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Tea Tree oil, also known as Melaleuca alternifolia or Melaleuca oil, is one of the most widely used and extensively researched essential oils.


Tea Tree essential oil has been used for its beauty benefits. It can help maintain healthy-looking hair and scalp and reduce the appearance of blemishes. Beyond its beauty benefits, Tea Tree oil also possesses powerful cleansing properties, making it a popular addition to homemade household cleaners, air fresheners, and linen sprays.


Tea Tree is one of those must have oils that no home should be without.




Tea Tree benefits:
Helps maintain healthy-looking hair and scalp
Reduces the appearance of blemishes
Is skin cleansing and can help maintain healthy-looking skin
Helps eliminate musky odors
Helps maintain the appearance of healthy skin and toenails.
May work as a naturally derived deodorant
Has relaxing and calming properties
May support a worry-free outlook
Cleanses and soothes minor skin irritations
Can be soothing to the skin after a day in the sun
Enhances the appearance of a youthful complexion
Supports aging skin



How to use Tea Tree essential oil:
Add a few drops to water or witch hazel in a small spray bottle to refresh linens and towels.
Add a few drops to fingertips for an invigorating scalp massage.
Diffuse to eliminate stale or unpleasant odors in the home.
Diffuse to relax as part of your bedtime routine
Add to coconut or carrier oils for a refreshing foot rub.
Combine with citrus scents for a natural deodorant.
Use Tea Tree’s cleansing properties for homemade soaps and moisturizers.
Apply to skin as part of your nighttime routine.
Comb through hair for added shine and freshness.
Apply to feet and toenails when needed.
Apply to skin to reduce the appearance of blemishes.
Add to your favorite lotion or hair care products.



Too Much Sun Spray
25 drops Lavender oil
10 drops Tea Tree oil
Aloe Vera Jell 1 tablespoon

Add to spray bottle filled with 4 oz purified Water.
Shake well before use. Spray over body as needed after a day in the sun.
KEEP REFRIGERATED!
Feels great chilly!



Essential Oil Deodorant
3 TBS coconut oil
1 TBS beeswax pellets
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup baking soda
1 vitamin E capsule
5 drops Tea Tree oil
5 drops Lavender oil
1 empty 2.65 oz deodorant container

Combine coconut and beeswax pellets in a heat proof glass bowl or glass measuring cup. Place bowl or measuring cup in a saucepan filled with
an inch of water. Heat mixture over medium heat, stirring occasionally until completely melted. Stir in corn starch, baking soda and one vitamin E capsule. Remove from heat and add essential oils. Quickly pour mixture into an empty deodorant container.
Wait for mixture to harden and cool completely before using.
Arrow root powder is a great substitute for cornstarch!



Boo Boo Spray
5 drops Lavender oil
3 drops Tea Tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
2 drops Cypress oil
2 oz (or 1/4 cup) witch hazel
8 oz (or 1 cup) distilled water

Add the oils and witch hazel to 8 ounces of distilled water and shake vigorously. Put in a spray bottle.
Spray on minor boo boos to cleanse and soothe before applying bandage. Repeat 2-3 times daily for 3 days.



Mixed with water or vinegar, essential oils can help clean many surfaces in your home and leave the area smelling wonderful! Tea Tree, Lemon,
Grapefruit, Eucalyptus radiata, Peppermint, Lavender and Rosemary essential oils are especially effective!



To naturally clean the toilet, add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the bowl followed with 1/2 cup of baking soda. This will cause a fizzing reaction. Add 5-10 drops of Melaleuca alternifolia essential oil. Let sit for 5 minutes, then scrub.


Have you used essential oils in the laundry?


Ditch the toxic dryer sheets and switch them for something natural and chemical free! Wool dryer balls dry and soften your clothes faster, without using chemically loaded dryer sheets or fabric softener.


Did you know that dryer sheets are loaded with toxic chemicals? Sure they make your clothes smell nice but that scent is actually synthetic and could contain up to 200 different chemicals. Dryer sheets have been linked to asthma, allergies and even respiratory issues and skin problems. Not to mention, the ingredients found in chemical softeners and dryer sheets are not environmentally friendly and can be quite harmful.

Dryer Balls with Essential Oils
You will LOVE the toxic free way wool dryer balls will fluff your clothes and you can use them to infuse your laundry with essential oils!


To help with static, use white vinegar and 2 metal safety pins.


Using white vinegar in the dryer is great trick for eliminating static. You can simply spray a clean washcloth, sock, pre-cut piece of cloth, or dryer balls with vinegar and a few drops of Tea Tree, Lavender, Lemon, Bergamot, or other essential oils. This item is then tossed into the dryer with everything else.


You can also pour about 1/4 c. of white vinegar into the fabric softener dispenser on your washing machine. You can’t smell the vinegar.


Another trick to help cut down on static is to pin two safety pins on two different items in the dryer. I have seen people attach the safety pins to 2 of the wool dryer balls.


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This is a Basil Spinach Pesto recipe you can use with pasta, on bread or sandwiches, salads, chicken or whatever you choose.


Ingredients:
4 cups spinach leaves, washed
1/4 cup of walnuts or pine nuts
1 clove of garlic, peeled
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2-3 drops Basil Vitality Essential Oil


Combine all ingredients in a food processor.
Mix until combined. Scrape sides to get all the spinach leaves, if needed.
Store in airtight glass jar.


You could also freeze this pesto sauce in an ice cube tray. Just pop out a couple of cubes from the freezer and add to a pasta dish for a quick and easy meal. If you freeze the pesto, omit Parmesan cheese and add after thawing.




Einkorn Basil Vitality Pesto

Basil Spinach Pesto Pasta


Ingredients
9 oz Einkorn Rotini Pasta
1 small clove garlic
1/4 cup pine nuts
1 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
3 tbsp Basil Spinach Pesto (or to taste)
1/4 cup olive oil
2 drops Young Living Lemon Vitality Essential Oil

Cook the pasta in the boiling, salted water according to directions.
Drain and transfer to a large bowl. Add the pesto, Lemon Vitality Essential Oil and toss.
Taste for salt and pepper, and add a drizzle of oil, if you like.




If you are like me and are looking for healthier options to satisfy an occasional craving for something sweet, you may want to try recipes sweetened with dates. I have made Date Truffles before. Oh how YUMMY!


If you have been following me for any length of time you know that I try to keep away from sugar and other things that increase inflammation and pain. Processed sugar is an ingredient I always regret indulging in. Confession time: I occasionally give in to the nasty temptation. About once a year I want jelly beans. I LOVE the black licorice ones. 😉


Thankfully there are lots of great, healthy ingredients to give you healthier options. Dates are a little carby but they are a FAR healthier option than sugar. They are also a great source of iron, potassium, and B-vitamins.


I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did.


Fudgy Sugar Free No-Bake Brownies With Peppermint Essential Oil


Ingredients
2 1/2 cups pitted dates
1 1/2 cups cup almonds
6 tbsp cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tsp water
1/4 tsp salt
2 or 3 drops Young Living Peppermint Vitality Essential Oil


Directions
Combine the dates, almonds, cocoa, vanilla, water, peppermint essential oil and salt in a food processor. Process until smooth, scraping down as needed. It will seem dry at first. Don’t add any extra water.


Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment or wax paper. Transfer dough to pan and press very firmly until dough is evenly distributed in the pan.


Refrigerate brownies for at least 2 hours. Store covered in the fridge. I store mine in the freezer and pull out whatever I need for a day.




Nutrition Information Per Brownie: (Based on 25 brownies)
Calories: 118
Carbohydrates: 9.75g
Fiber: 1.4g
Fat: 5g
Saturated Fat: .36g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sugar: 4.52g



You may also want to try my Date Truffles recipe. It could also be pressed into a pan and made into a brownie. 🙂


Potato Salad has always been one of my favorite side dishes. Not just a summertime favorite but all year. I love potatoes of any kind but they are a bit carby so whenever I am trying to lose weight, potatoes are not such a great idea. As I get older, low carb/keto is a means to manage pain and inflammation.

I really enjoy cauliflower in stir fry but when I tried it as a replacement for potatoes I wasn’t all that impressed. It had the cauliflower taste which was kind of disappointing. Well, all that changed when I got a great tip from George Stella. He said to cook the cauliflower in water instead of steaming to get a more potato like flavor. I tried that and all I can say is WOW! That made a world of difference.

Anyway, Here’s my recipe. It’s spicy. If you prefer the not so spicy, leave the hot peppers out. 😉

Spicy Vitality Mock Potato Salad

1 large head cauliflower, cleaned
5 hard-boiled large eggs, chopped
2 stalks celery, finely diced
1/3 cup onion, finely diced
1/4 cup pickled jalapenos, chopped
1/4 cup red peppers, chopped
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 TBS yellow mustard
1 tsp salt teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 drops Dill Vitality Essential Oil

Garnish with cilantro or parsley.

Boil a large pot of water over high heat. Chop cauliflower into small pieces.
Cook the cauliflower pieces in the boiling water for about 5 minutes, until tender.
Drain cauliflower and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Let the cauliflower sit in the strainer a bit to drain and dry.

Place the cauliflower in a bowl with all of the remaining ingredients. Mix. Place in the refrigerator for a couple hours before serving. I like making it the day before. The flavors meld nicely.


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