Almond Milk Recipe

Ok, y’all, now I’ve started making my own almond milk I’m not going back to store bought almond milk. There’s just no comparison, you guys. The taste is smoother and cleaner. My husband, who never liked almond milk before, actually likes this almond milk! So, just take my advice and go do it! It’s so easy to make, and you’ll have NO regrets. I got my recipe from Kris Carr. If you’re vegan, vegetarian, or just want to start eating healthier, go check her out.

Here’s how easy it is. You ready for it? Let’s go!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of almonds
  • 4 cups of filtered water
  • 2 pitted dates
  • Pinch of salt
  • Nut milk bag
  • Glass jar with a lid for storing.

Directions:

  1. Soak your almond for 6-8 hours. This not only makes them softer for your blender, but helps with digestion as well.
  2. Drain your soaked almonds, give them a rinse, and place in a blender.
  3. Put the filtered water, dates, and salt in the blender.
  4. Blend for a good 2 minutes.
  5. While it’s all blending, line a large bowl (needs to hold at least 32 ounces of liquid) with your nut milk bag. I like to use a liquid measuring bowl so I can easily pour it.
  6. Once it’s all blended, pour into your lined bowl.
  7. Squeeze the milk out of the nut milk bag. You’re basically “milking” the bag to make sure you get all this liquid gold. You should get 32 ounces.
  8. Store in a glass jar with a lid for up to 3 days.
  9. Enjoy on it’s own, in your morning coffee/tea, or anywhere else you like to use almond milk!                                                             

Now, I’ve love to know… what’s your favorite nut milk? I might have to try to make them all!

doTERRA Holiday Gifts: For Every Budget

Y’all… Christmas is ten days away. TEN. How did this happen? Are you scrambling like I am to get our last minute Christmas gifts under your tree? Well, I’d love to share with you today how you can give your loved one some amazing gifts this year!

doTERRA’s Emotional Aromatherapy Touch System: I absolutely LOVE doTERRA’s Touch line. These are their same, well loved, proprietary blends of essential oils, but they are diluted in a 10mL roller bottle. This makes it super easy to apply, you can carry it with you in your pocket or purse, and have it ready for younger kids or loved ones with sensitive skin. I like giving the Emotional Aromatherapy oils as gifts because most people begin their essential oil journey with the emotional blends. This gives them some extra goodies to enjoy and a way to take care of their emotions naturally and effectively. These are super affordable too. You can purchase them individually for as little as $13 wholesale, or get the whole kit for only $100 wholesale!

doTERRA Spa Replenishing Body Butter: Have y’all tried this yet? It’s amazing. It’s so smooth, creamy and moisturizing. It leaves your skin soft, but not greasy. It smells heavenly and is made with Wild Orange, Grapefruit, Douglas Fir, and Frankincense so you’ll uplift your mood too! Who doesn’t love a little self care products? This is only $17.50 wholesale and is a big crowd pleaser.

doTERRA Exfoliating Body Scrub: This is a natural body scrub that helps to exfoliate and polish your skin. It has Wild Orange, Grapefruit, and Ginger so it can also helps to reduce blemishes while you use it. It’s another great gift that’s only $19.50 wholesale!

doTERRA Personal Care Products: Hello, perfect stocking stuffers! Did you know doTERRA has an array of natural based personal care products? They’ve got lip balms, soaps, shampoo and conditioners, lotions, and toothpaste! These babies start at just $6.50 wholesale, and may of them are cheaper when you buy them in packs of three. There’s something for everyone’s stocking!

DIY: My friends, I’ve got some fun DIY recipes on this blog, but doTERRA has a TON on their website. You can find their blog through my business page mydoterra.com/amandagerber and you’ll find all sorts of ideas for bath salts, body scrubs, face masks, and MORE! Making your own gifts are fun, and very cost effective.

I wanna hear from you! What are some doTERRA items you’d love to receive for Christmas?

My Favorite Essential Oil: Frankincense

Frankincense is my favorite essential oil. It’s rightly called “the king of oils,” and was a gift to baby Jesus along with gold and myrrh. Hey, if it’s good enough for Him, it’s good enough for me. That alone speaks so much about the value of this oil.

You can use doTERRA Frankincense essential oil topically, aromatically, and internally. Remember, when using essential oils on infants dilute 1 drop of essential oil to 1 tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil (FCO). Frankincense also has the ability to magnify the effect of other essential oils, so throughout this post you’ll notice I’ll give suggested pairings along the way.

Overall Health: For overall health, I like to take 1 drop of frankincense under my tongue every day. This oil is packed with antioxidants and will support brain and cellular health.

Immune Support: I have what I call a “FLOOM BOMB.” In a roller bottle, I put 3-5 drops each of Frankincense, Lemon, OnGuard, Oregano, and Melaleuca and top it off with FCO. This combination is like magic. I roll it on my spine and the bottom of my feet when I’m feeling under the weather, and I’m back on my feet the next day. It’s also soothing for your scratchy throat. Just roll on over your throat and massage over your lymph nodes.

Anti-Aging: Frankincense is packed with anti-aging properties and is a powerhouse when paired with Myrrh. You can make your own blend in a roller bottle, or check out doTERRA’s Immortelle Anti-Aging blend. It’s got Frankincense, Myrrh, Lavender, Rose, and Sandalwood. Fine lines and wrinkles don’t stand a chance.

Emotional/Mood Support: If you deal with mood swings, sadness, or anxious feelings then you should definitely be diffusing frankincense in your home. When I need my mood to be uplifted I diffuser Lemon and Frankincense. If you need to reduce anxious feelings and calm your emotions, try diffusing Lavender and Frankincense. It’s a great blend for sleep as well!

Soothing Tension & Soreness: You can use Frankincense for head tension and for muscle soreness. For head tension, apply Frankincense, Lavender, and Peppermint where you’re feeling discomfort. For sore muscles, combine Frankincense and Deep Blue and massage into your muscles.

These are just a few ways you can start using doTERRA Frankincense in your home. For those of you looking to get started using essential oils, doTERRA has some really cool specials this month! You can save BIG with one of their starter kits! Want more details? Check out all their starter kits HERE.

Now, did you learn something new? What’s your favorite way to use frankincense?

doTERRA BOGOs: Petal Diffuser & FREE Wild Orange & Cassia

Hey y’all, so doTERRA saved the best BOGO for last. This one sells out quickly, so be sure to order yours soon! Today only when you purchase a doTERRA Petal diffuser, you will receive Wild Orange and Cassia for free.

Petal Diffuser: This is a small diffuser that covers up to 330 square feet. You can choose to run it 1, 2, or 4 hours, and it offers an option light. It’s great to use in your home or office. I’ve had my Petal diffuser for almost 4 years and it’s still running great!

Cassia: This is an essential oil that supports your digestive system and your immune system. It has a warm and spicy smell very similar to cinnamon. It can be used topically, aromatically, or internally, but keep in mind you should dilute this oil, as it is a hot oil. You can also use this oil to support a healthy metabolism. Try diluting it with Wild Orange to get your home smelling like Christmas.

Wild Orange: This essential oil is one of doTERRA’s best sellers, for good reason. The aroma of this oil is very uplifting, and when combined with Peppermint can keep you motivated and focused. You can use it internally as a gentle cleanse or for digestive support. You can also use this oil topically (but avoid direct sunlight, as it is photosensitive) for a calming and cheerful mood.

Order while you can at mydoterra.com/amandagerber because these will sell out!

doTERRA BOGO: Lavender & Peppermint

Happy Thanksgiving friends! I am so thankful for the amazing gift of doTERRA essential oils, and for my family… and we have a lot of family at my house right now so I’ll keep this short. Today only if you purchase a bottle of doTERRA Lavender essential oil you will get a free bottle of Peppermint essential oil.

Y’all, these are essentials in any homes. We literally use these two essential oils every single day. They are staples around here. Here is a brief overview.

Lavender: This essential oil is good for all things soothing. You need to soothe you skin? Apply Lavender straight on your area of concern. You need to soothe your emotions? Apply Lavender on your pulse points or diffuse it with some frankincense. Need better sleep? Diffuse Lavender and Cedarwood for a restful nights sleep. We use this oil for everything from bug bites and diaper rash to moody kids and sleepless nights.

Peppermint: This essential oil can be used for so many things. For digestive support I like to drink 1 drop in a hot cup of water and make my own peppermint tea with it. For respiratory support we apply this with some eucalyptus to our chest to open up our airways and clear congestion. In the mornings I pair Peppermint and Wild Orange to wake me up and uplift any grumpy morning moods.

For more information on these BOGOs you can go to my website mydoterra.com/amandagerber and make sure to click “Join & Save” to get the most cost effective price and a welcome gift from me! Thank y’all so much for your time and attention. Happy Thanksgiving!

doTERRA BOGO: Peace & Motivate

Hey friends! I woke up at 5:30 this morning just so I could see the BOGO deals and spread the word before my kids woke up. Well, turns out Noah was already up and talking to himself, but he knows not to get out of bed yet. Anyway, moving on…

Today only if you purchase a doTERRA Peace Touch, you will get a doTERRA Motivate Touch for free! Now their Touch line is amazing. doTERRA’s Touch line is the same essential oil you love, diluted with Fractionated Coconut Oil in a rollerbottle. So it’s great to use for younger kids or for those who may be sensitive to some essential oils.

Peace Touch (Reassuring Blend): This blend consists of Fractionated Coconut Oil, Vetiver, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, Clary Sage, Marjoram, Labdanum Leaf, and Spearmint. I love this oil. I like to use it as a natural perfume because it has an amazing floral woodsy smell to it that is calming and subtle. It provides just what it claims to: peace and reassurance. If you deal with anxious or fearful emotions, just roll this over your pulse points. If the demands of your work day start to overwhelm you, roll this on your wrists and breathe deeply. If your kids seem to be bouncing off the walls at bedtime, roll this on their cute little feet and diffuse it in their bedroom. This is an oil I use often, and it’s one that I like to have in my purse or diaper bag when I’m out of the house.

Motivate Touch (Encouraging Blend): This blend consists of Fractionated Coconut Oil, Peppermint, Clementine, Coriander, Basil, Yuzu, Melissa, Rosemary, and Vanilla Bean Absolute. Y’all if you can’t tell by this lineup, this blend smells amazing. It has a citrusy mint aroma that’s intoxicating. I love using this in the morning to help wake  up and get moving. It can also help promote feelings of confidence and belief, while eliminating feelings of doubt and pessimistic. I like to roll some on before I teach a doTERRA class or step on stage when I’m networking. You’ve got to try it!

Do you want in on this deal? Then head on over to my website today! Simply go to mydoterra.com/amandagerber If you want additional savings, you should get a wholesale account by clicking “Join & Save.” This gives you wholesale pricing for an entire year, and no sales or monthly orders are required! PLUS anyone who enrolls in a wholesale account from me will receive a welcome gift with some additional items to help you start on your natural health journey.

Soothe and Support Muscles with doTERRA

One thing I’m really passionate about is education. I love all things about it: the research, the collaboration research, and the execution of the research. I think that’s why I love teaching about doTERRA essential oils every week. Something that I’ve started doing with my team is a weekly Facebook Live video covering a different topic. This week was soothing and supporting your muscles with doTERRA. I thought it would be fun if I shared my weekly topic with you guys too! Now, this won’t be nearly as in depth as my videos, as they are usually around 20-30 minutes long, but you’ll still benefit from it. Let’s chat oils!

But first! Disclaimer: I am not a healthcare professional. I’m a mom who loves research and has seen many benefits from these essential oils. I’m simply sharing with you how your family can benefit as well. This information is not meant to treat, diagnose, or replace medical advise.

Something I always start with before ever diving into doTERRA products is to make sure you’re giving your body a good foundation. What does that mean exactly? Get an adequate amount of sleep (this varies from person to person), drink plenty of water (half your body weight in ounces), and eat a healthy variety of food (vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, ancient grains, etc). Set that healthy foundation for yourself!

Got that covered? Want to know what else you can do for your body to help soothe those aches and pains? Well, let me tell ya!

Lifelong Vitality Pack (LLV): This product is my answer for almost every health concern someone asks me about: Sleep support? LLV. Uplift energy level? LLV. Emotional balance? LLV. Immune support? LLV. What exactly is the LLV? In a nutshell: it’s all natural, whole food supplements containing vitamins, minerals, and omegas… Basically it’s life changing, and I’m not exaggerating. I’ll be doing a post on this soon because it deserves a post and you deserve to know about it.

Deep Blue (Soothing Blend): Y’all I’m not an essential oil expert. I have a book that’s the expert at telling me what products to use, and this book tells me that doTERRA Deep Blue is one of the top oils to be used with any sort of pain related issue from headaches to muscles to joints. Deep Blue is a blend of Wintergreen, Camphor Bark, Peppermint, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, Helichrysum, and Osmanthus oil. This oil can be applied neat (without dilution), but if you know your skin is sensitive to peppermint or wintergreen, you probably want to dilute as you put on the area of concern. You can use this oil as needed, but definitely before and after workouts to help with post workout soreness. I love using this after yoga!

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Lavender: Lavender is an oil that everyone should have in their homes. It’s a very universal oil, meaning it can be used for practically anything: immune support, mood support, sleep support, you name it! It can be used topically, internally, and aromatically. (Please note: I only recommend doTERRA essential oils. Yes, I sell these oils, but I used the product for over a year before ever diving in the business and it was the one brand I trusted at that time as well.) Lavender oil is great for soreness and can be used topically on the area of concern. For most people, you can use this oil “neat,” meaning without dilution.

Lemongrass: Lemongrass is such an interesting oil. It always surprises me in its uses! This oil can ease joint discomfort, and should be used topically for that purpose. Now, some people are sensitive to lemongrass (like my hubs who won’t let me forget the time I didn’t dilute it for him), so dilute accordingly. You can use this as needed, multiple times a day on the area of concern. The cool thing about lemongrass is that you can also clean with it, diffuse it to purify the air, and even use it for a natural bug repellent.

Marjoram: This oil is wonderful to use before and after workouts. It’s commonly used to soothe those discomforts related to muscles and joints. Marjoram can also be used to promote a healthy cardiovascular system and a healthy immune system. doTERRA Marjoram oil can be used internally, in a diffuser to take advantage of its natural calming properties, or topically. You can dilute with fractionated coconut oil for any skin sensitivities, and apply directly on the pain.

Are you ready to get started using doTERRA essential oils? You can order the oils HERE, and I’ll be with ya, every step of the way to answer any questions! If you begin with one of doTERRA’s start kits, I’ll send you a fun Welcome Gift!

Sharing is caring! What natural solutions have you found effective and soothing and supporting your muscles?

Holy BOGO: Free Wild Orange AND Breathe

Holy BOGO, y’all! Let’s keep it short and sweet. Buy a doTERRA Petal diffuser, and receive Breathe and Wild Orange for free. Can you say awesome?!

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Breathe essential oil is formulated to support your body’s respiratory system. Whether you’re struggling with a lingering cough, snoring, or need to open your airways, this is the oil for you. You can use this oil in the diffuser, and I like to use it at night when my kids are dealing with congestion. It really helps them breathe easy during the night.

Wild Orange is an oil I use every day. It’s my “happy oil.” You can’t smell this oil without smiling. It’s an instant mood uplifter. Combine with Breathe or Peppermint in the diffuser for an instant pick me up.

Don’t hesitate! Go to mydoterra.com/amandagerber to take advantage of this offer. Two hours left!

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. I’m simply speaking from experience using these oils for myself and family. 

 

Wednesday doTERRA BOGO: DigestZen & Marjoram

Obviously, I have had a heck of a day since I’m just now at almost 9:00pm getting around to posting the BOGO of the day. But, you’ll forgive me, right? So, I’ll be quick about it. Today only if you purchase doTERRA DigestZen oil, you’ll receive a free bottle of Marjoram oil. Amazing!

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Now, DigestZen saved my life about 127 times while I was pregnant with baby Sarah. During my third trimester my heart would burn every time after eating, which would then be followed with lovely burps that would burn as well (I know, very ladylike). I was miserable, but then I started using DigestZen in a veggie capsule after each meal. Y’all, it was like the skies opened and angels sang down heavenly tunes. I had so much relief, and in return got much more sleep at night, because it had gotten so bad I was waking up at night. Moral of the story: If you need any sort of digestive support, DigestZen is your best friend.

Now, I’ll be honest, Marjoram I don’t have as much experience with, but when I have used it, I liked it. I like to pair it with Peppermint oil and use for aches and pains. It’s great after working out or if you’ve been doing lots of manual labor, like getting a garden ready that you’re super excited to blog about soon. It’s a good one to have in your arsenal when your muscles are crying out to ya!

So, don’t miss this opportunity. Go to mydoterra.com/amandagerber and as always, feel free to reach out to me with any essential oil questions! Now, I’m gonna enjoy this glass of ginger kombucha while my kids are sleeping. Good night!

*The statements haven’t been evaluated by the FDA. Check with your doctor before using essential oils.*