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DIY Sunburn Spray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So our son and his girlfriend went kayaking a couple of weeks ago. Check out his back where she put some sunscreen on her hand and then just set her hand on his back. Crazy but at least we know the sunscreen works!

When our son got home, he immediately asked where our homemade Sunburn Spray was. We’d used it all up last year so Wade quickly made up another batch. We were so glad we had something that he could use to take the heat off! It made him feel so much better and look at the results the next morning! This recipe takes just minutes to make and gave some much needed relief.

 

Support your respiratory system naturally!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Man did we get it good at our house this week! Started off with a Sunday drive in the car and my husband. Shortly after we took off he began sneezing over AND over AND over again.  You know what I mean? Came up so fast that he didn’t know what hit him. But then, of course, I got a turn too! I certainly couldn’t let him suffer alone.

We do essential oils at our house. We love essential oils. We don’t get sick. We just don’t. Well, almost never….

Remember – I am not a Doctor and I can’t diagnose and/or prescribe. I can only share with you how we use different things to support the systems of our bodies and our organs. So, today I’m going to talk about supporting the Respiratory system. I know a lot about essential oils, but recently I realized I had much more to learn….

I began using Eucalyptus and Lavender with some Epsom salts in my bath. When I wanted a shower, I put several drops (maybe 10-12) of Eucalyptus on a washcloth, set it on the shower floor and let the water (as hot as I could stand it) run over it so I, in effect, had an at home spa steam shower experience. Well, if I’m to be honest, it wasn’t really like a Spa steam shower would’ve been, but it worked and I didn’t need to leave the house!

I diffused essential oils ALL the time. Mainly doTERRA’s Breathe Respiratory Blend and Lime. I diffused in our kitchen/living room area and in our bedroom at night. Some nights I couldn’t even smell it but I knew it was there and was working. dōTERRA’s Breathe and Lime are both good at supporting the lungs Respiratory system by helping to keep those airways open and clear.

I also took a mug of hot water and added two drops each of Oregano, Melaleuca, Peppermint and Lemon. No, I didn’t drink it. I set it on my dining room table and inhaled the fumes. It really helped to open those sinuses and airways. What a relief. After I was done with the mug, I did what I call a mini self-facial (notice my reference to another at home spa like experience) by rubbing two of my fingers (no oils) over the sides of my nose, down my cheeks and up and over my eyebrows. Amazing what a little pressure can do.

But what about the oils in the above picture? What did you do with them, you ask?  Well, I made myself (and my hubby) a roll on that helped to support that good old Repiratory system. We LOVE it and both used it on our chest and back several times a day for about a week. It is fabulous and so simple to make. I took a 30 ml roll on bottle and added 20 drops Frankincense, 25 drops Eucalyptus, 40 drops dōTERRA Breathe, 20 drops Thyme and then filled the bottle half way with fractionated coconut oil. The recipe is for a 10 ml roll on bottle, but I love these larger roll ons and so I just filled the bottle about half way. Felt SO good and really helped us be able to sleep without coughing and hacking all night long.

Today we are feeling much better! Even though I wasn’t thrilled with this experience, I have to say I’m grateful. I hope that someone out there reading this will benefit.  Remember to honor your body. Listen to it! I believe our bodies will usually tell us what we need. Get enough sleep. Drink enough water.  Eat healthy foods. Watch (or eliminate) your sugar intake. Exercise. When we pay attention and listen we will benefit. Thank your body for letting you know what it needs to thrive!

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Frankincense

We love Frankincense in our home! I keep a bottle of it in my bathroom and every morning I put a couple of drops in my mouth. At first I didn’t like the taste and then after a few days it was like my body was saying “I love this!”  I usually will also take the roller ball I have of Frankincense and swipe some on the back of my neck. It’s like my mind is clearer during the day when I do this!

Frankincense is also great to diffuse as it can help to balance our moods. Try this favorite recipe:

Spicy and Sweet Holiday Season Diffuser Blend

-5 drops Frankincense essential oil
-5 drops Myrrh essential oil
-5 drops Cedarwood essential oil
-5-10 drops Wild Orange essential oil

Frankincense supports healthy cellular function* and when applied to the bottom of the feet it can promote feelings of relaxation. During the month of December you can get a FREE 15 ml. bottle of dōTERRA Frankincense with a qualified (200 PV) purchase! Contact us for more info.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Frozen Yogurt Bars

Frozen Yogurt Bars

Do you ever just need a pick me up? Want that sweet treat that’s not too bad for you? Our daughter made these for us Sunday night. They were quick and easy and so yummy! It’s going to be summer before we know it and they would be a wonderful treat.

10 1/2 graham crackers broken into quarters

1/2 cup chopped banana

3 –  5.3 oz containers of greek yogurt with fruit – we used 2 Chobani strawberry and 1 Chobani blueberry

1 cup frozen whipped topping – we used one that was more “natural” than some others out there

Line 9 inch square or an 11 X 7 pan with foil that extends over sides. Arrange half the graham crackers on the bottom in rows.

Combine chopped banana, yogurt and whipped topping. Spread over grahams and top with remaining graham crackers.

Freeze 4 hours. Use foil “handles” to lift from pan. Cut between graham crackers into bars. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Lip Balm

Lip Balm

  • 1 1/2 TBS beeswax
  • 1 TBS hokum butter
  • 1 TBS coconut butter
  • 3 TBS almond oil
  • 6-8 drops essential oil

Mel beeswax, kokum butter and coconut butter in a double boiler.  When almost melted, add almond oil. After completely melted, remove from heat and add essential oil.  Pour into containers and let set.

Sugar Scrub

Sugar Scrub

  • 1/2 cup sugar in a small bowl
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 10 drops of your favorite essential oil

Mix essential oil and olive oil. Add sugar and stir.  Pour into 4 oz. container.
To use place a small amount in the palm of your hand and scrub over moistened skin.  Rinse off in shower or tub.

Fresh Corn Bean Salsa

Fresh Corn Bean Salsa

I hear this recipe was published some years ago in a Utah newspaper. Betty Jo McKinlay is the one who I believe submitted the recipe.  I’ve had it several times and the people making it have added 1-2 drops of  Lime Essential Oil. If using the essential oil, make sure it’s a grade that is safe to ingest.  Contact us for information on getting Lime Essential Oil! This is so yummy!

Yield: 15-20 servings

  • 2 cans black beans, drained, rinsed
  • 2 large cans corn, drained
  • 12 Roma tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 2 small cans diced green chiles, medium or mild
  • 1 large bunch cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 large purple onion, finely chopped
  • 5 limes
  • 1-2 drops Lime essential oil

Combine first 6 ingredients in large bowl. Squeeze lime juice over bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix thoroughly and chill in refrigerator. Serve with tortilla chips.

Relaxing Bubble Bath

  • 1/2 cup of Unscented Liquid Castile Soap
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Raw Honey to moisturize and cleanse the skin
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 15-20 drops of your Favorite Essential Oil (Balance & Lavender, Wild Orange & Lavender, Peppermint)
  • 16 oz Glass Jar