I make and you take! March 21, 2015 @ 2:00 p.m.

Title, I make you take (March 21, 2015)

Okay, I’ve become an oily girl.  It’s no longer a dirty secret.  With all of my allergies to environmental objects such as trees, weeds, grasses, etc. and my allergies to man-made medicine e.g. aspirin, penicillin, Motrin/ibuprofen, Claritin, Flonase, cyclobenzaprine, 3 different antibiotics, etc. etc. etc., I’m endeavoring to reduce the chemicals in my home by 50%.

To share the love, I’ve start doing “I make and you take!” gatherings at my home.  These are a list of my personal essential oil DIY favorites.  For $30, choose 5 items to take home with you on Saturday.  I’ll demo how to make granola as well as the items that you choose.  Payments can be made in cash, check or using PayPal (family and friends, j.denice.lewis@gmail.com ).

List, I make you take (March 21, 2015)

 

Agenda, I make you take (March 21, 2015)

 

 

Mmmmmm . . . I heart DIY!

Whipped Coconut Oil Body Butter

Whipped Coconut Oil Body Butter

I started making my own jams, jellies, preserves and chutneys after going to a canning and preserving workshop at the Carmel Farmer’s Market in the summer of 2014.  One of my first productions was an apricot and mango preserve.  However, for my first “I Make and You Take” on Saturday, February 7, 2015, I made a gem e.g. a yummy strawberry and blackberry jam/preserve.

Hellooooooo strawberry and blackberry preserves!

Hellooooooo strawberry and blackberry preserves!

NOTE: I made it off the cuff e.g. no recipe is available.   Learn about the differences between jams, jellies, and preserves here.

To help combat the winter dryness here in Indianapolis, I hunted down a recipe for a body butter and found a whipped coconut body butter recipe at http://www.livingthenourishedlife.com/2012/02/homemade-whipped-coconut-oil-body.  I made mine with Young Living essential oils and made a couple of changes.  I used a Kitchen Aid hand mixer. Yes, I would have loved to use a Vitamix blender and may be starting a Go Fund Me campaign … stay tuned!  When you’re a full-time graduate student and part-time teacher, you have to find creative ways to funds the “wants”.  Use the body butter like it is a thick body cream/lotion and apply sparingly.  Believe me!  A little bit goes a very, very, very long way.

Me heart you DIY sugar scrub!!! To make a sugar scrub, all you need is

  1. Sugar (brown, white, palm, etc.)
  2. A carrier oil (grapeseed, olive oil, apricot oil, avocado oil, coconut oil … whatever your skin and nose require)
  3. Essential oils … I use Young Living essential oils
DIY Sugar Scrub . . . I heart thee lots and lots in the winter time!!!!!

DIY Sugar Scrub . . . I heart thee lots and lots in the winter time!!!!!

And … wallah!  As my friend Jerinae would say, “Life is wonderful!”  Make those dry skin patches smoother and softer after a shower/bath by using a sugar scrub!  After taking a shower/bath and BEFORE drying off, rub the sugar scrub on the dry places on your body and rinse off with lukewarm water.  Also, pat your body dry versus rubbing it dry.  Sometimes, when I’m supper ashy or see dry/flaky skin, I’ll use the sugar scrub on dry skin and brush it off.  I may try the recipe at http://www.theidearoom.net/2012/11/peppermint-candy-cane-sugar-scrub.html next.  We shall see …

I Make and You Take (Saturday, February 7, 2015)

I decided to start sharing the love for my essential oils journey.  As a result, once a month (approximately) I’ll host an “I make and you take!” gathering at my house.  The cost will vary depending on what’s up on the menu.  The menu for Saturday, February 7, 2015 is below and the cost is $30 (payable in cash, check or PayPal (family and friends).

Let me know if you’re interested in attending any future events!  I’ll add you to the email invite list.  Also, if your thought is “Denice, I’d prefer that you make it and I buy it.”, let me know and I can coordinate with you.

Saturday, February 7, 2015 

Agenda

  • How to make nut butter
  • The simplicity in making your own jam, jelly and/or preserves
  • DIY (Do It Yourself) with essential oils
  • A Spa Day at home . . . making your own . . . 
    • Milk bath
    • Sugar scrub
    • Body butter
  • Back germs! Back sickness . . . making your own . . .
    • Cough and vapor rub
    • Bath soak (with Epson salt) for sore muscles
    • Body butter for the aches and pains

Your choices . . . .

  1. A jar of nut butter or jam/jelly to take home
  2. Choose a category
  • “A Spa Day at home . . . “
    • Milk bath
    • Sugar scrub
    • Body butter
  • “Back germs! Back sickness!”
    • Cough and vapor rub
    • Bath soak (with Epson salt) for sore muscles
    • Body butter for the aches and pains
  • Mix and mingle (Pick items from both categories). I’ve included an example below:
    • Milk bath
    • Sugar scrub
    • Cough and vapor rub

In addition, you’ll get . . .

  1. 1 spray bottle of Thieves cleaner
  2. A booklet on essential oils
  3. A recyclable bag to put it all in

I’m an oily girl!

Being that I’m allergic to most man-made medicines such as aspirin, penicillin, ibuprofen/Motrin, Claritin, Founase, cyclobenzaprene, three antibiotics, etc. etc. as well as have several and extensive outdoor and indoor allergens, the only remedies for me are acupuncture, massage, and aromatherapy.

After going to a make and take party with Young Living essential oils.  I was sold and have become an oily type of girl.  Since my goals for 2015 are to

  • Pay off my consumer debt (One moment of pissivity with Bank of America convinced me that credit card debt isn’t meant for me.)
  • Decrease the amount of chemicals in my house by at least 50% (I need to breathe!) and
  • Start my Ph.D.  (It’s time to get on the path to working an academic schedule with winter breaks, a spring break and summers off!)

I’ve started looking for ways to make my own bath and body products, cleaning items, laundry detergent, sickness remedies, etc. etc.  As a result, essential oils have become my medicine cabinet, have been integrated into my beauty regiment as well as are getting rid of a number of cleaning products that have words that I have difficulty pronouncing.

As a way to help someone like others have helped me, I’ve started a blog so that I have a record of what I’m doing and what I’ve done and you can have a resource for how to get started yourself if you’re interested.

Welcome to my oily journey with Young Living essential oils!