July Essential Rewards Promos

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Seriously, Young Living has done it again.  These promos are perfect for summer and a must have!

If you are one of my members, I sent you all of the juicy details on this months promos- if you aren’t one of my members yet, what are you waiting for?!

You get these oils for free when you get your monthly wellness box and hit the PV requirements.  BONUS!  And, you get points back to get more free products.  Its simply amazing.

Want to learn more?  Contact me for more information.  I offer free wellness consultations and would love to help you get on the path to a healthier, less toxic lifestyle!

Check out my Facebook page for details on classes this July.  BIG NEWS coming for August!

Animal Care

Did you know that Young Living (The leader in essential oils) has an Animal Care product line?  When I saw this I got so excited.  Animals are a huge part of my life and our farm.  We take their care and health very seriously and do all that we can to make sure they are all healthy, all the time.  These products are for dogs, cats and horses. *And people too.

My animals are like my children.  Especially my dogs.  We love them and care for them like they are humans.  (I know, typical dog lover) A portion of all Animal Scents products proceeds goes toward the Vital Ground Foundation- A non profit organization that protects the habitat of grizzly bears and other wild, free roaming wildlife.  So amazing, right?! I just love Young Living!

Okay, so what does Young Living offer, here are a few of my favorites that every animal owner must have:

Animal Scents Ointment- This is a salve that is soothing and protective.  Made with Tea Tree Essential Oil (Melaleuca Alternifolia), Myrrh and other supporting essential oils like Bergamot (Citrus aurantium bergamia) and Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens). We rub this salve on our dogs paws after a long hike or in winter when the house is dry. For best results, cleanse the area first, then apply this ointment as a protective barrier.

Animal Scents Shampoo- Okay, lets just start by saying that this shampoo is highly concentrated.  That means that you can probably get TWO or even THREE bottles of plant based, all natural shampoo for your pets for the price of ONE! This shampoo has 5 powerful essential oils to clean, condition and protect your pets coat. Your pampered pup will be clean and they will smell so wonderful after a bath.                                                                                                                                    savingpng-2

Dental Pet Chews- These pet chews are made from naturally derived ingredients, including spearmint and peppermint essential oils. These pet treats help promote good oral health. They also combat dog breathe!                                                                                                         img_1443-1

Animal Scents Cat Treats– Made with Ginger Essential Oil and have a crunchy texture that cats love.

Paragize- A combination of ginger, spearmint, peppermint and other supportive essential oils. (Cumin, fennel, juniper, lemongrass, patchouli, rosemary and tarragon) This oil blend is made specifically with your pets well being in mind. This will be very soothing for horses, cats and dogs with digestive upset. Apply on the abdomen to support healthy digestion. This is a good oil to keep on hand if your pet likes to sneak food off the table. (like my pup)                                                                               

Repelaroma- This oil blend contains Citronella, Idaho Tansy, Palo Santo and Tea Tree essential oils. This will support healthy skin and your pet will love to be outdoors! Apply a drop on the ears, legs and along the spine. Rub a few drops into your hands and simply ‘pet’ the animal for easy application before outdoor adventures. For on the go: add this oil to a 1oz. Spray bottle and spritz generously to your pets coat or skin.

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T-Away- This calming blend will provide a sense of emotional freedom and joyful feelings for your pet. The are several different essential oils that make up this blend are: Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood, Frankincense, Valerian, Spruce, Lavender, Geranium, Helichrysum, Citrus Hystrix, Rose, Tangerine, Ylang Ylang, Orange, Angelica, Hyssop, Spanish Sage, Coriander, Bergamot, Lemon, Jasmine- Absolute, Roman Chamomile, Palmarosa, Blue Tansy, Ruta and German Chamomile.

There are 3 essential oil blends that work best together as a system. They are:

Animal Scents Puriclean, Animal Scents Infect Away and Animal Scents Mendwell.

Puriclean- Use 1 to 2 drops topically or 8 to 10 drops in a 1 oz. spray bottle with distilled water for a quick skin cleansing spritz.

Infect Away- This is a preventive approach to protect your pets skin. Essential oils in this blend are: Myrrh, Dorado Azul, Palo Santo, Ecuador Oregano, and Ocotea.

Mendwell- Gently massage 1 to 2 drops topically. You can also use a roller Fitment for easy application.                                                                                      

If you are interested in any of these products or any Young Living products, I would be happy to help!  Contact me through the Knots Hollow Homestead Facebook page for a quick response!

*Disclaimer: Information on this website is solely based on my research and personal use of Young Living essential oils and products. I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on t.v. Any statements, products (unless stated) and techniques listed on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA. Also note that this is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease. If you have any concerns about any condition you may be experiencing, please contact your (or your pets) physician.

How to Make Foaming Handsoap

I have fallen in love with this easy to make, non-toxic, FOAMING hand soap.

Since we have been swapping out all of the chemicals in our home for non toxic alternatives, I needed to find something that I could make myself to keep costs down. With 3 boys and farm living….we just couldn’t afford to purchase Young Living’s Foaming hand soap all the time. (I need that money for my oils!)

Here is a simple DIY recipe for making your own Foaming hand soap with the super immune boosting powers of thieves essential oil.

First, here is what you will need:

A pint size glass mason jar. (you can find them pretty much in any store)

A Foaming soap dispenser. Jarmazing are my fave!

(The Jarmazing pumps come with super cute labels that say ‘Foaming Soap’)

YL Thieves essential oil (You can also add other essential oils- for my kitchen hand soap, I added Citrus Fresh) *I can give you the hook up to get these super oils. 

Dr. Bronners Castile soap (I am using the hemp with orange oil)

Trader Joe’s Vitamin e Oil

Filtered water (I use distilled, since that is what I use in my diffuser)

How to make:

Add 5tbsp Dr. Bronners Castile Soap to the glass jar. Add 10 drops of thieves essential oil (Or essential oil of your choice) to the soap. Add 5 drops of vitamin e oil to the soap and thieves and gently swirl to combine. Then add 10 oz. of filtered water and put a lid on it to give it a little shake to combine the soap mixture and water. Swap out the lid for the Foaming dispenser and you have a super easy, super affordable and healthy for you soap!

The soap foams up and it smells SO good. My kids race to wash their hands now.

Toxic free living can be (and is) fun!  These are inexpensive and would make WONDERFUL housewarming, birthday or just-because gifts!

Now, I know that it can be hard to make a ton of changes all at once and it can be overwhelming when you are just starting out. If you are interested in learning more about essential oils and/or living a less toxic life, I am here to help! Get in touch with me through the Knots Hollow Homestead Facebook page, through Instagram or use the ‘contact us’ page to find me.

*This website contains affiliate links.

White Clover

During this time of year, white clover (Trifolium repens) is flowering in abundance! My bees love it and I love it too. 🐝 White clover isn’t talked about much in the herbalism world. But, it should be. It has many nutrients and when prepared certain ways, it can help certain ailments.

I use the flowers primarily, but the leaves and seeds are edible too. I make a lot of tea, especially during our cold and long winters. A cup of this tea is known to fight fevers and colds, purify and cleanse the blood and you can even use the tea (cooled of course) to use as an eye wash.

I recently found this recipe for white clover pudding. PUDDING!!! 😍I am going to give it a try, but will substitute the cream for coconut cream. So many uses for this sweet little flower!

These small white flowers can be dried in a dehydrator and stored in glass jars for about a year. However, it doesn’t last that long in my house! We love tea!

This would be a fun activity for kids to do!

New Product Announcement!

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Guess what?!  Young Living has come out with some really, really amazing stuff. They have really outdone themselves with these new products. 👀 Interested in something, but not quite ready to become a member? Let me know and I will add it to my order and send it out to you.  If you are ready to become a member, you will receive a 24% discount on the Premium Starter Kit, sign up bonus kit with oily info and goodies from me (a $25 value) and WHOLESALE prices.  Not only that, but you get exclusive, one on one support from myself and my team.  🤙  Any purchases you make, be sure to add my ‘coupon code’ (My member number) #14549923 to get your discount!! *Use the link at the bottom of the page and it will automatically pop up in the box.

Here is whats new:

New Products 2018 Einkorn and Kidscents Pre and Probiotics

Gary’s True Einkorn Flakes Cereal Item #24327

This cereal has crispy flakes that are lightly sweetened with organic coconut sugar, whole grains, complex carbohydrates and 4 grams of protein per serving. Lower gluten content too! A big hit for kids and grown ups.

KidScents MightyPro Prebiotic and Probiotic Supplement Item #24261 Retail- $43.09 Wholesale- $32.75

These are little sachets of prebiotic and probiotic specially formulated for children!  I am so excited about this! 🙌 Supports and maintains a healthy digestive and immune system. Promotes healthy bacteria in gut by colonizing GI tract. Helps with bouts of constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating and digestive discomfort.

Gary’s True Grit Eikorn Berries Item #24552 

These are whole berries.  A whole 5 POUND BAG!  Non GMO, preservative free, just pure ancient Einkorn grain. Lower gluten content. These can be used whole as a base for salads and porridge. Grind to make flour. Then your options are limitless. Such a versatile grain.

Orange Blossom Moisturizer Item #21622 Retail $44.08 Wholesale $33.50

This moisturizing cream will sooth, soften and improves the appearance of skin. It controls excess oil and reduces shine. This is a wonderful way to prep your face for makeup. It’s vegan and it’s hypoallergenic! A wonderful addition to any nighttime routine.

Orange Blossom Face Wash Item #20176 Retail $52.30 Wholesale $39.75

Naturally, plant derived face wash that is perfect for men, women and teens with oily skin.  They have reformulated this face wash and removed the wheat germ. So now all the gluten free folks (Myself included) can finally get in on this awesome face wash! This face wash will not only maintain healthy looking skin but it removes dirt and oil from pores, reduces oily skin, and it maintains your skins natural moisture barrier.savingpng-11

Orange Blossom Charcoal Bar Soap Item #23799 Retail $ 16.45 Wholesale $12.50

This super soap will pullout impurities and dirt, without stripping your skin’s moisture barrier. Lightly scented with orange blossom, this soap will leave your skin soft and smooth. Suitable for all skin types. (Oily, combination, and acne prone) Promotes a clean, clear and healthy looking complexion.savingpng-12

Mirah Lustrous Hair Oil Item #23705 Retail $35.20 Wholesale $26.75

This hair oil will not only keep the frizzies away this summer, but it will nourish your hair! Leaves hair silky and glossy, minimizes flyaways and tangles. You can use this on wet hair or dry hair to restore damaged hair. 🌱 Vegan friendly!


Maximum Strength Acne Treatment 
Item #23795 Retail $34.21 Wholesale $26.

Maximum strength with salicylic acid, FDA approved👍, OTC, Acne treatment.  All plant🌱 based goodness. *And the teenagers go wild!* 👐 This acne treatment will clear up acne, prevent new acne, blemishes, pimples and blackheads for healthy looking skin! Made with willow bark to improve the skins appearance. Aloe and chamomile will soften and moisturize. This can be a little drying for some,so use a moisturizer afterwards. Vegan friendly! ❤️

Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 Item #24137 

Water resistant for 60 minutes 💦 AND it is a broad spectrum SPF 50! ☀️ No toxic chemicals. Safe for kids too! Safe for the coral reefs!  🐟 Infused with essential oils! It also is recommended by the Cancer Foundation! Non-greasy and sweat resistant.

Savvy Minerals Cinnamon Infused Lipstick
5 Shades

Siren (cool plum) Item No. 23841 Retail $34.54 Wholesale $26.75 
Icon (dark pink) Item No. 23839 Retail $34.54 Wholesale $26.75 
Posh (Red Burgundy) Item No. 23843 Retail $34.54 Wholesale $26.75 
Muse (copper brown) Item No. 23848 Retail $34.54 Wholesale $26.75 
Untamed (deep raspberry) Item No. 23845 Retail $34.54 Wholesale $26.75 

These new lipsticks have a velvety, creamy texture.  Adds shine while moisturizing, hydrating, and softens your lips.  Long lasting and one of the conventions hot new item!savingpng-14

Savvy Minerals Primer

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There are two new primers that are going to be a must have!  Here are the details:

Mattifying Primer Item No. 23837 Retail $46.05 Wholesale $35. 

– Mattifies and controls shine and oil
– Smooths and blurs lines and evens look of skin
– Reduces shine and prolongs makeup
– Minimizes look of pores and fine lines
– Cleanses skin and reduces appearance of blemishes
– Non-nano ingredients, non-comedogenic

Hydrating Primer Item No. 23684 Retail $46.05 Wholesale $35. 

– Smooths, conditions, hydrates, and moisturizes
– Creates smooth surface for foundation
– Reduces shine and prolongs makeup
– Minimizes look of pores, imperfections, and fine lines
– Non-nano ingredients

 

Savvy Minerals Veil Finishing Powder (2 Shades)

  • Diamond Dust (shimmer) Item No. 20793 Retail $59.21 Wholesale $45 
  • Matte (non-shimmer) Item No. 23327 Retail $59.21Wholesale $45 

These finishing powders come in shimmer or non shimmer.  They blur the appearance of imperfections, blemishes, fine lines and wrinkles.  They absorb any excess oil and gives the skin an airbrushed look.  The finishing powder will prolong wear of foundation and minimizes the appearance of pores.  A beautiful item for the Savvy fanatic.

Savvy Minerals Kabuki Brush Item No. 24283 Retail $64.47 Wholesale $49. 

This super soft Kabuki brush is made of high quality fibers.  Made in Italy.  SO soft and very easy to clean.  A medium to full coverage brush- this one is going to definitely sell out quickly.

Savvy Minerals Mascara Item No. 21072 Retail $39.14 Wholesale $29.75 

This is amazing.  Savvy Minerals Mascara has been out of stock for a long time.  This item is super popular and here is why:  It’s infused with lavender.  That means you will have fuller lashes!  Who doesnt want long, full lashes?! This mascara will condition, nourish and will give your lashes a naturally defined look.  Clinically tested for ocular irritation and it is safe for sensitive eyes.savingpng-16

Savvy Minerals Multitasker (4 Shades)

Dark Brown Item No. 20794 Retail $27.30 Wholesale $20.75 
Tan Item No. 23323 Retail $27.30 Wholesale $20.75 
Medium Item No. 23322 Retail $27.30 Wholesale $20.75 
Light Item No. 23321 Retail $27.30 Wholesale $20.75 

Savvy Minerals Eyeshadow Palette No. 1 Item No. 23954 Retail $72.37 Wholesale $55 

The crowd went wild at convention when this was announced.  The colors are simply gorgeous and will for sure be a must-have Savvy product!  These 5 pressed powders are infused with lavender, coconut and shea butter- making these super smooth to apply and the blend and they build beautifully.   Long lasting and they are vegan friendly!

Shades:
– Ambition (deep charcoal shimmer)
– Timeless (mauve shimmer)
– Elegant (bronze shimmer)
– Chic (rose pink shimmer)
– Charm (cream shimmer)savingpng-18

Mirah Luminous Cleansing Oil Item #23735 Retail $48.36 Wholesale $36.75

The Mirah Cleansing Oil has Sandalwood, Jasmine, and Rose essential oils. Those luxurious oils are combined with Jojoba and Arian oils to create an cleansing oil that is superior to any cleansing product you have used. This antioxidant rich cleanser removes impurities, makeup, water resistant sunscreen, while it softens, moisturizes, and improves skin appearance. ❤️ Vegan friendly! 🌱

Freedom Essential Oil Blend Item #24303 

This oil calms the mind during nightly routines and promotes feelings of emotional freedom. 👈 see what they did there… This is also a grounding oil. Perfect if you are restless or have occasional sleeplessness.

Journey On Essential Oil Blend Item #25121 

WOW! This is a super combination of 34 blends! Earthy and herbal is how this oil has been described. (I’ve been described the same way. 😆) Brings joy, harmony and peace. ✌️This oil will motivate you to continue on your personal journey.

Kunzea Essential Oil Item #23433 Retail $52.30 Wholesale $39.75

Clean, spicy and woodsy. Properties of this oil are similar to tea tree. Helps soothe fatigued muscles and reduces the appearance of blemishes. When diffused, this versatile oil will purify the air from unwanted-odors.

Lantern Diffuser Item #23700 Retail $111.51 Wholesale $84.75

This gorgeous diffuser is made of metal and glass. It has 11 light settings, a candle flicker mode (which looks like a real candle!) The base is the same as the Desert Mist Diffuser. That means it’s super easy to fill and clean. Runs for 5 to 8 hours or 10 hours on intermittent.

*Prices subject to change without notice.  Please see the Young Living website for more information.

 

Package Bees vs. Nuc Bees and an Update!

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In my last post about bee hives, I had said that I would be getting bees for two different hives (a top bar hive & a langstroth hive).  I purchased a package of bees for the top bar and I purchased a nuc box of bees for the langstroth hive.

I sometimes get asked about the different hives I have.  My first hive was the Top Bar Hive.  top bar hiveWhat is a top bar hive?

A top bar hive looks like ^that.  It doesn’t have stack-able boxes. The bees work from one end of the hive to the other.  It does not have frames, rather ‘bars’ that lay across the top. I have a little access window in the back that I can peek in at the bees without having to open them up.  I have found that this is extremely useful and its puts less stress on the bees- and less suiting up and all the work and time that goes into frequent checks.

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Here are a few reasons why I really like the Top Bar Hive:

1. No heavy boxes to lift. Since it is just one long hive, you don’t need to move supers to check the entire hive.

2. If you get a top bar hive with a view window, you can easily check on the hive without ever opening it! I find this very helpful for daily checks on the hive. And, it’s fun for the kids to watch the bees on occasion.

3. It is at hip height. This means I can easily lift bars full of comb and honey and won’t have an aching back afterwards.

Some downsides to the top bar hive:

1. The bees have to start all of the comb from scratch. Meaning, there are no wax frames or plastic frames (not that I would use plastic). It takes a lot of energy and food for the bees to be able to do this fast enough and make enough honey to survive our cold winters.

2. Not as much honey as in other types of hives. Top bar hives are excellent for beeswax production. *I don’t really see this as a downside for me, but it may be for some who are looking for an abundance of honey and not an abundance of beeswax.

3. It can be difficult to find nucs for top bar hives. Which is why we purchased a package.

Okay, so now for my thoughts on my package of bees from Hudson Valley Bee Supply in Kingston, NY. I really love the staff and products at Hudson Valley Bee Supply. They are very helpful and knowledgeable. Their prices were also fair.  I highly recommend them.

When we picked up the package of bees, they looked awesome. The queen looked well and the bees were young.

It was extremely easy to install the package of bees into the top bar hive. What surprised me the most was that the bees were very docile.

Installing a package of bees was a little nerve wracking as you literally dump the bees out into the hive after you shake the bees to the bottom of the box. Its kind of crazy to think about, but really wasn’t that bad.  Really!

I was a little nervous about how these bees would do.  No comb to build onto, no honey, nothing.. just a pile of bees inside of this empty hive.  But, to my surprise they started building comb.  Almost immediately.  It has been about a month and a half so far and I am happy to say that they have built enough comb to fill the hive half way.  That’s about 10 bars so far.  They have tons of brood of all stages, loads of honey already and the queen looks healthy!

I would absolutely buy a package of bees if I decide to get another hive.  Its also the cheaper option too.  Win!

 

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Onto the Langstroth hive.  These might be the most popular hive around and many would associate beekeeping with this type of hive.  It looks like a box that you stack other wooded boxes onto. Inside, there are frames that the bees build their comb (if you decide to go foundation-less) or bees can build onto foundations.  For my hive, I purchased frames with beeswax foundation.

Since this is my first year with this type of hive, I cant really tell you what I like and what I don’t like…yet. But, I will say that I prefer my top bar hive over the lang.  However, I am thinking that the Langstroth will keep the bees warmer in the winter which if it will make it easier for my bees to survive, then that is what is important.

On to the Nuc.

What is a nuc.  Well, its like a small hive.  Its a box that has every component that an established bee hive would have, just smaller. There are usually 2 regular size frames with comb, honey (maybe),  2 frames with brood, bees and a mated queen.  The nuc frames came with plastic foundation- not my favorite- but that is how they came.    To install these bees, you simply transfer the frames from the nuc box to your hive.  Simple, right?!

It was extremely easy to install these bees into their new home.  Although these bees were more feisty than the bees from my package bees. It was fairly simple to do.

A week later, I did my first hive check to see how the bees were doing, if there were brood, and eggs. I also wanted to check the queen and make sure there was a queen- since I didn’t check the bees very well during installation.  I found eggs and brood and the bees were bringing in pollen.  So I wasn’t concerned.  That was until I saw the queen.  Her wings were slightly tattered looking and she appeared to be less than active.  I also noticed that on the bottom of a frame there were some developed comb on the bottom of a brood frame.  I had suspicions that the hive was not happy with the current queen and they had planned on swarming soon.  I asked a few beekeepers with more experience than I do, and gave me some great advice.  I decided to leave the cells and if they were to develop into a queen cell, then so be it.  I let the hive do what they wanted.  After subsequent hive checks, I only checked for brood.  I wasn’t interested in looking through the entire hive- I just wanted to make sure that they were expanding and growing.

Fast forward to last week. I checked the hive, pulling every frame out.  I found many eggs, many brood at various stages and the tattered looking queen.  The cells on the bottom have now turned into a peanut shaped cell that hangs off the frame.  I suspected that at any day, the hive would swarm.  My worst fear…. What do I do if my bees swarm and take off?! I put the frames back in and refilled the sugar water jars.  I figured that they know what they are doing,  I am just here to feed them and grow flowers for them, in hopes that one day in the next year or two, my family would be able to consume some of their delicious honey.

The next day, I happened to be out by the bee yard.  The sound was unmistakable. I rushed over to find the queen- her disheveled self, lying there on the grass.  Surrounded by bees.  I scooped her up and put her back into the hive.  They settled and I felt victorious that I had saved the day! And saved my hive.

Later that afternoon, it happened again.  This time she flew into a nearby tree, hovering over 30 feet in the air- just enough that is out of reach for me to get to.

Even though I have swarm traps and a hive ready for her- she didn’t come back. And she took half the hive with her.

So, here I am.  I have one thriving hive- and one hive that has half the amount of bees I started out with and no queen.  The eggs that she had laid are all about hatched and the brood are now capped.  There are still 4 queen cells that I am hoping contains the future of this hive.  But, I will save that for another update.

Overall, I have had better success with the package bees.  If I ever have to buy bees again (which, I am sure I will at some point), I am going to get packaged bees. Nuc bees just did not work out as well.

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