Last week was a rough one for finding time and motivation so I didn’t get a Therapeutic Thursday post put together…my apologies. Not sure what was going on, and I’m sure this cold weather isn’t helping, but I’m slowly feeling back to normal! I promised the week before to talk about how and why to become a Young Living member, so I’m going to share that today as well as my latest essential oil DIY’s! (If you missed last week’s post about what essential oils are and why Young Living is the way to go, you can read it here.)
It was a year ago this month that I joined Young Living as a wholesale member. I did that not to start a business, but because it was the best deal. You truly get the most bang for your buck when you get a Premium Starter Kit, and this month you can get 10% off that kit, just like I did a year ago! If you truly want to see what essential oils are all about, I highly recommend getting a kit!
Not only that, but in 2014 Americans spent 28 billion dollars on nutritional supplements – that’s an average of about $850 per person, or $3,400 for a family of 4!
So when you do the math, on average the American family is spending $4,627 annually on cleaning products, personal care products, and nutritional supplements ALONE.
I did some math, and learned that in 2015 my family spent $3,600 on nutritional supplements, household products, personal care products, superfoods, and essential oils from Young Living. And because we did it strategically, in return Young Living GAVE us $2,405 in essential oils and products for FREE!!
You can do the same this year and save BIG!
I can’t wait to figure out our number! Anyway, whether you stick to the $50/month commitment to participate in Essential Rewards or, like me, you get addicted to these lovely oils and find yourself replacing some and trying new things each month in excess of that $50, the rewards program helps make it more affordable for sure! The shipping rate for essential rewards members is also less…bonus!
In addition to essential rewards, Young Living offers a monthly special where you can earn free product based on the amount of your total purchase. This is the February special:
If you’d like more information, feel free to contact me or comment below! If you want to sign up to be a wholesale member, you can do that here.
Now for my latest DIY’s! One of the ways essential oils help me save money AND remove toxins from our home is that I now make my own cleaning and skin care products. If that sounds like too much work, no worries…Young Living sells enough premade products that you don’t have to make them yourself. But rest assured that making these products is quick and easy! Today I’ll share some recipes to condition your wood furniture and your skin! (Two different recipes, in case you were confused. ;))
Getting my husband to ditch the toxins has been a tougher challenge, and a few times now he has gone to the store and purchased a cleaner that he couldn’t locate in our home, unwilling to ask me what an alternative natural option would be. Grrr! Recently he got frustrated when he couldn’t find wood polish, so I decided to alleviate this problem for the future by making a DIY version for him. The recipe I decided to use was from Everyday Roots and this is how you make it:
Beesax Wood Sealant & Polish (Recipe from Everyday Roots)
1/2 c grated beeswax or beeswax pastilles (I get mine here)
1 1/2 cups olive oil (I get a good quality olive oil from Costco – the Kirkland brand)
Several drops of essential oil (I used lemon)
Glass container for storage (Hobby Lobby has great options for jars and glass containers)
The original recipe says to melt down beeswax in a double boiler, but for this recipe and the body butter I prefer to melt it in the container that I’m using (less clean-up!). I put the jar in a sauce pan with an inch or less of water. I don’t let the water get too hot and keep it at a medium to low heat. Beeswax takes a while to melt so have a little patience. This will last a long time so you won’t have to do it again soon! Melt the beeswax in the olive oil. Remove the jar and allow to cool until it starts to solidify, then add your essential oils. Stir, cool completely and put the lid on to store. Use just a thin layer when applying to wood furniture.
One of the Young Living distributors in my upline shares recipes all the time and I have been using her body butter recipe for a long time. I was using coconut oil straight as a lotion and sometimes still do, but during these really cold winter months a little extra hydration is necessary, so I turn to this.
*To save time in the long run, I use a larger jar and double the recipe.
1/2 cup avacado oil (Avacado oil is very moisturizing but you can also use sweet almond or olive oils)
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup beeswax pastilles
1 tsp vitamin E oil (optional but I have always included it)
2 Tbsp shea or cocoa butter (optional but again, I use it…have tried both)
essential oils of your choice (I’ve been trying to use more ylang ylang for hormonal support, so this time around I made my body butter with White Angelica and Gratitude, both of which include that oil, but the possibilities are endless! Have fun creating your favorite scent!)
Mix all ingredients except essential oils in glass container, then put in a pot of water about an inch high on medium heat to melt. (You could melt directly into a sauce pan and pour when melted into a jar, but I like to do it this way to save clean-up. I use a heavy glass container and watch my heat, keeping it between med and low.) Stir occasionally until everything is melted (again, the beeswax takes a little bit). Once it’s all melted, remove the jar and let the mixture cool until it’s still easily stirred, starts to turn solid and is no longer hot to the touch. Add essential oils of your choice.
I hope you enjoy those recipes and I’ll be sharing more essential oil DIY’s in the weeks and months to come!