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TIP-TOP Ten Favorite SPRING Diffuser Blends

Spring Diffuser Blends

There are so many things that I love about spring – the colorful spring bulbs, the temperate days, the fresh smells, the new green grass, the preparation of gardens and the rosy toddler cheeks from playing long and hard outside.

Tulips

In my quest to celebrate the ordinary and the extra-ordinary days of the year, I am creating my bucket list for enjoying SPRING with my people. This list includes:

  • Attend tulip days at our botanical gardens
  • Plant my vegetable garden and help Little Oilist plant hers
  • Greet our new neighbors with a pot of flowers
  • Plant a new fruit tree and some blueberry bushes
  • Go for lots of spring walks
  • Do a deep spring-cleaning
  • Do some spring crafts with the girls
  • Slow down to enjoy the sights and sounds of spring
  • Experiment and create spring diffuser recipes

Spring diffuser recipes? Yes, I have already worked on that last bucket list item. I have so loved experimenting with some wonderful diffuser blends that not only remind me of spring, but have supporting properties for the sneezing and wheezing that can spring bring.

Grandmother’s Flower Garden Blend PicMonkey Collage2 drops of Ylang Ylang

2 drops of Peppermint

1 drop of Jade Lemon

Pine Purity BlendPine Purity Blend1 drop of Geranium

2 drops of Lavender

2 drops of Lime

1 drop of Pine

Spring Tea BlendSpring Tea Blend2 drops of Geranium

3 drops of Lemon

3 drops of Orange

Rest and Relaxation BlendRest and Relaxation Blend6 drops of Lavender

4 drops of Eucalyptus

Spring in a Bottle BlendSpring in a Bottle Blend3 drops of Geranium

3 drops of Orange

3 drops of Lime

Spring Energy BlendSpring Energy Blend5 drops of Orange

3 drops of Fennel

Fresh Air BlendFresh Air Blend1 drop of Lemon

1 drop of Lime

1 drop of Tea Tree

Happy Morning BlendHappy Morning Blend1 drop of Pepperment

1 drop of Orange

1 drop of Lime

Spring Problems and Relief BlendSpring Problems and Relief Blend1 drop of Jade Lemon

1 drop of Peppermint

1 drop of Eucalyptus

Spring Days BlendSpring Days Blend3 drops of Peppermint

3 drops of Lavender

3 drops of Lemon

Celebrate these wonderful days of spring in any way you can with your family – the new sights, the sounds and the freshness. This is a wonderful time of year to create and enjoy everything new and fresh from your gardens to your essential oils. I hope these blends will refresh and support you and maybe even inspire you in creating your own, one-of-a-kind SPRING essential oil blend.

Happy Spring!

Tulips

Mommy Oilist Does Whole30

Whole30

Sugar is hard to give up. Carbs are hard to ditch.  Though we need glucose every day to function, most of us tend to binge, crave and eat too many carbs and too much sugar.

Daddy Oilist and I think a lot about what we eat. We enjoy grass-fed beef produced by a local farmer. We load our basket with fresh fruits and veggies each week.

Whole30

Yet, I have begun to see a slight change in my cravings. After a stressful (read BabyOilist doesn’t want to nap) afternoon, I crave some cheesecake. Real cheesecake – made with real sugar – the real deal. Or I want to eat a huge hunk of bread.  All these cravings come after a stressful period, not when I am hungry. To help with this, I engaged in a month-long gentle cleanse called, “Whole30.”

The basics of Whole30 are:

Eating:

  • Whole foods – meats, eggs, lots of veggies, some fruit, nuts, fats and seeds

Not Eating:

  • Grains, dairy, legumes and sugar

This 30 day protocol is not for the faint of heart. There were tough moments. But from day one, I  felt so much better! Yes, there were days that I was extra tired or craved something on the “no” list. But those moments were short lived as I developed a cheat-sheet of tricks that helped me.

Whole30

Here are five basic and practical tips that helped me:

  • Have a basic plan or menu for each day.
  • When hungry, start making and eating food. Make a salad. Cook some chicken. Or just start eating nuts, bell peppers or a grapefruit.
  • Get enough water.
  • Take your vitamins.
  • Get some extra sleep.

Cedarwood

Here is how essential oils helped me get through the Whole30:

  • Cedarwood and Lavender Bath – Sometimes the cravings would come when I was uptight and just needed to relax.
  • Using Young Living essential oils (i.e. Vitality line) in my cooking to add depth, interest and variety. A chopped apple and walnuts with one drop of Thieves Vitality was a yummy, new-found treat!
  • Inhaling and Diffusing – Taking deep inhalations of Grounding, Stress-Away or Valor. This helped refocus my mind, refresh my mood and re-energize my body.
  • Lime and Lemon Water – Squeezing a fresh lemon into a glass of water with one drop of Lime Vitality essential oil was a great pick-me-up.

Whole30

Whole30 is not for the faint of heart, but it is so worth it. Within a week, my brain fog was gone and I felt so alive. Seeing these results and now having some little tricks in my back pocket, I am ready to do this challenge again!

Whole30

Favorite Infant Immune Supporting Blend

Baby Oils

My Baby Oilist has her mouth on everything. She tastes toys, books, and alas, crumbs almost every day, and not to mention her own little digits that touch everything.

Good habits of cleaning and hygiene are the most important factors in keeping your babies and homes well.

But when my baby’s immune system need support, I turn to my trusty and favorite Baby Immune Supporting Essential Oil Blend.

I combined some of my favorite essential oils that are gentle, yet are still super powerful and effective. Balsam Fir, Lavender, Roman Chamomile and Orange work together to support excellent immune function.

Baby Oils

As with all things you apply or give to your children, do your research and use your best judgment on what your child needs.

Here is the exact recipe that I use for my littlest Oilists – from babyhood to two years old. I use equal parts of this essential oil blend and a carrier oil on my one-year-old. I would dilute this more for a younger baby or less for an older toddler. Feel free to dilute this recipe more or less depending on the age of your child and your needs.

Baby Oils

Favorite Infant Immune-Supporting Blend

25 drops Balsam Fir Essential Oil

15 drops Orange Essential Oil*

20 drops Lavender Essential Oil

10 drops Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

70 drops V-6 Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex

I combine all these drops in an empty Lavender essential oil bottle with a roller ball top. This makes it easy and tidy to apply.

Baby Oils

I roll this recipe on the feet, the chest and back several times a day when my Baby Oilist needs it.

I hope this blend blesses your babies as much as it has mine!

*With a supported, healthy immune system, Baby Oilist enjoyed some sunshine during this photo shoot. Be aware though that Orange essential oil, like all citrus oils, can cause photosensitivity, so avoid applying it to exposed skin before spending time out in the sun.

Baby Oils

Copaiba – A Mommy’s Best Friend

Copaiba for Teething

My most exciting essential oil discovery in 2015 was Copaiba. I have come to love this woodsy, calming scent, but even more I have fallen in love with its soothing capability during times of teething.

My Baby Oilist often refuses certain feedings when she is teething. She’ll begin to eat and then start crying and refuse anything in her mouth for several hours. Early on when she was exclusively breastfeeding, I would begin to feel alarmed by her refusal, especially if it was during the night. Rocking, swinging, singing, distracting often offered little to no relief.

A friend suggested I try applying one drop of Copaiba essential oil topically on her gums. The first time I experimented with this, she calmed down immediately. Coincidence?

Copaiba for Teething

This past week Baby Oilist has been working on getting her 1-year-old molars in. At first, [I’d change the word order and put “with tears” here] she refused to eat. I remembered my success with Copaiba earlier in her life and ran to my essential oil collection to get it.

Her brown eyes searched my face as I gently rubbed a tiny drop on her bulging gums. She usually doesn’t let someone else’s finger in her mouth while she is teething. This time, however, she placed her hands on my wrist to keep my hand in place while massaging her gum with the oil.

Once again she was very calm after this application and readily went on to eat after this.

Copaiba for Teething

Happy baby equals a happy mommy!

Here are some additional forms of relief that I have found to be helpful:

Chiropractic adjustments – I love to take them in for a chiropractic adjustment. They sleep better, nurse better and seem much more relaxed.

Amber necklace – There is a lot of controversy if this actually works. The basic idea is that the naturally occurring resin in the amber beads permeates through the skin and works as a natural pain neutralizer. I have used these necklaces with both my babies and seem to see a positive difference. I definitely notice a significantly reduced amount of drool when they are wearing their necklaces. Plus, those necklaces are just so cute!

Frozen foods – If the baby is a little older, frozen fruit (cut in appropriate sizes) is always a special treat. Bananas, mangos, kiwi or blueberries are excellent ways to feed a tender-mouthed baby.

 Copaiba for Teething

Dark Chocolate Gingerbread Truffles

Gingerbread Truffles

My Little Oilist and I wanted to make something chocolate for her daddy’s November birthday when I came across this recipe for gingerbread truffles. Knowing that Daddy Oilist enjoys variety, we decided to make this healthy dessert for his special celebration.

Following his birthday, those of us at home had to practice discipline because we wanted to eat these while he was away at work! I enjoyed the “holiday” taste of cinnamon, ginger, clove and nutmeg while still eating something good for me – something that was without processed sugar and a lot of carbs. As for Little Oilist, she enjoys anything chocolate and gave this a big thumb’s up!

 Gingerbread Truffles

Ingredients:

6 ounces dark chocolate (at least 50 percent chocolate), finely chopped

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup (add more to taste if desired)

1/3 cup coconut milk

Pinch of sea salt

2 drops Cinnamon Bark essential oil

2 drops Ginger essential oil

1 drop Clove essential oil

1 drop Nutmeg essential oil

Unsweetened cocoa powder for rolling

Instructions:

·  Place the chopped chocolate in a heat-proof bowl and set aside. In this case, I made my own dark chocolate with cocoa powder, butter, vanilla and a little bit of stevia.

Gingerbread Truffles

·  Combine the coconut oil, sweetener, coconut milk and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer (do not boil).

Gingerbread Truffles

·  Pour mixture over reserved chopped chocolate. Let stand for 1-2 minutes; then stir gently until completely melted and smooth.

·  Stir in the drops of essential oil.

·  Refrigerate until mixture is just set; about 2 hours.

Gingerbread Truffles

·  With a small scoop or spoon, make 12 balls, rolling each between the palms of your hands to smooth.

·  Place about ¼ cup of cocoa powder in the bottom of a shallow plate or dish. Roll each truffle in the cocoa until coated.

·  Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes to firm.

Gingerbread Truffles

·  Let stand at room temperature 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Gingerbread Truffles

Truffles can be refrigerated in a sealed jar or airtight container for up to two weeks.

Chocolate Thin Mints

Thin Mints

I remember the amazing taste of the Girl Scout thin mint cookies that my grandfather would buy. They tasted so fresh, so sweet and a wonderful mix of soft and crisp. They were some of my favorite cookies.

Fast forward a couple decades and I still love the fresh taste of mint and the amazing taste of chocolate and mint together. So I was super stoked to find a natural, good-for-you version of my childhood favorite.

As my dough was cooling in the refrigerator, Daddy Oilist, who didn’t know that I had made the cookie dough and had tasted it, came into the kitchen and gave me a kiss. He stepped back surprised and asked, “Did you get a new peppermint toothpaste?” 🙂

Peppermint essential oil is very potent, so a few drops is all you need for a distinct and refreshing peppermint flavor.

Here is a wonderful recipe to satisfy your chocolate craving and freshen your breath!

Cookie

1 cup + 1 tablespoon blanched almond flour

1 tablespoon tapioca

1/3 cup cocoa powder

¼ cup + 1 tablespoon grass-fed butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1-2 drops Peppermint Vitality essential oil

dash of Himalayan sea salt

2 tablespoons pure maple syrup or raw honey (or equivalent amount of desired sweetener)

Thin Mints

Chocolate Coating

½ cup dark chocolate

1-2 drops Peppermint Vitality essential oil

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.Thin Mints

  • In a bowl combine dry ingredients followed by wet ingredients; roll dough into a ball, wrap in parchment paper and chill for 30-45 minutes.

Thin Mints

  • Remove dough from fridge and roll into 1/2 inch balls.

Thin Mints

  • Place on seasoned baking stone (or cookie tray) and flatten

Thin Mints

  • Bake for 15 minutes or until crisp.

Thin Mints

  • Remove and let cook completely. Cookies will be crunchy.

Thin Mints

  • Melt chocolate and add in Peppermint Vitality essential oil.

  • Dip cookies in chocolate  or spread on the chocolate and let set in the refrigerator.

Thin Mints

Enjoy!

Using Lavender Essential Oil in Labor

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The one thing that was very normal about my labor with my first little Oilist was that it was exciting in the beginning and exhausting at the end. As I began to prepare for the pushing stage of labor, I began feeling weak and short of breath.

My midwife rummaged through my hospital bag in search of something to help me relax. What she pulled out didn’t surprised me. She opened my bottle of lavender essential oil and had me take deep breaths of it in between contractions. It made such a difference as I was better able to relax and let my body do its work.

Soon I wasn’t the only one taking belly breaths of lavender. Those dear middle-of-the-night delivery nurses were also taking turns smelling…as well as my midwife…as well as her assistant…as well as my husband.

Just before 1am my little girl was finally born. All the work, all the pain and all the concern was behind me and I could just cuddle my new baby – a baby, who was born into an excited and relaxed room which smelled to me like a blossoming field of lavender.

Lavender EO

That is how I used my lavender essential oil during labor and delivery. Here are some other ways to consider using lavender essential oil during birth:

  • Heat a crockpot and fill with water, 15-20 drops of lavender essential oil and a dozen washcloths. Have your coach keep a steady stream of warm, wrung out wash cloths coming to place over you tummy during contractions. Sometimes this damp heat along with the calming benefits of lavender can help a laboring mother tremendously…especially during transition.
  • Have coach rub diluted lavender essential oil into aching lower back
  • Massage sore, tired legs with lavender oil
  • After birth, mist lavender bed spray (recipe coming soon!) on the blankets or sheets to make for a peaceful sleep for mommy and baby (test fabric first).

Sparkling Strawberry Limeade

Strawberry Limeade

This is such a refreshing summer drink. It isn’t overly sweet, but it is so cool, so fresh and so yummy. My little Oilist can’t get enough of it and my dear guy gave it two thumbs up! This is the perfect drink to keep on hand when you want “cheat food,” but even more you want to eat well… and have that food taste good.

I love to serve this drink with our favorite Mexican meals. The tartness of the limes along with the sweetness of the strawberries is a winning combination. Add to that the “fizzyness” of the carbonated water, and it is the perfect drink for along side your tacos, tamales or enchiladas.

Sparkling Strawberry Limeade

For the Strawberry Syrup:

8 oz. strawberries, hulled

1/4 cup natural honey (or maple syrup)

1/4 cup filtered water

Strawberry Limeade

Combine strawberries with honey and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook over low heat until the strawberries are soft and the juices are bubbling. This will take about 10 minutes.

Remove from the heat and let mixture sit for 20 minutes.

Strawberry Limeade

Strain through a fine mesh sieve (pressing hard on the solids to extract as much juice as possible) and refrigerate syrup until it is completely cool.

Strawberry Limeade

For the Sparkling Strawberry Limeade:

1 batch of Strawberry Syrup, divided

6 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided

6 drops of Lime Vitality essential oil, divided

Sparkling water

Ice for serving

Strawberry Limeade

Place 2 tablespoons of the Strawberry Syrup in the bottom of a glass, along with 1 tablespoon of lime juice and 1 drop of Lime Vitality essential oil. Add ice and top off with about 3 ounces of sparkling water. Repeat with the other glasses, stir, garnish as desired and serve immediately.

Strawberry Limeade

PREP TIME: 40 minutes, plus chill time

SERVES: 6

Strawberry Limeade

Enjoy a glass of this delicious and refreshing drink with your dear ones!