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.

Keep calm and just breathe

There are a lot of reasons to be anxious, freak out, or just plain worry. Not that it does any good.

Logically we know that worrying is a useless activity.

  • If you can fix the problem, don’t worry. Make a plan and fix it.
  • If you can’t fix the problem, don’t worry. Research what your options are and go from there.

Either way, don’t worry.

But sometimes, your brain doesn’t get the notice and you need a little assistance in calming down. That’s where essential oils can be extremely helpful.

I couple deep breathing exercises with essential oils that are known to have calming properties to help me find my center when life might have me off balanced.

Calm roller recipe

3 drops Cedarwood

3 drops lavender

2 drops Bergamot

2 drops Vetiver

Add drops to a 10ml bottle and fill with fractionated coconut oil (or carrier of your choice)

Chickpeas are delicious!

Looking for a snack that is not full of preservatives?

Making snacks at home can seem challenging but I have an easy recipe for you.

It takes less than an hour to assemble the ingredients and bake these in the oven. Once you are done you will have a very delicious snack that is also very addictive to eat!

Roasted Curry Lime Chickpeas

Ingredients

  • 2 cans Chickpeas, drained, rinsed, dried
  • Olive oil
  • Himalayan pink salt
  • Curry powder
  • Young Living Lime vitality essential oil

Instructions

Toss chickpeas in a little olive oil (about 1/4 tsp)

Arrange in single layer of a large cast iron skillet or cookie sheet.

Bake at 400° for about 45 minutes (stirring every 15-20 minutes).

When chickpeas are golden brown, take out of the oven.

Mix 2 drops Young Living Lime vitality essential oil and 1/2 tsp olive oil.

Pour oil on chickpeas and stir to coat.

Then sprinkle salt and curry powder to your taste. Toss chickpeas for even coverage.

Enjoy.

Release stress with tree oils

I previously posted this in one of my facebook educational groups.

I liked it so much, I wanted to share here:

Scientific studies have shown that trees like pine, fir, cedar and cypress contain phytoncides such as alpha-pinene and beta-pinene (which make up the essential oils of many trees) and these were found to decrease levels of the cortisol stress hormone.

With that in mind, let me share what are my favorite 5 tree oils and why 🌲 🌳 🌲

🌲 Cypress: This oil is not only wonderful for releasing stored emotions, but it helps ease feelings of loss and creates a sense of security. I use in the diffuser because it has helped me to heal emotional trauma in the past. Currently it calms me emotionally, relieves anger and just helps life flow better.

🌲 Cedarwood: This oil’s powerful scent creates a relaxing, calming and comforting environment by stimulating the limbic region of the brain. It is my “Go To” each night for deep restful sleep 😴 I use sometimes in the diffuser with lavender and other times apply by itself neat to my wrists. I also use in my eyelash serum. If you want to do some light reading, google “Cedarwood and pineal gland” 😉

🌲 Northern Lights Black Spruce: This oil is grounding yet uplifting at the same time. I use this in the diffuser at night to relax and unwind. There’s is something very comforting about NLBS and orange for me.

🌲 Sacred Frankincense: This oil promotes confidence and purpose as the feelings of negativity disappear and stimulates the body’s immune system. I use Sacred Frank when I’m studying and meditating to keep my mental focus and allow for a deeper connection.

🌲 Sacred Sandalwood: The deep “woody” Sacred Sandalwood is intoxicating to me. I love the aroma and because of all it’s Oxygenated Sesquiterpenes, it will linger on the skin ALL day. I put a drop behind my ears when I feel I need a little extra clarity. I notice when I turn my head throughout the day, I get light whiffs which help me maintain my focus and vision.

So these are my Favorite 5! Are any of these in your list of faves?

Email me and I can help you purchase 😊

To read more about the study, check it out here

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/17055544/