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15+ doTerra Items UNDER $11

These are some POWERHOUSE options that are provided by doTerra Essential Oil Company.  Particularly, with ALL of these products are UNDER $11.  In this case, these would make some great, all natural, options for your Christmas list or stocking stuffers for your family.  For example, there are 4 FULL SIZED 15 ml (250 drops) bottles of Essential oils for less than $10.50.  I can’t even!

As an illustration, I use lemon on the daily.  It is in my household cleaner, all-purpose cleaner, and window cleaner.  Furthermore, I add a couple of drops to my water for when I, unfortunately, have heartburn.  Moreover, Lemon helps metabolize your body, so you can use it in your water even if you do not have heartburn.

In a similar manner, Lemongrass just straight up smells good.  I diffuse it more days than not.  In contrast, TerraShield, I have never used.  However, I do have it in my cart (because of the price AND the mosquitos the size of Kansas).  For example, Big Daddy is a mosquito magnet, sadly.  He gets eaten up when we are outside.  Consequently, He may be more excited than me on this find.

Wild Orange.  Hello, my pretty.  For the most part, I mix this with Patchouli and Balance, amazing.  In a similar manner to Lemon, it has a simply amazing smell.  Likewise, it relaxes me, calms my anxiety, and just straight up smells like a cloud you just plucked out of the sky.  Go ahead, pluck that cloud, smell that goodness.


Lemongrass

A favorite oil for massages. Lemongrass provides a pungent, smoky aroma.  It offers to purifying and toning benefits for the skin.

15+ doTerra Items UNDER $11

Primary Benefits

  • Supports healthy digestion when taken in a capsule.
  • Combine with a carrier oil for a soothing massage.
  • Apply diluted after a long run for a refreshing feeling.

Uses

  • Combine equal parts FCO and Lemongrass oil for a massage after a hard workout.
  • Use to flavor entrées and meat dishes while promoting healthy digestion.
  • Lemongrass blends well with Basil, Cardamom, or Spearmint.
  • Dilute oil, then rub or spritz on skin before going outside.
  • Lemongrass essential oil naturally repels insects.

 


Lemon

The cleansing, purifying, and invigorating properties of Lemon make it one of the most versatile oils.

15+ doTerra Items UNDER $11

Primary Benefits

  • Cleanses and purifies the air and surfaces.
  • Naturally cleanses the body and aids in digestion.
  • Supports healthy respiratory function.
  • Promotes a positive mood.

Uses

  • Take internally to assist with seasonal respiratory discomfort.
  • Add Lemon oil to a spray bottle of water to clean tables, countertops, and other surfaces. Lemon oil also makes a great furniture polish.  Simply add a few drops to olive oil to clean, protect, and shine wood finishes.
  • Use a cloth soaked in Lemon oil to preserve and protect your leather furniture.
  • Lemon oil is a great remedy for the early stages of tarnish on silver and other metals.
  • Diffuse to create an uplifting environment.

 


Wild Orange

Wild Orange has multiple health benefits.  This oil has an energizing aroma that can uplift the mind and body.

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Primary Benefits

  • Powerful cleanser and purifying agent.
  • Supports healthy immune function.
  • Uplifting to the mind and body.

Uses

  • Use in an all-purpose spray to cleanse and purify surfaces.
  • Add a drop to your water every day for a burst of flavor and to promote overall health.
  • Diffuse to uplift mood and energy levels and to freshen the air.
  • For an energizing boost, dispense one to two drops in the palm of your hand along with equal parts Peppermint and Frankincense. Rub palms together and inhale deeply from palms, then rub on the back of the neck

 


TerraShield® Outdoor Blend

15+ doTerra Items UNDER $11

Primary Benefits

  • Acts as an effective, natural barrier.
  • Can be used safely by everyone in the family.

Uses

 

  • Apply TerraShield to the legs, arms, and neck before going outdoors or diffuse on your patio.
  • Take TerraShield on camping trips or to outdoor events.
  • Spray TerraShield around your door, window seals, and tent.

dōTERRA On Guard® Sanitizing Mist

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Primary Benefits

  • Kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria.
  • doTERRA On Guard Protective Blend provides an invigorating citrus spice aroma.
  • Infused with moisturizing apple extract.
  • Cleanses hands when soap and water are unavailable.
  • Convenient size for travel and on-the-go use.
  • Use to sanitize hands after touching gym equipment, door handles, and shopping carts.

 


dōTERRA On Guard® Natural Whitening Toothpaste

 

15+ doTerra Items UNDER $11

Description

doTERRA’s fluoride-free Natural Whitening Toothpaste helps clean teeth, reduce plaque, and whiten teeth with gentle polishing agents.

 


dōTERRA Breathe® Vapor Stick

15+ doTerra Items UNDER $11

Primary Benefits

  • Apply topically to the chest and breathe deeply to enjoy a cooling, invigorating vapor.
  • Quick, convenient delivery system
  • Provides a cooling, soothing effect both topically and aromatically

Description

This unique delivery method of doTERRA Breathe proprietary blend can be used anytime, anywhere. The natural formula of this vapor stick glides on the skin with ease, without leaving a greasy or sticky after-feel.

The power of doTERRA Breathe essential oil blend can be felt immediately.  Consequently providing a cooling effect both topically and aromatically.


dōTERRA® SPA Lip Balm—Tropical, Herbal, OR Original

           


Serenity Bath Bar

15+ doTerra Items UNDER $11


SPA Moisturizing Bath Bar

15+ doTerra Items UNDER $11


Citrus Bliss® Hand Lotion

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Citrus Bliss® Invigorating Bath Bar

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dōTERRA Natural Deodorant

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Natural Deodorant with doTERRA Balance

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Slim & Sassy® Metabolic Gum

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Primary Benefits

  • Promotes healthy metabolism
  • Helps manage hunger cravings
  • Sugar-free with natural sweeteners
  • One drop of Slim & Sassy oil blend in every piece
  • Long-lasting flavor

Description

Slim & Sassy metabolic oil blend helps manage cravings throughout the day while supporting a healthy metabolism. There is one drop of Slim & Sassy essential oil blend in each piece of sugar-free gum. Slim & Sassy Metabolic Gum is yet another great way for you to get more of this wonderful essential oil blend into your daily routine.

Slim & Sassy essential oil blend contains Grapefruit, Lemon, Peppermint, Ginger, and Cinnamon. When taken internally with a healthy eating and exercise plan, Slim & Sassy Metabolic Blend can help you reach your weight management goals.


Key Chain, Black and/or Purple 8-Vial

 

Description

doTERRA branded keychain conveniently allows for easy access to your favorite oils on-the-go. Amazingly, this comes with eight, empty, amber 5/8 dram vials.


Additional Items:

50 pk pipettes

FCO Pump Bottle Top

Orifice Remover

5/8 dram sample bottles

5 ml amber bottles (pack of 6)

30 ml sprayer bottles (pack of 3)

10 ml amber roller bottle pack (pack of 6)

Sourcing mousepad

Child Resistant Caps (set of 10)


How to Get These Awesome Products

In short, you can head on over to my How to Buy doTerra Essential Oils Page to see what plan suits you best.  Also, you can just head over to my doTerra Website and place your purchase TODAY!
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Christmas Gift Ideas Essential Skin Care Line

I will be posting on different, affordable, ideas that you can use to help out with your Christmas list!

Today, I’m giving you the 411 on the Essential Skin Care Line.  In this case, prices vary, so if you are interested, you can head over to my doTerra Website.  Additionally, you can order directly from there OR you can email me at thebarefoothomeschooler@gmail.com with any questions you might have or orders you want to place.


Anti-Aging Eye Cream

Clinically tested doTERRA Anti-Aging Eye Cream targets the signs of aging around the delicate eye area.  For example, it is helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles from first use and over time.

Primary Benefits

  • Meadowfoam seed oil provides deep moisture
  • Biopolymers made from Pullulan and Red Algae Extract provide a noticeable tightening and lifting effect from the first use
  • Bakuchiol helps tone and tighten the skin, which helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and helps prevent future signs of aging

 


Anti-Aging Moisturizer

doTERRA Anti-Aging Moisturizer combines powerful essential oils with peptides and botanicals to target the visible signs of aging while moisturizing and softening skin.

Primary Benefits

  • Contains aqueous extract of dormant Summer Snowflake (Leucojum aestivum) bulbs to promote a clearer, more even skin tone
  • Contains ingredients that nourish the skin, helping reduce the appearance of wrinkles
  • Olive Fruit Extract is specifically designed for moisturizing and overall skin care
  • Peptides help to firm and smooth skin, improving skin tone and texture.  As well as, helping reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

 


Brightening Gel

doTERRA Brightening Gel combines natural extracts and vitamins with innovative ingredient technologies coupled with CPTG essential oils to brighten and even skin tone.

Primary Benefits

  • Daisy Extract is a natural, skin-brightening agent that acts by promoting even skin tone and reducing the appearance of dark spots
  • Ginger Root Extract promotes even skin tone and radiant-looking skin
  • Vitamin C helps keep the skin looking youthful while providing skin-brightening benefits
  • Microencapsulation technology protects vitamin C from breakdown due to oxygen exposure.  By doing this, it is ensuring both the stability and efficient delivery of the vitamin to the skin

 


Facial Cleanser

Enriched with essential oils and natural cleansers, doTERRA Facial Cleanser helps your skin feel fresh, smooth, and clean.

Primary Benefits

  • Yucca Root Extract and Soapbark Extract are rich in saponins.  In the same way natural cleansers  clarify and soothe skin
  • Macadamia seed oil conditions the skin
  • Vitamin E supports healthy-looking skin
  • Sodium PCA is derived from proline, a natural amino acid, and acts as a humectant which helps retain skins natural moisture

Hydrating Cream

Saturated with emollient-rich ingredients and probiotics, doTERRA Hydrating Cream provides intense hydration and nourishment to the skin besides improving skin’s natural health and beauty.

Primary Benefits

  • Cocoa seed butter is a nutrient-rich emollient that helps keep skin hydrated in addition to acting as a conditioning agent
  • Lactococcus Ferment Lysate helps to reinforce the skin’s natural barrier, helping to promote overall skin health and a youthful appearance
  • Laminaria digitata (Oarweed) extract comes from algae rich in amino acids and polypeptides.  Furthermore,  it is combined with mugwort extract to soothe skin and calm the skin

Invigorating Scrub

doTERRA Invigorating Scrub gently exfoliates lifting away impurities, leaving your skin feeling soft, smooth, and renewed.

Primary Benefits

  • The gentle exfoliating action comes from biodegradable Jojoba esters known for their moisturizing properties
  • Greater Burdock Extract helps purify and tone skin
  • Botanical and fruit extracts enhance the aromatic experience

Pore Reducing Toner

doTERRA Pore-Reducing Toner tones and balances skin.  In addition, it visibly reduces the appearance of pores and calming sensitive skin.

Primary Benefits

  • Aloe, watermelon, and apple extracts tone and balance the skin
  • Rich in oligosaccharides, Lentil Extracts increase skin hydration, reduce the appearance of oily skin, tone the skin, and visibly reduce the appearance of pores
  • Witch Hazel is a natural astringent that helps remove excess oil from the skin, as well as, reduces the appearance of pores

Tightening Serum

doTERRA Tightening Serum uses natural extracts and gums to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  Coupled with leaving skin hydrated and feeling smooth.

Primary Benefits

  • Contains rhizobian and acacia gum which provides “lifting” benefits
  • Beech Tree Bud Extract tightens and smooths the appearance of skin
  • Perfluorodecalin rejuvenates skin as it helps improve skin renewal and elasticity
  • Betaine is a nature mimetic humectant that helps protect skin cells against dehydration

How to Get These Awesome Products

You can either buy these three separately (email me or check out my website for retail prices), on the other hand, you could buy the Essential Skin Care Line (all 8 products) for a crazy reduced price!
Seriously, by purchasing ALL 8  in the kit, you will be saving $60 if you are a retail customer. In addition, if you are a wholesale customer, it is even cheaper!  Crazy, I tell ya, crazy!
You can head on over to my How to Buy doTerra Essential Oils Page to see what plan suits you best.  Otherwise, you can just head over to my doTerra Website and place your purchase TODAY!

Affordable Christmas Gift Ideas doTerra HD Clear Skin Care

For this reason, CHRISTMAS, I will be posting on different ideas.  These are a few of the affordable Christmas gift ideas from doTerra.  Ideally, you can use to help out with your Christmas list!

These prices vary, so if you are interested, head over to my doTerra Website.  You can order directly from there OR you can email me.  My email is thebarefoothomeschooler@gmail.com with any questions.

Sometimes, it is hard to pick the perfect thing for that special person, in your life.  Then again, there are times when someone you love is struggling with acne, acne scarring, oily skin, dry skin, or more.  I’m excited to add these items to my arsenal of Father Time, who is marching across my face.  That and the fact I get the occasional zit, fun times.

Today, I’m giving you the 411 on the HD Clear Skin Care Products.  You can purchase these items individually (email me at thebarefoothomeschooler@gmail.com for prices).  Similarly, you can buy them as a kit at a crazy reduced price!

Below, you will find all the information on where to go, on my site, to help you out!


HD Clear Topical Blend (10 ml roller bottle)

Christmas Gift Ideas doTerra HD Clear Skin Care

  • Application: Topical and/or Neat (no dilution necessary).
  • Ingredients: Black Cumin Seed Oil, Ho Wood Leaf, Melaleuca Leaf, Litsea Berry, Eucalyptus Leaf, Geranium Plant essential oils.
  • Aromatic Description: Woody, sweet, herbaceous.

 


HD Clear Facial Lotion (1.7 fl. oz.)

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KEY INGREDIENTS AND BENEFITS

•Melaleuca, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Ho Wood, and Litsea essential oils purify skin.
•Vitamin B3 nourishes and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
•Naturally derived amino acids improve skin texture.
•A specialized phytolipid blend of Black Cumin Seed, Chaulmoogra, Magnolia, and Manuka helps reduce the appearance of blemishes.
•White Willow Bark soothes and calms the skin.

 


HD Clear Foaming Face Wash (1.7 fl. oz.)

Christmas Gift Ideas doTerra HD Clear Skin Care
KEY INGREDIENTS AND BENEFITS

• Melaleuca (Tea Tree), Eucalyptus, Geranium, Litsea, and Ho Wood essential oils thoroughly cleanse and purify skin.
• Active Licorice Root extract provides high-performance support for clear, healthy-looking skin.
• White Willow Bark extract promotes a clear, smooth complexion.
• A specialized phytolipid blend of Black Cumin Seed, Chaulmoogra, Magnolia, and Manuka helps reduce the appearance of blemishes.
• Rich in amino acids, specialized algae extract soothes and calms skin.

 


How to Get These Awesome Products

You can either buy these three separately (email me or check out my website for retail prices) OR you could buy the HD Clear Facial Kit (all 3 products) for a crazy reduced price!
Seriously, by purchasing ALL 3  in the kit, you will be saving $40 if you are a retail customer. In addition, if you are a wholesale customer, it is even cheaper!  Crazy, I tell ya, crazy!
You can head on over to my How to Buy doTerra Essential Oils Page to see what plan suits you best OR you can just head over to my doTerra Website and place your purchase TODAY!

 

doTerra Essential Oils Cleaning Recipes

doTerra Essential Oils Cleaning Recipes

doTerra Essential Oils Cleaning Recipes

By using doTerra Essential Oils Cleaning Recipes, I am able to do many things. I can keep my home super clean, smelling good, and safe for my medically fragile preschooler. He has Ataxia Telangiectasia Like Disorder and he is allergic to the chemicals found in conventional cleaners. Choosing this path helps us all.

Due to the knowledge that my baby is allergic to cleaning products, I have had to be diligent.  Luckily, I stopped using conventional cleaners, a long time ago.  The people, buildings, and offices that I have to take him too still, understandably, use chemical based products.  I get it, I do, but I also have to be mindful of his health.
Most places we go, they are pretty good about cleaning their facility with the cleaners I bring.  We really are blessed with great people in our lives.  In the off chance, they don’t, and something needs to be cleaned, I’ve been known to BYOC (Bring my Own Cleaner).  This is why it has been so helpful to think outside of the box and utilize my doTerra Essential Oils and create some cleaning powerhouse recipes.
We carry diluted Onguard with us everywhere.  I also have the Onguard Sanitizing Mist in my purse.  This makes it incredibly easy to spray down carts and know that I’m killing the germs.

All-Purpose Cleaners

For my house, we are SUPER simple.  I bought a large plastic spray bottle, vinegar, water, and my choice of doTerra Essential Oils.  I pour about 1 c. Vinegar in the bottle, top it off with water and add 10-20 drops of oil.  I have used Melaleuca, Onguard, and/or Lemon (be mindful that your spray bottle needs to be glass if you use Lemon).  Those really are my favorites.  You can also use Rosemary, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Wild Orange is great for grease stains.  I also throw a capful of Onguard Concentrate in there.  This basic setup is what I use for all my cleaning, throughout my house.

Carpet Deodorizer

I put baking soda in a parmesan bottle, and then I mix about 10 drops of Purify in with it.  I shake it up and use it has a carpet deodorizer.  Let it set on the floor for about 10 minutes and then vacuum it up.

Carpet Cleaner

Now, in my carpet cleaner.  I mix hot water, a splash of vinegar, a splash of Onguard concentrate, and Lemon.  Never have I used the premade carpet cleaner solution.

Laundry

There is also an Onguard concentrate detergent that I will be using to throw in my washing machine, with my Tide (yes, I use Tide).

doTerra Essential Oils Cleaning Recipes

Glass Cleaner

For glass cleaner, vinegar, water, a splash of rubbing alcohol, and your essential oil of choice.  Spray it on and wipe it off with a newspaper.  That, for some reason, keeps it from streaking too severely.

Air Freshener

My air freshener is witch hazel, water, and usually Lavender.  I spray it as I would Febreze.  For my diffuser, hands down, my favorite is Purify.  Especially in the boys’ room because it smells of dead animals, butt, and a hint of sweat.  Not a whole lot could help the odor in my boys’ room unless I got a blow torch after it LOL

Floors

My floors, we used vinegar, water, essential oil, and Onguard concentrate (are you gathering a theme here)?  This is my life, and I have to adjust to aid in the health of my son.  I will do what I have to do.  I will no longer be filling my home with nonsense and chemicals.

For More

doTerra Essential Oils Cleaning Recipes, keep checking back.  In time, I will find more cleaning recipes to add to this list!

How to Buy doTerra Oils at Retail

To buy any of the essential oils that I mentioned, you can head over to My doTerra Website and click on the SHOP tab.  From there, you can order whatever your hearts desire and it will be shipped directly to you.

How to Become a Wholesale Member

If you find that you are going to spend around $100, it would benefit you to become a Wholesale Member (these members do not sell the product.  They receive the benefits of getting 25% off of retail costs, plus if you get 125 PV (product volume, not cost), and you order before the 15th of every month you can receive the free product of the month, as well.

Also, if you get 200 PV, you get another free product.  For the month of October, that product is a FREE car diffuser with 3-5 ml citrus oils! To do this, you will click on the “Become a Member” tab.  From there, you will click on “Wholesale Member”.  There is a fee of $35 that will give you all these great benefits for a year!

In conclusion, you will have a reduced yearly fee of $25 plus a free bottle of oil.  You will then choose your region and your language.  Lastly, you will fill out your information, the oils you would like, shipping, and so on.

How to Become a Wellness Advocate

Now, if you are interested in becoming a Wellness Advocate, then that is fantastic.  You will continue to click on “Become a Member” and then you will click on “Wellness Advocate.”  By becoming a Wellness Advocate, doTerra waives the $35 fee!  You can also choose from any of the enrollment kits at a HUGE discount.  Once you become a Wellness Advocate for doTerra, you are eligible to receive commission :).

**If you have specific questions, feel free to ask!  Remember this is MY story and MY experience.  You do you 🙂
You can also check out my latest post on Switching up Meds Safely and Wisely for more ways to utilize doTerra’s Essential Oils.**

Help Without Medication doTerra Essential Oils

Help Without Medication

Help Without Medication started when I began going through my medicine cabinet.  I was astonished by what all I had hoarded.  That is a strong word, but it is the perfect word for what all I found.  Check on our Essential Oils Successes for the thoughts my family has about our “potions.”

Please know this is MY personal experience. I am not a doctor.  If you are sick PLEASE go see your Physician.

Be Wise:  Using Help Without Medication

Medications (cholesterol, high blood pressure, and occasionally meds for Meniere’s Disease) have been a part of my daily life since I was 19 years old and I still, faithfully, take them because that is my responsibility to take care of my body in an appropriate manner.  Be mindful, listen to your body, talk to your physician, and take your daily meds!

I had allergy meds, meds for constipation, sleep, inflammation, and so on and so forth.  Most were OLD meds that were EXPIRED!  Please be mindful of not keeping meds that are expired.  You can safely take expired meds to your local sheriff’s department so they can dispose of them properly.

Once I got rid of the old stuff, I reevaluated what I had left.  Allergy meds have never really worked, long-term for me.  They work for a little bit and then they magically stop.  I cannot take Benadryl because it makes me EVIL.  I mean it makes me (and the children) downright mean.  So, that one is off the table.  I decided to do something a little bit differently.

Allergies

When my nose is runny, itchy, or stopped up my “go-to” is to get a tissue, fold it in half (longways) and then in half again.  I put a few drops of lemon, lavender, peppermint, Breathe, and Onguard on the tissue.  By sniffing on that, throughout the day, it unstops my nose, stops it from running, and prevents it from itching.  Game changer.

I also have a “master blend” of that mixture.  From that master blend, I place it on a pad and insert it in a necklace.  There have been days when I have rubbed it or my Breathe stick under my nose.  Also, placing it on my chest, feet, and wrists.  I carry this stuff.  It is my jam.  Just so I can further blow your mind…the lemon, lavender, and peppermint come in a softgel form.  Breathe also comes in the Touch form (prediluted roller bottle).

Help Without Medication

Belly Issues

Upset stomach…Digestzen for the win.  This is my favorite oil for any upset stomach or carsickness.  This has also eased diarrhea and constipation, as odd as that sounds.  I just rub this on my stomach and then I put it on my hands to inhale it.  Weird, but true story. This also comes in a Digestzen Touch form (prediluted roller bottle) and softgels (SHUT UP!)

Extra Precautions

Onguard helps with everything.  It comes in the liquid form to diffuse, rub on your hands, wrists, feet, and down your spine.  Also, it is provided in a Touch form, softgel, sanitizing mist (think germX only in spray form), mouthwash, and toothpaste.  You can fully protect your family or lessen an illness by being proactive.

Correct-X, think triple antibiotic ointment.  Yes, please.  Peppermint helps with headaches.  Again, this comes in a Touch bottle.  Lavender stops bleeding, is an antiseptic, and basically a powerhouse.  Oregano can help with warts.  Melaleuca stops itching from bug bites.  Copaiba is an anti-inflammatory and is basically gold in a bottle.  Frankincense helps in every aspect of life.

Other Things I Keep

There are so many other things.  I mix most of these oils with a carrier order and follow the dilution chart recommended.  Also, I mix in witch hazel when I need it, I have rubbing alcohol, and peroxide when it is called for in any particular situation.

If you want a detailed rundown of my doTerra Essential Oils First Aid kit for minor cuts, bruises, scrapes, etc.  Leave me a comment below and I will let you know.

How to Buy doTerra Oils at Retail

To buy any of the essential oils that I mentioned, you can head over to My doTerra Website and click on the SHOP tab.  From there, you can order whatever your hearts desire and it will be shipped directly to you.

How to Become a Wholesale Member

If you find that you are going to spend around $100, it would benefit you to become a Wholesale Member (these members do not sell the product.  They receive the benefits of getting 25% off of retail costs, plus if you get 125 PV (product volume, not cost), and you order before the 15th of every month you can receive the free product of the month, as well.

If you get 200 PV, you get another free product.  For the month of October, that product is a FREE car diffuser with 3-5 ml citrus oils! To do this, you will click on the “Become a Member” tab.  From there, you will click on “Wholesale Member”.  There is a fee of $35 that will give you all these great benefits for a year!

Each year after, you will have a reduced yearly fee of $25 plus a free bottle of oil.  You will then choose your region and your language.  Lastly, you will fill out your information, the oils you would like, shipping, and so on.

How to Become a Wellness Advocate

Now, if you are interested in becoming a Wellness Advocate, then that is fantastic.  You will continue to click on “Become a Member” and then you will click on “Wellness Advocate.”  By becoming a Wellness Advocate, doTerra waives the $35 fee!  You can also choose from any of the enrollment kits at a HUGE discount.  Once you become a Wellness Advocate for doTerra, you are eligible to receive commission :).

Medical Disclaimer

*THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. THESE PRODUCTS ARE NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, CURE, OR PREVENT ANY DISEASE.*

Operation USE IT UP Underway

used up products

Operation USE IT UP Underway is going down!  Have you ever thought about your cleaning supplies, what all do you have going on in there?

Let us focus on your pantry, fridge, freezer, and other places you store food?

I am embarrassed about what all I see in these areas of my life.  Seriously, embarrassed.

Looking around, I see a lot of stuff I have that is just useless, and I bought a bunch because I had a coupon.  There are also things that, sadly, I forgot that I had, as well.

Focus Squirrel Girl, Focus

Just focusing on my bathrooms is going to be a beginning for me.  My first goal is going green within all areas of our lives.  The secondary objective is to minimalize those belongings because, in reality, we do we really need 3 hair dryers, 35 sets of sheets, or 500 bottles of dried up nail polish?

Focusing on one area, at a time, is helpful for me.  I tend to have SQUIRREL moments.  One primary reason for that is because when I take something out of the bathroom, to put it where it belongs…I tend to start cleaning up the place that it belongs.  Thus leading me to forget about the fact that I was, indeed, already cleaning the bathroom.  Does that make sense?

Bathroom Tips and Tricks

  • Tame Your Squirrel:

    • One way to tame my squirrel is diffusing my Squirrel Blend recipe from doTerra.  It smells amazing and it, honestly, keeps me moving right along.  If you are interested in a sample bottle (free) or want me to make you a 10 ml prediluted bottle (cost + shipping), send me an email to thebarefoothomeschooler@gmail.com
  • Laundry Basket:

    • Another trick I use is that I get a laundry basket and I put it in the bathroom, with me.  This way, when there is something in the bathroom, that needs to go to another place in the house, I just throw it in there.  I take the basket downstairs, and I have each kid get their stuff out of it and put it where it belongs.
  • Using it all up

    • Let’s say I have 8 bottles of facial cleanser, that I bought because I had a coupon.  Now, let’s say that I have tried said facial cleanser and it is merely not my jam.  If you can imagine now, that I have given my daughter’s this facial cleanser and it breaks them out.  Now visualize that 7 brand new bottles of facial cleanser are continued to be stored in my bathroom for no particular reason, yet, like a chipmunk, I hoard it.  That’s where DONATING comes to play.  Take it to a Needline, a church food/hygiene pantry, a women’s shelter, or find a friend who likes this brand and gift it to them.  The point is…is get it OUT of your bathroom.  I know that I will never use this and I refuse to throw it away.  It is brand new, that is like flushing cash down the toilet.
  • Makeup:

    • Recently, I went into our local department store, and I received a free makeup makeover.  It was so much fun.  There is so much I do not know (or care to know), but what I did find out is that makeup can go wrong.  Yes, I’m aware that you probably already knew that, but I didn’t.  So, I bought my “colors” of makeup, and I came home, and I threw away a lot of my old, broken, or nasty makeup that I already had.  I also threw away brushes that I had had for 10 years (I didn’t know they were supposed to be washed…sick, I know).  I figured if I invest in new stuff now, I would remember to clean my brushes and how old things were…new beginnings are always good.makeup
  • Medication:

    • For the love, do not keep expired meds.  I don’t care if they are antibiotics, cold/cough meds, antacids, or tubes of cream.  Please, look at the dates and get rid of them.  There are expiration dates on the product for a reason.  These medications can lose their efficacy and could harm you.  Be wise.  We are going all natural with our medications.  I will be posting on our medication journey tomorrow, so be sure and come back!
  • Bathroom Cleaning Products:

    • My daughter was deep cleaning her home, one day.  She texted me, in the meantime, saying that she suddenly started vomiting aggressively and that she couldn’t stop.  Well, what’s a mama to do?  I high tailed my butt over there to help her.  I had no more gotten to her front door, that I started coughing.  It was like something was caught in my throat, and it wouldn’t dislodge.  Once I opened the door, this fog hit me, and I started coughing, uncontrollably, until I almost puked.  Come to find out, she had bought/used every cleaner known to man.  In her mind (and most peoples minds), if it is name brand, then it is going to a great job cleaning.  NO.  Just NO.  We were inhaling boatloads of unnecessary chemicals.  We all had headaches and were coughing.  It was pitiful.  We opened her front door, opened all the windows of the apartment, and we had to have a fan blowing out to draw this stench and chemical fog out of the apartment.  Once that happened, she quit vomiting, I quit coughing, and headaches subsided.  All you need to clean with are these essential items:  Vinegar, Water, Castile Soap, Blue Dawn Dishwashing Liquid, OnGuard concentrate, baking soda, and any of these essential oils:  Lemon, Melaleuca, Onguard.  For more information on how I make cleaners or if you want the oils, yourself to create your own green cleaning supplies, be on the lookout for a post on Friday.
  • Organization:

    • Another tip is to go to the Dollar Tree or Dollar Store and buy those clear shoeboxes with a lid.  Also, get some labels and a sharpie.  I like to keep all “like” things together.  I have all nail polish in a box, all toothbrushes/toothpaste, all travel sized bottles, etc. in these boxes.  This is a lifesaver, but only if you put the labels on them.  I made the mistake of not doing that, and one of my kids pulled every box out, opened every box, and made a mess…all looking for fingernail clippers.
  • First Aid Kit:

    • Organized, cleaned out, complete first aid kit is a must.  You can buy premade ones at Walmart or on Amazon.  You can also make your own.  I do keep mine in a red bag to make it easier to identify in high-stress moments.  Those moments can range from if a child throws a set of hedge clippers down from a tree and they landed point down on another child’s head to cutting your toe off while walking a pug or a head-on collision at the end of your driveway.  You know, simple things in life 🙂  For more on my First Aid Kit:  Check out Saturdays post.
  • Donate, Throw Away, or Use Up:

    • Be sure and clean out your little shoeboxes.  Throw away things that are old, broken, used, or not worth giving away.  If it can be donated, DONATE!  Help another person out.  If you have a smidge of something, use it up, don’t waste it.  Do not use a full product when you have 12 products that are 1/2 used.  Use those products up and don’t be wasteful.

doTerra Oils Choices:  3 Ways to Buy doTerra Essential Oils

To buy any of the essential oils that I mentioned, you can head over to My doTerra Website and click on the SHOP tab.  From there, you can order whatever your hearts desire and it will be shipped directly to you.

If you find that you are going to spend around $100, it would benefit you to become a Wholesale Member (these members do not sell the product.  They receive the benefits of getting 25% off of retail costs, plus if you get 125 PV (product volume, not cost), and you order before the 15th of every month you can receive the free product of the month, as well.  If you get 200 PV, you get another free product.  For the month of October, that product is a FREE car diffuser with 3-5 ml citrus oils! To do this, you will click on the “Become a Member” tab.  From there, you will click on “Wholesale Member”.  There is a fee of $35 that will give you all these great benefits for a year!  Each year after, you will have a reduced yearly fee of $25 plus a free bottle of oil.  You will then choose your region and your language.  Lastly, you will fill out your information, the oils you would like, shipping, and so on.

Now, if you are interested in becoming a Wellness Advocate, then that is fantastic.  You will continue to click on “Become a Member” and then you will click on “Wellness Advocate.”  By becoming a Wellness Advocate, doTerra waives the $35 fee!  You can also choose from any of the enrollment kits at a HUGE discount.  Once you become a Wellness Advocate for doTerra, you are eligible to receive commission :).

Introducing…

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DoTerra’s BRAND NEW Kids Collection

These are pre-diluted roller bottles that are safe for your kiddos!  This kit comes with six – 10 ml roll-ons with silicone toppers with carabiners, Instructional flashcards, and a carrying case with carabiner.

Thinker™

Helps instill a sense of alertness and focus while doing homework, during tests, or anytime concentration is needed.

Calmer™ 

These oils in Calmer help quiet the mind before bedtime, support restful sleep, and encourage relaxation.

Stronger™

Strengthens the mind and body.

Rescuer™

Helps your child unwind and relax after a busy day.

Steady™

Evokes calm and balanced feelings. Apply Steady on the bottom of the feet, to wrists, or to the back of the neck to promote feelings of calmness and steady the emotions.

Brave™

Energizing and invigorating, Brave promotes feelings of confidence, courage, and belief in oneself.

 

For more information, or if you’d like to order this, let me know! 

You can email me at thebarefoothomeschooler@gmail.com 

Be sure and put in the subject line “DOTERRA KIDS COLLECTION”.  

Brandi’s Getting Her Groove Back

Brandi's Getting Her Groove Back

Spring Break Week

It is Thursday of spring break week, and I have done a whole lot of nothing.  I’ve sat, watched Youtube, had some coke, cooked supper, scratched my head, bit off my fingernails, and played cards with my kids.  Just….ya know…….not a whole lot of productiveness.

Last Night, We had Quite a Blow

There was some information that was shared, from a courageous girl, and we have had to deal with the knowledge of being lied too.  Also, the realizations of someone we love, living two lives.  Basically, what are we going to do, moving forward?  It was hard.  I just had to go to bed.  I was on edge, Hunter’s behavior was HORRIBLE, the kids were loud, I started snapping at everyone.  All over this mess that someone else created but my family.  Yet, my family and I are in the center of the storm.  Sigh.

Amongst That Crap Storm

I took advantage of the situation (actually, I was sitting at the table with my head in my hands, crying, eating 3 bags of fruit snacks) and I had a conversation with G.  It was hard.  The truth was told to her.  It was hard to say, and it was hard for her to hear.  She is very similar to the person that has caused such chaos.  Her anger has controlled her for so long, she doesn’t even know what she is angry about.  I will talk more about that in a future post.

Today, I got up, and the Sun is Shining

It is chilly outside, and it is supposed to snow tomorrow…but today the sun is shining.  I decided today was the day I was gonna get my groove back.  I am awake, alert, feeling good and ready to tackle things.

getting my groove back

Playing my Groove music.

I had the little boys detail my van!  Woot Woot.  Boo folded laundry, cleaned the kitchen, watched Hunter, and just did little things that I needed to be done.  G helped me.  We started in the laundry room.

Daughter #2 is supposed to be on top of the laundry but…well…. let’s just say that walking into that smell cesspool of hell got my dander up cause we have not had any clean towels in quite a while.

Essential Oils to the Rescue

I made some cleaner spray, with my essential oils, and I got started on cleaning the outside, the inside and the drum of my washer.  Once it was done, I got the first load in and separated out the rest.  G collected all the dirty laundry.  On my agenda is washing all the bedding and curtains, as well….but first, we need towels.  The dryer is my nemesis, so I moved there.  Alas, every nook and cranny was finally tackled. I took the vent out and got my hand down there and pulled out a ton of lint that had fallen down there.  I also pulled the dryer out, swept behind everything and worked on the tubing because it has not been drying very well.

And So It Goes

We washed off the shelves, all the inside of the baskets, cleaned off and organized the shelving, put things where they belonged, spilled an entire bottle of ammonia…that was fun.  I even cleaned out from behind the freezer where clothes get thrown, yet never get picked up.  Super fun.  Once I had all that done, Daniel came in and swept and mopped the floor.  Laundry is still going.

I cleaned out my bill holder, got a pile ready to be put upstairs, cleaned out my desk and my junk drawer, cleaned off my mantle, the boys and G deep cleaned their room.  Big Daddy is going to either rent me a carpet cleaner or he is going to buy me one.  It is necessary.  You cannot live in a house with 9 people, 11 sometimes, with 3 dogs and 3 cats and not need a carpet cleaner.

Creating my EO Recipes

I also got all my essential oils out.  In doing that, I combined like bottles.  Next, I made a ton of cleaners, carpet deodorizer, car deodorizer, anti-aging face cream, hair thickener, hair growth serum, protective spray blend, tension spray blend….so much.  Making EO Recipes for everyday is what I love to do!

Plans Moving Forward

Tomorrow is Friday, the 6th, and I plan on tackling the innards of my kitchen and dining room.  I also want to address the living room, the game closet, the school closet, and the toy closet.

While I’m doing that, the kids will do their regular chores, just to stay on top of the little things….like the massive mounds of dirt that are everywhere or the deflated balloons that are lining my hall.

Oh, wait, what about the cat food that is strung from here to high heaven or the disappearing toilet paper problem we have.  When they are done with that, I will give them their marching orders.

For now, we are working in the house.  When the house is done, to my liking, then I will move to organize our attic, and Big Daddy will take the people who live here and organize/clean my garage and do yard work.

We need some roof work done, some gutters and landscaping, swings hung, and such.

Spring is here.  Hallelujah for sunshine!

Essential Oil Cleaning Hacks

Essential Oil Cleaning Hacks

Essential Oil Cleaning Hacks

 

Bathroom Cleaner (32 oz. bottle)

1 T. baking soda (link below)

2 T. Castile soap (link below)

30 drops Tea Tree oil

20 drops Orange oil

10 drops On guard

Warm water to fill to the top.

Spray all parts of your bathroom.  Let sit for about 10 minutes.  Spray again before wiping down.

All Purpose Cleaner (32 oz. bottle)

1 c. white vinegar

4 c. water

20-30 drops essential oil (I add Onguard to this, as well as, something else….usually orange)

“Febreze” (12 oz. bottle)

1 T. Baking Soda

2 c. warm water

15 drops essential oil

Glass Cleaner (32 oz. bottle)

2 c. water

2 T. vinegar

10 drops essential oil

essential oil cleaning hacks

Furniture Cleaner (safe for wood) (12 oz. bottle)

2/3 c. white vinegar (link below)

1/3 c. olive oil

10 drops essential oil (I used Jasmine)

Shake before use.

Floor Cleaner (used on laminate flooring) (24 oz. attachment to steam mop)

Equal parts white vinegar and water

A squirt of Dawn Blue Dishsoap

15 drops of favorite essential oil

Foaming Handsoap (8 oz. bottle)

Empty foaming hand soap dispenser.

Water

2 T. Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap

1 T. carrier oil

15 drops of Onguard essential oil

Poo-Pourri (4 oz. bottle)

2 T. rubbing alcohol

20 drops any essential oils

Top with water

Spray 5x on the surface of toilet bowl water before going to the bathroom…..do your business like a boss…..your place will not have the odiferous odor of defecation 🙂

**One thing to remember is to use Glass Spray bottles or Metal spray bottles if you are using any citrus based essential oil.  That oil will eat through plastic bottles.**

 

Essential Oils Success Stories

essential oil success stories

I Love That…

My essential oils success that I love is that my husband and kids do not ask for Tylenol, Ibuprofen, allergy meds, antibiotic ointment, etc.

Essential Oils Success 1

Noah:  Mom, my nose is running.  Do you have a potion for that?

Me:  Yep, get the allergy roller bottle out and rub it in your hands and then put some on a tissue and smell it.  It will dry you up.  Also, get the immune roller and put it on your feet, just in case.

**I also get the Onguard going in the diffuser with peppermint, lavender, Breathe, and lemon in case it is a cold.**


Essential Oils Success 2

G:  Mom, these zits are out of control.  Do you have an oil for that?

Me:  Yep, get the acne roller and put it on your face morning and night.  It will dry it up.


Essential Oils Success 3

Alyssa:  Mom, can you put your oils in my shampoo to help my hair grow.

Me:  Yep.


Essential Oils Success 4

Victoria:  Mom, I am struggling with my moods…can you make me a roller bottle?

Me:  Yep.


Essential Oils Success 5

Big Daddy:  Brandi, can you make my knee medicine and then something for my goatee to be better.

Me:  Yep.


Essential Oils Success 6

Hunter **after he saw my incisions from my surgery**:   Mommy, put some oils on your belly and you will feel better.

Hunter **before bed**:  Mom, can I have some oil on my wrists?


Warts…..Frankincense or Oregano (diluted)

I have skin tags…Frankincense (diluted)

My arthritis is acting up…I need a roller bottle…Frankincense or Deep Blue

I’m bleeding…..get the lavender.

Mom, we are out of cleaner…I’ll grab the vinegar and your oils.

My tooth hurts…I’ll grab the clove.

I have a belly ache…..Digestzen


Am I using oils to replace doctors?
Heck no.
We go to eye doctors, regular doctors, pediatricians, clinics, dentists, chiropractors….we go to them all, and they take good care of us, but the reality is is that Hunter cannot be around places like that because we have to do our best to keep him well.  When he is sick, his ATLD rages like an angry lion and that leads to hospital stays, more chemo, more steroids, more IVIG and I do not want that for my 3 yr old.

Do oils heal everything?

That, I do not know.  All I know is that God is the Ultimate Healer and Physician.  I also know that I can take care of a lot of things here, from the privacy of my own home. When I can’t, I head to those that I entrust my children too.
This is not for everyone, and I’m certainly not telling anyone how to live their lives, and I am no doctor.
I am merely a mom…..trying to save money (hospital stays and chemo), do what is best for my family, eradicate the chemicals from my home, and do my best.
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