Tips

I've been asked for tips, recipes, ideas and information from my wonderful customers at events that I want to pass on to help them keep their lives natural and organic.  Here are some ideas and recipes to help you.  These work for me and my family so I thought I'd pass them on. Plus it can help you save some money!

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I have been asked at several shows about Frankincense Oil and Cancer.  This is another MYTH projected by the BIG commercial essential oil companies! 

Here is some compelling research that none of the commercial essential oil companies want you to know or read:

There are 7 research studies published on frankincense oil and cancer, shown in the Table below. As you can see, almost all of this evidence is in vitro research, meaning that the essential oil was found to kill cancer cells in a petri dish.

It bears repeating that cancer is not a single disease....Even if we put all breast cancers, for example, into one category, to find an effective treatment you would expect to see a couple of hundred research papers including in vitro, in vivo and clinical.

If we really want to look at big numbers, there is one natural compound that meets expectations – curcumin, an active constituent of turmeric (Curcuma longa)

IN Conclusion:

So, if you are looking for a natural substance to help prevent or treat cancer, frankincense oil should not be your first choice. Look instead to turmeric/curcumin, to cannabis/cannabinoids, to garlic/garlic oil, and to frankincense extract, which is sold in capsule form.

Following that, I would consider essential oils of cinnamon bark, lemongrass, citronella, turmeric, orange, lemon and bergamot. I have not discussed them all here but these have, in my opinion, a better shot than frankincense oil. Then again, different oils apply to different cancers, and I’m not addressing that here.

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I found an awesome site to help you dispose of your hazardous waste products and dispensers.  This includes automotive, construction, glass, plastic, metal, electronics, paper and household products:

Earth 911

A word of advice I've learned MYLAR is NOT disposable or recyclable.  Only 3 companies in North America recycle MYLAR BALLOONS ONLY, nothing else with mylar as it's NOT recyclable.

Almost 40 per cent of supermarket food packaging cannot be easily recycled, according to a study by the Local Government Association (UK).

As far as what is “not recyclable” from your food packaging, here are a few examples:

  • Individual candy wrappers or potato chip bags with a mylar lining
  • Any plastic bags that used to package food
  • Cardboard or paperboard with oil stains from food (e.g. pizza boxes)

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How Clean Hands Can Help Manage Diabetes

Avoid using antibacterial hand sanitizers and cleansers. The American Medical Association discourages using antibacterial products because it can lead to the development of bacteria that’s resistant to antibiotics. Using these products, especially scented antibacterial cleansers, before testing your blood sugar may also give you an inaccurate reading

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Toe Nail Fungus

Tea Tree Oil - I use this on my husband’s toes.  He has horrible toenail fungus. My mother had it also and she got a prescription medication.  Mum said she took TWO pills and wound up in the EMERGENCY ROOM!  She had such a frightening reaction to the medication.  I remembered tea tree oil. I used it on hubby (he wears steel-toed boots 6 days a week for work!) and it worked for him and her.

This worked for us and here's how we used it:

Make sure you can put your feet up for a while. Use my Cleansing Foot Soak, carefully dry feet. Place feet up.  Carefully pull back toenail and place ONE DROP of oil under each infected toe.  Do this everyday for two weeks.  You will start to see an improvement after about 10 days.  The 3rd week move to every other day, the 4th week every 3rd day.  Now I use it twice a week on his toes and his nails are now white with pink beds! 

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Homemade Natural Bug Spray Recipe

3 1/2 ounces (which is basically 1/3 cup) of Witch Hazel

1/2 teaspoon Lemongrass Oil

1/2 teaspoon Eucalyptus Oil

1/2 teaspoon Citronella Oil

Combine all ingredients in a small four-once spray bottle you can get at dollar store.

When you use it, be sure to shake the bottle contents before spraying as the oils separates from the witch hazel.

* I like using only Lemon Eucalyptus Oil because it works better.  I know of a lady who uses Lavender and Peppermint, these haven't worked for me.  The FDA recommends Lemon Eucalyptus Oil.

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Quickie Sugar/Salt Scrub

1 cup coarse sea salt, kosher salt or turbinado sugar

1/2 cup liquid coconut oil or oil of your choice, YES you can use EVOO!

5 to 7 drops of essential oil of your choice

8-10 oz glass jar or thick plastic container (like an old wide-mouth jelly jar)

Pour 1 cup of salt into the empty glass container.  Pour 1/2 cup of oil over the salt/sugar.  Add essential oil. Add 5 to 7 drops of essential oil to mixture.

Stir the mixture. Stir all ingredients until well combined. Voilà!

How to Make Homemade Scrubs

Here is a site that has a lot good homemade ideas. 

Even if you regularly SHAVE your armpits, they can end up looking dark due to the accumulated residue from perspiration and deodorant or anti-antiperspirant. Regular exfoliation is necessary to rid the residue and keep the area clean, and may help remove ingrown hair.

Don’t forget to pay special attention to your elbows and knees and feet and heels.

Creamy Pina Colada Sugar Scrub

Do a search for items, the prices on the website are outrageous.  If you would like links to supplies, let me know and I will add them to my website for you at much better prices.

Bath Bombs like those from LUSH

These bath bombs can be a family project and you can use products you have on hand.  Citric Acid is also called Sour Salt in the Kosher section of your supermarket or you can go to eBay and purchase in larger sizes.  Keep a silica packet as citric acid will turn in to a solid block in the jar you keep it in.  Use liners in cake tins or ice cube trays that way you don't necessarily need special molds.  Wonderful family time activity!

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Basic Bath Bomb Recipe

2 Cups Baking Soda**

1 Cup Citric Acid

4 teaspoons carrier oil (or 1 teaspoons Essential Oil and 3 teaspoons carrier oil)

Spray bottle with water

Mold (Use an ice cube tray or cupcake trays with cups)

Mix dry ingredients, then slowly spray with water until mixture clumps together (careful not to activate the bath bomb!). Pack into mold.

Let it slip out from the mold. Put the ball/shape on a sheet of wax paper and leave it to dry till it is hard; this may take several days.

Store them in an airtight container. I use a lovely flip top jar. Use 1 bath bomb per bath or to your choice.

**Can sub 1/4c Baking Soda with Powdered Milk (Cow or Goat) for a silky enriching bath.

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Homemade Laundry Detergent

1 quart Water
2 cups Bar soap (grated)
2 cups Borax
2 cups Washing Soda

Add finely grated bar soap to the simmering water and stir until soap is melted. Keep on low heat until soap is melted. (it does bubble ALOT, ask me how I know this??!!)

Pour the soap water into a large, clean pail and add the Borax and Washing Soda. Stir well until all is dissolved.

Add 3 gallons of water, stir until well mixed.

Cover pail and use 1/4 cup (2 tbsp) for each load of laundry. Stir the soap each time you use it (will gel).

Use plain basic soap. DO NOT use Fells-Naptha or Zote; they contain borax and washing soda.  This will make your clothing WATER PROOF.  I had to get all new facecloths and towels! If you have stains; like grass stains and blood stains, use the 2 tbsp ON the stain and that will ALL you need in your next wash.  Do NOT add more detergent.  It will make your clothing WATER-PROOF!

OR

You can either use 1 tbsp liquid Castile soap. I make my own.  I shave a pure Castile bar (Kirk's is a blend of Coconut and Olive NOT PURE Castile soap) into 1/2 gallon water.  Place on LOW heat and let melt, gently stir when you check on it.  You can add arrowroot to thicken (it won't thicken without coconut and let sit overnight.  Carefully pour into funnel into 1/2 gallon container. I used an empty gallon water container.

Use 1-3 tbsp, depending on stains, for each large load.

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Homemade Poo-Pourri

2 oz Spray Bottle
2oz of Witch Hazel
30+ drops of Essential Oil (you can find your own by trial and error)

Add alcohol and Essential Oil to bottle, shake well before use.  Spray into bowl before use. Enjoy!

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Homemade Goo Gone


We all have a glass that has had a label stuck to it in a glaring spot that we needed extra help to remove.  In the past I've used Goo Gone, but the smell made me ill using because the chemicals are so strong.  I've discovered this basic recipe which uses a bit more elbow grease, but it's natural. 

I set my glassware and bottles up on the coffee table, lay a dish towel down then put on a movie and do double duty!

1 part vegetable oil
2 parts baking soda

Mix well, let sit while you get your glassware ready. Start with a small batch to practice.

This gives us an oily substance with a little abrasiveness for scrubbing power. . It takes little bit of scrubbing, but it works!

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Homemade Carpet Powder

For each cup of Baking Powder use 10 drops of Essential Oils.  Place baking powder in container with lid, preferably glass but Tupperware is fine.  Shake well and let sit for a couple of days shaking daily to disperse Essential Oils.  Carefully pour into a Parmesan container or other shaker-type top.  Shake over carpet, let sit a few minutes to sink into carpet and let Essential Oils do their magic then vacuum!

BE CAREFUL: Cats cannot metabolize Essential Oils, so speak to your Vet first.  Most Essential Oils can be TOXIC to cats, especially Citrus; because they cannot metabolize them.  Use plain Baking Soda if you are concerned.   I do in the areas where my cats roam.

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Homemade Swiffer sheets

For the dry sheets, I use flannel cut to fit. Cut flannel pieces by 10”x10” or just a smidge bigger. It will attract dust, dust bunnies, hair and pet hair like a magnet! It will be difficult to remove nasties from flannel so I just put them alone in washer for it’s own cycle. I do a small batch with a tablespoon liquid soap when washing. 

For wet sheets, I use wash cloths. On eBay I found a pack of 18 for $14.99 with free shipping! 

4 c distilled water
2 c white vinegar
10-14 drops of essential oil
(12) 11”x11” wash cloths
Empty Swiffer pad container or a 2-gallon plastic bag

Pour the distilled water and vinegar into the empty container or Ziploc bag. Add your essential oil. I chose to use orange today because of its de-greasing properties. Each essential oil has its own properties, tea tree is antiseptic, lavender is relaxing, eucalyptus helps with colds, etc.

Next, place your clean rags (folded in half once) in, one at a time into the container. They should soak up most of the solution between all of them. I’ve found the wash cloths are the perfect size, and because their edges are already sewn, they’ll last through lots of cycles in the washer.

Store with the lid on, or if using the plastic bag, with the top zipped.

To use, attach a rag to your Swiffer mop, just like you would the other wet pads. Make sure the rag is pulled taught. And by all means, feel free to flip the rag over and use the other side.

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Study finds scented candles may release a dangerous cocktail of cancer-causing agents

Why I AVOID doTERRA and their misinformational practices:

This is why I sell Essential Oils; the subversive practices of doTERRA.  They are re-sellers just like I am.  Purchase my essential oils from the wholesalers who purchase directly from Certified Organic Farms SAME as doTERRA.  I do not agree with their marketing and multi-level marketing practices; it's like Bernie Madoff. My oldest daughter told me about them and I got involved in researching them.

Young Living is their only true competition, BUT what they don't tell  you is they are involved in a lawsuit for their theft of proprietary information.  Seems the company started when several upper level executives and marketers left Young Living and started doTERRA.  They are still involved in the lawsuit to this day.  They IMPLIED in press release that they won the lawsuit when in fact is was DISMISSES because of statute of limitations.  Other portions of the lawsuit is still being pursued in the court system.

"Wellness Philosophy

*CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade is a registered trademark of dōTERRA Holdings, LLC representing internal standards of quality assessment and material control. The CPTG testing protocols require the use of independent laboratories for CPTG standardization and quality testing. The CPTG protocol is not administered by government or industry regulatory agencies and does imply regulatory approval of dōTERRA products."

The above is taken DIRECTLY from doTERRA's website. Go to the BOTTOM of the page and read for yourself!