#metoo


Me too. 

And I’ve never complained because I thought, who would care and what would happen? A slap on the wrist? A warning letter? A sympathetic nod?

Typical culture encourages women to brush inappropriate comments/actions off as a joke or even worse a compliment. And we listen because we fear retaliation.

Most women realize the risk of losing something (e.g. position, pay, or respect- just to name a few) is far more likely to happen to them as opposed to their harasser, so they pretend it never happened. Or perhaps we listen because we are conditioned to “not make waves” or “make a mountain out of a molehill.”

I’ve been on the receiving end of “minor” incidents like getting cat-called on the street, to more brazen acts of being inappropriately groped or propositioned by drunk men- and complaining to my girlfriends is the closest I’ve come to reporting it. Some will read this and say that it’s my fault for staying silent. FYI, you are part of the problem.

I clearly don’t have all the answers on how to solve a problem so deeply ingrained in our society, but a place to start (in conjunction with holding harassers accountable of course) is supporting victims who find their voice and the courage to come forward, regardless of the span of time. Victim shaming keeps others silent and only further perpetuates the culture. We can and must do better.

DIY EO Foaming Hand Soap

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Ingredients/ Supplies

2 tablespoons liquid castile soap (unscented)

1 tablespoon Fractionated Coconut oil

10 drops essential oils of choice

Boiled (and cooled) or Distilled Water

Instructions

Pour castile soap and Fractionated Coconut Oil into bottle.

Add essential oils.

Slowly add water into bottle making sure to leave room for the foaming pump.

Add lid, shake, and you are good to go!

When ready to use, just pump 1-2 times into hands and wash with warm water.

The following oils contain antibacterial properties and possess a generally clean and pleasant smell.

Commonly Used Cleaning Oils:

Lemon

Melaluca

Lavender

Cinnamon

Wild Orange

Lemongrass

Bergamot

Eucalyptus

You can also change it up seasonally with oils like Cinnamon, Siberian Fir, and Peppermint.

If you don’t have time or will to make your own foaming hand soap at home, you can purchase dōTERRA’s OnGuard Foaming Hand Soap already made here.

Recipe reposted from the dōTERRA  blog

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New Oils Coming Soon! 

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Sneak peek at the oils introduced at the 2017 convention! Most won’t be available until October 2nd, but Copaiba and Siberian Fir were actually released early and are already available! Message me for more information and details or click here to purchase directly! If you’d like to learn how you can get your oils at wholesale price, feel free to message me! The photo of the kit above does contain the oil Birch which is only available in doTERRA Convention kits- you can get this for a limited time, message me for details!

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Vegan Avo Mint Brownies 

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Well that’s a mouthful. This fudgy deliciousness was born out of my having one too many avocados on hand and adapted from a recipe found here. I tweaked it to be vegan (cause why not?) and decided to take it to the next level with a couple drops of dōTERRA Peppermint. If you are looking for some fudgymintyvegany goodness and have an extra avo or two, then this is the brownie recipe for you! It can also easily be adjusted for a ketogenic diet by swapping the coconut sugar with your sugar sub! For those skeptical on the avos, I promise, you won’t even taste them 💚!

Brownie Ingredients

4 ounces dark chocolate chopped + divided

1 large avocado pitted + skins removed

3/4 cup coconut sugar

2 teaspoons instant coffee (optional)

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 flax eggs*

1/2 cup cacao or cocoa powder

1/2 cup almond flour

Sliced almonds (or whatever nut you prefer), for topping (optional)

*to make 1 flax egg combine 1 tablespoon flax seed meal with 1.5 tablespoons of water

Chocomint Frosting Ingredients

1/3 cup real maple syrup

1/4 cup coconut oil

2 ounces dark chocolate

1/3 cup cacao or cocoa powder

4 drops dōTERRA Peppermint (very powerful, use sparingly!)

Brownie Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a 6×12 inch pan with parchment paper.

Melt 2 ounces dark chocolate in the microwave at 30 second intervals until soft. Add avocado, coconut sugar, instant coffee and vanilla to a food processor or blender and puree until completely smooth (no clumps of avocado). Add melted chocolate and puree until smooth. Add the flax eggs and blend until combined. Add cacao powder, almond flour and salt. Blend until the mixture is combined. Remove the blade and stir in the remaining 2 ounces of chopped dark chocolate.

Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until the brownies are just set. DO NOT over bake. Better fudgy than dry. Allow to cool before frosting.

Frosting Instructions

In a small sauce pan, melt together the maple syrup, coconut oil and dark chocolate over low heat until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in the cacao power + a pinch of salt. Pour the frosting over the brownies and spread in an even layer. Sprinkle with any desired toppings. Place the brownies in the fridge and allow the frosting to set 30 minutes to 1 hour. Cut in bars and store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place or in the fridge.

Enjoy!!! 🥑🍫🌱💧

EO Living: DIY Bug Repellent, Hand Sani, and Owee Spray

To purchase the essential oils used in these recipes please visit MydōTERRA

Camping Goodies

EO Buzz Off Spray

1/4 cup Witch Hazel

1/4 cup water (boiled then cooled)

1 tsp. Vitamin E Oil

20 drops TerraShield oil (Fractionated Coconut Oil, Ylang Ylang Flower, Tamanu Seed, Nootka Wood, Cedarwood Wood, Catnip Plant, Lemon Eucalyptus Leaf, Litsea Fruit, Vanilla Bean Absolute, Arborvitae Wood)

5 drops Lavender Oil

5 drops Peppermint Oil

Combine essential oils and Vitamin E oil in a 4 oz glass spray bottle then fill just under half the remaining space with Witch Hazel before finishing with cooled water (leaving space for the sprayer). Shake to blend before each use.

*The essential oils used in this spray are natural bug repellants

EO Hand Sani Spray

Witch Hazel

20 drops of dōTERRA OnGuard Oil (Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Leaf, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower essential oils)

1/2 tsp Vitamin E Oil

1 tsp Aloe Vera Gel (optional)

Combine essential oil, Vitamin E oil and Aloe Vera gel in a 4 oz glass spray bottle then fill the remainder with Witch Hazel (leaving space for the sprayer). Shake to blend before each use.

*The essential oils in dōTERRA’s OnGuard contain natural antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiseptic properties

EO Owee Spray

Witch Hazel

10 drops Melaluca Oil

10 drops Lavender Oil

10 drops Frankincense Oil

10 drops Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO)

Add essential oils and FCO to a 4 oz glass spray bottle then fill the remainder with Witch Hazel (leaving space for the sprayer). Shake to blend before each use.

*The essential oils in this recipe contain natural antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiseptic properties

Non-EO Ingredients

I used the brands I already had on hand which were generally safe according to my research. Here are some tidbits of information I came across that I thought were noteworthy:

Witch Hazel-

There are many opinions on the internet regarding the effectiveness of witch hazel that contains alcohol vs alcohol-free. Witch Hazel is defined by the FDA in the USP-NF (United States Pharmacopeia-National Formulary*) as 86% Witch Hazel distillate from the bark and twigs of Hamamelis virginiana Linné and 14% natural grain alcohol or ethyl alcohol. I used Witch Hazel that contained 14% natural grain alcohol, but you can draw your own conclusions on which works best for your ohana.

If you are searching for a Witch Hazel substitute, many recipes used vodka.

*book of public pharmacopeial standards for chemical and biological drug substances, dosage forms, compounded preparations, excipients, medical devices, and dietary supplements.

Vitamin E-

Real Vitamin E will say d alpha-tocopherol, while synthetic is listed as dl alpha-tocopheryl.

The Vitamin E oil helps prevent the spray from going rancid and also acts as a carrier and moisturizer for the recipes listed above. Feel free to substitute with other carrier oils (Jojoba, FCO, etc.).

Aloe Vera Gel-

Because Aloe Vera is a natural product and not a drug, the production and distribution of it is largely unregulated. The actual amount of Aloe Vera per product can vary widely so be sure to check your labels. Aloe Vera (or Aloe Barbadensis Miller) should be the first ingredient (not water or a filler) and Aloe Vera juice or gel products stamped with the International Aloe Science Council seal are 95%+ Aloe Vera.

Water-

Lastly, anytime you add water to an EO recipe it should be boiled first to kill bacteria and the growth of bacteria. Here is a great blog post by Crunchy Betty on DIYing with water.

Final Note-

These spray bottle recipes do not last forever (because of bacteria) and can go rancid. Some of the ingredients are meant to help prevent that (e.g. EOs, Vitamin E oil, Witch Hazel), but you can also help slow the process by using tinted spray bottles (see photo), and storing them in the fridge when you’re not using them. The sprays I mixed are still fine, but it’s only been a week. The shelf-life of your sprays will vary depending on the quality of products you use in addition to bacteria exposure during handling.

Disclaimer: These recipes are our ohana’s attempt at reducing chemical exposure. I am a mother looking for natural alternatives- I am not a physician or scientist. Any information provided on my blog is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, so please consult a physician for serious health concerns.

 

 

Instagram Giveaway

Visit my Instagram profile @essential.ohana for a chance to win these amazing goodies!

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dōTERRA On Guard Natural Whitening Toothpaste

  •  natural and fluoride-free solution to help clean teeth, reduce plaque, and whiten teeth with gentle polishing agents.
  • Proprietary dōTERRA On Guard essential oil blend of Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary that cleans and freshens breath
  • Myrrh essential oil is soothing to the mouth, gums, and throat
  • Peppermint essential oil combined with the dōTERRA On Guard proprietary blend, leaves your breath cinnamon-mint fresh

PB Assist Jr

  • Powdered probiotic supplement designed for children or adults
  • Provides 5 billion live cells of 6 strains of friendly flora selected for both their unique stability at room temperature as well as their remarkable ability to survive the harsh extremes of acidity, alkalinity, and digestive enzymes in the digestive system
  • Includes prebiotic FOS to help sustain a healthy balance of beneficial friendly flora*
  • Maintains healthy intestinal microflora balance*
  • Supports healthy functioning of the digestive and immune systems*
  • Supports the health of the GI tract, particularly the intestines and colon*
  • Helps support optimal metabolism and absorption of nutrients*

Lemon Oil

  • Cleanses and purifies the air and surfaces
  • Naturally cleanses the body and aids in digestion*
  • Supports healthy respiratory function*
  • Promotes a positive mood

Correct-X

  • Correct-X is a multi-purpose, all-natural ointment that helps clean and soothe skin that is in distress
  • Frankincense, Helichrysum, Melaleuca, Cedarwood, and Lavender soothe and purify skin
  • Bisabolol is known for its calming effects and ability to promote healthy-looking skin
  • Similar to the natural oils found in skin, Jojoba provides optimal hydration, helping to improve the texture of skin
  • Phellodendron Amurense Bark extractis used to condition the skin

Celebrate August!

To celebrate our rebranding, we are giving away some awesome gifts with an enrollment kit purchase from now until August 18th!  The kits alone are gifts in themselves, but who doesn’t like free stuff?!

Purchase an AromaTouch Diffused Kit or the Family Essentials Kit and receive a free Tangerine oil- dōTERRA’s freshest (in all senses of the word) release! Purchase a Family Wellness or Home Essentials Kit and receive a copy of The Essential Life aka the “Oil Bible”.

Also, as with any kit purchase, your wholesale membership fee for the year is waived and I will personally add you to our online community where you will have access to individuals and families who share the same health and lifestyle goals! People trade tips and information daily so we can all get the most out of our oils and the support and sense of solidarity is truly amazing.

This special will end on August 18th, so don’t wait! Check out the kits and free gift info below and feel free to message me if you have any questions!

To purchase, click on this link, choose your membership, fill-in your information, pick your kit, and check-out! Mahalo!

2016-2017 Enrollment Kits

2016-017 Enrollment Kits

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The Essential Life is PACKED with oil profiles, remedies, recipes, and more! I reference it every single day and it is the first place I turn to when I need a solution for something. It has truly been an amazing resource, and I have no doubt you will love it too! The Tangerine oil is such a yummy smelling, tasting and feeling oil! It also has powerful purifying properties and supports a healthy immune system!