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DIY garbage disposal fresheners

Ever wonder what that funky smell is coming from your kitchen sink? We’re not exactly sure what it is either, but we do have the solution—DIY garbage disposal fresheners!

This easy DIY takes less than an hour, including cleanup! It’s all natural and completely safe for the environment, and the fresheners will make your disposal smell as fresh and clean as a meadow of daisies!


Supplies: 

Rosemary essential oil

1 cup baking soda

¾ cup liquid Castile soap

½ cup salt

30 drops essential oil

¼ cup water

Measuring spoon (we used a tablespoon)

Yield: approx. thirty 1-inch fresheners

Directions: 

1. Combine baking soda and salt in a bowl.

2. Add Castile soap and essential oils. See our scent ideas below!

3. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the mixture reaches the texture of wet sand.

DIY Garbage disposal fresheners

YL tip: If you add too much water, the mixture won’t pack together or dry properly. Add more baking soda and salt to get the texture of wet sand.

4. Pack the mixture into the measuring spoon.

YL tip: To get your freshener out of the measuring spoon, tap the spoon lightly on the counteruntil the contents slide out. Be careful! The mixture hasn’t dried yet, so it might be fragile.

5. Let the fresheners dry for about 24 hours.

6. Store in a sealed glass jar, and keep dry.

To use: 

Put 1-3 fresheners in your garbage disposal. Turn the faucet on a steady cold stream, and run the disposal for up to one minute.


Four tips for keeping your garbage disposal fresh: 

  • Run it often, even when there’s nothing in it, to keep all its parts moving.
  • Always use cold water—hot water can melt grease, which causes clogs.
  • Avoid putting certain things down there, like grease, bones, large fruit pits, and foods that expand when wet, like rice or pasta.
  • Grind small pieces of food thoroughly by running the disposal for longer than you think—a few seconds doesn’t cut it.

Disposal freshener essential oil combos

Classic Clean

20 drops Thieves® essential oil blend

10 drops Lemon essential oil

Citrus Herb

10 drops Rosemary essential oil

10 drops Grapefruit essential oil

Spearmint essential oil

5 drops Peppermint essential oil

5 drops Lemon essential oil

Freshen Up

10 drops Purification® essential oil blend

10 drops Eucalyptus Radiata essential oil

10 drops Spearmint essential oil

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New year, new diffuser blends: Stay motivated with a blend for every month

The new year sparks a surge in setting and achieving goals! Maybe you’ve got your sights set on climbing a mountain, finishing a scrapbook from cover to cover, or building a successful business. But when February rolls around, does your New Year’s energy dim ever so slightly? Ignite your motivation each month with a fresh diffuser blend to keep your goals on track!

January diffuser blend

As you assemble your goals, diffuse a blend bundled with these essential oil favorites. Start your year with this brisk, inspiring mix of Northern Lights Black Spruce, Peppermint, Rosemary, and Tea Tree essential oils.

2 drops Northern Lights Black Spruce essential oil  2 drops Peppermint essential oil  2 drops Rosemary essential oil  1 drop Tea Tree essential oil

February diffuser blend

Love is in air—especially when diffusing this romantic blend of Ylang Ylang, Tangerine, Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood™ , and Cedarwood essential oils. Remind yourself that when you truly love yourself, you can achieve anything!

2 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil  2 drops Tangerine essential oil  2 drops Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood essential oil  2 drops Cedarwood essential oil

March diffuser blend

Positive surroundings pave the way for a fruitful year! Send a fresh, bright, clean scent wherever you are with this blooming blend. It features Lime, Purification®, Spearmint, and Lemongrass.

3 drops Lime essential oil  3 drops Purification essential oil blend 2 drops Spearmint essential oil  1 drop Lemongrass essential oil

April diffuser blend

Spring cleaning has arrived! Declutter the negativity for easy breathing and laser focus. Put the finishing touches on your space by clearing the air with soothing, inspiring scents like the lovely Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint essential oil blend.

3 drops Lavender essential oil  3 drops Lemon essential oil  3 drops Peppermint essential oil

May diffuser blend

Just like the flowers are in full bloom, so are your goals. Diffuse a spicy, fresh blend of Eucalyptus, Bergamot, Frankincense, and Patchouli essential oils for notes of inspiration and upward growth.

3 drops Eucalyptus Radiata essential oil  3 drops Bergamot essential oil  2 drops Frankincense essential oil  1 drop Patchouli essential oil

June diffuser blend

While you’re soaking in free vitamin D, treat your senses with fresh, floral, sweet notes. Match the sunny weather and positive attitude with this happy aroma, thanks to Lemon, Rosemary, Neroli, and Grapefruit essential oils.

3 drops Lemon essential oil  3 drops Rosemary essential oil  2 drops Neroli essential oil  2 drops Grapefruit essential oil

July diffuser blend

Electric evenings filled with barbecues, fireworks, and lawn gatherings? Must be July! Ignite those nostalgic summer nights by diffusing a warm, sweet blend of Citrus Fresh™, Vetiver, Black Pepper, and Cedarwood. Who knows—it may reignite your goal-getting spirit.

2 drops Citrus Fresh essential oil blend  2 drops Vetiver essential oil  2 drops Black Pepper essential oil  2 drops Cedarwood essential oil

August diffuser blend

Before fall arrives, enjoy nature with fun in the sun! Go for a hike, plan a picnic at the park, or camp under the starry night sky. Keep the outdoor vibes flowing with an invigorating blend of Citronella, Pine, Blue Cypress, and Wintergreen essential oils.

3 drops Citronella essential oil  2 drops Pine essential oil  2 drops Blue Cypress essential oil  2 drops Wintergreen essential oil

September diffuser blend

Appreciate all you’ve accomplished, but then focus on that final push to achieve your goals. Bring on that back-to-school energy with inspiring scents of Peppermint, Frankincense, and Cardamom essential oils.

3 drops Peppermint essential oil  3 drops Frankincense essential oil  3 drops Cardamom essential oil

October diffuser blend

Welcome the brisk breeze and layered attire with a warm, cozy blend, featuring the star players in your oil arsenal: Northern Lights Black Spruce, Clove, and Marjoram. Keep your diffuser running throughout the month to support you as you go for your goals.

3 drops Northern Lights Black Spruce essential oil  3 drops Clove essential oil  3 drops Marjoram essential oil

November diffuser blend

’Tis the season to give thanks! Maybe someone helped shape you into your amazing self. Diffuse this sweet treat of Roman Chamomile, Nutmeg, Cinnamon Bark, and Stress Away™ as a reminder to show appreciation to yourself and others you invite into your surroundings.

3 drops Roman Chamomile essential oil  2 drops Nutmeg essential oil  2 drops Cinnamon Bark essential oil  2 drops Stress Away essential oil blend

December diffuser blend

Jingle bell rock your way to the end of a successful year with a seasonal scent! Diffuse a festive blend of Christmas Spirit™, Cypress, Pine, and Wintergreen in celebration of your success and the start of a new year of goals!

3 drops Christmas Spirit essential oil blend  3 drops Cypress essential oil  2 drops Pine essential oil  2 drops Wintergreen essential oil

Keeping simple habits such as diffusing each day can propel you to achieve bigger goals. Infuse your life with nature’s favorites scents in your quest to success!

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29 DIY cleaners with Thieves Household Cleaner

Thieves® Household Cleaner. You know it, you use it, and you love it. If you don’t love it yet, you will after your cleaning is transformed by its strength and versatility.

This powerful, ultra-concentrated, plant-based solution is a helpful and naturally derived chore companion—helping you clean everything from wood floors to shower doors. And the best part? It doesn’t have any of the harsh chemicals you’ve removed from your lifestyle. That’s right, you don’t have to worry about what’s in Thieves Household Cleaner. It’s perfect to use around everyone in your whole family.

Tips for using Thieves Household Cleaner

Thieves Household Cleaner is safe to use at a 15:1 dilution or higher for most non-porous surfaces. One capful of Thieves Household Cleaner is equal to approximately ½ tablespoon, so ½ cup of water mixed with one capful of cleaner yields a 15:1 dilution.

  • Most cleaning applications use 30 parts water to 1 part Thieves Household Cleaner—more concentrated dilutions may be necessary for some uses.
  • For best results, mix only the amount of cleaner that you will need to use right away.
  • Before using Thieves Household Cleaner, do a small spot test in an inconspicuous location, especially on wood, plastic, fabric, and granite.
  • Do not use this product on soft plastics or vinyl.

29 DIY cleaners with Thieves Household Cleaner

We made 29 cleaners with less than one bottle of Thieves Household Cleaner! With 60-65 capfuls of the cleaner in each 14.4 fl. oz bottle, we had plenty to spare even after making each of these solutions. Keep reading to find out how to use Thieves Household Cleaner in all areas of your home!

Thieves Household Cleaner

Kitchen cleaners

1. Trash can scrub

Clean stains and deodorize!

  • Empty trash can and fill with water.
  • Pour 1-2 capfuls of Thieves Household Cleaner directly into the can (1 capful for a small can, 2 for a large one).
  • Let sit for several hours.
  • If needed, scrub stubborn stains with a brush.
  • Empty can and wipe dry.
  • For an ongoing fresh scent, place a few drops of Eucalyptus Globulus essential oil on a cotton ball and put it in the bottom of the trash can before replacing the liner.

2. Stovetop cleaner

Tackle light and heavy degreasing.

  • In a spray bottle or bowl, combine the following:
  • Apply with cloth to remove buildup; when grease is gone, wipe clean with a damp cloth.

3. Garbage disposal refresher

Refresh the disposal with a clean scent!

  • Pour one capful of Thieves Household Cleaner down the disposal.
  • Let sit 5 minutes.
  • Add ½ cup baking soda and ½ cup white vinegar.
  • Let sit until fizzing stops.
  • Bring 4 cups of water to a boil; pour down the drain.
  • Turn on disposal and run cold water for 30 seconds.
  • Pour 3 drops of Purification® essential oil blend in the disposal for an extra-fresh scent.
Purification essential oil blend

4. Wood cabinet polish

Polish your cabinets and eliminate buildup!

  • In a spray bottle or bowl, mix the following:
  • Apply evenly to cabinets with a damp cloth.
  • If cabinets have heavy buildup, extra scrubbing may be required.

5. Dishwasher cleaner

Clean the inside of the dishwasher!

  • In the bottom of the dishwasher, add the following:
  • Run empty dishwasher through a full cycle. Do not add detergent.

6. Oven scrub

Scrub away baked-on food!

  • In a spray bottle or bowl, mix the following:
    • ½ cup white vinegar
    • ½ capful Thieves Household Cleaner
    • ½ tablespoon dish soap
    • 2 drops Thieves® essential oil blend
  • Avoiding the heating elements, sprinkle baking soda liberally on the bottom of the oven, and then spray with Thieves Household Cleaner and vinegar.
  • Let sit until it stops bubbling.
  • Scrub stubborn spots with a sponge.
  • Wipe the rest of the cleaner off with a damp cloth and rinse well, making sure to remove all baking soda
essential oils for colds and congestion

7. Microwave cleaner

Make your microwave sparkle!

  • In a microwave-safe bowl, mix the following:
  • Microwave for 2 minutes.
  • Wipe down the microwave using a damp rag—the heat and steam from the solution in the bowl should make removing grime easy.

8. Stainless steel cleaner

Make the outside of appliances shine like a mirror!

  • In a spray bottle, mix the following:
    • ½ capful Thieves Household Cleaner
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Buff the cleaner into the stainless steel with a damp, lint-free cloth.
  • Wipe off excess with a clean, dry cloth.

Bathroom

9. Soft scrub for porous materials

Polish your bathtubs, toilets, and sinks!

  • In a bowl or spray bottle, mix the following:
    • ½ cup baking soda
    • 5 tablespoons liquid castile soap
    • ½ capful Thieves Household Cleaner
    • 3 drops Lemon essential oil
  • To use: Apply the mixture with a damp cloth or brush and scrub away.
Lemon essential oil

10. Cleaning fizzies

Remove buildup from toilet bowls and stubborn shower floors!

Ingredients

Instructions

1. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix evenly.
2. In a separate bowl, combine water, essential oils or blends, and V-6.
3. Pour liquids into a large bowl and whisk together until combined.
4. Use mixture to fill ice cube tray or candy mold about three fourths full. If mixture expands and spills over mold, gently replace into the mold.
5. Let sit overnight to dry in room temperature area. When dry, pop tablets out and store in a glass jar.
6. When needed, put a tablet in the toilet bowl, hard-to-clean bottles, or sink full of dishes to help clean and deodorize. Let tablet sit in bowl, bottle, or sink for 20-30 minutes to fizz and dissolve. Once dissolved, flush or rinse out.

11. Prevent shower soap scum

Get rid of water droplets!

12. Shower head/faucet cleaner

Remove gunk and mineral buildup! 

  • In a plastic bag, mix the following:
    • 1 teaspoon Thieves Household Cleaner
    • ¾ cup white vinegar
  • Attach the full bag to faucets and fixtures with rubber bands.
  • Leave for several hours.
  • Scrub with a coarse brush if needed to remove hard water stains.
  • Rinse well.

13. Shower door deep-clean

Keep your shower doors free from residue!

  • In a spray bottle, mix the following:
  • Spray liberally onto the surface and scrub with a sponge to remove spots.
  • Rinse well and dry.
Thieves dish soap

Living room

14. Couch and upholstery cleaner

Deodorize and clean minor spots!

  Combine 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 1-2 cups baking soda. Mix well.

  • Let sit for 24 hours to thoroughly combine.
  • Add 5 drops of Lavender essential oil for an extra boost of freshness.
  • Sprinkle lightly over furniture and wait 1 hour.
  • Use a stiff brush and back-and-forth motions to work the cleaner into the fabric; then vacuum up the excess.

Tip: You can also use this technique on car upholstery, mattresses, carpets, and rugs.

15. Ceiling fan cleaner

Wipe off dust and built-up grime!

  • In a spray bottle or bowl, mix the following:
    • 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner
    • 2 cups water
  • Wipe dust off fan blades, light fixture, and ceiling mount with a damp cloth.
  • Dip the same cloth in the solution and thoroughly wipe down the blades to remove built-up dust.
  • Dry with a clean cloth.
  • Try this on your air vents, bathroom vents, and anywhere dust gathers!
Lavender essential oil

16. Carpet spot cleaner

Remove spills and spots. 

  • In a spray bottle or bowl, mix the following:
    • 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner
    • 6 cups water
  • Mix well, apply to the spot, and blot with a clean cloth. Repeat until stain is gone.

Kids

17. Kids’ furniture spray

Keep high chairs, strollers, and changing tables clean! 

  • In a spray bottle, mix the following:
    • ½ capful Thieves Household Cleaner
    • 4 cups water
  • Spray liberally onto plastic and metal and wipe clean with a damp cloth or rinse with water.
  • Test a small, discrete spot before applying cleaner to fabrics.

18. Car seat cleaner

Get solid and fabric surfaces of car seats stain free. 

Mix 2 drops of Thieves Household Cleaner with 2 cups of water in a spray bottle.

  • Spray plastic and fabric lightly and wipe with a soft cloth.
  • To clean the harness, mix a small amount of baby wash with 2 cups of water.
  • Gently wipe with a soft cloth.
  • Avoid hard scrubbing or soaking.
  • Let everything dry completely before using.

19. Wall art remover

Remove crayon murals from the walls.

  • Apply a splash of Thieves Household Cleaner and 3 drops of Lemon essential oil to a damp rag.
  • Wipe drawings off the walls.
  • Repeat until the art is gone

Multipurpose cleaners

20. “Get it all done” spray

Wipe countertops, doorknobs, light switches, and more.

  • In a spray bottle, mix the following:
    • 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner
    • 2-3 cups water
  • Spray liberally and wipe with a damp cloth.

21. Glass cleaner

Clean mirrors, windows, windshields, and car windows!

  • In a spray bottle, mix the following:
  • Spray onto glass and wipe away streaks with a soft cloth.
Citrus Fresh essential oil blend

22. Tile and laminate floor cleaner

Clean tile and laminate floors! 

  • In a bucket, mix the following:
    • 1 tablespoon Thieves Dish Soap
    • 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner
    • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
    • 1 gallon warm water
  • Use this mixture to mop your tile and laminate floors!

23. Deep cleaning scrub

Scrub stubborn bathroom and kitchen stains.

  • In a glass bowl, mix the following:
    • ½ capful of Thieves Household Cleaner
    • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • Form a thin paste.
  • If the cleaner is too thick, add more Thieves Household Cleaner. If it is too runny, add more baking soda.
  • Apply with a clean cloth or a sponge, scrub surface thoroughly, and rinse clean.

24. Whiteboard eraser

Make marker smears disappear.

  • Apply a few drops of Thieves Household Cleaner to a damp washcloth.
  • Wipe board clean.

25. Glasses cleaner

Create a streak-free outlook on life!

  • In a spray bottle, mix the following:
    • 1/4 cup witch hazel
    • 2 tablespoons water
    • 2 drops Thieves Household Cleaner (use a Glass Dropper to get the right amount)
    • 2 drops Lemon essential oil
  • Spray on lenses and wipe with a clean, lint-free cloth.

26. Car interior spray

Get a spotless interior!

  • In a spray bottle, mix the following:
    • 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner
    • 2-3 cups water
  • Spray dash, cupholders, console, interior handles, and more! Then wipe with a damp cloth.

27. Wood floor cleaner

Shine and polish hardwood.

  • In a bucket, mix the following:
    • 4 cups water
    • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons grape seed oil
    • 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner
    • 5 drops Orange essential oil
  • Mop your wood floors!
Orange essential oil

28. Reusable water bottle rinse

Get the funk out of your water bottle!

  • Pour ½ capful of Thieves Household Cleaner into your bottle and top off with water.
  • Let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Scrub the inside and outside well; then rinse several times with water.

29. Blinds cleaner

Wipe off dust, fingerprints, and grime!

  • Mix the following in a bowl:
    • 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner
    • 1 cup water
    • ½ cup white vinegar
  • Use an old sock as a cleaning mitt.
  • Dip the “mitt” into the cleaning solution; go over each slat until they’re all clean.
Gardening

Gardening + Oils

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So you’re a gardener…or maybe a startup gardener! Wherever you land, there are some basic things that seem to apply to everyone during the stages of their gardening journey.

Things like weeds, pests, and bad harvests show up in every garden, every year. But this class is going to be your ticket to tackling even the hardest of seasons. You’ll have tricks up your sleeve that will help you succeed from the day the seed goes in the ground ‘til the day you harvest it.

Using essential oils in the gardening process helps us garden in a way that results in fruits and veggies that have been lovingly cared for in the most organic way. You can even achieve that affordably, sustainably, and without the use of harsh chemicals, friend!

What are Essential Oils?

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Essential oils are the chemical compounds that make up the lifeblood of a plant. They’ve even been referred to as the ‘immune system’ of the plant.

We are able to use them through the process of distillation after harvesting. The part of the plant with the beneficial chemicals (stems, leaves, bark, etc.) is harvested and sent through a very meticulous distillation process. Every plant needs a very specific distillation time and Young Living has 25 years of experience in that art.

After the plant is distilled a concentrated oil is the result. It is potent and loaded with uncountable benefits for your overall health and wellness. It is bottled, shipped to you, and then can be used topically, aromatically, or internally*!

The beneficial chemicals in the oils can be absorbed by your body (and the plants in your garden) to maintain optimal overall health and wellness. Because they are so concentrated, one little drop goes a loooong way! Wait until we get into the canning section of class – your mind will be blown!

*Young Living has an entire line of oils dedicated to ingestion called the Vitality line.

Seed to Seal

This is hugely important. Why? The FDA has almost no regulations and safety measures on the essential oil industry. The oils found in drug and big box stores, online, and even from other oil companies have been tested to find harsh synthetic fillers and chemicals. A cheap perfume grade oil is distilled at high pressure and high temps and usually with chemical solvents. This yields an adulterated oil that can still be labeled “100% pure”… which, in my opinion, is a scary thing!

Young Living decided to rise above that and create their own strict guidelines to ensure purity. It is called the Seed to Seal Quality Commitment. They abide by very strict guidelines to fulfill their promise in sending only the best products to your home.

  • plant material that is grown on corporately- owned farms or carefully vetted partner farms (that you CAN visit!)
  • sustainable farming and sourcing practices, providing the purest oil
  • great care taken to preserve and protect natural resources
  • hand-weeded fields and ZERO use of pesticides
  • oils that retain all their natural constituents and therapeutic properties
  • use of food-grade distillers with state-of-the-art design and distillation methods
  • low pressure and low temperature distillation, without the use of solvents or synthetic chemicals
  • rigorous testing on each batch by internal labs and third-party facilities
  • oils that are carefully reviewed through every step of production in order to meet or exceed industry safety and purity standards (beyond organic!)

And the best part… if the oils do not meet these high standards they are rejected and will not be bottled as a Young Living product. Now you can sleep tonight knowing you are getting the absolute best.

Check out more info on their Seed to Seal promise HERE.

Ready to Tackle the Outdoors

It’s no secret that bugs can totally ruin your garden plans. From eating your plants to taking a bite out of you, they can really dampen any gardening dreams!

You could use insecticides or sprays made from harsh chemicals, but certainly at a cost to you and the environment. They can lead to bioaccumulation of toxins in your body (and even in your plants) that are linked to chronic illness and disease! Yikes.

Fortunately, Young Living recently released an Insect Repellent that has been tested to repel mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas using 100% 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% of the active ingredients in this formula. The other 1%? 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-sticky application.

If you’re more of a DIY kind of person, try this easy Outdoor Spray recipe! It can be used on you OR your plants! #HowConvenient

Pets & Your Garden

Now, what about the pets we love and adore but can’t seem to keep out of our gardens? As much as we love them, let’s face it, they can get into the garden and cause quite a mess.

A simple and safe way to encourage them to stay away is by using scents. Dogs dislike the smell of Black Pepper and cats dislike the smell of Rosemary. Therefore, they’ll choose to stay away from areas with that scent. And if you didn’t know already, those essential oils exist! Perfect!

Unwanted & Unpleasant Growth

You can waste SO many hours on weeds. Summer is short enough, let’s not spend unnecessary time dealing with weed overgrowth! If you’re trying to get rid of unwanted plant growth that doesn’t involve harmful chemicals (linked to so many neurological, hormone, and overall health imbalances) just know there are some safe alternatives. Weeds HATE Cinnamon so try your hand at this easy DIY.

‘Wither the Unwanteds’ Spray

Add 25-50 drops of Cinnamon Bark in a 4 oz. glass spray bottle. Top it off with distilled water. Shake and spray at offenders. Douse roots and leaves as needed.

Sometimes ‘unwanted friends’ begin to grow on our beloved plants. That can cause poor growth, bad harvests, or even plant death. They can block the pores of the plant responsible for breathing and eventually choke out the plant completely. They can also steal vital nutrients from the plants which significantly decreases the amount of your harvest! We don’t want that!

‘Plant Love’ Spray

Add 10 drops each of Tea Tree, Peppermint, and Citronella to a 4 oz. glass spray bottle. Top off with distilled water. Shake and spray along affected parts of the plant during your gardening chores!

Companion Plants

If you’ve been around the garden scene a while you’ve heard of companion planting. And if you haven’t heard, let me enlighten you! Some plants play well together; others do not. This is because every plant has certain nutrients that it uses from the soil for growth and fruit production. Also, plants excrete certain byproducts back into the soil that can either help or hinder your harvest!

If you grow two types of plants next to each other that both rely strongly on nitrogen for growth, they will compete and overuse the nitrogen in the soil and starve each other out! Corn and tomatoes are an example of plants that don’t play nice.

Conversely, if you plant two types of plants next to each other that eat different nutrients they will work together to promote each other’s growth. A good example of this is tomatoes and carrots. They work together in the soil. Therefore, plant them next to each other and it will result in a more bountiful harvest.

So what does this have to do with essential oils? Well, essential oils are made from plants so consider using oils in place of your companion plants. For example, if you are looking to plant Lavender next to Green Beans, grab your Lavender essential oil instead. Create a “Companion Spray” to use on the soil and leaves of the plant using this guide. Add 10-15 drops of the corresponding essential oil to a 4 oz. glass spray bottle. Top with distilled water; shake before each use. So easy!

Pollinator Party

Did you know that some plants self-pollinate? Fruits like peppers can stand alone and produce fruit. Not every plant does that. Lots of them need the help of cross-pollination between male and female plants! Know who helps with that?! POLLINATORS!

Bees and butterflies are some of the friendliest insects you can get into your garden! Without them you’ll have measly harvests and be disappointed that all your hard work didn’t result in the delicious produce you wanted!

Pollinators are attracted to the smell of flowers and luckily some of our wonderful essential oils are distilled from flowers… so convenient!

Create a spray using essential oils to spritz on the flowering buds of your garden to encourage pollinators to come in and get the job done!

Tending the Harvest

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… HARVEST SEASON! All your hard work and patience has paid off and you get to pluck delicious fresh food from the earth and eat to your heart’s content!

If you’re like me, sometimes I find that fresh produce goes bad before I can eat it. That’s because bacteria rests on your fruit and without the support of a plant, the fruits and veggies break down and can grow nasty spots on them.

As you can see, it’s important to always wash your fruits and veggies! It keeps you and your family from ingesting yucky things the produce may have tagging along.

Young Living has an exclusive Thieves Fruit and Veggie Soak (and a spray!) that you can use for this very reason. Soaking the food loosens the dirt and other crud and rinses it right down the drain.

You can even make your very own “produce soak’ with a sinkful of warm water and several drops of Thieves and Lemon essential oils. Super simple! Another tip I have for keeping your harvest fresher for longer is to clean your storage containers! The amazing Thieves Dish Soap contains no sulfates, dyes, formaldehyde, phosphates, or synthetic perfumes and has a delightful citrus scent. It’s one of my favs!

And has anyone ever noticed that once the fruits and veggies get in the house those pesky winged creatures magically appear?! Try out this simple diffuser recipe, using your essential oils, to keep yourself sane.

Canning Season

In order to can 30 quarts of spaghetti sauce you will need a lot of oregano… LOTS. Buying dried organic oregano adds up very fast in order to achieve the flavor you want in your recipes.

But remember when we talked about how essential oils are concentrated liquid forms of a plant?! You better believe that means they pack a big flavor punch for each drop you use! For one LARGE pot of spaghetti sauce I use 2-3 drops of Oregano Vitality essential oil as opposed to much larger amounts of dried oregano. That’s it! It goes so far and has such a rich and pure flavor. Save money AND use a high quality ingredient. #WinWin

Young Living has an entire line of Vitality oils, not just Oregano. There is a great selection of herbs and spices (and even citruses). PLUS they are all Non-GMO certified. That’s huge!

Love for the Gardener

You know we love our plants when we are willing to break our backs, scrape up our fingers, and endure biting bugs in order to give them the best chance they’ve got!

Young Living knows you’re just as important as your precious plants and has a whole host of products to help you care for yourself, too!

Muscle Love

Stiffness can be a thing of the past when you use a Deep Relief Roll-On or Panaway on sore muscles. Simply roll or drop the oil on the area that is giving you grief. Use as needed!

Skin Love

Lavender is an oil no gardener should ever be without! It may help cleanse and soothe minor skin irritations so keep it on hand. It also can be soothing to the skin after a day in the sun. If you forget to apply your outdoor spray, don’t worry. This roller recipe will be just what you need!

Get the Best Deal

Young Living has several options to help you get started and snag the best deal possible. Even if you already have your own Young Living account, there are still some money-saving tricks you need to know!

Who wants to pay full price when you can get the same thing at a discount?

Shoot me a message and I can walk you through the options.

A Few Side Notes

  • Information obtained here is meant for educational and informational purposes ONLY, and to motivate and empower you to make your own wellness journey based on your own research and partnership with your healthcare provider.
  • The statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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DIY garbage disposal fresheners

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Ever wonder what that funky smell is coming from your kitchen sink? We’re not exactly sure what it is either, but we do have the solution—DIY garbage disposal fresheners!

This easy DIY takes less than an hour, including cleanup! It’s all natural and completely safe for the environment, and the fresheners will make your disposal smell as fresh and clean as a meadow of daisies!


Supplies: 

Rosemary essential oil

1 cup baking soda

¾ cup liquid Castile soap

½ cup salt

30 drops essential oil

¼ cup water

Measuring spoon (we used a tablespoon)

Yield: approx. thirty 1-inch fresheners

Directions: 

1. Combine baking soda and salt in a bowl.

2. Add Castile soap and essential oils. See our scent ideas below!

3. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the mixture reaches the texture of wet sand.

DIY Garbage disposal fresheners

YL tip: If you add too much water, the mixture won’t pack together or dry properly. Add more baking soda and salt to get the texture of wet sand.

4. Pack the mixture into the measuring spoon.

YL tip: To get your freshener out of the measuring spoon, tap the spoon lightly on the counter until the contents slide out. Be careful! The mixture hasn’t dried yet, so it might be fragile.

5. Let the fresheners dry for about 24 hours.

6. Store in a sealed glass jar, and keep dry.

To use: 

Put 1-3 fresheners in your garbage disposal. Turn the faucet on a steady cold stream, and run the disposal for up to one minute.


Four tips for keeping your garbage disposal fresh: 

  • Run it often, even when there’s nothing in it, to keep all its parts moving.
  • Always use cold water—hot water can melt grease, which causes clogs.
  • Avoid putting certain things down there, like grease, bones, large fruit pits, and foods that expand when wet, like rice or pasta.
  • Grind small pieces of food thoroughly by running the disposal for longer than you think—a few seconds doesn’t cut it.

Disposal freshener essential oil combos

Classic Clean

20 drops Thieves® essential oil blend

10 drops Lemon essential oil

Citrus Herb

10 drops Rosemary essential oil

10 drops Grapefruit essential oil

5 drops Lemon essential oil

5 drops Peppermint essential oil

Freshen Up

10 drops Purification® essential oil blend

10 drops Eucalyptus Radiata essential oil

10 drops Spearmint essential oil


What scent combo do you love for your kitchen?

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Holiday Gift Giving Made Easy (with DIYs!)

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Let’s take the stress out of holiday shopping this year! I have some ideas for you that are perfect for anyone on your list. You can either grab the ready-to-go products on your next order from Young Living and have them shipped right to your door OR take advantage of the DIY recipes and get crafty! Don’t forget that when you order through the Essential Rewards monthly box program you get bonus freebies and points back that you can exchange for MORE goodies!! No matter which option you choose you’re still giving the gift of wellness and sharing the best with the people you love!

Seed to Seal

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Not all essential oils are created equally. When you shop with Young Living you are getting quality products backed by a ‘Seed to Seal’ guarantee that you won’t find anywhere else. You can expect that Young Living will provide you with only the BEST!

  • plant material that is grown on corporately-owned farms or carefully vetted partner farms (that you CAN visit!)
  • sustainable farming and sourcing practices, providing the purest oil
  • great care taken to preserve and protect natural resources
  • hand-weeded fields and ZERO use of pesticides
  • oils that retain all their natural constituents and therapeutic properties
  • use of food-grade distillers with state-of-the-art design and distillation methods
  • low pressure and low temperature distillation, without the use of solvents or synthetic chemicals
  • rigorous testing on each batch by internal labs and third-party facilities
  • oils that are carefully reviewed through every step of production in order to meet or exceed industry safety and purity standards (beyond organic!)

And the best part… if the oils do not meet these high standards they are rejected and will not be bottled as a Young Living product. Now that’s amazing!!

Pretty in Purple

Price Point: $ to $$$

Anyone else an #allthingslavender kind of gal? Young Living has a full array of lavender-infused products that you can mix and match to create custom gift sets for any lady on your list. Take a peek!

  • Lavender Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Lavender Shower Gel
  • Lavender Lotion
  • Lavender Bath Bombs
  • Lavender Lip Balm
  • Lavender Foaming Hand Soap
  • Lavender Oatmeal Bar Soap
  • LavaDerm Cooling Mist

Go all out and grab them all for someone OR grab a few and divide them up into multiple gift sets! I’ve got a spa-themed gift idea I think you’ll love…

  1. Order a bottle of Lavender Lotion, a pack of Lavender Bath Bombs, and four Lavender Lip Balms ($63 wholesale).
  2. Order a set of these 2 oz. containers HERE ($1.17 each).
  3. Head to your nearest dollar store and grab four cute gift bags.
  4. Add one 2 oz. bottle of lotion, one bath bomb, and one lip balm.

For right around $20 each, you just created a spa-themed gift set any woman would love! Feeling like you want to get creative and add a little more lavender to the mix? Whip up a batch of DIY Lavender Bath Melts to include with each set.

Merry & Bright

Price Point: $$$

Brighten up someone’s holidays this year by getting them ready for the next season with Mineral Sunscreen, LavaDerm After-Sun Spray, and Coconut Lime Body Butter! These are already made for you and easy to grab!

If you didn’t already know, traditional sunscreen can have some pretty harmful ingredients inside. Sunscreen may not be a common holiday gift, but trust me, your recipient will thank you when they realize how valuable of a gift this really is. You’re giving the gift of wellness! If you’re feeling crafty try your hand at some DIY Whipped Body Butter. It smells incredible!

Smile Pretty

Price Point: $ to $$

“All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth…” so we gotta keep them nice, right?! Who doesn’t want a healthier, whiter smile? Give the gift of Thieves!

All of Young Living’s toothpaste is fluoride-free, made without harsh chemicals or synthetics, and gentle on enamel. Grab your favorite tube and pair it with Thieves mouthwash and dental floss. Hop on Amazon and grab some cool bamboo toothbrushes and kick your gift up a notch!

By ordering a 5-pack of 2 oz. tubes of Arombright and grabbing some small plastic containers to split up the mouthwash, you can whip up several gift bundles at a great price! Take a look…

  • 2 oz. Thieves Aromabright – $5.75
  • 2 oz. Thieves Mouthwash – $2.58 (combine 1 oz. mouthwash with 1 oz. distilled water; price includes cost of plastic container)
  • Thieves Dental Floss – $3.00 (when purchased as a 3-pk)

Add in a toothbrush and you are still under $15! What a practical gift or stocking stuffer! Want to add a little more? Make a DIY Throat Spray using the leftover mouthwash OR just use your Thieves and Lemon essential oils.

The Gift of Self-Care

Price Point: $ to $$$

I am loving the fact that I can grab full-size products and gift them as is OR divvy them up to create multiple gifts, aren’t you? #smartshopper

These oil-infused goodies would make the perfect self-care gift – because we all know how hard it is to make yourself a priority! Give them everything they need from head to toe!

  • Satin Mint Face Scrub
  • LavaMint Softening Foot Scrub
  • Lavender Mint Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Lavender Lip Balm

Want to divvy these up? You can! Young Living shampoo and conditioner is extra thick and concentrated so many people dilute it 50/50 with water. Even diluted it still works great for cleansing and conditioning.

Grab those 2 oz. containers we talked about earlier and add 1 oz. of shampoo/conditioner to each and fill the rest with water. By doing it this way, you can get EIGHT gift-size bottles of shampoo and conditioner out of one, making them only $3.70 each! And that includes the cost of the 2 oz. container!

Grab these ½ oz. jars for just $0.29 each and include a sample of both the Satin Mint Face Scrub and LavaMint Softening Foot Scrub. It may seem like a small amount but a little goes a long way! Package all this and a lip balm in one of these mesh organizers and you’ve got adorable little gift sets perfect for anyone on your list… all for under $25!

Feeling up for another homemade recipe? You could also include an amazing DIY Hand Scrub for silky smooth hands all year round.

Cozy Up

Price Point: $ to $$$$

This gift set would be perfect for any bookworm, homebody, tea- lover, teacher, or neighbor on your list!

Pair one (or more) of these with a cute mug or a warm fleece blanket:

  • Slique Tea
  • Cinnamon Bark Vitality
  • Lemon Vitality
  • Diffuser & Thieves

To keep it super cost effective, grab an affordable mug from your nearest dollar store, fill it with some colorful paper shred and tuck in two Slique tea bags ($1.62) and a bottle of Lemon Vitality ($6.25). That’s less than $10! #teachergift

Throw in a little jar of oil-infused honey and they will love you forever! Place ¼ cup of honey in a jar and add 5-8 drops of Cinnamon Bark Vitality, Lemon Vitality, or Thieves Vitality for flavoring. This goes so well with a hot cup of Slique tea!

Want to add a little flare? These little 2 oz. glass jars from Amazon and mini wooden honey dippers would be adorable in this gift bundle!

Shutran Man

Price Point: $$ to $$$$

Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about the men in your life. I have a special gift set just for them. Shutran is the PERFECT blend of ten different essential oils specifically designed for men to boost feelings of masculinity and self-confidence. This blend is also found in Young Living’s entire line of Shutran products, giving the men in your life everything they need to stay fresh and clean from head to toe. Simply choose the ones that fit into your budget and you’re good to go!

  • Shutran Essential Oil
  • Shutran Bar Soap
  • Shutran 3-in-1 Men’s Wash
  • Shutran Beard Oil
  • Shutran Shave Cream
  • Shutran Aftershave Lotion

Once again, you could easily divide up the full-size products into sample sizes to create multiple gift sets or add in a DIY option to stretch those dollars!

Ageless Beauty

Price Point: $ to $$$

Your mom, daughter, sister, or grandma (any lady!) will love Young Living’s line of Orange Blossom products! It will keep their skin healthy and glowing! Pick one or all of them for a great gift bundle!

  • Charcoal Bar Soap (with Orange Blossom)
  • Orange Blossom Facial Wash
  • Orange Blossom Moisturizer

Feeling a little more DIY with this one? Try making an incredible Overnight Face Serum.

Our Furry Friends

Price Point: $ to $$$

We can’t forget about those fur babies! I love that Young Living hasn’t forgotten about them either. Our animals are just as susceptible to all the harmful toxins in our everyday products as we are. Thankfully there is a safer alternative for them! Young Living has an entire Animal Scents collection of pre-diluted essential oils you can use directly on your pets, along with shampoo, ointment and pet chews. This is the perfect collection to gift to your own pets or even your friends’ pets. Take some samples to your local veterinarian’s office; I’m sure they would love it!. #brilliant

Again, grab full products for each recipient OR divide them up and make multiple gift bundles for under $20 each! Let’s do a little math and break this one down…

  • Animal Scents Shampoo – $16.25/8 oz. bottle = $2.03 per ounce
  • Animal Scents Ointment – $24.75/6.3 oz. container = $3.93 per ounce
  • Animal Scents Pet Chews – $20.25/10 ct = $2.03 per chew
  • Animal Scents T-Away – $16.75/15 ml bottle = .05 per drop
  • Animal Scents ParaGize – $11.00/15 ml bottle = .04 per drop

Need container ideas? Try these:

Wrap each pet chew in it’s own food-safe cellophane bag or add a DIY element and make your own Sweet Potato Puppy Muffins using the recipe from prouddogmom.com.

Fresh from the Kitchen

Price Point: $ to $$$$

Know anyone that loves to cook or bake? How about someone that loves to eat? This is the perfect gift AND it’s easy on the budget too! Once again, head to your nearest dollar store and grab a mixing bowl, some spoons and spatulas, maybe add in an oven mitt or apron and your favorite cookbook. Pair that with some Young Living Vitality oils and BAM! You have a deliciously, affordable gift set.

There are over 45 oils to pick from in the Vitality line and many at varying price points – you can grab Lime Vitality for as little as $5.75 wholesale! You can decide which ones will work for you but here are some member favorites…

  • Lemon Vitality
  • Basil Vitality
  • Rosemary Vitality
  • Orange Vitality
  • Peppermint Vitality
  • Lavender Vitality
  • Cinnamon Bark Vitality

If you want Young Living to do the work for you just grab the Vitality Culinary Kit. It includes six of the most popular Vitality oils as well as a high-quality stainless steel mixing bowl with a silicone lid, four stainless steel and silicone utensils (whisk, spatula, scraper, and serving spoon), the Vitality Culinary Cookbook, and a bamboo oil rack. #easy

If you’re in the mood to whip up a DIY then grab a couple mugs, some marshmallows, some Vitality oils, and attach the recipe for Holiday Hot Cocoa.

Get the Best Deal

Who wants to pay full price when you can get the same thing at a discount?

Young Living has several options to help you get started and snag the best deal possible. Even if you already have your own Young Living account, there are still some money-saving tricks you need to know!

Shoot me a message or click here and I can walk you through the options.

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Simple, natural holiday DIYs the whole family will love

usage & safety

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AROMATICALLY: Put 6-8 drops of an oil or a combo of oils in your diffuser. The diffuser will send the oil into the air and fill the room with your essential oils.

TOPICALLY: Apply essential oils to your skin.

Diluting first is recommended. A conservative dilution would one drop of essential oil with 10-15 drops of coconut, grape seed, or almond oil and then apply it to your skin.

Citrus oils like Lemon are photosensitive. Please avoid sun exposure for 12 hours after application to areas where you have applied citrus oils topically.

Avoid putting essentials oils in the eyes or ears directly.

INTERNALLY: Young Living oils are pure and are labeled as Generally Regarded as Safe by the Food and Drug Administration. Because of their purity, some men like to ingest their oils to avoid “smelling” like an oil, or to support their body from the inside out.

immune-boosting tea

RECIPE

  • A full mug of warm water
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 drop Thieves Vitality
  • 1 drop Lemon Vitality
  • 1 drop Peppermint Vitality

Stir the vitality oils with the raw honey and drink.

Thieves Vitality supports your immune system. Lemon Vitality supports your body’s natural detox process and supports your digestive, respiratory, and immune systems. Peppermint Vitality supports a healthy digestive system. This combo is a sure way to stay above the wellness line!!

cinnamon-scented pine cones

“Incoming smells are first processed by the olfactory bulb, which starts inside the nose and runs along the bottom of the brain. The olfactory bulb has direct connections to two brain areas that are strongly implicated in emotion and memory: the amygdala and hippocampus. Interestingly, visual, auditory (sound), and tactile (touch) information do not pass through these brain areas. This may be why olfaction, more than any other sense, is so successful at triggering emotions and memories.

The holiday season can likely bring back some really wonderful memories. Cinnamon is a popular scent during the season. If you have had cinnamon around during past holidays and have had great experiences, then when you smell cinnamon, you will likely be brought back to those good memories. You can, of course, sub out any essential oil for the cinnamon. Pick a scent that brings you back to a warm, cozy, happy place.

RECIPE

1. Soak pine cones for about an hour to get rid of critters if you got them from outside.

2. Lay the cones out on a foil-lined baking sheet and pop them in a 200º oven for about 30 minutes. This helps the cones open up.

3. Once they have cooled, place them in a ziplock bag. Sprinkle about 30 drops of Cinnamon Bark essential oil on the cones in the bag. Cinnamon bark/Clove is also a great combo.

4. Let them sit in the bag for 1-2 weeks. Place in your favorite holiday bowl and enjoy the amazing holiday scent!

cinnamon citrus cider

Young Living’s vitality line is perfect to flavor drinks, especially the citrus oils. Citrus oils are cold pressed from the rind. This means the essential oil lacks the citric acid that the pulp juice contains. Citric acid can be hard on your enamel and tummy; it also has a tart flavor. Keep this in mind when you are using citrus vitality oils. The essential oil will give a slightly sweeter flavor like the zest of a lemon.

RECIPE

  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 10 drops Lemon Vitality
  • 10 drops Orange Vitality
  • 3- 5 drops Cinnamon Bark Vitality (Test with each drop to see how strong you want it)
  • 4 cinnamon sticks

Add it all to a crock pot or a pot on the stove for a cozy evening drink. Avoid styrofoam cups.

holiday room spray

Replace synthetic and harmful air fresheners with homemade, natural, safe, and effective room sprays. Things like air fresheners are filled with fragrance to make them smell good and cover up odors. The problem with “fragrance” is it can be a lot of chemicals mixed together to create a scent like “White Willow” or “Spring Breeze.” According to the EWG, fragrance is rated as of “Some Concern: skin irritation/allergies/damage, acute aquatic toxicity, respiratory effects, biodegradation.” The non-flammable propellant found in air fresheners presents “Moderate Concern for respiratory effects.” The good news is that you can make your own room spray for a fraction of the cost, without harmful ingredient! In fact, it contains ingredients beneficial to your wellbeing!

ROOM SPRAY BASE

  • 8 oz water
  • 2 oz witch hazel
  • Oils of your choice – see suggestions below

Cozy By The Fire

  • 20 drops Orange
  • 15 drops Cinnamon
  • 10 drops Clove

Candy Cane scent

  • 30 drops Peppermint
  • 20 drops Wintergreen

Sweet Mint Scent

  • 30 drops Peppermint
  • 20 drops Spearmint

Gingerbread

  • 20 Ginger
  • 15 Clove
  • 10 Nutmeg
  • 10 Cinnamon

Spiced Cider

  • 20 Cinnamon
  • 15 Orange
  • 10 Ginger

Christmas Tree

  • 30 Northern Lights Black Spruce
  • 10 Pine
  • 10 Idaho Blue Spruce

bath salts

BENEFITS OF TAKING A BATH

1. LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE

The warm water of a bath can slightly raise your heart rate, increasing oxygenation and circulation. It can also lower your blood pressure for those without prior heart disease.

2. REDUCES PAIN AND INFLAMMATION IN JOINTS

Bathing loosens and relaxes the muscles, soothing aches and pains without any adverse effects.

3. DECREASE STRESS AND IMPROVE SLEEP

A bath before bed can reduce the level of stress and anxiety in the body and improve your mood. This increased relaxed state can calm your nervous system and improve sleep.

4. REDUCE SUGAR LEVELS

Reduce sugar levels from extra holiday desserts. A recent independent study has shown that bathing may reduce sugar levels in the blood, which could help people who suffer from diabetes to manage their weight better.

5. IMPROVES IMMUNITY

Taking a hot bath can kill bacteria and improve immunity. It can also promote slower deeper breaths, increasing oxygenation and improving circulation

6. CLEANSING AND MOISTURIZING

Hot water opens our pores and causes us to sweat, which is the body’s natural way of cleansing itself. Bathing with Himalayan bath salts stimulates circulation, hydrates the skin, increases moisture retention, promotes cellular regeneration, detoxifies the skin, and helps heal dry, scaling, irritated skin.

ADD SOME AROMATHERAPY TO YOUR LIFE AND YOU WILL BE A WHOLE NEW PERSON!

Aromatherapy is using the scents of oils for your wellbeing. As you learned earlier, essential oils have the ability to pass through the olfactory bulb and head right into the brain where your memories are held. They can help calm occasional stressors AND release memories and emotions, bringing you into a calmer state. This is both needed and wanted more than ever during the holiday season.

TRY THESE OIL COMBOS

  • 4 drops Northern Lights Black Spruce & 4 drops Frankincense
  • 4 drops Peace & Calming & 4 drops Stress Away
  • 2 drops Lavender, 3 drops Cedarwood, 4 drops Gentle Baby
  • 4 drops Roman Chamomile & 4 drops Frankincense
  • 3 drops Frankincense, 3 drops Sandalwood, & 3 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Ylang Ylang & 4 drops Stress Away

HOLIDAY TIP: Put bath salts and essential oils in a cute clear ornament for a simple yet practical gift.

hot toddy

RECIPE:

  • 1 drop Lemon Vitality
  • 1 tablespoon mild honey
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz (2 tablespoons) bourbon
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • Black tea bag (optional)

Add one drop Lemon Vitality essential oil to honey and stir. Mix in lemon juice and bourbon. Top off with hot water. ENJOY!

dryer ball snowman

This is the perfect gift for anyone! Who doesn’t do laundry!? Plus, it is such a cute way to provide a safe and effective way to soften and freshen clothes. Fabric softeners and dryer sheets contain chemicals like benzyl acetate (linked to pancreatic cancer), benzyl alcohol (an upper respiratory tract irritant), and other chemicals that are known carcinogens, and neurotoxic. These products are intended to get trapped in your clothes, which means they rub on your skin constantly, seep into your pores, and get into your body. These toxic chemicals can cause all kind of health problems. It’s time to cut out those dryer sheets and fabric softeners and make the easy switch to dryer balls. Gifting them is a great way to share health with your friends!!

Write a little note and let them know, “This little snowman will replace the need for dryer sheets. Mr. Snowman eliminates toxic chemicals hiding in your dryer sheets. Toss him in the dryer with your clothes. When the laundry is dry, pull the wool balls out, apply 3-5 drops of oil to the wool balls, toss them back in and tumble for 5 minutes for soft fresh scented clothes.” Include a bottle of any essential oil you wish.

LAUNDRY FAVORITES

  • Purification
  • Lavender
  • Citrus Fresh
  • Thieves
  • Tea Tree
  • Eucalyptus Radiata

peppermint hot chocolate & peppermint chocolate bark

PEPPERMINT HOT COCOA

Choose your favorite hot cocoa recipe (or package), add one drop of Peppermint Vitality, and enjoy! That’s it!

PEPPERMINT CHOCOLATE BARK

Use a double boiler to melt your favorite chocolate (ex: Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips). Add 5 drops of Peppermint Vitality to one bag of melted chocolate. Spread it out on parchment paper and put it in the freezer to harden back up. Once hard, break it up into pieces and serve as an after-dinner treat.

pumpkin apple butter

PUMPKIN APPLE BUTTER

1 15 oz can 100% pumpkin puree

1 ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce

⅔ cup maple syrup

1 tbs fresh lemon juice

1 cinnamon stick

1-inch pieces ginger, freshly grated

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 drop Cinnamon Bark Vitality

1 drop Lemon Vitality

1 drop Nutmeg Vitality

Bring Pumpkin puree, applesauce, maple syrup, lemon juice, cinnamon stick, and grated ginger to a simmer in a large, wide saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the butter is thick, about 45 minutes. Add vanilla extract and essential oils. Simmer for 10 minutes until butter is a spreadable consistency. Pour into clear jars, cover, and refrigerate.

holiday roller recipes

Change in the seasons, occasional stress, and increased interaction with others can often challenge your body. Make up some of your own blends for quick and easy application of your favorite oils! Use a 5-10 ml bottle, add essential oils, fill with a carrier oil of choice, add roller top, a label, and you’re done!

BE WELL – use this to stay above the wellness line!

10 drops Thieves

10 drops Frankincense

5 drops Immupower

JOYFUL – use this to lift your spirits and find joy this season!

20 drops Joy

CHILL PILL – apply it to wrists and behind ears as often as needed!

10 drops Vetiver

10 drops Valor

10 drops Stress Away

10 drops Lavender

ENERGY -for days when you need that extra pick me up!

15 drops En-R-Gee blend

10 drops Peppermint

10 drops Lemon OR Grapefruit

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Pick out your Starter Kit … HERE!

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DIY Scented Pine Cones in 3 Easy Steps

  1. Prep Your Pine Cones The only downside to collecting pine cones from outside is they’re likely to have dirt, sap, or even small bugs on them. But don’t let that deter you. It’s easy to clean them. Simply give the pine cones a good rinse in the sink. You can use Thieves dish soap or just water. The scent from the store bought dish soap will linger (and possibly interfere with the oils) so I don’t recommend using anything other than Thieves.



    Then, place the pine cones on a foil-lined cookie sheet. Bake them at a low heat (roughly 200 degrees Fahrenheit) for about an hour. Baking works to preserve the pine cones, opens them up and gets rid of any creepy crawlers. Keep an eye on them throughout the entire baking process to be sure they do not burn. While it is unlikely that they will burn, it is important to take them out immediately if it looks like they are. Finally, remove them from the oven, and wait for them to cool before proceeding to the next step.



  2. Apply essential oil(s) to scent your pine cones, choose any essential oils that you like. While many people prefer to use Christmas Spirit or cinnamon because it’s associated with the fall and winter months, other good options include Citrus Fresh, vanilla, peppermint, and even pine essential oils (Scared Mountain or Winter Lights). You can apply just one type of oil, or you can mix and match. For instance, cinnamon and vanilla blend together to form a pleasant, warming aroma. Place the pine cones in a gallon-size zip-top bag, and pour at least 10 drops of essential oil right inside. You can always add more drops if you feel the scent isn’t strong enough. Seal and shake the bag to spread the essential oil on the pine cones, and then leave them in the bag for a week. Finally, remove them from the bag, and make sure they’re dry before using them to decorate. You also can use a spray bottle for a quicker and more uniform application of the essential oil. Fill the bottle with a few ounces of water and about 10 drops of essential oil to start. (You always can add more.) Then, spray the pine cones, and place them inside the gallon-size zip-top bag. With this method, they only need to remain in the bag for about a day because they’ve taken a more direct hit of essential oil thanks to the spray bottle. Finally, remove the pine cones from the bag, and let them dry completely before placing around your home.


  3. Repeat as Needed Once the pine cones are out on display for a few weeks, they’ll start to lose their fragrance. You can continue to add essential oil as needed to refresh the scent. You don’t have to use the same scents that you previously used on the pine cones, as long as the previous scents aren’t detectable to the point that they clash with the new scents.

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Slip into bathtime bliss with homemade bath salts

  • Are you living your best bathtub life? What if we told you there was a way to turn a simple soak into something extraordinary?

    Seize the bathtime bliss of your dreams with these DIY floral bath salts.

    Blend them with Citrus CBD Oil for a splash of peppy, pick-you-up scent or Lavender for dreamy, hypnotic vibes, so you can lie back, breathe deep, and soak in the moment. Carpe diem, baby.How to make DIY floral bath saltsStart with your salts. We used Epsom salt (the fragrance-free, no-frills version for a blank canvas) and all-natural rock salt. But you could amp up the aroma with a scented salt instead or sub in coarse sea salt and baking soda. Visit your local supermarket or craft store to find bath salts for just a few dollars.

    Each bath salt recipe makes approximately 2¼ cups—enough for two baths or a jar for you and a jar to gift to a friend who really needs to calm the F…loral down.

    Citrus CBD Oil bath salt

    You know what’s super satisfying? Slipping your tired muscles into a steamy tub infused with CBD and essential oils. It’s basically aromatherapy bath heaven.We used Citrus CBD Oil for its sunshiny scent and its skin-softening coconut oil. While you can add any essential oils you want, Citrus Fresh™ gives this homemade bath salt a bright, clean aroma. Are the calendula petals we included totally necessary? No, but let’s be honest—they look freaking fantastic. I mean, just imagine the Instagram potential of these babies floating in the tub.

    Ingredients:
    • 1½ cups rock salt
    • ½ cup Epsom salt
    • ¼ cup calendula petals
    • 2 full droppers of Citrus CBD Oil
    • 10 drops of essential oil

      Directions:
      1. Combine rock salt and Epsom salt in a bowl and stir until blended.
      2. Add calendula petals, CBD, and essential oils.
      3. Stir until everything is incorporated.
      4. Divide into mason jars (or any old glass containers) and store for up to 2–3 months in a cool, dry place.Lavender bath salt

      Who says getting clean has to feel like a chore? Make bathtime a revitalizing ritual with this lovely Lavender and salt blend. Sink into a tub of sweet-scented florals and you’ll slip away to far-off places—perhaps a lavender field in France or a luxurious spa.Don’t have sprigs of lavender on hand? You can get the same aroma with only Lavender essential oil. You can also scent your bath with rose petals, rosemary, mint leaves—whatever flowers and herbs you like. The garden’s the limit!

      Ingredients:
    • 1½ cups rock salt
    • ½ cup Epsom salt
    • ¼ cup dried lavender buds
    • 10–15 drops Lavender essential oil

      Directions:
      1. Combine rock salt and Epsom salt in a bowl and stir until blended.
      2. Add dried lavender buds and essential oils.
      3. Stir until everything is incorporated.
      4. Divide into mason jars (or any old glass containers) and store for up to 2–3 months in a cool, dry place.

      Tip: This is a great opportunity to create the fragrance of your bath salt dreams. Add 2–3 of your favorite essential oils for a spa-like blend.How to use DIY floral bath saltsFill your tub with warm water (or piping hot—you do you, boo). While the tub is filling, pour the bath salts into the tub directly under the faucet. This gives them a chance to disperse through the tub. Then sink deep, inhale, and emerge feeling brand new.