Homemade Soy Candles with Essential Oils

I got the brilliant idea that I wanted to try and make my own candles because so many of the candle on the market these days are filled with yucky chemicals, toxins and pollutants I’d never want to inhale into my body.

So over the weekend I went thrift shopping and bought 5 small glasswares for $0.49 each. Not only are they completely adorable, but they were super cheap and I love that I am giving them a new life and up-cycling them. After a bit of research, I wanted my candles to be something I’d actually want to burn around my kids so I went with vegetable-based, eco-friendly soy wax that is made from a renewable resource. The wax is completely dye-free, fragrance-free, toxin-free and paraffin-free. I also wanted these to be free from artificial fragrances and knowing the awesome benefits of my essential oils, I made two batches of these candles. I used Wild Orange essential oils in the first batch and Lavender in the second. I think after this first attempt, I’d probably add a bit more of the EO’s to the batches to give them a stronger scent.

It was an incredibly easy process and my sister was on hand to help because it was a 2-man process. Melt the wax to 200*, let it cool to 175* and add in the oils. Heat up the glassware at 150* to avoid cracking. Add the wick and at 100*, pour the wax into glasswares with a funnel. Cool overnight (about 12 hours). Trim the wicks and enjoy!

Features:

  • Eco-friendly vegetable-based Soy Wax
    • Made with renewable resources & helps local farmers
    • Soy wax burns with zero petro soot, creating petro soot-free candles
    • Soy wax burns at lower temperatures, making it longer-lasting than paraffin candles
  • Filled with pure, undiluted Essential Oils
    • Essential oils have aromatherapy benefits
    • Endless combinations of natural scents
  • FREE of parafins, artificial fragrances, dyes, toxins, carcinogens or pollutants
  • Made in upcycled/reused glassware from local thrift stores

Migraines & Natural Remedies

When I was in 8th grade, our basketball team was unstoppable. We went undefeated in the regular season and were playing a big tournament game that everyone was so hyped up for it. The day before the game, I experienced what would be my first in numerous migraines and the pre-migraine symptoms were incredibly scary. Out of the blue, I lost vision in my left eye with a large white spot blocking most of my sight. The entire left side of my body went numb – my mouth and speech, my hand and leg. I became nauseous and light-sensitive and it was one of the scariest bodily moments I can remember, especially for a 13-year-old. I had no clue if I was stroking, having a brain aneurysm or simply dying. These symptoms lasted about 2-3 hours and then the extreme throbbing headache that took my breath away followed behind. The migraine would last 2-3 days and could literally put me flat on my back in bed.

The first time it happened, I was in so much pain that we went to the ER and they gave me pain meds. But the second time it happened just a month later, the doctors starting playing detective. I had all kinds of tests done, brain scans taken, experimentation with medicines. I had to wear nitroglycerin tablets in a necklace around my neck, a heart attack medicine that opens up the veins in the body (including my brain) in case of an emergency. Eventually Imitrex became an option, along with taking a daily aspirin, which didn’t go over well with me. The last thing I wanted was to spend my life on medicines.

When many of these tests came back clear, the doctors started looking at the “why” of the matter and what was triggering the migraines. I was young to be going through this and in every instance – I think I had 5 migraines in 6 months – I was under, what I considered at the time, a high level of stress and anxiety. They all occurred before stressful events in my life, an important basketball game, the science fair, high school volleyball try-outs, changing schools, etc. Being stress-induced, I started focusing more on controlling my emotions and not getting so worked up over things. I was an even crazier perfectionist at the time, so I begin breathing easier and really tried not to worry about tomorrow. The combination of all these things seem to be the cure.

Fast Forward 15 Years

I am now in the middle of my very first migraine since that period in my life. I am normally a very healthy person, even as a kid. I am hardly ever sick (minus pregnancy morning sickness, which kicked my butt) and I’m not one that just gets headaches. I was shocked to wake up Wednesday morning with this throbbing, pounding headache that slowly started in my forehead and made it’s way to the top-back of my head over these last 3 days. And that’s how long it’s lasted – 3 days. I paused for a moment on Wednesday morning and really evaluated where I am at in life and I don’t feel like I am under any amount of high stress or anxiety but I’ve been trying to really take it easy and stay calm.

I obviously don’t have any of the medications from when I was a kid, but I do remember that doctor once telling me that if I need relief on-the-spot to drink a Surge or Mountain Dew, anything with a high-level of caffeine. Yesterday I was in so much pain and home with my kids all day that I drank some 30+ ounces of Dr. Pepper (gross) and it relieved the pain somewhat, but this morning I woke up to a new round of jack hammer pounding that makes it hard to even see straight.

All-Natural Relief

So now…not wanting to go on any medications, I am in search for a natural remedy for this. Tonight I am going to try a couple of different approaches:

#1 – Essential Oils I love my oils and I’m not sure why I haven’t used them earlier this week. They are so powerful at naturally healing so many different types of ailments. I have peppermint, which is known to relieve headaches. Rub a few drops on the temple area and back of the neck then breathe in deeply the beautiful scent into the nasal cavity. Peppermint relieves stress and anxiety and opens up any sinus pressure. Lavender oil (my fav!) has been used for centuries for its calming effects. Add a drop or two to a neck or head compress and relax. I may even try rubbing a combination of peppermint-lavender-eucalyptus on the bottom of my feet with a carrier coconut oil, propping up my feet and get lost in a good book.

#2 – Vitamin-Rich Smoothie I have read that a vitamin or mineral deficiency can trigger a migraine so I found a recipe for an all-natural migraine reliever smoothie that I am going to make. It has simple enough ingredients:

  • 1/2 pineapple
  • 4 kale leaves
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/4 lemon
  • 1/2″ ginger root

Blend and enjoy! Even if a deficiency isn’t the trigger of my headache, having all these awesome nutrients in one smoothie can only help me recover.

#3 – Java Chip Frappaccino – I don’t drink coffee, but I may just get one of these on my lunch break. A little caffeine couldn’t hurt, right? ūüôā

Do you have any natural remedies that you use for migraines? I’m looking for suggestions to kick this thing in the butt!

Essential Oil Diffuser by H2EO

diffuser-essential-oilsThe only gift I pretty much asked for this Christmas was an essential oil diffuser, so my husband asked me to do some research on the best one and give him my recommendation. I ended up deciding on the¬†H2EO Ultrasonic Diffuser after looking up many, including the Doterra Lotus diffuser, which the reviews didn’t quite measure up to this one.¬† Not that there’s anything wrong with the Doterra one (I’m a huge fan of their oils), I just wanted something reliable that will last me for more than a year and has plenty of options for using it.

The great thing about this H2EO diffuser is it’s lightweight but powerful. Just a few drops of essential oil and a bit of purified water can last us an entire day. It has so many options for lighting, automatic shut-off, and diffusing output options that you can customize the user experience to exactly what you are looking for. This is especially great for during the night to have it shut off once the water is low or to have it turn on and off periodically throughout the night to reap the aromatherapy benefits all night long.

It provides a quiet, cool mist and there is no heating involved so it’s perfectly safe to use around kids or when you are sleeping or even gone from the house (heat affects the beneficial qualities and composition of the oil – not good).

And I love the natural fragrances it brings to our home that help your immune system and make you healthier- as opposed to those nasty artificial fragrances that always end up giving me a headache – and I am already looking forward to changing our smells with the changing seasons!

10 Wonderful Uses for Eucalyptus Essential Oil

oils-eucalyptusEucalyptus.

I didn’t know very much about this wonderful plant (and oil) before doing some research prior to adding this oil to my collection, other than its medicinal properties as a decongestant and cough suppressor. That, and it’s native to Australia.

But it has so many other uses and benefits that’s it’s hard to believe that I didn’t know about them:¬† anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, antiseptic, antibacterial, and stimulating – so many awesome things!

So what exactly can you use this oil for?

Here are 10 wonderful uses for Eucalyptus Essentia; Oil:

  1. Respiratory Problems: it is effective for treating cold, cough, runny nose, sore throat, asthma, nasal congestion, bronchitis and sinusitis.
  2. Cuts and Wounds: it has antiseptic qualities that can be used for healing wounds, ulcers, burns, cuts, and sores.
  3. Insect Bites and Stings: it has antiseptic qualities and is an effective salve for pestering insect bites and stings.
  4. Muscle pain: because it is analgesic and anti-flammatory, massaging this oil on sore muscles can relieve stress and pain. Great for treating sprained ligaments and tendons, stiff muscles,  rheumatism, lumbago, nerve pain and fibrosis.
  5. Mental exhaustion: it creates a cooling and refreshing effect to rejuvenate your mental health. It is also used to stimulate mental activity and increase blood flow to the brain.
  6. Oral Hygiene: it has germicidal properties and is very successful in fighting cavities, dental plaque, gingivitis and other dental infections.
  7. Fever: it is used for treating fever and reducing body temperature and works well combined with peppermint oil.
  8. Skin: it is can be applied topically to your face to help with blemishes and skin infections.
  9. Air Freshener:  the antiseptic and deodorant nature of the oil kills bacteria and germs in the air, sterilizing the room air and keeping the environment fresh and clean.
  10. Digestive Issues: the oil is a vermifuge and can fight against bacterial, microbial, and parasitic problems in the digestive system, especially the colon and intestine.

See…so many great reasons to add this oil to your cabinet and I’m very excited to try this oil out and put it to good use!

P.S. – I kid you not, I received this oil yesterday and last night my daughter was hacking up a lung all night. A little dab of eucalyptus oil and peppermint oil on her feet and chest was all it took…I got this just in the nick of time!

** As always, this article and the information presented in it are my own opinions and personal research and are not intended to be medical advice. Please consult a professional before making any medical decisions.

Adding some Balance to our home

balanceNo one is immune to the stresses of today’s busy, hectic life and I know we all can experience times when we feel disconnected from the moment or have high levels of anxiety at one point or another. With my house being a crazy, chaotic place at the moment (we’re moving!)…I am very excited to add a new Essential Oil to my kits: Balance by dŇćTERRA.

When things feel overwhelming or you just need a moment to wind down and relax, Balance is the perfect oil to call upon. This blended oil is focused on calming our central nervous system and other body systems. It is ideal for kids who struggle with ADD, ADHD, autism or bi-polar conditions because it helps to calm and balance moods and allows us to focus more clearly in a natural, holistic way.

With parts of spruce, rosewood, frankincense, and blue tansy, this grounding oil has a warm, woodsy aroma that creates focus and a sense of connectedness and well-being. Add a few drops of Balance with fractionated coconut oil and rub on the back of your neck or on your feet. Place a few drops in an oil diffuser (on my Christmas list!) to give your home an enticing fragrance which promotes tranquility and a sense of balance.

I’m ready to give this bad boy a try!

PS – I am in no way a spokesperson or affiliated with dŇćTERRA – I just really love their oils!

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The Germs Have Taken Over

Holistic Healthcare: Essential Oils

Essential Oils saved my day

Yesterday I was definitely thanking God for blessing us with nature and all of it’s healing benefits, especially for essential oils. An oil is “essential” in the sense that it carries a distinctive scent, or essence, of the plant and each of them have properties that aid in specific ailments and injuries (and no, I am not a sales rep for any essential oils).

My daughter caught a head cold (yes, in August) and had a low-grade fever all day yesterday. I turned to my trusted peppermint oil and applied a few drops to her feet 3x throughout the day. It helps control the fever and applying it to her feet is a quick way for her body to absorb the peppermint’s healing properties. A small bit under her nose and on her chest had her breathing easy through nap time.

While playing soccer with her yesterday afternoon barefoot in the grass, I stepped on a bee and got stung right on the arch of my foot. I never remember a bee sting hurting that bad – my whole foot started swelling and I thought it was on fire! Remembering that lavendar is great for bug bites, I applied a couple of drops to the area and not even 30 minutes later, the swelling went down and the stinging was almost gone. By the evening, I couldn’t even tell I had been bitten!

Ah, the wonderful benefits of nature – I love it.

P.S. – we have a couple of house showings scheduled so please say a prayer that the right person comes through our door today!¬† We’re getting anxious to get our home sold and I am really getting tired of cleaning, haha.

 

The Germs Have Taken Over

These past four days have been rather exhausting: my son is teething and his first 2 teeth just popped through! Which means a fussy baby and very little sleep for him and me. I feel like at 4-months, it’s a bit early for him to be teething but I really need to stop comparing his milestone’s to my daughter’s – every child is different!¬† He has been a slobbery mess and I experienced my first biting while nursing him on Tuesday. Can we say, ouch!? But he’s been so happy lately, just a smiling, sweet little boy. So quiet, even-tempered and just plain content. And he really is so different than his sister…

My daughter came down with an horrible cough and head cold, followed by a persistent 3-day fever and eventually an ear infection (I told you kids are germy). Even my essential oils couldn’t tame this beast of a cold. Her normal spunky, crazy self was replaced with a mopey, miserable kid. With her history of febrile seizures, she was on a very strict schedule and I was so worried when on Day #3, she still went to bed with a 100 degree temperature. But she woke up smiling yesterday and dancing to the intro song to Sesame Street, so I knew all was well again.

I’ve been on full-on mom mode and have had very little time to think of anything else besides teeth, runny noses, medicine schedules and taking temperatures. We have had our boogie wipes, vapor rub, peppermint oil, homeopathic orajel and thermometer sitting on our console, ready a moment’s notice. I do feel a tiny bit of mom-guilt, as I was very much looking forward to coming into work this morning. Balance, I tell ya.

Now I’m just praying we all stay healthy for a beautiful spring season – this being sick thing is for the birds.