Thursday, April 2, 2015

DIY Shopping List

Since I use my Essential Oils from Young Living to make a lot of wonderful products that we use daily, I always try to keep several basic supplies in stock. So I thought I would compile all those items into one list for you.  If these products are not easily sourced in most grocery stores, I have provided links to where you can purchase them!

Coconut Oil - This is a great carrier oil to use to make salves, lotions and creams.  I whip it in my stand mixer with the whisk attachment for about ten minutes to give it a wonderful consistency.  Then, I use it in my face creams, toothpaste, deodorant, healing salves and as a general carrier oil to dilute single oils for topical application.  Most grocery stores do have this available for purchase as it has become a very popular cooking oil, too.

Fractionated Coconut Oil - This is a fantastic option for making your own roller bottle blends.  It is coconut oil that stays in liquid form. 

Raw Honey - Mixed with Thieves and Lemon, raw honey is a fantastic way to ingest oils to use for healing a sore throat or bad cough.  My kids also eat a spoonful of this daily as it is a natural medicine all on its own!

Castile Soap - I use this soap to make my cleaners, body washes and hand soaps.  My favorite is the unscented version because it doesn't compete with the amazing aromas of the oils I use in the products I make.

White Vinegar - You can pick up a bottle of white vinegar at any grocery store.

Baking Soda - This is a very common item that can just be picked up at any grocery store.  I use it to make toothpaste, deodorant and as an abrasive cleaning option.

Epsom Salts - This is one of my favorite pampering items!  I love taking a hot bath at least once a week with a cup of Epsom Salts and a couple pumps of Dragon Time Massage Oil.  

Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar - I drink this vinegar before meals where I am going to consume a lot of protein to improve my digestion.  It is delicious mixed with a little water and a drop or two of Lemon Essential Oil.  You can usually find this at most health food stores.  If you are a local to lower Delaware, Byler's carries it at a very good price.

Bentonite Clay - This is one of the miracle ingredients in the toothpaste I made that healed so many of my husband's cavities.  This container will last you for a few years so it is a great investment.

Real Salt - This is another beneficial ingredient that I use in my homemade toothpaste.  It is great to have on hand for healthy cooking as well.

You'll also need containers for all of these homemade goodies.  Although it isn't absolutely necessary for all things, I do stick to glass to hold everything in our home - from cleaners to toiletries to food.  I have found mason jars with plastic lids to be the most economical option.

4 oz. Mason Jars - I use these for my face creams, healing salves and anything else that I make as a smaller batch..

8 oz. Mason Jars - This larger size is great for toothpaste and deodorant.  Those products are used more quickly than others so making them in larger batches makes it less labor intensive.

Plastic Lids - The mason jars come with the metal lids and bands but these plastic lids are much easier to remove.

For my cleaners, I place bulk orders for the glass bottles and lids.  Please be sure to connect with me on my Facebook page so you know when I have some available.  I am able to extend much better prices to my team members through my bulk discounts as they are pretty expensive when purchased from local stores or Amazon.  Then, just buy some pretty labels and have fun using the products!

Although this isn't an exhausted list, it is a good place to start so that you are prepared to start replacing some of the store bought toiletries and cleaners you have been purchasing with homemade versions.  This is a great way to help offset the investment you have made in the Essential Oils.  We never buy any of these items from the store anymore so it has reduced our monthly household budget by quite a bit.  I'll update this list as needed so be sure to keep it bookmarked!

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