Candy Cane Bath Salt Gift Recipe


4-5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
1/2 cup Sea Salt
2 cups Epson Salt
2-3 drops red food coloring
2 mixing bowls or gallon sized ziploc bags
large glass jar (see picture)

Mixing Bowl/Bag One: 
1 cup of Epsom salt and 1/4 cup of sea salt
Add 2-3 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil and mix.

Mixing Bowl/Bag Two: 
1 cup of Epsom salt and 1/4 cup of sea salt
Add 2-3 drops food coloring and mix until the color is even.
Add 2-3 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil and stir.

Create stripes in the jar by layering the white salts and the colored salts, like a candy cane! For gift giving, top off the jar with red ribbon, a bow and a few real candy canes.
Have fun!

Click here to purchase Peppermint Essential Oil
Click here to purchase Therapeutic Mineral Bath Celtic Sea Salt 


Homemade Moisturizing Lotion Recipe


Homemade Moisturizing Lotion
Learn how simple it is to make your own rich, deeply moisturizing lotion at home. Why pay money to buy expensive lotions and creams to only wreck your skin with chemicals and still have dry skin, leaving you feeling dissatisfied? Some you might already have on hand at home! Customize your lotion with different Essential Oils such as Lavender for relaxation or Peppermint to energize. When it comes to packaging, a jar of homemade lotion tied with a piece of raffia or ribbon makes an inexpensive, yet really cool gift.
What are you waiting for? 

A great base is Shea Butter and for those of you with really dry skin, the relief Shea Butter provides cannot be beat. Shea Butter is excellent and is used in so many lotions. It has a creamy, moisturizing property that is great for skin and makes a wonderful base for a lotion. Try combining both cocoa and Shea Butters in your lotion for an extra moisturizing cream.  Many different oils can be added to your lotion as well, such as almond oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, even olive and sesame oils. The bonus is that all of these can be easily purchased here, at Mind Body Soul Essentials! There is still plenty of time to purchase your ingredients and make your lotions for holiday gift giving!

Make your own double boiler to melt your ingredients.  Use a medium-size bowl that can handle high temperatures (glass) and a cooking pot that is a little larger than your bowl. Fill the pot with a few inches of water. Add your ingredients to the bowl and slowly heat them over low heat. Low heat is the more gentle way to melt your ingredients to get the right fusion. When heating ingredients, the best way is slow and low. Stir the ingredients with a spoon or other utensil, if you need to.

Once your lotion has melted, add a drop or two of your favorite Essential Oil. If you don’t know which Essential Oil you want, go here for Essential Oils and to learn what properties they have and what they smell like.  


Homemade hand creams with light scents are perfect holiday gifts for friends and family! You can whip up a basic hand cream recipe and then customize each container with its own scent, or use a neutral fragrance on the whole batch. Mix together 1/4 cup beeswax, 1/3 cup avocado butter, 2/3 cup shea butter and 3/4 cup coconut oil in your double broiler over low heat. Mix frequently until completely melted. Remove mixture from heat and let cool for three minutes, stirring frequently. Add 6 drops Rosemary, 4 drops vanilla, 2 drops Lemongrass and 2 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil. Mix well, stirring for at least one full minute. Pour mixture into containers and let cool.

You can buy all of the ingredients here, at Mind Body Soul Essentials (click below)
Coconut Oil
Jojoba Oil
Cocoa Butter
Avocado Oil
Shea Butter

Spearmint Essential Oil
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Rosemary Essential Oil
Lemongrass Essential Oil
Sandalwood Essential Oil

or learn about and purchase other Essential Oils here


To create a healing hand cream with a refreshing aroma, use Spearmint and Eucalyptus Essential Oils. Add 3 tbsp. beeswax, 3 tbsp. coconut oil, 1/3 cup cocoa butter and 1/3 cup jojoba oil to a double-boiler over low heat. Stir frequently until everything has melted completely. Remove mixture from heat and keep stirring slowly for two minutes. Add 7 drops Spearmint and 6 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil. Mix well, stirring for another full minute. Pour mixture into a clean container and let cool. Makes about 1 cup of hand cream.

Thank you for reading this!  I hope you make some really terrific lotion!!  And also hope you come to my site, learn about herbs and Essential Oils and feed your need to learn!  Share with your friends!  Or come check us out and like us on Facebook!  You’d be helping me out so much!  Thank you again 🙂

Company’s Coming Over! Argh, my house stinks!

Company’s coming over.  Quick, clean up and spray the house and especially the entrance way with Febreeze or Glade!


Those commercial sprays are unhealthy and the scent is gone quickly.  They don’t do anything but smell good for a quick second and contain chemicals that we breathe in. Do you like inhaling chemicals?

It’s just as easy to light a candle in a candle burner that holds water & a few drops of essential oil in lieu of a candle tart. No chemicals.

Seriously, if you can just light a candle and make your entire home smell just as wonderful, but have the scent last!!! And have the healthy benefits of antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, congestion busting Essential Oil properties spread throughout the house at the same time – why not?

Oh yeah, and it costs LESS!!!

Why isn’t everyone doing it?

Put some water in the bowl on top of the candle holder.  Then add a few drops of Essential Oil to the water.  Light the candle and you’re DONE!

Choose your Essential Oil for the properties you want or need.  Need energy? Stressed out? Want to clear your sinuses and feel better?

I personally love diffusing Lavender, Lemongrass or Orange.  Lavender relaxes me and the kids and helps me get to sleep, Lemongrass helps with nervous exhaustion and is a mild antidepressant and Orange puts some pep in my step.

Check out our 100% Pure Essential Oil selection at Mind Body Soul Essentials.  It’s one click and you’ll discover all the benefits of using essential oils.

Do yourself and your family a favor and clean up the air you breathe inside our home.  You’re worth it.  Click below to explore & learn!

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Lemon Essential Oil and All of the Wonderful Things It Can Do for You!

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What can Lemon do for you?

Lemon Essential Oil Uses & Benefits!

Steam inhalation with Lemon Essential Oil – Fill a large bowl or pan with boiling hot water and put in a few drops of lemon essential oil. Place your head over the bowl and then place a towel over your head and the bowl, (kind of like a tent so no steam escapes). Take a few deep breaths, breathing the vapors in deeply for a couple minutes.

Lemon Essential Oil is a disinfectant! Add to a spray bottle of water and spray into the air to deodorize, neutralize, and sterilize the air

For a quick, refreshing energy boost, put a few drops on a cotton ball and inhale!  Or take that cotton ball into your car or keep in your purse

Diffuse for the scent, to disinfect, to neutralize odors and to perk up! Put a few drops in some water and boil on the stove or put a few drops in a diffuser.  Fill the top of the diffuser with water and add a few drop in & light the candle underneath!

Lemon Essential Oil is machine expressed from the ripe peel of the lemon!
Lemon Essential Oil is an insect repellant!
Lemon Essential Oil is used to fight against oily skin and hair. It also has cleansing properties and is often an ingredient in homemade hair products.If you go into the sun, the Lemon Essential Oil will react to lighten your hair making highlights, if applied in the right manner.

Lemon Essential Oil strengthens your nails and can help fight against nail fungus

Lemon Essential Oil has anti-depressant qualities and is used to treat anxiety

Improve your memory!  Combine Lemon Essential Oil  with Rosemary Essential Oil and help increase memory, increase concentration, and provide more clarity of thought. To create this helpful blend, use 3 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil, 3 drops of Lemon Essential Oil and diffuse it

Detox! Lemon Essential Oil has detoxification properties.

Tummy ache? Sniff some Lemon Essential Oil as it helps aleviate digestive problems

Lemon Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Citrus limonum
Origin: Italy
Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation or Cold Pressing
Note: Top note
Color: Transparent
What Part(s) of the Plant is Used? For this oil, the peels are cold pressed
Aroma: Sweet, citrus, clean, sharp, fresh
Therapeutic Properties: Refreshing, tonifying and cleansing oil
Common Uses: Sore throats, bronchitis, coughs, throat infections, colds, flu, as an astringent,  Lightening fair hair, balancing oily hair
Blends With: Benzoin, Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Grapefruit, Lavender, Orange, Rosemary, Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang.

Hope this opened you up to new ideas and to maybe try some Lemon Essential Oil!  It’s great! 

Thanks for reading!  

In happiness, 


Mind Body Soul Essentials

All About Carrier Oils!


Essential oils are distilled from the leaves, bark, roots and other aromatic portions of a botanical whereas Carrier oils are pressed from the fatty portions (seeds, nuts, kernels).

Carrier oils dilute Essential Oils
kind of like carrying the essential oils onto your skin!

Less is more!  Drop by drop of your essential oil(s) onto a tablespoon of carrier oil is all you’ll need.

Carrier oils are mostly odorless, but some have a faintly sweet, nutty smell. 
They should not have a strong smell.

Some things to keep in mind when using Carrier Oils:
Color!  This may be important to you if you are creating a certain color blend or product.  
Also, their unique smells may conflict with the smell you are trying to achieve.  Their texture – too oily?, etc.

Storing carrier oils in your refrigerator can help they last longer, however, certain carrier oils should not be stored in the fridge(it will indicate that in the descriptions below).  
If you do choose to store them in your fridge, return them to room temp first before you use them and 
don’t worry if they solidify or look cloudy at first!

All of these oils are available in my store!  Come check it out!

Aloe Vera Gel
Add your favorite Essential Oils to this cool, smooth gel for a great skin gel. It is derived from the leaves of the aloe vera plant and has great healing properties. Could be used as a sunburn cream with the addition of essential oils, such as lavender and chamomile. So many possibilities!

Aloe Vera Liquid (Aloe barbadensis)
Aloe Vera Liquid is a 100% natural product expressed from the leaf of the aloe plant Aloe barbadensis miller. It contains 22 amino acids, enzymes, proteins, minerals and vitamins. Aloe Vera Liquid stimulates the skin, is anti-inflammatory and is very beneficial for burns and sunburns. It is moisturizing and has humectant properties.

This liquid helps to improve hydration and is soothing and healing to all skin types. It is well renowned for its healing and anti-inflammatory properties and can help to heal cuts, grazes, burns and insect bites.

Note: This is a natural product and therefore should be refrigerated to prolong its shelf life if you are purchasing in large quantities. Regular, everyday use – store in a cool, dark spot.

Avocado (Persea americana)
This oil is refined, and is an amber shade.

Origin: USA

Avocado oil (Persea americana) is a thick, penetrating oil that is rich in vitamins A, C, D and E, proteins, beta-carotene, potassium, lecithin and fatty acids. It softens and nourishes dry, dehydrated skin and is easily absorbed. It is said to reduce age spots and heal scars.

Avocado Oil is great for all skin types. This oil has a high “slip” factor. Contains Palmitic acid, palmitoleic acid, oleic acid and linoleic acids. This oil is wonderful for dehydrated skins as it has the ability to penetrate the upper layers of the skin. Avocado oil is very moisturizing and therefore also very helpful for rashes, eczema and aging skin types.

Note: This is a natural product and therefore should be refrigerated to prolong its shelf life if you are purchasing in large quantities. Regular, everyday use – store in a cool, dark spot.

Castille Soap, Liquid
A pure and gentle organic soap containing water, saponified organic coconut oil and saponified organic sunflower oil with kosher vegetable glycerine. Excellent for children and those with sensitive skin. Has a natural clear pale amber colour. No fragrances or chemicals. Contains no surfactants.

Castor Oil (Ricinus communis)
Origin: India

Castor oil is a vegetable oil derived from the castor seed, Ricinus communis. Traditionally castor oil is used for skin problems, burns, sunburns, skin disorders, cuts and abrasions. It is a colorless to very pale yellow liquid with mild or no odour or taste.

Castor oil is a humectant: it creates a protective barrier on the skin, and attracts and retains moisture. It is good for dry, chapped skin and is readily absorbed. It is said to dissolve cysts, growths and warts, and soften corns and prevent scars. Never use raw castor oil. Avoid during pregnancy.

Coconut Oil Fractionated, Liquid (cocos nucifera)
The scientific name for coconut is cocos nucifera. According to the Coconut Research Center, early Spanish explorers called it “coco” which means “monkey face”. The indentations on the hairy nut looked like a monkey to them. The word nucifera means “nut bearing”.

There are several terms that are used to describe the process of making coconut oil – refined, virgin, fractionated… but what’s the difference? The term “refined” refers to oils that are made from “copra”. Copra is the meat of the coconut that has been sun dried, smoke dried, or kiln dried and has picked up impurities. To remove these impurities the oil is refined, filtered through bleaching clays, and heated to deodorize it. This is also known as fractionated coconut oil.

Grapeseed Oil (Vitis vinifera)
This cold pressed Grapeseed oil (Vitis vinifera) has a green tint and very fine texture. It is almost odorless and makes a good choice for aromatherapists wanting a bland base oil with excellent slip.

Grapeseed oil contains vitamins (including vitamin E), minerals, polyunsaturates, protein and linoleic acid (68-76%), which is very important for the skin and cellular membranes. It is a penetrating, odourless, mildly astringent oil that is great for all skin types.

Note: This is a natural product and therefore should be refrigerated to prolong its shelf life if you are purchasing in large quantities. Regular, everyday use – store in a cool, dark spot. Shelf life: 12 months

Hemp Seed Oil has been dubbed “nature’s most perfectly balanced oil” as it contains all the necessary essential fatty acids, proteins, vitamins and minerals our bodies require for optimum health and restoration. It is an excellent choice for skin and hair care as it protects against free radicals, sun damage and skin conditions. Perfect for all skin types.

Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil is not really an oil, it’s a liquid wax!  Known as the “skin’s twin” in skin-care circles (it is very similar in structure to our skin’s natural sebum), Jojoba is excellent for all skin types, but most especially for eczema and psoriasis.

Jojoba oil is easily absorbed by the skin and has a non-oily, softening effect. Jojoba oil can help to soften and unclog pores when used as a facial massage medium. It contains protein, minerals, plant wax and myristic acid (which also has anti-inflammatory actions) so this oil is helpful as a rub for arthritis and rheumatism. Great for scars, stretch marks, psoriasis, eczema, sunburn, flaky skin. Reduces wrinkles and promotes natural elasticity.

Jojoba is not a nut-based oil. May be used as a base or a 10% dilution.

Rosehip oil (Rosa Mosqueta
Rosehip seed oil moisturizes dry, mature, sensitive, allergic, aging and problem skin. It is said to reduce inflammation, regenerate scar tissue, help with wrinkles and age spots, and may help to prevent and fade stretch marks. It contains vitamins C, E and a derivative of vitamin A – trans-retinoic acid (a potent anti-inflammatory) that helps in treating dermatitis, eczema or psoriasis. Because of its high fatty acid content, rosehip oil is wonderful applied topically to the skin, to help reverse severely dry skin.  Note: This is a natural product and therefore should be refrigerated to prolong its shelf life if you are purchasing in large quantities. Regular, everyday use – store in a cool, dark spot.

Shea Butter 100% unrefined
This Shea butter is harvested from the trees growing naturally (no pesticide or chemicals).  This Shea butter originates from Tapko, a small village located near Wa in Ghana’s Upper West Region.
Unlike many other products on the market, it is not extracted using hexane or other chemicals, nor is it bleached, or deodorized. There are no preservatives, yellow coloring agents (natural or artificial), or other additives in this unrefined shea butter. It is a creamy shade with a nutty, slightly smoky scent that dissipates on the skin quickly. Every ounce is natural, unrefined and of the highest quality.

  • Shea butter is created from the nut of the Karite or Shea (Mangifolia) Trees which grow throughout Ghana’s  region. These trees produce fruit once each year. Each batch of Shea butter is handmade with all natural methods.
  • Shea butter is naturally rich in vitamin A and E, both fabulous antioxidants which may help to counteract free-radical damage from the effects of the sun.
  • Raw, unrefined Shea butter has an average shelf life of 12 to 24 months without the addition of preservatives. To maximize the shelf life, it is important to store it under the proper conditions as outlined below.
  • ~Keep the unrefined Shea butter in a cool area, below 50 degrees F
    1. ~Store unrefined Shea butter in a dark area, away from direct sunlight
    2. ~Do not mix old Shea butter with fresh Shea butter
    3. ~Do not over heat the Shea butter when melting and avoid repeat meltings

Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus dulcus)
Sweet Almond oil (Prunus dulcus) contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and E, and is rich in protein. It is great for general massage on all skin types. Sweet Almond oil is wonderful for helping to relieve itching, dryness, inflammation and burns. This oil is an all-purpose carrier oil and is also used for infusing (macerating).

Origin: Italy

Not safe for people with nut allergies. 

Note: This is a natural product and therefore should be refrigerated to prolong its shelf life if you are purchasing in large quantities. Regular, everyday use – store in a cool, dark spot.

All of these oils are offered in my store.  Come check us out! 

Learn how to make your own Echinacea Tincture



Echinacea is also referred to as “purple coneflower”.
It takes very little time and money to make your own Echinacea tincture.  It rewarding to to do things for yourself and know exactly what is in the “medicine” you are taking. Making herbal remedies is as grounding and fulfilling as growing our own food.

Echinacea stimulates the immune system and its antiviral activities help fight colds and flu, as well as promote the healing of infections.

This is an oral application.  You will need:
1 one pint glass jar (make sure it is clean) Do not use anything but glass to make your tinctures.
¼ cup dried or 1/2 cup fresh finely chopped or crushed Echinacea flowers and leaves
1 cup vodka (60% alcohol with dried and 80-100% alcohol with fresh)  You can use another alcohol such as rum or gin, if that is your preference.

One part plant to two parts alcohol.  EXAMPLE: Three ounces (dry measure) of fresh Echinacea flower heads would be placed in a jar with six ounces (liquid measure) of alcohol.

Place dried Echinacea in the jar.

NOTE: If you have fresh Echinacea available there is no need to dry it. Fresh is better than dried. If you  use fresh Echinacea, gently wash off the petals and measure about 1 cup of flowers and leaves. You can use the whole plant, flowers, leaves, and root. Many people use the flowers and leaves only since they don’t want to dig up the roots.

Pour vodka over the top. Fill as completely as possible to eliminate air, and seal tightly with lid. Label the bottles with the herb name, date made, and the expected date your tincture will be ready. Store in a cool, dark cabinet until needed.

You have now created a menstruum. A menstruum is the liquid used to extract the soluble principles from the herbs or roots.  Leave menstruum at room temperature for four to six weeks. Place the jar in a cabinet that you go into daily, so you can shake it every day for thirty days.  The tincture will get stronger the longer it sits.  The dark brown color indicates that the essential oils from the root have been absorbed by the alcohol.

After the four to six weeks has passed, you will need to strain the herbs out of the vodka. To do this, place a layer of cheesecloth over a large glass measuring cup or small glass mixing bowl and secure with a rubber band. Pour menstruum slowly onto the cheesecloth and allow to drain for a few minutes. Then use your hands to wrap the cheesecloth around the herbs and squeeze out the excess liquid.

Strain herbs as described above.  Then discard the herbs.
You now have your very own Echinacea tincture!
Pour tincture into dark, glass bottles for storage. And don’t forget to label them.

To use:
At the first sign of a cold or throughout a cold take take ½ to ¾ of a teaspoon 3 to 4 times a day, per day.  Echinacea has shown to be most beneficial at the beginning and for the duration of a cold. It is not intended as a long term preventative.

Tinctures from different herbs can be combined for dispensing as a blend!

For topical applications, use olive oil; it’s much easier on the skin than alcohol, and has it’s own nutritive properties. And you can easily use your tincture made with oil into a salve by melting in some beeswax and adding drops of Essential Oils, if you want.

The key advantages to tinctures are that they are convenient to use, easy to mix into combinations, dosages are easier to control and they have excellent shelf lives.

USING THE ROOTS: You can also use the roots in lieu of flowers and leaves.  Fresh roots should be ground with the alcohol in a blender into a pulpy mush.

The ratio of echinacea root to menstruum is 1 to 2. If there is 1 cup of root, add 2 cups of menstruum.

Harvest Echinacea roots by sinking a garden spading fork (a shovel works, too) deeply into the soil, and lean back on the tool handle to GENTLY lift the root ball. The roots grow deep and wide. The idea is to harvest as much root as possible.  Keep the tops of the plants intact with the roots so that the echinacea will be easy to identify from the roots of neighboring plants

Shake and massage the soil and unwanted plant roots from the clump. This is a good time to kill a few weeds! Leave as much soil as possible in the garden.  Scrub roots with a brush and rinse while rubbing the roots to remove any grit. Place all of the washed roots in a colander to drain.  Slice big roots crosswise into rounds (as if cutting carrots) and then chop them into smaller pieces.

As Echinacea ages, clumps are formed with new plants sprouting around the original plant. The oldest plants in the clump may decline as the younger vigorous plants compete for nutritional resources. Dividing the clumps regenerates the plants and gives a perfect opportunity to harvest the roots for tincture. For tincturing, choose Echinacea plants that are at least three years old.

Echinacea works to prevent.  Once you get a cold, try Thyme. Thyme acts as an expectorant and boosts your immune system 🙂
Hope you try this out!  Thank you reading!
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PS – here are some pictures of my Echi from my gardens!