Recently Young Living got the go ahead in Canada to label a select few of their essential oils as food grade. Though in the US they have been able to label them this way for quite a while.
This opens up so many more possibilities on how to use the oils! Though the label is different the actual oil inside the bottle is the exact same so if you have the oil from before you can still use them this way.
I’ve been on a chocolate kick lately and have seen several versions of this recipe floating around the Internet. It’s not my first time making chocolate, but I normally use cocoa butter and cacao etc. This time I just wanted a fast and easy recipe and I thought it would be fun to try out some essential oils in it too.
This took me less than the time it took to make a cup of tea – I know that because I made it while waiting for my tea to steep. I usually have a bag of this in the freezer and grab a piece or two whenever I’m craving chocolate (usually daily!).
So without further ado:
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- 1-4 drops peppermint vitality essential oil
- Handful of crushed almonds
- Sea salt (optional)
Melt chocolate and coconut oil together. I prefer to use the double boiler method but putting it in the microwave in 30 second increments and stirring after each time also works.
Once melted add the peppermint oil to taste. I love lots of peppermint flavour so I added 4 drops.
Line a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper. Pour out the chocolate and spread with a spatula. Top with almonds and sea salt if you want.
Put in freezer for 30 minutes.
Take out break apart and EAT!
Toilet bowl cleaner was the last thing I began making in terms of cleaning products. I just couldn’t find a recipe I thought would work or that I would like. Toilets, in my mind seemed the dirtiest and I couldn’t wrap my head around how a DIY cleaner would do a good job at cleaning them.
So silly how we’ve been in a society of chemicals for so long that our minds don’t allow us to believe that anything but a chemical can do the job we want!
Let me tell you about this cleaner because if you are like I was and unsure if you can trust a homemade cleaning product to get the results you want, this recipe will change your mind.
Not only does it smell amazing but it gets the dirtiest of toilets clean. The best part is that you can leave it within arms reach of your kids and not be worried AT ALL about them touching it. I have a bucket of cleaning supplies that I carry from room to room as I clean and when I was buying the chemical laden toilet bowl cleaners I was constantly worried about Ezekiel getting into the toilet bowl cleaner. Now I let him squeeze the cleaner into the toilet himself!
So without further ado!
What you will need:
- A squeeze bottle (I use a plastic bottle that was once dish soap)
- 1/4 cup Baking Soda
- 1-2 Tbsp Dr.Bronners Castile Soap (I use unscented)
- 15-20 drops Young Living Purification essential oil (or any oil you’d like but I LOVE this one for this recipe)
- Water to fill container
What to do:
- Using a funnel add each ingredient into the bottle in order listed.
- Shake to mix and use as you would any other toilet bowl cleaner!
I like to put this in the toilet when I start to clean and let it sit. I always clean the toilet last and the smell will linger for a bit after your done.
Let me know if you try this and how you like it!
PS: if you want to follow my oily journey closer you can now find me on Facebook
Happy Sunday friends!
Yesterday I managed to get my whole house clean (save the floors which I did today), it had been far too long since my bathrooms had a good scrub. As I was cleaning using the products I make myself I thought that it was about time I start to share some of my tried and true DIY and toxic free living recipes with you.
I’m going to start with one of my very favourites – my husband was even blown away after seeing how powerful this is! This scrub is amazing for showers, tubs, sinks, stove tops or really anything that needs a good scrub. I use this once every month or two on our shower when I notice the hard water spots building up. My all purpose cleaner (which I’ll share soon) keeps the build up at bay for the most part but every so often it needs a bit more of a cleaning. When using this on the shower I make sure to clean it right before I’m going to have a shower. I scoop it out with a wet sponge, scrub the walls and then to rinse off I just jump into the shower – because of the peppermint oil I use I get a wonderfully invigorating wake up shower at the same time as getting a sparkling clean shower! I’ve used this on tough to clean bath tub, dull and stained kitchen sinks, caked on and burnt food on stove tops and it’s worked amazing every time.
1/2 cup baking soda
1-2 Tbsp Dr.Bronner’s Castile Soap (I like non-scented so I can add my own scents)
Enough distilled water to make a paste (you can alternatively boil water and let it cool down)
10 drops each lemon and peppermint oil (or essential oil of your choosing)
Add everything to a glass jar and mix well.
Give it a try and let me know what you think! If you don’t have any essential oils (and want to try them out) feel free to contact me via e-mail or leave me a comment and I’ll give you some more info. If you want to know why I use essential oils check out this post.