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Try DIY Tuesday (Sunday Edition): Homemade EO Gifts, Part 3!

Ok, this DIY might be one of my favorites. It is so easy, yet such a great gift and easily customizable! It’s lip balm! Who doesn’t need lip balm, especially in this cold and dry weather. Even better, it is made with totally natural ingredients so you don’t have to worry what those 11-letter words are you are putting on your lips. Thank you to my YL teammate Melissa for providing this recipe! 🙂

Cocoa-Mint Lip Balm

You will need:

6 small lip balm pots (5 gram size) or 5 empty lip balm tubes (I got mine on Amazon)

4 teaspoons coconut oil

2 teaspoons beeswax pellets (got these on Amazon as well, they were labeled organic)

6 semi-sweet chocolate chips

4-5 drops Peppermint Young Living Essential Oil

Directions:

First of all, you might want to spread out some newspaper, or even a larg cutting board on your work surface to protect it from hot oil and also from cleaning up a mess later! 😀

Spoon coconut oil and beeswax pellets into a glass bowl or jar (pyrex measuring cup would work great!) and microwave for approximately one minute, or until the beeswax looks melted. Stir with a metal spoon. Add chocolate chips and stir until everything is combined and melted. Then add the 4 drops Peppermint Oil and stir well. Quickly (and carefully, it’s hot!) pour the lip balm mixture into your pots or lip balm tubes. The lip balm hardens very quickly, so resist the urge to touch the top to check! You will leave a fingerprint in your pretty shiny balm, and no one wants that! 🙂 Put the lids on and stick on a small label showing what flavor the balm is. That’s it! Ready to give (or keep yourself!)

Some ways that this recipe could be customized would be to leave out the chocolate chips (especially for someone who is Dairy-free) and just make a peppermint flavored balm. You might want to add just a touch more beeswax pellets if you leave out the chocolate, because it might not harden as solid. You could also make a fruity flavored balm by using grapefruit, orange, or Citrus Fresh oils. You could also make a Cinna-mint flavor using Cinnamon and Peppermint oils. The possibilities are endless!

Just make sure, as always, that the Essential Oils you are using in your lip balm are 100% Therapeutic-Grade Essential Oils. The only oils I trust for this reason are Young Living Essential Oils. I know that there are no additives to my oils, only 100% pure oil- because of the Seed to Seal Quality Promise. You also want to make sure they are labeled as Supplemental, that way you know they are meant for ingestion- since they are being applied to your lips! 🙂

If you don’t have any Essential Oils of your own yet, click here to find out how to get some! 🙂


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Try DIY Tuesday (Friday Edition): Homemade EO Gifts!

Do you need some stocking stuffer ideas? Do you need something for the office gift exchange? How about that person that has EVERYTHING? Try these fun and easy DIY gifts made with YL Essential Oils.

Ugh, who has time to make gifts, you say? Well, recently I hosted a holiday themed Make & Bake & Take party at my house along with two ladies from our local YL team. Each guest that came made three gifts plus watched a pumpkin bread demo using oils, as well as drank festive drinks and ate snacks, all in about an hour and a half! Of course, if you make these gifts yourself it will not take that long, but you will have just as much fun! I will post one DIY per day, so you can try one at a time! Here we go!

1.Chocolate Jar Cake Infused with Young Living Orange Essential Oil

*A few notes- this cake can be made in a coffee mug if you just want a quick dessert for one. I put it in a jar for the ease of gift giving because of the nice lid, but if you can’t find the right size jar, you could just as easily mix all the dry ingredients together, pour in a Ziploc bag, and nestle into a cute coffee mug. Also, you might think that it looks kind of funny with the jar only 1/2 full of ingredients. I agree, and the ingredients will mix together if the jar gets jostled around. But, this much space needs to be left in the jar that is being used to “bake” your cake in because once you mix in the wet ingredients and cook, the cake will rise and expand (and explode all over your microwave if there isn’t enough space!).

Jar Cake graphic

Top of jar

This gift is so easy to assemble and looks pretty neat, too. All you have to do is layer the ingredients, cut a pretty piece of paper to put on the top of the lid, and tie the instructions on with a nice ribbon. Done! Here are the directions:

You will need:

1- 12-oz jar or mug (I used a 12-oz size “Jelly Jar” Mason jar found on the Walmart website)

5 tablespoons sugar

3-4 drops Young Living Orange Essential Oil (You could also use  1-2 drops YL Peppermint Essential Oil instead)

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1/4 cup flour

dash of salt

1 tablespoon semi-sweet or white chocolate chips

Instructions:

Mix sugar and Essential Oil in the bottom of the jar. Mix until the sugar has sucked up all the oil and no clumps remain. Layer the rest of the ingredients in the jar- cocoa powder, flour, salt, and chocolate chips. Screw on the top and tie on an instruction tag.

To bake the Jar Cake, stir all dry ingredients together in the jar. Add 1 egg, 3 tablespoons milk, 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, and a dash of vanilla extract. Mix until well combined. Microwave the jar uncovered on high until cake is puffed, about 1 1/2 minutes.

You can easily modify this recipe for Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free diets as well- just swap out the flour with a GF flour substitute, and the milk for a non-dairy milk like almond or coconut milk. Make sure your chocolate chips are GF and DF as well. 🙂

Here is the instruction tag you can print out on thick paper to attach to your jars for giving as gifts. Just right click on the graphic, and save to your computer. When you print it, select 9 to a page and they will print out the right size to cut apart and attach! 🙂

Chocolate Jar Cake label

***One more note- make sure that when you are using Essential Oils in your recipes, or putting in your water to drink, that you are using 100% Therapeutic-grade Essential Oils that are labeled as Supplemental. You want to make sure that there are no additives or chemicals in the Essential Oils that you consume, just 100% pure oil. This is why I only trust Young Living Essential Oils, because they have the Seed to Seal Quality Commitment. Please don’t consume anything you are not sure is 100% pure! 🙂

If you don’t have any of your own Young Living Essential Oils and would like to find out how to get some, click here!

 

 

 

 


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Try DIY Tuesday: Homemade Thieves Hand Purifier

leaves graphicHappy Fall, everyone! It is the first Tuesday in October, and here in AZ that means that you can officially say it’s fall- even though it usually doesn’t feel like it!

Well, with the fall season comes those pesky bugs we all dread. Whether the kids are back in school, the weather change is throwing off your co-workers’ or family member’s immune systems, or extra traveling during the holidays, we all need an extra boost of helpfulness to support our immune systems. I, like most bug-fearing people, would never be caught without some Purell in my purse. Applied after going to the grocery store, pumping gas, before eating a quick snack, you name it, I would clean it. I have become even more cautious after having my daughter and not wanting her tiny little immune system to become compromised from a random excursion out of the house.

Recently, I have been hearing in the news how some of the yukkiest bugs have now started to become immune to these alcohol and chemical “anti-bacterial” sanitizers and soaps because we are all using them constantly. What???!!! Sometimes you just cannot get to a sink to wash your hands with good ol’ soap and water, what is a desperate mommy to do? Continue reading


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Lavender: The Swiss Army Knife of Oils

Lavender graphic newOne of the oils that come in the Everyday Oils kit from Young Living is Lavender. It is one of the most popular because it is very versatile and can be used for sooooo many different things, which is why it is known as the Swiss Army Knife of oils! Not only does it smell great, Lavender can be used to help get a great night’s sleep, soothe minor skin irritations, helps support the respiratory system, and so many other things! There are a few things I used Lavender for when I first received my Premium Starter Kit that really “sold” me on Essential Oils. I was convinced that they worked and were amazing after I attended a class about them, but these results gave me hard evidence they work! Continue reading