What is a diffuser and why would I need one?

Are you looking to receive therapeutic benefits from diffusing essential oils?

A cold mist diffuser will work nicely to spread the micro particles of oil throughout your home.  There are lots of diffusers for using in your home or work space. They various shapes and sizes, and with as many varying prices.

These diffusers hold water, usually tap, and the essential oil or oils of your choice. These diffusers are usually very quiet with maybe just the sound of bubbling water which I kind of like. These diffusers form cool mist by means of a little sonically vibrating disk at the bottom of the water reservoir.

A pure essential oil can go far beyond that of smelling lovely. Inhaling the vapors of these oils is a powerful way to benefit therapeutically. When colds and flu stop by, diffusing a blend like Shield or Thieves will help to rid the air of airborne pathogens.

Stuffy nose? LLP (Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint) blend will clear the air passages.

If you just want to set a relaxing atmosphere, Wild Orange (the kids love it) or add any oil that you just love the smell of.

Never heat essential oils! Heating can alter the unique compound structure rendering an oil less effective or destroying it’s efficacy all altogether. So diffusers that heat the oils by way of a candle or work by heating a ring that sits on a hot light bulb are not recommended when therapeutic benefits are your goal.

All diffusers are 10% off… plus you can get another 10% off using my code: KRISTIN

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Stop a Runny Nose with this EO Blend

This is a post about a super simple runny nose remedy with essential oils…that really works!!  We use Shield, Lavender and Respire.

Snort. Sniff. Snorrrk. Sniff.

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Sigh.  One of the guys has a cold.  And the drip/snort/snore is not pretty, nor is it letting any of us get sleep.

I found this recipe… in my brain. LOL  It was born out of the brain of a desperate woman attempting to get some sleep.  Mucus is caused by your body’s reaction to inflammation.  Your membranes get inflamed, your nose runs to cool them off. Simple biology, but such a pain.

Equal parts Shield, Lavender and Respire rubbed into the bottoms of the feet in layers.  In about 15 minutes you’ll realize you’re not blowing and dripping any longer.  You have to be consistent and get a good 4 or 5 rubs a day in, especially before bed.  (So that your spouse/parent can get some sleep and be happy and chipper in the morning.)

Why does it work?

Respire:  Spark Naturals Respire blend is a great source of protection during flu season and congestion in general. This blend may help the protection against common germs. In addition to helping with Cold & Flu symptoms, this blend was formulated and may help with the common respiratory issues such as congestion.

Shield:  An ancient blend based upon legend. The legend has its roots in 15th century England during the time of the great plague. Grave robbers thieves developed their own blend of Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary to protect them while robbing the plague victims.

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Description: One of the most popular oils available, Lavender has a invigorating aroma and is an oil with many purposes. Lavender is a small shrub like plant that grows about 3 feet tall. It has beautiful purple blue flowers and grow wild in the Mediterranean region.

Lavender:  One of the most popular oils you can use, great for lots of what ails you.  Properties: Antiseptic, Analgesic, Anti-Convulsant, Anti-Depressant, Anti-Rheumatic, Anti-Spasmodic, Anti-Inflammatory, Antiviral, Bactericide, and more

As always, 10% off your Spark Naturals order using my code, KRISTIN

Home made Hamburger Buns – how to

Mmmmmmm.  Smell that delish scent of home made bread!  It’s the best!

My kids take their lunch to school just about every day.  I (used to) buy the big ole’ bag of buns and BJs or Costco, only to have the be smushed and bordering on moldy by the end of a week.  (And, no, heaven forbid the kids have to defrost a frozen bun.)

Solution?  Make my own!  I don’t know why it never occurred to me.  I mean, heck, I make my own bread every week.  (and, again, heaven forbid the kids take their sandwich on bread instead of a bun.  Teenagers. Sigh.)

I modified my bread recipe to make a soft, fluffy bun that would stand up to the jostling in their bags:

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In your mixing bowl, place 2 1/4 teaspoons of yeast into 1/4 cup warm water. Let sit 5 minutes.  (1 packet of dry yeast if using packets)

Mix together, then pour into mixing bowl:  1/2 Cup lukewarm Milk    1/4 cup Sugar   1 tsp salt

Add: 1 egg   1/4 cup soft shortening (crisco or butter)

Blend

Add 3 1/4 cups flour

Knead with attachment or by hand.  Split dough in 1/2 / 2 pieces

Roll 1st piece dough into approx 8″ square.  Cut into 6 rolls, approx 1/2″ thick.

Do same with 2nd piece.

Place onto greased sheet, cover with damp cloth and let rise until double.  (30 – 45 minutes)

Bake at 400 for 12 – 15 minutes.

 

Bye-bye Allergies! 4-pack Lemon Lavender Peppermint & Melaleuca

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How to for allergies?  Put equal parts of Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint into a bottle and use as your “blend”

Antihistamine Protocol in a roller bottle:
1 part Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint blend of essential oils and 1 part fractionated coconut oil as needed. (or almond oil or your carrier oil)

Antihistamine Protocol in a capsule:
9 drops of blend in 00 gel capsule 3x daily.

Itchy eyes?
Dab some lavender that you’ve diluted with coconut oil on the facial bones surrounding the eyes for quick relief.

Stubborn zits?  Use Melaleuca straight up!  (tea tree oil)

Dandruff?  put a drop into your dollop of shampoo.

As always, 10% discount using my code: KRISTIN

What can you use these for?  Click the link below for a PDF with 40 uses for these oils.

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New Product Launch – Rosewater! (Plus $1.99 shipping on any order)

We just launched a brand new (and very exciting!) e-spa product: Spark Naturals Rose Water, in 4oz and 8oz Spray Bottles (with a fine misting spray top)!

4oz SN Rose Water: $ 9.99
8oz SN Rose Water: $ 18.99

Spark Naturals Rose Water is an herbal distillate, which is an important co-product produced in the process of making Spark Naturals Rose essential oil. The amazing thing about that is that SN Rose Water carries many of the beneficial properties of SN Rose essential oil (although in a much lower concentration).

Rose water has been used by generations in food, skincare, and haircare products. It is well-known for its many benefits, which include (but are not limited to):

-improving skin tone and elasticity
-moisturizing (great for dry skin, but appropriate for all skin types – it is effective, but not a heavy moisturizer)
-helping to prevent and possibly even alleviate sun damage (research is ongoing regarding substantiating these claims)
-anti-inflammatory (excellent for soothing sensitive skin)
-rich source of antioxidants

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Rose water, straight from the bottle, is a fantastic moisturizer, linen spray, facial toner, and makeup remover. Rose water is often used in cooking applications, as well, including many middle eastern and southeast asian drinks and foods (ever had a rosewater lassi?).

Imagine all the possibilities in combination with other beneficial essential oils!

Furniture Upcycle or “The weekend project that took 5 days”

I have a dresser and chest set that we’ve split between my daughter’s room and mine.  Our master is a grey blue. This dresser is a celery-ish? green.  Not a good combo.

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It was actually quite easy, just time consuming since the weather decided to be 90 and humid for 2 days then 57 and tornado warning weather for the other 3.  Lovely.  It also helped that my wonderful hubby left his car out during this massive storm so that I could take “his 1/2″ of the garage for my workroom.

I wanted something fresh, but not white, as I think that would have just blended into the background too much. I used Valspar Paint & Primer in a semi-gloss. The color is Summerhouse Blue, #4008-5c.  (I picked that color because it matches Stampin’ Up!’s Marina Mist, which is one of my faves.  It’s a great compliment to the walls and the new curtains I have in there, so this is a nice project to freshen up your room.

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Step 1: Wipe down with Mineral Spirits. Step 2: Sand lightly, Step 3: Light coat of paint  (actually 3 light coats of paint in all, letting them dry 12 – 24 hour in between)

One extra tip:  Use the pretty things that you have!  On top of the dresser are two Lennox pieces that I got for my wedding that I’d never used…. 16 years ago!  I decided I didn’t have to just show them off, I could use them and I have to say I love them! They are so elegant and make me feel like I’m treating myself to pretty things.

What projects are you looking to do to spruce up your place?  I’d love to know !

Strawberry Jam – delish and easy to make

I am SO the happy housewife today.  2 loaves of fresh bread: Done.  2 Jars of Peach Butter:  In process.  2 jars of Strawberry Jam:  Done!

This recipe makes two quick, easy jars of Strawberry Jam.  One for us, one for my friend, Lorri.  I didn’t “can” it, I just put it into canning jars because I keep them on hand.  I’m not canning enough jelly to get us through the apocalypse.

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For 2, 8 oz jars I used:  1 Cup sliced strawberries, 1 1/2 cups sugar.  (I made mine with a blend of Demerara brown and regular white cane)

Heat the strawberries on med/low heat, and mash/crush. I used a potato masher.

When boiling, add the sugar.

Stir at a low simmer/boil, stirring frequently until thick.  Mine took approx. 20 minutes.

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Pour into your clean jars.  Done!

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I tweaked my recipe from The American Woman’s Cook Book from 1938.  How did I tweak it?  All I did was cut the recipe in half.  These old-timey women knew how to make the good stuff :)

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