Essential Oils Travel Bag

Last November we took a short 2-day family trip to Solvang and Ojai.  I was wanting to pack a few of my Young Living Essential Oils to have on hand in case of headaches, tummy aches, or backaches. I didn’t want to just throw the bottles into my duffle bag. Even though they were tightly sealed I wanted no chance of leakage so I came up with safe way to pack them.  I went to Target and found this $2.00 zipper bag which I thought was the perfect size.  I had some stretchy elastic in my stash of sewing essentials and went to work.

All I did was measure the length of elastic I needed to sew onto the inside of the bag and created six loops just big enough to hold six bottles of essential oils. You can see by the photos below it wasn’t too difficult to do.  I was able to secure the bottles in the bag and then place the bag upright in my purse.  Easy 20 minute project.

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Healing Salve

Thought I’d share this quick and easy recipe I found online.  My daughter had a patch of dry itchy skin on her arm and when the doctor looked at it she said it was eczema. She recommended an over the counter cream to apply but I thought “nah, I’ll make my own and its not gonna have any harsh ingredients either”.  So I came across this Miracle Salve Recipe at Primally Inspired and it is so easy to make.  I did have to substitute a few things since I didn’t have the exact ingredients on hand.

  • 3 Tbs Beeswax Pellets (order here)
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil (order here)
  • 1/2 up Avocado Oil (*I used a combination of sweet almond -purchased at Sprouts and jojoba oil – ordered here)
  • 2 Tbs Shea butter (order here)
  • 20 drops of essential oils (see the recipe link above for the different kinds of essential oils recommended. For this recipe I used Lavender, Geranium an Lemon because it was the closest I had to the eczema blend that is recommended in the recipe). I purchase my oils from Young Living.

Picture list of items used for this recipe.

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Instructions:

  1. Add a few inches of water in a skillet and place a large measuring cup in the middle, turn on the flame and then add the beeswax. I found that it’s best to just leave the beeswax to melt on it’s own instead of stirring it like I was in this picture. It just stuck to the wooden spoon and was difficult to scrape off the sides.

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2.  After the beeswax has melted add the rest of the oils (except the essential oils) and the shea butter.

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3.  Once everything is melted, remove the measuring cup from the water and then add your essential oils. I added about 6-7 drops of each oil.

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4.  Once you are done with adding your essential oils you are ready to pour the liquid into a 4 oz jar.  I used these jars.  Then you can place it in the refrigerator to speed up the hardening process. It’s that simple.  This recipe  makes enough to fill two jars so why not make one for a friend?

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Viola! Homemade Healing Salve – made with love!  Oh and my daughter’s eczema is gone!

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*Just make sure it is stored in a cool place with the lid tightly closed. It has a shelf life of 2 years. Enjoy!

 

DIY – Homemade Make-up Remover Wipes

So my girls were out of make-up remover wipes and ask “mom next time we’re at Target can you buy us some face wipes?”. I say “why buy’em when you can make em!”  You should know that while my girls have mastered the art of the rolling of the eyes this does not faze me nor will I back down and relent to their request to spend money unnecessarily when I have all the ingredients on hand to make these wipes.  Yes! this mom is on a mission to cut back on expenses and to use the resources I have on hand and prove that you don’t need to run to the store and spend money when you can DIY!

So the recipe I used is found here.  As in an earlier blog post on DIY Disinfecting Wipes, I again tweaked the measurements just a bit.  I omitted the use of essential oils because I only had Tea Tree Oil and my kids don’t like the smell of it.  Also I added a bit more water (3/4 cup) instead of the recommended 1/2 cup because I opted to use the same paper towels  which needed a bit more water than if I were to use the small round cotton pads. I made a few other small adjustments well. You can compare the recipe below to the the recipe in the link above.

3/4 Cup hot water

1 Tbs Coconut oil (you may use a little less than a tablespoon of coconut oil and add a few drops of vitamin E and Argan oil)

1 Tbs Witch Hazel (I like Thayers-Alcohol free-Rose Petal with Aloe Vera)

1 Tbs Castile Soap (I used just a tad bit less.  Also you can use Lavender or Almond castile soap too. I only had peppermint on hand)

40 Towelettes (or round cotton pads) *I used the other half of the paper towels that were cut in my DIY Disinfecting Wipes project found here.  Also you want to make sure the towels you use are non-bleached.

Okay, lets get started

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1) Things you’ll need

2)) You will start out with a 6 x 6 size towelette

2) You will start out with a 6 x 6 size towelette

 Fold in half

3) Fold in half

Now fold in quarters

4) Now fold in quarters

5) Like so...

5) Like so…

6) No do the same with another towelette and then overlap them together

6) No do the same with another towelette and then overlap them together

7) Fold one side and then the other

7) Fold one side and then the other

8) Like so...

8) Like so…

9) Should look like this from the side angle

9) Should look like this from the side angle

10) This is how your towelettes should look

10) This is how your towelettes should look

11) Now put them in a pretty glass jar or container

11) Place them in a pretty glass jar or container

12) Now combine all the ingredients and mix together

12) Now combine all the ingredients and mix together

13) Pour a little at a time allowing the towelettes to absorb

13) Pour a little at a time allowing the towelettes to absorb

14) And wala! easy peasy!

14) Wala! easy peasy!

15) Enjoy

15) Enjoy