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Friday, May 27, 2016

Empty YL Roll-on Tube Hacks

Reuse & repurpose!

We shared a couple uses for the empty roll-on tube a few posts back: 

The tube protected my Deep Relief during transport on a cross country trip and made a GREAT diffuser for the victims of a horrendous 'gastro-terrorist' (AKA traveling companion) providing life-saving, breathable air for the innocent passengers. πŸ˜œπŸ˜‚πŸ˜œπŸ˜‚ 

2 days later it still smells FABULOUS and it's once again safeguarding Deep Relief on the return trip home.



I'm on a mission, a lengthy one, to rid my life of things that are toxic and things that don't serve me, a little at a time. Our first day of summer break today and I love the progress I have already! No, my kids aren't in my way or keeping ME busy, it's the other way around. LOL! I learned how valuable it is to TEACH the kids how to 'do life' while spending quality time together.
 

I was about to throw this tube away, but out of curiosity I wanted to know what it smelled like NOW. I'm 15 days past adding Purification to the tube and it still smelled so good, I thought 'I'll put it in the glovebox in the car in case I need it for diffusing again' and I set it in the pile of things that were sorted through & placed in the 'TO CAR' pile. 😊

From that, another hack is born. πŸ˜„ The USB diffuser was in the same pile & I thought...'Hmmm." And...YEP! It's perfy!


It will now store my USB diffuser in the car when not in use. Lord knows it needs the protection! πŸ˜‚ I've broken the USB connection off one :-(

If you'd like to hear more about this diffuser check the blog post on convention must haves. :-)

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Winner, winner--chicken dinner!!


I wanted to pin this to the Anointed By Abba cooking with essential oil Pinterest Board, but I just learned that I can not 'pin' from Facebook. ?!?!? So, here it is in blog form!



Add 3 drops of Young Living Dill Essential Oil to 2 beaten 
eggs & 1 Tbsp Einkorn flour. Dip chicken tenders in egg 
mixture and dredge in breadcrumbs & repeat. Cook your 
favorite way - fried or baked. 


😊 My kids were over the moon! Reminded us of Chik Fil A! 

(Minus the MSG!)


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Check out our posts on great roll-on blends like "Happy", thanks to our YL Mommy, Tracey Campbell with TLC One Drop At A Time, as well as INCREDIBLE need-to-know information from our Freeflow post. #SRSLY


DIY Breath Spray


Since learning that lemon oil removes gum from hair I've begun to rethink chewing gum. I still chew it, but I'm replacing some of it with a DIY breath spray. I love the health benefits I get and who doesn't love saving money? Always makes me HAAAAAppy. ;-) (smells good 'n' fresh, doesn't it?) This is also a great idea for someone who has quit smoking. Both Kim and Kristina with Anointed By Abba are former smokers!



 

I am THRILLED with Rivertree life, once again! These 5 ML spray bottles are such a great purchase. They're really pretty and perfect for sprays you need to take on the go (poopouri, anyone? LOL!) See how the glass bottle separates from the metal container? I like that! I can see what's in there. ;-) The cover does fits snugly and won't be coming apart, and it protects the glass bottle.

I added these oils to my spray bottle and filled the rest with a quality vodka using a pipette, but use the oils that make YOU happy. 


  • 2-4 drops Spearmint
  • 2-4 drops Stress Away
  • 2-4 drops Peppermint
  • 2-4 drops Cinnamon Bark

    **I used Vodka in my recipe, but feel free to use water. Sometimes, when I need breath spray... a tiny shot of alcohol is a welcome ingredient. LOL!** 





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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Simple homemade organic applesauce - don't toss your brown apples!





 Maybe some other moms out there don't know this little trick yet... I'm thinking I can NOT be alone, growing up in a typical suburban middle class household with two working parents. Written by Kristina. :-)

I was blessed to be taught by my young neighbor, Miriam, that I don't have to throw away apples just because they look bad. You know what I'm talking about... This!





I live next-door to a house full of girls - seven girls, yes SEVEN, and one precious little boy. They're home-schooled and they've schooled me on quite a few things! One of many great things is what to do with apples when they're just about to go bad.

My mother didn't do any canning and we weren't big on fresh food at all. That would have been the generation before my mom and those relatives outlived her by an average of 30 years, so I'm just totally enthralled with these little ideas that come from people like my neighbors. To me, they're new and fun.

Miriam noticed all of these apples with brown spots that were looking pretty sad and I was debating what to do with them when she said, "Oh we should make applesauce." And I was like, "Nuh-uh!" (translation, "Okay!") I love to learn these tips from her and she's a teenager, so I think she likes to teach me!

 


(She even showed me how to use my Pampered chef Apple peeler, corer, slicer thingamajig!)  To my utter amazement, all we did after peel, core, slice and chop was cook them!! I added a tiny bit of sugar (organic cane), like a tablespoon, some fresh ground cinnamon and a drop of
YL cinnamon bark essential oil. HEAVEN!! Seriously. WHY are there grocery store shelves filled with this and taking up so much space? (More organic apple trees, please!)

So, once again I found myself in a position with a whole lot of apples that looked like trash, :-( I do buy organic and am NOT a fan of waste. Thanks to Miriam, this time I knew that instead of trash I could make some delicious homemade applesauce. AND... I could call it fresh! LOL!

This is the way things ought to be! Ya think some budget-minded mommies ought to run the budgets of this country? Yeah, me too. :-)


I was cleaning out the fridge before leaving on a little trip with my family. Too bad Miriam wasn't over to show me how to use my fancy-schmancy Pampered Chef tools this time! I peeled, cored & sliced all these guys in 15 minutes using my potato peeler & nifty little corer. (link below) I cheated--I didn't chop.



Because I was dealing with larger pieces stacked about 6 inches high in the pot 
I added water to cover about halfway and set it on medium heat and went about my packing & whatnot. About 30 min later the house was full of this amazing apple smell and the slices were cooked just right. I pulled out my hand mixer stuck it in the pot and in 30 seconds I had applesauce! I had to clean up the stove after that, but it was all good! I love that I don't have to worry when I use Thieves cleaner near my food! :-)




This time I did not add sugar and I learned no sugar is even necessary. Delicious! I also sprinkled cinnamon on top too
. Woohoo! I do like a drop or 2 of YL lemon and touch of sweetness, however it comes. (coconut sugar or coconut palm sugar or stevia are great choices, too!) Lemon oil just pulls the right amount of tart into this naturally tasty snack.

Now I'm home from the trip and the kids took the remaining applesauce in their school lunches. I feel like such a smart homemaker and momma. :-) Gave m'self some applesauce applause! After all, like my mother-in-law once said, "It's the man's job to bring home the money and the woman's job to make it look like he brings home a lot more." LOL!


(Yeeeessssiiiiam!!)

I got to thinking... (sorry--can't help it) I know that there are about 60 calories in one of these smaller Granny Smith apples and wonder if there are more calories when I cook it down? Maybe it just seems like it, but I think there are! Something about the sugars, maybe? I don't understand all of that but it made me think, the more we process our food, the further we get it from it's natural state and the easier it is to eat, the higher it is in calories. Just something to think about. Still - this is a great way to rescue produce! I bet we can add pears, berries, peaches...I LOVE it! Enjoy!

Clicking on the photo below connects you to Amazon. :-)





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Friday, May 13, 2016

Convention must - haves


Team Anointed By Abba is excited for Convention this year! It's my second year (Kristina) and I am bringing my two high school compadres with me of course, Kim & Brenda, plus a few other builder members we love dearly, AND this year my family is coming, too! I had a BLAST last year with my sponsor Tracey Campbell and our parent team, Living Well Now. LWN had a TON of folks attending & it just added to the amazing atmosphere of Convention. To me it felt like what I would imagine Woodtsock being like--except with oils. :-) You need to go! And this year it's back in Utah, so I'll get to see the farm. SWOON!!! 

The blog posted recently on Lavender Lemonade has a mention or two about Convention that you should just scroll thru and look at real quick, plus a photo. :-) We'll be here while you check that out. G'head!


Welcome back! Isn't he cute? And don't you want to bring some of that home, too?

So, the most important thing for me to think about if I were new to EO and traveling would be EO carry cases. (Another reason to rank and recieve an aroma complete, right?)


Click this link (words in red or yellow lettering are links) to check out hard shell and soft shell EO carry cases, depending on your needs!

Why you need AT LEAST one: I currently own the model like the zebra striped case, but when I bought it it only came in black. (BOOOOring!!) I have 2 of them with me on a little vacation right now and I must say--I LOVE these cases. I keep them stocked with oil at home, even, because they're handy to grab and take with me for my adventures out in the big world. Hee hee! I have one for 'essential' essential oils, and one for anything extra, like if I am using a set of oils for specific targeted support.


They protect my oils! I have had a few calls of desperation from my members who've dropped their bottles of precious YLEO onto a tile floor, looking for a replacement bottle. I will mention these cases because I have dropped my entire case onto the concrete garage floor, face down while OPEN and nothing fell out and nothing broke. That's because of the tight grid pattern made of fat foamy squares. :-) These do a great job of protecting my investments.

***If you'd like to read about travel, and specifically about air travel with EO, here ya go! If not, scroll down to the pics*** 
On my trip I put one of the cases inside my hardshell luggage with all my toiletries, which was a first. I usually trust no one with that stuff and carry it on with me when I fly. Case inside a small hardshell luggage worked out great. That may be the new norm for flying.

The second case, I carried on with 'flying essentials', only because I am now TSA pre screened. I may have elected to use a much smaller case inside my purse for a short flight.

Being a TSA prescreen, I stand in a shorter line to get through security at the airport and get to keep my shoes on. :-) It took a few weeks for that process to happen, a visit to the airport with my birth certificate and driver's license and $85, which may be a tax deductible expense if you travel for your business. If you'd like information on that, click TSA PRE CHECK.

I will say that the TSA is HORRIBLY inconsistent from airport to airport and even from day to day. (pausing for a lil trauma life, here---one sec) Ok, I'm back. :-) You may or may not have to have every single essential oil you are carrying on opened and tested. (Stop hyperventilating, Kristina--it's over) You may or may not have to have every single oil loaded into ziploc baggies. The oils WILL be x-rayed, and they may be x-rayed no matter WHAT you do. I believe all luggage is now x-rayed, in fact, I HOPE it is, so...yeah. I got over demanding my oils NOT be x-rayed after a few traumatic power struggles with the TSA. LOL.

In one airport, I think it was Denver, I told the agents I did NOT want my oils x-rayed and made a big stink about the frequencies and what the oils do for me and TSA there simply opened 6 out of about 60 bottles and randomly tested them by touching a bomb-material-detecting paper to the bottle top. (eyeroll, but just a tiny one) But that was THE nicest encounter I ever had with TSA. They were very respectful of my profession and of my essential oils.

The other 20 encounters are making me want to cry, actually, I'll just sum it up by saying fly with as little as possible in your purse and carry-on. Oh yeah, I AM DRIVING TO CONVENTION THIS YEAR!!! WOOOOHOOO! :-D Big exhale.

The point I was getting to was about frequencies... When worrying about having my precious YLEO x-rayed, a wise oiler who has been in natural remedies as long as Gary Young has, advised me to simply take the bottle of EO that was x-rayed and roll it in my hands for a few minutes and let my body warm the bottle to help the oil return to the frequency it was made to have. She also suggests to pray with the intention of restoring the oil to the serve the purpose it was created for while holding the bottle. I've not experienced a single or blend not work for what I needed it for--ever, so I would say it's great advice, x-rays or not. :-)

You may click: A-store pages for carry cases and racks to see a few different types 

There are keychain sized cases, soft cloth, and hard shell cases similar to this:




They come in large, small...many choices, all from Amazon. If you don't see what you want, there will be suggestions on the side of the page made by Amazon.

CLICK ON ANY PHOTO BELOW TO CONNECT BY AFFILIATE LINK TO SEE OR PURCHASE THESE PRODUCTS, OR PRODUCTS LIKE THEM ON AMAZON.



A good option may be the keychain travel case. Keychain comes in black or purple. The tiny bottles sometimes need too much work to remove the drop reducing orifices, depending on which 5/8 dram bottle you have. The ones that YL now includes with a Premium Starter Kit are great because the have a larger hole that can even be plugged with an attached stopper and they are easier to remove for refilling. If you have the old style drop reducer, OR trouble with orifice drop reducers OR removing and replacing roller tops on ANY bottle....you may need one of these:


 This will help remove roller tops and drop reducers BUT PLEASE READ THE REVIEWS PRIOR TO PURCHASING!! It's tiny, comes with no instructions, should probably cost less and people will admit to all of that just before they RAVE about the product...


 Tiny 2 ml roll-ons! These may even fit in the keychain case...If not the keychain case they'll fit LOTS of places. These look like the type of rollers that should be stored upright, though, just FYI. They're so cute though!! I can make all kinds of blends and even stick one in my bra while at convention. LOL. On a side note, these may be the perfect sized bottle to make an annoyance free blend for my kids to take with them, just for maybe a day's worth. ;-)  Using the oils of your choice from the blend in the And Stay Off! blog, add a few drops each oil and top with a carrier... OH the possibilities!!


 DORBS...small (4 ml) and already color coded!


 This case is better suited for roll on bottles--click on the photo to see the product photos listed on Amazon & read the customer reviews.


Not just for convention, but anytime for these spray bottles...nice change from amber or cobalt blue for DIY's.


Absolute BEST roll on bottles and class company to deal with. LOVE Rivertree Life products!!!


Rivertree Life again...they make lots of different labels, and this cobo pack can be used on balms, roll ons, spray bottles and some have cute, clever blend names you can create customized for yourself!



 one word? GIDDY


 Great looking product from Rivertree Life. This may be the best option for travel DIY sprays, rather than glass. But I am still buying those pink glass spray bottles!!



Other things I know I need:

 Food grade silicone travel bottles for DIY EO infused or YL brand shampoo, conditioner, lotion, & body wash


 This charger has a ton of power and if you choose the black colored version it's currently $15.99. I am bringing 2 chargers again this year--one for my phone that will need a juicing during my long day of note taking, picture taking, checking emails, etc., and one for my portable diffusing. LOL! That may be in my room, it may be in a car, a rubber room...one never knows!


 This charger is less powerful, but I like that it is ssquare shaped. I own round ones and when I am trying to diffuse, the rolling can get annoying. :-D



 This is an idea my son Sebby came up with--portable diffusing. (Click link for a few more ideas) Plug the USB diffuser into the USB charger. So simple a child had to clue me in! This model is exactly like the YL USB diffuser, which can be finicky, but if you know the ins and outs of it already, they are so worth the money!


 If you have the YL USB diffuser or buy the one posted above, you may want to pick up a pack of these refill bottles.There are 3 per package so you can replace a lost bottle or have several designated-scent bottles if you want.

Bring snacks and an EO safe water bottle. I like that this one is double walled (insulated) and has so many features, you should just click on it and read them! It has high customer reviews, too.



Oh my gosh, I am so excited!!! I am hoping to see you all at Young Living Convention 2016!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Healthy(er) Buttermilk Pancakes

This blog is written by Anointed By Abba contributor, Kim. :-)

Kristi has an amazing passion for beauty and detoxifying the body by putting less garbage on our bodies. I love that about my BFF. Her creativity in finding ways to make lotions, sprays, cleaning materials, etc. safer for our families. That is not me. Sorry, Sarge (high school chemistry teacher) mixing and blending and chemistry is SOOOOO not my thing. But it is Kristi's. She inspires me to do better for myself. And I have done a LOT of detoxifying because of her.


Brenda is my go to for all things supplements. She knows her stuff . She researches and experiments on herself, then shares her findings with us. Her love for learning about and investigating ways to support a healthy body by adding the right STUFF is so inspiring. I need Brenda, cause that is, again, SOOOOOO not my thing.

Food. Food is my thing. Well, that and teaching. I love to cook. I love to eat. I love to eat GOOD things! Not necessarily good FOR me. When I read a blog about how kale can kill you, I rejoiced! I hate kale. It is nasty and bitter and....well, the only time I ever embraced Kale was during GISWHES season. And even GISHWHES has banned kale this year! The only thing that I dislike as much as kale is exercise. Okay, ORGANIZED exercise. I don't do group classes. Running is bad for my knees. I hate the gym. Exercise equipment causes me to break out in hives, even when I clean it with Thieves Cleaner first! So it is definitely psychological and not physiological. Now, turn on Megan Trainor, AC/DC, or Salt-N-Pepa (don't mock my musical taste!) and I will dance like a fiend and burn 10,000 calories in 5 minutes, as long as nobody is watching. Because of this love of food that isn't kale and aversion to exercise, I may have put on a few pounds over the years. Fine, I added a 10 year old child to my weight. But that has all changed, too. Blog on THAT later!

How do I deal with my love of food and reconcile that with my desire to live healthier and help my family become healthier? That has long been a challenge. But since the birth of my granddaughter, Rei and my youngest son's recent diagnosis with Bi-Polar disorder and ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), I have become obsessive in my desire to make myself and my family healthier. If you are not familiar with ASD, which I was only aware of to the level I needed as a teacher, those with ASD tend to have a gluten intolerance. Not an allergy or celiac disease, but it causes enough of a problem that I have to take a look at how we are all eating now.

My son, his wife, and my beautiful Rei.


My family loves bread. Anything made by combining flour, liquid, and usually some kind of fat makes them all happy. I tried removing bread from our house. Once. It was traumatic. We refer to that 24 hours as the dark times around here. I think my husband is still suffering flashbacks to that time, as he still hoards mini donuts in places he thinks I won't find them. When you have a family that LOVES bread, removing it is not an option. I cannot emphasis the word LOVE enough. I think the Gaelic phrase, Mo chuisle mo chroΓ­ (The pulse of my Heart, for non-Outlander fans) best describes my family's obsession with all that grainy goodness. The results? We all suffer from wheat belly and my youngest has his autism aggravated. So what am I supposed to do?


I have long been an advocate of non-GMO foods. Of sustainable, organic farming of heirloom foods. I raise my own garden with heirloom seeds and non-toxic, organic compost and pest deterrents. (Side note: if you garden, all natural and organic does not necessarily mean non-toxic when you are buying fertilizer and pesticides. Do your research!) I have looked at alternatives for grain, have my own grain mill attachment for my Kitchen Aid, and investigated how Native Americans from Arizona ate. Milling my own flour has helped, as it kept a lot of the good stuff that is taken out in traditional milling practices. But still, I was dealing with genetically modified wheat berries. Not the wheat God created, but the wheat man created.

The good news is, there is Ancient Wheat! Young Living has introduced Einkorn Wheat into their product line and I couldn't be more ecstatic! I ordered some almost immediately. When my Essential Rewards order arrived, the flour sat on my table for the remainder of the week, because I did not have time to experiment. Yet.


DISCLAIMER: This is NOT a gluten free product. This will not cure autism, celiac disease, or anything else. However, glyphosate laden herbicides are not used on this wheat and it only has 14 chromosomes, not 42 like most modern wheats.  (And some info from the wheat council about why they think this is a GOOD thing?) There is a lot of research out there on the benefits of ancient grain (Einkorn isn't the only one). Do your own research. PLEASE, I'll tell you the same thing I tell my own students - don't ever just take someone's word for something. Do your research. Find the healthier options, which I believe Einkorn Flour is.


The first thing I decided to try was pancakes. My family loves pancakes. They obsess about fluffy goodness on their plates smothered in creamy butter and sweet, sticky syrup. Over the years, I have tried and tossed out many recipes. I finally found one I love for buttermilk pancakes and decided to try it out with Einkorn.

The first thing you need to know about Einkorn is this is NOT your mother's or even your grandmother's flour. It is "wetter" and a little grainier. The feel reminds me a bit of commercial cake mix. It sticks together when you squeeze it. I read the cookbook that came with my flour and took to heart the warning to lessen the liquid added. Remember, this wheat does not have the wheat germ oil removed in the processing. This is true WHOLE wheat flour. All the parts are still there. Wheat naturally has it's own oils that are used to nourish the seed as it begins to grow. All that goodness is still part of the flour. Be prepared that this looks and feels different. And recipes will need to be adjusted.


Healthy(er) Buttermilk Pancakes

2 cups Einkorn Flour    (272 grams)                                        
2 cups well shaken buttermilk (473 ml)
2 TBSP sugar (you can use baking Stevia)                              
2 large eggs, room temp & beaten
2 tsp aluminum free baking powder                                       
1/8 cup coconut oil, melted (30 ml)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt

Sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, beat together buttermilk, eggs, and coconut oil.  Using a fork, add the wet to dry ingredients. Mix only enough to completely combine the wet and dry. Over mixing will cause your pancakes to be rubbery.


Make sure your eggs are room temperature. Also, do not melt the coconut oil in the microwave and then add it. Not only will it start cooking the eggs, the microwave also kills the good parts of the oil. Use a double boiler or a Pyrex measuring cup in a shallow pan of water.

I cook my pancakes on an electric griddle at 350° F (176°  C). If you are using a stove, medium-high heat. Check the pancakes until they are brown on the bottom, then flip. Because this flour is darker, the brown will be darker, too.



Yummy goodness!

My family was all skeptical. The first bite was taken hesitantly and with a puzzled look. But then they started eating them enthusiastically. They all, including my youngest who is VERY picky, liked them. The great thing? My husband usually eats 5-6 pancakes. He ate 3 and said he was full. The consensus, not only were the pancakes good, but they were much more satisfying. No one was hungry for another 4-5 hours. (WOW!)
The true test for me, however, was how my youngest's digestive system responded. Every hour, for the rest of the day, I checked with him. He was so happy that there were none of the usual side effects that he gets with eating pancakes. He is begging me to make him some bread out of the flour.

My family has a long way to go to be eating the way we should. To do what I REALLY want to do will require moving to a farm and raising everything organically and using heritage seeds and breeds. My vision is to make this a reality for Rei and my future grandkids and great grandkids. And I want to help my son support his body with good, nutritious, non-harmful foods, supplements, and oils that will help his body better cope with his disorders. He's a husband and daddy now. I need him to be as healthy as he can be.

My reasons to finally change

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Friday, May 6, 2016

And STAY off!

Yep, that time of year is drawing near. Where I live it's already here. There's no need to live in fear... when I carry around my favorite EO gear!



Again, huge thanks to Tracey Campbell with TLC One Drop At A Time for showing us the way! She shared this delicious scent that changed my life (Kristina) and I've put it in a solid scent for us to enjoy on the go. This scent is perfect for enjoying the outdoors annoyance-free and offers great support for our skin as well as toxin-free moisture! Winning!!!

Originally we made this fragrance without peppermint for helping both with the support of our skin and for outdoor annoyances, putting it in a 2 oz spray bottle in a witch hazel base. Feel free to do that too, using about 5-7 drops of each oil and filling the rest with witch hazel.

This solid perfume option is a better portable option for us and we also encourage you to feel free to add your favorite EO's to it, too!

Some oils Anointed By Abba will try with this in addition to Peppermint are Tea Tree and/or Thieves. Rumor has it that even more residents of the outdoors are annoyed by Tea Tree, Clove and Cinnamon. So, the more annoying we can be, the better!



Additionally, I like the idea of a balmy barrier on my skin. Things in nature that annoy me will have to get through another layer of protection--from nature! (It's like fighting fire with fire! ;-)

So making this into a solid balm was simple. If you don't already know, Anointed By Abba's favorite recipes have equal parts! This allows us to avoid common core math as well as test our goodies in teeny tiny batches. :-D We used our lip balm recipe for this, which is equal parts shea butter (or mango--whichevs), with coconut oil and beeswax. Those 3 make up our solid balm base 
as you can see in our all natural recipe below. :-) FYI, good ratio for body OR lips--very versatile--keeper.



We melted 2 tbsp of each (no honey--LOL!) in a double boiler, let it cool juuuust a bit, loaded it up with our favorite outdoor oils and poured into our containers.

We used: about 20-30 drops of lavender, lemongrass, and citronella each, and around 10-15 peppermint for this solid perfume. We may very well be able to use less oils, but I personally have a major problem with outdoor annoyances and it's well worth my money to ensure less of those. Especially since I know I am able to do so without burdening my body, my kids' bodies, or the environment with toxins. So yeah--I went heavy! (Those oils are actually pretty inexpensive in case anyone was wondering!)



There was enough balm mixture to pour one 2.5 oz deodorant tube  plus a lip balm size tube, and either are a perfect size to fit in my kids beach bags, soccer bags, and even my purse. A nice lightweight option in comparison to the spray bottle, and not breakable. If you'd like to make more than one of each, adjust your recipes accordingly!

Both of those tubes come in black too, if that helps you distinguish your outdoor balms from your indoor. ;-)




I personally dig this ladybug duct tape. Hee hee! It's sooo cute! This is how I keep from getting confused about which solid, moisturizing perfume is for outdoor use. We added a page and a half or so to the Anointed by Abba A-store that includes this duct tape as well some other options, like stickers that will work on balmdeodorant tubes or spray bottles to help you distinguish the difference between indoor & outdoor fragrances as well. :-)

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You can actually make these balms from your starter kit oils if you'd like to. Simply use up to 40 drops of Purification in place of Citronella and Lemongrass. Or follow the spray recipe and use 5-7 drops Lavender, and 10-15 Purification in a glass bottle with witch hazel. Add a few Thieves & Peppermint if you desire as well.

Young Living Lavender, Thieves and Peppermint are also part of the starter kit, with approximately 80-100 drops of oil per 5 ml bottle, you could make a few different options for outdoor annoyance free fragrance, plus many other goodies!  



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When I learned I could make all these thing for less money and without toxins (I didn't even learn how toxic commercial products were until after hanging around with other Young Living folk) I felt like I had been let in on big, well-kept secret. It shouldn't be a secret! Bring back SIMPLE! Shout it from the rooftops, folks. We can take corporate greed out of corporate hands, right here and right now---we can DIY!! That way we know what's in our products! If you would like to join our team and help teach YOUR friends how to do better, sign up to buy your Young Living Starter Kit from Anointed By Abba right here and we'll be glad to help you get started. 





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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Part 2--Tangerine & Lime Creamsicle DIY organic -TINTED- Lip Balm :-)



Earlier last week I shared a really yummy lip balm recipe--Tangerine & Lime Creamsicle.  

Then I got to feeling a lil bit experiment-y. I wanted to try a tinted lip balm.

Using this standby recipe I love and created through trial and error (cuz I loves me some equal parts!!) I trialed and errored again! (Thank you to TLC One Drop At A Time for the graphic!) There were 2 drops Stress Away, 1 Lime and 1 Tangerine essential oil added. Young Living, of course!
 












My first attempt was good, but there wasn't enough color. I experimented with this ground organic hibiscus powder and thought a 1/2 tsp. per batch was enough...but not quite! Here's what that looks like in a liquid and a solid balm:




It looks colorful in the tube, and I liked the tiny touch of color, but it didn't make a noticeable difference like I was expecting. This is great for children or women who like a very subtle enhancement. 


My next attempt was much better for what I was expecting. I added 2 tsp of the powdered hibiscus plus 1 tsp of organic cocoa powder to the full batch. It looked really dark, but it barely puts a tint on my lips. It's nice-- just enough! (scroll down to see this photo close up) There is a tiny bit of graniness to this...but it wasn't bad. I've heard much worse. LOL. Totally doable. (And I do!)


If could do it again, I would have made different colors individually in little bowls  There are SO many ways to play with colors, so I recommend making tiny test batches and finding out what YOU like.

Another idea is putting your balm in lip gloss pots. Perfect if what you have left is too small for a tube! (PS, only use plastic pots if you want to ingest poison--not even kidding) 
These are plastic pots I was blending oils in. 




😳Can you guess which one developed a large white blob in the middle and 'dried' looking 'scarred' and which one did not have essential oil? πŸ˜‚ So, yeah. Go with glass.

You can use any flavor you want in your tinted balm. For other lip balm EO combinations check out these recipes from a previous blog post. Follow the other links to even more recipes. Most important, check out the reasons we avoid buying premade balms from anyone other than YL and you'll understand why making our own lip balm is a no brainer. Please do that. Educate yourself and share with people you love.

Making your own lip balm is SO easy it's almost ridiculous! Here are links to Amazon for what you need to DIY great lip balm, (don't forget the pippettes on page 5!) and of course for Young Living essential oils, start here. They should be the ONLY brand you will choose to consume. (and we do consume what we put on our lips)


 

My daughter and I used the mini scotch tapes from the Tapefitti caddy to decorate these tubes. SO unique! You may click right on the picture below to order a caddy with 30 rolls of this cute tape (9 feet long each!) or visit our post on Poo-pouri, which has tons of easy decorating ideas for your DIY's .




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