Saturday, November 17, 2018

Post turkey day help

Next Thursday many will be gathering to give thanks with lots of wonderful food and time with family and friends. Creating those memorable dishes can also leave a lovely mess in your oven and 
cleaning it up will happen on a different day. 

My quest to delete toxic chemicals is slowly making our house happier and the inside air sooo much better for you to breathe. So what do you do when faced with an oven mess from your turkey day fixings?  We are so programmed to think that only commercial cleaners will do the trick. Well, today we will look at a proven recipe that does a decent job. It uses an ingredient we often use in other areas of our house along with several essential oils that make the job easier and delightful to smell.

Natural Oven Cleaner. 
  • 3/4 cup baking soda
  • 15 drops Orange Essential Oil
  • 15 drops Pine Essential Oil
  • 10 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • 3 – 5 tablespoons water
Instructions:  Make sure that your oven is completely cool before beginning.  In a small bowl, add baking soda and essential oils. Stir in 3 tablespoons of water. Stir until all The clumps are gone. You can add extra water if needed. Spread the paste everywhere needed and let sit for 5 minutes or so. With your cloth or sponge scrub lightly with circular motion to loosen the grime. Wipe out grime rinsing it often. 
Need to purchase the essential oils for this recipe?  Click on the Young Living tab above for different ways you can order. 
Special thanks to “Recipes with Essential Oils” for this recipe.

This amount in the recipe was enough to clean my entire oven. You can always make another batch if you need a little more. If you’re trying to get rid of the yucky, harsh chemicals in your household cleaners, we hope you’ll give this natural oven cleaner a try.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Pumpkin Pie Oats, Yum!!




Pumpkin Pie!  Some think that it is the most favorite taste and calls many well before Thanksgiving.  Pumpkin spiced lattes and a whole lot more.  Sometimes life has a way of getting IN the way and our pumpkin pie fix may not happen as it did in the past.  So........fix yourself some of this!  Eat it slow either warm or cold and give thanks for all that you have been blessed with.  Even if the blessings are in disguise!  You can even take this with you if you can't be at home.
Overnight Pumpkin Pie Oats 
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk1/4 cup plain nonfat greek yogurt or cashew yogurt for dairy-free
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
2 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup Organic Old-Fashioned Oats
2 teaspoons chia seeds
1-2 drops Cinnamon Bark Vitality
1 drop Nutmeg Vitality
1 toothpick swirl of Clove Vitality
In a medium bowl, mix together yogurt, almond milk, pumpkin puree, vanilla and maple syrup until well combined. Stir in oats, chia seeds and spices. Pour into a glass jar or container, top with chopped pecans and cinnamon if desired, and place in fridge for 4 hours or overnight. Makes 1 serving.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Savvy ways to be Savvy!

Young living has a mineral makeup that is totally free of toxins like Bismuth and others.  I made the switch about 18 months ago and just LOVE it.  I don't feel like I have anything weighing down my face.
Have you made the switch to Savvy Mineral?, Do you get confused on when to apply what to get a full Savvy face? Well, here is a graphic that shows you an application order to apply your Savvy in 10 easy steps. I have found that everyone applies Savvy Minerals slightly different depending on what works best for them, so we encourage you to find an order that works best for you!  Keep at least the first two steps in order to really enhance your Savvy durability and application.
Here is the order that works well for us with options listed in red.
  1. Cleanser, toner, moisturizer.  This is a must!!
  2. Primer- a primer helps prepare the skin for makeup application by helping reduce the appearance of pores and wrinkles. It also helps foundation adhere to the skin resulting in less foundation used and better overall coverage.
  3. Spray brush with misting spray- the misting spray is used on your brushes to help the foundation apply evenly, NOT as post-application setting spray.  (Ann doesn't use the misting spray.  She moisturizes her face with three drops of Jojoba oil and two drops of Frankincense essential oil.  Over that she applies a pea size or less of the Savvy Minerals Hydrating primer.  Her foundation stays put with no problem)
  4. Foundation.  Here is where you use any of the Savvy Foundation colors.  (Ann uses a mix of Cool 2 and Warm 2 since her face seems to be a neutral color)
  5. Contour- helps to add dimension and definition to your natural face shape. (Sometimes you can skip this step if you don't need to contour.)
  6. Blush  (You can actually use the blush to contour your face.  Just pull the color back towards your ear)
  7. Veil  (You can skip this step.  We have found that sometimes older faces look better without it)
  8. Brows (If you use the multi-tasker as part of your eyeshadow/eyeliner, do your brows with it after the eyes.  If you have light colored hair or white like Ann's, just a hint of the multitasker is perfect for the brow)
  9. Eyes- this includes your preference of eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara
  10. Lips

As you can see from the options, you don't need ALL the Savvy products to start using the product!  Ann uses the foundation, hydrating primer, multitasker for brow, liner and eyeshadow, blush, and lipstick (only if she needs to look more fancy!
AND........you may already have your own makeup brushes.  Leah had her brushes from Merle Norman.  After comparing them to the Savvy Minerals brushes, there was NO comparison.  The Savvy brushes feel like mink because they are soooo soft.  They are also constructed with materials that pick up the mineral makeup way better than other brushes.  They are worth every penny!
If you are interested in the Savvy products, please click on the Young Living tab at the top to see how you can order your own. We are happy to give your the support you need in making YL decisions and how to use the product!

What are your top 5 favorite Savvy products? We’d love to hear!

Monday, November 12, 2018

Cinnamon Bark - perfect oil for the holidays



For many the aroma of Cinnamon Bark essential oil will transport you to another place.  Maybe it reminds you of cold weather, hot cider, Christmas morning or just eating a fresh cinnamon roll on Sunday mornings.  What kind of memories do you have with the aroma?

Let's learn a little about this awesome oil!

Where does it come from?  All cinnamon comes from the bark of a tree.  Young Living's cinnamon bark essential oil is from the Cinnamomun zeylanicum.


It comes from a tree.
A quick search online and you'll find that this species of Cinnamon originates from the island Sri Lanka (formerly called Ceylon), southeast of India. It is also native to south-west India and the Tenasserim Hills of Burma. Several attempts have been made to transplant cinnamon trees to other parts of the tropic world, but they have become naturalized only on the Seychelles (a Country in E. Africa).  The tree is evergreen.  You can read a ton about it on this website! 

It isn't the same as what you purchase in the store.
You've probably seen those rolled sticks of cinnamon in the store or have thrown one in your cider cup.  Young Living's Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil is different from those!  It is distilled from the outer bark of the cinnamon tree. The store cinnamon powder is made from the inner bark.  They harvest it in rolls then dry.

Is it good for you?  YES!

  • Helps to maintain a healthy immune response. Can be used in a capsule (5 drops plus carrier oil to fill)
  • Great for digestive health.
  • Protects the stomach.
  • Thought to attract wealth.  (I'm ready for this one!)
  • Has been used for thousands of years.

Proverbs 7:17 says, “I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.”  

It tastes amazing.
Young Living offers two essential oils.  One is marketed as Cinnamon Bark Vitality™  which is labeled for internal use.  They also offer another bottle that is labeled for aromatic and topic use.  Both bottles contains the exact same oil.  It needs to be said that it is VERY strong!!  I recommend that you dip a toothpick into the bottle and swirl through whatever you are flavoring.  Use a clean toothpick for each dip.  At this rate, that little bottle of Cinnamon Bark will last you forever!  Some absolutely LOVE it in their coffee or their Ningxia Red Anti-oxidant drink. 


Careful!
Cinnamon Bark is considered a "hot" oil.  That means if you put it on your skin it will make your skin unseasonably warm.  To avoid that feeling, dilute Cinnamon Bark essential oil with equal amounts of carrier oil (like Grapeseed, Jojoba, Almond, Coconut, Olive oils).  Make sure you test it on your inner upper arm instead of spreading it in a large area.  Young Living's V-6 oil is a perfect carrier to use.

Food Ideas.
Use it for an awesome fruit dip for your holiday parties.  And.....it IS the time of year for Pumpkin bread, bars, etc.  Young Living also has a Pure Protein Complete shake powder that is so yummy.  Adding the cinnamon to it starts the morning out yummy.  Remember....just a tiny, tiny bit of oil swirled with your toothpick!

Use Ideas.
Cinnamon Bark essential oil is warming!  So use that to your advantage.  Mix 3 drops CB oil with some V-6 for a warming foot massage.  This is perfect for those of us whose feet freeze at night.  Just put on a pair of warm socks and your feet will not only be warm but moisturized too.  Not ready for bed quite yet.....then grab your favorite book or movie and a warm tea.....with cinnamon bark oil of course.

Did you overdo it outside?  Mix a few drops of CB oil with V-6 or your favorite massage oil and rub it in!

Aromatically it puts those plug-in fresheners and bowls of potpourris to shame.  Don't bother with those, just diffuse Cinnamon Bark oil!  The kids will think you've been baking all day.  (Maybe you might want to have a few cookies on hand just so they won't be disappointed.)  Don't have a diffuser?, you can make your own room sprays by filling a spray bottle (2 - 4 oz is enough), add 1 teaspoon of witch hazel, 3 or so drops of the CB oil.  Just spray around the room! It is great for getting rid of musty odors.

Have you ever gone to the hairdresser and have her wash your hair.  That scalp massage is so relaxing.  Well, take a hint from the hairdressor and give yourself a scalp massage with 4 drops of CB oil and a carrier oil like Coconut oil.  Use your fingers several minutes for that relaxing scalp massage.  Then you can wash and dry your hair like you normally would.

Related products.
One of Young Living's most loved oils is Thieves.  It is soooo good that they have a whole line of products using the Thieves blend of Cinnamon Bark, Clove, Lemon, Rosemary and Eucalyptus Radiata.  You can clean almost any surface with it and you'll have a smell that reminds you of Christmas all around!






If you are interested in any of the products listed on this page, please click on the Young Living tab above for more information on ordering!





Monday, November 5, 2018

It is Class time!

Sometimes the world of essential oils can be confusing.  Learning how to use them and what to use them for adds to the confusion.  We are here to take the confusion out with some fun classes!

We have three local classes coming up and we hope that you can join us!

Friday, November 9th at 7pm
Monday, November 12th at 7pm
Saturday, November 17th at 1pm
AND if these dates don't work for you, contact us and we will schedule a one on one class for you!

All classes are identical and are taught at Ann's home and have a class fee of $5.  If you are interested in attending, use our contact form to the right.  You'll receive directions to Ann's home in Oregon City.  See the prepayment perk below!!

What will you learn?
  • What essential oils are and how they are made
  • How to use essential oils and general safety
  • Ways to use the top 11 essential oils
The cost of the class is $5.  If you pay for your class ahead of class time, you will receive a FREE Itovi scan (a $15 value).  This biofeedback scan gives you a list of essential oils that will help your body balance the frequencies that were scanned.  We have found it to be VERY accurate!  We can even take your payment via PayPal when you send it as funds to friends.  

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Guacamole with a twist

Sweet Potato Bites
Whenever you have a group of people over for a party or for watching one of the big games, it is fun to have great snacks and munchies.  
Here is a recipe that will have them begging for more.  
You will need:
2 sweet potatoes
2 avocados
½ cup cherry tomatoes, sliced into quarters
Fresh cilantro, finely chopped
Garlic powder
Onion Powder
Salt
Lemon Juice
Citrus Fresh Vitality
Lime Vitality
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Cut the sweet potatoes into circles, about ⅛” thick, and place on a baking sheet.
  • Roast in the oven for 10 minutes, flip, and then roast for another 10 minutes or until browned and crisp.
  • While your potatoes are roasting make your guacamole.
  • Scoop out your avocados into a bowl. Mash with a fork.
  • Stir in your cherry tomatoes.
  • Add one TBSP of lemon juice, 4 drops Lime Vitality, and 6 drops Citrus Fresh Vitality and mix well.
  • Season to taste with your garlic powder, onion powder, and salt.
  • Remove your sweet potatoes from the oven and let cool.
  • Once cool, top each sweet potato disc with guacamole and add a pinch of fresh cilantro.
When you have tried it, comment below how well everyone in your crew liked it!!

If you are interested in purchasing Citrus Fresh & Lime Vitality, visit our Young Living tab above for three different ways you can purchase pure Young Living essential oils!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

WRINKLES!

Today we are going to talk about.......... WRINKLES!

NOBODY wants them, am I right?  The other day I heard someone share this saying and I certainly heard my mom say it!

“Don’t make that face, or it’s gonna stick like that!”

As a kid you think she is crazy but in real life there is a little truth to the saying!  WHAT?  Yup......over time we can get wrinkles from different expressions like smiling, frowning, squinting.  That doesn't mean that you should quit smiling but there are lots of things we can do to give our faces a hand.

Let's talk about the FREE way.  Yup, there is a free way to help wrinkles around your eyes.  Have you guessed what it is yet?  Sunglasses.  Yup, just wearing some sunglasses will keep you from squinting as much when we are outside.  Less squinting, less wrinkles around your eyes!

Another way is supporting our skin with a great moisturizer and massage!

One product that is a super moisturizer is Boswellia Wrinkle Cream!! 

Young Living’s Boswellia Wrinkle Cream contains:

  • Pure essential oils (imagine that!)   Frankincense, Sandalwood and Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood all are absolutely amazing when it comes to supporting your skin by keeping it moisturized while minimizing shine and reducing the appearance of fine lines.
  • MethylSulfonylMethane (MSM) which supports collagen and improves the look of the skin to appear more youthful. 
  • Sodium hyaluronate is the salt of hyaluronic acid bit it has a much lower molecular size. This gives it the ability to penetrate skin when applied topically. It isn't harsh or skin-stripping.  One key feature of sodium hyaluronate is its ability to hold more than 1000 times its weight in water!  Can you say plump skin!  Plump skin means less wrinkles.


Men and women both can add this to their morning and/or nightly skin care routine. Now, let's talk about incorporating this amazing product with massage! In the evening, take some extra time and give your face a nice massage to improve elasticity!  Use a little dab of the Boswellia Wrinkle Cream and apply to the desired areas of the face…then massage upwards starting at your neck gently!

If you are interested in the Boswellia Wrinkle Cream, click on the Young Living tab above for three different ways you can get it for yourself!