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Keep the Cooties Away Insect Repellant

February, the longest month of the year, or so it seems, has just passed us by and before we know it spring will be here.  We’ll be out in our yards and gardens … and so will all the bugs. Use this super easy bug repellant to protect yourself naturally.

Keep the Cooties Away Insect Repellant ~ Essential Anew5 drops eucalyptus
2 drops orange
4 drops lavender
2 drops lemon
8 drops cedarwood
1 drop peppermint
1 drop clove
1 drop cinnamon
2 ounces carrier oil such as jojoba, grape seed, or sweet almond oil

Mix it all together and store in a cobalt blue bottle.  Apply liberally keeping out of eyes.

Keep the Cooties Away Insect Repellant ~ Essential Anew

Ready for Summer Fun

The groundhog has predicted six more weeks of winter … but, in other parts of the country he said summer is on it’s way.  Either way, summer is coming, though we have a cold front coming to south Texas this week which will drop our temperatures down into the mid-60s.  Sorry New York.

We’ve had our windows and back doors opened the last few weeks and the mosquitos are starting to come to life.  There is nothing more irritating than finally getting out in the sunshine and being attacked by gnats and mosquitos or brushing through shrubs, brush and trees that can sting and prick.

Mosquito or other insect bites ~ if they don’t require much attention just dab a little Lavender or Tea Tree EO for relief.  Both Chamomile and Lavender EOs reduce swelling, itching and inflammation, and together with tinctures of Echinacea and Plantain often you can avert an allergic response. (If an allergic reaction does happen, take 1/2 t. Echinacea Tincture internally).

Following are blends to be made ahead of time and stored in glass blue bottles for use when needed.

Ready for Summer Fun with Essential Oils ~ Essential Anew

Outdoor Owie Cure
3 drops each:
Tea Tree
1 oz. calendula infused oil
Mix together, store in a blue glass bottle and shake before using.
This remedy is excellent for skin irritations, bites, stings, burns, inflammation, bruises or scrapes.

Many people will use clay for bee stings and insect bites, but adding essential oils and tinctures to clay will keep the poultice reconstituted, preserved and ready for use.  As the clay dries it pulls toxins from stings and bites to the skin’s surface and keeps them from spreading.  It will also pull out puss or splinters.

Summertime Clay PoulticeGet read for Summer with Essential Oils ~ Essential Anew
12 drops Lavender EO
1 tablespoon bentonite clay
1 teaspoon each:
Echinacea Root Tincture
Chamomile Flowers Tincture
Plantain Leaves Tincture
Put clay in storage container. Add the tinctures slowly, stirring as the clay absorbs them. Add lavender oil, stirring to distribute it evenly. Store poultice in a container with a tight lid to slow dehydration; it will last at least several months.  If the mixture dries out, add distilled water to reconstitute it.

Many people don’t care for the smell of Citronella EO, a traditional repellant, but this formula smells great.

Keep the Bugs Away SprayReady for Summer Fun with Essential Oils ~ Essential Anew
5 drops Eucalyptus EO
2 drops Orange EO
4 drops Lavender EO
2 drops Lemon EO
8 drops Cedarwood EO
1 drop Peppermint EO
1 drop Clove EO
1 drop Cinnamon EO
2 ounces Carrier Oil
Mix together, store in a glass blue bottle.  Apply liberally. Keep out of eyes.

Essential Oils Basics

Essential Oils have become more mainstream. But before you use them it is important to understand and know how to use these very powerful oils. So today I bring you Essential Oils Basics.

Essential Oil Basics with Recipes ~ Essential Anew

*Always store essential oils in a cool, dark place with caps tightly secured. Air and light are the great offenders of essential oils.
*ALWAYS properly dilute essential oils before you use them on skin or in the bath.
*ALWAYS keep essential oils away from eyes.
*If you are pregnant consult a qualified health practitioner before using any essential oil preparation.
*Do NOT ingest essential oils except on advice of a qualified healthcare professional.

REMEMBER ~ Blends are most effective when combining 2-5 EOs. Keep in mind these ratios when blending.

Mixing and Blending Essential Oils

Air Freshener ~ Fill a 4 oz. spritzer bottle with distilled water and add 40-60 drops EO. Always shake before spraying.

Bath ~ To relieve tension, muscle aches, sluggish circulation, and general fatigue simply add essential oils to a bath. Add 5-10 drops of pure EO to 1 tsp. of carrier. Use a natural bath gel base, natural shampoo or grape seed oil. Add to a fully drawn bath and gently stir into bath water just before getting in. Relax in tub for 20 min. and rest for another 30 minutes after. NOTE: Never add EOs to bath without diluting first. “Hot” and citrus oils added to a bath may cause irritation to sensitive skin.

Essential Oil Basics with Bath Recipes ~ Essential AnewTry Using these Blends:
Calming, Soothing Bath ~ Lavender, Rosewood, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Jasmine, Geranium, Neroli or Petitgrain, Frankincense, Patchouli, Mandarin, Spikenard, Tangerine, Angelica, Sandalwood
Energizing, Toning Bath ~ Spruce, Rosemary, Juniper, Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Pine, Fir, Basil, Lime
Winter, Detox Bath ~ Rosemary, Ginger, Black Pepper, Eucalyptus, Pine, Fir, Spruce, Myrtle, Lavender, Juniper, Cypress, Cardamom, Tea Tree, Laurus Nobilis, Ravensara
Summer, Cooling Bath ~ Lavender, Geranium, Rose, Juniper, Spearmint, Palmarosa, Lime

Foot Soaks ~ Everyone benefits from foot treatments; a foot soak can revive, relax or restore your entire system. These effective remedies can easily be done yourself. Fill a tub for your feet with water and stir in essential oils. After soaking, wrap feet in a large towel and relax an additional 5-10 minutes.

Essential Oil Basics Foot Bath Recipe ~ Essential Anew

Try these blends:
Soothing, Stress-Release Foot Bath ~ Use very warm to hot water, soak feet for 20 minutes, add 12 drops Marjoram, 2 drops Lemongrass and 6 drops Cedarwood
Reviving, Fortifying Foot Bath – Use very cold to icy water, soak feet for 5 minutes, add 10 drops Pine, 5 drops Peppermint, 5 drops Rosemary
Cleansing Foot Bath ~ Use tepid to warm water, soak feet 15-20 minutes add 8 drops Lemon, 8 drops Eucalyptus, 8 drops Tea Tree

Body Balm ~ To enjoy your own custom lotion add 15-20 drops EO for each ounce of lotion base.

Body Spritzer ~ Mix 4 oz. distilled water or pure floral water with 30-50 drops of pure EO. Shake well before each use. Remember always avoid spraying EOs in eyes.

Quick Cool Therapy ~ To quickly revive the senses and increase mental acuity, put a few drops of EOs on an icy cold damp cloth, apply over or wrap around hands, back of neck or feet. Try this with 2 drops Rosemary, 1 drop Basil and 3 drops Eucalyptus.

Inhalation ~ Place 2-5 drops of pure EO on a clean tissue, inhale. A quick method would be to rub a few drops of EO in the palms of your hands, then inhale. To revive your senses use Rosemary EO.
Try using these blends:
Energizing ~ Rosemary, Basil, Eucalyptus, Pine, Lemon, Fir, Peppermint, Grapefruit, Tangerine, Spearmint.
Calming/Sedative ~ Lavender, Chamomile, Bergamot, Neroli or Peititgrain, Rose, Clary Sage, Marjoram
Soothing ~ Lavender, Rose, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Angelica, Neroli or Petitgrain, Mandarin, Lime, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense

Steam Inhalation ~ Pour steaming hot water into a glass or stainless steel bowl. Add 5 drops of

Essential Oil Basics with Steam Inhalation Recipe ~ Essential Anew

essential oil combination (Breathe Easy, ImmuBoost Extra) to the water. Close eyes to avoid irritation, drape a towel over your head and bowl and inhale 3-5 minutes. Repeat several times a day as needed. Useful for sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, and other respiratory issues.

Steam Facial/Sinus Inhalation ~ Place 5-8 drops of EO into a bowl of hot water. Sit comfortably, your face over the vapors with a large towel covering your head and the bowl. Remember to keep your eyes closed. When the water cools, rinse your face with cool water and apply a true floral water, a hydrolat or hydrosol, hydrating toner or soothing facial oil.
Try these blends:
Facial Cleanser/Detox ~ Lavender, Chamomile, Fennel, Tea Tree, Bergamot, Geranium, Laurus Nobilis, Eucalyptus, Ravensara
Sinus Congestion ~ Lavender, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Pine, Fir, Peppermint, Spruce, Frankincense

Full Body Massage ~ Add 10-15 drops of pure EO to 1 oz. of carrier such as grape seed oil, sweet almond oil, olive oil, massage lotion or body butter.

Partial Body Massage ~ Add 20-40 drops pure EO to 1 oz. carrier.
Try these blends for pain. Massage on painful areas as needed:
Everyday Aches and Pains ~ Rosemary, Juniper, Lavender, Helichrysum
Cool Penetrating Relief ~ Peppermint, Juniper, Cajeput, Eucalyptus
Deep Warming Relief ~ Ginger, Black Pepper, Eucalyptus, Juniper

Compress is a simple, but powerful form of treatment that is too often overlooked. A compress is basically cloth saturated in hot or cold water and applied to a specific area of the body. The placement, temperature and moisture content determines its effectiveness. To greatly enhance the benefits of a compress treatment just add essential oils.

In a clean bowl mix 6-10 drops of EO with 8 oz. of steaming hot or icy water. Place a clean cloth into the bowl of water with essential oils and wring out enough excess water so that the cloth is not dripping. Place this cloth compress on the desired area, cover the compress with plastic wrap and top snugly with a large dry towel. Use soothing essential oils such as Lavender, Chamomile, Helichrysum, Laurus Nobilis or Ravensara.
Use a Hot Water Compress to increase circulation, apply for 2 hours. Use a Cold Water Compress to reduce swelling, apply for 30 minutes.

Ratios to Remember
Full Body Application ~ 10-15 drops of EO per 1 oz. of base
Partial Body Application ~ 20-40 drops of EO per 1 oz. base
Facial Blend ~ 6-10 drops of EO per 1 oz. base
Bath ~ 5-12 drops EO to bath water
Skin Care Tonic ~ 10-15 drops EO per 2 oz. distilled water
Body Spritzer ~ 15-25 drops EO per 2 oz. distilled water
Room Freshener ~ 20-30 drops EO per 2 oz. distilled water

Measurements to Remember
30 mL= 1 oz. or 2 Tablespoons
15 mL= 1/2 oz. or 1 Tablespoon
5 mL= 1/6 oz. or 1 teaspoon


Help for Arthritis and a Few Blend Recipes

The sun is finally showing its face after weeks of hiding out, but it seems to cool down a little more in the evening.  That got me thinking of my mom in Idaho and how cold it is there.  She suffers from arthritis in her hands; I know the cold is difficult for her.

So, to help my mom out I am sharing two recipes and a few suggestions to help with arthritis pain. As always, consult your doctor if you are on special medications and to get approval to use aromatherapy.

With arthritis uric acid build up needs to be eliminated, and new accumulations must be prevented. The body needs to be stimulated to repair damaged surfaces as much as possible on its own. Circulation to arthritic joints must be improved to drain off wastes and improve nutrition to the tissues.

Essential oils can be used in a various ways to achieve results. Detoxifying oils, such as Cypress, Fennel, Juniper and Lemon are used in baths and massage to help release poisons. Painkilling oils, such as Chamomile, Lavender and Rosemary are used in baths, local massage or compresses on affected joints, and local circulation can be improved by the use of Ginger and Marjoram.

When heat is applied to painful, stiffened joints through baths, hot compresses or warming massage, it is very important to move the joints as much as possible immediately afterwards, otherwise heating can cause congestion which will make the condition worse rather than better.  Any of these forms of treatment will reduce pain in the joint and make some movement possible.

There are many Essential Oils, as listed above, that can give relief to arthritis pain; through trial and error you will find the combination that works best for you.  Remember to NEVER apply Essential Oils directly to the skin ~ ALWAYS dilute oils with your favorite carrier oil.  To begin use a 1% dilution and increase up to 3%.  Massage oils into the affected area at least twice a day and as much as needed.  A 1% dilution would be 6 drops of Essential Oil to 2 Tbs. (1 oz.) of carrier oil or massage lotion.

Clove Bud Essential Oil can give tremendous relief.  Mix 12 drops of Clove bud oil in 2 ounces (4 Tbs) of your favorite carrier oil.  Don’t mix it any stronger as Clove Bud can be irritating to the skin.

Warm My Joints Arthritis Bath Soak ~Essential Anew

Warm My Joints Arthritis Bath Soak
4 drops Juniper berry EO
2 drops Lavender EO
2 drops Cypress EO
2 dropsRosemary EO
Add this blend to a bath while filling or just after filling and soak for 20-30 minutes.


Warm My Joints Arthritis Massage Oil ~ Essential Anew

Warm My Joints Arthritis Massage Oil
6 drops Chamomile  EO
4 drops Marjoram EO
3 drops Coriander EO
3 drops Rosemary  EO
2 drops Vanilla Blend or Vanilla Absolute
1 drop Black Pepper EO
1 drop Ginger EO
2 ounces (4 Tbs.) Carrier Oil of your choice.

Blend well in a glass bottle. Massage daily into legs, knees or other sore joints.

Soothe a Throat and Chest Tea

As I child the worst thing I had to tell my mom was that I had a sore throat.  I had my share of sore throats in my early school career as I had strep throat at least monthly. There was only one remedy.  I use that term loosely, it never seemed to remedy the problem and tasted

Soothe a Throat and Chest Teahorrible. Salt water.  I don’t remember my mom ever making the salt water for me, that was up to me,especially when I was older.  Sometimes I would barely add salt and other times I would dump a lot in depending on how badly my throat hurt.  Either way, it never helped and I suffered through the sore throat.  Help is on the way!  This yummy tea will soothe a sore throat and is an excellent expectorant.   The best thing about the tea is that you can make it when you are ill, but you don’t have to wait to be ill to drink it.  It is delicious anytime.  This warming tea will help you feel restored and comfy.  It is even good in the summer as a cold tea.

Soothe a Throat and Chest Tea for Two 

2 cups boiling water
1 teaspoon dried echinacea fresh edible flower (or roots)
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh ginger
1 lemon, juice of, freshly squeezed
1 teaspoon honey (or more to taste)

In a teapot, pour the boiling water over the echinacea and chopped ginger.
Cover and steep for 10-15 minutes.
Add lemon juice and honey and stir to mix. Strain and pour into 2 mugs.
Serve warm and enjoy!

Vanishing Wrinkle Blend

The years are rolling along and it seems each year I find a new fine line or added wrinkle.

Here’s a Vanishing Wrinkle Blend to use to erase the years.
Vanishing Wrinkle Blend
10 drops Neroli EO
10 drops Lavender EO
10 drops Frankincense EO
2 drops Rosemary EO
10 drops Fennel EO
3 drops Lemon EO
10 drops Carrot EO
10 drops Evening Primrose EO

Dilute essential oils in 30 mls in either Hazelnut or Apricot Kernel oil. Apply nightly to face, neck and chest.

Vanishing Wrinkle Blend


A Cold, the Flu and a Hot Cup of Tea

Several years ago I picked up an herbal healing book (okay, it was more like nearly two decades ago), in it I found this amazing recipe for helping colds and flu.  I have long since packed the book away, but the recipe was written down faithfully in my personal recipe book for safe keeping.  One night I was telling my mother-in-law about this amazing drink and she said, “That sounds like a hot toddy.”  Well, we don’t drink so I still don’t know what a hot toddy is, but I do know that it is my go to “medicine” when I start to feel a cold or the flu coming on.

How to Brew a Cup of Healing TeaMy husband likes to tease me about being an alcoholic when I start to brew a cup.  I just remind him how much alcohol is in his Nyquil and he stops the teasing.  😉  About ten years ago I read about a man who swore by Cayenne Pepper to “cure what ails you.”  So, during an especially grueling cold I added a titch of Cayenne Pepper and it did the trick.  All the congestion was cleared up so nicely (just be sure to have a few tissues around while drinking tea with Cayenne Pepper).  This is now my secret ingredient to my wintertime ills.  It is such an easy tea to brew I always keep the ingredients on hand and need it so rarely they last for quite a while.

A Tea to Cure What Ails You

Brew a cup of herbal tea to cure what ails you 2 c. water, Small stick of Cinnamon, and a few whole Cloves (5-6). Bring this to a low boil and simmer for about 3 minutes. Turn off the heat and add 2 t. Lemon Juice, 1 1/2 T. Honey or Blackstrap Molasses, and 2 T. good quality Whiskey.  Stir well, cover and let steep 20 minutes. This is where I add a titch of Cayenne Pepper. Just remember, the more you add the more your nose will run. Drink 1/2 cup at a time every 3-4 hours.  This is what the directions say, but I usually find that I drink the 2 cups up and make more, if needed. I have also found that you need to strain the Cinnamon and Cloves out of the brew or it becomes bitter if you don’t drink it right away.

How to Make Your Own Anti-Bacterial EO Combination AKA Thieves®

It has been said that during the plague thieves would go through all the corpses to see what goods were left behind.  To protect themselves from contracting the plague it is also said that they used a blend of oils or spices.

Wives’ Tale?  Perhaps.  But, today a blend has been used in much the same way … minus the plague.  Thank goodness!

Try making this blend and using it as a an oil, in your hand or body soap to help disinfect and keep illness at bay.  Let me know what you think.  How does it work for you?

This makes about 280 drops, enough to fill a 15ml bottle

80 drops Clove Bud oil
70 drops Lemon oil
40 drops Cinnamon oil
30 drops Eucalyptus Radiata oil
20 drops Rosemary oil
Up to 40 drops total other oils such as Tea Tree, Frankincense and/or Lavender

Add oils to your EO bottle and use topically with a carrier oil or in a diffuser (without a carrier oil).

Eucalyptus oils have a component that is poisonous.  Remember, you would need to ingest 3.5 ml of Eucalyptus oil to be fatal. Be safe, keep these oils out of the reach of children. Make sure to read the labels on your essential oils bottles carefully before using.

Remember that it is never safe to ingest essential oils, always use topically diluted with your choice of a carrier oil such as coconut or grape seed.  You may also choose to add it to your hand soap or body wash.

Use this oil in a mixture of coconut oil as a mouthwash to help with dental issues, wound care, cleaning and disinfecting, for illness rub on chest or diffuse (without a carrier oil).  Be sure to use your carrier oil when using on your body.

Thieves Blend

This post is not meant to diagnose or treat your ailments, always seek medical advice when sick or ill.

DIY Foaming Hand Wash

DIY Foaming Hand Wash

This Christmas we bought a lot of foaming hand soap on sale at a very popular shop that sells soaps and lotions.  Instead of throwing away the empty bottles I’ve been keeping them and filling them with my own soap. Here’s a recipe for you to make your own moisturizing sweet smelling foaming hand soap.

DIY Foaming Hand Wash

  • 2 T. Unscented Castile Soap
  • 2 1/2 t. Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • 15-20 drops of Essential Oils of your choice

Pour ingredients in repurposed bottle and fill remainder of bottle with water.  Be sure to leave enough room to tighten the pump on.  And Voila! You’ve got your own sweet smelling foaming soap.  It’s that easy! Ideas for EOs to use:

  • Tea Tree and Orange, use at least twice as much Orange than Tea Tree
  • Lavender, Peppermint, Lemon, use less Peppermint as it tends to be overpowering, maybe 5 drops and then 10 drops each of Lavender and Lemon
  • Geranium and Lavender
  • Serenity EO Blend (Lavender, Tangerine, Marjoram)
  • Sunrise EO Blend (Lemon, Rosemary, Lavender)
  • Or try any of our other EO Blends

Make yours today and see how easy it is!

How to Clean your Microwave Fast and Easy

How to Clean your Microwave Fast and Easy

I remember … about a decade ago when this great little product came out. I don’t even remember who made it, but you would open the package and pull out a damp cloth full of chemicals, put it in your microwave, turn on the microwave and then wipe it clean with the cloth. Of course, you can do the same thing at home without all those chemicals.

Get a regular kitchen sponge soaking wet. Now, in a spray bottle add about 2 or 3 oz. of water and mix in 5-6 drops of lemon EO. Shake it up and spray your microwave walls, floor, top and plate. Spray it good. That’s it! Turn the microwave on for about 2 min., let the sponge sit for another minute and let the lemon and moisture do its work. Then just wipe it out! That’s all you have to do! The lemon will help disinfect the microwave and the moisture will loosen all that gunk. An easy fix for a dirty microwave.

Clean Your Microwave the Fast and Easy Way