*I was not financially compensated for this post, however I did receive the product to be given away for free. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*
Happy Monday! I can’t believe there is less than 1 week left in 2016! This year has had it’s share of struggles for my family, so in celebration of a new beginning in 2017, I will be running a contest and giveaway on my instagram page! If you aren’t following me yet, you can simply click HERE and then click follow.
About a year ago, my friend, Susan, introduced me to Young Living oils, and I began experimenting. They aren’t cheap, and we are on a pretty tight budget, so I had to be picky about which oils I wanted to try, and which ones I wanted to continue using. I got the starter kit, based on Susan’s recommendation, because it was the most economical, and gave a good variety of different oils to try.
So far my favorite oils are lavender, lemon, tea tree, panaway, and peppermint. Here’s a (very) brief explanation of what I use each for:
Lavender – I use this in stressful situations (lately I’ve been dabbing a little bit behind my ears before I go to work), and at bedtime (we diffuse by the bed, or occasionally at naptime if need be).
Lemon – We dab this on the bottom of our feet if we are congested, and we also put a couple drops on our fragrance free dryer sheets to make our laundry smell lemony fresh.
Tea Tree – We diffuse this (along with the peppermint oil) if we are congested. We’ll do this during the day and/or at bedtime, instead of the lavender.
Panaway – This one was GREAT when I was training for my half marathon and had killer shin splints. I would just rub a little on the painful area, and it would help. It was also really helpful on my neck and shoulders before I started seeing a chiropractor again. I was in a car accident several years ago and still have some pain from that.
Peppermint – As far as smell goes, this and the lemon are my two favorites, by far! We diffuse this in combination with the tea tree oil when we are congested, but I also like to diffuse it when I want the house to smell all Christmas-y. Oh, and Susan just informed me that it is also good for breaking fevers!
But last year I had read my friend’s post about how she had used the oil to make a sugar scrub, and my wheels started turning. I knew I wanted to use the peppermint oil, so I reached out to Susan to see if she was interested in sponsoring a giveaway, and she said yes! She sent me the oil, and then almost immediately after that, my world was turned upside down. We faced some serious financial struggles, I had to go back to work full-time, I wasn’t able to write on my blog consistently, and I knew I wouldn’t even have the money to pay for shipping the oil to the winner. Plus I had no clue how to run a contest through a blog. Those little giveaway widgets looked complicated, and I didn’t have a clue. I asked Susan if she would like me to send it back, but she told me to hold on to it until I got back on my feet.
Fast forward a year, and I am back on my feet. Unfortunately Susan has decided to stop selling oils, though she still is obsessed with using them. They’ve helped her get off of several medications, which is something I hear from a lot of people who use them. I asked her if I could send it back to her now, or send her a check, but she graciously declined and said it was a gift. She is the SWEETEST!
I knew I still wanted to do a giveaway, but decided that doing it on instagram might be easier than trying to figure out those giveaway widgets right now. And I really wanted to make a sugar scrub for my coworkers Christmas gifts, so I thought this was the perfect time to do the giveaway, in conjunction with sharing this awesome recipe! I was really excited to make the sugar scrub, and it turned out DIVINE! I actually used this post from The Idea Room for guidance because I loved how pretty her scrub turned out. I chose to add additional sugar, because I like my sugar scrub pretty thick and coarse, so the recipe that I used it below, or you can click on the link above, if you’d like it a little less coarse. And, like any good contest, there have to be rules, but these are super simple and only take a couple minutes.
1. Follow me HERE on instagram.
2. Tag at least 1 friend in the contest photo. Earn 1 entry for each friend you tag!
3. Repost the contest photo, with the hashtag #healyoursoulgiveaway. Earn 1 entry for each day that you repost the photo!
4. Come back every day this week to earn more entries!!
Winner will be announced Monday morning, and will have until Saturday, 1/7 at midnight to claim prize.
Whipped Peppermint Sugar Scrub
½ Cup Coconut Oil (completely solid, chilled if needed)
¾ Cup White Sugar (divided)
Red Food Coloring
5-6 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
1. Make pink sugar by mixing ½ cup white sugar with 2 drops red food coloring, then mixing it together with fingers. Note: This may slightly stain your fingers.
2. Combine ¼ cup white sugar with solid coconut oil in a medium bowl. Beat together with a hand mixer until smooth.
3. Add 5-6 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil. Continue beating until mixture becomes light and fluffy.
4. Fold in the pink sugar. This is what gives it a two-toned appearance in your jar.
*Sugar Scrub should last up to one month sealed in an airtight container. Be sure to scoop with clean hands or a clean spoon to prevent the spreading of bacteria and germs.
Printable Instructions HERE.
Print Labels HERE.
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Do you use essential oils? What are your favorites? Share them in the comments below, I’m always looking for suggestions!