DIY All-Purpose Cleaner with Essential Oils

One of the things I love most about essential oils is that they are safe. For us, for our children and for our pets. This is one of the reasons I love making my own DIY cleaning products. We don't need to wear surgical masks and rubber gloves when we are cleaning with pure and clean ingredients. I feel confident enough to hand my 3 year old a spray bottle of my DIY all-purpose cleaner so she can 'clean' to her heart's content and I don't need to worry about what will happen if she somehow gets the lid off or swallows some. And heck, I might even get a clean floor out of it.

I love using Wild Orange in my cleaner. It has the same great cleansing and de-greasing properties as lemon but such a cheery scent that makes it a joy to use while cleaning the hard surfaces in your kitchen, bathroom or floors. Seriously, it is like sunshine in a bottle. Citrus oils are known to be uplifting to the mood which is nice when you need a little burst of energy.

INGREDIENTS  __________________________________________________________________

16 oz glass bottle
30 drops Wild Orange or Lemon essential oil
1/4 vinegar
1 tsp dish soap (optional)
1 3/4 c water

The recipe is super easy. Just add the oil, vinegar and dish soap if using to a glass or metal spray bottle and fill the rest of the way up with water. Shake well before use.

OTHER COMBINATIONS  ________________________________________________________

You can make your homemade cleaner in any scent you like. Some of my other favorites are:

I love that making my own DIY All-purpose cleaner is not only less expensive, but it is safer for me, my family and the environment.

*If you would like to have the versatility of  making lots of different scents, I would recommend getting a kit with our top 10 oils. It is discounted below our normal wholesale prices and comes with a free wholesale membership so you can add any other oils to your collection at the wholesale price throughout the year. It comes in 2 sizes: A small kit with 5 ml sample size bottles or the larger kit 15 ml bottle size which is a much better deal with triple the oil amount but not even twice the cost and comes with a diffuser to be able to enjoy your oils aromatically. For more information about getting these amazing oils in your home, click here.

Top 10 Ways to Use Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon Essential Oil has got to be my most used and loved essential oil. There are countless uses for lemon oil that it was hard to narrow down to just 10. Lemon Essential Oil is found in the peel of lemons and is known for its disinfectant, antiseptic, anti-fungal, antiviral and detoxifying properties.

HEALTH  ________________________________________________________________________

  • Detox- We all know how awesome lemon water is in helping our bodies detox. I love big glass of lemon water first thing in the morning before having anything else in my stomach. It just gives my body a little boost to move out all the toxins it processed overnight. I have really sensitive teeth though and I was afraid of what that daily lemon juice was doing to my teeth enamel. Now I don't worry at all. Instead of squeezing some fresh lemon in my water, I just drop 1 or 2 drops of lemon essential oil in my water and I get all the same benefits without the worry. Lemon also helps support a healthy metabolism, digestive system, liver and kidneys. 

*Of course I only recommend using Doterra Essential Oils because I know they are safe to ingest. Their quality and purity are unmatched. Many other essential oils have added fillers, chemicals or other contaminants which are not safe to take internally.*

  • Colds- help strengthen your immune system by rubbing lemon oil onto the soles of the feet and drink warm lemon water with a touch of honey to help soothe sore throats and coughs. Diffusing citrus with any conifer oil is also great for sore throats. I especially like Siberian Fir with lemon when I am diffusing.  

  • Anxiety and Stress- A study published in Brain Research found that lemon essential oil may possess anxiety-reducing and pain-relieving properties. Diffusing lemon oil aromatically can help lower the stress hormone Corticosterone. (Also, very promising findings showing a significant improvement in the cognitive function of older adults, especially among Alzheimer's patients in a small 2009 study.)

  • Air Purifier- Have sickness and germs in the house? Or did you just burn dinner. Diffuse 5 drops of lemon oil to cleanse and purify the air and no one will be the wiser. I really like this diffuser because it comes with intermittent timing so you can have it going all day but it will never get over-powering. 

HOME  _________________________________________________________________________

Thanks to its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, lemon and its refreshing, clean scent is found in so many of our household cleaning products. It is just as easy to add to our homemade and natural cleaning routines without all the extra chemicals. 
  • Add a drop or 2 for fresh smelling laundry

  • Add a drop to your dish detergent for sparkling dishes

  • Make your own All-Purpose Cleaner

  • Stainless Steel- baking soda, vinegar and lemon oil get the sparkle back. 

  • Gum + Sticky Residue- this one is a life-saver. Have you ever had to get gum out of hair? Or stickers off windows or walls? What about tree sap? Lemon oil is such a heavy hitter. Just cover the area with lemon oil and rub off/ out. 

  • Degrease- Mix with dish soap for a powerful de-greaser

  • Ok, one more. Lemon is an amazing addition to non-toxic homemade wood polish in helping to restore, shine and moisture by penetrating worn finishes. 

There are so many other ways to use lemon. I might need to write a sequel, but first, I want to cover a few things regarding its safe use.

HOW TO USE LEMON OIL SAFELY  _______________________________________________

Dilution- Like any oil, lemon oil should be diluted. Read How to Dilute Oils Safely for reference. 

Skin Sensitivity- Citrus oils, including Lemon can be photo-toxic. That means you should rub lemon directly on skin that will be exposed to sunlight. That is one of the reasons I love to apply my oils to the bottom of our feet or along the spine. 

As with any essential oil, there is a risk of contact sensitivity so test out on a small patch of skin first to determine if there is any sensitivity.  

If you would like to start reaping these benefits by using Lemon Essential Oil in your home you can find it here. If you would like to try a few other oils at the same time you can find lemon oil in this Beginner's Trio mini set or as part of our Top 10 oils in the Home Essentials Kit that also comes with a diffuser. To find out more about essential oils read the Essential Oil Series or click to Get Started to get the best price by getting your own wholesale account and access to buy these oils at a 25% discount.

Non-toxic Homemade Wood Polish

Non-toxic Homemade Wood Cleaner and Polish
Making our own natural and non-toxic cleaning products are so easy. Most of the time we already have all of the ingredients on hand. I love making homemade wood polish because I can get the fresh lemon smell that I love without all the chemicals from an aerosol can floating into the air and poisoning the air my family breathes.

I never really thought much about all of this until I was pregnant for the first time and my doctor's office gave me some literature for new moms. I'm one of those people who read through everything. When we bought our first house I annoyed the title company by reading through everything at closing. Anyway, in one of those papers I read a warning against the chemicals found in most of our cleaning products and that they could cause birth defects if inhaled/ingested. I remember thinking "If those chemicals can cause birth defects or miscarriage, what have they been doing to the inside of my body all this time?"

That set me on a course of learning that I never expected and led to how I feel today about the toxic load we are exposing ourselves and our children to everyday. Our chronic diseases, infertility, and a host of other problems can be laid at the feet of the chemicals that are so prevalent in every aspect of our lives. 

So I learned about GMOs, how to grow and can my own food and found easy adjustments for cleaner food and purer products where I could. This homemade wood polish is such and easy switch.

INGREDIENTS  __________________________________________________________________

  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil- honestly it doesn't need to be cold-pressed, the light will work just fine
  • 2 1/2 Tbls Distilled White Vinegar
  • 10 drops Lemon Essential Oil- you can also use Orange or if you want a woody scent Arborvitae.
  • 16 oz. Glass Spray Bottle- essential oils must be stored in glass, they will eat through plastic. These ones are a pretty color and come with cute chalk labels. 

INSTRUCTIONS  ________________________________________________________________

1. Add olive oil and vinegar to glass spray bottle.
2. Add 10 drops of essential oil.
3. Shake well before each use.
4. Apply to microfiber cloth and wipe wood surfaces clean. Repeat every 2–3 months or as often as needed. 

Enjoy bringing back the shine to your favorite tables, desks, floors, and more with this simple non-toxic recipe for homemade wood polish.

Check out more in our Essential Oil Series.

Homemade Garlic Powder

Homemade garlic powder has the most incredible scent and flavor. You'll be wondering what you've been eating all these years. Well, that's actually one of the reasons why I make my own spices.

Most packaged spices, including garlic powder that we buy from stores are full of anti-caking powders and other fillers so we really don't know what we are eating. There is also no way of knowing how old the spices are. We know that the antioxidants and other nutrients start breaking down over time so we could end up with something that is virtually tasteless and void of nutrition.

I wrote a previous post about how easy it is to dehydrate garlic. Seriously, it is. But I've had a lot of people ask what I actually do with this garlic and how I use it once it is dehydrated. It's so easy to throw a few slices in when I am sauteing veggies, making soups or dips. But my favorite thing is just to make homemade garlic powder.

Homemade Garlic Powder
I use a spice/coffee grinder and just fill it to the top of the silver fill line and process til it is a light fluffy powder. Watch out though. If you try to remove the lid right away you will end up with a cloud of garlic powder everywhere. So you need to let it rest for the dust to settle. I usually use up a bottle of garlic powder every few months; but once I had one for almost a year and I never had a problem with it clumping. But that is why I keep my dehydrated garlic in the slices and just grind what I need when I need it. It keeps the strongest flavor and I never have problems with caking.

Dehydrate Garlic Slices

 I use my dehydrate garlic slices but if you don't have any available then you could totally just use granulated garlic. Costco has a big jar of good California granulate garlic that I love.

Granulated Garlic
Garlic Powder

I just always save my spice jars and just reuse them, but there are a lot of cute ones on Amazon you could use if you want a cohesive look or wanted to give away some as gifts. These ones match the Spice Island jars you can get at the store.

I love easy ways to replace toxic and synthetic chemicals in our lives that don't take a lot of effort. Let me know in the comments if would be interested in seeing more ways to switch out everyday products/ ingredients with ones that are more natural and health promoting.

Homemade Bath Salt Ornaments w/ Essential Oil

Ah, I have had these sitting around for weeks and just haven't gotten around to putting them together. When I made my lavender bath salts over the summer, I knew I wanted to make it for friend Christmas gifts this year too. There is just something so special about a handmade gift and these come together so easy.

I found these super cute plastic ornaments at the Dollar Tree and thought they would be the perfect container to use for Christmas.

I changed up the recipe and used different oils. I actually used one called Serentiy. Which is a blend that includes lavender, cedarwood, ylang ylang and vanilla. Basically just heaven in a jar. Every scent that is the ultimate in relaxation and make you feel totally pampered. In fact, I think that is what I am going to put on the tags. Sleep in Heavenly Peace. Or Soak up the Season. Which do you prefer?

I had some dried rose petals I saved from over the summer along with my dried lavender. Don't they looked beautiful mixed within all the salt. And we know rose is great for the skin since it is used in almost every skincare line in the world.

I just used a big, glass jar to mix everything together in, but if you were going to make them in bulk then I think using a Bosch or Kitchen Aid mixer would work amazing.


  • 1 3/4 cup Epsom Salt
  • 1 Tbls Carrier Oil- I like coconut oil, but you can use olive oil 
  • 10 drops of Serenity Essential Oil- (I only use Doterra Oil, they have such quality ingredients and rigorous testing to make sure their oils live up to their high standards. You can find out more here). 
  • 1 Tbls of Fresh Lavender Flowers and Rose Petals - if you don't have these it is fine, they just make the salts look pretty and show what its made of. Kind of like how you garnish a plate with things that are in a dish so you know what's in it. 

  • Pour the Epsom Salt into a mixing bowl (glass or stainless steel- wood will absorb the oils)
  • Pour the Serenity Essential Oil drop by drop into the carrier oil and mix together with a spoon. 
  • Pour the combined oil over the salt and stir until it is equally distributed and the salt looks like wet sand. 
  • Stir in the lavender flowers and crushed rose petals through out.
  • Transfer into ornament whatever storage container you would like. (I don't mind using plastic here since they will probably be used pretty quickly and you don't have the chance of it shattering by being dropped in the bathroom.)

I know you are just going to die when you smell these.

DIY Shower Melts w/ Essential Oils

I did this DIY for an essential oils make-n-take I did recently and loved the end result so much I had to share these Shower Melts with you. Have you heard of bath bombs? Of course you have. They are all the rage right now, but if you find yourself without the time for a nice relaxing bath, shower melts are your new best friend.

You can make them in any scent but I made these specifically for someone dealing with sinus congestion or allergies. These O Christmas Tree melts smell like you are walking among a forest and includes doTERRA Breathe® Respiratory Blend to help give feelings of open airways and promote clear breathing.

O Christmas Tree Shower Melts

O Christmas Tree Shower Melts-

1 ½ cups baking soda
8 drops doTERRA Breathe®
6 drops Siberian Fir
3 drops Arborvitae
½ cup water


  • Combine baking soda and water in a bowl and mix well.
  • Add 15-20 drops of doTERRA essential oils depending on your preferred potency and mix again.
  • You can pack mixture tightly into silicone molds to make cute shapes but I just used a Tablespoon and dropped the mounds onto a parchment lined tray to sit overnight until dry.  
  • To use, place one or two tablets in the back of your shower and enjoy as the essential oils diffuse into the steam as you shower. (For best results, find a spot away from the direct flow of water so the melts can dissolve and release the aroma slowly).

Tip: For continued benefits after your shower, apply doTERRA Breathe® Vapor Stick to neck and chest area.

Essential Oil Holiday Gift Guide by Price

Hello beautiful friends!

We've put together some gift ideas for the people you love most in your life.
Some of these folks may be lovers of essential oils already, or maybe they are
brand new and you are easing them into this world of natural health. Either
way, we have incredible options for everyone!

Mini Gift Guide

Give the gift of health to everyone you know and love this year! Small gifts
that are perfect to use for any occasion during this season of giving and
gratitude. Think: teachers, mailman, stocking stuffers, Hanukkah gifts,
babysitter, co-workers, etc.

Lavender Touch Roller: relax nerves, support achy heads and tummies, soothe
irritated skin; this roller does it all and is sensitive enough for any person, big
or small. (13.75)

Travel Kit: Purchase this collection of 4 (Lavender, Peppermint, Wild Orange,
& Aromatouch) and break it up, so you have a mini oil for 4 dierent people!

Lip Balms: 3 flavors (herbal, tropical, & original), and full of gorgeous hydrat-
ing emollients and oils to keep your lips in great shape for the holiday mistle-
toe. My personal favorite is the tropical one, especially when it’s this cold out.
(6.50 each or all three for 15.00)

OnGuard Hand Sanitizer: ‘Tis the season for big family gatherings and
spreading germs. Throw this in everyone’s stocking to keep them healthy and
enjoying their holidays. Bonus; with oils like Cinnamon, wild orange, and clove,
it smells just like Christmas. (6.50)

Citrus Bliss Hand Lotion: All that seasonal hand washing leads to dry, cracked
skin, so they will love keeping this perfectly sized lotion in their purse or desk
to soothe their skin & relax their frayed nerves. The scent is uplifting and
bright too. (6.95)

On Guard Cleaner Concentrate: This all natural cleaner will help keep germs at
bay, while also boosting their own immunity; who can argue with that?

On Guard Throat Drops: Immunity right in your pocket. These throat drops
are perfect to throw in your bag and keep your body supported on the go. I
love taking these on airplanes, keeping one or two in my winter coat pocket,
and having on hand when your throat gets a tickle in church, etc. (14.50)

Mud Mask: Self-care is the big buzz word these days. Give your loved ones
something safe, easy, and that works to push toxins from their skin in 10
minutes or less. This helps to seal in moisture, dry up acne spots, and it works as
a wonderful detox when switching to natural deodorant. (Apply mask to
armpit area 1x a week!) (14.50)

Balance Deodorant: Speaking of natural deodorant, if you love someone, have
THE talk with them this holiday season. No, not THAT one. The one where
you tell them that conventional deodorants and antiperspirants contribute to
adrenal fatigue, imbalanced hormones, and ups their risk of congesting their
lymph system which can lead to the c-word. We promise it’s important. And
an easy switch with this deodorant option that scores a 1 on the EWG (basi-
cally the best score). (8.75)

Body Butter: This deeply nourishing body cream is perfect for the winter air
we are experiencing. Nourishing, absorbs quickly, and a perky citrus scent to
chase away the winter blues.(14.50)

Motivate Touch Roller: We all know that getting up in the morning is a chore,
and especially so in the winter when it’s basically dark when you wake up,
AND when you leave work. Motivate is great to swipe on in the morning in
place of perfume/cologne, and also to carry with you throughout the day for
an added pick me up (2pm slump anyone?). (15.00)

OnGuard Toothpaste & OnGuard Mouthwash: Power up your oral health and
boost your immune function, all in one shot! These seem like simple basics,
and they are, which is what makes them so powerful. Help add in wellness
support to their normal routine! (Toothpaste: 8.50 and mouthwash 14.50)

$25 Gift Guide

Introductory Kit: the three cornerstone oils: (lemon, lavender, & peppermint) to
get her oil journey going and to support her health naturally. Pop in a copy of
101 ways to use them and your recipient will be so grateful for a fresh start.
Serenity Softgels: Every human we know needs more quality rest. These
all-natural herb and essential oil softgels will help you to get the most out of
whatever precious window of time you have to lay your head on the pillow.
Non-habit forming, and totally safe. And, taking just one helps big time with
headaches and anxiety. Perfect for covering all your bases. And The Essen-
tial Midwife gives these 2 thumbs up for pregnant and nursing moms too!

Healing Hands Rose Lotion: Rose is the most precious essential oil available,
and it has the highest vibrational energetic signature of any oil on earth. It
immediately soothes skin, relaxes and slows down the nervous system
(de-stress!), and it gently boosts our immune function.. Plus 100% of the
proceeds goes towards The Healing Hands foundation's humanitarian work
around the world. (20.00)

PB Assist Jr.: These packets taste like a pixie stick, but are actually chock full
of double encapsulated pre- and pro-biotics to keep your digestive tract
running smoothly. Created for and loved by kiddos, but I’ve known adults to
sneak them too! Made with natural watermelon and strawberry flavors, it's a
"treat" mom can get behind too. (Perfect to split up into little bundles to pop
into multiple stockings!) (24.50)

Holiday Joy or Holiday Peace: What do you buy for the person who already
has everything? How about a blend that bottles up all the nostalgia for the
holidays and let’s you sink into the season whenever you difuse it? Put it in
the diuser, scent homemade potpourri with it, or put a drop on your coat
lapel. (24.50)

Hydrating Body Mist w/ Beautiful Blend: This body oil is the stuff dreams are
made of. Featuring our gorgeous Beautiful blend, this body oil is light and
hydrating and goes on so smoothly. It isn’t heavy and oily--you can spray it
on, rub it in quickly, and get dressed. Perfect for winter skin. Everyone you gift
this to will beg to know where to get more when their bottle runs out. (22.00)

$50 Gift Guide

Brightening Gel: This gel is truly a miracle worker. It wakes up your skin,
smooths and fills lines, and it brightens the tone. You’ll notice a reduction in
age spots and an evening out of skin. (34.50)

Anti-Aging Eye Cream: At any age, this eye cream is your ticket to youthful,
soft skin and a reduction of dark circles around the eyes. (45.00)

Copaiba Softgels: This oil reduces stress and inflammation, and frankly, we all
need more of that. The new softgel options makes it simple to add to your
morning line up. Perfect for after an intense workout, to soothe ragged
nerves, or to usher you into dreamland. (35)

Deep Blue Rub: So versatile and the perfect gift for anyone who has inflam-
mation in their muscles and joints. Wonderful for soothing neck, shoulder, and
head tension too. The perfect gift to grab for the guy who has everything.

Frankincense Touch Roller: Grounding and balancing emotionally, immune
stimulating, cellular regenerating, and mild enough for little ones and adults
alike. Perfection. (Now you know why baby Jesus was gifted this!) (45.50)

Petal Diuser: Endless options at their home for passive benefits both emo-
tionally and physically from using their oils aromatically. Now you can finally
ditch those scented candles and get ready to hear compliments on how
amazing your home smells, all the while you secretly know you’re making them
healthier too! (47.00)

Jasmine Touch Roller: Incredible on it’s own as perfume, but even better when
layered with Grapefruit. This oil also helps you to feel grounded, and sensual,
and supports your emotional and reproductive help. Maybe get two so you
can keep one. (42.00)

Magnolia Roller: One of the best tools for helping with anxiousness and
stress. Perfect to roll on each morning to support your emotions and mood.
Floral oils are always very supportive to our skin and reproductive health too!

Splurge Gift Guide

The Aromatouch Kit: Only $100 and full of oils to support immune health,
emotional balance, and aching muscles. Plus fractionated coconut oil to
protect and nourish. The perfect combination.

Rose Touch Roller: One of the most precious oils on earth. This oil has the
highest vibrational frequency and instantly helps to uplift your mood and your
energy. Wonderful immune support, incredibly healing to the skin, and a per-
fect gift. (75.00)

Kids Collection: This incredible new collection of oils for the kids in
your life are a perfect way to safely and eectively use oils with your family. 6
special blends that address the heart, mind, and body. The perfect gift for a
new family! (95.00)

Athlete’s Kit: This features 5mL bottles of Breathe, OnGuard, Lavender,
Melaleuca, and Peppermint, as well as the Deep Blue lotion, all in a convenient
zip pouch that you can throw in your gym. It’s also the perfect amount to take
on a quick trip! These staples address everything from respiratory distress, to
immune function, to aching muscles, to feelings of anxiousness. (65.00)

Yarrow/Pom: This new oil duo, available in December is one of the best new
things doTERRA has launched this year. The blend of yarrow essential oil and
pomegranate seed extract pack an incredible punch. Incredible revitalizing,
nourishing, and healing to the skin, you’ll be blown away by the results.
Equally as incredible internally, you’ll notice a reduction in inflammation, and
supported digestive and immune function too! (95.00)

The Lumo Diuser: Stylish and ecient,the perfect option for open spaces
and high trac areas in your home. Give the gift of health by sharing this
diuser and oils to help support immune function, reduce stress, and brighten
dreary days. They’ll love it because having it running will make them think of
you. (70.00)

I hope these gave you some great ideas to show love to the people in your lives.

Merriest Wishes!

Essential Oil Series: How to Dilute Essential Oils

We love our essential oils in our house and use them frequently and consistently to support our family's health. Because they are so potent and effective, when it comes to essential oils, less is definitely more. I remember wishing I had a dilution recipe when I first got my oils almost 10 years ago. I remember being worried about not knowing how to use them 'right'.  I knew they are suppose to be diluted but I didn't have a great method for figuring that out.

Luckily for you, I have this handy oil dilution reference chart. Now you can easily see how many drops of oil you should add to various bottle sizes before filling the rest of the way with a carrier oil. Remember, my favorite carrier oil is Fractionated Coconut Oil because it stays liquid at room temperature and it doesn't leave a greasy feel. Any good, pure vegetable oil will do however: jojoba, almond, olive, extra virgin coconut, avocado, etc.

As you can see, babies and kids really don't need a lot of oils for them to work effectively. Even for adults' everyday use we shouldn't be using that much. It is only when we need to address a targeted area or concern do we ever up the amount we put on; and then it is only temporarily until the issue is resolved.

Essential oils are great and we can use them in so many ways to support our health. I hope this chart makes you feel a little more comfortable and confident to start using your oils. If you want to get oil blends pre-diluted for babies and children, Doterra just released an awesome Kid Collection with safe and gentle oils made just for the precious little bodies in our care. You can check it out here. We've been absolutely loving them at our house. My little guy will walk over to me and life up foot and ask for me to put some oils on.

If you want some roller ball bottles to blend your oils on you can add some onto your DoTerra order if you already have an account or get some off amazon here.

Please let me know if you have any additional questions. And check out the rest of the Essential Oil Series.

Essential Oil Series: How to Use Essential Oils

In the first part of our Essential Oil Series we learned what an essential oil actually is and how the purity of the oil really matters. Just like we are passionate about the quality and sourcing of our food, we should be diligent about the purity of our essential oils. If you have one that is Certified Therapeutic Grade Pure, you can actually take it internally. Other oils without that certification could be up to 80% of fillers, contaminants and unwanted chemicals. No thank you.

Essential Oils are so versatile and can be taken in 3 ways.

AROMATICALLY  ________________________________________________________________

INHALING: This is the easiest way to use essential oils. Place 1 drop of oil in your hands and rub them together. Cup your hands around your nose and mouth while inhaling deeply through your nose. This is the fastest way to get oils into your body to start working instantly. If you don't want the oil on your hands, you could also just take a deep breath right from the bottle.

DIFFUSING: I love this method for purifying the air, mood boosting and just creating an overall healthy atmosphere be it at home, in the car or on your desk at work. It's as easy as it gets. Just add 5-7 drops of your favorite essential oil(s) to a diffuser with water and sit back and enjoy the benefits of aromatic use.

TOPICALLY  _____________________________________________________________________

This is just what it sounds like, applying directly to the skin. Essential oils are potent, that is why we love them, so it is recommended to dilute every oil with a carrier oil before applying to the skin. A carrier oil is an oil like fractionated coconut oil, olive oil, etc that can help dilute the essential oil and allow us to rub/ carry the same amount of essential oils to a larger area of skin without using too much. Place 1-2 drops of oil of choice on hand, dilute with carrier oil and apply to the target area. Some of the best places to apply oils are typically the bottoms of the feel until you are sure there are no sensitivities then you can move to inside of the wrists, temples, base of neck and along the spine.

INTERNALLY  ___________________________________________________________________

I would never recommend this option for any but DoTERRA oils because I can't speak to their purity. Always look for the Supplement Facts on the label to make sure it is 100% pure and safe for ingestion. There are many opinions regarding ingesting essential oils so make sure to do your own research and choose what's best for you. 

You can place a drop of oil under your tongue for immediate absorption, place 1-2 drops in a glass of water, or fill an empty veggie capsule to take the oils internally. One thing to note is that some oils, especially citrus can break down petrochemical in certain plastics so make sure you are drinking from glass, ceramic or stainless steel containers.

*Any suggestions made on this blog are very specific to doTERRA essential oils and should not be used with oils from another source. Statements made on this website about doTERRA Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician. If you are currently on medication, please do not stop.

How to Dehydrate Garlic Cloves

So I am one of those people who buys garlic in bulk. Tell me I'm not the only one who gets annoyed with how much a single head of garlic costs? You can get like 4 x's that much for the same price if you buy it in bags; which I normally do to feel like I am saving money.

Well actually, I do save money. But then I am left with the problem of having a bunch of garlic that starts to send out shoots before I can get through them all. There are a couple things you can do with your extra garlic cloves that need to start being used up. You can freeze it raw for later use and pull out a few at a time as you need them; but I rarely have the freezer space (yes, even for something as small as a bag of garlic. Talk to my husband, it is his longest running complaint how full our freezer always is.) You could roast it whole in the oven and have on hand to throw into pasta dishes, sauteed veggies or any other recipe. You could also plant it, or you can dehydrate it. 

Dehydrating veggies is one of the easiest means of food preservation and pretty cheap too. I got a dehydrator years ago off a classifieds website for $15 that has served me well. You actually don't even need a dehydrator. You could use an oven on the lowest temperature or even just with the light on or if it is during the summer and you don't live in a humid area, you can dehydrate your food outside. I mean that's how food was dried for centuries and it works just as well today. Honestly, it's so dry where I live that my cloves will dry up right in the whole head if I just left them out. Especially during the winter when my house is really warm and dry.

I usually like to slice my garlic into about 4-5 slices. I feel like that is a more manageable size to use in cooking. It also makes them more even and allows for more surface face to dehydrate faster. Just make sure that if your dehydrator tray has slats like mine, that you don't cut them so small they will fall through once they are dried.

Lay them out evenly and not overlapping but they can be close since they will shrink as they dry. I like to put mine in around the afternoon and let it dry all through the night. When you check in the morning you need to make sure they are crispy and break when you bend them. There can't be any pliability. That means that they aren't all the way dry and they will mold in their container. If they are bendy and don't break, leave them on for a few more hours til they snap like a twig.

Once they are all the way dry, place the garlic slices in an airtight (preferably glass) airtight container and store in a cool. dark place. I don't grind my garlic into powder right now but you could. It is best to break, slice or grind right before using because it helps retain all its flavor and potency.

When I am ready to grind my grinder, I use a spice/coffee grinder because it breaks it down to a soft powder.

Let me know in the comments if you give this a try or if you have done it before. And check back for my posts about making homemade garlic powder and garlic salt.

Essential Oil Series: Essential Oils 101

I am so excited about the curiosity around Essential Oils these days. I grew up in a pretty holistic, alternative medicine using home so when I first heard about essential oils, almost 10 years ago, I was intrigued and open to the idea. The thing I liked most about them were that they were all natural, pure ingredients. Not the synthetic stuff from a lab which we are usually prescribed. 

As a pregnant mother for the first time, I also loved that they were safe enough to use on babies. There is almost nothing you can give to a baby medicine-wise, so I loved feeling like I had some control over my baby's wellness. We have been using them to support our health ever since and I am happy they are getting more and more mainstream. Kind of like green smoothies.

Essential Oils are finally having their moment and it is well deserved. We know, and love to use herbs because they are so good for us; but guess what? Essential oils are about 50-70% more potent than herbs. 1 drop is actually equivalent to drinking 28 cups of tea from the same source. Since they are so potent you only need 1 or 2 drops, it makes them very affordable overall.

WHAT IS AN ESSENTIAL OIL  ____________________________________________________

But what exactly are essential oils you might wonder? Well basically, they are the aromatic compounds seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants that have made them sought after for food flavoring, mood enhancing and healing aids for centuries. In fact, most medicine is based off of the molecules found in the natural world known for their healing properties. And, their natural form provides an all-natural health option to benefit our bodies.

The most common method of extracting essential oils is low-heat steam distillation where pressurized steam is circulated through the plant material. The essential oils are extracted from the plant and carried away by the steam and then collected as the water and oil naturally separate. The more pure the essential oil, the more powerful the results.

PURITY  ________________________________________________________________________

Essential oils are definitely not created equal. Many essential oils on the market are not pure. Often, they contain up to 80% filler or other elements that dilute and alter the purity of the oil which then diminishes the healthful qualities of the oil. Just like with food, quality and sourcing matters.

Since I have researched to much into the benefits of eating clean food, I already knew I would not use essential oils from companies that couldn't prove how pure their oil is. I found what I believe is the best company producing the highest quality products and best practices. DoTerra.

"Each doTERRA essential oil is also carefully and thoroughly tested using the strict CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® quality protocol. Experienced essential oil users will immediately recognize the superior quality standard for naturally safe, purely effective therapeutic-grade doTERRA essential oils."   -Doterra Website

Doterra essentially (see what I did there?) wrote the book on essential oil purity testing. No one had or has a higher grade of pure oils than them. I love that there are quality controls in place by testing EVERY batch. I also appreciate that they source their products from small farms in the countries where those plants are native grown while paying a fair wage to the farmers and distillers. They are involved every step of the way so they know with confidence that their oil is pure.

Up next, I am sharing about How to Use Essential Oils but if you are ready to get started now click