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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, May 16, 2018

Best Glass Cleaner DIY

I love using essential oils for cleaning and all the many options. I use an essential oil that does the job and suites my mood. Lemon and Wild Orange are my top two. I wanted to share with my favorite Glass Cleaner Recipe

Before I used essential oils I used vinegar and water for a glass cleaner. Learning all the different things you could do and how beneficial essential oils are to a healthy lifestyle. I decided to try cleaning with them.

They have been a wonderful tool in our home from cleaning, cooking, for physical purposes and emotional support.

Recipe for Glass Cleaner

Ingredients
16-ounce spray bottle
1 ½ cup white vinegar
½ cup distilled water
8 drops citrus oil of choice

Instructions
  1. Add vinegar, water, and essential oil(s) to spray bottle and shake.
  2. Spray and wipe

For more cleaning recipes, click here. Happy Cleaning!

Friday, May 11, 2018

10 Tips for Spring Cleaning with Lemon Essential Oil


Lemon essential oil is one of my favorites. I love drinking it in my water, enjoying a cup of warm water with a few drops of lemon and honey. I put it on my vacuum cleaner bag and in the diffuser when cleaning. I use it to get marker off wood and walls. It is also great on dry erase boards. There are so many different uses for this amazing uplifting oil. It is Spring time and I am always looking for something to motivate me. It takes me a long time to get some area's of the house done. It happens to all of us.

There is nothing better then cleaning with essential oils! I know I am providing a toxic free environment for my family.

Here are some great tips for cleaning with Lemon Essential Oil.



1. Microwave—Microwaves are notorious for being tough to clean, especially after mishaps
involving spaghetti sauce or tomato soup. To ease the pain of cleaning, simply microwave a cup
filled with water and a few drops of Lemon, then wipe clean!

2. Dishwasher—Pour distilled vinegar into a dish and add 5–10 drops of Lemon oil. Place this
dish in your empty dishwasher and run on high. This is amazing and the classes are spotless and we have very hard water.

3. Stove Top—Lemon oil makes cleaning one of the dirtiest areas of the kitchen easy. Add
vinegar and Lemon to a spray bottle, and watch the grime disappear!

4. Appliances—From dust to greasy food spills, appliances collect more dirt than you might
think. A simple solution of Lemon oil, water, and vinegar will help you clean toasters,
refrigerators, mixers, stainless steel and more.

5. Garbage disposal—If you’ve been smelling something funky coming from your sink, it might
be time to clean the garbage disposal. This DIY for Lemon disposal refreshers should help! I put a few drops down it every few days.

6. Ceiling Fan—Fan blades collect dust at turbo speeds and cling to them for as long as you let
them. To avoid choking on dust bunnies while cleaning your ceiling fans, spray the inside of an
old pillow case with a Lemon/water mixture and loop the fabric around each blade.

7. Washing Machine—Run a mixture of Lemon oil, baking soda, vinegar, and water through
your empty machine on the hottest setting to break up dirt build-up and mildew. Scrub any
excess with a sponge, then run the machine again with fresh water.

8. Trash Cans—Regularly cleaning out trash cans can eliminate odor. For indoor trash cans,
spray the inside and outside of each can with a mixture of water, Lemon oil, and vinegar, then
scrub with a sponge.


9. Windows and Windowsills—The same mixture of Lemon oil, water, and vinegar in a spray
bottle that you’ve been using all around the house will do wonders for your windows and
windowsills. Simply spray glass and wipe with a clean cloth or paper towel, then move onto
ledges and sills with a toothbrush or damp sponge.

10. Air Vents—One of the most overlooked areas to keep clean in your home is the air you
breathe! Clean vents with a sponge dipped in warm water, vinegar and Lemon oil to help
eliminate allergens and dust from filling the air around you.

Lemon oil acts as a powerful cleaning agent and the possibilities are truly endless! Share this
post and let us know how you like to clean with Lemon oil.

Here is a link to another post on Lemon essential oil.

Recipe for All Purpose Spray


Using essential oils to create your own cleaning spray is not only safe on the environment, but is safe for your family as well. This spray is perfect for cleaning hard surfaces in the kitchen, bathroom, etc.
Ingredients
¼ cup white vinegar
1 ¾ cups water
30 drops doTERRA essential oils

Recommended essential oil combinations:
  • 15 drops each of Lavender and Lemon
  • 30 drops of Lemon
  • 10 drops each of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Wild Orange
  • 30 drops doTERRA On Guard®
  • 15 drops each of Grapefruit and doTERRA On Guard
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to 16-ounce spray bottle. 
  2. Shake thoroughly


 May's Special this month is doTERRA's On Guard cleaner. 
It works great on everything but windows. 





Happy Cleaning! 

source - doterra.com 

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




Sunday, May 6, 2018

CBD vs. doTERRA Copaiba Essential Oil and Uses


The Copaiba has been a great addition to our essential oil collection, we are so grateful to doterra for bringing us this oil. We use it daily in our water or rubbing it on our necks topically. I use it on my mother and have her drink it in her water. My mother suffers from Dementia. I also do the same with my husband who suffers from a Brain Injury. I love it in my water, but mostly use it on neck and shoulders. It really helps with anxious feelings so I love to diffuse into the air with Frankincense. I rub it on my children’s necks before sending them off to school. See my blog post on our experiment with my kids.

 For those of you who are CBD oil lovers, I invite you to try the Copiaba oil! Below I will explain CBD vs. Copaiba. We are EXCITED to have this oil in our home because it is powerful for our brains and nervous systems.



About Copaiba
Copaiba is extracted from copaiba trees in the Amazon rainforest. The essential oil is steam distilled from the copaiba oleoresin, a substance made up of resin and essential oils. The collection process of the oleoresin is unique among essential oils—it is tapped from the tree in a similar way to how maple trees are for their syrup. The oleoresin is then steam distilled to produce the essential oil.



Copaiba’s main chemical component is beta-caryophyllene, a chemical similar to cannabinoids found in cannabis that may protect nerve cells and have benefits for the cardiovascular and immune systems.*

What is a Cannabinoid?
Cannabinoids: Any chemical compound that affects one or both cannabinoid receptors in the human body, CB1 or CB2. Some cannabinoids are legal (CBD and those found in essential oils) and some, like THC from cannabis/marijuana, are not …

What are the 3 types of Cannabinoids:

CBD: CBD, or CannaBiDiol, is a naturally occurring component of the cannabis and hemp plants. CBD made from hemp has a low concentration around 2-4%. If derived from cannabis/marijuana CBD has a higher concentration around 5-30%. All CBD extractions contain some amount of THC (the part of the plant that makes you feel high) though some are low enough to be legal in our country.  CBD is often said to be legal in all 50 states but that is controversial. Benefits include pain relief, reduces anxiety, effective against cancer, treats seizures and other neurological issues, prevention of diabetes through lower insulin levels and promotes cardiovascular health. This is the power of cannabinoids! (source)
THC: THC, or TetraHydroCannabinol, is also a naturally occurring compound in the cannabis plant. This is the party of the plant that makes people feel high when they smoke marijuana or use products that contain THC. Supplements that contain THC are only legal in a few states. THC resembles another cannabinoid naturally produced in our brains, anandamide, which regulates our mood, sleep, memory, and appetite. (source) Hence the reason THC makes you relaxed … and hungry.
BCP: BCP, or Beta-CaryoPhyllene, is the dietary cannabinoid found in doTERRA’s Copaiba oil. Not only is it in Copaiba essential oil its in doTERRA’s in very high amounts – 60%!!! While this is a different type of cannabinoid than CBD it directly affects the same CB2 receptors in amazing ways and is present in a much higher amount. It’s also found in lower levels in other essential oils, in lower amounts, like Black Pepper and Melissa.

What are cannabinoid receptors?

We all have cannabinoid receptors in our bodies and they are super important. They are found all over the body, in the brain, organs, tissues, glands and immune cells. In each tissue, the cannabinoid system performs different tasks, but the goal is always the same: homeostasis. We have two different types of receptors – CB1 and CB2.
CB1, predominantly present in the nervous system, connective tissues, gonads, glands, and organs; and CB2, predominantly found in the immune system and its associated structures. Many tissues contain both CB1 and CB2 receptors, each linked to a different action. (source)
The CB1 receptors are the ones that THC interacts with and causes psychotropic effects.
The CB2 receptors are the ones that do not make you “high” when affected. These are the target when using CBD oil and Copaiba essential oil. CBD actually indirectly interacts with CB2 receptors while the main constituent of Copaiba interacts directly. CB2 receptors are found mostly in the immune system, and they seem to reduce inflammation and certain kinds of pain.
In Summery CBD vs Copaiba oil. Copaiba is ..
 * Much less expensive than CBD
 * 100% drug free with zero risk of containing THC and 100% legal
 * Not from the cannabis plant so using Copaiba has 0% chance of affecting a drug test

DoTERRA does more testing than any other company in the world. So you know it is free of pesticides, heavy metals and contaminants.

Favorite Uses

Copaiba is a versatile oil. See some of our favorite ways to use Copaiba below:
1.      Keep your skin clear and clean while reducing the appearance of blemishes by adding Copaiba to your toner or by applying it directly to skin before applying moisturizer.
 
2.      Copaiba blends well with Roman Chamomile, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Frankincense, or Ylang Ylang. Using any of these oils that appeal to you, create your own personal fragrance in a roller bottle, and then fill the rest of the bottle with Fractionated Coconut Oil.
 
3.      Most of the body can benefit from Copaiba—it supports the cardiovascular, immune, digestive, nervous, and immune system.* To take advantage of these benefits for any of these systems, add one to two drops to water, juice, or make your own tea using warm water and honey.
 
4.      When you’re facing a stressful day ahead or feeling worried, diffusing Copaiba’s woody scent can help calm any anxious feelings you may be experiencing.
 
5.      Take one to two drops in a veggie capsule to take advantage of the antioxidants—the substance that stops potential damage to your cells from oxidation.*
 
6.      Use in a calming bath by adding two to three drops to body wash before mixing it in the water.
Interested in trying Copaiba essential oil? Click on this link to purchase.
To Learn more about essential oils Click Here.

If you are having success with Copaiba let me know below!

















Great Video from doTERRA.




Thank you and Enjoy!


Source, doTERRA, healing in our homes.com, google photos
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


Saturday, April 28, 2018

April Full Moon Ritual - Scorpio


April 2018 Full Moon Ritual - Scorpio


Even though we all come from different backgrounds, deep down we all long for love, safety, comfort, and peace. We want to feel a lightness and a joy as we move through the cycles and changes of life.
Life is always changing, we are always changing, and that is what the April Full Moon has come to remind us of.
Falling in the water sign of Scorpio, the April 29-30th Full Moon is going to be guiding us to accept and surrender to the changes in our lives and use them as a vehicle to transform and heal the parts of us that are hurting. I am so ready for this full moon. I am exhausted from hurting and I know I am not alone. 
In order to do this, we need to be comfortable with ourselves entirely. We need to accept ourselves entirely. We need to be able to sit in the uncomfortable parts, the murky parts, the hidden parts of our soul and embrace exactly who we are.
This ritual is designed to help you do just that and will create a powerful shift that will help you to work with the energies of the Scorpio Full Moon.
Scorpio Full Moon Ritual for Self-Acceptance and Transformation
This ritual is best done between April 29-May 7, 2018
You will need:
·         5 crystals (you can substitute with flowers if you don’t have crystals)

·         Smudging tool of choice (I like sage for this one)
·         Pen and paper
·         Aromatherapy diffuser or incense 
·         Essential oils - recommended Bergamot, Myrrh, Wild Orange, Frankincense, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Geranium and Cedarwood.  



Directions: 
1.) Begin your ritual by cleansing your space and your aura using the smudging tool of your choice. For this ritual, I recommend using sage. You can also cleanse the crystals you are going to use in your ritual. As you cleanse, recite the following mantra or feel free to write your own-
“I cleanse this space with light and loving energy. I cleanse myself with light and loving energy. I call upon my guardian angels and spirit guides of the highest light to be with me during this ritual. I call my Divine team to me so they can help me to surrender and accept all of myself and all of my life. I wish to release all that is blocking and holding me back from loving myself and accepting what has transpired in my life. I want to surrender, I want to feel free and light with whatever has come my way. I want to feel free in myself and free to be myself. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.” 

2.) Now, light your incense or put your diffuser on with essential oils. This is just to create a nice ambience for your ritual. You can also light a candle and put on some relaxing music too if you wish. Have your crystals (or flowers if using) nearby.
3.) Next, take your pen and paper and write at the top of your page- “My greatest fears are….”
Before you start writing. Take a moment to jump up and down and move your body. This helps you to get out of your head and gets the energy flowing so you can release better. After a few minutes of physical movement, begin writing whatever comes to your mind. Really try to dig deep and to get it all out. Write down every fear that comes to your mind, big or small. Release it all out onto the paper. 
4.) Take some deep breaths and just take a moment to check in with yourself and the thoughts or feelings that may be stirring. Be gentle with yourself and allow yourself to sit in whatever has come up for you. Be ok with any thoughts and feelings that have arisen.
5.) Now, lay down on the floor or on your bed in a comfortable position. Take your crystals one at a time and gently rub them to with your hands to generate some heat and energy. Place the first crystal on your heart center. Place the second crystal just below your belly button. Place the third crystal over your third eye (middle of forehead). Take the remaining two crystals and hold them in your hands.
Note: when choosing the crystals to work with, follow your own intuition and guidance. While rubbing the crystal notice any feelings or intuitions about where the crystal is best placed. You can place the crystals anywhere you feel, and you can also use more than 5 if you wish. Feel free to adapt the ritual to suit you!
6.) Now close your eyes and take 11 deep breaths to help settle your mind. Now bring your awareness to each of the crystals one by one. Feel the crystal, see the crystal’s energy in your minds eye and thank the crystal for being part of your healing. Take your time to soak up and feel each of the crystals opening and healing.
7.) Take your attention to the crystal on your third eye and gently repeat to yourself (feel free to write your own or to just follow your intuition in the moment)-
“I am opening. I am surrendering. I am accepting the flow of my life. I know I am always Divinely supported. I know I carry the wisdom inside. I know that I am always guided by myself and by the world around me. I am on the right track. I am on the right track. Everything is working out perfectly.”
8.) Now take your awareness to the crystal on your heart center and gently repeat to yourself-
“I surrender, I will no longer fight the change or circumstances of my life. I will accept wholeheartedly my life and all that makes me happy and uncomfortable and everything in between. I surrender to all of it and know that I am loved. I love myself. I love my  life. I love the opportunities I have been given to transform.”
9.) Now take your awareness to the crystal on your stomach and repeat to yourself-
“I love myself, I love myself. I know I am strong. I know I can get through anything. I no longer have to pressure myself. I no longer have to be perfect for I am perfect just the way I am. I forgive myself. I accept myself just as I am and I know that I always have the power to create what I desire.”

10.) Rest in this position for a moment and allow yourself to soak up any thoughts or feelings or healing vibrations that you feel. Now, when ready, open your eyes and take your pen and paper.
11.) At the top of the page, write down- “My Third Eye Crystal wants me to know this…..” Begin writing whatever thoughts, feelings or inspirations come to your mind. Tap into that energy center and see what inspiration comes. It may be a simple word, or it may be more, just allow yourself to be guided.

12.) Repeat this same process for the Heart and Solar Plexus crystals also. You can also reflect on what you have written and see where the Universe is guiding you or what messages you are being given.
13.) Take the piece of paper that you wrote your fears down on. Look back over what you wrote and see if any new thoughts and feelings have come up for you. Now, rip the paper as a way of releasing your fears. You can even recite a mantra or affirmation such as-
“I am now free. I now surrender to all and know that I am Divinely protected and guided. I am never alone. I am safe and I am loved.”

14.) To close out the ritual, discard the ripped paper. You can then keep the “crystal message” papers somewhere safe and keep your crystals by your bed or on you for support throughout the week. You may also want to jump up and down and smudge yourself one more time if the energy has been intense.

Happy Scorpio Full Moon!

Source/Inspired: Forever Conscious. Image Credit Google and doterra.com
**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.



Sunday, April 22, 2018

DIY Essential Oils for your Hair Recipes

So many of us our hard on our hair, we want it to look good, smell good and keep it healthy. Here are a few great DIY recipes from doTERRA I wanted to share with all of you. Hair Perfume, Hair Spray, Hair Detangler and Hair Wax, Enjoy!

Hair Perfume
Hair perfume is a great way to leave those you pass by with the sweet and enticing aroma of essential oils. Lightly spray it on your hair to keep it smelling sweet and fresh. Feel free to switch up the essential oils used in this recipe to create your perfect aroma.

Ingredients
⅓ cup rose water
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
5 drops Ylang Ylang oil
4 drops Rosemary oil
5 drops Sandalwood oil
3 drops Lavender oil
4 drops Grapefruit oil*
Note: You can purchase rose water at most health food stores in the soap and hygiene aisle.
Instructions
  1. In fine-mist glass spray bottle, add rose water, vanilla extract, and essential oils. Add more or less essential oils depending on your preference.
  2. Shake and spray on hair as desired.
*Please note that citrus essential oils are photosensitive and can lighten your hair if exposed to UV rays
Herbal Hairspray
Making your own hairspray is easy with essential oils and only takes a few simple ingredients you already have at home. It can easily be customizable to your favorite essential oils and to your preferred hold.
 
Ingredients
1 cup water
4 teaspoons sugar 
2 drops Geranium oil
2 drops Lavender oil
2 drops Peppermint oil
2 drops Rosemary oil
2 drops Clary Sage oil

Tip: Use more or less sugar depending on how strong you want the hold to be.
Note: Feel free to customize the essential oils to your preference. You can use one or all of the essential oils listed above. However, be careful using citrus oils as they can lighten your hair if exposed to UV light.
Instructions
  1. In saucepan, combine sugar and water. Bring heat to boil and stir until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and cool.
  2. Pour essential oil into 8-ounce glass fine mist spray bottle and add cooled sugar water. 
  3. Use as you would any other hairspray.
Hair Detangler
There are few things worse than tangled hair—it can often lead to a tender scalp and lots of unnecessary hair stuck in your brush. Detangling Spray is a great way to get your hair tangle-free. Marshmallow root and apple cider vinegar are natural detanglers and essential oils add additional benefits to help keep your hair healthy and beautiful.

Ingredients
12 ounce or larger spray bottle
1 ½ cups distilled water
3 tablespoons marshmallow root
½ cup apple cider vinegar
5 drops Rosemary oil
5 drops Patchouli oil
5 drops Geranium oil
5 drops Melaleuca oil

Instructions
  1. Boil water and marshmallow root in small pan.
  2. Reduce heat and let simmer 20–30 minutes.
  3. Let cool slightly and strain through cheesecloth or wire strainer.
  4. While warm, pour into bottle and add conditioner, apple cider vinegar, and essential oils.
  5. Shake until combined.
  6. To use, spray generous amount on wet hair and comb through.
Hair Wax
Hair wax helps add texture and style to men and women's hair. This easy DIY hair wax made with essential oils is healthy for your hair and will be loved by all hair types. Check out what this doTERRA Employee had to say about this hair wax:

"This hair wax is fantastic. I love that I can use whatever essential oils I would like and that it works great on my ‘style-resistant hair’. The simplicity of the ingredient list also amazes me. I have been paying a lot of money for high-end products that contain some questionable ingredients because it has been the only thing that works for my hair. Those days are over. Now, I can make my own!"—Rachelle
Ingredients
4 ½ teaspoons beeswax
1 tablespoon shea butter
4 ½ teaspoons Fractionated Coconut Oil

Tip: For harder hair wax, use 2 tablespoons beeswax and 1 tablespoon Fractionated Coconut Oil. For softer hair wax, use 4 ½ teaspoons shea butter and 2 tablespoons Fractionated Coconut Oil.
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients, except for essential oils, in glass container.
  2. Place jar in saucepan with one to one and a half inches of boiling water.
  3. Stir ingredients until melted and thoroughly combined.
  4. Remove from heat and let rest for three minutes.
  5. Add essential oils and stir.
  6. Pour mixture in empty tin or glass jar with lid.
  7. Let hair wax rest one to two hours.
  8. To use, apply a small amount to fingers and style as desired. A little wax goes a long way.
 Thank you for letting me share! My favorite is the hair perfume. Comment below on what you have tried, like and want to share with others. Being so busy with life, my hair gets neglected. I know I am not the only one. my boys love the hair wax and my daughter loves the detangler. Thank you doTERRA!
 I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as we do!

All photos and recipes from doterra.com Blog.
**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.