Do essential oils expire?

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Shelf life of essential oils…

Shelf life testing performed on essential oils has shown that essential oils maintain their efficacy even after 5–10 years or more. Storing essential oils properly also plays a major role in ensuring that essential oils maintain their efficacy and beneficial properties over time. Below are some guidelines that should be implemented when storing essential oils:

  • Store the essential oil in room-temperature conditions and avoid exposure to extreme temperatures (leaving oils in the car during the summer, on window sills, etc.).

  • Avoid exposing the oils to direct sunlight or other sources of UV rays.

  • Prevent prolonged exposure to oxygen which can cause oxidation of the oil over time (leaving the cap unscrewed, etc.).

  • Tightly secure the caps after each use (prevents the oil from evaporating and decreases exposure to oxygen).

How effective are essential oils?

Are Essential Oils Effective?

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*30 seconds & Oil molecules have reached the brain *2 minutes and Oils are found in the blood stream
*20 minutes and Oils have affected every cell in your body

This is why SO many people are turning back to essential oils. Yes, turning back! EO's are not new...they have been around since the dawn of time..we got away from them and now we are going back to them! NO side effects, dependency or resistance.
Can I get a hallelujah??

Checkout one of my favorite videos HERE! Pst…it’s short :D

Bath Bombs with Essential Oils

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Do you need a gift idea for this holiday season? Follow the instructions for making a unique gift for your family and friends. Bath bombs are a fun way to add excitement to your senses while enjoying the benefits of essential oils.

Creating a spa like environment in your home can easily be done using simple household ingredients and essential oils. Bath bombs are a fun way to add excitement to your senses while enjoying the benefits of essential oils. They are also entertaining to use and are loved by both kids and adults alike.

Note: If you don't have a bathtub, these bath bombs can still be effective in a shower. The water will help dissolve the bath bomb and release the aroma of the essential oils into the steam.

Ingredients

1 cup citric acid

1 cup baking soda

½ cup cornstarch

½ cup doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil

8–10 drops favorite essential oil

Note: Citric acid can be found at most major supermarkets in the canning section.

Tip: You could also use almond oil or olive oil in the place of doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil.

Instructions

  1. In bowl, place citric acid, baking soda, cornstarch, and oil.

  2. Add eight to 10 drops of the essential oil or blend of choice.

  3. Mix well with spoon until soft dough is formed. It should have the consistency of damp sand.
    Note: If the mixture is too wet, try adding a little more baking soda and cornstarch until consistency is correct. 

  4. At this point, you may add food coloring, dried herbs, or flower petals to mixture. 

  5. Place mixture in silicone molds. Let sit 24 hours before removing from mold.

  6. To use, drop in tub or shower and allow to dissolve.

Note: Choose an essential oil to best suit your needs. For relaxation, try Lavender or doTERRA Serenity®. For a mood boost, try Wild Orange, Citrus Bliss®, or Peppermint. 

Bath bombs are excellent gifts for both adults and children. When making for kids, try adding some color to the mixture. Not only will they love that the water changes colors, but will also love the fizz from the bath bomb.

Decadent Peppermint Cookies with essential oil

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Do you have a favorite holiday cookie? Try adding a drop of Peppermint essential oil to your favorite frosting recipe for a burst of minty flavor.

Here is my favorite recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (4 oz) unsalted butter, diced into 4 pieces

  • 1 cup (6 oz) good quality semi-sweet chocolate chips

  • 2 oz unsweetened baking chocolate , roughly chopped

  • 1 1/4 cups (175g) all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 large egg yolk

  • 2/3 cup packed (148g) light brown sugar

  • 1/3 cup (74g) granulated sugar

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1-2 drops of Peppermint Essential oil (less is more)

Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 oz cream cheese , softened

  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter , softened

  • 1-2 drops of Peppermint Essential oil (less is more)

  • 2 cups (236g) powdered sugar

  • Crushed peppermint candy canes , for topping

Instructions

  1. To a microwave safe bowl add chocolate chips, unsweetened chocolate and butter. Heat on HIGH power in 20 second increments, stirring between intervals until melted and smooth. Set aside to cool, about 25 - 30 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt for 20 seconds, set aside.

  3. In large mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer set on medium-high speed, whip together eggs, egg yolk, brown sugar and granulated sugar until pale, fluffy and creamy, about 3 minutes. Mix in vanilla extract and peppermint extract. Mix in cooled chocolate mixture.

  4. Using a wooden spoon, stir dry mixture into egg/chocolate mixture just until combined. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill until partially set, about 45 minutes (it should be easier to roll and chilling will reduce spread). Preheat oven to 350 degrees during last 10 minutes of chilling.

  5. Scoop dough out about 2 - 2 1/2 Tbsp at a time (35g each) and shape into balls. Place dough balls on Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheets spacing cookies 2-inches apart. Bake in preheated oven 8 - 11 minutes (cookies should look slightly under-baked they'll continue to cook slightly once removed from oven). Cool on baking sheet about 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cool frost with Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting then sprinkle with crushed candy canes.

  6. For the frosting:

  7. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together cream cheese and butter until pale and fluffy. Add peppermint extract and powdered sugar and mix until pale and fluffy.

  8. Adapted from: Cooking Classy

Homemade Shoulder Pad with Essential oils

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Over the weekend I decided to break out my sewing machine and get a little crafty with my leftover fabric and essential oils. I am a chronic sufferer of neck and shoulder pain so I decided to make my own rice heating pad. I just used leftover scrap fabric, rice, and essential oils. Easy right?!

 

I cut two pieces of flannel fabric into the same U shape, a little larger than desired size, to leave room for the seams. I put the pattern size of the two pieces together and sewed around the inside edge and bottom of the U, along the top, and half way down one side. Next, I sewed across the U, every 3 inches to make the pockets for the rice.

Once completed, I mixed long grain rice, about 4lbs with essential oils, I chose Lavender, Ylang, Ylang, and Roman Chamomile (relax and calming oils). I used a funnel to pour the rice into the pockets. I pinned each pocket close to keep the rice from falling out.  Last, close the seam and enjoy!!

Organic Bug Spray with Essential Oils

Just in time for summer, all natural bug repellent spray! As I started packing for our next family camping trip to a local lake, I decided to whip up an all natural bug repellent spray to keep the bugs, gnats, and mosquito’s away. Prior to using essential oils, I would have grabbed one of the name brand sprays from my local drug store. Now that I am a little older, wiser, and “hippier”, I know better!

{For more information regarding the harmful chemicals contained in popular bug repellents – click here – you may be surprised that one specific chemical has been categorized as a “neurotoxin” and keep in mind – we spray it on our skin – our largest organ – get’s absorbed straight into our blood and carried throughout the body}

My favorite repellent blend –

  • 2 oz spray bottle (I used a larger bottle duplicated the recipe)

  • 15 drops of insect repellant blend

  • 15 drops of cleansing blend

  • 15 drops of cedarwood essential oil

  • 15 drops of lemongrass essential oil

  • Water

Add all the ingredients to the bottle, shake and apply!

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A note on essential oil quality: I only use the highest quality, therapeutic grade essential oils.  All of these suggestions are based off the assumption that high-quality essential oils are being used. If you would like to get started using high quality, therapeutic grade essential oils, then you can –CLICK HERE- to learn how to get started!