Saturday, February 25, 2012

Some Cleaning Ideas...

I was relaxing in the tub and reading my All You magazine the other day (All You is a couponing magazine and has lots of fun tricks and tips for doing things well for cheaper - LOVE it!) and I came across a couple of pages with some recipes for cleaners. I started reading them because is one of my new subjects that intrigue me. Guess what? They include ESSENTIAL OILS in them! Wahoo! I was so excited to find that! This year, my goal is to become natural in my cleaning products. This includes making my own laundry detergent and cleaners and whatnot. So these few pages really caught my eye. So just as an idea for some of the recipes, here are a couple of them. These recipes are word-for-word from the magazine, then beneath you will find my comments about them.

Antibacterial Spray
*Use this germ killer on sinks, vanities and toilet seats. White thyme oil (or in this case, doTERRA's Thyme oil) although expensive, inhabits bacterial growth. *
Prep: 2 minutes Cost: $11.57
Yield: Approximately 18 oz (a 2-3 month supply)
Ingredients- 2 cups water, 2 Tbsp liquid castile soap, 1 Tbsp white thyme essential oil, 10 drops lavender essential oil.
Instructions- Using a funnel, pour water, soap and oils into bottle. Shake. Spray and let sit for 20 minutes. Wipe down surfaces with damp cloth. 

Toilet Bowl Blaster!!
*This recipe harnesses baking soda's gentle abrasiveness, vinegar's acidity and the stain-lifting power of the fizz created by mixing the two, plus tea-tree oil's antibacterial capabilities.*
Prep: 2 minutes Cost: 48 cents Yield: 1 cup, enough for 1 use
Ingredients- 1/2 cup baking soda, 10 drops tea-tree essential oil, 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar.
Instructions- Pour baking soda directly into the toilet bowl, add oil, then vinegar- in that order. Let water effervesce for several minutes, then scrub bowl with brush. Flush. 

 *doTERRA's oil is Melaleuca, not tea-tree oil. They are same thing. Melaleuca is great for killing off bad germs and infections and stuff. I really like this REALLY EASY recipe! *

Furniture Polish
*Apply this formula to clean and restore luster to wood furniture. It also may be used to help remove superficial water rings on wood tables.* 
Prep: 1 1/2 minutes Cost: 34 cents Yield: Approximately 2 1/2 oz.
Ingredients- 2 Tbsp olive oil, 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar, 1/4 tsp lemon oil (or fresh lemon juice).
Instructions- Using a funnel, pour olive oil, vinegar and lemon oil into a 8 oz plastic squirt bottle. Shake well to emulsify. Squirt polish onto a microfiber cloth and rub onto finished-wood furniture. Always go with the grain and even distribute polish. Remove any excess polish with a clean cloth. 

*I do not use furniture polish because I don't have nice enough furniture to use it on. Ha ha! But it sounds like a GREAT recipe. If you use it, let me know how it works for ya!*

If you want more, I encourage you to check out this magazine. I know that our local library has this magazine to look at and I think even check out. Of you can try looking it up online at If you are using natural cleaners, I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT IT! I am going to start myself a notebook soon and write all of these recipes down so I have them in one spot to quickly reference to them. So I'd love to hear your recipes. If you are using a natural cleaner, try adding some essential oils to them and I want to know what you think. I'd love to feature you on a post with your great information and experiences! 

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Itchy, Red, Cracking, Bleeding and Dry

What do all of the words in the title have to do with each other?
They are all signs and symptoms of Eczema! Unfortunately, so many people are coming down with this dry-skin demon. So what can be done about it with the oils?

Well, after much research, here is my conclusion. Usually, when there is a problem on the outside, such as a skin issue, it is caused by a problem on the inside. In the case of eczema, it could be a candida problem on the inside. Candida is yeast. Yeast build-up or overgrowth is the cause of SO MANY health problems. Because of this, doTERRA has come up with a cleanse to help get rid of it. It is called the GX Assist and PB Assist. The GX Assist are pills you take daily for cleansing of the skin. You take those for only about 10 days and then you stop those and then take the PB Assist, which are probiotics. This helps your body rest and restore itself after the GX Assist. Now, cleansing candida can be quite the process and eating as raw as you can is always beneficial. You might have to do a couple rounds of the two pills, depending on your body and how bad the candida is. This is safe to do while you are pregnant, though if you are nursing, this is not recommended. The yucky yeast can come out in your milk and trust me, the yeast issue is not fun when you are nursing. Another great thing is to add the Lifelong Vitality pack that I talked about in the last post. That will help a lot too.
Now, if you don't want to do a cleanse, there are a couple of different things you can try for the eczema. With a carrier oil such as doTERRA's fractionated coconut oil, you can use some Geranium, Lavender, Melaleuca, Clear Skin, Oregano or Helichrysm.
For more information or to see some testimonials of what others have done with the oils and eczema, check out this site!
To look at the prices of all of these oils, go to and look around! 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

"Look, Feel, Live Younger, Longer"

How is everybody's new year treating them? Are you sticking to those New Years Resolutions still? ha ha. I am trying my best, though I tend to stray periodically.
Today I want to tell you about a product of doTERRA's that is absolutely wonderful and, I think, should be a part of everybody's daily routine. That is the LLV. Lifelong Vitality pack. These are basically vitamins that you take on a daily basis to do what the title of this post says. The purpose of them is to help you "Look, Feel, Live Younger, Longer". I have been taking them for a while now and can't imagine going back now to a time when I wasn't taking them. I can feel my body slow down when I am not taking them regularly and can definitely tell a difference in how I feel when I am taking them daily. Let me give you the details about what they are exactly.
The LLV pack consists of 3 different bottles of pills. The Micro Plex VMz, AlphaCRS+ and the xEO Mega. 
For the sake of you being able to understand what this trio is all about, I am getting all of my information from HERE.
The Alpha CRS+ Cellular Vitality Complex is a complex to help cells and cellular activity. The primary benefits are
"• Supports healthy cell proliferation and lifespan by reducing oxidative stress to DNA and other critical cell structures
• Supports healthy inflammatory response to oxidative stress in cells
• Supports cellular energy by supporting healthy mitochondria and by supplying metabolic factors of energy production
• Supports healthy cellular immune function
• Supports mental clarity and healthy brain function"
The xEO MEGA Essential Oil Omega Complex is combined from essential oils and the important omega fatty-acids. The primary benefits include:
"• Promotes cardiovascular health by reducing oxidative stress and 
mediating healthy cellular response to inflammatory markers
• Supports health joint function and comfort
• Provides important modulating nutrients for healthy immune function
• Protects against lipid oxidation and supports healthy function of the brain
• Promotes healthy skin"
The MicroPlex VMz Food Nutrient Complex provides your body with all essential vitamins and minerals that most people don't typically get from their diet on a daily basis. The primary benefits are 
"• Provides 22 essential vitamins and minerals to support normal growth, functioning and maintenance of cells
• Fights free radicals with the antioxidants vitamins A, C, and E
• Supports healthy metabolism and cellular energy
• Supports bone health with calcium, magnesium, zinc, and vitamin D
• Supports healthy immune function
• Supports healthy digestion
• Provides systemic benefits of vitality and wellness associated with optimal intake of essential nutrients"

For pregnant and nursing moms, this is a great way to keep both mom and baby healthy! I took them for a little while during pregnancy and then all during the time when I nursed my 4th child. My milk was by far the best I have ever had and I give most of that credit to this wonderful product! 

As with any natural, essential oil product, when you begin using this product, you might experience a little detox. It can be a headache or some nausea. Whatever you feel, it is normal. You can start with a smaller dosage though if you'd like to ease your body into them. I have heard of people losing weight at the beginning of using these pills because of the detox that takes place. Detoxing is not bad. It is just getting rid of the bad, yucky stuff in your body. It is recommended to take the pills for at least 3 months to really notice the complete changes your body is making. I remember seeing differences in the first month though. 

I think you will be surprised at how much healthier you start becoming by taking the steps of changing your diet a bit, drinking more water, using essential oils and adding in this Lifelong Vitality trio. I feel more energized when I am taking these pills and let me tell you, as a mom of four kids and a full-time student and wife, I need all of the energy I can get!!

Feel free to ask any questions and together we can figure out what will work for you. On my autoship, I pay about $60 a month for these great pills. It may seem like a lot, but you will start to see how much healthier you are becoming and you might start spending less on medicine and other vitamins you might be taking. So I urge EVERYONE to consider these. Soon I will post some other personal experiences that people have had concerning the LLV. 

Until next time....HAPPY OILING EVERYONE!