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Milk Baths **Recipe Included

Essential Oils and Baths….
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So while preparing for a relaxing bath the other night. I texted a friend asking for relaxing oil combinations. She responded with the following recipe:
 
5 drops of serenity
2 drops of lavender
3 drops of white fir
 
I also had lavender/chamomile bath salts I added. My friend then followed up the text with:
 
MIX WITH 1/2 C EPSOM SALTS OR MILK
 
Umm, wait, what? This is not something I had previously done, but is very important. Usually my husband and I put the oils directly into the tub and you can visually see them floating on the surface of the water. By adding them to either the epsom salt or the milk the oils are broken down and can better be mixed with the water to be absorbed by your skin.
 
So since I wasn’t previously aware of this I just grab the milk out of the refrigerator and added the oils. (I had already add my bath salts prior to receiving this text message.) It worked amazingly well and I feel as though I slept better last night.
 
So this morning I was looking online and there are indeed better ways to prepare oils for baths. Here is a recipe that is new to me that I can’t wait to try out:
 
It’s a 2:1:1 ratio of powdered milk** (moisturizes), baking soda (softens skin) and cornstarch (soothes irritation).
 
So if you use 1 C of powered milk then utilize a 1/2 C of each baking soda and cornstarch. It it recommended to store this mixture in a glass or metal container because again plastic is not recommended when using some oils. To this mixture add 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil(s). Allow this mix to sit at least 24 hours prior to using. This specific mix would be good for quantity two baths.
 
**Note: The higher the fat content of the powdered milk the better and more moisture your skin will absorb. The articles that I found recommended powdered goats milk or coconut milk. I haven’t done too much shopping around for these items, but with the internet I think it’s safe to assume one can purchase anything they’d like. If not there are sheep across the road perhaps I could sneak over in the night and milk them?!?
 
As always please feel free to share recipes, ideas or recommendations. I love hearing them.
 
Until then,
Happy Oiling

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.

2015 doTerra Holiday Gift Giving Guide

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Good Morning 🙂

So I literally just realized that Christmas is 30 days away. I’m really struggling to accept this as just a few weeks ago it was 80 degrees outside and my family and I were out in the yard raking leaves, but that was mid-November.

Anyway, I decided that I need to do some holiday shopping for loved ones and stumbled across the 2015 Holiday Gift Giving Guide. I think it has some great starting points if you have a loved one that is interested in embarking on an essential oil journey. I did notice that the dryer ball set is sold out. However, I have previously blogged about utilizing dryer balls and they can be purchased elsewhere.

I was also thinking about the Giving Guide and thought there are some nice smaller kits available that I could give some of my girlfriends to get them started and join me on my crazy train! Whatever you decide to do, remember it’s not about the gifts or food, but about the loved ones you choose to surround yourself with.

Happy Holidays to you and yours.

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Homemade Wart Remover

So for a few years now my oldest daughter has had a wart on her finger. It never really bothered anything so we just left it. Well in the past year the warts have started to spread. They are on her fingers, palm of her hand, knee and ankle. Strange right? Anyway, being 5 going on 15 they have started to “bother” her.

This summer we purchased some of that over the counter wart freezer stuff. I think she let us do it once or twice, but judging by the screams of pain….this wasn’t something for her. The morning after freezing the warts they would turn white and the skin would sluff of leaving a open oozing sore to heal. Frankly, it wasn’t for me either as this looked worse than the warts.

So in talking with my sister-in-law one of her children also had warts. She used a roller ball of oregano and fractionated coconut oil morning and night for a few weeks and the warts are now gone. I figured there was nothing to lose and we should at least try it.

So I’ve been telling you about the essential oil book that I’ve purchased. Below is an example of the information you can get. It’s a sweet book. So I can look up a single oil, an oil blend or an aliment. There’s a plethora of other information in the book too. For instance, there are different spots on your hands, feet and ears that will help internal parts of your body. If you don’t want to purchase it, it might be a good idea to see if you local public library has something similar that you could check out and use as a reference.

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As you can see the recipe they recommend has a few more ingredients than the one I choose to make. I’m not sure if they are really necessary as per my sister-in-law she’s experienced success without them.

I choose a 10mL roller roller, fractionated coconut oil and 20 drops of oregano. I measure the oil in first and then gently top off the bottle with pumps of coconut oil until full. I gently put in the roller ball, shook the ball and applied to the warts. I’m pretty sure the entire process took me less than 5 minutes.

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The pictures below are the warts on night one after application. We decided not to bandage them, but to let her sit until the oil dried. She sat at the island in the kitchen making a Christmas list out of a catalog that had come in the mail during this time. I think another 5 minutes or so and she was off again.

I will be sure to monitor her warts and post updates in the near future so you may see for yourself the power of these oils.

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Here’s what the doTerra site has to say about Oregano:

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Do you know what the best part of the entire process was? I got to spend quality time with my daughter. She sat nearby and talked with me while I researched and mixed the oil, then we hung out as it dried. She didn’t scream in pain, there were no tears and this morning they aren’t falling off and making her susceptible to infection. Come on, we all know that kids are a cesspool of germs. The last thing I need right now is for her to get an infection due to trying to remove warts.

Friday nights in your 30’s….roller balls

So as I was preparing to make some homemade roller balls for common family ailments I couldn’t help but laugh. I never in my wildest dreams imagined I would be sitting at home married, with two kids, mixing oils. Haha! I love it!

Anyway, yesterday was a great day. I received several of my doTerra buy one get one offers, my fractionated coconut oil and roller ball bottles. So there was only one thing left to do…..start mixing.

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I don’t really know if there is a right way to do this or not, but I guess this is going to be one of those learn as you go projects. I purchased the roller balls from Amazon.

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I also choose the brown bottles as it prevents the sunlight from breaking down the essential oils and therefore making my potions less effective. There are other fun colors, but I went with these as they are good value for my money. I’ll probably order some pink ones in the near future to assist my oldest daughter in finding a little more joy in using oils and assist in her recognizing which ones she can use.

I also purchased the fractionated coconut oil from Amazon. As with all the products on Amazon there are literally hundreds of brand to choose from. Honestly, my sister-in-law recommended it as she utilizes it for her roller balls. So far it seems to work great, but it’s only been a few hours so take my recommendation for what it’s worth.

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That’s it, that’s all you need. Three items coconut oil, bottles and your favorite scent. for 5mL bottles you would use 10 drops of essential oil per bottle and 10mL bottles you would use 20 drops. The bottles I made last night were indeed 10mL bottles. I just recently learned about the roller ball method and have actually just been using straight oil the past few years. While there is nothing wrong with doing this and it certainly works, it leads to utilizing more of the oils than necessary. We all know these oils are an investment so I am certainly interested in getting the most out of my money.

I only ordered 6 bottles for the first time, because I wasn’t entirely sure that they would live up to my standards and that I would like them. Well in hindsight that turned out to be a big mistake as I find I’m going to need to order more sooner than anticipated. However, with my luck if I had ordered more they wouldn’t have worked and I would be packing up and shipping them back today. Hahaha!

Anyway, I made three bottles last night as I was certain that we would use them on a fairly regular basis. I made a concoction of oregano and coconut oil for my daughter’s warts, I made a peppermint roller ball and an On Guard.

Thanks for reading and happy mixing!

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