Handmade Holiday: Essential Oil Infused Honey Gift Ideas

Handmade holiday gifts are the best, aren’t they?! Just knowing that someone put in so much time, effort and love into creating a gift gives it a special touch. 

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I especially love a ‘useful’ gift, not to mention I really want those I love using non toxic products. One of my favorite things about my essential oils is the ability to feel better when everyone is feeling “yuck” and this Thieves tea recipe works so well to support a healthy immune system. It’s now our must have, go-to – especially at this time of year. I want my friends and family to experience the same benefits. 

So sweet! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff

Handcrafted gifts are unique treasures, thoughtful, unexpected and personal. 

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What I used (affiliate links)

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What I did: (pardon my DIY room makeover in progress manicure!)

  1. Add honey to individual jars. Give the gift of wellness! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff
  2. Add about 7-10 drops of Lemon Vitality essential oil. Give the gift of wellness! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff
  3. Add 5 drops of Thieves Vitality essential oil blend. Give the gift of wellness! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff
  4. Mix well. Give the gift of wellness! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff
  5. Cap jar, secure a honey dipper with ribbon and decorate jar.
  6. Decorate a coordinating paper cup. 

I love the above Thieves tea recipe because it supports a healthy immune system – something very IN DEMAND this time of year!

So sweet! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff

MORE IDEAS:

Mix it up with different essential oils from the Young Living Vitality line! Ideas: bergamot-honey, peppermint-honey, lavender-honey, cinnamon-honey, orange-honey, etc. 

So sweet! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff

Recipients: 

  • A perfect gift for anyone: a cup of holiday cheer and wellness for teachers
  • co-workers,
  • a Secret Santa gift exchange,
  • friends and family for the holidays.

So sweet! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff

  • Have a few on hand to grab and go for the hostess of your next holiday party.
  • Party favors or they’re a sweet idea for that make & take party you’re hosting!

So sweet! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff

Did you know bergamot is the flavor for Earl Grey tea?

  • Makes a fun stocking stuffer,
  • a sweet make & take recipe or prize!
  • It’s a great gift to have on hand for when you learn that a friend (or 10) are feeling under the weather from via a Facebook post. Simply drop off this sweet get well gift (after you’ve Thieve’d yourself first, of course).  

So sweet! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff

More gift set ideas:

  • attach a bottle of Vitality essential oil
  • tuck it away in a mug with some organic tea bags, homemade hand purifier, Thieves Cough Drops and lip balm
  • or a plate of homemade cookies
  • or chicken noodle soup. 

So sweet! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff

  • Give it a warm winter wishes theme by adding your essential oil infused honey and cup to a gift bag with warm fuzzy socks and a good book or holiday ornament. 

So sweet! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff

  • If you’re an essential oils business builder, tuck in your business card and a coupon with a special offer or invitation to your next event. 

So sweet! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff

It’s a great gift that’s going to get some use, probably before the year is even over.

Looking for more essential oil infused handmade holiday gift ideas? You’ll want to check out these blog friends and their creativity…

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Holiday Room Spray | Essential Oil Infused Honey | Scented Pine Cone Trees

Winter Hand Scrub | Peppermint Patties | Cinnamon Rolls with Orange Icing

Scented Wood Slice Ornaments |Bath Bomb Ornaments | Dry Shampoo

Homemade Scented CandlesEpsom Salt + Shower Poof Starbucks Cups

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Yes, this is yet another essential oils story from another essential oils crazed friend (w’re everywhere you turn, aren’t we?) but I encourage you to still read along even if it’s not for you, to not skip past or ignore this time around. It’s near and dear to my heart and I hope you’ll stick with me today. Thank you in advance, friends! 

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Life outside of DIY: My weeks have been filled with all things essential oils, (did you just groan?!). I heard that! I ask that you bear with me and just read along. It’s a lifestyle that’s been prominent in our home lately along with sharing in my community, at cancer support groups, vendor events and even a museum soon. It only makes sense that I share here where I have a voice too. This week I hope to share a fun DIY essential oils recipe but before that, I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about essential oils lately and I wanted to tell you a little more about how Young Living essential oils changed our life. And like most, once you see for yourself, your life is changed. I know. It sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? Like something you may want to avoid, remain in the dark over or write off as “scam-ish”. Despite seeming trendy at the moment, it really isn’t anything “new”. Young Living has been around for over 20 years, essential oils for longer than that. It’s not a fad or the ‘latest thing’…which is what I thought when I first started hearing about it EVERY.WHERE I turned. Why is that? Because like others I’m sure, I feel compelled to share my story and this goodness, because it’s an important part of our lives now too, because Young Living offers something different.

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::eye roll:: Why do you keep hearing everyone gabbing about essential oils? Annoyed? I apologize if you are because that’s not my intention at all! I’m so grateful when you stop by to read about DIY and my life and even if this is not for you, I thank you for reading on just to humor me and maybe pass along my info to a friend or family who would be interested. Because there might be someone like me out there who needs this, someone who might be desperate enough to try ANY.THING. Something. Anything to get over an issue they deal with frequently with no answers. 

When I first heard about essential oils my thoughts were “not for me!”. I mean, “c’mon, really”? “Really?” If they work as wonderful as everyone claims, why haven’t I heard about them before? That’s a whole other story but for me, it took TRYing something once. You guys, it really worked. “What the heck?!” I was super-shocked that it resolved my issue, one I had been dealing with for years. Why HADN’T I heard of this before?! It opened my eyes. It raised awareness. And with my family’s major health scares in recent years, I believe it was an answer to my prayers.

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Try essential oils and they didn’t work? Why did I chose YL? To be honest, because Young Living is what I was fortunate enough to be introduced to first, the brand I first tried thanks to Carrie at Making Lemonade Blog (I’m forever grateful, Carrie!) and then after a little research, learning that they’re #1 worldwide, the BEST essential oils an essential oil-infused products, a 20+ year history (wow!) and a seed to seal guarantee, that all essential oils are not created equal (a cheaper brand from say WalMart is not going to have the same health benefits, if any, because of quality)…I decided this was the brand for me. I love DIY, budget friendly projects, thrifty finds and awesome deals but some things aren’t worth scrimping on and integrity and quality is important to me. 

“But I don’t have $$$ to shell out.” I understand that sentiment well. But it IS worth that initial investment of $160 for 11 essential oils, diffuser, samples, rollerball fitment and welcome gifts from me. And for me personally, it has been worth placing a monthly order. Now before you get all…”ah-ha – there you go! It’s not just a premium starter kit after all!” …all I do is simply shift my spending from the store to Young Living for what I was mostly already buying. The best part? We’re creating a home environment that is toxin-free. How? There are so many essential oils we grab now instead of opening the bathroom supply cabinet. Instead of purchasing supplements from a big box store, we’re getting them from Young Living (and actually…I wasn’t really all that into supplements before although I did want to make better choices for supporting a healthy body). Now I clean with a multi-purpose cleaner concentrate that’s natural instead of suffering respiratory issues like I did with the store-bought cleaners. Even our laundry detergent is now purchased through Young Living. What else? Deodorant, toothpaste, mouthwash, facial cleanser, shampoo, conditioner, soap, hand sanitizer, floss…all of those products without harmful chemicals. And guess what?! I earn rewards on my purchases too – BIG rewards, as in 10-20% back for free products with an opt-in essential rewards program (not required). I wasn’t getting rewards from the store (or a paycheck for recommending products to friends…but more on that later). And hey, it’s pretty nice that those products are delivered to my door. But all I’m asking is that you “TRY” them with all that comes packaged in a Premium Starter Kit. 

Yea, but what’s the catch? Aren’t MLMs scammy? A premium starter kit is simply the cost of a lifetime membership. That’s it. Period. Only with this lifetime membership fee, I actually got nearly $300 in products for $160 to show for that money I spent. There are NO further obligations. I do NOT have to purchase regularly or ever again (except to maintain an active status, but even going inactive has no penalty. I would simply place another order to re-activate each year if I wish to, whenever I am ready. If not, there are no consequences). There’s no contract like I have with my cell phone, no penalty if I want to quit…I just fade away and never order again. If I would decide 10 years down the road to order, my lifetime membership will kick in to give me access to the wholesale prices. No need to call and cancel membership or stop automatic payments or anything along those lines. I do NOT have to sell or sign people up. It’s actually much like but a lot better than the annual $45 membership fee we pay to Sam’s Club to get the bulk/discounted pricing. You purchase a premium starter kit (a fair way to really experience essential oils and the benefits) and you’re a lifetime member with access to wholesale prices. It’s a no brainer and a win and I breathe easier knowing my family isn’t going to suffer long term side effects from toxic ingredients. 

Chemical free living has to start somewhere. Take a look at this LIVE GREEN EARN GREEN video real quick. Isn’t that sad? It’s up to us as individuals to make healthier decisions because it’s not happening with what is celebrity or professionally endorsed. Most times, their bottom line is $$$ and business; not our well-being, not what’s best for us and our families. 

Quick recent personal uses: (it’s like this every day…a quick look up in my reference guide or connecting with my support team for recommendations for just.about.everything and I’m armed and empowered with natural products and no need to run to the store with resources to guide me). My grandson is going to associate natural essential oils and GOOD scents with grammy and pap. He has such a good head start on living a clean life. We grab oils for supporting the immune system, purifying the air, booboos, wellness, sleep, cleaning, uplifting, adding to cooking recipes, beverages, for occasional stress and more. And those lifestyle changes? They motivated more health conscious choices. Better dietary decisions, a husband who’s down 40 lbs. and keeping it off! And that exercise routine I always put off? Okay, you got me. I still put that off! haha! But, I’m working on it! Today, I’m feeling a bit sore from stretching muscles I didn’t know existed from a beginner’s YouTube yoga routine yesterday for the first time. It’s something I’d been telling myself I wanted to start but years later, here I sit. I applied a  motivating/energizing oil yesterday and dove in and today I’ll be using another essential oil for after exercise symptoms, if you know what I mean. I haven’t struggled with weight issues but that doesn’t mean I’m fit. Young Living gave us the kick in the pants we needed. Also just this morning, Russ was complaining about pests on his plants in the garden. It was nice to look in my guide and find a recipe to assist. We had the supplies to make up a chemical-free spray and IT WORKED! It’s also nice to whip up a DIY recipe for gifts, samples to help friends, so many different uses. We follow a daily routine. We also discover new uses nearly daily too. 

But how do I know what to use oils for?  Well, unlike buying essential oils from the store where a store associate isn’t going to offer any help, once you purchase a premium starter kit from me – I am here to hold your hand to get you started, offer guidance, resources, educational material and an awesome huge online team/community of friends to answer questions and empower you to take charge of promoting wellness for you and your family. Before long, you’re retaining that information and have the tools you need to USE your essential oils, not to mention the other products available. Young Living has the largest selection of essential oils, essential oil blends, essential oil infused supplements and products I’ve ever seen! 

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And you know what makes me sad? Seeing friends with issues that I know would benefit from essential oils because I’ve experienced it myself.

Even sadder? That I fear or worry about approaching them because of the stigma associated with network marketing business or even essential oils for that matter. I’m an introvert and it really takes stepping outside of my comfort zone (even to write this blog post). However, the new healthier me feels compelled to share. If reaching out means I help one person, it’s worth it. 

“I hesitate to buy a kit because then I have to sell oils.” Nope. Wrong! I ‘accidentally’ built a business. Isn’t that strange? I don’t know anyone who says I want to build an MLM business. “NO. Just NO.” That was my mindset. But by sharing how they work for me like I would share my favorite restaurant, listening to friends and family not feeling well and maybe sometimes giving samples…well, it just happened. So random and unplanned. And when I finally personally looked at the compensation plan out of curiosity, I was blown away with the potential. In fact, some of my friends have even retired their husbands. Financial freedom is a possibility. I didn’t have to buy some $$$$ business starter kit to get started (the premium starter kit which provides the lifetime wholesale membership is all that I needed). I don’t have monthly quotas or inventory. I don’t have to hold qualifying parties or achieve a certain level of sales each month. I simply show those I care about how to get their own essential oils. It’s not a get rich quick scheme by any means, it’s an honest compensation plan and business model. But yes, my paycheck is surpassing my blogging income which had surpassed my healthcare administrative position I held for nearly 20 years. Blogging took 9 years to get to that point. Essential oils? I’m celebrating my 2 year anniversary! But, “you have a blog”, some say. “That makes it easier.” You’d think so, right? However, it’s not my experience. Most readers coming across this blog post will ignore it, others will unsubscribe or unfollow. (Please don’t!) That saddens me but success comes from heart-centered sharing, caring and helping others achieve wellness. And before your brain registers the warning “pyramid scheme”, let me say…I find that a traditional job more closely resembles a pyramid scheme. In my previous positions, I was working to make the people above me or the company I worked for money. There was a cap on what I could earn. I actually reached that level with 20 years of experience. My position and income level was lower than the person above me who had a lower paying job than the person above them. That sound a lot like the shape of a pyramid, doesn’t it? Young Living? My friend, you could join under me today, start building a business immediately and pass me up tomorrow. Not exactly a pyramid shape, is it?

Change is hard: Did you know that I used to be an expensive candle junkie? I love when my home smells good, don’t you? I didn’t even think about the chemicals I was breathing in. The latest greatest beauty product or $$$ designer perfume? Yep, that was me. And now? I get MORE compliments on my home smelling soooo good along with now feeling “peaceful” (benefits of essential oils with relaxing properties). No flame, no hot wax. A diffuser emits a cool mist of essential oils into the air and shuts off when it’s empty or after 4 hours. How cool is that? The same with me smelling better too. Instead of turning away people sensitive to synthetic ingredients in my pricey perfume, I’m asked by strangers what I’m wearing (and of course it’s essential oils, a blend I made up myself with health benefits). Isn’t that neat? I’ve never been told I smell like a stinky hippie. lol! People inhale deeply and just ask what I’m wearing and want to know more (for real – in a check out line more than once!). I never even thought about my body absorbing the chemicals I applied topically and how that would affect me long term. And I’ve always had the metabolism type that could eat whatever I wanted without gaining weight. That does not mean I was healthy or fit. But I’m now taking better care of myself and that feels good. I feel good!  

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Closing: Okay, thanks for bearing with me or pacifying me while I got that off my chest. It’s important to me to raise awareness and share these unbelievable powerful drops of goodness with others. Even if you are not interested, it’s worth looking into a little more. Even if you get them from someone else, I encourage you to just.get.them. (Although research brands to find a quality that will give you results.) And I would be honored to be your enroller and sponsor for Young Living. I look forward to getting to know you better.

Now I can get back our regularly scheduled DIY posts. But first…ready to learn more or get started on your oily journey with my help? I’d like to introduce you to the…

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Lavender Ylang Ylang Sugar Scrub

It’s that time of year…winter takes it’s toll on my skin. But, a few times a week you can find me making up some DIY recipe using my essential oils and I love sharing them here for future reference too. This is a recipe I use for mild exfoliation and skin moisturizing. It’s a sweet gift idea and works great for make & take classes. 

DIY skin nourishing lavender & ylang ylang essential oil infused sugar scrub for maintaining healthy skin @diyshowoff

What I use: (some affiliate links)

What I do: I fill the container about 1/2-3/4 full of sugar then top it with the grapeseed oil (carrier oil) until the surface of the sugar is covered. Add 2 drops of lavender essential oil and 2 drops of ylang ylang essential oil and stir. I like to leave room to add more sugar if needed and to stir with each use. It makes just the right amount for a gift/sample. Embellish with decorative tape, label, ribbon and mini-spoon. 

DIY skin nourishing lavender & ylang ylang essential oil infused sugar scrub for maintaining healthy skin @diyshowoff

Adorable, right?

DIY skin nourishing lavender & ylang ylang essential oil infused sugar scrub for maintaining healthy skin @diyshowoff

DIY skin nourishing lavender & ylang ylang essential oil infused sugar scrub for maintaining healthy skin @diyshowoff

Perfect for occasional dry winter skin and smells SO good too!!! 

DIY skin nourishing lavender & ylang ylang essential oil infused sugar scrub for maintaining healthy skin @diyshowoff

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has a scent that’s a wonderful blend of fresh, floral, clean, and calm. It’s this dynamic aroma that has made the flower a classic for perfumes, soaps, fresheners, and beauty products. Lavender oil is a great beginner oil and a must for every home. It’s also highly versatile. From skin care products to relaxing routines, this oil can infuse many areas of your life.

Ylang Ylang essential oil has a rich, pleasing, and romantic floral scent. Diffuse this calming, relaxing and soothing fragrance or massage into the scalp to increase the appearance of healthy, shiny hair.

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Interested in learning more about wellness with Young Living, essential oils and how to incorporate them into your daily routine? Shoot me an email at roeshel@gmail.com or send me a private message and I’ll hook you up! Additional free gifts and my favorite educational material ($25 value) come directly from me when you purchase a Premium Starter Kit using enroller/sponsor #1836762 at youngliving.com. Learn MORE about Young Living essential oils HERE.

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DIY Essential Oil Infused Fall Room Spray

Last week I hosted a fun fall celebration for family and friends in my home and wanted to share a few ideas and recipes (great ideas for a fall essential oils 101 Make & take class). I used one of my own fall decor images to create an invitation for make up a Facebook invitation/event.

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Make & Take: a Make & Take is a term used for hosting an essential oils class where guests have the opportunity to make up an essential oil infused gift to take home with them, to sample the benefits of essential oils. My guests made up a fall room spray. 

a DIY essential oil infused fall room spray recipe that's chemical free and smells amazing! @diyshowoff

Essential Oil Infused Room Spray

You’ll need:

  • 2 oz. spray bottles (I love THESE (affiliate link) – glass, fine mist and a lock, great price too)
  • Essential Oils (choose oils like Light the Fire essential oil or mix and match essential oils like cinnamon, clove, ginger, nutmeg)
  • epsom salt (helps keep the blend of oil and water mixed)
  • distilled water
  • labels/stickers/ribbon 

Directions:

Fill spray bottle with distilled water (fill to about 1/2 to 1 inch below the top). Add 5-7 drops of essential oil and a pinch of epsom salt. Embellish spray bottle with a label, fall sticker and ribbon, if desired. Easy!  

a DIY essential oil infused fall room spray recipe that's chemical free and smells amazing! @diyshowoff

a DIY essential oil infused fall room spray recipe that's chemical free and smells amazing! @diyshowoff

Light the Fire essential oil

As an extra little something/thank you gift/party favor…we made up these cute easy DIY monogrammed mini pumpkins.

Monogrammed Mini Pumpkins tutorial @diyshowoff

I created a ‘pumpkin patch’ for guests to pick a pumpkin to monogram with metallic stickers. 

monogrammed mini pumpkins favors DIY @diyshowoff

Pin for future reference: 

Fall Essential Oils Make & Take Ideas Part 1 @diyshowoff

Get some delicious ideas for easy refreshments here:  essential oil infused recipes perfect for celebrating fall! Part 2:

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Learn more about Young Living essential oils, my story and join me in creating a healthy chemical free home HERE. AND! Get the DIYShowOff welcome bundle for free from me personally! Extra gifts, loads of support. If there is one thing I regret, it’s waiting as long as I did to jump on board. It’s worth the investment as it’s motivated us to truly make healthier choices, sparking a new healthy lifestyle. What are you waiting for? 

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Cool Off this Summer

Summer is my favorite season of all but no one is a big fan of super hot heat and humidity. Especially when we’re working on DIY projects outdoors. Peppermint essential oil added to a glass of ice water is super refreshing!

 

And this DIY spray was amazing, helping to cool us down while we were cleaning the junk of our barn…it was HOT! 

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Whip up a quick and easy batch of cooling mist. We apply to the back of the neck for a quick cool down!

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What you’ll need:

  • 2 oz. spray bottle
  • peppermint essential oil
  • 2 oz. of distilled water

Directions: Add 4-5 drops of peppermint essential oil to a 2 oz. spray bottle. Top off with water. Shake and spray. Avoid eyes!  And yes, this works for a breath-freshener too! 😉 

Store in the fridge for extra cooling! Enjoy! 

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Berry Grapefruit Yogurt Smoothie Popsicle Recipe

Summer time is the best time of the year for cold refreshing treats, isn’t it? And this girl lives 1/2 mi. from Dairy Queen. But I really should be looking for something a little on the healthier side so the other day I turned my kitchen counters into a test kitchen and whipped up this delicious berry-grapefruit-yogurt smoothie and popsicles. SO GOOD! 

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Ingredients:

one recipe two treats smoothies and popsicles @diyshowoff

  • 1 cup of vanilla almond milk
  • 1 cup of organic greek yogurt
  • 10-15 drops of grapefruit Vitality essential oil (Grapefruit Vitality essential oil includes the naturally occurring constituent limonene and is a great way to enhance the flavor of water and recipes).
  • 2 oz. of Ningxia Red (Enjoy NingXia Red daily to energize, fortify, and revitalize the body and support overall health and wellness, from head to toe.)
  • 1 cup of organic red raspberries (frozen)
  • 8 ice cubes

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Smoothie recipe: Add ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. 

berry grapefruit yogurt smoothie @diyshowoff

Same recipe is just as yummy frozen!

berry grapefruit yogurt popsicle recipe @diyshowoff

Same ingredients for popsicles: Add vanilla almond milk, greek yogurt, grapefruit Vitality essential oil and 4 ice cubes to the blender and blend until smooth. Set half aside. pour mixture into popsicle molds and freeze for about 30 minutes (I placed mine at an angle in the freezer). Add Ningxia Red, red raspberries and remaining ice cubes to first mixture and blend until smooth. After 30 minutes, stir mixture. Remove popsicles from freezer, insert popsicle sticks into the white mixture. Pour red berry mixture to fill. Freeze until solid. 

berry grapefruit yogurt popsicle recipe @diyshowoff

More smoothie recipes: 

mocha mint smoothie

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summer berry smoothie

Young Living Ningxia Berry Syrup Smoothie Recipe @diyshowoff

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Awesome Dill Dip Recipe

This past week, I made up this quick organic dill dip for a cookout/party we attended, a Young Living essential oils 101 class that I hosted and a kids’ party at the park. Easy, healthy and perfect for summer gatherings.

diyshowoff quick organic dill essential oil dip recipe

Ingredients: 

  • one 16 oz. container of sour cream
  • optional but super tasty: one cup of organic mayonnaise
  • chopped fresh organic dill
  • chopped organic chives
  • 10 drops of Young Living Dill Essential Oil (or more/less depending on your tastes)
  • pinch of sea salt

Directions: Mix and serve with fresh organic vegetables. Keep refrigerated. 

*Dill essential oil has a spicy, fresh scent that is stimulating, revitalizing, and balancing.

More info on Young Living essential oils, the seed to seal guarantee, wellness and an awesome deal HERE. Let’s talk! Enjoy!

DIY Outdoor / Camping Spray

It’s getting to be that time of year. There are TONS of DIY outdoor summer spray recipes using essential oils. I don’t think you can go wrong with choosing to make a homemade batch with natural ingredients over a store bought chemical version. Here is the DIY outdoor spray recipe I make up for my family. Mosquitoes LOVE my husband (I call him the mosquito magnet) so this is what he uses nearly every day from May through October. 

DIY outdoor spray recipe

Ingredients I use (I recommend Young Living essential oils): 

  • 10 drops of Purification essential oil blend
  • 10 drops of Thieves essential oil blend
  • 10 drops of Peppermint essential oil
  • distilled water (or equal parts distilled water/witch hazel)
  • pinch of epsom salt
  • It’s best to use a glass spray bottle, however we use a medium sized spray bottle from the dollar store since we go through it pretty quickly. We just keep it handy near the back door or on the patio table.

What I do: add the above ingredients to the spray bottle and shake before each use. It’s pretty hard or near impossible to mess it up. No explosions if measurements are off. 

Optional: Sometimes I’ll add 5 drops of Citronella essential oil. Sometimes I’ll add Palo Santo/Lavender essential oil for tick prevention. If I’m out of distilled water, I do use regular water in a pinch until we get to the store. Prefer a cream? Mix your essential oils with coconut oil instead. 

Note: Low on essential oils? Try Purification + distilled water only. Or depending on my own supply, sometimes I’ll alter the recipe above and still have amazing results. Need something stronger? Add more drops. YOU control the strength. Take a look at the properties/benefits of your essential oils, play around and test/create your own special blend. Just remember that citrus oils are photo-sensitive and will break down plastics so it’s best to avoid those for this recipe. 

What I love: Overspray (well, I don’t love that part at all) but I do love that it’s chemical-free, DEET-free and if the dog or cat are nearby, they’re safe. Even my bamboo floor is safe. If I walk through overspray, I’m not gagging at the scent or trailing chemicals across the floor. I also love that since we do go through a lot of outdoor spray during the summer months and it’s something my husband is applying everyday, he’s not absorbing chemicals through his skin, but essential oils with amazing benefits. Hey, it’s one way to get those essential oils into his system! I also love that it’s safe to give the dog a spray and rub down for dissuading pesky critters this time of year too. I’ve even soaked her collar in the mixture and let it dry. 

Relief: Lavender or Purification. 

Another Note: I personally never really have an issue. Guess I’m just not that tasty. Wonder why that is or what makes the difference? However, this kind of weather seems to make the flies bite and this outdoor spray seems to be working for that for me. 

Going to try: This year, I’m going to try diffusing citronella essential oil on the patio too. I will keep you posted on the results! 

One last note:  Having my Young Living essential oils on hand means we have something on hand every day for things that come up. I only use and recommend Young Living essential oils. I love the Seed to Seal Guarantee of this world leading essential oil company with a 20 year history. Love them! YOU NEED THESE! How do you get your hands on them? Get more details and an amazing deal HERE!

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Reach out with questions any time! Creating a beautiful home begins with making a safe environment. 

Recipe: Broccoli Cheese Soup with pasta shells

Hosting a small casual party? I seem to be doing that on a weekly basis lately since my new grandson is local one day a week. Sweet baby boy is bait for visits from family & friends, especially during lunch time. I love these visits and the opportunity to spend time with those I love and sometimes, I like to have lunch ready to serve. Most everyone loves broccoli cheese soup as well as mac & cheese, right? How about a combination of the two? This only takes about 30 minutes to prepare. Perfect!

Ingredients I used:

  • 1 box Horizon® Pasta Shells & White Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 lb. bag of organic frozen broccoli (recommended: Earthbound Farms brand)
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter (recommended: Horizon® brand)
  • 1 small chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup organic all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 4 cups free range chicken broth
  • 2 cups organic half and half (Horizon® brand recommended)
  • pinch of sea salt
  • shredded (Horizon®) cheddar cheese for topping

For more information, visit Horizon®’s website.

Servings: 4-6

Time: approx. 30 minutes.

Directions:

Saute onion in 1 tablespoon of melted butter in large pot. Add two cups of chicken broth and simmer.

Add 2 cups of chicken broth and half of frozen broccoli to food processor and puree.

Add chicken broth/broccoli to onions/large pot and stir over medium heat for 3-4 minutes.

In bowl, mix cheese packet from Horizon® Pasta Shells & White Cheddar Cheese, 1/4 cup of flour, 1/4 cup of melted butter and 2 cups of half and half.

Slowly add the half and half mixture to pot and whisk to mix over medium high heat 2 minutes.

Add Horizon® Pasta Shells & White Cheddar Cheese and remaining broccoli. Add a pinch or two of sea salt. Boil 10-12 minutes or until macaroni is done.

Remove from heat, top with shredded cheddar cheese and serve.

It’s so good! Day 2/leftovers may require the addition of more chicken broth/etc. because those shells soak it all in.

Since we’re considering more organic choices, I was pleased to learn about all of the Horizon® products. Looking for more recipes? Try the MAC-N-ATOR™, an online tool that takes existing ingredients in your kitchen that you enter and creates a recipe including Horizon® Mac & Cheese. Horizon® is an easy solution you can feel good about.

*This conversation is sponsored by Horizon. The opinions and text are all mine.

Enjoy Horizon Mac & Cheese as a versatile meal and keep your family happy.  Try different vegetables in the dish to promote alternative uses of Horizon products or let your imagination take over.

 

Horizon is a pioneer in the organic industry.  Every choice they make is carefully considered with National Organic Program (NOP) guidelines in mind.  Horizon Mac & Cheese is made with these guidelines and the happy family in mind.  For more information, visit Horizon’s website for more information. 

This conversation is sponsored by Horizon. The opinions and text are all mine.

Essential Oil Lotion Hearts

It’s the second month of the Embracing Wellness Series and giveaway – several blog friends sharing their favorite Young Living essential oils and hosting an awesome giveaway as our way of wanting to help spread the oily love. Woo hoo! More details below. *This post contains some affiliate links of what I purchased on Amazon, enough supplies for several different DIY/handmade recipes.

These essential oil lotion hearts are not only a great gift idea, they’re super handy for dry skin. Winter and extra-handwashing have made my hands super dry. I love having these on display/ready to grab near the soap on our bathroom sinks and in my purse for a quick grab. Not to mention a cute gift, great {essential oil} business incentive or prize at essential oil classes/events. 

DIY essential oils lotion bars @diyshowoff

Ingredients I used:

DIY essential oils lotion bars @diyshowoff

*I chose Valor for the one I keep in my purse. I like the benefits for easing occasional feelings of anxiety on top of soothing dry skin on the go. I also like Joy, Peace & Calming, Lavender and Sacred Mountain. One of the bonuses to DIY! YOU choose the essential oil you prefer. 

Valor: Valor® is an empowering combination of therapeutic-grade essential oils that works with both the physical and spiritual aspects of the body to increase feelings of strength, courage, and self-esteem in the face of adversity. Renowned for its strengthening qualities, Valor enhances an individual’s internal resources. It has also been found to help energy alignment in the body.

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What I did: 

I simply added the shea butter, beeswax and coconut oil into a double boiler (I bought this double boiler) and melted it together over medium-high heat.

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Once completely melted and blended, remove from heat and mix in essential oil. You’ll need to move through the next step rather quickly (but you can always reheat to liquify if needed). 

I poured my mixture into a glass measuring cup to make pouring the mixture into silicone heart molds easier. 

DIY essential oils lotion bars @diyshowoff

I let them cool. It doesn’t take long. I waited a few hours just to be sure they were completely cool and formed. 

DIY essential oils lotion bars @diyshowoff

Then I removed the hearts from the silicone mold. They pop out easily! Wrap for gifts or display in small labeled dish on the bathroom sink.

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Let’s get YOU started! Join the Oily Families team by simply visit Young Living HERE (using member#1836762 as sponsor & enroller), choose the wholesale membership to save 24% (no obligations) and choose the Premium Starter Kit. It’s the best way to start your essential oils experience and a great deal! Embrace wellness! What are you waiting for? Today’s the day! 
Curious about more uses for essential oils? Follow the entire Healthy Living / Healthy Home series by checking out these sweet blog friends and what they’re sharing:

Catch up on even more information by visiting the January edition of Embracing Wellness here where I shared an easy lavender pillow & linen spray recipe. 

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Lavender Essential Oil

Happy day! 

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First, let me tell you a little about one of my current favorite essential oils. (Although for real, there really is no such thing as ONE favorite…they all have so many amazing benefits. It’s the entire Young Living essential oils line that has been life changing for our family.) But, today I’m sharing about Lavender essential oil: Lavender’s sweet, floral aroma and stress-relieving properties make it a versatile and beneficial addition to your daily routine. Lavender has so many amazing uses! Here are just a few quick ways we’ve been using lavender essential oil lately…

Lavender is also good for supporting normal healing and soothing minor skin discomfort.

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Grandbaby boy’s head has the occasional flaky, scaly and crusty look to it. I know it’s normal and it goes away on it’s own but it sure doesn’t look pretty. I added 2-3 drops of lavender essential Oil (I only trust Young Living brand) to a 10 ml roller bottle then filled it the rest of the way up (dilute essential oil for infants) with a carrier oil (Young Living’s V6). All my daughter had to do was roll it onto his head and gently massage his scalp every once in a while (a few times a day for a few days/do it at a few diaper changes during the day in order to remember) and look at his beautiful scalp now: 

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Freshening laundry: I add a drop or two to each wool dryer ball for lavender scented fresh laundry and linens. 

wool dryer balls and essential oils @diyshowoff #oilyfamilies

How about freshening up bed linens between washes? Yes, perfect for that too. Smells nice AND it promotes rest, relaxation and helps with occasional sleeplessness. I used lavender essential oil for those reasons but you can choose the essential oil you’d like to add. 

lavender pillow and linen spray @diyshowoff #oilyfamilies

Let’s get YOU started! Join the DIYShowOff essential oils team! Simply visit Young Living HERE (using member#1836762 as sponsor/enroller), choose the wholesale membership to save 24% (no obligations) and choose the Premium Starter Kit. It’s the best way to start your essential oils experience and a great deal! Embrace wellness! What are you waiting for? It’s never too late to start making healthier choices! Today’s the day! Learn more here.

Curious about more uses for essential oils? Follow the entire Healthy Living Healthy Home series by checking out these sweet blog friends and what they’re sharing: 

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Holiday Gift Guide for Essential Oil Lovers

If you love and use essential oils every day here are some great gift ideas (besides essential oils, of course) to add to your holiday wish list or gift suggestions for oily friends. These are things I already own or things that are on my own wish list. This post contains some affiliate links. 

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essential oilers gift ideas @diyshowoff

  • Diffuser – essential oil fans will move one diffuser from room to room so having a second on hand is super convenient, a luxury even! 
  • Mortar & Pestle – for use with fresh herbs or infusing essential oils and sugar or salt, recipes, etc. 
  • Serving Tray – I love having this tray on hand for creating essential oil recipes and containing spills. It’s sort of like having a portable laboratory and protects furniture and/or tablecloths, etc.

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  • We’ve switched from using dryer sheets to these cool Wool Dryer Balls. I love that I can add different scents when drying clothes (Lavender, Purification and Peace & Calming are my favorites). 
  • AromaGlide Roller Fitments – I love adding a roller ball lid to several of my essential oil bottles, especially ones I apply topically like DiGize, EndoFlex, Dragon Time, Valerian, etc. 
  • Acrylic Display – keeps essential oils organized and all within easy reach. I alphabetize mine. This display holds about 60 bottles. 
  • Stainless Steel Tumbler – a must have (personalize with vinyl). Several of my family members are never without their tumbler. Keeps drinks ice cold all day long (hot too)…if your drink would last that long and works great with citrus essential oils. 

essential oilers gift ideas @diyshowoff

  • Measuring Shot Glasses – is a great gift idea (along with a bottle of Ningxia Red too). Handy for essential oil recipes too.
  • Sample Bottles – sharing essential oils with family and friends is inevitable. Having mini sample bottles on hand makes sharing a drop or two easy!
  • Organic Coconut Oil – so many uses and a favorite oil for diluting essential oils. 
  • Dish Pan and Natural Dish Soap – handy for washing/cleaning empty essential oil bottles and natural dish soap is an ingredient for a DIY essential oil/bubble bath recipe. 

essential oilers gift ideas @diyshowoff

More: Love this shop for handouts and supplies (it’s where I got my tablecloth too). Get a Gift Card for Business Building. And I’m pretty sure anything from here would be a great gift for essential oil friends too since I know I personally have to downsize my shopping cart every time I place an order.

What are essential oils?

Check out how you can join me in taking the first steps to creating a healthier lifestyle with Young Living Essential Oils at diyshowoff.com

 Have anything you’d add to this list? Please share in the comments!

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DIY Essential Oil and Sea Salt Gift Set

December 1st is the official kick off for holiday prep in the DIYShowOff home. Today I’m excited to be participating in an Essential Oils blog hop – with lots of DIY gift ideas from several of my ‘oily’ friends. Is there a ‘loves-to-cook’ or foodie friend on your holiday gift giving list? Give one or more of these a try: 

Essential Oils + Sea Salt Gift Set

essential oil and sea salt gift idea @diyshowoff

*I only recommend Young Living brand essential oils labeled safe for dietary use for this recipe.

What I used: (includes some affiliate links)

Measurements will depend on the size of your containers and preference.

What I did:

Add 1-2 drops of essential oil to 2 tablespoons of sea salt in a dish and mix well. You may want to allow the mixture to dry for a couple of hours. 

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Mix in 1 tablespoon of dried herbs or spice. 

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Add to glass jar or bottle and secure with cork lid. 

essential oil and sea salt gift idea @diyshowoff

Add a label and ribbon. I also added a small spoon. 

chalkboard labels essential oil and sea salt gift idea @diyshowoff

A perfect DIY gift for food lovers and cooks. 

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Looking for more essential oil gift ideas? I recently shared more essential oil gift recipe ideas and free printables. 

Essential Oils Holiday Open House

Young Living essential oils Make & Take Holiday Open House ideas @diyshowoff

Follow and pin the entire Essential Oil Gift Idea Blog Hop for inspiration: 

Homemade Peppermint Bath Bombs at Making Lemonade

DIY Soaking Salts and Body Mist at The Lunar Fae

Peppermint Bark at Mama Teaches

Peppermint Twist Face & Body Scrub at Eat Sleep Be

Lemon and Lavender Sugar Cookies at O’Boy Organic

DIY Bath Salts at My Scraps

DIY Cleaning Wipes at Eco Incognito

Santa’s Helper Stress Away Scrub at Oily Oh My

What are Young Living essential oils? Still deciding if Young Living is right for you? 

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Get more information here and check out the incentives (free holiday gift e-book, free Essential Oils Quick Reference Guide and a $25 to put towards upgraded shipping or to add Christmas Spirit to you order) if you join THIS WEEK with the purchase of a Premium Starter Kit using member #1836762, while supplies last. 

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Ideas for Hosting an Essential Oils Holiday Open House

Young Living essential oils Make & Take Holiday Open House ideas @diyshowoff

I love holiday hosting, entertaining and getting together with friends! As you know, I love essential oils too. 😉 I recently hosted an essential oils Make & Take Holiday Open House for my team (along with their guests). We had a great time! Here are a few ideas for hosting: 

Invitation: 

Holiday Open House

As you can see, I charged $20 per person. Most guests supplied their own Young Living essential oils if they had them. I shared my own supply with a few guests not signed up. And one guest who didn’t have her kit yet created the recipes without essential oils (which she added at a later time). While $20 didn’t cover my cost of materials, snacks and prizes, it did help tremendously. My goal wasn’t to make money but to provide a ‘thank you’ and fun interactive learning environment for my team. Create the same on a smaller scale, balance cost with expense. Have a good time! {For out of town guests/those who are unable to attend, email recipes & ideas.}

Food…I added peppermint essential oil to gluten free brownies, cinnamon bark essential oil to pumpkin bread, had lime essential oil on hand with organic/non-gmo chips and salsa and tossed some popcorn with melted coconut oil, sea salt and a few drops of lime essential oil. 

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Drinks: I supplied a flavored water station with icy cold bottled water, citrus essential oils (tangerine, orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit and Citrus Fresh) with glass bottles and festive paper straws. 

Young Living essential oils Make & Take Holiday Open House ideas @diyshowoff

As well as a hot chocolate bar with organic cocoa mix, peppermint essential oil, marshmallows and candy canes. 

Ideas for Hosting an Essential Oils Holiday Open House @diyishowoff

Door prizes: (Thieves hand sanitizer, essential oil bottle labels, lip balms) were drawn every half hour (winner had to be present for this). Entries included name, email, phone# and check boxes for hosting a class or interested in business building. 

Young Living essential oils Make & Take Holiday Open House ideas @diyshowoff

Raffles: I sold tickets for raffle prices. This was a huge hit and ticket sales covered the cost. I purchased a few Young Living holiday items in advance and set up a raffle. Winners were drawn at the end of the day. 

Young Living essential oils Make & Take Holiday Open House ideas @diyshowoff

Diffuse Young Living’s Christmas Spirit essential oil blend. Crank the Christmas music!

Young Living essential oils Make & Take Holiday Open House ideas @diyshowoff

Holiday DIY gift Make & Take: Each guest paid $20 to make 10 gifts. I supplied everything but the essential oils. Most (and most are organic) ingredients and ‘tasting spoons’ (good for mixing, cute tied to a jar) were purchased in bulk from Amazon. Containers (tins, bottles, jars) were purchased from the bridal favor section at Michaels. Trays are from Target. Bowls from the Dollar store. Spray bottles from AbundantHealth4U. Other supplies: measuring spoons, funnels, measuring cups, medicine droppers, paper towels, gift bags for guest to take home their treasures)

Young Living essential oils Make & Take Holiday Open House ideas @diyshowoff

Set up at the dining room table: 

Young Living essential oils Make & Take Holiday Open House ideas @diyshowoff  

You may need to adjust ingredients to fit your container. Everyone had fun playing “chemist”. 

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Young Living essential oils Make & Take Holiday Open House ideas @diyshowoff There was a Decorating Station in the family room. Ribbon, labels, gift tags, washi tape, etc. for making gifts pretty!

It was a fun filled day of hearing testimonials, answering questions, reviewing the Essential Rewards program and business side of things. It was a great time getting to know local team members and getting excited about essential oils. 

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Happy Holidays, oily friends!

Young Living essential oils Make & Take Holiday Open House ideas @diyshowoff

I love my essential oils! I love my oily team! Want to join the fun (not to mention the movement for healthier living, natural options and a chemical free home)? Let’s talk! 

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Check out my essential oils page for more information on how you can get these amazing oils in your hands too along with helpful freebies, a gift from me, and tons of support. 

 

Giveaway Time! {and an invitation for local Western PA friends!}

Good morning, blog friends! 

I’ve shared (here) how Young Living essential oils are changing our lives at DIYShowOff, how it’s inspired a mission to make healthier choices, to create a chemical free home and it makes me want to share this rewarding experience with others (there are SO many benefits) and it’s been a while since I’ve done something extra special for DIYShowOff readers and friends, so I’ve combined the two into one amazing giveaway. 

Have you been wondering what all the hype is but feel like it’s something you’d need to try for yourself? I was that way. It took actually giving something a try and being stunned by the results (it worked!) for me to go from rolling my eyes to wanting to make healthier choices. That’s my hope for you too, my dear friends! That it’s just something you try. 

There are a TON of Young Living essential oils to choose from, so many amazing products. I’ve chosen the 2014 Chocolessence Set for the prize because peppermint essential oil has some pretty amazing benefits and who doesn’t love chocolate?! Not to mention, it’s perfect for the upcoming holiday season! 

Young Living Chocolessence Giveaway

Hot chocolate warms the soul and the Young Living 2014 Chocolessence Set includes the natural and delicious ingredients your guests will crave this holiday season! This beautiful holiday gift set includes two special mugs, Chocolessence, one 15-ml bottle of Peppermint essential oil, and a recipe card so you can make our favorite hot chocolate. This gift is the perfect way to win the heart of any chocolate lover.

How do I enter to win, you ask? Follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget below. THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Thanks to everyone who entered! Congratulations to Sean C!

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If you’ve been holding off, now is a great time to join me in not only creating a cosmetically pretty home with DIY projects, but a chemical free home with essential oils. 

Sign Me Up!  

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Attention local friends! You’re invited to holiday open house/party for friends & family Young Living members (in my downline/ those who purchased a Premium Starter Kit under member #1836762 – there’s still time to get yours to join the festivities). I’ll be cranking up the Christmas music (oh yes, I will!), spiking the holiday punch and thanks to my blogging, there may even be some early seasonal decorating on display. (Crazy, I know!)

Holiday Open House

Let’s get our holiday gift list checked off/started a bit early this year. 

Details on hosting a party just like this yourself coming up after the event. 🙂 

7 Essential Oils for Sleep

Sleepy time! Do you love it as much as I do? I know I don’t want to be operating power tools with a foggy head from lack of sleep.  Not to mention, my family isn’t the most pleasant to be around when functioning on little sleep (me either for that matter). Know what I mean?

In our home: Someone has a bit of trouble falling asleep and when he does sleep, he sometimes snores. No sleep apnea. No medical conditions. Just out like a light when he finally gets there and sometimes, quite the disturbance. Me? I have a bit of trouble with turning my brain off at night so I read until I can’t keep my eyes open any longer. Then I sleep peacefully unless there’s a disturbance from the other side of the bed. 

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Here are the Young Living essential oils that have helped our family get a peaceful night’s rest:

  • Cedarwood – Cedarwood has a warm, balsamic, woody aroma. It is relaxing and soothing when used for massage, and has long been used as a beneficial ingredient in cosmetic preparations for oily skin. He says it doesn’t make him feel drowsy instantly but it does promote a restful night of sleep. He does not like the smell (I don’t mind it) but the odor doesn’t stay around long and it’s a small price to pay for a restful snooze. He simply rubs a drop onto the bottom of each foot.
  • Valerian – He adds a drop to a glass of milk. He does make a face and says it’s like a shot of what whiskey + milk would taste like but it makes him drowsy within a few minutes. It promotes a peaceful night’s sleep. He’s also added a drop to each foot but prefers the “shot” orally. This one smells stinky to me but again, not really a big deal. Valerian root has been used for thousands of years for its calming, grounding, and emotionally balancing influences. During the last three decades, it has been clinically investigated for its relaxing properties. Before we were introduced to Young Living essential oils, my husband occasionally took this in pill form as needed. 
  • Valor – Valor is an empowering combination of therapeutic-grade essential oils that works with both the physical and spiritual aspects of the body to increase feelings of strength, courage, and self-esteem in the face of adversity. Renowned for its strengthening qualities, Valor enhances an individual’s internal resources. It has also been found to help energy alignment in the body.
  • RutaVaLa – RutaVaLa promotes relaxation of the body and mind. It helps ease tension and relieve stress. The blend helps overcome negative feelings while encouraging a positive attitude and comfort. A blend of rue, valerian and lavender. Apply RutaVaLa essential oil blend on the back of neck, base of spine, the feet, or just under the nose before bed to overcome negative feelings and lull the mind into a sense of comfort.
  • Lavender – I add a few drops to distilled water with a pinch of epsom salts to a spray bottle and spritz our pillows and sheets every evening. Lavender has a fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Because it is the most versatile of all essential oils, no home should be without it. Lavender is an adaptogen, and therefore can assist the body when adapting to stress or imbalances. It is a great aid for relaxing and winding down before bedtime, yet has balancing properties that can also boost stamina and energy. 
  • Peace & Calming – Peace & Calming is a gentle, fragrant blend. When diffused, it helps calm tensions and uplift the spirit, promoting relaxation and a deep sense of peace. When massaged on the bottoms of the feet, it can be a wonderful prelude to a peaceful night’s rest. Peace & Calming may be especially calming and comforting to young children after an overactive and stressful day. This one is my mom’s favorite and she claims a little goes a long way. A lovely oil to diffuse at bed time. Calms everyone…including the dog. 
  • Tranquil Roll On – When I have had a stressful day and can’t even concentrate on my book at bedtime, I apply this to my wrists, temples and a swipe under my nose for promoting relaxation. Tranquil Roll-On is a blend of lavender, cedarwood and roman chamomile essential oils formulated to calm and relax the body and mind. Using the roll-on application, Tranquil provides convenient and portable relaxation. 

No groggy feeling the next day. No side effects. 

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*Note: We do not use all of the above mentioned oils every night, all together at one time. He chooses either Valerian, Cedarwood or soon, RutaVaLa…whichever we happen to have on hand. He alternates between them, one a night. I use the lavender recipe to spritz the sheets and pillows every night or when I remember to. I crack open the Tranquil if he’s exhausted after a long day at work and apply Valor before (if I remember). We diffuse Peace & Calming while we’re unwinding in the evenings. I grab the Tranquil Roll On (or Stress Away) if I have a lot on my mind. 

If having occasional trouble getting your thoughts to stop when your head hits the pillow and desperate to try something all natural… I recommend giving these Young Living essential oils a try. I’ve had several family members share amazing results. I hope they’ll help you too!

Want to know more and the information on how you can get your own?Go here

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Essential Oils Gift Basket Idea

Looking to share Young Living essential oils in the way of a gift or searching for a fun incentive or prize idea? 

Young Living Citrus Essential Oils gift idea @diyshowoff  

If you’re making healthier choices such as adding drinking more water to your daily routine like I am, you’re going to love this! Of course incorporating more water into your diet is super healthy but how about kicking that up a notch or two by adding a drop of lemon, lime or grapefruit essential oil? 

And since Young Living citrus essential oils are so potent they break down the petrochemicals in plastic water bottles, using glass or stainless steel is a must! I recently put together a gift basket for a friend and it turned out pretty cute so I thought I’d share it here too.

Contents: (some affiliate links below)

Young Living Citrus Essential Oils gift idea @diyshowoff

Great for so many different occasions: birthday, get well, a fun prize, encouragement, thank you, just because, bon voyage, congratulations, Christmas, a great giveaway, promotional.

What are Young Living Essential Oils anyway? Start HERE for more info. As always, feel free to contact me with any questions!

Been sitting on the fence? Today is the day! Sign up with a distributor membership and purchase the premium starter kit using #1836762 and not only will I send you a free Essential Oils Quick Reference Guide, but also a some free gifts (incentives change from month to month!)

Young Living Citrus Essential Oils gift idea @diyshowoff

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

Rustic Glam Woodland Centerpiece and a Mint Mocha Smoothie

My favorite time of the year is summer and I love spending my days outdoors when I don’t have to bundle up, the sun shining warm on my face, taking a few moments from the chaos on the patio swing to close my eyes while I ponder the day’s plans.

My woodland centerpiece is inspired by summer, talking walks in the woods. A good hike, re-connecting. Mood boosting!

Materials: moss runner, large wood slice, fresh flowers, feathers, white candles, twine, wooden spoons and gold spray painted toy animals.

a blend of natural elements with a little glam

Create a woodland themed vignette. Nature inspired. Peaceful and serene.

It’s a sweet centerpiece for the bistro table under our grape arbor gazebo, all set for some quiet time, counting blessings, healthy meditation and brainstorming up my next big DIY project. Remember to take a few quiet minutes for the sake of your health, to breathe, to think (or not think) and to just rest before tackling the rest of the day.

A shaded haven for catching up with my daughter. We sat there the other day, sipping mocha mint smoothies, talking and dreaming big.

Do you take the time to sit and soak up the good things? What inspires you to live a healthier lifestyle?

Mocha Mint Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients for 1 large serving or 2 small:

mocha mint smoothie

Check out the Silk products for yourself on the Silk Facebook page. Cool, refreshing and so good! I hope you get a few happy moments away from summer’s crazy schedule today. xo

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Homemade Lemonade with Essential Oil

refreshing lemonade using Young Living lemon essential oil at diyshowoff.com

There are several essential oil lemonade recipes but after some trial and error, this one is my favorite. I made it for a recent Young Living Essential Oils class and since a few have asked for it, here it is!

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{blueberry lemon muffins with lemon cream cheese frosting recipe}

And the entire thing disappeared! Refreshing, fresh squeezed without the fake mix taste. Color is darker due to the blue agave.

Young Living essential oil lemonade recipe at diyshowoff.com

Young Living Lemon Essential Oil Lemonade Recipe

  • 1 gal. of filtered water
  • juice of two organic lemons
  • juice of one organic lime
  • about 15 oz. of organic blue agave (test as you go to adjust the sweetness to your liking)
  • 10-12 drops of Young Living lemon essential oil
  • lemon and lime slices for garnish

Serve in glass with ice. Rather than add ice directly to the lemonade which waters it down, I serve ice in a separate container.

DIY beverage container vinyl label at diyshowoff.com  

{lemonade vinyl decal tutorial}

Optional: I also served it up with lime garnish for glasses (rub lime around glass rim and dip in colored sugar). Offer a small bit of blueberry juice or raspberry liquor for guests to create their own summer cooler.

What the heck is lemon essential oil? Just one of the amazing oils from Young Living essential oils! I am bursting with excitement over how these are changing our life…all it takes is trying one of the oils, seeing amazing results and you’ll be hooked. Get more info, get the link to get started HERE

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