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Chocolate Mint Lip Gloss

This smooth lip gloss will make your lips feel tingly fresh and soft!

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Chocolate Mint Lip Gloss

  • Servings: Type Servings or Yield Here
  • Time: 5 minutes active; 1 hour inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Place ingredients in a small heat-safe bowl (glass or metal) and set aside.
  2. Heat a small saucepan with about 1 inch of water over medium-low heat until the water is steaming and simmering.
  3. Set the bowl of ingredients on top of the steaming pot of water. Don not let the bottom of the bowl touch the water.
  4. Stir as the ingredients slowly melt until thoroughly combined (about 5 minutes).
  5. When the mixture is smooth, pour the lip gloss into small plastic lip gloss container  and  cool to room temperature until solid(about 1 hour).
  6. Keep the lip gloss in your purse or in the fridge. It will melt under hot temperatures!

Apply with your finger or a small brush. The lip gloss should keep for up to two months.

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Extra-Veggies Sloppy Joes with Basil Essential Oil

If you need a great recipe to help your kids eat a few vegetables, this is it! Now you can feel good about feeding your kids some great vegetables with added essential oil benefits in a dish they will love!

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Extra-Veggies Sloppy Joes with Essential Oils

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 30 minutes active; 20 minutes inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) olive oil
  • 1/2 cup (80 g) onion, minced
  • 1/2 cup (50 g) celery, minced
  • 1/2 cup (75 g) green pepper, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1–2 drops basil essential oil
  • 1 lb. (454 g) ground beef
  • 1/2 cup (35 g) mushrooms, minced
  • 1 cup (240 ml) tomato sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.5 ml) chili sauce, optional
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) water
  • Pita bread rounds or hamburger buns

Instructions:

  1. In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Sauté the minced onion, celery, and green pepper until soft.
  2. Add minced garlic and basil essential oil; continue cooking for about 30 seconds.
  3. Add ground beef, and cook until browned.
  4. Add mushrooms, tomato sauce, chili sauce, and water. Simmer for 15–20 minutes uncovered.
  5. Serve on pita bread or buns.

Note: The easiest way to make these sloppy joes is to simply pulse the vegetables in a food processor until they are small enough to blend in with the ground beef.

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Pet Odor Neutralizer

We love our pets. But let’s face it—they stink! It can be tricky to get the odor out of carpets and furniture without damaging them with strong chemicals. But there is a natural solution!petspray

Apple cider vinegar is a great cleaning agent if you are environmentally conscious. Its antibacterial properties make it a natural alternative to bleach. Using apple cider vinegar instead of bleach to clean will eliminate the strong chemical smell and prevent ruining your carpet and upholstery. Once the vinegar solution evaporates, only a sweet and slightly floral scent remains with no fumes!

Pet Odor Neutralizer

  • Servings: Yield=1 cup (240 ml)
  • Time: 5 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 10–20 drops essential oil of choice (We suggest geranium, lavender, and lemon as a great blend.)
  • 1 cup (240 ml) apple cider vinegar
  • 8 oz. Glass Spray Bottle

Instructions:

  1. Add 10–20 drops of essential oil to a small spray bottle filled with apple cider vinegar.
  2. Shake well before each use, and spray on the smelly surfaces. Let the Pet Odor Neutralizer dry and take the odor away.

 

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Lovely Lavender Shaving Cream

Your legs will feel like a baby’s skin, and you will be left with the lovely scent of lavender, after shaving with this cream!

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Lovely Lavender Shaving Cream

  • Servings: Yield=1 1/4 cup (300 ml)
  • Time: 20 minutes active; 1 hour inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. In a double boiler, melt the shea butter and coconut oil together.
  2. Once melted, transfer to a mixing bowl and add the olive oil.
  3. Cool in the refrigerator until your mixture is the consistency of softened butter.
  4. Whip for about 3 minutes, until the cream forms stiff peaks.
  5. Add the essential oil 1 drop at a time as you whip, occasionally sniffing to get it to your desired scent.
  6. Transfer to a 16 oz. PET jar, and seal.
  7. To use, spread a small amount on legs, armpits, or other area before shaving. Enjoy a smooth and softening shave!

Note: If used in the bathtub, this can make your bathtub slick. Be sure to rinse the tub out well once you finish shaving, and be careful not to slip.

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Lime Tilapia and Orange Cashew Rice

This colorful dish is both healthy and delicious! The tilapia and rice can each be eaten alone, but together they make the perfect meal!

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Lime Tilapia and Orange Cashew Rice

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 45 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Orange Cashew Rice:

  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) olive oil
  • 1 cup (240 ml) water (or less if using a rice cooker or pressure cooker)
  • 1 cup (240 ml) orange juice
  • 2 drops orange essential oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup (195 g) basmati rice
  • 1/2 cup (70 g) cashew pieces
  • 1/2 cup (75 g) diced yellow, orange, and/or red peppers
  • 3 green onions, minced
  • 1 can (8 oz./227 g) mandarin orange segments, drained well

Lime Tilapia:

  • 4 tilapia fillets (6–8 oz./170–227 g)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 4 pats of butter (about 1/2 Tbsp./7 g each)
  • 4 drops lime essential oil, divided
  • Lime juice and/or lime slices for garnish

Instructions:

  1. In a saucepan, bring olive oil, water, orange juice, orange essential oil, and salt to boil. Stir in basmati rice. Lower the heat, cover, and allow to simmer until the rice has absorbed all the liquid (about 25–30 minutes). Remove from heat, and let stand for 5–10 minutes. Note: If using a rice cooker or pressure cooker, reduce the amount of water to create the proper rice-to-liquid ratio that is recommended for your cooking method.
  2. While the rice is cooking, prepare the tilapia. Preheat the oven to 375° F. (190° C.). Spray a cooking sheet or baking dish with cooking spray. Rinse the tilapia fillets, and pat dry. Place fillets in a single layer on your baking dish. Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper. Add a pat of butter to each fillet, and drop a single drop of lime essential oil on top of each pat of butter. Bake for 8–12 minutes or until cooked through.
  3. While the tilapia is in the oven, finish the rice ingredients. Roast cashew pieces in a saucepan over medium heat for a few minutes until they turn golden brown. Dice peppers and mince green onions. Mix together roasted cashew pieces, peppers, green onions, and mandarin orange segments in a bowl. Stir into rice when it’s ready.
  4. Once tilapia is finished cooking, drizzle lime juice over the top and garnish with lime slices, if desired. Serve the Lime Tilapia with the Orange Cashew Rice.


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EO-Flavored Water: Lemon Rosemary

Though the thought of adding rosemary to your water may not seem intuitive, this lemon rosemary water is actually quite delightful! To make it, simply add a sprig of fresh rosemary to your water along with a drop of lemon essential oil.

Use an essential oil–safe water bottle so you can carry your flavored water with you wherever you go!

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Autumn Simmering Potpourri

Autumn is here! Time for crisp weather, crunching leaves, and delicious baked treats. Fill your home with the essence of the season by simmering your favorite essential oils, spices, and fruits. Not only does simmering fresh potpourri make your house smell warm and inviting, but it also helps humidify the home a bit.

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Autumn Simmering Potpourri

  • Time: 5 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • Water
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Apple peels
  • Orange rinds (Dry them ahead of time or use fresh peels.)
  • Whole cloves
  • Homemade Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Cinnamon essential oil
  • Clove essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Fill a saucepan with water, and bring to a boil. Add the ingredients from the list and several drops of each essential oil.
  2. Boil for a few minutes; then turn the heat down to simmer all day.
  3. Add water as needed, and check the pot every half-hour or so to prevent burning.

This recipe is one suggestion. You can use different amounts and mix up ingredients as you like. Save your orange, lemon, and lime peels and apple skins, and add whatever spices and essential oils you love.

*Do not leave the house while potpourri is simmering.