Oil-Infused Holiday Feast

Who’s looking forward to Thanksgiving next week? I love spending time with family, especially when there’s yummy food involved!

This will be the first “oily” holiday season. I’m looking forward to incorporating essential oils into my holiday cooking, and after Thanksgiving I plan to start working on some handmade holiday gifts that incorporate my Young Living essential oils! I’ll be posting about those gift ideas in the coming weeks.

For now, I want to share with you some delicious oil-infused holiday recipes. I hope you and your families have a  blessed Thanksgiving next week! Enjoy!

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Top Uses for Tea Tree Oil

As y’all know, I love replacing conventional chemical-laden personal products with all natural homemade products infused with essential oils. Some essential oils are used in my recipes more than others – melaleuca alternifolia, or tea tree essential oil, is one such powerhouse.

Tea Tree

This essential oil is used in almost all of my skincare DIY essential oils recipes! I use it in my facial oils, my make up removal wipes, my blemish roll-on…you get the idea. 🙂

I wanted to share with you my recipe for make up removal wipes. I use these every evening, and they work so much better than the store bought ones!

To get started, you’ll need the following:

  • distilled water
  • fractionated coconut oil
  • cotton rounds
  • Young Living melaleuca alternifolia essential oil
  • a little jar to keep it in(I used a 4 oz. jar I had on hand)

All you have to do is pour enough distilled water in the jar to fill it about halfway. Add 2 T of FCO, and about 8 drops of tea tree oil. (I like to add a few drops of lavender too, but it’s totally optional!) Close the jar and shake. Open the jar, and add 20-40 cotton rounds. Close and shake again.

Now you’ve got your make up remover wipes! DIY Make Up Removing Wipes (1)

(If you like camping/backpacking, pack a few of these in a little zip loc bag. They’re so refreshing to use after you’ve spent a day in the woods!)

Brand new premium starter kit launched today! 

Y’all,

I am just so excited about Young Living’s new PSK! It is absolutely beautiful! 😀 Mine came last week, and I love my new Dewdrop diffuser. 

The new kit also makes it super easy to share your love of oils with your friends and family. It includes beautiful info cards that you can attach to the included drams for oil samples.

  

If you order with me, you’ll have access to tons of amazing resources from Oily Families, Simply Natural, and Oils For The Journey groups, and I’ll gift you an essential oils reference book! 
Please let me know if you have any questions about Young Living essential oils or the new Premium Starter kit! I love my Young Living essential oils! 

My new favorite homemade shampoo! 

So on my quest to clean up my lifestyle this year, hair products have definitely been one of the hardest to switch over! I’ve tried so many different things- no poo, Dirty Poo, NaturOli shampoo made from soapnuts (my fave, but a little pricey), Morrocco Methods, shampoo bars…you name it, I’ve tried it! I have several that I still use from time to time, but not one that I could use daily and have my hair look decent. Until, I found this recipe from Hippy Homemaker

   
  
It’s perfect! The marshmallow root gives the recipe the ‘slip’ that I missed from commercial shampoos, but I still know I’m using good, healthy ingredients for my hair. The recipe made about 12 ounces, and I only use a quarter size dollop to wash all of my hair, so I should be able to go a few weeks before making my next batch.  I don’t even need my lavender/ACV conditioning spray afterwards! My hair is happy. 🙂

Let me know if try it! 

Essential Oils 101

Are you interested in using essential oils, but would like to know more? Are you wondering what essential oils are, and why I keep mentioning them in my DIY recipes? Here is an amazing graphic from Young Living that does a great job at explaining what essential oils are and how we can use them. Essential-oils-1011

 

If you’d like to learn more about Young Living essential oils, please leave me a comment or send me an email at lauralovesoils at gmail dot com. Also, check out my Essential Oils page for details on how to sign up with Young Living. I hope to hear from you soon!

Stop That Itch!

After yesterday’s post about the best bug spray ever, I realized I had not posted about my Itch Away roll on! This was actually my very first essential oil blend I ever used. A week after receiving my PSK (premium starter kit), I had a flare up of a recurring condition. I was itchy and in some pain and so desperately trying to avoid the months-long recovery I dealt with during my first flare up.

Stop THAT Itch! (1)

I was very new to essential oils, so I relied on my handy-dandy pocket reference and the wonderful Simply Natural Facebook group as resources. Not only did the blend reduce the itching/pain from that flare up, it’s now a staple in my oily medicine cabinet. Any time I have a minor skin irritation(bug bites, rash, contact dermatitis, etcetera), I pull out my new roller blend!

Here’s my recipe:

Itch Away Roller Blend

10 drops tea tree essential oil

10 drops lavender essential oil

20 drops fractionated coconut oil 

Want to know the only essential oils I recommend? Check here for why I only use Young Living essential oils! 

Use a small metal funnel to pour all ingredients into the roller bottle. Now you’ve got a great remedy ready to go whenever you need it!

Keep Away Outdoors Spray!

I love the outdoors.  I love camping, hiking, swimming, canoeing, backpacking, laying around in the hammock by the lake…you get the idea. 🙂

However, my love of the outdoors often seems like a one-sided love affair. As much as I love being outside, at this time of year, I can walk out in the yard to let my dog out and come back in with ten mosquito bites. 😦 Not cool.

So, my husband and I went on our first backpacking trip this spring. I wanted to enjoy the trip AND come home without looking like I had a bad case of the chicken pox. However, I also wanted to avoid those chemical-laden sprays I had relied on in the past. I started researching DIY solutions, and found several that looked good.

Homemade hints had the most information about what works and why, so I used many of the same ingredients they did, but with my own twist. I was a little concerned about coming home with 30+ bug bites(which is what usually happens), but I brought my homemade spray and only had FIVE bug bites when we got back! FIVE! I usually get more walking out to pick up the mail!
I’m so excited to have a safe, all natural solution that I wanted to share my recipe with you all!

This recipe will make a 2 ounce bottle of spray. You need:

Keep Away Spray!
    • 15 drops of Purification essential oil blend
    • 10 drops of Thieves essential oil blend
    • 5 drops of peppermint essential oil
      • Want to more about what essential oils I use? Click here to learn more!
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract (Vanillin makes the spray last longer!)
    • a little less than an ounce of witch hazel or rubbing alcohol
    • a little less than an ounce of fractionated coconut oil (Also increases the protection time of the essential oil blend.)
    • 2 oz dark glass bottle and spray top
    • small metal funnel for pouring
Combine all ingredients into the small glass bottle. I used a measuring shot glass for the coconut oil and rubbing alcohol, and then just counted the drops of essential oils that I dropped into the funnel. Cap the bottle once you’ve added all of the ingredients, and then roll the bottle gently on its side to mix.
That’s it! Let me know how it works for you! Happy Oiling!


 

My first "oily" Mothers Day

Since I started using essential oils, I have been so excited about how wonderful they are that I talk about them(a lot)! Since both my mother and Mother-In-Law have been listening to me wax rhapsodic about how much I love my Young Living Oils, I decided to share my love of oils with them in their Mother’s Day presents this year!

On a trip last month, I introduced my mom to lavender essential oil. It’s a rock star oil! Lavender is great for so many things.

I use lavender daily. I diffuse it, I use it for my LLP allergy bomb(more on that in another post!), and in my homemade skin care products. It is gentle enough that it can be used neat, or without a carrier oil. 
So – my mom (now) loves lavender too, and asked that I get her some “oily” stuff for Mothers Day.  I was so excited that she wants to learn more about oils, I decided to gift her some homemade products to show her how easy it is to use lavender! 
I made lotion bars, relaxing bath salts, and rejuvenating facial oil to share my moms. I found this website called canva and made cute little instruction sheets to go with each.  Click here to see my easy peasy printables! For the labels, I just used some dissolvable mason jar labels with a bright marker. 

                                  Ball Dissolvable Labels – (Set Of 60) (by Jarden Home Brands)

Here’s a picture of my final product. 
I hope they enjoy their gifts as much as I enjoyed making them! I’ll post my recipes for each of the gifts soon. 🙂 Happy oiling everyone!