Joy is a beautiful blend the produces magnetic energy that brings joy to the heart, mind and soul. My mom wears Joy as perfume! What an awesome way to replace those harmful chemically filled perfumes you’re currently using. Joy is often an oil I’ll diffuse at work as it uplifts the mood of the entire office.
With the summer here, this family LOVES to be outside. In fact, I think it’s baby’s absolutely favorite place to be. With spending time outdoors comes concern about too much sun exposure. Although that can be dangerous, traditional sunscreens are also dangerous and in my opinion, do more harm than good. The most common sunscreens on the market contain chemical filters. These products typically include a combination of two to six of these active ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. Laboratory studies of several sunscreen chemicals indicate that they may mimic hormones and disrupt the hormone system (Krause 2012, Schlumpf 2001, 2004, 2008). Some research on animals suggests that oxybenzone and other sunscreen chemicals can be toxic to reproductive systems or interfere with normal development. You can find a list of these ingredients and the hormone disruption they cause here.
Definitely don’t want the side effects listed in that table anywhere near my baby, so I had to find another alternative. I opted for a super simple yet effective sun protection method for my baby. Carrot seed oil and coconut oil – THAT’S IT! Carrot seed oil has an SPF of 38-40! You can also add a little bit of bees wax to make the cream water resistant. Please remember that consistent application is the key in any type of sun protection!
Here it is!! My coveted laundry detergent recipe. I have used this recipe for 3 years now and was previously selling it to friends and family. With baby here, I no longer have time to sell it, so I decided to share the recipe with you. When I first started making my own detergent, I used a recipe that called for Fels Naptha soap, after a little research, I found that even though many recipes were claiming to be natural, Fels Naptha contains many chemicals. I’ll let you do additional research on your own, and if you do choose to use Fels Naptha, you can just substitute it in for the kirk’s in my recipe.
Borax, also known as sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, or disodium tetraborate, is a naturally occurring mineral composed of sodium, boron, oxygen, and water. It is a white powder consisting of soft, colorless crystals that dissolve quickly in water. Borax is classified by the EPA as a pesticide and is toxic to ants, cockroaches, termites, and other insects. In its chemicalWATCH Factsheet, the organization Beyond Pesticides says this about boric acid and its related compounds:
Boric acid is a low-toxicity, non-volatile mineral with insecticidal, fungicidal, and herbicidal properties. It has long been embraced as a safer alternative to highly volatile, synthetic chemical pesticides.
Obviously Borax can pose some safety issues, you can find more information about them here. I feel comfortable using a minimal amount for my family’s laundry.
.5 Cup Borax
.5 Cup Baking Soda
1 Cup Shredded Kirk’s or other Castile Soap
I use about 2-3 tablespoons per load depending on what the load consists of. You’ll have to play around with the amounts depending on load type and washer type. I do have an HE washer. As far as I can tell, it is not cloth diaper safe according to bumGenius’s FAQ page due to the baking soda. I do, however, use it on baby’s clothes and he’s done great!
What about YOU? What’s your favorite money-saving laundry trick?
Using Essential Oils on cats is a highly controversial topic but it really is an argument that boils down to the quality of the oils. Please note that the oils suggested in this article are Young Living Essential Oils brand ONLY. I do not recommend any other brand and would never use a different brand on my own pets.
Much of this information is taken from Dr. Melissa Shelton’s book. She is a holistic veterinarian and has used Young Living Oils for over 3 years in her practice safely and effectively. Her book documents the uses of oils for animals. So, please purchase it and read it if you have concerns and would like more information.
How do I use Essential Oils for Cats?
Essential oils for cats should be highly diluted with a high grade pure vegetable oil. Dilute essential oils for cats (and all other smaller animals) at least 50:1 (fifty drops of dilution oil to one drop of essential oil). Dr. Mary Hess, DVM, recommends that Peace & Calming be diluted at 80-90% for felines.
Place a drop of the diluted oil on the inside of the paw or location of the cut or injury. Place some in your hands and pet your cat gently ears to tail.
Diffusing oils is a great way to use essential oils for cats. Lastly, you could place a few drops in a sprayer with some water, shake it up and gently mist–but most cats usually don’t like this method of application.
Here is a list of oils that can be safely used on cats:
For Skin Irritation and Minor Wounds: Use Lavender
For Natural Cleaning: Use Thieves to clean out cat’s crate safely and effectively
The most effective and easiest way to keep your pet’s coat in tip-top condition is by using Animal Scents™ Shampoo. Imbued with the power of citronella, lavandin, lemon, geranium, and spikenard essential oils, Young Living’s pet shampoo gently cleanses, protects, and conditions without harmful ingredients.
What about YOU? Do you use essential oils on your pets?
When it comes to choosing medicine for baby, this mama can’t be too careful! We’ve only had two fevers so far, and have given baby instant relief from both withYoung Living’s Peppermint Essential Oil. One drop peppermint mixed with raw, organic coconut oil along the spine works like a charm. I know many mamas who swear by Tylenol, and I’m glad it works for them, but do they really know what they’re putting in baby’s body? The dyes and high fructose corn syrup are enough for me to stay far away!
Here are the Side Effects of just the first three ingredients in Children’s Tylenol:
- Acetaminophen – liver damage
- Anhydrous citric acid – respiratory irritation
- Butylparaben – developmental disorders, dysfunction of the immune system, learning problems as well as reproductive disorders
Sound like something you want to pump in baby’s body every four hours? Yeah, me neither! This family will stick with good ol natural Peppermint!
What about YOU? What’s your fever reducer go-to?
Valor is my new favorite oil! Seriously, I am loving it. My first experience with valor was waking my hubs up from a deep SNORING sleep at 1:00am and making him put a few drops on his big toe. He stopped snoring and we both went back to sleep. I thought, there is NO WAY that just happened!! Obviously it was a fluke. So I tested my theory several times that week until finally the poor hubby got tired of me waking him up for “testing purposes” and started putting in on before bed. He hasn’t snored once since he started using valor. Recently, I’ve been taking valor to work with me to combat anxiety. The Christmas tree / flower aroma instantly calms my mind and brings me to a place of balance. I love that valor is such a versatile oil, and that it helps physical ailments as well as emotional. I even cured a pregnant coworker’s aching lower back with valor today! It’s definitely a must have in this house! What about YOU? What’s your favorite way to use valor? Ready to Order?
NingXia Red is Young Living’s Antioxidant Blend that energizes, fortifies, and revitalizes like nothing else. It is a powerful antioxidant drink that contains whole Ningxia wolfberry puree—a super blend of blueberry, aronia, cherry, pomegranate, and plum juices, natural stevia extract, grape seed extract, pure vanilla extract, and orange, yuzu, lemon, and tangerine essential oils. Its health benefits include support from head to toe, via a whole body nutrient infusion. NingXia red was tested on the ORAC Scale and had incredible results. ORAC is an abbreviation for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity and was developed by the National Institutes of Health in Baltimore. In short, ORAC units measure the antioxidant capacity of foods. The higher, the better. High antioxidant foods help to greatly lower the risks of cancer, degeneration, and disease.When tested on the ORAC Scale, the results disclosed that the NingXia wolfberry is the world’s highest antioxidant food!
I love NingXia Red’s Energy support for those late afternoon slumps. About the time I’m getting a little grumpy from low blood sugar and wanting a little pick-me-up, normally chocolate, I take an ounce of NingXia Red and within about 5 minutes, I feel completely re-energized. I like to take an ounce shot, but I know many others who prefer to add it to 6 ounces of water topped with a few of their favorite essential oils like orange, grapefruit, and tangerine.
There are four key benefits to NingXia Red:
1.Pure, Therapeutic-Grade Essential Oils
DESCRIPTION: Orange (Citrus sinensis), yuzu (Citrus junos), tangerine (Citrus reticulata), and lemon (Citrus limon) essential oils
BENEFIT: These carefully selected oils include orange and lemon, known for their ability to help maintain normal cellular regeneration*. They also contain high levels of the powerful antioxidant d-limonene, which is an important marker for bioactivity. Bioactives are natural compounds that work in harmony with your body to promote the healthy function of a wide variety of systems.NingXia Red also features tangerine essential oil, prized for its fresh flavor and its effect on maintaining cholesterol levels already in the normal range*.
These pure and potent essential oils blend synergistically and deliciously with the other components of NingXia Red to support normal digestive health, healthy immune function, normal brain function, a healthy cardiovascular system, and much more*. No other nutrient-infused beverage can come close to the beneficial essential oil content of NingXia Red!
2. Wolfberry (Goji) Superfruit
DESCRIPTION: Wolfberry Puree (Lycium barbarum)
BENEFIT: The wolfberries sourced for NingXia Red hail from the Ningxia province in northern China. This superfruit has one of the highest percentages of fiber of any whole food and contains zeaxanthin—a carotenoid important to maintaining healthy vision. It also contains polysaccharides, amino acids, and symbiotic vitaminmineral pairs that when present together promote optimum internal absorption.
3. Supporting Juice Blend
DESCRIPTION: Grape (Vitis vinifera) seed extract, blueberry (Caccinium corymbosum), plum (Prunus domestica), aronia (Aronia melanocarpa), cherry (Prunus avium), and pomegranate (Punica granatrum) juices
BENEFIT: Highlighting the supporting fruits found in NingXia Red is a patented grape seed extract that contain polyphenolic compounds that may help support a healthy cardiovascular system*. Additionally blueberry, plum, aronia, cherry, and pomegranate juice contains naturally high levels of anthocyanins and polyphenols, which block oxygen-based free radicals from damaging body tissues. Maintaining a diet rich in these powerful antioxidants is a recommended way to help prevent against a myriad of health risks and maintain healthy bodily functions*.
4. Natural Stevia Sweetener
DESCRIPTION: Stevia Extract (Rebaudioside A)
BENEFIT: Stevia is a zero-calorie sweetener and is 300 times sweeter than sugar, allowing for a delightfully delicious beverage with lower overall sugar content. I recommend you drink 1-2 ounces daily with confidence knowing you are not consuming excess calories and sugar.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
Well I’m pretty sure little man is teething! Who knew we would hit this stage so quickly?! 3.5 months seems way too early to me, but I know it’s happening because the poor baby has been fussy and clingy for several days now. Along with our normal bath/peace and calming routine, we’ve been diffusing lavender, and last night, had to add peppermint into the mix. Little man was burning up with a teething fever. After his bath, we heavily diluted peppermint essential oil and applied it along his spine. Within a few minutes he was cooled down and comfortable enough to sleep. We are so thankful for our essential oils!