About 20 years ago, I was in a store called Burlington Coat Factory and found a small bottle of patchouli essential oil.
I read great things about patchouli and was excited to find it! I checked the packaging and the label because I wanted to be sure I was getting pure essential oil. Back then, I did not know that companies had a lot of leeway when they use terminology such as “pure“, “natural”, and “therapeutic“.
I opened the bottle and YUCK … I thought I didn’t like patchouli!
Fast forward to today. I realize that I didn’t like the chemically laced synthetic scent they were trying to pass off as PURE.
I’m so grateful for Young Living’s commitment to purity and quality. They prove to me time and time again that I can trust their claims and labeling 🌿…..
If you want a high quality essential oil, Young Living is the best option available.
While I have an awesome DIY chest rub recipe, I like that there is Thieves Chest Rub available. It helps tackle seasonal colds and coughs that you can feel in your chest.
With natural camphor and menthol along with Eucalyptus oil and the power of Thieves, rub this on your chest to help relieve coughs, soothe nasal passages, and keep you breathing easily and comfortable while you recover.
It provides temporary relief of coughs caused by allergies, cold, minor throat and bronchial irritation. The aromatic vapors soothe nasal passages.
Plus, it’s plant based and formulated free of petroleum, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, synthetic perfumes or dyes, artificial colors, preservatives, or GMO ingredients!
Candles, sprays, plug ins, hand soaps, perfumes, cleaning supplies, etc. all have sweet scents, but none of it natural . Ughhhhh!!!!
– The word “fragrance” can hide any combination of 3000+ chemicals that companies engineer in the lab. Cosmetic manufacturers do not have to disclose smells since that is considered a trade secret. Even many of the so called “essential oils” were lab created. Yupp…they are all fake.
– The majority of candles contain paraffin, a petroleum waste product. They are a suspected cause of cancer, can cause respiratory distress.
– The toxins released from candles are as detrimental as second-hand smoke.
Now, I use Young Living essential oils in a diffuser. Since I started avoiding fragrance, I have noticed less sinus problems. I thought I was doomed to a life of congestion. Not anymore!
I have been all about smoothies the last few weeks !!!
The wonderful thing about summer is that everything is blooming and there are so many fresh fruit and vegetables available. I am happy with all of the different options.
I have heard that you should eat a variety of foods like have colors like the rainbow and I totally agree!
When I make a smoothie, I like to mix it up. Sometimes I have all fruit, but other times I want a little bit of fruit with some vegetables thrown in. I also like to experiment with different spices to provide layers of flavor.
Blueberries and strawberries are two of my favorite fruits and are usually the base for my smoothies. I use these as my starting point and then build the smoothie flavor profile.
Below are two recipes from recent smoothies I made.
Blueberry kale ginger 1 c frozen blueberries 1 c fresh kale 1/2 c almond milk Ice 1 drop Young Living Vitality Ginger essential oil
Strawberry Cardamom 1 c fresh strawberries 1 c almond milk 1 scoop Young Living vanilla spice protein powder Ice 1 drop Young Living Vitality Cardamom essential oil
Instructions are the same for each: Blend all ingredients except the essential oil for 60-75 seconds. Stir in essential oil. Serve in chilled glass.
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.