Saturday, November 2, 2019

DIY: Lip Gloss

Commercial lip gloss can contain artificial colors and fragrances. Make your own natural lip gloss that is easy, fun, and can be customized with your favorite color and essential oils.

Ingredients
¼ teaspoon white beeswax
¾ teaspoon Shea butter (or virgin coconut oil)
2 ¼ teaspoon castor oil
¼ teaspoon vitamin E oil
7 drops of your favorite essential oil
Pigment (such as organic beet root powder or mineral makeup)

Note: This is enough to fill two standard lip gloss tubes. You can find empty lip gloss tubes online and at local beauty stores.

Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients, except for essential oil, into a glass jar.
  2. Place jar in a saucepan with one to one and a half inches of boiling water.
  3. Once melted, remove and let cool for two minutes.
  4. Add essential oil.
  5. For color, add pigment and stir until combined. Note: Start with a little and add more until you get desired color.
  6. Using a dropper, transfer into the lip gloss containers. If it starts to get too thick, place glass jar back in warm water to melt.

White grapefruit essential oil uses and benefits

White Grapefruit Essential Oil Benefits and Uses:
  • Helps aid the digestive process when taken internally
  • Refreshes the senses and creates an uplifting environment when diffused
  • Helps maintain a healthy body weight

USAGE TIPS:
  • For a DIY room or bathroom freshening spray, put several drops of White Grapefruit, Bergamot, Lavender, and your favorite fir oil into a spray bottle with water.
  • Add 1-3 drops of White Grapefruit to water, lemonade, or tea for a twist in flavor and digestive benefits.*
  • Include White Grapefruit in your skin care routine by adding it to your favorite exfoliator or scrub.
  • Add a few drops of White Grapefruit to shampoo for added cleansing properties and a light, sweet scent.
  • Diffuse White Grapefruit with Douglas Fir for a refreshing, energizing, balancing atmosphere.

Black spruce essential oil sourcing and uses

Have you tried doTERRA's new black spruce essential oil yet? It is oh, so grounding and smells like walking through a black spruce forest.

doTERRA's black spruce is sourced from Quebec in Canada and is a good news story because the spruce needles typically would just be left behind as waste material after being harvested for lumber and pulp and paper industries. After the Black Spruce remnants have been distilled, the branches and needles are taken to a local powerplant, where they are burned to produce energy. From this process they are also able to produce steam, which then powers the distillation process again. This creates a closed-loop system for maximum environmental sustainability and responsibility. Read more here.

I was pleased to meet Jean-Claude Villeneuve, who is doTERRA's sourcing partner at the doTERRA convention in Sept. It felt meaningful to meet him in person. Below is a picture of Jean-Claude with Emily Wright, one of doTERRA's founders.


Black spruce essential oil is so beautiful - it's a must have!
  • It's the key component in one of my favourite essential oil blends (Balance!) and helps to stimulate feelings of balance and courage.
  • Apply it topically to joints and bottoms of feet before and after exercise.
  • Add 2-3 drops to hands and breathe deeply to open airways.
  • Apply to back of neck to support your brain and cognitive function.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Lemon Ginger Throat Drops

Homemade and natural throat drops are surprisingly easy to make, and useful in soothing dry and itchy throats. This recipe includes Lemon and Ginger oils, but feel free to try Spearmint, Cinnamon, Clove, or Peppermint oils.

Ingredients
¾ cup water
¾ cup honey
3 drops Lemon oil
1 drop Ginger oil
1 tablespoon ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) powder

Instructions
  1. Add honey to water. Heat over medium heat in a saucepan until mixture begins to boil. Clip a candy thermometer to the side of pan where it will not touch the bottom or side. Continue boiling until water mixture reaches 300°F on the thermometer, stirring constantly.
  2. Reduce heat immediately and allow mixture to cool for 5–10 minutes, or until the consistency becomes syrupy.
  3. Add Lemon and Ginger oil, stirring to combine.
  4. Dust candy mold with ascorbic acid powder. Pour honey mixture into molds and allow to completely cool.
  5. Remove from molds and dust again with ascorbic acid powder to keep the drops from sticking together once stored.
  6. Store in an airtight container.
Tip: You can find ascorbic acid at your local health food store, or online.

DIY: Shaving cream

Fortified with natural lubricants and essential oils, this shaving cream improves razor glide for a close, comfortable shave. This shaving cream will leave skin smooth, healthy, and moisturized.

Ingredients
⅓ cup shea butter
⅓ cup coconut oil
5 drops Melaleuca oil

Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients except for essential oils in double boiler.
  2. Once melted, remove from heat and let sit three minutes.
  3. Add essential oils and stir until combined. 
  4. Let shaving cream rest until hard. Tip: You can put it in the refrigerator to speed up the cooling process.
  5. Using hand or stand mixer, whip shaving cream until light and fluffy.
  6. Place in container of choice.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Sugar Lip Scrub

This delicious, natural, exfoliating lip scrub will leave your lips feeling smooth and rejuvenated, and can be customized with any of your favorite essential oils. For extra soft lips, apply lip balm after the scrub.

Ingredients
4 teaspoons brown sugar
3 teaspoons virgin coconut oil
3 teaspoons honey
2 drops Peppermint oil
2 drops Wild Orange oil

Note: This recipe makes a little less than ¼ cup. Either portion out the mixture into several air-tight containers, or adjust the recipe to fit the container you have.

Instructions
  1. Mix brown sugar, coconut oil, and honey in small bowl.
  2. Add desired essential oils.
  3. Stir until ingredients are combined.
  4. Put contents into container(s) of your choice.
  5. Apply to lips as needed.

Italian Bread Dip

Try making this delicious and easy Italian Bread Dip for an appetizer or side dish during your next meal.

Ingredients
¼ cup olive oil
1–3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar to taste
½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese (optional)
1–3 drops Oregano oil (start with a toothpick and progress toward drops for desired flavor)

Instructions
  1. Gently mix together all ingredients in a bowl large enough to dip into.
  2. Dip favorite Italian style bread into bowl and enjoy.