Monday, September 23, 2013

Essential Oil Room Freshener Sprays






A quick and easy way to fill your home with whatever smells you like is to mix a bottle of room freshener spray. All you need is a spray bottle, some witch hazel, water and your Essential Oils of choice.

I use an 8 ounce bottle, it you only have a 4 ounce, just cut the recipe in half. 

If you have unscented Witch Hazel, it will work best for these sprays, simply because your scent will change with a scented Witch Hazel. Some scented Witch Hazel, however, has such a subtle scent it likely won't make much difference. If your Witch Hazel scent will blend with the particular spray you're making, or you like the way it smells, by all means use what you have. It's your spray, make it work for you. An alternative is to use vodka...we are a non alcohol household so it's Witch Hazel for me.  I've read that rubbing alcohol won't work, but I have no idea why.

There are many diffuser blends posted on blogs, Facebook pages, etc. Most of us have our favorites, mine usually depends on the time of year and my mood!

A good rule of thumb is to take your favorite diffuser blend, multiply it by four and you have a pretty strong room spray. I'd say somewhere between 25 and 30 drops of Essential Oils combined. It just depends on how strong you want your spray. If it's too subtle, just increase the recipe.

I suggest spraying fabric items, your curtains, furniture, etc for the smell to linger longer.(linger longer? Try saying that fast ten times)


Harvest Time Room Spray


I know you're all wanting my little pumpkin truck. Isn't it the cutest thing? 
You can find them at Hobby Lobby. 




Some suggestions:



Harvest Time Spray


4 ounces unscented Witch Hazel
4 ounces water
10 drops White Fir EO
7 drops Cinnamon Bark EO
7 drops Clove EO
4 drops Ginger EO



Calm Rain Spray


4 ounces unscented Witch Hazel
4 ounces water
12 drops Zen EO Blend
12 drops White Fir EO



Here's Hope Anti-Depressant Spray


4 ounces unscented Witch Hazel
4 ounces water
8 drops Bergamot EO
8 drops Ylang Ylang EO
8 drops Black Pepper EO


Good Morning Sunshine Spray


4 ounces unscented Witch Hazel
4 ounces water
8 drops Peppermint EO
8 drops Wild Orange EO
8 drops Lemon(or other citrus) EO


A Walk In The Woods Spray(this blend I multiplied by 3 rather than 4)


4 ounces unscented Witch Hazel
4 ounces water
12 drops White Fir EO
9 Cypress EO
6 Vetiver EO(if Vetiver is too strong for you, reduce the amount)



A Woodsy Winter Day Spray(this blend I multiplied by 3 rather than 4)


4 ounces unscented Witch Hazel
4 ounces water
9 drops Birch EO
9 drops White Fir EO
9 drops Cypress EO



Go Smell The Flowers Spray


4 ounces unscented Witch Hazel
4 ounces water
8 drops Lavender EO
8 drops Geranium EO
8 drops Black Pepper EO(black pepper EO combined with Geranium EO gives a carnation smell)



To buy your oils please visit Spark Naturals.

As always, use coupon code PATTI at checkout for 10% off your order.

Shipping is always only $6.49 for all orders.





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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Homemade Ring & Jewelry Cleaner

I'm not much of a jewelry person, I don't like the feeling of being encumbered, so mostly I just wear my wedding rings and occasionally a birthstone ring.

I do have a Mother's Ring, with four stones in it, but my middle son fell out a while back and I just haven't had it fixed yet. Somehow, it just doesn't seem right to wear it with a kid missing.

I'm famous for losing my garden gloves and they just bother me anyway, so needless to say, my rings(and fingernails) get pretty dirty after a bit of digging in the dirt.

Outside isn't the only place your rings get dirty however.....the kitchen is just as bad for me. I'm always forgetting to remove my rings before mixing something that requires using the hands.

I have a simple make it yourself ring cleaner that I use, no sense in paying money for expensive cleaners when you can make them sparkle with a couple of household items you have on hand.

I saved the tray and brush from a jar of jewelry cleaner I had bought previously, but a toothbrush works just as well.

I use a mason jar large enough for the tray to fit. This isn't absolutely necessary. If you don't have one, just use any jar you like. I save my solution and use it again.

I actually have two recipes that I'm going to share with you.

Baking Soda Recipe


Ring Cleaner Recipe #1

4 ounces water
1 tsp baking soda
3-4 drops Wild Orange or Lemon Essential Oil
3-4 drops Liquid Castile Soap

Mix well, soak rings for a few minutes, brush to clean and rinse under clean water.

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Witch Hazel Recipe


Ring Cleaner Recipe #2

4 ounces Witch Hazel 
3-4 drops Wild Orange or Lemon Essential Oil
3-4 drops Liquid Castile Soap

Mix well, soak rings for a few minutes, brush to clean and rinse under clean water.

You can use more or less liquid, depending on the size container and how much jewelry you have.


If you need a citrus oil to use in this, you can find them here:


Use coupon code PATTI at checkout for 10% off your order every time!

Happy Cleaning!


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Make it in Five Minutes Clothespin Bag

I've been in the market for a new clothespin bag ever since I left mine on the line back when it was actually raining in East Texas. That was when I first realized that my "bought at WalMart" clothespin bag wasn't actually made of cloth, but some sort of paper very deceitfully designed to look and feel like cloth. At first look at the disaster that was hanging by threads and clothespins on the line, I was sure that our new dog had tried to snatch it off the line and tore it to shreds(my sincere apologies, Tank.) However, on closer inspection, the deception was finally realized.

So, I've been needing a new one and I've browsed around online, but I just haven't taken the plunge and actually ordered one. I don't know why it's such a difficult choice...it's just a clothespin bag, right?

I've also been needing a new set of sheets for our bed(and you're wondering what on earth this has to do with clothespin bags...hang in there), so I ran across some Shabby Chic sheets that were almost a match to the Shabby Chic comforter set I'd bought a couple of months ago. I just love Shabby Chic stuff, but it's rawther pricey, so when I find a sale, I'm a happy camper!

Anyhoo, the sheets came in one of those sweet little bags with actual buttons and buttonholes, so dreamy! There's no way I'm going to trash that little bag...I am not a packrat, but I know when something can surely be used for another purpose and I was sure that something could!

I've been looking at that little bag for a couple of days now, trying to figure out just what I could do with it when.....BAM! Brainstorm(minimal damage!) What a perfect clothespin bag. All I would need to do was somehow stick a hanger in it. I looked for a child size hanger left over from grandkids, but I guess for once they took their stuff with them when they left. There wasn't one to be found.



Another brainstorm....a pants hanger would work great. I had to find a narrow one to fit the bag. I assembled my "kit"....the bag, the hanger and a pair of scissors!

I suppose I should have taken pictures somewhere besides on the comforter that almost matches the sheet bag, it's hard to tell where one ends and the other begins.



All there was left to do was to cut a slit in the flap for the hanger part to fit through.This will need to be stitched, I don't have a machine, I'll do it by hand, but those of you with a machine can do it in a jiffy I'm sure. You'll want to clip the clips in place for a minute to see where the slit needs to be. 




I fit the hanger through the hole. 




I then clipped the hanger clips onto the back part of the bag, you can clip back and front also if you like.





 I have to tell you, it's a mighty cute little Shabby Chic clothespin bag!





Then I filled it with clothespins to make sure it would actually work. It did!


If you have a lot of clothespins and it makes for a heavy weight on the bag, you may have to figure out a way to secure the clips on the bag. I haven't figured that one out yet. I don't know how durable this little bag will be, but if I actually bring it in the house instead of leaving it on the line, it may last a good while.

I have to say, I'm feeling pretty good about my creativity here....

I did this one all by myself!



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The Great Bargain! Spark Health & Wellness Kit!

I think the Health & Wellness Kit from Spark is my favorite deal they offer. In this quick little blog post, I'm going to show you why it's such a great deal.
Health & Wellness Kit

From the Spark Naturals website comes this information:
This kit is our most complete kit containing single oils and blends. We  choose these specific oils to help address emotional health as well as physical health. The stresses that we encounter on a daily basis attack our bodies’ well-being on two fronts-emotional well-being and physical well-being. So shouldn’t you use a complete system?
The Health and Wellness Kit has been designed with 10 oils 5ml oils that include the following:
All oils are 5ml bottles (patti's note: I have added the retail prices for these 5ml bottles if bought individually)
Lemon - $5.99
Frankincense - $24.99
Oregano - $7.56
Melaleuca (Tea Tree) - $6.99
Rosemary - $6.99
Lavender - $6.99
Amend (Soothing Blend) - $30.24
Cold & Flu (Respiratory Blend) - $7.49
Shield (Protective Blend) $10.08
Peppermint - $6.46
10 pack tin - $6.00
The combined cost of these 10 bottles of oils & blends, if bought individually, would be $113.78. Figure in the tin which sells for $6.00 and the combined cost is $119.78. You get the kit for $82.50 for a big savings of $37.28. 
You can see why I think it's such a great deal.
Oh..I almost forgot....use the coupon code PATTI and you get another 10% off at checkout, making it an even better deal. That's another $8.25 off the total! That brings your savings up to $46.53.
These 10 oils are some of the most often used and most valuable to have in your EO supply. If you're having trouble deciding which oils to stock up on, which ones you need the most....let this kit decide for you. If you're just getting started with Essential Oils, you've got a very good start when you buy this kit.

Find it here:

Make sure you use the coupon code PATTI and get your 10% off at checkout!
Stay healthy & well with these awesome oils and blends!

Blessings from Patti's Place to your place!



Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Essential Oils & Blends Inventory Sheets

I keep my oils and blends in alphabetical order(of course Mrs. OCD does!), and I try to keep up to date on what I have and how much I have in my backup. I've been meaning to come up with some inventory sheets to help me keep stock a little better and today just seemed to be the day for it.

I thought I'd share them with you. I did them in Power Point, but saved them as images so you can just print them off in case you don't have the right program, such as Adobe, Excel, etc.

I did these for Spark Naturals Oils, I also did a blank so you can make your own if you prefer. I have ones for the plain oils and one for the blends.

Feel free to print and use! I hope they work for you. To print, you can either right click on the image and save to your desktop or click on image and then click and drag to desktop to print. After it's saved to your desktop, you should be able to just right click and print.





They're not perfect.....but they'll do for now! I'll do a little fine tuning on them another day maybe....I did say maybe....

I'll worry about that tomorrow.

In the words of Scarlett.....



Where's Rhett? 

Why do I feel like I need a cup of Peppermint tea all of a sudden?(I don't do mint juleps.)


Get your Essential Oils, Blends & Accessories from


Be sure and use coupon code PATTI and get 10% off your order. 

As always, shipping is only $6.49 per order!


patti

Monday, September 16, 2013

Mighty Melaleuca's Many Uses

Melaleuca is the September Oil of the Month from Spark Naturals. If you haven't joined the Oil of The Month Club, it's a great month to join and add Melaleuca to your EO medicine cabinet! For just 15.99 each month, you get a 15ml bottle of quality Essential Oil or EO Blend, shipping included.



Mighty Melaleuca

Often referred to as "a first aid kit in a bottle", Melaleuca has so many uses, there's no way to find a complete list.


Melaleuca has been used for centuries to help the immune system; it acts as a stimulant and helps the body fight off disease, bacteria, infection, virus and illness.

Description: The Spark Naturals Melaleuca oil is considered to be the best in the world, it comes from Australia and is extracted from the leaves and twigs by steam distillation. Melaleuca or tea tree as it is called (once a substitute for tea) is a key ingredient of soaps, creams, lotions, and disinfectants throughout the world

Historical Uses: Melaleuca has been used for centuries to help the immune system; it acts as a stimulant and helps the body fight off disease, bacteria, infection, virus and illness.

Properties:  Antimicrobial, Antiseptic, Antiviral, Fungicide, Insecticide and Stimulant.
Possible Uses:
Diffuse to help the body fight colds, sinus infections, respiratory ailments and bronchitis.
Use topically to help fight any fungal, bacterial or viral infections.
Take orally to aid the body with throat infections and to stimulate the immune system.
More uses(with links to recipes) for Melaleuca:

Nasal/Sinus Rinse {recipe here}
Nasal Spray {recipe here}
Mold Killer Spray {recipe here}
Chicken Coop Spray {recipe here}
Dental Rub {recipe here}
Homemade Deodorant {recipe here}
Dawn's Bug Beware {The Gray Area's recipe here}
Mouthwash {recipe here}
Cold & Flu Bomb {recipe here}
Dust Mite Control Spray {recipe here}
Spider Bite Therapy {recipe here}

Oops....I forgot a very important new blend from my friend Dawn(clever girl) over at 

The Gray Area...

ReFresh....a cleansing, purifying blend {recipe here}

Check out Sustainable Baby Steps list of 54+ uses for Melaleuca. It's a great list!


54+ Uses for Melaleuca Essential Oil

Blends well With: Clary Sage, Clove, Geranium, Lavender, Myrrh, Rosemary, Thyme
Melaleuca Essential Oil Application:
Can be use aromatically
Can be consumed
Can be used topically (Apply NEAT).

Purchase Spark Naturals Melaleuca Essential Oil here:

Spark Naturals Melaleuca Essential Oil

Join the Spark Naturals Oil of The Month Club here:

Spark Naturals Oil of The Month Club (coupon code DOES NOT apply to OOTM Club)

Be sure and use coupon code PATTI at checkout for 10% off your order.


Patti





Friday, September 13, 2013

Cory's Paleo Shrimp Bisque

This is sort of a guest blog....sort of because the pictures and comments belong to the cook, my son Cory, but I'm doing the blog work.

So...I guess it's a joint effort.

Cory has become quite the Paleo chef. He's very creative....I wish I could hire him to cook for me every day.

Come to think of it....I cooked for him for years and years....he sort of owes me.

Anyhoo, here's his great looking shrimp bisque dish he came up with and I've named it.....(not very original, I'm afraid)....Cory's Paleo Shrimp Bisque.

The ingredient list and full recipe with instructions are listed below the pictures!

Cory's Paleo Shrimp Bisque

A gathering of the ingredients
Patti's note: Cory likes to cook with LouAna Coconut Oil because there is no coconut flavor in it and some things don't need to taste like coconut....I agree.

Sauteing the peppers & onions
I sautéed the diced onion (yellow), bell pepper (yellow), hatch pepper and poblano pepper in a little olive oil (very little oil, just enough to aid with not sticking).


Adding the peeled tomato

Cooking one large tomato (peeled) over the sautéed onions/peppers to start the sauce...

Patti's second note: Somewhere between these two pictures, you add the water and coconut oil(see recipe below)




Adding the organic heavy cream
Of course, this is my favorite part!! After adding the heavy whipping cream (organic), a good cook has to taste the sauce for QUALITY purposes.



Add the shrimp, green onions and cilantro
Now, I put the shrimp in and then covered it all with chopped green onions and cilantro to cook down together... MAN, it smells good!


Paleo Shrimp Bisque
 Mmmmm,mmmmm good (but its not Campbell's)


Cory's Paleo Shrimp Bisque

Ingredients:
1 Large Yellow, Red or Orange Bell Pepper (Diced)
1 Medium to Large Yellow Onion (Diced)
1 Large Poblano Pepper (Diced) 1 Large Hatch Pepper (Diced)
1 Large Tomato (Peeled and Cubed)
½ Bunch of Cilantro (Chopped)
½ Cup of Green Onions (Chopped)
12 to 14 oz. of Organic Heavy Whipping Cream
2 lbs. of Shrimp
1 to 2 Cups of Water
¾ Cup of Coconut Oil
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Seasonings Used: Sea Salt, Black Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Paprika, Olde Thompson’s Orange & Lemon Pepper (Grinder), & Cayenne Pepper


Sauté the diced onions and peppers together with a little olive oil (not much) just enough to keep them from sticking to the pan at first. After they start to soften, add the tomatoes. Stir them in, cover to keep the moisture in, and allow the tomato to break down. Add ¾ cup of Coconut Oil and stir in well, allow to return to previous heat or temperature. Add water (the amount of water depends on how much moisture was retained from the vegetables). You should have enough sauce or juice in the pan to fill the vegetables at least half way, preferably ¾ covered. Remember to keep the lid on as much as possible to retain the moisture. When the ‘juice’ returns to a good boil, add the cream and stir until you have an even color throughout. Allow the flavors and ingredients to blend well then season to taste (keep the dish covered as much as possible). I prefer a peppery citrus flavor with a garlic undertone. Remember to allow for the shrimp because it will also influence the flavor when added. Once you are satisfied with the flavor, and the sauce has returned to a slow boil, add the raw shrimp (stir the shrimp in). Now spread the chopped green onions and cilantro over the entire dish but do not stir. Keep the dish covered. This will allow the cilantro to break down separately without the hindrance of being in the liquid. When the shrimp are almost done, go ahead and stir the cilantro and the onions into the sauce. Once the shrimp is done, you can serve!


With a side of sweet potatoes



......aaaannddd here's the end result! Delicious! A creamy shrimp bisque that's all paleo...


(Charisma wants the world to know that she did the sweet potatoes!)


I think it looks totally awesome!




patti

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Three Flu Fighter Essential Oils/Blends

It seems that influenza just gets worse every season and arrives earlier. You don't have to be unprepared and you don't have to spends hundreds of dollars on doctor's visits, etc.

There are three "very essential"  Essential Oils/ Blends that you need to stock up on. Our household remained virtually "flu free" last season and I don't take the flu shot. 

THE THREE FLU FIGHTERS



  • Oregano ~ Oregano is nature's most powerful antibiotic, it's been said that it is powerful enough to sanitize raw sewage. Oregano is a very effective essential oil that knocks out common intestinal, skin and lung infections, including staph, strep and pneumonia. Oregano may be helpful with colds, asthma, bacterial and viral pneumonia, bronchitis (chronic), mental disease, pulmonary tuberculosis, athlete’s foot, skin parasites, jock itch (always diluted). 
  • Melaleuca ~  Melaleuca Essential Oil has wonderful properties that make it one of the most commonly used oils.  It has analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, antiinfectious, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antiparasitic properties.  It is a strong antiseptic, antiviral, decongestant, expectorant, immune stimulant, insecticidal, neurotonic, stimulant, and tissue regenerator.  Historically, the leaves of the Melaleuca Tree have been used for centuries to heal cuts, wounds, and skin infections.  It has 12 times the antiseptic power of phenol, providing some strong immune building properties.
  • Shield Blend ~  The legend which has its roots in 15th century England during the time of the great plague tells that grave robbers, “thieves”, developed their own blend of Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary to protect them while robbing the plague victims.  This potent blend by Spark Naturals only contains the essential oils and no carrier oil. Studies have shown that these oils can reduce the influenza virus by 90%!
These three oils/blends can be used several ways. 

  • You can take three drops of each in a gelcap every three hours at the first signs of sickness. 
  • Diffuse the Shield Blend in your home, to kill germs and pathogens in the air. I kept mine running almost around the clock last season.
  • Apply Shield to the bottoms of your feet and Melaleuca to your spine(this is especially good to do with small children)
  • Gargle with a little warm water, two drops Shield and one drop Oregano. Remember that Oregano is a hot oil, one drop will likely be all you can handle. You can swish and then swallow.
  • My favorite is the "Shield Tea." Two or three drops of Shield Blend with a spoonful of honey in hot water. Add a drop or two of Lemon Essential Oil if desired.


A couple of other things to add to your arsenal for cold/flu season are:

Essential Oil & Honey Cough Syrup


Essential Oil & Honey Cough Syrup

Sore Throat Spray


Sore Throat Spray

If you're already sick and having respiratory or congestion problems, I also recommend the Respire Blend to help you get better fast!


Respire Blend





Spark Naturals Respire blend is a great source of protection during flu season and congestion in general.  The cold winter months force most of us indoors where we live work and socialize in close proximity with others who may have cold and flu germs.  This blend is ideal for germ protection and respiratory issues. It contains Peppermint, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus.  In addition to helping with Cold & Flu symptoms, this blend was formulated to help with any respiratory issues such as congestion, excessive mucus or blocked airways.
Respire Blended Oil Application:
Can be used aromatically
Can be used on the body topically


As always, use coupon code PATTI at checkout for your 10% discount!


Stay healthy and well!

patti

Monday, September 9, 2013

Updated Essential Oil Deodorant



Since I made my original post back in May, I've changed my recipe for deodorant a bit and changed my application method. To read the original blog and all about the reasons for making your own,


Updated Essential Oil Deodorant


EO Deodorant Spray


In a 1 ounce spray bottle I use:

30 drops Frankincense
30 drops Lemon/Melaleuca(I prefer the Lemon)
30 drops Lavender
30 drops White Fir

Top off the bottle with Witch Hazel

You can use the oils in the original roll on recipe for this also, I just prefer the White Fir over the Sandalwood. I wouldn't sub anything for the Frankincense, it's the most important oil in this recipe.

It's important to remember that your body will take a while to adjust to this, you may not smell as fresh as you like. I recommend swiping an alcohol soaked cotton ball under each arm before using the deodorant. This kills bacteria, which is what causes your odor to begin with.


I originally made my deodorant in a 1 ounce roller bottle, but as with all roller bottles, there is a chance of the roller ball falling out. If you happen to have it upside down at the time.....well....it's not a good thing. The chance of losing your oils from a spray bottle are much less shall we say.

I think the idea for using the spray bottle for the deodorant originated with Sandy over at APIYOL. It's a great idea! Thanks, Sandy!

Any bottle with a spray top will work, you may have an old EO bottle you can recycle, just adjust the amounts of the oils to fit your bottle size.



I have three different brands and scents of Witch Hazel here....



Thayers Rose Scented, Humphries Lilac Scented and The Homestead Company with Lavender and Roman Chamomile




I strongly urge you to invest in these oils if you don't have them and do this for yourself. There are substitutes you can use, you can use Lemon instead of Melaleuca, put another scent in there you like, etc. but DON'T leave out the Frankincense. It's the most important one in the mix.

patti

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Spark Naturals Complete Kits

The latest kits released from Spark Naturals include 5ml bottles of every oil and blend available from Spark.

The Complete Essential Oils Pack



Complete EO Kit

This kit contains 39 5ml bottles of high quality Essential Oils. The oils in this kit are:

Basil
Bergamot
Birch
Black Pepper
Cassia
Cilantro
Cinnamon Cark
Clary Sage
Clove Bud
Corriander
Cypress
Eucalyptus
Fennel
Frankincense
Geranium
Ginger
Grapefruit
Helichrysum
Lavender
Lemon
Lemongrass
Lime
Marjoram
Melaleuca
Melissa
Myrrh
Oregano
Patchouli
Peppermint
Roman chamomile
Rosemary
Sandalwood
Spearmint
Thyme
Vetiver
White Fir
Wild Orange
Wintergreen
Ylang Ylang

If you bought these bottles individually, the cost would be approximately $630. You can buy this kit for $550! That's a savings of $80, HOWEVER......if you use coupon code PATTI at checkout, you get 10% off at checkout. That brings your total down to $495. That makes a total savings of over $130!


Just think about it! Next time you decide to make a blend for yourself, you'll have every oil you need!



The Complete Blends Kit


Complete Blends Kit
Blends in this kit include:

Amend
Bliss
Jeddys
LLP
Nature
Pure Touch
Respire
Shield
Smooth
Zen

If you bought these bottles individually, the cost would be approximately $120. You can buy this kit for $110! If you use coupon code PATTI at checkout, you get another 10% off. That brings your total down to $99. That makes a total savings of over $20!

These are two great deals and a good way to get started in Essential Oils. You have all the oils you need to make your own blends for your health and for diffusing.

Don't miss out on these great bargains!


Remember, always use your coupon code PATTI at checkout to receive your additional 10% off EVERYTHING(excluding the Oil Of The Month Club). Shipping is always one great rate of $6.49!

patti