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Have you tried making your own dish soap and been disappointed? We have! So when we share this recipe with you, it is because:
1. We’ve tried it.
2. We love it.
3. And because of 1 & 2, we sell it!!!!

What you need:

* Large Bowl
* Empty Container (you can reuse an old dish soap bottle)
* 1 1/4 Cups Hot Water
* 1/2 Cup Kirk’s Liquid Castile Soap. You can find it here
* 1 tbsp. White Vinegar (you can find it here , but way cheaper at your local store)
* 1 tbsp. Washing Soda (you can find it here)
* 1 tsp. Baking Soda (you can find it here)
* 1/2 tsp. Borax (you can find it here)
* 20 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
* 5 Drops Melaleuca Essential Oil
* 5 Drops Wild Orange Essential Oil

Directions:

1. In large bowl combine the water and Castile soap and whisk softly so as to not create too much bubbly foam.
2. Add Vinegar, Washing Soda and Borax. Mix well.
3. Add Baking Soda slowly (remember those volcano experiments? Yeah, prepare to see the eruption! So, slowly,please!) Mix well.
4. Add Essential Oils. Stir until the oils look completely mixed in.
5. Allow your dish soap to sit out until the foam on top has gone down. This makes the pouring into the bottle a lot easier and prevents spills.

Now, enjoy and share with us how you like it!!!!

Don’t have time to make it, but really want to try it? Then visit our web site and get it here!

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Did you know that both sisters are homeschooling mommies? Yep! Now you know why things have been so quiet around here! Ha! Now that we both have established our new school year we are looking forward to getting a little busier around here.
We hope your school year is going great and that you are enjoying fall!!! We sure are!

In part 1 of our Basil EO coverage we talked about ailments Basil can be helpful for.  If you missed that post, click here to read part 1.

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In part 2 we will look at some really neat ideas for the use of Basil EO.  We are sure there are a lot more uses out there, but here are some of our favorite ones so far.

  • When feeling overwhelmed, apply a couple of drops on feet (especially under the big toes) or diffuse into the air.
  • Add 3 to 5 drops to shoe laces to keep mosquitoes away.
  • Cook with it!!!  (Basil butter is delicious!) For great recipes click here.
  • Mixes well with Bergamot, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon and Lime.
  • As a pest control (especially to deter flies) you can diffuse Basil in your home or apply some oil by your doorframes and windows.  You can also put some oil on a cotton ball or ribbon and place in areas where pests would normally come in.
  • Application Methods for Basil EO:  Aromatically, Topically, Internally and can be used topically without dilution (NEAT).

What do you use Basil for?  Please share!

Note:  For internal use of Basil EO make sure it is (food grade) 100% Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade.  From personal use and experience we recommend doTerra’s Essential Oils.  For topical use we also recommend Eden’s Garden Essential Oils.  This is just our opinion and suggestion, so please feel free to do your own research and share!

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* The FDA has not approved these statements.  This post is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  Well Intended Insights and Samara & Shamira’s simply provide information compiled by them and through personal knowledge and experience of the product.  Persons with known medical conditions should consult their primary care before implementing the use of Essential Oils.

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Basil is known and coveted by many for its calming and restorative properties.  Commonly used for cooking, as an essential oil it is great for sore muscles, respiratory problems, a cooling agent, and focus issues.

In our coverage of Basil EO we have compiled a list of the ailments Basil is good for and provide tips and ideas on how to use Basil in more efficient ways.

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Basil is suggested for:

* Earaches – Put a couple of drops on a cotton ball, q-tip or on pinky finger and apply on the opening of ear canal.  Do not put drops inside of ear!

* Bug Bites – To help with irritation put a drop of oil on the bite.

* Menstrual Cramp – Mix two to four drops with about 8 drops of carrier oil, rub on abdomen and apply a warm moist rag.

* Rhinitis – Apply one to two drops on forehead and bridge of nose.  Diffuse into air.

* Scoliosis – Massage on back once a week.  Carrier Oil recommended.

* Sprains – Apply on affected area.  Carrier Oil recommended.

* Bunions – Apply on affected area.  Carrier Oil recommended.

* Tendonitis – Gently massage with carrier oil into affected area.

* Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – Apply to affected area two to three times a day.

* Chronic Fatigue – Place two drops in a capsule and take internally.  Massage on joints.

* Dizziness – Apply on temples and back of neck.  Inhale directly from bottle or diffuse into air.

* Lactation Problems – Massage over breast.  Rub onto bottom of feet daily.

* Lumbago – Massage unto lower back as needed.

* Multiple Sclerosis – Place two drops in a capsule and take internally.  Apply on forehead, temples, and behind ears.  Diffuse into air.

* Muscle Spasms – Massage gently unto affected muscles using carrier oil.

* Neck Pain – Massage unto neck tow to three times a day using carrier oil.

* Oily Hair – Add about 5 drops to shampoo and wash as usual.

* Ovarian Cyst – Apply warm compress over stomach with about 5 drops of oil.

* Restless Leg Syndrome – Diffuse into air.  Inhale directly from bottle tow to three times a day.

Do you have any other uses for Basil EO?  Please share!

Stay tuned for Part 2!

Note:  For internal use of Basil EO make sure it is (food grade) 100% Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade.  From personal use and experience we recommend doTerra’s Essential Oils.  For topical use we also recommend Eden’s Garden Essential Oils.  This is just our opinion and suggestion, so please feel free to do your own research and share!

* The FDA has not approved these statements.  This post is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  Well Intended Insights and Samara & Shamira’s simply provide information compiled by them and through personal knowledge and experience of the product.  Persons with known medical conditions should consult their primary care before implementing the use of Essential Oils.

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This is one of Samara’s favorite products to make. The whole kitchen smells so beautiful with the blend of Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Peppermint and Wintergreen Essential Oils and Organic Peppermint leaves. This combination is so invigorating!

Enjoy this aromatic scrub on your feet as often as you’d like. It can also be used on hands and elbows. Made with Organic Coconut Oil, this scrub leaves skin moisturized and hydrated. Pour it in a tub or small container to soak feet and inhale the aroma. The vapors from the oils and herbs are not only beneficial for your skin, but for an overall feeling of wellness.

Why use Peppermint and Wintergreen Essential Oils in our Foot Scrub?

For starters, Peppermint acts as a cooling agent so to help hot and tired feet we would not use anything else but Peppermint. It is also a great “pick me upper” and helps with energy and alertness.

Now, Wintergreen not only does it smell amazing, but it is great for inflammation and pain. We have tried and loved the effect of Wintergreen on tired, sore feet. Putting these two Essential Oils together is a perfect blend and balance for our scrub.

It’s a win win combination!

If you are interested in ordering our products, please check out our website by clicking here

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The more we learn about the benefits of Essential Oils, the more we want to share with others. This is why we have focused this week on providing information and sharing resources for your convenience. Below is a link to our doTERRA web page in which you will find an intro to Essential Oils. It covers the definition, history, uses, extraction, grades, and safety of Essential Oils. We have chosen doTERRA Essential Oils, because we truly like their purity and quality. However, after you learn about EOs you will have a mission to find the ones that you trust and like the best. Our mission is to use what we trust, provide quality products and educate.
Now, to begin your awesome education about Essential Oils please click here

Enjoy!

Ok, so Samara shared this on her homeschooling blog (yes, both the sisters homeschool their kids! And love it!) and since a lot of you like DIY projects the sisters thought this could be useful, especially if you have a big family. Take a look, enjoy and share!
What follows is what was posted on the homeschooling blog:

“A friend of mine shared the new way she is doing their children’s chore charts and I found it super cute, useful, resourceful and original! This is perfect for a big family and very efficient with chore changing. I’m sure the materials can be easily found at your local store and you can tweak it according to your needs. A big thank you to Sandy for allowing me to share! Enjoy!”

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Here is a neat infographic that we thought we should share. Quite concise and practical to get a bit of info on Essential Oils and their benefits. Enjoy!

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Click here for more information on individual or blended essential oils.

Thanks to Swanson Vitamins blog!

Coconut Oil is a very important ingredient in a lot of our recipes and we personally use it in our daily routines. We want to share this useful article provided by Swanson Vitamins about the many uses of Coconut Oil. We do want to add that we recommend using Organic, virgin coconut oil like this one:

For the full article please click here and enjoy!

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Created by the coconut oil loving employees at Swanson Health Products.

“>50 Ways to Use Coconut Oil