I’m one of those people who gets itchy from using commercial laundry soap and I’ve discovered how inexpensive DIY laundry soap is! So I’ve been on a quest for the perfect DIY recipe for laundry detergent for over 3 years. This is my favorite so far:
1/2 cup Borax
1/2 cup Washing Soda
1 T. doTERRA OnGuard cleaning concentrate**
- Boil 1 quart water
- Dissolve above 3 ingredients in hot water and occasionally stir until cooled down enough to pour into a plastic jug
- Pour into a gallon jug
- Top off with cold water and let it overflow because it will bubble up.
Use 1 cup per load (it will be watery)
** You can make the following substitutions for the doTERRA Cleaning Concentrate (although the doTERRA Cleaning Concentrate is my favorite – I’ve tried them all):
2 T. Dawn dishwashing soap
1/2 cup liquid castile soap (such as Dr. Bronner’s)
You might need a pair of jugs for this project
6-7 very ripe peaches
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup cold butter, cut into very small pieces
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 cup rolled oats
4 drops Lavender essential oil*
2 drops Rose essential oil*
*make sure your essential oils are the ingestible kind. I use doTERRA
- Preheat oven to 350 deg. Coat bottom and side of 8″ x 8″ baking dish with coconut or other vegetable oil.
- Peel and slice peaches. Arrange sliced peaches on bottom baking dish.
- Combine remaining ingredients with a pastry cutter until evenly crumbled. Spread crumb mixture over top of peaches and spread evenly, lightly pressing into peaches.
- Bake 35 min. or until golden brown.
Making banana bread is my favorite way to use ripe bananas… and adding a touch of lavender makes the bread a special treat. When adding essential oils to food recipes, make sure you are using a therapeutic grade essential oil such as doTERRA, which is meant to be ingested. Do not use off-the-shelf oils which may be full of synthetic additives.
- 1/4 pound (1 stick) butter, softened
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
- 2-3 drops Lavender essential oil (I use doTERRA)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 large ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 1/4 cups blueberries
- 1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped (optional)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with non-stick spray.
In a large bowl, combine the butter and sugar and mix until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the flour, baking soda, and salt and beat into the butter mixture. Fold in the bananas, blueberries, walnuts, lavender, and vanilla.
Pour into the prepared pan.
Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool in the pan for 10 minutes.
Just like any small appliances, an ultrasonic diffuser needs to be cleaned and maintained. I like SpaRoom diffusers because I know I can get help if I need to trouble-shoot a diffuser issue.
Here are some pointers that will help keep your diffuser running smoothly and last longer:
1. Wipe out the water reservoir with a paper towel and pay attention to the ultrasonic mechanism at the bottom of the cup. Change the water at least every other day.
2. Unplug the unit from the wall before detaching the power cord from the unit. If you detach the power cord from the unit while it’s still plugged into the wall, you can get sparks.
3. Once every week or so, give your diffuser a 10-minute soak with plain white vinegar. That will help remove any mineral deposits or gumminess. Just fill the diffuser cup past the fill line with white vinegar and just let it soak 10-15 minutes. Then dump it out, rinse with plain water and dry with a paper towel. (You’ll notice the difference!)
4. For a deep clean, use a citric acid based product such as SpaRoom’s Klenzor tablets. Fill your diffuser (slightly past the fill line) with water and drop in the tablet like an Alka Seltzer tablet. Run the diffuser for about 2 hours, rinse, and dry.
The better you take care of your diffuser… the longer it will last.
Every home needs a protein-packed snack that is not loaded with sugar or salt. I discovered a snack that’s not only good for you… it enhances your immune system… gives you energy… and it’s delicious! This recipe was adapted from a similar recipe I found on the doTERRA website called Power Bites. I renamed it Power Balls because it’s easier for me to remember 🙂
- 1 cup shredded coconut, divided
- 1 cup almond butter
- 1 cup dried cranberries (Craisins work)
- 1/2 cup honey or agave or maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup granola, crushed
- 3 drops On Guard (orange, cinnamon, clove) essential oil
Mix all ingredients well… add more granola if it’s too moist to form balls. Form into small balls and roll in coconut to coat. Refrigerate. Yum!
To make this gluten-free, just make sure the granola is gluten-free, or substitute the granola with chia (or other) seeds.
Sweetie Pie and Frieda were born and raised in the high desert of Northern Nevada, where fleas do not live. So we were not even prepared for the onslaught of the parasitic creatures who thrive in the humid swamps and rain forests of Ohio. We were consumed and inundated with fleas immediately upon arrival… they must have smelled us coming. It took me about three months to finally rid our home of fleas.
I tried every natural method (that I knew of) at the time. Ultimately I had to go for the strong chemicals of a Frontline product, but I hated putting that poison on my dogs.
This season I’m experimenting with the natural plant medicine of essential oils… hoping that I can keep the fleas away without going back to the poisonous methods I used before. So far, so good! I’ve been using the TerraShield blend from doTERRA. I put about 10 drops in a spray bottle with water and spray the dogs before they go outside (I live in a very woodsy area… lush with bugs of all sorts!). If I don’t have any TerraShield on hand, I use a combination of lavender and lemongrass… bugs hate it! I also spray the outdoor rug that my dogs like to lounge on while they are sunbathing. No fleas!
It smells so nice that I don’t mind spraying it all over me when I go for an evening walk or hang out in the backyard with the pups. No mosquito bites!
Of course the most difficult part of this procedure is remembering to spray yourself (and dogs) before you go out. You must reapply frequently with this natural method. So when I do forget and get mosquito bites, I apply a drop of melaleuca oil and that takes the itch away remarkably well. I always have melaleuca with me in my keychain kit.
What a great discovery after all these years!
To purchase TerraShield or any of the Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils, you can go to my essential oil retail website or contact me about how to purchase wholesale.
In the meantime, vacuum a lot! As an added flea/bug deterrent, sprinkle this DIY Carpet Freshener on the floor. Fleas hate lemongrass and all bugs and other creatures hate peppermint, so I take a Dollar-store cheese sprinkler, fill it halfway with baking soda, add 20 drops lemongrass and 10 drops of peppermint. You could also add lavender (I don’t because my dogs don’t like it!) Put your hand tightly over the openings on top and gently shake the container until oils are mixed into the baking soda. Sprinkle this mixture all over, especially in corners and crevices. Let it sit at least 10 minutes or even overnight. Then vacuum. This will also make your house smell awesome!
Here’s another excellent blog about natural insect repellents: Bug Spray and a trip to Africa
I did not invent this recipe but I named it. This killer fudge is made with healthy ingredients like coconut oil (instead of butter) and agave syrup (instead of sugar). But the ingredient that really puts this fudge over the top is the peppermint oil (I use doTERRA because I trust that it’s safe and even beneficial to ingest).
From the book Modern Essentials
Peppermint Healthy Fudge
- 1 1/2 c. coconut oil
- 1 1/4 c. agave
- 1 c. cocoa powder
- 1/2 t. sea salt
- 1 t. vanilla extract
- 2 drops peppermint essential oil (I used doTERRA)
Warm coconut oil until liquid. Combine all ingredients and mix well. (The recipe called for a blender but I just hand-mixed and that worked fine) Pour into 8 x 8 baking dish and spread evenly. Chill at least a couple of hours before slicing.
Can’t wait to serve this at my upcoming open house!