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Detoxify Your Laundry and Pay LESS

Who wouldn’t want to detoxify their laundry and pay LESS by doing so!? 

During my recent detox of my entire home (and by “detox” I mean freaking out and getting rid of ALMOST EVERYTHING after discovering that I had a bunch of toxic products in my home by using the Think Dirty App),  I started making my own laundry detergent.

In short, this has given me piece of mind by knowing exactly what ingredients are in my laundry detergent, which ultimately makes contact with your body and has the potential to be absorbed through the skin.

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Tip: If you do not have Young Living essential oils, do not fret! You can either omit them and just have unscented laundry OR choose to purchase Young Living essential oils, which you can learn more about by clicking here.

Additional laundry detox: Replace your toxic dryer sheets with wool dryer balls!

Simply place two wool dryer balls in with a load of laundry just like you would a dryer sheet.  

Add a few drops of Young Living essential oils to each for an extra scent boost! (purification, lavender, peppermint, stress away are some of my favorites!)

Benefits: 

  • soften clothes naturally
  • reduce drying time
  • prevent static and wrinkles
  • eliminate risk of toxic chemicals being deposited on clothes that could ultimately be absorbed by the skin!

You can always experiment with the proportions/amount of Dr. Bronner’s and Super Washing Soda in this recipe to meet your needs.

If you have kids who are always playing outside and active in sports, or a husband who is a mechanic you may need to use more Super Washing Soda.  On the other hand, someone who is single and doesn’t get their clothes too dirty, could use less.

This recipe is for the average household who has moderately soiled clothing, so be sure to adjust it for you and your family’s needs!

This recipe is cheap, easy, and non-toxic!

 

 Dr. Bronner’s Baby Unscented Liquid Castile Soap    Not Animal TestedFair For TradeNon GMO ProjectOCTOVegan

LaundryIngredients: Water, Organic Coconut Oil*, Potassium Hydroxide**, Organic Palm Kernel Oil*, Organic Olive Oil*, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Citric Acid, Tocopherol

*CERTIFIED FAIR TRADE INGREDIENTS
** None remains after saponifying oils into soap & glycerin.
You can purchase Dr. Bronner’s Baby Liquid Castile soap at Amazon, Target, drug stores, and most grocery stores.  I prefer to buy it in gallon jugs from Amazon to save even more!
The reason I choose the baby unscented Dr. Bronner’s rather than a scented one is because I like to add my own Young Living essential oils to create the scent of my laundry depending on the needs of a specific load.

LaundryArm & Hammer Super Washing Soda    100% Fragrance & Phosphate Free. It helps neutralize and eliminate odors, not cover them up with perfumes.

Ingredients: 100% sodium carbonate

 You can find Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda on Amazon and at most drug/grocery stores.  Again, buying in bulk is your best bet for saving even more! Amazon has a great deal on (2) 55oz boxes for just $14.48!

If you have done even minimal searching for a DIY laundry detergent recipe on Pinterest, some of you are probably wondering why I am not including borax in this recipe.  WELL. I have heard mixed things about it and would rather not take the chance of it being harmful.

The one fact that caused me to not consider borax as an ingredient in my laundry detergent is that the European Chemicals Agency added it to their “list of substances of very high concern” some years ago.

Unfortunately, after my extensive research while detoxifying  my home and life, I have come to trust the European government agencies that regulate consumer ingredients products over our own regulating agencies.

I hope you are willing to give this recipe a try! I would love to hear your thoughts if you do!

Until next time,

-Shannon 🙂

Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal experiences. Use of Young Living Essential Oils and other products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. I am not a doctor or healthcare professional.

Want to Know What’s REALLY in Your Everyday Products!? Then Think Dirty!

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Ever wonder what those ingredients are in your everyday home, health, and beauty products that you can’t pronounce? How harmful are they? What are they doing to you and your loved ones? Can you even avoid these toxic chemicals anymore? The simple answer is…YES!!!! Think Dirty!

So many companies are labeling their products as “natural” or “green”, but when you dig deeper those labels are often very misleading.  For this reason, I started doing my own research about what harmful toxins are in our everyday products.

TD-badges_-01_BestFaceForward-362x350About 6 months ago, a friend told me about the app “Think Dirty”, which has honestly changed my life. (P.S.-It’s FREE!)  A week after downloading this app (and consequently freaking out with each product I scanned) , I realized how many toxic products I had in my home that I was using every single day! The majority of my products said “natural” or had a similar phrasing on them, so I thought I was somewhat safe!

Boy was I wrong!  I proceeded to replace as many of these harmful products asap.  The Think Dirty app not only made researching the products in my home easy, but replacing the products possible and convenient as well.

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Think Dirty is an app that allows you to scan the bar code of an item or search for a specific product.  Not every single product ever made is in the database, but there are few hundred thousand, so odds are, whatever you use is going to be in there.
This app will tell you how “dirty” a product is on a scale of 0 (being the cleanest) to 10 (being the most toxic).  It will also tell you WHY, which I find very important.

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The “dirty meter”, as they call it, lists three categories that make the product dirty; carcinogenicity, development & reproductive toxicity, and allergies & immunotoxicities.  I find this section extremely helpful because a lot of the time I know an ingredient is bad, but I don’t know why.

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Once you go into the ingredient section it will rate each ingredient individually on the same 0-10 scale, so you can see how and why the overall product is rated what it is.  If you then select the individual ingredient, you can see other names for it, what it’s generally used for, health impacts, sources, and warnings from regulatory agencies.

I find the warning from regulatory agencies especially interesting because I have found that there are a great deal of products allowed in our country that are either banned or on a warning list in other areas of the world like Canada or the European Union.

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The final section is called “our picks”, which is what the app selects as alternates to the product you are currently reading about.  Therefore, if the product is rated a 9 or a 10 (extremely toxic) and you want to know which products you could replace it with, they give you suggestions of products that are much lower on the toxicity scale.

This is one of my favorite features of this app because sometimes you know that a product is harmful, but you have NO IDEA what to replace it with and don’t have a bunch of time to do research to find a different product.

Another great feature of this app is that you can add all the products you currently use to “my bathroom shelf” and it will provide an overall, combined rating of the products you use.  I feel that this is a great feature because it shows how ONE toxic product can be harmful even if all of your other products are relatively toxin free.

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I now monitor the products I use closely with the Think Dirty app and make a lot of my own products with natural ingredients and Young Living essential oils (when applicable) to save money and avoid toxins.  Some of the everyday items I make are deodorant, hair spray, leave-in conditioner spray, hand soap, laundry detergent, lotions, air freshener spray, chapstick to name a few!

If you do not have a smart phone to download this app, or would like another resource to do research on products, try The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database.  This site is similar, but focuses on products you would put on your skin.

Think Dirty is a great app, but whatever you do, be sure to research products you use and don’t be fooled by words like “natural”, “green”, etc! It is important to know what you are exposing yourself to on a daily basis and to reduce the toxicity in your life!

Until next time, -Shannon 🙂

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Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal experiences. Use of Young Living Essential Oils and other products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. I am not a doctor or healthcare professional.

What!? A Simple, DIY Hairspray with SUGAR?

Tired of buying pricey hairspray that causes you to breathe in toxic chemicals!?

I know I am!  I was less than optimistic about this DIY hairspray recipe at first, but now I can tell you firsthand that it is easy, effective, AND cheap! I thought to myself, this can’t be true.  How could water, sugar, salt, and essential oils hold my hair as well as those salon quality, chemical-based aerosol products? Also, won’t the sugar make my hair sticky!?

Well, you won’t know for yourself until you try it! This DIY hairspray recipe will cost you under $2 and the only reason it will cost that much initially is due to purchasing the glass spray bottles at around $1-1.50 each.  After that, refilling the bottle with this DIY hairspray will cost under $1!

This DIY hairspray recipe is for a “flexible” hold.  Meaning, it’s not going to hold your boyfriend’s blowout or keep pristine ringlet curls all day long.  It is more for flowing curls, up-dos, or taming frizz and those pesky “fly-aways” we all get.

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There is a simple solution if you would like more of a MAX hold though.  You could add a teaspoon or two of hair gel to this recipe if you care more about keeping it cheap than all natural.  My suggestion though would be to add another teaspoon of sugar and about a tablespoon of high quality aloe vera gel (organic if possible).  This will provide a stronger hold, but you may need to experiment with the proportions to get exactly the hold that you are looking for.

Tip: If you currently do not have or use essential oils, please, DO NOT go out to the grocery store and buy any old oil! You CAN make this hair spray without the essential oils.  It simply wouldn’t have the added benefits of shine, growth, and texture.  Before going out and buying oils, do your own research, but I only recommend using Young Living essential oils.  Learn more by clicking here!

You can learn more about the essential oils in this recipe and how to purchase by clicking here.  I only use Young Living essential oils due to the superior quality and Seed to Seal promise!

If you try this recipe, please let me know your thoughts! 

Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal experiences. Use of Young Living Essential Oils and other products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. I am not a doctor or healthcare professional.

DIY Facial Serum for Dry Skin

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It’s that time of year where everyone’s skin turns into a dry, scaly mess! It may not affect everyone (especially those of you living in the south), but I hear so many people mentioning and complaining about it, including myself! I utilized my own knowledge of oils and did some more research to come up with this simple, easy DIY Facial Serum for Dry Skin recipe!

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What I discovered is, in terms of supporting skin health, especially in the winter, frankincense essential oil is key!  After looking at countless recipes, I decided to try a rather simple one. I prefer to make it myself not only to save money, but so I know EXACTLY what is in the concoction I am putting all over my face (which ultimately enters the body system; our SKIN is the largest organ of the body after all!).

FrankincenseBack to the recipe….I chose frankincense as the primary essential oil, then also added tea tree and lavender essential oils.  As my carrier oil, I chose almond oil because I like the texture of it (it’s not too oily and soaks in fairly quickly).

Now, there are PLENTY of other essential oils I could have added to this mix, but remember, I wanted to keep it simple.  I wasn’t sure if it would work or not, but the reason I am sharing this DIY Facial Serum for Dry Skin recipe with you is because IT DID!!!!

The dry, scaly skin on my face generally happens every winter, but for some reason it was particularly worse this year.  After 5 days of using this serum, once in the morning and once in the evening on a clean face, I have seen a total turn around in the appearance of my skin. I am upset with myself for not taking a before picture! This serum soothed the skin irritation I was experiencing, helped restore my skin’s natural moisture balance, and is currently supporting my now healthy, radiant skin!

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  • assists in maintaining radiant skin
  • has the ability to smooth the look of healthy skin
  • supports aging skin
  • key ingredient of Young Living Boswellia Wrinkle Cream™
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  • reduces the appearance of blemishes
  • supports healthy skin
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  • soothes skin irritation
  • restore the skin’s natural moisture balance
  • calming scent

Remember, everyone’s skin is different! Some people have acne prone, greasy skin and others have dry, uneven skin. What works great for me, might not work as well for you.  It’s all about experimenting with different recipes and deciding what has given you the best results.

If you aren’t interested in making your own, here is a great alternative to the DIY version of my dry skin serum! Young Living’s Essential Beauty Serum for dry skin!

seed to seal**Here is an important fact! If you are buying essential oils from grocery stores or even health food stores….STOP! Do your research first! I always encourage people to go out and find the facts for themselves.

The only essential oils I use are Young Living brand because their oils are proven to be therapeutic grade and 100% pure! For more information, you can head to Young Living’s website or my page on their Seed to Seal process.

 

Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal experiences. Use of Young Living Essential Oils and other products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. I am not a doctor or healthcare professional.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA): Why join?

When I tell people that I belong to a “CSA” I have learned over time just to refer to it as a “crop share” since people will typically know what I mean. If I say “Oh, I belong to a Community Supported Agriculture program”, I get plenty of confused looks or people thinking I am some crazy hippie!

In reality though, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs are a great way to get involved in buying fresh, local, and seasonal produce. Doing so provides tremendous support to farmers who want to weed out the middle man and provide high quality, seasonal produce directly to the consumer at a reasonable price.

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The general way a Community Supported Agriculture program works is the farm will allow community members to purchase a certain number of shares for a season’s crops.  The farmer will then divide the produce between the shareholders on each designated pick up date throughout the growing season.  In turn, the money provided up front allows the farmer to spend time focusing on the crops. Read More

Otherwise, time is wasted trying to generate business or sitting around at a farmer’s market that may require a great deal of travel time and more opportunity for crops to be damaged.  Share holders pay a designated fee before the growing season begins, generally in late winter/early spring. This early income helps fund the crops for the growing season including expenses to buy seeds, repair equipment, make upgrades, etc.
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By participating in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program you are supporting a local business owner (the farmer) and keeping more of your money within your community.  Rather than going to a huge chain grocery store to get your produce and buying bell peppers from “Mexico” (which obviously is a massive country and you don’t know how or where in Mexico the farmer grew the peppers), you can purchase local, sustainable, and seasonal produce right in your backyard! Sure, you aren’t going to get strawberries from a winter CSA or potatoes from a summer CSA, but the experience of joining a CSA and knowing you are receiving fresh, high quality produce from a farm nearby is unparalleled.

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Another significant advantage of joining a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program is that you are purchasing local produce.  This means you are not participating in harming the environment by shipping food thousands of miles, which creates a huge carbon footprint.  Read More

Think about how much gas it takes for a semi truck or even an airplane full of exotic fruit (like dragon fruit, pictured above) to travel into the United States from Thailand. Even just transporting out of season vegetables across the United States from California to New York causes a great deal of harm to the environment.  The pollution from produce traveling that far is extensive, let alone the preservatives you are ingesting that companies add to the produce in order for it to survive the long journey! I understand wanting berries in the winter once in a while (because they are delicious and nutritious!), but people are still buying produce from grocery stores during the summer that could be easily obtained simply by participating in a CSA with higher quality, local produce!

produce 4I joined a CSA 3 years ago and enjoy being a part of such a great community supported program! I recently switched the CSA I participate in simply due to the location of pick up, but not because of dissatisfaction with the previous farm or their produce.  There are definite perks and downfalls to joining a CSA, but I would definitely recommend looking into options in your area and asking yourself a few questions before making the decision.  I understand that a CSA may not be for everyone or may not even be available to everyone, but definitely consider doing your research! Here are a few questions you should ask yourself before choosing or joining a CSA.

Can I afford to pay for my share upfront?

Most CSAs require you to pay for your share ahead of time, which can range anywhere from $250-$650.  Some might offer the option of paying in two installments, but you are generally charged a little more for this.  The prices may vary on your location, but this is generally the range of pricing.

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Also, I have seen many CSAs offer different size shares such as “individual”, “small”, or “large/family”, which obviously each cost a different amount.  If you are unsure about how much you will use, I would play it safe and go for the smaller option.  I find it so helpful that these options are offered because I made the mistake of getting a large share one year thinking I would just start eating only what came in the crop share (which did not happen by the way!) 

Do I even like veggies enough to have an abundance of them and am I willing to take the time to prepare/cook with them?

If you are using this as a way to eat more fresh, local vegetables, love all sorts of veggies, and are willing to cook with them several nights a week, then yes, go for it!         Read More

  If you or your family are iffy about vegetables and picky about which ones you will eat, I would suggest first looking on the farm’s website at a sample of what a typical share looks like or contacting the farm directly.  If they grow vegetables that you are not fond of, I would not suggest investing or at least get an individual or small share first if you are the one that loves vegetables and your family or kids despise them! A CSA is a big commitment, so make sure you can consume the amount of produce you will be receiving! 

Will I be able to pick up my share at the scheduled dates/times?

If you are a busy mom taking kids to activities after school every day or stuck at work until 7pm or later, I would seriously look into whether you will have time to pick up your share each week.          Read More

 Most farms offer specific dates and times you are able to pick up your produce, but the good thing is, many offer pick up sites in local communities so you don’t have to travel all the way out to the farm if it is not nearby.  This is definitely one of the reasons why I switched my CSA.  The first CSA required you to pick up at the farm, which was a good 40 minutes from my house.  The CSA I participate in now offers a pick up site 20 minutes from my house even though the farm is over an hour away for me.  Be sure to ask around and do your research online before deciding on a CSA since not all farms allow offsite pick ups and the farm may be a good distance from where you live.  

Does the farm use sustainable, organic growing practices?

This is a VITAL aspect to research about the CSAs you are considering.  Many CSA farms are small (compared to corporate or commercially run farms) and becoming certified organic is quite pricey! Therefore, some of these small, local farms may be utilizing entirely organic and sustainable growing practices, yet are not certified organic.         Read More

If it is not specified on the website or if the CSA does not have a website, your best bet is to contact the farm directly and ask important questions about their farming practices. For example, what type of seeds they use, are pesticides and/or herbicides used, how sustainable is the farm, are they certified organic or utilize organic farming practices, etc.  

I asked these specific questions to my previous CSA farm and the answer was that they follow all the regulations to be certified organic, but have not paid to get the certification due to the costly nature of the process.  Their reasoning was that they would like to keep the share prices affordable for the community and would rather focus on the farm than going through the lengthy process of becoming certified organic.  It is also important that if the claim is made that they follow organic standards, you are allowed to visit the farm and see for yourself.  Anyone can claim organic practices are followed, but if they are unwilling to allow you to see for yourself, that should be an immediate red flag! 

Pros of a CSA:

  • Fresh, local, seasonal, produce
  • Supporting your local community
  • Knowing exactly where your produce is coming from
  • Environmentally friendly due to lack of transporting produce thousands of miles
  • Typically produce is grown with organic practices even if farmer cannot afford to be officially certified organic
  • Cost effective over time
    • Yes, the upfront cost is a lot, but over an entire growing season you will save so much!
    • I broke down my cost over the entire growing season and it was around $25 per week for an abundance of fresh, local, organic produce!
  • Variety of unique produce
    • I can’t speak for every CSA, but I have tried so many new veggies through my CSA! For example, celery root, kohlrabi, Japanese radishes, various types of peppers and beans, unique greens, etc

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  • Large sum of money up front (some do offer option to pay in two installments though)
  • If you chose the wrong size share, you may waste a lot of produce (BUT you could always share with friends/family)
  • Big commitment (an entire growing season) especially if you are a busy person due to specific pick up dates/times
  • You share the risk with the farmer of a poor growing season
    • If the crop yield is low, the farmer is not obligated to provide a certain amount of produce, only what is able to be harvested
    • On the other hand, if it is a profitable growing season, you will get more produce.  That’s the risk!
  • Produce is limited to what is growing during that time of year
    • Meaning no strawberries, peppers, or corn in winter and no beets, potatoes, or cabbage in summer
    • Some produce does overlap though and farmers may be able to store items for later pickups

Here is the link for the CSA that I belong to. I highly recommend joining if you are in the Buffalo area!

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Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal experiences. Use of Young Living Essential Oils and other products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. I am not a doctor or healthcare professional.

Stay Healthy During Dreary Winter Months! Try Thieves “Tea”!

Thieves "Tea"Thieves “Tea”, a great addition to your winter immune support regimen!  

The reason I put the quotations around tea is because in order for it to be considered an actual tea it must be made from a specific plant (see my page on tea for more info).  Thieves “Tea” is great in winter because it can really provide extra support for your immune system health! Thieves essential oil is a blend of clove bud oil, lemon peel oil, cinnamon bark oil, eucalyptus radiata leaf oil, and rosemary leaf oil.  Why is it called “Thieves“? Glad you asked! This oil is inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated a special aromatic blend composed of clove, rosemary, and other botanicals used while robbing the dead and dying.  Now that you know the somewhat gruesome background, I’ll tell you why you should look past it and incorporate this amazing beverage into your immune support regimen!

When I have made Thieves “Tea” for people who are interested in maintaining a healthy immune system, the majority have said they love the way it tastes and the benefits it can bring!   Most Thieves “Tea” recipes I have seen call for a tea bag of your choice, honey, and thieves essential oil.  I personally like to drink my normal tea as it is, so I leave the tea bag out.  The reason I add more than just thieves essential oil is because I actually despise the taste of cloves, which is the first ingredient listed on the label!  I also enjoy the added benefits of lemon, frankincense, and peppermint.  Lemon adds an extra boost of flavor, peppermint creates a calming, soothing effect, and frankincense can bring a sense of balance and grounding when your body is in need.  I am sure there are countless versions of Thieves “Tea” out there, but I have found a recipe that I love and would like to share it with you!

**Do not leave the honey out! It is vital in helping the oils disperse throughout the hot water because as you know, oil floats in water! So, unless you would like a mouthful of oil on the first sip, be sure to use honey! I prefer raw, unfiltered, organic honey, but you can use whatever you have on hand.  Place the honey at the bottom of your mug, add the oils, and stir well to be sure the oils are incorporated into the honey before adding the hot water.

 

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If you would like to know where you can get your own bottle of Thieves essential oil, click here!

Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal experiences. Use of Young Living Essential Oils and other products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. I am not a doctor or healthcare professional.

DIY Deodorant with Essential Oils

Why should I bother with a DIY Deodorant!?

This DIY deodorant recipe is simple, chemical free and all natural! Store-bought deodorants and antiperspirants have SO many toxins these days! Have you ever looked at the ingredients in your chosen brand!? It is appalling what companies are putting in their products and that the FDA is allowing it to happen! Don’t believe me? Take a look for yourself! I guarantee you will see a bunch of words you can’t pronounce and various fake fragrances depending on the scent you prefer.

Unfortunately, I started using antiperspirant deodorant in middle school and only stopped a few years ago! I was rubbing this toxic substance under my arms DAILY (or even multiple times a day if I had gym or a sports practice!) for around 12 years! No one really knew or cared if it had chemicals in it as long as you didn’t smell or actually sweat.  God forbid you went to put a book on the top shelf of your locker and someone saw your “pit stains”!

DIY DeodorantA few years ago I started making my own DIY deodorant after I realized how many toxins can be in store-bought brands and am using the same recipe today! It is simple, yet so effective! This recipe allows you to sweat, which your body needs to do in order to get rid of toxins! Even though you sweat a little, you wont stink! The active ingredients in this recipe take away odor (baking soda), soak up moisture (arrowroot powder), and get rid of bacteria (tea tree oil), which is what causes the “B.O.” in the first place! The coconut oil is simply there to bind the two powders since it wouldn’t really be effective to just toss some powder at your dry arm pits and hope something sticks!

It MAY take a few days for your body to adjust to being allowed to sweat, but after those first few days I guarantee you will be hooked! When I say this I mean that your body may sweat a lot in the first few days because it wants to rid all the toxins while it can, but once your body realizes you aren’t going to put those nasty chemicals back on to block the sweat, your body will regulate itself and the excessive sweating will cease! This may not happen to you, but I am just putting it out there in case because I have heard many people say this to me and I tell them to just stick it out a couple of days.  So make a batch on a Friday night, let your body adjust over the weekend, and you will be smelling great by Monday!

I love this deodorant because it’s easy to make, cheap, and works great! If you are not a big fan of lavender, or are making it for a guy, you may want to swap it out for another one of your favorite Young Living essential oils, but definitely be sure to add the tea tree! It is a major component of the deodorant and one of the main reasons why it works so well! Give this recipe a try and let me know your thoughts!

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Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal experiences. Use of Young Living Essential Oils and other products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. I am not a doctor or healthcare professional.

New Vitality™ Essential Oil Line

Young Living launched a new line of essential oils called Vitality™ on January 18, 2016 at 12pm (M.T.)!

“We’re excited to introduce Vitality™ dietary essential oils, our brand-new line that gives you a new way to discover the versatility of our pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils!”

This line provides the freedom to share and explore some of Young Living’s best-loved essential oils in a variety of nutritious and delicious applications.  The Young Living Vitality line of oils offers the same 100-percent therapeutic-grade essential oils Young Living has been distilling for more than 20 years. The Vitality line has 27 of Young Living’s most popular essential oils in four distinct categories: Herb, Spice, Citrus, and Supplement, with plans to expand and add additional oils in the near future.  The new line of oils will still carry the Seed to Seal® commitment, ensuring unmatched quality!

The Vitality™ line has four distinct categories—Herb, Spice, Citrus, and Supplement.

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Here are some exciting ways to try out the new Herb Vitality™ essential oils from Young Living!

  • Add Basil and Oregano Vitality™ to your favorite pasta sauces for an extra burst of flavor!
  • Splash a few drops of Lemongrass Vitality™  into your favorite Asian recipe to brighten the dish and add a complex taste!
  • Try adding a few drops of Spearmint or Peppermint Vitality™ to your daily cup of tea to help support a healthy digestive system!

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Here are some exciting ways to try out the new Spice Vitality™ essential oils from Young Living!

  • Utilize Black Pepper Vitality™ for a quick way to spice up marinades and rubs for pork, beef, poultry, or seafood, or add to roasted vegetables!
  • Add a drop or two of Cinnamon Vitality™  to your oatmeal, smoothie, or even morning coffee for an extra burst of energizing flavor!
  • Add a little Dill Vitality™ to your favorite game-day dip for a burst of flavor or even use it in your homemade pickle recipe!
  • Dip a toothpick in Ginger Vitality™ and add it to your stir-fry for a zing of exotic flavor.

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Here are some exciting ways to try out the new Citrus Vitality essential oils from Young Living!

  • Several times during grilling, brush seafood with olive oil infused with a few drops of Bergamot Vitality™.
  • For a twist of fun, combine Jade Lemon Vitality™ essential oil with your next frozen yogurt treat.
  • Include a drop or two of Lime Vitality™ to your stir fry to bring dimension and add a great depth of flavor!
  • Use Orange Vitality™ in culinary dishes—sweet or savory—for added flavor and zest, especially when baking cookies or brownies!

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DiGize™ Vitality™ blends Tarragon, Ginger, Peppermint, Juniper, Fennel, Lemongrass, Anise, and Patchouli essential oils for a fresh-tasting blend—a perfect follow-up to any meal.

  • Take this best-selling essential oil blend with Essentialzymes-4™ or on its own before each meal to support your wellness regimen.
  • The versatility of DiGize Vitality oil means that you can take it in a gel capsule, mix it with water and Peppermint Vitality for a rejuvenating infused water, or combine it with honey for a sweet treat.
  • For even more wellness support, take DiGize Vitality with Essentialzymes-4 at breakfast, lunch, and dinner for all-day support.

EndoFlex™ Vitality™ essential oil uses a base of sesame seed oil and adds our proprietary blend of essential oils for wellness support.

  • In addition to the popular Spearmint Vitality essential oil, EndoFlex Vitality oil features Sage, Geranium, Myrtle, Nutmeg, and German Chamomile to create a unique blend that may support a healthy lifestyle.
  • Keep up with your overall wellness and day-to-day schedule with help from EndoFlex™ Vitality™.
  • Combine a drop of oil with a large cup of warm tea or tall glass of water. If you find a drop overwhelms the flavor, dip a toothpick in the oil and swirl it in your drink.

Frankincense Vitality™ is distilled from the resin of trees in the Boswellia carterii tree family and has a distinctive rich, balsamic scent, which has been sought after and traded since ancient times and plays a special role in many religious ceremonies.

  • Supports well-being and normal cellular health when taken internally.
  • Take internally as a dietary supplement by adding 1–2 drops to a vegetarian gel capsule.
  • Makes a tasty, warming tea when combined with Peppermint Vitality™ that is great for overall wellness!

Thieves Vitality™ combines Lemon, Clove, Eucalyptus Radiata, Cinnamon Bark, and Rosemary essential oils, which synergistically combine to offer one of the key benefits of Thieves Vitality oil: overall wellness and support of a healthy immune system. Additionally, Eucalyptus Radiata Vitality may also help support a healthy respiratory system when taken internally.

  • Add a few drops to a cup of hot water, tea, or even coffee to create a spicy, warming beverage that can help support your immune system in those cold winter months!
  • Put a drop or two in your oatmeal, granola, or other cereal to elevate your breakfast!

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Happy Oiling! 🙂

-Shannon

 

Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal experiences. Use of Young Living Essential Oils and other products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. I am not a doctor or healthcare professional.

Luscious Locks Leave-in Conditioner

Why I decided to make Luscious Locks Leave-in Conditioner

Through Pinterest I have read a TON of recipes for leave-in conditioners and other hair health DIYs!  I decided to take some aspects of various recipes that I felt would work best and give it a shot! This led to the Luscious Locks Leave-in Conditioner recipe! PLUS, it is free of harsh chemicals and fake fragrances that other leave-in conditioners have!

I recently decided that I was going to get rid of all hair/beauty products loaded with chemicals.  This decision came shortly after I discovered the FREE app “Think Dirty”.  (If you haven’t heard of it, I HIGHLY recommend downloading it!) Warning: You may not like what you see!

This app allows you to scan the bar code of health/beauty products or type in the name and immediately see a list of ingredients.  If applicable, these ingredients are categorized into “carcinogenicity”, “developmental and reproductive toxicity”, and “allergies and immunotoxicities”.   Based on the ingredients and their ratings, the product is then rated on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most detrimental to your health.  When I saw that the majority of my daily products were rated a 6 or above, I decided I needed to make a change!

After some research, I realized that replacing shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, and lotion with natural, chemical-free products was not that difficult to do, but when it came to a “leave-in” conditioner it seemed like that was going to be a bit tricky, especially if I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a name brand product.

**The ONLY thing I would change about this recipe is utilizing a bigger bottle (therefore multiplying the recipe) because I have very long hair and the 2 oz bottle only lasts me about a week! Other than that, this recipe is amazing and I definitely recommend trying it out!

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I plan on trying out more natural, chemical-free DIY recipes over time for other products that I am replacing in my home, so stay tuned!

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Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal experiences. Use of Young Living Essential Oils and other products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. I am not a doctor or healthcare professional.

Kombucha: An Ancient Elixer

So, what the heck is this stuff!?

Kombucha: An Ancient Elixer, really? Some of you have probably never heard of this amazing ancient beverage called Kombucha (pronounced pretty much like you would think kam-boo-cha), but it has actually been around for THOUSANDS of years! It is claimed to have originated in China during the Tsin Dynasty in 221 B.C. (meaning even before Jesus was born!)  Merriam-Webster defines Kombucha as: a gelatinous mass of symbiotic bacteria (as Acetobacter xylinum) and yeasts (as of the genera Brettanomyces and Saccharomyces) grown to produce a fermented beverage held to confer health benefits.  In short, it is a fermented tea with tons of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that provides amazing heath benefits.  To answer the question you may be thinking though, it only contains trace amounts of alcohol after the fermentation process is complete, so no, you won’t get drunk! *There is Kombucha beer out there though, which I have had and it is delicious! If you are in the Buffalo area like myself, check out Handlebar, a bicycle themed bar on Swan St!  My favorite is their raspberry Kombucha beer! Also, Bootleg Bucha is an amazing place to get high quality, handmade BUCH in the Buffalo area! Check them out!

Aside from being delicious, Kombucha is also very nutritious! It is known primarily for its “probiotic” properties because it aides in digestion, but is also great for detoxifying the body and boosting energy levels because of the countless vitamins, minerals, and enzymes!  I drink it daily about 30 minutes after I eat lunch or dinner to help digest my food and give me a boost of energy!

Don’t be afraid of the BUCH!

Kombucha is SO easy to make and with it costing $3+ per bottle in the store, you can save so much money! Many people are scared off by the the weird name and fact that you have to “ferment” something, but believe me, the hardest part is waiting for this delicious, nutritious beverage to be ready to drink!  The simple supplies and step-by-step instructions are listed in the second graphic below.  Basically, all you need is tea (preferably higher quality, so no, not brands like Salada or Lipton!), filtered water, sugar, and a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast).  The concept is similar to making wine in terms of the fermentation process where the yeast, or SCOBY in this case, feeds off the sugar to ferment the tea liquid.   Except with Kombucha, it doesn’t turn to alcohol, you don’t have to wait nearly as long, and it’s much better for you!

You can mscobyake your own SCOBY from an unflavored bottle of store bought Kombucha, but I prefer to get a high quality one from a reputable company for guaranteed results (and because making your own takes around 2 weeks).  I prefer to buy my SCOBY from, Brindle Southern Farms, which you can get easily from Etsy for under $10!  After you have your SCOBY, you will not need to buy another one unless you let it die.  Yes, this thing is a live culture! If you ever want to take a break from brewing, simply place the SCOBY in the refrigerator with 1-2 cups of the left over Kombucha and it will last a few months! It will also “grow” and form new “babies” from your original “mother”.  This is great because you can simply remove the “babies” from the bottom (it is the layer that forms underneath) and save for later use by refrigerating them or share with a friend and help them start brewing their own Kombucha! *Beware: as you can see in the picture to the left, a SCOBY is not the most attractive looking thing, but don’t let that deter you! It won’t bite and will provide you with an amazing beverage!

amberbottle16The brewing process for the recipe provided in this post takes 7-10 days depending on the temperature of your house (longer if it’s colder, shorter if it’s warmer).  The overall prep takes around 15-20 and then you let the tea/sugar mixture cool for 1-2 hours until it is room temp before you put the SCOBY into the tea mixture. If you add it too soon, you will burn the SCOBY and it will “die”, so be sure it is room temperature! Once you add everything to a 1 gallon glass container, all you have to do is cover it with a coffee filter and place the container in a warm, dark spot in your house then wait 7-10 days! Taste your brew after 7 days to see how fast the fermentation process is occurring.  If it still tastes sweet, let it ferment longer and be sure to taste it every day until it has a slight sweetness, but is not vinegary.  After that, transfer your BUCH to GLASS bottles and place in the refrigerator.  You can reuse any glass bottle that seals well, but I prefer using the “swing top” amber bottles to keep it as fresh as possible. You can find them easily on Amazon or your local brewing store.  *If you would like a little more “zing” to your brew, place the bottles in a dark place for and additional 2-3 days to add a little carbonation, then place in refrigerator.  Then it’s time to enjoy!

I LOVE making my own “BUCH” because it is simple, quick, cheap, nutritious, and super tasty! You can choose the type of tea you use and really customize the flavor after you get more experienced! I have used teas that have a natural fruit flavor and prefer it over adding juices or fruit to my brew for flavor.  I do love adding Young Living essential oils to my Kombucha though right before drinking.  Not only does it enhance the flavor, but increases the health benefits as well! Some of my favorites to add are grapefruit, lemon, ginger, and tangerine! The great thing is…its up to YOU! Give this recipe a try and be sure to contact me if you have any questions, comments, or just want to chat about how amazing Kombucha is!

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Kombucha

 

Kombucha is super easy to make! Give it a try! You can save so much money making your own considering it’s around $3+ per bottle in stores!

Also, be sure to add a few drops of your favorite Young Living essential oils to each individual bottle right before drinking to enhance flavor and bring additional health benefits! Some of my favorites are grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, and ginger!

Make sure you leave a comment or contact me if you try it out or need help getting started!

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Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal experiences. Use of Young Living Essential Oils and other products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. I am not a doctor or healthcare professional.
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