Simple & Effective Mouthwash Made with Essential Oils

Other than saving a lot money, you might be wondering by bother with making your own mouthwash. Just take a look at the ingredients on the back of your mouthwash bottle. More than likely you will discover that you are actually getting a mouthful of chemicals. The active ingredients in mouthwash usually include Benzalkonium chloride, Methylparaben, Hydrogen peroxide, Domiphen bromide, Hexetidine, and Chlorhexidine gluconate. Other popular ingredients include foaming agents, ethyl alcohol, flavored oils (not necessarily natural), antimicrobial ingredients, colorants, preservatives and fluoride.   Et...

Essential Oils to Help You with Your Grief

Essential oils are a beautiful aid to the body’s physical and emotional healing during grief.  The grieving process is physically tough, and you are wise to help yourself find small measures of comfort and relief using essential oils. Essential oils have proven physical and emotional benefits which can help relieve stress, fight depression, incr...

DIY Natural Soft Scrub for Tough Jobs

If you are like me cleaning the bathroom is not an experience I look forward to very often. Being stuck in a small closed space with harsh chemicals not only makes it hard to breathe, but can also be very hazardous to your health. This is why I started experimenting to come up with cleaners for my whole house that were pleasant smelling and greatly reduced my toxic intake. I really believe that I enjoy great health because I am consistently working at reducing my toxic load. The next time you clean your bathroom, why not try mixing...

Sprouted Sourdough Multigrain Crackers

Since I have become an avid 'Ingredient' reader (you don't want to be grocery shopping behind me if you are in a hurry!), I have taken up making my own crackers. Yes, I do purchase them on occasions but because I want the 'healthier' ones they are a bit pricey. Thes...

Keeping Your Home Clutter Free

Now that you've learned how to get rid of the clutter in my previous blog ( click HERE to get it) Here are some key strategies to keep things the way you like with clutter free maintenance: Make an appointment with yourself for clutter maintenance. Yes, literally set an appointment.   Adopt the 30 second rule - If a job takes around 30 seconds or less to do, do it immediately....

DIY - Liquid Laundry Detergent with Essential Oils

I got a stubborn grease stain on one of my favorite shirts.  So, I went online to try some DIY remedies. Each one I tried only made things worse! I pretty much resigned that this stain was here to stay but then thought well I'll wash it one more time but first I'll put a glob of my  DIY Liquid Laundry Detergent on it and let it sit for a day. After washing it, I couldn't believe my eyes - No trace of the stain! From now on I will only need to make the laundry detergent and use it as a...

Key Strategies to Dealing with Your Clutter

You have most likely heard the saying, “What one person calls clutter another calls a treasure”. So, the first step is to figure out what qualifies as clutter to you.  And no one can decide this but you. To learn how clutter or too many treasures affect your health check out my previous blog   Consequences of Clutter on Your Health   This will help you to decide if what you have been living with and accepting as ‘normal’ needs to be reevaluated or ...

Essential Oils to Use While Dealing With Clutter

While dealing with the clutter, many new physical and emotional issues may arise. So, let's discover some ways to handle them or at least make them more manageable. It can take a while to tame our clutter areas, and this in itself can affect our emotional and physical health.  Learn about the Consequences of Clutter.   While “Dealing with Clutter” we can stir up dust causing allergies as well as buried emotions. And then of course there is acquiring the new habits to Maintain a Clutter Free Environment  I have found there are many essential oils that can help with the physical, mental, and emotional issues that pop up. Here is a list of essential oils I have found to be helpful.   Essen...

Consequences of Clutter on Your Health

Living a Healthy Lifestyle involves all areas of our lives. There is actually an intricate relationship between our health and our environments and visa versa. Traditional Chinese Medicine emphasizes the importance of deep cleaning and organizing ones environment for greater health and happines...

DIY Recipes for Seasonal Relief

Seasonal issues pop up in many forms. From coughing, watery eyes, skin issues, congestion and more. Here a re few DIY recipes with essential oils that will help to give you relief with harmful chemicals that add toxins to your body. Are you prone to the seasonal sniffles that come around at certain times during the year or when you are outdoors?  If you constantly need a tissue for...

Get Some Seasonal Relief

Seasons come and go, each with their own challenges. As new blossoms emerge on the trees, lawns are mowed, gardens are planted, and pollen is released into the air, the seasonal discomfort of allergies may become a regular occurrence.   You may experience itchy, watery eyes, congestion, a runny nose, or sneezes and sniffles...

Diffuser Blends for Spring

It is officially Spring! Flowers are blooming or soon will be and that means so many wonderful aromas to be inhaled when outdoors. Why not bring some of that Springtime inside with these diffuser blends. Using the doTERRA essential Oils you can rest assured they are certified pure so you aren't bringing any toxic chemicals into your home. Want your home to smell like a Flower Garden in full bloom? Try this one:     1 drop Geranium essential oil     2 drops Lavender essential oil     2 drops Roman Chamomile essential oil   Clean & Fresh 2 drops Lavender 2 drops Lemon 1 drops Rosemary   Spring Rain  2 drops lemon 2 drops ...

Reduce Anxiety with the Combo of Mindful Meditation and Essential Oils

You have probably noticed now more than ever before, people are experiencing greater feelings of stress and anxiousness.   Anxiety can affect our well-being in many ways and is one of the primary triggers that cause us to not get going with our healthy lifestyle plans. Do you find yourself in any of these situations: Can’t find the motivation to hit the gym?  Having trouble staying focused on the tasks at hand? Find yourself eating fast food or comfort foods after a hard day?  There has been a lot of debate on what methods are most effective in managing those feelings. Peruvian scientists designed an experimental study to fi...

DIY Nontoxic Body Wash with Essential Oils

I really enjoy a good fragrant & lathering shower. But after reading the ingredients on most store-bought body washes, I decided it was time to make my own. This nontoxic body wash is easy to make and takes way less time than trying to decipher the long and confusing ingredient list on the back of most body wash bottles. Below is a basic recipe followed by some essential oil suggestions in the Notes. DIY Natural Body Wash   What you'll Need: 8 oz. container*    1/2 cup unscented Castile soap (Buy it HERE ) 4 tablespoons vegetable glycerin* (Buy it HERE ) 3 tablespoons olive oil 10 drops of your favorite essential oil* (Purchase HERE ) Directions: Combine i...

Overcoming Discouragement

Do you ever feel discouraged? You are not alone. It is a normal part of life. Regularly we encounter setbacks and disappointments and we have had a very challenging year. This feeling can cause a loss of confidence and enthusiasm. Discouragement can also come from a fear of failure, not having a plan to reach goals, or negative self-talk. It is okay to feel discouraged but staying that way can often stop us from accomplishing the things that are important to us. Here are a few suggestions for overcoming discouragement: When you feel discouraged acknowledge it to yourself. People who never feel discouraged are out of touch with themselves and the world. Encour...

Change Your Mood with These DIY Essential Oil Room Sprays

 Ready to transform your kitchen, bedroom, office, family room, and every other space you find yourself?  When you want to change your environment, infusing a new aroma into the room is one of the quickest ways to turn things around. Essential oils can help you to customize your atmosphere by bringing uplifting, calming, or energizing aromas into the room.   These DIY room sprays will give you a few options for elevating your space. Give them a try!   Hope and Harmony  Combine in a 4-ounce spray bottle  15 drops Bergamot essential oil  10 drops Clary Sage essential oil  8 drops Sandalwood essen...

Essential Oils for Managing Your Emotions and Enhancing Your Mood

Our emotional health can directly influence how the rest of our body feels and functions.  When we are in emotional distress, it lowers our overall quality of life and how we feel day-to-day. Emotional health affects how we make decisions, how we interact with others, and how we respond to events that happen in our life. Things like stress, anxious feelings, changes in the weather, and a host...

Ways to Use Essential Oils for Managing Your Emotions and Mood

Once you’ve chosen an essential oil that will help you manage your emotions and/or enhance your mood, ( see list of oils ) there are countless ways to apply the oil for mood management success. You don’t need to be a scientist or essential oil professional to take advantage of the emotional benefits that essential oils hold. There are just a few simple rules: ...

Fiber, Why Eat It?

Personally, I have found that fiber does wonders to keep me healthy and at a healthy weight. I have more energy from better absorption of food nutrients, toxins are flushed out regularly, I feel full longer and there's more! So let's get started on some Fiber Facts. WHAT IS FIBER? It is the structural part of fruits, vegetables, and grains that your digestive system cannot digest or break down. Increasing fiber in the diet can be an important factor in improving your overall well-being. There are two main types of fiber, and they have different effects on the body: Soluble fiber dissolve in water and get sticky like oatmeal. This keeps us full longer. Insoluble fiber is mainly made up of plant cell walls, and it cannot b...

DIY Immune Support Booster for Your Winter Wellness

There are so many things we can take charge of to boost our immune system. Like eating healthy whole unprocessed foods, getting some form of exercise each day, reducing our toxic load and getting enough good rest. Need any help with getting good sleep? Check out my other blog post -   A Good Night's Rest to Help Boost Your Immunity    And if you would like ways to reduce the toxins in your home get my free guide - Home Toxins Are Slowly Killing You, Get Tips To Reduce Them   Here is a non-internal immune boos...