DIY Elderberry and Jacked Up Honey!

DIY Elderberry and Jacked Up Honey!
During my quest of living a more natural lifestyle i found elderberry syrup. A friend found some elderberry bushes growing in her yard and made a batch and I was HOOKED. Jacked up honey is another winter wellness staple that I recently fell in LOVE with (and is great to add to tea or coffee).

Last weekend I attended a make and take elderberry syrup and jacked up honey class-it was a blast, they were super simple to make, I learned a ton and came home with my own stash!


Elderberries have been used for years by Native Americans and even in Ancient Egypt. Today its used as a supplement. In the middle ages it was considered a "holy tree" due to its ability of health and longevity. There are several different varieties and need to be cooked before eaten because the raw berries, bark and the leaves of the plant are known to be poisonous and can cause stomach problems.

These powerful berries are packed with nutrition, powerful antioxidants, support heart health and immunity and low calorie.
  • High in Vitamin C
  • High in dietary fiber-fiber helps slow digestion which helps your body absorb nutrients more effectively
  • High in flavonols -compounds great for heart and brain health
  • High in phenolic acids-work as antioxidants 
  • Rich in anthocyanins-give plants rich dark purple/red color-powerful antioxidants 
What are NingXia Wolfberries?
  • Young Living’s Organic Dried Wolfberries are a sweet, organic snack from nature that’s easy to make a part of your daily diet. 
  • With polyphenols and polysaccharides, this exotic berry is touted around the world for its taste and nutrients.
  • Powerful antioxidants.
Benefits of using local raw honey
  • Has unique flavors that are lost when industrialized.
  • Will insure that the honey has the allergens native to the area you live in.
  • Buying local is better and not just because it reduces pollution and saves resources.
  • Local, raw honey is full of all kinds of healthy ingredients. Industrial methods dilute the good stuff out.
  • Quercetin, a component of honey, has been found in studies to reduce inflammation and pollen allergy symptoms. It stabilizes the cell membranes that release histamine, which triggers allergic reactions. Raw honey also contains bee pollen and bee propolis, which boosts the immune system, and builds immunity to allergens.
Due to being thee winter season, the organic dried elderberries were purchased on line, we used local honey and Young Living essential oils. Here are the recipes we used:

Jacked-Up Honey using only Young Living Essential Oils 
 
4 oz raw honey
5 drops thieves vitality essential oil
2 drops peppermint vitality essential oil
4 drops lemon vitality essential oil
2 drops orange vitality essential oil
  1 drop oregano vitality essential oil
 
Mix all the ingredients in a 4 oz glass mason jar. 
 
Kids take 1 tsp once daily to support their immune system. 
Adults can take more if needed for respiratory &/or extra immune support.
 
Safety- always use glass jars with essential oils. 
 
Elderberry/Goji Berry Syrup using only Young Living vitality oils 
Using an Instant Pot
½ C dried elderberries
½ C. dried goji (Wolf) berries     
4 C. distilled water
 
Cover and pressure cook on HIGH for 7 min.
Allow to naturally release for 15 min.
Strain fruit from berries
Add fluid to Instapot and cook on saute on high and reduce fluid by half stirring frequently, approx. 15 min yielding 2 C. 
 
-Add 1 C raw honey and stir to mix
When slightly cooled add 1 drop each of Young Living Vitality Oils:
  • Lemon 
  • Thieves- has cinnamon bark, clove, eucalyptus radiata, lemon & rosemary
  • Orange 
Optional- ginger, cinnamon bark, clove 
 
Total yield = 3 C. 
Store in glass jar and refrigerate, use w/in 1 month
1 tsp for children
1 Tbp for adults

We only recommend Young Living Vitality oils because they are labeled for internal use, non-gmo certified and safe to use. If you do not have a Young Living account-I can help you get Young Living essential oils AND wolfberries in your home at wholesale pricing. Reach out to me and I will help you!

Peace, harmony & essential oils, 
Beth

DIY Skin Care

DIY Skin Care
why DIY? 

One really SIMPLE way to have products in your home that are safe and free from harmful chemicals is to make them yourself! Making your own products and infusing them with Young Living’s pure essential oils is a COST-EFFECTIVE way to get premium products... BETTER products for a FRACTION of the cost! 

facial cleanser

Regular cleaning is an important part of healthy, youthful skin; however, you can overdo it. Dermatologists agree that over-washing can lead to irritation and lack of moisture. If you have oily skin, you should wash your face in the morning and evening. If your skin is on the drier side, stick to once daily in the evening.  Always wash your face after workouts to prevent breakouts.


TIPS

1) Take your makeup off before you cleanse. Most cleansers won’t remove all of your makeup, so start with an oil-based makeup remover.

2) Avoid drastic temperature changes while cleansing. According to dermatologists, the whole  “wash with HOT to open your pores and then finish with COLD to close your pores“ thing is a myth and it can actually cause irritation.

3) It is a good idea to cleanse your face in the shower. Mild steam can help soften hardened oil in pores.

4) Alternate your cleanser 3x a week with a gentle face scrub. Do more or less depending on how your skin feels. The Satin Mint Facial Scrub is A-MA-ZING for exfoliation.


Essential Oil Benefits

• Frankincense gives your skin a youthful appearance.

• Lavender is calming, soothing, and cleansing to the skin.


facial toner

The biggest argument in favor of using a skin toner is that it restores your skin's pH balance. Due to the alkalinity of soap, it causes your skin to be less acidic after cleansing. When the skin needs to work in overdrive to regain its more acidic natural pH level between five and six, it may overproduce oil. Using a toner can help return your skin to its proper pH level.

An alcohol-based toner strips the natural oils, so it is important to use a gentle alcohol-free toner. Make your own toner with a few easy-to-get, highly beneficial ingredients and essential oils that will transform this average toner into a premium product. Use your toner after cleansing and before moisturizing.

Vitamin E is both a nutrient and an antioxidant. Vitamin E oil prevents the formation of wrinkles by blocking free radical damage. It treats wrinkles by boosting collagen production, a connective tissue that keeps skin elastic and supports new skin cell growth and speeds up cell regeneration. If you are more prone to acne, use less or omit this from the recipe, as it is heavy on your skin.

Witch hazel is a plant native to North America and parts of Asia that has been used for centuries for its skin-soothing properties. Its powerful antioxidant and astringent benefits are known to help speed healing, prevent signs of aging, stop cellular damage that can lead to skin cancer, and eradicate bacteria that lives within the pores of the skin.


Essential Oil Benefits

Frankincense gives your skin a youthful appearance.

• Tea Tree has been used for centuries by the aborigines to cleanse the skin. Note: this oil can be drying to the skin.

• Cypress supports healthy skin. *Use with caution during pregnancy.

• Geranium promotes healthy, clear, glowing skin.


mud mask

The minerals in mud are highly effective for absorbing oil from deep within the pores as they dry, trapping the oil in the mud. Mud is often used to detoxify and tone the skin and as an anti-inflammatory agent for skin disorders.

Some other benefits of mud include: reducing signs of aging, improving circulation, shrinking large pores, rinsing away blackheads, and helping to clear acne. Please note that the mud will draw out moisture from your skin as it dries, so it is recommended that you follow up with a moisturizer. ART Light or Intensive Moisturizer are two great options from Young Living’s skin care line.

Essential Oil Benefits

Spearmint moisturizes and refreshes the skin.

• Tea Tree has been used for centuries by the aborigines to cleanse the skin. Note: this oil can be drying to the skin.

• Lavender has a calm and soothing effect on your skin.

eye serum

The goal of an eye serum is to firm your eyes, decrease wrinkles, and reduce bags and dark circles under your eyes. Everybody wants that!

Argan oil is non-greasy and non-irritating, which makes it a great natural moisturizer to hydrate and soften skin and reduce the visibility of wrinkles. With its high vitamin E and fatty acid content, argan oil is ideal to give skin a natural boost.

Almond oil is very popular in Southeast Asia and in the Mediterranean region where the almond tree was first domesticated. It has gained huge popularity in the beauty industry. It creates smooth skin and reduces dark circles under the eyes. According to an article released by “Natural Living Ideas,” some see reduced dark circles in as little as two weeks after applying under the eyes regularly.

Essential Oil Benefits

Sacred Sandalwood is calming and soothing. It also provides a youthful appearance to your skin.

• Blue Tansy is a rare botanical in the chamomile family. It has become celebrated for its use in luxury skin care products. Contains skin-cleansing and moisturizing benefits.

• Geranium promotes healthy, clear, glowing skin.

• Frankincense is popular for its ability to maintain radiant skin and to smooth the look of healthy skin.

• Lemon contains antioxidants and is refreshing, cleansing, and beneficial to skin.

not a member yet?

Become a member by purchasing your starter kit! When you become a member you will be able to purchase YL products at 24% off, join the Essential Rewards program, and have the chance to earn a thank you check for referring your friends to get their own starter kit!! PLUS you’ll be added to an amazing community of people who are willing and ready to help you along this journey!

The most popular starter kit is the Essential Oils Premium Starter Kit that comes with 12 of the most commonly used oils, a diffuser, plus samples of the Ningxia Red & Thieves Household Cleaner and a bottle of the Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier!

Go to my website, checkout the videos and Pick out your Starter Kit ... HERE!

AND....IF You order your Premium Starter Kit before 1/31/2020 you will get FREE Shipping.

Your Premium Starter Kit can NOW count as your first Essential Rewards order! That means you can earn 10% back in points right away PLUS the current monthly promo oil for FREE! 
While you can join Essential Rewards (ER) at any time, I recommend joining Essential Rewards with your Premium Starter Kit as your first ER order (there will be two boxes to check to confirm this as you create your account). Guess what?? 

You can now enroll in Essential Rewards right away! Your starter kit can count as your first ER box! That means you'll get a FREEBIE oil (varies with each month) plus 10% back in rewards points RIGHT AWAY!!  

Ordering on ER is the best way to save money and support your health consistently. If you are already a member, I highly recommend putting your next order through as an ER order. 

Perks to ordering through ER

1)  You will earn ER points for every ER order placed, and you can then cash them in for free products via Quick Order.

2) Free gifts every three months and each year following. Free bonus products when you order 100 PV or 190 PV in one order. (See graphic at the bottom for all the freebies this month)

3) Cheaper shipping

4) The ability to join YL GO or YL GO+, FREE 2-4 day shipping subscriptions.

It's like Amazon Prime but better!

5) You can change the products in your cart every month.

Every month I buy probiotics, hormone support supplements, NingXia Red and then rotate a lot of the other stuff based on need at that time.

6) You can change your shipping date every month, too. 

Your Starter Kit is just the beginning of your wellness journey. Commit to focus on your health by swapping out toxic products for clean products (laundry detergent, cleaner, personal care products), trying new products (supplements, home care, skin care, makeup, food, etc.), and replacing products regularly through ER.

You can cancel Essential Rewards at any time and even rejoin with no penalty. BUT you will want to cash in your ER points you have acquired through ER orders for free product before you cancel so those points are not lost and wasted.

one more thing

I am passionate about educating others. I know the impact of chemicals and what its done to my family. I want the chance to share my story to help others.It is my mission to teach 200 people the dangers of toxins in their home. I want to show them evidence of how the things they purchase everyday can cause sickness in their family down the road, by sharing science, truth and fact. If you so choose to help me reach this goal by hosting a class for me to teach and if you can get 5 friends (or more) in a room to hear me out, I will gift you a hostess basket with wonderful goodies that you can use to protect your family. So, can YOU help me? AND do you know anyone else who would be interested in a toxin free home? Together, we can train our closest friends and family to protect them.
Peace, harmony & essential oils, 
Beth