A Little Crazy and A Little Crunchy

So, let’s rewind a year and a half. It had just been one of those days. I was pregnant with my third baby in three years (yes, on purpose… I’m just a little crazy), and I could feel a bug coming on. My throat had been scratchy and my energy was just depleted. Now, not only am I a little crazy, I am also a little “crunchy” so for the most part, my motto was to grin and bear it.

Well, at that time I was also working night shifts at a local coffee shop. While I was on shift, my dear friend knew I was feeling under the weather and gave me a sample of a blend on essential oils, known as OnGuard. OnGuard that helps support your body’s immune system. So we chatted about essential oils for a bit and then I went back to working and drinking hot tea with lemon and honey to help soothe my throat. My throat continued hurting all night long.

When I finally made it back home after work I started researching essential oils. I had already been doing some research prior to this, but before I commit to anything I like to make sure to really educate myself. While I searching online I had opened the OnGuard sample and loved the scent right away; it smelt like Christmas. So there I was researching, and I realized that a few minutes later my throat was feeling better, simply from smelling the oil. From that point on I followed my friend’s instructions to apply OnGuard, diluted with coconut oil, every hour and by the end of the next day I was feeling as good as new. I have been in love with essential oils ever since!

These essential oils have truly blessed my family. I am able to use a combination of Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint oil (diluted) on my boys and it helps support their bodies to combat seasonal issues and those annoying symptoms. I use the citrus oils for cleaning instead of cleaners from the grocery store that are full of toxic chemicals. I’ve been able to use citrus essential oils to help uplift my mood. The results have been amazing.

For anyone interested in learning more about essential oils, please email me at info@amandagerber.com.

DISCLAIMER: This information is not regulated by the FDA and is not intended to cure or treat disease. It is for informational purposes only. I am just a mom, not a doctor, sharing my experience with essential oils and how they’ve helped my family.

Gerber’s Go-To Green Juice

This past Christmas my husband and I received a juicer that we absolutely love. We probably juice at least 4 days a week in our house, and I wanted to share our “go-to” juice recipe. It’s delicious!

1 apple
5 kale leaves (not the baby kale, I’m talking the big sturdy kale)
1 cucumber
1-2 stalks celery (I had to start with one stalk, now I can handle two)
1 lime
About ½ an inch of ginger
1/3 of a pineapple

This is the order I put it all in the juicer, but I don’t know if that makes a big difference because when it’s all done I like to mix it with a spoon. It makes a beautiful green color. This makes about 32 ounces, which we split between my hubby and I and Timothy. Noah is not a big juice fan, but he’s never liked any sort of juice, but he DOES drink smoothies!

We kind of use this as our “base” recipe and add or replace things here and there. When I can get to the farmer’s market early enough I’ll snag some beets to add to our juice, which turns it a gorgeous deep purple color. Sometimes we replace celery with carrots, or add broccoli to the party. A friend from church gave us some oranges from her tree and the juice was so refreshing with an orange in the mix! You can play around with it and find out what your taste buds enjoy. Happy juicing!

Post below with your favorite juice recipes and I’ll give them a try!

Homemade Laundry Detergent

I have been getting many people ask about a homemade laundry detergent, so for those interested, here is the one I have used for over 2 years.  Again, this is a repost of my previous blog. This is so cheap and has no chemicals!

Ingredients:
1 large container for mixing and storing
1 box Borax (76 oz.)
1 box Baking Soda (64 oz.)
1 box Washing Soda (55 oz.)
3 bars mild (preferably homemade) soap, finely grated

Directions:
Combine all ingredients and stir well.
Store in a tightly shut container away from the kid-os.
For HE washing machines, as well as homes with soft water, use 1 tablespoon per load.
For homes with hard water (like myself) use 2 tablespoons per load.
For cloth diapers, use half of the amount of detergent you would normally use.

Tips and Sidenotes:
I store my detergent in a 5 gallon bucket I got for free at my usual grocery store. In the bakery section of many grocery stores they will give these to you for free, all you have to do is ask… And then clean the bucket… And also smell frosting the entire drive home while trying to convince yourself not to turn around to buy a red velvet cake with cream cheese icing… Luckily I only live 5 minutes away!

This is an unscented detergent so don’t expect the same smell as you would with your normal detergent. The “clean” smell we associate with laundry is usually the chemicals. Now, the clothes do not come out smelling dirty, they just smell like, well nothing really. By all means feel free to experiment with essential oils, but that will raise the price, of course. You can also buy a laundry “booster” from the store, but just be aware that those are not all natural and you may not want to use that for children and certainly not cloth diapers. I actually do that for option my hubby… Compromise is a beautiful thing in a marriage people.

For cloth diapers, try using melaleuca to keep the smell away.  Also, experiment with lavender or citrus oils for a refreshing scent.  Lemon essential oil can be used to take the “stink” out of towels you forgot you left in the washer 3 days ago.  I love dōTERRA essential oils and you can order them at http://www.mydoterra.com/amandagerber 🙂

This detergent usually lasts my family of 5 about 5 months and costs around $15.

What are your thoughts on homemade detergent? Do you have a recipe or laundry tip you would like to share?