Nature’s Bounty – finding little hacks to integrate essential oils into your everyday life

Bering’sNow that’s we’ve familiarized with some of the awesome properties of essential oils, let’s look at ways to integrate them into your everyday rituals.  Essential oils are so versatile we’ll be covering life hacks that span Personal Care, Family Wellness, and  Cleaning Supplies, as well as some delicious recipes that use essential oils to really ramp up the flavor.

Personal Care –

Natural Facial Toner – The ingredients of this simple, alcohol-free, chemical-free and toxin-free facial toner will reduce inflammation, kill bacteria, prevent oiliness, promote healthy skin cell growth and reduce scarring from acne.

  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 3 drops Frankincense
  • 4 drops Tea Tree
  • 1 drop Copaiba
  • Witch Hazel

Mix the essential oils in a rollerball or air-tight bottle.  Fill up with witch hazel.  Shake to mix.  Use rollerball to apply or wet cotton ball and swab face.

Dry Shampoo – For healthy hair, give your mane a break from the harsh chemicals in your shampoo and dry this powder alternative.

  • ¼ cup Arrowroot Powder (add 2 tablespoons of Cocoa Powder for darker hair)
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Rosemary
  • 2 drops Peppermint

Put Arrowroot Powder (and Cocoa Powder, if using) and essential oils into food processor and pulse until well combined.  Store in a glass jar.  To use, apply powder to roots and oily parts of hair with an old make-up brush.

Eyelash Serum – This serum is an easy way to promote hair growth and health for your eyelashes (and eyebrows!)

  • Empty mascara bottle
  • Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 3 drops Cedarwood
  • 2 drops Rosemary
  • 1 drop Frankincense

Fill empty mascara bottle halfway with the Fractionated Coconut Oil.  Add the Lavender, Cedarwood, Rosemary and Frankincense.  Add more Coconut Oil to fill the bottle, leaving enough room for the mascara wand, then pop in the reducer.  Insert the wand and securely tighten the lid.  Shake the bottle to mix ingredients.  Use wand to apply to both eyelashes and eyebrows.

Family Wellness –

Cough Syrup – Need something to soothe your sore throat?  Try this all natural remedy and ditch the synthetic store brand.

  • 8 Tablespoons Raw Honey
  • 8 drops Lemon
  • 8 drops Peppermint
  • 8 drops Frankincense
  • 8 drops Wild Orange
  • Small glass container

In a mixing bowl, stir all ingredients together.  Place in air-tight glass container.  As needed, add spoonful to a cup of hot tea or simply take a spoonful by mouth.

All Purpose Disinfectant Spray – Called Nature’s Neosporin, this spray can be used on minor cuts and wounds.

  • Small Spray bottle
  • 8 drops Oregano
  • 8 drops Thyme
  • 8 drops Melaleuca
  • 8 drops Clove
  • 8 drops Cinnamon
  • 8 drops OnGuard blend
  • 8 drops Purify blend
  • Fractionated Coconut Oil

Add essential oils to spray bottle and top off with Fractionated Coconut Oil.  Shake well.  Spray on anything that goes “Owie!”.

Headache Relief – relieves the “grit-your-teeth” tension of a headache by utilizing calming oils.

  • Roller bottle
  • 3 drops Peppermint
  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Eucalyptus
  • 2 drops Rosemary
  • Fractionated Coconut Oil

Add all ingredients to the bottle and shake.  Pop in rollerball and apply mixture to temples, collarbone and wrists.  This blend, minus the Coconut Oil, can be diffused as well.

Cleaning Supplies –

Dryer Balls – a fun alternative to toxic and wasteful dryer sheets.

  • 100% wool yarn or 100% other animal yarn (no synthetic)
  • Old pantyhose
  • Oil of choice – some options would be Lavender, Lemon or Lemongrass, Euclyptus, Grapefruit or a proprietary blend like Purify or OnGuard.

Wrap the yarn around 2 fingers about 10 times.  Remove from fingers and wrap more yarn around the middle (it will look like a bow).  Continue to wrap the yarn around this starter, until you get to the approximate size and shape of a tennis ball.  Repeat until you have 4 balls.  Now take your old pair of pantyhose and cut off a leg.  Drop a ball into the toe and tie it off.  Repeat with the other 3 balls.  Wash your lumpy pantyhose leg in the hottest water possible – this will cause the wool yarn to felt, or become a solid ball.  Now dry on the hottest setting.  Once they’re dry, add several drops of the oil of your choice.  Your dryer balls are ready to fresh your laundry and as an added bonus, will really do a number fluffing your bath towels.

Drain Cleaner – The natural, non-acid way to get your drain running clear.

  • 10 drops Wild Orange
  • ¼ cup Baking Soda
  • ½ cup White Vinegar

Send your 10 drops of Wild Orange down the drain, followed by the Baking Soda.  Add the White Vinegar and let it sit while it reacts, about 15 minutes.  Pour almost boiling water down the drain to flush it.  Repeat as necessary.

Mold & Mildew Cleaner – This powerful mold destroyer is non-toxic and bleach-free and so awesome that it actually deters mold from coming back.

  • Large spray bottle
  • 1 cup White Vinegar
  • 20 drops Lemon
  • 40 drops Tea Tree

Add Vinegar to bottle, then top with the essential oils.  Put cap on bottle and shake well to mix.  Spray on tiles, tubs and showers.

 Cooking with Essential Oils – One of the great benefits of essential oils is that, in a pinch, you can use them to add significant flavor to your cooking.

  • Lemon – great addition to both sweet and savory dishes. Can be substituted for lemon zest or added to your turkey brine (with a smidge of thyme oil) for Thanksgiving Dinner.
  • Lime – kick up the flavor of your salsas and tortilla soups!
  • Wild Orange – ADD. TO. ANYTHING. CHOCOLATE.
  • Ginger – a nice substitute for fresh ginger.   Great addition to beverages, both hot and cold – whether it be a homemade Chai Tea or a summery Lemonade.
  • Cardamom – a delightfully deep and spicy oil, it works well in milky teas or dark spice cakes. Even a nice addition to brownies.
  • Peppermint – another great pairing with chocolate. Imagine it in a nice cup of cocoa?
  • Dill – an easy swap out for fresh dill in homemade pickles and it adds a fresh kick to salad dressings and marinades.
  • Black Pepper – ideal for bar-b-que marinades.

One more, before you go!

Now that you have multiple ways to integrate essential oils into your everyday life, you’re going to soon have empty bottles.  Our last hack is a way to squeeze out every last useful drop of your doTERRA oil.

“Scent”sational Bath Salts

  • Air-tight jar
  • 4 cups Epsom Salts
  • All your almost used up bottles of essential oils without their lids
    (Suggested oils: Lemon, Clove, Grapefruit, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Cinnamon, Rosemary and Lemongrass)

Put the Epsom Salts in the jar.  Push your empties down into the salts, open mouth down.  Close the lid and let it sit for several days.  Shake it once in a while to disperse the oil throughout the salts.  When it’s bath time, put a ½ cup under the running water, and relax your cares away!

Thank you for joining us for the Summer of Wellness!  We have all the doTERRA essential oil you need here in-store, in-stock so swing on by or call 1-800-BERINGS to purchase.

 

 

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