WINSDAY: Lemon

When life gives you lemons… go to Sicily, cold press the rind, bottle the essential oil and do a giveaway, because that stuff is amazing! Seriously, lemon essential oil is one of my favorites. I probably go through close to a bottle a month because I use it for everything. You can replace many household cleaners with this one bottle of essential oil. It’s that good. So, it’s past 10 o’clock and I’m sleepy. Lucky for you, I still want to do a giveaway, so I am gonna cut out the fluff and just give you a list of what I’ve used this essential oil for in my home. Don’t judge me on some of these!

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• Add a few drops to water in a glass spray bottle for an easy all purpose cleaner.
• Forget about a load of laundry overnight? (What? Me?!? Never!) Add 5 drops of lemon essential oil to the load, wash, and the clothes smell lemony fresh!
• Does your kid have a stubborn fake tattoo that won’t come off? 1 drop of lemon essential oil takes it right off. (Sorry, you’re stuck with your real one you got the moment you turned 18. Hope it was a good one! We can’t all have Texas as our first tattoo).
• If you have a white board with marker residue, put a couple drops of lemon essential oil on a paper towel and it will clean it right up.
• Add a few drops to your water (in glass) and enjoy the taste and natural cleansing properties.
• To assist with seasonal respiratory discomfort, diffuse or take internally.
• Diffuse with lavender or bergamot to uplift the mood.

To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment below telling me why you can’t wait to try lemon essential oil. Good luck!

I only recommend one brand of oils for internal use. To learn more about the brand I trust and love email me at info@amandagerber.com.

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Products and methods recommended are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The information provided here is in no way intended to replace proper medical help.

WINSday: Fennel Essential Oil Giveaway

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It’s that time again… WINSDAY. Today I am giving away a bottle of Fennel. If you are familiar with cooking with actual fennel, then you will be very familiar with its licorice smell and taste, and the same goes for the essential oil. This particular oil can be used aromatically, topically (dilute for skin sensitivity) and internally. (Again, I only recommend one brand I personally use for internal use, and you can email me at info@amandagerber.com to find out more about the brand I trust and love). Personally, I love the smell of fennel and its many benefits. Here are a few:

• Can be added to tea to calm the digestive system
• Soothing effects when used topically during menstruation
• Can help lessen discomfort with minor skin irritation
• Support a healthy lymphatic system
• Help curb your sweet tooth craving (hello? Need I say more? This oil ROCKS.)

These are just a few reasons you will fall in love with fennel, but one reason I love this oil is because when combined with a Mother’s Milk/Increased Lactation tea, fennel can help assist in increasing a mother’s milk supply. This giveaway seemed appropriate since August is National Breastfeeding Awareness month.

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I have personally nursed (and I am currently still nursing my youngest) 3 beautiful boys. Happy breastfeeding, y’all! To all you moms out there currently struggling with nursing: keep at it! Yes, there are times it hurts. Yes, there are times at 3AM when having someone else feed the baby sounds like a dream. BUT, there are those sweet moments when the world is quiet and it’s just you and your baby with oxytocin flowing and it’s worth every minute of the struggle. You can do it!

So, would you like to give Fennel essential oil a try? Comment below and tell me why you’d like to give this a go, and you’ll be entered to win a bottle of this oil. For an additional entry, follow me on Facebook (link on the sidebar). This giveaway will be going on until midnight Tuesday, August 18, 2015. Have an amazing day!

The proceeding statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Products and methods recommended are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The information provided here is in no way intended to replace proper medical help. These are simply things that have worked for me personally, and my family and friends.

Congrats to our winner, Sarah! This giveaway is now closed.

Cooking with Essential Oils: Cilantro Lime Rice

I love cooking with essential oils. Yes, you can use (most) essential oils internally! On that note, I only recommend one brand to take internally because I know they do third party testing on every single batch of their oils. Keep in mind there are a few oils not recommend to take internally (like wintergreen), so do your research. If you are not comfortable taking essential oils internally, no problem! You can still enjoy this recipe just using the herbs and zest.

I was in a coastal-cuisine type of mood, so I decided to make grilled chicken topped with mango pico de gallo, but I needed a side. I thought of rice, but I wanted to jazz it up a bit while playing off of the flavors in the pico de gallo. So, I googled cilantro lime rice to see what I could find. Of course, I was not the first person to think of this (because there really is nothing new under the sun) so then I adapted a recipe I found on mynaturalfamily.com. I hope you enjoy this as much as my family did!

Ingredients:
1 cup of rice
1 ½- 2 cups chicken broth (this depends on your type of rice)
1 Tablespoon of butter
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
Zest and juice of 1 lime
2 drops lime essential oil
1 drop cilantro essential oil

Directions:
– Boil your chicken broth (or water if you don’t have broth) and butter. Again, use as much water as recommended for your type of rice. Once boiling, add the rice, cover and reduce to simmer, and cook for 20 minutes, or as directed for your rice.
– Once rice is cooked, add the lime zest and juice. Give it a stir and combine the essential oils. You probably want to start with one drop and taste before adding more.
– Add the fresh cilantro right before serving.

My family loved this side dish and I loved that they were getting the benefits of the essential oils. Lime essential oil helps support the body’s immune system as well as promote emotional balance. Cilantro essential oil is filled with antioxidants and can be used to internally help support the body with cleansing and detoxifying. For more information on essential oils, you can email me at info@amandagerber.com.

Now for the fun part… a GIVEAWAY!

I have a bottle of cilantro essential oil to giveaway for a lucky winner. Again, this oil goes great in the rice, homemade guacamole or any type of salsa! Not to mention it has some great benefits for your health!

To be entered in this giveaway, comment below on how you use essential oils or what you would like to learn about essential oils. This contest will close by the midnight on April 29, 2015. Good luck!

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.