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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

Health

The quickest shortcut to essential oil expertise

Full of excitement about essential oils but don’t know where to start? Realizing that there are hundreds of options to choose from can feel overwhelming, but don’t worry! We have the quickest shortcut to essential oil expertise.

What essential oils are good for beginners?

Starter kits are carefully curated to include essential oils that are perfect for newbies, like Peppermint essential oil and Lemon essential oil. These 12 common oils come in most kits and are great if you’re just starting your collection!

How do I start using essential oils?

Essential oils are highly versatile. You can use them for everything from pampering yourself with an at-home spa day to deep cleaning your kitchen. Wondering how to get started? Check out the tips for starter kit oils below!

Lavender essential oil

As a classic, top-selling oil, Lavender belongs in every collection! This gentle scent can be used at bedtime by adding it to a night cream or putting a drop on your wrists before cuddling up for the night.

Frankincense essential oil

Frankincense is a powerful oil with a warm, earthy scent. Frankly, we love it! It’s a favorite to use during spiritual practices—simply put a few drops in your diffuser to enjoy its welcoming scent. You can also boost your skin care routine by diluting essential oils like Frankincense with a daily cleanser or moisturizer.

Valor essential oil blend

Strong and sweet, this oil blend has a unique, bright-blue hue, courtesy of Blue Tansy essential oil. Put this blend in your diffuser at work or rub it into wrists at the start of an important day.

Peace & Calming essential oil blend

Peace & Calming is an oil blend you’ll want around for soothing evenings and post-adventure cooldowns. Rub it on the soles of feet before naptime (for children and adults!) or diffuse it in bedrooms as everyone settles down for the night.

PanAway essential oil blend

Add this brisk, chilly blend to carrier oils like V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex or coconut oil to use during a soothing massage for tired muscles. Looking to destress after a long day? Try adding 4 drops of PanAway to ¼ cup of Epsom salt for a soothing bath salt that makes an ordinary soak feel like a spa day!

Stress Away essential oil blend

Stress Away will give you serious vacation vibes! This blend’s mix of Lime, Vanilla, and Lavender makes it easy to imagine reclining on a beach chair by the ocean. Whisk yourself away during traffic by applying this oil blend to the back of your neck. Set up for an A+ homework session by putting a few drops into your diffuser!

Raven essential oil blend

The cool and minty scent of this blend makes for a sweetly scented chest rub. Simply add a drop to a little bit of coconut oil and rub it into the chest area. Do a little DIY aromatherapy by adding a few drops on a washcloth and placing it to the side of your shower. The hot water and steam will infuse Raven’s bright, brisk aroma into the air.

Vitality essential oils and blends

Premium Starter Kits also come with Vitality oils. Any oil or blend with Vitality in the name comes from our line of dietary essential oils. Use these oils to add flavor to a dish or as a dietary supplement. Check out a few of our favorite ways to use Vitality oils!

  • Peppermint Vitality: Infuse your water with refreshing flavor!
  • Lemon Vitality: Use it instead of lemon zest or juice when baking a sweet treat.
  • DiGize Vitality: Take a few drops in a veggie capsule to support healthy digestion.*
  • Thieves Vitality: Put a drop in herbal tea or in the NingXia Red® you’ll get in your kit!
  • Citrus Fresh Vitality: Add it to your go-to veggie or fish marinade.

This is only the start of what you can do with these flavorful oils. Use Vitality oils to make infused cooking salts, flavored olive oil, and even mocktails!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Young Living products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Thieves products

Last but not least, Premium Starter Kits also include products from Young Living’s best-selling Thieves line. The fresh, spicy scent of our Thieves-infused products is unbeatable! Plus, our Thieves Household Cleaner is plant based and free of harsh chemicals, unlike commercial cleaners.

We have Thieves products for everything, so check out some of our favorites below!

  • Young Living Thieves Waterless Hand Sanitizer kills 99.99 percent of germs and leaves hands smooth and soft. Keep a bottle at school and work!
  • Thieves Spray is handy for on-the-go cleaning. Think shopping carts, public bathrooms, or park benches.
Want to get the best deal on ALL of these oils? Click here and I’ll walk you through the process.

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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!

Fitness, Health

new year to wellness

Get ready for a fun-filled post with tips for making small, sustainable shifts; recipes for healthy snacks; and practical, toxin-free self- care products that will have you excited to put on your skinny jeans! Join the revolution to live a healthier, happier life where you feel energized and empowered to create lasting memories with your loved ones.

quality matters

Before we get into all of the amazing ways you can stay healthy in 2019 with essential oils and Young Living products, we want to share with you why we believe in and trust Young Living and their quality products.Young Living calls it a “Seed to Seal” promise and they stamp it on every single one of their products. They abide by very strict guidelines to fulfill their promise to send pure, safe, and effective products to your home.

Here are some of their guidelines:

  • Their farms and partner farms all abide by strict standards.
  • They select the strongest seeds from strong thriving plants.
  • They hand-weed and use their own oils on plants for pest control to avoid the use of toxic chemicals.
  • They harvest at peak times to ensure quality oils.
  • They distill on site without chemicals.
  • They test every batch. If it doesn’t meet their standards because of weather conditions or for any other reason, they do not bottle it up.

All of these factors make a huge difference in quality and effectiveness. Check out more about their Seed to Seal promise

usage & safety

Before we dive into specifics, let’s talk about usage and safety.

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 people like to ingest their oils to avoid “smelling” like an oil, or to support their body from the inside out.

There is no right or wrong way. Chose one and try it out! Try out each option to see which ones you prefer.

personal growth: turning inward

Once your mindset changes from within, everything on the outside will change with it. The mind is a VERY powerful thing. What you THINK becomes what you DO and what you DO becomes who you ARE.

Spending the time and energy to reflect on yourself, through journaling, meditation, or other mind/body connection activities like yoga can help you uncover your goals and shift your mindset in a positive and productive way.

Try these 4 tools to help you turn inward and reflect:

1. Use conscious language to speak with positive intention.

2. Write down a list of things you are grateful for each day.

3. Train your brain to think your future into existence with personal affirmations.

4. Write down or reflect your future goals coming to life with visualization.

Essential oils can take these daily practices to the next level.

OILS FOR MEDITATION or QUIET TIME

  • Frankincense* – used in meditation for its ability to ground, balance, and uplift.
  • Peace & Calming™* – The Ylang Ylang in this blend has been said to balance male and female energies; great for meditation.

OILS FOR SELF-REFLECTION or JOURNALING

  • Release™ – a blend with a relaxing aroma that facilitates the ability to let go of anger and frustration. It also promotes harmony and balance when diffused. Use this when journaling or reading.
  • Gratitude™ – foster a grateful attitude and embrace the blessings in your life. The uplifting aroma of Gratitude™ invites a feeling of emotional and spiritual progress.

*Come in the Oils Premium Starter Kit

physical activity: preparation

Most excuses for not working out have something to do with “not having enough time.” One easy way to remove this excuse from your vocabulary is to plan for your workouts ahead of time.

  1. Plan your workout time the day before and keep it sacred.
  2. Tell people you are planning to workout a certain number of times a week so that they can help hold you accountable.
  3. Pack a gym bag and keep it in your car so that you can stop at the gym or a fitness class while you are out and about.

GYM BAG FRESHENING SPRAY

  • 2 T. witch hazel
  • 15 drops of preferred essential oil*
  • 3 oz. of water

Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and use as needed.

*Purification is great for getting odors out of shoes and a stinky gym bag. Thieves is preferred when wet gym clothes will be sitting in your bag all day.

PRO TIP: Apply a few drops of diluted PanAway to sore muscles after your workout. This will prevent the excuse “I’m too sore to workout” on day two! And good news… PanAway comes in the Oils Premium Starter Kit!

diet: tips for success

TIP 1: PLAN FOR THE WEEK AHEAD

Make a list of things you can cook at the beginning of the week and enjoy multiple times. Soups, chili, grilled chicken breast, & sauteed veggies are examples of foods that can be made in larger amounts and spread out throughout the week.

TIP 2: MAKE IT EASY TO STAY ON TRACK

Store healthy foods in clear containers on the top shelf of the fridge and at the front of your pantry. This is a mental trick!

TIP 3: SNACK TIP FOR BUSY BEES

Prepare your snacks in advance to make them easy to grab and go. If you have a snack on hand, you are less likely to turn to something sugary and processed that will make you feel sluggish while hindering your new healthy habits.

TIP 4: DITCH AND SWITCH

When focusing on your diet, swap out unhealthy ingredients for healthy ones.

Here are a few easy swaps:

  • DITCH Spaghetti & SWITCH to zucchini noodles
  • DITCH chips and crackers & SWITCH to air popped popcorn
  • DITCH soda & SWITCH to sparkling water or tea (hot or cold)
  • DITCH sugary breakfast & SWITCH to overnight oats or hard boiled eggs and a side of fruit

EASY GRAB-N-GO SNACKS FOR A BUSY LIFESTYLE

Wolfberry Trail Mix

Mix together your favorite nuts and seeds (almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, etc.) and add in Young Living Dried Wolfberries. Store in ziploc snack bags for easy an grab & go snack.

  • 1 cup Young Living Dried Wolfberries
  • 1/2 cup banana chips (optional)
  • 1 cup Almonds
  • 1 cup Cashews
  • 1/2 cup Pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips (optional)

Veggie Dip

  • 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 6 drops Dill Vitality™ essential oil or 1 tablespoon dried dill weed
  • 2 drops Lemon Vitality™* essential oil or ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

Mix together and enjoy with your favorite chopped veggies!

*Come in the Oils Premium Starter Kit

self-care

A morning routine might be the most important thing you do in a day. A solid morning routine will set you up for success throughout the rest of your day. It will make you feel GREAT and ready to tackle the world. Spend a half an hour a day taking care of yourself and you will optimize your productivity all day long.

Here are ten activities for you to accomplish in the morning. They will set you up for success!

1. Make your bed

2. Drink a glass of water right when you wake up

3. Take a lemon juice and a Young Living NingXia Red Shot

4. Wash your face and brush your teeth

5. Take your Vitamins

6. Eat a balanced breakfast

7. Exercise or set aside time to move, stretch, foam roll, etc.

8. Pamper yourself (use a skin brush, take a bath, or exfoliate with a coffee skin scrub)

9. Take three deep breaths

10. Find gratitude in your life/journal

Coffee Skin Scrub

  • 8 oz. glass jar with lid
  • 10 drops Grapefruit essential oil
  • 5 drops Cypress essential oil
  • 1 cup unbrewed ground coffee
  • ½ cup olive oil or other oil of your choosing

Combine all ingredients. Mix together well. Store in a cool, dark place. Apply scrub in the shower a few times a week to desired areas such as thighs, belly, and arms; rinse off. Apply a screen over your drain to catch the coffee grounds if needed.

relationships with others

Whether you are spending time with your kids, enjoying a girls night in, or catching up with some friends, cultivating deep, intentional relationships with others is important for growth and balance in your life.

TIME WITH FAMILY

Finding time and space for family and maintaining those relationships is crucial for a balanced life. Setting boundaries and carving out time each day can help you keep your family time sacred. Here are a few tips:

  1. Apply or diffuse Present Time essential oil to help you focus on the here and now, so you can get beyond the past and move forward while re-establishing your boundaries and committing to family time this year.
  2. Be vocal to your friends and team members about what time of the day you are turning off your phone and checking out of social media. Write down three “non-negotiables” and stick to them!
  3. Don’t be so quick with your answers when your team reaches out with questions. This sounds harsh but if you set the expectation with your team that you will get back to them during your business hours, it will empower them to look for the answers first and practice patience and respect your boundaries. This can be applied to many scenarios!

TIME WITH FRIENDS

“We are the average of the five people we associate with most.” Reflect on that for a moment. Who is in your tight circle? Who is your tribe? Are they positive, motivated, excited about life, about the future, about their goals? If not, start to invest your energy in surrounding yourself with more positive people. Invite them to a girls night out and get ready together with Young Living Savvy minerals makeup or plan a night in cooking or crafting. If you haven’t tried Savvy Minerals or YL skincare products yet, they are AMAZING – no harmful ingredients – only ones that are beneficial to your skin!

career & life purpose

The average person will spend 90,000 hours working in their lifetime. That is a lot of time spent NOT doing something you love. The modern employee changes career paths 12-15 times throughout their lives! What might that say about people’s satisfaction in the work that they do?

Eighty-six percent of people today report making extra money from a “side hustle”! Having a side hustle is not only a way to bring in extra income, it provides a creative outlet to do something you’re passionate about. For some, it could be building a business helping others find health and wellness through Young Living products. For others it could be coaching a sport or starting an Etsy shop to sell homemade goods and art. It is encouraging to know that more and more people are feeling inspired to do things they love!

You are the only person in your life that can discover your true passion. Maybe you already know what that is or maybe it will take a lifetime of exploration. Wherever you are in the process, there’s an oil to support you on your journey.

OILS TO SUPPORT YOUR PASSION OR GOALS

  • ABUNDANCE: This blend combines oils such as Orange and Ginger, which were used by ancient cultures to attract prosperity and magnify joy and peace.
  • STRESS AWAY*: This blend of Copaiba, Lime, Cedarwood, Vanilla Extract, Ocotea, and Lavender includes soothing and calming oils to help you feel stress-free during the daily grind or while exploring your life’s passion.
  • EN-R-GEE: Diffuse or apply topically during your morning routine before work or during that mid-day slump to enjoy the stimulating, spicy-pine fragrance of Rosemary, Juniper, Lemongrass, Nutmeg, Balsam Fir, Clove, and Black Pepper essential oils.

*Comes in the Oils Premium Starter Kit

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!

Not yet a member? Pick out your Starter Kit … HERE!

  • 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.
Fitness, Health

9 pro tips to perk up your at-home workout

There’s a million and a half reasons to work out at home: global pandemics, budgets, little ones, time constraints. Or maybe you just prefer your makeshift gym and personal playlist! Even if you’re not a weekend warrior, you can still get into beast mode at home.

Tips for a successful at-home workout

Just because your gym session is under your own roof doesn’t mean you have to give up on gains! Here are some essential oils for your workout and some trade secrets on how to maximize your exercise.

Look forward to it

Instead of viewing your workouts as a chore, treat them like the opportunity of a lifetime. We’ve got these miraculous bodies—let’s get excited to move them! To turn your fitness regimen from to-do list to bucket list:

  • Find a podcast or TV show that you reserve for working out.
  • Diffuse a motivational diffuser blends during your reps.
  • Make it a habit! The more you do it, the more you’ll love it and hate to go without it.

Pencil it in

Designate 30 minutes to an hour that’s reserved for you and your health! Whether you start small with 1–2 days a week or go for the big time with daily reminders, make sure your calendar is set with notifications and alarms to get you going.

Rely on a support system

When that calendar ping isn’t motivation enough to throw on some leggings and start moving, have your friends and family jump in as cheerleaders. Gym buddies aren’t reserved for the gym. That’s why we call them fitness friends!

  • Find a pal you can text or call right before your workout starts.
  • Recruit someone in your household to join you! If adults aren’t available and the music is boppin’ enough, kids will love to run around with you.
  • Count on furry friends too! We promise—if your dog gets in the habit of a daily walk, he’ll never let you forget it!

Add pep to your step with pre-workout

At least 30 minutes before each workout, it is important to increase the amount of water you consume. Supplement this with your choice of NingXia Red® for added nutrition, NingXia Nitro™ and Slique™ Tea to increase alertness, and a clear capsule with 4-6 drops of Lemongrass essential oil to get ready for your workout. These products work together to help improve energy and endurance and increase thermogenics in the body.

Immediately following this preparation, it is important to warm up the body to prepare your muscles for the workout. If your muscles are sore, gently rub a few drops of Peppermint essential oil onto the affected area to help soothe the minor discomfort. As with any workout regimen, a healthy diet and proper technique will help you achieve your fitness goals.

Recommended Pre-Workout Products:

NingXia Red: NingXia Red’s cascading energy and nutrient-rich formula is a perfect way to prepare for any workout.

NingXia Nitro: NingXia Nitro is an all-natural way to enhance physical performance. Not only does it deliver a unique combination of B vitamins, essential oils, and green tea extract, but it also contains Bioenergy Riobose®, a premium ingredient clinically proven to increase energy, accelerate recovery, and reduce fatigue and muscle pain.

Slique Tea: By providing a rare blend of jade oolong leaves, ocotea, and frankincense powder, Slique Tea is a delicious beverage that provides a natural energy boost.

Slique Essence Essential Oil Blend: Young Living’s Slique Essence essential oil blend contains a unique combination of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, spearmint, and ocotea essential oils that uplifts and energizes.

Lemongrass Essential Oil: Lemongrass essential oil contains high levels of citral, a compound that may support thermogenic activity in the body when consumed.

Peppermint Essential Oil: When ingested, Peppermint essential oil supports digestion and may improve concentration and mental acuity.  When used topically, it soothes sore muscles.

ningxia nitro pre workout, weights, water bottle, running shoes

Mix it up

If you find yourself bored to tears by the same arm and leg workout, try something new! What about yoga? Online videos? A new video instructor? HIIT? Functional fitness or any of the other dozens of trending workouts? Hey, maybe even those old 80s videos hidden in the basement could be fun. If all else fails to grab your attention, turn on some jams and dance around the kitchen!

Give yourself some space

If you can, create a designated area you work out in each day. No extra room? Make do with that you have!

  • Push furniture aside to make room for yoga mats or floor workouts.
  • Use a kitchen chair for tricep dips, lunges, or step ups.
  • Use backpacks with books in them to add resistance or weight.
  • Anything goes! A kid’s old jump rope is your new cardio. A gallon of milk is your new 8-pound weight. Your kitchen timer is your new interval trainer.

Keep it fresh

With your weekday workout out of the way, you deserve a pick-me-up! Enjoy a spritz of fresh water and a revitalizing scent on your neck, chest, and arms.
In a glass spray bottle, combine:

Shake well before spraying.

PRO tip: Store the bottle in the fridge for water that is extra cool!

See how far you’ve come

When you hit the gym, you keep track of your PB (personal bests). Why not do the same at home? Every time you go an extra mile, do a few more reps with a heavier weight, or conquer that headstand, celebrate! Jot it down in your journal, share it on social media, call your mom. The important thing is to compete against yourself, not other people, and recognize every win!

End on the right note

If you do anything on this list, make it this one. The second you finish your at-home workout, it can be tempting to rush to the next thing. Treat your body right by recovering right!

Now that you are all warmed up with the pre-workout suggestions, it’s time to begin your workout! When working out it is important to remember three things: technique, hydration, and recovery.

Technique
Proper technique and form help you avoid injury and maximize results. A vital part of proper technique is how you breathe. During aerobic exercises, get your breathing into a pattern; when training with weights, exhale when exerting.

Keep Breathe Again™ close by to help open nasal passages. Know your limitations and don’t overdo it. If you are new to this type of exercise, start out with a basic workout.

Hydration
The importance of staying hydrated cannot be understated. Keeping your body properly hydrated helps flush out the toxins that are released when working out. Adding a few drops of Peppermint essential oil to your water keeps you alert during your workout.

Recovery
Once you’ve finished your workout, be sure to cool down and stretch the worked muscle groups to avoid injury. Drinking Pure Protein Complete™ after a workout delivers much-needed, essential oil-infused amino acids to muscles that have been broken down and worked. Protein also helps build enzymes that help your body adapt to sports that require endurance, such as running or biking.

When your muscles are fatigued, the use of Deep Relief™ Roll-on and PanAway®is encouraged. These essential oil blends should be a must-have in your gym bag and work to help soothe sore and tight muscles. Apply these as desired when you feel discomfort.

Lastly, don’t forget to supplement. Finish off your workout with a 2-oz. shot of NingXia Red® along with Master Formula, an essential oil-infused multivitamin packed with nutrient-dense superfruits, plants, and vegetables that will deliver a full-spectrum of bioactive vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to your body. Follow that up with a Slique Bar to minimize hunger cravings between meals and you have the endings of a perfect workout.

Finally, don’t forget your Thieves® Wipes to wipe down your equipment and to keep yourself and family safe from germs.

We hope this series has helped you discover the myriad ways to infuse your workouts with the benefits of Young Living products. Please visit the comments section and share other Young Living products you like to use when working out!

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.
DIY

Slice, slice, baby: 5 pie-inspired diffuser blends

Sugar and spice and everything nice makes a good pie, but it doesn’t do much for health! Between baking, hot cocoa, and long nights in, it can be hard to reach your winter wellness goals. But don’t worry—you can keep your hands off the sweets while still indulging in the scents of homemade desserts!

Say goodbye to your sugar high and stop worrying about unhealthy artificial ingredients when you take a slice of these holiday-ready diffuser blends.

Pumpkin Pie

Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Clove, oh my! Add in Ginger and Cardamom, plus a little bit of Orange to give a zesty kick, and you’re on your way to a perfectly pumpkin diffuser blend. Give it a try to spice up your home!

Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon, Stress Away™, and Cedarwood combine in this citrus blend to mimic the scent of smooth lemon filling and fluffy meringue. Its bold and welcoming aroma is sure to add a cheerful note to any party!

5 drops Lemon 2 drops Stress Away 1 drop Cedarwood

Key Lime Pie

Key lime is a cool citrus delight that might as well be lemon meringue’s hip younger cousin! Stress Away, Lime, and Lemon work together in this fresh and bright diffuser blend to bring you an aroma reminiscent of the classic favorite!

4 drops Stress Away 3 drops Lime 3 drops Lemon

Apple Pie

Craving Grandma’s famous apple pie? You’ll smell that flaky, crispy crust and warm, golden filling when you mix Cinnamon Bark, Lemongrass, Grapefruit, and Bergamot! Childhood memories of orchards and caramel apples will occu-pie your mind when you whip up this classic blend!

Golden Peach Pie

Orange, Valor®, and Cedarwood star in this pie diffuser blend! The bright cheer of Orange and the woodsy hints of Valor and Cedarwood are sure to make any room smell absolutely peachy!

4 drops Orange 4 drops Valor 3 drops Cedarwood

Health

Myrrh the merrier: 5 unexpected uses for Myrrh essential oil

Myrrh essential oil is as biblical as they come. Literally. With its ancient ties to frankincense and scripture, Myrrh tends to get our focus during holiday and spiritual moments. But did you know that Myrrh offers so much more?

From cuticle care to spring and summer scents, Myrrh is welcome year-round! Read “Myrrh” about the diverse uses for this woody, warm essential oil.

What is Myrrh oil used for?

Opt into oral care

Another surprising Myrrh tip? Add two drops of Myrrh to your toothpaste or mouthwash to elevate your morning and night dental hygiene routine.

Skin for the win

Myrrh is no respecter of skin; it’s truly a friend to all. Concerned about dry skin? Infuse your pre-makeup skin care routine with a drop or two of Myrrh. Bothered by blah skin? Dab on a drop or two of Myrrh to up the hydration in your skin care. Whatever you’re facing with your skin, Myrrh is more than willing to help!

Service sidekick

Myrrh’s gentle, grounding aroma pairs perfectly with planning random acts of kindness. While baking cookies for a friend, diffuse Myrrh. While delivering supplies to your local homeless shelter, swipe on Myrrh. As you celebrate, use Myrrh as a personal perfume while you practice goodwill toward friends.

All-season star

Yes, Myrrh is a merry-must during the holidays, but we’re fans of it all year long. Diffuse these blends during the summer solstice, the fall equinox, and every other month of the year!

Spring: As the rains start to fall and the flowers start to bloom, you’ll need a diffuser blend to accompany those exquisite scents. Mix the fresh-cut fragrances of Geranium and Ylang Ylang with musky Myrrh for a garden-fresh diffuser blend!

2 drops Geranium 2 drops Myrrh 3 drops Ylang Ylang

Summer: The temperatures are rising and all we want to do is cool off with a fan, a glass of sweet citrus something, and a diffuser blend that’s as refreshing as a dip in the pool. Try this one: Blend sunny Lemongrass, tangy Grapefruit, and complex Myrrh.

3 drops Grapefruit 3 drops Lemongrass 2 drops Myrrh

Fall: Leaves are falling and autumnal aromas are calling. Mix together earthy and rich Myrrh with balmy and warm Sacred Sandalwood. Throw in a splash of spunk with Tangerine and you’ve got a blend that’s reminiscent of crispy, chilly days!

2 drops Myrrh 2 drops Sacred Sandalwood 2 drops Tangerine

Winter: Here’s an end-of-year recipe you’ll need! Beat the brr with drops of Myrrh. Feel festive with a touch of Frankincense. Soak in the season’s spirit with Cedarwood. Blend it all together with a bit of Bergamot!

YL tip: Yikes, you’re out of Myrrh! What can you substitute for Myrrh oil? Try Vetiver and Copaiba.

Animals

Furry and bright: 5 holiday survival tips for your four-legged friends

While everyone adores the sparkling decor, scrumptious desserts, and enchanting traditions that the holidays bring, we can all agree that too much of a good thing can be overwhelming. When you’re feeling the stress of the season, your four-legged companions likely are too.

Between holiday hosting and late-night wrapping, don’t forget the most lovable—and furry—members of your family! With all that you have on your mind while you prep for the celebrations, check “remember the pets” off your list and try these five festive tips!

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The most wonder-fur time of the year

The holidays often mean extra house guests, unplanned sledding excursions, and long fireside get-togethers. Throwing off your pet’s schedule can cause rifts in their behavior.

Try to maintain your normal schedule as much as possible by getting up at the same time and taking your little darlings outside for some fresh air. Putting them in bed at their usual hour with some soothing music will keep them well rested, even if you’re still up socializing. Normalcy is the key to a happy howl-iday!

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A well-exercised pet is a well-behaved pet! Nothing makes tiny fur balls quite as sleepy and snuggly as a playdate in the crisp winter air, and family and friends are sure to appreciate the fuzzy nap companion. Bring your pets along for the ride on some of your outdoor winter outings!

Forget the figgy pudding

We get it. We love party food too. If it smells good to you, it smells even better to your pet! The list of foods that are harmful to your pet can be intimidating, so instead of taking the risk, try instituting a general rule with guests that pets don’t get table scraps or handouts. Getting your entire party on board will help you keep your peace of mind.

Placing foods out of reach and in a high place will help keep your pets’ tummies (and you) calm.

No place like home for the holidays

It’s no secret that our furry friends are often the most popular party guests. When the pets are done raising the roof, giving them a safe place to sleep away from the noise and distractions. If your pet is kennel trained, put their kennel in another room where you can dim the lights to help them relax and dream of sugar plums while you entertain.Puppy slipping on bed

I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claws

Giving your pet love and attention during the holidays will prevent them from feeling isolated during all the commotion. Dogs especially are pack animals that love to feel seen, appreciated, and “part of the group.” Try working with them on refining commands such as“sit,” “lie down,” and “stay” before guests arrive and praise them as they practice! Not only will this help you bond with your pup, but it will also encourage them to be on their best behavior when it matters most.

DIY

DIY garland: Spruce up your holiday decor!

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Ready to deck your halls with holly, jolly decor? Turn your home into a holiday heaven with a DIY garland!

Curling up on the sofa to admire the lights on the tree, hanging stockings above a cozy fire, and baking homemade gingerbread men are memorable, must-do Christmas activities. Now you can enjoy all this holiday magic surrounded by your favorite essential oil aromas!

Whether you craft a strand for yourself or gift some garland to a friend, these unique DIY garlands fill any space with a little extra holiday spirit

Pine Tree Paradise Garland

From choosing which beautiful tree you’ll take home to placing the last present under its decorated boughs, a fresh pine tree is a hallmark of the holidays! Invite in its fresh scent with this holiday-ready garland.

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Spray ingredients

  • 4 ounces distilled water
  • 2 ounces witch hazel or rubbing alcohol
  • 18 drops Pine
  • 9 drops Cedarwood
  • 9 drops Peppermint
  • 4 drops Spearmint

Instructions

1. Choose your string and your felt ball colors. We recommend using 1 mm unwaxed cotton cord. Try alternating between dark green, heather gray, and olive green felt balls for a forest-inspired look!

2. Find the length of your garland. Take your string and drape it where you want the garland. Measure it to make sure you have enough string and felt balls to reach the desired length and leave about 15 extra inches on the end of your thread when you cut it.

3. Thread the balls on the string. Time to get threading! Tie a loop in one end of your string. Next, thread on your first felt ball using a sturdy metal yarn needle. Secure the bauble by tying a knot in the string. About 3 inches down, tie another knot for your next felt ball to rest against. Continue this pattern of knot, bauble, knot for a cute, quirky design with space between each felt ball! Finish it off with a second loop so your garland is ready to hang.

4. Make your Pine Tree Paradise spray. Put 2 ounces of witch hazel or rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle to help your oils blend with the water. Next, add 18 drops of Pine, 9 drops of Cedarwood, 9 drops of Peppermint, and 4 drops of Spearmint to the spray bottle. Pour in 4 ounces of distilled water, and you’re ready to wrap up your project!

5. Spray your garland. Spritz your garland and invite in that evergreen scent! Every time you walk in the room, you’ll be reminded of cozying up with loved ones under the glow of the tree.

Pop of Peppermint Garland

Sprinkle some sweetness into your decor with this candy cane-inspired garland. Drape it around your tree or hang it above your window for an added pop of color!

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Spray ingredients

Instructions

1. Choose your string and your colors. We recommend using 1 mm unwaxed cotton cord. For soft, delicate colors, use white and pink felt balls. If you want a little more warmth, switch out the pink for a cozy red!

2. Find the length of your garland. Take your string and drape it where you want the garland. Measure it to make sure you have enough string and felt balls to reach the desired length and leave about 12 extra inches on the end of your thread when you cut it.

3. Thread the balls on the string. This is the fun part! Tie a loop in one end of your string. Next, use a sturdy metal yarn needle to pull the string through your felt balls, alternating between colors for a peppermint-inspired pattern! Finish it off with a second loop so your garland is ready to hang.

4. Make your Pop of Peppermint spray. Put 2 ounces of witch hazel or rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle to help your oils blend with the water. Next, add 20−22 drops of Peppermint, 11 drops of Cinnamon Bark, and 11 drops Orange to the spray bottle. Pour in 4 ounces of distilled water, and you’re ready to wrap up your project!

5. Spray your garland. Blast some Christmas tunes as you spritz your DIY felt ball masterpiece. Waltz into a winter wonderland as you enjoy your peppermint-inspired decor!

Winter Woodlands Garland

From homemade pies to hand-knit stockings, there’s something dreamy about an old-fashioned holiday. This country-inspired garland will make you feel like you’re walking over the river and through the woods with the lights of the house glowing just up the trail!

Spray ingredients

Instructions

1. Choose your string and your colors. We recommend using 1 mm unwaxed cotton cord.. Alternating warm red, cream, and a forest green makes a beautiful, rustic take on classic holiday colors!

2. Find the length of your garland. Take your string and drape it where you want the garland. Measure it to make sure you have enough string and felt balls to reach the desired length and leave about 12 extra inches on the end of your thread when you cut it.

3. Thread the balls on the string. Tie a loop in one end of your string. Thread on a red ball using a sturdy metal yarn needle. Next, thread on a cream felt balls and then dark green. Continue this pattern until you reach the end of your string. Finish off your project by tying a second loop at the end of your garland.

4. Make your Winter Woodlands spray. Put 2 ounces of witch hazel or rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle to help your oils blend with the water. Next, add 8 drops of Pine, 8 drops of Sacred Sandalwood, 7 drops of Jasmine, and 7 drops of Juniper to the spray bottle. Finish it off with 4 ounces of distilled water, and you’re ready to wrap up your project!

5. Spray your garland. You’re almost done! Simply mist this woodland blend on your garland to finish up your holiday decorating.