My Top 5 Favorite Uses for Essential Oils (and the recipes)

I love essential oils! I started using things like herbs and oils because I didn’t want to live in fear that one of my babies would get hold of something that could badly harm or even kill them. Over the last couple of years I have worked to turn our medicine cabinets into cabinets filled with tinctures made from herbs and oils instead of what I consider poisons. I have discovered some tried-and-true concoctions and have decided to share a few. Click on the underlined name to go straight to the recipe.

[Just to let you know, I have only recently been using Young Living (read about my unboxing here) so I am by no means a brand snob. This is not a post to PR Young Living. Though I recommend the quality of YL, you do your research and buy oils you feel comfortable using on your family.]bleach21

1. Homemade bleach alternative: This is one that gets used frequently in our house. We wash a lot of whites between the 5 of us! The oil used here is Lemon so it makes it smell very nice and does a great job of brightening the whites without the harmful effects bleach can have!

2. DIY bug bite salve: Between the Purification that cleanses bites and keeps them from itching and the Lavender that helps bring the swelling down this one has been my favorite so far! Bugs also hate the smell so it can even be used as a repellent. A friend of mine used this on some tick bites on his ankle and claimed that it did way more for him than the medicine he had been using for almost a month!

3. Headache remedy: There is no link to this, because it is simple enough to just say. My husband uses this every night when he gets a migraine and swears by it. Just mix a couple drops of peppermint with about a tablespoon of oil (we use coconut or a V6 blend sold by Young Living) and rub it on the temples, forehead, and back of neck.

4. Oil pulling with a twist: You know I can’t discuss health without bring up my love for oil pulling. See my most recent update here. There are several oils you can add to bring a different detox to the table. My personal favorite is Thieves.

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5. Deodorant for sensitive skin: I choose to omit shea butter and it works great. My oil of choice for this recipe is Lavender.

Do you have any favorites? Comment below and share them!

[The opinions expressed on my blog are based on my own thoughts and experiences. Please keep in mind that I am NOT a health professional and AM NOT ALLOWED to claim that essential oils can cure, treat, or prevent illness, so please do your own research and consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet or health. You should always do what is right for you.]

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Five Books about Autumn for Your Crunchy Children!

A few weeks have gone by, and I’m still just as in love with Autumn. To continue with my love for this season, I would like to share with you some books to read to your crunchy babies this fall!

5 Great Books about Autum

1) How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow by Wendell Minor: Award-winning artist Wendell Minor imagines larger-than-download (1)life pumpkins decorating some of America’s favorite places— the Capitol dome, Mount Rushmore, the Brooklyn Bridge, even the Grand Canyon! This awesome book about pumpkins in full of fun facts and teaches a little about size and scale!

You can try one of these cute pumpkin crafts after reading. Be careful with the sharp edges.

2) Fall Leaves Colorful and Crunchy by Martha E.H. Rustad: A young girl sees leaves changing colors in Fall. She learns how the amount of sunshine affects how the leaves get food, grow, change colors, and fall. This is a cute book taking you on a leaf hunt!

3) Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert: Follow Leaf Man as the wind leaf-man-1f5ylexblows him in different directions, exploring beautiful landscapes. The illustrations are made from actual leaves. It’s a beautiful book that celebrates nature and your child’s imagination. This is a personal favorite for my boys, mostly because when we read this book, it’s usually followed by making our own leaf men!

4) Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller: Sophie takes a trip to the Farmer’s Market and gets herself a pet squash. She soon learns that her squash can’t last forever. Find out what she does when she notices changes in her new friend.35118

5) Before We Eat by Pat Brisson: This book gives children a better understanding of where their food comes from. Not “from the grocery store”. It takes you through the hard work involved in order to get the fruits, vegetables, grains, and meat they are eating, and helps them to realize how blessed they are to have food on the table. This book is perfect for Thanksgiving.

These are a few of my favorites and can be found on Amazon or FREE at your local library!