Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Essential Oils: Make & Take Class

I just finished hosting a fun make and take class using essential oils to create safe, healthy, inexpensive products you probably use everyday.

First, I have to say the party was super fun! Everyone loves to take something home with them. Most people I have told about essential oils are eager to try them in some way and this is a great way to do that.

Second, it is a great way to introduce people to essential oils - even if they are a little unsure or just don't know much about them.

Third, these products are awesome, safe and make great gifts to give for birthdays and Christmas.

This was my first make and take, so I learned a lot. In our home, it makes sense to keep the party somewhat small even with a make and take, because you need space to make all your goodies.

We made foaming hand soap, non-toxic bug repellant and lip balm. I found many great recipes online. You can find some really easy ones at Homemade Mommy. I also found lots of other recipes on Pinterest. You can find my Young Living Pinterest board here.

I took several of these recipes and made a few tweaks of my own to accommodate what I had on hand.

I really wanted to make a sunscreen because the chemicals in sunscreen are one of my biggest concerns, but I couldn't get my hands on enough carrot seed oil to make enough for the group.

I had four guests and each guest paid $10 for the cost of supplies used. Each person went home with a 5 oz. bug repellant, 8 oz. foaming soap and 2 tubes of lip balm. I have to say, this lip balm is awesome. You should go make some right now. Right now.

My mom is a big user of a popular lip balm that is considered to be more healthy. The ingredients list actually looks pretty good to me, although I'm no expert; however, at $3 bucks each, it can become expensive to stock the entire family. And mom likes one in the car, one in the purse, one in the living room, one in the bathroom, one by her bed, and one by her desk.

With the ingredients we used on our lipbalm, these are about $1 each. They make great gifts, and you can make them in any oily flavor you like.

If you haven't checked out some of these recipes, follow the links above. You will love what you find, especially if you enjoy making your own stuff. Our 9 year old helped me in the party - and she LOVED making her own lip balm, soap and bug spray. So fun!

Everyone was able to choose the oils they wanted to use from the oils that I have on hand. They loved smelling all the different oils and learning about what they're used for.

One person at the party commented that she just spent $8 on a bottle of hand soap for her kid's bathroom because it was a healthier soap. Our foaming hand soap cost about $3 per bottle. And you can pronounce every single ingredient and know exactly what you're putting on your skin.

Here are the recipes for you to try!

You can learn more about Young Living Essential Oils here.

If you want to know more, leave me a comment. I'd love to hear from you!







Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Essential Oils: Making Salsa!


There is a great, local farm nearby where we've been participating in a CSA and getting a huge bundle of veggie goodness each week. From this week's share I decided to make salsa.

With the exception of two items, everything in this salsa came from the farm. It is delicious.

The two additional ingredients are cilantro from my pot in the yard and Young Living Lime Essential Oil.

I hosted a class last night to learn about YLEO and everyone loved the salsa. They also enjoyed seeing other ways you can use the oils in daily life.

Amazing Salsa:

  • 3 pounds fresh tomatoes
  • 4 fresh jalapenos
  • 3 fresh banana peppers
  • 1 small purple onion
  • 5-7 cloves of garlic (depending on size)
  • 1 medium handful of cilantro
  • 7-10 drops of Young Living Lime Essential Oil
  • Salt to taste
Drop tomatoes in boiling water to loosen the skin. Remove skin from tomatoes and puree in blender. Finely chop jalapenos, peppers, onion, garlic and cilantro. Combine all in a big glass bowl (glass because of the lime oil) and mix. Continue adding salt to taste.

Enjoy! 

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Miracle of June 10, 2011** Part 2

** I started to write this post on June 10...and because the whole story is a bit overwhelming, I had to take breaks and finish a piece at a time.

It's also a pretty long, but amazing story of God's mercy and provision...so I had to break it into parts. Here's part 2.

Part 1 is here.


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We made it in to see the doctor at 9 a.m. By the time the doctor checked her, she was fine. Her oxygen levels were near perfect. She couldn't produce a cough if you brib
ed her with a cupcake. And I sat there in the doctor's office...angry. I was so incredibly angry. The doctor said we did everything right. These attacks come out of nowhere. Keep doing what we're doing. 

And I thought, "yeah, right...that was terrifying...I don't know that any of us ever want to do that again...we did everything right, and we still felt like we were losing her...even prescription medicine nearly failed her (and already had in my mind)..."

In the car on the way home, she was quiet and tired. I was too. And I was angry. Still. As I turned out of the parking lot onto the street that would take us home, I distinctly felt God speak to me. (A side note: I am always careful to say God spoke to me. So when I say spoke, what I mean is that I felt Him put these words into my brain. I felt His presence. I didn't audibly hear His voice, but I sensed Him communicating with me in some way.)

And here's what He said, "You asked me to heal her. You asked me to heal her. And now you're angry at me?"

Here's the thing...I did ask Him all night long to heal her. In my mind I wanted it to be instant and miraculous and kind of amazing. With fireworks or something, I don't know. I wanted some grand display. But it wasn't. She labored all night to breathe and then fell asleep just in time for me to wake up and get dressed for work (I took her to the doctor instead).

His healing didn't match the image in my head. His healing wasn't grand or spectacular in the ways that I as a human thinks of grand and spectacular. There were no choirs singing. And yet, when I think about it...HE spared her life. HE did something miraculous. HE healed her.

Her living and breathing should have been enough for me to be praising Him and thanking Him. I think my fear of losing her, of not being able to help her, of watching her almost suffocate had left me angry.

On the way home I remembered that a friend knew someone who worked in a healing ministry and could get us in to a healing service where people would lay hands on her and intercede on her behalf. I called her and asked her to help me...that we needed to take Wonder Woman. I went home and told Amazing Husband that I wanted to go to this service. And he said he would go too.

On June 9, 2011 we drove to a big city (mini-vacation) and stayed with my sister and her family. We woke up early June 10, 2011 to drive to a big convention center where I believed we would walk out forever changed. Wonder Woman would be healed by the grace and power of our awesome God, but we would all be changed in seeing that happen before our eyes.

Before the service even began, a prayer team leader approached us and took Amazing Husband and Wonder Woman into another room. A crowd of people circled her and prayed over her and lifted her up to Ultimate Healer. Amazing Husband says he has never experienced anything like it before, and Wonder Woman says she felt like something was whooshing through her body.

And before the service even began...we had our miracle. We all knew it. She knew it, even though she was only 6 years old at the time.

She hasn't had an asthma attack since that long night in April 2011. She's barely had a cough. She's healed. I pray that one day she will tell her powerful story of God's healing in her body and her life...and that she will pray for others the way she was prayed for June 10, 2011.

We thank God daily for healing her. We thank God for the miracle and the gift of her life.

I really think God healed her the night of the awful attack. I think I doubted that my prayers would reach the heavens, so I wanted someone more holy than me to pray on her behalf...as if God only hears prayers from certain people. That was (and is) a lie from the enemy. That is what the enemy does...he whispers lies to us to stop us from communicating with our Heavenly Father...to make us feel ineffective, that God won't hear us or that we're not good enough to do anything.

Even though I have failed a thousand-million-trillion times, my God still knows my voice. He hears my cries and answers my prayers. Not in the way that I think He will, but He answers me always.
He knows me. He knows me...and He loves me. And He loves you, too.







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