Homemade Laundry Soap

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One thing that has been a concern of mine for a while is the ingredients in what we put in and on our bodies. I have been trying to either cut back or cut out a lot of the harsh chemicals that you find in things like lotion, shampoo, toothpaste, and soap. One way that I have found to cut back is by making my own laundry detergent. I have often wondered if making my own washing soap would be not only feasible, but easy. Well, a few months ago I found out how easy it was. A few months back, after scouring the internet to find a recipe I liked, I made my first batch of laundry detergent, and I love using it. It has 4 main ingredients, and an option to put in essential oils (my favorite option!). I found the recipe on a blog here at My Merry Messy Life. I actually stumbled upon this blog searching for knit and crochet patterns. It seems like the author, Sarah, and I share a few passions: crafting, making things from scratch, our oils. The recipe is simple, and there’s even a cute free printable that you can print out and put on your container. From this I was able to get just over 2 gallons of laundry detergent which should last me a while.laundry soap results

 

So, how does this save money? Wonderful question and I’m GLAD you asked! Here’s the break down of the cost:

55 oz Super Washing Soda purchased at Wal-Mart for about $3.24/box

5 lb Baking Soda from Azure Standard for $3.85

16 oz bottle of Dr Bronner’s Pure Castille Soap bought at a local health food store for about $11. This size bottle makes about 3 batches.

Water, straight from the tap.

The total cost is about $3.01 for over 6 gallons of laundry soap! You can’t buy this from the store for that cost, plus this is environment friendly.

I followed the directions from the recipe, but I added more washing soda than the recipe called for. I miss read the recipe and put in 3/4 cup instead of 1/2 cup, but I didn’t see and adverse side effects on my clothes from it. After I had the soap all stirred up I added 20 drops of Young Living Lavender EO which helps to soften the clothes, and 30 drops Young Living Lemon EO as a stain fighter. I’m now onto my second batch. I’ve gone through the first one, and it took me months to do so for 3 of us. I love the smell and I like how my clothes feel when they’re washed.

If you want to find out how to get high quality oils hop on over to my Young Living site to learn more.

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How I recovered from a car accident with Young Living Essential Oils

On July 4th, on my way home from work, I was about 1/4 mile from my house, waiting to turn when I was rear ended…hard. The main street close to my house is a 4 lane street. I was in the left hand lane, stopped and waiting to be able to safely turn onto another street. In my rear view mirror, I saw a set of head lights coming towards me. No big deal. This is a busy street and seeing someone come towards me is nothing new. Normally they either stop, or get into the right hand lane if they are able to. Well, on this night, neither of those happened, and both were options. When I noticed that the driver wasn’t going to stop or go into the free lane I started to move, but it was too little too late. The driver had to have been going at least 35 mph and not paying attention. When I was hit everything went flying. When I say everything, I mean everything. My cubby holes all opened up and things flew out of them, my EO car diffuser flew out of the power jack, and my arms and legs went flailing about, my seat even reclined on its own. It was not a pretty sight.

 

I decided not to go to the hospital by ambulance, but opted to call my wonderful sister who took my to the emergency room once my car-which was undrivable-was towed. At the ER, I was x-rayed from head to pelvis, and had a CT of my head done due to having a headache and neck pain. I was lucky. I had no broken bones or anything that showed up on the tests. It was all soft tissue damage. So, easy to get over, right? Ha ha, not quite so much. I was prescribed a narcotic and a muscle relaxer and was told to use those and ibuprofen to help with the pain and swelling. I don’t like using pain pills so I decided to do an experiment. I didn’t fill the prescriptions, but would have them on hand just in case. I decided that I’d truly give my oils a go and see if they helped. Over the next several days I used Aroma Seize on my head with Frankincense and Cypress on my neck, upper back and shoulder. I also started taking 2 oz of NingXia Red daily. When the pain got bad-and it did-I used what’s called a morphine bomb. A morphine bomb is 5 drops each of Frankincense, Copaiba, and Balsam fir. If I ever needed another reason to love my oils, this was it. I was able to keep the pain to a minimum, help any swelling that occurred, and not need my prescriptions. There were a few days that I had a hard time moving in the mornings, but even that would lessen with movement and use of the oils. All of this and no adverse side effects like not being able to drive while taking these. I love not having any adverse side effects.

 

One thing that amazed me with this is that everyone kept telling me how sore I was going to be but how the oils took most of that away. Sure, I had a lot of pain, but I also had immediate relief with the oils. If I would have taken the pain pills, I would have had to wait for the pain to subside. With what I was given, the pain probably would have not gone away anyway. I’ve been on this medication before and all it did for me then was make me hyper. I didn’t have any pain relief. I also have a fear of becoming addicted to pain pills. I never have been, but I’ve always had that fear.

 

I know this all sounds like I don’t put any stock into doctors or medications. That’s not true though. I do say that doctors know what they’re doing when they give you a diagnosis. I don’t write my experiences to diagnose, treat or cure anything, they are only what I have learned and want to pass on. I also know that there are some medicines that I would take without hesitation, but for the most part I will work with my oils. I prefer the natural path to health over the chemical path.

 

So, what happened to my car? Oh, that’s a sad story in and of itself. My car ended up being totaled. The frame was bent on both sides and the floor was so damaged there was no way to feasibly fix my car. Luckily, I have great car insurance that took care of me even before the police report was out. The damage doesn’t look extensive, but looks can be deceiving.

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my elantra part deux

 

 

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Thieves in the fall

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Now that summer is starting to wind down and fall is fast coming upon us it’s time to think ahead to cold and flu season. Many people during this season either hope they don’t get sick, stock up on over the counter meds, or take preventive methods such as getting the flu vaccine. Personally, I’m in the first group. I just hope I don’t get sick. The only time that I have had the flue vaccine, I actually got the flu. However, doing research on the Young Living oils I use, I have found of a few oils that help not only prevent, but lessen the effects of colds and flu. One such oil is Thieves essential oil blend.

 

Thieves essential oil blend has a history too. The story behind the blend goes back to the Middle Ages and the plague. The story goes that there were four thieves who would plunder the dead and dying, but never get sick. When they were eventually caught, they were granted leniency if they would give up how they could be around the people with the plague and not become sick. As it happened, one of the thieves was related to an apothecary giving him the knowledge and access to the oils that would protect them.

 

Thieves essential oil blend has clove, rosemary, eucalyptus, and lemon which makes a blend that is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal. Thieves can be used right on the skin, diffused or even ingested, though you may need to dilute the oil with a carrier oil if it’s too hot on your skin. Some of uses of Thieves includes using a drop with your toothpaste, rubbing a drop on the bottoms of your feet to boost your immune system, a drop under your tongue when you have a soar throat, rub on your chest when you have bronchitis, put a cotton ball with a few drops of oils where you need to freshen the drawer, room, or closet (or gym bags, or shoes ect), and many more.

 

I know that during the colder months I get soar throats and a lot of congestion/colds. This year I have a defense that I’m going to try. My diffuser will be busy once I start feeling sick.

 

The information provided on Heavenly Escentials is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.

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Versatility of Lemon

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With everything that my family has gone through in the last month, we have been relying a lot on Young Living Essential Oils. One oil we decided to incorporate in our daily routine is lemon essential oil. I did some research and talked to some other who use Young Living oils about lemon oil and its benefits. Here are some of the benefits that I have learned:

 

  • Use it in water to purify the water- make sure the water is in a glass, no plastic
  • Mix 1-2 drops in water in a spray bottle to use as a disinfectant (we store the mixture in a glass mason jar and put it in a spray bottle when needed)
  • Soothe corns, calluses and bunions on feet
  • Eliminate odors in the fridge by putting a cotton ball with a few drops of oil in your fridge.
  • Diffuse the oil to make your home smell clean and fresh as well as cleansing the air
  • Removes adhesive and gum or sap from surfaces
  • Stain remover, even works on grease stains. Just apply it to clothing right before washing.
  • Boosts your immune system

 

My sister diffused lemon essential oil when her two youngest had chicken pox since the oil is supposed to have antiviral effects. She believes that her children had a lesser case due to the oil. I use lemon essential oil myself on clothing to remove stains. It even works on grease stains. These are just a few of the uses that lemon essential oil has, there are many more. I look forward to other ways that I can use lemon essential oil in my daily routine.

 

And as always: The information provided on Heavenly Escentials is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.

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Why I use Young Living Oils

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After being asked a few questions and doing some research, starting a few groups and pages on either social media sites or open forums I have come to the conclusion that I need to let people know why I have decided to use Young Living Essential Oils. I have a few personal reasons why I prefer oils and natural remedies, but I also have logical reasons why I have decided to use specifically Young Living oils instead of any other brand. On the personal level, I have chosen to go a natural route with everything that I can because it’s just plain flat out better for our bodies than to introduce chemicals or synthetic substances. All you have to do to see this is read warning labels on the substances you use from your cleaners to your medications. I have sensitive skin. I have a hard time using anything that dries out your skin because lotions don’t even always work to re-hydrate my skin. I also have problems with my breathing. I also have reactions to certain products like All laundry detergent (I break out in hives). When I use a normal household cleaner, I should really use a mask because of how it affects my breathing and my lungs due to having Bronchitis 12 times in 12 years. When I use essential oils to clean and disinfect I have no adverse breathing reaction to the solution. I have also done my research on what medications, even over the counter (OTC) medications can do to you. In fact I recently read an article on how some medications can actually make your brain lose cognitive function due to how they work (found here)

So, why specifically Young Living? What a great question and I’m glad you asked (well, were thinking it at least). Young Living is the only company that has a “Seed to Seal” promise. They are in control of everything that happens from the cultivating of the ground, to the planting of the seeds, to harvesting and distilling the products. The company does not use chemicals pesticides on the plants and any soil the seeds go into has not had chemicals used on it previously. It’s an all natural process. Young Living also tests every batch for quality and never dilutes or cuts the oils with other substances (http://www.modernalternativehealth.com/2012/10/24/essential-oils-finding-answers-part-2/#.Ufk6TtK1GJp).

All in all, for me the choice is simple. I want the best quality oils so I can maintain and improve my health and life with out polluting my body with synthetic copies of nature or chemicals.

Other sources of information:

http://www.youngliving.com/en_US/discover/quality

http://www.youngliving.com/en_US/company/about

and as always: The information provided on Heavenly Escentials is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.

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The Coolness of Peppermint

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Through out my life I have found that I am sensitive to a lot of things. I am sensitive to make-up, so I don’t wear any. I am sensitive to sun, so I either use sunblock or try not to go out too much when it’s bright. I’m loved by mosquitoes and will lose a lot of blood to them over a summer. I have found recently for me that peppermint helps with a lot of the things I’m sensitive to, not the make-up though. I recently went to a STL Cardinals baseball game with my father and we had seats just once section down from the top of the stadium. The seats were great, you had a view of the whole field and would be able to see everything that went on with the added benefit of being in the shade and having a slight breeze. Sometimes being poor is a good thing. When we arrived at the stadium and got to our section we were asked if we wanted to enter a free raffle to upgrade our seats. We thought “well, it’s free, it won’t hurt to try”. Well, we got the upgrade and moved to the right field right where the foul pole is. We actually had part of our view obstructed by the pole, but it was worth it to be that close to the field. We were also in direct sunlight for the whole game and I forgot sunblock. I ended up with a pretty bad sunburn on both my arms, my face and even my ears. My arms also itched like crazy later that day. When I got home, I put on lavender and peppermint oils. I did this for about two days. By then, my normally painful burn ended up fading and not hurting at all. The lavender soothed the pain and the peppermint cooled the skin allowing me to go about my normal business and not cringe in pain whenever I moved. Even about a week and a half later, I still am using the peppermint on my arms to stop the itching since I have started to peel (I have yet to find a product that stops me from peeling. Aloe doesn’t even help. In fact, it makes my peeling worse).

This is just one of the ways that I have used peppermint essential oil to help me. Some other ways that I have used the oil it to help me breath when my basement flooded and kicked up mildew and mold-which tea tree oil stopped the mold and mildew from growing. I’ve also used peppermint to settle an upset stomach, stop a headache, cool me down from being outside weeding and more. For me, peppermint is essential to have in my household due to the many ways that I have already used it and the many more I look forward to trying.

The information provided on Heavenly Escentials is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.

 

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When pharmaceutical companies fail to label

I read an article on a woman who in 2004 was prescribed Sulindac, an anti-inflammatory, then ended up in the hospital with toxic epidermal necrolysis: a disease where your skin peels off. The lady sued the pharmaceutical company because the label and medical information did not have toxic epidermal necrolysis as a side effect and won. Here’s the kicker though: Yesterday the supreme court ruled that the company that manufactures the drug is not legally liable for not having the medication labeled correctly because the drug had been approved by the FDA. To me, this is greatly disturbing. Not only is our safety not worth anything to the Supreme Court, but there is no one who can be held accountable when bad things happen. Honestly, this is one reason why I use Young Living essential oils. I have found for myself and my family, they help me to maintain and even in some cases, improve how I feel. Yes, there are times where I will take prescriptions medications, but if there is anyway that I can not use drugs, I will go that route. If there is no one who is accountable for extreme adverse reactions – life threatening adverse reactions due to negligence on labeling then I will trust nature and God’s medications. I know my doctors would never knowingly give me a medication that would harm more than help, and I’ve been on medications that have greatly helped me, but I also know that God has provided ways for us to be healthy.

The information provided on Heavenly Escentials is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.

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