How to Clean Your Kitchen Without Harmful Chemicals

Because there are so many surfaces in the kitchen that get used every day, essential oils can be extremely helpful for keeping the kitchen clean. As a bonus, every time you clean the kitchen using essential oils, it will leave behind a lovely smell— making it feel twice as clean!  Here are a few ...

Does you laundry detergent need a cleaning?

Does you laundry detergent need a cleaning? After reading the ingredients, I found mine sure did! Two common ingredients in most detergents are Sodium Lauryl Sulfate & Sodium Laureth Sulfate/ Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate (SLS/ SLES). They are the main ingredients in detergents and you can also find it in dish liquid, hand wash, and shampoo.  Why are they used? Well, SLS and SLES are surfactants which are used   to remove soil and as a foaming agent.  Did you know that they were originally developed as garage floor degreaser? So they are pretty powerful. Unfortunately, they are toxic and can inflame skin, eyes, ...

Cozy Up to Autumn with These Diffuser Blends

Do you smell that? Ahh, it's finally here. Fall, one of my favorite seasons of all. When I think of Fall, my mind goes to harvesting, piles of leaves and warm cozy fires. And pumpkin and spice everything! What do you think of? For those of us who want to start celebrating fall right now, try some of these diffuser blends that are perfect for bringing a little autumn joy into your life — one drop at a time.    PUMPKIN SPICE/SPICY CHAI: 3 drops Cardamom...

How to Make Your Own Effective and Soothing Hand Sanitizing Mist

I have been getting lots of requests for an effective (99.9%) and also soothing hand sanitizing mist. One that won't dry out your hands with repeated use. Here’s recipe for filling a 0.9 oz. (30mL) size spray bottle - ( get yours here ) DIY HAND SANITIZER Ingredients: > 4 tsp rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol or ethyl alcohol or Everclear vodka) > 1 tsp  fractionated coconut oil > 30 drops On Guard, the Protective Blend Boom - you are good to go!!! Pretty easy, right? Have questions?  Connect with me Blessings for Health, Joy & Laughter, Kathy

Boost Your Energy and Hydration with These Smoothie Recipes

There is nothing so refreshing as a smoothie!!!  I love them! My husband loves them and kids love them!  They are so easy to make and super healthy!   These smoothies recipes will give you the boost of energy and hydration needed on hot summer days or after a heavy workout or play session. Just combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.  Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!!! IT’S THAT EASY!!  Wild Tropical Smoothie 5 drops  Wild Orange essential oil 1 cup frozen strawberries 1 cup frozen mango 1½ cup pineapple juice Green Machine Smoothie 2 scoop  Vanilla Protein   1 cup unsweetened original almond milk 1 drop  Wild Orange essentia...

Lower Your Anxiety with these Eight Tips

It’s become almost a cliché—modern life is often filled with stress, and almost everyone is ironically too busy to deal with it. It can be easy to excuse it away and say that we work best under stress, that stress is a great motivator. This is partly true; the good type of stress, known as “eustress” helps us seize the moment, and invigorates us to achieve a tangible goal. On the flip side, there is also bad stress, called “distress”, that can be harmful in the long run. When we face either type of stress in our daily lives, our bodies respond by secreting a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol is useful to help us react to temporary stress, like the stress caused by deadlines. But scientists say that too much cortisol can ...

Summertime Diffuser Blends

There are still many Summer Days left and to honor of Summertime Fun I want to give you these diffuser blends to celebrate season!!    I 💜   Summer 3 drops Wild Orange oil 3 drops Lemon oil 1 drop Peppermint oil  Homemade Lemonade 1 drop Spearmint oil 1 drop Basil oil 4 drops Lemon oil Ocean Breeze  3 drops ...

Time to Thoroughly Clean Your Toilet Without a Gas Mask

Did you know there’s no federal regulation of chemicals in household products?  Rebecca Sutton, PhD, a senior scientist at the Environmental Working Group (EWG), explains, “In terms of household cleaners, neither ingredients nor products must meet any sort of safety standard, nor is any testing data or notification required before bringing a product to market.” The average household contains about 62 toxic cleaning product chemicals, and we’re exposed to them routinely — from the phthalates in synthetic fragrances to the noxious fumes in oven cleaners. Ingredients in common household products have been linked to asthma, cancer, reproductive disorders, hormone...

What are toxins and how do they affect my health?

Reducing harmful chemicals (toxins) and supporting your body’s detox processes is crucial in attaining good health. Even if you don’t have a major illness or disease, you may have a high level of toxins lingering in your body. Detoxing can support weight loss, increase energy, and improve digestion. It can clear your skin, balance hormones, benefit overall healing, and so much more.  We live in a world that is constantly bombarding us with harmful chemicals from all angles.   It is said that today, the average person has o...

Easy Fruit Salads That Could Be Used for Dessert

I love salads! And these two could easily be used for dessert or as a snack when you want something cool and refreshing.   Spearmint Honeydew Salad          4 - 1 cup servings Ingredients:    1 Honeydew cubed 1 ½  Cucumbers cubed ½  Red Onion chopped 2 Tablespoons chopped Spearmint leaves 2 - 3 drops of  Spearmint essential oil  (this is what takes ...

Help Manage Hunger and More with This Essential Oil Blend

Summer is coming which means no more layers of clothes to hide under.  So if you haven't already, it is time to get going with those healthy eating habits and exercise program. What, you say, "I've already been doing that and I just can't seem to get off this plateau!"  in this post, I want to focus on somethi...

Deliciously Simple and Healthy Salad Dressings to Make with Essential Oils

For many years I have made most of my salad dressings. My general thought was they would be healthier, simply because there wouldn't be any added preservatives and less salt and sugar. A year ago I was to bring coleslaw as my contribution to a social gathering. I didn't have a recipe dressing at t...

Healthy Ways to Flavor Your Water So You Will Want To Drink MORE

I don't know about you but, I actually like the taste of water. And like everyone else I too like some variety. Since it is a vital nutrient that I need to consume a lot of, I am always looking for a healthy way to get more of it. After all, I only have this one body. Why am I so obsessed with water? That's for another post. 😎     Here Are Some of My Favorite Healthy Ways to Flavor Water  Essential Oils (Not all essential...

Experience Summer Now with these Diffuser Blends

  Summer has arrived!  Thinking back over my many past summers there are so many great adventures. Vacationing in the Redwoods with the wonderful scent of the woods. And what is summer with out time at the beach or lake? So many wonderful summer aromas bringing back lots of memories. Here are some diffuser blends to kick...

Get Sunburn Relief with this Soothing Spray & Balm

DIY Soothing After Sun Spray & Body Balm with Essential Oils Just in time for summer, I had to share it with you! This DIY After Sun Spray will give you some relief if you over did it. Make up a batch NOW to be ready - just in case someone in your household got a little too much sun. Sun exposure is good, but too much of it can cause irritated skin. Next time you deal with discomfort from too much sun, try this after-sun soothing spray with essential oils to help provide the relief your skin needs. T...

Reducing Your Toxic Load with Herbs & Spices

I love enhancing the taste of my food by adding herbs and spices. For many years I have been on a quest to reduce my toxic load as much as possible, so I can live a healthier and therefore happier life. You can imagine my delight when I discovered that many of those spices and herbs I was using help to do just that! Parsley is an easy to grow herb that just about everyone is familiar with. Did you know...

DIY Natural Soft Scrub for Tough Jobs

If you are like me cleaning the bathroom is not an experience I look forward to very often. Being stuck in a small closed space with harsh chemicals not only makes it hard to breathe, but can also be very hazardous to your health. This is why I started experimenting to come up with cle...

Sunscreen Time Without the Toxic Chemicals

Sunscreen Time! It's so nice to get protection without all the chemicals. Plus it make my skin soft too! My husband and I have been using this 👇 recipe for many years and the only time I get any kind of burn is when I forget to use it! I love the summertime and the opportunity to be outside a lot! Having spent most of my life in Southern California with over 25 years within 2 miles of the beach, my skin has absorbed a good amount of rays. Over the years I have tried a whole lot of sunscreen products. With my ever increasing desire to reduce the toxic load to my body, I have turned to natural ways to help protect myself from too many rays an...

DIY Recipes to Help You Sleep Well

Essential oils can be used to reduce stress, boost mood, ease headaches, or even just make a room smell fresher. If you’re looking for way to use essential oils to help you relax and fall asleep faster, here are a few recipes that might do the trick. DIY Linen Pillow Spray   In a 2 ounce glass spray bottle put 5 drops...

A Good Night's Rest to Help Boost Your Immunity

I think we all know that it is important to get a good night's rest. If we don't, we feel it the next day. Right!  Did you also know that during sleep, your immune system releases proteins called cytokines, some of which help promote sleep. Certain cytokines need to increase when you have an infection or inflammation, or when you're under stress . Sleep deprivation may decrease production of these protective cytokines. In addition, infection-fighting antibodies and cells are reduced during periods when you don't get enough sle...