DIY Throat Soothing Drops

I ran out of Thieves cough drops – these are a family favorite! Sadly they are also out of stock at the moment, but I needed a solution so I attempted to make my own cough drops. First they taste great, are made with wholesome ingredients, but not sure I will ever make these again. It’s just simpler to buy a few bags of Thieves cough drops to be honest. 

What I love about making them? I had all the ingredients on hand, they are made with simple ingredients and carry the support of Peppermint, Lemon, and Thieves Young Living Vitality essential oils. 

What I did not like about making these? They are super messy…I mean seriously I had to boil 2 pans of water to clean up everything, you definitely need a baster to make these look good and to have accurate sizing plus a silicone candy mold would have been super helpful to have for making these as well. 

    

 

What you will need to make your own: 

  • 1 teabag Oola Unwind tea or your favorite
  • 1 teabag other tea (I used Yogi Bedtime)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ¾ cup boiling water
  • ¾ cup honey
  • Thieves vitality, Lemon vitality, and Peppermint Vitality (10 drops Each) 
  1. In sauce pan steep teas, cinnamon, and ginger in boiling water for 10 minutes or more.
  2. Remove tea bags.
  3. Add honey.
  4. Heat over medium – high heat until mixture begins to boil.
  5. Clip candy thermometer to the side of your pan.
  6. Continue boiling until mixture reaches 300º.
  7. Watch carefully, it is really easy to burn when it gets this hot!
  8. Let mixture cool for 5 minutes, until it starts to get syrupy.
  9. At this point you can add essential oils.
  10. Fill rubber end of baster with mixture, gently push end of baster into rubber piece. Use baster to work quickly to make 1 inch drops on parchment paper.
  11. Dust with potato starch or tapioca starch to absorb condensation and prevent them from sticking together in storage.
  12. Store in an airtight container.

Use as needed to soothe throats.

XOXO,
Faith 

 

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I love Thieves laundry soap but I wanted to create a DIY option because I want everyone to have the option to switch and although Thieves Laundry soap is affordable when we are living on a budget and trying to make better choices for our health some would rather allocate less money to laundry soap and more money to supplements, personal care, and so forth. With that said I wanted to create one that didn’t have toxins in the ingredients but would be very budget friendly.

 

I found a few recipes (you can see on my previous post DIY Natural Laundry ) but wondered if I could come up with something a little better for those wanting something simple and yet packed a cleaning punch….I’m just so excited I have made a laundry soap that’s non toxic, smells great, cleans everything from sweaty clothes to dog beds, and get this… it cost just $3.29 for 100 loads of laundry 🤩

 

My Natural DIY Laundry Soap Recipe

Cost Breakdown

Thieves Household Cleaner $1.20
Kirk’s Bar Castile Soap $1.13
Super Washing Soda $0.64
Baking Soda $0.32

TOTAL:: $3.29 (3 cents per load)

Makes 50 oz (will do 100 loads of laundry)

Use 1 TBSP per load in with laundry. (not in your dispenser of washer)

What you will need::
Blender or food processor
Large pan
container to store soap
3 capfuls Thieves Household Cleaner
1 bar Kirks Castile soap or Thieves bar soap
1 cup Super Washing Soda
1 cup Baking soda
4 cups water
Essential oils of choice

1. Chop bar soap into pieces
2. Place 4 cups water in large pan on medium high heat and add chopped soap.
3. When soap is completely melted, slowly add washing soda and baking soda 1/2 cup at a time, stir until dissolved.
4. Remove pan from heat and add liquid to a blender or food processor then add 3 capfuls of Thieves Household cleaner and essential oils of choice (I used 15 drops Eucalyptus Radiata and 20 drops Lavender) and blend well. (I use pulse on blender)
5. Once everything is mixed pour liquid into container (I use two 4 cup pyrex glass bowls with lids)
6. Allow laundry soap to set for 24 hours

 

7. OPTIONAL:: if you want more of a cream after soap has set place soap into blender (one container at a time) and add 1/2 cup of water, blend well and add cream back into your storage bowl.

Making into cream. I still use a TBSP measuring spoon to dispense.

I used a lot of mine this weekend! But it will have this consistency when set. Easy to scoop!

I used two 4 cup glass Pyrex Bowls for storage and a TBSP measuring spoon to dispense.

 

I use one tbsp measuring spoon and scoop 1 heaping tbsp into washer on top of laundry. I have an HE washer. 😉

Not sure what Thieves household cleaner is??  Check out my post on thieves household cleaner

For the dryer I use wool dryer balls with 2 drops on each dryer ball (I use 6 balls). I have to reapply essential oil to dryer balls about every 5-6 loads.

*Shopping Saving tip Wal-Mart carries all three and you can order online!
Kirks Castile soap $3.28
Super Washing Soda $3.97
Baking Soda $7.57

Amazon is where I got my dryer balls and they have a variety of wool dryer balls but Wal-Mart carries them as well if you want a one stop online shopping experience.

Want to learn more about Thieves household cleaner? Let’s talk! I would love to connect with you.

 

XO,
Faith

DIY Household Wipes

Ditch your Clorox wipes for DIY Thieves Wipes!!
 
Did you know?? Original Clorox wipes contain
SODIUM HYPOCHLORITE (check it out) which has concern for cancer, asthma/respiratory, skin allergies, and developmental/reproductive toxicity.
 
The lemon and orange versions of these contain ingredients that are concern for Asthma and Respiratory as well. And Nope Lysol, Seventh Generation Disinfecting Wipes, Method All Purpose wipes, and Up & Up wipes all have the same concerns. 😫 Look up what’s in your wipes here: EWG search
 
Thieves Wipes DIY 1
 
1 container (baby wipe container or similar)
1 box Kleenex hand towels
2 capfuls thieves household cleaner
3 drops of Thieves Essential Oil
3 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
1 tsp witch hazel (optional)
1 – 1 1/2 cups distilled water
 
Directions::
1. Put 1/4 of the hand towels in a container
2. In a bowl mix 2 capfuls of thieves household cleaner, 3 drops Thieves essential oil and 3 drops Tea Tree essential oil and 1 tsp. of witch hazel (to keep them fresh), and distilled water.
3. Mix well and pour it over the hand towels in the container.
4. Allow them to sit for 20-25 minutes to soak thoroughly into towels.
 
Thieves Wipes DIY 2
 
1 roll of paper towels, cut in half with a serrated knife
1 1/2 cups of distilled water, and a little more if needed
1 – 1 1/2 caps of Thieves Household Cleaner
3 drops of Thieves Essential Oil
3 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
 
Directions::
1. Use a serrated knife to cut the paper towels in half. After cutting the paper towels in half, remove the paper towel core. Place them in your container, make sure they’ll fit in your jar. You may need to remove a few layers to wedge it in there!
2. Combine the distilled water, Thieves Household Cleaner, Thieves EO and Tea Tree EO. Pour over the paper towels once they’re in the jar. Put the lid on and let them sit for 15 minutes or so. After 20 – 25 minutes, the moisture should spread evenly through the paper towels. If not, you can add a little more water. Don’t add too much more – you want them to be moist, not sopping wet.
3. Use as desired to wipe everything super clean!
 
Not into DIY, no problem YL has Thieves wipes ready to go. https://goo.gl/ppfDDx
 
Thieves wipes are made with Alcohol, Water, Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, Rosemary, Sunflower lecithin, Quillaja saponaria extract.

Don’t have a YL account just yet? Let’s talk!! 

XO,
Faith

DIY Natural Laundry Soap

For those looking for a DIY Non-Toxic Laundry soap after much research I found one powder and one liquid for you! The cost is between .06 cents to .26 cents per load.

Most DIY’s you will find on the internet or in books contain Borax and Fels-Naptha; or other bar laundry soaps that contain harmful fragrances, TALC, and more. You are here because you want healthier non toxic options. If that is the case…keep reading. 😉

Borax is a topic of great debate, but I encourage you to do your research and make the best decision for you and your family. EWG rates it as and F because Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity, Skin Allergies & Irritation, and Asthma/Respiratory concern.

Fels-Naptha contains TALC and a whole list of other ingredients that are concern for Cancer, in addition there is concern for Asthma/Respiratory.

I encourage you to use the EWG website search and look up all the ingredients in the products you are currently using and those you are considering using:: https://goo.gl/qVzBDd

If DIY is not your thing see my post here about the AWESOME Thieves Laundry Soaphttps://goo.gl/ecJYED

Okay let’s get to it… Here is some DIY non toxic Laundry soaps, softeners, and stain removers for you! Also consider replacing the bar soaps in recipes with Young Living Thieves bar soap.

NATURAL LAUNDRY DETERGENT

Ingredients::

4 – 4 oz bars Kirk’s Original Coco Castile Soap Fragrance Free (16 ounces total)
4 lbs Baking Soda
3. 7 lbs Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (1 box)
3 lbs OxiClean Baby OR OxiClean Free (1 container)
28 oz Epsom Salt (optional, for laundry softener)

Instructions::

1. Grate Castile soap into very small bits.
2. To turn the grated soap into smaller bits
3. Mix all ingredients in a large container and stir. (Do not breathe in the dust.)

How to use the laundry detergent::

Measure 1 or 2 Tablespoons onto the laundry per load. (There are no fillers in this detergent so it takes less than commercial laundry detergent.) It can be used in regular and HE machines.

Bonus tip: Fill the washer’s fabric softener dispenser with white vinegar for safe and effective laundry softening.

makes 11.43 lbs (183 oz.) for $20.75 or 320 loads at $0.06 per load!

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LIQUID LAUNDRY DETERGENT

Super Washing Soda – 7 oz (2/3 c)
Sal’s Suds – 1/2 cup
Water – 4 cups, divided

DIRECTIONS::
1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
2. Pour washing soda into a large glass bowl then slowly stir in 2 cups of boiling water until washing soda is completely dissolved.
3. Stir in ½ cup Sal’s Suds until well combined. Then slowly stir in remaining 2 cups of boiling water.
4. Cool to room temperature, store in a glass bottle.

How to use the laundry detergent::
Use ¼ cup liquid detergent per load.

This cost .26 cents per load.

– All ingredients in both these recipes have an A rating from EWG.
– both you can add your essential oils to as well.

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Where to find ingredients::

Amazon has it all but you can also get these in local stores such at Target and Fry’s Food. Also check your Costco and Sam’s club, sometimes they have some of these things.

Links on Amazon::

Super Washing Soda: https://goo.gl/drKP6p
Baking Soda: https://goo.gl/Hr1Cgd
Kirk’s Castile Bar Soap: https://goo.gl/5vkgMT
OxiClean Free: https://goo.gl/pcRx5i
Epsom Salt: https://goo.gl/xP1PV9
Sal’s Suds: https://goo.gl/gLXLhH

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Fabric Softener DIY’s:: I have a few options for you to choose from. 😉

I personally LOVE my Wool dryer balls with Essential Oils they speed up the dry time and leave our clothes static free and smelling fresh. For Essential Oils; I use really whatever essential oil I am drawn to at that moment LOL but my go to’s are Citrus Fresh, Purification, Lavender, and Geranium. But I also love to use a mix of Eucalyptus and Lavender. Use what you love! (I have a soft water system in my house, so I skip the water softening addons)

DIY FABRIC SOFTENER

INGREDIENTS:
2 c. White vinegar
2 c. Water
1/8 c. Vegetable glycerin
10-20 drops Essential oil
cotton cloth (for dryer sheets)

LIQUID FABRIC SOFTENER DIRECTIONS

1. Combine white vinegar, water and glycerin in a glass jar. (To make liquid fabric softener mix together in a vinegar jug, it’s easy to pour into the machine.)

2. Add essential oils, if desired, and stir or shake to combine.

To use this mix as Dryer Sheets

DRYER SHEET DIRECTIONS:
Add 100% cotton cloths to the fabric softener container. (you can simply rip up strips of flannel or cotton jersey or an old 100% cotton t-shirt can be cut up and made into dryer sheets. Make sure it’s 100% cotton.)

How to USE:

Liquid Fabric Softener – Add ½ cup to the final rinse cycle. Use fabric softener dispenser or a dispenser ball.

Fabric Softener Sheets – Remove a fabric sheet from the jar and squeeze so it is not dripping. Add a sheet to the dryer with wet laundry and dry as usual.

Here is another for you.

LAUNDRY SOFTENER RECIPE:

1 gallon white vinegar
2 tbsp Young Living Lavender Conditioner
10 drops lavender/Citrus Fresh essential oil

Mix all ingredients in two 1/2 gallon mason jars and use half a cup per load.

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STAIN REMOVER: WE GOT THIEVES!
We love using Thieves Bar Soap and/or Thieves Household Cleaner as a terrific stain remover.

For Thieves Bar Soap, rub into stain and place in washer. Wash as you normally would.

STAIN REMOVE Roller with Thieves Household Cleaner:
1 10 ml Roller bottle
1 capful Thieves household cleaner

Add thieves household cleaner to roller bottle and top with Distilled water.

TO USE: roll on to stain and wash as you normally would.

STAIN REMOVER STICK DIY
video how to:: https://youtu.be/JAtgpYTGgaw

Ingredients

1 bar solid castile soap, unscented, shaved into small pieces
1/3 cup washing soda
2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar
½ cup water
½ cup Thieves® Laundry Soap
4 drops Lemon essential oil
Empty deodorant container
Empty lip balm container

Instructions

1. Add all ingredients except for the essential oil and laundry soap into a saucepan.
2. Heat on low until the soap and all the particles are mostly melted.
3. Remove from the heat.
4. Add Thieves laundry soap and essential oil and evenly mix.
5. Let cool slightly and empty the mixture into a ziplock bag.
6. Cut the corner off and squeeze the liquid into your containers.
7. Put on the lids, let completely cool.

HOW TO USE:
Lightly dampen stick with a wet washcloth before use to adequately spread around the stained area. Wash as you normally would.

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LAUNDRY WHITENER 
Ingredients

3/4 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup lemon juice
10-15 drops Young Living Lemon essential oil
7 cups water
1/4 cup baking soda in each load

Directions

Combine first four ingredients in a container capable of holding 1/2 gallon or more.

Shake well before use.

Use one cup per load and wash with hot water for best results.

Add 1/4 cup baking soda to each load of laundry.

 

I truly hope you find this helpful in your journey.

XO,
Faith

 

 

*Credit for recipes for Liquid Laundry soap, Natural Laundry soap DIY, DIY fabric softener, and Liquid fabric softener goes to Bren from brendid.com

Skin Nourishment Salve DIY

Skin nourishment salve!! This is super simple to make and I want to share recipe with you!! I made it with coconut oil, shea butter, mango butter, rosehip oil, vitamin e, beeswax, and tea tree, frankincense, geranium, myrrh, lemon, and carrot seed essential oils. To support healthy happy feet and hands.
 
You can make this salve and use other oils you would like, some for pain? Maybe sleep? lemon for cuticles?
 
makes 2 oz
 
1 TBSP coconut oil
1 TBSP shea butter
1 TBSP mango butter
1 TBSP beeswax
1 tsp rosehip oil
1 tsp vitamin e
essential oils
 
1. in double broiler melt coconut oil, shea butter, mango butter, and beeswax.
 
2. Add rosehip and vitamin e oil to mixture and stir well.
 
3. Pour mix into container that you will be storing this in and allow mix to sit for a few minutes to cool down a little.
 
4. Add essential oils and stir well. (for this I used 8 drops each essential oil)
 
5. Allow to cool and become solid. (you can put this in the refrigerator to help speed up this process)
 
6. Enjoy and use as often as needed.
 
I get my supplies on Amazon.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 XOXO,
Faith

Switching to All Natural Deodorant..you may need to detox!

Making the Switch doesn’t have to be a smelly one! I have been making my own deodorant for 2 years now. But when I made the switch I didn’t know there may be a detox period so I thought the deodorant wasn’t working, but it wasn’t the deoderant it was my body getting rid of all the chemicals I had been putting on it!! 😲

So let me me share with you what I have learned. When you are going from store bought deodorant to all natural there is sometimes a detox period that we must go though. So when you have been using deodorant that contains chemicals and begin using an all natural one here are some tips to help the transition! After doing a armpit detox I have noticed that I just don’t smell, in fact many days I don’t even need deodorant although when I am going to be out in the summer heat, out of the house for the day or when I go running I do apply because no one wants to stink like BO!

Read on for how to detox and 2 DIY deodorant recipes!

Detox your pits! through trial and error and lots of research I found a great way to do this from Wellness Mama. (I just love her)

You’ll just need bentonite clay, apple cider vinegar and water.

This is the bentonite clay I use: https://www.amazon.com/Aztec-Secret-Indi…/…/ref=sr_1_7_s_it…

I use braggs apple cider vinegar

Ingredients
1 tablespoon bentonite clay
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1-2 teaspoons of water (to get right consistency)

Instructions
1. Mix all of the ingredients in a glass bowl (do not use metal!) with a wooden or non-metal spoon until about the consistency of sour cream.

2. Spread in an even layer over the armpits and allow to sit for 5-20 minutes. I suggest starting slowly and working up to a longer period of time once you see how your body adjust. If it hurts at all, remove immediately.
(This may cause some redness as it will increase blood-flow to the area, but it will go away quickly.)

3. Wash off in the shower or with a warm, wet washcloth.

4. Repeat daily or as needed until under-arm odor goes away and natural deodorant is non-irritating.

Also, make sure to drink a lot of water any time you stimulate lymph flow (dry brushing, massage, detox, etc) to help flush the body and avoid getting dehydrated.

The deodorant I use:
1 tbs baking soda
2 tbs kaolin clay
3 tbs coconut oil
2 tbs shea butter
1 tbs arrowroot
1 tbs beeswax
1 tbs rosehip (can use sweet almond or grapeseed)
20 drops Purification, 10 drops Lavender & Cypress (or you can use 20 drops purification and 10 lavender)

Directions:
1. combine shea butter, beeswax and coconut oil in double broiler (or use a large glass measuring cup in pan of boiling water)

2. Remove from heat when all is melted.

3. combine baking soda, kaolin clay, and arrowroot to melted shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax. Mix well.

4. in a separate bowl mix rosehip and essential oils.

5. combine rosehip/essential oil mix to deoderant base mix. Stir well.

6. pour into containers and allow to cool completely before use.

**If you need additional support while detoxing use one drop of purification to each armpit before applying this deodorant or other natural deodorants.

The deodorant my son likes and is a SUPER easy option for natural deodorant: make a 5ml roller bottle with jojoba or grapeseed oil + 20 drops of Purification

Not into DIY no problem!! Young Living has deodorant as well!!

Here is links to the ingredients I use to make my own.

XO,
Faith

Natural Skin Care

SkinCare ❤️ what is your skincare routine?

Most of us in the past or currently have an arsenal of facial products and have spent an insane amount of money on beauty products trying to keep our skin clear and healthy while fighting the inevitable aging process. One of the most natural and effective ways to cleanse skin is with an oil cleanse. Fact: Oil dissolves oil. One of the most basic principles of chemistry is that “like dissolves like.” An oil cleanse will remove makeup and balance skin, it covers it all and all you need is a washcloth, and oil base and some essential oils.

 
When I first did this I had a breakout, which is normal; it’s your skin detoxing. I personally do this 3-4 times a week. Over cleansing can cause an imbalance in your skin’s natural oil production, causing skin irritations to your skin. I do this in the shower but you can do it at your sink as well. I have found before bed to be best for me. If your skin still needs a little extra care—maybe a toner, moisturizer, or serum—check out Young Living’s ART® line here: Art Skin Care
 
If you would like to learn more about the oil cleansing method check out this site: http://www.theoilcleansingmethod.com/
 
Where to start? Here is a base guide to get you started.

Cleanse Recipe:
 
1. Start with a good cleansing base oil and pour ¼ cup into a clean glass bowl. (you may have to play with this to find the perfect fit for you, using one or two of the base oils)
 
CLEANSING BASE OILS
All Skin Types: Olive, Sunflower, Tamanu
Oily Skin: Jojoba, Grapeseed, Sweet Almond
Dry Skin: Avocado, Apricot Kernel, Argan
 
2. Add 1–3 drops of one or more of the essential oils listed below:
 
ESSENTIAL OILS
All Skin Types: Lavender Oil, Geranium Oil, Frankincense Oil, Clary Sage Oil, Royal Hawaiian™ Sandalwood Oil
Oily Skin: Bergamot Oil, Helichrysum Oil
Dry Skin: Myrrh Oil, Rose Oil
Instructions:
1. Open pores by rinsing your face with warm water.
2. With upward rotations, massage oil mixture all over face for 1–2 minutes.
3. Leave mixture on face for 1 minute.
4. Saturate a clean washcloth with warm water.
5. Place towel on face and leave for 15–30 seconds.
6. Slowly and gently wipe off oil.
 
Repeat steps 5–6 until your face feels clean. Your skin will love an oil cleanse anywhere from twice a day to once a week, depending on how your skin responds.

If you would like to learn more about essentials oils visit me here: Merely Essentials
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