DIY breathe easy air vapour stick bar – attempt #1

The other day we ran out of our doTerra Easy Air stick which we’ve been using daily on the kids to get them to sleep at night through their congestion.
I had some beeswax on hand and decided to try making it from scratch. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be. I didn’t have any cocoa butter on hand but instead found a blog post about the basic ratios for beeswax and virgin coconut oil then just ‘winged’ it.
Since the weather is still quite warm, and virgin coconut oil is still liquid at room temperature, I thought I would start with a 1:1 ratio. Last minute, I decided to add a few tablespoons of jojoba and olive oil making this more into a 1:1.5 ratio.
Here’s my first attempt:
1. Add to a small pot equal parts of beeswax and virgin coconut oil. I used in this batch:
35g beeswax
35g virgin coconut oil
2. Heat and melt over low flame. Let it cool for 5min.
3. Stir in liquid oil (any oil can be used here – should be increased to a total of 1/2 cup oil)
1 Tbsp jojoba oil
2Tbsp olive oil
60 drops of easy air or any other combination of pure essential oil
Note: If it starts to solidify too early, just melt over low heat.
4. Stir and immediately pour into ice cube tray or any other moulds.
5. Set in the fridge and then pop out and store in a cool dry place.
6.  Can be stored separately in a small container for easy use. I found the sistema 35ml dressing pots a good size to store one cube.

Makes approx 6 cubes.

Verdict:

It’s now 26.5 degrees Celsius and found that it was still a little too hard for use, and parts of it took a little longer to melt into my skin. The great benefit of making your own is that you and tailor it to your own preference and needs. If you were to use this for massage, it might be nice to have a more solid bar, but for those with sensitive or thin skin, a softer bar (with more liquid oil) would be beneficial.
Next time I will try increasing the amount of oil vs beeswax using a 1:3 or even 1:4 ratio and possibly try it with shea butter and/or cocoa butter. This will mean an increase to 70g of virgin coconut oil.
This is quite fragrant but because it is so solid it takes longer to melt and so only a small amount comes off at once. I’m also thinking of boosting this other single oils next time.
This still turns out to be cheaper than buying the breathe stick plus I can make a tray of cubes at a time and have it stashed around in multiple places instead of hunting around the house for that elusive vapour stick.
Now that I’ve tried it once, it’s inspired me to think of other combinations of oils – I could use it as a lip balm, foot balm, healing salve, eczema salve… this also makes affordable gifts that can be easily be made in bulk (thinking end of year Christmas presents…) and you can play with the packaging and set it in a little lip balm pot or tin, or lip balm stick.
So there’s still some tweaking to do but I hope that this inspires you to give it a go. There are heaps of recipes out there and sometimes it can be paralysing to choose and then collect all the ingredients, so I like the fact that this has minimal ingredients and it still turned out ok. It wasn’t that hard after all and worse comes to worse, you can always melt it down and adjust the proportions (although it would be best to do this before the oil is added so you don’t accidently evaporate the oil off).
Well, good luck DIY-ing and let me know if you find any great recipes for me to try!
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease

Top 10 essential oils for traveling 

We travel a lot as a family and having a child with a disability hasn’t stopped us travelling as a family. So when I joined doTerra I naturally wanted to bring my oils with me. After seeing a doTerra purse, I decided to make my own just using an old case (from a thermometer) and elastic. If you prefer, you can also buy handy little purses from doTerra or everyday miracle. Since then it has evolved somewhat and I’ve discovered rollerball bottles which I can dilute my essential oils so they’re ready to use. Since coming home from my travels, I now take them everywhere and use them on a daily basis.

my first doTerra personal travel kit

Personal travel kit

 

Here’s my kid’s travel kit that I’ve put together using the official doTerra wellness advocate pouch with keychain.

doTerra Kits travel pouch with keychain using 2-3ml roller balls or 1ml sample vials.

Kid’s travel kit

Top 10 list of oils for travel

  1. Lavender – my go to oil for itchy bites and burns. You can use it on its own or blend your own itchy bite blend and bring this in a roller bottle.
  2. Deep Blue, the soothing blendgood for muscle pain and tension headaches. I often use this on my neck and shoulders before sleeping to help relax them so that I can get a good night’s sleep. Using with Serenity or Cleary calm can also help promote sleep.
  3. Serenity restful blend or Clary CalmHelps calm the mind and body enough to sleep. Great for adjusting to different time zones or when sleeping on the flight. This also smells amazing so I sometimes just use it as perfume. Clary Calm also has clary sage in it with eases comfort during menstruation.
  4. Easy Air, the respiratory blend – this is a great blend for clearing the nose due to allergies or cold and flu symptoms.
  5. Infection blend is a blend was passed to me from my Sister to help boost the immune system in times of flu and cold like symptoms. I like to massage it gently behind the ear starting from the temple, behind the ear to the base of the neck sometimes continuing to the back and into the shoulder blade. When I have even a slight runny nose I often feel the mucous draining. Alternatively, you can simply use the protective blend which is great to use to prevent and support healing. It can be made into a natural hand sanitizer that doesn’t contain carcinogens.
  6. DigestZen – great for soothing the occasional upset tummy or to help bring up gas. If you prefer to use this internally, it’s best to bring it in a sample 1-2ml vial.
  7. Balance, the grounding blend for those stressful flight connections, to help you feel grounded. It also doubles as a great perfume. Can be used combined with Serenity to make the ‘Tantrum blend’.
  8. Elevation – helps me wake up and feel energised in the morning and in the afternoon. This is great for jetlag, to help you stay away when you land to adjust to the new time zone.
  9. Frankincense – the king of oils, very versatile can be used to help calm the mind, for boosting the immune system and also to help the healing process with scratches or bruises.
  10. TerraArmor (aka TerraShield) – a natural barrier when outdoors – I find it needs to have even coverage for best effect, so it is good to make this up as a spray.

Other oils you could consider, depending on your needs:

Tea Tree (melaleuca) because it can be used as an antiseptic as well as great for pimples.

Smart & Sassy is a blend to help you feel full and is useful before exercise and in the afternoon for a pick me up. I was a bit sceptical at first but recalled that the Biggest Loser recommended using grapefruit or lemon in water before exercise. This seemed to be consistent so I thought I would give it a go and was surprised to find that my hunger pains went away immediately.

Purify – as a spray helps neutralise bad odours and leaves a pleasant smell. Great for musty rooms or cars.

Kit combinations

To give you an idea of how affordable these oils can be, here are some of the kit combinations I’ve put together and an estimate of the cost price including materials (bottles, pouches etc) with the doTerra member wholesale price vs the retail price. Click here to order or join my doTerra to access the wholesale price.

Travel Kits

Diluted in 3 ml roller balls in Fractionated Coconut oil, cost price includes a handy travel pouch with keychain.

Wholesale Price (AUD) Retail Price (AUD)
Personal starter travel kit (10 oils – 8 diluted oils 3ml bottles in FCO  -Infection blend, Balance, Breathe, Digest-zen, Serenity, Elevation, Deep Blue, On Guard. Plus 1ml of pure Smart & Sassy (10 drops sample neat), and 1 ml of Cleary Calm (10 drops sample) $35 $45
Kids starter travel kit + frankincense (10 diluted oils 3ml bottles in FCO  -Infection blend, Tantrum blend, Balance, Digest-zen, Serenity, Elevation, Deep Blue, breathe, lavender, On Guard, Melaleuca) $33 $43
Essential Collection travel kit in 3ml rollerballs (costs $174 for pure 5ml) – (10 diluted oils in 3ml bottles – Easy Air, Digest-zen, Frankincense, Ice Blue, Lavender, Lemon, On Guard, Oregano, Peppermint, Tea Tree) $30 $40

Alternatively, if this is all too much you can also buy the doTerra Touch kit which consists of 9x10ml roll on oil blends already diluted in fractionated coconut oil at $225.33 USD ($169 wholesale) – this contains all the oils in the essential collection kit and is also available as an enrolment kit.

For more information head over to Joining my doterra team.

Note: Prices are based on 2016 doTerra price list. 

Information is only based on my opinion and experience and is not to be taken as medical advice. Please see your doctor if symptoms persist and also discuss your current situation with your doctor if you intend to use this alongside western medication.

Kombucha and Water Keifer

I’ve just started my fermented foods journey and have done my first batch of Kombucha and water keifer.

I was surprised at how simple this was to assemble:

  1. Make sugar water – I simply used old jars, filled them with two tablespoons of raw sugar and then boiling water. For the Kombucha I added two decafe tea bags. 
  2. Then I waited half a day for all of it to cool down. In the meantime I made my own ‘muslin cloths’ by cutting up an old muslin blanket. 
  3. Once it was cool I decanted the existing water keifer/ Kombucha into new jars. You can also strain the keifer grains / kombucha scobie  with a plastic strainer (metal is not recommended) 
  4. Then I simply added in my sugar water mixture. 
  5. I used the muslin cloth doubled over with a rubber band to hold it in place.  

Whilst I was waiting for mine to brew, I decided to try the Kombucha and Water Keifer from my friends batch. I found the Kombucha was too sour. And the water keifer was too sweet. Combined – yes, you guessed it – it was ‘just right’. I added some Buderim Ginger Refresher cordial, soda water, fresh mint leaves and a dash of orange juice. It was a winning combination! Tasted like a mocktail only much better for your gut with all the natural probiotic goodness.

I’m looking forward to experimenting with more combinations.

Have you tried either Kombucha or Water Keifer and what is your favourite way to drink it?

 

Ginger and Mint Water Keifer Kombucha

Ingredients

1/4 cup Water Keifer

1/4 cup Kombucha

1/8 cup soda water

1/8 cup Ginger refresher (to taste)

1/8 cup orange juice (optional)

Mint leaves

Ice cubes

Method

Mix together and drink with a few ice cubes. Amounts can be adjusted to taste.