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DIY Series: Making Sanitizer From Scratch, Part 1: Sugar Wash to Distill to Ethanol, Recipe + DIY Fermentation Container

** IMPORTANT: Distilling spirits is illegal in many states and countries! Check with your local regulations and stay within the law!

** PSA: This tutorial and recipe are NOT to make alcohol for consumption and are not for you to sell. The materials used in this are not food-grade, are not sanitized as they would be for alcohol to consume, and it is most definitely NOT FOR CONSUMPTION! DO NOT DRINK ANYTHING MADE WITH THIS TUTORIAL!

I can tell you that I have checked the state where I live and there is a little restriction on distilling spirits. It is not illegal for a regular citizen to distill spirits, but we are not allowed to sell it without having the distillery inspected and certified, and then getting a permit to sell alcohol. While I’m not making this to sell in any way, it is always good to know the laws of your home state or country, and to comply with local and national laws. I’m not running a distillery, nor am I making anything for consumption or sale, so I should be safe to make my home brewed sanitizer.

I normally make a spray sanitizer that my family and friends use. It is a simple recipe that I use and I love that it is easy to change the scent to suit the person who is receiving it (I always gift it, and see it as giving a gift of health). But then we entered into this COVID-19 nightmare. A little bit into the coronavirus crisis, I started to run dangerously low on the isopropyl alcohol that I normally use as the active ingredient of my sanitizing spray. I went to grab a bottle from the store and then it hit me: there is no alcohol available for purchase within at least 100 miles of my home. Even online, it is sold out. I figured it would be ok, I’ll wait and just check every time we stop for groceries or anything else. It never came back into stock. It’s been over a month and a half now. The COVID-19 crisis has unfolded to the point that we go through more sanitizer now than we ever have before, and I’m running out of the active ingredient to make more! Both me and my son are at-risk for serious COVID-19 illness if we contracted the illness and are voluntarily quarantining ourselves as a protective measure. We sanitize everything that comes into the house from the outside world, even our groceries. Running out of alcohol is a health emergency for us!

So, I started researching. A friend told me earlier today that he admires my can-do attitude, and he is confidant that I can do anything that needs to be done and if I don’t know how to do it, I will learn how. It was very flattering, but once I thought it out, he is right. We can do anything! We just need to learn how to do what we need to do. So I learned the amount of alcohol that needs to be in the base active ingredient of sanitizer. I learned how to measure ABV (Alcohol By Volume). I learned how to make a basic “sugar wash”, which is a basic sugar-water mixture with yeast added that is commonly used to make moonshine. I learned how to distill spirits safely to get the alcohol turned into ethanol of at least 80-90% ABV. My target is 90% Alcohol By Volume, which would be equal to about 158-proof alcohol. Nothing that you would ever want to drink, but you could easily use it as an antiseptic… or lamp fuel… The ABV content is high enough that even mixed with glycerine and essential oils (to moisturize hands because this level of alcohol will be very drying!) and a little water added, it will still be well in excess of the CDC recommended 60-70% alcohol in a sanitizer. A good, strong spirit is something that I can dilute a little bit while still keeping the end product at safe alcohol content, so it will last longer and I won’t need to go through the process as often. That works for me! It’s a learning process, and my soon-to-be 11 year-old son is totally into learning how to make it, as well… he is fascinated with our DIY stuff anyway, he honestly thinks it is silly that we buy stuff from stores when we could make it all ourselves.

In this post, I will go over your “shopping list” for the sugar wash recipe, as well as the fermentation container. We will discuss making the sugar wash and container and I will leave you to get started. The sugar wash should be allowed to ferment for 3-4 weeks, so that is plenty of time for us to go over creating the still using stuff most of us have around the house in Part 2 (because, let’s face it: most everything is sold out from almost everywhere… we need to work with things we can easily get our hands on), and for us to go over the actual sanitizer recipe in Part 3.

Sugar Wash

Sugar wash is the liquid that ferments into alcohol. For beer and whiskey, it is often called “Mash” and contains grains, sugars, and yeast. Different grains lend different flavor profiles in the finished product. We don’t care about a flavor profile because this isn’t being brewed to be consumed and we want a MUCH higher alcohol percentage than any beer, whiskey or other standard alcohol beverage. We just need sugar and yeast for ours, and this is a recipe that moonshine distillers often use, called a Sugar Wash. The sugar you use doesn’t need to be any fancy, expensive, organic or anything else sugar. I used the cheapest granulated sugar I could find. It just needs to be sugar that dissolves in warm water. Not too tough to find, since they all do! When the sugar dissolves completely into warm water, the glucose molecules in the sugar are open to being digested by yeast that we add to the mix. The yeast eats the sugar and the waste product it produces is alcohol. Different yeast strains can handle different alcohol content before it kills them. For this reason, yeast was one of the only two products I actually purchased for this project (the other was a proof hydrometer for measuring alcohol by volume, which will be used in the second post, so if you can get one ahead of time, that would be great!). I got Red Star DADY (Distiller’s Active Dry Yeast). That is a good yeast for its tolerance of alcohol content, but it is slow-working. There are some turbo yeasts out there, but they costed a fortune and I didn’t want to invest a lot into it. If you want to fork over the extra bucks for Turbo Yeast, make sure it is a Distiller’s Yeast and not one made for wine, champagne, ale, beer or mead. Those are all lower alcohol brews and your final product won’t be as strong and will need significantly more distilling. Baker’s yeast or bread yeast won’t work for this at all, which bummed me out a bit because I always have a ton of baker’s yeast on hand (I bake all of our bread now, we haven’t bought commercially made bread in at least a year!). Also, brewer’s yeast used in food preparations, nutritional yeasts and the like are all unusable for brewing spirits.

Read this entire tutorial before you start so you can determine your rhythm for the project. You’ll want to make the fermentation container before the sugar wash, or while the wash is cooling.

You will need:

  • a kitchen scale or fine measuring spoons
  • a candy thermometer or meat thermometer. This is essential! You must be able to know the temperatures of your liquids during this process!
  • a stockpot with a lid
  • a large plastic or glass bowl for preparing the yeast mixture
  • sugar (4 lbs + 2 Tablespoons for each gallon of wash)
  • Distiller’s Yeast (4 grams per gallon of wash, approx. 1 teaspoon)
  • filtered water (i used city water from a friend’s house that I ran through a zero water filter)
  • a long spoon to reach the bottom of the stockpot, preferably with some length left!

Sugar Wash Recipe:

  • Start with making the sugar water mixture:
    • pour your water into a clean stockpot
    • add your sugar, 4 lbs per gallon of water
    • heat the water to the temperature specified as optimal for your yeast, stirring frequently to help the sugar dissolve. For Red Star DADY, it is 95-100 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • While the wash is warming, prepare your yeast:
    • in your large plastic or glass bowl:
      • 2 Tablespoons of sugar per gallon of water
      • 4 grams of yeast per gallon of water (or approx. 1 teaspoon, more doesn’t hurt!)
      • 1.5 – 2 cups of warm water at the optimal temperature for your yeast (this smaller amount is easier to warm in the microwave)
    • Stir everything together in the yeast bowl until the sugar is dissolved and set aside.
    • After a few minutes, you should see the yeast start to engorge with the liquid (see photos below).
    • After a few more minutes, your yeast should start to foam. In breadmaking, we call this “proofing” because it shows proof that your yeast is good and ready to use.
  • While this is going on, your sugar should be melting completely into the water. Your sugar water should become transparent and no longer cloudy. If it needs additional heat to accomplish this beyond your optimal temperature, you can cool it down again by placing it into a sink of cold water, or place it into the sink and wash the sides of the pot down with cold water while you stir the water.
  • When your yeast has proofed and your sugar water is at the optimal temperature, it is time to combine into the fermentation container.

Fermentation Container

This mixture will need a place where it can sit and ferment for a little while: 3-4 weeks at least. The spot needs to be warm and kinda dark… most definitely not in direct sunlight. Yeast thrives best when it is warm and moist and we want very happy yeast! The simple sugars in the granulated sugar mixture should feed it effectively, but if you really want to be sure you can also get a yeast booster or yeast nutritional mixture from brewer’s supply stores. I used a simple 5-gallon bucket with a tight lid for my container. You will want to get your hands on some materials to make an airlock if you aren’t planning to buy a brewer’s airlock. To make a homemade airlock, you will need to get your hands on some plastic tubing. I used some old tubing from my aquarium supplies that I haven’t had fish in for a few years now. Drill a hole in the lid of your container and secure the plastic tube so it is just inside. I secured mine with silicone caulking and topped it off with a little duct tape. Then, attach a small container to the side of your fermentation container. Put the tube into the smaller container, and submerge it with water when the container set is ready to sit and ferment. This will allow bubbles out (to prevent a buildup of gasses inside the container, causing it to burst), without allowing air inside. This will create a more natural environment for the yeast to grow and be happy.

The last steps are here!

Pour your sugar water into the fermentation container. Pour your proofed yeast into the container with the water. Stir it up nicely. Attach the lid firmly and as air-tight as you can. I used extra duct tape to secure the lid down and prevent air escape. It probably isn’t completely air tight but it’s darn close! Leave it in a fairly dark and warm place for 3-4 weeks to do it’s thing. I grabbed an index card and wrote the date it was made, and the date it should be distilled, then taped it to the lid. Just as a reminder because memory isn’t my strong point these days.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Stay tuned for parts two and three for the final steps, including making a DIY still out of kitchen pots and aquarium tubing! How about subscribing to the site so you get an email notification when my new posts are published! That way you won’t miss out on the next steps! Plus, you’ll get first call on all of my new articles and posts! Just enter your email in the form below and submit, then confirm your subscription when you get the confirmation email. Talk to you soon!

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DIY Adaptiv Bath Bar & Soap

Adaptiv Calming Blend is doTERRA’s star blend when it comes to stressful situations, like the crisis we are currently facing! On their site, they say, Adaptiv Calming Blend oil is perfect for life’s most stressful moments. Useful when a big meeting is coming up, or for other important events, Adaptiv Calming Blend helps improve sustained attention while easing the body and mind.”

The only thing is… when you have mobility problems, baths can be a very rough time. Before I developed my mobility problems, I loved showering. It was my precious destress time in the day. After developing mobility problems, shower and baths have become torture! The physical instability, the vertigo, the insane amounts of sheer agony that I go through to endure a shower have made it the worst part of the day. That, my friends, is downright saddening. I miss loving showers.

I got myself some Adaptiv Calming Blend a few weeks ago. I LOVE the scent! It is so nice! It’s not a sweet, sleepytime type of scent. It’s not quite a cheery, bright and uplifting scent. It is oddly right there in the middle between the two. The scent is bright yet calming and a delight to use! It IS very calming and I love it! Something else I love is soapmaking and using artisan soaps. It doesn’t matter if I am making soap on my own from scratch or using a premade melt and pour base and adding colors and/or scents with my son having a fun craft project, I adore the process! The only thing that’s been lacking is the glorious Adaptiv Calming Blend in a soap. doTERRA has a few other awesome scented soaps, like Citrus Bliss Soap and Serenity Bath Bar. But, alas, no Adaptiv. But I would so enjoy an Adaptiv soap and kept thinking about how it would make shower times a little less stressful and more enjoyable again. So, I decided to tackle the problem on my own, and my son wanted to help! We got our Adaptiv bottle and some melt and pour soap base and got to work! It’s glorious and wonderful and I had the best shower that I have enjoyed in over year, thanks to this soap! Try some for yourself!

DIY doTERRA Adaptiv Calming Blend Soap & Bath Bar

  1. Melt the soap according to the instructions on the pack. If you don’t have any instructions, I start with cutting the soap into ice-cube sized chunks and put into a microwave-safe bowl. Then I microwave for 1 minute at a time until about half of it has melted. Then, I go down to 30 seconds at a time until it is about 3/4 melted, then 15 seconds at a time until it is completely melted. Stir between each microwave session. The 2-pound block took about 4 minutes to melt, including time spent stirring.
  2. Add the Adaptiv Calming Blend oil drops, 10-15 drops per pound of soap base, and stir to combine.
  3. Carefully pour into your molds. It’s hot, so be careful!
  4. Allow the molds to sit undisturbed to cool and harden.
  5. When the soap has hardened, remove from the molds and store. If you use a bread loaf pan, as I did, or some other large pan, you will need to cut it into usable sized bars before storing.

To close, this soap was very quick to make and enjoyable to use. My batch was ready to use within a few hours and I was able to enjoy it in the shower the same day that I made it. My 10-year-old had a good time helping to make it with me, but if your children join you to make this recipe, please be careful! Melted soap is very hot and care must be taken to avoid burning little fingers! That said, most kids I have ever seen always enjoy being able to use something that they made with their own hands. Melt and pour soap making is very rewarding for kids who are old enough to understand the safety measures needed, and they love using it at bath time! Enjoy!

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Just An Update…

I have been keeping an eye on the news and there’s so much going on, I don’t think I could touch on all of the topics without typing non-stop all day. There’s so much that I want to write about, but no time for most of them. Go figure…

But, I did decide to make a small update for you, dear readers, to let you know what I am working on.

By far, my most popular topics these days are DIY. This is completely understandable as there are SO many shortages across the country and, indeed, around the globe, for various items that we either need, feel the need for, or want badly. My focus is on using things you already have or can easily get even during times of shortage. Hopefully, I will be able to get some video walkthroughs together to go with each DIY.

Some of the things I am working on are a little risque- things like an easy DIY still for making homemade antiseptic. When it comes to building a still, check your local laws! Distilling spirits are illegal in many states and countries, I’m not responsible for you failing to check local laws! Also, the simple DIY still will NOT work to make spirits for consumption, only for antiseptic! That’s because I’m working on a design that uses things a lot of people already have in their homes or can easily get their hands on, even in this crisis. So, it won’t be a pretty copper still… more like a Frankenstein kitchen monster with plastic tubes poking out of it! Also, please note that even in states where it is legal to own and operate a still, it is still illegal to sell the distilled spirits to anyone for any reason. This publication will be for personal use ONLY. More coming on that soon…

Other things I am working on are more easy and quick- like a DIY face mask. During this global face mask shortage, it is important for us to be able to get our hands on a reliable face mask. Keep in mind that something is better than nothing when it comes to personal protection. While DIY face masks may not be as reliable or protective as a true N-99 mask, it does work better than nothing. I’ll have scientific experiments linked to on the pattern page to show how well you could expect your DIY mask to work for you.

I’m completely open to ideas! If there is something you want to see a published DIY tutorial on, let me know in the comment area below! Subscribe to receive an email when I publish new articles so you can be notified when I post these new DIY articles. You can use this form to subscribe.

To close, please remember: Take care of yourselves and take care of each other. We are truly at our best when we pull together and take care of each other. Check on your neighbors. Shop for your elderly community members so they don’t have to go out. Maintain social distance, but that doesn’t mean to completely isolate. We still need each other, more now than ever before!

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DIY On Guard+ Softgels

When you are out of On Guard+ Softgels, use this handy dandy DIY recipe to create your own while you wait for your next shipment to arrive! It is easy to make these with essential oils you probably already have in your collection! Please only use CPTG doTERRA Essential Oils for internal use/ingestion! You can tell if your CPTG doTERRA Essential Oil is safe to consume if it has a “Supplement Facts” section on the label. If you aren’t sure, ask your Wellness Advocate! This recipe is a lifesaver when I run out of On Guard+ Softgels and need one before my next shipment arrives!

DIY On Guard+ Softgels

Add ONE DROP EACH of the following ingredients to a VeggieCap for the equivalent to one On Guard+ Softgel:

Substitution Oils:

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DIY On Guard Cleaning Wipes

Do you wish you had On Guard cleaning wipes? They are super easy to make! Who’s going to make these?

This is SUCH an easy DIY.

  • Start with quality paper towels đź§» cut the roll in half unless you’re using a tall container. You can also un-roll and fold them up to fit into an old baby wipe container. A LOT of paper towels will squeeze into a baby wipe container when they are wet, so fold PLENTY!
  • in a pitcher, combine 1/2-1 cup water with 1/2 tablespoon of On Guard Cleaner. For body wipes, using Hand Wash or shampoo works great!
  • Add 10-15 drops OnGuard or other cleansing oil (If you are making for cleaning surfaces, OnGuard, Lemon, Orange or Lemongrass are great! If you are making for cleaning the skin, try using Lavender, Grapefruit, Orange or some good ole On Guard!)
  • Add paper towels to container and pour the mixed liquid over them. Flip if needed to disperse. If using folded paper towels, flip often and press them down then add more on top and repeat until the container is full.
  • The hardest part is getting the cardboard center out if you aren’t using folded paper towels. You can do this easily by adding the roll to your container and starting with a little water in the middle. I like to do this first to not lose any oils/cleaner. Once you have the cardboard out, you’ll simply pull your wipe from the center of the airtight container!

Remember, warm water is much more pleasant to work with than chilly and cold water! If your wipes dry out a little, you can always add a little extra water (a tablespoon or two) to re-moisten. Just pull a wipe out when you need it! I like to have two wipes containers: one for surfaces and one for skin!

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DIY onGuard Foaming Hand Soap

When you just NEED your foaming hand soap and your LRP delivery hasn’t arrived yet, there’s a DIY option! It’s almost as good as the original, but let’s be honest… nothing could ever replace doTERRA’s on Guard Foaming Hand Wash! Even so, this recipe will really work great in a pinch and these days, hand washing needs to be something we all do regularly and often, every day. Here’s that recipe to tide you over until your LRP order arrives…

DIY onGuard Foaming Hand Soap

  • 2 Tablespoons of liquid castile soap (substitute any liquid soap or shampoo, natural is best)
  • 1 Tablespoon Fractionated Coconut Oil (substitute any emollient oil like almond, avocado or castor)
  • 10 drops of onGuard Essential Oil Blend

Add ingredients into any foamer pump bottle you have and shake or swirl to combine. Slowly add water to fill, leaving space at the top for the foamer pump. Swirl together gently to combine while minimizing bubbles in the bottle (don’t shake!).

To use: Pump once or twice into the palm of your hand, no water is necessary to start. Wash at least 20 seconds as normal, rinse clean and dry hands after.

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DIY onGuard Sanitizing Mist

In the midst of this outbreak, sanitizer has become a commodity! So much of a commodity that it is literally sold out in most stores! Never fear! doTERRA’s onGuard Sanitizing Mist is truly a pleasure to use AND it is effective, containing the amount of alcohol recommended by the CDC. You can get your onGuard Sanitizing Mist here.

Sometimes, even with the best supply chain, things still get sold out temporarily. If you can’t get your hands on sanitizing mist and need some immediately, don’t go spending hundreds on the Black Market! (Yes, there are actually people out there spending ridiculous amounts of money on tiny amounts of sanitizer…) Just make some yourself! If you aren’t afraid to get your hands dirty with a little DIY, here is an effective sanitizer recipe that is pleasantly moisturizing and smells great!

If you can’t get your hands on the Apple Liquid Extract or Liquid Glycerin, don’t worry! You can safely substitute Aloe Vera Juice, Aloe Vera Gel, Fractionated Coconut Oil or Castor Oil for either or both of those ingredients in this recipe.

DIY onGuard Sanitizing Mist

For each 1 oz. spray bottle (if making more than 1 oz. at a time, multiply the recipe by the number of ounces.)

  • 10-15 drops of On Guard Oil Blend
  • 1 teaspoon Apple Liquid Extract (substitute: aloe juice or fractionated coconut oil)
  • 1 teaspoon Liquid Glycerine (substitute: aloe gel or castor oil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon distilled water
  • fill the rest with isopropyl alcohol or 180 proof grain alcohol

Shake well and spray on hands. Rub hands together until dry.

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A Drop of Wisdom: Lemon Essential Oil

Our weekly series “Drops of Wisdom” is sponsored content, provided by dĹŤTERRA for you to enjoy here on my site! That means this content is copyright to dĹŤTERRA, not me. Enjoy this week’s Drop of Wisdom!

This week we will be spotlighting dĹŤTERRA Lemon. Lemon is known for its purifying properties. Often used in cleaning products and air purifiers, Lemon has distinct cleansing and deodorizing characteristics that make it a popular choice for cleaning surfaces and purifying the air.

Purchase your bottle of dĹŤTERRA Lemon today!

“Have family coming over for the Thanksgiving holiday? The cleansing and preserving qualities of Lemon make it the perfect oil for maintaining your furniture. By adding a few drops of Lemon essential oil to olive oil, you can create your own non-toxic furniture polish at home. When applied to furniture, Lemon essential oil leaves a clean shine, prevents fine wood finishes from drying out, and can replace lost moisture in antique woods as it penetrates worn finishes. When trying this polish on your own homemade furniture, always apply the polish in an inconspicuous spot before applying it to the entire piece. Take a look at our Wood Polish DIY to learn how to make your own.”

– from “doTERRA Weekly Drops of Wisdom”

Lemon Essential Oil Product Description
As one of doTERRA’s top-selling oils, Lemon oil has a variety of uses and benefits. With a clean, fresh, citrus aroma, Lemon is known for its purifying properties. Often used in cleaning products and air purifiers, Lemon has distinct cleansing and deodorizing characteristics that make it a popular choice for cleaning surfaces and purifying the air. As a versatile oil, Lemon also has the ability to aid in digestion and support healthy respiratory function when taken internally.* Whether it is being diffused, taken internally, or applied topically, Lemon essential oil offers a variety of benefits.

Where to Buy Lemon Essential Oil

When you buy essential oils, it is important to ensure that you are receiving a high quality, pure, and potent product. If you are looking for pure Lemon essential oil, visit our Lemon page to see how you can order your own today. At doTERRA, we use CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® testing to make sure every bottle has the purest oil possible. 

Lemon Essential Oil Uses and Benefits

  1. Add Lemon essential oil to your water for a refreshing taste or as an alternative to sodas and sugary drinks. When taken internally, Lemon oil can also naturally cleanse the body and aid in digestion.* You can even add a drop of Lemon essential oil and sliced fruit to your water for a delicious infused flavor. 
  2. Whether you like working on your bike, your car, or projects in the garage, you know the frustration of trying to get black grease off your hands. No matter how hard you scrub with soap, there always seems to be a greasy residue left behind. Give your soap a little extra cleaning power by adding a few drops of Lemon essential oil to your soap mixture, and give your hands a good scrub. 
  3. Have you ever tried using Lemon oil for skin? It turns out, Lemon essential oil can help exfoliate your skin. When incorporated into your skincare routine, Lemon oil can help give your complexion a refreshed, healthy looking glow. To make your own homemade exfoliant scrub, combine 4–5 drops of doTERRA Lemon essential oil to a small amount of oatmeal and water. As you apply the Lemon oatmeal scrub to your skin, you will feel the cleansing and refreshing properties of Lemon oil working to exfoliate and clean your skin. 
  4. When diffused, Lemon essential oil provides an uplifting environment and promotes a positive mood. Due to the chemical makeup of this oil, it has been shown to help improve mood with an energizing and invigorating aroma. If you want to diffuse Lemon oil, use three to four drops in the essential oil diffuser of your choice. 

    Diffusing Lemon essential oil will also help cleanse and purify the air and surfaces in your home. Whether you are trying to eliminate airborne odors, or just like to keep your house smelling fresh, bright, and clean, Lemon is an optimal choice for diffusing—on its own or in a diffuser blend. Looking for a good Lemon essential oil diffuser blend? Add 2 drops of Lemon, 1 drop of Lime, 1 drop of Lavender, and 1 drop of Rosemary to your diffuser for a “Clean Summer Kitchen” aroma.
  5. The cleansing and preserving qualities of Lemon make it the perfect oil for maintaining your furniture. Whether your furniture could use a good wipe-down, a new shine, or just a little TLC, there are several uses for Lemon essential oil when it comes to cleaning and preserving furniture. By adding a few drops of Lemon essential oil to olive oil, you can create your own non-toxic furniture polish at home. When applied to furniture, Lemon essential oil leaves a clean shine, prevents fine wood finishes from drying out, and can replace lost moisture in antique woods as it penetrates worn finishes. When trying this polish on your own homemade furniture, always apply the polish in an inconspicuous spot before applying it to the entire piece. Take a look at our Wood Polish DIY to learn how to make your own. 

    While Lemon can work wonders with wood furniture, it is also useful for maintaining leather furniture. It takes a lot of work and special care to preserve a leather couch or leather chair, but Lemon essential oil takes a lot of the work out of it for you with its preservative properties. Use a Lemon oil-soaked cloth to wipe down your leather furniture to help preserve the piece, and prevent the leather from splitting.  
  6. Are you a fan of lemon-infused desserts? You can add a sweet and zesty punch to your favorite treats and dessert recipes when you add a little Lemon essential oil. When used properly, Lemon essential oil often adds a sweet, sugary taste to desserts, without the processed sugar or other alternative ingredients. For example, Lemon essential oil makes these Blueberry Lemon Muffins a delectable treat. The bold, bright flavor of Lemon oil makes these Honey Suckers the perfect homemade treat. You can cool off in the heat with this delicious and refreshing Strawberry Citrus Slush with Lemon essential oil. Your favorite lemon-flavored treats are just waiting to be transformed—try your hand at baking with Lemon oil today!
  7. Lemon oil is a great remedy for the early stages of tarnish on silver and other metals. No need to throw out jewelry, silverware, or other household items that have started to tarnish—just put a couple of drops of Lemon essential oil on a cotton ball, and rub on the tarnish to bring back the natural beauty of your metals.
  8. A major benefit of Lemon essential oil is its purifying properties, which makes it the perfect component for homemade cleaning agents. If you are worried about dirt and grime, Lemon essential oil is the perfect solution for cleaning the surfaces of your bathroom and kitchen. 

    Add Lemon essential oil to a spray bottle of water and use it as a homemade cleaning solution when you wipe down your countertops, baby high chair, bathroom sink, or anything else that needs the purifying power of Lemon. To make the solution even stronger, consider adding a little vinegar. The beauty of a homemade cleaning solution made with Lemon essential oil is that it doesn’t include all the chemicals that store-bought cleaners have. You can rest easy knowing that your cleaning agent won’t pose a threat to you and your family, because it is chemical-free! Want more Lemon oil cleaning ideas? Try this easy and effective glass cleanser
  9. While Lemon essential oil holds many cleansing and purifying properties when used topically, it can also be very beneficial when taken internally. When seasonal changes start to bother you, try taking Lemon internally to assist with seasonal respiratory discomfort.* Aside from assisting with respiratory discomfort, Lemon oil can also be taken internally to naturally cleanse the body and aid in digestion.* When taking Lemon essential oil internally, dilute one drop on 4 fl. oz. of liquid. As mentioned above, you can also find creative ways to add Lemon to your water. Once you’ve discovered your preferred method for taking Lemon oil internally, you’ll be able to enjoy the benefits of respiratory assistance and body cleansing.* 
  10. Stubborn, sticky residue used to be an annoyance, but with the help of Lemon essential oil, you can get rid of goopy messes without hours of scrubbing or the use of toxic chemicals. Did you peel the price tag off of your new water bottle, only to find a sticky residue left behind? Does your toddler’s fascination with stickers frequently result in an adhesive mess on the bedroom wall? Did your teenager leave behind a big sticky mess after making a PB&J sandwich five hours ago? Normally, these situations would mean a long night of scrubbing for you, with remnants of a sticky mess still left behind. However, adding a little Lemon essential oil to a rag will help you get rid of these messes (and others like them) in practically no time at all. 

Plant Description
Lemon essential oil is extracted from the lemon rinds, or peel of the lemon. The lemon rinds are cold pressed to produce lemon essential oil. An expression distillation process, cold pressing is typically used for citrus oils when producing essential oils, and uses high mechanical pressure to produce oil from the lemon rind. While other distillation processes use heat, the process of cold pressing merely squeezes the oil from the rind, with the help of mechanical pressure. 

Fun Fact:
 In one year, a single lemon tree has the potential to produce between 500 and 600 pounds of lemons. It typically takes around 75 lemons to fill a 15mL essential oil bottle. 

Chemistry of Lemon Essential Oil
Main Chemical components: Limonene, Ăź pinenes, Îł-terpimene

When we examine the scientific makeup of Lemon essential oil, it is clear that Lemon can’t help but provide an energizing, uplifting feeling when diffused or applied topically—it just comes naturally! Lemon oil is comprised of chemicals called monoterpenes, which are generally known to have uplifting characteristics. Along with other citrus oils, Lemon is composed of Limonene and beta-Pinene, two monoterpenes that are known for their uplifting properties. 

Lemon essential oil shares chemical components like Limonene and beta-Pinene with other doTERRA essential oils like Bergamot, Wild Orange, Grapefruit, Lime, and Douglas Fir. That is why all of these oils, including Lemon oil, are often used to promote a positive mood and create an uplifting environment.

doTERRA sources Lemon essential oil from citrus orchards in Sicily, Italy, where families who have grown lemon and bergamot for generations help grow and harvest the lemons that are eventually used for doTERRA Lemon oil.  In the past, economic downturn caused many Sicilian orchards to close; however, through Co-Impact Sourcing®, doTERRA has provided a business opportunity for growers who wish to continue their family tradition of running an orchard. Watch this video to learn more about doTERRA’s Co-Impact Sourcing initiative in Sicily.

Oils that blend well with Lemon essential oil
Not only is Lemon a versatile oil when it comes to uses and benefits, but it also blends well with a variety of other essential oils. If you want to bring out the bright, energizing scent of Lemon oil, consider blending it with other citrus oils like Grapefruit, Lime or Bergamot. The refreshing scent of Lemon also blends well with minty essential oils that contain a citrus note, like Douglas Fir or Wintergreen. Lastly, Lemon oil can be the perfect complement to spicy oils like Cinnamon or Wild Orange. 

Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying the product.

— Reprinted from doTERRA’s Official Web Site. The original article can be found here:

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Practical Ways to Use Essential Oils: DIY Melt & Pour Soap

Use your essential oils to make your own DIY soap!

Many times, you get your essential oils and then have no idea how ot actually USE them! Sure, you can learn about aromatherapy and the three main ways to use oils: topical, aromatic and internal. Still, that leaves a little Continue reading Practical Ways to Use Essential Oils: DIY Melt & Pour Soap

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Practical Ways to Use Essential Oils: Making Roller Bottles & Droppers

Many times, you get your essential oils and then have no idea how ot actually USE them! Sure, you can learn about aromatherapy and the three main ways to use oils: topical, aromatic and internal. Still, that leaves a little practical usage to be desired. Without someone there to actually show you how to do some of these practical things, it is hard to figure it out all on your own! So, I have started a series: Practical Ways to Use Essential Oils! Continue reading Practical Ways to Use Essential Oils: Making Roller Bottles & Droppers

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Making Trail Mix: Easy Recipe!

I have long loved a good trail mix. Really, who doesn’t?! It’s yummy, delicious and packed with energy-sustaining protein! A little bit goes a long way so don’t overdo it with a delicious trail mix! Here is my favorite trail mix recipe. Sometimes I change it up a bit with yogurt covered raisins or chocolate covered peanuts, but this is my basic, standby, delicious and oh-so-yummy recipe! Continue reading Making Trail Mix: Easy Recipe!

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DIY Exfoliating Face Wash Pads


If you are anything like me, you love having your face feel fresh and clean! Those exfoliating face scrubbers that you find at stores not only feel like you are scrubbing your face with a Brillo pad, but they are so expensive! Why pay a small fortune to damage your delicate skin with rough scrubbers made from man-made materials when you can make your own at home for a fraction of the cost, and using the materials that you want! You can make it as rough or soft as you want for your own personal needs, and at pennies per pad! Continue reading DIY Exfoliating Face Wash Pads

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Recipe: Butter Mints


My husband has an undying passion for butter mints and I have an undying passion for doTerra essential oils, so I combined the two to create this amazing butter mint recipe! Use your favorite Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil for flavoring. Continue reading Recipe: Butter Mints

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Natural Dog Spray

dogSprayHave you ever wished you could get your hands on a spray for your beloved pooch that smells amazing, is all natural, won’t irritate their skin and actually conditions their skin and coat to minimize flaky dander?

Well, today is your lucky day! I am going to share with you my all natural, awesomely amazing dog spray recipe!

As with any top quality product, a little goes a long way! I have only filled a tiny little 6ml spray bottle to use with my gigantic English Mastiff and it lasts 2-3 weeks before it needs to be refilled! Of course, always use your best judgement and if your pet is sensitive to or allergic to any of the ingredients, omit them or don’t use this spray on them!

The Carrier Oil that I used was Organic Fractionated Coconut Oil. A carrier oil is a neutral oil base that you add fragrant oils to. This way, you can dilute the fragrant oils safely. The fragrant oils blend and mix in the carrier oil, eliminating the need to shake the bottle before each application, like you would have to do if you used water instead. Also, coconut oil is GREAT for a shiny, healthy coat and keeps pup’s skin hydrated without being oily and generally icky. Organic Fractionated Coconut Oil is totally clear, liquid, non-staining and is fully absorbed by the skin and fur, so there’s no stains on furniture to worry about either. Best of all, you can get Fractionated Coconut Oil at the grocery store or through my Essential Oil business! Excited yet? I am!

Here’s the recipe:

Natural Dog Spray

  • 2 drops Clove Essential Oil
  • 5 drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 5 drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • Fractionated Coconut Oil

Mix the ingredients together into a spray bottle. Spray lightly across the dog’s back and sides. Because lemon and clove can sometimes irritate eyes and genitals, avoid those areas entirely. After a light spray, brush the dog’s coat thoroughly to evenly distribute the spray and help it work its way down through fur and undercoats to the skin. It smells great and your dog will prance away with a bright, shiny coat and better feeling skin too!


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Allergy Relief

Allergic Rhinitis, often referred to as Hay Fever or Seasonal Allergies, is an over-reaction of the immune system to a certain item present in our environment. This could be dust, pollen, dander, certain flowers or plants, you can be allergic to just about anything. Most people take an over-the-counter or prescription allergy relief tablet, shot or nasal spray and go on with their day. If you want to break free of the medication and live free and clear, read on! Continue reading Allergy Relief

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DIY Dryer Balls

Easy Home Made DIY Dryer Balls

How would you like to stop buying dryer sheets, while still having great smelling, cling free and super soft laundry? Yes, it is possible and it is even EASY!

Dryer balls are basically balls of wool that you wash and dry in high heat so they turn into felt. The felt balls will bounce around in your dryer along with your laundry and performs the exact same job that a dryer sheet does: softens your laundry and prevents static cling. The more balls you can add to a load of laundry, the better they will do their job. Most people use anywhere from 3 balls up to 8 for huge dryer machines. You can start off small and work up, so if you think 3 isn’t quite doing it for you, just make another ball or two and start using them! They also make great gifts for friends and family: a unique gift that you made by hand and is very useful! Most people I know would rather get a useful, hand made item than a commercially made item because it shows you put the time and effort to think of them and make something special for them with your own hands. I would be willing to bet that the number of people who feel the same would surprise you!

For replacing those great smelling dryer sheets, this part is easy too! Just find an essential oil or oil blend that you really love and drop a few drops onto each ball before they go into the dryer with your laundry. I love using Citrus Bliss on clothes, Lemon and Wild Orange on towels and washcloths, and Lavender and Cedarwood on sheets and blankets. Don’t be afraid to mix up different oils for your laundry to get the scent just right for your tastes, and it is great to use uplifting scents in clothing, clean scents in towels and relaxing scents in blankets!

What You Need:

  • Wool(You can use Fisherman’s Wool from WalMart or craft stores, just make sure you are using 100% wool!, One skein, or roll of yarn from the store, will make about 2 balls so get 2 or more skeins)
  • Old stockings or pantyhose

Roll the wool into a tight ball, start by wrapping it around your fingers, then across the middle of the wrap to make a “butterfly” kind of look. Continue wrapping it around the middle, and across to both ends until you have something that is starting to resemble a ball. Then start wrapping while you slowly turn the ball, making sure to get a few good wraps in each spot before you turn, and only turn a very little bit. This might take a little practice to get really good at but it doesn’t have to be gorgeous to do a good job and if you have ever made a ball of yarn before, this should be easy for you. When you have a ball the size of a softball or an orange, you are done. Cut a tail of about 3-4″ and push the tail through the middle of the ball. This might be easiest done with a crochet hook or a large needle, but if you don’t have access to either of those, you can weave the tail around the strands of yarn as deep as you can get it.

Then, take your old stockings or pantyhose and put the ball in as far down as it will go. Tie a knot and start the next ball. It will go into the stocking leg and tie another knot. Keep repeating until you are finished with your balls.

Next up is the felting process. Wash the balls, stocking leg and all, in hot hot hot hot water. When they are done, dry them on the hottest cycle you have. Then dry them again. You can keep washing the balls and drying them with your laundry as many times as it takes to get them to stay into a nice, felted ball shape. When they have turned from a ball of yarn into a nice fuzzy felt ball, the process is complete!

You can drop some essential oil onto the balls and throw them into the dryer with your laundry just like you would use a dryer sheet, but don’t throw them away after you use them like a dryer sheet! If you want to change the smell in your dryer balls, just wash them with your laundry and change oil scents when you transfer them from the washer to the dryer with everything else.

Voila! Home made felted dryer balls that will last you or your loved ones for years! Enjoy!

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Icelandic Sweater

I had a lot of fun (and frustration) making an Icelandic Sweater, or Lopapeysa as it is known in Iceland. It is traditionally made with Lopi wool from an Icelandic breed of sheep with special fleece that is very warm, soft and weather resistant. I was making this sweater as a birthday present for my husband and he insisted that he did NOT want it to be wool. He wanted cotton. And a tight knit with small needles. Just my luck! But, a promise is a promise, so I designed the yoke (the part from the collar down the shoulders) special for him with a skull and crossbones pattern that I sketched on graph paper and tweaked until it would fit right with repeats and no leftovers to make a smooth pattern across the sweater.

I started with the Anniversary Sweater from Alafoss Wool Store and changed the yoke pattern to my own custom design. I figured I would need 2 1/2 SPOOLS of cotton worsted weight yarn, and 1 spool of black. And then 3 small skeins of gray for accent. I gathered up my husband and son and we headed out for yarn. By that night, I had everything I needed to start this project which, I don’t mind saying, intimidated the heck out of me. Up until this point, I had knitted blankets and mittens and scarves and hats but never a sweater. Not only was this my first20141218_131206 sweater but it was a notoriously difficult sweater at that, with a very small weave! At least the pattern was for worsted weight yarn (just using cotton instead of wool.. I can adapt the pattern for that), but the recommended needles were nearly twice the size that my husband wanted me to use. That’s just math, I can make a swatch to check my gauge, compare to the recommended gauge and adjust the stitch count for my sweater. But the sheer scope of the project is what had me wanting to run and hide! I honestly don’t know why now, looking back, that I was so afraid to tackle a sweater pattern. I find them pretty easy now, just time consuming.  But, I overcame my fear of the dreaded sweater pattern and started casting on for the waistband.

The Lopapeysa is knit bottom-up, which was a little odd to get used to. Also, I was an American knitter. Meaning, I held the yarn in my right hand and “threw” the yarn around the needles. I had learned to knit backwards (thanks mostly to my dyslexia) and sort of upside down. So, I always knit into the back of my stitches and the finished product always had the knit loops facing the wrong way. This also made purling very awkward and the overall progression was very slow. I had watched numerous videos on continental knitting, holding the working yarn in your left and and making small movements to knit each stitch. Considering my hand and arm exhaustion problems with my upside down and backwards american style, I wanted to give continental a try on this project. After all, it would be big enough to get the hang of nearly any new stitch!

Did I mention20150101_200223 that this was also my first time to tackle stranded colorwork? I decided to give it a go with Fair Isle style on the yoke to keep everything neat on the inside and just go with the flow. Two colors were pretty easy, since I could knit continental with one hand and american with the other hand at this point, and pretty soon I was flying through the yoke! It took me three weeks of nothing but knit stitch in my new continental style to finish the body of the sweater. To me, this was flying through each stitch! The continental style was so fluid and smooth and the time I spent on this really helped me to get the hang of the style, which is my preferred style now. I spent about two weeks on the yoke by itself, gaining familiarity with the stranded colorwork, Fair Isle technique and trying to keep to my pattern. One week for the sleeves and one week figuring out how to attach them! LOL! So, 7 weeks of knitting nearly nonstop to get this sweater finished. Considering I was learning a LOT of new techniques in this time, I think it went pretty well but I am sure I can finish one in a month or less now. Yes, I know I look tired in the photo. I WAS tired in the photo! We spent my time knitting this sweater to catch up on 4 seasons of Game of Thrones, 1 season of Under the Dome and 4 seasons of Warehouse 13.  It was winter, we were under blizzard after blizzard after blizzard and thankfully, we had internet access and Amazon Prime Streaming Video to keep us occupied. Here is the finished sweater, which my husband loved when his wouldn’t make it home and he had to go hiking in the last blizzard of the season and stayed warm the whole time!

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