I am a little late on my weekly post, but I am making it happen this morning while Kaylee is taking a good morning nap!
Monday evening, I had the delight of having 10 amazing ladies over to make some Winter Essentials with Young Living Oils. I am going to share how EASY these little products are! It may take some shopping around for a few items, but you can easily make these natural alternatives for yourself.
First, the Shower Bombs. To make one Shower Bomb, you need:
- 2 1/2 tablespoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon water
- 10-15 drops R.C. Essential Oil **
**I substitute this when needed with Peppermint or a Eucalyptus Oil. You can honestly put any oil you want in this. Makes your shower smell the way you want it to!**
After you add the ingredients together in a small bowl, you pour it into a silicon mold and let sit for about 48 hours, or until it is completely dry.
Once it is dry, store it in an air-tight container. You can make several of these at one time and store them in a jar to use when you want to!
Depending on how long of a shower you like to take, one shower bomb could last two showers.
Next, we did a Hand Cleanser. You will need:
- 2 oz. aloe vera gel
- 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 10 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 1 2 oz. squeeze bottle
Combine the gel and oils in your bottle and shake it up. Pretty simple!
Both Tea Tree and Lavender Essential Oils have antibacterial qualities to them. Tea Tree is a key ingredient in the blend Purification. Lavender is also widely used in skin care products, as well as Tea Tree.
I was careful when trying to choose my Aloe Gel. I sought advice and bought mine off Amazon– George’s “Always Active” Aloe. You can look to find yours in local stores, but be aware of the ingredients. If you find one that has too many ingredients that you can’t pronounce, I’d skip it. The point of these products is to remove toxins, not create more. And also, just because it’s labeled “Pure” doesn’t mean its as pure as you’re looking for.
Finally, we made a Chest Rub:
- 2 oz. coconut oil (1/4 cup)
- 10 drops R.C. Essential Oil
- 2 oz. jar
Again, you can substitute the R.C. Oil with Peppermint or a Eucalyptus variety. For the purposes of this chest rub, I would personally stick to these oils. Otherwise you would be making a DIY hand lotion (which is not a bad thing, if that’s what you’re going for!)
When shopping for Coconut Oil, look for Pure, Extra Virgin, Unrefined. That’s the best stuff you can get for yourself. Again, I bought mine on Amazon (because I go through it so much I need bulk!) Here is what I get, but you can find this in local stores…in smaller containers of course.
I got my containers from the Abundant Health website. Their products are super cheap, but the shipping is the kicker on those. If I can find something else I may go that route. For the mean time, I’m willing to share with you where I got the containers.
Normally, it is not wise to store Young Living Essential oils in plastic containers because the oil can eat away at the plastic. However, if your oil is diluted quite well in a carrier oil (coconut oil, olive oil, etc) it is good for several months. Make sure that the plastic you get isn’t cheap plastic. The higher quality plastic you have, the longer you can use it for your creations. Below is a list of the plastics Abundant Health uses in their containers. You can compare and search for yourself if you so desire!
- Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET or PETE)
- High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
- Medium-Density Polyethylene (MDPE)
- Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE)
You can always go the glass route, which is always the better option. You can find glass containers anywhere pretty much (little mini mason jars, SO CUTE!) The squeezable bottles is where you will need to take a plastic route and do a little bit a research if you want.
There you have it! Now you can make some DIY Winter Wellness products of your own.
Here’s to striving and thriving for wellness this winter season!