What is a diffuser?

Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 3.41.34 PMSo a diffuser gives you the benefits of a humidifier, air purifier, atomizer and aromatherapy all in one! The diffuser further breaks down the oils into micropartials and circulates them into the air. There are quite a few different products on the market. I happen to have a DoTERRA one, but I’m sure there are others that will get the job done. Just be sure to read reviews and be an informed consumer as some of them are not built to handle citrus oils and can either clog or stop working as a result. For those not familiar with the citrus essential oils they can actually eat through plastic. For instance, I learned this the hard way. I had a Tervis hot/cold beverage cup that I liked to drink water out of. My mother-in-law visited and was encouraging me to try the oils so I did (leomon). Unfortunately for me I didn’t know about them eating through plastic and put them in the water in my plastic Tervis where it ate away the inside layer of plastic. That was only a few drops in a 24 oz container, these oils are nothing to mess with! I have the lotus diffuser as photoed below, but will be purchasing several of the petal diffusers in the near future for each of our bedrooms. 

I like to run On Guard through ours upon arriving home in the evening. I posted about On Guard last night, but it’s pretty much amazing at helping to fight and kill cold and flu bacteria. Plus it has a pleasant smell that also deodorizes our home. For those of you unaware I’ve become somewhat of a hippie in the past few years. I prefer not to burn any candles having small children and I’ve never really been a fan of potpourri or “canned” scents. So this is perfect for our family.

Another sweet treat that I have recently discovered with the assistance of my sister-in-law is Holiday Joy.

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It’s pretty much like Christmas trapped in a bottle. I purchased mine a little before Thanksgiving and love it! Just a warning it is a seasonal oil and I have been told it sells out rather quickly!

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DoTERRA Emotional Aromatherapy Kit…now available for individual resale.

Looking for something fun to run through that new diffuser?

I haven’t purchased the emotional aromatherapy kit yet, but it’s definitely on my Christmas List. In case you aren’t interested in the entire kit DoTERRA just made these oils available for individual purchase this week. Check out these 6 fun essential oils.

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As always shop here:

http://www.mydoterra.com/amyplainandsimple/#/

DIY Beard Balm, yeah buddy!

Know any good looking lumbersexuals with a beard that could use some love?

Over the long Thanksgiving weekend I made my husband a Beard Balm. I have never made anything like this before and I wasn’t even entirely certain he would use such a product. I found all of the necessary items at the local co-op. There are plenty of ingredients leftover that I’m going to start looking at other items that can be made with them.

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The recipe I used called for the following ingredients:
2 Tbsp beeswax
2 Tbsp Jojoba oil
1 Tbsp Shea butter
1 Tbsp 100% Argan Oil
4-5 drops of Vitamin E oil, which was optional
20 drops of high quality essential oils

So basically in a double boiler grate 2 Tbsp beeswax and heat until melted.

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Once completely melted mix in the jojoba oil and shea butter.

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Again fully melt. Remove from heat and add the optional vitamin e oil and essential oils immediately. I then poured the hot liquid into a tin canister for storage.

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A quick note about the vitamin e oil. I purchased an actual bottle of vitamin e oil however, after thinking a little more about this, I had an idea. I could have also purchased gel capsules from the vitamin isle popped open one and simply squeezed in the requested amount.

I also used the following combination of essential oils:

White Fir
Frankincense
Lemon

I wanted the balm to smell manly, but not be over bearing. I find that the white fir added a nice touch to the mix, if you don’t mind the smell of the outdoors (pine trees). I guess in a way it adds to the ruggedness of the beard haha!

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To use the beard balm take approximately a pea size amount. Rub together in hands until melted/pliable and work into beard. Any “extra” balm can be applied to arms, chest, neck, et cetera as it is basically a lotion.

I just thought with the holidays coming up this might be something fun to make for that special man in your life!

Zyrtec addiction….

So my husband has been taking Zyrtec (Cetirizine) on a daily basis for well over five years. He recently decided that he would like to stop taking it, well that turns out to be easier said than done. You would think that since Zyrtec is available as an OTC drug it’s safe right?! Well, I’m not so sure anymore.

Jake’s on day four of what I’m going to refer to as Zyrtec withdrawals. For the first three days I made fun of him and actually encouraged him to run to the store and purchase more. Last night we sat down and Googled his symptoms, as it turns out there are a large amount of individuals that are addicted to the Zyrtec and trying to quit it. (If only we could come up with a remedy to assist these people we would be rich!)

So, a little bit about his symptoms. We’ve known anytime he neglected to take his daily pill as he would get really itchy at exactly the 24 hour mark. Well, being off four days he’s incredibly itchy. It’s the craziest thing I’ve ever seen. I really enjoy the show Drugs Inc. and it’s the closest thing I’ve seen to a drug withdrawal outside of that show. It’s kind of scary. The itch comes and goes and travels throughout his body. He’s experience this itchiness in his inner ear, head, neck, face, arms, everywhere.

My sister-in-law and fellow wellness advocate suggested he take a daily shot of two drops of each of the following essential oils: lavender, peppermint and lemon. Put these six drops in a shot glass and top of with water. This seems to help temporarily, about an hour and then the itchiness returns. I have also made him a rollerball concoction of the same oils that he can apply topically or put in his hands rub together and “huff” for lack of a better term. Again these things only offer temporary relief. This is interesting to me because another individual we know utilizes the same concoction of oils and they work for him. He however was not taking Zyrtec on a daily basis, but more of an irregular one. When he decided to stop taking the pills he did not experience the itches. (To be honest, I don’t really know they symptoms he had.)

I did extensive research last night trying to find information on homeopathic remedies that have worked for others. Either I really am the worst Googler ever (as Jake often tells me) or there is no one thing that works for multiple individuals. I ironically found a post on a blog where an individual stated they had tried DoTERRA’s TriEase Soft Gels and swears by them. At this point Jake has decided he definitely would like to kick the Zyrtec so I went ahead and purchased these oils. (I will have to update you once they arrive and he starts taking them.)

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Another suggestion offered up to us was for him to put straight lavender oil or diluted lavender oil on the itch as it is a natural antihistamine. This sounds ideal, but with the itchy constantly on the move it would not be plausible or affordable to cover him in oil from head to toe. Therefore, we have not tried this remedy out yet.

If anyone has personally gone through anything like this or knows someone who has we would love to hear your story. More importantly what was done to overcome this itch. I fear if we are unable to get this under control in the next few days that he will end up back on the pill which is ultimately the root cause of the present day problem. It all seems very cyclical to me.

UPDATE: After posting this I realized that DoTERRA has an introductory oil kit that has the three oils used in this concoction.

http://www.mydoterra.com/amyplainandsimple/#/

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DoTERRA Lotus Difusser Deal!

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Good Morning Friends,

So I have been holding off on putting in a large order because there are always such good deals going on and I didn’t want to miss out. I placed my order yesterday and woke up to the following deal this morning. Aw nuts! If you have been thinking about getting a diffuser now is the time as this is an amazing offer!

http://www.mydoterra.com/amyplainandsimple/#/

Place your order today and still have it in time for the holidays!!
Have a super fantastic Wednesday.

UPDATE:

So I just got off the phone with DoTERRA and there is a “glitche” in their system and they haven’t been able to fix it. The rep asked if you could please place the order by phone and they will honor the $45.00 price. Their number is 800-411-8151. If you could please tell them to place the order under wellness advocate 2635737 it would be greatly appreciated. Please let me know if you need anything additional.