Horrible Headache Blend

Today I woke up with a pounding headache at 5am and instantly thought, “oh, crap.” I don’t get migraines as often as I use to but when I do, I know that I am going to struggle all day to get in under control. To top it off, Jase woke up at 5:50am and would not go back to sleep. He usually sleeps until 8:30ish, so I was a bit nervous it was going to be a long day. The whole morning, I was rubbing M-Grain on my face (temples/forehead) & my neck (top of my spine) and also dropped one drop of Thieves on my tongue and pressed it to the roof of my mouth (sometimes this helps give quick relief!) and it just wasn’t cutting it. I was nauseous, and frankly just want to crawl back in my bed. I couldn’t figure out if my head hurt due to seasonal discomforts, because I was outside all day yesterday or because I needed to visit the chiropractor (from landscaping) or if I was dehydrated, but it probably was a combination of all of the above. Once I put Jase down for his nap, I slammed Ningxia Red and a large glass of water and created a new roller bottle. When my headaches are really bad I usually combine M-Grain & Deep Relief but I couldn’t find my roll on and knew I had everything to DIY.

Horrible Headache Relief Roll On:

  • 25 drop of Peppermint
  • 15 drops of Wintergreen
  • 15 drops of Lavender
  • 15 drops of Valor
  • 15 drops of Helichrysum
  • Add essential oils to roller bottle and top off with carrier oil.

Some great substitutes: PanAway, Frankincense, R.C., Basil, Aroma Siez, Balsam Fir & Thieves

FYI: This is a STRONG recipe but it was much needed. I applied it to my temples, lightly rubbed in on my forehead (make sure to not get this in your eyes!) & rolled it on my neck. I then laid down and took an hour long nap. I did feel a lot better afterwards, but if I needed it to be stronger, I was going to add Copaiba next. Copaiba E.O. is a magnifier and strengthens the effects of other essential oils.

After we woke up from our naps we went to visit Aaron at work for lunch, grocery shopped and swung into the chiropractor for a quick adjustment. My neck was out-of-place so it could be a huge reason for my migraine this morning. I feel so much better without the nagging, pounding headache!!!

I also received a new diffuser necklace in the mail this weekend. I’m seriously obsessed with it! It’s made with lava stones and you add one drop of essential oil to each stone and wear it all day. I’m impressed on how well the lava stones hold the scent of the oil. I’ve been wearing my necklace since early this morning and I still smell the oil! If you don’t have a diffuser necklace, I highly recommend getting one! It’s just a nice way to reap the benefits of essential oils all day especially if you don’t get the luxury of having a diffuser at your desk or by you all day. There are a ton of shops on Etsy that sell them!

I hope everyone was able to enjoy this past weekend like we did. It was warm, sunny and a nice two full days of playing outside and getting the yard back in order.

Here’s a picture of my new diffuser necklace:

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(I bought it from Inspired Infusions shop on Etsy!)

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Natural Bug Spray

Last night I had my first mosquito bite of the year. I have been waiting for it to finally be nice outside and now that yesterday was the first warm, 70-degree-Spring-is-finally-here day, I was bite several times by mosquitoes! They have hatched with a vengeance. The worst part of it, I was sitting on my couch relaxing after a day of shopping with a toddler. He usually is a great shopper but today, he was not having it. We had a few meltdowns because I would not let him crawl under the dressing room door. Let’s just say, I was sweating after trying on clothes / chasing him around the dressing room. I’m just glad he wasn’t the only kid & I wasn’t the only mom running around like a crazy person. Anyways, when we got home, I opened all the windows to let the fresh air in and Jase & Allie (our dog) thought it was great to play by the screen door and they must have cracked it a bit. I was catching up on all my TGIT shows (yes I LOVE Grey’s & Scandal!) and all of a sudden I was being eaten by THREE different mosquitoes, GRRR! I hate these buggers. I am such a baby because they love me (they don’t seem to bother my husband and it makes me so jealous) and I hate the smell of store bought mosquito spray. Not only does the smell bother me but the chemicals in the spray are what really make me cringe. I’d rather be bitten than wear that spray so I am SO glad I found an all-natural recipe that I don’t feel gross wearing (and that actually works!). Last summer, I would often mix Purification with coconut oil and rub it out my arms and legs if I knew I was going to be working in the yard that day & didn’t necessarily need the spray. That seemed to help ward off the mosquitoes if I was in a shaded area. But I seriously could have used the spray last night! I had bugs everywhere and diffused Purification in my bedroom hoping they wouldn’t come get me in my sleep. I guess I will have to make a new bug spray bottle today since I think the weather is finally looking up & I am hoping to spend a lot of time outside this weekend!

Recipe Details: All Natural Bug Spray

  • 5 drops Purification
  • 5 drops Thieves
  • 3 drops Citronella
  • 3 drops Lemongrass
  • 3 drops Peppermint
  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 4 oz glass spray bottle
  • 2 oz witch hazel, unscented
  • 2 oz distilled water
  • Add witch hazel & distilled water to glass spray bottle and drop in essential oils. Shake well and spray!

You can use this mixture to protect your pets from unwanted bugs as well.

Buhbye bug bites, hello summertime.

-Jenna

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Hello EO Shower Bombs

Need a little pick me up in the mornings? How about an explosion of scent while you shower? These DIY essential oil shower bombs are the perfect way to help wake you up in the morning or relax after a long day. The best part is that there are so many different combinations that you can try.

  • Sinus support? Try Thieves, Peppermint, RC, Eucalyptus Globulus
  • Fresh mind? Try Citrus Fresh & Lemon
  • More energy? Try Lemon & Peppermint
  • Afternoon pick up? Joy & StressAway
  • Relaxation before bed? Lavender & Peace and Calming
  • Sexy time? Ylang Ylang & Jasmine

Like I said, the possibilities are endless! Play around with EO’s and find your favorite mix. Everyone is different. What I might find smells wonderfully, another person might not like.

EO Shower Bomb Recipe:

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup citric acid (available at health food stores or online)
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 30+ drops of your favorite aromatic essential oil

Directions:

  1.  Mix together the baking soda and citric acid (I used my Kitchen aid blender, so fast & easy).
  2. In a different bowl combine water & your essential oils. (If you want to wait to add essential oils and add them to your shower bombs as you go, that’s totally fine too. Sometimes I find that easier if you don’t want to make a lot of one kind. Simply add a few drops per bomb).
  3. Slowly add the oil-water mixture (few drops at a time) into your dry ingredients, stirring well after each addition.
  4. When ingredients are thoroughly mixed, tightly pack into 2-inch balls using your hands or cookie scoop, a stainless steel cake pop mold, or any other mold. I also use my mini muffin tin pan for these & it makes about 24 bombs. Set on a plate to dry. If necessary, pack the balls again more tightly. They will expand a little bit.
  5. Allow them to dry for at least 12 hours, sometimes they take a little bit longer. You want them completely dry or they will crumble.
  6. Store in an airtight container for best results. If your bombs need to be refreshed, simply add a few more drops to the bomb right before you shower.

Use: While your water is running, throw the bomb in your shower and enjoy the aromatic experience!

If you are a bath lover, feel free to use these bombs as well. I am not a bath person so these work awesome for me… I must admit I have a huge tub in my bathroom and I think I’ve sat in it once! I know, I really should but I just don’t make the time to and it’s on the bottom of the list of “things that I should pamper myself with.” Anyways I love that I can incorporate these bombs into my daily routine of showering & I can kill two birds with one stone.

Happy DIYing!

-Jenna

 

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Spring Discomforts

Easter weekend was filled with a lot of fun in the Totten household. Friday night we had way too much fun! Anyone else seem to get into trouble with their husbands? Aaron and I ended up staying up until 6am talking and indulging in too many adult beverages!!! SIX A.M! I don’t remember the last time I stayed up until the sun started to come up but it was much needed bonding time with my husband. Saturday we spent the evening with my dad’s side of the family & Sunday we had a lunch date with my parents & siblings.

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Holidays keep getting better and better now that we have a little one. He loved playing with those colorful plastic eggs!

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With spring approaching, we have had some strange weather here in Minnesota. About a month ago we had really warm week, followed by two weeks of cold and snow and today the sun is finally shining again. Talk about spring fever! Since the weather has been funky, my seasonal allergies have been flaring up. One nice day and I’m sneezing and itching my watery eyes out and then it will freeze over night and I am better again. It’s so inconsistent. Today is a bad day so now with April approaching fast, I am going to start taking precautionary steps to ease my seasonal discomforts.

The first thing I did this morning was start diffusing because I am pretty sure little Jase also suffers from the seasonal itchy, runny and sneezes. I added three drops of each Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint oil to my diffuser and am letting it run all day.

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Next I pulled out my vegetable cables and made myself a little LLP Bomb! I am going to start taking these daily until summer. If I need a little extra bang, I add Copaiba.

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Tip for easy use: Since you can use these oils topically, you can also make a relief roller with these oils. Add 20 drops of each oil to a roller bottle (Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint & Copaiba) and top off with carrier oil. I prefer YL’s V6 oil because it’s non-scented. You can then roll this mixture on the bottle of your feet and the back of your neck for relief.

Happy Monday!

Thanks for reading,

Jenna

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Pain Cream Recipe

Pain, pain, pain! Lately my back feels like it is about to break! Maybe it’s because I have been working out more heavily trying to lose some of this postpartum baby weight I am still carrying around or the fact that I just weighed my little munchkin today and he is 29lbs. He is a mommy’s boy so if I am doing anything that is not at his eye level, he wants to be held. His new favorite thing is to point at things that he wants or point where he wants to go and I feel like half of his game has to take place when he is in my arms. Today I am sharing with you my favorite natural recipe for pain. It is so easy to make! My husband swears by this cream to help his fingers not feel so stiff. He has me massage it on his hands every night before bed and occasionally I have to rub it on his back, elbows, and knees. He wishes I would rub it on his feet but I’m not a big fan of giving feet rubs unless I am getting mine rubbed in return!

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For this recipe you’ll need:

*1 glass container

*10 drops of each Young Living oil: PanAway, Peppermint, Valor, Lemongrass & Copaiba

*1/4 cup coconut oil

*Some type of kitchen mixer for a soft cream OR heat source for a hard rub

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Quick Steps:

  • Add ¼ cup of coconut oil in a glass mixing bowl
  • Use a kitchen mixer to soften the coconut oil. I use my Kitchen Aid mixer because I like my cream to be soft and easy to apply. If you don’t have a Kitchen Aid or hand mixer, you can still make the cream it just will be a little harder to apply and you’ll have to heat the coconut oil up by using a double boil method. You just need to warm the coconut oil up enough to make it into a liquid form, no need to overheat or boil.
  • Once your coconut oil is prepared to your liking, add 10 drops of each oil.
  • Mix! Mix! Mix!
  • Put mixture into glass jar
  • Enjoy for all your pain needs!

 

Easy peasy! I recommend trying to keep this is a cool place. When coconut oil is warmer than 75 degrees or so, it tends to liquefy. It always seems to surprise me when we are camping on a hot summer day and I open and spill the jar all over me! You think I would be use to it now. I hope you enjoy this all natural recipe!

Once you make your own pain cream, you’ll have to let me know what you think! How do you use your pain cream?