DIY Blackberry Peppermint Lip Balm

I decided to try my hand at making some lip balm and it was pretty easy.  Not only was it easy, but the lip balm smelled and tasted wonderful.  It makes my lips feel good too.  I wanted to make it smell and taste good so I used blackberry and peppermint, and those scents and flavors blend very well. Ingredients: 1 Tbs. Beeswax 1/2 Tbs. Cocoa Butter 1Tbs. Coconut Oil 1/2 tsp. Blackberry Extract 1 tsp. Honey 20 drops of {Read More}

Carpet Cleaning with Essential Oils

It has been years since I have cleaned my carpet, so it had some dark stains on it as a result of the fun and parties that have happened over the years.  While prepping to host a big baby shower at my house, I decided to try the Thieves cleaner that I have started using.  I mixed 2 capfuls of the concentrated cleaner with 2 cups of water in a spray bottle, then I got busy spraying spots. We sprayed {Read More}

Whipped Home Made Face Cream

I have very dry skin that is definitely showing its age.  I tend to use some very good moisturizing creams, and have a pretty good system to keep my skin from being dry, but I still have skin damage and age spots (Southern California has lots of sun).  I was checking out the creams at the drug store the other day, and noticed that some very expensive creams had essential oils as part of their ingredient list.  One age spot {Read More}

Aren’t Essential Oils New Age and Only Used by Crazy Hippies?

Welcome to the our series: The Skeptics Guide to Essential Oils.  Specifically I was very skeptical about how the oils worked and if it was all just an airy fairy new age concept. We are having a whole series with our Oil Explorers group, which is a wonderful group of people who are on an oil exploring journey together.  If you join our team of explorers, you will have the support of a great group of people with access to {Read More}

Essential Oils Can Support a Healthy Lifestyle

Essential oils are meant to be used to support a healthy lifestyle.  What does this really mean?  It means that they can be natural things for the everyday health. There are so many ways that they can be used, but since they are organic compounds, certain ones may work for you, and others may not.  There are a lot of books out there to help figure out the best use, so you will need to get a reference book to {Read More}

Whipped Foot Softening Cream

We all need a little pampering, and our feet are often ignored when it comes to pampering.  Let me start by saying that my feet are really really dry.  I have a condition that affects me on my feet and hands.  I am actually really lucky that these are the only affected areas that I have.  It causes my skin on my feet to reproduce at an extreme rate, so I have dry, dead, scaly spots of extra skin. I {Read More}

Smelly Shoe Solution

I have a teenage boy with very smelly feet in my house. His feet are so smelly that it is considered a form of torture to be shut in a room with his shoes. We tried powders, sprays, deodorants, and Lysol to no effect. Those trials resulted in smelly shoes that had a hint of citrus (or whatever smell the spray had). So after some internet research by my dad and I, we have found a solution that I think {Read More}

First Experience With Essential Oils

There is a lot of talk and hype about essential oils right now, and I got on the band wagon.  My initial intended use for them is not going to work out, so now I am going to go on a journey to see what roll these oils can play in my life, and I am going to bring you along on that journey.  I was hoping to use the oils to help make a good smelling home without the {Read More}