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My journey in life as a stay at home mom building a career and being a caregiver to my mother and husband. Balancing life, family, and the unexpected. Contact me on the Weekly Essential face book page or feel free to email me if you would like to know more about essential oils or a business opportunity kollette@weeklyessential.com. Essential oils not only changed my life but helped me be prepared for the unexpected in life and how to deal with it.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon Essential Oil is a great oil to have in your home.
Aromatically it uplifts mood and is good for concentration and smells so good. Emotionally it eases and helps focus, have clarity and very joyful. Topically it is great.. Apply with a carrier oil.  You can Apply to hands for Hand sanitizer, dilute and apply to hands. Internally, you can drink it in water and it tastes wonderful. It is great with honey and warm water. It taste just like a lemon drop. It is also great to remove Crayons and ink marker as you will see below. My children and I had a lot of fun and enjoyed putting this post together. So we hope you Enjoy it! 

Other uses for Lemon Essential Oils around the house. 

I used Lemon to remove this purple crayon that my four year old daughter had so much fun decorating with. When her father saw it, he was not so happy. Lemon Oil to the rescue.

Here is a before picture with the purple crayon.



Here is the video to show you how easy it comes off with Lemon Essential Oil.


Here is the after video, having technical difficulties, thanks for being patient with me.





Here is an After Photo, after applying a few drops of Lemon Essential Oil
to a paper towel and rubbing it on the wood.




And There is More....
Here is a video showing how Lemon works on getting crayon off a painted wall. 





And even More... 
Here is a video on how it removes sharpie marker ink from a dry erase board. 
My daughter even used a wood polishing pen and it worked on that as well. 
So far on everything I have tried.




Okay Lemon can be used for more than just getting ink and crayons off of different surfaces. Here are some other uses we use Lemon .... We Love to diffuse and clean with Lemon.


Make Hot or Cold Drinks. 
We love warm water with Lemon EO and honey. In the summer we have Lemon and agave with sparkling water and have a refreshing lemon soda. 


Thank you for letting me share with you, how my family uses the Lemon Essential Oil. 
Here is some additional information on this wonderful oil. 

Lemon
Cleanses and purifies the air and surfaces • Naturally cleanses the body and aids in digestion • Supports healthy respiratory function • Promotes a positive mood and cognitive ability 
About Lemon
Lemon trees were first cultivated in China, then to southern Europe, and finally made their way to the Americas as early as the arrival of Columbus in the 1400s.  The fruit has long been associated with freshness and cleanliness and now its aroma is advertised by many products with terms like 'Lemon scented' to entice buyers.  Many essential oils are produced by distillation but Lemon and other citrus oils come from cold pressing the peel under great pressure.  This eliminates the use of any heat and thereby preserves the delicacy of the natural essence.  Italy is one of the best sources forthe essential oil, Lemon.
DōTerra Lemon Essential Oil is from the botanical family cultivar, grown in Italy and expressed from the peel of the fruit.


Precautions:  Can be a skin irritant over time.  Use a skin test.  May react to sunlight or UV rays.  When using photosensitizing oil, wait a minimum of six hours before exposing skin to UV rays.  The stronger and more lengthy the UV ray, the longer the wait should be.






These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. 




Monday, July 25, 2016

Five Tips for Grilling

I just hosted a facebook class on Cooking with Essential Oils, it was a ton of fun. We grill a ton and love how creative you can be. I have recently been messing around with different marinades which ended up really good. I love taking recipes and adding something to it.  So here you go guys! Enjoy!

1. Starters 

  • Use different plates and tongs for raw and cooked food
  • Use different cutting boards Microwave sponges for a few seconds 
  • Wipe Down food prep area with doTERRA On Guard Cleaner 
  • Reduce food sticking by oiling your clean, hot grill with an oil soaked paper towel. 
  • Hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack.
2. Marinade


Use spices, herbs, sauces, and essential oils to create flavorful marinades.
Tip: Marinade tender meats such as chicken, fish, or shrimp for 2 hours or less; tougher meats anywhere from 4 hours to overnight. Refrigerate marinating meats.



Balsamic Rosemary Marinade


This is one of our favorites, mix ingredients in bowl and soak meat in mixture for as long as you wish, I have made this quick and it tastes great!
Ingredients:

  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar 
  • ¼ cup olive oil 
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 2 teaspoons pepper 
  • 2 drops Rosemary essential oil 

*Recommended with beef

3. Tame the Flame 
Keep a squirt bottle, filled with equal parts water and vinegar, near the gril to quickly douse any unexpected flare-ups.

This was such a great tip, especially for me. Since my husbands heart attack and brain injury I have had to learn to do a lot, one of them is grilling. We have had so much fun learning together. But now I know what to do with those unexpected flare-ups.

Chili Lime Marinade 


Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped 
  • 2 tablespoons honey or agave 
  • 2 tablespoons water 
  • 8 drops Lime essential oil 
  • 1 clove garlic, minced 
  • 1 tablespoon lemon grass, minced 
  • 1 tablespoon chili flakes 
  • 1 ½ tablespoons ginger 
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil 

*Recommended with shrimp


Indian Marinade


Ingredients: 
  • 1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt 
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil 
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin 
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric 
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander 
  • 1 drop Cinnamon or Clove essential oil 

 *Recommended with chicken.

4. Grilling Vegetables



Best Vegetables for Grilling: 
  • Asparagus, 
  • Eggplant, 
  • Corn, 
  • Mushrooms, 
  • Onions, 
  • Peppers, 
  • Zucchini, 
  • Tomatoes 
  • Potatoes


Tip: Soak wooden skewers in water for 20 minutes before grilling. Oil metal skewers to avoid food sticking. 
Directions 
1. Brush fresh veggies with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. 
2. Cook in closed grill over 350 to 400 (medium-high) heat turning occasionally for 4-10 minutes depending on the vegetable. Your goal is to achieve tender, slightly charred vegetables.

My Dad's BBQ Potatoes


Ingredients
  • 4-6 Large Potatoes
  • 1 cup Olive Oil
  • Spices of choice
  • 1-2 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 1 drop oregano essential oil
  • 1 drop Thyme essential oil
    (You can add Basil too or mix up these oils and use whatever your in the mood for)
Directions:
Bake Potatoes for 20-30 or Microwave for 5 min. Until about half cooked.
Let cool, then slice long way. Then dip in Oil mixture and put on grill until brown on both sides and fully cooked. 


You can make any dipping sauce of choice. Note: Be creative and use other veggies. You can also purchase a BBQ Veggie tray to bbq vegetables on grill, great gift. 

5. Grilling Meat 
Use and instant-read thermometer to see if your meat is fully cooked. Place it onto the thickest part of the meat. 
Safe Cooking Temperature: 
Steaks 145° F 
Sausage 165° F 
Ground Beef 160° F 
Salmon & Shrimp 145° F 
Poultry Breasts & Legs 160° F

I have never used a thermometer but I probably should. I usually cook burgers 5-7 min on each side. When I flip to second side depending on the thickness, I shorten it by 2 min then put cheese on. 
Steak 5-7 min each side depending on how you liked it cooked. 
Chicken (if frozen 10 min each side) or 5-7 minutes each side until done. 
I usually have my grill at 350-400 degrees. Chicken is best if cooked on upper rack. 

I have to mention the importance of Organic Meat! Do your own research, but seriously do yourself a favor and just buy organic meat! 

Okay one more recipe and a big Thank you to doTERRA and the Living Magazine for all the wonderful idea's and recipes. 

Sweet & Sour Marinade 



Ingredients: 
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar 
  • ½ cup honey 
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed 
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce 
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced 
  • 8 drops Wild Orange essential oil 

 *Recommended with pork.
Enjoy! and Thank you for visiting me 


Reference; doterra.com, doterra Living Magazine Summer 2016


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Summer DIY for Kids

This summer my kids begged me not to put them in summer school. So I didn't, they have been really good about doing online work, reading and learning a little Spanish and projects around the house.

The end of summer is near, kids sleeping out on the deck, late nights, family time. The Joys of Summer.


I think as a mom, I get so excited for school to be out,  I will have more time in the summer because we won't be running around. Wait, baseball is not over and my kids are home and that means I have to keep them busy, create a new routine, get everyone to stick to it and somehow I become more busy then during the school year, more interruptions, more meals to cook and prepare, keeping them busy on not in front of TV or video games. I do love having my kids around and I love spending time with them, so I have learned to become more relaxed so everyone can enjoy summer while still being productive and get things done around the house.

So I created the Love to get things done list. Which I have found works great and I give it to them at the beginning of the week so they have all week to do it. We also have 2-3 goals for the week to specific things daily to accomplish, we go over our goals every Sunday Night. We talk about how we could do better or how great we did!

Every one feels good for accomplishing their goals and list, or doing better next week. In the evening at the dinner table we go around and everyone names 5 things they are grateful for, and our favorite part of the day.

Being organized and planning ahead has given us more family time, for summer fun and completing projects together or if you need a break, these DIY's will keep them busy either way.

Summer DIY for Kids
Here are some fun idea I got out of the doTERRA Living Magazine I wanted to share with you. I have done the play doe and today we are going to make the moon sand, and I can't wait to make the bouncing balls. I am excited for a few more family fun projects to do together. Karly and I had a blast making play dough. And all of it smells so good.

Moon Sand 

What you need:
 8 cups flour
1 cup vegetable oil
8-10 drops Lavender essential oil

Directions:
1. In large bowl combine all ingredients.
2. Mix with hands until well combined.
Note: You may need to add more vegetable oil until you reach a moldable consistency.


Karly making Play Dough Click here for slide show

Play dough 


What you need:
2 cups flour
2 cups colored water
1 cup salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
5 drops of your favorite essential oil

Directions:
1. Combine all ingredients, except for essential oils, in a large saucepan and stir until combined.
2. Once combined, put over medium heat. Using a spatula, continue to stir ingredients together until it forms a ball.
3. Remove from heat and cool on parchment paper.
4. Once cool, add 5 drops of your favorite essential oil and knead until thoroughly combined.
5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for months of fun!

Bouncy Balls 

What you need:
½ cup of water
1 teaspoon borax
1/8 cup of clear glue glitter
1-2 drops of Balance essential oil

Directions:
1. In a plastic cup mix together water and borax, once the borax dissolves, set aside.
2. In a small bowl mix together glue, Balance essential oil and glitter until combined.
3. Pour glue substance into the cup of water mixture, and stir with a popsicle stick until it forms a clump of glue.
Note: the glue will not combine with the water, you are simple swirling it around until the glue becomes more solid
4. Take the glue out and place it on a paper towel. Fold the paper towel over it to dry the water.
5. Play with it in your hands so all of the bubbles release, and form into a ball. Tip: Use two round tablespoons to get the perfect ball.



TIP: Make summer more exciting with a once-a-day challenge for your kids. Write your daily challenge on a small piece of paper. Challenges can include activities such as "have a picnic with mom," "help in the garden," "make play dough," or "go fishing with dad and catch one fish." Roll up the paper, and place it in an empty essential oil bottle and designate an area that the new challenge will be placed every day. With this thrilling new  trick, your kids will be rushing to see what's next!

References, doterra.com, doterra Living Magazine Summer 16

Monday, July 18, 2016

An Introduction to Essentials Oils


What is an Essential Oil? 
  • Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds extracted and distilled from plants for health benefits. 
  • SUPER-CHARGED POTENCY 50-70x more powerful than herbs
  • Oils are afordable - Pennies per dose!
  • 1 drop of Peppermint oil is = to 28 cups of peppermint tea




As you see here in the photo of a peppermint leaf on the left and on the right it is magnified. The little white sack is the essential oil, in fact the veins that run through the plant is essential oil. Their life line, it is like their blood. 
Here is a short video on What is a doTERRA Essential Oil?



Why doTERRA Essential Oils

-Sourced from a global network of growers to ensure the most pure and efficacious    essential oils...
-Rigorously tested for standards of purity and potency
-Free from fillers or artificial ingredients
-Free of harmful contaminants




Cō-Impact Sourcing®. 

This is a huge reason why I support dōTERRA. The partnerships that have been developed with growers all around the world is amazing. They have been able to help these communities flourish and assisted them in creating an economy that lacked before. Simple things of running water, schools, medical facilities, etc. Makes my heart smile knowing that every time I purchase a bottle of oil from dōTERRA that I am helping these people. I may not be able to get there to help but this is my part.


How do I use Essential Oils Safely?



Traditionally, certain essential oil application methods have been preferred or used exclusively. However, as the research surrounding essential oils continues to develop, a greater understanding of application methods is now understood. All application methods are safe when used appropriately, including aromatic, topical, and internal methods. One or multiple application methods can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used a single oil at a time or in complex blends in one of three 

Methods: 
Aromatic 
The sense of smell is a tool that can elicit powerful physiologic, mental, and emotional responses. Essential oils are quickly absorbed by the smell receptors, which have a direct link to the limbic system by way of the olfactory nerve. The limbic system is part of the brain that supports a variety of functions including smell, emotions, behavior, and memory. For this reason, essential oils have an especially powerful effect via aromatic application. 

Some essential oils induce uplifting or invigorating effects, while others are more calming. Diffusion is one of the simplest methods for using essential oils aromatically.


 Diffusers that use cold air or water are ideal. However, using essential oils aromatically does not require any special diffusing devices. 

You can achieve the same health benefits by simply placing a few drops of essential oil in the palm of your hand that is then cupped around the nose as you breathe deeply. 

Additional aromatic uses For Essential Oils Include: 
  • Apply oil to a cotton ball and place in the air vents of your vehicle 
  • Mix oils in a spray bottle with water and mist over furniture, carpet, or linens 
  • Add oil to a batch of laundry or to dryer sheets 
  • Use in household surface cleaners 


Topical 
Topical application is a very effective method for applying essential oils. Because essential oils have low molecular weights and are lipid soluble, they easily penetrate the skin. Once absorbed, they stay in the applied area for a localized benefit. 

Although essential oils are readily absorbed, there are many ways to increase absorption. Using a light massage will increase the blood flow to the area of application, in turn improving distribution throughout the body. Use of a carrier oil can also increase absorption, especially in skin that is dry or flaky as it helps moisturize the skin and slow evaporation of the oil. 

To decrease the likelihood of developing a skin sensitivity, especially on young or sensitive skin, it is advisable to use a carrier oil (such as Fractionated Coconut Oil) to dilute more potent oils and when trying an oil for the first time. The recommend dilution ratio is typically one drop of essential oil to three drops of carrier oil. 

It’s always advisable to use several small doses throughout the day rather than a single large dose. Start with the lowest possible dose (1–2 drops). A topical dose can be repeated every 4–6 hours as needed. Because every individual is unique, the dose will vary for each individual based on size, age, and overall health status. 

Beneficial Areas You Can Apply Essential Oils 
  • Neck Forehead and temples 
  • Chest and abdomen 
  • Arms, legs, bottom of feet 


Other Effective Methods of Topical Application 
  • Add a few drops of oil to a warm bath 
  • Make a hot or cold compress by soaking a towel or cloth in water, adding essential oils, and then applying to the desired area 
  • Add oil to a lotion or moisturizer and then apply to skin 

Sensitive Areas to be Avoided: Some facial areas, such as the skin around the eyes Eyes and inner ears Broken, damaged, or otherwise injured skin 

Internal 
Certain essential oils have a rich culinary history and can be used as dietary supplements supporting a variety of healthy conditions. When you sprinkle cinnamon on your oatmeal, sip a mug of peppermint tea, or add fresh basil leaves to your spaghetti, you are actually consuming some volatile aromatic essential oil compounds. 

Essential oil contributes many health benefits as well as flavoring and aroma properties to foods. When in their concentrated form, essential oils can be used as dietary supplements for more targeted and potent health benefits. Internal use is a very safe and effective method of application because of the sophisticated physiologic processes of our bodies. 

When ingested, essential oils directly enter the blood stream via the gastrointestinal tract, where they are transported throughout the rest of the body. Essential oils are lipid soluble so they are readily transported to all organs of the body, including the brain. Then, like all things we consume, essential oils are metabolized by the liver and other organs and are then excreted. 

The composition of essential oils is highly complex. Each constituent possesses a unique set of biochemical properties that react with cells and organs in different ways. Although these mechanisms of action are not completely understood, the positive end results have been demonstrated. However, the body is only equipped to handle appropriate doses of essential oils. 

Proper dosing according to labeling recommendations and other professional guidelines should be strictly followed to avoid toxicity. 


Effective Methods of Internal Application 
  • Use oils in recipes for cooking or baking to replace fresh or dried herbs and spices 
  • Remember that essential oils are much more potent than dried or fresh herbs and spices, so start with a very small amount 
  • For more potent oils, it may be better to administer them by toothpicks (dip the end of a clean toothpick into the oil and then add to the food) rather than drops 
  • Add essential oils to water, smoothies, milk, tea, or other drinks 
  • Take essential oils internally in a veggie capsule or add to a small amount of applesauce or yogurt


References doTERRA.com, doterra international youtube


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Strawberry Orange Lime Granita



Ingredients:
3/4 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
4 drops Wild Orange essential oil
2 drops Lime essential oil.
1 lb. sliced and hulled strawberries

Optional Garnishes: orange wedges, fresh strawberries, lime wedges, basil leaves, mint leaves

Instructions:
1. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar and water and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved. Cool to room temperature.
2. Puree cooled water and sugar (simple syrup), orange juice, Wild Orange and Lime essential oil, and strawberries in a blender.
3. Transfer the strawberry-orange puree to a 9x13 glass pan. Place the filled pan in the freezer for 30 minutes.
4. After 30 minutes, remove pan from freezer. Rake the mixture with a fork to break up any crystals that have begun to form. Return the pan to the freezer.
5. Repeat every 25–30 minutes for about 3 hours, until the granita is frozen into flakey crystals. Cover and freeze.
6. Serve, if desired, with a small orange wedge, half a strawberry, and a basil leaf for garnish.

Enjoy!

References Living Magazine DoTERRA.