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2-Ingredient Homemade Sunscreen (A More Natural Sunblock Solution )

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by Cassie on July 12, 2014

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Are you looking for an affordable, DIY, more natural alternative to sunscreen or sunblock?  Well, this is a very easy, simple, effective, affordable and more natural option than a typical store-bought sunblock.

Ingredients

Let’s talk about the 2 ingredients:

  • 1 cup of lotion
  • 4 TBSP of non-nano zinc oxide

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First – the lotion.  We recommend starting with a plain, very creamy, unscented lotion.  The zinc you will be adding will cause the lotion to become more dry in application (as it is a powder you are adding). So the thicker and creamier – the better the application.

Second – the non-nano zinc oxide. This is the important ingredient to making this more natural.  You could use micro zinc oxide to make your own, and that is fine too, but what makes this more natural is that the non-nano zinc oxide is not absorbed by the pores in the skin.  It sits on top of your skin instead of being absorbed. This is what you want.

Where to Get Non-Nano Zinc Oxide

This is going to be the most challenging part.  We cannot find non-nano locally (but truthfully, there are not many natural brick and mortar stores in our area), so you may or may not be able to find it in yours.

However, there are some great and affordable options online.  Amazon has a few options - again make sure you get non-nano zinc oxide if the more natural alternative is important to you.

The best deal that we have seen is for a bulk amount of non-nano zinc oxide from Better Shea Butter company sold through Amazon HERE.  It will last a while and make quite a bit of homemade sunscreen as well as some other personal care recipes that we will be sharing.

How Does the SPF Work?

To create different levels of SPF, you just need to add more or less non-nano zinc oxide.  In a nutshell, the formula for 20 SPF is one part zinc oxide to 4 parts lotion.

How to Make

Simply mix the non-nano zinc oxide into the lotion with a spoon.  The lotion consistency will be lumpy and the more you mix, the less lumpy.  It will begin to have a consistency similar to heavy whipped cream.

Then store it in an airtight container! Shallow glass jars are GREAT for this purpose.

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How to Use

Actually, there is nothing special about “how to use.”  Just apply like you would any other sunscreen or lotion, however you will notice a couple of differences from normal lotion application.

First – a little goes a long way.  I took a picture of putting some on and even this little dollop was too much. So this 1-cup amount will last a long while!

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Second – you will notice that you will go from your normal skin color, to a little “whiter” as the non-nano zinc oxide sits on your skin and is not absorbed.  Although regular sunscreen also does this, you will notice it more with the homemade version.

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So that’s it! It really is that easy, rewarding, fun and pleasant! By the way, there is no scent, just the scent of the base lotion you use!

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26 Amazing Reasons to Have Lavender Essential Oils on Hand

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by Cassie on July 9, 2014

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As a frugal and trying to be healthy family, we do and have used essential oils in our home.

First, as mentioned many times before, we have used essential oils in cleaning for 8+ years now.

Second, a few years ago, we started using essential oils for personal care too! The combination of the two uses have been life-changing for our family and our health.  We are very thankful to have healthy, affordable and effective options.

So as we shared with the 17 Household Uses for Lemon Essential Oil, we wanted to talk about our favorite oil – Lavender!

Some of these uses can also be in the dried and fresh form, in fact, I am trying to grow lavender as well as there are many, many benefits to fresh and dried lavender.  But the benefit of the oil is that if you buy the right oils, you are getting a pure, unadulterated highly concentrated form of lavender that goes a long way and can be used much easier than a fresh or dried version – however, don’t throw out any dried or fresh lavender either!

The Details

Let’s talk about what lavender does (I am quoting my aromatherapy books and an essential oils encyclopedia where the hundreds of sources/tests/studies are listed).

Properties

The properties of lavender essential oil are that it has acted as an analgesic, anticoagulant, anticonvulsant, antidepressant, anti-fungal, antihistamine, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antimutagenic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, antitumor, cardiotonic, regenerative and sedative in hundreds of studies and tests.

Historical Uses

It has been used for thousands of years for homeopathic care and everyday use.  In a nutshell, lavender has been traditionally used for emotional issues, calming, cardiovascular functions, nervous system and for the skin.

Precautions

First, always use an oil that is approved and certified for internal use or therapeutic use before you use an oil for the purpose (see notes below).

Second, evidence suggests that long term use of lavender has shown to be beneficial for hormones for women, but cause hormonal imbalance in males.  With that, we would suggest using it sparingly with young children and males.

Qualities of oils

I wanted to mention something very important – the types of qualities of essential oils that you purchase and use. First, these are not fragrance oils and you cannot get them at big box or grocery stores – those are different. Essential oils can be purchased at health food stores and online.

Cleaning Grade Essential Oils

For cleaning and many household uses, I will buy the more affordable pure essential oils that are about 1/2 the cost as the very high quality oils.  The reason why is that I am not convinced it is totally necessary to use the highest quality of essential oils for cleaning.  If you can afford the highest quality, then by all means, but for those on a budget like us, then a pure essential oil works just fine.

Essential Oils for Personal Use

For any personal, aromatherapy use – this is where I personally draw a hard fast line.  I think it is essential (no pun intended :)) to use the highest quality oils that you can get.  They already offer a more affordable option than medicines, and so this is not a place to skimp.  I am talking about when the oils touch your body or taken internally.

Where to get these different grades of oils?

I have quite a collection of both my cleaning grade and higher quality personal use oils.  Both companies that I purchase from are also available internationally (for those that have asked in the past).

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For cleaning grade, I have purchased all of them from Vitacost website and they are affordable, convenient to get and have worked well.  You should also be able to get them at health food stores and from Amazon. For the best deal, see our post HERE on the 7 Best Essential Oils for Cleaning. 

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For the higher quality oils, we understand that a few companies meet this criteria.  We personally have only tried doTerra, which is once such company that offers the highest quality of pure, therapeutic grade essential oils that are safe for personal use and even consumption. These have worked well for us.  We get the purest quality of oils from doTerra HERE (aff link).  They can seem to be pricey, but note that a 15ml bottle contains about 300 drops – so these really do last a very long time!

How Households Can Utilize Lavender Essential Oils Today

We personally find that we use lavender the most, or rather for the most purposes.  If anyone were to ask what one oil they should start with or have on hand, it would be lavender.

Personal Uses (we would only use the highest quality, pure, therapeutic grade oils for these) 

  1. Use lavender oil to help with sleep issues and sleeplessness. The main use that most everyone knows about is for anxiety and help with sleeping.  We have used it for this purpose for a very long time! It’s WONDERFUL this way! This is also a great use for the fresh and dried leaves, as well as the oil! We simply diffuse the oil or place on a cottonball and stick in pillowcases.
  2. Relieve headaches naturally.  I get headaches a lot.  Lavender oil has been my go-to natural drug.  I don’t like using OTC meds too often due to risks associated with them.  However, lavender has been amazing and I am so grateful and thankful that don’t have to worry about it being to harsh on other parts of my body.  When I have a headache, I rub diluted lavender oil in a rollerball (I dilute with fractionaed coconut oil, but many carrier oils will work) and roll this on my temples, the base of the back of my neck and sometimes my feet/toes. I was so amazed at how well this works. In fact, I used this even today as I was blogging (I get headaches from working on the computer :)) and I had relief in 15 minutes – you can see my picture on Instagram HEREAre you following us on Instagram yet? It’s a great place to see what we are up to each day! 
  3. Heal and relieve burns. If myself or anyone else gets accidentally burned from a pan or something, a drop of lavender oil will help to heal the burn and heal much quicker.
  4. Heal, clean and relieve cuts. If there is a skin abrasion, this is the go-to oil! We will sometimes use others in addition to lavender for further help per issue, but on it’s own is mighty fine!
  5. Help clear acne. Due to it’s antimicrobial and healing properties, it can clean out the acne and help your skin to recover.
  6. Help relieve and heal sunburns. We have also used vinegar, but we will follow some burns with lavender because of how helpful lavender is for the skin.  In this case, it is best to apply by spraying. Dilute the lavender in a glass bottle with purified water.
  7. Seasonal allergy reliever! Smelling lavender, diffusing lavender oil and even rubbing it on your feet or temples helps to relieve seasonal/environmental allergies like hay fever.  Honestly, this works sometimes, and sometimes this works best when combined with allergy meds too.  We only have to take allergy meds a couple of times a year (assuming this must be our extreme allergy time) and the rest of the year, the other reactions are often relieved with lavender!
  8. Menstrual cramp reliever.  Just rub it on your abdomen during that fun time of the month!
  9. Cold Sore healer. Similar to the acne issue, cold sores can be relieved the same way.
  10. Achy muscle soother.  If you have a muscle ache, rub lavender oil on your sore muscles for relief!
  11. Most any issue involving the skin, lavender is a great option!
  12. It is also my most favorite oil in my homemade personal care recipes (and be watching for those as I will start sharing them now :))

Household Uses (many of these are links to other articles)

  1. Make aromatherapy tissues for allergy and cold relief.
  2. Make your own laundry detergent with scent like Tide
  3. Make your own fabric softener.
  4. Make your own Downy Unstoppables laundry scent booster, but with natural ingredients.
  5. Make your own soothing baby wipes.
  6. Fabric refresher - Create this by mixing purified water with lavender oil. Just spray your fabrics when needed!
  7. Diffuse in the air with an oil diffuser. Check out the post HERE on diffusers. 
  8. Make your own fragrance diffuser.
  9. Spa Baths – Enjoy a calming, relaxing and healthful bath with a few drops of lavender essential oil. Even use epsom salts with lavender oil in your bath! 
  10. Lavender pillow or rice warmer.  Fill a small pillow with rice and then sprinkle lavender oil and warm this up in the microwave for less than a minute for a sinus, headache, calming treatment.
  11. Make your own cleaning products. Because of the many cleaning, purifying and cleansing properties of lavender, it is a GREAT ingredient to add to homemade cleaning products for a chemical-free option. We share over 26 homemade cleaning products on our cleaning page HERE and some of these contain lavender oil.

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Many of these cleaning recipes use lavender oil! 

Cooking Uses (only the high quality, pure, therapeutic grade essential oils for this purpose!) 

  1. Teas – brew your own tea with dried lavender or even with lavender oil.  As a tip, don’t let the water boil – remove the water right before it reaches boiling point. If not, it will burn the oil.
  2. Homemade breads – adding a drop of lavender can really enhance and make a very earthy and yummy flavor to your breads.  This requires experimentation, but lavender is an herb and think about how yummy breads are with herbs!
  3. Flavor enhancer in recipes.  Yogurt, salads, ice cream, Soups, Mediterranean and Italian dishes are nice with a very slight hint of lavender – one drop is more than enough. Another area where it is fun to experiment and receive nice flavor and health benefits too!  I don’t use lavender often in the kitchen (not like other oils that I will talk about later) but I do use it on occasion.

What uses do you use lavender essential oil for?  

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See our Essential Oils Pinterest Board HERE 

*Please note, this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition or replace any medicines or medical treatment, it is purely our opinion from our experience and research from a non-medical perspective.  Please confirm all of these things with your doctor. 

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Homemade Italian Seasoning with Many Versatile Recipe Uses and 5 Minutes to Make

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by Cassie on June 27, 2014

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As we continue to share recipes with you that help you cut your budget, save your health and make life easier – we wanted to share the next recipe in our recipes for replacing store-bought groceries with your own versions.

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Well, next up on our list is another favorite and one that is used 3-5 times per week on our meals at home.  It is Italian Seasoning.  Truthfully, we probably only have 1-2 actual Italian themed meals, but this recipe for seasoning is so yummy and versatile, that it fits well with most any dishes – especially any with chicken!

Many times, I have thrown chicken in a crock pot. Then in a small bowl, I will pour olive oil and Italian seasoning in a bowl and mix it up and then pour it on the chicken.  This alone is AMAZING and so simple and so yummy and even healthy for you!  That is just one example of dozens!

Before I share the recipe, I wanted to share where one of the best places I have found for the ingredients! Just like the Taco Seasoning, I went to Big Lots where they have the big 3-5 oz bottles of these individual spices for only $1 each! That is a GREAT price.  Walmart sells the 1-2 oz ones for .50 – $1 which is another great alternative.  I have made 3 batches from the Big Lots ones and they will probably last me 5-6+ batches. So it is one of the most affordable ways to go.  The ones from Walmart will last 2-4 batches depending on the spice.  In the end, you will probably be able to get about 35+ envelopes worth of Italian Seasoning for about $10.

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Well, let’s get to the recipe and then I will share some ideas for actual Italian dishes with this mix, but the intention is to replace Italian seasonings and any mixes that you buy or canned sauces.

  • 3 TBSP of dried basil
  • 3 TBSP dried oregano
  • 4 TBSP of dried parsley
  • 1/2 TBSP garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. of onion powder
  • 1 tsp. marjoram
  • 1 tsp. rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 TBSP minced onion

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For spicy Italian Seasoning

  • add 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

For extra spicy Italian Seasoning

  • also add 1/4 tsp. of cayenne pepper

To make:

  • Just simply mix all of the ingredients in a bowl and pour in a glass jar and use as needed
  • It will store in an airtight container for 6+ months.

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We have these fun glass jars with a tsp. scoop that we bought at Hobby Lobby, but we also recycle all of our glass jars for many reasons, but we use to store this in a cleaned spaghetti glass jar with a lid.

How to use this seasoning:

  • You can use this as a replacement to any recipe calling for Italian seasoning.
  •  Also, you can use it to make your own breaded coating by mixing this with bread crumbs or a healthier bread crumb topping by combining wheat germ with this seasoning (this makes for a fabulous and healthy breaded coating!).
  • You can also use it as a topping for breads or a dipping sauce for bread by mixing this with olive oil. 
  • You can make your own spaghetti sauce by combining tomato sauce and Italian seasoning to your desired consistency and taste – keep it thin by just using sauce, thicken it up with paste.
  • You can make your own pizza sauce by combining this Italian seasoning with tomato paste and thinning it with a bit of water or tomato sauce.
  • A great coating for most any meat in a crockpot, on the stove top or in a casserole dish. The best protein to mix/coat with this mix is chicken, but beef, pork, fish also taste great.
  • It is a GREAT mix to use in the SOS mix for all of the spices.  Not sure what SOS Mix is? It is AMAZING and the details are here on What is SOS Mix.

With the spaghetti or pizza sauce, you can use these for any recipe calling for a pasta sauce of any kind! Lasagna, other pastas, casseroles, cooked with chicken… etc!

Really the possibilities are endless!

Print off the recipe below and keep it in your Home Binder!

Homemade Italian Seasoning with Many Versatile Uses
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Serves: 35
This is a very easy, affordable, versatile mix to be used in many recipes, not just Italian ones!
Ingredients
  • • 3 TBSP of dried basil
  • • 3 TBSP dried oregano
  • • 4 TBSP of dried parsley
  • • ½ TBSP garlic powder
  • • ½ tsp. of onion powder
  • • 1 tsp. marjoram
  • • 1 tsp. rosemary
  • • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • • ¼ tsp salt
  • • 1 TBSP minced onion
  • For spicy Italian Seasoning
  • • add ½ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • For extra spicy Italian Seasoning
  • • also add ¼ tsp. of cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. • Just simply mix all of the ingredients in a bowl and pour in a glass jar and use as needed
  2. • It will store in an airtight container for 6+ months.
How to use this seasoning:
  1. • You can use this as a replacement to any recipe calling for Italian seasoning.
  2. • Also, you can use it to make your own breaded coating by mixing this with bread crumbs or a healthier bread crumb topping by combining wheat germ with this seasoning (this makes for a fabulous and healthy breaded coating!).
  3. • You can also use it as a topping for breads or a dipping sauce for bread by mixing this with olive oil.
  4. • You can make your own spaghetti sauce by combining tomato sauce and Italian seasoning to your desired consistency and taste - keep it thin by just using sauce, thicken it up with paste.
  5. • You can make your own pizza sauce by combining this Italian seasoning with tomato paste and thinning it with a bit of water or tomato sauce.
  6. • A great coating for most any meat in a crockpot, on the stove top or in a casserole dish. The best protein to mix/coat with this mix is chicken, but beef, pork, fish also taste great.
  7. • It is a GREAT mix to use in the SOS mix for all of the spices. Not sure what SOS Mix is? It is AMAZING and the details are here on What is SOS Mix.
  8. With the spaghetti or pizza sauce, you can use these for any recipe calling for a pasta sauce of any kind! Lasagna, other pastas, casseroles, cooked with chicken... etc!
  9. Really the possibilities are endless!

 

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Mosquito Jar Repellent: Mosquitos Won’t Battle With You With This Mixture in a Jar

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by Cassie on June 25, 2014

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Check out this GREAT tip and recipe idea from reader Karin!  With a few recycled glass jars a couple of bucks, you may be able to solve your mosquito problems!

“Here is a cheap mosquito repellant that WORKS!

I bought a bag if peeled garlic from Walmart for $1.57 enough for three quart jars to place them in the bottom of the jar. To do this, I placed two handfuls of these cloves after I pierced with a fork in the bottom of the jar.  I covered this with boiling water to 1″ over the garlic cloves. Place the lid on top and place in sun for few days to fester/meld.

I have placed a jar at the front and the back doors.  We had a bad mosquito problem and now there are NONE!”

Thanks to Karin for this great tip! We are going to give it a try ourselves as we live close to a lake that really attracts mosquitos!

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DIY Cold, Cough and Throat Healing Oil Blend with Tips and Methods for Natural Healing

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by Cassie on June 18, 2014

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A few times, I have referenced how we use high quality oils for personal care recipes and for homeopathic care and recipes.  I use a different grade of oils for cleaning products.  But high quality oils are absolutely necessary for recipes used on yourself, ingested or any other personal use.

There are a couple of great options for the high quality oils, but we use and have used DoTerra for the past few years.  And so that is what I am showing you, because it is what we have experience and success with.  We’ve heard of other food grade oils as well, but we haven’t tried them ourselves and we don’t like to post anything that we personally have not had experience with.

And…. we have actually been using DoTerra oils for a few years and many times per week for so many reasons.  It seems like they are “expensive,” but since most of the bottles are 15 ml, these contain 300 drops of oil.  Most uses only use a drop or two, so you have 100+ uses per bottle! This comes out to be much, much cheaper than name-brand OR generic meds and personal care products, but much healthier instead! So for us, we see the value and frugality of using them.

I just wanted to give that background for you so you know where we were coming from.

Ok, so now I want to share our Cold, Cough and Throat Healing Oil Recovery Blend! This is the “help all of these” three ailments. One bottle blend and rollerball blend last us forever!

What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are basically the super concentrated form of that food/herb.  The oil is extracted from the different parts of the plant/food and used for natural homeopathic uses for personal care and for natural cleaning around the home. This is a super, super basic explanation, but for a more detailed description,  you can read up on them HERE

More About Recipes for Your Own Cold, Cough and Throat Healing Oil Blends

I am brining this up now in June because we woke up and started dealing with a cold and cough with a beginning throat irritation. Yes, it is summer and it seems so off…. but it’s funny because we use our oils about 2-3 times more in the winter to prevent sickness (and it works!) but then summer comes and we ease thinking we are safe from germs with the warm weather.

Well, last Saturday, we were at an all day outdoor event and thought it would be warm like it has been. Well, half way through the day, a cold front came through and we all got a little cold…. which weakens your immune system to make you more susceptible to catching something.  We were around thousands of people and touching handles, and rides that many thousands had touched and a few days later…..colds! We did not use oils before we went or during as it was “summer.”

So, you just never know when you might need a natural cure! Let me take it back…. there really isn’t a cure for the common cold…. but this helps to heal and recover faster…..

Here’s the best oils for cold, cough and throat recovery!

Note that each of them actually has dozens of uses for many things, they are not limited to this purpose.  You can click on the link to the DoTerra site that will share more about each oil to learn more!

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Each of these oils has anti-viral properties and together they can help attack a broader range of sickness.  We also have recommend lemon, lavender and peppermint for cleaning!

Basically, you can use one or all. The more you combine together, the better chance you have of a faster recovery. You will just make a blend to use and then use that blend regularly throughout your sickness.

How To Take These Oils or How To Make Blends

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There are several methods.  I am going to share them with you from super easy and convient to a more medicinal type of method.  Each method is entirely up to you!  Note that you can do all of these too!

1. Hand and Cup Method

Drip a drop of oil or a few oils in your hand and rub together and then “cup” your hands around your face/nose and take several deep breaths of the oils to open up your respiratory system and to start fighting the sickness.  You will want to do this several times a day.

The benefit of this one is that it is an immediate, easy, on-the-go method.

2. Diffuse the combo of oils in an oil diffuser. We’ve mentioned oil diffusers before and here’s a couple of ideas for you.  

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This is the exact diffuser that we use and it has been more than worth the investment.  Amazon has the best price on them and you can see this one and many others on Amazon HERE.

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An oil warmer is an affordable way to go and you can get them for a really good price on Amazon HERE.

The benefit of this one is that everyone in the room/home gets the therapeutic benefits and it can also keep others from getting sick, while the sick ones seek relief.

3. Massage lymph nodes with an oil blend.

Just in the palm of your hand, take a carrier oil, like fractionated coconut oil, and add a few drops of oils (like 1 drop of a few different ones) and mix with your finger.  Then apply to the base of your neck, behind your ears, chest and other lymph nodes.  You will want to do this a few times a day.

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4. Create a blend spray for spraying on yourself, in your mouth and around your environment. 

This is one of our preferred methods.  Take a carrier oil, like fractionated coconut oil, and fill your mini-glass spray bottle with 2/3 to 3/4 full of the oil. The add 10 drops of lemon and lavender and about 5 drops of the other oils. This spray will now last for a long while and you can store it in a cool dark place (like a cupboard) and use it as needed.

To use this, you can spray pillows, environments, your body, in your mouth (it doesn’t taste good :)) and use it as needed wherever!

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5. Roller Ball Method

This is also our favorite.  We pretty much always have #4 and #5 ready to go whenever we need it!  You can buy these small glass roller ball tubes online and then make your own blends and “roll it on” wherever you need it! We make the blend the same as the spray recipe in #4.  And then we rub it on lymph nodes, temples, chest, bottom of the feet (the feet are a GREAT place when everyone is laying down/sleeping!), back of the neck, etc.  I can also take these on the go.

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As a side note, my most effective and #1 headache medicine is lavender oil.  I have a tube of half lavender oil and half carrier oil in my purse and when I feel a headache, I will rub in on the base of my neck and my temples.  My headaches always go away in a few minutes!

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6. Ingesting Ideas *Please note, this HAS to be oils that are certified pure and safe for internal consumption.  The companies I know about are DoTerra and Young Living.  There could be others, but I don’t know.  I have also only tried DoTerra.  You can’t do this without that safe consumption rating. 

Finally, one final way (recommended for adults only) is to take this internally.  You can do this a couple of ways.  You can see that we have pictured a “dropper” bottle.  The formula/recipe is the exact same as the spray bottle and then you just take a 1/4 to 1/2 dropper under your tongue.  It won’t taste good – sorry. :)

If you can’t stand the taste (like me), consider buying empty veggie caps (you can get them at any health food store or from DoTerra HERE too!) and put a drop or two or each oil in the capsule and then take it this way. You won’t taste it, but it can get into your system.  I am not the biggest fan of this as it isn’t convenient and easy.  And honestly, you really can’t “drip” the oil into the capsules.  You need to have a dropper that you can stick into the bottle of oil and then drip into the capsule.  So it is quite a bit of work.

I wanted to make a note that internal ingestion is fine and many swear by it, but it is actually a slower process to get into your blood stream.  Applying to your skin with some of the other methods presented, will actually get into your blood stream faster, according to many experts on essential oils.  So not only is that the easiest, but apparently more effective. However, I still wanted to show you all of the methods I know about!

7. Buy Blends/Products Already Made

As one more idea, I wanted to mention that you can buy blends and products already made so that the whole process is much easier and cheaper starting out. In fact, these two oils were the first and only oils we had from DoTerra for a few months and both serve all of us well in preventing and helping to recover.

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The favorite blends are Breathe and OnGuard.

Here’s what they are and what they do…. each bottle lasts us (a family of 7) for about 4-6 months and we use both a lot! Breathe is FANTASTIC for allergies!

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Find this on the DoTerra site HERE

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Find this on the DoTerra site HERE

*Both of these are free from DoTerra this month (June 2014) with qualified orders, so it is a good month to start an oil collection for these two popular oils for free!

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For purchasing small glass spray or dropper bottles, Amazon has many that are a good price HERE. You may also be able to find them at a local health food store.

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For the roller ball applicators, Amazon has super great prices that make them HERE like .50 each glass roll-on bottle.

A couple of years ago, I did purchase the roll-on applicator bottles and the spray and dropper bottles in bulk like this (the bottles came as 6 packs and the roll-on bottles as 24 pack) and then I have had enough bottles to create all kinds of blends and just keep refilling as needed.  So it was quite convenient!

Again, I just wanted to mention again the importance of using a high quality oil that is safe for internal consumption.  I don’t cut corners on this as the move to essential oils for many purposes already saves us tons of money over store-bought versions.  Essential oils have been a huge blessing to our family and I am so thankful that I started using them for personal use a few years ago!  I have used them around the home for cleaning for probably 8+ years!

Finally, I wanted to state that investing in essential oils can be a very beneficial thing to do. If you set aside $20 or even $10 a month to start an oil bank, you will have a nice collection for many home remedies and uses in no time.  I mention this because after a few years of using them personally with success, we want to finally share many home remedies, ideas and even recipes for personal care products, many of which will include essential oils, so that you can continue to become even more and more frugal!

Head to the DoTerra site HERE to see products and descriptions for even more details! 

*They do sell these oils in international countries too, so if you are not in the United States, you can still get them!

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*Please note, this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition or replace any medicines or medical treatment, it is purely our opinion from our experience and research from a non-medical perspective.  Please confirm all of these things with your doctor. 

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