Kira's Oily Resources

September 2016

C if for Colds, Coughs and Crud

Oh joy of joys, cold season has started again! It seems as soon as school starts the germs begin circulating and everyone is at risk of coming down with something. My almost six year old was quick to find the cold germs in her kindergarten class. It only took 5 days! What a little overachiever! We do a lot of hand washing and hand sanitizing, but it is still so easy to pass that cold on. I would like to share my strategies to keep functioning with a cold. Many times I can shorten the length of an illness too. Whew!
Here are my go to items and how I use them:
  • Allergy Trio or Quad- The decongestant I turn to regularly is great to help a cold too. I use a roller of lemon, lavender and RC (in place of the traditional peppermint) and roll generously to the back of my neck, around my ears and a tiny bit under my nose. When things are especially rough, I add a few drops of Copaiba to the mix to "turn up" the other oils.
  • Detox Bath- My detox bath recipe is 2 cups epsom salt, 1 cup baking soda and 6-8 drops of EO. This recipe is easy to mix and easy to store in a recycled pasta sauce jar. To take a detox bath, scoop out half a cup and add to as hot a bath as you can stand. Mix to incorporate the bath salts and soak for at least 20 minutes. Drink lots of water before, during and after to help flush those toxins out!
  • Lavender- Besides being part of the allergy trio, lavender is great on the bridge of the nose to open nasal passages.
  • Lemon- I drink lemon in my water as a gentle daily detox. When I feel a little under the weather I add a drop of lemon and Thieves to a spoonful of local honey to soothe my throat. Lemon is also a great fever reducer for kids under the age of six. I dilute for the age of my child and rub on the chest, underarms and down the spine.
  • NingXia Red- I drink an ounce a day of this wonderful antioxidant rich juice, but I add a second ounce daily when I'm fighting something. It helps my energy and gets more good stuff in me to combat whatever bug is going around.
  • Peppermint- Peppermint is great for headaches with or without a cold. Rub on the site of pain or press a drop to the roof of your mouth for a minute. Other than head pain, peppermint works to reduce fever in adults and kids over the age of six. Dilute based on age and apply to chest, underarms and spine.
  • Purification- My favorite stinky situation oil has some other great applications. If your throat is sore try applying topically. If you have an earache or stuffed up ear, apply Purification around the front and back of the ear. Never put oils inside your ears! You can help an earache further by adding a drop of Purification to a cotton ball and gently placing it in the affected ear.
  • Raven- When your cold settles in your chest or you get that maddening tickle cough, Raven will be your favorite. I diffuse it at night with my sleepy mix. You can also apply to the chest and neck. This blend is for kids 6 and up as it contains wintergreen and peppermint.
  • RC- RC stands for respiratory congestion. The name says it all. I love this oil! I diffuse it with each of our sleepy mixes when colds are around. My kids are okay with this blend even though it contains 3 kinds of eucalyptus oils and peppermint. There are several other ingredients in the mix and the dilution does not cause them any respiratory distress. I was very careful when trying it out with them and luckily they do well with one drop added to their sleepytime diffusers. This is great applied to the chest and neck. If your congestion is paired with coughing, you can apply RC to the chest and Raven to the back. Alternate application sites with each application.
  • Thieves- O-M-Goodness! Thieves is the BEST! I use it in my handsoap recipe and my diy hand sanitizer. I diffuse it around the clock when someone has the sniffles here. I use the Thieves multipurpose cleaner to wipe the doorknobs, remotes, phones and high traffic touch areas. Thieves is more effective than bleach on surface and airborne germs. I have made an immune boosting roller bottle for each member of our family and they all contain Thieves. We roll our feet before bed all season long and we add a spine roll down when someone is fighting a bug.
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Delicious salads are all about the dressing!

Grocery store salad dressings are full of all sorts of questionable ingredients these days—not to mention excess fat, sugar, and sodium. Use these recipes to whip up your own and feel good knowing exactly what’s in them, plus enjoy incredible essential oil flavor. The best part? These homemade salad dressings will be ready in less time than it takes to heat up that frozen burrito.


Sweet and Tangy Balsamic Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 4 drops Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime or Orange essential oils
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Directions

Whisk all ingredients together until well combined.

Pairs well with fresh basil, Roma tomatoes, and mozzarella balls.


Mexican Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 Tbsp sriracha
  • 1/2 c extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 10 drops lime oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Directions

Whisk all ingredients together until well combined.

Pairs well with your favorite burrito bowl ingredients or taco salad.

Simple Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon grated onion
  • 2 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Directions

Whisk all ingredients together until well combined.

Pairs well with mixed green salad, chicken, Young Living Organic Dried Wolfberries, parmesan, and walnuts.


Ginger-Honey Soy Dressing

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 drops Ginger essential oil

Directions

Whisk all ingredients together until well combined.

Pairs well with Napa cabbage, chicken, green onions, mandarin oranges, peanuts, and sesame seeds.

A recipe for your sweet tooth too!

THIEVES Applesauce Bread


Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups applesauce (I use all-natural)
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda


Directions
In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Stir in applesauce.

Add 2-4 drops of Thieves, essential oil; stir.
Combine the flour and baking soda; stir into creamed mixture a little at a time.
Fill 2 greased loaf pans. Bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.


I recently made this for my husband to bring to work and it was a big hit!

Thanks everyone!

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♡ Kira