Benefits of Elderberry Tea + How to Make Elderberry Tea

 Learn about the benefits of elderberry tea and get an easy elderberry tea recipe.  This only has three ingredients, and I give you options for more herbs and spices to add to it for their benefits as well.  Learn how to make elderberry tea hot or cold for a delicious drink to support your immune system. I learned about elderberry and their benefits a few years ago.  Now, elderberry syrup is part of my immune support all year round. I take elderberry syrup to support my immune system, and my kids love elderberry gummies.  I don't take it daily, so sometimes I make this elderberry tea recipe to have instead of the syrup. This is a very easy recipe with just three ingredients.  This is a perfect recipe for when you are out of syrup since it's so quick to make. You can also use your spent elderberries to make an elderberry tea recipe so you can squeeze all of the goodness out of your berries.

Coconut Oil Deodorant Recipe

 Learn how to make a coconut oil deodorant recipe with baking soda or arrowroot powder, zinc oxide, and essential oils.  This natural deodorant recipe with beeswax is easy to make, and it helps keep you smelling fresh all day long.   Natural deodorant is a relatively new journey for me.  I grew up using traditional deodorants and tried a few brands, but I didn't like how it worked. But now I have a teenaged daughter, and I want to start her off with healthier choices.  So last spring seemed like a good time to start since I was going to be stuck at home anyway. I normally buy my natural deodorant, but this coconut oil deodorant recipe was in the January 2021 Simply Earth essential oil recipe box, so I gave it a shot. This box actually has two recipes that you'll love: the BO Be Gone Natural Deodorant and BO Emergency Back Up Roll On.   I'll share both with you today because they really complement each other well.

Warming Massage Oil Recipe With Essential Oils

Learn how to make a warming massage oil recipe with essential oils.  This is an easy recipe that uses black pepper essential oil for a warming and sensual massage that's perfect for couples. This warming massage oil recipe with essential oils was formulated for a sensual massage with your partner, but it also works well for sore muscles.  I added black pepper essential oil for gentle warming to stimulate the skin.  This is an easy recipe, and it's perfect for Valentine's Day.  Although your partner may not enjoy a small bottle of oil, they will definitely enjoy its intended purpose! This has a light and romantic scent with jasmine and ylang ylang essential oils.  I used a light carrier oil that soaks into the skin quickly, so you won't be greasy or oily after using it.

Everything Pretty Top 10 Posts of 2020

At the end of each year, I dig into my analytics and see what my top posts for the year were.  I look at my top 10 overall and the top 10 published that year.  The reason I do both lists is because the top 10 overall would never change.  Eight of the ten would be the same year after year! This helps me because I like seeing what's popular.  I want to deliver content that my readers will like and use. This year, the top 10 posts are very skewed by the pandemic and Covid.  Five of the 10 posts are posts that I created at the beginning of the supply chain disruption and lock downs so my readers could make the things that they couldn't find in the stores.   When we heard talk of lockdowns, we headed to the store.  While everyone was grabbing hand sanitizer, bread, and cleaning supplies, we were grabbing rubbing alcohol, flour, yeast, vinegar, and liquid castile soap.   I was so thankful for my stash of DIY supplies, including my essential oils.  But I was even more thankful for the

How to Make Wax Brittle With Essential Oils and Herbs

Learn how to make wax brittle with essential oils and herbs.  This is an easy DIY to make at home with soy wax, essential oils, and herbs.  Use it like you would a wax melt for a natural scent in your home and aromatherapy. I am happy when my house smells good.  I used to use candles and wax melts, but now I make my own.  I use my essential oil diffuser or use essential oils to make wax melts.  I want to show you how to make wax brittle with essential oils.  Wax brittle, or wax bark, is similar to a wax melt.  However, it's poured in a thin flat layer so it breaks apart.  It gives it an interesting look, so it looks pretty even while you're storing it. What I really like about soy wax brittle is that you can use as much or as little as you want.  It's also easy to combine scents because you can use a little bit of this and a little piece of that to create a custom scent. For this DIY, I made peppermint and lemon wax brittle and made them a little extra with some herbs on to