Wacky Wednesday

Wacky Wednesday

Yay! It’s Wacky Wednesday!

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I’m giving away a 15 ml of Lemon!

#loveurselfieuseEO

All you have to do is:

  • post a selfie with  your favorite essential oil on my Facebook page EO Living by Julie in the comment of the Wacky Wednesday post
  • Like EO Living by Julie page
  • Like and share my Wacky Wednesday post

Just a few simple steps and you could win a free Lemon essential oil. Post a selfie by midnight on Tuesday, March 22. I know, I know, I hate selfies too, but this is for FREE oil. So come on…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 (March 24).

Don’t miss out on the fun and a chance to win a FREE Lemon essential oil (Retails for $13.33).

Lemon has multiple benefits and uses. Lemon is a powerful cleansing agent that purifies the air and surfaces, and can be used as a non-toxic cleaner throughout the home. When added to water, Lemon provides a refreshing and healthy boost throughout the day. Lemon is frequently added to food to enhance the flavor of desserts and main dishes. Taken internally, Lemon provides cleansing and digestive benefits and supports healthy respiratory function.* When diffused, Lemon is very uplifting and energizing and has been shown to help improve mood.

  • Cleanses and purifies the air and surfaces
  • Naturally cleanses the body and aids in digestion*
  • Supports healthy respiratory function*
  • Promotes a positive mood

I’ve been putting a few drops of this citrus limon in my glass water bottle. It has all the above benefits and really makes my water tasty!

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

Wacky Wednesday – Cedarwood Essential Oil

Wacky Wednesday

Another Wacky Wednesday!

I’m giving away a 15 ml of Cedarwood!

#loveurselfieuseEO

All you have to do is:

  • post a selfie with  your favorite essential oil on my Facebook page EO Living by Julie in the comment of the Wacky Wednesday post
  • Like EO Living by Julie page
  • Like and share my Wacky Wednesday post

No kidding! Post a selfie by midnight on Tuesday, February 23. I know, I know, I hate selfies too, but this is for FREE oil. So come on…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 (February 24).

Don’t miss out on the fun and a chance to win a FREE Cedarwood essential oil (Retails for $17.33).

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Known for its rich hue and warm, woody scent, Cedarwood essential oil provides a myriad of benefits. It’s native to cold climates, thriving in high altitudes and growing up to 100 feet high. Reminiscent of its size and strength, Cedarwood has a grounding aroma that evokes feelings of wellness and vitality. Cedarwood has a warm, woody, balsamic fragrance that promotes relaxation. Additionally, this oil is frequently used in massage therapy to relax and soothe the mind and body.

  • When applied topically, Cedarwood has clarifying properties. This oil is known for promoting clear, healthy looking skin, After noticing a fresh skin imperfection, apply one drop directly to the affected area to immediately improve the appearance.
  • Before exercising, massage one to two drops into your chest to maintain vitality throughout your workout.
  • Diffuse to relax the mind and body.
  • Naturally repels insects.
  • Used aromatic and topically.

Tip: Add 1 drop to a cotton ball and place in closets, storage boxes or other areas to keep moths at bay.

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

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.

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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).

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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.

Clove…it’s not just for cooking

Wacky Wednesday

Another Wacky Wednesday!

I’m giving away a 15 ml of Clove! It’s aroma is very spicy, warm, woody with a subnote of leather…really grounding.

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#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 midnight, Tuesday, October 20. From the posts, a winner will be chosen randomly. Okay, okay — if your as critical of your selfies as me, then just post a picture of your favorite EO. The winner will be announced the following Wednesday (October 21).

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 Wacky Wednesday FB post

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

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You may ask, “What the heck can I do with a bottle of clove essential oil?” I’m so glad you asked Happy face. Cloves are:
• Powerful antioxidant properties*
• Promotes circulation
• Supports cardiovascular health*
• Helps soothe teeth and gums
• Promotes oral health
• Supports a healthy immune system

With flu season upon us, who wouldn’t want to beef up your immune system and get more antioxidants?

Clove has been used for years in dental preparations, candy, and gum for its flavor and ability to cleanse the mouth, yet it provides a myriad of benefits. Its main chemical component, eugenol, makes it a very stimulating and energizing essential oil that can be used as a warming massage oil. Clove contains powerful antioxidant properties and supports cardiovascular health when taken internally.* As a cooking spice, Clove adds a spicy flavor to any dish or dessert while providing internal health benefits.* One drop can clean the teeth and gums while promoting fresh breath.

You can use clove oil in the following ways:

  • Add one drop to toothpaste to clean teeth and gums.
  • Place one drop in two ounces of water and gargle for a soothing effect.
  • Take in veggie capsules to support cardiovascular health.*

So, what’s your favorite essential oil?

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).

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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.

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

Chemical-free

Therapeutic Thursday

LaundryNow before you begin to wonder if this is an AA or NA (Narcotics Anonymous) meeting, chemical-free in this post does not mean drugs, but the toxic chemicals that is sold on the grocery selves to us everyday, specifically—cleaning products. Yes, I said it! Cleaning products are bad and toxic. Now, this isn’t a get-out-of-jail free card to get out of cleaning…although if you are anything like me, I wouldn’t need the free card. In fact, I am a minimalist in this area—hands down. Yes, I said it!

Last night I held a Make & Take workshop on DIY cleaning solutions. I have been doing baby steps to move away from chemicals and minimize their use in my life. I have to admit, I have been pleasantly surprised how great these recipes work.

Highlighting just a few in this post, I will start with the laundry. I have made my own laundry crystals for the past year now. They work just as well as the name brands in the store and cost considerably less. I talked about this in an earlier post here. The laundry detergent, my daughter started making and then I have just taken it over. Here is what you need:

  • 2 c Borax
  • 2 c Washing Soda
  • 1 c baking soda
  • 1 bar grated Castile Soap Bar
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil
  • 15 drops peppermint essential oil

Combine all ingredients and put in an airtight container. This recipe comes from DrAxe.com. Prior to finding this recipe, I was using ZOTE bars or flakes. The flakes are large and had a hard time getting through the washer dispenser. So, it may be best, in whatever soap option you choose, to go with the bars and use a small grate. I did find another way to break up the soap bar. Cut the bars into four pieces and microwave on high for 1 minute. It takes several minutes for the pieces to cool, but then the pieces can be broken down into almost a powder. I found this took more time, but crushing the pieces of soap between your fingers was quite therapeutic…especially after a rough day at work of dealing with difficult people…YES, therapeutic indeed.

So any supermarket will have the first three ingredients here in southern Utah’s Dixie. Walmart of course is going to be the cheapest for the first two, but Costco has baking soda—CHEAP. The Castile soap bars are sold at Natures Market and Dixie Nutrition. It runs about $7 per bar. On walmart.com, another option is “Kirks” Castile brand for only $3.97 a bar and free shipping if you ship it to the store of you choosing. They are stocked in various scents, but with using the essential oils, I took the unscented. The recipe calls for specific oils, but any essential oils you are drawn to will work…go for the HAPPY on this. As rumor has it, (and I have found this to be true) citrus oils are a great stain, grease lifter and the scent is energizing. Anything to help through those loads of laundry, right?

If you would like a copy of the compiled recipes I made, I will be happy to send you a copy— just IM me through one of my social media sites. The recipes are not my own, but just ones I have collected and found them to be worthy of inclusion.

How about you? Do you make your own laundry detergent? Please share in the comments…especially, if you have any helpful tips you have discovered. I would love to hear them!

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.