For reference, I based my essential oil popcorn balls off of this recipe I found online. I made a few changes along the way and of course added in essential oils. Check out the original recipe if you have more of a sweet tooth and want to add in some candy pieces.
Gourmet Popcorn Kernels
Vegetable oil spray
1/3 cup light corn syrup
1 cup sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons salted butter
1 drop of Wild Orange essential Oil
1 drop of Cinnamon essential oil
Pop your popcorn kernels using a hot air popcorn popper. My popcorn popper uses 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels at a time which creates approximately 16 cups of popped popcorn.
Bring sugar, corn syrup, and salt to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Cook over high heat until mixture reaches 255 degrees Fahrenheit on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and essential oils.
Pour mixture over popcorn evenly, and continue tossing with plastic gloves until thoroughly coated (I used sandwich sized Ziploc bags coated in vegetable oil spray). Please note - the mixture will be HOT. Sprinkle a small amount of cinnamon over the popcorn and mix well.
Use your hands to shape into balls and transfer onto wax paper. Let cool for at least 20 minutes. I used cupcake liners to add a festive look to the popcorn balls and bagged them with some festive ribbon. You could easily stir in frozen chocolate or other candies prior to making the balls.
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Usage Tips and Recipe Ideas
Have you used Melaleuca (aka Tea Tree Oil) before? If so, you are probably already aware of some of the amazing benefits this oil offers. Did you know you can use Melaleuca oil to keep your fingernails and toenails looking and feeling healthy? Reap the benefits of Tea Tree oil for nails by applying some oil to your fingernails and toenails after you get out of the shower to keep them looking strong and healthy. When using Tea Tree oil topically, first dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to prevent against any skin sensitivity, and then apply a few drops to your skin.
Here are some ways we use doTERRA Melaleuca Essential Oil in our own home:
The above are just a few examples I could think of as I was typing this post. Here is another tried and true favorite DIY recipe that we use almost daily in our home.
DIY Moisturizing Soothing Skin Spray
(10) drops Melaleuca
(10) drops Lavender essential
(1) teaspoon of Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO)
Add your essential oils and FCO to a 2-ounce spray bottle and top off with distilled water. Spray over your skin as needed. This makes an excellent after sun spray! I even use this same spray after applying my makeup as a setting spray. Can also be used as an everyday moisturizer, and for minor scrapes or skin discomfort.
When shopping for Tea Tree oil, you’ll want to ensure that the oil you choose is pure and high quality, in order to yield the benefits that the oil holds. Each doTERRA essential oil, including Melaleuca, is responsibly sourced, tested, and produced in a way that guarantees a high quality grade.
What is the iTOVi Scanner, you ask?
Let me tell you all about it! Last night, my friend (and doTERRA upline) Laura messaged me to tell me she had just received her iTOVi scanner in the mail and she wanted me to come right over to try it out. You guys...it was late and I was already in my pajamas, but that did not stop me from asking my husband to drive over with me so we could give the iTOVi scanner a whirl. He probably thought I was a bit nuts like he does with most things I suggest, but he drove us over anyway. We arrived, she met us in the driveway and she had her iPhone with the iTOVi app already installed and connected via Bluetooth to her iTOVi scanner. She had my husband enter his personal information (name, address, email, height, weight, etc.) and then he held the scanner in the palm of his hand and within a couple of minutes his scan was complete. We then emailed him his results and I repeated the same process for myself. We were literally both done from start to finish within five minutes. 5 MINUTES! I was able to view my own personalized scan report that listed recommended product suggestions based on the results of my scan. I now have a better understanding of which doTERRA essential oils and products we need to incorporate into our lives. Check out the screenshot below to see what my personalized scan report looked like.
As you can see, Spearmint essential oil was on my list, so I added it to my bath last night. I also added a couple of drops along with Lemon essential oil to my ice water today. I loved the iTOVi so much I ordered my own scanner as soon as we got in the car!
For any of my Wellness Advocate friends and/or team members, please message me if you have questions or would like more information on how it works and how to get your own scanner. If you are ready to get your own to use in your home/workplace and to assist when you host classes or talk to people about oils, please click on my referral link.
For more detailed information regarding the iTOVi scanner, please visit my new iTOVi page on this site.
If so, try this quick and easy recipe to curb your cravings!
Here's what you'll need:
1 Ripe Avocado
Fresh Ground Pepper
Fresh Ground Sea Salt
Lawry's Garlic Salt
Lime Essential Oil (pure, therapeutic grade)
Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit. Scoop out the inside of the avocado into a bowl. Add 3-5 turns of fresh ground pepper, 2-3 turns of fresh ground sea salt, about 1/8 of a teaspoon of Lawry's garlic salt and 1-2 drops of Lime essential oil. Mash well with a fork and mix it all together. Add some tortilla chips or a soft, warm tortilla and you are ready to eat!
Add more salt and pepper to taste, if needed.
Depending what you have on hand, you can also add some freshly diced onion, cilantro, tomato and/or a small amount of jalapeno pepper to this recipe. I have tried all of the above variations before and it truly makes this simple guacamole amazing!
Do you have any favorite guacamole recipes you'd like to share? If so, please post them or share links to your recipes in the comments section!
DIY Cleaning Scrub Recipe
I love Soft Scrub with Bleach. It works great, but I can't handle the strong smell. So, I decided to try my hand at creating my own DIY version. Guess what? My DIY version worked really well, made enough to clean my shower, tub, two sinks and is all natural! No horrible burn your nose or throat after smell, either.
I've already created my own cleaning spray and now this cleaning scrub. I hope to NEVER purchase a commercial cleaning product again! I need to find a great wood cleaner/polish next.
Here's what you'll need:
1 Cup of Baking Soda
1/4 cup Dr Bronner's Liquid Castile Soap (I have used both the Peppermint and Unscented versions)
1 Tablespoon of White Vinegar
11 Drops of Essential Oil (I prefer to use Lemon)
Mix all of the above ingredients and use.
Please note - I have used this cleaning scrub on my porcelain bathtub, ceramic tile walls and grout, travertine steam shower and grout, sink, counters and toilet. If you are concerned at all with how it may affect a surface in your own home, please do a spot test before anything else.
I haven't made enough that I need to worry about storing any leftovers yet, but I am going to look into some type of container to keep a larger batch in. I am thinking of using a small glass bowl of some sort, I just haven't decided on the exact one yet.
If you decide to try this DIY Cleaning Scrub Recipe, please let me know what you think!
I made this DIY All-Natural Cleaning Spray in less than two minutes! I love a clean house and have tested this in my own home. You can use this to clean your counters, appliances, sinks, bathrooms, etc. Since it contains vinegar, I have not tested it on wooden surfaces. It is much safer than store bought cleaners, smells great and in my opinion it cleans just as well, if not better.
It was super easy to make. The glass bottles are from Amazon. The spray was made using 1 cup of vinegar, distilled water and 21 drops of essential oils. That's it! Easy-peasy.
Here is the recipe for my DIY All-Natural Cleaning Spray
Add the following ingredients to a 16 ounce glass bottle:
1 Cup of Vinegar
11 Drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil
5 Drops of Lemon Essential Oil
5 Drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
Top off with Distilled Water
Shake gently and get to cleaning - Your nose will thank you!
This is a basic and super simple DIY Foaming Hand Soap recipe you can customize to suit your own needs. Please note - You do not need to use the exact brands I have chosen for my own DIY Foaming Hand Soap, they are just listed as an easy reference in case you need a place to start. Almost all of the supplies for my version of this soap were purchased from Amazon (hello, Amazon Prime!) and/or the grocery store.
Here's what you will need:
Here are some scent combinations our family uses:
Unscented DIY Foaming Hand Soap
If you use the unscented liquid castile soap and do not add any essential oils, it is truly unscented. I do not notice any weird scent at all. I have super sensitive skin and am highly sensitive to most fragrance, so I actually like this version a lot.
Peppermint DIY Foaming Hand Soap
If you use the Peppermint liquid castile soap, the soap will have a slight peppermint scent with a tingly feel after you wash your hands.
Eucalyptus Peppermint DIY Foaming Hand Soap
Use the above recipe with the Peppermint liquid castile soap and add 10-15 drops of Eucalyptus oil to the mixture. I make this for my husband's bathroom and it has been a hit.
Cinnamon Clove DIY Foaming Hand Soap
Using the unscented version of this recipe, add 5-8 drops of Cinnamon Essential Oil and 3 drops of Clove Essential Oil. This oil combination reminds me of Fall.
Please remember - less is more. If you are unsure of how a specific essential oil or ingredient will affect you, please try a small amount to make sure you do not have any sensitivity issues.
The original version of this recipe was obtained from One Essential Community.
DIY Bath & Foot Soak Recipe
This is so easy to make in just a few minutes! I prefer to create relaxing blends, but you can use any Essential Oil you like!
Here's the recipe:
1/2 Cup Dead Sea Salt
1.5 Cups Epsom Salt
10-15 Drops of Essential Oil(s)
Add salts and essential oil(s) to a glass jar with a lid. Shake well to mix. Add 1-2 capfuls to warm water. Enjoy!
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