5 Wonderful Ways CBD Oil Will Benefit Your Dog’s Health

CBD oil (cannabidiol) is all the rage these days and is now legal in 50 states in the US. Thousands of people are starting to realize just how potent and versatile this remedy is.

The amazing thing about CBD oil is that it’s great for dogs too. There are several health benefits that can be accrued by giving your dogs a taste of this miracle remedy.

* What to look out if you are purchasing CBD products?
The 3 most common ways to ‘administer’ CBD oil to your dogs will be to either mix it in your pet’s food or to dilute the CBD oil in their drinking water. The latter method is not so effective because the water may spill or your dog may not drink up all the water.

Another way to get cannabidiol in their diet will be to feed them dog treats that have been infused with CBD oil. Of course, you’ll need to purchase these special treats from a reputable store.

Do note that when purchasing these treats, ALWAYS make sure that the CBD is sourced from organically grown hemp and NOT marijuana. It should be produced from the whole plant instead of only deriving the oil from the seeds.

Make sure the CBD is third-party verified and extracted naturally with CO2. Avoid products that use ethanol or other methods to produce the oil

*Health Benefits of CBD oil
Now let’s see how this fantastic remedy will work wonders for your dog’s well-being.

1. Anti-inflammatory
CBD oil reduces inflammation in your pet. If your dog has severe inflammation, it may feel lethargic and be in pain. The CBD oil will reduce the inflammation and restore your dog to good health

2. Prevents cancer
Unfortunately, cancer can afflict dogs too. There’s nothing worse than seeing this nasty disease taking a toll on your best friend’s health. CBD oil will mitigate the problem and prevent cancer cells from ravaging your dog’s system.

Ideally, you should give your dog CBD treats when it’s in good health. Prevention is better than cure. Regular CBD treats will help your dog build up its immunity against these harmful diseases.

3. Reduces anxiety
You’ll notice that a lot of the CBD oil health benefits that apply to humans can be applied to dogs too. Just like how we feel calmer and more relaxed when we consume this oil, dogs feel the same way too.

It will help prevent anxiety from affecting them adversely. Sometimes loud sounds like thunder, fireworks, and other triggers may make your dog panicky and anxious. CBD oil will help to calm it down.

4. Helps reduce pain
Older dogs that have arthritis, joint problems, sprained ligaments and other painful conditions will find pain relief when they consume CBD oil.

5. Curbs nausea and prevents seizures
If your pet keeps throwing up often, CBD oil will remedy the problem by preventing nausea. Some dogs are also prone to seizures. Cannabidiol is highly effective for treating seizures.

There are many videos online showing how dogs that used to be plagued with seizures are now perfectly healthy after being on a regular diet supplemented with CBD oil.

6. Other benefits
Besides the major health benefits above, CBD oil also ensures that your dog’s skin and coat will be healthy. If your dog has a poor appetite and is constantly tired and listless, CBD oil will not only increase its appetite but also boost its energy levels. Next thing you know, your dog will a bouncing furry bundle of joy.

CBD oil is a natural, holistic remedy and will benefit your dog greatly. Do give it a try and see how it improves your pet’s health. It has to be seen to be believed.

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DIY Essential Oils Recipes to Make at Home

Essential Oil Misters or Room Diffusers

Essential Oil Misters or Room Diffusers have become widely popular among the natural mama and holistic healing crowd during recent years. Some of the more well-known essential oil companies offer these as a complimentary gift with their starter packs for people who may wish to become essential oil distributors.

You can also purchase an essential oil room diffuser on Amazon or at any natural products type of website or store.

Essential oil diffusers are the quickest and easiest way to improve the air quality of your home using fresh herbal, floral and spice-based oil blends. They’re ideal for cold and flu season, purifying the air with immune-boosting essential oils and delivering moisture to ease breathing. they also provide cool-mist humidification, which is actually better than traditional, warm-mist humidifiers which increase mold spores in the atmosphere.

If you have a growing collection of essential oils, you can mix and match different ones to create scents and moods as well as for a variety of holistic purposes in your home. You may find that once you begin using one of these, the compulsion to continue enjoying this fragrant, cleansing air is strong. You may even decide to buy a few of them, one for each bedroom and one for the high traffic areas of your home such as the kitchen or living room. They can be used for a variety of purposes, such as:

Removing foul or stale odors from and detoxifying the air
Chasing away viruses, bacteria and mold spores
Changing the atmosphere of a room or floor of the house, i.e. lavender can be diffused in the evening to bring about a sense of relaxation, lemon can impart calm clarity, peppermint invigorates the senses, and rose causes loving and peaceful feelings to surface
Delivering gentle, cool humidity to help with breathing especially during cold and flu season

How to use an essential oil scent diffuser or cool mist humidifier:

Fill with purified water up to the designated maximum line. Add anywhere from 5 to 8 drops of your favorite oils. Plug in and allow the mist to purify and enhance the quality of the air in your home or office.

DIY Essential Oil Based Massage and Body Oil Mixes

Massage or body oil is comprised primarily of a carrier oil such as jojoba, olive oil or coconut oil, with essential oils added in. Coconut obviously is the most noticeable scent out of these three types of carrier oil. So if you really want your essential oils to shine through without having to compete with coconut’s distinctive aroma, then choose one of the other two.

A massage or body oil is perfect for an after-shower or bath, all-over-body moisturizer. You can use it pretty much anywhere on your body, including and especially the feet, the chest, the hands and the insides of the arms where it will absorb most readily. You may want to steer clear of oils such as lemon or cinnamon in your body oil mixes, as these may cause a burning sensation if used on the more sensitive areas, and may actually leave a temporary burn mark on the skin.

The skin is highly absorbent, so whatever your skin comes into contact with really does enter the body. If you’re planning on applying an essential oil for health and wellness purposes, a blended massage oil that you use all over your body will probably be your best bet for getting the most out of the oils’ healing properties.

Types of Body Oil or Massage Oil Mixes You Can Make at Home:

Love and Romance Blend Massage or Body Oil
Sensual Blend Massage or Body Oil
Hormone Balancing Massage or Body Oil
Energizing Blend Massage or Body Oil
Relaxation Blend Massage or Body Oil
Immune Boosting Massage or Body Oil

(See recipes below)

If you enjoy getting massaged by a licensed massage therapist, then you might talk to this person about bringing along a special, homemade blend of massage oil for her to incorporate during your next session. A massage therapist will probably be tuned into holistic cures, so he or she may really appreciate any newfound knowledge you can impart on using essential oils for health and wellness.

DIY Essential Oil Based Perfumes

Essential oil based perfumes are especially fun because they allow those of us who don’t care for the strong aroma of synthetic perfumes to indulge in our own, signature scents. They offer a more subtle option for those who like to smell good but don’t appreciate being overwhelmed by perfume from across the room. Indeed, if you’re into essential oil perfumes, only those with whom you come into close contact will be able to share in your enjoyment of these special floral, herbal and spicy mixes. If you get headaches from regular perfumes, you might try out essential oil based blends to see if you’re able to tolerate these any better.

Perfume is fun to mix, but it takes about a month to age a perfume blend that you concoct at home. Aging allows the scents to meld together and the alcohol to fade, so that the end result is a more blended mix, where, from a sensory perspective, you can’t really tell where one flavor (note) of the perfume ends and the next begins.

If you’d like to experiment a bit with essential oil based perfumes at home, you may want to do a few different mixes all in one session, as you won’t be able to put them to use for quite a while after you make them.

To make perfume from essential oils, you should probably have at least a small collection of a variety of oils – some base notes, some middle and some top (see list of examples, below.) Since it really doesn’t take more than a few drops of oil to create a perfume, you can gather together some of your friends who have their own essential oil collections, and host a “perfume making party” where you can share a little of this and that to add variety and make it fun.

Each perfume blend should ideally contain a woodsy base which adds depth; a middle note; and a top note which is typically very pungent. Of course, you can make up your own recipes that do not follow this suggestion, but you’ll probably find that they don’t seem balanced without this harmonious, three-note “chord” of scents.

After you mix your perfume blend, you should add it to a dark colored bottle (you can start a collection of empty ones from essential oils that you purchase and eventually run out of). Store it in a cool, dark place for about 30 days before using.

Base notes of essential oil perfumes:

Common essential oil bases for perfumes include sandalwood, ginger, jasmine, patchouli, vetiver, vanilla, cedar, and ylang ylang. The base note of your homemade perfume blend will contain the greatest amount of essential oil as compared to the middle and top notes. The top notes will consist of the smallest amount of essential oil.

Middle notes of essential oil perfumes:

Middle notes of essential oil perfumes carry through the mid-range, sort of like the melody in a song. Common middle-note scents are rose, geranium, lavender, rose geranium, melissa, nutmeg, rosemary, pine, chamomile, clove, clary sage, honeysuckle,

Top notes of essential oil perfumes:

Top notes take front and center in the order of which aromas hit your olfactory nerves in which order. They’re sharper to the nose, and they require a smaller amount in comparison to base and middle notes of essential oil perfumes. Some examples: bergamot, neroli, basil, coriander, cinnamon, lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, lemongrass, lemon verbena, peppermint

Essential Oil Spritzers

Most people have a spray bottle or two hidden somewhere in a cabinet at home. Why not take yours out and fill it with a wonderfully fragranced, all natural product that will rid your table tops, counters and cabinets of dirt, odors and germs?

If you’ve always wanted to clean and freshen your home using nontoxic ingredients, an essential oil blend is the way to go. Once you start cleaning with an essential oil solution, you’ll quickly find yourself inspired to clean more. The truth is that every essential oil seems to have anti-bacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal properties. Insect pests don’t seem to care for the scent of essential oils, either. However, certain oils just seem to be especially suited for this purpose, such as lemon, peppermint, geranium, tea tree and cinnamon. Thyme oil is one of the most powerful germ fighters, and is said to be effective against staph and strep. So DO add a bit of thyme to your cleaning mix along with other oils that you enjoy the scent of.

Essential Oil Blends – Recipes to Use in Misters, Body and Massage Oils, Perfumes (where applicable), and Spritzers

Love and Romance Blend

Rose is clean, fresh and mild. It relaxes and clears the mind while delivering clarity and optimism. Mix with calming lavender and sensual, sweet jasmine for an ultra romantic, fresh and feminine scent. The following recipes will allow the rose to predominate. However, if you’re more of a jasmine gal or you’d prefer relaxing lavender to take front and center, then feel free to adjust the amounts accordingly.

Mister – Love and Romance Blend

20 drops rose essential oil
10 drops lavender oil
10 drops jasmine essential oil
1/4 teaspoon witch hazel

Fill an 18 oz. spray bottle 3/4 of the way with distilled water. Drop in the above listed oils. Add the witch hazel and shake well. Use as a room freshener, surface cleaning spray or even as a body spritz on a hot summer day.

Massage or Body Oil – Love and Romance Blend

30 drops rose oil
20 drops jasmine oil
20 drops lavender oil
Carrier oil of your choice

Fill a 4 oz. stainless steel squirt bottle 3/4 of the way with a carrier oil such as olive or jojoba. Drop in each essential oil listed in the above recipe. Shake well. Massage all over after a bath or massage, or incorporate into a massage for you and your partner.

Perfume – Love and Romance Blend

4 drops rose oil
6 drops jasmine oil
10 drops lavender oil
4 tsp. jojoba oil
1/4 tsp. distilled alcohol such as rum or vodka

Use a clean dropper to dispense the above designated amount of each essential oil into a dark colored bottle. Store it in a cool, dark place for about 30 days before using.

Sensual Blend

Certain combinations of essential oils enhance your overall sensory experience. This jasmine and sandalwood mix puts out an exotic, intoxicating and sensual vibe. Known as a mottia attar, it’s perfect for date night on a summer evening.

Mister – Sensual Blend

20 drops jasmine essential oil
10 drops sandalwood oil
5 drops neroli oil
1/4 teaspoon witch hazel

Fill an 18 oz. spray bottle 3/4 of the way with distilled water. Drop in the above listed oils. Add the witch hazel and shake well. Use as a room freshener, surface cleaning spray or as a body spritz on a warm summer night.

Massage or Body Oil – Sensual Blend

30 drops jasmine
20 drops sandalwood
10 drops neroli
Jojoba or olive carrier oil

Dispense essential oils into a 4 oz. aluminum squirt bottle and then fill 3/4 of the way with the carrier oil. Shake or roll until blended, then apply all over, massing thoroughly into skin.

Perfume – Sensual Blend

5 drops jasmine oil
5 drops sandalwood oil
3 drops neroli oil
4 tsp. jojoba oil
1/4 tsp. distilled alcohol such as rum or vodka (vanilla extract works too)

Dispense above listed amounts of essential oil into an amber bottle. Add the alcohol component. Shake well, cap tightly and store for 30 days until the oils have fully melded.

Invigorating Blend

This combination of energizing essential oils stimulates the senses, invigorates the body systems, and helps to improve mental clarity. Use at a time of day when you feel particularly sluggish. The combination of lemon and peppermint is surprisingly effective. Also makes a wonderful cleaning spray.

Mister – Invigorating Blend

30 drops lemon oil
10 drops peppermint oil
10 drops rosemary oil
10 drops geranium oil
1/4 teaspoon witch hazel

Fill an 18 oz. spray bottle 3/4 of the way with distilled water. Drop in the above listed oils. Add the witch hazel and shake well. Use as a room freshener, surface cleaning spray or as a body spritz cool-down.

Massage or Body Oil – Invigorating Blend

30 drops lemon oil
10 drops peppermint oil
10 drops rosemary oil
10 drops geranium oil
Jojoba or olive carrier oil

Dispense essential oils into a 4 oz. aluminum squirt bottle and then fill 3/4 of the way with the carrier oil. Shake or roll until blended, then apply all over, massing thoroughly into skin.

Balancing Blend

If you suffer from irregular menstrual cycles, have perimenopausal or menopausal symptoms, experience PMS or want to improve your fertility, the balancing blend of essential oils may help.

Mister – Balancing Blend

30 drops geranium oil
20 drops lavender oil
20 drops clary sage
10 drops jasmine oil
1/4 teaspoon witch hazel

Fill an 18 oz. spray bottle 3/4 of the way with distilled water. Drop in the above listed oils. Add the witch hazel and shake well. Use as a room freshener, surface cleaning spray or as refreshing cool-down spray for your face and neck.

Massage or Body Oil – Balancing Blend

30 drops geranium oil
20 drops lavender oil
20 drops clary sage
10 drops jasmine oil
Jojoba or olive carrier oil

Dispense essential oils into a 4 oz. aluminum squirt bottle and then fill 3/4 of the way with the carrier oil. Shake or roll until blended, then apply all over, massing thoroughly into skin.

Mister – Relaxation Blend

30 drops geranium oil
20 drops lavender oil
10 drops thyme oil
10 drops rose oil
1/4 teaspoon witch hazel

Fill an 18 oz. spray bottle 3/4 of the way with distilled water. Drop in the above listed oils. Add the witch hazel and shake well. Use as a room freshener or surface cleaning spray. The relaxation blend is a nice fragrance to fill your home at the end of a stressful day. Plug it for an extra enjoyable wind-down during your evening yoga.

Massage or Body Oil – Relaxation Blend

30 drops geranium oil
20 drops lavender oil
10 drops thyme oil
10 drops rose oil
Jojoba or olive carrier oil

Dispense essential oils into a 4 oz. aluminum squirt bottle and then fill 3/4 of the way with the carrier oil. Shake or roll until blended, then apply all over, massing thoroughly into skin.

Immune Boosting Blends (Cold and Flu 1 and 2)

This combination of essential oils works especially well for warding off cold and flu viruses and bacteria. Use the Mister recipe to cleanse the air of your home, either in a cold mist humidifier, or if you don’t have one of these, a simple spray bottle solution will do. Spray it on surfaces and wipe down, for a clean, fresh home that’s also free of germs and bacteria. You can also use it on the bottoms of the feet, chest and neck area if you feel a cough or cold developing, or even if you’re already full-blown sick.

Mister – Immune Boosting Blend 1 (For Colds and Flu – Similar to Thieves mix)

10 drops lavender oil
10 drops thyme oil
10 drops lemon oil
10 drops rosemary oil
5 drops cinnamon oil
5 drops clove oil
1/4 teaspoon witch hazel

Fill an 18 oz. spray bottle 3/4 of the way with distilled water. Drop in the above listed oils. Add the witch hazel and shake well. Use as a room freshener, surface cleaning spray or as refreshing cool-down spray for your face and neck.

Massage or Body Oil – Immune Boosting Blend 2 For Colds and Flu, OK on Sensitive Skin)

20 drops lavender oil
20 drops thyme oil
10 drops geranium oil
Jojoba or olive carrier oil

Dispense essential oils into a 4 oz. aluminum squirt bottle and then fill 3/4 of the way with the carrier oil. Shake or roll until blended, then apply all over, massing thoroughly into skin. This blend does not contain lemon, clove or cinnamon, as they tend to burn the skin and may be especially uncomfortable if you’re using this on children. You can certainly add them if you’re more daring, don’t mind mild discomfort or a slight, temporary skin burn, and want to feel better fast.

When it comes to essential oils, don’t be afraid to experiment. The above recipes are merely suggestions based on the potency of certain oils and how they combine with other oils. If you’re new to essential oils, keep an open mind and see what happens.

Essential Oil Questions Answers

Question: Can I use essential oils to ward off cold and flu germs?  

Answer: Yes, essential oils have powerful anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. While some oils might have more of a rep for germ killing than others, nearly all essential oils contain powerful anti-oxidants that heal while warding off nasty things like mold, bacteria and viruses.

The most well-known oils for killing germs include lemon oil, clove oil, rosemary oil, cinnamon leaf oil, and eucalyptus oil. However, thyme oil and oregano oil are also cited as being able to destroy viruses and bacteria on contact. They just may not be as popular due to their rather pungent aroma.

You can make up your own essential oil blends, for both personal use and for cleaning up around the house.

Question: What is the Thieves oil blend and where can I get it?

Answer: The name “thieves oil” comes from a story that was passed down from the time of the plague. As the legend goes, the thieves who broke into the homes of the people who were dying of the plague did not contract the deadly illness because they had mixed up a secret potion that protected them. This magic potion is known today as the famous “thieves blend” of essential oils.

The Thieves oil recipe consists of lemon oil, clove oil, rosemary oil, cinnamon leaf oil, and eucalyptus oil. If you mix up a batch and spray it around your home, or add to an essential oils diffuser, you can cleanse the air of possible pathogens while leaving behind a wonderful, fresh and clean scent.

Young Living and DoTerra are two of the most popular brands of organic essential oils on the market. Young Living sells its own Thieves oil mix. You can also blend up a homemade version of the thieves blend, tweaking a bit by adding other ingredients to get the perfect signature aroma.

Question: I can’t afford organic essential oils. Are “regular” (non organic essential oils) harmful?

Answer: In all cases, chemical free is best. However, you don’t have to buy organic oils to get the powerful effects of using essential oils on your person and around your home. Now brand oils are available on Amazon, and work just as well as a cleaner, freshener, and for keeping the body healthy.

Please note that unless your essential oil specifically lists on the label that it’s okay to ingest, do not add essential oils to your food or drink or consume in any other way.

Question: I want to make my own essential oils at home using garden herbs. How do I do that?

Answer: Yes, You can make essential oils to bottle at home. All you need is either fresh or dried herbs, olive oil, water and a little pot. Here’s a recipe for homemade thyme oil:

1/2 cup fresh thyme1 cup olive oil

Combine the thyme and oil in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook for about five minutes, until the mixture bubbles. Let cool. Pour into small, dark colored glass bottles

Question: What are some good shortcuts for mixing my own essential oil blends on the cheap?

Answer: There are a number of money-saving tricks to creating essential oil mixes at home:

Buy your carrier oil in bulk. If you know that you plan to make a lot of essential oil blends at home, then stock up on carrier oil such as coconut, olive or jojoba oil. A few drops of essential oil goes a long way, but a carrier oil, because it acts as a product base, depletes much faster.

Save dark glass bottles. Save the bottles that your purchased essential oils arrive in. The little plastic stoppers are easily removable, so you can clean out and refill the dark colored glass bottles.

Save plastic spray pump bottles. If you buy essential oil based colognes, then each time you finish a spray bottle’s worth, you have a handy reusable cologne dispenser to fill up with your own, homemade cologne blend.

Save aluminum oil bottles. You can also save the aluminum bottles that hold body and massage oils, to be used again and again when you mix up your own essential oil blends.

Stash extra supplies. Keep labels and a permanent marker on hand. Each time you mix up a new blend, you can label the bottle so that later on you’ll know what’s in it. For example, try blending a combo of citronella oil, clove oil, and peppermint oil to help ward off bugs in the summer time.

Question: Can I put essential oils directly on my body?

Answer. Yes – essential oils offer a natural immune boost, as well as heal and balance the body. You can apply them to the skin in a variety of ways. For example, a mixture of geranium, lavender and a carrier oil such as olive, coconut or jojoba oil will make a nice all-over-body oil to use after bathing or shower. Geranium balances, lavender imparts calm. You can even add a bit of a more fragrant oil such as rose, to promote deep, regular breathing. This same type of oil mix doubles as a massage oil.

Question: I’ve heard that some people drink water infused with lemon oil, for its health benefits. Is this true?

Answer: Yes, some people do ingest lemon and other essential oils, but you should be very careful about which oils you take into your body as some may be toxic when ingested. Do not consume essential oils unless the oil that you buy has been specifically advertised as safe for internal use. When in doubt, do not ingest essential oils.

Question: What’s a great, essential-oil based recipe for a cleaning spray?

Answer: Here’s a recipe for an invigorating cleaning spray that you can use to wipe down surfaces, as well as spritz into the air to get rid of cooking, pet and other unpleasant odors.

20 drops lemon oil20 drops peppermint oil10 drops tea tree oil1/4 cup witch hazel3 cups water (or enough to fill an 18-oz spray bottle 3/4 of the way)

Question: Which essential oils help with insomnia?

Answer: The most well-known essential oil for imparting a sense of calm is lavender. However, its effects are best utilized when blended with other oils, such as geranium for balancing the body systems, and clary sage for fixing hormone fluctuations.

Question: Should I add peppermint oil to my bath water for a sunburn?

Answer: Peppermint oil is extremely cooling. If you want a real sense of this, add just a few drops to your bath water and you’ll feel cooled like you’ve never been before. In fact, you may actually find peppermint quite uncomfortable in the bath, no matter, how hot they day has been or how sunburned you are. While peppermint seems perfect for invigorating the mouth in the form of a toothpaste ingredient, mouth rinse, or as a chewing gum flavor, it does not lend itself well to an all-over body soak in the tub.

Question: Can essential oils harm or burn my skin?

Answer: Skin sensitivity varies from person to person, and from body part to body part as well. You may end up with a literal burn of the skin if, for example, you apply lemon oil to a sensitive area. If you’re not sure, test a small spot on the inside of your wrist, to see if you react to a certain type of oil.

Question: What is a carrier oil?

Answer: A carrier oil acts as a base for your essential oil mixes. Without it, many essential oils will evaporate rather quickly. Carrier oils also dilute the potency of the oils so that you can safely apply them to your skin. To test this in action, dab a bit of an essential oil mix on your pulse points and see how long it lasts. Next, first mix your essential oil blend with a carrier oil and test the oil for its “cling” again. Carrier oils can work as a base for massage oils, body oils, and bath oils.

Question: Should I put essential oil on the bottoms of my feet, and if so, why?

The skin on the feet is said to readily absorb substances which it comes into contact. Many people who use essential oil mixes to ward off colds, flu and other germs swear by the “rub on the feet before going to bed” routine. You can also apply essential oils, mixed with a carrier oil, to the neck, chest, belly, inner arms, hands, and face. Some oils such as cinnamon and lemon, may cause a burning sensation or leave an actual burn, if they make contact with a sensitive area. Avoid using these oils on places like the face, underarms, and other sensitive spots.

Question: What can I use essential oils for?

Answer: Essential oils are quite versatile. Once you become familiar with how to mix up essential oil blends, you’ll find that they’re well suited to a variety of purposes. For example:

Wipe down and disinfect the surfaces of your home with essential oilsMix up a non-toxic essential oils blend to wash the floorCreate your own perfume and cologne blends using essential oilsDisinfect your kitchen trash can by spraying with an essential oil based cleaning solutionApply a mix of peppermint oil, citronella oil, and clove oil to your dog or cat’s neck and back to repel fleas and ticksKill fleas on contact using an essential oil sprayAdd your favorite essential oils blend to a diffuser, and freshen/disinfect the air in your home or officeCreate your own essential oils blend to use as an all-over body oilAdd a few drops of your favorite essential oil to your bath waterPurchase an electric essential oils warmer and plug into aromatherapyRub essential oils mixed with a carrier oil to your pulse points for a mood inducerWard off cold and flu germs by massaging essential oils into your feet, neck, chest and earsGet rid of an ear infection by placing a cotton ball soaked in lavender and lemon oil at the opening of your ear.Rub clove oil onto your gums to ease the pain of a toothache (then call your dentist)

Question: Which essential oils invigorate and stimulate?

Answer: Peppermint oil, thyme oil, rosemary oil, pine oil, lemon oil, grapefruit oil, lime oil, orange oil, clary sage oil

Question: Which essential oils promote relaxation and restful sleep?

Answer: Lavender oil, rose oil, geranium oil, chamomile oil, vetiver oil, ylang ylang oil, sandalwood oil, roman chamomile oil

Back-to-School Food Fit for the Family

(Family Features) As parents and kids navigate back-to-school routines and extracurricular activities, making healthy food choices is essential to keep everyone energized and engaged.

When it comes to selecting snacks and preparing meals, keep it simple and stock up on foods that are easy to prep and can be used in more than one way. One such food: fresh California grapes, which are abundant throughout the fall and into January. Crisp, juicy grapes can be eaten nearly anytime and anywhere, including school, the office and during after-school activities, at home or away.

Whether eaten fresh or frozen for a cool treat, grapes are a healthy, hydrating alternative to highly processed and calorie-rich foods. They can also be used as an ingredient in easy weeknight meals like California-Style Pizza, cousin to Hawaiian pizza, where fresh grapes star instead of pineapple and prepared pizza dough gives the cook a head start. Frozen Yogurt-Dipped Grapes are an easy, fun snack or dessert that kids can help prepare.

For more snack and meal inspiration, visit grapesfromcalifornia.com

California-Style Pizza
Servings: 8

1 pound prepared pizza dough
3/4 cup prepared pizza sauce
1 1/2 cups halved California seedless grapes
1 cup diced lean ham
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Heat oven to 450 F.

Divide dough into eight equal portions. Spread into pizza rounds on baking sheets.

Spread with pizza sauce; sprinkle with grapes, ham and cheese. Bake until dough is lightly browned and cheese melted, about 12-14 minutes.

Nutritional information per serving: 220 calories; 11 g protein; 32 g carbohydrates; 6.2 g fat (24% calories from fat); 15 mg cholesterol; 573 mg sodium; 121 mg calcium; 1.4 g fiber.

Frozen Yogurt-Dipped Grapes
Servings: 6 (10 grapes per serving)

60 California grapes, any color, rinsed and patted dry
3/4 cup 2% vanilla Greek yogurt
1/2 cup graham cracker flour or almond flour

Insert toothpick into each grape. Place yogurt in small bowl. Pour graham cracker or almond flour onto plate. Line 9-by-13-inch baking dish with parchment paper.

Dip each grape into yogurt, coating two-thirds of grape, then dip yogurt-covered grape into desired flour to coat bottom. Place each dipped grape on baking dish; repeat until all grapes are yogurt-covered and dipped in flour. Freeze at least two hours, or until grapes are frozen solid.

Nutritional information per serving with graham cracker crumbs: 100 calories; 3 g protein; 20 g carbohydrates; 1.5 g fat (14% calories from fat); 0 g saturated fat; 5 mg cholesterol; 55 mg sodium; 0 g fiber.

Nutritional information per serving with almond flour: 110 calories; 4 g protein; 14 g carbohydrates; 4.5 g fat (37% calories from fat); 0.5 g saturated fat (4% calories from saturated fat); 5 mg cholesterol; 15 mg sodium; 1 g fiber.

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Source: California Table Grape Commission

Be a Hero this Halloween

(Family Features) Being a hero goes beyond dressing up in a costume this Halloween season. Children, families and schools across the country can channel their own superpowers to help deliver lifesaving supplies to children in need this October.

Halloween customes

One way to use your superpowers is to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, which began in 1950 when girls and boys across the United States collected coins in hand-painted milk cartons to help children affected by World War II. Celebrating its 69th year, this nostalgic tradition continues today as America’s longest running youth volunteer program with generations of children running door to door holding signature orange boxes and singing, “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.”

With over $180 million raised for health care, education, nutrition and more, the program has evolved into a month-long celebration of the power of kids helping kids. Throughout October, kids, parents and teachers across the country can be real superheroes by collecting donations, big and small.

Equipped with the iconic orange boxes, families can raise funds that add up to lifesaving change. As little as $1 can provide safe water to a child for more than 2 months; $3 can provide seven packets of therapeutic food; $5 can provide a pack of 10 notebooks and $7 can provide one warm fleece blanket for a child.

Halloween has become a “heroic” way to help others and build the next generation of global citizens. When kids trick-or-treat for a cause, they learn about global issues and feel empowered to make a difference.

Start creating real-world change by picking up your own little orange box. With the support of Visa Inc., the iconic box will glow in the dark, allowing superpowers to shine even brighter.

Visit TrickorTreatforUNICEF.org to download a DIY change box, donate online or find an event near you. Share your story on social media with #TOT4UNICEF, #WeCanAllBeHeroes and #KidsHelpingKids.

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Source: UNICEF