Want an Easy to Make Hot Apple Cider Recipe?

This time of the year with the cool crispness in the air, I find myself yearning for Hot Apple Cider. Not only does it taste wonderful to me, I also love the aroma that fills my home.  Over the years I have tried many combinations of spices all tied up in my little cheesecloth bundle, but this year, well I decided to just use essential oils. After all, I have had such great results when using them in baking and cooking recipes so why shouldn't this be any different.  OH MY! Yes it was different - the BEST Apple Cider I have ever made!!! Or mix I have ever bought!!! Why didn't ...

You Can Use Aroma to Enhance Gratitude

Practicing Gratitude or Thankfulness has so many positive health benefits for us physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  I’ve been practicing it for decades, so it come rather easily to me. But, I do have my days like everyone else and have found that through the use of essential oils, I am able to get myself back on the right path to keep my health at an optimum high.  The most direct way in which our emotions can be triggered is by aroma, through our sense of smell. As an odor registers in our brain, depending on what we have smelled, we react to it either with pleasure or displeasure. Think roses ve...

Try These Healthy AND Melt in Your Mouth Pumpkin Cookies

It's Fall and everywhere I turn there is a pumpkin flavored or scented item. I even saw pumpkin Biscotti the other day!  I really enjoy the flavor myself. So, just this morning I had a Pumpkin Spice Shake. I just added a 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin along with a drop each of Cassia, Clove & Ginger essential oil or you could add pumpkin spice seasoning! Delish! What pumpkin food/drinks do you like? Tell me in the comments below 👇   Since I do enjoy pumpkin, I came up with this healthier version of the Pumpkin...

A Way for You to Asses Your Gratitude

There continues to be an increasing body of research that the benefits of gratitude include deeper love connections to our happiness, as well as improved physical and mental health. (check 'Practicing Being Grateful for These Emotional Benefits' ) Whether or not you consider yourself to be a grateful person, there is always an opportunity for introspection and growth. Most of us find it much easier to be grateful during happy times, but what happens when you are sad?  And how about the times in between?  No matter where you are on the spectrum right now, the Gratitude Assessment below will h...

Practice Being Grateful for these Emotional Benefits

Before I get into some of the many emotional benefits of practicing an ‘Attitude of Gratitude’, let’s go over what it is. It is really quite simple. Gratitude is just taking time to think about all the positive things in your life. Rather than running replays on the negatives. You don't even have to actually tell anyone else you are thankful fo...

Here is My Very Favorite Mulled Cider Recipe

It is apple harvesting time! And the weather is getting cooler so I am ready for some hot mulled cider. What about you? I have tried so many recipes and have also purchased many prepacked cider mixes but I must say this recipe is my all time favorite. And...

Tips to Keep Illness Away by Boosting Your Immune System

It's that time of the year when everyone around us seems to be suffering from a cold, the flu or even both! Fortunately there are things you can do to support your immune system.  Exercise and Proper Nutrition keep your body healthy and strong, which is important for a healthy immune system.    You can help ensure that your body gets the nutrients it needs by incorporating high quality supplements into your daily routine. When added to a healthy diet, high quality supplements have a powerful, beneficial impact on your immune system as well as other systems. I have been taking  these particular supplements  for over 5 years and I really think they are why I have been so healthy, feel positive and h...

Perfect Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

It is Autumn and time to bring out the pumpkin goodies. here is a great way to start the day! Perfect Pumpkin Protein Pancakes Ingredients: 3 eggs 1/3 cup pumpkin puree 3/4 cup almond flour 1 scoop vanilla protein powder 1 drop ginger essential oil 2 drops cinnamon bark essential oil 1 tsp baking powder pinch of salt Directions:     Preheat gridle to 350 f Mix together wet ingredients Add in dry ingredients, mixing until smooth Grease griddle Using a 1/2 cup measuring cup, scoop batter onto griddle Cook for 1 -2 minutes per side

Diffusing Copaiba Essential Oil for Emotional Support

COPAIBA can help with emotional support. It is known as the Oil of Unveiling, because it can help to unveil the deeper meanings and messages that show up in one’s life. COPAIBA can help provide for emotional support for those who are feeling: • Shameful • Guilty • Regretful • Rebellious • Unworthy • Repressed emotions • Self-loathing When feeling any of these, you can diffuse COPAIBA Essential Oil or apply topically over the heart, on the very top of the head, or the back of the neck.  OR Place one to two drops of Copaiba under the tongue to encourage a general sense of well-being during periods of stress or nervousness. Diffusing will also help to promote feelings of clarity, worthiness, forgiveness, and new be...

How to Clean Your Kitchen Without Harmful Chemicals

Because there are so many surfaces in the kitchen that get used every day, essential oils can be extremely helpful for keeping the kitchen clean. As a bonus, every time you clean the kitchen using essential oils, it will leave behind a lovely smell— making it feel twice as clean!  Here are a few Kitchen DIYs: With a wide variety of cleansing essential oils, it is easy to mak...

Does you laundry detergent need a cleaning?

Does you laundry detergent need a cleaning? After reading the ingredients, I found mine sure did! Two common ingredients in most detergents are Sodium Lauryl Sulfate & Sodium Laureth Sulfate/ Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate (SLS/ SLES). They are the main ingredients in detergents and you can also find it in dish liquid, hand wash, and shampoo.  Why are they used? Well, SLS and SLES are surfactants which are used   to remove soil and as a foaming agent.  Did you know that they were originally developed as garage floor degreaser? So they are pretty powerful. Unfortunately, they are toxic and can inflame skin, eyes, and lungs (1), and damage internal organs (2). SLS/ SLES is toxic in the enviro...

Cozy Up to Autumn with These Diffuser Blends

Do you smell that? Ahh, it's finally here. Fall, one of my favorite seasons of all. When I think of Fall, my mind goes to harvesting, piles of leaves and warm cozy fires. And pumpkin and spice everything! What do you think of? For those of us who want to start celebrating fall right now, try some of these diffus...

How to Make Your Own Effective and Soothing Hand Sanitizing Mist

I have been getting lots of requests for an effective (99.9%) and also soothing hand sanitizing mist. One that won't dry out your hands with repeated use. Here’s recipe for filling a 0.9 oz. (30mL) size spray bottle - ( get yours here ) DIY HAND SANITIZER Ingredients: > 4 tsp rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol or ethyl alcohol or Everclear vodka) > 1 tsp  fractionated coconut oil > 30 drops On Guard, the Protective Blend Boom - you are good to go!!! Pretty easy, right? Have questions?  Connect with me Blessings for Health, Joy & Laughter, Kathy

Boost Your Energy and Hydration with These Smoothie Recipes

There is nothing so refreshing as a smoothie!!!  I love them! My husband loves them and kids love them!  They are so easy to make and super healthy!   These smoothies recipes will give you the boost of energy and hydration needed on hot summer days or after a heavy workout or play session. Just combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.  Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!!! IT’S THAT EASY!!  Wild Tropical Smoothie 5 drops  Wil...

Lower Your Anxiety with these Eight Tips

It’s become almost a cliché—modern life is often filled with stress, and almost everyone is ironically too busy to deal with it. It can be easy to excuse it away and say that we work best under stress, that stress is a great motivator. This is partly true; the good type of stress, known as “eustress” helps us seize the moment, and invigorates us to achieve a tangible goal. On the flip side, there is also bad stress, called “distress”, that can be harmful in the long run. When we face either type of s...

Summertime Diffuser Blends

There are still many Summer Days left and to honor of Summertime Fun I want to give you these diffuser blends to celebrate season!!    I 💜   Summer 3 drops Wild Orange oil 3 drops Lemon oil 1 drop Peppermint oil  Homemade Lemonade 1 drop Spearmint oil 1 drop Basil oil 4 drops Lemon oil Ocean Breeze  3 drops Bergamot oil 3 drops Lavender oil 3 drops Rosemary oil 1 drop Cypress oil Tropical Vacay 3 drops Bergamot oil 3 drops Lavender oil 1 drop Sandalwood oil 1 drop Lemon oil Sunshine 3 drops Lemongrass oil 3 drops Wild Orange oil 1 drop Peppermint oil Paradise 3 drops Sandalwood oil 2 drops Wild Orange oil 2 drops Grapefruit oil    Be...

Time to Thoroughly Clean Your Toilet Without a Gas Mask

Did you know there’s no federal regulation of chemicals in household products?  Rebecca Sutton, PhD, a senior scientist at the Environmental Working Group (EWG), explains, “In terms of household cleaners, neither ingredients nor products must meet any sort of safety standard, nor is any testing data or notification required before bringing a product to market.” The average household contains about 62 toxic cleaning product chemicals, and we’re exposed to them routinely — from the phthalates in synthetic fragrances to the noxious fumes in oven cleaners. Ingr...

What are toxins and how do they affect my health?

Reducing harmful chemicals (toxins) and supporting your body’s detox processes is crucial in attaining good health. Even if you don’t have a major illness or disease, you may have a high level of toxins lingering in your body. Detoxing can support weight loss, increase energy, and improve digestion. It can clear your skin, balance hormones, benefit overall healing, and so much more.  We live in a world that is constantly bombarding us with ...

Easy Fruit Salads That Could Be Used for Dessert

I love salads! And these two could easily be used for dessert or as a snack when you want something cool and refreshing.   Spearmint Honeydew Salad          4 - 1 cup servings Ingredients:    1 Honeydew cubed 1 ½  Cucumbers cubed ½  Red Onion chopped 2 Tablespoons chopped Spearmint leaves 2 - 3 drops of  Spearmint essential oil  (this is what takes the flavor over the top) 4 Tablespoons freshly squeezed Lemon ¼ cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil Lime Juice to taste, about 1 tablespoon or 2 drops  Lime essential oil (optional - add 4 Tablespoons Chia Seed gel for extra omegas) Salt and Pepper to Taste Directions: Mix all ingredients together in bowl.  Refriger...

Help Manage Hunger and More with This Essential Oil Blend

Summer is coming which means no more layers of clothes to hide under.  So if you haven't already, it is time to get going with those healthy eating habits and exercise program. What, you say, "I've already been doing that and I just can't seem to get off this plateau!"  in this post, I want to focus on something I found that helps to manage hunger and more!   It is a combination of essential oils that that are known for their detoxifying qualities which can promote weight loss in a natural and healthy way. It is  Slim & Sassy, the Metabolic Blend . This blend includes grapefruit, lemon, peppermint, ginger, and cinnamon essential oils in just the right portions. Manage your hunger by just adding 8 drops to 16 oz. of...