Thieves Household Cleaner

My bottle of Thieves essential oil-infused Household Cleaner  from Young Living has arrived and I am so excited to find recipes to whip up various uses for it.  With Thieves, I can now ditch my regular bathroom cleaners with harsh chemicals.  And with Thieves, I now have the peace of mind to rope in my daughters to help clean the bathrooms 😆

Thieves Household Cleaner

Thieves Household Cleaner is an all-purpose, concentrated cleaner formulated with 100 percent plant-based and mineral-based ingredients. Formulated with the power of Lemon essential oil and Young Living’s proprietary Thieves essential oil blend, this cleaner provides a deep clean without dangerous or synthetic ingredients.

To my daughters reading this post, there will be no more excuses not to wash toilets ok!  You will thank me one day that I have delegated the toilet-washing task to you. 😉

 

DIY Essential Oil Blend For Decongestant / Nasal Congestion / Sinus Buster

Essential oils can support your essential life. Whether you are looking to reduce pain and inflammation from over exercising, help soothe an upset stomach, ease situational anxiety or depression, ease nausea or help prevent a cold or the flu – there are countless recipes just for you.

I am getting more and more hooked on making essential oil blends for just about everything and every situation ~ from anti-stink armpit spray to baby powder, face blush loose powder, sore throat gargle to mouth rinse to sinus buster. The list is just endless and what I really love is that I know what goes inside all my personal care products ~only pure and pesticide-free essential oils, baking soda, arrowroot powder and witch hazel without the yuckies.

When I was down with a cold two weeks ago, I had a bad bout of nasal congestion.  I couldn’t sleep well as I had trouble breathing. The blocked nasal caused a painfully piercing pressure on my  head when I tried to inhale.  Still, I did not resort to over-the-counter cold medicine. Instead I made my own decongestant and the result was very effective in relieving my blocked nasal.  As a result, I could sleep better and got better within a week, without any medication.

Decongestant Roller Bottle Recipe (10 ml bottle)

  • 4 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 4 drops Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Oil
  • 10 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • 4 drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • 2 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
  • 2 drops Thieves Essential Oil

Directions:

1) Add essential oils into roller bottle. I recycled my empty 10 ml Young Living essential oil bottles and affixed a roller ball (from Young Living) to it.

2) Fill rest of bottle with carrier oil, be sure to leave space at top. This is optional and I did not use any carrier oil. I prefer it to be undiluted.

3) Insert roller ball and cap, roll bottle between hands to blend oils together.

4) To use, apply small amount to the areas around the nose and nostrils.  Be sure to avoid eyes. Repeat as needed.

A note of caution: be sure to get your essential oils that are pure and are of therapeutic grade from reputable sources. Cheap essential oils are adulterated and contain pesticides and herbicides that may cause harm to your body.

Let me know if you need help to get the essential oils. I can get them for you at wholesale price.  Just drop me an email at shireenyong@gmail.com.

DIY Sore Throat Gargle With Essential Oils

Someone brought home some nasty bugs and didn’t take special care to use separate cutlery when we were eating. I got bitten by the bugs eventually.  I find that when I am chronically sleep deprived,  it takes a toll on my immunity. I get bitten by flu and cold bugs pretty fast when I lack sleep. I started with a mild sore throat and advanced to a cold with nasal congestion. Darn it!!

The most common cause of a sore throat is a cold or the flu. You often first realize a cold or the flu is coming on when you get that first bit of pain and scratchiness in your throat.

Being an all-natural wellness mommy, I googled for an essential oil recipe for sore throat gargle.  All that’s needed are 3 ingredients, that’s it and in just a day, my sore throat is gone!  I love my Young Living essential oils!

Just a short introduction on Young Living essential oils:

Young Living’s very strict “Seed to Seal” standards regulate the company’s processes and that of its suppliers.  Young Living takes the methods of distilling and producing an essential oil very seriously, which ensures that the essential oils they produce are nothing less than therapeutic grade or functionally active. Also Young Living owns 11 of their own farms around the world where they employ beyond organic practices to ensure quality and consistency.

The quality control measures that Young Living imposes upon itself and its partners go beyond the current organic standard, which is why they are able to deliver 100% pure, unadulterated essential oils with all the natural ingredients and therapeutic properties that occur naturally.

Ok, back to how essential oils can help make a sore throat go away quicker or avoid one all together!

The following essential oils for sore throat pain will kill germs, ease inflammation and speed healing of this annoying and painful malady:

1. Peppermint
Peppermint oil is commonly used for treatment of the common cold, cough, sinus infections, respiratory infections, and inflammation of the mouth and throat, including sore throats.

2. Lemon
Lemon essential oil is known for its ability to cleanse toxins from any part of the body and is widely used to stimulate lymph drainage, to rejuvenate energy and purify skin.

Lemon oil is derived from the skin of the lemon and is excellent for sore throats since it is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, high in vitamin C, increases salivation and helps keep the throat moist.

3. Clove / Thieves
Clove essential oil is useful for boosting the immune system, so it is extremely useful at discouraging and relieving a sore throat. The sore throat benefits of clove oil can be attributed to its antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and stimulating properties. Chewing on a clove bud can also help a sore throat (as well as a toothache).

I added 2 drops of Clove and 2 drops of Thieves. If you have no Thieves essential oil, you can use Clove. Thieves essential oil is a blend Clove, Lemon, Rosemary, Cinnamon and Eucalyptus therapeutic grade essential oils.

4. Tea tree
According to a 2013 study, tea tree oil has powerful antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects against germs. It’s often used as an antiseptic for gum infections and other oral problems.

Baking Soda
According to American Cancer Society, rinsing your mouth regularly with a salt, baking soda, and water solution (1 teaspoon of baking soda and 1 teaspoon salt mixed in 1 quart water) can help prevent infections and helps your mouth feel better. Gargle with the mixture to relieve a sore throat, but don’t swallow it.

Saltwater
Several studies have found that gargling several times a day with warm salt water can reduce swelling in the throat and loosen mucus, helping to flush out irritants or bacteria.

What Is Needed For Sore Throat Gargle
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
Boiled filtered water
2 drops each of the following essential oils: Lemon, Peppermint,  Clove / Thieves, Tea Tree

Method
Dilute the sea salt with some warm boiled water.
Add in baking soda and essential oils.
Mix well.
Store in sterilized bottle.

Directions
Gargle several times a day for at least a minute each time but DO NOT swallow.

A note of caution: be sure to get your essential oils that are pure and are of therapeutic grade from reputable sources.   Cheap essential oils are adulterated and contain pesticides and herbicides that may cause harm to your body.

Let me know if you need help to get the essential oils. I can get them for you at wholesale price. Just drop me an email at shireenyong@gmail.com.

 

DIY Essential Oil Deodorant Spray

We all know that store bought deodorants contain harsh chemicals that may disrupt hormones, mess with your microbiome and may even cause cancer. Paraben, aluminium, triclosan, phthalates, synthetic fragrance, among other chemicals, are the main suspects.

Some of the ingredients in commercial deodorants are just a term that actually comprise other numerous ingredients – take fragrance for example, it goes by other names such as perfume and parfum. It’s a term that represents a long list of undisclosed synthetic chemicals such as phthalates, aldehydes, benzenes and other toxic substances that have been linked to allergies, dermatitis, reproductive problems and more.

If these compounds are of concern to you, ditching all underarm deodorant products is the only way to ensure you’re not exposing yourself to potentially toxic chemicals.  If you sweat and smell a lot and really need to use a deodorant, at least try to shop for fragrance-free and natural deodorant.  Read the labels and choose products labeled paraben, triclosan and fragrance-free.  The more people spend their money on products that don’t contain these chemicals, the more manufacturers will move away from using them.

Better yet, you can make your own deodorant using only natural ingredients! I’ve made my own deodorant spray and it is SO EASY and FAST to make it!  Just a few minutes  and voila, you have your own chemical-free spray deodorant that smells heavenly.

This essential oils deodorant spray recipe contains  just two ingredients yet it still works well. Beat that!

DIY Essential Oil Deodorant Spray Recipe
This essential oil deodorant spray recipe is made up of  2 ingredients such as:

  • witch hazel: a natural astringent that shrinks the pores on the armpits hence controlling over-sweating. It also acts as an emulsifier to combine the essential oils
  • essential oils: have great scents that keep skin smelling clean fresh and scented, are powerful antioxidants that protect the sensitive skin, are strong antimicrobial and antiseptic agents that fight off bacteria responsible for bad body odor

What You Need:
Witch Hazel (you can get it from iHerb or Lazada. I got mine from Lazada.)
50 ml spray bottle (where to get it)
Essential oil funnel (where to get it)

Essential Oil Blends For Deodorant (where to get them):
10-20 drops lavender
10-20 drops lemon
10-20 drops peppermint
5-10 drops Frankincense
5-10 drops lemon grass

Method
Pour witch hazel into a  spray bottle using a funnel. Fill up to 3/4 of the bottle.
Drop essential oils into spray bottle.
Shake well before using.
That’s it! Spritz once or twice on each armpit then let it dry.
Store your essential oil deodorant spray in a cool dry place, away from direct sunlight.
One spritz can last for about 6 – 8 hours, depending on the amount of physical activity you do that day.

This recipe works LIKE A CHARM on me! I sweat buckets and smell but not anymore now.  My two teenage girls also use it.

You can play around with a wide range of essential oils for your DIY deodorant spray.  Eucalyptus, ylang ylang, grapefruit, orange, geranium, etc.  Once you’ve tried your own DIY spray deodorant, you wouldn’t want to use chemical-laden store-bought ones.

A note of caution: be sure to get your essential oils that are pure and are of therapeutic grade from reputable sources.   Cheap essential oils are adulterated and contain pesticides that may cause harm to your body.

Let me know if you need help to get the essential oils. I can get them for you at wholesale price. Just drop me an email at shireenyong@gmail.com.

Colorful Meals

Eating colours is always a very good idea and I take great pains to ensure that my girls and I do.  Even on super busy days, I include an organic raw tomato into their fruit box.  I prep a fruit box or a smoothie  for the girls every day. In fact raw tomatoes are a staple in our fridge and the girls and I eat them every other day.

Yesterday was a very colorful day for us.  Each and every meal that we had was colorful 🌈

As it is often said, eat the rainbow to ensure that you are feeding your body super nutrients that equip your cells like defense weapons against every day stressors and aging. Eating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables will maximize the body’s ability to heal daily and prevent against all forms of diseases and cancers.

The first meal of the day at 5:15 a.m. for Cass was a  slice of wholemeal bread with butter and avocado. Half a banana. Bananas are good and inexpensive prebiotics to include in our diet.  Prebiotics are food for probiotics, the good bacteria in our guts.  Lunch box for recess for Cass was organic buckwheat noodles seasoned with sesame seed oil, sesame seeds, organic soy sauce and Korean seaweed.

Alycia had a wholewheat English muffin with butter and avocado for breakfast.

Fruit of the day was smoothie ~ a blend of apples, oranges, organic New Zealand spinach, juice from one lemon, Manuka honey and a powerful shot of Ningxia Red from Young Living.  NingXia Red is a powerful juice drink that contains whole Ningxia wolfberry puree — a super blend of blueberry, aronia, cherry, pomegranate, and plum juices, natural stevia extract, grape seed extract, pure vanilla extract, and orange, yuzu, lemon, and tangerine essential oils.

Let me know if you want me to help you buy Ningxia Red at wholesale price (email shireenyong@gmail.com).

Tea time for me was boiled purple sweet potato and a bowl of red soup of beet root and carrots.

Dinner was yet another traffic light colors meal consisting of sauteed organic NZ spinach, onion egg omelette and Tomyam fish with colorful vegetables (brinjal, tomatoes, ladies fingers).

I love everything colorful, including my meals. Just looking at these bright colors set me in a good mood.

Eat the rainbow 🌈:
It’s no secret that eating the rainbow can help you succeed with your weight loss goals, not to mention the array of nutrients you feed your body. And coat your body with the nutrients it needs. These colorful benefits can strengthen your immune system, promote a healthy heart, create radiant skin, and even help you live longer.

DIY Natural Face Toner With Pure Essential Oils

I love using essential oils as part of my natural skincare routine. I have been using essential oils for over 2 years but I only started using it on a daily basis about a year ago. I have a bowl of essential oil blend in the bathroom that I would apply on my face and body after each shower. I apply it on Cass’ hair too to help detangle her hair.  It’s composed of extra virgin coconut oil and a mix of several essential oils. I change the scent every week.  I love simple and chemical free skincare and make-up.

Skin care is an important part of me. What you eat and put on your skin equal to how good your complexion and skin are. Plus your hormones. If your hormones do not wreck havoc, you will most likely have blemish-free skin if you follow a healthy diet and right skincare regimen.  Getting sufficient beauty sleep is very important as well for beautiful skin and complexion.

As part of my chemical-free journey, I made my own face toner for the first time.  And it’s SO EASY!  All it takes is a few minutes to concoct the face toner.  But getting started for the very first time takes some time. It took me a week to source for witch hazel and bottles at the most affordable prices.  Thankfully I have a good mentor who is guiding me and offering me advise.

It only took me a few minutes to prep my DIY face toner with 4 ingredients for a 50ml bottle. I made this face toner with Alycia in mind as she’s a sucker for skincare products.  She secretly uses my essential oils as perfume though I’ve told her umpteen times that my essential oils are expensive and not meant to be put on clothes as perfume. Oh lordy! No wonder my essential oils are finished SO fast!

What’s in this homemade facial toner?

Witch hazel – Witch hazel is a natural astringent that minimizes the appearance of pores, reduces inflammation and skin irritations, decreases oil and redness, and leaves skin feeling clean and refreshed.

Essential oils

Lavender essential oil ~ this is an all-around super powerhouse for skin care.  It’s gentle and great for all skin types.  It soothes and calms irritated skin.  It also has powerful antioxidants that slow aging.  And lavender improves the appearance of complexion, reduces redness, and fights acne.

Lemon essential oil ~ lemons are natural astringents. This makes them good for toning your skin, reducing oily skin, tightening large pores and firming the face. Lemon essential oil is one of the most powerful anti-acne essential oils. It contains powerful ingredients like antioxidants, vitamin C and citric acid which fight off acne causing germs and boost collagen production, thereby reducing scarring.

Note: Lemon essential oil is photosensitive. So do not apply it on your skin then expose that area to sunlight. Use it indoors or at night time for your skin/hair. If you’re planning on heading out, wash the area you’ve applied the lemon oil to very thoroughly.  We only use this toner at night.

Frankincense essential oil ~ this oil has the ability to strengthen skin and improve its tone, elasticity, defense mechanisms against bacteria or blemishes, and appearance as someone ages. It helps tone and lift skin, reduces appearance of scars and acne, and heals wounds. It can also be beneficial for fading of stretch marks, surgery scars or marks associated with pregnancy, and for healing dry or cracked skin.

Frankincense oil has been shown to help fight cells of specific types of cancer.  A 2012 study even found that a chemical compound found in frankincense called AKBA is successful at killing cancer cells that have become resistant to chemotherapy, which may make it a potential natural cancer treatment.

Here’s the DIY Face Toner Recipe:

  1. Fill a 50 ml bottle almost full with witch hazel. I use Thayers bought from Lazada. My friends get their Thayers witch hazel from iHerb. I did a comparison and found out that the price is the same and I got mine within 2 working days after payment to Lazada.
  2. add 10-15 drops each of Frankincense and lavender essential oils and 5 drops of lemon oil. (You can add 10 drops of tea tree / melaleuca oil if you have oily, acne / breakout prone skin)
  3. shake to mix.  And shake the bottle before each use.

To use, you can spray on a cotton swap and apply all over your face and neck after washing your face or simply spray some on your palm and apply the toner on your face and neck. Then follow with your normal facial moisturizer and the rest of the skin care routine.

Some recipes use apple cider vinegar in their DIY face toner. But I find the smell of ACV  a tad offensive to be left on my skin 🤧 Plus I know the girls will be turned off by the smell of ACV in the toner.

My next few projects will be to make a day time face toner which excludes photosensitive essential oils, a beauty serum and mouth rinse.

This DIY face toner with essential oils helps to restore your skin’s pH balance, shrinks pores, moisturizes and refreshes skin! It’s a vital part of a good skincare routine.

Next up in this blog is my DIY spray-on deodorant with essential oils.

If you are interested to get the essential oils from Young Living at wholesale price, I can help you.  Do drop me an email at shireenyong@gmail.com 😉

 

Hump Day, 18 April 2018

Someone made my blood boil today, till I felt steam spewing out from my nostrils!  This girl is driving me insane with her daily dawdling and lackadaisical attitude towards punctuality, among other things.  Having the ‘privilege’ to attend school in the afternoon session has definitely made her a lounger. And going to a school that’s within the neighborhood makes it worse.  I’ve been reminding her that her 2 years of honeymoon period will end too soon (doesn’t time fly?) and she’s going to have a hard time readjusting her internal body clock and mentality when schooling time is back to morning session when she goes to Secondary 3.

After the entire morning dragging her feet and telling me three different time she needed to be in school for a dance competition practice with her friends (from 10 am to 11 am to 12 noon!), I was enraged. I waited for her the entire morning, only to be told  that she actually needn’t have to be in school in the morning. I could have gone out to run a few errands but I waited at home for her. I wasted my entire morning and the worst had yet to come.

She pestered me to get ready, which I already did like an hour ago but when we were at the front door of the house, she darted back into the house and guess what she did? She had forgotten to pack her bag!  She pulled out her time-table and had the cheek to pack her bag with me waiting furiously at the door!

Oh. My. Girl!!

When will she ever learn? I was so incensed that I barked at her non-stop from the house to school ~ a whole 10 minutes, lashing out on my stroppy and impassive teenager.

After dropping her off in school, the rage had already wiped out my appetite and mood completely. I could feel a slight throb in my head, caused by stress.  I went to the tai chau restaurant to meet the hubs for lunch anyway and swallowed down my food just to fill my tummy.

When I got back, I was still in a foul mood. The wind-down phase this time took quite a while. I needed to de-stress to get rid of the anger headache. I put a few drops of Young Living Stress Away and Peppermint essential oil into the diffuser, and took a short power nap on my Osim massage chair. I woke up feeling as right as rain 😊

 

Stress Away Essential Oil

 

Stress Away™ is the first product to contain the unique relaxing combination of  Lime and Vanilla pure essential. Other essential oils in Stress Away include Copaiba, Lime, Cedarwood, Vanilla, Ocotea and Lavender.  I love the scent of vanilla. It reminds me of mum’s homemade vanilla cake. Mum baked a lot of yummy cakes to fill our perpetually hungry tummies when we were growing up. She still bakes fantastic cakes now. Stress Away evokes a sense of relaxing, happy and feel-good hormones in me. Love it so much!

Just an update on my application for Drama Queen to be moved to the Dual Language Program (DLP) class in her school. She was finally ‘promoted’ to the DLP class last week, on Cass’ birthday! Am so happy for her. I hope she can continue to maintain  the required grades for all her subjects, failing which she will be kicked out of the DLP class to make way for better deserving students  😰