DIY Calming Lavender Linen Spray


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Ok, so I may have a slight obsession with Lavender essential oil. I have lavender-infused body soap, lotion, chapstick, and facial serum, I diffuse it most nights to relax before bed, and I even make a homemade honey lavender lemonade that is to die for. Four years ago, I started making my own linen sprays to save money (I used to pay a hefty price for a tiny bottle from a fancy store) and I was shocked at just how easy it is to make at home.
So let’s get started so you can learn how to freshen fabrics in your home for just pennies and with simple ingredients. This recipe requires only three ingredients and takes less than two minutes to make. It can be used to spray on sheets, blankets, carpets, sofas, and pillows. It will leave your entire home smelling clean and fresh, without any harmful synthetic fragrances. #Winning

ABOUT THE INGREDIENTS

Lavender essential oil has a scent that’s fresh, clean, and relaxing. It eases feelings of tension and stress by instilling an overall sense of calm. It promotes total body relaxation and supports a restful night’s sleep.

Alcohol acts as a preservative. If you prefer to make this recipe without alcohol; use unscented witch hazel instead.


SUPPLIES

INGREDIENTS

  • 24 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 2 tablespoons organic grain alcohol or witch hazel
  • Distilled water

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine the Lavender and grain alcohol (or witch hazel) in a clean glass spray bottle and swirl to combine.
  2. Fill with distilled water. Cap and shake well.
  3. Store in a cool, dark place.

HOW TO USE

Spritz on sheets, blankets, towels, and other linens. Shake well before each use.

NOTES

With alcohol, this spray will last 3-6 months without the need for refrigeration.

What’s your favorite way to keep fabrics smelling fresh? 


Pineapple Coconut Green Smoothie


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If you love the combination of pineapple and coconut (hello Pina Coladas!), you’re going to love this gut-friendly & hormone-healthy Pineapple Coconut Green Smoothie. It’s thick, creamy, and delicious – and it will keep you full for hours.

Does the thought of adding avocado or spinach to your smoothies make you cringe? Trust me; I get it! I thought these ingredients would make my smoothies taste awful, but to my surprise, you can’t taste them at all! The coconut milk, pineapple, and protein powder mask the taste of spinach. Give them a try; I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

Stick to the recipe or make substitutes to best suit your taste preferences and nutrition needs. I provide a list of Simple Swaps at the end of the recipe. Experiment to see what you like best!

Pineapple Coconut Green Smoothie

This creamy & delicious smoothie is packed with nutrients to boost your energy and keep you full in between meals.

EQUIPMENT

INGREDIENTS
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INSTRUCTIONS
 
  1. Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Add more coconut milk or water as needed (1/4 cup at a time) to achieve desired consistency. Enjoy!
NOTES

Use organic ingredients when possible. Primal Kitchen's Collagen Fuel Vanilla Coconut is my go-to protein powder for this recipe. Truvani’s Vanilla Plant-Based Protein Powder also tastes great! Note: If you're using a different protein powder - check the serving size. One scoop may be just fine! 

Simple Swaps:

  • Unsweetened nut milk of choice for coconut milk. 
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds + 2 tablespoons chia seeds + 1 teaspoon pure vanilla bean powder (optional) for vanilla collagen protein powder.
  • 1 tablespoon cashew butter for avocado.
  • Any organic leafy greens for baby spinach. 

DIY Rose Geranium Hydrating Mist


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This simple 2-ingredient Rose Geranium Hydrating Facial Mist gives me all the dreamy feels. Who knew DIY skincare could be this simple? 

Let's chat ingredients real quick because they pack a pretty punch! 

Rose hydrosol is quickly becoming one of my favorite ingredients to work with. It helps to balance and restore the skin’s pH levels, making it ideal for applying after cleansing. It also helps to balance sebum production (our skin’s natural oil production), making it useful for both dry and oily skin.

Geranium hydrosol is both hydrating and astringent, helping to maintain the balance of sebum production.

Together, these beauties deliver a boost of hydration and bring balance to irritated skin. Since ditching conventional, alcohol-based toners and switching to hydrosols - I’ve noticed my skin is less red and more even-toned.

The aroma of this mist is incredibly uplifting yet relaxing. Try it for yourself and let me know what you think! 

EQUIPMENT
 
INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Clean and sterilize all equipment. 
  2. Add rose and geranium hydrosols to a glass spray bottle. 
  3. Cap and shake well to combine.
HOW TO USE

Spritz on clean face morning and night. Follow with your favorite facial serum and moisturizer. 

NOTES

  • Store in a cool, dark place (the refrigerator is best). 
  • If your hydrosols do not contain a natural preservative, cut the recipe in half, store it in the refrigerator, and use it within 5-7 days.
  • If your hydrosols do not contain a natural preservative and you'd like to extend their shelf life, consider using a natural preservative like Geogard ECT/Preservative Eco. Follow the manufacturer guidelines for preserving hydrosols.

The Best Tasting Green Juice


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Are you looking for a morning wake-me-up or a midday snack that will nourish your body head-to-toe and that's perfect to take with you when you're on the go? If so, I've got you with this simple & delicious Green Juice!

THE BEST TASTING GREEN JUICE

EQUIPMENT

INGREDIENTS
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  • 1 green apple, cored and chopped
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 4 mint leaves
  • 1 cucumber, ends removed
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 1 lemon, peeled
INSTRUCTIONS
 
  1. Wash and prepare all ingredients (chopping vegetables and fruit into pieces small enough to fit in your juicer). 
  2. Juice all ingredients through a juicer in the order listed. 
  3. Serve immediately or refrigerate in an airtight glass container for up to 3 days (although juices are best fresh). 
NOTES

  • Use organic ingredients when possible. 
  • If you do not have a juicer, you can use a high-speed blender. Blend all ingredients with ¼ cup water and use a cheesecloth to strain the juice.
  • If you have thyroid issues or a sensitivity to foods that contain goitrogens, spinach can be substituted with lettuce or bok choy. You can lightly steam the spinach & cool it before juicing.
  • Juices are NOT meal replacements. Drink juices to nourish your body, not deprive it. 

10 Ways to Use Lavender Essential Oil


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Raise your hand if you could use some emotional support right now?!? 🙋🏼‍♀️🙋🏼‍♀️ 

One essential oil I always turn to when I'm feeling stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed is Lavender. 

Lavender is a must-have essential oil for every home. From skincare products to relaxing routines, Lavender is a highly versatile oil that can enhance many areas of your life.

Here are 10 ways to use lavender essential oil to support your mind, body, and emotions: 


  1. Diffuse 4-6 drops to calm the mind and relieve occasional nervous tension. 

  2. Diffuse 3 drops Lavender + 3 drops of Cedarwood or Vetiver one hour before bed and while your sleeping to promote deep, restful sleep. If you don't have a diffuser, place 1 drop of Lavender on your pillow. 

  3. Rub 1 drop on the back of your neck anytime you're feeling stressed. If you have sensitive skin, dilute 1 drop with 1 tsp of organic cold-pressed carrier oil (e.g., jojoba, olive, coconut oil) before applying it to your skin. 

  4. Create a Sleepytime Linen Spray by adding 24 drops of Lavender and 2 tablespoons of unscented witch hazel or vodka to a 4 oz (120 ml) glass spray bottle. Fill with distilled water. Shake before spritzing on pillows, sheets, or linens. 

  5. Create a "Relax" Roller by coming 15-30 drops of Lavender essential oil with a carrier oil in a 10 ml glass roll-on bottle. Apply to wrists, neck, or chest as needed.

  6. Use Lavender in your DIY facial oils. Here's a simple recipe: add 3 drops of Lavender and 3 drops of Frankincense to a clean and sterile 15 ml dropper bottle. Fill with an organic, cold-pressed carrier oil such as jojoba or sweet almond oil. Shake gently to combine. Apply to forehead, chin, neck, and anywhere fine lines and wrinkles may appear. 

  7. Add 1 drop to your favorite facial serum or moisturizer and apply to your neck and decolletage before bed.

  8. Inhale directly from the bottle anytime you're feeling stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed.

  9. Make relaxing bath salts by adding 5-7 drops of Lavender to 1 cup Epsom salt + 1 tablespoon carrier oil. Mix well to combine. Add 1/2 cup to a hot bath and enjoy!  

  10. Diffuse 2-3 drops Lavender + 2-3 drops Lemon + 2-3 drops Peppermint to stay calm and breathe easy during the spring and summer months. #seasonalsupport
What's your favorite way to use Lavender essential oil?

 
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