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Homemade Bubble Bath That Soothes Your Muscles and Relaxes Your Mind

Who doesn’t love a great bubble bath? Unfortunately, most commercial bubble baths are full of artificial chemicals and fragrances and can be irritating to your skin. Now, while this homemade bubble bath is not going to provide the big, lasting bubbles you get from synthetic ingredients, it is a great way to avoid chemicals while still enjoying the fun and relaxing elements of a bubble bath. This bubble bath is gentle on your skin and can be customized with your favorite essential oil. I love lavender for times when I need to stress down and relax and peppermint with wild orange for an energizing bath.

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You will need

1 cup unscented castile soap
1/2 cup vegetable glycerin
2 tablespoons water
15 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional, but highly recommended)
Glass jar for storage

Recommended essential oils:

  • Wild Orange
  • Peppermint
  • Lavender

Benefits of using Lavender Essential Oil for stress

Lavender is well known for its relaxing properties and this is being studies more and more. Read for instance this study where they investigated the effects of lavender oil on the central nervous system, autonomic nervous system, and mood responses in humans after inhalation (See https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22612017)

Directions

  1. Combine castile soap, glycerin, and water into glass bowl.
  2. Add essential oils.
  3. Stir until well combined.
  4. Pour into glass container. To use, add 1/4-1/2 cup of bubble bath mixture to warm, running bath water.

Tips for the best homemade bubble bath

  • Choose organic ingredients when possible
  • You can find most of the ingredients in your local health food store or online at amazon
  • We only use 100% pure essential oils of the best quality. Find out what we recommend here.

Recipe adapted from https://doterra.com/US/en/blog-products

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Easy Salt Dough Recipe – Christmas Ornaments That Smell Heavenly

Adding a personal touch to your presents has never been easier with these aromatherapy salt dough ornaments. These ornaments can be given as a wrapping accessory on a present and can then easily be transformed into an ornament for your friends and family to enjoy for many years to come. Use this salt dough recipe and add pure essential oils to the ornaments to create a new aromatic dimension. There are multiple ways to decorate, too. You can stamp on an image, paint it, or leave it plain. Either way, your friends and family will love and adore this homemade gift.

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You will need

4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup salt
1.5 cups warm water
Drinking straw or toothpick
Cookie cutters
String
Your favorite essential oils (optional)
Stamps and paint (optional)

Recommended essential oils

  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Peppermint
  • Douglas Fir

Note

Baking the ornament will turn the dough slightly brown and may “puff” up some of the ornaments. If you prefer, you can also air dry the ornaments for 2-3 days to help the ornaments remain white and flat.

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (see Note above)
  2. Pour flour, salt, and warm water into large bowl.
  3. Knead until all ingredients are well combined and dough is smooth.
  4. If mixture is too dry, add 1 tablespoon of water at a time until dough comes together.
  5. Roll out dough on floured surface until 1/4 inch thick.
  6. Using cookie cutters, cut out desired shapes and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  7. Using a drinking straw or toothpick, make a hole in top of ornament for threading string.
  8. Place in oven until hard, approximately 1 hour or air dry for 2-3 days (see Note above)
  9. Once cooled, decorate with paint, string, or glitter. Add essential oils by placing two drops on the back side of each ornament and allow it to soak in.

Tips for an even better salt dough recipe

  • Add some decoration to your ornaments by stamping them
  • We only use 100% pure essential oils of the best quality. Find out what we recommend here.

Recipe adapted from https://doterra.com/US/en/blog-products

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Safe and Easy Homemade Play Doh Recipe – Let Your Kids Play Safely

Homemade Play Doh (playdough) with essential oils is a great way to promote creative play in children as well as teach them about colors and scents. In addition, the aroma from pure essential oils can help stimulate that part of the brain that controls emotions and retrieves learned memories.

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Foto: flickr.com/photos/jamieanne/15685305950

You will need:

4 cups flour
2 cups colored water
2 cup salt
2 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoon cream of tartar
5-10 drops essential oils (optional, but recommended)
Large sauce pan
Parchment paper
Spatula
Airtight container(s)
Food coloring (optional)

Recommended essential oils

  • Wild Orange (uplifting)
  • Peppermint (energizing)
  • Lavender (relaxing)

Directions

  1. With the stove off, combine all ingredients (apart from essential oils) in a large saucepan. Using a spatula, stir until well mixed.
  2. Once combined, continue to stir ingredients over medium heat until it forms a ball. Be careful not to overcook as it will result in dry play dough.
  3. Remove from pan and cool on parchment paper.
  4. Once cool, divide dough in half or thirds as desired. Add 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil and 5-10 drops of food coloring (or as prefered) to each batch of dough. Knead until thoroughly combined.
  5. You’re done! Just store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for months of fun.

Tips to make the best homemade play doh

  • Use 100% pure essential oils of the best quality. Synthetics or impure essential oils can give headaches and other reactions. Find out what we recommend here.

Recipe adapted from https://doterra.com/US/en/blog-products

 

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Essential Oils you should never give your Cat

Are you considering using something natural like essential oils for your cat?

For us, Casper kitty is not just a pet, he is a valuable and loved member of our family. So, we are as concerned about his health as we are our own. Casper gets good food and plenty of exercise. But, as an outdoor cat, he has also had his share of bumps and scrapes. While we have a great vet and would not hesitate to use him when needed, we treat most of Casper’s health issues like we treat our own – with essential oils.

Although Essential Oils have been shown to be beneficial to humans and animals alike, a word of caution when using them on our feline friends – cats are extremely sensitive to EOs and can suffer harmful consequences if wrong oils or wrong dosages are given. Even inhaling a sensitive oil can pose problems.

The simple explanation is that cats lack a crucial liver enzyme that allow them to breakdown otherwise harmless compounds (hydrocarbons and terpenoids) that are found in many essential oils. These compounds are then stored in the liver and can cause liver damage. Sometimes it can take a long time for for these effects to manifest and by then it is often too late.

Here are the oils that can be harmful to kitty:

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But it isn’t just a simple matter of staying away from certain essential oils, cats are also very sensitive to insecticides, herbicides, and other chemicals that find their way into the majority of EOs on the market. So, make sure whatever oils you use are 100% pure, therapeutic grade.

Once you have decided on a safe essential oil brand, you will find that there are as many opinions on what specific oils are safe and oil uses as there are oils. So the oils that I recommend are what I feel comfortable using on Casper.

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Tooth Care for Babies and Kids

Good Dental Care Starts Young, Very Young

Teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but tooth decay is a much more common childhood disease than chickenpox. Start training your children on good dental care before they can even say “mama” to create a habit that will help ensure their pearly whites do last a lifetime.

Although tooth decay is largely preventable, it is on the rise. One culprit is “baby bottle tooth decay”. This is a result of putting infants and toddlers to bed with baby bottles in their mouths. For toddlers, carrying around a sippy cup with milk, juice, or other tooth decay promoting liquids has led to early decay.

Tooth decay can affect a child’s health. In extreme cases, the bacteria can spread to the dental pulp. If not treated, the tooth may abscess, risking bacterial spread to the blood supply.

So what is a parent to do?

For one thing, fill bottles and sippy-cups with water when your child is going to sleep or insists on lugging around a beverage. “Chasing” milk or juice with water will go a long way to preventing tooth decay. Start them on this habit while they are young and they won’t protest.

In addition, you can make tooth care commonplace in your child’s life by starting before they even have teeth. In our home, we started using a baby toothbrush on our children’s gums as a part of their bedtime and morning routine.

Once their baby teeth start coming in, you can add a dash of toothpaste (I have my opinions on what toothpaste is best, but I won’t go into that here). Don’t make it a chore and don’t obsess about it with your child. Rather, have patience and make it a bonding time with and good experience for both of you.

Another habit we created with our children while they were very young was flossing every evening. It didn’t matter that they only had two teeth and that the gap between them was wide enough to drive a truck through, we did it anyway. It isn’t necessarily effective, but again, it established a routine and habit as they got older.

It is recommended that you brush and floss your child’s teeth until they are at least five years old. After that, they can brush themselves with your supervision until they are around seven or eight. The reason for this is that young children simply do not have the ability to brush effectively alone.

And last, but not least, make sure you make regular trips to the dentist for that all important check up. If there are any issues, it is important to catch them early. If there is nothing to report, it is still worth the trip. There is nothing more satisfying to a child than for their dentist to exclaim how clean and healthy their teeth are, reinforcing in them the need to keep up good work!

-Lynn & Jon

Boost Your Baby’s Immune System with Essential Oils

Lynn’s Essential Oil Story

What makes one essential oil different from another? It is their focus on quality and purity. I remember wanting to try essential oils a couple of years before being introduced to pure EOs, but temporarily abandoned the idea after the following experience:

In 2010, I walked into a popular health and vitamin store with the intention of buying some essential oils for reducing stress and pulled a lavender oil off the shelf. The front label read “100% pure lavender”. However, when I turned it around to read the back, the label stated a warning that this oil was harmful if ingested or used on the skin. I had thought to use it aromatically, but the idea of breathing into my lungs something that was harmful to my body did not appeal to me, so I put it back and left.

Fast forward to January 2013. I was visiting Utah when I was introduced to certified pure essential oils. I got a few samples and a quick rundown on how great the oils were and how they could be used. I was Intrigued, but had some natural skepticism.

While in Utah, I was staying with a friend. A couple of days or so after receiving my sample EOs, my friends daughter and son-in-law popped by the house with their baby boy. They had just been to the doctor about respiratory and sinus issues their newborn was experiencing. Poor thing was glassy eyed and completely stuffed! The doctor didn’t want to give the little guy any medication, but he did say to keep an eye on him and to bring him back if it got worse.

The mom was pretty frustrated with the situation. I told her that I learned that pure therapeutic peppermint oil can support respiratory health and showed her the protocol for babies in a great resource book I had. After researching oil safety and babies, we were ready to try it out.*

We diluted a little peppermint oil in some neutral carrier oil, rubbed it on the baby’s feet, and laid him down on a blanket in the living room. I know, many of you are thinking – why feet? Besides being less sensitive than other areas, the feet have larger pores that are able to absorb these volatile oils in a faster (and with peppermint oil and babies, safer) manner.

After about five minutes we went to check on the baby. Well, what we found when we entered the living room was a pleasant surprise to all of us. Right there, in the middle of the floor, was a happily cooing baby, all bright-eyed and bushy tailed!

If you want to know more about essential oils, check out our FAQ page here.

*Be responsible. Make sure to use 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils. Read the labels, do your research, and read about oil safety before using essential oils. If you are pregnant, nursing, on medications, or have health issues, talk to your doctor.

Sugar is Killing Us: a simple video for kids (and adults)

Many have seen, read, or heard about Dr. Robert Lustig’s “Sugar: The Bitter Truth”. It has a no nonsense look at how sugar really affects the body. I remember watching the YouTube video and thinking – Wow! We really need to focus on this in our family!

Of course, when I tried to reiterate what I had learned to my kids, my explanations were sorely lacking. Not being able to remember how Dr. Lustig put things, it came out as – listen up kiddos,  uh…pancreas…HFCS…toxic…diabetes…sugar…BAD!

For all you parents and laymen like me, there is a video that gives us the basics of how sugar affects our bodies, with simple words and cartoons to boot. Enjoy and be well!

P.S. Looking to better your health? Check out our Free Webinar on how you can replace everyday medicines with natural alternatives.

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Clean Naturally with This Cheap and Easy Recipe

I have been on a quest to find a DIY natural, effective, safe, and cheap granite countertop cleaner that even my kids can use. I found tons of recipes and variations of recipes out there and put together my favorite conglomeration for an environmentally friendly granite cleaner recipe that will also clean many other surfaces in your home.

So, in my research I found out that stone surfaces do not do well with acidic cleaners (lemon juice, vinegar, etc). These ingredients can actually “etch” your countertops and traditional cleaning products like Windex can strip the sealant off your stone. There is always soap and water, or even just water, but this leaves your countertops looking streaky or dull.

So, what’s a girl to do besides buy the special granite cleaner at $7 a pop for a mere 12 ounces? Check out this inexpensive recipe for a clean, shiny, streak-free, granite countertop (and some):


Recipe

  • ¼ cup Rubbing Alcohol (70%)
  • 3 drops dishwashing liquid
    I recommend castile soap or an organic brand, but check the label for citric acid
  • 2 cups of water
  • 5 drops of lemon essential oil (optional)
    Lemon essential oil masks the alcohol smell and has great shining, cleansing, and purifying properties. Don’t worry, there is no citric acid in the essential oil, so I am not contradicting myself. Also, I only use pure essential oils.
  • Spray bottle
    I am not a big fan of plastic, so I recommend using glass

Place all the ingredients in the spray bottle, shake gently, and you are ready to go!

Here is what you can use this amazing cleanser for*:

  • granite countertops (of course)
  • mirrors
  • stainless steel
  • porcelain
  • fiberglass
  • plastic
  • laminate
  • cooktops
  • microwaves
  • doorknobs
  • toilet seats

I am sure the list can go on and on. Let us all know if you come up with other uses or tweaks for this recipe. Happy cleaning and be well! -Lynn & Jon

 

*Here’s my little disclaimer. I haven’t tried this out on ALL surfaces but have read of other’s success. Check with the manufacturer and test this on a small area if you are uncertain.