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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Daphne Oz shares why Young Living lavender is a kitchen must-have...



You KNOW Young Living lavender is the best when Dr. Oz's daughter is singing the praises! Watch Daphne's segment on the Rachel Ray show, set to air September 27th, 2016. :-)

To see the clip, click here:
Daphne Oz's kitchen must haves...on Rachel Ray

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Best Fall Diffuser blends & more



(Note: You may want to keep this blog post as your Fall Essential Oil go-to)

I wasn't excited about it initially, but alright, fine! Welcome FALL!! It is my favorite season, after all. :-) I had JUST accepted summer. LOL. But isn't that how it usually happens?


There are a ton of these diffuser recipes out there and they're all pretty good. I think I just like this visual. My eyes go "Ah-OOO-ga" :-)


If you haven't seen this, check it out. It's just a little information explaining why aromatherapy can have such a dramatic impact on our moods and lends a little substance to why aromatherapy is a real therapy!




Interesting, that I do not feel the need to physically devour whatever it is I'm smelling from my diffuser. I'll have to investigate that...might be helpful for dieting. I sho could use a couple versions of calorie-free pumpkin pie! :-) Thanks to the Common Scents Team and the Green Team for these yUuUuUmmy blends.






















Here's a nice graphic with a variety of Fall blends. I can't help but be a little excited about the Snickerdoodle recipe. It's kind of 'my baby' and I like seeing it included Fall diffuser recipe montages like this one by Savor Simple Living. :-) Great suggestions in there. I think the Cider & Donuts blend came from Barb with Mom Off Track. 


















(LOL!! Aaaand one more for good measure... :-) 

So, these 2 stainless steel diffuser necklace are still under 6$! Get a leg up on your Christmas gifts! It's a steal on stainless steel!
http://amzn.to/2atZTsZ swirl design
http://amzn.to/2aQwzwD lotus flower necklace

HOUSWEETY Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace-Stainless Steel Locket Pendant,11 Refill Pads (Non-Engraving)

**Note: The Tree of Life diffuser necklace is now 10$--(and still a great deal--these go for up to $30!) ;-) http://amzn.to/2crhxeN



THIS is a fall recipe we can drink!! (YAY!) I kept this a 'Paleo' recipe with coconut milk and coconut palm sugar and I thought whoever created the recipe did a FANTASTIC job. This is REALLY good, folks. (I didn't even froth my milk--just warmed it on the stove--and no coffee in mine--it is DELISH!)



Whether you've been thinking about the state of the world today or ucky fall-time germs, this blend rocks. Big thanks to Jetuan Whedon for sharing the recipe dubbed "Stolen Flowers". LOL!! I would not have connected Lavender and Thieves without her and I LOVE this. It sounds weird, but you SO gotta try it! It'll be your new fave! It's going in the diffuser in my mom-cave right now. :-D



This version of Fall Leaves is my all time favorite blend, including all seasons! It's my own original recipe and it reminds me of what I used to buy at Bath & Body...minus toxins and plus health bennies!




Need an extra diffuser? Best seller on Amazon here, with over 5,000 great reviews for $16.95 http://amzn.to/2daIHfB




MY favorite non YL diffuser (without a doubt) is the German-made Jasmine. Click here: for a video showing how easy it is to use. It runs up to 22 hours! I recently used this in my son's room to prepare for company that would be staying in there. I put Thieves in the Jasmine diffuser in the morning and at night when they arrived it was still going and smelling AWESOME. http://amzn.to/2d4lK8P



Here are several diffuser recipes you might find handy all year round, and I don't believe I've seen a few of these! I am getting excited for these around Christmas. :-D If I can wait.





Click here for: Fall sugar scrub recipes 
Click here for: Fall Pumpkin Spice Lotion recipe
Click here for: my favorite Fall Lip Balm recipe
Click here for: my favorite Fall Foaming Soap recipe
Yes, I meant for this to be written really small. LOL


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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

How To Make Your Own Perfume--Best Blends for Women & Men

I enjoy being a girl! (Thank you, God!) I'm grateful for the gift God gives us in plants and for Young Living Essential Oils. I had a blast (literally!) playing around, creating DIY perfume & cologne blends with my daughter. We discovered we can spray it, we can roll it and we really do love it--all without toxins. There are links in this blog to purchase products we use from Amazon and from Young Living Essential Oils so you can make your own, too. :-)


The WHY~

I think it's important to share WHY we are having this conversation and want to get to that right off the bat. Did you know... that businesses that create products are protected by some kind of 'trade secret clause' that allows them protection from disclosing their ingredients? If you don't know this, you really need to. It's really pretty shocking! 




Even more so because the ingredients listed as 'fragrance' or 'parfum' can even be known toxins, but under the law, not only can they use that in our perfume legally, the businesses are the ones who are protected! (By not having to tell US what they put in their product!) 

They mislead with the word 'parfum' even, leading one to think it's some fancy, better-made, French fragrance...but it's not. The answer to 'What's the difference between fragrance and parfum?' from fragranceX.com is right here: "The differences are simply a matter of the amount or concentration of oils in the fragrance. The highest concentration is in pure perfume (or parfum). Next would be Eau de Parfum, then Eau de Toilette, and finally Eau de Cologne." So, parfum can potentially be more toxic!

We know that oils the fragrance industry produces and uses are not created with our best health in mind. It's 'How fast can we get something that smells good, how can we extend it, how can we preserve it and how cheap can we do it?' The answers are going to be in chemicals and solvents--not our first choice for what we want next to our skin!!



Since we're on the subject, I need you to know this isn't exclusive to the fragrance industry. As I learned while researching for alternatives in the laundry room, it's in our detergents, household cleaners, air fresheners, and products we use on our bodies, like lotion and soap just to name a few. (Because parabens weren't enough, right?! HA!) Be informed and be aware of FRAGRANCE. To me, that's the worst thing I can see in the list of ingredients. If you'd like a quick rundown on why not to use synthetic fragrance, check this out: 7 reasons not to use synthetic fragrance. But if you haven't read the laundry post, please make time to do that. That are at least 4 links in there that explain more about fragrance and one of them even made me cry. These chemicals can wreak havoc on hormones and aggravate athsma and allergies--there's a list, and its long. Fragrance has even been dubbed 'the new second hand smoke'.

I'm not saying to throw away your expensive perfume, but maybe you'll want to use it differently knowing that nobody is really regulating what's in 'fragrance'. That'll be up to you, as the CEO of your own health! I began spraying it on my clothing only - and not on my skin - shortly after learning this 'dirty little fragrance secret'. Sometime after that I stopped using storebought perfumes altogether. But I'm not ready to throw them out! πŸ˜†While in limbo here, I still want to smell good.

So, now that we have that part out of the way, let's get to the fun! :-) What CAN we use? I posted a picture with suggestions for base, middle and top notes on the Anointed By Abba Facebook page and asked YOU for your favorite blend recipes for DIY perfumes so I could share them with you, all in one place. Here are the reader's responses. I must say, you ladies are creative, unique and classy!

Joy & Orange - Pamela Whitmire
Patchouli, Grapefruit & Ylang Ylang - Tammy Dessecker Brenneman
White Angelica & Believe - Nancy Chadwick
White Angelica & Stress Away - Nancy Burton
Bergamot, Citrus Fresh, Sacred Frankincense & Vetiver - Sarah Blair
Yang Ylang & Patchouli - Teri Hobbs
Ylang Ylang - Joanne Burns says it's great all by itself...we agree. πŸ˜‰Stress Away & Lime - Leyna Barney
Frankincense & Tangerine - Linnea Edlund (yum)

Jasmine, Neroli, Royal Hawaiian  Sandalwood - Julie Hoops (2 drops each, and she lets it sit in witch hazel for 2 weeks before using πŸ˜‰)


Those are fantastic ladies! Thank you! Everything I've read about creating fragrance stresses the importance of it smelling great to YOU and feeling right for YOU. That's the whole point of this, right? So with that said there are no real rules to blending essential oils to make your own signature perfume.

There are, however, a few guidelines and these are demonstrated in the photo with base note, middle note and top note examples. I didn't know much about this before researching for this blog. Here's how those supposedly work...

The base note is sort of the anchor scent that the other scents stick to. It usually smells like doody all by itself. πŸ˜‚ Just sayin'! The middle note is sort of the focal point of the of the scent and makes some sort of harmonizing or balancing connection to the base and top note. The top note is what we usually smell first - so uplifting, refreshing and light scents work really well. The top note generally fades away the quickest, too.






In addition to that information there are also classifications on aromas, as shown below. I haven't looked into this yet, but that wheel sure is pretty, isn't it?!? Thanks to Michael Edwards for his fragrance wheel!


Here's a little bit of trivia for y'all... I read that men find the smells of sandalwood, lavender, orange, grapefruit and vanilla (click for an easy organic DIY vanilla) attractive on a woman. Pretty interesting, right? But they like bacon too, so... don't rely on that solely.

Another thing you may not have heard is that scents not only smell different ON each person and TO each person, they even smell different to each NOSTRIL in a person! Think I'm kidding? Try it! Pick 3 or 4 oils and smell them one at a time in the left nostril and then the right nostril (while plugging the other side). It's a trip! It has something to do with left brain/right brain. Our bodies are so weird and fantastic, aren't they?! What I do know... is I love my non-toxic DIY perfumes. :-)




If you'd like to create scents of your own a great way to do this without actually blending the oils together is to hold the open bottles in your hands together and drift them under your nose, so you can see what you think about how they work together. If you want to see what a blend smells like with more of one oil hold that bottle a little higher in your 'clump'. That's what I did, and it worked pretty well for me. (Please be safe, and maybe do this on a carpeted floor? I can not be responsible for klutzes or carelessness. Hee hee!)

There are a few ways to apply your perfume. Let's talk about spray first...

SPRAY SUPPLIES~


Witch hazel is good base for a spray. Witch hazel helps emulsify the oils so they don't just float on top of the liquid. The first one shown is Thayer's rose scented and also comes in lavender or cucumber scented as well. I played with the lavender and rose but I didn't feel like they added much if anything to the scent, so heads up on that if you choose witch hazel. Here's a link for Thayer's:
http://amzn.to/2cKU7ok


You could use a plain unscented witch hazel like the Humphrey's as well. 
It's also the only organic witch hazel I can locate.: http://amzn.to/2cRJA9w 


  

Another choice for an emulsifying base is a quality vodka. I get mine at Costco, the Kirkland brand, for under $14 for a gigantic 1.75 L bottle. If you are starting to think I have a drinking problem, I swear - I'm good. HahaHA! I just recently discovered so many uses for vodka around the house instead of harsh chemicals and it's a total coincissssendenenence! Hic. Truth time, I actually like the vodka better than witch hazel. I think witch hazel gets a funny smell to it after it sits for a while...

Sprays are great to get scent in more places, especially places you wouldn't want carrier oil to be, like on clothing. We don't worry about our essential oils, because with Young Living we know we're only getting pure essential oils and not sub-par oils that have been cut with extenders that might stain our clothes, or...worse.


Here is my favorite 5 ml atomizer. You might need a couple of these!

http://amzn.to/2cDpccN


 

These fancy 10 ml atomizers come 6 to a pack, travel well and have excellent reviews http://amzn.to/2b0Gh0C



http://amzn.to/2cRMv3I These are 5 ml refillable spray bottles, and actually this H&D brand had a lot of choices to check out on Amazon...

Or pick up the cheapy 1 ounce amber bottles. Those are twelve for $10 here: http://amzn.to/2cNSW4q




 (We can make these really pretty with just duct tape! See?)



Recipe Key~

Soooo, here's what you've been looking for. The blends! We loves us some new blends! These were created with a 5 ml in mind. If you decide to do a 10 ml spray or a 10 ml roll-on, just double the drops. A 1 ounce spray bottle is about 30 ml, so multiply the drops by up to 6 times.

Blends for HER~


Girls--this is AMAZING. Fruity and floral in the right balance together is so the bomb dot com...


I would like to thank Shelbi Champion-Korittky for getting me to like lime & patchouli together! You are so right cuz! Try it with lavender and don't fall in love...



Neroli is orange blossom and it stands out to me. When I smell Neroli, I am SURE I used to be a queen in another life. (I can't be the only one who feels like that. Am I?) Mmk, so this is what I wore when I was Cleopatra...


Blends for HIM~

Yaaaas. You asked for blends for HIM, and I might like these even better than the women's blends! I made these in vodka base and I can't. stop. smelling them!!!


They smell totally different, but both are rich and masculine. I know I'm biased, but I think these are the best blends I've smelled for men in a while.


Roll on supplies~

So, another way to do safer fragrance
is to make a roll-on perfume with a carrier oil, like fractionated coconut oil.  This is the brand we love. http://amzn.to/2azxzTo



I like having roll-ons too, and there's no reason we can't make our favorite blends as both a spray and a roll on. :-)

I have purchased expensive roll-on bottles and I do love them, but the bargain roll-ons work great. I've bought these myself and can recommend them with confidence:
http://amzn.to/2ai9hBy


Spray bottle or roll-on, all it takes is some duct tape to make it pretty!! 




A roll-on and spray in the same scent is appealing to me because I've heard that a scent will stick to an oily base longer than with no oily base. Some people use a spray perfume with a pre-made carrier stick like this: http://amzn.to/2dhoukA


I hope you all have fun playing with your blends and scents as much as we did! Let us know what you think. :-)
 



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Monday, September 12, 2016

How to DIY Thieves Spray

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If you're new to the essential oil idea, welcome. :-) Prepare to have your mind blown on the daily, OK? :-) Thieves essential oil is SO popular that it's probably the most imitated essential oil blend out there. Young Living made it famous when Gary Young created it to support our health based on the story depicted below, from Hannah McDonald's blog. Even if you've heard it before, I suggest you glance over it again because the words are so powerful.

During the Black Plague of 16th century, a small band of thieves were caught in the act and brought before the King, who forced them to divulge a most curious secret. The thieves had been entering the homes of plague victims and stripping the dead bodies of money, jewelry and anything else of value that could be found. Although the plague was highly contagious, not one of this morbid band of thieves ever contracted the dreaded plague even though their thefts had put them in daily contact with the dead bodies of plague victims. The King, eager to protect himself and the Royal Family, demanded to know how the thieves had avoided contracting the plague.


Soon enough, the truth came out. The thieves were all Apothecaries. Because of their intimate knowledge of the healing arts, passed down from generation to generation, they were familiar with a combination of specific plant oils that, when rubbed on the body, would protect the body from contracting this most feared and deadly disease. The King forced the thieves to divulge the specific plant oils used, and the formula for extracting them from the plants. With that vital information in hand, he was thereby able to protect himself and his family from the deadly plague.



The recipe for the thieves' oils can still be found in the Royal English Archives to this day. What's more, this story is not all that unusual. In fact, it is widely known that many perfumers and tanners in 16th century England were also able to escape the Black Plague due to the fact that the powerful, sweet smelling plant oils used in the making of various perfumes and in the scenting of leather goods exhibit phenomenal antiseptic properties.

History further reveals that virtually the entire town of Bucklersbury, England was spared from the plague, even while the residents of other towns in close proximity were dying in droves. How were the residents of Bucklersbury spared? Historians believe it was no fluke. This fortunate town was the center of the European lavender trade. Lavender is a plant, the essential oil of which is widely used in making perfume. More importantly, the oil of lavender has long been known to have powerful disease fighting properties.

Thieves is a proprietary blend of pure essential oils tested at 
Weber State University, Ogden, Utah, and found to have a 99.96 percent effective rate against airborne bacteria.


We can't link you to any studies proving the strength of this EO Powerhouse, but we do encourage you to research the constituents that make up each of the oils in Thieves such as eugenol, caryophyllene and cineole - just to name a few. (#SRSLY...mind 
blowing)

Sooo, I went back and forth spraying and testing, waiting and spraying again, over several days until I felt like it was VERY close to the recipe we all know and love. I 
studied the ingredients and added these oils:


  • 14 drops Young Living Thieves essential oil (http://bit.ly/1Vu7GJW)
  • 2 drops Clove
  • 1 drop Cinnamon Bark
  • I also added 2 drops Orange (optional, but yum)

to a 2 oz. base, using: 

  • 2 parts quality vodka and 
  • 1 part water

Don't be afraid to eyeball that. I used a 2 oz. Ningxia shotglass!


I picked up a very large bottle of Kirkland brand vodka. I've heard it's the exact same as the super fancy brands (and it sure seems like it!) but's only $13.89. That is worth lookin' for, just sayin'! :-)

You can use witch hazel if you'd like, but I can't recommend spraying that into anyone's mouth. So it depends on what you want to use your spray for.

In my first few attempts to get the recipe right I used 40 drops of Thieves and 5 drops of orange in a base of a 7:1 ratio mix of vodka to water...which worked GREAT on my mirrors! (Like, so good it took me a minute to get reacquainted with myself!) It was too 'alcoholly' to be 'Thieves spray', but it's a FABULOUS GREEN CLEANER! (sinks & toilets, too!)


If you like the label I have you can buy 6 of them for $5 (no shipping fee) from a mom I know. She makes these to help support her and her children after her husband passed away. These are 3" quality vinyl adhesive made to get wet, and they don't come off! Click here: http://www.quotethewalls.com/store/WsDefault.asp?One=714 to buy those at QuoteTheWalls.com Tricia does all sorts of labels, so be sure to look around and explore her site. If you have questions, she's happy to help.

I wished I had an 8 ounce amber bottle, (yknow brown & Thieves go together!) but the decal looks so pretty on the blue bottle, I can't complain. At the time of this blog 2 - 8 oz. glass bottles are $8 Click link or the pic: http://amzn.to/2cakUdh



If you have empties, by all means--reuse, refill! If you could use extra bottles here are a few suggestions:

I have a fine mist 2 oz aluminum bottle like these to carry in my purse. Click on the link: http://amzn.to/2c67LTW or on the photo to connect & buy these on Amazon. They're very nice, actually:



The 1 oz bottles are 12 for $10 Click the link or picture to buy on Amazon:  http://amzn.to/2cfMfgI
The 2 oz glass spray bottles are 6 for $10, have high reviews and I think they're a little prettier than the usual bottles. Click the link or the picture: http://amzn.to/2cRHu9h


So, there you go! If you need a refill in a pinch, try the DIY. You can adjust the recipe to YOUR liking with the base and the oils. YOU are the CEO of your own health. (Lavender with Thieves is quite delightful!)


As the CEO of my own health, I can ONLY recommend Young Living Essential Oils. You CAN NOT get quality like this anywhere else. Check this out:
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