Amazing uses for Essential Oils

15 Uses for Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint doTERRA oil. Join Monica Bravo for classes so that you can learn to be a healer in your home. Class Schedule here.

doterra trioI love these uses for doTERRA essential oils. These are oils in the starter kit! 15 Uses for Lavender

  1. Take A Lavender Bath. Drop a bit of lavender essential oil along with Epsom salts to your bath water for an ultra-relaxing experience.
  2. Head To Toe Rest! After a hard work out or a long day on your feet, rub Lavender along with Lemongrass on your legs and feet. It will help soothe sore muscles and fully rest.
  3. Take The Acrid Out Of Vinegar. Add 4-5 drops of Lavender to your vinegar cleaning mixture for a more bearable scent.
  4. Quick Fix. Mix three parts Fractionated Coconut Oil with one part Lavender essential oil in a small spray bottle or roll on to help clear up skin irritation associated with chafing.  Great for little ones!
  5. Bring on the ZZZ’s. Rub on the bottoms of the feet for a more restful sleep.
  6. Enjoy A Fresh And Clean Mattress. Sprinkle a mixture of 1 cup baking soda and 10 drops of lavender essential oil over your mattress. Allow the mixture to sit for at least one hour then use the vacuum hose to clean it up. You can combine with drops of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Clove, or Rosemary as well.
  7. Ouch! That’s Hot! The next time someone doesn’t realize the iron or pan is still hot; apply Lavender oil to the affected area to soothe skin irritation, relieve redness and ease swelling.
  8. The Oatmeal Secret.  Fill a baby food jar with oatmeal, and add 5-8 drops of Lavender oil.  When it’s time to wash your face, add water and it becomes an excellent natural scrub! A little goes a long way.
  9. A Sleepy Time Trick. A few drops of Lavender placed on a pillow will help a restless toddler (or adult) fall asleep and stay asleep.
  10. Flavor Twist. Lavender adds a unique and delicious flavor to marinades, custards, breads, cookies, icings, and even honey and syrup.
  11. Homemade Aftershave. Use after shaving to soothe and soften skin and to lessen the redness and burning caused by razor burn.
  12. Take The “Ouch” Out. One drop of Lavender will help relieve the pain and sensitivity of occasional sore gums, dry or chapped lips, occasional scrapes and abrasions, or after too much sun.
  13. Clear The Mind. Apply Lavender to the temples and back of neck to lessen the effects of stress and anxiety and to promote mental clarity.
  14. Care For Your Baby Belly. Rub Lavender essential oil onto an itchy tummy while pregnant.
  15. Therapeutic Dish & Laundry Soap. If your liquid soap smells a bit flat, you can add Lavender for additional aromatherapy benefits. It transforms your cleaning experience!

 15 Uses for Lemon

  1. Eradicate Undesirable Smells. The next time you have international potpourri of food simultaneously brewing in your apartment complex at dinnertime, be sure to diffuse Lemon to neutralize odors.
  2. Get Rid Of The Sticky Stuff. Lemon essential oil is excellent for removing sticky tree sap, sticker residue and permanent marker. It even gets gum out of hair!
  3. Pump Life Into Your Water.  If you unfortunately don’t have great water taste in your town, add Lemon to that pitcher of water in the fridge. Add ice. Shake well. You will love the flavor!
  4. A Remodelers Friend. It is possible to have fresh paint on the walls and a fresh smell in the air! Diffuse lemon essential oil while you repaint or remodel your home.
  5. Road-Trip Relief.  The next time you going ‘over the river and through the woods’ on a family road trip, (with family or pets) a little Lemon on cotton balls (other absorbent material) spread over your air vents or goes a long, long way to create a more pleasurable trip.
  6. Perk Up. First, diffuse lemon essential oil to brighten and energize your mood. Then, pamper yourself by mixing a few drops with Melaleuca and fractionated coconut oil and apply on tired, dry, cracked feet.
  7. Flavor Boost. Add a drop of Lemon essential oil anytime you are cooking with lemon juice (Salmon on the BBQ, Lemon merengue pie, Lemon zest) to give it a deeper, more rich flavor.  In soothing winter teas, you can simply add Lemon essential oil to warm water, an herbal tea and honey.
  8. Pick-Me-Up. When you lack motivation or energy, try rubbing a drop of Lemon on your hands, the back of your neck or even through your hair. You’ll be amazed at the power of the Lemony aroma!
  9. Smell Lemons, Not Chemicals. Add a couple drops of Lemon essential oil to your dishwater. Adding Lemon will make it a better experience for you while taking advantage of the cleaning qualities in Lemon essential oil!  Your glassware will be crystal clean.
  10. Super Study Powers. Diffuse with Peppermint in the classroom or during homework time to help the kids stay awake and focused.
  11. An Original All-Purpose Cleaner. Mix 5-6 drops Lemon essential oil with water and vinegar in a spray bottle to cleanse and purify surfaces. Use to clean kitchen counters and stainless steel appliances. For stainless steel, mix Lemon essential oil with olive oil for best results.
  12. Preserve What You’ve Got. Use Lemon essential oil in a spray to keep your cut fruit fresh until serving.
  13. Refresh Bad Smelling Washcloths. When your kitchen washcloths smell foul and could use a boost, add Lemon oil to your detergent, soak overnight, wash, dry and your kitchen will smell so much better!
  14. Nourish Your Leathers & Furniture. Preserve and prevent leather from splitting with a Lemon soaked cloth. Also, a few drops of Lemon essential oil combined with a few drops to olive oil makes a great furniture polish.
  15. ‘Lemonize’ Your Laundry. Instead of dryer sheets, try adding a few drops to a damp wash cloth in the dryer with the rest of your laundry. Be sure to set the dryer to a low temperature cycle as high heat will lessen the effects of the oil.

 15 Uses for Peppermint

  1. Support Healthy Breathing. Dilute a drop of Peppermint oil combined with Fractionated Coconut Oil and place under your nose to support open airways and help you breathe easily.
  2. A Hot Feet Fix. Add Peppermint to a cold compress and cool down your overworked feet.
  3. Break Away From Summer Heat. Keep a spray bottle of water with a few drops of Peppermint essential oil nearby, especially when you REALLY need to cool down!
  4. Could You Start A Fire With Your Breath? Use a drop of Peppermint with Lemon in water for a healthy, refreshing mouth rinse.  It freshens breath and builds confidence in your close encounters.
  5. Take A Deep Breath. Inhale deeply to invigorate lungs and increase alertness.
  6. Stressed? Apply to neck and forehead with Lavender to relieve tension and pressure.
  7. A Joint Effort.  Peppermint is a great way to cool joints without taking an ice bath. It helps to soothe occasional soreness in muscles and joints.
  8. Tummy Calmer. Rub on the stomach or take internally for occasional digestive discomfort.
  9. Shake It Up. Add a drop of Peppermint to your chocolate Trim Shake for a yummy twist.
  10. Zero To Satiety In Seconds. Most people eat until they feel full. Diffusing Peppermint will help reign in the urge to snack on junk food.  It’s a good way to control appetite and to feel full faster.
  11. Out On The Open Road. Don’t fall asleep at the wheel! Inhale Peppermint from a handkerchief or straight from the bottle to perk up on long drives.
  12. Awaken Your Senses. Before your next work out, apply a bit of Peppermint to your chest or just take a deep breathe straight from the open bottle.  Then, after your workout add to shampoo to stimulate your senses and help with scalp health.
  13. Approaching Deadlines Mean Long And Late Hours. Rather than grab a Snickers to revitalize you as you ‘go the extra mile’, deeply inhale Peppermint to feel revitalized and ready to go.
  14. Un-Block Writer’s Block. Peppermint can support blood circulation and leave you feeling rejuvenated to keep those creative juices flowing.Simply spritz peppermint on child’s shirt before study time for improved concentration and alertness.
  15. Savor The Combination. Peppermint makes a delicious addition to all things chocolate. Add a drop into your chocolate beverages and baked goods. Yum!

 

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Why are smoothies important for breakfast?

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and sometimes it just doesn’t fit into our schedule the way it should. As parents and professionals we get busy and forget to take care of ourselves. However, how we begin the day will determine how the rest of the day goes. It will determine if we feel energized or if we feel dragging with a lack of energy. What we put in our bellies is directly related to how we physically feel. So if you are a skip breakfast and grab the coffee mug morning person then this blog is totally for you.

We all need and crave energy. I know I do! Sometimes it is so easy to want to grab a quick bowl of cereal, a muffin, or even forget breakfast and just get through the morning on 1-2 cups of coffee for the energy needed to survive the day. I don’t want you to just survive through the day though; I want you to thrive through the day. I also don’t want you to go on the “crash and crave” roller coaster for the entire day. If you begin your morning with caffeinated coffee and sugar, you will crash, and you will be either too tired to make it through your responsibilities or you will be reaching for another cup of coffee to get through a few more hours.

Smoothies are another quick alternative to a fast breakfast that can help energize us throughout the entire day. When you toss in some greens, a little fruit, and a healthy liquid like coconut water you are bound to feel energetic and ready to take on the day. Starting the day with a smoothie also gives you well needed antioxidants which help protect our bodies from free radicals, and it is a great low glycemic start. Eating a low glycemic breakfast will help curb your sugar cravings for the entire day and it will also help with not crashing.

Next time you want a quick breakfast, try a delicious smoothie that will leave you feeling energized and motivated. A morning smoothie will provide your body with the nutrients it needs to produce natural energy and naturally boost your metabolism. So, what are you reaching for tomorrow morning? I know I will be pulling out my blender and getting ready for some long lasting energy. If you’d like more recipes or a 11 day meal plan check out my NOURISH program. Contact me for a Consultation.  xoxo Monica

CHOCOLATE AND KALE SMOOTHIE

1 cup coconut, hemp, or almond milk

½ to 1 frozen banana

1-3 cups of kale (depending on your taste buds)

1-2 tablespoons of cacao nibs

2 Scoop of Arbonne Chocolate Protein

5 to 6 ice cubes

Optional: Digest Enzyme Probiotic and Arbonne Fiber

Healthy Chocolate Smoothie

Healthy Chocolate Smoothie
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup coconut milk, rice, almond or hemp milk
  2. 1 1/2 cups baby spinach
  3. 1 banana
  4. 1 avocado
  5. 2 scoops of Arbonne Vegan Protein Powder
  6. 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
  7. 1/2 cup frozen berries
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in blender; blend until smooth
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Roasted Root Veggie Salad

Roasted Root Veggie Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pound root vegetables (beets, carrots, turnips, parsnips), diced
  2. 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  3. 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  4. 2 medium shallots
  5. ½ tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
  6. 3 cups arugula
  7. 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  8. 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  9. Dash of sea salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450º F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. In medium bowl, toss diced vegetables and shallots with Tablespoon of coconut oil ½ tsp. sea salt to coat. Spread the veggies out in one layer on a baking sheet.
  2. Roast in oven until all veggies are tender (about 20 minutes). Drizzle with one tablespoon of olive oil and add fresh rosemary to the vegetables and toss to coat.
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