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Foaming Hand Soap Recipe!

If you are anything like I was, you probably walk by Bath & Body Works smell some amazing chemical fragrance, do a double take, and walk right into the store.  You probably walk around smelling candles and soaps until your arms are full of goodies and your head starts to hurt from all the synthetic fragrances.

Don’t worry, becoming chemical free doesn’t have to mean, no more fun smells!  Thanks to essential oils you can create your own toxin-free soap with REAL smells from REAL plants, rather than something chemically engineered and labeled as “fragrance”.  Did you know that the ingredient “fragrance” is actually a catch-all label for hundreds of different chemicals…so something that says “natural fragrance” or even just “fragrance” could have just about anything in it!… They mind as well just write “possibly contains dog poop” on it 😜

Anyways, back to business.  Time to make some REAL soap.  The good news about all those trips to Bath & Body Works is that you can use all their nice foaming hand soap containers because they’re actually made with a good quality plastic (PETE)!  Just dump out the chemical yuck and buy a big bottle of unscented Castile soap (one 32oz bottle will make about 32 bottles of foaming hand soap!).  I usually buy my Castile soap on Amazon.. But you can also find it in decent grocery stores.

Now for the RECIPE!:

-Foaming hand soap dispenser

-2 Tablespoons Castile Soap (approximately, I hate measuring so I just squirt some in there)

-20-30 drops of your favorite Essential Oils (Don’t go to the grocery store and buy cheap junk, get the real deal here because then you can multi-task by getting rid of the chemicals AND adding in immunity boosting oils! BAM now you’re really on fire!)

-Fill the rest of the way with water (leave space at the top so you don’t overflow when you put the top on like I always seem to do..)

-Optional: 1 teaspoon of Vitamin E oil or fractionated coconut oil (keeps your hands soft)

Done!

See! Kicking chemicals out of your home isn’t so hard after all! 😁 #winning

So here’s mine! (Post pics of yours on my FB page @ultraoily for chances to win free stuff!) Since my new foaming soap is going in the kids bathroom, I added 10 drops of Thieves Essential Oil to boost their immune systems and 10 drops of Purification Essential Oil for its amazing stink-eating smell!! (p.s. Both of those are in the Premium Starter Kit here)

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Homemade Gummy Vitamins!

Yes! You CAN make your own vitamins! Cheap, easy & fun! PLUS, this recipe is picky-eater approved 😉

My experimentation with this recipe started after my wallet decided it couldn't afford JuicePlus Vitamins anymore…or any whole food vitamin for that matter…they are just so expensive! My little picky eaters LOVE gummy anything so I decided there had to be a way to pack all those good fruits and vegetables into a gummy form that wouldn't break the bank.

Enter GELATIN.

Yes! Kosher Beef Gelatin! Did you know that you can turn any amazing beverage into gummy form with a little gelatin powder?? PLUS, gelatin is AMAZING for your body! It's loaded with amino acids and is great for your hair, gut, skin, nails, joints, and more! You can learn more about the powers of gelatin by visiting http://www.thrive-style.com and typing in the search box "Gelatin's Superpowers" and then watching Lisa's video.

Anyways, back to vitamins.

Now that we know we can turn any liquid into a jelly substance using the amazing and healthy gelatin powder, we need to choose one. Choose a good quality, preferably organic, whole food powder. You can find these on Amazon. They are sold as powders you would add to juice or smoothies and drink daily to help get more fruits & vegetables in your body. Try to choose a red superfood powder loaded with berries and veggies. I don't choose ones with any grasses because those can sometimes be hard on the digestive system…and these are going to be eaten by my kids too.

So now you have your 2 main ingredients: A red superfood powder (I've used both Terra Kai Organic Juce and 365 Superfood Reds so far), and gelatin (I use Great Lakes Kosher Beef Gelatin, also found on Amazon). ..If you can't tell by now, Amazon.com has A LOT of my money.. And these may seem like expensive purchases up front but they will last a long time and make MANY batches of gummy vitamins.

The only things left are water to mix with the superfood powder (preferably distilled), a sweetener (I like maple syrup or Agave), and essential oils! The citrus essential oils add great flavor to the mix and even give your gummy vitamins a little immunity boost! So far my favorite for the Vitamins is Grapefruit EO. The best thing about Grapefruit essential oil is that its not sour, just flavorful and smells amazing! Young Living is the only company that makes a vitality line approved by the FDA for consumption. Please do not consume other brands of essential oils. You can purchase YL Grapefruit Essential Oil here.

Time to put our ingredients together so grab a small pot!

1 Cup water
2-3 Scoops red superfood powder
1/4 Cup Gelatin
1 T. Maple syrup
10 Drops Grapefruit Essential Oil

Put a small pot on stove and add 1 cup of water, 2-3 scoops of your superfood powder (depends how concentrated you want the Vitamins to be and how many you plan on eating everyday). Whisk it together and bring to a boil. Then gradually add 1/4 of gelatin. Be sure to add slowly and stir as you add to avoid clumps. Remove from heat and add 1 Tablespoon maple syrup (can add more or less to taste) and 10 drops of Grapefruit Essential Oil. Pour into a tray or cute silicone molds (For some reason, the kids think the teddy bear shaped molds taste better but I like the hearts). Put the filled molds in the fridge or freezer to set. In the freezer, they should be done relatively quickly…10-15 minutes. Once fully set, pop them out of the molds or cut them into shapes and throw them in a container. I like to store them in the fridge but its not necessary. These will keep for about 1 week. I let my little kids eat 5 or 6 everyday but they would be fine to consume more since the powder is made up of dried vegetables and fruits and not man made vitamins. My husband and I eat around 10 each day. Keep in mind it also depends on the size of your molds too.

Feel free to contact me or leave comments if you have any questions! I'd love to hear your success stories with this recipe as well! Enjoy living the oily life!

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Power Peppermint Mocha Iced Coffee (for amazing skin and sexy muscles)

Hot summers call for amazing iced coffee!  ..At least when you live in New England!  But this coffee is more than just amazing, its everything your body needs in one iced cold delicious drink!

You’ve probably heard of “bullet proof” coffee by now.  All “bullet proof” really means is that powerful fats and other nutrients our bodies need were added to your morning cup of joe.  This Peppermint Mocha Iced Coffee Recipe is the same idea only I didn’t add grass fed butter or coconut oil because its ICED… that means the coconut oil or butter would be chunky rather than melted…eeww.

So anyways, lets talk about ingredients.

First, you’ll want to brew a cup of coffee. 8-10oz cup is good.  I like to use a dark roast usually so that when my ice cubes start to melt, my coffee doesn’t seem to get watery as fast, but any coffee is good.  Next you will need milk.  I usually use a little organic half & half and a little 1% milk.  If you don’t want to use dairy, vanilla almond milk or coconut milk are great alternatitives!  For a sweetener, I LOVE agave.  It’s a low-glycemic sweetener and is therefore better for your body than regular sugar.  You could also try a little maple syrup or stevia too.  Feel free to leave out both the milk and sweetener if you like your coffee black!

That part was basically about making a regular coffee.  Now for the POWER part!  You will need 1. A good collagen powder and 2. A good protein powder.

Collagen is great for our joints, tendons, ligaments, bones, skin and muscles!  As we age, our bodies need more collagen to stay strong, flexible and hydrated… No one wants to be dried up and wrinkly!  I use Neocell Super Collagen but Great Lakes makes a good one too.  From personal experience, I’ve noticed I need to consume a scoop of collagen every day in order to see results.  The collagen needs to build up in your system before you start seeing skin improvements and lean muscle.  It also seems to help my muscles be much less sore after a big workout day.   One scoop of collagen everyday does great things for your body!

Protein Powder will help the collagen build your muscles.  The more lean muscle you have, the faster your body burns fat!  But its important to pick a high quality protein with no fillers.  My favorite protein in the world is Young Living’s Pure Protein Complete.  I use the chocolate deluxe flavor because I like to turn my coffee into a mocha, but the vanilla spice one is good as well.  The Pure Protein Complete has an amazing blend of whey protein, goat whey protein, pea protein, egg white protein AND organic hemp seed protein.  And if that’s not enough, it also has a full rang of amino acids to support a healthy metabolism and ancient peat & apple extract to support ATP production (the energy currency in the body).  Crazy right!?  It’s basically all the nutrients you need in a day in one little scoop!

OK so now we have our coffee, milk, sweetener, collage, and protein with amino acids.  Last thing we need is our Peppermint Essential Oil!  You didn’t think I was going to make something without essential oils, did you??

Peppermint Essential Oil is great for digestion and makes our mocha coffee into PEPPERMINT mocha coffee!  YUM.  I’ve always been a fan of Peppermint Mocha Lates, especially from Starbucks, so this is my WAY HEALTHIER iced version.  All you need is ONE drop of Peppermint Essential Oil for this recipe so technically, one 5ml bottle of Young Living Peppermint Vitality Essential Oil can make at least 120 power peppermint mocha iced coffees!!

By the way PLEASE do not ingest essential oils from other brands unless you have seen their farming and distilling process and trust them entirely.  There are NO regulations for essential oils so you don’t know what you are putting in your body unless the company can show you.  I only trust Young Living because they own their own farms AND you can visit them anytime you want to see how they use NO pesticides and test their oils multiple times before carefully sealing them into little bottles and shipping them to your home.  I decided awhile ago that if I couldn’t see what the company does on the farm, then I wouldn’t buy from that them. So if you don’t have peppermint essential oil yet, you can buy it here: http://www.myyl.com/reposa.  Young Living is also the only company with a Vitality line FDA approved for consumption.

Anyways, back to our power coffee recipe.  Mix all the ingredients with an immersion blender like this one –> 

Then add a bunch of ice cubes.  And drink up!  Cheers to a delicious powerful healthy breakfast beverage and a great start to a new day!  You are now on your way to an amazing bod and healthy skin!

Here’s the full recipe:

-8oz cup of coffee

-1/2 cup milk

-2 teaspoons of agave sweetener

-1 Drop of Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil

-1 Scoop Collagen powder

-1 Scoop Young Living Pure Protein Complete powder

Blend, add ice, and drink up!

Cheers to a healthier you!  Please follow my blog for additional healthy recipes using essential oils and contact me anytime with questions or comments!  Share with your friends and thanks for reading!


Love,

Christine, Your UltraOily Wellness Coach

Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @ultraoily

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Travel Like A Boss

WOW!  I’m not the only one that brings their diffuser on trips!  I run a little motel in southern RI called The Anchor Motel and we just noticed that customers are starting to bring their diffusers with them to help them relax on vacation!

Diffusing in a hotel room or camper or boat cabin or tent ..whatever your travel preference maybe…personally I can’t stand tents..i know you’re thinking “You are a essential oil diffusing hippy, how could you not love getting back to nature in a tent??  But sleeping on the ground with the insects chewing my blood all night just isn’t as appealing as it used to be when I was a kid…  Anyways, where was I???  Oh yes, diffusing while you travel is a great idea!  It can help you relax and help you sleep like you are at home or BETTER.

Last mini vacation we went on, we slept in my in-laws RV (now that’s camping! ;)) and I brought Lavender & cedarwood essential oils for night time and some citrus oils to wake me up in the morning.  There’s nothing like waking up to the sun in your face, a working Keurig by your bed and the smell of lemon and tangerine diffusing through the room.  Ahh. The life.  If only I hadn’t also woken up with my daughters foot in my rib cage every morning….

Oh and I also bring Thieves essential oil too because the second someone sounds snifflier than usual, I have that baby pulsating through the room to boost everyone’s immune system.  No need for us all to go down like dominos while on vacation!!

So diffusing on vacation = better sleep, better mood, and no sicklys…sure that’s a word… just ask my mom.  Before I turned my family into a bunch of oily hippies, my kids got colds a lot so when I would ask her to babysit she would say something along the lines of, “Sure. But no sicklies” Meaning she only wanted them when they weren’t going to bring over any germs I guess LOL.  Bet she doesn’t miss that.

So that’s how you vaca the right way.  Glad to see people are starting to catch on ;). Happy travels!!

Christine

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What exactly is an essential oil??

You may have heard the word essential oil passed around more and more lately (likely between the more earthy crunchy mamas on the playground or some hippy holistic doctors), but what exactly is an ESSENTIAL OIL??

Well, essential oils are basically the “life blood” of the plants they come from!  The oils are cold-pressed or steam distilled from plant material (bushes, leaves, flowers, etc).  Lavender essential oil is pressed from Lavender flowers and Lemon essential oil is pressed from Lemon rinds. Simple right?  But why do we want these??

ANSWER:  Essential oils are volatile (meaning super small molecules that evaporate quickly) and can get into the body through even the tightest of membranes like the skin and the blood brain barrier quickly.  Essential oils are ORGANIC, like people are ORGANIC, as in NOT MEDICINE, so rather than altering our body’s rhythms like medicine, they conform to the body to regulate it.

Does your body need hormone balance?  Rather than trying to figure out how much more of each hormone you need and taking that medicine, you can simply use an essential oil like Young Living’s Clary Sage or Lady Sclareol blend to help your body adjust to the right level.  The oils will work with your body to regulate it back to “normal”.
Feeling sad or angry?  Open and bottle of Lemongrass Essential Oil and breath its scent in deeply for 2 minutes, then tell me how you feel.  It’s that easy.

Not feeling well?  Essential oils like Young Living’s Thieves Blend (clove, cinnamon, lemon, etc) will remain in your body (when ingested through tea or in a veggie capsule) LONGER because you need it.  Completely healthy?  The essential oils will leave your body in just a few hours!

Awesome right??  No medicine overkill!  Now I’m not saying don’t take your medications, but I AM saying that using essential oils can keep you nice and healthy and ABOVE the wellness line so that you may not need medicine down the road!

Essential oils have been used for THOUSANDS of years.  It’s only recently that man has “forgotten” about them with the rise of chemical medications and man-made cleaners becoming more prevalent.  Heck, even the Bible mentions essential oils directly and indirectly over 1,000 times!  Essential oils were just for the wealthy back then but today anyone can get them if they want to!  Just be sure not to run to your local grocery store for them…who knows what kind of synthetics are in those (since essential oil labeling is not regulated) *yikes*.

Only buy from a company you can trust, a company that will show you their ENTIRE process from seed, to cultivation, to distillation, to sealing the oil in the bottle.  If you can’t see it, don’t use it.  In case you were wondering, I trust Young Living!  I haven’t been to the farms yet but I know lots of people who have and I can’t wait to go help them hand weed some Lavender plants!! That’s right, Young Living’s standards for its plants are even HIGHER than those required to be certified organic.  What an awesome company!!  Why would they do that??  Some people just CARE about the health of others and Young Living always chooses health over wealth.  I’ll tell you a story about that another time.

Anyways, when you’re ready to be happy, healthy and gorgeous all the time, visit http://www.myyl.com/reposa, scroll down to the bottom and click Enroll Today!  Choose Member (for 24% off) and pick out an awesome Starter Kit. Want to just learn more about essential oils?  Keep on following my blog or visit my Facebook Page called UltraOily.  And as always, I love answering questions so ask away (but don’t forget that I am not a doctor)!

Time to go put a drop of Lavender Essential Oil in my kids’ diffusers so they can sleep through the night tonight!! Bon Soir!