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Essential oil accessories – rollers, cases, diffuser jewelry

Where are my essential oil lovers at? This blog post is for you!

Once essential oils make their way into your world, you will find yourself slowly looking for ways to make using oils easier, whether that be to transport oils on the go or to make DIY creations with them.

Lets talk roller bottles

Roller bottles make applying oils easier and it allows you freedom to make your own blends. Young Living sells metal roller tops that easily transforms their bottles into a roller. TIP: I love putting roller tops on any stinky oils to roll on bottom of my feet. You can also mix your favorite blend in a roller bottle.

You can purchase roller bottles and roller tops through Amazon, AbundantHealth4u, most health food stores, ect

Want a cute roller holder? https://www.etsy.com/listing/544455200/3-or-5-pack-essential-oil-roller-bottle?ref=shop_home_active_6

Here are a few of my favorites:

*Immune boosts: 8 drops thieves, 3 drops frank, 24 drops carrier oil

*Outdoor bug off : 6 drops citronella, 4 drops peppermint, 4 drops purification, 28 drops carrier

*Relaxation: 6 drops lavender, 6 drops stress away, 12 drops carrier

(you can double, triple, ect these recipes depending on the size of your roller bottle)

Lets talk transportation

Who wants to cart 15 big oil bottles around in your purse? Nope, not me either. There are tons of options for you in this area. Here are travel keychain cases with mini bottles to fill. https://www.etsy.com/listing/267358135/black-essential-oil-purse-carrying-case?ref=shop_home_active_5

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There are larger travel cases that fit regular sized bottles for travel on etsy, ebay, amazon, ect.  https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/MyCharmingEssentials/tools/listings/503584198

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Lets talk Diffuser necklaces

Diffuser necklaces are an easy and fun way to wear your oils on the go. Upset stomach while driving? Add some ginger or peppermint to your necklace. Feeling stressed out? Add some Stress Away, Lavender, or Grounding to your diffuser necklace or bracelet.

There are tons of other accessories not covered but I hope this was helpful as a tiny glimpse inside the world of essential accessories!

 

 

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Why Should I Care About Makeup Ingredients?

There once was a time that I believe that if a product was on the shelf that it was safe. THEN, I discovered that the FDA and similar agencies were regulatory agencies and not necessarily focused on safety. I also discovered the Think Dirty app. If you don’t have the free app, then you NEED to download it. Do it, today. You can type in most products and it gives you a rating of 0-10. The goal is to have your products be rated 5 or below. You can also click on the ingredient list and see what it in your products.

I learned that many ingredients in our everyday shampoo, moisturizers, cleaners, creams, ect were high on carcinogenic, endocrine disrupting, and overall immune suppressing. YUCK. I can not use (fill in the blank) all over my face, on my 5 year old, spray in the air, wipe down counters, ect and not expect it to have some sort of consequence. Simply looking at the state of our health in the United States and you will see why you should care too!

Makeup is a big one for the ladies. They are filled with ingredients that are banned in many other countries. Ingredients that go into our bodies. Formaldehyde?  Lead? Dyes? Parabens? PROBLEM! What is a lady to do?

I found some great makeup at With Simplicity and Young Living Savvy Minerals that filled the bill. The liquid foundation at With Simplicity smells divine and it doesn’t have the junk that is harmful. The Savvy line at YL is amazing and has recently had a huge color assortment added including foundation, lip stick, lip gloss, eye shadow, blush, lip scrub, bronzers, ect.

 

Full Product line: https://issuu.com/youngliving/docs/savvyminerals.by.yl_catalog.docx

Savvy Mineral is free from all of the toxins that should have never been allowed in our makeup from the beginning.

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Because I soooo believe in these products, I want to help people get it in their home. I am offering $25 off the 9 pc starter set, making it $125 (or $13 each) – you cant even get that kind price at Ulta! Simply click the link below and choose your set. Within 48 hours, you will receive your choice of $25 product credit or $25 paypal cash rebate. Don’t wait, you will be so glad that you took this step in getting toxins out of your makeup routine plus look amazing at the same time. Check out my before and afters!

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Food and recipes

“Fat” is our friend? Beneficial snacks

Growing up in the 80s and 90s, “fat” and “calories from fat” took on a big negative step back. Everything was packaged as “fat free” and everyone thought they were eating the healthier options. It had to be better, right?

Wrong.

The calories and fat were removed but replaced with nutrition void fillers.  In fact, our bodies NEED healthy fats to maintain health. I am not talking about fat from Big Macs. I am talking about healthy fats from almonds and avocados.

I love avocados and spent years avoiding them because they contained so much fat. As I learned about healthy fats, that was the first thing I incorporated into my diet. Guess what happened! I lost weight.

Our bodies will store sugars and calories into fat if our bodies are being starved of healthy fats. Coconuts are another healthy fat and they are amazing.

There are 2 kinds of coconut that you can easily purchase – young coconuts which looks like this: th

And older coconuts, which look like this.

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The main difference between white/young and brown/mature coconuts is that the white/young coconut produces more water, the brown/mature coconut produces more meat. The meat of the white coconut is gelatinous and not very flavorful. The meat of the brown coconut is thick, fibrous and full of flavor.

We recently purchased an older coconut. It is important to shake it first to hear the liquid inside. If you do not heard the coconut water, then it is either bad or has had a crack that has leaked the water. You do not want this.

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We used a screwdriver (gently pounded in by a hammer) to make 3 small holes that we could drain the coconut water. After we removed the water, we strained it and drank it. Its also great for cooking and recipes.

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We then took the hammer and pounded until a hairline crack would go around the coconut. We were then able to break it apart. After we removed the outer hard shell from the coconut meat, we then took a veggie peeler and pleaded the thin inner layer off.

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The best part of the coconut meat is that it is soooo filling and full of fiber and nutrition. Its the perfect car snack and midnight snack.

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HEALTHY fat is not our enemy and something our body needs. Don’t hesitate to grab an avocado, coconut, or almonds and ENJOY!

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Simplify and Minimize

Minimizing. Not what you think you might see in a health blog. But, hear me out.

As I have mentioned before, this blog is about my journey of healthy living. A current progression and movement. I am not an expert in health or nutrition but I want to share the things that I have learned in the past 3 years since I began my journey.

As I continue to learn about health, finish up going completely chemical free, and learn about nutrition, one thing that I keep seeing is the toll that our distractions take in our life. Maybe its the therapist in me.

Have you ever sat and watched a dramatic show and looked down and your snack was completely gone and you don’t remember eating it… at all? Just as the movie distracted us, so does the busyness in our lives. At face value, it might not mean much but it can take a toll on our emotional health as well as distract us from more meaningful things.

I am guilty as most of us are of distraction. I have had my little boy tell me “put down your phone mommy”. Yikes. We seem to seek out distraction. Like if it validates us or makes us important. But, what if we sat outside on a park bench without our ipod, cell phone, or book for a few hours? What if we just sat and took in our surroundings? Could most people even do that for more than a few minutes?

In the same fashion, as I have started thinking about the idea of minimizing chaos, I have noticed how many “things” I have that do not add value. Not only do they not add value but they distract. Who needs 4 sets of shampoo and conditioner in a shower? A month after taking 2 sets away, I realize how less chaotic my shower felt. Silly example, but its true. 3 lotions on the bathroom counter in addition to the other 15 products were overwhelming not to mention making it harder to clean. Who needs 5 things on their piano? 2 looks much better and adds relaxation.

I spent the past 2 months simplifying things around the house. I am no where close to feeling organized or in control of the excess but the steps that I have made have felt wonderful.

Right now, I am thinking through these 3 steps to simplify my life and have a healthier home:

  1. Does this bring me happiness?
  2. Does this add value to me, my family, or my home?
  3. Clearing the space for a few days and introduce a few things back and see what you think. Its amazing how the excess things lose their value when you step back and see less chaos.

I invite you to take an inventory of the chaos of your life. The busyness. Are you able to find joy in life? If you are like me you love life but you could use a little less distraction. Minimizing. Simplifying. It all has a part in a healthy life.

Essential oil, Food and recipes

Cooking with essential oils

Most of you know that you can cook/bake with essential oils. Maybe you don’t know but let me tell you how easy it is!!

Just like herbs (the dried leaves), essential oils are the liquid distilled from the plants. They can but used the same way.

Basil in your pasta sauce, Lavender Lemonade, Peppermint brownies, Lemon and Thyme on grilled chicken. The list goes on.

One thing to keep in mind – – a little goes a long way! I use only THREE drops of peppermint in my brownies.

Cooking with oils also allows you to be creative. So fun. We decided to make some organic orange dark chocolates. Sure, its dessert but sometimes you gotta splurge.  Even when you have some treats, it can still be health-ified. Wait, is that a word?

Check out what my 4 yr old and I made today! Organic orange dark chocolate roses.

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For a beyond easy hack, we took some organic chocolate bars from Traded Joes and added some solid coconut oil, a little shreaded coconut, and sliced almonds.

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After melting it, we added 4 drops of Young Living essential oils (click here to order yours: http://www.tinyurl.con/KellyMcCormackYL) before pouring into molds. 20 minutes later we were eating our dessert. So YUM!