Cocoa Mint Lip Balm DIY

Cocoa Mint Lip Balm

1 tablespoon Beeswax Pearls

1/8 cup fractionated coconut oil

1 tablespoon unrefrined cocoa butter

1/2 teaspoon raw honey

1 teaspoon cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon vitamin E oil

10 drops peppermint essential oil




Combine  coconut oil and cocoa butter in a double boiler and heat on low heat for 20 minutes.  Add beeswax and stir well.  Once all is melted, remove mixture from heat and add honey, vitamin E, cocoa powder, and essential oil, stirring continuously.  Once mixed and smooth, fill lip balm tubers.  let cool for 3 hours. Enjoy

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This spray is lovely and warm.  It makes me relax just smelling it.  



Warm Vanilla Room Spray


DIY Recipe


2 tablespoons Vanilla Extract

6 drops Orange Essential Oil

5 drops Cinnamon Essential Oil

5 drops Clove Essential Oil

Distilled Water

Directions:  Add vanilla extract and essential oils to a glass spray bottle.  Fill the remainder of the bottle with distilled water.

Seal with sprayer top and shake well.  Enjoy.

Note: Be sure to use a glass spray bottle since essential oils eat up plastics and you will breath harmful chemicals.

Always use glass for storing essential oils.




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Spiced Autumn Sugar Scrub


If you are like me, you  love sugar scrubs, especially for hands and feet.  I like to mix up the way I make sugar scrubs.  When I need to relax, I use lavender essential with the Sweet Almond Oil and/or Avocado oil or whatever carrier oil I wish to use at the time.  Some people are allergic to nuts, so be sure to avoid carrier oils that are nut based, which includes many of them.  If you are allergic to nuts, read all labels on essential oil blends carefully. Some blends use almond or coconut oils.  Those allergic to tree nuts must avoid those as well as other carriers.  Just stick to essential oils that are NOT blends and are not nut based.

Spiced Autumn Sugar Scrub

2.5 cups of Turbinado sugar

8 oz. carrier oil of your choice

15 drops of Citrus Fresh® or lemon essential oil

15 drops of Christmas Spirit® (A Young Living blend)

Directions: Combine oil and sugar in a bowl.  Add essential oils.  Divide sugar scrub into wide-mount glass jars (small ones).  Top with carrier oil.

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Autumn Diffuser Blends

Lift Up Your Room with Essentials Oils.

Autumn is the perfect time to bring spices into your life.  Use these diffuser blends in your home or office.Printffice to warm up the smell of things.  Who doesn’t love the smell of cardamon, orange, cinnamon, clove, ginger, or orange wafting through the room.   Try one of these today.  My favorites are Pumpkin Pie, Spiced Cider, and Snickerdoodle.  You can pick your favorite, but honestly, if you are like me, you will love all of them.  Warm up your room today.

You might always want to check out my roller ball blend recipes.  Click on this link:

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Biblical Oils in the Bible

Sando MLM SuccessIf we look back to Biblical days, people carried and used essential oils all the time.  Of course, no one believes they had distillers as we do today, but most would agree that they pressed the oils out of plants for everyday use.   In the Book of Genesis, Adam and Eve were placed in an amazing garden filled with wonderful flowers, trees, and others plants.  Why would God place his creations, human beings, in a garden?  Perhaps it was because a garden is full of awesome scents that we know today support our emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual wellness.

For more information about Biblical oils, a great reference is Dr. David Stewart’s book Healing Oils of the Bible.

In the Bible there are over 600 references to essential oils and other aromatic plants.  The Hebrew word for anointing means to rub or massage a person with oil, and that oil was essential oils probably mixed with fatty or carrier oils.  I still like to mix my essential oils with a carrier oil.  Some believe that a carrier oil helps seal the essential oil in since it absorbs slowly.  A carrier oil does not dilute the essential oils.  It just helps them sink into your skin at a slower rate.  And, it makes your oils last a lot longer.

These blends are the ones we use in our household.  However, do your own blends and mix up what is right for you.  Remember that citrus oils such as lemon, lime, or orange are not to be used while in the sun.  Use them at night but avoid them in the daytime.

Hot Oils:

Some essential oils are hot to the skin, and some are more sensitive than others.  Cinnamon and all oils in the cinnamon family can be hot and may irritate your skin.  Peppermint is hot to some people.  Just use less oil and more carrier oil. For example, if I add clove essential oil to a blend, I seldom use more than 1 drop per roller bottle.  Clove is an especially strong oil.  Cinnamon is another one that I would only add 1 drop.  I try to stick with milder oils when making blends for everyday use.

Below the roller blend recipes, I have included some roller blends that are good for perfume.

Be creative and come up with your own creations as well.

downloadAnointing in the Bible

True anointing has been mainly lost to the modern world.

Jesus’ feet were anointed with oils such as Spikenard, Luke 7:36:50 and John 12:, 1-8.

Roller Blends:

Essential oils are used in so many ways these days, but one of the most popular is to mix essential oils with your favorite carrier oil and place the contents in a roller ball.  I love this method because the roller balls are so easy to just roll on my feet at night or during the day, I roll my favorite blend on the back of my neck,  wrist, or where ever I need them.

I want to share some of my favorite roller ball blends with you.

  • You will need your favorite essential oils.
  • Amber colored roller bottles with the roller ball and cap
  • Your favorite carrier oil

Just place about 20 drops of your favorite essential oil into the 10 ml roller bottle.  Fill up with a carrier oil.  Apply the roller ball top.  Place the cap on the bottle.

There are hundreds of blends you can make with essential oils.  Here are some of my favorites.  I will add to this list from time to time, so check back.  Sometimes I use a blend in the roller blend recipes, but most of the time I just use essential oils that are just the oil without an added carrier.  All essential oil blends have a carrier oil added to them.

Essential oils are good to replace many of your over-the-counter products.  Use them wisely and safely. And, I only recommend 100% therapeutic grade essential oils.

Oils and Small Children

I would only use essential oils on small children if tiny doses and only then when mixed with a carrier oil.  I would avoid them on babies.  Some oils are very strong and some are more mild and for everyday use.  Study essential oils and learn how they work and what the safety precautions associated with oils.  Read labels, and follow the advice on them.

Therapeutic Grade essential oils are the only ones I ever recommend.

Roller Blend Recipes:


Stress Away Blend (adults)

5 drops stress away essential oil

5 drops lavender essential oil

5 drops of orange essential oil

5 drops ylang ylang

carrier oil of your choice


Tummy Issues (adults)

15 drops of peppermint essential oil

5 drops Dizige  (or ginger)

carrier oil of your choice


Sleepy Time (adults)

10 drops vetiver essential oil

5 drops orange essential oil

5 drops Stress Away or vanilla, optional

5 drops cedarwood essential oil

5 drops lavender essential oil

carrier oil of your choice


Cuts and Scrapes (adults)

10 drops lavender essential oil (make sure it is 100% therapeutic grade before apply to cuts and scrapes)

10 drops purification essential oil

carrier oil of your choice

I don’t like to put an oil with purification in it on small children since they may decide to lick it off.  Be safe with your oils.

Focus (teens-adults)

20 drops peppermint essential oil

carrier oil of your choice


Calming Blend (teens-adults)

10 drops frankincense

5 drops lavender

5 drops orange


For Bruises (adults)

10 drops lavender

5 drops cypress

5 drops frankincense


Motion Sickness (teens-adults)

10 drops peppermint essential oil

10 drops ginger essential oil

carrier oil of your choice


Essential Oil Perfume Roller Ball Bottles

Add oils to a 10 ML rollerball bottle with carrier oil.

Winter Time (Boost the Immune)

2 drops cinnamon essential oil

4 drops clove essential oil

5 drops orange essential oil

5 drops lemon essential oil

5 drops melaleuca essential oil

3 drops oregano essential oil

Joyful Song

5 drops ylang ylang essential oil

3 drops lemon  essential oil

5 drops lavender essential oil

5 drops frankincense essential oil

Soft and Sweet

5 drops ylang ylang essential oil

5 drops lavender essential oil

3 drops patchouli essential oil

2 drops orange essential oil


Floral Fresh

5 drops grapefruit essential oil

2 drops lemon essential oil

1 drop lavender essential oil

2 drops orange essential oil

3 drop ginger essential oil


Fruity Fruit

2 drops ylang ylang essential oil

5 drops frankincense essential oil

2 drops lavender or lime essential oil


Relax and Refresh

10 drops patchouli essential oil

3 drops grapefruit essential oil

8 drops ylang ylang essential oil

5 drops lavender essential oil



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I love to make my own hand scrubs, cleaners, and all sorts of DIY products.  This handscrub is especially hardy and works on the grimmest hands.  Mix the sugar with almond or grapeseed oil or really any carrier oil of your choice.  Add the 20 drops of lemon essential oil.  Combine all in a mason jar or canning jar of your choice.  For that matter, you can use any glass jar that has a tight fitting lid.

Lemon oil is a powerful cleaner.  The carrier oil will help get  hands clean as well as leaving them soft and smooth.  The sugar loosens dead skin cells that tend to hang out.  Try it.  You’ll like it.  Let me know how this works for you.

A note about carrier oils.

You can substitute any carrier oil such as coconut oil, apricot oil, or  any vegetable oil.  Don’t put off making DIY products because you don’t have something in your home.  You can change the kind of carrier oil used in most recipes as well as the essential oils used.  However, keep in mind that lemon cleans away dirt and grime, so with this recipe, I would recommend using the lemon essential oil.  If you don’t have lemon on hand, try orange essential oils.

Different oils for different purposes:

Lavender is an amazing oil, but may not clean dirt away as well as lemon oil does.  Also, the kind of carrier oil or essential oil you use in a DIY recipe will depend on your plans for the final products.  If making a cleaner for my face, I would want a higher quality carrier oil than I might use on my hands.  The same with essential oils.  Many have similar properties, but they also have slightly different purposes.  Lavender, often called the kind of oils, is versatile and has thousands of uses.  Other essential oils are stronger and would be used in different ways.  Educate yourself on the basic oils.  Follow blogs such as this one to learn how to use the oils.  I will continually post DIY recipes as well as tips and advice on the basic ways to use essential oils.

Shirleen Sando


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 print-lavender-2We’ve all heard that sugar is bad for us, unhealthy, poison…well, when it comes to applying sugar to  your skin, sugar does amazing things.  Sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid which breaks down the protein that keeps dead cells on your skin.  When you remove dead skin cells, your skin will glow with radiant new cells.  As a precaution, it is advised that you test your skin prior to scrubbing your entire face with a homemade sugar scrub or a bought one for that matter.  Apply to a small area and wait 24 hours.  If no reaction appears on your skin or face, then you should feel fairly comfortable using the scrub.  These scrubs do contain natural ingredients and are free of harmful chemicals.

Some bloggers suggests that if you have very sensitive skin, then perhaps exfoliate with oatmeal instead of sugar.  Of course, never use any scrubs on irritated skin or wounds.

My first sugar scrub was given to me by my friend San.  Thanks San for starting me on this wonderful journey.  Make your friend a sugar scrub today.  It is a wonderful gift.

Homemade sugar scrubs are very inexpensive, easy to make, and when presented in attractive jars make great gifts.  I like to tie a ribbon around the jar rim to make these jars even more attractive.  Be creative.

Most sugar scrubs are made with organic unrefined coconut oil, but since some in our family are allergic to coconut oil, I often use grapeseed oil or apricot oil.  It really depends on who I am making the oil for and who will be using it.  I have used olive oil when making sugar scrubs, but the olive oil is rather heavy and can rest too long on the skin.

I also choose the essential oils I use carefully and consider who will be using the product.  If I know a friend loves lavender essential oil as I do, I would try to use lavender in the blend.  If I wanted to give the sugar scrub as a gift to a friend who loves orange essential oil, I would try to work that into the mixture.  Experiment and have fun.

Fruits are fun to add to sugar scrubs.  However, the scrubs will not last as long and would need to be kept in the refrigerator.  When I add fruit, I make small batches and try to use them right away.  Fruit scrubs help get rid of dead skin as well as exfoliating.  They also contain natural vitamins and minerals that are good for the skin.

My preference is to use 100% Therapeutic Grade essential oils instead of fresh fruit since the essential oil sugar scrub blends will last longer.

Most scrubs can be made using about ¾ cup of carrier oil such as coconut, grapeseed, or apricot, to about 1 cup of sugar.  I have used up to 1 ½ cups sugar, so adjust the amount you need, depending on the carrier oil used and the other ingredients used in the mixture.  If the mixture is too sandy, it may be difficult to apply.  Just play with it until you get the consistency you like.

For darker colored scrubs, use brown sugar. Brown sugar makes some very attractive sugar scrubs.

TIP: I avoid using any sugar scrubs while in the shower.  The oil will make your tub slippery.  I apply the scrub and then wipe off the excess with a dry washcloth.  Then I take my shower.  Even then, be sure to use a shower mat, since some oil will still get in the tub.   Clean the tub with baking soda mixed with a drop or two of lemon essential oil to get rid of any oil left in the tub.  I use this baking soda/lemon essential oil to clean my bathtubs and sinks all the time.  It makes a great and wonderfully smelling tub and sink cleaner.

Grapefruit Sugar Scrub

½ cup apricot oil

1 cup organic sugar, refined

10 drops of 100% therapeutic grade grapefruit essential oil (this essential oil like all citrus based essential oils is phototoxic so do not apply prior to going in the sun)

2 drops of 100% therapeutic grade orange essential oil

Mix the oil with the sugar.  Add essential oils.  Pour into attractive jars.

Lavender Sugar Scrub

1/2 cup organic coconut oil

½ cup grapeseed oil or apricot oil

1-1/2 cups organic sugar refined

20 drops 100% therapeutic grade lavender essential oils

8 drops of 100% therapeutic grade frankincense essential oil

Whip the coconut oil until soft.  Add the grapeseed or apricot oil.  Add the lavender and frankincense essential oils.

Apply to skin and rinse well.  Avoid using these scrubs in the shower or tub since they will make the tub slippery.

Shirleen Sando, Biblical Health Educator



Did You Know?

According to the EPA, the products you may be using can contain harmful ingredients.  These include, but are not limited to, laundry detergent, grease remover, beauty products, shampoos, hand soap, lipstick, cosmetics of all kinds, lotions,  and the list goes on.  Any product you purchases should be checked.  After you review the hazards of using the product, then you can decide if you wish to continue using it.  If the product rates 1 or 2 on the EWG website (click on link below), then you may be comfortable using the product.  Otherwise, it is up to each of us to make the best choice we can for the products we bring into our homes for our families to use, our pets, and ourselves.

Announcing EWG’s Updated Guide to Healthy Cleaning, Spring 2016

For beauty products, shampoos and the like, go to and search or look through their lists.

Don’t miss our live classes later this month (early fall 2016).  We will post dates soon for  DIY classes to make your own toxic free beauty and cleaning products, back to school products, and much more.   We will be hosting live classes in the area as well as Facebook classes.  Most information coming soon.


Make your own back to school study aids, hand cleaners, soaps, roller bottle oils blends for bedtime use and much more.  Classes coming soon.

And, did I mention that you can save $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ making your own products.  It is easy, simple, and very affordable. Lemon is a great one to use as is peppermint and other oils.  More post on how to make DIY with essential oils coming.

Shirleen Sando, Essential Oil Talk, Biblical Health Educator

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If Lavender is the “Swiss Army Knife, Lemon is the Duck Tape of essential oils.  Use it to remove oil and grease stains and as the base for dozens of cleaning products in the home.  To clean kitchen and bathroom sinks, mix about 1/2 cup baking soda with 3-5 drops of lemon essential oil.  Shake and use as a cleaner.

Keep Your Home Chemical Free

Keeping your home free from chemicals and toxic products can be challenging.  The Environmental Working Group (EWG) can help.  EWG looks at common household cleaners and has come with the “Hall of Shame” list of products that may present risks to health.  The website states: “Already, our research has turned up products loaded with extremely toxic compounds banned in some countries. Some of their ingredients are known to cause cancer, blindness, asthma and other serious conditions”.

Check out the EWG and see for yourself how the products you have in your home stack up.

Announcing EWG’s Updated Guide to Healthy Cleaning, Spring 2016

For beauty products, shampoos and the like, go to and search or look through their lists.  A 1 rating is good.  A 10 is very bad, and anything 3 or above, I would avoid.

Dr. Epstein,  author of 260 scientific articles and ten books,  states that “cancer is mainly caused by chemical and physical agents in the environment.  We are unknowingly exposed to avoidable carcinogens in food, household products, cosmetics, prescription drugs and toiletries”.

In Europe, a ban has long been placed on many chemicals that the U.S. allows to be used in everyday products.  Some toxic chemicals used in everyday products include toluene, formaldehyde, BHT (often in deodorants, DEA/TEA-foam boosting surfactant emulsifiers and dyeing aids.  These are mainly found in shampoos and conditions, body gels, and cosmetics.

Propylene Glycol – (antifreeze solvent) is found in deodorants, cosmetics, toothpaste, creams and other common household products, yet this product has been shown to cause kidney damage in animal studies.

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate  is an engine degreaser that is thought to increase inflammation and causes numerous other concerns.

Know what you are using and as with food labels, read products labels.  Then learn to make your own, simple and easy to make do-it-yourself products that you can feel good about using.

Later during the 2016 early fall months we are going to begin hosting DIY classes to make your own toxic free beauty and cleaning products.  Classes will be live classes in the area as well as Facebook.  Most information coming soon.  Check our website often to learn more about DIY household and beauty product safety as well as recipes that are easy and simple to make at home.  Join our newsletter so we can send you reports on essential oils and DIY recipes.

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