Homemade holiday cookies with Essential oils

Happy Holiday’s everyone .I have been baking 5-9 dozen cookies for a week straight and I will keep going with these. I’m 50 this year and baking ccokies was something I have been doing since I was 7 and I was looking for a treat. We didn’t have chocolate chips or brown sugar but we did have cream of tartar and cinnamon  and sugar. My sister who was 5 thought I was genius. The cookies came out so good. I was hooked as a cookie maker. The look on someone face when your give them homemade cookies is priceless. Eating cookies a few minutes after their out of the oven, yum! The cookies are different from the tradition Cook Books from my youth. As I’ve gotting older get added benefits to my food to improve my aging is a must. Changing bad habits for better ones without anyone noticing is key. #Don’tTellTheKids there a essential oils in the cookies. I’m providing holistic and healthy options so I can live long enough to help save our planet.

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Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Servings:2 dozen

Prep Time:7 min

Cook Time:10–12 min

Difficulty:Medium

Ingredients:

½ cup butter, softened
¾ cup white sugar
1 large egg
1½ teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1½ teaspoons natural red food coloring
1½ cups all-purpose flour
2½ tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon corn starch
¾ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup white chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cream together butters and sugars.
  3. Add remaining wet ingredients.
  4. In separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients.
  5. Combine wet, dry, and other ingredients.
  6. Roll into balls and place on cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 10–12 minutes.

Tips:

Change the essential oil used to adjust flavor and create a unique cookie experience. Melted chocolate and sprinkles can make a simple cookie festive.

Snickerdoodles

Servings:2 dozen

Prep Time:7 min

Cook Time:10–12 min

Difficulty:Medium

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened
1½ cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 drop Cinnamon essential oil
2¾ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon cream of tarter
1 teaspoon baking soda

Roll cookie balls in:
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cream together butters and sugars.
  3. Add remaining wet ingredients.
  4. In separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients.
  5. Combine wet, dry, and other ingredients.
  6. Roll into balls and place on cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 10–12 minutes.

Tips:

Change the essential oil used to adjust flavor and create a unique cookie experience. Melted chocolate and sprinkles can make a simple cookie festive.

Gingersnaps

Servings:2 dozen

Prep Time:7 min

Cook Time:10–12 min

Difficulty:Medium

Ingredients:

¾ cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 large egg
¼ cup dark molasses
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1–3 drops Ginger essential oil
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Roll cookie balls in:
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cream together butters and sugars.
  3. Add remaining wet ingredients.
  4. In separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients.
  5. Combine wet, dry, and other ingredients.
  6. Roll into balls and place on cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 10–12 minutes.

Tips:

Change the essential oil used to adjust flavor and create a unique cookie experience. Melted chocolate and sprinkles can make a simple cookie festive.

Chocolate Cookies

Servings:2 dozen

Prep Time:7 min

Cook Time:10–12 min

Difficulty:Medium

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened
1½ cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 drop Peppermint essential oil
2 cups all-purpose flour
⅔ cup cocoa powder
¾ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cream together butters and sugars.
  3. Add remaining wet ingredients.
  4. In separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients.
  5. Combine wet, dry, and other ingredients.
  6. Roll into balls and place on cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 10–12 minutes.

Tips:

Change the essential oil used to adjust flavor and create a unique cookie experience. Melted chocolate and sprinkles can make a simple cookie festive.

Peanut Butter Cookies

Servings:4 dozen

Prep Time:7 min

Cook Time:10–12 min

Difficulty:Medium

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 drop Cardamom essential oil
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cream together butters and sugars.
  3. Add remaining wet ingredients.
  4. In separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients.
  5. Combine wet, dry, and other ingredients.
  6. Roll into balls and place on cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 10–12 minutes.

Tips:

Change the essential oil used to adjust flavor and create a unique cookie experience. Melted chocolate and sprinkles can make a simple cookie festive.

What is Clove Essential Oil?

What Is Clove Essential Oil Made From?

Clove essential oil can be made from the blossoms, branches, or leaves of the tree. The highest quality and most potent clove oil comes from the blossoms, due to the rich concentration of eugenol contained in the buds. Eugenol gives Clove essential oil its energizing fragrance and a variety of benefits. Essential oil from the stem and leaves of the clove tree is more plentiful, and therefore considerably cheaper, but does not have the same potency. doTERRA Clove essential oil is steam distilled in Madagascar and Indonesia from clove blossoms for maximum potency and efficacy.

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Can I Use Clove Essential Oil In My Mouth?

Clove essential oil is most well-known for its oral health benefits and it is commonly used in dental practice to soothe teeth and gums. Since Clove is a hot oil, remember that it should always be diluted. To make a natural mouthwash, place one drop of Clove in two ounces of water and gargle for a soothing effect.

What Is Clove Oil Used For?

  • Clove essential oil has a long list of internal benefits.*
  • It supports the stomach and gastrointestinal tract and helps enhance the absorption of important nutrients.*
  • It may also help support the lungs and respiratory tract, the joints, liver, nervous system, cardiovascular health, and metabolism.*
  • Clove helps support healthy cellular function and promotes a healthy immune response when under stress.*
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How Do You Use Clove Essential Oil?

To take Clove internally, take a drop in water or in a veggie capsule daily. The oil is also used in cooking and baking, and is featured in many recipes, like gingerbread and pumpkin spice. Just a drop adds a spicy flavor while providing internal health benefits.* Clove essential oil is also popularly used in massage for its warming sensation. Prized since ancient times in China and India, Cloves became popular in Europe during the middle ages.

Where Does Clove Come From?

Native to the legendary Spice Islands of Indonesia, the clove tree, Eugenia caryophyllata, is a large flowering tree with a warm, spicy, and woody fragrance that naturally repels insects.

Repels Lice and other insects!

Clove blends well with Wild Orange, Cinnamon, Frankincense, Roman Chamomile, Ginger, Cassia, Fennel, and Cedarwood.

Looking for more Clove oil uses? Check out these tutorials on the doTERRA Product Blog for more ideas:
Bath Salt Ornaments
Cinnamon Spice Salad Dressing
Winter White Hot Chocolate
Pumpkin Cookies 
Essential Cologne

Fun Fact: Clove gets its name from the Latin word clavus, meaning “nail.” This is a fitting name, as the buds of clove resemble small tacks or nails.

Reduce Your Toxic Load with doTERRA Essential Oils

This video will cover the many ways we can reduce our toxic load, Linsey Graham will explain how to spot toxins in your life and how to eliminate products that introduce more toxins.

“Toxic load” refers to the volume of toxic substances that have been accumulated in the body at any given time and the overall burden it places on the body systems and vital organs. Toxins come from countless sources, many of which we are not even aware of. Environmental threats, chemicals, and radiation are three of the most common categories. Your body has a number of passageways through which it is directly exposed to toxins and several mechanisms that it uses to deal with this exposure. The three most vulnerable pathways are the lungs, the digestive tract, and the skin. We are directly exposed to toxins through the food we eat, the air we breathe, and anything that contacts our skin. While minimizing exposure to potentially harmful chemicals on a daily basis is the most effective method for limiting toxic load, you can be proactive about reducing toxic build-up already present in the body. Focus on a clean, whole food diet, detoxify with a regular dietary cleanse, and use all-natural household, skin, and hair care products. Our bodies have their own natural defense mechanisms to protect these pathways. For instance, to protect the most susceptible tissue, our nose, mouth, and throats are lined with a thick mucous membrane to trap foreign particles. Similarly, present inside our lungs are special immune cells that destroy any other foreign agents that may get past the mucous membrane. While we have little control over the quality of the air we breathe outside or chemicals we may be unknowingly exposed to, there are measures we can take to minimize exposure and support the natural mechanisms that deal with the toxins. For information on using essential oils contact me

Essential oil, Poo pods for kids workshop

I’m starting a workshop called “Making your Poo pods. I follow the recipe from doterra. I’m going to use different silicone trays to make it fun. For example wouldn’t it be funny to see or mermaids and seashellsScreen Shot 2019-03-01 at 2.06.00 PM?

Forget the toxic chemicals of traditional cleansers and try these do-it-yourself Natural Toilet-Cleaning Pods using Purify Cleansing Blend. Purify’s refreshing and herbal aroma will quickly replace unpleasant odors with a clean scent while eliminating tough odors in a natural, safe way. Purify is an exclusive combination of essential oils that purify and eradicate odors in a natural, safe way. This uplifting blend combines citrus and pine essential oils that leave an airy, fresh scent on surfaces and in the air. A favorite among doTERRA users, Purify can replace foul odors quickly and be an effective cleaner throughout the home. Purify contains Lemon, Lime, and Pine essential oils, known for their powerful cleaning properties, along with Siberian and Austrian Firs to purify the air and protect against environmental threats. The addition of Citronella, Melaleuca, and Cilantro give this blend an enticing aroma that’s uniquely doTERRA and unmatched in purification properties. Feel free to add your favorite oil to the purify blend. I add on guard because I like the cinnamon and clove smell in the bathroom.

Ingredients
1 cup baking soda
¼ cup citric acid
1½ tablespoon unscented castile soap
15 drops Purify Cleansing Blend

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Instructions

  1. Stir the baking soda and citric acid together until combined.
  2. Slowly stir in the castile soap and Purify. Stir until the mixture resembles wet sand.
  3. Pack the pod mixture into a mold and let dry at least four hours. If the mixture expands above the mold, firmly press back down.
  4. Once dry, remove the pods from the mold and store in an airtight container.
  5. To use, simply drop one into the toilet, wait until the pod stops bubbling, and scrub away!

 

Essential oils and sunscreen.

In the event that I’m going to be out in the sun for much longer than my skin is used to, it is often easy enough to just put on a hat or shirt to shield my skin. It is more effective at stopping excess sun exposure, costs less, and doesn’t harm the ocean.  A Commonsense win-win scenario.

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Many sunscreens contain Oxybenzone, a known hormone disruptor that is not recommended for use on children. Vitamin D= is necessary for correct hormone formation. Sunscreen ingredients like Oxybenzone= endocrine disruptors that inhibit correct hormone formation. Starting to see the reason some sunscreens may do more harm than good? Researchers estimate that over 5,000 metric tons of sunscreen wash off of swimmers each year. This “swimmer pollution” threatens a large part of the coral life in the ocean and indirectly many other ocean species as well.

Oxybenzone, one of the most common ultraviolet-blocking chemicals in sunscreen, for example, can be detected in urine within 30 minutes of application. When you flush the toilet or wash off sunscreen in the shower, chemicals from the lotion enter the sewer. For towns near coral reefs and without sophisticated sewage treatment and management systems, this pollution is rather inevitable.

Screen Shot 2019-03-25 at 12.04.05 PMWhen I’m going to be in the intense sun teaching swimming. I use a natural sunscreen on my face, wear a hat and wetsuit top. I want to share a recipe (and best picks for pre-made) so that if you are in the sun for extended periods of time this summer, you have a natural option.

This homemade sunscreen would also be a more natural alternative for really young children, those taking medication that increases sunburn risk, or those who burn very easily.

I don’t recommend using sunscreen daily since Vitamin D you get from the sun will be more beneficial in the long run!

Is Homemade Sunscreen Dangerous?

Several recent articles claim that homemade sunscreens are harmful and that a person should never consider making their own sunscreen. Their reasoning is that you can’t verify the SPF with homemade sunscreens so the chance of burning is higher.

Homemade sunscreens I agree, don’t have the lab testing but they don’t have Endocrine disruptors and coral-killing compounds either. Staying under shade and getting out of the sun are better options anyway.  Use common sense and get safe sun exposure. The amount and safety vary by person and I definitely recommend doing your own research and talking to a knowledgeable naturopath to figure out what works best for you.

Many of the ingredients in this recipe have a natural SPF (sun protection factor). This is a natural recipe and has not been tested by a regulatory organization for exact SPF.

The individual ingredients are considered low SPF and generally quoted at these levels:

  • Almond Oil- SPF around 5
  • Coconut Oil– SPF 4-6
  • Zinc Oxide SPF 2-20 depending on how much is used
  • Red Raspberry Seed Oil SPF 25-50
  • Carrot Seed Oil –  SPF 35-40
  • Shea Butter – SPF 4-6

The final version will have a varied sun protective ability depending on the amount of each ingredient used. For a simple version, even just coconut oil and shea butter with a little Raspberry Seed and Carrot Seed Oil or some Zinc oxide will work for moderate exposure.

As always check with your doctor or dermatologist before using any new products.

NOTE: This is an improved recipe since many people were having trouble getting the temperatures exactly right to get the lotion to emulsify (as per the comments below). This recipe will not have any of those issues!

 Ingredients

  • ½ cup almond or olive oil (can infuse with herbs first if desired)
  • ¼ cup of coconut oil (natural SPF 4)
  • ¼ cup beeswax
  • 2 Tablespoons Zinc Oxide (This is a non-nano version that won’t be absorbed into the skin. Be careful not to inhale the powder).
  • Up to 1 teaspoon Red Raspberry Seed Oil– optional
  • Up to 1 teaspoon Carrot Seed Oil– optional
  • 2 tablespoons Shea Butter (natural SPF 4-5)- optional
  • Optional: Essential Oils, Vanilla Extract or other natural extracts to suit your preference (Do not use citrus essential oils as they increase sun sensitivity)

 Instructions

  1. Combine ingredients except for zinc oxide in a pint-sized or larger glass jar. I have a mason jar that I keep just for making lotions and lotion bars, or you can even reuse a glass jar from pickles, olives, or other foods.
  2. Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place over medium heat.
  3. Put a lid on the jar loosely and place in the pan with the water.
  4. As the water heats, the ingredients in the jar will start to melt. Shake or stir occasionally to incorporate. When all ingredients are completely melted, add the zinc oxide, stir in well and pour into whatever jar or tin you will use for storage.
  5. Small mason jars (pint size) are great for this. It will not pump well in a lotion pump!
  6. Stir a few times as it cools to make sure zinc oxide is incorporated.
  7. Store at room temperature

Additional Notes:

  • This sunscreen is not waterproof and will need to be reapplied after sweating or swimming.
  • Make sure not to inhale the Zinc Oxide– use a mask if necessary!
  • Add more beeswax to make thicker sunscreen, less to make smooth sunscreen
  • I recommend coconut or vanilla extract or lavender essential oils for fragrance
  • Store in a cool, dry place or in the fridge
  • I prefer to store in a small canning jar and apply like a body butter. It will be thicker, especially if you use coconut oil in the recipe.
  • Remove the Zinc Oxide and this makes an excellent lotion recipe!

An Even Faster Way To Make Sunscreen

  • Get a bottle of your favorite lotion (that doesn’t contain citrus oils!)
  • Add a couple Tablespoons of non-nano  Zinc Oxide
  • Mix well

You can also make Sunscreen Bars by using many of the same ingredients and which are easier to apply!

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Pre-Made Natural Sunscreens

I’ve also gotten some questions about pre-made sunscreen options for those who don’t have the time or desire to make a homemade version of their own. The best brand I’ve found is Badger and they have several great organic, non-nano versions: