Stop Bugging Me!

pexels-photo-169357.jpegThe mosquito makes me itchy just looking at his angry little self…. Bugs are a big issue on the farm.  Flying bugs, swarming bugs, biting bugs, stinging bugs… you get the point.  We do not use chemicals to treat anything on the farm.  That includes typical bug sprays.  For the last several years, we used just straight peppermint oil.  It worked okay- at least for 20 minutes or so.  But, we are outside for a lot more than 20 minutes every day.  Applying drops of peppermint oil continuously didn’t seem economical or efficient use of my time.  Had to be a better way without using DEET or some synthetic product. Bugs are everywhere. Protect yourself the safe and non toxic way!

Then I found Young Living’s Insect Repellent.  This stuff is AMAZING.  It is 100% plant based derived, 🌱 vegan, surpasses organic standards and its safe to be used on children! It smells so good!!!  Here is what’s in it: Sesame Oil, Citronella Essential Oil, Lemongrass Essential Oil, Rosemary Essential Oil, Geranium Essential Oil, Thyme Essential Oil, Spearmint Essential Oil, Clove Essential Oil and Vitamin E.  Its hypoallergenic too!  This stuff will keep ticks, mosquitoes and fleas off of you and your family!

Another option for a quick solution is PURIFICATION.  I keep a small roller bottle handy with 10-15 drops of purification and topped off with sweet almond oil.  I apply this to my face and any exposed skin while I am outside.  If you have never had the pleasure of smelling this essential oil blend, you are missing out.  It is one of my absolute favorites and I love to diffuse this blend when I am cleaning the house, or if one of the dogs runs out in the rain, or I add a drop in the sweaty teenagers sneakers…you get the idea.

I can never be without these two products. Especially when we are an active, outdoors-y family.

 

At night, when the kids leave the doors open a little too long and let every single mosquito within a 5 mile radius into our home, I diffuse Citronella Essential Oil. I will also rub it on my kids (and mine) arms and legs with a little carrier oil at bed time.  It smells heavenly and does the trick to keep the mosquitoes away, well at least out of the bedrooms at night.  Its an easy and affordable way to get a good nights sleep during these summer months when the windows (and doors) are open non stop.  citronella.jpg

As always, if you have any questions about these 2 products or any Young Living Products, feel free to contact me. I am very passionate about sharing my knowledge of healthy living and if it keeps all of ourselves and our families healthier, it’s worth it. I’ll give you my ‘coupon code’ and get 24% off the premium starter kit and you will be a Young Living member! Then you can buy all Young Living products at wholesale prices! You’ll love it. Promise.

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.

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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!