Day 4: Peppermint Essential Oil

Premium Starter Kit Challenge Day 4: Getting to know Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for supporting normal digestion, including promoting healthy intestinal function and gastrointestinal system comfort.*




Peppermint Tips from Young Living:

  • Rub one drop on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses (careful to avoid contact with your eyes), and on the back of the neck to relieve head pressure.*
  • Place 2 drops on the tongue and rub another drop of oil under the nose to help improve concentration and alertness.
  • Apply to the back of the neck and shoulders throughout the day to keep energy up.
  • Diffuse or inhale mid-morning to curb the desire to snack.
  • Inhale or rub a drop on your abdomen to soothe minor stomach discomfort.*
  • Due to it’s concentration and “heat”, Peppermint Oil should always be handled carefully. Please read Young Living’s Essential Oil Safety Guide for tips on Carrier Oils, washing, and more.

Fast Facts



More Recipes


Peppermint Sugar Scrub

  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 4 oz Olive Oil
  • 15 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 1/8 tsp Vitamin E or Avocado Oil (Optional)
  • Directions: Combine all ingredients, and divide in to glass storage containers. Makes approximately 2-half pint jars.



Thank you for joining us today, and stay tuned tomorrow as we introduce the 5th oil in the Premium Starter Kit.


*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Young Living Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Essential Oils 101: Oils, Recipe Sharing and More!

classflyer-modified copyJoin me at my home on April 12th at 2pm, or April 13th at 10AM for an Essential Oils 101 Workshop. This is a very special event, designed to provide education for individuals exploring the option of adding Essential Oils for Home, Health & Wellness. RSVP Required.

Guests will discover more about essential oils and how easy it can be to live a chemical free lifestyle. Recipes, tips and live demonstrations will include: Laundry Detergent, Foaming Hand Soaps, De-tangler, and Thieves household cleaner.

I will be offering Zyto Compass Scans for $25 (or free with a 50pv order) after the event. This biometric reader will aide in identifying supplements and oils to support your health and wellness goals.

Please indicate your day of preference when reserving space: April 12th, 2pm or April 13th, 10AM. Feel free to invite your friends.

For details and to RSVP, please visit our Facebook Event Page.

DIY All-Natural Foaming Hand Soap

Who loves foaming hand soap? ME, ME, ME!!! The only downside are all the chemicals in the national brands, and high cost for natural brands.  Then I found out just how easy it is to make at home.

Enjoy this All Natural version, that’s family friendly, and great for gifting.  Plus, it’s budget friendly.  I purchase my Dr. Bronner’s through Frontier, directly.  But it’s available at local health stores, and national chains all over.

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Foaming Hand Soap Recipe

  • 1/3 Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castille Soap (My favorites are Peppermint or Lavender)
  • 2/3 Water
  • 7-10 drops Essential Oil (for Peppermint Hand soap, I add lavender oil for healthy skin support)
  • Pour in to up-cycled foaming pump bottle. Shake gently, and set sink-side for use.

Tips: If you feel the mix is too soapy, just add a little water up to 3/4 of the dilution rate.  Also, if you don’t have a foaming bottle at home to re-use, you can now get foaming soap adapter lids for your mason jars at national retail stores (and online). I found mine at my local Hobby Lobby and Meijer.

Team Bonding!

Today I hosted the team for an Everyday Oils discussion and Make & Take workshop.  We had so much fun creating, that we’re going to have to schedule a Part 2, soon!  Check out the set-up:


Since we are all Premium Starter Kit owners, we began our discussion with the Everyday Oils Collection.  As we moved in to sharing how we currently use the oils in our life, I shared the benefits of always having the Essential Oil Pocket Reference (EOPR) handy.  Members of the Dose of Joy team all receive their choice of the EOPR or Essential Oil Guide App, as part of their team education and oil training.

Next we discussed oils that pertain directly to our individual needs, how to cross reference our research, access upline team resources, and create products to incorporate those oils and begin to eliminate many of the costly, chemical free products in our homes.  Armed with information, links, and resources on how to begin examining our individual health and wellness – we moved on to creating products.


Around the room I had Make & Take stations set up, to pull ingredients from, discuss, and as our schedule allowed, we would create products with items in the picture.


A variety of recipes were provided, but where possible, I shared the base recipe and how to modify it for their personal needs.  A great example was our detox salt baths.  After learning more about the oils, I asked each member to select a blend that best suit their need, and we created a Detox Salt Bath Take Away.  I explained the benefits of this method of bathing, and shared simple ways to modify that recipe.  Today we created a Himalayan Detox blend, with their essential oils.


I also wanted to highlight the simplicity of making big changes. With just a few products, you can create cost effective solutions, and change a variety of products out in your home all at once.  Hand sanitizers, hand soap, dish soap, body wash, various sugar scrubs are all made with the ingredients above, combined with our choice of essential oils.


This was my favorite station of the day, because it provided a fun, energizing drink and break for us all.  Process one orange for every ounce of NingXia Red in the vitamix, and allow it to chill in the fridge.  Add 10-12 ice cubes, put back on the Vitamix and run until smooth.


I gave each guest their own NingXia Nitro, and gave them the option of adding it direct, or doing a quick shot.  Consensus: mixing it in, made it FABULOUS!!!  I also took this opportunity to share how simple it was to add in your daily oils at this point.


As we continued, we discussed the versatility of many ingredients we use.  While reviewing the recipes, I demonstrated how you can easily create up to three bases at the same time, with similar ingredients in different measurements.  The end products can result in a salve, balm or bar consistency.  Adding essential oils before the base is cooled, will provide the wellness support or target the needs you are looking to support.  (Chest rub, muscle rub, intense moisturizing relief salve, lotion bars, and lip balms).


Everyone left with support materials, recipes, and a couple gift bags full of make & take goodies.  We are already talking about scheduling a follow-up.  I can’t wait!

And if this wasn’t enough, after everyone left, I went to return calls and emails and was able to close out my day by adding another team member.  I can’t wait to share these gifts with her, and introduce her to the team!


Together we grow in knowledge, support and wellness.

Dose of Joy.




My husband and I are hard-core DIYers. We closed on our new construction home on Halloween 2005, and have barely stopped remodeling, since.  Currently, we are in the process of installing wood flooring on the second story of our home, as well as trimming out windows and updating trim. In the process, we decided it was finally time to address an increasingly wobbly newel post that had become a growing concern in our home.

We have an 11 year old son with Ataxic Cerebral Palsy, Autism & Epilepsy.  So he relies heavily on the railing in our home to support his weight to go up and down the stairs.  It wasn’t a complete surprise that this was getting loose, it just seemed a little soon.  Then again, he’s a big kid, at 5’2″, and nearly 100# he’s holding his own these days.  Shocking since he was barely a pound at birth, and is still fed via g-tube today (my superhero).  But still, this rail is fastened by iron posts all the way down the line.

Then, the other night my husband questioned it, as he was working his way down the hall, and measuring for a new section of flooring. We both assumed the reason would be from a stripped screw or hole. Imagine our surprise when he opened up the space and discovered this:

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Each side of the newel has two holes drilled.  The intention is to attach four screws to the studs.  As you can see below, our newel only only two screws that made it in to the studs, and two passed outside.  SCARY!!!

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YIKES!!!  Two newels were found like this, so far (out of 5, one is fine).  This is one of those moments when I’m so thankful we caught it when we did.  PLEASE, if  you have  shaky newel, check it out or have a professional in if you aren’t comfortable.  Here’s my little disclaimer, my husband grew up on a farm and has years of experience fixing/repairing things.  Make sure this is taken care of by someone who knows what they are doing, your family’s safety depends on it.

My husband has to reset a total of 5 newels, and will reset approximately 50 feet of iron spindles before he’s corrected the misalignment.  The upside, is when this is complete, our railing will finally be in true alignment with our wall.  While this wasn’t obvious when we had carpet, installing wood meant a significant angle cut as he approached the railing base.

Before it’s all said and done, the wood railings and newels will be re-stained in a Black Java Gel Stain  by General Finishes to offset from the new hand scraped, Mahogany wood flooring.

Here are a few previews of our project in progress.

2nd Story Hall in progress.

Master Bedroom

Close-up Sitting Room Entry, Master Bedroom

Sitting Room Threshold, Master Bedroom

Entry to MBR Closet & Bathroom. Bureau & light was former linen closet.