Recipes, Toxin-Free Living

☀️Summer DIY Check-List☀️

It’s finally starting to warm up around here and you know that means?  It’s time to prepare for summer!  Summer means sunny skies, hot beach days, campfires, and grilling in the backyard.  In order to have the best summer ever, there are a few items we will need, especially if you are a mama like me:

🌞 water resistant sunscreen

🐜 outdoor spray for our bodies

🕷 indoor spray for our house

🦋 itch relief roller

🌱 after-sun gel

 

I don’t know about you, but I’ve searched near and far for some good, non-toxic options and there are very few to be had.  After much frustration, I decided to create my own!  My recipes are tried and true.  I’ve used them on my family for two years now.  These are actually some of the first DIYs I ever made when I first got my Essential Oils Premium Starter Kit 2 years ago!  These aren’t only fun to make, they also smell #fabulous 🌸.

Alright, alright, I’ll stop rambling and just give you the recipes so you can try out the awesomeness for yourself:

🌞Sunscreen🌞

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup almond or olive oil

1/4 cup beeswax

2 T. Shea butter

1 tsp vitamin E oil

1 tsp raspberry seed oil

10 drops Carrot Seed EO  (Don’t use just any brand of essential oils as some can be laden with heavy metals, plasticizers and/or pesticides- I buy THESE)

10 Drops Lavender EO

5 Drops Frankincense EO

2 T. Non-nano zinc oxide powder

Instructions:

1. Melt the coconut oil, almond oil, beeswax and Shea butter in a double boiler until well combined (I just place a large measuring glass in a pot of simmering water and put the lotion ingredients in the measuring glass)

2. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes. (Essential Oils should not be heated, otherwise they lose a lot of their medicinal properties). Then add the vitamin E oil, raspberry seed oil, and all your essential oils (most any other essential oils can be used here as well, but avoid citrus ones as they can make your skin a little more sensitive to light)

3. Very carefully stir in the zinc oxide, taking care not to breathe any in. Mix until smooth.

4. Pour into a silicone or glass container and let it return to room temperature.

5. Use as you would any sunscreen of SPF 15.  The beeswax helps the sunscreen be water resistant, but be sure to reapply after swimming anyways, especially for children.

6.  If the sunscreen becomes clumpy over time, scoop it back into a bowl and whip it with a mixer/blender until smooth again.  This will make it easier to apply.

Now you can enjoy the sun without having to worry about how many chemicals are seeping into your or your children’s blood streams!  #happymama

 

🐜Outdoor Spray🐝

4oz Spray bottle

Fill 1/3-1/2 of the way with witch hazel (you can also use 2 tsp of Epsom salt here instead as this just helps the essential oils combine with the water)

Add 30 drops of essential oils —> see some suggestions below and grab the safest, purest essential oils HERE

Fill the rest of the way with water!

Done ✅

Lots of essential oils are great for helping us enjoy the outdoors annoyance free!  Here are some of my favorite combos:

👉10 drops Cedarwood EO, 10 drops Tea Tree EO, 10 drops Citronella EO

👉10 drops Peppermint EO, 10 drops Tea Tree EO, 10 drops Eucalyptus EO

👉10 drops Lemongrass EO, 10 drops Basil EO, 10 drops Thyme EO

👉30 drops Purification EO (also makes a good bathroom 🚽 air freshener)

👉10 drops Tea Tree EO, 10 drops Rosemary EO, 10 drops Lavender EO (good option for keeping hair healthy & happy for kids before they go to school)

👉10 drops Lavender EO, 10 drops Eucalyptus EO, 10 drops Lemongrass EO

 

🕷Indoor Spray🐀

This recipe is basically the same as the outdoor spray but I use Peppermint and Spearmint and dilute more since I tend to spray down every corner of my basement every few days.  At least my basement smells awesome!! 👏

8oz Spray bottle

2 Tablespoons of witch hazel or salt

20 drops Peppermint EO

10 drops Spearmint EO

Shake and spray everywhere liberally to keep your home pest free.

TIP: For ants 🐜, I’ve recently discovered that also sprinkling a little diamtoceous earth around the places they are entering from (doorways, etc) will really help keep them out 👏👍🏻👊🏽

 

🦋Itch Relief Roller🦂

10ml roller bottle

15 drops Lavender EO (Lavender is key here and it comes in the premium starter kit!)

5 Drops Chamomile EO

5 Drops Melrose EO

Fill the rest of the way with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil, V6 oil or sweet almond oil.

TIP: If you don’t have Chamomile or Melrose yet, replace them with Tea Tree or Frankinscense. Or just add more Lavender because Lavender is the most important oil here in my experience.

 

🌱After-Sun Gel🌤

3-4 oz bottle of all natural aloe Vera (not the yucky dyed stuff you find at your local drug store, read the ingredients!)

Add:

-10 drops Lavender EO

-5 drops Peppermint EO

-3 drops Tea Tree EO (optional)

-3 drops PanAway EO (optional)

I add these right to the bottle of aloe, then mix/shake it up thoroughly before applying.

TIP: Prefer a cooling spray?  Grab a 4 oz spray bottle, fill it almost half way with the aloe, add your essential oils, and then fill the rest of the way with water (preferably distilled water).  Shake and mist your warm skin to cool it down! ❄️

 

That’s it!  That’s all you need to know in order to have a wonderful, toxin-free summer!  Living well doesn’t have to be difficult!  Plus we will all smell amazing ALL THE TIME now 😁.  See you at the beach 🏖!

 

Christine

 

 

 

Toxin-Free Living

Superfood NingXia Red!

Are you consuming enough antioxidants? Not likely.

I’m snowed in today so I’m going to share with you some research I’ve recently discovered about antioxidants and my new favorite beverage, NingXia Red (or as my kids call it, “magic juice”)!

Antioxidants are incredibly important and powerful! Here’s some ways antioxidants can help YOU stay in optimal health:

*Slow signs of aging, including of the skin, eyes, tissue, joints, heart, and brain

*Improve skin making it healthier & more youthful

*Reduce cancer risk by helping cells turn over optimally

*Detoxify the body by removing free radicals

*Provide a longer life span

*Protect against cardiovascular damage

*Lower your risk of cognitive problems

*Reduce risk for vision loss or disorders

Without sufficient antioxidants, we may have poor cellular turnover which can lead to a host of illnesses and other unpleasant side effects, such as inflammation or even cancer.

Did you know that your body will completely change ALL of the cells in its body every 7 years? That’s a new opportunity for health and wellness every 7 years! Isn’t that amazing?! So any wrongs you’ve done in the past can be erased through making good choices TODAY.

But when we make bad choices over and over again, each 7-year cycle gets progressively worse and nobody wants that.

This is where antioxidants can be so powerful! They keep your cells healthy and happy. 😁

My favorite antioxidant is NingXia Red and here’s why: In 1993, Young Living Founder D. Gary Young, was traveling the world seeking the natural secrets of life, energy, and vitality, when he discovered a small culture living extraordinary long lives and was introduced to Chinese scientist Dr. Songqiao Chao. Dr. Chao told Gary about a delicious berry that had been prized for thousands of years in China for its powerful health supporting benefits. He further explained that the people who regularly ingested this berry led remarkably long and healthy lives.

No wonder China feeds NingXia wolfberries to their Olympians! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️

People eating these particular wolfberries were living longer, healthier lives so Gary became convinced that this super-fruit needed to be made available to everyone! By combining the fruit with citrus 🍊 essential oils (for their high limonene content) and a few other powerhouse 🍒 fruits, Gary created a powerful superfood drink that tastes great and replenishes the body with key nutrients!

Independent testing from Brunswick Laboratories showed that Ningxia Red contains the highest amount of superoxide radical (S-ORAC), the most powerful antioxidant, when compared to all other antioxidant drinks on the market.

In fact, 1 oz. of NingXia Red has the same amount of antioxidant levels as:

34 large onions

or 100 oranges

or 814 blueberries

or 22 medium carrots

or 10.85 pounds of spinach

or 55.33 pounds of almonds

or 59 broccoli florets

or 73 medium strawberries

or 93 apples

or 130 tomatoes

I don’t know who is going to eat over 800 blueberries or over 90 apples in one day, but go you if that’s your thing! If you want to learn more about NingXia Red, follow the NingXia Challenge Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/30daynxrcheerschallenge/ because they have been sharing some amazing studies and info!! Or do your own research by visiting scholar.google.com or pubmed.org. If you were going to add just one new health improvement to your routine this year, let it be drinking 1-2oz of NingXia Red every day. It tastes good, improves your cell & overall health, gives you optimal energy and improves sleep. What more could you want?

Seriously, even your dog 🐕 should be drinking this stuff!

Time to rally the kids up for their daily 1oz shot of NingXia Red! #livebetter #livelonger Happy Snow Day to you all! ❄️

Christine C. Reposa

Q: Where do I get this “magic juice”?

A: Visit http://www.myyl.com/reposa and click “Become A Member” at the top. Choose your NingXia Red premium starter kit and start feeling better immediately.

Then next month you can join Essential Rewards and add some essential oils to the mix to shake things up and keep it fun! Check out these mouth-watering recipes for your daily NingXia Red shot!: Including NingXia Red in your daily life will be the best decision you ever made for your health and your family’s health.

It was for us.

Email me at cpareposa@gmail.com if you have any questions or need helpordering!

Recipes, Toxin-Free Living

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 might 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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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

Toxin-Free Living

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!