Facial Toner Recipe: Simply Love Your Skin

Let’s start simply loving our skin with natural anti-aging ingredients.

This recipe is so incredibly quick and simple to make with only 2 ingredients, plus your essential oils of choice.

Why use a toner?
  • Toning your skin helps remove excess oils and dead skin cells that may have been left behind after washing.
  • Toning helps to balance your skin’s PH level.
  • Toning also helps to close the pores and allow your moisturizer to soak into the skin more efficiently.

I NEVER used to use toners, but as my skin ages, I found out that I love using a toner to rid of the dry and tired looking skin. My skin always looks more fresh and evenly toned for the day. Taking care of our skin by cutting out harsh chemical ingredients and using natural plant-based ingredients can also help slow the anti-aging process.

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Facial Cleansing Pads Recipe: Travel With Ease and Less Breakouts

My family is always on the go!

Whether it is moving across the country or going for a drive that turns into sleeping in the back of the jeep for a prolonged adventure or just to wake up on the beach, it happens! And I cannot get enough of it!

There are things that I do , however, so that my face and body do not suffer these spontaneous overnights. One of these protocols is bringing my homemade facial cleansing pads with me on any potential adventure breakaway. They are super simple to make and save me the post-adventure breakout.

They can also be used at home, when you’re just too tired to wash your face.

Ingredients (makes 4oz jar):

  • 1 Tbs Witch Hazel: This is a great facial cleanser, that helps tone the skin and has antibacterial properties.
  • Distilled Water
  • 5 Drops of Frankincense essential oil: MUST HAVE for fine lines and wrinkles.
  • 5 Drops of Tea Tree essential oil: It’s antibacterial and has disinfectant properties. This makes it a great cleansing essential oil and must have if you are prone to acne.
  • 5 Drops of Lavender essential oil: Calms and nourishes the skin.
  • Cotton Rounds/Pads
  • Container with a tight-fitting lid

Ditch and Switch:

There are so many healthy benefits from making the switch and using the natural ingredients used in this simple recipe. You are going to save loads of money this way. And you won’t be exposing yourself, family, or furry friends to the toxic chemicals that are in your pricey, conventional personal care products.

I’m so glad I’m able to share my wellness journey with you, one recipe or testimonial at a time. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, and how I can continue to help!

How to get started?

If you want to know how I got started using essential oils to increase my overall wellness or how you can improve your own wellness journey, start here.

Sending love and wishing you Happy and Healthy Trails!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The products discussed are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Views expressed are from an Independent Distributor, not a medical professional, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Young Living Essential Oils. Views expressed only apply to Young Living Essential Oils (not other essential oil brands). Individual results may vary.

Natural Makeup Remover Recipe: Plus Top 3 Ways to Promote Healthy Skin 🌹

Lets talk about our skin and how beauty comes from within. A lot of times we are looking for bandaids to fix a quick issue, but we need to look at what is going on inside so we can heal from the inside out.

In my opinion, these are the…

Top 3 Ways to Promote Healthy Skin

#1 Manage stress

This is difficult and I can’t say I’m very good at it, but its something I work on all the time. Stress can affect our skin’s appearance and show us when we are imbalanced. It’s good to shift our awareness and work on managing our stress whether its through breathing techniques like yoga and meditation, exercise, focusing on the positive, or whatever works best for each of us.

#2 Gut Health

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Spring Cleaning Arsenal: Natural Recipes for Your ENTIRE Home

I’ve compiled all of your spring cleaning recipes all in one place…

This is it!

  • Lemon essential oil*
  • Thieves Household Cleaner
  • Baking Soda
  • Vinegar
  • Water

*Other great essential oils you can substitute in any of these recipes include Purification, Orange essential oil, Lemongrass essential oil, Citrus Fresh essential oil, Thieves essential oil, Christmas Spirit essential oil, …

Thieves Household Cleaner:

“Formulated with the power of Young Living’s Thieves oil blend, you can get a deep clean without dangerous or synthetic ingredients. Chores will feel like less of a chore with the sweet-and-spicy scent and effective cleaning power of Thieves Household Cleaner.”*****

“This all-purpose cleaner can be used on any surface in your home for dusting, spot cleaning, scrubbing, or any other cleaning need. Wherever you use it, you’ll feel good knowing it’s safe to use around everyone in your family, including pets. Spot test in an inconspicuous area before applying this product to woods, plastics, fabrics, and granite.”******

*****https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/thieves-household-cleaner

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Double Chocolate Peppermint Flourless Brownie Recipe

Ready to get your chocolate sweet treat in this Valentine’s Day with zero guilt?!
I am ALL about treating yourself after growing up with a “candy drawer” (literally a drawer in the kitchen that was full of nothing but candy) and “bedtime snacks” consisting of cereal bowls full of ice-cream with all the toppings right before bed. A lot more health conscious these days, I’ve found a few recipes like this one where you can still have the sweet treats without the gut ache and guilt.
This recipe is full of everything you desire; dense, fudgy, double chocolate, peppermint brownies.
And for a bonus, they are Vegetarian, Gluten Free, have zero added sugar, and they’re flourless.
You can also try your favorite egg substitute to make these Vegan (although I have not yet tested these variations myself).

Why would you add Peppermint Vitality essential oil to your brownies?

  • For centuries, peppermint has been used to soothe digestive difficulties
  • Peppermint vitality essential oil can help curb appetite 
  • Peppermint tastes incredibly refreshing alongside the double chocolate

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DIY Warming Massage Oil and Lubricant Recipe

In the spirit of LOVE MONTH, here are some dirty little secrets hidden inside our conventional massage oils and lubricants. Plus a recipe to make your own toxic-free massage oil and lubricant, and which oils you will want to have on hand this Valentines Day.

COMMON INGREDIENTS TO AVOID:

  • Glycerin: can actually cause dryness, is toxic to sperm, and it’s a sugar which can lead to yeast growth (not good).
  • Chlorhexidine digluconate: is an antiseptic found in mouthwash which can kill the good bacteria your body naturally creates for its immunity.
  • Methylparaben: is a preservative and a known endocrine disruptor. Simply put, parabens can mimic estrogen and disrupt the body’s hormone system.

So lets have some DIY fun and make our own simple and personalized massage oils that are better for our health while saving us money and awkward interactions at our local markets.

Stimulating and Warming Massage Oil Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon –  1 Tablespoon of carrier oil with thinner viscosity for a thinner consistency and hotter more immediate topical effect*
  • 6 drops of Cypress essential oil
  • 8 drops of Orange essential oil
  • 8 drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil
  • 2-4 drops of Black Pepper essential oil
  • 4 drops of Idaho Blue Spruce

Directions:

  1. Get creative; add a little more of this and a little less of that. You’ll find what works best for you.**
  2. Mix your love potion.
  3. Use as needed to help stimulate blood flow, warm skin, brighten your mood, and help increase libido in both men and women.

*Carrier oils that are solid at room temperature like Coconut Oil will help oily effects last longer, but can be less instant and less hot. Adding carrier oils with thinner viscosity (fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil, olive oil, etc) can make the topical effects of the essential oils feel stronger and more immediate.

**Caution: They say that any type of oil can weaken strength of latex.

All About the Oils:

Why Idaho Blue Spruce?

This oil has a warming effect, and can be used to make intimacy last longer. Idaho Blue Spruce has been said to help “spruce” him up in a very good way by supporting male testosterone. This oil can be used aromatically, topically, and internally as it is designated as GRAS (generally regarded as safe for consumption by the FDA). It can also be worn as cologne as the evergreen aroma can help relax the mind and body.

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Paleo Banana Bread Recipe

This is a recipe for soft and moist Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegetarian Banana Bread that will melt in your mouth. If your home is anything like ours, this bread will disappear so fast your bananas won’t ripen fast enough to make more.

My fiancé  likes to eat this treat for breakfast before heading out for a long laborious day at work. We also like to eat this as a healthy option for a sweet treat.

Try your egg substitutes to make this recipe Vegan (although I have not yet tested them myself).

As long as your bananas are ripened and eggs at room temperature, the prep time is only 10 minutes since everything goes right in your blender (we use a Ninja).

Why use Vitality Essential Oils to supplement your diet?

  • Taking Cinnamon Bark Vitality essential oil as a dietary supplement can support healthy digestion and help maintain a healthy immune system.***
  • Nutmeg Vitality oil has many health benefits, including cognitive function support, immune support, and powerful antioxidants.***
  • It is important to realize when using essential oils for dietary reasons to only use those that are truly pure and therapeutic and also approved for dietary consumption. Young Living’s Vitality line of essential oils is a great place to start for oils you can trust with seed to seal purity.

Ingredients:

    • 3 large ripe bananas, mashed
    • 2 eggs (let warm to room temperature for a lighter texture)
    • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
    • 2 cups almond meal/flour
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • ¼ teaspoon salt

*Can substitute the Cinnamon Bark Vitality essential oil for 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon.

**Can substitute the Nutmeg Vitality essential oil for 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg.

Directions:

      1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
      1. Lightly oil a loaf pan.
      1. Add all of the ingredients (except optional walnuts or Lily’s Sweets baking chips) to a blender and blend until combined.
      1. Pour banana bread batter into the prepared loaf pan and spread the batter evenly.
      1. Sprinkle walnuts or Lily’s Sweets baking chips to top (optional).
      1. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until bread tests clean.
      1. Allow bread to cool for 30 minutes.
      1. Run a knife along the edges between the bread and the baking pan in order to release the bread from the pan.
    1. Cut thick slices of bread and enjoy!

How to get Started?

I’m so glad I’m able to share my wellness journey with you, one recipe at a time. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, and how I can continue to help!

If you want to know how I got started using essential oils to increase my overall wellness or how you can improve your own wellness journey, start here.

Wishing you Healthy and Happy Trails…

***These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Simple Soothing Skin Cream Recipe: I am Beautiful…

This website is all about wellness. But how can we feel good if we don’t feel good about ourselves?

We try to balance a lot in our everyday lives; kids, family, multiple jobs, stress, fear, meal planning and preparing, cleaning and clutter, car repairs, debt, and so many other commitments.

Do we get overloaded? Absolutely!

Do we have the power to free ourselves! Most definitely.

It’s not necessary to bury ourselves under our own commitments. Try decluttering your life in a way that makes sense to you.

  • Does this mean donating things you don’t use anymore?
  • Getting rid of that blouse that’s missing a button and you’ve been saying your going to fix it for the last 4 years?
  • Meditating to help with stress or fear?
  • Asking for help once in a while?
  • Freeing time to make time to pamper ourselves?

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Simple and Natural Recipes: Freshen Air, Carpet, Shoes, and More

If you live in a place where you wear wool socks all winter long, like Southwest Michigan or anywhere in the north, this one is for you.

If you work out and have the case of stinky foot or gym bag, this is also for you.

If you have stinky garbage containers, laundry hampers, basements, carpets, cars, or puppies, this is for you.

Purification essential oil is the ultimate weapon against bad odors. It is a blend of Citronella, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Tea Tree, Lavendin, and Myrtle essential oils.

Most times I just add a drop or two or Purification to a cotton ball and throw it in the specific location, like in the garbage bin or gym bag.

If you guys know us well, you know we have a 120lb dog named Beast that sleeps with us every night. When he gets a little stinky, I’ll rub some into my palms and down the side of his neck so he smells fresh. When using essential oils on dogs, I have to recommend diluting with a carrier oil. This is like instant de-stink for him and a total lifesaver if we don’t have time to give him a bath or a swim.

I’m sharing these tips with you today because it’s the middle of winter and I personally have a lot to deodorize and clean now that the holidays are over.

No More Stinky Boot Powder Recipe

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