DIY - Liquid Laundry Detergent with Essential Oils

I got a stubborn grease stain on one of my favorite shirts.  So, I went online to try some DIY remedies. Each one I tried only made things worse! I pretty much resigned that this stain was here to stay but then thought well I'll wash it one more time but first I'll put a glob of my  DIY Liquid Laundry Detergent on it and let it sit for a day. After washing it, I couldn't believe my eyes - No trace of the stain! From now on I will only need to make the laundry detergent and use i...

Help for Stomach Discomfort

Stomach issues can be a result of so many different reasons. from something as simple a windy car ride to poor food choices, an unhealthy lifestyle, allergy and food sensitivity, viral infections, being overly stressed and don't forget medications.  Many of us have occasional stomach discomfort or heart burn. Some have if more frequently. Below are some lifestyle tips and essential oil suggestions that may help. But first let's go over what is indigestion. It is also called dyspepsia or an ups...

DIY: Natural All Purpose Cleaner

Have you ever read the cleaning directions on most All Purpose Cleaners? Years ago I did and was very disappointed to see that after I used the cleaner I needed to go back and wipe everything down again if used on an eating surface. If you have small children or pets, well that means EVERYTHING has to be re-wiped! Why? because of the ingredients in the cleaner aren't safe for consumption. This started my journey of in search of a natural cleaner. I came up with a cleaner containing water, vinegar and elbow grease.      Fortunately a few years ag...

Get Some Seasonal Relief

Seasons come and go, each with their own challenges. As new blossoms emerge on the trees, lawns are mowed, gardens are planted, and pollen is released into the air, the seasonal discomfort of allergies may become a regular occurrence.   You may experience itchy, watery eyes, congestion, a runny nose, or sneezes and sniffles. You may also experience coughing, difficulty breathing, or even that dreaded mucus!   Did you know that you do not have to suffer with seasonal discomfort? There are many NATURAL options available to you and I'll...

Diffuser Blends for Spring

It is officially Spring! Flowers are blooming or soon will be and that means so many wonderful aromas to be inhaled when outdoors. Why not bring some of that Springtime inside with these diffuser blends. Using the doTERRA essential Oils you can rest assured they are certified pure so you aren't bringing any toxic chemicals into your home. Want your home to smell like a Flower Garden in full bloom? Try this one:     1 drop Geranium essential oil     2 drops Lavender essential oil     2 drops Roman Chamomile essential oil   Clean & Fresh 2 drops Lavender 2 drops Lemon 1 drops Rosemary   Spring Rain  2 drops lemon 2 drops Vetiver 1 drop Wintergreen Spring Breeze 2 drops  Rosema...

DIY Nontoxic Body Wash with Essential Oils

I really enjoy a good fragrant & lathering shower. But after reading the ingredients on most store-bought body washes, I decided it was time to make my own. This nontoxic body wash is easy to make and takes way less time than trying to decipher the long and confusing ingredient list on the back of most body wash bottles. Below is a basic recipe followed by some essential oil suggestions in the Notes. DIY Natural Body Wash   What you'll Need: 8 oz. container*    1/2 cup unscented Castile soap (Buy it HERE ) 4 tablespoons vegetable glycerin* (Buy it HERE ) 3 tablespoons olive oil 10 drops of your favorite essential oil* (Purchase HERE ) Directions: Combine ingredients in...

Emotional Eating - What is it and what can I do about?

Emotional hunger starts in your mind, not your body.   When you're happy, your food of choice could be steak or pizza, when you're sad it could be ice cream or cookies, and when you're bored it could be potato chips. Food does more than fill our stomachs -- it also satisfies our feelings, and when you quench those feelings with comfort food when your stomach isn't growling, well that's emotional eating. Emotional eating is the practice of consuming large quantities of food -- usually "comfort" or junk foods -- in ...

Simple & Effective Mouthwash Made with Essential Oils

Other than saving a lot money, you might be wondering by bother with making your own mouthwash. Just take a look at the ingredients on the back of your mouthwash bottle. More than likely you will discover that you are actually getting a mouthful of chemicals. The active ingredients in mouthwash usually include Benzalkonium chloride, Methy...

Oatmeal Snack Bars

This is one of my favorite "little" snack bar recipes. I like that it is quick and easy to make to have on hand. It is satisfying for those times I want a little something for an energy boost that is low in calories, sugar and has protein and fiber. Not to mention the extra benefits of eating raw foods. I like to add Wild Orange Essential Oil for it's overall health benefits and it really takes flavor up a notch, too! ENJOY! Oatmeal Snack Bars   Ingredients: 1 cup Oat flour (I grind uncooked Oatmeal in a blender to...

Overcoming Discouragement

Do you ever feel discouraged? You are not alone. It is a normal part of life. Regularly we encounter setbacks and disappointments and we have had a very challenging year. This feeling can cause a loss of confidence and enthusiasm. Discouragement can also come from a fear of failure, not having a plan to reach goals, or negative self-talk. It is okay to feel discouraged but staying that way can often stop us from accomplishing the things that are important to us. Here are a few suggestions for overcoming discouragement: When you feel ...

Flourless Brownies

It may surprise you to know these flourless brownies are made with Black beans. They are a delicious and nutritional, full of fiber and protein compared to traditional chocolate brownies. Don’t be nervous about baking with black beans, they have a mild flavor and are ...

Fiber, Why Eat It?

Personally, I have found that fiber does wonders to keep me healthy and at a healthy weight. I have more energy from better absorption of food nutrients, toxins are flushed out regularly, I feel full longer and there's more! So let's get started on some Fiber Facts. WHAT IS FIBER? It is the structural part of fruits, vegetables, and grains that your digestive system cannot digest or break down. Increasing fiber in the diet can be an important factor in improving your overall well-being. There are two main types of fiber, and...

The Power of Protein

It is the beginning of the year and many are turning their focus onto what they are eating in an effort to be healthier! YAH!! So, I thought this would be a good time for a quick review about PROTIEN. #1 -Why We Need Protein An important component of every cell in the body. It is an organic compound, composed of 22 amino acids, otherwise known as the building blocks of life. It is stored in muscles and organs and the body utilizes it to build and repair tissues, as well as for the production of enzym...