moisturize and protect your lips with our all-natural lip balm. Featuring pure Cinnamon Bark and Peppermint essential oils, Cinnamint™ Lip Balm helps prevent skin dehydration for soft, smooth lips.

 

Food for the Journey

Granola

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Served hot or cold, Gary’s True Grit™ Einkorn Granola is a great way to start your day. The tasty combination of naturally sourced grains, nuts, berries, and seeds provides both simple and complex carbs to keep you going through the day. With crunchy clusters mixed with chewy dried wolfberries, this granola is perfect to pack along with you no matter where you go!

All too often, cereals and on-the-go snacks are filled with refined sugars, high-fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, and artificial flavors. Instead of including these overly processed ingredients, Gary’s True Grit Einkorn Granola is sweetened by the combination of wolfberries, cranberries, cacao nibs, and coconut sugar. These sweet hints are balanced by hearty sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, and pecans, with just the right amount of sea salt.

No matter where life takes you, you’ll be glad you brought Gary’s True Grit Einkorn Granola along for the ride!

Einkorn Granola Product Information Page

Organic Dried Wolfberries

6360Young Living’s Organic Dried Wolfberries are a sweet, organic snack from nature that’s easy to make a part of your daily diet. Our gentle drying process makes these USDA-certified organic wolfberries versatile and easy to incorporate into lots of recipes, letting you add wolfberry benefits to anything from stir-fry to baked goods!

With polyphenols and polysaccharides, this exotic berry is touted around the world for its taste and nutrients. Documented use of wolfberries dates back to the Ming Dynasty, where they were part of ancient Chinese culture.

Organic Dried Wolfberries Product Information

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Convenient, portable, and long lasting, Thieves® Waterless Hand Purifier is enhanced with natural Peppermint oil to cleanse and purify hands.

Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier Product Information

 

Are You a Member with Young Living?

Already a member? Great! Simply add these items into your order and they’ll be at your doorstep before you know it!

The Outdoors

Not a member yet? Becoming a member with Young Living is easy. Get started today so that your next adventure can include toxin-free, healthy, and safe products the entire family can benefit from! Here’s a fantastic way to get started!

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 Become a member today.

 

 

 


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Perfume with Angelica Essential Oil

7667030-14rejparfumejpgThe language of perfumery uses a kind of musical scale comprising of base notes, middle notes, and high notes. It is a symphony of aromatic elements moving together in harmony. It is an art that is taken as seriously as musical composers or painters creating a masterpiece. Enter Angelica.

Angelica archangelica is considered a feminine top note. Top notes are the most volatile, meaning they evaporate quickly and are therefore the ones you smell first. The top note gradually evaporates and leaves the middles notes, which eventually fade and reveal the base notes.  The following list gives you a few ideas of base notes and middles notes to blend with angelica in orchestrating your own aromatic, harmonic fragrance.

Base Notes

  • Cedarwood
  • Cinnamon
  • Frankincense
  • Myrrh
  • Patchouli
  • Sandalwood
  • Vetiver

Middle Notes

  • Cassia
  • Clary Sage
  • Marjoram
  • Neroli
  • Nutmeg
  • Palmarosa
  • Thyme

How to Decide

Know what fragrance you are aiming for when blending together. Are you aiming for it to be woodsy, floral, musky, fresh, minty, resinous, camphorous, etc.? Then from here, decide which  type of perfume you would like to make.

Type of Perfume

Type of Perfume – Essential Oil Concentration – Diluent Concentration

Perfume, 15-30%, 70-85% (5-10% is water)
Eau de parfum, 8-15%, 85-92% (10-20% is water)
Eau de toilette, 4-8%, 92-96% (10-20% is water)
Eau de cologne, 3-5%, 95-97% (30% is water)
Splash cologne/body spritz, 1-3%, 97-99% (20% is water)

The above ratios are broken down first by the essential oil blend you create using base, middle and top notes. In perfume, the essential oil blend will make up 15%-30%. Next is adding the alcohol which will make up 70-85% with 5-10% being distilled water. This makes up your perfume. Follow the ratios for Eau de parfum, Eau de toilette, Eau de cologne, and splash cologne/body spritz if you decide on one of them as well.

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The strength of a fragrance will depend on the ratio of the finished blend. Perfume will always be the strongest formulation.

Once you have made up your perfume, set in a cool, dark place for a couple of weeks, checking on it often and giving it a swirl to allowing the essential oils to combine into a harmonious blend.

Popular Essential Oil in the Perfume Industry

Do a quick google search to see how popular angelica is amongst perfumers in this industry. It is quite fascinating!

Your Turn

So what do you think, will you give this a try? Are you ready to compose your masterpiece? When you do, did your perfume blend together harmoniously or, as they say in the perfume industry, were they not “hanging together” (a popular term meaning they weren’t integrating harmoniously).

Have fun with it. Involve the kids and let them try their own hand at making perfume. Best of all, you will have peace of mind knowing the ingredients contained in your final product.


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DIY Shower Melts

We had a fun ladies evening learning about ingredients in store bought shower melts and venturing into making our own.

As we were discussing the ingredients in a store bought shower melt, I was appalled to learn that some of the ingredients are linked to serious diseases. It begs the question, why on earth would a company choose to willingly put ingredients like this into our skincare and beauty items. It also begs the question, why are we allowing them to?

There is something comforting in knowing that we can control the ingredients going into our recipes when making our own. There is something freeing and empowering in choosing better for our bodies instead of accepting what is available to us on the market.

As we were walking through the list of harmful ingredients we paused to think of what we had used in our homemade shower melts. Simple ingredients, available to us from our very own kitchen! Items that we can use in our cooking, meaning it’s safe to ingest and consume. This is comforting! This is knowing that what we are putting into our bodies is safe, hellooooo even edible!

So last night’s recipe consisted of cornstarch and essential oils. 2 simple ingredients. SIMPLE!

I’m going to share this recipe with you plus another one that I really like. You get to choose which one to try, or maybe you’ll be like me and decide to try them both. Enjoy!

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Shower Melts Recipe No. 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • a Tablespoon
  • mixing bowl
  • bowl of water
  • essential oils of choice (we used 5 drops citrus and 3 drops peppermint)
  • mold (we used cupcake liners and a muffin pan)

Directions:

  1. Place cornstarch into a mixing bowl.
  2. Slowly begin adding a tablespoon of water at a time into the cornstarch, working through with your fingers.
  3. Continue adding the water until you have a consistency that is similar to wet sand and will hold together. Wet sand is not the same thing as mud, lol. Aim for a a damp consistency that will hold when squeezed.
  4. Add in essential oils of choice and work through with fingers to disperse among the cornstarch.
  5. Firmly pack into your molds.
  6. Leave to sit overnight to dry. (Process can be sped up by placing in the freezer for an hour)
  7.  Remove from molds and store in an airtight container

 

Shower Melts Recipe No. 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/3 -1/2 cup water
  • 15 drops essential oil of choice (in this recipe I used Rosemary)
  • 15 drops essential oil of choice (I chose Lavender)
  • 15 drops essential oil of choice (I used Peppermint)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Molds or Muffin Tin (makes 12 if using muffin pan)
  • Cupcake liners if using muffin tin

Note: You can switch up this recipe to use 30 drops of one essential oil and 15 of another if you’d like. The beauty is that you can use any essential oil you desire to achieve the aroma of your choice. 

Directions:

  1. In your mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
  2. Begin with 1/3 cup water and work it through the dry ingredients with your fingers, aiming for a damp feel that will hold when squeezed together. You may add a little more water if needed but be careful not to over-saturate your mix.
  3. Add in the essential oils, again working it through with your fingers.
  4. Pack firmly into the molds.
  5. Let sit to dry overnight. (You can speed up the process by placing in the freezer for an hour).
  6. Remove from molds and store in an airtight container in the bathroom.

 

Using Your Shower Melts

Simply remove from their wrapper (if you used cupcake liners). Place 2 melts on the floor of your shower and as the water runs over it, the aroma of the essential oils will rise up and into your nasal passages.

You can use cute little soap racks/tray like this one to place on the shower floor. It can help the shower melts to linger a little longer without the shower water dissolving them from both the top and the bottom due to standing water waiting to drain. This is a cute and clever idea!

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Which Essential Oils Do I Use?

The fun part is that depending on which essential oils you decide to use, they can be soothing to the respiratory system, calming to the soul, balancing to the emotions, uplifting for a morning pick-me-up, even calming before bedtime. But YOU get to choose!

Here are a few of my favorites:

Calming: *Lavender, *Stress Away, *Frankincense

Uplifting: *Citrus essential oils, *Peppermint

Immune Supporting: *Thieves, Frankincense, *Copaiba

Respiratory Supporting: Eucalyptus, R.C., *Raven, *Peppermint, Rosemary, Lavender

Emotional Balance: Harmony, Release, Stress Away, Joy, Citrus essential oils

 

Have Fun Creating! 

 

*Essential oils included in Young Living’s Premium Starter Kit. Get started on your essential oil adventure and have fun making many different variations of shower melts with an assortment of essential oils. Come see what our Premium Starter Kit is all about!

 

 


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Angelica for Skin Care

skin-moisturizing-basics-242x242.jpgAngelica oil is generally considered to be safe for topical use but should always be diluted properly with another skin friendly base oil like coconut oil or almond oil. After dilution, you can apply it gently to your face to rejuvenate the appearance of your skin and give it a healthier glow.

Try combining a few drops of angelica oil with an equal amount of frankincense oil if you want to give your face an extra special treat.

Bear in mind that angelica oil may be photosensitive which means that direct exposure to the sun can cause a reaction. To guard against this, make sure that you do not expose your skin to direct sunlight for at least 12 hours after applying it. As for myself, I prefer applying mine as anevening regimen before bedtime.

Here is a lovely recipe to help obtain more youthful skin with essential oils that are soothing and nourishing. This blend can help moisturize, balance, and brighten the skin and is good on most skin types including normal, oily and sluggish skin.

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