Category Archives: Natural Remedies/Essential Oils

Lemon & Honey Sugar Scrub

I love this sugar scrub recipe. It leaves your skin feeling soft and moisturized. I use lemon, but you could use several other favorite essential oils such as lavender, Peace & Calming, Stress Away or any citrus oils.

Lemon & Honey Sugar Scrub

  • 1 cup raw sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 20 drops Young Living Lemon Essential Oil

Mix sugars together. Add the honey, olive oil & coconut oil. Stir together until well blended. Add the drops of lemon oil or your favorite essential oil & mix well again. I split this recipe into 4 small jars to give away. Enjoy!

Learning More about Essential Oils

I’ve shared about essential oils over the past month. (I almost can’t believe I managed 31 posts in October.) And here’s the thing. It’s okay to be skeptical. It’s okay if you worry that people will think you’ve become a hippy. All you want is to do what is best for your family. I get it. We are so inundated with conflicting messages that it’s difficult to know what path to take sometimes when it concerns our health. It is also perfectly alright if you don’t believe in natural remedies.

For me personally I am so thankful that I have found natural remedies with essential oils. I am a quiet person and rarely share my opinions or thoughts on things. Now I find myself  holding my tongue so not to offend people when I hear them discussing medications. The last thing I ever want to do is offend someone or push my own convictions onto them. I no longer believe long term medication usage is the wisest choice when it can be avoided. You can’t witness chronic illnesses continually treated with medications that destroy a body without it changing your perception. But that is my personal conviction. In the end we have to seek God, make our own choices and support each other in love. I never want to make someone feel wrong or offend them because they choose something different. And I hope others will respect me enough to do the same.

Two books have been invaluable as I have learned more and more about essential oils.

The Essential Oils Pocket Reference by Life Science Publishers is a guide to not only Young Living Essential Oils, but also lists of medical issues and what oils can be used to treat them. It also includes includes chapters on Safety, Applications, Raindrop Technique, and Vita Flex.

Healing Oils of the Bible by David Stewart Ph.D goes into not only how essential oils were used during Biblical times, but also details the chemistry of essential oils and why they work.

If you are interested in learning more about essential oils I will be glad to discuss them with you. Just leave a comment below or click the email link in the sidebar. 

Disclaimer: If you are under the care of a physician, before using the oils, please inform them of what you are using to make sure it is okay with your plan of care. 

 

Clarity

Clarity is a blend of essential oils that may promote a clear mind and mental alertness. It also may help increase energy when overly tired and also helps the mind focus.

I personally have found Clarity to help when I need to concentrate on tasks that keep me at the computer for longer periods of time. I apply it to my temples or behind my ears. I have also found it to work well with my favorite blend Valor.  The Essential Oils Pocket Reference also says it works well with lemon and peppermint to enhance its effects. I also plan to try it with a blend called Envision.

Clarity is a blend of Cardamom, rosemary, peppermint, basil, bergamot, geranium, jasmine, lemon, palmarosa, roman chamomile, rosewood, and ylang yang.

Disclaimer: If you are under the care of a physician, before using the oils, please inform them of what you are using to make sure it is okay with your plan of care. 

Motivation

Ahhh…Motivation. When I really need to get a lot accomplished and those tasks involve a lot of motion, Motivation combined with Valor is the magic combo. I discovered this quite by accident one day. It had been a particularly stressful week so I had been applying Valor daily. I knew I would need  a lot of energy on this particular day so I applied Motivation behind my ears. It was really amazing how much I accomplished that day. I have mild mitrovalve prolapse and so always have a smidge of fatigue. Not enough to keep me from my daily activities, but I can never be accused of being overly energetic. On this day though I was completely surprised at how active I was. So now when I need more energy to accomplish a lot I apply Motivation and Valor. One on my feet and the other behind my ears on my neck.

Motivation is a blend of Roman Chamomile, Spruce, Ylang Ylang, and Lavender.

Disclaimer: If you are under the care of a physician, before using the oils, please inform them of what you are using to make sure it is okay with your plan of care. 

 

Laundry Detergent with Essential Oils

A great way to save money is by making your own laundry detergent. It’s not as difficult as it sounds and takes less than an hour. I paid less than $10 for the ingredients (excluding the essential oil) and I’m estimating the batch will last me close to a year. If I can do it anyone can. Plus you can use essential oils to add your favorite scent naturally.

You’ll need a large 5 gallon bucket or cooler to mix everything in. Collect 5 gallon sized jugs before making to store in. I used orange juice jugs and cleaned & rinsed them really well.
4  Cups – hot tap water
1  Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup – Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
½ Cup Borax

– Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.

-(I don’t do this step. I just use less when I pour in the wash.) Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. It will gel, but that is okay. Shake well before each use. (I used 5 gallon size orange juice containers that I collected over a couple of months.)

-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: Purification, lavender, rosemary, Melaleuca. Or you can simply add a drop of Purification with each load.

-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons if you split it. I just use less in each wash since it is concentrated.

-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)

-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)

*Arm & Hammer “Super Washing Soda” – Baking Soda will not work and neither will Arm & Hammer Detergent – It must be sodium carbonate.

•Works well in all machines.

•The detergent is low sudsing. It is the ingredients in the soap, not the suds, that do the cleaning.

•Clumping and geling of the detergent is normal. Stir before putting in dispenser, and shake before each use.