Essential Oils – Have You Tried Them?

Have you used Essential Oils?

It’s incredible how much you can replace and use essential oils instead.  For instance — bug spray, household cleaner, skincare products, etc.  There really is an oil for everything, including the common discomforts we all face.

What’s your favorite oil?!  If you’ve never tried them before, drop a comment below, and I can suggest something that might help make your life a little easier.


Scents for Your Home

Who doesn’t love having a home that smells delightful?  It’s even enjoyable to change the scents throughout the year — fragrant flower scents during the spring and summer, with spicy cinnamon or cloves during the fall and winter months.

Room scents filled with chemicals can wreak havoc on your sinuses if you struggle with allergies, it can disrupt your hormone production, and can give you a headache.  Those scented plug-ins, candles, and room sprays that you’re likely so used to using all have healthier alternatives.

Some healthy alternatives include homemade potpourri, using a slow-cooker to simmer water with flowers, citrus rind, cinnamon sticks, or whatever you desire, and using pure essential oils to scent your home.

I guarantee these healthier options will smell much better to you also, as you won’t be breathing the chemical aspects of the store-bought candles and scents.

Natural Ways to Repel Bugs This Summer

The warm summer air brings images of many great activities, things like swimming, picnics, and outdoor barbecues. However, it may conjure up images of another thing too: bugs. While summer is a memorable season, the bug invasion will be upon us, and if you’re anything like me, you’re covered in bug bites by the end of the day. So what are some natural ways of repelling them, so we don’t have to deal with all those nasty chemical sprays?

1. Citronella
It is not a surprise to many to hear that bugs tend to hate the smell of citrus. Citronella is a lemony-grass plant that bugs absolutely hate to be around. Having a couple of these outside your house, or just lighting some citronella candles every so often, should keep the bugs at bay. Similar to this, bugs also hate citrus rinds. So before you toss that orange rind, rub them all over places where you will typically find bugs to keep them out.

2. Vanilla Extract
Not just good for baking, but also good for keeping the critters away. Just mix it with some water, and spray it in areas where bugs frequent. Not only is this good at keeping the bugs away, but you can do it without causing your house to smell like garlic, onions, or vinegar — which are also all great for keeping bugs away.

3. Peppermint
No need to spray chemicals on your body, take some peppermint leaves, crush them, and rub them on your skin. You will smell fresh, and the biting insects will leave you alone. Peppermint essential oils also work well for this. (Don’t use peppermint essential oil if you are breastfeeding, as it can reduce your milk supply)

4. Use Vinegar and Dish Soap
This is a very popular trick that many people do to keep fruit flies and mosquito at bay both inside and outside your home. What you do is take a soda bottle, cut the top off and invert it. Then you pour in some vinegar and a drop of dish soap. Fruit flies will be attracted to it but will get trapped and drown.

Summer bugs can make the season seem more like a drag than the fun times that it is meant to be. However, you don’t have to choose between itchy bug bites or spraying some unknown chemicals on your skin. Follow these tips, and you will be able to go outside or keep the bugs from going in with some natural, and pleasant smelling scents.

How to Battle Spring Allergies Naturally

Springtime is most certainly a time of rebirth, but with that renewed natural beauty comes all the common allergies that leave our heads stuffy and our eyes itchy. Before that last thaw happens, follow these tricks to battling those spring allergies so you can truly smell
the roses and actually enjoy them!

Apple cider vinegar with the mother. Apple cider vinegar with the mother refers to the colony of beneficial bacteria that creates vinegar through a secondary process of fermentation. It helps break up the mucus in your body so you can breathe again. My favorite way to consume it is with hot water, a squeeze of fresh lemon and a dollop of raw honey. Give it a try.

Go for the pro. Probiotics that is. Keeping your gut bacteria healthy is another way to support your immune system and stop those pesky allergies from making you sneeze. Foods like sauerkraut and kimchi naturally contain them, and kombucha is a great drink to soak in the probiotic properties.

Use a nasal irrigation tool. Some people swear by it while others are afraid to try it out, but nasal irrigation can bring you intense relief. A standard way to make this happen is through use of a Neti pot or a bulb syringe. It’s useful for relieving hay fever symptoms,
but if you’re going to try it, make sure you do it right!

Hot steamy showers. Steam up the bathroom with the hottest water your shower can emit, then hop on in. It helps clear out your sinuses and also enables you to rinse away the pollen that has landed on you while you’ve been outdoors. Word to the wise though: hot water is incredibly drying for your skin so be sure to moisturize as soon as you towel off.

Use essential oils. In particular, eucalyptus, lemon, lavender and peppermint essential oils are revered for allergy relief and anti-inflammatory properties. Just add a few drops to your diffuser and put it in your room or office. You can also massage some onto your chest to breathe in the reinvigorating fragrance all day long.

Spice things up. Choose spicier foods to clear things up. You can eat foods with spicy peppers or onions and garlic, or combine pungent with spice for amazing results. These all thin out the mucus in your body.

Allergy season will soon pass by quickly, but if you suffer from allergy symptoms, it will feel like a much longer time until summer. Take care of your allergies with these easy tips to feel your best this spring!

Easy Ways to Go Green for a Toxin Free Home

The cleaning products we’ve been using to clean our homes aren’t really so clean. Unfortunately, these products are often full of toxic chemicals that are damaging to our health, and that linger in our homes. There are safer options to use that still get the job done, and today, I’m going to share with you some of my favorite ways to life a more toxin-free life at home.

Ditch the toxic cleaners. The biggest change you can make to create a more green home is to swap those chemical-filled cleaners with safer ones. You can find non-toxic and biodegradable cleaning products in the most stores, or you can make your own just as easily. Baking soda makes for a fantastic naturally-effective cleaner that can even get soap scum up with minimal effort. Tea tree and citrus oils are great for disinfecting. So is white vinegar. And if you want your toilet to sparkle, use white vinegar with a little borax.

End the cycle of paper towels. Micro-fiber cloths can attract dirt all on their own. Dampen them up, and you’ll find they make short work of cleaning stainless steel, wood, glass, ceramics, and glass. Unlike paper towels, you can use them again and again to polish, dust and shine up the surfaces in your home without using nasty chemicals.

Find a natural way to make bugs bug off. Instead of using the toxic bug spray we’re all used to, seal cracks and holes near entryways, baseboards, and windowsills to prevent bugs from finding their way in. And for repelling them, use natural combinations of essential oils like rosemary, citronella, eucalyptus, lavender or mint with witch hazel to create a safe spray for your skin that keeps mosquitoes and other pests from bothering you and your kids.

Add live plants inside your home. Plants are not only a great way to add some life to your home, but they also serve as natural ways to filter your air. Some plants can even pull out harmful toxins that come from the chemicals used to treat your furniture, your electronics, and carpets. The best plants to do the job are palm trees, spider plant, Boston fern, ficus, snake plant, aloe vera, and the bamboo palm, to name a few. Place a plant in every room, more depending on the size of the space, and you’ll be able to breathe easier thanks to your new green friends.

If you’ve been thinking about ditching all of your household & bathroom items to replace them with healthier, greener options but have been putting it off because you’re incredibly overwhelmed… start small.

It IS overwhelming to overhaul anything, so you aren’t alone there.  But generally, when we feel overwhelmed, our response is to make no moves at all.  We aren’t quite sure what move to make first, so we stand frozen.  It happens all the time, to me too!

So let’s start small.

Take baby steps.

What would you like to change first?  Let’s focus on one area.

Personally, I chose to change my bath products first.

What you put on your skin goes right into your bloodstream, so choosing natural products is imperative to me.

I love Young Living’s Morning Start bar soap  and Palmers Coconut Oil Body Lotion.

What’s yours going to be?


Is there anything more comforting than your bedroom and your very own bed?  There’s something so therapeutic about our bedroom, and nothing else compares to that level of comfort.  This special place is where we do one of our most important jobs – sleeping – and where we feel the most at home, relaxed and safe.  Our bedroom is a powerful place when it comes to our relaxation and overall health.

What could you do to make your bedroom even more relaxing and inviting?

I need to keep track to clutter and keep spaces more clear.  Sometimes I leave the laundry basket on the floor for a few days before putting the clean clothes away.

If there is any excess clutter in your room, that should be your priority.  The physical and emotional release after getting rid of clutter is astounding.

Is your sacred space equipped with comforting tools such as a comfortable bed, relaxing essential oils, and perhaps even a salt lamp?

I have an essential oil diffuser, a Himalayan salt lamp, and a a few different blankets depending on the temperature.

Making your bedroom the relaxing oasis it is meant to be can merely take some rearranging, or it may take an overhaul that will happen over time.  What is the number one thing you’d like to change about your bedroom to make it more inviting and relaxing for you?  Let me know in the comments below.

How to Harness Holistic Self-Care During Winter

Although we often don’t focus on this enough, self-care is one of the best ways to nourish your body and promote your overall health and well-being,especially during the winter months.

Want to harness the power of self-care when the weather outside is frigid? Try out these holistic self-care tips:

Warm yourself from the inside out. Winter is the best time to enjoy those hot beverages, but too much caffeine in your day can have a negative effect on your body. Instead, try a healthy concoction of almond milk mixed with ground cinnamon, ginger powder, turmeric powder and cardamom powder. Nutmeg also adds that winter touch, and if you want something sweet, add a small squirt of pure maple syrup.

Enjoy an oil massage. The dry weather can ruin your soft skin, turning it into a cracked and dry mess. Kill two birds with one stone by massaging warmed organic oils into your skin. They will serve two purposes, the first being to add a layer of protection to your skin so it won’t dry out. It also helps to stimulate circulation, particularly to your hands and feet. Blood flow is so essential for good health, so treat yourself to a self-massage today! Aside from your oil massages, get an extra jar of coconut oil for your bathroom and use it regularly on your dry skin. It also smells great!

Embrace some humidity. Your sinuses may ache from all that cold wind outside and your dry heat inside. Allow yourself to breathe freely by enlisting the help of a humidifier in your home. It will add moisture back into the air, making it comfortable for the tender parts inside your nose.

What are your favorite self-care practices you use? Comment below and let me know what your go-to self-care practice is.

The holiday season typically involves a lot of travel.  Bustling airports, busy highways, and packed trains.  Winter is also flu season and rampant with germs with all of these people around!

When I travel this time of year, I take extra precautions for staying healthy during my travels.

— About a week before I travel, I start increasing my immune boosters.  Aside from regular vitamins, Elderberry syrup works like a charm.  I also make sure to get enough sleep so that my body isn’t beaten down!

— Pack your vitamins and immune boosters to take with you.  I can’t even count how many times I felt an illness coming on during my travels due to the abundance of germs I was surrounded by on airplanes and public transportation.  Having your arsenal with you to combat it right away, before it sets in, is key.

— Pack your food.  It can be hard (or extremely expensive!) to eat healthy foods in airports and while traveling.  Pack yourself a healthy and easily transportable meal and snacks, so you don’t have to go hungry.

— Bring the antibacterial wipes or your favorite bacteria killing essential oil.

What do you do to keep the germs at bay as you travel?  Leave a comment below — I’m always looking for new ideas!

What’s the Big Deal With Coconut Oil

and Some Surprising Ways to Use It

Coconut oil ought to be a staple in every household!  Its myriad of benefits ranges from cosmetics, healthier cooking and different uses around the house.  In this article, I will show you why you need a bottle of coconut oil in your home and how it can positively impact your everyday life.

Cosmetically, coconut oil is a lifesaver.  Having coconut oil on your vanity can provide many money-saving options and alternatives to conventional, expensive, chemical-infused products.  Using coconut oil as a conditioner is extremely helpful to getting that beautiful glisten you look for when buying a conditioner at a store.  It also strengthens your hair and makes hair fuller.  When you use coconut oil as a face moisturizer, the natural antioxidants in it help to prevent wrinkles and irritation while giving you that smooth skin you work so hard for.  You can also combine coconut oil with other natural ingredients to make lotions, soap bars , deodorants and lip balms.

Coconut oil is an extremely useful resource in the kitchen.  My favorite ways to use it is to season my cast iron pans or use as cooking oil with fresh vegetables.  Coconut oil is also the perfect addition to your morning smoothie.  You can use coconut oil to make a variety of different snacks such as granola bars to add a healthy energy booster into the mix.

The benefits of coconut oil do not stop at the vanity or in the kitchen.  By combining certain essential oils and coconut oil, you have yourself an effective, natural bug repellent.  You can also use coconut oil in treats for pets and as a way to combat skin issues for those pets with irritation.  Another effective use for coconut oil is rubbing small amounts into leather to act as a conditioner and keep the leather strong.  My final, and favorite, coconut oil trick to use around the house is to moisturize your hands with coconut oil after washing dishes to avoid itchy, dried out skin.

By using these tricks and the many more you can find online, coconut oil can make a real difference in your life.  Try your best to implement them one at a time and see for yourself how well they work for you!

Here is a list of eight surprising ways to use coconut oil!

  1. Many people do not realize that coconut oil works as the perfect moisturizer.  Using coconut oil on your skin has shown to reduce wrinkles and give your skin a younger, more radiant look.
  2. Use coconut oil as massage oil.  Coconut oil is already the base for many massage creams and moisturizers, so save money by going straight to the source.
  3. Toss your burning mouthwash for a bottle of coconut oil and try oil pulling instead.  Coconut oil has been proven to reduce bad breath and fight against viruses or fungi in the mouth, as well as preventing tooth and gum decay.
  4. Avoid that nasty hairball your cat left for you in the hallway.  Simply rub your cat’s feet with coconut oil and they will lick it off, preventing the formation of the hairball in the first place.  You can also rub your cat’s coat with coconut oil to give it a healthier, fresher look.
  5. Enjoy healthier baked goods with coconut oil!  Substituting coconut oil for butter in your next baking expedition will produce a healthier, fluffy and flakey baked treat.
  6. Stop buying expensive shaving cream when you could be using coconut oil.  Rubbing coconut oil on your legs before shaving will  make your skin soft enough to shave, while also giving your legs a younger, shinier look.
  7. Make your own deodorant.  By mixing coconut oil, baking soda and 10 drops of your favorite essential oil, you can create a great smelling, healthy and effective deodorant in your own home.  And it’s not loaded with harmful toxins!
  8. Boost your immune system by ingesting a combination of coconut oil and ginger.  A study at the Khon Kean University Faculty of Public Health suggests that those who consumed the mixture had higher white blood cell counts which better prepared them for any viruses or diseases that attack their bodies.

How will you use coconut oil today?