Empty Essential Oil Bottles-Getting The Last Drop {Inspiration Tuesdays}

If you are anything like me, you don’t want one drop of those precious essential oils going to waste! This holds true for all kinds, but especially the expensive ones (I use a few different brands that I trust). I can never help but notice that even when you get all you can out, there is still residue around the lid and inside the little jars. I have tried taking the empty bottles and letting them soak in bathwater as we bathe, but because essential oils are not really water soluble, there’s still always some residue left. Finally I came up with an idea that works great for getting ALL the oil from the jar in a way that it can still be utilized.
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Here it is! All you need is;

  • Rubbing alcohol or Everclear
  • A Jar with a tight lid
  • Empty E.O. bottles

All you have to do take the lids off and the stoppers out, and pop them in a jar with the bottles. Fill the jar with alcohol. Shake gently and let it sit for awhile. You can pour it off after awhile and store it in whatever you like. You now have an essential oil scented cleaning solution!

You can use this solution in various homemade cleaning products. Or you can just put it in your cleaning water!
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You can see a full list of my posts on essential oils HERE. Be sure to check out Essential Oils, Choosing a Company to Trust!

Also, if you are looking for an excellent and honest essential oil authority to trust and follow, I highly recommend the Essential Oil University.

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Disclaimer; The information on this blog site is not intended to treat, diagnose or claim to cure illness or disease. The author is not a medical doctor, and the information, testimonials, home remedies and recipes have not been evaluated by the FDA and are for entertainment and educational purposes only. Unless otherwise clearly stated information is the authors personal opinion. Information here is not intended to replace medical assistance and advice. Please seek the advice of your doctor in the case of emergency. The author is receiving no monetary compensation or commissions for the writing of this article.

Better Health With Bone Broth {Inspiration Tuesdays}

IMG_0039 It’s that time again; stock making time! I always like to make a big batch to freeze or can in the spring, when the weather is warming. I like to wait for days when it’s going to be too warm to have a fire, but just a bit too nippy without one!

Stocks done right are a wonderful health food. They are one of the gut healing substances used in Natasha Campbell’s book, Gut and Psychology Syndrome. Done properly, did you know some say stock is as healthy as a big green salad? According to THIS article, just a few of it’s health benefits include aiding digestion and detoxifying the liver, strengthening bones and cartilage and collagen.

One of the things I notice when I drink broth regularly is my skin just glows, and my lips get more full! When my husband drinks it regularly, he has noticed his joints don’t bother him as much. Bone broths are now even being hailed for periodontal problems, just check out this article at one of my very favorite health blogs HERE! According to THIS article,

”A cure-all in traditional households and the magic ingredient in classic gourmet cuisine, stock or broth made from bones of chicken, fish and beef builds strong bones, assuages sore throats, nurtures the sick, puts vigor in the step and sparkle in love life–so say grandmothers, midwives and healers. For chefs, stock is the magic elixir for making soul-warming soups and matchless sauces… …Science validates what our grandmothers knew. Rich homemade chicken broths help cure colds. Stock contains minerals in a form the body can absorb easily—not just calcium but also magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and trace minerals. It contains the broken down material from cartilage and tendons–stuff like chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine, now sold as expensive supplements for arthritis and joint pain.

I can certainly concur with the part about taste. Broth’s make an AMAZINGLY tasty and healthy base for SO many things! From homemade soups to rue, and even cheese sauces and fancy pasta sauces, it enhances the flavor of pretty much everything. Well, okay, I never tried it in pancakes. So how do you make it? Simple!

  1. Take your beef or chicken carcass bones (make sure you have quite a few joint bones in there with cartilage).
  2. Throw them in a pot and simmer for 12-24 hours. You will need to keep adding water most likely. You can also add some vegetables if you like. I like potato peels for the potassium, carrots, garlic, and celery. Sometimes I throw in some thyme for flavor and scent.
  3. Towards the last few hours, add some lemon juice or a few tablespoons vinegar (I use raw, apple cider).
  4. Turn the heat off, and let cool to warm. Strain before it gets cold. Transfer to the refrigerator.
  5. Let it sit in the fridge until it cools. If done right it will gel, like jello! You will probably want to peel the waxy grease off the top. Some people use that (tallow) but we don’t.

You can freeze your broth and take it out for whenever you need it. Use it in place of water in many recipes, and as a wonderful soup base.

Oil Face Wash {Inspiration Tuesdays}

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So today’s step is a fun one! I would like to share my testimony of oil face washing.

Several months back I stopped using soap to wash my face. I have combination skin, and I had been reading about oil washing and I decided it sounded like it made sense. The theory behind why oil washing works is the chemistry concept that “like dissolves like”.

After the first “face wash” I knew that it was highly likely I would not ever go back because my skin just glowed and I instantly looked like I had younger skin, but of course I needed more time to be sure that this was going to agree with my skin.

After all these months of using oil washing for my face, here is what I noticed;

  • Last summer I didn’t get that greasy skin feel by the end of the day -I live in the hotter and more humid parts of the Midwest so this was a big deal to me
  • My face is far less prone to breakouts with the new oil washing method
  • If I use oil washing followed by a hot steamy rag, my skin really glows
  • In the winter months, my skin doesn’t dry out so bad like it did before

I have a special blend with essential oils that I use and love that I thought everyone else might like to try so here it is! You’ll need;

  • a four ounce glass jar to put everything in
  • jojoba oil
  • coconut oil
  • essential oils of frankincense, lavender*, tea tree*, and geranium

Simply add 10-15 drops of each oil to the jar and fill half way with coconut oil, and the other half with jojoba. Cap and shake! When you wash your face simply pour a dime sized amount into the palm of your hand and use your fingertips to spread onto your face. You can massage it in if you like. You can let it soak in for a few seconds if you have time. Next use a hot steamy washrag to clean the oil off your face.

So let’s briefly talk about why I chose these particular essential oils. All information below (excluding frankincense) comes from the Essential Oils Desk Reference by Essential Science Publishing. According to it;

Geranium has been used for centuries to rejuvenate and heal the skin.
Lavender is antiseptic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and combats excess sebum on the skin.
Tea Tree is powerfully antibacterial, antibacterial, and is used for skin conditions such as acne and sores.

I added frankincense because it is one of my two favorite oils (Sandalwood is my fav). I notice that it is used in many upscale anti aging serums, so that is the biggest reason I put it in.

If you would like to try more oil combinations, I found this article helpful on the topic of oil face washing! I am going to try mine with castor oil in the future!

https://www.futurederm.com/2011/07/29/does-the-oil-cleansing-method-work-the-friendly-friday-qa-post/

*Although rare, some people are sensitive to lavender and tea tree. Both of these oils have some of the same chemical constituents. I recommend testing a drop of these oils in a small area before proceeding to add these oils to the wash, just in case.

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Disclaimer; The information on this blog site is not intended to treat, diagnose or claim to cure illness or disease. The author is not a medical doctor, and the information, testimonials, home remedies and recipes have not been evaluated by the FDA and are for entertainment and educational purposes only. Unless otherwise clearly stated information is the authors personal opinion. Information here is not intended to replace medical assistance and advice. Please seek the advice of your doctor in the case of emergency. The author is receiving no monetary compensation or commissions for the writing of this