It’s Gingerly!

Wacky Wednesday

It’s Wacky Wednesday!

#loveurselfieuseEO

I’m giving away a 15 ml. bottle of Ginger! I don’t know how to describe the scent except to say, it smells just gingerly!

Here’s are the contest rules.

Ginger bottle

 

All you have to do is post a selfie with  your favorite essential oil on my Facebook page EO Living by Julie.

That’s right — post a selfie on EO Living by Julie by midnight Tuesday, January 26. From the posts, a winner will be chosen randomly. Okay, okay — if your can’t imagine yourself in a selfie, then just post a picture of your favorite EO. See! It’s easy. The winner will be posted on Facebook the following Wednesday (January 27).

Ginger

So here are the steps:

  1. Like EO Living by Julie Facebook
  2. Post your selfie (don’t forget to use hashtag “loveurselfieuseEO”)
  3. Share the original Wacky Wednesday FB post

Don’t miss out on the fun and a chance to win a FREE ginger essential oil (Retails at $52).

This essential oil that is distilled from the root of the ginger plant is so versatile. It’s used frequently in culinary dishes and well-known for beverages. It’s healthy benefits has been known to aid in the reduction of inflammation from arthritis and respiratory.* The list is endless!

Please note: * denotes statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Wacky Wednesday

Wacky Wednesday

Another Wacky Wednesday!

I’m giving away a 15 ml of Eucalyptus!

#loveurselfieuseEO

All you have to do is post a selfie with  your favorite essential oil on my Facebook page EO Living by Julie.

That’s right. Post a selfie by Tuesday, September 22. Okay, okay — if your too shy and don’t want to post a selfie just post a picture of your favorite EO. From the posts, a winner will be chosen randomly. The winner will be announced the following Wednesday (September 23).

Don’t miss out on the fun and a chance to win a FREE eucalyptus essential oil (Retails for $18.67).

Eucalyptus_15ml

This oil has purifying properties that can be beneficial for the skin, cleansing the surfaces and purifying the air. It has been proven in studies to be effective in helping to lessen tension.

Combine with Lemon and Peppermint in a spray bottle and use it to wipe down surfaces in your kitchen or bathroom.

Add one drop to moisturizer and apply to skin for revitalizing benefits.

While showering, place a few drops in the hands, place over your nose, and inhale deeply to invigorate and promote vitality.

This oil is great to diffuse for a feeling of clear breathing and open airways for creating a soothing experience.

Eucalyptus (2)

So get your favorite oil, take a selfie with it and post it at EO Living by Julie. Don’t forget #loveurselfieuseEO!

The BALLS have IT!

Therapeutic Thursday

I’ve mentioned before my quest to rid my life of chemicals. Well, since I loathe static cling on my clothes, I figured dryer sheet would always be apart of my life. Well guess what! I’m tossing the sheets from the dryer to the garbage. I found a solution! Wool balls solve it.

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For the past month now, I’ve been using wool balls in my dryer. It prevents static cling. Honest! I know, I’m still amazed about it as you probably are. But…it really works. And they’re really easy to make.

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So, we start with pure wool yarn. I was only able to find it at JoAnn’s. Walmart has 90% wool, but we need pure wool. So, if you know of another source that sells pure wool yarn in this area, please share and leave it in the comments below. Yarn color didn’t matter to me, so I just purchased what was on sale. I bought four skeins at $3.97 each bringing the project total to $15.88. (I am not really that fast at math; it took me a few minutes to add this…and I had to use a calculator.) This made four balls — a skein of yarn for each ball — just in case you missed that. Hey listen, I state the obvious because I’m usually the one missing the obvious. I digress.

Continuing on with the project, I rolled each skein of yarn into a ball. This was somewhat fun — I live with low expectations for my life. In fact, this brought back memories of getting ready for a past project. A project that would sit unfinished for years until I finally couldn’t take anymore and gave it away to the thrift store. Okay. So, the memories this activity brought wasn’t so pleasant, but this experience turned out different. This could be life changing!

Crochet hook

Using a crochet hook, I pulled the end of the yarn through the middle of the ball to secure it tight. And that’s the beauty of this project — we’re almost done!

Place balls in an old nylon stocking with knots between each ball.

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Wash the balls in the clothes washer. It’s OKAY — you can wash the wool — we won’t tell. Then dry the set of balls in your dryer. Boy, we’re breaking all the rules here!

When completely dry, cut out the balls out of the nylon and you’re set to go. I store these in a large glass jar on my dryer.

How to use them

With each use, apply 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil to each ball and place in dryer with a load of clothes. I promise this will work. In fact, the research claimed to even reduce drying time on your laundry load. Cool! Nifty and thrifty!

The only problem I’ve had with the balls is I have adult children living with me. Need I say more? Well actually they’ve saved me more times than I can count. However, they do their own laundry and sometimes I have to hunt down the balls.

Please let me know if you use these or if you’re intrigued and “gotta” try them. Please put comments below. I would love to hear about your experience.

Heal Thyself

Grounding Monday

As this blog suggests, I have been getting back to the basics of life and this has included using natural remedies to aid in healing the body and lifting the mind. With that, my daughter and I looked to essential oils for maintaining health and healing. Recently, we signed up as wellness advocates for dōTERRA Essential Oils. I decided to go with dōTERRA oils for two reasons. First, the oils are of therapeutic-grade; so, this grade allows the essential oil (EO) to be used internally as well as topically and aromatic. Second, I receive a discount as a wellness advocate. So, why therapeutic-grade oils? While you may be able to find less expensive EOs, if they aren’t therapeutic-grade, they cannot be taken internally. If you are just going to use them in other applications, then it will require more product to reach the same effect of what a few drops of this grade will do. Even though therapeutic-grade is more expensive, it really is the best buy. Believe me! I know this because I’ve been there, and done that!

There are several brands out there so shop around and find what you like. And of course, if you want to check out dōTERRA, please take at look.

So now, here are few things I do with EOs.

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Here is what I used to make my crystal fabric softener.


Fabric Softener —you know those crystals that you can buy at $5 for 28 oz. Well you can make it with Epsom salts and essential oils. I found a 6 pound (96 ounces) bag of Dr. Teal Epsom Salt for $4.97. I used 6 cups of the Epsom salt and 60 drops of your favorite EO or combination. I used lime and serenity (30 drops each). It smells heavenly and works perfect. The best part is you end up with a better product for a HUGE savings! And yes, inside the jar is the lid from the store bought product Happy face.

A blended essential oil: Balance

I also love warm soaks in the tub. A 1/2 cup Epsom salt and few drops of your favorite oil turns a simple bath into the ultimate stress reliever.

 

 

 

 

Also a blended oil: DigestZen

For upset stomach or heartburn, I use the DigestZen blended oil. It will help alleviate an overstuffed feeling (it will really get used a lot this holiday season), to a slight upset stomach feeling and even heartburn. I am amazed at how quick it relieves the discomfort. Here is a post about its other uses from dōTERRA’s blog.

 

 

Here is a infographic that identifies the many uses for EOs, just click on the graphic and it will open up in another browser window.

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Do you use EOs? Please share in the comments.