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Wednesday, November 26

DIY Whipped Body Butter



One of the things I was most excited about when I started my essential oils journey was being able to make my own beauty products and household cleaners. I have been on a mission to create a chemical-free home, and essential oils have been absolutely vital to this. I revamped my hair care routine and have stopped using harsh gels and mousse, and have been absolutely loving this luxurious body butter. It's completely natural and safe enough for even my little one's sensitive skin. I use it as a moisturizer all over my body and on my face, on Elliot's, and even as a shaving cream. It would also be wonderful for growing and stretching pregnant bellies!

You will need:
an 8-12 ounce glass container (I like these)
1/2 cup solid organic coconut oil
1/2 cup raw organic african shea butter
15-20 drops essential oil of choice (I like lavender!)

Place coconut oil and shea butter in a bowl and whip with a handheld or stand mixer until fluffy and smooth. Add esesntial oils and mix again until desired consistency is achieved. The longer you mix, the fluffier it will become!

I like to use lavender because of the amazing calming properties -- calming our inflamed or irritated skin, calming our minds at the end of the day, bringing back balance to our skin.


Other good options and combos:
Melaleuca (tea tree) + cedarwood for your man (think shaving cream)
Lavender + cedarwood (also a good combo for the gents)
Geranium +/- lavender (great for skin and smells so wonderful)
Peppermint for holiday gifts (stick with 15 drops)
Peace & calming or Joy


If you are interested in getting your own oils at 24% off, click here.
xoxo

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Disclaimer:  Any suggestions made on this blog are very specific to Young Living essential oils and should not be used with oils from another source. Statements made on this website about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician. Keep out of reach from children. Please consult your physician about your medical needs, and if you are currently taking medication, please DO NOT STOP.

Monday, November 24

A Paleo Thanksgiving



Holidays can be tough when you and your extended family have different ideas about food. Having  been through multiple holiday seasons being paleo, I think that we have a good balance figured out, so I thought I'd share it with you. Note that this is what works for us and that things are a little different on the years that we are hosting. Honestly it's easier to stay paleo when we do host, but here are my tips for a healthy, paleo Thanksgiving.


1 - Bring your own dishes
When we are going to another family member's home, this is sides and a small dessert. Bonus points if you get to bring the turkey! We take two side dishes that we like and are also crowd pleasers and if we want it, some cranberry relish. 

Here are some of my favorites:

Maple sage roasted butternut squash 
Cranberry orange relish (so much better than canned cranberry sauce!)
Skillet apple pie from this book - a favorite!

I also make a grain-free stuffing to take to my mom's. This recipe is pretty killer as well.
And if you're interested, my favorite turkey recipe and cranberry butter.


It is definitely more work to make a few of your own sides or rolls, but we leave our extras at home and eat them over the weekend! You can find some of my favorite paleo holiday recipes here.


2 - Plan ahead
We go in knowing that our meat is going to be cooked in less than ideal ingredients and isn't going to be the best quality. This is just a concession that we make. We don't partake in the Honeybaked ham/turkey since they are laden with sugar and additives, but will definitely eat an oven-roasted variety. If we are going somewhere that we know there won't be anything we would eat, we eat at home beforehand and have a cup of coffee or cider at the gathering.

We also talk about what, if any, things we want to eat that are not paleo, and limit ourselves to one thing.


3 - Take a walk
It feels so wonderful to get outside and move around, especially after a day of indulging, sitting and chatting with family and watching football. Even if you don't feel like it and even if it's just for a ten minutes, go outside and take a walk. You will feel so much better!


Happy Thanksgiving week! Wishing you a wonderful week and a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!
xoxo

Blueberry Avocado Smoothie + Ginger



I don't typically jump on the smoothie bandwagon, but sometimes I just don't have time for a full-on meal. So it's nice to be able to throw something together than can be consumed with one hand while driving and still provide all the nutrient-dense foods my body needs. I do have to say though, that I definitely don't recommend smoothies for breakfast, as that is pretty much a mainline of sugar to your liver first thing in the morning. And also make sure not to overdo it! Only put as much in the blender as you could eat comfortably on its own.


Blueberry Avocado Smoothie:
2/3 frozen banana
small handful frozen organic blueberries OR 1/2 a pear
1-2 scoops Young Living Pure Protein Complete
handful fresh organic spinach
1/2 an avocado
1 drop ginger essential oil (optional)
almond milk to desired consistency

This is also delicious with a drop of ginger essential oil and a drop of tangerine essential oil!


xoxo
For information on how to get your own oils and Young Living products at a 24% discount, click here.
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Saturday, November 22

Right Now...



"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." -Marianne Williamson
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Thursday, November 20

Essential Oils for Hair Care // Homemade Hair Mask + Curl Spritz


I'm sure I've mentioned it before, but one big part of my essential oils journey was to get rid of all of the chemical-laden products that we use from cleaning to personal care. The biggest challenge for me thus far has been my unruly locks. 

I've had wavy/curly hair as long as I can remember, and it stays on the dry side, giving it a frizzy, unkempt demeanor. In fact, there is a running joke among my family and friends that I resemble an angry lion in the mornings. Not too far fetched, actually. So I weigh down my curls with conditioner, mousse, and finishing cream in an effort to fight the frizz. And while I used sulfate-free products, drank tons of water, and only washed my hair a few times a week, the results were less than stellar.

Lately, however, things have been looking up. I started using a copaiba lavender or copaiba geranium hair mask on the days I wash my hair. And the results? Silkier, shinier locks that don't require nearly as much (or repeated applications of) finishing cream. I haven't gotten to the point of being able to quit all my hair products, but I can see the end in sight! Here is my current regimen for taming my dry mess of a mane.

1 -- Wash once or twice a week.

2 -- Before washing, apply this hair mask, concentrating on the ends, and leave on for at least 30 minutes (twist up your hair, and go wash dishes, fold laundry, etc.):
2-3 drops copaiba
2 drops lavender OR geranium
1/2 tsp or so organic coconut oil


3 -- Switch to Young Living shampoo, which is natural and sulfate-free and infused with amazing essential oils. I'm partial to the copaiba vanilla but lavender mint sounds nice, too.

4 -- Drink at least 64 ounces of water daily. Also, my daily Ningxia Red is just an all around immune and wellness support.

5 -- Make your own curly hair spritz (so simple and easy but it works!):
Combine a 50:50 ratio of aloe vera gel and water into a glass spray bottle. (Add more aloe for a firmer hold, less for a more relaxed hold.) Add 2-4 drops of lavender oil and shake well. Shake before use, then spray onto hair until damp. I like to keep a small bottle in my purse for mid-day, winter wind hair emergencies. 


If you're interested in getting your own oils at a 24% discount and/or purchasing some of the amazing personal care products from Young Living, click here.

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Any suggestions made on this website are very specific to Young Living essential oils and should not be used with oils from another source. Statements made on this website about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician. If you are currently on medication, do NOT stop it.

Wednesday, November 19

Life, Lately


Since coming home from Wyoming, life has been moving at warp speed with little to no breathing room. I feel like it's been a whirlwind of working, managing a household, taking care of a babe, and (not enough) sleep. On a happy note, today is my Thursday since I have a long weekend coming up, and I just. cannot. wait! I have so many recipes and DIYs I want to share with you, and I'm itching to start some holiday decorating and make some paleo peppermint hot chocolate. Yes, you read that right, but let me just repeat... paleo peppermint hot chocolate. 

Here's a little peek into our trip to Wyoming and the last week of craziness. 

{my happy little reindeer! this kid is so awesome, you guys.}

 {my boss brought us bags of apples from the north Georgia apple orchard - score!}

{I could hike all day in the beautiful Wind River Range.}

{I've been using panaway + peppermint for back pain and exhaustion. Total life-saver!}

 {We had the best burgers & sandwiches on gluten-free buns in Jackson.}


xoxo

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Sunday, November 16

Oily Updates


Wanted to share a couple fun things happening this week:


1 -- #myoilyday
I will be joining some of my favorite people tomorrow on Instagram to showcase what a day in the oily life looks like - what oils we use and how we use them on a daily basis. Would love to have you follow along and play along!

2 -- Everyday Essentials
I will be hosting an online introduction to essential oils on Tuesday night! Wear your pjs, grab a cup of hot tea or cider and a blanket and follow along! The class link will be posted on my Facebook page, Ashley Cribb Essentials, where I will be to 'live chat' about any questions you may have!

For more information on essential oils or to purchase your own at 24% off, click here.


Happy (almost) Monday!
Here's to a great week!

xoxox

Tuesday, November 11

Peace & Calming for Babes



Teething is in full swing over here. Elliot already has two teeth on the bottom and is working on two more up top. Needless to say, we've been experiencing some uncharacteristic melt downs from our usually happy and laid-back boy and some sleepless nights. In an effort to combat that and to help my sweet boy get some much needed rest, I've been using the Peace & Calming essential oil. I use it in one of the following ways every night:

1- Diffuse into the room during his bedtime feeding. This benefits the both of us since the sleepless nights are an added stress for mama as well!

2 - Dilute with coconut oil and rub on his feet. If I do this, I use the thieves oil on his feet in the mornings to make sure his little immune system stays strong during cold and flu season!


I love having these oils to use for my family, and I am so grateful for the way they nourish and protect us. If you're interested in getting your own oils with a 24% discount, click here and for more general info, click here.

xoxo


Monday, November 10

The Anatomy of a Wall Collage



I love a good collage. Mixing prints, textures and colors is a general theme around our home. And  whether small or large, a good wall collage adds personality and depth to any room. Here are some of my tips for achieving your perfect mix. 


1. Make it personal
Use items from your life - your wedding, your adventures, meaningful quotes -- something from your favorite novel, a line or two of poetry or even an entire poem, or song lyrics -- perhaps the song you danced to at your wedding, or the one your mother used to sing to you as a child.

2. Find a common theme
Make one element of the collage cohesive  -- perhaps a color story {I went with neutral colors in my living room collage}, using the same frame for each piece, a wall of only poetry or song lyrics, pictures from your honeymoon or a favorite trip. Find something that ties a common thread between all pieces.


3. Plan it out
I like to lay the collage on the floor to get the perfect arrangement, then cut out shapes from paper that match each piece. Lightly tape each piece of paper to the wall and tweak the placement as needed. It may seem like extra work, but I guarantee you it is far easier than rearranging things after you've already made holes in the wall. I especially suggest this if you are trying to hang multiple things in one straight line.

4. Don't be afraid to switch it up
Changing out pieces in the collage helps keep things fresh, especially during the holiday season. I like to add silver Christmas balls to the antlers in our living room or string garland across the frames to make them more festive. Also, if you find another piece of art that you love, find a way to incorporate it into your collage.


xoxo

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Sunday, November 9

Hello from Wyoming!


Life has been so crazy lately that when given the chance to visit family out west, husband and I gratefully accepted. We are spending a long weekend exploring Wyoming and Utah, hiking through the wilderness, eating gelato in bed and catching up on some sleep.

Fun things next week when we get back!
xo


Friday, October 31

Natural Baby Care 101: Cloth Diapering + DIYs + Winter Health with Essential Oils



Earlier this week I hosted an online class about natural baby care and wanted to share some links with you as far as products and resources that I love and use. If you are interested, here is the link to the recording (it's also on the sidebar!). 

When it comes to cloth diapering, these are some of my essentials:
baking soda

And some of my favorite pocket diapers & wipes:

Essential (and homemade!) baby products:
diaper rash cream (recipe in the webinar, post coming soon!)
tender tush ointment for the diaper bag/on the go

And while we're talking natural solutions a few other simple, yet effective ideas...
Natural homemade toothpaste
Simple + natural thieves hand sanitizer
Essential oils for the diaper bag


Also, happy Halloween! And more importantly, happy weekend!
xoxo

Tuesday, October 28

DIY Thieves Toothpaste


When I first got started with essential oils, I knew that one of the first products I wanted to make myself was toothpaste. I have never found a natural toothpaste that I really love (glycerin, fluoride, preservatives, bleh), and with Elliot popping out teeth like it's his job, I knew I wanted to try making my own as soon as possible. And while it sounds like a difficult, overwrought process, it was so so simple.

I really wanted to make a toothpaste using one of my favorite oils, thieves oil. This oil is a blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus and rosemary. It is based on a legend of 15th century thieves who robbed bodies of plague victims without contracting the disease themselves. When apprehended, they were forced to reveal their secret concoction! This blend supports the immune system and has great antibacterial and antiseptic properties, perfect for toothpaste-making!


Here is a simple, easy recipe for the whole family:

+ 6 T baking soda
+ 25 drops thieves essential oil

Mix all three ingredients together until a smooth consistency is achieved. Scoop into your storage tubes or jar and brush away!

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You can also make a re-mineralizing version by adding benonite clay and salt if cavities are an issue for older children:

+ 3 T solid coconut oil
+ 3 T boiling water (may need more for thinning)
+ 3/4 t real salt
+ 1 t baking soda
+ 1/4 t thieves oil
+ 1/4 t peppermint oil

Mix the coconut oil and water together and let it cool just a bit. Add in salt, baking soda and essential oils. Then mix in the clay, adding more water slowly as needed to thin to desired consistency. Continue to mix until the paste is smooth, then transfer to a 3 ounce squeeze tube. Use as you would standard toothpaste!



We keep ours in a glass jar in our bathroom with the other oils I use in my daily beauty and nighttime routine. We dip into the jar with a small, clean spreading knife to keep the toothpaste free from germs. I just didn't have any plastic tubes on hand because I gave all of my away from making thieves hand sanitizer