EssentialleigHeather

In addition to all things mommy, music, and horn-related, I have been getting into making my own toiletries, homeopathic remedies, and household cleaners with essential oils.  In the pursuit of finding the best ingredients, I found Young Living Essential Oils.  I was immediately taken with their potency and purity- so much so that I now have my own webpage at essentialleigheather.vibrantscents.com, and my own FaceBook group Essentialleigh Heather Test.  Check out my recipes, ideas, and recommended oils, and let me know if you ever want to get together to swap recipes or make some goodies!  If you’d like to receive my newsletter, please send your email address to: essentialleigheather@marketingscents.com.

In the month of February 2015, if you enroll as a member of Young Living with me and purchase a Premium Starter Kit and enroll in the Essential Rewards program, you’ll get Peace and Calming essential oil FREE.  If your PV is 190 or more at the time of enrolling in YL and ER, I’ll throw in a Valor essential oil FREE as well!  Visit my other website to get started and learn more: www.essentialleigheather.vibrantscents.com

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Here are just a couple ways I am using these essential oils to replace common, and often toxic, toiletries, household products, and even to cook with:

9/25/14 – I said goodbye to toxic, plug in air “fresheners” months ago and haven’t looked back! There are endless combos of wonderful smelling and therapeutic essential oils that I diffuse, including recipes like this one! Enjoy 🙂

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Love Young Living’s exclusive Thieves line? The essential oil blend was named based on research about four thieves in France who protected themselves with cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics while robbing plague victims. According to the stories, the thieves’ captors offered them a lighter sentence in exchange for their secret recipe.


Here are a few fun ways to use it:
· Diffuse to purify the air
· Apply 1-2 drops to a rag or tissue, then rub on the inside of smelly shoes
· Add a few drops to your dishwasher for cleaner dishes

  • Add a drop in your hot tea
  • Make your own cleaner
  • Make Wassail and spice cookies!

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THIEVES SPRAY and friends 9/23/14:

When the seasons change, we may start to feel a little under the weather.  This year, help yourself out a little by stocking up on Thieves Essential Oil and the Thieves Spray.  You can use the Thieves Spray for a sore throat instead of those nasty, food colored, dyed, chemical concoctions designed to numb your throat.  Thieves Spray is a blend of Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus, Lemon, and Rosemary in Coconut Oil Extract and pure grain alcohol.  It works really well for sanitizing dirty surfaces as well!  I highly recommend picking up the Thieves essential oil blend, Thieves Spray, and Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier to get those germs at bay this Fall and Winter.  Are you ready?  Click here to sign up with your Premium Starter Kit that contains a 5ml bottle of Thieves.  You can add the Thieves Spray and Hand Purifier to your order and receive wholesale pricing- what a deal!!

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Where might essential oils lead you???? Check out the QR code to find out one place they’ve led me!

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Try this for yourself- it’s so much fun and very rewarding 🙂

 

ALLERGY TRIO (9/18/14):

Got the sniffles and the sneezes as the weather and seasons start to change? Try a drop of each of these Young Living Essential Oils under the tongue for a little relief!

  • Lemon
  • Peppermint
  • Lavender

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To purchase these oils for yourself, please visit: www.essentialleigheather.vibrantscents.com and sign up!

I have a friend who always has those flavored toothpicks on him, and I must admit they are kind of nice from time to time!  A couple of months ago, he offered me one, and I thought, “Hey! I can make these with my Young Living essential oils!!”  Alas, it has come to fruition.  You can flavor them however you like. Here’s how I made my first batch: 12 toothpicks in a shallow bowl       10390116_10152166320518017_6904212501456814747_n

3-8 drops of Thieves essential oil 3-8 drops of Clove essential oil Wet the toothpicks with the essential oils and let them dry for a few hours.  I didn’t douse them, I just made sure all the toothpicks had gotten some oil on them.  Both Thieves and Clove EO are “hot” oils and will make your mouth a little tingly, hence their title.  They will also leave your mouth feeling fresh and cinnamon-y 🙂 Clove EO (Syzygium aromaticum) has a sweet, spicy fragrance that is stimulating and revitalizing. An important ingredient in our Thieves blend due to its wonderful immune-enhancing properties, its principal constituent is eugenol, which is used in the dental industry to numb the gums. Clove is the highest-scoring single ingredient ever tested for its antioxidant capacity on the ORAC scale. Always dilute for topical use. Clove may also be used to enhance the flavor of foods. Thieves® was created based on research about four thieves in France who covered themselves with cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics while robbing plague victims. This proprietary essential oil blend was university tested for its cleansing abilities. It is highly effective in supporting the immune system and good health.* * This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Essentialleigh Cuticle and Hand Scrub 6/8/14: Do you ever get a manicure and then within days your cuticles are dried out and starting to fray?  Or maybe you are constantly washing your hands and they get more and more stripped due to the harsh soaps and chemicals?  I know I do!  Well, a few weeks ago, I had a performance at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas.  In the public bathrooms, they had this lovely pink salt hand scrub at the sinks for you to exfoliate and nourish your hands with after washing them.  Being Essentialleigh DIY-minded, I immediately thought about how I could make my own, and probably with even better scents and healthier, therapeutic grade essential oils! You can experiment with different scents and essential oils.  I chose the following because I like the way they smell together, and each EO is known for its properties in healing the skin.*  With the acquisition of the right kinds of jars, this would make an EXCELLENT gift for any occasion! 2/3 c. epsom salts                             10351836_10152154779103017_6561068117615399787_n 1 tbsp of sweet almond oil 1 tbsp of coconut oil 2 drops of Young Living Lavender Essential Oil 2 drops of YL Ylang Ylang EO 2 drops of YL Cedarwood EO Mix until the salt is coated in the oils and slushy.  Store in a glass container and keep by the sink! Cedarwood Essential Oil:   The health benefits of Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantic a) Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an antiseborrhoeic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, tonic, astringent, diuretic, emenagogue, expectorant, insecticidal, sedative and fungicidal substance. Ylang Ylang Essential Oil:   Ylang ylang (Cananga odorata) has a sweet, soft, flowery fragrance that has made it a romantic favorite. In Indonesia, the petals are often strewn across a marriage bed. Ylang ylang is extremely effective in calming and bringing about a sense of relaxation, and it may help with releasing feelings of anger, tension, and nervous irritability. It has a long history in skin and hair care products, particularly in Asia, where it is used to promote luxuriant hair. Lavender Essential Oil:  Therapeutic-grade lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is highly regarded for skin and beauty. It may be used to soothe and cleanse common cuts, bruises, and skin irritations. The French scientist René Gattefossé was among the first to discover these properties when he was severely burned in a laboratory explosion. * This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. EssentiaLimeBerry Puree 6/5/14: Let me start by saying my baby LOVES fruit!  But lately, it needs to be coming through a straw for him to really be interested in digesting it instead of mashing it into the carpet, on the couch, or feeding it to me or the dogs.  Let’s face it- the texture of different foods can be really distracting to a 14 month old!  So, my solution for now is to make a tasty puree that he can slurp with his bendy straw. A few days ago, our neighbors gave us some delicious blackberries from their garden.  Benji has shown interest in those, so I added some blueberries and banana to the mix, plus a drop of Lime Essential Oil to see what the result would be, and my oh my was it tasty!  The flavors were all enhanced by one another, and the Lime gave it all a little tang.  Benji and I both really enjoyed it, and I will definitely be making it again. 1/2 cup blackberries          EssentiaLimeBerry 1 cup organic blueberries 3/4 banana 1 drop Young Living Lime Essential Oil Puree with your blender, and enjoy! I made extra and added about 6 oz. of almond milk and 1 scoop of Young Living’s Power Meal powder to make it a more filling snack for myself 🙂 ================================================================ Lime essential oil has an invigorating and stimulating effect and is believed to be native of eastern Malaysia. The pleasant citrus aroma of lime may help mental clarity and encourage creativity. Today, lime is best known throughout the world as a way to help support a healthy immune system. When taken internally, lime may provide antioxidant support and aid in weight management. When applied to the skin, lime oil may also support healthy skin.* * This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. ================================================================ Don’t forget- the essential oils of fruits are very potent.  A little goes a long way, and it’s not a “flavoring”- it’s nutrition! To purchase Young Living Lime Essential Oil for $14.47 as a retail customer, click here, and enter in enroller/sponsor ID 1630374.  If you are interested in becoming a member and receiving a 24% discount, please contact me at essentialleigheather@vibrantscents.com for more information on how or visit my other website and click on “Order”. Essentialleighve Me Alone! 5/30/14: The mosquitoes, gnats, ants, and other insects are out in full force lately, and you may need some help warding them off.  If so, you’ll find this all natural, wonderful smelling concoction a must for enjoying the outdoors! Fill a small spray bottle with 2 oz. of water plus the following: 1 tbsp of Sweet Almond Oil1459967_10152133388243017_5224598192561274127_n 10 drops of Young Living Lemongrass EO 10 drops of YL Rosemary EO 10 drops of YL Eucalyptus EO 5 drops of YL Clove EO 5 drops of YL Lavender EO 3 drops of YL Ylang Ylang EO Shake vigorously and spray all over your skin for protection from bugs that bite.  I have Citronella EO on order and will be adding that to my next batch.  Until then, this combo works fairly well! Tell those bugs to buzz off and Essentialleighve you ALONE! Gourmet BabEO Food 5/19/14: With the appearance of so many delicious, organic, convenient baby food pouches in stores everywhere at $1.50+ a pop, I thought it would be a good idea for the ol’ pocketbook to start making my own for Benjamin.  While making your own baby food is nothing new, incorporating therapeutic grade essential oils might be!  Today, I experimented with oregano.  My recipe is as follows: 1/2 boiled or steamed organic sweet potato 10357262_10152114144363017_5865870155858962803_n 1/4 cup of organic blueberries 1/2 cup organic chickpeas 1/4 organic banana 1/4 tsp of himalayan pink salt 1/2 cup water 1 drop of Young Living Oregano Essential Oil Put all ingredients into a food processor or blender and puree until the desired consistency is reached.  For younger babies, you may really want it to be as liquid and smooth as possible. I find that the savory essential oils (like all the others!) are extremely potent, and no more than one drop is necessary- even for a large pot of spaghetti sauce.  A tiny bit goes a LONG way!  The salt also helps round out the flavor of the oregano.  Without it, the flavor is bitter and spicy.  Benji tried the food without salt and oregano first and didn’t take to it as much as the enhanced version.  Oh, and I got the reusable food pouches at Babies R Us for $8.  They have a screw-off lid and then the cap screws off from the lid.  These seemed to be the most durable, spill-proof of the options, but time will tell… I actually made a few batches of this recipe and ended up with a 1/2 of a sweet potato to spare, so I made a blueberry, sweet potato protein shake with almond milk and a scoop of Young Living’s Power Meal (sans oregano eo).  It was pretty satisfying and tasty too! The sweet potato made the texture thicker and added a hint of sweetness, and the frozen blueberries made the whole thing cold and shake-like.  On a side note, I started Weight Watchers last week, and my filling shake was only 4 points plus! =============================================================== Oregano (Origanum vulgare) is one of the most powerful and versatile essential oils. It contains strong immune-enhancing and antioxidant properties and supports the respiratory system.* Oregano may also be used to enhance the flavor of food. Oregano is also a key oil used in the Raindrop Technique, a massage application of essential oils, which is designed to bring about electrical alignment in the body. =============================================================== Please email me with questions and for more info at essentialleigheather@vibrantscents.com. Also, please visit my website: www.essentialleigheather.vibrantscents.com to become a member of Young Living or a retail customer. Power Through!  5/10/14 10277513_10152094854618017_6239111066373185369_n Looking for a mid-morning, afternoon, or evening snack? Try this yummy vegan, brown rice protein drink with just 1 drop of clove essential oil. It’s not too sweet and not protein-shaky tasting at all, even though there’s 20g of the stuff in one serving! 2 scoops of Power Meal 8 oz. Almond, Soy, Hemp, Rice, or Coconut Milk (or even water) 1 drop of Young Living Clove Essential Oil I start with this basic recipe and augment it daily by adding a half banana and 1/4 c. of frozen organic blueberries.  If you add fruit, it’s a good idea to use frozen fruit and a blender so it will be cold.  If going fruitless, you can easily use a water bottle and shake the ingredients until well mixed on-the-go. Nutrition Facts per Serving of Power Meal (before adding milk and fruit) Calories: 187  Total Fat: 3.32g  Total Carbohydrates: 24.2 g  Sugars: 8.9g  Protein: 20.6g Laundry Time! 5/1/14 2 drops of Melrose Essential Oil in the wash, and that’s it! Melrose Place Melrose is a Young Living blend of Melaleuca (tea tree), Niaouli, Rosemary, and Clove Essential Oils. Together, these make for a highly antiseptic, anti parasitic, antibacterial, anti fungal, antimicrobial, and antiviral oil that is perfect for laundry, cleaning, and using on skin wounds. If you are interested in purchasing the Melrose blend, please contact me!   Lip Balmmm 4/17/14 1 tbsp coconut oil1538908_10152053682463017_1735848716851549966_n 1 tbsp beeswax 1 tbsp shea butter 1 tsp vanilla 10 drops YL Peppermint EO* 6 drops YL Tangerine EO* Have a container or two suited for lip balm ready to pour your lip balmmm in. Heat the oils and shea butter in a sauce pan over boiling water (double boiler) and stir until it becomes a smooth liquid. Remove the sauce pan from the boiling water. Pour liquid into your containers. Add your Young Living Essential Oils and stir them into the liquid. Put containers of balm into the freezer for about 10 minutes to set. Enjoy! *You can use any combo of EOs you like- that’s the fun part.  I just really enjoy the tingle of peppermint on my lips because I am constantly using them to practice and play horn.  Because I’m a brass player, I never wear lipstick or lip color.  Lip balms have been my mainstay lip cosmetic for years, and I am very particular about them.  I have used many different brands through the years, and I am excited to now have my own Essentialleigh creation!

Slique Water  4/16/14 Add 4-6 drops of Slique Essence Essential Oil to 8 oz. of water. Shake vigorously, and sip until finished.   1533752_10152051531468017_7920976184416071899_n The flavor is citrusy and minty, all in one, with a touch of sweetness from stevia. I drink Slique Water in between breakfast and my inevitably late lunch and in the car while driving.   Now that my son is a year old, I’m really cracking down on those extra calories that I can’t really claim to need anymore…boohoo. The blend of EOs in Slique Essence is:     Grapefruit EO (Citrus paradisi), Tangerine EO (Citrus reticulata), Spearmint EO (Mentha spicata), Lemon EO (Citrus limon), Ocotea (Ocotea quixos), Stevia (Rebaudioside A) Slique Essence combines grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, spearmint, and ocotea with stevia extract in a unique blend that supports healthy weight management goals. These ingredients work together to help control hunger*, especially when used in conjunction with Slique Tea or the Slique Kit. The pleasant citrus combination of grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon essential oils adds a flavorful and uplifting element to any day with the added support of spearmint that may help with digestion.* Ocotea essential oil adds an irresistible, cinnamon-like aroma to help control hunger, while stevia adds an all-natural sweetener that provides a pleasant taste with no added calories. Slique™ Essence combines powerful essential oils with stevia extract in a unique blend that supports healthy weight management goals, especially when used in conjunction with other Slique products.* How to Use: Shake vigorously before use. Inhale directly, apply topically, or take internally as a dietary supplement. Essential Oils: grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, spearmint, and ocotea with stevia extract To purchase this EO blend, please visit essentialleigheather.vibrantscents.com/

Tooth Soothe  4/13/14

For all the babies, big and small, here’s a salve to soothe those aches for all! 2 tbs of organic coconut oil     10155555_10152046196563017_7912604956285969327_n 6 drops of Young Living Clove Essential Oil Mix until the EO is incorporated fully. Apply the salve to tooth aches and to baby’s teething gums. Clove (Syzygium aromaticum) has a sweet, spicy fragrance that is stimulating and revitalizing. An important ingredient in our Thieves blend due to its wonderful immune-enhancing properties, its principal constituent is eugenol, which is used in the dental industry to numb the gums. Clove is the highest-scoring single ingredient ever tested for its antioxidant capacity on the ORAC scale. Always dilute for topical use. Clove may also be used to enhance the flavor of foods. To purchase this Essential Oil, please visit www.essentialleigheather.marketingscents.com or private message me for more information. (Benji was grumpy off and on today, probably because he’s cutting a new tooth.  I applied this salve to his gums, and he’s been content and his usual sweet self ever since!)

Heather’s Essential Lotion 3/16/14 4 TBS Organic Coconut Oil        Heather's Essential Lotion 2 TBS Shea Butter 2 TBS Sweet Almond Oil ½ oz. Beeswax 2 drops Young Living Lemon Essential Oil 4 drops YL Frankincense EO 8 drops YL Lavender EO 4 drops YL Bergamot EO optional: juice of half of one organic clementine orange You will need a double boiler for this recipe.  Fill a larger saucepan half way with water and bring to a low boil.  Get a smallersaucepan to place inside the larger one (this will be the pan you put all youringredients in). Put the Coconut Oil, shea butter, and sweet almond oil inthe smaller saucepan.  Add beeswax to themelted liquid and stir until it is also melted. Remove from heat and let cool, but stir occasionally.  Begin adding your Essential Oils and stirthem in. As the liquid cools, you will begin to figure out if theconcoction is going to be the right consistency.  This is subjective for most.  Some like their lotions more runny and otherslike it more buttery.  If you’re using abottle with a pump to store your lotion, you’ll need to make sure it will berunny enough to work in this manner of application.*  If you’re using a jar, then it really doesn’tmatter- you can pour your liquid straight into your container once you removeit from the heat source. *For those using a pump: let the lotion cool entirely beforeputting into the bottle.  You’ll need towait and see if the yield is going to be the right consistency.  Once you confirm that it will be liquidyenough, then put it back on the double boiler, heat until liquid again, andTHEN pour it into your pump bottle.  It’s much easier to put into the bottle this way! There are no mistakes in this lotion making process!  If it’s not the texture you’re looking for,you just need to balance it out.  If it’stoo liquidy- you’ll need more beeswax and a touch more shea butter.  If it’s too thick, melt it back down and addsweet almond oil.  Keep your doubleboiler going so it’ll be easy to adjust your recipe.  You’ll eventually get it just right!

Natural, Non-toxic “Mentholatum” alternative (added 2/9/14)

1 or 2 tbsp. Organic Coconut Oil   1510796_10151918581213017_1598829438_n 8-16 drops of Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil (optional) 2-4 drops of Young Living Thieves Essential Oil   Put a dab of this oil in each nostril, and inhale deeply.  Re-apply as needed.     Heather’s Happy Hippy Deodorant added 2/9/14 (modified 6/8/14) (you will need 2 empty deodorant stick containers, a double boiler and stovetop) 1/4 c. baking soda                     IMG_3700 1/4 c. arrowroot powder 5 tbsp. Organic coconut oil 1 tbsp. of shea butter 1 tbsp organic beeswax pellets 4 drops of Young Living Thieves Essential Oil 4 drops of Young Living Lavender Essential Oil 2 – 6 drops of any other Young Living Essential Oil or Blend that makes you a happy hippy  (I like Bergamot and German Chamomile) First, mix the baking soda, arrowroot powder, shea butter and coconut oil together with a spoon until you get the consistency of a thick paste in a glass bowl.  Next, add the hard beeswax to the paste and put glass bowl over a pot of hot water (double boiler) on the stovetop.  Stir this mixture until the beeswax is completely melted and you achieve a more syrup-like texture.  Get your empty deodorant sticks (cleaned out with the internal bottom lowered to the lowest point possible so you can get maximum amount of deodorant inside!), and while mixture is still a hot liquid, pour into the empty deodorant stick(s).  Place sticks in the freezer for 30 minutes so that they can set up properly.  Enjoy! More ideas and recipes to come!

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