Palmarosa and Lemon for your Laundry

I used to use conventional dryer sheets or fabric softeners because I equated the floral scent to mean my clothes were freshly clean.

I was surprised to learn that these things have ingredients that may be irritants or carcinogens (aka bad stuff). And after I started making non toxic replacements like essential oils on dryer balls, my skin had less breakouts! Go figure.

I like Palmarosa + Lemon on my dryer balls because it’s citrusy and floral all together. My clothes smell like spring 😊.

Fun fact: Once known as Turkish geranium oil or Indian geranium oil, palmarosa was used for centuries by the Turks to adulterate the more costly Turkish rose oil 😏.

Dandelion Lavender whipped body butter

Dandelion Lavender Body butter!!!!

I have wondered for sometime about using what I had always considered as the weeds in my yard for their nutritional value. Years ago, I had a friend to tell me that she wanted to pick dandelions at my house because she was making tea with the flowers. It seems they grow very quickly after the rain and before my husband has a chance to cut the grass.

I started thinking about what were some other uses for dandelions. I did some research and discovered dandelion flowers have a lot of vitamins and antioxidants in them. This is especially useful when you are putting it on your skin.

That is why I began the task of making my own whipped body butter.

This was not a labor-intensive project but definitely took a lot of patience!

For my first batch, I did not let my oil steep as long as it should have ( I was too impatient). But I have some more oil that is steeping and will have more of the dandelion nutrients.


My whipped body butter:

  • 1/2 cup dandelion infused coconut oil
  • 1/2 cups Shea butter
  • 15 drops @youngliving lavender essential oil

Melt the Shea butter in a double boiler

Remove from heat and add in the dandelion infused coconut oil and lavender essential oil

Cool until slightly opaque. Mix with whip attachment in a kitchenaid type stand mixer or hand blender for 5-10 minutes. It will have soft peaks.

To make the dandelion infused oil:

pick 2 cups dandelion flowers and dry 7-10 days on a cookie sheet

put in 16oz jar, top with coconut oil (preferred organic unrefined cold pressed) and cover and allow to sit in a warm spot 4-5 days.

strain and use oil in recipes

Happy Hour with Ningxia Red

N I N G X I A R E D is a proprietary superfruit drink blended with balanced ingredients INCLUDING essential oils and WHOLE Ningxia Wolfberry Puree for a WHOLE BODY nutrient infusion!

-The Ningxia wolfberry contains ALL essential amino acids AND is one of the most protein dense fruits on the planet (it contains 13-16% protein by weight!), so not ONLY are you getting all amino acids, but you’re also getting them from a RICH, DENSE source!


-the wolfberry is the highest WHOLE FOOD source of potassium of any known food on the planet-the wolfberry has been used in traditional Chinese medicine & has been a part of the Chinese diet for over 2000 years.

So many wonderful health benefits! End it is great to use when making a cocktail 😊


COVID-19 Happy Hour Special


1 oz vodka

2 oz moscato wine

1oz Ningxia red

enough club soda to fill the 6oz glass


Have all ingredients chilled so you don’t need ice. I chopped some strawberries and added to glass with frozen blueberries

Elderberry Syrup- perfect for immune boosting

At last! I made some Elderberry syrup.

Why elderberry? Like NingXia, the elderberry is high in antioxidants, but it supports our bodies in different ways. It’s particularly helpful in keeping our respiratory systems healthy.

Of course, I added wolfberries and infused my syrup with immune boosting essential oils. I’m extra like that 😉.

Ingredients:

-1 cup dried organic elderberries

-1 cup dried wolfberries

-4 cups of water

-1 inch ginger cut in small pieces

-2 cinnamon sticks

-1 cup of raw honey 🍯 BUY LOCAL 🍯

-10 drops Lemon Bark Vitality

-10 drops Thieves Vitality

Directions:

1. In a medium saucepan add your water, elderberries, wolfberries, ginger, cinnamon sticks.

2. Bring to a boil.

3. Cover and reduce heat. Simmer for about 45 minutes.

4. While your berries simmer, mix your vitality oils into your honey.

5. Remove syrup from heat and mash berries with a spoon and pour through a strainer. Discard the berries.

6. Return to simmer until the liquid is reduced by half and remove from heat (optional step).

7. When no longer hot, stir in your essential oil infused honey.

8. Store in a mason jar(s) in the fridge. Should make about 24 oz of syrup.

Healthy Skin is quick and easy #DIYFacetoner

Making your own face toner wipes is so easy!

I see so many face toner recipes that have tea tree oil in them but there are so many different essential oils that you can also use for your face toner. I like tea tree but I like a little variety as well!

I prefer to use fennel because it is a natural astringent. I have oily skin and need something that is going to help reduce the shine but not strip my skin of it’s natural oils.

After doing some research, I have found that juniper essential oil is a great complement to fennel and it has cleansing properties as well. It is a tree oil, so you have that woodsy aroma.

I also add lavender because it is a calming and soothing oil for the skin.

Hydrosols are aromatic waters produced during the distilling process. They offer many of the same naturally occurring constituents as your favorite essential oils but in a lower concentration. As such, it can help balance the skin’s pH after cleansing, refresh, and hydrate your skin. I’m using Young Living’s Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood hydrosol because it has some of the same benefits of using sandalwood which helps support healthy skin.

TOW DIY Face Toner

  • 10 drops lavender
  • 6 drops fennel
  • 5 drops juniper
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup Witch hazel
  • 2 tablespoons Royal Hawaiian sandalwood hydrosol (optional)

Mix and pour into 4 oz glass jar.

***Note: make sure your witch hazel says that it is pure witch hazel and not witch hazel mixed with alcohol. The benefits of using pure witch hazel is that it is a natural astringent which helps reduce skin irritation and fight acne without drying out your skin. I use Thayers unscented.