DIY: Healthy Detox Habits

We take our bodies through the proverbial wringer all the time. With processed foods creeping into our cupboards and running out of time to cook homemade meals due to being overworked, taking your body through a gentle cleanse, and subsequently a 30 day cleanse, is a proactive way to combat this.

healthy detox habits

I want you to remember that it is ok to mess up. It's ok to slip here and there. None of us are perfect, and if we were, we would be one big bunch of boring people, right?

The best thing about all of this is that it is SIMPLE and will be easily integrated into your already busy lifestyle! I know you are busy. I KNOW it. Even when most of us have a moment for a breather or some down time, we usually find a way to fill that void with some sort of productive activity instead of kicking back and relaxing.

I want you to remember that it is ok to mess up. It's ok to slip here and there. None of us are perfect, and if we were, we would be one big bunch of boring people, right? SO, that being said, give yourself permission to be imperfect, and fill yourself with as much love and gratitude as you can muster while you are cleansing. You may be prone to grumpiness in the beginning, and that is ok. Allow yourself those moments and move forward with love.

I'm here to to support you and I'm always around for questions!

Let’s Cleanse that Body!

Start with Lemon

How do I Start?

Likely the most important thing I can tell you is to start out slow and gentle.

The simplest part of your daily cleanse is going to be adding a drop of Lemon essential oil to a glass of water, three times throughout your day. Not only will this encourage you to drink more water, but it will also flush out some of the yuck you may be carrying around with you. Take a look at how LEMON can support your body:

  • Naturally cleanses the body and aids in digestion

  • Supports healthy respiratory function

  • Promotes a positive mood and cognitive ability

  • Helps ward off free radicals with its antioxidant benefits

  • Soothes an irritated throat

So I am sure you can see why adding this to your current routine would be super beneficial! Even if you only choose to do this, you will really be supporting your body in a gentle and wonderful way! My top tip when doing this is to always start with one drop! You can always choose to add more in the future, but for now…

Start with one!

Powerful Vitamin Trio

Powerful Vitamin Trio

I have to share about the vitamin supplements that I use personally to support my nutrition and promote an overall sense of well being! Of course I’m talking about the Lifelong Vitality trio! What is fab about them is that they also gently cleanse the body while simultaneously nourish it through vitamins, minerals, essential oils, and whole food nutrients.

This triad of awesomeness is compiled of xEO Mega, Micro Plex MVp, and Alpha CRS+. The recommended full daily dose is 4 of each, for a total of 12 vitamins. These are to be taken with food. Don't take your vities on an empty stomach, please!

HOWEVER, starting out with 1 of each and seeing how you feel is the best way to go when you are taking a gentler approach to a cleanse. You know your body better than anyone else, so listen to it and follow your gut. Literally.

Follow. Your. Gut.

Another sweet benefit to these supplements is that you can take them all the time. My husband and I take them every day, and they really give us that extra little something to get us though our days!

If you take a look at this post I did here, you can see all of the valuable benefits to these supplements, and to be honest, this barely scratches the surface!

Simple. Gentle. Effective.

Fill up your Smoothie Cup

Fill up your Smoothie Cup

This is my HANDS down, ABSOLUTE, FAVORITE, Smoothie recipe ever! It doesn’t take very much time to prepare, it’s super tasty and incredibly filling. This recipe will make enough for 2 large servings or 3 small-medium servings.

You will need:

  • Peppermint Essential Oil

  • Vanilla TrimShake Protein

  • Raw Local Honey

  • Coconut Water

  • Fresh Mango or Strawberries (I like Mango!)

  • Fresh Lime (or Lime Essential Oil)

  • Himalayan Pink Salt

  • Avocado

  • Ice

Directions:

  • Add 2 cups of coconut water to your blender. Add in 1 or 2 scoops of the Vanilla TrimShake. Take about 1 cup of mango and add that to your blender. Shake or grind a bit of the salt into your hand, and pinch off a bit to add to the blender.

  • Halve and remove the pit from the avocado. Add both halves to the blender. (No skin of course!)

  • Cut the Lime in half and squeeze about 2tbs worth (or more if you like!) in. If you are using Lime essential oil instead, use 2-3 drops.

  • Squeeze or spoon in about 2tbs of your honey. Put the ice in the blender. And of course, last but not least, add 1 drop of peppermint essential oil. YES! One drop is plenty. I promise!

  • Go ahead and blend until your delicious drink is nice and smooth, with no lumps or ice chunks. Pour into pretty glasses and enjoy with a friend or by yourself! YUM!

And that is it my darling! A very simple system to create healthy detox habits in your life! If you are looking for a longer cleanse, I have a free PDF you can download below!

Green Mandarin

You may already be familiar with Red Mandarin oil from other limited time offers; Green Mandarin comes from the same mandarin tree, but is from the unripened fruit instead of the mature fruit. Its aroma is slightly sweet and floral with a tang of citrus! As with other citrus oils, it is uplifting when worn on the skin or diffused. Unlike other citrus oils, Green Mandarin has no photosensitivity! Yay!

Green Mandarin Essential Oil

Limonene, one of the main chemical components of Green Mandarin essential oil, is renowned for its surface cleansing properties. Limonene may also help support cellular function, along with γ-Terpinene. Green Mandarin may provide antioxidant support and help support cardiovascular health. Create a bright and energized environment while diffusing the sweet, refreshing aroma of Green Mandarin throughout your home or workplace.

Emotionally uplifting and blissfully fragrant, Green Mandarin is unique among citrus oils and offers a wide variety of uses. Its fruity aroma has subtle floral undertones, making it a desirable addition to natural perfumes and cosmetics. Thanks to its unique chemistry, it offers remarkable skin and hair benefits similar to those from Melaleuca (Tea Tree). Green Mandarin is known for its soothing properties on the nervous system and its ability to support healthy digestive, immune, and respiratory function. Green Mandarin promotes a cheerful, energized mood while soothing feelings of upset or oversensitivity.

You can also use Green Mandarin internally for soothing the nervous system, supporting the healthy function and response of the immune system, and supporting the digestive system.

Green Mandarin oil is sustainably sourced in Brazil. The doTERRA network of Brazilian citrus farmers uses the income from their green mandarin harvest to cover farming costs for the year. Later, their red mandarin harvest (from the fully ripened fruit) is mostly for profit. This creates a sustainable, steady income throughout the year for small and large scale growers, reduces green waste, and yields two beautiful essential oils with unique chemistry.

Mandarin trees needs to be thinned while the fruit is still young and unripe. Approximately 60-70 percent of the green fruit is removed from the tree during this thinning process. In the past, this unripe fruit was discarded or left on the ground to decompose, as the fruit too tart to be enjoyed. However, a unique essential oil is contained in these young, unripe fruits. The cold-pressed green rinds yield a fragrant, uplifting oil distinct from that of fully ripened mandarins (which is known as Red Mandarin essential oil). Green Mandarin offers a wider range of benefits than most other citrus oils and may be preferred for cosmetic use.

USES

  • Incorporate Green Mandarin in your home as a food preservative or dilute it in a spray bottle to clean the surfaces of your kitchen.

  • May help soothe the nervous system when taken internally.

  • Incorporate into your oral hygiene routine to promote healthy-looking teeth.

  • Take one to two drops to help support healthy immune function and response.

  • Diffuse with Basil, Sandalwood, Lavender, or Spearmint to experience the positive emotional benefits of these essential oils.

Initially, to get Green Mandarin in your home, you would have had to purchase the Harmony Aroma Handcraft Collection earlier this year! However, it has become a permanent addition to our product line and is available today!

Get your Green Mandarin!

Diffuser Jewelry & Blends

Sometimes we want to take our fancy diffuser blends with us on the go, whether we are traveling, or just headed to the grocery store. (Am I right?!) So I wanted to share a fun DIY recipe with you today to make your own diffuser jewelry, and of course, some awesome blends to wear!

This Aromatherapy Jewelry is made out of natural terra-cotta clay that absorbs essential oils. While this tutorial is for a necklace, try making any type of jewelry: earrings, necklaces, bracelets, pendants, beads, etc. Once the clay is sculpted and dried, add a few drops of an essential oil or blend to the jewelry to experience the power of essential oils throughout the day. This DIY can also be use to make car air fresheners, Christmas ornaments, key chains, and more.

Items Needed

  • Terra-cotta clay
  • Sand paper
  • Stamps (small—no more than 1 inch in diameter)
  • Shish kabob stick or toothpick
  • String
  • 1–1 ¼ inch round cut-out object
  • Rolling pin (or pen/pencil will work)
  • Scissors
  • Aluminum foil
  • Wax paper

Tip: Store your scented jewelry when it is not being worn in your linen closet or dresser drawers to keep fabrics smelling great.

Instructions

  1. Grab a handful of terra-cotta clay and rub in palms of hands until it’s soft and pliable.
  2. Place a piece of wax paper on the table.
  3. Use the rolling pin to roll out the clay until it is ⅛ inch thick.
  4. Take the round object and press firmly into the clay to make circle pendants.
  5. Remove the excess clay from the cut out pendants. Take each pendant and stamp a design into clay.
  6. Take a shish kabob stick or toothpick and make a hole in the pendant. Make sure the hole is big enough to fit two strands of string into.
  7. With the left over clay, make a few small round beads and put a medium to large size hole in the center of it.
  8. Once all the pendants have holes, place them on a cookie sheet covered in aluminum foil and bake or air dry according to the specifications provided with your clay.
  9. If baking in the oven, be careful to not overbake. They may seem bendable as soon as they are taken out of the oven, but they will harden once cooled completely.
  10. Once cool, use sandpaper to lightly smooth away any rough edges. It will temporarily change the color of the clay, but will return to normal once essential oils are applied.
  11. Take a string and cut it to desired length. Add 4–5 extra inches just to be safe.The string can be cut shorter later on.
  12. Take the pendant and put both ends of the string through the hole. Pull the ends through and put them through the loop. Pull tight. This will help the pendant lay flat on your chest.
  13. For a longer necklace, tie the two strings together.
    Tip: For a shorter necklace, tie one end of the necklace in a knot a couple inches down. Place a bead on next and then tie a knot on top of the bead so it remains securely in place. On the other end of necklace, tie a loop that is large enough for the bead to fit through. Cut off any extra string. To take your necklace on and off, simply put the bead in the hole that will act as a clasp.
  14. Add 1 drop essential oil or blend to the pendant. Rub the oil around.

Enjoy the benefits of essential oils throughout the day. If the scent begins to fade, add another drop to the pendant. Remember, a little essential oil goes a long way.

 

Diffuser Jewelry Recipes

Fresh Rainshower
  • 3 drops Vetiver
  • 3 drops Lemon
Good Juju
  • 3 drops Frankincense
  • 3 drop Balance
  • 3 drops Clary Sage
Focus & Energize
  • 3 drops Lemon
  • 2 drops Peppermint
Mint Creamsicle
  • 4 drops Citrus Bliss
  • 3 drops Spearmint
Boho Life
  • 3 drops Patchouli
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 1 drop Eucalyptus

I hope you have fun making these diffuser jewelry pieces! If you're not into DIY, you can find my favorite diffuser jewelry here! Which blends are you most excited to wear out and about? 

DIY Natural Lip Stains

Lip stains make for a perfect DIY project because they only contain a few ingredients, and the colors are completely customizable. These recipes contain Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint and Grapefruit oils, which can all create an invigorating aromatic experience when applied topically.

Ingredients and Flavors:

Lemon-Cherry 5 cherries 1 drop Lemon oil 1 teaspoon Fractionated Coconut Oil

Lavender-Blackberry 5 blackberries 1–2 drops Lavender oil 1 teaspoon Fractionated Coconut Oil

Raspberry-Blackberry Peppermint 5 blackberries 5 raspberries 2 drops Peppermint oil 1 teaspoon Fractionated Coconut Oil

Pomegranate-Grapefruit 2–3 tablespoons pomegranate seeds 1 drop Grapefruit oil 1 teaspoon Fractionated Coconut Oil

Instructions

  1. Place your chosen fruit and essential oil into a small bowl.
  2. Add coconut oil and mash the fruit into a soupy mixture.
  3. Drain the liquid into an airtight container, removing any chunks.
  4. Store in refrigerator for long-term use.
  5. Apply a layer or two to lips and enjoy your customized, 100 percent natural, gorgeous lip stain.

Are you going to give these lip stains a try? I can't wait to hear what you think!

Aromatherapy Top Notes

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Aromatherapy can be much like the fragrance industry, in the sense that there are top notes, middle notes, and bottom notes in the different aromas of essential oil. I wanted to share a fun guide with you today, that has all of my favorite top note essential oils. These oils can help to create a sharp, fresh, and light aroma that evaporates more quickly than other notes. They also provide stimulating, cleansing, and uplifting effects on the mind and body. Let's jump in and chat about these top note oils, and what makes them so great.

Basil

Ocimum basilicum 

Aroma: Sweet, herbaceous, and fresh.The spicy, yet herbal nature of Basil makes it a versatile oil that can be used to promote focus and alertness. Blends well with Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, Geranium, Lemongrass, Marjoram, and Rose.

Bergamot

Citrus bergamia

Aroma: Fresh, fruity, sweet, and spicy. With both calming and uplifting abilities, Bergamot can dissipate anxious feelings while simultaneously providing cleansing and purifying benefits. Blends well with other citrus oils, Roman Chamomile, Coriander, Lavender, Neroli, and Rosemary.

Clary Sage

Salvia sclarea

Aroma: Heavy, mellow, floral & nutty. With uses dating back to the Middle Ages, Clary Sage essential oil includes relaxing and soothing properties that help with rejuvenation and calming of the skin. Blends well with, Bergamot, Frankincense, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Juniper Berry, and Lavender.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus radiata

Aroma: Sharp, fresh, and camphorous. Used to cleanse surfaces and the air, Eucalyptus essential oil can help promote feelings of relaxation and clear breathing. Blends well with Bergamot, Cedarwood, Cypress, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Thyme, and Melaleuca.

Fennel

Foeniculum vulgare

Aroma: Strong, sweet, green, and licoricey. With several health benefits dating back to ancient Rome, Fennel essential oil can still be used to promote healthy digestion and respiratory function,promote healthy metabolism, liver function, and circulation. Blends well with, Basil, Geranium, Juniper Berry, Lemon, and Rosemary.

Ginger

Zingiber officinale

Aroma: Warm, pungent, woody, and spicy. Ginger is best known as a digestive aid and for helping to ease occasional indigestion and nausea. Ginger essential oil can also be applied topically or inhaled for a soothing aroma. Blends well with, Cardamom, Cedarwood, Citrus oils, Coriander, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Geranium, Juniper Berry, and Rosemary.

Grapefruit

Citrus X paradisi

Aroma: Sweet, sharp, and citrusy. Grapefruit essential oil can provide an uplifting environment due to its invigorating and energizing aroma, while acting as a purifying agent when added to a skin care routine. Blends well with, Basil, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Rose, and Ylang, Ylang.

Juniper Berry

Juniperus communis

Aroma: Pungent, green, fresh, and woody. With the ability to cleanse and purify the air, the fresh aroma of Juniper Berry essential oil can produce a calming, grounding effect. Blends well with, Cedarwood, Citrus oils, Frankincense, Geranium, Lemongrass, Melissa, Rosemary, and Sandalwood.

Lemon

Citrus limon

Aroma: Penetrating, fresh, sweet, and green. The cleansing, purifying, and invigorating properties of Lemon make it one of the most versatile oils, not to mention the top-selling essential oil that doTERRA offers. Blends well with, Cardamom, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Lavender, Rose, Sandalwood, and Ylang Ylang.

Lemongrass

Cymbopogon flexuosus

Aroma: Sharp, powerful, sweet, and citrus-like. Lemongrass essential oil promotes healthy digestion and acts as an overall tonic to the body’s systems when ingested. It’s also purifying and toning to the skin, and is frequently used in skin care products for these benefits. Blends well with, Basil, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, and Rosemary.

Lime

Citrus aurantifolia

Aroma: Citrus, sharp, sweet, and fresh. Known for its distinct aroma and taste, Lime provides cleansing benefits when taken internally or used topically—making it the perfect oil for purifying skin, air, and surfaces. Blends well with, Clary Sage, Lavender, and Neroli.

Melissa

Melissa officinalis

Aroma: Sweet, lemony, fresh, and green. With the ability to positively affect mood, Melissa essential oil is often used to reduce tense feelings, promote relaxation, and calm feelings of nervousness.Blends well with Basil, Roman Chamomile, Geranium, Ginger, Jasmine, Juniper Berry, Lemon, Neroli, Wild Orange, Rose, and Ylang Ylang.

Peppermint

Mentha piperita

Aroma: Clean, fresh, and penetrating. Peppermint helps alleviate occasional stomach upset and promotes healthy respiratory function when taken internally. Peppermint continues to be one of the best-selling favorites among doTERRA essential oils. Blends well with, Black Pepper, Cedarwood, Lemon, Marjoram, and Rosemary.

Petitgrain

Citrus aurantium

Aroma: Bittersweet, fresh, and floral. Petitgrain delivers calming and relaxing benefits to ease feelings of tension and stress. Historically, Petitgrain essential oil has been used for cleaning purposes and it has been used internally to support healthy immune system and nervous system function. Blends well with, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Geranium, Lavender, Melissa, Neroli, Wild Orange, Rosemary, and Sandalwood.

Rosemary

Rosmarinus officinalis

Aroma: Spicy, pungent, and pine-like. Long revered by experts, Rosemary was considered sacred by the ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Hebrew cultures, and helps to reduce nervous tension and occasional fatigue. Blends well with, Basil, Citrus oils, Frankincense, Lavender, and Peppermint.

Spearmint

Mentha spicata

Aroma: Minty and fruity. Spearmint's sweet, refreshing aroma is cleansing and uplifting, making it ideal to evoke a sense of focus and positive mood. Blends well with, Basil, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Rosemary, and Sandalwood.

Melaleuca

Melaleuca alternifolia

Aroma: Pungent, spicy, and camphorous. Melaleuca, or Tea Tree oil, is best known for its purifying qualities, which make it useful for cleansing the skin and home surfaces, purifying the air, or promoting healthy immune function. Blends well with, Clary Sage, Clove, Lavender, Rosemary, and Ylang Ylang.

Thyme

Thymus vulgaris

Aroma: Sweet and fresh. Thought to impart courage to its bearer, Thyme was given to knights and warriors before they went into battle by ladies of the Middle Ages. During this same period, Thyme was often placed beneath pillows to help promote a peaceful sleep and to ward off nightmares. With a specific chemistry that supports a healthy immune system, Thyme is a potent, warm essential oil that holds powerful cleansing and purifying properties. Blends well with, Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Rosemary, and Melaleuca.

You can download a PDF version of this guide to keep on your device as a handy helper below!

Cleanse your Body

Today, we are going to talk about cleansing your body of toxic crap. Yes, I've talked about doing a Simple Detox before, but that's not what we are talking about today. I'm talking about the crap that is lurking in your bathroom cupboards... ahhh yes, I think you know what I mean! Yep. Your 4,000 Bath and Body Works Products! Cleanse your body, by detoxing the Bathroom. You didn't think this was going to be a minimalist post... but it totally is. In any case, our bathroom is a reflection of how we are feeling! How messy is yours right now?

Confession time.

I am a former Bath & BodyWorks hoarder. A queen if you will. I’m a sucker for pretty smelling things, but I am not a fan of chemical concoctions. Since 2013 I’ve gone totally hippie and use oils & natural solutions for everything in my home, to make things smell good (including myself!) and it’s been great! No judgement here if you are a hardcore BBW fan! I indulge in a candle or a lotion once in a blue moon... usually around fall since it’s my favorite time of the year, and I love Pumpkin smelling anything! I digress... what I want to focus on in this chapter is the 46 different body lotions, washes, and sprays you have that are taking up 3 cabinets worth of space in your bathroom. Or maybe have even overflowed into a second bathroom!

Ask yourself this question, “Do I need all of these?” Don’t give yourself credit here. You know, I know, and all the other mamas reading this know the answer.

No.

You don’t need all of them.

I promise.

You really don’t need them.

You need water. You need sleep. You need food. You need human contact and physical touch. You need a creative outlet. You don’t need 4,000 Bath & BodyWorks products. Now that we got that out of the way, I think you see where I’m headed. Narrow it down mama! No one is telling you to trash it all. By all means if you have brand new ones that you don’t want or really intend to use, donate them to a shelter or to your church. Someone will be totally thrilled and grateful to receive that goodie. If you don’t like to waste, create a small (keyword SMALL) bin with some extras that you will use once the ones in your shower are empty and store the bin in a linen cupboard out of reach of little hands. If you're wanting to go full detox, and remove it all, go for it. There are so many amazing body care and skincare products offered by doTERRA, that I've got you covered! (without the toxic crap!)

Now take this same process and apply it to the other toiletries in your cupboards. And the items in your medicine cabinet! Check the dates on any medications to see if they are expired. If they have expired, please be sure to look up and see how to dispose of them properly. Take a look at your towels. Do you have enough towels in your bathroom for everyone that uses that bath or shower? Or do you have more than enough and could shed a few to a guest cabinet/linen closet/or donate to a local animal shelter? How many bottles of shampoo and conditioner are in your shower? Is it for a practical reason, like a special hair/scalp condition? Or is it because you just randomly have 4 different shampoos because you never use them up? Or maybe you have empty bottles in the shower you intend to throw out each time but never do. Whatever the case, assess the space. Identify what you need in there, and respond accordingly.

  1. Set a Timer Working in intervals will help you prevent yourself from burning out. If you set out to clear out a space and it seems overwhelming, set the timer. Depending on how you are feeling, you can work anywhere from 5 minute intervals up to 30 minute intervals. Make sure that you are taking breaks in between, as it is important to sustain your energy to continue. My favorite thing about this too, sometimes I like to race the clock and see who dings first!
  2. Rock some Tunes Maybe there are some people out there that work best in silence, but that is SO not me! I need some good jams to keep me in an upbeat mood so that I'm not grouchy mom when my 5 year old interrupts me. Make yourself a playlist and get going. You know what lights you up, so put it together and turn it up! Who cares if your kids look at you funny while you're rocking out to *NSYNC?

It could just be me... haha I don’t know why, but the bathroom(s) seem like such a huge chore. Maybe it’s because we feel like we are drowning amongst the warm vanilla sugar and japanese cherry blossom, and just don’t know how to move forward. Or we get side tracked and start judging our cleaning skills (or lack thereof) and start scrutinizing everything we see, from the toilet ring to the dust behind the toilet. No judgement here. You are in the process of detoxing and clearing out your space. Once it is clear, then you will have no trouble getting it clean.

This is also a good time to evaluate if the products you are using are products you want to continue using. I’m not telling you to go hippie like I did, (okay, okay, I secretly am) but if you are looking to use greener-cleaner products in your home... now is the time to do it. If you are letting go of the chemicals and fragrance, cool. remember that what we put on our bodies, goes into our bodies! I have tons of natural and DIY recipes all over the blog, so poke around! If you're not ready for that yet, still cool! You gotta use what makes you happy and what makes you feel good.

I hope that this was super helpful and helps you tackle all of the bathrooms in your home!

Slim & Sassy

If you are pursuing weight loss goals, there's an oil that can help with that! One of my favorite essential oil blends is called Slim & Sassy, and it is pure magic!  The Slim & Sassy Metabolic Blend was specifically designed as a natural way to manage hunger cravings, calm the stomach, and uplift mood. When used as part of a healthy weight management program and combined with a healthy diet and exercise, Slim & Sassy can help boost metabolism and curb hunger cravings! One of my secret tips... add a drop of Slim & Sassy to your On Guard Toothpaste in the morning for an extra burst of energy!

When you are working toward a weight loss goal, it can be tough to change your habits and take control of your appetite. Overeating can set you back in your goals for weight management if you aren’t careful, but the Slim & Sassy blend can help control your appetite and keep you from overeating. Take Slim & Sassy oil internally before meals in order to reduce the likelihood of overeating and to help control your appetite. A major benefit of the Slim & Sassy oil blend is its ability to help promote a healthy metabolism. Those who use the Slim & Sassy Metabolic Blend can rest easy knowing that this proprietary blend is diuretic, stimulant, and calorie-free—characteristics that can be difficult to find in a weight management product.

A good workout is also an important part of any weight loss plan. However, sometimes we lack energy and enthusiasm when we think about working out. Consider adding a few drops of the Slim & Sassy Metabolic Blend to your water or tea before you work out to give yourself a revitalizing energy boost. The herbal, spicy properties of Slim & Sassy oil will help you perk up and get ready for a successful workout. Because of its vibrant, spicy scent, Slim & Sassy oil can help give you the positive mood you need during a vigorous workout, when used aromatically. Consider diffusing the Slim & Sassy oil blend during your workout to help uplift your mood and give you the positivity you need to keep going. With an invigorating scent nearby, you’ll have the mental and physical strength to make it through your workout.

While Slim & Sassy oil was designed to boost metabolism and control cravings, it can also be helpful when you need to calm your stomach or uplift your mood. As you carry out a weight management plan, you might be changing your diet, which could cause the occasional stomach distress. As you change your diet, exercise plan, and daily routine, you are also bound to feel discouraged or overwhelmed at times. With all of these emotional and physical changes happening, take Slim & Sassy to help calm your stomach troubles and uplift your mood.

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So we know there are wraps flying all around left and right, but can we make our own non-toxic version with ingredients we can pronounce? YES! Yes we can! And we can do it with our fab Slim & Sassy oil blend!

Here are two simple recipes that will make TONS of body wraps and save money by doing it yourself! Plus, if you are purchasing your oils at wholesale cost, you have even more savings! If you know me at all, you KNOW I love love LOVE diy projects, and this one again, is SUPER simple. I have 2 recipes here, one that you can make a large spray bottle for, and one for a quick one time application. Whichever route you go, you are going to be spending pennies per drop of oil, versus dollars per wrap. Sound good to you? Here you go!

WRAP #1

  • 4oz Glass Spray Bottle
  • Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • 40 drops Slim & Sassy
  • 15 drops Eucalyptus
  • 15 drops Wintergreen
  • 10 drops Peppermint
  • 10 drops Lavender
  • 10 drops Grapefruit
  • 5 drops Cypress

DIRECTIONS

Add the oils to your bottle first, and then fill the rest of the way with the fractionated coconut oil. Shake it up! If you want to, you can take measurements before you wrap your body. Spray the wrap solution onto the desired areas that you wish to wrap. FIRST place a muslin cloth or ace bandage on the area you are wrapping. THEN you can use a plastic wrap to help secure everything.

WRAP #2

  • 1 Tbsp of Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • 5 drops Slim & Sassy
  • 5 drops Grapefruit

DIRECTIONS

Apply to target area and wrap with some sort of cloth. Secure with plastic wrap.

You can leave either of these wraps on for 3-5 hours, or if possible you can leave on overnight. Make sure you are drinking lots of water (with Lemon oil too!) When you are done wrapping, you can take measurements again. Enjoy!

Let me know how it works for you! Share your results with me!

DIY Christmas Ornament Crafts

Everyone can use some extra peace and tranquility this holiday season. Give the gift of relaxation through essential oils. Today I am sharing two different Essential Oil Ornament Recipes that are Sure to please your friends and Family!

DIY Bath Salt Ornaments

Disguise an aromatherapy Epsom salt bath treatment as a festive Christmas ornament! When it's not decorating your tree, this ornament will double as a therapeutic addition to your warm bath. Just take the top off and pour it in. Customize the color and aroma of each ornament for everyone on your Christmas list!

IngredientsRound plastic ornaments1 cup Epsom salt (you may need more or less depending on the size of your ornament)5–10 drops favorite doTERRA essential oil Instructions

  1. Mix desired amount of Epsom salt in bowl and add some skin-safe colorant if desired
  2. Add dried herbs or flower petals to mixture for color and added aroma
  3. Add the essential oils of your choice; mix well
  4. Add the bath salt to plastic ornaments until full
  5. Once full, put the top of ornament back on
  6. When ready to use, add desired amount to warm bath

DIY Salt Dough Aromatherapy Ornaments

Adding a personal touch to your presents has never been easier with these aromatherapy salt dough ornaments and gift tags. These ornaments can be given as a wrapping accessory on a present and can then easily be transformed into an ornament for your friends and family to enjoy for many years to come. You can even add essential oils to the ornaments to add some aromatherapy elements. There are multiple ways to decorate, too. You can stamp on an image, paint it, or leave it plain. Either way, your friends and family will love and adore this homemade gift. Ingredients4 cups all-purpose flour1 cup salt1 ½ cups warm waterFavorite doTERRA essential oils Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. Pour flour, salt, and warm water into large bowl.
  3. Using your hands, knead until all ingredients are well-incorporated and dough is smooth.
  4. If mixture is too dry, add 1 tablespoon of water at a time until dough comes together.
  5. Roll out dough on floured surface until ¼ inch thick.
  6. Using cookie cuters, cut out desired shapes and place on cookie sheet  lined with parchment paper.
  7. Using a drinking straw or toothpick, make a hole in top of ornament for threading string.
  8. Place in oven until hard, approximately 1 hour.
  9. Once hard, remove from oven and cool.
  10. Decorate with paint, string, or glitter. Add essential oils by placing one drop on each ornament and allow it to soak in.

Tip: Add some decoration to your ornaments by stamping them. Just place stamp on ink and carefully place on ornament to transfer design before they dry. Note: Baking the ornament will turn the dough slightly brown and may "puff" up some of the ornaments. If you prefer, you can also air dry the ornaments for 2–3 days to help the ornaments remain white and flat.

DIY Candy Cane Sugar Scrub

Looking for a festive and fun way to spread Christmas cheer? Try this fun DIY Candy Cane Scrub made with Peppermint essential oil! This scrub takes only a few ingredients and can easily be customized with your favorite colors and essential oils! If you are wanting to make your own gifts to exchange this year, I can promise this will put you on Santa's Nice list! Ingredients¾ cup white sugar½ cup Fractionated Coconut Oil 12 drops Peppermint oil Skin safe food coloring Tip: In place of white sugar, you could use sea salt. In place of Fractionated Coconut Oil you could use almond oil, grapeseed oil, or olive oil.  Instructions

  1. Combine sugar and Fractionated Coconut Oil in bowl.
  2. Divide mixture equally into two bowls.
  3. In one bowl, add red skin safe food coloring.
  4. Layer red and white scrub to create a ‘candy cane’ effect.

Let me know how yours turns out! Merry Christmas!

DIY Essential Pumpkin Garland

The fall season is my favorite, and I also LOVE to craft, which is why I am super in love with this DIY Essential Pumpkin Garland! Not only is this a no-sew craft you can do with the kids, it's also a secret diffuser! The mixture of Cinnamon, Ginger, Clove and Cardamom are going to leave your home smelling incredible!

This adorable and simple craft from Vicky Barone is perfect to do on your own, or even get the kids involved! Don't limit yourself to Pumpkin shapes... you can create whatever shapes you'd like to celebrate the fall season! Think leaves, apples, or spooky halloween shapes like ghosts and witch hats! Get creative and enjoy this fun craft! You're going to love the aroma of Warm Pumpkin Spice made with your essential oils and the happy fall vibe your craft will bring!

I am really excited I found this craft and can't wait to hear how yours turned out! Let's dive in!

You will need:

  • Felt
  • Fabric Scissors
  • String
  • Hot Glue gun & Glue
  • Cinnamon Essential Oil
  • Ginger Essential Oil
  • Clove Essential Oil
  • Cardamom Essential Oil

Directions:

  • Create a template out of cardstock or a small piece of cardboard. You can trace a pumpkin shape you find online that you like or freehand it. We drew the shape of a pumpkin on a piece of cardstock and cut it out, then drew an oval for the center of the pumpkin and cut that out as well.
  • Use your template to trace the pumpkin and oval shape onto the felt. We used three shades of felt that we thought were pumpkin-y, buy you can choose any colors you’d like!
  • Cut long triangles out of brown felt for the stems and long pointy ovals out of green felt for the leaves. You’ll want these pieces to be long because only a bit of them will actually show and the rest will be glued in place.
  • Glue a brown triangle to the front of a pumpkin shape, then glue a matching oval to the front of that. Flip the pumpkin over and glue a green leaf to the back.
  • Repeat step 4 with the rest of the pumpkin shapes until you have as may as you’d like.
  • Cut a length of string for the garland. Flip each pumpkin over and put two dots of hot glue on the back. Quickly press the string to the hot glue dots. Repeat with the rest of the pumpkins.
  • Add 3 drops of each essential oil to the back of different pumpkins or to a single pumpkin. It may discolor the felt, so be mindful of this.
  • You can hang your garland using washi tape or thumbtacks. You could even make it a table runner for an autumn dinner party.

To see the Full Post from Vicky, click here.

Are you already grabbing your keys and purse so you can head off to the Craft store? I thought so! Let me know when you get back and tell me all about your garland!

Don't forget your Essential Oils!

More Home Recipes

Say hello to more home recipes! I know so many of you loved my original share on My Favorite Home Recipes, and have been asking for more! You asked, and I've listened! Today I am spotlighting a handful of other recipes you can utilize in your home that I just know you're going to love!

Below you will find the recipes, AND a downloadable PDF that includes recipes from my previous post as well! I'm so excited to put all of these recipes together for you in one place so that you can print it out, and keep it where you need it! Please feel free to play with the oils in the recipes to suit your needs and your nose!

I hope you love these recipes just as much as the last! Please let me know what you think, or if there is a recipe you'd like "oilified"! I'm always happy to hear from you! Make sure you download this free PDF so you can save these recipes!

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Cassia

If you are a fan of Cinnamon, you will be a fan of Cassia! These essential oils are similar, but certainly have their differences! Some oil manufacturers actually label their Cassia as Cinnamon to cut costs! No bueno! Extracted from the bark of a Cinnamomum cassia plant, Cassia is a warm and spicy essential oil with a myriad of benefits that can help the mind and the body. For centuries, this sister to the cinnamon spice has been used internally to maintain physical health and aromatically to support emotional well-being. One of Cassia oil’s most prominent health benefits is its ability to promote healthy digestion when used internally. Today I am sharing the benefits of Cassia, as well as a few recipes you are sure to love!

Cassia is also a popular ingredient when making many different entrees, breads, and desserts. This spice is flavorful and can be used to replace cinnamon in a variety of food items. Along with its digestion benefits, Cassia oil can be taken internally to support healthy immune function and to maintain cardiovascular health. Cassia oil is also a powerful agent when used aromatically. In small doses, its strong and spicy aroma can be used to create an uplifting atmosphere that will promote emotional health. The fragrance emitted from Cassia is recognized anciently in the Old Testament for its powerful scent and calming properties. Due to its caustic nature, Cassia oil should be diluted with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil when applied to the skin and can be very strong when inhaled directly.

On an emotional level, "Cassia brings gladness and courage to the heart and soul. It helps those who hold back and try to hide. When a person avoids being the center of attention, Cassia can restore their confidence." - Emotions & Essential Oils

One of the main chemical components of cassia bark and Cassia oil is cinnamaldehyde. This natural chemical is responsible for producing Cassia oil’s warm and spicy aroma. A recent study incorporated in the doTERRA Science Blog suggests that cinnamaldehyde also acts to support healthy molecular function in the kidneys when taken internally. Internal use of cinnamaldehyde is also known to have potential colon benefits.

Exfoliate your skin with this do-it-yourself Festive Fall Sugar Scrub with Cassia oil. This customizable sugar scrub is a wonderful way to soften your skin while also enriching your senses with the fragrances of autumn. In this DIY, you can blend the rich scents of Cassia, Ginger, and Clove essential oils for an uplifting and rejuvenating look and feel your skin will want to thank you for. This sugar scrub is also a great gift for friends, birthdays, baby showers, teacher gifts, or simply showing someone you are thinking of them.

Inspire your senses with this choice doTERRA diffuser blend using Cassia oil. Place 2 drops of Cassia, 4 drops of Wild Orange, and 2 drops of Siberian Fir oil into a diffuser for a refreshing aroma. With Siberian Fir’s calming effect and Wild Orange’s energizing aroma, this diffuser trio is a stabilizing blend you will not want to miss out on.

Cassia essential oil has a wonderful spicy fragrance and can help promote healthy digestion and immune function. Don’t throw away your pumpkin seeds after making jack-o-lanterns this month! Simply roast them in the oven with salt, olive oil, and 1-2 drops of Cassia essential oil for a delicious treat. Below is a beautiful recipes for tasty Cassia Pumpkin Seeds!

Are you excited to add this spicy oil to your collection? It's definitely one of my fall favorites! Comment below and let me know how you are using Cassia in your home!

DIY Bath Bombs

Recharge your body by indulging in a doTERRA Essential Oils diffused bath. Follow these quick and easy DIYs to create unique bath bombs, perfect for at home spa nights. Spice up your average bath bomb with your favorite essential oils, herbs, and flower petals. When you’re all finished, drop one into your bath and fizz your stresses away. Use these DIY  recipes for self-love, your next class, or a girl’s night in! Creating a spa like environment in your home can easily be done using simple household ingredients and essential oils. Bath bombs are a fun way to add excitement to your senses while enjoying the benefits of essential oils. They are also entertaining to use and are loved by both kids and adults alike. Bath bombs are excellent gifts for both adults and children. When making for kids, try adding some color to the mixture. Not only will they love that the water changes colors, but will also love the fizz from the bath bomb. Note: If you don't have a bathtub, these bath bombs can still be effective in a shower. The water will help dissolve the bath bomb and release the aroma of the essential oils into the steam.

Bath Bomb Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup citric acid
  • 10–20 drops essential oil of choice
  • 100 percent pure witch hazel in spray bottle
  • Mold (Plastic, silicone, or metal)
  • Optional: Natural coloring (We used Mica Powder, which can be found here.)

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine baking soda and citric acid.
  2. If using, add ½ teaspoon natural coloring and mix well.
  3. Stir in essential oils.
  4. Spray the entire surface of the mix with witch hazel and mix with hands. Continue to spray and mix rapidly until the mixture holds together.
  5. Quickly press the mixture into desired mold, making sure it is firmly packed. Let mixture set in mold for 20–30 seconds. Gently tap the mold to release bath bombs.
  6. Let dry for 30 minutes or until they are firm and do not fall apart.

Great Oils to Use:

  • Lavender & Eucalyptus
  • doTERRA Serenity®
  • Frankincense & Sandalwood

Below is a simple video tutorial to make these bath bomb recipes. If you don't have any molds to create the bath bombs, you can get  Bath Bomb Molds here. If you are using this recipe at a Make & Take class, you can download recipe cards for your guests too!

Fizzing Bath Bombs

Ingredients

1 cup citric acid1 cup baking soda½ cup cornstarch½ cup doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil8–10 drops favorite essential oil Note: Citric acid can be found at most major supermarkets in the canning section. Tip: You could also use almond oil or olive oil in the place of doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil.

Instructions

  1. In bowl, place citric acid, baking soda, cornstarch, and oil.
  2. Add eight to 10 drops of the essential oil or blend of choice.
  3. Mix well with spoon until soft dough is formed. It should have the consistency of damp sand. Note: If the mixture is too wet, try adding a little more baking soda and cornstarch until consistency is correct.
  4. At this point, you may add food coloring, dried herbs, or flower petals to mixture.
  5. Place mixture in silicone molds. Let sit 24 hours before removing from mold.
  6. To use, drop in tub or shower and allow to dissolve.

Note: Choose an essential oil to best suit your needs. For relaxation, try Lavender or Serenity. For a mood boost, try Wild Orange, Citrus Bliss, or Peppermint.

Confetti Bath Bombs

Rejuvenate after a long week with these Confetti Flower Bombs infused with Citrus Bliss Invigorating Blend. Add it to your bath and enjoy the bubbling, fizzling effect as the bath bombs disinegrate in the water.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup citric acid
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • ½ cup doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • 10 drops Citrus Bliss
  • Sprinkles
  • Food Coloring

Tip: If you don't have a silicone mold, use cupcake liners. 

Instructions

  1. Place citric acid, baking soda, cornstarch, and Fractionated Coconut Oil into bowl
  2. Add Citrus Bliss
  3. Mix well until soft dough is formed. It should have the consistency of mildly-damp sand and should hold together when pressed. If mixture is too wet, add baking soda and cornstarch
  4. Add food coloring and mix until color is evenly distributed
  5. Press mixture firmly into silicone mold and sprinkle the top with your favorite party sprinkles. Let dry for 24 hours before removing from mold
  6. To use, drop in tub full of water and allow to dissolve completely

Let me know which recipe you tried and what oils you used!

Girls Night Fun!

Okay ladies, this one is for you! I don't know about you, but I often get caught up in the day-to-day of life. Chores, kids, meals, work...you know the drill (probably all too well!) I get drained reeealllly easily with all that I have going on, and as much as I ADORE my husband - nothing helps me forget about yoga pants and dried baby food on my shirt like a fun girls night out!

I recently came across this from The Dating Divas, and I think it is SO much fun! This pack has everything you need to make a fun girls night out happen EVERY month! What a great idea - too good not to share!

The pack includes:

  • Girls Night Questionnaire to poll your friends' interests
  • Party Invitations- printable and mobile versions
  • Pretty Party Decor for the first girls night party
  • Party Favors for the ladies AND the guys at home
  • Icebreaker Game called "Whose Lie Is It Anyway?"
  • Organizing Tools for the host to coordinate future get-togethers

This pack is a MUST see! It looks like a much-needed night of pure fun!

Get your Girl's Night Party Started!

I shared some of my Girls Night recipes before, (what a hit!) so I figured I just had to share them again! Here are two quick and easy recipes for you gals to pamper yourselves and have a great time together! I'm a big fan of being pampered, but sometimes I don't want to spend a fortune on it! These super savvy money saving recipes are sure to be a hit with all of your friends!

Girls Night!

Instructions:

  • Beat the egg with a whisk or a fork. and then mix in jojoba oil, and peppermint.
  • Use your fingers to lightly apply the mixture to the face, avoiding your eyes and surrounding area.
  • Leave on the mask for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with cool water and pat dry with a clean towel.

Here is another recipe you can enjoy while you are waiting for your masks to finish!

Girls Night!-2

Instructions:

  • Fill a basin big enough for hands or your feet with warm water
  • Mix powdered milk and essential oil together in a small dish.
  • Add mixture to the water basin and stir
  • Soak tootsies or hands for 10-15 minutes, or longer if you just cant get enough!

Well ladies? Did you have a good time? I would love to see some fun pics of your masks and girls night party fun!

Don't forget to grab your Girl's Night Party Printables!

Melaleuca

More commonly known as "Tea Tree Oil", Melaleuca is widely used all over the world! We use Melaleuca in our home regularly and it's great for so many different reasons! When I was a teenager I used Melaleuca regularly to help cleanse and support my changing skin. I wish doTERRA had been around back then, as I know using a pure oil works SO much better!

If you have used Tea Tree (Melaleuca) oil before, then you know about its amazing benefits. If you haven't, you're sure to find a use that will make you definitely want to add this wonderful oil to your collection. Did you know that Melaleuca oil is good for oral health? Add 3–4 drops of Melaleuca on your toothbrush before adding toothpaste, then brush teeth and gums to promote a clean, healthy mouth.

Diffusing Tea Tree oil can help purify and freshen the air in your home. When diffusing Melaleuca oil on its own, use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice. Looking for a revitalizing diffuser blend that will freshen and purify any room? Add 2 drops of Lemon, 2 drops of Eucalyptus, 1 drop of Melaleuca, and 1 drop of Peppermint to your diffuser for a rejuvenating diffuser bend that will cleanse the air and awaken your senses.

Like I mentioned, Melaleuca is best known for its purifying qualities and its cleansing and rejuvenating effects on the skin. After shaving, apply Melaleuca to keep skin looking smooth, healthy, and free of irritations. Did you know that Tea Tree oil is in 12 of doTERRA's kits? This is a great, versatile oil to have on hand. In Australia, Melaleuca is the third most diverse plant genus with over 250 species. It belongs in the myrtle family, commonly known as paperbarks, honey-myrtles or tea-trees.

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Make this soothing DIY Foot Balm made with Melaleucaoil to moisturize your feet overnight. Do your makeup brushes need some deep cleaning? Tea Tree oil’s benefits for skin and cleansing properties come together in this Makeup Brush Cleanser. Over time, your makeup brushes get covered in old makeup and dead skin cells. If you don’t want to be spreading that all over your face, you’ll need to give your brushes a good cleaning every once in a while. With just three simple ingredients, including Tea Tree essential oil, you can concoct a purifying makeup brush cleanser that will get rid of gunk and germs—restoring your makeup brushes to their former glory.

I would love to know what your favorite way to use Melaleuca is! Share with me and rave all about it!

Laundry Essentials

Whether you have a toddler who loves to make messes, teenagers who constantly produce dirty socks and uniforms, or you just find yourself doing a lot of laundry throughout the week, the doTERRA On Guard Laundry Detergent will make 64 loads of laundry feel like a breeze. This detergent is one of the most used dōTERRA products in our house. I really enjoy using this detergent because of the amazing cleaning properties as well as the nice scent it leaves on the clothes. The best part about this detergent is probably how potent it is, and a little bit goes a long way!

One of the greatest benefits of the doTERRA On Guard Laundry Detergent is that it utilizes essential oils to clean your clothes and leave them with a fresh, pleasant scent. Essential oils like Wild Orange, Cinnamon, and Eucalyptus are commonly used in cleaning products because of their cleansing properties and invigorating aroma. Each bottle of doTERRA On Guard Laundry Detergent includes 10mL of the proprietary doTERRA On Guard blend (a value of $28.00) to leave your clothes with a refreshing, clean scent.

With sports and school starting, your family needs a trusted way to remove any and all stains. Look no further because dōTERRA’s On Guard laundry Detergent is here to save the day! Not only can it clean all your clothes, it can act as a natural stain remover so you can target problem areas in a natural way. All you have to do is use a small amount of the detergent directly on the stained area. Leave it sitting for 3-10 minutes and then wash as directed. Easy, right? With particularly stubborn stains, you can re-apply the detergent before the clothing is dry, and then repeat the wash cycle. After you repeat the wash cycle, let the piece of clothing dry before applying additional stain treatment. Like with any stain remover, it is wise to test the detergent for colorfastness in a small area before treating. This detergent is so effective, you only need to add one tablespoon to your load for the most effective results.

In addition to the use of CPTG high quality essential oils, the doTERRA On Guard Laundry Detergent formula includes other natural ingredients to give users a safe, natural solution for cleaning clothes and lifting stains. The carefully designed formula includes surfactants, stabilizers, and enzymes from natural-based, sustainable sources, so not only is the doTERRA On Guard Laundry Detergent a safe alternative for your family, but it is a more environmentally-friendly option as well. The formula uses a unique combination of natural-based, bio-originated enzymes and a preservative stabilizer made from corn, so you can be sure that you are using a product that is safe for any member of your family.

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With natural ingredients, the doTERRA On Guard Laundry Detergent works on a variety of washable fabrics at all temperatures and is color safe as well. This powerful formula makes each bottle of doTERRA On Guard Laundry Detergent useful for up to 64 loads of laundry. I love that it pairs so well with Wool Dryer Balls, and you can have your clothing super clean and fresh, without dowsing them with chemicals.

Is this a product that you've tried? Let me know!