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 f...

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 essential oil 1 cup frozen fruit ⅓ cup vanilla yogurt 1 tablespoon chia seeds...

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 over 700 environmental chemicals in their body. Even newborn babies average over 287 chemicals at birth. All of this has a harmful impact on your health. It’s no wonder illness and disea...

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 the flavor over the top) 4 Tablespoons freshly squeezed Lemon ¼ cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil Lime Juice to taste, about 1 tablespoon or 2 drops  Lime essential oil (optional - add 4 Tablespoons Chia Seed gel for extra omegas) Salt and Pep...

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 the time so I went to the market to pick up a bottle.. Being an avid reader of the 'Ingredient List', I was mortified that I couldn't find a single bottle of this type of dressing that didn't contain High Fructose Corn Syrup! Here is my adaption along with several other of my favorite dressings: Coleslaw Dressing                        recipe makes 1 cup Ingredients: 1/4 cup buttermilk 1/4 cup milk 1 table...

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 u...

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 ago when I started using essential oils, there was mention of using Lemon e...

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 vegetabl...

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, Methylparabe...