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Yellow Jackets are my Nemesis… But, “there an oil for that!”

Been ages since I wrote anything, I’m sorry for that. Sadly I’ve overcommitted myself with my full-time job, aromatherapy class, oily biz and commitments at home to my hubby and daughter. But I learned something new today so thought I’d pop on and share this little tidbit with you, my lovely readers!


Who here HATES Yellow Jackets as much as I do!?! 😱🐝 These little demons are my nemesis when mowing grass. Got me 3 times before I could get away this morning. 😭😭😭 But I learned something new today, Purification essential oil blend is AMAZING at taking the sting out. A drop, neat, on each location and I was ready to get back to taking on the yard jungle! ❤️🌱🍋💧

So next time you or your little* gets stung by something, grab the Purification! You won’t be sorry!

*Make sure to dilute appropriately when applying essential oils to children.

Note: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. I am an aromatherapy student but I am not a medical doctor.  Products and techniques mentioned here are to help support your specific areas of concern and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Information here is in no way intended to replace proper medical help. Consult with the health authorities of your choice for treatment.

Yellow Jackets are my Nemesis… But, “there an oil for that!” was originally published on Naturally Oily Adventures

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Stinky Diaper Pail? There’s An Oil For That! Check Out These DIY Diaper Pail Deodorant Disks!

As you all are aware, I have a bright, bubbly, beautiful (almost) 8 month old daughter.  What that also means, is I’m up to my elbows in stinky diapers!  Even thought it’s not so crunchy, we decided that the best decision for our family was to use disposable diapers so we have a Diaper Genie in our daughter’s nursery.  The Diaper Genie comes with this little packet of carbon that is inserted into a little container in the lid of the diaper pail to help control odor.

Great idea! I loved that it helped control the odor without harsh chemicals.  But after 6 months or so, it was no longer up to the challenge of keeping the stink contained so I set out to find a refill…. Guess what? These things aren’t sold in stores. Not Babies R’Us, not Target, not Walgreens… not anywhere I could find.  Why? I can’t possibly say.  Seems like a failed execution strategy to me.  But I’ve got this great kit of essential oils and I thought for sure there is some way I can DIY something to work in place of the carbon insert so I headed on over to my trusted Pinterest to find a recipe.  As always, I wasn’t disappointed and found this gem of a recipe!

DIY Diaper Pail Deodorant Disks: 

You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups of Baking Soda
  • Distilled (or boiled) water
  • Essential oils of your choice – I chose Young Living’s Purification, a blend of Citronella, Lemongrass, Lavandin, Rosemary, Tea Tree, and Myrtle specifically designed to help eliminate odors!
  • Muffin pan
  • Paper (or silicone) muffin cups

Directions:

Add a few drops of your desired essential oil to a small amount your distilled water (If you don’t have distilled you can boil tap water but make sure to wait for it to cool before adding your eo as heat can destroy the therapeutic properties of essential oil).  Mix the water with the baking soda and gradually add a little more at a time until you get a thick paste. I used 3/4 cup of water and it was TOO MUCH!!!  I actually added more baking soda and it was still too much. In hindsight, I’d probably start with 1/4 cup and add more until desired consistency (this is especially important if you use silicone muffin cups – since I used paper the excess water was able to seep through the paper – I removed from the tin and set on a paper towel to absorb the extra water).   Press a bit of the paste into lined muffin tin, about 1/4″ per disk.  Let dry 24 hours.  Remove from muffin cup.  Place in diaper pail.

I had an old Crystal Light lemonade container left over from when I rid my house of processed foods a year or so ago that I had been hanging on to but wasn’t sure why.  It was the perfect size for storing my deodorant disks! So I put a pretty label on it and set it up in the nursery so I have easy access to the disks in order to replace them once a month or so.

Use cloth? These deodorant disks can also be used for cloth diaper wet bags and BONUS you can crumble them up and throw them in the diaper wash after they start to lose their effectiveness.  The baking soda will help deodorize and soften your cloth diapers!

Source: Diapers, Dirt, Donuts, Doodling & Digital’s blog Stinky Diaper Pail? Make Your Own Deodorant Disks.

Have you made DIY diaper pail deodorant disks? Tell us about your experience below!

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Products and techniques mentioned here are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Information here is in no way intended to replace proper medical help. Consult with the health authorities of your choice for treatment.


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Keep the bugs away naturally with this DIY Bug Spray!

In keeping with this weekend’s theme of Thieves oil I am excited to try out a new recipe for a DIY Bug Spray.  The most common ingredient in bug sprays is the pesticide N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide, or DEET, which aside from preventing obnoxious bug bites has been recommended to prevent mosquito-born diseases such as malaria and West-Nile virus.  But over recent years DEET has faced a great deal of criticism.

According to Popular Science magazine, there is no direct evidence that DEET harms the nervous system and is generally regarded as safe to use on the skin.  However, according to the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Library of Medicine bug spray poisoning from DEET is not only possible but does include nervous system damage.  The most common side effect is skin irritation, including redness, itching, or hives.  But those who use DEET in high concentration may experience more severe reactions, such as blistering, burning, or permanent scars. And if ingested DEET can cause nausea, vomiting, hypotension (low blood pressure), bradycardia (low heart rate), or even neurological damage (such as disorientation, clumsiness when walking, seizures, coma, or even death) in the most severe cases. DEET is especially dangerous for small children and can cause seizures if their skin is exposed to the chemical over a prolonged period.

I don’t really use bug spray but my husband is like a magnet to those pesky little mosquitos and living in the South they can be especially annoying during summer BBQ’s! So naturally I wanted to find a non-toxic DIY bug spray recipe that would be safe to use around the little one.  When researching Thieves oil and all its properties I learned that it is a great bug repellant so naturally I wanted to find a DIY bug spray recipe that included Thieves oil.  I looked at several but kept coming back to the Lemondroppers YL recipe for its simplicity.  Only took a few minutes to make and I’m excited to get to try it out while gardening and during summer BBQ’s.  I’ll get back with you and let you know if its husband and family approved!

DIY Bug Spray

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz Distilled Water
  • 4 oz Witch Hazel
  • 10 drops Thieves oil*
  • 10 drops Purification oil*
  • 10 drops Peppermint Oil*

* All three essential oils are included in the Everyday Oils collection by Young Living.  Ask me how to get yours or order it here!

Instructions:

  1. Fill an 8 oz glass bottle with 4 oz of distilled water
  2. Add 4 oz of witch hazel
  3. Add essential oils
  4. Shake and spray!

 

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Products and techniques mentioned here are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Information here is in no way intended to replace proper medical help. Consult with the health authorities of your choice for treatment.


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Keep the bugs away naturally with this DIY Bug Spray!

In keeping with this weekend’s theme of Thieves oil I am excited to try out a new recipe for a DIY Bug Spray.  The most common ingredient in bug sprays is the pesticide N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide, or DEET, which aside from preventing obnoxious bug bites has been recommended to prevent mosquito-born diseases such as malaria and West-Nile virus.  But over recent years DEET has faced a great deal of criticism.

According to Popular Science magazine, there is no direct evidence that DEET harms the nervous system and is generally regarded as safe to use on the skin.  However, according to the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Library of Medicine bug spray poisoning from DEET is not only possible but does include nervous system damage.  The most common side effect is skin irritation, including redness, itching, or hives.  But those who use DEET in high concentration may experience more severe reactions, such as blistering, burning, or permanent scars. And if ingested DEET can cause nausea, vomiting, hypotension (low blood pressure), bradycardia (low heart rate), or even neurological damage (such as disorientation, clumsiness when walking, seizures, coma, or even death) in the most severe cases. DEET is especially dangerous for small children and can cause seizures if their skin is exposed to the chemical over a prolonged period.

I don’t really use bug spray but my husband is like a magnet to those pesky little mosquitos and living in the South they can be especially annoying during summer BBQ’s! So naturally I wanted to find a non-toxic DIY bug spray recipe that would be safe to use around the little one.  When researching Thieves oil and all its properties I learned that it is a great bug repellant so naturally I wanted to find a DIY bug spray recipe that included Thieves oil.  I looked at several but kept coming back to the Lemondroppers YL recipe for its simplicity.  Only took a few minutes to make and I’m excited to get to try it out while gardening and during summer BBQ’s.  I’ll get back with you and let you know if its husband and family approved!

diy bug spray

DIY Bug Spray

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz Distilled Water
  • 4 oz Witch Hazel
  • 10 drops Thieves oil*
  • 10 drops Purification oil*
  • 10 drops Peppermint Oil*

* All three essential oils are included in the Everyday Oils collection by Young Living.  Ask me how to get yours or order it here!

Instructions:

  1. Fill an 8 oz glass bottle with 4 oz of distilled water
  2. Add 4 oz of witch hazel
  3. Add essential oils
  4. Shake and spray!

 

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Products and techniques mentioned here are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Information here is in no way intended to replace proper medical help. Consult with the health authorities of your choice for treatment.

Keep the bugs away naturally with this DIY Bug Spray! was originally published on Naturally Oily Adventures