While nothing can replace daily brushing and flossing, mouthwash can be a great addition to your oral hygiene routine. However, not all mouthwashes are created equal, and some use more questionable ingredients than others. One way to freshen your mouth without the worry is to create your own mouthwash using essential oils instead. Try out our most simple mouthwash recipe below:
10 drops Peppermint oil (also recommended: Myrrh, Cinnamon, or doTERRA On Guard®)
2 cups water
Add water and essential oil to a 16 ounce dark glass bottle.
Shake well before each use. Take small sips and swish. Do not swallow.
Because this is simply water and essential oil, this mixture should last for a while. But, you can cut the recipe in half if you would prefer to use it more quickly.
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Tuesday Tip-off!Fennel may help support the health of the lungs and respiratory tract and can be added to water or tea to help fight sweet tooth cravings. Also, you can diffuse Fennel essential oil in your home or office to encourage a productive day!!
Here are nine great tips on how destress:
In any situation, take two minutes to breathe. We’re not just talking about trying to breathe deeply in and out here, though that is the start of it. Improve on this idea by using the 4–7–8 breathing exercise. Breathing only through your nose, count to four as you deeply inhale, then count to seven as you hold your breath, and count to eight as you exhale. Repeat the cycle three more times. This should take around two minutes to complete. This will help you focus on your body and help you breathe more deeply on a regular basis without even needing to think about it.
Drink herbal tea. If you’ve never tried herbal tea, now might be a good time to give it a try for some stress relief. Teas like lemon balm, peppermint, chamomile, or passion flower are helpful. You can incorporate essential oils into your tea as well—infuse a drop of essential oils like Roman Chamomile, Lavender, or Melissa into herbal teas like chamomile to soothe the body and mind.* Just the act of drinking warm tea can also be soothing and relaxing and just the boost you need for the day.
Get outside in the fresh air. Although this is easier to do when the weather is nice, even when the weather is not ideal, it is a good idea to at least get a few minutes of fresh air each day and get your body moving. Reconnecting to the outside world and nature can help you refocus and feel better. If you can’t go outside in this moment, reach for Vetiver. Its calming and grounding effect on emotions is great to diffuse, or to put directly in your palms, cup your hands around your nose, and inhale.
Exercise for at least for 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Exercise is known to bump up the level of endorphin production, improves your mood, and helps you move past the day’s irritations. Learn more about exercise and stress resilience here.
Set out 10 minutes in the morning for meditation. In yoga specifically, meditating is about being grounded physically and mentally, and coming to an expanded state of awareness. You can start meditating by choosing a consistent time and place, and then picking something to focus on for that session. (Examples of different focuses include a helpful intention or affirmation like “I am relaxed”, counting your breath as in point number one, or visualizing your favorite spot in nature and trying to keep your focus on that only.) Don’t be discouraged if your mind starts to wander, just refocus back on your purpose. You can also increase the effects of mediation by diffusing calming oils like Frankincense while you practice. There are many other ways to meditate, try different kinds before you determine how to incorporate it into your daily life.
Give yourself a hand massage. According to a 2008 study published by the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, a five-minute hand massage can lower stress levels. If you can’t find anyone to give you one, you can massage your own hands. To reduce the effects of daily stress, put a drop of Ylang Ylang or AromaTouch® and some Fractionated Coconut Oil into your palms and massage your hand slowly using the AromaTouch Hand Technique.
Apply PastTense® or doTERRA Peace®. Because PastTense comes in a roll-on bottle, this grounding and soothing blend is convenient and easy to use. (doTERRA Peace also comes in a roll-on version that is equally as easy.) You can apply either blend to your temples, wrists, or the back of your neck in times when you need to quickly ease stressful or anxious feelings on the go.
Ensure that you get enough sleep. Dr. David K. Hill, doTERRA Chief Medical Advisor, insists that, “Sufficient amounts of rest provide bodies with an opportunity to recover from the day’s activity, improve energy levels, and reduce the effects of stress.” If you currently struggle with falling asleep, diffuse doTERRA Serenity® about 30 minutes before you go to bed, or take doTERRA Serenity® Softgels.
Generate a support system. This may be our most important tip, because even though it can be hard to reach out to others when you feel overwhelmed, sometimes it is necessary to depend on other people for help. Don’t try to keep going alone. Even if the stress is over something that you feel you have to do alone, at least having someone there to listen or give you a hug (which is proven to help with stress on its own) can help more than you realize.
There are many products available in the market that will help with home fragrance. However, most products are unnatural and contain chemicals and artificial scents. Save money and reduce the amount of chemicals in your home by making your own air freshener with essential oils. This simple, natural air freshener will provide the perfect scent to help keep your home feeling clean and fresh.
½ cup distilled water
20 drops citrus oil or blend
Combine water and essential oil in 8 ounce glass spray bottle. Tip: Use more or less essential oil to control the strength of the aroma.
Shake before each use.
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Tuesday Tip-off! Diffuse Wild Orange to help energize and uplift the mind and body while purifying the air!! This oil is almost always diffusing in my home because of the wonderful smell!!!
Here are six great tips on how to boost your energy:
You’re mostly sedentary. The bad news here is that even your hour-long workout doesn’t matter much if you’re sitting the rest of the day. As human beings, we create energy for ourselves by moving around. (Just think about how much more awake you feel after going for even a brief walk.) How to fix: Every 90 minutes, get up and do two minutes of exercises like jumping jacks, or walk around for a few minutes.
Your sleep cycles are out of balance. Lying in bed for seven to eight hours won’t always fix the problem if you’re tired all the time. Sleep cycles are typically 75 to 90 minutes each, and they correlate with specific regeneration or detoxification of cells and organs throughout your body. Elevated stress or unstable blood sugar levels can throw off your sleep cycles. Disrupted REM sleep has been associated with mild psychological problems like having a hard time concentrating and irritability. How to fix: Let in more sunlight in the morning to decrease stress or cortisol levels at night. As hard as it is, don’t hit the snooze button: by falling asleep again you could be interrupting your hormone cycle that makes it even harder to get going. Instead, set your alarm for 15 minutes later if you can spare the time.
You need a new breakfast. Eating coffee and a bagel or pastry isn’t going to get you far into your day—not enough unrefined carbs, healthy fats, or protein. The addage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day is true, but sometimes it also seems like a colossal challenge so we go with anything easy. How to fix: A breakfast that will keep you satisfied longer doesn’t have to be complicated. Instead of refined carbs, go for high-fiber (whole-grain toast with peanut butter), protein (eggs and a whole-grain tortilla), or both (oatmeal with nuts).
You don’t get the other nutrients you need. This goes with the above step, but applies to your diet overall. Our cells receive energy from adenosine triphosphate, or ATP. While it helps run your body, it has to be bound to magnesium to work, to make sure the processes in your body are functioning. Without magnesium, it can’t do anything. How to fix: Eat magnesium-rich foods like spinach, pumpkin seeds, and almonds each and every day. Add in a magnesium supplement. Eat a well-balanced diet that avoids processed foods. Get more potassium and Vitamin D. Add in a supplement like doTERRA Lifelong Vitality® to ensure you’re getting all the essential nutrients your body needs.
You’re dehydrated. Your brain and nervous system take even a minimal amount of dehydration very seriously, causing headaches and fatigue. Every organ, cell, and tissue in your body operates using water in some way. How to fix: Make sure to drink a full glass of water in the morning when you wake up, and then continue to drink at least half your body weight in ounces throughout the day. Change up the taste of your water by adding in citrus oils like Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, or Wild Orange.
You’re stressing. Constantly being in fight-or-flight mode for whatever reason (bills, traffic, etc.) means that you crash when your body has had enough. Unfortunately, your energy reserves cannot consistenly hold up in the face of relentless stress. How to fix: Use essential oils like Frankincense, Vetiver, AromaTouch®, or Roman Chamomile, whether on your skin or diffused into the air. For more tips on what to do about stress, read up on Nine Ways to De-stress or Aromatherapy and Meditation to Reduce Stress
The everyday shoes we wear to exercise, play, and run errands in are bound to start smelling at some point. Rather than banish them outside or having to wash them in your washer, put essential oils to the task to give your shoes a refresh.
½ cup rubbing alcohol
20 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca) oil
20 drops Cypress oil
20 drops Lemon oil
In a small spray bottle, add rubbing alcohol, Tea Tree, Cypress, and Lemon oils.
Close the bottle and shake well to combine.
Remove the shoe soles then spray the inside of smelly shoes. Let dry.
Enjoy the smell of clean shoes.
Leather Shoe Cleaner
Finished leather shoes need special care to maintain their smooth and clean surface. Care for your leather shoes on a regular basis with this easy cleaner.
½ cup warm water
¼ cup white vinegar
10 drops Eucalyptus oil
Before you begin, wipe your shoes off with a slightly dampened cloth to remove surface dirt.
Combine water, vinegar, and Eucalyptus in a 4-ounce glass spray bottle.
Shake well and lightly spritz the surface of the leather. Using a soft cloth, like an old cotton t-shirt cut into squares, wipe off your shoes. Let dry.
Once your shoes are clean, you can follow this cleaner with our easy Leather Polish (also with Eucalyptus oil) for a finished shine. As always before using the cleaner or polish, test them on a small patch of material to ensure that it does not damage your shoes. Do not use on suede or unfinished leather.
“Tip OFF” Tuesday
Tuesday Tip-off! Workouts/runs can be ill effective if all of our energy runs out- and we spend the rest of the day in bed. Apply cypress to your feet and legs after a workout for an energizing boost that will keep you going after those straining workouts!!
This week we are challenging you to a WELLNESS CHALLENGE!! The next ten days we challenge you to complete one all natural cleaner each day. These cleaners take less than 10 min. to make and will help you have a clean house from top to bottom! If you have any questions please contact us, and we can’t wait to hear your input!! READY, SET, & CLEAN !!!!
Day One: Windows
Combine 1 cup of white vinegar with 1 cup water, and 10 drops Lemon in spray bottle. Spray on the glass and wipe clean with a lint-free cloth (or, if you can find a soy-based newspaper this will actually clean your windows lint-free too.)
Day Two: Install a new air filter
This makes the list because of the importance of having clean air in our homes. If it’s been a bit since you changed your air filter, it’s time to switch it out. If you’re already replacing it regularly, great job! Either way, add three drops of Purify to your air filter to help purify the air in your home.
Day Three: Furniture polish and duster
For wood furniture, add 15 drops of Arborvitae to 1 cup of olive oil, and 1 cup of white distilled vinegar to a glass spray bottle. The best part about this cleaner is that it both dusts and polishes—no need for expensive cleaners.
Day Four: Countertops
Fill a spray bottle with water and add doTERRA On Guard® to clean all countertops and surfaces. (Make sure each time you use it that you shake it well before spraying!)
Day Five: Dishwasher
Add Lemon to your dishwasher fluid to remove water spots from your dishes. Or, if you just want to clean out your dishwasher, run it through a rinse cycle with Lemon oil.
Day Six: Stainless Steel
Fill a spray bottle with undiluted white vinegar and add 6 drops of Lemon essential oil. Spray your stainless steel appliances and wipe following the grain of the stainless steel.
Day Seven: Toilet Bowl
To make your toilets sparkle, put ½ cup of baking soda, 10 drops of Melaleuca, and ¼ cup of white vinegar directly into the bowl. Scrub as the vinegar and baking soda react.
Day Eight: Tub and Tile
Combine 1 cup white vinegar, 4 teaspoons castile soap, and 10 drops each of Melaleuca and Eucalyptus in a glass spray bottle. Shake well, and spray generously on tub and tile. Allow to sit for 5–10 minutes and wipe clean.
Day Nine: Stain Remover
Add 1–2 drops of Lemon on stains, let stand and then clean with a damp cloth.
Day Ten: Linen and Air Spray
Mix together 2 cups of distilled water, 2 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol, and 15 drops Lavender. Spray your linens and even the air wherever you want a refreshing scent in your home.
Recommended essential oils: Lemon, Melaleuca, Lavender, doTERRA On Guard®, Lime, Geranium, Lemongrass, Purify, and Thyme.
Note: If you live in a warm climate, add one ounce of melted shea or cocoa butter to recipe.
Combine baking soda, arrowroot, and essential oil in bowl.
Combine coconut oil with other ingredients one tablespoon at a time until mixture is at desired consistency.
Press firmly into empty deodorant container and let sit until coconut oil solidifie
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Tuesday Tip-off! Create a spa-like retreat by combining 1 cup Epsom salt and 4 drops oil and adding to a hot bath. – Make a basic homemade body scrub with coconut oil, sugar, and Lavender essential oil. – Unwind with a Lavender-infused neck or back massage. – Use Lavender as part of your evening routine. Rub oil on the bottom of your feet before bed or spritz your pillow with distilled water and Lavender mixed in a spray bottle. (sorry but this oil is too amazing for only one tip !!)
No one likes the feeling of chapped lips, but it’s an all-too-common phenomenon. Our lips possess the most delicate skin on our faces, so they’re even more sensitive to sunburn or to getting dried out. For healthier, softer lips, take a look at the following tips.
It’s All about Hydration!!! The first- and most important tip- to prevent dry lips before they even start is to hydrate. This means of course to drink more water. This may seem redundant; everyone tells us that we need to drink more for a variety of reasons. But, here’s just one more reason to get enough H2O. When you have enough water in your system, it will show in your lips. Instead of falling prey to chapped, dry skin, your lips will be hydrated.
Aside from drinking water, being hydrated also means to plug in your humidifier. Have it run while you’re asleep to get healthy moisture into the air. Your lips—and your skin in general—will thank you for it in the morning. Conversely, you will want to avoid doing anything that is prone to drying out your lips: licking your lips, using long-wear lipsticks, or picking at flaky skin.