Essential Oils & Cocktails..?

Essential Oils & Cocktails..?

Today I decided to post my new favorite essential oil recipe…. Cocktail Recipe that is.  Why  haven’t I thought about using Essential Oils in booze before!!!  Yeah… lets combine 2 of my favorite things, and after all that’s what being an essentialoilsgangsta is all about; livin life my way.

 

We named it  “That’s Delightful” first because it was the first thing we said after tasting it.  The second name we thought of was the “New Gin and Juice” but then we remembered that the gin was in the french 75 not this one.  So were back to “That’s Delightful” Although I might change the name if I think of something that makes me laugh out loud. I may have to drink a lot more of them in order to get there though.

Peppermint Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 15 drops doterra peppermint essential oils

Heat the water and sugar until the sugar dissolves and let cool, then stir in the peppermint oil.  Keep stirring until the peppermint oil actually incorporates into the mixture, don’t just leave it with it floating on the top.  If you’re thinking that oil and water don’t mix, the sugar is an emulsifier, so it will blend, it just takes a little time.

 

To make the Drink

  • 1/8tsp Peppermint Simple Syrup or if you have a pipette, use 10 drops
  • 12oz of Cranberry Juice
  • 2 oz of Champagne

Mix all ingredients and sip the day away, this really is delightful!

 

What Would You Name it?

 

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We took it to an abandoned house to photograph it.  It looked so pretty and with a name like “thats delightful” I had to photograph it in a place that gave it some grit.  Your welcome.

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What are you using to get Monday Morning Started

This is one of my favorite blends to get the week started off right, especially after a long weekend.  And by long, I’m not talking an extra day off because it’s presidents day hanging out sipping lemonade by the pool with the kids, I’m talking about raging parties, eating like shit and day drinking.  Using a diffuser is a great way to get the medicinal benefits of Essential Oils into your body through your olfactory system, it also smells nice in your office and you get the health benefits of the oils.

What You Need

A diffuser.  There are some great diffusers out there and they range in size from small to big.  Keep in mind that most diffusers come with a rating for how many square feet they cover, so pick one appropriate for the size room your trying to fill with sweet sweet smelling essential oils.

This one by Green Air is my favorite for next to my desk, it has a usb cord, so I just plug it right into my computer and put my favorite oils in.  It also lasts about 8 hours

scent trekker

You can purchase it here

If you’re a total effing geek like me, you need/want a diffuser in your car too.  I like to pick an oil that is calming so that I don’t get angry with the crazy Dallas drivers.  The other great thing about this diffuser is that it will fit in the cup holder of your car… Finally a diffuser that doesn’t have those little scent pads that soak up all the medicinal benefits and only disburse smell into the air. With this little puppy you get all the benefits.   Just plug it into the USB outlet in your car and go. If your hoopty isn’t equipped with usb outlets, there are adaptors all over the place that you can plug into your cigarette lighter for a few bucks.  If your still using your cigarette lighter, get some black pepper oil and call me so I can help you kick that disgusting habit.

So now that you have your diffuser you just fill it to the fill line with water.  I think that distilled water is recommended, but I’ve used water out of my water bottle that has electrolyte powder in it in a jam, and it worked.  I’m sure it voids the warranty, but sometimes you’re on a road trip and you need some mutha fuckin oils!  You do need to clean out the water reservoir i think the care instructions say once a week, for me it’s more like once a month.  Just put some plain white vinegar in there and let it sit for 20  minutes then dump the vinegar out and wipe the inside out.

So, on this particular Monday Morning, I am diffusing

  • 2 drops Bergamot
  • 1 drop Geranium
  • 2 drops Lavender

In my scent Trekker next to my desk.  It smells delightful and is keeping me motivated.

Just in case you can’t pull your head out of your ass and understand how to load a diffuser, I made a video for you, I hope you enjoy!

 P.S.  The Nice and kind folks at Green Air and Got Oils DID Not sponsor this video,  and I do not represent their views.   I buy and love their products.  Please don’t judge them because of my vulgar language and strange views.  They really are a great bunch of people who didn’t ask me to even like them much less write about their products using profanities.

Sugar Scrub…me Down

Here is another of my favorite Essential Oil Recipes for a Sugar Scrub.  It is so silky and sofa king easy to make! I cant live a day without it in my shower and my husband is now asking for it too.

 

Sugar Scrub…Me Down:

Directions:

  1. Mix all the oils in a mixer until totally combined
  2. Add in the sugar and Mix until thoroughly combined scraping down the sides of the bowl

Store in these cute glass containers, you can put them in jelly jars with a label and give as wonderful gifts.  but beware, they can make the bottom of your shower a little slippery, not like super slippery but a little.  So don’t give this to grandma as you don’t want her to fall, but definitely give it to your mother in law.

 

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DōTERRA Essential Oils vs.Young Living Essential Oils, Which One is Right for You?




Doterra Essential Oils vs. Young living Essential Oils; Which One is Right for You?

I have been using Essential Oils for 15 years, but a few years ago, I learned about different Essential oils brands and different qualities of essential oils and wanted to up my game to make sure I was getting the absolute best essential oils.  While I can’t necessarily tell you which company is right for you, I can tell you how I decided which company was right for me.

I was first introduced to Young living essential oils, and I thought they were great, I still do. I purchased a couple of bottles to take with me for 9 weeks in Thailand at a hot yoga teacher training where I would be doing 3 hours of hot sweaty yoga every day for 9 weeks.  I purchased an uplifting oil, a mat cleaning spray and some oils to put in my water.  Once I got to Thailand my roommate had a Doterra essential oil blend that we began applying, it smelled sooo great.

When I got home, I was faced with a decision and some research; I knew that I wanted to continue using and improve my essential oil knowledge and collection.

After Researching both Doterra and Young living this is what I came up with:

  • Both Young Living and Doterra essential oils great.  Both companies do extensive testing, and have “beyond Organic” practices.
  • Both Young Living and Doterra are committed to advancing scientific and medical research on the efficacy of essential oils.   Both companies have teamed up with hospitals and research facilities to dispel rumors and wives tales and approach using essential oils from a scientific standpoint. This is something I greatly appreciate, as I value experiential knowledge, but I love a scientific confirmation of that knowledge.

 

So Why Did I Choose Doterra Essential Oils over Young Living?

Ultimately I thought that both companies were good, but I had to choose a company to work with.  I chose doterra, here are my reasons:

  • I love the seed to seal concept. I am a master gardner, and wine enthusiast.  What made sense in my brain was this: Plants absorb all the nutrients in the soil around them, which is why a master sommelier can tell the difference between a wine made from grapes grown in Sonoma, than one grown in France. Doterra ensures all the plants that they distill oils from are grown indigenously,  where the plants is healthiest.

 

  • If all oils were created equal I would choose Doterra again because of Co-Impact Sourcing. It is something that I really do believe in, and although Young living does a lot of great things in the world too,  This is the farming deals that doterra makes with farmers in villages all over the world. Doterra pays the farmers a fare wage, year round instead of just during harvest season, in addition doterra goes into villages and works with the local people to identify needs in the that will improve the lives of the entire community.  They drilled a well in a village in Haiti that didn’t have fresh water, they have built schools, they have helped re-build entire villages following natural disasters.  I want to be a part of an organization that participates actively in creating a positive global community, and I feel that doterra does that daily… Yes Please!

Watch this Video to see how co-impact sourcing helps villagers

 

More Reasons that persuaded my decision in Young Living vs. Doterra debate

 

  • The Healing Hands foundation is a not for profit founded by doterra.  Healing Hands mission is to help impoverished communities become self reliant.  Doterra covers all the administrative costs and fees of running the foundation so that 100 percent of the proceeds go to the foundation.  Yet another thing I respect and want to support.
  • Supportive Up-lines were another in my growing list of reasons that I chose doterra.  I love the structure of the compensation plan as it fosters mentoring and help.  Whether you are trying to learn about how to use oils, or you are trying to grow a small business, the compensation plan rewards leaders for helping the people under them. I had read this, but I can now personally vouch for it.  It truly is amazing to be a part of something where so many people want to see you succeed.
  • The People  While initially I was leaning towards Young Living because I knew the lady that initially sold me the oils, Ultimately, the things I learned about doterra and the people involved with doterra changed my mind.  I like the positive environment, I love my team; they are like family, I love the products, and the corporate culture.  Ultimately, you just have to make the best decision for you, find out which company is more in line with your personal values?

 

I’m ready but, Where Do I Start?????

 

If you’re ready to start your oil journey but not sure which oils to start with, click here  I would love to chat with you and help you pick the oils that will help you achieve your personal health goals.

I always recommend starting with a kit, because you get a well rounded variety of oils, at the deepest discount.  Kits vary between $150-$2500 dollars and many price points in between.  My favorite kit for the beginner is the Home Essentials Kit….. unless you are ready to take the leap and makeover your whole house, then definitely go bigger, get the diamond kit!

 

Home Essentials Kit

10 most popular and useful oils plus a diffuser

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Start your journey before Today with a home essentials kit and get these great bonuses:

  • Free Copy of 150 Uses for the Home Essentials Kit
  • Free 30 minute mentoring call to get you started with your oils
  • Free Access to exclusive team facebook pages
  • Free 5ml Bottle of Wild Orange Oil

 

Already know what oils/kit you want.  Start Today!

 

Just in Case you didn’t want to read all of that, here it is in Video Format!

 

 

Feel Good Friday Diffuser Blend

Feel Good Friday Diffuser Blend

It’s Friday night and the Weekend’s here…… I need to Unwind,,,, Where’s the Partaaay? ….Mr. DeeeheehJaaaay.

When Friday comes, after doing a little house cleaning and picking up, I like to unwind a little bit, okay, a lot.  If we’re staying home,  here’s the recipe that I use to keep the party going even when, we are the party (and we honestly, are the best party)

Friday Night Party Blend

  • 3 drops Citrus Bliss
  • 3 drops Grapefruit
  • 3 drops White Fir

While it sounds like a lot of fun, there are/could be serious ramifications to this blend and the party you will have.

Citrus bliss will uplift your mood like no other…

Grapefruit is a metabolism booster and gets your energy going

White Fir, will keep your giddy, bubbly self, grounded.  This sounds contradictory, so I’ll explain.  You’re so happy because of the citrus, White Fir just tethers you a bit and prevents you from floating off.  You’re excited, you’re ready to have a great evening, white fir will keep one toe on the floor even when you’re ready to have all 10 in the air.  Rational decisions are more able to be made when this oil is in the mix.  You’ll need it (or at least I do) after cleaning with citrus, diffusing all day and waiting for your lovely to come home.

Oregano Essential Oil, as Necessary as your Little Black Dress

Oregano Essential Oil, as Necessary as your Little Black Dress

Oregano Essential Oil should be a main staple just like a little black dress, or flour in your pantry.  Oregano Essential Oil has as many different uses, as well as health benefits.  Oregano Oil has potent anti-aging, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-cancer, anti-diabetic, anti-fungal, anti-mutagenic, anti-parasitic and anti-inflammatory properties according to the latest research… Holy Shit, Oregano Oil fights almost all the bad guys!

Oregano Essential Oil is one of the most potent and powerful essential oils out there.  It has been used for centuries in traditional health practices for its cleansing and immune-boosting properties, imagine that, we’re learning from the past.  Who would have thought.

Part of the potency of oregano oil make it extremely “hot”, not “drop it like it’s hot“, but “Ouch, that shit is burning me hot” which means more than any other essential oil people have adverse skin reactions to Oregano oil when applied “neat” or undiluted.  Make sure to always dilute oregano oil with Fractionated Coconut Oil or any other natural oil, such as almond oil, olive oil or jojoba oil when applying topically or taking internally in gel caps.

If you toss a drop of this in your mouth you will probably experiencing burning for longer than your last STD burned, it is not a good idea!  Having said that I do cook with oregano oil, as it isn’t so hot when it is diluted in a cup of salad dressing or a pot of red sauce.  …Aaaand, I think it is so gross that I just fit STD talk and cooking into the same paragraph.  Sorry about that, but now it is like the train wreck that you can’t look away from, so not I totally can’t fix it.

The Chemistry and benefits of Oregano Essential Oil

The primary chemical components of Oregano oil are carvacol and thymol, both in the phenols group, which possess cleansing and antioxidant properties.  One drop taken daily in a gel cap or rolled on bottom of feet can help maintain healthy immune function; Oregano Oil can be taken more frequently when seasonal threats are high or as needed to further support the immune system. In addition to being a popular cooking spice, Oregano Essential Oil also supports healthy digestion. Oregano Oil also acts as an enhancer and equalizer in essential oil blends and can help support healthy respiratory function when taken internally.

15 Uses for Oregano Essential Oil

  1. An Immune System Boost. Take several Drops in a veggie capsule for periodic immune support.
  2. Keep Calm and Oregano On. Concerned about the sanitary conditions of a public place you or the kids have just walked on with bare feet?  Your feet absorb more than you think.  Follow up by applying 1 drop each of Oregano essential Oil and Thyme Essential Oil, diluted with 6-7 drops of Fractionated Coconut Oil.
  3. Savor the Flavor. Put a drop of Oregano Oil in a tooth pick and stir into our spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, in a roast spice rub or any other entrée calling for dried or fresh oregano.
  4. The Best Defense is a Good Offense. To help keep your home clean, mix 3 drops of Oregano Oil with water in a glass spray bottle and spray it in the corners of shower sink or other damp and dark areas where mildew might be tempted to hang out.
  5. Little Italy at Home. Put a drop of Oregano and a drop of Basil in your veggie dip. Mix them both with olive oil and balsamic vinegar for a bread dip.
  6. Bring on Sandal Season. Apply 1 drop of Oregano essential oil to 6 drops Fractionated Coconut Oil to soften cuticles and rough spots that may be encroaching on your toenails.  It is also great to use on toenail fungus.
  7. Digestive Dilemmas? Oregano is a key ingredient in dōterra’s GX Assist which helps clean your digestive system.  It kills harmful bacteria and parasites. Millions of Americans are walking around with parasites in their digestive system.
  8. For Times of Change. This season change put 3 drops Oregano oil, 5 drops protective blend oil, 5 Drops Melaleuca & 5 drops Lemon in a veggie capsule, the properties of the oils work together to seasonal threats asses (seasonal threats aka allergies).
  9. Warming Wonder. Dilute just 1 drop Oregano Essential Oil in several drops of fractionated coconut oil and massage quickly into hands and feet to help warm the body.
  10. Chase away Whatever is Blocking Your Lower Registers. When It Comes to effortless breathing having Oregano Oil in your system (taken in a Veggie Capsule) has the ability to clear respiratory gunk.
  11. Comfortable Exit Ramps. When your body’s liquid waste elimination system is unhappy, it’s uncomfortable. Cranberry juice is great, but Oregano Oil is a rockstar. It will help your system work to clear it out and clean it up.
  12. Target the source of unsightly skin woes. Anyone’s skin can have imperfections, bumps or feel irritated. The same properties that make Oregano Oil great for internal use are also effective as a topical ointment.  Use sparingly, and dilute 1 drop Oregano oil with 4 drops Fractionated Coconut Oil to prevent topical burning.
  13. Give some to your chickens instead of antibiotics. A recent article said that organic chicken farmers are using Oregano oil to keep bacteria away from their chickens. I put 10 drops Oregano essential oil in 2 oz of FCO and spray my chickens food every time I fill up the feeder. They absolutely love it and I have never given them antibiotics and they have never gotten sick.  (Yes, chickens can get sick).
  14. Food-borne Problems Beware. Oregano Oil has properties that can counteract the effects of improper food handling practices, preparation and food storage. Combined with regular hand washing, Oregano Essential Oil has been known to be effective in contributing to the healthiness of foods.
  15. Less is more. In nearly all applications, more Oregano Oil is not the answer. Oregano Essential Oil is one of the most potent essential oils-usually only 1 drop is needed.  When used improperly, be sure to have fractionated coconut oil on hand to dilute its potency.

Interesting Facts About Oregano Oil:

  • Oregano oil has been used as a medicine for 4,000 years by ancient Chinese, Greek, and Roman doctors and healers.
  • The word oregano means “joy of the mountain” in Greek and refers to the fact that oregano grows well at higher altitudes.
  • When oregano blooms it has pink or purple flowers that are edible (and quite tasty)!
  • In Greek mythology, oregano was created by Aphrodite as a symbol of happiness.
  • Prior to the 1940s, oregano was fairly scarce in America. American soldiers stationed in Italy during World War II developed a love for the herb and brought it home with them.

While many articles will talk about the benefits and uses of Oregano Oil, or any Essential Oil for that fact, it is important to know that not all oils are created equal.  Many many many oils out there are diluted, synthetic and ineffective.  Labeling requirements for essential oils are very loose, so a lot of substances can be labeled “essential oil”, even if they are not therapeutic quality.  I can only recommend the brand of essential oils that I use and distribute.  I came to these oils after doing research and trying many different brands of essential oils over the years.  If you would like more information about how to get the best quality, most therapeutic oils, use the contact page, I would be happy to steer you in the right direction.

 

Here is an interesting video on the antibacterial benefits of Essential Oils

In case your looking for a little Essential Oil Humor here’s a t-shirt that I find hilarious.

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*Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. None of the information on this blog is intended to cure, treat, or heal any disease. Please use essential oils at your own risk with lots of common sense.

Embrace Your Inner Wiring

I need to learn to embrace my inner wiring, even though before watching this video, I had no idea what that was.  I have always gone from one thing to another veraciously learning all the details only to become bored after a few years, and find a new totally unrelated interested that I would then become enthralled with learning everything about.

I the exploration of this mentality and how it is covered in this ted talk video, which gives me not 1 but 3 superpowers (who doesn’t want more superpowers). Thank you to Emilie Wapnick for posting, You just made my day!

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Do you have a lot of interests? Was picking a major or a career a really difficult choice for you because there were a lot of things that you were interested in? If so, you should check out a TED Talk by Emilie Wapnick called Why Some of Us Don’t Have One True Calling. While […]

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