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!

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Minty Fresh: Spearmint and Peppermint

As promised, I come to you today to reveal today’s doTERRA BOGO. *Drum roll, please.* Today if you buy 1 bottle of Spearmint get 1 bottle of Peppermint oil FREE. Remember, this deal will only last one day so get it while it’s hot! Speaking of hot, be advised that these oils may be too “hot” to apply straight on to those that have sensitive skin. You’ll want to dilute both of these oils for younger kids, and those with sensitive skin.

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Spearmint is a great oil to have in your arsenal. You can use Spearmint topically (dilute when needed), internally, and aromatically as well. It was be used aromatically in your diffuser to uplift the mood in the air. It pairs lovely with Tangerine oil, and other citrus oils. Spearmint is also helpful at assisting you at releasing negative emotions and beliefs. You can use spearmint topically to support a healthy digestive system. You can use spearmint in your cooking as well, whether it’s just adding flavor to your water by adding a drop to your glass or using it in sauces and salads.

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Peppermint is an essential oil I never run out of in our home. We use it daily. My kids don’t respond well to seasonal changes, and when the watery eyes, coughing, and runny noses start I blend Peppermint with Lemon and Lavender and apply it daily. My husband takes that exact combination in a pill form every day, especially when he is spending lots of time outdoors. If you need a pick me up in the morning, diffusing Peppermint and Wild Orange helps to perk you up. That combination was a life saver for me when I was pregnant and not drinking caffeine. It really helped to wake me up in the morning! You can also use Peppermint to help with digestive issues by rubbing some on your stomach, or taking a drop of two internally. The uses for Peppermint are endless!

What are some of your favorite uses of these oils? Comment below and share with us!

WINSDAY: Peppermint and Tangerine… Yum!

I’m sitting here thinking about a few things:

1. My oil business is booming right now, and as a result my blog has kind of taken a back seat. Sorry guys, I’ll try to post at least once a week, but I can’t make any promises at this point. Because of the craziness that’s going on right now, I’m going to start making my WINSDAY and Friday Fun Facts biweekly (unless I’m feeling adventurous! LoL).

2. Why am I having a hard time focusing right now? I’m out of the house, writing this after my class has ended and my brain feels like mush. Then I think, Oh let’s put on some Peppermint and Tangerine! Y’all, this is amazing for focus and mental clarity. I put just one drop of each oil in my hand, rubbed the back of my neck and my hair (the hair part is optional: I like when essential oil is in my hair because I get a whif of oils every time I turn… I’m kinda nerdy like that), and it made a huge difference. I pushed past my mental block and started getting some work done. So then I thought…

3. WINSDAY GIVEAWAY! I’ll be making a roller bottle of Peppermint and Tangerine and will give it to one lucky winner. This is a killer combo and works wonders at increasing focus and alertness. I also like to use this in the morning to give me that mood boost that citrus oils are so famous for.

Many people and “oily” friends I know use Wild Orange and Peppermint, but I’m a Tangerine girl. It feels a little more exotic and has a bit of a crisper scent to me. (Don’t get me wrong, I like Wild Orange, but I like Tangerine more!). Peppermint is also known for its ability to help support a healthy respiratory and digestive system, so by all means, don’t just use this blend for focus! In fact, I’ve used this blend when I needed a little extra support for my digestive system, and loved it.

You know I only recommend one brand of essential oils, so if you’d like more info on that please email me at info@amandagerber.com and I’ll answer any questions you have for me. Have an amazing and productive day!

Comment below for an entry in the giveaway! You have until Tuesday September 22, 2015 to enter.

This giveaway is now closed.

It’s WINSday!

Let’s be honest. The more structure in my life, the better. I need structure in my life, and I thrive off of structure. So, one of my sisters gave me the idea of having the weekly giveaway on the same day every week and then giving my readers a week to participate. I thought it sounded good, and it had structure, yay! I know, I’m a bit nerdy, but how do you think I got through grad school with two toddlers and one more baby on the way? Structure, people… and schedules… and Jesus. A whole lot of Jesus.

So, today I am going to give away a roller blend that I make and use on my family when those Texas sized seasonal threats begin. It’s also great to have on hand to help soothe skin irritation (like mosquito bites. Can I get an “amen!” from my fellow Texans?!?). This roller bottle is a blend of lemon, lavender, and peppermint. Lemon essential oil helps support a healthy respiratory system and helps to open the airways as well as acts as a natural detox for your body. Lavender essential oil is a natural soothing oil and helps soothes skin irritations. Peppermint supports healthy respiratory system and promotes clear breathing.

This blend has helped my family tremendously. A couple of years ago before I started using the oils, I had taken Noah and Timmy to the doctor for what I thought was a terrible cold. Turns out it they were just having a flare up to seasonal threats around them. This is a reoccuring theme for them: weather change? Flare up. Spring time blossoms? Flare up. Tons of rain? Flare up.

We had mixed luck with other methods to try and find relief . So, I went out and bought some roller bottles and mixed up equal parts of lavender, lemon, and peppermint oil and then diluted it with coconut oil so I could even use it on my baby. I like to roll it on the bottom of their feet and the back of their neck. It provided so much relief, and as long as I am consistent with putting the oils on them (sometimes I forget!) it helps so much at supporting their bodies when those seasonal threats are in the air.

So, how can you get your hands on this blend? Leave a comment below and let me hear why you want to give this a try or let me know about something you learned on this post. For an additional entry in the drawing, follow me on Facebook (there’s a link on the sidebar). You have until Tuesday, June 23, 2015. The winner will be announced next Wednesday. Have a lovely 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.

This giveaway is now CLOSED.  Congratulations to our winner Amanda!

Mother’s Day Brownies

As promised, I am going to give you another post related to Mother’s Day. Today my post is going to be in the form of recipe (not for mom to make, but for you to make for her!). Can you guess what my recipe will contain? My two favorite ingredients: chocolate and essential oils. Yummm…

So, these are actually gluten free brownies that are moist and yummy and full of fiber! Fiber in brownies?!? How is that even possible? Two words for you: Black. Beans. Now, don’t you crinkle your nose at me. I just made this and tried it out on unsuspecting guests with great results. My husband actually liked it, but admitted he would like it a little sweeter (an easy fix!). Honestly I did not expect to like these brownies, but I love them. I am going to give you the original recipe that I followed from doterrablog.com and feel free to tweak it according to your taste buds.

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Photo credit: doterrablog.com

Ingredients
1 15 ounce can black beans, drained, and rinsed (Trust me, just do it!)
2 large eggs
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2/3 cup honey (I actually used half honey and half agave)
1/3 cup coconut oil
½ teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
4 drops Peppermint essential oil
¾ cup chocolate chips, divided

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Place all ingredients, except for chocolate chips, in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
3. Stir in ½ cup chocolate chips.
4. Pour into greased 8×8 inch pan and top with the remaining chocolate chips (don’t skip this step, this is what made the brownies perfect).
5. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean (mine took 40 minutes). Let cool (or not! We dug right in when it was still warm and it didn’t make a huge mess, just a little one.) and cut into pieces. Store in the fridge if you haven’t devoured the entire pan.

Notes
– Y’all, this is my new favorite dessert. I love it and I don’t have to feel guilty about having two three brownies. This would be a dessert a mom on a diet could actually eat. It’s awesome.
– At first bite I thought it could be a tad sweeter, but once I took another bite I realized it was just the right amount of sweet for me. From my personal reviews everyone liked the brownies, but a couple of people could use a touch more sweetness.
– This is a very versatile recipe: you can use the peppermint essential oil, or cinnamon, or clove, or simply leave the oil out of the dish. Play around and have some fun with it!

What do you think about black beans in brownies? Try the recipe and comment below how it goes!