Lemongrass & Dill Summer Salad Dressing

I have been experimenting with cooking with my essential oils and some of my favorite concoctions are salad dressings.  This is especially fun in the Summertime when I eat lots of Salads! My Lemongrass & Dill Summer Salad Dressing was a hit at a gathering at my house over the weekend.  I have been asked to share the recipe, so, rather than email it out to fans, I am posting here for all to see. Lemongrass & Dill Summer Salad[Read more]

DIY: Ultra Moisturizing Natural Sunscreen

Summer is here which means a lot of time in the sun. According to the Environmental Working Group, safe suncreens must be free of oxybenzone, retinyl palmitate (a type of vitamin A), not have SPF above 50 and protect against UVA and UVB sunrays.  However, according to the group, 56% of beach and sport sunscreens on the market contain the chemical oxybenzone. The primary function of oxybenzone is to absorb ultraviolet light, but some research shows oxybenzone can be absorbed through[Read more]

Relax with Bergamot

  Bergamot essential oil is highly favored for its lovely fragrance. With a sweet, refreshing aroma, Bergamot helps to calm and relieve stress. Tips for use:        Use Bergamot in your next aromatherapy bath. Just add 2-4 drops to your bath water and relax. Diffuse in air to help calm tension. Bergamot blends well with Cypress, Geranium, Lavender, and Lemon. Use Bergamot in your sugar scrub. Add 4 drops to a gallon of water and store in your[Read more]

DIY Cologne for Father’s Day

Shouldn’t everyday be father’s day?  If you’re feeling inspired to give dad a gift, instead of buying an expensive, toxic cologne, put a personal (and healthy) touch to it by making your own. Cologne and perfume making is easy and fun. These cologne recipes are about a 20% oil and 80% carrier oil based. If you want a stronger scent, you can make it up to a 30/70 ratio. The cologne recipes below are for a 1/3 oz. vial (10ml). You[Read more]

Home-Made Natural Air Freshener with Essential Oils

Some of the most toxic chemicals found in the home are found in commercial air fresheners and cleaners.  However, you can easily make your own completely safe and natural air freshener.  Here is a quick and simple recipe for a DIY tutorial to make your own air freshener that has only two ingredients—baking soda and essential oils! Materials: 1 small Mason jar with a lid and band 1/4 cup baking soda 5-6 drops of your favorite essential oil Hammer Small screwdriver[Read more]

Green Cleaning Tips and Recipes

I’m passionate about being chemical free and I wholeheartedly believe that reducing my exposure to toxic chemicals from household cleaning products has helped me on the road to optimal health. Many common household cleaners contribute to indoor air pollution, are poisonous if ingested, and can be harmful if inhaled or touched. In fact, some cleaners are among the most toxic products found in the home!  Also, many household chemicals do not break down during waste water treatment and end up[Read more]