March Essential Rewards Order

March Essential Rewards Order

Well, no video this time, but I do want to take a few minutes to share what I got this month from my March Essential Rewards order. Better late than never, right?! The weeks have kind of gotten away from me and I definitely meant to post this closer to the start of April. We’ve been on vacation and having friends in town recently and this has kept me busy busy! This month I made sure to re-order some of my favorite mood-boosting oils that I can’t wait to share with you all. I also got some PROMOS (read: free stuff) just for being an essential rewards member, which is always great! You may notice a theme that I usually try to order right around the 100PV range in my ER orders and I tend to focus on replacing my favorite oils or trying a new oil here and there. I’m hoping to try more of Young Living’s other wonderful oil-based products in the next few months though 🙂

March Essential Rewards Order

  1. Citronella 15ml essential oil– I ordered this oil for the first time anticipating that summer weather is coming fast! Last year I did make myself a DIY outdoor spray with several essentials oils to keep the outdoor pests away, and it worked fairly well for me. I loved that it wasn’t sticky and didn’t leave a nasty smell on me that lasted for hours and hours. I am looking to step up my outdoor spray a little more this year (recipe to come soon!!) by adding Citronella EO. My husband is a big baby when it comes to bugs and claims that they target him because of his blood type (*eye roll* anyone know if there’s real science to this?) so the fact that he’s open to trying a homemade remedy means I need it to work! Can’t wait to try Citronella!
  2. Peace & Calming 5ml essential oil- THIS! Because it was out of stock for a long time, I always feel I need to order P&C when I get the chance. I love P&C and swear by it for its calming and soothing properties. Young Living has had to limit the number of P&C each member can order per month because it is so popular and goes out of stock often. While this can be frustrating, I’m so glad that Young Living does not compromise on quality with blends like this just so they can sell more bottles! That being said, I have learned how to live without P&C when needed and lean on other oils. So when I get the chance to order it, I hoard my drops for only when I really need them 🙂 I diffuse P&C after a long day, when there’s a thunder storm to help calm my fur babies, and when I’m feeling especially stressed or worried about something. It is a blend of several oils that are designed to promote feelings of relaxation and calm in adults and kiddos alike.
  3. Vetiver 5ml essential oil– Vetiver is my go-to nighttime oil. I diffuse it in our room at night, and add it to almost any roller that I’m using to promote positive mood, relaxation, calming, or restful sleep. Vetiver has a woodsy scent to me that is so heavenly. I use it with lavender and cedarwood to promote restful sleep, or with peace & calming and frankincense to ease occassional tension and stress.
  4. Stress Away 15ml essential oil- STRESS AWAY! This is my “vacation in a bottle!” This oil is exactly what it sounds. I ran out of it for a few weeks and it was a very hard time for me. Okay, kidding, but I seriously am glad to have this oil back in my life. I diffuse it in the evenings with peppermint or lime, apply on my wrists throughout the day while I’m working to take the edge off of stressful client issues, and I love making gifts for family and friends with Stress Away. I’ve made bath salts and sugar scrubs with this wonderful scent.
  5. FREE lime vitality 5ml essential oil- Loving me some freebies this month! This bottle was a pleasant surprise that I wasn’t quite expecting with my ER order, and I think it was my reward for ordering over 100PV on my ER order! Yep you heard me, a free oil just for placing my order with a few things on my wish list this month! Like I said, lime is great for diffusing with Stress Away. I’ve also used it in my guacamole recipe in place of lime juice (YUM!). I can’t wait to find other uses for little bottle of joy.
  6. FREE thieves vitality 5ml essential oil- Another freebie! This one is all mine as a reward from Young Living for being an Essential Rewards member for 6 consecutive months! Wait, but I said I’ve been ordering from Essential Rewards for awhile right? Even those of us who have been on ER for a long time still get to take advantage of ER Loyalty Gifts at 3, 6, 9, and 12 consecutive months from when the loyalty program started. I diffuse Thieves, apply topically or even ingest internally when I feel any sign of sniffles or sore throat coming on!

So that’s it, everything I got in my ER this month and some of my favorite uses for them! I’ve already been using my Peace & Calming and Stress Away on the daily, because life has gotten really crazy lately and we could all use some self-care. I am so thankful that Young Living rewards its loyal members who order consistently with TONS of sweet rewards and promos! I’ve got my April ER order coming soon that I will gladly post about soon, and am compiling my next wish list of Young Living products for May 🙂 Let me know what you think of these oils, and subscribe to my blog so that you never miss a post!

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Homemade Dishwasher Tabs with Essential Oils


Since I jumped into using essential oils, I’ve been slowly working towards replacing various household products with natural, DIY versions. So far they’ve been very cost efficient, smell great, are fun to make, and give me an excuse to keep ordering oils (don’t tell my husband). This week I put a recipe for homemade dishwasher tabs to the test. I was excited to try this recipe because I already had most of the ingredients from making DIY bath bombs (coming soon), and I can’t stand the fake lemony smell of my current dish soap. It also doesn’t work particularly well in my old (read:ancient) dishwasher. In comes this wonderful recipe with lemon and lavender essential oils!

This was my first time trying a recipe like this, and I’m not going to lie–I had some logistical issues with it. I’m hoping you all can learn from my trial and error. 🙂 I’ll explain more after I get into the recipe.

Homemade Dishwasher Tab Ingredients:

-1/2 cup borax
-1/2 cup washing soda
-1/2 cup baking soda
-1/2 cup citric acid
-1/2 cup kosher salt*
-15 drops lemon essential oil
-15 drops lavender essential oil
-1/4 cup (or less) water

Homemade Dishwasher Tabs with essential oils
Homemade Dishwasher Tab Ingredients

Dishwasher Tab Directions:

Mix together in a large bowl all the ingredients except water. Slowly stir in the water a little at a time, mixing well in between. DO NOT OVER WATER because the water will react with the citric acid. Add just enough so that the mixture becomes the consistency of damp sand. Add to an ice tray and let dry for AT LEAST 12 hours, preferably 24+ hours. Pop out of ice tray and store in an airtight container.

Homemade dishwasher tabs with essential oils
Mixing in water with dry ingredients

A few notes: I had to buy the borax and washing soda online. If you can get these in stores, I honestly have no idea where to look. I got this awesome “variety pack” on Amazon.  I also have to fess up to using regular table salt rather than “kosher salt”. I’m not really sure what difference this may have made for my recipe, but I can assure you that the dish soap I’ve been using is working great for my type of water and dishwasher 🙂

When I saw this recipe, I was nervous about getting the mixture-to-water ratio just right. To be honest I don’t really think that’s where my major problem occurred. I was slightly alarmed that after I packed the mixture into my ice trays, it continued to “grow” somewhat (this is likely due to some excess water continuing to react with the citric acid and baking soda). Next time I will be even more careful about not needing much water.

However, I used two different ice trays to pack my mixture in–a silicone one I bought online, and then our regular cheap plastic ice tray. The silicone one filled up so I needed another option. This is mostly where I went wrong. After they dried, the dish tabs came out GREAT from the silicone ice tray. The other ones were impossible to get out. I ended up having to chip away at the dried mixture for what seemed like forever to get them out. I was able to save most of the dried mixture in a separate jar to use once my actual “tabs” run out, but I was definitely bummed they didn’t come out in nicely measured square tabs. I would absolutely recommend a flexible silicon tray versus a hard plastic one.

Homemade dishwasher tabs with essential oils
My packed ice cub trays as I waited for the mixture to dry

Although I had some logistic difficulties with this recipe, I’m really pleased with how well it’s been working! Especially for my first try at a dishwasher powder. It doesn’t leave soap residue at the bottom of my dishwasher like my previous soap, smells great, and doesn’t leave a foggy residue on my glasses. What more could you want?! I hope you all give it a try and let me know how it works for you.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or medical professional, and cannot diagnose, cure, or prescribe. Consult your physician before using essential oils to treat an illness for yourself or others. The safety precautions suggested in these posts are guidelines only.

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DIY Moisturizing Hand Cream

diy moisturizing hand cream

 

This week I want to share a very quick and easy for DIY moisturizing hand cream. As a testament to how easy this recipe is, it was one of the very first things I made with my oils when I got my Premium Starter Kit from Young Living. When I first got my kit I had been struggling with some patches of dry skin, and had even gotten to the point where I saw my dermatologist for help. The cream she gave me seemed to be helping somewhat, but then I found this recipe. When I realized it was not only natural and very nourishing for skin, but also smelled sooo wonderful and soothing, I could not wait to use it. It took all of 5 minutes to make and I jumped in to soaking myself in it several times a day. 🙂 After just a few days the dry patches that had stubbornly bothered me for months started to clear up. They were completely gone in a few weeks and haven’t returned! So without further adieu–

DIY Moisturizing Hand Cream Recipe

-1/2 cup coconut oil

-15 drops Lavender essential oil

-15 drops Frankincense essential oil

For this recipe, simply mix the essential oils into the coconut oil and voila! It stores best in an airtight container, and is easiest to mix if the coconut oil is slightly melted. Depending on where you live and the time of year, your coconut oil might be very firm or it might already by soft enough to stir together. I store my cream in a small mason jar, and scoop out and apply directly to my hands as needed. It should last through the expiration date on your coconut oil.

Another thing I love about this recipe is that is also doubles as a calming nighttime cream since it uses two oils not only great for skin, but also for promoting relaxation and positive emotions. Apply to hands and/or feet before bedtime to promote feelings of calm and restful sleep. There are several other recipes I can’t wait to share that involve more ingredients and are also great for various skin needs, but I thought this was a great one to start out with! It has made a huge difference for my skin especially during the dry winter months, so I hope you all find it useful 🙂

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or medical professional, and cannot diagnose, cure, or prescribe. Consult your physician before using essential oils to treat an illness for yourself or others. The safety precautions suggested in these posts are guidelines only.

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Coconut Oil Dog Treats with Peppermint EO

Coconut Oil Dog Treats

 

I love this simple recipe for breath freshening coconut oil dog treats made with peppermint essential oil, and I couldn’t wait to share it on here. My husband is constantly complaining that one of our two pups suffers from stinky breath (*eye roll*), so when I found this recipe for coconut oil treats I was so excited to try them and add essential oils. I found the recipe originally on this blog, and it identifies several health benefits of giving coconut oil to your pups such as skin, digestive and immune system health. I added a few drops of peppermint oil to my recipe as a breath freshener and I love how they turned out 🙂 The pups also love getting a little extra treat. Aren’t they too cute to resist?

Coconut Oil Dog Treats

 

So here is this super simple recipe!

Coconut Oil Dog Treat Instructions:

Start by adding your coconut oil to sandwich-sized Ziploc bag. Unless you keep your house very toasty, you’ll need to warm the coconut oil a bit to mix the oils in. Work the bag around in your hands a bit until the coconut oil is warmed up. Then add your essential oil. I used about 3-6 drops of peppermint essential oil for breath freshening and digestive health, and mixed it well in the bag. Lay out a piece of wax paper on a baking sheet to drop the coconut oil on. Cut a little bit off the corner of the ziploc bag and drop dollops of the coconut oil onto the baking sheet. Put it in the fridge or freezer until it’s solid, then transfer to an airtight jar. Store in the fridge or freezer!

My little guys love these treats and don’t even know that I’m subtly freshening their breath and keeping them healthy! 🙂 How do you use coconut oil for yourself or your pups?

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or medical professional, and cannot diagnose, cure, or prescribe. Consult your physician before using essential oils to treat an illness for yourself or others. The safety precautions suggested in these posts are guidelines only.

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February Essential Rewards Order

I want to start doing a review of my monthly Essential Rewards order from Young Living to give everyone an idea of what Essential Rewards (ER) is, the products Young Living offers, and how I use them. I also did a little video unboxing of this month that you can see below. I’ve been ordering from Young Living’s ER program for 18 months now and LOVE the products and freebies I get from this. Yep, FREE OILS! Once you start using your Starter Kit oils for all kinds of things, you’re going to want to replace them and check out other products so why not get some FREEBIES in the process?! Young Living has a great FAQ page the explains ER.

This month my ER order included:

  • 15ml Lavender Essential Oil
  • V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex
  • Mint Satin Facial Scrub

Lavender Essential Oil

This oil is my. JAM. Any time I am close to running out I immediately order more because I use it for everything. I add it to my face wash, face toner, soothing hand cream, in calming and seasonal stuffiness blends, to lavender bath bombs or salts, and I diffuse it almost daily next to my bed or to promote relaxation in the evening. Lavender is great for promoting healthy skin and hair, and we use it with peppermint and lemon for support with mild seasonal stuffiness. I can’t wait to share more of my recipes and projects with ya’ll that use lavender essential oil.

V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex

This is crazily enough my first time ordering this stuff. I ordered some fractionated coconut oil and jojoba to use as carrier oils when I first got my kit and haven’t really needed to restock since. I’ve heard great things about it, though, so I was very excited to try it out. What I love about it so far is that it’s very versatile. It’s light and gentle enough to use on hands and face, can be added to roller blends, and I can use it in recipes like foaming hand soap and face wash. It doesn’t have a particular smell or color which I can’t always say about my carrier oils so that’s a plus as well 🙂 I would definitely recommend giving this oil a try as a carrier, whether you’re a beginner or a long-time oily pro.

Mint Satin Facial Scrub

Okay so I obviously said already that I make my own face wash using lavender and some other oils. I also make my own sugar scrubs at home. I’m so glad I added the satin facial scrub to my routine though. It is, first of all, great for traveling when I don’t feel like lugging other products and trying to make sure they don’t leak all over my stuff. It also makes my skin feel so clean and soft! I love using it in the morning because the mint is super invigorating and helps wake me up. I also know that I can trust Young Living’s products not to contain any of the scary chemicals that the over-the-counter skincare I was buying did.

Leave me a quick comment to let me know if you’ve tried these products or any others you might be interested in! I can’t wait to do a March unboxing for you! 🙂

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or medical professional, and cannot diagnose, cure, or prescribe. Consult your physician before using essential oils to treat an illness for yourself or others. The safety precautions suggested in these posts are guidelines only. 

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Thieves Household Cleaner

Thieves Household Cleaner
Young Living’s Thieves Household Cleaner

I’ve been doing a fair amount of spring cleaning the past couple weekends, and I don’t know what I would have done without my Young Living oils and products through all this. I am so thankful I no longer have to rely on awful-smelling and toxic cleaning products, or worry about wearing gloves when I clean and keeping the window open! This is where Young Living’s Thieves Household Cleaner (THC) comes in.

I love this cleaner for several reasons–
1. It just plain works. It might take a while to get the right dilution for your specific cleaning project, but when you do, this will get the job done.
2. It smells amazing and leaves our house smelling amazing! No more leaving the windows open and choking while I scrub the bath tub!
3. It’s natural and non-toxic. I don’t worry about my dogs accidentally getting into it, inhaling too much of it myself or it coming into contact with my skin. When we have kids I will be so thankful to not worry about having to call poison control if they get into my Thieves spray.

THC is made from Young Living’s Thieves essential oil blend. Thieves blend contains Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils, which together are said to kill bacteria and support a healthy immune system. It was formulated based on the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who used a blend of these oils to rob the gravely ill and deceased without becoming infected themselves. So cool, right?!

So fast forward to 2017, I use my Thieves HC for all kinds of things around the house. The cleaner is concentrated so it needs to be diluted with water depending on your cleaning needs. I have a 16oz spray bottle (similar to these), so I typically add one capful of THC and fill the rest up with water. This ends up being a ratio of one capful per 2 cups water. For heavy cleaning I add another capful. For light cleaning like windows, you would want a higher water to cleaner ratio! Young Living recommends these ratios:

  • All-purpose cleaner: Combine 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner and 2–3 cups water.
  • Degreaser: Combine 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner and 2 cups water. For heavy cleaning, use half or quarter the amount of water. If necessary, use a cloth to apply Thieves Household Cleaner undiluted. After cleaning, wipe the area with a cloth dampened with water.
  • Glass and mirror cleaner: Combine 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner, 5 drops Citrus Fresh™ essential oil blend, 1 teaspoon white vinegar, and 3 cups water. (Source)

THC is so versatile, I’ve also used it in my dishwasher, washing machine, and spray mop. I’ve made a cleaning paste with THC, baking soda, and vinegar. I love this infographic from Young Living that provides a great summary of several uses for Thieves Cleaner! *If you’re struggling to read the text, click on the image*

Thieves Household Cleaner

What if I don’t have Thieves Household Cleaner yet?

You can absolutely make your own version! Add 30-35 drops of Thieves essential oil to a 16oz spray bottle with 1/2 cup white vinegar and 1.5 cups water. Super simple, and it makes a wonderful multipurpose cleaner! Add 10 drops of lemon for added degreasing power (just be sure to use glass spray bottle).

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or medical professional, and cannot diagnose, cure, or prescribe. Consult your physician before using essential oils to treat an illness for yourself or others. The safety precautions suggested in these posts are guidelines only. 

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Bentonite Clay Mask

bentonite clay maskTo be honest, this post doesn’t have anything to do with essential oils. BUT I want to share that this bentonite clay is a FREAKIN AWESOME natural method of detoxifying skin. I learned about this stuff through one of my Young Living Facebook groups because people use this mask to detox armpits before starting to use a natural deodorant. (I know, sounds weird. I’ll get there on this blog eventually.) It works wonders as a face mask for clearing blackheads and makes my skin super soft and clear.  I bought mine off Amazon (like everything else), and the clay itself looks like this:

Oily Livin Bentonite Clay Mask clay
Bentonite Clay

After a little research, I learned that Bentonite clay is composed of ash made from volcanoes in Fort Benton, Wyoming. (Source) It has amazing detoxifying properties. I love using natural ingredients rather than a chemical-filled mask that leaves who knows what on my skin! The process for this is also super simple.

Bentonite Clay Mask Ingredients:

1 tablespoon bentonite clay

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

2 teaspoons water

Mix together in a nonmetal bowl and apply to face. Here’s what mine looked like mixed:

Oily Livin Bentonite Clay mixed ingredients
Mixed Bentonite Clay Mask

You can actually see the vinegar and water activating the mask ask you mix it. Leave it on anywhere from 5-20 minutes! If you have sensitive skin I would start with less time. I can usually only stand about 7-10 minutes because the mask hardens and gets tight. The more water you add, the longer it can take to harden. I just wash it off with warm water whenever I’m ready, and like I said it leaves my face feeling super clean and smooth. I’ve been using it about 3 times a week and seen great results–fewer blackheads and breakouts! I’ve also found I can store it in a cool, dry place for about a week before making a new batch, and add more water if it starts to dry out. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or medical professional, and cannot diagnose, cure, or prescribe. Consult your physician before using essential oils to treat an illness for yourself or others. The safety precautions suggested in these posts are guidelines only.

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DIY Sugar Scrub Recipes with Essential Oils

This week I want to share two recipes I tried recently for exfoliating sugar scrubs! I LOVE making these scrubs for myself and for friends and family. I use them on my face and all over for extremely soft and moisturized skin! I usually make mine with citrus oils (lemon and orange) but wanted to try something new based on some posts I’ve seen on Pinterest. So here they are!

Oily Livin Exfoliating Sugar Scrub Recipe

Lavender Vanilla Sugar Scrub Recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 cup sugar (I used white and brown)

1 teaspoon coconut oil

1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

5-6 drops lavender

Oily Livin Exfoliating Sugar Scrub Recipe Lavender Vanilla Scrub Ingredients
Lavender Vanilla Scrub Ingredients – sugar, coconut oil, vanilla extract, and lavender essential oil

Directions:

I started by measuring out and melting the coconut oil in the microwave.

Melting Coconut Oil

Then measured out my sugar in a measuring cup. This ball jar only holds about a half cup, but I find if I use a deeper jar I can’t get all the sugar out. I like using a combination of white and brown sugar; the brown sugar is a little heavier and adds a pretty color and smell to the recipe. You can really use whatever kind of sugar you like. I just eyeballed how much I wanted of each sugar, and then added in the melted coconut oil, vanilla extract and essential oil. You can also add more or less coconut oil (or other carrier oil) depending on how heavy and moisturizing you want the scrub. (If it seems like I’m saying you can do whatever you want with this…it’s because you can!)

Mixing together sugar, coconut oil, vanilla extract and essential oil

Once it was all mixed together I just added it to my glass jar, and I keep it in the shower to use on my face and body a few times a week. Since this was my first time making this specific recipe, I thought I would add my thoughts on it as well. To be honest, I was a little skeptical of the vanilla extract after I added it; it smelled really strong and somewhat alcohol-y. I cut the amount of vanilla extract in half for you all from what I used, and I will definitely use less when I make this again! So try the 1/8 teaspoon and let me know what you think. I did find, though, once I was in the shower using it the vanilla did not smell as strong and definitely complimented the lavender 🙂

Oily Livin Exfoliating Sugar Scrub Recipe Lavender Vanilla Scrub Finished Product
Finished product: Lavender Vanilla Sugar Scrub

Peppermint Coffee Sugar Scrub Recipe

This recipe is my NEW FAVORITE! It smells like peppermint bark and I’m just in love. This was my first time making my own scrub with coffee, although I have used a coffee scrub before and really liked how invigorating it was in the mornings.

Oily Livin Exfoliating Sugar Scrub Recipe Peppermint Coffee Sugar Scrub Ingredients
Peppermint Coffee Sugar Scrub Ingredients

Ingredients:

1/2 cup white sugar and coffee

1 teaspoon coconut oil

3 drops peppermint essential oil

Directions:

Again, my jars only hold about a half cup so I eyeballed a ratio of sugar to coffee and ended up using about two spoonfuls (teaspoons) of coffee and the rest sugar. Then just added in my teaspoon of melted coconut oil and three drops of peppermint oil! You absolutely do not need much when it comes to peppermint. My husband and I both instantly thought of peppermint bark when we smelled this scrub, it is to die for!

Oily Livin Exfoliating Sugar Scrub Recipe Peppermint Coffee Sugar Scrub finished
Finished product: Peppermint Coffee Sugar Scrub

I cannot wait for you all to try the sugar scrubs for soft, moisturized skin and let me know what you think!

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or medical professional, and cannot diagnose, cure, or prescribe. Consult your physician before using essential oils to treat an illness for yourself or others. The safety precautions suggested in these posts are guidelines only. 

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Guacamole Recipe with Essential Oils

I tried this guacamole recipe with essential oils a few weeks ago for the Super Bowl–and let me tell you, the guacamole was gone FAST! I’ve been wanting to experiment with the citrus oils such a lime, lemon, and grapefruit for a long time–I use them almost every day in my water but haven’t ventured too much into cooking. I love that Young Living makes an entire line of dietary essential oils called vitality oils that are specifically made to ingest and use in cooking. I will definitely be doing some more experimenting and ordering more vitality oils ASAP!

Oily Livin Guacamole Recipe With Essential Oils

This was also the perfect recipe to start cooking with oils because making guacamole is so easy. I wouldn’t have told you this a few years ago, but a girlfriend in college and my husband both taught me how to make my own guac through trial and error. Now I agree with them, it is so simple to make at home and tastes as good or better than what we get in restaurants! So, now that you’re pumped about trying oils in your guac recipe, here it is:

Guacamole Recipe Ingredients:

3 ripe (or slightly overripe) avocados

1 Roma tomato

about 1/4 cup white onion, diced

garlic powder, to taste

dash of cayenne pepper, to taste

5 drops lime essential oil

4 drops lemon essential oil

Directions:

Peel and remove the pit from your avocados. (This can be a process and honestly I usually get my husband to help because he’s the expert.) I then diced the avocados and used the flat end of my knife to mush them up a bit.

Diced and mushed avocado

I then diced and added my Roma tomato and onion, and mixed in garlic powder and cayenne pepper. As you mix, the avocado should start to mush up a bit more. If I had a food processor I probably would have tried it that way but, alas, I mush it up the good ‘ole fashion way with a fork 🙂 I wasn’t sure how many drops of oil would be necessary so I did some taste testing at this point to figure it out. I settled on 5 drops of lime and 4 lemon, which I think was perfect and gave it a great citrusy flavor. If you’re not a big citrus fan, though, you might do less. Mix the oils in well and serve with your choice of chips!

Oily Livin Guacamole Recipe with Essential Oils Finished Guacamole
Finished guacamole with essential oils

This was the perfect addition to our Super Bowl meal, and would absolutely go great on Mexican night with a Corona or a margarita. I will absolutely be breaking this recipe out for Cinco de Mayo! I also cannot wait to try more recipes cooking with my essential oils.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or medical professional, and cannot diagnose, cure, or prescribe. Consult your physician before using essential oils to treat an illness for yourself or others. The safety precautions suggested in these posts are guidelines only. 

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Organic Lip Balm Recipe

I want to share my recipe for DIY organic  lip balm tubes that I made a few weeks ago! These plastic tubes came from Amazon (of course) and were super simple to fill with my own moisturizing lip balm mix. I did this on a freezing cold/snowy day this winter, and the recipe made about 14 tubes so I have plenty to share with friends and family! I meant to make it before Christmas so that I could give them out as little gifts and stocking stuffers, but of course I did not get that quite done 🙂 Better late than never! This organic lip balm even got my hubs’ seal of approval, which is definitely saying something. So here it is!–

Oily Livin Organic Lip Balm Recipe With Essential Oils

You will need:

  • Double boiler
  • Empty lip balm tubes (or containers)*
  • 1oz of organic beeswax (I used these pellets)
  • 1oz unrefined shea butter
  • 10z coconut oil
  • 6-12 drops essential oil(s) of your choice
  • Small spoon or funnel to transfer liquid

(*NOTE: again, I would recommend metal or glass containers if choosing to add any citrus essential oils)

Organic Lip Balm Directions:

Okay so I had never heard of a double boiler before finding this recipe. Is that like a millennial thing, or is it because I know nothing about cooking?…I honestly had to Google how to do it, so in case you have no idea what a double boiler is either, here’s a nice picture and instructions. Basically I added some water to medium sized pot, brought it to a boil, and then began adding my ingredients to a metal bowl on top. The hot water heats the ingredients in your bowl slowly and evenly. I measured out 1oz of each of my three ingredients, which (after more Googling) I learned is equivalent to 2 tablespoons. The double boiler nicely melts the three ingredients together, along with some stirring. When they were all melted and mixed, I turned the burner off and added my essential oils. I chose lavender for this recipe because I love my lavender lip balm from Young Living and wanted to see if I could make my own version for when that tube runs out. I used about 8 drops, which I think turned out great but you could add more for a stronger scent! Once you have the mixture you can begin transferring it to your lip balm containers. That part can be a little tricky so be careful! Once they’re full you just wait for the mixture to cool and harden and then you have your very own organic lip balm.

Tips:

  • Make sure to keep the mixture over top the hot water as you’re pouring into your containers to prevent it from hardening (it will do so very quickly!).
  • You could change up the ratio of the three ingredients to make the lip balm firmer or softer depending on your needs. I haven’t had the chance to play with this too much yet, but common sense says adding more coconut oil would make it softer and adding more beeswax would make it firmer.
  • Be careful when pouring the mixture into your tubes or containers! I spilled a bunch and had VERY moisturized hands after I was finished 🙂 A small spoon or a funnel might help do the job of getting the mixture into those tiny tubes.
  • I found there was a little room left at the top of my tubes after the mixture hardened. You might consider adding more mixture to the top of your tubes at the end to get them all the way full.
  • You could make a bigger or smaller batch depending on what you need; just remember to use equal parts of the three ingredients unless you’re looking for a different consistency! (See first tip.)

Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried a lip balm recipe or what you think of mine! Be sure to subscribe with your email over on the right for updates from Oily Livin’!

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or medical professional, and cannot diagnose, cure, or prescribe. Consult your physician before using essential oils to treat an illness for yourself or others. The safety precautions suggested in these posts are guidelines only. 

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