DIY Deodorant

Have you ever struggled with confidence because of regular body odor. Some of us just have a naturally stronger aroma than others. I thought I had tried everything and had just given up, but then I found this recipe and love it!

When I ordered my Young Living Premium Starter Kit, I saw a DIY Deodorant recipe from the Young Living blog on pinterest. I decided to give it a try, and guess what, it worked better than any other!

With this recipe I only need to use once a day! My clothes aren’t getting yellow stains, I’m staying dry, have confidence to hug, and more. It’s amazing how such a seemingly tiny factor can impact so much of your life!

Not to mention all the junk that is in the products on the store shelves. I am so relieved to have found a recipe that is not only effective, but also safe!

It takes only a few minutes and a handful of ingredients to make. You could switch the essential oil out for a different scent if you don’t have as much odor as I do. I like Purification best because of its ability to cleanse and purify. Plus it smells great! Just make sure you are using Young Living’s 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. Since this is going on your skin, it will be absorbed into your body as well. So using the highest quality and safest oils out there is so important.

To learn more about why we use exclusively Young Living, and how to get started and get your essential oils for the best price click on “Getting Started with Essential Oils.”

 

DIY DEODORANT RECIPE

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Things to note: Some people experience a detox effect on their underarms when first starting this new deodorant. This is because after years of using toxic products your body will try to get them all out. This can cause irritation to the area. Just use less and slowly until this passes (usually 1-2 weeks). Make sure to test the recipe on a small area before using over the entire underarm to see how your body reacts. If you continue to have discomfort also consider using less, or no, baking soda and substituting with arrowroot powder for a gentler recipe.

DIY Outdoor Spray

We live in Wisconsin, so we need to take advantage of the outdoors when the weather is warm! We love to be outdoors as much as we can during the summer months for camping, fishing, swimming, etc.

Living toxin-free is very important to us, but we still need to protect ourselves from outdoor annoyances. No one likes swatting at the air like a crazy person, haha.

This recipe is so easy and quick and we have had some great results using it. We reapply often since it can quickly dry off the skin, so use as often as desired. I love knowing it is safe and effective even for my littlest kids.

DIY Outdoor Spray Recipe

 

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Which Diffuser Is Right For You?

When choosing which Premium Starter Kit to order, consider which diffuser is best for you. You have a choice between the Dewdrop Diffuser, Bamboo Diffuser, Rainstone Diffuser, or the Aria Diffuser. Each is awesome for diffusing in your home, and we highly recommend you read the instruction manual that comes with it. Today we will go over some basics for each diffuser to help you choose which is best for you and to help you get started right away when your kit arrives.

DEWDROP DIFFUSER

  • Covers about 325 square feet.
  • Uses spring water or tap water.
  • Has an ambient blue light that is great as a nightlight.
  • Fill with water to just under the red dot, add desired essential oils, and return lids (making sure to line up the top lid with the notch on the back).
  • Press the button once to start the diffuser, and it will run for about 3-4 hours.
  • Press again and it will turn off the light.
  • Press once more to turn the diffuser off.

BAMBOO DIFFUSER

  • Covers about 325 square feet.
  • Uses mineralized (tap) water.
  • Has an ambient light on the bottom of the diffuser
  • Fill to just under the red ball inside with tap water and add desired essential oils.
  • Use the switch on the power cord to choose between the 1 hour or 4 hour setting and the diffuser will automatically turn off after the allotted time.

RAINSTONE DIFFUSER

  • Covers about 300 square feet.
  • Uses tap water.
  • Has multi-colored LED lights.
  • Close vent switch, fill to red dot with tap water using the included pouring cup, add desired essential oils, open vent switch, replace lid, and choose between 1, 2, 3, 6, and 8 hour settings.
  • Control settings with the included remote.

ARIA DIFFUSER

  • Covers about 430 square feet.
  • Uses distilled water.
  • Has multi-colored LED lights, and can be connected to your smartphone to play music.
  • Fill to line with distilled water, add desired essential oils, return lid, and choose between 1, 2, 3, or 8 hour timer settings.
  • Control settings with the included remote.

HOME DIFFUSER

This diffuser is no longer an option with the Premium Starter Kit, but a lot of our members already have it, so we included the information about it for you all to still know about your beloved Home Diffusers.

  • Covers about 225 square feet.
  • Uses distilled water.
  • Has an ambient light in the top which is a perfect nightlight for children’s bedrooms.
  • Fill to the fill line with distilled water and add desired essential oils.
  • Press the power button once and a green light will turn on. This means that it is on continuous diffusion and will last about 3 hours.
  • Press the power button a second time and a red light will turn on. This means it is on the intermittent setting. It will run for 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off. This is a great option to help the oils last longer as it will run about 6 hours.
  • At either setting you can press and hold the power button for a few seconds to turn off the top light. This is very nice if you are using in a bedroom at night and don’t want the light to disturb your sleep.

We hope this has helped make your Premium Starter Kit diffuser decision, and will help you feel confident to start using it as soon as it arrives in your mailbox. We love diffusing all types of oils in our home, and I know you will too!

If you don’t have the Young Living Premium Starter Kit yet and want to learn more, go here or ask the person who referred you to this page.

*If you have high mineral well water or toxic city water (full of chlorine, fluoride, bacteria, arsenic and other nasty ingredients —– we recommend using spring or distilled depending on which diffuser you have. Check out the Berkey water filtering system if you want to get clean healthy drinking water for your family!

 

 

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September Promos are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

Wow the September promos with Young Living are pretty rad! Check them out below!

 

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So what’s the scoop on all these awesome PROMOs?

 

Tangerine Essential Oil

Tangerine essential oil helps support a healthy lifestyle regimen. This oil adds a bright, citrus flavor to foods and water and is a savory complement to many meats marinades, side dishes, and dressings. Tangerine includes naturally occurring limonene.

We love to add 2-3 drops of Tangerine combined with 5 drops of Cedarwood to help support a restful nights sleep. Perfect for kiddos too!

 

Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon (Citrus limon) essential oil includes the naturally occurring constituent limonene. Lemon may also be used to enhance the flavor of foods.

Did you know it takes 75 rinds of lemons in order to make 1 (15ml) bottle! Wow, that is a lot of organic lemons! I love putting 2-3 drops of lemon in my water daily to help support my immune system.

 

Aroma Life Essential Oil Blend

Aroma Life combines the harmonizing effects of ylang ylang with known powerhouses cypress, helichrysum, and marjoram. Pulsing with life, this vibrant blend energizes your life force. It is best applied over heart energy – front and/or back.

Ingredients: Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens), marjoram (Origanum majorana), Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum), and ylang ylang (Cananga odorata) in a base of sesame seed oil.

 

Mineral Essence

Mineral Essence is a balanced, full-spectrum ionic mineral complex enhanced with essential oils. According to twotime Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling PhD. “You can trace every sickness, every disease, and every ailment to a mineral deficiency.” Ionic minerals are the most fully and quickly absorbed form of minerals available.

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Be sure to get a reference guide on Essential Oils so you know even more about why these products are so awesome! There is just sooo much to learn!

Happy September everyone!! 

When you LOVE something, you SHARE it!

It really is true!

When you LOVE something you want to share it with everyone!! That’s how I feel about my oils, and I know many others feel the same way.

Keeping my family healthy and free of toxins is super super important to me! And I know it is important to so many others too!

So how do you share these awesome oils with friends, family, coworkers? Well, you can share them by making them rollerballs, DIY oily lotions, bathsalts, and by referring them to Young Living to get a Premium Starter Kit!

I want everyone I know to have and use oils! And the most awesome part about sharing your LOVE of oils with others, is that Young Living rewards you with a referral bonus for each new sign up! Now that’s pretty rad! More mola to buy more oils, and share oily gifts with others!

Make your personal Young Living Enrollment “share it link” here and get sharing with your loved ones! Don’t keep these amazing little drops to yourself.

 

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Summer Beet Salad with Lemon Lime Essential Oil Dressing

As much as I love the flavors of this salad, I am finding it hard to even think about eating a salad right now with this super cold weather and instead I would rather eat hearty warm comforting foods like this or this. Obsession with curry much? Ummm, yes!

Healthy Beet Salad with Lime Lemon Essential Oil Dressing

Despite my longing for warm curried potatoes or soup I want to talk about beets! Beets are in fact a root vegetable, they are earthy, light and grounding. In the winter months if you are trying your best to eat in season, beets are a great vegetable that you can get all winter long at the farmers market, or you can grow your own, chop off the greens and store them, preserve them through canning, or make beet kvass (a traditional Russian super immunity drink). Beets are easy to find,  easy to use and super healthy!

 

Chandra’s beet salad is super easy and super scrumptious! The flavors are so fresh. Never had a beet before? I hear this a lot! You must try beets. They are packed with nutrients.

 

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Ok back to the beets!

 

Beets, beets! Why Eat em’ cooked, juice them, smoothie them, or shred them and eat em’ raw?

 

“Neutral thermal nature; sweet flavor; strengthens the heart, sedates the spirit, improves circulation, purifies the blood, benefits the liver, moistens the intestines, and promotes menstruation. Used with carrots for hormone regulation during menopause; treats liver stagnancy and liver ailments in general, as well as constipation — especially the type resulting from fluid dryness; also treats nervousness and congestions of the vascular system. A silicon-rich vegetable.”

 

– Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford

 

Beets are rich in antioxidants, are anti-inflammatory and help support the body through detox.  To learn more about beets and how super they are go here.

 

The healthiest way to cook beets in order to maintain the nutrient enzymes is to stem them. Using a double boiler, place 2 inches of water on the bottom pot, add the beets to the top boiler, bring the water to a boil. Decrease the heat to a simmer for 15-20 minutes until the beets are soft. A good way to tell is if you can easily push in a fork.

 

You will need:

 

~ 2-3 small beets (any color or size)
~ spring mix herb salad (whatever greens you prefer)
~ half a red onion (sliced into long strips)
~ 1/2 cup olive oil
~ 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
~ 1-2 heaping tbs. raw honey(the real stuff)
~ dash of sea salt
~ 1 drop lemon essential oil, 2 drop lime essential oil & juice of 1 lime
~ mason jar or glass container for dressing and onions
~ steamer or double boiler

 

 

Directions:

 

~ Steam your beets using the directions above in your double boiler

~ Prepare the dressing by adding all the ingredients (oil, vinegar, honey, salt, lime juice & oil drops) to a mason jar, shake up until well combined, this dressing will serve 2-3 people. I like my dressings to lightly coat the salad but not be super heavy. So if you feel like you need more dressing double that batch.

~ Once the dressing is mixed slice up your onions and add them to the dressing jar to chill and marinate in the fridge for about 30 min to a hour while the beets cook and cool.

~ Once your beets have cooled take peel off the outside skin and slice them. Add them to your salad, add the dressing with onions, toss and enjoy!

 

The dressing and onions will keep in your fridge for future use for up to 4-5 days. The onions will become more soft and the flavor will be even more intense and yummy! This salad is great for making in larger batches for daily lunches at work.

Listen to some Michael Jackson while you cook your beets, who knows it may just help you digest your food better, because a happy mind makes for a happy body. So get dancing and beat the winter blues with some beets!

Enjoy!

Do’s and Don’ts of Essential Oils

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If you’re new to essential oils, it can seem overwhelming. There is so much to learn, and you’re bound to learn a few things the hard way. (Like when I first got Oregano and put it on a pimple neat. It worked really well, but I never read the label to know I should have diluted it first. I didn’t have any reaction, but it sure felt hot!) So let us keep you from making some of the same mistakes we did by reading some of our favorite DOs and DON’Ts to get you started.

DO

  • Read your bottle labels! Each label lists the ingredients and how to use safely.

 

  • Lots of your own research! There is so much to learn, so get some resources, read lots of things in the member resources of your virtual office, etc. It’s time to take charge of your health on your own.

 

  • Ask your uplines questions. That’s exactly what we are here for! We can help direct you to great resources, books, websites, studies, classes to attend, and more to help you.

 

  • Host a class. These oils are amazing and there are so many people who still know nothing about them. Having an upline teach a class for you is a great way to share them with friends and family who could also benefit from essential oils. Also, if the cost is a concern a class is a great option to help earn back your investment in the starter kit. For each new member who orders a Premium Starter Kit at your class, Young Living will send you a $50 thank you check! Read more in our “3 and FREE” post.

 

  • Find some fun DIY recipes to replace common items. Pinterest is flooded with DIY recipes and we even post some of our favorites on our blog. We have been able to replace lip balm, deodorant, bug repellant, and much more with cheaper and healthier versions made with our Young Living essential oils!

 

  • Signup for Essential Rewards! To get your Young Living products for the best value learn more about ER. Reduced shipping, exclusive kit pricing, monthly promotions, and earning points back toward free products are some perks of this monthly order program. Learn more in our post all about Essential Rewards.

 

  • Get a reference guide and use it. Life Science Publishers & Amazon both sell some great ones!

 

  • Share your oily love with others. Have a testimonial or someone asking what that smell is? Share! You could change a life by just casually talking to your friends and family about what you are experiencing and learning.

 

  • Test new oils topically  on a small, discrete area before using over large areas of your body. Some of us have more sensitive skin, may be allergic to citrus, or could have a detox effect when using oils topically. So test carefully first to see how your skin reacts to the new oil.

 

  • Dilute “hot” oils. Each label will specifically tell you how much to dilute the oil for aromatic, topical, and/or internal use. Specifically make sure to dilute hot/spicy oils such as Thieves, oregano, lemongrass, peppermint, and more.

 

  • Attend Young Living events. We have a great community in the oily world. If you are local to our area there are monthly events to help you share the Premium Starter Kit with friends, learn more about new products, learn about business building, and more. Contact your uplines or check our Events Tab to learn about upcoming opportunities.

 

DON’T

  • Start diffusing with the recommended 6-12 drops. If you are new to therapeutic grade essential oils, you will soon learn just how potent they are. We found that it is helpful to start with 2-4 drops of essential oil in your diffuser and then you can increase as you learn how much you prefer for your home.

 

  • Put essential oils in ears, eyes, or other sensitive mucus membrane areas. (avoid oils getting in these areas!)

 

  • Flush eyes or wash off oils with water. If you experience a skin sensitivity or get an oil in your eye never rinse with water. Oil and water do not mix and will only push the oil in deeper and faster. Instead opt for a carrier oil such as olive oil, coconut oil, or V-6 Complex to slow the absorption.

 

  • Be afraid to use your kit. When your kit comes in the mail it can be intimidating and people will let it sit in the box unsure of where to start. The oils will do no good sitting in the box, so do some research and start trying one oil a week to see what you like.

 

  • Put on “neat” after a bath or shower. When you take a bath/shower your skin pores open up. This means that the oils will absorb more quickly, so a carrier oil is helpful to slow the absorption so you don’t experience any skin sensitivity.

 

  • Believe everything you read on the internet or hear from others. There are lots of viewpoints out there and lots of information that is not backed by research of quality oils. If you ever question something you learn compare it to the Young Living literature, your reference guide, and look into what is backing up the information. There is a lot of “bad” research out their on oils.

 

  • Use in a bath without epsom salts. Baths are a great way to use your essential oils, but oil and water don’t mix so they will sit on top of the water if added by themselves. We like to mix our essential oils with epsom salts before adding to bath water to help them evenly disperse through the water.

 

This is just scratching the surface, but a great intro list of things to consider when beginning your essential oil journey. Essential oils are very powerful and should be used responsibly. Welcome to the oily lifestyle!

Raw Cashew Coconut Cacao Butter

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Summer is already half over, I think I will start crying now! In the mean time I am going to eat as much fresh fruits as possible and comfort myself with this yummy raw butter, perfect to dip into fruit! It totally tastes like a variation of nutella, so I dare you to eat some on a piece of grilled or toasted ciabatta bread! Please do, eat it for me, since I can’t!

Oh, oh or you could also make a strawberry, cashew butter pound cake panini! Oh boy, now that sounds like heaven. Slice your pound cake into 1/2 inch slices, spread my raw cashew butter on each side, add sliced strawberries, put the two slices together like a sandwich, grill until toasted on a grill or a panini griddle….hmmmmm yum!

But if you are gluten free or avoiding really unhealthy refined baked goods like fresh pound cake, dipping strawberries or any fruit for that matter into this divine dip is just as good if not better! And either way it will be the perfect crowd pleaser at any party! This butter is made from raw ingredients, uncooked and full of healthy fats and anti-oxidants! Seriously a guilt free treat!

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What you need:

  • 1 cup cashews, soaked (I used raw, unsalted)
  • 1/3 cup raw honey or pure maple syrup (combo of one or any), to taste
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao powder (I use Dagoba or Navitas Naturals)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 drop cinnamon essential oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes (unsweetened & soak for 2 hours to soften)
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil

Directions:

  • Soak your cashews and coconut in a bowl in filtered water for 2-4 hours until soft.
  • Add all ingredients into a high power blender, or food processor, blend until smooth and creamy texture
  • place in a bowl to serve immediately with fresh cut fruit, or place in jars to store in fridge until needed. Use within 1 week (huh that should not be to hard as you will literally want to eat it by the spoonful!)