Checking Off My List

There are only a few items left on my “to make” list, I can hardly believe it. I only made a couple things today; partially because I started running out of supplies, and partially because teething baby was extra grumpy.

I made Thieves wipes; which is maybe starting to be a little bit of Thieves overload, but they just seem so convenient. The recipes all seem to call for the Thieves cleaner, which I don’t have yet (on my list for next month), so I had to improvise. I used 2 cups each of vinegar and water (due to the size of my container/number of cloths), and 10-20 drops of Thieves. I think I have about 15 cloths in there which I can use, wash, and then turn back into wipes.

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I finally got some vegetable glycerin, so I was able to make the dish soap and shower gel that I have been waiting to make. This is the dish soap recipe that I used. I will admit, even though it is wonderful and simple, I screwed it up by not putting things in the right order. You can see in my picture some weird lumps in the bottom because I added the castile soap before the water. I plan on re-making it as soon as I pick up some more castile soap, but it’s still usable (I think) for now.

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I was so happy to find these mason jar dispensers! I found them at Giant Tiger for a whole $2. I know that you can make them yourself, but for that price, why bother!

The shower gel recipe (which I didn’t screw up) can be found here. Instead of using ylang ylang and Idaho blue spruce I used Peace & Calming. I can always use a little more peace and calming in my day.

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I also made some toilet bombs, but they are still hardening, so I will get a picture once they are done.

I can’t believe that I haven’t really talked about my diffuser, which I’m totally in love with. In the mornings I have been picking whatever combination of oils appeals at the time, and in the evenings I have been diffusing lavender or Peace & Calming to help everyone wind down. Two minutes in his swing with lavender diffusing and grumpy baby was out like a light.

I am really loving these oils and I have just barely scratched the surface of what I can do with them. All of this DIY is just the beginning.

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DIY Day 2

Hello again! For anyone just stumbling upon this blog, I am making these products using the high quality essential oils which I purchase from Young Living – see my posts on these oils here and here. A full post on getting started with Young Living  will be coming soon!

I had another busy day of DIY yesterday. With the beauty products out of the way, it was time to start making some household products. I didn’t get as much done as I would have liked, teething baby was having a grumpy day, but here is everything that I did get to make!

This was one of the first recipes that caught my eye in Pinterest. Commercial dryer sheets are loaded with chemicals that I would certainly like to avoid. Now, with just vinegar and the essential oil of my choice (in this case Purification), I can have wonderfully scented laundry without the guilt. Anyone interested in the original recipe can find it here.

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While I had my Purification oil out, I knew that I wanted to sort out another scent issue in our house… the smelly dog. I remembered seeing a recipe for stinky dog spray here, and quickly whipped up a batch to use on our 80lb shepherd cross. It certainly helps, though he definitely still needs a bath.

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I decided to make another spray next, one that was at the top of my “to make” list. Bug spray. I hate the smell (and the idea) of the deet ridden bug sprays, so I am really hoping that this natural alternative works. There are many versions of essential oil bug sprays, I decided to use one that contains oils only from the starter kit. The recipe seems to only exist on Pinterest, the original content is nowhere to be found, but here is the pin.

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While on the theme of insects, I also made a diy “itch stick” for bug bites. The recipe can be found here.

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Another roll on I made was this one, for the ladies.

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I have been reading about the cleaning properties of Thieves oil, so I decided to make two different Thieves sprays. The first is a larger bottle for household cleaning; the second is a smaller, more concentrated bottle that I put in my purse/diaper bag as a sanitizing spray. The smaller version is here. I’ll be honest, I can’t find the original recipe I used for the larger version, but the general idea is to add 1 drop for every 1/2 to 1 ounce of liquid being used. My spray bottle is about 8oz, so I added 16 drops of Thieves oil to about 6oz of water and 2oz of vinegar.

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Next up are some items for hubby. He is always complaining about being hot. He is the only person I know who starts sweating AFTER he drinks a big glass of water. So when I saw this recipe for a peppermint cooling spray, I knew I had to make it for him.

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Also for hubby (and potentially me) is this pain cream for his knees, back, and whatever else hurts after his workouts. Next time I will double the recipe as it only half filled my jar (this is another that the original has disappeared, leaving only a pin).

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The last product I made is kind of an embarrassing one…. diy “poo-pourri” spray. After looking at a number of recipes, I kind of came up with my own. I used about a tsp of witch hazel, 20 drops of lemon, 40 drops of Purification, and then filled the rest of the bottle with water. I will use more witch hazel or alcohol next time to try and minimize the separation more. Most recipes called for bergamot, lemongrass and grapefruit, but I don’t have those ones yet.

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I have managed to check off quite a number of items on my list. I need to purchase a few more supplies to make some others (mainly vegetable glycerin), but I think today I will just relax and finish catching up on My Kitchen Rules.

The First Day of DIY

Long post today…

It was a busy day yesterday! I barely got everything unpacked from my kit when I decided to delve into the world of essential oil DIY.

I got several of the “beauty” items from my list made, as I didn’t even want to use my store-bought ones for another day. I have already been doing the “No-Poo” method of washing my hair; using baking soda and water as shampoo and apple cider vinegar as conditioner. I left the baking soda mixture as-is, but decided to add some lavender to my conditioner for some fragrance, as well as to support a healthy scalp (no pictures of this one).

First up were toothpaste and mouthwash, both of these came from a combination of recipes. The toothpaste is just coconut oil and baking soda mixed together until the desired consistency with some Thieves and peppermint oil added for fresh breath. The mouthwash is just water, Thieves, and peppermint oil.

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Next up was body/face butter. I stopped using my moisturizer when I was pregnant due to the salicylic acid in it, and never replaced it with anything. My skin isn’t horribly dry, but it certainly does better with some added moisture. I used the recipe which can be found here. I also made her face lotion bars to use at night, which can be found here. These are both the perfect accompaniment to the oil cleansing, using sweet almond oil, that I started recently

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I then proceeded to make some homemade deodorant. Two batches actually. I made one delicious smelling peppermint batch, and then remembered that peppermint oil can decrease breast milk production. So I melted it out of my jar and started over. I used I combination of this and this recipe. I didn’t have arrowroot powder, only corn starch, so that’s what I went with.

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Last, but certainly not least, I couldn’t forget the little man in my life. I whipped up a batch of multi-purpose lavender cream for him that I can use as a diaper cream, sleep cream, or intensive lotion (just to name a few uses). It is just 2 TBSP of coconut oil with 2 drops of lavender EO. It doesn’t sound like much, but for someone his size it’s enough! It may just be a coincidence, but we used this last night and he slept for 5 or 6 hours before he woke up needing fed.

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That’s all the diy that I got done yesterday, not too bad for working around the schedule of a teething 5 month old.

I almost forgot! The back-ordered portion of my kit arrived!

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This portioned contained the business materials, as well as the bonus oil Stress Away, NingXia Red samples, and an AromaGlide roller ball.

20150616_162853 The official welcome!

20150616_162248 Stress Away: copaiba, lime, cedarwood, vanilla, ocotea, lavender

20150616_162411 NingXia Red – an incredible source of antioxidants. I have yet to try it, but I’m excited.

20150616_162559 And lastly, samples!

See everyone tomorrow for more DIY!

It’s Here!

After what seems like an eternity, but was really just a week, my package has arrived! The very nice Purolator man dropped it off this morning after the little one and I got home from the chiropractor. The “Basic Starter Kit” portion is on back order, so I have yet to receive my sample packets and some other literature, but the Everyday Oils and Dewdrop diffuser have arrived. As I was opening it I took about a million photos to show you guys what everything looks like.

So here, in all its glory, is my starter kit! (Please excuse my very worn table)

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It was hard to make myself wait and take pictures as I un-boxed everything. I am going to post individual pictures of the oils, and for the blends I will list the components. I will get into uses another day.

Here are the singles:

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20150616_111006  Lavender

20150616_111028 Lemon

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And the blends:

20150616_110850Joy: bergamot, ylang ylang, geranium, lemon, coriander, tangerine, jasmine, roman chamomile, palmarosa, rose

20150616_111018 PanAway: wintergreen, helichrysum, clove, peppermint

20150616_111113 Peace & Calming: tangerine, orange, ylang ylang, patchouli, blue tansy

20150616_110948 Purification: citronella, rosemary, lemongrass, tea tree, lavendin, myrtle

20150616_110837 Thieves: clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus radiata, rosemary

And last but not least…

20150616_110938 Valor: spruce, rosewood, blue tansy, frankincense

I have since plugged in and filled the diffuser. I think perhaps for our first use I went a little heavy-handed on the drops of essential oil (although I went with the lesser number of drops recommended in the manual). Our living room is quite aromatic with the smell of lavender, and I am happy to say that, whether aided by the oil or not, both the dog and the baby are having a nice nap. The cat has disappeared, which I am glad of, as I have my suspicions that it may not be entirely safe for her.

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I am excited to start making some of the products on my list, but that’s for another day!

Welcome!

I decided to start this blog to document my essential oil journey. A wonderful friend of mine sparked my interest in essential oils when she began sharing her own journey with Young Living Essential Oils. I considered the pros and cons of buying a starter kit for about a week; it was mainly a balance of cost vs potential for good. I knew that I wanted to use more natural products in our home, especially now that I also had a little one to think about, but dang did that seem like a lot of money. In full disclosure, I also looked at other brands of oils (I even bought a couple singles), but after reading a ton of reviews of YL products, I finally decided – what the heck, I’m going to take the plunge. I ordered myself the premium starter kit, which contains ten oils (plus a bonus oil) that are popular – thus being dubbed “Everyday Oils”, as well as a diffuser and some other goodies (shown below).

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While waiting for my package to arrive, I have been on Pinterest and other websites, looking for products that I want to make as soon as my kit arrives. The list is huge. With so many chemical laden products in my home, even those that were labelled as “natural”, where is a mama to begin? It’s going to be a full-on assault, and I will be keeping this blog updated along the way.

Now come on Mr FedEx man…. bring me my package.