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My Holiday Giveaway!

1 Nov

Holiday Scented Air Fresheners

I just finished making these mini holiday scented air fresheners, and thought I would make a few extra ones to give away here on my blog to start off the holiday season!  They are made with 100% pure essential oils, and they smell so good!  

I will be giving away four (4) sets, one each week!  

Each set consists of three (3) 1 ounce bottles, in these wonder, holiday scents:

Pomander Air Freshener

A sweet and warming scent that brings to mind the natural fragrance of whole sweet oranges studded with spicy whole cloves. I have to say this one’s my favorite!

Oh Christmas Tree Air Freshener

Oh, Christmas Tree
Smells like freshly cut pine trees.  It’s sure to put you and your family in the Christmas spirit!

Candy Cane Air Freshener

Candy Cane
A pepperminty scent that’s clean and uplifting.  It’s perfect for eliminating odors and as a mood booster. 

To enter, send a comment ON THIS POST of the holiday scent you would like to try the most. 

The 4 winners will be chosen on November 10th, November 17th, November 24th and December 1st,  and notified by email.

This giveaway is open to residence of the United States. 

Make sure to share this post with family and friends! 



My Clove and Orange Simmering Potpourri

13 Oct

Nothing says Fall like the aroma of my clove and orange spice simmering potpourri.   The aroma of the natural spices and essential oils not only promotes a warming effect, but are also known to have antiviral (inhibits the proliferation of viruses) properties as well, making it a great disinfectant during the cold and flu season.

Clove and Orange Spice Simmering Potpourri

Makes about 1 cup

Mason jar

1/4 cup Orris Root (fixative)

40 drops Sweet Orange essential oil

25 drops Clove essential oil

6 drops Pine essential oil

3-4 crushed cinnamon sticks

6-8 crushed bay leaves

2 tablespoons cloves

2 tablespoons eucalyptus leaves

3-4 tablespoons dried orange peel (see below)

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (fresh if you got it)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Empty tea bags

Mix together the orris root and essential oils in the mason jar.   Add the remaining ingredients and shake to combine. Tightly seal the jar and allow the mixture to meld several days, shaking it several times a day.

To use:   Fill 1 large or 2 regular tea bags half full with potpourri and seal.   Place tea bag(s) in a pan of water and simmer on low.

Or, what I like to do is heat some water in a glass cup, add the tea bag(s), and place the cup on a beverage warmer. The tea bags (and water) can be used over and over. To reheat, I simply add more water, if needed, heat it up in the microwave for about 1 minute, and place it on the warmer. Be careful using the microwave, as the bags could explode if heated too long.

Making Your Own Dried Orange Peel

You can make your own dried orange peel using your microwave.

Simply cut the peel of an orange with a potato peeler.   Make sure you ONLY cut the orange part of the peel, not the white part.   Then lay the peels on a paper towel and microwave them at 20 power for 30 – 35 minutes.   Check them after 20 minutes or so to make sure they don’t burn.   Allow them to cool.   If some pieces are still pliable, put them back into the microwave for a few more minutes.   The weather can affect how quickly the peels will dry out.   If it’s humid, they’ll take longer.

For Christmas gifts I gave beverage warmers and glass cups filled with 4 large potpourri filled tea bags (stored in 2 ziplock bags… the aroma’s strong).

Treatment For Lice

17 Aug

My niece, Lisa, emailed me to tell me her daughter’s friend had lice, and if I would make a shampoo for her daughter and a spray for their car.  She read in my Shoo Bugs, Don’t Bother Me post that Lavender and Lemongrass were good for lice… and, she knew I had some! 

I emailed her back telling her that I had just bought some Tea Tree Castile Soap that I could use with some Lavender soap I had to make her a spray shampoo.  I also told her I would make a spray she could use in her car…the friend had been riding in their car. 

Wanting to see what else I could do, I looked up headlice in The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy book and found the following treatment for headlice.  In addition to treating headlice this treatment will leave your hair very soft and shiny. That’s what My Rosemary Hair Conditioner does for my hair. 

Hair Oil Treatment For Headlice

75ml (about 3 oz) vegetable oil (i.e., olive,sunflower)

25 drops eucalyptus essential oil

25 drops lavender essential oil

25 rosemary essential oil

 Put the essential oils into a dark glass bottle, add the vegetable oil and shake well. 

Apply (about 1 tablespoon) to wet hair by massaging well into the scalp to reach the hair roots.   Pay particular attention to the areas around the ears and nape of the neck where lice breed. 

Leave on for at least one hour, then shampoo out thoroughly. 

Remove the eggs (nits) with a regulation fine-toothed comb. 

It is essential to repeat this treatment twice more at three-day intervals to ensure that the infestation has completely cleared. 

NOTE: I suggest that you don’t use this treatment close to bedtime, as the aroma of rosemary (peppermint and lemongrass, see below) is uplifting and energizing, which could possibly keep you from falling asleep. 

Other Essential Oils That Prevent and Destroy Parasites (fleas and lice)

These essential oils can also be used in the hair oil treatment above.





Nutritional Supplements

The book also suggests the following supplements be taken:

500mg vitamin C (two times a day)

Multivitamin and mineral supplement

1 or 2 garlic tablets/capsules (like mosquitoes, lice don’t like the taste of garlic either) 

This is just another reason why Lavender, Tea Tree, Lemongrass and Rosemary are my favorite…they’re good for soooo many things!

Shoo Bugs, Don’t Bother Me

13 Aug

A couple of years ago, my husband and I went camping with our daughter, her husband and our grandson. Prior to our trip, I did some research on natural, homemade insect repellents. I found that Lavender (my favorite) and Lemongrass essential oils were known to repel insects. This is due to their insecticidal (repels insects) and parasitical (destroys parasites like fleas and lice) properties. At that time I had never tried Lemongrass, so I went and bought some. I really liked how it smelled…like squeezed lemon rinds, only a lot stronger.

Lemongrass Soap

I decided that I would make some soap bars with the Lemongrass to take camping. It was really easy. You simply buy some melt and pour glycerin soap (a pound costs about $11.00), melt it in the microwave or double boiler, let it cool slightly, stir in coloring (if desired) and a few drops of essential oil, and then pour the mixture into molds. If you don’t have soap bar molds you can use cupcake pans lined with plastic wrap. Let them harden and you’ve got homemade soap that repels insects and smells good too!

I also made some Lemongrass scented candles but they melted…it was really hot when we went…best to stick to Citronella candles.

I made sure I took my Lavender and Rosemary Shampoo Spray and Leave In Conditioner…the conditioner contains vinegar, which bugs don’t like either.

Homemade Insect Repellent Sprays

I made a couple of insect repellent sprays for our skin and camping area.


Bugs don’t like the smell of vinegar…I found out my son-in-law doesn’t either. We sprayed it around our tents, camping area, and ourselves.


This is not only an insect repellent, it’s also an air freshener spray. I use it in my home mixed with Lavender, of course, to clean the air.  I also used it to help remove the musty smell from the foam in the camper cushions I recovered. For our camping trip we sprayed it inside our tents and on our skin when we didn’t want to smell like vinegar…the vinegar smell does go away after a while.

Lavender First Aid Ointment

Of course, I took my Lavender First Air Ointment just in case we got bit or stung, which my husband did, and it immediately stopped the itching. My son-in-law used it also on a cut he got setting up the tent.

Aside from my husband getting bit once…it’s because he’s so sweet, we didn’t experience any problems with annoying bugs.

Other Insect Repellent Oils

Here are the essential oils I found that are known to repel insects.

CEDARWOOD – lice, moths


CITRONELLA – mosquitoes

CLOVE – mosquitoes

EUCALYPTUS – mosquitoes

GERANIUM – flies, mosquitoes

LAVENDER – mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, fleas, flies. lice

LEMONGRASS – mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, fleas, flies, lice


PEPPERMINT – lice, spiders, ants…it’s also a good deterrent for rodents

ROSEMARY – fleas, ticks

TEA TREE – mosquitoes, lice, ants

I’m thinking for our next camping trip I’ll add peppermint oil to my Lavender and Lemongrass Spray to help keep ants and spiders away too.

If you’re planning any outside activities and don’t want to be bothered by these pesky bugs, try some of these natural repellents. Just remember to use them often as they don’t have the same staying power as the chemical repellents.

My Rosemary Hair Conditioner and Muscle Rub

6 Jul

After four days of camping, swimming, walking and being in the hot sun, my hair was in need of a good moisturizing treatment and my achy legs needed a soothing massage.

Homemade Hair Conditioner

My Rosemary Hair Conditioner

This hair treatment makes my hair so soft and smooth that I can’t stop touching it.   It’s a welcomed change from the curly frizz I had to live with the last few days!   Rosemary essential oil is known to be beneficial to the health of your hair and its scent is uplifting and energetic.

Here’s what you’ll need: 

1 teaspoon Olive Oil

5 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil

Hand Towel

Small plastic trash bag 

  • Place Olive oil and Rosemary oil in a small bowl.
  • Wet your hair and apply the oil mixture onto your hair with your fingers.   Work the oils into your hair, especially the ends.
  • Wet the hand towel with hot water, wring out and wrap around your hair.
  • Place the small trash bag over the towel and secure
  • Leave on for 20 – 30 minutes
  • Remove the bag and towel and shampoo your hair thoroughly…you might have to wash it twice…leave out the conditioner, you won’t need it.


My Muscle Rub

Both my husband and I use this muscle rub all the time. My husband calls it “my miracle stuff”. He’s a paint contractor and does a lot of climbing up and down ladders, bending and reaching every day. He’s pretty tuckered and sore when he gets home. In addition, he had back surgery several years ago and is susceptible to backaches from time to time. 

With all the walking we did on our vacation, my legs were soooo stiff. I couldn’t wait to give them a good massage with my muscle rub. I keep one bottle of it upstairs in our bathroom closet and another one downstairs in a kitchen cabinet, so I can grab it whenever we need it.

Homemade muscle rub

Here’s what you’ll need: 

1 Tablespoon Olive oil

5 drops Wintergreen essential oil

2 drops Lemongrass essential oil

Amber glass bottle 

  • Pour the Olive oil into the glass bottle and add the essential oils. Cap and turn bottle several times to mix. 


Turn bottle a couple of times to mix. Open and apply several drops to the area and massage towards the heart. Wash hands thoroughly. Store in a cool, dark place. 

Note:   I use a 15ml (1 tablespoon) amber glass bottle with a dispensing orifice reducer (built-in dropper).   You can find amber bottles at a health food store or online.  There are also bottles that come with a squeeze dropper (pictured above) that you could use also. 


Wintergreen essential oil contains 85% – 99% methyl salicylate which is the same component of aspirin for relieving pain. It is also known to have a cortisone-like affect that relieves pain quickly. Wintergreen and Lemongrass essential oils have analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and anti-rheumatic properties. Olive oil is useful for dehydrated, sore or inflamed skin. Aromatherapist have been using it for centuries to alleviate rheumatic pain. 

Emotionally, Wintergreen is calming and soothing which can be beneficial when coping with pain. 

We all get aches and pains from time to time…it’s apart of being alive. You can however, help your body recoup more quickly by using this natural muscle rub.  Try it, and like me, you’ll want to make several bottles around so it’s available when you need it.

My Homemade Skin Care Recipes For Your Face

24 Jun

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed my face has become drier. I’ve tried all sorts of cleansers and moisturizers, but none of them have produced the positive results like these homemade ones. I use them every day and they are so easy to make. They don’t contain any hard to find ingredients, chemicals, or additives normally found in store bought products. My face feels so soft and smooth. I’ve also noticed that from time to time I’ll get a pimple and then it will be gone in a few days. I think it’s due to the ingredients working to pull out the impurities in my skin.

Lavender Facial Cleansing Spray

This cleansing spray gently removes dirt and grime and leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean. The 2 oz spray bottle makes it easy to use and it’s the perfect size for traveling and camping.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

3 Tablespoons Distilled water (tap water does not keep well and spring water harbors bacteria)

1 Tablespoon Dr. Bronner Lavender Castile Soap (I get mine at a local health food store and I’ve seen them at our Kroger store in their health food section)

2 drops Lavender essential oil

2 oz spray bottle washed in hot soapy water (Walmart has these for 97 cents)

– Place the water, soap and essential oil in the bottle, then turn the bottle several times to mix.

To use:    Wet your face.    Shake the bottle.    Spray twice into your hands, rub them together and massage over your face.    Rinse and pat dry.

I like to put labels on all the products I make. They identity the product and also cover up the sticky residue from the product labels. I apply the labels with 2” packing tape. It helps keep them somewhat waterproof.

Here’s the labels I created for the Lavender Facial Cleansing Spray in a PDF format. Feel free to use them.  Lavender Facial Cleansing Spray LABELS

I found the next two skin care recipes in the book Uncommon Cures for Everyday Ailments, while I was searching for relief from diarrhea…that’s a subject for another post. They seemed so simple I had to give them a try. I did and I’ve been using them ever since.

Aloe and Jojoba Moisturizer

This moisturizer is wonderful! It’s cooling and penetrates my skin without leaving it greasy.

You won’t believe how easy is to make…two ingredients!   That’s it.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Aloe Vera Gel (the clear cosmetic quality gel, not the after sun Aloe gel)

I bought mine at a local health food store for $6 for a 6 oz. bottle.   Walmart also carries it.

Jojoba Oil (pronounced “Ho Ho Ba”)

I bought mine at a local health food store for $10 for a 4 oz. bottle

To use:   Place one drop of Jojoba oil into your palm, then add a dollop of Aloe Vera Gel. Mix with your finger, then apply the mixture over your face and neck. It says to keep it away from the eyes, but while I’m applying it I close my eyes and lightly smooth it over them.

If you need to take it with you when traveling or camping, I recommend you put some of the Aloe gel into a small container (from Walmart for 97 cents) and some of the Jojoba oil in a small glass amber bottle with a dropper from the health food store…costs about $2.25. I don’t recommend mixing them together and storing them.


Aloe is a natural humectant, which draws moisture from the air and into the skin. It is also rich in vitamin C and E, which are known to nourish the skin.

Jojoba oil, according to the book The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy, is actually a liquid wax. Its chemical structure resembles the skin’s own oily secretion, sebum. As well as being an excellent moisturizer for all skin types, when massaged into the skin it combines with sebum and acts as a emulsifier, gently unclogging the pores and freeing embedded grime. It can even be used on oily and acne-prone skin. Jojoba also contains myristic acid, which has anti-inflammatory properties.

What more could you ask for from a moisturizer!

Aloe Anti-Wrinkle Face Mask

Like the Aloe and Jojoba Moisturizer, this mask uses only two ingredients. It’s refreshing and washes off easily with warm water without leaving any residue.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Aloe Vera Gel (same as above…cosmetic grade)

Vegetable Glycerin (I got mine at Walmart for $3.88)

Container washed with hot soapy water (I use a small glass container with a screw on lid…don’t remember where I ordered it from, sorry)

– Mix equal parts aloe and glycerin in a container. Sometimes I’ll add a drop of Lavender or Rosewood (good for mature skin) essential oil for added benefits.

To use: Apply the mixture to your face and neck and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.


Both aloe and glycerin are known for their anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties. According to the book, the aloe will help reduce fine lines, pitting and scarring. After using this mask daily for three months, your skin will look firmer, smoother and younger…I’m all for that!

The bottom line is finding a skin care program that works for YOU. Not because it costs $50 a month, or has the latest “special” ingredient, or is used by well-known celebrities. These skin care recipes work for me, so I’m sticking with them.


I’ll show you how you can use my four favorite essential oils (Lavender, Tea Tree, Lemongrass and Rosemary) to clean and refresh your home…stay tuned.


Special Update…to My Lavender First Aid Ointments

6 Jun

On Sunday, June 3rd, the very day I was drafting my Lavender First Aid Ointment post, I cut my finger.   As I was about to put some of my ointment on it I thought, hey, why don’t I take pictures of my cut to show how well it heals using my ointment, and then post the results on my blog!   What perfect timing to get a cut!

So that’s what I did.   Here’s the pictures I took and the actions I took to help heal my cut.

I tried my best to take good pictures…it’s hard holding and snapping pictures with one hand!

Day 1 (6/3/2012)

As you can see in the picture, the cut was more like a gouge where the skin was torn away.   I lightly rubbed my Lavender ointment on it after I took the picture.

Before I went to bed I noticed there was redness around the cut and it was hard to bend my finger because the cut was over a joint.   I rubbed more ointment on the cut before I went to bed…I probably should have put a band-aid on it, but I didn’t.

Day 2 (6/4/2012)

In the morning, after washing my face and getting dressed I rubbed my ointment on the cut and then put a band-aid on it to keep it protected and allow the ointment to penetrate…it was still red and sore when I touched it.

In the afternoon, I removed the band-aid and took a picture. The area was moist from the band-aid and I could see that the gouge had closed up. The redness was gone and I could bend my finger with no stiffness or pain. I rubbed more ointment on it and put on a band-aid.

In the evening, I removed the band-aid and rubbed on more ointment. I left it uncovered so it could dry out and form a scab…nature’s band-aid.

Day 3 (6/5/2012)

In the morning I took a picture of my cut.   A scab had started forming and I could rub it and it didn’t hurt.   In fact, it was smooth when I rubbed over it.   I rubbed on more ointment and left it alone.

I rubbed on more ointment early afternoon and went about my day.

I made some of my Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes and while I was washing up my dirty dishes, I noticed that water was beading up around my cut.  So, I grabbed my camera and took this picture.

It’s because of the beeswax in the ointment…just another reason why this Lavender First Aid Ointment is great stuff!

My cut is on its way to being completely healedwith a little help from the ointment!  

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