DIY FOR BUG BITES & BEE STINGS

Plantain Tincture

HAPPY SPRING!!!

It’s that time of year when I make the PLANTAIN TINCTURE. This will be my 6th year making it and I promise I wouldn’t keep doing this if it didn’t work.  Plus, it’s seriously the easiest thing ever.  This single batch lasts all year and I even have extra to share with friends.  We use it for all the bug bites… spider, bee, mosquito, wasps (those evil little monsters) and also snake bites (not that I’ve ever been bit, but if I do…).  This can also be used for splinters.  The plantain has a pulling agent and it heals the wounded area really good!  I had a small allergic reaction rash on my arm to some grass or something last week.  I sprayed my potion on it and BAM!!!… the itching and bumps disappeared in a few minutes.  Watch the video and make some this season.  Parents, this stuff stinks and can sting a little, but send it to camp this year with your kids.  My kids friends now ask what that weird stuff is I make because they want some hehehe.  Check it out and watch the video ↓↓↓

WHAT YOU WILL NEED…

  • lots of plantain leaves
  • glass jar with lid
  • organic apple cider vinegar → BRAGG
  • cheese cloth or clean white tee-shirt
  • dark glass bottle for storing tincture


WHAT YOU DO…

  • pick lots of plantain
  • rinse it
  • tear it and bruise it then add to glass jar, packed tightly
  • fill with apple cider vinegar, covering leaves
  • store in dark, cool cabinet for 2 weeks
  • shake it once a day
  • use cheese cloth and strain it
  • transfer to dark glass jars
  • refrigerate for longer shelf life

↓ crushed plantain and Apple Cider Vinegar, ready to be stored.

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Naturally, these ↓↓↓ got picked when I was picking the plantain.

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One of the original pictures from my first attempt making the tincture 6 years ago lol.  I was testing and reviewing this process for a blog post.  Clearly it was successful and I was sold 🙂  Give it a try this year.  It’s a fun project to do with the kids!!!

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doTERRA OILS IN MY GYM BAG!!!

 

A few week ago I published the GYM BAG ESSENTIALS video on Youtube → see it here!  showing some staple items I love having with me to enhance my workouts.  Now I’ll be going into more detail about some of my favorites!

LET’S SEE HOW ESSENTIAL OILS CAN ADD VALUE TO OUR GYM LIFE…

First favorite gym bag essential:  DEODORANT!!! We should ALWAYS have it in our bag 🙂 hehe. I use to buy a travel size store brand to keep in my bag ‘just in case’, but why ever settle for that? Our DIY deodorant has coconut oil, and that can be scary to travel with so we just add more cocoa butter to thicken it up!!  I really love this product.  The ingredients we used were aluminum-free baking soda, arrowroot (or cornstarch), coconut oil, cocoa butter and desired essential oils.  We used Lavender.  For suggestions on other oils you can use, full recipe and video tutorial —» check this out!   »»BUY NOW««

I’m also never far from my LIP BALM.  I like to have this with me all the time and you absolutely will find it in my GYM BAG!  Ingredients: beeswax, cocoa butter, coconut oil, peppermint and lavender essential oils.  See full recipe and video tutorial here.  »»BUY NOW««

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Next, you will find me with doTERRA DEEP BLUE RUB to sooth those achey and tired joints and muscles.  This topical cream is formulated with a proprietary blend of natural plant extracts and other powerful ingredients, including Deep Blue essential oil blend of wintergreen, camphor, peppermint, blue tansy, German chamomile, helichrysum, and osmanthus. For more information, click here.

Anyone who knows me knows I would have a good HAND SANITIZER close!  We all know how dirty gyms can be.  Even in a well maintained facility, blood, sweat and tears happen!!!  In most gyms, hand sanitizer is readily available, but we know that these options are not always the best idea – read 5 Hidden Dangers of Hand Sanitizer here.  By removing the ethyl alcohol (active ingredient in most brands) and the triclosan and replacing them with powerful antibacterial essential oils, we are able to destroy the yucky germs and protect the important good bacteria that helps build our immune system!  So I love having my DIY Hand Sanitizer close!  A simple mixture of Aloe Vera Juice, Witch Hazel, Vitamin E Oil and doTERRA’s On Guard essential oil blend makes for a safe, powerful and effective germ-killer!  Check out the full recipe and video tutorial here!  »»BUY NOW««

 Ladies, how about a nice BODY SPRAY to use after the workout!! Simply add Distilled Water, Witch Hazel and Oil of choice (my favorite —» Lavender) to a small spray bottle and you’ve got yourself a long-lasting, chemical-free fragrance!

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When we need to grab a quick shower in the locker room after the workout, have these shower essentials packed up and ready to use   ↓  ↓  ↓

  • doTERRA PROTECTING SHAMPOO —» It smells amazing and is GOOD for colored hair (there is no ingredient that strips the color!  Yay!!!)
  • doTERRA SMOOTHING CONDITIONER —» Truly leaves the hair feeling soft and thick
  • DIY BODY WASH —» Castille Soap, Vitamin E Oil, Jojoba Oil, Essential Oil of choice – Citrus Bliss is amazing and Vegetable Glycerin. We add all of this to a container with a foam pump. »»BUY NOW««
  • doTERRA HAND AND BODY LOTION —» This is a fragrance-free lotion that you can add in your own favorite essential oils.  Our top pick at the moment is Lavender for healing the skin in the sunny summer months.

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The point of the “gym life” is to make it a lifestyle, right?

Well, what is the lifestyle we are creating?? For us, a cleaner, healthier life ♥

I partnered with Suzanna Underwood and my daughter’s online boutique ♥Of Eden♥ to create the Youtube video tutorials to share the method in which we create our products.  Click the links below, check out our videos and share with your friends ♥

HAND SANITIZER

DEODERANT

LIP BALM

STAY HEALTHY AND FIT MY FRIENDS! 

 

SALE ON NATURAL BUG SPRAY

♥ Of Eden ♥ is now running a special when you purchase the chemical-free, natural BUG SPRAY (that works!) and ITCH TREATMENT combo!

$11 for the combo –

SHOP NOW

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This ‘itch treatment’ is actually a PLANTAIN TINCTURE that heals bites, stings, scrapes and burns.  It is something to keep in your first aid kit!  Read about it HERE.

Follow ♥ Of Eden ♥ on Facebook click here!

HAPPY SUMMER!!!

DIY TOOTHPASTE VIDEO

Take a few minutes and see how incredibly easy it is to make toothpaste at home.  We’ve been doing this for a year and love it SO MUCH MORE that the store brands.  
P.S.  It also whitens the teeth!
Score.

 You can BUY COCONUT OIL here.
It’s on SALE right now!!!  Yay
Take a look at my Tropical Traditions COCONUT OIL Review here!

DIY AFTER SUN LOTION

I have found the best solution to take care of my skin after spending summer days in the sun.  It’s so simple and my skin has never felt so good!
 
Ok, between you and me, I got burned kinda bad a few weeks ago.  In fact, I can’t remember if I’ve EVER been burned so bad.  EVER.  For the past few years I have only used natural sun screens for me and my family, but this particular day I used one with chemicals… AND I FRIED!  I assure you that I am back to using the natural stuff!  Find out HERE why I switched in the first place.
Any who, this DIY lotion worked better than anything I have ever used, ever!  I applied it at least 4 times a day for the first 3 days.  
1.  It seriously soothed the burn.  2.  After a few days, my daughter and I both realized that my skin was super SOFT!  She asked what I was using and asked me to make her some!   3.  And finally, my peeling and itching was minimized.  
So from now on we use this:
You should make this!
Now go enjoy the 
SUMMER!!!
 
* Thank you SWANSONVITAMINS.COM for providing the wonderful, natural products for this blog series!!!  Go check out this great company for your supplies.  They have the best prices I know!!!  Click HERE to get a $5 coupon to Swansons!!!  Go get you a FREE essential oil!
 

 

DIY TOILET CLEANER

Today we are cleaning our toilets with out any chemicals!  Oh fun!!!  LOL
And they will be CLEAN! Are you ready?
 
1. Pour 1 cup of Baking Soda into the jar. 
2. Then add 1 cup vinegar.
Remember that there will be somewhat of a science experiment during this step.  This captured the attention of my 7 year old, who asked, “Can I pour it?”  
And then…
However, this was so funny to Iver… 
and now he was fully invested in my project! 
3.  Add your essential oil.  
4. Shake it up.  
5.  Pour it in the toilet bowl and scrub.
So about THIS picture… 
I was cleaning the outside of the bowl before I let Iver scrub the inside (he actually asked if he could clean it!!!… that’s NEVER happened before… ever!)  So as I was wiping it down, I had the normal noise and movement that IS my son behind me.  But when I turned around, I found Iver using the toilet brush as a light saber fighting off who knows what in the bathroom!!!  EEEEEEEK!!!  I’m just SO glad it was a bran new brush that had never seen the inside of a toilet yet!  
And then I made him pose for a picture 🙂  
And then HE happily cleaned the toilet! 
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Well, I hope you have as much fun and adventure that I had when it’s time to clean your potty!
 
HAPPY HEALTHY CLEANING!
* Thank you SWANSONVITAMINS.COM for providing the wonderful, natural products for this blog series!!!  Go check out this great company for your supplies.  They have the best prices I know!!! Click HERE to get a $5 coupon to Swansons!!!  Go get you a FREE essential oil!
 

THE BEST “ITCH CREAM”… MOSQUITO BITES & BEE STINGS… PLANTAIN TINCTURE

I am HIGHLY attractive ♥ to mosquitos and other biting bugs – how nice – so I went on a mission to find the BEST way to stop the scratching… and this is what I found …
PLANTAIN TINCTURE
the BEST “itch medicine” I have ever used.
And I made it from my back yard!!
Plantain is an herb, often thought of as an ugly, annoying weed that grows in almost everyone’s yard.  After learning about this and using it, I promise you will change your opinion about it and want to harvest it!  In North America, the Native Americans use plantain to heal bites of all kinds: snake bites, venomous creatures, rattle snake and even mad dogs bites.  It is a “drawing herb” meaning that it pulls out toxins, infections and other foreign substances from the body.
I make this plantain tincture and keep it close to relieve the pain and itch from bee stings, insect and spider bites, poison ivy, and if ever needed, a snake bite.  In the case of a snake bite, I would apply the tincture and then seek medical attention.  This herb is known as “Nature’s Eraser”  I have noticed when using it on mosquito bites and bee stings, it doesn’t just temporarily relieve the symptom, but it heals the spot!  I love this stuff and hope you will try it.
  • A bunch of plantain leaves
  • A glass jar with a lid
  • Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Cheesecloth or a clean, white T-shirt
  • Dark glass bottles for storage
MAKE IT!
1.  Go explore your yard, or your neighbor’s if you keep yours in pristine condition 🙂
This is what it looks like.
The leaf is smooth and has veins on the underside.
2.  Gather up a bunch of the leaves and then wash them.
3.  Tear the leaves and make sure to bruise them.
I usually twist them tight, and then tear.
You can even crush them with the bottom of your jar.
4.  Put the leaves in a jar that can be sealed.
5.  Pour Organic Apple Cider Vinegar over the leaves
until they are covered.
6.  Store in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks.
You will need to shake the jar once a day.



 TWO WEEKS LATER…
Grab your tincture, a clean container,
and your cheesecloth or white t-shirt.

 

Put your cloth over the top of the jar to strain the leaves.

Now you can discard the leaves and you are left with an
AWESOME tincture!
I like to have a large storage container to keep the tincture stored in the refrigerator (should be labeled :)),
 a smaller one to keep in the first aid kit,
and a purse size to have with me at all times.
Store in dark bottles to retain its potency for much longer period of time.
You can use a dropper to get it in to the smaller containers.
Try it out and let me know what you think!