June, 2015

  • Soothing After Sun Spray with Essential Oils

    DIY Soothing After Sun Spray with Essential Oils

    Sun exposure is good, but too much of it can cause irritated skin. Next time you deal with discomfort from too much sun, try this after-sun soothing spray with essential oils to help provide the relief your skin needs.

    This also give relief for burns and rashes.

    glass trigger spray bottle
    What You Need:
    16-ounce glass spray bottle
    1 cup aloe vera juice
    1/4 cup Fractionated Coconut Oil
    1 teaspoon vitamin E
    8 drops Lavender essential oil
    8 drops Melaleuca essential oil
    8 drops Peppermint essential oil

    Note: Purchase Essential Oils HERE

    Purchase spray bottles HERE

    You can  find Aloe Vera Juice at your local health food store.


    essential_oil dropsCombine all ingredients in order into a glass spray bottle.

    Shake to combine. You’re done!

    Shake before each use to incorporate all ingredients. Spray onto skin as needed and enjoy its soothing benefits.

    *NOTE: The advice shared on this site has not been evaluated by the FDA. The products and methods recommended are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease, nor is it intended to replace proper medical help. Kindly understand that the products and essential oils work to help to bring the body into balance – thus helping the body’s natural defenses to restore homeostasis.

    June 24, 2015 • Essential Oils, Recipes • Views: 869

  • Red, White & Blue Potato Salad

    July 4th is just around the corner and maybe you are looking for something different to bring to the get-together.  So, I thought this was a good time to share my Red, White & Blue Potato Salad. I love this recipe because it is not only tasty, it’s easy, keeps well for several days and looks festive too! Enjoy!


    Red, White & Blue Potato Salad

    Serves 6


    • 2 pound of assortment of red, white & blue potatoes
    • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
    • 2 Tablespoons Red Wine vinegar
    • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    • 2 Tablespoons plain fat-free Greek yogurt
    • ¼ teaspoon salt (optional)
    • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 2 Tablespoons chopped chives
    • 2 Tablespoons chopped Italian flat-leap parsley

    Directions: Red white & blue potato salad

    • Halve potatoes, quarter any large ones
    • Place potatoes in medium pan with water to cover. Bring to boil then reduce heat to simmer and cook about 15 minutes or until tender (but not soft)
    • Drain potatoes and allow to cool, about 30 minutes
    • In medium bowl, whisk together oil, mustard, vinegar, juice, yogurt, salt & pepper until combined.
    • When potatoes are cooled, toss with dressing, cover & refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. (Can be overnight)
    • Sprinkle the salad with chives and parsley, toss and serve.

    Per serving: 162 calories, 4g total fat, 173mg sodium, 27g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 3.5g protein

    June 22, 2015 • Recipes • Views: 1490

  • My Natural Bug Repellent

    My fun summertime activities also means hungry bugs and mosquitoes are just waiting to take a bite of me! I just dreaded putting on the bug replants knowing they are full of not-so-good for me chemicals and then there’s that awful smell! But what choice did I have, I am so allergic that I swell up like a balloon with each bite. Thankfully last summer I found a Natural bug repellent that actually worked and went without a bite all summer long. Now I use Repellent Blend (Get some HERE)

    This blend combines highly effective and safe essential oils in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil to help ward off insects. After all, the primary function of essential oils in plants is protecting themselves against insects and other predators. So using it, it protects me and I can use it on pets as well. Unlike other products that contain synthetic and toxic chemicals, the Repellant Blend is a natural approach to managing exposure to biting insects.

    I love it’s fresh, light citrus scent is wonderfully invigorating and can be used safely by everyone in the family. One application provides coverage that lasts up to 6 hours.

    Before going outside I apply it directly on to my legs, arms, and neck.

    Some times I put it in a spray bottle with a little water to spray my plants (and me).

    You can even put 3-4 drops in your diffuser on your patio to ward off those pesky insects.  Click HERE to check out the Spa Diffuser. 

    During this time of the year, I carry my natural bug repellent with me at all times. You just never know when the bugs will attack.

    This year I’m going to rub or spray it around the door and window seals to deter insects from entering.

    A word of caution for those with possible skin sensitivity, dilution may be needed. And as with everything keep out of reach of children we don’t want them over doing, it does smell that good.

     Interested in giving it a try? Want to know more about the essential oils or how to get discounts? Email me at 


    *These statements have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Pregnant or lactating women and persons with known medical conditions should consult a physician prior to the use of any  product.

    June 20, 2015 • Essential Oils • Views: 1334

  • Natural Sore Muscle Relief

    With all this nice weather means I am spending more time outdoors. How about you? I just came in from some heavy duty gardening, you know the digging, bending, squatting with pulling and pushing. I thought I was in pretty good shape but some muscles let me know otherwise! That’s when I am so happy to have my essential oils to give me some natural sore muscle relief.

    I have found that Soothing Rub works great. (get it from me; kathy@kathyskinner.com) I have used it after gardening, long hikes and hikingeven when I tweaked something in my back while changing the bed sheets (showing my age here).

    This Rub is a soothing solution for sore muscles and joints. Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, Helichrysum, and Osmanthus work together to soothe and relax muscles and ease achy joints. Its effects are deep and penetrating with sustained results. Once gently rubbed into the area of discomfort, it’s cool therapeutic benefit will be felt almost immediately.

    To use the Soothing essential oil blend, I usually massage it along with a few drops of a carrier oils like Fractionated Coconut Oil. You could also use Virgin Organic Coconut oil but this will leave a bit of a greasy feel.

    When I using the Soothing Rub, all I need is to massage on about a pea size amount of the lotion.

    Remember a LITTLE bit goes a long way (about the size of a pea) and you can always reapply as needed. It doesn’t build up in your system like some medicines do.

    So whether you have been working out in the gym, outsideworking with computer in the yard, spending long hours on the computer or just going at it in a go get-um way, this rub provides instant relief for the occasional discomfort of tired, sore, and worn-down muscles and joints naturally. This is definitely in my medicine cabinet. Click HERE to get in yours!

    Interested in learning more about essential oils? Email me to learn more and/or how to get discounts at kathy@kathyskinner.com 


    These statements have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Pregnant or lactating women and persons with known medical conditions should consult a physician prior to the use of any product.

    June 9, 2015 • Essential Oils, Healthy Hints • Views: 594