Quick Essential Oil Gardening Tips & Tricks
~For a simple garden tool cleaner, mix 10 drops of Melaleuca (Tea Tree) with 33 ounces of distilled water and add to a spray bottle. Spray on tools and wipe clean without any toxins or added chemicals.
~ To attract pollinators to your garden naturally, use Lavender essential oil. Simply add a few drops to a spray bottle, fill with water, and spray! Repeat frequently.
~ Make your own non-toxic weed killer from home using vinegar and Clove essential oil! Vinegar is used as an effective natural herbicide and weed killer while Clove essential oil works alongside to naturally rid your garden of unwanted weeds. To make, mix a full-strength vinegar with 10 drops of Clove essential oil, add to a spray bottle, and spray away! Mix well before each use.
~Bites and stings from bees, wasps, ants, and other insects are always a possibility when gardening, even for the most careful gardener. If this unfortunate occurrence happens to you, apply Lavender and Peppermint essential oil directly to the bite or sting for a soothing and comforting sensation.
~Peppermint and Geranium are both excellent oils to have on hand while gardening. Combine these oils with Fractionated Coconut Oil and apply to skin before gardening to protect yourself from ants, spiders, beetles, ticks, and fleas.
~One of the trickiest parts of building and maintaining a healthy garden is keeping pests out. Conventional insecticides contain harmful chemicals that could be dangerous to pets or family members. Luckily, essential oils contain powerful properties that can help keep your garden bug-free, the natural way. This simple DIY uses the power of Peppermint oil to ward off unwanted visitors, keeping your home and garden happy.
16 ounce spray bottle
15–20 drops Peppermint oil
Fill a 16 ounce glass spray bottle with water, leaving an inch or so of room at the top. Add 15–20 drops of Peppermint oil and shake well before each use. Apply spray to every plant in your garden, making sure to cover the stems and undersides of leaves as well. Spray again after each rainfall.
Note: To help kill weeds, you may substitute 8 ounces of water for 8 ounces of vinegar in this DIY. If you choose to do so, do not apply directly to garden plants, and use white vinegar only. Apple cider vinegar emits a sweet smell that fruit flies love, and can make a pest problem much worse.
Natural Sun Soothing Lotion
½ cup Olive Oil
¼ cup FCO
¼ cup Beeswax
2 tbs Zinc Oxide
1 tsp Vitamin E
1 tbs Shea Butter
12 drops dōTERRA® Helichrysum Oil
-Add everything except the Zinc Oxide and essential oil in a double boiler or glass measuring cup.
-Place the cup/bowl in 1-2″ of boiling water.
-Stir ingredients. Once the mixture is melted, set aside and let cool for 3 minutes.
-Add the Zinc Oxide and Helichrysum essential oil and mix well.
-Pour into a mason jar and store in a cool place (fridge is best). The mixture will last 6 months.
Here are some delightful diffuser recipes for the spring – please post your favorites in the comments below!
Pollen Be Gone
-2 drops peppermint
-2 drops lavender
-2 drops lemon
Spring Is Here
-2 drops wild orange
-1 drop geranium
-3 drops lavender
-3 drops vetiver
-3 drops lemon
-2 drops bergamot
-4 drops wild orange
-4 drops ylang ylang
-1 drop frankincense
-1 drop ylang ylang
-4 drops lemon
Diffuser Blends to Balance your mood ~
3 drops Lavender
3 drops Lime
1 drop Spearmint
3 drops Patchouli
3 drops Bergamot
2 drops Juniper Berry
4 drops Wild Orange
4 drops Grapefruit
2 drops doTERRA Forgive
1 drop Douglas Fir
3 drops doTERRA Balance
3 drops Bergamot
2 drops doTERRA Balance
2 drops doTERRA PAssion
2 drops Citrus Bliss
2 drops Bergamot
2 drops Frankincense
2 drops Elevation
3 drops doTERRA Peace
2 drops Juniper Berry
3 drops Lemon
I love to collect yummy Paleo treats and this is Divine!!! Try adding one drop of your favorite doTERRA essential oils before consuming: Wild Orange, Cinnamon or Cardamom are a few of my favorites. So GOOD!!!
Below is reposted from Dr.Mercola
When it comes to traditional and timeless desserts, one of the most loved choices that many people appreciate is vanilla custard. Creamy and sweet, this classic culinary treat is made by gently heating a mixture of eggs and cream until it reaches the desired thickness.1
Custard has been around since the Middle Ages, and was first used as a filling for tarts and pies. Today, it’s incorporated in various desserts, such as eclairs and trifles, or served by itself. There’s even a National Vanilla Custard Day, which falls on August 17, to celebrate this elegant but mouthwatering dessert.2
Most custard recipes today, however, often don’t skimp on the sweet ingredients, meaning you’re unknowingly consuming high amounts of sugar with every bite. Ready-to-eat versions also use pasteurized milk which, can spell trouble for your health.
If you’re looking for a healthy option, this Succulent Vanilla Chia Custard recipe created by Jennafer Ashley from Paleohacks is a wonderful and wholesome choice. Not only does it use coconut milk in place of cow’s milk (making it tolerable for lactose-intolerant people), but it also blends in chia seeds, a delicious source of dietary fiber, protein, healthy fats and more.
Whether as a palate cleanser after a filling meal or as a quick snack that will get you through the rest of the day, this easy custard recipe is a sure winner.
Prep Time 15 min – Cooking Time 15min
The simplicity of this custard recipe makes it perfect for people who want a quick and easy dish to cap off a delicious meal. However, the timing and the temperature you use are essential to get a flawless end product.
Custard should be cooked at the right pace, using a low temperature. Cooking custard too quickly by using a temperature that’s too high will make the egg proteins curdle, giving you something that resembles scrambled eggs, and not the smooth treat you’re after. The Spruce3 even advises using indirect heat, such as by putting the mixture in a double-broiler (just like melting chocolate or making hollandaise sauce), to get the perfect texture you want.
As equally important as the cooking method are the ingredients you will use to make this dessert. Remember that the quality of your raw ingredients can greatly affect the nutritional content of any dish. Just take a look at the wholesome ingredients used for this recipe:
If you’re still afraid that eating egg yolks can damage your health, take a look at this recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: Even carriers of ApoE4 gene, which make them susceptible to heart disease, egg and cholesterol intake were not found to increase the risk of coronary artery disease.4 Plus, a separate research found that dietary cholesterol from eggs actually contributed to an increase in beneficial HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol.5
When buying eggs, make sure that you buy only true free-range, pastured eggs from a local farmer or health food store. Look for egg yolks with a bright orange color, as pale yellow yolks are an indication that the eggs are raised in factory farms.
A word of caution when eating chia seeds: if you have dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), do not eat dry chia seeds. When mixed with liquids, the seeds can form a gel-like ball that can block your esophagus and may need medical treatment to be removed. Thus, blending it in a recipe like this before eating is a wonderful alternative to eating them by themselves.
Finally, this recipe uses raw honey, a natural sweetener with many health benefits, in place of fructose or sugar. But even though it offers boons to your health, honey should be consumed in moderation because it can exacerbate pre-existing insulin resistance and wreak havoc on your body in excessive amounts. If you have insulin resistance, you should scrap honey from the ingredients list.
Looking for the perfect spring/summer room spray? This Spring Fling spray is light, fresh, and has a touch of sweetness and tart.
20 drops Lemon
20 drops Grapefruit
20 drops Lime
Glass spray bottle
In a glass spray bottle, add essential oils and top with water. Depending on the size of your spray bottle, you may wish to add more essential oils. That’s all! Just give that bottle a shake and spray to your heart’s content.
Known as one of the best essential oils for skin, Helichrysum oil holds rejuvenating benefits that can help to promote a healthy-looking complexion. With chemical components that can help improve the appearance of skin, Helichrysum oil is a smart addition to any skin care regimen. One of the greatest benefits of Helichrysum oil is that it provides a safe, natural way to improve your skin. So many commercial cleansers and moisturizers on the market contain harmful toxins, but using a pure essential oil like Helichrysum to improve the skin allows you to keep your skin clean and protected.
If you want some ideas that will help you to utilize the skin-perfecting benefits of Helichrysum oil, check out this essential oil spotlight on the doTERRA product blog: https://doterra.com/US/en/blog/spotlight-helichrysum-oil