An Apple a Day...

An Apple a Day...

Apples are one of my favorite fruits. 


If you are buying them from a store, they can also be the most pesticide-exposed fruit available. They remain high on the EWG’s dirty dozen list because they are sprayed with pesticides post-harvest to prevent them from discoloring during cold storage.  

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DIY Bodywash

I love making my own body wash. We get to mix up the fragrance anytime we want! It’s super easy, and in a pinch, I can throw it together while I’m in the shower. 
I use an old Dish Soap bottle. Every couple of months I order Young Living’s Body Wash Base. We use 1/4 of the base with 1/4 Castile Soap (I get mine from Carolina Castile Soap via Amazon subscribe and save, you can use your preferred liquid soap) and fill with water. 


I use about 10 drops (more if it’s a fragrance I love) of essential oils. My favorite is Jade Lemon. It’s so uplifting, yet peaceful. It instantly brightens my mood. 
In the winter we use Thieves or Christmas Spirit for the warm seasonal scents. Both have oils known for boosting immune systems, so we like the added boost.
Eucalyptus is another great oil for Autumn and Spring. When my allergies are acting up, I love using this in my body wash. Sometimes I mix it with some RC. 
Lately, Andy has wanted a "manlier" scent, and cedarwood has been his go-to essential oil for body wash.

This little bottle goes a long way. When we run out of Body Wash Base, we do a 50/50 Castile soap and water. The gel-type base really helps make our body wash stretch further. It helps us save money over time and allows us to use quality products from companies we trust. 
Have you made your own body wash? Let me know what your favorite blends are. I love trying new ideas! 


Essential Oils for Bugs

Essential Oils for Bugs
Summer bugs are more than just an annoyance. Many insects carry diseases and the "best" option on the market is filled with cancer-causing deet.. 
I am determined to help you find a natural way to prevent the creepy crawlies (or flying vampires) from ruining your next barbeque. 
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Cleaning with Essential Oils

Cleaning with Essential Oils
I keep very few cleaning products in my home, and they are mostly stored in my utility closet to maximize cabinet space in my kitchen. What I do keep in my kitchen is a glass bottle of 
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Essential Oils for Yoga

Today is International Yoga Day, and the perfect day to talk about essential oils alongside your yoga practice. Not practicing yoga yet? Hey! Me neither, but I have been researching some basics and decided that today was the day I was finally going to use that Yoga Collective membership I paid for on Groupon this past winter. 
I listened to Senior Global Educator, RN, RNPA, and certified yoga instructor Ed Dailey, on the Drop of Inspiration Podcast, did a little research of my own, and have compiled a list of oils that are great to add to your yoga practice!
I have done yoga before, I am not completely new to the idea, and have attended classes. I just don't do it regularly and have decided I want to add it to my healthy lifestyle. Yoga provides a ton of benefits to help bring a healthy balance to your daily life. When I do yoga, I feel great. I want to feel that way every single day, so I am going to start my practice in just 10-15 minute sessions a day. And you can follow me on Instagram for accountability!
Some people add oils to the bottom of their feet, some place a drop in their hands, and others diffuse during their yoga practice. I can see the benefits of all three depending on which oil and what reason you decide to use it that day. I will be incorporating all three in my practice.

I have chosen to keep these oils with my Yoga supplies.

One thing to remember is your yoga practice will change daily. What works for you one day may not be the oil calling to you the next day. I have set aside some different videos in the Yoga Collective app and saved them on YouTube for days when I really want a specific Yoga Practice. Some days you may find you want something grounding, while another you need energy. Follow your intuition when preparing to start your daily yoga practice, and let your body tell you what it needs. 
Starting today, you can follow me on Instagram to keep up with my yoga practice! 
What essential oils do you like to have while practicing yoga? I know I already have a wish list going!

10 Ways to Ditch and Switch Your Cleaning Routine TODAY!

10 Ways to Ditch and Switch Your Cleaning Routine TODAY!
Don’t you just love the smell of a clean home? I know I do. 
Unless you just hit the random button on the internet and ended up here, I am sure you’ve heard of chemical-free cleaning before. 

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