I started “back to school” August 3rd, and our students’ first day was August 17th. It has been non-stop crazy since then!
Before things got too frantic though, Becky and I hosted a Back to School Make and Take. We had a great time preparing some oily items to help us prep for this school year! (I’ve used up all of my Stress Away bath soak – it’s time to make more! :))
If you weren’t able to join us, here are some pictures of our set up below. I’ve included the recipes so if you missed our event, you can still join in the fun and get ready for this school year!
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.
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:
fractionated coconut oil
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!
(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!)
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.
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!
This year, I’ve been moving away from store bought cleaners, cleaning supplies, soaps, etcetera. One of my very first recipes I made was my liquid hand soap. Not only do I know EXACTLY what’s in my soap, it’s super cheap to make and lasts forever!
Here’s what you need:
1 gallon distilled water ~$ .88
2 5 oz bars of castile soap – $4.69 each (I buy mine from thrivemarket.com for $2.95 each! It’s a steal! If you click on my link to Thrive Market, you’ll get 25% off your first order too!)
20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil (I only recommend Young Living essential oils. To learn why, click here.)
Total Cost: $10.26(If you paid retail for soap), or $6.78 if you buy your soap from Thrive Market.
Cost per bottle: Less than 56 cents/bottle(from Thrive) or about 90 cents if you paid full retail price for the soap!
Honestly, it’s probably even less than that per bottle of soap. I’ve refilled all of my soap dispensers twice already and still have a bunch left. It’s so much cheaper than buying all of your soap at the Bath and Body Works semi-annual sales(like I used to do), AND you’re not being exposed to all of the sulfates and artificial fragrances in the BB&W soap!
Here’s what you do:
1. Grate both of your soap bars into a nice big pile of shredded soap. 🙂
2. Heat up your water in a big pot. *If you’re not using distilled water, heat your water until it’s boiling! Then, turn it down until it’s just hot.
3. Dump your pile of grated soap into your big hot pot of water and stir.
4. Keep stirring.
5. Keep stirring, until all of the soap has dissolved into the hot water.
6. Take your pot o’ soap off of the heat, and let it rest for 12-24 hours. The mixture will continue to thicken throughout the day. Stir it when you can, but don’t worry about it too much.
7. Stir in any essential oils, if desired. Start with a few drops and keep building until your soap is “smelly” enough for you.
8. Pour into containers. If you’re messy like me, I recommend using a funnel to fill all of your containers!
This makes a ton! I filled up four soap dispensers and several mason jars with my hand soap.
9. Repeat this process when you start running out.
(Don’t worry, it’s gonna be a while! I made my first batch 3 months ago, and still have a TON left. I like DIY projects that I don’t have repeat too often!)
Here are some of my favorite ways to use Citrus Fresh.
Diffuse it for a wonderful-smelling house.
Inhale it deeply for an invigorating boost or to enhance your mood.
Diffuse it in your office for mental clarity.
Put a couple drops in your drinking water when you need a little energy.
Apply it to the bottom of your feet assist in emotion balance.
Put a few drops in your favorite unscented body lotion, or make your own, for an incredibly sunny start to your day.
Put it in your favorite pendant diffuser. It not only will act as a natural perfume, but also may help your focus and concentration.
Mix a few drops in with some V-6 for a stimulating massage.
Add a few drops to your washing machine to get rid of any stinky smells. Dilute with water before dumping on clothes.
Diffuse while studying for a test to support memory recall and concentration.
Diffuse Citrus Fresh for 20-30 minutes twice a day to create a cheery environment in your home or workplace.
Apply a couple of drops to the ears, heart or wrists and wear as a cologne or perfume.*
Make drinking your daily requirement of water (1/2 your body weight in ounces) a pleasure by adding a few drops of Citrus Fresh to your GLASS of water. (Don’t use plastic…essential oils etch or even dissolve petrochemical based products like plastic and styrofoam!)
Some have found that drinking Citrus Fresh enhanced water helps them maintain a healthy weight.
Did someone wear those shoes that leave scuff marks all over your floor? Add a drop of Citrus Fresh to a cleaning rag and wipe them out!
Mix several drops of Citrus Fresh in V6 mixing oil for a full body massage to support the lymphatic system.*
Blend 11 – 20 drops with bath gel base and add to bath water for a relaxing bath.
Freshen your carpet: Combine 16 to 20 drops of essential oils with 1 cup of baking soda or borax powder. Mix well and place in a covered container overnight so that the oil can be absorbed by the powder. Sprinkle over your carpet and vacuum up the powder immediately to infuse a rejuvenating fragrance into the room.
A few drops of EO on a cotton ball hidden in inconspicuous places around the bathroom will scent it as well. This method may also be used for cupboards, drawers, and any place else you might need/want a refreshing scent.
Get rid of bad odors in the laundry: As the machine is filling up with water, add soap and a few drops of the Citrus Fresh.
Remove sticky residue from stickers and bandages with a drop of Citrus Fresh.
*Citrus Oils are phototoxic so don’t apply them topically for 12 hours before going into the sun, before a radiation treatment, or a tanning bed.
Lavender is often called the “Swiss Army Knife” of essential oils. it is an incredibly versatile oil!
I use it every single day! It’s an ingredient in my homemade facial oil, my homemade facial wipes, my LLP allergy bomb, my relaxing bath salts, my Itch Away roll-on…you get the idea. I diffuse it nightly to ensure a good night’s sleep, and I use it on my dog Sierra every day to lower her anxiety when we head to work. It’s such a gentle oil, you can use it neat, or dilute it with a carrier oil.
From the Essential Oils Pocket Reference, “lavender’s regenerating abilities were first discovered by Rene Gattefosse, when he severely burned his arm in a laboratory explosion. In a study done at the University of Miami, researchers found that inhalation of lavender oil increased beta waves in the brain, suggesting heightened relaxation. It also reduced depression and improved cognitive performance. (Diego MA, et al., 1998). A 2001 Osaka Kyoiku University study found that lavender reduced mental stress and increased alertness (Motomura, 2001).”
Lavender is one of the most commonly adulterated essential oils. Many lavender essential oils that are sold in stores and online often have lavandin or synthetic ingredients added. You want to make sure you use pure, therapeutic grade essential oils. I only use Young Living oils. You can learn more about Young Living oils here.
How do you use lavender? I’d love to hear about it!
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.
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!