DIY Project #1- Foaming Hand Soap

Today I finally got around to making my first batch of DIY foaming hand soap using DoTerra essential oils. I posted the recipe in this past blog post.

I found the unscented Castille Soap at Sprouts. I used a foaming dispenser that had just run out of soap and washed the remnants of the old soap out first.

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I decided that for the first time I tried to make the soap that I would use the same oils they listed, though in the future I’d like to use On Guard.

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Then, I filled the dispenser with water to the top and replaced the pump. I shook it and then it was ready to be used!

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So quick and easy to make! It will be much better for the skin and not so harsh like the soap I usually buy. Next on the agenda: essential oils hand sanitizer!

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Diffuser Love

It’s here! It’s here! My new Aroma Ready Whisper essential oils diffuser came today! It’s like Christmas came early!

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I’ve been waiting and waiting to finally get a diffuser to emit essential oils in our home and I finally got an opportunity to buy a great one for a discount! Some local people placed a bulk order and we all got a discount on them. I just set it up and got it working! Isn’t it pretty?

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You can turn the blue light off too.

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The setup was very fast and surprisingly simple. Literally a couple of minutes and I had it plugged in and working. So far so good. It has various settings for different lengths of time you want it to run. It’s also silent, which means you don’t even notice it’s running!

The germs are starting to spread at school and some of our neighbors are sick. Needless to say, I am extremely glad to be able to diffuse DoTerra On Guard protective essential oil through my house to ward off germs entering our home. This will be great to have through the winter cold season too. I’ll be able to diffuse other oils to help with breathing issues if they arise. I think I’m in love! 😍

Passing On the Legacy of Health and Wellness to the Next Generation

Tonight as I was putting my oldest son to bed (7 year old) I put a combination of lemon, lavender and peppermint essential oils on his feet. This has become a daily habit for us since his nasal allergies have been so bad lately. I was delighted when he asked if I would show him how to put the drops on his feet. He asked to do it himself. I put a drop of each on his left foot and then let him do the same on his right. (It may have been an overload of oils tonight, but hopefully those allergies will stay at bay through the night!)

It caught me off guard that he asked to do it by himself, but the more I’ve thought about the prouder I am! This is exactly what I hope for for my children! I think that one of the best gifts we can give our children is teaching them how to take care of their bodies and health. Hopefully by teaching them early on about good health, wellness, nutrition and exercise they can avoid many of the problems some of us have experienced as adults.

In my adult years (I’m 32), I have taken crash courses in vitamins, supplements, chiropractic, essential oils, nutrition, and naturopathy. The path I’ve been on with my own and my children’s health issues have lead me to explore all these areas of wellness. It’s been a long, windy road with many ups and downs, successes and failures. It is a fact that through all of our experiences and all I’ve learned that we are healthier because of it. I hate to imagine what condition we all would be in if God had not led us down the road we are on.

My kids have been on various supplements since they were infants. Taking vitamins is a normal part of life for them. We’ve had to be extremely mindful of the foods we eat. Now we’ve taken up essential oils as part of our healthcare regimen. I am continuing to learn about nutrition and am working to feed my family the best I can give them. We never stop learning and I am really enjoying this crazy roller coaster ride because of how much I’m growing in my knowledge and experience. I love that my family is healing and becoming healthier.

It is my hope that I can teach these things to my children and spare them many future health problems and from having to relearn to care for their bodies as adults. Start guiding them from the ground up. Be a good example. Teach them that their bodies are a temple (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) and to love and care for them appropriately. To be their best selves. It has become a big goal for me as a mom and I am overjoyed that I can see the fruits of my labor every once in a while!

A Better Hand Sanitizer

I have been searching a long time for a better hand sanitizer. I don’t like using the harsh gels that contain a lot of alcohol and are drying. My oldest son has sensitive skin and always has irritated skin on the tips of his hands. I send a small squeeze bottle of hand sanitizer with him to school and keep hand cleaning wipes in my car and purse all the time. (I confess I’m a bit of a germaphobe. I’m working on it.) I always worry the more “natural” alcohol-free hand cleaners won’t disinfect as well, so I’ve continued using the not-so-natural kind.

Today, I received my seasonal DoTerra Living fall magazine issue in the mail and am so excited to see a recipe for homemade hand cleaner! It’s all-natural, safe, alcohol-free and should be non-irritating. So far, we’ve had good experiences using the On Guard essential oil daily and no one has gotten sick. I can’t wait to try this hand cleaner that I’ll actually feel good about giving to my family!

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Thank you DoTerra! I’m telling you, it has revolutionized our lives and our home health care!
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No OTC’s Necessary

I saw this posted on my friend’s Facebook page today. I think this is so helpful! I had to share.

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Use those essential oils in place of some over-the-counter drugs! No harmful side effects and I can tell you first hand that it works!

3 examples:

– I recently had a pounding headache. The protocol DoTerra recommends for headaches is a drop of peppermint and a drop of lavender together. I rubbed each on my forehead and behind my ears. Voila! The headache went away. No need for headache medicine!

– Yesterday morning I had heartburn. I took a drop of peppermint oil and added it to a cup of water and drank it. It 100% soothed my stomach and made the heartburn disappear! No Tums needed!

-My sister’s 3 year old daughter woke in the middle of the night screaming and crying with growing pains in her legs. She rubbed Deep Blue oil on her legs and within 5 minutes she was calm, feeling better and going back to sleep.

Essential oils work. Plain and simple. Safe and effective. Getcha some. (:

Oils On the Go

We are road tripping today as a family so I’m excited to get to use my travel bottles for the first time! My sweet friend Wellness Empress sent me a travel pack for my oils when I signed up as a distributor for DoTerra. I finally decided to use it today as I was thinking about possibly needing oils on our day trip. I didn’t want to bring my big bottles and this is a great (not to mention cute) way to carry them with you!

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Look how tiny and cute these little travel bottles are! The labels fit on the tops too!

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I love the thought of having my oils with me in my purse whenever I may need them!

The Daily Rubdown

So, I’m really embracing the essential oils thing. I have been using a variety of them daily lately on my family. They have been very gracious and willing to let me slather them with oils. I call this our “daily rubdown”. (: (Disclaimer: I use DoTerra brand oils as they are the highest, therapeutic grade oils and one of the best brands on the market. Not all essential oils are created equal.)

Here’s what I’ve been doing: for my entire family (2 children, my hubby and me), On Guard in the morning before they leave for school/work and some days at night if we’ve really been around sick people, germy places or I think they’re fighting off illness.
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My eldest son has had bad allergies lately, so I’m using 1 drop each of lavender, peppermint and lemon oils on his feet, sometimes multiple times a day if necessary. Apparently it’s a magic blend that fights off allergies. Another way to take it is to put a drop of each in a little bit of water and drink it. I tried that when I felt allergies coming on and it honestly made the sneezing stop! I’m a believer! (:

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I use Breathe oil on my oldest son’s chest or his sinus area for cough and congestion. My sister had an interesting experience using this the other day. She has trouble with asthma and was going for her inhaler. She had put a drop of Breathe oil on her chest and no kidding, while we were talking on the phone, she said, “Oh my word! This is strange. All of a sudden I can take a clear breath!” No need for the inhaler!

I’ve also started trying the Slim and Sassy oil blend for metabolism. my friend who got me started on essential oils says she puts it on her arms and has seen it make a difference. We’ll see if I can tell any change.

I bought the Fractionated Coconut Oil to dilute some of the oils for topical application. I’ve been using store bought unrefined, virgin coconut oil but thought I’d try the kind sold by DoTerra to see if it makes a difference.

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My mom and sister have gotten on board too and ordered their own Family Physician kits.

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It’s a great kit to have with some basic oils and a few oil blends. It meets all the basic needs. Let me say that I am not an expert on essential oils. I am learning as I go and as I use them. I regularly use this website to find protocols for using the oils for various needs: Everything Essentials

I also ask my very knowledgeable friend who teaches classes on essential oils for advice. If you’re on Facebook, you can follow her page:
Wellness Empress

My next goal is to buy a diffuser to emit the oils into my house. Diffusing the On Guard oil will cleanse the air of germs (and with germs coming home from school, that sounds great to me)! You can also diffuse oils in the air to help with winter colds and coughs. Happy Oiling, my friends!

(One more note- my naturopath, chiropractor and son’s pediatrician ALL promote the use of essential oils in health and wellness! Go getcha some and see for yourself!) (:

On Guard

It’s back-to-school time again and that means germs, germs everywhere! I am excited to be using the DoTerra essential oil blend On Guard on my family!

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I dilute a drop of it in coconut oil and rub a little on the chest or feet of my kiddos, my hubby and me. It’s a protective blend for immune support. I love that it can be used topically on the skin, diffused in the air (which will be great for the fall and winter seasons) and also to clean surfaces with! DoTerra also makes On Guard hand soap! Plus, it is a yummy mixture of oils that smells like fall! How can you beat that?

I am all about wellness and taking preventative measures for health. I believe if I am doing my part by giving my family nutritious food, vitamins and supplements to support their immune systems and using my essential oils as needed, then I’ve done my best to protect them (and myself). If we get sick, we get sick and we can use essential oils to help treat some of those illnesses! Go check out DoTerra if you haven’t yet! You can go to my page: http://www.mydoterra.com/wellnessmom/