Wool Dryer Balls

Wool Dryer Balls

Ditch the toxic dryer sheets!  Switch dryer sheets for something natural and chemical free. Wool dryer balls dry and soften your clothes faster, without using chemically loaded dryer sheets or fabric softener.

Fabric softeners and dryer sheets contain petroleum-based toxins and unnatural fragrances. The toxic ingredients in these products may cause harm to the skin, and their synthetic fragrances could be a trigger for allergic reactions. Not to mention, the ingredients found in chemical softeners and dryer sheets are not environmentally friendly and can be quite harmful.

Normally, fabric sticks together in the dryer which can slow down the drying process.  When you add dryer balls to your load, the balls will lift and separate your clothing, discouraging bunching and clinging.  They also help to move heat evenly throughout your clothes which can reduce drying time.

Another benefit of wool dryer balls is that you can infuse them with your essential oils!  Just place 5-7 drops of your favorite essential oil on each ball to gently infuse your laundry with a fresh scent free of synthetic perfumes.

Wool dryer balls

My favorite oils to use with dryer balls are Purification, Citrus Fresh, Lemon and Lavender.  Here are some things to keep in mind:

  1. Most dryer ball sets come in packages of 3 or 4.  I have found best results using 6-8 balls.  Young Living sells dryer balls but you can buy them anywhere.  I got mine from Amazon.
  2. Balls need to be replaced approximately every 1,000 loads.
  3. For best results, put essential oils on the wool dryer balls when there is about 10-20 minutes left in the cycle.  However, I’m way too impatient and absent minded to do that.  So I put them in the dryer at the very beginning and am very happy with the results.
  4. Some people like to also put a safety pin in each dryer ball to help prevent static cling.  I’ve never had to do that and haven’t had a problem with static.  But in case you do, try the safety pin trick.

What essential oils do you like using on your dryer balls? Tell me in the comments below!

 

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Thieves® Mints

Thieves® Mints

Wintertime has become synonymous with Thieves® in this house.   If we aren’t using Thieves® Spray on icky counter tops and doorknobs, we are diffusing Thieves® Essential Oil to help purify the air or swishing Thieves® Mouthwash to support healthy teeth and gums.  Thieves Mints are another perfect way to enjoy the incredible immune system supporting power of Thieves!*

This cute, reusable tin is a perfect stocking stuffer for those health conscious individuals on your list.  Made from naturally derived ingredients and free of artificial sweeteners, dyes, and preservatives, Thieves Mints are a choice that you can feel good about.

Pop a Thieves Mint into your mouth for the perfect way to freshen breath after meals.  They are mild and not overpowering with a slight sweetness courtesy of natural sweetener Stevia Leaf extract.

Thieves mints

Thieves Mints contain Young Living’s popular Peppermint essential oil and Thieves essential oil blend to create the perfect combination of minty coolness with a hint of warm, sugar-free sweetness. Thieves Mints come in a 0.75-ounce container that is great for on-the-go freshness!

Ingredients:

  • Sorbitol
  • Calcium stearate
  • Thieves Essential Oil
    • Clove (Syzygium aromaticum)† flower bud oil
    • Lemon (Citrus limon)† peel oil
    • Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum)† bark oil
    • Eucalyptus radiata† leaf oil
    • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)† leaf oil
  • Peppermint (Mentha piperita)† leaf oil
  • Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) Leaf extract
  • †100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oil
  • Contains coconut/palm ingredients

How to use: Dissolve 1 mint in mouth as needed

Features & benefits:

  1. Freshens breath without sugar, aspartame, or other questionable ingredients.
  2. Contains the added benefits of Thieves essential oil blend and Peppermint essential oil.  Support your immune system while freshening your breath!*
  3. Comes in a convenient, reusable tin.
  4. A healthy alternative to those who do not, or cannot, chew gum.

 

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Cistus Essential Oil

Cistus

(Cistus ladaniferus)

Cistus comes from a family of plants called rock rose, which is known for beautiful shrubs and a delicate, honey-like scent.  It is believed to be the Biblical Rose of Sharon, and its honey-like fragrance is soothing and uplifting.  Steam distilled from the leaves and branches, it is an ideal choice for helping elevate positive emotions and creating an open state of mind.

Cistus

Primary Benefits:
• Promotes uplifting and encouraging emotions
• May help open and release emotional blocks
• Helps promote a calming and relaxing atmosphere

How to use: For aromatic or topical use.  Diffuse, inhale, or add to bath water.  Apply to crown of head, back of neck, behind ears or inside wrists.  Possible skin sensitivity.

  1. Diffuse to promote an uplifting atmosphere.  Pairs well with Lavender essential oil.
  2. Sniff from the bottle or from your hands to help release negative emotions.
  3. Diffuse during meditation or prayer to support spiritual awareness.
  4. Wear on your pulse points to maintain a positive outlook all day long!

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Thieves® Automatic Dishwasher Powder

Thieves® Automatic Dishwasher Powder

With naturally derived ingredients, Thieves® Automatic Dishwashing Powder is ultraconcentrated and made with a proprietary blend of biodegradable cleansing agents and enzymes.   This dishwashing  powder effectively cleans your dishes without harsh chemicals, dyes, or synthetics allowing dishes to come out clean and free of any chemical taste or food particles.
Thieves Automatic Dishwasher Powder combines naturally derived saponins from soapberries with biodegradable enzymes and essential oils for a superior cleaning system.  Soapberries—also called soap nuts—are wild-harvested botanicals that contain saponins, which are plant-based cleaning agents that help remove grime, grease, and food particles from dishes. Since they produce soap with few suds, soapberries are perfect for modern automatic dishwashers.
In addition to the proprietary combination of Thieves, Lemongrass, and Orange essential oils, Thieves Automatic Dishwasher Powder provides protease enzymes that help remove proteins and amylase enzymes that help remove fats, including grease and oil that tend to cling to dishes.
Thieves Automatic Dishwashing Powder
Primary Benefits:
  • Removes dried-on food, grease, oil, and other contaminants
  • Deodorizes and neutralizes odors
  • Plant-based formula
  • Leaves dishes sparkling clean
  • Infused with essential oils for extra effectiveness and a great, fresh scent
  • Made with naturally derived, non-GMO ingredients for a sustainable formula
  • Contains no dyes, phosphates, artificial fragrances or synthetic surfactants
Directions: Place 1 scoop (1 Tbsp) of Thieves Automatic Dishwasher Powder
in the dishwasher dispenser. For hard water or heavy or difficult loads, use 2 scoops.

 

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Neroli essential oil

Neroli

Citrus aurantium amara† (Bitter orange) flower oil

topical aromatic

Neroli oil is an essential oil produced from the blossom of the bitter orange tree (Citrus aurantium subsp. amara or Bigaradia). Its scent is sweet, honeyed and somewhat metallic with green and spicy facets.

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Do not confuse Neroli with Orange blossom as they are extracted from the same blossom. Orange blossom can be described as smelling sweeter, warmer and more floral than neroli. The difference between how neroli and orange blossom smell and why they are referred to with different names, is a result of the process of extraction that is used to obtain the oil from the blooms. Neroli is extracted by steam distillation and orange blossom is extracted via a process of enfleuragePetitgrain, another popular essential oil, is distilled from the leaves and twigs of the same tree!

With it’s citrusy, floral scent, it was highly regarded for its uplifting aroma during ancient times and promotes relaxation, uplifts mood, and may reduce anxiousness.*

Neroli

Also, Neroli oil is reportedly one of the ingredients in the closely guarded secret recipe for the Coca-Cola soft drink.

How to use: For aromatic or topical use.  Diffuse, inhale, or add to bath water.  Apply to crown of head, back of neck, behind ears or inside wrists.  Possible skin sensitivity.

  1. Apply to pulse points throughout day to uplift mood
  2. Diffuse to fill the air with the calming aroma
  3. Apply to skin before moisturizer to support healthy looking skin!
  4. When feeling nervous or anxious, put a few drops of Neroli in your hands, cup over your nose and inhale for a confidence boost!

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Foaming Hand Soaps from Young Living

Foaming Hand Soaps

Young living has a full line of bar soaps that I’ve discussed previously.  Please feel free to review that post to learn why you need to be aware of what is in the soap you chose to wash your hands and body.

In addition to bar soaps, Young Living has 2 wonderful foaming hand soaps; Thieves Foaming Hand Soap and Lavender Foaming Hand Soap.  Bar soap can get messy, and these are great alternatives the whole family can use.   I always have Lavender by the bathroom sinks and Thieves by the kitchen sink.

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Young Living soaps only contain the finest ingredients and contain NO synthetic ingredients.  No artificial colors, no artificial fragrances, no triclosan, no parabens, no pfthalates- nothing.  And the ingredients are organically grown in accordance with the California Organic Foods Act of 1990.  The scents are provided by 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils and therefore may be less irritating to your nasal passageways.

Benefits of Young Living Soaps:

  • 100% vegetable based formula
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Contain fatty acids (such as vegetable oils) and glycerin that combat over-drying
  • Infused with 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils
  • Formulated without synthetic ingredients such as parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, glycols, sulfates, synthetic dyes or colorants, EDTA, or animal-derived ingredients.
  • Organically grown ingredients

Lavender Foaming Hand Soap cleanses and conditions your hands without leaving dryness or irritation. Infused with Lavender essential oil, vitamin E, and aloe, this soap is effective and gentle enough for the most sensitive skin.

Thieves Foaming Hand Soap lets you pump, rinse, and get on your way without harsh, drying detergents. With a plant-based, instant-foam formula, skin is left feeling clean and refreshed but never over-dried. Plus, you’ll love the lingering citrus-spice aroma of our proprietary Thieves blend of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary.

You can buy refills for the Thieves Foaming Hand Soap or you can make your own using Thieves essential oil and a few household ingredients found in most grocery stores.

thieves soap

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Bath & Shower Gels by Young Living

Bath & Shower Gels

Stock your showers with moisturizing shower gels that clean effectively without stripping your skin of its natural moisture barrier.  And as always, with Young Living products you do not have synthetic perfumes, artificial coloring or other toxic ingredients that get between you and silky smooth skin.

Bath & Shower gel

  • Bath & Shower Gel – Base: the perfect way to nourish and cleanse your skin. Add 5-15 drops of a favorite essential oil single or blend to the gel base for a luxurious custom bath or shower gel
  • Bath & Shower Gel – Dragon Time: Geranium, Tangerine, Sage, and Clary Sage essential oils are combined with Young Living’s Bath & Shower Gel Base to bring you this calming and soothing shower gel
  • Bath & Shower Gel – Evening Peace: Refreshes the skin and calms the mind. Essential oils such as Coriander, Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, and Geranium invoke feelings of serenity and relaxation to soothe and nourish the skin.
  • Bath & Shower Gel – Lavender: Cleanses, soothes, and relaxes your skin. It’s free of chemicals and synthetic preservatives and contains plant-based ingredients such as coconut oil and star anise.
  • Bath & Shower Gel – Morning Start: Feel refreshed every day with the power of pure essential oils. Peppermint, Lemongrass, and Rosemary uplift and energize, while Juniper purifies and cleanses the skin.
  • Bath & Shower Gel – Sensation: contains several pure essential oils, including Ylang Ylang and Jasmine for a soothing, relaxing experience.
  • KidScents Bath Gel: A safe, gentle soap that cleanses and protects sensitive skin. Formulated with MSM, aloe vera, antioxidants, and pure Lemon, Cedarwood, and other essential oils, this liquid soap is pH balanced for children’s skin.

How to use: Drop small amount on washcloth, loofah or sponge and wash thoroughly.  Lather, rinse, repeat.

Make a bubble bath! The best part is you can customize it with whatever essential oils fit your mood!

bubble bath

 

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