DIY Hand Sanitizer

Hand Sanitizers are used as some point by just about everyone and you can find hand sanitizer stations just about anywhere you go. So, since it’s the germy time of year I went on the hunt for something extra to keep the germs away. I use essential oils for support against germs in my diffuser and topically on my feet at night but I wanted something that I can use when I am on the go.

Now, obviously it is your best bet to always try to wash your hands but sometimes that isn’t always possible. Have you ever touched something gross on a shopping cart and look for something to clean your hands? This recipe for hand sanitizer is the perfect go-to for these types of situations and can be kept in your purse or anywhere you would like it.

Another reason why I wanted to create my own hand sanitizer is that some of the hand sanitizer you find on the market may not have the best ingredients in them. This recipe does not contain any alcohol.

The Germ Fighter Essential Oil Blend is from my favorite oil company Plant Therapy. This blend is not kid safe so if little ones will be using the hand sanitizer or you will be around little ones regularly i would suggest using Germ Destroyer from Plant Therapy instead.

Germ Fighter Blend Ingredients:

Lemon

Clove

Eucalyptus Golbulus

Cinnamon Cassia

Rosemary

Here is my recipe for a DIY Hand Sanitizer.

 

Hand Sanitizer Ingredients:

2 oz Flip Top Container

4 tablespoons or 2 oz of Aloe Jelly (My favorite is of course from Plant Therapy)

8 Drops of Germ Fighter (Plant Therapy) or Germ Destroyer (Plant Therapy Kid-Safe Blend).

1 teaspoon of Vitamin E

 

Directions:
  1. Pour the 2 oz or 4 tablespoons of Aloe Jelly into your flip top container
  2. Add your 8 drops of Germ Fighter or Germ Destroyer
  3. Add in the teaspoon of Vitamin E
  4. Shake the mixture well to incorporate the essential oils well.
  5. Use a dime size as needed.

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6 Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

According to research done by Forbes magazine, more than 40% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions but only 8% of Americans actually keep their New Year’s Resolutions.  Typically resolutions typically focus on better health (losing weight, exercising more, etc.), spending more time with family, new opportunities or quitting a bad habit. 

In the past I have tried to make New Year’s Resolutions but I don’t recall a time when I was actually able to keep them. This year I want to make some changes in my life so I created 6 ways to help keep your New Year’s Resolutions. 

1. Write it down:

The first step to making changes is to write down your goals.  I would encourage you to write them down and put them in a place that you will see them and remember them each day. Maybe you use a planner and you put your goal in there or maybe on a sticky note on your computer, just make sure it is somewhere where you will always be reminded of it. 

2. Have a “Why”:

When making your goals be sure to determine your “why”. If you are making a New Year’s Resolution just to say you are making a New Year’s Resolution you are more than likely going to fail.  If your goal is to lose weight, why are you doing it? Do you want to live a healthier life? Better your health? Fit into old clothes?

Make sure when setting your goals that you know why you are doing it and that you are doing it for yourself. Be sure your resolution is centered around something you are doing for yourself…not for someone else. 

3. Set Small Attainable Goals:

An important part of your New Year’s Resolution is having a small goals that get you where you want to be. Let’s say your overall goal is to lose weight this next year, such as  you want to lose 40 lbs by the end of the year. You want to break up your overall goal into smaller attainable goals, such as you want lose 10 lbs by the end of March, another 10 lbs  by the end of June and so on. 

Another example could be that you want to quit smoking. By the end of the first month you have cut down by x amount of cigarettes a week. Now move on to to the next small goal until you have met your ultimate goal of quitting smoking.

By making smaller more attainable goals you are more likely to meet your goal and you won’t get discouraged as quickly.

4. Plan it Out: 

When making a new resolution be sure to plan out the steps that you will need to conquer it.  If your New Year’s Resolution is to lose weight write down how you are going to do that. Are you going to change the way you eat, exercise more, or go through a pre-created challenge that includes both eating changes and exercise.

Plan out your meals each week so you can get all the healthy snacks and food from the store and can avoid making a bad choice when you are hungry. Plan your exercise routine for the week/month and hold yourself to that schedule.

5. Accountability Partner:

It’s important when making a life change to have someone that can help hold you accountable to your goals. It would be most helpful if you and your accountability partner have the same goals. Are both you and your significant other wanting to get healthier this next year. You will have more success when you are able to share your struggles and accomplishments with someone else. Your accountability partner should help encourage you along the way and be your confidante when you slip up (because that happens and it is completely fine).

Even if the closest people in your life don’t have the same goals ask them for help anyway. You could even join a Facebook group for support as well.

6. Keep a Journal: 

During the year write down how you are progressing towards your goal. Maybe you are eating better and exercising more. Make sure you keep a record of how you are feeling so later when you want to eat something not great for you can remember how great it felt to eat well.

It may also be helpful to journal your exercises and how they are making you feel. You should be able to see how much stronger and healthier you are getting. 

My New Year’s Resolutions:
  • Eating Better
    • Going to try this year for a more clean diet. Low carb has kind of worked in the past but isn’t sustainable long term for me. 
  • Exercising More
    • I want to start exercising at least 3 days a week again. I love using Fitness Blender workout videos
  • Blogging
    • In this next year I really want to grow as a blogger. I want to challenge myself to blog on a more consistent basis and continue to get better at writing.

Let me know in the comments below what your New Year’s Resolutions are.

Links:

(https://www.forbes.com/sites/dandiamond/2013/01/01/just-8-of-people-achieve-their-new-years-resolutions-heres-how-they-did-it/#68246587596b) 

Christmas Diffuser Recipes

With Christmas literally days away I wanted to share my favorite Christmas Diffuser recipes.  These recipes will spruce up your home during your Christmas and Holiday gatherings.

Christmas Diffuser Recipes:
Candy Cane Surprise Diffuser Recipe:
  • 4 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 2 Drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Christmas Tree Delight Diffuser Recipe:
  • 3 Drops Christmas Tree Blend (Plant Therapy Holiday Blend)
  • 3 Drops Sweet Orange

Festive Diffuser Blend:
  • 3 Drops Frankincense Essential Oil  (Carteri from Plant Therapy is my favorite)
  • 3 Drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil
  • 3 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil

Twinkle Lights Diffuser Blend:
  • 3 Drops Germ Fighter Essential Oil Blend
  • 3 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil

Stay tuned for my favorite winter diffuser blends in January!

DIY Body Lotion Bars

Body lotion bars are a great and convenient way to apply your lotion each and every day. There aren’t bottles or jars to worry about opening but just a bar of your lotion to slather on your body. I found this recipe last year when I was trying to figure out what to make for a Mother’s Day gift and it has been a huge hit. 

I always like to find ways to share my love for essential oils with my family so a great DIY recipe is a great way to do that. I haven’t experimented much with different essential oils in this recipe since my mom (who watches my nephew)always gets some of the lotion bars I make . I like to make it kid-safe so I use lavender essential oil. If you wanted to you could totally use whatever essential oil single or blend is your favorite.

I also like to know exactly what is in my lotion. I have become so much more conscious of the ingredients in everything I put on my body and I am always on the EWG website  checking out all my products. This recipe is so simple and all of the ingredients are great for your skin.

Over the last few months I have updated and rearranged this recipe to try to find the best ratio of ingredients and I think I have found a great mix.  

Body Lotion Bar Ingredients:
  • 1 Cup – Coconut Oil, Olive Oil or Sweet Almond Oil
  • 1 Cup – Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter (I personally prefer shea butter since I am not a fan of the smell of cocoa butter)
  • 1 cup of beeswax
  • 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil
  • Fun soap mold, ice cube tray or muffin tray

Body Lotion Bars Directions:
  1. In a microwave safe dish (I like to use a glass Pyrex measuring cup) put your oil and beeswax and microwave until the beeswax melts completely. This will probably take a few minutes as beeswax has a high melting point.
  2. Now, stir in your shea or cocoa butter. You should be able to stir this to melt. If you need to you can put it back in the microwave to help melt the shea butter but typically I don’t need to.
  3. Next, add in your essential oil and mix well.
  4. Finally, pour the mixture into the mold and place in the fridge overnight to set.
  5. Enjoy every time you hop out of the shower for silky smooth skin.

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